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Charleene M. Crall


Charleene Mary "Char" Crall, 90, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa and Linden Acres , Lake Delhi passed thru Heaven's Gates on February 7th, 2019 in Florida.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Gregory Bahl officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Garryowen Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Charleene was born on June 5th, 1928 in Cascade Iowa the daughter of James and Mildred (Kennedy) McMahon. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from Chicago Art Institute. In 1951 she married the love of her life Thomas Crall. They lived and traveled to several states and countries with Tom's job. He preceded her in death on July 14, 2003.

She loved her God, the ocean, Lake Delhi, doll making, ceramics, painting, garage and estate sales, her animals and playing games. She also enjoyed time with her Delhi Ladies Club and the Red Hats Club; and was very proud of her Irish Heritage.

She is survived by her son Christopher; two grandchildren; special niece and Godchild Deb (Joe) Cotter with whom she wintered in Florida. Niece Tammy (Gary) Parton; nephews Bill (Kathy) Purvis, Michael Purvis. Jerry (Deb) Jacob, and Dan Jacob; her aunt and best friend Virgie Menge ; special cousins Penny (Dave) Schmerbach, Jill (Kenny) Lewis and Carla Menge, along with several great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sisters Patricia Purvis and Donna Jacob; niece Lori Jacob; nephew Jimmy (Teri) Jacob; several aunts and uncles; and a cousin Kenny (Carla) Menge.

The family request no flowers. Memorials may be made to hospice in Char's name.

 



Ray E. Crowl


Ray E. Crowl, 92, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2019, in Cape Coral, FL. 

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Jerry Chase and Parson John Emery officiating.

Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 4:00 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9:15 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Tuesday. 

Ray was born December 16, 1926 in Goldfield, IA, the son of Herbert and Lenore (DeBord)Crowl.

He married Ruby (Warden) Crowl, the daughter of George W. and Bessie A. (Zachery) Warden of Polk City, IA, on May 19, 1945, in Madison, WI, where Ray was stationed while attending the US Navy radio operator's school.

In addition to Ray's Navy service, he spent 45 years serving as Choir Director at Wesley United Methodist Church, and enjoyed singing in the Sweetwater Gospel Quartet and the Barbershop Quartet for many years. Ray was also a member of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque. He spent 30 years as a telegraph operator for the Illinois Central Railroad.

It would be easy, though accurate, to say that Ray was loved and adored by his family. The truth is that his impact was felt far beyond just us lucky few. From his Church family to his closer-than-neighbors to his friends at the Village Inn in Dubuque, Ray brightened the lives of everyone he met. 

It was in his bright, easy, constant smile. His love of music, and of God. His adoration for his family, especially his pride for his great-grandkids. His care for the bluebirds and orioles he watched over at his many birdfeeders. His devotion, most of all, to his wife of 69 years, Ruby, who passed away on February 18, 2015. With her he built a life of happiness together with their two children, five grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. With her he spent nearly every waking moment, on their many dates at the Olive Garden, walks around Kennedy Mall, and afternoons spent cheering on their grandkids and great-grandkids at innumerable sporting events, choir concerts, school plays, and "grandparent's days." 

Ray will be missed for everything he brought to those of us on Earth, but we're glad for him to be joining Ruby in Heaven. We are so lucky to have known and loved this gentle, generous, patient man. 

Ray is survived by two (2) children, Joyce (Dan) Busch of Dickeyville, WI, and Greg (Andrea) Crowl of Cape Coral, FL; as well as five (5) grandchildren, Tina Mowery, Terry Busch, Tracy Cushman, Christian Fisher, Erik Fisher; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, threesiblings, and his wife Ruby. 

Ray's family would like to thank the Ken Lange family for all they have done for Ray and Ruby.

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

 



William Edward Lux


William Edward Lux, 93, of Delhi, Iowa, formerly of Hopkinton and Manchester, died at his home on Friday, February 8, 2019, after a 2-year battle with cancer of the prostate.

Funeral Service is at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Manchester, with Rev. Phil Rogers officiating. Visitation is 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour before the service at the church on Monday. Interment with Military Funeral Honors will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton, Iowa.

He was born on October 17, 1925, in Hopkinton, the son of Russell Ellsworth and Jean Jewell (Kirkwood) Lux. Bill was baptized at the Methodist Church in Hopkinton.  In 1943 he graduated from Hopkinton High School and then enrolled at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. 

In December 1943, Bill was inducted into the U.S. Navy and inducted into active service in March 1944. Bill met his future wife, Rosemary, at a USO dance in South Bend, Indiana, while attending Officer Training School at Notre Dame. The USS Battleship California was sunk at Pearl Harbor, then raised and re-entered service. It was then that Bill served on the USS California in the Pacific Fleet, assigned to Okinawa, and was mustered out in June of 1946. He then returned to Cornell College.

On June 15, 1947, William Edward Lux and Rosemary Andrea Craven were married at South Bend, Indiana. To this union were born four children: James, David, Jonathan "Scott," and Julia. Bill attended Iowa State University, completing his bachelor's degree in poultry husbandry. Bill and Rosemary moved back to Hopkinton in 1949. There, Bill and his brother Robert owned and operated Lux Leghorn Land Farms, a poultry breeding farm, chick hatchery, and feed mill, continuing the business established by their parents in the 1920's. After 62 years of marriage, Rosemary died in 2010. On June 16, 2012, Bill was united in marriage to Marcheta Roberta (Furman) Cooey. The couple made their home in Delhi.

Bill was a member of the Hopkinton United Methodist Church and the Manchester United Methodist Church. He served on the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and traveled throughout Africa providing mission oversight. He also served on UMCOR, traveling to the Philippines. Bill served on the Iowa Ecumenical Affairs Committee and was elected to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1984 to 2004. He was eager to devote 40 years of work and support for many Christian missions, one of which was the Heifer Project, which seeded livestock to individuals to improve their food and economic sources. Bill enjoyed sharing his faith and mission projects of the church, speaking to many congregations throughout Iowa and beyond.

Bill served as president of the Hopkinton School Board and of the Maquoketa Valley School Board. He served on the bank board of Citizens State Bank and as treasurer of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and was active in numerous other civic and volunteer organizations.

Bill loved sports. He played football and basketball for Cornell College, baseball for the Hopkinton team, and followed Iowa wrestling and football. He was an avid tennis player well into his 80's. He loved classical music, folk music, a great band, and singing hymns. He loved the farm fields and woodlands of Iowa and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and six continents. Bill especially loved and was proud of his children and grandchildren. His goal was to live the life of a godly man; a godly husband; a godly father; and a godly grandfather. Bill will be remembered most for his smile, his congenial spirit, his love of God, and his desire for you to know that God loves you.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marcheta Cooey Lux of Delhi; one brother, Robert Kirkwood (Gloria) Lux of Scottsdale, Arizona; two sons, James William (Annette Andrews-Lux) Lux of Clinton, Washington, and David Andrew (Cindy) Lux of Cedar Falls; his daughter, Julia Kay (Craig) Thompson of Strawberry Point; a daughter-in-law, Patrice Lux of Louisville, Kentucky; one stepson, Ralph (Donna) Cooey of Longmont, Colorado; one stepdaughter, Deborah (Tracy) Knake of Delhi; a step-daughter-in-law, Barb Cooey (Danny) Shaffer of Potosi, Wisconsin; 13 grandchildren, Chris Lux, Christina Lux, Joshua (Trisha) Lux, Matthew (Claire) Thompson, Jared (Leah) Thompson, Mark (Carrie) Thompson, Anna (Sam) Danforth, Jonathan Thompson, Caleb (Susan) Lux, Christian Thompson, Nathan Lux, Shannon Lux, and Ashlyn Lux; 10 step-grandchildren, Jim (Linda) Pingel, Jody Cooey, Ryan (Monica) Cooey, Justin (Cali) Thole, Kamin Loney, Candace (Dave) Meredith, Tyler (Katie) Cooey, Breana (Carson) Ray, Miranda (Adam) Kracke, and Austin (Kathleen Galloway) Knake.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rosemary; his son, Scott; one brother, Russell "Buster" Lux; and a stepson, William Cooey.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.



Sister Marise Barry, OP

Sister Marise Barry, OP, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Her funeral Mass will be Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sinsinawa motherhouse. A wake service will be Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Sister Marise ministered in the midwest as kindergarten teacher for 19 years and as principal for five years at Corpus Christi, New York City. She was in social service at Sacred Heart Parish, Washington, D.C.; at DePorres Health Center, Marks, Miss.; and a clinical therapist at Sinnissippi Mental Health Center, Dixon, Ill. In 1992, she was elected Eastern Province Provincial. She later served as school counselor for Catholic Social Services in Fall River, Mass. She came to St. Dominic Villa in 2018.
Sister Marise was born in Chicago, May 25, 1931, to Willard and Catherine (Garrity).

She is survived by nephews and her Dominican sisters.

Behr Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com



Dwaine Russell Persels

Dwaine Russell Persels, 87, of Oxford Junction, Iowa passed away on February 6, 2019 at the Anamosa Care Center.

To honor Dwaine's life a visitation will be held at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home in Oxford Junction on Saturday February 9 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. with Military Honors. A burial will be held at the Mayflower Cemetery following.

Dwaine was born on April 16, 1931, in Osceola, Iowa, to Floyd and Vivian (Farr) Persels. After high school he continued his education and received a Bachelor's Degree from Simpson College and a Master's and Specialist Degrees in Education from Drake University.

He served faithfully and honorably in the United States Army, and during the Korean War he spent one and a half years in Japan.

On September 9 in 1952 Dwaine was united in marriage to Hazel Higbee at Simpson Methodist Church in Des Moines.

Dwaine's career as an educator included positions as a teacher, a coach, and an administrator. He served as superintendent of Oxford Junction Consolidated Schools for 25 years.

Dwaine enjoyed fishing, golfing, reading, and counting ribs. He also cheered for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

He is survived by his children; Jo Ellen (Steven) Benn of Rapid City, SD, Sally (Len) Clapp of Anamosa, Michael (Lisa) Persels of Tiffin, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Hazel, his two brothers Dwight and Darrell, and his granddaughter Rachel.

Memorials may be directed to The American Legion Wapsi Post #473 in his honor.

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



Dorothy E. Schilling


Dorothy E. Schilling, age 78, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. 

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9 AM until Mass time at 12 noon at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Schueller will be presiding. Interment will be offered at St. John's Cemetery, Centralia, IA. 

Dorothy was born August 22, 1940 in Graf, IA to her parents, Matthew and Mildred (Cole) Maas. She married the love of her life, Robert "Ace" Schilling, on April 4, 1959 at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. Robert preceded her in death on June 8, 2014. Dorothy was best known for taking care of others. She always had a caring heart and put other peoples' needs before her own. Many life lessons were learned from Dorothy. She taught others what it meant to be loving, giving, hardworking, humble, and kind.She enjoyed going to church, camping, gardening, her fish pond, cooking, playing euchre, "Coffee Clutch", stock car races and spending time with family (especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.) Holidays were a big deal at her house. Grandchildren have many fond memories of her extravagant Halloween parties.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Bob (Laura) Schilling, Graf, IA, Judy (Randy) Kroeger, of Dubuque, IA, Ron (Nancy) Schilling, Bernard, IA, Julie (Jamie) Brown, Asbury, IA, Jayne (Kevin) O'Brien, Asbury, IA, and June (Terry) Jahn, of Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Jim (Courtney),  Jeffrey Schilling, Stacy, Brian (Dana) Mess, Ryan (Kaitlyn) Schilling, Nicole (Dylan) Schilling Ford, Jason (Keri), Jared, Jessica Brown, Kaitlyn, Scott (Danielle Vargas) O'Brien, Matt (Hannah), Jacob (Kayla Gaber) and Elizabeth Jahn; great-grandmother of twelve; sister of Arlene (Leo) Dietz, Asbury, IA, Donna (James) Weydert, Peosta, IA; sister-in-law, Madelyn Schilling, Peosta, IA; her in-laws, Darlene Berzle, Peosta, IA, Rita McFadden, Lancaster, PA, Carol Schmitt, Peosta, IA, Jean (Virgil) Hansen, Dubuque, IA, Shirley, Schilling, Dubuque, IA, and John (Vicky) Schilling, Rickardsville, IA. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, her husband; two brothers, Matthew (Mary) Maas, Earl Maas; three sisters, Patricia Maas, Helen (Ed) Burds, Marian (Tom) Glockner,  brothers-in-law, Fred, Jimmy, and David (Joyce) Schilling, Joe Berzle, John (Pete) McFadden, George Schmitt, and a sister-in-law, Wilma Schilling. 

A Dorothy E. Schilling Memorial has been established.

The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful staff at Stonehill Care Center and the Hospice of Dubuque team.

 

 



John W. Perkins


John W. Perkins, 77 of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 4, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with leukemia.  John battled long enough to celebrate his 51st Wedding Anniversary to his loving wife, Jean M. Perkins.  Visitation will be from 9 AM to 11:45 AM on Saturday, February 9, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road followed by the funeral service at Noon.  

John was born September 30, 1941 in Waterloo, Iowa to Clarence "Cy" and Ruth (Miller) Perkins.  He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1959.  On February 3, 1968, he married his loving wife, Jean M. Gantenbein at St. John's Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa.  John was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  John had a passion for all things family.  John enjoyed attending his children's sporting events, music concerts, and competitions.  After welcoming grandchildren to the family, John started the cycle again, finding joy in attending his grandchildren's sporting events, music concerts, and music competitions.  Dad / Grandpa gave up many personal interests for his family. 

He retired from John Deere in 2011 after 46 years.  He worked various positions while at John Deere, retiring as an assembler in the Small Crawler Division.  He was so proud of his service to John Deere, staying loyal to the company until the day he passed. 

John enjoyed volunteering to set up Reflections in the Park at Murphy Park for Hillcrest Family Services.  He also enjoyed golfing with friends, exploring different golf courses surrounding the Dubuque area.  In retirement, John reconnected with a great group of buddies from John Deere, having coffee on a regular basis and traveling around Iowa to various minor league baseball parks.  It wasn't as much about the baseball as it was about fellowship with friends.  He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, Atlanta Braves fan (starting with their time in Milwaukee), and Iowa Hawkeye fan.   

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jean, his two children: Tina (Brent) Davis, Tim (Sarah) Perkins, and his six grandchildren: Abigail Davis, Makenna Davis, Daniel Davis, Norah Perkins, Lanis Perkins and Annah Perkins; sister in-law Barbara Gantenbein, and nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; Ruth and Clarence Perkins, his father and mother in-law; John and Selma Gantenbein, brother in-law David Gantenbein, brother in-law Carl (Tony) Gantenbein, sister in-law Carol Gantenbein, and niece Becky Gantenbein.  

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.  Please direct memorial fund contributions to Hillcrest Family Service, Reflections in the Park.  

Special thanks to the University of Iowa Hospital doctors and nurses; with special recognition to Dr. Carlos E. Vigil Gonzales for his compassionate and loving care, Dr. Vigil's nurse Abby, and all the nursing staff located at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy Unit, and Palliative Care Unit. 

 



Barbara Tabor


Barbara Tabor, 88, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, February 6, 2019, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, February 11, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Barbara Dwigans was born on July 7, 1930 in Carroll, Iowa, to Merritt Joseph and Ada Pearl (Long) Dwigans. She was a 1948 graduate of Manly High School and attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon for one year and then the University of Iowa from 1949 to 1951. She married Dennison Clifford Tabor on February 10, 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 18, 2012.

Dennison and Barbara returned home from Iowa City on March 6, 1951 to the family farm where she became a homemaker and volunteer extraordinaire.

Barbara was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Monmouth, Iowa, the United Methodist Women, GFWC and the PEO. She enjoyed cooking, reading, being with family, and cheering on the Hawkeyes.

Barbara is survived by her children, Kay Dee (Bruce) Ingham of Davenport, IA, Brian (Deanna) Tabor of Baldwin, IA, Dave (Durene) Tabor of Monticello, IA, and Phil (Nancy) Tabor of Maquoketa, IA; "other son Brian" Brian Marceau; a sister, Nancy Lasell of Indianola, IA; 13 grandchildren, Wyatt Tabor of Iowa City, IA, Adam (Angela) Tabor of Hickory Hills, IL, Andy Ingham of Minneapolis, MN, Abby (Paul) Fischer of Baldwin, IA, Alex Ingham of Minneapolis, MN, Jessica (Tobi) Luetkemeier of Monticello, IA, Megan Tabor of Davenport, IA, Michael (Melissa Osman) Tabor of Kirkland, WA, Kathleen Tabor of Newport, VT, Elizabeth Tabor of Baldwin, IA, Molly (Eric) Coddington of Ames, IA, Jacqueline Tabor of Ames, IA, and Sarah Tabor of Iowa City, IA; and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dennison, a son Robert D. "Bob" Tabor, and a brother Merritt Joseph Dwigans Jr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Heifer International.

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

 



John Larry Fitz


John Larry Fitz, 74, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 2, 2019 at Ennoble Nursing and Rehab, surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Jack Redmon officiating and military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may visit after 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

John was born on June 6, 1944 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Frank and Anna (Thompson) Fitz. He was a United States Marine during the Vietnam War, serving from November 7, 1961 to August 26, 1972.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Divinity, Summa Cum Lade, and Master's Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Dubuque.

He married Betty Elaine Bateman on August 26, 1972 at Faith United Methodist Church in Dubuque.

John was self-employed. He owned and operated a roofing and siding company, did small home improvements, recovered and refinished furniture, small engine repair and lawn care.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 6 and the American Red Cross.

He loved boating, camping, and fishing, as well as sharing the vast knowledge he had gained over the years. He ruled his home with an iron fist, yet he had a strong sense of humor and was always trying to embarrass you.

He is survived by his wife Betty; Daughters Tammy (Jeff) Benson, Ardeth (Jason) Steffen, Nicole (Josh) Hocking and there 6 children; eight grandchildren, Tasha, Jessica, Jake, Sierra, Drake, Kaden, Skyla, Treyton; 6 great grandchildren; Brothers Gene (Shirley) Fitz, Ron (Janet) Fitz, Harold (Anna) Fitz; Sisters Patti Shinneman, Jodeen Fitz, Barbara Welsh, Shirley (Larry) Davis, Marsha Schulz, Rhonda ( Chuck) Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; Father and Mother-in-law Gerald and Elnora Bateman; son Carlton Fitz; Grandson David; Granddaughter Alonna; Brothers Russel, Frankie; and his special dog Gemini.

The family wishes to extend very special thank you to the Theresa Schoenfeld, Hospice of Dubuque, Jen Fondell, and the Rockstar treatment from Ennoble Nursing and Rehab.



Lee L. Kirkpatrick


Lee L. "Rusty" Kirkpatrick, 86, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at home.

A visitation will be held from 10am-12pm., Friday, February 8 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Committal services will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where Military Rites will be accorded.

Lee was born on January 23, 1933 in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Lloyd and Ruth (Foley) Kirkpatrick.

He married Barbara A. Kelly on September 7, 1957 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on November 14, 2008.

Lee served our country in the United States Marine Corps League during the Korean Conflict. He worked at Flexsteel for many years. He enjoyed bowling, traveling and spending winters in South Padre, Texas.

He is survived by his children, Mary Jo (Gary) Anderson, Karen (John) Rogan, and Mike (Carolyn) Kirkpatrick, all of Dubuque, and Kathy (Bruce) Neyens, of Lewisville, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; siblings, Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Janet (Tom) Conry; and a brother-in-law, John E. Kelly (Karen Caldwell).

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and his son, James Kirkpatrick.

Memorial may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



Bonita F. Fettkether


Bonita F. "Bonnie" Fettkether, 84, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, Iowa. 

Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12 Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa where the American Legion Auxiliary will gather at 4 p.m. for their service. Private family funeral service and burial at St. Francis Cemetery.

Bonnie was born April 8, 1934, in Marengo, Iowa the daughter of Willard and Marie (Rauch) Mumby. She married Donald L. Fettkether October 5, 1950 in Marengo, Iowa. Together they owned and operated Fett's Meadow Gold Dairy in Dyersville.

She was known as the "Avon Lady" for 25 years. Bonnie enjoyed crocheting, garage sales, playing cards & games, traveling (which included all 50 states and many tropical islands) and was an avid reader. She also loved a good Elvis show at the Casino. She was a loving and devoted, mom, gram, and great-gram. The pride and focus of her life was her family.

Bonnie is survived by her children: Charles Fettkether of Iowa City, Linda (George) LeMay of Worthington, Kathy (Randy) Harter of New Vienna, grandchildren: Matthew (Bre) Fettkether, Jesse (Stephanie) Fettkether, Joshua (Kelley) Fettkether, Brenda LeMay (special friend, Brad Wynn), Jeffrey (Emily) LeMay, Brian (Fiancé, Michelle Haberkorn) Steger, great grandchildren: Kylee and Madison Fettkether, Nathan and Nicholas Stelken, Blair Woodward, Carter and Layla Steger, Brandon Kipper, in-laws: Dr. Kenneth (Lois) Fettkether of Marengo, Mary Alice Fettkether of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Don in 2006, sons: Robert, David, and James Fettkether and brother in-law, Howard Fettkether.

The family would like to thank Dr. Snyder and the Dyersville Mercy Medical nursing staff for their compassionate care. Also a thank you to the St. Francis Xavier Clergy.

Memorials can be made to Mercy Autism Center of Dubuque.

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



Ariel Shakura Davis


Ariel Shakura Davis, 8-year-old daughter of Sheila Turner and Reginald Davis, passed away surrounded by her family and in the arms of her mother on January 31st, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday February 8th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Friday until time of service. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Ariel aspired to be a princess fairy, so we request that all who attend wear pink and white in honor or Ariel.

Ariel was born on September 6, 2010 at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, IL. She was a 2nd grader at Audubon Elementary School in Dubuque.

Ariel was a girly girl, she loved her tiaras and tutus. She had her way of impacting the lives of every person she came in contact with because of her bold but kind and sweet personality.

Ariel was always creative and once put together an entire play, acted it out and narrated at the same time. She loved to play dress up, acting out a character she made up or dressing like her favorite frozen princess, Elsa. She would jump on the bed and act out the Let It Go scene in the movie word for word, move for move. Ariel is a little angel that will always be loved, never forgotten and forever missed.

Ariel is survived by her parents, Sheila Turner and Reginald Davis; her sister Shalieria and brother Orion. Her aunt Erica and uncle Bernard; her grandmother Jeanette; great grandmother Secless; great aunts Alene, Ida, Sheila, and LaSharon. Great uncles Larry, Darnell, Darryl, Sheroy and Stanley along with several cousins.

Ariel was preceded in death by her grandmother Velma Davis and a brother Reginald Davis Jr.

Memorials in Ariel's name may be sent to Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, Iowa.

No words can describe how much you meant to me, every moment we shared I will cherish for eternity, you came into our life and filled it with joy. From the time you were born, it was a special day. You came out fighting the doctors and I knew then this world would never stand in your way. As you grew so did your light, and now that your gone you are my angel that helps me sleep throughout the night. You left your mark on everyone you met, with the energy of a star no one will ever forget. This is one of the hardest things I have ever faced in my life and the love that you brought was priceless. So, it will always leave me with the question, WHY??
DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL



William C. Wilmarth


William C. Wilmarth, age 82, of Galena, IL, passed away on February 4, 2019 at home.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February, 11, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Galena with Rev. Catiana McKay officiating. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the church. Cremation rites have been afforded. Burial of the cremated remains will be immediately following the service at Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.

Bill was born June 13, l936 in Galena, IL son of C.K. "Jim" and Evelyn (Hansing) Wilmarth.

He attended school in Galena and Robinsdale, MN and graduated from Galena High School in 1954. Bill served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958. He was stationed in Okinawa, Kume Jima and Texas. Upon his honorable discharge from the Air Force he began his studies at Wisconsin State College and Institute of Technology -Platteville, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1962. In 1972 he completed his MA degree from Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa.

He married Donna Pope on June 6, 1970 at the United Methodist Church in Galena,

Bill was a teacher in the Galena School System for 34 years, retiring in 1996. Prior to retirement he worked as a grounds keeper at Le Fevre Inn in Galena and after retiring Bill worked part time at Veterinary Associates in Galena.

Surviving is his wife Donna; his son, David (Heidi) Wilmarth of Galena and his beloved grandson, Benjamin Wilmarth. He is also survived by two sisters Duane "Daney" Fitzpatrick, Freeport, Phyllis  Lininger of Hot Springs National Park, AK, a sister in law JoAnn (Keith) Hesselbacher, 7 nieces and nephews,  16 great nieces and nephews and  numerous  great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Joseph and Marieta Pope, 2 brother in laws, Franklin "Fitz" Fitzpatrick, and Tom Lininger, a great niece Carrie Clark, and a great-great nephew, Cline Becker.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Autism Speaks, Galena School Foundation, The Galena Foundation or the Galena United Methodist Church.

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

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



Ethel Jean Kuchel

Ethel Jean Kuchel, 87, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 5, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial will be held from the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery at a later date. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place.

Ethel Jean Flenker was born on March 26, 1931 in Scott County, Iowa, to John and Katherina (Schmidt) Flenker. She was a graduate of Bennett High School. She married Virgil L. Kuchel on November 20, 1954 in Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 4, 2004.

Ethel Jean had worked as a bank teller for many years.

She was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Toronto and the Oxford Junction American Legion Post#473 Ladies Auxiliary. She had previously served on the Oxford Junction Board of Housing and had volunteered at the Oxford Junction Senior Center.

She enjoyed birdwatching and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Ethel Jean's memory include her children, Sheryl Kuchel of Cedar Rapids, IA, Ann Hootman of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Keith (Kim) Kuchel of Lost Nation, IA; a brother, Harlan Flenker of Davenport, IA; 6 grandchildren, Jack who is part of the Honor Guard in VA, Jake who is serving his country in the U.S. Army in Korea, Sadie, Shane, Kelvin and Nova; and 4 great-grandchildren, Bryer, Macale, Emersyn and Rhianna.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Melvin and Glen, sisters Janice Flenker, Elaine Kolwey and LaVerne Fogg, and a son Kevin.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Darlene K. Ahlers


Darlene K. Ahlers, 73, of Worthington, Iowa, passed away at her home Tuesday morning, February 5, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She made a valiant attempt at fighting her cancer.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a later date. The Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa is assisting the family.
Darlene Kay (Tobin) Ahlers was born on June 7, 1945 in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Alma (Klein) Tobin. On April 4, 1964 she was united in marriage to Carey Ahlers of Farley, they were married at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa.

She had a great love for euchre and would say "I'm here to play." Darlene enjoyed the casino's, scratch offs and bingo, but most of all her family. Her personality was greater than life and her smile would light up a room. She worked at Ertl's most of her life and created a special group of friends that played cards and dice. She also enjoyed spending time "junking" with her son Carey Ahlers Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Carey Ahlers of Worthington, IA, five children, Carey (Deana) Ahlers Jr. of Worthington, Curt (Angie) Ahlers and Crystal (Rick) Thompson both of Marion, Carmen (& friend, Rod Friedlein) of Dyersville and Cher (Craig) Brimeyer of Farley; 12 grandchildren, Ashley, Courtney, Dean, Josh, Jesse, Nicole, Tiffany, Tyler, Alivia, Brandon, Brooke and Ellie; 10 great grandchildren, Ariah, Bentley, Oliver, Selena, Mia, Jackson, Kennedy, Jaylinn, Rayne, and Ivy Rose. There are 2 step grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving sister, Margie Althoff of Manchester and her special friend and step sister, Jayne Ostwinkle, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Gladys (Robert) Jaeger, DelRose (Ernie) Ostwinkle and Shirley (Gilbert) Rave; brothers, Sylvester and Alfred Jr. (Anna Mae) Tobin; sister-in-law, Marcille (Laverne) Pins and Janice Geers; her brother-in-law, Clarence Althoff, Lawrence (Mary) Ahlers.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and visiting nurses and everyone for their prayers, food, cards and a special thank you to Julie Ostwinkle for her loving care and support that she has given to our family.

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



Norma Jean Roloff


Norma Jean Roloff died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, February 1, 2019, following a courageous journey with cancer.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 8, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, and from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 9, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with burial following at Memorial Gardens.

Norma Jean was born on March 2, 1933 in Ossian, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Marie Ehler.

She attended several country schools while growing up, and at the age of 16, she bravely left the family farm and headed to Dubuque on her own. She would tell us stories of pulling in to Dubuque for the first time, driving down Central Avenue and being in awe of all the lights and stores.

Norma Jean was an extremely hard worker. When she arrived in Dubuque, she began working at Mercy Hospital. She later worked at Sweetheart Bakery for 26 years until her retirement in 1988.

Norma Jean dedicated her life to her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was blessed with two daughters, Barb and Marlene through her marriage with John Wall. In 1962, she met the love of her life, Lawrence Roloff, at St. John Lutheran Church. He was bound and determined to marry her, even sitting outside on her front porch until she said "yes". They were married in 1964, and she was blessed with another daughter, Amy. They went on to share many happy years together with their blended family of 7 children. She and Larry shared a wonderful life together for forty-four years until his passing on April 12, 2009.

She instilled a strong work ethic, her love for cooking, appreciation of music, and the importance of being together as a family. Norma Jean also stressed the importance of faith in God, the power of prayer, and value of attending church. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and appreciated her church family.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her three daughters and sons-in-law. Barbara (Pat) Shepherd, of Peosta, IA, Marlene (Dan) Frye, of Asbury, IA, Amy (Ryan) Poyner, of Davenport, IA. Her grandchildren - Dawn Shepherd, John (Tanya) Shepherd, Megan (Tim) Michel, Emily (Tad) Schoeny and Emma and Nathan Poyner. She was also blessed with 9 great-grandchildren - Adrianna, Alivia and Abigail Jean Shepherd, Lily, Maggie and Owen Michel, and Nora, Stella and Lyla Schoeny. She is also survived by four step-children - Diane (Don) Riedl of Sherrill, IA, Pam (Dan) Wiederholt of Long Grove, IA, Steve Roloff of Lancaster, WI, and Sheila (Charlie) Dimke of Galena, IL, as well as four step-grandchildren - Jessica (Donovan) Moser, Kevin (Emily) Riedl, Carrie (Robbie) Aristodemo and Jenny (Kevin) Hulson. She has 6 step great-grandchildren, and one more on the way.

She is survived by one brother, Donald Ehler and three sisters, Bea Johnson, Dorothy Hageman and Bernice Johnson.

Norma Jean was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Linus and Cletus Ehler, sister Joan Halvorson, and brothers-in-law Carl Johnson, Alex Hageman, Harold Henry, Calvin Johnson, Glen Hammerand, and sister-in-laws Mary Ehler and Mary Anna Hammerand.

Memorials to honor her life will be shared with Norma Jean's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his amazing nurse, Kate, for their professional care, thoughtfulness and patience. We were blessed to have Allison, Betsy, Jennie and Jan from Hospice of Dubuque provide Norma Jean and our family so much kindness and compassion during this journey.

 

 



Dr. Fredrick R. May


Dr. Fredrick R. "Fred" May, 83, of Louisburg WI, was called home peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Friends and the community may pay their respects from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6 at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center, 3685 County HHH, Kieler, Wisconsin, where the parish prayer/scripture service will be at 2:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday February 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, with visitation an hour preceding the service. Presiding over the service are Reverend Bernard Rott, Reverend Jack Paisley, and Deacon Larry Tranel. Following mass he will be laid to rest at the Louisburg Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Fred was born on April 6, 1935 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Elmer and Melita (Carney) May. He married the love of his life, Mary Jo Leibold, on November 28, 1957.

Fred attended Saint Patrick's School, Loras Academy and Loras College. He earned his degree in Dentistry from Marquette University and went on to serve his country in the United States Air Force. He played basketball at Loras, leading all Division III colleges in free throw percentage his junior year.

Fred was a member of the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association and Dubuque District Dental Society from 1963 to 1997. Loved by his patients and staff alike, he was awarded the Dubuque District Dental Association sponsored event "Boss of the Year" in 1975. He was an accomplished dentist for 35 years and his practice was continued by his son Dr. William F. May and granddaughters Dr. Lindsey Eddy and Dr. Emily McGuire. They continue to incorporate Fred's firm belief in their practice which is, "People don't care how much you know, but they know how much you care."

Following his retirement from dentistry he was able to dedicate the remainder of his days to the love of the land with the love of his life, Mary Jo. He spent many winter months in Corpus Christi, TX. He enjoyed attending children/grandchildren sports and recreational activities, golfing, country dancing, harvesting on the farm, and was an ongoing fixture at Farmers Market.

Fred was a big believer in leaving everything better than when he found it. He was a master arborist and a good steward of the land. He planted over 70,000 trees, contour stripped the land and converted to organic farming. He rarely left a card game of "Solo" or "Euchre" without some coins in his pocket.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Mary Jo, brother, Dr. Elmer C. (Sandy) May.  Children, Dr. William (Karen) May, Robert (Crystal) May, Terence May, Douglas (Michele) May, Brian (Amy) May, and Gregory (Ann) May. Grandchildren, Dr. Lindsey (Kelen) Eddy, Dr. Emily (Scott) McGuire, Stephanie (Jeff) Ludovissy, Dr. Meghan (Jacob) Wendland, Eric (Emily) May, Jacob May, Morgan (Jared) McGovern, Derek May, Mackenzie May, Victoria May, Elizabeth May, Caroline May, Patrick May, Grace May, Christian May, Dominic May, Alex Breen, Emily May, and Cameron May.  Great Grand Children, Jackson, Brooklyn, Franny and Grace McGuire, Jordyn, Taylor, and Brady Ludovissy.

Fred was preceded in death by parents Elmer and Melita (Carney) May, Sisters, Mary Patterson, Melita Kunnert, and Alberta Taylor.

We would like to thank Dr. Brian Sullivan and the medical staff at Mercy Hospital for their compassion and professional comfort care. We would also like to thank the families and caregivers that provided unlimited support to Fred and Mary Jo through the years.

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

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



Sister Deanna Randall, BVM (Mariel)


Sister Deanna Randall, BVM (Mariel), 81, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Deanna was an elementary teacher in Grayslake, Ill.; Chicago; and Bellerose, N.Y. She was an administrator, director and/or teacher at Montessori schools in Oak Park, Ill.; Denver, Colo.; and Jackson and Clarksdale, Miss.

She was born on July 6, 1937, in Denver, Colo., to Lesley and Margery Pavela Randall. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1956, from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Oklahoma City, Okla. She professed first vows on Feb. 3, 1959, and final vows on July 16, 1964.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a sister Juanita (Ray) Johnson, Pine, Colo.; a niece; a nephew; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 62 years.

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

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, Iowa 52002 is in charge of arrangements.



Eunice C. Woosley


Eunice C. "Lois" Woosley, age 87 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, while in the loving care of her family.  To celebrate Eunice's life, private family services are being held in California.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Eunice's family.

Eunice was born on February 25, 1931, in San Antonio, Texas, a daughter to Glenn and Dorothy (Kinze) Tillinghast.  She eventually started a family of her own, being blessed with 4 children from her first marriage to Richard Thomas Nuttall, Sr.  She did finally meet the love of her life, Louis Woosley and they spent 37 wonderful years together before he was sadly called home in 2011.  Her children were her life and they would continually and gladly run down the batteries on their ear pieces just to allow Eunice to share a few more stories which she felt needed to be told.  She loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren, and continually strived to leave behind a positive example of love which will now thankfully carry on in the generations to follow. 

After graduating from high school, Eunice decided she wanted to see the rest of the world out there and gain as many experiences as she could in this life.  She was a model in her younger years before she began her career in the insurance industry.  She owned her own insurance company for many years in California before moving to the Seattle area.  She spent some time as a court reporter, a clerk of court and even hosted her own Christian Talk Show in Bowling Green, Kentucky before eventually retiring and moving up to Dubuque to be close to her daughter.  Eunice quickly found comfort among her new friends and neighbors in Dubuque and her final stop on the tour of life experiences was now complete.  She decided to work at Fazoli's to pass some of the spare hours in her day, but her real passion was truly found in the hours of socializing she would fill her time with.  Her hobbies of bowling, snow skiing and softball had long been relinquished, but her drive to simply visit and share her wealth of knowledge with anyone who would listen had never diminished.  

Eunice was a proud, beautiful, vibrant, strong and tender-hearted woman who only wanted to make the world a better place around her.  She will be deeply missed more than words can say, but we also know that the heart breaks of losing her daughter and husband were never going to be mended while she was still here with us.  Now, Eunice is able to enjoy a most glorious family reunion and no doubt embracing the opportunity to bend their ears a little until we meet again.  Thank you, Eunice for sharing your bright and wonderful spirit with us for 87 years and may we find comfort in the days, weeks and months ahead in the abundance of memories you've left behind.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Eunice include,

her children,
Kathy (Jerry Fassbinder) Winner, Asbury, IA,
Deborah (Randy) Richardson, Lucerne Valley, CA,
and Richard Thomas Nuttall, San Francisco, CA;

her grandchildren,
Brian (Tara) Astgen, Glendale, AZ,
Jeff Astgen, Newport Beach, CA,
and Michelle Journeay, Hesperia, CA;

her great-grandchildren,
Kinsley and Kierlyn Astgen and Tyler and Haley Kavanagh;

her sister,
Elaine Schuenemann, Texas;

her dear friends and family through love,
Jill (Jeff) Reimer, Dubuque, IA;

along with several nieces and nephews.

Eunice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis Woosley; her daughter, Caron Nuttall; and her brother-in-law, Otto Schuenemann.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's in Eunice's name.

Eunice's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the Hawkeye Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional, kind and sincere care of Eunice and her family.

Online condolences may be shared with Eunice's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 



Peter R. Beau


Peter R. Beau, 71, of South Wayne, WI and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 at home. 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Sharing of memories will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. 

Peter was born May 8, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Roy and Rosemary (Strief) Beau. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, where at 6'6 he was a valuable member of the basketball team. He continued his education at the University of Dubuque, earning his B.S. He married Tara Martin on August 14, 1970 in Key West, IA.  Peter was employed at Dubuque Golf & Country Club, and as a beloved teacher for the Department of Defense Dependent School (DoDDS) in Germany, retiring after 20 years. He was a member of the Conservation Club of Gratiot, WI. Peter loved to garden, planting all kinds of vegetables and fruit trees. He loved to collect and shell walnuts from his many walnut trees. He was a devoted father and grandfather, and loved playing with his grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband to his wife, Tara, who learned to never say she liked something unless she meant it, because Peter would make sure to go back and buy it for her.  

Peter is survived by his wife, Tara of South Wayne, WI; two daughters, Melissa Beau-Powell of Rockford, IL, and Tava  (Jerry) Frazier of Memphis, TN; four grandchildren, Alec, Peyton, and Carson Powell, and Maya Frazier; his siblings RoseAnn Lightle of Kansas City, MO, Sharon (Ronnie) Juergens of Maquoketa, Roger (Barb) Beau of Vinton, IA, and Jerry (Nan) Beau of Maquoketa; his siblings in law, John (Joanne Georgulis) Martin of Dubuque, Tom (Rhonda Hudgins) Martin of Dubuque, George (Charlotte) Martin of East Dubuque, IL, and Mary (Mitch Eyres) Martin of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin granddaughters, Karlee and Kayla Powell; a grandson Jacob Beau; and a brother in law Rex Lightle. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the ALS Association. 

The family would like to thank Hospice of Monroe, WI. 

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

 

 



Steven E. Pasco


Steven Eugene "Steve" Pascoe, 66 years young (formerly of DeWitt, IA) passed away peacefully after a brief illness, on February 1, 2019 at Beaver Dam Community Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Josh Martyn officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Steve was born to Melvin and Lois (Dietzman) on July 19, in Hazel Green, WI. Steve was raised on a farm in Elk Grove, WI, later moving to Cuba City, graduating from Cuba City High School in 1970. In 1974, he married Deb Arnold in Dubuque, IA and together they raised two strong willed daughters.

Steve retired from John Deere Davenport Works after more than 25 years. He also worked at Coradco Windows, mowed the grass at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and worked in a butcher shop. Steve enjoyed outdoor cooking, hunting, fishing, working on cars, woodworking and loved his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Deb; daughters Sara (Scott) of Oshkosh, WI and Beth (Justin) Kannas of Willmar, MN; beloved grandchildren Chas (soccer fanatic), Gus (Papa's facetime buddy), Madelyn (social butterfly), and twins - Sophia (Papas Packer's Fan) and Ella (Vikings Fanatic against Papa's wishes); sisters Carolyn Mills, Spring Valley, CA and Cindy (Jim) Farrell of Marshfield, WI; stepfather Guerdon (Roselyn) Voigts of Belmont, WI; step-siblings Harry (Mary) Voigts, Darilyn Gorton, Nancy (Roger) McCarville, Sally (Paul) LaChance; an aunt Ellen Wiegl; sister-in-law Annette Arnold; brother-in-law Mark Arnold; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, infant brother, brothers in law Brian Arnold & Brad Mills, and cousin Phillip Robbins.

The family would like to thank the Beaver Dam EMS, amazing staff at BDCH, especially Drs. McCormick, Mrani and DeAngelo; andthe Lifestar team.

In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation.



Sarah J. Wolfe


Sarah Jean (Pfab) Wolfe, 49, of Peosta died at 1:30 pm on Friday, February 1 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from 2 to 6pm followed by the memorial service at 6pm at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Hills and Dales.

Sarah was born on February 26, 1969, in Dubuque, the daughter of Ernest and Ann (Kramer) Pfab. On November 22, 1997, she was united in marriage to Scott Ray Wolfe at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Garryowen.

Sarah spent her life devoted to serving others. She was an occupational therapist assistant for several years before she became a stay-at-home mom where she always put her children first. When Sarah moved back to this area, she worked at Hills and Dales for eight years where she went above and beyond for her clients. She loved Harry Potter, Supernatural, Bones, and Deadpool. Sarah had great taste in music and the best dance moves. Jack and Envy were her favorite furry friends.

She had a truly kind, generous, and selfless soul. Sarah was dedicated to family and her clients. She always had a smile and contagious laughter. Wherever she went, she made everyone feel welcome. Sarah truly touched so many lives in her short life. 

She is survived by her husband, Scott Wolfe, of Peosta; three children: Brenna (fiancé Josh Dausener) Wolfe, Becca Wolfe, and Tyler Wolfe; her mother: Ann Pfab, of Peosta; five siblings: Dennis (Julie) Pfab of West St. Paul, MN, Dean (Kris) Pfab of Bernard, Luke Pfab of Ankeny, Ellen (Tim) Halloran, of Pittsburgh, PA, and Jude Pfab of Peosta; her mother-in-law, Sandy Wolfe of York, NE, a brother-in-law, Kelly (Dareda) Wolfe of York, NE, several cousins and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Elmer and Sylveria Kramer and Henry and Regina Pfab, father, Ernie Pfab, father-in-law, Larry Wolfe, and her cousins, Michael and Karla Schneider and Christopher Goedken.

The family would like to thank the wonderful Centralia/Peosta EMTs and Mercy Hospital emergency room staff for taking great care of Mom.

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

 

 

 



Herbert G. Heims


Herbert G. Heims, 78, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Herbert may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5th at the funeral home.

Services for Herbert will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Conway presiding. Burial will be held at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was born on April 9, 1940, in Bankston, Iowa, son of Frank and Marie (Evers) Heims. He received his education from the Ryan area schools. On September 21, 1961 he was united in marriage Mary Pierce at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Temple Hill, IA. The Couple farmed for 25 years in the rural Monticello and Worthington areas. He was also employed with Plumbing and Heating contractors in the area.

He was a member of the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, IA.

He is survived by his wife Mary Heims of Dyersville, IA; four children, Berna (Lyle) McNamara of Prairieburg, IA, Brian (Mary) Heims of Monticello, IA, Brad Heims of Worthington, IA and Brenda (Brian) Edmonds of Peosta, IA; 11 grandchildren, Dennis and Kyle McNamara, Jesse Heims and Kellie (Brian) Crowley, Kara, Michael and Ashley Edmonds, Elleyna, Annika, Emilee and Caleb Heims; 3 great grandchildren, two siblings, Jean Ann Pasker and Steve (Beth) Heims both of Manchester, IA; and a sister-in-law, Rita Heims of Coggan, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elmer Heims and a brother-in-law, Jerry Pasker.

A Herbert G. Heims memorial fund has been established.

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



Patricia D. Schmitt


Patricia Diann (Loso) Schmitt, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson St., Dubuque, where friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK is assisting the family.

Patricia was born on July 6, 1943, daughter of Delores (Hamann) Loso and Herman Loso. She graduated from Senior High School in 1961.

Patricia married Richard G. Schmitt on February 3, 1962 and was a homemaker who raised their three children.

Patricia has been a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Gambling was her favorite pasttime; the Q Casino was her home away from home. She also enjoyed taking trips to Las Vegas with her family. Patricia loved shopping and was an expert at finding the best deal. She was an amazing cook who always made everyone's favorites during the holidays which resulted in having way too much food. Her turkey and dressing will be missed the most. Ca, as she was referred to by her grandchildren, was their biggest supporter and was known to "fix everything." Patricia was the most kind, generous, and loving person and will be missed by many.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Richard G. Schmitt; her daughter Misti (Larry Flogel), and their children, Hunter, Dylan, and Triclyn; her son Brook (Kimberly) Schmitt and their children, Chandler and Lauren; her daughter Laci (Steven) Ernst and their children, Carter, Melanie, Kylie, and Brecker, and brothers and sisters in law, Kenneth Ranson, Kathy (Gary) Sisler, Marc (Dee) Schmitt, and June (Pat) Hancock.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a loving grandmother, Alma Hamann who helped to raise her; her brother, Robert L. Loso, and her sister, Sandra J. Ranson.



Timothy J. Hoffman Sr.


Timothy J. "Tim" Hoffman Sr., 51, of Andrew, IA, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2215 Windsor Ave. Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, February 4, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Tim was born August 4, 1967 in Dubuque, the son of Harold P. and Ruth H. (Budde) Hoffman. He graduated from Wahlert High School with the class of 1985, and was an altar server at Sacred Heart Catholic Church throughout his younger years. He married Bridgetta O'Meara on August 2, 1997. Tim was an avid Cubs, Bears, and Nascar fan. He loved to camp and grill out. Tim had a big heart and cared about everyone. He had a beautiful smile, and was deeply proud of his wife and his four boys.

Tim is survived by his wife, Bridgetta of Andrew; four sons, Thomas James (Katie) Hoffman and their son Thomas James Dolan, of Rochester, MN, Timothy "Timmy" (Paige) Hoffman Jr. of Cedar Rapids, Tyler Hoffman, and Trevor Hoffman, both of Andrew; his siblings Ronald (Beth) Hoffman, Sharon (Dick) Feller, Patti (Bill) Dix, and Martin (Karen) Hoffman, all of Dubuque; his sister in law, Maggie Hoffman of Dubuque; his mother in law, Eunice O'Meara of Maquoketa; his siblings in law Katrina O'Meara of Maquoketa, Heather (Adam) Bauer of Dubuque, Amanda (Mike) Bicknese of Oxford Junction, Lynn Adams of MS, Jim (Cheryl) O'Meara of Topeka, KS, Tonisha Christina O'Meara, and Bo Dean John O'Meara, both of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents; his brother David H. Hoffman; his nephew Ronnie Hoffman II; his father in law Dean J. O'Meara; and his brother in law Frank O'Meara.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Timothy J. Hoffman Sr. Memorial Fund .

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



Richard E. Wortley


Richard E. "Dick" Wortley, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 1, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 4th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Fr. Kevin Goodrich officiating and military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may visit after 4:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home until time of service.

Dick was born on February 27, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of George and Dorothy (Jones) Wortley, Sr. He is a United States Army Veteran serving two tours in Germany from 1964 to 1973 and completed his service at Camp David.

He married Nancy Kettering on December 5, 1992 in Dubuque.

Dick worked as a carpenter most of his life, he was self-employed in South Carolina and also in Dubuque. In 1985 he took a position at Dubuque Greyhound Park as Assistance Maintenance Director. He was lastly employed with Quad Graphics retiring in 2012.

He enjoyed all sports, he was an avid golfer, bowler and was a great pool shot.

Dick found humor in every situation, he was very devoted to his family and will be miss by all who knew and loved him

He is survived by his wife Nancy; one son Richard (Stephanie) Wortley Jr., of Nashville, TN, five grandchildren, Dallas, Taylor, Brayden, Nolan, and Allison. Two great grandchildren Alexander and Olivia. One sister Jean (Melvin) Key, of Dubuque. Father and mother-in-law Theron and Alice Nothaft; brothers and sisters-in-law Steve (Colleen) Kettering, of Dubuque, Pam (Norm) Thompson, of Marion, IA, Michael Kettering, of Dubuque, and Dave (Jenny) Kettering, of East Dubuque, IL, and Thelma Wortley of Dubuque along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, George Wortley Jr, Jack Wortley, Patricia "Pat" (Bob) Edminster, Bill Wortley, Jim Wortley, and Robert Wortley in infancy.

In lieu of flowers a Richard E. Wortley memorial fund was established.

The family wishes to extend very special thank you to the entire staff of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital especially the ICU and 5th Floor nursing staff along with Dr. Ronald Schope for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Dick and his family.



Arline H. Dieterich


Arline Helen Dieterich, 100, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on January 27, 2019.  Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2019 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with an Order of the Eastern Star service at 9:30 and followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Arline was born November 25, 1918, in Dubuque, theonly child of Gilbert Julius Dieterich and Bessie Frances (Young) Dieterich.

Arline was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque attending IrvingElementaryWashington JuniorHigh and graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1937.

While a student at the University of Dubuqueshe also attended The Dubuque Academy of Music.  She graduated from the University of Dubuque, class of 1941. 

After graduation, Arline taught in Janesville, Iowa for a year.  

She worked for the DCSD as a "traveling teacher". She was an elementary music teacher from1944-1984at Fulton, Jackson, Bryant and Sageville Elementary Schools, retiring on June 1, 1984.

Arline wished to be remembered as a"lady of principles". Home was important to her, where her heart was, and where she wanted to live out her lifeamong the rolling hills of beautiful, what was then called Woodlawn Park addition, where countless hours of peace and quiet were a source of enjoyment.

Faith was also very important to Arline; and she stayed young at heart as she cared for her parents and grandparents as they aged, and during her retirement, volunteered for 19 years at Finley Hospital.

Arline was a 71 year member of the Lamda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women educators.  She served in various capacities, including President, Vice-President and Parliamentarian. She was also a 74 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Julien Chapter 125, where she also served in various positions, including Chaplain, Marshal, and Treasurer.   

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

She was preceded in death by her parents, maternal grandmother Mary Elizabeth Patterson Young; paternal grandparents H.O. and Anna Dieterich; aunts, uncles, cousins, countless friends, neighbors, and former students who through the years were like extended family. 

Memorials may be given to the University of Dubuque, Finley Hospital, St Luke's United Methodist Church or DCSD Education Foundation.

 

 



Jordan R. Kunde


Jordan R. Kunde, 34, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Jordan's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Monday, February 4, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Jordan Robert Kunde was born on July 19, 1984 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Richard Harold and Anne (Spaete) Kunde. He was a 2003 graduate of Midland High School and then attended Iowa State University in Ames. He married Abby Shillingford on August 23, 2018 in Tipton, Iowa.

Jordan had worked for Rochester Motor Cars as a car sales manager for several years. He currently was working as a performance consultant for Cox Automotive.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, stock car racing, and hanging with family and friends. He had a love of farming and was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Those left to honor Jordan's memory include his wife, Abby Kunde of Baldwin, IA; a son, Samuel August Kunde of Baldwin, IA; a step-daughter, Olivia Skogerbo of Kasson, MN; his mother and step-father, Anne and Dave Coffman of Muscatine, IA; his father and step-mother, Richard and Susan Kunde of Baldwin, IA; brothers, Andy Kunde of Coggin, IA, and Spencer Kunde of Williamsburg, IA; step-sister, Chelsea (Mike) Van Blaricom of Davenport, IA; step-brother, Andrew (Erin) Coffman of Severance, CO; paternal grandmother, Lois Kunde of Maquoketa, IA; maternal step-grandfather, John Coffman of Davenport, IA; a nephew Keenan Hall; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Harold Kunde, maternal grandparents Robert and Dolores Spaete, paternal step-grandparents Sylvia and Cecil Costello, and maternal step-grandmother Roberta Coffman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be sent to Ohnward Bank and Trust in Baldwin under the account Kunde Strong.

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

 



Delbert J. Kaiser


Delbert J. "Delby" Kaiser, 85, of Darlington, Wisconsin, formerly Kieler and Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Lafayette Manor in Darlington. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Delby was born on July 16, 1933, in Grant County, Wisconsin, the son of John C. and Margaret (Gerhard) Kaiser. He married Alice J. Riesselman on June 6, 1959, in East Dubuque, Illinois. She preceded him in death on April 27, 2017. Delby served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and worked as a carpenter for many tri-state area carpenters.

Delby was a member of AA, celebrating 34 years of sobriety. He was also a member Immaculate Conception Church, the Knights of Columbus, Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department, the Sandy Hook Tug-of-War Team for many years, and an assistant Webelo Leader for the Boy Scouts. Delby enjoyed hunting, camping and watching the Packers. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include four daughters, Theresa (James) Davis, Montfort, WI, Mickey (Mike Fields) Kaiser, Darlington, WI, Cathy Demuth, Waterloo, IA, and Lori (Greg) Goodman, Oakdale, MN; a son, Dave (Noreen) Kaiser, Kieler; a sister, Annette Miller, Dubuque, IA; three brothers, Richard Kaiser, Galena, IL, Robert (Judy) Kaiser, Kieler, WI, and Harold Kaiser, Haltom City, TX; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Willard P. "Willy" Kaiser on January 19, 2004, a son-in-law, David W. Demuth on February 6, 2007; an infant twin granddaughter (Erica's twin), Erin Kaiser, on January 17, 1987; a brother, Merlin; two sisters-in-law, Bernita and Shirley Kaiser; and a brother-in-law, Richard Miller.

An Delbert J. Kaiser Memorial Fund has been established.

Delbert's family would like to thank the staffs of Darlington Memorial Hospital and Lafayette Manor.

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



Frances M. Klaren


Frances M. Klaren, 91, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue at the funeral home Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. prior to funeral services. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in St. Paul Cemetery, Worthington. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Frances was born March 11, 1927, in Farley, Iowa the daughter of William and Mary (Drees) Stelken. Frances attended St. Joseph school in Farley graduating in 1944. She continued her education, obtaining her teaching certificate from the University of Dubuque. Frances taught in a one room school house. She married Urban J. Klaren on June 7, 1951 in Farley.

Frances was a farm wife for many years and worked side by side with her husband. She was a CNA at Shady Rest until her retirement. Frances was an excellent baker, her rhubarb pie was unmatched. Her pride and joy were her four grandchildren, and she spoiled them with all her love, affection and homemade goodies. She was a proud grandmother, she enjoyed watching them excel in their academic endeavors as well as athletics and band. Her love for teaching never waned as she volunteered as a teacher's helper in her daughter-in-law's classroom. Her faith was very strong and meant a lot to her, supporting her parish was a priority. Her grandmotherly touch was felt throughout her community, as she profoundly affected the lives of many people.

Frances is survived by her son: Tom (Kay) Klaren of Dyersville, daughter-in-law, Joan Klaren of Dyersville, grandchildren: Nicholas Klaren of Cedar Rapids, Dr. William Klaren of Racine, WI, Brian (Samantha) Klaren of North Liberty, Dr. Rachel (Brandon) Bollaert of Milwaukee, WI, great grandson: Jackson Thomas Klaren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Urban in 1972, one son, Daniel Klaren in 2011, siblings: Lucille (Ambrose) Arnold, Anita Stelken in infancy, in-laws: Nick (Armella) Klaren, Les (Delores) Klaren, Veronica (Earl) Cole, Lucille (Donald) Cole, and Dorothy (Ben) Dueschner.

The Klaren family would like to thank the nursing staff at Mercy Dyersville and Dubuque for their excellent care and compassion. A special thanks to Edna Scherbring with Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be directed to St. Francis Xavier School and Beckman Catholic High School.

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



Donald G. Wernke


Donald G. "Don" Wernke, age 80, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:20 p.m., on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, February 4, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, February 4, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Don was born on September 8, 1938, in Edgewood, Iowa, son of Henry and Ida (Digman) Wernke.

Don attended Holy Ghost School and went on to graduate from Dubuque Senior High School. He was a hard worker who put his knowledge and skills to good use in the maintenance department with Klauer Manufacturing for 35 years, until his well earned retirement. Don was united in marriage to Linda Koenig, on May 13, 1961, and they were blessed with 3 children, before they would eventually go their separate ways. He was later united in marriage to Barbara Johnson, on May 6, 1972, and they were blessed with 31 wonderful years and 3 children together, before she was sadly called home ahead of him on August 28, 2003. Fortunately, Don would go on to find love once again and would be united in marriage to Helen Vondran Maas, on August 24, 2012, in Dubuque. Don had an outgoing personality and enjoyed spending time hanging out at the Boat Club with his friends swapping stories, and in his younger days was quite the boxer. He was well known for always being ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, no matter the time of day or night. In his free time, Don also enjoyed watching any sport the Iowa Hawkeyes were playing, or heading out with his rod and reel in hand, to spend the day on the river in hopes of catching "the big one". He was also quite proud of his domestic skills when it came to sewing on buttons or grilling out for family gatherings. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our husband, dad, grandpa and brother, but are grateful for the multitude of wonderful memories he leaves with us to cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his wife,
Helen Wernke, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Andrew (Sara) Wernke, Columbus, GA,
Donald Joseph Wernke, Tucson, AZ,
Jeffery Wernke, Flagstaff, AZ,
Jennifer (Roger Bartell) Wernke, Galena, IL,
Brenda (Dennis) Brehm, Dubuque, IA
and Jason (Melissa) Wernke, Dubuque, IA;

his 10 grandchildren;

several great-grandchildren;

several great great-grandchildren;

his step-children,
Debra Kotz, Dubuque, IA,
Clayton Bailey, Dubuque, IA,
William Bailey, Dubuque, IA,
Carl (fiancé Jill) Bailey, Nevada,
Donald (Carol) Maas, Dubuque, IA
and Leilani Maas, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Fred "Fritz" (Barbara) Wernke, Solana Beach, CA
and Diane "DeeDee" Hasken, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Pat Wernke, Dubuque, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara Wernke; a sister, Mary Root; 2 brothers, John "Stretch" (Mary) Wernke and Hank Wernke; a brother-in-law, Dave Hasken; and a step-son, Robert Bailey.

Don's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, and Stonehill for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Don and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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



Ronald L. Vosberg


Ronald L. Vosberg, 81, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Meriter Hospital in Madison surrounded by his family. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Ron was born on September 28, 1937, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of George A. and Marie M. (Wedig) Vosberg.  He married Marilyn M. Gerlach on June 20, 1964.  She preceded him in death on July 20, 2001.  Ron farmed and worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works.  He served in the US Navy and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Tin Can Sailors.

Ron enjoyed fishing, traveling in his motor home, John Deere 2-cylinder tractors, playing cards, water fights with his grandchildren, getting up early and a good cup of coffee. He was a person who loved visiting with others.

Survivors include his daughters, Renee (Don) Rider, Rewey, WI, and Janet (Ric) Hottenstein, Platteville, WI; his sons, Troy Vosberg and Scott (Wendy) Vosberg, both of Cuba City; a special friend, Margaret Murray, Cuba City, WI; a sister, Jean Puchalski, of Milwaukee, WI; a brother, David (Mary Jo) Vosberg, Valparaiso, IN; and fourteen grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, George and Marie; a daughter, Terri Ann; two sisters, Pauline Gratz and Mary "Joyce" Hoppenjan; and three brothers-in-law, Dick Hoppenjan, Bill Gratz and Eugene Puchalski.

A Ronald L. Vosberg Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Thomas E. Graham


Thomas Edward Graham, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Monday, January 28th. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, February 1st, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 2nd at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. 

Tom was born July 30, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa to Joseph G. and M. Harriet Graham. Tom received his education from St. Columbkille grade school, Loras Academy and Loras College. He served in the ROTC at Loras Academy, and went on to service with the U.S. Army. He married Mary Jo Birkett on January 7, 1961 at Nativity Church.

Tom was an industrious, hardworking man, a true visionary, a teacher and leader and passed on these values. He began his career at Sears & Roebuck as manager of the electrical department. He then began selling real estate throughout the west end, with his uncle Jack Schiltz, until he became co-owner of Graham's Style Store for Men. This is when his community involvement escalated. His passion was ensuring downtown Dubuque and the community, flourished. Part of the revitalization included buying Stampfer's Department store, along with starting several other downtown businesses. He had a hand, or say, in nearly everything related to the revitalization of the downtown area. A few of his accomplishments include: two-time President of the Dubuque Merchants Association, President of the Main Street Association, Committee to save the Town Clock and have it moved to its current location, "Sertoman of the year" honors and helping establish a second Knights of Columbus court and being the charter Grand Knight. He also served on the following boards: Dubuque Racing Association, Sertoma, Mercy Hospital, Clarke College and Dubuque Men's Association. And he was a member of the following: Rotary, Squires, 6:60, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Dubuque Merchants Association.

When he retired from the clothing store he began his second career with Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home arranging pre-needs. Tom was not a man to let grass grow under his feet. This career allowed him to use his compassion and caring nature to help others deal with the final phase of their lives.

Tom was a very faith-filled man. He was a 57 year active member of St. Anthony's parish: chair of the fall festival committee for several years, parish council member, co-chair of the fundraiser for religious retirement, Eucharistic minister, and many other activities for the church.  He also participated in Emmaus and CEW weekends.  

One of Tom's strongest beliefs was no one should ever be alone in this world, which is why there were always extra place settings at the family dinners and holiday celebrations. Tom was a mentor and teacher to everyone without even knowing it.

Tom's family and friends meant everything to him. His motto in life was "work hard, play hard". He always made time to attend kids' functions. He was an avid outdoorsman, golfer and everything water related. He could often be found taking time off work to teach these activities to kids and grandkids. He founded the Graham Open golf tournament in 2000, as an excuse to bring family and friends together. He was the life of the party with his entertaining sense of humor, quick wit, inviting and friendly smile and addictive personality. He was a loving, caring man that would drop anything for a family member or friend. Everyone he met became a family member - he never met a stranger.

Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Jo, children Ed & Anne Graham, Ann Graham & Jerry Breiby, Bob & Brenda Graham and Don & Lori Graham, grandchildren Jessie Graham, Eric & Amberlyn Graham, Nick Graham & Stephanie Christianson, Ellie & Logan Koenig, Calli & Casey VanCleve, Tammy & Craig Kirch, Wendy Breiby, and Melanie Boehnen, great grandchildren Breana & Connor Stevens, Ahanu Mackey and Jeremiah Kirch and great, great grandchildren Finnley & Rosie Stevens; Brothers Jim & Jane Graham, Joe Graham and John & Sharon Graham, Brothers and sisters in law Eileen Birkett, John & Jan Birkett, Rose & Al Main, Ruth Frantzen, Beth Splinter, Tom & Thalia Birkett and Kay & John Peters, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Jim Schneider and his staff. 

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

 

 



Velene K. Ruff


Velene K. Ruff, 79, of Lost Nation, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa passed away on Tuesday morning, January 29, 2019, at her home.

A celebration of Velene's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service and burial will be at the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

Velene was born on July 25, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ralph and Velma (Kintzle) Gertenbach. She attended Maquoketa schools. She married Clarence Ruff on May 26, 1956 at the Methodist parsonage by Rev. Nothdurft. To that union four children were born.

Throughout Velene's life she worked as a waitress at the Nickel Nook, Custard Bowl, The Spot Café, and the Green Mill Café. She co-owned and kept books for Ruff's Auto. She also held jobs at Pacific Coast Feather Company, Maquoketa Senior Center and DAC, Inc.

Velene enjoyed reading, playing Scrabble, completing jig-saw puzzles, counted cross-stitch, crafting, gardening, and collecting Santa Clauses. But most of all, she enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

Velene is survived by her children Bill (Nancy) Ruff of St. Peters, MO, John (Diane) Ruff of Preston, IA, and Deanna (Dante) Merrick of Lost Nation, IA; 9 grandchildren, Jennifer, Bridget (Matt), Lindsay (Bob), Amanda, Jackie (Emily), Kristin (DJ), Clarence (Alexa), Velene (Clifton), and Marianne; 16 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Carol Honigmann of Lost Nation, IA, and Joyce Rohrbaugh of WV. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence, her parents, sister Sharon, son David, and grandson Butch.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Velene K. Ruff memorial fund has been established.

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



Evelyn Beversdorf


Evelyn Beversdorf 72, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 31st. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Evelyn was born October 20, 1946 in Dubuque, daughter of Peter and Margaret (Kruse) Johnson. She married Thomas Beversdorf, August 9, 1970 in Durango.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and Mr. Terry's University of Beauty. She owned and operated Evie's Beauty Cellar for 45 years retiring in 2014.

Evelyn enjoyed special time with her grandson. She had a fine collection of dolls, and loved to shop. She also enjoyed reading and embroidering. She was very generous to many local charities. She was always looking out for her family and friends.

Surviving is her husband, Thomas Beversdorf; son Shawn Beversdorf; grandson, Joseph Beversdorf, all of Dubuque; her mother, Margaret Johnson, of Durango; a sister, Margaret Schemmel, of Durango; two brothers, Irvin Johnson and Kevin Johnson, both of Durango; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father Peter; her mother and father-in-law, Jenny and Sylvester Beversdorf; and a brother-in-law, James Schemmel.

A Evelyn Beversdorf Memorial has been established.

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



James P. Furlong


James P. Furlong, 73, of Dubuque passed away Monday, January 28, 2019 at Bethany Home.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post 6.

Jim was born November 2, 1945 in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Dorothy (Herrman) Furlong. He served his country with the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam. He retired from Clarke College.

Jim was an avid Cubs fan and also loved the Minnesota Vikings. He enjoyed golfing with family and friends. He was a history buff and reading was one of his favorite pastimes.

Jim is survived by two children, Kerry Hammel (Bill Doebler), of Grand Rapids, MI and Cory (Chrissy) Furlong, of Dubuque; two brothers, Alan Furlong, of Dubuque and Thomas Furlong, of Iowa City, IA; a sister-in-law, Joan Furlong, of Dubuque; and his former wife, Maxine Pruse, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Arthur Furlong; and his sister, Carole Meyer.

Thank you to the staff at Bethany Home for their excellent care.

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



Lisa A. Kloft


Lisa A. Kloft, age 53 of Sherrill, Iowa completed her earthly journey on January 9, 2019 after a tragic fire at her home. To celebrate Lisa's life, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Road, Dubuque, Iowa with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. Service times will be announced after her loving husband, John who was also injured in the housefire, has had more time to heal. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque in early summer. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Lisa's family.

Lisa was born on October 17, 1965 in Maquoketa, Iowa, a daughter to Ivan and Betty (Arensdorf) Kloft. Sadly, Lisa's father was called home when she was only a little girl, but thankfully Betty and the family were truly blessed when James Rauscher walked into their lives and committed himself to loving them all as his own. Lisa always enjoyed having a little fun in the summer when some downtime presented itself, and on one of those relaxing days with friends on the river, she met her true love, John Joseph Oglesby. The two became inseparable from that point on and continued to spend the next 34 years together. They were blessed with one son, John James Oglesby along the way and Lisa always knew she had found the love which would last a lifetime with her 2 boys by her side.

After Lisa had graduated from high school, she attended Capri College in Dubuque and shortly after began her career in cosmetology. She enjoyed the 7 years she was able to work with her friends and clients at City Looks in Kennedy Mall, but she also thoroughly enjoyed the time she'd get to catch up with her friends and family members at home while keeping them all trimmed up and looking good right in the comfort of her own kitchen. Lisa eventually decided it was time for a change in her professional career and took on her new challenge at Flexsteel Industries. She invested over 14 years there before putting a few more years in at Eagle Window and Door, and finally faithfully spent the last 4 years at Casey's Convenience Store in Key West; where she may have actually spent quite a bit more time visiting with friends and co-workers than she would readily and openly admit.

Lisa took pride in everything she did and her appearance was no exception. She was a natural beauty (so it didn't take much work on her part) and she never walked out the door without putting on her best. Lisa absolutely adored her family each and every day, especially the 3rd and 4th loves of her life, Jesse and James, her Doberman Pinshers who religiously kept her company for 14 years until they passed last year. Lisa learned early in life that a little personal time had its place in the day too. She was generally a gentle, kind and quiet soul, but when she sat down to watch Ellen, or Dr. Phil you could occasionally hear her laugh, cry, or even voice an opinion or two if the TV audience wasn't correctly hearing what she had heard. Lisa walked softly throughout her much to short 53 years with us. Her love was sincere, and her patience ran deep, but one thing is for certain when it comes to her impact on the world; Lisa touched more lives than you could count and thankfully every one of them possesses a wonderful memory of her which will hopefully help mend the many broken hearts she leaves behind today. Thank you, Lisa, for allowing your light to shimmer ever so softly and we pray that you find true peace while laying poolside in your new Heavenly Estate until we see you again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Lisa include,

her husband,
John Oglesby, Sherrill, Iowa;

her son,
John Oglesby, Dubuque, Iowa;

her siblings,
Kelly (Rock) Munsee, South Carolina,
Ivan (Jeanette) Kloft, Colorado,
Aimee (Guy) Wiegert, New Mexico,
Carl (Janine) Rauscher, Maryland,
and Dawn (Scott) Savary, Dubuque, Iowa;

her brother-in-law,
Ken (Kelley Hall) Oglesby, Dubuque, Iowa;

her sister-in-law,
Luann Thompson, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lisa was preceded in death by her parents.

Lisa's family would like to sincerely thank the Sherrill Fire Department, the Dubuque County Sherriff's Department, Mercy Hospital, the University of Iowa, along with all of the generous people and businesses in the community who have been very kind in the giving of their time, talents and treasure to help her family through these very difficult days. May God bless you all for your efforts!

Online condolences may be left for Lisa's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Oakley Bandy


Oakley "Oakie" Bandy, 82, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 31st, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury, Rd., Dubuque, and from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Friday, February 1st, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, February 1st, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial following at Linwood Cemetery.

Oakie was born on March 12, 1936 in Dubuque, the son of Donald and Iona Bandy. He married Donna (Daughetee) Bandy on June 22, 1957. They were happily married for 61 years. Together they have 3 children, Oakley, Kevin and Kelly.

Oakie was very mechanically inclined whether it was tinkering on projects or back in the day with his       # 10 stock car that led him to many wins and great memories.  Oakie proudly retired with over 30+ years as a maintenance mechanic from John Deere.  He also had a strong passion for music and could be found playing and singing along side of his family and friends. He also enjoyed entertaining residents at nursing homes, shoppers at the local farmers market and other events in the community.

Oakie treasured the time he spent traveling to different destinations especially Florida with his devoted wife Donna, family, and friends and creating lasting memories. 

Oakie and Donna loved spending time together and loved their Sunday drives and their walks in Eagle Point Park.  

He was a good neighbor and friend and could be found putzing around the neighborhood on his tractor alongside his brother Dan. 

His family, siblings, and friends is one of the biggest blessings he was so grateful for, he always showed overflowing love, kindness, patience, respect and he treasured the memories they made together. He very much enjoyed watching his family participate in activities and events, along with his wife you could say they were the proudest grandparents in the crowd.  He was always there to support in good times and in bad with his positive outlook giving wise advice, teaching and challenging people to learn new things and always encouraging them to be their best selves. 

Oakie had a unique ability to connect with every person he met and with his genuine personality and smile leaving a lasting impression and would end in turning strangers into friends.  His gentle strength, sincerity, and genuine nature were one of a kind and a treasure to every life he touched.

Oakie left behind to carry on his legacy to his  children, Oakley (Cindy) Bandy Jr., Kevin (Brenda) Bandy, and Kelly (Eugene) Hingtgen; 13 grandchildren, Shelley, Carrie, Alisha, Betsy, Abbey, Justin, Brittany, Oakley, Tyler, Cassie, Emily, Alaytra, and Evan; 21 great grandchildren.  His sibling, Dan (Sue) Bandy, in-laws - Larry Daughetee, Ruthie (Dave) Jarrard, in-laws -, and Grace Daughetee.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Donna Bandy,  parents  Donald and Iona Bandy, siblings and their spouses Sue (Larry) Hurst, Don (Connie) Bandy, father and mother in law Lyle & Ruth (Sear) Daughetee, in-laws and their spouses - Luella (LaVern) Pickel; Mickey (Vince) Troy; Joey (Elmer) Pickel, Lyle Daughetee and Jane Daughetee ; great grandchildren, Jeffrey and Angel.

Memorials may be made to the Oakie Bandy Memorial Fund.  The family would like to thank all the caregivers and friends over the years. 

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



Catherine M. Burns Mueller


Catherine M. "Katie" Burns Mueller, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 27th, 2019 at home surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday February 2nd, 2019 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

She was born on July 20, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Walter "Wally" Mentz and LaVerna (Bakey) Cox. She married Joseph Burns on October 26, 1968, he preceded her in death on December 24th, 1987. She then was united in marriage to Nick Mueller on May 18, 1996.

Katie worked many years at numerous places some which include A & W Drive-in and 35 years at Regency Thermographers. She enjoyed camping, watching Jimmy Johnson NASCAR Racing and listening to old country music.

She is survived by her husband Nick; two children Tina (Rich) Burns and Joe Burns, both of Dubuque. Two grandchildren Joey and Mollina Burns. Her siblings, Dave (Bea) Raab, of Dubuque, Ken (Barb) Karwoski, of Viroqua, WI, Nora (David) Karshbaum, of Drummond, WI, Dennis Karwoski, of Superior, WI, Sue (Stan) Bonnet, of East Dubuque, IL, Larry (Brenda) Cox, of Bellevue, IA, Robin (Pete) Muenster, of Dubuque, and Peggy (Denny) Lehman, of Cedar Rapids, IA. Five step-children, Diane Mueller, of Dubuque, Mike (Lanora) Mueller, of Tampa, FL, Mark Mueller, of Dubuque, Joe (Joan) Mueller, Bradenton, FL, and John (Chris Shaw) Mueller, of Dubuque; ten step grandchildren and her lifelong best friend Ruth "Goofy" Dimmer and family.

Katie was preceded in death by her mother LaVerna Cox, her father Wally Mentz, her adoptive father John Karwoski, and her step-father Otis Cox, her husband Joseph Burns; brother Edward Karwoski and nephew Tyler Bonnet.

In lieu of flowers a Kate Mueller memorial fund will be established. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

The family wishes to thank Jenny Schueller of Unity Point at Home Care for the above and beyond care over the years to Katie; also, to St. Croix Hospice for all their care.



Rita M. Davis


Rita M. Davis 93, of Dubuque entered into heaven Saturday January 26, 2019 surrounded by her family at the Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Thursday January 31, 2019 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Road, in Dubuque. Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Rita was born on October 21, 1925 in Dubuque, the daughter of Herbert & Francis (Martin) Goedert. Rita attended grade school at St. Anthony's and graduated from Senior High School in 1944. That very same year Rita married Walter Davis at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, after 58 great years of marriage he preceded her in death on March 8, 2002. Rita was a homemaker and a fantastic cook. She loved playing bingo, bowling, or playing cards. Rita also enjoyed going to the Q Casino, as well as out of town casinos. She was also a massive cubs fan and was so happy she got to see the Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

She is survived by her children Wally (Cookie) Davis, Sue (Ralph) Kieffer, John (Lorna) Davis, Bonnie (Ron) Hume, Terry (Cherie) Davis; daughter-in-law Cindy Davis; 40 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and 4 sister-in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her son Jim Davis; three brothers Bob, Harold, Vince Goedert; and a sister Mary Lou Flammang; she was also preceded in death by two grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A Rita Davis Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Finley Hospital especially the ICU, ER. We would also like to thank Dr. Liaboe and his nurse Trish, Dr. Mark Hermann, Dr. Arnz, Tony N. Heiar, ARNP, and Chaplain James Mehltretter. A very special thank you also to Rita's daughter Bonnie for her excellent care of mom over the past 16 years.

 



Shirley R. Nilles


Shirley R. Nilles, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa died January 25, 2019. Visitation will be from noon to 1:00 PM on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 with the funeral mass immediately following at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

Shirley was born on April 4, 1929, the daughter of Rachel (Germain) and Emil Lyons. She attended St. Columbkille grade school and high school and graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque. She married Dale Nilles on October 21, 1950; he preceded her in death.

Shirley enjoyed cooking for her family, especially her peanut butter cookies. Along with cooking, she enjoyed knitting, reading and especially enjoyed murder mystery books. In her free time, Shirley enjoyed doing volunteer work around Dubuque.

She is survived by her three sons: Kim Nilles of Cedar Rapids, IA; Kurt Nilles of Dubuque, IA and Doug Nilles of Cedar Rapids, IA; her grandchildren Angela Nilles, LaResa Nilles, Cody Nilles, Josh Nilles and Jordan Adams. She is also survived by several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Charles Lyons; her son Kevin; her daughters-in-law Michelle Nilles and Kathy Nilles and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

The family requests no flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice in Shirley's name.

The family would like to thank Eagle Pointe Place, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Salas and Shirley's many other caregivers for their compassionate care for Shirley and for our family.

 



Dorothy A. Callahan


Dorothy A. Callahan, 85, of Dubuque passed away Saturday January 26, 2019 at Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque. Visitation will be held Wednesday January 30, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Rd where a parish wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m., Thursday at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Dorothy was born May 29, 1933 the daughter of Ellen (Anderson) & Alvah Ford. Dorothy married Raymond J. Callahan at St. Columbkille Catholic Church on April 4, 1959, he preceded her in death on March 22 1975. Dorothy is originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa but attended Senior High School in Dubuque. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo with her friends at Sunnycrest Manor, she especially loved Euchre. Dorothy was a homemaker for most of her life and was a great cook known for her famous glazed ham and mashed potatoes. More than anything Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her family and her friends at Sunnycrest, she will be greatly missed by all.

She is survived by her children Bruce Callahan of Tujunga, California, Mona (Kevin) Dunwoody of Dubuque, IA, and Brian (Kathy) Callahan of Ft. Myers, FL; Daughter-in-laws Linda (Scott) Callahan of Dubuque, IA, and Jill (Michael) Pankow of Dubuque, IA; Grandchildren Daniel (wendy) Callahan, Sean Callahan, Ashley Callahan, and Samantha Callahan; three step grandchildren Jamie, Krista, and Jonathan Dean; one great-granddaughter; and two sisters Mildred Feddersen of Dubuque, IA, Inez (Bill) Vondran of Dubuque, IA; brother and sister in laws Jeanette Callahan, Marilyn Callahan and Barb Callahan, Jack Peacock Tony (Betty) Callahan, Dennis (Shirley) Donovan, Mary Ann Dalsing, and Pat Voight. Dorothy is also survived by her special friends Sheryl and Don Cook.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Raymond J. Callahan; Two sons Dennis and Steve Callahan; three brothers Ralph, Willard, and Jim Ford; and one sister Norma Peacock; In-laws Florence Callahan-Martin, Jack, Don, Chuck Callahan, and Nilus Dalsing.

Memorials can be directed to Sunnycrest Manor.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sunnycrest Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Caceres for their care of Dorothy over the years.

 



Alice C. Muenster


Alice C. Muenster, 78, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully at Stonehill Care Center on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Alice enjoyed many activities including playing bingo, going to casinos, playing cards with her family. Alice loved making quilts and tending to her garden, where she had many different flowers. Alice worked for over 40 years for the Thermolyne Company.

Visitation will be held at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 3 to 7 PM. A prayer service will be at 6:30 PM. A Funeral Mass will be offered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday, February 2 at 10 AM. Interment St. Theresa Cemetery, LaMotte, IA.  Fr. Dwayne Thoman will be presiding.

Beloved sister of Margaret "Marge" L. Massey, Dubuque, IA, Grace M. Knockel, of East, Dubuque, IL, Dorothy S. (George) Roepsch, of Dubuque, IA, Anna P. (Louis) Roepsch, of East Dubuque, IL, and Clarence P. (Judy) Muenster, of Dubuque, IA. Preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ida Muenster, a brother, Francis J. Muenster, and a brother-in-law, James J. Knockel.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Dubuque and all of the nurses at Stonehill Nursing Center for all of the care that was given to Alice in her final days. 

 



Elaine Ann Barwick


Elaine Ann Barwick, 91, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m., Wednesday, January 30 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. A visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 10- 11:45 a.m., Wednesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Elaine was born on March 2, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Clara (Ginter) Kramer. She married Harry Russow (deceased) and later William "Bill" Barwick (deceased).

Elaine was founder and executive director of Hills and Dales until her retirement.

She is survived by her daughters, Janet Imhof, Ocala, FL; Jeanne (John) Klauer, Dubuque, IA; JoAnn (Dave) Hendrickson, Dubuque, IA; and Julie (Bill) Woodhouse, Des Moines, IA. Grandchildren, Eric (Tammy) Imhof, Dubuque, IA; Jason (Sara) Imhof, Cary, NC; Ann (Nate) Courtney, Dubuque, IA; David Klauer, Bellevue, IA; Emily Klauer, Dubuque, IA; Craig (Kia) Hendrickson, Cuba City, WI; Lee Ann Hendrickson, Dubuque, IA; Ian (Stephanie) Woodhouse, Colo, IA; Allison (Jason) Paterno, Avondale, AZ; Hilary Woodhouse, Des Moines, IA; and Quinn (Tina) Woodhouse, Des Moines, IA; 25 great- grandchildren and nieces and nephew, Mary Jo (Don) Vogt, Tom (Sue) Kramer and Kathy (Bob) Brosius all in Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Jamie Barwick; grandson Nick Klauer; son-in-law, Mike Imhof; parents; and her brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Leah Kramer.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to the Jamie Barwick Hills & Dales Foundation.

Special thank you to Luther Manor/ Grand Meadows for their compassionate care.



Lucille R. Overman


Lucille R. "Lu" Overman, 94, of Dyersville, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2019, surrounded by her family at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 1 - 5 pm Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 am Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at the funeral home prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, February 4, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Lucille was born on December 12, 1924, on the family farm near Earlville the daughter of Gregor and Mathilda (Billmeyer) Tegeler.  She married Irvin Overman on November 5, 1946, who preceded her in death in 2008.  She was a wonderful wife and loving mother fully dedicated to her family.  She was a great example of a traditional, hard-working and caring farm wife who loved working along-side her husband.  Her baking abilities were treasured by her family, especially her rolls, cinnamon rolls, and cookies.  She took pride in all she did.  She was proud to sing with the Resurrection Choir and a volunteer at church.

She and Irv loved to play cards and bingo, golf, dance, and travel, including visiting family and friends.  She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Lu had such a big, caring heart and a smile for everyone.

Survivors include her children: Don (Diane) Overman of Dyersville, Jim Overman of Lisbon, Wayne (Linda) Overman of Murfreesboro, TN, Dennis (Shari) Overman of Earlville, and Lori (Gary) Wessels of Dyersville, a special nephew, Larry (Sue) Bonert; 18 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Holub of Prairieburg, a step-brother, Herb Tegeler of Dyersville, a step-sister, Mary Jean "Toots" (Henry "Hank") Westhoff of New Vienna and in-laws: Bev Tegeler of Bellevue, Bob Fischel of Edgewood and Gladys Overman of Dyersville.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Delores Deutmeyer, her husbandIrvin, a daughter, Janice (in infancy), 2 grandchildren: John David and Mark Overman, 2 daughters-in-law, Suzanne and Beth "Bunny" Overman: siblings: Reynold (Irene), Gilbert (Sedella), Anthony (Dorothy), Elmer (Edna) Tegeler, Don (Patricia) Tegeler, Lucille (at birth), Helen (Wilfred) Kramer, Norma Platz Deppe (Herb Platz and Lawrence Deppe), Marcella (Fritz) Bries and Leona (August) Gudenkauf; in-laws: Doris Tegeler, Earl Holub, Emma (Lawrence) Bonert, Vincent (Julia), Aloysius, Edmund (Modesta) and Alfred Overman.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Oak Crest Manor for their loving and great care of Mom.  Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their comfort and support.

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

 

 



Karl H. Burroughs


Karl H. Burroughs, 90, of East Dubuque, IL, formerly of Menominee, IL, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, with military honors accorded by American Legion Post # 787.

Visitation will be from 3 - 7 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Friday.  Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. Friday.  There will also be a visitation from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at Nativity BVM Church.

Karl was born on January 19, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Richard and Lucille (Ricke) Burroughs.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1947. He was united in marriage to Eunice Ricke, his life partner, on June 23, 1956 at Nativity BVM Church. They were happily married for 62 years. 

Karl was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was a very caring person and heavilyinvolved in the East Dubuque Community, acting as one of the organizers of the East Dubuque Kids Zone. Karl's family was his pride and joy. Karl was an avid card player enjoying numerous card games, especially Euchre and Solo. He and Eunice enjoyed traveling to visit family.

Karl spent his career working a number of different jobs, from retail management, to handyman, and property owner. His most prized role was that of loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a member of St. Mary's Parish, Knights of Columbus Council # 7527 and Msgr. C. F. Conley Assembly 4th Degree, and American Legion Post #787 of East Dubuque and V. F. W. Post # 2665 of Galena.

Surviving is his wife Eunice; 4-children, Alan (Barbara) Burroughs of Hazel Green, WI, David (Dolores) Burroughs of Elburn, IL, Pam Straka of Dubuque and Vicky (Michael) Schoen of DePere, WI; 14-grandchildren, Beth, Alex, Ben, Joe, Andrew, Wendy, Shawn, April, Miranda, Rachael, Christopher, Kim, Connor and Kaylee; 12-great grandchildren; his sister, Sandy Conzett of Cassville, WI; brother-in-law, Leonard Ricke of East Dubuque and sister-in-law, Barb Burroughs of Galena.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Lucille; a brother, Bill (Margie) Burroughs, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Victor and Mary Ricke, sister-in-law, Shirley Ricke, son-in-law, Don Straka, and a grandson, Luke Schuller.

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

 

 

 



Charles D. McCormick


Charles D. "Charlie" McCormick, 88, of Dubuque died Friday, January 25, 2019, at home after an eight year fight with Alzheimer's disease.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Tuesday, January 29 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church 1245 Rush Street, where the American Legion Auxiliary 656 Farley will gather at 4 pm and where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.  An additional visitation will be held Wednesday, January 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 pm Wednesday at St. Columbkille's with military rites immediately following at the church.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Charlie was born April 2, 1930 in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, son of James and Helen (Kelly) McCormick.  He graduated from Waukon High School in 1948 and Loras College in 1952. He served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957.
Upon returning from military service, Charlie began his 39 ½ year career at Loras College.  He worked in the business office at Loras from 1957 to 1968.  Then in 1968 he became the first Director of Financial Aid in Loras College history, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.  In 2010 he was awarded a distinguished Alumni Award for his service.  In his role at Loras College, he was instrumental in helping thousands of students finance their college education. He then watched as they graduated and went on to lead happy and successful lives. Charlie considers this - the students that he helped - as his legacy. 

After his retirement, Charlie also worked as a chase driver for Truck Country from Oct 1996 until 2006.

Charlie married Edna Hargrafen on October 18, 1958, at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on July 11, 1974.  On August 2, 1979, he married Lela (Sweeney) Dunn at St. Columbkille's.

Charlie really enjoyed his life.  He grew up on a farm, and that gave him an appreciation of all of God's creation. He liked being outdoors. He deliberately tried to love and laugh every day.  He prayed daily and trusted in God.  He felt so thankful because he had a career that he loved and a life that he loved surrounded by people that he loved...and a whisky Manhattan every night.  Living to him was joy.  He wouldn't want people to feel any sorrow at his passing.

Those who knew Charlie knew of his unique passion for fun and shenanigans.  Let's honor his memory by following his example and strive to create more love and laughter in this world. Charlie was proud to be from Harpers Ferry Iowa. He grew to love Dubuque and was a member of the Serra Club, American Legion Post 6, and past member of St Columbkille's school board. 

Charlie was challenged with Alzheimer's the last eight years of his life.  It slowly robbed him of his vitality, but it did not dim his spirit. He marched on bravely and steadfastly, living each day to the fullest extent that he could.

Charlie's quality of life was greatly enhanced by availing himself to the resources offered in this community, as he needed them.

Over time, the assembled team of care givers served him well.  Dr. Mark Runde and his staff at Medical Associates were key in this journey. Also helpful were the caring and compassionate staffs at Mercy Medical Center, Manor Care, Paramount Transfer Service, Cozy Corner Adult Daycare, the entire Medical Associates Campuses; and then recently, Hospice of Dubuque.
Perhaps the most critical component of Charlie's well-being was a cadre of care givers from Luther Manor Services.  They took care of him on a daily basis, with the utmost compassion and dignity.  We will be forever indebted to Julia, Linda, Kay, Marsha, Annie, Karen, Patty, Alex, and Wendy and others throughout the years; without you, Charlie's life would not have been so active and enriched.  The patience and care shown by these professionals in the face of this often- frustrating disease was truly awe inspiring. We, the McCormick family, salute you all, and thank you all.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Lela McCormick of Dubuque; six children, Dave (Lynn) McCormick of West Des Moines, Joe McCormick, Ruth McCormick, Mary (Leon) Jensen and  Helen (John "Fritz") Gile, all of Dubuque and Kevin (Deb) McCormick of Pewaukee, WI; eight step-children, Mike (Julie) Dunn of Dubuque, Marcia Dunn of LaCrosse, WI, Mary (Mark) Goldsher of Lake Oswego, OR, Moreen (Dave) Fitzgerald of Kearney, MO, Michele (Pat) Colbert of Dubuque, Melissa (Chris) McCarville of Springdale, AR, Mark Dunn of Asheville NC, and Molly (Jody) Steinke of Quincy, IL; 24 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by several In laws, Dorothy McCormick of Harpers Ferry, IA, Patty McCormick of Johnston, IA, Corrine Hargrafen of Columbus Junction, IA, Ruth Hargrafen of Delhi, IA, Arlene (Fred) Kaefering of Tipton, IA, Doris Funke of Edgewood, IA, Mary (Merle) Wagner and Paul Kane of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Tim, in infancy; a grandson, Tim Kusterer; four brothers, twins James and John in  infancy, Emmett and Gene McCormick; and a sister, Evelyn Welper.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the James and Helen McCormick Scholarship Fund at Loras College.

 

 



Sara J. Dalsing


Sara J. (McGovern) Dalsing, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:20 p.m., on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Sara's life, funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Sara's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Sara was born on July 16, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Robert and Jane (Bierie) McGovern.

Sara was a proud life-long resident of Dubuque who graduated from the Visitation Academy, Class of 1959, and went on to attend the University of Mexico for 2 years in Mexico City, and later Clarke College. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Edward Dalsing, in November of 1968, at the Church of the Nativity, and they were blessed with 31 years and 2 adored children together, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on October 18, 1999. Sara was a devoted wife and mother, who also put her many talents to use with American Realty as a realtor for 8 years, and then went on to work for several years at Clarke College, NICC, and lastly as a paraprofessional at Lincoln School, until her well earned retirement. In her free time Sara enjoyed spending time outside tending to her beautiful gardens and going for long walks. She was also very excited to do some traveling whenever the opportunity arose, and has visited many interesting places throughout the years. Without a doubt the greatest joy in Sara's life was her family, she loved spending time with Ed and the kids and when the grandchildren were born they brought immeasurable happiness into her days. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet mom, grandma and sister today, but take some comfort in knowing that she is now at peace and free of the health challenges she has faced these past years. The world is definitely a better place for Sara being in it for the past 77 years, and we will do our best to continue to honor her legacy of spreading kindness and love to those around her.

Those left to cherish Sara's memory include

her children,
Todd (Candace) Dalsing
and Megan (Paul) Horstman, both of Dubuque, IA;

her 4 grandchildren,
Austin and Morgan Dalsing and Asher and Rowan Horstman;

and her siblings,
Bill (Dixie) McGovern, Dubuque, IA,
Joe McGovern, Waterloo, IA
and Jim (Jane) McGovern, Baraboo, WI.

Sara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward Dalsing; and a sister, Ann Sanchez-Philip.

Sara's family would like to thank the outstanding nurses and staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and loving care of Sara and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Robert P. Sadler


Robert P. "Bob" Sadler, 81, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away, Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Bob may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Bob will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 1, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Very Rev. Mark Ressler Presiding. Msgr. Wayne Ressler and Rev. Loras Otting will be concelebrating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

He was born April 23, 1937 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John Joseph and Laurene C. (Koob) Sadler. He was a graduate of the former St. Mary's School in Cascade, Iowa. On June 19, 1965 he was united in marriage to Shirley Johnson at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 15, 2018.
Bob enjoyed working on vehicles in the garage, a good card game, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Bob was employed as a Chevrolet mechanic at Cascade Motor Sales for 29 years. He later was employed at Webber Metals in Cascade until his retirement in 2002. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran having served as an Airman 1st class from 1959-1964.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and a member of the Cascade American Legion Post #528 for which he served as Past Commander in 1974.

He is survived by four children, Michael (Amanda) Sadler of Frisco, TX, William (Jill) Sadler of Durand, IL, Terence Sadler of Warroad, MN and Kathy (Joe) Bargo of Iowa City, IA; 7 grandchildren, Robbie Sadler, Emily Sadler, Abby Sadler, Ryann Sadler, Katelyn Bargo, Lauren Bargo and Megan Bargo; 3 siblings, Charles (Jeanne) Sadler of Cascade, IA, Clifford (Judy) Sadler of Rose Creek, MN and Carol (Chuck) McGowan of Hiawatha, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, John Sadler.

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



William J. Simons


William J. "Wil" Simons, 38, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Wil" on Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 4 to 6 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

William John Simons was born on April 23, 1980 in Davenport, Iowa, to Dennis and Joan (Kinnemann) Simons. He grew up in Maquoketa and attended Maquoketa Community High School.

"Wil" had worked construction for different contractors in the Quad Cities area for several years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time in the outdoors.

Those left to honor his memory include his mother, Joan Bagwell of Maquoketa, IA; a son, Wesley Simons of Andrew, IA; a sister, Becki Cooper of Maquoketa, IA; a niece Kiah Gipson; a nephew Carter Cooper; aunts and uncles, Nina and Roy Buff, Deb and Dean Tillis, Teresa Simons, Karen and Gary Shapley, Marc and Mary Pat Kinnemann, and Jack and Cynthia Kinnemann; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, his father Dennis Simons, and his uncle Terry Simons.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at: https://fundthefuneral.com/william-j-wil-simons

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

 

 



Albert W. Trenkamp


Albert W. Trenkamp, age 92, died suddenly January 25th at his century farm home in Dyersville. He was born on February 1, 1926, son of August & Rosa C. (Steffen) Trenkamp at his family farm, where he lived for nearly 93 years.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm Monday, January 28, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion/VFW Service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue from 9-10 am Tuesday, January 29th at the funeral home prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where American Legion Post 137 and VFW Post 7736 will accord military Honors. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1734, Dyersville American Legion Post 137, Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736, and St. Francis Xavier Basilica. Albert was a veteran of the Korean War from January 1951 - October 1952, where he served on the front lines. He was on the honor flight on September 9, 2012, with Joyce as chaperone.

He served as a board member at the Farmers Shipping Association for 51 years, 35 of those years as president. He also served on the board of directors of Dyersville National Bank.

He married Kathleen (Clemen) Wedewer on August 9, 1974. He "hit the jackpot" that day when he began his family with seven kids. In his many years of farming he took pride in Brown Swiss milk cows, Boar Power hogs, Pioneer seed corn, and John Deere tractors. He spent time with his Trenkamp nephews restoring tractors. He enjoyed traveling with his family, chaperoning WDHS band trips, playing black jack at the casino, attending his grandchildren's ballgames, family bus trips to Cubs games in Milwaukee, and campfires in the woods.

In his later years, he enjoyed his daily visits with friends at Farmers Shipping Association. He appreciated his family's gentle care and said often, "you will be rewarded for that some day!" His greatest pleasure was time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his loving wife, Kathleen (Clemen Wedewer), children Donnie Wedewer of Earlville, Janet (Marty) Berger, Randy (Beth) Wedewer, Joyce (Dan "Jigger") McDermott, Karen (Dave) Koss, Connie (Larry "Rocky") Connolly, and Lisa (Tony) Kramer, all of Epworth, 19 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren; in-laws: Sally Trenkamp of Dyersville, Francis (Janet) Fangman of Dubuque, Eddie Clemen of New Vienna, Roger (Jane) Clemen, LaVonne Clemen, Virginia Juran, all of Holy Cross, Madonna (John) Weimerskirch of St. Catherine, Mary Clemen of Suffolk, VA and Grace Clemen of Dubuque.

Deceased are his parents, August and Rosa C. Trenkamp, father-in-law and mother-in-law Leonard and Frances Clemen, siblings: Frank, Eddie, Elmer in infancy, Ralph, Hilda (Ray) Vorwald, Mary Trenkamp, Emma Trenkamp and Esther Fangman; in-laws: Leon Clemen, Ambrose Clemen, Cletus Clemen, Bill Juran and Rosie Clemen.

Thank you to Bi-County ambulance service and MercyOne Dyersville emergency staff.



Edward L. Colbert


Edward L. "Coach Eddie" Colbert, 91, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at UnityPoint Health- Finley Hospital surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6. Friends may call from 9:30 am to 1:15 pm, Saturday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Ed was born on September 1, 1927 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of John J. and Delphine (Rummelhart) Colbert. He was 5th in a family of six boys and three girls.
His love of basketball started at an early age when he and his brothers played the game with an old Folgers coffee can tacked to the side of the house, using a tennis ball instead of a basketball.

After high school he served in the United States Army during WWII. He attended the University of Iowa on a baseball and basketball scholarship, majoring in history and minoring in physical education. He played basketball all four years and lettered his senior year.

On October 27, 1951 he married Darlene "Dolly" Gogg at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

In 1959 he started the men's basketball team and helped build and coach the men's baseball team at the newly constructed Wahlert High School. He coached, and taught history for 21 years. Throughout his career the Eagles basketball team made 10 state tournament appearances. In his final season Wahlert won their first Iowa State basketball championship.

When we wasn't on the basketball court he enjoyed playing softball on the State Farm team. After retiring from Wahlert High School he was the Athletic Director and basketball coach at Clarke University.

Coach Eddie achieved numerous awards and gained much respect and recognition all over the state of Iowa. He was inducted into the Iowa Coaches Hall of Fame, the Softball Fast Pitch Hall of Fame, and the Basketball Coaching Hall of Fame.

During retirement he and Dolly enjoyed spending winters in Palm Springs. He loved being with his grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory include his seven children, Shawn (Judd) Turner of Waconia, Minnesota, Debra Rondeau of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Paula (Nick) Ruden, of Dubuque, David (JP Van Laere) Colbert, MD of New York City, Lisa (Todd) Hallowell of Pacific Palisades, California, Dan (Eriece) Colbert of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mark Colbert of New York City; grandchildren, Laura Udelhofen, Nate Ruden, Dan Ruden, Zach Ruden, Katie Widman, Dawn Ramerth, Jesse Rondeau, Kyle Hallowell, Henry Hallowell, Marcus Colbert, Kendall Colbert, Janelle Colbert and Devon Colbert; great-grandchildren, Megan Gower, Griffin Ramerth, Ryan Udelhofen, Bennett Ruden, and Ryder Ruden; and four siblings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolly; grandchild, Luke Turner; and four siblings.

In lieu of flowers an Edward Colbert Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bethany Home, Cozy Corner, Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Finley ER and 5th floor.



Sister Antonita (Modesta) Soppe, OSF

Sister Antonita (Modesta) Soppe, OSF, age 104, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully on January 24, 2019. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.To celebrate Sister Antonita's life, visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Sister Antonita was born on March 28, 1914, in Worthington, IA, daughter of Anton B. and Caroline (Lehmann) Soppe.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis September 17, 1933 and made her final profession of vows August 12, 1939. Sister received her master's degree in education administration at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She ministered as an educator in Iowa at Danbury, Stacyville, Waterloo- Columbus High School, Des Moines-St. Pius X, Pomeroy, and Dubuque-Holy Ghost. In Illinois, Sister served at Chicago-Corpus Christi, Melrose Park, and Hazel Crest.

Sister is survived by her sister-in-law Rita Soppe, nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 84 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Leonette (Ambrose) Scheller, Veralda (Chester) Beireis, Monica (Bernard) Ferguson, Melita (Orland) McCarthy, Mercedes (Peter) Berryhill, and Sister Agnetis Soppe, OSF; her brothers Reynold (Albertha), Jerome, Florian (Helen), Alvin, Valerian (Patricia), Eugene, Leon (Betty), and Clerus.

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

Behr's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Alice M. Wilwert-Oeth


Alice M. Wilwert-Oeth, 93, of Hawkeye Care Center, formerly of Dubuque and Epworth, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Alice may call from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

Services for Alice will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Kevin Wilwert presiding and Rev. Michael Schueller concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born in December 4, 1925 Epworth, Iowa, first child and daughter of George and Mary (Reinsbach) Streif. She attended Millville School, St. Clement's Bankston, and the University of Dubuque. She taught in one room rural schools for several years and later worked as a Teacher Associate at Western Dubuque High School for 27 years.

On August 23, 1948 she was united in marriage to Gilbert Wilwert at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 18, 1982. She married Bernard Oeth on March 4, 1998. He preceded her in death on July 17, 2009.

Her garden was a source of much food for freezing and canning. Her flowers gave her much satisfaction. In early years she sewed most of her children's and her clothes, repaired and mended for many others. She made baby quilts for each grandchild and a comforter for each graduating senior to take along to college. She was a foster parent for many years and a member of the Dominic's. She enjoyed the Elderhostel programs for 10 years and liked her bingo games. She spent many hours with Bernard while he was a resident at Ennoble Manor.

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

She is survived by seven children, John (Ellen) Wilwert of Allen, TX, James Wilwert of Ankeny, IA, Joel (Lynda) Wilwert of Spokane, WA, Dr. Jason (Tracy) Wilwert of Sequim, WA, Jane Tucker of Sumner, IA, Jean (Bob) Krueger of West Des Moines, IA, Julie (Mark) Kuehnle of Cedar Rapids, IA; one daughter-in-law, Peg Wilwert of Iowa Falls, IA; 18 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; 5 step-children; 15 step-grandchildren; 27 step great grandchildren; four siblings, Sr. Mildred Streif of Dubuque, IA, Darrel Streif of Dyersville, IA, Laura Streif of Stockton, IL and Donna Streif of Dubuque, IA; brother-in-law, Eddie Breitbach of Dubuque, IA; sister-in-law, Dorothy Link of Dubuque, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; her son, Dr. Jeff Wilwert; grandson, James Kuehnle; son-in-law, Donald Tucker; one brother, Edward Streif, two sisters, Marion (Wayne) Kirmse and Arlene Breitbach; one sister-in-law, Lorraine Streif; 3 brothers-in-law, Herman Wilwert, Ralph (Elaine) Wilwert and Laverne Link; 2 sisters-in-law, Calista (first husband, Fay Steger) (Paul) Hoppman and Mary Frances (John) Meier.

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

 



Cynthia L. Eudaley


Cynthia "Cindy" L. Eudaley, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019 peacefully at home after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. 

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Private burial will be at Linwood Cemetery at a later date.

Cindy was born September 16, 1946 in Dubuque, the daughter of Robert and Evelyn (Maus) Schweikert. She was a cosmetologist for 32 years, and owned and operated Cindy's Head Shed in Dyersville. She also worked at Floor Show in Dubuque for many years. Cindy poured her heart and soul in to everything she did. She was a loyal friend to many, and loved by all who knew her.

A loving mother and grandmother, her daughters and grandchildren were the center of her world. She rarely missed a sporting event, concert, or any other social event her grandkids were involved with. She especially loved listening to Maddy sing, watching Brittni play volleyball, and Cole and Conner playing baseball. She was a huge fan of Beckman Baseball and the Dyersville Whitehawks.  Cindy was always the life of the party, she had an exceptional sense of humor and her laugh was infectious.  There wasn't a dance floor she didn't love.    

Cindy is survived by two daughters, Jodi (Doug) Klostermann of Dyersville and Wendy (Brent) Wright of Cedar Falls; her grandchildren Cole and  Conner (friend Lauren Faust) Klostermann, and Brittni and Madison Wright; former spouse Rick Eudaley of Ft. Myers, FL, her sister, Sonja (Martin) Arensdorf of Dubuque; her brother Tom (Jan) Schweikert of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews, Tami Hill, Amy (Jerry) Turner, Brett (Pam) Arensdorf, Drew Arensdorf, Brad Schweikert, and Jennifer (Tony) White.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

We would like to thank Hospice, especially Edna, Jenny, and Julie for their kindness and support. Our mother's passing was one of love and peace and we thank you for making this last memory of her one of dignity and grace.

We also wish to thank the Doctors and staff at Grand River Oncology, especially Dr. Herman and Dr. Heiar.

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



Milton E. Kyarsgaard


Milton E. "Milt" Kyarsgaard, 89, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, January 23, 2019, under the care of Hospice of Jackson County at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Milt's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Monday, January 28, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Milton Eugene Kyarsgaard was born on July 22, 1929 in Sabula, Iowa, to John and Alice (Everson) Kyarsgaard. He grew up in Sabula, Miles and Welton and attended Elwood High School. He married Mavis Joan Easton on March 27, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on June 3, 2007.

"Milt" first farmed and then worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. From 1962 to 1985 he worked at Caterpillar in Mt. Joy doing work standards and time study. He retired after 23 years of service.

"Milt" was a member of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed golfing, camping, snowmobiling, bowling and taking yearly trips with Mavis to Florida.

Those left to honor his memory include his sons, Dennis (LaVerle) Kyarsgaard of Sterling, IL, and Jeff (Debbie) Kyarsgaard of Delmar, IA; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and 3 brothers Ronald, Victor and Dean.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Milton E. "Milt" Kyarsgaard memorial fund has been established.

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



Joan F. Donovan


Joan Frances Donovan, 86, passed away January 23, 2019. Daniel O'Donnell and Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost their biggest fan. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Private Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements. 

Joan was born December 26, 1932 in Dubuque, the daughter of Daniel and Mary (Melloy) Dougherty. She married Gerald "Buzzy" Donovan on September 10, 1955 at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on January 6, 2001. 

Joan and Buzzy farmed in Rickardsville, and she also worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 30 years, retiring in 1981. After retiring from the Pack, Joan and Buzzy purchased Dillon's Kountry Aire Resort in Branson, MO, which they owned and operated for 20 years. She was an active member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Branson, and ran the gift shop for over 20 years. Joan spent many days embroidering quilts for her kids and grandkids. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Joan is survived by three children, Dave (Trena) Donovan of Forsyth, MO, Dennis (Julie) Donovan of Dubuque, and Mary Kay Dencklau of Norwalk, IA; her grandchildren Holly (Clara Altman) Donovan of Washington D.C., Danny Donovan of Bellingham, WA, Amy (A.J.) Munier of Forsyth, MO, Cindy (Skylar Ayers) Donovan-Ayers of Forsyth, MO, and Naomi Donovan-Ward of Branson, MO; her great grandkids, Frances Altman-Donovan, Arthur Jess Munier V, Harper Sunny Ayers, and Augusta Marie Munier; and her sister in law Lois Houselog of Dubuque. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her oldest son, Daniel Donovan; her son in law, Scott Dencklau; and her siblings, Cecelia (Diz) Henkes, Paul (Helen) Dougherty, Marita "Dubby" (Fran) Mootz, and Kathleen (LeRoy) Holz. 

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

 

 



Mary L. Davis


Mary L. Davis, age 63 of Galena and formerly of Dubuque, completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, with her loving husband by her side. 

To celebrate Mary's life, a private family service is being held in June. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Mary's family.

Mary was born on May 31, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter to Frederick H. and Helen M. (Phau) Wade. She graduated from high school in 1973 and shortly after began her life as an adult by beginning a family of her own. She was blessed with 4 beautiful children and would have the privilege of living in multiple cities around the U.S. before finally landing in Dubuque.

Her years in the Dubuque area where definitely good to Mary and she not only had the opportunity to share her positive attitude with those around her, but she was also fortunate enough to find her true love, Eric Davis. The couple was united in marriage on November 8, 2010 in Dubuque and spent the last 8 years adoring one another daily. 

Mary did enjoy working outside of the house in her later years and always treasured the time she was able to spend with her friends in the kitchen at Mt. Carmel, and at the Ice Cream Shop, until she eventually retired in 2013. 

Mary was a kind woman with a gentle soul. Solitude could be her friend at times, but if she let you in, her friendship was true till the end. We will miss Mary more than words can possibly say, but we are forever grateful for the abundance of love and memories she leaves behind for us to find comfort in until we see her again.     

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Mary include:

her husband,

Eric Davis, Galena, IL;

her children,

Chris Prasil, Grand Marais, MN,

Jon Prasil, Grand Marais, MN,

Ashlee Burke, Dubuque, IA,

and Alex Prasil, Mesa, AZ;

her siblings,

Richard Wade, FL,

Ken Wade, AZ,

and Melody Ann Ellis, FL;

Mary is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care and support.

Online condolences may be shared with Mary's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



James Durham


James "Jim" Durham, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a service at 4 p.m. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. 

Jim was born October 23, 1956 in Decatur, IL, the son of Paul Eugene and Mary Irene (Gross) Durham. He grew up in Lisle, IL, and found his home in Dubuque, where he lived for many years. 

Jim graduated high school in 1974, and served his country with the U.S. Navy during the Persian Gulf War, and also in the U.S. Navy Reserves. 

Jim was a huge sports fan, and was lucky enough to live to see all of his favorite teams win championships. His family would like to thank the Blackhawks of Jim's youth, the 90's Chicago Bulls, the 1985 Bears, and especially the 2016 Cubs for the joy and excitement they brought to Jim! He also enjoyed listening to music and attending concerts. Family was very important to Jim, and he loved family dinner game nights and spending time with his grandkids. 

Jim is survived by three children, Michelle (Shawn) Breitbach of Peosta, Amanda (fiancé Matt Hubanks) Durham, and Thomas Durham, both of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Lucas, Ella, and Erin Breitbach; his step-mother, Janet Durham; three sisters, Linda (Terry) Bloome, Susan (Philip) Paradiso, and Nancy (Terry) Fisher; and two step-siblings, Julie (James) Jones Hackbarth and Linda (Jeff) Jones Booth. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers in infancy, Thomas and Patrick. 

The family would like to thank Bruce Dean for being a true friend for life, and to all the friends and family who have offered their tremendous support. Thank you also to the staff at Grand Meadow Luther Manor for their care of Jim. 

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

 

 



Sister Mary Crimmin


Sister Mary Crimmin, BVM (Agnes), 83, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at Marian Hall.

Natural burial Rite of Commitment was Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, with burial in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Memorial service will be Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by a memorial Mass.

Sister Mary served the congregation as regional representative, assistant administrator of the Motherhouse, and BVM life facilitator for the Mount Carmel Retirement Community, all in Dubuque, Iowa. She served in parish ministry in Chicago; Evanston, Ill.; and Crystal, Minn., and in Hispanic ministry in Kankakee, Ill. She was an elementary teacher in Casper, Wyo.; Grayslake, Ill.; and Chicago where she also worked as an adult education teacher.

She was born on May 12, 1935, in Chicago to Bernard and Frances O'Connor Crimmin. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1953, from Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1956, and final vows on July 16, 1961.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Patrick, brother-in-laws Steve Morgan and Bob Wermes . She is survived by sisters Marcella Morgan, Elgin, IL; Loretta Wermes, Shorewood, IL; and Frances (Frank) Lyne, Wheaton, IL; nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 65 years.

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

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Michael L. Conklin


Michael L. Conklin, age 60 of Dubuque, completed his earthly journey on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.  To celebrate Michael's life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, IA. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Michael's family.

Michael was born on July 10, 1958, in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, a son to Robert C. and Shirley G. (Conant) Conklin.  He developed his sometimes witty, but almost always sarcastic sense of humor at a very early age.  He would perfect it throughout his 60 years to a point that he would even make himself laugh from time to time.  Michael was quite a humble man in the more public forums, but he would definitely let you know what he thought about any given topic when he was feeling comfortable within the confines of his close relationships with family and friends. And, if the subject happened to contain some of his favorite Science Fiction, movies or games you could be sure that you were going to be correctly informed in only mere moments; and possibly with an excellent impression or two and always with absolute authority! 

Michael devoted many years of his working life to both the Diamond Jo Casino and Wal-Mart.  He made many friends along the way and will always be remembered for both his consistency in performance and courteous demeanor.  But Michael's real passion in life was when he was hanging out with his family. Never having any children of his own, Michael had developed an uncanny knack for adopting Nieces and Nephews without any effort at all.  If Michael had decided that you were going to be allowed into his inner most circle, you could always be sure that you were there to stay.  We will miss Michael moving forward and it's almost impossible to bear the pain of not hearing what the problems with the world are one more time, but we know Michael fought hard against his cancer over the years and now we pray he is able to rest from his labors and do a little catching up with his parents and his nephew, Keith.  Thank you Michael for leaving us an abundance of memories to hang on to until we meet again!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Michael include,

his siblings,

Don (Nichole) Conklin, Eau Claire, WI,
Phillip Conklin, Milwaukee, WI,
and Pat Schoonover, Dubuque, IA;

his nieces and nephew,
Teresa (Stephen) Green, Dubuque, IA,
John (Stacey) Hudson, Lake Geneva, WI,
and Amanda (Jacob) Winders, Dubuque, IA;

and his great-nieces and nephews who will lovingly remember Michael as "Uncle Monkey".

Michael was preceded in death by his parents; and a nephew, Keith Brian.

Michael's family would like to thank the Dr's, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care and support of Michael, and his family.

Online condolences may be shared with Michael's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 



Timothy Hammerand


Timothy "Tim" Hammerand, Age 55, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at his home in Dubuque, IA. He was doing what he loved working on the farm.

Friends may call at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, IA on Friday, January 25 from 2 PM to 8 PM, where a Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, January 26 at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow In the Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Father Noah Diehm will be officiating. Services are entrusted to Hoffmann-Schneider, and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Tim was born on August 7, 1963 in Dubuque, IA to Martin and Norma Jean (Oberfoell) Hammerand. He married Lynne Schultz on July 9, 1983. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1982 and has worked with his father on the family's dairy farm since his early childhood. Tim now works on the farm with his son Derek, who will carry on the legacy of what is Riverview Holstein Farms. Tim shared his love of the Chicago Cubs with his mother and was thrilled to see them win the World Series. He is also an avid sports fan with his love extending to the Chicago Bears and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tim enjoyed playing cards especially his bi-monthly poker games with his friends. He enjoyed playing darts, which he did for over 20 years. He was an avid fisherman and camper, where he always enjoyed the annual Hammerand campout where Tim enjoyed not showering for days at a time.

Tim was a devoted family man and loved to play jokes and pull pranks on anyone he cared about. His grandchildren were his heart and soul and he loved to do things on the farm with them any chance he got. Tim was an avid softball player in his younger years where he would slide into the base to keep things interesting. In Tim's memory the family requests everyone to go and have a Holstein Highball.

Tim is survived by his beloved wife Lynne, his children, Beth (Tommy) Schmitt of Dubuque, Jennifer Hammerand, and Derek Hammerand, also of Dubuque. Cherished grandfather of Ethan and Madeline Schmitt and Akaela Hammerand. Brother of Doug (Chris) Hammerand of Carlisle, IA, Vickie (Brian) Hein of Durant, IA, and Amy Gregoire of North Liberty, IA. Also survived by his mother-in-law Sharon Schultz of Dubuque and his brother-in-law Rick (Kelli) Schutz of Sherrill, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters-in law, Laura Schmitt and Chrissy Schultz, his paternal grandparents, John and Velma Hammerand, and his maternal grandparents, Paul and Ida Oberfoell.



Anna Mae Gisch


Anna Mae (Runde) Gisch, 91, formerly of Dubuque passed away on January 20th, 2019 in Illinois.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 28th, 2019 at St. Joseph The Worker Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Anna Mae was born on July 9, 1927 in Hazel Green, WI the daughter of Albert and Rosa (Brant) Runde. In May of 1945 she graduated from Hazel Green High School and in September of 1948 graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque. She was a Registered Nurse and worked for Mercy Hospital and Holy Family Hall, Mount St. Francis both in Dubuque.

Mrs. Gisch was married to Paul Gisch on September 8, 1951 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 6th, 2018.

She enjoyed golf, tennis and playing bridge. She was a great mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Anna Mae is survived by her children, Mary (Rick) Marinelli, of Kansas City, MO, Joseph (Kate) Gisch, of Irvine, CA, Jill (William) Wilberding, of Edwardsville, IL, and Mark Gisch, of West Des Moines. Five grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul, her grandson Danny Wilberding, and her siblings.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Joseph The Worker Church or Children's Tumor Foundation.

 



Jane E. Davis


Jane E. Davis, 86, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street where there will be a prayer service at 2:45 p.m.

Jane was born in Dubuque, Iowa to Wilmer and Mildred (Arthofer) Atkinson on June 7, 1932. She attended Holy Trinity Grade School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1950. Jane was united in marriage to Joseph Davis and together they raised 6 children. She concluded her working career retiring from Target in 1998.

She enjoyed attending music events, a game of cards with friends and PBS Masterpiece Theatre. She loved all things history from her beloved Point Neighborhood to her ancestors of England, stating many times she was "More English than the Queen of England".

She was a member of Holy Trinity parish.

Jane is survived by her children, Stanley (Julie) Davis, of Huxley, IA, Catherine Davis-Quade, of Dubuque, Ann (Dennis) Banks, of Houston, TX, Paul (Teresa) Davis, of Dubuque, Margaret (Jim) Kessler, of Dubuque, and Patricia (Keith) Elphick, of Rochester, NY; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; two sisters, Ardith Peterson and Mary Severson; and two brothers, Wilmer Atkinson and Jonathan Atkinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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



Don L. McDonald


Don L. McDonald, age 89 (two weeks shy of his 90th birthday), passed away on January 19, 2019, in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M., Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Don L. McDonald was born on February 2, 1929 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Scott LeRoy and Vivienne Estelle (Berkley) McDonald. He was a 1946 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then attended and graduated from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Navy earning an honorable discharge. He married Constance C. "Connie" Neal on June 28, 1959 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Don first taught math and coached football, basketball and baseball at Maquoketa High School from 1954 to 1956. He then worked as a safety engineer with Hawkeye Security Insurance Company until June of 1958. On July 1, 1958 he began an extensive career with Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. He served in many capacities including Assistant Manager of Sales in 1962, Account Executive - Head of Export Division in 1964 spending 6 ½ weeks abroad. In 1967 he became Vice President in Charge of Sales. Throughout his career he was instrumental in helping Clinton Engines earn recognitions and service awards as well as several large contracts. After Clinton Engines, he sold sporting goods for Alliance International out of Vancouver, B.C., and later owned "The Outdoorsman" sporting goods store in Maquoketa. Until retiring in 2011, he headed up Maquoketa Insurance and McDonald Realty in association with Maquoketa State Bank.

Don was a member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, Maquoketa American Legion Post #75, and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. He was a former member of the Maquoketa Rotary Club, Maquoketa Optimist Club and the Izaak Walton League. As a member of the Izaak Walton League it was his brainstorm that became known as the Annual Mesquakie Indian River Trail Canoe Race beginning in 1973.

Don cherished spending time with family and friends and attending his grandsons' activities including plays and baseball games. He loved dogs and always had them throughout his life. Additionally, he enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting, golfing, grilling, and gardening.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Connie McDonald of Maquoketa, IA; children, Jane (Russ) Long of Maquoketa, IA, and Don Jay McDonald of Santa Barbara, CA; 2 grandsons, Andrew Long of Maquoketa, IA and Lucas Long of Marion, IA; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clark Neal and Paula Handrup of Goodyear, AZ; 1 niece Kimberly Church; and 2 nephews, Jason Neal and Shawn Neal. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter Lynne D. McDonald, and a brother Teddy McDonald.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Don L. McDonald memorial fund has been established.

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



Janann Riley


Janann Riley, 90, of Dubuque passed away Friday January 11, 2019 at Luther Manor.

Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Monday January 28, 2019 with the funeral service immediately following at 11 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Road.

Janann "Nan" Riley was born January 8, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Julius & Lorraine (Cox) Bonz. She married James P. Riley on May 8, 1948; he preceded her in death.

She spent time and was raised with her family at the Dubuque Shooting Park. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque as well. Before leaving high school Janaan was already a secretary at Jaeger's Hardware and then Farley & Loetscher.

It didn't take Roshek's long to hire her and they kept her for 8 years as they trained her to be a retail buyer. Nan went on to work at Zuckies and Stevens where she stayed for 34 years until her retirement. She became the vice president and helped open five women's clothing stores.

Upon retirement she purchased a home in Scottsdale, Arizona where she wintered. Janann would come back during the summers to stay with her sister Elaine. She also enjoyed spending vacations in the Caribbean. Nan was a great dancer and singing was one of her favorite hobbies. She loved her family especially her nieces and nephews. Janann also loved her pets as she considered them part of her family.

She is survived by her sister Elaine Mozena of Peosta; Her nieces and nephews Rodney (Diann) Mozena, Kathy (James) Bender, Joel (Linda) Mozena, David (Tracy) Mozena, Lisa Beatty, Katie Riley and Jim Riley; Great nieces and nephews Michelle (Kelly) Mudge, Tammy (Tim) Stueck, Nathan (Shalet Middleton) Mozena, Nichole (Eric) Lambert, Leah Bender (Kent Howieson), Josh (Sarah) Mozena, Todd (Kendra) Mozena, Elize Mozena, Tara Mozena. She is also survived by her brother-in-law John (Ann) Riley.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lorraine and Julius Bonz, and her brother in law Merlin Mozena.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that any donations be directed to Hospice of Dubuque, the Alzheimers Association, or Luther Manor.

The family would like to thank Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassion and care of Janann.



Richard W. Hebert

Richard W. "Dick" Hebert, 91, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Luther Manor. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, at St. Raphael Cathedral, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Military honors will be accorded. Private burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements. 

Surviving Dick is his son, Christopher (Lois) Hebert and their son Richard, of Manteca, CA; his god-daughter Molly (Jim) Kolf of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father Armand Hebert, his mother Laura Klein Hebert; brothers Phillip Hebert, Patrick Hebert, and Armand Lee Hebert; and his sister Rose Bebert Kane. 

Dick served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II and also in Korea as a Medic. When he returned he went on to study and graduate from Loras, and then followed with a Master's Degree.

He spent the rest of his life in education and when he retired he held the position of Dean of Students at Minneapolis Community College. He loved his life's work and he kept in touch with a lot of his former students, and helped them in any way he could. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor, and if you spent time with him, you would always walk away from him with a smile on your face and some bit of new information. 

The family would like to thank all his friends at Sunset Park, where he lived for the past 10 years, his friend Cindy Kohlman, the staff of Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque. The family requests no flowers. Donations will be distributed among Dick's favorite charities. 

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

 

 



Sylvester A. Weires


Sylvester A. "Sonny" Weires, 78, of Dubuque and Floral City, Florida, passed away Tuesday, January, 15, 2019, from complications of Alzheimer's, at Vitas Healthcare, Lecanto, FL. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, January, 24, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, where there will be a parish wake service held at 7:30 p.m.

Sonny was born on June 26, 1940, in Waterloo, IA, son of Otto M. and Clara (Thimmisch) Weires.

Sonny graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1959. He married Donna M. Jentz on February 13, 1960, and they were inseparable until the end. Sonny worked at various jobs prior to starting at John Deere in 1963. He retired from John Deere in 1993. Sonny was an accomplished musician, taking up guitar in his 20's. He played lead guitar and sang in various country bands at many events and nightclubs. He dabbled with other instruments as well and inspired all of his children, several grandchildren and Donna to learn to play music too. He was an avid archer, deer hunter, and a long-time active member of the Dubuque Field Archers. He boated with family and friends for decades on the Mississippi. He taught many people to ski, pulling them with his well-known green Starcraft. He insisted anyone could learn. In his "free time" he was busy restoring and painting cars at the family home he built, with the help of friends and family at Mud Lake. He enjoyed classic car shows and was a member of the Dubuque Antique Car Club. Sonny was a life-long Christian and born-again at age 45. He lived his Christian faith, attending church weekly, studying the bible often and treating all with kindness.

He is survived by

his wife of 58 years,
Donna Weires;

his three sons,
Randy (Brenda Faris) Weires,
Rodney (Kimberly) Weires
and Rick (Karen) Weires;

his daughter,
Kim (Kevin) Discher;

11 grandchildren,
Russ, Roger, Jake, Julie, Natalie, Becca, Andrea, Jessica, Katie, Dylan and Brooke;

10 great-grandchildren;

his brother,
Otto Weires;

his sisters,
Loretta Paar
and Betty (Leo) Stepflug;

his brother-in-law,
Kenny (Pat) Jentz;

and his sisters-in-law,
Helene (Jack) Bennett
and Darlene Chapman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Delores Kester and Mary Grobstick; and his brothers-in-law, Ronny Jentz, Clarence Jentz, Roger Jentz, Dick Paar and Gary Chapman.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Sonny's favorite charities.

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



Orville V. Gerlach


Orville V. Gerlach, 80, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, January 18, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Orville's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 A.M. prior to the mass on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Andrew, Iowa.

Orville Vern Gerlach was born on October 8, 1938 on a farm east of Springbrook, Iowa, to Leo and Hilda (Homan) Gerlach. He received his education through the 8th grade at St. Peter & Paul in Springbrook. He later proudly received his GED from Andrew High School by attending evening classes. He married Karen Herrig on October 5, 1963 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Steve, Sherry, Shelly and Susan.

Orville was a lifelong farmer. His main passion was always farming, however throughout the years he also worked various jobs. Aside from farming, he was passionate about baseball and looked forward to April 1 each year - for both a new planting season and a new season of baseball. Additionally, he enjoyed woodworking, traveling and history. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes. Orville was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Orville's memory include his wife, Karen Gerlach of Andrew, IA; children, Steve (Vivian) Gerlach of Geneseo, IL; Sherry (Mark) Meyer of Owatonna, MN; Shelly (Tod) Wiederholt of Green Bay, WI; and Susan Gerlach of Dubuque, IA; 5 grandchildren; sisters, Mary Banowetz of Maquoketa, IA; and Rita Lee of Houston, TX; sisters-in-law, Darlyn (Jim) Weis of Lake Havasu, AZ; Mary Jo (Jerry) Weis of Maquoketa, IA; Cindy (Steve) Helmle of Bellevue, IA; Phyllis (Joe) Wingert of Oelwein, IA; Audrey Conoly of TX; LaVonne Gerlach of Maquoketa, IA; Carol (Steve) Lucke of Andrew, IA; and Heather Gerlach of Papillion, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Hilda; and five brothers, Donald, Arnold, Roger, Cletus and Richard.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Orville V. Gerlach memorial fund has been established.

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



Bernadette M. Wernke


Bernadette M. "Bernie" Wernke, 75, of Worthington, Iowa passed away Friday, January 18, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Bernie was born November 1, 1943, in Sherrill, Iowa the daughter of Charles and Regina (Nauman) Schueller. She married David Gregor Wernke on February 24, 1962 in Sherrill, Iowa. Bernie has joined the Angels and Saints in heaven and is free from her pain and suffering.

Bernie is survived by her husband of 56 years, David, children: Barry (Lisa) Wernke of Guttenberg, Thomas (friend, Shelly Weist) Wernke of Cedar Rapids, Beth (Kevin) Leliefeld of Guttenberg, John J. Wernke of Worthington, five grandchildren: Allison (Josh) Buckmann, Holly Wernke, Kerri (Brad Tracey) Leliefeld, Alex Leliefeld, Cody Wernke, two great grandchildren: Jackson Buckmann and Madison Tracy, sisters: Elizabeth Hingtgen of Asbury, Annette Schmitt of East Dubuque, IL, Marilyn (James) Lansing of Dubuque, in-laws: Lou McDonough, Eileen Schueller both of Dubuque, Marian (Tom) Noblitt of Loretto, TN, Joan Klein of Durango and Ruth (Rick) Ruden of Hudson, IA.

Bernie was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, John and Odelia (Zewen) Wernke, siblings: Jerome Schueller, Richard (Shirley) Schueller, Geraldine "Toots" McDonough, in-laws: LaVern Hintgen, Steve Schmitt, Roger (Anna Mae) Wernke, Robert (Janet) Wernke and Donald Klein.

Many thanks to Shady Rest Care Center, Dr. Angela Kelly and Dr. Darcy Putz.

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



Harold D. Koppes


Harold D. Koppes, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 18th, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 22nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Harold was born on June 13, 1933 in Bellevue, Iowa the son of Archie and Jennie (Brown) Koppes. He graduated 12th grade from Bellevue Community School. He served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956 in Germany; and was a member of the 389th Army Engineers from 1951 to 1971.

He married Iona Rose Steines on May 18, 1957 at St. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, Iowa.

He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works from 1956 to 1986. After retirement he worked for Thunder Hills Pro Shop.

Harold enjoyed bowling and it consumed more than 50 years of his life. He was a member of the 700 Club, Hall of Fame and member and President of Junior Bowling.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Iona Rose; his daughter Kimberly (Eric Chew) Koppes; Grandson Shawn (Stacy) Stackis and granddaughter Kelly Stackis. Great grandchildren, Brianna (Tyler), Aleece, Kaylee, Ashleigh, McKenna, Rylie and Brynlee. His sister Joyce (Larry) Michels; along with nieces, nephews and many in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father Donald Weyhgont, his maternal grandparents; a sister Lois Guenther; brother Ron; great granddaughter Maggie; nephew Bobbie and niece Connie.

The Koppes family would like to thank Dr. Schope, Dr. Khon, and the Unity Point Hospital staff for the care and compassion given to Harold. Also a special thank you to a great friend, D. James Edwards for always being there.



Eugene J. Lehman


Eugene J. "Gene" Lehman, age 93, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:20 a.m., on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Ennoble Manor. To honor Gene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Paul Zimmerman officiating. To celebrate Gene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Gene was born on January 23, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Moral M. and Loretta E. (Haas) Lehman.

Gene was a life long Dubuquer who from graduated high school and went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Navy Seabees as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class during WWII, in the Pacific area. He was united in his marriage to the love of his life, Mildred "Millie" Smith, on August 7, 1948, in Dubuque, and the two were blessed with 50 wonderful years together, and 3 adored children, before she was called home ahead of him on July 28, 1998. He was devoted to protecting the public as a police officer with the Dubuque Police Department for 22 years, until his retirement in 1972. Never one to just sit still, after retiring Eugene would switch gears and go on to drive school bus for another 19 years. He was very proud of his years of service to his community and was a long time member of the Iowa State Police Association. In his free time, Gene and Millie loved jumping in the RV and touring the country, visiting parts of all 49 states as well as parts of Canada. After Millie passed away, Gene found a new traveling partner in Betty Dahlguard, and the two would spend many winters in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas around the McAllen and Mission areas. We are saddened at the loss of such a wonderful man, who was an outstanding example of service to others, but are extremely grateful for the 93 years that we were blessed to have him here on this Earth, making the lives of those around him a little bit better.

Those left to cherish Gene's memory include

his children,
Steven Lehman, Dubuque, IA,
Gregory (Shirley) Lehman, Mountain Home, AR
and Lynn Anderegg, Hustler, WI;

his grandson,
Jeremy (Donna) Lehman, Des Moines, IA;

his great-granddaughters,
Samantha and Rebecca Lehman, both of Des Moines, IA;

and his special friend,
Betty Dahlguard, Des Moines, IA.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving wife, Mildred Lehman.

Gene's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor for all of their kind, attentive and professional care of Gene and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Mary C. Weber


Mary C. Weber, 85, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 at her home.  

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12thAve SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. prior to funeral services.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Mary was born February 28, 1933, in Farley, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Marcella (Kelchen) Greenwood.  She married Elmer J. Weber on November 25, 1952 in Farley, Iowa. Together they farmed and raised their family near Bernard, Farley and Bankston area until they moved to Dyersville in 2004.  Mary was a Housewife and a Nurses Aid.  She retired from Mercy Medical Center in 1999.  She was a talented seamstress and loved to sew. 

Mary is survived by two daughters: Diane Weber of Iowa City and Lori Gingery of Boone; daughter-in-law, Mechelle Weber, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; Nicole (Eric) Rubner and their daughters Myia and Lena of Dyersville, Amanda (Steven) Randall and son, Carter Wachendorf of North Liberty, Melissa (Brett) Frasher of Dyersville, Ben (Rachel) Ward and their children Hazel and Harvey of Springville, Bob Ward of Council Bluffs, Stephanie (Nathan) Klocke of Waukee and Shannon (Ben) Marquez of Iowa City;

Sisters: Rita Heims of Coggon and Irene Engelken of Earlville, in-laws: Linda Greenwood, Verna Greenwood both of Farley, Alice Weber of Dyersville, Raymond Weber of Cascade, Emil (Darlene) Weber of Epworth and Norma Weber of Bernard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Elmer in 2011, one son, Duane Weber in 2018, son-in-law: Steve Gingery in 2017, siblings: Eldon Greenwood, Raymond Greenwood, in-laws: Leo Weber, Elmer Heims, Julius Engelken, Helen Gansemer, Clarence Weber, Doris Weber, Albert Gansemer.

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

 

 



Harvey D. Breiner


Harvey D. Breiner, age 88 of Dubuque, completed his earthly journey on Friday, January 18, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Harvey's life, a private family service will be held on Memorial Day Weekend with burial in the Asbury Cemetery.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Harvey's family.

Harvey was born on July 18, 1930, in Peosta, IA, a son to Walter and Ruby (Stoltz) Breiner.  He learned very early in childhood the value of family and hard work and continued to faithfully role model them both throughout his entire life.  Harvey was a committed family man and eventually met his future bride, Mary Jane Morong.  The courtship didn't take long and on June 11, 1955 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, the two were married.  They went on to be blessed with a beautiful family of their own, and 45 years together, before Mary was sadly called home ahead of him on August 14, 2000.  He later married Lou Ann Jones, she survives.

In his early years, Harvey had proudly served his country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army before he returned home to begin his life in the working world at Hart Implement   After only a few years there, a new opportunity had presented itself and he eagerly began his next 30 years of work with John Deere.  In 1986 he decided it was time to retire and enjoy the remaining years of his life as he saw fit each day.  He was lucky enough to be retired longer than he worked.

Harvey always enjoyed restoring tractors in his free-time, and the John Deere "M" was so meticulously done that not a single bolt escaped his very particular eye.  He and his son-in-law, Del, also restored a 110 which is still being routinely checked over by his great-grandson, Isaac.  In the fall, Harvey would help his son-in-law harvest the crops.  Harvey also enjoyed his annual hunting trips out west with his friends (sometimes bringing home more Coors than venison) and he also found that a day on the water with a fishing pole in hand, or even a little time trying his luck at the Sizzling 7 machine, were all considered perfect ways to spend a little downtime. Many summer vacations were spent in Nisswa, MN that have ever-lasting memories. We will miss Harvey's gentle soul more than he could know, along with his uncompromising organizational skills, but we are forever grateful for the legacy of love, kindness and commitment he leaves behind, and they will surely bring us comfort until we see him again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Harvey include,

his daughters,

Patricia (Cliff) Green, Dubuque, IA,

and Kathy (Delmar) Kuntz, Asbury, IA;

 

his granddaughters,

Stephanie (Jade) Doyle, Dyersville, IA,

and Becky Green, Dubuque, IA;

 

his great-grandson,

Isaac Doyle, Dyersville, IA;

 

his brothers,

Robert (Leta) Breiner, Graf, IA,

and Thomas (Arlene) Breiner, Dubuque, IA;

 

his sister-in-law,

Rita (Swede) Pulver, Bloomington, IA;

 

along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mary; and his brother, Donald (JoAnn) Breiner.

Harvey's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque (especially Jeanette, Jan and Amy) for all of their wonderful care and support of Harvey, and his family.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Harvey's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 

 



Virginia M. Ressler


Virginia M. "Ginny" Ressler, 75, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Friday, January 18, 2019 at Hallmark Care Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Ginny may call from 3 to 8 p.m. , Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Services for Ginny will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born April 1, 1943 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Violet (Rahe) O'Shea. She is a graduate of the former Aquin High School in Cascade, Iowa. She is also a graduate of Kirkwood Community College, where she received her LPN Degree. She was employed as a LPN at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque for several years. On November 14, 1964 she was united in marriage to John Ressler at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and a member of TEAM HOPE.

She is survived by her husband, John Ressler of Cascade, IA; seven children, Tim (Melissa) Ressler of Solon, IA, Jacob (Jill) Ressler of Swisher, IA, Missy (Jose) Torres of Cedar Rapids, IA, Marty (Sarah) Ressler of Solon, IA, Chris Ressler of Ely, IA, Tony (Jen) Ressler of Independence, IA, and Andrea "Annie" (David) Lamont of Cedar Rapids, IA; 19 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and 3 sisters, Mary (Paul) Ehlinger, Carol Recker and Susie (Dave) Kraus all of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Sr. Janet O'Shea; and a brother-in-law, Ronald Recker; one niece, Paula Ehlinger; and one nephew, Mike Recker.

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



William J. Fleming


William J. "Coach Bill" Fleming, 76, of Urbandale, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Thursday morning, January 17, 2019, at his home.

A celebration of Coach Fleming's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, January 25, 2019, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation will follow the services and a private burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

William James Fleming was born on March 14, 1942 in Waterloo, Iowa, to Logan Martin and Grace Angela (Bowen) Fleming. He was a 1960 graduate of Traer, Iowa High School and then went to Iowa State University where he played baseball and earned his teaching degree. He married Kathy Dawn Cox on October 4, 2014 in Bellevue, Iowa.

At an early age, Coach Fleming wanted to be a basketball coach and following his college graduation from Iowa State University, he took a job as a teacher with Central Community of DeWitt High School where he was named the Head Baseball Coach and Head Sophomore Basketball Coach. In 1967, he took a math teaching position in Maquoketa and became the Head Maquoketa Boys Basketball Coach. In his 33 years at Maquoketa, Coach Fleming and his teams won over 500 games, earned 6 state tournament appearances, 17 conference titles and 11 second place conference finishes. In 1983 after Maquoketa finished 2nd in the state tournament he was named Class 2A Coach of the Year. In 2006, he was inducted into the Iowa High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, and in the fall of 2018 was inducted into the Maquoketa High School Hall of Fame. Additionally, Coach Fleming was a member of the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches, and had served as the Co-Director of the Iowa High School All-Star Basketball Game.

After Coach Fleming left Maquoketa, he continued his basketball coaching career at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas from 2001 to 2011 where he served as an Assistant Coach under one of his former Maquoketa players, Rocky Lamar. Together they won a national championship in 2007 and appeared in four straight NAIA Final Fours. Following his ten years at Mid-America Nazarene, he was inducted into the University's Hall of Fame in 2012.

Coach Fleming's love for teaching the game of basketball did not stop when the season ended. It was year-round as he was often holding clinics, basketball camps, coaching schools and pushing athletes to get better during the off season. A couple of the camps he would organize and lead each year were, "Boot Camp for Big's" (2002 to 2007) and "Point Guard Academy" (2001 to 2017) at Grandview University in Des Moines. While in Maquoketa he had also held the Maquoketa Basketball Fundamentals and Skills Camp for many years which produced over 175 All-State players.

Coach Fleming was a coach, teacher, advisor, mentor and friend to many. He helped influence over 150 kids to become coaches. He touched the lives of students not only through his gift of coaching and teaching but also through his everyday lessons of preparation, organization and hard work. He spent countless hours with the players preparing and developing each team for games and potential game situations. He also did many humanitarian efforts selflessly helping others but always wanted to best be remembered as a basketball coach.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Kathy Fleming of Urbandale, IA; children Jefferson "Jeff" (and wife Katherine "Kit" Flanagan) Fleming of Houston, TX, James "Jim" Fleming of Fernandina Beach, FL, Jennifer "Jen" (Jeff Hines) Fleming of Colorado Springs, CO, and Daniel "Dan" (Caitlin) Fleming of Sarasota, FL; step-children, Valerie (Rick) Beck of Gillette, WY, and Angela (Mike) Clifton of Overland Park, KS; 10 grandchildren, Emily, Matt, Morgan, Cora, Gretchen, CJ, Ricky, David, Cole and Olivia; and a sister Mary Lou (Loren) Shultz of Portland, OR. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother David Logan Fleming.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Fleming/Streets Scholarship Fund established for graduating seniors and managers of the Maquoketa High School Boys Basketball program.

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

 



Catherine A. Julson


Catherine "Cathy" A. Julson, 60, of Milan, IL, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 after a courageous 14 month battle with cancer. 

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, January 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Burial will be at 12 p.m. Tuesday, January 22,  at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery.

Cathy was born June 14, 1958 in Denver, CO, the daughter of Donald and Marilou (Gippert) Urquhart. She married Robert "Bob" Julson on September 12, 1992 at the Dubuque Botanical Gardens Arboretum. She was employed with Ross Medical Supply in Moline, IL. 

Cathy was an excellent bowler, was a member of the Dubuque 600 Bowling Club, attended nationals, and traveled all over the US. Through the bowling club, she made many close friendships that last even today. She loved going to the beach and watching old movies. 

Cathy is survived by her husband, Bob, of Milan, IL; two children, Christina (Chris) Winner and Robert Julson Jr.; her grandchildren, Hunter, Haley, Bentley, Griffin, and Baleigh; her father, Donald Urquhart; her siblings, Donald (Debbie Peurdun) Urquhart, Karen Grayson, and Benjamin (Hermie) Urquhart; her sister in law Kim Julson, her brother in law Glen (Noreen Dole) Julson; her nieces Elizabeth (Jordan) Sexton and Anna (Matt Conley) Urquhart; her great nephew Waylon Sexton; and her "Dubuque Sister" Debra Di Vall. 

She was preceded in death by her mother Marilou Urquhart; her parents in law Gerry Clancey and William Julson; and two brothers in law Kenny Grayson and Alan Julson. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Heartland Hospice for their excellent care, especially Kara, Cherish, Tammy, and Victoria.

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

 

 

 



Jerome Tigges


Jerome "Romey" Tigges, 93, of Dubuque, was called home to be with his wife, parents, and infant son Daniel on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Luther Manor, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 21, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd. Rev. Phil Gibbs will officiate.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Jerome was born December 12, 1925 in Dubuque, the son of Vincent and Agatha (Imhof) Tigges. He attended Sacred Heart, graduated from Loras Academy, and served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II.

Jerome married Hazel Knoernschild on September 15, 1951, at Nativity Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on September 6, 2012.

Jerome retired after many years at the Dubuque Packing Company. He was a member of Resurrection Parish and the American Legion Post #6. He was an avid golfer into his golden years, with three holes-in-one, the last one coming at the age of 86. Jerome and Hazel could often be found ballroom dancing on Thursday nights.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Deb (Rich) Hoffman and Ron (Sue) Tigges, both of Dubuque, Cathy (Patrick) Kane of Mission Viejo, CA, Becky (Charlie) Bonifas of Burleson, TX, and Mike (Lynn) Tigges of Aurora, IL; 14 grandchildren, Stacy (Steve) Ryan, Sarah (Wes) Wilburn, Jason (Kelly) Kane, Heather (Trevar) Fracchiolla, Brad Tigges, Jill (Brent) O'Rourke, Jennifer (Aaron) Adler, Danielle (Jason) Horn, Samantha (Dustin) Goldman, Melissa (Andrew) Chansley, Matthew, Meggan, Melissa, and Michelle Tigges, 14 great grandchildren and one on the way;  his siblings-in-law, Margaret (Don) Lakin, Dorothy Omdalem, John (Janet), and Ken (Sandy) Knoernschild; and many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, parents, and infant son, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Francis, Bernard "Benny", and Martin; his sister Sr. Mary Rita Tigges OSF;  two sisters-in-law, Karen Tigges and Dorothy Tigges; and a brother-in-law Mike Omdalem.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Church of the Resurrection, Hospice of Dubuque, or Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Luther Manor and at Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care of Dad.

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



David Robert Chapman


David Robert Chapman, 53, of Mesa, AZ formerly of Dubuque passed away on December 30th, 2018 at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Andy Upah officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Private family burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.

David was born on October 13, 1965 in Dubuque the son of Robert and Marlene (Bemis) Chapman. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1984 where he excelled in wrestling and from Hamilton Tech in Davenport, la.

His life journey took him from being a Mental Health Tech at Mercy Hospital, a parts manager at American Marina in Dubuque, to co-owning Alpine Appliance Store in Avon, Colorado. He then owned Chappy's Concession Trailer while living in New Glarus, WI from which he traveled to various fairs in the community. While living in Arizona he was the parts manager for R. Christ RV Sales and Service in Mesa, Arizona.

David was a ten-year liver transplant survivor. He loved the outdoors from boating to fishing to hunting as well as always being accompanied by one of his dogs. He was a devoted NFL fan to the team in each of his locations. He was the ultimate friend to those close to him.

Dave is survived by his parents Robert and Marlene Chapman; of Dubuque, his three sisters Michelle (Rich) Stender, of Dubuque, Pamela (Jeff) Thill, of Warsaw, IL, and Connie Chapman, of Dubuque. Nieces Stephanie (Jason) Klein, of Marion, IA, Stacy (Chris) Kelley, of Denver, Co., Sarah (Matt) Weber, of Dubuque, Abigail (Marcus) McDaniel, of Kahoka, MO. Amy (Carlos) Pittman, of Dubuque and Jennifer Harjehausen. One nephew Tyler Thill, of Macomb, IL; 14 cousins who David loved greatly, two aunts Marjorie Hellmann and Doris Hingtgen of Dubuque and his Godparents William and Joyce Huss, of Dubuque.



Dolores Merfeld


Dolores "Dode" Merfeld, 89, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 4:25 a.m., at Monticello Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Monticello, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dode may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 2 p.m. and Cascade American Legion Auxiliary rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Services for Dode will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 21, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Dode was born October 3, 1929 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Louie and Annie (Koppes) Leesekamp. She graduated from St. Martin's High School in Cascade, Iowa. On June 30, 1955, she was united in marriage to Joseph Merfeld at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. She worked as a Certified Nurse's Assistant at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, IA for many years. Dode enjoyed doing all things crafting especially crocheting and embroidering.

She was a member of St. Mathias Parish and the Cascade American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Merfeld of Cascade, IA; one daughter, Lisa Manternach of Cascade, IA; three sons, Mark (Deb) Merfeld of Monticello, IA; Tim (Kim) Merfeld and Todd (Dana) Merfeld both of Cascade, IA; 14 grandchildren, Tanya Deutmeyer, Brooke Kite, Paula Moatz, Jake Manternach, Brandi Keenlance, Melissa Hanewicz, Tony Merfled, Kiel Merfeld, Mackenzi Copper, Jamie Copper, Allyson Merfeld, Isaac Merfeld, Natalie Merfeld and Eli Merfeld; 11 great grandchildren; One sister, Betty McMahon of Waterloo, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl Merfeld of Monticello, IA, Louis (Gladys) Merfeld of Dubuque, IA, Allan (Beverly) Merfeld of Rockford, IL, Gerri Merfeld of Benton Harbor, MI, Cheryl Merfeld of Garden Prairie, IL, Rose Marie Oswald of Monticello, IA, Annabelle Gudenkauf of Manchester, IA and Theresa Drew of Cascade, IA

She was preceded in death by her Parents; one son, Jeffery Merfeld in 1965; one daughter, Pamela Merfeld in 2003; one sister, Irene (Melvin) Peiffer; one great grandson, Matthew Keenlance; sisters-in-law, Mary (Lawrence) Ahlers, Peggy Merfeld and Judy Merfeld; brothers-in-law, Bob McMahon, Frances Merfeld, Robert Merfeld, Carl Merfeld, Earl Oswald, Gerald Gudenkauf and Ralph Drew.

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



Jacqueline Daykin


Jacqueline "Jackie" Daykin, 92, of Dubuque died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday. January 24, at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, where a visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

Jackie was born September 17, 1926 in Dubuque, daughter of Arnold and Eva Ziegler.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1944, and married John Robert "Bob" Daykin in 1949. She worked outside the home for several years at Job Service of Iowa and was a member of Summit Congregational United Church of Christ, P.E.O. International, and too many card clubs to be listed on one page. She loved playing cards (duh), golfing, socializing with friends and family, and had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed travel, especially to Arizona in the winter, and watching sports (including a trip at age 90 to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team play in the NIT).

She is survived by three sons, Rob (Laurie), of Dundee Ore., Jeff (Donna) of Falcon Heights, Minn., and Tom (Karen) of Whitefish Bay, Wis.; a daughter in law, Kim of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; and two brothers, Arnie Ziegler of Gilbert, Ariz., and Tom Ziegler of Tucson, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert "Bob" Daykin; a son, Steve Daykin; and a sister, Virginia "Ginny" Beckett.

Memorials may be made to Summit Congregational United Church of Christ and Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Hawkeye Care Center, Barb Ilten, and the Rev. Karen Candee of Summit Congregational United Church of Christ for their loving care.



Daniel J. Mootz


Daniel J. Mootz, 68, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service.

Dan was born on April 14, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Glenn A. and Mildred A. (Pfeiler) Mootz. He married Tracy Klaas on November 8, 1974, in Dubuque. Dan, a meticulous master carpenter, was self employed.

Dan enjoyed ice fishing, deer hunting, gardening, going to the lake in Winter, Wisconsin, going to the casino on Thursdays with Tracy, and watching the Packers. He enjoyed time spent in his shop. A treasure hunter, he liked finding antique tools and other treasures. Dan especially loved his grandchildren and time spent with them.

Survivors include his wife, Tracy; a daughter, Tana Mootz, Benton; a son, Jason (Pam) Mootz, Cuba City; five grandchildren, Devin Mootz, Kailie Mootz-Redfearn, Erika Mootz-Redfearn, and Krystal and Brayden Knox; his siblings, Ron (Kathy) Mootz, Dave (special friend, Carol) Mootz and Sue (Chris) Lovell; his in-laws, Gladys Klaas, Mary White, Nancy (Bud) Loeffelholz, Grace Brummer, Frank (Mary) Klaas, Mert (Skip) Banfield, Click (Bev) Klaas and Joan Klaas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Mootz, and Mildred and George Robbins; a brother, Tom Mootz; and his in-laws, John Klaas, Darlene Klaas, Marlene Klaas and Jim White.

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



Katherine H. (Reisch) Kelley


Katherine H. “Kay” (Reisch) Kelley, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:24 a.m., on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family, 9 years to the day after her beloved husband Neil.  To honor Kay’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating.  To celebrate Kay’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kay was born on November 30, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Albert and Lucille (Herkes) Reisch.

Kay was a life long Dubuque resident, and a proud graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1950, and for more than 20 years she cherished getting together for luncheon Tuesday with her classmates. After school, Kay went to work at the Sunbeam Bakery, before marrying the love of her life, Neil Kelley, on February 28, 1952, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The two were blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 6 children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on January 15, 2010. Kay was a devoted full time wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in caring for her children and home, and her love of helping children would lead her to take a job with Prodigy Child Development later in life, just to secretly be able to sit and rock the babies. Family was the most important aspect of Kay's life, and some of her fondest memories were of road trips with Neil and the children, which no doubt, always turned into an adventure and once even saw Kay getting left behind at a rest area. In her free time, Kay also enjoyed playing bingo and crocheting various treasures to be shared with family and friends. She had a kind, giving soul, and loved helping others, a trait she passed on to her family. She and Neil were excellent role models for the children, and were actively involved members with Handicapped Persons Inc. for 20 years. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet Miss Kay, and will miss her smile which lit up the room and brought joy to everyone around her, but take some comfort in knowing she is now in heaven with her beloved husband and son, and all of her deceased family members, awaiting our eventual arrival.

Those left to cherish Kay's memory include

her children,
Mike (Carol Ender) Kelley, Dubuque, IA,
Patty (David) Pregler, Zwingle, IA,
Dennis (Karilee) Kelley, Potosi, WI,
Collin (Stephanie Friedman) Kelley, Dubuque, IA
and Bruce (Wendy) Kelley, Dubuque, IA;

her 16 grandchildren;

her 23 great-grandchildren;

her 1 great great-grandson;

her siblings,
John Reisch,
Sr. Mary Lou Reisch, OSF,
Ginny O'Connell
and Carol Oglesby, all of Dubuque, IA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Naomi Reagan
and Mary Weis, both of Dubuque, IA.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Neil Kelley; her son, David Kelley; a grandson, Brian Kelley; a great-grandson, Layne Lawson; a sister Linda Reisch; and a brother Billie Reisch in infancy.

Miss Kay's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the wonderful care they have provided Miss Kay and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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



James Milton Barton


James Milton Barton, 82, died peacefully at Stonehill Care Center on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Hospice of Dubuque chaplain Rev. Dianne Grace will lead a service at 12:00 noon. Following the visitation, family and friends are invited to enjoy a meal together at Breitbach's Country Dining in Balltown. Per Jim's wishes, his body was donated to The University of Iowa to further the education of medical students. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Rickardsville at a future date.

The son of John and Blanche (Schirmer) Barton, Jim was born at home in Dubuque, on May 21, 1936. Due to the generosity of his maternal grandmother, Lydia Schirmer, Jim attended high school at Loras Academy and graduated in 1954. He married Barbara Welu the following year. Three daughters were born of this marriage: Tina, Lisa, and Andrea. Jim and Barbara later divorced. Jim was employed as a meat packer at Dubuque Packing Company for 44 years (1954-1998). In addition, Jim was self-employed as a house painter, wallpaper hanger, and furniture refinisher. In later years, he worked in apartment maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal. In his seventies, he worked at The Family Mart. Like many Dubuquers of his generation, Jim maintained a strong work ethic throughout his life. From an early age, Jim enjoyed picking berries - blackberries and black raspberries were his favorites. With friends, Jim hunted pheasants and rabbits for many decades. He played baseball at Loras Academy and as an adult coached and umpired. He and his family were frequent spectators at local stock car races at the Sportsbowl dirt track. With friends, Jim enjoyed races at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds and Farley Speedway. Jim loved being a grandpa and treasured time with his grandson. He wholeheartedly supported Cael, encouraging him as a student and as an enthusiastic spectator at his many sporting events.

Jim is survived by

three daughters,
Tina Barton, Dubuque, IA,
Lisa Paulos & husband Rick, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Andrea Anderson & husband Chad, Oregon, WI;

his grandson,
Cael Anderson, Oregon, WI;

and his siblings,
Leo Barton, Dubuque, IA
and Betty Stierman, Arizona.

Jim joins his parents, Blanche & John, his sisters, Eileen & Phyllis, and his brothers, Ray, Paul & Louis, who passed before him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dubuque Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center, or sent in care of the family to 3044 Lemon Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001.

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

Jim's family wishes to thank the staff members of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



Donald Boal


Donald Boal, 88, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family.

To celebrate Donald's life an open house will take place at the Moracco Supper Club from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Donald was born on November 19, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Elmer and Mary (Johns) Boal. Don graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque in 1949. He joined the Airforce and served in Europe. He met his beautiful wife, Dagmar Hafner in Frankfurt, Germany and they married on April 12, 1954.

Upon his return to the states, Don worked for John Deere for 30 years. He was an accomplished guitar player and played with The Country Kings and The Upper Main Street Jazz Band. He loved food, drink, family and golfing.

He is survived by his wife, Dagmar; and his children: Jeff Boal of Dubuque; Susan Garrison of Des Moines; Julie Aslin of Appleton, Wisconsin; and Tina Woolley of Grand Lake, Colorado. He also had eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters (Corrine Boal and Darlene Goffinet), and a son, Robert Jackson.

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



Charles G. Termont


Charles G. Termont, 91, of Dyersville, and formerly of Dubuque passed away Monday, January 14 2019, at his home in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. and an American Legion service will be held at 7 pm. Visitation will continue from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home prior to funeral services. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where American Legion Post 137 will accord military honors. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate and Deacon Roger Riesberg will assist.

Charles was born August 6, 1927, in Moline, Illinois the son of Emil and Emma (Bultynck) Termont. He married Bernice Marie Vander Meersch August 28, 1948, in Sheffield, Illinois.

He served in the Marines from 1945 - 1946, and began his career at John Deere in Moline and Dubuque as a designer engineer. He held many patents on heavy industrial equipment, specifically on end loaders.

Charlie enjoyed spending time with family, volunteering at the Grand River Museum in Dubuque, playing cards and sharing stories of his days in the Marines and other travels throughout his career.

Survivors include three children: David C. (Donna) Termont of Lino Lakes, MN, Rita M. (Fred) Cubbage of Apex, NC, Steven C. (Pamela) Termont-Schenk of Beachmere, Queensland, Australia, son-in-law, Deacon Roger (Kathy) Riesberg of Dyersville; 9 grandchildren: Sarah Ledbetter, Michael Termont, Matthew, Joseph, Edward Riesberg, Daniel and Douglas Cubbage, Emmaleigh and Jamon Termont-Schenk; 22 great grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Joanne (Mel) Davenport of Hemet, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Bernice, a daughter, Jean T. Riesberg, a sister, Shirley (Jim) Passini, and in-laws: Dorothy (Frank) Martens, Joseph Vander Meersch in infancy, and Robert (Rosie) Vander Meersch.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna and Jan, for the comforting care they provided during Charlie's latest years.

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



Randy L. McCutcheon


Randy L. McCutcheon, 64, was called and immediately left his earthly home on January 12, 2019 surrounded by music to forever be in service of his Lord Jesus.

Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at a later date at Union Cemetery on the family plot next to his father Donald. The family can be seen on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A service will be held at 2:30 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center. Please join Randy's family and friends for a meal and of course music at Pearson Hall from 3:30 to 7 P.M. following the service.

Randy was born and raised in Maquoketa to Donald and Doris. Early in life he loved learning, doing, and helping others. Always looking forward to harvesting watermelons with his grandfather, Faye Kempter. He attended and graduated from the Maquoketa Community High School where he participated in football and wrestling.

After high school he enlisted into the Navy. He served and was honorably discharged in 1975 adding more to his lifelong friend pool and deep-rooted patriotism. A few years after returning home, he married the love of his life, Krista Wells.

His love for the band was fulfilling and motivated many avenues. He played alone and/or with numerous bands his whole life when called upon. He was honored to play for weddings, funerals, church, campfires, for one or for a crowd enjoying all music.

He worked for Mt. Hope Cemetery for 25 years. He was currently working at the Family Dollar Distribution Center for the past 17 years. His addictions only enhanced his passion to learn more and work harder towards bliss. So, so many people touched his life. He embraced every encounter. From early on his passion for riding motorcycles was ever-present. Family, friends, wind in his face, freedom, never to have met a stranger. His religious calling was sincere constant and ever learning. He was eager to encourage others sharing prayer fellowship and music at many local churches. He was rebaptized in 2009. Spreading joy of the birth of Jesus Christ led to him playing Santa Claus for 33 years. He was the "real" Santa Claus.

His strong arms will continue to support his wife Krista Wells McCutcheon; mother Doris Kempter McCutcheon Ehl; two children Kurtis (Heather Pierce) McCutcheon of Thompson IL, and Chaya (Josh) Knight of Maquoketa; 8 grandchildren Kenzi, Skarlett, Kaiden, and Zander McCutcheon, Amery Scheper, Braden (Kenzie), Dalton, and Tyson Knight; and siblings Larry (Romel) of Bellevue, Ron of Phoenix, AZ, Bob (Lori) of Larkspur, CO, Dennis (Renee Krause) of Clinton, Mark of Maquoketa, and Lisa of Maquoketa. His love also continues to extend to his nieces and nephews and all family. So many people profoundly touched him. Hoping all people felt his love and no list could ever be long enough.

"Please keep Rockin Randall in your hearts. Pray, embrace music, and ride. Peace be with you all. Ho, Ho, Ho, Hug your loved ones and say I love you, and say thank you." 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Randy L. McCutcheon memorial fund has been established.

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



Morris Steve


Morris Steve, 87, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 18 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

Morris was born on July 28, 1931 in Dubuque, the son of Mike and Elsie (Burkart) Steve. He married JoAnn Mellon on June 18, 1955 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on April 21, 2006.

Morris started his own business, Steve Plumbing and Heating in 1968. For over 20 years he served the Dubuque area until he retired in 1991.

One of his favorite pasttimes was picking walnuts with his friend, Lavern. He enjoyed sharing them with his customers, friends and family.

Surviving are his sons, Mike (Kim) Steve and Mark (Sue) Steve; grandchildren, Amy Steve, Tony (Alysse) Steve, and Eric Steve; 4 great- grandchildren, Emily Steve, Lily Davis, Rochelle Steve and Ashland Ostendorf, all of Dubuque; sister, Dorothy Kass, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; brother-in-law, Dave (Karen) Stillmunkes; and sister-in-law, Penny Bronk.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; 5 brothers, Russell, David, Al, Burt and Carl Steve; and two sisters, Lois Felderman and Mary Theisen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Teresa Shelter.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care for their compassionate care.



Gerald C. Meyer


Gerald C. Meyer, 86, of Dubuque died Sunday, January 13, 2019. 

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity, followed by burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gerald was born October 2, 1932 in Dubuque, son of Edmund and Barbara (Boyer) Meyer. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1950. 

He married Jeanne Anne Jochum on July 26, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death in June of 2007.

Gerald worked as a printer for 47 years retiring in 1997.  He worked for the Telegraph Herald and Regency Thermographers.

He was an Indianapolis Colts and Chicago White Sox fan and loved attending his grandkids' and great grandkids' sporting events.

He is survived by three children, Dennis (Kate) Meyer of Dubuque, Sue (Merle) Ries of Bernard and Tim (Louise) Meyer of Bondurant, IA; six grandchildren, Nikki Bechen of Dubuque, Iowa .Andy (Jonica) Ries of Lowden, IA, Shannon (Nic) Kremer of Cascade, IA, Audra (Aaron) Riddle of Clarinda, IA, Alysia (Garreth) Webster of Bondrant, IA and Cody Ries of Dubuque; and 12 great grandchildren, Skyler, Jaden and Luke Bechen; Kaycie and Mollie Ries; Ava, Isaac and Maddox Kremer; Matilda and Penny Webster; and Cooper and Cole Riddle. He is also survived by brother in law, William Frederick; sisters in law, Joan Wagner, Pat Schumacher, Carole Thul and Delee Jochum and brother in law, Gary (Donna) Jochum; and many nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Edmund & Barbara Meyer, his in laws Francis & Leona Jochum, a sister Arlette Frederick and brother Leonard Frederick. He was also preceeded in death by in laws, Mary (William) Fransen, Robert (Lynn) Jochum, Dorothy (Lyle) Reed, Dave Schumacher, Leone (George) Reed, Dave Thul, Wayne Jochum, Donald Jochum and Kenneth (Caroline) Neely.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care center, especially Fran and Karen, for taking care of JerBear; and to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque.



Maurice L. Lampe


Maurice L. Lampe, 96, of Dubuque, died of natural causes at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 13, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road in Dubuque. Friends may greet the family during a visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the church. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home.

Maurie was born on March 19, 1922 in St. Donatus, Iowa. He married Dorothy Heinricy on September 1, 1947, at Holy Ghost Church, and they settled in Dubuque. Maurie served in the U.S. Marine Corps at the end of World War II. Discharged in 1946, he started his career as a barber in 1948 and operated his barbershop for 48 years. After retirement he continued to volunteer his services as a barber at area nursing homes and other facilities. Maurie was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Dubourg General Assembly, Fourth Degree, and managed bingo at the Knights of Columbus for many years.

Maurie is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and four sons, David and Martin (Dubuque), James (Valparaiso, IN), and Robert (Ankeny, IA). He is also survived by his brothers Nester and Earl (Juan). He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Theresa (Herrig); sisters Johanna and Monica; brothers Roman (Ann Marie) and Robert (Irene); his sister-in-law Evelyn; and his beloved son John.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Ruth C. Anderson


Ruth C. Anderson, 89, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, January 11, 2019, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A private family graveside service and burial will be held from the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Ruth Carol Kilgore was born on April 8, 1929 in Estherville, Iowa, to Lyle and Marie (Cayler) Kilgore. She was a 1949 graduate of Estherville High School and then graduated in 1950 from the AIB School of Business in Des Moines. She married Donald B. Anderson on October 11, 1953 in Estherville, Iowa.

Ruth first worked for the Emmett County Courthouse in the Auditor's Office. Upon moving to Maquoketa, she worked for the Jackson County Abstract Title Company, and lastly worked for the Schoenthaler Law Firm.

Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed knitting, baking and cooking, reading, golfing, gardening, and crafts. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and loved spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Ruth's memory include her children, Michael (Deanna) Anderson of Eldridge, IA, Mark Anderson of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Mona (Craig) Moeller of Eldridge, IA; 8 grandchildren, Sara, Jake, Laura, Rachel, Jared (Leah), Jordan, Jade and Abby; 3 great-grandchildren, Aidan, Brandon and Rachel; a sister, Jane Kilgore of AL; and a special family friend, Sandy Brown of AL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald on June 14, 2011, and a daughter Michele in 2009.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ruth C. Anderson memorial fund has been established.

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



Clarinda E. Thole


Clarinda Elizabeth Thole, 93, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at her residence in Manchester. She was born on May 21, 1925, in Worthington, the daughter of Aloysius Anton and Clara Marie (Willenbring) Klostermann. She attended Area Country School in Dodge Township.

On November 21, 1949, Clarinda was united in marriage to Alfred E. "Fritz" Thole in Dyersville. Seven children were born to this union. Together they farmed near Earlville for a short time until moving to their farm east of Manchester. Although Fritz died on April 16, 2004, Clarinda remained on the farm.

Clarinda was a long-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan and enjoyed knitting and quilting. Clarinda loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, James (Linda) Thole of Manchester, Diane (Jeff) Larsen of Manchester, Rick (Kris) Thole of Manchester, Joyce (Brian) Lambert of St. Cloud, Florida, David Thole of Manchester, and Allan Thole of Red Oak; a daughter-in-law, Kathy (Frank) Kelm of Cedar Rapids; eleven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Clarinda was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Thole; a great-grandson Philip Gaffney; her parents; and three brothers, Gerald, Erwin, and Roger Klostermann.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-muller.com.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, Iowa, with Reverend Gabriel Anderson officiating.

Visitation: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, where there will be a 3:00 p.m. Scripture service. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at the church, where there will be a CDA rosary recited prior to mass.

Interment: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

Casket Bearers: (grandchildren) Stephanie Cobert, Ryan Thole, Kristy Stineman, Katie Gaffney, Patrick Lambert, Sarah Lambert, Emily Thole, Anna Thole, Aaron Thole, Clare Haight, Ben Haight



Karen J. Nevins


Karen J. Nevins, 66, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City with Pastor Hee Kwon Jung officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:00-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Karen was born on April 3, 1952, in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Walter and Helen L. (Dudley) Carson. She married Calvin K. "Cal" Nevins on June 7, 1986, in Silvis, Illinois, and they lived in Carbon Cliff, Illinois. In 2005 they moved to Cuba City.

Karen graduated from Moline High School in Moline, Illinois, in 1970. She worked as office manager at Serv-a-Lite Products in East Moline, Illinois, and was currently working as secretary for the Cuba City United Methodist Church. Church and faith were significant to her. Karen was a member of the church choir and enjoyed getting together with her Dorcas Circle members. Family was very important to her and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and spending time at the cabin in Barnes, Wisconsin.

Survivors include three daughters, Candi (Brandon) Buffington, of Seymour, TN, Mindi (Kyle) Smith, of Cuba City, WI, and Cori Anne (Warren Head) Nevins, of Dubuque, IA; a son, Jamie (Stephanie) Hudson, of Colona, IL; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Joyce Nevins, of East Moline, IL; a brother-in-law, Larry (Cathy) Nevins, of Rock Island, IL; and twelve grandchildren, Courtney, Alex, Jarred, Caitlin, Lindsay, Ty, Jordin, Xavier, Jeremy, Kodie, Cooper and Canon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin, on September 29, 2018; her parents, Walter and Helen Carson; and her stepfather, Bill Eckhardt.

Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church in Cuba City.

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



Kim Urban Donnan


Kim Urban Donnan, 60, of Dubuque, died Friday, January 11, 2019 at Sunnycrest Manor, surrounded by her family. Kim lived her life valiantly with Huntington's Disease.
Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Sharing of memories will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mass will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Raphael Cathedral. Fr. Greg Bahl will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Kim was born July 15, 1958 in Dubuque, the daughter of Gary and Shelia (Johnston) Urban. She attended Wahlert High School, went on to attend Briar Cliff College, and finished her nursing degree at Kirkwood Community College. Kim was employed at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Kim enjoyed playing games, swimming, and watching soap operas. Music was a passion of Kim's, and she loved listening to her favorite artists and attending concerts. She loved children, and was a second mother to her nieces and nephews.

Kim is survived by two children, Lucas (Sadie) Donnan and Andie Donnan; her mother, Shelia Urban; her sisters, Elizabeth Urban, Wendy (Jim) McLaughlin, and Pearl Shaffer, all of Dubuque; her brothers, Gary (Sheri) Urban of La Porte City, IA, Jim (Jan) Urban of Kennewick, WA, and Clark Urban of Dubuque; and many very special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gary Urban.

The family would like to thank Dr. Chad Nachtman, the staff at Hospice of Dubuque; and all the staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their outstanding care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kim Donnan Memorial Fund.

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



Mary M. Root


Mary M. (Wernke) Root, age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:54 p.m., on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on September 29, 1936, in Luxemberg, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Ida (Digman) Wernke.

Mary was born and raised in Luxemberg, before eventually moving to Dubuque, and making it her life long home. She was a dedicated employee, who put her time and talents to good use with several places including, The University of Dubuque, as a prep cook, Otten-Bowers Printing and Mailing Company, St. Regis Paper Company, and later as a desk clerk at the Canfield Inn, until her well earned retirement. Mary would be fortunate enough to find love twice in her life, and was first united in marriage to Melvin "Red" Hennings Jr., in 1955, in Dubuque, and later to James Root, on June 28, 1968, in Galena, IL. She enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, and in her younger days was quite the volleyball player, as well as a member of one of the 1st Women's Fast-pitch softball teams in Dubuque. Mary also had a great appreciation of music, especially Elvis Presley, and enjoyed getting out on the dance floor, with her brother, Stretch, "cutting a rug" any chance that came their way. In later years, Mary remained active by meeting up with friends at the bowling alley and taking daily walks around town. She was playfully competitive, and always looked forward to playing Euchre and board games with family and friends, being quite proud to hold the title of Undeniable Scrabble Champion. Above all, family was the most important aspect of her life, and Mary had a way about her that always made everyone feel extremely comfortable and loved, and like they were the most important person in the room. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister and friend, but know that she is now free of all of the health challenges she has battled these past months and is reunited with all of her loved ones called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Mary's memory include

her children,
Daniel (Laura) Hennings,
Tammy Durham,
Robert "Bob" Hennings
and Rhonda (Tim) Baule, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 6 grandchildren,
Matthew (Janae) Hennings, Michaela (Nate) Koch, Trace Durham, Ashley Hennings, Sarah Baule and T.J. (Sydney Tran) Baule;

her 3 great-grandchildren,
Cassidy, Ayla and Grady Hennings;

her siblings,
Donald (Helen) Wernke, Dubuque, IA,
Fred "Fritz" (Barbara) Wernke, Solana Beach, CA
and Diane "DeeDee" Hasken, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Pat Wernke, Dubuque, IA.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a very special son-in-law, Joel Durham; 2 brothers John "Stretch" (Mary) Wernke and Hank Wernke; a sister-in-law, Barb Wernke; a brother-in-law, Dave Hasken; and her 2 former husbands, Melvin "Red" Hennings Jr., and James Root.

Mary's family would like to thank Dr. Sara Loetscher, as well as the outstanding nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital, Bethany Home, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate, and loving care of Mary and her entire family. Also a very special thanks to her son, Bob, for always being there and helping take care of mom allowing her to remain in her home.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Michael R. Acton


Michael R. Acton, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:00am, on Friday, January 11, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Mike's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30am, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at St. Brigid's Catholic Church, 602 Hager St. E, Grand Junction, Iowa, with Rev. Jim Bruch officiating. To celebrate Mike's life, family and friends may visit from 10:30 am, until 1:00pm, on Monday, January 14, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction, Iowa.

Major Michael R. Acton, US Army (Retired), was born on September 9, 1940, in Rippey, Iowa, son of Robert J. and Helen F. (Aspenall) Acton, the oldest of the family's seven children.
He graduated from Rippey (Iowa) High School in 1958 and joined the military the following year. Mike was commissioned through the Army's Officer Candidate Program and subsequently served as an infantry platoon leader during the Vietnam War. During his second tour of duty in Vietnam he served as an infantry company commander. Among his many awards are the Bronze Star For Valor, 3 Bronze Stars for Achievement in Combat, 3 Meritorious Service medals, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

He completed his bachelor's degree in English Literature at the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1972, and his Master's Degree in Journalism at the University of Kansas in 1981.

After his retirement from the Army, he was an Assistant Professor of Journalism and the Communication Department Chairman at Clarke College in Dubuque for 13 years. He followed his academic career as a project editor for Buckledown Publishing Company in Iowa City, from which he retired in 2011.

Mike is survived by

his sons,
Paul (Stephanie) Acton, of Gilbert, AZ,
Sean (Vikki) Acton, of Maquoketa, IA;

his six grandchildren,
Dalen, Todd, Raina, Anya, Maia and Eli.

His siblings,
Dan Acton, Rippey, IA,
Janice (Ken) Johnston, Chicago, IL,
Tim (Sandra) Acton, Phoenix, AZ,
Dave (Stephanie) Acton, Sun Prairie, WI,
Pat (April) Acton, Gladbrooke, IA;

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Acton; and a sister-in-law, Fereleen Acton.

Mike's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy and Nichole, for all of the care and support given to Mike and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

 



Leighton Hepker


Leighton Hepker, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa died on Friday, January 11, 2019 at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Leighton was born on January 4, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Oliver and Dawn (Mills) Hepker. He was raised in Linn County and graduated from Springville High School in 1972 and Kirkwood Community College in 1974. He then earned a degree from the Columbia School of Broadcasting in Los Angeles in 1975. He began his long career at KMAQ Radio in Maquoketa in June of 1975 and became well-known in his early years for the many play-by-play sporting events he broadcast on KMAQ. It was also in Maquoketa that he met his future wife, Cindy Kudart. They were married on June 23, 1979 in Iowa City, Iowa and to this union two children were born, Justin and Adam. In 1995, he received a news media award from the Iowa High School Athletic Association. He also was an active high school basketball official for 25 years. He was inducted into the Maquoketa High School Hall of Fame in the fall of 2017 as a "Friend of the Maquoketa Schools".

Leighton was involved in the Maquoketa community serving as past President of the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, Mayor of Maquoketa for five years, board member of the Community Foundation of Jackson County and the Jackson County Regional Health Center Board of Trustees. He was a charter member of the Maquoketa Kiwanis Club joining the organization when it was formed in 1989. He also was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa serving on various committees.

He had many passions in life. Among them were the St. Louis Cardinals and the Maquoketa Cardinals.

He has deeded his body to the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department at the University of Iowa for medical research and education.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, January 17, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, January 16, 2019, in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Cindy Hepker of Maquoketa, IA; two sons, Dr. Justin Hepker and his wife Dr. Lauren Coyne of Iowa City, IA, and Adam Hepker and his wife Amy of Surprise, AZ; 2 granddaughters; 1 grandson; a sister Melody (Bob) Allen in TX; a half-sister, Sherryl (Doug) Hahl in OK; and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Dawn Hepker.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church, Hospice of Jackson County or the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

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

 

 



Harry C. Dighton


Harry Clifton Dighton, 90, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019, at the Good Neighbor Home. He was born on October 13, 1928, in rural Hopkinton, the son of Merle and Netta (Cooper) Dighton. As a young boy, Harry's family moved to Oneida, and he began his schooling there, graduating from Oneida High School in 1945. 

Harry farmed with his parents. He also drove truck and drove school bus for the Oneida and Maquoketa Valley schools. On June 10, 1949, Harry was united in marriage to Fern Cocking in rural Manchester. Three children were born to this union. 

The couple continued to farm and eventually bought the family farm from his parents. Fern passed away on November 30, 2001, and Harry continued farming until 2012, when his health no longer permitted it. While farming, Harry also kept busy working for FS in Earlville and doing a variety of other jobs. 

Harry loved hunting and being outdoors. He was a 50-plus-year blood donor and was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He cherished time with his family. 

Survivors include his three children, Charles (Carol) Dighton, Kenneth (Mary) Dighton, and Nancy (Ronnie) Bachman, all of Manchester; five grandchildren, Jason (Kayla) Dighton, Brandi (Nick) Bettis, Tina (Jason) Richter, Todd (Kelly) Dighton, and Sandi (Jason) Cook; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Harry was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and two brothers, Gladwin "Doc" Dighton and Arvin Cooper. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Good Neighbor Home. 

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-muller.com.

Celebration of Life:6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa, with Reverend Kurt Pasko officiating. 

Visitation:3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa.

Inurnment at a Later Date:Oakland Cemetery - Manchester, Iowa

 



Harriet M. Burbach


Harriet M. Burbach, 94, of Cuba City, formerly of Platteville, died on Thursday, January 10, 2018 at Epione Pavilion, Cuba City. Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville. Rev. Brenda Whitford will officiate. Burial will be at Big Patch Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville.

Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com.

She is survived by her four children, Karen Niehaus, Janice (Bernard) Rupp, James (Terry) Burbach and Tom (Mona) Burbach; nine grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; Brothers and sisters-in-law, Grace Lorscheter, Jim and Mary Hore, Josephine Faherty.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son-in-law, Doug Niehaus, great-granddaughter, Mildred Niehaus, brothers and sisters-in-law, Matt Lorscheter, Gene and Lureen Hore, Jim Faherty.



Albert J. Decker


Albert J. Decker, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly at home on January 8th, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 11th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Albert was born on May 18, 1928 in Bernard, Iowa the son of John and Frances (Pfab) Decker. He attended Feeney School and St. Joseph's School in Key West. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Church, Key West.

He married Callista Tigges on May 25, 1954 at St. Catherine's Catholic Church.

Albert farmed all his life to the point of doing chores on the day he passed. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved spending time with family and friends making many great memories to cherish. He was able to live a long, fulfilled life by following his strict diet of meat, potatoes, peanut butter and mostly chocolate. He will be deeply missed.

Albert is survived by his wife of 64 years Callista; children, Dale (Ann) Decker, of Key West, Ron (Bitzie) Decker and Jean Decker of Dubuque, and Gary (Lisa) Decker, of Robins, IA. Grandchildren, Tammi (Bob) Schroeder, Matt (Teeney) Decker, McKenzie (Tim Davis) Decker, Dena (Travis) Voss, Laura (Zach) Hodge, Brian (Amy) Decker, Jason Decker, Katie (Drew) Simpson, Elana (Coby Clapp) Decker, Sirena (Sam) Stark. Great grandchildren, Evan, Holli, Jacob, Alexis, Morgan, Peyton, DJ, Calli, Cate, Parker, Oli, Avery, Maddy, Gwen, Gus, Cooper, Camille and Eben Albert who was just born on January 9th; his 19th great grandchildren is expected to arrive in June.
Albert is also survived by his siblings, Vincent (Evelyn) Decker, of Zwingle, Hubert (Elizabeth) Decker, of Cascade, Monica (Cletus) Thielen, of Zwingle, Darlene Collins, of Peosta, John "JJ" (Erma) Decker of Dubuque, Louis (Darla) Decker, of Dubuque, Melita (Virgil) Hansen, of Maquoketa, Agnes "Fran" Decker, of Dubuque, Bernadine (Mark) Giese, of Dubuque, and Kenneth Decker, of Dubuque. Granddaughter-in-law Stephani Decker; sister-in-law Charlene Decker and brother-in-law Ray Tigges.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law Arthur and Marcella Tigges; his son David J. Decker; grandson Timothy R. Decker; twin siblings in infancy William and Margaret in 1925; brothers William "Willie" (Mary) Decker, Raymond (Phyllis) Decker and Harvey Decker; brother-in-law James Collins and sister-in-law Rosie Tigges.

In lieu of flowers an Albert Decker memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Key West Fire & EMS, Dubuque County Sherriff Department, Fr. and Rod Allers for all their help and compassion that was given to us on Tuesday.



Rita A. Dura


Rita A. Dura, 89, of Dubuque died Thursday, January 10, 2019. 

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. 

Rita was born October 10, 1929, in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph C. and Matilda (Weber) Becker. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School; and on July 13, 1961, she married Elmer J. Dura in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on June 6, 2006.

Rita worked for the Dubuque Packing Co. for 31 years, retiring in 1982.

She was an avid sewer, and enjoyed cross stitching, crossword puzzles, Jumble puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, and collecting gnomes and elephants. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by two sons, Michael (Jane) Becker and Gary (Mary) Dura, both of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Michelle (Charles) Tucker of Dubuque, Lisa (Kristopher) Mercer of Kings Bay, Ga., Jason Dura of Dubuque, Justin (Jennifer) Dura of Dubuque and Jarrod Dura (and friend, Rachel Woodward) of Dubuque; and six great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Elaina Tucker; Collin Mercer, Tyler Dura, Samantha Lange and Johnathin Tucker. She is also survived by a sister, Bernice Rickey, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by four sisters, Esther Huntington, Helen Maas, Rosemary Riley and Florence Lange; and a brother, Joseph Becker.

Memorials may be made to the Rita Dura Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Oak Park Place, as well as Lindsay O'Connell-Arensdorf for all of their loving care.



Mark J. Hilby


Mark J. Hilby, 73, of Menominee, IL, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at home.

Per Mark's request there will be no public services or visitation. Private family burial will be at a later date. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Mark was born May 30, 1945 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Emil and Florence (Welp) Hilby.

He was a graduate of Wahlert High School, class of 1963.  Mark was employed in construction with his brother-in-law, Bill Burroughs and also did maintenance work for Menominee Township. Residents will remember Mark for being in the township snowplow as soon as it started snowing.

Mark was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers and made many trips to Chicago in his van with family and friends.

Surviving are his four siblings, Ione (Ralph) Turman of Seattle, WA, Mary (Paul) Burbach of Cuba City, WI, Joan Hilby of Dubuque, and Jack (Rose) Hilby of Menominee, IL; plus many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Florence, siblings, Robert Hilby, Doris and LaVerne Kuhle, Sister Carol Hilby, OSF, and Marge and Bill Burroughs.

The family wishes to thank the Menominee-Dunleith First Responders, the Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Office and the Galena Area Ambulance for their quick response.

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



James J. Brown


James J. "Jim" Brown, 75, of Peosta, Iowa passed away suddenly on January 8, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 14th, 2019 at Holy Family Church, New Melleray with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

Jim was born on November 24, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Bernard and Violet (Burkart) Brown.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1962 and married Patricia "Pat" Welu on November 8, 1969 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Jim served in the US Army from April 1965 until March of 1967. He earned rank of Specialist 4th Class; he was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska where he conducted test on ammunition.

In 1971 he completed his apprenticeship training in the trade of plumbing. After completing his apprenticeship, he worked as a plumber for 35 years with MMC Mechanical. While working as a plumber he also crop farmed and milked dairy cattle for 40 years on the family farm outside of Dubuque.

After retirement, Jim enjoyed fishing, going for motorcycle rides, winning at the casino and working outside especially in his yard. He volunteered his talents at the National Mississippi river Museum and the Dubuque County Fair Association. Jim was awarded Volunteer of the Year and Friend of the Fair from the Dubuque County Fair Association. Jim was a family man that was supportive in every way possible. He was always willing to lend a helping hand.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia; his daughters Ann (Steve) Schuster and Beth (Matthew) Oberhoffer; his sister Mary Kay (Bill) Abbott; brother-in-law John "Jack" Welu; and sister-in-law Betty Welu. Jim is also survived by his seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren with one arriving in March along with many nieces, nephews and three Godchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Violet; father and mother-in-law Edward and Loras Welu; two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.

The family would like to thank Epworth Fire and EMS, Dubuque County Sherriff Department and the excellent caring medical staff at Mercy Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers a James Brown memorial fund will be established in his memory.



Joseph N. Thurston


Joseph Norman Thurston, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:35 p.m. on January 8, 2019, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Joe's life, funeral services will be held at 11:30am, on Saturday, January, 12, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30am until the time of services at 11:30am, on Saturday at Behr Funeral Home. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum at a later date.

Joe was born on November 19, 1927, in Dubuque, IA, son of Joseph E. And Florence C. (Cherrier) Thurston.

Joe served with the US Army during World War II on a Hospital Ship in the European Theater of Operations. He married Elizabeth J. Hennig on Sept. 2, 1950 at St. Mary's Church. She proceeded him in death on Sept. 16, 1994. He later married Elaine M. (Baker) Meyer on Nov. 6, 2005 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. Joe was formerly employed at the Battery Factory, at Carr, Adams and Collier Mfg. and lastly at the John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1987. He had been a union member since he was 15 years old and was a member of UAW Local #94. Joe was a longtime member of St. Mary's Parish and was an usher at church since 1949. He was Past Chief Ranger of the Holy Ghost Catholic Order of Foresters, Past Secretary of the Holy Name Society and was the Institutional Representative for the Boy Scouts in Dubuque. Joe was also a member of the Holy Cross Order of Foresters and a past Vice President of the Dubuque County Conservation Society. He was very active in sports and was a softball player for many years, but because of his height, he was often recruited to play basketball. While playing for the Army team Joe was fortunate enough to have played once against the Harlem Globetrotters. He and Elaine enjoyed traveling to Alaska, going to see the Panama Canal and exploring the Northeastern states and New England. Joe loved being outdoors and enjoyed pheasant hunting and was an avid trout fisherman. He was very proud of the fact that he helped to re-stock the wild turkey population in Iowa for the first time.

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include

his wife,
Elaine Thurston, of Dubuque;

his daughter and step-children,
Joyanne (John) Oberhausen, Dubuque, IA,
Kathy (Rod) Miller, Hampshire, IL,
Jim "Congo" (Sharla) Meyer, Dubuque, IA,
Barb (Steve) Jaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Joe (Vicki) Meyer, Dubuque, IA,
Julie (Dave) Hillery, Dubuque, IA,
Jill Meyer, Sun Prairie, WI,
and Amy (Bob) Buss, Arlington, WI;

his 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Elizabeth; his brother, Eugene; and his sister-in-law, Marian Zaruba.

Joe's family would like to thank the entire staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their kind, compassionate and professional care of Joe.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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



Bernice E. Mescher


Bernice E. Mescher, 95, of Farley, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. at Manor Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by loved ones.

Friends and relatives of Bernice may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a Parish Rosary will be held at 1:30 p.m., a CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m.and the Farley American Legion will meet in a body at 6:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Bernice was born April 5, 1923 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Sylvester B. and Josephine (Burkle) White. She received her education in the former St. Joseph's school in Farley, Iowa. Bernice was united in marriage to Gilbert Mescher on February 12, 1946 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa.

She enjoyed cooking, especially baking pies, gardening, crocheting and traveling. She especially loved spending time with her family. She was a cook at Western Dubuque schools for 23 years.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley a member of its Altar Society and the Farley Catholic Daughters of the America's-Presentation Court #1460.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Gilbert Mescher of Farley, IA; five children, Janet (Clifford) Splinter of East Dubuque, IL, Bonnie (Tom) Weidemann of Dubuque, IA, Doris (Marty) LaPage of East Dubuque, IL, Larry (Vickie) Mescher of Peosta, IA and Vicky (Ron) Neumann of Independence, IA; 20 grandchildren, Chris (Jamie) Splinter, Eric Splinter, Abbi (Brian) LaPage, Dan (fiance, Christina) Weidemann, Ginger Weidemann, Valli (fiance, Robert) Weidemann, Peggy (friend, Mitch) Weidemann, T.J. Weidemann, Marty J. (Amanda) LaPage, Brandon LaPage, Trevor (fiance, Sara) LaPage, Nick (Lisa) Mescher, Kelli (Ted) Bergfeld, Kari Mescher, Alexis Mescher, Landon (Rebecca) Klostermann, Logan Klostermann, Emily (Todd) Ostwinkle, Lily Neumann, and Joseph Neumann; 16 great grandchildren and one on the way; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ralph (Mildred) White; and one great granddaughter, Hope LaPage; and numerous brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

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

The family of Bernice would like to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center, 3rd floor, Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque and the Farley Ambulance members for all the care and support they have given Bernice and her family.



Lester J. VonHandorf


Lester J. "Les" VonHandorf, age 86 of Dubuque, formerly of Colesburg, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 3 years to the day that his beautiful bride, Nancy was also called home, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Lester's life, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Lester's family.

Lester was born on September 17. 1932, in Greeley, Iowa, a son to Joe and Leona (Rolfes) VonHandorf. After school he joined the U.S. Air Force and went onto honorably serve his country during the Korean War.  While still in the service on leave, Lester was united in marriage to the love of his life, Nancy Walters on May 11, 1954 at St. Mary's Church in Guttenberg, Iowa.  They began their new family together while he was stationed in Alaska, where their daughter, Jody was born.  They were blessed with 62 years together before Nancy was sadly called to her eternal home on January 8, 2016.  

Lester was a hard-working man who faithfully gave over 30 years of his working life to John Deere Dubuque Works.  He had moved through many departments over the years, but the final years spent testing engines were definitely some of his favorites out there.  He was also very skilled with his hands outside of Deere's and not only worked the wrenches continually in his garage, but he also remodeled many houses over the years and even felt quite comfortable behind the wheel of a tow truck.  Lester made friends very easily and whether you were a co-worker, a neighbor, or a fellow veteran at the American Legion; Lester always had time for a good conversation, a hearty laugh and even a funny jab or two at the guy standing next to him.

But, at the end of the day, Lester was also a committed family man.  He loved his wife, adored his daughter, spoiled his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always treasured his cat Buff.  His devotion to those he cared for was continually on display through both his words and actions and his unwavering alliance and loyalty to his family and friends will forever be found in the countless memories he leaves behind.  We will miss you Lester and thank you for the wonderful example you so unselfishly shared with the world around you throughout your 86 years among us.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Lester include,

his daughter,

Jody VonHandorf, Colesburg, IA;

his grandchildren, 

Jaimy Hansel, Colesburg, IA,

and Rob (Jenn) Hansel, Scottsdale, AZ;

his great-grandchildren,

Keegan, Kiernan and Gregory Hansel, Colesburg, IA,

and Logan and Ryan Hansel, Scottsdale, AZ;

his siblings,

Donald (Jean) VonHandorf, Colesburg, IA,

Marilyn (Roger) Schrunk, Lake Forrest, CA,

and Lou Ann Brown, Colesburg, IA;

his brother-in-law,

Joe (Sharon) Walters, New Vienna, IA;

and his numerous nieces and nephews.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Nancy; and his sister, Verna Mae (Jim) Diers.

Lester's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care and support of Lester and his family.

Online condolences may be shared with Lester's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 



Marcella A. Jewett


Marcella A. Jewett, 89, of Dubuque died Monday, January 7, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert And Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. 

Marcella was born October 8, 1929 in Asbury, IA, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Schilling) Wernimont.

On November 29, 1947, she married Donald Jewett at St. Philomena's Church, Asbury, Iowa. They spent 70 years together and traveled the world. He preceded her in death on August 13, 2018.

Growing up after the depression Mom was not a stranger to hard work and instilled that work ethic in her kids. She worked at JC Penny's for many years, retiring for the last time at the age of 70.

She loved sports and in her early years played softball for the Philomena Peaches. She also enjoyed bowling, jigsaw puzzles and playing cards, especially cribbage and euchre, and playing slot machines. She had a special love of music and enjoyed dancing and playing the piano. She passed this love of music down to her children.

Although she lived in the city, she grew up on a farm in Asbury and never strayed too far from her roots. In summer you might find her picking strawberries at the local strawberry farms and she loved to go to the apple orchards in the fall.

She lived for many years on Hoyt Street in Dubuque where she and Dad raised our family. The Jewett house was the place where all the neighborhood kids would hang out, have bonfires, go to after sledding on Bunker Hill for hot chocolate and enjoy her homemade goodies. She was a fantastic baker and her pies and divinity candy were special treats for everyone. 

We will miss her sense of humor, her phone calls to just "check in" on us and special kind of love only a mother can give.

She is survived by eight children, Shirley Hansberger of Memphis, TN, Dave (Sandy) Jewett of Asbury, IA, Steve (Linda Locher) Jewett of Asbury, IA, Gail Wilkinson of Davenport, IA, Helen (Bob) Gednalski of Asbury, IA, Bill (Julie Wilhelm) Jewett of Sun Prairie, WI, Dan (Susan) Jewett of Gloucester, VA, and Trish (Phil Brennan) Jewett of Dubuque; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and two brothers in law, Mel Lolwing and Jim (Joan) Jewett.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 11 siblings.

Memorials may be made to the Marcella Jewett Memorial Fund.

We wish to thank the staff members at Stonehill Care Center and Oak Park Place for the kindness and caring they showed to her during her time there.



Josephine L. Courchane


Josephine L. Courchane, fondly known as "Friday", passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the age of 99, just shy of her much anticipated 100th Birthday. She was a resident of Oak Crest Manor Nursing Home in Dyersville. 

Visitation will be held from 9 - 10 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa followed by A Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. 

Born in Kimberly, Wisconsin on January 25, 1919, Friday was the third oldest of 11 children of John and Martina (Van Beek) Kneepkens. She was the widow of Kenneth Arps, who was killed August 16, 1944, in France. Friday is also widowed by Donald H. (D.H.) Courchane. 

After retiring as a manager from Prince Castle in Rockford, IL. in 1981, she and D.H. moved to Florida where she, after becoming bored in retirement, worked for Nabisco as a retail specialist. Don died on March 10, 1988. She retired a second time in 1990, and returned to Rockford to live in the Luther Center where, for seven years, she served on the residents' council activity committee.

Friday's real passion was helping others. At the Luther Center she spearheaded an annual fundraiser for 13 years to provide Christmas gifts and food for needy families. She gave time and talent to the senior advisory board for Patriots' Gateway and to the program development council for Lifescape by whom she was named the Super Senior in 2008. As a devoted Catholic, she was active in her church as well. 

Friday loved to stay busy. She was always working hard with her hands on ceramics, embroidery or, in her later years, adult coloring books. She was an excellent bowler and continued to play Wii bowling until her death. Her cookies and candy were the highlight of the family's Christmas and Easter seasons until she was no longer able to make the surprises.

Even in the nursing home she loved to help with mailings and be involved. Friday rarely missed an opportunity to take part in activities provided for the residents from bingo to word games.

She was the loving mother to Virginia Arps (John) Lopiccolo of Columbia, SC, Vicki (Marv) Maiers of Dyersville and Gregory (Ann) Courchane of Palm Harbor, FL. She was Gram to six grandchildren and Great Gram to seventeen great grandchildren. In addition, Friday is also survived by two brothers: John and Don Kneepkens, one sister, Birdie (Phil) Bouressa and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and both husbands, Friday was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor for their loving care and support. She said that she could not have been happier anywhere else.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oak Crest Manor or the Dyersville Health Foundation.

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



Darlene M. Vorwald


Darlene M. Vorwald, 81, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 9:45 p.m. surrounded by her family at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Darlene may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday January 11th at the funeral home. Services for Darlene will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint Presiding. Concelebrating will be Rev. Aloysius Vorwald. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

Darlene was born September 25, 1937 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Bernice (Oberfoell) Breitbach. She is a graduate of the Epworth High School. On May 14, 1957 she was united in marriage to Wilfred Vorwald at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 16, 2004.

She was employed in the office at John Deere Dubuque Works prior to her marriage. After her marriage to Wilfred the couple raised their family and worked the farm together between Dyersville and Farley, Iowa until their retirement where they moved to Dyersville.

She enjoyed many activities, fishing, picnics, playing slot machines and working with her flower gardens. She was an avid sports enthusiast, she especially enjoyed the Hawkeyes football games. She was very proud of and loved her grandchildren and family. One of Darlene's lifelong dreams was to visit Mt. Rushmore which she was able to do in 2016.

She is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville.

She is survived by five daughters, Lynn (Bob) Lucas of Worthington, IA, JoAnn (Mike) Besler of Epworth, IA, Donna (Mike) Loeffelholz of Dyersville, IA, Karen Rave of Farley, IA and Julie Vorwald of Dubuque, IA; 3 sons, Louis (Catherine) Vorwald of Dubuque, IA, Kenny (Lynn) Vorwald of Petersburg, IA, and Mark Vorwald of Las Vegas, Nevada; 21 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; six siblings, Gene (Rosie) Breitbach of Farley, IA, Betty (Paul) Theisen of Epworth, IA, Mary Westermeyer of Dubuque, IA, Eldon (Mary) Breitbach of Marion, IA, Melinda (Robert) Steffen of Bernard, IA and Sharon (Ron) Schaul of Farley, IA; a sister-in-law, Ethel Vorwald of Placid, IA; and one brother-in-law, Rev. Aloysius Vorwald of Dyersville, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Gary Rave; a brother, Jerry (Mary) Breitbach; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul Vorwald, Gary Westermeyer and Rosemary (Thomas) Strang; and two nephews, Mike Vorwald and Steve Vorwald.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Mercy Medical Center, to Dr. Ramabadran, Unity Point Finley Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for all the care and support they gave to Darlene.

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



Raymond W. Miller


Raymond W. "Ray" Miller, 90, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, January 7, 2019, at his home in Monmouth, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for One Last Party® in remembrance of "Ray" on Friday, January 11, 2019, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Raymond William Miller was born on October 1, 1928 in Moravia, Iowa, to William and Rose (Byers) Miller. His early years were spent in Iowa, and then his family moved to Colorado where he attended school. Upon his father's death, his family returned to Iowa. He married Lela Jane Carr Houston on August 30, 1958 in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

"Ray" had worked as an operator lineman for many years for IBEW out of Rock Island from 1968 until retirement and also during his working years he served as the Monmouth Town Marshall for several years. In retirement, he worked for the Franzen Family Used Tractors and the City of Monmouth.

He enjoyed mowing the lawn and being outdoors, taking care of his dog Buttons as well as helping other people with their dogs, helping out friends and family when needed, and scratch off lottery tickets.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Mike Miller of Maquoketa, IA, and Christy (Brian) Schmidt of Andrew, IA; step-children, Kenny Houston of Monmouth, IA, and Sandy Christoffersen of Monmouth, IA; 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Orville Miller of Cummings, IA, and Wilfred "Red" Miller of Omaha, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, half-siblings Edgar, Bill, Charles, Alice, Dorothy and one in infancy, brothers James, Willard and Wilbur, and his wife Jane on February 2, 2002.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Raymond W. "Ray" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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



Margaret Jewell Grimes


Margaret Jewell (Nesselroad) Grimes, age 98, of Luther Manor, was called home peacefully at 12:20 a.m., on Monday, January 7, 2019, at Luther Manor. To honor Jewell's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Friday, January 11, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Family and friends may visit from 10:30 a.m., until time of service, on Friday, January 11, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Jewell, to all who knew and loved her, was a special daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 22, 1920, to Charles Raymond and Alma Pansy Andrews Nesselroad of Valley Junction, Iowa, in what is now West Des Moines.

She grew up in rural Dallas County where she attended grade school. She attended high school in Waukee, graduating in 1938. She met the love of her life, Clarence Robert "Bud" Grimes, at a dance in Van Meter. He was in the Army, stationed at Ft. Des Moines. They married on December 31, 1940 while living in Des Moines until WWII began. He was then transferred to Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri where in a small town, Houston, Mo., their family began with the birth of their first daughter, Margaret Ann "Maggie" in 1942. When Bud was preparing for war in the Pacific, they made a home in California for a time. With Bud's activation to the Pacific and a small child to care for, Jewell returned to Iowa for the duration of the war. A second child, Mary Lee, was born in 1946. Bud served in Japan as part of the Occupation Forces following the war. Their third daughter, Patricia Marie, was born there 1949. Upon their return to the US, Bud was stationed in Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he was assigned until the Korean Conflict took him to war once again. Jewell returned to Waukee with the girls during that time. Following the war, they lived in Oklahoma, Colorado and twice in Germany until after 22 years of military service, Bud retired. Soon after they returned to their roots in Iowa.

Jewell was a loving wife and mother with the inner strength that led her from a young wife to an independent woman who was able to raise her children on her own during various times throughout Bud's service which required crossing the country and the ocean with 3 children. She was tough, and that toughness saw her through the aftermath of a terrible crash in 1989 that nearly took her 30 years too soon. She and Bud were a team! We fondly called them "attached at the hip." They became managers at Stuckey's Pecan Shops where she managed the snack bar and he ran the gas station and shop. They dealt with tornadoes, snow storms, needy families that always got a helping hand, but they were together. They moved to Dubuque in the late 70's where they lived at various locations between winter stays in Arizona for many years until they moved to an assisted living community before Bud passed away in 2006. Jewell's final move was to Luther Manor where she lived out her final years.

She is survived by her daughters,
Mary Ivers, of Fargo, ND,
and Patricia (Del) Neises of Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Bob (Mariah) Chase, Samantha (Michael) Chase Page, Paul Kalvik, Deborah Kalvik Nichols, Craig (Lisa) Neises, Brian (Jenny) Neises;

her great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and daughter, Maggie Chase, her sister, Dorine (Howard) O'Brien of Dubuque, two brothers, Richard (Mildred) Nesselroad of Waukee, IA and Thomas (Leota) Nesselroad of Bettendorf, IA, sons-in-law, Robert Chase and Robert Ivers.

Jewell's family would like to thank the entire staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent, compassionate care of Jewell and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Roger L. Oberbroeckling

Roger L. Oberbroeckling died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, January 4, 2019.

A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Nashville, Tennessee. Visitation was held from 10 AM until 10:30 at which time there was a Rosary Service. Interment followed in Historic Spring Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, A Nashville landmark since 1785 "Where Nashville Comes to Remember"

He was born on April 15th 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa to Lavata (Roussel) and Henry C. Oberbroeckling.

Roger was a long time resident of Dubuque, Iowa and worked for 30 years for John Deere. He retired to Hendersonville, Tennessee in 1989 and worked 10 years for Anchor Wire.

Roger is survived by his children, Laura Morrison (Craig), Larry Oberbroeckling (Pat), Roger D. Oberbroeckling, Beverly Oberbroeckling, Connie Johnston (Duane), John Oberbroeckling, 10 grandchildren and his sister, Arlene Mesch (Clem) of Tucson, Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Geraldine A (Sides) and his brother, Arnold F. Oberbroeckling.



Bernadine M. (Wagner) Bleile


Bernadine M. (Wagner) Bleile, age 99, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:17 p.m., on Saturday, January, 5, 2019, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Bernadine's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Bernadine's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00a.m., on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at the church. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Bernadine was born on October 14, 1919, in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of John and Lucy (Schmitt) Wagner.

Bernadine was born and raised in the Sherrill area, where she would attend school, before eventually making Dubuque her lifelong home. She was a hard worker and was employed for 5 years at General Dry Battery, before happily becoming a full time wife, mother and homemaker. Bernadine was united in marriage to Herbert Bleile, on October 21, 1939, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill. The two would be blessed with 2 loving children, and 59 years together, before Herbert was sadly called home before her on January 19, 1999. Bernadine and Herbert were a very active couple, who were often found out and about, "cutting a rug", at weekly dances held at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. They also enjoyed discovering and visiting new places together and were extremely proud of the fact that they had visited all 50 states, as well as several countries abroad. Family, however, truly brought the greatest joy into Bernadine's days, and she loved any opportunity to spend time with Lisa, Loras, and eventually the grandchildren, always sure to make every occasion special and memorable.
Bernadine was a very creative individual, an excellent seamstress and an accomplished quilter. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles on her own, but really looked forward to beating the pants off of her children and grandchildren in a heated game of Scrabble. Bernadine took much pride in keeping up her home and would often look for things to do to keep busy. We feel very blessed to have had 99 years to enjoy the gift of our dynamic Bernadine, and we will miss you more than you will ever know. We take comfort in knowing that you are now at peace in Heaven.

Those left to cherish Bernadine's memory include

her children,

and Loras (Carrie) Bleile, Peosta, IA,
Lisa (Roger) Ohrt, LaPorte City, IA;

her grandchildren,
Tracey Bleile, Susan (Dan) Neaton, Andrew (Mary J.) Kleckner, Zachary (Stacey) Ohrt and Tyler (Danielle Berke) Ohrt.

her 9 great-grandchildren,

her brother-in-law,
Robert White, Dubuque, IA;

and her nieces and nephews.

Bernadine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert Bleile; and her sisters, Harriet (Henry) Baal and Lorraine "Babe" White.

Bernadine's family would like to thank the entire staff of Oak Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent, compassionate care of Bernadine and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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



Germaine A. Hense


Germaine A. "Geri" Hense, 95, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is 3 - 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Germaine was born on July 8, 1923 near Potosi, Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph P. and Hildegard (Pickel) Margan. She married Arthur E. Hense on November 23, 1944 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on March 20, 1992.

Geri attended St. Joseph's Academy, the Mercy School of Nursing and the University of Dubuque. She was employed as an R.N. and educator at The Finley Hospital for 25 years, retiring in 1987.

She was a member of St. Mary's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society in East Dubuque, St. Joseph Academy Alumni, Mercy School of Nursing Alumni, Catholic Mothers Study Club-St. Cecelia Circle, A.C.C.W. and the American Red Cross.

Surviving is a son, Kevin A. (Mary) Hense, two grandsons, Craig and Brett Hense all of Destin, Florida; her siblings, Celine Knockel, Lorraine "Lovey" Webb both of Dubuque, JoAnn Stash of Huntington Beach, CA, Eleanor (Donald) Frederick of Bellwood, IL, June Margan of Hanover, IL, and Joseph (Grace) Margan of Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Geri was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arthur E. Hense, and siblings and inlaws, Erma (Alfred) Kerkenbush, Walter Knockel, Eugene Webb, Michael Stash, Lloyd (Vivian) Margan, and Milton "Butch" (Ursula) Margan, John, Eileen, Darcus and Carol Margan.

In lieu of flowers, a Germaine A. "Geri" Hense memorial fund has been established.

Geri's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their kindness to Geri.

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



Lyda M. Herrig


Lyda M. Herrig, 92, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 9, at Church of the Nativity, where Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Msgr. James Miller will officiate.  Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, LaMotte, following the luncheon. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Lyda was born February 11, 1926 in Bellevue, the daughter of Alex and Bernice (Pollock) Berthel. She married Merlin Herrig on August 24, 1948 at St. John's Catholic Church, Andrew, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 29, 2006.

Lyda graduated from University of Dubuque, and started her teaching career in a one room schoolhouse near LaMotte. Throughout the years, she taught in LaMotte and Key West. Lyda and Merlin raised their family on a farm near LaMotte.

She was an avid bingo and card player, and volunteered as a 4-H leader. Lyda was a member of Nativity Parish.  

Lyda is survived by her children Phyllis (Tim) Chantos of Dewitt, IA, Marilyn (Mel) Berendes of Dubuque, and Don Herrig of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Chad (Nancy) Berendes of Dubuque, Mike (Julie) Berendes of Zionsville, IN,  Brad (Misty) Herrig of Iowa City, Jeff Herrig of LeClaire, WI, Chris (Amie) Chantos of Davenport, IA, and Jill (Alex) Noel of LaHonda, CA; 16 great grandchildren; her brother, Donald (Pat) Berthel of LaMotte; two sisters, Mary Lou Mottet of Cedar Rapids, IA and Algean Nemmers of Bellevue; and a sister in law, Evelyn (Merlin) Lenz of Dubuque.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kimberly Herrig; a granddaughter in law, Kristi Berendes; and two brothers in law, George Mottet and Virgil Nemmers.

Memorials will be donated to Lyda's favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque; Stonehill Care Center; and the nurses at Mercy Medical Center.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



C. H. Nesbitt


C.H. "Bud" Nesbitt, 86, of rural Apple River, IL, passed away at 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. IA.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, IL, with Rev. Mark Oehlert officiating. Burial will be in Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Cemetery, Schapville, IL, where military honors will be accorded by members of Berryman-Doran-Bainbridge V.F.W. Post # 5300 of Hanover. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home, Scales Mound.

Bud was born on June 4, 1932 near Savanna, IL, the son of Earl E. and Lucile C. (Householder) Nesbitt. He was a graduate of Savanna High School, class of 1951. Bud was united in marriage to Neva Boldt on May 3, 1952 in Savanna. She preceded him in death on July 21, 2009.

Bud was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving during the Korean Conflict. He and Neva formerly operated "The Place Bar" in Scales Mound from 1972 to 1976. He later operated the Hanover Lumber Company until his retirement. Bud drove school bus for the Scales Mound School District and was a teacher's assistant in construction trades for the Jo Daviess County Vocational School.

He was an Eagle Scout, and a lifetime member of the Hanover V.F.W. Post and the Savanna Moose Club. Bud was also an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan.

Surviving are two daughters, Karlene "Karlie" White of Apple River and Kathy (Terry) Arnold of Cedar Rapids, IA, 2 grandsons, Jason and Tyler Arnold, 3 step-grandchildren, 2 great-granddaughters, Emma and Eila, and 9 step great-grandchildren; siblings, Larry Nesbitt of Rock Falls, Karen Nesbitt of Sandwich, Dale Nesbitt of California, Ronald Nesbitt of North Aurora, and Vicki Gibson of Cuba City, WI; and very special friend Dorena "Dee" Menzemer of Hazel Green, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Neva, son-in-law, Bill White, grandson Andrew Nesbitt, step great-grandchild, Trent Edwards, and sister, Pattie Parkinson.

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



Dorrance Joseph Manders


Dorrance Joseph Manders, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 4th, 2019 at UnityPoint Finley Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 10th, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 11th, 2019, at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Dorrance was born on April 1st, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Elmer and Mildred (Stork) Manders. He attended Dubuque Senior High School and on April 27th, 1957, married Patricia Bakey (The little Irish Girl) at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Dorrance was first employed at the Dubuque Packing Company. He also worked for the City of Dubuque Transit Company and IWI Motor Parts.

Dorrance proudly served in the United States Army in Korea from 1955 to 1957. Dorrance took great joy in playing a round of golf, bowling, fishing, and watching his beloved Chicago Cubs. He always enjoyed woodworking and creating his next masterpiece, whether it was for his grandchildren or for his friends. He enjoyed a great game of Euchre and Dorrance was well known for his sense of humor and practical jokes.

Dorrance is survived by his loving wife of sixty-two years, Patricia. Their three wonderful children, Michelle (Mark) Zabriskie, of Austin, Texas, Bob (Deb) Manders, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Doug (Sherry) Manders, of Dubuque; their eight grandchildren, Alex (Talley), Rachel (Ben), Katharine, Sarah, Emily, Christopher (Rose), Erica, and Austin, and five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Dawson, Victor, Levi, and Xavior; a sister Jeanette Callahan, sisters-in-law Jeanne Grimes, Betty Schuster, Judy (Dick) Rahe, brother-in-law Luke "Mike" (Sue) Bakey, and many nieces and nephews, and the Manternach Family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Don, parents-in-law John and Calista Bakey, brothers-in-law Jack Callahan, Lawrence (Spots) Bakey, Dorrance Bakey, Daniel Grimes, Alfred Schuster, sister-in-law Mary Lou Manders, and step-father Joe Manternach.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at UnityPoint Finley Hospital, especially Dr. Kahn, Dr. Cao, and the nurses on 4th floor medical/surgical unit for their exceptional work and compassion they gave to Dorrance. The family would also like to thank Gary and Jayne Schuster, Mike Martin, Dee Robbins, and Sharon Oberste for their never ending friendship and support.

Donations can be sent to: Brittany's Gifts at First Midwest Bank, 320 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA 52806 in memorial of Dorrance's great niece, Brittany Manders. or the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, PO box 10704, Cedar Rapids, IA 52410



Donald I. Lindauer


Donald I. Lindauer, 78, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 6:22 p.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Donnie may call from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Donnie will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born September 26, 1940 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Edwin and Stella (Kintzle) Lindauer. He received his education at St. Patrick's school in Garryowen, Iowa. On November 24, 1962 he was united in marriage to Ellen Urbain at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa. He was owner of Midwest Tool and Die. He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Lindauer of Cascade, IA; seven children Marty (Sara) Lindauer of Monticello, IA, Phil Lindauer of Cedar Rapids, IA, David ( Kimberly) Lindauer of Fairfax, IA, Ted (Jennifer) Lindauer of Bettendorf, IA, Tom (Holly) Lindauer of Vinton, IA, Sue Lindauer (& Phil Kobliska) of Cedar Rapids, IA and Sara Lindauer of Madison, WI; 15 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; three siblings, Isabel Lindauer of Dubuque, IA, Alice Wolf of Dubuque, IA, and Mary Green of Cascade, IA; sister-in-law, Helen "Blondi" Lindauer of Cascade, IA; brother-in-law, Roger Sherman of East Dubuque, IL.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Joseph Lindauer; and two brothers, Ed (Marie) Lindauer and Bob Lindauer; two sisters, Jane Lindauer and Helen Sherman; two brothers-in-law, Jim Wolf and Gil Green.

A Donald Lindauer memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

The family of Donnie would like to thank the entire staff of Shady Rest and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care and support.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Gerald L. Rockwell


Gerald L. Rockwell, 81, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on January 6, 2019, under the care of Hospice of Jackson County at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Gerald's life will be held at 11:45 A.M., Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.

Gerald Leroy Rockwell was born on April 9, 1937 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Clifford and Sabina (Rommert) Rockwell of rural Maquoketa. He graduated from Onslow High School in 1954. Days later he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from May 1954 to May 1957. He then married Phyllis Snyder on February 14, 1958 at the Presbyterian Church in Onslow, Iowa. They enjoyed over 60 years of marriage. Gerald retired from Bird Chevrolet in Dubuque as an auto body repairman.

He was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75, 40 & 8 club, and Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He liked traveling, hunting, fishing, spending time with friends, and took extreme pride in being with family and cherished his time with them.

Those left to honor his memory and will miss him dearly include his wife Phyllis Rockwell of Maquoketa, IA; three children, Loren (Patty) Rockwell, LeAnn (John) Widel, and Stacey (Darcie) Rockwell, all of Maquoketa, IA; seven grandchildren, Abby, Blake, Lexi, Aubrey, Jordan, Evan and Logan; several grand fur babies that he adored; and two sisters-in-law, Ethel Rockwell and Lila Snyder. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Carroll, four sisters Frances, Jeanette, Vesta and Ellen, grandson Aaron Widel, and a very close family friend Maxine Scheibe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gerald L. Rockwell memorial fund has been established.

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



Robert P. Sadler


Robert P. "Bob" Sadler, 83, of Menominee, IL, formerly St. Catherine, IA, rural Cuba City, WI, and Worthington, IA, passed away at 3:12 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2019 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at St. Catherine Catholic Church at St. Catherine, with Fr. Rod Allers officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 - 7 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:00 p.m. Monday. Visitation will also be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Bob was born on January 7, 1935 near Worthington, IA, the son of Earl and Florence (Schlick) Sadler.  He was united in marriage to Anna Mae Ricke on June 18, 1960 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee.

Bob and Anna Mae farmed in Worthington and rural Cuba City, WI, until their retirement, then moved to St. Catherine. He was a member of St. Catherine's Parish, the Farm Bureau, and enjoyed a good game of euchre.

Surviving is his wife of 58 years, Anna Mae; three children, Daniel Sadler of Monfort, WI, Linda (Steve) Cina of Bellevue, IA, and Lisa (Jon) Rigdon of Menominee, IL,; seven grandchildren, Amanda, Brandon, Jeremy, and Chelsea, Troy, Ryan and Ashley; three great-grandchildren, Trent and Madelynn Giese, and Bryleigh Rigdon; his siblings, Suzanne (Al) Blum of Dubuque, Mary Bertling of Dyersille, IA, Mike (Elaine) Sadler of Strawberry Point, IA, and John (Mary) Sadler of California, Maryland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Florence; a daughter A1C Laura Sadler, U. S. Air Force, a grandson, Joshua Frommelt and in-laws, Chuck Bertling, Rita Knautz, Rosemary Heller, Celia Ricke, Alverna Ricke and Clarence Ricke.

Anna Mae and family wish to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor for the special care given to Bob.

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

 



Verna G. Foster


Verna G. Foster, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, January 4, 2019, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Verna's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, January 11, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Verna Gertrude McCullough was born on March 23, 1922 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to David and Nina (DeMoss) McCullough. She was a 1939 graduate of Maquoketa High School and shortly thereafter received her teaching certificate from the University of Dubuque. She then taught school at five different country schools over the span of two decades. In 1960, she began teaching at Briggs Elementary School in Maquoketa where she taught first and second grades for 23 years. In 1971 she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marycrest College. This allowed her to continue teaching with the new requirements set forth by the State of Iowa. She retired in 1984 having taught a total of 31 years.

Verna married Melvin J. Foster on May 17, 1941 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union nine children were born. Melvin passed away on March 9, 1999.

Verna was an active and faithful member of the First United Methodist Church. Some of the church groups she was involved in were the United Methodist Women, Rachel Circle and the Stephen's Ministry. She also was a proud member of organizations in the Maquoketa community which included the Maquoketa Garden Club, Mother's Club, Retired Teacher's, and the Jackson County Roadrunners Camping Club. Additionally, she had served as a resident advocate for patients at Maquoketa Care Center. She had a special love for children and the elderly, and enjoyed quilting, traveling, camping and boating.

Those left to honor Verna's memory include her children, Geraldine (Robert) Williams of Modesto, CA, David (Joanne) Foster of S. Lake Tahoe, CA, Nancy (Dr. Wayne) Wagoner of Maquoketa, IA, Susan Foster of Cedar Rapids, IA, Terry (Dan) Miller of Bettendorf, IA, James (Marilyn) Foster of Maquoketa, IA, and Robert "Bob" (Dianna) Foster of Monmouth, IA; 21 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; 2 step-granddaughters and 3 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Melvin, one infant brother, a daughter Linda Wiese, and a son Bill Foster.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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

 



David R. Blaser


David R. Blaser Sr., 72, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, January 4, 2019.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, January 8, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

David was born January 1, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Ralph and Hilda (Steffen) Blaser. He married Irene Wall on October 7, 1967. David enjoyed camping and going out to eat. He was a real people person, who loved meeting new friends and could talk to anyone about anything. David was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and he deeply loved his family.

David is survived by his wife, Irene; three children, Tammy (Jon Sauser) Berntgen of Farley, David (Trisha) Blaser Jr., and Tracy (Jasen) Otting, both of Dubuque; his grandchildren, C.J., Cassie, Allison, Ashley, Jade, Bailey, Madisyn, Landon, and Ellie Kate; one great grandchild, Roman; his sister Judy Bodish of Zwingle; his sister-in-law, Margaret Blaser; his in-laws, Karen, Jim (Kay), Connie, Judy (Joe), Stevie, Tom (Kathy), Rita (Dave), and Lisa; and his loving canine companions, Zeek and Molly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Tina; his brother, Ron Blaser; and his brothers-in-law, Joseph and Jerry.

Memorials may be made to the David R. Blaser Sr. Memorial Fund.

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

 



Bernard J. Udelhoven


Bernard John "Hap" Udelhoven, 89, formerly of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Four Winds Manor in Verona, Wisconsin. Services will be 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the Holy Ghost Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is handling arrangements.
Hap was born on March 5, 1929, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of Bernard J. and Nellie (Risic) Udelhoven, Sr. He married his late sweetheart Florida "Fritz" Ginter on September 1, 1951, and together raised four children.

His nickname "Happy" fit him well. Hap lived a long, rewarding life that touched many people. From his early life as a two-time Golden Gloves boxer to his time spent as a cook in the National Guard and lineman for Interstate Power, his career path and life's passion was finally set in 1956 when he and fellow Pack worker, George Banworth, pooled their resources to start Banworth and Udelhoven Furniture in Platteville, WI. The business eventually expanded to five stores across three states. Hap sold his interest in B&U in 1982 but remained active in the furniture industry well into retirement.

Hap and Fritz enjoyed a long and loving marriage of 62 years. Together they traveled the world, were actively involved as devout Catholics in their local churches, and were devoted to spending time with their children and grandchildren. Hap also loved golf, fishing, and hunting.

He is survived by two sons: Michael (Dana) Udelhoven of Batavia, IL and Mark (Terri) Udelhoven of Vandalia, MO, two daughters: Cheryl Pieper (Chuck Boyer) of Verona, WI, and Lori Scharf of Oshkosh, WI; six grandchildren: Eric (Mary) Udelhoven & Lauren Udelhoven (Doug Cefala), Sara & Casey Pieper, Todd Udelhoven, and Maggie Scharf; one great-grandchild, Collin Udelhoven; and a sister, Mary (Udelhoven) Hoff.

Hap was preceded in death by his wife, Fritz; his brother, Leonard and sister, Helen; and son-in-law Curt Pieper.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Liaboe for years of care in Dubuque, IA, and also the staff at the Cove at Four Winds Manor and Agrace Hospice.

Shortly before he passed, one of Hap's last utterances was "Gotta get to gettin'." Heaven will have its hands full.

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



Lorraine M. Klostermann


Lorraine M. Klostermann, 79, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Northbrook Manor Care Center in Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 8 pm Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3pm and an American Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 4 pm.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, January 9, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Lorraine was born February 2, 1939, in Winthrop, Iowa the daughter of Lawrence and Mary (Erdmann) Weber. She married Alfred J. Klostermann on February 9, 1959, in Monti, Iowa.  Together they farmed on the Klostermann family farm near Dyersville until moving to town in 1984.  Lorraine served as a Nurses and Medication Aide in several care facilities in Delaware and Dubuque Counties.  She and Alfred enjoyed bowling in leagues.  Lorraine was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 137 and the Edward W. Lake VFW Auxiliary.

Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Joyce (Ron) Peiffer of Marion, IA; daughters-in-law, Nancy Klostermann of Dubuque and Roxanne Klostermann of Dyersville; grandchildren: Chad (Anna) Klostermann, Kristin (fiancé JJ Snyder) Klostermann, Heather (David) Martin, Sean (Ariel) Klostermann, Erin (fiancé Hannah Davis) Peiffer and Brandon Peiffer, great grandchildren: Harmoney Paul, James Snyder and Liam Klostermann; siblings: Wayne Weber of Quasqueton, Marvin (Judy) Weber of Cedar Rapids Richard (Janet) Weber of Central City, Beverly Voelker of Marion, Gene (Marsha) Weber of Clovis, NM and Delbert (Mary) Weber of Mechanicsville; in-laws: Alvera Weber of Manchester, Joan (Larry) Stoneking of Monticello, Lila Clemen and Vera Kroeger, both of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Alfred in 2008, sons: Jim and Don in 2005, and Tom Klostermann in 2017; siblings: Lester Weber and Ralph Weber; in-laws: Marilyn Weber, Lee Voelker, Vince Clemen, Gary Kroeger, Art (Verna) Klostermann, Ruth (Joe) Lansing, Rita (Jim) Deutmeyer and Virginia Klostermann in infancy.

The family wishes to thank the staffs at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Northbrook Manor Care Center and Hospice of Mercy for their compassionate care of Mom over the last few years.

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

 

 



Mirdza Woodward


Mirdza "Mitzi" Woodward 76 of Dubuque passed away Friday December 28, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. In keeping with her wishes a party for Mitzi will be held in the spring. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family. 

Mitzi was born in Dobele, Latvija in Europe the daughter of Janis Alberts and Emilija (Amters) Freimanis. She married Michael "Woody" Woodward and he preceded her in death. 

Mitzi graduated from the University of Dubuque and was a teacher for the Western Dubuque School System teaching English and German for many years. She later worked at Ennoble Manor Care facility in activities. She recently partnered with Resources Unite to establish a Pet Food Pantry to help the needy and their pets. She also loved to collect anything to do with pigs. 

She is survived by her daughter Anna (Chad) Woodward-Klostermann of Dubuque, a sister Elly Russel in Latvia Europe, many nieces and nephews, her animal grandchildren and her very special neighbor and friend who she made a honorary sister Deborah Graf. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother in infancy.

The family request no flowers, instead a memorial fund will be established in care of Anna to benefit Mitzi's favorite causes. 

 



Keith H. Ellis


Keith H. Ellis, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 10:12 a.m., on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Keith's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, January 7, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Keith's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, January 7, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Inurnment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, with his beloved wife Ginny.

Keith was born on February 5, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Glenn and Cecelia (Pauly) Ellis.

Keith was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1944, who went on to attend Loras College for a time, before honorably serving his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII on the U.S. S. Gunston Hall. His military service was very important to Keith, and he was an original member of the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps, the V.F.W., the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, as well as a lifetime member of the NRA. He was extremely proud to have the opportunity to be on the last Honor Flight out of Dubuque on May 20, 2014. Keith was united in marriage to Virginia McMiniment, in January of 1950, at St. Anthony's Church, and they were blessed with 38 years together and 5 children, before she was sadly called home ahead of him on April 23, 1988. Keith had an excellent work ethic, which he put to good use as a Master Floor Mechanic, starting in 1946 with Turnquist, then Carpetland, and lastly with his son, Mike, as Ellis Installation, for a grand total of 42 years, until his well earned retirement. He was a talented big band drummer, with several local bands, who could have played professionally had he chosen to, and was always happy to share his knowledge and appreciation of music with everyone around him. Keith was a true gentleman, through and through, who always made sure his wife and children were his top priority and were well taken care of. He was a great example to his children of what it means to help your neighbor, and was well known for dropping whatever he was doing to stop and help someone in need, no matter the time of day or night. Keith was also very active with the Boy Scouts of America as a leader when his boys were young, teaching countless young men lifetime skills. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our wonderful father and grandfather, but are grateful to know that he is now finally reunited with his soulmate, Ginny, for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Keith's memory include

his 5 children,
Mike (Sandra) Ellis, Dubuque, IA,
Patrick (Vickie) Ellis, Asbury, IA,
Jeffrey (Brenda) Ellis, Dubuque, IA,
Kimberly (Jerry) Teel, Muscatine, IA
and Karen Ellis, Dubuque, IA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Becky (Chad) Strauser, Brian (Matthew Ingraham) Ellis, Jason (Anne-Lise) Ellis, Abby (Dustin) Daufeldt, Keith Ellis, Travis Ellis, Tyler (Michelle) Teel and Samantha (Chad) Widener; 

his 13 great-grandchildren,
Christopher, Caitlin, Camryn, Charli, Conner, Sophie, Piper, Avery, Carly, Logan, Bentley, Rylan and Emma;

a sister-in-law,
Patricia McMiniment, Vero Beach, FL;

and several nieces and nephews.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia "Ginny" Ellis; 2 brothers, Robert Ellis and Merwyn (Bette) Ellis; and a brother-in-law, David McMiniment.

Keith's family would like to thank Dr. Jared Freiburger, Dr. Christine Holm, the nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital and Medical Associates, as well as his long time doctor and friend, Dr. Alan Harves, for all of their outstanding care throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



David J. Vorwald


David J. Vorwald, 63, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019, at home after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. and the Dyersville and New Vienna Fire Department will gather at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial at the Holy Cross Catholic Church Cemetery. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate with Rev. Al Vorwald concelebrating.

Dave was born March 12, 1955 in Fayetteville, NC, the son of Eugene and Delores (Goerdt) Vorwald. He graduated in 1973 from Leo High School. He married Mari Friedmann on June 1, 1974 in Luxemburg. Dave worked for Vorwald Construction for 15 years.

Dave reluctantly resigned from his position as the public works director due to health on July 27, 2018 after 31 years. "I feel a sadness leaving behind me what has been an important part of my life. The City of Dyersville feels like family-retiring feels like moving away from home. While it has been a very challenging and rewarding career, I can only hope that I have left a positive legacy for future generations." He also served on the Dyersville Fire Department for 18 years.

Dave took great joy in entertaining family and friends at the cabin in Delhi. He was always looking forward to the next project with the help of his grandchildren. He was an advocate for the Lake Delhi revival and was rewarded by its return in 2017. His hobbies included camping, fishing, restoring RED tractors and collecting antiques.

Dave is survived by his wife, Mari, children: Jason (Faith) Vorwald of Dyersville, Jill (Russ) Overton of Epworth, T.J. (Beth) Vorwald of New Vienna, grandchildren: Kaeli, Sydney and Parker Vorwald, Dakota (fiancé Elissa Heims) Vorwald, Tristen and Hunter Overton, Aria Vorwald, mother, Dorrie Vorwald of Holy Cross, siblings: Linda (Stan) Steffen of Luxemburg, Debbie Then and Donnie (Julie) Vorwald both of Holy Cross, in-laws: Carol Rosauer of Palm Springs, CA, Ed Jr. (Libby) Friedmann of Redfield, IA, Ken (Linda) Friedman of Tuscon, AZ, Stan (Carol) Friedmann of Luxemburg, Pat (Jim) McCormick of Granger, IA, Jeff (Nanci) Friedmann of Culver City, CA, Annette Ray of Coralville, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gene in 2012, brother, Mark Vorwald in 1980,
parents-in-law, Ed (2005) and Anne (2003) (Franzen) Friedmann and his brother-in-law, Dave Then in 2012.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the care given to Dave at the UW Health Madison and Dubuque Medical Associates Oncology. They would also like to thank the Dyersville Police Dept., Bi-County Ambulance and Rev. Dennis Conway.

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



Arthur J. Feldmann


Arthur J. Feldmann, 95, of Hopkinton, Iowa, passed away at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Art may call from 2 to 7 P.M., Sunday, January 6, 2019 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Hopkinton, Iowa where a KC Rosary will be held at 1:30 p.m. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday, January 7th at the Church until services.

Services for Art will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 7, 2019 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Hopkinton, Iowa, with Rev. Paul Baldwin Presiding. Concelebrating will be Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch and Rev. John Kremer. Burial will be held in the Hopkinton Cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Hopkinton American Legion Post #311.

He was born January 2, 1924 in Hopkinton, Iowa, son of William and Agnes (Uhlenkamp) Feldmann. He received his education in the Hopkinton area country schools. On November 15, 1949 he was united in marriage to Laurabelle Wilgenbusch at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 5, 2018.

The couple farmed in the rural Hopkinton area. He was also employed at the Edgewood and Monticello sale barns.

He was a World War II Army veterans, during which time he enjoyed serving in Italy. He was a member of the Hopkinton-Delhi Knights of Columbus-Court #12965, a member of the Cascade American Legion post #311, and member of the Worthington Catholic Order of Foresters-Court #0607, a member of the Delaware County Farm Bureau and a member of St. Luke Parish in Hopkinton.

He is survived by his children, Bill Feldmann (special friend, Nan Strandberg) of Anamosa, Ken (Carla) Feldmann of Tucson, AZ, Mary Jane (David) Goldsmith of Earlville, Mike (Rosemary) Feldmann of Hopkinton, Steve (Jane) Feldmann of Cedar Rapids, Kathy (Dick) Offerman of Earlville and Karen (Joe) Nefzger of Dyersville, Barb (Ron) Weber of Farley, and Patricia (Doug) Steger of Delhi; 44 grandchildren; 65 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild; and a sister-in-law, Rita Feldmann of Edgewood a brother-in-law, Robert Kirpes of Dubuque.

He is preceded in death by three grandchildren, Jarad Weber, William Feldmann Jr. and Louis Weber on December 29, 2018; one great grandchild, Jackson Berlin; brothers and sisters and in-laws, Clarence Feldmann, Ed (Irene) Feldmann, Henry (Henrietta) Feldmann, Cletus Feldmann, Laura Feldmann, Mary Ann Feldmann and Delores (Bob) Link; brothers-in-law, Frank, Thomas, John and Herman Wilgenbusch; and nine sisters-in-law, Mabel Guthrie, Viola Trumm, Myrtle Krogmann, Gladys Kirby, Ethel Kenny, Rose Britt, Mary Lauersdorf, Elsie Ries, and their spouses and Alice Kirpes.

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

 



Bonnie M. Classon


Bonnie M. Classon, age 69, of Asbury, formerly of Spencer, Iowa, was welcomed home through Heaven's gates on January 3, 2019 with her loving family by her side while she was finally experiencing God's forgiving and loving embrace. 

To celebrate Bonnie's life, a Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Road, Dubuque, Iowa, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating.  Another memorial service will be held later this year in Massachusetts for her family there to attend. Bonnie's journey will end as a living tribute as a tree in The Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee so that she may continue to stand tall, ever reaching upward toward the light and warmth of the skies above. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Bonnie's family. 

Bonnie was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on January 14, 1949, a beautiful daughter to Gordon and Joan (Hosegood) Bruce. Bonnie proudly graduated with honors in 2011 from Iowa Lakes Community College with a diploma in Medical Office Technology Coding. For over 40 years, Bonnie had devoted her life to caring for others as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She fulfilled this role in both hospitals and nursing homes and no matter where she found herself serving her fellow man, she could always be seen completing her mission with an attitude of love. At the age of 62, Bonnie began her new role as a full-time caregiver for her husband Larry.

Bonnie will be fondly remembered by all for her tender heart and contagious sense of humor, which continued to be ever present even as her earthly journey was coming to an end. She easily gained the immediate love of those she met with her constant chatter and unwavering appreciation for the little moments in life. Her kindness was endless and she only ever desired good for those she cherished. In passing, she undeniably had the love and support of many in her community, along with her family, both near and far.

Those left behind to treasure Bonnie's memory include

her husband,

Larry Classon, Spencer, Iowa;

her children,

Tina (Randy) Laine-Rhomberg, Dubuque, Iowa,

Ted (Pamela) Classon, Knoxville, Tennessee,

and Chad (Lottie) Classon, Spencer, Iowa;

her grandchildren,

Ariel, Faith, Damien, Madison, Dylan, Raina and Gage;

her sisters,

Sandra (Fredrick) Laflash, Cherry Valley, Massachusetts,

Linda Patterson, Leicester, Massachusetts,

and Karen Andros, Fitchburg, Massachusetts;

and her brother,

Robert (Donna) Bruce, Spencer, Massachusetts.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, David Bruce.

Bonnie's family would like to thank Dr. Engleman at Medical Associates, as well as the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their loving care and support.

Online condolences may be left for Bonnie's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Joseph W. Conlan


Joseph W. "Joe" Conlan, 77, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and formerly of Bernard, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at Saint Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church in Hiawatha, Iowa, with Very Rev Mark Ressler officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at the Church. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque with full military honors accorded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Joe was born on March 4, 1941 in Dubuque, the son of Orville and Lucille (Kress) Conlan. He graduated high school from Saint Patrick School, North Garryowen, and attended Loras College in Dubuque. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966 and was stationed in Vietnam for one year. He was a proud participant in an Honor Flight to Washington DC in May 2018.

Joe owned and operated the Twelve Mile House Supper Club in Bernard for many years. He also worked as an insurance adjuster and a realtor for Goodman Insurance and Reality in Dubuque before moving to Cedar Rapids. In Cedar Rapids, he continued his passion for real estate and land development, working for Iowa Realty until his retirement.

He married Gail Alt on April 26, 2003, and they were happily married for 15 years. They took many trips around the United States and twice to Europe. Gail was the love of his life.

Joe enjoyed bowling, going to stock car races, and golf, especially in his later years. He also looked forward to celebrating St. Patrick's Day since he was proud of his Irish roots.

He was an advocate for the underprivileged, and he supported Camp Courageous and Albrecht Acres for many years. Joe was a faithful Catholic and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

He is survived by his wife, Gail; step-children, Ed (Sandi) Alt and Mark (Kristen) Alt; three step grandchildren, Mikaela (Michael) Henson, Ashley Alt and Kelly Alt; siblings: Sister Mary Patricia Conlan, RSM, of Dubuque, Frank (Darlene) Conlan, of Bernard, Ed Conlan, of Dubuque, Mary (Roger) Konrardy, of Dubuque, Doris (Allan) Sauser, of Cascade, Dan (Barb) Conlan, of Key West. He was also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins especially Jean Church, Cheryl Valenta and Barb Dye.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Grace (Conlan) Gassman and his in-laws, Bertil and Helen Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Camp Courageous or the Joseph Conlan Memorial Fund.

 



Lawrence C. Smith

Lawrence C. (Larry) Smith, 78, of Asbury, Iowa, crossed the final bar on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Friends may pay their respects on Thursday, January 3, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, IA. A brief funeral service will follow visitation.

Larry was born with adventure in his soul on August 18, 1940, in Eustis, FL, son of Joseph M. and Mildred Bearmore Smith. He grew up in Mount Dora, FL, where he received his elementary and secondary education in the public schools. He attended the University of Florida and Lake Sumter State College, and was a graduate of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies. In 1976, he married Carmen Rosales of Biscol, Philippines.

As a youth, Larry enjoyed bicycling and canoeing-activities that foreshadowed his career as a world traveler, first as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1961, and then as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine from 1963 to 1998. His work as a mariner took him to over 70 countries, and he developed a world view unmatched in breadth and depth. He maintained friendships with several of his fellow mariners even after his retirement, corresponding with them in longhand, and held dear to his heart many mementos from his days on the high seas and his time in ports of call.

Larry was a history enthusiast and often turned the most casual conversation into a history lesson. He had a prodigious memory for historical events and dates, and could expound at length on historical figures, both notorious and obscure. He was knowledgeable not only about his homeland, but also about countries and cultures unfamiliar to most of us. Larry was an avid reader, avoided television, and referred to the computer as "the magic box." During his later years, he spent Sunday evenings listening to the Big Broadcast on KDTH, clearly relishing the memories old-time radio programs evoked.

Larry lived simply and well. He appreciated sunsets, moonrises, and cloudscapes, and he delighted in the activity of birds at the feeders in his backyard and the endearing antics of the chipmunks he provided with generous helpings of peanuts. He was especially fond of the broiled cod and salad bar at Neumann's Bar and Grill in Holy Cross, IA, a destination to which he made a pilgrimage every Friday evening for the past 12 years.

Those who will honor Larry's memory include his three children, Christine (Kerry) Madalinski of Escanaba, MI, Christopher Smith, of Long Island, NY, and Elizabeth Kelley, of Fruitland, FL; his two stepdaughters, Carmen (David) Brennan of Pleasant Grove, UT, and Kathleen (Jason) Cavalier of Thousand Oaks, CA; seven grandchildren: Lindsey, Michael , Lola, Sydney, Riley, Calvin, and Claire; and three great-grandchildren, Milo, Max, and Mason Sage. The years she shared with Larry will be cherished by his lady friend, Susan M. Dolter, with whom he resided.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Frances E. Glasgow.



Raymond D. Bechen


Raymond D. "Ray" Bechen, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa was called home by the Lord on December 30th, 2018 at Hallmark Care in Mount Vernon.

Funeral service will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday January 7th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Jim Schmitt officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until time of service Monday at the funeral home. Entombment will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Ray was born on June 22, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Emil and Edna (Franz) Bechen. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Casey on July 4th, 1953 and they were happily married for 57 years. They owned and operated Ray and Betty's Bakeshop in Galena, IL for many years.

During that time Ray served as a Fireman and later worked for a private detective agency in Dubuque. He then worked many years with St. Dominic Villa as a maintenance engineer until retirement.

Ray was a strong faith filled man who served as a eucharistic minister. He enjoyed serving the community and volunteering. Raymond was known for his humorous side, who always played practical jokes on everyone he met. He was very passionate about music until the very end.

He is survived by his son Frederick; two daughters Margaret Dawn and Victoria (Brian); five grandchildren, Ryan (Lili), Caleb (Kerry), Jeshua (Kevin), Nicholas and Abagale (Brandon), along with 7 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his two brothers Joseph and Eddie (Clara).

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Elizabeth; a son John; three brothers Robert, Eugene and Donald; and a granddaughter Elishyah.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.



Marie C. Herrig


Marie C. (Kalmes) Herrig, 91, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 after a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 7th, 2019 at St. Donatus Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 6th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:45 p.m.

Marie was born on January 29, 1927 in Potosi, WI, daughter of Charles and Martha (Schmitz) Abing. She married Harold Kalmes on November 4, 1947. He preceded her in death on December 14, 1968. She married Julian "Jukes" Herrig on October 17, 1981. He preceded her in death on April 23, 1996.

Marie worked at both National Tea grocery stores in Dubuque where she was in charge of the fruit and vegetable display as well as the customer checkout. She met her husband Harold Kalmes while working at National Tea. They married and lived in St. Donatus while raising 8 children. Harold and Marie managed the Kalmes Store from 1948 to 1953. After Harold was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1968, Marie continued to live in St. Donatus and successfully raised their children on her own.

After living in St. Donatus for more than 50 years, Marie moved to Dubuque in 2002. Marie volunteered her time sewing quilts for St. Luke's Church. Marie loved to sew, crochet and quilt. She made many items over the years and provided each grandchild and great grandchild with a hand-made baby blanket.

Marie enjoyed games especially Scrabble and Canasta. In recent years she kept busy embroidering special items for friends and family. Marie is best known for her humor and the ability to make every person she encountered feel special. She was remarkably strong despite the tough challenges she faced in her life. She always made others laugh, even in her last days.

Those who will honor Marie's memory include her children, Gary Kalmes, of Richmond, VA, Darrell (Diane) Kalmes, of Dubuque, Mary Jean (Steve) Sieverding, of St. Donatus, Doug (special friend Crystal) Kalmes, of Carbon Cliff, IL, Greg (Jeanie) Kalmes, of St. Donatus, Steve (Dee) Kalmes, of Springville, IA, Beth (Jeff) Kaiser, of Dubuque and Denise Kalmes, of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; her sister's Irene Seng, of Potosi, Luella Brandt, of Kieler, Bettty (Jim) Jungk, of Dubuque, Doris (Bernard) Hentrich, of Hazel Green and Margaret (Joe) Hentrich, of Belmont; a brother Irvin (Katie) Abing, of Potosi, brother-in-law Lawrence (Windy) Kalmes, of St. Donatus, sister's-in-law Paulette Abing, of Potosi, Bernadette (Don) Williams, of Lancaster and Mariella Berthel, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Martha Abing; her husband Harold Kalmes; her husband Jukes Herrig; daughter-in-law Rita Kalmes; grandson Scott Sieverding; great-grandson Brecken Woolsey; four brothers, Gerald Abing, Cyril Abing, Leo Abing and Richard Abing, and her sister Berniece Kieler.

The family would like to extend very special thanks and appreciation to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jenni, Amy and Julie who took very special care of Marie the last few months. They brightened each and every day and Marie was so thankful for their time and compassion. Words cannot describe how special you are to all of us.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 John F. Kennedy Road.



Bette E. Fischer


Bette E. Fischer, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on January 1, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center with family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. No public visitation will be held, private family visitation will be at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Bette was born on August 13, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Mathilda (Welter) Leicht.
She married Louis Fischer Jr. on July 26, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2009.

She enjoyed a good game of Euchre, quilting, jigsaw puzzles, reading and playing games with the grandchildren.
Bette was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and she will be dearly missed by many.

She is survived by her five children, Lynn (Bob) Miller, Louis (Teresa) Fischer, John (Cess) Fischer, Caroline (Tim) Kieler, Mark (Leslie) Fischer. Grandchildren; David (Elena), Tom (Ellen) and Danny (Brittany) Miller, Louis (Carolyn), Ben and Gretchen Fischer, Emily (Dan) Kearney, Nick (Stacy), Lee (Miranda) and Will Kieler, Kate and Ally Fischer. Great grandchildren, Luke, Cole, Sophie, Grace, Gage, Violet, Freya, Joe, Viv, Sam, Bryn and Lou. Brother-in-law Bob (Betty) Fischer, sister-in-law Mary Sandmore along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws Louis and Germaine Fischer; siblings, Lucille (Carter) Matthewson, Mary (Warner) Untersee, John (Sis) Leicht and Bernice (Bob) Wiezorek; one great grandson Wyatt Kieler.

Memorials in Bette's name may be sent to Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

The family wishes to thank Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they gave to Bette.



Katherine J. Wilcox


Katherine J. Wilcox, 84, of Dubuque passed away peacefully Saturday, December 29, 2018, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, IA.

Family and Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 3rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, IA where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Katherine was born on November 10, 1934, in Christopher, Illinois, daughter of Charles and Orsla Meyers.

Katherine married Douglas Wilcox on April 19, 1975 in Galena, IL where they lived for the first 19 years of their marriage. They then moved to Dubuque where they lived for many years. Katherine and Douglas spent 43 wonderful years together. Katherine worked as a bartender, housekeeper and as child caregiver for many years. In her free time, she enjoyed fishing, playing cards, reading, quilting, doing crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, drawing and coloring and most importantly spending time with her friends and family.

Katherine was a kind, loving and caring person. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She will always be loved and never ever forgotten.

Katherine is survived by her children Donald Salser, Sarah (Robert) Foley, Cathy Salser, George (Thess) Salser, and Marla (Mike) Lange. Douglas Jr. Wilcox, Thomas (Bonnie) Wilcox, Velma Burton, Joseph (Lisa) Wilcox and 25 grand-children, and 43 great-grandchildren. Her siblings Donald Roberts, Fred Silkwood and Marla Graham and many nieces and nephews.

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Orsla Meyers. Her Husband Douglas Wilcox. Her brother James Meyers.

The family would like to thank the Hospice of Dubuque and the Nurses and Staff at Ennoble Manor who were so wonderful in caring for Katherine.



Louis Weber


Louis "Louie" Robert William Weber, 16, of Farley, Iowa, son of Barb and Ron Weber, went home to be with his angels on Saturday, December 29, 2018 following complications from surgery at the Missouri State University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

Friends and relatives of Louis may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2019 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday, January 5th at the funeral home.

Services for Louis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019 at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, IA.

He was born September 18, 2002 in Dubuque, Iowa, completing the Weber tribe. Louis could generally be found in the kitchen where he was a food enthusiast, cook, creator of new taste and a friend to talk too. He was 4ft and 1/4 inches tall, engineer, geologist, techie, philosopher and astronomer all rolled into one. His room is a museum of his collections, geodes, rocks, Legos, dream catchers, space and anything science and much more.

Louis was blessed with an amazingly beautiful heart, an adaptive spiritual soul and devoted selfless personality. He adored all of his nieces and nephews. However, Louis was a hero to so many. He fought his whole life trying to keep up and not be left behind. Louis always was there for a hug or two or three. Louis was and will always be a WD BOBCAT. He loved belonging and being with his classmates and friends. Louis was always thinking and planning his next move. He was a smart cookie with a knack to make you smile. Louis found his way into every heart that knew him and every set of eyes that was blessed to see his smile.

He was a member of St. John's Parish in Placid, Iowa.

Those left to cherish his memories are his biggest fans his superheros (his parents), Ron and Barb Weber of Farley, IA; his babies, Joey and Winston (Puppies); nine siblings, Amanda (Ben) Flessner of Cedar Falls, Theresa Weber of Farley, Jenny Koos of Peosta, Abigail (Kyle) Gibson of Florida, Katie Weber (Jonna Berry) of Ankeny, Mike Weber, Ben Weber both of Dubuque, Anna Weber of Farley and Becca Weber (Josh Wanzek) of Dyersville; His Minions in crime (nieces and nephews), Hannah, Samantha, Sarah, Naomi and Lillian Flessner, Maximus and Armina Jones, Jayeden and Justin Koos, and Jossalyn and Kamden Gibson; his prayer warrior maternal grandfather, Arthur Feldmann of Hopkinton, IA; paternal grandparents, Emil and Darlene Weber of Epworth, IA; many faithful aunts and uncles; and many many cousins and friends.

Louis joins all the angels and saints including his brother, Jarad Joseph Weber on February 2003; maternal grandmother, Laura A. Feldmann on December 2018; brother-in-law, Dale Koos on September 2017; one uncle, Gerald Weber; one cousin, William Feldmann Jr and other angels that never had a chance to be held.

Memorials for Louis maybe given to the Louis Weber Scholarship fund, which has been established at American Trust and Savings Bank.

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

 



Stephen J. Gunther


Stephen John Gunther, 74, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at home.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Friends can greet the family at 10:00 until time of service.

Steve was born September 16, 1944 in LeMars, Plymouth County, Iowa, son of Clem and Arlyne (Koerner) Gunther.  He married Susan Ann LeRette, July 11, 1987 at the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.  In 2011, Steve and Susan moved back to the Midwest, to Dubuque, Iowa to be close to Susan's family.  

Steve graduated from LeMars Community High School in 1963. Following graduation, he attended the following schools on a football scholarship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Trinidad State Junior College-Colorado and Wayne State College-Nebraska. Steve received his Associate of Arts Degree in Education from Trinidad State University, his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Wayne State and his Master's Degree in Education from Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, Missouri. Steve was a teacher/football coach from 1968-2011, a total of 43 years. He was a longtime head football coach in Iowa.  He coached at Northeast Community High School-Goose Lake, Emmetsburg High School and Sioux City North High School. He also had coaching stints at Colorado State University and Independence Community College, Independence, Kansas. He finished his last 25 years coaching high school football in and around the Houston, Texas area at Aldine Eisenhower, Galena Park, Spring Westfield, Smithville, Spring and Magnolia. Steve was very proud of being a teacher/coach. Coaching football was truly his passion and he felt so fortunate to be able to do what he loved. A diehard sports fan, Steve especially enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Surviving are his wife, Susan; a daughter, Erin (Matt) McLaughlin, of Fort Collins, CO; two sons, Rick (Toni) Gunther, of Palisade, CO and Scott (Melissa) Gunther, of Fort Collins, CO; a brother, Dave (Jane) Gunther, of Grand Forks, ND; and eight grandchildren, Jordan, Kane, Allison, Jack, Haley, Gaige, Brock and Sawyer; his mother-in-law, Idalou LeRette; sister and brother-in-law Patricia (Dale) Metcalf, all of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Judy (Gunther) Mauer and Katy (Gunther) Hummel.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann, ARNP Tony Heiar, and nurses, Sandy, Bobye, Sarah Jo and Laura of the Grand River Medical Group-Oncology Department for all the exceptional care and amazing support.  Our wonderful hospice team - nurse, Melissa and social worker, Nicole. We are so very grateful and will never forget how comfortable you made Steve feel. Memorials may be made to Jackson County Humane Society or Hospice of Dubuque

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

 

 



Donna Bandy


Donna (Daughetee) Bandy, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at home. 

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 3, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury, Rd., Dubuque, and from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Friday, January 4, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, January 4, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial following at Linwood Cemetery. 

Donna was born April 1, 1939 in Dubuque, the daughter of Lyle and Ruth (Sear) Daughetee. She married Oakley Bandy on June 22, 1957. 

Donna worked at Galena Glove, Holy Ghost School Day Care, and Coca-Cola, but she would say her most important moments were as a wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved babysitting her grandchildren and cooking her famous dishes and baking her cookies and banana bread. Donna's home was always warm and welcoming greeting everyone with open arms and she was always overflowing with love for her family and friends. She was always there with an open kitchen and open heart and welcomed calls or visits late into the night. Donna treasured her time traveling to different destinations especially Florida with her devoted husband Oakie, family, and friends and creating memories. Donna loved Friday nights gatherings with family and Sunday drives. Her family, siblings, and friends is one of the biggest blessings she was so grateful for and the memories they made she cherished. She was the biggest fan in the crowd at the grandchildren's school events and always had a proud smile and treat ready for all their hard work. Family was everything to her and her love, kindness and compassion were a large part of who they have become today.

Donna is survived by her husband of 61 years, Oakley "Oakie" Bandy Sr.; three children, Oakley (Cindy) Bandy Jr., Kevin (Brenda) Bandy, and Kelly (Eugene) Hingtgen; 13 grandchildren, Shelley, Carrie, Alisha, Betsy, Abbey, Justin, Brittany, Oakley, Tyler, Cassie, Emily, Alaytra, and Evan; 21 great grandchildren;  her siblings Larry Daughetee, Ruthie (Dave) Jarrard, in-laws - Dan and Sue Bandy, and Grace Daughetee. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Ruth (Sear) Daughetee, father and mother in law  Donald and Iona Bandy, siblings and their spouses, Luella (LaVern) Pickle; Mickey (Vince) Troy; Joey (Elmer) Pickle, brother Lyle Daughetee and sister in law Jane Daughetee; in-laws; Sue (Larry) Hurst, Don Bandy; and great grandchildren, Jeffrey and Angel.

Memorials may be made to the Donna Bandy Memorial Fund.  The family would like to thank all the caregivers and friends over the years.  

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

 

 



Tom J. Wirth


Tom J. Wirth, 80, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, December 30, 2018, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, January 4, 2019, at the Elwood United Methodist Church in Elwood, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A private family burial will be held at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Tomme Joe "Tom" Wirth was born on May 29, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John Alexander and Clara (Peet) Wirth. He was a 1956 graduate of Elwood High School and then attended one year of college in Fairfield, Iowa. He married Janet Kaszinski on June 20, 1959 in Welton, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Pam and Jane. Janet preceded him in death on October 11, 1998. He later married Carol Wolter Benton on November 10, 2000 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tom farmed in the Elwood area his whole life. In retirement, he worked seasonally for River Valley Coop until becoming ill in October of 2018.

Tom was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. He enjoyed having coffee with friends, reading, playing cards, and traveling. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs. He especially loved his job with the Coop and visiting with the farmers.

Those left to honor Tom's memory include his wife, Carol Wirth of Elwood, IA; daughters, Pam (Joe) Loschiavo of Port Jefferson, NY, and Jane (Chris) Samec of Bettendorf, IA; step-children, Bill Benton of Durant, IA, Brett (Jackie) Benton of Phoenix, AZ, and Darcie (Paul) Sly of St. Louis, MO; 4 grandchildren, Christine (Ryan) Sammy, Shannon (Frank) Siegel, TJ Wold and Ellie Samec; 5 step-grandchildren, Alex Benton, Cami Benton, Katie Benton, Lydia Sheehan and Harlan Sheehan; and 4 great-grandchildren, Gavin, Clara, Callum and Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Janet.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Elwood United Methodist Church or the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

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

 



Betty M. Andis

Betty M. Andis, 86, of Dubuque passed away quietly at home, Sunday, December 30, 2018, with her son by her side. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Betty was born March 18, 1932 in Waldren, Indiana, daughter of Carl and Reba (Rush) Hammond. She loved sewing and growing vegetables in her back yard.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Sandra and son, Michael.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Andis.



Lloyd A. Gronner


Lloyd A. Gronner, age 75 of Galena, IL, completed his earthly journey on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Lloyd’s life, private family services are being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Lloyd’s family.

Online condolences may be shared with Lloyd’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Timothy W. Wilson


Timothy Wayne Wilson, 60, of Volga, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was born on November 3, 1958, in Macomb, Illinois, the son of John and Carol (Buchen) Wilson. Tim was raised in the Canton, Illinois, area and graduated from Canton High School. He then served honorably in the United States Army.

In 1988 Tim was united in marriage to Bobbi Sue Folwkes. Four children were born to this union. The couple later divorced. Tim worked as a farm hand for many years. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and spending time with his dogs.

Survivors include his mother, Carol (Gene) Markley of Adairsville, Georgia; two daughters, Echo (Anthony) Richardson of Guttenberg and Melissa (Travis) Myers of Lamont; two sons, Garett Wilson and Zane Wilson, both of Guttenberg; four grandchildren, Mason Baker, Marcus Myers, Corbin Wilson, and Gracelyn Wilson; two brothers, Christopher (Denise) Wilson and Bart (Heather) Markley; and his fiancée, Connie Slater-Wilson.

Tim was preceded in death by his father, John Wilson; and one sister, Kimberly Wilson.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

Celebration of Life:  3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Strawberry Point, Iowa.

 

 



Richard F. Nunez


Richard F. Nunez, 93, of Dubuque died Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center with his wife and son by his side. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post 6.

Rick was born July 29, 1925, son of Rafael and Soledad Nunez. After graduating from Colorado Springs High School, Rick enlisted in the US Navy on June 23, 1942 at the age of 17. He saw action in the South Pacific during WW II. Following six years of active duty, Rick served in the Naval Reserve for the next 44 years, retiring at Chief Boatswain's Mate.

He was pleased when a group of navy personnel took him out for brunch and presented him with a big cake designed like a ship for his 93rd birthday. He felt badly he didn't have their addresses to send notes to let them know how proud it made him feel.

He married Eleanor Kohn at St. Francis De Sales Church in Hazel Green, Wisc. in 1955. Together they had two sons, Randy and Robert.

Rick was employed at DDDKG Architects for 20 years, and later retired from the plant engineering department at John Deere Dubuque Works.

He was a member of St. Columbkille's parish where he was an usher and member of the buildings and grounds committee. After retirement, he put in many hours working on repairing windows and rooms at St. Columbkille's school & church.

He is survived by his wife Eleanor Nunez of Dubuque; and two sons, Randy Nunez of Bettendorf, Iowa and Robert Nunez of Bridgewater, New Jersey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Robert, Joe, Ralph and Rafael; three sisters, Linda, Carmy and Marie, and their spouses; his father and mother-in-law, Cooper & Adaline Kohn; his brother and sister-in-law, Paul & Dorie Kohn.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to distribute among veterans' organizations.

The family would like to thank Dr. Brian Sullivan, his nurses and staff, especially nurse Lorilee; as well as the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center ICU and 3rd floor for their wonderful care.

 



Kenneth J. Fluhr


Kenneth J. "Ken" Fluhr, 89, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 2:10 A.M. Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, January 3, 2019 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, IL, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post #787. Visitation is from 3:00 - 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:30 P.M. Members of American Legion Post #787 will meet at 5:30 p.m. and members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m.  A visitation will also be held on Thursday from 9:00 - 9:45 A.M. at the funeral home.

Ken was born in East Dubuque, IL on May 21, 1929, the son of Joseph and Ann (Sendt) Fluhr.  He was united in marriage to Mary J. MacFarlane on November 27, 1958 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. They recently celebrated 60-years of marriage.

He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1947. Ken was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He was formerly employed at Flexsteel Industries retiring in 1994. He was previously employed at Caradco Mfg. Co. and Sheehan Shell Service in East Dubuque.

Ken enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, his dogs and grand dogs, and was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan. He participated in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on Sept. 25, 2011 with his daughter Jodi and son-in-law George. Ken was a member of St. Mary's Parish, American Legion Post #787, V.F.W. Post #2665 of Galena, a retired member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. and Upholsterer's Union Local #1861.

Surviving are his wife Mary, three children, Joleen "Jodi" (George, who he thought of as a son) Murphy and Julie Fluhr both of Dubuque and Jeffrey "Jeff" (Heidi) Fluhr of Sun Prairie, WI; two grandchildren, Marleigh and Kendall; a brother, David (Bonnie) Fluhr and sister JoAnn (Dallas) Belken both of East Dubuque; numerous nieces and nephews; in-laws, Bob MacFarlane, Mike (Kathy) MacFarlane, Kathy MacFarlane, Harold Howard and Janet MacFarlane.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ann, a brother, Tom (Mary) Fluhr, in-laws, Esther Dalsing, George "Bud" (Rosemary) MacFarlane, Joyce Howard, David MacFarlane, and Joyce MacFarlane.

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



Ruth R. Nauman


Ruth Regina Nauman, 95, formerly of Dubuque, died Friday evening, December 21, 2018, at Evangelical Home, Saline, Michigan following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m., Friday, January 4, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Ruth was born on December 12, 1923, in Dubuque, daughter of Nicholas and Christina (Schueller) Trieweiler. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1941. She married Reginald (Reg) Nauman on August 9, 1948, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1995. She resided in Dubuque until August 2016, when she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to be closer to her daughter.

Ruth was a loving wife and mother, who was dedicated to her home and family. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafts, and gardening and gifted many of her handmade items and homegrown vegetables to family, friends, and neighbors.

Surviving are a son Tom (Vanessa) Nauman of San Diego, California, a daughter Ann (Tom) Zimmerman of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and four very special grandchildren: Cheryl, Philip, Kyle, and Christian Lee Nauman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her six brothers, Leo, Irvin "Mollie," Ralph "Whitey," Raymond, George "Jiggs" Trieweiler; and Gerald "Jerry" Trieweiler; and her four sisters, Sybilla Hanson, Ida Hirsch, Jeanette Nauman, and Bernice Thill.

The family would like to thank the many wonderful staff at Evangelical Home-Saline for their care and friendship.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church or Evangelical Home, Saline, Michigan.



Imelda M. Beringer


Imelda M. Beringer of Cascade, Iowa, died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 12:10 p.m., peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Imelda may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 3, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Imelda will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 4, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Imelda was born July 20, 1928 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of John M. and Elizabeth (Curtis) Kedley. She graduated from St. Martin's High School in 1947. On November 25, 1947, she was united in marriage to William Beringer at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade where they remained married for 66 years until her husband's death in 2014. Together they farmed their entire lives with the first 10 years of marriage in the Fillmore/Bernard rural areas, and then moving to Cascade where they purchased their family farm for the remaining years of their marriage.

Imelda was a very spiritual person, she believed in the power of prayer, and divine intervention. She would often quote to her children the Irish Catholic Priest Patrick Peyton quote "the family that prays together stays together". Her greatest joy was spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and their many family gatherings.

She was a member of St. Mathias Parish, the Cascade Catholic Daughters of the America's-Our Blessed Mother Court #1926 and the Cascade Senior Citizen's. She enjoyed playing cards with her neighborhood friends for over 50 years.

She is survived by eight children, Linda (Ladd) Nachazel of Anamosa, Barbara (Martin) Shafer of Coralville, Edna (Larry) Heiar of LaMotte, Bill Beringer Jr. of Cascade, Mary (Dan) Goedken of Petersburg, John (Sheila) Beringer of Cascade, Amy (Rick) Bergfeld of Peosta, and Sandra Dotterweich of Monticello, IA. Also , 27 Grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren; Sister-in-laws, Teci (Jim) Lehmann of Cascade, and Bernice Beringer of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her Parent; her husband, William Beringer on July 1, 2014; her siblings and their spouses, Paul (Hilda) Kedley, Leanard in infancy, Donald Kedley, Curtis (Mary) Kedley, Mary Carmelita (Marcellus) Westemeiar, Melba (Nickolas) Bertling, Orville Kedley, Orland (Edith) Kedley and Ione (Arnold) Beringer; Her father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Mary Beringer. Her brother and sister-in-laws, four brothers: Victor (Anna) Beringer, Carl (Alvina) Beringer, Nick Beringer, Arnold (Ione) Beringer, and Odelia (Eldon "Pete") Boffeli.
The family would like to thank Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of Imelda, and a special thanks to Fr. Loecke for all his care and support.

A Imelda M. Beringer memorial fund has been established.

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



Anna Mae Hildebrand


Anna Mae (Crimmins) Hildebrand, 93, of, Epworth, Iowa, passed away Friday, December 28, 2018 at 2:58 a.m., at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Anna Mae may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Services for Anna Mae will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 31, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born March 9, 1925 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Emma (Kramer) Crimmins. She graduated from Epworth High School in 1943. Started working at the former Dubuque Packing Company the week after graduation and worked there for 38 years until she retired in 1981. On July 21, 1945 she was united in marriage to Edward Hildebrand at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 31, 1982.

Anna Mae and Ed loved to travel, especially to Hawaii, which they got to enjoy four times. Anna Mae excelled in doing embroidery work, giving most of her beautiful creations as gifts to family and friends. Anna Mae enjoyed spending time with her family and was an avid fan of her children and grandchildren's baseball and softball games. She was the center of attention for her children, grandchildren and her great grandchildren who all loved her.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth, Iowa. Anna Mae was also a member of the Local Union 150A of Meat Cutters, President of the Epworth American Legion Auxiliary. She was also president of the Western Dubuque Band Parents for 9 years, and a member of the Epworth Centennial Park Board.

She is survived by three children, Gail (Greg) Featherston, Wanda (Steve) Bries both of Epworth, IA, and Craig (Mary) Hildebrand of Melbourne, FL; daughter-in-law, Julie Hildebrand of Sun Prairie, WI; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, with another due in January, and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Paul E. Hildebrand in July 2018, two brothers, Ralph Crimmins and William (Mary) Crimmins; two sisters, Mary (Norbert) Leick and Mildred (Harold) Klostermann.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade for the wonderful care and attention they showered onto our mother. You brightened her days with laughs and smiles. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. We also would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Janette, for your gentle caring of our mom during her journey and passing.

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



Friedrich Fallmezger


Friedrich "Fritz" Failmezger, 80, of Asbury, passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Memorial Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 31, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Rev. Dianne Grace will officiate. According to his wishes, there will be no visitation.

Fritz was born November 25, 1938 in Mannheim, Germany, the son of Friedrich and Wanda (Beuchert) Failmezger. Fritz methis high school sweetheart, Waltraud "Peggy" Springer in 1956. While in Germany, he earned his Master's Degree in Chemistry and Physics, and worked for BASF Chemical Company. Fritz came to Dubuque in 1962, where he worked at Midland Laboratories for a year, and then relocated to Chicago in 1963, where he worked for USG Corp as a chemist. In 1964, he returned to Germany and married Peggy, and they returned to Chicago. Fritz retired as Division Manager of USG Corp in 1996, and he and his wife came back to Asbury in order to be close to his twin brother, Heinz. During his career, Fritz obtained several U.S. and foreign patents.


Fritz was an avid golfer and a wonderful cook. He enjoyed traveling all over with Peggy, including visiting family in Germany. He was a selfless person, and could always be counted on to help others. Family was deeply important to him.


Fritz is survived by his daughter, Susan (Dana) Schroeder of Asbury; two grandchildren, Sierra and Michael Schroeder of Asbury; his nieces and nephews, Fred (Stephanie) Failmezger of Peosta, Debbie Beck of Dubuque, Debbie (Steve) Reeder of Missouri, Andreas (Beate) Ditter and Torsten (Heike) Ditter, both of Mannheim, Germany; several great nieces and nephews; his sister-in- law Monica Casini of Missouri; and his brother-in-law Detlef (Monika) Ditter of Mannheim, Germany.

He was preceded in death by his wife Peggy in 2004; his parents; his twin brother, Heinz (Pat) Failmezger; his nephew-in-law, John Beck; and his great niece, Jennifer Reeder.

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



Clyde T. Travis


Clyde T. Travis, 87 of the metro Atlanta, GA area died peacefully at PruittHealth on Friday morning 12-21-2018 following a stroke in August 2018.

Services to be held at the Mt. Calvary Chapel at 1 p.m. on Friday 01-05-2019, in Dubuque IA. Mr. Travis was born in Dubuque IA on a Saturday 06-27-1931.

The son of Edward R. Travis and Ermenilda Schlickman Travis.

He had been a resident in the metro Atlanta GA area since 1993.

He enjoyed his retirement years managing his rental property and doing crafts. His primary career was as a Mortician with Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Later Clyde Graduated from the University of Iowa in 1977.

Survived by; Sisters -Joyce Gansen, Jane Swift, and Janet Dwane. His 3 sons; Michael E. Travis, David R. Travis and Daniel J. Travis, Grandson; Shane M. Travis, Previous wife; Joan Hermes Bedient.

He was preceded in death by his parents. His Brothers; Jim Travis, Jerry Travis, Jack Travis and Sister Jenny Engling.

In lieu of Flowers; To Clyde T. Travis Memorial Fund; via Zelle banking system; travisemail2020@gmail.com

 

 



Verdus L. Patzner


Verdus L. Patzner, 92 of Dubuque died Monday, December 24, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.  Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.  with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating.  Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum.  Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Verdus was born November 15, 1926 in Guttenberg, Iowa, son of Martin and Mabel (Schiffman) Patzner. After graduating from Guttenberg High School he served in the US Navy during WW II.  

On August 5, 1947, he married Fern Moser at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg.  She preceded him in death on September 18, 2000.

Verdus worked as a truck driver, first for Dubuque Packing Co., then for Standard Forwarding, retiring in 1991.  He loved spending time with his family and also enjoyed doing projects around the house.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Verdus is survived by three daughters, Judy (Gerald) Raymond of Salem, Mass., Margaret (Terry) Larson of Dubuque and Lisa (Ken) Carney of New Lenox, Ill.; a son, Bill (Lisa) Patzner of St. Charles, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Conan Grap, Mya (Kevin) Calaro, Traci (Jamie) Jorgenson, Sheena Gillen, Ryan (Hannah) Carney, Rebecca Carney and Shelby, Jenna and Brooke Patzner; six great grandchildren, Lane, Ethan, Brayden, Addalynn, Abby Sue, and Luella.

He is also survived by two brothers, Joe (Jean) Patzner of Sigourney, Iowa and Delbert (Verna White) Patzner of Rochelle, Ill.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Jeanette Junk and two brothers, Danny and Mark Patzner.

A Verdus Patzner Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Park Place for their care.

 

 



Dennis R. Hansen


Dennis R. Hansen, 58, of Panama City, FL formerly of Dubuque passed away on December 23, 2018 in Tallahassee, FL.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Dennis was born on September 20, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Eugene and Fay (Dix) Hansen. He attended Holy Ghost Grade School and Wahlert High School in Dubuque.

He worked for Kings Bay Construction, LLC in Panama City, Fl where he was described as a valued member of their team and who truly knew his craft.

He enjoyed fishing, barbecuing and hanging out with friends. The family is grateful for the support network of his close friends in Panama City that were like a second family to him.

He is survived by his parents Eugene and Fay Hansen; siblings, Michael Hansen, of Colorado, David Hansen of Waterloo, Laura (Rick) Urbain, of Dubuque and Vickie (Tige) Lamb, of Lenexa, KS. Nephews, Nicholas and Zachary Urbain and Griffin Lamb and a niece Amelia Lamb.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents George and Iola Dix, and Frank and Margaret Hansen, along with uncles Tom and Jack Dix, Tom Bastian and Carson Koeller.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Diamond Black Fan Anemia Foundation.

The family wishes to thank the CICU Staff at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, Florida for their care.

 



Georgette M. Beaman


Georgette M. Beaman, age 63 of Dubuque, completed her earthly journey on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital, Dubuque, IA. To celebrate Georgette's life, private family services are being held. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Georgette's family.

Georgette was born on July 11, 1955, in Colorado, a daughter to Jose I. and Marie O. (Ahuero) Coronado. Georgette was a kind soul with a gentle heart who touched and impacted many lives throughout her 63 years among us. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, but we are forever grateful that she will be able to ring in this New Year with her heavenly family by her side, especially her daughter, Tabatha.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Georgette include,
her ex-husband,
Benjamin "Ben" Beaman, Sr.;
her children,
Tammy Wood, Chaz Plaggemeyer and Ben Beaman, Jr.;
her grandchildren,
Serenity, Hiro, Jazmin, Mystery, Jose, Skyler and JohnnyCash;
her sisters,
Yolanda (Jack) Hennings and Marina Fisher;
and her sister-in-law,
Mary Montoya.

Georgette was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Tabatha Wood; and her brothers, Henry Cisneros, Dale Coronado and Pat Montoya.

Georgette's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their wonderful care and support.

Online condolences may be shared with Georgette's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



John F.E. Steger


John F.E. Steger, 83, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018, at the Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery at a later date as John has donated his body to science.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

John was born January 1, 1935, in Dyersville, Iowa, the son of Edward and Josephine (Vogl) Steger.  He married Deborah Soppe on November 21, 1992 in Placid, Iowa. He was a devoted Catholic and served his church in many ways.

John is survived by his wife, Deb, in-laws: Louis (Jeri) Soppe of Monticello, Erma Soppe of Cascade, Connie (George) Helle from Anamosa, Doris Soppe of Dyersville, Diane (Al) Nerney of Oxford Junction, Carol Oberbroeckling of Farley, Leo (Donna) Soppe of Cascade, Bev (Dave) Holz of Dubuque, and many cousins, nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law: Reynold and Albertha Soppe, siblings: Julien Steger, Rita Mae (Mike) Metz, Jolene (Gene) Evers, in-laws: Loras Soppe, Andy Soppe, Bill Oberbroeckling, niece & nephews: Wanda & Dave Eilers and Chris Soppe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Beckmann Catholic High School, Xavier Grade School or St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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



Donald Leo Schmit


Donald Leo "Don" Schmit, 86, was called home on December 26, 2018 surrounded by family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque, IL with Rev. Dean Smith. Visitation will be after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of service. Burial with military honors will be at a later date in Wisconsin. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Don was born to the late Leo and Adeline (Krautkramer) Schmit on January 16, 1932 in Athens, Wisconsin. He met the love of his life, Elizabeth "Betty" Schauer in Sauk City, Wisconsin and they married in California on December 28, 1954. They proceeded to raise a family of 15 children that consisted of 9 boys and 6 girls. Along with his large family, Don was also very proud of his service in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

Don was a jack of all trades having many careers during his lifetime and there were few things he couldn't fix. He spent his retirement helping his kids with home improvements and finding the perfect fishing spots. Don was the quintessential storyteller. He reminisced about flying his plane, being in the Navy, driving truck, how he met Betty, and his childhood shenanigans were some of his favorite stories to tell.

Don is survived by his children: Randy (Donna) Schmit, Susan Hyatt, Mary Servia, Ronald (Terri) Schmit, Larry Schmit, Jeanne (Alex) Jones, Theresa (Curt Gerhard) Budde, Joseph Schmit, Jeffrey Schmit, Ann (Scott) Berry, Stephen (Tammy) Schmit, Donald (Shannon) Schmit, Brian (Josi) Schmit, brothers: Jerry (Emmita) Schmit, and John (Mary) Schmit, along with 35 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth, son Stephen, daughter Nancy Meinholz, daughter-in-law Kathleen Schmit, sons-in-law; Walter Meinholz, Joseph Hyatt, Luke Buettell, and brothers Tom and Jim Schmit.



Sylveria M. Ruden


Sylveria M. "Sylvia" Ruden, 95, passed away Tuesday morning, December 25, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2018 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church with Rev. Tom McDermott officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where there will be a wake service at 4:45 p.m.

Sylveria was born on March 30, 1923, in New Vienna, Iowa, on the farm of her parents Arthur & Elizabeth (Ploessl) Sabers. Sylveria was the Matriarch of the Sabers Family helping to raise her siblings after the death of her Mother at an early age and taking special care of her brother, Roger.

She married Clarence J. Ruden in 1940 in New Vienna, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 21, 2006.
Sylveria worked at The Dubuque Pack and later FDL for over thirty years.

Over the years, Sylveria had many interests and hobbies including compiling genealogy for the Sabers Family Tree book, bowling in the Aces League at Creslanes for many years, and monthly "Let's Do Lunch" card games at St. Columbkille's. She and her husband, Clarence, attended many of their Grandchildren's' sporting events and in recent years Sylveria attended many Wahlert, Clarke University, Waterloo Bucks, and Key West Ramblers baseball games with her Sons cheering on her youngest Grandson, Anthony.

Sylveria was a great homemaker known for wonderful roasts, potato salad, and homemade strawberry-rhubarb jelly. She loved her sweets and her white chocolate Chips-A-Hoy cookies and little Debbie's. Bishop's Buffet held special memories for her.

Surviving are her children, Ron (Mary Kay) Ruden of Dubuque, Ruthie Burrows of Urbandale, IA; Linda (Bob) Schneider of Menominee, IL, and Gary (Pat Kiernan) Ruden; and daughter-in-law, Sheri Ruden of Dubuque, Iowa. Also 14 grandchildren, Cindy (Steve) Westhoff, Jana (Kevin) Wangard, & Amy (Jason) Farrey; Tim (Deb) Ruden, Christine (Mark) Richman, Mike (Sue) Ruden, Michelle Colby, Pat (Kelly) Ruden, Brian (Ann) Ruden & Mark (Jodi) Ruden; Doug (Carol King), Matt (Libby) & Paul Schneider; and Anthony Ruden and one step-grandchild, Jamie Smith. 23 special great-grandchildren and one special step great-grandchild and two special great great-grandchildren; a sister, Pat Klostermann; sisters-in-law Darlean Sabers, Mary Ann Sabers, many special nieces and nephews and special friend Sally Kessmann.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clarence; her son, Don, on August 3, 2018; brothers, Floyd (Cecilia), Roger, Marv (Irene), Jack, and Gene Sabers; and a sister, Ruth (Edgar) Holl; brothers-in-law Jerry Klostermann, Nick (Clara), Elmer (Marie), Jack (Bernice), Larry (Maggie), Louie (Delores), Ruden, and; sisters-in-law, Sr. Lorena Ruden, OSF and Edith Sabers. Also David Colby and various nieces and nephews.

In Lieu of flowers, a Sylveria M. Ruden Memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the "Wonderful Staff," Volunteers, and Secret Santa (Krystin), at Stonehill; Hospice of Dubuque; and Dr. Caceres and his nurse, Jackie, for all the care and kindnesses they gave to Sylveria and her family.



James A. Knipper


James A. Knipper, 71, of Earlville passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018, at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Cedar Rapids after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held 1 - 8 p.m. Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, December 31 from 9-10 a.m. prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2018, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Earlville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Jim was born March 30, 1947, in Delaware County, Iowa, the son of Laverne and Alice (Lammers) Knipper. He married Bonnie Helle on November 30, 1968, in Earlville, Iowa, and five children were born to this union. He was a humble father and grandfather who was quiet and kind at heart.

He was a lifelong farmer in the Earlville area on the Helle family farm who loved to play cards and socialize with people, but his true passion was farming.

Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonnie, children: Mike (Becky) Knipper of Earlville, Angie (Al) Hoeger of Delhi, Peggy (Joe) Hildebrand of Manchester, Peter (Amanda) Knipper and Luke (Dawn) Knipper, all of Earlville; grandchildren: Allison, Erin and Dylan Knipper, Shawnae, Macy and Olivia Hoeger, Madison and Maleigha Hildebrand, Jada, Ava and Kyra Knipper, Blake and Trent Knipper; siblings: Dennis (Janice) Knipper of Greeley, Gene (Mary Pat) Knipper of Dyersville, Dianne (David) Kluesner of Luxemburg, Ken (Shirley) Knipper of Earlville, Marilyn (Dan) Friedmann of New Vienna, Steve (Vickie) Knipper of Dyersville, Bob (Patty) Knipper of Thousand Oaks, CA, and Ruth (Pete) Bockenstedt of New Vienna; in-laws: Linda (Roger) Recker of Manchester, Karla (Dick) Jasper of Dyersville, Nancy (Ken) Dunkel of Dyersville, Mary (Al) Hoeger of Delhi, Lyle (Marsha) Helle of Earlville, Dale (Heidi) Helle of Lago Vista, TX, and Carl (Karen) Helle of Verona, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Laverne and Alice Knipper, two grandchildren: Karli Rose Hoeger and Reece James Knipper, and parents-in-law: Marvin and Olga Helle,

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



Sister Rita Rae (Raffaello) Burger, OP

Sister Rita Rae (Raffaello) Burger, OP, died Dec. 24, 2018. The funeral Mass will be Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sinsinawa motherhouse. A wake service will be Sunday, Dec. 30, at 6:30 p.m.

After religious profession in 1956, she taught in Chicago at St. Sabina; Epiphany; and St. Thomas the Apostle. She also taught at St. Peter, Anaconda, Mont.; St. Mary, Cheyenne; All Saints, Los Angeles; Consolidated Catholic Schools, Faribault, Minn.; and St. John Vianney, Spokane. She ministered at St. Basil, Chicago; as support staff at Risen Christ School, Minneapolis; and St. Bartholomew, Wayzata, Minn. She returned to Sinsinawa in 2017.

Sister Rita Rae was born April 28, 1933, in Madison, Wis., to Raphael and Elizabeth (Ryan) Burger.

She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters.

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.



Verdus L. Patzner


Verdus L. Patzner, 92, of Dubuque died Monday, December 24, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum.

Verdus was born November 15, 1926 in Guttenberg, Iowa, son of Martin and Mabel (Schiffman) Patzner. After graduating from Guttenberg High School he served in the US Navy during WW II.

On August 5, 1947, he married Fern Moser at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg. She preceded him in death on September 18, 2000.

Verdus worked as a truck driver, first for Dubuque Packing Co., then for Standard Forwarding, retiring in 1991. He loved spending time with his family and also enjoyed doing projects around the house.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Verdus is survived by three daughters, Judy (Gerald) Raymond of Salem, Mass., Margaret (Terry) Larson of Dubuque and Lisa (Ken) Carney of New Lenox, Ill.; a son, Bill (Lisa) Patzner of St. Charles, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Conan Grap, Mya (Kevin) Calaro, Traci (Jamie) Jorgenson, Sheena Gillen, Ryan (Hannah) Carney, Rebecca Carney and Shelby, Jenna and Brooke Patzner; six great grandchildren, Lane, Ethan, Brayden, Addalynn, Abby Sue, and Luella. He is also survived by two brothers, Joe (Jean) Patzner of Sigourney, Iowa and Delbert (Verna White) Patzner of Rochelle, Ill.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Jeanette Junk and two brothers, Danny and Mark Patzner.

A Verdus Patzner Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Park Place for their care.



Rita L. Wolter


Rita L. Wolter, age 55 of Dubuque, completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa. To celebrate Rita's life, private family services are being held. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Rita's family.

Online condolences may be shared with Rita's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com



Shirley Ann Paulsen


Shirley Ann Paulsen, 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, December 23, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. A private family burial will be held at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

Shirley Ann Eye was born on December 20, 1941 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Laverne and Wilma (Shirley) Eye. She attended Elwood schools. She married John Lee Paulsen Sr. on January 14, 1961 in Anamosa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2017.

In her early years, Shirley had worked as a waitress at area restaurants including Danny's Lunch. She then worked as a housekeeper and desk clerk at Super 8 Motel in Maquoketa for eight years.

Shirley enjoyed crocheting, crosswords, word search, puzzles and attending softball games of her grandchild. She also loved listening to country music, especially Waylon Jennings.

Those left to honor Shirley's memory include her children, John Lee (Jody) Paulsen Jr. of Winchester, TN, Ronald (Sheryl) Paulsen of Maquoketa, IA, and Christina (Don) Holdgrafer of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Eye of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Verne, and her husband John.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Shirley Ann Paulsen memorial fund has been established.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Stephen Patrick O'Brien


Stephen Patrick O'Brien, 95, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 24th, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 28th, 2018 at St. Joseph The Worker with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:45p.m.

He was born on July 15, 1923 in Bluffton, Iowa the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Carolan) O'Brien. He attended St. Benedict Grade School in Decorah, 2 years at Immaculate Conception in Lansing, Iowa and 4 years at The Josephinum, in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated college from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Stephen served his country with the US Army during WWII and the Korean War and was very happy to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington DC.

He married Mary Ellen Kroeger on August 1, 1953 at St. John's in Independence. He was a member of St. Joseph The Worker.

Stephen worked for Collins Radio and Catholic Charities retiring in 1988.

He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen; five daughters Barbara (Keith) Cutkomp, Mary (Gary) Williams, Teresa (Bill) Brahm, Maureen (Bob) Leuenberger, and Leslie (Bill) Rhomberg. Nine grandchildren, Luke (Kate) Cutkomp, Neal (Carley) Cutkomp, Jacqueline (Steve) Biver, Erica (Zachary) Huk, Reece Leuenberger, Shane Williams, Alex, Joe and Abby Rhomberg. Eight great grandchildren, Grant, Isla, Miles, Charli, Lexi, Sophia, Walter and Eleanor. Two sisters Loretta (Donald) Orris and Rose Ellen Frana and a sister-in-law Roma Michel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Robert, Leonard and Eugene; two sisters Mary Theresa Fischer and Marcella Rooney.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Catholic Charities or the Veterans Freedom Center.



William T. Kenyon


William T. "Bill" Kenyon, age 88, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 3:00 a.m., on Sunday, December 23, 2018, at home. To celebrate Bill's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 until 6:00pm, on Friday, December 28, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Bill was born on February 6, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William Fred "Blackie" and Bertha Hanna (Peacock) Kenyon.

Bill was a proud life-long Dubuquer who was employed with the City of Dubuque as a water distribution supervisor for 47 years, until his retirement in 1996. He was united in marriage to Katherine Porter in September of 1951, and together they were blessed with 5 children. He later married Susan Schnee in August of 1982, in Dubuque, and Janet Winter on October 2, 2017, in Dubuque. Bill was a very social person who enjoyed getting together with his friends at the Moose Lodge, where he was a member for several years. He and Janet also enjoyed spending time with friends at the Grand Tap. Bill loved being in the great outdoors. Some of his favorite activities were spending time at the cottage with his family, fishing and traveling all over the great state of Wisconsin with his best friend, Larry Huff. We are deeply saddened at losing Bill so close to Christmas, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now resting in peace, free of the health challenges he has faced these past years.

Those left to cherish Bill's memory include

his wife,
Janet Winter-Kenyon, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
William S. "Scot" (Karen) Kenyon, Bettendorf, IA,
Rebecca Jo "Becky" Kenyon, Grand Canyon City, AZ
and Jill JoAnn (Ray) Gassman, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Caleb (Kerry) Bechen, Nicolette Ann (Mitch) Petty, Darcie Lynn (Luke Gribble) Neofotist, Emily (Andy Kelly) Lindecker, Kayla Kenyon, Derek Gassman, Hannah Gassman and Douglas Spratt;

and his 8 great-grandchildren;

his step-children,
Becky Schenker, Boston, MA,
Tom Schenker, Jr, Dubuque, IA,
Connie Winter, Dubuque, IA
and Jason Winter, Loveland, CO;

his step-grandchildren,
Madison Timmerman, Liam Winter and Beck Winter.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Katherine Kenyon; his second wife, Sue Kenyon; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Kenyon; a son, Douglas Jay Kenyon; a grandson, Steven Gassman; and 3 sisters, Lorraine (Bill) Franzen, Gloria (Jack) McCann and Sandra Kenyon.

Bill's family would like to thank the nurses and staffs of Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Bill.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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



Sophie Marie Wubben


Sophie Marie Wubben, 34, of Scales Mound, Illinois, passed away Monday, December 24, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN, with her parents at her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday December 29, 2018 at St. Mary's Church in Galena, with Fr. Michael Morrissey and Fr. Thomas Srenn concelebrating. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery at Scales Mound. Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the Scales Mound High School in Scales Mound. There will be no public visitation prior to the Mass on Saturday. The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is in charge of arrangements.

Sophie was born on May 26, 1984 in Monroe, Wisconsin, the daughter of Bill and Terry (Fox) Wubben. She was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, class of 2003.

Sophie loved being with family and friends, and enjoyed a good glass of wine. She enjoyed using her computer and watching her cousins play sports. Sophie was a receptionist with Apple River State Bank for the past 17 years.

Surviving are her parents, Bill and Terry; a special brother, Hermann and Katharina Ruhe & family; aunts and uncles, Laurie (Pete) Pasteris, Brad (Colleen) Fox, Merla (Merlin) Bussan, Harry (Rosie) Wubben, Ann (Jerry) Heller, and Marge (Jeff) Biddick; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, Thomas and Sandra Fox and Urban and Veronica Wubben, her great-great-grandmother and namesake Sophie Leifker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hope Foundation of Jo Daviess County or the Scales Mound Community Foundation.

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



Kevin J. McDonough


Kevin J. McDonough, 56 of Plumas Lake, California formerly of Dubuque passed away on December 24th, 2018 at his mother's home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by American Legions Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a rosary will be said at 3:45 p.m.

Kevin was born on September 1, 1962, son of Francis "Mac" and Janice (Martin) McDonough. He was educated at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Key West, Wahlert High School (Class of '80), and Iowa State.

After some unfulfilling jobs, Kevin found his home in the U.S. Air Force. He served for 22 years and was stationed in many locations: San Antonio, TX, Las Vegas, NV, Salt Lake City, UT, and the countries of Korea, Quatar, Equador, and then Germany for 6 years before returning to the States in 2003. He retired from Beale Air Force base in California with the rank of Master Sargent (E7) in 2011. He then worked as a civilian contractor at Beale until his illness made it impossible to work.

He married Pok Sun Cha, in Roy, UT on April 23, 1997.

He is survived by his wife Pok Sun and step-son Alex Enroth, both of Plumas Lake, CA, his mom Jan, his sister Colleen (Bill) Pasnik of Dubuque and Kelly (Dr. Phil) Davis of Chanhassen, MN and their children Jensina and Nathan Davis. Also surviving are uncles Lou McDonough, Bill McDonough, and aunts Mary Grant, Virgine (Dick) Johnson, and Connie McDonough, all of Dubuque, and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Mac in 2014, grandparents C.J. & Anna McDonough and F.A. & Marcella Martin, aunts and uncles Jack & Frannie McDonough, Gerry McDonough, Loras Grant, Tom McDonough, Rita McDonough, and Jim & Judy Rettenmeier.

Memorials made be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West, or Mary's Inn Maternity Home.

The family wishes to thank the Hospice nurses, Sara & Stephanie, for their great care and concern for Kevin and his family at this difficult time. Also, many thanks to our relatives and friends for their prayers and other acts of kindness. We could not have gotten through this situation without you.



Mary Anna Hammerand


Mary Anna Hammerand, age 84, of Charleston, WV formerly of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 12:40 am on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Valley Center nursing home in Charleston, WV.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Sherrill United Methodist Church in Sherrill, Iowa. Family and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Mary Anna was born on July 3, 1934 in Iowa City, IA the daughter of Carl and Amy (Lewis) Roloff. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and married Glenn Hammerand on December 7, 1954 in Dubuque IA.

She worked as a technician at Foot Levelers in Dubuque and Roanoke, VA before retiring.

Mary Anna enjoyed crafts such as crocheting, embroidery and knitting. She liked going for rides, playing cards and bingo.

She is survived by her children, Paula Hammerand, Dubuque IA, Carla (Richard) Moore, Sioux Falls, SD, Fay (Richard) Delmolino, Charleston, WV, Linda Hingtgen, Platteville, WI, Gary Hammerand, McHenry, IL, Elaine (Bob) Selgren, Hubert, NC, Glenda (Sam) Akompong, Hampton, VA, and Daniel (Ramona) Hammerand, Montclair, CA. Sixteen grandchildren and twenty five great grandchildren and her sister-in-law Norma (Lawrence) Roloff, Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Glenn Hammerand; a grandson Thomas McNamer; one brother Lawrence Roloff; sisters-in-law Virginia (Gordon) Hartbecke, and Vivian (Melvin) Fettkether.

Thanks to the staff at Valley Center nursing home and to hospice for all of their caring and hard work.



Mary C. Lowe


Mary Charlotte Lowe, 79, of Peosta, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Unity Point-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018 at the East Dubuque Cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Charlotte was born on April 20, 1939 in Dubuque, the daughter of Millard and Helen (LaMour) Meister. She married Jerry Lowe, he preceded her in death in 1983.

She was employed for over 30 years at Frommelt Industries, later known as Rite Hite until her retirement.  Charlotte enjoyed working with ceramics, feeding the birds and time spent with family.

Surviving are four children, Kenneth (Pat) Lowe of Hinesville, GA, Terry (Danette) Lowe of Green Valley, IL, Cindy (Marv) Wagner of Welcome, MD, and Keith (Anita) Lowe of Mt. Vernon, IA; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerry and a sister, Marlene (Merlin) Soat.

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

 

 



Marvin A. Petsche


Marvin A. Petsche, 94, of Scales Mound, Illinois, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018 at home.

Private family services and visitation will be held on Thursday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Scales Mound. Military honors will be accorded at the grave by members of American Post # 464 of Warren.

Mr. Petsche was born December 21, 1924 near Guttenberg, Iowa, the son of Andrew J. & Gertrude M. (Miller) Petsche.  He was united in marriage to Erma Bauer on August 27, 1946 at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, Iowa.  She preceded him in death on April 12, 2008.

Marvin's passion was farming, which he did his entire adult life.  He enjoyed fishing, picking morels, hunting, and playing a good game of cards, especially euchre, 500, pinochle, and solitaire.  He was a member of St. Joseph Parish, Apple River, IL and American Legion Post # 464 of Warren, IL, and a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during World War II, with the 3rd. Infantry Division.

Surviving are nine children, Charles (Lois) Petsche, Stockton, IL, Pat (Wanda) Petsche and Steve (Nancy) Petsche both of Lena, IL, Mike (Bonnie) Petsche and Donnie Petsche both of Scales Mound, Ron (Carolyn) Petsche of Warren, IL, Susan Petsche of Chino Valley, Arizona, Jean (Craig Pratt) Petsche of Galena, IL, and Dave Petsche of Winslow, IL; 23 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; his siblings, Angela "Babe" Farnum, Harlan, Verdis "Bud", and Bob Petsche, Donna Steger, Judy Kramer and David Petsche; and his sister-in-law, Arlene Petsche.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Erma, son John, granddaughter Shelby Lynn, grandson Neil, two step-granddaughters, Chelsea Toot and Myrsa Scace, and siblings, Leon Petsche, Althea Freiburger, Wilbur "Huntz" Petsche and Elroy "Tub" Petsche.

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

The Petsche family wishes to thank 24 Hour Home Care, especially Teresa, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Paul, Ryan, Stephanie and Diane for the excellent care given to our father.

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

 



Peter H. Ament


Peter H. Ament, 64, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away surrounded by his family and friends on Sunday, December 23, 2018 from natural causes at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Friends and relatives of Pete may call from 1 to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 12:15 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday, December 28th at the funeral home. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be at 10 a.m. prior to services at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa.

Services for Peter Ament will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 28, 2018 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Phil Kruse officiating and Rev. Richard Ament and Rev. Dennis Quint concelebrating. Burial will be held at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was born on February 26, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Paul F. and Alice (Then) Ament. He graduated from Beckman Catholic High School. On August 26, 1978, he married his soulmate Janie Beringer. Pete & Janie met and fell in love 42 years ago on December 23rd, the date of his death.

The building tradition began with his father, Paul, who he followed lead and mastered his fine skills of carpentry as a young man. Following in his father's footsteps, he learned the intricate trade of carpentry. He and his wife, Janie, started Ament Building & Supply in 1984. Together they built a successful business where he transferred his passion for the building industry to his son, business partner and third generation carpenter, Jeff. His legacy will continue on through Ament Building and their dedicated employees, especially Tim & Adam, who he considered his sons. He enjoyed work and spent his last day of his life with son, Jeff, working side by side.

Although successful in business, his greatest success was his family. He thrived to watch high school and college sports where he spent many weekends traveling to watch his daughter, Mary Jo, play volleyball and son, Jeff, play football. He loved riding his motorcycle and convertible with his wife, Janie. Pete was also an avid hunter and his last great adventure was an African safari hunt. He came home with two big game trophies.

Being a farm boy at heart and animal lover, he enjoyed spending time with Mark & Mary Jo, on McClain Lane, 4-wheeling, building bonfires and just being together. When he wasn't there he'd be helping Jeff and Maple with their livestock and building goat huts. He was a natural helper and problem solver for most any project or person. He proudly built his son and daughter's homes.
He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish and the men's choir in Dyersville, Iowa. He is also a member and past Grand Knight of the Dyersville Knights of Columbus Council #1734 and the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly #1573. Pete is also a member of the Dyersville Golf & Country Club and past Chairman of the Dyersville Planning and Zoning Commission. Together with his wife they served as a sponsor couple through the parish for many years.

He is survived by the love of his life Janie Ament of Dyersville, Iowa; a son Jeff (Maple) Ament of Dyersville, IA and a daughter, Mary Jo (Mark) McClain of Peosta, IA; granddaughter, Morgan McClain; 10 siblings, William Ament of Epworth, IA, Dan (Debra) Ament of Dyersville,IA, Colleen (Norb) Janning of LeMars, IA, Ron (Donna) Ament of Farley, IA, Gretta Ament of Bellevue, IA, Janelle (Terry) Deutmeyer of Petersburg, IA, Luetta Bockenstedt of Dyersville, IA, Mary Alice Weinhold of Nicholasville, KY, Lloyd (Lea) Ament of New Vienna, IA and Paula Ament of Odenton, MD; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom (Carol) Beringer of Farley, IA and Judy (Dave) Gogel of Dyersville, IA; and many nieces and nephews who he was very fond of.

He is preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Carl & Alvina Beringer, a sister-in-law, Julie Ament; brothers-in-law, Trevor Wienhold and Larry Bockenstedt; a niece Abbie Ament.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Terry & Lynn Kluesner and family, Don & Diane Overman, Dyersville Police, EMT and Fire departments, Rev. Dennis Quint, Mercy Hospital in Dyersville and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for all the care and support they gave to Pete and his family.

Memorials are preferred to be used towards a future community project built in Pete's honor.

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



Donna J. Slaats


Donna Jean (Curtis) Slaats, 84, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Memorial Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Cuba City United Methodist Church with Rev. Hee-Kwon Jung officiating. A private burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Cuba City. Friends may call from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Donna was born on December 27, 1933, in her parents' farmhouse in Georgetown, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Estella J. (Simmons) Curtis. Soon the family moved to Cuba City where Donna and her two brothers and two sisters all attended school. Of course, during that time there wasn't a lunch program at school, so the children walked home each day to eat. Donna worked for a neighbor for 5 cents doing household chores as a teenager. She graduated from Cuba City High School in 1951 in a class of twenty-eight students. While in college, she had various jobs such as working at the movie theater, dime store and canning factory. She graduated from Platteville State Teachers' College in 1955, where the tuition was $25 per semester. That fall she secured a job in Janesville teaching fifth grade for three years. In 1958 Donna accepted a position in the Dubuque Community Schools, where she enjoyed a 37 ½ year teaching career as an elementary teacher.

On September 2, 1972, Donna married Guerdon Slaats at the Cuba City United Methodist Church. They enjoyed traveling, were avid sports fans, and supportive community members in their 15 years together before Guerdon died on October 12, 1987.

After the death of her husband, she continued her community spirit through various church activities, including teaching Sunday school, and also became a volunteer at the Dubuque Arboretum and Dubuque Historical Society. Upon her retirement in 1993, she continued these activities, regularly attended Dubuque retired teachers' meetings, and enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, traveling, shopping, music and photography.

It was Donna's driving passion to model a life of faith, hope and love for each of the students she came in contact with during her lifetime.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Nancy Curtis Larson, Sunrise Beach, Missouri; her husband's family, the Slaats family, Betty Kuepers, Dickeyville, Julitta Rokusek, Dubuque, Merlin and Doris Slaats and Roger and Mary Slaats, Cuba City; and many special nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, Donna was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances (Carl) Firulaff and Dorothy (Bill) Jones; two brothers, Lyle (Lenice) Curtis and Jim Curtis; and two brothers-in-law, Jerome Kuepers and John Rokusek.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be give to the United Methodist Church, Cuba City.

Online condolences may be left at caseyfuneralhome.com

 



Gail Dietrich


Gail (Langel) Dietrich, 52, passed away in West Des Moines, IA on December 21, 2018. She was married to Doug and was the loving mother of two sons, Zac, 22, and Luke, 19.

Gail spent her career working at Wells Fargo, beginning her employment out of college and working there for 27 years. 

Gail's devotion was evident to her sons, supporting and participating in their passions and raising them to become thriving young men. Her family fished, camped, gardened, and constructed projects from ideas they all masterminded. 

Gail will be remembered as being adventurous along with her readiness to try new things. She was fun to be with and the maker of family traditions and memories, like baking Christmas cookies and having camping trips with her extended family.  One of her favorite places was in the kitchen, trying a new recipe or making her signature taco dip or scotcheroos. Gail enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, canning and was very crafty, able to create most anything. She could take charge and be a leader in any situation.

Gail never lost her love of her home town of Worthington and friends from Dyersville Beckman High School or the University of Iowa.  Her cheers for the Hawkeyes continued as she supported her boys at Iowa State.

Gail was the glue in her family and will be sadly missed for the joy she brought them.

She is preceded in death by her father, Francis Langel, a brother, Mark Langel and father-in-law, Werner Dietrich.

Surviving is her husband, Doug, 2 sons, Zac and Luke, her mother, Alice Langel of Dyersville, IA, and six siblings: Elaine (Wayne) Their of Dyersville, IA, Carol (Jim) Sipfle of West Des Moines, IA, Gary Langel of Worthington, IA, Bev (Bill) Koehler of Leawood, KS, Deb (Dominic) Moll of Ankeny, IA, and Vicki (Todd) Shepherd of Overland Park, KS.  Also surviving is her mother-in-law, Helen Dietrich of Iowa City, IA, sister-in-law Darcy (Francis) Pacheco of Sacramento, CA and 19 nieces & nephews.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 29, 2018, from 8 - 11 am at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, with a Remembrance Service at 11:30 to honor her life at St. Paul Church in Worthington.  Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery in Worthington, next to her father and brother.

In lieu of flowers, donations can made to the Animal Rescue League.

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

 

 



Eileen C. Hermsen


Eileen C. Hermsen, 82, of Edgewood, formerly of Luxemburg, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at Lincolnwood Assisted Living in Edgewood surrounded by her family.


Visitation will held from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday, December 29, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at St. Mark's Catholic Church prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018, at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Edgewood, with a prayer service at St. Patrick's Catholic Church prior to burial at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Colesburg. Rev. John Haugen will officiate.

Eileen was born March 12, 1936 the daughter of Alphonse and Regina (Fangmann) Gaul. She married Richard B. Hermsen on August 24, 1957 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. They farmed in the Dyersville area until they purchased their farm south of Colesburg in 1963. They retired in 1989 and moved to Luxemburg, until recently moving to Edgewood. Eileen enjoyed traveling with Richard, quilting, spending time with family, and cooking her family's favorites. Eileen volunteered much of her time to the James Kennedy Public Library, Dyer-Botsford Doll House, and Heritage House in New Vienna. She loved her time spent doing "grandma duties".

Survivors include her husband Richard, children: Cindy (Randy) Vorwald of Edgewood, Doug (Theresa Burns) Hermsen of Colesburg, Tammy (Kenny) Sperfslage of Edgewood, Jeff (Patty VanMeter) Hermsen of Manchester, Tim (Kris) Hermsen of Iowa Falls, Kurt (Janet) Hermsen of Madison, WI, grandchildren: Jill Sampson, Wendy Goldsmith and Justin Vorwald, Jason, Kyle, Cory Sperfslage and Lindsay Weber, Mike and Ryan Hermsen, Kelsey Shortley, Travis and Tyler Hermsen, Sophie and Sam Hermsen, 12 Great-Grandchildren, siblings: Marvin Gaul of Holy Cross, Gerald (Joan) Gaul of Farley, Virgil (Helen) Gaul of Dubuque, in-laws: Delores Gaul of Epworth, Diane Hermsen of New Vienna, Roger (Grace) Hermsen of Manchester, Bernice Vorwald of New Vienna, Gladys (Harry) Burkle, of Dyersville, Elizabeth Deutmeyer of Petersburg and Arthur Hermsen of New Vienna.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Gregor and Anna Hermsen, her son, Russell Hermsen, granddaughter, Nicole Sperfslage, siblings: Eldon and Helen Gaul, Lawrence Gaul, Laura and Ralph Meyer, Leander Gaul in infancy, in-laws: Germaine Gaul, Ken Vorwald, Tom Deutmeyer, Harold Hermsen and Joyce Hermsen.

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



Eunice C. Hauber


Eunice C. Hauber, 97, formerly of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018, at The Deery Suites at Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 27, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. A prayer service will begin at 11:00 a.m., graveside services will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, Dyersville.

Eunice was born November 30, 1921, in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of John H. and Johanna (Lueck) Eilers. She met her husband Bernard J. Hauber at a dance in Dyersville and they married at the St. Francis Xavier Basilica on July 8, 1950.

Eunice was proud of her time working at the Emporium and shared many stories of her time growing up in Dyersville. She enjoyed her backyard garden and flowers of every kind, especially lilacs. She and her husband Bernie spent many days visiting Dubuque, Iowa including Eagle Point Park, a special place they visited while they were dating. She loved hearing about and sharing the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. Both Eunice and her husband Bernie were avid fans of Iowa State University, proudly seeing all of their children graduate from Iowa State.

Eunice is survived by a son, Wayne (Cindy) of Ames, IA, three daughters: Ann (Craig) Rowley of Dallas, TX, Janice (Bruce) Newendorp of Cedar Falls, IA, and Sharon H. Fowler of Longwood, FL; eight grandchildren: Eric (Alexis) Hauber, Karl Hauber, and Rachel (Tom Spaulding) Hauber, Laura (John) Losinger, Brandon Newendorp, and Amanda (Tyler) Owen, Wesley and Matthew Fowler; three great-grandchildren: Molly Losinger, and Audrey and Lauren Owen.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bernie in 2005, her parents John and Johanna Eilers, siblings: her twin sister Edith (Vince) McLees, sisters Helen (Harold) Laures, Jeanette (Gene) Tauke, and Ruth (Walter) Kramer, brothers Eugene (LuMae) Eilers, and Ray Eilers.

Memorials may be directed to Unity Point Hospice Waterloo.

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



James P. McDonald


James P. "Jim" McDonald, 77, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018 at home, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 27, at Church of the Resurrection. Fr. Phil Gibbs will officiate. Private burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery.  Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. 

James was born on September 9th, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa to Clayton and Ruth McDonald. He graduated from Cuba City High School in 1959. On September 15, 1962 he married the love of his life, Gladys Leibfried, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, Wisconsin. Jim was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather, and recently a great grandfather. When it came to clowning around with the grandkids, he was the biggest kid, often the initiator of any ruckus. Grandpa Jim enjoyed attending the grandkids' activities and was always their number one fan. Jim retired from John Deere in 2001 after 41 years, working his way up to a supervisor position. He developed many long lasting friendships through his witty, fun loving personality. There were always many stories to be told where "Big Mac" was involved. For many years, Jim enjoyed volunteering to set up the Christmas lights at Murphy Park for Hillcrest Family Services. His favorite past time was solving the world's problems with his coffee buddies. Jim was an old car enthusiast and especially loved his 61 T-bird. After retiring, he developed a passion for woodworking and spent many hours in his workshop. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, as many of his friends and co-workers can attest to. Jim was also a member of the Moose Lodge #355 of Dubuque, and Resurrection Parish. 

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gladys, his two daughters and three sons; Kelly (Ron) Mussehl, Carey (Larry) Schilling, Jay (Jean) McDonald, Mark McDonald (friend Robin), Todd (Tara) McDonald, his ten grandchildren; Erin (Shaun) Cavanaugh, Dillon Hefel (friend Catie), Amy Mussehl (fiancé Dan Schroeder), Tyler Mussehl, Mallory McDonald, Molly McDonald, Kaitlyn McDonald, Meghan McDonald, Nolan Jacobson, and Hailey Schilling, one special great grandchild; James Cavanaugh, his sister and brother in-law Joan (Robert) Blocker, numerous in-laws; Jean (Dennis) Funke, Robert (Betty) Leibfried, Gary (Linda) Leibfried, Tom (Judy) Leibfried, Mary Jo (Brad) Birkett, Donna Leibfried, Linda (Jim) McCarthy, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Clayton and Ruth McDonald, his father and mother in-law; James and Bertilla Leibfried, his sister and brother in-law Jean (Vince) Furlong, and  brother in-law John Leibfried. 

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.  Special thanks to Dr. Liaboe and his nurse Trish, The Wendt Center, Hospice of Dubuque, No Place Like Home, and all other care-givers for Jim.

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

 

 



Lloyd J. Streif


Lloyd James Streif, 90, of Sageville, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by family. 

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3 p.m.  The East Dubuque American Legion Post 787 will walk through at 6 p.m. Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 27, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Fr. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the East Dubuque American Legion Post 787.

Lloyd was born September 30, 1928 in Des Moines, the son of Lloyd and Rita (Pasbach) Streif. He moved to Dubuque in 1934, and graduated from St. Raphael and Loras Academy in 1946. He married Ann Runde on May 20, 1961 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on April 19, 2008. 

Lloyd worked as a farm hand through high school. After high school, he became a logger for Elmo Jamison, Stanley Stoffel, and Oscar Bruggemann.  In 1951, he entered the Army and spent 16 months with the 10th Corps Combat Engineers in North Korea, where he operated a bulldozer. While on R&R, he was the 50,000th soldier to march through Camp Drake, Yokahama, Japan, and was the mayor of Yokahama for a day, and was presented with the key to the city. He was the first foreigner to ever be the mayor of a city in Japan. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. He was honored to participate in the Honor Flight in 2010. Upon his return, he was a heavy equipment operator for Fay Steger Construction and Fondell & Sons. Highlights of the time included constructing Dubuque's flood wall and excavating many roads and subdivisions. From 1976 to 1991, he worked for John Deere demonstrating construction equipment in numerous countries on five continents. 

Upon retirement, he began a career in community service. Lloyd and George Wilson volunteered over 4,000 hours in building the Dubuque Soccer Complex. The Dubuque Arboretum was the next project-building the Japanese Garden, working on the Brown Team, and serving on the Board of Directors for many years. 

Lloyd and Ann raised their family of four in the town of Sageville.  Always a hard worker, Lloyd spent countless hours tending to his gardens, orchard, hunting, fishing, and boating on the Mississippi. He loved teaching his kids and others to enjoy the outdoors as he did. 

Lloyd is survived by four children, Carol Gebhart of Dubuque, James (Lori) Streif of Dubuque, Joleen (Brian) Jacque of Dyersville, and Robert (Sheri Lowe) Streif of Dubuque; grandchildren Kelsey and Derek Streif, Carter and Lauren Shaull, and Braden and Ava Gebhart; step grandchildren Dustin, Lucas, and Maci Jacque;  a brother Daniel (Roxanne) Streif of Dubuque; two sisters Mary Ann O'Hara of Dubuque and Beverly DeValera of CA; a brother in law, David Schmitt of Madison, WI; and many nieces and nephews.  

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his brother David, his sister Maggie Weiland; and his in-laws, Dick O'Hara, Marian (Red) Hauth, Florence Helgeson, Elaine Schmitt, Donald (Vi) Runde, and Richard (Eloyse) Runde. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Lloyd. 

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

 

 



Mary Ann Koss


Mary Ann Koss, 96, of Oak Crest Manor and formerly of, Placid, Iowa, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at 4:28 p.m., at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mary Ann may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends also called after 9 a.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

Services for Mary Ann will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018 at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

She was born November 13, 1922 in Belle Plaine, Iowa, daughter of James and Agnes (Krajicek) Dohnalek. She received her education in the Belle Plaine area schools. She went on to teach in a one room school house in the Belle Plaine, Iowa area. On April 29, 1954 she was united in marriage to Gerald Koss at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 18, 2016. The couple farmed in the Mount Vernon area until 1975 at which time they moved to Placid.

She was a member of St. John's Parish in Placid, Iowa.

She is survived by four children, Sheryl (Charles) Brindle of Belmond, IA, Denise (Wayne) Brunsman of New Vienna, IA, Sue Koss of Clinton, IA, and David (Karen) Koss of Epworth, IA; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Freshour of Marengo, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 2 great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Wilmer & Margaret Koss; a brother-in-law, Hersh Freshour.

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



Ileen M. (Fritsch) Klein


Ileen M. (Fritsch) Klein, age 85, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 3:30 p.m., on Monday, December 17, 2018, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ileen's life, private family funeral services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ileen was born on October 15, 1933, in Bankston, Iowa, daughter of Nicholas and Sophia (Bartels) Fritsch.

Ileen was born and raised in Bankston, where she graduated from St. Clement's High School. Ileen was united in marriage to the love of her life, LaVern Klein, on April 20, 1954, at St. Clement's Church in Bankston, Iowa. The two were blessed with 64 wonderful years together and 5 adored children. Ileen was a full time wife and mother, but also put her talents to good use with the Dubuque Community School District in the food service department for several years until her retirement. She was a faith filled woman and a long time member of St. Patrick's Church and Rosary Society, the Catholic Daughters of America and The Power of Prayer. Family, was by far, the most important aspect of Ileen's life, and also brought the most joy to her days. She cherished any time spent with LaVern and the children, and was over the moon when the grandchildren started coming along. Ileen was always happy to be the "go to" babysitter, any time the opportunity arose. We are deeply saddened at losing our sweet, loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, but take some comfort in the fact that she is now free of the health issues she has faced with such courage and strength these past months, and will be celebrating Christmas in Heaven this year with all of her loved ones called home ahead of her.

Those left to cherish Ileen's memory include

her loving husband,
LaVern Klein, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Dixie (Lloyd) Tigges, Peosta, IA,
Corey (Connie) Klein, Dubuque, IA,
Scott (Kelly) Klein, Peosta, IA
and Bret (Rose) Klein, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Cody and Courtney Klein, Jake and Grace Klein, Allison, Sophia, Jarrett and Emma Klein;

and a great-granddaughter,
Zoey Klein.

Ileen was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Roxanne Klein; and her siblings, Olivia (Francis) George, Marie Meehan, Nicholas (Lamerne) Fritsch, Arnold (Grace) Fritsch, Elmer Fritsch, and Ferdinand Fritsch.

Ileen's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Brian Sullivan and his nurse Robin, Dr. Christine Holm and her staff, and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jenni and Julie, for their outstanding support and care of Ileen and her entire family.

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



Gerald L. Naumann


Gerald L. "Gerry" Naumann, age 87, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:54 a.m., on Friday, December 21, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Gerry's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, December 28, 2018, at St. Anthony's Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke and Rev. Lloyd "Paul" Ouderkirk officiating. To celebrate Gerry's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Centralia.

Gerry was born on February 6, 1931, in Sherrill, Iowa, son of Alfred and Anna (Behnke) Naumann.

Gerry proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Phyllis Ouderkirk, on October 30, 1954, at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta, Iowa, and they have been blessed with 64 wonderful years together and 8 children. Gerry was a hard worker who supported his family by devoting 45 years to the Dubuque Packing Company and FDL, until his well earned retirement. Gerry's Catholic faith was very important to him, he was a long-time member of St. Anthony's Church, as well as a former member of the Holy Name Society. In his free time, Gerry could often be found out on the golf course seeking out that elusive "hole in one", or hitting the lanes, looking to score a perfect 300, with friends from the Dubuque Bowling 700 Club. Gerry's love of the outdoors also often took him out hiking at Swiss Valley, the Mines of Spain or along Heritage Trail. He was meticulous when it came to caring for his yard, making sure the length was always within the proper range of keeping to his high standards, and that the weeds and fallen leaves were non-existent. He also had a green thumb when it came to the garden, and was happy to always share his harvest with family and friends. Gerry was an avid sports fan who looked forward to baseball season when he could root for his St. Louis Cardinals, and then eagerly awaited football season when he was able to watch his beloved Green Bay Packers play. Above all, however, Gerry's family was the most important aspect of his life, he loved traveling the country with Phyllis to visit the children, always looking forward to everyone being together at big family gatherings. We are heartbroken at losing our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, but know that he is now spending his 1st Christmas in Heaven with all of his loved ones called home ahead of him, free of the health issues that he has so bravely faced these past few months.

Those left to cherish Gerry's memory include

his loving wife,
Phyllis Naumann, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Mary Schneider, Hazel Green, WI,
Eugene (Sherry) Naumann, Hanover, IL,
Marvin (Michelle) Naumann, Baltimore, MD,
Michael (Karri) Naumann, Orlando, FL,
David (Julie) Naumann, Dubuque, IA,
Kathy (Kevin) Vaughn, Dubuque, IA,
Randy (Amy) Naumann, Peosta, IA
and Janet (Tony Smith) Naumann, Cedar Rapids, IA;

his 13 grandchildren,
Kayla (Andy), Micah, Josiah, Katie, Amber (Jojo), Matthew, Danielle, Shawn (Jessica), Kevin Michael, Sam, Gabe, Max, Eli;

his 5 great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Irvin (Mary) Naumann, Dubuque, IA,
Al "Whitey" Naumann, Dubuque, IA,
Darlene (Don) Schmitt, Fenton, MO,
Harlan (Rose) Naumann, East Dubuque, IL
and Donald (Helen) Naumann, Peosta, IA;

and his sisters-in-law,
Donna Naumann, Epworth, IA,
Joan Naumann, Dubuque, IA
and Peggy Naumann, Dubuque, IA.

Gerry was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Steve Schneider; 3 brothers, Melvern "Curly" Naumann, Ronney Naumann and Kenneth "Dutch" Naumann; 2 sisters-in-law, Mary Naumann and Darlene Naumann; and a brother-in-law, Joe Hoerner.

Gerry's family would like to thank Charlie Kutsch for his years of friendship on the golf course, as well as the nurses and staff of Stonehill, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Gerry and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Georgia Lee Leaver


Georgia Lee Leaver, 69, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, December 20, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Georgia's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, December 27, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Georgia Lee Neal was born on December 31, 1948 in Monticello, Iowa, to Paul and Darlene (Pritchard) Neal. She was educated in Midland of Wyoming Schools and had worked at a factory in Chicago prior to moving back to Monmouth, Iowa where she owned and operated the "Hound Dog" tavern for many years.

Those left to honor her memory include her brother and sister-in-law, Rich and Cindy Neal of Maquoketa, IA; 3 nieces, Jennifer (Brian) Eckhardt of Olin, IA, Kristin (Eric) Garien of Maquoketa, IA, and Lacey (Terry) Frahm of Baldwin, IA; 7 great-nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Felipe "Phil" Verdin of Monmouth, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Georgia Lee Leaver memorial fund has been established.

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



Dolores M. Kinsella


Dolores "Dody" M. Kinsella, Davenport, Iowa, passed away in her home on December 20th, 2018.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 23rd at Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa, from 1-4 pm., with a prayer service at 1 p.m. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, December 24th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Key West, Iowa at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Rodney Allers will officiate.  

Dody was born May 4th, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joe and Mary (Hames) Waldbillig. She attended school at St. Joseph's in Key West, and after graduating  from St. Columbkilles in Dubuque, began working at Pepsi-Cola Company in Dubuque.

Dody married Dorrance "Earl" Kinsella on August 3rd, 1968 at St. Joseph's Church in Key West, and then lived in Phoenix until moving back to Iowa.  In 1977 Dody moved with her family to Muscatine, Iowa, and started working for the University of Iowa Heart Center in Muscatine. After her husband retired they moved to LeClaire, Iowa, to enjoy life in their new condo overlooking the Mississippi. This allowed them more time with family and friends and to be able to get away to warmer climates. After living in LeClaire for several years, they decided to move to their Villa condo in Davenport to be closer to their driving destinations.

In addition to her many artistic talents, Dody was an excellent cook, always trying something new. She excelled in entertaining family and friends, but always allowing plenty of time for some serious shopping. With a smile and personality that would light up any room, she was loved by everyone she met and enjoyed meeting and getting to know people. Dody will be remembered for her contagious personality, beautiful smile, comforting thoughts, and personal notes of encouragement that she sent quietly to so many friends and acquaintances.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Earl Kinsella of Davenport; two children, Benjamin (Heidi) Kinsella, of Denver, CO, and Sarah (Dave) Jirak of Warren MI; three grandchildren, Joanie, Lola, and Miles Kinsella of Denver; brother, Paul Waldbillig of Dubuque; sisters Carole (Doug) Cosby of Peosta, IA, and Judy (Eric) Finley of Davenport; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and many good friends throughout the Midwest and Southwest.

Dody was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Rose Marie; and a sister-in-law Leslie Waldbillig. May they rest in peace.

In lieu of flowers, a Dody Kinsella memorial fund has been established. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com 



Kenneth W. Bremer


Kenneth W. Bremer, 75, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Andy Upah officiating. Family and friends may gather after 11:00 a.m. until time of service.

Ken was born on March 10, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Helen Barth. Ken was the "Paint Man" for 42 years. He was always admired for his dedication and loyalty to his employees and customers, many whom became lifelong friends.

Those left to cherish Ken's memory include his beautiful bride of 52 years, Elonka; their much loved, daughters, Natalie (Dan) and Elena (David); 8 grandchildren, Andrew, Monika, Ava, Calvin, David, Luke, Cole and Sophia. Sisters Edna Siefker, Pat Link and Mary Engling. His mother-in-law Barbara Langenbach; his favorite sister-in-law Sharon Bremer; brothers-in-law Rudy (Diane) Langenbach, and Gery (Judy) Langenbach along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, a brother Robert Bremer, his maternal grandparents Emil and Mary Barth, numerous aunts and uncles and his father-in-law Steve Langenbach.

Thank you is an understatement; Ken and his family would like to express their deepest, heartfelt gratitude to the Cleveland Clinic, especially Dr. Rafid Fadul. Without them we would not have been given the gift of extra time and memories with him. Ken's family would also like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque especially Betsy, for all of her kind, compassionate and professional care of Ken.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Buffie Marie Moore


Buffie Marie Moore, 43, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, December 19, 2018, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Buffie's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, December 28, 2018, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the church. A private burial will be at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Toronto, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Buffie Marie Moore was born on October 2, 1975 in Dubuque, Iowa, to David T. and Nancy Lee (Davis) Moore Sr. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1995 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. Through the years, Buffie had worked part-time at the Tea Cup in Maquoketa and for the Maquoketa REA. She also worked at home doing chores and gardening.

Buffie enjoyed Karaoke, singing and dancing, movies and watching "Days of Our Lives" each day. She knew everything about movie stars and was a celebrity and Hollywood expert with three of her favorite actors being Tony Danza, John Stamos and Jim Carrey. Additionally, she enjoyed helping her mom with planting flowers, and spending time with her eight nieces and nephews. She was a wonderful aunt.

Those left to honor Buffie's memory include her parents, David and Nancy Moore Sr. of Maquoketa, IA; her siblings, Michelle (Craig) Marham of Dubuque, IA, and David (Kate) Moore Jr. of Dubuque, IA; her Godmother, aunt Mary Marcov of Dubuque, IA; and 8 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Don and Thelma Davis, paternal grandparents Tom and Kay Moore, aunt Connie Kubicek, and a cousin Joshua Davis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Buffie Marie Moore memorial fund has been established.

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



John F. Thompson


John (Jack) Francis Thompson, 90, died on Wednesday, December 19 at his home in Dubuque.

Share your memories of Jack with friends and family on Friday, December 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. at St Joseph the Worker Church, with a prayer service at 6:30pm. The funeral Mass will be Saturday, December 22, 10:00am, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with visitation from 9 to 10am. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Born November 5, 1928, son of Frank and Genevieve (Cassutt), Jack, married Mary Virginia (Winnie) Deibel on May 8, 1950. She died in April, 2014. Together for 64 years they worked tirelessly through their businesses and community service to make a difference in Dubuque. A man of great faith, strengthened by daily Mass, the rosary always in his pocket, and his love of family. Jack always exuded a positive and energetic spirit! Neighborhood gatherings were his speciality. He made life fun!

Jack exemplified an unparalleled work ethic with passion and commitment for his family, friends, and community. Jack embraced all life had to offer including taking his annual dive off the high board at Flora Park Pool, until the tender age of 89.

Taking over the Thompson Food Market family business in 1944, Jack went on to create Oky Doky Foods, 6/12 Discount Mart, Dubuque Distributing and many more ventures. Jack was very involved in numerous Dubuque business associations and recognized as the longest standing member of the Dubuque Shooting Society 660 Club.

Jack was loved by his family for his sense of humor, ability to look on the bright side and his can-do attitude. He was a great man, husband, father, grandfather, and friend and he did it his way.

Surviving are his four children, Tom (Diane), of Farley, Iowa, Terry (Brigid), of Vadnais Heights, Minn., Jean (Charlie) Daoud, Catherine (Paul) Kloft, both of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Eric Thompson, Katy (Sean )Thompson, Patrick ( Emily) Thompson, Christina (Jake) Moore, Rachael (Sam) Daoud, Sam Daoud, Gabrielle Daoud, Samantha Kloft, Jack Kloft, and Lauren Kloft, Angie (Phil) Shields; five great-grandchildren, Leilani, Liam, Owen, Elliot and Winnie. his brother, Paul (Mary) Thompson of Richmond, VA, two sisters, Anne Geiser of Athens, GA, and Sally Finnegan of Edina, MN; a brother in law, Jim (June) Deibel, Overland Park, KS.

In addition to his wife, Mary Virginia, he was preceded in death by his parents, sister Joan Loes and brother-in-laws, Fred Geiser, Dr. Louis Loes, Jerry Deibel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to DuRide, Albrecht Acres, St. Joseph the Worker or the charity of choice.

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

The family gratefully appreciates the kindness, support, cards and prayers.

 



Gregory L. Sushko


Gregory L. Sushko completed his earthly journey on December 19, 2018.

According to his wishes, a celebration of Greg's life will be held in the spring. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com

He was born in Amityville, New York to John and Irene (Bennett) Sushko on September 25, 1946. Greg graduated from the University of Dubuque in December of 1970, after serving in the US Army from 1966-1968. After a short stint with the National Farmers Organization he spent the remainder of his working career with Flexsteel Industries in Dubuque.

Greg joined the Dubuque Evening Lions Club in 1971. An active member, he enjoyed the fellowship of his fellow Lions. He was named a Lion Melvin Jones Fellow in 1994. After his retirement he served as a volunteer at Finley Hospital, the Mississippi River Museum, the Dubuque Humane Society, the University of Dubuque Heritage Center, and Meals on Wheels.

Greg is survived by his wife, Anne, who he fell in love with in 1968, married in 1971, and journeyed with until his final breath. His beloved daughter Heather, her wonderful husband Michael, and his cherished granddaughters Elizabeth and Sarah carry on his legacy of love. They were the lights of his life. He is also survived by his well-loved brothers Jack (Marcia), Randy (Roni), and Bradley.

Our thanks go to our friends and family near and far for their love and support. To the entire staff of Finley 4th floor med, Grand River Medical Center Oncology, Stonehill 1st South and Hospice of Dubuque - you humbled us with your love and dedication. And to two truly amazing men - Dr. Salas and Dr. Hermann - our community is blessed with your presence and your dedication. Thank you all for accompanying us on this journey.

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Evening Lions Scholarship Fund, Hospice of Dubuque, or a charity of your choice.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal - Love leaves a memory no one can steal." 



Darlene R. Moriarty


Darlene R. Moriarty, 83, of Dubuque died Thursday, December 20, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 9-10:15 a.m., Saturday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Darlene was born on November 10, 1935 in Dubuque, the daughter of Charles and Ada Pfeiffer.

She married James Moriarty on June 16, 1956.

Darlene was employed at Dubuque Packing Company, Caradco, and WC Brown. After retirement she volunteered at Finley Hospital.

She enjoyed movies, Elvis music, bowling, playing cards with her grandchildren and attending their school activities.

She was a life-long member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children, Julie (Jerry) Cockroft, Mike (Jayme) Moriarty, Lisa (Tom) Brimeyer, Mark (Tiffany Carradus) Moriarty and Diane Trotter; grandchildren, Captain Brian J. (Kristen) Cockroft, Holly (Logan) Ruble, Casey (Kayla) Moriarty, Simon, Kramer and Kendall Moriarty, Paige, Austin and Morgan Brimeyer, Chloe and Dylan Moriarty and Molly and Liza Trotter; two great- grandchildren, Jace and Anna Ruble; sister, Jeanette Laufenberg; and sisters-in-law, Betty Sullivan and Vivian Moriarty.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Jeff Moriarty; parents; sister, Dorothy Sheean; and brothers, Charles Jr., Phil, Gerald, James, and Robert Pfeiffer.

A Darlene Moriarty Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Scott, Suzanne and Nichole.



Wayne L. Wittstock


Wayne L. Wittstock, 59, of Dubuque, died on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 22 at The Cathedral of St. Raphael. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3:30-7 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Wayne was born on January 30, 1959 the son of William and Loretta (Williams) Wittstock.

Wayne loved people and people loved Wayne. Wayne's contagious sense of humor, positive attitude, and giving heart were what made him shine. He enjoyed any opportunity to have fun. He looked forward to attending movies with his lifelong best friend Bob, family dinner nights, birthday parties and any event that included chocolate ambrosia pie or ice cream, or Michelle's chocolate chip cookies. He enjoyed family vacations especially to the Wisconsin Dells. He loved going to Bishops, Pizza Ranch, Pizza Hut and Burger King. One of Wayne's favorite pastimes was watching his tv shows. He looked forward to his Dr. Who episodes, keeping family up to date on facts from the history channel and discovery channel and was always able to tell everyone what type of weather to be expecting. Wayne was a hard worker and enjoyed working for his brother Tim. He frequently gave to his nieces Krista and Lindsey's classrooms at Roosevelt and Audubon. He loved cheering on his Iowa Hawkeyes and making predictions on who would win what bowl games.

Family was very important to Wayne. He would do anything to see his family happy. Wayne adored his nieces and nephews and made sure to give quarters to each of them every time he saw them. He loved reminiscing on memories of his younger days and sharing stories of all the fun times had. He loved all the family dogs, especially his dog Scottie who he is now reunited with.

Wayne really was the best brother, uncle, son, and friend a person could ask for and will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his siblings, Sharon Lowe, David Wittstock, Tim (Kim) Wittstock, and Deanne (Joe) Roussel; nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Brian) Neises, Michelle (Tony) Zurcher, Angela (Darby) Young, Jon (Cassie) Lowe, Brian Lowe, Krista (A.J.) Ligeralde, Lindsey (Adam) Riegler, and Nicole Wittstock; great-nieces and nephews, Logan, Jesse, Peyton, Christian, Morgan, Carson, Joseph, Felicity, Audrey, Amelia, Alan, Zelda, and Jackson. Wayne is also survived by his best friend of 50 years Bob Edminister.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Paul Lowe; sister-in-law, Donna Wittstock; nephews, Jeff Wittstock and Matthew Wittstock; and several aunts and uncles.

A Wayne L. Wittstock memorial fund has been established.

A special thank you to all his health care providers and family who have helped Wayne through the years.



Fay Kathleen Sippel


Fay Kathleen "Faye" Sippel, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 19, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Private family services will be Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Fay was born on September 3, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of George and Elvira (Haverland) Stoeckl. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy and married Robert Sippel on July 7, 1951.

She was a loving homemaker and especially enjoyed the holidays with her children and grandchildren.

Fay liked to spend time on Abel Island in Guttenberg where the family gathered for many summers of fishing and recreation.

She was dearly loved by her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Pamela (Gary) Mootz, of East Dubuque, IL, Judith (Dr. Stephen Clifford) Buss, of Sherrill, IA, Ann (Rick Fens) Drexler, of Dubuque, Scotty (fiance, Pam Lattner-Vaassen) Sippel. Grandchildren, Jamie Davis, Brian Buss, Heather (Casey) O'Mara, Tyler and Trevor Sippel. Great grandchildren, Carson O'Mara and Sophia Buss.

Fay was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson Derrek Drexler; her sister Nancy Hartig; brothers-in-law Kenneth Hartig and Joseph Wareham.

Memorials may be directed to Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

The family would like to thank the Key West Fire & EMS Department, Unity Point ER and 5th Floor nurses and to Ann Augustin-Sippel for all their wonderful care, kindness and compassion.



Ronald W. Morris


Ronald W. "R.W." Morris, 78, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at home.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 28, 2018, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home before the service.

Ron was born on January 9, 1940, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of Harold and Viola (Rennison) Morris. He married Monica Ann Laack on July 16, 1960, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Platteville. Ron worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. Ron also enjoyed playing horseshoe and cards, especially cribbage. He served in the National Guard from 1957-1960.

Survivors include his wife, Monica; a daughter, Kelly (Tim) Huber, of Dickeyville; two sons, Kerry (Kathy) Morris, of Big Patch, and Kraig Morris, of Sun Prairie; two sisters, Katherine "Katie" Hall, of Platteville, and Cindy (special friend, Terry Fahertey) VanNatta, of Platteville; a brother, Joe Morris, of Cuba City; two grandsons, Jordan and Brandan Huber; a granddaughter, Morgan Morris; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three sisters, Beverly Brinkman, Donna Kitelinger and Kathleen Finkler.

A special thank you to Grant County Hospice.

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



Irene E. Herbst


Irene E. "Toots" (Gottshalk) Herbst, age 90, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:30 p.m., on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at Bethany Home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Toot's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Phillip G. Gibbs officiating. To celebrate Toot's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 21, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Toots was born on November 27, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Mabel (Hedrick) Gottshalk.

Toots was united in marriage to the love of her life, Leo Herbst, on June 14, 1952, at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and they were blessed with 54 years together and 5 wonderful children, before Leo was called home ahead of her on February 20, 2007. She was a devoted wife and mother, but also shared her talents outside of the home working at Four Mounds, Burdens, the Battery Factory and Ponderosa Restaurant. Toots was a faith filled woman and a long-time member of the Church of the Resurrection, as well as a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Toots loved the outdoors, and had an undeniable green thumb, tending to a large garden and several beautiful flower beds every summer. She also enjoyed a day out on the water fishing and giving the guys a run for their money when it came to catching the biggest fish. Toots also had a playfully competitive side and enjoyed a spirited game of Euchre whenever the opportunity arose. She had an adventurous spirit, and Toots and Leo loved traveling the country visiting new places and taking in all the sights. Family was always the most important thing in her world, and Toots cherished any chance she had to spend time with Leo, the children, and eventually the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always making sure everyone knew how special and loved they were. Our hearts are saddened today at losing such a kind, thoughtful, loving mom, grandma, great-grandma and sister. We feel very blessed for the 90 years Toots was here walking on this Earth with us, and take some comfort in knowing that she and dad are reunited for their 1st Christmas in their Heavenly home.

Those left to cherish Toot's memory include

her children,
Randy (Sandra) Herbst, Belgrade, MT,
Rick (Joan) Herbst, Durango, IA,
Terry (Dennis) Bellmann, Dubuque, IA,
Ron (Deb) Herbst, Sherrill, IA
and Tina (Mike) Longsdorf, EauClaire, WI;

her 17 grandchildren;

her 28 great-grandchildren;

her sisters-in-law,
Dorothy Gottschalk,
Anita (Jim) Gulyash
and Sylvia Dietz;

and her brothers-in-law,
Leroy Bettcher
and John "Bill" Theisen.

Toots was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo Herbst; her brother, Earl Gottschalk; a sister, Jeanette Bettcher; and her in-laws, Florence (Charles) Weiland, Arlene (Charles) Chapman, Roselyn (Tom) Erlich, Lavonne (Leo) Abitz, Betty Theisen and Kenneth Dietz.

Toots' family would like to thank the outstanding staff of Bethany Home for all of their loving care and support of Toots and her entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Rose E. Johanningmeier


Rose E. (Mescher) Johanningmeier, 95, of The Rose of Dubuque, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at 6:20 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center. Rose spent her formative years in New Vienna, Iowa, and later raised her own family on Hennepin Street and Blackhawk Drive in Dubuque. She moved to The Rose in 2015.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church with Father David Schatz officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the services.

Rose was born on August 12, 1923 in New Vienna, Iowa, to Anton and Mary (Sandman) Mescher. She married Elmer D. "Moe" Johanningmeier in 1948 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 26, 2003.

She graduated from St. Boniface High School in New Vienna, Iowa, attended Bayless Business School in Dubuque and the American Enterprise Institute in Davenport, Iowa. Early in her career, she worked at the Savannah Army Depot in Hanover, Illinois and Spahn & Rose in Dubuque, Iowa. She was a sales associate at JC Penney in Dubuque, Iowa for 27 years, retiring in 1986. She was the wife of a former policeman.

Rose was a past member of Sacred Heart Church and currently a member of St. Columbkille's Parish.

Rose loved spending time with her family, spending hours playing games like Euchre, Boggle and Old Maid, all the while never missing a crossword puzzle. She made numerous trips to Idaho and the mountains there. She truly enjoyed her time working at JC Penney of which she was a stockholder and pensioner. She liked to take weekly trips to the Mall after retiring. She was a friendly face at Finley Hospital and the Dubuque Arboretum for many years
volunteering her time where she could visit with people and enjoy nature. Rose was an avid Cubs fan and proud to witness her team win the World Series.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, a son, Robert (Mary Lou) Johanningmeier of Dubuque, IA, and two daughters, Mary Ellen (Merle) Neises of Galena, IL and Karol Ward of Hailey, ID; her grandchildren Laura (Jim) Knabel, Amy (Matt) Cooksley, David (Jennifer) Johanningmeier, Angie (Eric) White, Rachael (Kevin) Bergstrom, Hailey (Richard) Bernal, Kaitlyn (Tiberius) Mocanu, Ashley Neises, Stephanie Neises, Brian Ward and Hannah (Derrick) Harville: 18 adored great-grandchildren with one due in June of 2019; her sister-in-law, Marion Mescher, Australia; her brother-in-law, Eddie Maiers, Dubuque, Iowa and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Rose was preceded in death by her three sisters, Alma (James) Healy, Laura Maiers, Arlene (Dick) Southwell; and her eight brothers, Herbert (Irene) Mescher, Vincent (Lucille) Mescher, Edwin (Anna Jane) Mescher, Raymond (Fran) Mescher, Robert (Peggy) Mescher, Allen (Violet) Mescher, Elmer Mescher, and Donald (Betty) Mescher; her two sisters-in-law, Marie (Robert) Richard and Theresa Jansen, her four brothers-in-law, Owen Johanningmeier,
Charles (Marge) Johanningmeier, William (Josephine) Johanningmeier and Justin (Kay) Johanningmeier.

The family requests no flowers. A Rose Johanningmeier Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful caregivers at the Rose of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the kind, compassionate and professional care they provided to Rose and her family. They also would like to thank Father Daniel Knepper.

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



Richard Uptegraph


Richard Uptegraph, 63, of Dubuque, died Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Friday, December 21 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where a parish scripture wake service will begin at 7 p.m.

Richard was born on July 4, 1955 in Manchester, Iowa, the son of William and Vera (Billhorn) Uptegraph.

He graduated from West Delaware High School in 1974 and from Kirkwood Community College in 1976.

On August 7, 1976 he married Sandra Pasker.

Richard was employed at various places in the auto industry, including Mr. G's Auto Parts, Tires Plus and Tandem Tire. He spent the last decade transporting cars cross-country, as well as, driving school buses for the Dubuque Community School District.

He enjoyed going to auctions, collecting antiques, classic cars, camping, and watching NASCAR. During his free time Richard also enjoyed hanging out at various auto businesses in town, especially at Tri-State Auto with special friend Bill Beauchamp and at Burt Steve and Son, Garage, his other special friend Larry Steve.

Richard cherished time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren,

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; children, Adam (Katie Rapp) Uptegraph and Michaela (Spencer Craig) Uptegraph; grandchildren, Alexis Uptegraph, Alora Rapp-Uptegraph, Lucian Rapp-Uptegraph, Aiden Coble, Ellesha Coble, Kaylee Coble and Vanessa Uptegraph-Johll; sisters, Joyce (Raymond) McDowell and Janet (Mark) Klein; mother-in-law, Rosemary Pasker; sister-in-law, Mary Jean Uptegraph; several in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved daughters, Vanessa, in infancy, and Megan Uptegraph-Coble; brother, Dwayne; parents; and step-mother, Ena Uptegraph and father-in-law, William Pasker.

In lieu of flowers a Richard Uptegraph Memorial Fund has been established.

Richard's family would like to extend a special thank you to the Surgical and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and Palliative Care Unit at the University of Iowa for their compassionate care and support.

 



John Milo Fine


Surrounded by the incredible love of his wife, daughter and family, John Milo Fine left this world on December 16, 2018 at his home in Epworth, Iowa. He was stubborn and bull-headed until the end and we expected nothing less of him.

John was born January 28, 1950 in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, son of Milo W. and Alberta R. (Buch) Fine. He grew up in the Mineral Point area, graduating from Iowa Grant High School in 1968. John worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years until he retired in 2002, where he met the love of his life Sarah Coyle. He over indulged in Rolaids and Copenhagen from the lunch cart to get more opportunities to talk to her. On August 24, 1985 John and Sarah where united in marriage at St. John's Catholic church in Placid, Iowa.

John's life was full. He was a hard-working, hard-playing man who thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting prairie dogs, wrenching on his cars, camping and spending time with family and friends. John got much enjoyment and relaxation by grooming the lawns in the neighborhood. Without a doubt, John's pride and joy was his family. He loved his wife and four daughters, but he treasured and adored his grandchildren.

John is survived by his lovely wife of 33 years, Sarah Fine of Epworth, IA; four daughters, Crystal (Bruce) Fox of Rewey, WI, Amber (Jay) Carlsen of Appleton, WI, Shelby (Coleman) Retzlaff of Mount Horeb, WI, and Megan (Bill) Schroeder of Epworth, IA; 14 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; 3 siblings, Jayne (Jerry) Gates of Sherrill, IA, Terry (Ruth) Fine of Hazel Green, WI, and Marijean (Steve) Yager of Edmond, WI; mother-in-law, LaVonne Coyle of Epworth, IA; bothers and sisters-in-law, Linda (Rick) Boffeli, Thomas "Skinny" (Linda) Coyle, David "Bink" (Bonnie) Coyle, Karen (Joe) Young, Kathy McDermott (Special Friend Jim Splinter), Charlie (Ann) Coyle all of Epworth, IA, Dennis "Hook" Coyle of Amana, IA, Hugh (Vicky) Coyle of Farley and Carol Coyle of Cascade, IA; and many nieces and nephews. John also leaves behind a special group of lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Damien Glockner; father-in-law, Robert Coyle, sister-in-law, Nancy Coyle and brother-in-law, Patrick Coyle.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna Sch for all the care and support that they gave to John and his family. We would also like to thank nursing staff at Finally Pain Clinic and Dubuque Radiology.

Friends and relatives of John may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Services for John will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, December 21, 2018 at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding.

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



Letha A. Mihalakis


Letha Ann "Midge" (Billmeyer) Mihalakis, age 88, of Dubuque, IA was called home peacefully at 3:38 a.m., on Sunday, December 16, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Midge's life, funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Elder Tony Harvey officiating. To celebrate Midge's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Midge was born on July 29, 1930 in rural Turkey River, IA, daughter of Frank Joseph and Elizabeth Ann Bolsinger. At the age of 18, Letha moved from Turkey River to Dubuque to work in the Button Factory. She was introduced by friends to her beloved husband, John "Junnie" Mihalakis, whom many times described her as "a fiery red-head". Junnie knew at that moment that he had found the love of his life. They were married on February 23, 1949, in Dubuque, and the two were blessed with eleven children and sixty-nine wonderful years together. Junnie also bragged that in their sixty-nine years of marriage "we never once had a fight and repeatedly described her as the best woman in the universe."

Midge happily embraced her full-time role of wife and mother, taking great pride in caring for her children and creating a home that was warm and inviting. She was a strong independent woman whose primary focus was her husband, her family and her home. Being the eldest in a large family herself, she also spent many years being caretaker to some of her younger siblings. Beyond a doubt, Midge's family was the most important aspect of her life, and when the grandchildren started coming along, she was overjoyed to have even more little ones to share her love with.

When she managed to find a little free time in her days, Midge enjoyed spending time outside in the bright sunshine, tending to her beautiful flowers, in the same meticulous way she approached everything. Despite her private nature, she had an incredible sense of humor and a most contagious laugh that filled the room.

Her true gift to her family was a lesson in how to live a full life of contentment by embracing the simple things.

Midge enjoyed traveling whether it be a destination trip or a simple day out with her daughters. Midge and Junnie loved taking family vacations, fishing and entertaining at their home away from home in Winona, Minnesota. She had an affinity for her cats, "Baby", Bertie" and "Sonny Boy", providing them with the same love and affection she was known for throughout her life.

Midge was a selfless person whose compassion and love for life, fun and family had no boundaries. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our sweet Midge, the perfect embodiment of humility and simplicity, especially so close to the holiday season, but are eternally grateful for all the wonderful memories we have created throughout the years and will cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Midge's memory include

her loving husband,
John P. "Junnie" Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Viola McLaughlin, Dubuque, IA,
Janice Lenz, Dubuque, IA,
Debbie Oster, Hazel Green, WI,
Vickie (Pat) Ellis, Dubuque, IA,
Clyde (Tina) Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA,
Kim (Rich) Rink, Dubuque, IA,
Joleen (Jim) Hedley, Dubuque, IA,
Mark Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA
and Ann (Mike) Cicciarelli, Brownsburg, IN;

her 27 grandchildren;

her 52 great-grandchildren;

her 8 great great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Richard L. (Cyndy) Billmeyer,
Alvin (Betty) Billmeyer,
Larry D. (Kathy) Billmeyer,
Wilma Jean Billmeyer-Moore
and Clarence "Pete" Horstman;

and a brother-in-law,
Merlin Hoisington.

Midge was preceded in death by her parents; 2 children, an infant son and daughter, Regina Kay; 2 sons-in-law, John McLaughlin, Jr. and James "Jim" Oster; her siblings, Evaline "Red" Ingles, Carol Ann Billmeyer, Shirley Ann Hoisington, Harold F. "Rusty" (Betty) Billmeyer, Clyde E. Billmeyer, George B. (Sharon) Billmeyer and Edna I. Billmeyer; her half-siblings, Ivan (Irma) Billmeyer, Fern (Earl) Herzog, Bertha D. (Everett) White, Donald J. (Florence) Billmeyer and Anna (Bill) Halfhill-Leik; and sister-in-law, Barbara Horstman.

Midge's family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Midge and the entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 



Brent K. Brillhart


Brent K. Brillhart, age 65, of Oklahoma City, OK, and formerly of Dubuque, was called home on December 8, 2018, in Oklahoma City. To honor Brent's life, there will be a prayer service will be held at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street.

Brent was born on December 2, 1953, in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Ralph J. and Jeanette R. (Budan) Brillhart.

Brent was born in Dyersville before the family moved to Dubuque, where he attended Dubuque Senior High School. He was a "jack of all trades", working as a billboard graphics person for Hardie Advertising, installing siding with his brother-in-law, Dale Marti, and finally as an electrician with Local 721 in Oklahoma City. He was an avid motorcycle rider, owning several Harleys throughout the years, and was always the go to fixer for his buddies when they had problems with their bikes. It was a well known fact that neither rain nor sleet kept Brent from a bike ride.

"Sure Mom, I'll make it home".

Those left to cherish Brent's memory include

his daughter,
Shelby Brillhart, Colorado;

his siblings,
Bill (Ginny) Brillhart, Broomfield, CO,
Bruce (Rose) Brillhart, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Jodi) Brillhart, Carson City, NV,
Beckie (Dale) Marti, Whitney, NE,
Barry (Lori) Brillhart, Dubuque, IA
and Belinda Mary Jo (Bob) Redding, Dubuque, IA;

his brother-in-law,
Butch Beckman, Dubuque, IA;

and many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

Brent was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 sisters, Bonnie Brillhart and Bette Beckman.

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



Vincent Francis Rubner


Vincent Francis Rubner, 97, of New Vienna, Iowa, formerly of Worthington, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., December 19, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 3 p.m., and an American Legion Service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 to 10 a.m. on December 20, 2018, from the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa, December 20, 2018, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Conway will officiate.

Vince was born December 27, 1920 in Worthington, Iowa, the son of Paul and Mary Mae Rubner. He married Mary Irene Heisler on November 26, 1946, in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was an avid fisherman, taking numerous trips to International Falls in Minnesota. He was highly involved in the Dyersville Legion and a proud veteran. He was a devoted husband, never far from his wife and very seldom seen apart. His love for Purple Martins grew over time, building Purple Martin houses and watching them out the kitchen window. He is probably remembered most for his 37 years of service maintaining the County roads.

Vince is survived by his 4 sons, David (Betty) of Andover, MN, Kenneth (Bev) of Marion, IA, Thomas (Deb) and Daniel (Kim) both of Worthington, IA; 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Rubner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Irene, parents, and 3 brothers; Bob Rubner, Clarence (LaVern) Rubner, and Don (Virginia) Rubner.

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

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



Shirley Ann Sadler


Shirley Ann Sadler, 75, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away, Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Shirley may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Services for Shirley will held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding and Msgr. Wayne Ressler and Very Rev. Mark Ressler and Rev. Loras Otting concelebrating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born June 16, 1943 in Decorah, Iowa, daughter of Palmer Elmer and Florence Helen (Hemesath) Johnson. She is a graduate of Ossian DeSales. On June 19, 1965 she was united in marriage to Robert Sadler at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was employed at Aquin Elementary in Cascade, Iowa.

She enjoyed a good card game, she loved cooking, she especially enjoyed spending time with Bob, her children and grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Sadler of Cascade, IA; four children, Michael (Amanda) Sadler of Frisco, TX, William (Jill) Sadler of Durand, IL, Terence Sadler of Warroad, MN and Kathy (Joe) Bargo of Iowa City, IA; 7 grandchildren, Robbie Sadler, Emily Sadler, Abby Sadler, Ryann Sadler, Katelyn Bargo, Lauren Bargo and Megan Bargo; 6 siblings, Sharon (David) Mashek of Spillville, IA, Mary Lou (Ray) Gleason of Cedar Rapids, IA, Linda (Dennis) Hageman and Jean (Monte) Martin both of Ossian, IA, Denise (Randy) Henning of Elgin, IA, and David (Brenda) Johnson of Ossian, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Mark Johnson and a sister in infancy.

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



James M. Kelzer


James M. "Jim" Kelzer, 79, of East Dubuque, IL passed away on December 13, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 17th, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, IL with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on June 26, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Edmund and Estella (Kurt) Kelzer. He married Darlene Rose Westemeier, on August 6, 1960. Love, laughter and a good life for 58 years.

He is survived by his wife Darlene; five sons, Michael (Brenda) Kelzer, Bob (Rita) Kelzer, Roger (Michelle) Kelzer, Ken (Molly) Kelzer and Marty (Hannah) Kelzer. Fifteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Two broters John (Regina) Kelzer and Bill (Barb) Kelzer; in-laws, Dick (Delores) Westemeier and Don (Bonnie) Westemeier.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Mary Rose; his parents Ed and Estella Kelzer; and his in-laws Ed and Bernice Westemeier.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for all their wonderful care and kindness given to Jim.

 



Donald J. Wolf


Donald J. Wolf, age 87, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:58 p.m., on Friday, December 14, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., on Monday, December 17, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Balltown, Iowa, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 1:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 9:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., on Tuesday at the Church. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Don was born on January 24, 1931, in Rickardsville, Iowa, son of John and Clara (Wilwert) Wolf.

Don graduated high school and went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was raised on the family farm, so he was no stranger to hard work, and eventually purchased his own property in Balltown, where he happily farmed for several years. He was united in marriage to Dolores Juran on June 30, 1954, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista, Iowa, and the two were blessed with 48 years together and 6 adored children, before Dolores was sadly called home ahead of him on March 21, 2003. Fortunately for Don, he would eventually find love once again, and was united in marriage to Dorothy (Kress) Lahey, on December 30, 2005, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Balltown, and the two would lovingly blend their families into one big happy group. Don was a very active man and was a member of several organizations including the Farley Knights of Columbus, the American Legion Farley Post #0656, the Rickardsville Forresters, St. Francis of Assisi Church and the Retired Senior League Bowling group. Bowling was definitely Don's passion, he bowled in 3 leagues during the winter time and 2 leagues in the summer, always shooting for that perfect 300, which he proudly attained. Don enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, and always looked forward to heading out to his favorite fishing hole to cast a line in hopes of catching "the big one", earning him bragging rights for the rest of the day. Family, was beyond a doubt, the most important aspect of Don's life, and he cherished all of the time he spent with them, especially looking forward to the family gatherings that brought everyone together to create wonderful memories. We are deeply saddened today as we must say goodbye to Don for now, but look forward to the day we are all reunited in Heaven at the greatest family reunion ever held.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his loving wife,
Dorothy Wolf, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Cathy (Mark) Dupont, Balltown, IA,
Randy (Lisa) Wolf, Dallas Center, IA,
Jeanie Delaney, Dubuque, IA,
Joan (Bob) Dupont, Dubuque, IA,
Lorie (Jim) Schmitt, Sherrill, IA
and Connie (Brian) Feldman, Sherrill, IA;

his bonus step-children,
Francis (Lori) Lahey, Sherrill, IA,
Tina (Steve) Hefel, Madison, WI,
Tim (Amy) Lahey, Sherrill, IA,
Theresa (Scott) Ostwinkle, Farley, IA,
Greg (Trish) Lahey,
Ed (Megan) Lahey
and Tony (Jody) Lahey, all of Sherrill, IA;

17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren;

21 bonus step-grandchildren;

his bonus step-son-in-law,
Wayne LaVigne, Chicago, IL;

his siblings,
Mary (Don) Brimeyer, Dubuque, IA,
Melita (Lyal) Pfeiler, Rickardsville, IA,
Leon (Rosie) Wolf, Rickardsville, IA,
Alice Cook, Bernard, IA
and Carolyn (Jim) Pimlott, Cedar Rapids, IA;

and his in-laws,
Herman Kloser, Dubuque, IA,
Virginia Juran, Holy Cross, IA,
Anna Mae Welter, Dubuque, IA,
Paul Kress, Dubuque, IA,
Norbert (Shirley) Kress, Zwingle, IA,
Leo (Betty) Kress, Sherrill, IA,
Jim (Janet) Kress, Sherrill, IA
and Arthur "A.J." (Cindy) Kress, Dubuque, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his 1st wife, Dolores Wolf; his bonus step-daughter, Monica LaVigne; his siblings, Francis Wolf and Marvin Wolf; and his in-laws, Robert (Donna) Juran, William Juran, Rosie (Glen "Bud") Gibbs, Madonna (Fritz) Roling, Tony Juran, Ralph Welter, Dale Cook, Frances Kress and Mathilda "Tillie" Kloser.

Don's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the 2nd Floor Cardiac Unit of Mercy Hospital for all of their kind and compassionate care of Don and his entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Alan D. Draper


Alan D. Draper, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, December 14, 2018, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Alan's life will be held at 1 P.M., Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date.

Alan Darrell Draper was born on June 29, 1932 in Davenport, Iowa. He was the youngest of three children born to Benjamin Earl and Clarice Marie (Pletcher) Draper. He was a 1950 graduate of Davenport High School. He married Cecelia Ann Hunt on April 1, 1950 in Rock Island, Illinois. He later married Paula Kay Alexander on November 11, 1977 in Davenport, Iowa.

Alan had worked as a salesman until his retirement. He had sold automobiles and all kinds of advertising including television and radio as well as the Yellow pages. In retirement, he did home remodeling and owned rental properties.

Alan loved to do odd jobs, tinker and play cards, especially Canasta. He was known as a people person who always liked to visit.
Those left to honor Alan's memory include his wife, Paula Draper of Maquoketa, IA; children, Steve (Dottie) Draper of Omaha, NE, Pamela (Roger) Spicher of Elkhart, IN, Paul (Cindy) Draper of SC, James Draper of Davenport, IA, and John Regan of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Caryl Corry of Seattle, WA; 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Beverly Williamson, a son Jeffrey Draper, and a daughter Wendy Draper.

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 D. Kaiser


Mary D. Kaiser, 75, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Luther Manor in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Resurrection Church in Dubuque. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Mary was born on January 17, 1943, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ervin and Pauline (Droessler) Schroeder. She graduated from Cuba City High School in 1961. Mary married Thomas A. Kaiser on September 18, 1965, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

Mary worked as a beautician and later cut hair for family members for many years. She also worked at Armstrong's and retired from Medical Associates as a mail courier in 2008. She loved baking and cooking and always had baked goods for family members. Mary enjoyed feeding her birds.

Survivors include her husband, Tom, of Dubuque; two daughters, Tammy (Bill) McDermott, of Swisher, IA, and Sue (Lee) Klein, of Sherrill, IA; two sons, Todd (Stacey) Kaiser, of Dubuque, IA, and Thomas J. Kaiser, of Valpraiso, IN; six sisters, Sister Deanna Schroeder, of Milwaukee, WI, Jeri Lyons and Susan (Don) Barth, both of Cuba City, WI; Ruth (Tom) Kieler and Rose (Doug) Rouse, both of Platteville, WI, and Shirley (Lee) Millman, of Potosi, WI; three brothers, Steve (Mara) Schroeder, of Dickeyville, WI, Tom (friend, Gail Fritschler) Schroeder, of Eau Claire, WI, and Joseph (Donna) Schroeder, of Cuba City, WI; two sisters-in-law, Michelle Schroeder, of Cuba City, WI and Delia Schroeder, of Dickeyville, WI; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeff; a brother, Eugene "Gene" Schroeder; a sister, Judy Riniker; a sister-in-law, Marsha Schroeder; two brothers-in-law, Mike Lyons and Walter Riniker; and a nephew, Eric Lyons.

A Mary D. Kaiser Memorial Fund has been established.

A special thanks to the staff of the Memory Care Unit at Luther Manor.

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



Sylvia B. Costello


Sylvia B. Costello, 99, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, December 13, 2018, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Sylvia's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, December 17, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M., Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Sylvia Bernice Jorgensen was born on November 20, 1919 in Elwood, Iowa, to Hans and Sophia (Jorgensen) Jorgensen. She was a 1937 graduate of Baldwin High School and then received her Cosmetology Certificate from Paris Academy of Beauty in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She married Cecil Costello on June 10, 1946 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar, Iowa.

Prior to her marriage, Sylvia had worked as a hairdresser in Wheatland and Maquoketa. She then became a homemaker and raised a family of six children. After her children got older, she worked at Mel's Super Valu in Maquoketa and for the Mississippi Valley Milk Producer's Lab.

Sylvia was a member of the Bloomfield Township Homemaker's, and St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar and its Altar and Rosary Society. She enjoyed dining out, shopping, playing cards and family gatherings. She especially enjoyed traveling and was always ready to go somewhere whenever she was asked.

Those left to honor Sylvia's memory include her children, Joe (Patricia) Costello of Ankeny, IA, Jim (Mary) Costello of Fairbank, IA, John Costello of Princeton, IL, Pat (Sherri) Costello of Clarksville, IN, and Susan (Richard) Kunde of Baldwin, IA; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Cecil on May 21, 1980, a son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Susan Costello, brothers Elroy and Alvin Jorgensen, and a sister Cordelia Pape.

"The family would like to give special thanks to the entire staff at Maquoketa Care Center."

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Sylvia B. Costello memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Darlene M. Oberfoell


Darlene M. Oberfoell, 72, of Farley, Iowa, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018 at Luther Manor of Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Darlene may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

A private family burial will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 at Sat. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born January 27, 1946 in Guttenberg, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Jean (McIntire) Dyer. She received her education in the Guttenberg schools. On November 20, 1965 she was united in marriage to Joseph C. Oberfoell at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on September 7, 2009.

She enjoyed putting puzzles together, gardening, canning, her stamp collection and playing with her dog, Teddy.

She is survived by four children, Clarence, Anna, Rita, and Marie Oberfoell; a sister, Frances Weber of Kansas; and her dog, Teddy.
She is also preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Dave Dyer.

Memorials for Darlene may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ryan Stille, his nurses, the staff of Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Sarah, Jeanette, Amy and Amy.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



James E. Pennekamp


James E. Pennekamp, 80, of Dyersville, Iowa , formerly of Potosi, Wisconsin passed away Friday, December 14, 2018, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 3 to 8   p.m. Monday, December 17, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 9 to 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Andrew cemetery in Tennyson, Wisconsin. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Jim was born October 17, 1938, in Potosi, Wisconsin, the son of Lawrence and Laura Pennekamp. He married Joanne Marie Reynolds on October 21. 1958 in Lancaster, Wisconsin. She preceded him in death February 27, 1998. He later married Geraldine "Jerri" Kettmann Engler on August 23, 2002, in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was an avid outdoorsman, spending time fishing, hunting, golfing, and camping. He is a life member of the Knights of Columbus and the fourth degree Duborg Assembly. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, particularly euchre, spending time with his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

Jim is survived by his wife, Jerri; children: Brian (Susan) Pennekamp, of Stitzer, Wisconsin, Monica (Wayne) Jones, of Charles City, Iowa, Lisa (Scott) Dayton, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, and Jason (Sharon) Pennekamp, of Platteville, Wisconsin; step-children: Mike (Bev) Engler and Paul (Deb) Engler, both of Worthington, Sharon (Richard) Cody of Dubuque, and Karla (Robert) Larsen of East Moline, a step-daughter-in-law, Erin Engler; 25 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; siblings: Donald (Rita) Pennekamp, Gerald Pennekamp, Ruth Kartman, Janice Blindert; and in-laws: Jean Reynolds and Cinda Pennekamp-Furry

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Laura Pennekamp; his first wife, Joanne, siblings: Vincent Pennekamp and Rodger Pennekamp; in-laws:  Kathleen Pennekamp, Joyce Pennekamp, Dean Blindert, Larry Kartman, Rodger (Bonnie) Reynolds, and Kenneth Reynolds; and a step-son, Jon "Yish" Engler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Francis Xavier Elementary School or Beckman Catholic High School.

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



Russell E. Faust


Russell E. Faust, 60, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018, as a result of an auto accident near Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Wednesday morning, December 19, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville,  Iowa. Deacon Roger Riesberg will officiate.

Russ was born May 10, 1958, in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Terry and Lois (McDowell) Faust. He graduated from West Delaware High School in Manchester, and Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  

He taught at Beckman Catholic High School from 1980 to 1989. He married Linda Gross on June 7, 1986, in Dubuque, Iowa. Together they owned & operated Faust Millwork and Cabinetry for the past 29 years, along with talented employees.

Russ is survived by his wife, Linda, twin daughters, Lauren (friend, Conner Klostermann) & Kristen Faust of Dyersville, his mother, Lois Faust of Manchester, siblings: Connie Faust of Manchester, Donna (John) Heying of Elkader, Pam (Mark) Kiefer of Dyersville, in-laws: Susan Gross, Rosemary (Jon) Sladky, Bill (Chris) Gross and Patty (Steve) Neyens, all of Dubuque; many nieces & nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Terry in 2003.

Russ thought the world of his wife, twin daughters and dog.

Memorials are preferred.

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



Georgene M. McGovern


Georgene Mae McGovern, 87, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at River Bend Retirement Community in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Georgene may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., on Saturday, December 15th at the funeral home.

Services for Georgene will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2018 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Phil Kruse presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born March 22, 1931 in Sand Springs, Iowa, daughter of George F. and Eva M. (Kramer) Turnis. She received her education in the Sacred Heart School in Monticello, Iowa. On June 18, 1955 she was united in marriage to James "Bud" McGovern at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sand Springs, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2018.

Georgene worked in the Kitchen at Mount Carmel for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was also an active gardener and enjoyed canning her produce and she was especially known for her strawberry jam.

She is survived by eleven children, Pat (Lynn) McGovern of Peosta, Tom (Kate) McGovern of Davenport, Sue (Jerry) Ross, Bill McGovern both of Epworth, Joe McGovern of Robins, Mike McGovern of Cedar Rapids, Dave (Christine) McGovern of Atkins, Theresa (John) Larsen of Waunakee, WI, Dan (Amy) McGovern of Peosta, Terry (Jenifer) McGovern of Earlville, and Becky (Terry) Kluesner of Hiawatha; 32 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Marty Turnis of Monticello, IA and Rosie Turnis of Cedar Rapids, IA; sisters-in-laws, Jacqueline Trumm, Joan (Jerry) Otting and Betty Leibold all of Cascade, IA, Linda (Urban) Manternach and Marie (Kenny) Green both of Dubuque, IA, Sr. Ann McGovern of Canton, OH, Donna Reinke of Ferndale, WA and a brother-in-law, Robert (Cheryl) McGovern of Madison, WI.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Arnie Turnis, John (Mary Ann) Turnis, Clarence Turnis, Adrian (Mary Lou) Turnis and Bob (Betty) Turnis; a sister, Mary Ann Turnis; brothers-in-law, Thomas McGovern, Louie Leibold, Francis "Bud" Trumm, and Merlin Reinke; Sisters-in-law, Faith (Bob) Kelly and Louise McGovern.

Thank you to the kind and caring staff at River Bend Retirement Community, Memories Unit, for all the exceptional care given to our mother. Your love and kindness is greatly appreciated.

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



John J. Anstoetter


John Joseph Anthony Anstoetter, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, December 14, 2018 at The Church of The Resurrection with Rev. Daniel Knepper officiating. Friends may call from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral mass at the church.

John was born on January 16, 1931, to Ben and Lidwina "Liddy" (Kramer) Anstoetter on a farmstead in Epworth, Iowa. He attended country schools and graduated from St. Joseph High School in Farley, Iowa.

In 1952 John was drafted into the US Marine Corps, served during the Korean Conflict until 1954 and finished top of his class as a sharpshooter. After serving in the military, he was employed at Lenz Monument Company and later started his own business, Tri-State Cemetery Lettering, until retiring in 1995. He always put his customers first and worked late nights and weekends to make sure their wishes were fulfilled.
On September 17, 1955 John was united in marriage to Joan Knepper, daughter of William and Ida Knepper, at St Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa.

John was involved with the Boy Scouts, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and served as a pallbearer for St. Vincent De Paul Society. He was an active member at St Anthony's Parish where he became one of the first twelve Eucharistic Ministers. He was also a member of St. Raphael Cathedral and most recently Resurrection Parish. John was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.

One of John's favorite past times was playing euchre with his grandchildren and poker with friends and relatives. He enjoyed golf as a member of Lacoma golf course. He was a true outdoorsman, avid hunter/fisherman, and nature lover.

Along with his wife Joan of 63 years, he is survived by his four children Janel (Steve) Stoffel, Steve (Cheryl) Anstoetter, Karen (Greg) Burgmeier, of Dubuque, and Mark (Martha) Anstoetter of Leawood, KS; thirteen grandchildren Melissa (Kenny) Magby, Marion, IA, Steven (Mandy) Anstoetter, Apex, NC, Eric (Jessica) Anstoetter, Clayton, NC, Bryce and Gabriel Anstoetter, Dubuque, IA, Lydia, Ella, Madeline Anstoetter, Henry and Peterson Stanton, Leawood, KS, Nick (Camille) Burgmeier, Ben Burgmeier, Kansas City, MO, Zach Burgmeier, Denver, CO; He is also survived by three great grandchildren Mason and Vayda Magby and Jeremy Burgmeier; sister, Mildred Koehler, and sister-in-laws Monie Anstoetter, Janaan (Ken) Krapfl, Shirley Maiers, Gladys Knepper and Ida Trumm; brothers-in-law George Knepper and Mike (Jean) Knepper.

John was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother-in-law, William and Ida Knepper, brothers Charlie (Carolyn, Vi, and Dorie), Jerry, Bernie, and Don Anstoetter, sisters Marion (John) Bell, Alice (Gene) Wieser, Sister Marirose, Esther (Fran) Joyce, and in-laws Ken Koehler, Clete Maiers, Carl (Marie) Knepper, Irene (Ernie) Recker, Walter (Mary) Knepper, Helen (Frank) Carroll, Rosalyn (Eddie) Ludwig, Loras (Mary) Knepper, Paul Knepper, Alma Knepper and John Trumm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Resurrection Church, St. Anthony's Church or St. Vincent DePaul Society.

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

 



Delbert G. Mastin


Delbert G. Mastin, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the home of his daughter in Mount Ayr, IA.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, December 15, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a funeral service at 12 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Delbert was born October 14, 1935 in Dubuque, the son of George and Delberta (Clark) Mastin. He married Patricia Beck on January 2, 1954 at St. Anthony Catholic Church.   She preceded him in death on December 30, 2002.

Delbert was a jack-of-all-trades, who was always building something, working on someone's car, or working with his hands. He built the family home many years ago, and never stopped adding on.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved sharing stories. Delbert would never turn down anyone who needed help. He was devoted to his family and loved teasing his grandkids. He had a laidback personality and a great sense of humor.

Delbert is survived by his children, Wanda (John) Schmitt of Peosta,  Michael R. Mastin, of Dubuque, Patty (Jake) Graves of Mount Ayr, IA; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Mastin of Dubuque, and John (Jan) Mastin of Davenport, IA;  one sister, Linda (Mike) Freed of Cassville, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

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

The family would like to extend a thank you to EveryStep Hospice, and his caregiver, Terri.

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



Dola Runde


Dola Runde, 86, of East Dubuque, Illinois passed away peacefully at home on December 11, 2018.

Visitation will be Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois where the Parish and Altar Rosary Society rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday morning from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Dola was born on March 6, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Ray and Mildred (Kueper) Budde. She attended and graduated from The Visitation. Dola was united in marriage to LaVerne A. Runde on November 20, 1954 at Nativity Church in Dubuque. They celebrated 64 wonderful years together.

She was a homemaker, along with babysitting and volunteering at St. Mary's School. Dola was a member of St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society.

Dola looked forward to her outings and lunch with LaVerne and her friends. She enjoyed family visits and phone conversations, especially with her grandchildren and great granddaughters. Dola always loved a good conversation and meeting new people.

Surviving Dola is her husband LaVerne, two sons, Dr. Mark (Kate) and Richard (Wanda) of Dubuque, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Dr. Matt of Wichita, KS, Kevin, Elizabeth and Tom of Minneapolis, MN, Amy of Bettendorf, IA, Christie (Colin) Sinnott of Dubuque, Sarah (Zane Hoffman) of Chicago, IL, and Michael of Dubuque, IA; two great-granddaughters, Jocelyn and Molly Sinnott of Dubuque, two sisters, Donna (Bob) Beyer of Waukesha, WI and Carol Budde Murray of New Lenox, IL; and her in-laws, Dave and Joyce Runde of Wisconsin Dells, WI along with many nieces and nephews.

Dola was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Mildred Budde, her step-mother, Lucille Budde, brother in-law, Tom Murray, nephew, Neal Murray and in-laws, Bernie and Eileen Runde, Gerry and Mary Runde, and Phil and Mary Ann Runde.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Moore and his nurses at Medical Associates, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kristin and group for their wonderful care and conversations.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, St. Mary's Parish in East Dubuque and the American Heart Association.

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



Geraldine A. McCarthy


Geraldine A. McCarthy, 91, of Prairie Creek Rd, Bernard, Iowa, passed away on December 9, 2018 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Melleray with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, at Holy Family Catholic Church where a wake service will be at 5:45 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of service. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

She was born on June 25, 1927 in Bernard, Iowa to John and Mary Ann (Molony) McCarthy.

After receiving her education from rural country schools, Gerry went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dubuque. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Administration from Clarke College.

She began her teaching career in a one room school house in rural Dubuque County. Gerry taught for the Western Dubuque School District at Bernard Elementary and Epworth Elementary, where she served as teacher and principal for many years. She especially loved teaching young children to read. Her teaching career spanned over 50 years.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and an honorary member of the Dubuque Area Retired School Personnel Association.

Gerry's home was a place of welcome for everyone. No one ever turned down one, or two, of her homemade cinnamon rolls or a warm slice of apple pie. She took great pride living on the heritage farm where she was born.

Those left to honor Gerry's memory include her twin sisters Marge McDonald of Cascade and Mary Miller of Dubuque; sisters-in-law Ethel McCarthy of Atlanta, Georgia, and Donna (Ken) Kutsch, of Dubuque and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother and sister-in-law Ralph and Loretta McCarthy; her sister and brother-in-law Eleanor and Walt Burds; her brothers Justin, James, and John (in infancy); and her brothers-in-law Phil McDonald and Joe Miller.

We know Gerry would want to thank family, friends, and neighbors for all the meals, visits, and care over the past years, especially the staff at Shady Rest Care Center and Above and Beyond.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to the Geraldine McCarthy Memorial Fund.



Matthew S. Hendron


Matthew S. "Matt" Hendron, age 27, of Madison, Wisconsin and formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at his home. To honor Matt's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, December 14, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, with Bill Hickson officiating. To celebrate Matt's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, December 14, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Matt was born on November 7, 1991, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Scott and Mary (Burns) Hendron.

Scott describes Matt's attributes as the 3M's: Muskies - his luck fishing was extraordinary, Memory - his recall of details of dates and events was uncanny, and Muscles - he had good physical strength. Matt shared and inspired a great love of skateboarding with his brother, Jack. He also greatly enjoyed snowboarding and participated in National USASA snowboard competitions with his brother, Jack and sister, Caroline. Matt loved the outdoors, especially the fall season when he would watch the Wisconsin Badgers football team. He enjoyed visiting his grandparent's farm in Elizabeth and his grandparent's home in Lake Barrington, and loved fishing and camping with his family at Trout Lake in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.

Those left to cherish Matt's memory include

his mother,
Mary Burns Hendron, Dubuque, IA;

his father,
Scott (Nancy "Ree" Sawvell) Hendron, Dubuque, IA;

his brother,
Jack Hendron, Dubuque, IA;

his sister,
Caroline Hendron, Dubuque, IA;

his maternal grandmother,
Rosemary Burns, Elizabeth, IL;

his paternal grandparents,
Spencer and Susan Hendron, Lake Barrington, IL;

his aunts and uncles,
Erik Hendron, Madison, WI,
Jenny (Diether) Remeikis, Mundelein, IL,
Annie (Joseph) Schmidt, Lincoln, NE
and Jim (Ann) Burns, Arlington Heights, IL;

his cousins,
Jillian, Kelsey, Kirk, Emma, Andrew, Amileah, Seth, Luke and Mark;

and his girlfriend,
Brittni Schehr, DeForest, WI.

Matt was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James M. Burns.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Matt's favorite charities.

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

 



Loretta J. Graves


Loretta J. (Cavanaugh) Graves, 81, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, surrounded by her family.

There will be no public visitation.  Private family services will be held at a later date.

Loretta was born on March 8, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of John J. and Marcella (Duschen) Cavanaugh. She was a graduate of Peosta High School, where she was class valedictorian.

She was united in marriage to Joseph H. Graves on February 11, 1956 at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta, IA.  He preceded her in death on January 25, 2018.

Loretta was formerly employed at Register Printing Co. in East Dubuque. She loved bingo, trips to the casino, and monthly sister dates with her sisters for many years.

Surviving are five children, Linda Graves of Dubuque, IA, Debbie (Tom) Splinter of East Dubuque, Kathy (Kevin) Kammerude of Hazel Green, WI, Jake (Patty) Graves of Mt. Ayr, IA, and Shirley (Dan) Kearney of Murray, IA; 17 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren; two sisters, Sharon (Charles) Hermsen of Dyersville, IA and Juanita (Lyle) Dague of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, John Theisen of Epworth, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marcella, her husband, Joe, a son, Jerry Graves, and her siblings, Mary (Don) Jecklin, John (Rita) Cavanaugh, Loras "Peanuts" (LuMae) Cavanaugh, Thomas Cavanaugh and Janann Theisen.

Loretta's family wishes to thank Dr. Noble, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, a very special thank you to Amanda and Kathy at Hawkeye Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given to our mother.

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

 

 



Kevin J. Jaeger


Kevin J. Jaeger, 35, of Balltown, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 13 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Balltown, with the Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Kevin was born on October 2, 1983 in Dubuque, the son of David and Debra (Herbig) Jaeger. At birth Kevin was not expected to live very long, however, he surpassed many of his doctors expectations.

Kevin rode the bus to school since the age of two and half until he graduated. He attended Helen Keller School, Eisenhower, Jefferson and Western Dubuque.

Kevin made many friends over the years, especially as a resident of ARC and at the ARC workshop, where he worked until his journey ended.

He is survived by his parents, David and Debra Jaeger; siblings, Karen (Joe) Ryder, of Dubuque, Kris (Doug) Roebken, of Durango, and Keith (fiancé, Katie Turnmeyer) Jaeger, of Sherrill; two nieces, Courtney and Emalee Ryder; six nephews, Andrew Ryder; Brett Koehn, Tanner and Colton Roebken; Austin Pope and Mason Jaeger; two aunts, Dianne Jaeger and Donna (Gerald) Welter; and two uncles, Gary Herbig and Terry (Vickie) Herbig.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Aurelia Jaeger and Donald and Marjorie Herbig; and his aunt, June Herbig.

In lieu of flowers a Kevin J. Jaeger Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Noble and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their loving care, Hills and Dales for their special care during the early years in Kevin's life, the Balltown Lions Club for sponsoring his camping trips, and most of all Area Residential Care, for their many years of care and service.

 



Jerome D. Kieffer


Jerome D. "Jerry" Kieffer, age 73, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at Luther Manor, after a brave battle with Vascular Dementia, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jerry's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 14, 2018, St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, with Rev. Thomas J. McDermott officiating. To celebrate Jerry's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services, at 12:00 noon, on Friday, December 14, 2018, at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Asbury. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry was born on October 11, 1945, in Bellevue, Iowa, son of Donald and Rosina (Kloft) Kieffer.

Jerry was born and raised in Bellevue, where he attended classes in a one room schoolhouse before going on to graduate from Marquette High School, Class of 1964. After school, Jerry honorably served his country with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era, being stationed primarily in Italy. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Kristene Ball, on November 24, 1971, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dubuque, and the two were blessed with 47 years together, and 3 adored children. Jerry was raised with an excellent work ethic, and would put his skills to good use with John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years, until his well earned retirement. Jerry was always a very active person and was well known for his love of bicycling, as well as hitting the slopes at Sundown any chance he could, where he spent several years as a ski instructor, helping others to master the sport he so loved. Jerry was a very generous person, and enjoyed volunteering his time and talents throughout the city of Dubuque for many years, most notably at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and the Mississippi River Museum. We are deeply saddened at losing our loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, and will miss him more than words can say, but will forever cherish all of the memories we have made throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Jerry's memory include

his loving wife,
Kristene "Kris" Kieffer, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Julie (Robert) Wagner, Savage, MN,
Lori Kieffer, Dubuque, IA
and Gary Kieffer, Davenport, IA;

his 3 grandchildren,
Gavin, Isaac and Charlotte Wagner;

and his siblings,
Mary Cain,
Jean (Steve) Owens,
Pat Kieffer,
Rita Kieffer,
Barb (Jack) Morio,
Deb Genz,
Betty (David) Martyn
and Connie Kieffer.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Wayne Kieffer.

Jerry's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their excellent care of Jerry and his entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Loretta M. Koos


Loretta M. Koos, 103, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of LaMotte, passed away on December 9th, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Loretta was born on August 24, 1915 in La Motte, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Sprank) Clasen. She graduated from Holy Rosary High School in 1934.

She married John "Jack" Koos on August 20, 1934 at Holy Rosary Church in La Motte. Together they farmed in the La Motte area until they retired in 1976.

She was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral; she enjoyed playing cards and was an avid bowler until the age of 97.

Loretta is survived by her sons Donald (Ruth) Koos, of Dubuque, Richard (Lynn) Koos, of Peosta; granddaughter-in-law Jenny Koos; great grandsons Jayeden and Justin Koos along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband John "Jack" Koos; grandson Dale Koos; two sisters Marcella Thies and Viola Cox; and a brother Ray Clasen.

The family would like to thank Eagle Point Place and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and kindness.



Mark A. Streff


Mark A. Streff, 63, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, December 8, 2018 at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Mark from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, December 13, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the gathering and a private burial will be held at a later date at Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mark Alan Streff was born on September 13, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Richard Norman and Elizabeth Ann (Bohling) Streff. He was a 1974 graduate of Maquoketa High School and a 1976 graduate of Hawkeye Technical Institute in Waterloo, Iowa.

Mark was a freelance graphic artist who had previously worked in Chicago, Illinois, and for Ertl Toy Company in Dyersville, Iowa for many years.

Mark was an avid reader of books, and enjoyed genealogy, volunteering for community activities and computer technology.

Those left to honor Mark's memory include his siblings, Steve (Deb) Streff of Cedar Rapids, IA, Pam (Greg) Clements of Omaha, NE, Amy Streff of Maquoketa, IA, and Lora Reafsnider of Clinton, IA; one aunt, Peg Phillips of Seattle, WA; 7 nephews, 3 nieces, 7 grand-nephews; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Deborah Lorenzen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mark Alan Streff memorial fund has been established.

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



Terry A. Roth


Terry Albert Roth, 61, of East Dubuque, IL, died Saturday, December 1, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, IA.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-4pm on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Hotel Julien, Dubuque, IA.

Terry was born on September 11, 1957, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Keith L. and Rita Rae (Prochaska) Roth. He graduated from East Dubuque High School and Beloit College, Beloit, WI.

He was a Disc Jockey, known as "Coach" on local radio for years and most recently a night Auditor at The Hilton Garden Inn, Dubuque, IA.

He is survived by his dad, Keith (Rita) Roth, of Dubuque; three brothers, John (Sue) of West Chester, OH, Steve (Sue) of Glen Carbon, IL, Alan of East Dubuque; and three sisters, Stacy (Dave) Slattery of East Dubuque, Amy (Jim) McKernan of Cedar Falls, IA, Julie (Dirk) Baughman of Lincoln, NE, and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and last but not least his very beloved dogs, Chumly and Capone.

He was preceded in death by his mom, Rita Rae Roth on December 28, 1998.

The family wishes to thank University of Iowa Hospitals, for all their wonderful care they gave to Terry.



Sister Rosemary Wickham

Sister Rosemary (Perpetua) Wickham, OSF, of Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:17 p.m., on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Clare House. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., in Francis Chapel. Visitation is from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m., in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister was born on October 26, 1920, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of James and Roseline (Delaney) Wickham.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1939, and made final profession of vows August 12, 1945. Sister received her master's degree in education administration at University of Portland in Portland, OR. She ministered as an educator in Iowa at Petersburg, Pocahontas, New Vienna, Arcadia, and Dubuque-Holy Ghost. In California, she served in Crescent City. In Illinois, Sister served at Corpus Christi, Chicago. She later served in pastoral ministry in Georgia at Hiawassee and Blairsville.

Sister is survived by her sister Helen McClain; her brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Brenda Wickham; nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 78 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Sister Jeanne Wickham, OSF; her brother and sister-in-law, James William Jr. and Genevieve, and a brother-in-law, Francis McClain.

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

 



Carol R. Elsinger


Carol Rose Elsinger, 82, of Rickardsville, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 11 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 12, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville. Fr. Noah Diehm will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Rickardsville.

Carol was born January 22, 1936, the daughter of Cyril and Norma (Schute) Kluesner. Carol was the oldest of eight, and helped raise her siblings while her father was away serving in WWII. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Guttenberg with the class of 1954. The military came to hold a special place in her heart with her father, three brothers, a son, and five grandsons serving our country. She married her high school sweetheart, Cyril Elsinger, on May 28, 1957 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Guttenberg. Together they had six children, who have blessed them with a total of 23 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 10 step great grandchildren. She was a lifelong homemaker, and worked hard to take care of her family. She was always the first one up in the morning, and the last one to bed at night. Born with a green thumb, Carol was an avid gardener and canned the fruits of her labor. She enjoyed quilting, and blessed many with the gifts of her talent, and also donated many quilts for fundraising efforts, including for the National Wild Sheep Foundation, of which she was a member, received an award, and was recognized by the national chapter for her volunteer work. Carol lived her life serving others, also volunteering for the Boy Scouts and serving as a Den Mother, and serving on the school board. Carol loved music, and sang for many years in the church choir. She also enjoyed puzzles, sewing, camping, and bowling with her league for over 25 years. Carol always supported the hunting habits of her husband and children. She could always be counted on to attend her kids and grandkids various sporting events. Carol enjoyed many years of travel with her husband and children. Her adventures in travel took her to all 50 states and four countries.

Carol is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 61 years, Cyril; her children, Dave, Bruce (Amie), and Jim (Pam) Elsinger, Susan Hohman, Linda (Pedro) Hermon, and Mark (April) Elsinger; three sisters, Janet Bernhard, Gloria Johnson, and Lonnie Kay Judd; one brother, Mike (Randi) Kluesner; and her siblings-in-law, Sharon Kluesner, Cyrenus Elsinger, Joan Saunders, Lois (Pete) Davis, Marge Elsinger, Jane Elsinger, Andy Haman, and Thomas (Debbie) Elsinger.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, James, Loras John, and Paul; one grandchild; three step grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many siblings-in-law.

Carol's family would like to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center.

Memorials may be made to the family for later donation to Hospice of Dubuque or Alzheimer's Association for further research.

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

 



Sue Spalding


Sue Spalding, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, December 6, 2018, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Sue's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, December 14, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Sue Schoenthaler was born on December 7, 1929 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Everett Leroy and Dorothy (Phillips) Schoenthaler. She was a 1947 graduate of Maquoketa High School and attended Iowa State University in Ames for two years. She married George James Spalding on October 16, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Sue was a proud member of the Maquoketa community and active in several organizations. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she had taught Sunday School, and the Chapter BX PEO where she had served as a past president. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Kappa Delta Sorority, and the Maquoketa Library Board. She had also been a past Brownie and Cub Scout leader.

Many things gave Sue great joy, but her primary interest and focus was her family. She was a wonderful mother and caregiver. She loved children, reading biographies, baking and nature, especially hiking and picnics. Her favorite vacation spot was any place with a view of a lake or ocean.

Those left to honor Sue's memory include her children, Scott (Laurnet) Spalding of Maquoketa, IA, and Sarah Jane "Sally" Spalding of L'Arche Community in Clinton, IA; 2 granddaughters Leslie (Kyle) Bubke and Laura (Dan) Stephenson; 2 great-grandchildren, Noah and Henry Bubke; and a brother, David (Karen) Schoenthaler of Venice, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George on December 27, 2014, and a sister Carol Carpenter.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to L'Arche Community For The Disabled in Clinton, Iowa, or to the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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



Gerald J. Heitkamp


Gerald J. "Jerry" Heitkamp, 75, of Menominee, IL, passed away unexpectedly at 2:10 a.m. Friday, December 07, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish and Holy Name Society rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m.

Jerry was born on January 9, 1943 in Hazel Green, WI, the son of Robert H. and Margaret M. (Runde) Heitkamp.  He was a graduate of Galena High School, class of 1961. Jerry was united in marriage to Charlotte R. Bauer on February 8, 1964 at Nativity BVM Church.

Jerry was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works as a machinist retiring after 46 years of service. He also was employed at Tri-State Auto Auction in Cuba City, WI.  He loved farming and his "Red" International Tractors, and time spent with family and friends.

He was a member of Nativity BVM Parish and its Holy Name Society, U.A.W. Local # 94, and the Nativity BVM Church choir. He and Charlotte loved to travel, driving to various states and traveling out of the country.

Surviving is his wife of 54 years, Charlotte; four children, Michelle Driscoll of Jacksonville, FL, Tom (Beth) Heitkamp and Patty (fiancé Bill Hough) Madsen both of Lake in the Hills, IL, and Cheri (Derek) Kolkovich of Deerfield, WI; nine grandchildren, John, Katrina, Sarah, and Doug; Makayla, Jaiden and Caitlin; Nolan and Tyler; four great-grandchildren, Lily, Tyson, Jaxson and Reagan; a sister, Lois (Robert) Wagner, Asbury, IA, two brothers, Merlin (Linda) Heitkamp of Menominee and Dennis (June) Heitkamp of Ottumwa, IA; and a sister-in-law, Debbie Heitkamp of East Dubuque, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Margaret.

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

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

 

 

 



Brett D. Harrelson


Brett D. Harrelson, 27, of Dubuque, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. Rev. Dianne Grace will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. 

Brett was born February 11, 1991 in Dubuque, the son of Jeff and Nancy (Rieder) Harrelson. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School with the class of 2009. Brett married his high school sweetheart, Penny Berning, on September 16, 2016. 

Brett was an accomplished musician, whose specialty was the trumpet, and he also enjoyed playing the guitar. He loved to ski and snowboard. Brett had an outgoing personality, and he could converse on any subject with anyone. He was a fun loving and compassionate person. Brett was a supportive husband and a great father to his daughter Layla. 

Brett will be deeply missed by his wife, Penny Harrelson; his daughter, Layla Harrelson; his parents, Jeff and Nancy Harrelson; his brother, Michael (Shannon) Harrelson; his parents-in-law, Ellen and John Berning; his godson, Caleb and many nieces and nephews; his aunt Lori Boughton; his uncle Jerry (Debbie) Harrelson; many Berning brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; as well as the entire large extended Berning family. 

He was preceded in death by his sister, Valerie Harrelson; his grandparents, Roy "Sonny" and Betty Rieder and John and Bernadine Harrelson; and his nephew, Brody Harrelson. 

Memorials may be made to the Brett D. Harrelson Memorial Fund. 

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

 

 



Ryan E. Hute


Ryan E. Hute, 34, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday evening, December 5, 2018, OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois, from injuries received in an accident between a semi-trailer truck and school bus near Bloomington, Illinois.

A celebration of Ryan's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, December 13, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

Ryan Edward Hute was born on November 9, 1984 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Dean Laverne and Theresa Diane (Morris) Hute. He was a 2003 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School and earned his CDL shortly thereafter. He married Megan Elizabeth Queal on August 18, 2012 in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Ryan had worked as a driver for Hupp Toyota Lift from June of 2015 until August of 2018. He then went to work at his current job as a semi-truck driver for Jason Farrell Trucking in Clinton, Iowa.

Ryan always had a smile and will be forever known as a "big teddy bear". He first and foremost was a family man. His other pride and joy was his motorcycle which he loved working on and riding. Additionally, he enjoyed deer hunting and fishing for Catfish.

Those left to honor Ryan's memory include his wife, Megan Hute of Delmar, IA; children, Hudson Underwood, Aidan Hute and Ryan "R.J" Hute Jr., all of Delmar, IA; his parents, Theresa and Robert Sherbonda of Elwood, IA, and Dean Hute of Delmar, IA; maternal grandparents, Elsie Morris of AL, and Marilyn Sherbonda of Davenport, IA; sisters, Robin (Gabe) Watters of Clarence, IA, and Amber Hute of Delmar, IA; step-sisters, Amanda (Randall) Parker of TN, and Kimberly (Jeremie) Grant of AR; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dennis and Linda Queal of Princeton, IA; brother-in-law, Ryan Queal of LeClaire, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert Morris, Daisy Hute McPherson, Elmer "Red" Hute and Robert Sherbonda.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ryan E. Hute memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Richard J. Hennings


Richard J. "Dick" Hennings, 92, of Dubuque died December 7, 2018. 

Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 13 at Grace Point Evangelical Presbyterian Church where visitation will be held from 9 to 11:15 a.m.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Dick was born October 27, 1926 in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Ethel (Schilling) Hennings.  He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1947.

On October 24, 1954 he married Ramona Hartley at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, New Albin, Iowa.

He served in the US Army in Germany during the Korean War.

Dick worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 36 years, retiring in 1983.

He was an active member of Grace Point Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ramona Hennings of Dubuque; two sons, Lyle Hennings of Dubuque and James (Carol) Hennings of Dallas, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Katrina (Kyle) Coates, Natasha Hennings, Keysha (Stephen) Anderson and Kayla Hennings; two great grandchildren, Aubrey Jayne Coates and Jordan Daniel Coates.

He is also survived by a brother, Robert Hennings of Atlanta, Georgia; a sister, Dorothy Thomas of Delhi, Iowa; a brother in law, Robert Goodman of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Phyllis Goodman and Kay Wilcox; three brothers in law, Fred Thomas, Donald Wilcox and Herbert Gerdes; a sister in law, Georgine Hennings and two nephews, Duncan Goodman and Mark Wilcox.

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

A Richard Hennings Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health-Finley, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care.



Scott A. Tuthill


Scott A. Tuthill, 53, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 1, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

According to Scott's wishes no public visitation or service will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Scott was born on January 9, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Carl and Marjorie (Goetzinger) Tuthill. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1983.

Scott enjoyed fishing and carpentry, but most of all he loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his daughter Jessica (Nathan) Steffen; two sons Robert (fiance Kaitlynn Robinson) Tuthill, and Jason Tuthill. Grandchildren Harper, Emersyn and Cameron. His parents Carl and Marjorie Tuthill and his siblings Becky (Paul) Shappell, Margie (Lance) Thompson, Tim (Carol) Tuthill and Rod (Sharon) Tuthill.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Leo and Maggie Goetzinger, paternal grandparents John and Naomi Tuthill and his identical twin brother Darran Tuthill.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center especially the CVU and Intensive Care Unit for all their care and kindness.



Sister Eliza Kenney, BVM


Sister Eliza Kenney, BVM, 86, of 1150 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Eliza currently served as curator at Mount Carmel, Dubuque. She was a music instructor at Mundelein College and Loyola University, both in Chicago, and Our Lady of Peace HS in Saint Paul, Minn.

She was born on Sept. 23, 1932, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Robert and Jean Lobingier Kenney. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1951, from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Phoenix. She professed first vows on March 19, 1954, and final vows on July 16, 1959.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a cousin; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 67 years.

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

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



Tonya L. (Fishnick) Duffy


Tonya L. (Fishnick) Duffy, 44, of Dubuque, passed through Heaven's Gates on Tuesday, December 4, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Tonya was born April 15, 1974 in Dubuque, daughter of Michael and Betty (Smith) Fishnick Sr. She was employed for the last 14 years at Molo Companies, and the Galena Brewing Company for the last four years. She was a devoted and loving mom.

Tonya was an outstanding woman with an outgoing, lively personality and brought love and happiness to all she met.  She will be dearly missed by many.

Tonya will be lovingly remembered by her three children, Alan (friend Susan Whittington), Nathan, and Morgan Duffy; her parents; her siblings, Michael Fishnick Jr. and Jamie (Toby) Ryan; her nephews, Levi and Trent Ryan; her niece, Aunna Ryan; her longtime friend Dave Hammel; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mae and Clarence Smith and Bernard and Edna Fishnick; and her former father in law, Ken Duffy.

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



Robert L. Thomas


Robert L. "Bob" Thomas, 77, of Monticello, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Thursday morning, December 6, 2018, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Monticello, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Bob" from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, December 14, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Immediately following the gathering, the family invites all friends and relatives to share in One Last Party® for "Bob" beginning at 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at Carson's. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private burial will be held from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Robert Lee Thomas was born on April 6, 1941 in Appleton, Wisconsin to Edward and Melva (Quelle) Thomas. He grew up in Appleton and graduated from Appleton West High School in 1959. He married Karen Schulze on August 4, 1962 in Appleton, Wisconsin.

After high school, "Bob" worked as stock boy for Woolworth's Department Store and after a short time worked his way up in the company. He would become part of a team that would set up branch locations. Eventually, he became a store manager, first in Clinton, then Fort Madison and lastly in Davenport. In 1971, he moved to Maquoketa and began working for Vern Beatty at the Ben Franklin Store. He later became the store owner until 1985. He then worked as the branch manager for Midland Financial for a couple years, and later as the business manager at Brad Deery Motors in Maquoketa for a year. Lastly, he sold Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance for many years until retiring in 2013. He moved to Arizona in May of 2015 and in November of this year returned to Iowa.

"Bob" was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and had previously served on the Jackson County Public Hospital Board of Trustees. He enjoyed fishing, attending his grandchildren's sporting events, and was known as a "hands-on do-it-yourself fit-it kind of guy".

Those left to honor "Bob's" memory include his children, Dawn Roe of Monticello, IA, and Bradley Thomas of Cedar Rapids, IA; a foster-daughter, Rosalee (Tom) Pollard of Lyndon, IL; 4 grandchildren, Ben, Valerie, Janessa and Miranda; and a brother Edward (Karen) Thomas. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Karen on October 22, 2010.

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



Joseph L. Koch


Joseph L. Koch, 57, of Dubuque, and formerly of Dyersville, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 3, 2018, in Marshalltown, Iowa. Joe's strong faith was evident with his graceful and calm acceptance of his diagnosis of inoperable liver cancer two months earlier and he was ready to meet his Lord.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Key West, Iowa with burial at a later date. Fr. Rod Allers will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Additionally, an hour-long visitation will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at St. Joseph Church.

Joe was born June 29, 1961, in Dubuque, the son of Jerry and Jeanine (Gassmann) Koch. He graduated from Beckman High School, Class of 1979. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University. After graduation, Joe worked for Interstate Power, Alliant Energy and ITC. He thoroughly loved his career in electrical engineering. Joe married Teresa Schmelzer on June 17, 1991 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Basilica and together they had three children.

Joe was passionate about the pro-life movement, recycling and sustainable energy. He was very kind-hearted with a beautiful soul. Joe received the Boy Scout Eagle ranking by refinishing the exterior doors of the Basilica and was a member of the Dubuque Lions Club. It always made his day when one of his Letters to the Editor was published in the TH. Joe enjoyed traveling with his family across the U.S. and abroad to sightsee and unwind. He valued the St. Joseph Parish community and the volunteering and ministry opportunities it provided.

Joe is survived by his children, Christa of Chicago, IL, Danny of New Orleans, LA, and Benjamin of Iowa City; his parents; his sisters, Jolyn Hannan of Dubuque, Tina (Steve) Gulick of Dyersville and Jerilyn (Bruce) Kraft of Chanhassen, MN; aunts and uncles, Janet Westhoff, Kenny (Diane) Koch, Steve (Kathy) Koch, Carol (Jim) Cole, Loras (Carolyn Pasquier) Gassmann, Marilyn Errthum, Karolyn Rose Taylor, Stan (Jane) Gassmann and Marchelle Kluesner; many nieces and nephews; two great-nephews; and the mother of his children, Teresa Koch.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cyril and Alvina Gassmann and Lawrence and Julanda Koch; and his uncles, Joe Taylor, Fritz Errthum, Phil Kluesner, Bob Koch and Walter Westhoff.

Memorials may be given (in Joe's name) to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Key West, Dubuque County Right to Life, Beckman Catholic High School and Wahlert Catholic High School.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kassas, and Dr. Johlin and his nurse Mary of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for their compassionate care of Joe. A heartfelt thank you to Joe's loving high school friends, Mike and Nancy Pins, who made Joe's last day special.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Mary Lou Pierrie


Mary Lou Pierrie, 86, of Dubuque died Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 7, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, where a visitation will be held from 9:30 until the time of services. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Lou was born on January 21, 1931 in Dubuque, the daughter of Milo and Katherine "Kate" (Barrett) Pierrie.
She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1949 and from St. Ambrose College as a Registered Nurse in 1952.

She worked at Medical Associates for over 40 years and retired as a nurse supervisor.

Mary Lou enjoyed golfing and bowling and participated in many leagues and tournaments. She also enjoyed bingo, crossword puzzles, playing cards with family and friends, crocheting, and knitting.

Her warm smile will be missed by all who loved her.

She is survived by her sister, Patricia "Pat" (Bill) Sweeney, of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews; and long-time best friend, Ruth McEnany.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Judy (Bob) McElmeel; and special uncle, Louis Barrett.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Raphael Cathedral.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, Dr. Mark Runde and Hospice of Dubuque.



Adele M. Wetter


Adele M. Wetter, 92, formerly of St. Donatus died Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Hawkeye Care Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be held at 1 pm Saturday, December 8, at St. John's Lutheran Church, St. Donatus, where visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Adele was born March 10, 1926, daughter of August and Norma (Felderman) Siemers. She married John Wetter on July 11, 1978. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1990.

She is survived by the entire congregation of St. John Lutheran, St. Donatus, with whom Adele lived and worshiped her entire life.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harold.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Church, St. Donatus, or a charity of your choice. Help extend Adele's generosity.

The family would like to thank all for their care and concern; especially those from Hawkeye Care Center, Finley Hospital and Great River Medical.



Jerome J. Forkenbrock


Jerome J. "Forky" Forkenbrock, 66, of Epworth, Iowa passed away peacfully Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 6:15 a.m. at his home in Epworth, Iowa surrounded by his family.

The family will greet friends and relatives of Jerome from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

He was born July 21, 1952 in Alton, Iowa, son of Bernard and Esther (Bergfeld) Forkenbrock. He is a graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth. On March 2, 1974 and March 31, 2018 he was united in marriage to Debbie McDermott. He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque works for 40 years.

He was an avid Harley Davidson rider. He loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandson, Ean.

He is a veteran, having served in the Air Force as an Airman and K-9 Patrol.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Forkenbrock of Epworth, IA; A daughter, Hilary (James) Muir of Farley, IA; a grandson, Ean J. Muir of Farley, IA; two brothers, Fred Forkenbrock of Egan, MN and David (Sue) Forkenbrock of Sarasota, FL; his mother-in-law, Coletta McDermott of Cascade, IA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patrick (Marva) McDermott, Donna (Patrick) Smith, Sharon (Dave) Reardon, Bernard (Mary) McDermott, Mary (Gerry) McDermott-Weydert all of Dubuque, John Gansen of Epworth, Bonnie (Neal) Gotto of New Vienna, IA, Terry (Connie) McDermott of Dubuque, and Rhonda (Tom) Gotto of Epworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Donald "Bennie" McDermott; his brother, James Forkenbrock; sisters and brother-in-law, Peggy Gansen, James McDermott and Mary Forkenbrock.

The family would like to thank Special Friends Ron McKiernan and Earl Pfab, Dr. Shaw, Dr. Hermann, Tony and Sandy at Grandriver Oncology and Dr. Johlin at the University of Iowa Hospital and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna and Nicole for all the care and support they gave to Forky.

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



Charles W. Schneckloth


Charles W. Schneckloth, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Monday, December 10, 2018, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt, Iowa.

Charles William Schneckloth was born on July 9, 1931 in Scott County, Iowa, to Rudy and Betty (Schaff) Schneckloth. He married Lola Hodson on October 8, 1950 in DeWitt, Iowa. He worked six years in Wyoming and Colorado as a ranch cowboy and then moved back to Iowa and farmed in the Preston and Maquoketa areas until retiring in 2016 and moving to Maquoketa.

He was active in many organizations but wanted to be remembered as a cowboy, rancher, farmer, good husband, father, neighbor and friend. In keeping with his giving spirit of helping others throughout his life, Charles gave the gift of organ/tissue donation at his passing.

He is survived by his wife Lola Schneckloth of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, Jan (Mike) Holdaway of New Zealand, Dawn (Keith) Brix of Laramie, WY, and Jodi (Luke) Johnson of Dixon, IL; 7 grandchildren, Jessica and Brad of New Zealand, Becky and Meghan of WY, Kate, Jake and Emma of IL; 2 great-grandsons, Charlie and Asher of New Zealand; a niece, Sharon McClimon of AZ; and sisters-in-law, Jean Schneckloth, Jackie Schneckloth, and Lila Stewart of Scotty County, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Allen and LeRoy, a sister LaVonne "Sis" McClimon, a niece Mary Ann McClimon, and nephews Michael and Mark McClimon.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charles W. Schneckloth memorial fund has been established.

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



Doris M. Murray


Doris M. Murray, 95, of Dubuque died Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 3 pm Friday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where visitation will be held Friday from 1:30 pm until time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Doris was born September 22, 1923 in Eldorado, Illinois, daughter of Sylvester and Margaret Muenstermann.

She married Francis A. "Frank" Murray on June 16, 1951 at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee, Illinois.  He preceded her in death on October 25, 2004.

Her faith and family were very important to Doris. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church.

She is survived by three children, Francis A. "Chip" (Julie) Murray of Dubuque, Kevin P. (Patti) Murray and Shaun (Jim) Kleitsch of Stoughton, Wisconsin; 17 grandchildren, Michael (Debbie) Murray, Maggie (Nate) Kiewiet, Matt (Angie) Murray, McKenzie (Jim) Murray-Chen, Whitney Murray, Quinn (Alec) Murray-Sundelius, Jace Murray, Kara (Tim) Rysavy, Anna (Cole) Taggart, Abby (Pat) McInerney, Ali Schultz, Meghan (Frank) Kleitsch Raff, Daniel (Lindsey) Kleitsch, Jenna Kleitsch, Jacob Kleitsch, Molly Kleitsch, and Noah Kleitsch, and 20 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Kathleen Murray Schultz; and six siblings, Zerita, Eleanor, Larry, Don, Bernard and Jim.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stonehill Care Center or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their wonderful care.

 

 



Julie E. Unsen


Julie Eileen Unsen, 57, of Dubuque lost her battle with Cancer on December 4, 2018 in her home while surrounded by family and loved ones.

A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 7th,2 018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday until time of services.

Julie was born on November 2, 1961 in Dubuque to parents, John "Peach" and Rita (Splinter) Cavanaugh.

Julie is survived by her children, Mandy (Zachary) Krapfl and Clay Unsen, with whom she shared with ex-husband, Robert M. Unsen; grandchildren, Killian and Cavin Krapfl; and her boyfriend, Rick Weland.

She is survived by seven sisters and two brothers: Nancy Hess; Mary Jane (Rod) Krapfl; Gary (Suzie) Cavanaugh; Diane Cavanaugh, all of Dubuque. Darlene (Lor) Krapfl and Dan (Jana) Cavanaugh, all of Peosta. Laurie (Mike) Foster of Walkerton, Indiana. Amy (Tim) Stierman of Zwingle, and Janet "Charlie" Balk (Denny Huber) of Delaware, Iowa. She is also survived by her maternal and paternal aunts and uncles, and the many, many, MANY nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews that the family has been blessed with over the years.

Julie is proceeded in death by her parents, John and Rita Cavanaugh; brother, Dale Cavanaugh; a brother in infancy; and her brother-in-law, Ronnie Hess.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. David P. Bender, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Dr. Mark E. Hermann, Hospice Physician at Grand River Medical Group. To the dedicated staff at Hospice of Dubuque, thank you all for your kindness and care, especially to her nurse Cindy.

In lieu of flowers, a Julie Unsen Memorial Fund has been established.



Iris M. Jensen


Iris M. Jensen, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Luther Manor Grand Meadows. 

Iris was born December 25, 1923 in Carlisle, IA, the daughter of Thomas and Mamie (Huff) Davis. 

She married Louis F. Jensen on July 18, 1945 in Des Moines. He preceded her in death on June 24, 2008. 

Iris graduated from Moody Bible Institute, and alongside her husband served as a missionary in Tokyo, Japan for 15 years. Iris was known for her generous hospitality; she excelled in baking, sewing, and quilting. She enjoyed being very active, even riding her bicycle and downhill skiing into her 70’s. 

Iris is survived by five children, Patricia (Dave) Fogle of Hemet, CA; Paul (Sharon) Jensen of Dubuque, IA; Ruth (Dale) Zschoche of Colorado Springs, CO; Rebecca Jensen of Newtown Square, PA; and Philip Jensen of Dubuque, IA; 14 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and her sister, Bonnie Urban. 

In addition to her husband, Iris was preceded in death by her parents, and most of her siblings. 

Memorials may be made to the Pastor Louis F. Jensen Scholarship Fund at Emmaus Bible College.   

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Hospice of Dubuque; the staff at Luther Manor and Oak Park Place (especially CNA Colleen); Dr. Kristen Nelson; Chris and Nancy Lange; and her dear friend at Luther Manor, Alice Miller.

Friends may greet the family for Visitation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at HoffmannSchneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.  A Graveside Ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 10, Rock Island National Cemetery. Attendees will gather at 1:30 p.m. in the Ducky’s Formal Wear parking lot: 1721 5th Ave, Moline, IL for procession onto the Arsenal island. There will also be a large Celebration of Life & Memorial Ceremony for Iris at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel at 1pm on Saturday, February 16th, 2019, at 2843 John F Kennedy Rd., Dubuque.

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

 



Alice Snodgrass


Alice Patricia "Pat" Snodgrass, 84, of Davenport, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018, at her home.

A celebration of Alice's life will be held 3:30 P.M., Friday, December 7, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private family visitation will be held, and burial will be at a later date at the Rock Island National Cemetery in Rock Island, Illinois.

Alice Patricia Thompsen was born on April 29, 1934 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Peter and Mathilda (Beeks) Thompsen. At a young age her parents divorced, and her mom remarried Clifford Ralston who helped raise her. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and later received her nurses training and degree from Trinity School of Nursing in 1966. She married Merlin Elwood Snodgrass on June 2, 1956 in Brookville, Indiana. He preceded her in death in 1985.

Alice "Pat" worked as an LPN and then as RN for over 20 years at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa, 7 years at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, 10 years at Trinity Osteopathic Hospital in Davenport, and lastly as a traveling nurse.

Alice "Pat" was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, Emeline Schoolhouse Restoration Committee, Master Gardner's, and formerly the American Kennel Club. She enjoyed gardening, knitting and dogs. She had raised and shown German Shepherds for many years. Additionally, she was very involved in her grandchildren's lives and spent a great deal of time at horse shows, rodeos, trap shooting and baseball. She loved that they were involved and encouraged them, sometimes loudly from the sidelines.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Patrick Snodgrass of Oxford Junction, IA, Tommy Snodgrass of Davenport, IA, Lori Snodgrass of Davenport, IA, and Mary Rauch of Baldwin, IA; and 2 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, step-father, husband Merlin, and a sister Mary Brady.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Alice Patricia "Pat" Snodgrass memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Joseph R. Schlarman, Sr.


Joseph R. "Joe" Schlarman Sr., age 85, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:58 a.m., on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at home. To honor Joe's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, December 10, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Joe was born on December 11, 1932, in rural Dyersville, Iowa, son of Joseph and Josephine (Jaeger) Schlarmann.

Joe was born in Dyersville, and sadly found himself parentless at age 11, he was however fortunate enough to be raised by several relatives throughout the years. He was raised with an exemplary work ethic, and at age 16, became a loyal employee of the Dubuque Packing Company, even walking to work in the winter time when the roads were too icy, for 35 years until they closed in 1982. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Madeline Miller, September 14, 1957, at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta, Iowa, and the two were blessed with 61 years together and 3 adored children. After the packing house closed up shop, Joe and Madi turned their passion for restoring and saving some of Dubuque's Architectural Treasures into Joe's new career, no job was too hard or too dirty for Joe to tackle, and they were extremely proud of giving new life to the Captain Merry House, 1599 Bluff Street and 1020 Bluff Street. Joe was a family man, through and through, and he and Madi wanted to make sure that the children grew up with an appreciation of the beautiful world they lived in. It was through their love of camping that they were able to instill a love of nature in all of the children. Joe was always very active with the Boy Scouts for over 35 years with Troop 45. In his younger years, Joe enjoyed outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing, but also was a phenomenal roller skater, at one point even being recruited by the Bay City Bombers. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, but are grateful for all of the memories and the life lessons he has taught us during his 85 years here with us.

Those left to cherish Joe's memory include

his loving wife,
Madeline "Madi" Schlarman, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Julie Schlarman, Albuquerque, NM,
Joseph R. "Guy" (Ruth) Schlarman Jr., Eureka, MT
and Douglas (Michelle) Schlarman, Allen, TX;

his 4 grandchildren,
Stephen Douglas Schlarman, Ian Joseph Schlarman, Joseph Schlarman and Madeline Schlarman;

and a sister,
Anna Mae (Loras) Kieffer, Dubuque, IA.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Rose Schlarmann in infancy, Delores Duetmeyer, Louis Schlarmann, Clarence Schlarmann, Jerome Schlarmann, Cletus Schlarmann and Robert Schlarmann.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Joe's favorite charities.

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

 



Shirley A. Heitzman


Shirley A. Heitzman, 82, of Dubuque, died Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 6 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where a visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Shirley was born on September 8, 1936 in Hampton, Iowa the daughter of Robert and Ethel (Keapproth) O'Connor.  She spent most of her childhood in Fort Dodge, Iowa and graduated from Corpus Christi High School. Shirley graduated from Iowa State University in 1958 where she received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics.  She completed her dietetic internship at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Shirley moved to Dubuque and was a Dietician at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital.  She was introduced to Al Heitzman by mutual friends and they were married on November 4, 1961 at Corpus Christi Church in Ft. Dodge, Iowa.  Shirley and Al were parents of five children.  She became a stay at home mom and was dedicated to raising her children. Naturally, because of her dietician background she was a great cook.  She also took a great interest in flower gardening, especially her roses.

In her later years, Shirley and Al loved golfing together weekday mornings at Fillmore Golf Course.  They were also avid walkers at Heritage Trail, Bergfeld Pond or the Mall.  Shirley also liked playing Bridge with her group at Mt. Carmel and Lifetime Center.  Shirley and Al enjoyed taking bus trips throughout the United States and an annual Caribbean Cruise.  Until recent years they also enjoyed spending the winter months in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

After living on Westridge Drive for 52 years, Shirley and Al moved to the Woodlands Senior Apartments in September 2016.  Each morning, she looked forward to having a cup of coffee with the ladies.  She loved coffee, drinking it from the minute she woke until early evening.  She also took great care in watching over Al, making sure he got enough protein each day. Always the Dietician!  In the last few years she also took great interest in college basketball and couldn't wait to watch Iowa State and Big East basketball.  

Shirley took great joy in the accomplishments of her grown children.  But even more, treasured time with her grandchildren and took great pride in seeing them grow up and develop their unique personalities.  We are blessed that mom was able to spend this past Thanksgiving Holiday with all her children and grandchildren. 

She is survived by her husband, Al; children, David Heitzman, of Dubuque, James Heitzman, of Dubuque, Mary (Paul) Prososki (Shellenberger), of Parkville, MO, Ann (Tim) Gillispie, of Urbandale, IA, and Joseph (Shelly) Heitzman, of Urbandale, IA; grandchildren, William Shellenberger and Jake and Josh Prososki, Kendall and Jordan Gillispie, Anna and Emily Heitzman; and her sister, Debra (Jeff) Gustafson of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Barb (Jerry) Sweiger; grandson, Charlie Shellenberger; son-in-law, Timothy Shellenberger; 

Shirley was a longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. A Shirley A. Heitzman Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank mom's sister Debra and her husband Jeff for their love and support over the years. We also appreciate the efforts of the doctors and nurses at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque and the doctors and nurses at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Especially the nurses in the UIHC Neuroscience ICU and Palliative Care units who provided compassionate care to both Shirley and her family during her final days.

 

 



Harold E. Langkamp


Harold E. Langkamp, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 9:05 p.m., on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Harold's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Harold's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Harold was born on May 13, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Emma (Launspach) Langkamp.

Harold honorably served his country with the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1954 in Germany, where he would meet the love of his life, Maria Gaa. The young couple would be united in marriage on January 16, 1951, in Germany, and the two were blessed with 65 wonderful years together, and 5 children, before Maria was called home ahead of him on August 8, 2016.

Harold was raised with a strong work ethic, and devoted his time and talents to Morrison Brothers for 40+ years, until his well earned retirement. He was also quite handy with a tool belt, and enjoyed tinkering and working on projects around the house. In his younger days, Harold enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors hunting and fishing, and in later years went out walking as often as he could. Harold was quite a card shark, a skill he looked forward to teaching all of the children and grandchildren, and was well known for starting them out at a very young age. He was always up for a spirited game of Euchre or Poker with the family, and would occasionally test his skills and luck at the Casino. Harold's sense of humor was legendary, he had a playful, joking personality, as well as a sweet way of flirting with the ladies, making sure they all felt beautiful and special. Family, beyond a doubt, brought the greatest joy into Harold's days, he especially loved any chance that came his way to play with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at the loss of such a wonderful, devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, but take comfort in knowing that he and his beloved wife, Maria, are now once again reunited in their Heavenly home.

Those left to cherish Harold's memory include

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

his grandchildren,
Amanda (Brian) Wlochal, Brett Langkamp, Jennifer (Bill Hattula) Sheldon and Matthew Parker;

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

his siblings,
Arnold "Bub" Langkamp
and Shirley Chapman, both of Dubuque, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Tom Piehl, Atlanta, GA.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Maria Langkamp; and his siblings, Leonard (Delores) Langkamp, Merlin "Mac" (Darlene) Langkamp and Beverly Piehl; and a brother-in-law, James "Jim" Chapman.

Harold's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, professional and compassionate care of Harold these past years.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



Terance M. Chapman


Terance M. Chapman, 55, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Heritage Manor-Hawkeye Care Center.

Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 4:30 p.m.

Terance was born March 6, 1963 in Dubuque, the son of Kenneth and Sharon (Voelz) Chapman. He graduated from Wahlert High School, and went on to graduate from Wisconsin School of Technology.

He was a member of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps for 5 years.

Terance served his country with the U.S. Army.

Terance is survived by his children, Allison, Christopher, and Marc Chapman; his parents, Kenneth and Sharon Chapman; his brothers, Daniel (Lynn) of Dubuque, Joseph (Patty) of Troy, IL, Thomas of Dubuque, Douglas of Dubuque, and Michael (friend Linn Phan) Chapman of Jeffersonville, IN; his sister, Elizabeth Schleicher of Lancaster, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and his sister, Kathleen "Callie" Bishay.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Manor-Hawkeye Care Center for caring for Terance for over 11 years, as well as Dr. Allen Meurer.

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



Jed R. Henry


Jed R. Henry, 40, of rural Dallas Center, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018, at Mercy West Lakes Hospital in West Des Moines.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Grimes where friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday also at the church. Burial will be at Sunny Hill Cemetery in Grimes.

Jed was born April 30, 1978, in Dubuque, IA, son of Richard and Deborah (Wieser) Henry. He received his education in Dubuque and graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 1996. He continued his education at Des Moines Area Community College studying diesel technology. He then began working for Housby Mack in Des Moines until later becoming employed at Embree Ag in Waukee and was part time farmer and did custom baling for area farmers.

On July 2, 2011 he was united in marriage to Michelle Ware in Saylorville and they made their home in Grimes and more recently had moved to a farm east of Dallas Center.

Jed is survived by his wife Michelle, two sons, Wyatt and Jacob of Dallas Center, his parents Rick and Deb Henry, a sister Sarah (Marc) Matthewson and their daughters Riley and Stella all of Carroll, IA, grandmother Dorothy Henry of Dubuque, mother and father-in-law Bill and Carolyn Ware of Grimes, brother-in-law Billy (Sara) Ware and their son William of Clive, IA and a sister-in-law Kim (Joe) Philippson and their daughters Maykaylee and Cameron of Grimes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

 



William M. Vander Meulen


William M. "Bill" Vander Meulen, 45, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 1, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. Bill passed away after a courageous 15-year battle with cancer. Defying many odds, he was an inspiration to many with his determination and positive attitude. He took pride in not letting his health keep him down.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating and assisted by Pastor Loren Hirschy. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

Bill was born on September 29, 1973 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of William F. and Elaine (Ernst) Vander Meulen, Sr. He attended Hempstead High School and after high school he worked construction and then at Eagle Window and Door. Lastly, he worked as a custodian for the Dubuque Community School District where he thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Kennedy Elementary School Family.

He married Amy Parker, his high school sweetheart on May 24th, 1997. Bill was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. When Bill wasn't taking Amy to lunch or driving the boys and their friends around in his prized yellow truck, he enjoyed camping, bowling and was an avid Colts, Yankees and Hawkeye fan.

He mostly enjoyed watching his boys' sporting events including their practices. He was very proud of the young men his boys have turned into, they had an awesome role model.

Bill will be greatly missed by his wife Amy; his two sons Colten and Derek; his parents William "Bill" and Elaine Vander Meulen; his sisters Lisa (Shawn) Decker, and Cindy Vander Meulen; his father and mother-in-law Greg and Laurie Parker; his brother-in-law Mike (Mandy) Parker; his maternal grandmother Olivia Ernst; nieces and nephews Ryan Decker, Carley Vander Meulen, Andrew Decker, Drake and Mia Parker; many aunts and uncles, his grandfather-in-law Joseph MacDonald and his Final Four Camping Family.

He was preceded in death by an infant son William Joseph; his maternal grandfather Carl Ernst; paternal grandparents Robert and Mary Vander Meulen, an uncle Gary Ernst; his grandmother-in-law Juanita MacDonald and grandparents-in-law Ravis "Cotton" 'and Elizabeth "Betty" Parker and a special camping buddy, Lyle Kelchen.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Okuno from Mayo Clinic Oncology and the Final Four Camping Family for their continued support and friendship.



Francis Wayne Zaruba


Francis Wayne Zaruba, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Francis Wayne's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the church. A private burial will be at the Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Francis Wayne Zaruba was born on February 22, 1930 in Onslow, Iowa, to John Albert and Frances Mae (Coppess) Zaruba. He was educated in Jones County country schools and later earned his GED. He served his country in the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Gertrude Marie Leslie on March 27, 1954 in Oxford Junction, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Vicki, Sheryl, Scott, and Tim.

Upon returning home from his military service, Francis Wayne had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as a Melt Foreman. He then worked as a grinder at Caterpillar in Bettendorf and later retired from Caterpillar in York, Pennsylvania. In addition to his full-time job, he always had a second job as a handyman. He was a "jack-of-all-trades" and did carpentry, electrical and plumbing work.

He was a member of Faith Community Church in Maquoketa, and the Oxford Junction American Legion Post #473. He enjoyed camping, fishing, handyman work, reading, and Blue Grass festivals and music.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Gertrude Zaruba of Maquoketa, IA; children, Vicki (Bill) Norman of Houston, TX, Sheryl (Richard) Crist of Maquoketa, IA, Scott "Frank" (Wendy) Zaruba of Maquoketa, IA, and Tim Zaruba of Bettendorf, IA; 11 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; and brothers, John (Joyce) Zaruba of Tipton, IA, Glenn Dale (Helen) Zaruba of Davenport, IA, Robert Zaruba of Marshalltown, IA, Jerry (Judy) Zaruba of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Jim Zaruba of Des Moines, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Barbara Widel.

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



Robert J. Bahl


Robert J. Bahl, Jr. age 64, passed away peacefully on Nov 28th at Unitypoint/Finley Hospital. He was born on October 6, 1954 in Dubuque IA., son of Robert J. Bahl Sr. and Wilma L. (Konzen) Bahl. He served his country in the United States Air Force and earned his Bachelor of Science Nursing degree in San Antonio, Texas. He was a dedicated ICU nurse for over 25 years.

Robert was no stranger to pain...his own pain, and that of other's. He witnessed it all. In the toughest of situations, he was there to help. He used his medical knowledge and bedside-bravery to be caring and honest. Being honest was how he was raised, how he grew up, and how he lived his life. No question, his honesty may have caused others some discomfort at times. But that didn't change who he was nor the lifestyle he lived.

He shared his life with his closest of friends and family. Robert was generous. He enjoyed travelling, great food, and fine wine - and he loved to share all of that with others. At an early age his ears taught his fingers how to master the piano. He liked musicals and theater, appreciating each note, applauding each act. From dinner parties to birthday celebrations, he was the Master of Detail. Had his health not failed so rapidly he would have choreographed the weather for his own funeral.

Robert's independent vision of life may have broadened the vision of others. An interesting dichotomy of sorts - but interesting, he was. A good son, a good brother, a good uncle, a good friend.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Wilma.

He is survived by his siblings Janice (Dave) Wagner, Barb (John) Liphardt, Diane (Tom) Thompson, Alan (Nancy) Bahl, Joyce (Dane) Jackson, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his very special friend Ann Butterfield of Santee, CA. Ann, you made him whole.

We would like to thank the 5th floor nursing staff at Finley especially Travis, Ellie, Debbie, and Chrissy for their wonderful care.

For what is man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels. And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows
He took the blows
And did it his way



Kenneth E. Calonder


Kenneth E. Calonder, 84, of Durango, passed away on Saturday December 1, 2018 at his home.

Funeral services will be 11a.m., Wednesday, December 5 at Sherrill United Church of Christ, with Rev. Emily Blue officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. A visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 9:45-10:45 a.m., Wednesday at the Church.

Kenneth was born on June 22, 1934 in Dubuque, the son of Elmer and Pearl (Dalbkermeyer) Calonder.

He married Leola Wetter on May 13, 1957 in Sherrill, Iowa.

Kenneth served our country in the United States Army from 1957- 1958.

Kenneth farmed for most of his life, milking cows until he was 78. He was an avid fisherman with his buddy, Leon. Kenneth was proud of his blue Ford Tractor and enjoyed being with his family.

He was a member of the Dubuque County Extension Council and the Farm Bureau Board. He was awarded volunteer of the year at Camp Albrecht Acres in 2018.

He is survived by his children, Sue (Roger) Beck, of Manchester, IA, Ron (Lynn) Calonder, of Rickardsville, IA, Kevin Calonder, of Durango, Steve (Trista) Calonder, of Sumner, IA; grandchildren, Shane, Troy, and Austin Beck, Kendra Calonder, and Austin, Aidan, Nathanial, Ethan, Noah, and Hannah Calonder; brother, Keith (Shirley) Calonder, of Durango; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe Rosemeyer, of East Dubuque, IL, Bruce (Linda) Watters, of Dubuque, and Theresa Wetter, of Sherrill, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leola; son, Bob; parents; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Violet Rosemeyer, Myrtle Watters and Milton Wetter.

Memorials may be given to Camp Albrecht Acres or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Luke J. Billmeyer


Luke James Billmeyer, 30, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 28, 2018 the result of an automobile accident.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 3rd, 2018 at Hope Church with Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Colesburg, Iowa. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday December 2nd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Luke was born on July 12, 1988 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Dean Dalos Billmeyer and Julie Marie Schumacher. He attended Hempstead High School in Dubuque and worked at various restaurants throughout his life as a cook. Luke was an excellent cook and made many delicious meals, he especially enjoyed cooking for his family and friends.

Along with cooking Luke enjoyed fishing especially with his brothers, playing guitar was his passion and he was the best at pulling pranks.

He is survived by his father Dean Billmeyer, his mother Julie (Joseph Accola) Schumacher; his siblings, Joshua Billmeyer, Vania (Scott) Riedl, Judd (Ashley) Billmeyer, and Alisia (Jimmy) Peacock. His nieces Ashlynn and Kammryn; nephews Ivan, Cole, Aidan, Austin and a nephew on the way. Many uncles and aunts including two special aunts Lisa and Jenny; three very special cousins Dalton, Brandon and Jesse.

Luke was preceded in death by his grandparents, Erma and Ivan Billmeyer, Melvin "Tink" and Kathleen Schumacher.

To our family and friends, we thank you for all the care, support and especially the love shown to us during this very difficult time. Luke was loved by so many and will be missed greatly.

 



Carl P. Lawrence


Carl Patrick Lawrence, 46, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 27, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Karen Candee officiating.

Carl was born on April 12, 1972 in Maquoketa, Iowa the son of Guy Lawrence and Judith Cayard. He graduated from Senior High School in 1990 and married Monica Monner on May 17, 2014 in Dubuque.

He was a former taxi driver for A1 Taxi and was lastly a self-employed Uber and Lyft driver.

Carl is survived by his wife Monica; his mother Judith Cayard of Savanna, IL; siblings Jennifer Lawrence, of Buffalo, NY, Tiffany (James) Spark, of Dubuque, Iowa, Nathan Lawrence, of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Melissa (Stephen) Lawrence, of Chicago, IL and his fur babies Pip the dog and Sissy the cat.

He was preceded in death by his father Guy; step-mother Marge (Coakley) Lawrence; his brother Stephen Lawrence and his beloved dog Dirty Boy.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center.

 



Darlene C. Small


Darlene C. Small, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Darlene's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, December 7, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, in Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Darlene Caroline Busch was born on February 11, 1928 near Nashville, Iowa, to John C.A. and Caroline (Kokemuller) Busch. She grew up in Jackson County and married Donald Daniel "Don" Small on January 1, 1947 in Wyoming, Iowa. Three children were born to this union, James, Sandra, and Gregory.

Darlene had worked at Spalding's Footwear in Maquoketa, and retired from there following a 30 year career. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa.

Darlene enjoyed gardening, traveling and fishing with her husband. She and Don would take yearly fishing trips to Minnesota, and each week in the summer they would go fishing on the Mississippi River. Darlene also enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, playing chicken foot dominoes with family and friends, and reminiscing about happy times while looking through her many photo albums.

Those left to honor Darlene's memory include her children, Sandra (Norman) Kennedy of Maquoketa, IA, and Gregory (Kimberli) Small of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Orben (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA; 16 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald on April 13, 2002, a son James on June 5, 1998, brothers Rev. Emmett and Virtes, and sisters Irene Wyatt and Leona Westphal.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Darlene C. Small memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Odelia M. Boffeli


Odelia M. "Odie" Boffeli, 87, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at her home in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by her loving family.

Friends and family may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Services for Odie will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 3, 2018 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born on the family farm west of Cascade on March 31, 1931 to Joseph and Mary (Rauen) Beringer, Luxemburg, Europe immigrants to America. Odie loved her Luxemburg heritage and spoke the language fluently.

She was a graduate of both elementary and St. Mary's High School. She was united in marriage to Eldon "Pete" Boffeli on October 11, 1949 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. They farmed in the Cascade, Placid area, later moving to Cascade. For many years she was employed as a Western Dubuque School bus driver. Her faith, family, friends and the many family get togethers with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren she treasured dearly.

She is survived by eleven children, Rick (Linda) Boffeli of Epworth, Sue (Rick) Hosch, Bill (Linda) Boffeli, Joyce (Mark) Fagan, Peter (Mary Deb) Boffeli, and Nick Boffeli all of Cascade, Jayne (Larry) Kirkpatrick of Alachua, FL, Jacque (Tony) Breitbach of Manchester, MO, Maura (Jerry) Stafford of VanMeter, Jenny (Todd) McCombs of Johnston, and Russ (Jane) Boffeli of Cascade; one son in law, Chuck (Amy) Noonan of Bernard; 27 grandchildren, Eric (Jennifer) Noonan, Jason (Laura) Noonan, Nathan Boffeli, Katie (Troy) Gibbs, Dawn (Mike) Pladna, Julie (Nick) Meyer, Micaela (Travis) Dolezal, Ryan Hosch, Ali (Tyler) Kisner, Laura (Ron) Cook, Lisa (Adam) Long, Lacey Boffeli, Kyle (Angie) Fagan, Travis (Kelli) Fagan, Brad (Lisa) Boffeli, Brett Boffeli, Brittney Boffeli, Jeff Boffeli, Jeremy (Kiley) Boffeli, Jarrod (Camilla) Kirkpatrick, Chayson (Kelly) Kirkpatrick, Jenna Breitbach, Kaylyn Breitbach, Alec McCombs, Aubrey McCombs, Lidia Boffeli and Ben Boffeli; ; 30 great grandchildren, Ava, Hanna, Olivia, Nolan, Aidan, Claudia, Alexis, Adler, Jensen, Kaden, Mariah, Addison, Owen, Avery, Alanna, Bennett, Michelle, Natalie, Clark, Arya, Olivia, Nora, Dylan, Brayden, Isabelle, Madelyn, Kinsley, Lauren, Cara and Cecelia. She is also survived by a sister, Tecie (Jim) Lehman of Cascade and four sisters-in-law, Bernice Beringer of Dyersville, Imelda Beringer of Cascade, Lois Boffeli of Farley, and Lorraine Boffeli of Manchester.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eldon "Pete" Boffeli on November 16, 2005; and 3 children, Steve Boffeli on April 15, 1971, Kay (Boffeli) Noonan on June 9, 1976 and Julie Boffeli on Dec. 19, 1957; her siblings and their spouses, Victor (Anna) Beringer, Carl (Alvina) Beringer, Nick Beringer, Arnold (Ione) Beringer, Bill Beringer, Frederick Beringer and Emil Beringer both in infancy; her brothers and sisters-in-laws, LaVerne Boffeli, Merlin & Mary Boffeli, Don & Cecelia McAllister, Vic & Pearl Schaul, Delia & Wesley Truair, Sr. Raynel Boffeli, O.S.F., Allan Boffeli, Eugene & Maxine Boffeli, Bill Boffeli, Pete & Mariet Schmitt, Rosene Dolphin-Trumm, Merlin Dolphin, LeRoy Trumm; and a very special nephew, Ralph Beringer.

She was a fantastic Cascade Historian, an amazing homemaker and if you wanted a lovely meal-call Odie.

We would like to thank all of our friends and relatives for all the prayers, thoughts and food delivered to our home. A sincere thanks to a very special friend, Fr. Loecke. Also thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeanette, Stacey, Jenni and Sherry Kelchen and staff for all the compassionate care and support given to Odie and to our family.

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



George C. Mihm


George C. Mihm, age 86, of Dubuque, and formerly of Sherrill, was called home peacefully at 4:15 a.m., on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab. To honor George's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate George's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

George was born on March 14, 1932, in Wacoma, Iowa, son of Bernard and Marie (Manderfield) Mihm Sr.

George honorably served his country with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was raised with a strong work ethic, which he put to good use farming in the Sherrill area his entire life. He married Dorothy Klein Engling on July 29, 1961, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, and the two were blessed with 46 years together before Dorothy was sadly called home ahead of him on May 23, 2008. He was a long-time, faithful member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, as well as the Catholic Order of Foresters. We are sad that George will no longer be here to sit and talk with us as he enjoys a hard boiled egg, but take some comfort in the fact that he is now free of all of his health issues, and is reunited with all of his family members called home ahead of him in his Heavenly Home.

Those left to cherish George's memory include

his step-children,
Patti (Marv) Errthum, Holy Cross, IA
and Robert (Connie) Engling, Bradley, IL;

his step-grandchildren,
Cindy (Mike) Ehrlich, Dave (Lisa) Errthum, Dale (Michele) Errthum, Sheri (Brian) Gaul, Dan Engling, Don Engling, Jenni (Roger) Willenbring, Roberta (Jermiah) Smith, Elizabeth (Steve) Lutz, Doug Errthum and Andrew (Alicia) Engling;

his siblings,
Rosemary (Robert) Cook, North Buena Vista, IA,
Clementine Walz, Strawberry Point, IA
and Virgil Mihm, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Grace Dean, Dubuque, IA.

George was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy Mihm; a brother, Bernard (Florence) Mihm Jr.;a daughter-in-law, Joan Engling; a sister-in-law, Kay Mihm; 4 brothers-in-law, Eldon Walz, Ambrose (Theresa) (Lavern) Klein, Clarence Dean and Virgil (Lila) Nauman; and a special aunt, Angie Manderfield.

George's family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor, especially Mary Cota, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided for George these past few years.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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



James A. Arnold


James "Jim" A. Arnold, 43, of New Vienna, passed away on November 24, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 2, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, in Dyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday December 3, 2018 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate. 

Jim was born on February 26, 1975 the son of Mary (Wiskus) Arnold and the late Loras Arnold. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1993. 

Jim was a member of Farm Bureau, the Dubuque County Cattleman's Association and supporter of Delaware County Cattleman's. His passion was farming, spending the last 20+ years doing what he loved most. He was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning his farm and building his home. Jim enjoyed sharing his knowledge of farming with his nieces and nephews, always having a buddy seat for them to ride along.  

Survivors include his mother Mary Arnold of Luxemburg, 3 sisters: Kathy (Avery) Crary of Garnavillo, Sue (Rick) Lawler of Epworth, and Debbie (Matt) Puetz of Bernard, 4 brothers: Kenny (Emily Merges) Arnold and Jeff (Tami) Arnold of Luxemburg, Charlie (Jenny) Arnold of Dyersville, and Bob (Julie) Arnold of Petersburg, nieces and nephews: Heather and Brook Crary, Hannah and Alex Lawler, Kaci (goddaughter) and Kolten Arnold, Madalynn, Tyler and Kaitlynn Arnold, Abby and Nathan Puetz, and Dalton, Trenton and Kirstyn Miller, and his aunts and uncles.

Jim was preceded in death by his father Loras in May of 2007.

And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker."  So God made a farmer.

Jim's family would like to thank the New Vienna Fire Department and First Responders.

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



Carson Poje Stanley


Carson Poje Stanley, 46, of East Dubuque, IL passed away on November 25th, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 30th, 2018 at Old Paths Baptist Church, 685 Duggan Drive where services will be at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Edward Mast officiating. Military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will be accorded following the services.

He was born on October 2, 1972 the son of Paul and Maryann (Boyer) Stanley. Carson was a proponent of life-long learning and academia. He completed and received his MBA from the University of Dubuque in 2009.

He proudly served in the US Army Reserve and was last employed with PTI as manager of transportation of railroad crews.

He married the love of his life, Jody Waterman, on July 10, 1993.

Carson was a member of the University of Dubuque Alumni, proud member of NRA and member of "I Grew Up in Iowa" group.

Carson was an organ and tissue donor. He was a friend to everyone he met and will be missed by many. He had many interests including reading, fishing, hunting, shooting with his boys, spoiling Esther, volunteer work and was an avid card player.

Carson loved his family and would do anything for them - even though he loved to agitate people and was a master gossiper.

He is survived by the love of his life Jody; sons Austin, Wyatt and Coty and his daughter Esther, along with his adopted son Paul Nash. He was a loving grandfather to Daniel and Briella Stanley. One brother John (Chrystal) Stanley; four sisters Diana (Ray) Sprengelmeyer, Mary Anderson, Elizabeth Bergman and Carol Stanley. His father and mother-in-law Bill and Dixie Waterman; Brother-in-law William (Renee) Waterman; many nieces and nephews and his dogs Flopsy, Lord Byron and Queen Victoria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Pamela Edahl and Andrea Stanley and a nephew Matt Edahl.

The family would like to thank the East Dubuque Fire Department, Mercy Medical Center, along with special friends Rich Birkenbeuel, Harry Johnson and Family and the late Hank Suverkrup for all their care, kindness and compassion.



Ricky F. Caspersen


Ricky Francis Caspersen, 62, of Dubuque died Saturday November 24, 2018 from complications following heart surgery. He fought till the end, but his body could not recover. Visitation will be held Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 3-7 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory at 2659 JFK Rd. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Rick was born on July 25, 1956 the son of Irvin and Leola Caspersen. Rick graduated from Garnavillo High School in 1974, after high school he enlisted in the US Navy, following in his dad and brothers' footsteps, serving from 1975-1981. He served four years in the reserves and served the last two years in the Vietnam War as a Boatswain's Mate. He was so proud of being a Vietnam Veteran.

Rick moved to South Carolina where he picked up an accent that never really went away. He became a police officer in various cities and worked in a maximum-security prison before moving to Dubuque where he met and married Linda (Hedrick) Caspersen in 1986 for a wonderful 32 years. Rick worked at Eagle Window & Door for 27 years until he retired. Rick loved the Oakland Raiders, the Chicago Cubs, riding his Harley Davidson, fishing, and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Linda Caspersen of Dubuque; a daughter Kelsey Caspersen, who was daddy's little Princess, of Dubuque; and a son Christopher Caspersen of New York; brothers Gary (Nancy) Caspersen of Lenore, Idaho, and Ron (Linda) Caspersen of Garnavillo, IA; sister Charlene Schrodt of Dubuque; sister in law Connie (Byrne) Chapman of Madison, WI; and brother in law Tim (Alysia) Hedrick of Dubuque; five Grandchildren; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews who all loved their fun uncle Rick; also surviving Rick is his dog Kimo who was his constant companion.

He was preceded in death by his parents Irvin Caspersen and Leola Brady; stepdad Patrick Brady; and his father and mother in law Frank and Helen Hedrick.

He will be missed by many; may you rest in peace. Rick, we love you. Hope you are now riding free like the free bird you always were.

In lieu of flowers a Ricky F. Caspersen Memorial fund has been established.

 

 



Delores G. Gielissen


Delores G. Gielissen, 87, formerly of N. Algona Street, passed away on November 26, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center with her children by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church. Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Delores was born on August 29, 1931 in Rockford, IL the daughter of George and Hilda (Hoffmann) Theodore. She moved to Dubuque with her family when she was 13. After high school she worked at the telephone company and the Dubuque Packing Company.

She married Robert "Bob" Gielissen on May 14, 1955 and he preceded her in death on October 15, 1983.

Dee was a stay at home mom and homemaker. She enjoyed taking care of her family, her home and loved working outside. Until last year she spent time every day she could working in her yard.

She was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Parish for more than 60 years and spent a lot of time praying for the people she cared about.

Dee is survived by her son Bob (Judy) Gielissen; grandchildren, Jim (Glenys Buckingham) Gielissen, Katie (Matt Putz) Gielissen, and Theresa Gielissen. Her daughter Sandy (Galen) Mathis; grandchildren Julie (Andy Powers) Arensdorf, and Tony Arensdorf; step grandchildren Amberly (Mike) Ferguson and Austin Mathis. Her siblings Charlie (Jane) Theodore ad Marge (Jack) McCarthy; brother-in-law Jim (Betsy) Gielissen and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Lorraine, Dorothy (Don) Kuhl, Helen, John and Vern.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care.

 



Dennis V. Hoag


Dennis V. "Denny" Hoag, age 70, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:07 a.m., on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Denny's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating. To celebrate Denny's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Denny was born on June 6, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Virgil Hoag and Lorraine (Hillary) Hoag-O'Neill.

Denny was united in marriage to the love of his life, Ann Schmitt, on October 20, 1978, in Asbury, Iowa, and the two were excited to celebrate their 40th anniversary earlier this year. Denny was a hard worker who was employed with the Dubuque Packing Company for many years, until they closed in 1983. After the Pack closed, Denny became a proud stay at home Dad, caring for the children until they were older, and then entering back into the workforce as a truck driver for The Metrix Company, until health issues forced him into retirement. He loved spending time behind the wheel, and after his retirement he happily became a volunteer driver for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. In his free time, Denny enjoyed any activity that involved time spent in the great outdoors, whether he was fishing and boating out on the river, hitting the open road on one of his beloved Harleys, or just a day trip in the car, occasionally stopping to try his luck at one of the casinos along the way. Family was beyond a doubt the most important aspect of Denny's life, he was extremely protective of them, and proud of the close bond all of his children share. He loved to tease everyone and considered it a compliment that he was given the title, "King of Giving Hard Times", which in turn also earned him the, "Favorite Uncle Denny", title from his many nieces and nephews. Denny was a Hoag, through and through, and everyone learned to appreciate his stubborn streak, as they knew deep down it always came from a place of love. We are deeply saddened at losing such a wonderful role model, as well as the Patriarch of our family, but feel absolutely blessed to have had Denny in our lives, loving us, caring for us and teaching us many life lessons along the way.

Those left to cherish Denny's memory include

his loving wife,
Ann Hoag, Dubuque, IA;

his 7children,
Tressa (Bob) Miller, Benton, WI,
Tonya Hoag, Dubuque, IA,
Tara (Tony) Callan, Hazel Green, WI,
Trina (R.J.) Reittinger, Clearwater, FL,
Tanner Hoag, Asbury, IA,
Jennifer Edwards, Dubuque, IA
and Amy (Bruce) Kirkpatrick, Dubuque, IA;

his 18 grandchildren;

his 12 great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Barbara (Gary Brillhart) Robey, East Dubuque, IL,
Duke (Vickie) Eppler, Cuba City, WI
and Tom Eppler, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 sisters-in-law,
Nancy Hoag, Dubuque, IA
and Barb (Brian) Digmann, Dubuque, IA;

and his 2 brothers-in-law,
Ronnie (Sherry) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA
and Richard "Rick" (Judy) Schmitt Sr., Dubuque, IA.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Steve Edwards; a sister, Sharon (George) Billmeyer; a brother, Frederick "Fred" Hoag; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Mary Jane Schmitt.

Denny's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Salas, the staff at Grand River Medical Group, Finley Home Healthcare and St. Croix Hospice, for the outstanding care they have all provided Denny and the entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Denny's favorite charities.

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



Judy Kay Rhomberg


Judy Kay Rhomberg, age 64, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at home.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 30th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory located at 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque, Iowa.

Judy was born on December 21st, 1953 to Raymond and Martha (Kremer) Rhomberg.

Those left to honor her memory are her sons Matthew Ellerman and Brian Ellerman; daughter Brandy Schmitt; her two daughter-in-law's Jodi (Seymour) Ellerman and Abbie (Beitzel) Ellerman; her five siblings Ronnie Rhomberg, Jackie Hutek, Joyce Teal, Randy Rhomberg, and Rick Rhomberg. Judy also had eight grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Martha Rhomberg.



Roger L. Emerson


Roger L. Emerson, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22, 2018 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Friends and relatives of Roger may call from 9 to 11 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Cascade, Iowa. Services for Roger will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Wayne Peach presiding. Full military honors will be afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. Inurnment will be held at a later date. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Roger was born October 8, 1937 in West Farmington, Ohio. He is the son of Eugene and Dorothy (McElrath) Emerson. He attended school in Cascade before moving to Cedar Rapids, IA. He worked for Wes Brokeoff Painters and later owned the ERV Tap on E Avenue. He moved to California in 1956 and received his medical training at Pacific State Hospital. He enlisted in the Army Medical Corp in 1960 and served until 1964. During that time he was stationed at Karlsruhe, Germany. Roger returned to Milwaukee, WI where he owned and operated the Emerson Resturant for several years. He later returned to Dubuque and worked for the Telegraph Herald.

Roger was a gifted piano player and great cook.

He is survived by his two sisters, Doris Reddin of Dubuque, IA, Mary Slauson of Marysville, WA; brothers Everett "Tony" (Martha) Emerson of Peosta, IA, James (Cheryl) Emerson of Newhall, IA; special friends, Richard Horn, Father Loras Otting both of Dubuque, IA, Maureen Gavin-Hays of California and Betty Emerson of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Clifford "Dale" (Margaret) Emerson, Galen (Leota) Emerson and Charles (Dorothy) Emerson.

This kind and gentle man will be sadly missed.

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



Betty L. Leon


Betty L. Leon, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Davenport, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, November 26, 2018, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service and a private burial will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery at a later date.

Betty Louise Jones was born on February 24, 1929 in Davis County, Iowa, to Ernie E. and Susie Lee (Bennett) Jones. She graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1947. She married Frank Van Leon Jr. on December 18, 1948 in Ottumwa, Iowa. To this union two sons were born, Douglas and Bradley.

While living in Maquoketa Betty was employed at the JC Penney Store and the Maquoketa Sentinel Press.

Betty was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, had taught Sunday school, and was a den mother while her sons were involved in Cub Scouts. She and Frank were also members of the Joinerville Boat Club and enjoyed camping and traveling for many years.

They moved to Davenport in 1973 and Betty was a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church while living there.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her sons, Dr. Douglas (Deborah) Leon of Maquoketa, IA, and Bradley Leon of NC; 9 grandchildren, Dr. Brent (Dawn) Leon, Phillip (April) Leon, Dr. Stephanie Leon, Michael (Melinda) Leon, Eric (Dr. Sarah Watson-Leon) Leon, Samantha (Jesse) Leon-Roling, Christian (Kendra) Leon, Michelle (Jeff) Cobb, and Justin Leon; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank Van Leon Jr. on March 18, 2004, sisters Viola and Estalene, and a brother Francis.

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.



Dorrance Ray Gerhard


Dorrance Ray Gerhard, 60, of East Dubuque, IL passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Manor Care in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. Military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel, burial will follow in the cemetery.

Dorrance was born on May 29, 1958 in Dubuque the son of Marvin and Geraldine (Cooper) Gerhard Sr. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and served in the United States Marine Corps from August of 1976 until August of 1980. He worked for Vanguard Countertop & Cabinet Co, and later at O'Meara Custom Products.

He loved his family and friends, enjoyed reading, watching Jeopardy, the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes and NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife Jodie (Stecklein) Gerhard; two sons Ben and Brandon; his mother Geraldine; and a brother Marvin (Deb) Gerhard, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister Deb Reed.

The family request no flowers, a Dorrance R. Gerhard memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Wendt Center, Manor Care and h#mce_temp_url# for all the care they gave to Dorrance.



Sister Jeanne (Joachim) Wickham, OSF

Sister Jeanne (Joachim) Wickham, OSF, 91, of Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 1:50 PM Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the Clare House

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 30, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

She was born on September 18, 1927 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of James and Roseline (Delaney) Wickham.

Sister entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1944 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1950. Sister received her master's degree in education administration at Loras College in Dubuque, IA. She ministered as an educator in Iowa at Templeton, Holy Cross, Sioux City-Riverside, Monticello, Dubuque-Holy Trinity, and Worthington. She served in community leadership as Coordinator of the North Central Region. She later ministered in Pastoral Care in Des Moines and Dubuque at Mercy Hospital and Holy Family Hall.

Sister is survived by her sisters Sister Rosemary Wickham, OSF and Helen McClain; her brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Brenda Wickham; nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 73 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brother and sister-in-law, James William Jr. and Genevieve and a brother-in-law, Francis McClain.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern.

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

Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Vanida Suthiwan Tompkins


Vanida Suthiwan Tompkins, 83, passed away on Wednesday, November 21 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

A visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hoffmann, Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home at 3860 Asbury Road in Dubuque, IA.

Vanida was born in 1935 in Suphan Buri, Thailand to Sub-Lieutenant Manob (father) and Chanthes (mother). She worked agricultural and service positions until she earned a beautician certificate and was employed in a beauty salon in Thailand.

In 1966, one year before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state laws banning interracial marriage, she married U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jerry M. Tompkins of Traverse City, Michigan in Bangkok, Thailand. In 1998, Vanida was naturalized as a U.S. Citizen in Charlotte, NC.

Vanida enjoyed gardening, growing mostly vegetables and hot peppers for her Thai recipes. She also enjoyed cooking, taking walks, and caring for her family.

Survivors include a son, George (Lisa Garoutte) Tompkins; 2 grandchildren, Lucille and Gwendolyn; sister-in-law Denise (Steve) Fasbinder; brother-in-laws Budd (Gretchen) Tompkins, and Joe (Judy) Tompkins; and several nieces and nephews.  

Vanida was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Jerry M. Tompkins, and her parents.

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



Thomas V. Langel


Thomas V. Langel, 76, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday November 28, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 29, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Tom, was born on April 23, 1942, in Dyersville, Iowa, the son of Sylvester and Dolores (Jasper) Langel.  He married Amelia "Millie" Klostermann on September 26, 1970, at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa. He enjoyed farming for many years in New Vienna and took great pride in raising his livestock. 

He loved telling jokes and stories while spending time with his family and friends.  He was proud of his grandkids and loved being a grandpa.     

Tom is survived by his wife of 48 years, Millie, children: Joan (Pat) Deppe of Dyersville, Jan (Keith)Merfeld of Lancaster, WI, Brian Langel of Dyersville, Randy (Kinga) Langel of Cedar Rapids, 2 grandchildren: Paige and Peyton Deppe, siblings: Ruth (Melvin) Nickol of Dyersville, in-laws: Mary Langel of Dyersville, Jerry (Rita) Klostermann of Farley, Am (Dorothy) Klostermann of Farley, Vesse (Verna) Klostermann of Edgewood, Dave (Betty) Demmer of Dyersville, Bernie (Wendy) Klostermann of Wellman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, George and Clarinda Klostermann, siblings: Larry Langel, James Langel and in-laws, Mary and Arnie Jaeger.

We as a family would like to thank the people from Bi-County Ambulance, their First Responders, and the Dyersville Police Department for their prompt response , and for all of the help in this difficult time.

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



Reverend Robert J. Levenhagen


Reverend Robert J. Levenhagen, 89, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Stonehill Franciscan Care Center in Dubuque.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 30, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 405 S. East St., Monona, Iowa.  Archbishop Michael Jackels will officiate, with Msgr. John McClean as homilist.  A visitation will be held at the church from 9 to 11 before the Mass.  Burial will be in the St. Patrick's Church Cemetery.

Friends may call in Dubuque at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., on Thursday November 29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a service at 7 p.m.

Fr. Bob was born March 16, 1929, on the family farm near Monona, Iowa, the son of Paul and Julia (Scannell) Levenhagen.  He received his early education in a country school; he graduated from Monona High School in 1948, and from Loras College in 1952, after which he went on to theological studies.  He attended Mount St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque, and was ordained on February 2, 1957.  He also earned a Masters Degree from Catholic University.

His first assignment as a priest was to St. Martin's in Cascade, Iowa, where from 1957 to 1962, he served as the associate pastor, taught high school classes, and coached basketball and baseball.  He was the associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish in New Albin, Iowa, and also a faculty member at St. George High School in Lansing, Iowa from 1962 to 1967.  He was the associate pastor at St. Francis de Sales Parish, In Ossian, Iowa, where he was also the principal of De Sales Central High School from 1967 to 1969.

He was the pastor of St. Francis Parish in Balltown, Iowa, and a faculty member at Leo High School in Holy Cross from 1969 to 1971.  While there he began a friendship with the Breitbach family that lasted for the rest of his life.  Breitbach's in Balltown was his favorite place to eat.

He served as chaplain to the Christian Brothers community at Beckman High School in Dyersville, Iowa, from 1971 to 1972, where he was also on the faculty.  Next he returned to Leo High school in Holy Cross as the principal from 1972 to 1975.  From 1975 to 1980 he was the pastor of St. Ann-St. Joseph Parish in Harpers Ferry, and Immaculate Conception Parish in Wexford.  He was the pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Dubuque from 1980 to 1987; at St. John the Baptist Parish in Peosta, and Annunciation Parish in Lattnerville from 1987 to 1990; at Holy Family Parish in New Melleray from 1989 to 1990; at St. Pius Parish in Cherry Mound from 1990 to 1999; and at St. Mary Parish in McGregor, Iowa, from 1990 until his retirement in 2000.

Fr. Bob loved the Mississippi River.  After his retirement he lived for several years on the riverfront in Brownsville, Minnesota, before moving back to Dubuque.  As a young man, he borrowed a little money and built himself a cabin in Lansing.  Later, he sold it and pooled his resources with two friends, so they could purchase a piece of riverfront property at Lansing, where they built a cabin.  A few years later they were able to sell the cabin at a profit, which enabled Fr. Bob to move on over the years into a series other riverfront cabins, which he improved or built, and sold as his assignments changed.  He had many friends, who he loved to entertain and take out on the river in his pontoon boat. His last and best "cabin" was his home in Brownsville, where his friends would gather to see the Tundra Swans annual migration, and enjoy the beauty of the river.  Fr. Bob took many glorious sunrise and riverscape photos from his home in Brownsville, sharing the photos with friends and family by e-mail.  He especially enjoyed seeing the paddlewheel riverboats, like the Julia Belle Swain. 

Fr. Bob also loved animals, and after his dogs, Queenie and Lady, had passed away, he took in a feral kitten. He named Miss Kitty after Amanda Blake's character in his favorite TV show, Gunsmoke.  Fr. Bob loved poetry and classical music, and he was a prodigious reader.  He will be remembered for his fun loving spirit, his wicked wit, his fine intellect, and his generosity to his friends.  

He is survived by his sister Mary Lou Thompson, in Monona; by his brother-in-law, William Petermeier; and by several nieces, nephews, and friends, and by Miss Kitty.  He was preceded in death by his parents; by his sisterAnna Mae Petermeier; and by his sisters and their spouses: Frances and Billy Apfel, and Betty Jean and Alan Lawson; by his brother James Levenhagen, and by his brother-in-law, Virgil Thompson.

His family and friends would like to thank the staff at Stonehill, who took wonderful care of Fr. Bob; and at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Shirley, Cindy, Amy, Tracy, Melanie, and Megan for their kindness and care.  His family would also like to thank his friends Joe, Paula, and Joan.

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

 

 



Jane G. Ross


Jane Gertrude Ross, 90, formerly of Dyersville, was called home to her Lord on November 25, 2018, in North Liberty, IA.

Jane was born on July 31, 1928, the daughter of Leo Bernard Schlueter and Helen (Ott) Schlueter of Dubuque, IA. She married Merle "Bud" Ross on June 5, 1951, and settled in Dyersville, where they raised 10 children. After Bud died in 2013, Jane moved to Iowa City to be closer to family.

Jane enjoyed music, tennis, swimming, golf, and a good game of Euchre with family or their circle of cherished friends. She will be remembered as a caring, generous woman of faith and devoted mother and grandmother.

Jane is survived by her ten children: Susan Goodner (Emil Rinderspacher) of Iowa City, IA, Michael (Sandra) Ross of Arlington, IA, Amy (Ken) Florian of Hoffman Estates, IL, Katie (Mark) Gavin of Williamsburg, IA, John (Jere Murray) Ross of Marengo, IA, Janet (Kevin) Keating of Iowa City, IA, Dan (Melissa) Ross of Iowa City, IA, Joe (Mary) Ross of Erie, CO, Jim (Susan) Ross of Excelsior, MN, Dave (Anne) Ross of Litchfield, MN, 28 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Bernie (Judy) Schlueter of Cleveland, OH, a sister, Helen (Ed) Hood of Cedar Falls, IA, and a sister-in-law, Rose (Joe) Schlueter of Mason City, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle "Bud" Ross, her parents, five brothers and four sisters-in-law - Robert and Mary "Ellen" Schlueter, John and Pat Schlueter, Thomas and Dorothy Schlueter, Leo J. and Judy Schlueter, and Joseph Schlueter, as well as her son-in-law, John Willenborg, and her great-granddaughter, Chelsea Peterson.

Visitation will be held at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville on Thursday November 29 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm with a Parish Vigil Service at 5:15. Her funeral will be held at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, IA on Friday November 30, at 10:30 a.m. Catholic Burial service will be held at St. Francis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dubuque County Right to Life or St. Francis Xavier Basilica in her name.

Information available and condolences may be left at www.kramerfuneral.com.



James P. Callahan


James P. "Kites" Callahan. The angels came on November 24, 2018 to take Kites home. He's with his parents, Ray and Flo and fishing friend, Jerry Lahey, enjoying the rewards of heaven.

Friends and relatives of Jim may call from 10 to 1 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

Funeral Services for Jim will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Bill Shea Presiding. Burial will follow at Highview Cemetery.

Jim was born on the northwest corner of the bed in Dubuque, Iowa to Ray and Florence (Rauen) Callahan on May 10, 1955. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School and Calmar. On June 6, 1994 he was united in marriage to Judy (Baty) King in Dubuque, Iowa. Jim was the head of Maintenance for Divine Word College until he retired. His plumbing, electrical, heating, and carpentry skills transformed many projects on paper to reality. Jim enjoyed playing baseball, which was evident in his fast throws and strong bat. When he wasn't playing baseball, Jim was fishing and playing with his backhoe down at the farm or at the shop making oak furniture.

Jim was a trooper, dealing with Type 1 diabetes since he was 17 years old. He never let it prevent him from doing things and being with the people he loved and respected. "Jimmy Boy" a name given to him by his grandkids, was present at home, at the hospital and helped him through many difficult times. Laughter was a powerful medicine for Jim and his humor helped him endure the bad times.

Jim leaves behind his wife, Judy of Epworth, his children, Karen (Mike) Schieltz of New Vienna, Matt (Melissa) King of Bernard, Jackie (Robby) Gutierrez of Woodbury, MN, Jon (Jennifer) King of Bernard, Melissa Callahan of Bloomington, MN, and Mick Callahan of Chicago, IL. His grandchildren, Austin, Lilly, and Ryan Schieltz, Chase and Gavin King, Alicia, Lydia, and Luca Gutierrez, William and Jillian King and Jim's great granddaughter, Quinn Schieltz, the gift from God that kept him going on a daily basis. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary (Dick) Bries of Farley, IA, Terry (Dianne) Callahan of Epworth, IA, Julie (Bo) Northup of Packwood, IA and a special uncle, Bill Rauen of Dubuque, IA.

Remember Jim's memory by being positive in your everyday life. Enjoy today for what it is, not what we want it to be, most things in life are just an inconvenience. Just don't quit!

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Jim's memory. Donations can be made to Epworth Fire Department, Epworth American Legion and Divine Word.

Special thanks to Emma, the Epworth Fire Department, Finley Home Care, all the doctors and nurses at Mercy Hospital and Medical Associates, Dr. Whalen and all of Jim's family and friends that helped make Jim's journey a happy and pleasant one. God Bless you all.

Online condolences may be sent to www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Wilma Rafferty


Wilma Rafferty 96, returned to God's loving arms on November 23, 2018 at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her family, friends, and caregivers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Wilma was the sixth of seven children, born August 26, 1922 in Des Moines Iowa to Robert M and Bessie Phillips. She attended Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines and John Brown University in Siloam Springs Arkansas where she graduated with a double major in Business and Biblical Greek. She also met her life partner Carl Rafferty. They were married November 25, 1948 and moved to Columbus Nebraska where they both worked at a local religious radio station. They had four children and a full life. Together, they traveled in the USA as well as England and Germany. After Carl's death in 1999, Wilma moved to Dubuque to live with her daughter's family and added extended visits to California and Ireland to her itinerary. Wilma spent her life caring for her family. Outside the home, she worked as a bookkeeper. During WWII she saved her brother Walter's job while he was in the Navy. She taught her son Bill to ride a bike and catch a ball, she sewed doll clothes and sweet dresses for three generations of little girls, she provided unconditional love every day. Even as a young mother of four, she found time to volunteer in leadership and service positions at church, school, and ARC.

As her health weakened and she moved into skilled care, she again showed her children what grace and acceptance look like. She was in her quiet way a true woman of valor.

She will be remembered with love by her four children Phyllis (Rafferty) Garfield, William Rafferty, Carolyn Rafferty, and Claudia Rafferty, as well as son-in-law Alan Garfield and daughter-in-law Karen Sloth Rafferty. Her grandchildren Anna, Eliot, Eric, Meg, Carly, Peter, and Jenee, all were blessed to know her well and will always hold her memory as a light in their lives. Her great-grandchildren William, Jensen, Elena, and Jonathan also received the gift of her strong and loving presence.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed in her memory to People In Need, Hope Partnership Nepal, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship or the University of Dubuque Scholarship Fund.

The family extend their heartfelt thanks to the loving and compassionate care of the nurses and caregivers at Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehab.



Thomas A. Lindecker


Thomas A. Lindecker, 72, of Durango, Iowa passed away on November 23, 2018 at home after a long battle with lung cancer.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. Tuesday. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Tom was born on October 17, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Arthur and Lillian (Klauer) Lindecker. As a young man he served in the Iowa National Guard. A jack of all trades, over the years, Tom owned and ran a service/gas station, a towing company, a bar and was even a truck driver for a time. But he was most known for his many years serving as a Deputy with the Dubuque County Sherriff Department until retirement. Never one to stop working, after retirement he spent many years as a skilled crane operator for Walsers and A1 Crain Services.

His little fainting goats, deer, koi pond, various dogs, and dozens of bird feeders and beautifully tended yard made his home a favorite place for his children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors to visit. Tom was known being a hard worker and for always being willing to help a friend in need.

He is survived by two sons, David (Colleen) Lindecker, of Key West, IA and Rich Lindecker of Dubuque. Five grandchildren, Marissa, Tryston, Katelin, Will and Josh. His significant other Sue Kelly and sister-in-law Sue Lindecker.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Robert "Bob" Lindecker.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Eric Engelman and Dr. Mark Janes for all their wonderful care they gave to Tom.



Paul Parsons


Paul Parsons, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at home.

Family and friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dubuque, IA, with a memorial discourse following at 5:00 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

Paul was born in Mishawaka, Indiana on September 11, 1940, the son of Leo and Evelyn (Fisher) Parsons. He married Cheryl Robinson on October 3rd, 1970 in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Paul came to Dubuque with American Optical Co. and was an optician, later becoming a Mighty Auto Parts franchisee.

Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Army 572nd Ordnance Company serving from 1964-1966.

Paul grew up on the assembly line at Studebaker Automotive with his father in Indiana and enjoyed working on cars, watching the Indy 500 and riding motorcycles. One of Paul's hobbies was piloting small aircraft in Dubuque. As a father he always enjoyed traveling the country and visiting amusement, state and national parks with his family. He appreciated camping trips with his friends. As a grandfather, Paul loved playing games with his four grandchildren and the occasional Euchre game. Rooting for the Packers was a favorite pastime for him. Paul was also active in the public ministry with the Dubuque congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl; three children, Jay (Kelli) Parsons, of North Liberty, Forrest (Sara) Parsons, of Portland, OR., and Kim Parsons, of Dubuque and four grandchildren, Emmett, Sofia, Emerson and Leona.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Evelyn.

Online condolences may be left at https://www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Floyd S. Timmerman


Floyd S. Timmerman, 69, of Louisburg, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Floyd was born on September 17, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ervin and Alice (Wiederholt) Timmerman. He married Mary Ann Simon on December 27, 1969, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

Floyd was co-owner of Louisburg Garage.

A very genuine person, Floyd loved life, his job and especially his wife, children and grandchildren. His customers enjoyed buying cars from him. He especially loved Jeep and his weekends away to his "paradise" in Cassville. Floyd's mantra was "It's a Beautiful Day" and that's how he lived life. Floyd was a founding member of the Tri-State Stump Jumpers, and a member of the National Auto Dealers Association and Midwest Jeepsters.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; three daughters, Carrie Lynn (Shannon) Lory, Waunakee, WI; and Holly Ann (Michael) Splinter and Kelly Kay (Jeffery) Kunkel, both of Kieler; a sister, Shirley Timmerman, Louisburg; two brothers, Carl (Judy) Timmerman and Michael (Cindy) Timmerman, both of Cuba City; a sister-in-law, Kay (Steve) Peterson, Platteville; a brother-in-law, Jerry (Fran) Simon, Louisburg; and seven grandchildren, Carter, Evan and Isaac Lory, Colson and Alana Splinter, and Ava and William Kunkel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Alvin "Butch" and Barb Timmerman; a sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Jim Johnson; his parents-in-law, Cletus and Eileen Simon; and a niece, Kristine Timmerman.

A Floyd S. Timmerman Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Michael D. Leehan

Michael D. Leehan, of Dubuque Iowa, passed away at home on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

He was born on September 28, 1947 in Freeport, Il.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald M. Leehan and his mother, Marjorie E. Leehan.

Michael is survived by his three sisters; Sally Kahle, of Dubuque, IA, Sandra Fox, of Northridge Ca, and Patti (Mike) Andrews, of Green Valley, AZ. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at a later date and will be announced by Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, IA.



James J. Schadl


James J. "Jim" Schadl, 77, of Dubuque passed away Monday November 19, 2018 at home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 23, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. until time of services. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Jim was born on December 7, 1940 in Dubuque the son of Joseph and Geraldine (Hillard) Schadl. He graduated from Loras Academy and entered the United States Air Force. He married Dorothy Herbst on June 30, 1962; she preceded him in death on October 31, 2007.

He entered the U.S. Navy Reserves and served for 20 years and served when called upon in the Philippines and during the Persian Gulf War. He worked for B & G Auto, Sieg Dubuque Co., Diamond Vogl Paint and lastly worked for PER-MAR Security.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #6 and the Dubuque Eagles Club. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed being outdoors.

He is survived by his three sons Jeff (Linda) Schadl, Kevin Schadl, and Tom (Tricia) Schadl, five grandchildren Amy, Tim, Kim, Serena, and Alicia, five great grandchildren, Kyra, Stella, Jemma, Milly, and Sophia, and a brother John Schadl.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a sister Joann Parker.

In lieu of flowers a James Schadl memorial fund has been established.



Geraldine Theresa Wiest


Geraldine Theresa "Dean" 'Wiest, 80, of La Motte, Iowa passed away on November 18, 2018 at home after a brief battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 25th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Holy Rosary Cemetery, La Motte.

She was born on May 24, 1938 in La Motte, Iowa the daughter of Louis and Theresa (Lenz) Roussel. She married Marion Wiest on February 15, 1958 at St. Mary's in Dubuque.

She worked at Flexsteel for many years, retiring in 2003 and was a member of the Upholsteries Union.

Dean enjoyed Bingo, crossword puzzles, the casino, playing cards, walking in the mall, quilting and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She loved country music, playing the guitar and singing at the Roussel Jam. She spoiled all of her grandchildren and her grand "dog" Dexter.

She is survived by her husband Marion; five children, John (Tammy) Wiest, of Dubuque, Chris (Gene) Harris, of Jewett, Texas, Tina (David) Johnson, of Cleburne, Texas, Jeff (Dianne) Wiest, of Bellevue, and Jody (Scott) Portz, of Andrew, Iowa. Fifteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren; two brothers Ray Roussel, of Dubuque and her twin Gerald (Bonnie) Roussel, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son Jim; three sisters Millie, Dort, and Mary; one brother Bob.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their help and care and a special thank you to their neighbor Cherri Helmle.



Kristine C. Ludwig


Kristine C. Ludwig, 40, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Dubuque died after a brave and courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m. with Mass to immediately follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque, Iowa.

Kristine was born September 26, 1978 in Dubuque, daughter of Michael and Catherine (Davidshofer) Ludwig. She graduated from Dubuque Hempstead in 1997 and attended the University of Northern Iowa and Kirkwood Community College.

Kristine had many friends in the Cedar Rapids and Cedar Falls area. Kristine was employed for the past 11 years with Accel Group (formerly for Millhiser-Smith). Kristine's family would like to express their gratitude to the awesome support team at Accel Group and all her very close friends.

Kris was an avid video game player and loved being surrounded by family and friends.

She is survived by her mother, Catherine A. Ludwig of Dubuque; father and step mother, Michael R. and Lois E. Ludwig of Ft. Dodge; two brothers, Jim and Rich Ludwig; two step-brothers, Nic and Tony DeAngelis; paternal grandmother, Barbara Ludwig, ex-husband, Jeremy Kunz and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Charles and Velma Davidshofer and paternal grandfather, Richard Ludwig.

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

A Kristine Ludwig Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Raymond J. Schmit


Raymond J. Schmit, 95, of Dubuque, Iowa died peacefully in his sleep November 19, 2018 at home.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Raymond was born September 9,1923. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1948 where he met Henni Moeck. They married on October 16,1948 in Wurzburg, Germany.

He is survived by his four children; Rick Schmit, Tim (Georgia) Schmit, Vickie Burdt, and Kathy (Gordie) Dailey. His five grandchildren Jonathan (Jenny) Burdt, Timmy (Kim) Schmit, Jessica (Scott) Young, Melissa (Todd) Spoerl and Andrew Dailey. Ray has seven great grandchildren, Dylan, Jackson, Easton, Nolan, Joscelyn, Brooklyn and Jace.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dominic and Susan (Dress) Schmit; his wife Henni; his 8 siblings and their spouses; his son-in-law Jeff Burdt; and his Grandson Jeremiah Burdt.

The family requests no flowers, in lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.

A special thank you to Finley Homecare, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.



Harriet Rose (Miner) Heller


Harriet Rose (Miner) Heller, 97, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on November 15, 2018, surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at First Congregational United Church of Christ (255 W. 10th St., Dubuque) with the Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel officiating. Family and friends may visit after 10:00 a.m. at the church until time of service. Military honors by the Dubuque American Legion Post 6 will be accorded following the service in the church courtyard. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

Harriet was born on May 23, 1921 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Harry and Alma (Friedlein) Miner. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939 and Bayless Business College in 1940. Harriet served with the U.S. Navy Waves, 1st Class Yeoman, WWII, stationed in Washington, D.C.

She married Ralph H. Heller on September 16, 1944 at the University of Dubuque Chapel.

Harriet was a member of Order of Eastern Star #125-Past Worthy Matron; Jephto White Shrine-Past Worthy High Priestess; American Legion; Quilters; Bag Ladies; and Quilters Guild.

She was dedicated to early morning exercise/spin class, and also earned her private pilot license after WWII.

Harriet is survived by five daughters:

~Jaxine (David) Radloff and their children: Steve (Michelle) Radloff and their children Livia and Emelyn Radloff; Stephanie (Jim Sehloff) Engelhardt; Lindsay (Michael Evans) and their children Jorden Radloff and Madeline Evans.

~Janann (John) Sjobakken and their children: Scott (Annick) Sjobakken and their children Audrey and Elliot Sjobakken; Laura (Michael) Wilkins and their children Evan, Alexis and Aleah Wilkins.

~Toni (Nicholas) Frommelt and their children: Elizabeth (Joe) Homlar and their children Olivia, Marlo and Louise Homlar; Nicholas (Kate) Frommelt and their daughter Dorothy Frommelt; Charles (Thea) Frommelt, and their children Harrison and Elise Frommelt; Maria (Will) Brennan.

~Terry (David) Kopp and their children: Jodi (Jon) Doty and their children Mya and Olivia Doty; Natalie (Cory) Desrosiers and their son Dominick Desrosiers.

~Kay Heller.

~One sister: Betty Lou Emerson, one brother: Verner George (Jean) Miner, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Heller, on November 17, 1991.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Home Instead Senior Care of Dubuque, Hospice of Dubuque, Camp Courageous, and First Congregational United Church of Christ.

The family would like to thank Home Instead Senior Care, Dr. Hillard Salas, and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful, compassionate care.



Wilfred Henry Kleitsch


Wilfred Henry Kleitsch, 91, of Monticello died Monday, November 19, 2018, at home with his loving wife, Rita, at his side.

A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monticello. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate. 

Wilfred was born May 26, 1927, at home in Cascade, Iowa the son of Nick and Carrie (Kurt) Kleitsch. He attended rural schools until the 8th grade. Wilfred worked on his family farm.

He married his wife Verna (Finn) and to this union were born 5 daughters. He farmed and lived in Sand Springs for many years until marrying the Love of his Life, Rita (Sternhagen/Pejchl) on March 2, 1974.  To this union their son Rodney was born.

Wilfred was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 

He loved attending dances and playing pinochle with his wife Rita and brother-in-law, Robert Leonard and sister-in-law Lois Leonard. He always looked forward to playing cards with his family on brother/sister Sundays every month.

Wilfred continued to farm his 80 acres and then retired from farming. He started working for Don Stickles Farms and enjoyed every day hauling bulls all over Iowa and surrounding states. He retired in 2012, after moving to town. Upon moving to town Wilfred looked forward to everyday visits at the Truck Stop with the coffee crew. 

He loved watching his grandchildren grow up and enjoyed his time spent with them. He always had a word of advice for them and was always ready to lend a helping hand.  He loved family gatherings, always hosting the 4th of July lunch, and the holidays were his favorite with the entire family gathered around him. 

Survivors include his wife, Rita, daughters: Sue (John) Gilenwater of West Branch, Sally (Ron) Hylton of Urbana, Joanne (John)Edwards of Monticello, Patti (Bob) Balsinger of Cedar Falls, Pam (Al) Westemeier of Coggon, Shirley (Jeff) Stadtmueller of Monticello and Lynn (Bruce) Caplin of CT, and sons: Randy (Kendra) Pejchl of Monticello and Rodney (Suzanne) Kleitsch of Waukee, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, siblings: Leona Onken, Sr. Ruth Kleitsch, Edwin Kleitsch, and Irvin Kleitsch; in-laws: Robert Hosch, Robert and Lois Leonard, Don and Sandy Sternhagen, Tom and Mary Takes, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his  parents, parents-in-law, William Sternhagen, and step-father-in-law, Frank (Grace) Miller, his first wife, Verna, a brother, Carl (Mary) Kleitsch, and a sister, Marion Hosch; in-laws: Alve Onken, Doloris Kleitsch, Carol Kleitsch, Fred and Lorraine Hunter, Rhinehart and Helen Topping and Cecil and Marlene Boner.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Hodgman and Mercy Hospital, Above and Beyond Hospice, and Shirley Stadtmueller for the loving care given to him in the last few weeks.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Ann D. Kloser Bjorneby


Ann Dorothy Kloser Bjorneby, born March 6, 1923 in North Buena Vista, IA, died November 7, 2018 at Providence Hospital, Everett, WA.

Ann was born to the late Lucy and Albert Kloser and was the middle child in a family of 11 children. Ann was an adventurous soul, enjoyed life and loved her family. As a little girl, she always knew she would travel and live beyond her hometown to create something out of nothing. Humble beyond words, Ann was so willing to help others, even if it meant sacrificing things that were valuable to her. Her heart was huge, she placed tremendous trust in people that maybe some just wouldn't understand. She was highly motivated to learn, expand her knowledge, and to teach others lessons of the heart.

Ann met the love of her life, the late Otto Bjorneby, at Camp Hale, CO, during World War II. They were married for 36 years, and lived in the Pacific Northwest. Her three children, who loved her dearly and would absolutely do anything for her, survive: Mary Bjorneby, Rudy Gonzales [Trinda], Kim Williams [Simon]; and grandson, Taylor Cohn.

Ann remarried, the late Bernie Biteman, and divorced. She leaves a number of close and loving relatives and many, many friends. As a firm believer of hard work, Ann worked in many positions from Butter Wrapper to a Grease Monkey - turned Apprentice Seaman. She was wrapping butter on the Iowa factory line when she learned the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. She decided, then and there, she had to do something to support America - she always had a deep love for this country. That marked the start of more than a decade of life working various military positions. She was honorably discharged in 1945, at age 22, as an apprentice seaman. She remained as a civilian worker, with the U.S. Navy, for another eight years before starting her family.

Ann was a member at St. Lukes, Seattle; Holy Rosary, Edmonds; St. Thomas More, Lynnwood; and St. Michaels, Snohomish. For many years, Ann volunteered her time, serving on the Board of Catholic Children's Bureau, Everett; on the Board of Norse Homes, Seattle; was President of Norwegian Hospital Association, Seattle; was Office Manager of Leif Erikson Lodge, Seattle; and was the President of the St. Judes Circle and on the Scholarship Committee, St. Michaels, Snohomish. She spent many years volunteering five days a week at the Snohomish Senior Center - loving each and every minute of it, even upon her last days before she passed.

Upon Ann's request, a funeral mass will be held at her local church, no reception. She will be laid to rest, buried next to her late husband, Otto. Burial will be scheduled at a later date, flying her to her hometown, North Buena Vista, IA.

The family wishes to thank all of those who tenderly cared for her during her last days. Funeral service will be held on November 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m., St. Michael's Catholic Church, 1512 Pine Avenue, Snohomish, WA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity or to St. Michael's Catholic School, Snohomish, WA.



Gary Joseph Ernst


Gary Joseph Ernst, 70, of Asbury, Iowa passed away on November 18, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather for visitation after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Gary was born on February 13, 1948 in Clinton, Iowa the son of Carl and Olivia (Ambrosy) Ernst. In 1967 he graduated from Marquette High School in Bellevue and in 1968 graduated from the Institute of Drafting and Technology in Morrison, IL.

He entered the United States Navy Seabees and served from 1969 to 1970 active duty and served in the Reserves until 1975.

He married Carol Manderscheid on July 25, 1970 at St. Theresa's Church in La Motte.

After marriage he and Carol bought a farm in Epworth and he began his career at Dubuque John Deere until retirement.

He served on the Asbury Fire Department Board of Directors, was an active member of Nativity Parish where he served as an usher and eucharist minister. Gary was always ready to help others or volunteer but spending time with his family was his true passion.

He is survived by his wife Carol; two children, Sherry (Richard) Ehrlich, of Dubuque, Brian (Jennifer) Ernst, of Epworth; grandchildren, Zach Willenborg, Ava Swenson, Charles Swenson, Kinze Ernst, Henry Ehrlich, Riley Ernst, and Liv Ehrlich. His mother Olivia Ernst; siblings, Elaine (Bill) VanderMuelen, of Dubuque, Diane (Len) Kotz, of Dubuque, Carla Chumbley, of Bellevue, Dale (Carla) Ernst, of Dubuque, Steve (Gale) Ernst, of Peosta along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Carl and his father and mother-in-law Orville and Marie Manderscheid.

In lieu of flowers a Gary J. Ernst memorial fund has been established.



JoAnn E. Williams


JoAnn E. Williams, 82, of Scales Mound, Illinois, passed away at 2:40 a.m. Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Manor Care in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Holy Trinity Church in Scales Mound, with Fr. Thomas Srenn officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is in charge of arrangements.

JoAnn was born on January 11, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Jym and Grace (Jansen) Ganahl.  She married Lawrence R. Williams on July 29, 1961.  He preceded her in death on January 22, 1977.

Surviving are three children, Steve (Gini) Williams and Julie (Jeff) Kring both of Bellevue, Iowa, and Alan (Erin) Williams of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; a daughter-in-law, Emma Williams of Chula Vista, California; five grandchildren, Abigail, Samantha, Elizabeth, Zachary and Emily; a sister, Shirley (Robert) McLaughlin of Dubuque, a sister-in-law, Mona Swanson of Gilson, Illinois, and a brother-in-law, Ted (Fritzi) Williams of Argyle, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jym and Grace, her husband Lawrence, a son, Thomas Williams, her father and mother-in-law, John and Mary Williams previously of Benton, Wisconsin, her two brothers, Robert and Kenneth Ganahl and a sister, June Seitz.

Memorials may be given to the Thomas Williams Scholarship Fund or Hospice of Dubuque.

JoAnn's family wishes to express sincere thanks to the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque, especially Paul and Julie for all of their care and support.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.

 

 



Thomas E. Peacock


Thomas G. "Tom" Peacock, 76, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 2:25 a.m. Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Manor Care in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Tom was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on July 21, 1942, the son of Clarence and Bertha (VanSchaik) Peacock.  He was united in marriage to Linda Huber on December 27, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She preceded him in death on December 15, 2011.

Tom was a veteran of the U. S. Marines serving in Cambodia.  He was formerly employed at Dubuque Screw Company, and loved carving and crafts.

Surviving are his children, Tony (Connie) Peacock of East Dubuque, Tami (Carl) Seastrand of San Diego, CA, Tom Peacock of East Dubuque, Dawn (Scott) McLemore of Portland,  Oregon and Dave (Cheryl) Peacock of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; his siblings, John "Jack" Peacock of East Dubuque and Judy Peacock of Illinois; nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Bertha, and two brothers, Clarence and Jim Peacock.

In lieu of flowers, a Thomas E. Peacock memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Steven J. Steines


Steven John Steines, "Wirehead", 63, of La Motte, Iowa passed away at his home on November 18, 2018 following a brave four-year battle with cancer. Steve was the beloved husband of Molly (Till) Steines and loving father of Stevi, Brady, and Connor Steines.

Steve was born on July 19, 1955 in Bellevue, IA to Attalas and Algean (Junk) Steines. He graduated from Bellevue Marquette High School in 1973 and Kirkwood Community College in 1974. In 1976, he established Steve's Body Shop and La Motte Auto Sales, which he successfully owned and operated for more than forty years. He took great pride in his work, and his loyal customers appreciated his candor and work ethic. Steve married the love of his life, Molly, on October 8, 1977.

Steve never met a stranger and was the life of every party. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, spending time on his farm, playing euchre, golfing, watching Fox News, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Oakland Raiders. Steve was a fun-loving and generous husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and member of his community. He previously served on the La Motte City Council, La Motte Fire Department, La Motte Community Club, and the Maquoketa State Bank Advisory Board. Steve will be missed for his larger than life personality and unique sense of humor.

Steve is survived by his wife, Molly; his children, Stevi (Ami Copeland) of Chicago and Connor (Emily) of Iowa City; grandson Aviv Copeland; siblings Judy (Dennis) Boeckenstedt of Petersburg, IA, Dave (Joyce) Steines of Woodstock, GA, Bernie (Suzie) Steines of Bellevue, Mike (Jane) Steines of Bellevue, and Angie (Jeff) Kilburg of Bellevue; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his son, Brady (October 21, 2018); sister, Darla Laughlin; twin brother, Woven; his parents, Attalas and Algean; and his father- and mother-in-law, Tony and Dolly Till.

A celebration of Steve's life will be held at Happy's Place from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 in Dubuque. A private service will be held at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory in Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the La Motte Community Club.

 



Harold J. Staner, Sr.


Harold James Staner Sr., 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Harold's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Monday, November 19, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

Harold James Staner Sr. was born on December 1, 1944 in Monticello, Iowa, to Raymond Henry and Ardella Bernice (Koch) Staner. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and then entered the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Lois LaRae Merrick April 1, 1967 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Upon returning home from his military service, Harold began a 34 year career working at Alcoa Davenport Works. In retirement, he worked for Pacific Coast Feather Company in Maquoketa for several years.

Harold was a member of the First Baptist Church, Oxford Junction American Legion, and was a lifetime member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether. Additionally, he was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa serving as a past president and vice president. He enjoyed woodworking and fishing, especially for Catfish.

Those left to honor Harold's memory include his wife, Lois Staner of Maquoketa, IA; children, Veronica Barten of Maquoketa, IA, Jamie (Patty) Staner of Monmouth, IA, and Christine (Brian) Benhart of DeWitt, IA; a sister, Mary (Bill) Uppena of Potosi, WI; 10 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 2 special adopted grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Raymond Jr. and John Staner, a son Gregory Staner, and a son-in-law Scott Barten.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harold James Staner Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary Lou Geerts


Mary Lou Geerts, 91, of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, and formerly of Elwood, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at Pleasant Hill The Shores and Immanuel Community in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.

A celebration of Mary Lou's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Mary Louise Farr was born on January 12, 1927 in Clinton, Iowa, to John and Mable (Brown) Farr. She was a graduate of Clinton High School and then received her Cosmetology certificate on December 2, 1946 in Clinton, Iowa. She married Clarence Geerts on August 16, 1947 at the Lutheran Church in DeWitt, Iowa.

Mary Lou first practiced as a Cosmetologist in Clinton with her friend Norma from 1946 to 1947. Upon her marriage to Clarence, they moved to rural Elwood where she became a farmwife and mother and continued to work as a Cosmetologist. For many years, Mary Lou had been the staff hairdresser at the Maquoketa Care Center and had also worked with area funeral homes, including Carson's, in that same role.

Mary Lou was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. She was a former member of the Wyoming Country Club and DeWitt Moose Lodge. She loved going "shopping", and enjoyed bingo, playing cards, the Red Hat Society,

Those left to honor Mary Lou's memory include her children, Brad (Kandi) Geerts of El Paso, IL, Roger (Lynn) Geerts of Davenport, IA, Jolee Barnes of La Grange, MO, and Joy Keeney (Michelle Tredway) of Mitchellville, IA; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Clarence on September 10, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary Lou Geerts memorial fund has been established.

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



Myrna M. Olson


Myrna M. Olson, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, November 16, 2018, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Myrna's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M., Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Myrna M. Petersen was born on March 6, 1933 in Monmouth, Iowa, to Ray and Helen (Kreite) Petersen. She was a graduate of Monmouth High School and then received nurses training at St. Lukes Nursing School in Cedar Rapids. She married Buddy Allen Olson on November 2, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two sons were born, David and Jay.

Upon graduating from nurses training, Myrna became a registered nurse first working in Independence, Iowa, then San Francisco, California, and after her marriage to Buddy, for many years at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa. She had also co-owned and operated Olson Security, Inc. in Maquoketa for 25 years retiring in 2007.

Myrna was an active volunteer with many organizations and been involved with the Peace Pipe Players in Maquoketa participating in several plays. She also had been a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, visiting casinos, scratch off lottery tickets, and going for rides in the country.

Those left to honor Myrna's memory include her sons, David (Karla) Olson of Maquoketa, IA, and Jay (and special friend Audrey Potter) Olson of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jenna Olson of Maquoketa, IA, and Jessica (William "Brady" Randall) Olson of Ann Arbor, MI; 1 step-grandchild, Kenny (Amanda) Schmidt of Preston, IA; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, James "Jim" and Bonnie Olson of GA, Shirley Olson of Maquoketa, IA, and Shirley Gartman of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Buddy on November 27, 2012, and a sister Dee (Warren) Keenan.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Myrna M. Olson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Leonard P. Diederichs


Leonard Paul Diederichs, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Manor Care.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 20th at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League immediately following. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 10-10:45 a.m., Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Memorial Cemetery in Perham, Minnesota.

He was born August 21, 1925, in Perham, Minnesota, to Henry and Frieda (Seedorf) Diederichs and grew up on a farm on Wolf Lake near Dent, Minnesota. He lived with his parents, Frieda (Seedorf) and Henry Diederichs and his grandparents, Helena (Mangelman) and John Diederichs where German was spoken at home. After meeting at John Deere, Leonard married Deloris Diederichs (Fisk) at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa; She preceded him in death in May 1999.

Leonard was a World War II Paratrooper, Private, and Sergeant from 1944-1946 where he received a Silver Star for his courageous behavior during combat conditions in Germany. He was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Perham High School and received a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Minnesota. For the majority of his career he worked at John Deere in Dubuque starting in 1958. Leonard retired from John Deere in 1982 and has been an active volunteer for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) since 1984, making him the longest serving volunteer with 34 years of volunteer service.

He also was an extremely active member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dubuque where he became a member on May 12, 1958. He served as financial secretary and treasurer and on numerous committees over the years and was truly committed to his church community. During his life he also was very involved with politics, was an avid reader, and walked two miles a day. Over the past 15 years, every summer and Christmas you would find Leonard in Florida enjoying the beach, cruises and time with his daughter, granddaughter and his large group of Central Florida family and friends. 

Surviving Leonard, are his son, Brett Diederichs, of Dubuque; daughter, Nicolle Boujaber-Diederichs; granddaughter, Nourah

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Ruth Slipher.

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

Memorials in Len's name may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dubuque, Iowa.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Manor Care for their compassionate care.



Melanie J. Hinman


Melanie Jean Hinman, 66, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 13, 2018 at home after a 27 year history of kidney cancer. She was a cancer survivor many times, and a role model for others on how to handle cancer with courage and strength.

Family and friends may gather at Center Grove Church, 3140 Brunskill Rd. on Friday, November 23, 2018 after 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the church cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Melanie was born on November 8, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Lynn and Harriett (Herron) Hinman. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1970. During high school she was involved in Choir, Future Teachers of America and the National Honor Society. She attended the University of Dubuque and graduated in 1974 with a B.A. Degree in English and Teaching.

She taught in the Savanna, IL school system for one year, returning to Dubuque in 1976. She then went to work for Finley Hospital starting in the business office and later as a switchboard operator. She retired from Finley in 2016.
Melanie was a talented pianist and taught private lessons throughout the years. She enjoyed shopping trips and lunches with friends and family especially with her adored niece Hannah Wallace, who spent many Sunday afternoons with her.

She is survived by a brother Jerry Hinman and a sister Eleanor (Scott) Wallace; sister-in-law Anne Chesterman; nieces Barb (Kevin) Kehl, Jane (Vikram Chinchankar) Chesterman, Beth (Will Sands) Chesterman, Lynn (Jessie) Nelson, Hannah (Nick Konzen) Wallace, and one nephew Tyler (Mai Le) Wallace. Seven great nieces and nephews, Andrew, Susan, William, Evelyn, Mila, Noah, Stella and baby Sands due in February.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, her parents, and two brothers Robert Chesterman and Herron Hinman.

Memorials may be made to your favorite charity, Center Grove Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Grand River Medical Center especially, Dr. Herman and Dr. Salas for the many years of great care. Also a special thank you to her sister Nor and friends Debbie, Patty, Jeri and LuAnn.



Paul F. Reiss


Paul F. Reiss, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Paul was born on June 18, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa, the only child of Frank and Catherine (Gassman) Reiss.

He married Janet Brimeyer on June 19, 1956 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

Paul worked the family farm where he grew up his whole life and at John Deere for 32 years, retiring in 1992. During retirement Paul kept busy doing equipment repairs for Jim Giese Commercial Roofing - he could fix anything. He spent a lot of time tinkering in his shop, going for gator rides, playing euchre on Monday, and "checking his numbers" at the casino. He loved deer hunting, traveling, especially to Vegas and Hawaii with his wife, Janet, and taking many bus trips around the country.

Paul was active in his community as a member of the St. Joseph's Key West Holy Name Society and a 4-H leader for many years.

You wouldn't know it from looking at him, but you rarely saw Paul when he wasn't eating. He loved having B.S. sessions with anyone who would listen and was a true gentleman. He was patient, smart, and always happy, especially when surrounded by his family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

It was hard not to smile when you were around Paul, Dad, Grandpa. We will miss hearing about his "gibbers", checking with "upper management", "dibber dibber dabber dabbers", and most of all, his hugs. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Paul describes him as just such a great guy.

He is survived by his wife Janet; five children, Joseph (Lemmie) Reiss, of Milwaukee, Beth Houselog, of Milwaukee, Mark (Julie) Reiss, of Dubuque, Melissa "Missy" (Dan) Sendt, of East Dubuque, IL, Angella "Angie" (Jeff) Demmer, of Dubuque. Ten grandchildren, Jeremy (Suzy) Reiss, Alison (Paige Elding) Reiss, Nicole (Andy) Todryk, Joshua (Sara Augustowski) Houselog, Megan (Chris) Jones, Molly (Josh) Kluesner, Michael Sendt, Matt Sendt, Brittany Demmer, and Mitchell Demmer. Three great grandchildren, Dylan Kamps, Riley Kamps, and Beau Kluesner.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Sarah Reiss, and great grandson, Nicholas Houselog.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Research For The Kids (RFTK). RFTK benefits research programs for pediatric brain tumors and heart defects at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital in memory of Paul's granddaughter, Sarah.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Jeanette, Nichole, and Ryan for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Paul.

 



Delores M. Bertling


Doloris M. Bertling, 88, of Monticello and formerly of Cascade passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2018 at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

The family will greet friends and relatives after 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at St, Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa where a Memorial service will be held at 10:30 am. Reverend Monsignor Jim Miller will officiate. The Reiff Funeral Home of Cascade, Iowa is is charge of arrangement. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa, with military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Doloris was born July 7, 1930 along with her twin sister Doris, the daughter of Ted and Mabel Rieniets, of Monticello, Iowa. After growing up on the family farm and graduating from
Monticello High School, Doloris entered the military and served in the Women's Army Corps from 1949-52. Staff Sergeant Rieniets served in post World War II Germany from the period of reconstruction, the Korean War and the start of the Cold War.

On May 1, 1981 she was united in marriage to Milton Bertling.

Doloris served 2-terms as elected President, Unit 528, Cascade American Legion Ladies Auxiliary from 1980-82 and President, Dubuque County, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary for two terms from 1981-83. Doloris was the first President of the County Legion Auxiliary to also be an American Legion member. She also served as an elected 3 year board member.

In retirement she loved making a variety of wood crafts with husband Milton and participating in countless area craft shows. She had a great love of flowers; creating beautiful flower gardens that she tended to with great care. She always had time for a good game of cards, a fun casino trip, putting together puzzles and visiting family and friends.

Doloris is the proud mother of six children, Ted (Suki), Nancy, William (Teresa), Cheri, Allen (Kim) and Tami. Grandmother to six wonderful grandchildren (Brian, Eric, Jacob, Andrianne,
Jason and Austin). Great grandmother to six lovely great grandchildren (Avery, Peyton, Connor, Charlotte, Eddie and Ellie.

She is survived by her sisters Doris Gussie, Rose Cook, Carol Gillmore, Nancy McCormick and brother Carl Rieniets.

Doloris was preceded in death by her parents, her eternal husband Milton Bertling, brother Richard Rieniets, step-sister Florence and infant son (Delbert Jr.) and infant daughter (Joan).

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

 



Sister Marion Murphy, BVM (John Patrice)


Sister Marion Murphy, BVM (John Patrice), 82, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Marion was an elementary principal in Chicago and Mundelein, Ill., and an elementary teacher in Portland, Ore.; Berwyn, Ill.; and Chicago. She also served as pastoral coordinator, administrative assistant, parish minister and volunteer in Chicago.

She was born in Chicago on March 14, 1936, to John Joseph and Edna Conway Murphy. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1953, from Our Lady of Angels Parish, Chicago, IL. She professed first vows on March 19, 1956, and final vows on July 16, 1961.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Robert, John (Mary), Raymond Patrick (Esther), Donald and Edward. She is survived by a sister-in-law June Wetton, Schaumburg, Ill.; nieces, nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 65 years.

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

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



David Cleon Puff


David Cleon Puff, 80, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 20 at Church of the Nativity. Msgr. James Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, November 19 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

David was born February 1, 1938 in Earlville, IA, the son of Cleon and Katherine (Klaus) Puff. He married Mary Ann Grundmeyer on May 29, 1962 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Manchester, IA.

David completed his Bachelors' in Accounting at University of Northern Iowa, and went on to earn his Masters' in Accounting at Colorado State University in Greeley, CO.

David was a Professor of Accounting and Business Law at Loras College for 15 years. He then joined the accounting firm Nacos & Puff, where he was a partner for many years. Later, he joined the accounting firm of O'Connor Brooks.  

He was a longtime member of the Serra Club, and Church of the Nativity. David greatly enjoyed investing in the stock market. His greatest joy was his family, and he loved spending time with them.

David is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Dubuque; four children, Theresa Puff of Sarasota, FL, Christine Carr  of Marietta, GA, Gregory (Miho) Puff of Hong Kong, China, and Rebecca (Jeff) McComas of Woodbury, MN; seven grandchildren, Colin, Ryan, and Meghan Carr, Hunter and Reagan McComas, and Genzo and Asami Puff; and his sister, Janice (James) Grundmeyer of Manchester, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead for their incredible, compassionate care of David.

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



Esther F. Goedken


Esther F. Goedken, 85, of Dubuque, IA formerly of Zwingle, IA passed away at home on November 14, 2018 lovingly surrounded by her family.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 19, 2018 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.

Esther was born on February 16, 1933 in Guttenberg, IA the daughter of Raymond and Amelia (Burr) Frommelt. She attended St Mary's Grade and High School in Guttenberg. She married Francis Goedken, on May 2, 1959 at St Mary's Church in Guttenberg.

She was an IBM operator until her marriage and later was an Avon Representative for 45 years.

Esther was a devoted wife, caring mother and grandmother who was dearly loved. She enjoyed any gatherings with family and friends, reading, gambling, playing cards, bowling and singing in the church choir.

Survivors include her husband, Francis; daughter Staci (Joe) Hahn; and two grandsons, Ayden and Emerson Hahn, of Gilbertville, IA, brother-in-law, Robert Schreiber, of Dubuque and sisters-in-law, Bonnie Ready, of Iowa City, Janaan Vogt and Marlene Goedken both of Dubuque, IA. Along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Reed Goedken; two brothers in infancy James and Gerald; sisters Amy (Louis) Matt, Jeanette Schreiber, Rosemary (Francis) Matt, Ruth (Cy) Von Fumetti; brothers-in-law Vernon Goedken, Duane (Marion) Goedken, Melvin (Ann) Goedken, Herbert (Regina) Goedken, John Goedken, Richard Goedken and Jim Vogt. Sister-in-law, Delores (Melvin) Miller, and a nephew Jay Matt.

In lieu of flowers an Esther Goedken memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care, kindness and compassion to Esther and our family.



Albert R. Oberfoell


Albert R. "Dick" Oberfoell, 91, of Remer, MN and Epworth, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Veteran's home in St. Cloud, MN.

Friends and relatives of Dick may call from 9:30 a.m. un til time of services, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Epworth, Iowa. Services will be held at 11;00 a.m.at the church with Pastor Stephanie Schlimm Presiding. Burial will be held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa. The Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth is in charge of arrangements.

He was born June 30, 1927 in Epworth, Iowa, son of Bert and Lula (Story) Oberfoell. On September 5, 1953 he was united in marriage to Velma Mae Clapham at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Epworth, Iowa. She preceded him in death on November 7, 2004.

He was employed with the North Central experimental Station as grounds and maintenance worker, with the State of Minnesota until his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, camping, and being with his family making memories.

He was an Army Veteran having served from 1945-1947. He was a member of the Boy River log Chapel in Boy River, MN.

He is survived by four children, Robert (Jean) Oberfoell of Ashton, SD, Kathy Mahaffey and Grand Rapids, MN, Beverly (Vance) Haight of Adams, WI, and Kristi (Dean) Jacobs of Remer, MN; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Barbara Clapham of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ronald Oberfoell and infant daugthter, Sharon Oberfoell, a brother, Walt Oberfoell and a sister, Mabel Stocks.

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



John D. Lampe


John D. Lampe, 54, of Dubuque, died of natural causes at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 at Sunnycrest Manor. He was surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 17 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road in Dubuque. Fr. Phillip Gibbs will officiate. Friends may greet the family during a visitation one hour prior to the funeral Mass, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

John was born on January 29, 1964 in Dubuque, the son of Maurice and Dorothy (Heinricy) Lampe. He received an excellent education from the dedicated special education teachers of the Dubuque Community School District. John especially enjoyed the Cubs, karaoke, dancing, and movies, especially "Grease" and "Star Trek." John was a gift to his parents and brothers. They are all better people for having had John in their lives. And every day of his life he gave his family the gift of unconditional love. They have 54 years of his special love to cherish in their hearts.

John is survived by his parents and four brothers, David and Martin (Dubuque), James (Valparaiso, IN) and Robert (Ankeny, IA).

Memorials may be made to Sunnycrest Manor or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank the remarkable staff at Sunnycrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care which was a great comfort.



Dennis Charles House


Dennis Charles House, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.  

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2899 Hales Mill Rd., and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 19, at the church. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 19, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church.  Rev. Paul Amlin will officiate. Entombment will be at 2 p.m. Monday, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, where military honors will be accorded. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Dennis was born June 24, 1946 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Floyd "Russell" and Beverly (Daly) House.  He attended school in West Des Moines, IA and East St. Louis, MO.  Dennis served his country as Airman First Class with the U.S. Airforce from 1963-1967.

Dennis held Sales Manager positions with Clark Oil, Kerr-McGee, and Iowa Oil, and was also Director of Sales for Wholesale Gas.  After retiring, Dennis worked part-time delivering parts and driving the courtesy car for Richardson Motors.  He later began working for Deery Nissan delivering and picking up cars.  

He married Jan Helwig on April 17, 2016 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, where he was a member.

Dennis had a great sense of humor and loved to tease.  He was a friend to many and he always had a smile on his face.  Dennis had a passion for horses, both raising and racing them.  He enjoyed going out to dinner and visiting local wineries. Dennis thoroughly loved his grandchildren, and enjoyed spending much time with them. 

Dennis is survived by his wife, Jan Helwig House, of Dubuque; his children, Teri (Kathy Conway) Link and her children, Tabitha, Noah, Eliza, and Chaz; Monica (John) Van Ess and their children Avery and Lainie; and Dennis House Jr. and his daughter Jenna; his step-children, Tom (Sue) Lehnherr and their daughter Mandi; Brian (Diane) Lehnherr and their son Cole; and Kathy (David Jones) Lehnherr and her children Danielle, Josh, and Kamryn; his sisters, Sharon "Kay" (Keith) Wallman and Lisa (Jack) Graham; his step-brothers Kelly and Kevin; his step-sister Christy; and many very special in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; his sister LouAnn; his step-mother LaRay; his step-father Jesse; and his mother-in-law, Mildred.

The family would like to thank all of the healthcare givers who gave Dennis such wonderful care.

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



Thomas Morris

Thomas Morris went Home to be with our Lord on November 10, 2018.

Thomas was born on August 1, 1924 in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Thomas H. and Dorothy (Waetjen) Morris. He was a veteran of WWII serving as a Radioman in the U.S. Coast Guard, including two years in the Pacific Theater.

On August 3, 1946 he married Gloria Geisler, to whom he was married for 70 years. Tom owned and operated Tom Morris Inc., an advertising and marketing agency in Chicago, IL., until retiring in 1985.

He was an avid tennis player and a member of Rotary Club International. Tom was well known for his wit, his humor, and for the many pranks he played.

Surviving are his children, Judy (Kirk) Leoni of Weare, NH, Susan (Steve) Mill of Yarmouth Port, MA and Jill (Steve) Carter of Mesa, AZ; 5 grandchildren Ben Leoni, Meredith (Brad) Cabot, Meghan (Drew) Cameron, Lindsey (Daniel) Khamir and Heather (Ivan) Valenzuela.; 2 great grandchildren, Heidi Cabot and Emersyn Khamir.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Gloria and two brothers John and Robert.



Helen E. Schroeder


Helen E. Schroeder, 94, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 16 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Friday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Helen was born on April 25, 1924 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leland and Bernadette (Grotkin) Kircher.

She married Robert W. Schroeder in September of 1947. He preceded her in death on October 30, 1997.

Helen graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy. She worked in the office at Wahlert High School for over 18 years and continued to volunteer there after retirement.

She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church, where she enjoyed volunteering and making crafts.

Helen also enjoyed volunteering at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Frances (Robert) Lewis and Leota Kircher, both of Dubuque; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Kratz, of Dubuque, Shirley Blankenship, of Anchorage, AK., and Millie Schroeder, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Karen Schroeder; son, Steven Schroeder; sisters, Kathleen (Huck) Greenwald and Arlene (Fritz) Conrad; brothers-in-law, William "Jerry" Blankenship, Donald Kratz and Donald Schroeder.

Memorials may be given to Resurrection Church, Student Education Assistance.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy and Peggy.



Thomas Charles Frasher

Thomas Charles Frasher, 66, of Ryan, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at his residence. 

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Golden Prairie Cemetery in Ryan. 

He was born on January 10, 1952, in Manchester, the son of Orland and Joyce (Locke) Frasher. Thomas enjoyed helping others.

Survivors include his sister, Pam Moser of Waterloo, and several cousins.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers in infancy, Kevin and Peter.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com



Virginia Belle (Schumacher) Cupps


Virginia Belle (Schumacher) Cupps, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 13th, 2018 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday November 17th, 2018 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Thomas McDermott officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

Virginia was born on February 10, 1931 the daughter of Melvin and Alice (Skinner) Schumacher. She married Gerald "Jerry" Cupps on August 29, 1953 They were married for 56 years before he passed away in October of 2009. She worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for many years.

She was raised and loved by her grandparents and many cousins on the Skinner Family farm in Cassville, Wisconsin. Virginia was always there for others and loved by many.

Virginia was a singer in a band with her husband Jerry along with other family and friends. They played at many places in Dubuque, Illinois and Wisconsin. She really enjoyed singing, and cooking, especially her Christmas candies and Halloween treats. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing, crocheting, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, giving to her neighbors, and caring for others.

She loved all the staff and activities at Luther Manor.
Virginia loved her children dearly and was a wonderful mother. She was cherished by her nieces and nephews, along with her neighbors and their children.

She will be greatly missed. As Ginny often said, "Be a good person, and hugs and kisses to all."

She is survived by her five children, Jim A. Cupps, Gene M. (Vickie) Cupps, Carol M. (Don) Maas, Joe A. (Sheree) Cupps, and Jackie A. (Dave) Kieffer. Grandchildren Tina (White) Jellison, Chris Somers, John "Jake" White, Jenna (Daryl) Atkinson, and Samantha Cupps. Step Grandchildren Timothy (Christin) Breitbach, Jeremy Burkart, Chad Burkart, Linsay (Frederick) Nsengimana, Stephanie (Jordan) Duve, Amanda Maas and Austin Maas, along with 18 Great Grandchildren. Siblings, Eileen (Pete) Blum, Ramona Bausch and Carol Bausch; 18 step siblings on her father's side; Brothers and sisters-in-law, Joan Neuses, Jean Cupps,

She was preceded in death by her parents; mother and father-in-law Edward and Viola Cupps. brother Dewayne "Buster" (Betty) Schumacher; brothers and sisters-in-law, Anthony Bausch Jr., Leo Neuses, Robert Cupps, Barbara (Richard) Freund, Mary Ellen Johnson, Kenneth Konzen, Kenneth Cupps, and Virginia Cupps.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave.



Debra A. Mootz


Debra A. "Debbie" Mootz, 55, of St. Catherine Road in Bellevue passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital following an illness.

No public visitation will be held. A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Debbie was born on December 25, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Cletus and Shirley (Schmitt) Mootz. Shirley died in 1964 and Cletus later married Margaret Klein, in 1966. Cletus died in 1991.

Debbie enjoyed working on the Klein family farm, gardening, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Jamie) Kruser; two grandchildren, Cody and Riley Kruser; her brother, Cletus Mootz; her sister, Karen (Will Tauke) Mootz; Margie Mootz; aunts and uncles, Margaret and David Ehlers, Tim and Joanne Mauer, John Klein, Donna Klein, Marie Boleyn and many Cousins.

The family wishes to thank the nurses, staff and doctors of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital for all the care they gave Debbie.

A memorial fund has been established and may be sent to Joanne Mauer 9236 Pheasant Lane, Dubuque, IA 52003



Sister Ignatia (Helen) Rosenbaum, OSF

Sister Ignatia (Helen) Rosenbaum, OSF, died at 7:55 AM, Monday, November 12, 2018 at Clare House

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

Sister Ignatia was born July 31, 1928 in Ossian, IA, the daughter of John and Louisa (Bucheit) Rosenbaum. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1949 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1955.  Sister received her high school education at St. Francis DeSales in Ossian, IA. She ministered as a homemaker at Briar Cliff College and St. Anthony's Home both in Sioux City, Iowa. In Dubuque, she ministered at Holy Trinity, Holy Ghost, Holy Family Hall, and Immaculate Conception Convent. She also ministered at Crescent City, California.

Sister is survived by her sisters Florence (Donald) Gapinski and Ione Hartley, nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 68 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Harold (LuVerne); her sister, Gertrude (Carl) Kuhn; and her brother-in-law, Art Hartley.

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

Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Irene Pearl Revenig


Irene Pearl Revenig, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on November 11, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. She was a strong person and survived many battles with cancer. She was a fighter.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2018 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00pm.

Irene was born on October 16, 1929 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Aloysius and Gertrude (Majerus) Krayer. She married Richard Revenig on February 5, 1949 and he preceded her in death on March 2, 2002.

She retired from Flexsteel after many years of service. In her free time, she enjoyed fishing, boating and camping. She especially enjoyed their winters spent in Arizona.
Irene loved to cook and bake, she was known for her famous cream puffs. She loved her time spent with her family and helped with whatever they needed.

Irene was a kind and generous person like her mother. She was not one to sit and watch tv, she was always busy cooking or hanging out her laundry.

There are three words that best describe Irene: Beautiful-Thoughtful-Kind.

She is survived by her children, Linda (Mark) Hohmann, Diane (Curtis) Storla, and Rick (Alice) Revenig. Eight grandchildren, Julie (Scot) Noonan, Carissa Robey, Marcie (Tony) Buss, Ron (Nona) Goin, Jason (Tracey) Goin, Joe (Tia) Fries, Ryan (Tabitha) Revenig, Reva Jansen. Twenty three grandchildren along with many great great grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Adell; and three brothers Clem, Earl and Bud; and a nephew Ray Gene Bahl who she helped raise.



Sister Clementine Kuhle


Sister Clementine Kuhle, BVM (Lioba), 99, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel.  Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

SisterClementine was a staff supervisor at the Mount Carmel Motherhouse, Dubuque, Iowa; and an elementary teacher in Omaha, Nebr.; San Francisco and Petaluma, Calif.; Butte, Mont.; and Chicago where she also ministered as a religious education coordinator.

She was born on April 26, 1919, in Fairplay, Wis., to Frank and Esther Richards Kuhle. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1937, from Nativity Parish, Dubuque, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1940, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1945.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Raymond, Richard and LaVern; and sister Dolores Ryan. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 81 years.

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

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

 



Judy A. Gaul


Judy A. (Kennicker) Gaul, age 53, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:02 p.m., on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Judy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Judy's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista, Iowa.

Judy was born on March 9, 1965, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Kathryn (Ludovissy) Kennicker.

Judy was a graduate of Hempstead High School, Class of 1984, and went on to attend NICC, where she earned her CNA certificate. She was a hard worker who took great pride in caring for her patients as if they were her own family, there were never any short cuts taken when Judy was on duty. She was employed first with Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, Illinois, and lastly with Mercy Hospital in Clinton, Iowa, until she was forced to retire early due to health issues. She was united in marriage to Robert Gaul, in 1989, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, and they were blessed with 2 adored children. Judy was deeply devoted to her family, always making sure to keep in touch and up to date on the latest events going on in their lives, as well as being a staple at all family gatherings. Judy's faith was also of utmost importance in her life, and she took her duties as an aunt and Godmother to her nieces and nephews very seriously. As a caretaker, Judy also knew the importance of taking time for herself, and when she found some free time in her days, she enjoyed sitting down to watch a favorite tv program, rooting on her beloved Cubbies or heading out, ready to win big, at Bingo. Judy was also an avid Neil Diamond fan, calling into the radio station religiously every Friday night to request her favorite songs, and was thrilled when she was finally able to see him perform live. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear mom, daughter, sister and friend, much too early on our Earthly journey, but know that she is now free of the health challenges that she has faced with such courage, strength and grace the past few years. We will miss you more than words can say, but will cherish the memories we have made along the way, and do our best to carry on the lessons, values and love of family you so graciously taught us every day.

Those left to cherish Judy's memory include

her children,
Jeremy Gaul, Clinton, IA
and Courtney Gaul, Marion, IA;

her special friend,
Douglas Moes, Dubuque, IA;

her mother,
Kathryn Kennicker, Sherrill, IA;

her siblings,
Duane (Brenda) Kennicker, Sherrill, IA,
Nancy (Tom) Fischer, Sherrill, IA,
Allen (Robin) Kennicker, Balltown, IA
and Lisa (Ron) Cummer, Garber, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Carol Ludovissy, Suamico, WI;

and her former husband,
Robert Gaul, Fulton, IL.

Judy was preceded in death by her father, Frank Kennicker; and a brother, Steve Ludovissy.

Judy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital and Dubuque Specialty Care for all of their kind, encouraging and professional care of Judy and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Judy's favorite charities.

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

 



Thomas Joseph Beurskens


On Wednesday November 7, 2018 Thomas Joseph Beurskens, 75, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Dubuque, IA and Longmont, CO passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.

Tom was born in Dubuque on December 21, 1942 to Joseph and Camilla (Doherty) Beurskens. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Loras Academy. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother Terrence in infancy.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret (Manemann) Beurskens and their children Marcus Beurskens and Julia DeFilippi, and grandchildren Ryan and Tess DeFilippi and Olivia Beurskens, all of Colorado. Tom also leaves behind his sisters Jody Roltgen, Bette (Jim) Oeth, Angela Thompson, and Therese (Mike) Thayer, as well as brother-in-law Stephen Manemann, step sister-in-law Susan (Bill) Milligan, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was always ready with a joke and a smile. He loved to make everyone laugh, and he impressed us all with his unparalleled knowledge of trivia.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held in the spring at Sarasota National Cemetery, with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Gary Sinise Foundation or Tidewell Hospice or Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. To send condolences please visit www.toalebrothers.com. Toale Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, Gulf Gate Chapel is caring for arrangements.



Delma Timm


Delma L. Timm, 89, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, November 11, 2018, at Manor Care at Utica Ridge in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Delma's life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, November 16, 2018, at the Elwood United Methodist Church in Elwood, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Delma Lou Kramer was born on September 9, 1929 near Lost Nation, Iowa, to Fred William and Arla Edith (Ruggeberg) Kramer. She was a 1947 graduate of Elwood Consolidated High School and then attended Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She married Donald E. Timm on June 4, 1950 in Elwood, Iowa. To this union two sons were born, Duane and Kenneth.

Prior to her marriage Delma had taught in rural schools. She then became a housewife, worked at Cargill Seed Corn, and as a CNA providing home healthcare in Jackson and Clinton counties.

Delma was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church, Maquoketa Garden Club, and was a charter member of the Town and Country Quilters. She had also served as President and Secretary of the Elwood Cemetery Association for many years. She enjoyed flower gardens and making quilts for her family. She loved baking pies and was known as the "pie lady" around Elwood.

Those left to honor Delma's memory include her sons, Duane (Jeffery Gomez) Timm of Davenport, IA, and Kenneth (Pam) Timm of Chester, IL; 3 grandchildren, John Timm, Maria (Aaron) Rex and Laura (Ryan) Paulsen; and 5 great-grandchildren, Chase, Brody, Rees, Keegan and Jeremiah. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Donald on July 1, 2018.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Elwood Cemetery Association or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

"The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Palmer Hills, Genesis Visiting Nurses Association, Genesis Hospice and home health caregivers Jenny and Tillie".

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

 



Lois Darlene Weirup


Lois Darlene Weirup, age 84, of Maquoketa, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018.

Graveside service celebrating Lois' life will be held at 12 P.M., Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Buckhorn Cemetery in rural Maquoketa with Pastor Judy Heinrich officiating.

Lois was born January 25, 1934, to Merle Morris and Hazel Ruth (Ilgenfritz) Campbell in Paralta, Iowa. She married Arnold "Arnie" Peter Weirup June 8, 1952, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. They celebrated 65 years of marriage. To this marriage was born Rhonda, Peter, Merle, Jeffery and Arnold.

Lois worked at Noby's from 1971-1979, Dolch's from 1979-1982, Flapjack USA 1983-1990 and Walmart from 1990-2010 when she retired. Most of her time at Wal-Mart she was the snack bar manager and once that area closed she was a checker. Lois was a people person, she loved visiting, giving to others and welcomed anybody who stopped by. After she retired she would get together with friends and have coffee. She also enjoyed going to the casinos and was the luckiest person. Before working outside the home, Lois helped Arnie on the farm. Later in life she and Arnie delivered the Quad City Sunday paper. Lois will be missed by those who called her mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, aunt and friend.

Left to share Lois's memories are one daughter, Rhonda (Rich) Miller of Delmar; 4 sons, Peter (Arleen) Weirup of Maquoketa, Merle (Deloris Pascarella) Weirup of Bettendorf, Jeffery (Cynthia) Weirup of Grand Mound and Arnold (Denise) Weirup of Fairfield; 10 grandchildren, Charity (Jeremy) McDevitt, Amy (Kedric) Moore, Peter Perez-Weirup, Tyler Weirup, Amber (Carlos) Hernandez, Kyle, Krystal and Kayla Weirup, Danielle (Eric Joseph) Rock-Joseph and Amber Rock; 7 great grandkids, Michaela (Cody) Eads, Carter Gjerstad, Kegan, Jaci and Michael Moore, Dylan McDevitt and Asher Joseph; two brothers, Jerry (Jo) Campbell of Clinton, IA and Terry (Ruth) Campbell of Palm Coast, FL; nieces, nephews and cousins; Leland Bachtell and many more extended families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Hazel; and infant twin brother & sister, and her husband Arnold P. Weirup on March 17, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Waterford/Buckhorn Cemetery Association.

Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Robert Anthony (Doc) Beecher, DVM


Comes a horseman....Doc was born in Dubuque, IA on September 15, 1942. He attended Holy Ghost Elementary School, St. Columbkille's High School and graduated from Wahlert High School. He competed in Boys State in 1959. He attended Loras College in 1961 before graduating from Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1966, cementing a lifelong enthusiasm for all animals, especially the Arabian horse - beautiful, graceful, and intelligent, the very epitome of endurance. "There is no day which seems so wrong that spending time with our Arabs can't make right."

He moved to Cascade, IA to join Meloy and White Veterinary practice in 1966. He became partners with life-long friend Dr. Tom White. Later it became White, Beecher & Jedlicka. He bought his first Arabian horse in 1969 and with Bob Kurt and Jerry Volk and their spouses, forming EttNorMar Arabians, a 30-head Arabian horse stable.

He helped establish endurance and competitive distance riding in the Midwest, judging his first endurance horse race in 1972. In 1979, he was named the chair of the endurance and competitive division of the International Arabian Horse Association, a position he held for 8 years. He served as the first club president of Arabian Horse Distance Riding Association and president of the Upper Midwest Endurance and Competitive Riding Association. In 1986, he judged his first Championship Endurance ride. He traveled to Dubai, France and Spain to judge international events. In addition, he became a prestigious Federation Equestre Internationale judge with the United States Equestrian Federation, Endurance Committee.

He began to incorporate chiropractic techniques in his work on horses in 1997 after completing course work at Chiropractic Options for Animals in Port Byron, Ill in 1997. He was named Iowa Horse Council Horseman of the Year in 2004. The Shining Light award was named in his honor in 2013.

He served his community as a member of the Cascade City Council for 18 years and the Dubuque County Board of Health for 10 years. He incorporated Beecher Management in 1985, joining Coohey Farms, a 2,000 farrow to finish hog farm, that same year. He was instrumental in building Cascade Lanes and with partner and long term friend, John Sturm, built community medical clinics in Cascade and Hanover, Ill. He served on the veterinary team for the Dubuque County Fair and for 4-H Horse Pony Camp for a number of years, and loved local trail rides. He eventually opened his own horse practice, Beecher Equine Services, and moved to St. Donatus, IA in 2007. Never one to Burn Daylight, he didn't work a day, loving what he did. He finally retired from active practice in 2013.

Doc is survived by three children, Lara (Michael) Fisher, Laguna Niguel, CA; Russell (Paula) Beecher, West Des Moines, IA; Caitlyn (Todd) Ramaeker, Milan, IL.; two step-children Carey (Ben) Hosch, Cascade, IA, and Casey Gile, Cascade, IA, three grandchildren, five step grandchildren, his brother DeWayne Beecher (MaryJo Pancratz), his sister Paula Behr (Rich Behr), and the mothers of his children Etta Marie Sassen Beecher and Jan Ehlinger Beecher.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert "Buck" Beecher and Evelyn "Evie" Steil Beecher.

Team Beecher would like to thank Paula & Rich Behr, Lisa Flanagan, Lynnette Heims, Karon Roeth, Laura Murphy, Olivia Flanagan, Rose Mellenberger, Alexandra Booth, Laura Thole, Maria Valdez, Brad Ferguson, Bridget Ferguson and Michelle Croft for their care of Dad and for showing True Grit while enjoying countless hours of Westerns. We would also like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice team for their exceptional care.

Doc asked that in lieu of flowers donation be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

The cowboy rides away.... Doc passed away on November 11, at the age of 76 at his home, in Dubuque, Iowa. Friends may call from 2-8 pm, on November 13, 2018 at Reiff Funeral Home, 205 Hayes St, Cascade, IA where a Celebration of Life will be held at 4 pm. Per Doc's wishes, a private Inurnment will take place at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.



Robert J. Ernzen


Robert Joseph "Bob" Ernzen, 68, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Fr. Thomas McDermott will officiate. Burial will be in St. Clement's Cemetery, Bankston. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Bob was born September 6, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Catherine (Burrows) Ernzen. He grew up on the family farm in Bankston, and moved to Dubuque in 1965.  In 1989, Bob moved in with his sister Sandy, her husband Ray, and their family, Greg, Colleen, Karla, Curt, Sara, and Brad. 

He took great pride in his work at both St. Francis and Stonehill Care Center, where he worked for 39 years until his retirement. He very much enjoyed his coworkers and the residents.  

Bob spent many weekends at the farm helping his brothers with chores. He loved playing cards, fixing puzzles, painting, word books, country music, Elvis, and going to the casino. Family was deeply important to Bob, and he loved family get togethers. Bob loved all nature.  

Bob is survived by his siblings, Sandy (Ray) Ronek, Sharon (Rick) Haskell, Denny Ernzen, Chuck (Trish) Ernzen, Marvin (LuAnn) Ernzen, Joanne (Jerry) Wolf, and Al (Kathy) Ernzen; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and extended family members. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and several nephews. 

Memorials may be made to the Robert Joseph Ernzen Memorial Fund. 

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at University of Iowa Hospital and Mercy Medical Center; and the staff at Mercy Home Care for their wonderful and loving care of Bob. 

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

 

 



Thomas J. Schmidt


Thomas J. Schmidt, 79, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 10, 2018 surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, 3:00 pm to 6:55 pm, followed by a 7:00 pm memorial service. Burial with military honors will be held at a later date.

Tom was born December 6, 1938 in Dubuque, first born son of Kenneth and Hazel (Stock) Schmidt.  

He graduated from Loras Academy and served in the United States Army.

Tom and Karol Saefkow met and fell in love in 1962 and married on February 14, 1963 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.  

He worked in the experimental department as a mechanic for John Deere and retired after 32 years of trusted service. 

Tom was an accomplished bowler, has provided countless, fun-filled memories boating and camping on the river with his family, was an avid Hawkeye and Packers fan, was well-read, especially history books, and was a skillful mechanic and carpenter: he built the engine in his El Camino and raced at Earlville, renovated houses before remodeling was "in", restored old bicycles, and was always found tinkering in his garage. 

He is survived by his wife, Karol and their four daughters: Pamela (Robin Nixon) Schmidt of Dubuque; Carrie (Dave) Kirkpatrick of Dubuque and grandson Christian Kirkpatrick; Kelly (Jennifer Jordan) Schmidt of La Crosse and grandchildren Dakota and Skyler Jordan; and Traci (Lance) Andre of Dubuque and granddaughters Amanda and Nicole Meyers and Josie Andre.

He is also survived by a special niece, Darcy (John Vanostrand) Kiebler; a sister, Barbara Culbertson (Mike Cherry); and sister-in-law's: Patricia (Tom) Bradley, Barbara Stecklein, and Judie Bettcher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Hazel (Stock) Schmidt and brothers, Robert and Jerry Schmidt.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staffs at Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center, Unity Point Health-Finley ICU, and RSCCU at the University of Iowa Hospital.

 

 



Lorraine M. Gearheart


Lorraine M. Gearheart, 90, of Dubuque, passed away November 9, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.  Deacon Jim Schmidt will officiate.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home. 

Lorraine was born December 27, 1927 in Monona, IA, the daughter of Ben and Clara (Voss) Sudol. She married Paul L. "Catfish" Gearheart on November 24, 1955 in Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2014. 

Lorraine was employed in housekeeping for Clarke College for many years. She enjoyed camping, crochet, crafting, and playing cards (especially Euchre). Paul and Lorraine loved to travel, and visited every state, including Alaska.  Lorraine was a devoted homemaker for her family, and she loved to cook and clean. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was everything to her. 

Lorraine is survived by her children, Connie Allen, Larry (Mary Jo) Gearheart, and Daniel (Yolanda) Schlitter, all of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; her sister, Frances Rothmeyer of Monona, IA; her special niece and nephew, Daryl Garner of Florida and Kathy Michel of Dubuque; great nieces and nephews, a special cousin, Millie and husband Jim Zeller of Dubuque; and her special animal friend, Doonie the cat. 

In addition to her husband, Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Vickie Schlitter; her step daughter, Sharon Gearheart Krier;  her son in law, Steve Allen; and her granddaughter Vicky Krier. 

The family would like to thank Lorraine's neighbors, especially the  Reids  for all their help over the years; Clarke University for their prayers; the staff at Sunset Park Place , Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque. A special thanks to Dr. Liaboe and his nurse Trish for the wonderful care and concern over the years.

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

 

 



Mary P. Tobin


Mary Patricia "Patty" Tobin, 63, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 08, 2018 at home surrounded by family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 6:45p.m.

Patty was born on November 21, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of William M. and Mary Ellen (DeGear) Clemens Jr. She attended St. Joseph The Worker Grade School, graduated from Wahlert High School in 1973 and attended Iowa State University.

She married Terry Tobin on August 21, 1982 at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque.

Patty worked for the Holy Family School System in the Wahlert High School Cafeteria and previously at the Hy-Vee on the NW Arterial. She spent many years as the director of the library at Resurrection School.

She volunteered with the Colts Youth Organization and enjoyed gardening, books, and traveling.

Patty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She valiantly fought three separate bouts with cancer.

She is survived by her husband Terry, of Dubuque; daughter Caren (Jacob) Sellers, of Iowa City, IA, son Andrew (Joshua Freeman) Tobin, of Madison, WI; two grandchildren Marcus and Maggie Sellers, of Iowa City, IA. Her brother M. Terrence (Chris) Clemens, of Northville, MI; brothers and sisters-in-law Dan & Kris Tobin, of Dixon, IL, and Bob & Mary Tobin, of Solon, IA; her niece and nephews, Jennie Clemens, Jim and Tony Clemens and Thomas and Nick Tobin. Patty also leaves behind her beloved dogs Ellie, Eddie, Lilly and her cat J.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law Thomas and Mary Tobin; and her brother William Michael Clemens III who passed in 1949 at 3 years old.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff at Grand River Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Peggy for all their wonderful care, kindness and compassion.

 



John J. “J.B.” Brimeyer Jr.


John J. "J.B." Brimeyer Jr., 77, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday, November 12. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 12, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson St., Dubuque. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

John was born August 29, 1941 in Balltown, the son of John T. and Dolores S. (Link) Brimeyer. He grew up in Balltown, and moved to Dubuque when he was 7. John graduated from Loras Academy. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 42 years. John married Carol Doerr on June 3, 1961 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He was a member of the Local 150, and the 700 Club for Bowling. John was a longtime member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, where he was very involved and well respected.

He loved being outdoors, whether he was cutting grass or boating on the river with his family. He enjoyed watching Nascar and playing Euchre. John never missed his grandchildren's ball games, and he hated wearing a shirt (but he wore one on Sundays for Carol). John was very sociable, and made friends wherever he went. He will be remembered for his generous, kind spirit and his contagious sense of humor.

John is survived by his wife, Carol, of Dubuque; two daughters, Dawn (Randy) Lowenberg of Cross Plains, WI,  and Denise (Jim) Schemmel of Sherrill; his grandchildren,  Meagan (Adrian) Lamp of Australia, Lyndsay (George) Juno of Cross Plains, WI, Ryan (Jessica) Lowenberg of Milton, WI, Paige (Troy) Thoma of Dubuque, Devin Lowenberg of Madison, WI,  Zachary (Cassandra) Connolly of Davenport, IA, Shane (Emma) Sullivan of Aurora, CO, Jordan Schemmel of Sherrill, and Cole Connolly of Cross Plains, WI; his great grandchildren, Amara, Jackson, Beckett, Scarlett, Jameson, Emery, Amelia, Maya, and Cameron; his sister, JoAnn (Robert "Sam") McPoland of Dubuque;  his brother in law, Ron (Camellia) Doerr of Dubuque; and his sister in law, Sally Doerr of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings in law.

Memorials may be made to the John J. Brimeyer Memorial Fund for later donation to charities that support liver cancer research.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care; and the doctors and nurses at UW Madison for their care of John.

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



Loras F. Stecher


Loras F. Stecher, 76 of Dubuque, formerly of Sherrill IA died on November 8, 2018 peacefully in his sleep after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, November 12th, 2018 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill IA, with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery, with the Sherrill Fire Department Firefighter Ceremony of the Four Fives. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church where a wake service will be at 1:30 p.m., and the Sherrill Fire Department will meet at 4:00 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory Dubuque, Iowa is handling the arrangements.

He was born on June 5, 1942 in Sherrill, son of Anton and Leona Stecher. In 1962, he married Susan R. Schlung, who preceded him in death in 2005. In 2009, he married Jeanne Nuehring, and he is survived by her.

Mr. Stecher was a graduate of Loras College. He worked with his brothers Vic and Noel for their trucking companies Key City Moving and Storage and Budget Rental. Loras also worked on his family's farm in rural Dubuque, where he built his own home and raised his family.

Loras never met an ice cream flavor he didn't like and was never one to complain about anything. He enjoyed his trips to the casino "visiting a sick friend" as he would call his casino trips. He earned the title of professional shopping bag holder as the only male in his all-female household. He always found a way to make treasures out of anything he found and could fix anything.

Loras was involved in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Toastmaster, and a volunteer with the Sherrill Fire Department. He was very active in St. Peter and Paul Church as a lector and usher.

Surviving are his wife Jeanne; five daughters, Laura (Jeff) Janco of Methuen, MA, Christine Wilson (friend Mike) of Fitchburg, WI, Theresa (Paul) Reardon of Stow, MA, Jennifer (Richard) Parkinson of Hudson, NH, and Angela (Scott) Hanz of Middleton, WI and his step-children Julie Nuehring-Konzen (friend Mike) and Kevin Nuehring of Dubuque; grandchildren, Chad (Alicia) Pusateri, Zachary, Nicholas, and Sarah Janco, Justin, Eric (Dwijavanthi), Matt, and Lexi Wilson, Bennett Parkinson, Hannah Reardon and Sophia Hanz and step-grandchildren Emily and Lauren Konzen. He also has two great granddaughters, Ella Pusateri and Naya Wilson. He is also survived by his brothers Noel (Pearl) and Joe (Carol) Stecher, and his sisters Eileen Fischer, Lorretta (Alfred) Behnke, and Joyce (Jerry) Schmitt, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by sisters Lorraine Aird, Mary Hirsch, brother Victor Stecher and brothers-in-law Clem Aird, Al Hirsch, Lawrence Fischer, and sister-in-law Lou Stecher.

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

The family wishes to thank Dr. Eric Engelman and his staff, Dr. Christopher Stille and his nurse Amanda along with the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and concern for Loras and the family. A very special thank you to the Behnke Family for all their love and support.

"Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things." Thanks Dad for the pajama races, $2 bills, trips to the planetarium, scratch off lottery tickets, postcards, your cookie sandwiches, and the grasshoppers.



Janel Kae Geisert


Janel Kae Geisert, 65, of Dubuque, and formerly of Galena, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2899 Hales Mills Road, Dubuque, where there will be a service at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Paul Amlin will officiate. Interment will be at 1:30 Saturday at Asbury Cemetery. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Janel was born July 22, 1953 in Hazel Green, WI, the daughter of Ray and Amy (Johnston) Kienzle.  She graduated from Scales Mound High School with the class of 1971, and during her high school years she was involved in many activities, including cheerleading and lifeguarding. She married Stephen Geisert on July 11, 2000 at Salem Lutheran Church in Orange, CA.  

Janel was a resident of Galena for many years, where she was a member of Lord of Love Lutheran Church and was active with WELCA. Most recently, Janel and Stephen were members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Dubuque. She was also a member of the Dubuque Kiwanis Club.

Janel was employed with Microswitch for many years, and truly enjoyed doing home care for Mercy Medical Center, where she touched many lives. She also enjoyed waitressing at Timmerman's and Chestnut Mountain Resort.  Janel exhibited much strength and courage throughout her life while dealing with Type 1 diabetes since childhood. Her spirit and enthusiasm toward life was second to none. Janel loved to travel with Stephen and spend time with friends and family.

Janel is survived by her husband, Stephen, of Dubuque; her daughter, Andrea (Tony Dowe) Garvey of Waltham, MA; four siblings, Pam Jenn of Marietta, GA, Linda Lamont of Oshkosh, WI, William (Lisa) Kienzle of Chatham, IL, and Kevin (fiancée Linda Sweet) Kienzle of Dubuque; a brother in law, Arthur Geisert of Elkader; Bonnie Geisert-Way; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother in law, Rodger Lamont; and her parents in law, Leonard and Doris Geisert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: JDRF.org or JDRF 26 Broadway, 14th Floor New York, NY 10004.

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



Rob A. Heck


Rob A. "Bino" Heck, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Tuesday afternoon, November 6, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa.

A celebration of Rob's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Friday, November 9, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will take place following the services.

Robin Allen Heck was born on November 16, 1956 in Clinton, Iowa, to Edward Earl and Margaret L. (Harte) Heck. He was a 1975 graduate of Clinton High School and married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia A. "Cindy" Bock on July 21, 1978 in Clinton, Iowa. To this union three sons were born, Chris, BJ and Jake.

Shortly after high school, Rob began a lifelong career as a millwright working for Clysar Company (formerly DuPont) in Clinton for over 35 years.

Rob was an active member of the Maquoketa Country Club where he had served as a past board member. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and especially spending time with his family. He was an avid sports fan of the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Bears.

Those left to honor Rob's memory include his wife, Cindy Heck of Maquoketa, IA; sons, Chris (Erica) Heck of Earlham, IA, BJ Heck of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Jake Heck of Palm Springs, CA; 2 grandchildren, Ava and CJ (and one on the way); brothers, Patrick (Dottie) Heck of Clinton, IA, and Brian (Terri) Heck of Clear Lake, IA; a sister, Ann Edmonds of Queens Creek, AZ; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother William "Bill" Heck, and a sister Brenda Heck.

In In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to Autism Society of Iowa.

Online Condolences may be left at h#mce_temp_url#.

 



Erwin Richard Klostermann


Erwin Richard Klostermann, 91, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home in Edgewood.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Reverend John Kremer officiating. Visitation is 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, with a 3:00 p.m. Scripture service. Friends may also call from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Interment will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Manchester, Iowa.

He was born on January 3, 1927, in Worthington, the son of Aloysius Anton and Clara Marie (Willenbring) Klostermann. He attended Area Country School in Dodge Township through eighth grade.

Erwin was united in marriage to Viola Mary Thole on September 30, 1953, in Petersburg. Seven children were born to this union. The couple purchased a farm near Manchester in the spring of 1956, owning and operating it until retiring to Manchester in the spring of 1984. They raised milk cows, hogs, chickens, rabbits, geese, ducks, a large vegetable garden, and a variety of fruits and flowers.

Erwin cherished his family and farming. He loved playing baseball with his children and fishing and always enjoyed visiting about farming, his family, and area history.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Viola of Manchester; seven children, Larry Klostermann of Dubuque, Jane (Donald) Menke of New Vienna, JoAnn Klostermann of Dubuque, Loras (Janet) Klostermann of Omaha, Nebraska, Daniel (Elaine) Klostermann of Manchester, Mary Kay (Mike) Rolfes of Manchester, and Karen (Jim) Armstrong of Des Moines; twelve grandchildren, Cassandra Klostermann of Ames, Steven Klostermann of Dubuque, Kevin Klostermann of Dubuque, Brian Menke of New Vienna, Jenn (Bob) Kanne of Omaha, Nebraska, Tony Klostermann of Swisher, Beth (Clint) Dietrich of Cedar Rapids, Kathy Klostermann of Cedar Rapids, Ben Klostermann of Manchester, Megan (JJ) Pick of Omaha, Nebraska, Matthew (Katy) Rolfes of North Liberty, and Mitchell Rolfes of Earlville; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Clarinda Thole of Manchester; and four sisters-in-law, Pat Klostermann of New Vienna, Mary Klostermann of Worthington, Bernice Thole of Dyersville, and Rita Feldmann of Edgewood.

Erwin was preceded in death by his parents, Alois and Clara; his brothers, Gerald and Roger Klostermann; a daughter-in-law, Karen Sue Klostermann; two grandchildren, Lauren J. Klostermann and Jason C. Menke; parents-in-law, Frank and Elenore Thole; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Linus (Bernadine) Thole, Charles, Alfred, Lawrence, and Francis Thole, Alice (Elmer Ries/Richard) Olberding, Mary Ann (Fred Jos) Wessels, Cletus Feldmann, and Floyd Feldmann.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.



Douglas A. Lenhart


Douglas A. Lenhart, 80, of Zwingle went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 4, 2018.  Friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home 2659 Kennedy Road, where we'll be celebrating his first birthday in heaven.  Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Hope Church, 11893 JFK Rd, where visitation will also be held Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m.  Military rites will be accorded at Hope Church immediately following service.  Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle.

Douglas was born November 9, 1937 in Dubuque, son of Arthur and Bertha (Kifer) Lenhart.

He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1955

He married Judy Clark on April 15, 1961, to that union four daughters were born, he later married Gloria Hammerand-Clapham on January 4, 1980 and two more children were added to the family.

 He served as Sgt E5 in the National Guard for 6 years. 

He began farming at 5 years old and continued until the end. He loved the land and wanted to be a good steward to what the Lord has entrusted him, leaving it better for his children and grandchildren. He was 32 years old when he received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 1970. He was a Pioneer Sales Rep for 9 years. He raised and sold sweet corn for over 17 years.

Doug enjoyed the outdoors. He loved boating, snowmobiling, camping and traveling. He looked forward to trips across the country in his motorhome as well as camping with his grandchildren.  

Doug's most treasured legacy was the importance of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  At his 80th birthday celebration, he passed on the baton of faith to his family encouraging them to continue to pass this along to their children, grandchildren and others. Even in his final days, he continued to share the hope he has in Jesus. So to all who knew him and share in the faith of Jesus, he'll see you later.

He is survived by his wife Gloria Lenhart of Zwingle; children, Cindy (Mike) Moss of Marian, IA, Sandy Aidukas of Orlando, FL, Julie Horak of Hudson, FL, Joni (Thomas) Regan of Orlando, FL, Daryl (Lori) Clapham of Plover, Wisconsin and Tammy (Brent) Bullock of Eldridge, IA; grandchildren, Ben and Katie Moss, Adam Aidukas, Jonathan, Faith, Grace and Joy Clapham, Brittany, Brenna, Luke and Brooklyn Bullock; and a sister, Judy Marcus of St Paul, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and in-laws, John and Velma Hammerand.

A Doug Lenhart Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Hopsice of Dubuque, and Home Instead.

 



Thomas J. Eitter


Thomas James Eitter, 77, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, November 4th, 2018. Funeral mass will be held Saturday November 10, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas was born June 19, 1941 in St. Paul, Minnesota the son of James and Mary (Kimbal) Eitter. He married Geraldine Ann Morgan on September 16, 1967 in Page, North Dakota. Tom graduated from De La Salle High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and received his BA from St. Cloud State University where he lettered in Wrestling and Football. He received his MA degree from Winona State University, and his Ed. D from the University of Northern Colorado.

He was a professor and coach at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh; Winona State University; and the University of Dubuque. He served as an adjunct professor and coach at Loras College and UW Platteville. In 2011, Thomas was inducted into the St. Cloud State University Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Coach Eitter was a devoted family man, teacher, coach, and mentor. He was a quintessential "common man" who overcame difficult obstacles to live a life peppered with colorful stories and unexpected outcomes. To the end, he embraced a code of feisty rebellion.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Geri, and his children: Patrick (Giselle), Erin (Kirk Kono), and Morgan (Kelly), as well as by his pride and joy, his grandchildren: Kolton and Briehlyn Nadermann, Keegan and Kloie Eitter, Caitlyn Akiko Kono, Max, Kai, and Sam Eitter, and his Great Grandson, Leo Nadermann.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: James, Joseph, and Laura Jean (Juell).

In Lieu of flowers a Thomas J. Eitter Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Susan R. Steinberg


Susan Renee Steinberg Udell, 52, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa formerly of Dubuque passed away on November 3, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 9th, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating and the homily by Deacon Dave Brinkmoeller. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

Susan was born on May 31, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Edward and Patricia (Nilles) Steinberg; and graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1981. She worked at several Dubuque businesses including Nordstrom's and Sedwick before moving to Cedar Rapids.

She enjoyed being with her family especially her cousins in the "Granny's Lunch Bunch". One of Susan's greatest loves in life were her many dogs, who are waiting for her at the rainbow bridge.

Susan was a caring individual, she will continue to live on in others by giving the gift of life by being an organ donor.

She is survived by her parents, Edward and Patricia Steinberg of Dubuque; one brother Christopher (Julie) Steinberg, of Cedar Rapids. Her niece Maggie, nephew Thomas along with aunts, uncles and many cousins.

Susan was preceded in death by her grandparents, Al and Lucille Nilles and Al and Leone Steinberg.

The family request no flowers.

The family would like to thank St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics along with the Iowa Donor Network for all the care, kindness and compassion they gave.

 



Sister Mary Ellen McDonagh


Sister Mary Ellen McDonagh, BVM, 67, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died DOD, at Caritas Center.

Visitation will be from 10-11:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 11:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:15 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Ellen was a high school teacher in Davenport, Iowa; Kansas City, Mo.; Chicago and Phoenix. She was a newspaper editor, a communications coordinator, and an assistant administrator in Kansas City, Mo., and a peace and social justice advocate in Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago.

She was born on Nov. 17, 1950, in St. Louis, to John and Rosemary Burke McDonagh. She entered the BVM congregation Jan. 14, 1973, from Our Lady of Loretto Parish, St. Louis. She professed first vows on Oct. 4, 1975, and final vows on May 29, 1982.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John F, Jr.; stepbrother, Justin (Patricia) Hessel; and step-brother-in law, H. David Stoops. She is survived by stepsisters Maryann Stoops and Catherine (Richard) Graham, both of St. Louis; nieces; nephews; cousins and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 45 years.

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

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.



Michael J. Covington


Michael J. Covington, 59, of Monticello died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a Celebration of Life will follow.

Mike was born September 22, 1959, in Boise, ID the son of James and Saundra (Schulte) Covington. He graduated from high school from Rapid City Central High School in Rapid City, SD. He started college in Birmingham, Alabama and later earned his bachelor's degree in Vermillion, SD. He enjoyed being a salesperson for the Ford Motor Company. Mike married Kristine Ann Butterfield in 1991. Together they made their home in several places around the Midwest as Mike earned promotions within the Ford Company. They moved to Monticello in 1998, to care for elderly parents. Mike had various jobs in the area until his health began to decline. He loved to go bowling, play chess with friends and family, and watch the Broncos whenever they played. Mike also loved being a grandpa. He tried to be as active in his grandchildren's lives as his health would allow and they held a very special place in his heart.

Surviving are his mother, Saundra Covington, a brother, Preston Covington, both of Monticello, a son, Anthony (Ashley) Weir of Cedar Rapids, 2 daughters: Shayla and Kassandra (Chance Dempsey) Butterfield, of Monticello, 7 grandchildren: Alyssa and Michelle, Soren, Isabella, Anthony Jr., Mikaila and Declan; 2 brothers-in-law: Scott Butterfield of Monticello and Roelf Maritz of Weatherford, TX, 1 sister-in-law: Amber (Robert) Garza of Holopaw, FL.

He is preceded in death by his father, his wife, and a sister, Debra Nefler.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Dorothy M. Beetem


Dorothy M. Beetem, 90, of St. Mary's Apartments passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Unity Point Health- Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, November 7 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on May 21, 1928 in Guttenberg, Iowa the daughter of Matthew and Margaret Duehr. She married LeRoy Beetem on December 31, 1946.

Dorothy enjoyed puzzles, going to farmer's market and a good glass of wine. She was fond of cardinals or "the red" birds and made sure her bird feeder was always full. She was a wonderful homemaker and loved being with her family.

Surviving are her children, Jim (Karen) Beetem and Sue McGinnis; 6 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son-in-law, Larry McGinnis; and her siblings.

A Dorothy Beetem Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall for their compassionate care.



David William Miller


David William Miller, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at ManorCare in Dubuque, Iowa.

Graveside military rites and burial will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 17, 2018, at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa. There is no public visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

David William Miller was born on September 10, 1931 in Spragueville, Iowa, to Russel Wilbur and Winnifred Lauretta (Gannon) Miller. He attended school in Preston and later received his Associates Degree while living in Washington D.C. following a 13-year military career, earning a Bronze Star. He had served in both the Marine Corps and the Army.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, David retired from the Federal Government in Washington D.C., and then worked as maintenance man at several apartment buildings in D.C.

David was a member of the Elmer H. Brown Spragueville American Legion Post #590 and the Andrew AMVETS Post #62. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting and his beloved dog Leah. He was especially proud of being a veteran and his military service, becoming a Quilt of Valor recipient on November 6, 2016.

He is survived by sisters-in-law, Corrine Miller of Delmar, IA, and Margaret Mary "Peg" Miller Maquoketa, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Leona (Leo) Jessen, Mildred Miller, Marcella (A.D.) Rohse, Russell Miller, John L. Miller, James D. Miller and Paul D. (Patricia) Miller.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Jackson County Humane Society or the Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park.

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



Jeffrey E. Adams


Jeffrey E. Adams, 60, of Monticello and formerly of Iowa City died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 in Monticello after a long illness.

Jeff was born October 24, 1958, in Iowa City the son of Robert and Shirley (Moore Wiggs) Adams. He graduated from Iowa City City High with the class of 1975 and served as a cook in the Navy. He attended Longview Community College in Kansas City, MO in the culinary school and worked as a chef in the Kansas City area for a number of years.  He returned to Iowa and lived life on his own terms, taking on odd jobs as the need arose. 

Jeff loved his Harley Davidsons, NASCAR Racing, the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jeff is survived by a daughter, Brandi Li (Kenny) Carmer of Denver, CO, 3 grandchildren; Sean, Johnny and Nick, siblings: Mike Adams of Solon, IA, Dan (Diana) Hall of Muscatine, IA, Kevin (Cary)Hall of Rio, IL, Tim Adams of Texas, Ruth (Charles) Alewine of Elgin, TX, Angi (Steve Kick) Wiggs of Tiffin, IA and Kim (James) Bartels of North Liberty, IA; numerous nieces and nephews, and 1 uncle, Roy (Sharon) Adams of Iowa City, IA.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com



Odilo H. Steines


Odilo H. Steines, 95, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:00-9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Odilo was born on October 2, 1923, in Preston, Iowa, the son of John and Mary (Ziement) Steines. He married Ardis Budde on September 19, 1949. She preceded him in death on May 29, 2009. Odilo was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army from 1943 to 1945. He was an honorary member of American Legion Post 273 of Bellevue, Iowa, and an honorary member of the Bellevue Council 1354 Knights of Columbus. Odilo participated in one of the first Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.

Odilo was a hardworking man, farming and working 25 years at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, Iowa. Even in his "retirement" years he was always there to help his family. After Ardis, the love of his life for 59 years, passed away in 2009 he really enjoyed playing cribbage for a couple of hours every day with his daughter, Lois. He loved family "get-to-gethers" and being able to spend time with them. Playing cards, bingo, the domino game "Mexican Train" and "playing the slots" were other past times he enjoyed.

Odilo is survived by their six children, Lois (Merrell) Casper, of Cuba City, WI, Don (Cathy), of Menominee, IL; Doris, of San Antonio, TX, Jane (James) Munson, of Dickeyville, WI, James (Sharon), of Platteville, WI, and Dee (Steve) Kalmes, of Springville, IA; fifteen grandchildren; one step-grandson; 33 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Dori Johnson, of San Antonio, TX.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Vincent (Clara), Attlas (Algean) and Johnny (Velma), and three sisters, Lydia (Tony), Helma (Bill) and Helen (Marvin).

A Odilo H. Steines Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Michael C. DeMaio


Michael C. DeMaio, age 69, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at his home. To honor Mike's life, funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Mike's life, family and friends may visit from 3:30 p.m., until the time of services at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Mike was born on July 29, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles F. and Erma Mae (Bender) DeMaio.

Mike was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1967. After graduation, Mike joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he honorably served his country in Okinawa for a year. After returning home from the service, Mike went to work at A.Y. McDonald's, before eventually moving on to become a heavy equipment operator for Peavey Grain, which would become Con-Agra, for several years, until his retirement in 2015. In his free time, Mike loved spending time in the great outdoors, whether it be trying his luck at his favorite fishing hole, or sitting quietly in the woods, with his trusty rifle by his side, waiting for the perfect shot to present itself. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our son, brother and uncle, and will miss him more than words can express, but know that he is now resting in peace with his mom and brother, for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Mike's memory include

his father,
Charles DeMaio, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Pat (Jim) Kearney,
Bob (Tina) DeMaio,
Rick (Barb) DeMaio,
Terry (Laura) DeMaio
and Debbie (Rob) Reisen, all of Dubuque, IA,

his former wife,
Susan DeMaio, Fairplay, WI;

and many nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Erma Mae DeMaio; and his brother, Bruce DeMaio.

Mike's family would like to extend a special thank you to his best friend, Dan Garner, for all of the friendship and support he has provided Mike throughout the years.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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

 



James J. Weber


James J. "Jim" Weber, 73, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 2, 2018, with his daughter by his side.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a memorial service will be at 6:00 p.m.

Jim was born on October 1, 1945 in Dubuque, one of four children of Burdette "Jack" and Darlene (Noggle) Weber. On July 12, 1996, he married Karen Sheppard, the love of his life.

He held various jobs in his younger years and often said he should write about a book about some of his experiences. He worked 30 years at John Deere and retired as an Inspector in the Engine Division in 2002. He told many fond stories about working there and it was where he met some of his closest friends including Doug Oberfoell. Doug remains his best friend to this day and there wasn't a thing he wouldn't do for Jim. He was a member of the UAW Local 94 from his first day and strongly believed in his union.

Jim was a passionate hunter and fisherman and spent a lot of his life doing both. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for over 20 years and never missed a banquet. He belonged to the National Rifle Association for over 30 years and had a collection he was proud of. In the Rendezvous circuit, he was known as "Mountain Man" and loved buck skinning and black powder reloading. To his daughter he was "Papa Bear" and was very protective of his "cub".

He was a man of many stories and many phrases as he loved to make his friends and family laugh. No matter what he was eating, he would say "it tastes like chicken". His smile and warm personality will be missed by many and in his final days, he was deeply touched by all the people that came to visit him.

He is survived by his daughter Tina; his brother Kevin (Kathy) Weber; nephews Gabe & Kristopher Weber; niece Kara Weber, all of Dubuque, grandson Logan Weber and two of the greatest aunts anyone could have, Dolores Stillmunkes and Rainee Shaffer.
He was preceded in death by his wife Karen, his daughter Fawn, his parents Jack & Darlene, his brothers Jerry and Joseph and his beloved uncle Butch Noggle.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse Edna, Dr Cao, Dr Hermann and the staff of Hawkeye Care Center including Larry, Cris and Courtnie.



Sister Muriel McCarthy, BVM


Sister Muriel McCarthy, BVM (Baptist), 97, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Muriel was an elementary teacher in Chicago; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tujunga, and Santa Anna, Calif.; and a secondary teacher in Petaluma, Calif. She served as principal in Los Angeles and Tujunga, Calif. She was a parish minister, office assistant and teacher aide in San Francisco and an office assistant in Santa Rosa, Calif.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1921, in San Francisco, to Michael Joseph and Mary Dolores Campbell McCarthy. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1939, from St. Anne Parish, San Francisco. She professed first vows on March 19, 1942, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1947.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Dolores Kelly; and a brother Francis.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 79 years.

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

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements.



Betty J. Taylor


Betty J. Taylor, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, October 31, 2018, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, November 3, 2018, 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. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Betty Jean Wilson was born on May 18, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Victor A. and Helen I. (Brady) Wilson. She was a 1948 graduate of Maquoketa High School and married Lee E. Taylor Jr. on June 12, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Vickie, Ronald, Cathy and Dennis.

Betty was a homemaker who in her younger years had worked as an aide at the Jackson County Public Hospital, and also for National Tea Grocery Store, both in Maquoketa.

Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, working on puzzles, socializing at her favorite hangout place "McDonald's", playing cards and going to garage sales.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her children, Vickie (Steve) Earles of Maquoketa, IA, Ronnie (Connie) Taylor of Maquoketa, IA, Cathy Blackburn of Maquoketa, IA, and Dennis (Lesa) Taylor of Prior Lake, MN; a brother Lonny Wilson of Bettendorf, IA; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lee on August 3, 2001, and three grandchildren Lara Taylor, Billy Blackburn, Zander Blackburn.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Betty J. Taylor memorial fund has been established.

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



Gene L. Duwe


Gene L. Duwe, 87, formerly of 1070 Roosevelt Street, Dubuque passed away peacefully, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his family.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. John's Episcopal Church. where friends may call from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery with military honors. Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family.

Gene was born February 5, 1931 in Guttenberg, IA. son of Lloyd and Ruby (Portwein) Duwe.

He married Nancy Strong, April 19, 1952 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Dubuque.

He attended school in Guttenberg.

Gene retired from John Deere in 1987.

Nancy was the love of his life and he enjoyed traveling with her to many places in the United States. He also enjoyed woodworking, hunting and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren in his later years. He rarely missed any of the families sporting events. Gene was a devoted and loving family man. His sweet smile and infectious laugh will be greatly missed.

Gene was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and served on their vestry. He was also a long time member of the Moose Lodge and the Leaky Lodge and a proud member of the Local UAW # 94. He served several years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Surviving are his wife Nancy Duwe; children, JoAnn (Jeff) Chance, of Port Orchard, WA, Dennis (Janelle) Duwe, of Dubuque, Linda (Andy) Willging, of Sherrill, David (Kim) Duwe, of Dubuque, and Kathy (Ahmad) El-Ali, of Grand Rapids, MI; grandchildren, Jodi, Jason, Jeff, Ashley, Justin, Zachary, Brian, Brad, and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Vince, Gabe, Alex, Samantha, Tim, Naomi, Abigail, Macey, Sofia; special life-long friend, Bob Wolf, special brother-in-law Wayne Wilming, and family friend Rick Heinz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Timothy and a granddaughter, Jill.

Special Thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medical Center for their loving care.

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



Richard C. Potter


Richard C. Potter, 91, of Dyersville passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm Monday, November 5, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where American Legion Post 137 will hold a service at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the United Methodist Church in Epworth from 9:30 - 10:15 prior to funeral services.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Epworth, with burial in Memorial Garden Cemetery in Dubuque.  Pastor Stephanie Schlimm will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Richard was born May 28, 1927, in Volga, Iowa, the son of Charles Zenda and Grace (Lowe) Potter. He served in the United States Army from 1950-1952, in the European Theatre.  Richard married Joyce Bergmann on January 14, 1961, in Indianola, Iowa. Together they enjoyed traveling with their family, especially to places he could not visit while trucking.  When traveling to Monterey Bay to visit family, Dick's first priority was to sail on rough seas before any other sightseeing. Later in life he enjoyed making replica models of horse-drawn carriages and his family home farm, and collecting vintage tools.

Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce; four children: David (Diana) Potter of Monterey, CA., Scott (Jennifer )Potter of New Haven, MO, Laurie (Matt) Urban of Dubuque, IA, and Randy (Anne) Potter of Dyersville, IA; grandchildren: Chelsea (Bill) Jakob, Justin (Lindsey) Potter, Jessica (Josh) Rankin, Elizabeth (fiancé Dustin Boyette) Urban, Samuel (Kenzie) Urban, Sarah O'Dell, Amanda (Justin) Adams and Timothy Potter;  great grandchildren: Bill Jr. (Emily) and Johnathon Jakob, Bethany, Michael, Daniel and Hannah Rankin; a sister, Norma Vondra of Easley, SC; sisters-in-law, Lucille (Ed) Hiller of Indianola, IA and Maxine (Jim) Bots of Marthasville, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Kroy Urban, a brother, Daniel (Lois) Potter, a brothers-in-law: Donald Vondra and Rolland Bergmann.

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

 

 



Marlene K. Schrobilgen


Marlene K. Schrobilgen, 87, of Asbury, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at home, surrounded by family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 3, at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Phil Gibbs will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, November 2, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m., and a selection of songs by The Lads at 6:45 p.m.

Marlene was born March 13, 1931 in Dubuque, the daughter of Alfred and Helen (Kelly) Dietz. She married William Schrobilgen on September 16, 1950 at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Asbury. Marlene was a longtime member of Resurrection Parish, where she was involved in the Mother's Club and served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Marlene cooked for many years at The Coach House and Sweeney's Supper Club. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, and bike riding. Marlene loved hummingbirds and collecting angel figurines. She was devoted to her family, and she loved spending time with her grandkids.

Marlene is survived by her husband, William; their children, Cynthia Thommen of Dubuque, Cathe Haigh of North Buena Vista, Terry (Barbara) Schrobilgen of Cassville, WI, Thomas Schrobilgen of Dubuque, Susan (Robert) Humke of LaMotte, Timothy (Rose) Schrobilgen of Hawaii, Amy (Tim) Bemis of Dubuque, and Jodi Schrobilgen of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; her sisters, Janann "Nan" (Charles) Higgins of Florida, and Karen (Donald) Schaufler of New York; and her in-laws, Bob Massey, Ann Hall, Kay Ackerman, Marlene Luchsinger, Don Schrobilgen, and Jeanette Lincoln.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Adrienne (Harold Klein and Tom Taggart) Klein Taggart, Shirley Massey, Moya (John) Breitbach, and Helen (Cletus) Gorsche; her parents in law, John and Clara Schrobilgen; her brother in law, John Schrobilgen Jr.

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Ram, Dr. Loetscher, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Marlene.

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

 



Christopher D. Chapman


Christopher D. Chapman, 19, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Funeral services will be 5:30 p.m., Friday, November 2 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Friday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Chris was born on September 15, 1999 in Dubuque, the beloved son of Ann (Sawvel) Butzier and Daniel Chapman.

Chris was a loving son, tightly-bonded brother, and incredible friend with a tremendous heart. He was deeply loyal and highly protective of his family and friends. Chris could be described as incredibly handsome, strong, quiet, funny, insightful, fun-loving and mischievous. He was deeply admired and loved by all who had the joy of knowing him.

Chris' personality and smile attracted many during his life. He shared an undeniable bond with his sister and brother, who enjoyed precious time together, countless memories, and many laughs. He also has a tremendously close and loyal core group of lifelong buddies. Chris was so fortunate to be surrounded by the very best of friends, sharing the same values as Chris and so many wonderful experiences over his lifetime. Chris's family feels so overwhelmingly blessed to have these friends and their families in their lives. They will all forever treasure his memory. Most called him Chris, but others knew him as CChap, Jet Ski, Chrissy, and Babar.

Chris attended Kennedy Elementary School, Washington Middle School and graduated with high honors from Dubuque Senior High School. Following graduation, Chris continued his education at Drake University, majoring in Accounting and Business. He was extremely studious, always devoting the time needed to succeed. Chris was a member of the National Honor Society and an Academic Excellence award winner. He was also a Silver Chord recipient in recognition of his commitment to volunteerism and community service. Chris was clearly capable of accomplishing tremendous things with his brilliant mind and drive to succeed.

Chris lived an active vibrant life, filled with many activities and passions. Whether academics or sports, Chris was driven to be the best, and his accomplishments were many. From Chris' early years, sports were always at the forefront. He participated in youth football, soccer, baseball, basketball, wrestling, swimming, hockey and track. Chris remained active in soccer, wrestling, football and track into his high school years. Soccer was a lifelong passion for Chris, playing for teams in Dubuque AYSO, Dubuque Soccer Club, FC United and Dubuque Senior High School. Chris also participated in football and wrestling for the Rams but his true passion at the high school level was track, and his accomplishments were numerous. As a senior, Chris was a meet record holder, 2nd team all MVC conference athlete, a relay record holder, a multi-medal winner at A.D. Dickinson Relays, Drake Relays and State Track, a Telegraph Herald Athlete of the Week and finished his track career with the 3rd highest single season point total in school history.

Chris had numerous interests outside of organized athletics. His passions were endless. He enjoyed music, fishing, kayaking, snowboarding and running around in his Jeep with its top down. A day didn't go by without catching him doing some dance moves. Chris adored his beloved dogs Beau and Roxie.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Ann Butzier (friend Jeff), of Dubuque; father, Daniel (Dawn) Chapman, of Lone Tree, Colorado; sister, Sarah Chapman and twin brother, Ben Chapman, both of Dubuque; and other siblings including Taylor and Mitch Chapman and Alex and Nic Butzier; grandparents, Peg (Don) Thiltgen, of DeWitt, Iowa; great-grandmother, Katie Sawvel of Dubuque; Stevie Lambe who always has a special place in his heart and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Dr. Doug Butzier; grandparents, James Sawvel and Milt (Corrine) Chapman; uncle, Mike Chapman; and aunt, Deb Dodds.

In lieu of flowers a Christopher Chapman Memorial Fund has been established.

A special thank you to the faculty and staff at Drake University and the many families and friends who have supported Chris throughout his beautiful life. We would like to thank the teachers, coaches, teammates, friends and their families for the role that they played in his life.



Keith M. Spielmann


Keith M. Spielmann, 41, of Cedar Rapids and formerly of Dyersville passed away Monday, October 29, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 7:30 pm.  Visitation will continue Monday from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Ralph Davis will officiate.

Keith was born Nov. 13, 1976, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Michael and Mary (Wolfe) Spielmann.  He graduated from Western Dubuque High School with the Class of 1995, and went on to earn an Associate's Degree in graphic art at the Colorado Institute of Art in 1999.  He was employed with Bimm Ridder Sports Wear in Cedar Rapids as a Graphic Design Artist.

Keith was a very sweet, generous and loving son, brother and uncle who loved to spend time outdoors fishing, always looking forward to the annual Wisconsin Fishing Trip with his brother, Kevin. He also enjoyed hiking with his family and all of the dogs, movies and listening to music. He was a member of the Dyersville Court of the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Keith is survived by his mother, Mary Spielmann of Dyersville, siblings: Pati Spielmann of Charlotte, NC, Pam (Rob) Knoot of Cedar Rapids and Kevin Spielmann of Prairieburg; 2 nieces, Sabrina and Savannah Dyer, a nephew, Jonas Knoot, his Boxer, Cleo, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael, in 1997, his grandparents, Rachel and Eugene Wolfe and Aloysius and Margaret Spielmann.

Memorials are preferred to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation or the St. Francis Xavier Basilica Organ Restoration Fund.

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



Walter J. Schlichtmann


Walter J. Schlichtmann, 86, of Dubuque died Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

There will be no public visitation. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Walter was born September 4, 1932 in Dubuque, son of Claus and Adele Schlichtmann. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and was deployed to South Korea for 18 months.

He married Eleanor Reisen on August 15, 1953.

He worked at John Deere for 30 years.

He was a mechanical genius and was able to build his own home. He loved using his mechanical expertise on cars and motorcycles. He was a member of the Hawkeye Motorcycle Club and enjoyed doing the sound and time trials at the Dickeyville Hillclimb. He also had a passion for tube radios and their repair and restoration. It is said that some men are Jacks of all trades and master of none, but Walter was master of all.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Schlichtmann of Dubuque; three children, Gary (Bridget) Schlictmann of Dubuque; Dr. James (Elaine) Schlichtmann of Iowa City and JoAnn Vize of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary (Lindsey) and Abraham Schlichtmann; Anna and Grace Schlichtmann; Colin, Ryan, Desiree Hannig; and Calvin Vize; three great grandchildren, Ethan, Aylana Schlichtmann and Violet Hannig; a sister, Marita Hermann; brother in law, Milton (Judy) Reisen; a sister in law, Karen Schlichtmann and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother and sister in law Clarence and Ellen Schlichtmann; sister, Marie Schlichtmann; brother in law, Milton Hermann, and two nephews, Jon Schlictmann and Jake Jones.

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

The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and the caregivers from Hospice of Dubuque.



Wayne H. Mormann


Wayne H. Mormann, 72, of Waverly, Iowa and formerly of Dyersville passed away Monday, October 29, 2018, at Waverly Health Center in Waverly.

Visitation will be held 2 - 7 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9:30 - 10:30 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2018, St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Wayne was born June 11, 1946, in Dyersville the son of Henry and Viola (Kern) Mormann. He graduated from Xavier High School with the Class of 1964. He married Janet E. Kelly on June 12, 1971 in Worthington.

After high school, he was employed at Modernfold in the engineering department, and at the Ertl Company where he designed many new toys. Wayne was a talented craftsman who dreamed of owning his own business. He opened Woodcraft Cabinetry, specializing in residential and commercial cabinets, and Mormann Custom Products, where his unique displays were showcased in New York City at the National Toy Show for 14 years. He was an office manager for VanGuard Countertops and All Systems in Dubuque for 20 years before retiring.

Wayne enjoyed landscaping and playing with his beloved grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Janet, 2 daughters: Jill (Jason) Groth of Waverly and Susan (Mike) Sanderson of Madison, WI; 2 grandchildren, Megan and Madeline Groth; siblings: Joyce Becker and Dale Mormann, both of Dyersville, Kathy (Bill) Squire of Dubuque, Jean (Dave) Burggren of Asbury and Ronald (Brenda) Mormann of Clear Lake, in-laws: Nancy (Mike) Ouverson of Worthington, Debra (Gary Strassburger) Kelly of Davenport, and Dawn (Dave) Schiel of Johnson Creek, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Urban and Mary Kelly, a sister, JoAnne Reynolds, a nephew, Josh Reynolds, and in-laws: Jack Becker, Steve Kelly and Ronald Kelly.

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



Rosemary (Mussmann) Haas


Rosemary (Mussmann) Haas, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:45 p.m., on Monday, October 29, 2018, at Luther Manor Grand Meadows, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rosemary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Rosemary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Rosemary was born on April 1, 1929, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Albert and Rosina (Gerlach) Mussmann.

Rosemary was born and raised in the Springbrook area, where she attended classes in a one room school house, before proudly going on to graduate from Bellevue High School. In her teens, Rosemary was adventurous enough to go on a blind date, and fortunately, the handsome young man, Wilbert "Bill" Haas turned out to be her soulmate. The two were united in marriage on June 18, 1949, in Dubuque, and were blessed with 64 wonderful years together, and her loving children, before Bill was sadly called home ahead of her on September 12, 2013. Rosemary was employed as a bookkeeper at Crescent Electric for a few years, but once the children were born, she fully embraced her role as a full time wife, mother and homemaker. After the children were raised and off on their own, she happily went back to bookkeeping with Anything Groes for several years until her retirement. Rosemary was always full of life and surprises, and was thrilled when she attained her drivers license at the tender young age of 58. She was always a very active woman, and in her free time, Rosemary liked to indulge in a little retail therapy, ride her bike, or head out to Dubuque Greyhound Park to watch the dogs race. She was well known for participating in a spirited game of Euchre, keeping track of her almost 10,000 games of Cribbage with Bill, hitting the lanes shooting for a perfect 300, or scouring magazines until she found her next perfect DIY project to incorporate into her home design. She and Bill loved spending time together, and looked forward to traveling the country to attend his Army reunions, as well as spending a night out on the town, "cutting a rug", to the music of Gary's band, "Old Man River". She was an avid sports fans who was known to watch Iowa Hawkeye Basketball, but everyone was well aware that nothing stopped she and Bill from watching their beloved Cubbies play. Spending time with her family always brought the greatest joy to Rosemary's days, and some of her favorite trips were heading over to Wrigley Field with the family for an afternoon of fun at the ballpark. She was an excellent cook who will always be remembered for the delicious dishes she made and the canned pears grown in her yard. Occasionally, she would take a break from her busy activities to watch her favorite game show or quietly stare out the window at the birds gathering at the feeder Bill had so painstakingly made for her. Rosemary's faith was also an important aspect of her daily life and she was a long-time member of Holy Ghost Church. Rosemary was truly one of a kind, she never had an unkind word for anyone, and her loving and compassionate nature were beyond measure. Our hearts are broken today as we miss our dear, sweet mom, grandma, great-grandma and sister, but thankfully we have collected countless memories throughout the years to cherish until we are all one day reunited in our Heavenly home.

Those left to cherish Rosemary's memory include

her children,
Gary (Annette) Haas, Dubuque, IA,
Pam (Steve) Hiatt, Asbury, IA
and Kathy (Pat) Chamberlain, Rochester, MN;

her 4 granddaughters,
Julia Haas, Rachel (Brad) Klein, Chelsea (Ryan) Fulton and Tessa (Brandon Horn) Hiatt;

her 9 great-grandchildren;

and her sister,
Anna Mae (Hubert) Sims, Phoenix, AZ.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilbert "Bill" Haas; a daughter in infancy, Patricia Ann Haas; and a son, Tom Haas.

Rosemary's family would like to thank the outstanding staff of Luther Manor Grand Meadow and Hospice of Dubuque, their care of Rosemary and her entire family is appreciated more than you will ever realize.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Rosemary's favorite charities.

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



Elaine M. Seaman


Elaine M. "Tootsie" Seaman, 92, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, November 2, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 1, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Elaine was born September 17, 1926, in Dubuque, the daughter of Gus and Lorraine (Powers) Manternach. She married Lloyd W. Seaman August 8, 1946 at Nativity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2008. Elaine was a graduate of Visitation Academy.

She worked as a psychotherapist for Dr. Richard H. Lee, and also at Mercy Medical Center for many years. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, where she served on the welcoming committee. She was an avid reader and crossword puzzle solver.

Elaine could always be counted on to be the peacemaker and problem solver. She and Lloyd loved to travel, especially their annual trip to Florida. Elaine was a devoted mother, wife, and grandmother, and loved holidays and "Friday Night Live" gimlets with her family. As a friend, Elaine was engaged and thoughtful, and she possessed a keen intellect, making her a ready sounding board for problems large and small. She and Lloyd enjoyed many years filled with dinners, card games, cocktails, and conversations shared among an amazing group of friends.

Elaine is survived by four children, Suzanne (John) Halloran of Mishawaka, IN, Sara (Joe) Gianino, Sandra Muir, and Paul (Ellen) Seaman, all of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Brian (Colleen) Halloran, Brendan (Aubry) Halloran, and Dr. Mary Brigid (Jose Guizar) Halloran, Tony (Christy) Gianino, Nic (Stacy) Gianino, and Maria (Mike)Steinlage, Karin Lee, Daniel Seaman, Benjamin Seaman, and Ryan (fiancee Miranda) Seaman; 15 great grandchildren, Kathleen and Sean Halloran, Hannah, A.J., Noah, and Caleb Gianino, Sam and Lucy Gianino, Angelina and Josephina Steinlage, Meghan and Jack Lee, and Aiden Lloyd Seaman, and Corbin and Evan Shelton; her brother, Richard (Kay) Manternach of Dubuque; her sister in law, Ardith Linn of NC; and Kathy Simon and Scott Smith, whom she loved as her own children; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Phyllis Manternach; and her son in law, Stewart Muir.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church or Wahlert Catholic High School. The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their care of Elaine.

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



Rosemary Tigges


Rosemary "Rosie" Tigges, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 29th, 2018, on her 58th wedding anniversary, at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at St. Catherine Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Rosie was born on February 26, 1940 in Balltown, Iowa, the daughter of Vincent and Lucille (Neuses) Rolwes. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School and on October 29, 1960 she married Raphael "Ray" Tigges at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a dedicated homemaker and in addition worked as a bookkeeper for Ray Tigges Body Shop.

Rosie was a member of St. Catherine's Rosary Society, Tri-State Country Dancers and the Domino Group. She enjoyed music, country dancing, and traveling, but she mostly enjoyed time with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Ray; four children, Dan (Carmen) Tigges, of Rochester Hills, MI, Laurie (Kevin) Kelleher, of Dubuque, Connie (Brian) Tauke, of Rock Island, IL, and Karen (Rob) Powers, of Dubuque. Ten grandchildren, David and Kyle Tigges, Nick, Nathan, and Noah Kelleher, Kirsten, Jacob and Sam Tauke, Trevor and Tyler Powers; three great grandchildren, Diana, Sylvia and Augustus. One sister Rita Mae Riniker, of Epworth.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Ruth Ann Denlinger.

The family would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care, kindness and compassion given to Rosie.



Catherine L. Hochberger


Catherine L. "Kay" Hochberger, 85, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, October 29, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 2, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Philip Gibbs will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 1 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:45 p.m.

Catherine was born August 17, 1933 in Dubuque, the daughter of James and Marie (Pins) Hynes. She married Thomas Hochberger on October 3, 1953 at St. Raphael's Cathedral.

She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy, and was employed with Dubuque Fire & Marine Insurance for several years, before devoting herself to caring for her family full time. She was a loving and caring mother.

Kay was a member of Resurrection Parish for over 55 years, and ushered with her husband for over 30 years. She enjoyed boating and camping with her family.

Catherine is survived by her husband, three sons, Scott (special friend Kathy Bakey) Hochberger of Rickardsville, IA, Kevin (Deb) Hochberger of Shullsburg, WI and Brian Hochberger of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Holli Hochberger, Tyler (special friend Heather Eastlick) Hochberger and Justin (Sara) Hochberger; one great grandchild, Sophie; her sister, Betty Moran of Rock Island, IL; and two sisters in law, Joan Hynes of Iowa City, IA, and Judith "Lorene" Hynes of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Jim and Dick Hynes, a sister, Mary (Joe) Gassman, a sister in infancy, and a brother-in-law, John Moran.

Memorials may be made to Stonehill Care Center or Hospice of Dubuque.

Kay's family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the 3rd floor nurses at Stonehill Care Center for taking such good care of her.

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



Richard C. Jahn


Richard C. Jahn, 92, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on October 28, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6 p.m.

Rich was born October 5, 1926 in Dubuque, to Walter and Amelia (Tschirgi) Jahn. He grew up on Dubuque's North End, often sharing fond memories of growing up in a tight-knit working family. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1944. He later met the love of his life, Joan (Frommelt) Jahn and started a family of his own. Rich always worked hard to make his family and others their best self. He had a special way of bringing out the best qualities in others. He worked 42 years at the Dubuque Pack.

Throughout his life, he was an involved athlete. He played baseball for the Minor League Cubs in Fayetteville, NC, played in four fast pitch world tournaments, won two senior National bowling tournaments (in Syracuse, NY and Reno, NV), and he was honored in three Hall of Fames for bowling, softball, and Wisconsin Beagle Clubs. Rich loved being a Cubs fan and was happy he watched them win the World Series. While Rich had a strong passion to be the best in any sport he was participating in, he had an even stronger passion to help others succeed. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and shared these talents with his children, grandchildren, nephews, and many hunting buddies.

Rich was a dedicated and active member in the community; he was a great bingo caller for the KC's and Sacred Heart Parish for 60 years. He was part of the group that formed the Willowa Beagle Club in Platteville, WI, participated in the Power of Prayer (of which he was an original member, and made house calls for St. Vincent Society. He was naturally selfless and kind toward anyone he encountered. In retirement he enjoyed spending time with family/friends, cooking, gardening, fishing, hunting, and playing cards. He was proud of the life he built through hard work, determination, and love. It was common place for Rich to share his excitement and joy whenever something positive happened for his family. The running laugh for years was when he addressed his family members with a "Doctor" title before saying their name, and he was honored with the titile "Dr. Jahn" by his family for his wealth of knowledge in nature and everyday life.

Rich is survived by his children, Tom Jahn, Carol (Allan) Riesbeck, Laura (Jerry) Nameth, Bob (Rosalie) Jahn, and Terry (June) Jahn; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; his sister, Anne Powers; and sister in law, Marge Jahn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, his daughter, Mary Kay Jahn; his grandson, Aaron Jahn; two sons in law, Dick Radloff and Dr. Robert B. Hatcher; and his siblings, Roger Jahn, Helen Vorwald, Murella Ramm, Adele DiNova, and Eugene Jahn.

In lieu of flowers, a Rich Jahn Memorial Fund has been established.

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

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



Gina M. Danner


Gina M. Danner, 59, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 27th at home surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 2, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. David Schatz officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:30 p.m.

Gina was born on July 22, 1959 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of William "Bill" and Joyce (Pusateri) Huss. She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1977 and remained lifelong friends with many classmates. On September 19, 1987, Gina married the love of her life, Kevin J. Danner. Together they celebrated thirty-one memorable years of marriage and were blessed with three daughters, Ashley, Alyssa and Alexandra "Ali".

She went to work at Dubuque Orthodontics Associates for several years before deciding to take a break to raise her three daughters at home. If raising three daughters did not keep her busy enough, Gina also opened a small gift shop located in the Ice Harbor Emporium and The Fussy Lady. In addition, she worked side by side with her husband owning and operating Tri A Transportation trucking company for twelve years. Gina returned to Dubuque Orthodontics Associates after a nearly 20-year break and was very devoted to her job, even through her difficult treatments.

Gina enjoyed following her daughters' activities and was their #1 cheerleader through sports and life. She always found time to volunteer at St. Columbkille School and church functions. She enjoyed walking for exercise and would often walk in the mornings before work with her husband Kevin and good friend/neighbor Jeanie. Gina had an eye for decorating. She loved hosting family holidays and will be remembered for her tiny Christmas cookies and turning her home into a Christmas wonderland. You would often find Gina relaxing by her pool on hot summer days.
Gina will always be remembered as the best mom, wife, friend and "Stick" (a nickname she was given for her love of sticky buns). She will forever be held close to our hearts, reminding us "IT'S A GOOD DAY FOR A GOOD DAY".

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Kevin ; her daughters Ashley (fiancé' Chris Esch) Danner, Alyssa (Jason) Leutzinger and Ali (Zach Althaus) Danner; her favorite grand-dog Gable Leutzinger; her parents Bill and Joyce Huss; her siblings Steve (Joanne) Huss, Todd (Kim) Huss, Sharon (Kelly) Meyers, Cara (Jim) Marek; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Barb (Jim) Jaeger, Robert (Kim) Danner, Nancy (Jeff) Schueller, Diane (Jim) Wuebker, Sharon (Rob) Welborn and Ellen Danner; many nieces and nephews and cherished friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Frank and Anna Pusateri; her paternal grandparents Marie (Art Huss) and Irvin Meyer and her mother and father-in-law, Harold and Arlene Danner.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or the Michael W. Oglesby Foundation which aides in furthering pancreatic cancer research.

The Danner family wishes to express heartfelt thank you to Dr. Hermann and his staff at Grand River Medical Group and Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional care throughout her journey.



Beverly Ann (Swank) Puccio


Beverly Ann (Swank) Puccio, 42, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 4, 2017.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Beverly was born on February 4, 1975 in Maquoketa, Iowa the daughter of Garry "Gummer" Swank and Rose Ealy. She attended Maquoketa Community Schools until she moved to Dubuque. She married Joseph Walter Puccio Jr. on September 11, 2009 in Dubuque.

She loved her family and her dog; was a real good prankster and enjoyed helping others and having fun.

Beverly is survived by her children Fabian Eric Swank, Britany Joe Heidersheit, Dean James Hastings, Jr., and Deanna Marie Heidersheit. Her parents Garry and Rose Swank. Siblings, Naomi (Mark) Dague, Violettia (James) Dague, Carrie Swank-Loper along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son Daniel James Hastings; her significant other Dean James Hastings Sr., maternal and paternal grandparents, 3 aunts and 4 uncles.

She will be greatly missed. Thank you from the entire Swank family.



Karen M. Brown


Karen M. Brown, 64, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and formerly of Olathe, KS passed away Monday, October 29, 2018, at Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa.
 
Karen was born December 10, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Rosemary (Kramer) Tegeler.  She attended Xavier Grade School and graduated from Beckman High School in Dyersville with the class of 1972. Karen worked for various companies in Cedar Rapids as an accountant and most recently at OMC in Olathe, KS.
 
Karen was a strong and passionate person love by her family and those around her. She loved to travel and go on road trips with friends, do it yourself projects, knitting, laugh and to make those around her laugh. Her life has not always been easy, but she has always managed to make the best of things.
 
After several trial and errors at love, she married her childhood sweetheart, Brian Brown. Brian took care of Karen and did his very best to make her comfortable prior to cancer taking her to her maker on October 29, 2018.
 
Karen is survived by her husband, Brian, a step son, Scott Brown and his son, Xander of Edgerton, KS, her siblings: Mark Tegeler of Dyersville, Linda (Dan) Hoerner of Dubuque, Janice (Mark) Furst of Ft, Atkinson, WI and Gary Tegeler of Dubuque, in-laws, outlaws, her best friend, Carolyn Walsh, nieces & nephews: Jeff & Jodi Tegeler, Carlie & Gretta Hoerner, Britta, Tenley, Gretchen Haraldson, great niece, Maddie Tegeler and two great nephews: Max Tegeler and Ivar Spring.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister-in-law, Deb Tegeler.
 
Karen had touched the lives of many, is loved and will be greatly missed.
 
Per Karen's wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the charity of choice in memory of her.



Darrald Lee Carr


Darrald Lee Carr, 71, of Maquoketa, passed away Oct. 27, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque after suffering a cardiac arrest a few days earlier.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Carson Celebration of Life Center, Maquoketa. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at United Church of Christ Church, Maquoketa. Burial will be at a later date at Sutton Cemetery.

Darrald was born Aug. 21, 1947, to Dillon and Lynne Opal (Wagner) Carr. He attended rural schools, then Maquoketa Community School, graduating in 1967.

He lived almost all his life in Fulton, a few miles north of Maquoketa.

Darrald was very proud to have worked 41 years as a meat cutter in the Fareway Meat Department in Maquoketa. He retired in 2007.

He was a 59-year-old bachelor when he met and married Geni (Lister) Niess 7-7-07. He became an immediate grandpa.

Darrald is survived by his wife Geni and her daughters Jamie (Erik) Kotewa of Lewistown, Ill., Monica (Brandon) VanDeWalle of Madison, Wis., and Allison (Tony) Bock of Baldwin, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Mallory, Casey, Declan, Chamberly, Sofia, Connor, Coral and Marisol; siblings Patsy Krantz, Barbara Watters and Gerald Carr, all of Maquoketa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Donald Krantz, Allan Watters and Deanna Carr.

Through the gift of tissue donation, Darrald will continue to help others.

In lieu of expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the family.

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



Dennis M. Sheehan


Dennis M. "Denny" Sheehan left us for the racetrack in the sky on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson with Father Richard Leffler officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson. Friends and family may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Potosi, and on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

His parents, Eugene F. and Jean (Patterson) Sheehan, welcomed dad into the world on October 21, 1941. Dad spent his early life exploring the hills and valleys of Millville. He attended attended Potosi High School. Dad joined the U.S. Army on January 7, 1959. He went to Jump School and completed 26 jumps before being honorably discharged on December 31, 1964. After the Army, he went on to race stockcars with his buddies, the Valentine brothers. Dad competed in hundreds of Hillclimbs, along with the Wilwert family. However, it was the outdoors in which he would eventually spend millions of hours hunting and fishing.

Dad married Mom, Beth Maahs, on October 2, 1976. He worked way too many years at what was once the Dubuque Pack, but was lucky enough to work at Wilwert Golf Carts until his retirement. Dad always had a story to tell. If Dad taught us one thing, it was to live life to the fullest, go on adventures, and take that risk.

The "Old Man" will be forever missed by his wife, Beth; his daughter, Jodi Shemak; his son, Eugene "Bear" Sheehan; three two-legged grandchildren: Lane, Bekka, and Kaydee Shemak; three four-legged grandchildren: Scrappy, X, and Finn; a son-in-law, Tim Shemak; a sister-in-law, Nancy Muench; a cousin, Irma Lucid, and many extended family and friends.

While we cry for him, we are comforted knowing he has been reunited with his "Little Buddy" Terry Valentine.

In lieu of plants and flowers a Dennis M. "Denny" Sheehan Memorial Fund has been established. The Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory of Potosi is entrusted with his services.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com



Vi M. Hanson


Vi M. Hanson, 98, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Luther Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 31, at the Church of the Resurrection. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 10:15 a.m., Wednesday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Vi was born on November 15, 1919 in Dubuque, the daughter of John C. and Susan M. (Welsch) Haxmeier. She married Harvey J. Hanson on February 26, 1946 at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1984.

Vi was an avid Cubs fan. She loved to travel, play euchre and play the piano.

Vi volunteered for many years at Mercy Hospital. During her time there she happily crocheted hundreds of baby caps for newborns, along with other duties. 

She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, where she also volunteered for many years.

Surviving are her children, Richard (Kathy) Hanson, of Dubuque, Patricia Eisbach, of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Mary (Ernest) Radies, of Marion, Iowa, Sandy (Rick) Grothe, of Peosta, Dave (Nancy) Hanson, of Dubuque and Dee (Brian) Collins, of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Jodi (Mark) Beringer, Jeff (fiance, Jackie) Hanson, Shelly Eisbach, Tracy (John) Erdelyi, Paula (Eric) Bahl, Sarah (Matt) Bell, Mark (Abby) Grothe, Michelle Hanson, Elizabeth "Liz" Hanson, Carrie Collins and Theresa Collins; 10 great- grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Virginia (Bob) Budde; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Dawn Eisbach; 2 brothers, Arnold and Julian Haxmeier; 4 sisters, Martha Zieser, Mary Knockel, Sedalia Callahan and Armella Bailey; a son-in-law, Edmund Eisbach; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Hilda Haxmeier, Jeanette Haxmeier, Joseph Knockel, Vincent, Robert, Francis, Louis and James Hanson.

Memorials may be given to Luther Manor, Mt. Pleasant Home or Hospice of Dubuque.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, Mt. Pleasant Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.



James C. Sutton


James C. "Jim" Sutton, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor James' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, November 2, 2018, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, with Rev. John Taylor officiating. To celebrate James' life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

James was born on September 4, 1929, in Lexington, Mississippi, son of William "Billy" and Gertrude (O'Neal) Sutton.

James was born and raised in Mississippi, where he developed a strong work ethic, that would lead him to devote 45 years of his life to the Illinois Central Railroad. He began working at work at age 15 and it would take him from Mississippi to Springfield, Illinois and then to Galena, Illinois and on to Dubuque in 1958. It was here that he and Ruby chose to stay and raise their children. James retired from the railroad in 1988, at age 60, never missing a single day of work. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Ruby Richmond, on May 31, 1952, in Lexington, and he and his bride would be blessed with 63 years together and 8 adoring children, before Ruby was sadly called home ahead of him on September 18, 2015. James was an extremely social person, with an expert degree in the "BS" department, which made him loveable and irresistible to everyone around him. He was also well known, but not quite as loved, for holding up traffic on his 10 mph car rides around town to check out everything that was going on in the area, while stopping to visit family and friends along the way. When some welcomed free time around the house made its way into his day, James could easily be found out in the bright sunshine, putting his "green thumb" to work in the garden, tending to his flower beds, or simply sitting on the front porch chewing on one of his favorite cigars. James never shied away from a hard days work, and could do anything from carpentry projects to electrical and plumbing jobs, as long as someone was willing to show him how to do it just once, he truly was a "Jack of all Trades". We are deeply saddened at the loss of such a loving, kind, excellent example of what a father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother should be, but we will do our best to carry on his tradition of hard work and taking time to really get to know people, and use those skills to make the world around us a little better place for everyone.

Those left to cherish James' memory include

his children,
David (Excelsa) Sutton,
Kathy Sutton,
Lynn Sutton,
Allen Sutton,
and Daniel Sutton, all of Dubuque, IA;

his 6 grandchildren,
Maria (Suzette) Sutton, Jay (Melissa) Sutton, Vanessa L. Williams, Jessica Sutton, Kevin Williams Jr., and Nathan Williams;

his 13 great-grandchildren,
Tayah, Mason, J.J., LaTrease, Ezeikel, Elijah, Ja'Kam, Namir'rah, Lakelyn, Landon, Jordan, Zariah and Kobe;

and a sister,
Gertrude Torrey, Lexington, MS.

James was preceded in death by his parents; his adoring wife, Ruby Sutton; a daughter, Connie Sutton; and two sons, James Sutton Jr. and Gary Sutton.

James' family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped care for James, especially Dr. Cao, and the nurses and staff of Above and Beyond Hospice, their kindness, compassion and professional attention was greatly appreciated.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among James' favorite charities.

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



LaVonne M. Breen


LaVonne M. "Bonnie" Breen, 71 of Dubuque, passed away on October 26th, 2018 at Unity Point Finley Hospital.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 am on Wednesday October 31st at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 30th at the funeral home and after 9:00 a.m on Wednesday until time of service.

Bonnie was born on July 23, 1947 in Dubuque the daughter of Floyd and Cecelia (Ruden) Sabers. She graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1965 and NICC School of Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Mercy Medical Center in the Emergency Room as a charge nurse for many years until her retirement. She enjoyed playing cards and rooting on the Chicago Bears and White Sox. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and her faithful companion "Kujo"

Bonnie is survived by her daughter Jodi Breen-King, her daughter-in-law Chris Breen and grandchildren Alex Breen, Savannah King, Jayden King, Hayley Breen, Natalie Breen, and Nathan Breen, her siblings, Sandra Helbing, Bill (Judy) Sabers, Juanita (Roger) Kremer, Rick Sabers, Steve (Leann) Sabers and Julie Sabers.

She was preceded in death by her parents a son Chad, a brother Mike Sabers, twin sisters in infancy Judy and Janet, a brother-in-law Harold Helbing, and a nephew Dale Sabers.

In lieu of flowers a Bonnie Breen memorial fund has been established.

Bonnies family would like to thank the Doctors and staff at Tri State Dialysis along with the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor and especially her sister Nita, for all the care and compassion they gave to Bonnie.

 



Emma M. Parkin


Emma M. Parkin, 94, of Dubuque died Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Church of the Nativity with a parish wake service at 5:30.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nativity followed by burial at Center Grove Cemetery.

Emma was born September 28, 1924 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of Frederick and Anna (Zimmer) Link.

Our mom was an amazing fireball of energy and love. She managed her life to be just what she wanted. Mom was born in a log cabin. She played shortstop on a softball team, waterskied, danced the swing, and was seriously a great cook.

On May 3, 1947, she married Richard "Dick" Parkin at Holy Ghost Church. He affectionately referred to her as the "Sarge." Somehow his solid quiet English nature worked with her outgoing German nature. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1998.

During WWII, she worked at the Battery Factory making batteries for the Armed Forces and later was a waitress at Leiser's for over 30 years. She loved waiting on people
Mom and Dad had many fond memories going to Big Birch Lake and catching sunnies and bass.

Emma was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed feeding her flock. She also enjoyed quilting and being the boss player at Euchre.

Besides being an active member of Nativity Church, you could find her there every Monday night setting up the tables and playing bingo.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary (Marshal Martin) Parkin of Dubuque; a son, Tom (Micki) Parkin of Dubuque; Grandchildren, Drew Jessica and Ben Martin; Wes (Kayte) Parkin, Sarah (Jared) Ohrt, Brian Parkin and Rachel (fiancé Andy Heinz) Parkin; great grandchildren, Tyler Kiner; Adam, Jane and Seth Parkin; and Jayden and Maddie Ohrt. She is also survived by a sister in law, Ginny Link.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters and brothers in law Dorothy and Art Frommelt, Agnes and George Theis, Katie and Buzz Rupp, and Joan and Bernie Schmitt; brothers and sisters in law, Frederick and Pearl Link, Walter and Rita Link, Alvin and Beth Link and Roger Link, and four siblings in infancy, Ralph, Celeste, Mary Jane and Michael Link.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Tammy and Peggy; the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health-Finley, and Nativity Parish, especially Becky and Fr. Jim.



Sherman G. Hutton


Sherman George "Skip" Hutton III passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Resurrection Church, 4300 Asbury Road in Dubuque with Fr. Andrew Upah officiating. Military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be in East Dubuque Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday and from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Resurrection Church. The parish scripture service will be at 3:00 p.m. Monday.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Skip was born June 30, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa to Sherman Jr. and Lillian (Koester) Hutton. He graduated from East Dubuque High School in 1955.

He married Mary Lou (McClain) Hutton on January 27, 1962 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. They celebrated 56 years of marriage and were blessed with four children.

His love of sports showed in the many ball teams he played with and many, many rounds of golf he played. After high school, Skip signed with the White Sox organization as a pitcher. Skip served in the Army in Stuttgart, Germany and played on a winning baseball team for the 7th Army in 1958-1959. He played on baseball teams for Lange's Insurance and played in four World Fast Pitch Softball Tournaments. He also played for many local teams including the Lux Club, Kall Inn, Interstate Power Co., Halls and many more. Skip played in the Kiwanis Softball Tournament in 1987. He was elected to the Dubuque Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1986 and also served as President of the organization for 6 years.

Skip retired from Interstate Power Company/Alliant Energy after 43 years. He then worked as a ranger at The Meadows Golf Course for 17 years. Skip was recognized as Volunteer of the Year at Hillcrest Family Services where he volunteered at Reflections in the Park for 16 years.

Skip was a people person who brightened the lives of most everyone he met. He was always smiling and loved swapping stories with great friends. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; four children, David (Judy) Hutton of Indianola, Stephen (Michelle) Hutton of Muscatine, Ann (Kimball) Behning of Springville, Sara (Steve) Bye of Plainfield, IL; seven grandchildren Ryan (Ashley), Alex, Adam, Peter, and Joshua Hutton, Riley and Brady Bye; four great-grandchildren William, London, Oliver and Adrian Hutton; sister-in-law Connie Hutton of Albuquerque, NM; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Patricia (Hutton) Burgmeier, brother-in-law Jack Burgmeier, brother Michael Hutton, mother-in-law Sally Kirk, and his nephews Ted Burgmeier and Andrew Burgmeier.

In lieu of flowers, a Skip Hutton memorial has been established.

The family would like to extend deepest appreciation to the oncology staff at Medical Associates, to Resurrection Parish and staff, and to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Daniel A Schriver


Daniel Arden Schriver, at the young age of 45, was taken from us far too soon on October 23, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Dan was born in Dubuque, beautiful son of Michelle, adored grandson of Arden & Dorothy. 5 years later in Scottsdale, Arizona, along came his little brother Ian, and our family was complete. Mom and the boys moved to Florida in 1986, and a whole new adventure began.

Dan became the proud dad of Danny & Kennedy, proud uncle to Liz and Ella Grayce, brother-in-law to Adriayn, and great uncle to Iris. He went on to start his own business, and loved what he was doing. His customers are missing him already. Our hearts are shattered today at the loss of our precious Dan, but we take comfort in the fact that Dan is now free of his earthly ailments that he has faced with such courage and strength, and that he is now resting in eternal peace, probably having a beer with ‘gramps'.

The family would like to thank the professionals at Lawnwood Regional Trauma Center & Heart Institute, the University of Miami Life Alliance Organ Recovery Team, St. Lucie Fire Rescue, and the wonderful medical staff at Lawnwood for their compassionate care and concern. Dan saved two lives today with his generous donation of the gift of life. We are most proud.

Private family services will be held at a later date.



Thomas J. Reiss


Thomas James Reiss, 31, of Waterloo, formerly of Dubuque, died Saturday, October 20, 2018 at his home.

He was born November 23, 1986 in Dubuque, son of T. Peter Reiss and Lynda R. Hoefflin. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 2005. He was employed with Modern Builders, Service Roofing, and Tyson Foods.

Survived by: his son, James Peter Reiss of Waterloo; father, Peter Reiss of Cedar Falls; mother, Lynda Hoefflin of Dubuque; two sisters, Nicole (Kevin) King of Waterloo and Teresa (Kyle) Baker of Cedar Falls; Godfather, Mike (Linnie) Reiss of Dubuque; Godmother, Lorna (John) Davis of Dubuque; aunts, Elaine (Doug Blong) Reiss of Dubuque and Mary Jo (Jay) McDonald of Bellevue; uncles, Mark Reiss of Baytown, TX, Tony (Kay) Reiss of La Motte, Dennis Reiss of St. Catherine, Larry (Lynne) Hoefflin of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, and Lance (Sharon) Hoefflin of Austin, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: paternal grandparents, Carl and JoAnn Reiss; maternal grandparents, Louis and Leone Hoefflin; and an aunt, Anne Reiss Holder.

Services: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Richardson Funeral Service with burial in Hillside Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the funeral home and also for one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be directed to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.

Tom was truly a loving father to his son, who will miss his childish ways. He was an avid gamer and Trekkie. Tom enjoyed discussing science, pondering the universe, and debating any of life's points. His mechanical ingenuity and curiosity enabled him to repair most everything. Tom will be missed.

 



Harlan G. Doty


Harlan G. Doty Sr. 82, of Dubuque Specialty Care and formerly of 2700 Matthew John Dr. and 2943 Washington St., passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018 following a long battle with dementia. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2018 at Holy Spirit Parish Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 6:30 p.m.

Harlan was born on March 25, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Harold and Madeline (Blakeman) Doty. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and a U.S. Navy veteran. On October 9, 1956, Harlan married Kathleen "Kay" Droeszler at St. Patrick's Church, Garryowen, IA. Harlan was a dedicated machinist for John Deere Dubuque Works for 34 years. He was involved in ergonomics, recreation committees, a union steward, and you were blessed to have him tell you one of his many John Deere stories. He was a very proud union man. He retired in 1994, and then spent the next 20 years as an ambassador "tour guide" for the company.

Playing baseball was an important part of Harlan's life. He played for Dubuque Senior High School in his early years and then coached his son's and grandson's teams. In 2004, Harlan received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dubuque Independent League for his dedication and involvement in the league from 1968 to 2004. On February 4, 2012, he was inducted into the Dubuque Area Labor Hall of Fame. Harlan was a member of Holy Ghost Church for over 60 years, the UAW Local 94 and American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. He coached for many years in the Independent League and the Dubuque semi-pro league. He also volunteered for the Washington Tool Library and North End Neighborhood Association. Most of all, Harlan enjoyed the many hours with his family on the river floating in their pontoon houseboat. We are very much in sorrow at the loss of our dear husband, dad and grandpa, but we feel thankful and comfort in knowing that he is free from health issues which has plagued him for many months.

Surviving are his lovely wife of 62 years, who he dearly cherished, Kay of Dubuque; his children Harlan (Becky) Doty Jr., James (Shari) Doty and Jil (Mark) VanCleave all of Dubuque, Jeff (Shelly) Doty of Runnells, IA, Jodi (Colin) Sweeney of Dubuque, IA and Sandy (Jeff) Wall of Holmen, WI; his grandchildren Jacob (Morgan) and Luke Doty, Eric, Megan and Ryan Doty, Haley and Conner VanCleave, Liz Smith, Caitlin, Carsen and D.J. Doty, Austin Jennings, Tiffany Doty, Dylan and Morgan Sweeney, Mikayla, Kelsey and Emily Wall; his great grandchildren, Adriana and Alaina Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Madeline Doty; step-mother, Arnolda (Zenner) Doty; an infant brother; and his mother and father-in-law, Ralph and Imelda Droeszler.

Memorials may be given to the Harlan Doty memorial fund or Hospice of Dubuque.

The Doty family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at Dubuque Specialty Care, especially Sally, the Hospice of Dubuque team and Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and Kate for all their incredible care and support.



Brad L. McIntyre


Brad Lee McIntyre, 48, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 20th, 2018 at home with family by his side.

A celebration of Brad's life will be at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Brad was born on October 26, 1969 in Oelwein, Iowa and is the son of Leland and Barbara (Wheeler) McIntyre. He married Karla Miller on December 26, 2003 in Dubuque, being together for 21 years total.

Brad was a detassler for DeKalb for 10 years; was an apprentice for Toons Blacksmith Shop; worked at Don's Pharmacy; Eagles Grocery store and lastly at Hy-Vee on South Locust in Dubuque.

Brad was a strong man who held great respect. He was a good man but a better husband and father, he took care of his family no matter what.

Brad is survived by his wife Karla; children Maxwell and Sabrina. He was also survived by his parents Barbie and Lee along with his brother Stevie. Brothers-in-law include James, Tim (Anna) and Wayne Miller. Sisters-in-law include Julie Miller and Wendy (Jared) Biedenbach.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Elbert and Zeona McIntyre and Fay and Betty Wheeler; his father and mother-in-law Karl and Joyce Miller.

The family wishes to thank special friends Jeff Ahlers, Dr. Andy Frost and Dr. Dave Heppner.



Daniel N. Roush


Daniel N. Roush, 72, of Dubuque died Monday, October 22, 2018.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection.

Dan was born November 17, 1945 in Lima, Ohio, son of Bernard and Hilda (Schumacher) Roush.

He graduated from Lima Senior High School in Lima, Ohio in 1963, Ohio State University in 1967 and received his master's degree from Loras College.  On February 7, 1970 he married Anne Cody at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church.

Dan had a real love and interest in kids. He thoroughly enjoyed his 33 years in education, including 13 years as principal at Fulton, 13 years as principal at Eisenhower and 3 years as principal at Marshall. He was delighted when former students recognized him. After his retirement from the Dubuque Community Schools, in 2001, he continued to work in educational environment at NICC.  

Dan loved golf and was a member of Thunder Hills Country Club. He also liked spending time in Florida, where he was a member of Worthington Country Club for 14 years. As much as the game of golf, he enjoyed the camaraderie of his friends on the course. He recorded a total of 8 holes in one. 

Dan enjoyed people and could carry on a conversation with anyone. He enjoyed gathering in his driveway with people to visit. He was happy to be outside feeding the birds.  

Dan was a member of Resurrection Church where he was on the RCIA team. He also volunteered with DuRide and loved helping Jim in his resale shop.

He was especially proud of his sons and their families.  He looked forward to all of his grandsons' activities. He was also proud to be an Ohio State alum and avid Buckeye fan.

Dan is survived by his wife Anne Roush of Dubuque; two sons, Ben (Susie) and Doug (Kim) Roush, both of Dubuque; and five grandsons, Cody, Maclaine, Jacob, Spencer and Teagan Roush.

He was also survived by a sister-in-law, Missy Roush of Lima, Ohio; brother-in-law John Cody of Arlington Heights and brother-in-law Dick (Sharon) Cody of Dubuque and nine nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Steve Roush and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Irma and Jack Cody.

Dan bravely accepted many health issues and we are so blessed to have had him for 17 more years after his "Whipple" surgery in 2001.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or a charity of your choice.

Anne would like to thank friends, and family especially, who have been so supportive during these past few months.



Brady A. Steines


Brady Anthony Steines, 35, of La Motte, Iowa passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 21, 2018.

A celebration of Brady's life will be from 3:00 to 7:00 pm today, Thursday, October 24, at Bubba's Pub in La Motte. A private service will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory in Dubuque.

Brady was born on February 21, 1983 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Steven and Molly (Till) Steines.

He graduated from Bellevue Marquette High School in 2001 and the University of Iowa in 2010. He was the proud owner and operater of Steve's Body Shop and La Motte Auto Sales. His customers appreciated his kindness, honesty and work ethic.

Brady was passionate about his farm and being outdoors. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Oakland Raiders. He was a gentle, generous soul and a loyal and loving son, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his parents Steve "Wirehead" and Molly Steines, of La Motte; siblings Stevi (Ami Copeland) Steines, of Chicago, and Connor (Emily) Steines, of Iowa City; his nephew Aviv Copeland; and numerous family members and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tony and Dolly Till and Attalas and Algean Steines.

In lieu of flowers, a Brady Steines scholarship fund will be established.



Barbara Jean Horstman


Barbara Jean Horstman, 66, of Colesburg, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at her home in Colesburg surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Colesburg, with Pastor Roger White officiating. Visitation is from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood. Friends may also call one hour before the service on Friday at the church. Interment will be at Zion Cemetery in Rural Colesburg.

She was born on December 29, 1951, in Edgewood, the daughter of Eldon and Pearl Faye (Hansel) Heer, and was raised and educated in Dubuque.

On February 15, 1969, Barbara was united in marriage to Clarence "Pete" Horstman. The couple resided near Colesburg. Four children were born to this union. After raising her family and caring for her grandchildren, Barbara began work as a teacher's associate for Colesburg Elementary. She enjoyed her job, retiring in May 2017.

Barbara cherished her family. They were her entire life. She loved car cruises and served as secretary for the Cruisers on the Edge Car Club. She also enjoyed writing children's books, playing cards, and drawing.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Clarence Horstman of Colesburg; four children, Elizabeth (Scott) Hoisington, Lee Allen (Christy Braden) Horstman, Robert (Kristy) Horstman, all of Colesburg, and Elisa (Kevin) Kuehl of Earlville; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Becky (David) Barnhart of Colesburg; a brother, Scott Seeley of Colesburg; and a sister-in-law, Jean Heer of Greeley.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gregory Heer.

Online condolences may be sent to
www.leonard-mullerfh.com.



James E. Benn


James E. "Jim" Benn, age 82, of Dubuque, and formerly of Sherrill Road, was called home unexpectedly at 7:45 a.m., on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at home. To honor Jim's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Jim was born on November 4, 1935, in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Herbert and Frances (Kremer) Benn.

Jim was born and raised in the Dyersville area, where he went to school and helped on the family farm, until going to work at Mulgrew Blacktop for 16 years. Jim was united in marriage to the love of his life, Margie Schmitt, on April 23, 1966, at St. Joseph Church in Farley, Iowa, and they were blessed with 52 years together, and 3 adored daughters. After they married, Jim went to work for the Dubuque Packing Company, where he would devote over 30 years, until his well earned retirement. In his free time, Jim enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, whether it be putting in an honest days work cutting wood, or getting in a little relaxation time casting a line in hopes of catching "the big one". Jim was a people person who liked to sit and enjoy coffee with his friends, as well as spend a night out at the bowling lanes in hopes of a rolling a perfect 300 game. Family, above all, was the most important aspect of Jim's life, and he anxiously looked forward to spending time with everyone, especially the grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but know that he is now reunited with all of his loved ones who have been called home ahead of him, enjoying a grand family reunion in his new Heavenly home.

Those left to cherish Jim's memory include

his loving wife,
Margie Benn, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Kim (Bruce) McMurrin, Delhi, IA,
Karla (Scott) Menadue, Bernard, IA
and Kristi (Troy) Bettcher, Sun Prairie, WI;

his 6 grandchildren,
Emily, McKenzie and Aaron McMurrin, Kaylee and Kloey Menadue and Lillian Bettcher;

his siblings,
Louis (Ruth) Benn, Manchester, IA
and George (Linda) Benn, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 sisters-in-law,
Gwen (Jim) Benn-Schmitt, Earlville, IA
and Carol (Mike) Lundergan, Dyersville, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings Charles (Charlotte) Benn, Herbert (Violet) Benn, Thomas (Jean) Benn, Vernon Benn, Frances (Walter) Davidshofer, Daniel Benn, Loras Benn, Rose Mary (Justin Harrington) (Earl Carlton) Harrington-Carlton and Ruth (Bob) Nurre.

Jim's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ronald Schope, Dr. Randall Lengeling and the nurses and staff of Finley Hospital for their outstanding care of Jim, and his entire family, throughout the years.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Jim's favorite charities.

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



Justin H. Droessler


Justin H. Droessler, 87, of Dubuque died Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Saturday at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Justin was born October 16, 1931 in Kieler, Wisc., son of John and Josepha (Schaefer) Droessler. He served in the US Army from 1949 to 1952. On January 28, 1956 he married Agnes Hansel at St. Joseph Church, Earlville.

He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 44 years, retiring in 1995.

Justin was a longtime member of Nativity Church where he volunteered as an usher and Boy Scout leader. He loved fishing, hunting and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Droessler of Dubuque; three children, Bob (Deb) Droessler of Davenport, IA, Dick (Patti) Droessler of Iowa City, IA, and Kathy (Steve) Payne of Peosta, IA; four grandchildren, Sarah (Josh) Lovik of Iowa City, IA, Karyn (Mark) Degenhardt of San Antonio, TX, Julie Droessler of Chicago, IL and Kristin (David) Goedken of Iowa City, IA and four great grandchildren, Mady and Jack Lovik and Mila and Ellie Goedken. He is also survived by a brother, Jack (Pauline) Droessler of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded by his parents; three brothers, Lavern "Bud", Roman and Ardwin "Art" Droessler; three sisters, Eileen Roddick, Adelle Mohr and Doris Naber and several nieces and nephews.

A Justin H. Droessler Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Finley Hospital for all of their wonderful care.



Beverly J. (Meyer) Stierman


Beverly J. "Bev" (Meyer) Stierman, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly on Monday, October 22, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Bev's life, private family services were held, and burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Bev was born on July 26, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Delbert and Lenora (Petty) Meyer.

Bev was a proud life-long Dubuquer who was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and Capri Cosmetology College. She would put her degree to good use, helping people to look their best, with several salons in the downtown Dubuque area, and most notably with First Lady in the Kennedy Mall, until her retirement. Bev was united in marriage to the love of her life, Dale W. Stierman, on December 13, 1974, in Dubuque, Iowa, and the two would combine their families and enjoy 43 wonderful years together. In her free time, Bev enjoyed the simple things in life, such as jigsaw and crossword puzzles, her one nightly beer, a spirited game of cards, and occasionally going to the casino to try her luck with the penny slots. She was a good sport, and was always willing to accompany Dale out on the river fishing, but really looked forward to their date nights when they would go out to eat and then dance the night away. Above all, family brought Bev the greatest joy, she looked forward to any occasion to get everyone together, especially when the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were involved. Christmas was her favorite holiday, and she made it a family tradition to get together all of the grandchildren and bake dozens of cookies to share with friends. She also had a sweet spot in her heart for animals, and was well known for having at least 2 dogs at all times. Our hearts are broken with the sudden loss of our loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, but are extremely grateful for the 77 years we were blessed to have her in our lives.

Those left to cherish Bev's memory include

her loving husband,
Dale Stierman, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Laura Chapman, Dubuque, IA,
Kelly (Michael) Pearson, Tulsa, OK
Dale J. "D.J." (Lisa) Stierman, Dubuque, IA;

her step-children,
Sue Ann (Robert) Baumhover, III, Dubuque, IA,
Marsha (Paul) Conlon, Dubuque, IA,
Kit (Harry) Klotz, Prairie du Chien, WI,
Carla (Rick) Heer, Katy, TX,
Bret (Marcia) Stierman, Dubuque, IA,
Robin (David) Reed, Center Point, IA
and Brian (Veronica) Stierman, Denver, CO;

her 27 grandchildren;

her 29 great-grandchildren;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Eileen White, Menominee, IL
and Louise Stierman, Dearborn Heights, MI.

Bev was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Joshua Reed; 2 sisters, Joan (John "Midge") Delaney and Ruth Ann Shaw; and 6 brothers-in-law, Mike White, Eldon (Margie) Stierman, LeRoy (Barbara) Stierman, Clyde (Marie) Stierman, Clair (Nadine) Stierman and Cyril Stierman.

Bev's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Cao for all of the outstanding care and support he has provided Bev and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Bev's favorite charities.

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



Donald L. Messelhiser


Donald L. Messelhiser, age 75, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:20 p.m., on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Don's life, funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Mitchel Terry officiating. To celebrate Don's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m., until the time of services at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Don was born on January 5, 1943, in Abeline, Texas, son of Donald D. and Florence (Stephensen) Messelhiser.

Don was born in Texas before moving to LaMars, Iowa, where he would spend his childhood. He was a hard worker and devoted his time and talents in the construction industry for several years, before his well earned retirement. Don was always a morning person, up at the crack of dawn, to join his friends at Hardee's or McDonald's, to catch up on the latest gossip and solve all of the world's problems. Don was a people person to his very core, and loved to sit and talk with family and friends, but was always happy to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger and make their day a bit brighter. In his younger days, Don was a talented musician who loved to sit and play his guitar. He enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors and was an avid walker, his favorite walk being over the Julien Dubuque bridge, where he could enjoy watching the river roll by, as well as the cars and boaters passing by. He also enjoyed going to the dog track and casino, not to play, but just to watch others try their luck and root them on. Don was a kind hearted, generous man who was lucky enough not only to have 2 sons, but to find a soul-mate, Jimmie Miller, to share his life with, and he would accept and love her family as his own for over 38 years. Our hearts are broken today at the loss of such a wonderful man, but we take some comfort in the fact that Don is now free of the health issues he has faced with such courage, and is now resting in eternal peace.

Those left to cherish Don's memory include

his sons,
Rick L. Messelhiser
and Timothy J. (Barbara) Messelhiser, both of LaMars, IA;

his 3 grandchildren,
Stephen D. Messelhiser, Sioux Falls, SD,
BradLee J. (Ariana) Messelhiser
and Randall J. Messelhiser, both of Remsen, IA;

his 6 great-grandchildren;

his sister,
Connie (Darby) Anderson, Blair, NE;

a special friend of 38 years and her family,
Jimmie Miller, Dubuque, IA;

a close family friend,
Neva "Aunt Mae" Maus, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Sherry and Dorothy; and his best friend, Richard Maus and his son "Mickey" Maus.

Don's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Manorcare and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional, compassionate and attentive care of Don.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Don's favorite charities.

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



Cleta Louise Brundage


Cleta Louise Brundage, 39, of Andrew, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on October 18, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 26th, 2018 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Kincaid and Pastor Cearlock officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also visit after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church until time of service.

Cleta was born on June 20, 1979 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Mark and Vicki (Sanden) Hoover. She attended Hempstead High School and then Central High School where she received her GED. She then attended Scott Community College in Davenport where she got certified as a CNA.

She married Eric Brundage on June 26, 2010 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Cleta worked various jobs until becoming disabled due to illness.

Cleta was a loving mother, wife and daughter. She always put others before herself and her witty sense of humor helped uplift others even through difficult times.

She is survived by her husband Eric, of Andrew, children Josh Hoover, of Dubuque, Angela Hoover, of Dubuque, Blake Nott, of Andrew, and Becca Nott, of Andrew. Her mother Vicki (Sanden) Hoover, of Dubuque; brothers Joey (Jessie) Hoover, of Epworth and Benjamin (Erin) Hoover, of Cedar Rapids.

She was preceded in death by her father Mark Hoover; grandparents Gladen and Floreen Sanden; and mother-in-law Diana Brundage.

A Cleta Brundage memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital and Mayo Clinic in Rochester for all their care and kindness; also a special thank you to family and friends for all their loving support.



Jerry H. Coble


Jerry H. Coble, 75, of Dubuque, gracefully and peacefully passed on Friday, October 19, 2018.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m to noon Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road - where there will also be a memorial service to follow.

Jerry was born September 10, 1943 in Highland Center, Iowa, son of Walter and Ruth (Hollingsworth) Coble.
Jerry received his Associate's Degree from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Jerry and his wife Patti were wed on October 26, 1974 at Holy Ghost church in Dubuque, Iowa.

He worked for Flexsteel Industries for 47 years, retiring as Manager of Information Systems.

Jerry was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and enjoyed golfing, fishing and an ice cold beer. He was a special, wonderful family man whose greatest joy in life was being a grandfather to his nine grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Patti Coble; two sons, Jeff (Nikkia) Coble and Jason Coble; grandchildren, Ellesha, Kaylee, Micayla, Logan and Aiden Coble; Tristen Jones; and Jaxyn, Jasyn and Lillyana Jost. He is also survived by his siblings, Joann (Kenny) Davis, Dick (Margaret) Coble, Dan (Lola) Coble, Susan (Rick) Huseman, and Shelia (Pat) Brehm.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Coble and brothers, Roger and Larry Coble.

The family would like to request that instead of flowers, donations may be made to the Jerry H. Coble Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Mayo Clinic, Mercy Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque for the passionate, loving, and wonderful care given to Jerry.



Anita M. Bond


Anita M. Bond, 87, of Colesburg died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 9 - 11 am Saturday, Oct.27, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Colesburg where a Celebration of Life will begin at 11 am. Burial will be at the Brown Cemetery in Colesburg.

Anita was born February 9, 1931 at Elkport, Iowa the daughter of LeRoy and Laura (Willie) Hansel. She attended country school in Clayton County. On July 31, 1953 she was united in marriage to Virgil M. Bond in Earlville. Together they made their home in Colesburg.

She is survived by 5 childrem: Lititia, A.J., and Rozann Bond, all of Colesburg, Keevin (Vicki) Bond of Strawberry Point and Dana (Chris) Jenson of Colesburg; 4 grandchildren: Jennifer Herman of Nebraska, Brandy Seibert and Travis Bond of Manchester, and Tyler Herman of Colesburg; 1 step-granddaughter, April (Bob) Kruse, and her special grandchildren: Kaleb, Tanner and Kyrstin Payne; 13 great grandchildren: Ivy, Delilah, Haley, Noah, Mariha, Jaela, Daveon, Kyler, Emmarie, Ryan, Cooper, Miles and Tucker; step-great grandchildren: Summer, Trinity and Trevor; siblings: John (Norma) Latteyer of Shellsburg, IA, Lonnie (Judy) Latteyer of Manchester, Fern (Garry) Moser of Guttenberg, Marlene Tumilty of Shellsburg, LaVonne Bush of Colesburg and Rita Latteyer of Las Vegas, NV.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Richard, grandsons, David Herman and Dillon Bond; a step-grandson, Gary Ross, brothers and sisters: Carl (Rosie) Hansel, James (Delores) Hansel, Donald Hansel and Roland Latteyer; in-laws Urey (Dorothy) Andregg, Lloyd (Doreen) Bond, Walter Bond, Roger Bush and Vernon Tumilty.

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



Ronald E. Theobald


Ronald E. Theobald, 70, of Dubuque walked into the presence of His Lord & Savior Saturday, October 20, 2018 from the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home 2659 J.F.K. Road. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel. The American Legion Post #656 of Farley will perform Military rites at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel immediately following services.

Ronald was born August 3, 1948 in Dubuque to John & Irene (Kennedy) Theobald. He served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne, Screaming Eagles, from 1968-1969 serving in Vietnam during the Tet offensive.

He married Kathy (Welsh) in 1971 and they raised three daughters.

He worked at John Deere Works for 41 years.

He was a man who loved God and used the talents he was given to help and serve others, especially anything car related.

He is survived by his wife Kathy; daughters, Jennifer (Michael) Troxel, Julie Theobald-Ryan, and Janna (Miguel) Cruz; grandchildren, Caleb, Abigail, Jacob, Edward, Sousi, Urbana, Sêve, Nello, Micah, & Jonah; siblings, Richard (Cathy) Theobald, Randy (Sue)Theobald, Roger Theobald, Lynn (Billy) Meyer, John "Jake" (David) Theobald; and brothers and sisters- in -law, Pat (Sandi) Welsh and Pauline (Matt) Winney.

He was preceded in death by his son Micah Jude; parents, John & Irene; and in- laws Vince & Marce Welsh.

Our thanks go to UW Madison Hospital, Finley Hospital, Dr. Salas, Dr. Isaac and Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel family.



Richard L. Mesch


Richard "Rich" L. Mesch, 73, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, October 24 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory and from 9-10 a.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6 at the The Regina Caeli Chapel in Mount Calvary Cemetery immediately following the visitation on Thursday.

Rich was born on October 17, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Raymond and Florence (Hoerner) Mesch. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged on October 9, 1976. He worked at Dubuque Stamp for 41 years.

Rich was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Iowa Hawkeye fan. He enjoyed golfing, drawing, Ford Cars and being with his friends at the Walnut Tap. He cherished time spent with his kids and grandkids.

Rich was a proud Veteran. He enjoyed daily walks, especially by the Veteran's Memorial Plaza in Dubuque. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 6.

He is survived by his children, Richard (Lisa) Mesch, Chad Mesch (girlfriend, Amanda Diers), and Angella (Brad) McDonnell; grandchildren, Austin and Allie Unsen, Tyler and Melia McDonnell, Anthony, Paige, Hannah and Madison Hutchinson, and Brandon Keen; two great- grandchildren, Caden Cook and Lila Hamilton; brother, Marvin (Patricia) Mesch; and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Darla (Al) Frentress.

A Richard Mesch Memorial Fund has been established.

Special thank you to the "Walnut Crew" for always looking after our dad.



Beverly A. Welu


Beverly A. Welu 80, of Dubuque, peacefully passed away at her home with her family at her side on Sunday, October 21st, 2018.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Tom McDermott officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 6:45 p.m.

Beverly was born on May 2,1938 in Dubuque, daughter of Lloyd and Mary Vivian (Conroy) Howes. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1956. She married John "Jake" Welu on September 14, 1957 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

She was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works in the purchasing department and retired in 1992.

Beverly enjoyed going to the casino, bowling, playing cards and watching her daughter and grandchildren play the numerous sports they enjoyed. She was always their biggest fan.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John "Jake" Welu, daughter Jennifer (fiance, Jeff Harding) of Navarre, FL and grandchildren Quentin Welu of Irving, TX and Alex Aragon of Dubuque, IA. Also surviving are her brothers' William Howes of East Dubuque, IL, Thomas "Tucker" (Linda) Howes and sister, Roxanne (Ron) Bahl both of Dubuque. She is survived by in-laws, Doris Howes and Patricia (James) Brown - both of Dubuque and Betty Welu of Barlett, IL. In addition, she is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Robert Howes; mother and father-in-law, Loras and Edward Welu; brothers-in-law, Edward Welu Jr. and Thomas Welu.

The family would like to thank the staff and physicians at Mercy Medical Center, Medical Associates and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate and empathetic care and support.

In lieu of flowers, a Beverly Welu memorial fund has been established in her memory.



Charles E. Tonn


Charles E. Tonn, 80, of Monticello, Iowa passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 4 -8 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at Kramer Funeral Home, Monticello, Iowa. Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 10 - 11 at St Matthew Lutheran Church prior to funeral services.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Monticello, Iowa.  Pastor Dave Raemisch will officiate.

Charles was born February 11, 1938, the son of Paul and Emma (Wenthe) Tonn, in Independence, Iowa where he grew up on the family farm. He married Carolyn A. Czizek on October 20, 1990, in Monticello, Iowa.  Charles graduated from Independence High School in 1956, where he participated in football, baseball and wrestling. He attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa as a pre-theology student. He married Joan Johnson in 1958, and they later divorced. Charles owned and managed numerous businesses in many locations in the upper Mid-West and had been a business consultant for the past 30 years. In 1974, Charles was part of nine week Rotary Exchange Team, working in New Zealand, American Samoa and Fiji. He worked for the Iowa Department of Corrections in the 1980's, was director of the North East Iowa Small Business Development Center in Dubuque for many years. Charles was also a volunteer Fireman in Osage, Director of Little League in Osage and Head Greens-keeper at Manson Golf & Country Club.

Charles was a member of St. Matthew Church including serving as a past president of the Church Council, the Monticello Lions Club (including past president), Monticello Eagles Club, Monticello Chamber of Commerce Board, and also taught High School Sunday School at St. Matthew Church. He was also a member of Ducks Unlimited in many locations including Jones County and Kiwanis International.

Charles loved to fish, hunt, golf and travel.  He actually participated in Donkey Basketball during their time in Monticello. He also loved to raise calves and the company of his dogs. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Charles is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carolyn, two sons: Charles Tonn II (wife Shelley) of Dubuque and his children: Megan & Bailey Tonn, Douglas Tonn (wife Susan Krapfl) of Dubuque and their children: Emma, Kate, John "Jack" and Luke Tonn; in-laws: Joan Tonn of Rowley, Barbara (Kieth) Anderle of Pleasant Hill, IA, Joseph Czizek of Des Moines and Michael (Sue) Czizek of India.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 siblings: Rudolph (Orpha) Tonn, LeRoy Tonn, Paul (Marge) Tonn, Evelyn (Robert) Tegeler and Gladys "Toni" Tonn.

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

 

 



Jean M. Kenkel


Jean M. (Lange)  Kenkel, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center. 

Friends may greet the family from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Memorial Service at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Deacon Marc Mossé will officiate.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. 

Jean was born December 1, 1936 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence "C.J" and Gertrude "Trudie" (Eberlien) Lange.