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Evelyn J. Isbell-Maynard

Evelyn Joan Isbell-Maynard, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2015, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

The gathering of family and friends celebrating Joan's life will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private family graveside service and burial will be held from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Evelyn Joan Morehead was born on June 22, 1934 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Clifford "Kick" and Evelyn (Cook) Morehead. She was a 1951 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Darrell Allen Isbell on January 24, 1953 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 6, 1986. She later married Leo Maynard in 1988. He preceded her in death on October 17, 2001.

Joan had farmed with her husband, Darrell, Northeast of Maquoketa from 1954 to 1979. Through the years she had also worked as a bookkeeper for several area businesses including Jackson Sentinel Community Press, Jackson County Lumber Yard from 1961 to 1965, Better Homes Furniture from 1965 to 1974, Joe Martin Auto from 1974 to 1982, and Mississippi Engineering from 1991 to 1995.

Joan enjoyed playing bingo, going to the riverboat, baking, sewing and fishing.

Those left to honor Joan's memory include her daughters, Lori (Mike) Kueter of Bellevue, IA, and Marla (Brian) Franzen of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Neil (Carolyn) Morehead of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Scott (Jill) Kueter of Peosta, IA, Jennifer Kueter of Kansas City, MO, and Megan (Adam Rhodes) Franzen of Maquoketa, IA; and a great-grandson, Callan Rhodes. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Darrell and husband Leo, a son Allen Isbell, brothers Don and Marvin Morehead, sisters-in-law Rosie and Laura Morehead, a grandson Todd Franzen, niece Cathy Morehead, and a dear friend Bev Durkop.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Evelyn Joan Isbell-Maynard memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Doris C. Feeney

Doris C. Feeney, 87 of Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa formerly of 3085 Westmore Dr. and 738 Duggan Drive passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at St. Patrick Church, Garryowen, Bernard, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, April 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, Iowa where a parish wake service will be at 6:30 p.m.

Doris was born on April 13, 1927 in Bernard, Iowa the daughter of Vincent and Catherine (Flanigan) Henneberry. Doris graduated from Butler # 2 Elementary Country School, Bernard, also from St. Patrick High School, Garryowen, Bernard, Iowa 1945, and from Mercy School of Nursing, (Loras College) Dubuque June 1948.

Doris married Paul "Pidge" Feeney on April 22, 1950 at St. Patrick Church, Garryowen. He preceded her in death on January 18, 1987.

She was employed as a nurse for many years at Mercy Hospital and Hills and Dales in Dubuque. She was currently a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Dubuque. She was a long time member of the Power of Prayer and the Community of the Living Word prayer group.

She has been a resident of Stonehill Care Center since 2007 where she participated in daily Mass, daily Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, weekly faith sharing, the Stonehill activities and a multitude of other activities there.

She was a hard working and loving Mother of ten children. Her devotion to her family extended over many generations.

She is survived by her 10 children, Terry Feeney of St. Petersburg, FL, Dan (Lenore) Feeney of San Antonio, TX, Yusuf (Zahrah) Feeney of Malaysia, Jim (Kris) Feeney of Chicago, IL, Carmel (Bill) Williams of Anaheim, CA, Maureen (Duane) Crossett II of Columbus Junction, IA, Pamela (James) Elsinger of Woodstock, IL, Dennis of Cibolo, TX (Claire) Feeney of San Antonio, TX, Ed Feeney of Dubuque, and Bill Feeney of Independence, MO. Her siblings: Maxine O'Connell, Melvin (Rose) Henneberry, Joan (Dr. James) Cahill, Richard (Arlene) Henneberry, Sister Kathleen Henneberry CHM, and Joyce (Ray) Stratton. Two sister-in-laws, Mary Jo Henneberry and Anne Feeney and a brother- in- law, Bob Feeney. Twenty five grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren, 37 nieces and nephews with a special thank you to her niece Mary O'Connell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister Luella Henneberry, her brother John Henneberry, Paul's sister and five brothers, several in- laws, one grandchild P.J. Elsinger, in infancy, two great grandchildren, Jacob and Blaze Elsinger in infancy.

In lieu of flowers a Doris Feeney memorial fund will be established.



Mary M. Ploessl

Mary M. Ploessl, 84, of Dubuque, passed away on April 2, 2015, with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 6 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m.

Mary was born Nov. 11, 1930 in Dubuque, daughter of Matthew and Edna (Hannan) Schmitt. She was raised in Rickardsville, and graduated from Holy Cross High School as part of the first graduating class of 1948. She married Andrew C. Ploessl Jr. on January 26, 1957. They lived in Dubuque and raised their children in a loving home where their many relatives and friends were always welcomed.
Mary was a long time member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church and was actively involved in many parish and school activities such as the Rosary Society, Girl Scouts, and School Board. She was an officer for many years for the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Mary was devoted to her children and grandchildren and was always their number one fan in support of all of their endeavors and activities. She was known as an excellent cook and hostess, who generously shared her gifts by hosting many family holiday dinners and cooking for anyone in need. She loved to play cards with her family and with her wonderful group of "girls". She was a member of the Red Hat Society.

Mary is survived by her husband, Andrew C. Ploessl Jr.; daughters Jayne (John) Galbreath of White Lake, MI and Jolene (Steven) Wilson of Marion, IA and son Dale of Dubuque. She has four grandchildren, Sarah (Justin) Benson, Elizabeth Wilson, Jacob Wilson, and Steven Wilson. She is also survived by her brother Jim (Kay) Schmitt; sisters-in-law Kay Schmitt and Del Rose Schmitt; and brother-in-law John (Lorene) Ploessl, and many dear nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters Julie and Janet; brothers Bob and Paul; sisters-in-law Pearl Klein, Joan Paisley, and Mary Brimeyer; and brothers-in-law Edwin, Alvin, Lavern, James, Donald, Francis, Louis, and Joseph Ploessl.

The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the countless caregivers who helped Mom during her long struggle. We were blessed with a wealth of compassionate and caring people who helped make her last days comfortable.



David M. Schmitt

David M. Schmitt, 86 of Peosta, passed away at home with family by his side after a long fight with cancer on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Funeral Services will be 12:00 p.m. (Noon), Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury, where the family will greet friends 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Monday prior to services at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors Conducted by Marine Corp League will be in Linwood Cemetery.

David was born, March 6, 1929 in Dubuque, the son of Clarence and Dorothy (Stecher) Schmitt. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. David served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He worked for John Deere Works 1947-1984, as a senior draftsman, designer, and standards coordinator, also he worked at the Dubuque Packing House for 16 years and Umpired for City of Dubuque for 16 years. David married Joan Fay Rouser on September 12, 1953 in Guttenberg, Iowa. He was active in bowling league, enjoyed shooting pool, playing cards, board games with his family. David was a member of the American Legion and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Going to Sprint Car races, and an avid Bears Fan, he only missed 2 games in 18 years, due to a broken leg, and enjoyed many trips to Wrigley field with his family to watch the Cubs.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Joan; children, Sue Fury, and her children, Corey Schmitt and Arthur House, Bruce (deceased) (Jane) Schmitt, and their children, Shauna and Christiana Schmitt, Brian (deceased in infancy), Kyle (deceased) (Bonnie) Schmitt, Sharon (Paul) Smith, Lance Schmitt, Lori Leslein, and her children Alex, Justine, and Abigail Leslein, Mark (Sherri) Schmitt, and their children, Lindsey (Dan) Ocheltree, and Derek Schmitt, Julie (Jeff) Ruganis, Linda Schmitt, Diane (Jim) Tschida, and Darryl (Brandy) Schmitt, and their children, Hunter (Fiancé' Brooke Fishburn) and Connor Schmitt; 7 great-grandchildren.

David was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Brian in infancy, Kyle on February 1, 2012, Bruce on March 1, 2015, a daughter in-law, Rita Schmitt; a sister, Janaan Kelly.

A special thank you to Dr. Hermann, Dr. Kovach and the staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine The Staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Amy, Nicole, Betsy, and Stacy.

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

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



Harvey N. Frandsen

Harvey Norman Frandsen, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A funeral celebrating Harvey's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa and private burial will follow at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Harvey Norman Frandsen was born on May 15, 1929 in Nashville, Iowa, to Carl and Florence (Scott) Frandsen. He attended Watson Country School, Baldwin School, and graduated with his GED from Maquoketa High School. He was an Army veteran serving during peacetime with the 27th Infantry Regiment 25th Division. Harvey and his wife of 61 years, Marilyn Jean Allison were married on April 24, 1953 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Harvey was a lifelong farmer in the Jackson County area and also worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for several years.

Harvey belonged to First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, a Knights of Pythias Lodge member for 50 years, and a past board member of the Maquoketa Country Club.

Harvey was loved by all for his kind spirit, a good game of cards, his fun loving good nature and love for his family. He was an avid fan of his children's and grandchildren's school and sporting events.

Those left to honor Harvey's memory include his wife Marilyn Jean Frandsen of Maquoketa, IA; 4 children: Denyse (Miles) Hemmersbach of Bremerton, WA, Marla (David) Morehead of Bernard, IA, Debra (Bill) Renner of Maquoketa, IA and Jason (Melissa) Frandsen of Vero Beach, FL; 11 grandchildren: Corey, Jake (Courtney), Lindsey (Luke), and Angie; Will (Lorin) and Ryan (Johnora); Anna; Michala, Derek, David and Quincy; and 8 great-grandchildren: Sam, Lily and Cade; Reo and Royal; Myles; and Lathe and Layne; 3 brothers: Roy (Vivian) Frandsen of Maquoketa, IA, Art (Karen) Frandsen of Maquoketa, IA and Larry (Joyce) Frandsen of DeWitt, IA; and 2 sisters: Velma Witt of Maquoketa, IA, and Ione (David) Nelson, of Eldridge, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Paul "Buster" Frandsen, and 4 sisters, infants Viola and Lorraine, and Ruby Voss and Irene Kleinsmith.

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

 



Laurence McDonough

Laurence "Larry" McDonough, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00a.m. Tues day, April 7 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Rev. Anderson will officiate. Friends may greet the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will be private. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

Larry was born April 13, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of Neil and Mary (Henkel) McDonough. He attended Loras Academy, and graduated with the first graduating class of Wahlert High School in 1960. Larry earned his B.A. in History and his M.A. in Psychology from Loras College. He married Marjorie Busta on June 11, 1966 in Fort Atkinson, IA. He taught in Holy Cross for several years, and went on to be a counselor at NICC for over 30 years, retiring in the early 2000's. During his time at NICC, Larry was instrumental in developing the Dubuque branch of NICC.
He was an active member of St. Columbkille's Parish. Larry was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and also enjoyed the Cubs. He loved duck hunting, and enjoyed his 1980 Jeep.

Larry is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his son, Chris (Joanie) McDonough; three grandchildren, Erin, Tristan, and Keeley McDonough; and two brothers, Tom (Susan) and Jim (Virginia) McDonough, all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital,or to St. Columbkille Parish.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Mercy Medical Center ER. 

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



Merlin A. Digman

Merlin A. Digman, 93, of Dubuque, was reunited with loving family and friends in heaven, Friday, March 27, 2015 at Heritage Manor.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2015 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1700 Lincoln Avenue, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. where military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 6th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St.

Merlin was born January 27, 1922, the oldest son of Arthur and Hilda (Jansen) Digman, who farmed in Kieler, Wisc.

After completing his education at Immaculate Conception school in Kieler, Merlin helped on the family farm for 2 years. He started high school in Cuba City, Wisc. with his younger brother Eldon and graduated in 3 years. After high school, Merlin met, fell in love, and married Eileen Nauman.

Together Merlin and Eileen weathered the storm of WWII with Merlin serving in the U.S. Army on the east coast. During this time they were blessed with 2 sons. After he was discharged from the Army, the family returned to the Midwest and settled in Dubuque. Merlin worked for two years for John Deere; he left to start his own construction business. Merlin has built many of the beautiful homes in the Dubuque area. Merlin and brother Eldon were like the "property brothers" on HGTV with Merlin building homes and realtor Eldon selling the homes. Merlin's youngest brother Lester, chose the academic way and is a professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska.

Merlin and Eileen were parents of seven children; Gary (Bonnie) Digman, of Guerneville, CA, Terry (Gina) Digman, of Ankeny, IA, Karen Digman, of Santa Rosa, CA, Diane Beaves, of Pittsburg, PA, Dennis Digman, of Fairfield, CA, Carolyn Digman (deceased) and Thomas (Claudia) Digman, of Chicago, IL.

Even with a large family and a busy homebuilding business, Merlin and Eileen found time to travel to Minnesota every summer with the family for a week at the lake. Merlin also in his spare time built a 22 foot cabin cruiser which made for many fond memories along the Mississippi river.

Merlin's courage and strength were tested once again with the illness and passing of Eileen. He nursed Eileen through her 5 year struggle with cancer and was at her side continually.

Later, through mutual friends, Merlin met and married Monica Schulte. Monica's husband had passed away years earlier and they found comfort in each other's company. Monica's children, Gary Schulte, of Cuba City, Wisc., Sue (Steve) Bushman, of Dubuque, Peter Schulte (deceased) and Julie Schulte, of Dubuque were fondly welcomed into the family by Merlin. Monica's passing in 2010 was another heartbreak for Merlin to endure.

Other loving family members to greet Merlin in heaven are his parents, Arthur and Hilda, infant brother, Emil who was a victim to diphtheria at one year of age, and his beloved brother, Eldon.

Many grandchildren and an ever increasing number of great grandchildren will be reminded by older folks of the kind, thoughtful grandfather that preceded them.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Manor, the nurses of Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. William Manzel for their kind and compassionate care for Merlin.

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



Donald M. Ahmann

Donald M. Ahmann, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00a.m. Monday April 6th at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 5th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 2:45 p.m.

Don was born on August 16, 1929 in Farley, Iowa the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Meyer) Ahmann. He was a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean War as a medic and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. He married Joyce Ludwig on April 23, 1955 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.

He worked for Caradco, Kahle Carpet for 34 years then was an independent installer until his retirement in 2001.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #6, VFW, Dubuque Bowling Association, and Sacred Heart Men's Club.

He enjoyed bowling, fishing, camping, playing cards, trips to the casino and was an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bear and Iowa Hawkeye Fan.

He is survived by his wife Joyce of 60 years, six children, Robert (Christine Reynolds) Ahmann, of St. Catherines, Becky Oberbroeckling, of Dubuque, Donna (Steve Cook) Chimera, of Bozeman, Montana, Sandee Fry, of Bakersfield,CA, Dave (Kris) Ahmann, of St. Catherines, Linda (Jeremy Faerman) Ahmann, of Houston, Texas. Eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. One sister Bernice Bidne, of Cedar Falls, one sister-in-law Pat Ahmann, of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Kenneth, Doyle, and Jerry and one sister Arlene Janonis along with brothers and sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers a Donald M. Ahmann memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the loving staff of Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and the staff of Dubuque Internal Medicine, and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they gave to Don.



Cindy Marie Greenwood

Cindy Marie Greenwood, 49, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Farley, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8:15 a.m. at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Private family services will be held for Cindy at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Burial will be held at a later date.

Cindy was born June 7, 1965 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Eldon and Linda (Moriarity) Greenwood. She is a 1983 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. She is also a graduate of the Nursing Program at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa. She was employed as a Nurse at the Julien Care Facility in Dubuque.

Cindy liked following all her friends on facebook, and often commented on their pages. She enjoyed country music, especially Blake Shelton. She liked to do crafts and play games. She enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews, and her dog, Lakota.

She is survived by her parents, Eldon and Linda Greenwood of Farley, IA; seven siblings, Joseph (Lisa) Greenwood of Chicago, IL, John (Dawne) Greenwood of Dubuque, IA, David Greenwood of Epworth, IA, Laura (Tim) Derga of Farley, IA, Paul Greenwood of Farley, IA, Brian (Deb) Greenwood of Epworth, IA, and Janet (John) Derga of Dyersville, IA; nieces and nephews Ryan and Patrick Greenwood, Heather and Tim Ricklefs, Dennis and Megan Tarasi, Alexander Heeren, Justin Derga, Ashley and Kris Klein, Whitney Derga, Westin Derga, Kelli and Lee Greenwood; and a great niece, Skylar.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leo and Helen Moriarity and Joseph and Marcella Greenwood.

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



Darrell F. Koecke

Darrell F. Koecke, age 88, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:11 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Darrell's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Law Jones Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Meyer officiating. To celebrate Darrell's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Law Jones Funeral Home, 309 Chicago Ave., Savanna, IL. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded.

Darrell was born on November 10, 1926 in Wyalusing, Wisconsin, son of John and Merry (St. Clair) Koecke.

Darrell proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. Shortly afterwards he met Dorothy Pease in Savannah, IL, where there were eventually united in marriage on June 29, 1947. They eventually moved to Dubuque in 1963 when Darrell began working for Interstate Power as a Maintenance Foreman. He retired in 1993 after 30 years of service. One of Darrell's lifelong passions was flying and he took great pride in obtaining his private pilots license. Throughout his life, Darrell enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, boating and also morel and ginseng hunting. In his spare time he could be found spending countless hours in his shop working on refinishing antiques and recaning chairs. Darrell was very active and longtime member at both the Bible Church in Savannah and Hope E. Free Church in Dubuque and especially enjoyed his time spent with fellow members of the Over The Hill Group. Darrell was a good man with a kind heart and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.


Darrell is survived by his wife, Dorothy Koecke, Dubuque, IA; his son, David Koecke, Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren; Jennifer (Joey) Ewen, Reston, VA, Stephanie (Tim) King, Cedar Rapids, IA; his great-granddaughter, Cora Ewen.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Stephen Koecke; 2 daughters in infancy; and 1 brother, Dean Koecke.

A Darrell F. Koecke memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for all their compassionate care of Darrell.

Friends and family are invited to share in Darrell's life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com

 



Gerald C. Kressig

Gerald C. "Jerry" Kressig, age 82, of Kieler, WI, and formerly of Dubuque, IA, Potosi, WI and Mission, TX, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015, at the hospital in McAllen, TX. To honor Gerald's life, graveside committal services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015, at St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson, Wisconsin, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. To celebrate Gerald's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a funeral service held at 3:30 p.m. with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery, Tennyson, WI.

Gerald was born on April 12, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Edward and Mabel (Werb) Kressig.

Jerry was an Air Force veteran, having proudly served his country during the Korean War, while being stationed in Texas. During Jerry's lifetime he was employed throughout Dubuque, at the Dubuque Police Department, Dubuque Packing House and Eagle Window and Door. He operated the Double J. Bar and then co-owned the Park Square Tavern with his first wife, Patricia Kressig. He later was employed as head of security at the Kennedy Mall and after many years of service was able to retire. Jerry married his first wife, Patricia Keating, on June 27, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 21, 1995. Jerry married his second wife, Rox A. Kennicker, on August 18, 2001, in Dubuque, Iowa. They spent 14 wonderful and fun filled years together, while loving and supporting each other the entire time. They had one dog named Vail, who is deceased, and two cats named Casey and Lovie. Jerry and Rox enjoyed traveling with their two cats, especially during their winters spent in Texas. For those fortunate enough to know Jerry, you'll remember his uncanny ability to convey a story in a manner that always kept everyone entertained. Jerry will be remembered for being a person of great wit, humor, love and would give a person the shirt off his back if needed. He absolutely loved and adored all of his grandchildren and also enjoyed being around his great-grandchildren which entailed a little teasing and more story telling. Most of all Jerry will be remember as a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Rox Kressig, Kieler, WI; his children, Tom (Connie) Kressig, Dubuque, IA, Mike (Linda) Kressig, Dubuque, IA, Sherry (Steve) Ginter, Mason City, IA; four grandchildren, Jason Adams, Ashley (Rob) Erschen and Kyle and Ben Kressig; three step grandchildren, Renae, Grant and Andrea Ginter; his mother-in-law, Caroline Kennicker Welsh, two sisters-in-law, Lynn (Ted Roepsch) Glibreath, Robin M. Kennicker, a brother-in-law, Karl (Jacqueline) Kennicker, and numerous great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Patricia Keating Kressig; three brothers, Donald, Robert and Clarence Kressig; four sisters, Bernice Scherrer, Roberta Frick, Goldie Kaufman and Ila Burmiester; father-in-law, Robert A. Kennicker; and a brother-in-law, Kelvin J. Kennicker.

The family wishes to thank the Kressig and Kennicker families, friends and relatives in Dubuque, IA, Potosi, WI, Kieler, WI and Mission, TX, for their love and friendship. Many thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff in Dubuque, IA, for all their support over the years.

In lieu of flowers a Gerald C. Kressig memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Ernest H. Schuckert

Ernest H. "Skip" Schuckert, 67, of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 6, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home before the service.

Skip was born on Oct. 7, 1947, in Fairview, New Jersey, the son of Henry and Gloria (DeJacomo) Schuckert. He married Cheryl Greene Wasmund on Jan. 17, 1981, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Skip graduated from Cuba City High School in 1966. He served in the US Army 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles as a medic/paratrooper during the Vietnam War, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Parachute Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star. Skip worked at the John Deere Tractor Works in Dubuque, retiring in 2000, and was a member of UAW Local #94. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Skip loved going to Door County, where he and his wife, Cheryl, went every July for 20 some years.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; a daughter, Tami Schuckert, of Bellevue, Iowa; three sons, Scot (Kathey) Schuckert, of Ames, Iowa, Jason Schuckert, of Dale, Wisconsin, and James Wasmund, of Dubuque, Iowa; his mother, Gloria Doles, of Brick, New Jersey; a brother, Bill (Linda) Schuckert, of Salida, Colorado; and six grandchildren, Maddison, Zakkary, Lorna, Jack, Jacob and Elizabeth. Skip was very fortunate to have two families. When Skip was twelve years old, he and Bill went to live with their aunt and uncle, George and Gertrude Gantenbein, who raised them with their seven children, Ed, Margaret, Gary, Bill, Michelle, John and Tom.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry.

An Ernest H. "Skip" Schuckert Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Shirley M. Loop

Shirley M. Loop, 79, of Marion and formerly of Monticello, died Monday, March 30, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospice Center in Cedar Rapids after a brave battle with Parkinson's disease.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Pastor Al Polito will conduct services.

Shirley was born August 25, 1935, in Winthrop, Iowa, the daughter of Lester and Wilda (Griswold) Dennie. She graduated from Winthrop High School with the Class of 1952 and attended Cedar Rapids Business College. She married Bert Loop on August 20, 1964, in Aurora, CO. Shirley was a secretary at United Airlines in the 1960's until she and Bert moved to Monticello in 1969. She and Bert owned and operated the Loop Motel, Ballroom and Restaurant, having been one of the first to bring Country and Western Music to Monticello, most notably Crystal Gayle and Mickey Gilley. After Bert's death in 1977, Shirley continued to run the businesses until 1999, when she retired to Marion.

Survivors include her children: Nancy (Mike Palmersheim) Walton of Anamosa, Rosanne (Blake) Jones of West Des Moines, Deanna (Stephen Thomas) Loop of Marion and Andrew (Brenda) Loop of Dike; 6 grandchildren: Brandon and Ashley Walton, Courtney Lee, Hunter and Tyler Volk, and Skylar Loop; a sister, Helen Donnelly of Independence; and an extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Jason Walton; and 2 brothers, Dean Dennie and Dale Dennie.

Memorials are preferred to a Parkinson's research foundation of the donor's choice.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Rosemary A. Weber

Rosemary A. Weber, 88, of St. Donatus, Iowa passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at her daughters residence in Dubuque.

Private family services will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in St. Donatus Cemetery.

Rosemary was born on July 29, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of George and Margaret (Roscamp) Westercamp. She married Milo Weber on August 28, 1945 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Milo preceded her in death on October 1, 2009 after 64 years of marriage.

Upon graduating from high school, Rosemary worked for the Dubuque Community School for two years. After marriage she traveled to San Francisco to be with Milo until he was discharged from the Navy. While there, she was employed by the Linde Air Products Co. Returning to Dubuque Rosemary was happy to be a stay-at-home mom to six children. She then returned to employment where she tended bar at the "King of Clubs" a family business and returned to the Dubuque Community Schools as an administrative Secretary for 35 years. She was also a bookkeeper for her husband's excavating business.

Rosemary was a past leader of the Rosary Society, member of the Parish Council, and the American Legion. Her family and her faith were very important to her. She loved having the family every Thanksgiving and Easter. She was always anxious to lend a hand or a helpful word. Frequently Rosemary was seen helping at Horizon Pizza Parlor. She enjoyed bowling and playing cards. She was humbled and honored to have been selected as "Woman of the Year" by the Bellevue Bowling Association in 2010.

Rosemary and Milo hosted many wild game feeds and fish fry's at their cottage. They also enjoyed wintering in Florida for 27 years. During those years they graciously entertained many family and friends. At the top of her list was her grandchildren and she enjoyed attending their activities.

Having great memories of her life are her children; Connie (George) Saffran, Sandy (Dick) Ansel, Janelle (Dennis) Duwe, Randy (Jeanne) Weber, and Dan (Marianne) Weber. Twelve grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Milo, a son Ron, grandson Timothy Duwe, two sisters Margaret Firzlaff and Dorothy Kipp, a brother George "Sonny", and a granddaughter-in-law Amie Weber.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Edna, Emily and Angie along with her caregivers Judy and Darcy for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Rosemary.



Wilfred J. Hosch

Wilfred John "Willie" Hosch, 78 of Cascade and formerly of Bernard died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Saint Patrick's Church, Garryowen with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road and after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until the time of services.

Willie was born in Cascade, Iowa on May 20, 1936 the son of Paul and Marie (McCarthy) Hosch. He married Shirley Walsh on April 28, 1962 at Saint Patrick's Church in Dubuque.

He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for 40 years and was a member of the UFCW local 150 A. He later worked for Justin Connolly Construction until his retirement. He was an active member of the Bernard Fire Department and served on the Board of Directors. Willie also was a former member of the Cascade Aquin School Board and the Garryowen Parish Council. He also served for many years as an usher at Garryowen.

He is survived by his wife Shirley, of Cascade a son Roger (Cheryl) Hosch, of Manchester, IA, a daughter Kellie Hosch, of Acworth, GA, three grandchildren Amanda, Tyler and Jacob Hosch of Manchester, a sister Mary (Richard) Prior, of Mesa, AZ a brother Donald (Rosella) Hosch, of Dubuque a sister in law Vonda Hosch, of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Raymond, Loras and his wife Virgie, and Charles.



David J. Willoughby

David J. Willoughby, age 90, passed away on March 26, 2015. Preceded in death by his wife Florence L. and his daughter Kathryn W. Grammer. He is survived by his daughters Korey A., and Diane W. (Gerald) Hayes, his son Ross D., 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Dave was a US Army veteran and served in Europe during WWII. He was a lifelong educator and spent his entire career in the Dubuque Community School system. He was most proud of serving as the principal of Kennedy School for over 20 years.

Dave enjoyed a long retirement, spending most of this time on Dubuque's golf courses. Services were private per his wishes.



Martin L. Ruhter

Martin L. Ruhter, age 60, of Dubuque, Iowa was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at home following a battle with kidney cancer.

Funeral services will be 11 am., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St Paul Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson St . A visitation will be on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 4-7 pm at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd and from 10-10:45 am, Wednesday at St Paul Lutheran Church. Internment will be at Concordia Cemetery, Juniata, Nebraska at a later date.

Marty was born on April 24, 1954 in Hastings, NE to Milton & Evelyn (Karr) Ruhter.

He was baptized May 23, 1954, confirmed April 7, 1968 and attended school thru 8th grade at Christ Lutheran. He graduated from Adams Central High School in 1972 and from the University of Nebraska in 1976. He started at John Deere Dubuque on February 14, 1977 until present. He married Kim Vrotsos on May 11, 1985 and they have two sons Nicholas & Philip.

Marty was a member of St Paul Lutheran Church serving on various committees and volunteered with Junior Achievement, AYSO & Dubuque Soccer Club, Dubuque Y Swim Team, Boy Scout Troop 48, Jefferson Middle School Site Council & Hempstead Booster Club.

Marty is survived by his wife Kim, son Nicholas of San Francisco, CA, son Philip of Madison, WI, his father Milton Ruhter of Ashland, NE, his sister Marsha (Andy) Trosper of Bloomingdale, IL his brother Bryan (Heather) Ruhter of Ashland, NE, his sister-in-law Katrina (Jamie) Good of McDonough, GA, 4 nieces, 1 nephew and 1 great-nephew, Aunt Gladys (Keith) Rolls, Aunt Jan Ruhter and 4 cousins.

Marty was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn, Aunt Phyllis, Uncle Waldo, his grandparents and a cousin.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Christ Lutheran School, 13175 W. 70th St., Juniata, NE 68955.

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



Donald J. Zimmerman

Donald J. Zimmerman, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2015, at home. To honor Donald's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Donald's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Donald was born on September 8, 1928, in Prairie du Chien, WI, son of Robert J. and Helen (Shulka) Zimmerman.

Donald proudly served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Rita Check on February 14, 1952, in Prairie du Chien, WI. They enjoyed 60 years together before she preceded him in death on April 4, 2012. Donald was employed as a carpenter with several companies throughout the years and was lastly employed with Hillcrest Family Services as a Maintenance Supervisor for 12 years until his retirement in 1993. He had many interests including golfing, computer flight simulation and exploring and embracing technology in general. Donald was an accomplished woodworker and was well known for the beautiful furniture he built. He was also a very active member of the Assisi Village community and thoroughly enjoyed sharing his grilling talents with the other residents. Donald was a kind hearted man with a generous soul who was undeniably known as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Donald is survived by his 5 children, Dr. Debra (Richard) Hohnecker, of Amesbury, MA, Bob (Judy) Zimmerman, of Neenah, WI, Jolene (Gerald) McDermott, Castle Rock, CO, Brian Zimmerman, of Wichita, KS, Jim (Anne) Zimmerman, of Rochester, MN; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and his brother-in-law, Robert Williams, Rockford, IL.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 60 years, Rita; and a sister, Diane Williams.

A Donald J. Zimmerman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John N. Bingham

John Norman Bingham, 92, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Saturday morning, March 28, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, following a short illness, with family at his side.

 Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787.

To celebrate John's life, friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. and members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call from 9 - 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

John was born on January 22, 1923, in Galena, IL, the son of William and Ruth (Fiege) Bingham.  He married Geraldine "Jerry" M. Elgin on May 17, 1947.  Together they had five children.

After graduating from, Galena High School in 1940, prior to enlisting in the United States Navy, John worked at the Savanna Army Depot. He served during WW II from 1943-1945.  John was an Aviation Ordinance Man, 2nd class combat air crewman, flying on patrol planes from the Philippines over China.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with two gold stars.  While serving he was unaware of a high school senior in Long Beach, CA, who was praying for a man named John, serving in a dangerous position in the navy, as a school project. Upon returning to the Dubuque area following the war, he unknowingly met this young woman, Geraldine Elgin.  He was again called to service in the Korean War, serving from 1951 -1952.  It was a great honor for John to be able to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D. C. in September of 2011.

He worked at John Deere Dubuque for many years prior to retiring in 1986. He was a former member of Local 94 of the United Auto Workers, past commander and quarter-master of VFW Post # 7976 and a member of American Legion Post # 787 and Galena Elks Lodge # 882.

John was an avid golfer, belonging to the Galena Golf Club for over 50 years, where he had served as a past president.

Surviving are his children, John (Judi) Bingham, Jr. of Eagle River, WI, Joan (Jim) Willenbring of Farley, IA,  Judy Newcomer of Dubuque, IA, Jeff (Kenna) Bingham of East Dubuque, IL, and Janice (Kevin) Pellow of Cottage Grove, MN; his nine grandchildren, Terry Bingham, Tim (Jessica) Bingham, Amy (Scott) Meskimen, Sarah (Jayme) Mescher, Scott (Lisa) Willenbring, Ashley (Andrew) Dirksen, Cody Newcomer, Ryan and Kaitlin Pellow; and fifteen great-grandchildren, Isaac and Egan Bingham, Cayden, Connor, Olivia and Owen Meskimen, Kacie, Madeline, Abigail and Alex Mescher, Tanis, Johnathan and Jacob Willenbring, Landon and Logan Dirksen; and two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Bingham and Rosemary Schoen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Geraldine, on May 5, 2014; brothers, William, Lloyd and Jerry, sister-in-law Helen Bingham and a son-in-law Edgar Newcomer.

Again we would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan, Lisa and Kristie, for their care and support.

May "The Good Guy" rest in peace.

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

 

 

 



Sr. Viator Schulewitz

Sr. Viator Schulewitz, OSF, 86, of Francis House, Dubuque, Iowa died 1:05 pm Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Francis House.

Mass of Christian Burail will be Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 with Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

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

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



Gary L. Hennen

Gary L. Hennen, age 60, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Gary's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy officiating. To celebrate Gary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 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.

Gary was born on October 26, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of LaVern and Rose (Neelis) Hennen.

Gary attended Hempstead High School. Over the years he was employed at Vern's Conoco, Georgia Pacific, City of Dubuque Parks Department and Americold Logistics. In his free time and youth, Gary enjoyed demolition derbys, snowmobile and stock car racing and in his later years he continued these hobbies as a spectator. He enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and NASCAR. He was always a faithful and avid Dale Earnhardt fan. Gary adored his grandchildren and his faithful companion, Junior, and some of his greatest moments in life were discovered in time spent with them.

Gary is survived by his children, Rhonda (Jonathan) Buys, Prairie City, IA, Brenda (Jeff) Nelson, Maquoketa, IA, Nick (Jenny) Hennen, Dubuque, IA, Brad Hennen, Dubuque, IA; 8 grandchildren, Savannah, Madeline, Benjamin and Jacob Buys, Evelyn, Ella and Eli Nelson, Emery Hennen; his siblings, Judy Wold, Graham, WA, Patricia (Michael) Hayes, Dubuque, IA; and his Godson, Mike Hennen Sr., Dubuque, IA.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, JoAnn Hennen.

A Gary L. Hennen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Haas, and many other doctors in Dubuque and Iowa City, as well as the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for the excellent care they provided Gary throughout the past few years.

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

 



David L. McMahon

David L. McMahon, 96, of Luther Manor, formerly of 395 York St. Dubuque, Iowa, died March 27, 2015 at 2:15 a.m.
Services will be held on Monday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Columbkille Church with Father Gabriel Anderson officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:00-10:15 Monday at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, where Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. The Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

David was born on May 21, 1918, in Dubuque to Joseph and Genevieve (McGuire) McMahon. He graduated from Columbia Academy (later Loras Academy) in 1936. During his teen years and following his graduation, he and his brothers painted houses and barns to help support the family during the Great Depression.

During World War II David was drafted into the Army where he served in the Signal Corps, 1941-45. He received training at Fort Monmouth, N.J., Fort Dix, N.J., and Camp Crowder, Mo. In November 1943 he was sent overseas and was stationed in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre. Sailing from Long Beach, Calif., he was among 24 soldiers, a Navy gun crew, and some Merchant Marines, including the captain, aboard a Liberty Ship. The ship encountered a cyclone en route to India and nearly sank.
With the rank of Tech Sergeant, David was a cryptographer with the Military Intelligence Service and was in charge of the code room, first in New Delhi, India, and later in Chongqing, China. His duties included breaking down coded messages into plain text and encoding and sending coded messages. After circumnavigating the globe by ship during his tour of duty he was honorably discharged in November 1945. In October 2010 he went on Honor Flight from Dubuque to Washington, D.C., and experienced a memorable day touring the WWII Monument, Viet Nam War Memorial, as well as others.
Upon discharge from military service, he returned to work at the family business, McMahon Wallpaper & Paint Store, located at 544 Main St., until it closed in 1970 due to the city's urban renewal project. He then worked at Montgomery Ward in Kennedy Mall until his retirement in 1982.

David married Annabelle Shields on Sept. 27, 1947, at the Church of the Nativity, Dubuque; she died on Nov. 20, 2014. Together they had five children: Anne, Stephen, Sheila, Donna, and James. David and Annabelle were members of St. Columbkille Parish since 1947.

As a young man, David sang in the St. Anthony's Church choir and enjoyed ice skating and playing football, baseball and tennis, as well as other sports. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan, Chicago Cubs baseball fan, and was a league bowler for many years. He enjoyed family gatherings and loved to play euchre.

Surviving are three daughters: Anne (Richard) Hesse of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Sheila (Myron) Tranel of Platteville, Wis., and Donna (Daniel) Stehn of Peosta, and a son, Stephen of Dubuque. Also five grandchildren: Luke (Pamela) Tranel, Laura (Danny) Holt, Molly (James Cho) Stehn, Katie (Ethan Esser) Stehn, and Maggie Stehn; and six great-grandchildren: Henry, Oliver, and Rosemary Tranel; Jameson Holt, and Sylvia and Daniel Cho.
He is also survived by his sister-in-law Pearl McMahon of Orange, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Annabelle, his son James in 1995, his parents Joseph and Genevieve McMahon, his siblings Francis and Loretta, both in infancy, his sister Mary, and brothers Harold, Clarence, Robert, Maurice, and Joseph.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the care they provided our Dad and Grandpa.

Online condolences may be left at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Donald L. Ohmert

Donald Leslie Ohmert, 83, of Dubuque, died Friday, March 27, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2959 Rockdale Rd with the Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Center Grove Cemetery with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Don was born on December 21, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of George and Ruth (Bradley) Ohmert. He married Ethel Bakula on February 1, 1958 in North Buena Vista.
Don worked first as a bee farmer on his father's farm, then as the owner of Ohmert's Excavating, and Ohmert's Lawn and Sports, he also owned several rental properties.

Don enjoyed traveling, hunting, snowmobiling, camping and Euchre and has visited almost every state in the U.S. He also enjoyed traveling outside the United States, especially to Canada, Mexico, Panama Canal and Switzerland.

He is survived by his 4 children, Debra (Marvin) Eagle, of Yates Center, KS., Sandra (Ohmert) Clifton, of Colfax, CA, Roger (Carol) Ohmert, of Dubuque, IA and Douglas (Peggy) Ohmert, of LaMotte, IA; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, parents, brother Wayne, and 2 sisters, Elda Ohmert, and Alice Scholz.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Home Instead Senior Care, or American Legion Post#6.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. K. Nelson and the nurses and staff Home Instead Senior Care, and Hospice of Dubuque for their constant care and support.



Dolores I. Gerken

Dolores I. Gerken, 87, of Farley, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Heritage Manor in Dubuque, Iowa. According to her wishes, there will be no public visitation or services, and her final resting place will be with her parents at Mt Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Cremetory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Dolores was born on November 1, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Ewald and Anna (Schumacher) Gerken.
She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Dubuque, and worked at Stampfer's Department Store. In 1947 she joined the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Victory and located to Huntington, IN. As a missionary Dolores served in Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. During that time, she received a Master of Arts Degree. Later she was Director of Religious Education at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD, and St. Bridget's Church in Richmond, VA. The next 20 years, Dolores resided in the area near Barboursville, VA, where she developed a deep appreciation of antiques, acquired her skill in the art of basketry, and became a Master Gardener. She crafted and sold baskets for her business, Virginia Basketree.
In 1994, Dolores moved back to the Dubuque area, and lived next door to her brother and sister in-law, Bill & Donna, in Farley. She founded the Iowa Basket Maker Guild, and taught basket weaving classes at NICC in Peosta. Dolores volunteered at Mercy Medical Center, Divine Word Seminary, Meals on Wheels, Dubuque Dispute Resolution Center, and Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. In addition, she enjoyed listening to classical music, reading, crocheting, gardening, and playing dominoes and cribbage, and of course, making baskets.

Dolores is survived by her brothers and sister-in-laws: Ewald Gerken, of Cascade; William (Donna) Gerken, of Farley; Joan Gerken, of Naperville, IL; Marlene Gerken, of Dubuque; and nieces, nephews, and friends, near and afar.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louise (Wilfred) Coakley, Donald (Ann) Gerken, Teresa (Donald) McCoy, Adrian Gerken, Joan (Vernon) Larson, Elizabeth Gerken, Mary (John) Temple, Daniel (Joyce) Gerken, and Loras Gerken.

The family wishes to thank Heritage Manor for the care and kindness they provided.

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.



Jim R. Luckritz

Jim R. Luckritz, 68, of Dubuque died Friday, March 27, 2015 at home with his wife, Kathy, and dog, Sadie, by his side, after a brave battle with cancer. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Military Rites accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6 following.

Jim was born July 5, 1946 in Dubuque, son of Wilfred and Elva (Hopkins) Luckritz. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended University of Dubuque and Clarke College.

He served his country in Viet Nam, with the 82nd Airborne, serving in combat with the 173rd paratroopers. He also served with the Elite Army 5th Special Forces. Upon his discharge from active duty, he served in the reserves with the 389th engineering battalion.

He retired from John Deere Dubuque Tractor works where he worked in product support.

Jim married Kathy Weydert on May 8, 1982 at St. Paul Lutheran Church; they later had their marriage blessed at Sacred Heart Church on May 24, 1987.

In his early years, Jim was an active Boy Scout with Troop 48. He was later active in rugby and drag racing. He was a World Series Grand Racing Champion in the early 1970's. He was also a member of many veterans organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Luckritz of Dubuque; his daughter, Jamie (Bill) Reis of Northbrook, Ill and their children, Luke, Isaac and William; his son, Maj. Jay (Corrine) Luckritz of Italy; cousins, Judy (Jerry) Putz, Joan Steffen, Betty (Tom) Walser, and Miriam DiMascio; In laws, Ronald (Terry) Weydert of Bullard, Texas, and Barbara (Dr. Richard) Lambert, Gerald (Mary Kay) Weydert, Roger (Mary) Weydert, and Margo Weydert, all of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Kathy's parents, Marie and Harold Weydert; sisters in law, Carolyn Weydert, Ann Marie Weydert and a brother in law, Richard Weydert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jim Luckritz Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Fr. Gabriel Anderson, Msgr. Wayne Ressler, Msgr. Tom Zinkula, and Deacon Bill Biver; Drs. John Viner and his nurse, Ann, Mark Hermann, Tony Heiar ARNP, and staff, John Whalen and his nurse, Charlie, Keith Shaw, and Randy Lengeling; the entire staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, including Jim's lab technicians; Hospice Care Of Dubuque, with the special care from nurse Barb; Finley Home Healthcare, nurse Linda; friends Chris and Dan Brimeyer and family, Ruth and Steve Seipp, Cindy and Dan Kubitz, Susan Bruck-Powell, Tim and Nancy Butler, Paula Evers, Jayne and Bob Ervolino, Kim Sanford, and Jack Sawvel; his classmate, Rex Graham; neighbors Donny Riniker and Gary, Abhay, and Mandy; and family, Barb and Rich, who brought him the Eucharist, and Mary and Roger Weydert.



John C. Burlage

John C. "Jack" Burlage, 64, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Bart Timmerman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where the parish scripture wake service will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Jack was born on May 6, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Leroy S. and Arlene (Runde) Burlage. He married Mary Jo McCrea on January 2, 1971, in Benton, Wisconsin. Jack worked at the John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works for 35 years until he retired in 2013.

Jack was a Jamestown Volunteer Firefighter, member of the Southwestern School Board, the Immaculate Conception Holy Name Society, chairperson for the Immaculate Conception 4th of July Picnic, Parish Mulligan Cook, and Pee Wee Baseball coach.

Jack was an avid Wisconsin sports fan and enjoyed gardening, cooking and canning. He loved visits from his grandchildren and attending their activities.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo; three daughters, Brenda (Jay) Redfern, of Dickeyville, Lynne (Erin) Rogers and Brooke (Adam) Kaiser, both of Kieler; three sons, Brad (Jodi Monahan) Burlage, of Kieler, Scott (Lynn) Burlage, of East Dubuque, and Todd Burlage, of Kieler; a sister, Jody (Orv) Brothers, of Kieler; three brothers, Dick (Ruth) Burlage, Harry (Kim) Burlage, and Jim "Moose" (Joan) Burlage, all of Kieler; a brother-in-law, Ed Hendricks, of Hazel Green; and twelve grandchildren, Madison, Taylor, Tori, Trina, Logan, Landon, Lincoln, Morgan, Beau, Alli, Charlee, and Hayden. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Phoebe McCrea, of Benton; a brother-in-law, Gary (Marlene) McCrea, of Benton; and four sisters-in-law, Myrna (Jim) Sysko, Renee (Chuck) Wartner, and Michelle Carver, all of Benton, and Marie (Dave) Keleher, of Cambridge, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jeannie Hendricks and Janice Smith; a brother, Tom Burlage; and a brother-in-law, John Smith.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and the staff at Finley ICU for their dedicated care.

A John "Jack" Burlage Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Madonna F. Danzer

Madonna F. Danzer, 73, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.
Family and friends may gather at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road on Monday, March 30th, 2015 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Donna's name to the Wendt Cancer Center at Finley Hospital.

Donna was born on February 10th, 1942, to Joseph and Alma Ferring in her hometown of Lansing, Iowa. Donna married Gary Danzer of Dubuque, Iowa on May 6th, 1967 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Although she was a lousy golfer, she was a diehard Elvis Presley fan.

Donna is survived by her husband, Gary, her children, Brian and Lisa, and her granddaughter, Chloe. She is also survived by four siblings - Ron, Bill, Mary, and Rita.
Donna was the most perfect wife, mother, and grandmother anyone could ask for and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.



Darlene A. Steinhauser

Darlene A. Steinhauser, 88, of Platteville, Wis., formerly of Dubuque died Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 28 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.

Darlene was born on July 1, 1926 in Colon, Nebraska the daughter of Albert and Florence (Martens) Knutzen.
She married Norbert Steinhauser on April 12, 1947 in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska.

Darlene was a wonderful homemaker. Her grandchildren were very important to her and she cherished spending time with them.

Surviving are her children, Michael J. (Dawn) Steinhauser, of Mont., Susan (Gene) Von Seggern, of Neb., Teresa (Terry) Pluemer of Wis., Bob (Cindy) Steinhauser, of Dubuque; six grandchildren, TJ (fiancé Cindy Baker) Von Seggern, Elizabeth (Jonathan) Arens, Ryan Pluemer, Sean Pluemer, Mitchell Steinhauser, Maxwell Steinhauser; three great grandchildren, Grant, Ella and Connor; and two sisters, Kathleen (Stan) Hopkins and Mardel Striggow.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert; parents; and her brothers.

Memorials may be made to the Darlene Steinhauser Memorial Fund.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to thank Dr. Ryan Stille and his nurses Doris and Kelly, and Tracy and Stephanie from Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



Thomas Lange

Thomas J. Lange, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.  Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate, with Rev. Jack Paisley concelebrating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.  Friends may greet the family Friday, March 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., for a celebration of life at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Thomas was born October 30, 1935 in Dubuque, the son of John "Jack" and Julia (Salwolke) Lange. He attended Loras Academy. He served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War. Thomas was an agent with Prudential Insurance for 36 years.

He was a lifelong Dubuquer, raised in the north end, and was a lifelong member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed tennis, camping, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Thomas supported and attended the sporting events in which they participated. He enjoyed collecting antiques, especially anything related to Dubuque.   

Thomas is survived by his children, Steve (Jane) of Dubuque, Peggy (Rick) Robson of North Port, FL, and John, David (Jill Friedman), and Christopher; his grandchildren, Tommy (Kate), Dan (friend Jennifer), Abbie, Michael, Jessica, Paige, and Kali; two great grandchildren, Addison and Jack; his brother in law, Dick Kutsch of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews, and his former wife, Mary Jane (Breitbach) Lange of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Merlin (Maylou), Jeanette (Jack) Joyce, and Lorraine Kutsch.

Thomas' children would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque; and to their mother, Mary Jane, for her special care of Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or The American Cancer Society.   

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

 

 

 



Phyllis P. Clampitt

Phyllis P. Clampitt, 79, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Manor Care in Davenport, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life of Phyllis will be held from 2 to 4 P.M., Monday, March 30, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the gathering and burial will be in the South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, at a later date.

Phyllis Pauline Brown was born on March 5, 1936 in Manchester, Iowa, to William G. and Violet Mae (Thomas) Brown. She spent her early years in Anamosa and married Louis Clampitt on April 30, 1955 in Iowa City, Iowa. He preceded her in death on September 2, 2010.

Phyllis had worked for Anamosa Silos for two years and then became a homemaker raising a family of eight children. Outside of her family, she loved dogs, horses and western movies.

Those left to honor her memory include her eight children, Connie (Don) Black of Maquoketa, IA, Linda Peterkin of Clinton, MD, Diana Hatcher of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kelly (Tom) Horst of Miles, IA, Julie Schumacher of AZ, Kathy (Art) Elmegreen of Delmar, IA, Russell Clampitt of Monmouth, IA, and Roxanne (Ron) Ingram of Elkhart, IA; 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brothers William Brown of Cedar Rapids, IA, Allen Brown of Columbus Junction, IA, Keith Brown of Oxford Junction, IA, and Ronald Brown of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters Lois Hart of Cedar Rapids, IA, Marilyn Ellison of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Joyce Hurley of Cedar Rapids, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Jerald, sisters Betty, Norma, Sheryl and Ella, and a grandchild Holley.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phyllis P. Clampitt memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Adele M. Clemens

Adele M. Clemens, age 93, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab. To honor Adele's life, private family services are being held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Adele was born on August 31, 1921 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Arthur and Ursula (Accola) Kaune.

Adele graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She married Robert Clemens in Dubuque in 1943. He preceded her in death. Adele and Robert loved to go camping together with their family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her children. Adele loved playing cards with her grandchildren and was known for her "sweet tooth".

Adele is survived by her children, Sandy (Keith Klein) Barklow, Dubuque, IA, Richard (Susan) Clemens, Tampa, FL; and her four grandchildren, Joe and Kelly Clemens, Samantha and Ali Barklow.

Adele was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; a sister Janet Weitz; and a brother, Clarence Kaune.

An Adele M. Clemens memorial fund has been established.

A special thanks to Dr. Abele and the nurses and staff at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided Adele.

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

 



Larry J. Hurst

Larry J. Hurst, age 67, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at 9:31 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Larry's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1410 Main Street, with Rev. Kathleen S. Milligan officiating. To celebrate Larry's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Larry was born on December 30, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, son of James B. and Opal (Greenwood) Hurst.

Larry proudly served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He married Susan Bandy on March 22, 1968, in Galena, IL. She preceded him in death on December 3, 2001. Larry was employed with Unique Balance for 14 years and C.C.C. Trucking for 2 years until he was forced to retire because of health complications. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. In his free time, Larry enjoyed listening to music, watching sports, riding motorcycles and driving stock cars. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.

Larry is survived by his children, Wendy Sue Hurst, Dubuque, IA, Larry James "Beau" (Casey Stoyke) Hurst II, Dubuque, IA; his four grandchildren, Dillon James Hurst, Sierra Sue Hurst, Holley Olivia Hurst and Lucas Stoyke; and his siblings, Sandy (Loras) Wolbers, Dubuque, IA, Rick (Kathy) Hurst, Dubuque, IA, Steve (Luann) Hurst, Bellevue, IA.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Susan.

A Larry J. Hurst memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Roger J. Justman

Roger Jay Justman, 86, of Dubuque and Waikiki, HI, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at home.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 JFK Rd., where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid will officiate, with Rev. Jesse Cearlock as co-officiant. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

Roger was born September 29, 1928 in Dubuque, the son of Harold and Olive (Sunderland) Justman. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1946, and served his country with the U.S. Navy. He married Anna Mae Miller on October 2, 1948 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dubuque.

Roger was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement after 40 years. After his retirement, Roger and Anna Mae enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Waikiki, HI. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Roger was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, and enjoyed attending games with his family.

Roger is survived by his wife, Anna Mae; two children, Dr. Bruce Justman of Iowa City and Vicki (Randy) Hohnecker of Dubuque; and two granddaughters, Jill Hohnecker of Americus, GA and Julie Hohnecker (Sam Jennings) of Iowa City, IA. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Bill Husemann; his brother, Harold Justman Jr.; and his parents-in-law, Clarence and Ida Miller.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Luther Manor and the nurses at Mercy Medical Center for their care of Roger.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Laurie K. Andresen

Laurie Kay (Love) Andresen 48, of Dubuque passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

In honor of her life funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 23rd at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 22nd at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a prayer service at 1:45 p.m.

Laurie was born March 21, 1966, daughter of Jim and Helen (Gilles) Love. She graduated from Hempstead High School in l984. She met her husband, Joe Andresen while working at the Tollbridge Inn. From the time they met it was apparent that Joe adored everything about her. They were married October 6, 1990 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Laurie was employed from 1993 - 2013 at the Holy Trinity Day Care.

Her pride was contagious when she spoke of her son Erik's career in the United States Air Force and her daughter, Paige graduating high school early and attending Northwestern University. Also, the sparkle in her eye was obvious when she had a good story about her faithful furry companions, her cats!

Laurie never turned down a chance to go shopping, Vegas with her girlfriends, to go camping with her husband, to pull the handle on a slot machine, or to jump in the car and sightsee!

As an only child she and Joe lovingly cared for her parents until their passing. Also, as an only child, she quickly became a sister and a friend to her sisters-in-law, Carol, Ann and Dena. She was never ashamed at how quickly she could cry, whether tears of joy or sorrow. She will always be remembered for saying "my eyes are too close to my heart"! For anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her, their heart has been blessed knowing her. Her strength, humor and attitude throughout her illness were life changing for those that cared for her. Laurie was indeed an amazing wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law and friend.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Andresen, of 24 years; her son, Erik; her daughter, Paige; her mother-in-law, Mary Ann Andresen; her sisters-in-law, Carol (Mike) Schueller, and Ann (Brad) Palzkill; her brother-in-law, Mark (Dena) Andresen; her nieces and nephews, Jacob, Rachel, and Luke Schueller, Zac and Sophia Andresen, Katie (Austin) DeFlieger, and Allison Christensen; her two aunts, Anita Gilles and Barb Wiedner; as well as her close friend Jolene Rettenberger and the rest of her shopping family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law, Richard Andresen; and her grandparents, Harriet and Donald Love and Mary and Henry Gilles.

A special thank you to Dr. Christine Holms, the staff in the Oncology Department at Medical Associates; Hospice of Dubuque, particularly Melanie, and Angie; and Dr. Goodheart at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, in Iowa City, IA.

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude's Children Hospital.

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



Howard J. Werner

Howard J. Werner, 94, of Worthington, Iowa died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at home.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may continue to call from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Thursday prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Howard was born March 29, 1920 in North Fork Township near Hopkinton, Iowa the son of George and Elizabeth (Sternhagen) Werner. He attended rural schools in Lebo and St. Paul Catholic School. Howard married RoseAnn Luensmann on May 31, 1956, in Delhi, Iowa. Together they farmed until their retirement in 1987. Howard was a member of St. Paul Parish in Worthington.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, RoseAnn, 6 children: Joyce Gaul of Dyersville, Carol (John) Watts of Madelia, MN, Allen (Nancy) Werner and Chris (Arlene) Werner, both of Hopkinton, Nancy Werner of Worthington and Ronald (Sheila) Werner of Hopkinton, 17 grandchildren: Jayme Gaul, Chad Gaul, April Young, Mindy Kamp, Gina Dunne, Cory Watts, Andrew Werner, Amanda Werner, Johnathon, Dylan, Zachary, Austin, Devin, Max, Alex, Camrun and Logan Werner; 8 great grandchildren: Hunter Kamp, Kaleb Young, Jade Young, Ariana and Abigail Gaul, Joseph Kamp, Aiden, Addison Werner; step great grandchildren: Dani & Jaci Poswiatowsky and Jack Knepper; and special family friend, Jeff Derga.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 7 siblings: John (Clara), Ray (Ann), Norbert (Anna), George (Millie) Werner, Florence (Joe) Drees, Christine (Henry) Jaeger and Helen (Linus) Luensmann, in-laws: John (Esther) Luensmann, Alfred (Mary) Luensmann, Elmer (Mary Ann) Luensmann, Robert (Elizabeth) & Billy Luensmann (in infancy) Marie (Francis) Ernzen and Frances Luensmann.

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

 



Betty J. Klocker

Betty Jane (Weimerskirch) Klocker, 86 of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Church of the Nativity, Msg. Jim Miller officiating. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, additional visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Betty was born September 19, 1928 in Dubuque, the daughter of Peter and Rayse (Weidenbacher) Weimerskirch. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked as a Secertary at A.Y. McDonald. Betty married Charles A. Klocker on July 30, 1953 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. She enjoyed family gatherings, shopping trips with her mother, Rayse and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Charles; son, Keith (Sharon) Klocker of Dubuque, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Eldon, Charles, Wesley, Elsie Weidenbacher.

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



David V. Carlock

David V. Carlock, 77, of Dubuque, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, in Dubuque, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church where visitation will be held Tuesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

David was born November 28, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio, son of Vernon and Elaine (Douglas) Carlock. He grew up in Detroit and attended the Art School of Society of Arts and Crafts, majoring in Industrial Design.

David was a car enthusiast and designed model cars working as a design engineer for AMT in Detroit, Ertl's in Dyersville, and for Testor's in Rockford. He was also an accomplished visual artist and painter.

He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.
He married Jill Heitzman on November 23, 1994.

He is survived by five sons Kyle "Amir" (Cathy) Carlock of Atlanta, Georgia, Karim Carlock of San Diego, California, Rachman (Jessica) Carlock of Fayetteville, South Carolina, Sean "Rahim" Carlock of Atlanta, Georgia, and Benjamin Carlock of Dubuque; his wife, Jill Heitzman of Dubuque; two grandsons, David and Ion Carlock, both of Atlanta; three brothers, Michael (Merilynn) Carlock of Detroit, Mich., Daniel Carlock of White Lake Township, Mich., Conrad Carlock of White Lake Township, Mich.; and two sisters, Merrie (Frank Parkanzky) Carlock of White Lake Township, Mich., and Suzanna Lewis of Oakland, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Douglas Carlock.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Bernice R. Kremer

Bernice R. Kremer, 86, of Dyersville died Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Francis Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Dennis Quint. 

Bernice was born November 22, 1928, in Platteville, WI, the daughter of George and Rose (Siepker) Reuter.  She married Joseph H. Kremer on September 8, 1951, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Platteville, WI. Over the years, she worked at the Dubuque Packing Co., Ertl Toy Co., and mainly waitressed at the Knight Light Supper Club and other area restaurants.  She enjoyed bingo, golfing, gambling and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her 5 sons: David of Cedar Rapids, Robert (Suzy) of Bennett, CO, Thomas (Dina) of Dubuque, Don (Mary) of Monticello, and Ron (Rose) of Clarence, 2 daughters: Nancy (Mike) Sisson of Liberty, MO and Kathy (Randy) Feldmann of Dyersville, a daughter-in-law, Jean Kremer of Dyersville, seventeen grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren, 2 sisters-in-law, Louise O'Neill of Danville, CA and Blanche Reuter of Onalaska, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, James, a daughter-in-law, Lynn, and an infant grandson, Derek Kremer; 3 brothers: Kenneth (Darlene), Ralph (Wilma) and LeRoy (Betty) Reuter; a sister-in-law, Mary Jean (Hank) Gorney.

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

 



Mary Routledge

Mary Routledge, 91, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Heritage Manor. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, March 23, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church where visitation will be held Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Mary was born December 17, 1923 in Newton, Iowa, daughter of Richard and Mary (Krocheski) Routledge. She lived in Dubuque since the age of 5, graduated from the Visitation Academy and received her BA in English from Clarke College.

She spent several years in retail work after college and then joined the staff of the Telegraph Herald where she worked for 15 years in design and advertisements. After her work at the newspaper she worked an additional 15 years at Mercy Hospital in design work for hospital publications retiring in the early 1980's.

Mary cared for her invalid widowed mother for nearly 15 years after her graduation from college. She lived alone in Dubuque the rest of her life becoming active in St. Patrick's parish for as long as she was able to do so. She was known for her keen mind, gentle personality and wonderful sense of humor all of which she kept intact right up until the days preceding her death.

Mary is survived by numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Routledge.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

Special thanks to Karen Slagel who befriended Mary in her last years and was present at the time of Mary's passing.



Lillian C. Salzmann

Lillian C. Salzmann, 89, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Friday, March 20, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Francis Steffen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish rosary will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-9:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home before the service.

Lillian was born on July 11, 1925, in Grant County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Gerhard and Lorena (Brink) Kaiser. She married Joseph "Joe" Salzmann on January 2, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1996.

Lillian was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. Lillian was always ready to go; whether it was going out to eat, playing euchre, or attending grandchildren's activities. On Tuesdays she went to the Dickeyville Community Center. Lillian was a fan of the Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Cuba City Cubans.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane (Steve) Breitbach, of Hazel Green, and Lois (Rod) Habel, of Downers Grove, Illinois; three sons, Dale (Julie) Salzmann, of Kieler, Bill (Bev) Salzmann, of Galena, Illinois, and Bob (Theresa) Salzmann, of Dickeyville; a brother, Merlin (Jane) Kaiser, of Dubuque; and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Kaiser, of Dubuque, and Lucille Kaiser, of Dickeyville; eight grandchildren; four step grandchildren; and 11 step great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Vince and Gerald, and two sisters, Esther Busch and Sr. Helen Kaiser, S.D.S.

A Lillian C. Salzmann Memorial Fund has been established.

Thank you to the staffs of Epione Pavilion and Mercy Medical Center and to Dr. Tom Sinsky.

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



David L. Ring

David L. "Dave" Ring, 68, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, lost his 5 month battle to brain cancer on Friday, March 20, 2015, at home. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at the United Methodist Church in Benton with Pastor Dan Verdegan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Benton. Friends may also call from 1-1:45 p.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Dave was born on July 13, 1946, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Donald and Pearl E. (Thompson) Ring. He married Martha J. Hillary on October 22, 1976. He served in the Army in Germany from 1964-1967.

Dave worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works for 36 years. He was a member of the Izaak Walton League, UAW and the Benton VFW. Dave enjoyed hunting, fishing, every one of his hunting and fishing buddies, and the trips they took to Canada. Dave loved his family, friends, nieces and nephews, and taking them fishing and hunting. Stock cars were a big part of Dave's life and he enjoyed taking his 66 Chevelle to a lot of car shows.

Survivors include his wife, Martha; two daughters, Sheila (Matt) Stephens, of Platteville, and Kayla (fiancee, Nevada Marty) Ring, of Hazel Green, his father and mother-in-law, Wayne and "Smokey" Leona Hillary, of Hazel Green; a sister, Bonnie Pfieffer, of Janesville, WI; and two brothers, Tom (Betty) Ring, of Orfordville, WI, and Frank (Dr. Karen) Thorpe, of Clinton, WI; and a special friend and neighbor, Harold Lindeman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kevin Thorpe; and a sister, Connie Thorpe.

A David L. "Dave" Ring Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Lois Mae Hearn

Lois Mae Hearn, 81, of Monticello, died Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Monticello Nursing and Rehab Center in Monticello after a brief illness.

Friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Monticello where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Lois was born May 8, 1933 in Castle Grove Township, Jones County, Iowa, at home, the daughter of John and Mary (Burrack) Caspers. Lois graduated from Monticello High School with the Class of 1951, and attended Coe College.

She married Gilbert L. Hearn on Sept. 16, 1953, at St. Matthew Lutheran in Monticello, where she was a lifelong member, having also been baptized and confirmed there. When Gilbert's father, Paul, passed away in 1956, Gilbert and Lois bought the family business, Hearn Oil and Tire, and operated it until 1996. After retirement, Lois helped Gilbert run his real estate business, R Realty.

Lois was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, the Iowa Hawkeyes and NASCAR. Lois and Gilbert loved to travel and especially enjoyed going to Germany to where Gilbert was stationed in the Army. She loved dogs and always had a companion by her while she was at home.

She is survived by a brother-in-law, Roger (Shirley) Hearn of Monticello, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gilbert; daughter Wendy Sue; and 2 sisters, Mabel Oltmann and an infant sister, Hattie.

The family of Lois wishes to thank the staff at Monticello Nursing and Rehab and Above and Beyond Hospice for their loving care during her last days.

Condolences accepted and information at www.kramerfuneral.com



Charlotte V. Meis

Charlotte V. Meis, age 91, of 764 Stoneridge Place, Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 4:35 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Charlotte's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Charlotte's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

Charlotte was born on October 9, 1923, on the family farm south of Farley, Iowa, daughter of John A. and Ella B. (Pittman) Hogan.

Charlotte graduated from St. Paul's High School in Worthington, Iowa in 1939, and then attended Clarke College in Dubuque until the war called her away from her studies. Charlotte and her sister, Florence, worked together at the Savannah Army Depot until their duty was complete. Charlotte married Francis W. Meis on February 12, 1945, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death. Charlotte eventually went to work at Goodrich Tire and sold World Book Encyclopedias. She was lastly employed with Iowa State Extension Social Services until her retirement. She was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed the opportunity and blessing of raising her family. Charlotte had an inquisitive mind and loved history, reading historical and biographical books and watching movies. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Bridge, gardening, canning and traveling by train to the Northwest. She took many trips to Chicago throughout the years to visit her sister, Florence.

Charlotte is survived by two sons, Neal Meis, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Virginia) Meis, Houston, TX; two grandsons, Hunter and Carter Meis, Houston, TX; and many nieces and nephews.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francis; a son, Gaylen "Chuck" Meis; a grandson, Nick; and her siblings, Ray (Marie) Hogan, Dorothy Chewing and her son during childbirth, Helen (Harold) Hicks, Fred (Pauline) Hogan, Alfonse "Pat" (Mae) Hogan, Mary (Floyd Schemmel) (Leonard Luckritz) Shemmel-Luckritz, Cletus (Dorothy) Hogan, Florence (Julien) Sipiora and Gerard Hogan in infancy.

A Charlotte V. Meis memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ries and the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of Charlotte.

Online condolences may be left for the family at htt#mce_temp_url#

 



John R. Devaney

John R. Devaney, 57, of Monticello, died suddenly Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Jones Regional Medical Center.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with a parish vigil service at 3:00 p.m. Friends may continue to call after 10:00 a.m. Monday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

John was born Oct. 25, 1957, in Monticello, IA the son of Robert and Rosemary (Decker) Devaney. He graduated from the Monticello High School with the Class of 1976, and then attended Kirkwood Community College and Iowa State University. He was a wash machine repairman at the Gambles store in Monticello.

Surviving are his daughter, Michaela Devaney of Monticello, 4 grandchildren: Ryanna Devaney, Charly Lloyd, Alyvia Devaney and Isayah Devaney; his father, Robert of Monticello; 7 siblings: Beth (Darnell) Porter of Monticello, Patrick Devaney (Kathy Adams), of Center Junction, Karen (Terry) Solomon of Manchester, Tom Devaney (Barb Siefker) of Anamosa, Mike (Doris) Devaney and Diane (Matt) Lund, both of Cedar Rapids, Jeff (Holly) Devaney of Marion;

17 nieces and nephews: Julie (Matt) Lux, Chris Porter, Scott Porter, Sage (Andy) Miller, Dustin Wilson, Amanda and Ryan Solomon, Ben (Ashley) Devaney, Jordan Devaney, Carly, Jenna and Paige Jennings, Kassidy Devaney and Vanessa Lund, Colin and Haley Gorgen and Tara Devaney; 8 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death his mother, Rosemary, and a sister, Mary Paula.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.

 

 



Margaret M. Welsh

Margaret M. "Margie" Welsh, age 94, formerly of 10672 Lake Eleanor Road, Key West, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Bethany Home.

Family and friends may gather from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at St. Joseph Church, Key West, where a funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is assisting the family.

Margie was born on Oct. 20, 1920 in DeKalb, IL, the daughter of James Joseph and Mary Ellen (Mullane) Callan. She was born into a family of 12 children, 6 brothers and 6 sisters. She married Glenn H. Welsh of Zwingle, IA on Sept. 30, 1944 in St. Joan of Arc Church, Lisle, IL. Glen passed away on, Nov. 27, 1989.

She worked at Hempsted High School and Table Mound School with the Dubuque Community School Lunch program until her retirement. She was a long time member of Saint Joseph church, Key West and enjoyed doing activities at Mt. Carmel with friends and sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which included Water Aerobics, and Tai Chi. Margaret was a very good seamstress and enjoyed tending to her apples tress and gardening.

She is survived by her three sons, James Welsh of Cupertino, CA, William (Jody) Welsh of Dubuque, IA, and Joseph (Joy) Welsh of Overland Park, KS; 9 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; her sister, Betty (Stanley) Balcer, of Wisconsin, and brothers Tommy (Barbara) Callan and Peter (Pat) Callan, both of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen; brothers Jack (Marie) Callan, Leo (June) Callan, Billy (Jean) Callan, and Joe (Jeanie) Callan; sisters Mary (John) Paul, Catherine (Tom) Vernard, Patsy (Larry) Hampel, and Alice (Don) Conner.

In lieu of flowers a Margaret Welsh memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, The Finley Hospital doctors, nurses and staff and to the staff of Bethany Home for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Margie.



Shirley A. Lambert

Shirley Ann Weber Lambert, 78, of Key West, IA passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Thursday, March 19th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Committal services will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until the time of the funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Shirley was born on December 16, 1936 at the family home in Dubuque the only child of Edward and Rosina (Finzel) Weber. She graduated from Nativity Grade School, Visitation Academy and Dubuque Cosmetology Academy in Dubuque. She worked for Dubuque Beauty Supply House.

She married Dave Lambert on September 15, 1956 at Nativity Church in Dubuque and together they raised four children.

Shirley was proud of, and blessed with a great family. She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. Shirley's home was very special to her and her yard was filled with beautiful flowers. Her favorite times were being with her friends, playing cards and dominoes. She joined the "Red Hat" club in 2005.

Shirley will be missed by her loving husband Dave; children Vicki (fiance, Don Haas) Brandell, of Isanti, Minnesota, Mike (Chris) Lambert, of Peosta, IA, Jeff (Nancy) Lambert, of Centennial, Colorado, and David (Carol) Lambert Jr., of Dubuque, Iowa; grandchildren Ryan and Alyson Brandell, John (Mariana), Joe, Jeana, Joshua, Megan, Andrew and Kayla Lambert, Angie and Garret Pratt and Ethan Sabers; great grandchild, Myles Brandell; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Mary (Dr. John) Brehm, Sister Eleanor Lambert, Terry (friend Roberta) Lambert, Hazel Lambert and many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother-in-law and father-in-law Frank and Flora Lambert, brothers-in-law Jim and Danny Lambert.

The family request no flowers. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.



Mary A. McCarthy

Mary A. (Morgan) McCarthy, 91, of Luther Manor, formerly of 2106 St. Ambrose St, Dubuque, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 at Luther Manor.

A private family burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. There will be no public visitation.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Mary was born on December 20, 1923 at Lansing, Iowa, the daughter of John and Leonette (Althoff) Zeimet.  She married Francis Morgan on February 17, 1942 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, he preceded her in death on October 16, 1974. She later married Justin McCarhty on July 30, 1977 at St. Anthony's Church also in Dubuque and he preceded her in death on November 10, 1993.

Mary was a homemaker, loved gardening and visiting the Freiburger farm. She was a member of St. Anthony's Parish.

Surviving is her son, William F. "Bill" (Judith) Morgan of Dubuque, three grandchildren, Todd Wainwright, Ben (Nicole) Morgan and Brad (Bridget) Morgan, six great grandchildren, her brother Jim (Jean) Zeimet of Hastings, MN, and a sister Regina Collins of Rockford, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Francis and Justin, and a daughter Barb Wainwright on Dec. 20, 1974, her siblings, Bernadette Weber, Barney, Tom, Clem and Adrian Zeimet.

Mary's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the "special angels" at Luther Manor and to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa for the wonderful care given to their mother and grandmother.



Lou Ann Stecher

Lou Ann Stecher, 82, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015 with her family by her side. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Visitation will be Thursday 3-8pm at St. Anthony's Church where there will be a prayer service at 2:45 p.m. 

Lou was born December 4, 1932 in Buena Vista, Iowa, daughter of Otto and Anselma (Eilers) Brimeyer. She married her true love, Victor Stecher, on August 30, 1952.

Lou had the gentlest of hearts and a strong love of life. She was a devoted wife and mother, and it was through her depth of love, devotion, and hard work that she became a true role model for her children and grandchildren. Her family was her entire world, right down to her core. Lou's husband was the love of her life and the two were inseparable at home, work, and play. She was a "jack of all trades," working alongside Vic on their numerous rental properties. Lou was an avid golfer and meticulous seamstress, and loved a good game of dominos.

Surviving are her five children, Randy (Carol) Stecher, Lynn Steines (Charlie Hemmer), Julie (Randy) McClain of Zwingle, Rene (Dennis) Meyer of Parker, Colorado; Lisa (Brian) Meyer; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four sister-in-laws, Jeanette Brimeyer, Eileen Fischer, Loretta (Fritz) Behnke, Joyce (Gerry) Schmitt; and three brother-in-laws, Noel (Pearl) Stecher, Joseph (Carol) Stecher, and Loras (Jeanne) Stecher.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and two brothers, DuWayne and Clyde Brimeyer.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lou Ann Stecher Memorial Fund.

A special thanks to Cozy Corners and Mary Steines for the special care they provided.

Heaven has surely added another angel to watch over our family. The siblings would like to recognize our earthly angels-Lisa, Brian, Allison, Sean, Eric, and Mike Meyer where generously gave Mom unconditional love, support, and compassion all day, every day. You epitomize the word "family" and we will forever be proud and grateful.



Shirley M. Schueller

Shirley M. Schueller, 77, of Asbury, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Shirley was born November 27, 1937 in Centralia, the daughter of Nicholas and Cecelia (Gassmann) Hennen. She married Richard Schueller on October 12, 1957 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on August 10, 2006.

She was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She was employed in environmental services at Stonehill Franciscan Services from 1978 to 2003.

Shirley loved oil painting and playing the organ. She enjoyed music, especially Elvis, Conway Twitty, and Il Divo. She enjoyed spending time and caring for her dogs and her granddaughters. Shirley also loved playing euchre and making her turkey and dressing sandwiches for her family.

Shirley is survived by two sons, Terry Schueller and Randy (Kari) Schueller, both of Dubuque; two granddaughters, Allison and Linzi Schueller of Dubuque; her sisters in law, Theresa Hennen, Elizabeth Hingtgen, Marilyn (James) Lansing, Annette Schmitt, Bernadette (Dave) Wernke, and Eileen Schueller; her brother in law, Lou McDonough; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special god-daughter, Patricia "Patti" Hayes.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, LaVern and Melvin Hennen; her sisters in law, Rose Hennen and Geraldine McDonough; and her brothers in law, Jerome Schueller, Lavern Hingtgen, and Steve Schmitt.

The family would like to thank Dr. Engleman and his staff at Medical Associates Clinic; the amazing nurses and hospitalists (Dr. Schultz and Dr. Gordon) at the CVN at Mercy Medical Center; the staff at the Wendt Cancer Treatment Center; Paramount Ambulance and Asbury Ambulance Services; and all the amazing angels of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Elizabeth, Stacy, Diane, and Nichole for all the amazing care that these services gave to our mom. God Bless you all!

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

 



Alfred J. Haigh

Alfred J. "Big Al" Haigh, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Unity Point-Finley Hospital.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, One Wesley Way, East Dubuque, IL, with Pastor Kayla Lange officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Church.

Al was born on October 2, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Fieldon and Dorothy (Hines) Haigh. He was united in marriage to Deborah "Deb" (DeVries) Donner on December 11, 2004.

He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1970. Al was employed as a truck driver for Hurst Logistics.

Al loved attending flea markets. He loved riding his Harley motorcycle, time spent with family and friends, camping, hunting, fishing and he was very patriotic and loved his country. The fourth of July was his favorite holiday. He was one of the organizers of the annual game feed in Sherrill for 25 years which benefited Albrecht Acres, Hospice of Dubuque and the Sherrill Fire Dept. Al was also a member of the Dubuque Tea Party.

Surviving are his wife Deb, a daughter Heather Breitbach (Canaan James) of Angier, N.C., two step-children, Rob (Laura) Donner of Dubuque and Tisha Montgomery of East Troy, WI; six grandchildren, Taylor and Megan Francois, Mason, Isabella and Benjamin Donner and Zoe J. Hosier, his siblings, Robert (Catherine) Haigh of Epworth, Richard (Pat) Haigh of Dubuque, Jean Wilke of Plover, WI, Joyce Morgan and Sandra Mason both of Cedar Rapids, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Al's family expresses their deep appreciation to the Physicians, Nurses and Staff at The Finley Hospital for the excellent care given to "Big Al".



Charles R. DeLarm

Charles R. DeLarm, 84, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, March 15, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Charles' life will be held at 3 P.M., Friday March 20, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 1 P.M. Cremation will follow the service and burial will be at a later date in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Charles Ronald DeLarm was born on March 4, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Willis and Ruby (Taylor) DeLarm. He grew up on a farm and had lived in Low Moor, Welton and east of Delmar. He married Brenda Rae Bowden on March 11, 1961 in Clinton, Iowa.

Charles had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and then the Milwaukee Railroad for 9 years as a section hand. He then worked on a dairy farm for Brenda's family until lastly working for Central Steel Tube in Camanche for 9 years. He became disabled in 1979.

Charles loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and doing anything outdoors. He especially enjoyed watching wrestling and westerns on television, and all kinds of pie.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Brenda DeLarm of Oxford Junction, IA; children Eugene (Laura) DeLarm of Wauzeka, WI, Janella Lea DeLarm of Charles City, IA, and Ronald DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; brothers Donald DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA, Raymond DeLarm of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Richard (Delores) DeLarm of Onslow, IA; sisters Margaret Lovely of TX, and Judy (Dick) Ray of Dubuque, IA; and former daughter-in-law Amy DeLarm of Cedar Rapids, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 brothers, Carl, David and infant Bobby Joe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charles R. DeLarm memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Carl W. Thumser

Carl W. "Buddy" Thumser, 82 of Dubuque, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque after a courageous battle. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish - Holy Ghost. Family will greet friends 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Carl was born on January 4, 1933 in Sherrills Mound, Iowa to Herman and Alvina (Grutz) Thumser. He attended Holy Ghost School and later joined the US Air Force in 1953, where he proudly served in Korea. He married his love, Debra Hentges on October 15, 1971.

For 30 years, Carl worked at the The Dubuque Packing Company and later was the owner/operator of Thumser LP Gas. After working for 10 years as a Patient Aide at Medical Associates, he retired to spend time relaxing with his wife and family.

Carl loved to spend time fishing and gardening. He enjoyed playing euchre, collecting junk and never met a pie he didn't like. Buddy was the consummate storyteller and would tell a tale to anyone lucky enough to be seated nearby.

Carl is survived by wife, Debra; his children, Jennifer (Jenn Pfab) of Dubuque, Kurt (Shelley), Danny (Patty) of Kieler, WI, Dale (Emmy), Cal (Char) of East Dubuque, IL, Jeff (Cynthia) of Benton, WI, Terry (Lisa) of Cuba City, WI; grandchildren, Charlie, Jessica, Kelley, Tamra, Toni, Aiden, Conor, Laney, Liam, Dane, Chloe, Nick, Noah, Austin, Danielle, and Cassie; 11 great-grandchildren; his mother, Alvina; a step-brother, Donald (Shirley) Schueller of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his father.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center with a special thanks to Dr. Hendrik Schultz for his compassionate care.

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



Robert M. Dolter

Robert Michael "Mike" Dolter, 54, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Oak Park Place. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy road where funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Inturnment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mike was born October 1, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Rita (Dullea) Dolter. Mike lived in Connecticut and worked as a powder coat painter for many years.
He enjoyed playing horseshoes and riding his motorcycle with his Boozefighter brothers. Mike (Dead eye) was a chapter 42 member of the BoozeFighters Motorcycle Club est. in 1946. He was respected by other riders and played an important part of making the club grow by being the first member in Iowa.

Mike was a member of St. Patrick's parish in Dubuque.

He is survived by his son, Joseph Grant of Wakefield, Rhode Island; a brother, Steven Dolter of Dubuque and a sister, JoAnne (Robert) Mack of Manchester, Conn.; three nieces and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant brother, Timothy; and a sister, Mary Kay Capalad.

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

A special thanks to Joe Henry (Hank) for being a True friend and Horseshoe partner to the end.

Also, a special thank you to the caring staff at Oak Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque.



Kathy A. Foxen

Kathy A. Foxen, 59, of Dyersville, Iowa died Monday, March 16, 2015 at her home.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Thursday, prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Kathy was born on October 2, 1955, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Joseph and Magdalen (Jaeger) Krogman.  She graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1973.  She married Dennis Foxen on September 14, 1974, in Dyersville.  Kathy and Dennis enjoyed spending time in their park-like back yard doing the gardening, landscaping, and simply enjoying the environment.  She took pride in teaching her grandchildren to live each day to the fullest with passion, energy and love.

She worked at Oak Crest Manor as a nurses aid from 1974 - 1990, then worked and managed IOCO for several years until joining the FarmTek team.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis, 2 sons: Andy (Adriana) Foxen of Dyersville, Tony (Kristi) Foxen of Epworth; 3 grandchildren: Drake, Ainsley and Haddie Foxen; her siblings: Rose Greenwood of Farley, Mary Sorensen of Dubuque, Verla Turnis of Worthington, Vernon Krogman of Dyersville, James (Bev) Krogman of Worthington, Carol (Harold) Tibbetts of Mesquite, Nevada, Gary (Linda) Krogman of Dyersville, Richard (Debra) Krogman of Dubuque;  in-laws, Helen Krogman of Dubuque, Darlene Hogan of Dubuque, Nancy Foxen of Jasper, IN, Diane Foxen and Lori (Brian) Wells, both of Dyersville, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Helen (Gilbert) Bahl, Elwood (Eunice) Krogman, Tom Krogman, David Krogman, Leroy Krogman, Joseph (Toots) Krogman and Pearl (Lawrence) Roling, and Bonita Krogman; and in-laws: Harold Greenwood, George Sorensen, Richard Turnis, Raynette Krogman, Daniel and Duane Foxen.

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

 

 



Grace M. Leppert

Grace M. Leppert, age 82, of Bellevue, IA, passed away peacefully at 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Grace's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Grace's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Grace was born on April 30, 1932, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Azariah and Olia (Howell) Clark.

Grace married Kenneth J. Leppert on September 23, 1950. She was an Avon lady in Bellevue and was the secretary for the Jackson County Humane Society for several years. Grace loved to garden and play cards with her friends. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue and volunteered with the school hot lunch program there. Grace had a generous heart, loved animals and living in the country.

Grace is survived by her husband of 64 years, Kenneth Leppert, Bellevue, IA; her daughter, Janice (Jim) Knief, Bellevue, IA; 3 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren; her sister, Rita (Henry) Lund, WA.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Janine A. Schapp; a son, William J. Leppert; two sisters, Delberta and Mary Ann; seven brothers, Richard, John, Dennis, Albert, Louis, Charlie and George.

A Grace M. Leppert memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sharon L. Johnson

Sharon Lea Johnson, age 67, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family, at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. To honor Sharon's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Sharon's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home.

Sharon was born on May 21, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Garland L. and Betty (Dolan) Findley.

Sharon graduated from Senior High School in 1965. After graduation, she went to work for the family business, White Bear Typewriter Exchange. In 1987, after the business was sold, Sharon went to work for the Dubuque Community School District as a Para Professional Educator, working at Central Alternative High School, Washington Middle School, Hempstead High School and at Senior High School until her retirement in 2011. Sharon married Chris Johnson on December 18, 1971, in Dubuque. In her free time, Sharon enjoyed getting together with the Class of 1965 group, baking, gardening and quilting. She took great care to make each quilt special for the person it was intended for. Sharon was very proud of her Irish heritage and during the summer of 2012, she and her entire family went on the trip of a lifetime to Ireland.

Sharon is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Chris Johnson, Dubuque, IA; two daughters, Amber (Jason Snitker) Johnson, Rachel (Christine Sherrod) Johnson, both of Des Moines, IA.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Colleen Findley.

A Sharon L. Johnson memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kukla, Dr. Quann, the oncology staff and Medical Associates and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful and compassionate care given to Sharon. We also want to thank all of our family and friends for their support and love over the past two years.

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

 



Georgeanne Loes

Georgeanne Loes, 89 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at home.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Dwayne Tieg and Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of services. Entombment will follow services in Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum.

She was born on May 11, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Peter and Frances (Carroll) Koeff. She married Melvin "Moon" Loes on February 18, 1946.

She was an avid golfer and a member of Lacoma Golf Club, she also enjoyed playing cards, but most of all she was a fun loving wife, mother and grandmother and was an amazing homemaker.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years Melvin "Moon" Loes, of Dubuque, three children Ken (Gwen) Loes, of Geneva, IL, Sue Manternach, of Cascade, Mona (Greg) Manternach, of Cascade. Twelve grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren. One sister Arlene Mentzer, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister Mary Miller.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Bruce Abele and his nurse Maureen Kennedy, Eagle Point Place and their staff, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Marilyn W. Morehead

Marilyn W. Morehead, 58, of Waterloo, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Friday evening, March 6, 2014, at Harmony House in Waterloo, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Marilyn's life will be held at a later date from the East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Marilyn Wendy Morehead was born on December 19, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Max Walter and Helen Frances (Wendell) Morehead.

Marilyn had been a resident of Harmony House for many years and loved playing checkers and being around her extended family there.

Those left to honor Marilyn's memory include nephews, several cousins and her extended family at Harmony House in Waterloo, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Carol Ellett.

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

 



Donn D. Willey

Donn David Willey, 79, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at his home in rural Baldwin, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Donn's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 21, 2015, from the Faith United Methodist Church in Monmouth, Iowa. A light reception will follow in the church basement. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Donn David Willey was born on February 24, 1936 in Baldwin, Iowa, to LaVerne A. and Mildred Elizabeth (Scott) Willey. He was raised on a farm in Baldwin where graduated from Baldwin High School.

Donn farmed for years and married Nancy Lee Jayne on April 20, 1958 in Anamosa, Iowa. They made the move to Oxford Junction, Iowa in 1969 where they lived for many years. Donn held many jobs through the years including Clinton Engines, Collis, ADM and Farmstead. He was a lumberjack, truck driver, worked road construction, but most of all he was a self-employed carpenter.

Those left to honor Donn's memory include his wife Nancy Willey of Baldwin, IA; daughters Kathryn (Todd) Clark of Baldwin, IA, and Daine (Tim) Crowley of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Dakota Clark, Kadie Clark, Dempsey Clark, Derrick Clark, Stephanie Thornton and Hollie Dunn; a great-grandchild Isabella Thornton; a sister Marilyn Nothstine of Baldwin, IA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a step-brother Duane Willey, an infant daughter Jayne Willey, and one infant grandson Brandon Denniston.

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

 

 



Anne Lammer

Anne Lammer, 87, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on March 14, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. She had just returned from six weeks in Florida when a sudden illness caused her passing.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow at Assumption Cemetery Silvia Switch. Friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Tuesday March 17, 2015 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with a vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Anne was born on February 28, 1928 in Bernard Iowa the oldest child of eight children born to James and Marion (Slattery) Lyons. She grew up on the family farm and in 1948 married Ben Lammer. Anne began her teaching career in one-room school houses in Dubuque County and later taught at both Audubon and Kennedy Schools in Dubuque until her retirement in 1993.

After retiring she kept busy with her many activities. She was an active member of Saint Anthony's Catholic Church. She was a local election worker, and volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Resale Shop, her passion for these groups will be continued through her memorial donations.

She was the loving mother of Diane (Mike) Kutsch, of Wichita, KS; Dr. Edward Lammer (Dibsy Machta) of Berkeley, CA; Richard Lammer, of Martinez, CA; Susie (Tom) Orr, of Dubuque; Peggy (Nels) Satterlund, of Loomis, CA; and Pat (Cheryl) Lammer, of Davie, FL. She had six grandchildren Brian and Tim Kutsch, Aaron and Ellie Lammer, and Britta and Andrea Satterlund and her siblings Jack (Helen) Lyons, Gerry (Kathy) Lyons, Jane (Dave) Boffeli, Joe (Barb) Lyons all of the Dubuque area, Ray (Sandy) Lyons of Kingman AZ, and Linda (Bill) Mullinex of Marion, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ben Lammer, her parents James and Marion Lyons, and her brother Bob Lyons of Maquoketa.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Anne's favorite causes.



Naida M. Humke

Naida M. Humke, 84, of Dubuque died Friday, March 13, 2015 at Ennoble Manor. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 8 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Naida was born March 3, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Vince and Vivian (Sowle) Messerknecht. She was a 1949 graduate and Class Vice President of Dubuque Senior High School. On December 31, 1949 she married Donald Humke at Third Presbyterian Church.

She worked at Randall's, Theisen's, and the Shaggy Dog. She loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an excellent cook and baker, especially known for her cinnamon rolls.

Naida is survived by her husband of 65 years, Donald Humke of Dubuque; five children, Beth (John) Weber of Cuba City; Steven (Jolene) Humke of Dubuque and their children, Alissa (Brian) Birkhoefer and their children Cruz and Creed, and Meggan (Aaron) Healey and their children, Grayson and Scarlett; Robert (Susan) Humke of LaMotte, and their children, Jamie (Kerry) Humke, Andrew (Stacey) Humke and Holly (Rob) Williams; Michelle (Kevin) Fearon of Lakeland, Fla.; and Carrie Humke of North Port, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and Jeanne Pfeiffer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Naida Humke Memorial Fund. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor for their wonderful care.



Allan J. Fondell

Allan J. Fondell, 56, of Dubuque died Thursday, March 12, 2015 peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 15 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where visitation will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Allan was born December 17, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of James and Patricia Fondell.

He worked as an excavator for over 35 years, many of which were with Fondell Excavating. He took great pride in his work, and got a lot of personal satisfaction from doing it right.

He married his wife Lisa on July 16, 2005. They met in 2002 and had many adventures over the years, with Allan opening up to trying many new things in life; like parasailing, deep see fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and trying a million foods he swore he would never touch.

Allan enjoyed His Dallas Cowboys, golf, fishing, hunting, traveling, and time spent with friends and family. Allan dearly loved his daughter, Nichole, son in law Jeremy, and his two grandsons, Carter and Leo. They were the lights of his life. He dearly loved being "Grandpa". He could have had a dozen children, but never could have been more proud of anyone, than he was Nichole, not only in her accomplishments, but in the person she is.

Allan felt truly blessed in all of the important ways in life, the things money can never buy- like being a father, a grandparent, a husband; enjoying the love of family, and having the most amazing group of friends a person can be blessed with.

Lisa was so very proud of the bravery Allan showed on this journey with cancer; he never complained, and faced everything with more courage, than she has ever seen another human being display.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Fondell of Dubuque; a daughter, Nichole (Jeremy) Hall of Stratford, New Jersey and their children, Carter and Leo; his father, James Fondell of Dubuque; six siblings, James Fondell of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Mary Jane (Ed) Larson of Dubuque, Joann (Mike) Pregler of Dubuque, Pamala (Pete) Jones of Geneva, Ill., Mark (Sarah) Fondell of Dubuque and Tom (Jean) Fondell of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews, favorite cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

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

The family would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of support throughout this journey; from the fundraiser, to the endless deliveries of sweets for Al, to the daily newspapers for him to read, to the rides when Lisa had to work, the outings when Al was well enough, and a million other things we so appreciated. A special thank you to the amazing staff at Hospice of Dubuque for taking such great care of Allan. Lisa can't say enough about this organization and the wonderful things they do. Heartfelt Thanks to Al's nurse, Amy, for the loving care she gave him. Also, Thank YOU to Dr. Christine Holm at Medical Associates. She never looked at Allan as just a patient number, and truly cared for, and about, him as a person. We believe he was with us as long as he was because of her.



Jackson P. O'Connell

Jackson P. O'Connell, the 15 year old son of Steve and Sara (Sherman) O'Connell of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident on Monday, March 9th on Badger Rd near East Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015 at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque with Fr. Alan Diezenbach officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the East Dubuque High School, 200 Parklane Drive, where there will be a family prayer service at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will also be from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

He was born on April 28, 1999 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Steve and Sara (Sherman) O'Connell.

Jackson was a sophomore attending the East Dubuque High School. He loved to play football and began at 9 years of age with the East Dubuque Youth Football program. He continued to play at the junior high level and through high school. Although Jackson loved the game itself, the time spent with his friends was much more important than the final score.

Jackson's true passion was swimming. He joined the Dubuque YMCA Dolphin Swim Team at 6 years old and has competed with the Dolphins for the past 10 years. Jackson has qualified for and competed in the Iowa State Swimming Championship meet for the past 8 consecutive years; most recently on March 8, 2015. Jackson was scheduled to compete in the Regional Swim Meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 21, 2015. His dream was to someday qualify for and compete in the United States National Meet. Although swimming is a competitive sport, Jackson's first priority was to beat his own individual times and not his fellow swimmers.

Jackson loved the outdoors. He looked forward to his yearly family vacation in the Wisconsin Dells. His most memorable moments were those spent fishing with his grandpa at the "Honey Hole", wake-boarding and tubing on Lake Delton with his cousins and friends, followed by fun around the campfire. Jackson spent last summer working as a life guard/ swim instructor at the Dunleith Pool alongside his mom and sister. While Jackson was the youngest on staff, he made the biggest impression on both the fellow staff members and the children he worked with. Summer night bonfires with friends were always the highlight of his week.

Jackson is survived by his parents, Steve and Sara O'Connell, his sister Jordan, maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Mary Jo Sherman, paternal grandmother, Margaret O'Connell of Dubuque, IA, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Patrick O'Connell.

In lieu of flowers a Jackson P. O'Connell memorial fund has been established.

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

Steve, Sara and Jordan would like to thank the Dubuque, East Dubuque and Menominee Dunleith Fire Departments for their quick response and care. We would also like to thank the Emergency Room Staff at Mercy Hospital for their loving care and fast decision to get Jackson to Iowa City. To the Seventh Floor PICU Team, the O'Connell family will never be able to thank you enough for the care you gave to Jackson and to us, you are the best.

We love you Big Tuna! Always and forever Squatch! #JacksonStrong

 



Paul A. Lowe

Paul A. Lowe, 61, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Unity Point Health - Finley Hospital.

Family will greet friends from 2pm until 5 pm Sunday, March 15, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with additional visitation one hour prior to services Monday. Funeral Services will be 11 am Monday, March 16, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., conducted by Deacon Jim Luksetich. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paul was born Nov. 15, 1953 in Rugby, North Dakota, the son of Nilus A. and Alma R. (Stutrud) Lowe. He graduated from Hazel Green High School in 1971, and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He married Sharon Wittstock on Oct. 19, 1974. Paul enjoyed music and playing any type of string instrument; most recently he had a passion for playing the ukulele. He loved taking pictures, posting them to Facebook, gardening, going to the Dells every year, casino trips, farmers market, dining out, his aquarium, and his bi-weekly lunch with his brother in-law, Wayne, at Burger King. Paul was very mechanical, and enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren. Paul had most recently worked at Tschiggfrie Excavating until his retirement. His favorite saying was "We need to work on our music because it's our only ticket out of here."

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; children Jenny (Brian) Neises, Michelle (Tony) Zurcher, Jonathan (Cassie) Lowe, and Brian (Erica Bentz) Lowe; grandchildren Logan, Jesse, Peyton, Christian, Morgan, Carson, and Audrey; a brother, Nilus (Fern) Lowe; father- and mother-in-law William and Lorretta Wittstock; in-laws Deanne (Joe) Roussel, Dave Wittstock, Wayne Wittstock, and Tim (Kim) Wittstock; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; sister in-law, Donna Wittstock; and nephews Jeff and Matthew.

The family would like to thank Dr. Khan for his guidance during this difficult time.

A memorial fund has been established in Paul's memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Bobbie J. Haas

Bobbie J. Haas, age 79, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:50 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

To honor Bobbie's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at Behr Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Stark officiating. To celebrate Bobbie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bobbie was born on Nov. 4, 1935, in Paola, KS, daughter of Robert and Annabelle (Lansing) Barnes.

Bobbie was employed at Thermolyne for several years until her retirement. Her hobbies included cooking and fishing. Bobbie loved spending time with her family and friends.

Bobbie is survived by her children, George (Crystal) Clauer, Portsmouth, RI, Robert "Toby" (Joey) Clauer, Durango, IA, Debbie Haas, Mike Haas, Sue (Ron) Nadermann, all of Dubuque, IA; 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joanne.

A Bobbie J. Haas memorial fund has been established.

Bobbie's family would like to thank Dr. Mark Janes, Dr. Tom Schreiber and the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all the genuine support offered to her family and the tender care generously given to Mom.

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



Virginia A. Kolfenbach

Virginia A. Kolfenbach, age 87, of Oak Park Place, formerly of Wood St., passed away peacefully at 6:05 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at home. To honor Virginia's life, private family services will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Chapel. Entombment will be Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia was born on May 29, 1927 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Benjamin and Marie (Rooney) Kolfenbach.

Virginia was a lifelong member of Nativity Catholic Church. She worked at Dubuque Medical Associates for 40+ years for Doctor Barton and in the lab.

Virginia is survived by a niece, Mary Ann (Lesley) Oldham, Coon Rapids, MN; a nephew, James (Vickie) Oldham, Peosta, IA; a great niece, Heather (Joe) Lefevre; a great-nephew, Chad (Amy) Oldham; great-grand nieces, Camber Oldham and Olive Lefevre; great-grand nephew, Leo Lefevre.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Jeanette M. Kolfenbach, Edith Oldham-Schon and Loretta Kolfenbach and brothers-in-law, Francis "Joe" Oldham and Francis "Bud" Schon.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Oak Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for the love and care they gave to Virginia.



Jeanette M. Kolfenbach

Jeanette M. Kolfenbach, age 84, of Heritage Manor, formerly of Wood St., passed away peacefully at 9:32 a.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Heritage Manor. To honor Jeanette's life, private family services were held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Chapel. Entombment was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street was in charge of arrangements.

Jeanette was born on November 4, 1930, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Benjamin and Marie (Rooney) Kolfenbach.

Jeanette was a lifelong member of Nativity Catholic Church.

Jeanette was survived by a sister, Virginia Kolfenbach, Dubuque, IA; a niece, Mary Ann (Lesley) Oldham, Coon Rapids, MN; a nephew, James (Vickie) Oldham, Peosta, IA; a great niece, Heather (Joe) Lefevre; a great-nephew, Chad (Amy) Oldham; great-grand nieces, Camber Oldham and Olive Lefevre; great-grand nephew, Leo Lefevre.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Edith Oldham-Schon and Loretta Kolfenbach and brothers-in-law, Francis "Joe" Oldham and Francis "Bud" Schon.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Heritage Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the love and care they gave Jeanette.

 



Sr. Carolita McMahon

Sister Carolita McMahon, BVM, 98, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Marian Hall. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Carolita taught music and was an elementary and secondary school educator in Washington and Burlington, Iowa; Kansas City, Mo.; Chicago and Cicero, Ill.; and Burbank and Santa Barbara, Calif.

She was born in Chicago on July 20, 1916, daughter of Thomas and Caroline (Nebel) McMahon. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1935. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1938, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1943.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Helen and Genevieve; and brothers: James, Daniel, Thomas (who died in childhood), Joseph, and Thomas (Carolita's twin).

She is survived by nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 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 www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_obits.cfm.

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.



E. Sue Hinckley

E. Sue Hinckley, 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. There is no visitation. A private gathering of family and friends will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Ellen Sue Shelton was born on September 26, 1957 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Raymond and Phyllis Kay (Michels) Shelton. She attended Springville schools earning her GED and then receiving her associates degree in Accounting.

Sue had worked as a truck driver for Swift Company in Arizona for over ten years until an injury caused her to be disabled.

Sue loved playing bingo, watching NASCAR and the Earnhardt family, and Oklahoma Sooners football. Additionally, she liked watching WWE wrestling and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed her daughter Shae doing her hair and nails.

Those left to honor Sue's memory include her daughters Susie (Harold) Flores of Altus, OK, and Shae (Shane) West of Baldwin, IA; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; her mother and step-father Phyllis and Donald Appleby of Baldwin, IA; her father and step-mother Raymond and Mona Shelton of Waukon, IA; a brother Dennis (Rhonda) Shelton of Clarence, IA; a sister Donna Tjaden of Cedar Rapids, IA; and half-siblings Ricky (Kathy) Shelton of WI, Ronnie (Kim) Shelton of WI, and Genny (Bob) Schletter. She was preceded in death by a sister Becky Appleby and a half-sister Dawn Troendle.

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

 



Clarence C. Kruser

Clarence C. Kruser, 92, of Dubuque died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke Presiding. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Clarence was born March 6, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Hortense (Oberhofer) Kruser. He grew up at Happy Corners with his aunt and uncle. He worked at the Battery Factory, Pepsi Cola Company, City Coal Company and John Deere, where he worked as a supervisor until his retirement in 1976. After his retirement he was a handyman, and could fix almost anything.

On April 17, 1943, he married Alma Gronau and moved to Manitowoc, Wisconsin where he worked at a submarine factory during WWII. Alma preceded him in death on December 26, 1996. He married Yvonne Budde on October 16, 2001.

Clarence loved to waltz and foxtrot. Later in life he spent a couple of months in Texas.

He is survived by his wife Yvonne Kruser of Dubuque; a son, Joe (Geri Lynn) Kruser of Sherrill; three step children, Marvin (Mary) Budde of Bellevue, Mary (Al) Kilburg of Zwingle, and Marcy (Nick) Weidenbacher of Dubuque; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, James Kruser, a sister, Florence and brother in law, Al.

A Clarence Kruser Memorial Fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Drs. Salas and Schope and their staffs, as well as the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.

 



Marian B. Kremer

Marian B. Kremer, 94, of Cascade, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Marian may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. and a CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m..
Services for Marian will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.

Marian was born November 19, 1920 in New Vienna, Iowa, daughter of Anthony and Theresa (Kass) Neuhaus. She received her education at the St. Paul's School in Worthington. On January 24, 1940 she was united in marriage to Carl Kremer at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. The couple farmed in the rural Cascade area and she also was employed at Ensign Coil Co. and Cascade Lanes.

She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade and the Cascade Catholic Daughters of the Americas-Court #1926 and the Shady Rest Auxiliary. Marian was a distributer for many years for Rawleigh Products and many people remember her for making wedding cakes. She was a woman with deep religious faith and one of the founders of the St. Matthias Prayer Line. Marian loved flowers and spent her free time doing what she enjoyed most gardening and bowling.

She is survived by four children, Paul (Jeanette) Kremer of Epworth, IA, Fred (Marlene) Kremer and Michael (Joyce) Kremer all of Cascade, IA, Gery (Jan) Kremer of Dubuque, IA; 14 grandchildren, Wendy (Randy) Manning, Joe (Lisa) Kremer, Molly (Brian) Bock, Kurt Kremer, Ryan (Kay) Kremer, and Doug (Courtney) Kremer, Kathy (Larry) Knipper, Ken (Micah) Kremer, Kevin (Jessica) Kremer, and Kara (Scott) Collings, Chad (Kerry) Kremer and Dan (Stacy) Kremer, Jenny (Shawn) Darling and Jon (Natalie) Kremer; 28 great grandchildren; one sister, Esther Mootz of Platteville, WI; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Clarke and Dorothy Kremer of Cascade, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl G. Kremer on February 26, 2013; one grandson, Karl Kremer; two sisters, Henrietta & Henry Feldmann and Delores & Nick Miller; Father and Mother-in-law, Frank & Katherine (Strang) Kremer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerome & Midge Kremer, Edward Kremer, Pat Clarke, Willard & Dola Potter, and Don Mootz.

A Marian B. Kremer memorial fund has been established.

The family of Marian would like to thank Sherry Kelchen, the staff of Shady Rest Care Center and the staff at the Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and compassion, thanks to the St. Matthias prayer line for all their prayers and a special thanks to Fr. Loecke for all his prayers and visits.

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



Donald G. Nehl

Donald "Gib" G. Nehl, 87, of Monticello died Monday, March 9, 2015, surrounded by his family in the Hospice Unit at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, Iowa where a vigil service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Friends may continue to gather after 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Paul Baldwin

Gib was born on July 28, 1927, in Alta Vista, Iowa, the son of Charles and Rose (Gilbert) Nehl. He married Wanita G. Dirks on April 21, 1952, in Sand Springs, Iowa. He had a creamery route near Sand Springs for several years, and then worked for Gearhart Construction until he began driving for Cuckler Buildings. Then, to be closer to home, he worked for Rockwell Collins for 25 years until retiring and becoming self-employed.

Survivors include his 6 children: James (Joyce) of St. Joseph, MO, Pat (Earl) Bernardi of Hopkinton, Monica (Ron) Fagan of Onslow, Jerry (Cathy) of Marysville, MI, Connie (Terry) Coder of Anamosa and Jason (Deidre) of Raytown, MO; 18 Grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren; a brother, Joe (Connie) Nehl of Dubuque; in-laws: Dorothy (Tom) Kirby of Monticello, Helen Dirks of Monticello and Harold Peters of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanita in 2013, his parents, siblings: Gerry (Paul) Williams, Rita (Willis) Doden, Isabel (Joe) Lahr, Gene (Julie) Nehl, John (Janette) Nehl, Vernon Nehl Joan (Jack) Bockenstedt and Wallace (Rose) Nehl; in-laws: Eugene Dirks, LaVonne Peters, Anna (Lawrence) Kray and Helen (Robert) Drumbarger.

We would like to thank Above and Beyond Health Care and St. Luke's Hospital and Hospice for taking such good care of Dad and our family.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.

 

 



Odra M. Eberhardt

Odra M. Eberhardt, 85, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Services will be 5 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Friday from 2 pm until time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Saturday morning.

Odra was born on April 20, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Roswell and Clara (Waltz) Carney. She was a graduate of Clarke College and did additional study at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Iowa State University. Odra worked as an art specialist in the Dubuque Community Schools for 21 years and as an adjunct instructor in the Art Department at Clarke College for 10 years. She also did freelance work in graphic art and maintained a private art studio.

Education and art were the two passions that defined Odra's career. While working for Dubuque Community Schools, Odra helped develop a comprehensive plan for revision of the district's K-12 art education curriculum. She spent several summers working as an English teacher for international students preparing to attend colleges and universities in the U.S., and was a long-time ESL teacher and volunteer at North Iowa Community College. As an artist, she served as illustrator on numerous curriculum development projects for the Dubuque school system, and participated in national and state art education conferences and workshops. Throughout this time and especially after she retired, she continued to produce her own artwork and was a regular participant in art exhibits at area galleries.

In her spare time, Odra loved to read, was active in several civic organizations, and was especially fond of traveling. Over the years, she visited many different countries, including Ireland, France, Spain, Russia, Egypt, China, Thailand, Australia, and Mexico.

Odra was also a devoted mother and proud grandmother. She is survived by three children: Nancy Eberhardt (Steve Cohn) of Galesburg, Illinois, Dan Eberhardt of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Dave ( Kelly) Eberhardt of Naperville, Illinois; as well as five grandchildren: Maury, Alex, Gabriella, Aubrey, and Sam.

She was preceded in death by one son, James, and infant twins, as well as her parents and seven brothers Russ, Leo, Clarence, Francis, Elmer, James, and Ken.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Clarke College or to a charity of your choice. For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and loving care.

 



Elizabeth L. Lindecker

Elizabeth L. "Betty" Lindecker, age 80, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at 7:21 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015, at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave., with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born on March 25, 1934, in Kieler, WI, daughter of William and Adeline (Meoska) Kerkenbush.

Betty married Calvin Lindecker in November of 1956, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 25, 1986. She was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 28 years and at Mt. Carmel for 26 years until her retirement in 2014. In her free time, Betty enjoyed traveling, loved taking care of her home, flower gardening, cooking, baking and watching her grandchildren. Family was very important to Betty and she will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Betty is survived by her children, Michael (Sue) Lindecker, Rhonda (Scott) Hillery, and Carla (Jerry) Lanser, all of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Craig Lindecker, Terry (Sara) Lindecker, Jake (Mandy) Lindecker, Willie (Carrie Smith) Parker, Chad (Kim Sutter) Parker, Calee (Jason Robey) Parker, Cody (Kendra Hartley) Hillery, Colton Hillery, Jason (Brianna Hurst) Lanser and Justin Lanser; 9 great-grandchildren, Dakota, Ally, Calvin and Waylon Lindecker, Maddy and Evelyn Parker, Elizabeth and Mya Robey, Mason Hillery; her siblings, Alfred Kerkenbush, Marie Capesius, both of Dubuque, Roger (Frankie) Kerkenbush, Monroe, MI; a son-in-law, William "Bill" Parker II, Dubuque, IA; sister-in-law and best friend,Rose Girot, East Dubuque, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, a daughter, Brenda L. Parker; her siblings, Virginia "Ginny" (Jim) Droessler, Eileen (Harlan) Droeszler, Erma Kerkenbush and Gerald "Jerry" Kerkenbush; and a brother-in-law, Paul Capesius.

An Elizabeth L. Lindecker memorial fund has been established.

 



Helen M. Richard

Helen M. Richard, 98, of rural Hazel Green, WI,, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the home of her son, John J. Richard of rural Hazel Green, with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, WI, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Visitation will also be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Friday at the Parish Center in Kieler.

Helen was born on June 24, 1916 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of John and Mary (Horsfall) Peter. She was united in marriage to LaVern E. Richard on June 24, 1941 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1995.

She was a homemaker and was formerly employed in the bakery at the Sinsinawa Dominican Motherhouse. Helen was a member of the Hazel Green Women's Club and a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and its Council of Catholic Women.

She was very proud of the fact that she worked on the B-17 Bombers in Detroit, MI, during World War II.

Surviving are two children, Candace "Candy" (Pat) Flynn of Potosi, WI, and John J. (Carolyn) Richard of Hazel Green. Three grandchildren, John Thomas Richard and Amy and Brandon Bolton. A great-grandson Logan Kruser. Two sisters, Ruth Haugen and Janet Grew both of Dubuque, IA., and a sister-in-law Dorothy Jane (D.J.) of Spokane, WA.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband LaVern, three brothers, John and James Peter and Robert Peter in infancy, and sister Dorothy.

A Helen M. Richard memorial fund has been established.

Helen's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided for their mother.



Marcella S. Spahn

Marcella (Marcie) S. (Mihm) Spahn, 98, died Monday, March 2, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will beat 11 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, both in Dubuque. Friends may call on Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. Dubuque, Iowa.

Marcie was born May 25, 1916, the youngest child of Frank and Anna (Zwack) Mihm, and was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of more than 50 years, Fred Spahn on Dec. 13, 1994.

Marcie graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy and was a member of many organizations including the Dubuque Trails Club, and Sacred Heart and Holy Trinity Parishes. Over the years she volunteered at Holy Trinity Church and School, the Girl Scouts, the Dubuque Arboretum, Sunnycrest Manor, and Stonehill Care Center. Marcie's pride and joy was her family, especially her four grandchildren and later her four great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful homemaker and cook, and an avid bridge and scrabble player. She enjoyed travelling throughout her life, especially to our national parks, Washington D.C. and Hawaii. In their younger years, Marcie and Fred loved to dance at Melody Mill, golf, and fish together.

She is survived by her daughter Susan Spahn (Frank Ryan), of Madison, Wisc.; grandsons, Peter (Mary Hart) Steinhoff, Joshua (Michell Kaster) Steinhoff; granddaughters, Elizabeth (John) Gould, and Sarah Steinhoff; her great-grandchildren, Grace and Jack Gould and Hayden and Owen Steinhoff; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, her ten siblings, Leo (Kathleen), Al (Catherine) and George Mihm, Laurine (Tony) Fuerst, Sister Philip Neri OSF, Anne (Nick) Bussan, Gertrude (Dale) Mitchel, Rosemary (James) Ebben, Walberga (Merlin) Fitzgibbons, and Colette Mihm.

The family wishes to thank her kind and skilled doctor of many years, Dr. John Viner and others of Dubuque Internal Medicine, the dedicated and loving staff of Stonehill Care Center and Assisi Village, and the staffs of Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque. Their compassion and care provided Marcie the very best possible quality of life.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in Marcie's name to The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens or for Lyme Disease Research. Luncheon will be held at the Julien Hotel following the internment.

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

"Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are." St. John Chrysostom

 



Robert A. Welch

Robert A. Welch, 63, a longtime Dubuque resident, most recently of Lake of the Ozarks, passed away unexpectantly, Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Memorial Service will be 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 p.m.- 6:45 p.m., at the church. The family will also greet friends during a reception following the memorial service at the church.

Robert was born on April 23, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri the only child of Paul and Ellen (Clevenger) Welch. He married his High School sweetheart, Donna Livingston on June 27, 1969 at Hickory Point Baptist Church in Iberia, Missouri. Robert was involved in the Radio Industry for over 30 years, as on-air, sales, program director, and broadcaster. He was so proud that his daughter, Misty, followed in his footsteps in the radio business. He helped launch KLYV in Dubuque, and was associated with WJOD, KDTH, and many other stations during his career. Robert's musical talents had him as a guest performer for many organizations, nursing homes, and other events over the years. He had played in various bands, including Robert A. and Helen, Pony Express, and Blue Willow. Robert's passion was playing guitar, writing music, feeding his birds, baseball and watching the New England Patriots. He also was a para-professional for the Dubuque School System after retiring from the radio industry, and most recently Robert has been entertaining people with his Civil War music program throughout the area.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Donna; a daughter, Misty (Chris) Woolf of Dubuque; in-laws, Pat Livingston, Shirley Powell, Janis Lawson, Paul Brotherton, Frank (Judy) Flaugher, Liz (Mark) Cook, and Kenneth Miller; his cat, Willow; a cousin, Shirley Nolker; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, William "Stanley: Baker; father and mother in-law, Herbert (Helen) Livingston; brother and sister in-laws, Herbert L. Livingston, Dolores (Herbert) Grady, William Powell, William Flaugher, Donald Lawson, Mary Ann Miller, Barbara Brotherton; his cat, Dusty.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids for their care and their kindness for Robert.

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

Local arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.



Lauren C. Meyer

Lauren C. Meyer, 22, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center.

The funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Fr. Kyle Digmann officiating. There will be a visitation at Holy Ghost where friends may greet the family from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9, and again on Tuesday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to the time of the service.

Lauren was born on November 24, 1992, to Paul and Sandy (Glennon) Meyer. She graduated from Senior High School in 2011 and was a current student at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). Lauren worked at Hills & Dales as a personal attendant and at the Riverboat Lounge in the Hotel Julien. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish.

Her keen sense of adventure led her to join the AmeriCorps, where she recently spent 10 months on the east coast. She had an amazing free spirit and she truly lived life to the fullest. Friends and family often spoke of her compassionate soul and caring heart. She also loved nature and all of its creatures.

Lauren had a way of communicating that brought people together and often touched their hearts. Writing and music were two important passions in her life, and her family will cherish those gifts forever. She was able to touch so many lives and will be remembered for her kindness.

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents Paul and Sandy (Glennon) Meyer; siblings Heather (fiance Gary Krier) Meyer and Andrew (Brittany) Meyer; niece Caylee Meyer and nephew William Krier; maternal grandparents Joel and Mary Glennon; aunts and uncles Jim (Kathy) Glennon, Jane (Steve) O'Hea, Rita (Joe) Stauffer, Danny (Jill) Glennon, Rich (Jane) Glennon, Barb (Bill) Beutin, Debbie (Randy) Vaske, Tommy (Amy Jo) Glennon, Barbara Ann (Arnie) Strand, Irv (Kay) Meyer, and Rita T. Henry; and many cousins she loved so dearly.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Irvin and Rita Meyer; an uncle, Carl Meyer; and cousins Aaron Mintrup and Amy Henry.

In lieu of flowers, a Lauren Meyer Memorial Fund has been established.

Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service at 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Lauren's family wishes to extend their appreciation to the many friends and extended family for their love and support.

"We only have what we remember."



Bernard Merges

Bernard Merges 95, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at St. Catherine Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 3:00 p.m.

Bernard was born on February 22, 1920 on the family farm near St. Catherine, the son of Peter and Catherine (Muenster) Merges. He farmed for many years and also worked at the Dubuque Cheese Factory. Bernard will be remembered for his wit, kindness and positive personality. Children and animals held a special place in his heart. He was very proud of his Luxemburg heritage. His family, friends and caregivers will miss his smile and sense of humor.

Surviving are his brother, Aloysius of Dubuque; his very special grand nephew, Keith Kane of Dubuque; his sister-in-law Ruth Merges of Dubuque; his nieces and nephews, Marian Kane of Key West, Paul (Inez) Merges and Francis (Jane) Merges both of Peosta, John (Shelia) Merges, Frank (Eileen) Merges and Rosemary (John) Schreiber all of Dubuque, Dorothy (Leon) Steines of Bernard, Teri (Gene) Hohmann of St. Catherine and Ed (Nancy) Merges of Sherrill; also surviving are many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Catherine; 8 siblings, Catherine, Barbara, John, Florence, Peter, Frank, Agatha and Henry; his sister-in-law Veronica Merges and 2 nephews, Edmund Merges and Don Kane.

A Bernard Merges memorial fund has been established.

Bernard's family wish to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their unending care and support.

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

 



Leona A. Schlosser

Leona A. (Fondell) Schlosser, 96, of Dubuque passed away Friday, March 6, at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Leona was born January 29, 1919, in Dubuque, daughter of John and Mary (Schmitt) Fondell. She married George H. Schlosser, May 30, 1941, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He preceded her in death July 31, 1987.

She graduated from the former Immaculate Conception Academy in 1936. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member of St. Patrick Parish.

Surviving are her children, Stephen (Jayne) Schlosser, of Omaha, NE, Mary (Marvin) Ritt, Ronald (Christine) Schlosser, Gary (Kathy) Schlosser, and Lary (Patricia) Schlosser, all of Dubuque, and Kevin (Jeanine) Schlosser, of Scottsdale, AZ; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son Paul J. Schlosser; 3 brothers, Lester Fondell, Paul Fondell, and Andrew Fondell; and one sister, Stella Cook.

The family wishes to thank the angels at Luther Manor for the loving care extended to Leona. A special thank you to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque, and Sister Mary Agnes O'Connor BVM.

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



Mary A. McGeehan

Mary Alacoque (Vallandingham) McGeehan, 79, formerly of 16487 Forest Gate Road in Dubuque, died Friday, March 6, 2015 at Anam Glen in Rockford, Illinois due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday March 10th at Resurrection Church, Dubuque with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday March 10th at Resurrection Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born on May 3, 1935 in Annapolis, Maryland, daughter of Joseph Bernard and Marie (Callahan) Vallandingham. She married William D. McGeehan January 9, 1960 at St. Mary's Church, Annapolis, Maryland.

She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Annapolis and received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame of Maryland University).

Following college she worked as a stewardess for United Airlines until taking a position as an elementary school teacher. With the birth of her first child she elected to stay home and use skills from both careers to focus on raising her children.

She had a love of language and of the arts that she was happy to share with those around her. She was an avid supporter of the Dubuque Symphony as well as many of the music programs in the area. She was a long time member of the Union League Club of Chicago and enjoyed participating in book clubs, travel and playing bridge with friends.

Mary was strong in her faith and served a number of years on the parish council at Resurrection Church. She was a Dame of The Holy Sepulcher. Her faith and desire to serve others led to many opportunities to assist in fund raising or to volunteer with various organizations.

Surviving are her children, Michael (Dawn) McGeehan of Allenstown, NH, Jane (Jeff) Marner of Rockford, IL, Brian (Kelley) McGeehan of Timonium, MD, and Susan (Eric) McGeehan of Minneapolis, MN, and 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William (2008), brother, J. Bernard Vallandingham (2012), daughter, Kathleen (1971), her parents and all earlier generations.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dubuque Mission, Maria House or Dubuque Food Pantry. As Mary was fond of saying, "A thousand thanks!"

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

 



LeRoy L. Price

LeRoy Louis Price, 89, of Oak Park Place died Friday, March 6, 2015 at ManorCare Health Services.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 at the Mueller Memorial Chapel, in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

LeRoy was born on April 23, 1925 in Dubuque, IA the son of Harry and Stella (Chase) Price.

He served in the United States Army during WWII.

On August 30, 1946 he married Dorothy L. Matz. She preceded him in death on July 3, 2013.

LeRoy was a teller of tales and a mender of things, whose singing and violin playing instilled in his children and grandchildren a love of music. His painting and drawings gave a desire to create. His sense of humor and love of the Hawkeyes and Cubs taught great things can come to those who wait and in the latter's case and wait and wait and wait. His generosity extended to giving treats to sanitation workers and fellow employees at the Pack. His childhood and military stories inspired a daughter to write. He was a builder of bonfires on summer nights when he taught one to spot the constellations in Heaven where he now resides.

Surviving are his children, Susan Lynn (Gordon) Olseen, of Tipton, IA. And Paulette (Terry) Myers, of Dubuque; grandchildren, Kristine (Christopher) Cheruk and Steven (Angela) Olseen; and great- grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents.

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

Memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, the staff at Oak Park Place, nurses and staff at ManorCare, and the nurses and staff at Unity-Point Health, Finley Hospital for all of their compassionate care.



Ruth E. Wagner

Ruth E. Wagner, 92, of Dyersville died peacefully Friday, March 6, 2015, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and an American Legion Aux. Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Wednesday prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ruth was born October 18, 1922, in Darlington, WI, the daughter of George and Ida (Lautz) Pink.  She married Richard "Dick" Wagner on May 20, 1944, in Darlington, WI.  Ruth was a homemaker who worked with her husband in the milk hauling business, earning her the honor of being one of the first woman truck drivers in the state.  She enjoyed golfing, playing cards and being with the generations of her family.

Survivors include six sons: Tony (Doris), Greg (Elaine), Bill (Geri), and Mark (Micky) all of Dyersville, Bob (Sandy) of Baraboo, WI, Tom (Sandy) of Iowa City; two daughters: Mary Kay (Aaron) Chambers of Winterset, IA, Ann (Marty) Maiers of Iowa City, IA; 25 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 39 great-great grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Rose Ellen Pink of Madison, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 7 siblings: Herb Pink, Catherine (Scott) Jordan, George Pink, Mary (Tony) Bautch, Bill (Doris) Pink, Gertrude (Pete) Chambers and Bob (Juanita) Pink, and two sisters-in-law, Virginia and Pauline Wagner.

Memorials are preferred to Beckman High School or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

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

 

 

 



Richard J. Heinrichs

Richard J. "Dick" Heinrichs, 83 of Mission, Texas and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 2:15 p.m. at sea aboard a Carnival Cruise in the Gulf of Mexico bound for Cozumel, Mexico.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kieler, Wisconsin with the Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a scripture wake service will be recited at 3:00 p.m.

Dick was born on March 1, 1931 in Lancaster, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Helena (Taylor) Heinrichs. He was a graduate of the Platteville High School class of 1948. On September 15, 1951, Dick married Rosemary Vosberg at North Island in San Diego. After proudly serving in active military duty for twenty two years, Dick retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer from the U.S. Navy in 1969. He later retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1989.

Dick is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rosemary of Mission, TX; his four children Linda Heinrichs and John (Laura Nolan) Heinrichs both of Minneapolis, MN, James (Lori) Heinrichs of Waterloo, IA and Joe (Yuuri) Heinrichs of Flagstaff, AZ; five grandchildren, Cody, Dustin, Jesse, Kaiyo and Zenko; five great grandchildren, Syllis, Dani Rose, Lily, Cadillac and Harley; his sisters, Sharon (Dave) Hanson and Sheila (Bob) Bickes; his brother Bob (Illa Belle) Heinrichs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Keith and Ted and his sister, Sheryl.



Alma A. Vaske

Alma A. Vaske, 94, of Dyersville, Iowa died Friday, March 6, 2015 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday March 9 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg, Iowa.  Officiating will be Rev. Noah Diehm.

Alma was born on April 1, 1920 in Petersburg, IA, the daughter of Anton and Catherine (Kramer) Koelker.  She married Cletus P Vaske on September 18, 1945 in Petersburg.  Clete and Alma were married 56 years until Clete passed away in 2002.  Together they farmed south of Luxemburg until their retirement in 1981 when they moved to Dyersville.

In their younger days Alma and Clete loved to dance.  They met at a Petersburg dance and over the years they continued to dance at many memorable dances.  Many happy times were shared with the Luxemburg gang.

Alma enjoyed cross stitching, baking, making her famous potato salad and delicious pies, growing her beautiful flowers, puzzles, seek and find in red ink, and watching the birds.  Alma will be dearly missed by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.

Survivors include her 4 children,; 1 son, Wayne (Connie) Vaske of Luxemburg; 3 daughters: Karon (Gary) Steger of  Cashton, WI, Sharon (Carl) Jaeger of Edgewood, Nancy (Wayne) Clemen of New Vienna; 2 daughters-in-law: Dorothy (Vaske)(George) Gray of Cuba City, WI, Pat (Vaske)(Dick) Rotzoll of Asbury; 15 grandchildren: Karie(Rod) Horsfield, Chad (Lynn) Vaske, Scott (Sandy) Vaske, Lynsi (Josh) McCarty, Wes (Amber) Vaske, Brittany Vaske, Craig (Lisa) Steger, Jeff (Theresa) Steger, Mark Steger, Theresa Steger, Carmen Jaeger, Daryl (Beth) Jaeger, Amber (Scott) Wessels, Rachel Clemen and Kyle Clemen;  27 great-grandchildren and two more due this year; 1 brother: Allan "Bud" (Marian) Koelker of Petersburg, 1 sister in law: Annie Vaske of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clete on April 4, 2002, 4 sons: Gary (2/12/60), Bob (6/18/90), Ron (9/4/94), Dale (10/13/2000); 3 brothers: Lawrence Koelker, Ed Koelker, Laverne Koelker 4 sisters: Lucille Vaske, Millie Koelker, Evelyn Koelker, Cora Gerken.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Rosie, Julie and all the staff at Oakcrest Manor for their compassionate care.  You all were great.  We know she kept you all on your toes.  Also thanks to Roseanne, Kari and all the staff at Ellen Kennedy Living Center for their compassionate care.

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

 

 



Debra L. Pregler

 

Debra L. “Debby” Pregler, age 56, of Zwingle, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:54 p.m., surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at home.  To celebrate Debra’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.
Debra was born on May 28, 1958, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Bruce and Amelia "Millie" (Breiner) Randall.

Debbie graduated from Hempstead High School. After graduating she married John Schadl and spent 25 years with him in Spokane. When she eventually returned to Dubuque she married Ronald Pregler on July 12, 2003. Debbie was a hard worker who spent many years as a caregiver in Spokane and always enjoyed helping others. After she returned to Dubuque she was employed with Key City, Lund, Linwood and Hills and Dales. For the past 7 years she was employed at the Holiday Inn, where she was loved and appreciated by her fellow employees and guests. In her free time Debbie enjoyed bowling, boating on the river, sitting by campfires and taking care of her plants. Family was very important to Debbie and she loved spending time with them, especially her grandchildren. Debbie was a thoroughly determined person with a heart of gold who continually had a positive impact on the world around her.

Debbie is survived by her loving husband, Ronald "Ronnie" Pregler, Zwingle, IA; her children, Shawna Schadl, Sheena (Bobby) Enslow, both of Spokane, WA; her grandchildren, Aly, Maddy, Carson, Avery and Ivan; her siblings, Bruce Randall Jr., Dubuque, IA, Daniel Randall, Asbury, IA; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother in infancy, Dennis William Randall; a great-great nephew, Bentley Randall.

A Debra L. "Debbie" Pregler memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Lisa and Dawn, for their wonderful care of Debbie. Also thanks to Norm Granback from the Holiday Inn for all of his help these past few months.

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

 



Edward L. Leuchs

Edward L. Leuchs, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. and an American Legion Post 137 service will be held at 7 p.m.  Friends may continue to call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. March 9, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post # 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ed was born February 12, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Herman J. and Olivia (Kirpes) Leuchs.  He received his education in the rural Asbury schools and St. Joseph's School, Farley, IA.  He went to barber school in Cedar Rapids prior to his 18 months in the United States Army where he was a diesel mechanic in the Korean War receiving two Bronze Stars and two Overseas Bars. Upon his return from service he married Eleanor Langkamp on February 7, 1953 in Platteville, Wisconsin, and made their home in Dyersville. Ed owned and operated Ed's Barber Shop for 20 plus years. He was then employed by Dubuque County Highway Department until 1990. In retirement he enjoyed socializing with his barber customers in his basement, taking road trips, most of all spending time with his family.  He was a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post # 137, Dyersville City Council, and AA where he enjoyed helping others.

Survivors include six sons: Ron (Marcia) of Worthington, Rick (Mary) of Dyersville, Mike (Sue) of New Vienna, Mark (Patty) of Dyersville, Dan (Kelli) of Epworth, Don (Joan) of Dyersville, 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, siblings: Delores "Babe" Leuchs of Farley, in-laws: Isabel Manuel, Delores Langkamp both of Platteville, WI and Vera Leuchs of Key West.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ellie in 2009, siblings: Joe Leuchs, Clarence Leuchs, Bernard Leuchs, Rita Oberbroeckling, in-laws: Guerden Langkamp, Marian Whitaker, Bea Sherman, Donald Manuel and Dale Whitaker, Kermit Sherman

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

 

 



Maureen Kay Kinney Rasmussen

Maureen Kay Kinney Rasmussen, 71, of Independence, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Maureen's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 7, 2015, 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 Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery, at a later date.

Maureen Kay McAuliffe was born on October 10, 1943 in Clinton, Iowa to Morris John and Wynona Lorraine McAuliffe. She graduated from Lost Nation High School. She married Charles Kinney on April 28, 1961 in Toronto, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Kevin, Michelle, Joelle, Charleen and Robbi.

Maureen and Charles farmed in the Calamus area for several years. She later moved to Maquoketa and pursued her management career with Hardee's.

Maureen was a member of the Church of the Living Water in Independence and participated in the Bell Choir at the East Town Care Center and at West Village. She enjoyed gardening and playing cards.

Those left to honor her memory include her children Kevin (Janet) Kinney and their children, Joshua and Jacob of Sharonville, OH; Michelle Kinney of Zwingle, IA, along with her children Robert and Charles Hancock; Joelle Stoddard of Erie, IL and her children Connie and Michael Nicholsen, Zachery (Jessi Brown) Stoddard, Derek and Marissa Stoddard and Nick (Kristen Swift) Stoddard; Charleen (Joe) Kilburg and their children Jade and Ryder of LaMotte, IA; and Robbi Haase and her children Haley and Hayden of Circle Pine, MN. She was blessed with 9 great-grandchildren. In addition she is survived by a brother Gene (Rachel) McAuliffe of Ruskin, FL; sisters Joan (Richard "Ozz") Osborne and Diane (Keith) McAuliffe Bruns, both of Dubuque, IA; and a sister-in-law, Mary McAuliffe of Delmar, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Robert, John and Daniel McAuliffe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Maureen Kay Kinney Rasmussen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James G. Bealer

James G. "Jim" Bealer of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday March 7, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A memorial service will follow at 4 P.M., the same day.

James Gary Bealer was born on September 12, 1939 in Rock Island Il to Delmar and Helen (Brissman) Bealer. He grew up in Rock Island, and graduated from Rock Island High School in 1957. Following graduation Jim worked at Cons Furniture in Rock Island, then went on to work at Caterpillar Tractor Co. in 1962, until his retirement in 1989. After retirement he started his own business, Bealers Motors & Transmissions, initially selling used car parts, then moving on to used car sales, in Maquoketa.

Jim was of Lutheran faith, and was involved with Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport for many years.

At an early age, Jim developed a love for cars and motorcycles. During his teens and early 20's he raced cars and motorcycles at the Cordova Drag Strip. He particularly enjoyed racing his '35 Buick, and Harley Knucklehead. From the age of 59 to 70, he raced 4 cycle stock cars, favoring Plymouth Neons. From this he gained many close friends. His love was not only from racing, but in restoring any variety of old cars and trucks. The odder the better. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his longtime companion Jackie Duggan, his children Kelly Kellen (fiancé Dave) of Moline, and Jay (Kim) Bealer, of Moline; a sister Phyllis (Gayle) Anderson of Fishers, IN; Jackie's daughter whom he loved as his own, Jessica (Chris) Holmlund, and her children, Jonathan and Sidney. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Special thanks to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic's Doctors and Nurses for the wonderful care given to Jim during his time there.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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

 



Gloria A. Lipper

Gloria A. Lipper, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, passed away gracefully into the hands of her Savior at Luther Manor on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 6:59 p.m. To honor Gloria's life, funeral services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Gloria's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Gloria was born on July 2, 1942 in Orange County, CA, daughter of Fred and Eunice (McKenzie) Shaw.

Gloria lived in Orange County and Little Rock before eventually settling in Dubuque in 1968. She graduated from Bible College and quickly went on to devote her life to helping others. She thoroughly enjoyed sharing her talents in the fund raising departments at The Riverboat Museum, The Grand Theater, Hillcrest Family Services, Dubuque County Historical Society, The Tri-State Blind Society, The League of Women Voters and the YMCA. She especially loved her time with the United Way where she spent the majority of her time and was the first chairwoman in the history of the organization. Gloria and her husband were also the first couple to receive the TH First Citizen of Dubuque Award. Gloria was quite fond of spending time with nature, whether on long walks or simply listening for the owls. She was truly a kid at heart and a few of her simply pleasures included bananas, coke and cigarettes. Gloria was a gentle spirit who was always there for anyone who needed help. She will be greatly missed, lovingly remembered and never forgotten.

Gloria is survived by her children, Casey Hayse, Iowa City, IA, Carey (Kim) Hayse, Williamston, MI, Shannon Lipper, Dubuque, IA, Bryna Lipper, New York, NY, Shawna (John Plagman) Lipper, Dubuque, IA; 6 grandchildren, Cody and Chelsey Hayse, Elijah Gustfuson, Mason and Casey Lipper and Alex Plagman.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; her aunt, Hazel Shaw; and a sister, Joy, in infancy.

A Gloria A. Lipper memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



James E. Malek

James Edwin Malek, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Monday, March 2, 2015 at home.

Friends may greet the family on Friday, March 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. Private family service will follow.

James was born on March 5, 1942 in Cresco, Iowa, son of Edwin and Bonnie (Rygg) Malek. He married Rena Meyer on November 8, 1964. 

James enjoyed working for 42 years at Richardson Motors. He and his family enjoyed many hours boating on the Mississippi River. He had a passion for snowmobiling, was an avid sports enthusiast, and had a wide range of interests.

James is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rena; sons Jay (Kim) Malek of Asbury, IA and Troy Malek of Lombard, IL; and two grandchildren Alexandra Malek and Nicholas Malek of Asbury, IA.; also surviving a sister Martha Grimes of La Crescent, Minnesota; and nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, a James Malek Memorial Fund has been established. 

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



Jean A. Klaas

Jean Ann Klaas, 91, of Dubuque died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection where visitation will be held Friday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jean was born May 24, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Marcella (Droessler) Kahle. She graduated from St. Joseph's Hospital Nurses Training, Milwaukee, Wisc. In 1943. On June 24, 1947, she married the love of her life, Urban Klaas at Holy Ghost Church, Dubuque. They enjoyed a wonderful 21 year marriage. He preceded her in death on July 6, 1968.

Jean worked as a registered nurse at various hospitals and nursing homes in Dubuque for 42 years, retiring in 1985. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and compassionate nurse. She was a nature lover who enjoyed all flowers and birds. She loved to garden and sew. Her faith and her church, Resurrection, were very important to her.

She is survived by seven children, Cheryl (Mike) Orndorf of Winchester, Calif., Bonnie (Don) Westemeier of Dubuque, Debra (Howard) Hymen of Palatine, Ill., Raymond (Diane) Klaas of Plano, Tex., Donna (Rick) Roeder of Dubuque, Herbert (Karen) Klaas of Santa Clara, Calif., and Darin (Kris) Klaas of Portland, Ore.; 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; three brothers, Vernon Kahle, Bob (Joyce) Kahle, Don (Erm) Kahle, and; brother in law, Gibb Crippes; two sisters in law, Sally and Sandy Kahle.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Julie Marie in 2003, a son, Joseph Patrick in 1958; a sister, Eunice Crippes and two brothers, Jim and Marv Kahle.

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

A Jean Klaas Memorial Fund has been established.

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

"Our mother was also our best friend. She will be truly missed."

The family would like to thank the many thoughtful people who extended great kindness to our mom over the years.



Joan K. Blasen

Joan K. (Hutter) Blasen, 79 of Dubuque, IA passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015, surrounded by her loving Husband and Family.

Joan graduated from St. Columbkille's Catholic High School in 1954, and married Joseph Blasen on Oct. 1, 1955. She was a devoted wife and mother.

Family and friends may gather from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Joan is survived by her husband Joe Blasen, and seven children, Gary (Alice) Blasen, of Marion, IA, Julie (George) Sharkey, of Casper, WY, Joe (Carol) Blasen, of Dubuque, IA, Rick (Judy) Blasen, of Dubuque, IA, Greg (Jaime) Blasen, of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jay (Julie) Blasen, of Dubuque, IA and Chris (Kristen) Blasen of Leawood, KS. Fifteen grandchildren, Brook and Stacie Blasen, Jessica and Shawn Sharkey, Josh (Cindy) Blasen, April (Casey) Buol, Benjy Klostermann (Allison Krook), Whitney Blasen, Natalie Blasen, Cade, Coby and Cohen Blasen.
Eight great-grandchildren: Hannah Blasen, Jaylinn and Jasmine Sharkey, Carter Kronfeldt, Aubrina Buol, Nathan and Joey Blasen, and Mia Blasen.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Louis & Alice Hutter, four sisters, Doris Hartman, Rita Chapman, Lorna Baumhover, Lois Hooten, and a brother, Richard Hutter, her great granddaughter Makayla Blasen-Boleyn, and survived by sister-in-law Izzy Hutter.

The family would like to thank Stonehill Franciscan Services for the compassionate care they have given her throughout the past 6 years, as well Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, and his Nurse Kate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Stonehill Franciscan Services, or Hospice of Dubuque.



Melva J. Ward

Melva J. Ward, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Melva's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Melva J. Burnett was born on August 6, 1935, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Melvin M. and Vera Mae (McPherson) Burnett. She attended Maquoketa High School, graduating in 1953. Melva married Wilbur L. Ward in June of 1953, to this marriage were born their sons, Douglas, Kevin and David. They later divorced.

Later in her life, Melva and George Young were long time companions until George's passing in 1983.

Melva had worked many factory and waitress jobs in her youth. She entered the health care field in the early 1960's, working as a nurse's aide at Jane Lamb Hospital in Clinton and the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa. As a Licensed Practical Nurse, she had worked at the Davenport Osteopathic Hospital and finally at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City where she became a Registered Nurse and retired after more than 15 years of service.

Melva loved mystery novels, music boxes, and her collection of American Indian related items. She enjoyed listening to country music and reading about history.

Those left to honor Melva's memory include her children, Douglas Ward of Buffalo, IA, Kevin Ward of Coggon, IA and David Ward of West Des Moines, IA; 4 grandchildren; a brother, Charles "Chuck" (Donna) Burnett of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister, Karol (Lionel) Keeney of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband Wilbur, her long-time companion George, 2 brothers Allen and Richard, and 1 infant sister Helen Burnett.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Melva J. Ward memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eileen D. Ulrich

Eileen D. Ulrich, 90, of Dubuque died Monday, February 23, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Memorial services will be held at 11a.m., Saturday, March 7 at St. John Lutheran Church. Burial will be in St. John cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory,2659 Kennedy Rd. is in charge of arrangements.

Eileen was born February 20, 1925 in Dubuque, daughter of Otto and Hulda (Fanslow) Ulrich.

On May 24th, 1979, she married Alfred Farnochi. He preceded her in death on September 28, 2010.

She worked as a civilian mathematician, computer specialist for the US Air Force, retiring in 1980. She lived in Eatontown, New Jersey from 1945 until she returned to Dubuque in 2011. Eileen was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.

She is survived by a sister, Verna Bergman of Dubuque; sister- in-law, Ruth Ulrich of Melville, NY; seven nieces and nephews, Alan and Ann Bergman; Alysia (Tim) Hedrick, Gary (Pong) Thomas, Donald (Debra) Thomas, Jr., Barbara (Craig) Keough, and Linda Ulrich; niece-in-law, Darlene Thomas; and several great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Karl Ulrich; sister, Helen (Donald) Thomas Sr.; brother-in-law, Orville Bergman; and nephew, Mark Thomas.

Memorials may be sent in Eileen's name to St John Lutheran Church, 1276 White St, Dubuque, IA or Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Special thank you to the staffs of Heritage and Luther Manors as well as staff and volunteers of Hospice of Dubuque. 



Rose E. Hennen

Rose E. Hennen, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 5:17 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at home. To honor Rose's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. To celebrate Rose's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rose was born on April 12, 1932, in Cheyboygan, MI, daughter of Joseph and Laura (Broe) Neelis.

Rose married LaVern Hennen on November 18, 1950, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1997. Together Rose and LaVern operated Vern's Conoco on the corner of Asbury and JFK Road. Rose enjoyed spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid bowler and spent many years bowling on the "Vern's Angels" team. She also loved playing Euchre, shopping and going to the casino.

Rose is survived by her 3 children, Judy Wold, Graham, WA, Patricia (Michael) Hayes, Gary Hennen, both of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren, Rhonda (Jon) Buys, Brenda (Jeff) Nelson, Nick (Jenny) Hennen, Brad Hennen, Lisa (Scott) Motsenbocker, Christopher (Catherine) Soppe, Nichole (Daniel) Rogers and Beth (Randall) Chandler; 17 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Theresa Hennen, Dubuque, IA, Em Hopkins, William (Lorraine) Neelis, Edward (Carol) Neelis, all of Cheboygan, MI; 2 sisters-in-law, Shirley Schueller, Dubuque, IA, Shirley Neelis, Cheboygan, MI; several nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Lois Long, Helen (Lawrence) Schaul.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, LaVern; a granddaughter, JoAnn Hennen; three sisters, Laura (Martin) Socha, Hazel (Wallace) Ayotte and Ann (Donald) Duffiney; three brothers, Lloyd (Gladys) , Melvin (Thelma) and Leonard Neelis; three brothers-in-law, Melvin Hennen, Richard Schueller and Harry Hopkins.

A Rose E. Hennen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Harold Neal

Harold "Red" Neal, 84, of Guttenberg, Iowa and of Cocoa Beach, Florida entered into eternal peace surrounded by his family on February 26th, 2015.

Services will be at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home Saturday March 7th at 12:00 p.m., where friends may greet the family from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Deacon John Stierman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 to 8:00 on Friday, March 6th at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road in Dubuque.

Harold "Red" Neal, formerly of Dubuque, was born June 23, 1930 in Manchester, Iowa. He served with the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1952. He married Lois Winders on June 6th, 1953. They would have celebrated 62 years of marriage this June. He was employed by the Dubuque Packing Company for 30 years. Throughout their married life, he and Lois enjoyed their summers on Esmann Island, Guttenberg, Iowa and eventually made it their home. His favorite activities included spending time with family and friends, fishing, boating, playing cards, driving his golf cart with his beloved dog Bailey, and spending his winters in Florida for over 20 years. Friends and family members fondly remember Red as the best fisherman on the island who always had a story and a smile. Red will always be remembered for saying "You have a good day now!" He was a friend to everyone and embraced life.

Red leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his wife Lois; children Cathy (Ken) Schmitt; Patti Shannon; Mike (Amy) Neal; Kim Jacovitz (Paul Lynn); and son in laws Randy Smith and Larry Holt; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; siblings Grace Frommelt; Helen Warden; and Walter (Rose) Neal; in laws Jan Neal; Donna (Wayne) Gratton; Sandi Juergens; and Denny (Loretta) Winders.

Red is preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Nellie (Turner) Neal; a daughter Susan Smith; Father and Mother in law Ray and Dorothy Winders; brothers Howard and Burdette; sister Gretta Thomas; sister in law Lois Neal; and brother in laws Joseph Frommelt and Don Thomas. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of Health First, Cape Canavarel Inpatient Unit. Cocoa Beach, Florida. 32931.

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



Luella A. Roth

Luella A. Roth, 92, died Friday, February 27, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, were visitation will be held Tuesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Luella was born February 21, 1923 in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Jacob and Louise (Lochner) Schmitt. She married Ralph W. Roth September 27, 1947 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death January 19, 1989.
Luella retired from Klauer Manufacturing in 1988. She enjoyed playing cards and loved spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by three children, Gary Roth of Mesa, Arizona, Jeni (Mike) Ferring of Dubuque and their children, Matt (Jes), and Nicole Ferring; and Dean (Pam) Roth of Dubuque and their children, Kelly (Russ) Banwarth and Jason Roth; three great grandchildren, Izabel, Lydia and Wesley; a brother, Donald Schmitt and a sister, Dorraine Frick.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

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

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

Memorials may be made to the Luella Roth Memorial Fund.

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

 



Ashley E. LuGrain

Ashley E. LuGrain, 30, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at home. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ashley was born October 1, 1984 in Davenport, Iowa. She graduated from Southwestern High School in 2003. She was very passionate about music and had a contagious laugh with an infectious smile. She was always willing to help anybody in need and this showed through her many acts of kindness. Ashley loved spending time with her family and friends; especially her nephews and niece and the love of her life, her daughter KiLynn Marie.

She is survived by her daughter KiLynn Marie; parents, Patrick and Laurie LuGrain; three siblings, PJ (Jen Kaiser) LuGrain of Galena, Corey (Kristen) LuGrain of Galena, and Amber (Jesse) Heslop of Cedar Rapids; nieces and nephews, Payton, Nolan and Vivian LuGrain; Grandparents, Richard and Mary Jane Leibfried and Carol LuGrain; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and special friend, Dominick.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, William LuGrain, great grandparents, cousins, and close friends.

Ashley will be greatly missed by the many lives she touched.

In lieu of flowers, an Ashley LuGrain Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Thomas L. Dix

Thomas L. Dix, 72 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost. Family will greet friends 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where a parish scripture service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Burial with Military Honors Conducted by American Legion Post #6 will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born September 29, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of George and Iola (Cook) Dix. He served in the US Navy. Tom married Sharon Ellerbach on August 19, 1967 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He worked at Flexsteel for 41 years, retiring on April 28, 2005. Tom loved spending time with his fantastic grandchildren, traveling, fishing, and helping people. He was a member of Upholsters Union Local 1861, past Chairman of the Board of Holy Ghost Credit Union, a Union Representative at Flexstell, member of American Legion Post #6, Elk's Club, Men's Association, Dubuque Boat Club, and volunteer for Holy Ghost Bingo night. Tom coached Girls' Softball in the Dubuque Independent League.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Sharon; children, Lisa (James) Dunne of Lakeville, MN, Sara (Scott) Dryer of Dubuque, and Kelly (Joseph) Pregler of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Meghan, Tyler, Jack, Ella, and Clara; siblings, Marlene Bastian, Fay (Gene) Hansen, Roger (Carol) Dix, Don (Cindy) Dix, May Jean Koeller, Joan (Jim Connolly) Dix, Ken (Elaine) Dix, and Cindy (Jeff) Hanson; in-laws, Richard (Susan) Ellerbach, Pam (Dave) Walline, Dennis (Julie) Ellerbach, and Joseph (Lori) Ellerbach; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; a brother John Dix; a niece, Christy Dix; a great niece, Leah Brosious; brothers' in-law, Tom Bastian, and Carson Koeller; and his father and mother in-law, Joseph and Catherine Ellerbach.

The family would like to thank Dr. Zinskey, Dr. Holm and their staff for your care and also Hospice of Dubuque, and all family and friends for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

A raindrop landing on your cheek is a kiss from someone that lives in heaven and is watching over you....

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

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



Dolores H. Metz

Dolores H. Metz, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:25 a.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Dolores' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave. with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Dolores' life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dolores was born on March 21, 1928, in Menominee, IL, daughter of Joseph A. and Lucille (Erner) Leppert.

Dolores married Ralph W. Metz on July 21, 1948, at St. Raphael's Cathedral; he preceded her in death on January 22, 1988. She was a loving wife, adoring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who enjoyed cooking, sewing, yard work and playing cards with her family and friends. Dolores was a wonderful cook and was famous for her German Potato Salad. She was a gracious hostess and always had a hot pot of coffee on to enjoy with anyone who stopped by. In later years she looked forward to mornings spent drinking coffee with her son, Ken, while solving the world's problems. She was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Dolores always had a helping hand and a kind heart and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dolores is survived by 6 children, Ken (June) Metz, Jim (Vickie) Metz, Dan (Mary) Metz, LuAnn Regan, Linda (Chuck) Erschen-Kleiner, Lori (John) Dunwoody, all of Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren, Mike (Sara) Metz, Kim Metz, Brenda (Curt) Klein, Ann (Andy) Kamentz, Chrissy (Troy) Porter, Eric Metz, Aaron (Tara) Metz, Alicia Metz, Pete (Dr. Cate) Metz, Jenny (Billy Catone) Metz, Adam (Amber Decker) Roth, Rachel Regan, Josh Erschen, Mike (Jaime) Kleiner, Andy Kleiner, Emily and Abbey Dunwoody; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Kenneth (Grace) Leppert, Bellevue, IA, Francis (Shirley Kresge) Leppert, Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Betty Leppert, Dubuque, IA; she is also survived by her dear friends at Alverno Apartments.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph; a grandson, Eric Metz; 2 brothers, LaVerne and Robert Leppert.

A Dolores H. Metz memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salas and his nurse, Shelly, who was Dolores' favorite, and the doctors, nurses and staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for all their wonderful care and concern.

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

 



Mary E. Cox Schweitzer

Mary Edith Cox Schweitzer died on February 26, 2015, at the age of 94.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 2, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and Locust Streets. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. A visitation with the family will be held at the Church before the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born on February 5, 1921, in Hannibal, Missouri, daughter of Mary Margaret Fowler and John Franklin Samuel Cox. She married Charles Schweitzer, her high school sweetheart, on January 31, 1945, in Hannibal. He preceded her in death on April 12, 2014.

Mary and Charles moved to Dubuque in December 1946 when Charles was hired by John Deere Tractor Works.

Together they raised three daughters - Constance, Deborah, and Pamela. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and doting great-grandmother.

Mary enjoyed boating on the Mississippi, agate hunting, bird watching, and her beloved perennial and rose gardens. In 1954, she joined First Congregational Church where she served on many boards and committees.

Mary is survived by her daughters Constance (Donald) Cherba and Deborah (Donald) Otto of Dubuque and Dr. Pamela (Brandt Richardson) Schweitzer of Monona, Iowa; granddaughters Jennifer (Brent) Schwan of Austin, Texas, Mary (Chris) Ashkar of San Diego, Valerie (Chris) Loewenberg, Elizabeth (Justin) Kuhle, and Julia Bickel of Dubuque; and great-grandchildren Samuel and Joseph Ashkar, Lilly, Hayden, and Gwenyth Loewenberg, and Gunner, Harvey, and Norman Kuhle; brothers William and Junior Cox; and special nieces Deidre (David) Klassen and Linda (Willis) Robbins.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Beulah Krigbaum, Anna Mae Huggins, and Dorothy Marshall and brothers Ennis, Leslie, Gordon, Gilbert, Chester, Clarence, and James Cox.

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

Memorials may be given to First Congregational United Church of Christ, Dubuque, Iowa and Hospice of Dubuque.



Joan M. Helle

Joan M. Helle, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Friends may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home prior to the funeral Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 2, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Deacon Roger Riesberg will assist.

Joan was born Sept. 24, 1925, in Worthington, Iowa, the daughter of Sylverius and Angela (Kramer) Jaeger. She married George B. Helle on May 1, 1946. Together they owned Helle Livestock in Dyersville.

Joan enjoyed quilting, embroidery work, baking, gardening and spending time with her family. She enjoyed the many visits from the family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her children: Sr. Mary Ann Helle OSF of Dubuque, Frank (Joann) Helle, Bob (Camie Pedersen) Helle, Paul (Stella) Helle and Doris (Clair) Riesberg, all of Dyersville, Marlene (Ambrose) Koopmann of Epworth, Joanie (Tom) Tauke of Greeley, LuAnn (Bob) Cigrand of Cascade, Janet Schwendinger, Ruth (Larry) Griffin, all of Dubuque, LeRoy (Margie) Helle of Hopkinton, Norma (Gerald) Kelchen of Manchester, George (Connie) Helle of Anamosa and Pearl (Harold) Kelchen of Ryan; 68 grandchildren; 109 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren; siblings: Norma (Laverne) Petsche of Dyersville, Marilyn (Pat) Werner of Dyersville, Bill Jaeger, John (Ruth) Jaeger, both of Manchester, Leo (Diane) Jaeger of Kenton, OH, Leroy Jaeger of Earlville and Loras (Mikki) Jaeger of Davenport.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1985; a son-in-law, John Schwendinger, in 2014; her parents; her step-mother, Coletta (Pottebaum) Jaeger; grandchildren Tom Kelchen, Wanda (Dave) Eilers, Dorothy Helle, and Barbara Koopmann; great-granddaughter Ashley Meyers; siblings Jeanne Ann and Eldon Jaeger in infancy, Urban (Irene) Jaeger, Della Rose Downey, Eileen (John) Appel; and in-laws: Anita Jaeger, Diane Jaeger and Mary Ann Jaeger.

Special thanks to Stonehill Care Center for the wonderful care given to Joan over the past 20 years.

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



Catherine C. Christopherson

Catherine C. Christopherson, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Catherine was born on Feb. 9, 1922 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Nicholas and Barbara (Wethor) Schuster.
She is a US Navy Veteran, having served from 1944 to 1946. She married LaVern Christopherson on June 27, 1948 at St. Joseph Church Key West.

Catherine loved being with family and friends and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling with LaVern after retirement. Her loves included sewing, quilting, and cooking.

She is survived by her 4 children, Diane (David) Griffin, Ronald (Denise) Christopherson, Joan (Chris) Lagen, all of Dubuque and Gary Christopherson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 7 grandchildren, Jenny (Ron) Uthe, Jolene (Chad) Darter, Mike (Laurie) Griffin, Jason (Mollie) Christopherson, Kevin Christopherson, Sarah (Chris) Conlan, and Kate (Justin) Steger; 12 great-grandchildren, Keegan, Brody, and Riley Uthe, Cece and Ally Darter, Emmett Griffin, Jordan Johnson, Finn, Natalie, and Gabe Christoperson, Cordelia Conlan, and Avalyn Steger; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LaVern; her parents; three brothers, Clarence, Joe, and Ray Schuster; and three sisters, Margaret Bradford, Mary Donovan, and Loretta Sisler.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the exceptional care they gave to Catherine. A special thank you to her nieces Dorothy, Karen and Elaine for their friendship, love, and many laughs.

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



Karen K. Spechtenhauser

Karen K. Spechtenhauser, 70, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 4 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be Friday from 2 pm until time of service.

Karen was born September 19, 1944 in Dubuque, daughter of Harold and Marie (Krueger) Steinbirger. She married Robert Spechtenhauser on October 25, 1963 in Dubuque.
She worked for the Telegraph Herald and for Jeff Upmann with the Chicago Tribune. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her husband, Robert Spechtenhauser of Dubuque, two children, Robyn (Robert) Ferres of Quasqueton, Iowa and Robert (Caroline) Spechtenhauser of Burnsville, Minn.; four grandchildren, Tiffany (Chris Mayne) Leppert, Krystal Thompson and Tyler (Julie Petsch) Thompson, all of Dubuque and Alexis (Indiana Roberts) Bandy of Moundsview, Minn.; five great grandchildren, Alex Leppert, Abby Mayne, Andrew Mayne, Rylie Neyens and Sam Thompson; four sisters, Ellen Baker of Inverness, Fla., Harriet Davis of Mulberry, Fla., Terri "Theresa" (Bruce) McSperrin of Dubuque and Sandra Hennessey of Marion, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Patricia Thomas.

A Karen Spechtenhauser Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Sarah E. Gross

Sarah Elizabeth Gross, 25 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Family and friends may gather from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Sarah was born on October 28, 1989 in Dubuque, the daughter of James Gross and Janice Weig.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, the class of 2008. Sarah loved to spend time with her family and friends on a personal level as well as her social network. She had a passion for reading and going to movies especially at Mindframe Theaters in Dubuque. Sarah showed unconditional love to everyone. Her outreach with social media extended not just here but abroad. Her care and love surpassed that of an average individual especially with the care of her "Mum" Janice. With Sarah being her Daddy's Girl and mother's pride and joy she will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

She is survived by her father Jim (Deena) Gross, of Dubuque and mother Janice Weig, of Dubuque, Step-brothers; Tim (Randy) Perry, Cody Perry, and Doug Perry all of Dubuque, Grandparents; Richard and Joan Gross of Fairfield, Ohio, many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and all of her "Besties", you know who you are.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Jim and Marcella Wieg and at a young age and an uncle David Wieg who passed before Sarah was born and aunts Mary LuGrain and Sharon Hefel.

The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses, and staff at Mercy ICU for they're tremendous care they gave to Sarah.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Jack Lee Ruff

Jack Lee Ruff, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, February 23, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. There is no visitation. A private gathering of family and friends will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jack Lee Ruff was born on March 4, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Frederick Charles and Margaret Louise (Taylor) Ruff. He was educated in Maquoketa and Elwood schools and served in the U.S. Army for 5 years until receiving his honorable discharge. He married Janelle Joy Hoenicke on May 3, 1969 in Sterling, Illinois.

Jack had worked at Bob's Body shop in Maquoketa for a couple years, then Clinton Engines, and from 1969 to 2001 for Collis Inc. in Clinton as a wire straightener operator.

Jack liked gardening, bowling, camping, fishing, mushrooming, playing pool and poker, and spending time with friends and family.

Those left to honor Jack's memory include his wife, Janelle Ruff of Maquoketa, IA; children Tammy Baker of Maquoketa, IA, Tim (Andrea) Ruff of Ypsilanti, MI, Tanya (John) Fultner of Maquoketa, IA, and Twyla Mohr of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Clarence (Velene) Ruff of Lost Nation, IA, Carl (Bertie) Ruff of Maquoketa, IA, and Chuck (Liz) Ruff of Chicago, IL; a sister, Irma Sue, of Pearl City, HI; and 12 grandchildren, Greg Fultner, Cassie Fultner, Paige Baker, Adam Ruff, Ally Ruff, Jenny Ruff, Hannah Fultner, Hayley Fultner, April Mohr, Erica Mohr, Aaron Mohr and Lexi Dunham. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Floyd Ruff; and a sister, Francis Uribe.

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



Elizabeth A. Dalsing

Elizabeth A. Dalsing, 93, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at Heritage Manor.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Private burial will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Church. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth is survived by 5 children, Linda (Jim) Erpelding, Stephen (Mary) Dalsing, Susan (Dave) Placke, Debbie (Marshall) Grice, and Lisa Dalsing. Eleven Grandchildren, sixteen Great grand children, a brother Leonard (Bev) Helbing, two sisters; Joan (Merlin) Patzner and Elaine (Dave) Lange.

She was preceded in death by her husband Delmar Dalsing and daughter Sharon Burd.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Nurses and staff of Heritage manor and Hospice of Dubuque especially her granddaughter Sarah Fern.



Robert D. Anderson

Robert D. "Hunk" Anderson, 89, of Assisi Village, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Hunk was born on May 6, 1925 in Dubuque, the son of Dewell and Mildred (Brennan) Anderson. He married Mary Jo Duggan on Sept. 7, 1946. He served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was employed at Anderson-Weber for 52 years.

Hunk had a great love of God and family, and was an avid Notre Dame fan. He will be missed by many.

Surviving are his children, Bob (Debbie) Anderson, Jody (David) Rowell, Peggy (Stan) Olszewski, Chris (LuAnne) Anderson, Amy (Mark Hill) Anderson, and Nancy (Jaffer) Bashey; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary (Don) Hesselman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo; daughter Teri Anderson; and grandchildren Chris Anderson Jr. and Heather Klauer.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to GiGi's Play House, "Achievement for Individuals with Down Syndrome" and the Dubuque Boys & Girls Club.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Michael Ward and Dr. Mark Liaboe for their continued care and support.

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



Darlene M. Smock

Darlene M. Smock, 73, of Worthington, died Sunday, February 22, 2015, at her residence.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a parish vigil will be held at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Rev. Douglas Loecke will concelebrate.

Darlene was born July 11, 1941, in Placid, IA, the daughter of Raymond and Marcella (Drees) Burger. She graduated from St. Paul High School with the Class of 1959. She married Merrill "Bud" Smock on Dec. 5, 1959, at Manchester, Iowa. Darlene spent her life supporting her husband's military career and raising their family. When Bud retired, they settled in Worthington.

Darlene was the best wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family more than anything. She believed in the good in people, loved life and lived it to the fullest. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed sharing this gift with everyone.

Darlene will be greatly missed by her husband and best friend, Merrill "Bud"; children: Gary (Judy) Smock of Cedar Rapids, Sharon (Dave) Walters of Eau Claire, WI, Teri Smock, Mary Smock and Larry (Mary Jo), all of Worthington, and Geri (Jamie) Konrardy of Dyersville; grandchildren: Cari (Erik) Graham, Christopher (special friend Katie Kramer) Smock, Mackenzie Walters, Josh (Andi) Smock, Jessica Smock, and Ben, Alec and Elyse Konrardy; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings: Carl "Cub" Burger, Kaye (Eldon) Trumm, Dave "Crockett" (Linda) Burger, and Wilma Wolfe, all of Worthington, IA; a sister-in-law, Marian Burger, of New Vienna; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Richard; her parents-in-law, Glennie and Alberta Smock; a brother, John Burger; and 2 sisters-in-law, Doryce Reid and Delores (George) Trogden.

Thanks to Fr. Quint, Fr. Dole and Fr. Loecke for their wonderful spiritual support, and special thanks to Dr. Kukla and staff and the staff at Mercy Home Care.

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



Barbara J. Hummel

Barbara J. Hummel, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Barbara's life, funeral services will be at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. To celebrate Barbara's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Barbara was born on April 30, 1942, in Galena, IL, daughter of Clifford and Florence (Anger) Dunbar.

Barbara was a hard worker. She was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 10 years and later went to work for several places, including Luigi's. In her free time, Barbara enjoyed going fishing, boating, doing cross word puzzles, cross stitching and watching science fiction and reality tv shows. Her family was very important to Barbara.

Barbara is survived by her children, Randy Voseberg, Dubuque, IA, Scott Voseberg, Dubuque, IA, Vickie (Robert) Manning, Kansas City, MO, Darcy (Ronald) Hammel, Dubuque, IA; 25 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; her sisters, JoAnn McCaslin, Kansas City, MO, Tara Winger, Dubuque, IA; a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Voseberg, Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Shirley Dunbar, Hazel Green, WI.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jeff Voseberg; a grandson, Jeremiah Voseberg; two brothers, Meridth and Ronald Dunbar; her life-long partner, Willard Loney.

A Barbara J. Hummel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sylvia H. Nebel

Sylvia H. Nebel, 73 of Cascade formerly of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday February 19, 2015 at home.
Family and friends may gather from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday February 23, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be at 6:00 p.m. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

She was born on January 29, 1942 in Dearborn, MI. She married Gary L. Nebel December 5, 1964 at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2014.

She is survived by her children Mike (Darlene) McGinnis, of Michigan, Sherry (Jeff) Kane, of Dubuque and Alan (Cloris) Nebel, of Waterloo, Iowa. Seven grandchildren, Aaron, Lindsey, Nicole, Bradley, Parker, Steven, and Allison. Her siblings, Steven McDonough, Michael, McDonough and Sheila Nolan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and brother Jim Butler.

The family wishes to thank the kind and caring staff at Riverbend Assisted living in Cascade.

In lieu of flowers a Sylvia Nebel memorial fund has been established.



Howard K. Bruggemann

Howard K. Bruggemann, 83, of Dubuque, and formerly of Dyersville died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home at 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. and an American Legion Post 137 service will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home, Monday day prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 23, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Howard was born September 28, 1931, in Edgewood, Iowa the son of Florian and Henrietta (Roling) Bruggemann.  He married Theresa O'Connor on December 12, 1959, in Clinton, Iowa.  Howard served in the US Army during the Korean War on the 38th Parallel.  He was a member of the Dyersville Fire Dept. from 1959-1984, Dyersville American Legion Post 137, Dyersville Sportsman's Club and St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Theresa, four daughters: Patricia (James) Doran of Sartell, MN, Barb (Earl) Burkle and Ellen (Dan) Becker , both of Waverly and Kate Lacy of Dubuque, nine grandchildren: Jesse (Kristin) Burkle and Janel (fiancé Joe Whaley) Burkle, Rachel Givens, Allie (Lucas) Boyle, Jamie & Tim Becker, Kayli & Macade Lacy and Nevie Lacy-Olson; 3 step grandchildren: Amanda and Christopher Doran and Laura Case; seven great grandchildren: Joy, Jaylin, Jacey and Karley Burkle, Evelynn and Brielle Boyle, Addalynn Becker, and one sister, Lila Niday of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Florian and Henrietta Bruggemann, step father, John Sternhagen, a sister, Jean (Leverne) Platz, and brother-in-law, Frank Niday.

We would like to thank the caring and patient staff at Luther Manor for all their help and kindness.  Special thanks to the angels from Hospice, especially Cyndi.

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

 

 



James F. Oeth

James F. "Jim" Oeth, age 80, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 9:53 a.m. on Thursday, February19, 2015, at the Mill Valley Care Center. To celebrate Jim's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA.

Jim was born on January 9, 1935, in Dubuque, son of Phillip and Hortense (Oberhoffer) Oeth.

Jim married Mavis M. Anderson on April 26, 1958, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Dubuque. She preceded him in death after 54 years of marriage on April 27, 2012. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955 - 1957. He was a Senior Engineer at John Deere Dubuque Works for over 30 years. Jim enjoyed spending his free time boating, camping and traveling with his family. His fondest hours were spent in the shop turning the wrenches and rebuilding cars.

Jim is survived by his children, James Oeth Jr., Dubuque, IA, Jenny (Torben) Groth, Libertyville, IL; three grandchildren, Martin, Kristoffer and Camilla; one sister, Mary Cass, Beloit, WI; his mother-in-law, Phyllis Anderson, Dubuque, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mavis; three siblings, Phyllis Thoma, Phillip Oeth and Dorothy Butson.

A James F. Oeth memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Mill Valley Care Center for their wonderful care of Jim.

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

 



Kathryn Louise Maus-DeMoss

Kathryn Louise "Mouse" Maus-DeMoss, 59, of East Dubuque, IL passed away on Thursday, February 19, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Family and friends may gather from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a closing service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Not only was Kathy a loving mother, wife, sister, and grandmother, but she was also a loyal friend and fierce protector of those she loved. She was an avid card player with a never-ending love of Canasta. Kathy possessed a rebellious creativity that she poured into everything from her poetry to her sewing, to her notorious cooking. The world got a little more dim with her passing yet heaven has become a whole lot brighter.

She is survived by her husband, Randy DeMoss; five children, Scott (Jennifer) Coffman, of Olathe, KS, Christopher Coffman, of Dubuque, IA, Nicole DeMoss-Scovel of Bellevue, IA, Lynsi DeMoss and Allison DeMoss of Monticello, IA; ten grandchildren: Cole, Logan, Caleb, Alexis, Caden, Jayden, Lily, Laila, Trey, Lexi, and Kayla; and one great-grandchild, Skyler; four sisters, Pam Wachendorf, Debbie (Kevin) Linden, Colleen (Clarence) Brandenburg and Norann Long; two brothers, Robert (Nancy) Michael and Eugene Michael; her mother-in-law, Lois DeMoss; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosemary Michael.

We would like to say a special Thank-You to Dr. Toby Campbell and the great staff at the Carbone Cancer Treatment Center in Madison, WI; Dr. Lawrence Hutchison and his staff at Tri-State Family Practice; and Hospice of Dubuque for all that they have done.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Ruby Margaret Crowl

Ruby Margaret (Warden) Crowl, 89, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, with her husband, Ray, by her side.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Kayla Lange officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and after 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the Church.

Ruby was born April 12, 1925 in Polk City, IA, the daughter of George W. and Bessie A. (Zackery) Warden.
She married Ray E. Crowl, son of Herbert and Lenore Crowl of Goldfield, IA, on May 19, 1945 in Madison, WI, while Ray was serving in the U.S. Navy.

Ruby was active in the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque and served as Sunday School Teacher, Chairman of the Prayer Chain, and Member of the Women's Society. She truly loved and enjoyed her family.
Ruby lived a life full of love, and was never without her trademark smile and positive attitude. She was truly a kind, faith-filled, beautiful, compassionate, loving, sweet, and caring woman in every sense of the word. Hardly a day went by that Ruby wasn't expressing her love and pride for her great-grandchildren and encouraging them to do what made them happy. Neither did a day go by without her husband of 69 years by her side. She and Ray were inseparable, like two peas in a pod. The love they shared was obvious to anyone who saw them during their frequent dates at Olive Garden, walks around Dubuque's Kennedy Mall, and visits to Church. It would be selfish to say that we will miss her terribly, because we know we are not the only ones. Many, many people were touched by her presence. We are just so lucky that we were able to know her and to love her.

Surviving is her husband, Ray; two children, Joyce (Dan) Busch of Dickeyville, WI and Greg (Andrea) Crowl of Cape Coral, FL; as well as five grandchildren, Tina Mowery, Terry Busch, Tracy Cushman, Christian Fisher, and Erik Fisher; and 14 great-grandchildren, Megan, Jesse, Emilie, Nathan, Natalie, Caitlyn, Sydney, Austin, Thayden, Ian, Adeleine, Quinn, Tegan and Tate;  and one sister, Zetta (Maynard) Gruver, of Des Moines, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, nine sisters and two brothers.

Ruby's family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and Kate, his nurse, for the wonderful care provided to Ruby.

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



Marilyn J. Leslein

Mrs. Marvin (Marilyn Jean) Leslein, 86, of Heritage Manor died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Private funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Marilyn was born to John and Anna (Hedrick) Kerth on October 1, 1928 in Dubuque County.
She attended Dubuque Senior High School. In the early 1940's she began singing over the Radio on KDTH in regular scheduled programming, with the Clarence Zahina Band and Bob Gribben. She also sang every Saturday night at the Barndance held at the Melody Mill in Dubuque. Later she became a receptionist at KDTH.
She married Marvin H. Leslein on January 4, 1947 at Immanuel Church in Dubuque. Four years later she left one career to begin a new one as a fulltime homemaker and mother. She enjoyed her music, gardening, cooking, sewing and much more.

Marilyn was the best wife, mother, grandmother and sister that anyone could ask for and will be greatly missed.

Surviving is her husband, Marvin; children, Cynthia Leslein, of Dubuque, and Randall Leslein, of Rice Lake, Wis.; grandchildren, Brooke (Todd) Gassman, Peosta, IA., and Justin Leslein, Chicago, Ill.; three great- grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Bonnie (Russell) Kerth, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her son, David; parents; five sisters, Doris Stackis, Ruth Kohnen, Annette Ament, Virginia Kerth, Marge White; and brothers, Russell Kerth and Robert Kerth.

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



Ruth Ann Haugen

Ruth Ann Haugen, 70 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 23, 2015 at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa, 1197 Old Stage Road. Family will greet friends 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd in Dubuque, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Burial will be in Glenwood West Cemetery.

Ruth Ann was born June 3, 1944 in Waukon, Iowa, the daughter of Art and Marian (Rufferidge) Moen. She attended elementary school in Waukon, and graduated from Decorah High School in 1962. Ruth Ann worked for the Dubuque Packing Company until its closing, then she tended bar at various establishments in Dubuque, before retiring because of illness in September of 2014. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and she took much joy in collecting carnival glass and other antiques.

Survivors include her children, Brian Haugen and his son, Aaron; Suzanne (Fiancée Rob Hentrich) Stumpf and her children, Nicole, Alex, Grace, John, Jolie; Ken (Julie) Haugen and their children, Paige, Jack, William; Charles Haugen and his children Britini (Omar), and Joshua ; her partner, Joe Hendrix; great-grandchildren, Lily, Bella, Anaya, Avanni, and Omar, Jr., and many other extended relatives.

Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Jeanette Bohr, Dale Moen, Ronald Moen, Ernest Moen, and her favorite Uncle, Galin Rufferidge.

The family would like to thank Dr. Longo, Dr. Konz, Staff of Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque for your special care of Ruth Ann.

A memorial fund has been established in Ruth Ann's memory.

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



Mary M. Duffy

Mary Mildred "Millie" Duffy, 96, of Dubuque, formerly of Pompano Beach, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military honors will be accorded. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 pm.

Mildred was born on Sept. 20, 1918 in Dubuque, the daughter of Anton A. and Eleanor (Kelsh) Freund.
She married Patrick E. Duffy on April 22, 1946 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1990.

Mildred graduated from the Mercy College of Nursing in 1939. She served our country during WWII as an Army Nurse.

After the war she returned to Dubuque and was a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital and Manor Care.
She was a member of Dubuque American Legion Post #6 and a life member of the Pompano Beach American Legion Post #142.

Surviving are her children Jean (Karl) Kohnen, of Dubuque, Kit (Raymond) Kengott, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Colleen Duffy, of Dubuque, and Margaret (Steven) Canter of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; four grandsons; David (Sarah) Kohnen, Michael (Valerie) Kohnen, Daniel Kohnen and John Canter; three granddaughters, Laura (Don) Stanner, Sarah (Rob) Hofer, and Rachel Canter; four great grandsons and three great granddaughters; and a sister-in-law, Lillian Freund, of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Joan Ellen Duffy and, Dr. Sister Mary Susan Duffy, RSM, M.D.; and two brothers, Robert and George Freund.

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

Memorials may be made to St. Raphael's Cathedral. For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

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



Benedetta M. Pitz

Benedetta M. "Benny" Pitz, age 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 10:08 a.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at home with her loving family. To honor Benny's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 23, 2015, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy officiating. To celebrate Benny's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will a parish scripture wake service held at 12:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Benedetta was born on August 15, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Mercurio A. and Rosina (Giunta) Pusateri.

Benny graduated from the Visitation Academy and was a lifelong Dubuque resident. When she was young, Benny loved to go dancing at Melody Mill, where she met a handsome young man named Bernard Pitz. Benny and Bernard married on November 22, 1945, at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death on August 9, 1994. Benny worked with her father and brothers at Pusateri Fruit and Food Store on 11th and Main and later went into partnership with her brothers who opened Pusateri Restaurant in the mid 1950's. She later gave her portion of the restaurant to her brothers. Benny later went to work for the Holiday Inn and Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque in the hospitality and the laundry departments until her retirement. After she retired, Benny began cleaning private homes in Dubuque. She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection and Rosary Society. Benny loved cooking and baking for special occasions and was famous for her crisp green beans and Italian tossed salad. She had a kind heart and was always willing to drop what she was doing to help someone in need. Family was extremely important to Benny and they always came 1st. She especially loved getting together during holidays.

Benny is survived by her daughter, Rosemary (Daryl) Wickre, Dubuque, IA; her five grandchildren, Jeremiah (Erin) Wickre, Olivia (Mike) Foht, Terrance (Michele) Wickre, Samuel (Jill Garcia) Wickre and Josie Wickre; her six great-grandchildren, Titan and Izabella Foht, Jacob and Lucas Wickre, Kimber Wickre and Aubrina Buol; very special friends, Bob (Karen) Sudmeier, Jeff, Michael and Abbey and their spouses.

Benny was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard; a sister, Rosemary "Little Rosie" Pusateri; and two brothers, Mike and Gus Pusateri.

A Benedetta M. "Benny" Pitz memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Kathy, for their wonderful care of Benny. Also thanks to Bob and Judy Ellis and the residents of Applewood #3 for their friendship and hospitality these past few years.

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

 



Edith M. Kedley

Edith M. (Bell) Kedley, 89 of Dubuque, formerly of Cascade, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, February 19, 2015 at St. Matthias Parish - St. Martin Church in Cascade. Family will greet family and friends 3 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, where a scripture service will be conducted at 7 pm., additional visitation will be one hour prior mass on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Cascade.

Edith was born December 3, 1925 in Worthington, the daughter of Clarence N. and Olive M. (Schnier) Bell. She married Orland F. Kedley on October 4, 1952 at St. Francis Basilica in Dyersville, he passed on June 24, 2004. Edith was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She was a member of St. Martin Church, and Cascade Chapter of Catholic Daughters of America. She and Orland farmed the Kedley family farm, until retiring into town. Edith enjoyed working in her gardens, baking, and sewing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children, Judy (Dean) Boge, Tom Kedley, Beverly Kedley, Doris Kedley, and Joan (Dean) Fingerson all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Matt (Jill) Boge, Anna Boge, and Jordan Boge; great granddaughter, Harper Boge; siblings, Tom (Jeannette) Bell and Kay (LaVern) Gansemer; in-laws, Marion Bell, Laura Willenbring, Arlene Bell, Betty Bell, and Imelda Beringer.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orland; a daughter, Margie Jean Kedley; siblings, John Bell, James Bell, Rose (Don) Willenbring, Herbert Bell, Louis Bell; in-laws, Paul (Hilda) Kedley, Leonard Kedley, Donald Kedley, Curtis (Mae) Kedley, Carmelita (Marcellus) Westemeir, Melba (William Riniker and Nick) Bertling, Orville Kedley, Ione (Arnie) Beringer, and Bill Beringer.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Stonehill Care Center for your care of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother during this time.

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

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



Richard L. Miller

Richard L. "Rich" Miller, 72, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 17, 2015, at his home.

A celebration of Rich's life will be held at 3 P.M., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2:45 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Richard Leslie Miller was born on April 13, 1942 in Clinton County, Iowa, to William O. and Lena M. (Engel) Miller, Sr. He attended Clinton County country schools. He married Linda Kay Watters on January 13, 1963 at the RLDS Church in Fulton, Iowa.

Rich had first worked for J.I. Case in Bettendorf and later for J.I. Case in East Moline, Illinois, retiring in 1992. He had also worked for a short time in between for Cheney Implement in DeWitt for a year. In retirement he worked for T & J Manufacturing in Maquoketa for a couple years, and lastly owned and operated M & M Small Engine Repair with his good friend Jim McNamee for several years.

Rich was a lifetime member of the NRA with a membership in the NRA Worthington Center. He also was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, target shooting, old tractors and gas engines, bowling, stock car racing and playing the guitar with friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Linda Kay Miller of Delmar, IA; a son Randy Miller of Delmar, IA; his twin brother Ronald (Betty) Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren Erin (Billy) Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Eric Miller of Delmar, IA, and Scott Miller of Delmar, IA; 2 great-grandchildren Alexis and Cora; and 4 step-great-grandchildren Ashley, Holly, Abby and Erin. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Kenneth, William and John, infant brothers Donald and Harold, and 2 sisters Mildred Saunders and Lucille Saunders.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Richard L. "Rich" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Francis C. Funk

Francis C. "Bud" Funk, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, February, 17, 2015 at home. To honor Bud's life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To honor Bud's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity. Private family burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Graveside Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6 at a later date. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Francis was born on December 28, 1925, in Clearwater, NE, son of Rudolph and Margaret Mary (McCarthy) Funk.

Bud grew up on the family farm with five sisters and one brother. He attended the University of Dubuque Flight School and became a US Navy pilot near the end of WW II. While in Dubuque, he met his future wife, Rita Conry. They were married on May 30, 1947, at the Church of the Nativity. Together they shared their early married life between Dubuque and Nebraska. She preceded him in death on December 8, 2011, after 64 years of marriage. Bud was employed in Production Control and Computer Services for the John Deere Dubuque Works for over 26 years, retiring as an engineer in May of 1982. He was a member of the Church of the Nativity, where he was an usher, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the John Deere Supervisor Club and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Bud is survived by his children, Mary Anne (Dennis) Barry, Dubuque, IA, William Funk, Eudora, KS, Michael Funk, Rockledge, PA; 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; his siblings, Patricia Beckman, Sugarland, TX, Margaret Mary Thoendel, Gretna, NE.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 64 years, Rita; a son, Patrick on January 9, 2015 in Michigan; his siblings, Kathryn Hynes, Charlotte Mae Sehi, Norma Jean Black and John Funk.

A Francis C. "Bud" Funk memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Frances E. Kieler

Frances Evelyn Kieler, 87, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City surrounded by her loving family. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Her final resting place will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home before the service.

Frances was born on April 20, 1927, in Tennyson, Wisconsin, the daughter of John and Rose (Hufnagel) Leibfried. On June 17, 1947, Frances married Ambrose Kieler at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson. Together they farmed in rural Cuba City where they were members of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Frances was formerly a member of the St. Rose Altar Society. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren, gardening, praying the rosary, volunteering at the Cuba City Meal Site and playing bingo with the residents at the nursing home. She greatly enjoyed playing games and cards with her grandchildren and putting puzzles together. Frances played canasta with a special group of ladies in her neighborhood.

Frances' family would especially like to thank the staff at Epione Pavilion, Dr. White and Dr. Tinsman, for their kind and compassionate care of their mother for the last five and a half years. Frances was dearly loved by the nursing home staff and all who met her. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend, and she will be greatly missed.

Frances is survived by three sons, Ronald Kieler, Randy (Donna) Kieler and Terry (Kim) Kieler, all of Cuba City; five daughters, Jane O'Brien, of Montfort, Judy (Steve) Cushman, of Cassville, Mary Kay (Dean) Booth, of Cuba City, Ruth (Steve) Crubaugh, of Waupun, and Cindy (Tim) Morrissey, of Cuba City; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a sister Ann (Mark) Langkamp, of Indiana.

Frances will now be reunited with her husband, Ambrose; a son, Samuel; an infant daughter, Rose Ann; a son-in-law, John O'Brien; a great-granddaughter, Lauren White; her parents, John and Rose; three brothers, James, Louis and Bernard Leibfried; and four sisters, Mary Elskamp, Inez Ehlers, Velma Kruser and Doris Runde.

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



Phillip M. French

Phillip Michael French, 58 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at home.

Family and friends may gather from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday February 21st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Phil was born on December 15, 1956 in Agency, Iowa the son of Jack and Beatrice (Keck) French.

He is a retired truck driver and drove for various trucking companies. Phil was a faith filled person who attended church frequently.

He is survived by six children, Dave (Colleen) Lindecker, of Dubuque, Rich Lindecker, of Dubuque, Phillip French, of Dubuque, Michelle Rodriguez, of Dubuque, Mike French, Stacy French, of Madison, WI. Six grandchildren, two sisters, Terri Houlahan, of Beloit, WI, and Lisa Bream, of Iowa City, Iowa. and his former wife Berneice French, of Dubuque.

He is preceded in death by his parents.



Mathilda A. Yaeger

Mathilda A. "Tillie" Yaeger, 79, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center holding the hand of her loving sister.

Funeral services will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 18 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Catholic Cemetery.

Tillie was born August 13, 1935 in Norman, IN, the daughter of Everett and Dorothy (Adams) Brown. She married Frederick M. "Fritz" Yaeger on November 20, 1965 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 26, 1993.
Tillie enjoyed making and selling her crafts; loved spending time with her family and she loved cooking hobo dinners for her friend Gene and taking care of him.
Tillie is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Tillie is survived by her daughter, Mary Beth (Marvin) Stowers of Dubuque; her step-son Michael Yaeger of TN; four grandchildren, Ronald (Kristy) Follman, and their children, Adrianna, Taylor, and Emma, Jaymie Jo (Joseph Koppes) Follman, and their children Dahlton and Pennijo, and Olivia Stowers, and Trevor Stowers, all of Dubuque; a step-granddaughter, Rachael Yaeger of TN; her sister, Rita Brothers of Dubuque;a brother-in-law, Pete Lightfoot; and several nieces and nephews, including her two special nephews, Albert Torrey Jr. and Tim Torrey; and one special niece, Debbie Zeigafuse; and a very close friend of the family, Gene Johnson.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her twin brothers Richard (Dorothy) in adulthood, and Ralph Brown in infancy; and her sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis (Othel) Caraway, Marjorie (Albert)Torrey, and Mary Lightfoot, and a brother-in-law, Del Brothers.

Memorials may be made to Mathilda "Tillie" Yaeger Memorial Fund.

Thank You to Kristy Follman for all her loving help and Dennis Streif, her eucharistic minister and the staff at Mercy Medical Center for their loving care.

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



Marie J. Meloy

Marie J. (Cain) Meloy, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 16, 2015, at Luther Manor Retirement Community.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, February 19 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Family will greet friends and relatives from 3 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where a prayer service will be held at 2:45 p.m.

Marie was born Sept. 9, 1920, to Paul and Catherine (Cloos) Cain of Dubuque. She married Augustine "Gus" Meloy of Bernard, Iowa, in 1942, at St. Columbkille Church, Dubuque. Together they raised eight children.
She retired after twenty years of service in the dietary department of Marian Hall Infirmary, Mount Carmel.
Marie will be missed beyond words by her family; she was their rock. A loving, giving person, she brought joy and comfort to all who knew her.

She is survived by sons Robert, Loras (Sue), and Kevin; and daughters Judith Bandy and Patricia Schissel of Dubuque; and Maureen (Dean) Benda of Tama, Iowa, and Sharon (Jack) Schlueter of Simi Valley, Calif.; 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; one sister, Agnes Huseman; sisters-in-law Irene McMahon, Jeannine Cain, Mary Jane Cain, and Sally Cain; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Ronald, and siblings Allan, Margaret (Dale) Chambers, Wilma (Melvin) Hingtgen, Robert (Shirley), John, LeRoy, and Donald.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Luther Manor, Medical Associates, and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and care for Marie, and a special thank you to Dr. Osama Khatib for many years of excellent care and friendship.

In lieu of flowers, a Marie Meloy Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Polly A. Mason

Polly Ann Pusateri Mason, 58, of Dubuque, announced her intent to go to Heaven, Monday, February 16, 2015 and left quietly at 4:45 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, February 20, 2015 at Church of the Nativity on Alta Vista with Msgr. Jim Miller officiating. Her burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Nativity Church with the rosary at 2 p.m.

Polly was born on April 10, 1956, in Dubuque, the oldest daughter of Sam T. and Lois (Slade) Pusateri. She was expected on April Fool's day but tricked everyone and made them wait 10 more days. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1974 and married Perry Mason of Dubuque on September 25, 1987 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, because she needed a good lawyer.

Polly worked as a travel agent for more than 20 years until her pride and joy, Anthony, was born. Then Polly turned her attention to her family and was busy as ever caring for everyone that needed her. Polly was a wonderful daughter, mother, wife, sister, caretaker, neighbor, and daughter-in-law because she was always there to pitch in.

Polly volunteered her time to the success of the third of July Fireworks and Air Show and Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque by extending her warm hospitality to the traveling military.

Polly had the most delightful wit and found humor in every situation. She loved to entertain, read and truly appreciated beauty in God's earth and had little garden retreats all around her house every spring.

She is survived by her kind husband, Perry Mason (not really a lawyer), her son, Anthony "Tony" Mason; her sisters, Betsy Poe and Jenny Steil; her brothers, Joel and Philip Pusateri and twenty-five nieces and nephews.

Polly was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Lois Pusateri; two sisters, Audrey and Amy Pusateri, and a brother Eugene Michael Purateri.

The family would like to thank the amazing nurses and doctors at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital for their extraordinarily loving care; and a special thanks to Deacon Dave McGhee, Msgr. Jim Miller and Father Bob Gross.

In lieu of flowers a Polly Mason Memorial Fund has been established.

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

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



Margaret C. Spoerre

Margaret C. Spoerre, age 91, of Shawnee, KS, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 7:40 a.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at St. Luke's Summit House. To honor Margaret's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 St. Joseph St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Margaret's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 20, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret was born on July 5, 1923, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Eugene F. and Viola (Arensdorf) Scheckel.

Margaret was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy in 1941. Margaret married Walter J. Spoerre on June 21, 1947, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 22, 1999. She had a strong work ethic, starting as an operator and advancing to a supervisor position with Northwest Bell Telephone Company. Margaret worked as a receptionist with DuTrac Community Credit Union until her retirement in 1998. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church and the Immaculate Conception Classmate Luncheon Group.

Margaret was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in teaching her children the value of hard work. She enjoyed traveling and made countless trips visiting her family. Margaret was an excellent cook and baker, always making enough to share, to the delight of her family, friends and neighbors. Her cakes and cookies were famous.

Margaret is survived by her children, Melvin E. (Linda) Spoerre, Merriam, KS, LoLa A. (Patrick) Feeney, Shawnee, KS, Merlin A. (Janette) Spoerre, Prior Lake, MN, Mary M. Spoerre, Irvine, CA; her grandchildren, Kim Spoerre, Lee (Vania) Spoerre, Brian Spoerre, Katherine and Jennifer Feeney; her 4 great-grandchildren; 5 siblings and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 51 years, Walter and 1 sister.

A Margaret C. Spoerre memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Eileen M. Oyen

Eileen M. Oyen, 98, Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Dubuque, Iowa and Lady Lake, Fla., passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Leesburg Regional Medical Center.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, at St. Anthony's Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Eileen was born on November 19, 1916 in Jamestown Township of Grant County, WI, daughter of Ralph and Matilda (Jacobi) Northaus.

She married Melvin F. Oyen on November 14, 1939 at Immaculate Conception Church, Kieler, WI. They lived in Dubuque until 1986 when they moved to Lady Lake, FL. He preceded her in death on May 18, 2000.

Eileen was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved to work on multiple craft projects and to play cards.

Surviving are two sons, Gerald (Peg) Oyen of Medford, N.J. and Kenneth Oyen of Liberty, Mo.; one daughter, Joyce (Eric) Schmidt of Leesburg, Fla.; 8 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Marion Wallenhorst of Platteville, Wis.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Ernzen; a brother, Ervin Northaus; a sister, Martha Tranel; and a daughter-in-law, Joyce Oyen.

Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Barbara K. Tubbs

Barbara K. Tubbs, 63, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, February 16, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, February 20, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Barbara Kay Manning was born on November 6, 1951 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ellsworth Harvey and Pauline Lucille (Doty) Manning. She attended Maquoketa High School and received her Administrative and Secretarial degree from Clinton Community College. She married Michael Ray Tubbs, Sr. on June 14, 1969 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Barbara worked as an administrative secretary for both Area Residential Care in Dubuque for 20 years, and part-time for 16 years at ARK Advocates in Dubuque.

Barbara was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa and TOPS. She enjoyed camping, boating, reading the Bible, going for walks, and watching television with her Daschund Fritz. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Barbara's memory include her husband Michael R. Tubbs, Sr. of Maquoketa, IA; children Michael R. Tubbs, Jr. of West Branch, IA, Melissa Inola Cavanaugh of Altoona, WI, and Jody Lee (Jason) Pellett of Menomonie, WI; 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; a brother Ellsworth Manning, Jr. of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters Lucille Ranthum of Maquoketa, IA, Joann Brandenberg of Delaware, IA, and Debbie Manning of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

 



Marie A. Farrell

Marie A. Farrell, 94, of Naperville, Illinois, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on February 15, 2015, at St. Patrick's Residence in Naperville, Illinois.

A private burial will be held from the Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Marie A. Howard was born on January 8, 1921 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Earl and Gladys (Springer) Howard. She grew up in Cedar Falls and was a high school graduate. She married Lloyd G. Farrell on June 6, 1947 in Iowa City, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 28, 2003.

Marie was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and baking.

Those left to honor Marie's memory include her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra (Scott) Wille of Naperville, IL; and 2 grandchildren, Dr. Sarah (and her husband Dr. Zachary Burns) Wille and Betsy Wille. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 1 brother Earl and 3 sisters Verna, Marjorie and Maxine.

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

 



Bettymae Thompson

Bettymae Thompson, 82, of Dubuque died Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Heritage Manor. Funeral services will be 4 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory 2659 Kennedy road where visitation will be held Wednesday from 1 pm until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Bettymae was born March 9, 1932 in Dubuque, daughter of L.E. "Earl" and Freda (Mauer) Thompson. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and Bayless Business College.

She worked as a bookkeeper for the Telegraph Herald for 17 years and Kretschmer-Tredway for 23 years. She then worked as a representative-payee coordinator for the Department of Elder Affairs for four years.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she held many offices. She taught swimming for 40 years and first aid for 25 years for the American Red Cross and volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum Visitor Center for 17 years.

She is survived by a sister in law, Karen Thompson, Nieces and nephews, Julie Thompson Lahr, James (Lynn) Thompson, Terrance (Donna) Thompson, and GlenNiece (Jon) Kutsch and several great and great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Gene Thompson.

Memorials may be made to Dubuque Arboretum and St. John Lutheran Church.

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



Earl L. Saunders

Earl L. Saunders, 92, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at his home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Earl's life will be held at 11 A.M. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at a later date in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Earl L. Saunders was born on Jan. 12, 1923 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Davis and Hazel (Watters) Saunders. He was a 1943 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School, and received his diploma while in the service. He joined the Navy in December of 1942 and was honorably discharged in January of 1946. He married Eva M. Miller on August 25, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 2007.

After Earl's honorable discharge, he worked several years in the road construction department for the Iowa State D.O.T., several years at the Savanna Army Depot in Savanna, Ill., and for 25 years at KMAQ Radio Station in Maquoketa in the sales department.

Earl was an active member of the First United Methodist Church since his marriage. He had served on many committees, and was a member of its Fireside Class and the United Methodist Men. He was a lifetime member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, and a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He had also been a 4-H leader for 5 years for the Maquoketa Sod Busters.

Earl always enjoyed his family and friends, gardening, and working on the farm raising Black Angus cattle for many years.

Those left to honor Earl's memory include his children, Ralph (Bonnie) Saunders of Maquoketa, IA, and Joan (Mrs. Ron) Ringgenberg of Johnston, IA; sisters Betty Neiderhiser of Clarence, IA, and Carol Benson of South Wayne, WI; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Earl L. Saunders memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to especially thank the physicians at Medical Associates and all the nurses and staff of Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Jerek Inoke Thomas Mitchell

Jerek Inoke Thomas Mitchell, infant son of Kara and Woodrow Mitchell of Maquoketa, received his angel wings on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

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

Jerek is survived by his parents Kara and Woodrow Mitchell of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Kailyn, Melodee and Gunnar; maternal grandparents Tom and Bonney Thede of Maquoketa, IA; and paternal grandmother Bonnie Mitchell of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Charles Mitchell III.

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

 



Rachel M. Kelchen

Rachel M. Kelchen, 96, of Worthington and formerly of Dyersville, Iowa died Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

Friends may call from 4 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Paul Cemetery, Worthington, Iowa.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate with her nephew, Deacon Joe Schockemoehl assisting.

Rachel was born May 31, 1918 in Worthington, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Ida (Greif) Schockemoehl.  She was a 1935 graduate of St. Paul High School and she attended summer school for two years at the University of Dubuque for a teaching certificate.  Rachel taught grades one through eight for two years from 1936-1938 at rural Worthington timber school, south of Worthington.  She married Raymond J. Kelchen on February 14, 1938 in Worthington, Iowa.  Together they farmed until their retirement in 1968.  Rachel was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening and in later years she enjoyed reading, family get-togethers and playing cards with her friends.  She was a volunteer at the Dyer Doll House and secretary for Friends of the Library in Dyersville.  Rachel was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include one daughter: Janice (Alfred) Meyers of Worthington, three grandchildren: Connie (Alan) Kramer, Paul (Mindy) Meyers both of Farley and Jane (Russ) Boffeli of Cascade, seven great grandchildren: Kyle, Madeline and Lauren Kramer, Chloe and Hunter Meyers, Lidia and Ben Boffeli, in-laws: Pat Holub of Central City, Mary Ostwinkle of Epworth, Ella Gross and Lucille Kelchen of Cascade, along with many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ida Schockemoehl, her husband, Raymond on Dec. 3, 1990, two sons in infancy, siblings: Laura Schockemoehl, Marion (Nicholas) Radloff, Stella (Joseph) Comer, LaVerne (Stanley) Holub, Harold (Florence) Schockemoehl, Harriet (Samuel) Knepper, Grace (Marvin) Hirtz-Hinrichs, William (Magdalen) Schockemoehl.

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

 

 



Cynthia M. Willis

Cynthia M. "Cyndi" Willis, age 57, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To honor Cyndi's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Cyndi's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Cyndi was born on September 27, 1957, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Delbert and Elizabeth (Clark) Walker.

Cyndi was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Being a mother and grandmother were the most important aspects of Cyndi's life; her children were her world. In her free time she liked to go fishing and camping with her family. She also enjoyed going to Bingo, reading her books, cooking and spoiling her grandchildren. Some of Cyndi's fondest moments were playing cards with her family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Cyndi is survived by her children, Laura (Steve) Willis, Dubuque, IA, Kevin (Jennifer) Willis, Epworth, IA; her grandchildren, Tyler, Haley, Desiree, Caleb, Isabella and Natalie; her siblings, Vikki (Mark) Manemann, Sherry (Dave) Mai, Jim Walker, Dennis (Connie) Walker, all of the Dubuque area; her former husband, Dale Willis, Dubuque, IA.

Cyndi was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Kelly Clark and a sister-in-law, Linda Walker.

A Cynthia M. "Cyndi" Willis memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Donald Hoppmann Jr.

Donald "Donnie" Hoppmann Jr., 58, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St, Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Donnie was born March 6, 1956 in Dubuque, the son of Donald Sr. and Virginia (Swift) Hoppmann. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1974. He married Janet Hayes on August 18, 1978 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Donnie was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, FDL, Farmland, and most recently at Rite-Hite. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed pheasant hunting. His hunting dogs were special to him, and he also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, horseshoes, and playing billiards with his family. Donnie was a humble man of few words. He was caring, friendly, and a true gentleman.

Donnie is survived by his wife, Jan, of Dubuque; two children, Allison (Larry) Johnston of Bixby, OK, and Andrew (fiancée Jessica Wagoner) Hoppmann of Clarinda, IA; one grandson, Cohen Johnston; his father, Donald Hoppmann Sr. of Dubuque; three brothers, Bob (Carroll) Hoppmann of AZ, Mark Hoppmann Sr., and Mike (Debbie) Hoppmann, both of Dubuque; four sisters, Mary (Bob) Schwartz of Apple River, IL, Patti DiGiacomo of Dubuque, Barb (Mike) Snyder of Overland Park, KS, and Linda Trimble of AZ; his brother in law, Mike (Peggy) Hayes of Bellevue, IA; four sisters in law, Carol (Bill) Mellgren of MN, Sue Beaver of CA, Linda Bakey of Dubuque, and Phyllis (Bill) Miehe of SC; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother; three brothers in law, George DiGiacomo, Mark Hayes, and Larry Beaver; and his parents in law, John and Joan Hayes.

The family would like to thank their friends and family for the continued love and support.

Memorials may be made to the Donald Hoppmann Jr. Memorial Fund.

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



Eugene H. Kremer

Eugene H. "Tex" Kremer, 89 of 9278 Olde Davenport Road died Friday February 13, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Saint Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone and Rev. Don Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. until time of services, Tuesday at the Church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road are in charge of arrangements.

Tex was born in LaMotte, Iowa on March 10, 1925 the son of Frank and Helen (Bechen) Kremer. He married Joan Krogman on July 20, 1954 St. Bonifas Catholic Church in Clinton, IA.

Tex grew up in the LaMotte area and worked on the family farm. He later worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation until becoming the manager of the Table Mound and Spring Valley Trailer Parks, a job he held for many years working up into his 80's. Tex had a great passion for restoring antique cars, tractors, and old gas engines with the help of his son, Dennis. He was a charter member of the Antique Tractor Club, and enjoyed attending tractor pulls and events put on by the club.
Tex also enjoyed riding horses, dancing, and a good visit with friends, family and especially his grandchildren. Old time western music could always be heard coming from the house along with RFD TV, Wheel of Fortune, or Family Feud.

Tex is survived by his wife, Joan, of 60 years, his son Dennis (Ellen) Kremer and daughter Angela (Michael) Friederick all of Key West, grandchildren Audra (Mike) McLaughlin, Rebecca Kremer, Catherine Kremer, Brittany Friederick, and Blaine Friederick, a sister Georgene Krogman of Crossville, TN, and brothers and sisters in law Mildred Krogman, Donna Burke, Jerrie Krogman, Orville & Phyllis Krogman, Robert & Marijo Krogman and Merle & Mary Krogman along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Francis and Allan, and brothers in law Donald, Jerome, Kenneth and Arthur Krogman and James Burke.

Tex was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, especially breaking a stubborn horse, or by tuning up an old car or tractor. He will be missed by all who knew him.



Sr. Clare Reinert, S.S.N.D.

Sr. Clare Reinert, S.S.N.D., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, in St. Louis, MO. To honor Sr. Clare's life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015, at the Notre Dame Mother House/Teresa Center, 320 E. Ripa Ave., Lemay. To celebrate Sr. Clare's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Mother House. Burial will be in the Mother House Cemetery.

Being 1 of 13, Sr. Clare is survived by her siblings, Charles (Delores) Reinert, Dubuque, Bernard (Lori) Reinert, St. Louis, MO, Frank (Beverly) Reinert, Dubuque, Lucy Donovan, Andrew, IA, Peter (Betty) Reinert, Hazel Green, WI, Catherine Orman, San Francisco, CA, Raphael (Glenda) Reinert, Sherrill,, IA, Molly (Mike) Murray, Olney, IL; a sister-in-law, Karol Reinert, Dubuque.

Sr. Clare was preceded in death by her parents; 5 siblings, John (Margie) Reinert, Mary (Paul) Noesen, Joseph Reinert, Anthony (JoAnn) Reinert and Herman Reinert; and 2 brothers-in-law, Ken Donovan and Stan Orman.

Contributions to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 320 E. Ripa Ave., Lemay, MO 63125 appreciated.

 



LeRoy J. Gassmann

LeRoy J. Gassmann, age 78, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 12th, surrounded by his family.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015 at Church of the Resurrection, with Fr. Joseph Wolfe officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Burial will be held at a later date. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 15 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where there will be a prayer service at 6:00 p.m.

LeRoy was born on December 13th, 1936 in Petersburg, IA, the son of Aloysious and Leonette (Kluesner) Gassmann. He married Margaret Leyendecker on May 9th, 1959 at St. Paul's church in Worthington, Iowa. 

LeRoy graduated from Worthington High School in 1954. He served his country in the US Army for six years, starting when he was drafted in December of 1959. Twenty months of that time was spent in Hanau, Germany. He was employed by John Deere Dubuque Works for 34 years as an equipment testman. He spent much of his time at a ball field either playing as a Worthington Cardinal or watching his children and grandchildren play the game he loved. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. His hobbies included: fishing, dancing, spending time betting on the dogs or throwing some money in the slot machines. Everyone knew he loved babies and babies loved him.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Margaret Gassmann, and 6 children: Brenda (Russ) Pfab of Dubuque, Iowa, Mark (Toni) of DeWitt, Iowa, Stacey (Eric) Ruff of Bettendorf, Iowa, Gary (Lynette) of Dubuque, Iowa, Tony (Tiffany Steiner) of Dubuque, Iowa, and Sara (Matt) Higgins of Spirit Lake, Iowa, 15 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way, 4 brothers: Lyle Gassmann of Dubuque, Iowa, Robert (Bev) Gassmann of Opelousas, Louisiana, Kenneth Gassmann of Bullhead City, Arizona, Gerald Gassmann of Davenport, Iowa, and 4 sisters: Betty Gotto of Bankston, Iowa, Gladys Knepper of Dyersville, Iowa , Mary Agnes (James) Schnier of Bellevue, Iowa, and Connie Lueck of Mineral Point, Wisconsin; a sister in law Betty Gassmann; and a brother in law Bob Fitzgerald both of Dyersville, Iowa.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents, Aloysious and Leonette, his brothers Marvin (Pat) and John (Grace) Gassmann, his sisters Sylvia Fitzgerald and Eileen (Bill) Besler; and brothers in law Butch Gotto and Paul Knepper.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy K, Amy M, Anji, and Emily for all their support. Also, the fourth floor staff of Finley Hospital for their wonderful care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

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

 



Vivian M. Sisler

Vivian M. (Bray) Sisler, 93, of Galena, Ill., passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2015 at St. Michael's Church in Galena, with Rev. Stanislaw Kos officiating.  Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. on Monday at the Miller-Steinke Funeral Home in Galena, where the parish scripture service will be at 4 p.m. Monday.

Vivian was born on Feb. 20, 1921 in Scales Mound, Ill., the daughter of Theodore and Clara (Kilcoyne) Bray.  She was united in marriage to Clyde M. Sisler on Jan. 26, 1941 at Holy Trinity Church in Scales Mound.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 21, 2001.

She was a graduate and class valedictorian of the class of 1938 at Scales Mound High School. 

Vivian was a member of St. Michael's Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.  She formerly work at The Frame Shop gift shop in Galena.  She and Clyde were members of the Camp Delton Club at Lake Delton, Wisconsin for many years and loved to travel.

Vivian was very devoted to her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, Michael (Lynn) Sisler of Galena and Gary (Suzannah) Sisler of Madison, Wisconsin, her grandchildren, Paul, Brad, and Andy Sisler and Shannah Garofalo, her great grandchildren, Mia Garofalo, Elly and Brie Sisler, Graham and Evan Sisler and Nicco Garofalo and her Bray nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Theodore and Clara, her husband Clyde, her daughter Cherillyn Kay "Cheri" Sisler on April 17, 2014 and a brother Robert "Bob" Bray.

Vivian's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to their Mother.

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

 

 

 



Robert C. Bailey

Robert C. "Bob" Bailey, Jr., 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, February 13, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa following a battle with leukemia.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, February 16, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Robert Charles Bailey, Jr. was born on November 4, 1957, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Robert Charles and Waive Pearl (Widel) Bailey, Sr. He was a 1976 graduate of Delwood High School. After 26 years, he married his true love Linda on July 8, 2006 by the pond on their farm near Letts, Iowa.

Bob was a farmer, and a talented carpenter who had owned and operated Bob Bailey Construction for many years.

Bob enjoyed antique tractors, farming and Jeep off-roading. He especially loved spending time with his family and being on the farm.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his wife Linda Bailey of Maquoketa, IA; Linda's two children whom he loved and raised as his own, Brian (Lisa) Manderscheid of Maquoketa, IA, and Paula (Chris) Brewer of Montgomery, IL; 2 granddaughters Lainey Estelle Brewer and Bailey Kathryn Brewer; a brother Kenneth (Judy) Bailey of Delmar, IA; and sisters Mary Ann Bailey of Maquoketa, IA, and Karen Hagenow of Davenport, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson Miles Franklin Brewer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert C. "Bob" Bailey, Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gregory L. Wiest

Gregory L. Wiest, 74, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Friday, February 13, 2015, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Bart Timmerman officiating. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center before the service.

Greg was born on June 24, 1940, in Cassville, Wisconsin, the son of Kenneth and Ann (Pellock) Wiest. He married Ann Berning on September 24, 1966. She preceded him in death on January 22, 2012.

Greg will be remembered and loved for many things in his life. He worked at and retired from John Deere after 30 years. He made so many lasting friendships from there. He coached basketball for 35 years at many different levels. He influenced, inspired, and touched the lives of hundreds of young men during that time. Greg was a devoted husband and father. He was married to our mother, Ann, for 45 years and helped raise two young boys to adulthood. During his last 14 years, he also took a special interest in his three grandsons, Lucas, Nick, and Jacob. When he wasn't golfing, bowling, playing board games and taking them out to eat at Denny's, he was talking about them to his great many friends in the Tri State area. He also loved the Wisconsin Badgers, Chicago Cubs and the John Havlicek led Boston Celtics. Most of all he loved being around his family and friends. To the best father, grandfather, husband, coach, and friend we could ask for...he will be remembered and missed.

Survivors include two sons, Michael (Lisa) and Kevin (Cindy) , both of Rochester, Minnesota; a special friend, Patricia Gile, of Cuba City; two brothers, Rod (Marilyn) Wiest, of Milwaukee, and Douglas Wiest, of Portland, Oregon; three grandchildren, Lucas, Nicolas and Jacob; a sister-in-law, Joanne Pellock, of Cassville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Memorials may be given to the Greg & Ann Wiest Scholarship Fund.

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

A special thanks to Gary and Alice Schmitt and Mark and Adele Hendricks for being my special travel companions.



John E. Wright, Sr.

John E. Wright Sr., 86, of 508 W. Locust Street, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at home.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 14 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Friends may call from 12- 1 p.m., Saturday at the Funeral Home, where Military Honors will be accorded at 12:30 p.m. by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. A reception will follow at the First Baptist Church, 2143 Judson Drive, Dubuque.

John was born on September 2, 1928 in Aurora, Illinois, the son of George and Viola (Dobbins) Wright. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High and lived in Dubuque most of his life.

He married Norma Wilbur on Nov. 19, 1949 in Reno, Nevada while he was serving in the Navy during the Korean War.

John was employed at Dubuque's original cable company as an installer and troubleshooter for over 30 years.
He was most well-known for more than 40 years of involvement with Dubuque's bowling community as a bowling coach for juniors (Imperial Lanes, Riverside and Creslanes), a league officer, a member of the 700 bowling club, a director and then President of the Dubuque Men's Bowling Association, and secretary of the Dubuque Junior Bowling League. He was inducted into the Dubuque USBC Men's Bowling Association's Hall of Fame in 2002.

John was an avid Chicago Cubs fan from the womb. His mother went to games before he was born, took him to games from his earliest memories, and taught him to score games before he could read. He stayed faithful through the many highs and lows of Cubs baseball and will undoubtedly be at Wrigley Field this season, too.

John was a true Dubuquer; he loved playing euchre with his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his children: Norma (Tom) Pellett and Grace Mendez, both of Dubuque, John Jr. (Kathie) Wright, of Hampton, VA., Charles (Doreen Joan) Wright, of Kenosha, WI., and Samuel (Cheri) Wright of Farley; daughter-in-law, Suzie Wright; 17 grandchildren, 38 great- grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma; daughter, Jacquline Louise; 2 grandchildren, his parents; and brother, George Wright, Jr.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Dubuque Junior Bowling Association, 3094 Sundown Court, Dubuque, IA 52001.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of John's doctors, especially Dr. Regan Wolbers and staff, the Hospice of Dubuque, especially Chris and Nicole, and Lisa and Winnie at HomeInstead.



Gertrude M. Birkett

Gertrude Mary Birkett, nee Behn, 93, passed away on February 10, 2015 at Bethany Home in Dubuque.

Gertrude Mary Birkett was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England on November 20, 1921. She began work as a physical therapist at Newcastle General Hospital and went on to write a book on post-natal exercises and helped develop the protocol of rehabilitation for the first hip replacement performed in England.

She married Dr. Joseph Peter Birkett in 1949 and had six children during their 50 years of marriage - Margaret, William, Peter, David, Mary and Thomas. In 1972, the family moved to Cincinnati, OH and to Stamford, CT in 1978. Gertrude loved to play tennis and bridge, eventually becoming a Bridge Life Master. Shortly after her husband's death in 1999, Gertrude had difficulty living alone and was moved into assisted living In Stamford and later into the Memory Care Wing at Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA. She will be buried next to her husband in Westport, CT.

She is preceded in death by her twin sister, Margaret and sisters Joan and Frances. She is survived by her six children, thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A service will be held in Stamford Connecticut later this month. In lieu of flowers, donations will be welcomed at Bethany for the wonderful care they provided for our mother.



Richard R. Maiden

Richard R. "Rick" Maiden, age 64, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 1:10 a.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Rick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1795 Jackson St., with Rev. Pamela Starr officiating. To celebrate Rick's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., and on Tuesday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Richard was born on October 16, 1950, in Dubuque, son of Harry E. and Velma K. (Cornwell) Maiden.

Rick was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 28 years until his retirement in 2002. He was an avid and accomplished gunsmith and long distance target shooting was his passion. He enjoyed going to gun shows and spending time with his friends. Rick had a machine shop where he loved to build and also created numerous parts for his friends Harley's. He eagerly anticipated his yearly trips to Sturgis, SD. In his younger days, Rick invested countless hours and money into drag racing and was even known to make a run or two at Cordova Dragway.

Rick is survived by his sister, Sandy (Richard) Pfab, Bernard, IA; many nieces and nephews.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Darlene (Eugene) Plumley and Sharon (Marvin) McVay; and four nephews, Neil McVay and Gary, Lonnie and Steve Plumley.

A Richard R. "Rick" Maiden memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of Rick.

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

 



Mary C. Lightcap

Mary Catherine Lightcap, 76, of Dubuque died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Friday from 3 pm until time of service. Inurnment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetey.

Mary was born September 29, 1938 in Dubuque, daughter of Raphael and Mary Rita (Sweeney) Huss. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1956. In February of 1959 she married Thomas Lightcap in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Mary worked at JC Penney for 50 years. She was a member of St. Mary's and St. Patrick's Catholic church.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Lightcap of Dubuque; three children, Deborah (Dean Muenzenberger) Wagner, Mike Lightcap of Beaverton, Oregon, and Mark (Liz) Lightcap of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Joshua (Tiffany Weipert), Jayson (Tara) and Kyle Wagner; and Erik, Scott, Amy and Audrey Lightcap; two great grandchildren; a brother, David (Rosie) Huss of Dubuque; a sister, Ann (Doug Fehr) Wertzberger of Kansas City, Missouri, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Dr. Hermann and his staff, and the employees of JC Penney.



Daniel J. Murphy

Daniel John "Biff" Murphy, 59 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday February 9th, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30a.m Saturday February 14th at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. until time of funeral mass at the church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

He was born on August 26, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Jeanette (Cherrier) Murphy. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1973. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company, John Deere, Caradco, and was currently working for Eagle Window and Door. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with mans best friend his dog Missy.

He is survived by his mother Jeanette, sisters Colleen Motsch and Cathy (Tom) Milligan, a niece Sheila Motsch, two nephews Matt and Mitch Milligan.

He was preceded in death by his father John and sister Susan.



Richard J. Oberfoell

Richard J. Oberfoell, 46, of Iowa City, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospital's Palliative Care Unit, after a nine-year battle with a rare cancer, ethesioneuroblastoma.

A memorial service to celebrate Rich's life will be held Saturday, February 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. in Iowa City. Visitation is from 1-3:00 p.m. followed by the service. On Sunday, February 15, visitation will be from 1-3:30 p.m., followed by Mass, at Holy Spirit Parish (Holy Ghost Church), 2921 Central Ave, Dubuque. A private burial service will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery the following day.

Richard was born at Xavier Hospital on July 25, 1968, in Dubuque, IA, to Albert M. Oberfoell and Carol M. (Timmerman) Oberfoell.

Rich was a graduate of Dubuque's Wahlert High School and Loras College. He earned an M.A. in learning and teaching from DePaul University in Chicago and an M.A. in school administration from the University of Iowa, where he had also earned his ESL certification. During college, he studied abroad at the University of Madrid, Spain. After college he spent six months in Mexico, learning its culture and language, and then volunteered for a year teaching inner-city children at Amate House in Chicago.

Then began Rich's international teaching career: five years in Valencia, Venezuela, and three years in Chinhae, South Korea where he first met and then married SunHee Cho on March 30, 2003. They settled in Iowa City, and he began teaching at West Liberty's Middle School, a dual language school in Spanish and English. His colleagues were a constant support to him during his many surgeries and times away from school for treatment. 

Rich greatly loved his family and friends, his students, and his church, and he had a great heart for justice. A highlight of his life was attending a Christmas party at the White House, an invitation he and SunHee received because of his tireless work on President Obama's re-election campaign. He had a passion for teaching and a love for the profession. Rich's energy was contagious, his courage was inspiring, and his joy could fill the room. He also enjoyed politics and sports, especially his Iowa Hawkeyes, the Chicago Bulls, Cubs, and the St. Louis Rams.

Rich's fight to live lasted so long because of his love for his son, Xavier. He coached Xavier's soccer team and was a Cub Scout leader. A week before his passing the family shared a trip to Disney World. He did all this and much more to create memories for Xavier.

Rich is survived by his parents; his wife, SunHee and son, Xavier, of Iowa City; his brother, a sister, a niece and nephews: Gary A. (Katie) and Sara and Brady, Pewaukee, WI; Beth A. (John) Suehr and Aiden and Tristen, Palatine, IL.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and recently by his aunt, Rosemary V. Timmerman, and brother Paul, who passed away on October 5, 2014. Rosemary and Paul light the way for him.

The family thanks the doctors and nurses at the UI Hospital and the Palliative Care Unit who were a constant support to Rich and the family throughout his long journey.
In memory of Richard, an Education Fund for Xavier has been established at the University of Iowa Community Credit.

 



Joan K. Curtis Higley

Joan Kathryn Curtis Higley, 93, of Dubuque, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Monday, February 9, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Grace Point Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Joan was born on September 4, 1921 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Roy and Amelia (Grassel) Curtis. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and received her BA from the University of Dubuque. Joan taught physics and math at the University of Dubuque and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then taught at Jefferson Junior High School and Sunday school at the Third Presbyterian Church. On December 30, 1950, Joan married Howard F. Higley Junior. Joan celebrated life with a sense of adventure and had a strong connection to nature. She was an avid bird watcher and lover of dachshunds. She enjoyed camping, hiking, and traveling the world. She was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. She studied in various elder hostiles in Europe and spent many years wintering in Mission Texas.

Joan was past president of Gamma Phi Delta (U.D.) chapter, I.P.P.E.O., the Dubuque Audubon Society, The Friends of Mines of Spain, The Iowa Mountaineers, Grace Point Church (formerly 3rd Presbyterian Church), and the Mississippi Trails Club where she had a lifetime hike total of 1634 miles. She was awarded the Governors Volunteer Award for various conservation projects.

Surviving are her husband of 64 beautiful years, Howard F. Higley Jr. of Dubuque; her children Howard Roy (Louise Katz) Higley of Mountain View, CA, Mary Jo (Barry) Shear of Highland Park, IL, and Jan Higley Zivojnovich of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Sara and Nathaniel Higley, Matthew, Johanna, Gailan and Alexander Shear; and Adam, Daniel, Thomas and Grant Zivojnovich; her sisters, Jane Liebold and Jean Jaeggi.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Amelia, siblings Janet (William) Marshall, Judy (George) Meyer, Joyce Wollschlager, Albert (Bernie) Curtis, brothers in law Joe Liebold and Robert Jaeggi, and granddaughter Jillian Zivojnovich.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Friends of the Mines of Spain, Children's Haven International or Grace Point Church.

Online condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The Higley family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care and guidance. A special thanks to Elizabeth, Nicole and Janice and to "no place like home" Diane, Wendy and Pam.

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



Sharon A. Marshall

Sharon Ann Marshall, 69, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at home surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday , February 13 at Saint Joseph Key West Church with Father Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 12th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Sharon was born on December 24, 1945 in Dubuque, the daughter of LeRoy and Mary Catherine (Hennis) Wolfe. She married John Marshall on February 19, 1966, in Dubuque.

She spent much time enjoying her children and grandchildren, snowmobiling, gardening, and tending her flowers and lawn.

Surviving is her loving husband of 49 years, John, and 4 children Ann (Ted) Ruske of Robins, IA, Joseph (Shannon) and Steven (Jessica) of Denver, CO and Jenny (Steve) Aune of Verona, WI; 6 grandchildren, Andrew, Sydney, Ben, Ian, Hannah and Levi. Her Siblings; Aileen Murphy, Virginia (Bob) Lewis, Mike Wolfe, Kathleen Kelley, Mary (Steve) Fitzgerald, John (Sue) Wolfe, Janet (Tim) Fitzgerald, Bill Wolfe and Tom Wolfe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Jim.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and her sister Virginia for their wonderful care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to DomusPacis.org a family respite or Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Judy Lahr

Judy (Luchtenburg) Lahr, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Waverly, died peacefully at her home in Dubuque on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Judy was born on November 24, 1953, in Waverly, Iowa, the daughter of Melvin "Mel" and Dorothy (VanLengen) Luchtenburg. She was baptized in the Baptist faith and attended the Waverly School System, graduated from the Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1972. Following her schooling, Judy moved to Omaha, Nebraska, working as a horse trainer and also showing Quarter Horses and American Paint Horses. After she moved back to Waverly, she met the love of her life, Jeff Lahr, and the couple were united in marriage on September 11, 1980, at Faith Lutheran Church in Shell Rock. Judy and Jeff trained horses at the home place in Waverly where Judy had a couple of World Champions. Judy and Jeff moved to Dubuque in 1990, where Judy worked for the Longhorn Saddle Shop for 12 years and was currently employed at Giese Manufacturing in Dubuque as receptionist and data controller for the past 10 years.

Judy dearly loved training and showing horses and golfing. But what gave Judy the most joy was spending time with her husband, Jeff, son, Jordan, her 2 precious grandchildren, Chloe (10) and Jaelyn (2) and her family and friends.

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Jeff Lahr of Dubuque, Iowa, her son, Jordan Lahr and his fiancé, Stacey of East Dubuque, Iowa; two brothers, Jim (Judy) Luchtenburg of Waverly, Iowa, Joe Luchtenburg of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one sister, Jane (Russ) Pfeiler) of Sherrill, Iowa; five nieces, Stacy (Adam) Johnson, Amy Luchtenburg, Melissa (Todd) Krieger, Gracie and Ellie Luchtenburg; one nephew, Justin (Shasta) Flynn; 11 great nieces and nephews, Samantha, Abigail, Ashley, Wesley, Ava, Atley, Kacy, Katelyn, Kael, Maxwell and Mason; 4 great great nieces and nephews, Charlotte, Carolyn, Keaton and Mason.

Judy was preceded in death by her father, Mel Luchtenburg in 1977, her mother, Dorothy Luchtenburg in 1998.

Visitation for Judy will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Following the visitation Judy's body will be cremated and there will be no formal service or burial. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Online condolences for Judy's family may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187

 



Joseph N. Kurt

Joseph N. Kurt, 95, of Farley, Iowa, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5:42 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Joseph may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m., the Farley American Legion and the New Vienna VFW Post will meet at 6:30 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Services for Joseph will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. John Haugen officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with full Military Honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656 and the New Vienna VFW Post 7736.

Joe was born May 7, 1919 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John P. and Lena (Hosch) Kurt. He received his education at the former St. Mary's school in Cascade and is also a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. On November 25, 1947 he was united in marriage to Jane Schemmel. She preceded him in death on May 18, 2008.

Joe was a World War II Army Veteran with the Fighting 69th Infantry Division having served in the European Theater in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He fought in numerous battles including the Siegfried Line, the Ardennes forest region, Hellenthal, Buschen, and Leipzig, for which he was awarded 2 Bronze Stars. His division was the first to meet the Russian's south of Berlin which ended the war and was part of the Liberation of Buchenwald Concentration camp.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, for which he served as a former Trustee for 25 years, and served on the Archdiocese Pastoral Council. He was also a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Dubourg Assembly #1573, the Farley American Legion Post #656, and the New Vienna Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7736. He was a former 4-H leader, a Dubuque County Democratic Committee member and served as the Dodge Township Trustee.

He was a kind and gentle man. He enjoyed being with his family and friends. He raised cattle on the family farm in rural Farley for 52 years. Joe enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife, bowling, golfing, and going to his grandchildren's ballgames. He enjoyed traveling and going to his annual Army reunions.

He is survived by two children, Julie (Mike) Schilling of Burlington, IA and Jeff (Lisa) Kurt of Farley, IA; six grandchildren, Melissa, Benjamin and Andrew Schilling and Jeremy, Justin and Jordan Kurt; four brothers, Melvin (Lavonne) Kurt, Carl Kurt, Sam Kurt and Leon (Trudy) Kurt all of Cascade, IA; a sister, Eleanor Burke of Bernard, IA; and two sister-in-laws, Lois Boffeli of Farley, IA, and Margie (Clarence Jr.) Walters of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a brother-in-law, Bill (Joan) Lehmann of Epworth.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herbert, Fred, and Andrew Kurt; sisters, Mary Dolphin, Anna Mae Lehmann and Margaret Ann Otting; Sisters-in-laws, Alvina Kurt, Tess Kurt, Mary Lou Kurt and Dorothy "Dottie" Kurt; and brother-in-laws, Bill Boffeli, Ralph Otting, Pat Burke and Wilfred Dolphin.

A Joseph N. Kurt memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, River Bend Retirement Community, Shady Rest Care Center, Mercy Medical Center and Medical Associates Clinic for all their care and services.

 

 



Donald H. Lake

Donald H. Lake, 86 of Holy Cross, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross, where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00. Friends may also call on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wed. Feb. 11, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.  Military Honors will be accorded by the New Vienna VFW Post 7736.

Don was born April 14, 1928, in Holy Cross the son of Alphonse and Coletta (Zewen) Lake.  He married Shirley Jean Cummings, formerly of Hazel Park, MI, on June 20, 1953, at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  In 1950, following a year at Loras College, Don enlisted in the US Air Force to serve as an electronics technician and later as an electronics instructor during the Korean War. Following his service in the Air Force, Don returned to farming.  Subsequently, he held positions with General Electric in Syracuse, NY, Martin Missile Company in Denver, CO and John Deere.  After 27 years with John Deere, Don retired in 1991.  If you ever had a "Factory Trained Technician" working on your John Deere, it was quite likely that Don Lake was the person who trained that technician in hydraulics.

Don was a dedicated husband and family man who loved nothing better than to be surrounded by his family and friends.  His early life on the farm gave him a life-long love of animals, farmland and being part of a small, tight-knit community. He loved farming, gardening, cooking, and spending time with his grandchildren and grand dogs.  The Air Force and John Deere afforded Don the opportunity to travel. He passed his love of travel to his children and grandchildren, telling them, "If you ever have the chance to travel, do it!

Survivors are his wife of 61 years, Shirley; 3 sons: Mark (Jodi) Lake of Winterset, IA, Brian (Rod Villalobos) Lake of Palm Springs, CA, and Douglas (Dr. Shari Hagerty) Lake of Eldridge, IA; 5 daughters: Christine (Mark) Troup of Chambersburg, PA, Mary Ellen Lake of Dyersville, IA, Cindy (Dennis) Cary of Bettendorf, IA, Maureen (Reenie) Lake of Dubuque, IA, and Lisa (James) Sporer of Holy Cross; 13 grandchildren: Erin and Jill, Andrew and Kayla, Leah, Jairus and Anna, Talia and Eric, Myia, Samantha, Danielle and Garrett; 3 great grandchildren; a sister, Helen (Fred) Westhoff of New Vienna, IA, and a brother, David (Lou) Lake of Holy Cross, and 17 grand dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert Lake, and a sister, Doris Sahm.

The family would like to thank Stonehill Franciscan Services, Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead especially Alyssa for their care for Don.

A Donald H. Lake Memorial fund has been established memorials are preferred.

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

 



Barbara J. Reding

Barbara J. "Bobbie" Reding, age 73, of Dubuque, passed away gracefully at 11:52 p.m., on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center. To honor Bobbie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will begin praying the rosary at 10:00 a.m. for Bobbie and her family. To celebrate Bobbie's life, family and friends may gather from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.

Bobbie was born February 10, 1941, to Joseph and Alice (Mohr) Schmitt of Graf, IA.

Bobbie married John "Jay" Reding on October 4, 1958, at Lattnerville Church in Graf, IA. They were married for 55 years before John passed away on January 6, 2014. She attended grade school in the One Room School in Graf, IA., and went on to Washington Junior and Dubuque Senior High Schools. Jay and Bobbie spent their entire lives in the Dubuque area, including owning a farm in Sherrill for 6 years in the mid 60's. Bobbie was a homemaker in her early years, who treasured raising her family. She later worked for Holy Ghost Catholic School as a Teacher's Aid and Librarian. And finally she worked for Service Master of Dubuque until her retirement. Bobbie enjoyed reading and playing cards with her monthly card club group. She also enjoyed spending time at the casinos. Bobbie was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Surviving Bobbie are her sons, Steven (Mary Jean) Reding, Chris (Cindy) Reding, Tom (Colleen) Reding, John Reding, Jr. all of Dubuque and her daughter, Jennifer (Don) Bloomquist of Goodlettsville, TN. Bobbie had 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Bobbie was one of 11 siblings, surviving are brothers, Don (Darlene) Schmitt and Tony Schmitt; sisters, Alice Irving, Helen Clemens, Jo Ann (Ray) Witterholt-Weigel, Sally Donaldson and Mary (Roger) Weydert; a sister-in-law, Maggie Smith.

Preceding Bobbie in death are her parents; her husband, John; mother-in-law & father-in-law, Emil & Molita Reding; brothers, Pat (Maxine) Schmitt, Vernon (Betty) Schmitt, David Schmitt; brothers-in-law, Roger Irving, William Witterholt, William Clemens and Richard Smith.

Special thanks to the Mercy Hospital Staff for all their help with Bobbie's care these last few weeks.

A Barbara J. Reding memorial fund has been established.

 



Bernadine C. Spiegel

Bernadine C. (Burds) Spiegel, 95 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 9, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, family will greet friends 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.

Bernadine was born December 7, 1919 in Peosta, the daughter of James and Gertrude (Kelly) Burds. She married Albert E. Spiegel on June 4, 1940; he passed on April 4, 1992. Bernadine was a great housekeeper and cook. She enjoyed playing BINGO, Euchre, King's Corner, and Rummy. She always enjoyed eating out, especially for breakfast. She raised her family and also worked at Mercy Hospital and Mount Pleasant Home for many years.

Survivors include her children, Gerri (Marv) Roling of Holy Cross, Bill (LuAnn) Spiegel of Epworth, A.J. (Joyce Beck) Spiegel of Dubuque, Mary (Buzz) McDermott of Dubuque, and Bob Spiegel of Davenport; 14 grandchildren, LuAnn (Larry), Vicki (Jeff), Scott, Jessica (Pete), Chris (Susan), Rebecca (Peter), Abby, Nathan (Tammy), Melinda (Kevin), Melissa (Chuck), Heather (Seth), Brian (Dottie), Lynn (Heather), and Amy (Dan); 40 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Bernadine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert; a son, Robert James in infancy; great grandchildren, Skyler, C.J., Lucas, and Cyril in infancy; a great-great granddaughter, Alonna in infancy; 13 siblings, Mary, James, Ann, Alberta, Pat, Vince, Bernard, Cecilia, Irene, Walt, Chuck, and 2 in infancy.

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

Arrangements are entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Lois T. Theisen

Lois Theresa Theisen, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Friday February 6 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque of leukemia. According to her wishes there will be no local services. Private services and burial will be Wednesday in Remsen, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Lois was born September 15, 1933, in Le Mars, Iowa, the daughter of John and Anna (Ruden) Theisen. Lois earned a BA in English at Briar Cliff University, an MA at Loyola University, and participated in the University of Iowa Writers Program. She appreciated the 18 years she spent with the Dubuque Franciscans who helped make her the teacher she became. She used her skills throughout 60 years of teaching, including 25 years at Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, where in 1989 she was a finalist for Iowa Teacher of the Year. For the last 10 years Lois taught for the University of Phoenix. She was known to be a tough but fair-minded teacher who set high standards for her students.

She was an active member of the Western Dubuque, Iowa State, and National Education Associations. She was a Friendship Force ambassador to England, and hosted foreign visitors on several occasions. She edited the newsletter for the Dubuque Audubon Society for many years. She loved boating on the Mississippi, and enjoyed spending time with her friends at the Diamond Jo Casino. She was a wonderful cook and loved to entertain. She maintained a gracious home, where she frequently hostessed gatherings of her fortunate and well-fed friends.

She is survived by her siblings Terry Weiler, of Le Mars, Iowa, Sally (Richard) Henke, of Cherokee, Iowa, Cyril (Helen) Theisen, of Remsen, Iowa, Ivan (Yvonne) Theisen, of Marcus, Iowa, and Rita McCarty, of Spenser, Iowa, two sisters-in-law Joan Cronin, of Marcus, Iowa, and Rita Theisen, of Canby, MN, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her long-time close friends Fr. Robert Levenhagen and Joe Tollari, both of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Elmer and Reynold, and a sister Shirley Gengler, three brothers-in-law Gib Weiler, Dave McCarty, and Sonny Gengler.

Lois wanted to thank all those who remembered her in her illness. A special thank you to Dr. Andrea Ries for her kindness and patience, and to Dr. Eric Engelman and his staff for their care and compassion. Memorials may be made to Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.



Patricia A. Francois

Patricia Ann Francois, 68 of Dubuque, IA went home to be with the Lord on February 5, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque, IL with Msgr. Wayne Ressler officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 9th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Patricia was born March 28, 1946 in Manchester, IA the daughter of Germaine "Gerry" (Haas) Gavin. She grew up in Dubuque and graduated from Senior High-school in 1964.

On February 1st, 1964 Patricia married the love of her life, Thomas Francois, at Holy Ghost Church Dubuque, IA. Tom and Pat built their current home on Muntz Court in Dubuque over 45 years ago. The couple's Catholic faith and love for each other built a family with strong morals, values and hard work ethic. They were blessed with 10 children.

Tom and Pat owned and operated Francois Masonry Inc. where Pat took care of administrative duties. Pat had a passion for serving others and always enjoyed volunteering at Holy Ghost. She was a co-founder of the Dubuque Girls Independent League, where her passion for youth sports shined and influenced many. Through the coaching of her children and backyard guidance she passed on her love for sports to her children and grandchildren. Pat was an avid golfer and softball player in her earlier years and loved hanging with her group of girlfriends "The Holy Ghost Houligans". She loved to shop, play cards and board games, play on her iPad, can tomatoes, attend any of her children's or grandchildren's events and cheer on her beloved Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals. Pat and Tom would attend mass and breakfast at Sunshine Café daily and the occasional stop to the casino.

Pat will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Thomas; children, T. Curt (Karen) Francois of Lawton, OK, Julie (Brian) Ormord of Peosta, IA, Rick (Megan) Francois of McHenry, IL, Robert Francois, Sarah Bahl, Andy (Amy) Francois, Jason (Sarah) Francois all of Dubuque, Keith (Amber) Francois of Lawton, OK, Peter (Christi) Francois of Clinton, IA, Russell (Audrey) Francois of Dyersville, IA. Grandchildren AFO Zachary (Louisa) Simmons, Landon Francois; Ryan (Jackie) Mabe, AFO Zachary, Kari, Rachel, Christian Ormord; Taylor, Megan, Arabella Francois; Jackson, Elayna, Meredith Bahl; Hayden, Drew Francois; Collin, Victoria, Johnny, Adrian, Timmy Francois; Jakob, Madison Francois; Hayley, Bryden, Louis, Thomas II Francois; Ruby Francois. Her mother Germaine(Gerry) Gavin, sister Sandra (Norm) Ellerman, brothers Gary (Mary Jo) Schroeder, Mike (Diana) Gavin, sister Deb (Don) Hocking. Brother in law Bob (Ann) Francois, brother in law Leo (Lois) Francois, sister in law Dorothy Roling, brother in law Ray (Dorothy) Francois, sister in law Irene (Don) Fisher, sister in law Helen (Lawrence) Schaul, brother in law Frank (Patty) Francois, sister in law Lori Pratner, brother in law Mike (Patsy) Francois, sisters in law Ruth Luckeroth, Ruth Francois, brothers in law Merwin Tibbott, David Cue, and many nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by her dad Vernon "Bud" Gavin, a sister Jackie Cue, father and mother in law Clarence and Ida Francois, brothers in law Ed Francois, Bill Francois, and LaVerne Roling, sister in law Mary Jean Tibbott son in law Garland Mabe and granddaughter Kirsten Ormord.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Whalen, Dr. Iverson, Dr. Schope and Dr. Martin and especially the staff of Tri-State Dialysis Center as well as all who helped with the comfort, care and support of Patricia.

In lieu of flowers a Patricia Ann Francois memorial fund has been established.



Marie M. Parker

Marie M. Parker, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Marie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marie's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marie was born on April 12, 1925, in Balltown, IA, daughter of John A. and Cecila (Stoffel) Loch.

Marie married Harold J. Parker on July 14, 1948, at St. Francis Church in Balltown, IA. He preceded her in death on February 4, 1989. She was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. Marie was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church and Rosary Society and Finley's 1st Class. She enjoyed playing bingo at the Tri-State Blind Society and the Colts, playing cards and going to Euchre tournaments. Marie also liked crocheting, afghans were her specialty, and doing crossword and word search puzzles. Family was very important to Marie, she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Linda (Don Shaw) Boffeli, Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Joshua Boffeli, Kate (Jeff) Becker, Vanessa Boffeli; 1 great-grandson, Gus Becker; two sisters, Lucille (Wilbert) Helbing, Platteville, WI, Irene McMahon, Dubuque, IA; sister-in-law, Rita Mae Loch.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; a brother, Matt Loch; 2 brothers-in-law, Wilbert Helbing and Michael McMahon.

A Marie M. Parker memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for the wonderful care they gave to Marie.

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

 



Raymond J. Waldbillig

Raymond J. "Ray" Waldbillig, age 53, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 6:17 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital.

To honor Ray's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon William Hickson officiating. To celebrate Ray's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Raymond was born on August 5, 1961, in Norfolk, VA, son of James and JoAnn (Link) Waldbillig.

Ray graduated from Hempstead High School and then attended DeVry Technical Institute in Arizona. He was employed at Miller Electric for several years and at the Clayton County Sheriff's Department. Ray owned and operated Chi-Town Pizza until retiring in 2011 to care for his father. Prior to opening his business he worked as an auxiliary police officer for the City of Dubuque. He was an avid bowler and shooter. Ray enjoyed singing, playing guitar, fishing and discussing politics. Ray was a member of the Holy Cross Sportsman Club and served on the board of the National Firearm Coalition. He loved spending Saturday mornings with Tony and the boys at Tony's Pawn Shop. Ray's family was the most important aspect of his life and his daughter, Debbie, meant the world to him.

Ray is survived by his daughter, Debbie Walczyk, CO; his father, James Waldbillig, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Jim Waldbillig, Lauri Waldbillig, both of Dubuque, IA, Jeff (Polly) Waldbillig, Rochester, MN; his niece and nephews, Eric, Regina and Luke Waldbillig; his aunts and uncles, Marilyn (Steve) Wing, Bettendorf, IA, Bob (Sandy) Smith, Dubuque, IA, Nancy Sannito, Dolton, IL, Kathy (Ken) Manahl, Pat Link, Bill Link, and Sheila Link, all of AZ.

Ray was preceded in death by his mother, JoAnn Waldbillig; his grandparents; his sister, Cindy; his step-mother, MaryAnn Waldbillig; and two uncles, Dennis Sannito and Jack Link.

A Raymond J. Waldbillig memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Fire and Rescue and Dubuque Police Departments and the staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for all of their care and compassion.

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



Ruth E. Beecher

Ruth E. "Peach" Beecher, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

In keeping with Ruth's wishes, she will be cremated and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date so her children and grandchildren can be present.

Ruth was born on Feb. 3, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of August and Freda (Launspach) Smith. She will be remembered for her beautifully decorated cakes and great cooking.

She is survived by her four children, William (Sue) Beecher of Seirra Vista, AZ, Dennis (Becky) Beecher of St. Roberts, MO, James Beecher, and Elaine (Richard) Kieffer, both of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lyle (Margie) Smith, and a sister, Ethel Butlett, both of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Robert and Ira (Enid) Smith; a sister, Fern, and her former husband, Lawrence.

A Ruth Beecher memorial fund has been established c/o 2130 Kleine St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

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

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



Marshall O. Pitcher

Marshall O. "Doc" Pitcher, 89, of Maquoketa, died suddenly on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

A celebration of Marshall's life will be held at 10 A.M. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Feb. 6, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Marshall was born Christmas Day 1925, the youngest child of Austin and Lucille Pitcher of Collins, Iowa. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Collins High School in 1943.

Marshall enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Philippines at the close of WWII for two years (1944-1946).

Upon his return home, he attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1954, receiving his DVM - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. While at ISU, he was a member of Adelante Fraternity.

He married Else Nielsen on July 23, 1955, and after practicing in Freeport, IL, moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in 1956 and established his veterinary practice. He worked as a large and small animal vet for 30 years and then, in 1987, began work as a veterinary inspector for the USDA, retiring in 2000.

During his 59 years in the community, he served on several boards including the Maquoketa School Board, the Jackson County Board of Health and the Jackson County Demonstration Farm. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and loved music and singing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Milo, Bobby and Howard (Bun); a sister, Velma; and a niece, MaryAnn.

He is survived by his wife, Else; four children, Paul of Reading, PA, Anne ( Michael) Hawks of Maquoketa, Alan (Alicia) of Wichita, KS, and Miriam (Tom) Mackey of Cedar Rapids; and eight grandchildren, Marshall & Perry Hawks, Charlie Pitcher, Austin, Amelia, and Arin Pitcher, and Lydia and Helen Mackey.

He loved his coffee buddies, travelling - whether to faraway places or the familiar gravel roads of Jackson County - the farmers and their stories, and anything for a laugh.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine or the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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



Kenneth W. Evers

Kenneth W. Evers, 91, of Bethany Home, died Thursday, January 29, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Hal Murray officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Church.

Mr. Evers was born on June 13, 1923 in Arcadia, Iowa, the son of Grover W. and Laura (Bruggeman) Evers. After graduating from the Arcadia Public School, he attended AIB in Des Moines, Iowa. He worked for WPA of Iowa and the Ankeny Ordnance Plant until he was drafted into the service. Ken served with the 10th Mountain Division in the Aleutian Islands and in Italy. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. After his military service, he attended Drake University in Des Moines and received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Ken worked for Baumann Finney & Co. in Chicago and Allen & Company in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids before coming to Dubuque and working for A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.. He also worked at CyCare Systems until he retired.

Ken married Dolores Nelson on April 21, 1957 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She preceded him in death on Feb. 7, 2006. He was both an Elder and a Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, serving the church for over 50 years. He was also a past member of the Rotary Club, Office Management Association and the National Association of Accountants.

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

Surviving are nieces and nephews Pam (Bob) Shippy of Montrose, CO, Lori (Doug) Severson of Chandler, AZ, Tim (Jan) Edmondson of Spencer, IA, Mark (Carol) Evers of Riverside, IA, Douglas (Jill) Evers of Kokomo, IN and Renee (Michael) Sands of Cedar Falls, IA. Also surviving are numerous great-nieces and -nephews.

Memorials may be given to Westminster Presbyterian Church and Bethany Home.

The Evers family extends a special thank you to Bethany Home and all of the caregivers who have helped Ken through the years, especially to Glinda Maternach, his wonderful advocate.

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

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



Leone Elizabeth Hoefflin

Leone Elizabeth Hoefflin, 81, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2015.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, with Pastor Pamela Starr officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Leone was born on Jan. 15, 1934, daughter of Dale and Viola Newberry. She married Louis C. Hoefflin Jr. on May 15, 1954; he preceeded her in death in 1978.

Leone was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in 1951. She worked at Wartburg Theology Seminary, John Deere, FDL, and in retirement worked at Walmart and Sedona.

Leone was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, camping, boating, traveling, and playing cards every week at the Moose Lodge. She was an excellent cook and will always be remembered for her twice baked potatoes and wonderful family dinners. She had a passion for the Chicago Bears and Cubs and enjoyed standing on Wrigley Field last summer. Her love of dachsunds was so immense that she always had one on her lap the last 50 years.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Larry (Lynn) Hoefflin, Knightdale, NC, Lorna (John) Davis, Dubuque, Lance (Sharon) Hoefflin, Austin, MN, and Lynda Hoefflin, Dubuque; grandchildren Rachel (Don) Hammond, Greg (Sarah) Hoefflin, Wes (Meghan) Vanasek, Chrislyn (Phil) Palumbo, Heather (Mike) Fuller, Tim Davis (McKenzie Decker), Tracy (Andrew) Brenner, Jake Davis, Jenna (Jeff) Gobin, Troy Hoefflin, Luke Hoefflin, Nicole (Kevin) King, Teresa (Kyle Baker) Reiss, and Tom Reiss; great-grandchildren Hailey Hammond, Grayson Hoefflin, Madelyn & Abigail Vanasek, Alyson & Max Maloney, Rylee & Alexandria Brenner, Connor Gobin, James Reiss, and Bentley King; sister Dee (Jack) McGeever; and brothers-in-law Gene (Lorna) Hoefflin and William Eichman. 

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Jason Davis.

A Leone Hoefflin memorial fund has been established.

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

A special thank you goes out to Cindy, Stacy, & Jennie of Hospice for all your love, support, kindness, and compassion, and to Dr. Herman and his staff.



Suzanne M. Behning

Suzanne M. Behning, age 68, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

To honor Sue's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. To celebrate Sue's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Suzanne was born on Sept. 13, 1946, in Iowa City, IA, daughter of Louis and Margaret (Till) Gross.

Sue attended St. Mary's Grade School and Aquin High School in Cascade, IA. When she was 46 years old Sue went back to school at NICC in Peosta, IA, to become a nurse. Before returning to school she was employed at Stonehill Care Center and Julien Care Facility as a CNA. She retired from Julien Care as a nurse in 2013 and then joined the SCC in Dickeyville part time.

Sue was joined in marriage to Karl Behning in 1992, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Karl was the love of her life and remained so after he passed away on Oct. 21, 2005. She was employed as a nurse at Julien Care for 14 years. Sue was a member of the #421 Teamsters. In her free time she enjoyed playing Bingo, traveling and watching the Cubs play.

Sue and Karl had many blessings between them including 10 children, Tammie Krier, Charles Polkinghorn, Michael (Sue) Polkinghorn, Patrick Polkinghorn, Todd (Roxanne) Polkinghorn, Karl Behning, Kevin (Julie) Behning, all of Dubuque, IA, Kraig (Shobha) Behning of Auburn, IA, Kurt (Patti) Behning of Peosta, IA, and Kimball (Ann) Behning of Springville, IA; the children in turn blessed them with several grandchildren, Heather (AJ) LuGrain, Holly Polkinghorn, Hannah Polkinghorn, David (Nikesha) Polkinghorn, Christina, Anthony and Nick Krier, Mark and Makayla Polkinghorn, Steven Polkinghorn, Jamie (Andrea) Kasparek, Brooke (Tom) Cooney, Meghan, Leah and Danny Behning, Shelby (Kyle) Christina, Sydney Behning, Spencer and Delaney Behning; the grandchildren then blessed them with great-grandchildren, Tysean, Slyvester Jr., Jaliyah and Daisha Hubbard, Hailey Van Cleve, Liam Clayton, Kaylie, Hunter and Emily Kasparek, Finn and Brecken Cooney, Wyatt and Weston Christina. A very special person has been there for her through thick and thin, Sue Ann (John) Wichmann.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Karl; a son, Mark Steven Polkinghorn, in infancy; a grandson, Johnathan Behning; a sister, Maureen (Caleb) Aldeman; and a son-in-law, Francis Krier.

A Suzanne M. Behning memorial fund has been established.

Sue and her famiy would like to thank Dr. Angela Kelley, Dr. Mark Janes, Dr. Ronald Schope and the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque and Manor Care for their excellent care over the years. Excellent job!

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



Karen L. Krambeck

Karen Lynn Krambeck, 68 of Earlville, Iowa formerly of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at home.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 3rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Jill Mack officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of services.

Karen was born on September 12, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Richard B. and Geneieve (Mitchell) Wold. She married David Krambeck in 1963 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Dubuque.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1964 and later attended Clarke College. She worked for many years in the meat packing company starting at the former Dubuque Packing Company and ending her career as a retail sales rep. with Hormel.

She volunteered for the American Cancer Society at the Discovery Shop and was a member of Earlville United Parish. She loved the outdoors, gardening, crafts and antiquing.

She is survived by her husband David, of Earlville, her son David (Kelly) Krambeck, of Dubuque, her siblings, Richard (Karen) Wold, of Durango, and Deborah Pekas, of Peoria, AZ and ten nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Steven in 1987, and her sister Coralynn Palmer in 2011.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Comfort especially Amanda K. for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Karen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to American Cancer Society.



Betty J. Sheehan

Betty J. Sheehan, 87 of Sherrill, IA passed away quietly in her sleep at Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque, IA on February 1, 2015 following years of declining health issues.

A wake will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 2:00 P.M - 8:00 P.M. Funeral service and celebration of life will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at Sherrill United Church of Christ with Rev. Emily Zebarth and Rev. Diane Grace officiating. Visitation will also be held after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of services. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.

Betty resided in the Dubuque area for most of her life. She spent many years raising her children in Zwingle with Elmer, sending their children to Zwingle's Independent School and Harmony United Church of Christ. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed listening to music and dancing with her cousin and life-long best friend Pat Lieb. Betty also cherished cooking, baking, gaming, and traveling while still able.

Betty was born January 28, 1928 in Dubuque, IA, the oldest daughter of Alfred Revenig and Amelia Mae Jellison (Urban) both of Dubuque, IA. She lived with her mother Amelia Mae and her sister Teresa on Garfield Ave. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, Jefferson Junior High and subsequently the Visitation Academy through the 10th grade. Betty lived in San Francisco, CA during World War II for 1½ years and while there she worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

On March 5, 1949, she married Elmer Sheehan Jr. and together they raised 6 children in the Dubuque area. She felt blessed to be a homemaker and she always made sure the house was clean and there was delicious homemade food on the table. She also worked for Henry (Hiny) E. Gosden in Cascade as a cook and housekeeper. She enjoyed her many years living and working seasonally on Hiny's farm. Betty & Elmer took their 6 children there many times and they all have warm memories of life on the farm. Betty was married to Elmer Sheehan until 1966. She later married Clarence J. Peacock ("Junior") until 1983.

Betty also worked for 10 years at John Deere in Dubuque as a fork lift driver and cleaning the offices. She was laid off by John Deere wherein she worked other jobs until she retired in 1988.

Surviving are 6 of her 8 children: Robert Sheehan and his wife Betty of Maricopa, AZ, James Sheehan and his partner Anne Work of Granby, CO, Thomas Sheehan of Sherrill, IA, Linda and her husband Richard Strickland of Sherrill, IA, Patty and her husband Ken Jaeger of Cascade, IA, and Daniel Sheehan and his wife Jenny of Dubuque, IA., 21 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her father Alfred Revenig, Grandmother Susan Urban, infant son Richard, mother Amelia Mae Jellison, sister Theresa Corey, husband Elmer, loving son Jim Jewitt, and grandson Jeff Jewitt. Betty also held a special place in her heart for her nephew Larry Gearheart.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Sunnycrest Manor, Hospice nurse Barb Kenniker, volunteer Sharon Hoth, Lois Hammerand of Mercy Home Care, and Dolora Beranger of the Visiting Nurse Association. We would like to thank her beloved primary care physician, Dr. Mark Moore of Medical Associates Clinic and so many other friends and family members who helped with her care. Also, we would like to extend a special thank you to Pastor Emily Zebarth and members of the Sherrill United Church of Christ, Hospice Chaplin Rev. Diane Grace, as well as Deacon Mary Ann Hopkins, Rev. Chris English and members from GracePoint Church.



Delmar W. Radloff

Delmar W. Radloff, 74, of Dubuque died Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 5, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Msgr. Rev. Wayne Ressler officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

Delmar was born on June 17, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Walter and Florence (Burroughs) Radloff.
Delmar attended Senior High School. He worked for the Dubuque Packing Co. for 23 years followed by employment as a Headstart school bus driver and bakery delivery driver for Econofoods. He also owned and operated Zipz Ice Cream Parlor and the Flora Pool Concession Stand until retirement.

Besides his family, he enjoyed meeting with friends for coffee every morning. Other interests included going to the casino with his wife, eating out, hunting, and fishing. He loved his two girls and three grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Janell of Dubuque, IA; his daughters, Melissa (Phil) Klein of Durango, IA and Laura (Dan) Oberfoell of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren, Brandon Klein and Megan and Nathan Oberfoell; his siblings David (Doris) Radloff of Dickeyville, WI, Mary Ann (Clyde) Harper of Dubuque, IA and Janice (Dan) Honkamp of Dyersville, IA; his sisters-in-law Judy (Jamie) Wild of Redmond, WA, Jill Kane of Waterloo, IA and Cathy Palm of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Gary, and his brother-in-law Dennis Palm.

A Delmar Radloff memorial fund has been established.

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

Special thanks friends & neighbors for their support and help during this difficult time.



Darda H. Munson

Darda H. (Lubben) Munson, age 90, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at Heritage Manor. To honor Darda's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Darda's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, where the Nativity Rosary Society will pray the rosary at 10:30 a.m.. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Darda was born on May 3, 1924, in Freeport, IL, daughter of Frank and Carrie (Wolfe) Lubben.

Darda graduated from high school and joined the U.S. Navy, serving for 2 years, from 1944 until 1946 as Yeoman Second Class, stationed in Norman, OK. She was united in marriage with Carl Munson on September 15, 1947, in Sterling, IL. Darda devoted the next 61 years of her life loving him and their family. He preceded her in death on May 25, 2008. She was a devoted mother of 7, grandmother of 20, great-grandmother of 23 and a great-great-grandmother of 2. At one time she owned and operated Christmas Year Round in Cable Car Square. Darda also worked as an administrative assistant for her partner in life at Carl E. Munson & Associates for many years. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity, the Legion of Mary Auxiliary, Nativity Guild, the Rosary Society and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Darda was a devout Catholic woman who religiously attended 6:30 a.m. Sunday Mass for over 50 years at the Church of the Nativity. She enjoyed all the work she did for her church. In her free time she also liked reading and making craft projects. In 2011, Darda and her son, Mark, had the privilege of participating in the WWII Dubuque Honor Flight. There she visited Arlington National Cemetery, where her eldest son, William, had served as the first Iowan Selected to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in 1972. Her kindness and love was felt by family, friends and strangers throughout her beautiful life.

Darda is survived by her children, Carol (Dave) Boeckenstedt, Luxemburg, IA, James (Jane) Munson, Dickeyville, WI, Mark (Kay) Munson, Dubuque, IA, Brian (Barb) Munson, Dubuque, IA, Chris (Beth) Munson, Windsor, CO, Kevin Munson, Dubuque, IA; her many beautiful grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Munson, Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Arlene Arduini, Rock Falls, IL, Mary Jane Billiter, Byron, IL.

Darda was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 61 years, Carl Munson; her son, William Munson; a grandson, Justin Munson; a great-grandson, Joshua Frommelt; and a brother, Robert Lubben.

A Darda H. Munson memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall, the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Heritage Manor for all the loving and tender care given to Darda.

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

 



Sylvia J. Splinter

Sylvia J. Splinter, 78, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of 2259 Chippewa Dr., died Saturday, January 31, 2015.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3-7p.m., Wednesday at the funeral Home.

Sylvia was born on August 26, 1936 in Anna, Illinois the daughter of Everett A. and Myrtle C. (Herbst) Baldwin. She married James A. Splinter on November 16, 1957 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Sylvia was employed as a secretary at Trausch's and Iowa Oil. She loved to cook and sew. She was a long time member of St. Mary's Church, the Rosary Society and Business Women Group.

Surviving are children, James (Kathy McDermott) Splinter; grandchildren, James (Amber) Gassman, Amber (Fiance Michael) Bauer, Nicole (Jeff) Okey, Allen Vrotsos, Dustin Splinter, David Splinter, Mellisa Splinter; step- grandchildren, Adam (Heather) Bauer and April Bauer; 10 great grandchildren; and her son-in-law, Robert Bauer
She was preceded in death by her husband, James; 2 daughters, Shari Vrotsos and Christina Bauer; parents; and sister, Joyce Dudek.

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

Special thank you to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.



Richard L. Wolbers

Richard L. Wolbers, 45 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday January 31, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 5th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday February 6th at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at St. Peters Cemetery, Temple Hill.

Richard was born October 21, 1969, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Yvonne (McCarthy) and Patrick Wolbers. He received his education at Bernard Elementary and Cascade High School. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. National Guard Reserve. He graduated from Iowa State University and he was an architect at Straka Johnson Architects, P.C. for the past 17 years. He earned his AIA and NCARB certifications and had recently completed the first exam of the LEED Green Associate certification.

He enjoyed kayaking and bicycling and rode on RAGBRAI for many years. He enjoyed working on his 1979 Ford F150 Truck. He was a do-it-yourselfer for almost everything. During his final year of college, he studied in Rome Italy for a semester. At the end of the semester, he hitched hiked around Europe for 3 months. He also enjoyed day and weekend trips to nearby attractions as there was always something new to discover or worth revisiting. This year's Christmas list noted that he liked most things odd, unique and interesting, but also added "whatever that means". He was an Iowa Cyclone fan and followed the basketball teams closely. He enjoyed spending time at Paul's Tavern, The Busted Life and listening to NPR. He spent much of his time with family and friends. He greatly valued his friends as his friends where his extended family.

He is survived by his sisters, Wanda (Gordon) Dossey, of Dubuque, Diane (Tony Kurt) Wolbers, of Cascade and Onalea (Michael) Evert, of Cedar Rapids, his sister-in-law, Kim Wolbers, of Cascade and as he introduced her "his special lady friend" Katrina Bycroft. He is also survived by his nephew Alex (Courtney Barr) Merz, of Ames and nieces Brittany and Sydney Merz both of Cascade, several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Warren, on July 8, 2006, his Mother, Yvonne, on January 23, 2009, his Father, Pat on June 20, 2013, a many aunts, uncles and cousins.



Charles Lindgren

Charles "Chuck" Lindgren, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away after a short battle with cancer on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

The family will celebrate Chuck's life with a visitation from 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Those who are able to attend are encouraged to come with a smile on their face and stories with which to entertain Chuck's grandchildren. Chuck has donated his body to the University of Iowa College of Medicine. A memorial service will be held in Iowa City at a later date.

Chuck was born on November 21, 1939 in Burlington, Iowa to Carl and Adeline Lindgren. He attended grade school and high school in Media, Ilinois graduating in 1957. After graduation, he attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois where he also enrolled in the Naval Reserves. From 1958 to 1960 he served in active duty aboard the U.S.S. Bexar, reaching the rank of Second Class Petty Officer. After returning to college, he graduated with a B.S.Ed in 1963. His first teaching job was in Downers Grove, Illinois. In 1966 Chuck earned a master's degree in counseling and became a guidance counselor at LaHarpe High School in LaHarpe Illinois, where he worked for two years. On June 15, 1968 he married Mary Ann Mueller. In 1969 Chuck and Mary Ann moved to Maquoketa, Iowa, taking the counseling position at Maquoketa High School. He retired in 2003. Chuck took particular pride in knowing the names of every student that went through the school.

Chuck could play multiple instruments, including the piano, saxophone, clarinet, and, as it was often boasted but never actually proven, the accordion. He was in the pit band of many Peace Pipe Players musicals. In his retirement, Chuck often fished, and when he was not fishing, he was thinking about fishing. His favorite spots were the Mississippi River and Truman Lake in Missouri where he fished with his fishing-partner-for-life Boyd, and sometimes they even caught fish. He was also a regular and enthusiastic spectator at Maquoketa High School sporting events and at his grandchildren's many activities. Chuck was very proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Mary Ann; son David (Sandy) Lindgren of Urbandale; daughter Christa (David) McLaughlin of Eldridge; and his grandchildren Nile, Ella, Tate, Sam and Sophie. Also, sister Vieva (Bill) Pence of Lomax, Illinois; sister Arline Larson of Aurora, Illinois; brother Harold (Barb) Lindgren of Cypress, Texas; sister-in-law Nancy Woodside of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; brother-in-law Boyd (Judy) Mueller of LaHarpe, Illinois; brother-in-law Phil (Anne) Mueller of Springfield, Illinois; and sister-in-law Susan (Wes) Westbrooks of Ada, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Charles V. "Chuck" Lindgren memorial fund has been established with funds used to support the Maquoketa Schools, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Frank Culpepper

Frank "Mel" Culpepper, 81, of Asbury, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at home.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at Galena Bible Church, 11108 U.S. 20, Galena, IL. Pastor Gary Kirst will officiate. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements.

Mel was born April 22, 1933 in Illinois, the son of Clifford and Blanche (Sheiber) Culpepper Sr. He married Sharon Kimball Bolton on Oct. 15, 1977 in Dubuque.

Mel studied Art at Los Angeles Art School. He owned and operated Culpepper Models, manufacturing model airplane kits. Mel was an avid model maker, and also enjoyed aviation and woodworking.

Mel is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Asbury; his children, Susan (Darrel) Gorsuch of Pardeville, WI, Cliff A. Culpepper of Marshfield, WI, and Sharon (Craig) Holan of Litchfield, IL; his step-children, Michael (Marilyn) Bolton of Birmingham, AL, Mark Bolton of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Brian (Linda) Bolton of Cedar Rapids, IA; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clifford (Dorothy) Culpepper Jr. of Charlotte, NC; and his father-in-law, Wayne Kimball of Asbury.

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

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

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Pauline M. Henkel

Pauline Mary (Frye) Henkel, 98, died January 30, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tues., Feb. 3 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 -7 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

She was born Pauline Mary Frye on May 23, 1916 in Highland, WI, to William and Elizabeth (Stitz) Frye. After attending St. Anthony's Grade School in Highland she moved to Dubuque, IA, and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1933. She was a member of St. Patrick's and Sacred Heart Parishes throughout her lifetime.

Pauline married Captain Jerome S. Henkel on November 25, 1939. They resided in Dubuque with their children, Barbara Ann, Terrance Thomas, Elizabeth Louise, and Paula Marie.

Being married to a river captain meant that her husband was gone every other month for a month at a time. She was an independent woman in charge of household decisions and finances in a time when men ran households and women cleaned them. Pauline would joke that her husband may be the Captain, but she was the Admiral. She made a house a home, made her children feel loved, and was a friend to many. She loved bowling, penny poker with the ladies, playing Euchre or cribbage, singing songs from broadway musicals, and getting together with family.

She was an active participant in her children's lives, everything from scouts to sports, she would be there. She loved to laugh but could never get a punch line right.

Surviving and missing her are Barbara Ann (Henkel) and Robert Dague, Elizabeth (Henkel) and Allen Wagner, Paula (Henkel) Baker, and a daughter-in-law Kay Henkel. In addition Pauline has 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pauline's husband, Jerome, died on July 28, 1981. Also preceding her in death, an infant son Gerald, infant twin daughters Kimberly and Kathleen; sisters Margaret (Frye) Dostal and Agnes (Frye) McAllister; brothers Karl and William, and son, Terry.

A Pauline Henkel Memorial Fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Special thank you to the staff of two North and the staff of the CCDI Unit at Stonehill, and Jenny of Hospice of Dubuque.



Maurice E. Humke II

Maurice Edward "Ed" Humke II, age 69 of Dubuque died Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Ed was born on July 25, 1945, in Dubuque the son of Maurice E. and Lorraine (Heer) Humke, I. He graduated from Wahlert High School and participated in ROTC he later graduated from Loras College and owned and operated Dubuque Blacktop Company.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed doing The New York Times crossword puzzle "in ink".

He is survived by his two sons Maurice E. Humke, III, of Minnesota, and Eric Humke, of Florida and their mother Margo Kuse, three grandchildren Nathan, Ethan and Zane, his mother Lorraine (Heer) Humke, of Dubuque, four siblings, Elaine Kelly, Ivy (Dave) Pape, Leo Humke, and Samantha Humke, nieces and nephews, his cat "Lip" and his many good friends at the Town Clock.

He was preceded in death by his father Maurice and a daughter Angelique Eileen Humke.

"He will be missed and warmly remembered"

 



Robert J. Voels

Robert J. Voels, 90, passed away peacefully at Evergreen Estates Residential Care Center just before noon on Thursday, January 29, 2015 with both sons by his side. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial and Resurrection. Following mass, the Committal Service will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chapel, Key West. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Bob was born October 6, 1924 at the family home in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Elmer and Anna (Nesen) Voels. He graduated from Sacred Heart Grade School and Loras Academy and attended Loras College; leaving college to help support his widowed Mother. He married Sally A. McCauley on September 6, 1958 in St. Columbkile's Church. They had 39 wonderful years together before God called his beloved Sally to her eternal home on October 3, 1997. Bob spent 88 years living in Dubuque, then a year transitioning living with each of his son's and then spent his last year at Evergreen Estates.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in his youth and then St. Columbkille's Parish for over 55 years, where he served on the Parrish Council as the Finance Chair and the Fall Festival Committee.

Bob was a sports fan his entire life. If there was a University of Iowa, Notre Dame or White Sox game playing, you could always find him in front of the TV to cheer them on. He stayed up late to watch the Chicago White Sox finally become the World Series Champions in 2005 after spending 80 years as a loyal fan. He was always in the stands cheering for his children's and then grandchildren's sports games, band, drama and academic achievements.

He was an avid golfer his entire life, playing on Saturday mornings during his working years and then could be found on the links almost daily with a great group of friends in retirement. He had the excitement of not just one, but actually two hole-in-ones during his golfing days.

He played basketball and baseball in school and city leagues for many years and was honored to be inducted into the Dubuque Country Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1991.
Bob was a great bowler as well, playing in many leagues and with his family over many years.

He was an accomplished ice skater and worked at city park ice rinks through school and was up late and early to flood and maintain the rinks for other skaters.

Bob never shied away from an invitation to play cards in Iowa or in Texas when visiting his son. He was a member of the Tri-State Bridge Club with a wonderful group of friends for many years and a regular Euchre player with a small group of special friends through retirement. When his memory started to challenge him later in life, he would always say that he wasn't sure he remembered how to play the card game or dominos, but then typically ended up winning with a big smile on his face.

During retirement he was a member of the Friday Lunch Bunch, meeting first at the Busy Bee and then at Breezy's Café for many years, reminiscing weekly with friends from his youth.

He enjoyed extensive travel taking his family across most of the country while growing up on the annual family car vacations, which always included away games for the White Sox. His travel continued into retirement with many trips with Sally to Las Vegas and other places around the country and then later trips to Disney World with his son Bob's family and several cruises with his son Steve.

He worked with A.Y.McDonald Mfg.Co. his entire career, retiring in 1992 as Manager of Marketing Services after 45 years serving in many different capacities from Assistant to the President, Inventory Control Manager and ultimately leading the Marketing Services team.

All who met Bob soon knew that he was a kind and gentle man with a quiet strength and always cheerful attitude. He enjoyed a long and wonderful life and will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Surviving are his two sons, Bob (Donna) Voels of Cedar Rapids, IA and Steve Voels of Frisco, TX; four grandchildren, Sarah, Allison, Ian and Matt Voels; a sister, Ann (Paul) Cremer of Kansas City, MO; a brother-in-law and his wife, Frank (Fay) McCauley of Dubuque, IA and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Sally; his precious daughter, Barb A. Voels Pettit; his siblings Elma (Al) Howe, Lucile (Carl) Kleeman, Bud (Betty) Voels, Fr. David Voels, and Jeanne (Paul) Schramm; and his in-laws, Mike (JoAnn) McCauley.

Memorials may be given in his name to the American Cancer Society as a tribute to his wife and daughter.
Bob's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff and residents at Evergreen Estate Residential Care Center where he lived for the last year for their wonderful care, support and friendship.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



James W. Harrison

James W. "Jim" Harrison, 72 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will follow in East Dubuque Cemetery with military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Jim was born on August 30, 1942 in Edgerton, WI the son of Walter and Blanche (Wolcott) Harrison. He is a US Navy veteran serving from 1959 to 1961. He served on the U.S.S. Tioga County LST 1158. He married Gloria Erickson on August 12, 1989 in Dubuque, Iowa.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere, and then for the former Dubuque Packing Company. At the age of 47 he went back to school at NICC and graduated with a degree in heating and cooling. He owned and operated Harrison Heating and Cooling and retired at the age of 62.

Jim was a past member of the Eagles Club #568, UFCW Local #150A, UAW Local #94, and the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR.

After retirement he enjoyed fishing for catfish on the Mississippi river with his fishing buddy George.
Jim's caring personality was second to none, and often times he would go above and beyond to put others before himself and expect nothing in return. He was a very proud individual, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Jim and Gloria just celebrated 25 years of marriage this last August. As Jim would say to Gloria numerous times, "IT'S JUST YOU AND ME KID."

He is survived by his loving wife Gloria, two sons, Kevin (Brenda) Harrison, of Gower, Missouri, and Chris (Jodi Hagar) Harrison, of Dubuque, Iowa. Five grandchildren, Alyssa (Joe) Latham, Tyler, Brandon, Bailey, and Blake Harrison, and three great grandchildren, Jackson, Annalise, and Kayden. Five sisters Faye Ingraham, of Livingston, WI, Deanna Hoftender, of East Dubuque, IL, Bonnie (Francis) Deutsch, of Belmont, WI, Rita (Roger) Ames, of Prairie du Chien, WI, Karla (Jeff) Pluemer, of Platteville, WI. Two brothers Wally (Lois) Harrison, of Dubuque, Iowa, and Danny (Glenda) Harrison, of Hobbs, New Mexico. His mother-in-law Bea Payne, of Dubuque. Sister-in-law, Kathy Luher, of Dubuque, and brothers-in-law, Ken (Maureen) Erickson, David Erickson, and Daniel Erickson all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers George and Arthur, brother-in-law Raymond N. Hoftender, sister-in-law Barbara Erickson, and his father-in-law Harvey Erickson.

In lieu of flowers a James W. Harrison memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Moore and Dr. Lawrence Kukla and their staff, and to Hospice of Dubuque especially Amy M. along with family and friends especially Deanna for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Jim.



Thomas R. Coffman

Thomas R. "The Kid" Coffman, age 43, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015. To honor Tom's life, funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 2, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Tom's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 2, 2105, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born in Dubuque on March 22, 1971, son of James R. and Patricia (Thomas) Coffman.

Tom graduated from Central High School in 1989. He was well known for his lumbering skills and was in the timber business for 25 years. Tom was currently employed at Wiezorek Timber Co. Prior to that Tom owned and operated Coffman Logging for several years. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with friends at Paul's Tavern and trying his luck at the Casinos. Tom was adventurous and enjoyed parasailing and would have like to have tried sky diving. He also enjoyed wrestling from the time he was young. Tom enjoyed listening to music and some of his favorite bands included The Misfits, Danzig and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was extremely loyal to his family and friends and always protected them. Tom's greatest joy was spending time with his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Tom is survived by his mother, Patricia Coffman, of Dubuque; his step-father, Thomas Koch; his children, Thomas Coffman Jr., Dubuque, IA, Teisha Schmitt, Belpre, OH, Corban Coffman,  Josiah Coffman, Nolan Coffman, all of Dubuque; his sisters, Jennifer Lynn Ernzen, Amber Koch, both of Dubuque, IA; his son Tom and daughter Teisha's mother, Cindy Hedrick; his former wife and Corban and Josiah's mother, Gerri Lee Coffman; his current girlfriend and Nolan's mother, Jamie Becker; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, James R. Coffman; his son, James Schmitt in infancy; his grandparents, William and Mary Thomas, Ray Coffman and Eleanor Dryer.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Police and EMS Departments for their rapid response and kindness.

A Thomas R. Coffman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Shirley A. Rave

Shirley A. (Tobin) Rave, 80, of Farley, Iowa, was called to heaven on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:55 a.m., surrounded by her children, grandchildren and her sisters, at her son, Rick's home in Earlville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Shirley may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Services for Shirley will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 31, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Churchy in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. John Haugen officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born December 29, 1934 in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Alma (Klein) Tobin. On May 9, 1955 she was united in marriage to Gilbert Rave at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, IA. He preceded her in death on March 13, 2010. Together they raised 14 children and provided family time to many others that accepted their love.

She spent many years caring for others through Visiting Nurses, Julien Care Facility and in home care. She adored her family, and loved spending time with them playing cards, finding treasures at goodwill or the Amish, donating money to the casino's, and traveling anywhere that someone was going. She will be sadly missed by her family, sisters and her best friend, Marg Frank and all her bonus children.

Surviving are twelve children, Gilbert Rave Jr., of Dubuque, Connie (Jeff) Gioimo, of Dyersville, Rick (Kathy) Rave, of Earlville, Sherry (Tom) Streif and Loras Rave both of Independence, Polly (Keith) Goerdt of Farley, Peggy Jellison, of Clarence, Karla (Steve) Garrett, of Cascade, Heidi (Steve) MacDonald, of Epworth, Roxanne (John) Gartner of Peosta, Daniel Rave of Farley, and Jodi Delaney (& friend, Jared Lind) of Strawberry Point; a daughter-in law, Karen Rave of Farley; 37 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters ,Darlene (Carey) Ahlers of Worthington and Marjorie Althoff of Manchester.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Mark Rave, on Sept. 13, 1992, and Gary J. Rave, on Jan. 8, 1997; a son-in-law, Lee Jellison and a family friend, Wes Spiker; a granddaughter, Autumn Garrett; a great grandson, William Rave; two sisters, Gladys (Robert) Jaeger and Delrose (Ernie) Ostwinkle; a brother Alfred Jr. (Anna Mae) Tobin; a brother-in-law, Clarence Althoff.

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

Thank you to all who helped with her care, especially Shelly Kennedy Wilken.



Patricia A. Latham

Patricia A. "Patty" Latham, age 76, passed away January 27, 2015 at 11:00am. She resided at Stonehill Care Center and died peacefully following a courageous fight against colon cancer.

Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday January 31st, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Linda VonFumetti officiating. Family and friends may gather after 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will be at a later date in Linwood Cemetery.

Patricia was born on October 11th, 1938 to John and Mildred (Pascoe) Latham. She was the oldest of three. As a child, "Patty" as she was known to her family, lived with her twin siblings Jack and Joyce on a farm in Epworth, Iowa. After graduation she moved to Dubuque. "Pat" as she was known to her friends and coworkers, began working at The Galena Glove and Mitten Factory, then Hartig Drugs, and finally after more than 25 years of dedicated service, she retired from the Telegraph Herald.
She enjoyed bowling, picnicking at Eagle Point Park and spending time with her many nieces and nephews. She was passionate in her love of animals, especially dogs. Buddy and Pixi were among her favorites.

She is survived by her sister Joyce (Wayne) Haverland of Dubuque; her nieces and nephews Jackie (Latham) and Ed Melde of Dubuque; Don and Lori (Schmidt) Latham of Elgin, IL; Laura (Haverland) and Karl Sup of Mesa, AZ; Lisa (Haverland) and Dan Steele of Mesa, AZ; Linda (Haverland) and Bill Kimbro of Cedar Rapids; 18 grand-nieces and nephews; 1 great-grand nephew and 1 great-grand niece.

Patty was preceded in death by her father, John W. Latham; her mother, Mildred (Pascoe) Latham; her brother and sister-in-law, John "Jack" and Gloria (Harlan) Latham; and her nephew, Wayne R. Haverland Jr.

The family would like to thank Stonehill for their kind and loving care of Patty. They would also like to thank Norma for her friendship and for sharing her dog, Buddy, who gave Pat hours of joy.



Robert W. Harry

Robert W. Harry, 103 of Bethany Home, formerly of 1730 N. Algona Street died Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 30 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Post 6 of Dubuque after the funeral mass. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert was born on October 4, 1911 in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota the son of John W. and Carrie E. (Barkley) Harry.
On November 27, 1941 he married Frances Welty at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque.

He was employed as a Factory Worker and retired Department Head at Midland Laboratory in 1975.
Robert served our country in the United States Army during WWII. He received the Purple Heart for his participation in the invasion of the Philippians.
He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Surviving is his wife, Frances; children, Robert S. (Loretta) Harry and Barbara Ann (Richard) Esser; 4 grandchildren; and great- children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers; 2 sisters, and 2 grandchildren, Terry Lee Esser and Robert J. Harry.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Dubuque County Veteran's Affair's office, Dr. Mark Liaboe, and the second floor nurses at Bethany Home for their compassionate care.



Dolores M. Kotz

Dolores M. Kotz, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:28 a.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Heritage Manor surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dolores' life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Dolores' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dolores was born on February 2, 1924, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Wagner) Breitbach.

Dolores married Celester "Les" Kotz on October 16, 1943, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1988. Dolores was employed at the General Dry Battery Factory for 3 years and at Mary of Angels for 20 years. She was a longtime member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church and the Rosary Society. Dolores enjoyed listening to music, doing needle point, playing bingo and visiting with people. Dolores was a thoughtful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with the grandchildren and enjoyed buying bargain toy gifts from Hartig's and Walgreen's when they were younger. Family was very important to Dolores and she faithfully said the driver's prayer when family members went on business and vacation trips.

Dolores is survived by her children, George (Kathy) Kotz, Leonard (Diane) Kotz, Denis (Anne) Kotz, Diane (John) Tschiggfrie, all of Dubuque, IA; 8 grandchildren, Calleen (Jim) Bohl, Carla (Shane) Riley, Carolyn (Donald) Rauen, Tim (Sarah) Kotz, Joe (Tiana) Kotz, Jason Tschiggfrie, Scott Tschiggfrie and Kraig (special friend Amanda) Kotz; 12 great-grandchildren, Amanda, Audrey and Alyssa Bohl, Meredith and Caitlyn Riley, Christopher and Cody Rauen, Tyler and Bryce Kotz, Grace Wachter, Austin Hantelman and Syerra Calvert; 2 step-grandchildren, Jason Welsh and Nicole Welsh; 2 sisters-in-law, Jeanne (Gene) Kernall, Madeline Kotz, both of Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Vince (Maggie) Kotz, Farley, IA.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Celester; a son, Duane; a grandson, Kyle Kotz; a sister, Helen (Joseph) Sahm; 2 brothers, Leonard and Clarence Breitbach and a special friend Sister Evangelist Kelchen.

A Dolores M. Kotz memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank many of Dolores grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends who've sent holiday, birthday cards and photos to her over the past years; she enjoyed so much hearing from you. The family sincerely thanks Dr. Manzel for over 30 years of outstanding medical care. Also Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care, and a huge thanks to the many Heritage Manor nursing aids, nurses, activities department and staff for the great care given to Dolores over the past 4 years; you treated her so very well and were like family.

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

 



Thomas W. Schlueter

Thomas W. Schlueter 83, a lifelong resident of Dubuque and currently of Asbury, Iowa died peacefully Monday, January 26, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Church of The Nativity with the Rev. James Miller officiating. The parish rosary society will recite the rosary at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. A parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born on May 3, 1931 in Dubuque, the son of Leo B. and Helen (Ott) Schlueter. He graduated from Loras Academy and attended Loras College. Tom was passionate about the game of baseball and very proud of his baseball skills. He started playing at the age of 13 and went on to play for numerous leagues throughout his playing days. Tom's favorite memory of his baseball career was when he was a member of the semi-pro team, the Dubuque Star Brewers, and was struck out swinging against Satchel Paige who went on to become a famous major league pitcher.

On May 9, 1964, Tom married Dorothy Wubben at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Tom joined the Schlueter Insurance Agency in 1953 with his father and brother and went on to become vice president of the firm. He was president of the local insurance association and a state representative of that association. He was active in many fund raising drives for The United Way, Cancer Society, Stonehill Care Center, Wahlert High School, Loras College and Mercy Medical Center.

Nothing was more important to Tom than his "bride", children, grandchildren and his abiding love of country. He had a deep appreciation for music and enjoyed singing and playing the piano.

Surviving is his wife Dorothy of Asbury; his children, Thomas (Ellen Neuhaus) Schlueter and their children Nathaniel, Cy Thomas and William of Green Bay, WI; Mary Kay (Bill) Meyer and their children Olivia, Sadie, Meredith and Faye of Dyersville, IA; Susan (Dan) Wirtz and their children Josephine and Eva of Atlanta, GA; Angela (David) Wilson and their children Lucas and Owen of Martinsville, VA; Carl (Hayley Bush) Schlueter of St. Paul, MN; Janet (Merritt) Gammage and their children Leo and Greta of Dubuque, IA; Helen Schlueter of Chamblee, GA; Peter (Nicole Westphal) and their son Elliot of Denver, CO and John (Jennifer) Schlueter and their children Henry and Grant of Chicago, IL; his siblings, Robert (Ellen) Schlueter of Dubuque, Jane Ross of Dyersville, IA, Joseph (Rose Mary) Schlueter of Mason City, IA, Bernard (Judith) Schlueter of Ohio and Helen (Edward) Hood of Cedar Falls, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, John (Patricia) Schlueter and Leo (Judith) Schlueter and his brother-in-law, Merle Ross.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Deacons Dave McGhee and Steve Whiteman, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Chad Nachtman and his awesome staff, Dr. Thomas Johnson and Tom's coffee buddies, especially Gene.

Memorials may be given to Nativity Church, Hospice of Dubuque and THE S.O.U.R.C.E.

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

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

 



James C. Bowling

James C. Bowling, 82, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, January 20, 2015, at the Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

A celebration of James' life will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

James Carson Bowling was born on June 23, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Guy and Gertrude (Streets) Bowling. He was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School, and then married Darlene Faye Tracy. They later divorced.

James had owned and operated several nightclubs in the Quad Cities area including the Lakehurst Supper Club in Maquoketa. He also worked at the Rock Island Arsenal and retired after 29 years. In retirement he worked at ACE Hardware store in Davenport for several years and continued to work there until his death.

James was a former Moose Lodge member. He loved people and had a heart of gold. He would help anyone that he could. He loved his family and was a true gentlemen.

Those left to honor his memory include his son Dennis (Marilyn) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; 1 granddaughter Denise (Terry) Haugen of Leavenworth, KS; 1 great-grandson Nathaniel (Tiffani); 1 great-great-grandson Luke; 3 sisters Nadine (Harold) Lubben of Maquoketa, IA, Pauline Wulf of Davenport, IA, and Maxine Orange of Copeville, TX; a sister-in-law Judy Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 7 brothers and a son Donald Bowling.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James C. Bowling memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Donald F. Breiner

Donald F. Breiner, 86, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Finley Hospital.

Services will at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 29, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Rev. Pamela Starr will officiate.

Donald was born May 4, 1928 in Dubuque, the son of Walter and Ruby (Stoltz) Breiner. 

He married JoAnn Armbruster on September 24, 1947 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on November 13 1994. 

Donald was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 38 years. He also farmed on Herber Road for over 20 years. Donald enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting, and bonfires. He loved his grandchildren, and loved spending time with them.

Donald is survived by his children, Diane (Ken) Mitchell, Jayne (Frank) Pothoff, Jim (Cindy) Breiner, Dan (Mary) Breiner, and Debbie (Doug) Juergens; grandchildren, Joe (Joanne), Josh and Jesse (Phi) Mitchell, Brenda Naab, Becky Jo (Josh) Bahl, Wendy Brehm, Mike(Laura) Breiner, Matt (Abby) Breiner, Kristy (Adam) Dupont, Kim (Travis) Burkle, Keri Breiner, Annie (Craig) Sheehe, Donny Joe (Mary)Breiner, Andrew (Jessica) Breiner, Donica, Dana Jo (fiancé Ryan Gruber), Dustin (Stephanie) and their daughter Emma Jolene, Darla, and Darci Juergens; 26 great grandchildren; and three brothers, Harvey, Bob (Leta), and Tom (Arlene) Breiner, all of Dubuque.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Jolene Breiner; his daughter in law, Peggy Breiner; a grandson in law, Lawrence " Junior" Brehm; and a sister in law, Jane Breiner.

Memorials may be made to the Donald Breiner Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Brian Moran; and to Don's little nurse, Darla Juergens.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Mark A. Barnhart

Mark A. Barnhart, 52, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Mark's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Mark Allen Barnhart was born on March 20, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Raymond L. and Coba (Lanham) Barnhart. He grew up in Colesburg and attended Edgewood Colesburg High School graduating early so he could serve his country by joining the military.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he worked as a butcher for Tyson Foods in Postville, and then as a butcher for a beefhouse and later for a poultry farm. He then worked at General Mills in Cedar Rapids where he met Teresa A. Shady. They were married on December 17, 2010 and moved to Maquoketa where Mark worked for the past four years at Web Printing.

Mark was a former member of the Colesburg American Legion. He enjoyed grilling, fishing, hunting and most importantly spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Mark's memory include his wife Teresa A. Barnhart of Maquoketa, IA; children Dachia of MN, Brandon of Greeley, IA, Chrissy of Greeley, IA, and Britteny of MN; step-children Trinity Miller of Norway, IA, and Timothy Miller of Norway, IA; his mother Coba Barnhart of MO; a brother Mitch (Renea) Barnhart of Strawberry Point, IA; sisters Tammy Krogmann of Vandalia, MO and Pamela (Jason) Jones of Colesburg, IA; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mark A. Barnhart memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Lois C. Green

Lois C. Green, 90 0f Oak Park Place and formerly of rural Dubuque died Saturday January 24, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Key West, with Fr. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 3 to 8 Wednesday January 28, 2015 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish Vigil service at 3 pm.

Lois was born on April 2, 1924 in Durango, Iowa the daughter of Sylvester and Celestine (Jungers) Reuter. She married Arnold Green on January 29, 1947 at Saint Joseph Key West Church and shared 66 wonderful years together until Arnolds passing on July 13, 2013.

Lois was a member of Dubuque County Farm Bureau Women's Group and was voted mother of the year in 1980. She enjoyed raising chickens and delivering egg's to her many egg customers over the years. She was a member of Saint Joseph Church, Key West.

She is survived by her eight children, Melvin (Barb) Green, Edward Green, JoAnn Heber, Clifford (Pat) Green, Barbara Barth, Joseph (Michelle) Green, Karen (Joe) Meier, and Mary (Kevin) Love. Nineteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, her brother Ken (Lois) Reuter, sister-in-law Betty Reuter, brothers and sisters-in-law John "Bob" (Marcella) Green, Charlie (Mary) Green, and Robert Offerman. Many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arnold in 2013, son-in-law Loren Heber in 2014, brothers Clem Reuter, Cpl. Harlan Reuter, Jack Reuter, and Jim (Darlene) Reuter. Brothers and sisters-in-law Roland "Ted" (Mildred) Green, Virginia (Vince) Kremer, Loras Green, Joseph Green, Oscar (Berneice) Green, Claude (Shirley) Green, Frank (Estelle) Simon, Mary Jo Offerman, and her nephew Eugene Reuter.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Oak Park Place, Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Marie E. Kreeb

Marie E. Kreeb, 97, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Marie was born July 26, 1917, in Castle Grove, Iowa, the daughter of John "Jack" and Elizabeth (Jasper) Dempsey. She went to school in Delaware County, walking a mile and a half to and from. She married Raymond H. Kreeb on June 22, 1936 in Monticello, Iowa. Together they moved to Dyersville where they owned and operated the Phillips 66 station until they purchased McCabe Cleaners in 1963 and renamed it Kreeb Cleaners. They had 4 children and also were foster parents to 10 lucky children.

Marie was a seamstress who did alterations at Kreeb Cleaners, developing many friendships that she enjoyed over the years. She also enjoyed gardening, dancing with Ray, and fishing at their little cabin on the Mississippi River in Guttenberg.

Survivors include her children: Jack (Janet) Kreeb, Patty Kramer and Bill (Kay) Kreeb, all of Dyersville, and Mike (Colleen) Kreeb of Tarpon Springs, FL; 11 grandchildren: Jon (Marsha) Kreeb, Janelle (Justin) Ison, Sara (Tim) Koch, Sally (Mike) Brant, Dan Kramer, Mike (Kerri) Kramer, Kristie (Brian) Cassidy, Matt (Jenny) Kreeb, Jennifer (Jeff) Joiner, David Kreeb, and Bryon (Anne) Kreeb; great-grandchildren: Jasmin and Josh Gerontis, Jonah, Ison, Brandon, Raymond and Alex Koch, Audra (Christian) Kahle, Taylor and Mitchell Brant, Julien, Jude and Sylvia Kramer, Maggie and Will Cassidy, Lillian and Elizabeth Kreeb, and Andrew, Alex and Gabrielle Kreeb; great-great-grandchildren Drew and Nate Kahle;
one sister, Kate Hageman, of Marion; and a brother-in-law, Charles Kreeb, of Coralville, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray, in 1995; a son-in-law, Robert "Gar" Kramer; siblings: Viola (Leo) Chapman, Charlie and Clarence Dempsey, Lucille (Pat) Seehusen, and Georgene (Robert) Brokens; 
in-laws: Louise (Art) Holub, Marie (Bub) Bowling, Fred (Sylvia) Kreeb, Ralph Hageman and Eunice Kreeb.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica and/or St. Francis Xavier Grade School.

We would like to thank the staffs of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their cumulative years of wonderful care and companionship.

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



Jance L. Reisdorf

Jance Lynn Reisdorf, 45, of 3390 Rose Apartments, formerly of 1103 Garfield Dubuque IA, passed away January 21st 2015. Friends may call on January 27, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with services at 7:00 p.m. by Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary at a later time.

She was born July 27, 1969 the daughter of Terrance Sr. & Judith (Pitz) Reisdorf.

Jance was a much loved individual by many. She was always a giver to others either related or just in need. She had donated her large collection of collector Barbie dolls to children in need at the Iowa University Hospital, earned her CNA early on providing care for those in need, she would always be there to care for family in so many ways. Jance was the world's greatest daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, godmother, and friend. She had a beautiful way about her, always being a good listener lifting your spirits with her wonderful smile.

Jance is survived by her mother Judy, Grandfather Bob Pitz, her brothers Terrance Reisdorf Jr. (Jodi), Joe Reisdorf, and Bob Reisdorf (Ann). Jance was a loving aunt to Zoey, Mateah, Carter, Denver, and Katelyn.

Jance was preceded in death by her father Terrance Reisdorf Sr., nephew Jacob Woodward-Reisdorf, Grandparents Joe & Irma Reisdorf and Grandparent Rose Walsh.

Flowers may be sent to Leonard Funeral Home prior to services.

The family would like to thank the community who helped us in our efforts to find Jance. Special thanks to our Dubuque Law Enforcement, including Officer Paul Avenarius, Officer Jonathan Brokens, Officer William "BJ" Juergens, Captain Russ Stecklein, Chapain Charles Fizer, and Lt. Scott Baxter. We also wish to thank various persons with the Rose staff & residents who involved themselves in Jance life, she loved you.



Lloyd S. Saunders

Lloyd S. Saunders, 99, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, January 23, 2015, at the Clarence Care Center after a short illness.

A celebration of Lloyd's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. until service time. Burial will be in the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Lloyd Scott Saunders was born on December 19, 1915 on a farm in Clinton County, south of Baldwin, Iowa, the son of Bert Raymond and Ida Pearl (Scott) Saunders. When Lloyd was 5, the family moved to a farm near Canton, in Jackson County. Lloyd attended country school graduating in 1930 and grew to manhood helping on the family farm.

On January 1, 1939, Lloyd married Robert M. Dixon, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They made their home on the family farm near Canton until 1974, when they moved to a small farm near Wyoming. Roberta and Lloyd enjoyed a wonderful marriage for over 67 years. Her death on June 15, 2006, left a big gap in his life. However, he carried on and remained in his own home until he was well over 97.

Lloyd's life work was farming. He loved the land, the growing of crops and livestock and the rural lifestyle.

Lloyd was a longtime member of the Tipton Bible Church, the Anamosa Gideon Camp, the Jackson County Historical Society, the State of Iowa Historical Society, the Farm Bureau, and several other farm related groups. He also served for many years on the Canton School Board.

Those left to honor Lloyd's memory include a sister Marjorie Clemens of Cedar Rapids, IA; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, a nephew Larry Harder, and 3 sisters Myrtle Watters, Beulah Duhme and Wilma "Peg" Harder on January 22, 2015.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lloyd S. Saunders memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Wilma J. Harder

Wilma J. "Peg" Harder, 88, of Elwood, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Peg's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Wilma Jane Saunders was born on April 18, 1926 in Brandon Township, rural Monmouth, Iowa, to Bert Raymond and Ida Pearl (Scott) Saunders. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then worked as a secretary at the Maquoketa City Hall. She married Elmer Louis Harder on May 21, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa. They farmed together east of Elwood until retiring in 1986, but continued to live on their farm until moving to Maquoketa in 2012.

Peg was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a charter member of the Lawrence Van Hook Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the Iowa Society of Mayflower.

Peg loved doing things in her kitchen, especially cooking and baking and collecting and trying new recipes. She enjoyed reading, keeping the farm records and corresponding with friends and relatives.

Those left to honor Peg's memory include her husband of 70 years Elmer Harder of Maquoketa, IA; a son Gary Lee Harder of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Lloyd Saunders of Clarence, IA; and a sister Marjorie Clemens of Cedar Rapids, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Larry Edward on May 22, 1991, and sisters Myrtle Watters and Beulah Duhme.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wilma J. "Peg" Harder memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Theodore J. Beaves

Theodore J. "Ted" Beaves, Sr., 88, of Dubuque died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Ted was born October 11, 1926 in Dubuque, son of George and Ludwina (Eisbach) Beaves. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1944 then served in the US Navy during WWII. He returned to Dubuque and attended Loras College, graduating in 1949.

He married Eileen Ryan on September 30, 1950 at St. Joseph the Prairie Catholic Church. He worked in information technology at Mercy Medical Center from 1964 until 1984. He then worked for NCR in Dayton, Ohio from 1984 until his retirement in 1989. After retirement he and Eileen moved back to Dubuque.

Ted was a long time member of the Church of the Resurrection, member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer in the SHIIP program.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eileen Beaves; six children, Carol Beaves of West St. Paul, Minn., Ted (Deb) Beaves of Dubuque, Ann (Tom) Hanson of Manchester, Mary Jo (Bill) Einwalter of Farley, Julie (Mike) Dunn of Dubuque, and Michael (Lisa) Beaves of Ankeny; 16 grandchildren, five great granddaughters; two brothers, George (Dorothy) Beaves of Dubuque and Peter (Margaret) Beaves of East Dubuque; In- laws, Kay Steuck, Ray, (Gail) Ryan, Geri Ryan, and Andrea Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings and their spouses, Richard and Gerry Beaves, Mary Ellen and Jim Kadra, Charlotte and Bill Hanley, Jack and Veronica Murphy; and in laws, Paul and Bill Ryan and Bob Stueck.
Memorials may be made to Loras College or Resurrection Parish.

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

A special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis Center and Mercy Medical Center for the utmost care and concern they showed our father and husband.



Anne M. Genthe

Anne M. Genthe, 86, of Dubuque, formerly of Sherrill, died peacefully January 22, 2015.

Friends and family may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday January 25th 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 11:00a.m. Monday January 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory. Entombment will follow in Linwood Cemetery. A memorial mass will be held at a later date.
Anne was born October 2, 1928, daughter of Edwin and Mathilda (Richard) Whitfield, of Dubuque. Anne married Earl E. Genthe on June 19, 1948 in Rickardsville. He preceded her in death on October 17, 2009.

Anne worked for ARA Services at John Deere, where she drove lunch cart and was the Union Stewart for the local chapter for 25 years, until her retirement. She devoted her life to raising her family. She enjoyed doing yard work, especially planting her beautiful flowers. Anne was a member of St. Peter and Paul Parish and Rosary Society in Sherrill.

Surviving are her children: Gary (Tammy Schmitt) Genthe of Evansdale, Leann (Steve) Sabers of Dubuque, Susan Genthe of Dubuque, Mark Genthe of Peosta, Nancy (Dale) Meyer of Dubuque, Jeff Genthe of Littleton, CO; her grandchildren: Jay & Danny Genthe, Scott & Chris (Brie) Sabers, Andy (Denice), Randy, & Abby Genthe, Matt (Danielle), Ashley, & Nick Meyer, Keri & Austin Genthe; her nine great-grandchildren; her brothers: Richard (Carla) Whitfield, Edwin (Marjorie) Whitfield, & Robert (Robyn)Whitfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, sister Dorothy Frommelt, sister and brother-in-law June & George Ackman, brother-in-law Richard Genthe, sister-in-law Vinca Doviak, and grandson Tommy Genthe.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center and Dr. Cynthia Konz & Sherri of Dubuque Internal Medicine for the excellent care they provided to Mom.



Wilfred J. Meyer

Wilfrid J. "Willie" Meyer, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at 1:40 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Wilfrid's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista, with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller and Rev. Msgr. Wayne A. Ressler officiating. To celebrate Wilfrid's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Willie was born on January 21, 1933, in Dubuque, IA, son of Herman and Mary (Burds) Meyer.

Willie proudly served with the U.S. Army in Korea. He married Jean (Mueller) on April 25, 1953, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Willie owned and operated Meyer Bros. Painting for over 50 years. He was an avid golfer. One of the highlights of his golf career was in 1981 when he won the Dubuque City County Golf Championship in a sudden death playoff against his son, John. Willie loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Willie is survived by his loving wife, Jean Meyer, Dubuque, IA; his children, John (Nina) Meyer, Dubuque, IA, James Meyer, Dana Point, CA, Dennis (Renee) Meyer, Ft. Myers, FL, Paula (Ernie) Dykstra,Thomson, IL, Phillip (Debbie) Meyer, Dubuque, IA, Sarah Meyer-Pratti, Dubuque, IA; 17 grandchildren, Thad (Karen) Meyer, Mandie (Brian) Stoll, Megan Meyer, Jeremy (Ashley) Meyer, Natalie Meyer, Maria (Kirt) Glasford, Kristin (Jesus) Medina, Alicia Meyer, Andrew Meyer, Kelsey Yorks, Selena (Chad) Medenblik, Hannah Dykstra, Colby Dykstra, Trevor (Camila) Meyer, Morgan Meyer, Marissa Meyer and Jordan Pratti; 15 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Mary Rita (Jerry) Hubbard, Bend, OR, Cletus Meyer, Dubuque, IA, Mary Gertrude (Leon) Kurt, Cascade, IA, Herman Joe (Sandy) Meyer, Fairfax, IA, Kathy (Doug) Schlickman, Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, Eileen Meyer, Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, Wayne Zumhof, AZ.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Agatha Zumhof; a brother, Donald J. Meyer and a sister-in-law, Ann Meyer.

A Wilfrid J. "Willie" Meyer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and Manor Care Health Services for their wonderful care of Wilfrid.

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

 



Christina A. Bauer

Christina A. Bauer, 56, of Farley passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. A visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Christina was born on Nov. 17, 1958 in Dubuque, the daughter of James and Sylvia (Baldwin) Splinter.

She married Robert Bauer on May 30, 1998 in Dubuque.

She was employed at Regency in Dubuque for over 20 years. After they closed she went back to school at NICC where she earned her Associates Degree. She graduated with honors, and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma.

After completing school she was employed at IBM until her diagnosis.

Chris was a very proud grandmother and never missed an opportunity to spoil her grandchildren. She recently welcomed her newest addition, Daisy.

Chris was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Dale Earnhardt Jr., St. Louis Cardinals and recently Detroit Tigers.

She enjoyed knitting and went to several knitting trips with her cousins.

Most of all Chris cherished her family and friends, and her "little slice of heaven" in Farley.

Surviving is her husband, Bob Bauer; children James W. (Amber) Gassman, of New Vienna, IA., Amber R. Bauer, of Dubuque; step-son Adam (Heather) Bauer, of Peosta, IA; step-daughter April (Scott) Smith of Lake Mills, IA.; grandchildren Robbie, Randy, and Ricky Bauer, Aubrey Smith, Benjamin Birkett, Maggie, Quintin and Daisy Gassman; mother Sylvia Splinter; brother James "Jim" (Kathy "Kate" McDermott) Splinter; sisters-in-law Donna (Mike) Dillon and Barb Wiedenbacher; and brother-in-law Dennis "Harry" (Julie) Bauer.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Splinter; sister Shari Vrotsos; and brother-in-law Richard Bauer.

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

A Christina Bauer memorial fund has been established where donations will be given to pancreatic cancer research.

We would like to give our heartfelt thank you to Dr. Farnell and his team at the Mayo Clinic, the second floor nurses at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn., Dr. Mark Hermann, and Hospice of Dubuque for your exceptional care.



Kathryn A. Frommelt

Kathryn A. (Kuehnle) Frommelt, 87, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St.

Kathryn was born May 7, 1927 in Dubuque, daughter of Louis and Mae (Billmeyer) Kuehnle. She married William Frommelt on June 22, 1949 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was employed at Dubuque Bank and Trust Company, retiring in 1990.

She and William "Bill" traveled to all 50 states and many other places around the world. She was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving is her husband, William "Bill" Frommelt, of Dubuque; a son, Bill T. (Mary Kay) Frommelt, of Kansas City, MO; two daughters, Mary K. Borders of Roseville, Calif., and Sue (Bud) May, of Rockford, Ill; three grandchildren, Andy, Sarah and Joe May; a sister, Lou Ann (Tom) Kress, of Rossford, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Marion McCarville, of Marion, IA

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John; a sister-in-law, Joan Pierce; and a son-in-law, Curtis Borders.

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



Susan J. Nugent

Susan J. Nugent, 79, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Sunnycrest Manor.

Private family funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Susan was born on Feb. 7, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Bert and Evelyn (Majerius) Norton. She attended Immaculate Conception from 1948 to 1952.

She was a baker and cook at Mt. Saint Francis Convent until retirement in 2001.

Surviving are her children, James Nugent, Doris Nugent, Sharon Luksetich, and Mary Nugent; 9 grandchildren, Heather, Chris, Amanda, Taylor, Corey, Ashley, Jim Jr., Kylee, and Stone; 4 great-grandchildren; her lifelong special friend, Mary McAndrews; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons Robert and Kenneth Nugent; sons-in-law Dave Kothenbeutel and Tom Luksetich; and siblings Eleanor Norton, Leona Manders, and Emmett (Ann) Norton.

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

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sunnycrest and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and care.



Debra K. Hall

Debra K. Hall, 52, of Escondido, California, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 20, 2015.

A celebration of Debra's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, Jan. 31, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 30, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Debra Kay Burmahl was born on Feb. 12, 1962 to Willis and Marcella (Westphal) Burmahl. She graduated from Maquoketa High School and then from Mount Mercy College with a BSN. She was a dedicated nurse in the Hospice field, most recently with Seasons Hospice in Rancho Bernardo. She was also a very devoted wife and mother. Debra married Quongee David Hall on Oct. 6, 1990 and to this union Kaitlyn Leilani was born.

Deb was a very loving and giving person. She loved life to the fullest and loved to travel with her husband and daughter. She especially loved to go to Hawaii where she could see the beautiful waterfalls that she so much enjoyed. She was also very devoted to her Iowa family and loved coming back home to Maquoketa every year for a visit. She had a very special bond with the people and co-workers at Seasons Hospice in Rancho Bernardo.

Debra attended the Grace Lutheran Church of Escondido. Funeral services were held there on Friday, Jan. 23.

Those left to honor Debra's memory include her husband of 25 years, Quongee David Hall of Escondido, CA; daughter Kaitlyn Hall of Escondido, CA; mother Marcella Burmahl of Maquoketa, IA; brother David (Angie) Burmahl of Baldwin, IA; two nephews, Drew and Jacob Burmahl, and one niece, Ellie Burmahl. She was preceded in death by her father, Willis Burmahl,  on August 31, 1987.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Debra K. Burmahl Hall memorial fund has been established.

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



Irene M. Anderson

Irene M. (Williams) Anderson, 93, of Dubuque, IA., formerly of Ham Lake, MN., died at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday night at Heritage Manor, Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church; friends may call at the church 1-hour prior to services. Visitation from 2 to 7 p.m. at Hoffmann-Schneider-Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. where a prayer service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Irene was born December 28, 1921, in Hopkins, MN., daughter of Arthur and Edith (Beck) Williams. She married Edward W. Anderson on December 11, 1943 in Edmonton, Alberta; Canada. Edward preceded her in death on March 20, 1978.

Irene grew up in Minneapolis, MN., where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. At the age of 14, she went to work as a live-in nanny taking care of Dr. Dean Manolis as a child, he still to this day considers her his prominent mother-figure. In 1941, she went to work to help with the War effort at International-Harvester in Minneapolis. In 1942 she ventured north to Whitehorse, YT; CA to work on the Al-Can Highway as a cook. There she met her husband Edward. After Ed and Irene married they returned to Minneapolis where she was a homemaker. In 1948, they moved to the Anderson family farm land in Ham Lake, MN. where she made her home, She worked at ‘Cream of Wheat' in Minneapolis from 1960 to 1968 and then she cooked in a supper club in East Bethel from 1970 to 1984. She moved to Dubuque to live by her children in 1984. While living in Dubuque she cooked at the "Club House" on 24th & Washington from 1985 to 1997 where she made the best Prime Rib around. She cooked dinner for her family every Tuesday night for 28 years, from 1984 to 2012. There were always 7 to 15 people there to eat and enjoy her food. Family, food and togetherness were very important to her.

She is survived by her son, Tim (Mary Jane) Anderson of Menominee, IL. and her daughter, Lori (Bill) Rokusek of Dubuque four grandchildren: Chris (Kate) Anderson of Dubuque, Tim ll (Kami) Anderson of St. Michael, MN., Kelli (Rob) Sonntag of Altoona, IA., Morgan Turbiner of New york City, NY. Adopted Granddaughter Lynn (Dan) Tangeri of Dubuque, Step-Grandchildren: Kevin (Katie) Rokusek of Bettendorf, IA., Michelle (Bob) Hochrein of Dubuque, and Barry Rokusek of Madison, WI. Five Great Grandchildren: Gabe, Abby and Sam Anderson of St. Michael, MN. and Gabbi and Graci Sonntag of Altoona, IA. Adopted Great Grandsons: Chad and Dyllon Phillips of Dubuque, Step-Great Grandchildren: Kristina, Rachelle and Jacquelyn Hochrein of Dubuque and Kaitlyn and Kamdyn Rokusek of Dubuque and Bettendorf, IA. One sister, Joyce Shaw of Spring Lake Park, MN. Sister-in-laws: Darlene Anderson, Shirley Anderson of Minnesota and Marlene Anderson of California, and many loved nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her son; Tom Anderson, daughter; Teri Stansfield and grandson; Kevin Kamentz. Sisters: Gladys Sykes, Dorothy Tilton, Helen Carlson and Donna Mae Williams, brothers: Ray Williams and Earl Williams and their spouses and three brothers-in-laws: Donald Anderson, Carl Anderson and Arnold Anderson.

Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be submitted at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com

The family wishes to thank the Mercy Hospital CVU, and Heritage Manor for the wonderful and loving care they took of Irene.



Everett J. Schuman

Everett J. Schuman, 79, of Earlville, Iowa died Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service will be held at 4 p.m.  Visitation will also be held Saturday morning from 8 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to the funeral mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Everett was born December 12, 1935 in Keota, Iowa the son of John and Edna "Ruth" (Heddinghaus) Schuman.  He married Darline Feldman on February 19, 1957 in St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, Iowa.  Together they raised their family and farmed near Earlville until retiring and moving to town in 1995.  Everett also worked as an Archer Oil County manager and a Mycogen seed corn dealer.  He enjoyed playing cards, traveling, working in his shop fixing things and spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Darline, 7 children: Diana (Ron) Digmann of Cedar Rapids, Steve (Donna) Schuman of Greeley, Dave (Kim) Schuman of Elk Grove, IL, Linda (Dan) Olberding of Dyersville, Nancy (Neal) Conrad of Hopkinton, Beverly (Kevin) DeMoss of Dubuque, Larry (Laura) Schuman of Earlville, 21 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, siblings: Emmett (Bernadette) Schuman of Independence, IA, Elmer (Julie) Schuman of Dyersville, Elias (Roxann) Schuman of Excello, MO, Francine Tucker of Manchester, Flavia (Dale) Talley of Oak Grove, MO, Fay (Fred) Coimarco of Little Rock, AR; in-laws: Karyl Schuman of Shorewood, IL and Herman Kadlec of Wahoo, NE and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Ruth Schuman, parents in-law, Joe & Vi Feldman, one son, Ronald in 2013, siblings: Edward Schuman, Frieda Schuman (in infancy), Fern Kadlec, in-laws: Fred Juhl and Carl Tucker.

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

 

 

 



George H. Banworth

George H. Banworth, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday January 19, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday January 24th, 2015 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday January 24th at the Church of the Nativity until time of funeral mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

George was born on January 7, 1929 in Sherrill, Iowa the son of John and Clara (Jungblut) Banwarth.

George worked at the former Dubuque Packing Company before starting in the furniture business in 1956. He owned and operated Banworth and Udelhoven Furniture Store for many years with his business partner Hap Udelhoven.
He was a member of Power of Prayer, and had a very special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church and also attended daily early morning Mass at the Church of the Nativity.

He is survived by his sisters-in-law Peggy Banwarth and Virginia Banwarth, many nieces and nephews and a special friend Charlotte Chambers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Joseph, Alvin (Armella), Harold, Francis and Charles, and his sister Mary (Ray) Herbst.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center and their staff along with all the health care professionals especially, Dr. Garrett Ridgley, Dr. Charles Longo and Dr. Patel Pinalkumar for all the kindness and care they gave to George.



Richard W. Kenniker

Richard W. Kenniker, 69 of Dubuque died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery where visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Inurnment will be in the Linwood Cemetery Mausoleum.

Richard was born September 4, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Walter and Dorothy (Allen) Kenniker. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1963. He married Judith Ann Oakley on July 13, 1973 in Burns Harbor, Indiana.

Rick was a proud 1963 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. He has been on the reunion committee since they started having reunions every five years. He also managed a web site for the class that kept everybody connected across the country.

Rick was a design engineer for AY McDonald Co. and worked in quality control at Unique Balance. He had an inventive mind and designed many interesting projects.

Richard is survived by his wife, Judy; a son, Channing (fiancé Lisa Linenfelser) Kenniker of Dubuque; a daughter, Jody (Andy) Peavy of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Skylyn Jay Peavy and Joseph Andrew Peavy; a brother, Wayne (Lori) Kenniker of Dubuque; and two sisters, Deb Kenniker of Dubuque and Tamie (Tom) Stull of Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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



Janet A. Gerstkamp

Janet A. Gerstkamp, age 90, of Dubuque, passed away gracefully at 5:20 p.m. on Monday, January 19, 2015 at ManorCare. To honor Janet's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Janet's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, January 23, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janet was born on May 21, 1924 in Dubuque, daughter of Alfred and Lavina (Miller) Oakley.

Janet married Norman Gerstkamp on November 4, 1946, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on August 26, 1988. Janet worked at Leisers Supper Club for 31 years until her retirement. She enjoyed traveling, playing Euchre with the girls, where much laughter ensued, and feeding all the birds and other varmits who visited her backyard. Janet was a longtime member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, the Eagle's Club and the Widow and Widower's Club. Janet's devotion to serving those around her has been on display throughout her entire life, but spending time with family and friends brought Janet the greatest joy. She will be sadly and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Janet is survived by 2 daughters, LaVonne (James) Ferguson, Norma (Sam) Sanchez, both of Dubuque; 2 grandchildren, Carrie (Aaron) Pozdol, Matt (Diana) Ferguson, both of Dubuque; 2 great-grandchildren, Ava and Charlie Pozdol, Dubuque.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; her son, Charles; a brother, Annas "Bud" Oakley and three sisters, Grace (Phil) Maul, Pearl (Edward) Gerstkamp and Joyce (Otto) Krieg.

A Janet A. Gerstkamp memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and ManorCare for all the wonderful care they provided to Janet.

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

 



Marie V. Coates

Marie Violet (Wels) Coates, 97 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Grandview United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, conducted by the Rev. Karl Goodfellow. The family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m. to the beginning of the funeral service at the church. Burial will be in Rockdale United Methodist Cemetery.

Marie was born October 29, 1917 in Dubuque County, the daughter of Edward and Clara (Parker) Wels. She attended primary school at Cedar Ridge, graduating eighth grade at age 12. She continued her education at Senior High School, graduating in 1934, and the University of Dubuque where she trained for her teacher certification. Marie taught in country schools and then substituted in the Dubuque Community schools for many years.

She married Merlin Coates on December 27, 1939 at the former Grace Methodist Church; he passed away on April 16, 1976, after 36 years of marriage. Marie then attended N.I.C.C. and worked for 25 years at H & R Block and various other businesses in accounting positions, retiring at the age of 84. She was a long time member of Grandview United Methodist Church and was active in many things at her church.

Marie enjoyed spending her time gardening, baking, reading and bird watching. She was an avid Lawrence Welk Fan, enjoying her Saturday evenings watching his programs.

Survivors include her children, Elaine (Paul) Greene of Appleton, WI, Bonnie (Jim deceased) Schmitt of Dubuque and Linda (Glen) Mullin of Peosta, a daughter in-law Eileen Coates of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren, Gary, Brian and Brad (Beth Hams) Coates, Joseph (Nicole) and Steven (Shawntel) Schmitt, Amanda Herbst, Katie (Kyle) Nesteby and Kara (Thomas) Schneider, and 8 great grandchildren.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merlin; a son, Douglas; her sister Adel Wels; and a great grandson, Jacob Coates.

Memorials may be directed to the Grandview United Methodist Church or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Marie's memory.

Arrangements are entrusted with Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

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



Thomas L. Meyers

Thomas L. Meyers 71, of Durango passed away peacefully at home on January 18, 2015.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. John Kissling officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Tom was born on April 25, 1943, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Paul and Viola (Olinger) Meyers. Tom served in the USMC from August 1961 to April 1963. He married Peg Kissling in 1994.

Tom graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1961. After graduation he joined the military. Upon his return home, he worked at John Deere 30 years, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed many years growing up and working on the Riniker farm helping with field work and repairing machinery as needed. He also spent every Friday morning bonding with his siblings over coffee and donuts. You could also find him having breakfast 3 mornings a week with his good friend, Mac or hanging out in the driveway with Donnie and Jerry, having a Pepsi, talking about the good old days.

He is survived by his wife Peg, son Tom (fiancé Traci Schmitt) Meyers, of Sherrill, IA, Paula (Ted) Lenaerts, of Cedar Falls, IA, stepsons, Jim (Nancy) Francois, of Mitchellville, IA, Tim Francois, of Cheyenne, WY, Jeff Francois, of Twin Lakes, WI, stepdaughter, Lisa Federspiel Peosta, IA. Grandchildren, Sami Jo, and Brady Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, TJ, Alex, and Madison Lenaerts, of Cedar Falls, IA. Step grandchildren, Jenna and Ava Francois, of Mitchellville, IA, Matthew, Michael, and Danielle Federspiel, of Peosta, IA, Derek Francois, of Omaha, NE and Bryce Francois, of Cheyenne, WY. Brothers; Jack (Frances) Meyers, of Oceanside, CA, Paul Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, Bob (Sylvia) Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, Dick (Ginny) Meyers, of Dubuque, IA. Sisters, Dorothy (Don) Link, of Carson City, NV, Delly (Dick) Meyers, of Urbandale, IA, Mary Katherine Meyers, of Dubuque, IA, sister-in-law Margaret Meyers, of Dubuque, sisters-in-law, Jacque (Chuck) Rutledge, of Fulton, IL, Soni Hudspeth, of Dubuque, IA, Sandy (Mike) Ernsdorff, of Dubuque, IA, Sue (Marv) Bennett, of Hazel Green, WI and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill and Don Meyers, Sisters-in-law, Pearl Meyers, Harriet Meyers, and Ruth Meyers. Step son-in-law, Dan Federspiel.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann's office at Dubuque Internal Medicine, Traci of Finley Home Health Care and Amy M. of Hospice of Dubuque for all the care you have given Tom. And a special thanks to his family and friends for your support during this time.

Memorials may be given to Holy Spirit Parish/Holy Ghost or Hospice of Dubuque.



Sr. Mary Concepta Joseph Milinski

Sister Mary Concepta Joseph Milinski, PBVM, 95, died on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Mt. Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:30 am at Mt. Loretto Sacred Heart Chapel, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4-8 pm on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a wake service at 7 pm. The Hoffman-Schneider-Kitchen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Concepta Joseph, daughter of Michael and Pauline (Urbaniuk) Milinski, was born Sophie Margaret on October 17, 1919, into a Polish family of her parents, 2 sisters and 1 brother. By the age of 9, both of her parents had died and the siblings were separated into foster homes. They were reunited at Mount St. Michael's Home on Staten Island, NY, which was sponsored by Presentation sisters. Sister entered a small community of the Sisters of the Presentation in College Point, NY in 1946, and professed her perpetual vows on February 22, 1952. In 1962, as part of a small group from this community, she became a member of the Sisters of the Presentation in Dubuque, IA.

She attended Clarke University in Dubuque, IA, and Mt. Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA where she received a BS. Her Presentation journey, spanning 68 years, took her to Oregon and Chicago, IL, Algona, Dubuque Resurrection (1975), Osage, Sheldon, Humboldt, Storm Lake and Waukon, all in Iowa and Monticello, MN and Timber Lake, SD. In ministry, she served in elementary education and as director of CCD Programs.

After her retirement to Mt. Loretto in 1990, she joined the Foster Grandparents Program, was a volunteer in the Child Development Center at Hills & Dales, and with her strong commitment to the elderly, she visited residents weekly at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab for many years.

Sister Concepta Joseph ("Sophie" to her family and friends) celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2007 and has been guided by the quote, "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me."

Surviving is her sister-in-law, Helen Milinski, her brother-in-law Anthony Barone, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 68 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bernard, and her sisters Stella (Casimir) Galuszka and Lottie Barone

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA 52001 or online at: www.dubuquepresentations.org.



Sharon M. Kremer

Sharon M. Kremer, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

A memorial mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Friends may gather at St. Anthony's before the memorial mass from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. In accordance with Sharon's wishes, her body was donated to the University of Iowa School of Medicine. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date.

Sharon was born on Nov. 29, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Richard and Ann (Heitz) LeConte. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1971. She married Melvin Kremer on March 3, 1973 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 26, 1989.

She worked for Molo Oil Company and later provided in-home daycare. Sharon was an exceptional child care provider. After her children were grown, she was employed by, and later retired from, Younkers in Dubuque.

Sharon was a strong, inspirational woman who shed uplifting light upon all she encountered. She taught us courage and hope when faced with adversity. We remember Sharon's giving spirit and inspiring smile that could light up any room. Her memory lives on forever in our hearts.

She is survived by her children: Stephanie (Steve) Valentine and Matthew (Rita Hunt) Kremer, both of Dubuque; four grandchildren: Sierra, Sidney, and Ashley Valentine, and Charlie Kremer; her mother, Ann LeConte, of Dubuque; siblings: Diane (Ron) Clemen, Rick (Paula Dixon) LeConte, Ron (Lu) LeConte, and Robert (Janet) LeConte; her mother-in-law, Rosemary Kremer; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Gary (Karen) Kremer, Terry (Nancy) Kremer, Bob (Judy) Kremer, Jean (Ted) Huseman, Jim (Jan) Kremer, Jane (Paul) Vetter, Rod (Carrie) Kremer, Loren (Carrie) Kremer, and Mary (Chuck) Michel; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great- nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her father; her father-in-law, Lawrence Kremer; and brother-in-law Alvin Kremer.

In lieu of flowers a Sharon M. Kremer memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. John Whalen and the Tri-State Dialysis staff for all their wonderful care.



Richard Bernard Hefel

Richard Bernard Hefel, 71, died at home on January 19, 2015. His death was a tribute to his life. He passed surrounded by his wife, their five children, and the walls of the farmhouse that he and his wife had restored ten years earlier.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bellevue, IA. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the Church.

Richard was a man of many parts and known by several names. His friends called him "Dick". His students at Wahlert High school, where he taught physics and chemistry for 47 years, called him "Hefel". He was "Coach" to hundreds of athletes.

He was born April 3, 1943 in Holy Cross, Iowa, the fifth of eight children born to George and Emma (Errthum) Hefel. Richard received a B.S. in Physics and Education from Loras College. He married his high school sweetheart, Madonna Murphy, on June 12, 1965. After he married, with his wife Madonna's support, he earned an M.A. in Earth Science from the University of Northern Iowa.

He began his coaching career with football at his grade school alma mater, Holy Ghost. He went on to coach boys track and field at Wahlert for over 30 years. Long jump, high jump and pole vault became his particular passion and he produced State champions in all of these events. He became head coach at Wahlert and was invited to coach men's and women's pole vault and high jump at Loras. He coached at Loras for 11 years and produced all-Americans in men and women's pole vault and men's high jump.

Never one to miss an opportunity to use science, Richard integrated it with conservation in the two houses he built for his family from the ground up. He installed solar panels on his family house in Dubuque in the 1980s, and when he and Madonna restored their farmhouse in 2004 he installed geothermal heating and cooling. He also invested in land management and preservation on the surrounding acreage at the farm.

It was Richard who named the farmhouse "Grandview Farm." One of his greatest pleasures in later life was to sit on his porch and look out at the surrounding country. Iowa, he always said, had a different type of beauty. In 2009 he and Madonna fulfilled their dream and opened the Grandview Farm Bed and Breakfast. There they hosted guests from as far afield as London as well as the local community for regular hayrides, cook-outs, and an annual pumpkin carving party.

Dick was an inventive man who could enjoy simple things. He liked getting deals on antiques at auctions, making ice rinks in the backyard for his kids in the winter, finding the perfect sledding hills for his grand kids, reading any book going on the second world war, eating good pie, and spending time with his beloved family.

He is survived by wife, Madonna Hefel; children Rick (Vicki) Hefel, Christina Hefel (Andrew Meyer), Kathleen (Bathsheba) Doran, Elizabeth Hefel (Gavin Gould), Andrea (Donovan) Devore; and grandchildren Rachel, Ben, Nick & Megan Hefel, Hugo Doran, and James Devore.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Kenneth.

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

The family would like to extend our thanks to Genesis Hospice and Skilled Care in Maquoketa.



Kevin John Francis

Kevin John Francis, 54, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 22, at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Resurrection Church and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on August 9, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lee and Mary (Nugent) Francis. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1978. He attended NICC and graduated from Clarke College with a BSN and attended Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he received his Masters of Anesthesia. He worked for many years at Mercy Medical Center and currently was employed by Dubuque Anesthesia Services.

He married Connie Robinson on Sept. 14, 1985 at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque.

Kevin's greatest love was his wife and his family. He lived life to the fullest. He especially enjoyed spending time at the cottage and on the river, attending his sons' sporting events, traveling and playing pool. He was proud to have his daughter receive her nursing degree and join him at Mercy. Kevin was a life-long Oakland Raiders Fan. Kevin touched the lives of so many people in his short life. He loved lending a helping hand to his many friends. He will be sadly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; three children, Emily Francis, Michael Francis, and Christopher Francis, all of Dubuque; his mother, Mary Francis; siblings Gary (Elizabeth) Francis, of Palatine, IL, Steve Francis, of Huntley, IL, Roger (Julie) Francis, of Davenport, IA, Kathy (Dennis) Bruck, Kimberly Tully, both of Dubuque, Rob (Natalie) Francis, of Ankeny, IA, and Laura Francis, of Davenport; many nieces and nephews; his brother and sisters-in-law, Jackie (John) Sheriff of South Lyon,MI, Barbara (Mike) Ross, Frank Robinson both of Dubuque and Lynn (Clay) Carney of Cedar Rapids, IA.

He was preceded in death by his son Eric on July 11, 1991;his father Lee on May 24, 2012; brother-in-law Dennis Tully and his mother- and father-in-law Frank and Janice Robinson.

In lieu of flowers a Kevin J. Francis memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the Key West Fire & EMS, and Mercy Emergency Department, especially Katie, for all the wonderful care and kindness they gave.



Robert Leroy Wagner

Robert Leroy Wagner, 78, of Dubuque passed away at home 9 pm Thursday, January 15, 2015 with his loving family around him.

Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 3:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Visitation will follow from 4 to 7:30 p.m. with a Memorial service at 7:30 p.m.

Bob was born Jan. 31, 1936 in Bankston, Iowa, son of Matt and Alice (Schmitt) Wagner. He was the youngest of five children, losing his dad when he was 13. He attended Holy Ghost School and Loras Academy.

Before joining the Marine Corps in 1953, he worked at Trausch's Bakery. He served in the Marines during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1956. After the Marines he worked at Dubuque Packing Company, was a cement finisher, and at Stanley Home products before starting at John Deere Dubuque Works in 1960 as a machine operator. He retired in 1994 as a CNC machine operator. After retirement, he worked part time at different jobs: school bus driver, RTA bus driver, courier for American Trust, Diamond Jo, and finally retired for good from delivering parts for Fastenal.

He married Carol Isaacs in February of 1999 and went on to enjoy his retirement 24/7 with her. In his younger years, he was very active in all summer and winter sports and after "father time" took away the sporting ability, he liked to fish, do home projects, gamble of any sort and play cards.

He is a member of UAW Local 94 and a very proud member of the AA community since 1978.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol; three sons, Steven (Erin) Wagner of Cedar Rapids, Michael (Kelly) Wagner, and Robert (JoAnn) Eppler of Dubuque; two daughters, Julie (fiance Ellas Mihalakis) Wagner and Katie (Roger) McIntyre of Dubuque; two stepdaughters, Terri (Steve) Johnson of West Bend, Wis., and Ann (Tom Gent) Isaacs of Washington, Mo.; and his "adopted son" Arlando Mischeaux of St. Louis. He is also survived by one sister, Donna Kuchermann of Platteville, Wis.; two brothers-in-law, Donald (Marilyn) Stecher of Dubuque and Fr. John Stecher of Davenport; one sister-in-law, Jeanette Hohmann, of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, one great-grandson, and one step-great-grandson; also by many nieces and nephews who adored their "Uncle Bobby".

He was preceded in death by his son Robert and his daughter Rebecca Schrock; brothers Melvin and Merlin; sister Betty Hingtgen; brothers-in-law Charley Kuchemann and Dewey Hingtgen; and his parents.

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

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

The family would like to thank Dr. Hartman and nurse Tiffany, and Dr. Martin for their care. Also a thanks to Steve and Karen Plein, special friends Peg and Harris Schaller, and the angels of Hospice of Dubuque, Edna, Anji and Amy.



Jean Smith

Jean (Houselog) Smith, 74 of Dubuque, died Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Saint Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet in Saint Joseph's Chapel Mausoleum. Friends may call from 3 to 7 Tuesday January 20th at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a parish wake service at 3 pm.

Jean was born on July 6, 1940, in Dubuque the daughter of Norbert and Callista (Kenneally) Houselog. She married Roger Smith and worked full time raising her family. She also worked at Eagle Foods and as a bartender and cook for several Dubuque businesses.

Jean loved to sing and spend time with people sharing stories, playing bingo and cards.

She is survived by her 3 sons Keith Smith, Kyle (Barbie) Smith and Kevin (Teresa) Smith all of Dubuque, Seven grandchildren Tricia, Jessica, Kyle Jr., Samantha, Tabitha, Erika, and Ryan, a great grandchild Caiden. Her Brother Robert "Bob" (Gert) Houselog, and sisters-in-law Edna Houselog, Theresa Houselog, Lois Houselog, and Mary Adele Houselog. Many nieces and nephews including Barb (Jay) Hanson and Julie Schwendinger and family, and a special friend Ron Droessler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Norbert "Butch" Houselog, Mary (Art) Balk, Bernice (John) Donahue, Ron Houselog, Art "Tee" (Betty) Houselog, Joe (Helen) Houselog, Merlin (Jane) Houselog, Gerald (Joan) Houselog, and Wayne Houselog.

The family wishes to thank all the physicians who cared for Jean especially Dr. Diane Sorenson, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dubuque Nursing & Rehab, for all their wonder care.



Carol S. Kruger Goettler

Carol S. Kruger Goettler, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Carol's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Carol Sue Kruger was born on September 18, 1943 in Odell, Nebraska to Richard and Wilma (Rehwaldt) Kruger. She was a graduate of Odell High School and then completed a secretarial course from the Lincoln School of Commerce in Lincoln, Nebraska. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Elementary Education/Special Education from the University of Dubuque, and later earned a Masters of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities from Clarke College in Dubuque. She married William N. Goettler on August 21, 1999 in Dubuque, Iowa.

From 1962 to 1967 Carol served as secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the State of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She then worked for a short time as a secretary to the Chief of Party at the Nebraska State Office, US/AID, Erzurum, Turkey, and from 1968 to 1969 served as a legal secretary for a law office in Lincoln, Nebraska. From 1974 to 2003 Carol taught elementary and special education at Franklin, Lincoln, and Sageville Elementary schools in Dubuque and for nine summers from 1993 to 2002 served as a teacher and English department head for the EF Foundation for Foreign Study, Yale University, and Bryant College Newhaven, Connecticut and Smithfield, Rhode Island.

After a tenure of 30 years of teaching in the Dubuque Community School District, Carol became a substitute teacher in the Andrew Community School District, and worked part-time at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque as a tour guide and sales associate.

After her retirement, Carol actively pursued and thoroughly enjoyed her Master Gardener designation through the Iowa State University Extension Service. Additionally, she was an active member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, IA where she was a choir member and church secretary. Carol was an extremely hard worker, always eagerly tackling physically demanding tasks, often in the outdoors. She represented all that was good and positive in her parenting of her two daughters, teaching them strength, compassion and endurance. Carol was a dedicated wife who took great pleasure in creating a loving home environment. She enjoyed gardening and landscaping, antiques, country living, cooking, baking and spending time with all of her children and grandchildren. 

Those left to honor Carol's memory include her husband William "Bill" Goettler of Maquoketa, IA; daughters Rachelle Deanne (Brent) Sharrer of Falls Church, VA, and Aysha Erin (Rob) Hall of Katy, TX; step-sons Jon (Jenn) Goettler of Washington, IL, and Drew (Leslie) Goettler of Portland, OR; sister Sandy (Louie) Cumro of Odell, NE; grandchildren Benjamin Alexander Sharrer, Nicholas Walker Sharrer and Katherine Carol Sharrer of Falls Church, VA, Graycen Avery Hall and Emma Jean Hall of Katy, TX; step grandchildren Ethan William Goettler and Evan Jon Goettler of Washington, IL, Jordon Ava Goettler and Sophia Elena Goettler of Portland, OR.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, or the MD Andersen Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

The family would like to send a deep appreciation to Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine for their support, care and treatment of Carol throughout her illness.

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



Elizabeth I. Schmitt

Elizabeth I. "Betty" (Jorgenson) Schmitt, 89, of Dubuque passed away at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Ennoble Manor Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Episcopal Church with Rev. Kathleen Milligan officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the church.

Betty was born on Feb. 23, 1925 in Dodgeville, Wis., the daughter of Amos H. and Minnie M. (Widish) Jorgenson. She attended grammar school at the one room school house Gold Mine School, near Dodgeville. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1943.

Betty was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, Stanley Home Products, Hills & Dales, and was a caregiver to the young and the elderly. She was a long time active member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Daughters of the King, and the Women's Fellowship Group.

Betty loved all animals, especially her cats and dogs. She also enjoyed feeding the birds and gardening.

Surviving are two children: Constance J. "Connie" Kitchen of Dubuque and Steven S. (Alma) Schmitt of Sioux City, Iowa; 7-grandchildren: Brent (Lisa) Kitchen, Kim Kitchen, Jamie (Tammy) Hingtgen, Jevon (Colleen) Hingtgen, Chrissy Kennedy, Stephanie (Rhamen) Diallo, and Aaron Schmitt; 2 step-grandchildren: Makeba Jones and Tristan O'Neill; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Deloris L. Luse of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Joyce E. Shaffer (George Frankenfelt) of Dayton, Ohio;a sister-in-law, Kay Jorgenson of Glenwood, Iowa; and her numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James J. Schmitt; a brother, LaVerne Jorgenson; and two brothers-in-law, Edward C. Luse and Frank Shaffer.

Memorials may be given to the Elizabeth I. Schmitt memorial fund or St. John's Episcopal Church.

The family would like to thank Ennoble Manor Rehab Unit, Above & Beyond, the V.N.A., and Betty's wonderful neighbors for their care, concern, and friendship that enabled her to live independently in her home.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.



Carole S. Dodds

Carole S. Dodds, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Carole's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, Jan. 22, at the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Carole Sue Shady was born on Jan. 31, 1944 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Clifford Arthur and Sybil Jane (Carpenter) Shady. She attended Andrew Schools and married Eugene Lee Taylor. To this union 5 children were born: Tammy, Theresa, Scott, Brenda and Christina. They later divorced and she married William L. "Bill" Dodds on Dec. 19, 1981 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2004.

Carole had first worked as a waitress at Rocky's Cafe in Maquoketa. She then worked at Obie's in Maquoketa as a waitress, bartender and cook for over 33 years.

Carole was a member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa. She was a Cubs fan and enjoyed playing games and staying in touch with family and friends on her computer. She especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Carole's memory include her children Tammy (Michael) Schulz of Maquoketa, IA, Theresa Atkinson of Maquoketa, IA, Scott (fiancé Shawn) Taylor of Preston, IA, Brenda Arrick of Maquoketa, IA, and Christina (Dwayne) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sisters Pat Peiffer of Minonk, IL, Rose (Lyle) Rowan of Maquoketa, IA, and Verna (Steve) Flagel of Zwingle, IA; and brothers Irvin Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA, and Vurtis (Deb) Wallroff of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Dodds; a great-grandson, Jeffrey Fielhauer; a brother, Alva Shady; and a sister, Marilyn Earles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carole S. Dodds memorial fund has been established.

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



Gaylen C. Meis

Gaylen C. "Chuck" Meis, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 11:06 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital of natural causes. To honor Chuck's life, funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Chuck's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gaylen was born on September 24, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Francis W. and Charlotte V. (Hogan) Meis.

Chuck was employed as a district manager with Weiss & Neuman Shoe Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado for 25 years. He later went to work as a dispatcher for Express Transportation Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado for 5 years until his retirement. In his free time Chuck was an avid golfer, reader and an excellent pool player. He also enjoyed gardening and was an American history buff. Family was the most important thing in Chuck's life.

Chuck is survived by his mother, Charlotte Meis, Dubuque, IA; two brothers, Neal Meis, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Virginia) Meis, Houston, TX; two nephews, Hunter and Carter Meis, Houston, TX; and several cousins.

Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Francis; his son, Nick on October 31, 1986.

A Gaylen C. "Chuck" Meis memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Longo, Dr. Schope and the nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for their wonderful care of Chuck.

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

 



Harvey G. Larsen

Harvey G. Larsen, 81, of Davenport, Iowa, died on Friday morning, January 16, 2015, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, Iowa.

A memorial gathering of family and friends celebrating Harvey's life will be held 12 to 3 P.M., Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, 4401 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa. A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Harvey George Larsen was born on August 7, 1933 in Davenport, Iowa, to Christian Peter and Fannie Marie (Holtam) Larsen. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1952 and then served his country in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Sandra Lynn Tripp on April 2, 1966 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Harvey had owned and operated Larsen Home Improvement from 1967 until present.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Davenport and the Moline Horseshoe Pitching Club. He enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Harvey's memory include his wife Sandra Larsen of Davenport, IA; children Beth (Blaine) Zahner of Davenport, IA, and Chris (Tiffany) Larsen of Sugar Grove, IL; 4 grandchildren, Samantha and Alaina Zahner, and Mckenna and Kylee Larsen; 1 great-grandchild due in July; and a brother Al Larsen of Windsor, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

 



Sarah M. Graham

Sarah M. (Fitzgerald) Graham, 55, of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after enduring her illness with hope.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Sarah was born December 8, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Virgene (Wessels) Fitzgerald.  She married Patrick "George" Graham on November 29, 1980, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  She was the owner and office manager of Graham Electric Motors.

Left to cherish her memory include her husband, Pat "George", 4 children: Brett (Alethia) of Dyersville, William (Maeve McGlynn) of London, England, Katie (Nick Axtell) of Dubuque, Benjamin Graham of Dyersville; 3 grandchildren: Tanner and William Graham and Avery Graham Axtell; siblings: Steve (Mary), Tim (Janet) and Tom (Linda) Fitzgerald all of Dyersville; in-laws: Suzanne (Leo) McDermott of Bernard, Jack Graham of Cedar Rapids, Janice (Dave) Loecke of Manchester, Nancy (Mark) Breitbach of Dyersville and Cathy (Diane) Graham of Des Moines, and a step-brother-in-law, Leo O'Rourke of Monticello; numerous nieces and nephews and many loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

To all: "They say when you are gone it is not what you have said or done, it is how you made them feel.  It is my wish you all know how much I love you. When you think of me and smiles come across your face, feel the warmth and love I have felt from you!  So, here is to my family who have become friends, and to my friends who have become family: God bless all and that you do.  Wherever you go, keep me in your heart and know that I will be going with you.  May the angels guard and keep you safe."

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

 



James B. Eveland

James "Jim" Bradford Eveland, 85, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 17, 2015, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City surrounded by his family. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City with Pastor Melissa Waterman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service.

Jim was born on December 25, 1929, in Barneveld, Wisconsin, the son of Bradford and Eva (Rongve) Eveland. He married Arlyn Brennum from Dodgeville. She preceded him in death on December 10, 1996. He married Barbara Brooks LaMour on February 8, 1997.

Jim graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in agriculture. He started his career in education teaching agriculture in Gratiot, Wisconsin. Then he moved on to teaching agriculture and coaching at Cassville, Wisconsin. Jim received his masters degree from UW-Madison and went into school administration becoming principal and superintendent at Potosi, Wisconsin, in 1957. In 1968 Jim moved to Cuba City to become superintendent of schools until he retired in 1987. Jim was a lifelong advocate for all areas of education and continued to support his many students long after their graduation.

Jim was very active in the Lions Club and Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He was also a member of the State Superintendent's Association and a devout member of Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City. He was a loving father and grandfather to his large family and an extremely kind and generous man to everyone. Jim was a long time fan of all sporting activities. He especially loved the Milwaukee Brewers, the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Cuba City Cubans. Jim was a charter member of Cole Acres Country Club and golfed through this past summer. He had many sayings, but probably his most famous was, "See you in the spring."

Survivors include his wife, Barb; his children, Alan (Joyce), of Platteville, Greg, of Davenport, IA, Cindy (Ron) Weber, of Cuba City, Michael, of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kristi (Tim) Murray, of Waunakee, and Mark (Laura), of Cedar Rapids, IA; his stepchildren, Michelle (Marty) Lange, of East Dubuque, IL, and Jim (Laura) LaMour, of San Marcos, CA; his brothers, Steve (Marilyn), of Ridgeway, and Dean (Donna), of Edgerton; a sister, Norita Williams, of Barneveld; 24 grandchildren, Damian, Coutney (Daryl), Jennifer (John), Nathaniel (Tina), Andrea (Jesse) , Sam, Elizabeth (Louie), Kellie (Joe), Sarah (Tony), Jessica (Sam), Jordan, Dustin (Emily), Beau, Samantha, Bradford, Matthew, Amanda (Jake), Ashley (Patrick), Abbey, Andrea, Andrew, Olivia, Matthew and Lincoln; and 12 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Sarah Claire, Claudia, Nora, Mitchell, Sydney, Will, Andrew, Evan, Alexander, Will and Rosalyn.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Eldon and Keith; and a sister, Carol Shannon.

A James "Jim" Bradford Eveland Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Ronald W. McNett

Ronald W. McNett, 82, of Mesquite, Nevada, formerly of Fennimore and Livingston, Wisconsin, died at his home Thursday, January 15, 2015. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Dan Verdegan officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Platteville. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ron was born on November 23, 1932, in Platteville, Wisconsin, the son of George and Isabel (Harker) McNett. He married Lois A. Wickler on February 14, 1954, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She preceded him in death on November 10, 2005.

Ron graduated from Platteville High School in 1951. He served in the Air Force from 1953 through 1957. He graduated from Florida State University in 1968. Ron worked as an Auto/Ag Mechanics Instructor at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Wisconsin, from 1968 to 1991. His interests were working with and teaching anything mechanical. Ron enjoyed traveling in his motor home to spend time with his family, fixing anything he could find broken, and riding his motorcycle with his sons.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara A. (Fred) Mayne, of Theresa, Wisconsin; two sons, Ronald W. (Debra) McNett Jr, of Monument, Colorado, and Jon J. McNett, of Mesquite, Nevada; two sisters-in-law, Rosemary McNett, of Cuba City, and Mary A. (Joe) Ropolewski, of St. Petersburg, Florida; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Marshall McNett, and a daughter-in-law, Deborah McNett.

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



Gerald F. Herburger

Gerald F. "Jerry" Herburger, age 85, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. To honor Jerry's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at St. Joseph Church, 10270 Key West Dr., with Rev. Michael J. Podhajsky officiating. To celebrate Jerry's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish wake service will be held at 5:00 p.m. At the church there will be an honor guard by the Dubuque Police Department and full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, IA.

Gerald was born on August 2, 1929, in Dubuque, IA, son of John and Frances (Fink) Herburger.

Jerry graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1948. He proudly served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. When he returned home from the service he went to work at the John Deere Dubuque Works. In 1956, Jerry went to work with the Dubuque Police Department, retiring after 32 years of service in 1988. He also drove trolleys and limos in the Tri-State area. Jerry married Jacqueline Thatcher on February 14, 1961, in Freeport, IL. She preceded him in death on October 5, 2013. Jerry was a long time member of St. Joseph Church in Key West. In his spare time he loved to buy and sell cars and appliances. Jerry was always very friendly and had a smile for everyone he met.

Jerry is survived by his children, Kathy (Joe) Klein, Cuba City, WI, Paul (Deborah) Herburger, Dubuque, IA, Gary (Dawn) Herburger, Jackson, TN, Kathy (Bart) Ramsey, Tupelo, MS; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 daughters-in-law, Joanne Breen, Washington, IA, Linda Krabacher, East Dubuque, IL.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jacqueline; 2 sons, John and William Krabacher.

A Gerald F. "Jerry" Herburger memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care and concern for Jerry and his family.

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

 



Doris H. Rogers

Doris H. Rogers, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday January 15th, 2015 at home.

In accordance with her wishes, private services will be held with burial at Linwood Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale road is assisting the family.

Doris was born in Sorau, East Germany, daughter of Paul and Kate (Wilde) Henze. She married Robert K. Rogers on November 20th, 1948, in Frankfurt Hochst, Germany.
She worked for several years at the Chateau Supper Club and in her later years at the Bridge Restaurant. Her first priority was raising her children. Doris loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and playing euchre. She enjoyed nature and was always watching for the first signs of spring.

She is survived by her children; Gerald (Linda) Rogers, Robert (Colleen) Rogers, Timothy (Joyce) Rogers, Linda (Mickey) Bahr, John (Kim) Rogers, and Thomas (Christine) Rogers, Grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and one sister, her husband Robert, and a granddaughter Heidemarie Boyer.

The family of Doris H. Rogers would like to thank pastors Kristian Kincaid and Jesse Cearlock, Dr. Brian Nelson and his nurse Rose, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially her caretaker Dawn.



Gerald T. Corrigan

Gerald T. "Jerry" Corrigan, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating, and the Nativity Guild reciting the rosary at 10:15 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday, Jan. 18, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 1:00 p.m. There will be an American Legion Past Commander ceremony at 4:00 p.m.

Jerry was born on April 23, 1926 in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, the son of James and Rose (McCormick) Corrigan. He married Anna May Ryan on June 20, 1953 at Immaculate Conception Church in Masonville, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 14, 1994.

He attended Paint Rock Elementary School and Harpers Ferry High School. At the age of 18 he entered the U.S. Army and proudly served his country along with nine of his ten brothers. He served during WWII in the Philippines and later during the Occupation of Japan. He then attended Loras College, graduating in 1951.

He worked for Dubuque Stamping and Manufacturing for 38 years, primarily as Quality Control manager, until his retirement in 1991.

Jerry was a very active member of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque, his favorite hangout. He held many offices, including Commander, and also served on the Military Honors Burial Detail. He was a member of the 40 & 8 of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Eagles Club of Dubuque.

Jerry was also a devoted member of the Church of the Nativity, where he served on the Parish Council and was an usher for many years.

In his spare time he enjoyed being outdoors. Since his boyhood, he was an avid hunter. He also enjoyed playing golf, cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers, and taking Sunday morning walks on Dubuque's River walk, where he would strike up a conversation with the tourists passing by.

He is survived by his three daughters, Margaret "Peggy" (Mike) Stoecklein, of Lakeville, MN, Mary Rose Corrigan-Psihoyos (Gus), of Dubuque, and Colleen Kersch, of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Jerry, Annie, Danny, Jane, Ben, Nicolas, and Louie; and one great-grandchild, James; four brothers, John (Lois) Corrigan, Richard (Elaine) Corrigan, Bob (Peg) Corrigan, all of Cedar Rapids, and Pat Corrigan, of Decorah; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna May; daughter Jane Corrigan; son-in-law Matt Kersch; brothers Charles, Mike, Cyril, Wayne, Mark and James; and sisters-in-law Eleanor, LaVerle, and LaVonne.

The family wishes to thank all of the health care providers that have looked after Jerry over the years.

While Jerry will have the best seat in the house for the NFC championship game featuring his beloved Green Bay Packers, friends and family will have to settle for the broadcast at the funeral home.



Stephanie M. Hahlen

Stephanie M. (Steiner) Hahlen, 66, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, where there will be a tribute at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate.

Stephanie was born June 17, 1948 in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Charles and Mary (O'Brien) Steiner. She married Ronald Hahlen on Feb. 28, 1975.

Stephanie enjoyed her work in the financial industry. Her last position was as Branch Manager of the Dutrac Community Credit Union Asbury Branch, and she retired in October of 2013 after 25 years of service. She previously held positions at Rainbow Tire and American Finance.

Steph was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed the Cubs, the Hawkeyes, and the Vikings. She also enjoyed art (especially her husband's pottery), the holidays, cooking, games, travel, dance, music, theatre, and any opportunity to be with family and friends. 

There were three areas of life that were important to Steph: love, loyalty, and laughter. Love of her family and friends was foremost. The annual O'Brien family reunion was special to her, and she treasured the opportunity to spend time playing and watching sports, visiting the lake in the summer, and especially spending time with family and friends. She could always be depended on to help someone in need. In her youth, she was a political activist, and was most memorably involved with the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party. A great sense of humor was a strong trait of Steph's, and she dearly loved to laugh. Her loyalty was appreciated, her laughter was contagious, and most importantly, she made people know they were loved. Steph will be remembered and missed.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ronald L. Hahlen; her children, Todd (Laura) Hahlen, Nathan (Mary) Meloy, and Kirstin (James) Alexander; her grandchildren, Brooklyn, Thea, and Cade Hahlen, Aidan and Sadie Meloy, and Cooper and Cecelia Alexander; her sister Christine (Robert) Steiner Apel; her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Steiner; and many extended family members and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, C. Michael "Mike" Steiner; and many extended family members.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf and to the transplant team at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for their hard work and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stephanie Hahlen Memorial Fund.

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



Rev. Emmett T. Busch

Rev. Emmett T. Busch, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at his home.

A celebration of Emmett's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Rev. Emmett Theodore Busch was born on March 3, 1926 in Jackson County, IA to John C.A. and Caroline S. (Kokemuller) Busch. He attended an elementary country school, and then graduated from Elwood High in 1945. After farming for five years with his father, he attended Wartburg College and Wartburg Seminary, graduating in 1958, and was ordained shortly thereafter. During his internship at St. James Lutheran in Mason City, IA, he met his future wife. He and Eilene were married on Sept. 1, 1957.

His first call in 1958 was to two churches in Saskatchewan, Canada: Peace Lutheran in Yellow Grass and St. John Lutheran in Lang. His first two children, Brian and Cheryl, were born at this time. In 1961, he accepted a call to St. John Lutheran in rural Greene, IA. In 1964, a new addition was added to the church containing 5 classrooms, restrooms, a church office and a new entry. His two youngest children, David and Eric, were born at this time.
In 1967, Emmett accepted a call to St. John Lutheran in Bellevue, IA. In 1974, an educational unit, kitchen and office were built. In conjunction, old basement classrooms and restrooms were remodeled. In 1988, a large handicapped elevator was added to the main church. During this time, Emmett helped to start up Bellevue Meals on Wheels and was the Conference Dean for 4 years.

After retiring in 1992, he served as interim minister in three local parishes, Andrew, Lost Nation and Goose Lake, as well as serving for various pastors on vacation.
Emmett was a volunteer fireman for 15 years, an ambulance volunteer for 10 years, and a Rotary member for 28 years. Emmett drove a morning bus route for 20 years for the Bellevue School District. After his retirement, he continued his ‘bus' routes, taking neighbor children to school and Eilene's students to piano lessons. He loved to fish and travel. He also loved to golf and spent many hours in his home woodworking shop.

Emmett is survived by his wife, Eilene (Baalson) Busch; four children, Brian Busch of Windom, MN, Cheryl Busch of Denver, CO, David (Lora) Busch of LaCrosse, WI, and Eric (Cindy) Busch of Clive, IA; and five grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon, Shira, Trinity and Blake. He is also survived by two sisters, Leona Westphal of Maquoketa, IA, and Darlene Small of Maquoketa, IA; two brothers, Orben (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA, and Virtes Busch of Maquoketa, IA; and 19 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Irene Wyatt; and a daughter-in-law, Kayla (Rasmussen) Busch.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Jackson County. Your humor, care and compassion during this difficult time will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank all of our family and friends for your care and support during these past few months.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa, Wartburg Seminary, Wartburg College, or Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Clarence L. Avenarius

Clarence L. Avenarius, 84, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at home, surrounded by his loving family and extended family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Clarence was born March 14, 1930 in Dubuque, the son of Leo "Pete" and Alma (Blickert) Avenarius. When he was three days old, Clarence's mother passed away. His father then married Cornelia "Neen" Cushing, who raised Clarence as her own son. 

He married Eleanor A. "Ellie" Konzen on Sept. 9, 1950 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on August 25, 2012. Clarence was employed as a crane operator for many years prior to being forced to retire in 1987 due to health problems. He was a member of the Operation Engineers Union.

Clarence was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He looked forward to his Monday night cribbage games with his son-in-law, Michael, and enjoyed watching The Price Is Right. Clarence was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Clarence is survived by his children, Michael (Deb) Avenarius, and Michele (Michael) Schetgen of Dubuque, Mark Avenarius of Mesa, AZ, and Todd (Theresa) Avenarius of Roseville, CA; his grandchildren, Ryan (Stacy) Avenarius, and Brandon (fianceé Cassie Koetz) and Brady Schetgen, all of Dubuque; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joan Pautvein, of Apache Junction, AZ.

In addition to his wife of nearly 62 years, he was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to care providers Kathy, Karen, and Kay for their loving care of Dad.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Daniel J. Galle

Daniel J. Galle, 62, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at home.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Officiating the service will be Deacon John Stierman. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6 at 4:30 p.m. Interment will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Dan was born April 11, 1952 in Dubuque, son of Cletus and Ruth (Link) Galle. He married Boalee Malihon on Sept. 28, 1972 in Michigan.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force for 20 years with tours in Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War, retiring in 1990. He then worked at various local casinos, most recently Wild Rose Casino in Clinton, IA, retiring in April 2014. He was a member of American Legion Post 6.

Surviving is his wife, Boalee "Malee" Galle; children Robert (Rachelle) Galle, of Palm Springs, CA, Ruth (Ben) Gondek, of Dousman, Wisc, and Tabethe (Andrew) Schemmel, of Dubuque; 6 grandchildren and one on the way; brothers John ‘Jack' (Sue) Galle, Donald (Debbie) Galle, and Thomas (Angela) Galle; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jane Galle.

Thank you to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, the Wendt Center and Dr. Eric Engleman.

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



LaVern J. Conrad

LaVern John "Vern" Conrad age 79 of Dubuque died Saturday January 10, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 Thursday January 15, 2015 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 to 8 Wednesday January 14, 2015 at the funeral home.

Vern was born on July 18, 1935 in Dubuque the son of John and Hilda (Scherbring) Conrad. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Vern married Sandra Hall on December 30, 1998 in Galena,IL. He was a farmer in rural Epworth and cattle buyer in the tri-state area for many years.Vern will most be remembered for his boisterous voice, cherished times spent with his family and friends and rides in the country gladly sharing his vast knowledge of the area.

He is survived by wife Sandy, his children Cindy (Michael) Breitbach of Balltown, Steve (Karen) Conrad of Epworth, Laura (Chad Nichols) Connolly of Dubuque, Lynn (Steve) Burroughs of Dyersville, Allen Conrad of Davenport, June (Jon) Hardin of Luxemburg,Vern (Danielle Oberhoffer) Conrad of Dubuque, his step children, Misty (Eric) Puccio, Kim (Ryan Deckert) Spark, James (Tiffany) Spark, all of Dubuque, Kellie (Fred) Brenke of Epworth, and Ron Spark of Dubuque. Many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren. Verns siblings Joan (Clem) Hoefler, Bill (Darlene) Conrad, Dan (Jackie) Conrad, John Conrad, and Ron (Sandra) Conrad, and in-laws Bob (Judy Yost)Kramer, Hazel (Bill Cowsert) Lambert, Luetta (Jerry) Wolfinger, and Bill (Geri) Hall and his three beloved dogs:Foxy, Bernie and Marley.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Hilda, Louise the mother of his eight children, a son Jeff, and siblings Mary Ann Kramer, Doris Davis, and Vince Conrad.

The family would especially like to thank Dr. Mark Runde as well as the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for there care, kindness and compassion while caring for Vern.



Harriet L. Maiers

Harriet L. Maiers, 87, of Dyersville and formerly of Holy Cross died Sunday, January 11, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Harriet was born January 16, 1927 in Petersburg, Iowa, the daughter of Alphonse and Antoinette "Nettie" (Deppe) Wegmann.  She attended grade school at SS. Peter & Paul in Petersburg and finished high school at Xavier High School in Dyersville with the Class of 1944.  She worked as a secretary at H&W Trucking in Dubuque for a few years.  She married Leon Maiers on May 4, 1949, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg and together they farmed near Holy Cross.  Harriet was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 881 and the Holy Cross Rosary Society.  She enjoyed playing cards, fishing with the grandchildren, baking, traveling, and serving others.  She was known for her kind and gentle heart.

Survivors include her husband, Leon; 5 daughters: Mary (Sam) Bran of Solon, IA, Rose (Ed) Bracken of Iowa City, IA, Jan (Doug) Brimeyer of Jackson, WY, Carol (John) Eubank of Urbandale, IA and Jean (Mark) Gaul of Farley, IA; 14 grandchildren: Jacob and Sarah Bran, Adam, Eric and Katie Bracken, Kyle and Ashley Brimeyer, Luke, Josh, Matthew and Megan Eubank, Austin, Brady and Carter Gaul; siblings: Ralph (Leona) Wegmann of Farley, Ambrose "Butch" (Pat) Wegmann of Delhi, LuAnn (Bob) Mescher of Strawberry Point;

in-laws: Eddie (Laura) Maiers of Asbury, Clete (Shirley) and Al (Pat) Maiers, both of Dubuque, Eileen Kluesner of Farley, Norma Maiers of Dyersville and Patricia (Sal) Willenbring.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and in-laws: Armella (Larry) Weiferich, Dorothy (Art Esch and Emmett Pfeiler), John (Vickie) Wegmann, Alvin (Sally) Wegmann, Eileen (Jack) Meder, Wilmer Maiers and Jerry Kluesner.

A memorial fund has been established and memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Alan B. Chidley

Alan "Al" B. Chidley, 72 of Dubuque, died suddenly on Friday, January 9, 2015 at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection. Friends may call 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, where a parish scripture service will begin at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday prior to visitation. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Al was born on May 21, 1942, the youngest son of Keith and Edith (Morris) Chidley. He learned the value of hard work growing up on the farm in Palatine, Illinois. Al studied engineering at the University of Illinois, graduating in 1965. He began working at John Deere Dubuque Works following graduation, retiring in 1992.

Al married Janet Gunther on June 25, 1966, in Peoria, IL. He was involved with Boy Scouts of America before his sons were old enough to begin Scouts. Al's passions in life were his family and friends, Boy Scouts, and being at the family farm. He loved to use his talents and problem solving ability to serve others, especially his family and friends. Al could build or repair almost anything. Following retirement from John Deere he started his own business and always had projects at home and at the family farm that kept him busy. He loved to drive throughout the United States with his family and friends on vacations and particularly enjoyed his winter vacations in Florida with his wife, Jan. In spite of recommendations to the contrary, he remained a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.

Al's passion for Scouting led him to be an active adult leader serving in many roles, including Cubmaster of Packs 53 and 68 and Council President for the Northeast Iowa Council. Al earned the Vigil Honor for the Order of the Arrow and was presented the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished council service.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; children, Mark (Holly) of Des Moines, and Chris (Sandi) of Dubuque; grandchildren, Evan, Tom, Kelsey, and Jack; brothers, Kent (Arlene) of Rochelle, IL, and Larry (Agnes) of Dixon, IL; sisters in-law, Judy (Tim) Gorman of Peoria, IL and Jane (Matt) Hoffman of East Peoria, IL; brother in-law, Jim Gunther of Peoria, IL and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Boy Scouts of America in Al's memory.

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

 



Karl F. FInk

Karl F. Fink, age 80, of 8466 Elmwood Dr. Died Friday January 9, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Fr. Don Bakewell officiating, burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 4 to 7 on Tuesday January 13, 2015 at the Funeral Home.

Karl was born on December 9, 1934 in Dubuque the son of Elmer and Agnes Fink. He married Janaan Derby in California and she preceded him in death on April 17, 1995. In 1998, he met his 2nd love, Arlene "Gee" Tate, who survives him today.

Karl served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

After his service to his country he returned to Dubuque and worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co. for 34 years. He was a member of the U.F.C.W. local 150A.

Karl loved to bowl and still participated in two weekly leagues. He also loved the outdoors, enjoying his gardening, critters, and his two kitties.

He is survived by his children Karla Arensdorf, of Zwingle, Tanya Chavez of Naperville, IL, Bret (Mary) Fink of Dubuque, Heidi Smith of Tombal, TX, Tina (Gene) Keimig of Omaha, NE, Chuck (Jennifer) Fink of LaMotte, Lisa (Michael) Hill of Dale, Indiana, step-son Mickie Tate of McKinney, Texas, 22 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and siblings Elmer (Sherri) Fink, Shirley (Duane) Deutmeyer, and Mary (Jack) Parkin, all of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Janaan, son Nick, and his sister Jackie Jacobs.

"Karl's family would like to thank the Key West Fire and EMS and the staff at Mercy Emergency for all there efforts and kindness."

 



Sherry M. Etscheidt

Sherry M. Etscheidt, 67, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Buffalo, New York and Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at noon at her home in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Sherry may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a prayer service will be held at 3:00 p.m., with Rev. Jeffrey Dole Presiding. Burial will be held at a later date in St. Matthews Cemetery in Buffalo, New York.

Sherry was born December 19, 1947 in Buffalo, New York, daughter of George and Edith (Sykes) Wright. She received her education at JFK High School in Cheektowaga, NY. On August 21, 2004 in Dyersville, Iowa she was united in marriage to Steven Etscheidt. She was employed at ARC- Area Residential Care as a group home caregiver.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Etscheidt of Dubuque, Iowa; three children, Jennifer Parker of Deerfield Beach, FL, Jennette D'Angelo of East Aurora, NY, and Kate Dobe of Cheektowaga, NY; five step children, Larry Miller of Warner Robins, GA, Donna (Bill) Sieverding of Dyersville, IA, Renee Miller of Dubuque, IA, Charly Etscheidt of Madison, WI and Heidi (Terry) Greenwood of Farley, IA; fifteen grandchildren, Adam, Jessica, Christopher, Jayden, Monika, Krystal, Jakob, Madelyn, Joshua, Claudia, John, Luke, Steven, Heather and Ryan; five great grandchildren, Porter, Mallory, Archer, Delilah and Emery; her mother-in-law, Martha A. Etscheidt of Dubuque, IA; and her ever present companion, Shih tzu, Henry.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marilyn Kalinowski; a brother, Donald Wright; and her father-in-law, Lloyd G. Etscheidt.

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



Mary Lou Feltes

Mary Lou Feltes, 80, of Dubuque passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13th at at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Mary Lou was born November 2, 1934, in Dickeyville, Wisc., daughter of Harry and Dolores (Hinderman) Schiffman. She married Eldred Feltes Sept. 28, 1963 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1981.

She was employed at First National Bank and at Flexsteel Industries as the Employees Benefit Coordinator for 36 years.

She was a member of Sacred Heart parish.

Surviving are a son, Gregory (Dana) Feltes, of Dubuque; a daughter, Kimberly (Ed) Tauber, of Dubuque; grandchildren, Cal, Brianna and Brooke Tauber and Cole Feltes; two brothers, Paul (Dolores) Schiffman, of Dubuque and Harold (Theresa) Schiffman, of Potosi, Wisc.; two sisters, Vera (Gerald) Kruser, both of Kieler, Wisc. and Sharon (John) Pitzen, of Dickeyville, Wisc; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Ralph) Chapman, Terry Bode, and Don and Mary Feltes..

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Engelbert and three sisters, Joyce Pearce, Adele Helbing, and Jane Bode; brothers and sisters-in-law, David Pearce, Dick Helbing, Lester Feltes, Ivan Feltes, Louis Hayes, John Savory, Jack Corbett, Mary Agnes Feltes, Ruth Hayes, Betty Savory, and Velma Corbett.

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



Arlene M. Jaeger

Arlene M. Jaeger, 86, of Worthington died Friday, January 9, 2015, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Arlene was born January 31, 1928, in Farley, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Oberbroeckling) Kramer.  She married Jerome J. Jaeger on September 16, 1947, in Farley, Iowa.  Together they farmed near Worthington.  Arlene catered many area weddings and funerals and she crocheted many beautiful afghans and doilies.  She also loved to go bowling and play cards.

Survivors include her children: Sharon (Jack) Wolfe of Farley, Jane (Arden) Gudenkauf of Dyersville, Diane (Clarence) Tuel of Worthington and Dale (Marty) Jaeger of Hopkinton,

10 grandchildren: Joe (Dorothy) Wolfe, Jeff (Michelle) Wolfe, Angela (David) Kelley, Matt (Chelsea) Wolfe, Brian (Jenny) Gudenkauf, Kris (Joe) Wetrich, Justin (Libby) Tuel, Jason Tuel, Waylon (Lynn) Jaeger, Jessika (Kenny) Darbyshire; 2 step grandchildren: Stacey (Timmy) Meader and Alli Wetrich; 15 great grandchildren; in-laws: Mae Kramer of Dyersville, Marguerite Kramer of Lamont, Laura Willenbring of Farley, John Wolfe of Clinton and Bernice Honkomp of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerome in 1992, 6 brothers: Ray (Agnes), Leonard (Margaret), Clarence (Lucille), Joe (Mary Ann), LaVerne and Herbert Kramer, 6 sisters: Evelyn (Joe) Winter, Mercedes (Vince) Ries, Bernice (Laverne) Lansing, Lorraine (Jack) Kramer, Martha Jane (Charles) Demmer and Marcella Kramer; in-laws: Helen (Gilbert) Honkomp, Clete Murphy, Don Willenbring and Grace Wolfe.

We would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care.

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

 

 

 



Paul C. Feldmann

Paul C. Feldmann, 73, of Petersburg died Thursday, January 8, 2015, at the Good Neighbor Home, Manchester, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 16, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Paul was born October 24, 1941, in Earlville, Iowa the son of Anton and Isabella (Jaeger) Feldmann.  He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Earlville and attended Loras College for a year and then served in the National Guard.  He married Leanna Pfab on June 26, 1965, in Fillmore, Iowa.  Together they farmed just north of Petersburg.  Paul and then worked for various construction companies until 1967, when he began working at the Petersburg Feed Mill as a driver, and eventually became a co-owner.  He was later employed by Carl's Feed Store in Manchester until his retirement in 2009.

Paul loved woodworking and raising livestock, including chickens, four-wheeling and traveling across the country with his family.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734.

Survivors include his wife, Leanna, 5 children: Jeff (Linda) Feldmann of Durango, Karen (Curt) Keppler of Strawberry Point, Randy (Kathy) Feldmann of Dyersville, Nancy (Mike) Smith of Earlville and Kenny Feldmann of Petersburg; 16 grandchildren: Jordan, Jake, Mallory and Madison Feldmann, Brittany (Tom) Wulfekuhle, Karissa (fiancé Nathan Risius), Clint (fiancé Sophie Lilja) and Chantel Keppler, Justin, Josh, Kelsey and Kaitlin Feldmann, Zachary, Mitch, Devin and Colin Smith; 1 great grandchild, Eden Wulfekuhle;

12 siblings: Theresa Burkle and Lavonne (Leander) Burkle, Irvin, Tony (Joyce), all of Earlville, Jerome (Mary Jane) of Dyersville, Floyd (Rita) and Elmer (Dorothy), both of Hopkinton, Celester (Joan) of Rickardsville, Dave (Sandy) of Alburnett, Loras (Mary) of Farley, Gerald (Barb) of Epworth, Dan (Barb) of Cedar Rapids

in-laws: Jerry (Bev) Pfab of Waddell, AZ, Corinne (Joe) McQuillen of Epworth, Marion (Fred) Hentges of Peosta, Maxine (Denny) Dolphin, and Earl Pfab, both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, William and Mary Pfab, one daughter, Brenda in infancy, in-laws, Leon Burkle and Loras (Darlene) Pfab, and a nephew, Keith Pfab.

Memorials are preferred.

We would like to thank the staff at the Good Neighbor Home and Regional Hospice of Comfort for their excellent care of our family.

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

 



Joyce M. Digman

Joyce M. Digmann, 82, of Platteville, WI, and formerly of Worthington IA died Thursday, January 8, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI.

Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Joyce was born April 29, 1932 in Worthington, Iowa the daughter of Ray and Marie (Schwendinger) Hogan.  She married Charles J. Digmann on October 13, 1952 in Worthington, Iowa.  Together they raised 11 children, but later divorced. 

She worked for Farm & Fleet in Platteville and LaCrosse for over 23 years retiring in 1997.  Joyce was a member of St. Patrick Church in Onalaska, WI, the Shamrock Club, St. Rose Choir and was a volunteer for Cuba City Area Rescue Squad for 5 years.

Survivors include her children: Sherry (David) Grimes of Hazel Green, WI, Terry "Butch" (fiancé Cristi) Digmann of Anamosa, IA, Dean (Sherry) Digmann of Marion, IA, Rae Marie (Dan) Popp of Cuba City, WI, Randy (Lori) Digmann of Baraboo, WI, Debra Digmann Carroll of Platteville, WI, Patricia (Tim) Ginter and Paula (Charles) Donar both of Cuba City, WI, Charlie (Jodi) Digmann of Dubuque, IA, Dawne Digmann (friend Melissa) of Green Bay, WI, 30 grandchildren: 20 great grandchildren: siblings: Robert "Baldy" Hogan and Donna Wolfe, both of Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Douglas Digmann in 1973, siblings: James "Scab" Hogan, Patsy (Marvin) Gassmann, brother-in-law, Edgar "Ted" Wolfe and grandson, Franklin Charles Digmann.

Memorials may be directed to Homeless Shelters or the Salvation Army.

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

 

 



Rosemary M. Siemke

Rosemary M. "Rosie" Siemke passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 7:00 Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 6:00 p.m..

Rosemary Margaret Mulligan was born on May 14, 1924 to James and Lena (Decher) Mulligan. Rosie was a fun-loving, outgoing and independent girl who was proud of her Irish heritage. She was an excellent student and graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1942. She married WWII Air Force pilot Second Lieutenant Paul C. Wright at St. Columbkille Church on February 7, 1945. They had two children, Terrance and Sheila. Paul and Rosie owned and operated Wright Way Super Market until Paul's death in 1950.

Rosie married Carl Ender in 1953 and they had two sons, Robert and Laurence. Carl passed away in 1958. Rosie married Albert Siemke in 1959 and they had two daughters, Sandra and Mary. Albert passed away in 1968. Rosie worked at Mescher & Tench grocery store and retired from Flexsteel Industries in 1989.

Rosie faced many tragedies and challenges in her life, but faced them all with a spirited determination and unwavering faith that God would see her through anything that came her way. She loved family gatherings, playing cards, spending time with her friends at Alverno, having lunch with the "Holy Trinity Girls" and traveling. Rosie's travels included a pilgrimage to Medjugorje and visits to the Vatican and Ireland. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who cherished time with her family.

Rosie was a talented seamstress and amazing cook who loved to share her talents with friends, family and her community. She was an avid volunteer and helped raise thousands of dollars for Holy Trinity Parish organizing and working many years at the fall festivals, salad bars and craft fairs. She helped organize and serve dozens of parish funeral dinners over the years, served as a Girl Scout Leader and was awarded the Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award in 2002 for her service to senior citizens. Rosie's love and generous spirit will be missed by all.

Rosie is survived by her children Terrance (Carolann) Wright of Oceanside, CA, Sheila (Paul) Donovan of Kewanee, IL, Robert (Kim) Ender of Dubuque and Sandra (Michael) Skahill of Asbury; daughter-in-law Carol Ender; grandchildren April (Chad) Plank, Andrew Wright, Heather (Aaron) VanNingen, Michelle (Michael) Finney, Stacey (Greg) Kubitz, Rob Ender, Eric (Nikki) Ender, Jamie (Stacey Beck) Ender, Matthew Ender, Shaun (Amber Beeson) Skahill and Erin Skahill; her sister Marjorie Lorenz; sister-in-law Helen Mulligan; brother-in-law William Latimer Sr.; step-granddaughter Lynn (Dan) Tangeri and step grandson Ronnie Kohn; ten great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; son, Laurence Ender; daughter, Mary Siemke Wilson; siblings Sr. Mary Lawrence Mulligan, PBVM, James (Darlene) Mulligan, John (Eileen) Mulligan, Francis Mulligan, Rita (Daniel) Maloney, Ruth (Richard) Billmeyer, Suzzanna (Donald) Dempsey, Elizabeth (Edmund) Siegert, Mary Latimer; and brother-in-law Raymond Lorenz.

Rosie's family wishes to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving and compassionate care. A special thank you also to Archbishop Daniel Kucera for his spriitual care to Rosie

In lieu of flowers, a Rosemary Siemke memorial fund has been established.

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



Ruth E. Becker

Ruth Ellen Becker, 85 died Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at UnityPoint Finley Hospital. In accordance with Ruth's wishes, there will be no public funeral services. A Mass in her honor will be held at The Church of The Nativity at a later date. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ruth was born on April 27, 1929 in Decorah, Iowa, the daughter of RJ and Minnie (Meyer) Becker of Calmar. She received her BA from Loras College and taught primary grades for 20 years and then 6 years with a craft and needle work program for the elderly.

In 1976, when her mother became ill in Richmond, VA, Ruth took a year of absence to assist her mother. After her mother's death, Ruth moved to Cedar Rapids, IA and worked as an activity director at a care center. Retiring from activity work, Ruth worked for various parishes in the diocese as a parish secretary and housekeeper.

Survivors include her brother, John G. (Shirley) Becker of Erie, PA; her sister-in-law, Janice Becker of Scottsdale, AZ and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Joan Gonner, Virginia Dawson, MaryAnne Deibel and Kathy Glover; her 5 brothers, Lawrence, Robert, Howard, Willis and Charles; 2 nieces and 3 nephews.

Memorials may be given to Nativity Church, the Sisters of the Presentation or Camp Courageous.

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

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

 



Thomas Allan Deutmeyer

Thomas Allan Deutmeyer, 73, of Petersburg, Iowa died Friday, January 9, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Tom was born Oct. 15, 1941 in Petersburg, Iowa on the family farm, the son of Gregor and Olive (Lueck) Deutmeyer. He married Elizabeth Hermsen on Nov. 14, 1964 in New Vienna, Iowa. Tom enjoyed music, astronomy, building models, landscaping and spending time on the family farm. He especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; 3 children: Alan Deutmeyer of Beaverton, OR, Thomas G. (Kelley) Deutmeyer of Petersburg, and Erin (Travis) Christiansen of Waukee, IA; 5 grandchildren: Jesse, Samuel, Josie, Shane Deutmeyer and Blake Christiansen; a sister, Ruth Sellner from Manchester; in-laws Germaine Deutmeyer of Dyersville, Richard (Eileen) Hermsen of Colesburg, Helen (Eldon) Gaul of Petersburg, Bernice (Ken) Vorwald, New Vienna, Roger (Grace) Hermsen of Manchester, Gladys (Harry) Burkle of Dyersville, Dianne Hermsen and Art Hermsen both of New Vienna.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Roger, James and David Deutmeyer; in-laws Joseph Sellner, Harry Hermsen and Joyce Hermsen.

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



Gordon L. Bickal

Gordon L. "Gordy" Bickal, age 69, of Dubuque, passed away at 9:43 a.m., on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque.

To honor Gordy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. To celebrate Gordy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture said at 7:30 p.m. There will be a flag presentation by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at Behr Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. on Monday.

Gordon was born on July 30, 1945, in Vinton, IA, son of Albert and Millie (Bergen) Bickal. Gordy proudly served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He married Judith Harrington in July of 1971 in Cedar Rapids. She preceded him in death on June 20, 1990. He then married Teodura Magno on Nov. 10, 2007 in East Dubuque, Il.

He was the Captain of the Spirit of Dubuque for 30 years and has spent over 40 years working on the water. Gordy enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was active with the Hawkeye Motorcycle Club. He was also very active with the Boy Scouts of America. In his free time, Gordy liked to travel, read, watch westerns and enjoy the flowers Teodura grew. His greatest love was spending time with family and friends.

Gordy is survived by his mother, Millie Bickal, Coralville, IA; his wife, Teodura Bickal, Dubuque; his children, Kim Mumby, Marengo, IA, Jason (Amanda) Bickal, Dubuque, IA, Tanya (Tim) McArthur, Riverview, FL, Jerry (Cynthia) Bickal, Dubuque, IA, and Sara (Jeff) Kalar, Omaha, NE; 11 grandchildren, Kristen, Kandi, Kyle, Kayela, Emma, Eulalia, Kunu, Tobin, Camilla, Elijah and Bradley; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Mike Bickal, Virginia and Allen (Kelly) Bickal, Coralville, IA; 1 sister, Mary Grant, Marion, IA.

Gordy was preceded in death by his father; his wife, Judith Bickal; and his sister, Rebecca, in infancy.

A Gordon L. "Gordy" Bickal memorial fund has been established.

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



Joyce A. Goffinet

Joyce Ann (Schlichte) Goffinet, age 64 of Monticello, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Family and friends may gather from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque. A memorial and remembrance service will be held at 3:00 p.m. with Deacon Mark Schlichte officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Joyce was born on January 30, 1950, in Worthington, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Alma (Greiner) Schlichte. Joyce attended Leo High School in Holy Cross, Iowa. She retired from Flexsteel Industries Inc., Dubuque, Iowa in 1995.

Joyce married John Goffinet on July 22, 1994.
Joyce loved playing golf, flower gardening, traveling and spending time with her family. Joyce was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic church in Monticello.

Joyce is survived by her husband John, daughters Lisa (Robert) Lucas-McGhee and Dawn (Jim) Clemens, step-daughters Kelly (Mike) Dickson, Korrinna (Scott) Glass and stepsons Mark (Marcia) Goffinet, David and Tom (Sara) Goffinet, five grandchildren Amanda and Emily Fudge, Robby McGhee, Michael Tigges and Tanner Clemens and eight step-grandchildren, Allison (Mike) McGuire, Collin Dickson, Mason and McKenna Goffinet, Janelle (Jake) Diehl, Jackson Goffinet and Will and Cole Glass and two step-great grandchildren, Bradley and Alena Diehl. Joyce is also survived by her mother Alma Willenborg, brothers Gene (Tanya) Schlichte, Mark (Maureen) Schlichte and sisters Wilma (Donnie) Rausch and Donna (Steve) Hunter.

Joyce was preceded in death by her father Elmer and brother Gary.

In lieu of flowers, a Joyce A. Goffinet Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice for their care of Joyce.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



John A. Flesch, Jr.

John A. Flesch Jr., 88, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St..

John was born October 30, 1926, in Potosi, Wisc., son of John and Mabel (Sedbrook) Flesch Sr. He married Lenice L. Koeller, April 3, 1951 at St. Clements Catholic Church, Lancaster, Wisc.

John farmed on the family farm until enlisting in the Air Force. He served in Germany from 1945 to 1949. After serving in the military, John worked at Caradco, John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works, Dixon Electric and for 28 years at Dubuque Packing Company retiring in 1982

He was a member of Sacred Heart parish, their Holy Name Society; Dubuque Carpenters Union; the Dubuque Pack Union # 151, and the Isack Walton League.

John spent his entire life working and helping others. He was the neighborhood handyman helping anyone in need. His talents were numerous. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather spending his final years enjoying his family. As he passed away from us, we know he went straight to heaven.

Surviving is his wife, Lenice; four daughters, Betty Flesch, Roxann Tsacudakis, Nancy Steffen and Paula Dixon (Rick LeConte), all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Kimberly and Jason (Carol) Tsacudakis and Jennifer (Daniel) Griffin, and John Dixon; five great grandchildren; Lucas and Isabelle Tsacudakis, Keira , Jayda and Zoey Griffin; and three sisters, Doris Nachtman, of Dubuque, Joann Kirschbaum, and Connie Fritz, both of Lancaster, Wisc.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald; brothers-in-law, Harold Nachtman, Eldon Fritz; and a sister-in-law, Florence Flesch.

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



Dorothy T. Finzel

Dorothy T. Finzel, 94, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Monday, January 12, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on January 17, 1920, daughter of George J. and Susie (Lucas) Meyer.

Dorothy married Cletus Finzel on June 26, 1941, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown. He preceded her in death on December 5, 1971. Dorothy worked at Walsh's, the Battery Factory and eventually retired after spending 20 years at Conrad and Herr Plumbing. She was a joyful member of the Forresters Club, the 62 Plus Club, the Emerald Club, Mercy Advantage and the Finley Club. She was a lifelong member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She spent countless hours tending to her flowers and garden. Dorothy was a tremendous cook and gladly shared her recipes and talents with her family. She also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, but her greatest joy was definitely found in quality time spent with her grandchildren. Dorothy was a wonderful wife, a loving mom, a gracious grandma and a faithful friend to many. She will be both sadly and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Judy (Bob) Ellis, Mary (Bill) Ellis, both of Dubuque; 6 grandchildren, Scott (Linda Riedl) Ellis, Chad (Dawn) Ellis, Amy (Andy Muenster) Ellis, David (Brooke) Ellis, Stacy Ellis, and Josh Ellis, all of Dubuque, nine great-grandchildren, Felicia, Cayden, Mya, Karyn, Myles, Sarinna, Will, Iyla, and Sam Ellis; a brother, Arnold (Shirley) Meyer, of Dyersville; two sisters-in-law, Armella Meyer, Millie Meyer, both of Dubuque.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Cletus; two brothers, Emil and Melvin Meyer and a sister, Irene (Donald) Link.

A Dorothy T. Finzel memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their tender and compassionate care of Dorothy.

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



Mary E. Conzett

Mary E. Conzett, 99, of Ennoble Manor and formerly of 2360 Chaney Rd., died Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Mary was born on March 31, 1915 in Denver, Iowa, the daughter of James and Mabel (Briggs) Neary. She resided in Waterloo, Iowa for 30 years and was employed by Rath Packing Company and later by St. John's Credit Union. On May 4, 1939, Mary married Merrill Conzett. He preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 2012. Mary and Merrill resided in Dyersville, Iowa for 8 years and then, in 1993, moved to Dubuque. She worked for Dubuque Bank & Trust Company for 10 years, retiring in 1989.

Mary was a devoted and loving wife to Merrill and an avid golfer. She was a member of St. Anthony's Parish and its Rosary Society, the Catholic Daughters of America and the ACCW.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merrill; and 2 sisters, Virginia Krieger and Kathleen Dooley.

A Mary E. Conzett memorial fund has been established to be given to St. Anthony's Church.

Mary's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor for their loving care for Mary of these past years.

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

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



Helen Nelson

Helen Nelson, 89 of DeWitt, Iowa, formerly of Eldridge and Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 10 at First Congregational United Church of Christ where visitation will be Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Helen was born August 15, 1925 in Creston, Iowa, daughter of Albert and Madeline (Peck) Wise. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1943. After high school, she went to work at the Pentagon for the War Department. On September 6, 1947 She married Frank Alfred Nelson at First Congregational United Church of Christ. He preceded her in death.

She worked at Dubuque Bank and Trust, American Trust and Savings Bank, and the Dubuque Community School District.

She was a member of T.T.T., Order of the Eastern Star, and was active in Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ and the Coyople Club. Helen enjoyed Bridge, knitting and Iowa Hawkeye games.

She is survived by two daughters, Julie (LeRoy) Timmerman of Dubuque and Jody (Gregory) Hingtgen of Eldridge; a son Dr. Craig Nelson of San Luis Obispo, California; four grandchildren, Eric (Melissa) Timmerman of Clive, Iowa, Heather (Tad) Jaques of DeWitt, Walker Hingtgen of Eldridge and PFC Mikaela Hingtgen of USMC Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; five great grandchilden; a sister, Marilyn Reiter of Dubuque and a sister in law, Joann Nelson of Muscatine, Iowa.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Dorothy Grantham; a grandson, Douglas Timmerman; and a great granddaughter, Cora Jaques.

Memorials may be made to West Wing Place Nursing Home, DeWitt, Iowa and T.T.T. Society.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at West Wing Place and Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt for their wonderful care.



John P. Gormley

John Philip Gormley, of Asbury, IA, and formerly of Galena, IL, passed away December 20, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 16 at Resurrection Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Private family burial will be held at a later date.

He was born June 27, 1933, in Des Moines, IA to Arthur and Louise (Walsh). In a Catholic family of four sons, weekly Mass, sports and higher education were integral parts of family life.

John maintained a lifelong love of history, politics and sports, baseball in particular. He was a US Army veteran, and after serving in the Korean War, graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in business.
John was known among friends as "Mr. Marvelous" because he believed his later years were truly marvelous - filled with faith, sobriety, travel, friendships and a deep love of his wife and children. The winters spent in Florida and at the Village Co-Op completed his "marvelous" life.

John is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 23 years, Barbara (Paxton) of Asbury. He is also survived by his son, Thad Gormley (of Seattle), daughters, Erin Boguch (of Bellevue, WA), Martina Roth, and Anne-Marie Pellerin (of Mercer Island, WA), and step-sons, Steven (of Galena, IL) and Paul Paxton (of Dubuque, IA). Additionally, he is survived by 9 grandchildren, Shannon, Trevor, Tommy, Taylor, Nick, Makenna, Christopher, Emma and Ethan, many nieces and nephews, and special friends Doris, and Bernie and Phyllis. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Arthur, Paul and Don.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Workshop: P.O. Box 6087 Galena, IL 61036 or NAMI: 900 Jackson St. Dubuque, IA 52001 in John's memory.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Sylvia Addyman

Sylvia "I'm Fine" Addyman, 93, of Dubuque died Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Heritage Manor.

Visitation will be Saturday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Sylvia was born May 2, 1921 in Dubuque County, daughter of Gilbert and Margaret (Lutz) Schlung. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and received her BSN from the Michael Reese School of Nursing.
She served as a 1st liutenent in the US Army Nursing Corps during WWII.

Sylvia married Homer W. Addyman on Nov. 10, 1947 at Grandview United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on June 6, 1989. She was active with the Red Cross; Little Cloud Girl Scout Council where she served as a neighborhood chairman, board of directors, senior troop advisor, Camp nurse at Camp Little Cloud and day camps; American Legion; Colt's Drum and Bugle Corps where she served as a Board Member and traveled as Corps nurse for six years; and Grand View United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and WSCS member, board member and circle leader. She was a member of Americlub, Emerald Crown Club, Women Connect, Friendship Force, John Deere Retirees, 62 Plus Club, Red Hat Club and Dupaco.

She is survived by two daughters, Arolyn (Dennis) Adams of Janesville, Wis. and Cathie (Dan) Avenarius of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Benjamin (Tonya) Adams, Donald (Katie) Adams, Charlotte (Michael) Chapman, Anna (Jake) Herbeck, Kate (Mike) McFarlane and Danielle (Eric) Fischer; eight great-grandchildren, Logan, Lauren, Ian, Joey, Dylan, Ryan, Jackson and Ellen; and nieces Barb, Suzanne, Diane and Jan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Myron "Jack" Schlung; and three sisters, Golda, Violet & Eunice.

A Sylvia Addyman Memorial Fund has been established.
For further information, or to submit an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Charles Clancy Jr.

Charles Clancy Jr., age 88, passed away peacefully at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

To honor Charles' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Charles' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Charles was born on Sept. 12, 1926, in Dubuque, IA, son of Charles and Marie (Dress) Clancy Sr.

Charles proudly served with the U.S. Navy during WWII on the U.S.S. Maryland. He married Grace Sarazin on Jan. 25, 1947, at St. Patrick's Church. Charles was employed by the Dubuque Packing Company and Dubuque Stamping and Mfg. He also worked installing cattle feeders until his retirement in 1988. Charles and Grace were campground hosts at Yellow River Forest for over 25 years, where they made many wonderful friends. They also received an award from the Governor for their volunteer service at Yellow River Forest. He was a proud Irishman and enjoyed trout fishing and turkey and squirrel hunting. He was also an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Green Bay Packer fan. Charles was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with family, especially the grandchildren.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of almost 68 years, Grace Clancy, Dubuque, IA; his children David (Valerie) Clancy, East Dubuque, IL, Mike (Patti) Clancy, East Dubuque, IL, and Susan (Randy) Koster, Dubuque, IA; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; and his sister, Margaret Quigley, IN.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Pat Schnee; and 2 brothers, Eugene and Joseph Clancy.

A Charles Clancy Jr., memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor, Sunset Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.

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



Savannah N. Steines

Savannah Noelle "Sanny" Steines, 12 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015 at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 9, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where a scripture service will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Savannah was born December 14, 2002 in Dubuque, the daughter of Troy and Kimberley (Sieverding) Steines. Savannah was born a fighter from her day one. She was given a less than 2% survival rate at her birth but proved no matter what the power of Prayer is real. Simply, "Believing" in the impossible was her slogan. Little things mean more than anything and Smiles are contagious. She was an inspiration to so many, taught us all lessons to live by and strength beyond. She wasn't given the ability to do the simplest things. She wasn't able to eat by mouth, roll over, sit, stand, walk or talk. These obstacles she put aside. She was the one supporting everyone she loved and communicating only by her Smile. She didn't count her 20+surgeries, her way to many Hospital stays or her forever fight to just breathe or the seizures that came her way. She made us forever "Believe". She took each day as it was given and made sure everyone around her simply just Smiled. Savannah was an Angel on Earth and now an Angel with our Heavenly Father looking over us all. Cerebral Palsy might have been her label but she made sure she taught us that's not who she was. She was so much more and shared it with so many. She shared so many tough lessons but through them all, she smiled. Her Love for her older Brothers was undeniable. Her special bond with her "Ben" was such a blessing to watch. She forever made sure and taught us no matter the negatives there are far to many more positives. She became a Hero to so many just by being herself and never speaking a word. Watching and remembering her through the years is our blessing. Being able to share these moments with a "Queen" is beyond words. Of all the things she's taught so many, the biggest is knowing she will never be a loss but forever a blessing. God gained his most precious Angel but what she's taught and shared with us all through the last 12 years is the true meaning of Life. Her Smile, Love she had for everyone in her journey is now airborne. She has an Eagles Eye View and will forever watch over so many she loved. Thank you to so many for helping to raise a Queen.

We forever thank her favorite Doc (Her Pediatrician), Kevin Mullen and his awesome Nurse Kate. Thank you to her Specialty Docs at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital: Stuart Weinstein, Eyad Hanna, Jose Manaligod, Katie Larson Ode, Christoph Randak and Daniel Bonthius. Thank you to her Dubuque Specialty Doc, Valerie Peckosh. Thank you more than words to her amazing 2 Nurses of 7 years: Ginger Lyons and Susan Freese. Most of all, thank you to all who have simply "Believed" and made her Smile:) We Love you so much Baby Girl and couldn't be prouder of all your accomplishments in your short life. You will forever be with us, all we have to do is place our hand to our Heart. Fly High Baby, there is no more limitations, no more obstacles or pain in your way. We send you Love beyond the stars and Thank you for everything you gave us/taught us. It's your turn now Savannah, to make your Dreams come true. We will be with you every step/cloud of the way:)

Survivors include her parents, Troy and Kimberley; siblings, Christopher (Crystal), Alexander and Benjamin Steines; a nephew, Shayde; paternal grandmother, Lorrie Steines; maternal grandparents, Gary and Dianne Sieverding; 10 aunts and uncles, Teric, Tacy, Taresa, Tiffany, Susan, Jodi, Heidi, John, Zach, and Ashley; and numerous cousins.

Savannah was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Richard "Shark" Steines.

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

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



Clifton J. Seidel

Clifton J. Seidel, 89, of Dumont, Iowa, and formerly of Wyoming, Iowa, died on Monday, January 5, 2015, at the Dumont Wellness Center in Dumont, Iowa.

A celebration of Clifton's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, January 9, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A family visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 A.M.. Burial will be in the Wyoming, Iowa Cemetery.

Clifton Jacob Seidel was born on May 8, 1925 in Streeter, North Dakota, to Jacob and Kate (Zeeb) Seidel. He married Alyce I. Bonen on February 11, 1945 in Bowdle, South Dakota. She preceded him in death on October 26, 2000.

Clifton had worked construction for ten years, farmed for 20 years and was a logger for 15 years. He also was involved in a farmer's market for over 15 years.

Clifton was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Oxford Junction where he had served as a board member. He enjoyed woodworking, doing furniture repair and growing vegetables.

Those left to honor Clifton's memory include his children Carter (Paige) Seidel of Dumont, IA, Claude (Tina) Seidel of Sebastian, FL, Sandra LeGrand of Wyoming, IA, Jerry (Sheila) Seidel of Melbourne, FL, and Marsha Morgan of Melbourne, FL; 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren; a brother Howard Harr of Pelahatchie, MS; and a sister Martha Huber of Billings, MT. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers Oscar, Emil, Rollie and Edward, sisters Ester, Florence, Marlene and Bernice, and a daughter Carol Seidel on July 5, 2004.

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

 



Louise L. O'Meara

Louise Lillian O'Meara, 85, of Delmar, Iowa, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning, January 6, 2015, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Louise's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, January 10, 2015, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Petersville, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery.

Louise Lillian Gruenwald was born on February 27, 1929, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Emil and Viola Cornelia (Wirth) Gruenwald. She was a 1948 graduate of Maquoketa High School and married Patrick Reilly O'Meara on July 27, 1949 at Immaculate Conception Church in Petersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2003.

Louise was a homemaker, farmed with her husband and raised a family of 12 children. She had lived on the O'Meara Century Farm in Petersville from 1949 to 2015.

Louise was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where at one time she had been very active. She loved gardening, flowers, plants, playing cards and board games, reading, watching movies, and was a gifted baker who was famous for her cookies and big cinnamon rolls.

To the outside world Louise appeared to be this quiet, shy, stay at home mom, but to her children she was the life of the party. Always cooking, baking, planning movie nights and parties. She also had a sarcastic wit and a great sense of humor. She had endless energy that was needed raising twelve kids. She had an inner strength that was unmatched by anyone we've known. Rest in peace sweet mother.

Those left to honor Louise's memory include her children, Mike O'Meara of Leavenworth, WA, Margaret O'Meara of Portland, OR, Lizabeth Moshe of Delmar, IA, Martin O'Meara of Willow Springs, NC, Reilly (Linda Fishbourne) O'Meara of Wenatchee, WA, Bill (Marilyn) O'Meara of Clayton, NC, Sara O'Meara of San Luis Obispo, CA, Patrick (Susan) O'Meara of Welton, IA, David O'Meara of Quigley, IA, JoAnn Figueroa of West Des Moines, IA, and Geneva Gartman of Delmar, IA; 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; sisters Verna Rankin of Cookeville, TN, Arla House of Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, IA, and Shirley Ritzman of Salina, OK.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Wayne Gruenwald, and a daughter Rebecca "Becky" O'Meara on March 2, 1990.

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

 



Donald J. Baum

Donald J. Baum, 71, of Marshalltown, Iowa and formerly of Dyersville died Monday, January 5, 2015 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

Friends may call from 4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Donald was born on May 8, 1943 in Monticello, Iowa the son of Jerome and Velma (Arduser) Baum.  He graduated from Xavier High School and served in the US Navy from 1961-1965 on a submarine.

Survivors include his son, Travis Niehaus of Lake Delhi, brothers: William (Barbara) Baum of Dubuque, Jay (Kathy) Baum of Vero Beach, FL, Loras (Betty) Baum of Dyersville and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Richard R. Reisen

Richard R. "Bud" Reisen, 85 of Zwingle, Iowa passed away on Sunday January 4th, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.
Funeral service will be at 10:30a.m. Thursday January 8th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Joe Corbin officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Wednesday, January 7th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Bud was born on January 3, 1930 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Frank and Grace (Redmond) Reisen. He moved to Zwingle at the age of 16 to open Reisen & Sons Standard Station with his father.

He served in the US Air Force from 1948 to 1952. On March 12, 1954 he married Jean A. Carlson and together they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Bud was employed by Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, Iowa for over 25 years. He retired from T&J Manufacturing in Maquoketa in 1992.

He was a member of Harmony Church in Zwingle, the American Legion in Maquoketa and the Zwingle Recreation Area. He always had a joke to share and many stories of his younger years.

Survivors include his wife Jean, of Zwingle, a son Kerry (Helen) Reisen of Zwingle, and a daughter Jody (Keith) Metcalf, of Dubuque. His grandchildren: Jennifer (Chris Mueller) Reisen, Frank (Aryelle Theisen) Reisen, Kelsey Metcalf and McKenna Metcalf, along with two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Betty Bell, of Galena, IL, Shirley Kempter, of Richardson, TX and a brother Joe (Janaan) Reisen, of Zwingle and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Kristy Reisen, brother-in-law Bob Bell, sister-in-law Nellie Duccini and brother-in-law Bob Duccini.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Ronald Schope and the LaMotte Rescue Squad.

In lieu of flowers a Richard "Bud" Reisen memorial fund has been established.



Julius H. Engelken

Julius H. Engelken, 86, of Earlville, died Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at his home.

Friends may call from 3 - 8 p.m. Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Richard Gaul will officiate.

Julius was born January 18, 1928 in Farley, Iowa, the son of William and Monica (Gaul) Engelken.  He married Irene Greenwood on November 8, 1956 in Farley. Together they farmed in Oneida, Iowa retiring in 1992 when they moved to Earlville. Julius and Irene were avid polka dancers and were involved with Iowa Pork Producers for many years.  Carpentry was Julius' second love after farming. He spent many hours in his shop creating custom furniture, cabinetry and crafts.

Survivors include his wife, Irene, 4 children: Steven "Oneida" (Denise) of Oneida, Jolene (Mark) Kaufman of Dubuque, Dale of Des Moines, Leann (Ed) McIntyre of Delhi; 6 grandchildren: Stephanie Cooksley, Joshua & Gabrielle Engelken, Kelsey, Cassandra & Madison McIntyre; 3 step grandchildren: Brigette (Nick) Price, Patrick (Rachel) Duffy and Megan Duffy; 1 great granddaughter, Zoey Cooksley, 3 step great grandchildren: Taylor, Liam and Nolan Price; siblings: George (Sherry) Engelken of Atlanta, GA, Cletus (Arlene) Engelken of Dyersville, Alma Brehm of Cascade; in-laws: Mary Lou Engelken of Epworth, Aletha Engelken of Manchester, Mary Weber of Dyersville, Eldon (Linda) Greenwood and Raymond (Verna) Greenwood both of Farley, and Rita Heims of Prairieburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Edwin and Elmer Engelken; in-laws: Charlie Brehm, Elmer Weber and Elmer Heims.

A heartfelt thank you to the nursing staff at the Regional Medical Center Dialysis Unit for their support and care the past six years.  Also a huge thank you to Regional Hospice and the in-home care providers.

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

 



Judith A. Vickers

Judith A. Vickers, 73 of Bernard, Iowa passed away peacefully on Monday January 5, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Memorial service will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 9th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Friends and family may gather after 4:00 p.m. Friday until time of service.

Judith was born on July 29, 1941 in Benton Harbor, Michigan the daughter of William and Mae (Stickels) Cooper. She married Alan Vickers on July 3, 1959.
She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at Aurora Manor Nursing Home and Mercy Hospital in Aurora.
She was a church organist for over 40 years for Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora.

She is survived by her three children, Theresa (C. Ray) Smith, of Bernard, Gary Alan Vickers, of Erie, PA, N. Scott (Andrea) Vickers, of Browntown, WI. Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Siblings Lynn Carels, Jack Cooper, and Bill Cooper.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Rick and her son David.

In lieu of flowers a Judith A. Vickers memorial fund has been established.



Peter Robert Schmidt

Peter Robert Schmidt, age 29, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. He was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in November 2011 and since that time, with the help of his family, friends and medical teams, he fought this aggressive disease with everything he had.

Family and friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, where a prayer vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Bill Mauss. Private burial of the cremated remains will take place at a later date.

Peter was born on Dec. 10, 1985, in Maquoketa, the son of Bob and Pam (Klein) Schmidt.

He is survived by his parents; his sister, Teresa Schmidt of Chicago; his grandmother, Alvara (Deppe) Schmidt of Maquoketa; and uncles and aunts including Bob and Debbie Klein of Edina, MN, Kathy Klein of Tiffin, Gary and Paulette DuVall of Hanover, IN, Barb Schmidt of Maquoketa, Dale and Judy Schmidt of Maquoketa, Doug and Sandy Schmidt of Morris, IL, Virgil and Jody Schmidt of Andrew, Ed and Annette Lechtenberg of Maquoketa, and his many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Sylvester and Dolores (Zugenbuehler) Klein and John Schmidt, all of Maquoketa; and an uncle, Dean Schmidt, of Maquoketa.

Memorials are preferred.



Doris R. Naber

Doris R. Naber, 79, of Dubuque, went to greet the Lord on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 9, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony's Church and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Doris was born August 17, 1935 in Kieler, Wis., the daughter of John and Josepha (Schaefer) Droessler.
She married Eugene A. Schick on Sept. 17, 1955; he preceded her in death on May 7, 1957. On June 4, 1966 she married David C. Naber at Nativity Catholic Church.
Over the years Doris was a mappist at Interstate Power Company, a field Vice President of Girl Scouts of America, an Adult Religious Education Coordinator for St. Anthony's Parish. She conducted bible study and prayer group in her home for many years.

Doris was a very faith-filled person who was willing to reach out to anyone in need. She was an awesome wife, mom, grandma and great-grandma and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her husband, David Naber; children Michelle "Micki" (Gregg) Marolf, of Dubuque, Angel Naber, of Marion, Iowa, Julie (Robert) Axtell, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, and Jeffrey Naber, of Dubuque; 6 grandchildren, Sara (Richard) Flannery, Kimberly (Patrick) Gunderson, Tyler Marolf, Ryan Axtell, Jordan Axtell, and Rachel Axtell; 2 great-grandchildren, Jocelyn Flannery and Liliana Gunderson; 2 brothers, Justin (Agnes) Droessler of Dubuque and John (Pauline) Droessler, of Dickeyville, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Geneva Droessler, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers, Roman Droessler, LaVern Droessler, and Ardwin Droessler; and 2 sisters, Eileen Roddick and Adele Mohr.

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

In lieu of flowers a Doris Naber Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Hermann's office, Radiation Medical Doctors Team and Hospice of Dubuque for your kindness and exceptional care.



Lucille A. Donner

Lucille A. Donner, 96, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Lucille was born on Nov. 18, 1918 in Peosta, IA, the daughter of Laurence and Anna (McDonald) Reilly. She attended elementary school in Peosta and graduated from the Visitation Academy in 1936. Lucille married Irwin "Doc" Donner on Nov. 18, 1940. He preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1978.

Lou was a wonderful homemaker and cherished time spent with her family and friends. She was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church, Caring Friends and the Rosary Society.

Surviving are her children, William (Jan) Donner of Eagle River, Wis., Linda Donner Sidney of Minneapolis, Minn., and Robert Donner of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; 3 sisters, Ann Mosle, Marian Frankenreiter and Gertrude Wittstock; and brothers Elmer Reilly, Ray Reilly, Larry Reilly, Clem Reilly, Joe Reilly and Cyril Reilly.

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

A Lucille Donner memorial fund has been established.

Her family would like to extend a special thank you to Stonehill Care Center nurses, aids, staff, Hospice of Dubuque, as well as Dr. Matthew Kirkendall.



Lloyd C. Steffen

Lloyd C. Steffen, 76, of Asbury, formerly of Epworth, died of natural causes at home Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 3 p.m. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Lloyd was born Jan. 19, 1938 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Sylvester and Marie (Lehman) Steffen. He served in the US Army for two years. On June 8, 1963 he married Jane Ann Kurt at St. Patrick's, North Garryowen.

Lloyd farmed near Epworth for many years before retiring to the Dubuque area. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, carpentry, coffee club and "watching over his neighbors." He was always ready to help anyone who needed it.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jane Ann of Dubuque; a son, Dan (Cindy) Steffen of Austin, Texas; five daughters, Kathy (Henry) Busby of Carrollton, Texas, Joan Steffen of Dubuque, Cheryl (Steve) Junion of La Grange, Kentucky, Michelle (Cody) Estling of Center Point, Iowa, and Lori (Martin) Severson of Phillips, Wisc.; grandchildren Jacob Steffen; Derek and Kassandra Busby; Seth, Madison, and Drew Junion; and Ben, Ryan and Noah Estling; a brother, Loras (Wendy) Steffen, of Coralville, Iowa; brothers- and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Richard; parents; sisters Norma Kean and Lois Scherbring; and a brother, Robert Steffen.

A Lloyd Steffen memorial fund has been established.

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

The family would like to thank Lloyd and Jane's neighbors for their continuous support over the years.



Russell J. Rambousek

Russell J. Rambousek, 52, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Finley Hospital.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Mark Murphy will officiate. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road.

Russell was born August 31, 1962 in Dubuque, the son of Gary and Patricia (Lester) Rambousek. He graduated from Hempstead High School with the class of 1981, and went on to graduate from the Auto Mechanic Program at NICC. He married Julie Ostrander on Oct. 13, 2001.

Russell was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping, fishing, and hunting. Russell was a loving father and husband.

Surviving are his wife, Julie, of Dubuque; his children, Natalie and Garrett, both at home; Joseph (Ashley) of Maquoketa, and Andrew of Dubuque; his parents, Gary and Patricia of Dubuque; his grandmother, Pauline Rambousek of Milwaukee, WI; three brothers, Gary (Barbara) of Hazel Green, WI, Randy (Diane), and Troy (Amy), both of Dubuque; one sister, Kristin Rambousek of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Linda Moscoso of Medford, OR; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father-in-law, Luis Moscoso.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

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



Gilbert R. Milota

Gilbert R. "Butch" Milota, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Gilbert's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 8, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Gilbert Ray Milota was born on March 16, 1943 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Gilbert and Dorothy (Blythe) Milota. He grew up in Wyoming and Oxford Junction and graduated from Oxford Junction High School in 1961. He married Agnes Mate Rickels on December 30, 1961 in Monmouth, Iowa.

"Butch" was a lineman working for International Harvester for many years. He then worked for Goetz Implement for a short time, and lastly retired from Red Jacket/Marley Pump after several years.

"Butch" enjoyed fishing in Minnesota with friends, fixing old cars, playing cards, spending time with his grandkids, reading western novels by Louis L'Amour, and watching old western shows and Storage Wars on television.

Those left to honor Gilbert's memory include his wife Agnes Milota of Maquoketa, IA; daughters Jodi (Dean Nowachek) Short of Monmouth, IA, and Lori (Paul) Foster of Marion, IA; 3 grandchildren Amanda (Phil Schinstock) Short, Becky (Matt) Koch, and Allison Foster; a brother Ronald (Kathy) Milota of Marion, IA; and a sister Patricia (Al) Heinrich of Savanna, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Randy Ray Milota, and a grandson Tyler James Foster on November 3, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gilbert R. "Butch" Milota memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Barbara R. Veit

Barbara R. Veit, 80, of Brighton, Colorado, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday, December 26, 2014, in Colorado.

Family services are pending and will be announced in the Spring of 2015. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Barbara Rose Lindblad was born on July 31, 1934 in Atlantic, Iowa, to Clifford R. and Emma Ruth (Dunham) Lindblad. She graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1952, and married Ronald Eugene Veit on August 22, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 11, 2006.

In their early years, Barb worked as a civilian for the US Government in Maine while Ron was stationed at the Air Force base. She then worked as the secretary for the Athletic Director of the University of Iowa for several years, telling her family of how she had Floyd of Rosedale on her desk at times and would put ribbons around his neck. While living in Maquoketa, she was the legal secretary for Roberson Law Office for many years, and later worked as the legal secretary for Peterson and Eddy Law Office in Clinton. Barb and Ron enjoyed their retirement years as managers for numerous hotels and self storage companies which enabled them to travel and live in different states from Maine to California, finally settling in Colorado to be close their sons, Tom and Steve.

Barb loved to read, play word games and solitaire. Most of all, Barb loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Those left to honor Barb's memory include her children Ronelle (Dean) Burmeister of Clinton, IA, Lisa (David) Woznicki of St. Charles, MO, and Steve Veit of Henderson, CO; 2 grandchildren; a brother Richard (Lona) Lindblad of Winchester, VA; and a daughter-in-law Lynette Keil-Veit of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a grandson Tyler Robert Jackson, and a son Thomas James Veit on March 19, 2011.

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

 



Wesley W. Heitzman

Wesley W. Heitzman, 92, of Dubuque, died on January 1, 2015 at his home.

Visitation will be on Monday January 5th from 4 to 7 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Avenue. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, January 6 at 11 AM at Westminster Presbyterian Church. On the day of the Service there will be additional visiting hours beginning at 10:00 AM. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Wes, the son of William and Lena (Willy) Heitzman, was born August 27, 1922. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1940 and from Iowa State University in 1944 with a degree in Architectural Engineering. On March 23, 1945, he married Harriet Adams. They were married just shy of 70 years. Wes was President of Heitzman Construction Company which he, his father William and his brother Don established in 1954. Buildings constructed by the company include Blades Hall and other buildings at the University of Dubuque, Westminster Presbyterian Church and numerous schools and commercial buildings in the area.

Wes was a partner in J.M. Cardinal, which purchased and refurbished condemned buildings in the 4th Street Elevator area to form Cable Car Square. He served on the Hillcrest Board and the Boy Scout Council, and he was a member and Elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, as well as travelling and volunteering at the Dubuque Arboretum.

Wes is survived by his wife, Harriet; by his children, Wesley A. (Barbara) Heitzman of Dubuque, Rebecca L. Peters of Platteville, and Thomas C. (Andrea) Heitzman of Lyme, NH; by 5 grandchildren, Megan (Pat McGovern) Heitzman, Emily (Jonathon Dodrill) Heitzman, Beth (Justin) Duris, Chris Peters, and Peili Heitzman; and by 5 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Jeanne Heitzman, a sister, Lois Heitzman, and a son-in-law, Lloyd Peters.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Hillcrest Family Services, University of Dubuque, Dubuque Arboretum, or Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Carol A. Leick

Carol Ann (Koenig) Leick, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at home. As a final gesture, Carol donated her body to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for research.

A Memorial service will be announced at a later date. There will be no visitation. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Carol was born September 12, 1935 in Dubuque, daughter of Clarence and Mary (Baule) Koenig . She married Anthony P. "Tony" Leick on September 29, 1951 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on December 14, 2011.

Carol loved and cared for a variety of animals during her life and loved to crochet. Carol's kind nature endeared her to all who knew her and she was a devoted mother.

Surviving are three sons, Robert John (Lucy) Leick, Donald Anthony Leick, and Thomas Joseph Leick, all of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Nicole (Drew) Wojciechowski, and Rob Anthony Leick; two step grandchildren, Aaron James (Theresa) Ward and Shannon Cathleen Ward; and three great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Andrew Koenig and Ronald Koenig.

Memorials may be given to Divine Word Seminary and St. Patrick Catholic Church.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Sherry, Stacy and Nichole for their outstanding care and compassion.

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



Charlene Leslein

Charlene Leslein, 93, of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, surrounded by her family.

Charlene was a long time member of St Paul Lutheran Church. Pastor Jonathan Crawford will officiate on Monday at a private family service to honor her memory. Interment will be in the family mausoleum at Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

She was born November 3, 1921 to Charles and Clara Martensen of Delmar, Iowa. She attended rural schools before attending the University of Dubuque where she pursued her love of music, especially the piano.

On November 27, 1943 she married Leo W. Leslein. Together they owned and operated the family farm near Graf, Iowa for many years. They enjoyed ballroom dancing, square dancing, golfing, traveling and playing euchre and bridge with their many friends.

Charlene was a caring and compassionate person who was genuinely interested and involved in the lives of everyone she knew. She was quick to laugh, had a positive attitude and you never left her company without a smile and feeling special. She was a hard worker and a wonderful cook who was devoted to her family.

She is survived by her daughter Janet (Dale) Miller, grandsons Doug (Lisa) Miller and Ryan (Carmel) Miller, great-grandchildren Lauren, Kaitlyn, Joseph, Madelyn, and Justine, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo in 2001; her parents; and her brother, John.

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

In lieu of flowers a Charlene Leslein Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Stacey, and Stephanie, whose care helped make it possible for Charlene to remain at home with her loved ones.



Ralph H. Kramer

Ralph H. Kramer, 73, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Farley, Iowa, died Thursday, January 1, 2015 at p.m. at his home in rural Dyersville, surrounded by his family.
Friends and relatives of Ralph may call from 1 to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m., and the Farley Fire Department will meet in a body at 7:00 p.m.

Services for Ralph will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 5, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. John Haugen Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa with Full Military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion Post #656.

Ralph was born November 3, 1941 in New Vienna, Iowa, son of Alvin and Lucinda (Brunsmann) Kramer. He received his education in the rural New Vienna area schools. On May 3, 1961, he was united in marriage to Darlene Elgin at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston. She preceded him in death on October 6, 2014.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and always enjoyed his horses and camping, especially the nights around the campfire with family and friends.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and formerly of St. Clements Parish. Ralph served in the Army National Guard.

He is survived by five sons, Randy (Rhonda) Kramer, Dennis (Dana) Kramer, Pat (Deb) Kramer, Todd (Kristi) Kramer and Rodney Kramer all of Farley, IA, Daughter-in-law; Jolene Kramer of Farley, IA, 12 grandchildren; Russell (Marlee) Kramer, Ryan Kramer (& special friend Laura Faber), Austin Kramer (& special friend Katelyne Domeyer), Carter Kramer, Sarah (Robby) Michels, Katie Kramer (& special friend Chris Smock), Nick Kramer (& special friend Natalie Fischer), Collin Kramer, Tanner Kramer, Grant Kramer, Lauren Kramer, and Grace Kramer, 2 great-grandchildren; Rae Lynn Kramer and Ethan Michels; one sister Lavonne (John) Ludwig of Anamosa Iowa; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Judy & Dick Link of Farley, Lynn & Ronnie Connelly of Dubuque, Vince Ehrlich and Dorothy Elgin both of Dubuque, Rosemary Kruse of Bankston, Lou Ann Deutmeyer and Sharon & Tom Ludwig both of Dyersville, Betty & Dave Ludwig of Worthington, Linda Elgin of Dubuque, Madonna & Dan Gibbs of Holy Cross, Robert & Gladys Elgin of Bankston, Donald & Mae Elgin of Worthington, Willis & Dot Elgin of Delhi and Marvin Elgin of Bankston.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his Mother and Father-in-law, Nick and Stella (Hess) Elgin; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Dan Kruse, Larry Davis, Bill Deutmeyer, Theresa Elgin, Grace Davis, Dianne Ehrlich and James Elgin; two nephews, Kerry Kruse and James Davis, and one niece, Colleen Drees,

A Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Ralph H. Kramer.

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

A special thank you to Dr. Hermann and Staff and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for the gracious care given to Ralph.



Arthur J. Westmark

Arthur J. Westmark, 99, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service and rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and American Legion Post 137 will accord Military Honors as pallbearers.

Art was born May 26, 1915, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Ignatius and Margaret (Frieburg) Westmark. He graduated from Xavier High School and He married Wilma J. Krapfl on June 12, 1940, in Dyersville and they began their family. He served in the US Army from 1944 - 1946 in the Southern Philippines and Japan. Upon his return he began working for Silver Streak as a welder, but most of his career was spent with Jacque's Home Fashion, spanning two generations as a general hand and mentor to the family.

Art was a member of American Legion Post 137 and spent 10 years on the Dyersville Volunteer Fire Department. He truly loved spending time with his grand and great-grandchildren, whom he often spoiled with candy and ice cream cones.

Survivors include his daughter, Judy Henke of Dyersville, 2 grandchildren: Mike (Jessica) Henke of Encinitas, CA and Christy (Bob) Saylor of Dyersville, 4 great grandchildren: Evan and Rhyan Henke and Lucas and Reagan Saylor.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, in 1999, one son, David in 1971, siblings: Elmer (Martha), Cleo (Loretta), Walter (Constance), and Jack (Cordis) Westmark, Viola (Walter) Streif and Laura (George) Streif; in-laws: Valeria (Linus) Mensen and Verna (Lawrence) Willenbring.

Memorials are preferred.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Oak Crest Manor staff for taking such wonderful care of Art and providing love and support to his family.

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



Rose Marie Alba

Rose Marie Alba, 87, of Dubuque passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. As per Rose Marie's wishes, there will be no public visitation. Family and close friends may call after 9 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1700 Rhomberg Avenue.

Rose Marie was born on June 25, 1927, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Sam and Josephine (Lucido) Alba.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1945. She was class president. After high school she worked for the Adams Company for a short period of time, and then was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 36 ½ years in management/personnel. Rose Marie was president and secretary/treasurer of Dubuque Pack Management Retiree Group. She organized many annual Christmas parties for the retirees of Dubuque Packing Company. She was also a member of Holy Trinity's Altar and Rosary Society.

Rose Marie enjoyed bowling on the same league with her sister, Josephine (Jo) for 42 years. She loved playing the piano and organ for many family parties that she attended and hosted. She also liked doing small crafts. She enjoyed going gambling with her niece/goddaughter Deb Roling at the Diamond Jo and Mystique Casinos.

Rose Marie was a very sweet and fun loving aunt to her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed being with her family, relatives, and friends. She will be greatly missed, especially by those closest to her.

Those left to cherish her memory include one sister, Virginia Fessler, of Doylestown, PA; one sister-in-law, Joyce Alba, of Orion, IL; and many special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Cruso (Marion) Alba and Sam Alba Jr; three sisters and three brothers-in-law, Marie (Joe) Licari, Ann (Elmer) Leslein, Josephine Roling, and Raymond Fessler.

The family would like thank her nieces, Deb Roling and JoAnn Callahan, and Home Instead Senior Care for attending to Rose Marie's needs for the past couple years.

In lieu of flowers, a Rose Marie Alba Memorial Fund has been established in her name for Masses.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



Hassina A. Yakub

Hassina A. Yakub, 82, of Dubuque died Monday, December 29, 2014 at home. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 3, at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday and 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory.

Hassina was born July 1, 1932 in Bartelle, Iraq, daughter of Abdel-Ahad and Amina Yakub. She married Father Rev. Behnam Isaac in 1957. He preceded her in death in 1992.

She is survived by five children, Elizabeth (Najib) Massode of Dubuque, Dr. George B. (Ebtisam "Suzie") Isaac of Dubuque, Ashak (Fadwa) Al Bazboz of Dubuque, Tiyodor (Swasam) Behnam Kass Behnam of Chicago, and Simon Isaac of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Rose (Elli), Raya, Rahaf, Christine, Benjamin, Heba, Behnam, Christy, Jessica, Sabrina and Izabella; one great granddaughter, Noelle; two sisters, Khatoon Yakub of Syria and Majeeda Yakub of Iraq.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, a son Bassem and a brother Sa-eed Yakub.

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.



Jane E. Wittman

Jane E. Wittman, 66, of Ankeny, Iowa, formerly of LaMotte, passed away Monday Evening, December 29, 2014, at her home in Ankeny, surrounded by family.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00pm, Friday Evening, January 2, at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. Burial will take place at Holy Rosary Cemetery in LaMotte, Iowa at a later date.

Jane Manderscheid was born May 29, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of John and Rosella (Haxmeier) Manderscheid. She Married Mike Wittman on August 3, 1985 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Dubuque, Iowa.

Jane graduated from Marquette Catholic High School and NICC. She was a compassionate nurse for 25 years retiring from Mercy North Urgent Care, Ankeny. Jane was a past member of the LaMotte Fire department and EMS services. In Jane's free time she enjoyed camping, motorcycling, and travel.

Those left to honor her memory include her Husband of 29 years, Mike Wittman, of Ankeny; their four children, Shane (Stefanie) Kremer, of LaMotte, Shelley (Ken) Welu, Dubuque, Abby Wittman, of Dubuque and Jeff Wittman, of Ankeny; four grandchildren Alyssa and Macey Kremer, Bailey Welu, and Raelynn Wittman; two brothers, Dale (Carol) Manderscheid, of Maquoketa, and Tim Manderscheid, of Burlington, Iowa; three sisters, Patricia (Gary) Bonifas, of LaMotte, Brenda (Paul) Pankowski, of LaMotte, and Wanda (Randy) Kingery, of Bellevue and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister-in-law, Lynne (Wittman) Welter.

In lieu of flowers a Jane Wittman Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Eldon J. Arensdorff

Eldon J. Arensdorff, 89, of rural Hazel Green, Wis., died at 6:20 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa, Wis., with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Eldon was born on Mar. 6, 1925 in Dubuque, Ia., the son of Arnold and Florence (Koltes) Arensdorff.  He was united in marriage to Marie B. Wagner on April 23, 1946 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque.

He and Marie farmed in rural Hazel Green retiring in 2000.

Eldon was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and its Holy Name Society.  He loved farming, gardening, his International tractors and a good game of euchre.

Surviving is his wife Marie, six children, Carol (Ken) Stagman of Hazel Green, Merlin (Judy) Arensdorff of Eldridge, IA., Alan (Tracey) Arensdorff and Larry Arensdorff both of Hazel Green, Joan Mai of East Dubuque, Ill., and Roger (Melissa) Arensdorff of Cuba City.  14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one due in March of 2015, and a sister Marie Schueller of Dubuque, IA; in-laws William (Donna) Wagner and Irene "Babe" Kienzle, and 3 aunts, Marcella Jaeger, Marcella Koltes and Alberta Lahey.

He was preceded in death by his parents Arnold & Florence Arensdorff, two sons, Jerome E. and Donald W. Arensdorff, a grandson Brad Arensdorff, his father & mother-in-law Peter & Rosalia (Naumann) Wagner and his inlaws, Walter Schueller, Clem & Loyola Wagner, Ed & Celestine Kueter, Raphael & Verna Mae Wagner, Robert Kienzle and Eileen Wagner.

Marie and family wish to thank the nurses and staff in the Cardio-Vascular Unit at Mercy Medical Center for the wonderful care given to Eldon.

 



Paul A. Dolter

Paul A. Dolter, 83, of Dubuque, died at home on Monday, December 29, 2014. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, with Rev. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 2, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, where there will be a wake service at 7:00 p.m.

Paul was born on March, 24, 1931 in Dubuque, son of Frank J. and Elizabeth (Klein) Dolter. He married Elizabeth "Betty" McCurdy October 1, 1955, at the St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1949 and the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1967. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Post #6. Paul was employed by Eaton Corporation for 33 years. He began his career at Eaton as a Product Engineer. He was awarded patents for various valve designs and was a member of the Eaton Inventors Club. He then became a Quality Control Specialist for manufacturing plants in Hanover and Savanna. He eventually became plant manager at Eaton factories in Savanna, Hanover, Warren, and Batavia. Paul always joked that he was the "best plant manager by a dam site.

Paul was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was also passionate about his Catholic faith; he actively participatedin Power of Prayer and supported Right to Life, and was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Savanna, Illinois. He was a life-long Bears fan and enjoyed watching many sports including golf, college and professional football, and college basketball. When he retired, he golfed with his friends and relatives, and he enjoyed watching his grandson Andrew play the sport. He loved running March Madness pools for his friends and family. He liked playing 500 with his card club and was an aspiring bridge player. He also took pleasure in creating posters, banners, and books of photographs to celebrate family milestones. Paul loved to tell stories of his early years growing up in Dubuque. He was known for his strong opinions and wrote many letters to the editor that were published in the TH. His wit, kindness, and generosity will be missed.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Betty, of Dubuque; five daughters, Jane Geary of Glendale, Arizona, Dr. Kathy Dolter of Dubuque, Beth Dolter Gordon of Iowa City, Iowa, Patti (Tom) Rohn of Peosta, Ellen (Terry) Sievert of Barrington, Illinois, two sons Peter (Suzette) and Paul of Prairie Grove, Illinois; and 11 grandchildren, Andrew Gordon of Iowa City, Maureen (Josh) Goldman of Arlington, Virginia, Kevin (Kathy) Rohn of Brooklyn, New York, Julia Rohn of Iowa City, Colleen Geary, of Glendale, Arizona, Nicholas, Carter, Trent and Rylan Dolter, of Prairie Grove, Illinois, and Jacob and Joshua Sievert of Barrington, Illinois; a brother, Thomas Dolter; a sister, Mary Link, both of Dubuque; sisters and brothers-in-law, Delphine Dolter, Rita Dolter, Judith Dolter all of Dubuque and Linda (Phil) Hobart of Cedar Rapids, Jerome McCurdy and Robert McCurdy of Dubuque, and Steve McCurdy of Chicago, Illinois and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Frank Dolter, Rev. Robert Dolter, Richard Dolter, James Dolter, Joseph Dolter, and David Dolter; a sister, Margaret Steffens; son-in-law, David Gordon; mother and father-in-law, Lawrence and Julia McCurdy; sisters and brothers-in-law, Alma Dolter, Rita (Dullea) Dolter, Velma Dolter, Lincoln Steffens, James Link; and favorite aunts Rosie, Ettie, and Susie; and his favorite uncle, Chas.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be made to Power of Prayer, Right-to-Life, or Church of the Resurrection.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ramanujam Ramabadran, Dr. Roger Ott, Jr, Dr. Kenneth Steffen, and his nurses Tanya and Shannon.

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



Freda G. Shird

Freda G. (Short) Shird, 91, formerly of 1851 Alta Vista St, Dubuque, passed away Monday, December 29, 2014, at Manorcare Heath Service.

Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Jack W. Redmond officiating. Family graveside services will be in the Ontario, Wis. Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1923 near Ontario, Wis., the daughter of George and Minnie (Mentor) Short. She married Verlyn R. "Bob" Shird on April 2, 1941 at Waukon, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 25, 1995. Freda was a Red Cross Volunteer for many years and a member of the Red Cross Board of Directors.

Surviving are four daughters, Sandy (James) Schadler of Menominee, Ill., Dona (Chuck) Ostrander and Darlene Stuart both of Dubuque and Karla (Dale) Smith of Cedar Rapids, Ia., two sons, Dean and Terry Shird both of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Jim Jr., Bob, Casey, Alex, Austin, Jesse, Tina, Amy, Corby and Jazmine; eight great-grandchildren, Lyric, Kobe, Wendy, Hunter, Ethan, Kristopher, Raeann and Ava; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bob, four children, Robert, Ronald, Kathryn Mary and Shelby, siblings, Harvey, Fred, Ethel and Dennis.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and Boy's Town in memory of Robert and Freda Shird.

Freda's family wishes to thank "The Rose" especially Carol Sheets and staff, Manorcare Nursing & Rehab Center nurses and staff, Dr. Mark Runde and his nurses Julie and Dawn and Hospice of Dubuque nurses and staff for the wonderful care given to their mother, grandmother and great grandmother.



Charleen R. O'Connell

Charleen Reilly O'Connell, 86, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 at home surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30am at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-8pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30pm.

Charleen was born September 18, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of James and Bernardine (O'Hagan) Reilly. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in Milwaukee and from Clarke College with a Bachelor of Arts in Foods and Nutrition.

She was a homemaker and dietary consultant in a number of Dubuque nursing care facilities. Charleen was a longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church where she served on the church council, was a school aide at St. Joseph School and was a member of Mother of Good Counsel Mother's Club.

Charleen is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert O'Connell and her children Tim (Stephanie), Peggy (Steve) Curran, Chris, Stephen (Patrick Paulauski), Kathy (Joe) Blodgett and Mike (Patty). She is Jam Jam to 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister Ann (Richard) Murphy and Mary Jo (Thomas) Kelly and her brother William (Gail) Reilly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial masses and donations to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

Many thanks to Hospice of Dubuque staff, especially Amy and Nicole, for their kindness and support.



Charles I. Sturdevant

Charles I. Sturdevant, 60, of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where the family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Please wear Green Bay Packer attire to help celebrate Charles' life.

Charles was born on March 15, 1954 to Margaret (Restivo) and Ken Sturdevant in Janesville, Wisconsin. He married Edith Hellert on December 27, 1975.

He graduated from Craig High School in 1972 and pursued an education in teaching through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, receiving his bachelor degree in 1976 and his master's degree in 1978.

Charles taught in the Industrial Technology departments at Hempstead High School and Jefferson Junior High. He enjoyed time spent coaching football for the Hempstead Mustangs during the 70's and early 80's, as well as coaching football and basketball during his tenure at Jefferson. He worked at Interstate Power as a customer service trainer and American Customer Care as a call representative.

Charles had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a loving husband and father, and an avid lifelong Packer fan. He will be missed.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Edith; his two sons, Jon Sturdevant of Dubuque and Jameson Sturdevant of Overland Park, KS; his mother Margaret Sturdevant of Janesville, WI; a sister Michelle (Mike) Augustine of Janesville, WI; a brother-in-law George (Susan) Hellert of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ken; his sister Victoria Mathews; and in-laws Francis and Mardelle Hellert.
A memorial fund has been established in memory of Charles.

Online condolences may be left at hoffmanschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Ruth B. Loring

Ruth B. Loring, 85, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died peacefully Saturday, December 27, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 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 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:15-10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home before the service.

Ruth was born on April 6, 1929, in Darlington, Wisconsin, the daughter of Jacob P. and Bertha (Tuescher) Buschor. She graduated from Darlington High School in 1946. Ruth married Guerdon N. Loring on July 12, 1949, at Holy Rosary Church in Darlington.  He preceded her in death on May 30, 2000. She loved working as a CNA at the Cuba City Nursing Home.

Ruth loved playing cards with family and friends and watching her favorite TV shows, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and the Hallmark Family Channel. She was very proud of her Swiss heritage. Ruth was an avid Cubs, Badgers and Packers fan. She was a gentle soul who always found the good in others. Ruth never complained and was a devout Catholic whose faith carried her throughout her life. She dearly loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who gathered at her home often on weekends.

Survivors include her children, William A. Loring, of Montello, Wisconsin, Rose A. Beinborn, of Cuba City, Jane M. Loring, of Dubuque, and Matthew J. (Lori) Loring, of Platteville; a sister, Rita (Bob) Moore, of Fayette, Wisconsin; a brother, Robert (Patti) Buschor, of Darlington; a sister-n-law, Mary Buschor of Darlington; thirteen grandchildren, Heather (Jim) Riley, Jeff (Derick) Loring, Joshua, Holly and Joseph Loring, Kim, Brian (Bridgette) and Brad Beinborn, Julie (Lee) Feldman, Kelly (Justin) Wenzelman, Steven (Katie) Leifker, Katie (fiance, Tim) Leifker, and Sarah Loring; and eight great-grandchildren, Brandon L. Loring, Daniel Esser, Emily Feldman, Jacob Wenzelman, Ethan and Kaylee Leifker, Max Regan, and Fletcher Riley.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Daniel J. Loring; two brothers, Richard and Stephen Buschor; a son-in-law, Robert Beinborn; and a sister-in-law, Avis Buschor.

A Ruth B. Loring Memorial Fund has been established.

Thank you to the Mercy Medical Center ER and Cardiac Unit Staffs. A special thank you to her nurses Julie (her granddaughter), Jenni, Kaylynn, Ben, Beth and Emily.

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



George J. Spalding

George J. Spalding, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died peacefully surrounded by his family on December 27, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of George's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, January 3, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, January 2, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

George James Spalding was born on September 25, 1926 in Freeport, Illinois, to Gale Gordon and Amanda Helen (Nissen) Spalding. He was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then attended Iowa State University briefly prior to being drafted and serving his country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He married Sue Schoenthaler on October 16, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Upon returning from his military service, George worked for the Iowa Highway Commission from 1946 to 1948. He then purchased Paul Creger's interest in Spalding and Creger shoes in 1948 which would eventually become Spalding's Footwear in Maquoketa. He retired after 50 years in 1998.

George loved his community and being involved. He was always generous with his time. He was a past president and member of the Maquoketa Rotary Club and the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce. He had also been a former member of the Maquoketa Lions Club, Maquoketa Izaac Walton League, and had served on the Maquoketa Planning and Zoning Commission for several years. He was a longtime board member of DAC, Inc. serving from 1975 to 2003. George originated the idea for the Maquoketa Area Foundation and was part of a core group that organized its inception. He served on the board of directors from 1984 to 1996.

Many things gave George joy, but his greatest love was being a devoted husband, proud father and grandfather. His quiet presence was always felt with love and support for his family. He was appreciative and blessed by many friends who provided him their continuous support through the years. In addition to his dedication to his family, community and work, George enjoyed fishing and was an avid reader.

Those left to honor George's memory include his wife Sue Spalding of Maquoketa, IA; children Sarah Jane "Sally" Spalding of Maquoketa, IA, and Scott (Laurnet) Spalding of Maquoketa, IA; and 2 granddaughters Leslie (Kyle) Bubke of Victoria, Minnesota and Laura (Dan) Stephenson of West Des Moines, Iowa He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Nancy DeVore, George's special caregiver for the last seven years.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County, DAC, Inc., or the Community Foundation of Jackson County (formerly the Maquoketa Area Foundation).

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



Drake R. Taylor

Drake Ray Taylor, 1 month old infant son of Sierra Taylor Shadle and Malcom Desvines, Jr., received his angel wings on Thursday, December 25, 2014.

A celebration of Drake's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the services from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa.

Drake had a beautiful smile that would light up a room. He was "grandma's boy", had a happy disposition and touched the hearts of all who came in contact with him.

Drake is survived by his mother, Sierra Taylor Shadle of Maquoketa, IA; his father Malcom Desvines, Jr. of MI; his maternal grandmother Lori Taylor of Maquoketa, IA; his maternal grandfather Russell Shadle of Clinton, IA; his maternal great-grandmother Dianne Brockett of Maquoketa, IA; maternal great-grandfather Kenneth (Barb) Taylor, Sr. of Le Claire, IA; 2 uncles Cody Petersen and Dakota Stichter; 1 aunt Krystal Volter; 3 great-uncles; and 4 great-aunts. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-great-grandparents.

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

 



Mabel D. Snyder

Mabel D. Snyder, 84, of Miles, Iowa, died peacefully on Saturday morning, December 27, 2014, at her home.

A celebration of Mabel's life will be held at 2 P.M., Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, December 29, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Smithtown Cemetery, rural Lost Nation, Iowa.

Mabel Della Pickett was born on February 3, 1930 in Baldwin, Iowa, to Joseph E. and Grace E. (Burwell) Pickett. She was educated in country schools and married Milton R. Snyder on September 4, 1948 in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 7, 2008.

Mabel was a homemaker who raised a family of three boys and farmed with her husband in the Miles area for many years.

Mabel enjoyed making rugs, quilting and crafts, and mowing lawns.

Those left to honor Mabel's memory include her two sons, Steven (Belinda) Snyder of Baldwin, IA, and Greg (Linda) Snyder of Miles, IA; 3 grandchildren Michael, Sarah and Renee; and 1 great-grandson Liam. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 brothers, a son William, and a grandson Nicholas.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Mabel D. Snyder memorial fund.

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

 



Ronald N. Freiburger

Ronald N. Freiburger, 76, of Dubuque passed away Friday, December 26, 2014 at home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 4 pm.

Ronald was born July 7, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Hilda (Haberkorn) Freiburger. On June 23, 1964 he married Janet A. Dalbkermeyer at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 9, 2014.

He worked at Dubuque Packing Company until it closed. In 1983 he started Ron Freiburger Electric and enjoyed working along the side of his wife wiring for many years; they were a great team.

His hobbies were collecting Massey Harris tractors, his vast train collection, trap shooting and hunting. He loved playing cards, especially Euchre, and enjoyed all the family get togethers. He enjoyed living life to its fullest.

He is survived by a daughter, Michelle (Ron) Switzer Jr.; two granddaughters, Nicole (Cody) Schmitt and Tiffani Switzer; two brothers, Marvin (Karen) Freiburger and Jerome "Moose" (Karen) Freiburger; and a sister, Charlene (Don) Nauman, all of Sherrill.

His was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, LaVonne Freiburger.

A Ronald N. Freiburger memorial fund has been established.

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

Michelle and her family wish to thank the many relatives with their wonderful helping hands with Ronnie's care and their unending love and support.



Rex L. DeMoss

Rex L. DeMoss, 81 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday December 25th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday December 29th at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Hal Murray officiating. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Canton, Iowa. Visitation will be on Sunday, December 28th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

He was born on November 18, 1933, in Jones County the son of Floyd and Freida (Carr) DeMoss. He married Lois Cobiskey on July 2, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa.
He retired from Dubuque John Deere in 1989 after 29 years. He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon. He enjoyed all sports especially NASCAR and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Fan.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he lived for his family.

He is survived by his wife Lois, five children, Randy (Kathy) DeMoss, of East Dubuque, IL, Craig (Julie) DeMoss, Lori (Eddie) Breedwell, Darren (Kim Bemboom) DeMoss, Kevin (Bev) DeMoss, all of Dubuque, IA. Eleven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Two sisters Arlene McCutcheon, of Andrew, IA, and Dora Foster, of Tacoma, WA., many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Robert, Keith, and Stuart, and a sister Mary Lou Carlson.

The family wishes to thank the Finley Hospital, Dubuque Internal Medicine and Luther Manor for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Rex.

In lieu of flowers a Rex L. DeMoss memorial fund has been established.



Eileen M. Newton

Eileen M. Newton, age 87, of Dubuque, passed away gracefully into God's arms while surrounded by her loving family at 12:23 p.m., on Friday, December 26, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Eileen's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, December 29, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. To celebrate Eileen's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Eileen was born on November 30, 1927, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of William "Bill" and Marcella "Marcy" (Nies) Mitte.

Eileen married the love of her life, Ronald "Ron" Newton, on August 7, 1948, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage before he passed away on May 25, 2014.

She loved being a housewife and mother. She served as a Girl Scout Leader for several years, and then a counselor. She was also an officer with the Holy Ghost Rosary Society. She kept busy attending her children's sporting activities, as well as their music events. In her later years, she cheered on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eileen and Ron were "Winter Texans" for twenty years. At Mission Bell she enjoyed playing a variety of card games as well as shuffleboard, relaxing in the pool and square dancing. She and Ron squared-danced for over 40 years and made many lasting friendships.

They shared many travel adventures together, visiting every state but one. They crossed the country in their RV, or with the John Deere Local 94 Retirees on bus trips. Most of all, Eileen enjoyed camping with her family and friends, and looked forward to their annual fishing trips to Minnesota, with lifelong friends, the Beyer family.

She was an avid bridge player and belonged to several card clubs. She also enjoyed her monthly luncheons with her classmates from Immaculate Conception Academy.

Eileen is survived by her 6 children, Karen DeMuth, Kathy Newton, Linda (Philip) Lampe, Lori (Bill) Zmudka, Steve (Jean) Newton, Sheila (Jeff) Meyer, all of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice McConnell, Bettendorf, IA; 2 brothers-in-law, Richard (Mary) Newton, of Waterloo, IA, Bernard (Sharon) Newton, of Sedalia, Missouri. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Ron; a grandson, Jamey Newton; a son-in-law, Terry DeMuth; a brother-in-law, Wallace Newton; and a sister-in-law, Joan Smith.

An Eileen M. Newton memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Viner, his super nurse Ann, Dr. Whalen and Shawna for their excellent care of mom since 1980.

"Oh yes! She was a die hard Cubbies fan!"

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

 



Lorene A. Kennicker

Lorene A. "Rene" Kennicker, 62, of Delmar, Iowa, died on Friday morning, December 26, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Lorene's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at the Delmar United Methodist Church in Delmar, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Lorene Alice Conner was born on November 20, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Leland Duane and Rosemary Margaret (Fitzgerald) Conner. She was a 1971 graduate of Dubuque Hempstead High School and later studied accounting at Scott Community College. She married Dale Joseph Kennicker on October 6, 1973 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Lorene had worked several jobs through the years. She first worked for Iowa Mutual in DeWitt and then drove school bus for the DeWitt schools and later as a substitute bus driver for the Delmar schools. From 1989 to 1997 she had worked as a cook for the Delmar School District, and lastly owned and operated Interludes Coffee Shop in Delmar for two years.

Lorene was a member of the Delmar United Methodist Church and had been a former Delmar City Council Member. She loved spending time with her family, knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking.

Those left to honor Lorene's memory include her husband Dale Kennicker of Delmar, IA; children Laura (Steve) Anderson of Delmar, IA, Craig (Kara) Kennicker of Wyoming, IA, Nick Kennicker of Delmar, IA and Kayla Kennicker of Delmar, IA; 4 grandchildren, Benjamin, Riley, Jenna and Sarah Anderson; 1 great-grandchild, Elena Anderson; sisters Margaret (David) Bies of Dubuque, IA and Patricia Conner of Appleton, WI; and brothers Vincent (Kathy Lassance) Conner of Dubuque, IA and Mark (Terri) Conner of Dubuque, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lorene A. "Rene" Kennicker memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Elizabeth M. Savary

Elizabeth M. (Betty) Savary, 79, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 30th, at Resurrection Church in Dubuque. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday, December 29th, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, located at 2659 Kennedy Road where the parish rosary said at 7:30 pm.

Betty was born on December 20, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Rose Feltes. She married John J. Savary on July 20, 1957, at Sacred Heart Church. Betty graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in 1954.
Betty was a homemaker for many years and later worked at Dutrac Community Credit Union and Advanced Designs, Inc. She was a very active member of the Holy Trinity and Resurrection Parishes and served on many committees and organizations over the years.

She was a loving and caring person with a smile that could light up a room. She enjoyed cooking and baking and all can attest to the high quality of food she prepared. She thoroughly loved spending time with her family and especially liked watching her grandchildren participate in sports and other activities.

Betty is survived by five children; Steve (Donna) Savary, Ruth (Tracy) Lang, Paul (Sue) Savary of Alexandria, VA, John (Annette) Savary, and Scott (Dawn) Savary; Grandchildren; Kate (Tim) Hoffman, Sally (Jim) Liddle, Jennifer Savary, Megan Savary, Nicole Savary, Andy Savary, Kristen Savary, Alex Savary, Austin Savary, and Aaron Savary;Great-grandchildren; Joey Hoffman, Ellie Hoffman and Valerie Liddle; Brother, Donald Feltes and sisters-in-law; Mary Feltes and Mary Lou Feltes.

She was preceded in death by her husband John, parents, brothers; Ivan, Lester, and Eldred Feltes, sisters; Velma Corbett and Ruth Hayes, and, sister-in-law Mary Agnes Feltes, and brothers-in-law, John T. (Jack) Corbett and Louis Hayes.

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

An Elizabeth M. (Betty) Savary memorial fund has been established.

Her family would like to extend a special Thank You to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.



Sonia Kopple Hickson

Sonia Kopple Hickson of 1935 Chaney Road died Wednesday, December 24th after a respiratory illness.
Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday, December 29th at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. Friends may call from 9 to 11:15 a.m. at the church before the funeral mass. The Egelhof Siegert Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sonia was born on September 7, 1929, in Dubuque, daughter of Harry and Goldye (Folkman) Kopple. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Northern Iowa. She married Thomas L. Hickson on January 9, 1951, in Chicago. He died on May 11, 1974.

Sonia worked most of her life at Kopple's Market, the family meat and grocery business which was located on University and Booth Streets. In 1974, she became sole owner of the store until she retired in 1994. She was a member of the Iowa Grocers' Association. After her retirement, Sonia missed her customers, the daily socializing, and the friendships that formed around the meat counter. She always said, "It's not the work but the people that I miss!"

As a young wife and mother, Sonia belonged to, and was active in, St. Anthony's parish and school, volunteering as a teacher's aide in math and working with children in after-school volleyball. For a time, she was also treasurer of the rosary society at St. Anthony's. When the children were grown, Sonia and her husband, Tom, returned to Nativity, Tom's former parish.

Sonia belonged to breakfast, lunch, and dinner groups. Her greatest joy was being with friends and family. She loved encountering past customers and enjoyed visiting with them over coffee.

For many years, Sonia was an avid bridge player. She also loved sports and would turn down a dinner invitation to stay home and watch a football game on TV. She played golf and was a past member of Thunder Hills Golf and Country Club.

Her love of music led her to do volunteer work with the Colt Drum and Bugle Corps; when the Colt Cadets formed in 1967, Sonia became the first director of the Cadets, assisted by members of the "A Corps." Later, Sonia did major fund-raising for the Colts.

As a board member for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Sonia worked in fund-raising for the orchestra, striving primarily to procure sponsors; she was involved with the annual Fund Drive, the Arena Pops, and the Marketing Committee. In 1996, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Dubuque Symphony Board.

A past member of the Clarke University Development Council, Sonia was a co-founder of the Clarke Celebrity Golf Classic.

Sonia is survived by a brother Howard (Marjorie) Kopple of North Carolina; daughters Marjorie (Richard Sherman II) Hickson of East Dubuque, and Deborah (Kent) Rinehart of Eau Claire, WI; Grandsons Richard Sherman III of San Francisco, CA, and Bart (Mary) Sherman of Champaign, IL; granddaughters Nicole Rinehart of Eau Claire, WI, and Kelly Rinehart of Austin, TX; great grandchildren Brandon Sherman of Dubuque and Lucy and Frank Sherman of Champaign, IL; and adopted grandchildren William, Daniel, Trasa and Troy Koranda; and a long-time family friend, Sr. Pat Nolan, BVM of Dubuque.

Besides her parents, Sonia was preceded in death by her husband Tom, an infant daughter, Kimberly Ann, and a sister Miriam (Art) Meltzer.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Clarke University and The COLTS.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Mercy Hospital, especially nurse Beth in the cardiac ICU and to the entire staff at Luther Manor for their exceptional kindness and care.



Sr. Innocence Tsung, OSF

Sister Innocence Tsung, OSF, 96 of Dubuque died at 10:25 p.m., on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at the Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, December 29, 2014 in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 28, 2014 with wake service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy road is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born on October 15, 1918 in Hsin Chuang Tzu, Shantung Province China, the daughter of Joseph and Agnes (Pien) Dsung (Tsung).

Huai Wei (Agnes) Tsung entered the Sisters of St. Francis February 15, 1938 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1947. Sister ministered as a teacher in Chowstun, China and as a social worker at St. Mary's Home in Dubuque and at St. Anthony's Home and Villa Maria, in Sioux City, Iowa.

She is survived by a nephew.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and two sisters.

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



Dr. Edward D. Ortell

Dr. Edward D. "Eddie" Ortell, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, December 23, 2014, at the Crestridge Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Edward's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 27, 2014, at the East Iron Hill Community Church, rural Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 P.M. on Friday, December 26, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Additional services will be held in California with burial in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Covina, California.

Edward Dillon Ortell was born on April 29, 1919 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John Ortell and Maude Eve (Smith) Ortell Abrams. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Force earning an honorable discharge with the rank of Lieutenant. He married June Pauline Sagers on September 24, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Edward C., Michael N. and October Dawn.
Eddie was an accomplished man who loved life, teaching and learning. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dubuque in 1951, Masters from the University of Iowa in 1955, and his PHD in Astronomy from Nova University in 1975. It was this thirst for knowledge that led him into the teaching field. He served as a principal and teacher in the Andrew schools and was a K-12 teacher in Monmouth and Iron Hill for many years. He then became the Professor of Astronomy at El Camino College in California, and lastly held the same position at the University of Dubuque.

Eddie was a member of the East Iron Hill Community Church and the Sierra Madre United Methodist Church. He was active in many organizations and generous with his time, talent and resources. Some of the organizations that benefited from his involvement were the Friends of Griffith Observatory, and the Pacific Planetarium Association where he was a past president. He also was a member of the Reserve Officers veterans organization in Duarte, California.

Eddie loved the Chicago Cubs and baseball. He had been a catcher on the Maquoketa Bears baseball team and had participated in a Fantasy baseball camp at the age of 75. He enjoyed boxing in his youth, and singing. He sang passionately and had the opportunity to sing at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. He also was the talented author of two books on Astronomy.

Those left to honor Edwards's memory include his children, Edward C. "Echo" (Nancy) Ortell of Duarte, CA, Michael N. "Mickey" (Connie) Ortell of Huntington Beach, CA, and October Dawn Seyarto of LaVerne, CA; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; and a sister-in-law, Oma Sagers of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers George Ortell, Harold Ortell, John Abrams and Alva Abrams, 2 sisters Imogene Fistonich and Marge Lange, and his wife June on October 11, 1996.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Jackson County Humane Society, or Hospice of Jackson County.

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



Gerald T. Puls

Gerald T. "Jerry' Puls, 76, of East Dubuque, Illinois passed away at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community in Galena.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Jerry was born on August 8, 1938 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Victor and Catherine (Vaassen) Puls. He married Juanita Weydert on June 24, 1962 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. He was a 1956 graduate of Elizabeth, Illinois High School.

Jerry was formerly employed with the Illinois Dept. of Transportation and later was employed with Jeld-Wen retiring as maintenance manager in 2000. He loved fishing, hunting, camping and time spent with family and grandchildren.

Surviving is his wife Juanita, five children, Deanna (David) Jerry of Scales Mound, Illinois, Denise (Dan) Hutchinson of Manchester, Iowa, Brian Puls of Orlando, Florida, Lisa (Randy) John of Cuba City, Wisconsin and Lynn (Dave) Teply of Menominee, Illinois.  10-grandchildren, 6-Step Grandchildren and 13-Great Grandchildren, one brother Vernon (Joanie) Puls of Dubuque and a sister-in-law, Char Puls of East Dubuque, his in-laws, Paul (Gloria) Weydert of Cascade, Iowa, J'Neane Weydert of Dubuque, Iowa and Cheryl (Gene) Hilby of Richland Center, Wisconsin, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor & Catherine, brothers, Vincent, Joe, Alan and Charlie, and sisters, Alice Heim, Eleanor Dillon and Helena Brown and his father & mother-in-law Cletus and Mildred Weydert.

A Gerald T. Puls memorial fund has been established.

Juanita & family would like to express their thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan and the nurses and staff at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community especially Janet and Alice for the wonderful care given to Jerry.

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

 

 



Frances E. Plein

Frances E. "Frannie" Plein, age 89, formerly of 328 1/2 Monroe Ct., passed away peacefully at 10:00 p.m., on Monday, December 22, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. To honor Frannie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, December 26, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Frannie's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 26, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Frances was born on February 17, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Frances (Schmitt) Fah.

Frannie married Sylvester Plein on January 27, 1942, in Dubuque. He preceded her in death. She worked as a care giver at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center for over 20 years until her retirement in 1993. Frannie enjoyed playing cards, caring for her parakeets and having get-togethers with her neighbors. She was a devoted mother and cherished the time spent with her family.

Frannie is survived by her sons, Ronald Plein, Cedar Rapids, IA, John Plein, Dubuque, IA; a granddaughter,
Amy Plein, Dubuque, IA; a brother, Clarence Fah, Dubuque, IA; she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Frannie was preceded in death by her husband and parents, 2 brothers, Peter and Butch Fah, 2 sisters, Pauline Theisen and Margaret Roddy and a special niece, Betty Roerig-Ostrander.

A Frances E. "Frannie" Plein memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab, as her friends, colleagues and care givers; and Hospice of Dubuque for all their loving and compassionate care.

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

 



Gene M. Althaus

Gene M. "Hawk" Althaus, 74, of Assisi Village, Dubuque, formerly of 860 Clarke Drive, passed away following a short illness on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, surrounded by his family.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 27, 2014, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Relatives and friends of Gene may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 26, 2014, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a rosary said by the St. Columbkille Knights of Columbus Council #15813 at 7:45 p.m.

Gene was born on June 6, 1940, in Dubuque, the son of Claudia (Haase) and Maynard Althaus. He graduated from St. Columbkille High School in 1959. Gene worked at Kaiser Paints, Zephyr Aluminum, and Dubuque Insulation before settling in to a 33-year career at Loras College, from where he retired. He was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #510.

Gene was a compassionate and caring individual who supported many local and national nonprofit organizations. He sympathized with the pain of others, whether it was seeing his sister endure the effects of Alzheimer's or hearing of the struggles of those fighting cancer, for whom he donated his hair to Locks of Love. Gene admired and supported the work of Albrecht Acres for many years.
An avid collector, Gene was an auction enthusiast. He also loved to travel and especially enjoyed his trips with his family to the warmer weather of Orlando and Walt Disney World, where he discovered a personal affinity for the character of Grumpy.

Through good times and bad, Gene was an unwavering and faithful fan of the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals and was always ready with a good ribbing for Packers and Cubs fans. Although, as a Bears fan, he was oftentimes the recipient of the ribbing. He loved to share memories of his visit to Busch Stadium in St. Louis to see Albert Pujols and the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals play.

Gene is survived by his sisters, Donita "Dee" Althaus and Cordiadell "Corky" Tucker of Dubuque, his brother Dale (Reta) of Ankeny, Iowa, his sister-in-law, Linda Althaus of Dubuque, eight nieces and nephews: Jean Tucker, Tammy (Joel) Gehling, and Barb Tucker of Dubuque; Marc (Denise) Tucker of Marengo, Iowa; Scott Althaus of San Diego, California; Shawn (Tonya) Althaus of Ankeny, Iowa; Eric (Erica) Althaus of Parkville, Missouri; and Jeffrey Althaus of Denver, Colorado; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maynard and Claudia Althaus, and his brother, Larry.

Memorials may be given to the Knights of Columbus Council 510 to support their efforts with the upkeep of the Key West cross.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Assisi Village and Stonehill Care Center for their concern for and care of Gene as well as the family and friends who visited and prayed with Gene over the past few weeks, including retired Archbishop Daniel Kucera, who anointed Gene hours before his passing.



Harold L. Grimstad Jr.

Harold L. "Louie" Grimstad Jr., age 59, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 4:20 a.m., Monday, December 22, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque of natural causes. To honor Louie's life, private family services are being held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Harold was born on January 22, 1955 in Dubuque, son of Harold Sr. and Evalena (Billmeyer) Grimstad.

Louie worked for many years at Conlon Construction until he became ill. He was a simple and quiet man who embraced his family and life in the best way he knew and took great pride in being a wonderful grandpa. He enjoyed riding his bike, fishing and hunting. Louie touched many lives over his life and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Louie is survived by his 3 children Richard Grimstad, Billie Jo Grimstad, Ashley Grimstad, all of Dubuque; 3 grandchildren Meloni, Hailie Jo and Brooklin; 6 brothers and sisters Robert Grimstad, Diane Grimstad, Betty (Richy) Tuthill, all of Dubuque, Joleen (Robert) Wolf, of Bellevue, Joseph Brown, Jamie (Rachel) Brown, both of Dubuque; a brother-in-law Alfred Mayers, of Dubuque; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, a brother, Roger Grimstad and a sister, Linda Mayers.

A Harold L. "Louie" Grimstad memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Hospital for all their tender and compassionate care.

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

 



Virginia M. Friedlein

Virginia M. Friedlein, 95, of Dubuque, passed away, Monday, December 22, 2014 at Heritage Manor. Per her wishes, there will be no public services. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque is entrusted with arrangements.

Virginia was born on August 16, 1919 in Dubuque, daughter of Theodore and Ethel (McCraney) Gabriel. She married Lavern Friedlein on August 17, 1940. He preceded her in death on November 22, 1999.

Virginia graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1937 and worked at Foot Levelers for many years. She was very active with the Masonic Temple and Eastern Star.
Virginia loved to have a good time. She enjoyed taking her grandchildren out to eat and was a very giving and loving grandmother to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter JoAnn Wood; four grandchildren, Kimberly (Jay) Wood-Malek, Michele Belding, Scott Belding, and Kris Belding; two great grandchildren, Alexandra Malek and Nicholas Malek; and her sister Jane Hallahan.

In addition to her parents and husband, Virginia was preceded in death by an infant son; a daughter Judy Fondell; six brothers and two sisters.

The family wishes to thank Kathy Finn for her years of great care and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Karen, Amy, Nicole, Edna, and Diane.

Online condolences may be sent to www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



William E. Gerischer

William E. "Bill" Gerischer, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday evening, December 21, 2014, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, December 29, 2014, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, December 28, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

William Ernst Gerischer was born on July 12, 1939 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Paul and Dorothy (Ralston) Gerischer. He attended Andrew Schools and received his GED from Maquoketa High School. He then served his country and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. He married Linda Ruth Thompson on May 5, 1963 in Andrew, Iowa. She preceded him in death on January 6, 2013.

Bill had worked for Caterpillar as a machinist for 23 years. He had also worked at Clinton Engines for several years, done painting with Charles Dietz and was a certified EMT working with Dale Brown and the ambulance service.

Bill was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He had participated in a bowling league for many years, coached Little League Baseball for several years, and was a former Cub Scout Master.

Bill was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and enjoyed watching sports of all kinds. He liked the outdoors and in his earlier years would hunt and fish. He loved being with and spending time with his family.

Those left to honor Bill's memory include his children Renee (Mark) Pape of Maquoketa, IA, Radd (Chalette) Gerischer of Maquoketa, IA, and Ryan (Susie) Gerischer of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Joan Gerischer, Gail (Arvin) Guckenburger of Cedar Rapids, IA, Sue (Richard) Wild of Maquoketa, IA, and Nancy (Dale) Kilburg of Maquoketa, IA; brothers David (Mary) Gerischer of IN and Rick (Diane) Gerischer of Davenport, IA; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Linda.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a William E. "Bill" Gerischer memorial fund has been established.

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

 



David F. Fitzgerald

David F. Fitzgerald, 66, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at home with his loving wife and family by his side.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 on Tuesday, December 23rd, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

He was born on February 4, 1948 to Edward and Jean Fitzgerald. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Deanne (Dee Dee) Russett on June 19, 1971 at Nativity Church and they were blessed with 4 children.
Dave worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 40 years and retired from there in 2012. His family was the most important thing in the world to him and he enjoyed just spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an extremely talented musician and in his younger years enjoyed singing and playing guitar with his band. He always loved to pull his guitar out and perform at family events or pick up a karaoke microphone during an evening out. Dave was also a member of the "Leaky Lodge" and enjoyed the friends he made there and the stories they shared.

Survivors include his loving wife Dee Dee, their children Laurie (Brian) Splinter, Tom (Lisa) Fitzgerald, Jenny Fitzgerald, and Mike (significant other Synthia) Fitzgerald, his grandchildren Logan, Zackery, and Sabrina Splinter, Colton and Kalub.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially dad's nurse, Cyndi, for all the care, compassion, and guidance.

We love you Pa, you will be forever in our hearts.



Sandra Dee Smith

Sandra Dee Smith, 54, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. A funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Carter officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, December 22, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Friends may also call after 9:00a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of service.

Sandra was born in Dubuque, IA on April 30, 1960, the daughter of Leon and Maxine Biedermann. She married Philip Smith, of Graf, IA on February 20, 1988.
She was a beautiful, loving mother, wife, sister, and daughter. She loved all of her cats and four dogs; Cheezer, Remi, Bandit, and Chief Weewee. Sandra loved shopping and going out to eat with the girls. She never did any wrong and put everyone before herself.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Philip "Smitty" Smith, her daughter Samantha Jo and son Nathan Philip. Her siblings; Lyle (Debbie) Biedermann, Bruce Biedermann, Rick (Kim) Biedermann, Wendy Anderson, Melissa (Kenny) Scarbrough, and Jenny Biedermann. Her mother Maxine Biedermann and mother-in-law Mary Smith. All of the family on the Smith side and all of her nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and a great-great nephew due in February.

She was preceded in death by her father Leon, and her father-in-law Arvel Smith.

The family would like to thank Ennoble Manor, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Paramount Ambulance and EMS, Finley Hospital, and a very special thank you to Cheryl Rose, God Bless you all.



Richard E. Davenport

Richard E. Davenport, 85, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road where a visitation will be held from 10:30 until the time of services.



Merle L. King

Merle L. King, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Beloit, Wisconsin, died on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Merle Lillian Hermann was born on August 16, 1939 in Watertown, Wisconsin to Henry and Louella (Pennock) Hermann. She was a 1957 graduate of Beloit High School. She married Jack C. King, Sr. on September 11, 1957 in Bennettsville, North Carolina. He preceded her in death on June 30, 2014.

Merle was a housewife who raised a family of five children. She had also worked as a waitress for several years. She loved animals, especially dogs and cats.

Those left to honor Merle's memory include her children Cindee (Tom Blakeman) King of Bernard, IA, Jack (Susan) King, Jr. of Darien, WI, Patrick (Patti) King of Okeechobee, FL, Stephanie (Chuck) Marshall of Maquoketa, IA, and Shawn (Michael) Robison of Maquoketa, IA; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and her husband.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Merle L. King memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Irene Wyatt

Irene Wyatt, 84, of Bellevue, Iowa, died on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident.

A celebration of Irene's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, December 23, 2014, from the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, December 22, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Irene Busch was born on September 1, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to John C.A. and Christina (Kokemuller) Busch. She attended country school. She married Robert K. "Bob" Wyatt on December 31, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1997.

Irene was always busy. She raised a family of three boys on a livestock farm and worked at WADY Industries in Maquoketa for 40 years. She also baked pies year round and had her own bake sales each year during the holidays.

Irene was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, the Andrew AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Andrew Saddle Club and most recently the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. She enjoyed staying busy, whether it be helping a friend, baking pies, being outside tending to flowers or mowing the grass.

Those left to honor Irene's memory include a son Dale (Carol) Wyatt of Burlington, IA; 2 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; sisters Leona Westphal of Maquoketa, IA and Darlene Small of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers Orbin (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA, Virtes Busch of Maquoketa, IA, and Rev. Emmett (Eilene) Busch of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 2 sons Keith on December 27, 1982 and Chuck on February 28, 1984.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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

 



Kenneth E. Balk

Kenneth Edward Balk, 50, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, December 19, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday December 22, 2014 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00a.m. Monday, at the church with a rosary service at 9:45p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Ken was born on May 18, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Arthur and Mary (Houselog) Balk. Ken lived his challenged life to the fullest.

He is survived by his siblings; John (Barb) Balk, Barbara (Jay) Hanson, Debra (Wendell) Schroeder, James (Marie) Balk and Robert (Alice) Balk all of Dubuque. His special aunt Jean Smith, many nieces and nephews and a special friend Billie Jo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



Miriam Brown

Miriam Brown, 86, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Andrew and Monmouth, Iowa, died on Thursday evening, December 18, 2014, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Miriam's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, December 22, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Sunday, December 21, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Miriam Miller was born on September 27, 1928 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Loren Osgule and Meta (Hemwordsen) Miller. She attended Monmouth High School. She married Arnold J. Brown on October 22, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on October 6, 2007.

Miriam had farmed with her husband in the Monmouth area from 1945 to 1977. They then moved to Andrew where she and Arnold both worked as custodians for the Andrew Community Schools for 14 years.

Miriam enjoyed camping, collecting wind chimes and was known as a good baker and cook with potato salad being a family favorite.

Those left to honor Miriam's memory include her children Connie Anderson of Central City, IA, Doug (Dianna) Brown of Monmouth, IA, and Brenda (Doug) Zeimet of Andrew, IA; 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother Forrest Miller of Cascade, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and sisters Mary Jean Eganhouse and Anna Mae Mohr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Miriam Brown memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gary R. Stone

Gary Ray Stone, 70, of Dubuque passed away in his sister's arms on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 20 at St. John's Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Church.

Gary was born on July 9, 1944 the son of Leslie and Arnetha (Larson) Stone. He was the much loved big brother of Vickie.

At 15 months of age, he became ill with polio, which caused his multiple disabilities.

Gary enjoyed his Friday night dates with his sister waiting for trains to come and counting how many diesels there were. Then off to Culvers or the Town Clock Inn for supper where the staff knew him and were appreciated for their kindness. Summers would find him cheering for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in his team shirt and cap. He always had a smile and "Thank you, Honey" for people who helped him.
Gary believed heaven was on the moon and would stand in parking lots, or wherever, looking up and yelling, "Hi Mom, Hi Dad." Now we can all look up at the moon and say "Hi, Gary-we love you."

He loved music and especially Tom's "Roll Out the Barrel."

"Gary, my booger-butt brother, I was the luckiest sister in the whole world. Me love you more." Everyone, when you see a train, John Deere tractor or the moon, remember to say "Look what I see, Gary Stone."

He is survived by his sister, Vickie Stone of Dubuque; a niece, Mollie (Eric) Clapham, of Dubuque; two nephews, Ryan Thill of Iowa City and Colin Thill, of Dubuque; an aunt, Velma (Carl) Jensen, of Coggan, IA; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Elmer (Gertie) Larson and William (Nellie) Stone; maternal aunt, Debbie Pine and Paternal uncle, Burdette Stone.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

A Gary Stone memorial fund has been established.
A heartfelt thank you to his social worker, Marcy, his families from Bunker Hill Group Home, Cozy Corner and Sunnycrest, especially Patty. Love to his "Brother" Ray Stuart and to Tom Bedtka for always singing his favorite song.



Frank R. Clark

Frank R. Clark, 75, of McKinney, Texas, died suddenly at his home in McKinney, TX on November 10, 2014.

A celebration of his life will be held 4-6 P.M., Monday, December 22, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded. A private burial will be held from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Frank Ronald Clark was born in Clinton County, IA to Orville and Irma (Berner) Clark. Frank grew up on the family farm and graduated from Delmar High School in 1956. He then attended Iowa State for one year, and graduated from Harrington School of Design in Chicago in 1960.

While in Chicago, he met his first wife Verna (Dascomb) and was married on July 1, 1961 in Delmar, Iowa, and started a life-long career in the printing industry. Frank and Verna had one son, Frank Jr. Following a divorce, Frank moved to California.

Frank married his second wife, Kathleen Holden on December 31, 1977 in Los Angeles, California. This marriage ended in 2012.

Frank had a long career in the printing industry, starting with RR Donnelly in Chicago. For many years he owned his own company, Travel Arts, which produced magazines, brochures and advertisements. He later worked for and retired from International Paper in Eugene, Oregon.

In 2012, Frank moved to McKinney, TX to be close to his son and grandchildren. While in Texas, Frank enjoyed dancing, cooking, hosting dinner parties, family activities and meeting new people. He was full of life and always had a positive attitude.

Those left to honor Frank's memory include son Frank, Jr. and daughter-in-law Jacqueline of Fairview, TX; 3 grandchildren, Ashley, Kelsey and Christopher, all of Fairview, TX; 2 sisters, Juanita (Leonard) Ritter of Bloomington, MN and Barbara (Wayne) Mayberry of Maquoketa, IA; and 1 aunt Twyla Clark Ballentine of Brenham, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Ellie.

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

 



Patricia A. Edwards

Patricia A. "Patty" Edwards, 64, of Preston, Iowa, died on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 P.M., Friday, December 19, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be at a later date from the South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa.

Patricia Ann Westphal was born on May 26, 1950 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Harold Carl and Ila Mae (Jensen) Westphal. She was a graduate of Midland High School. She married Marvin W. Edwards on July 1, 1970 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Patricia had worked at Arnold Engineering in Marengo, Illinois as a mud press operator for 12 years, and later for Products Unlimited in Sabula, Iowa. She retired from WALMART in Clinton as a door greeter after five years.

Patricia was of the Lutheran faith. She enjoyed playing video games, going to the casino, collecting antiques, going to auctions and having a good time. She loved watching scary movies.

Those left to honor Patricia's memory include her husband Marvin Edwards of Preston, IA; children Craig (Kimberly) Edwards of Clinton, IA, Daniel (Nicki) Edwards of Clinton, IA, and Christopher Edwards of Clinton, IA; 7 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; and a brother David (Becky) Westphal of Olin, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Donald Westphal.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Patricia Ann Edwards memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas J. Green

Thomas J. Green, 62, of Cascade, Iowa, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m..

Services for Tom will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2014 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Tom was born October 10, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leo and Rosemary L. (Schulte) Green. He received his education in the St. Mary's schools, and is a graduate of the former Aquin High School in Cascade. On February 16, 1974 he was united in marriage to Ruth Hosch at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in February.

He loved his children and grandchildren, he was often heard saying "grandchildren can do no wrong." He loved to travel, and spending time with friends.

He was a member of St, Matthias Parish in Cascade, the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #2001, the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly Council #1573 and the United Auto Workers Local #94.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Green of Cascade, IA; two children, Abby (Erik) Archer of Cascade, Andrew (Rebecca) Green of Independence; six grandchildren, Maggie and Nathan Archer, Tayt, Morgan, Jordyn and Dylan Green; his father, Leo Green of Cascade,; his two brothers, Mike (Edna) Green of Clive and Mark (Brenda) Green of North Liberty; his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Marion Hosch of Cascade; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Karen and John Pearsall of San Diego, CA, Ann and Mark Holmes of Dubuque, and Carla and Ron Hoffmann of Cascade.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary L. Green on June 25, 2011; and a brother-in-law, Michael Hosch.

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



Deborah L. Tegeler

Deborah L. Tegeler, 57, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday evening, December 16, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Kramer Funeral, Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 2 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec.  20, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Deb was born November 30, 1957, in Manchester, Iowa, the daughter of Aloysius and Dorothy (Weber) Neuhaus.  She graduated from Beckman High School with the class of 1976.  She married Mark Tegeler on July 2, 1988, in Dyersville, Iowa.  She has filled many roles at Scherrman's Implement for the past 38 years.

Deb loved her flower gardens and spending time on the lake with her grandchildren, family and friends.  She was passionate about playing and organizing Bingo at St. Francis Xavier.

Survivors include her husband, Mark "Lumpy", one daughter, Jodi Tegeler of Minneapolis, MN, step son, Jeff (Tenille) Tegeler of Shawnee, KS, 2 grandchildren: Max and Maddie Tegeler, a step-grandson, Randall Wingert, her father, Al Neuhaus of Dyersville, 2 sisters: Diane (Dave) Schuster of Dyersville and Lori (Randy) Digmann of Baraboo, WI, several brothers and sisters in law and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Neuhaus in 2012, both paternal and maternal grandparents, her parents-in-law, Earl and Rosie Tegeler, and one of her best friends, Lisa Brueckner.

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

 



Sr. Bertha M. Kloser

Sister Bertha Marie Kloser, OSF, age 100, of Clare House Dubuque, IA., passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Clare House. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, IA. Friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 with a Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Bertha was born on June 8, 1914 in North Buena Vista, IA., daughter of Albert and Louise (Riniker) Kloser. Sister Bertha entered the Sisters of St. Francis on August 15, 1932 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1939. Sister ministered as a teacher in the Iowa cities of Dubuque (Sacred Heart), Ionia, North Washington, Bancroft, St. Catherine, Haverhill, Mapleton; and in Corpus Christi, Chicago, and Midlothian, IL.

Sister is survived by her sisters: Ann Bjorneby and Marie (George) Pluemer; her brothers: Herman (Tillie), and John (Rita); and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 80 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Albert (Germaine) and Joseph; her sisters: Florence (John) Hefel, Frances (Ray) Steffen, Loretta (Al) Freiburg, Louise; and her brother-in-law, Otto Bjorneby.

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



Ronald E. Metcalf

Ronald E. "Ron" Metcalf, 72, of East Dubuque, Ill., died unexpectedly at 9:51 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at UPH Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in East Dubuque, with Pastor Kayla Lange and Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the Church.

Ron was born on Nov. 5, 1942 in Dubuque, IA., the son of Leonard J. and Helen B. (Maury) Metcalf. He was united in marriage to Helen L. Roth on Nov. 23, 1968 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque.

He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, Class of 1960. Ron was a member of Laborers Local # 659 who worked for Maryville Construction of Hazel Green, Wis. For 35 years, retiring as Superintendent. Ron was a hardworking man who enjoyed working for family and friends on their home projects.

In the early years he did landscaping work for Hank Freiburger and his nickname was "Mudcutter". He also shot trap for the Swiss Inn and was a bouncer at several night clubs in downtown East Dubuque. "Helen was known as the weekend widow." Ron loved picking wild asparagus, golfing, and deer hunting with B. R. and the gang. He dearly enjoyed his weekly road trip with his good buddy Smoke, everyday gathering with the boys at the local watering hole and was an avid sports fan of The Baltimore Colts (and Johnny Unitas), New York Yankees baseball, Nascar Racing with Jeff Gordon and golfing with Phil Mickelson.

Ron was a loving husband, proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. His pride and joy was his granddaughter Abigail "Oscar" and the apple of his eye was his great granddaughter Lilly.

Surviving is his wife Helen L. Metcalf, a son Bradley J. Metcalf of East Dubuque, four grandchildren, Abigail, Samuel, Isabel and Laila Sue, his great granddaughter Lilly Ann, three sisters, Jean (Derald) Schrobilgen of Dubuque; Doris (Ed) Splinter and Vickie Metcalf both of East Dubuque, three sisters-in-law, Margie Roth, Darlene Gibson and Lois Roth.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leonard & Helen, his daughter Sara Ann on Sept. 17, 2008 who Ron loved to pick up rocks with, and his nickname for Sara was "Raggedy". His in-laws, Johnny, Carrie, Amby, Wayne, Edward, Louie and Donnie.

In lieu of flowers a Ron Metcalf memorial fund has been established.

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



June E. Wright

June E. Wright, 55, of of 2354 White St. passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, surrounded by family. Private funeral services will be held at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.



Janis M. Lange

Janis M. Lange, 86 of Dubuque passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Manor Care.

There will be a funeral mass celebrating her life on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, 11:00am at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Janis was born on February 13, 1928, in Dubuque, daughter of Leo and Edna (Stevens) Lang. She married Martin M. Lange on April 19, 1952 at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque. She worked as a Lab Technician at Medical Associates in Dubuque retiring in 1986.

Janis was a Life Master in Duplicate Bridge and enjoyed travelling across Iowa playing in bridge tournaments. She also was a member of the National 600 Bowling Club.
Janis enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years Martin, her children Lori (Patrick)Joester and Cali (Brian) Beecher both of Dubuque. Three grand children Katie (Brian) Mitchell of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, Philip Beecher of Dubuque and Elizabeth (Seth) Hoerner also of Dubuque, and two great grandchildren Ben and Elise Mitchell.

Janis was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Donald Lang in 1943 while serving in WWII, a sister Delaine Dale and a sister Jean Moses formerly of Scottsdale, Arizona.

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



Herbert W. Kurt

Herbert W. Kurt, 90, of Cascade, Iowa, died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Herb may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Services for Herb will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvery Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Herb was born February 7, 1924 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John P. and Lena (Hosch) Kurt. On August 25, 1951 he was united in marriage to Dorothy "Dottie" McDonnell at St. John's Catholic Church in Independence, Iowa. She preceded him in death on August 25, 1996.

Herb was a good man, a good father and a wonderful grandfather to his 11 grandchildren. He raised cattle and farmed all his life in the Cascade area and was a devoted husband to Dottie for 45 years. Herb loved gardening, pheasant hunting with his sons, and fishing, especially the annual family fishing trips to Two Inlets Lake in Minnesota. He could be found many mornings in his later years swapping stories and laughing with his buddies drinking coffee at Kremers. He was elected and served as Township Trustee in Whitewater Township for many years. He will be greatly missed.

He is a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa, and the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Loras (Pam Griebel) Kurt of Des Moines, Roger (Aggie Tauke) Kurt of Dubuque, Randy (Shirley Laird) Kurt of Kansas City, MO, and Terry (Heidi) Kurt of Galena, IL; a daughter-in-law, Dena Kurt of Dubuque: 11 grandchildren, Ryan (Sara Salim), Doug, Mallory (Jarod Stockel), Allison, Lauren, Sam, Leah, Lily, Amy, Aiden, Liam, and step-grandchildren, Isaac and Izzy; 5 brothers, Melvin (Lavonne) Kurt of Cascade, Carl Kurt of Cascade, Sam Kurt of Cascade, Joe Kurt of Farley, and Leon (Trudy) Kurt of Cascade; a sister Eleanor Burke of Bernard; a sister-in-law, Virginia Regan of Cedar Rapids; and 2 brother-in-laws, Mike Merfeld of Cedar Rapids and Bill (Joan) Lehmann of Farley.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one son, Larry R. Kurt on November 17, 1994; a daughter-in-law, Amy (Manternach) Kurt on November 14, 1986; family members Anna Mae Lehmann, Margaret Ann (Ralph) Otting, Mary (Wilfred) Dolphin, Fred (Alvina) Andrew, Tess Kurt, Jane Kurt, Pat Burke and Mary Lou Kurt.

The family wishes to thank Above and Beyond, Hospice of Dubuque and the staff of Shady Rest Care Center for all their compassionate service.

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



Nadine A. Wosoba

Nadine A. Wosoba, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday evening, December 12, 2014, at her home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Nadine's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 17, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Nadine Amanda Morehead was born on March 2, 1923 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Clarence Emery and Anna Wilhelmina (Sumtum) Morehead. She was a 1940 graduate of Monmouth High School. She married Lumir I. Wosoba on February 4, 1941 in Waterloo, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 30, 1999.

Nadine was an active partner of the Wosoba Family Farming Operations which included the recordkeeping of the Registered Angus Cattle and was well-known for raising Registered German Shepherd dogs for many years and had shipped them to many places.

Nadine was active in the Democratic Party and had been inducted into the Jackson County Democrats Hall of Fame. She was a member of and past president of the Eastern Iowa Angus Auxiliary, and had served as a director on the Iowa Angus Auxiliary. She had been active in 4-H as a member, leader, youth committees, and was inducted into the Jackson County 4-H Hall of Fame. Additionally, she was a member of the Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming and had served as past president of the Monmouth Women's Club.

Nadine enjoyed reading, gardening, flowers, traveling and going places. She was a social person and liked going to the fair. Her family was especially important to her and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Nadine's memory include her children Shirley (James) DeVore of Baldwin, IA, and Gary (Kathy) Wosoba of Monmouth, IA; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and a sister Marian Rossway of Marquette, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son LeRoy, and 4 sisters, Maxine, Verda, Esther and Marjorie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Nadine A. Wosoba memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary Ann Steil

Mary Ann "Minnie" Steil, 72, of Dubuque IA was called home on December 13, 2014.

A celebration of her life will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 15th, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. Family and friends may gather after 3:00p.m. Monday at the funeral home until time of service.

Mary Ann was born to Leo & Leona (Schroeder) Dolter on November 18, 1942 in Dubuque. She married Norm Steil on January 22, 1966 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and together they loved and raised three daughters.

Minnie never met a stranger and will eternally hold a very special place in many lives & hearts. She was very outgoing, energetic and not often without a smile. Minnie was always there with a hand to lend, helpful hints to make your life easier and a wealth of useful and not so useful information. Mom was an inspiration to her daughters and a unique woman and role model who they will forever cherish. Minnie and Norm, through the thick and thin shared a deep love and it was that love that got them through when it
mattered most.

She was a collector of many things that she thought someone, someday, could put to use. Mom enjoyed gardening, loved flowers, plants, yard art and anything that lit up or played music. Minnie loved gadgets and had something that could do nearly anything. She loved traveling and road trips and was always the one with the maps, guides and info so you didn't miss something special along the way. She always went above & beyond to make every occasion just a bit more special.

She received great enjoyment at the theatre, symphony and musicals. She loved parades, fireworks, sunsets, farmers market and Christmas lights. Minnie never met a dog who didn't love her (maybe it was the treats in her purse) and was a great dog mom to many of the little "monkeys" over the years. She was an avid bowler, loved fishing and was a fantastic cook who loved trying new & unique items. While Dad is a meat & potatoes kind of guy she was over the top with experimenting with new recipes, exciting flavors and loved condiments. Playing cards was a favorite past time of hers. Mom went above and beyond for her girls and each of them knew they were loved unconditionally. She enjoyed her lunch break visits from her son in law Jeff. Minnie was extremely proud of her grandson Kyle (Dude), she was an absolutely wonderful grandma and they shared many, many special times as he grew up.

Mary Ann left behind her husband, Norm, her daughters Sheila (Jeff) Vandermillen, Lisa (Tim) Mueller, of Dubuque and Sandy Steil, of Coralville, and her grandson Kyle Chase of Dubuque. Also surviving are her sisters Carol Karlin, Donna (Jim) Hirsch, Ruth (Roger) Konrardy and brother Dick (Barb) Dolter, several in-laws and many nieces and nephews.

"Don't worry about it Mom...we will be OK"

The family wishes to thank the crew at Fire Station 2, the good Samaritan, and the Medical Staff at mercy for all their efforts support and comfort.



Ida E. Gutheil

Ida E. Gutheil, 91, of Bettendorf, and a longtime resident of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday morning, December 11, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Ida's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, December 20, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A reception will be held immediately following the celebration in "The Bistro" at Carson's. There is no public visitation and a private burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Ida Ellen Sprinkel was born on April 6, 1923 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Melvin Leroy and Nina Rose (Williams) Sprinkel. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and then attended nurses training at the Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital in Council Bluffs receiving her degree as a registered nurse. Ida married Kenneth F. Gutheil on June 12, 1946 in Hiawatha, Kansas. He preceded her in death on February 11, 1993.

Ida was not only a homemaker raising three children but she also was a nurse. She had worked at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa and for Dr. Clay Risser for many years.

Ida enjoyed playing cards and bingo, word puzzles, crossword puzzles, and gardening. She was a good baker and cook and was known for her fried chicken and homemade cherry pies always making her own pie crust.

Those left to honor Ida's memory include her children Pamela Williams of Chesterton, IN, Deborah (Barry) Boettcher of Bettendorf, IA, and Mark Gutheil of Eldridge, IA; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother Lowell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Ida E. Gutheil memorial fund has been established.

"The family wishes to especially thank the staff and residents of the Good Samaritan Society in Davenport."

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



Rev. Daniel D. Tranel

Reverend Daniel D. Tranel, 82, of East Dubuque, Illinois died on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Stonehill Franciscan Services, Dubuque, Iowa after complications from a stroke.

Father was born on September 15, 1932 in East Dubuque, Illinois, the son of Edward and Lucille (Kieffer) Tranel.                                                             

Father was ordained to the priesthood on December 16, 1956, in Rome. He studied at Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, and North American College Seminary, Rome, Italy.  Father's assignments were as Administrator of St. Patrick Parish and Mission Parish, Maytown, Illinois, (1/1957-8/1957); Chaplain at St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, Parochial Vicar, St. Edward Parish, Rockford (9/1957-9/1958); Administrator, Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, Menominee (9/1958-6/1959); Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Harvard (6/1959-9/1960); Faculty, Marian Central Catholic High School, Woodstock (8/1961-9/1967); Chaplain, St. Dominic College, St. Charles (9/1967-10/1970); Campus Ministry, Newman Center, DeKalb (10/1970-10/1973); Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Apple River (10/1973-10/1983), and Holy Trinity, Scales Mound (10/1973-2/1988); Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Galena (10/1983-6/2007); Administrator then Pastor, St. Michael Parish, Galena (5/1996-6/2007).  Father retired from active ministry 6/2007.

Surviving are his siblings, Richard Tranel of Monroe, Wisconsin, Sister Norita Tranel OSF, of Dubuque, Iowa, Sister Betty Tranel, S.Sp.S, of Northfield, Illinois, Marge Jahn of East Dubuque, Illinois, Sister Jean Tranel, OP of Naples, Florida, Ned (Virginia) Tranel of Billings, Montana and Bert (Ann) Tranel of Galena, Illinois.  Also sister-in-law Bonnie Tranel of Gillette, Wyoming and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  Father Tranel was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Ralph, Howard, Father Dorrance and Roger and sister, Sister Danita Tranel, OSF, three sisters-in-law, Florence, Lillian and Donna Tranel and a brother-in-law Gene Jahn.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, December 17, at 10:00AM at St. Mary Church.  Bishop David J. Malloy will be the celebrant.  Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00PM on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 and from 8:45 - 9:45 AM on Wednesday at St. Mary Church, 170 Montgomery Avenue, East Dubuque, Illinois. Interment will be at East Dubuque Cemetery, East Dubuque, Illinois.  Arrangements are being made by Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to a favorite charity in Father Dan's honor.

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

 

 

 



Matilda M. Beadle

Matilda "Tillie" M. Beadle, 89, of Dubuque, formerly from Galena, Illinois, died Thursday December 11, at Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 15, at St. Joseph Church, Key West; with Rev. Michael J. Podhajsky officiating. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of services. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Matilda was born November 10, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Nicholas and Matilda (Freiburger) Weber. She was a member of St. Joseph, Key West. She attended grade school in Key West and lived most of her childhood years there. She graduated top in her class at St. Columbkille High School in 1943.

She married her best friend, David A. Beadle, of Galena, Illinois, on January 14, 1948 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Dubuque.

Tillie and Dave farmed together in rural Galena together for 38 years, while raising their three children. In addition to farming, Tillie worked outside the home as manager of Gordon's Toggery of Dubuque for many years, retiring in 1985. She especially enjoyed dancing, traveling, and playing cards with many family and friends. She and Dave traveled to all 50 states, with Las Vegas being among their favorite vacation spots. In more recent years, they built a new home south of Dubuque, near New Melleray Abbey, to be close to their daughter and her family.

Tillie is survived by her children Cathy (Fritz) White of Dubuque, Gary (Robin) of Chicago and her grandchildren, Krista, Hans, Jordon and Elissa. Also surviving are two sisters, Ione Smith of East Moline, Illinois, Marcella Konzen of Dubuque, a brother, Bill Weber of Dubuque and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave; parents, Nicholas and Matilda; son Dennis; sister, Rosie Schmidt; and brother, Nick Weber.

In lieu of flowers, Matilda Beadle Memorial Fund has been established.

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

In the past year, Tillie was blessed with the kindness and loving care of the staff of Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue, Dr. Honorio Caceres, Dr. Preeti Joseph and Mr. Bob Sudmeier. The family extends to all of them a heartfelt thank you.

My Mom, my dearest friend. You are the guiding light of my life. When things get rough and life gets tough, when all is just too much to bear, my heart is filled with love for you, my teacher, my friend, my mom.



Eugene W. Webb

Eugene W. Webb, 83 of Dubuque, Iowa has gone on his final fishing trip on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Friends may gather on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 1:00p.m. along with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Eugene was born on August 9, 1931 in Armstrong Springs, Arkansas the son of Mitchell and Flora (Zachies) Webb. He was raised in St. Louis and Nashville, IL and ended up in Omak, Washington. He is a US Navy Veteran serving in Korea. He moved to Dubuque, Iowa after serving in the Navy where he met his wife Lorraine Margan. They married on April 24, 1954, in Dubuque.

He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company, and also Tri State Tours. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather. His nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends of his children enjoyed going boating on the river with him. He is remembered for teaching kids to ski and even to dance the "two-step".

He is survived by his wife Lorraine "Lovey", of Dubuque, his children, Pamela Webb of Dubuque, Peggy (Rich) Burlingame, of Burlington, Iowa., Michael (Mary Kay) Webb, of Dubuque. His grandchildren, Matt Webb, Emily Webb, Kate Burlingame, and Nate Burlingame. His sisters Carolyn Godsoe, of Lynchberg, VA, and Kathy (Dave) Weak, of Boise, Idaho, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son David, a brother Mitchell Jr., and a sister Betty Fleishman.

Memorials may be given to be given to the Great River Klein Center in Burlington, Iowa.

The family wishes to thank Great River Hospice, and all nurses and staff of the Klein Center.



Cindy L. Thurston

Cindy L. Thurston, age 53, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, in the loving arms of her sister Brenda's family. To honor Cindy's life, private family services are being held.

Cindy was born on July 25, 1961, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Robert and Charlene (Hedley) Thurston.

Cindy graduated from Hempstead High School. Over the years she was employed at FDL, Rousselot, bartended at many establishments and finally retired as manager of Puff n Snuff. She enjoyed camping, fishing, morel hunting and most of all spending time around the campfire. She loved her dog, Saddie, who was always a constant loyal companion. Cindy had many dear friends including, Bob (Ann), Wayne (Judy) Botsford, Linda Murray and Judy from Puff n Snuff, who are among the many who will miss her dearly.

Cindy is survived by her step-father, Ralph Thiltgen, of East Dubuque; her sisters, Brenda (Walter) Burke, of Dubuque, IA, Joyce (Keith) Jarding, of Farley, IA; Nieces and Nephews Jesse and Jaime Neuhaus, Aubriana, Isabella and Jarrod Jarding; Aunt, Sharon (Richard) Carner, of Earlville; Uncle, Charles Thurston Jr., of Sherrill; and friend, John Flynn of Dubuque.

Cindy was preceded in death by her parents. Her grandparents, John (Lillian) Hendricks and Al Hedley. And a brother-in-law, James Neuhaus.

A Cindy L. Thurston memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Deb, Ed, John, Attorney Jeff Tranel, Paramount Ambulance, the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie, Lisa and Angie for the wonderful care they provided for Cindy. The family would also like to thank Ralph for all his devoted attention over the years.

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

 



Jeanette H. Schreiber

Jeanette H. Schreiber, 85, of Dubuque died Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at home. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a parish wake service will be held at 7 pm. Funeral services will be10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Jeanette was born March 20, 1929 in Guttenberg, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Amelia (Burr) Frommelt. She Graduated from St. Mary's High School in Guttenberg and attended Clarke College.

On June 10, 1950, Jeanette married Robert Schreiber at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg. She worked for O'Connor, Thomas, McDermott and Wright Law Offices, the Dubuque Community School System, and Manpower Work Services. Her most important job was being a mother.

She was an active member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. She was a great seamstress who did a lot of sewing and needlework.

Jeanette is survived by her husband, Robert Schreiber of Dubuque; three children, Dr. Ann Schreiber; Maryellen (Glen) Thompson of Roanoke, Virginia, and their son Lt. JG Andrew Ferring; Jim (Renee) Schreiber and their children, Zachary Schreiber, Martha Schreiber R.N., and Andrea (Dr. James) Quann; and great -grandchildren, Brendan and Thomas Quann; three siblings, Rosemary Matt, Ruth Von Fumetti, and Esther (Fran) Goedken; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Amy, and bothers- in- law Francis Matt and Cyril Von Fumetti.

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

A Jeanette Schreiber Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the great ladies at Twenty Four Hour Care and the doctors, nurses and staff at Medical Associates Clinic, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medical Center.



Russell W. Miller

Russell W. Miller, 94, formerly of Fond du Lac, WI passed on to a better world Saturday December 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home and surrounded by loving family.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014, at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Russell was born April 23, 1920 in Appleton, WI son of Albert and Amanda (Jeske) Miller. He met the love of his life, Billie Ruth Jenkins, during World War II while stationed at Biloxi and Gulfport Fields in Mississippi. He and Billie Ruth were united in marriage on August 5, 1944 in Appleton, WI. After a short time stationed at Truax Field in Madison, WI, Russell shipped overseas and served for six months in occupied Japan. Russell returned stateside and was honorably discharged from the Army Air Force. Russell and Billie Ruth resided in Appleton for several years, while Russell worked as a produce manager for A&P Food Stores then as a salesman for Prudential Insurance. Russell was promoted to Staff Manager, was transferred to Kenosha, WI and then to Fond du Lac, WI where he retired from a 30 year career with Prudential.

Russell and Billie Ruth resided in Fond du Lac for 61 years before moving to Dubuque, IA last year to be closer to family. This past August, Russell and Billie Ruth celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

In retirement Russell relished being around people, did his best to meet every resident of Fond du Lac and received several community volunteerism awards. He served as head usher and greeter for many years at his beloved Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church, donated time and energy to the Loaves & Fishes meal program, was an active member of the Noon Optimist Club, the Senior Center and Master Gardeners Club. He was most proud of being a mentor in the All Generation Education (AGE) program at Sabish Middle School. On the rare occasions when he was not helping others, he enjoyed airplanes and was a loyal member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He proudly carried the Olympic Torch on its cross-country trip to the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Dubuque, Iowa.

Russell is survived by his wife, Billie Ruth, Dubuque; sons, William (Ann) Miller, Dubuque, and Robert (Rae Ann) Miller, Mauston, WI; grandchildren David (Sara) Miller, Epworth, IA and Emily (fiancé Todd Olmstead) Miller; Brooklyn, NY; and great-grandchildren Isabelle, Russell, James, Elizabeth, William and George Miller, Epworth, IA who were the light of his life.

Russell was preceded in death by, and is now reunited with, his parents, brothers and sisters.

Memorials may be given to Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church of Fond du Lac, First Congregational UCC of Dubuque or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family extends special thanks to the staff at Luther Manor, Reverends Ken and Nancy Bickel, Hospice of Dubuque, nurse Sammi at Unity Point Home Care, Dr. Brian Sullivan, and nurses Tabitha and Laralee, all whom brightened his days and provided endless love and comfort in his final days.



Diane M. Brantner

Diane M. Lammers Brantner, 69, of Dyersville, and formerly of Eden Prairie, MN died Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at Oak Park Place in Dubuque, Iowa from complications from Alzheimers Disease.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date. Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family.

Diane was born July 18, 1945 in Dyersville the daughter of Arthur and Frances (Keuter) Lammers. She graduated from Xavier High School and continued her education in nursing. For most of her career she was an LPN and in administration at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis.

Surviving are her brother, Gary (Deanne) Lammers of Dyersville, her niece, Lisa (Bill) Northup of Clive, IA and a nephew, Jeff Lammers of Conyers, GA; a great niece and a great nephew, Lauren and Jacob Northup.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a nephew, Robert Lammers.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Oak Park Place for the wonderful care provided for Diane over the last two years.

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

 



Harold H. Straub

Harold H. Straub, 89, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Harold was born on February 5, 1925 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Herman S. and Lena K. (Jaeger) Straub. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1943. He married Kathryn Schroeder- Kehoe on April 22, 1956 in Davenport, Iowa. Harold worked at his family's business, Curtis-Straub Plumbing and Heating at 1072 Locust St. his entire life. It was established in 1920 by Roy Curtis and Herman Straub. Harold was a dedicated worker, and business owner and ran the business until he was 86 years old.
He took pride in his automobiles and enjoyed going on car rides. He loved sports and was an avid Cubs and Packers fan. Harold was a member of the Elks Club and the 330 Shooting Society.

Surviving is his sister, Darlene (Straub) Ertl of Dyersville; nieces and nephews, Karolyn (Steve) Olberding, of Dyersville, Karl (Pam) Ertl of Estes Park, Colo., David (Becky) Ertl of Cascade, Krisanne (Fiance Kelly Kluesner) Ertl, of Dyersville, and Daniel (friend Jan) Ertl of Estes Park, Colo.; great- nieces and nephews, Dawn (Brian) Chetto, Jeremy (Fiance Carla) Olberding, Steven (Friend Melba) Ertl, Matthew (Nicolle) Ertl, Elizabeth (Friend Brian) Ertl, Jarrett Ertl, Samuel Ertl, Ryan (Friend Sherill) Funke, Alex Funke and Jade Ertl.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn; parents, special friend Kay Hoppmann; brother, Karl; brother-in-law, Robert J. Ertl; and great- niece, Stefanie Olberding.

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

A Harold Straub memorial fund has been established.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center, especially the CCDI unit, Hospice of Dubuque and DuRide.

"When's the party start"



Michael B. Stack

Michael B. "Uncle Mike" Stack, age 52, embarked on his latest adventure Saturday, December 6, 2014 from University Hospitals in Iowa City after a brief illness.

He was born Feb. 13, 1962 in Dubuque, the fourth child of Dr. James and Orene Stack. He went to St Columbkille Grade School, where he met lifelong friend Marty Oliver. He attended Wahlert High School and St Edward's University in Austin, Texas, where he received a degree in Theater Arts, with a minor in Business. He then continued with his studies at The University of Iowa, where he lived with his brothers, Jim and Chuck.

After completing His schooling he moved on to his chosen career, World Traveler/Adventurer/Poet/Entertainer. He briefly moved to India, followed by a lengthy stay in the San Francisco Bay Area, living in Noe Valley with his mother. While there, he performed at EXIT Theatre and led his family on many fantastic tours of the city.
It was then off to Madrid Spain for five years with friend and partner Lisa Coussell. He learned Spanish so he could teach English, and they performed in nightclubs with some other friends as The Lovenuts. From Madrid it was on to London for five years, where he lived with his friend Keziah Cunningham and worked in restaurants, inevitably ending up managing them. He had adventures, too numerous to list, as he traveled all across Europe and North Africa with Lisa, Keziah and Karen Evans, along with a host of other friends.

His mom's advancing age brought him back to the U.S. Soon after returning, his oldest sister, Paula, was stricken with a terminal illness and he moved to the Denver area to spend the next two years caring for her. During this time he suffered a first stroke from which he never fully recovered; the body was damaged, but the spirit was strong. About this time, he converted to Buddhism, taking Tashi Tharpa (Auspicious Liberation) as his Buddhist name.
He remained in Colorado until moving back to Dubuque in 2012 to live in the family place on the river near Massey with his brother Jim and nephew Casey. Everywhere he lived, his circle of friends constantly expanded; his loss will be felt to the literal "Ends of the Earth".

He was preceded in death by his Mom, Orene, and Dad, James, and oldest sister, Paula.

He is survived by siblings Kathy (Remus), Chuck (Judi) and Jim. Also, nieces and nephews Delia, Jan (Eloise), Kamie and Casey (Sam) and great-nieces Mary and Paula; his cousins, the Rowe family and innumerable friends. And not least, his canine buddies, Dino and Gracie, who adore him and brought uncounted joy to his last years.

Services will be announced at a later date to take place in the spring. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.



Alberta P. Wisco

Alberta P. Wisco, 76, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at home in the care of her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
To honor the wishes of Alberta, private family services have been held at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home.

Alberta was born on September 6, 1938 in Dubuque, daughter of Ethel (Witterholt) Gibbons and William Witterholt. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1956. Alberta met her husband, Robert Wayne Wisco on December 10, 1955 and married soon after on May 2, 1956 in Dubuque.

Alberta dedicated her life to providing unconditional love to her husband, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed nothing more than to spend time with her family. Alberta was the most caring, thoughtful and magnificent woman and will be sadly missed by all that knew her. In addition to being a phenomenal care taker, she loved fishing and was an accomplished quilter. She also enjoyed collecting keepsakes, watching classic movies and loving her family endlessly.

Alberta and Wayne had seven children; Chad (Angela) Wisco, Cary Wisco, Carl (Kathy) Wisco, Cass (Lorrie) Wisco, Shannon (Julie) Wisco, Kip (Amy) Wisco and Tracy (Jeff) Leibold. Alberta was blessed with 17 loving grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was a beloved sister to William "Sonny" Witterholt, sister-in-law to JoAnn (Witterholt) Weigel, aunt to Melinda and Greg and lifelong friend of Edith Cook.

Alberta was preceded in death by her father, mother and brother.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, specifically Amy M. and Amy C., for their wonderful care and compassion. Also, the family would like to thank Pastor Kincaid of Our Redeemer Lutheran church, for his visits with Alberta, his prayers, kind words and support.

A memorial has been established in Alberta's name and all donations will be given to a special little girl who touched Alberta's heart, Zahra, to aid in her own fight against cancer. Contributions can be sent to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.



Robert J. Blosch

Robert J. Blosch, 91, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. There will be no public visitation and the family request no flowers. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Robert was born August 22, 1923 in LaMotte, Iowa, son of John and Mary (Repphun) Blosch. He married Florence H. Beidler on May 8, 1943 at St. Raphael's Cathederal in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on January 21, 2011. Robert was a long time employee of Nurre Glass Co. and the Trus Joist Co, Dubuque. He also worked for Bacon & Van Buskirk Co., Zephyr Glass Co. and the John Deere Dubuque Works. Robert served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a medic. Robert loved traveling with his wife Florence, family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, reading, playing cards, visiting with friends at Bunker Hill Golf Course and investing in the financial markets. He loved playing fast pitch softball where he pitched for years. During this time he threw numerous no hitters and led his teams to many city championships. He was elected into the Dubuque Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 1978. He was a member of St. Anthony's parish.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Barbara Pfiffner and Susan (Tony) Walker both of Asbury, and a son Thomas (Helen), of Dubuque; grandchildren, Dave (Kim) Pfiffner, Jon Pfiffner, Ann (Dave) Johnson, Matt Pfiffner, Steve (Virginia) Blosch, Tim (Jamie) Blosch, Jay Kluesner, Jesse (Amanda) Kluesner; 12 great grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law Doris Blosch and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; 2 grandchildren, Mark and Mary Pat Blosch, 4 brothers, Harvey, Carl, Paul and Kenneth (Denny) Blosch, and 1 sister, Helen (Sally) Doerr and son-in-law Ron Pfiffner.

In memory of Robert, memorials may be given to Luther Manor or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Whalen and staff, Dr. Jared Freiburger and staff, Luther Manor and their staff, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.



John J. Beireis

John Joseph Beireis, 72, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday December 6, 2014 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00a.m. Tuesday December 9, 2014 at Holy Family church New Melleray, with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in the church Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 4pm to 8pm on Monday December 8th, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 4pm.

John Joseph Beireis was born September 22, 1942, the son of Chester and Veralda (Soppe) Beireis. He married Janet Ann "Jan" Kane on January 28,1967.

John graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and entered the United States Air Force, serving from 1961 to 1965.

John worked as a commercial roofer in Minnesota for many years and was a member of the Roofer's Local #96 for 46 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #602 out of Hillman, MN. When he retired, John and Jan sold their home and retired to the Platte Lake near Hillman MN. In June of 2014 they moved back to Dubuque due to John's declining health.

John is survived by his wife Jan of 47 plus years. His sister, Phyllis (Don) Miller, of East Dubuque IL, brothers, David and Bob Beireis, of Dubuque and Dale Beireis, of Nevis, MN. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel (Cheryl) Kane, of Galena, IL, Mike (Margie) Kane, of Epworth, IA, Marty (Cindy) Kane, of Ringsted, IA, Bill (Mary Kay) Kane, of Zwingle, IA and Jay Kiernan of Dubuque, IA., Shirley (Glenn) Sieverding, of Bellevue, IA, Joyce Haudenshield, and Marie (Jim) Balk, of Dubuque, IA and Linda (Clarence) Hoftender, of Galena IL., and many nieces an nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, William C Beireis, Jr., his mother and father-in-law Joseph and Angela Kane, Sisters-in-law, Carol (Carrie) Beireis, Loretta Beireis, Jessie Beireis, and Mary Jo (Kane) Kiernan and brother-in-law, James Haudenshield.

Thank you to Finley Home Care, especially "Sam" Samantha Mobile, and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Kristine Cooper for their gentle care and support.



Alice Hefel

Alice Hefel, 86 of Sherrill, Iowa passed away on Friday, December 5, 2014 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday December 8th at St. Peter and Paul Church, in Sherrill with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. on Sunday December 7th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4 pm. Friends may also gather after 9:00a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.

Alice was born on November 16, 1928 in Wisconsin the daughter of John and Katherine (Winters) Hying. She married Lawrence "Tud" Hefel on April 12, 1948 at St. Raphael Cathedral. He preceded her in death on October 25, 2007.

She loved being outdoors working in her garden and fishing. She also enjoyed quilting and playing cards with her family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Don Sloan) Johnson, of Stillwater, Minn., and Madonna(Art) McNett of Platteville; four sons, Ron Hefel and Jeff Hefel both of Dubuque, Roderick Hefel, of St. Charles, IL, and Keith Hefel, of White Bear Lake, MN. sixteen grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lawrence "Tud" Hefel, a daughter Carla Hefel a daughter-in-law Deirdre and her 8 siblings; Roy, Delila, Frances, Maude, Mary, John, George, and Josephine.



Garrett W. Stephens

Garrett W. Stephens, 32, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 8, 2014, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Pastor Nelson Perkinson officiating. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Sunday and after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Garrett was born on September 25, 1982, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of Richard and Christine (Reuter) Stephens. He married Ashley A. Blume on August 24, 2013, at Four Mounds in Dubuque. He owned Key City Kustom and took great pride in his custom body work and painting.

Garrett graduated from Cuba City High School in 2001. He loved music, jeeping, gardening, canning, raising his new chickens, and just being outdoors. He was an excellent cook. Garrett was devoted to family and will be greatly missed and forever loved.

Survivors include his wife, Ashley; his parents, Rich and Chris Stephens, of Cuba City; a sister, Brigitte (Eric) Heim Stephens, of North Liberty, Iowa; a brother, Calvin Stephens, of Cuba City; his father and mother-in-law, Scott and Karoly Blume, of Dubuque; and a brother-in-law, Austin Blume, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Norbert and Mary Reuter, and his paternal grandparents, John and Violette Stephens.

Thank you to the Hazel Green Rescue Squad and Fire Department who aided the family.

A Garrett W. Stephens Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 



Lonnie D. Smothers

Lonnie D. Smothers, age 66, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. To honor Lonnie's life, a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 8, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer. To celebrate Lonnie's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League.

Lonnie was born on August 8, 1948 in Dubuque, Ia., son of Danniel and Hazel (Davis) Smothers. Lonnie graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1966. He proudly served 2 tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. Lonnie owned his own business and was in construction most of his life but also drove truck for awhile. He was a member of the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans, the D.A.V., the Moose Lodge, the American Legion and the North American Fishing Club. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, camping, country music and playing his guitar.

Lonnie is survived by his children;Rhonda Smothers, Brian (Kelly) Smothers, Angel Smothers, Cody Smothers, and Tasha Smothers, all of Dubuque. 11 Grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Brother;Eddie (Marlene) Smothers, of Dubuque. Sister; Gayle Kruser of East Dubuque. Sister-in-law; Janie Smothers.

Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Juanita and Brenda and his brother, Marvin.

A Lonnie D. Smothers memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor for their compassionate care of Lonnie.

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



Clement J. Koerperich

In the peaceful quiet of early morning on December 4th, Clement J. "Clem" Koerperich passed from this life to his eternal reward.

Clem was a born and bred Dubuquer, arriving on December 8th, 1935 as the third of nine children of Hannah J. (Anderson) and Emmett J. Koerperich. Clem's younger years were spent running the South End and helping his family make ends meet. Clem's great work ethic was a result of watching his mom tirelessly provide all she could while sharing great love and kindness with all of her children. Clem later honored his beloved mom by providing the same to his lucky brood.

While a student at Loras Academy, Clem focused on three areas: academics, athletics, and wooing Joan Altman. It all turned out well: he graduated, enjoyed accolades as a stand-out football and track athlete, and married "Joanie" shortly after her high school graduation on November 19, 1955 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. As members of Holy Ghost Parish, Clem and Joan raised eight children; whom they taught the importance of family, the value of learning and discussion, the meaning of hard work, the joy of exploring nature, the reward of giving, and the power of a good hug.

Clem's profoundly thoughtful nature was one of his most outstanding characteristics. He enjoyed reading, music, competing in and watching sporting activities, square dancing, camping, hunting, fishing, cheering on the Packers, Yankees, Hawkeyes, and whatever team any grandchild was on, and most of all spending time with friends and family. There was not a card game he couldn't play or a baby he couldn't calm. Clem was a quiet, kind guy, but once you knew him and his wry, witty sense of humor, you'd be a friend for life.

Clem had lots of professional success-usually managing a full time job at John Deere (where he was general foreman of the foundry) and a part-time job to support his family. You could always depend on Clem. Even though a couple jobs and a world of other responsibilities could leave him tired out; he never passed up the opportunity to spend time with his kids or grandkids: playing catch, hanging out on the front stoop during a rain storm, or sitting at the kitchen table late at night-waiting for the last person to get home-time talking with Clem were some of the sweetest memories. Those times will be missed.

Family members and friends who will miss Clem's beautiful green eyes, sweet smile, and great hugs include children: Laura Kringle and Ron (Karin) Koerperich of Kansas City, Missouri, Bob (Meaghan) Koerperich of Douglas, Alaska, David Koerperich of Florida Keys, Florida, Ken (Marie) Koerperich and Kathy (Mark McCarthy) of Dubuque, and Mary Jo (Chris) Dahms of West Des Moines, Iowa. Clem's well-loved grandkids are: Jill Kringle, Sarah Kringle, Michael Kelly, Christopher Kelly, Lisa Ann Alexanderoff, Janice Alexanderoff, Kathryn Alexanderoff, Allison Koerperich, Kathy Koerperich, Lindsay Koerperich, Bobbie Jo Koerperich, Jackie McMaster, Joseph Clement Koerperich, Michael Koerperich, David Koerperich, Daniel Koerperich, Hannah Koerperich, Hailey Koerperich, Hope Koerperich, Justin Dahms, Brandon Dahms, Christin Dahms, Grant Simon, and Ellyn Simon. Clem's surviving siblings include Emmett (Jacquie) Koerperich, Ron Koerperich, Elaine (Leon) Koerperich, and Les (Carolyn) Koerperich. In-laws are Richard Ties, Joe Meyer, Jack Altman, and Tom & Peg Brewer. Clem was blessed to have the support and deeply felt admiration of his "bunch"-who spent time loving him up daily the past couple years: "G-man", Elly, the " H-girls times 3", and all of the wonderful friends working and living at Stonehill.

Clem's passing allows him to be reunited with his sweetheart, Joanie, his son, Jim Koerperich, grandkids Dan Koerperich and Elizabeth Kringle, son-in-law, Delos Kringle, parents Hannah and Emmett Koerperich, and sisters Janet DeMaio, Ellen Close, Joanne Meyer, and Barb Ties.

In accordance with Clem's humble wishes, there will be a private family celebration of Clem's life to be held on Saturday, December 6th, 2014. We encourage all who would mourn Clem to share his gift of kindness, humor, and a smile with all those you love and with those you meet. Instead of sending flowers in Clem's memory, perhaps you could make a monetary or blood donation to the American Red Cross (where Clem donated throughout his lifetime). You might also choose to contribute to Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, Mines of Spain, or any organization that strives to make our community a better place.

Clem's family would like to offer heart-felt gratitude to the caring folks at Stonehill Care Center and the Hospice of Dubuque.

If there is ever a tomorrow when we are not together,

There is something you must always remember-

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

But the most important thing is even if we are apart,

I'll always be with you.

-A.A. Milne

 



Virginia Chalder

Virginia "Ginny" Chalder, 86, of Dubuque, and formerly of Swiss Valley, died Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Heritage Manor. Family and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 8, 2014, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Private burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ginny was born in Dubuque, IA on April 9, 1928, the daughter of Frank and Mildred (Stumpf) Parker. She was married to James "Wes" Chalder who preceded her in death on July 31, 2006. She was a full time homemaker who enjoyed cooking and working in her vegetable garden. She will be fondly remembered for her visits to the casino where she could be found at her favorite slot machine.

Surviving are her son, Michael (Pat) Chalder, of San Clemente, CA; a granddaughter, Christine (Kim) Albizati, of San Diego, CA; three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Lizzie, and Andrew Albizati, of San Diego, CA; a sister, Mary Lou Parker Ness, of Dubuque, IA and a brother, Frank (Sonny) Bargman, of Aurora, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wes, two brothers, Leo (Buss) Bargman, and John (Buddy) Bargman, two sisters, Ethel (Bubbles) Parker, and Clara Bargman Mullady.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, and also Pam Baysinger and Terry Bargman for their support and friendship to Ginny.



Terrance J. Klinkhammer

Terrance J. "Terry" Klinkhammer, age 73, of Dubuque, passed away at 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. To honor Terry's life, funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Pastor Paul Glendenning officiating. To celebrate Terry's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at Behr Funeral Home.

Terry was born in Dubuque on October 4, 1941, son of Herbert and Ruth (Bakey) Klinkhammer.

Terry married Dixie Urban on September 25, 1965 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. He worked in construction and landscaping while spending many years traveling across the country "riding the rails". In his free time he enjoyed reading the daily newspaper from "front to back" and listening to Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley gospel music. Terry's love of history was often shared through stories with friends and family. Terry's greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.

Terry is survived by his children, Terri "Toots" (Clifton) Hill, Rockford, IL., Shawn (Shelly) Klinkhammer, Dubuque, IA., Shane (Lisa) Klinkhammer, Lakewood, WA., Anthony "Tony" (Heather Ridgeway) Klinkhammer, Las Vegas, NV.; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; also survived by, Cortez "Boug" Bennett and his children, Madison, WI., Curtis (Jennifer) Bennett and their children, Rockford, IL., his siblings, Herbert (Carol) Klinkhammer, Dubuque, IA., Thomas (Deb Rooney) Klinkhammer, Key West, IA., Ruth Ann Heim, Dubuque, IA., Gerald (Mary Jo) Klinkhammer, Peosta, IA., Timothy Klinkhammer, Dubuque, IA.; several nieces and nephews.

Terry was preceded in death by, his parents, a sister and brother-in-law, Barb and Dave Beecher, a brother, Daniel Klinkhammer and a brother-in-law Robert Heim.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Dubuque Rescue Mission, 398 Main Street, Dubuque, IA., 52001.

The family would to thank Dr. Caceres, the Staff at Mercy Medical Center, and Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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

 



Lois Smith

Lois (Feller) Smith, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully at Oak Park Place on Tuesday, December 3, 2014.
There will be a visitation at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 W. 10th Street, Dubuque, IA. A celebration of Lois' life will follow at 2:00 p.m.

The youngest of eight children, Lois was born to Henry and Matilda Feller on December 23, 1924 near Elgin, Iowa. A graduate of Elgin High School, Lois earned her teacher certificaton from Upper Iowa University. She taught first grade in Greene and Reinbeck, Iowa. She married Claude Smith on July 11, 1948.

Lois loved nature, gardening, cooking and handcrafts such as sewing and crocheting. She and her husband, Claude, enjoyed traveling visiting much of the United States as well as many locations abroad.

Lois was a kind and loving mother, grandmother and sister. With quiet grace and generosity, she touched the lives of family, friends and acquaintances throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Claude Smith, her three children, Joy Smith (David Rust), Linda (John) McClintock, Ken (Marilyn) Smith; three grandchildren Aaron Rust (Nadia Zaks), Caleb Smith (Devin Zeek), Sarra (Jennifer) Mullen; two great grandchildren Ella Zaks Rust and Madison Zeek; sister Iola Stannard and brother Clifford Feller.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden (3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001) or First Congregational United Church of Christ (255 W. 10th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001).

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, the outpatient physical therapy staff at Enoble Rehab Center and the Staff at Oak Park Place for their outstanding care, love and support of Lois.



Wilfred G. Duschen

Wilfred G. "Buzz" Duschen, 74, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m.

Wilfred was born August 4, 1940, in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Thelma (McKeown ) Duschen. He married Mary Joyce Herting on February 2, 1963 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. 

Buzz was employed at Thermolyne for over 40 years. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church for many years. Buzz and Mary enjoyed rollerskating together in their younger years. He was active with the Boy Scouts when his sons were young. Buzz loved being outdoors, especially camping, fishing, and boating. He was a devoted grandpa, and enjoyed being with his grandchildren, especially going to Disneyland with them.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary, of Dubuque; his sons, Steve (Dawn) Duschen of LaMotte, IA; Dan (Jamie) Duschen of Fremont, CA; Jim (Sue) Duschen of Rock Rapid, IA; and Joe Duschen of Dubuque; his daughter, Lisa (Greg) Ronek of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren, Samantha, Andy, Kaitlyn, Nathan, Zack, and Nicole Duschen, Jonathon Rucker, and Kyle and Ben Ronek, and Noah Sanderson; and a brother, Larry Duschen of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Eunice Krogman.

The family would like extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Buzz, especially Nicolle and Cindy.

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



Betty A. Shellhause

Betty A. Shellhause, 73, of Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where a visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.



Robert A. Rohrs

Robert "Rob" Allen Rohrs, age 52, of 64 South Hill St., Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 3:18 p.m. To honor Robert's life, services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon John Stierman officiating To celebrate Robert's life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Behr Funeral Home. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League.

Rob was born on August 25, 1962 in Marshalltown, Iowa, son of Dale and Shirley Ann (Doan) Rohrs. Rob graduated from Marshalltown High School prior to moving to Dubuque to join the Colts Drum and Bugle Corp. He joined the military and proudly served for 12 years. He attended NICC where he received his carpenters degree. Rob spent many joyful hours in his workshop and was always there to help anyone with a project. He adored his cat, Spatz and his love for his trumpet never faded over the years.

Robert is survived by his wife, Christine Wilson, of Dubuque. His mother, Shirley Rohrs, of Marshalltown, Ia. His brother, Steven (Donna) Rohrs, of Branson, Missouri. His children, Travis and Brandy Cliburn, Leah Rohrs-Hoffmann and Dylan Rohrs, all of Dubuque. His grandchildren, Lealand Potter, Riley Hoffmann and Cody Cliburn all of Dubuque. He is also survived by numerous brothers and sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Robert was preceded in death by his father.

A Robert A. Rohrs memorial fund has been established.

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



Francis M. Oberfoell

Francis M. "Ducky" Oberfoell, 79, of Epworth, Iowa died peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 4:40 p.m. at his home in Epworth, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Francis may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Services for Francis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 5, 2014 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 where full Military Honors will be afforded by the Epworth American Legion - John White Post #650.

Francis was born on April 23, 1935 in Epworth, Iowa, son of Martin and Marie (Sweeney) Oberfoell. He received his education and graduated from the former Epworth High School. On November 25, 1971, he was united in marriage to Jean Koopmann at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa.

He was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish. Francis enjoyed farming and spending his time at the Pond. He also enjoyed going to auctions and spoke of his good bargains.

He is survived by his wife Jean (Koopmann) Oberfoell of Epworth, four children, Martin (Brenda) Oberfoell of Epworth, IA, Michael Oberfoell (& Vicki Blake) of Key West, IA, Dennis Oberfoell (& Abby Koppes) of Epworth, IA, Nichole (Scott) Sellner of Cedar Rapids, IA, 4 grandchildren; Miranda, Alaina and Aubrey Sellner, and Brynn Oberfoell, Three sisters; Ileen (William) Domas of Montclair, CA, Helen (Patrick) McDermott. Verna (Dorrance) McDermott both of Epworth, IA, one brother, Leo "Mike" Oberfoell of Liberty, MO, two sisters-in-law, Grace (Donald) Droeszler of Bernard, IA, Rosie Koopmann of Delhi, IA, one brother-in-law, Jim Brady of DeWitt, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; Ione (Chuck) Engler and Patty Brady, one brother, Milton Oberfoell, one sister-in-law, Phyliss Oberfoell, brothers and sisters-in-law, Inez (Ronald) Silker, Donald (Margaret) Koopmann, Berniece (Bernard) Kramer , Melita (Roy) Ross, John and Elmer Koopmann.

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



John F. Link

John F. Link, 89 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral mass will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Friday, December 5, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

John was born on March 19, 1925 in Balltown, Iowa the son of John and Cecelia (Hansen) Link. He married Velma Sternhagen on April 18, 1950 at St. Martins in Cascade. He worked for John Deere for many years until his retirement. He was a member of the UAW Local #94.

He is survived by his wife Velma, three children, Leonard (Janice) Link, of Cuba City, WI, Theresa Link, and Michael Link, both of Dubuque. Eight grandchildren: Amy (Dave) Weber, Katie (Jon) Bellini, Nicole (Matt) Miller, John (Jessica) Link, Joseph (Amanda) Link, David Link, Elaine Link, and Lucas Link; and twelve great grandchildren. His sister Florence Ernzen, of Dubuque.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph Church, Key West.

The family wishes to thank Dr. William Manzel and his staff, Mercy Medical Center and Manor Care staff and residents for all their wonderful care.



Marcella C. Boeckenstedt

Marcella C. Boeckenstedt, 92, of Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier Church, Dyersville, Iowa, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will be officiating.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 P.M. Friday, December 5, 2014 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa where a Catholic Daughters of America Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. and parish vigil service will be held at 7:30 P.M.

Marcella was born November 11, 1922, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of John and Antonia (Roth) Welter. She married Robert B. Boeckenstedt on June 17, 1947, in Luxemburg, Iowa. They were blessed with 38 years together until Robert's passing in 1985. Together they farmed near New Vienna until 1981, when they retired and moved to Dyersville.

Marcella remained active creating beautiful quilts, gardening, reading, traveling and volunteering countless hours to the hospital and other community groups, as demonstrated by an award she received for her volunteerism from Governor Branstad. She believed in a strong work ethic and giving back to the community.

Marcella was deeply committed to her faith and a member of the Basilica of St Francis Xavier. She was also a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Marcella was a very caring person and cherished the times she spent with family and friends.

Survivors include 6 children: Ron (Kathy) Boeckenstedt of New Vienna, Luke (Shar) Boeckenstedt and Loras (Gayle) Boeckenstedt of Dyersville, Linda (Dan) Gorsh of Oxford, Dale (Linda) Boeckenstedt of Petersburg, and Jeff (Penny) Boeckenstedt of Earlville. 6 grandchildren: Jaime (Troy) Detweiler, Kyle (Samantha) Gorsh, Katie (Chris) Nickol, Kristie (Matt) Rellihan, Angie Boeckenstedt and Adam Boeckenstedt, and several great-grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; 1 sister: Edna Rausch of Garnavillo;  in-laws: Anna Mae Welter of Dubuque, and Rose Boeckenstedt of New Vienna.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Anton and Agnes (Beckman) Boeckenstedt, 5 sisters: Alberta (Alphonse) Roling, Lucille (Clarence) Theisen, Olive (Kermit) Mitchell, Germaine (Albert) Kloser, and Bernice Welter in infancy, 1 brother: Ralph Welter, in-laws:, Charlie Rausch, Charles (Alma), James (Imelda), Arthur (Helen), Mark (Agnes), Albert (Alice), Anthony (Julianna and Winnifred) Boeckenstedt, David and Delores Boeckenstedt.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Oak Crest Manor for the excellent care they provided our mother during her 4 years there. It is sincerely appreciated and will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank the staff at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center for the outstanding support provided during the 9 years she was a resident there, and Hospice of Dubuque.  Memorials are preferred to these organizations.

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

 

 



Kimberly K. Klostermann

Kimberly K. Klostermann, 44, of 17977 Higginsport Road, Bernard, Iowa, died, Monday, December 1, 2014 at the Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A Private graveside services will be held in Calvery Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating.

Kimberly was born July 24, 1970 in Monticello, Iowa, daughter of Will and Barb (LeClere) Klostermann. She is a 1988 graduate of Cascade High School in Cascade. Kimblery was employed at Cascade Die Mold for 14 years and most recently at Lowes in Dubuque.

She is survived by her father and step mother, Will and Janell Klostermann of Bernard, IA; three siblings, Tina (Matt) Cigrand of Monticello, IA, Alan (Lisa) Klostermann of Bernard, IA and Todd (Karen) Klostermann of Marion, IA; 7 nieces; 3 nephews; a great niece; and her maternal grandmother, Betty LeClere of Dubuque, IA.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Barb Klostermann on June 18, 1978.

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

 



Lucille C. Steffen

Lucille C. Steffen, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at Sunnycrest Manor with her son, Steven at her side.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday Holy Trinity Catholic Church. where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is assisting the family.

Lucille was born December 10, 1922 in Dubuque, daughter of George and Mae (Rooney) Brandt. She married Elmer A. Steffen, August 23, 1947. He preceded her in death on July 9, 1985.

She was employed at Neisners Dime Store for 15 years and at Wahlert High School.

She enjoyed doing art especially painting scenery/coloring and reading mysteries. She loved playing euchre (nickname 2 bower-Lucille) and loved her Sunday rides with her son Steven.

Shopping was something else on the top of her list. Her smile "was contagious" and always brought out the best and joy to all.

She is survived by her son Steven Steffen, of Dubuque; one grandson, Brian; also a caring niece, Linda Ansel and her husband Mike, who looked out for her in a special way; many more nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine; her parents; a brother, Vince and in-laws, Dorothy and Erwin Buelow and Hilda and Ralph Blaser.

In lieu of flowers a Memorial Fund has been established. Cards may be mailed to Linda Ansel, 2780 Central Avenue, Dubuque, IA, 52001.

Special thanks to the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 



Michael D. Lagen

Michael D. Lagen, 66, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Sunnycrest Manor. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church where visitation will be held Thursday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Michael was born April 24, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Louis "Pat" and Thea (Quade) Lagen. He attended St. Patrick's School and graduated from Wahlert High School. He received residential and vocational services from Area Residential Care. Michael was an avid Cubs fan.

He is survived by his cousins, Pat (John) Sunseri of Dubuque, Susan (John) Ohms of Dubuque, Barbara (Jim) Schwers of Broken Arrow, Okla., David Quade of Mobile, Ala., Thomas Quade of Mobile, Ala., Paul (Linda) Quade of Huntsville, Ala., and Lyn (Bruce) Johnston of Scottsdale, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to Wahlert High School or Area Residential Care.

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

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their wonderful care.



Rev. Kosaky M. Keller

Rev. Kosaky M. Keller, 60, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Kosaky's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, December 6, 2014 from the Maquoketa Island Church (Faith Community Church) in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Rev. Kosaky Keller was born on January 19, 1954 on the Island of Pingelap, in the Federated States of Micronesia to Max and Kinie (Sakjuro) Keller. He attended Pingelap Elementary, then Pohnpei Agriculture and Trade School, then Iowa Technical College in Sioux City, IA, Guam Community College, Palau Community College, and finally at the United Church of Christ Theological Training in Pohnpei, FSM. He married Belmihna Phillip on July 27, 1974 in Pingelap, FSM.

Rev. Keller had first worked as a High School Teacher at Pohnpei Agriculture and Trade school (PATS). He then worked as a High School Teacher at Pohnpei Island Central School (PICS), and lastly as the President of Pingelap People Organization Incorporation.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Belmihna Keller of Maquoketa, IA; children Kellen Keller, Helen Keller (Vinnie Loren), Yuriko Ilai (Ilander), Cathy George (Jeppeson), Kevin Keller (Mercyann) and Garry Keller (Tisha); 10 Grandchildren, Kaylei Ilai, Jalen George, Max Alee Keller, Melmarie Keller, Jerard George, Kabrien Keller, Jess Tommy George, Jazlyn George, Gashalae Keller and Maxiques Keller; 14 brothers and sisters including those present at this funeral service, brothers Makir Keller (Elizabeth), Sakies (Mildred) Keller and Kelly (Anelyn) Keller, and sisters Eriko Welle, and Keislihna Joseph.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and 1 sister.

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

 



Lucita M. Schockemoehl

Lucita M. Schockemoehl, 97, of Dyersville, Iowa died Monday, December 1, 2014 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 4, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Lucita was born February 11, 1917 in Ackley, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Mollie (Esser) Kachelhoffer.  She married Howard Schockemoehl on June 29, 1939, in Ackley, Iowa.  Lucita was a nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.  She was an avid golfer and later in life enjoyed traveling and playing cards.

Survivors include her children: John "Jack" (Joyce Dixon) Schockemoehl of Richmond, VA, Susan (Terence) Williams of Beaver Dam, WI, 3 grandchildren: Molly Shepard, Jennifer Schockemoehl and Cary Schockemoehl (Edward Davis), 2 great grandsons: Benjamin Davis and Cassidy Shepard and grand goddaughter, Zen Rushiti.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Howard in 1980, siblings, Frances Johnson and brothers-in-law, Louis and James Schockemoehl.

In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Alzheimer's Association.

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

 

 



Aloysius P. Merkes

Aloysius "Al" Peter Merkes, 80 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, December 1, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 5, 2014 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm. - 8:00 pm., Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, with a 7:30 p.m., scripture service. Entombment with Military Honors by Dubuque American Legion Post #6 will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Al was born January 2, 1934 in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Peter and Margret (Reis) Merkes. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Al married Theresa Offermann on November 24, 1959 at St. Francis Basilica in Dyersville. He was a farmer, a member of Resurrection Catholic Church, like to dance, playing cards with family and friends, and puttering around in his shed with many projects.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa; children, Paul (Valerie), Mark (Terri), Pat (Sandy), Mike (Tammy), Roger (Tina), and Kevin (Cindy) Merkes; 28 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, Peter, Arnie (Jackie), John (Lou) Merkes, Theresa Foxen, and Mary Jane (Joel) Glennon.

Al was preceded in death by his parents and 4 siblings, Art, Katie, Clara, and Ambrose.

Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Stonehill Care Center, Finley Hospital, many family members, and Resurrection Church members for all your help and support during Al's illness.

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

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



Sr. Electa Armstrong, OP

Sister Electa Armstrong, OP, died at St Dominic Villa, Nov. 29, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Queen of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa, Wis., followed by burial at the Motherhouse cemetery. Friends may call after 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Motherhouse where a wake and remembering service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Behr Funeral Home, Dubuque, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Electa devoted 46 years of her life to secondary school education. She taught chemistry and science classes, 20 years; was an administrator for 11; and business officer for 15 years. Sister also helped business officers of other religious congregations, for three years.

Sister Electa was appointed administrator of St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, Iowa, for three years. Community life was enriched by her presence the past eight years.

Sister ministered in Wisconsin, Illinois, South Dakota, Minnesota, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

Sister Electa, born July 16, 1927, in Eureka, Calif., to Hazel Ann Held and George Armstrong, made profession Aug. 5, 1955.

Sister is survived by a brother, Winfield John, nieces, nephews and the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 59 years.



Joshua A. Schulz

Joshua A. Schulz, 31, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday, November 30, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Joshua's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Friday, December 5, 2014, from the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation will follow the visitation.

Joshua Allen Schulz was born on June 2, 1983 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Richard Allen and Mary Ellen (Clark) Schulz. He grew up in Delmar and then attended Maquoketa Community High School.

Joshua had worked as a nailer for Jackson Pallet Company in LaMotte, Iowa for several years.

Joshua enjoyed working on motors, fishing, hunting rabbit and squirrel, singing Karaoke and playing pool. He was a MacGyver who could fix anything and loved working with his hands. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor Joshua's memory include his mother Mary Ellen Schulz of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter Karlee Jo Gerdes of Lowden, IA; his twin brother Jason Schulz of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Miranda (Justin) Renstrom of Davenport, IA; his maternal grandmother Berna (Lane) Sagers of Maquoketa, IA; a nephew Camdyn and a niece Ariana; and his girlfriend Gail Amend of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, paternal grandparents, and his father Richard on October 19, 2011.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Joshua Allen Schulz memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Carl L. Moses

Carl LeRoy Moses, 79, passed from mortality to immortality on December 1, 2014, at home surrounded by family. He now rests in the arms of his Heavenly Father free from the cancer with which he has struggled for over a year.

Private grave-side services will be held at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, IA where other family grave sites are located. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 2659 John F Kennedy Road.

Carl was born on September 19, 1935 in Edgar Springs, MO, to Leslie and Elizabeth Roseberry. His father, Leslie, was killed in Belgium on January 23, 1944 while serving in the United States Army in WWII. Six months later Elizabeth passed away leaving Carl and his 5 siblings orphaned. After living with relatives and a prospective guardian family for two years, the six children were adopted by Jesse L and T. Lena Moses of Des Moines, IA. This new family also included Robert Moses who had previously been adopted.

Carl graduated from Des Moines Technical High School and worked for the Iowa Air National Guard for 5 years. He then began a 38 year career with Crescent Electric Supply Company. He managed Crescent branches in Burlington, IA, Joliet, IL, Greensboro/High Point, NC and Dubuque, IA. Carl retired in 1999. After his retirement he engaged in his passion for golf at The Meadows and Bunker Hill Golf Course. The elusive hole-in-one was achieved on September 8, 2009, at The Meadows. Carl faithfully attended Hope Evangelical Free Church in Dubuque where he was part of the Host/Ushering ministry.

Carl and Sandra Lea Seath were married on September 21, 1956. They were blessed with three daughters: Kimberly (Robert) Hunt of Gray, TN, Valerie Moses of St. Charles, IL, and Traci (Eric) Olson of Abingdon, MD. His wife and daughters survive along with five grandchildren: Andrew (Lauren) Kidd and Hannah, Brianna, Karisse and Christian Olson. He is also survived by two brothers, Dr. Larry (Jean) Moses and Robert (Karin) Moses; one sister, Phyllis Snell; a brother-in-law, Robert Hertz and nieces and nephews. Two children of Edith Moses, Donna French and Roger Hickman, also survive Carl's passing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Cleo Murray, Shirley Hertz and Martha (Don) Hertz.

Carl was deeply loved and appreciated for his wisdom, humor and kindness. He truly was the "wind beneath the wings" of his family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com
Memorial gifts may be directed to Hope Evangelical Free Church or Hospice of Dubuque, both located on JFK Road in Dubuque, IA.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Christian Schultheis, the oncology nurses at Medical Associates Clinic and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care of our loved one.



Sr. Julissa Duggan

Sister Julissa Duggan, BVM, 95, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Marian Hall. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in the Marian Hall Chapel followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Julissa was an elementary school educator and administrator in Iowa at St. Martin in Cascade and St. Patrick in Cedar Falls, and Davenport and Muscatine. She also taught in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Tucson, Ariz.; Clarksdale, Miss.; and Chicago.

She was born June 9, 1919, in S. Garryowen, Iowa, daughter of William Patrick and Julia Winifred Lynch Duggan. She entered the BVM congregation from St. Raphael Cathedral Parish on Sept. 8, 1937. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1940, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1945.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joseph and Daniel; and sisters: Mildred Hilby, Cora Sullivan, Irene Lay, Anita Brandt, Evelyn Babcock, and Viola Baumhover.

She is survived by nieces and nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 77 years.

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

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



Richard F. Furlong

Richard Francis Furlong, age 72 of Dubuque died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

He was born on May 12, 1942 in Dubuque the son of Francis and Bernice(Stecklein) Furlong. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962 and worked at Dubuque John Deere for 30 years until his retirement. He was a member of the UAW local #94.

He is survived by his wife Ronda Furlong, and step children Randy Metcalf and Renee Anderson.



Joseph F. Meyers

Joseph F. Meyers, 75, of Luxemburg, Iowa died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Oakcrest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Joseph was born June 2, 1939 in Luxemburg, Iowa the son of Camillus and Viola (Timmer) Meyers.  He served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1959 - 1965.  Joseph enjoyed being in the outdoors, hunting and trapping.  He went deer and elk hunting in Colorado and bear hunting in Canada.

Survivors include his sisters: Ruth (Merlin) Leick of Luxemburg, Rosemary (Henry) Mueller of Garnavillo, Romana (Anthony) Katauskas of Woodridge, IL, Leora (Robert) Bonert of Dyersville, brother, Robert (Linda) Meyers of Luxemburg and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Vickie Meyers, Grace (Herbert) Kann, nephew, Gerald Leick, great nephew, Jared Mueller.

Special thank you to Oakcrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and kindness to Joseph.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Brenda L. Parker

Brenda L. Parker, age 53, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 6:34 p.m., peacefully at home, on Thursday, November 27, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Brenda's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave. with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. To celebrate Brenda's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Brenda was born on February 2, 1961, in Dubuque, daughter of Calvin and Betty (Kerkenbush) Lindecker.
Brenda attended Dubuque Senior High School. She lived a happy, fulfilling life in Dubuque and also resided in Boise, Idaho for a time. Brenda was employed as a Para Professional at Senior High School for 20 years and also worked at Fed Ex. She enjoyed both of her jobs, and always found great pride in helping all the children who came into her life. She married Bill Parker on July 12, 1986, at the Dubuque Arboretum and they have been inseparable ever since. Brenda was an inspiration to everyone she met, always full of energy and life. She was the best wife, mother, grandma, daughter, sister and friend a person could ask for. Brenda was loved and cared for by many, many people and will be remembered for the way she touched their lives. She loved to laugh, garden, riding motorcycles, spending time on the river and was an excellent cook. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.

Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, William "Bill" Parker II, her children,
William "Will" (Carrie Smith) Parker III, Chad (Kim Sutter) Parker, Calee (Jason Robey) Parker, all of Dubuque, her grandchildren, Madalynn, Lizzy, Evelynn and Mya, her mother, Betty Lindecker, Dubuque, her siblings, Michael (Sue) Lindecker, Rhonda (Scott) Hillery, Carla (Jerry) Lanser, all of Dubuque, her in-laws, William "Bill" (Joyce) Parker Sr., her aunt, Rose Girot, East Dubuque, IL.

Brenda was preceded in death by her father Calvin, her paternal grandparents George (Clara "Grandma Day") Lindecker, her maternal grandparents William (Adeline) Kerkenbush and her uncles Roger, Kenny and Gene.
In lieu of flowers a Brenda L. Parker memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and staff at the Mayo Clinic and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care of Brenda.

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



Robert F. Atkinson

Robert F. "Buck" Atkinson Jr. 66 of Dubuque passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 at home. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Rd. Officiating will be Tim and LouAnn Gavin. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home.

Buck was born on October 19, 1948 in Dubuque, the son of Robert F. "Curly" and Barbara (Brownell) Atkinson, Sr. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1966. Buck married Brenda L. Hefel on January 29, 1982. He currently was working at Dubuque John Deere Tractor Works. Buck served in the US Navy as a machinist mate receiving the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer during the Vietnam War on the USS Shenandoah stationed out of Norfolk, VA. He was a member of the Local UAW 94, the Dubuque Bowling Association where he served as past president and was a 700 club member. He was also a Boy Scout Leader as well as a Independent Little League Baseball Coach. He enjoyed hunting and fishing along with going to garage sales, auctions and bargain shopping. Buck loved to cook and was a great story teller. He enjoyed spending time with his family especially his granddaughters. He will also be sadly missed by his loyal companion and ice cream buddy, Glory.

Surviving are his wife Brenda of 32 years, his children; Willie, Beckie, Candice and Phil all of Dubuque. Granddaughters; Sophia and Sonia. A sister Joan (Dan) Houselog. Brothers and sisters-in-law; LouAnn (Tim) Gavin, Lonnie (LuAnn) Hefel, Carla Hefel, Kathy (Ed) Slaats, Lucy (Jerry) Jones, Chris Hefel, Carleen (Rick) Brillhart, Inga Hefel and Larry (Denise) Hefel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law and mother-in-law Joe and Anna Hefel, and a niece Jennifer Slaats. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.



Ray P. Weber

Ray P. Weber, 96, formerly of Bellevue, Iowa, died Thursday, November 27, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 4, 2014, at St. Donatus Catholic Church. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 3, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque. Additional visitation will be held Thursday morning from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Ray Weber was born March 6, 1918, in St. Donatus, Iowa, son of Nicholas and Margaret (Capesius) Weber. He married Mary Flammang on October 8, 1940, at St. Donatus Catholic Church. Mary preceded him in death on November 13, 2014. Ray and Mary were married 74 years.

Ray and Mary farmed together near St. Donatus. Ray loved to be outdoors working on the farm, and he drove the tractor until the age of 93 and rode around in his Bobcat until the age of 94. He also enjoyed mushroom hunting, coon hunting, picking up black walnuts, and watching his favorite T.V. show, Wheel of Fortune. The most precious person in the world to him was his wife, Mary. Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Surviving are his children, Rita (Dale deceased) Driscoll, Arlene (Stephen) Turnis, Linda (Norb) Kutsch, Raymond J. Weber, Lucille (Rod) Vogel, and Mary (Dr. Paul) Fowler. He has 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 step great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, Vernon (Lorraine) Weber, Lester (Ruth) Weber, Marvin (Ardella) Weber, and Milton (Luann) Weber.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, an infant and Delores Maro; three brothers, Neil, Glen (infant), and Eldon (infant); a brother-in-law, Lawrence Maro; a sister-in-law, Rose (Flammang) Weber; and a son-in-law, Dale Driscoll.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mohr and staff, the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.

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



Robert C. Willey

Robert C. "Bob" Willey, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa, died on Thursday, November 27, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, December 1, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 30, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa where a 5 p.m. scripture service will be held. Visitation will also be held 1 hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

Robert Charles Willey was born on September 7, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to John Marvin and Frances Marie (Widel) Willey. He was a 1967 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He then served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he was combat wounded and earned three Purple Hearts, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Marksman Badge.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Bob first worked at Waukesha Motors in Clinton, Iowa, then as a delivery man for Frito Lay, and lastly at the United States Postal Service working in Dubuque and Keystone, Iowa from 1970 until retiring in 2005 as Postmaster.

Bob was of the Catholic faith. He was actively involved with veterans organizations including serving as a founding member of the VA Freedom Center where he was actively involved with Willy's Jeep Donation and Restoration, Dubuque Vietnam Memorial, Honor Flights and legion of other veteran based projects. He was a past commander of Chapter 6 DAV and held other offices, as well as a member of and had served on the board of directors of the Veterans Freedom Center, the We Care Foundation, Give a Lift to a Vet Foundation, and served as treasurer for the All The Way Home Veterans Conference.

Bob was an avid sports fan who loved the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals. He enjoyed playing Euchre, cars, doing yard work, real estate, traveling, stock car races, and NASCAR with Jeff Gordon being his favorite driver.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his children Jacob Willey of Dubuque, IA, and Ami (Michael) O'Hara of Sykesville, MD; 2 grandchildren Cortni and Madelyn; his mother Frances Willey of Maquoketa, IA; brothers Jerry (Marie Shanahan) Willey of CO, and Jack (Marilyn) Willey of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Rose (Ralph) Heiring of Dubuque, IA, and Becky (Richard) Wiese of Andrew, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, a brother Timothy, and a sister-in-law Connie Willey.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert C. "Bob" Willey memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marcella B. Hirsch

Marcella B. Hirsch, 98, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 1, 2014, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Msgr. Thomas Toale will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7p.m., Sunday, November 30, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Marcella was born May 13, 1916 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Mary (Francois) Galle. She married Irwin Hirsch on June 10, 1940 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on December 24, 1997.

Marcella graduated from St. Mary's Elementary School, St. Joseph's Academy, and Dubuque Beauty Academy. She worked for several beauty operators , and eventually owned and operated her own beauty shop. She retired in 1990. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Cosmetology Association and St. Joseph's Academy Alumnae.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Diane (Ed) Lynch, Jan (and her special friend Dr. Arthur Fischer) Hirsch, and Ann (Richard) Winger, all of Dubuque; six grandchildren, David, Michael (Jody), Mark (Chris), and Chad Lynch, and Amy and Kelly Winger; her great grandchildren, Hailey, Paige, Megan, Brandon, Alec, Joslyn, Dalton, and Landyn; and her nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, an infant son, David; her brother, Cletus Galle ; her twin sister, Margaret Hirsch; her sister Monica Fitzgerald; her half-brother Richard Riesselman; and her half-sister, Joanne Riesselman.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Mercy Cardiovascular unit for their care of Marcella.

Online condolences maybe left at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhome.com

 



Kenneth J. Cashman

Kenneth J. Cashman, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at Sunnycrest Manor. To honor Kenneth's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a memorial service held at 7:00 p.m. Military honors will be accorded at 4:00 p.m. by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Kenneth was born on July 27, 1927 in Dubuque, IA, son of Joseph and Mary Catherine "Mayme" (McCrevy) Cashman.
Kenneth proudly served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Kenneth worked at the Dubuque Pack for 30 years. He was a member of St. Mary's Church and the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Kenneth was an amateur boxing champion, an avid Cubs fan and loved to play pool.

Kenneth is survived by his brother, Cletus "Blackie" (Sally) Cashman, Dubuque, IA. Many nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Eleanor Cashman, Dorothy Miller and Maylo Riniker and a brother Milton Cashman.

A Kenneth J. Cashman memorial fund has been established.

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

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



Elaine D. Tippe

Elaine D. Tippe, 93, of Dubuque died Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Bethany Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. December 1, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where friends may call December 1, from 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Elaine was born July 21, 1921 in Dubuque, daughter of Stanley M. and Amanda (Petersen) Taylor. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939 and from University of Dubuque in 1946. She taught elementary school, first in Maynard, IA then at Jackson Elementary in Dubuque.

She married Delbert Casteel in 1942. He was killed in action in 1944 during WWII. She married Leo Tippe March 20, 1948. He preceded her in death March 1, 2014.
Elaine was a lifelong member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. She enjoyed swimming, painting, reading, traveling and museums.

She is survived by two sons, John (Vera Louise) Tippe of Dubuque and Lee (Carol) Tippe of Iowa City; two granddaughters, Allison (John Moore) Tippe of Milwaukee, WI and Laurel Tippe of Chicago, IL. She is also survived by two nieces, Helen Rowe of Dubuque and Ann Taylor of Missouri and two nephews James Reizer of California and David Reizer of Arizona.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Dawn Reizer, two brothers, Stanley J. Taylor and David C. Taylor and an uncle, William J. Petersen.

Flowers are welcomed, but the family would prefer memorials to Bethany Home or St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Elaine's memory.

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

A special thank you to the staff of Bethany Home and to Hospice of Dubuque for your care of Elaine.



Linda S. Campbell

Linda S. Campbell, 63, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where a visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Burial will be Saturday at 1p.m. in Asbury Cemetery.

Linda was born on Oct. 28, 1951 in Spencer, Iowa, the daughter of Orval and Mary (Dolan) Baysinger. She married Mike Campbell on June 19, 1999.

Linda loved to dance, give hugs and had a great sense of humor. She was always taking care of people and put others first. Her passion was flowers, and she designed many floral arrangements for weddings and events.
She had her own special garden with her grandbabies and cherished time she spent gardening with them. Linda was a loyal and loving person and will be missed by many.

Surviving are her children, Tammie (Dave) March, Tim (Katie Bleile) Oswald and Todd Baysinger; 3 grandbabies, C.J. Reicks, and Rachel and David March; siblings Tommy (Shirley) Dolan, Gloria (Roger) Vanasse, Sandy (Carl) Hogan, Robert (Pam) Baysinger, John (Helen) Baysinger; and many, many nieces and nephews who she loved dearly and her "adopted" children.

She was preceded in death by her husband and siblings Stevie, Frank, Delores "Dori/Dee", Lawrence "Butch" and Orval Jr. "Skip".

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

A Linda Campbell memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Hermann, Tony Heiar and staff, Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at the Wendt Care Center and Finley Hospital.



Billy R. Crow

Billy R. Crow, 86, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Monsignor Wayne Ressler. Family will greet friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov.r 28, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where a Parish Scripture service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Private Family Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, with Military Honors Conducted by VFW Post 2665.

Billy lived a long great life with his family. He was born Jan. 17, 1928 in Baxter Springs, Kansas, the son of Cecil C. and Coral V. Crow. He graduated from Baxter Springs High School in 1946 and attended the Wisconsin School of Mining. Billy served his country in the US Army from 1950-1952 during the Korean War; he was stationed in Germany and Paris.

He married Doris Bartels on August 21, 1954 at Saint Francis Basilica in Dyersville and recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Billy played semi pro baseball in Baxter Springs along with teammate Mickey Mantle. The team known as the "The Whiz Kids" were local legends. Billy really enjoyed playing with his teammates and for Coach Barney Barnett, batting against Satchel Paige; he was scouted by the St Louis Cardinals. "The Whiz Kids" were a way of life during those years, winning junior championships and were ranked No. 1 in the nation but after their final regular-season game, the entire team entered the war effort.

He retired in April of 1995 after more than 40 years as a Milling Operations Superintendent with Eagle Picher Industries and Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company.

He and his wife Doris lived in the Scales Mound area, where Billy served on the school board, before relocating to Dubuque. Billy, a man of few words, enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and pets; he loved boating and fishing, was a jack-of-all-trades and most recently served as Chief Bookkeeper for his son's businesses until his passing.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; sons Randy Crow of Palm Springs, Calif., and Todd Crow of Chicago, Ill.; siblings Jim Crow of Rockford, Ill. and Dixie Davis of Dallas, Texas; and numerous other relatives.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Steven Crow, in 1992; and siblings Guy Crow, Ann Sullivan, and Rayma Jean Mutascio.

The family would like to send a sincere THANK YOU to Finley Hospital Medical Professionals, the Intensive Care Unit and Respiratory Therapy Department, numerous caring Nurses and Doctors who cared for him, and also the staff of Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or for Leukemia Research in Billy's memory.

Online condolences may be sent to www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Robert P. Johnson

Robert P. "Uncle Bob" Johnson, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the home of his sister, Diane Griffith, in Mechanicsville, Iowa.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 29, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, November 28, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

Robert Paul Johnson was born on April 1, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Paul L. and Jennie M. (Harding) Johnson. He was a 1974 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then served in the Navy for 4 years in which he was in the Mayaguez evacuation where the USS Coral Sea came in to bring our soldiers out.

Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he worked two jobs for a long time. Clinton Engines in Maquoketa during the daytime and Precision Metal Works (PMW) in Maquoketa during the nightshift. When Clinton Engines closed he continued to work at PMW for a total of 27 years making a family of friends.

Bob was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75 in Maquoketa. He enjoyed camping at 6B's, playing Euchre, hanging with friends and family, and his dog Bandit. 

Although Bob had no biological brothers he had a legion of "brothers" through work, camping at 6B's and his many friendships. He was the best brother, uncle and friend you could ever hope to have. All he ever did was help people often times giving up his own needs for others. In 2013 Bob continued with his act of giving by not only leading the way but also donating the gift of land to create what is now called the Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park. 

Those left to honor Bob's memory include two sisters Diane (Don) Griffith of Mechanicsville, IA, and Pam (special friend Mearle) Oberbrockling of Dubuque, IA; 3 nephews, Paul, Billy (Dee) and Marvin; 2 nieces Mandy and Jayme (Robby); 12 great-nieces and nephews; 2 great-great nieces; and his faithful dog and loyal companion Bandit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 nephews SSGT. Donald Griffith, Jr. and Noel Griffith, and a niece Amy Griffith. 

"When he found out he had cancer he didn't want anyone feeling sorry for him. We want to thank everyone for all that you did for Bob. From working on the memorial park, driving him places, getting his mail, and helping with many other things. Remember to stop by the Memorial Park and Salute our Soldiers when you go by because we all knew this was "Uncle Bob's" dream to see our heroes remembered and "yes" "Uncle Bob" you will always be one of our heroes.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert P. "Uncle Bob" Johnson memorial fund has been established.

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



Margaret C. Heims

Margaret "Maggie" C. Heims, 82, of Cascade, and formerly of Monticello and Sand Springs, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends may call from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Tues., Dec. 2, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:00 a.m.  Officiating will be Rev. Paul Baldwin and inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Margaret was born on April 21, 1932, in Charon, Nebraska, the daughter of Herman and Leona (Sherlock) Weber.  She graduated from St. Paul Senior High School in Worthington.  Margaret married Merlin Heims on June 29, 1957, in Worthington, Iowa.  He preceded her in death in 2009.

Survivors include her five children: Debra (Terry) Williams of Wyoming, Douglas (Jennifer) Heims of Cedar Rapids, Denise (Jeff Altland) Heims of Redington Shores, FL, Dana (Barry Wassmer) Heims of Anamosa and Deann (Greg) Barneson of Monticello; grandchildren: Kelsey and Riley Williams, Courtney (Abdul) Jammal, Alexis, Cullen and Ethan Heims; three great grandchildren: Laney and Carter Otte and Zoiy Jammal; 1 brother: Richard (Barb) Weber of Dubuque; 2 sisters: Clara Tobin of Worthington and Bernadette Weber of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Betty Weber of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers: Wilfred (Harriet), Clarence, Vincent, Jerome (Mida), Bernard and Donald (Mary Ann), brothers-in-law: Hank Hess and Dick Tobin.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to a Hospice of Dubuque or Above and Beyond Hospice.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.

 

 



Dorothy M. Liddle

Dorothy M. Liddle, 90, of Dubuque died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Church where visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy was born September 15, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Roy and Marie (Freise) Kuch. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1942.

On October 19, 1946 she married Gerald Liddle at Sacred Heart Church. Together they had two sons. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was an excellent cook. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, and was an active volunteer at Mercy Medical Center.

She is survived by her husband Gerald Liddle of Dubuque; two sons, Jerry (Judy) Liddle Jr. of Newburgh, Ind. and Terry (Sharon) Liddle of Cedar Rapids; four grandchildren, Joel (Erika), Rob (Kelly), Craig (Kerri) and Matt (Sarah) Liddle; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Stan Kuch of Olwein; a sister in law, Kay Jackoniski of East Dubuque and nieces and nephews.

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



James F. Small

James F. "Jim" Small, 58, of Bernard, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, November 23, 2014, at his home in rural Bernard.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, November 26, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the celebration of life service.

James Frederick Small was born on April 24, 1956 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Leslie Ernest "Ernie" and Evelyn A. (Scheibe) Small. He was a 1974 graduate of Western Dubuque High School. He married Julie Brown on September 22, 1984 in Dubuque, Iowa and to this union three children were born: Jessica, Jenny and Joey.

Jim was a lifelong farmer who thoroughly enjoyed farming with his two brothers and being a partner in the family business, Small Brothers Farms Inc.

Jim was a member of Whitetails Unlimited. He loved all kinds of hunting, fishing for Catfish and Walleye, going to the casino, playing cards especially Euchre, and the good ole outdoors. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Dallas Cowboys and his favorite movie that he watched many times was Lonesome Dove.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his children Jessica (fiancé Darren Ramaker) Ayers of Dubuque, IA, Jenny (Justin) Mescher of Dyersville, IA, and Joey (and special friend Sam Peterson) Small of Dubuque, IA; 5 grandchildren; brothers Edward (Carol) Small of Bernard, IA, and Richard "Rick" (Tammie) Small of Bernard, IA; sisters Janice (Paul) Ruggeberg of Maquoketa, IA, and Phyllis (Bill) Turnis of Bernard, IA; and the mother of his children Julie Small of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law David Ruggeberg, and a nephew Scott Ruggeberg.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James F. "Jim" Small memorial fund has been established.

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

 



John J. Rolling

John "Jack" J. Rolling, 86, of 997 Mela Dr. passed away at home surrounded by family members on November 20, 2014.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday Nov. 24 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 8:30- 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd is assisting the family.

Jack was born on May 13, 1928 in Dubuque, IA the son of Leo F. and Pearl C. (Chapman) Rolling. Jack graduated from Loras in 1950, he was an Officer in the Iowa National Guard and obtained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. He married Maryann Giegerich on Sep. 22 1951 at Nativity Church. Jack owned and managed Rolling's Bootery for over 58 years. He was co-founder of St. Stephen's Food Bank and worked there for over 35 years.
He was past president of The Dubuque Noon Lions Club, Mississippi Trails Hiking Club and Chairman of Dubuque Red Cross Water Safety Committee. He was a Cub and Boy Scout Master for many years.

Jack received the Governor's volunteer award for work in the Mines of Spain. He was noted for his interesting hikes and stories. Jack loved God and nature. He enjoyed canoeing, playing "goober ball", croquet, cards and dice games (but hated losing his nickels).

Surviving is his wife, Maryann; 3 sons, Ted, (significant other, Mardi Miller), Jim "Jug" (Karen), Joe (Zahir), 2 daughters, Judy Simmons and Ann Bauer (significant other, Pat Konzen); 12 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren' and 2 great- great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by...

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Scott from HomeInstead and Lara for their wonderful care.



Edna C. Roth

Edna C. Roth, 93, of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Family graveside services will be at a later date at the East Dubuque Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Edna was born on June 22, 1921 in Dubuque, IA., the daughter of Arthur W. and Margaret (Petersen) Metzger. She married Dorrance N. Roth on May 12, 1942 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. Edna and Dorrance celebrated 72 years of marriage this past May. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, a good game of euchre and camping. After Dorrance's retirement, Edna & Dorrance were the camp hosts at Yellow River campgrounds near Harpers Ferry, IA. for 18 years.

Surviving is her husband Dorrance, two daughters, Karen Roth of East Dubuque and Connie (Clarence) Weber of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Howard Metzger.

Dorrance, Karen, Connie and their families wish to thank the nurses and staff at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Dr. Greg Vandigo for the wonderful care given to Edna.

 



Robert P. Dyer

Robert Paul Dyer (Bob) 66, of Clive, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque died Saturday, November 15, 2014.

A private burial has taken place and there will be a service in Dubuque for Bob this summer. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. is assisting the family.

Robert was born in Dubuque, Iowa on November 18, 1947 to Robert J. and Joan Genevieve Hynish Dyer. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Loras College in Dubuque, where he was a member of the Trivia Team. His major emphasis in college was history and philosophy.
Bob served our country during the Vietnam War in the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles). He was awarded the Bronze Star Military Award. He was very proud to serve his country and continued to honor and love those who have served our country throughout his lifetime.
When Bob returned from Vietnam, he became a ‘stringer' where he covered the University of Iowa sports news for the Waterloo Courier, Cedar Rapids Gazette, and The Des Moines Register. He worked at The Daily Iowan the student newspaper in Iowa City on the sports desk and the second year he became The Sports Editor at The Daily Iowan. Leighton Housh (sports editor at the Register) offered him a job where Bob did the layout for the sports section and later became a sports writer who covered The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, The University of Northern Iowa, and Drake University. Throughout his career he wrote sports for USA Today, The Sporting News, the Rose Bowl, specialized in recruitment news and provided color for Drake basketball. Bob also served on The National Board of Basketball Writers. Jeff Beimfohr produced a show called "The Ron Schipper Football Show for Central College," and Bob did the hosting for this show as well as another sports talk show. Bob gave the speech for Johnny Orr, Iowa State basketball coach at Hilton when he retired. Sports was Bob's lifelong passion and he loved cataloguing information that required him to know details about athletes and sporting events past and present. His favorite teams were the St. Louis Cardinals and The Green Bay Packers, which brought him great happiness and great frustrations.

In later years, Bob served as the General Manager of several radio stations, one being "KJJC" "The Jock." On ‘The Jock', he had a daily sports radio show, which usually evolved into talking about history, music, movies, and books. Bob enjoyed discussing history and politics and loved being with his friends and could talk about almost anything. Bob loved music-especially all songs Motown and musicals.

He loved his family dearly, and was especially proud of his daughters Lauren Elizabeth and Ashley Anne. He was married to Mary Patricia Genoar Dyer for thirty-eight years. Living with Bob was like living with an encyclopedia. He was Google before it was invented. He was a member of St. Augustin Parish. He will be dearly missed by everyone.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife Mary Patricia Genoar Dyer of Clive, Iowa; his cherished daughters Lauren Elizabeth Dyer (Justin Black) of California; and Ashley Anne Dyer of Chicago; two grandchildren, Justin James and Jayden Anne Black of California. Also, his uncle William Paul (Laura) Hynish of Clayton, Georgia. Cousins include: Tom (Julie) Davies, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; David Davies, of Davis California; Diane Chevalier, of Dubuque, Iowa; and Susan (Larry) Warren, of Tower Hill, Illinois. Cousins Deborah Hart, Danielle (Dean) Lessei, Jon-Paul Chevalier, Tom Davies, Jr., Allison Davies, Katie Davies, Alexander Davies, Christopher Warren, Matthew Warren, Regina Williams, Cheryl Williams, and Claire Williams. Mother-in-law Mrs. Charles T. Genoar of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews include: Charles T. Genoar (Rebecca) Charlie and Carter Genoar of Hinsdale, Illinois; Greg Genoar of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Maribeth Sleepeck (Michael) Elizabeth (Fred) Regnery (Charlotte) and Mary Catherine Sleepeck of Burr Ridge, llinois; Jeanne Colmery (Scott) Harry, Freddy, and Will Colmery, of Western Springs, Illinois; and Nancy Genoar of Iowa City, Iowa.

Bob was proceeded in death by his father, Robert J. Dyer; mother Joan Genevieve Hynish Dyer; grandparents Paul G. and Louise A. Hynish; grandparents James and Clara Dyer; aunts and uncles George and Louise Williams, Ruth Hynish, Harold Hynish, Helen Herzog, Mary Ellis, Catherine Webb, Angela Wrath, and Paul Hynish.

The family wishes to thank very special friends; Donna and Kermit Marsh, Don and Pat Armington, Dr. Allen and Gail Zagoren. A very special thank you for the caring and kindness of Dr. Eric J. Holm, Jodi Walvoord, and Dr. Mark M. Belz.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors (www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate) and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.aspca.org/donate).



David M Crippes

David Michael Crippes, age 59, of Durango, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 7:33 p.m. on Friday November 21, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. To honor David's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Sr. Mary Agnes O'Connor officiating.

David was born on January 24, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Mary "Mildred" (McCann) Crippes.
David's work and passion was the family farm and he could always be found sharing his knowledge of all things, from farming and repairs to an abundance of country philosopher extra ordinaire wisdom. He was also employed as a truck driver for Contract Transport. David had a great love for his dogs and loved spending time "hanging with the young-uns". David was a good man who was always willing to help anyone in need and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

David is survived by his mother, Mary "Mildred" Crippes, Dubuque, IA, his fiancé, Donna Maahs, Durango, Tom (Michele) Kelly, Cudahy, WI, Pat Kelly, Oak Creek, WI, very close friends, Tob (Diane) Patzner and Eric Timmerman of Durango, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

David was preceded in death by his father and a brother infancy.

A David M. Crippes memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank Tob, Diane, Alfie, Harry and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care they gave to David.

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

 



Gretchen C. Nordenson

Gretchen C. Nordenson, 80, of Dubuque died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Luther Manor.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd, where a visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services.

Surviving is her husband, Craig; daughter, Jenifer (Tim) Martin; and brother, Paul (Cathy) Claussen.



David L. Lutgen

David Lee Lutgen, Sr. 60 of Bernard, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, November 24th, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be at a later date in St. Lawrence, Otter Creek. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 23th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 4:30p.m.

He was born on July 23, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leroy "Whitey" and Grace (Frommelt) Lutgen. David married Janelle Huekels on August 14, 1982, in Dubuque. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company, FDL and most recently Premier Powder Coating. David enjoyed working on cars and spending time with family. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, enjoyed visiting Titletown and taking in an occasional game at Lambeau.

He is survived by his wife Janelle, sons, David Lee Lutgen Jr., Jesse Lutgen, and his daughter Theresa Lutgen, all of Bernard. His brothers, James (Sheryl) Lutgen, and Kevin (Jeanie) Lutgen, both of East Dubuque, IL, Steven (Sherry) Lutgen, of Dubuque. His sisters Barbara Lutgen and Linda Lattner, both of Dubuque. Eight nieces, three nephews, several great nieces and nephews, his life long friend Warren Amling, and his loyal companion "Lil Bit".

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law Allen Lattner, and a sister-in-law Carol.

In lieu of flowers a David Lee Lutgen, Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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



Mitchell R. Houston

Mitchell R. "Banjo" Houston, 24, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Mitchell's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, November 24, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, November 23, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Mitchell Ryan Houston was born on November 25, 1989 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Dennis Wayne Houston and Lucreca LaVonna Schoenherr. He was a 2008 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School where he had been active in 4-H and the Emeline Ridge Rollers.

While in high school he began working for Paul Tonderum until 2011 when he fulfilled a dream of his by becoming a semi-driver. He first drove for Double L & R Inc. in Miles, then Bullock's Inc. and Pfab Trucking until 2012. From 2013 until present he had been driving for Connolly Trucking in Bernard.

"Banjo" enjoyed 4-wheeling, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He was avid supporter and volunteered every year at the Jackson County Fair where he also enjoyed participating in the "Night of Destruction". He enjoyed country music and attending country shows and other fairs to pick up ideas for the Jackson County Fair. He loved his Farmall Tractors, and animals especially his horse "Buster" and his dogs "Comet" and "Woofy". He was a simple person who worked hard for everything he had and would do anything for others. He was a man of his word and always put others first. He especially loved spending time with his family and will be deeply missed by family and friends. Ride in Peace Mitchell.

Those left to honor Mitchell's memory include his parents Dennis and Lucreca of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Matthew Houston of Houma, LA; his maternal grandmother Patricia (Ron) Shady of Cincinnati, IA; his paternal grandmother Doreen Houston of Monmouth, IA; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Darrell Houston and his maternal grandfather Rollie Schoenherr.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mitchell R. "Banjo" Houston memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary M. Lehnhoff

Mary M. Lehnhoff, 93, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Ennoble Manor. Funeral services will be 1 pm Saturday at the Church of the Nativity where friends may call Saturday from Noon until time of service. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Centralia. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born May 6, 1921 in Peosta, Iowa, daughter of Patrick and Mathilda (Mahoney) McDonald. She married Alphonse "Buck" Lehnhoff. He preceded her in death.
Mary graduated from the University of Dubuque and was a teacher at St. Anthony's School for 37 years. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity.

She is survived by four children, Loren Lehnhoff of East Dubuque, Carolyn Sherrill of East Dubuque, Dan Lehnhoff of Texas and Suzanne (Mike) Parks of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; one brother, Francis (Darlene) McDonald of Dubuque; three sisters, Kathleen (Tom) Horsfield of Dodgeville, Wisc., Ellen (Chuck) of Solon, IA, Velma Usher of Minneapolis, Minn.

She was also preceded in death by many siblings.

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



Annabelle G. McMahon

Annabelle G. McMahon, 86, of Luther Manor, formerly of 395 York St., died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Luther Manor.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at St. Columbkille Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m.- 10:15 a.m., Saturday at the Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

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

Annabelle was born Jan. 2, 1928, in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, to William and Rose (Arseneault) Shields. She attended elementary and high school in Harpers Ferry until her family moved to Dubuque in 1944 after the death of her father. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1945. She married David L. McMahon on Sept. 27, 1947, at the Church of the Nativity, Dubuque. They had been members of St. Columbkille Parish since 1947.

Annabelle worked at Rosheks/Armstrong's Department Store, in the Infants and Children's Department, from 1969 until her retirement in 1990.

She especially enjoyed family gatherings, Women's Card Club, bridge groups, flower gardening, collecting angel figurines, cooking/baking, and sewing/needlework.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, David McMahon; three daughters, Anne (Richard) Hesse of Menomonee, Falls, Wis., Sheila (Myron) Tranel of Platteville, Wis., and Donna (Daniel) Stehn of Peosta; and a son, Stephen, of Dubuque. Also five grandchildren: Molly (James Cho) Stehn, Katie (Ethan Esser) Stehn, Maggie Stehn, Luke (Pam) Tranel, and Laura (Danny) Holt; plus five great-grandchildren: Sylvia and Danny Cho; and Henry, Oliver, and Rosemary Tranel. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Pearl McMahon, of Orange, Calif.

She was preceded in death by a son, James McMahon; her parents, William, Sr. and Rose Shields; a sister, Mary Harjehausen; and two brothers, William Shields, Jr. and Gerald Shields.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Columbkille Parish.

Family members are grateful for the kind care provided by Luther Manor Care at Home and by Luther Manor staff members in all departments.

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

 



Sylvester Engler

Sylvester "Les" Engler, 95, formerly of Rickardsville, passed away peacefully Monday, November 17, 2014 at Luther Manor. We believe no gentler soul has ever walked this earth. He has missed his dear wife, Helen, for over 2 ½ years, longing to be with her. Knowing they now walk unaided, enjoying the wonders and glory of heaven and the perfect love we have all been promised, brings us joy and much comfort.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Rickardsville. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m.

Sylvester was born October 2, 1919 in Worthington, IA, the son of Andrew and Theresa (Claus) Engler. He married Helen Ernzen on February 4, 1943 at St. Clement Catholic Church, Bankston. She preceded him in death on May 5, 2012. Sylvester was employed with Interstate Power Company for many years in addition to farming and working part-time at the Avalon Supper Club. He was also a longtime member of St. Joseph Parish in Rickardsville, where he was a member of the choir and served for 12 years on the Board of Directors. In his retirement years he was a volunteer at a tax aid program, helping those in need navigate the "Infernal Revenue Service" as he put it, well into his 80s, a fact of which he was proud. Les loved God, his family, music and euchre and taught his children to pray and sing in harmony and laugh even when getting euchred. He was an avid fisherman, never passing up a chance to have a rod and reel in his hands. Those same hands not only taught his grandchildren how to bait hooks but how to hug with all their might. One of his favorite gestures was to raise his clasped hands in a sign of victory at any of our achievements. His face lit up with that beautiful smile at the sight of any one of his loved ones, like a child getting the first glimpse of a much longed for Christmas present, making us feel cherished.

Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, Tom (Nancy) Engler, traveling the USA in their RV and Kevin Engler of Dubuque; three daughters, Carol, of Oskaloosa, Judie (Roger) Heiderscheit, of Holy Cross, and Nancy Clark, of Dubuque; nine grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Florence Ernzen, of Dubuque.

In addition to his beloved wife of 69 years, he was preceded in death by his parents; a much loved son in law, Daniel Schiller; and a brother, Robert "Bud" Engler.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor. Their loving care, especially of Dad since Mom passed, was done with grace and compassion and true affection. Dad talked often of the hugs he received, easing our minds when we couldn't be there. You know who you are and we are forever in your debt. Also our thanks to Hospice of Dubuque. Our time with them was brief but words cannot express their helpfulness. God bless you all.

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



Mark W. Muir

Mark W. Muir, 65 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, November 21, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church.

Mark was born August 10, 1949 in Dubuque, the son of Gilbert "Bert" and Lois (Terris) Muir. He graduated from Wahlert High School and then attended Loras College. Mark married Mary Kay Fangman at Nativity Catholic Church on July 31, 1971. He was a business analyst for John Deere, retiring on February 1, 2014. Mark enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and especially time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kay; children, Martin (Nicole Stickler) Muir of Plano, IA, Nicole (Ted) Osterberger of Boise, Idaho; 5 grandchildren, Ed, Calvin and Henry Osterberger, Max Muir and Alyssa Boehning; siblings, Mike (Suzanne) Muir, Pete (Susie) Muir, and Mary (Terry) Reelitz; in-laws, John (Joan) Fangman, Sandra Duffy, Joanne (Francis) Giunta and Janice (Joe) Healey.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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



Jackson R. Hohmann

Jackson Ricky Hohmann, 8, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 22, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Rev. Alan Dietzenbach will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Jackson was born December 8, 2005 in Dubuque, the first child of Robert and Angie (Bott) Hohmann. He was in the third grade at Carver Elementary School, and was featured in the Dubuque Community School District's "Kid President" video. Jackson was in Boy Scouts, and was a member of the Dubuque Soccer Club. He was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral.

Jackson was a social butterfly who knew everyone, and made friends wherever he went. He loved expressing his creativity with Legos. He would spend hours building things and was proud to show everyone that what he had built was better than the picture on the box. Jackson had a passion for soccer. He loved the Dubuque Soccer Club Developmental Program and with his drive and determination he joined the Dubuque Soccer Club Youth Academy. He loved his teammates and coaches. "Little Jack" was always looking forward to the next soccer practice and tournament. In his honor, special friends are working with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to establish the Jackson Hohmann "Play Like There's No Tomorrow" Soccer Scholarship Program.

Jackson had a keen intelligence, and had thoughtful responses well beyond his years. Jackson was a leader and caretaker for his three younger sisters, and he was a great big brother to them. He had a bright personality that could light up a room, an infectious smile, and eyes that would melt your heart. He was a witty, charming, sensitive, sharing, and caring child who was loved by all those whose lives he touched. His dog, Prince, was his special friend - they are now reunited. He was and will continue to be his mom and dad's "favorite-boy-in-the-whole-wide-world."

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Robert and Angie Hohmann, of Dubuque; his sisters, Mia, Whitney, and Ella, at home; his grandparents, Gene and Teri Hohmann of St. Catherine, IA, Janet (Larry Simon) Conlan of Dubuque, and Bob (Sue) Bott of Dubuque; his aunts and uncles, Tammy Szalkowski (Todd) of Peosta, Gary (Jessica) Hohmann of Dubuque, Andrea (Doug) McReynolds of Dubuque, Mike (Melinda) Blosch of Peosta, and Nicky (Jeff) Barta of Peosta; special family friends Kevin and Kathy Pfohl and their children Mitchell and Claire; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his special great grandma, Opal Conlan; his uncle, Phillip Bott; his great uncle Ricky Bott; and his dog, Princey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jackson Hohmann Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Police Department, Dubuque Fire Department EMS, and the Finley ER Doctors and Nurses for their care of Jackson.

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



Wilma E. Spear

Wilma E. Spear,81, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial will be in St. Matthew Cemetery, Sherrill. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Friends may also call Friday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the Church.

Wilma was born on December 11, 1932 in Sherrill, IA the daughter of Elmer and Lydia (Duerr) Wehrspann. She married Thomas Spear on March 1, 1951 in Sherrill. He preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1994.

Wilma was employed as a sale associate at Betty Jane Candies from 1968 until her retirement. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir for 40 years. She was also a member of the Mission Circle. As a member of the Mission Circle, she donated hundreds of quilts to Lutheran World Relief.

Surviving are her children, Debra (Rudy) Husemann, of Wheatland, IA. Kris (Terry) Kunkel of Nashville, Tenn., Thomas (Debra) Spear Jr., of Dubuque and Ellen (Jeff) Hermanson of Cedar Falls, IA.; 11 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; and 3 sisters, Margaret Makovec, Lucille Reichmann and Alvina Timmerman.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Rick Spear; 2 daughters, Jackie Shireman and Cathy Spear; 2 brothers, Martin and William Wherspann; and 2 sisters, Irene Beauchamp and Doris Wehrspann.

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

A Wilma Spear memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab and Mercy Medical Center, as well as Dr. Ries and nurses and staff for their wonderful care.



Gavin J. Gremmel

Gavin Joseph Gremmel, 18, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 the result of an automobile accident. Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 20th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Gavin was born on May 30, 1996 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joe and Desiree (Orwig) Gremmel. He attended grade school at St. Joseph the Worker and Resurrection. He attended Wahlert High School, Hempstead High School and Clarinda Academy. In 2014 he graduated with honors from Hempstead High School. Gavin always had a passion for wrestling. He began wrestling in 5th grade and continued to wrestle throughout High School. He had plans to wrestle Division 1 in college. In 2013 he was an All American at the Asics Pre Season Nationals. Gavin was undefeated his senior year of High School, taking 1st at Sectionals and Districts while going on to place 4th at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament. He loved to fish, hunt, and hang out with his friends. Gavin always had a smile on his face especially when he got to eat. Gavin was a very lovable and spiritual young man, he would give anyone the shirt off his back. His family and his friends were most important to him and he loved to spend time at his grandparents home in Chariton and going to the races. He was taken too soon and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents Joe and Desiree, two brothers Blake Andresen, and Gannon Gremmel, all of Dubuque. His grandparents, Joan Gremmel, of Dubuque, and Leo and Roni Orwig, of Chariton. Also many special aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Jerry Gremmel.

In Gavin's honor memorials, will be used to sponsor and assist young men to attend a wrestling camp annually. 

The family wishes to thank the East Dubuque Fire Department and EMS for their quick response and kindness they gave.



Vernon R. Steger

Vernon R. Steger, 80, of Dyersville died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at his residence after extended illnesses.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Kramer Funeral Home 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, Iowa where a scripture service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Vernon was born August 11, 1934, in Dyersville, IA the son of Sylvester and Rose (Quint) Steger.  Vern graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School and served in the Army from 1957 - 1959 in Ft. Lewis, WA.  He married Cecelia Spielbauer on August 8, 1959, in Guttenberg, IA.  He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works as a machinist for 36 years, retiring in 1992.  He then worked part-time as a mechanic for Taylor Construction until 2013.

Gardening was his lifelong passion and he also enjoyed the river where he spent a lot of time camping, boating, water skiing and lately wintering in Texas.  He was especially gifted as a handyman who could repair or restore any project presented to him.  He was an avid reader whose major interest was history. Vernon enjoyed cutting wood and making wine.  He also enjoyed spending time with his children and their families.

Surviving are his wife, Cecelia, his children: Sheila (Steve) Becker of Dyersville, Julie (John) Osterhaus of North Liberty, Eric (Karen) Steger of Dyersville, Chris (friend Jenny Hayes) Steger of Cedar Rapids, Kurt (Michele) Steger of Irmo, SC, and Denise (Doug) Thompson of Coal Valley, IL; grandchildren: Samantha and Benjamin Osterhaus, Nicholas and Mitchell Steger, Jessica and Derrick Steger, Danielle, Hope, Sara and Adam Steger; step grandchildren: Natalie, Aaron (Erin) and Stephanie Becker, and Jacob Thompson; siblings: Norma (Francis) Apel of Dubuque, Rosemary (Eugene) Schmitz of Raymond; a sister-in-law, Darlene Steger of Dyersville, and in-laws: Joseph, Arnold (Dolores), Frank (Jackie), Lawrence (Ellie), Daniel (Georgia), James (Dorcas), Thomas (Ginger) and David Spielbauer, Helen Bolsinger and Hildagarde (Merrill) Brooks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Donald and Paul Steger and in-laws: Kathleen (Lowell) Eilers, Rosalyn (Earl) Schultz, John Spielbauer, Delores Spielbauer and Donald Bolsinger.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 



Ambrose J. Merkes

Ambrose J. Merkes, 90, of Luxemburg, Iowa died Monday, November 17, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Ambrose was born Oct. 10, 1924 in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of Peter and Margaret (Ries) Merkes. He married Sylvia Vonderhaar on Nov. 24, 1953 in Luxemburg, Iowa. Ambrose was a fun loving man. He worked at John Deere and enjoyed traveling, Polka and spending time with his entire family.

Survivors include his sisters Mary Jane (Merkes) (Joel) Glennon of Dubuque, and Theresa (Merkes) Foxen of New Clarus, WI; brothers Aloysius (Theresa) Merkes of Dubuque, Peter Merkes of Lancaster, WI, John (Lucille) Merkes of Dubuque, and Arnold (Jacqueline) Merkes of Manchester; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sylvia, in 1999; his sisters Catherine (Joe) Foxen and Clara (Melvin) Weis; brother Arthur Merkes; and in-laws Dorothy (Vonderhaar) Merkes, Leonard Foxen and Yvonne Merkes.

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



June M. Noel

June M. Noel, 91, Woodstock, Ill., formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Valley Hi Nursing Home, Woodstock.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov, 19 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, with the Rev. John Sorenson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 12:30- 2p.m., Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 22, 1923, in Dubuque, to Mary Ames and was raised in Potosi, Wis., where she attended elementary and high school. She attended the University of Dubuque for one year.

She married John "Jack" E. Noel July 11, 1942, in Dubuque. They lived in Texas for three years while he was in the service.

They moved back to Dubuque and were owners/operators of Noel's Tavern & Restaurant for 30 years until her husband retired in 1974. They were members of Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, and charter members of the North End Gun Club.

In 2000, she moved to Woodstock to be closer to her family. She lived at Valley Hi Nursing Home since February 2012.

She will be sadly missed by her family. Her grandchildren remember how she was always quick with a smile or a song and how she made each one of them feel special. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and sing.

Survivors include five daughters, Marylee (Don) Steinwehe, Woodstock, Sara (Jim) O'Riley, Elgin, Ill., Kim (Eric) Griffiths, Golden, Colo., Kris (Alan) Benezra, Boulder, Colo., and Julie Noel, Decorah, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Emily (Greg Dixon) Steinwehe, Madison, Wis., John (Ashley Diedrich) Steinwehe, Crystal Lake, Ill., Megan (Mike) Brown, Tigard, Ore., Kevin O'Riley, Chicago, Tyler O'Riley, Elgin, Ill., Allison Griffiths, Westminster, Colo., Sam Benezra, New York City, and Hallie Benezra, New York City; a great-granddaughter, Eleanor June Brown, Tigard; a great-grandson, Wesley Brown, Tigard; cousins, Winnie Chandler, Hazel Green, Wis., and Jean Collis, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband in February 1979.

Memorials can be made in her name to Valley Hi Nursing & Rehabilitation, 2406 Hartland Road, Woodstock, IL 60098; or JourneyCare Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.

Her family greatly appreciates the special care she received at Valley Hi and the special attention from JourneyCare Hospice.



Mary C. Weber

Mary C. Weber, 94, formerly of Bellevue, Iowa, died Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 21, 2014, at St. Donatus Catholic Church. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 20, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque. Additional visitation will be held Friday morning from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Mary Flammang was born February 2, 1920, in Orleans, Nebraska, daughter of Nicholas and Christina (Herrig) Flammang. She married Ray Weber on October 8, 1940, at St. Donatus Catholic Church. Mary and Ray were married 74 years.

Mary and Ray farmed together near St. Donatus. Mary was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed cooking, sewing, and gardening. She baked delicious homemade cinnamon rolls, sewed beautiful quilts, and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Surviving are her husband, Ray, and their children, Rita (Dale deceased) Driscoll, Arlene (Stephen) Turnis, Linda (Norb) Kutsch, Raymond J. Weber, Lucille (Rod) Vogel, and Mary (Dr. Paul) Fowler. She has 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 step great-grandchildren, one
sister, Jean Brosius, and one sister-in-law, Anna Mae Flammang.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Aloysius "Alvie", James, and Paul Flammang; six sisters, Bernice Breitfelder, Veronica Ryan, Martha Conarty, Viola Jensen, Rose Weber, and Margaret Adrian; and a son-in-law, Dale Driscoll.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center for their care and support.

Online condolences maybe left at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Fred A. Gronau

Fred A. Gronau, 67, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, November 14, 2014 after a five year battle with cancer. A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00pm, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Pastor Katherine Achtemeier officiating. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, 2014 at the funeral home and also after 10:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday. A private burial will take place at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Fred was born on November 8, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Walter and Betty (Burns) Gronau. He was a long time truck driver for Traush Baking Co., a milk hauler for Jack Cole, a maintenance worker for the Dominican Sisters and did early morning donut deliveries for Donut-Boy. Fred enjoyed conversation with friends at his favorite Establishment. He also enjoyed fishing with his family, especially his last few outings on the pontoon and his trip to Chetek.

Fred is survived by his wife Sandy, his sons; Todd (Karen) Gronau, Troy (Michelle) Gronau, his daughter Terri (Travis Metcalf) Helmle. Grandchildren; Sarah, Megan and Tim Gronau and Ricky and Ellie Brokus. Sisters; Candy (Jim) Nelson, Mary Ann (Jim) Dausener, Deb (Lyn) Knight, Shelley (Greg) Goeppner, and Diane "Dedee"(Tom)Cosgrove, Brothers; Jim (Jackie) Gronau, and Dave (Terri) Gronau, along with many nieces and nephews.

His family would like to thank Dr. Clamon of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for his exceptional care. Also Dr. Engelman, The Hope Lodge of Iowa City and Hospice of Dubuque for their time and support.



Francis X. Gruber, Jr.

Francis X. "Frank" Gruber, Jr., age 77, of Dubuque, IA, was called home to our Lord at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014, surrounded by his devoted family after a courageous battle with cancer. To honor Frank's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. Diane Grace officiating. To celebrate Frank's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 17, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Frank was born on January 25, 1937, in Dubuque, IA, and was adopted by Francis X. and Mary J. (Fischer) Gruber, Sr.


Frank graduated from St. Columbkilles in 1955 and joined the U.S. Navy after graduation where he served admirably on the USS Haas until 1959. He married Cheryl "Sheri" Jellison on May 5, 1973 in Epworth, IA. She preceded him in death on August 13, 2011. He was employed at John Deere for 38 years. Frank enjoyed time relaxing at the family cottage. He also enjoyed going Up North, playing mandolin and guitar, having jam sessions with his pals, watching and rooting for the Cubs and Hawkeyes with his cat, Baby Girl, and dog, Pogo, and enjoying AOL. He volunteered as a counselor for Gambler's Anonymous as well as Hospice of Dubuque. His thirteen children were his proudest achievement and he loved and cared for all of them with grace from the Lord. Frank's faith never faltered and with this strength in Jesus, his soul will live forever with Him.

Frank is survived by his children, Michael (Shari) Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Deborah Gruber, Spanaway, WA, Lisa Gruber, Williamsburg, VA, Joseph (Joanne) Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Jeffrey Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Missy (Kevin) Donovan, Dubuque, IA, Monica (Steve) Kuhlman, Atlanta, GA, Brian Atchison, Dubuque, IA, Sara Gruber Marino, Cedar Rapids, IA, Curtis (Jenny) Gruber, Madison, WI, Paul (Erica) Gruber, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Jackie) Gruber, Moline, IA, Abi Gruber, Minneapolis, MN, grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon, Katie, Kristina, Tishana, Jacob, Jenna, Megan, Brittany, Emily, Ben, Jacob, Ajay, Lydia, Issac, Anthony, Andrew, Amelia, Adalee, and three great-grandchildren, Conner, Liam and Eli.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of 41 years, Sheri and his son, Daniel.
In lieu of flowers a Francis X. "Frank" Gruber, Jr. memorial fund has been established to be given to his favorite charities.

The family would like to extend a special thank you and prayer to those who took such great care of Frank, especially Dr. Hermann, Dubuque Internal Medicine, Hospice of Dubuque and the volunteers at Meals on Wheels.

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



LaVerne M. Beighle

LaVerne Marie Beighle, age 83, passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Ennoble Manor after a brief illness. Visitation will be from 12:30-2, Saturday, November 22, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3650 Asbury Rd., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

LaVerne was born March 30, 1931, in Norway, Michigan, daughter of Serefeno and Tillie Rigotti. She was an active member of the local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and touched the lives of scores of people in her share of their Bible education work. She was known for her zeal for that activity. LaVerne also enjoyed playing piano, traveling and spending time with family. Her family always enjoyed her famous "pink" salad, playing spoons with her at family dinners and her contagious giggle.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gene and their four children, Deborah (Gary) Beresford of Dubuque, Mark (Wendy) Beighle of Cuba City, WI, David (Juanita) Beighle of Benicia, CA and Sarah Beighle of Platteville, WI; her sister Joyce Richards; nephew Michael Richards; five grandchildren, Corinna Beighle, Jacob (Heather) Beighle, Hannah (Ryan) Banchak, Naomi (Joel) Detrick, Leah Beresford; five great-grandchildren, Luke, Grace, Noah, Lily and Ava.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Special thank you to the entire staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Ennoble Manor for their diligent care.



Saverna R. Stoltz

Saverna R. Stoltz, 93 of Luther Manor died Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Friends may call Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Committal services will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Saverna was born on August 22, 1921 in La Motte, Iowa the daughter of Henry and Mary (Gehler) Herrig.
She married Bertrand Stoltz on February 22, 1949. He preceded her death on July 17, 2008.

Saverna was a wonderful homemaker and was employed for 15 years at Dubuque Senior High School.
In her early years she enjoyed sewing, playing cards, watching the Cubs, gambling, ballroom and square dancing, and listening to Big Band music. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and St. Ann's circle.


Surviving are her children, Ken Stoltz, of Boscobel, Wis., Jan (Phil) Keating and Alan (Lori) Stoltz of Dubuque; grandchildren, Tony (Abigail) Keating, Rachel (Jason) Carlstrom, Quintin (Jill) Stoltz, Jesse Stoltz, and Jordan (Chris) Roundhill; great- grandchildren, Joshua, Tabitha, Noah, Tirza, Alyssa and Blake; and a sister-in-law, Charlene Herrig.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Zachary Stoltz; and siblings, Elmer Herrig, Norma Michel, Rhinelda Brune, Florian Herrig, and Sylvan Herrig.

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

In lieu of flowers a Saverna Stoltz memorial fund has been established.


A heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor for their kindness and care.



Sr. Noel Weinert

Sister Noel Weinert, OSF, 86 of the Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 3:07 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at the Clare House. The Mass of Christian Burial will be, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 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 Sunday Nov. 16, 2014 with wake service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

She was born on Jan. 19, 1928 in Midlothian, IL the daughter of Julius and Theresa (Schlicht) Weinert. Sister Noel entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1946 and made final profession of vows August 10, 1952. Sister ministered as an educator in the Iowa cities of, Dubuque (Holy Trinity, Sacred Heart, St. Mary's Home), Rickardsville, Stacyville, Chicago (St. Mary of the Woods), Midlothian, Hazel Crest, Oak Lawn, and Blue Island (St. Benedict)in Illinois. She retired to Mt. St. Francis in 2003.

Sister is survived by her sister Lillian, her sisters-in-law, Lois Weinert, Cleova Weinert, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 67 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Julius, George, and Bernard (Dorothy), and her sisters Elizabeth (Abner Whiteaker), Theresa (Joseph Wenzler).

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

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.



Vincent J. Hasken

Vincent Joseph "Vince" Hasken, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque with his family by his side. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post #787 of East Dubuque. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 12:45 p.m. Sunday. Members of East Dubuque American Legion Post #787 will meet at 1:30 p.m. and Members of Menominee Dunleith Fire Dept. will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Vince was born near Menominee, IL, the son of Joseph and Alvina (Ricke) Hasken. He married Lou Mae Vanderah on August 24, 1954, at St. Mary's Church, in East Dubuque. They celebrated sixty 60 years of marriage this past August. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement. Vince was a member of St. Mary's Parish where he served as an usher for many years, and it's Holy Name Society. He was a charter member of Bishop O'Neill K of C Council #7527, Msgr. C. F. Conley Assembly 4th Degree, East Dubuque American Legion Post #7527, former member of the Jo Daviess County Board, where he served as finance chairman, former member of the Dunleith Township Board, East Dubuque Cemetery Board, a retired member of the Menominee Dunleith Fire Department, and a former member and past president of the East Dubuque School Board. Vince was an avid golfer, a Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and Iowa Hawkeyes Fan. He was very dedicated to the Pro-Life Cause and very supportive of the Special Olympics program.

Surviving are his wife, Lou Mae; nine children, Angela (Jeff) Shalla, of Iowa City, IA, Joan (Jim) Lampe, of Red Deer, Canada, Diane (Kevin) Hilby, of Rockford, IL, Teresa (Kevin) Driscoll, of Des Moines, IA, Sandra (Eric) Zelinskas, of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Sarah (Peter) Stonkas, of Parkview, IA, Amy (Roger) Oberfoell, of Cedar Rapids, IA, Robert "Rob" (Lindsay) Hasken, of Champaign, IL, Katie (Aaron) Robinson, of Des Moines, IA; 52 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Donald Hasken, of Dubuque, IA, Earl (Doris) Hasken and Roseann (Harlan) Nauman, of East Dubuque, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Greg, on April 1, 2007; and a sister, Darlene Gartner.

Memorials may be given to Dubuque County Right to Life and the Jo Daviess County Special Olympics program.

Lou Mae and family wish to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to Vince.

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



David A. Kaune

David Arthur Kaune, 50 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Memorial Service will be 6:00 pm., Monday, November 17, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street, visitation will be 3:00 pm until service time Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.

David was in scouts and earned his Eagle Scout award. Every weekend he went to Jellystone camping with his family. David was a star in both track and tennis while at Senior High School. He was also a tennis star while at the University of Dubuque, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in physical education and health. David enjoyed bowling and playing cards with his many friends. He was an avid Miami Dolphins fan. David's favorite animal was the dolphin and would take every opportunity to go see live dolphin shows. David was determined and a light in many peoples lives. He will be missed dearly by family and friends.

Online condolences maybe sent to hoffmannschneiderfuneralhome.com



James P. Fabricius

James P. Fabricius, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at Oak Park Place.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish - Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Dewayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, or after 9:00 a.m. on Monday at the church.

Jim was born March 26, 1931 in Dubuque, the son of Peter and Catherine (Stephensen) Fabricius. After graduating from Loras Academy, he served his country with the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. He married Mary Ann Sullivan on August 8, 1970 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. From his Fabricius Co. shop, he used his lifelong woodworking skills to handcraft the casket in which he will be laid to rest.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary Ann, of Dubuque; three children, Thomas (Barbara) Fabricius of Fond du Lac, WI, Rebecca Fabricius of Dubuque, and Amy (Patrick) Jahn of Fond du Lac, WI; his sister, Mary Fabricius of Dubuque and 6 darling grandchildren whom he dearly loved.

He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, John and Margaret (Rita) Fabricius.

The family requests no flowers. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

 



Beth A. Fair

Beth A. Fair, 49, of Dubuque died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital. Funeral services will be 2:30 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Sunday from 1 pm until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Beth was born July 15, 1965 in Sturgis, Michigan, daughter of Wayne Fair and Linda Chapman. She graduated from Lancaster, WI High School and Loras College.

She enjoyed spending time with her beloved son, her family and friends. She loved children, her cats and enjoyed the outdoors. Fall was her favorite season.

She is survived by her son, Evan Fair of Dubuque; her mother, Linda Chapman and her husband Henry Goldstein of Dubuque; a sister, Becki (Jerry) Zenz of Fond du Lac, WI and their daughter Kristin Zenz; a brother, Patrick (Kris) Fair of Dubuque and their sons Ryan and Dylan; a grandmother, Vera Lord and aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Fair.

For further information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa MICU unit for their wonderful care.



James S. Klaren

James S. Klaren, 73, of Worthington, died Thursday, November 13, 2014, at his home in the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 17, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 18, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Jim was born February 7, 1941, in Worthington the son of Nicholas and Armella (Schwers) Klaren.  He married Judith Power on February 19, 1966, in Delhi, Iowa.

Together they farmed and Jim worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years until retirement in 1996.  He was a 50 Year Member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2001 in Farley.  He was also a member of UAW Local 94.

Survivors include his 2 daughters: Julia Klaren of Cedar Rapids, and Jill (Shaunesy) Daly of North Liberty, 2 sons: Jonathan Klaren of San Diego, CA and Jay Klaren of Los Angeles, CA, 4 grandchildren: Aiden Klaren, Claire and Stella Daly, and Daniel (Klaren) Phelps; one sister, Janice (David J.A.) Kramer of Dyersville and sister-in-law, Dolores Klaren of Hopkinton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Judith in 2005, siblings: Joseph Klaren in infancy, Fred Klaren, Joann in infancy and Betty Klaren in childhood.

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

 

 



Ralph L. Digman

Ralph L. Digman, 85, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m., a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 17, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Ralph was born December 20, 1928, in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Anton and Mary (Teschler) Digman.  He served in the Army in 1951 and was discharged from the Reserves in 1956.  He married Alice Ann Harter on September 8, 1953, in Petersburg.  Together they farmed for about 16 years and moved to town.  Ralph also worked for Bard Concrete as a materials driver for 32 years, retiring in 2000.  Ralph was a member of the American Legion Post 137 and the Knights of Columbus Council 1734. 

Survivors include his wife, Alice, his children: Barb Davidshofer of New Vienna, David Digman and Robert Digman, both of Earlville, Daniel Digman and Dianne Digman, both of Elgin, TX, Lisa Sutton of Bennett, Susan Dunkel of Dyersville, Kenneth Digman of Winchester, MA, Carolee Boehm and Sally Digman, both of Earlville, and Tom Digman of Luxemburg; 24 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Verna Lee Digman and Clara Harter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons: James in 1999 and Steven in 2007;

2 brothers, John Digman and Edward Digman, a sister, Helen (Eugene) Steffensmeier, his parents-in-law, Serenus and Mathilda Harter, and a brother-in-law, Henry Harter

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

 



Dolores J. Wright

Dolores J. Wright, 84, of Dubuque died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at Manor Care. Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a visitation will be held after 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Dolores was born on April 6, 1930 in Lost Nation IA, the daughter of Edward A. Mohr and Viola M. Litts. She married William R. Wright on January 5, 1952. Dolores was employed as a CNA at Sunnycrest, Caradco. Dubuque Packing Company and Mt. Caramel. She enjoyed doing puzzles and had lots of love for everyone, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Frank (Marla) Wright, Linda (Terry) Nauman, Billie Jo (Kent) Rettenberger, June Wright, Karen Riniker and William Wright; 15 grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; 1 grandson; 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

In lieu of flowers a Dolores Wright memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Manor Care.



Melvin H. Keller

Melvin H. Keller, age 96, passed away peacefully on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2014 at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Mel was born August 22, 1918 to Henrietta & Herman (Sohl) Keller. Services will be held 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Hoffman Schneider Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where the family will greet friends one hour prior to services.

Mel married Virgina Mae Gassman on September 19, 1942. They had two daughters, Kathryn Ann and Karen Marie. They were married until her death on March 2, 2006.
Mel served for The Fighting 69th Infantry Division during WWII. He was missing in action after serving in the Battle of the Bulge. He received two purple hearts for his service. After serving his country Mel worked as a sign painter and eventually started Keller Signs. His work contributed to billboards, semis and building fronts all over the Tri-State area. His work lives on in the movies FIST and Field of Dreams. In his spare time Mel enjoyed fishing, bowling and serving on many boards. He spent countless hours armchair coaching while watching the Cubs or Bears. One of his proudest moments was being inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame. In his later years he loved being in ‘his' chair, eating candy corn and watching old movies with the company of his cats Nick & Nora.

Mel is survived by his daughter Karen (James) Peachee' and "his buddy", grandson, Spencer Peachee' in Davenport, IA. Also surviving are granddaughters Kristin (Daren) Davis, of Galesburg, IL , Kara (Mike) Linn of Dubuque, IA, Beth (Greg) VanderWel of Schaumburg, IL , Julie (Mike) Bennett of Peosta, IA and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife "Ginny", daughter Kathryn (Leonard) Vaassen, sister Margaret Weber and a great-granddaughter Sara.

The family would like to thank Dianne Stecklein and her staff at No Place Like Home, especially Nora and Janet, for the tremendous care Mel received.

In lieu of flowers, which Mel did not enjoy, the family will be setting up a Mel Keller Fund and the monies will be donated to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society and another charity associated with the Veterans.

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



Richard L. Cade

Richard Lukens Cade, 88, of Dubuque died Monday, November 10 at home. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a public Masonic Service at 6 pm. A Memorial service will be held 2 pm Saturday at First Congregational United Church of Christ where friends may also call from 1 to 1:45 pm Saturday. There will be a private family interment at a later date.

Richard was born July 1, 1926 in East Lansing, Michigan, son of Claude Marshall and Agnes (Hunt) Cade.
He graduated from public school in East Lansing, followed by service in the United States Navy during World War II.
During his undergraduate studies at Michigan State, Richard met his future wife of 65 years, Norma Benjamin, on a blind date. They both graduated in 1949.
They formed a close family that included four children, as well as two foreign exchange students and a foster son, Brian.

Richard spent his career employed as an engineer at John Deere in Dubuque and Waterloo, Iowa.

He is survived by three children, Claudia (Bill) Boss, Rena Cade, and Martin (Melissa) Cade; son- in- law, Tom LeClere; grandchildren Tracy LeClere, Wade (Tami) LeClere, Yancey Boss, Drew Boss, Richard Cade and expected to arrive soon, Robert Cade; and four great grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Becki LeClere; a sister in infancy; brothers Bill and Tommy; twin sister, Jane; and several aunts and uncles.
For further information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or First Congregational United Church of Christ.

The family would like to thank all of the Masonic and church friends, as well as Edna from Hospice of Dubuque.



Howard J. Konzen

Howard J. Konzen, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away peacefully, Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 14, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Howard was born April 12, 1925, in Holy Cross, Iowa, the fourth oldest of five children of Anthony and Rose (Klostermann) Konzen. He married RoseMary Frericks on August 5, 1947, in Dyersville at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, and they enjoyed 63 years of marriage until she preceded him in death in March of 2011. To this union three children were born. Howard began working at Scherrman's Garage as a mechanic and then began his 30 plus year career with Tegeler's Dairy. He loved his rural delivery routes and families for miles around knew him as "the ice cream man". The children especially loved him. He always took the time to visit with his customers and as a result made lifelong friendships. He was an avid hunter and was always up to driving through the country looking for deer, fox and coyotes. He enjoyed just going for a ride in the car or stopping at The Palace for a beer with Darlene and friends.

His faith was important to him and often stopped at church just to make a visit. He and Rosie were beautiful dancers and they floated together across dance floors whenever they had the chance. They now dance together in Heaven.

He was a member of the Dyersville Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, the Knights of Columbus Council 1734 and in his later years volunteered delivering Senior Citizen Meals with Santa.

Those left to cherish his memory are his three children: Karen (Gerry) Bries, Susan (friend Al Kramer) Konzen, and Jay (Cheri) Konzen, all of Dyersville, his grandchildren: Jennifer (Bill) Fangmann of Berwyn, IL, Sara (Brian) Campbell of Rockwall, TX, Angela Bries of Cresco, IA, Kelli (Justin) Hillebrand of Davenport, IA, and Mike (fiancé Ashley Hosch) Konzen of Dyersville; his great-grandchildren: Grace, Meg, Ruth, and Laura Fangmann, and Connor, Will, and Griffin Campbell; 2 sisters: Grace Ernster of Rochester, MN, and Rose Ann (Donald) VonLehmden of Dyersville; in-laws: Roy (Ruth) Frericks, RoseMary Frericks and Velma Frericks, all of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, RoseMary in 2011, parents-in-law, Edward and Margaret Frericks, twin great-grandsons: Peter and Jacob Fangmann; siblings: Lester Konzen and Ramona (George) Esch, in-laws: John Ernster, LaVern and Elmer Frericks, Vernita Frericks and Helen (Jim) Bell; nephews: Tom VonLehmden, Steve, Jim and Tom Frericks.

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

 

 



Elmer M. Bleile

Elmer M. Bleile, 78, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, at 3:55 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, 2014. To honor Elmer's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 2921 Central Ave. with Very Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Elmer's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service said at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Elmer was born on November 26, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Elizabeth (Pothoff) Bleile.

Elmer married Mary A. Dean on October 9, 1956 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kieler, Wisconsin. Elmer worked at the Dubuque Packing Company / FDL for over 42 years before retiring in 2000. Elmer was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus #5513. He spent his free time working at the Holy Ghost bingo hall and playing guitar at farmers market, nursing homes and parties. He enjoyed fishing, deer and turkey hunting and playing cards with his family and friends. Elmer was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Mary of Dubuque. His son, Randy (Karla) Bleile of Dubuque. His 5 grandchildren; Kelli (Shaun Sollanek) Post, Holli (Ryan) Cannon, Rachael (Jacob) Tharp, Melissa (Mike Melder) Faust and Kyle Faust. His 10 great-grandchildren. His 2 sisters; Anna (Leonard) Schmidt of Dubuque and Irene Streif of Lancaster. Son-in-law, Randy (Sandy) Faust of Pearl City, Ill. Brother-in-law, Dorrance Dean of Cuba City and 2 sisters-in-law, Donna Bobo and Barb Dean both of Dubuque.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Daniel Bleile and his daughter, Lori Faust. 1 Brother, Ervin Bleile and 1 sister, Lucille Dean. 4 Brothers-in-law; Dalven, Lenny and Herbert Dean and Harold Streif and 1 sister-in-law, Sherry Dean.

An Elmer M. Bleile memorial fund has been established.
Elmer's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dr. Kirkendall, especially Kate and Hospice of Dubuque for all their kind and compassionate care.

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



Theodore J. Johnson

Theodore J. Johnson, 86, of Dubuque died Monday, November 10, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd. where visitation will be held Wednesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Ted was born August 13, 1928 in Waterville, Iowa, son of Johnnie and Thea (Kolsrud) Johnson. He married Rosita Busch on March 25, 1950 in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on March 19, 2005.

He worked as a machinist at John Deere for 28 years, retiring in 1987. He enjoyed auto racing. Ted was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

He is survived by six children, Ted (Jolene) Johnson II of Dubuque, Lana (Dr. Terry) Totty of Nashville, Tenn., John (Mary) Johnson of Dubuque, Clint (Rita) Johnson of Dubuque, Kristell Winger of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Sean (Brenda) Johnson of Culver, Minn.; twelve grandchildren, many great grandchildren and a sister in law, Alice Johnson of Waukon, Iowa.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Susan Cupps and Jolee Johnson; and two brothers, Marlin and Lloyd Johnson.

A Theodore Johnson Memorial Fund has been established.



George A. Recker

George A. Recker, 82, of Epworth, Iowa died Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 4:38 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of George may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Services for George will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 14, 2014 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 where full Military Honors will be afforded by the Epworth American Legion - John White Post #650.

George was born on October 10, 1932 in Dyersville, Iowa, son of George and Ludwina (Burkle) Recker. He received his education in the rural Dyersville area schools. On October 27, 1956 he was united in marriage to Maureen Sherlock at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. He farmed in the rural Epworth area until his retirement in 1984 and then went on to sell Golden Harvest seed corn for many years.

George enjoyed life to the fullest, especially spending time with his family. He also enjoyed spending time with his buddies at the Truck Stop and Red Roof Diner. George was known for his great sense of humor and being such a fun, easy guy to be around.

He was a veteran, having served in the Korean War. He was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish in Epworth and the Epworth Knights of Columbus Council #7823.

He is survived by his wife Maureen Recker of Epworth, six children, Mary Jo (Tom) Danner of Peosta, Karen (Dave) Scott of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mike (Gail) Recker of Maple Grove, MN, Marty (Angie) Recker of Peosta, Steve (Heather) Recker of Epworth and Brian (Abby) Recker of Peosta; 18 grandchildren; six sisters; Esther Reichenauer of Monticello, IA, Mary Reichenauer of Dyersville, IA, Sr. Margaret Ann Recker of Milwaukee, WI, Helen Hawker of Cedar Rapids, IA, Velma (John) Krapfl of Dyersville, IA, Karol (Jim) Koch of Fairfax, IA, three brothers; Robert Recker of Marshalltown, IA, Charles (Ann) Recker of Dyersville, IA, Don (Joan) Recker of Nacogdoches, TX.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Donna Recker on Nov. 30, 1982 and a son, Ken Recker on November 10, 2000, one sister; Germaine Kelchen, and two brothers; Louis and Ralph Recker.

The family of George Recker would like to thank the wonderful staff at Stone Hill Care Center for all their kindness and special care. God Bless all of you.



Arlene L. Lewis

Another angel was called home on November 8, 2014. Arlene L. (Imbus) Lewis passed away peacefully at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab surrounded by her loving family.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at Lutheran Church of Peace, Platteville, WI, with Pastor Jeff Peterson officiating. Friends may gather after 11:00a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church. There will be a private family service of committal following at Rock Church Cemetery, Livingston, WI. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the church.

Arlene (Sissy) was born on May 28, 1947, in Platteville, WI, daughter of Robert and Hazel Nodolf. She graduated from Iowa-Grant High School in 1965. She was a Home Interiors demonstrator for several years and also loved making wedding and birthday cakes for friends and family. She also drove semi for many years before retiring. Mom loved all aspects of life, was a very kind and giving person, and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

One of the things mom loved to do was make crafts and go to craft shows. She took great pleasure in seeing other crafting ideas and met many new friends that enjoyed crafting as well.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Scott Schuett of Cannon Falls, MN, Wayne (Lisa) Imbus of Dubuque, Wanda (special friend Roger) of Dubuque, and David (special friend Jennifer) of Dubuque, grandchildren Natasha Imbus (great-grandchildren Trevon and Ma'Kaiyah) of Dubuque, Michael Imbus of Oceanside, CA, Justice Clark of Dubuque, and Jeanna and Jared Schuett of Baldwin, MN, siblings Robert (Kathy) Nodolf of Janesville, WI, Dale (Chris) Nodolf of Madison, WI, Barbara (Stanley) Erlandson of Platteville, WI, nieces Tiffany (James) Rusch (Jake, Isaac, Luke) of Milton, WI, Natasha (Eric) Stalo (Charles, Henry) of Ames, IA and several cousins.

She was preceded in going home by her parents Robert and Hazel Nodolf, a sister-in-law Shirley Nodolf and aunts and uncles.

The family would like to extend a great deal of appreciation and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Cao, the caring staff of Hospice of Dubuque, and the staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab, especially Julie and Lenora in caring for mom.

 



Thomas J. McDonnell

Thomas Joseph "Big T" McDonell, age 73, passed away
peacefully at his home on Ryan Road surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Pastor Jeffery McDonell officiating. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and after 9 a.m. Wednesday until service time also at the funeral home.


He was born on December 6, 1940, in Monticello, Iowa, the son of Steven and Agnes (Barnes) McDonell. He married Wilma Boffeli at the Church of the Nativity and together they shared 54 wonderful years with their seven children and seventeen grandchildren, spending summers on the farm by the pool and winters in Daytona, FL. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co. for 25 years as a truck driver and later was an owner operator truck driver with Dawes Trucking in Milwaukee. In between he loved Harley rides near and far, watching races on the track and from his kitchen, and keeping in touch with his many beloved friends.

Surviving are his wife, Wilma; six children, Daniel (Trisha) McDonell, of Dubuque, Dale (Sherry) McDonell, of Dubuque, Jeffery (Kathy) McDonell, of Cortez, CO, Kathy Grice, of Dubuque, Amy (Loren) Gaul, of Holy Cross, and Timothy (Jodi) McDonell, of Asbury; His grandchildren, Amanda, Cale, Jordan, Kara, Thomas, Victoria, Trinidad, Lucas, Chloe Kelly, Megan, Jacob, Cody, Lee, Logan, Levi and Landon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kelly McDonell; brothers, Bill and Steven McDonell; and sisters, Rose Mary and Virginia McDonell.

A Thomas J. "Big T" McDonell Memorial Fund has been established.

 



Floyd L. Clark

Floyd L. "Pete" Clark, 81, of Delmar, Iowa, died on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at his home in Delmar, Iowa.

A celebration of Pete's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, November 12, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

Floyd LaVern Clark was born on May 25, 1933 in Fulton, Iowa, to Alva D. and Dorcas L. (Skow) Clark. He was a high school graduate and then entered the military serving in the U.S. Air Force until receiving an honorable discharge. He then met and married Marilyn Joyce McCutcheon on July 21, 1956 in Keokuk, Iowa. To this union six children were born: Cindy, Dennis, Craig, Bryan, Teresa and Stacie.

Pete first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, then had a milk route and later worked as a maintenance man for the railroad. He retired from Caterpillar after 23 years working as a machinist.

Pete was an outdoorsman who enjoyed camping all over but especially at Wildwood, fishing for Catfish, hunting, mushrooming, and boating. In his younger years he had been on a bowling team.

Those left to honor Pete's memory include his wife Marilyn Clark of Delmar, IA; children Cindy Holdsworth of Dubuque, IA, Dennis (Mary) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Craig (JoAnn) Clark of Onslow, IA, Bryan (Sarah) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Teresa (Ron) Grandick of Delmar, IA, and Stacie (Kenny) Bowling of Delmar, IA; sisters Esther Burleson of MO and Gloria Lingle of Maquoketa, IA; 29 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild on the way in March. He was preceded in death by his parents, 9 brothers, 2 sisters, and a great-grandchild Maddie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Floyd L. "Pete" Clark memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Audrey Lambe

Audrey Lambe, 67, of Dubuque, and formerly of Hazel Green, WI, passed away Friday, November 7, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Rev. Mark Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery in Otter Creek, IA. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, November 10, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Audrey was born April 14, 1947 in Dubuque, the daughter of Vince and Louise (Federspiel) Nemmers. She married Phillip Lambe on July 6, 1968 at Nativity Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 24, 2013. Audrey graduated from Visitation Academy in 1965. During her time at the Viz she established many lifelong friendships and was elected Prom Queen because of her magnetic personality and fun-loving nature.After graduation, Audrey worked at the Telegraph Herald and later at Dubuque Bank & Trust. She then went to work at Loras College for over 20 years as the Administrative Assistant for Residence Life and Student Development. While working at Loras she delighted in keeping tabs on all of her children who graduated or worked there. She was a member of Resurrection Parish, Dubuque, and formerly a member of St. Joseph Parish in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Audrey enjoyed being on the go: hosting parties, attending sporting events, going to lunch with friends, spoiling grandkids, attending Zumba, and shopping! She was passionate about flowers and gardening. Most of all, Audrey was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She was extremely faithful to support and care for Phil and shared his love of horses. She never missed a family event and was always there to lend a hand. Audrey thoroughly adored going to her children's activities as they grew and was always thrilled to attend most of her grandchildren's as well. Audrey was a tireless servant to all those she loved and always put her needs secondary to others. She loved people well and was loved by many.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Vickie (Chad) Specht of Maquoketa, IA, Michael (Tessa) Lambe of Verona, WI, Marty (Emily) Lambe of Pekin, IL, and Stacie (John) Weber of Cashton, WI; her grandchildren, Brian, Nate, Paige, Connor, Andrew, Allison, Devin, Audrey, Evelyn, Elise, and Conrad; her sister Mary Lou (Ken) Althoff of Maquoketa, IA and her brother Ron (Jane) Nemmers of Dubuque.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her infant son, Brian; a brother in infancy, Roger; and her nieces, Shelley & Tara.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Engelman and his staff, the staff at Manor Care, Hospice of Dubuque, the Wendt Center, our Loras family, and numerous friends and family who have been supportive.

Memorials may be made to the Audrey Lambe Memorial Fund for later donation to her favorite charities.

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



Carl F. Ruff

Carl F. "Whitey" Ruff, age 94, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2014. To honor Carl's life, funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating and Rev. Robert Gross giving the homily. To celebrate Carl's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture said at 7:30. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Carl was born on February 18, 1920, in Peru Township, IA, son of Charles H. and Alma (Stecklein) Ruff.

Carl proudly served with the US Army during WWII. He was a C.Y.O. Boxing Champion in the Feather Weight bracket from 1937-1940. Carl married Irene Engling on May 9, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church. She preceded him in death on January 27, 2010. Carl worked at Wonder Bread for 11 years and spent another 23 years at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement. He was a longtime member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, Power of Prayer and the John Deere Retirees.
Carl is survived by 10 children, Cheryl R. (Lloyd) Hogan, Dubuque, Cathy A.(Steve) Larson, Corona, CA, Joan B. (Tom) Kuhle, Dubuque, Jane M. (Duane) Meyer, Dubuque, Jean M. (Gerald) Runde, Essexville, MI, Joyce I. Bettcher, Dubuque, Charlie J. (Sue) Ruff, Dubuque, Joseph A. (Dawn) Ruff, Dubuque, Craig A. Ruff, Dubuque, Neal A. (Kelly) Ruff, Dubuque, a daughter-in-law, Dee Ruff, of Adel, IA, 30 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren, 5 siblings, Phillip (Shirley) Ruff, Dubuque, Donald Ruff, Dubuque, Elaine Rapp, Dubuque, Alma Mae Reisen, Peosta, IA, Wilma (Jack) Derks, Tempe, AZ.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Irene; a son, Carl F. Ruff Jr.; two grandchildren, Troy Runde and Andrea Bellman; a great-granddaughter, Siena Downs; three brothers, Harold, Wayne, Chet Ruff and two sisters Virginia Gau and Jeanette Jungk.

In lieu of flowers a Carl F. "Whitey" Ruff memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all their devoted care.

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



Ronald A. Hankemeier

Ronald A. Hankemeier, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Private graveside services and burial will be held at a later date from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation and cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Ronald Arthur Hankemeier was born on February 19, 1950 in Andrew, Iowa, to Ardo H. and Doris M. (Thillmony) Hankemeier. He was a graduate of Andrew High School and later received his Associate of Arts degree from Clinton Community College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1968 until receiving his honorable discharge in 1972. He then returned home and married Dixie L. Eckelberg on August 9, 1975 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on April 4, 2006.

Ronald had worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation from 1976 until retiring in December of 2009.

Ronald had been a member of the former Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and then First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He had also been a member of Lutheran Brotherhood for many years.

He enjoyed being outside doing yard work, gardening and working on tractors. He loved watching the 3 Stooges, meteorology, tinkering with things and was always a farm boy at heart. He was known as a kind and generous good man who always put others first.

Those left to honor Ronald's memory include his children Jefferson Hankemeier of Minneapolis, MN, Joshua (Jeni Rizio) Hankemeier of Champaign, IL, and Amanda Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA; a brother David Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister Linda (Randy) Duhme of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death his parents and his wife Dixie.

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

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

 



Rebecca A. White

Rebecca A. "Becky" White, 66, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Becky's life will be held at 3:30 P.M., Saturday, November 15, 2014, from the Clarence, Iowa Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30 to 2:30 P.M. on Saturday, November 15, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Rebecca Ann Anderson was born on January 30, 1948 in Springfield, Illinois to Charles and Bessie (Stanfill) White. She married Terry Vincent White Sr. on November 25, 1976 in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 27, 1991.

Becky had worked as a nurses aide at the Jones County Care Facility for several years. She enjoyed fishing, watching television, playing dice and playing games on her IPAD. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren Taylor and Zachery.

Those left to honor Becky's memory include her sons Daniel (Sherry) White of Maquoketa, IA and Anthony (Alina Divine) White of Lisbon, IA; 5 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren; and sisters Irene Jessie Garlough of Wheatland, IA, Emma Kirklin of Silvis, IL and Shelby Costello of WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a step-son Terry.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Rebecca A. "Becky" White memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Nancy J. Baker

Nancy J. Baker, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died suddenly on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at her home in rural Maquoketa.

A celebration of Nancy's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, November 10, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, November 9, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Nancy Jo Streets was born on January 24, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Max L. and Leola M. (Lambert) Streets. She attended country school and graduated from Maquoketa High School. She married William August Baker on June 24, 1960 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville, Iowa.

Nancy was a housewife who raised a family, farmed with her husband and had worked at WALMART in Maquoketa for over 15 years until retirement.

Nancy was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. She enjoyed playing cards, fishing, camping, reading, puzzles, gardening and collecting pink depression glassware. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Those left to honor Nancy's memory include her husband William "Bill" Baker Sr. of Maquoketa, IA; children Brenda (Darcy) Hankemeier of Maquoketa, IA, and Brian Baker of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Barbara (Carl) Hardison of Delmar, IA; 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sons Bruce and William Jr., a grandson Christopher Hankemeier and a great-grandchild Aleah Steffen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Nancy J. Baker memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marcella M. Bjerke

Marcella M. "Toodie" Bjerke, age 95, of Dubuque, passed away at 2:46 a.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Luther Manor. To honor Marcella's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 10, 2014, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., with Rev. DeWayne Teig officiating. Family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 10, 2014, at St. Peter's Lutheran, Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Toodie was born on May 20, 1919, in Dubuque, daughter of John and Cora (Link) Bjerke.

Toodie was a life long Dubuque resident. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1937 and worked at Hartig Drug as a bookkeeper for almost 43 years until her retirement in 1984. She was a very active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School and volunteering in church organizations. She also volunteered at Luther Manor and was a member of Finley Auxiliary. For over 63 years, Toodie played cards with her special group of girlfriends. She read novels, enjoyed music and reveled in classic movies with a happy ending. Toodie enjoyed her travels throughout the Untied States and abroad. She will be remembered for the love and kindness she showed throughout her life.

Toodie is survived by,her beloved niece, Jan Bjerke, her "girls", Mary Kress, Kathy Slaght, Ellie Kaiser,
Janice Stemper, all of Dubuque, her cousins,
Lyle Link, Darlene Schuster and Goddaughter Janet McEvoy.

Toodie was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Merlin and his wife Dee.

The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Luther Manor.

Memorials may be given St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA., 52001.

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

 



Ronald J. Pfiffner

Ronald J. Pfiffner, 71, of Asbury, Iowa died Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Post 6. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where a wake service will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Ronald was born on Jan. 28, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of John and Clara (Fenley) Pfiffner. He grew up in Dubuque and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Louis "Lou" and Elizabeth "Liz" Spahn. On April 24, 1965 he married Barbara Blosch at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Ronald was employed in the Experimental Department at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1996.

Ronald was an avid hunter and enjoyed competitive shooting and being outdoors. He was a longtime member of Resurrection Church.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara; children David (Kim) Pfiffner, of Adel, IA, Jonathan Pfiffner of Oxford, MI, Ann-Marie (Dave) Johnson, of Colorado Springs, CO, and Matt Pfiffner of Dubuque; 5 grandchildren, Josh, Samantha, Jacob and Nathan Pfiffner and Zachary Johnson; a sister, Cheryl Magner, of Milwaukee, WI, and step-sister Rhonda Kruckenberg of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and aunt and uncle Lou and Liz Spahn.

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

Donations may be made to the Ronald J. Pfiffner Memorial Fund.

Ronald's family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at the University of Iowa and Finley Hospitals for their exceptional care.



Lorraine White

Lorraine "Babe" White 92 of Asbury, IA died on November 4, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where visitation will be Friday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and Saturday from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Mt Calvary cemetery.

Lorraine (Babe) White was born on February 19, 1922 in Sherrill, Iowa daughter of John and Lucy (Schmitt) Wagner. She married William Oster in 1941 and later married Robert White in 1979. She lived in the Dubuque area all of her life.

Babe was an accomplished seamstress and sewed all types of clothing for her family and tri-state residents. She made beautiful quilts for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. For 22 years she attended the three times weekly exercise group LAFF at Loras College. Babe enjoyed playing cards (bridge, euchre and cribbage) and was a member of the swing club bridge group for more than 60 years. In earlier years she bowled in many leagues and was on a state championship team in the 70's. Babe and Bob enjoyed dancing at Timmermans and the Elmo Club.

Babe is survived by her husband, Bob, three daughters Judy (Jack) Heiderscheit of Bettendorf, IA, JoAnn (Jack Kreiman) Hart and Janeen (Larry) Kaufmann both of Dubuque. Stepsons, Craig White of Buffalo Grove, IL and Mark (Bonnie)White of Wesly Chapel, Fl. Four grandchildren, Cheryl Maas, John Heiderscheit, Michelle Kaufmann, and Bill Kaufmann, and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Bernadine Bleile.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Harriet Baal, and son-in-law William Hart.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Resurrection Church.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy M. and Amy C for the loving care she received, and also her friends at the Village Co-Op in Asbury for their many thoughts and prayers.



Norman F. Welp

Norman F. "Norm" Welp, 83, of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 - 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary/scripture service will be at 4:45 p.m. Friday.

Norm was born on May 16, 1931 in Dubuque, Ia., the son of Joseph G. and Ida C. (Klaas) Welp.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School and a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U. S. Air Force.

He was employed at Wm. C. Brown Publishing Company from 1953 until his retirement in 1995.  Norm was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Parish, a former member of the East Dubuque City Council, East Dubuque Library Board, East Dubuque Lions Club and an avid golfer at Lacoma Golf Course.

Surviving are his children, Daniel "Buck" Welp of East Dubuque, Linda (Russ Grant) Welp of Zwingle, Ia., Judy Welp and Ronald "Ernie" Welp both of East Dubuque, Diane Welp of Cedar Rapids, Ia. And Christine (Tim) Knox of Oregon, Wis., five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  His siblings, Leora Bemboom of Dubuque, Glenn (Pat) Welp of East Dubuque, Janet (Lloyd) Berning of Hazel Green, Wis., and Joyce (Sylvester) Langmeier of Cuba City, Wis.  A brother-in-law Richard Meyer of East Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Ida, a sister Rosita Meyer, brother-in-law Leo Bemboom and nephew Joel Meyer.

Norm's family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care.

 



Freddie G. Potter

Freddie G. "Harguss" Potter, 47, of Monmouth, Iowa, died on Monday evening, November 3, 2014, as the result of injuries received in a traffic accident on Highway 64 and Landis Road one mile east of Anamosa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for a Remembrance Service and Luncheon from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Monmouth Community Center in Monmouth, Iowa. Burial will be at a later date from the Canton, Iowa Cemetery.

Freddie Gene Potter was born on Jan. 20, 1967 in Canton, Iowa, to Fred Lee and Joyce Marie (Clary) Potter. He was raised by his father and step-mom, Fred and Brenda Potter, and his mother and step-father, Joyce and Mike Green. He attended Cascade High School in Salem, Ore. He married Melissa Jan Switzer on Sept. 11, 2004 in Monmouth, Iowa.

Upon moving back to Iowa, Freddie had worked for Countryside Landscaping and Alan Carr Construction. For the past three years he had worked for Cascade Manufacturing in Cascade, Iowa.

Freddie enjoyed fishing for catfish on the Mississippi River, deer hunting, shooting pool and playing darts. He was a people person who enjoyed socializing and being around others.

Those left to honor Freddie's memory include his wife, Melissa Jan Potter, of Monmouth, IA; children Elisa Anderson, Haley Bowman and Kelsie Bowman, all of Salem, OR, Lauren Switzer and Benjamin Potter, both of Monmouth, IA; 3 grandchildren, Tayzzen, Serenity and Jaycee; his father and step-mom, Fred and Brenda Potter of Canton, IA; his mother, Joyce Marie Nyikus, of Mesa, AZ; sisters Tanya Potter of Lost Nation, IA, Angie McDermitt of Mesa, AZ and Lacie Potter of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a brother Nathan Potter of Canton, IA.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his step-father, Mike Green.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Freddie G. "Harguss" Potter Memorial Fund has been established.

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

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



Collin D. Barton

Collin David Barton, age 2, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. To honor Collin's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy officiating. To celebrate Collin's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture service said at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Collin was born on October 3, 2012, in Dubuque, son of Keith Barton and Heather Thill. Collin touched countless lives in the 2 short years that we were all blessed by his presence. His bright blue eyes were as enchanting as the cute noises he would make and the countless hours he spent entertaining himself by playing with his hands and constantly giving his thumbs the proper attention they required. Our little Cherub has been called home and now leaves many broken hearts for those who knew and loved him.

Collin is survived by, his mom, Heather Thill, Dubuque, IA., his dad, Keith Barton, Dubuque, IA., his maternal grandparents, Patty (Marty) Jungers, Dubuque, IA., Chris Thill, Dubuque, IA., his paternal grandparents, Dan (Stacey) Barton, Dubuque, IA., Lisa (Bill Kozelka) Barton, Dubuque, IA., his great-grandparents, James and Evelyn Henry, Donald and Mary Brimeyer, Louis and Phyllis Barton, Gene and Rose Bauer, all of Dubuque his aunt and uncle, Tom and Amy Sieverding, Anthony (Chelsee) Kasparec, all of Dubuque his cousins, James Kasparec and Brody and Ellie Sieverding.

A Collin D. Barton memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Keystone, Unified Therapy, Parents as Teachers, the U of I Childrens Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for all their tender and compassionate care.

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



Ralph C. Tayloe

Ralph C. Tayloe, age 86, of Dubuque, IA and formerly of California, passed away peacefully at 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ralph's life, private family services are being held.

Ralph was born at Children's Hospital in Hollywood, CA, on March 10, 1928. His parents Hallie Marie (Sherrick) Tayloe and William Chester Tayloe had recently built a home at 4419 Mariota Ave., in the Toluca Lake section of North Hollywood.

He was soon enrolled in the Cradle Roll Department of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. His education was provided at Rio Vista Elementary School, North Hollywood Junior High School and he graduated from North Hollywood High School in February, 1946.

He joined the U.S. Navy, went to boot camp at San Diego, then to the Naval Clerical School at Bainbridge, MD. He was assigned to Air Ferry Squadron One at Patuxent River, MD. He soon transferred to Air Ferry Squadron Two at the Naval Air Station in San Diego, CA. He was honorably discharged in 1947. Ralph continued his education at Los Angeles City College, graduating with a Business major in 1949. He then went to the University of California at Santa Barbara for a semester, then to UCLA where he graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor's degree with a major in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations. During this time he worked part time at Art Royce's Photographic Store on North Vermont Avenue. He entered graduate school and earned a Master of Business Administration in 1953.

He worked at Bullock's Wilshire while going to school. After graduating he went to work at Douglas Aircraft Company in El Segundo as a Production Processor. He continued his education at Los Angeles State College (on the L.A. City College Campus) and worked toward a teaching credential. He did his practice in teaching in social studies at H. Mann Junior High School and in business at Belmont High School. He was employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District to substitute for his master teacher, Mr. Brailsford, at Belmont High School.

In the meantime, he was attending the College Department at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and attended a "College Briefing Conference" at Forest Home Conference Grounds. Here he accepted Jesus Christ and became a born-again Christian.

The following year he again attended the "Briefing Conference" and was fortunate to meet a young musician, Marjorie Ellen Zaerr, at the dinner table, and assisted her in writing the words to a song brought to the conference by a speaker, J. Edwin Orr. The name of the song was "How Great Thou Art." Ralph married Marjorie on June 18, 1955 at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.

In the fall of 1955 he started his regular assignment as a Business Education teacher at Pacoima Junior High School in the San Fernando Valley. He taught typing, mathematics, journalism and was a seventh-grade counselor. In 1957 an airplane crashed on the campus and injured some of his counselees (Richard Battaligia and Rodney Ballau). Also during his time at the school, a student Richard Valenzuela, a guitar player and singer was killed in an airplane accident. He was known professionally at Richie Valens. One summer he taught at Los Angeles High School. In 1959 Ralph was assigned to teach business subjects at Los Angeles Metropolitan College at Olive and 12th Ave. in Los Angeles. Besides teaching Accounting, he also taught Office Machines, Economic Geography, Journalism, was a sponsor for the newspaper, and was a coordinator of Student Activities, as well as a counselor. In his spare time he was also an instructor for the Dale Carnegie Course one evening a week.

After living in an apartment on Moorpark Ave. in Studio City for a short time, Ralph and Marjorie bought a house at 4527 Kraft Avenue in the Studio City section of North Hollywood. Soon five wonderful children arrived to make the home very joyous. In 1964 Ralph transferred to the Business Department of Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys. Dr. Mark Matthews was the chairman and soon Ralph was the Assistant Chair as well as the sponsor of the business club (VABS). After a few years, Ralph was appointed the Assistant Dean of the Evening Division and worked with Dean Don Click. His next assignment was to be the Assistant Dean of Organization and Development under the College President, Dr. Robert Horton. In about 1979 he was assigned to the Assistant Dean of Education Services at Los Angeles Mission College in temporary quarters in San Fernando. In 1981 he went to Los Angeles Trade Technical College as Assistant Dean of Educational Services and worked with Jim Grivitch. Later he was Dean of Instruction and he supervised five departments: Graphic Arts, Auto-Truck-Motorcycle Mechanics, Fashion Design, Metal and Food Technology.

In 1986 he had five by-pass heart surgery and then transferred back to Los Angeles Valley College where he served as Assistant Professor of Business until he retired in 1989. He continued to teach in the evening until 1992. In 1992 Ralph and Marjorie moved to Solvang, CA. He was a member of the Christian Businessmen's Committee and of the Santa Ynez Valley Lions Club. They moved from Solvang to Dubuque, IA in 2007.

Ralph leaves behind his loving wife, Marjorie Tayloe, Dubuque, IA, his five children, Mary Ellen Stevens, Dubuque, IA, David C. Tayloe, Oceanside, CA, Sarah Lee Tayloe, Dubuque, IA, Susan Marie Tayloe, Walnut Creek, CA, John Danny Tayloe, Moorpark, CA, his eleven grandchildren, Melissa Stevens, Johnathon Stevens, Bethany Stevens, Matthew Stevens, Hallie Rogers, Dona Rogers, Khloe Tayloe, Wesley Ware, Corey Craig, Shane Tayloe, Brittany Tayloe and Chase Tayloe.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Richard J. Neuzil

Richard J. Neuzil, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at his home after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 7, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dick was born July 7, 1927 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Aloysius and Mabel (Lenoch) Neuzil.  He was raised near Iowa City, graduated from St. Patrick High School and served in the Army from 1950 - 1952.  He married Grace Derga on July 19, 1958, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Dick was a Linotype operator at the Dysart Reporter, the Dyersville Commerical, and finally at Wiedenbacher Publishing in Dubuque.

Dick could often be seen around town coming in or out of the Library or attending his children's sporting events at Beckman High School.  He enjoyed golf, the Iowa Hawkeyes and conversing with everyone.

Survivors include his wife, Grace, 6 children: Melanie (Loras) Phillips of Dyersville, Dean (Vickie) of Lakeville, MN, Melissa (Larry) Thier of Dyersville, Mary Neuzil of Coralville, Doug (Sue) of Hopkinton, and Mandi Neuzil of Cedar Rapids; 9 grandchildren: Jason (Jill) Phillips, Brandi (Chris) Pasker, Robbie (Emily) Phillips, Tyler and Briana Neuzil, Ben Neuzil, Natalie, Mitchell and Chad Neuzil; 6 great grandchildren: Caleb, Carter, Cole and Hannah Phillips, Evan and Tessa Pasker; siblings: Mary (Mike) Moore of Tulsa, OK, Joan (Ken) Chaloupka of Iowa City, Bill (Judy) Neuzil, of Texas, Shirley Lintz of Kalona, and Don (Arlene) Neuzil of Arizona, David Neuzil of Tulsa, OK. in-laws: Alvera Weber of Winthrop, Bernice (Art) Lansing and Jane Hahn, both of Dyersville, Mary (Bob) Morris of Manchester, John (Kathy) Derga of Worthington, Carol Derga of Racine, WI

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Dennis, parents-in-law: Albert & Marcella Derga; in-laws: Ralph Weber, Herb Hahn, Albert Derga and Rich Lintz.

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

 

 



Mary C. Jecklin

Mary C. Jecklin, 82 of Peosta, Iowa passed away on November 2, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her family. Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Holy Family Church New Melleray with Rev. Scott Boone and Rev. Xavier Dieter, OSCO officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Mary was born on April 27, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Marcella (Duschen) Cavanaugh. She married Donald Jecklin Sr. on August 11, 1951 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1984. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was always putting everyone else's needs before her own. She worked beside her husband Don on the farm and raised seven children in the work ethic of dairy farming that brings a sense of family that only a farm mother would understand. She taught her six daughters how to sew, bake and can food. She was a member and lector at Holy Family Church where she volunteered numerous hours in the Altar and Rosary Society, and also participated in the Thursday morning prayer group at Monastery. In her spare time she served as treasurer for the Dubuque County Fair Women's Food Stand, member of Dubuque Dairy Promotions, Dubuque County Farm Bureau, Morning Hope Theresians, Catholic Daughters of American, Secretary of Tri-State Saddle Club and a 4H Leader for three decades. She bowled in several leagues and her bowling exploits are legendary even after back surgery. Some of her passions include gardening and flowers especially in her own yard. Perhaps what she will be loved and remembered for the most are her prize winning angel food cake and her own apple pie that no one can quite duplicate.

She is survived by seven children, Vivian (Stephen) Strom, of Allison Park, PA, Rita (Dave) Ruden, of Dubuque, Don (Julie VanZile) Jecklin Jr., of Peosta, Sally (Dean) Heacock, of Durango, Rose (Bob) Mueller, of Epworth, Lois (Dennis) Schmidt, of Dubuque, and Jane Jecklin, of Peosta, Iowa. Sixteen grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. Siblings; Loretta (Joe) Graves, Juanita (Lyle) Dague, Sharon (Charles) Hermsen, a brother-in-law John Theisen and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers Tommy Cavanaugh, Loras (Lu Mae) Cavanaugh, John (Rita) Cavanaugh Jr., a sister Janaan Theisen, and a sister-in-law Thelma (Wilfred) Miehe.

In lieu of flowers a Mary C. Jecklin memorial fund has been established. The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they gave to Mary, also to Most Rev. Daniel Kucera, OSB for all his friendship.



Sr. Marian Kluesner, FSPA

Sister Marian Kluesner, FSPA, 81, died Sunday, November 2, 2014, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse. She was in the sixty-first year of her religious profession.

Sister Marian was born to Raymond and Luella (Buenker) Kluesner on December 31, 1932 at the family farm house in New Vienna, Iowa. She was baptized at St. Boniface Church and given the name Marian Esther. Marian remembers a delayed fourth of July celebration in 1940 because of the birth of the twins, Betty and Bob. She and her six brothers and sisters grew up on the farm and attended St. Boniface School in New Vienna. After graduation from high school, Marian entered St. Rose Convent on September 4, 1951.

Marian was received into the novitiate on August 12, 1952 and given the name, Sister Mary Marlys. She pronounced first vows on August 12, 1954.

She entered the field of education and earned a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in art from Viterbo College (University). She also attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN Sister Marian taught middle grades and high school in Wisconsin and Iowa. After twenty years in the field of education, she studied occupational therapy and served as therapist at Villa St. Joseph. In 1976, she moved into the social service field and worked for Catholic Social Service and Catholic Charities in Oklahoma and in Texas. She was Director of Catholic Charities, then Director of Emergency Assistance for El Paso Diocese for twenty-five years. After almost forty years of serving the poor, Sister Marian retired to St. Rose Convent in 2012. A little over a week ago, Sister Marian's health deteriorated quickly and she moved to Villa St. Joseph.

Family, friends and community remember Sister Marian as a person with a heart for the poor. Her quiet compassion touched thousands over the years. She welcomed everyone and helped in any way she could. She was often teased that her compassion even extended to stray cats, a true follower of St. Clare of Assisi. Sister Marian was a great story teller and found humor in the smallest things. She loved to sing and was delighted to be part of the St. Rose Schola.

Sister Marian is survived by her Franciscan community; three sisters, Helen Reardon, Dyersville, Iowa, Jean Kluesner, New Vienna, and Elizabeth (Lenny) Leick, Epworth, Iowa; and one brother, Robert Kluesner, Little Canada, Minnesota, a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Kluesner of Dyersville, IA, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Francis and Ralph.

Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, November 4, at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. that evening in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Family and friends may continue to call at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. where a final Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be held in St. Boniface Cemetery where she will be buried along with her family. Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements in La Crosse and Kramer Funeral Home with those in New Vienna.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI, 54601- 4782.

 



Richard E. Wallace

Richard E. "Dick" Wallace, 84 of Peosta, Iowa passed away on November 2, 2014 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, IL. Family and friends may gather from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Sunday, November 9th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. He was born on December 31, 1929 in Marshalltown, Iowa the son of Laurence and Bernice (Bailey) Wallace. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from High School in the Madrid, Iowa area. Richard is a US Army Korean War Veteran.

He married Norma Jean Magnani on August 1, 1953 in Missouri. She preceded him in death on February 23, 2011. He worked for John Deere as a manager in Industrial Relations. In his spare time he enjoyed boating with his family on the Mississippi. Aviation was a important part of his life. He owned and flew several types of airplanes over the years and was an active member of the EAA. After retiring from John Deere he took up woodworking full time and made custom furniture for family and friends.

He is survived by his children; Vicki (Tom) Ryan of Bourbonnais, IL, Anita (Charles) Streb, of LaGrange, IL, Belinda (Mike) Douglas, of Marietta, GA, Vickie Kuhl, of Ocala, Fl, Richard (Lori) Wallace, of Evans, GA, Douglas Wallace, of Madison, WI, and Scott (Eleanor) Wallace, of Dubuque. Nine grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and a sister Betty Pierce, of Temple, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Norma, two brothers Eldon and Leonard, and a son-in-law David Kuhl.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to a charity of your choice in Richard's honor or to Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, IL.

Thank you to all of Richard's friends, family and neighbors who's kindness and help allowed him to stay in his beloved home until just recently.



Clarence C. Gloeckner

Clarence C. "Woody" Gloeckner, 76, of rural Epworth, Iowa, died at 8:55 a.m. on Monday, November 3, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by his loving family.

Friend and relatives of Clarence may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Services for Clarence will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 7, 2014 at St. John Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid.

Clarence was born November 27, 1937 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of Clarence J. and Edith A "Butch" (Hefel) Gloeckner. He received his education in the rural country schools in the Epworth area and then attended the Peosta High School. On April 14, 1959 he was united in marriage to Johanna Miller at St. John the Baptist in Peosta, Iowa.
Clarence farmed and enjoyed his Allis Chalmers tractors. He was also employed at the former Dubuque Packing Co. for over 24 years. He then worked at Bill Miller logging, Theisen's and he did small engine repairs at Woody's Repairs.

He enjoyed playing guitar and writing songs, and played locally with his band Woody and the Woodchucks. He and Joan enjoyed traveling to Branson to watch the many music shows. Woody loved visiting Silker's, cutting wood and spending time with his family, including coaching Placid Baseball.

He was a member of the St. John's Parish in Placid, IA where he enjoyed serving as a greeter and always did so with a smile on his face. He was also a member of the Farley Knights of Columbus-Council #2001, and the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union.

He is survived by his wife, Joan (Miller) Gloeckner of Epworth, IA, seven children, Connie (Gene) Duschner of Farley, and their children, Kristen (Brian) Wernke and Brayden, Brynnleigh, Brooklynne and Brevyn, Josh (Kelly) Duschner, Stacey (Agustin) Cervantes and Copper and Evanie, Brittney and Jessalyn Duschner; Terry (Jan) Gloeckner of Dubuque and their daughter, Abby Gloeckner; Clarence (Tracy) Gloeckner of Farley and their children, Trevor (Jessica) Gloeckner, Colby (Ethan) Jordan, and Heather, Ethan, and Josh Wanzek; Julie Gloeckner of Dubuque; Christine (Terry) Kelchen of Dyersville and their children, McKenna, Halleigh, Eden, Teagan, and Taya; Chad (Jillena) Gloeckner of Farley; and Jesse Gloeckner (& Fiance, Ashley Schulte) of Farley and daughter Braelyn; three siblings, Marvin (Augusta) Gloeckner of Dyersville, IA, Gayle Hall of Epworth, IA, and Allen Gloeckner of Dubuque, IA; brother and sisters-in-laws, Darlene (Bill) Conrad of Epworth, IA, Bill (Mary) Miller and Roger (Reen) Miller both of LaMotte, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Jayme B. Duschner on August 9, 1988, and Damien M. Gloeckner on March 18, 1988; his father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Florence Miller; a brother Thomas A. Gloeckner; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Gloeckner and Marian Gloeckner; two brother-in-laws, Tom Hall and Stanley Miller.

A Clarence C. Gloeckner memorial fund has been established.

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



Donald E. Conzett, Jr.

Donald Edward Conzett Jr., 80, of Dubuque, died on Sunday November 2, 2014. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30- 10:45 a.m., Wednesday at the Cathedral. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald was born on February 27, 1934 in Dubuque, IA the son of Donald and Christina (Lange) Conzett. He was employed as a truck driver for most of his life. Through his work he was able to travel the country.

Donald enjoyed fishing, crossword puzzles, and college football. He was an avid Nascar and Chicago Bear's fan.
He was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral.

Surviving are his children, Daniel (Tami) Conzett, of Peosta, IA, Colette Williams, of Dubuque and Donald (Cathy) Conzett III, of Galena, Ill; 5 grandchildren, Amanda (Aaron) Libbie, Kyle Conzett, Heather Conzett, Michael Morris, and Tyler Conzett; five great- grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Darlene Conzett; niece, Kris Chapman, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jayne Chapman; and a brother, Ronald Conzett.

A Donald Conzett memorial fund has been established.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque.



Steven J. Mootz

Steven J. "Steve" Mootz, 53 of Dubuque died unexpectedly Wednesday, October 30, at home.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. Monday November 3, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Steven was born June 22, 1961, son of John and Bonita (Kiefer) Mootz and grew up in the Key West area. Steve graduated from Wahlert High School in 1980, Clarke University in 1991 both in Dubuque. He received his masters from The University of Iowa in 1993. He was employed at CorVel as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant for the past 16 years.

Steve loved sports and enjoyed fishing, golfing and playing pool. Also, Steve was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Minnesota Twin and Minnesota Viking fan. Steve loved the rock and country rock of the 70's and 80's, compiling an impressive list of concerts that he attended. A golf outing, sports event, party, or concert was always more fun when Steve was there.

Steve developed great friendships with many people, especially in the Key West area, these memories will live forever. He always took great