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Dorothy L. Kupferschmidt

Dorothy Leona Kupferschmidt, age 91, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, 1240 Rush St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on September 23, 1923 in Holy Cross, Ia., daughter of Edward A. and Frances E. (Gansemer) Meyer.

Dorothy married David C. Kupferschmidt on May 4, 1946 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her on May 2, 1997. She worked at the Dubuque Packing Co. for 7 years and in food service at Wahlert Catholic High School for over 30 years until her retirement in 1995. She was a member of St. Columbkilles Church, St. Rita's Catholic Mothers Club, Catholic Daughters of America Court Dubuque, 62+ Club, United Commercial Travelers Auxillary, the Past Counselor Club and Sweet Adeline's Barbershop Choral group. Dorothy was first and foremost a homemaker who was an excellent cook, baker, seamstress, and upholsterer. Dorothy enjoyed bowling, golfing, dancing, bingo and playing cards, but her greatest joy was found in time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy was devoted to both her faith and her family and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dorothy is survived by 3 Daughters; Connie (Wayne) Heim of Dubuque, Carol (Carl) Friederick of Hazel Green, Wi. and Kay (Brad) Averkamp of East Dubuque, Il. 11 Grandchildren; Jon (Kate), Jason, Justin (Gibby Metcalf) and Jordan Heim, Bart (Paige) and Mica (Susan) Friederick, Leah (Garrett Gutknecht) Ubersox, Tina (Danny) Loos, and Shawn (Corey Harper), Ben (Shannon Bass) and Joel Averkamp. 10 Great-Grandchildren. 2 Sisters; Helen Feyen and Mary (Owen) Nugent both of Dubuque. Brother-in-law, Aaron Kupferschmidt of Dubuque. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband David and her parents. A brother, Jerome (Bernice) Meyer. 2 Sisters; Anna Mae (Donald) Conlon and Mildred (Walt) Wedewer. Brothers-in-law; Bill Feyen, Ed (Leona), Francis (Armela), Paul, John (Mary) and Mark (Mona) Kupferschmidt. Sisters-in-law; Doris and Geraldine Kupferschmidt, Ruth Kane Popenthein and Rachel (Bob) Friedell. Nephew, Michael Nugent.

A Dorothy L. Kupferschmidt memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Allison, and Eagle Point Place for all their loving care and tender concern for Dorothy.

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

 



Beverly A. Metcalf

Beverly Ann (Chesterman) Metcalf, 77, of rural Peosta, IA., passed away at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at home surrounded by family & friends following an extended illness with cancer.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 13th, 2014 at the Rockdale United Methodist Church with Pastor Linda Von Fumetti officiating.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday October 12th at Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois, and after 9:00 a.m. on Monday at the Church.

Bev was born on June 24th, 1937 in Dubuque, the daughter of William Frederick and Helen M. (Donatsch) Chesterman. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1955. Bev married James D. "Jim" Metcalf on January 14th, 1956 in Dubuque.

Bev was a homemaker in rural Peosta and joined with her husband Jim in the ownership and operation of their farm.  She always had a bountiful garden, many fruit trees and enjoyed sharing her produce with family and friends. She was an awesome cook and baker and was known for her delicious angel food cake and pies. Along with growing produce, she also loved and grew many varieties of flowers and plants.  She was a gifted seamstress.  If you would stop at her home, you would more than likely find her at her sewing machine cutting or stitching fabric into the most beautiful quilts that often became gifts for family and friends.  She enjoyed dancing and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. She also worked part-time for many years as a school bus driver for the Dubuque Community School District.  She was a long time member of Rockdale United Methodist Church.  Most of all her love and devotion to her family and friends was endless.  She will be deeply missed.  Her strength has been an inspiration to all.

Surviving are her husband James D. Metcalf, children James Jr. (Rosanne) Metcalf and Deb (Joseph) Vize both of Peosta and Jeffrey A. Metcalf, M.D. of Brighton, CO., 8- grandchildren, Gregory (Ashlee) Metcalf, Alexander Metcalf (Angie Kirk), and Tyler Metcalf, Erin (Bryan) Engler, Jolynn (Jim) Hefel, Dayon, Andrew and Ebony Metcalf, 5-great grandchildren, Miles Metcalf, Joseph Vize, Kayden and Halle Hefel, and Lily Engler, a brother William (Linda) Chesterman, Jr. and sister Carol Chesterman (Ron Balmer) and a sister-in-law Janice Metcalf all of Peosta, Iowa.  Six nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Frederick and Helen Chesterman, a daughter Kimberlyn (Kim) Metcalf, her in laws David and Hazel Metcalf and a brother-in-law Dale Metcalf.

A Beverly A. Metcalf memorial fund has been established.

Bev's family would like to thank Dr. Hermann, Tony Heiar and staff, Hospice of Dubuque and Ruth Scheitzach for the wonderful care and support given to Bev during her illness. 

 



David C. Story

David C. Story, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital with his family by his side after a courageous battle with diabetes.

Funeral services will be at 10:00a.m. Monday, October 13th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Mr. George Herrig officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with full military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. Sunday, October 12th, at Leonard Funeral Home where there will be a prayer service st 4:30p.m.

He was born on May 28, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Eugene and Lois (Rogers) Story. He served in the US Army from 1968 to 1970. He married Mary Lux on August 4, 1978 in Dubuque, Iowa. He worked as a master mechanic for many years and retired from the United States Postal Service.

Dave was a loving husband and father and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Mary, three children; Shawn (Erin) Story, of Dubuque, Nicole Story, of Dubuque, and Stephanie (Mark) Dumer, of Dubuque. Four grandchildren; Sadie, Elora, David and Sam. His mother Lois Dale, of Dubuque, a sister Nan Story, and a brother Paul Story, of Dubuque, both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his father Eugene and his mother-in-law Rita Lux.

In lieu of flowers a David Story memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank The Finley Hospital, especially the ICU Unit, and a special thank you to Dr. John Whalen, and Dr. Ronald Iverson, for their exceptional care of Dave for many years.

 



Donald H. Lochner

Donald "Don" H. Lochner, 67, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:15pm at his home.

Per Don's wishes, in lieu of a wake & funeral, a Celebration of Life was held at Mario's Italian Restaurant on May 13, 2014 preceding Don's death. Thank you to all of Don's friends and family who attended and made this night so special. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Don was born on Sept. 2, 1947 to Phil and Dorothy (O'Leary) Lochner. He graduated from Wahlert High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971 during Vietnam. Don worked for 38 years as a real estate agent in Dubuque, and was a member of the City of Dubuque Board of Review.

Don was a loving father, grandfather, and a friend to many. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, laughing and cracking jokes. He especially enjoyed time with his favorite person... his granddaughter, Ayden. Don had a love for historical architecture and local history and would often share an abundance of knowledge with anyone he encountered. He enjoyed taking his granddaughter on long drives to explore Dubuque and learn about its history. He also helped greatly in the restoration of the Eagle Point Park fish pond in the mid-1980's along with numerous other historical buildings throughout his career.

Don fought a courageous battle with Leukemia and in his last couple of years he touched the lives of all he encountered with his spirit, courage, and love of life even in the face of death. Those who loved him are left with a renewed sense of life and how each day should be lived... with pride, strength, love and laughter with each day that is given to us... as he did up until the very end.

He is survived by his father, Phil Lochner; his brother, Larry (Jeanine) Lochner; his son, David (Tessa) Lochner; and his grandchild, Ayden.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy O'Leary Lochner.

The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful doctors and nurses at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, the exceptional staff from Hospice of Dubuque, and all of Don's friends who stood by his side throughout his life and up until the very end. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for all those who gave him joy in his last days.



Florence H. Gerhard

Florence Helen (Freiburger) Gerhard age 88 of Bellevue, Iowa, died peacefully after a long battle with heart disease and strokes on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Mill Valley Care Center, in Bellevue, Iowa. Services will be at 7:00p.m. Monday, October 13th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Penny Thomsen officiating. Family and friends may gather after 3:00p.m Monday at the funeral home until time of services.

Florence was born June 15, 1926 to Frank and Elizabeth (Errthum) Freiburger in Dubuque, Iowa. She grew up on the family farm north of East Dubuque, Illinois with eleven siblings. She attended Bayless Business College after moving to Dubuque and married Robert Gerhard on September 30, 1950. After raising their children, the couple moved to Bellevue, Iowa. Florence worked in women's clothing sales, winning numerous customer service awards before her retirement from Seifert Clothing. She was a charter member of the Dubuqueland Camping Club, Sertoma Club, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, and Bellevue Golf Club. Florence enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, picking walnut meats, harvesting apples with her friends, and being with her children and grandchildren. She loved her family dearly and always said "I love you" before saying goodbye. She took a lifetime to grow up and never quite got there maintaining a youthful enthusiasm in all her pursuits.

Florence is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, Robert Gerhard; five children, Cyndy (John) Meyer, Enid, OK, Connie Gerhard, Curt Gerhard (Theresa Budde), Kelly Gerhard of Dubuque, and Carla (Ted) Wiessing of Lodi. WI; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five sisters, Frances Hendricks, Viola (Paul) Farrey, Lillian (Wilmer) Avercamp, Irma (Roger) Massey and Carol (Dan)McDermott and one brother, Larry (Ellen) Freiburger.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Stella (Lawrence) Majerus; brothers, Frankie, Henry, Eddie, and Elmer Freiburger; in laws, Ed and Rita Pickel; twin grandchildren, Sarah and Tyler Wiessing and great-granddaughter, Parker Meyer White.

In lieu of flowers, a Florence Helen Gerhard memorial fund has been established. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the Bellevue Ambulance Service, the nurses of Mercy Hospital, the caring staff of Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, and Dubuque Hospice for their kindness and compassion.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com



Donald F. Lambert

Donald F. "Don" Lambert, 78 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, October 6, 2014 at his home. Funeral Services will be at 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 10th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Sister Mary Agnes O'Connor, BVM officiating. Family and friends may gather after 4:00p.m. until time of services Friday.

Don was born on June 17, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Sylvester and Lillian (Kopel) Lambert. He married Carol Ann Connolly on February 7, 1959 at St. Columbkilles Catholic Church. He worked at Dubuque John Deere Tractor Works for 25 years in the foundry until retirement. He is a member of the UAW local #94 and St. Patrick Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife Carol, four children, Larry Lambert of Dubuque, Lisa (Gary Freihoefer) Lambert of Dubuque, Sheila (Jack) Owen, of Florida, and Mike Lambert of Holy Cross. Eleven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and a brother Joseph Lambert of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert, niece Geanne Lambert and a nephew John Allen Lambert.



Sr. Stella Marie Swakoski

Sister Stella Marie Swakoski, BVM (Lidwina), 94, of Marian Hall 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at Marian Hall.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 - 11 a.m. on Friday at Marian Hall Chapel, with a prayer service at 11 a.m.

Sister Stella Marie was born on Oct. 10, 1919 at Butte, Montana, the daughter of John and Anna Marie (Heaney) Swakoski.
Sister Stella Marie was on the faculty of Clarke University, Dubuque; and was an elementary school educator and administrator at St. Anthony, Dubuque; Des Moines and Council Bluffs, Iowa; San Jose, Calif; and Butte and Missoula, Mont. She ministered as a secondary school counselor in Anaheim, CA.

She is survived by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 76 years, and nieces and nephews.

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.

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



Paul J. Oberfoell

Paul J. Oberfoell, 43, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 6:00 a.m. on October 5, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, after a difficult battle with cancer. Paul was born on November 6, 1970, in Dubuque, IA, to Albert M. Oberfoell and Carol M. (Timmerman) Oberfoell. To honor Paul's life, funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:30 am, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Ave, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. To celebrate Paul's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paul was a graduate of Wahlert High School and was honored with homecoming king of his senior class. He also graduated from Loras College where he continued his scholastic career as a cross-country runner. He grew up in the Robin Hood neighborhood working many years delivering the TH newspaper. After college he worked at Dubuque Golf and Country Club, and later worked in groundskeeping at Hillcrest Apartments, where he also lived. Due to his deep faith, Paul was a friend to all and saw others through the eyes of Christ. His hobby was helping and visiting with others, walking, writing letters, listening to music, and watching movies: his favorite being "Forest Gump," from which he could always recite lines. Life was like a box of chocolates to him-people were the various chocolates. Paul was a long-time member of Recovery Int., NAMI Dubuque, and Holy Ghost Parish, where he was a choir member and cantor.

He is survived by his parents, his brothers, a sister, a niece and nephews: Richard J. (Sun Hee) and Xavier, Iowa City; Gary A. (Katie) and Sara and Brady, Pewaukee, WI; Beth A. (John) Suehr and Aiden and Tristen, Palatine, IL.

Paul was preceded in death by his grandparents and recently by his aunt, Rosemary V. Timmerman, who passed away on October 2, 2014, lighting the way for him.

The family wishes to thank the nurses in Mercy's Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit and Sue Houselog, the Palliative Care Nurse, who were a constant support to him and the family.

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



Mary A. Hanson

Mary A. Hanson, age 83, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 21, 2014. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., at 9:30 a.m. with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., on Friday, October 17, 2014. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery.

Mary was born in 1931, in Sherrill, daughter of Martin and Frances (Krischer) Motsch. Mary married Arsenius "Arky" Hanson on May 10, 1949 in Sherrill. They were married for 62 years. Mary was a devout Catholic. As a stay-at-home wife and mother, she was also devoted to her family. She loved being creative and working with her hands: cooking, baking, sewing and crocheting. She was generous of heart and meek in spirit. Her children will miss her beyond measure.

Mary is survived by her 5 children, Sharon Hanson, Pamela (Harold) Polivka, Tina Hanson, Kevin (Ellen) Hanson, and Keith Hanson; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; her siblings, Herman (Virginia) Motsch, Eugene (Ruthie) Motsch, Ernest Motsch.

Mary is preceded in death by, her parents, and her husband.

The family would like to thank all Mary's friends and family for their love and affection. These connections were so important to her.

Online condolences may be left at www.behrfuneralhome.com



Donald F. Becker

Donald F. Becker, 79, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Sherrill (Iowa) United Methodist Church, with visitation at 9 a.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Don was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Dubuque, son of Herbert and Lorraine (Cushing) Becker. He served in the Marines from 1954 to 1956. He married the love of his life, Barbara Scheppele, on July 26, 1956. Don worked for Carr, Adams & Collier Company before his career at John Deere Dubuque Works. He retired in 1992. Known as the "Great White Hunter," Don hunted every season from deer to turkey and spent plenty of time fishing on the Mississippi River with his family. He enjoyed gardening and giving away his bountiful produce. Don also spent many winters in Texas, where he made numerous friends. When he was older, Don gave in to his love and took ballroom dancing lessons. He enjoyed dancing, Saturday night dinners and movies. Don dearly loved his family. He proudly taught his children and their friends how to water ski using his 18 foot flat-bottom boat when they camped on Waupeton. His grandchildren knew he was the one to go to for sugar free hard candies and cold Nutty Bars. Don loved playing cards, especially Fill or Bust. His corn fritters and ham were famous at family gatherings, where his eyes seemed to dance while watching his great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara; two sons, Richard (Cathy) Becker and David (Tammy) Becker; three daughters, Judith Kress, Janet (Chris) Nolta and Gwendolyn Becker; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Pat Schnee, Bonnie (Jerry) Roussel, Jolene (Bruce) Drapeau and Lynn (Bob) Jochum.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Paul Becker; and brothers Robert and John "Jack" Becker.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Drapeau Research account at Dupaco Community Credit Union to help Reece and Ryder Drapeau's "Fight for Sight."

The family wishes to thank Dubuque Internal Medicine and the Finley Intensive Care Unit.



Robert F. Rupp

Robert F. Rupp, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday morning, October 6, 2014, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Robert's life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, October 9, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Robert Franklin Rupp was born on August 16, 1919 in Dowagiac, Michigan to Benjamin Franklin and Leona Melvina (Bodkin) Rupp. He was a high school graduate and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Charlene H. Meyer on August 8, 1942 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She preceded him in death on May 20, 2010.

Robert had worked for Swiss Valley Ag in Maquoketa retiring after many years as a maintenance engineer.

Robert was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75, the First United Methodist Church and the Knights of Pythias in Maquoketa. He was a handyman, woodworker and carpenter who could make anything. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and he enjoyed bowling in his younger years.

Those left to honor Robert's memory include a son Robert W. "Bill" (Teresa) Rupp of Phoenix City, AL; 4 grandchildren, Paul (Kelly) Flemming, Paula (Lionel) Cantu, Missy Rupp and Pam (Mark) Cain; 2 great-grandchildren, Taylor and Brandon; a sister Roberta Kotek of WI; and a brother Clifford Bright of WI. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Charlene, and a daughter Patricia Flemming on May 3, 2012.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa or Mount Hope Cemetery Association.

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

 



Arnold D. Junk

Arnold D. Junk, 83 of Cassville, WI passed away on Saturday October 4, 2014 at Orchard Manor in Lancaster, WI. Memorial mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 9th at St. Charles Church in Cassville, WI with Rev. John Menholz officiating. Friends and family may gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of services. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Arnold was born on November 25, 1930, in Glen Haven, WI the son of Arnold B and Marie (Esser) Junk. He married Patricia L. Graney and she preceded him in death. Arnold and Patricia opened the first carwash business in Cassville, WI, he also worked for Grant Crawford Oil Company, and had a milk route business for Cassville Dairy.

Arnold loved music at a very young age self taught himself to play the trumpet. He played in many dance bands some of his own bands including; Arnies Dairyland Ramblers, Arnie and Robert's Band.

Arnie and his loving companion Delores Williams loved traveling, camping and the many adventures they shared.

He is survived by his children, Bruce (Donna Kotlarz) Lake Worth, Florida, Luann (friend Dean Worden) Briggsville, WI. His Grandchildren: Jason Junk, Jared (Sonja) Junk, Gavin (Amy) Junk, Kyle Junk, Travis Kotlarz, Garrett Kotlarz, Sierra Kotlarz, and Mackenzie Biba. Great grandchildren, Carter and Noah Junk, Kylee Junk, Taylor Junk, Gavin Lucus Junk Autum Junk, Cameron and Brenden Scholl. His Siblings, Wayne (Arlene) Junk, Donna (Monroe Skip) Raiseback, and Myrna (Harold) Clark. His loving companion, Delores "Dee" Williams and her children and grandchildren who were also part of Arnolds life: Randy Williams, Potosi, WI, Lisa Scholl Potosi, WI, Ronnie, Kyle, Luke and Logan Scholl, Gunther and Maggie Williams. Many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia, a son David, and a grandson Matthew Johnson. Siblings, Loren and Gerald and Shirley Bowers, and a sister-in-law Matilda (Sis) Yunk.



Melba L. Rechterman

Melba L. Rechterman, 91, of Lost Nation, Iowa, died on Sunday morning, October 5, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Melba's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, October 10, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on Friday, October 10, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Lunch will follow the service in "The Bistro" at the Carson's. Burial will be at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery.

Melba Lorraine Ruggeberg was born on December 6, 1922 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Orville and Olga (Skott) Ruggeberg. She grew up south of Elwood and graduated from Elwood High School. She attended Coe College, Marycrest College and the University of Dubuque earning her teaching certificate. She married Donald Andresen on August 11, 1941 in Missouri. He preceded her in death on November 20, 1945. She married Walter Rechterman on February 12, 1949 in Lost Nation, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1993.

Melba was a teacher. She had taught either as a substitute or full time teacher in the Calamus School District for over 40 years. Through the years she had also worked at the Tower Cafe in DeWitt and Hoffman Eggs in Maquoketa.

Melba was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the University of Dubuque Alumni Association. She was a Master Gardener and enjoyed canning and gardening.

Those left to honor Melba's memory include her children, Beverly Wiese of Lakeland, FL, Jeanette (George) Hebl of Solon, IA, and Frank (Barb) Rechterman of Desert Hills, AZ; a daughter-in-law, Karen Andresen of Lost Nation, IA; 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Lois Jean (Lou) Kellen of Homer Glen, IL, and Sondra (Jim) Seeright of Coronado Island, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Andresen and her husband Walter Rechterman, sons Donnie Andresen on May 11, 1952 and Alan Andresen on December 24, 2012, a grandson Jerry Alan Andresen on August 16, 2008, and two great-grandchildren Kara Wiese on December 26, 1990 and Johanna Wiese on March 4, 1994.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Melba L. Rechterman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Cecilia E. Hoeger

Cecilia E. Hoeger, 96, of Dyersville, Iowa died Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville. 

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Avenue SW in Dyersville where a vigil service will be held at 4 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 9, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Luxemburg.  Rev. Dale Rausch will officiate.

Cecilia was born February 23, 1918 in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph G. and Theresa (Steffen) Rausch.  She married Clarence L. Hoeger on September 27, 1938, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, Iowa.  She worked as a seamstress for many years, as well as being a homemaker.  Cecilia was a member of the resurrection choir for many years. She enjoyed gardening and playing cards.  While living at the Ellen Kennedy Center, she cared for the flowers in the front of the building.

Survivors include her son, Daniel (Marian) Hoeger of Dyersville, IA; daughter-in-law, Joanne (Tom) Oberbroeckling also of Dyersville; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Merlin (Jean) Hermsen and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence in 2002; 2 sons, Virgil Hoeger in 1963 and Robert Hoeger in infancy; siblings, Leona (Alphonse) Willenbring, Arnold (Dorothy) Rausch, Nickolas (Dorothy) Rausch, Arthur in infancy, Clarence (Florine) Rausch, Edward (Alice) Rausch, Aloysious (Mary) Rausch, Mildred (Arthur) Elenz, Urbain (Margaret) Rausch; in-laws, Sylvestor (Marie) Hoeger, Ambrose (Dorothy) Hoeger and Clara Hermsen.

The family wishes to thank everyone at Oak Crest Manor for the wonderful care they gave Cecilia, especially, Diane, Deb and Brenda.

Memorials are preferred.

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

 

 

 



Jay P. McCabe

Jay P. McCabe, 33 of 154 Redwood Drive, Cascade, Iowa, died Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Services for Jay will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at St. Martin's Catholic Church, with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. The family will greet friends and relatives after 9 a.m., Wednesday at the church.

The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jay was born March 23, 1981 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Pat and Pam (Gassmann) McCabe. He is a graduate of the Cascade High School. On June 10, 2006 he was united in marriage to Nicole Kleitsch at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

Jay was a meticulous hardworking individual, a traditionalist and was most happy being outside and with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Nicole McCabe of Cascade, IA; two daughters, Kiley and Khloe both at home; his parents, Pat McCabe of Farley, IA, Pam (Steve) Lynch of Cascade, IA; two sisters, Lacey McCabe of Farley, IA and Aspen Lynch; and one brother, Austin Lynch both of Cascade, IA; and numerous aunts and uncles.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Pete and Lorraine McCabe and Harry and Bernice Gassmann; two cousins, Jared Gassmann and Morgan Gassmann; and an aunt, Mary (McCabe) McKenna.

A Jay P. McCabe memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mona M. Dague

Mona M. Dague, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday morning, October 4, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Mona's life will be held at 7 P.M., Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private family burial will be held at the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mona May Schumann was born on May 21, 1932 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Arnold and Bernice (Miles) Schumann. She was a 1950 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Blaine L. Dague on June 14, 1950 in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union 4 children were born, Donald, Concheeta, Chet and Gale. Her husband Blaine preceded her in death on February 1, 2005.

Mona was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was more than a homemaker, she was a giver through and through and was always caring for her family right up until the end. She also loved sewing and embroidery and had made quilts, tea towels and many other items often donating them to charities and fundraisers.

Those left to honor Mona's memory include her children Connie (Terry) Otting of Zwingle, IA, Chet "Spook" (Shelly) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, and Gale (John) Mast of Redwood Falls, MN; Donnie's girlfriend, Bonnie Cook of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; a sister-in-law, Sara Schumann of Keller, TX; and a brother-in-law, Glenn (Joyce) Dague of Unionville, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Jim Schumann, and a son Donald "Donnie" on August 4, 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mona M. Dague memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Raymond L. Dominy

Raymond L. Dominy, age 95, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on October 3, 2014 at 11:42 a.m. Private family services to honor Raymond's life are being held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League.

Raymond was born on September 26, 1919 in Estherville, Iowa, son of Harry L. and Julie (Finn) Dominy.

Major Raymond L. Dominy proudly served his country during WWII as an U.S. Air Force B-17 pilot. Ray received numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross. After returning home he married Peggy Mershon on May 14, 1949 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She preceded him in death in February of 1986. Raymond retired from the Dubuque Pack after 30 years of service.

Raymond is survived by his children; Judy Dominy of Bernard, Ia., Thomas L. Dominy of Tacoma, Wa. and Michael L. (Paula) Dominy of Dubuque, Ia. 5 Grandchildren; Kelly (Matt) Wall, Tim (Teresa) Balfe, Josh, Tyler and Dejarae Dominy. 8 Great-Grandchildren. And a Sister Betty (Dale) Christensen of Audubon, IA.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Peg, 2 Sisters Leona McCarville and Jeanne Dominy and 2 Brothers Russel and Donald Dominy.

A Raymond L. Dominy memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to make a special thank you to Paula Dominy and Dejarae Dominy and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth, for their care of Raymond.
Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com



David M. Jungk

David M. "Barney" Jungk, age 59, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dave's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Dave's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dave was born on November 7, 1954, in Dubuque, IA, son of Phillip and Jeanette (Ruff) Jungk.

Dave married Theresa Waters on October 16, 1998, in Dubuque. Dave finally reached his lifelong dream of being self-employed and part business owner of Mall Mini Storage of Dubuque. He enjoyed sharing memories of a long volleyball career. Playing with him as your setter made the game "the best time ever". Dave was well known for building raging bonfires, canoeing, fishing, hiking, traveling and creek stomping along the Durango ditch. He loved exploring the High Sierras with his brother, Charlie, and leaves behind many friends and memories from his years in California. He was always a very positive person and willing to help anyone who needed him. Dave will be greatly missed.

Dave is survived by his loving wife, Theresa Jungk; his children, Natasha (Ryan) Trilk, Amy (Chris Maxwell) Waters; Payton Jungk, Matthew Jungk; his grandchildren, Alyvia, Benjamin and Franklin, all of Dubuque; his brother, Charlie (Dr. Phyllis Strain) Jungk, Escondido, CA; his mother-in-law, Shirley Waters, Dubuque; numerous relatives and many, many friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Joann; a brother, Phillip; and his father-in-law, Ronald Waters.

In lieu of flowers an education fund for Dave's children has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and all of his family and friends for their kind and compassionate care.

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

 



Sr. Mary Faith Lautz, BVM

Sister Mary Faith Lautz, BVM, 96, of 1050 Carmel Drive, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Marian Hall.

A Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at Marian Hall Chapel. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Marian Hall Chapel, where there will be a prayer service at 11 a.m. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Mary Faith was an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator in Wichita, Kan.; Chicago; Milwaukee; Phoenix; Fairbanks, Alaska; Kansas City, Mo.; and San Jose, Calif. She was an administrator of the Roberta Kuhn Center, Dubuque, and served in pastoral ministry in Anchorage and Holy Cross, Alaska.

She was born Dec. 12, 1917, in Dickinson, ND, daughter of Frank and Ann (Wenner) Lautz.

She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1938, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1943.

Surviving are nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 79 years.

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



Esther F. Taylor

Esther F. Taylor, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday morning, October 2, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather to celebrate Esther's life from 12 to 3 P.M. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private family graveside service and burial will be held at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Esther Faye McPherson was born on May 6, 1936 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Kenneth Owen and Hazel Irene (Manning) McPherson. She was a 1953 graduate of Maquoketa High School, and enjoyed having lunch every month with classmates. She married Gerald James "Jerry" Taylor on January 17, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 30, 2012.

Esther had worked as a clerk for several downtown stores including J.C. Penney, Linda's Fashions, Ray's Fashions and Schublin's. She received the courteous clerk award in 1982, and retired from Osterhaus Pharmacy in Maquoketa after 16 years.

Esther was involved in many bowling leagues, had received several trophies and awards, and was a member of the 600 Bowling Club. She had served as secretary of the City Bowling Association for 20 years. Additionally, she loved camping with friends at Spruce Creek, reading, word puzzles and watching television. She especially enjoyed being with her family and all of her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Esther's memory include her children, Diane (Dennis) Luett of Maquoketa, IA, Tom (Teri) Taylor of Delmar, IA, Denise (Scott) Kirk of Maquoketa, IA and Tim (Tracy) Taylor of Carefree, AZ; 12 grandchildren, Emily (Jim) Bates, Jessica and Codie Jacobsen, Kaitlin, Jenna and Ethan Luett, Conner and Aubree Taylor, Jake and Josh Kirk, and Mikaela and Mikenzie Taylor; 1 great-grandchild, Decker Jaxson Bates; brothers-in-law, Billy (Connie) Taylor of Maquoketa, IA, Roger (Deb) Taylor of Baldwin, IA, Eugene (Linda) Taylor of MI, Bob Ellithorpe of Maquoketa, IA and John Eastman of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters-in-law, Lola (Jim) Marshall of Maquoketa, IA, Carol Marjowski of Platteville, WI, Karen Andresen of Lost Nation, IA and Margaret McPherson of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Debra Stamm, her husband Gerald, brothers Paul and Garry, and sisters Sally Ann in infancy and Mona Eastman on September 28, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Esther F. Taylor memorial fund has been established.

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

 



William J. Greenwood

William J. "Bill" Greenwood, 61, of Farley, Iowa, died Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Bill may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Reiff funeral Home in Farley, Iowa. A wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m, The Farley Fire Department will meet in a body at 6:30 p.m.

Services for Bill will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014 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.

Bill was born February 20, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Eldon and Grace (Connolly) Greenwood. He was a 1971 graduate of St. Joseph's High School, in Farley, IA. He also attended St. Thomas Aquinas College in Nashville, TN and the University of Dubuque.

Bill's entire life centered around Main Street Farley, Iowa, his home-Greenwood's Grocery-St. Joe's Church and school. Farley is where everyone knew him and he was considered a friend to all, especially the elderly people,

He is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley. He was a community volunteer for the Farley Volunteer Fire Department, the Farley Commercial Club, for which he served as past President and the Farley Little League as a coach.

He is survived by one sister, Gloria Greenwood of Urbandale, IA; six brothers, Pat (Michele) Greenwood of Omaha, NE, Bob (Cheryl) Greenwood of Waterloo, IA, John (Shari) Greenwood of Peosta, IA, Tim Greenwood (& fiancé, Brenda Hills) of N. Buena Vista, IA, Terry (Trisha) Greenwood and Steve Greenwood both of Farley, IA; 16 nieces and nephews; Maggie (Helmut) Brugman, Mike (Kate) Greenwood, Grace Greenwood, Joe (Torie) Greenwood, Tim Greenwood, Abby Greenwood, Sara (Wes) Vorwald, Megan, Brian, and Lisa Greenwood, Anne Marie, Thomas, Mary Clare, James, and Eva Greenwood, Katie and Justin Funk; 6 great nieces and nephews, Elza and Mara Brugman, Amelia Greenwood, Noah Vorwald, Brooklyn and Avery Funk; Also surviving are aunts and uncles, Marion Greenwood and Phillip Sweeney both of Farley, IA, John Cosgrove of Cincinnati, OH, and a special cousin Sr. Lillian Connolly, RSM.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, William and Annie Greenwood and Joseph and Noreen Connolly.

William J. "Bill" Greenwood Memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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

A special thank you to Dr. J. Bruce Abele of Medical Associates, Dubuque, to the staff at Manor Care in Dubuque, the Staff of Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque ER and ICU Departments, along with Sr. Lillian Connolly, RSM for their gracious loving care of Bill.

 



Catherine P. Smith

Catherine "CAC" P. Smith, 94 of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Oak Park Place. Per her wishes no public services will be conducted.

Survivors include her children, Cathy (Rich) Theobald of Asbury, Sue Klein of Dubuque, Jim (Mary) Jones of Sherrill; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren & 2 great-great grandchildren.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene V. Smith (July 1999); and a son Tom Jones (April 2014) on April 27, 2014.

Catherine was born April 2, 1920 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Annie (Fure) Linden. She married Eugene V. Smith on October 30, 1959. Catherine worked for the former Dubuque Meat Packing Company for 21 years, retiring in 1979.

Cards and condolences maybe sent to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral c/o of Catherine Smith Family, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002

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

 



Nancy E. Dague

Nancy Even Dague, 63 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Memorial Service will be 3 p.m., Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the chapel adjacent to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, conducted by Deacon Dave McGhee. The family will greet friends one hour prior to services on Saturday at the chapel.

Nancy was born January 7, 1951 in Dubuque, the daughter of Buck and Eileen (Lahey) Even. She married Stephen A. Dague on April 16, 1982 in Dubuque. Nancy worked in the insurance industry for many years, working at Tri-State Insurance, Oberbrockling Insurance, and Lange Insurance; she retired in 2013. Nancy enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Lake Joy, playing cards, gaming, traveling and fishing. Her sense of humor and wit will be missed by all who knew her.

Nancy's survivors include her husband, Stephen; children, Dave "Quincy" (Katherine) Farber, Kira (Rick) Stephenson, Keith (Michelle) Dague all of Dubuque, and Ann Dague of Arizona; 7 grandchildren; siblings, Dan (Janice) Even, Rick (Deborah) Even of Dubuque, and Jane Even of LaFarge, WI; in-laws, Janet Westhoff, Lyle (Netze) Dague, Richard (Sharon) Dague, Robert (Barb) Dague, John Dague, Barbara (Jim) Scheuller, Kathlene Gisel, Monica (Rick) Soppe, and Lois (Mark) Erlich.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Maximus Stephenson, and a sister in-law, Madonna.

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



Ralph C. Bergfeld

Ralph C. Bergfeld, 82 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Saturday, October 4th at St. Joseph Church, Key West, with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Friday October 3rd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Ralph was born on August 25, 1932 in Centralia, Iowa the son of Clem and Margaret (Koopman) Bergfeld. He retired from Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) as a route supervisor in 1997.

Ralph served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Amvets Post #13. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus JFK Council 5513 and was family of the year in 1982 to 1983.

He married Marilyn Denlinger on May 15, 1956. For 82 glorious years Ralph shared his faith with God, his love of family, and the land he farmed. Ralph shared these attributes in his family and friends. Ralph was tough, fair, opinionated, and fun to be around. Ralph loved to laugh. Through his example each of us is a better person in our community. Ralph's legacy is the family and friends that surrounded him. His family and friends will miss the joy he brought to gatherings, his smile. His lifelong faith provides his family and friends with the knowledge that he is in heaven at the right hand of the father smiling and sharing. Ralph we love you, we miss you, we thank you.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn, his children, Thomas (Linda) Bergfeld, Otter Creek, Iowa, Cathy Arensdorff, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, Mary Ann (Robert) DeMeyer, of Alexandria, Virginia, David (Delphine) Bergfeld, of Epworth, Iowa, Laurie (James) Decker, of Bellevue, Iowa, Lisa Frederick, of Dubuque, Iowa, Martin (Angie) Bergfeld, of Bernard, Iowa, Joan (Bill Brus) Mausser, of Cascade, Iowa, Sara (Mike) Wild, of Dubuque, Iowa, Ami (Nick Koos) Bergfeld, of Cascade, Iowa. Twenty grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and one on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his siblings; Mary Gerdemann, Jim Bergfeld and Bernie Bergfeld, his mother and father-in-law Carlyn and Marie Denlinger, and sister-in-law Carol Clemen.

In lieu of flowers a Ralph Bergfeld memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center nurses and staff, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their loving care they gave to Ralph and his family.

 



Mona K. Eastman

Mona K. Eastman, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday morning, September 28, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Mona on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the gathering and burial will be at a later date in the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mona Kay McPherson was born on September 6, 1939 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Kenneth Owen and Hazel Irene (Manning) McPherson. She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married John Earnest Eastman on February 18, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Mona had worked for many years as a teller and later as branch manager for the former Jackson State Bank and Hawkeye Bank in Maquoketa.

Mona was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. She enjoyed quilting and sewing and was talented at needlepoint. She had won several awards through the years at the local fair showcasing her work.

Those left to honor Mona's memory include her husband John Eastman of Maquoketa, IA; a son, Richard Owen (Suzanne) Eastman of Phoenix, AZ; a step-daughter, Susan Ann Lorey of Rockwell, TX; 4 grandchildren; a sister Esther Taylor of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister-in-law Margaret McPherson of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, and brothers Paul and Garry.

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

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

 



Orville G. Yager

Orville G. Yager, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, September 26, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a celebration of life service at 6:15 p.m. Deacon John Stierman will officiate. Friends may also greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 1, at the funeral home. Graveside services and Military Honors by the American Legion Post #6 will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Orville was born July 25, 1926 in Dubuque, the son of James and Ermine (Currant) Yager. He married Kathleen "Kay" Boland in 1960 at St. Raphael Cathedral.

Orville served his country with the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Airforce during the Korean War, and was grateful for the opportunity to go on the Honor Flight. He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 11 years, and then at Ruan Transport for 20 years, until his retirement. After retirement, Orville worked as a security guard for Mount Carmel Motherhouse. Orville was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, camping, and fishing. He was very mechanically inclined, and especially liked clocks. Orville had a quick wit and great personality. He went on long walks, and greeted everyone he met. Orville has now gone to walk the hills and valleys with his beloved dogs who have gone before him, Bruno and Barron.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Kay, of Dubuque; three sons, Mike (Dawn) Yager of Racine, WI, Tom (Chrissy Mioni) Yager of Chicago, IL, and Tim Yager of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Gabe and Sam Yager, and Katerina DeAnda; one sister, Myrt (Jim) McDonald of Dubuque; one sister-in-law, Evie Boland of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ray (Lillian), John (Marianne), and Ivan (Eileen) Yager; one sister, Erma Chapman; and six sisters and brothers-in-law, Sr. Johanna Boland BVM, Jean (Frank) Schumacher, Joan (Dominic) Goodmann, James Boland, Tom (Nancy Boland-Lang) Boland, and Mary (George) Nacos.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, and to the staff of Ennoble Manor for their care of Orville.

 



Joni Williams

Joni "Da Momma" Williams, 50 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday September 27, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Services will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 2nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where friends may call after 4:00p.m. until time of services.

She was born on March 6, 1964 in Marengo, Iowa. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended the University of Dubuque. She worked in the Elections office for Dubuque County and also at Dan Kruse Warthan.

She was a member of the Teamsters Local 120, the Lions Club and Noon Optimist club.

From 1998 to 2008 Joni was a State of Iowa Foster Adoptive parent.

She is survived by her four children, Eric DeMoss, Joelle Williams, Zak Williams, and Mercedes Williams. Her father Harold Williams and stepmother Virginia. Her life long best friend Lisa Renfrow. Four sisters and one brother; Deb Gilpin, Coleen Scherrer, Lee Gibson, Kim Schmit, and Ray Steege. Many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her aunts Judy Abby, and Mary Eakes, her grandparents and a cousin Jerry "Bommer" Williams.

 



Kevin F. Riniker

Kevin F. Riniker, age 54, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at home on Monday, September 29, 2014, after a brief illness. To honor Kevin's life funeral services will be at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon David McGhee. To celebrate Kevin's life friends and family may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Kevin was born on September 6, 1960, in Dubuque, IA, son of Aloysius and Joan (Delaney) Riniker.

Kevin attended grade school at St. Patrick's and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. As a teenager he worked at Hoppers Greenhouse for three years. In 1980, Kevin graduated from the welding program at NITI and went to work for International Harvester. He later went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad which eventually became the Canadian Pacific Railroad. When Kevin was young he loved time spent with his grandparents at Turkey River, running through the bottoms or hanging out by the railroad bridge, and also at Estes Point. In his free time Kevin enjoyed riding his Harley, all things "Buenie", researching Riniker family history and agitating his brothers about politics.

Kevin is survived by his children, Cami Riniker, Dubuque, IA, Garrett Riniker, Dubuque, IA; his mother, Joan Riniker, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Robert (Traci) Riniker, Jacksonville, FL, Ronald (Marj) Riniker, Dodgeville, WI, Collin (Rita) Riniker, Wichita, KS, Meggan McDermott Schulz, Freeport, IL, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kevin was preceded in death by his father Aloysius, his maternal grandparents Francis "Bud" and Pearl "Lady" Delaney, his paternal grandparents, Evelyn and Aloysius Riniker Sr. and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Kevin F. Riniker memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Arthur E. Cooper

Arthur E.(A.E.) Cooper, 93, of 2295 Coventry Square, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on September 29, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. October 1, 2014 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi St., Dubuque, Iowa, with Pastor Carter Hill officiating. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the Church. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Sumner, Iowa. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements.

Arthur was born on April 19, 1921 in Waverly, Iowa, the son of Adelbert "Bert" and Josephine (Anderson) Cooper. He was raised in Waverly and graduated from Waverly High School in 1939 where he lettered in basketball and tennis. On November 15, 1952, Arthur married the love of his life, Phyllis Wittenburg in Sumner, Iowa.

He was a United States Marine Corps veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater during WWII from 1942 until his discharge in 1947. That same year, Arthur moved to Dubuque accepting a position with C.B. Trewin, Inc. He purchased the business from Mr. Trewin in 1953, renaming it Dubuque County Abstract and Title Co. He and his wife have continued to own and operate the business for over 60 years.

Arthur has been a member of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club since 1948 and was Past President and Trustee. He was also a member of the Grenlefe Country Club of Haines City, Florida; the governing board of the Iowa State Golf Association; a 25 year member and secretary of both the Dubuque Homebuilders Association and the Dubuque Board of Realtors; the National Association of Realtors; the Iowa Land Title Association and the American Land Title Association. 

He was an avid and accomplished golfer, competing for many years in tournaments and golf events throughout the Midwest. Arthur also enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis of Dubuque and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ruth Clewell of Waverly, IA and Grace Thatcher of Iowa City, IA.

An Arthur E. Cooper memorial fund has been established with proceeds going to his favorite charities.
The Family would like to extend their most sincere appreciation and gratitude to Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Arthur.

Online condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



John A. Burger

John A. Burger, 71, of New Vienna died Sun. Sept. 28, 2014, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wed. Oct. 1, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thurs. Oct. 2, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

John was born August 3, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Marcella (Drees) Burger.  He joined the Army National Guard where he served nearly six years.  He married Marian Goedken on January 22, 1966, in Petersburg, Iowa.  He worked at the Ertl Toy Company for 29 years, obtaining the position of Die Cast Operations Manager.  After the Ertl Company, he worked at Spec Cast and then became the plant manager at Lund Manufacturing until his retirement in 2009.

John had a larger than life personality with the ability to make people laugh.  When asked how he was he would reply, "Not too bad for a fat, ugly, old man," or "I'm fine, it's the rest of the world that's screwed up!"

Surviving are his wife, Marian, 3 sons: Doug (Shiree) Burger of Strawberry Point, Steve (Monica) Burger of Earlville, and Brian (Nancy) Burger of Petersburg; 5 grandchildren: Autumn Burger, Cody (friend Olivia Connolly) Burger, Nick (friend Leah Osterhaus) Burger, Cole and Ben Burger; siblings: Darlene (Merrill) Smock, Carl "Cub" Burger, Kaye (Eldon) Trumm, Dave "Crockett" (Linda) Burger, and Wilma Wolfe, all of Worthington, IA; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, William Wolfe, his parents-in-law, Emil and Cyrilla Goedken, in-laws: Dale C. Goedken a.k.a Goedken Dale, and Robert (Joan) Goedken, and a nephew, Richard Smock.

Due to John's lengthy battle with cancer, we would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who have tended to our needs these last 10 years.

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

 

 



Mary Ellen Billington

Mary Ellen Billington, formerly of 40 N Booth St., passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 8 pm. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mary Ellen was born on August 31, 1933 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Harold and Helene (Mohan) McCarron. She was married to William R. Billington Jr. on January 8, 1955; he preceded her in death on January 2, 1981.

Mary Ellen was employed at St. Anthony's Nursing Home and the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce as a tourist information specialist until her retirement in 2001. She was also the 1st president of the 4th street neighborhood organization.

Surviving are her children, Jon Peter (Sandi) Billington, of Dubuque, Jean (Bob) Urbain of Farley, Jo Perry, of Dubuque, Dennis (Kris) Billington of Readlyn, Iowa and Sara (Dennis) Galle of Dubuque; 23 grandchildren; 33 great- grandchildren; brother, Jon James (Joan) McCarron and a sister-in-law, Bertha (Jake) Sanders.

She was also preceded in death by her father on March 7, 1980, her mother on September 14, 1980; a son, James in infancy on June 4, 1959; and a special friend Clarence Davis on November 25, 2003.

Online condolences may be submitted to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

A Mary Ellen Billington Memorial Fund is being established.

 



Edward H. Scott, M.D.

Edward H. Scott, MD, MPH, 72, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on September 21, at Mercy Medical Center, with his family by his side. A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, Iowa. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6 at 5:00 p.m. Private family burial will be at Kossuth Cemetery in Mediapolis, Iowa at a later date.

Edward was born on July 5, 1942 in Mediapolis, Iowa, son of James and Elsa (Gustafson) Scott. He married Linda Rule on June 11, 1966. He earned his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Iowa and served his internship at the Gunderson Clinic until he was called to serve as an epidemiologist during the Vietnam War. He received the Bronze star for his service.

Upon returning from the war, he resumed his education, receiving a Master's degree in Public Health from John Hopkins University. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa. He went on to practice ophthalmology for 36 years at Medical Associates in Dubuque. During this time, he especially enjoyed helping children with ophthalmic problems.

Outside of ophthalmology, Edward had a variety of other intellectual interests. He had a strong love of military history and architecture. He designed the addition to the family home. Edward also enjoyed traveling to other countries to observe and study architecture. He inspired his children to pursue careers in these areas. Edward was a devoted and loving husband and father and he found great joy in his grandchildren.

Edward is survived by his wife, Linda, and their three children; Michael (Nicola) Scott of Dubuque, Ian (Melissa) Scott of Minneapolis, MN , and Colin (Karen) Scott of Dubuque; and five grandchildren, Henry, Neve, Erin, Georgia, and Will. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Elsa Scott.

The family would like to thank all of Edward's friends who were supportive and caring during the difficult time after his stroke. They would also like to thank the physicians at Medical Associates, the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, and the caregivers at Ennoble Manor for their care of Edward.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Edward's name to the Veteran's Freedom Center or the Lions Club of Dubuque.

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



Paul Tressel

Paul Tressel, 83, formerly of 451 W 16th St. Dubuque, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 29, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dubuque. Private burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6. To ensure everyone has a chance to watch the Packer game, friends may greet the family from 4:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, at Hoffmann, Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque. There will be a rosary service at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday following the visitation.

Paul was born on November 28, 1930 in Dubuque, son of John and Josephine (Imhof) Tressel. He married Joan Halverson on October 13, 1951 at St. Patrick Catholic Church Dubuque. Paul graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque and was employed as a Parts Manager at Clemens Motors and Riley Motors.

He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Dubuque Umpire Association. Paul was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed watching the games in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and at home with his family. He also enjoyed golf, especially being part of the Bunker Hill Wednesday night golf league and the Tressel Invitational Tournament. Paul enjoyed walking, playing cards, family reunions and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Paul served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was very happy to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Those left to cherish his memory include, his wife, Joan; their chidren; Mark (Cheryl Robey) Tressel, Thomas (Julie) Tressel, Daniel (Jane) Tressel, Steven (Dellane) Tressel, Rose (Dan) LoBianco, Mike (Julie) Tressel, all of Dubuque, and Kathy (Steve) Mullen of West Des Moines, IA; twenty grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; a brother Norbert (Mildred) Tressel of Dubuque; his sisters Lavonne (Al) Bauer of Overland Park, KS, Therese Breen of Detroit, MI, and Germaine (Thomas) Goblirsch of Bakersfield, CA; two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Tressel of Dubuque, and Loretta Tressel of Richfield, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, George, Allen, and Mark.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Ennoble Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Manzel and the staff at Medical Associates for the care they provided.

Memorials may be made to the Paul Tressel Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be left for the family at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Service : Dubuque, Iowa (IA)



Janice E. Schardt

Mrs. Lloyd (Janice E.) Schardt, 74, of 3460 Starlite Dr, formerly of East Dubuque, Ill., and the Quad Cities passed away at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Leah Barker officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Janice was born on Oct. 31, 1939 at Hazel Green, Wi., the daughter of John R. and Merita I. (Redfern) Russell.  She married Lloyd J. Schardt on August 2, 2002 in Dubuque.

She was formerly employed as a teller in the banking industry for over 30 years in the Quad Cities, and later worked at Lowe's in Dubuque and Walmart in Galena, Ill.

Janice enjoyed quilting, crocheting, shopping and the time spent with her family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was a member of the Dubuque Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving is her husband Lloyd, four daughters, Pam (Rick) Goodwin of Port Byron, Ill., Lori Holt of East Moline, Valerie (Doug) Oglevie of Arvada, Colo. and Julie Hudson of Moline, Ill., three stepchildren, Gary (Sheri) Schardt of North Liberty, Ia., Luke (Ellen) Schardt of Dubuque and Kelly (Tyler) Kowalski of Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, 9-grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and four step grandchildren, a brother Jack (Nancy) Russell of Geneseo, Ill.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Mary Godsey.

Lloyd and family wish to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dubuque Nursing & Rehab and Hospice of Dubuque for the special care provided to Janice.

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

 

 



Erma M. DeMaio

Erma M. DeMaio, 85, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Committal service will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, Sept. 29 at the Mueller Chapel in Linwood Cemetery, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

Erma was born on October 11, 1928 in Elma, IA the daughter of Fred and Rose (Striech) Bender.She married Charles F. DeMaio in 1948 in Dubuque.

Erma was a talented seamstress and enjoyed embroidering, crocheting and crafting.

Erma loved playing games, especially crossword puzzles and banana grams and was always ready for a friendly competition of board games.

Erma was a past member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Surviving is her husband, Charles; children, Pat (Jim) Kearney, Michael DeMaio, Robert (Tina) DeMaio, Rick (Barb) DeMaio, Terry (Laura) DeMaio,  and Debora (Robert) Reisen; 11 grandchildren, Jay Kearney and Jodi Burchette, Dana, Codi and Jake DeMaio, Jason and Chris DeMaio, Dawn and Nick DeMaio, and RJ and Brandon Reisen; 11 great- grandchildren; and 1 great- great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Bruce DeMaio; 6 brothers, Lester, Elroy, Russell, Kenny, Dean and Robert Bender; and a sister, Goldie Pregler.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Erma DeMaio memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Angela, and the entire staff at Hospice of Dubuque and to Nurse Ann and Dr. Viner for their compassionate care.



Gary L. Koehler

Gary L. Koehler, 62, of Dubuque passed away peacefully to his next life's journey on September 23, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. He was surrounded by family, with his loving Wife of 43 years at his side.

A visitation will be held on Sunday September 28, from 3-6pm at Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque. There will be a brief visitation before the funeral service from 10-10:45am on Monday September 29th at HolyTrinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi, Dubuque. Funeral service will follow at 11am.

Gary was born November 24, 1951 in Dubuque Iowa. He grew up in Dubuque as a young drummer engaging in countless adventures with his 3 brothers and married his High School sweetheart Sandra Laugesen on July 9th, 1971. As a native Dubuquer, he loved being on the river, fishing, hunting, watching "Da Bears", and cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He served on the Board of the Wildwood Association of Maquoketa, and loved to spend time at the camper. His hard work ethic from Flexsteel Industries to Uhlner tool later blossomed to include an embellishment for travel and fun with family and friends. He was a Gary of all trades with a unique affinity for humor. A true role model as a son, father, husband, grandfather, brother, co-worker, and friend. His presence will be missed but never forgotten.

Gary is survived by his wife Sandra Koehler of Dubuque; Sons Adam (Bridget) Koehler of Dubuque, and their children, Mackenzie, Hudson, & Griffin Koehler, and Ben (Leah) Koehler of Dubuque, and their son, Dexter ; Brothers, Scott (Bonnie) Koehler of Colorado, Jeff (Ellen) Koehler of Georgia, Brian Koehler of Oklahoma; Mother In-law Opal (Harlie) Turner of Dubuque; Sister In-law Donna Humke of Dubuque;and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

He has joined his parents Edgar and Beverly Koehler and Father In-Law Lorraine Laugesen in Heaven.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to the Gary Koehler Memorial.

The family wishes to express their most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Doctors and Nurses of the Iowa City Neurology and Critical Care Units with special Thank you to Dr. Ortega. The effort, care, and general consideration from the staff gave Gary and our family the best possible closing to this chapter of life.

 



Joseph C. Kronlage

Joseph C. Kronlage, 91, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a vigil service will be held at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Joe was born Nov. 1, 1922 in Dyersvlle, Iowa, the son of Joseph A. and Elizabeth (Rolfes) Kronlage. He married Verna Lee Klostermann on August 9, 1950 in Dyersville, Iowa. He worked at John Deere for 25 years and farmed west of Dyersville. Most important to Joe were his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved camping and winter vacationing in the south. Joe also enjoyed cars, music and playing his saxaphone and piano.

Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Verna Lee; 4 sons: Dan (Janet) of West Des Moines, Mark (Mary), Jeff (Debbie), both of Dyersville, and Bob of Cedar Rapids; brother Art of Dyersville; a sister-in-law, Mabel Kronlage of Monticello; grandchildren: Jodi (Paul) Gould, Neil (friend Margaux) Kronlage, Emily Kronlage, Tim (Shelby) Kronlage, Jackie (fiancé P.J.) Kronlage, Maria (Anuar) Benali, Melissa (Josh Thurud) Kronlage and Amanda (friend Tim) Kronlage; and great-grandchildren Jay Gould and Simon Kronlage.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jim; parents Joseph A. and Elizabeth; and siblings Ray, Marie (Rahe), Louis, Leona (in infancy) and Magdalen (Schockemoehl).

We would like to thank Dr. Cao for his compassionate care, Dr. First, and Shady Rest for their wonderful care. Also Hospice of Dubuque, especially Diane.

Memorials preferred to Beckman Catholic High School.

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



Alyce C. Westhoff

Alyce C. Westhoff, 83, formerly of Maquoketa and Delmar, Iowa, died on Wednesday morning, September 24, 2014, at the Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Alyce's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with a time of sharing at 7 p.m. Burial will be at the St. Patrick's Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Alyce Clara Westhoff was born on January 27, 1931 in Adrian, Minnesota, to Andrew and Rose (Suedbeck) Mensen. She graduated from Manchester High School in 1949 where she was active in the school band playing the French Horn. She married James J. Westhoff on October 17, 1951 in Manchester, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 6, 2008.

Among many jobs that Alyce held two of her favorites were as a cafeteria worker at the Maquoketa High School and as a retail sales clerk at So-Fro Fabrics in Virginia.

Alyce was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa.

In retirement, they lived in Delmar, where she and Jim were instrumental in renovating the Delmar Depot, transforming it from a machine shed to a popular museum. Additionally, she enjoyed dancing, sewing, flowers and gardening. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Alyce's memory include her children, Andy (Joanne) Westhoff of Jacksonville, FL, Cathie (Steve) Jebsen of Delmar, IA, Connie (and fiancé Jeff Felton) Smith of Jacksonville, FL, John Westhoff of East Dubuque, IL and Jim (Cindy) Westhoff of Greenwood, DE; a sister Rita Dougherty of Dubuque, IA; 9 grandchildren, Drew Westhoff, Evan Jebsen, Melissa Westhoff, Michelle Westhoff, Matthew Westhoff, Catherine Smith, Nicholas Jebsen, Robert Westhoff and Delaney Westhoff; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 7 sisters and 2 brothers.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Alyce C. Westhoff memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Marilyn J. Kelley

Marilyn Jane Kelley, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Des Plaines, Ill., and La Crosse, Wisc. died Tuesdsay, September 23, 2014 at home in Dubuque. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, September 26 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi, Dubuque, where friends may also call Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Hazel Green Cemetery.

Marilyn was born on March 24th 1938 in Mount Horeb, WI, the first of four children born to Rolf and Ida (Mickelson) Antonson. She was baptized in the East Blue Mounds church during the last service in that parish spoken in Norwegian. She attended Blue Valley country school before the family moved to Dodgeville in 1951. She graduated from Dodgeville High School in 1955.

Marilyn graduated from the nursing school at Madison General Hospital in 1958. She served as a nurse for 45 years during her long and rewarding career. 

Her nursing career included many years of service at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL and Holy Family Hall in Dubuque. She retired from Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI in 2003.

Marilyn married James Patrick Kelley on April 23,1960 at St. Raphael's Chapel, Madison, WI. This loving couple was blessed with four children. He preceded her in death in 1967. The family moved from Des Plaines, IL to Hazel Green, Wisc. in 1977. 

Marilyn is survived by her children Lisa (Steve) Saucke, Boscobel, Deirdre (Scott) Dalsing, Dubuque, and Tim (Kathleen) Kelley, Lincolnshire, IL; seven grandchildren, Michael (Katya), and Kimberley Kelley, Tighe, Taylor and Tierney Dalsing, and Sean and Keira Kelley; two great grandchildren, Aiden and one due next week; a step grandson, Bryan (Melissa) Saucke; two brothers, Lyle (Mary Ann) Antonson, and Dennis (Becky) Antonson, both of Dodgeville, WI, and a sister, Julie Antonson, Prairie du Chien, WI. 

She was also preceded in death by her son, Daniel, in 1977, and her parents.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, or the Marilyn Jane Kelley Memorial Nursing Scholarship, Southwest Tech Foundation, Fennimore, Wisc.

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



Robert W. Kingsley

Robert W. "Bob" Kingsley, 79, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at home of pancreatic cancer.

A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Church of the Nativity, with Monsignor James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday at the church until time of funeral mass.

Bob was born on Nov. 14, 1934, in Dubuque, son of Walter and Gladys (Riley) Kingsley. He attended Holy Ghost Grade School and was a graduate of Loras Academy.

He married Kay Markus 58 years ago on Aug. 4, 1956, at St. Raphael's Cathedral.

In his younger years, he served with the 1st Battalion Infantry with the Dubuque Iowa National Guard.

Bob owned Florco Floor Covering for 35 years. He then worked at Carpetland until his retirement in 1997.

Surviving are his wife, Kay Kingsley; four children, Pam (Bruce) Albrecht, of Dubuque, Steve (Wendy) Kingsley, of Bettendorf, Iowa, Lisa (Dave) Kass, of Dubuque, of Craig Kingsley, of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Jordan Albrecht, Debi (Mike) Maylum, Matt Kingsley, Kelly Kingsley, Zach (Abbey) Kass, Courtney ( Nick) Nadermann, Ashley (fiance, Peter Baylis) Kass, Audrey Kass, Alyssa Kingsley and Adam Kingsley; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and two brothers-in-law; and in-laws, Leroy and Stacia Markus; and a sister-in-law.

Memorials may be given to Nativity Catholic Church and Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care.

 



Robert C. Stone

Robert C. "Bob" Stone, 92 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 27th at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6, the Ringing of the Four Fives by the Dubuque Fire Department, and the Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums to play. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 26th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Bob was born on June 6, 1922 in Aurora, IL the son of Charles and Mary (Zuber) Stone.

During high school he was a member Civilian Conservation Corp, where his unit was responsible for the construction of Backbone State Park. He is a US Army Air Force Veteran, serving from 1941 to 1945 in the Europe-Pacific-China Burma India Theater's of War. He was proud that he flew the "Hump".

He married Lorraine Kluck on October 9, 1946 and she preceded him in death on July 28, 2000.

He joined the Dubuque Fire Department in 1952 and retired in 1987. At the age of 62 he received his private pilot license. He was a also member of American Legion Post #6.

He is survived by six children, Michael R. (Diane) Stone, of East Dubuque, Suzann "Suz" (Robert) Birch, of Key West, IA, Barb (Mark Hogan) Stone-Potter, of Dubuque, Nancy (Dan) Brant, of Dubuque, Mark (Cathy) Stone, of Dubuque, Martin (Lynn) Stone of Lancaster, WI. Fifteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lorraine, and one sister Margaret "Marcie" Richardson, a son-in-law, James "Jim" Potter, a grandson Jared Potter, great grandchild K.J. Donovan.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Lawrence Kukla, Dr. Mark Moore, and their staff, Hospice of Dubuque, and caretakers Cheryl and Sue for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bob.

 



Helen M. Sitzmann

Helen Marie Sitzmann, 84 of 1593 White Street passed away on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m. with Sr. Mary Agnes O'Connor, BVM.

Helen was born on May 27, 1930, she spent the first 17 years of her life at St. Mary's Orphanage in Dubuque. This experience gave Helen the desire to raise her five children by showing them strong family values and how to treat others with respect and dignity by her own gentle loving ways. Nothing was more important than family and thru good or bad times she lived her life with complete dedication to her children. She later found her biological family and formed a relationship with them.

She married Gregory George Sitzmann in June of 1953 and he preceded her in death on October 22, 1995.

She was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan and Dallas Cowboys Fan. She liked to play Blackjack, sing soprano, listen to old Country western music and go on cruises and vacations with family. She was also a dedicated member of St Mary's Parish for many Years.

She is survived by her five children, Gregory (Carol) Sitzmann, Mary (Carl) Summers, Sharon Simon, David (Linda Tigges) Sitzmann, and Thomas (Sandy Schnee) Sitzmann, all of Dubuque. Twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren, one sister Shirley (Steve) Wilhem and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gregory, a son-in-law Richard B. Simon, a grandson Richard Lee Simon. Siblings Mary Ellen Schwartz, Jerry Slater and Jack Slater.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Runde and his staff, the nurses and staff of Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care. A very special thank you to Helen's daughter Sharon for caring for her and allowing her to stay in her home these past two years.

 



Phyllis M. Wagner

Phyllis Mary Wagner, age 90 of Dubuque died early Sunday morning, September 21, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center following a brief illness.

A Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday September 22, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday until time of services at the Church.

Phyllis was born on May 25, 1924, the daughter of Albert and Mabel (Rooney) Bauer. She married the love of her life James A. Wagner on October 11, 1947 at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death in 1990.

She worked for the former Dubuque Fire and Marine Insurance Co., was a avid reader, QVC watcher, and she liked traveling and being with her friends. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Phyllis is survived by her three children David (Janice) Wagner, of Dubuque, Patti (John) Whitehead, of Davenport and Karen (Ken) Leubka, of Dubuque her eight grandchildren; Katherine McKeever, Thomas Wagner, Jeffrey Wagner, Kristina Conley, Angela Wakeland, Amy Hospodarsky, Gina Whitehead, Kyle Leubka, twelve great grandchildren and a sister Dorothea Giese, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband Jim.

A Phyllis Wagner memorial fund has been established.

 



LeRoy T. Goldsberry

LeRoy T. "Tom" Goldsberry, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Davenport, Iowa, died on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

Friends and Family are welcome to attend a Farewell Gathering in remembrance of Tom at 10 A.M., Friday, September 26, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa. Public graveside services and burial with military honors will be held at Noon on Friday, from the Rock Island National Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

LeRoy Thomas Goldsberry was born on August 11, 1924 in Fort Madison, Iowa, to Roy and Grace (Wilsey) Goldsberry. He grew up in Iowa and received his education in Alabama earning his high school equivalency and certificates in Basic and Advanced Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. He joined the Navy in 1942 at Great Lakes, Illinois and served his country until receiving his honorable discharge in 1946. He tried to find a job but was unable to find work so he returned to the Navy and served his country admirably with distinction for 6 more years.

After his time in the Navy, Tom began working for the government in the civil service. He worked in Florida at Cape Canaveral with the astronauts on the space shuttles. After 10 years, he missed the midwest and took a job with the Rock Island Arsenal. He also found a wife as well and in 1964 he married Sandy Jean Doxee. During the last 12 years of his employment at the Rock Island Arsenal he worked as an auditor for Arsenals across the United States. This also required Tom to travel all over the country until he retired. He then spent all of his time with his wife Sandy until she died on August 6, 2012. He then moved to Clover Ridge where he became a part of the Clover Ridge Family.

Tom enjoyed antique cars, landscaping, traveling, eating out, watching the world news and visiting with his extended family at Clover Ridge.

Those left to honor Tom's memory include a step-son Brian Davis of Oelwein, IA; cousins Bob and Betty Wilsey of Keokuk, IA, George and Mildred Peddle of Walcott, IA, and Butch and Shirley Neves of Kahoka, MO; special friends June Bush of TX, Bettie Kirkhart of FL and Jim and Laurie Steines of Maquoketa, IA; sister-in-law Jackie Murphy of Rock Island, IL; and his extended family at Clover Ridge in Maquoketa. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a step-daughter Jenny Davis.

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

 



Paul J. Simpson

Paul J. Simpson, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Zwingle, died on Sunday evening, September 21, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Paul's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, September 25, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Harmony Cemetery, Zwingle, Iowa, with military honors.

Paul James Simpson was born on July 7, 1929 in Zwingle, Iowa, to Harry Grant and Anne Marie (Gibbs) Simpson. He grew up in Zwingle on a farm and then served his country in the Korean War. He married Jan Chapman Livens in July of 1983. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2004.

Following an honorable discharge, Paul returned home and farmed the family farm until retiring and moving to Maquoketa in 2004.

Paul was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed farming, his rides in the country, and visiting with friends at the County Line.

Those left to honor Paul's memory include 3 step-children, Stephen (Lynn) Livens of CO, Gene (Rebecca) Livens of TX, and Michael (Paula) Livens of CO; and nieces and nephews, Tom (Lanny) Simpson of Maquoketa, IA, Sherry (Robert) Rohwedder of Baldwin, IA, Phil (Diane) Denlinger of Dubuque, IA, Pat Denlinger of Maquoketa, IA, Peggy (Craig) Flenker of Maquoketa, IA, Sarah (Tom) Knockel of Dickeyville, WI, and Paul (Jan) Denlinger of OR. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother Joe and a sister Jean Denlinger.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Zwingle Recreation Association.

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

 



Margaret A. Cramer

Margaret Ann "Marti" (Koob) Cramer, 81, of Dubuque died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, where a visitation will be held from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Marti was born January 4, 1933 in Dubuque, daughter of Clarence "Lefty" and Margaret Ann "Mardie" (Donahue) Koob.

She graduated from Visitation Academy and received her bachelor's degree from Clarke College. She then received her graduate degree in Physical Therapy from Stanford University and worked as a physical therapist for over 50 years.

Marti is survived by three sisters, Karen Dorshkind, Barbee Mills, and Kris (Jim) Noonan, all of Dubuque; five nieces and nephews and eight great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her daughter, Martie Cramer.

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

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

 



Raymond L. Breitsprecker, Sr.

Raymond L. Breitsprecker Sr., 79, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Raymond was born on November 17, 1934 in Iowa City, the son of Henry and Francis (Buchholz) Breitsprecker.
He married Eloise E. Manders on July 23, 1960 in Dubuque.

Raymond worked at John Deere, Dubuque Works and retired in 1989 after 33 years of dedicated employment. Following his retirement from John Deere he worked for Hartig Drug Store for nearly 15 years. Raymond was also a volunteer fire fighter in Sherrill, IA in the early 1970's.
Raymond was a Bears, Vikings and a life-long Cubs fan. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards with his friends and family, being in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping.

Some of Raymond's most valued times were being with his wife and best friend, Eloise and with his children and grandchildren, who he loved to tease and laugh with. His unbreakable bond he built with his son, Ray Jr. and grandsons Thom and Levi was unmatched. They always looked forward to spending time together, especially during hunting season when they would hunt almost every Sunday.

Raymond had a huge heart and a lot of compassion for others. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his wife, Eloise; 3 children, Doris Friebel, Raymond Jr, (Thelma) Breitsprecker, both of Dubuque, and Jennifer (Darren) Berthel, of Bellevue; 7 grandchildren, Nicole and Josh Friebel, Thom, Amanda, and Brandy Breitsprecker, and Danah and Levi Berthel; 2 step- grandchildren, Andrea and Austin Hansen; 3 great- grandchildren, Sean, Griffin and Brayden; 1 step great -grandchild, Easton; 3 brothers, Harold (Jean) Breitsprecker, of Dubuque, Ed Breitsprecker of Potosi, WI., and Henry (Chris) Breitsprecker, of Kenosha, WI.; 2 sisters, Lavon McKeon, of Darlington, WI. and Donna Farley, of Dubuque; 1 brother-in-law, John (Pam) Manders, of Appleriver, WI; 2 sisters-in-law, Juliann (Manders) Breitsprecker and Sue (Huss) Breitsprecker, both of Dubuque; an aunt, Edna Buchholz and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Gerald and Fred; sister, Irene Graves; 3 brothers-in-law, Donald McKeon, Jake Graves and Robert Farley; sisters-in-law, Fern Breitsprecker and a niece, Susan Breitsprecker.

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

A Raymond Breitsprecker memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff, especially nurse Sandy, and Amy J. of Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.



Robert Crowley

Robert Crowley, 70, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died on August 19, 2014 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY. Bob was born December 5, 1943 in Dubuque, IA to Pauline (Morman) Crowley and Wendell Edward Crowley. He attended St. Patrick's School, Loras Academy, and Wahlert High School, before graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1962. In Dubuque he played on local basketball and baseball teams, remaining an avid baseball fan throughout his life. He lived in Wickenburg, Arizona and Los Angeles, California before settling in New York, where he pursued a career as a stand-up comedian. He had lived in Albany for the past 20 years.

Bob is survived by his brother James Crowley and sister-in-law Catherine of Rye Brook, NY; his brother Charles Crowley and sister-in-law Carol of Ithaca, NY. To mourn his loss, he leaves behind nieces Patricia (Rye Brook, NY), Julia (Greenwich, CT) and Aileen (Nashville, Tennessee), Amy (Lavalle, MD), Rebecca (West Stockbridge, MA), Courtney (Plant City, FL), Kristi Mowery (Plant City, FL) and one nephew Gary (Winchester, VA).

His youngest brother Gary of Plant City, Florida, predeceased him in 2007.

Arrangements were made by Tebbutt and Frederick Funeral Home, Albany, NY (518-489-4451). The burial occurred at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.



Francis L. McDonough

Francis L. "Mac" McDonough, 86 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, September 22nd, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday September 21st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish rosary will be held at 1:45 p.m.

Mac was born on Dec. 30, 1927 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Charles J. & Anna (Tobin) McDonough. He married Mary Alicia Meyer on June 17, 1950. She preceded him in death on April 29, 1955. He later married Jan Martin on May 6, 1961 at Nativity Church.

He graduated from St. Patrick's grade school and Loras Academy, Class of 1945. He served with the Army in Korea from 1946-1947. He was employed by Crescent Electric Supply Company in Dubuque for 48 years, retiring in 1993 as Assistant Manager. He was a lifelong, avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He was a member of St. Joseph's (Key West) Holy Name Society, Power of Prayer Adoration Chapel and Pilgrim Virgin Honor Guard, and American Legion Post 6.

Mac's faith and family were very important to him. He enjoyed the Wednesday morning breakfast with his siblings. He kept his sense of humor to the very end. He will be greatly missed.
Family requests prayers instead of flowers. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph, Key West, or The Power of Prayer, Inc.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jan. His children, Kevin (Pok Sun) McDonough of Plumas Lake, CA; Colleen (Bill) Pasnik of Dubuque; Kelly (Philip) Davis of Chanhassen, MN; three grandchildren, Alex Enroth, Jensina & Nate Davis; his brothers, Lou, Tom (Connie), & Bill of Dubuque, his sisters, Mary Grant and Virgine (Dick) Johnson of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and newborn daughter, his brother Jack, and in-laws Frances, Geri, and Rita McDonough, Loras Grant, Jim & Judy (Martin) Rettenmeier, and F.A. & Marcella Martin.

 



Doris B. Whelan

Doris B. Whelan, age 90, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 10:10 p.m., Friday, September 19, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Doris' life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Doris' life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Doris was born on April 27, 1924, in Luxemburg, IA, daughter of Benjamin and Katherine (Meyer) Breitbach.

Doris was raised in North Buena Vista. She married John "Bob" Whelan on January 23, 1943, at the Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista. He preceded her in death on February 24, 2003. Doris was a member of the Church of the Nativity. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping, quilting, dancing and playing cards, especially Euchre. Doris had a green thumb and loved roses. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren.

Doris is survived by her children, J. Pat (Linda) Whelan, Fayette, IA, Joyce (Don) Riniker, Dubuque, IA, Kathleen (Dale) Ludovissy, Dubuque, IA, Mark (Paulette) Whelan, Muskogee, OK, Sandra (Kevin) Hancock, Dubuque, IA; 33 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; her siblings, Shirley Brimeyer, Manchester, IA, Mary (Don) Ludovissy, Dave (Mary Lynn) Breitbach, all of North Buena Vista, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, two daughters, Patricia Ann and Jean, three sons, Steven, Daniel and Robert Michael, a grandson, Scott Riniker, a sister Ann Marie Jestel and two brothers, James and Patrick Breitbach.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, IA 52002.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, especially the Sunshine Valley Wing, and the UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital emergency room and the ICU for their wonderful care of Doris.

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

 



Karen K. Young Wohlers

Karen K. Young Wohlers, 72, of Asbury and formerly of Dyersville went home to be with Jesus at 4:03 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Heritage Manor in Dubuque after her second bout with cancer.

Friends ay call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tues., Sept. 23, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

Friends and relatives may continue to call after 9:00 a.m. Wed., Sept. 24, at the Journey Assembly of God Church at 3939 Pennsylvania Ave. in Dubuque where a funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will be at Bear Creek Cemetery in Brandon, IA.

Karen was born May 15, 1942, in Garrison, IA the daughter of Milvoy and Emma (Jesina) Kaufman

She married James A. Young on Oct. 7, 1961, at the Assembly of God Church in Vinton, IA.  He preceded her in death on January 2, 1999.  She married Donald R. Wohlers on Oct. 25, 2003, at the Journey Assembly of God Church in Dubuque, IA.

Karen is survived by her husband, Donald Wohlers, children of both marriages: Christine and Luke Wohlers of Dyersville, Margie (Kevin) Wheeler of Mosinee, WI, Randy J. (Kathy) Young of Greeley, IA, and Cindy (Mike "Smiley") Kramer of Dyersville; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, James A. Young, and a brother, Dave Kaufman.

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

 

 



Joan Elizabeth Arensdorf

Joan Elizabeth (Foust) Arensdorf, 90, of 9747 Arensdorf Road, Zwingle, Iowa, passed away at 4:34 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at home due to Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West, with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Joan was born on June 12, 1924, the daughter of Rudolph and Henrietta (Pancratz) Foust. She graduated from public school and attended St. Clara Academy.

She married Leo Arensdorf on Nov. 19, 1941 and together they farmed in the Andrew, LaMotte, Zwingle, Iowa area and Dickeyville, Wis., while raising eleven children.

She loved her family, her married life of 51 years and her church with a strong devotion to the rosary. A favorite pastime was attending auctions and bringing home countless treasures.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Holy Rosary, La Motte and St. Joseph Key West churches.

Surviving are five sons, Martin (Sonja), Arensdorf, of Dubuque, IA, Leonard Arensdorf, of Rockford IL, Larry (Sandy) Arensdorf, of Maquoketa IA, Daniel (Lou Ann), of Dubuque, IA, and Neal (Jolene), of Spring Green, WI; four daughters, Mary Joan (James) Gothard, of Walnut, IL, Alice (Jon) Davis, of Galena, IL, Ruth (Steve) Arlen, of Zwingle IA, and Nancy (Dean) Herbst, of Dubuque, IA; 36 grandchildren,56 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren; her brothers Carlos (Mary) Foust, of Zwingle, IA, and Eugene (friend Ceil), Foust, of Cascade, IA; and her close friends Johnny and Dorothy Chesney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo, on Nov. 14, 1992; two sons, Jimmy and Sam; a grandson, James Arensdorf; a granddaughter, Stacy Arensdorf; great-granddaughter Lucy Smith; her brothers, Martin, Quinten & John Fred; and sisters Emily Herron and Janet Kemp; brothers-in-law Howard Herron and Al Kemp; and sisters-in-law Geri Foust & Jean Foust.

Thank you to Ann, Debbie, and Britt who assisted my family in home care during my illness, Dr. Andrea Ries and Hospice of Dubuque.



Joan A. Johnson

Joan A. Johnson, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa, died on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., with Pastor Larry Stark officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of services.

Joan was born on Sept. 27, 1937 in Waukon, Iowa, the daughter of William and Mary (Clancy) Thomas. She worked for Aladdin Dry Cleaners in Dubuque. She enjoyed her grandchildren, her animals and especially her dog "Mi Mi".

She is survived by eight children, Jeff (Cindy) Thomas, Robert (Judy) Johnson, Dixie (Jerry) Starkey, Melvin (Cindy) Johnson, Rick (Bonnie) Johnson, Jackie (Steve Tucker) Moeller, Julie Lembke and Kim (Bruce) Martelle; 28 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Ellen Williams and Patty Coffman; and a brother, William "Doc" Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James; a daughter, Debbie Finger; a brother, John; and sisters Pauline Donath and Rosie Renard.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkeldall and Hospice of Dubuque for all their care.



Loyola E. Morgan

Loyola E. Morgan, 97, of California, formerly of Bankston, Iowa, passed away on September 9, 2014 in California. Private family burial was held in California.

Loyola was born on May 5, 1917, in Bankston, Iowa, the daughter of Benedict and Mary (Jarding) Heiberger. She married Howard Morgan on March 31, 1940.

Among the survivors are her sister, Elaine Klein, of Dubuque, Iowa; and a brother, John (Jean) Heiberger, of Epworth, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; her son, Gary (Dagmar) Morgan, and two grandsons, of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard; stepmother Kathleen Heiberger; her sisters, Rosemary Pins and Eleanor Sigwarth, and a sister in infancy.



Ethel Cherioli

Ethel Cherioli, 92, of Dubuque, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at her residence. Private family burial services will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel was born on June 17, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Edmund and Mary (O'Neill) Powers. She married Hugh W. Cherioli in 1942, and worked in the Dubuque County Engineer's office for many years. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish.

She is survived by 4 children: daughters Mary Catherine Turner and Christine Cherioli, both of Dubuque, and sons Hugh Cherioli Jr. and Michael (Julie) Cherioli, both of California; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh, on Sept. 6, 1981; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Cherioli; three brothers, John, Paul, and James; and three sisters, Catherine Wright, Elizabeth Ball, and Mary Rita "Tiny" Powers.



Mark A. Adams

Mark A. Adams, age 57, of Dubuque and formerly of Griswold, IA, and Omaha, NE, passed away peacefully at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at home.

Private family services are being held to honor Mark's life. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Mark was born on March 20, 1957, in Griswold, IA, son of Darrell Adams and Linda (Cramer) Adams. Mark graduated from high school in Griswold in 1975, and later attended IT School. Mark began working for IBM in Dallas, TX, and was employed with IBM in Dubuque for the past 6 years.

He married Wanda (Roberts) Gruska on May 8, 2008, in Phoenix, AZ. Mark was an avid fisherman and an accomplished woodworker who was known for his intricate scroll work. He had struggled with alcoholism in the past and was very proud to have celebrated 13 years of sobriety. Mark was an Angel here on earth, and he will be greatly missed.

Mark is survived by his loving wife, Wanda Adams, Dubuque, IA; his son, Ross (Joy) Adams, Dodge City, KS; his 2 grandchildren, Kristopher and Trinity Adams; his step-daughters, Andrea (Rick) Tomada, San Diego, CA, Alice Gruska, Carnegie, PA, and Elizabeth (Derrick) Crabtree, Harrisonburg, VA; his mother, Linda Meek, Mountain Home, AR; his father and step-mother, Darrell and Delores Adams, Griswold, IA; his sister, Denise Crabtree, Phoenix, AZ; his 3 nephews, Scott and Brent Williams and Colton Crabtree; and his great-niece, Layla Williams.

Mark was preceded in death by two uncles, Dwight and David Adams.

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



Dolores N. Deutmeyer

Dolores N. Deutmeyer, 100, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dolores was born April 24, 1914, in Dyersville, the daughter of Joseph and Lenore (Wedewer) Schlarmann. She attended St. Francis Xavier School and helped out at home until she married Gregor Tegeler on April 24, 1935. He preceded her in death in 1943. She later married Hubert Geistkemper on Feb. 13, 1954. He preceded her in death in 1975. Dolores then married Edmund Deutmeyer on April 20, 1976. He also preceded her in death, in 1986.

Dolores had a very outgoing personality. Everyone was her friend and she put others first. She enjoyed playing cards, quilting and crocheting. Dolores made many afghans and quilts for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed doing this until Macular Degeneration set in. She had a lot of "bumps in the road" in her life and still she didn't complain.

Her religion meant a lot to her. She had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin. The biggest honor was to have the "Corpus Christi" procession come to her house and know the Lord was present on her porch. Father Petty started this tradition in 1993 which lasted 20 years, after which time Dolores moved into the Ellen Kennedy Living Center.

Survivors include her son, Herb J. Tegeler of Dyersville, and daughter, Mary Jean "Toots" (Henry) Westhoff of New Vienna; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and another on the way in September; one brother, Joseph (Madeline) Schlarmann, and a sister, Anna Mae (Loras) Kieffer, both of Dubuque. 

She is also survived by members of the Tegeler family: Lucille Overmann, Don (Cathy) Tegeler, all of Dyersville; Bernice Holub of Prairieburg, Fritz Bries of Epworth, Bev Tegeler of Bellevue, and Bob Fishel of Edgewood.

Survivors of the Deutmeyer family are: Frank (Joyce) Deutmeyer of Florida, Fred (Bonnie) Deutmeyer, Marilyn (Gerry) Prier, all of Dyersville, Iva Ungs of Monticello, Carol (Fred) Vorwald of New Vienna, Joyce (Bill) Brennan of Cedar Rapids, Ken (Margie) Deutmeyer of Guttenberg and Leon Deutmeyer of Winthrop.

Survivors from the Geistkemper family are: Ethel Pins and Daniel (Sandy) Geistkemper, all of Dyersville, Dorothy (Harold) Lake of Manchester, Joan Ament of Gilbertville and Alfred (Verna) Geistkemper of Savanna, Illinois.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her three husbands; a daughter-in-law, Doris Tegeler; and siblings Clarence (Malita) Schlarmann, Louis (Mary) Schlarmann, Jerome (Rita) Schlarmann, Cletus and Robert Schlarmann and Eugene (Imelda) Schlarmann.

Those preceding her in death from the Tegeler family include: Reynold (Irene) Tegeler, Gilbert (Sedelle) Tegeler, Helen (Bill) Kramer, Patricia Tegeler, Elmer (Edna) Tegeler, Herb Platz and Norma Platz Deppe, Lawrence Deppe, Marcie Bries, Leona (August) Gudenkauf, Earl Holub, Tony Tegeler, Dorothy Tegeler Hoeger and Irvin Overmann.

Preceding her in death from the Deutmeyer family are: Phil Deutmeyer, Marvin Ungs and Dick Klostermann.

Those preceding her in death from the Geistkemper family are: Elmer (Evelyn) Geistkemper, Herman (Annetta) Geistkemper, Jerome Pins, Eleanore (John) Hoeger, Margie Geistkemper, Marie Geistkemper, Tom Ament and Ray (Millie) Geistkemper.

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



Dale F. Driscoll

Dale F. Driscoll, 75, of Cascade, Iowa and formerly of Andrew and Bernard, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 3:00 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Dale may call from 8 to 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa. Services for Dale will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Dale was born September 29, 1938 in Monticello, Iowa, son of Leon and Bertha (Kirsch) Driscoll. He received his elementary education at Sacred Heart School in Fillmore, IA and graduated from the former St. Martin's High School in Cascade. On January 8, 1966 he was united in marriage to Rita Weber at St. Donatus Catholic Church in St. Donatus, IA. The couple farmed in the Fillmore area. Dale was also a Livestock Buyer.

He loved all animals. He enjoyed fishing, trail riding, playing cards especially euchre, raising his fox hounds, and helping his daughter with her show cattle for the 4-H shows. He loved to go out to dinner with family and friends, and was known to truly have the "Gift of Gab."

He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, IA, the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930, and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.

He is survived by his wife Rita Driscoll of Cascade; a daughter, Julie (Driscoll) & John Cooke of Ryan; three step-grandchildren, Cody, Keshia and Kayla; a brother, Ernie (Jeanne) Driscoll of Cascade; one nephew, Mark Driscoll; a niece, Molly (Otto) Krueger; his father and mother-in-law, Raymond and Mary Weber of Dubuque; brothers and sisters-in-law, Arlene & Steve Turnis of Dubuque, Linda & Norb Kutsch of Sherrill, Ray Weber Jr. of Bellevue, Lucy & Rod Vogel of Indianola, Mary & Dr. Paul Fowler of Ocney, MD; and 11 nieces and nephews..

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Loras Driscoll.

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

 



John W. O'Toole

John W. "Jack" O'Toole, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 15, 2015 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 18th, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 17th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where there will be a wake service at 4pm.

John was born on October 9, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leo and Josephine (Galvin) O'Toole.

He is a US Army Veteran. He married Joyce Coyle on October 16, 1963 in Dubuque, and worked for Dubuque John Deere for many years until retirement.

He enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. He was an avid Oakland Raiders, Iowa Hawkeye and Fighting Saints fan. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, two children; Molly (Bill) Carpenter, of Dubuque, and Sean (Erin) O'Toole, of Gilbert, Arizona. Six grandchildren, Kayla, Billy, Brock Carpenter, Jackson, Nolan, and Josie O'Toole. Siblings; Joe (Dorothy) Benzer of Cedar Rapids, and Bob (Joann) Benzer, Scottsdale, Arizona, his loving companion "Muffy" and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, a sister Mary Jo Atchison, and brothers Dave and Marty O'Toole

The family wishes to thank Dr. Regan Wolbers and her nurse Laurie, Dr. Ronald Schope and his nurse Laurie and the staff of Dubuque Internal Medicine and to Megan Schmitt of Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care.

 



Cory D. Hoover, Jr.

Cory David Hoover Jr., infant son of Wendy Eye and Cory David Hoover, Sr. of Monmouth, Iowa, received his angel wings on Monday, September 15, 2014.

Memorial services are pending and will be announced at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Cory David Hoover Jr. is survived by his parents, Wendy Eye and Cory David Hoover Sr. of Monmouth, IA; siblings Dakota, Michael and Justice; maternal grandmother Paula Galusha of Maquoketa, IA; paternal grandparents Deb and Roger Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; maternal great-grandfather Jerry Galusha of Clinton, IA; aunts, Angie Hoover and Stacey Widener; and an uncle Dennis Anderson. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandmother Helen Galusha and his maternal great-grandmother Erana Galusha, and his uncle David C. Anderson Jr.

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

 



Julie R. Johnson Shanahan

Julie Roxene Johnson Shanahan, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be on Sunday, September 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service held at 4:30p.m. Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 15th at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church.

Julie was born on June 8, 1949 in Long Beach, CA to William C. and Peggy (Corser) Johnson. She married Loras Shanahan on July 24, 1991 in Dubuque, Iowa.

She worked at Ponderosa for six years and Wendy's for six years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Loras, sons; David (Becky) Haynes and Jason (Tina) Haynes. Step son Kevin (Jessica) Shanahan, step daughters; Kathy Shanahan, Krista (Mike) Torrey Her grandchildren; Jessica, Jonathan, Crystal, Alli, Matt, Trisha, C.J., Tia, Cody, Keighan and Nick. Great grandchildren, Brody and Brycen. Her brother Bill Johnson and sister, Laurie Kaupang. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Eulaine (Jim) Hutchcroft, Paul (Arlene) Shanahan, Bob Timmerman, Ginny (Jerry) Heim, Mary (George) Felderman, Chuck (Mary) Shanahan and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother parents, daughter Carrie Shanahan, mother and father-in-law Isabell and John Shanahan, sister-in-law Ann Timmerman and brother-in-law Pat Shanahan.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Ronald Schope and nurse Lauri, Dr. Sudhir Koneru for all their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers a Julie Shanahan memorial fund has been established.

 



Robert E. Decker

Robert E. Decker, 85 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 10, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is assisting the family.

Robert was born in rural Dubuque County on April 23, 1929. His parents were Nicholas and Clara Decker.

He spent his life as a dairy farmer in the Bernard and Cascade Iowa area. He was one of the first organic dairy farmers in the state of Iowa in the early 1970's.

One of his joys in life after retiring from farming was participating in the Foster Grandparent program from 2005 to 2012 at the Marshall Elementary School in Dubuque. He helped children with reading and math, and always said that he learned more from them than what he could teach them.

Robert is survived by his brother Steve Decker and his sisters Ruth Decker and Alice Kruser, nine children Leonard (Libby) Decker, Janaan (Glenn) Anderson, Wayne (Penny) Decker, Nancy (Larry) Thompson, Jude (Bob) Ward, Deb (Don) Kirby, Barbara (Jeremy) Kass, Tina (Dave) Ries, Roger Decker, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Dorothy McCarthy, Leota Niederhauser, Marion Russow, and his granddaughter Karla Dolphin.

In honor of Robert, memorials may be sent to Project Concern for Foster Grandparent Program, 1789 Elm St. Suite B, Dubuque, IA 52001.

Our family would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the excellent caregivers at Stonehill Care Center, the staff at Alverno Apartments who became his extended family, and the exceptional care from Dr. Schreiber and his staff.

 



Kenneth R. Vander Meulen

Kenneth R. "Van" Vander Meulen, age 83, of Dubuque, passed away at 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Kenny's life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Kenny's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Kenny was born on July 14, 1931, in Dubuque, son of John A. Vander Meulen and Eleanora A. "Nora" (Junk) Vander Meulen.

Kenny was a 1949 graduate of Loras Academy. He worked as a meat processor for Dubuque Packing Co. for 43 years until his retirement in 1993. Kenny was a member of the Church of the Nativity, Local 150 UFCW, Dubuque County Right to Life, the NRA, 2 years Fatima Pilgrim Virgin and 30 years with Perpetual Adoration Society. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying gardening, fishing, and hunting waterfowl and wild game. Kenny was a devoted father and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his 9 children and everyone who knew and loved him, especially his long time love, "Schatzie".


Kenny is survived by his love of 35 years, Margarete Mary "Schatzie" Martin, Dubuque, IA; his children: Bonnie J. (J.D.) Beenken, Milwaukee, WI; Russel G. Vander Meulen, Dubuque, IA; Holly J. (Bryan) Steen, Necedah, WI; David R. Vander Meulen, LaCrosse, WI; Brian A. Vander Meulen, Big Flats, WI; Lisa J. (Mark) Judycki, Chicago, IL;  Tina M. (Joseph) Boissonneault, Arkdale, WI; Nola A. (Adrian) O'Donoughue, Singapore; Neil J. Vander Meulen, Tampa Bay, FL; his 22 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Kenny will also be greatly missed by many friends, especially Rich and Tommy Jahn and Bob Martin.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Verlyn L. Vander Meulen; 2 great-grandchildren, Kaden and Bentley; and his former wife, Jeanette E. (Manemann) Vander Meulen.

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

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

 



Joseph W. Beck

Joseph W. Beck, 91, of Dubuque, died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Luther Manor.

Services will be 1 pm Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Church of the Resurrection with the Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by Bellevue American Legion Post #273. Visitation will be at the church Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Joseph was born May 17, 1923 in Zwingle, Iowa, son of Leo and Margaret (Driscoll) Beck. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Oakland during WW II. The two things that he was most proud of were his family and his time in the Navy.

On May 15, 1946 he married Rita Dehner at the Church of the Nativity. They enjoyed over 68 years of married life.

He worked as an assembler at John Deere until his retirement and was a Special Deputy under Sheriff John Murphy for many years.

He was a music lover who enjoyed a good brandy and coke. He played the Stumpf fiddle at family parties and for the residents at Stonehill Care Center. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed going to sporting events of his children and grandchildren.

Joseph was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #510, Bellevue American Legion Post #273, UAW Local #94, and the Church of the Resurrection.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Beck, of Dubuque; four children, William (Debbie) Beck of Kanata, Ontario, Joyce (Jerry) Schissel of Dubuque, Kenneth (Debby) Beck of Asbury, and Kevin (Kim) Beck of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Geoff and Adam Beck, Ashley (Eric) Dickson, of Ontario, Shawna (Mike) Poppen of Dubuque, Toby (Laura) Schissel of Mason City, Iowa, Luke Schissel of Bettendorf, Iowa, Robert Beck of Des Moines, Iowa and Jonathan (Elizabeth) Beck of La Crosse, Wisc., and A.J. and Riley Beck of Dubuque; seven great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Abigail Beck of Ontario, Blake Dickson of Ontario, Ella and Ava Poppen of Dubuque, and Will and Olivia Schissel of Mason City; a sister, LaVonne (Les) Schilling, of Burlington, Iowa; brothers and sisters in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lynn Marie Beck; one brother, Milton Beck; and two sisters, Leota Hetzler and Monica Christ.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Joseph's name.

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

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



Geneva Dingbaum

Geneva Dingbaum, 96, of New Vienna died Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Heritage Manor in Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a VFW Auxiliary Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. and a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Geneva was born Nov. 6, 1917, in Marion, IL, the daughter of Nicola and Josephine (Madonia) Raitano.  She married Edwin G. Dingbaum on March 3, 1946, in Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Chicago, IL.

Geneva was employed as a secretary in Chicago for 10 years.  She worked for 20 years at Kerper General Store in New Vienna and after retiring was a library aide at Hennessy School in New Vienna.  She was a member of the Edward W. Lake V.F.W. Post 7736 Auxiliary, the St. Boniface Church and its Holy Rosary Society.

She is survived by 7 children: Joseph (Sigrid) Dingbaum of Rodgau, Germany, Robert (Beth) Dingbaum of West Branch, Paul Dingbaum of Dubuque, Tim (Diane) Dingbaum of Iowa City, Dina (Gary) Kempthorne of Dubuque, Mary Doughty of Waterloo and Nicolette (fiance Ron Ellis) Heer of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; a sister, Frances Lisner of Westfield, WI; in-laws; Irvin (Mary) Dingbaum of Oelwein, Rosemary Pasker of Manchester, Richard Kluesner of Farley and Elsie Dingbaum of Dyersville; many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Martin, a son-in-law, Dale Doughty, siblings: Jenny (Tony) Bonano, Lily (Joe) Kukla, Angeline (Don) Myers, Sam (Mary), Jack (Jenny), Joe (Gloria) Raitano, and a brother Joseph and a sister, Anna in childhood.

Her parents-in-law, Joseph and Bernadine (Nefzger) Dingbaum, in-laws: Bernard Lisner, Antoinette (Joe) Pasker, Henrietta Kluesner, Leonard and Luvern Dingbaum, Betty (Robert) Luensman, Luella (John) Pasker, William Pasker.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Heritage Manor for their loving care of Geneva.

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

 

 



Merlin H. Hilby

Merlin H. Hilby, 78, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena, IL.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 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.

Visitation will be from 3 - 8 p.m. on Monday and from 9 - 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Monday. Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Merlin was born on July 23, 1936 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the son of Leo and Sophia (Wubben) Hilby.  He married Eileen Havertape on June 14, 1961 at St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa, WI.

He was formerly employed at Sadler Power Train in Dubuque, drove for the Sinsinawa Dominicans and was a route driver for the Telegraph Herald.

Merlin served in the Army from 1956-1957.  He loved fishing, watching his grandchildren in sports and other activities and helping family and friends with mechanical needs.

He was a member of St. Mary's Parish where he formerly worked their bingo program, the Holy Name Society and East Dubuque Knights of Columbus Council #7527.

Surviving are his wife, Eileen,; three children, Gary (Lori) Hilby, of East Dubuque, Glen Hilby, of Hazel Green, WI and Lisa (Matt) Schuster, of LaMotte, IA; ten grandchildren, Jason (fiancé Katie Hoppman), Andy and Tyler Hilby, Ashley (friend Ryann Kueter), Joey (fiancé Becca Schiehlein), Nick and Amanda Hilby, Nathan, Marissa and Ben Schuster, and one great-grandson, Landon; his siblings, Rosetta (Wayne) Arand, of Stillman Valley, IL, Cletus (Lois) Hilby, of Menominee, IL, Rita (Louis) Berning, of Hazel Green, WI, Kenneth (Jan) Hilby, of Menominee and Lorraine Wills, of Cuba City, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Greg, in 1963; a sister, Viola Scharpf; three brothers-in-law, LaVerne Wills, Bob Scharpf and Donald Havertape; and his father-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Marie (Timmerman) Havertape.

Eileen and family wish to give thanks to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan for the wonderful care provided to Merlin.

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

 

 



Patrick J. McPoland

Patrick J. "Pat" McPoland, age 50, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:31 p.m., Thursday, September 11, 2014. To honor Pat's life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Epworth, IA.

Pat was born on March 14, 1964, in Dubuque, IA, son of John "Jack" and Mary "Betty" (Schmerbach) McPoland.

Pat graduated from Hempstead High School in 1982. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1984-1989. He was employed at Rentech Nitrogen Plant in East Dubuque. Pat will be remembered for his sense of humor and his work ethic. He enjoyed the outdoor life, especially hunting and fishing.

Pat is survived by his children, Zachary McPoland, Taylor McPoland, Terry McPoland, Conner Kramer, all of Dubuque, his grandchildren, Evelyn, Gage, Adriana and Payton, his parents, Jack and Betty McPoland, Epworth, IA, his siblings, Mark (Jodie) McPoland, Epworth, IA, Lori (Gary) Milledge, Jodi (Douglas) Warden, both of Dubuque.

Pat was preceded in death by his grandparents, William (Mary) McPoland and Otto (Loretta) Schmerbach.

In lieu of flowers, a Patrick J. "Pat" McPoland memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary E. Mess

Mary E. Mess, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:08 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2014, at Bethany Home surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, at Behr's 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.

Mary was born on April 3, 1919, in New Diggings, WI, daughter of Leo and Florence (Fields) Piper. 

Mary married William Mess on August 26, 1943, in New Orleans, LA. He preceded her in death on August 18, 1971. Mary was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. She later went to work bartending at various places for 12 years. Mary was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church and the Rosary Society. In her free time she enjoyed going dancing, fishing, bowling and spending time with her family and friends. Mary deeply adored her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mary is survived by her children, Donna (Eugene) Hingtgen, Dubuque, IA, Jim (Carolyn) Mess, Dubuque, IA, and Claude "Buck" (Dawn) Mess, Kieler, WI; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and her siblings John (Patty) Piper, Dubuque, IA, and Raymond (Karen) Piper, Horicon, WI.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Judy Pregler; her five sisters, Virginia, Alberta, Kathleen, Freda and Rose Marie; and her six brothers, Norvel "Buster," Claude, Bill, Joseph, Cletus "Riley" and James Piper.

A Mary E. Mess memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home, especially Shelley, for all their outstanding and wonderful care of Mary.

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



Clarence Geerts

Clarence Geerts, 88, of Elwood, Iowa, died on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Clarence's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, Sept. 13, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, Sept. 13, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery.

Clarence Geerts was born on Jan. 13, 1926 in Garden Plane, Ill., to Jabes and Josephine (Zerup) Geerts. He was educated in Illinois and then served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1945 until receiving his honorable discharge in 1947. He married Mary Lou Farr on August 16, 1947 at the Lutheran Church in DeWitt, Iowa.

Clarence was a farmer. He first rented farms near Clinton, Goose Lake and Elwood. In 1953 he purchased a farm south of Elwood and continued to operate it until retiring in 2013.

Clarence was a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church. He was a former member of the Wyoming Country Club and the Izaak Walton League in DeWitt. He enjoyed playing cards, collecting hats and arrowheads, gardening, woodworking, bowling, and mowing the grass.

Those left to honor Clarence's memory include his wife, Mary Lou Geerts of Maquoketa, IA; children Brad (Kandi) Geerts of El Paso, IL, Roger (Lynn) Geerts of Davenport, IA, Joy (Michelle Tredway) Keeney of Des Moines, IA, and Jolee (Pat) Barnes of Palmyra, MO; 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul (Penny) Geerts, of Elwood, IA; and a sister, Mary Woods, of Clinton, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Cliff Geerts, and sisters Gertrude Morthland, Dorothy Englins, Luella Good and Lucille DeVoss.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Clarence Geerts memorial fund has been established.

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



Ronald Rahe

Ronald "Rooter" Rahe, 73, of Earlville, Iowa died Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Manor Care in Dubuque, Iowa, following his courageous battle with cancer. His favorite saying at Manor care was "It could be worse."

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 14, 2014, at Kramer Funeral
Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 1:45 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 15, 2014, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate. Military Rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #137.

Ron was born May 11, 1941 in Petersburg, Iowa, the son of Leo and Marie (Kronlage) Rahe. He attended St. Peter and Paul School. Ron served in the Army Reserves for six years. He farmed in the Petersburg area with his brothers Steve and Chuck. Ron enjoyed softball and bowling. He was a kind and caring person who would offer a helping hand to anyone.

Survivors include his siblings: Dick (Judy) Rahe of Dubuque, Rose Ann (Jerry) Burkle; Bob (Rita) Rahe and Paul (Grace) Rahe of Dyersville; Steve (Jeanne) Rahe of Earlville and Marilee (Dean) Stoline of Gaithersburg, MD; Connie (Paul) Wedewer of Aurora, CO; Charles (Bev) Rahe of Petersburg, Margie Rahe of Iowa City; Dave (Melinda) Rahe of Georgetown, TX, 33 nieces, nephews; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister-in-law, Dena Rahe.

The Rahe family would like to thank Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care, especially Edna.

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

 



Sister Genevieve Kordick, BVM

Sister Genevieve Kordick, BVM, age 93, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. To honor Sr. Genevieve Kordick's life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, September 15, 2014 in the Marian Hall Chapel. To celebrate Sr. Genevieve Kordick's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m., on Monday in the Marian Hall Chapel. Immediately following the wake Monday morning, a prayer service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Genevieve was born on January 29, 1921 in Greenfield, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Kathleen (Anstey) Kordick. Her first profession was on March 19, 1941 and her final profession was on August 15, 1946.

Sister Genevieve was a preschool and elementary school teacher in Chicago and Rock Island, Illinois; Clinton, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls and Des Moines, Iowa. She was a director for the North Des Moines Senior Center and activities director for the elderly, Willis Adult Care, Des Moines.

Sister Genevieve Kordick, BVM is survived by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 76 years. She is also survived my several Nieces and Nephews.

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

 



Janet A. Freiburger

Janet A. Freiburger, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 9:00 Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd.

Janet was born on June 16, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of LeRoy and Alice (Kruse) Dalbkermeyer. On June 23, 1964, she married Ronald N. Freiburger at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, Iowa. Janet was a homemaker until 1983 when she and Ron established Ron Freiburger Electric, and worked alongside as an electrician with her husband. Her daughter owns a wedding decorating company and she helped out decorating on the weekends.

After her retirement, Janet worked as a sub alongside her daughter in food service at Kennedy School. She loved her family and always gave a helping hand. Her saying was a lot of hands make light work. She was always happy and content and loved entertaining and cooking for family gatherings and friends.

Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Ronald N. Freiburger; her daughter Michelle (Ron) Switzer Jr.; 2 granddaughters, Nicole (Cody) Schmitt and Tiffani Switzer and her brother, Roger (Shirley) Dalbkermeyer all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Janet A. Freiburger memorial fund has been established.

The Freiburger family wishes to thank Dr. Lawrence Kukla and Hospice of Dubuque for their unending care and support.

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



Darlene R. Koethe

Darlene R. "Dot" Koethe, 78, of Applewood III Apartments, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.

Her funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 12 at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 11983 John F. Kennedy Road. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road and from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., Friday at the Funeral Home. 

Darlene was born on November 2, 1935 the daughter of Aaron and Olga (Hammerand) Koethe. She was employed at Lange Plastics, The University of Dubuque. Dot then owned and managed Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Shop for over 20 years.

After retirement Dot had the pleasure to become caretaker for her nieces Erin and Amanda; which she immensely enjoyed. This endeavor prompted her to start her own in-home child care. Throughout those years she assisted many working parents to raise their families; shaping their character and creating long-lasting "memories". Each and every child has their own "special" story from time spent with "Dot". 

Surviving are her great -nieces, Erin Gustafson and Amanda Prado; brothers, Irvin (Lu) Koethe, Duane "Dewey" (Sarah) Koethe, and LeMar (Jennifer) Koethe; many nieces and nephews; and many, many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Eldon (Irma) Koethe.

A Darlene Koethe memorial fund has been established.

To leave an online condolence or a special memory please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Dr. Kristen Nelson, the 4th floor medical/surgical nursing staff at Finley Hospital, her many close and loyal friends including those most recent acquaintances at Applewood III.



Kenneth D. Jarvis

Kenneth D. Jarvis, 91, of Dubuque, and formerly of Hastings, MN, passed away Monday, September 8, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, with his family by his side.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 12, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, Iowa, where friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Kenneth Bickel will officiate. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery, Dubuque. Military Honors will be accorded by Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Friends may also greet the family from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Ken was born July 6, 1923 in Canton, Oklahoma, the son of Orville and Mary (DeWitt) Jarvis. He served his country in the U.S. Army as a Medic during WWII. Ken married Betty L. Dannels on December 3, 1944 at First Methodist Church, Havana, KS. They moved to Dubuque in 1973 from Hastings, MN. Betty preceded him in death on August 12, 2000.

Ken was a longtime member of Grandview United Methodist Church. He was President of Phoenix Chemical Company (currently Rentech) for over 20 years until his retirement in 1993.

Ken enjoyed pheasant hunting, being outdoors, and spending time at the family cabin in Northern Wisconsin. He was a devoted family man and loved his children and grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include his children: Terry L. (Linda) Jarvis and Jerry L. Jarvis, both of Hastings, MN, and Kendra (Ken) Kunkel of Dubuque; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and a sister, Velma Hopper of Wichita, KS.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his first born son, Larry; and several brothers and sisters. Memorials by may be made to the Kenneth Jarvis Memorial Fund. The family would like to thank Dr. Bruce Abele and the staff at Mercy Cardiology Unit for their care of Ken.

 



Betty L. Johnson

Betty L. (Decker) Johnson, 84, of Dubuque, formerly of Denver, Colorado and Bernard, Iowa, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Visitation will be at 9:00a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Key West, followed by the funeral mass at 10:30a.m. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Betty was the daughter of Laurence and Teresa (Takes) Decker and was born in Dubuque on Aug. 31, 1930. She grew up on the family farm in Bernard and graduated from St. Patrick's in North Garryowen.

Betty married Jack Johnson on Jan. 10, 1957, and moved to Colorado where they raised 4 children. He preceded her in death on July 26, 1997.

Betty will be remembered for her fierce love for her children, grandchildren and family. Over the years she welcomed many visitors into her Colorado home and was happiest in the company of family and friends. In addition to what she felt was her most important job, that of being a mother, she enjoyed managing the Book Nook at Church of the Risen Christ and working as a secretary at St. Catherine's parish, both in Denver. Betty was independent, hard-working and not afraid to speak her mind. She was a voracious reader, adventurous, a compassionate listener who cared deeply about the well-being of others and was known to contribute to the casino's profits on several occasions. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by 4 children, Teri (Ken) Weber, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Robert (Nancy) Johnson, of Carbondale, Colorado; Gary (Darlene) Johnson of Basalt, Colorado; and Julie (Dave) Cox of Thornton, Colorado; 9 grandchildren, Melissa (Cliff) Plenty, Katie (Harry) Fortune, Sarah (Michael) Benner, Leo Johnson, Blaize Johnson, Neilan Johnson, Kendra (Brian) Costner, Austin Johnson and Janay Johnson; 7 great grandchildren, Chyanne, Sierra, Brandon, Clara, Alivia, Lily and Evan; 2 sisters, Jean McClain of Dubuque, and Sally (Jim) Hoerner of Key West; sister-in-law Carmalene McDonnell Decker and brother-in-law Bob Devaney; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews including Godchildren Sharon Storer, Larry Decker, Beth Porter, David McDermott and Roger McClain.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 7 siblings, Leo Hirtz, Loretta McCarthy, Veronica Gross, Mary Catherine Connolly, Earl Decker, Rose Devaney and Imelda McDermott; grandchild Molly Johnson and nieces and nephews Laurie Hirtz, Margie McCarthy, Mary Jane Ruff, Matthew Cigrand, David Decker, Mary Paula Devaney and Sarah Reiss.

 



Patricia M. Cahill Hefel-Schute

Patricia Mary Cahill Hefel-Schute, 80, of Dubuque Iowa, died Sunday September 7, 2014 her at home.

According to Pats wishes there will be no wake, no funeral, and no tears. A memorial mass for friends and family to celebrate her life will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Church of Nativity with Rev. James Miller and Deacon David McGee officiating. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Rd is assisting the family.

Pat was born on December 5th, 1933 in Millwaukee WI., the daughter of Clarence N. and Mary T. (Stoll) Lesch. She was raised with her older brother John, in Potosi and Dubuque.

For a short time after she turned 18 she lived in Silver Springs, MD and worked for the FBI in Washington DC. Returning to Dubuque she married Michael Cahill where they raised their six children. Pat went on to work as an administrative secretary for the Dubuque Public Library for many years. Pat had so many good friends, enjoying time with her lunch group, domino, and card clubs - what a great lady! She was known to her family by many nicknames; Big G, Mimmy, Patty, Patty-girl, Shortie and Sis.

Pat is survived by her husband Jim Schute, six children Debbie (Jim Vessels) McGrath, of Dubuque, Dianne (Bob) Schumacher, of LaCrosse, WI, David (Robin) Cahill, of Verona, WI, Nancy (David) Crow, of Dubuque, Mark (Kathy) Cahill, of Dodgeville, WI, Joe (Susan) Cahill, of Athens OH, her brother John (Rita) Lesch, of Bloomington MN, 16 grandchildren; Tess and Traci; Ben and Michele; Emily, Ian, Michael, Libby, and Tilly; Nick, Jesse, and Kasey; Sam and Mairin; Grace and Margaret; 8 great grandchildren; Tori, Qwynn, and Baker; Addie; Charlie and Chloe; Carter and Cole; Jim's children Linda (Steve Jewett) Locher, Pam (Andy) Bauer, Mike Schute, Terry (Sandy) Schute, and their families; cousins and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Michael and Kenneth and Jim's son Tom Schute.

Any memorials that are received will be given to St Jude Children's Hospital per Pats wishes

Our family would like to express gratitude to all the wonderful caregivers who have given love and support to our mom- Stonehill Care Center, Oak Park Place, Dr Mark Hermann, Tony, and staff, and Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Irene D. Waller

Irene D. Waller, 90 of Bellevue, Iowa formerly of Sherrill and Key West, Iowa died Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at home in Bellevue.

Funeral service will be at 10:30a.m. Thursday, September 11th at Rockdale United Methodist Church with Rev. Linda VonFumetti officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd.

Irene was the daughter of Frank and Della McNamer and born on Kelly Lane in Dubuque Iowa. She attended Sunday school at the Rockdale United Methodist Church where she also married her school sweetheart on May 24, 1942. They began farming in the area near the airport. When moving to Sherrill, Irene was active in the Sherrill Methodist Church being a Sunday school teacher and a bible school teacher for many years. She received a lifetime membership in the Women Society and was a board member for several years. She also became the Young Adult president and consular of the youth group. Irene loved working with the youth and made many friends in the Sherrill area. She was a 4-H leader of the Peru Pepperettes for 10 years and also a Women's Farm Bureau member working with the members to obtain funds to build the food stand at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. Irene loved to sew and her children often volunteered her to make many costumes for Christmas and other holidays at school. Irene worked at John Deere and for Earl Moore at the Sherrill Locker & Meat Plant until they moved to Bellevue. When Eldon and Irene moved to Bellevue, Irene became a member of the Presbyterian Church and a member of the Ruth Circle. She was the food manager of the Bellevue Community Schools for 10 years retiring after Eldon retired. They owned and operated the Plaines View Dairy Farm with their daughter and son-in-law, Ardell and Deb Weis and grandson Zach and Kayla Weis until they retired in 2010. Irene compiled all the information and pictures published in the "The Waller and McNamer Family History Books." She loved doing this all of her life and had collected articles from the newspapers and pictures of family and friends. She always tried to put a little joy in everyone's life and if she didn't, at least she tried. She was a doll collector and had over 400 dolls starting with dolls with her family names. She loved the Lord, husband and daughters and spent many hours with her grandchildren. She often wished that they all lived closer so she could spend more time with all of them and when she knew they were going to visit, she baked or cooked their favorite food. Each child was very special to her. She loved to give parties in her younger years and she thought that maybe she would become a party planner for celebrations. Her favorite holiday was Christmas and she wanted all her family to come to her house where she cooked the traditional holiday meal for all of them. Many times there were 40 people. Friends of the family were also welcome. She liked to decorate the house and sometimes she put up seven Christmas trees.

She is survived by two daughters, Diane (Thomas) Waterman, Dubuque Iowa, Deb (Ardell) Weis Bellevue Iowa. Ten grandchildren, Lisa (Jeff) Kohl, Michele (Matt) Swanson, Jeff (Tammie) Backes, Todd Backes, Jamie (Miguel) Quintana, Jeremy (Megan) Weis, Chris (Jen) Weis, Zach (Kayla) Weis, Andrew Weis, Bailey Weis. A granddaughter-in-law Sue Ostrander. 21 great grandchildren; Holly (Tim) Sutter, Alexandra, Katelyn, and Joseph Wiest, Joshua (Katie) Meyer, Kaleigh (Gregory) Musgrove Jr., Bryon Ostrander, Tyler and Starla Backes, Jaccob, Kirstiin and Kallista McIntyre, Blakelynn Swanson, Collin and Atticus Weis, Colin and Olivia Quintana, Aiden Weis, Van and Max Weis, Luke Weis. 7 Great-Great grandchildren Austin, Zoey, Emily, and Toby Wiest, Liam Meyer, Bentley Sutter and Hazel Musgrove. Her sister; Norma (Francis) Koppen, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Milly Neumeister, Robert (Connie) Waller, Wayne (Annette) Waller, Raymond (Joan) Waller, Audrey Waller, Alberta Waller, Colleen McNamer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Judy Ostrander Oswald and grandson David Ostrander Jr. and her husband Eldon. Three brothers; Clarence, Edgbert and Charles McNamer, four sisters; Hazel Atkinson, Beulah Loeffelholz, Eva Henry and Maxine Shireman.. Brohters-in-law Norman Atkinson, Vince Loeffelholz, Lester Henry, Robert Shireman, Clarence Waller, Clifford Waller, David Waller, and Fred Neumeister. Sister-in-law Clementine "Clem" McNamer, Sylvia Osterkamp and Jennie Waller.

In lieu of flowers an Irene Waller memorial fund has been established.

 



Blanche M. McCauley

Blanche M. McCauley, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 3:25 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 2014, in Dubuque. To honor Blanche's life, funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Blanche's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a rosary said at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Blanche was born on May 5, in Bridgeport, WI, daughter of James and Mary (Ceska) Cuchna.

Blanche worked her way through high school in the home of Dr. Shiparo in Prairie du Chien, WI, doing household duties and caring for his children. Blanche met Vincent J. McCauley while working at the Prairie Maid Bakery. They married on September 3, 1952, at St. John's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien, WI. He preceded her in death on October 24, 2000. In 1954, Blanche and Vincent moved to Dubuque when Vincent became "The Baker" at Loras College. She was a stay-at-home mother for 3 years until she went to work with Vincent at Loras College in 1958. While there she held several jobs including cooking, housekeeping, helping with student services, organizing students for snow removal and working in the chapel. She worked at Loras for 52 years until her retirement in 2010. Blanche's memberships include: St. Patrick's Church, Quarter Century Member of Loras College, the American Legion Auxiliary Dubuque Post 6, D.A.V. Club, Boys/Girls Town, where she was an honorary citizen, St. Jude Shrine, Baltimore, MA, Don Bosco, Salesian Missionaries in MA, the National St. Jude Shrine of Chicago, IL and a perpetual member of the Divine Word Donor Club.

Blanche is survived by her daughter, Catherine (Lloyd) Klein, Dubuque, IA; her sister-in-law, Peg Stoeffler, Prairie du Chien, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

Blanche was preceded in death by, her parents, her husband, Vincent, her sister, Anna Mae (Andrew) Balk, her brothers, James "Pat" (Marian) Cuchna Jr. and Joseph (Glee) Cuchna.

In lieu of flowers, a Blanche McCauley memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank all of the wonderful people who have been part of Blanche's life over the past year.

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

 



Darlene M. Link

Darlene M. Link, age 85, of Sherrill, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:05 a.m., Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Darlene's life, funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Darlene's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Darlene was born on February 18, 1929, in Sherrill, IA, daughter of Frank P. and Anna (Schoendorf) Foell.

Darlene married Clarence Link on December 28, 1949, in Sherrill, IA. He preceded her in death on June 16, 2004. Darlene was a full time wife, mother and homemaker until her children were grown. She was later employed with the R.G.I.S. Company, R.L. Polk Company, Holy Family Hall, Assisi Village and Home Instead Senior Care and Hy-Vee on Locust Street, until her retirement. Darlene was a member of St. Peter and Paul Church. She was an avid Cubs fan and Euchre player. Darlene loved to cook and was an avid gardener who enjoyed canning the produce she grew.

Darlene is survived by her children, Dale (Gretchen) Link, Suffolk, VA, Karen (Patrick) Curran, Sherrill, IA, Marlene (John) Woller, Dubuque, IA, Loras (Cathy) Link, Dubuque, IA; 12 grandchildren, Dr. Carrie (Cory) Link-Chenevert, Eagan, MN, Scott (Taryn) Link, Anchorage, AK, Jason (Kimberly) Curran, Oglesby, IL, Dr. Jessica (Andy) Curran-Finn, Dubuque, IA, Carissa (Ryan) Duggan, Sugar Land, TX, Dr. Matthew Curran, Bonn, Germany, Serena (Chris) Curler, Bettendorf, IA, Shawna (Zach Veach) Woller, Shelly (Patrick Bauer) Woller, Dylan, Loryn and Kyle Link, all of Dubuque, IA; 9 great-grandchildren, Anja Chenevert, Hana Link, Clara Avenarius, Jason Curran Jr., Owen, Isabelle and Colin Finn, Jackson Duggan and Gwendolyn Curler; a sister-in-law, Irene Klosterman, Dubuque, IA.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, Joseph Link, a brother Reynold (Aggie) Foell and a brother-in-law Raymond Klosterman.

A Darlene M. Link memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for all of their wonderful care of Darlene.

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

 



Naomi Meehan

Naomi Meehan, 76, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7th, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street and from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Church.

Naomi was born April 6, 1938, in Dubuque, daughter of Claude and Imelda (Burgmeyer) Neyens. She married John Meehan, May 19, 1962 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque. They celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary in 2012.

She was employed at Sunnycrest Manor as a CNA for 25 years. She truly enjoyed caring for others.

She enjoyed walking in Eagle Point Park, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. They were a great joy to her. Whether it be a play, recital, or game, Grandma was always there to cheer for her grandkids, with a purse full of hard candy.

She was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving is her husband, John Meehan, of Dubuque; two daughters, Julie (Mark) Raymond and Linda (Terry) Avenarius, both of Dubuque; two sons, John (Peggy) Meehan and Pat (Susan) Meehan, both of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Tyler Raymond, Ashton Raymond, Ellen Avenarius, Quinn Avenarius, Jenna Meehan, Abby Meehan, Maggie Meehan and Raygan Meehan; two sisters, Claudie (Don) Coleman and Dianne (Bill) Zwack, both of Dubuque; three brothers, Ed (Ruth) Neyens, Dave Neyens, and Mike (Karen) Neyens, all of Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Delores Neyens, of Dubuque; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Lois Ruff, of Decorah, IA, Eunice (Don) Neuhaus, of Dubuque, and Pete Meehan, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Jean and Dave Meehan; a brother, Rob Neyens; a sister-in-law, Joyce Neyens; and her sister-in-law, Diane Meehan.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque or Stonehill Care Center.

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

A special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melinda, Brenda, Tina and Lauren.

 



Esther M. Walter

Esther M. Walter age 90 of Dubuque died Friday Sept. 5, 2014, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Joint visitation for Esther and her Husband Howard will be on Sunday September 7th, 2014 from 2 to 4 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. A private funeral service for Esther and Howard with Military Honors for Howard by American Legion Post #6 will be held on Monday with burial at Linwood Cemetery.

Esther was born on March 14, 1924 in Farley, Iowa the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Reimer) Rowe. She married Howard H. Walter on October 12, 1944.

She was a long time member of Grandview Methodist Church, and was active in the "quilting circle" at the church. Esther enjoyed to fish and was a loving homemaker who enjoyed to spending time with her grandchildren,

She is survived by three sons Don (Delores) Walter of Seymour, TN, Ron (Mary) Walter of Edgerton, WI, and Steve (Violette) Walter of Hudson, WI, six grandchildren, Jennifer (Peter) Gauntt, David (Carrie) Walter, Brian (Shawn) Walter, Scott (Michelle) Walter, Angela (Jim) Dahl, and Jessica (Sergio) Lopez, and seven great grandchildren, Emily, Jacob, Kristen, Kimberly, Sandis, Stella, and Buren. One sister Mairlyn Blok

Esther was preceded in death by a great grandson Nathan Walter, two brother John and Lavern Rowe, two sisters, her twin, Edith Kunau and Jean Turner.

 



Paul W. Strane

Paul W. "Bud" Strane, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday September 4th, 2014 at Heritage Manor.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 8th at St. John The Baptist Church in Peosta, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Military honors will be accorded following mass by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be at a later date in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Friends may call after 9:00a.m. Monday, at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Paul was born on March 21, 1924 on the family farm near Zwingle, the son of James and Loretta (Beck) Strane. He married Patricia Gockel of La Motte on January 22, 1946.

Paul will be remembered for his positive perspective, love of life, and his enthusiasm for new things. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by his son Jeff (Mary) of Neenah, WI, their children; Jessica (Kyle Holihan) Strane of South Lyon, MI, Kacey Strane of Neenah, WI, and Taylor Strane of Appleton, WI.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brian (Amy) Strane of Minneapolis, MN, Heather (Chad) George and Kristi (Corey) Callahan, both of Dallas, Texas, and their children.

He is further survived by his son Tom's widow, daughter-in-law Karen Strane, of Chaska, MI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pat, and his son Tom.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff and caregivers of Hospice of Dubuque and Heritage Manor.

In lieu of flowers a Paul Strane memorial fund has been established.

 



Kirsten J. Ormord

Kirsten Joy Ormord, 20, of Peosta, IA went home to be with her loving Savior on Friday September 5, 2014 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be at 11 am Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014 at Hope Evangelical Church 11893 JFK Rd. in Dubuque. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 on Monday Sept. 8, 2014 also at the church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

Kirsten was born on October 18, 1993 in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 2012. She was currently enrolled in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Kirkwood College. She greatly enjoyed her job working with the residents at Keystone Cedars Assisted Living in Cedar Rapids. She also worked as a server at Zins. Her laughter was infectious and her desire to live every moment to its fullest was apparent to all who came in contact with her. She went out of her way to make sure others felt comfortable and included. Her love for family and friends was evident in her willingness to serve those around her in any way.

Words do little to ease the pain of those who will miss her beautiful, bubbly personality, energetic, outgoing and abundant love for Jesus and others. In her short time, she positively impacted so many lives.

Kirsten will be dearly missed by her parents, Brian and Julie Ormord, of Peosta; brothers, Ryan Mabe (Jackie) of Des Moines, Zach and Christian and sisters, Kari and Rachel, all at home. Her grandparents, Roger and Kathy Ormord, Tom and Pat Francois, Rev. O. Paul and Helen Hougen and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins

She was proceeded in death by her biological mother, Gloria (Hougen) Ormord and uncle Paul Jay Hougen.

In lieu of flowers a Kirsten Joy Ormord memorial fund has been established.

Online memories, thoughts, and condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com.

 



Joseph A. Langel

Joseph A. Langel, 90 of Luxemburg died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital after a brief illness.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Joe was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Luxemburg, IA the oldest son of Frank and Mary (Menke) Langel.  He grew up on the farm south of Luxemburg and finished 8th grade at Holy Trinity School.  He married Marilyn Heims on Oct. 1, 1952, in Delhi, IA.  Together they farmed north of Luxemburg until moving into Luxemburg in 1989.  Joe carried a passion for farming his entire life.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; 5 children: Marty (Beth) Langel of Luxemburg, Lisa (Alex) Hall of Olive Hill, KY, Roger (Elaine) of New Vienna, Patty (Sandy) Graham of Minneapolis, MN and Rick (Kim) Langel of Ankeny; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Langel of Muscatine; 13 grandchildren: Brandon Langel, Katie (Tony) Harris, Jenny (Luke) Bockenstedt, Jeremy (Gayle) Langel and Kristi Langel, Elizabeth (Brian) McNeil and Robert Hall, Tyler and Staci Langel, Calum and Ella Graham, and Amber and Austin Langel; 4 great grandchildren; Madalene McNeil, Wesley Hall, Hayden Langel and Will Bockenstedt; 2 sisters, Rosie White of Dyersville and Barbara Farzan of Monterey, CA; 2 sisters-in-law, Alice Langel of Dyersville and Germaine Langel of Luxemburg.

He was preceded in death by son, Dave Langel, a grandson, Ryan Langel, 2 sisters: Marie (Peter) Berns and Anges (Lawrence) Heims; 2 brothers: John Langel and Francis Langel; 3 brothers-in-law: Ed Heims, Gerald White and Manny Farzan.

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

 

 



Lavonne A. Streeter

Lavonne A. "Dodie" Streeter, 81, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday, September 5, 2014 at her home in rural Maquoketa surrounded by her family.

A funeral mass celebrating Lavonne's life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with the Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael #1156. Burial will be at St. Albert's Cemetery, Lamont, Iowa, at a later date.

Lavonne Ann Helms was born on March 24, 1933 in Lamont, Iowa, to Albert Henry and Mary Margaret (Graesch) Helms. She was a 1951 Lamont High School graduate, and earned her teaching certificate from Upper Iowa University in 1969. She married Darrell Lee Streeter, Sr. on July 4, 1952 in Fayette, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1985.

"Dodie" had worked as an elementary school teacher for the Andrew Community School District from 1969 to 1999. She was a hard worker and had touched the lives of many students through the years. Additionally, she had worked at the Pacific Coast Feather Company, Maquoketa Caves State Park, and lastly Web Printing in Maquoketa.

She was a member of the Jackson County RetiredTeacher's Association, Bernard Euchre Club, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael #1156.

"Dodie" enjoyed crocheting, reading books, camping, and following the Chicago Bulls and Iowa Hawkeyes basketball teams. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, watching the grandkids at home and on the fields.

Those left to honor Lavonne's memory include her children, D. Lee (LuAnn) Streeter of Maquoketa, IA, Kim (Terry) Cornelius of Maquoketa, IA, Randy (Holly) Streeter of Fayette, IA, Julia (the late Rick) Garien of Maquoketa, IA, Steve "George" (Robin) Streeter of Hawkeye, IA, and Pam (David) Huffer of Whitewater, CO; 23 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; brothers Hal (Norma) Helms of Des Moines, IA, and Michael Helms of Hillsdale, KS; sisters Lorraine Sheeley of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Alene (James) Feldhacker of Waterloo, NE; and 2 surviving in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother-in-law Cyril Sheeley, and 2 grandchildren Jason and Ryan Garien.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lavonne A. "Dodie" Streeter memorial fund has been established.

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



Joseph J. Dolter

Joseph J. Dolter, 84, of 2700 Matthew John Drive, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at   home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Friday, September 5, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may call 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Joe was born January 27, 1930, in Dubuque, son of Frank J. and Elizabeth (Klein) Dolter.

He married Rita Dullea on January 22, 1954 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on April 24, 1978.  He married Rita Jaeger, March 7, 1998 at Church of the Nativity, Dubuque.

He graduated from the former Loras Academy and was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company for 42 years.

He was a member of St. Patrick parish; a co-founder and first President of the Dubuque Horseshoe Pitchers; the Iowa Horseshoe Pitchers, the Lacoma Golf Club and a longtime member of the Dubuque Fellowship Club.  Joseph was an AA member and sobriety for 40 years.

Surviving is his wife, Rita Dolter, of Dubuque; two sons, Robert and Steven Dolter, of Dubuque; a daughter, JoAnne (Robert) Mack, of Manchester, Conn.; a son in-law, Mango Capalad of Duncanville, TX; three step-sons, Jim (Barb) Jaeger, Steve (Kathy) Jaeger, both of Dubuque, and Brian (Jen) Jaeger, of Gilbert, Ariz.; 6 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; 5 step-grandchildren; one great step-grandchild; two brothers, Thomas and Paul (Betty) Dolter;  one sister, Mary Link and two sisters in law, Delphine and Judith Dolter.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Rita Dullea; an infant son, Timothy, a daughter, Mary Kay Capalad; five brothers, Frank, James, Rev. Robert, Richard, and David Dolter; and one sister, Margaret.

Memorials may be made to the Dubuque Fellowship Club AA Group.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ries, staff at Eagle Point Place, Hospice of Dubuque, Sis. Mary Agnus, and all others who cared for Joseph in his final years.

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

 

 



John B. Bishop, Jr.

John B. Bishop Jr., 82, of Dubuque, and formerly of Waterloo, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral mass will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday,  September 8, 2014 at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury, Dubuque, IA, where friends may greet the family from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Rev. Jerry Kopacek will officiate. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 9, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo, IA.  Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque is entrusted with arrangements.

John was born April 21, 1932 in Klammath Falls, Oregon, the son of John B. Bishop Sr. and Alice Suttner Bishop. He married Jean Leverman September 17, 1955 in Portland.  She preceded him in death on July 2, 2009.  He served in the United States Army.  John had attended Portland University and received his B.S. in Business.  He worked with Weyerhaeuser Lumber Company for 40 years, receiving many sales awards and recognition.  Following his retirement, he worked for Cascade Lumber for 10 years. John was a member of the Elks Club and Rotary.

John is survived by his daughter Susan Hafkemeyer and her husband John of Dubuque, daughter Karen Brough and her husband Gregg of Mansfield, Texas, four grandchildren, Nicholas M. Czeshinski, Lauren D. Czeshinski, Alexander H. Brough, and Regina C. Brough.

John is preceded in death by his wife Jean L. Bishop, his parents John and Alice Bishop, his sister Margaret Bishop O'Connor, and his brother Robert Bishop.

Memorials may be made to St. Edwards Catholic Schools.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center, Eagle Point Place, and all who cared for John during his final years.

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

 

 



Cynthia L. Stern

Cynthia L. Stern, 57, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014.

According to her wishes, private family services will be held at a later date.  Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. is entrusted with arrangements. 

Cynthia was born, July 4, 1957 in Miami, Florida the daughter of Clarence David and Mary Rosalie (Wells) Lockhart. 

She married Robert Charles Stern in 1986, she worked for the United States Postal Service until her retirement.

Her family includes her husband, Robert; children, Kimberly of Dubuque, Jenny of Orlando, Florida; 2 grandchildren; siblings, Patricia A. Combs of Tampa, Florida,  and David (Angie) Lockhart of Asbury; two cousins, Judy Elliott and Ronnie Wells both of Miami, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers,  Butch Masters, Michael Masters and a brother in infancy; and a sister, Candy Sue Lockhart.

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

 

 



Rosalyn A. Apel

Rosalyn A. Apel, age 81, of The Rose of Dubuque, IA, and formerly of 223 State Street, passed away at 2:05 a.m., on Friday, September 5, 2014, at Heritage Manor. To honor Rosalyn's life, funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 8, 2014, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush St., with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Rosalyn's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rosalyn was born on December 27, 1932, in Cuba City, WI, daughter of Thomas and Agnes (Puls) Splinter.

Rosalyn was employed in the Finance Department at DB&T for several years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Columbkille's Church and the Professional Business Women's group. Rosalyn loved her cat, Trinity, but her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Rosalyn is survived by, her children, Lynn (Jeff) Skatrud, Brodhead, WI, and William Apel, Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Joshua (Lindsay) Skatrud, Kevin (Amanda) Skatrud, Alan Apel, Rosie Apel, Shala Apel and Kirstin Apel; her great-grandchildren, Brayden Skatrud and Alexis Skatrud; her siblings, Virgil (Barb) Splinter, Platteville, WI, Fred (Marilyn) Splinter, East Dubuque, IL, Jane (Roger) Nank, Dubuque, IA, John Splinter, Hazel Green, WI; her sister-in-law; Nelli Splinter, Dubuque, IA, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Rosalyn was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons, Charles Apel in infancy and Alan Apel, a brother, Eugene Splinter and a sister-in-law, Marie Splinter.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cyndi, for all of their wonderful care of Rosalyn.

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

 



Howard H. Walter

Howard Henry Walter, age 92 of Dubuque, died Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014. Friends may gather from 2 to 4 Sunday September 7, 2014 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road. A private funeral service with Military Honors by American Legion Post #6 will be held on Monday with burial at Linwood Cemetery.

Howard was born on July 1, 1922 in Potosi, WI the son of Homer and Florence (Schaal) Walter and married Esther Rowe. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII.

Howard was an accomplished Sheet Metal Worker and worked for Rafoth Sheet Metal for 43 years. He was instrumental in many of Dubuque's Landmarks including the creation of the Sign that was used in the F.I.S.T. movie set on Jackson Street and many Tri State area church and building features.

He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers of America Local #91and the American Legion Post #6.

Howard loved to spend time with his grandchildren, fish and play cards. His home was always open for visitors and family, that Howard would entertain with his many stories.

He is survived by his wife Esther, three sons Don (Delores) Walter of Seymour, TN, Ron (Mary) Walter of Edgerton, WI, and Steve (Violette) Walter of Hudson, WI, six grandchildren, Jennifer (Peter) Gauntt, David (Carrie) Walter, Brian (Shawn) Walter, Scott (Michelle) Walter, Angela (Jim) Dahl, and Jessica (Sergio) Lopez, and seven great grandchildren, Emily, Jacob, Kristen, Kimberly, Sandis, Stella, and Buren.

Howard was preceded in death by a great grandson Nathan Walter, and three brothers Harley, Calvin, and Richard Walter.



Jean E. Peck

Jean E. Peck, of 2655 New Haven Street, died Monday September 1, 2014 peacefully, at home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services.

Jean was born on April 23, 1932 in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Lynn and Estele (Rutan) Belding.

She married Douglas Peck on March 10, 1951.

Jean was a member of the Dubuque County Historical Society where she volunteered her time.

She enjoyed crafting, golfing and traveling.

Surviving are her children, Corinne (Shane) Reilly, Kathy Peck, Ed Peck, and Sharon (Judson) Clark; grandchildren, Paul (Kim) Goranson, Timothy Goranson, Ashely Peck, Rachel (Joe) Rankin and Lindsay (Ross) Hanson; step- grandchildren, Heather Clark, Forresstt (Bridget) Clark; and her sister, Norma (Forest) Schmitz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug Peck; and her grandson, Camryn Clark.

A Jean Peck memorial fund has been established.

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

A very special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque.

 



Dorothy M. Schneider

Dorothy M. Schneider, 91, of Dubuque, died Sunday, August 31, 2014 at UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital. Private services will be held at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd.

Dorothy was born on November 9, 1922 in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Elmer and Lela James. Dorothy married Howard J. Schneider and the two enjoyed 52 wonderful years together. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who cherished the role of homemaker. Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are her 3 children, Don, Dennis and Linda all of Dubuque and 2 grandchildren, Joseph and Michele also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard; daughter-in-law Kathy; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth (Bob) and Garnetta (Ben) and 4 brothers, Allen, Eugene, Robert and Jack.

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

 



Kathy L. Riedl

Kathy Lynn Riedl, 44 a resident of Area Residential Care for 31 years passed away on Monday, September 1st, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Saturday, September 6th at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 5th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

She was born on October 15, 1969 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John T. "Jack" and Ruth A. (Tucker) Riedl.

She graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 1991. She worked at the ARC workshop and later with Life Choices at ARC.

She loved to travel especially on trips to Adventure Land and Branson Missouri. She loved horses, and music especially the Beatles.

She is survived by her parents Jack and Ruth, her sisters, Karen O'Brien, of Donahue, IA, Diane Deutmeyer, of Dubuque, IA, Linda (Scott Ellis) Riedl, of Key West, IA. A niece Karla Brennan, two nephews Greg and Mike O'Brien, and her great niece and nephew Gemma and William Brennan.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Oliver and Frances Tucker, and John and Minnie Riedl, brother-in-law Robert O'Brien.

Memorials in Kathy's memory may be given to Area Residential Care.

The family would like to thank everyone involved with ARC for making Kathy part of their family and for all their friendship and care.



Eugene J. Wilson

Eugene John "Gene" Wilson, 95 of Dubuque, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, September 1, 2014 at home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Gene was born on September 22, 1918 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Edward John and JoHannah (Ryan) Wilson, the youngest of eight children. He graduated from Creighton Prep School in 1936. Gene was a WWII veteran having served in the United States Navy as Chief Petty Officer from 1942 to 1945. On December 30, 1942, he married Portia Lorraine King of Davenport, Iowa in Cape Charles Virginia.

Gene was an automobile dealer for 58 years in Rock Island, Illinois, Davenport, Iowa and Dubuque Iowa. He was the Dodge dealer in Dubuque for 49 years, retiring in 2005 as president of Wilson Brothers Dodge. The business is now being carried on by his grandson, Patrick Turpin as Turpin Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram. Gene served for many years on the Dodge Dealer Advertising Council.

Gene is survived by his 5 children Mike (Julie) Wilson of Dubuque, JoAnn (Marion) Turpin of Geneseo, IL, John (Rosean) Wilson and Peggy (Jim) Nesler, both of Dubuque, and Mary (Rob) Cohn of Greenfield, Mass; 13 grandchildren, Christopher Wilson of East Dubuque, IL, Sam Wilson of Dubuque, Tim (Lori) Turpin of Geneseo, IL, Julia (Ken) Koehler of Portland, OR, Patrick (Nicole) Turpin of Dubuque, Elizabeth (Andrew) Wanic of Naperville, IL, Brad (Sara) Wilson of East Dubuque, IL, Alex Wilson of Dubuque, Dr. James (MaryLynn) Nesler of LaCrosse, WI, Dr. Sara (Billy) Nesler Schaefer of Dubuque, Benjamin (Shiori) Nesler, of Park City, Utah, Simon and Parker Cohn both of Denver CO.; also surviving are 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Lorraine; his 7 siblings; and his daughter-in-law, Ruth Polfer Wilson.

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

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd. is in charge of arrangements.

 



Marie A. Vogt

Marie A. Vogt, 97 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Friday, September 5th at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 4th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 2:00 p.m.

 



John R. Schwendinger

John R. Schwendinger, 66, of Dubuque died peacefully at home free of pain, on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 with his family by his side.

A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Chapel Mausoleum, Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. There will be a parish wake and rosary service at 2:45 p.m.

John was born February 13, 1948, to Gerald and Rita (Jasper) Schwendinger. He grew up on a farm south of Farley and graduated from Western Dubuque High School.

He married Janet Helle on May 3, 1969 at St Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Overcoming polio and guillain-barre when he was younger, no obstacle could stand in his way.

John was a master craftsman, working for many quality contractors in his early years, before starting his own carpenter construction business in 1974. Due to his passion for detail and honesty, he earned the respect of his customers, many of whom became his friends. John was a member of the Dubuque Homebuilders Association, the Iowa State Home Builders Association and a past member of the City of Dubuque Planning and Zoning Commission. John also took much pride in his hand carved leather work projects.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Janet, of Dubuque; three children, Lisa, of Dubuque, James (Pamela) of Dubuque, David (Sara) of Des Moines, and two grandchildren, Amanda and Emily Schwendinger of Dubuque. His surviving siblings are: Bill (Lois) Schwendinger, Elaine (Herb) Heid, Mary (Kevin) Klein, Pat (Julie) Schwendinger, Karen (Rick) Domeyer, and Don Schwendinger. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Joan Helle, brothers and sisters-in-law: Sister Mary Ann Helle, O.S.F., Doris (Clair) Riesberg, Joanie (Tom) Tauke, LuAnn (Bob) Cigrand, Bob Helle, Ruth (Larry) Griffin, Marlene (Ambrose) Koopmann, Frank (Joann) Helle, Paul (Stella) Helle, LeRoy (Margie) Helle, Norma (Gerry) Kelchen, George (Connie) Helle, Pearl (Harry) Kelchen, and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two brothers in infancy, his grandparents, and his father-in-law, George Helle Sr.

In lieu of flowers, a John Schwendinger Memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Brian Sullivan and his nurses, Dr. Christian Schulthies and his nurses, Dr. John Dolehide, our social worker and all the special nurses at Hospice of Dubuque, and especially for all family and friends for their support and expressions of love during John's final journey.

 



Rachel R. Decker

Rachel Rose Decker, 30 of Bernard, Iowa died Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at Saint Patrick's Garryowen with Rev. Douglas Locke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends of Rachel and her family may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where their will be a parish wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Rachel was born on July 19, 1984 in Dubuque the daughter of Jay and Marlene (Kress) Decker.

Despite the challenges Rachel endured, she always had a beautiful smile on her face. She touched many people throughout her life and will always be treasured in our memories. Rachel loved spending time with her family and joking around with her caretakers and friends. Rachel also thoroughly enjoyed listening to music, all things yellow, and big, fuzzy pillows.

Those left to cherish Rachel's memory include her parents Jay and Marlene Decker, of Bernard, sisters, Renee Decker of Bernard, Teresa Decker, of Union Grove, WI, Johnna Decker, of Ames, IA, Katelyn Decker, of Ames IA, brothers Richard (fiancée Marissa Hosch) Decker, of Bernard, and Robert Decker, of Bernard, Grandma Carmie Decker, of Bernard, and her aunts and uncles, Bonnie (Gary) Hancock, of Epworth, Debi O'Brien, of Dubuque, Larry (Lynn) Decker, of Bernard, Carol "Pearl" (Dave) Shanahan, of Bernard Margie (fiancée Ron "Zip" Gassman) Bradley, of Bernard, Dave (Connie) Kress, of Epworth, Richard (Lorraine) Kress, of Farley, Linda (Mark "Fish") Dolphin, of Farley, and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Earl and Rose Decker and Jack and Gladys Kress and two uncles Steve Bradley and Merlin Kress.

A Rachael Decker memorial fund has been established to benefit others with special needs.

We would like to send a special thank you to all the health care providers and social workers that have helped Rachel throughout the years. Not limiting to, but including the Convalescent Home for Children (Johnston, IA) Hills and Dales (Dubuque, IA) Faith, Hope, and Charity (Storm Lake, IA) Prairie House (Maquoketa, IA), and Sunnycrest Manor (Dubuque, IA) We would also like to say thank you to Dr. Cao, Mercy Medical Center, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Jackson Regional Medical Center.

 



Gloria M. Schap

Gloria M. Schap, 88, of Dubuque, and formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Luther Manor.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday September 3, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson St., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Pastor Jonathan Crawford will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may also greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.
Gloria was born on March 22, 1926 in Dubuque, the daughter of John C. and Esther (Wick) Heinz. She married Norman W. Schap on October 24, 1948 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on February 15, 2013.

Gloria worked as a teller for the Dubuque Bank & Trust Company from 1943-1945, and at Kretschmer Insurance Agency of Dubuque as a Bookkeeper and Receptionist from 1946-1948. She then served as secretary to the Pastors at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church for 33 years (1963-1996) until her retirement. Gloria was active in Christian Education at St. Paul Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School and Confirmation Classes for many years. She taught Vacation Bible School, and was the Superintendent for both VBS and the Sunday School. Gloria was Director of the Board of Education for 8 years. She directed a nursery/kindergarten choir, and the Sunday School choir. She was also in charge of the Cradle Roll. Gloria loved working with the young people of St. Paul in the capacity of their CYM Folk Choir Director and Counselor. She also sang in the St. Paul choir for many years. Gloria was a member of the Women of St. Paul, serving as their Visitor/Hospitality Coordinator. Gloria was a generous, cheerful giver, and had an infectious, unique laugh. She was a devoted witness for the Lord. Gloria loved being with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She especially remembered the wonderful times they had taking the various grandchildren on vacation each year.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, David (Debbie) Schap of Dubuque, Ronald (Vicky) Schap, of East Dubuque, IL, and Nancy Kay (Jim) Patrum of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Stefanie (Gene) Eason, Jennifer Schap, Jeremy (Kristi) and Nick (Ashley) Patrum, and Krista (Gerald) and Tony (Kim) Schap; five great grandchildren; and two sisters, Jeanette Rusch and Mary Lou Wernke, both of Dubuque.

In addition to her husband, Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Terry; four brothers, John, Albert, Ted, and Jerry Heinz; and two brothers in law, Ellis Rusch and John "Stretch" Wernke.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff of Luther Manor for their care of Gloria.

"God shall wipe all the tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away." -Rev. 21:4

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



Lyle D. Gruenwald

Lyle D. Gruenwald, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Lyle's life will be held at 3 P.M., Saturday, September 6, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2 to 3 P.M. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Lyle Dean Gruenwald was born on November 6, 1922 in Delmar, Iowa. He was the youngest of four children born to William Henry and Josephine Alice (Wirth) Gruenwald. He was raised on a farm between Delmar and Maquoketa and attended country school, graduating from Maquoketa High School in 1940. He married Lois Alberta Taylor on March 16, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Lyle had worked as the longtime owner and operator of Veterans Radio Cab in Maquoketa from 1950 to 1985, as well as the owner of Hillside Trailer Court in Maquoketa from 1956 to 2000.

Lyle was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed gardening, mowing yards and was known for his sharing of stories and storytelling. He was an avid collector of many things, and liked "playing" the stock market, investing and trading stocks. In the years of his taxicab business he always enjoyed the people and built relationships with many.

Those left to honor Lyle's memory include his wife Lois Gruenwald of Maquoketa, IA; children, Russell Gruenwald of Maquoketa, IA, Gary (Adriana) Gruenwald of Venice, Italy, and Alice (Tom) Daurelle of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ralph and Elroy, and a sister Elva.

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

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

 

 



Robert T. McClain

Robert T. McClain, age 81, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, at 1:43 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014. To honor Robert's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home with Pastor Katherine Achtemeier officiating. To celebrate Robert's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, IL, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Robert was born on April 30, 1933, in Tennyson, WI, son of Albert E. and Evelyn E. (Pluemer) McClain.

Robert served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Joyce A. Dayton on February 12, 1955, in Galena, IL. Robert was employed as a machine operator with the John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years until his retirement. He was a member of U.A.W. Local 94. Robert enjoyed playing the guitar, riding horses and Harleys and camping with Joyce in Galena. He was a "Jack of all trades" and was always willing to help anyone who needed a hand.

Robert is survived by, his loving wife of 59 years, Joyce McClain, Dubuque, IA, his son, David (Christine) McClain, Peosta, IA, a grandson, Ryan R. McClain, Peosta, IA, a step-granddaughter, Taylor Rupp, Cuba City, WI, a sister-in-law,Shirley McClain, Dubuque, IA, his goddaughter, Lisa Bastian, Chanhassen, MN, and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, Patricia McClain in infancy and Lucille (Charles) Richardson and a brother Alfred McClain.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Dr. Hermann and Dr. Kirkendahl, especially his nurse, Kate, and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care of Robert.

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

 



Jeanette L. Meyer

Jeanette L. Meyer, 87, of Luther Manor, formerly of 3055 Hales Mill Rd., died Friday, August 29, 2014 at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be 11:30 Wednesday, September 3 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Jeanette was born October 23, 1926 in Dubuque, daughter of Joseph and Ernelda (Bobzien) Massey. She married Edward Meyer on May 31,1947 at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. He preceded her in death in 1990.

She was a past member of the Asbury Methodist Church. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and the Masonic Temple Women Cauldron. Jeanette was devoted to her family her whole life.

She is survived by four children, Sandy (Tom) Cullen, Ed (Mary Jo) Meyer II, Lori (John) Datisman, all of Dubuque and Steve Meyer of Asbury; ten grandchildren, Patrick, Corissa, Jenny, Carla, Mandy, Jessi, Dawn, John, Danielle, and Austin; ten great grandchildren, one brother, Leonard (Sally) Massey of New York and nieces and nephews.

A Jeanette Meyer 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 all of the wonderful people at Hospice of Dubuque, Luther Manor and Sunset Park Place for their special care.

 



Alice M. Boeckenstedt

Alice M. Boeckenstedt, 96, of Dubuque died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Rosonke officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Mausoleum. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Alice was born October 24, 1917 in Petersberg, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Clara (Osterhaus) Bagge. She married Albert Boeckenstedt in 1946 in Petersberg, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 10, 1990.

Alice worked as a sales clerk for Hartig Drug Store for 26 years. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and Rosary Society. She was a volunteer at St. Anthony's, Project Concern and Mercy Medical Center. She enjoyed sewing, embroidering and gardening.

Alice is survived by two daughters, Judy (Jack) Blosch of Dubuque and Joyce (George) Wisker of Indianapolis, Ind.; four grandchildren, Scott (Sarah) Blosch, Nicole (Chris Cocklan) Blosch, Courtney (Steve) Roth and Brian Wisker; two great grandchildren, Lucas and Olivia Blosch; a brother, Dan (Myrna) Bagge; two sisters, Priscilla (Lavern) Morman and Mary Ellen Hoefler; and two sisters in law, Imogene Bagge and Carol Bagge.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Mila and Betty Bagge, Pearl Koelker and Jeanette Tauke; and two brothers, Jerome and Leon Bagge.

Memorials may be made to Mercy Medical Center or St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

 



Joseph H. Gehl

Joseph H. Gehl, 72, of Cascade, Iowa, died Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa after a courageous battle with cancer.

Friends and relatives of Joe may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a KC Rosary will be held at 5 P.M., and a Wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Services for Joe will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 1, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating.  Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

Joe was born August 5, 1942 in Monticello, Iowa, son of Henry J. and Monica (Melloy) Gehl. He received his education in the Sacred Heart Schools and is a graduate of the former St. Mary’s High School in Cascade.  On June 17, 1967 he was united in marriage to Marjorie McNally at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

Joe is an Army Veteran having served in the reserves from 1964-1970.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, Iowa, a member of  its Befriender Group, the Cascade American Legion Post #528, the Cascade Knight Columbus Council #930, a leader for the 4-H Whitewater Jr. farmers.

Joe was a most chaste husband who's love, honor, and devotion kept him by his best friend's side for 47 years.   A father who instilled strength in his children through a tireless work ethic, tough-love teaching, and leading by example.  A friend who cut wide circles, treated everyone with dignity and respect, and always had time for conversation.

A servant worker who devoted his body and mind with meticulous commitment to the family farm, multiple committee services and even his "retirement" car hauling ventures.   Although Joe was taken from this earth sooner than expected, he went to his final resting place knowing he had lived a fulfilled life with no regrets.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie (McNally) Gehl of  Cascade; five children, Jeff Gehl of Cascade, Greg Gehl of Belleville, MI, Scott Gehl of Cascade, Nicholas (Angela) Gehl of Des Moines, and Kelly (Jason) Simon of Cascade; grandchildren, Alaina and Jack Gehl; Alex and Ben Gehl; Henry and Lucy Gehl; Devin, Kennedy and Lane Simon; three brothers, Bill (Kathy) Gehl, Mike Gehl, and Roger Gehl all of Cascade; four sisters, Bonnie (Dan) Schmitt of Fairfield Glade, TN, Judy (Dave) Kleitsch, Diane (Dave) Coyle and Joyce (Brian) McQuillen all of Cascade.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers in infancy, Gary, Raymond, and Henry; two nephews, Rex Gehl and Justin DeMoss; and a niece, Kimberly Kleitsch.

Online condolences may be sent to the family atwww.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

The family would like to thank the Finley Hospital, University of Iowa Hospitals, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville and Hospice of Dubuque for all the care and support given to Joe and the family.




Rosemary Cronin

Rosemary (Connors) Cronin 72, died on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Madison, WI.

Friends may greet the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., where there will be a prayer service at 7:45 p.m. Friends may also greet the family on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at Nativity Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Msgr. Jim Miller will officiate.

Rosemary was born in New Britain, Connecticut on November 3, 1941, daughter of John and Ann (Streigle) Connors. She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 1959, received her Bachelor's degree from Emmanuel College in 1963 and received her Master's degree from the University of Hartford in 1967. She married Robert (Bob) F. Cronin of Brockton, Massachusetts on August 22, 1964 in New Britain Connecticut. Bob preceded her in death on January 10, 2001.

Rosemary, an educator, taught at Loras College, Clarke University and the University of Dubuque. She was the Director of Continuing Education at the University of Dubuque for twelve years where she introduced the UD for Kids program which continues today. She also worked at McGraw Hill Publishing and the Iowa Foster Care Review Board. She loved inspiring a lifelong love of learning and her care and concern for others always showed in every position she undertook. Her final job was one of love, caring for Bob at home until he died in 2001.

Rosemary was a voracious reader, and she loved discussing and sharing her favorite books. She was an amazing cook and baker; no one ever left her house hungry. She loved flowers and those ‘in the know' always knew to tell the florist, more flowers, skip the vase. She loved to explore the world and her travel adventures took her to every continent but Antarctica. Her two grandsons, Casey and Colin were the light of her life and she savored every precious moment she spent with them. She spent many happy hours creating their annual photo-scrap books. Her volunteer activities kept her busier than most people with full time jobs.

Rosemary was an active volunteer in the Dubuque community. Her involvement included: Hospice of Dubuque, Four Mounds Women's Fellowship, Friends of the Carnegie Stout Public Library, Roberta Kuhn Center Advisory Committee, Dubuque Friendship Force, Dubuque Historic Preservation Committee and the Dubuque Alzheimer's Association. She was a co-founder of the Dubuque Fine Arts Society and was project director for the grant "Dubuque: A City for Living - the Public and the Arts".

After Bob was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 1994, both Bob and Rosemary became activists for the Alzheimer's Association. In 1998 they testified before the House Senate Committee on Appropriations for the 105th Congress, advocating for increased funding for Alzheimer's research. Bob participated in clinical research studies at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Iowa and MIT.

She is survived by two children, Kevin James (Lynn) Cronin of Dubuque, Iowa and Katherine Ann Cronin of Verona, Wisconsin, two grandsons, Casey James and Colin Francis Cronin of Dubuque, Iowa, a beloved sister and brother-in-law, Maureen Connors Byrne and Raymond Byrne of Plymouth, MA, brother-in-law Thomas Meninno of Avon, MA, three sisters-in-law, Claire Cronin and Elaine Cronin of N. Ft. Meyers, Florida and Rosemary (Joseph) Downey of The Villages, Florida, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Robert F. Cronin Communication Arts Scholarship at Loras College, Hospice of Dubuque, Agrace Hospice of Madison, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

The family would like to thank Dr. Eric Engelman and his staff at Mercy Medical Associates, nurses Candy and Bonnie at Mercy Hospital, the palliative care team at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and the amazing and caring staff at Agrace Hospice of Madison.

"Enjoy the little things in life for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things".

 



Michael P. Kearney

Michael P. "Mike" Kearney, 71, of Dubuque died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m., Friday, August 29, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road where a wake service will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Mike was born on May 7, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Clarence and Marie (Donahue) Kearney.

He married Darlene Neumann on June 1, 1991 at St. John's Placid.

He was employed as a security guard at A.Y. McDonald until his retirement in 2012.

Mike greatly enjoyed watching sports, and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.

He was a life-long member of St. Raphael's Cathedral.

Surviving is his wife, Darlene; his children, Michelle (Ken) De Groot, David Kearney, Terrence Kearney, and Jennifer (Brian) Bass; 5 grandchildren; and brothers, Thomas (Ann) Kearney and Dennis (Kathy) Kearney.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Michael Kearney memorial fund has been established.

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

Mike's family would like to extend a special thank you to his brothers, his friends, especially JoAnne Swift and David and Connie Cole, the entire staff at Medical Associates and Hospice of Dubuque, we will never forget your kindness and care.

 

 



Edith E. Schadey

Edith E. (Scheppele) Schadey, 87, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 at UPH-The Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

A celebration of life service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Kayla Lange officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Schadey was born on August 4, 1927 in Dubuque, the daughter of Earl F. and Edna (Brother) Scheppele.  She married Arthur A. Schadey on August 19th, 1978.  He preceded her in death on February 7, 1984.

She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and was formerly employed at Regency Thermographers, Dubuque Stamp and Bishop's Buffet.  Edith was an avid card player and enjoyed the various bus trips to the different casinos.  She loved gardening, fishing and hunting squirrels.

Surviving are a step-son, Robert (Brittany) Schadey of Christiansburg, VA., her former daughter-in-law Tricia Blaylock of Phoenix, AZ., 3 grandchildren Hannah, Madeline, and Vivian and 3 step-grandchildren Claudia, Jack, and Mathew, three sisters, Myo (Elaine) Boyer and Barbara (Donald) Becker both of Dubuque; and Jeanne (Lynden) Marshall of Sherrill, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl & Edna, her husband Arthur A. Schadey and her siblings, Marilyn "Bootsi" Fox, Joyce Lolwing and Paul Scheppele.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Edith's family would like to give special thanks to the nursing staff at The Finley Hospital, and for the wonderful and loving care provided by Hospice of Dubuque.

 

 



Mary E. Hauber

Mary Eileen (Freund) Hauber, 57, of Dubuque, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at home from a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 27th, at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. John Haugen officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 26th at St. Joseph The Worker where there will be a wake service 7:30 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is assisting the family.

Mary was born on Sept. 19, 1956, to the late Robert E. and Eileen M. (Gleason) Freund in Chicago, Ill. She graduated from St. Francis College in Joliet, Ill., with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1977. She later attained a master's degree in education, specializing in literacy and reading, from Clarke College.

Mary began her career teaching at Saint Joseph School in Homewood, IL and then moved to Dubuque to teach at Nativity School. She later joined Keystone Area Education Agency where she guided teachers in professional development. Mary worked closely with the Every Child Reads program. She focused on literacy education and technology for the classroom. Mary retired from Keystone AEA in 2014.

On March 5, 1988 she married James T. Hauber at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Dubuque. She was a devoted wife and mother to Jim and Brian. Over the years the family experienced great times and created many memories. Mary enjoyed participating in the music ministry at St. Anthony's for years.

Mary approached life with honesty and integrity in her work and home life. She enjoyed golfing, dining and conversation with co-workers, friends and family. In 2008, Mary received a new liver and enjoyed another six years of life. Thank you to her generous donor and to the University of Iowa Hospitals doctors and staff.

In recent years, she was excited to spend time with her granddaughter, Evelyn Grace Hauber. Grandma Mary (Mimi) wanted to leave a lasting impression with her first and only grandchild. Her spirit and guidance will live on through Evelyn every day.

Mary enjoyed her two horses and three dogs but loved her family most of all. She enjoyed traveling in the family's Country Coach with Jim and Brian. Walt Disney World & Disneyland were of the top destinations of choice by her and the family.

Survivors include: her husband James; a son, Brian James (Nicole) Hauber; a granddaughter, Evelyn; a sister, Carol (Paul) Lang of Champaign, Ill.; three brothers, Robert (Ann) of Rochester, Minn., Richard (Annette) of Westchester, Ill., and Alan (Cynthia) Freund of Wheaton, Ill; brother-in-law, Thomas (Tracy) Hauber of Dubuque; sisters-in-law, Joan (Lawrence) O'Toole, of Newport Beach, Calif., Carole Stoewer of Dubuque, Nancy Watson of Dubuque, Barbara (Edward) Mickelsen of Moline, Ill., and Jean (Ted) Joslun of Waukegan, Ill,; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, a Mary Hauber memorial fund for education has been started.

A special thanks to Dr. Lengeling, Dr. Hermann, Dr. Iverson and Staff and to Rev. John Haugen.

 



Elaine Roeth

Elaine Roeth, 72 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014 at home. According to her wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Elaine was born on February 9, 1942 in Dubuque the daughter of Joseph and Loretta (Nauman) Schiltz.

She spent a lifetime putting herself second and taking care of others.

She is survived by her children, Aaron (Lisa) Roeth, Paul Roeth, and Larry (Doris) Roeth. Grandchildren; Megan, Daniel, Natalie, Michael, Sam, and Amanda. Two brothers; Jerry Schiltz and Roger (Kitty) Schiltz and two brothers-in-law; Jim and Don Roeth.

Elaine wishes to thank her son Larry and daughter-in-law Dory and Meg for all the care they gave especially spending most of their time at my house more than theirs.

 



Janann L. Connolly

Janann L. "Nan" Connolly age 65 of East Dubuque, IL and formerly of Dubuque died Friday August 22, 2014 at Unity Point Finley Hospital with Patrick by her side.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 Wednesday August 27, 2014 at Saint Raphael's Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Friends may call from 3 to 8 Tuesday August 26, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish wake service at 3 pm.

Nan was born on November 28, 1948 in Dubuque the daughter of Edward and Ethel (Schmidt) Winter. She married Patrick Connolly on November 28, 1970 at Saint Raphael's Cathedral and together they shared 43 wonderful years.

Nan graduated from the Visitation Academy in 1966. Nan had a great love for children and did in home day care for many years. She also worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co. and Advance Data Com and lastly worked at Prodigy Child Development.

Nan loved to read and belonged to several book clubs. She also enjoyed playing euchre and was a sports fan of the Iowa Hawkeye's the Cubs and the Packers.

Nan was a very generous person who had an uncanny ability to, as she put it, "collect friends". She dearly loved her grandchildren, her animal's and traveling on her many excursions with Patrick and her family.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband and the love of her life Patrick, her two children Kim (Steve Hedrick) Connolly and Sara (Shawn) Schmitz, both of Dubuque, her two grandchildren Dakota Patrick Connolly and Gracie Joy Schmitz, a sister in law Martha Winter of Walker, MN, brothers in law Jim (Joan) Connolly and John (Gloria) Connolly and her life long friends the Martensen family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Gerald and Harold Winter and a sister Eunice "Kathy" Schultz.

"Nan's family would like to thank all the staff at Finley Hospital for all the care and kindness they gave".

 



Barbara M. Elliott

Barbara M. Elliott, 66, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Road. Private interment will be Monday. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Barbara was born on Jan. 2, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Marilyn (Wolf) Kaesbauer. She was a graduate of Wahlert High School and attended the University of Iowa. Barbara was a waitress at Timmerman's Supper Club for many years. She then drove a bus for the Dubuque Community School District and also worked in sales and marketing for Iowa Coaches, Tri-State Travel, Eagle Window and Door and most recently at Swiss Colony.

You could always count on Barbara to show up early and play cards at family gatherings, which she enjoyed immensely. She was an avid bowler and followed in her mother's footsteps by serving on the board of directors for the Dubuqueland Women's Bowling Association. Barbara was passing on her family's love of bowling to her grandson Logan by taking him to junior bowling and "motivating" him with a little wager now and then on who would bowl the best score. She also enjoyed following the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Surviving are her daughter, Julie (Todd) Isely of Eldridge, IA and their children Anthony and Alex Isely; her son Wesley (Amanda) Renne of Asbury, IA and their children Ethan, Logan, Jillian and Jackson Renne; her siblings, Sue (Rick) White of Peosta, IA, Bob (Pat) Kaesbauer of Asbury, IA, Tom (Cathy) Kaesbauer of Dubuque, IA and Patty (Mike) Riniker of Asbury, IA; also surviving are nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and James and Barry Elliott.

A Barbara M. Elliott memorial fund has been established.



Kathleen S. Schadl

Kathleen S. "Kay" Schadl, 80, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Luther Manor, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 27, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Kay was born Sept. 18, 1933 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Lucille (Mueller) Giellis. She married Leo S. Schadl on Dec. 26, 1951 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on Sept. 7, 1992.
Kay graduated from St. Joseph Academy. She retired from Armstrong Department Store after 25 years in the lingerie department.

She was a woman of great style. Kay was devoted to her family and she truly loved being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Kay enjoyed vacationing with Leo and their friends Kay and Joe Gansemer. She was a longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and liked playing board games and scrabble. Special thanks to Kay Gansemer for her 45 years of friendship to our mother.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Patti (Tom) Leicht and their children John (Sarah) Bries, Mike (Lindsay) Bries, Nick (Stacy) Bries, Stacie (Joe) Hoffman, and T.J. Leicht; Susan Schmitt and her children Emily (Jake) Schmitt and Hannah Schmitt, Marty (Lisa) Schadl and their children Eric (Megan Murphy) Schadl and Stephanie (Will McCarthy) Schadl; Lynn (Jim) Taylor and their children Kelli (Alex) Schweitzer and David (Tara Fishnick) Jackson, Jesse, Chris, Jennifer, Erica, Danny, and Zach Taylor; Greg Schadl and his children Claire and Chloe Schadl; great-grandchildren Haleigh, Will, and Colton Bries; Owen, Drew, and Gavin Bries; Ayden, Piper and Brody Bries; Reese Hoffman and Baby Hoffmann on the way; Owen Schadl; Jaylyn and Hayden Schadl; Haleigh and Will Schweizter; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her brother, John Giellis.

Memorials by may be made to the Kay Schadl Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Luther Manor Memory Care Unit for their exceptional care of Mom.



Joseph A. Koch

Joseph A. Koch, 83, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of 3825 Sunlight Ridge, died Monday, August 18, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, where visitation will be Friday from 5 pm until time of service. Committal service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Joseph was born March 9, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Arthur and Helen (Loeffelholz) Koch. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. On July 16, 1955 he married Janet Birch at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque. He worked for Peoples Natural Gas for many years, then worked at Mt. St. Francis before his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Koch of Dubuque; 10 children, Peter (Sonja) Koch of Dubuque, Paul (Sandra) Koch of Dubuque, Anna (Ted) Gulhaugen of Wausau, Wisc., Mary Jaeger of Dubuque, John Koch of Dubuque, James (Sharon) Koch of Dubuque, Julita (John) Kinley of Dubuque, Matthew Koch of New Zealand, Michael (Peggy) Koch of Williams, Iowa, and Rosalie (Curt) Zimmerman of Dubuque; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Juanita (Tom) Hesseling of Georgia and Cecilia (Tony) DuBois of Minnesota; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Koch of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by a son, Andrew Koch; his parents; two brothers, Arthur and Ambrose Koch; and four sisters, Mary Rowan, Christine Schiessl, Helen Maker, Lucille Handfelt.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in Joseph's name.

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



Mary E. Brady

Mary E. Brady, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday morning, August 22, 2014, at West Wing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. A private burial will be held from the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Mary Elizabeth Ralston was born on May 3, 1936 in Emeline, Iowa, to Clifford Robert and Mathilda Ida (Beeks) Ralston. Her early years were spent at the Emeline Country School. She then graduated from Maquoketa High School with the Class of 1953, and later attended the University of Dubuque. She married James R. Brady on July 30, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 27, 1991.

Mary had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. She then became a school bus driver for the Maquoketa Community School District working for over 40 years.

Mary enjoyed bowling, knitting, reading and playing bingo. She was an avid coffee drinker and always looked forward to having coffee with "The Girls".

Those left to honor Mary's memory include her daughter Marji (Neal) Franzen of Delmar, IA; 1 grandson, Adam Franzen of Delmar, IA; and a sister, Pat Snodgrass of Davenport, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a grandson, Travis Franzen in 1997.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to West Wing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

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

 



Mary R. Sauser

Mary R. Sauser, 96, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Cascade, Iowa passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.  Visitation will be held for Mary on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 2 – 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m., scripture service at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, Iowa.  Funeral Mass is scheduled at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Dubuque, Iowa. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Cascade.

Mrs. Sauser was born January 7, 1918 in Dyersville, Iowa the daughter of Leo H. and Lucy (Benn) White.  She graduated from St. Paul High School, Worthington Iowa and Lenox College, Hopkinton, Iowa.  She taught in rural schools prior to her marriage.

Mary was united in marriage to Joseph F. Sauser on September 22, 1945 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa.  Mary and her husband operated Sauser’s Dairy and then farmed at Cascade before their retirement to Dubuque. He preceded her in death on July 3, 1981.

Since 1981, Mary has been a member of St. Anthony Parish, its Rosary Society, St. Bernadette Circle, A.C.C.W, and the Catholic Daughters of the America Court 1287, Stonehill Auxiliary, and Dubuque Arboretum volunteers.

Surviving Mary are her children; Frank (Diana) Sauser of Rock Island, IL, Steve (Barb) Sauser of Cascade, Margaret (Joe) Noonan of San Antonio, TX,  Anne  Sutter (Ron Carpenter) of Davenport, Allan (Doris) Sauser of Cascade, Mary Jane (Dan) Driscoll of Dubuque, Ed (Joan) Sauser of Monticello, Ray (Jane) Sauser of Dyersville, Bill (Vickie) Sauser of Worthington, and Joan (Leo) Hawkins of Lawrence, KS; 24 grandchildren: Katherine (Sauser) Phillips, Jon Sauser, Pat, Chris and Andy Noonan, Mark Sutter, Brian, Nick and Mike Sauser, Michelle (Driscoll) Vogler, Tom and Leah Driscoll, Sean, Joel, and Eric Sauser, Todd Angela, and Molly Sauser, Jessica Pitz, Brad, Thomas, Shawna, Samantha, and William Sauser; 36 great-grandchildren; a sister, Terese (Paul) Reittinger of Richardson, TX; and a sister in-law, Rosie White of Cascade. 

Mary was preceded in death by her parents ; husband, Joseph F.; two children: Thomas and Joseph N. Sauser; 3 brothers and spouses: Leo (Olive) White, Gerald (Delores) White, and Aelred (Willetta)White and sisters and brothers  in law : Leo( Adeline ) Sauser, Gertrude( Fred) Ertl and Theresa Sauser. 

Mary was a very loving mother, grandma and great grandma whose greatest joy was being with her family.
She was an exemplary witness of a woman of deep faith, selflessness, kindness to all and always staying positive.
She will always be remembered for her gentle nature, the twinkle in her eye and her beautiful, loving smile.

Mary’s family wishes to thank all who cared for her in her later life, especially the staff’s at Sunset Park Place, Medical Associates, Mercy Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque & Stonehill Care Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Anthony Church, Stonehill Care Center or EWTN in Mary’s memory.

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



Ruth M. Lansing

Ruth M. Lansing, 86, of Dyersville died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville surrounded by her family.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday (today) August 24, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate and Revs. Richard Gaul and Al Vorwald will concelebrate.

Ruth was born Dec. 7, 1927, in Dyersville the daughter of Alfred and Rose (Olberding) Klosterman.  She attended the St. Francis Independent Country School.  She married Joseph A. Lansing on June 21, 1951, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica.  Together they farmed east of Dyersville.  Ruth worked at Hentges Hardware and at the Field of Dreams, and made and decorated wedding and all occasion cakes.

Ruth had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin and instilled that devotion to her children and grandchildren.  She loved her family deeply and was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish and worked at Xavier Bingo for 30 years.  Ruth was an historical and genealogy author who penned three family history books, St. Francis Country School Grotto, and St. Francis Country School.   She maintained the grotto on Dyersville East Road for over 50 years.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Lansing; 2 children: Diane Lucas (special friend Ray Huegerich) of Breda, IA, and Dan (Deb) Lansing of Dyersville; seven grandchildren: Greg (Mary) Lucas, Amy (Jake) Van Scoyoc, Sarah (Andy) Johnston, Steve (Carmen) Lansing, Tom (Mandy) Lucas, Kevin (Molly) Lansing and Kelly (Eric) Klein; 10 great grandchildren and 2 more on the way; 2 sisters: Vera Kroeger and Lila Clemen, both of Dyersville; brothers and sisters-in-law: Lorraine Klosterman and Verna Klosterman, both of Dyersville; Jerome (Mary Margaret) Lansing and Arthur (Bernice) Lansing, both of Dyersville, John (Rita) Lansing of Farley, William (Joan) Lansing of Worthington, Catherine (Hugo) Engelken of Petersburg, Verna Rose (Leroy) Bries of Guttenberg and Leon (Betty) Mullis of Waterloo.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Virginia Klosterman and Rita (Jim) Deutmeyer, 2 brothers, Art Klosterman and Alfred Klosterman; brothers-in-law: Gary Kroeger, Vince Clemen, Lawrence (Amanda) Lansing, Wilma Mullis and Fr. Augustine Dreiling, O.S.B.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Paul G. Steuri

Paul G. Steuri, 84, of Earlville died Friday, August 22, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Peace United Church of Christ in Monticello.  Mike Cleeton will officiate.  Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.  Military honors will be accorded.

Paul was born March 25, 1930, in Monticello, IA; the son of Adolph and Freida (Lengenhager) Steuri.  He attended the Country School on Hardscrabble Road until the 8th grade.  He began 9th grade at the High School in town and began to farm with his family. He met Shirley Bauer while she was visiting her sister-in-law in Monticello, and they married on November 18, 1950, in Dubuque.  He served in the Marine Corps from 1951 - 1953, and was discharged as a Corporal. When he returned from the service, he began working for Pepsi Cola in Dubuque and then they bought the family farm in 1955.

Paul and Shirley started a Rochester Silo dealership in 1959, on the farm, and eventually moved to the north end of County Road X-47 in 1974.

Paul will be fondly remembered for selling kettle corn, for his love of NASCAR races, storytelling, picnics at the cabin, listening to polka music, his tinkering and inventing skills and his tractor restoration.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; 6 children: Patricia Steuri of Earlville, Susan (James) Tucker of Monticello, Diane (Mike) Russell of Kirkland, WA, Steve (Wanda) Steuri of Monticello, Julie Steuri of Dubuque and Kathy (Jamey) Dirks of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren: Jennifer (Michael) Rose of North Liberty, Daryn (Lauren) Dirks, Deidra and Jaryd, all of Cedar Rapids, Ashley and Wesley Russell of Kirkland, WA, and Aaron Steuri of Monticello; great grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Nicholas Rose; siblings: Edna Gadient and Don Steuri, both of Monticello; a brother-in-law, Wayne (Betty) Bauer of Dubuque.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Otto (Berdina) Steuri, Freida (George) Eiben and Herm (Martha) Steuri.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Francis W. Ruden

Francis W. "Frank" Ruden, 90 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at Manor Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Monday, August 25th at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 24th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 1:45 p.m.

Frank was born on November 27, 1923, in Zwingle, Iowa the son of Nicholas and Mary (Wolfe) Ruden Jr. He married Elinor Hunt, on November 25, 1950 at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. Frank farmed in the Zwingle area his whole life, raising Hereford Cattle. He loved his IH tractors and Ford trucks.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, LaMotte - Key West Council #4236, St. Joseph Church, Key West, and former member of the St. Joseph Prairie Church. He was an avid New York Yankee and Iowa Hawkeye fan.

He is survived by his wife Elinor, nine children; Nicholas (Paula) Ruden, of Dubuque, Diane (Larry) Freiburger, Hazel Green, Joe Ruden, of Dubuque, Gary (Karen) Ruden, of Dubuque, Tom Ruden, of Dubuque, Mark (Christine) Ruden, of Dubuque, Karen (Jeff) Jones, of Dubuque, Lisa (Rick) Kearney, of Dubuque, Phil (Lacey) Ruden, of Zwingle. 22 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, sisters-in-law; Dorothy Ruden and Marilyn Gordon, many nieces and nephews and his good friend Dave Theisen

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Ralph, Wilmer, Urban, and Eldon, a sister Theresa and two brothers in infancy.

A Frank Ruden memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Manor Care, Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Jared Freiburger and his staff for all their wonderful care and kindness.

 



Joseph W. Featherston

Joseph W. Featherston, 69, of Dubuque died peacefully at home free of pain, on August 16, 2014, of chordoma cancer.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on August 19th, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 18th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 4:00 p.m.

Joseph was born in Cascade, Iowa on February 24, 1945 to Joseph Peter Featherston and Bernadine Agnes (Neyens-Featherston) Hoerner. He grew up in Cascade and graduated from Divine Word Seminary High School in East Troy, Wisconsin. He attended Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa and received his bachelor's and masters' degrees from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. On June 22, 1968 he married Barbara Hunt of Dubuque.

He spent most of his professional life as a licensed social worker for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa. He retired from Catholic Charities as it's Associate Director. He also loved his volunteer work as a disaster relief counselor for Red Cross. He proudly received the Matthew 25 Award from Divine Word College. Helping others be their best was his life's work.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Barb and their three daughters and one foster daughter: Jennifer (Harry) Bemis of Davenport, Sarah (Greg) Yoder of Iowa City, Abigail (Jacob) Tebbe of Dubuque and Giau (Quang) Nguyen of Kent, Washington; five grandchildren: Megan Bemis, Norah Yoder, Ethan Yoder, Margaret Tebbe, Cecilica Tebbe and one foster granddaughter Elsie Nguyen. His surviving siblings are; BJ (Jane) Featherston, Greg (Gail) Featherston, Donna Bardon, and Rob (Laura) Hoerner. His brothers and sisters-in-law; Jane (Bob) Mathweg, Marsha Voorhis, Mary (Mike) Koenig, Tom (Ellen) Hunt, Charlie (Tammy) Hunt, Laura (Chris) Lawrence, Dave Wilson, and many nieces and nephews.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Mary Alice Wilson, Martha Maahs, and Monica Featheston, brothers-in-law Jerry Bardon, Rick Voorhis and Dick Maahs.

In lieu of flowers a Joseph Featherston memorial fund has been established.


The family wants to thank Angela, and Jennie of Hospice of Dubuque for their support and expressions of love during Joseph's final journey. Special thanks to Dr. Broderick, Dr. Found, and Dr. Voight of University of Iowa Hospital.

 



Dixie L. Rapp

Dixie L. Rapp, 77 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Tuesday, August 26th at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Kyle Digman officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 25th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 7:30.

Dixie was born on July 26, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Harold and Lorraine (Dix) Hefel. She married Gerald Rapp on October 4, 1958.

She was a nurses aid for many years but her job she was most proud of was taking care of her daughter Diane for 51 years in her home and tending to her roses. She loved her visits from her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Gerald, children; Kathy (Mike) Krause, Julie (Jim) Deckert, and Diane Rapp. Grandchildren; Jen (Chad) Wernimont, Brad (Sarah Schiel) Krause, Jim (Stephanie Faust) Deckert, and Jodi Deckert. Her great grandchildren; Braden and Lauren Wernimont and Chloe Deckert. Her brothers; Richard (Mary Ann) Hefel, Eldon (Janet) Hefel, Russ (Chris) Hefel, all of Dubuque, Marvin Hefel, of Sarasota, Florida, Dan (Kathy) Hefel, of East Dubuque, IL. Her sisters; Donna (Vern) Husemann, of East Dubuque, IL, Sr. Laurinda Hefel, OSF, of Midlothian, IL Doris (Terry) Gartner, of Dubuque, DeLaine (Joe) Gartner, of Conway, Arkansas, and Debbie (Richard) Folk, of Tyro, KS. Many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and her loving dog, "Bella".

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Hal Hefel, sisters-in-law Judy Hefel, and Eileen Hefel.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center especially the emergency room and the ICU for all their wonderful care they gave to Dixie.

In lieu of flowers a Dixie Rapp memorial fund has been established.



Christopher F. Dumbell

Christopher Frank Dumbell (Chris) died on Monday, August 18, 2014, aged 87, peacefully at his home in America.

Funeral services will be 3: 00 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

He was born in Wolverhampton on January 28, 1927 and lived in Worfield, Shropshire. 

Loving and devoted husband to Donna, father to Donald, Debbie and Lu and grandfather of five. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the University of Dubuque. Please send to University of Dubuque Advancement Office, 2000 University Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001.

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



Beverly A. Gregory

Beverly A. Gregory, age 76, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at home. Funeral services to honor Beverly will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. Donnie Key officiating. To celebrate Beverly's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 25, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Beverly was born on October 29, 1937, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Rudolph Beversdorf and Ann (Leik) Smith.

Beverly was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing bingo, rummy royal, doing embroidering and latch hooks in her spare time. She also loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Beverly worked for years at the Holiday Inn and Hotel Julien as a housekeeper. She was also a waitress and CNA outside of being a housewife and raising her 7 children.

Beverly is survived by her children, Lou Ann Guthrie, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Linda (Dave) Stierman, Dubuque, IA, Leonard Gregory Jr., Fort Madison, IA, Susan Gregory, Dubuque, IA, Cindy Donath, Dubuque, IA, Lisa (Wayne) Imbus, Dubuque, IA, Christie (Pat Sr.) Tucker, Dubuque, IA; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Delores Timmerman, Dubuque, IA, Albertina Key, Dubuque, IA, Duane Beversdorf, California.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Leonard Gregory Sr., two brothers, Richard and Rudolph "Bud" Beversdorf and two sons-in-law, William "Billy" Gallaher Sr., and Owen Donath.

In lieu of flowers a Beverly A. Gregory memorial fund has been established.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and all their staff, especially Melanie, and Dr. Liaboe of Dubuque Internal Medicine for all their care and support.

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

 



Richard L. Findley

Richard Lee "Dick" Findley, 72 of Loves Park, Illinois, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 23, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd, conducted by Pastor Howard Green, where the family will greet friends from 3:00 pm. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the funeral home, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Osterdock, Iowa.

Richard was born February 2, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of Gane P. "Lefty" and Bernice (Grant) Findley. Richard married Susan Green on September 23, 1967 at St. John's Lutheran Church. He worked for Chrysler Motor Works in Belvidere, Illinois retiring in 2000. Richard enjoyed collecting Coca Cola items, marbles, and Hot Wheels. He loved going to the movies, camping and going to the zoo. Richard spent many hours watching old western movies and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

Survivors include his wife, Susan; a son, Mark (Holly) Findley of Rockton, IL; siblings, Linda (Larry) Hentrich of Galena, Jeff (Rebecca) Findley of East Moline, IL, Julie Weiland and Dale Findley of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; extended family, Sandy (Bill Harms) Hadley & family, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Steven on August 23, 2009, and an infant brother, Mark.
In leui of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Richard's memory.

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



Robert E. Gassman

Robert Edward "Bob" Gassman, 69, of Key West, Iowa passed away on Sunday August 17, 2014 at his daughters residence in Dyersville.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 on Friday, August 22, 2014 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. John O'Connor officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 21st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 3:00p.m. by Deacon John Stierman.

Bob was born on August 7, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Clarence and Mildred (Reardon) Gassman. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1963 in the first full graduating class and he married Mary Ann Mueller.

Bob owned and operated the Key West Feed Store "the unofficial Key West City Hall" where he served as unofficial "Mayor". He started working at the original Hayes Key West Feed and continued until his retirement.

Bob later worked for Holy Family Schools, at Wahlert Catholic High School and St. Anthony's. He was a very active member of St. Joseph Key West Parish, the Holy Name Society, and served as an usher.

Bob was very active in sports throughout his life. Both as a fan and a player, continuing as a grandfather watching his grandchildren play sports. He played on many basketball and baseball teams in Key West and continued playing softball into his 60's. He also enjoyed golfing, playing cards especially euchre and playing cribbage. He participated in many leagues sponsored by Happy's Place and others.

Bob had a great sense of humor and was known to aggravate people "once in a while." When playing cards he also loved to occasionally "Sit on people", especially Mark. He was a great Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bear fan.

Throughout Bob's illness he always remained positive and had a realistic attitude toward death. He showed us all how to face the inevitable with a smile.

He is survived by his two daughters, Julianne (Kevin Bown) Gassman, and Lisa (Norman) Pottebaum. His grandchildren; Taylor, Justin, Kaitlyn, and Jackson Bown, Ty and Eli Pottebaum. His sister Margie (Leonard) Schuster, his brother Richard (Shirley) Gassman and many nieces and nephews. His former wife Mary Ann Gassman and her mother Grace Mueller and her family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Madonna Link, brother-in-law Harry Link, and a niece Laura Pinska.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Edna and Stacy, Dr. Mark Herman, MD, Tony Heiar, PA, and their nurses and staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, also to Dr. Bobby Koneru, MD, at the Wendt Center and their staff for all their wonderful care and kindness. To all of his amazing family and friends who called and came to visit, you made his last days here on earth very memorable. Bob will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers Bob has requested that memorials be given to Holy Family Schools, Dyersville Beckman or St. Patrick's Catholic School in Cedar Falls.

 



Alene L. Simons

Alene L. Simons, 81, of DeWitt, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, August 19, 2014, at her home in DeWitt, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Alene's life will be held at 3:30 P.M., Friday, August 22, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. on Friday, August 22, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Alene LaNeta Templeton was born on November 23, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Kent and LaNeta (Hute) Templeton. She was educated at the Welton school. She married William K. "Bill" Simons on December 31, 1949 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 18, 2001.

Alene raised five children and through the years had also worked as a waitress for area restaurants, egg handler for Hoffman Eggs, and for the creamery in Welton. Additionally, she and her late husband Bill had worked at flea markets selling homemade products. They had also built several homes and then sold them, long before the practice of "flipping" houses was popular.

Alene enjoyed staying very busy. She enjoyed tatting, bowling, crocheting, crafts and sewing. She liked working outside and especially enjoyed playing board games with her grandchildren. She was an avid bingo player and was known for always preparing a big feast during the holidays.

Those left to honor Alene's memory include her daughters, Debra (Dean) Tillis of Stockton, IL, Nina (Roy) Buff of Casar, NC, and Teresa Simons of Delmar, IA; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; a sister Judy (Art) Jones of Maquoketa, IA; and brothers Fay (Virginia) Templeton of DeWitt, IA, Gary (Denise) Templeton of Spokane, WA, Larry (Debra) Templeton of Maquoketa, IA and Lee (Beverly) Templeton of Clarence, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 sons Terry and Dennis, 4 brothers Gerald, Roy, Ronnie and Gene, and an infant great-grandchild Jaxson Bell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Alene L. Simons memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Marilyn M. Davison

Marilyn M. Davison, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Saturday morning, August 16, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. A private burial will be held from the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Marilyn Mae Rockwell was born on February 27, 1940 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Forrest L. and Maxine G. (Shady) Rockwell. She attended Maquoketa schools. She married John Loyal "Jack" Davison on February 3, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on October 3, 2005.

Marilyn had worked for over 30 years at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as a secretary until its closure.

Marilyn looked forward to having lunch with the girls from Clinton Engines. She loved her family and her pride and joy was her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Marilyn's memory include her daughter Becky (Harlan Jr.) Doty of Dubuque, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jake and Luke; and a sister, Gloria Furrow of Maquoketa, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and 3 infant sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society.

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

 



Lauretta M. Stribling

Lauretta M. Stribling, 86, passed away on August 16, 2014.

Born in Bellingham, Washington in 1927, Mrs. Stribling had been a resident of Dubuque since 1970, when her husband was hired as a Speech Communication professor and Director of the Loras Players at Loras College. She worked for several years as an advertising agent for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

She received her Bachelors Degree at Loras with a double major in Communications and History and went on to receive her Masters Degree from the University of Iowa.

With her husband Don, she served as co-director of the Loras Players from 1970-2000. During those 30 years, they directed over 100 plays and musicals, and added Children's Theatre to the Loras Players repertoire. Many of the Children's Theatre productions went on tour to schools and professional theatres in the Tri-State area. They also directed melodramas performed by the Loras College Faculty and Staff.

She was delighted to celebrate and participate in the 100th anniversary of the Loras Players during their 2010-2011 season and believed the heart of the Loras Players has always been characterized by collaboration and dedication to the Arts, and she was a proud part of that tradition.

A lifetime interest in Educational, Regional, and Community Theatre culminated in a script she co-authored with her husband, with music and lyrics by Dubuquer Paul Hemmer, titled JOE SENT ME. The production was staged at the Five Flags Theater in 1978, and re-staged at the Grand Opera House in March of 2007 as the Striblings celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

She was active as a coach and judge in both College and High School Forensics/Speech Communication Tournaments, and was a member of the Iowa Communication Association (ICA) where she served as co-editor of their newsletter with Frances Hedeman for 7 years. In 1998, she was honored with the ICA "Citation Award" for her work in the field of Communication.
Her greatest pleasures, other than Theatre, were reading and collecting glassware.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Donald, her daughter Roxanne, her son Barak, and her grandson Travis.

At her request, there will be no viewing and no services, and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Stribling Fine Arts Scholarship or the Loras Players at Loras College.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Stewart G. Wasoba

Stewart G. Wasoba, 88, of Largo, Florida, and formerly of the Maquoketa area, died on Tuesday evening, August 12, 2014, at the Bay Pines VA Regional Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.

A celebration of Stewart's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, August 22, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Canton, Iowa Cemetery with military honors.

Stewart George Wasoba was born on July 28, 1926 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Robert C. and Hazel D. (Parsons) Brauss. He attended Clinton and Jackson County country schools. He then entered the military serving honorably in the U.S Navy and later in the Army Air Corps. He achieved many honors including Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct, American Theater, Asiatic Pacific - 6 Battle Stars, Philippine Pres. Unit CIT, Philippine Liberation - 2 Battle Stars, Philippine Independence Ribbon, Victory Medal and Occupation - Asian Clasp. Upon receiving an honorable discharge he married Margaret Ellen Moore on March 18, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on December 17, 1998.

Stewart was a baker by trade and had owned and operated the Savanna, Illinois Bakery for several years.

Stewart loved visiting and spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed searching for his Navy shipmates and had planned and organized the Navy USS NEHENTA BAY (CVE-74) reunions for the past 25 years.

Those left to honor Stewart's memory include his children William (Barb) Wasoba of Pinellas Park, FL, Kenneth (Judy) Wasoba of Colorado Springs, CO, Donald (Karen) Wasoba of St. Peters, MO, and Ronald (Pat) Wasoba of Humboldt, IA; 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; a brother Robert (Cookie) Brauss of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and a sister-in-law Shirley (Doug) Winegar of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, sisters Irene Heinrich, Hazel Eckstein, and Dorothy Felice, 2 sons Thomas and Stewart, and a daughter-in-law Diana.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Stewart G. Wasoba memorial fund has been established.

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

 



James D. Besler

James D. "Bez" Besler, 72, of Kieler, WI, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Friday, August 15, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 19, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kieler, WI, where friends may greet the family from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Parish Center. Rev. Bernard Rott will officiate, and Rev. Bart Timmerman will concelebrate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may also greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 18, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 2:45 p.m.

Jim was born April 16, 1942 in Dubuque, the son of Clarence and Mildred (Horsfield) Besler. He married Donna Lutgen on June 27, 1964 in Dubuque. She preceded him in death in 2004. He served his country with the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1963.

Jim was employed at Flexsteel, Swift Plumbing and Heating, and Portzen Construction. He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Unions Local #66 and #125. Most recently, he tended bar at Gooch's Greenhouse in Kieler, where he was Employee Of The Year for seven consecutive years. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Kieler, and his faith was very important to him.

Jim enjoyed golfing, horseshoes, playing euchre, and PBR. He was a member of the Birchwood Golf Club in Kieler. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeye fan, and loved to participate in fantasy sports. Jim was proud to be a leg wrestling champion for many years, until his untimely retirement due to a broken rib. He had a great sense of humor, and never said a swear word in his life.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Dawn (Robert) Saarva of Deerfield, IL, Mark (Chrissy) Besler of Dubuque, and Rick (Ellen) Besler of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Ben and Heather Saarva, and Charlie, Anna, Sam, and Matthew Besler; his brothers, Duane (Marion) Besler of Milwaukee, WI, and Darrell (Verna) Besler of Dubuque ; and a sister, Donna Breitbach of Sherrill, IA.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father in law, Aileen and Edward Lutgen; and his brother in law, V.J. Breitbach.

The family extends a special thank you to the nurses at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and especially to his many friends in the Kieler community.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the James Besler Memorial Fund for later donation to his favorite charities.

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



John M. Bennett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am the Judge now!
"Go Bears"



Michael W. Kactro

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

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

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

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

He retired from Coca Cola in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

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

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

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

A Michael Kactro Memorial Fund has been established.

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

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

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



Norma J. Schmidt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



David H. Makovec

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

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

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

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

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

A David H. Makovec memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



Jerry Lynn Bartlett

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

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

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

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

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

A Jerry Lynn Bartlett memorial fund has been established.

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

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



James A. Klein

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

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

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

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

He was employed for 38 years at Flexsteel.

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

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

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

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

A James A. Klein memorial fund has been established.

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

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 

 



James C. Odefey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Aaron L. Schramm

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Robert W. Fortmann

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Robert W. Fortmann memorial fund has been established.

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

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



Neda F. Wagoner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Phyllis Ann Willey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Carol Lynn Packard Ellett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Alfred J. Dupont

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mary H. Kelleher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Margaret M. Weiler

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Elizabeth J. Riley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Leland R. Nebel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Lloyd J. Hoppman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Jerry S. Thill

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

 



Regina A. Boulting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Theresa A. Brokus

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

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

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

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

She was a member of Sacred Heart parish.

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

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

A Theresa Brokus Memorial Fund has been established.

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

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



Vaughn F. Kray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



LeVon Agnes Althaus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Bernice P. Robbins

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to the Bernice Robbins Memorial Fund.

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

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



Elmer T. Mills

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

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

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

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

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

An Elmer T. Mills memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Michael R. Roepke, Sr.

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

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

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

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

Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

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

 



Gary C. Von Fumetti

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Janet E. Buchan Sullivan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Mitchell J. Kluesner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Bryce R. Wilwert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Sean J. Kenneally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Sean J. Kenneally memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



James N. Stecklein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Rita J. Schmitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

For more information please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 



Elvin S. Thomas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Nicholas J. Kramer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Jeffrey D. Atkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Armilla J. Goepfert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Jerald W. Erickson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Mary Kay Bohr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Gloria M. Sprague

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Allen L. Lattner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Irvin O. Nachtman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Harold L. Dement

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

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

He married Irene Felton on March 22, 1975.

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

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

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

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



Carol L. Packard Ellett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Barbara J. Kirkpatrick LaRue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Michael G. Tigges

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

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

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

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

Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

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

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

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

 



Ronald D. Hinzman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Eleanor M. Tigges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bernadine L. Amling

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

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

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

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

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

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



Wanda L. Reynolds

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

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

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

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

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

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



Marcella L. Riesselman

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

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

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

Marcella enjoyed playing cards and dominos with her friends.

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

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

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

 



Melrose M. Schute

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

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

Services for Melrose will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Melrose M. Schute memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Bill Casel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Ann Michalski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Richard L. Beecher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

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

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



Adella T. Duehr

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Adella T. Duehr memorial fund has been established.

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

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



Arlene F. Johannes

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

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

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

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

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

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



Paul A. Kasel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Paul A. Kasel memorial fund has been established.

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

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



Gracie Lynn Ungs

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

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

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

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



Thomas J. Determan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online condolences may be left at leonardfuneralhome.com

 



Mark A. Klinkhammer

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

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

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

He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

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

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

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



Harriet I. Tschiggfrie

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

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

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

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

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



Thomas L. Steffen

Thomas L. Steffen, age 67, of East Dubuque, IL, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, at 8:55 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. To celebrate Tom's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

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

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

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

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

A Thomas L. Steffen memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



John C. Erickson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Lynn A. Jellison

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

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

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

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

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

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

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

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

 



James A. Angelos

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

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

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

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

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

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

No memorials are requested.

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

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

 



Mason A. Deutmeyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Paul E. Westmark

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

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 



Brentley L. Kemp

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

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

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

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

 



Dorothy M. Pfeiler

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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

 

 



Roger R. Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to Roger Anderson Memorial Fund.

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



Judith Curtis Meyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 



James R. Kluesner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Darlene C. Gogg Colbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Dorothea J. Hook

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

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

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

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

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

A Dorothea J. Hook memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



Kenneth J. Spark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Oliver J. Merz, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Eloise M. Meyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be given to Finley Hospital and Resurrection Church.

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

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



Mary J. Albert

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

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

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



Sister Mary Joel Kramer, BVM

Sister Mary Joel Kramer, BVM, died July 13, 2014, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery. 

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

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

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

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

Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Richard A. Frerich

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Richard Frerich memorial fund has been established.

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



Mary Margaret Arenz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Joseph S. Weber

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Francis J. O’Connor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Emmett W. Young

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Dennis J. Mulvehill

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Roslyn Ehrlich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Gertrude A. Oberbroeckling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



Dolores A. Manley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dolores' family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, the staff of the Bell Tower Retirement Community, The Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care given to their mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. 

 



Merlyn E. Gohlmann

Merlyn E. Gohlmann, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A private burial will be held at a later date from the Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. His body has been deeded to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy in Iowa City, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Merlyn Estel Gohlmann was born on September 27, 1937 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Durward and Irene (Gombert) Gohlmann. He was a 1955 graduate of Lost Nation High School and then served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. He married and then later divorced.

Merlyn had worked various jobs most notably at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa in the laundry maintenance department.

Merlyn was of the Lutheran faith. He was a lifetime member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed bicycling and could often be seen riding around town.

Merlyn is survived by his children, Scott (Stacy) Gohlmann of Windsor Heights, IA, and Tracy (Keith) Gasper of Calamus, IA; 2 grandsons, Tyler and Connor; 2 step-grandchildren, Courtney and Darr; a brother Galyn (Rhonda) Gohlmann of Grinnell, IA; and sisters, Marlene (Darrel) Hicks of Wheatland, IA, Myrna (Bob) Larkey of Maquoketa, IA, and Kathy (Lary) Becker of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother J.C.

Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Christopher W. Summers

Christopher W. Summers, 50, of Dubuque, Iowa died Thursday July 10, 2014. According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Private burial will be in Heslop Cemetery, Lehigh, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Chris was born on January 7, 1954, the son of Carl M. Summers and Frances Heslop. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1982 and married LouWanna Goins in 1984. He served in the US Army, 2nd Airborne Infantry. He worked as a lumber grader for Sitco.

Chris enjoyed spending time with his family and riding his Harley.

He is survived by three children, Felon M. Summers, Kc James Summer, and Caleb Finch. Grandchildren; Taylor, Marley, Jaydon, Wyatt and Hunter. His father Carl M. (Mary) Summers, his brother Carl "Charlie" (Anna) Summers, a nephew Carl (Robin) "Jr." Summers and a niece Tiffany Lee.

He was preceded in death by his mother Frances.



Helen Therese Kapler

Helen Therese Kapler, 84, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 14, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will begin at 7 p.m.

Helen was born on June 19, 1930. The daughter of James Martin and Bridget (Gallagher) Bamrick, Helen grew up on farms near Cartersville and Dougherty, Iowa. In 1948 she graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Rockwell, Iowa, and graduated in 1951 from Mercy School of Nursing in Dubuque.

She married Joseph Edward Kapler on August 22, 1959 at Sacred Heart Church in Rockwell, Iowa.

Helen began her nursing career at Mercy Hospital, Mason City, and was employed at various hospitals and medical offices including Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Children's Hospital, Milwaukee, Wis.; University of California, San Francisco; Mercy Hospital, Dubuque; McAuley Center, Dubuque; Heritage Manor, Dubuque; and Dubuque Internal Medicine.

Helen loved taking care of her patients as well as many family and friends throughout the years. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren, especially making ice cream cones and waffles for the kids. She was a person of deep faith and a longtime member of Resurrection Catholic Church.

Surviving is her husband, Joseph; children David (Jeni) Kapler, Mark (Tracie) Kapler, Joseph (Erin Hoag) Kapler, and Mary (Shawn) Blythe; grandchildren Zach Kapler, Alex and Emma Kapler, Christopher, Jack, Sam, and Martin Blythe, and Kasey and Kylie Kapler; and siblings Martin Bamrick, Mary Skyles, Joe (Jean) Bamrick, Jack (Eunice) Bamrick, Dick (Pat) Bamrick, Marge Nowell, Bridget (Tawfik) Sohl, and Paul (Sharon) Bamrick.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law Nancy Bamrick; and brothers-in-law Bob Skyles and Jim Nowell.

Service information and online condolences may be found at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Memorials may be made to the Helen T. Kapler memorial fund.

Helen's family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Hermann, M.D., Tony Heiar ARNP and the entire staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine. Also, the family is very grateful to Cyndy, Stacy and Stephani at Hospice of Dubuque for the compassionate care Helen received at home.



Dorothy A. Meyer

Dorothy A. Meyer, 79, of New Vienna, Iowa, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Dorothy was born Nov. 29, 1934, in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Regina (Wilhelm) Wolf. She married Alvin Meyer on May 29, 1954, in Dyersville, where they resided until 1966, when they moved to New Vienna. She was a loving mother and grandmother who took care of her family while working several part-time jobs. She enjoyed camping, fishing, needlework, cooking and playing cards.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Linda (Dean) Hemesath of Cedar Rapids and Polly (Mike) Haight of North Liberty; 3 sons, Steve (Susie) Meyer of Lake Delhi, Wayne (Jayne) Meyer of Dyersville and Ken (Liz) Meyer of New Vienna; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Wilgenbusch of New Vienna; in-laws Merlin (Kathy) Meyer of New Vienna and Leo Meyer, Darlene (Frank) O'Connor and Mary Ann Heinrichs, all of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin in 2008; siblings Margaret (Charles) McDermott, Ivan (Anita) Wolf, Helen "Jane" (Ben) Westemeier, Rosemary Wolf and Charles (Catherine) Wolf; and in-laws John Wilgenbusch, Ginger Meyer, and Bob Heinrichs.

Memorials to the Good Neighbor Home are preferred.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.

 



Mark G. Delaney

Mark Gerard Delaney, 57, of Dubuque, died Wednesday July 9, at home surrounded by his family.

The funeral mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, with the Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

He was born March 1, 1957, the son of Mary and John Delaney. He went to Sacred Heart School and was a 1975 graduate of Hempstead High School. He worked at Tri-State Blueprinting & Framing for 17 years. He was an avid bowler, bowling in many of the premier leagues in Dubuque, and once bowled a 300 game. He also played softball for many years, pitching for various teams in the area. He was a member of the Dubuque Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame as well as serving on the Board of Directors. He was a Dubuquer through and through.

He is survived by his daughters, Lynn (Chris) DeMaio and Amanda Delaney, both of Dubuque, his mother, Mary Delaney, of Dubuque; a sister, Judy Cooper of Omaha, Neb., and four brothers, Mike Delaney, Carmel, Ind., Steve Delaney, Burlington, Iowa, Ted Delaney, Heyworth, IL and Terry Delaney, of Dubuque, and two grandchildren, Payton and Cameron DeMaio, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his father, two sisters, and a nephew.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.



Richard J. Clemens

Richard "Rich" J. Clemens, 66, of English Mill Rd, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014 at home surrounded by his family and friends. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 11, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Friends may call 2 pm. - 8 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.

Rich was born on January 31, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Albert "Abe" Joseph and Evelyn (Strumberger) Clemens. He attended Dubuque Senior High School, and married Patty Mellon on January 27, 1968 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville, Wisconsin. Rich worked at Edwards Construction, FlexSteel and John Deere and was a lifelong laborer and always worked hard to provide for his family, he never missed any of his children's events. Rich enjoyed playing fast pitch softball and caught many Hall Of Fame pitchers, including; Eddie "The King" Feigner. His love for animals and the outdoors was evident and he passed this trait onto all of his children.

Survivors include his wife, Patty (Mellon) Clemens of 46 1/2 years; three sons, Mike (Deb) Clemens, Mark (Laurie) Clemens, Christopher "Stoph" Clemens; twin daughters, Keri (Mathias) Ginter, Kelly Shetler (Tim Kaiser); grandchildren and loves of his life, Tracy, Tammy, Austin, Jordan, Noah, Mya, Kobe, Lauren, Andrew, Ethan, Kaelan, Morgan, and Olivia; great-grandchildren, Rylan, Riley, Landan, and Mason; siblings, Jean (Rick) Stierman of Solon, A.J. Clemens of Dubuque; in-laws, Mike Mellon, Jim (Jeannie) Mellon, Ann (Steve) Wood, John (Jeanne) Mellon, Scott (Cass) Mellon, Jo Ann Brinkman (Dave), Doug Bausch, and Leeds Pickering; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved in his own special way (everyone was his favorite).

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Abe and Evelyn; father and mother in-law, James and Ginny Mellon; siblings, Michael J. Clemens (Vietnam), Kathy Pickering, infant Caroline, twins, Ronald and Donald; sister in-laws, Amy Mellon and Sue Bausch; great nephews, infant Colter Allen and Abraham Bausch.

A special thank you to Doctors, Brian Sullivan, Mark Janes, Karin Loukinen, R.S. Ramabadran, and nurses, Tabitha, Laura, Lee and Jane, and all the staff a Medical Associates for all the years of loving care. We would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their compassion and care of our husband, father and friend. Thank you Paulie Frommelt for your daily visits to Rich and sharing all your memories over your never ending cups of coffee. Mike Blok and David Nelson, you are truly the definition of "true friends"

In lieu of flowers a Richard Clemens memorial fund has been established.

For service details and to leave an online condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Frances J. German

Frances J. (Gruber) German 92, of Stonehill Franciscan Center, formerly of 815 Merz Street, passed away on July 7, 2014. At Frances's request burial of the cremated remains will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery with no services or visitation. The Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd. is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on November 12, 1921, in Dubuque, the daughter of Joseph and Leona (Schmidt) Gruber. She married William German; he preceded her in death on December 13, 1986.

Frances was a full time homemaker, caring for her family. She enjoyed, her animals, gardening, reading, traveling and talking with family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memory are two nieces, Catherine (Louis) Greibe ­Vorwald, and Sandy (Jerald) Heth; three great nieces, Katelyn Vorwald, Kayla Vorwald, and Sandra Heth all of Dubuque. A nephew Joseph (Shonda Hart) Gruber, of Bethany Oklahoma, great nephew, Dr. Jason (fiancé Elizabeth) Heth, of Ann Arbor, MI, two great great nieces Emmaclee Hart-Gruber, of Bethany Oklahoma, and Emma Heth, of Ann Arbor, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Leona Gruber, two brothers Joseph L. Gruber Jr., and George T. "Pudge" Gruber, four sisters, Leonora "Snookie" Gruber-Davis, Dolores "Butz" Gruber, Kathleen "Katie" Gruber-Greibe, and Madonna "Donna" Gruber. Brothers-in-law, Merle "Jim" Davis, Charles "Chub" Greibe and a nephew Christian "Chris" Greibe.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

Frances laughing made her last joke, "This is what my deceased husband Bill is going to say when I pass." "Chuck those cards and card table, the old lady is coming up.'

Frances thanks everyone for their kindness and care.



John J. Delaney

John J. Delaney, age 57, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:15 a.m., Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Ennoble Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate John's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 3:00 p.m.

John was born on February 28, 1957, in Iowa City, IA, son of Raphael and Helen (McElmeel) Delaney.

John was employed at Rainbow Tire in Dubuque before moving to Florida. After moving, he worked for his uncle at Mazza and Son Carpentry in Miami and then at Fair Havens in Miami Springs, FL. John became an accomplished finish carpenter who took great pride in his work. John married Judy Collins in August of 1999, in Florida. She preceded him in death in November of 2013. In his free time John loved to spend time in the outdoors; hunting, fishing, camping and riding his Harleys. John was always a dreamer with a plan on the horizon. He was a spiritual person and John's family was very important to him. John possessed an unconditional love for his children and his granddaughter, Sammi Jo. The more he agitated you, the more you knew he loved you.

John is survived by his children, Amanda (Mark) Delaney-Cawthorn, Dubuque, IA, Drake Delaney, Cocoa, FL; his granddaughter, Samantha Jo Cawthorn; his siblings, Jeri Jahries, Salt Lake City, UT, Jim (Leticia) Delaney, East Dubuque, IL, Connie Maiers, Dubuque, IA, Katie (Larry) Wolbers, Dubuque, IA, Jean Kerr, Dubuque, IA, Sue (Pat) Donley, Sandy, UT, Dorie (Frank) Dawson, West Valley City, UT, Mary Ingle, Dubuque, IA, Teresa (Gary Pfohl) Delaney, Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Judy Delaney, his sister, Patricia Delaney, a brother, Joseph Delaney and two nephews, Andrew Wolbers and Timothy Jahries.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, especially Gina "GF", Neola, Kat, Kathy and Penny, and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided for John.

A John J. Delaney memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Sr. Helen Dailey, OP

Sister Helen Dailey, OP. (Joeline), 85, died July 4, 2014 at Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Queen of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa, Wis., followed by burial of cremains in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Friends may call after 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the Motherhouse where a wake and remembering service will take place at 6:30 p.m. 

Behr Funeral Home, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Helen was a long-time educator. She taught 29 years in grades kindergarten through junior high; and as a reading specialist in high school. These schools were in Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Nebraska. For 14 years, Sister Helen was an associate professor in the Education department of Edgewood College, Madison, Wis., and was the director of the weekend degree program.
Sister Helen moved to Florida and found other outlets for her talents. She spent five years as director of religious education; seven years as a pastoral associate; and for four years taught reading in an after school program sponsored by the AFCAAM Catholic Center.

Sister Helen spent these last years volunteering and enriching community life at the Motherhouse.

Sister Helen, born July 8, 1928 in Pecatonica, Ill. to Ann Burke and Leo C. Dailey, made her profession Aug. 5, 1949. She is survived by nieces; nephews; and the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters with whom she shared life for 64 years.



Alan J. Julson

Alan J. Julson, 54, of Hazel Green, Wisc., formerly of Dubuque for most of his life, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, IA., after a courageous battle of cancer.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 9th, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, with Deacon David McGhee officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8th, at Hoffmann-Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Alan was born April 15, 1960 in Dubuque, son of William and Geralderine (Clancey) Julson. He married Kim Kearney his long time love and best friend of 14 years, on May 25, 2014.

He was employed at Eagle Window and Door for 23 years.
Al was an avid fisherman, deer hunter, morel hunter and loved everything to do with the outdoors. He was a lover of old Rock n Roll, Country Music and the Viking Football team. He was truly the life of all our parties. He is still deeply loved and has touched many people's lives and will be truly missed by all.

Surviving is his wife, Kim Julson, of Hazel Green, Wisc., his sons, Roger (Chrissy Bush) Kearney, of Dubuque, Randy (Emily Arensdorf) Kearney, of Dubuque, Alan Julson Jr, of Dubuque, Travis Julson, of Dubuque; a daughter, Rachel (Jamie) Brown, of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren; and two brothers, Bob (Cathy) Julson, of Milan, IL., and Glen (Norene Dole) Julson, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



Diane M. Benz

Diane M. Benz, age 70, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, July 4, 2014. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Church with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate Diane's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White St. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Diane was born on January 3, 1944, in Yankton, SD, daughter of Michael and Evelyn (Schmidt) Lee.

Diane married Reginald Benz on February 23, 1963. They traveled to several different cities for Reginald's job before moving to Dubuque in 1989. Diane enjoyed her work and was employed at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque for 25 years. She enjoyed reading, gardening and had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed her friends and liked helping others. Diane's family was the most important thing in her life. She loved searching for trinkets for her children and grandchildren. Diane will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Diane is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Reginald "Reg" Benz, Dubuque, IA; her children, Kris (David) O'Leary, Janesville, WI, Tom (Melissa) Benz, Hooksett, NH, Marc (Christine) Benz, Eagan, MN; her 5 grandchildren, Maggie, Emily, Brooke, Amanda and Daniel; her siblings, Rodney Lee, Chicago, IL, Mike (Jill) Lee, Mesa, AZ, Debbie Lee, Slayton, MN; her 3 brothers-in-law, Tom (Barb) Benz, Pipestone, MN, Mark (Deb) Benz, Gaithersburg, MD, Paul (Linda) Benz, Clinton, WA; several nieces and nephews. 

Diane was preceded in death by her parents.

A Diane M. Benz memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Harold J. Hook

Harold J. Hook, Sr., 66, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at home. In keeping with Harold's wishes, there will be no public funeral service.

Harold was born December 18, 1947 in Lansing, Iowa, son of Joseph and Dorthea (Cherrier) Hook. He served in the US Army during the Viet Nam War.

Harold is survived by his wife, Dori Hook of Dubuque; four children, Harold Hook II, Jeremy Hook, Joseph (Abigail) Hook, and Michelle O'Brien, all of Dubuque; nine grandchildren; his mother, Dorthea Hook of Dubuque; and two siblings, Pat (Daniel) Farnum of Dubuque and Roger (Cindy) Hook of Des Moines.

He was preceded in death by his father.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

A Harold Hook Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.

For further information, or to submit and online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Raphael Reiss

Raphael "Ralph" Reiss, 82, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 7, at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Melleray. Msgr. Richard Funke will officiate. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray, where military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 2:00 p.m.

Ralph was born on Nov. 19, 1931 to Reinhart and Theresa (Schuster) Reiss in Dubuque, Iowa.

Ralph was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. He was a lifelong farmer and also worked for the USDA as a Meat Inspector and for the FHA as a Housing Inspector. He was an avid traveler, visiting Australia this past March. Ralph enjoyed being outdoors and was a proud grandfather. He also liked to dance and was a fun-loving man who loved joking around.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, David (Pam) Reiss of Peosta, IA, Catherine Caitlin of Perth, Australia, Caroline Reiss of Cedar Rapids, IA, Julie Garrels of Indiana, and Linda (Graham Mullins) Reiss of Perth, Australia; three grandchildren, Melanie Mirville, Gaven Reiss, and Rebecca Mullins; his sister-in-law, Jo Ann Reiss; brother-in-law Richard Benson; and his former wife and mother of his children, MaryAnn Winter.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Carl Reiss, Martin Reiss, Marie Benson, and Robert Reiss.

Memorials may be made to the Ralph Reiss Memorial Fund.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



James Klein

James "Wimpy" Klein, 82, formerly of St. Catherine, IA, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5th at St. Catherine Catholic Church, with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Wimpy was born April 11, 1932, in Dubuque, son of Anthony and Frances (Arensdorf) Klein.

He attended the Dubuque area schools and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, 1947-1953.

He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company from 1953 until they closed. He then retired to the family farm which he fully enjoyed.

Wimpy was a quiet, gentle person and took joy in helping others.

He was a member of St. Catherine's parish.

Surviving are three sisters, Marie Boleyn, Margaret Mootz, and Donna Klein, all of Dubuque; one brother, John Klein, of St. Catherine; one nephew, Cletus Moots, of Dubuque; and three nieces, Carol Boleyn, Karen Mootz, and Debra Mootz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Theodore, Robert, Richard and Donald; and two brothers-in-law, Roger Boleyn and Cletus Mootz.

The family requests no flowers.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.



Mary C. Hanson

Mary C. Hanson, age 93, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family at 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., with Rev. Jack Paisley officiating. The Nativity Church Rosary Society service will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the church. To celebrate Mary's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the Church of the Nativity. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on June 25, 1921, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Charles F. and Emily (Weirich) Schreiber.

Mary graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy. She married Albert Hanson on January 13, 1941, at the Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death, after 52 years of marriage, on March 11, 1993. Mary was employed as a bacon slicer at the Dubuque Packing Company for 30 years until her retirement. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity and their Rosary Society. Mary spent many years camping and traveling with her husband and family. Her greatest talent was playing the piano. Due to macular degeneration she had great difficulty reading music, but could play for hours by memory and ear. She was the kindest, most gentle and caring woman and will be greatly missed by many.

Mary is survived by her children, Charlene (Wayne) Pregler, Elkader, IA, Linda (Steve) Charley, Fortmill SC, Thomas Hanson, Dubuque, IA; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Robert (Jeanette) Schreiber, Dubuque, IA, John (Mary Ann) Schreiber, Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Schreiber, Dubuque, IA, Pat Schreiber, Dubuque, IA; her son-in-law, Duke Eppler, Dickeyville, WI.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Albert, a daughter, Patricia Eppler, two sons, David and Richard Hanson, 3 grandchildren, Keith, Jason and Preston Ries, a sister, Marita Kreamer, two brothers, Fred and Charles Schreiber and two daughters-in-law, Pat Hanson and Judy Hanson.

A special thank you to Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their brief and compassionate care. Also thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cyndi, for their compassionate, caring and dignified care. Hospice allowed her to spend her last week of life at home. A heartfelt thanks to her loving, kind and caring granddaughter, Melissa Hanson, who's generosity and compassion allowed her to stay in her own home for the last many years. We will forever be indebted to her dedication and selflessness.

A Mary C. Hanson memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Rita M. Lux

Rita M. Lux, 91 formerly of 2034 Jeffrey Drive and most recently was residing with her granddaughter Nicky for the last seven years, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Manor Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Friday July 4th, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Thursday July 3rd, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a wake service will be held at 6:30p.m.

Rita was born on December 9, 1922 in La Motte, Iowa the daughter of Nicholas and Theresa (Koppes) Schilling. She attended Holy Rosary School in La Motte and married Leo Lux on November 22, 1951 at Holy Rosary Church. She and Leo moved to Dubuque in 1976. Leo preceded Rita in death on August 22, 1989.

Rita was a great homemaker and a wonderful baker and cook. She loved to support local sports teams especially if her grandchildren were involved.

In the words of her granddaughter Melissa, "Tonight I said goodbye to one of the most precious people in my life, my beautiful Grandma. My soul rests at the thought that she is with Jesus Now, and that she is reunited with my Grandpa. My Grandma was hardworking, diligent, patient, loving, kind, gentle, and compassionate. However, those words do not even seem to begin to fully explain how wonderful of a woman she really was. I consider myself very blessed to have had her in my life for so many years. I do wish I could rewind to the times of sleepovers at Grandma's house for just a moment. I wonder who enjoyed it more, me or her? I am sure it was me! Her home welcomed many visitors, her meals fed many mouths, but most importantly her love touched many hearts. The thing I will treasure most about my Grandma is that she always had enough love for one more person."

She is survived by five children, Wade (Sherry) Lux, of Dubuque, Loras (Jan) Lux, of Port Washington, WI, James (Deanna) Lux, of Peosta, Mary (David) Story, of Dubuque, and Rose (Louis) Oswald, of Dubuque, her honorary son Steven (Peggy) Schilling, 20 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and many others that knew her as grandma.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Donald and Raymond, sisters, Helen Herrig, Monica Brown, and Celeste Ames.

In lieu of flowers a Rita M. Lux memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and especially to the nurses and staff of Manor Care for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Rita.



Mildred Boge

Mildred "Millie" "Mil" (Atkinson) Boge 86, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Tuesday July 1st, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

In keeping with Mil's wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Private family burial services will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Mil was born in Dubuque, daughter of Franklin and Amelia (Richard) Atkinson. Millie married Dan Boge in 1975 at The Church at the Side of the Road in Rockton, Illinois.

Millie was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR. She was always happy when her grandchildren were around.

Surviving are her husband Dan, of Dubuque, two sons Jim (Mary) Pregler of Texas, Tom Pregler of Dubuque, four daughters; Lynn (Pat) Bullard of Texas, Jodie (Ralph) Darrow of Dubuque, Debbie Kreiss of Dubuque and Judy Andresen of Dubuque, 11 grandchildren. 6 great grandchildren, her sister Jeanne McLaughlin of Loves Park, Illinois, many nieces and nephews, and her beloved dogs: Brandy, Balto, and Smokey.

Mil was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob "Curly" Atkinson (Mil's buddy) and his wife Barb, her sister Elaine Earl and niece Suzy Lampe, and her brother-in-law Tom McLaughlin.

Memorials may be given to Dubuque Humane Society.

Online condolences may be left at Leonardfuneralhome.com

The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, Dr. Thomas Johnson and all the very special people at Mercy Medical Center for all their care they gave to Millie.



Richard W. Hauber

Richard W. Hauber, 68, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 at his home. Richard, better known as "Dick" or "Double D." was surrounded by his family and his dog, Rascal.

Dick's final wishes were to have private services with his family only. He wanted all of his friends and family to remember him as he was when he was alive. Dick wanted to pass along a message to all of his acquaintances and family, "It was great to know you and it was wonderful having you as a friend." Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is assisting the family.

Dick was born July 17, 1945, in Dubuque, son of Cletus and Dorothy (Robinson) Hauber. He married Donna K. Cullen, Dec. 24, 1964 and they had a family of three daughters.

Dick worked 7 years at Trenkle's Sausage, of Dubuque, until 1969. He then worked at Flexsteel Industries and retired after 41 years of service.

Dick was a fun, loving man who was devoted to his wife, kids, and dog. He was a great cook and liked to try different recipes to find just the right taste. He made all of his own spices, sausage, brats, and sauces. He was an intelligent, hardworking man who took pride in what he was doing. Dick had many close friends and has a special message for these individuals. He wanted to say, "Adios to the Three Musketeers," "So long Beats," "Trucks with flying purple ribbons," and "to my deer hunting buddy at the Great White Hunting Party up North in the 70's, where we never did get a deer but from what I remember, we did have fun!"

Surviving is his wife, Donna Hauber, of Dubuque; his daughters, Diana Lynn (Kevin) Duhme, of Dubuque, Debra Ann Hauber, of Dubuque, and Dawn Marie (Kevin) Wolf, of Holy Cross, IA; six grandchildren, Nick Bandy, Ryan Bandy, Kevin Wolf, Kaitlyn Wolf, William Wolf, and Danielle Wolf; two great grandchildren, James and Jeremy Bandy; a brother, Robert J. Hauber, of Dubuque; and two sisters, Julie Smith, of Dubuque, and Liz (Jeff) Running, of Aitkin, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cletus and Dorothy Hauber, a sister Kathryn Kramer, his in-laws, Donald and Margaret Cullen and a sister-in-law, Judi Connolly.

The family would like to thank the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic physicians and Hospice of Dubuque for making it possible to get Dick home. He passed comfortable at home, surrounded by his loved ones.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

 



Donald F. Mareske

Donald F. Mareske 93, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Luther Manor Care Center. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Monday, July 7, 2014 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1780 White Street conducted by Rev. Pamela Starr. Family will greet friends 2 pm. - 5 p.m., Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Graveside Service will be 2 pm., Monday, July 7, 2014 at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Donald was born May 28, 1921 in Dubuque, the son of Ernest and Anna (Spiegelhalter) Mareske. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Donald was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church serving as a trustee and in the choir for 80 years, volunteered at Luther Manor and enjoyed golfing and pared Bunker Hill at the age of 90 and fishing. Donald enjoyed all sports and was an excellent softball hitter and catcher. He was the 1965 City of Dubuque Match Play Champion. He worked as a machine operator for Farley & Lechers, Caradco and retired from Clarke College in the maintenance department.

Survivors include his brother, Ernest (Lois) Mareske of Dubuque; one niece and two nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Donald's memory.

Service details and to leave an on line condolence www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Patricia A. Schroeder

Patricia A. "Shreds" Schroeder, age 80, of Dubuque, IA., passed away peacefully at 10:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at home surrounded by her family and friends. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. Friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, where there will be a parish wake service said at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Pat was born on October 24, 1933, in Dubuque, IA., daughter of Lawrence A. and Elecia (Miller) Schroeder.

Pat retired from Loras College in 1998, she also worked at American Optical, and the Dubuque Packing Company. Pat was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a current member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She enjoyed bowling, playing softball for the Rockford Peaches, playing dice and gambling. Pat's family and friends were a very important part of her life and her nieces and nephews always held a special place in her heart.

Pat is survived by her 2 brothers,  Richard "Dick" (Pat) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA, Donald Schroeder, Dubuque, IA; 9 nieces and nephews, 27 great nieces and nephews and many great-great nieces and nephews; and special friend, Carol Fleckenstein.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, a sister-in-law, Estelle Schroeder, 2 nephews, Jeff and Dennis Schroeder, and a niece.

A Patricia Ann Schroeder memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque especially Jen, Stacey, Amy and Elizabeth, for all of their wonderful care of Pat.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com.

 



Charles J. Forman

Charles J. "CJ" Forman, age 64, of Decorah, IA, died Saturday evening, June 28, 2014 at home in Decorah.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah. Additional visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 at Behr Funeral Home in Dubuque, IA. Entombment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah and Behr Funeral Home in Dubuque are serving the family.

Charles Justin "CJ" Forman was born on June 29, 1949 to Clarence and Ethel (Kress) Forman in Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated from Wahlert High School in Dubuque with the class of 1967 and from Loras College in Dubuque with a B.A. degree in Accounting with the class of 1971.

CJ married Jolyn Perrott on April 28, 1973 in Dubuque, Iowa. Their union was blessed with three children: Catherine, Andrew and Christopher.

He worked for People's Natural Gas, which became Black Hills Energy, in Dubuque and they transferred him to the Decorah office in 1986. He worked in a variety of positions, most recently as a Service Specialist. CJ retired in February 2010 after 38 years with the company. He was a volunteer with the Decorah Fire Department for 18 years, volunteer camera operator for the Decorah Eagles, and a Red Cross volunteer in Decorah.

CJ died Saturday evening, June 28, 2014 at home in Decorah, in hospice care, at age 64.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ethel, and an infant sister, Ruth Forman.

CJ is survived by his wife Jolyn; one daughter, Catherine Forman (Craig Erickson) of Decorah; two sons, Andrew (Tammy) Forman of Hazel Green, WI and Christopher Forman of Waterloo, IA; one granddaughter, Lexee Forman; two grandsons, Griffin Forman and Dude Dagel; one brother, James Forman of Epworth, IA; one cousin, Barbara Stevenson of Colleyville, TX; three sisters-in-law, Nina Perrott (Dennis Horch), Susan (Paul) Kurt and Carla (Ron) Klosterman, all of Dubuque; one brother-in-law, William (Denise) Perrott of Waverly; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be made at www.fjelstul.com or at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Vincent R. Lopez II

Vincent R. "Toupe" Lopez II, age 90, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Cardiff St., passed away at 6:10 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2014, peacefully at ManorCare Health Services surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff St., with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Vincent's life, friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Vincent was born on April 2, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, son on Vincent R. and Ruth M. (Adams) Lopez.

Vincent was a lifelong Dubuque resident. During WWII he volunteered to serve his country and did so with the U.S. Army from 1943-1945 spending time in the Aleutian Islands. On August 24, 1946, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Vincent was united in marriage with Virginia Mae Oberbrockling. She preceded him in death, after 66 years of marriage, on January 21, 2013. Vincent was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 33 years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral, VFW Post 9663, United Food Commercial Workers and a former member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Vincent is survived by his three children, Vincent R. (Cheryl "Sue") Lopez III, Dubuque, IA, Virgil R. (Jo-El) Lopez, Farley, IA, Sharyl A. "Shari" (James) Hohnecker, Maquoketa, IA; 7 grandchidren, Jeremy Lopez, Dubuque, IA, Jenny (Pablo) Bautista, Key West, IA, Stephen (Tina) Lopez, Downers Grove, IL, Richard (Miriam) Lopez, Ames, IA, Michael (Amanda) Lopez, Dubuque, IA, David Lopez, Farley, IA, Katie (Kent) Wedeking, Marion, IA; his great-grandchildren, Abigail, Alexander and Nathan Lopez, Eleanor, Greta and Raymond Lopez, Isabella, Gianna and Nicolina Lopez, Allison and Cameron Wedeking, Jorge Osoria "George" Bautista.

Vincent was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Virginia and his siblings, Clyde "Bunny" Adams, Leo "Firp" Adams, Carmen Bickert, Katherine Schindhelm, Mary LuGrain and Gertrude Welch.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare Health Services and Dr. Longo for all of the wonderful care they provided for Vincent.

A Vincent R. Lopez memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Thelma M. McGinnis

Thelma M. McGinnis, age 94, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 2:18 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Rev. Scott E. Bullock officiating. To celebrate Thelma's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity, where there will be a rosary said at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Thelma was born on March 24, 1920, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Rhue and Loretta (Seward) Brown.

Thelma was a lifelong Dubuque resident. She married Leo McGinnis on May 29, 1941, in Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death on August 15, 1994. Thelma was employed at JC Penney for 24 years as a sales clerk and a buyer until her retirement. She loved playing Euchre and Poker with her daughter-in-law, Sue, and her nieces and nephews. Thelma was an amazing cook and would spend hours preparing meals for her family. She always loved watching her granddaughters and teaching them many different card games. Thelma loved their yearly fishing trips to Minnesota with family. She was a former member of St. Mary's Church, a current member of the Church of the Nativity, the Dubuque Wa-ta-I Club, Women's American Legion, JC Penney Retirees, VFW 9663 Auxiliary and the 62+ Club of the Dubuque Inn. Always before we left we would say "I love you grandma" and grandma would say "I know honey, I love you too."

Those left to honor Thelma's memory include her son, Michael (Sue) McGinnis, Dubuque, IA; her four grandchildren, Amanda (Scott) Schemmel, Amy (Jeff) Haverland, Angela (Doug) Weig, Michelle McGinnis; eight great-grandchildren, Dylan and Kalyn Schemmel, Jack and Anna Haverland, Carolyn and Davin Weig and Keylee and Ava Cole.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leo, 2 grandsons, John and Leo McGinnis and 2 brothers, Clarence and Leo Brown.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare Health Services and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Angela N., for all of their wonderful care of Thelma.

A Thelma M. McGinnis memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Glen H Siefker

Glen H. Siefker, 77 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.  Funeral Services will be 5 p.m., Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.  Visitation will begin at 2 p.m., until service time Sunday at the funeral home.  Private Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Glen was born August 24, 1936 in Dubuque, the son of Henry and Mabel (Germain) Siefker.  He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1955.  Glen served in the Army National Guard and was Honorable Discharge.  He spent much time working at his father's gas station and racing stock cars.  Glen moved west living with his brother Ken (Bert) to attend General Motors school while working at a Wyoming Chevrolet Dealership.  He returned to Dubuque and met his beautiful wife Edna (Bremer) and have celebrated 53 wonderful years.  Glen began working at John Deere works in 1965, retiring in 1992 as a Supervisor in the experimental division. He earned numerous degrees, certification and recognitions related to mechanical and hydraulics, and earned an industrial management diploma from Lincoln Extension Institute.  Glen was highly educated and looked up to for his automotive and mechanical expertise. He was a member of the American Legion, loved warm sunny days, spending time with family, pets, fishing, hunting and cars. He was a buddy to his pets; Beaner, Desi, and Rocko.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Edna; children, Susan Siefker, Lori Siefker, and Steve (Sherry) Siefker; grandchildren, Tiffany, Alisha, Cody, Alana, and Kyle Siefker; great grandchildren, Celesity, Dallas, and Alexis; a brother, Dale Siefker; and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Ken, John (Jack), and Violet Palen.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Glen's memory.

For service details and to leave an on line condolence  www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 



Mary E. Richards

Mary Eveleen Richards, 93, of Bethany Home, formerly of 1472 Locust Street, died peacefully at Bethany Home December 26, 2013.

A memorial Eucharist and celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 5 at St. John's Episcopal Church. Friends may call from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert& Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born on May 7, 1920 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence Whitaker Richards and Lora Lindenberg Richards.

She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. A veteran of WW II, she enlisted in the Naval Reserve and served from 1944 to 1946 in the hospital corps in Philadelphia and Great Lakes, IL. After receiving a master's degree in social work from Columbia University, she did postgraduate study in social work at Smith College. She worked for over 50 years at agencies in New York and Cincinnati and Dubuque, where she returned to care for her mother. In Dubuque she worked at Hillcrest Babyfold, now Hillcrest Family Services, the Gannon Center for Community Mental Health and University of Iowa Child Health Specialty Clinics and was still active in her profession into her 80s.

Mary was a dedicated and tireless supporter of many organizations. She served on the board of Bethany Home and she was a lifelong member of St. John's Episcopal Church, where her father was a founding member and where she served on the vestry and in various other capacities. A fellow member of a writers' group at St. John's remembers her wit and wisdom, but says that most of all "the person of Mary was what attracted good people."

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Benjamin Billings Richards and Frederick Whitaker Richards. Survivors include five nieces and nephews and many friends and family who will miss her dearly.

Memorials may be given to Bethany Home, Mt. Pleasant Home, or Hospice of Dubuque.

Our special thanks go to Hospice of Dubuque and Bethany Home for their kindness and loving care during Mary's last illness.

More information may be found at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 



Jordan Lynn Clark

Jordan Lynn Clark, 19, of Lost Nation, Iowa, died on Wednesday afternoon, June 25, 2014.

A celebration of Jordan's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, July 1, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, June 30, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Jordan Lynn Clark was born on Sept. 20, 1994 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Jason and Kelli (Manning) Clark. He was a 2014 graduate of Midland High School.

He enjoyed video games and hanging out with friends playing basketball and football. He had been working for a construction company and was looking forward to starting his new job in Anamosa on June 26. He recently applied to take his schooling to become a welder. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and loved spending time with his children, especially his daughter.

Those left to honor Jordan's memory include his parents, Kelli (Rick) Wilslef of Lost Nation, IA, and Jason (Elizabeth "Buffy") Clark of Monticello, IA; his children, Aleah, Carter and Lane; a sister, Kali Clark; a step-sister, Carly Wilslef; half-brothers Tristin Clark, Malcom Clark and Zachary Wilslef; a step-brother, Anthony Wilslef; grandparents Cindy (Ed) Clark, Richard Manning, Lucky (Mary) Clark and Caroline Wilslef; maternal great-grandmother Marlene Vohringer; aunts and uncles; and a special friend, Celeste.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Justin Clark, on August 30, 1999; paternal grandmother Ruth Ann Clark; and maternal great-grandparents Chuck Manning, Jane Manning, and Karl Vohringer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jordan Lynn Clark memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



William J. Dooty

William J. Dooty, 74, died on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A Natural Journey Farewell with cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Among survivors is his wife Barbara.

 



Loren T. Heber

Loren T. Heber, 64 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday June 22, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky Officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Tri-State Vietnam Vets. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. Wednesday June 25th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

He was born on March 22, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Nicholas and Mary (Wehlage) Heber. He served in the US Navy from 1968 to 1972. He married JoAnn Green on November 3, 1973 St. Joseph of the Prairie, rural Dubuque.

He worked for Interstate Power Company, which later became Alliant Energy from where he retired. He was recently working for ITC Midwest for the past 5 years.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge #297, the Great River Amateur Radio Club and the IBEW Local 204.

He is survived by his wife of forty years JoAnn, two sons, Sean (Melody) Heber, and Eric (Stacey) Heber, three grandsons, Amos, Sheldon, and Jonas. His mother-in-law Lois Green. Brothers and sisters-in-law; Mel (Barb) Green, Ed Green, Cliff (Pat) Green, Barb Barth, Joe (Michelle) Green, Karen (Joe) Meier, Mary (Kevin) Love and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Theresa Grace and Nancy Ann both in infancy, and his father-in-law Arnold Green.

The family wishes to thank the Key West Fire & EMS Department, and Mercy Medical Center emergency room department.

In lieu of flowers a Loren T. Heber memorial fund has been established.



Clara W. Moore

Clara W. Brissey Moore, 97 of Dubuque, formerly of Rock Island, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Luther Manor in Dubuque. Private Family funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Jesse Cearlock. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island, IL. Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.

Clara was born February 16, 1917 in Cook, Nebraska, the daughter of Herman and Mary (Weber) Rosenthal. She lived on a farm with her parents before marrying Everett B. Brissey on October 20, 1940. They then moved to Rock Island, ILL., Everett passed away in 1963, she later married Larry Moore and he passed away in May of 1996.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline, ILL before moving to Dubuque, where she became a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. She excelled at quilting, sewing and crafts

She is survived by her son, Robert (Juanita) Brissey of Dubuque; three step sons, Larry (Barbara) Moore of Lawton, Okla., Mark (Carol) Moore of Hudson, Wisc., and Mike (Laura) Moore of Maplewood, Minn.; grandchildren, Brad (Lisa) Brissey; of Dubuque, Sarah and Aaron Moore of Oklahoma, Benjamin of Wisc., and Zackery & Alexander Moore of Maplewood, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Amanda Brissey; a sister, Helen Siefken of Omaha, Neb.; sister in law, Belva Jean Rosenthal of Syracuse, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.

Clara was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Elmer and Chris Rosenthal; a sister in law, Frances Rosenthal; and a grandson, Robb Brissey.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor, Dr. Salas, Dr. Whalen, Pastor Kincaid and Pastor Cearlock for their professional care and comfort they gave to Clara.

For further information or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Frederick C. Voels

Frederick C. "Fred" Voels, 66 of East Dubuque, formerly of Kaufmann Avenue in Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1780 White Street, Dubuque. Family will greet friends 3 pm. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Burial with Military Honors at Linwood Cemetery.

Fred was born September 14, 1947, the son of Frederick Martin and Loretta Barbara (Hillery) Voels. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1965. Fred was drafted into the US Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam. He married Barbara Ann Blakeman on April 8, 1967, she passed away on January 12, 2001. Fred later married Sue Tinkham on October 5, 2002, they then resided in East Dubuque. He worked for All Seasons Heating and Cooling since 1986. Fred was a long time member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and served as a Deacon. He also worked security for the Dubuque Fighting Saints starting in the early 1980's until the late 1990's. Fred enjoyed playing softball, fishing and playing his guitar. He could do a great Willie Nelson impersonation when he sang and learned to play by ear. Fred was always the person to call when someone needed something and was a "Hero" to many family, and close friends.

Survivors include his wife, Sue; children, Jody (Daniel) Kruser of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, and Jill Oglesby of Dubuque; grandchildren, Alexander McCarthy, Jacob Hubanks, Madison Kruser, Porter Oglesby, and Paris Oglesby; a sister, Mary (Richard) Mishler of Spirit Lake, Iowa; in-laws, Merlin (Cindy) Tinkham, Robert (Donna) Tinkham, Mark Tinkham, Sandy Zirkelbach, Jackie (Gary) Fullbright, Denise (Kim) Brestrup; and his registered poodle, Midnight Marcus Voels.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Barbara Ann Voels; in-laws, Wayne Lock, Ronald Blakeman, and Dennis Zirkelbach.

The family would like to thank Dr. Herman and Staff and Hospice of Dubuque for your care during this difficult time.

A memorial fund had been established in Fred's memory.

For service details and to leave an on line condolence www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Judith Bly

Judith Bly, 60, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 26, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Fr. Dwayne Thoman will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service.

Judith was born February 8, 1954 in Dubuque, the daughter of William "Jack" and Margaret (Mueller) Aird. She graduated from Hempstead High School with the class of 1972. Growing up, Judy was involved in the family business, the Dubuque Advertiser. She was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, and embroidery. She was an avid bingo player, and loved going to the casino. Carmel apple pie and buffalo wings were a favorite of hers. Judy was devoted to her family, and loved her children and grandchildren dearly.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Tyler (Maggie Hosier) Bly, of Dubuque; her daughter, Sarah Bly, of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Morgan Kass, Shelby Selken, Xavier Kohl, Jazlynn Bly-Rogers, and Jackson Rogers; her brother, Randall (Lisa) Aird of Dubuque; her nieces Melinda Ragona and Amanda Kuhl; her nephews, Chris and Brian Aird; and her former husband, John (Kim) Bly of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Jack David Aird and Steven John Aird.

Memorials may be made to the Judith Bly Memorial Fund.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Dubuque Nursing & Rehab, Dubuque Advertiser, and all the family and friends that have been a part of her life.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Thomas C. McDermott

Thomas Clare McDermott, 80, of Oak Park Place, formerly of 2030 Key Largo Drive, died Friday, June 20, 2014.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 10 o'clock at St. Patrick's Church, Dubuque, Iowa. The Rev. Monsignor Daniel Knepper will be the celebrant and Rev. Joseph E. McDermott will concelebrate. Entombment will be in Mt Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. The wake will be held from 4- 7p.m., the preceding evening at Egelhof Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F.Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 4p.m.

Thomas Clare McDermott, the fourth son of Ambrose and Ruth White Kennedy McDermott, was born at Bankston, Iowa on August 14th, 1933. A few days later he was baptized by Father William A. Banfield at St. Clement's, Bankston, Iowa. He began his grade school at St. Clement's, Bankston, Iowa and continued it at rural country schools in the Farley and Worthington areas, graduating from eighth grade at Dutch Lane, Epworth  Iowa in 1946. From 1941 until 1945 he attended Sacred Heart School in Fillmore, Iowa. His high school years from 1946  -- 1950 were spent at St. Paul's Mission House, Epworth, Iowa and Holy Ghost Seminary, East Troy, Wisconsin. His years of novitiate 1950 - 1952 were spent at Techny, Illinois. From 1952 -1954 he once again returned to Epworth for his college courses before he went back to Techny for his Philosophy Training, 1954 -1956.

On March 15th, 1957, Thomas was inducted into the Army and spent the next two years in Panama.

Returning from the Army, he became employed as an Inspector  at John Deere Works in Dubuque and worked there for 30 years, 1959 - 1989.

On May 12th, 1962 he married Erica Casares at St. Raphael's' Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa.

For many years Tom and Erica lived at 2030 Key Largo in Dubuque, Iowa until moving to Oak Park Place five and one half years ago.

Thomas was an avid sportsman in many different areas. Perhaps he was happiest when he was chalking up a pool stick or maybe shooting a basket, but his enthusiasm and expertise on the baseball diamond, playing ping pong or tennis, throwing horseshoes or playing racquetball were just as impressive. Recently he concentrated on bowling and registered high scores along with his wife Erica, and Oak Park friends, Steve and Brad. 151 times he could boast of a perfect score of 300, quite an accomplishment when you have opponents like Monsignor Knepper and Doctor Hermann.

Added to his athletic skills were his academic talents. Endowed with a keen intellect, a deep understanding and a phenomenal memory, he was conversant on almost any subject.

Thomas was deeply involved in family history and extremely proud of his great grandparents James and Priscilla McDermott. In 2010 he undertook the task of erecting the present tombstone in their honor at the Garryowen Cemetery. Under his leadership some years earlier, the present tombstone for his parents and family was erected at St John's Cemetery, Placid, Iowa.

Beyond the strong bravado of his character laid a deep concern for others. Many a time he was known to help a weaker student, to sit with a lonely senior citizen or to play cards with a shut-in.  Deeply religious throughout his entire life, he never lost his love for the missions, as is so forcefully shown by the four mission chapels he and Erica built in the Serengeti Plains of Africa, Paraguay and the Philippines.  He loved being chaplain's assistant whether it was in Panama or at Oak Park. Though Erica and he had no children of their own, they delighted in adopting foreign babies to support and educate.

Thomas Clare was also a man of prayer who centered his entire day's activities around the mass and personal relationship with God. He was a constant supporter of the Power of Prayer and one of its stalwart members for many years. His devotion to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is quite evident in his request that the Entrance Antiphon, orations and prayer after communion as well as the Preface and Sequence and Readings be taken from the mass of Corpus Christi. This selection is unique and uncommon, but so was Tom.

Another one of Tom's daily goals was to work on the cross word puzzle and to keep abreast of current events by reading the newspaper. His inquisitive, forceful and argumentative nature often got him into trouble, but he seemed too thrive on it all.

Thomas is survived by his wife Erica.   Also by his sister Beatrice Soens(Richard), five, brothers, Rev Joseph McDermott SVD , Patrick ( Patricia ), Michael all of Epworth, Iowa, Linus ( Shirley) of Cascade, Iowa and Camillus ( Maureen) of Manchester Missouri. Surviving also are many nephews and nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ambrose and Ruth McDermott,  his father and mother in law Heinrich and Anna Casares, three sisters Mary Joan Ernst ( Marvin James ), Helen Ann Kraemer ( Donald), Frances Raab ( David),two brothers, Jerome James and Anthony William ( Mag),one sister in law Lois McQuillen ( Michael), one brother in law, Marvin James Ernst.

Tom's wife Erica and all of Tom's family wish to thank those who were so good to him throughout his many weeks, months and years of sickness. Especially to Dr. Hermann , for his loving care and friendship; to Monsignor Knepper and Sister Agnes for their visits and pastoral ministry;  To all the angels from Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa: and to the persons from 24 hour care; as well as to all his friends at Oak Park, Thank You !

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 

 



Phillip A. Callahan

Phillip A. Callahan, 81, of Cascade died Friday, June 20, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Friends may continue to call after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Cascade.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Cascade with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery in Farley. Rev. Douglas Loecke willofficiate and American Legion Post 528 will accord Military Honors.

Phil was born September 16, 1932, in Cascade the son of Eugene and Mary (Hosch) Callahan. He served in the Army during the Korean War and upon his return he married Mary "Lorlei" Fox on September 3, 1955, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Education at the University of Northern Iowa. He taught briefly and then became established with the Social Security Administration, from which he retiredafter thirty years. He traveled the country to educate many groups regarding Social Security and Medicare.

Phil was a die-hard Cubs fan who also spent a lot of time fishing and reading. He also spent a great deal of time with his children and grandchildren. He was an honest man who would have given you the shirt off of his back.

Survivors include his children: Patrick D. Callahan of Kansas City, MO, Erin (Patrick) Callahan-Halpin of Lawrence, KS, Mary "Boodie" (Rick) Reeves of Pittsburg, KS, Laurie Ann "Loochie" Callahan of Ottawa, KS, Dennis Callahan of Baldwin City, KS, Teri Callahan of Farley, Tara (Drew) Mescher of Monticello;17grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; siblings: Ron "Jess"(Joan) of Chicago, IL, Roger "Jeep" (Mary) of Colfax, Joyce (Tom) Burke of Menomonie Falls, WI, Claude of Dubuque, Judy Callahan of Dubuque, Lois (Chuck) Mast of Whitewater, WI, Warren "Jerry" (Bonnie) of Cascade, Stanley (Karen) of Cascade, Quentin of Cascade, and Mary Lou Callahan of Jackson, WI; a sister-in-law, Judy Callahan of Independence, IA; honorary neighbor grandchildren, Jake and Maggie Loes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife in 1995, a son, Kevin in 1958, a brother, Maurice "Red" Callahan, a brother-in-law, Tom Burke and all of the in-laws of the Albert Fox family

Memorials are preferred to Above and Beyond Hospice of Monticello, Iowa.

We would like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice and Pat Brady for all of your care and concern. You truly were Dad's lifeline.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.

 



Melvin F. Brimeyer

Melvin F. Brimeyer, 86, of Dubuque, and formerly of Balltown, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 at home, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Fr. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Balltown, with military honors accorded by the Farley American Legion Post #656. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where the Farley American Legion will offer a salute at 6:00 p.m.

Melvin was born Jan. 9, 1928 in Balltown, the son of Arthur and Leona (Link) Brimeyer. Melvin attended St. Francis School in Balltown, and later served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1952 in the 1st Calvary in the Korean War. He married Anna Mae Klein on Nov. 5, 1952 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rickardsville, IA. Anna Mae passed away on Jan. 7, 1996. He then married Marilyn (Backes) Boeckenstedt on May 21, 1999 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown, IA.

Melvin farmed in the Balltown area while raising his family. He drove school bus for Western Dubuque Community Schools for a number of years after retiring from farming. Melvin was a 50-year member of the Farley American Legion Post #656. He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, dancing, watching the Cubs, and spending time with family and friends. He will be missed by all.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Marilyn, of Dubuque; 7 children, Connie (Myron) Williams, of Cedar Rapids, Sandy (John) Kafura of Muskego, WI, Julie (Joe) Healy, of Dubuque, Jim (Kay) Brimeyer, of Balltown, Jeff (Dianne) Brimeyer, of Dubuque, Mike (Kathi) Brimeyer, of Maple Grove, MN, and Jane (Joe) Boge, of Peosta; 2 step-children, Stefani (Corey) DeMoss, of Dyersville, Travis (Lisa) Boeckenstedt, of Luxemburg; 19 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Stoffel, of Dubuque; and sisters-in-law Doris Brimeyer and Nancy Brimeyer, both of Sherrill.

In addition to his wife, Anna Mae, he was preceded in death by his parents; a baby daughter, Rose Ann; his three brothers, Arnold, Cliff, and Herb; brother-in-law George Stoffel; and sister-in-law Marie Brimeyer.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cyndi, for all of their loving care and concern.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Roy O. Harmon Jr.

Roy O. Harmon Jr., 66, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Monday, June 16, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Roy was born Sept. 6, 1947 in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, the son of Roy and Lois (Nolf) Harmon.

Survivors include his children, David Harmon of Chicago, IL, and Benjamin Harmon of Baltimore, MD; one brother, Thomas Harmon; and a sister, Sandy Marquetta of Tampa, FL; and a very special friend, Patricia Steger of Dyersville, IA.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.



William E. Shumard

William E. (Bill) Shumard, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away June 19, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque Iowa.

Bill was born on Oct. 25, 1928 in Stubenville, Ohio, on the family farm. He was the 6th child of Howard and Doris (Yates) Shumard.

According to Bill's wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., is in charge of arrangements.

Bill married Rosmarie Haines on March is, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio. Rosemarie preceded him in death in 2003.

Bill was a WWII veteran. Entering the army when he was 17 years old, he served in Berlin, Germany during the Occupation. He was an avid bowler and golfer who was especially proud of his 3 holes in one. He also loved piloting private aircraft, hiking with his favorite dogs and was always up for a game of cards.

In October 2010 Bill was on the second Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque, and he loved every minute of it.

Bill lived in California for many years before his retirement where he worked in steel manufacturing. He was also a fireman with the Bloomington, Calif., Volunteer Fire Department for several years.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Leslie (Steve) Neyens, of Dubuque, Iowa; his 3 sisters, Norma Bell of Smith Mountain Lake, VA, Ruth Nutting of Sarasota, FL, and Ruby Bell of Wintersville, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William E. "Wes" Shumard; and 2 brothers, Charles and Robert Shumard.



John R. Hirsch

John R. "Jack" Hirsch, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday June 17, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Rev. Jack Redmond officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of services.

He was born on Sept. 23, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Carl and Helen (Butler) Hirsch. He married Lorraine Fransen on Dec. 31, 1954 and together they shared 59 years of marriage.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1953 to 1957. He worked as a self-employed contractor for many years and retired from University of Dubuque after 9 years of employment. He and Lorraine also owned and operated Lorraine's Tap in Dubuque.

He enjoyed spending time in his shop making cabinets and working on his inventions.

He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He liked to spend time at his cottage, on his pontoon and working on his cars. He also enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, teaching them his woodworking skills.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; 6 children, Linda (Craig) Bowman, John (Joyce) Hirsch, Peggy (Jack) Redmond, Steve (Janet) Hirsch, Tina (Greg) LaRue, and Dave (Gina) Hirsch; 17 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; his siblings Bill (Loretta) Wittstock, Ruth Ballinger, Dick (Rosalie) Hirsch, Mary Loes, Bob Hirsch, Lois (Allen) Jones, Ronnie Hirsch, and Tom (Carol) Hirsch; and two sisters-in-law, Rosie Fransen & Betty Milroy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Sandy Kaesebauer and Dorothy McNinch; a brother, Donnie Joe, in infancy; and 10 brothers-in-law and 4 sisters-in-law.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and to Dr. John Whalen & staff of Tri-State Dialysis, Dr. Ott, Dr. Runde and Dr. Schulthies for all the wonderful care they gave to Jack.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.



Lorraine M. Langheim

Lorraine M. Langheim, 89, formerly of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at a residential facility in Plymouth, MN.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Sr. Margaret Ann Kramer will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Lorraine was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Dubuque, daughter of Albert and Margaret (Reuter) Schuster. She married Robert Langheim on Feb. 19, 1949 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. He passed away on Jan. 22, 2005. Prior to her marriage Lorraine was employed at the former J.P. Smith Shoe Company in Dubuque. She is a member of St. Anthony's Parish and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Auxiliary. Lorraine was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry (Pam) Langheim of Albuquerque, NM, and Rick (Vicki Stoeckel) Langheim of Alpharetta, GA; one daughter, Peggy (Dr. Tom) Murphy of Plymouth, MN; and four grandchildren, Rob Langheim, Julie Langheim, Dan Murphy, and Danielle Langheim; five great-grandchildren, Aiden Robert, Finn, and Ari Langheim, and Shea and Jake Jackson.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Donald Schuster; and one sister, Dorothy Seely.

Memorials may be made to North Memorial Residential Hospice, 4201 58th Ave. North, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the medical staff of North Memorial Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Center, MN.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Mary K. Meyer

Mary K. Meyer, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 23, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Daniel Knepper officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Friends may also gather after 9 am Monday at the church until time of mass.

Mary was born May 24, 1926 in Cascade, Iowa, to Peter and Agnes (Wagner) Knepper. She graduated from Mercy Hospital's Registered Nursing Program. She married Mark B. Meyer on Oct 9, 1948 in Cascade. He preceded her in death on Nov 6, 1990.

Mary was a long-time member of the Catholic Daughters, St. Anthony Parish, and more recently St. Raphael's. She had a long career in the nursing field including hospital setting, visiting nurse (VNA/County VNA) and private duty.

Upon retirement she was a volunteer at the Dubuque Arboretum, was an avid bridge player, and enjoyed visiting with her neighbors both at her former home and current residence. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially at the holidays.

Surviving are her children, Judi (Stan) Daniels, Bellevue, IA; Mary Ann (Jerry) Finco, Davenport, IA; Mark (Marsha) Meyer, Johnston, IA; Richard Meyer, Eldridge, IA; and Luke (Jane) Meyer, Rockford, IL; 11 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mark; two daughters in infancy; siblings Lawrence (Darlene) Knepper, Vince (Mary Jane) Knepper, and Helen (Andy) Stoll; and daughter-in-law Debra Meyer.

Memorials may be made to Divine Word Seminary of Epworth, IA, St. Raphael's Cathedral, Hospice of Dubuque, or to a favorite charity of your choice.

The family extends special thanks to Msgr. Dan Knepper, Dr. Chris Stille and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and comfort to Mary.



Raymond L. Geistkemper

Raymond L. Geistkemper, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died Sunday, June 15, 2014, at his home. Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Petersburg, Iowa. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Ray was born January 5, 1925, in Petersburg, the son of Hubert and Rose (Kramer) Geistkemper. He married the love of his life, Mildred E. Sellner on June 4, 1946, in Earlville, Iowa. Together they farmed for 30 years near Earlville and Petersburg. Toward the end of his farming career he began driving school bus for Western Dubuque School System, an occupation he continued for two generations of students over the course of 34 years.

Ray loved to watch sports and his bus driving allowed him to watch many Beckman sporting events in which his grandchildren participated.  Baseball was his favorite sport and he was an avid fan.  He never gave up on the Chicago Cubs.

Survivors include his 5 children: Patricia (Jim) Bonert, Lois (Steve) Mescher, both of Dyersville, Mary Lou (Harry) White of Worthington, Randy (Meg) Geistkemper of Petersburg and Mark (Lori) Geistkemper of Dyersville; 19 grandchildren, Shellie Olberding, Brian, Dan and Tim Bonert, Rhonda, Scot and Jayme Mescher, Renee Heery, Jason, Wendy and Matt White, Jenny Winsand, Laura Herbers, Jeff and Greg Geistkemper, Jill Grawe, Liz Benyo, Tony Geistkemper and Tricia Dreiling; 24 great-grandchildren, and one more due in August; siblings: Ethel Pins, Dorothy (Harold) Lake, Alfred (Verna) Geistkemper, Joan Ament and Dan (Sandy) Geistkemper; his step-mother, Dolores Deutmeyer; in-laws: Germaine  Goedken, Delores (Jim) Burkle, Irvin (Donna) Sellner, Don (Bonnie) Sellner, John (Ann) Sellner, Carlyn Sellner, Carol (Merlin) Krapfl, and David (Carol) Sellner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mildred in 2012, a son, Duane in 1969, siblings: Margie Geistkemper, Eleanor (John) Hoeger, Elmer (Evelyn) Geistkemper, Herman (Annetta) Geistkemper, and several in infancy, in-laws: Jerry Pins, Tom Ament, Jim Sellner, and Gib Goedken.

Memorials are preferred.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Margaret G. Gisel

Margaret G. Gisel, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday evening, June 15, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Friday, June 20, at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 A.M. on Friday, June 20, at the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Margaret G. Stoll was born on Dec. 4, 1920 in rural Preston, Iowa, to Carl Franz and Eda Caroline (Felten) Stoll, Sr. She attended the Summer Hill country school through the 8th grade. She met the love of her life, Paul E. Gisel, at a dance and they were married on Sept. 8, 1943 at her home in rural Preston. To this union three children were born: Elaine, Marilyn and Kathleen. Paul preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 1994.

Before her marriage, Margaret had worked as a housekeeper. Following her marriage, she became a farm wife and farmed with her husband southwest of Andrew for many years. They sold the farm and moved to Maquoketa in 1972 where she worked for RonAnn's Floral Shoppe for several years and later Dolch's Bakery. She had been a resident at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa since 2008.

Margaret was a member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa and its women's group. She was an avid reader and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, crosswords, word searches, crocheting, baking and cake decorating.

Those left to honor Margaret's memory include her children, Elaine (Ron) Cornelius of Maquoketa, IA, Marilyn (Robert) Everding of Maquoketa, IA, and Kathleen (Gary) Heiar of Anamosa, IA; a sister, Helen Stoltz of Ennis, MT; 5 grandchildren, Michael Cornelius, Brian (Kristy) Cornelius, Paul (Kelly) Everding, April (Doug) Edwards, and Annette (Tony) Blomme; 7 great-grandchildren; and 1 step-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 2 brothers, Ernest Stoll and Carl Stoll, Jr.; and a sister, Hilda Crist.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa or Hospice of Jackson County.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Margaret V. Mihalakis

Margaret V. Mihalakis, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Private family funeral services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. To celebrate Margaret's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Margaret was born on June 13, 1922, in Farley, IA, daughter of Henry and Apollonia (Franck) Waltz.

Margaret's family moved to Dubuque when she was a still a young child and took up residence at 1450 Pine Street. On March 7, 1942, she was married to Louis Mihalakis in New Orleans, Louisiana. Louis and Margaret met when they were 12 years old. The first time Louie met her he told his friends that she was the girl he was going to marry. Margaret was lithe, lean, dark and beautiful and was known as "Bacon" to close friends and family. There was a direct line between her heart and her hands. She had a simple generosity of spirit and understood on a deep level the nature of need in people and did everything in her power to help others. Animals naturally gravitated to her because of her gentleness and compassion for them. To say she loved nature is an understatement - she belonged to it; respected it; reveled in it. Margaret was intensely private; a thinker, a doer, a provider and the catalyst for all that was good in our lives. The world just won't be the same without her. The realization of our loss will be compounded by the gulf of years between her death and the day we will all meet her again. Babe and Peanuts Atchison and their children were like family to her, and she always appreciated their sense of humor and their simple enjoyment of life. Her lifelong best friends were Jennie Atchison and Ruthie Elliot.

Margaret is survived by her beloved husband of 73 years, Louis Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA; her seven children, Phillip (Marlene) Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA, Michael (Elizabeth) Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA, Bryan (Sally) Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA, Virginia Mihalakis, Davenport, IA, Georgia Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA, Michelle Mihalakis, Dubuque, IA, Maria (Thomas) Mihalakis Waterman, Pleasant Valley, IA; 19 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 10 great great-grandchildren; a sister, Violet Weber.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, two children, George "Henry" and Ellas "Bum" Mihalakis, her three sisters Mary "Mae" Cauley, Louise Schmitz and Lillian Freyhage and two brothers Fred and Henry "Hank" Waltz.

The family wishes to especially thank her personal care-givers, Anna Schlunaker, Jessie McCallister, Kathy Walker and Theresa Holland; and many thanks also to Home Instead and Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers a Margaret V. Mihalakis memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Henry C. Willett

Henry C. Willett will no longer be opening his garage door at 6:30 a.m. to greet visitors with a fresh pot of coffee. Henry passed away on June 16, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Church of the Nativity, where there will be a Parish Rosary at a.m. Fr. Scott Bullock will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque.

Henry was born July 20, 1933, the son of Henry and Frances (Wagner) Willett. He married Patricia Jean Schmit on May 7, 1955 at St. Raphael's Cathedral, Dubuque. Patricia passed away on October 24, 1999.

Henry worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 43 years before retiring in May of 1996. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1951-1953 and was a member of the American Legion Post #6. On September 16, 2013, Henry was able to be part of the Dubuque Honor Flight to Washington D. C. 

Henry was a lifelong member of Nativity Parish in Dubuque where he served as volunteer for many projects. He was also involved in Cub Scouting. Fishing with family members or his close friends was something he would always look forward to. Afterward, he enjoyed reminiscing of those times, whether the fishing was good or bad. He was forever ready to help out whenever his friends or his family were in need of his various skills or assistance.

Henry was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Pat, and a kind and understanding father who taught and mentored his young sons with love, discipline, and patience. Henry selflessly spent the necessary time and energy required to raise his boys. The family enjoyed many fun filled times at their summer home at Freddy's Beach in Delhi, Iowa. As his boys grew older, he began to enjoy his newfound free time, vacationing with Pat, or going on road trips with some close friends. After his boys moved away from home, he continued to guide and advise them when asked. 

Later in life, his favorite pastimes included traveling, going on casino trips, or having some cold beer and drinks with friends. His great joy was watching his young grandchildren, Lucas, Brianna, Justin, Morgan, and Drew, and visiting with them as they grew older. He had one great granddaughter, Dylan.

Henry is survived by sons Dennis (Barbara) of Dubuque, Samuel (Renee) of Peosta, and Andrew (Susan) of Peosta. His memory will be cherished by his very special friend and loving companion Lynn; his brother James (Geri) of Bettendorf; his sister Linda (Willett) Ferguson and her husband Donald; brother-in-law Donald A. Stroh; and sister-in-law Darlene (Schmit) Eddy and her husband Richard. Henry had many nieces and nephews. 

Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; his parents; his daughter-in-law Sheri; his brother Robert; his sister Mary; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Harold and Helen Schmit. Henry had many close friends who passed before him and he remembered them always.

The family wishes to express warmfelt gratitude to Medical Associates staff and in particular Dr. Christian Schultheis and his staff for their kindness.

As per Henry's instructions, the family requests any donations be sent to Hospice of Dubuque in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Charles Bertling

Charles (Chuck) Bertling passed away on June 14, 2014 at the age of 80 from complications of melanoma cancer.  He died peacefully surrounded by family at his home in the Ellen Kennedy Living Center (EKLC).  He will be remembered at a celebratory gathering from 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday June 21st at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville IA.  Interment will be at a later date.

Chuck was born on May 10, 1934 at home in Worthington to Roman and Rose (Lola Digman) Bertling, graduated from St. Paul School in Worthington in 1952 and enlisted in the Navy in 1954.  In 1957 he married the love of his life Mary Alice Sadler at St. Paul's Church in Worthington IA and enjoyed 56 years of marriage

Chuck's career as a communications technician in naval aviation sent him all across the U.S., living in locations from Maryland to Hawaii.  His three sons were all born in different states.  Over his career he saw communications progress from Morse Code to satellites and he progressed along with it.  Flying with patrol squadrons in the Pacific theater, Chuck went to India, Saudi Arabia, Japan, the Philippines, and Thailand.  In 1975, he retired with over 20 years of service and the family moved back to Iowa.

There he started another career delivering mail from the Dyersville Post Office to over 300 customers six days a week in all kinds of weather as a rural route carrier.  He retired after 19 years in 1996 at the age of 62 and he and Mary began their journey as RVers.  For the rest of his life, they migrated south for the winter spending the last 15 winters in Pharr Texas. During their travels, Chuck and Mary managed to see all 50 states and drove all the way from Key West Florida to Anchorage Alaska one year. 

Chuck raised three wonderful sons and participated in all of their activities including coaching baseball teams and working with Boy Scout troops.  In Dyersville, with Troop 60, Chuck helped many young men, including his own sons, become Eagle Scouts.  He also served three years on Keystone Area Education Agency 1, Board of Education.

In his younger days, his hobbies were baseball and hunting.  Since moving to the EKLC in 2003, he spent many hours tending flower beds and vegetable gardens and helping any resident who needed it. His passion was cards, though and was always ready for a game of euchre or 500.

Survivors include his wife Mary (Sadler), sons Sam in Chicago IL, Tim, wife Alicia and daughter Abby in Tabernash CO, and Pete, wife Sinem and son Troy in Monroe WI. Siblings Roman (Buck) (Margret) in Worthington IA, Elizabeth (Betty) Ockenfels in Iowa City IA, and Madonna (Donna) (Norb) Manternach in Monticello IA. His in-laws Robert (Anna Mae) Sadler in St. Catherines IA, Suzanne (Alvin) Blum in Dubuque IA, Michael (Elaine) Sadler in Strawberry Point IA, and John (Mary Ann) Sadler in California MD. Plus many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, parents-in-law, brother-in-law Richard Ockefels and niece Laura Sadler.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation to the Charles Bertling Memorial Fund to benefit the EKLC.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Daniel L. Hoy

Daniel L. "Dan" Hoy, 72, of East Dubuque, formerly of Stockton, IL died at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday, June 12, 2014 after a long series of strokes that started in October of 2013.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where funeral services will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Dan was born on May 16, 1942 in Nora, IL at home, the son of Alfred Joseph and Margaret Ellen (Graves) Hoy.

He started working at the age of 6 on the Hoy family farm in Stockton.  A graduate of Stockton High School, he furthered his studies with a focus on Engineering at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL.

Dan turned his passion for fast cars into the favorite career of his lifetime.  He was the proud owner/operator of Hoy Ford Garage in Lena, IL in the 1970's and early 1980's.

Dan married Mary Thompson on August 18, 1989 after a five year courtship.

Survivors include his wife Mary, daughter Jennifer Hoy of Woodridge, IL, his step-daughters Dee Ann Deaton, Tammy (Tim) Freisinger both of East Dubuque, and Danielle (Noller) VenHuizen of Apple River, a step-son Dana (Debra) Noller of Stockton.  He was blessed with six grandchildren, Adam Deaton, Heather & Tanner Freisinger all of East Dubuque, and Austin, Jacob & Tyler VenHuizen of Apple River, his brother Richard (Donna) Hoy of Conowingo, Maryland, and an uncle Rodney (Jeanne) Graves of Pahrump, Nevada.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Donald (Cheryl) Hoy of Kent, IL.

Dan's family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the care provided to Dan and the support given to his family.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.

 

 



Alice J. Rockwell

Alice Joyce Rockwell, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Friday evening, June 13, 2014, at Ennoble Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Alice's life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, June 19, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Alice Joyce Moeller was born on November 8, 1918 in Fulton, Iowa, to Carl and Henrietta (Moravec) Moeller. After a short time, her parents divorced and her grandparents, Tony and Evelyn Moravec raised her and her sister, Dorothy. Alice attended Jackson County country schools and married the love of her life, Myron G. Rockwell, on October 17, 1934 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 10, 1984.

Alice Joyce was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Bellevue and Maquoketa areas for many years.

Alice Joyce enjoyed staying very busy. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa, the Maquoketa Garden Club, Fantasy Art Club, Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Wine Club, Sewing Club and Quilt Club. She loved poetry, painting, reading, gardening and animals.

Those left to honor Alice's memory include her son, Mark Allan Rockwell of Galena, IL; and many friends and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Barbara Joyce, her husband Myron, and a sister Dorothy Mae Stevenson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Alice Joyce Rockwell memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at ht#mce_temp_url#.

 



Robert N. LeGrand

Robert N. "Buck" LeGrand, 75, of Sunset Park Place in Dubuque and formerly of Holy Cross, died peacefully with his family at his side, Thursday, June 12, 2014, the same day his wife died just 6 years ago, at Sunset Park Place, Dubuque.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, Holy Cross, where a Vigil Service will be held at 5 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate.

Buck was born December 17, 1938, in Holy Cross Iowa, the son of Nicholas and Lorene (Link) LeGrand.  He married Janice M. Schultz on September 2, 1961, in Holy Cross, Iowa.  He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 32 years and retired in 1991.  He enjoyed helping Janice raise his family and especially enjoyed the grandchildren.  Buck's pride was his gardening and when he was at Sunset Park Place he earned the nickname of "Mayor of Sunset" for his volunteerism.

Survivors include his special friend and companion, Carol Burchette of Dubuque; 6 sons: Mark of Dubuque, Bruce (Deb) of East Dubuque, Todd and Paul, both of Guttenberg, Rick (Lona) of Colesburg, and Dan (Tammy) of Dyersville, a daughter: Kris (Bob) Bender-Heinze of Peosta, 17 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and 3 step great-grandchildren, 1 great grandchild expected in 2 weeks; siblings: Marvin LeGrand of Dubuque, Ken (Vicki) LeGrand of North Buena Vista, Ron (Carol) LeGrand of Peosta, Dorothy (Leroy) Kennicker of Holy Cross, Darlene (John) Scudder of Dubuque; in-laws:, LaVonne (Earl) Brimeyer of North BuenaVista, Donna (Robert) Schmidt of Durango, Connie (Jim) Klein of Dubuque, Sherry (Mick) Klein of Holy Cross, Cindy (Paul) Ludovissy of North Buena Vista, David (Nancy) Schultz of Durango and Ronald (Marilyn) Schultz of Holy Cross.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Janice in 2008, a grandson, Nicholas Robert LeGrand in 2010, a sister-in-law Carol (Nick) Errthum.

Special thanks to everyone at Sunset Park Place, especially the staff and his many friends for the camaraderie and care, and also to Amy with Hospice of Dubuque for her tenderness and compassion.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Marie H. Dunkel

Marie H. Dunkel, 97, of Dyersville and formerly of Worthington died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Kramer Funeral

Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish Vigil Service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in St. Paul Cemetery, Worthington.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Marie was born July 21, 1916, south of Dyersville on the home farm, the youngest daughter of Henry and Josephine (Albang) Timmer.  She married LaVern A. Dunkel on May 23, 1939, in Dyersville. Together they farmed near Worthington until he preceded her in death in 1989.  Marie was a member of the St. Paul Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society.  Marie moved to Dyersville after LaVern's death and became a member of St. Francis Xavier parish, and was a long-time volunteer at Oak Crest Manor.

Marie grew up on a farm and played the exemplary role of a farm wife during the era.  She kept herself busy milking cows, helping with the hay, tending her large garden, cooking and canning, sewing and mending clothes for the family and doing embroidery for quilts.  She was a proud and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  In her spare time she loved fishing all of her life, playing cards, especially euchre,

Survivors include her 3 children: Robert (Emma) Dunkel of Hopkinton, and Linda (Laverne) Tauke of Holy Cross, and Richard (Jane) of Worthington; 9 grandchildren: Peggy (Dave) Sellnau, Tracy (Brady) Smith, Jeff  Tauke, Kelly (Josh) Vinquist, Matthew (friend Keri Johnson) Tauke, Steve (Cindy) Dunkel, Kathy (Bob) Polfer, Mark Dunkel, Andrew (Rachel) Dunkel; 9 great grandchildren:  Nicholas, Alex, Daniel and Lucas Sellnau, Jake and Sloane Smith, Hayden Vinquist, Rebecca, Elijah, Sophia and Noah Dunkel, Hattie and Maggie Dunkel; in-laws: Dorothy Vorwald of Dyersville, Nick (Joan) Dunkel of Manchester, and Diane Dunkel of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband LaVern in 1989, a grandson, Kevin M. Tauke in 2002, siblings: Albert (Pat) Timmer, Elmer (Mary) Timmer, Florian (Leona) Timmer, Viola (Camillus) Meyer, Alvinia (Otto) Olberbroeckling and Germaine (Alex) Meyer; in-laws: Helen (John) Bonert, Jim (Lorraine) Dunkel, Rev. H.J. Dunkel, Bernard (Rose) Dunkel, Herb Dunkel, Francis Vorwald, Ruth (Gerald) Stronk, and Eileen (Roy) Sperfslage.

Special thanks to the staff at Oak Crest for all the wonderful care of our Mother.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Charles R. Moyer

Charles R."Bob" Moyer, 88, of Dubuque died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at home. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Charles was born March 31, 1926 in Toledo, Iowa, son of John and Mildred (Strong) Moyer. He served in the US Army during WW II.  He worked as a construction estimator before his retirement, most recently with McDermott Excavating. 

On December 8, 1956 he married Eunice Hochhausen. She preceded him in death on February 9, 1990.

He is survived by his special friend, Lucille Schmitt of Dubuque and her family; two sons, Eric (Mary) Moyer and Scott Moyer, both of Dubuque; a step daughter, Vickie (Leon) Schultz of Blaine, Minn., two step grand children, Jennifer (Jay) Bartle of Minneapolis, Minn. and Jim Vallet of Chicago, Ill., two step great grandchildren, Alexander and Henry Bartle; five brothers, Alan (Shirley) Moyer, Harold (Bev) Moyer, Frank (Marcella) Moyer, Roger Moyer all of Grinnell, Iowa, and Russell Moyer of Colorado; and three sisters, Carol (John) Gilliland of Marshalltown, Iowa, Mary (John) Schmidt of Grinnell, Iowa and Joyce Lincoln of Stuart, Iowa.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Arlene Pierce and her husband Harold and Maxine Oswald and her husband Keith; two brothers, Jim Moyer and his wife Mildred and John Moyer Jr. and a sister in law, Joan Moyer.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 

 



Ronald J. Breitbach

Ronald J. "Pops" Breitbach, age 71, of Graf, IA, passed away at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at home surrounded by loving family following a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014, at St. John the Baptist Church, 235 Peosta St., Peosta, IA, with Rev. Michael G. Schueller officiating. To celebrate Ron's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 1:00 p.m. Friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at St. John the Baptist Church in Peosta. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Ron was born on May 25, 1943, in Dubuque, son of Clarence and Eileen (Cole) Breitbach.

Pops was a loving husband, devoted father, and a cherished grandfather. He grew up in Dubuque with his 4 sisters. He served his country by enlisting in the Navy in 1961 and was honorably discharged in 1965. After he returned from the service, he met the love of his life, Sherry Koenig, while ice skating at Comisky Park. They married on April 1, 1967. Pops was employed at Flexsteel Industries for 42 years. Pops spent hours in his garden tending to his grand duke kohlrabies, numerous tomatoes, and giant pumpkins. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, and an occasional trip to the casino to play the slots. Pops always had a cold one in the fridge for whoever would stop by. His pride and joy were his grandchildren. Pops loved spoiling, teasing, and feeding his grandkids sprinkled donuts and extreme amounts of sugar.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry Breitbach, of Graf, IA; his children, Jerry (Lisa) Breitbach of Winchester, IL, Tom "Booie" (Jenny) Breitbach of Cascade, IA, Mike (Angie) Breitbach of Dubuque, IA, Ronda (Bryon "Homer") Schueller of Graf, IA; his grandchildren, Hayden, Hayley, Hogan, Cody, Caitlyn, Avery, Hannah, Cohen and Joah; his sisters, Jean Bruce, Dori Breitbach, Mary (Jim) Leslein of Dubuque, IA  and LoAnn (Duane) VanHemert of Des Moines, IA; his mother-in-law, Maggie Koenig of Dubuque; his brother and sister-in laws; Jack (Judy) Koenig, Dubuque, IA, RaeAnn (Tom) Freund, Dubuque, IA, Kris (Jon) Russett of Plymoth, MN; and lifelong friends and neighbors Dan (Jeanne) Mayne of Graf, IA.

Ron was proceeded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Ray Koenig.

In lieu of flowers, a Ronald J. Breitbach memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the 4th floor medical and rehab nurses at Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse Sherry, for their wonderful care and compassion.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Janice L. Daehler

Janice L. "Jan" Daehler, 67, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday, June 9, 2014, at the Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.

A celebration of Jan's life will be held at 1 P.M., Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Janice Louise Dryer was born on April 28, 1947 in Graf, Iowa, to Alvin and Florence (Lipstock) Dryer. She married Don Daehler on July 26, 1980 in Delmar, Iowa.

Jan had owned and operated Jan's Café in Delmar, Iowa and then became the general manager of manufactured housing parks for many years.

Jan enjoyed camping, fishing, playing Poker and Texas Hold'em, and Shuffleboard. She loved being a "snowbird", and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor Jan's memory include her husband, Don Daehler of Maquoketa, IA; children, Tammy Current of Maquoketa, IA, and Gary Fields, Jr. of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Jonathan (Kelsey) Fields, Alyssa Current and Ryan Current; 1 great-grandchild, Lincoln Fields; sisters, Helen Roth of Dubuque, IA and Betty Shellhouse of Dubuque, IA; and brothers, Robert (Ann) Dryer of MO, and Alan (Donna) Dryer of Zwingle, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Judy Dryer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Janice L. "Jan" Daehler memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Randall J. Morgan

Randall J. "Randy" Morgan, 53 of Irving, Texas, formerly of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Memorial Service will be 4 p.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the family will greet friends from 1 p.m. - 4 pm. on Saturday at the funeral home prior to service time. Private family burial will be at a later date.

Randy was born May 6, 1961 in Dubuque, the son of Barney and Jane (Runde) Morgan. He graduated in 1979 from Wahlert High School and then from Iowa State University in 1983, earning a degree in Electrical Engineering. Randy moved to Texas after graduation, and worked for Texas Instruments, most recently he was the Executive Vice President of Operations for CID in Irving, Texas. Randy enjoyed golfing with his dad and friends. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Blackhawks, and the rock band KISS.

Randy loved his family, friends, and his dog Sammy.

Survivors include his parents; Barney and Jane Morgan; a sister; Ann (Mark) Peter of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin; a nephew, Zach, and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Randy was preceded in death by his brother; Mike.

The family would like to thank our Texas Family for all your help during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Randy's memory.

For service details and to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Anne W. McNamee

Anne W. (Bent) McNamee, 75, of Delmar, Iowa, died on Tuesday afternoon, June 10, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Anne's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, June 14, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, June 13, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa.

Anne W. Bent was born on April 7, 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts to Russell and Mary (Woods) Bent. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, Freeport, Maine and spent her high school years in Clinton, Iowa graduating with the Class of 1957. She married James "Jim" McNamee on April 7, 1960 in Clinton, Iowa.

Anne had worked as a tax preparer and managing owner of the H & R Block Franchise in Maquoketa for 25 1/2 years until retirement.

Anne was an avid bowler and a member of the Women's International Bowling Congress. She enjoyed golfing, fishing, scratch off tickets, having coffee with her friends at Flapjacks, and spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved watching sports and was a devoted Boston Red Sox fan, as well as traveling with the camper each year to the Old Threshers Reunion in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Those left to honor Anne's memory include her husband James "Jim" McNamee of Delmar, IA; daughters, Marianne (Kevin) Blue of Clinton, IA, and Cathleen (Gary) Holtz of Delmar, IA; 6 grandchildren, Gary, Kimberly (Nate), Tony, Deidra, Travis and Elizabeth (Ericka); 3 great-grandchildren, Zoey Anne, Maddie and Macie Anne; a brother Robert (Carrie) Bent of Springfield, VA; sisters, Carol (Rick) Abel of Liberty, MO, and Susan Hook of Pleasant Valley, MO; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carl and Verna McNamee of Delmar, IA; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Betty Allen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Anne W. McNamee memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Esther L. Hammel

Esther L. Hammel, 94 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday June 10th at Luther Manor.

Funeral mass will be 10:00 a.m on Friday June 13th at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday June 12th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9am at the church on Friday.

Esther was born on January 5, 1920 in Fairplay, Wisconsin. The daughter of Earl and Mary (Kahle) Kluck. She graduated from the former St. Clara Academy, Sinsinawa.

She married Clem "Shorty" Hammel, on May 8, 1943 in St. Paul, MN. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1985.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and its Rosary Society.

She will be missed by her family and friends especially her children and grandchildren with whom she loved spending her time.

She is survived by her children, Daniel (Diane Shannon) Hammel, of Dubuque, Janice Mitchley of Gilbert, AZ, David (Kathy) Hammel, of Dubuque, Debra (James) Calhoun, of Dubuque, Karen (Dwayne) Fudge, of St. Catherines. Nine grandchildren; David Hammel, Tricia (Tim) Loso, Scott Hammel, Lori (Mark) Chapman, Kari (Doug) Yenter, Jolene Mitchley, Chris (Aimee) Hammel, Christa (Pete) Daszkiewicz, and Andy (Megan) Rieck and 14 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clem, two sisters Lilian Pfiffner, and Celestine "Sally" Heiberger and two brothers Raymond Kluck and William Kluck.

The family wishes to thank Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for the loving care they gave to Esther.



Jeanette M. Slattery

Jeanette M. Slattery, age 84, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family, after surviving breast cancer for 37 years. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Jeanette's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jeanette was born on June 12, 1929, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of Fred and Alvina (Meyer) Rettenmeier.

Jeanette married Raymond "Gus" Slattery on October 6, 1947, at St. Francis Church in Balltown, IA. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on November 19, 2010. Jeanette was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 27 years until her retirement. She was an active member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, the Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters and the Women of the Moose. She and Ray enjoyed many winters spent in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Jeanette is survived by her daughters Sandra Jutson, Dubuque, IA, Sally Schrobilgen, Dubuque, IA; her 3 grandchildren, David (Jodie) Jutson, Peosta, IA, Jamie (Brooke O'Malley) Schrobilgen, Dubuque, IA, Jon Schrobilgen, Cedar Rapids, IA; her 2 great-grandchildren, Alivia and Alyssa Jutson; her siblings, Earl (Marlene) Rettenmeier, Dubuque, IA, Howard (Shirley) Rettenmeier, Dyersville, IA, Mardell "Mert" Habel, Dubuque, IA, Elaine Link, Dubuque, IA; her 4 fun loving godchildren, Beverly Geltz, Connie Steiner, Peg DeLoe and Nancy Pape.

Oh What A Beautiful Morning!

Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ray, a granddaughter, Joy Jutson, a son-in-law, Dave Jutson and 2 brothers-in-law, Lyle Link and Jim Habel.

A special thanks to friends and neighbors on Stone Ridge Place, especially those in her court for prayers and many good deeds. Also thanks to the doctors and staff at Medical Associates Clinic, especially Dr. Lawrence Kukla and his "Angels", Dr. Andrea Ries, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy and Amy and Home Instead, especially Carla and Jennifer.

A Jeanette M. Slattery memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Edward L. Byars

Edward Luther "Ed" Byars, 65 of 955 Mayfair Court formerly of DeKalb, IL, passed away on June 10th, 2014 at his home. According to his wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Burial will be at a later date in Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb, Illinois. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Ed was born on July 27, 1948, in DeKalb, IL the son of Sylvester Luther and Daisy (Fry) Byars. He married Patricia Clausen on April 8, 1994 in Lancaster, WI.

He worked as a Glazer in the Window Industry in the Dubuque, Florida & DeKalb areas. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and Faith Temple Pentecostal Church.

He loved to hunt, fish and go camping. He was a CB Radio and old car enthusiast, and enjoyed his dogs.

He is survived by his wife Patricia "Trish", of Dubquue, two daughters Andrea and Eva, and two grandchildren Emily and Sarah. Four sisters Kathryn (Donald) Lockwood, of Racine, Wi, Marva (Louis) Moore, of Salida, CA, Evelyn (Gerald) Simpson, of DeKalb, IL, and Damaris (Dennis) Keef, of DeKalb, IL. One brother John (Jeanne) Byars, of Rochester, NH. His two dogs Toby and Gismo, AKA Heathen & Wezzel.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Gloria Eggers,

Memorials may be given to a charity of choice in memory of Edward Byars.

The family wishes to thank Manor Care, Mercy Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and all the health care professionals for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Ed.



Gerald E. Wiederhold

Gerald E. "Jerry" Wiederhold, 55, of Dickeyville, passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014 at home following a brief illness surrounded by his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Jerry was born on October 6, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Firmin "Pat" and Eldeen M. (Bauer) Wiederhold.  He was a graduate of Wahlert High School in Dubuque and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

On October 7, 1994 he was united in marriage to Cindy Vaassen at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.  He was the store manager of the Shopko Store in Lancaster, Wisconsin.

Jerry loved baseball and was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan.  While at Wahlert High School he participated in baseball, basketball and track. He loved photography and enjoyed to travel and was very interested in history. Along with his love of photography was his love of lighthouses and his quest to see as many as possible. Also, "His love for the nieces and nephews was so great that he considered them his own children."Jerry was a selfless, kind & loving husband, brother and uncle.  There was nothing more important to him than his family.  Jerry & Cindy spent many hours attending school and sporting events of their nieces and nephews.  He was a member of Holy Ghost Parish.

Surviving is his wife Cindy, his siblings, Kathy Hannan of Epworth, Iowa; Steven (Debra) Wiederhold of Saco, Maine; Tom Wiederhold of Dubuque, and Mary (Roger) Edwards of Madison, Wisconsin, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, his brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law, Steve (Carol) Vaassen of Dubuque: Jan Vaassen of Potosi; Mary (Brian) Siegenthaler of New Glarus, Wisconsin; Jamie (Amanda) Vaassen of Kieler, step-brother Thomas (Kelly) Bastis of Hiram, GA, step-sister Nikki (Cole) Kaiser of Sinsinawa and step-mother Pat (Bruce) Mundschenk of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents Firmin "Pat" and Eldeen Wiederhold, his father & mother-in-law Gilbert and Marian Vaassen, sister-in-law Julie "Peach" Hasken and brother-in-law Marty Vaassen.

In lieu of flowers a Jerry Wiederhold memorial fund has been established.

Cindy and family wish to thank Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care and compassion provided to Jerry.

 



Karen W. N. Hardtke

Karen W. N. Hardtke, 76, of Sherrill, passed away from Alzheimer's Disease Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her family. 

Services will be at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Rev. Kristian Kincaid will officiate. Private burial will be in St. Matthew's Cemetery, Sherrill. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the funeral home.

Karen was born April 23, 1938 in LaCrosse, WI, the daughter of Hector and Ida (Selke) Olson. She married Fred Hardtke on August 10, 1957 in Winona, MN. 
She graduated from Winona High School, and later attended NICC.

Karen was a wonderful cook, and owned and operated her own catering businesses, including Showcase Café and Karen Hardtke Catering and Decorating. She was an inspector for ESKA, where she also headed the ESKA credit union.

Karen loved to keep busy, was involved in many activities, and served as Activity Director at Bethany Home. She was a member of the American Legion Auxillary, and served as president. She was an excellent bowler, and was a bowling coach for many years. She was also a Girl Scout leader, and loved working with kids. Karen enjoyed camping, gardening, and was an avid game player. She loved to do crafts, and was a member of a craft club. Karen was a devoted wife and mother, and her family always came first. She had a special love for all babies, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Fred, of Sherrill; her children, Fred (Pam) Hardtke Jr., Faith (Milt) Eichman, Becky Schmelzer, and Tammy (Pat) Rolwes, all of Dubuque, and Traci (fiancé Tom Meyers) Schmitt of Sherrill; her grandchildren, Jayson Hardtke, Joshua (Kelly) and Bradley Shannon, Stacy (Al) Sabers, Jennifer (Jason DeMaio) Eichman, Janell (Jason) Schueller, Stacy, Kendra, and Haley Schmelzer, Justin (Karla), Kyla, Derrick, and Dallas Rolwes, Chasity (Ben Hartman), Chantel, and Cheyanne Schmitt, and Sammi Jo and Brady Meyers; her great grandchildren, Chase, Zach, Carson, Addyson, Kylie, Ella, Adalida, Ivy, Aubri, Olivia, Averi, Alexa, and Ella; her sisters, Janet Konkel, Sonja Dulek, Denise (Fritz) Stark, Doreen Mish, and Debra (Dave) Burce; her brothers, Carlyle (Norma), Dennis, Hector (Karen) and Loren Olson; her sisters in law, Linda Olson and Geri (John) McConnell; and her brother in law, Bob (Diane) Hardtke.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ralph, Arlen, and Roger Olson; and several brothers and sisters in law.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the amazing staff at Luther Manor, and to Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Karen Hardtke Memorial Fund.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Shirley C. Schauer

Shirley Catherine Schauer, 74 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, June 8th, 2014 at Bell Tower Retirement in East Dubuque, IL.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Joseph The Worker with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m. and a Power of Prayer Rosary said at 8:00 p.m.

Shirley was born on August 16, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Harry and Rose (Meyer) Stoffel. She married Dorrance Schauer on August 3, 1963 at Holy Family New Melleray Church. He preceded her in death.

She was a member of Power of Prayer, Mother of Good Council Mothers Club, and she is a professional member of the Lay Missionaries of the Eternal Word.

Shirley loved to travel, and like to watch the Cardinals both the birds and the baseball team. But most of all she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was known and loved by many and will be sadly missed.

She is survived by two daughters, Anne (Tom) Pregler, of Dubuque, Sara Ricke, of Austin, Texas, three sons, Larry Schauer, of Marietta, GA, Kenneth Schauer of Maryville, Missouri, and John (Linda) Schauer, of Cambridge, NY. Six grandchildren, Renee, Jeff, Ellen Ann, Ethan, Rebecca and Daniel. Sister-in-law Kay (Harold) Wiederholt and brothers-in-law, Jo (Connie) Schauer, and Orville Ludwig

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Marguerite Ludwig, Bernice Gassman and Delores Gassman, and a brother Francis Stoffel.

In lieu of flowers a Shirley Catherine Schauer memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the staff and all of Shirley's friends at Bell Tower for all their wonderful care and friendship they gave to Shirley.

 



Mary A. Nauman

Mary A. Nauman, 78 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday June 9th, 2014 at home.

Funeral services will be at 10:00a.m. Thursday, June 12th St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call after 8:30a.m. Thursday at church until time of services. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on March 6, 1936 in La Motte, Iowa the daughter of Louis and Theresa (Lenz) Roussel. She married Harold Greenwood in 1954 and he preceded her in death. She later married Alfred Nauman on June 18, 1982.

She worked at Ertl's Toy Factory, managed Eliane Powers, and then worked at Flexsteel until retirement in 2002.

She loved to sing and play music with her family, had yearly country music jams, loved to crochet, knit, cook and go to the casino.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with family and friends. Mary always went out of her way to comfort those in need around her.

She is survived by three children, Steven (Lisa) Greenwood, of Dubuque, Mark (Narumi) Greenwood, Osaka, Japan, and Tracy (Richard) Kopp, of Kenosha, WI. 9 step children, Nancy (Kevin) McCarty, Jolene (Dean) Franzen, Dan (Penny) Nauman, Jackie (Tom) Avery, Lori (Mike) Lamb, Jill Nauman, Jeff (Shelby) Nauman, Lynn (Jim) Hackman, Becky (Alan) Moore. Twenty eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Her sister Geraldine (Marion) Wiest, two brothers Ray Roussel, and Gerald (Bonnie) Roussel. Brothers and sisters-in-law; Gerald (Phyllis) Nauman, Irv (Mary) Nauman, Donald (Helen) Nauman, Peggy Nauman, Donna Nauman, Darlene (Donald Schmitt) Hoerner, and Joan Nauman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Mildred (Bill) Bruck, Robert (Rita) Roussel, Dorothy (Sylvester) Welty, and her sister-in-law Mary Lou Roussel. Brothers-in-law Ronald Nauman, Melvern Nauman, and Kenneth Nauman.

In lieu of flowers a Mary A. Nauman memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Barb K. and Stacy, also Dr. Christine Holm, and Dr. Matthew Kirkendall, and their staff for all their wonderful care. Also to all of Mary's family especially Toby Clauer, for all their kindness and love they gave to Mary. The family would also like to express their appreciation for the musical contributions of Jay Roussel and Jim Welty.



Robert L. Schilling

Robert L. "Ace" Schilling, 76, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at home, surrounded by his family.
Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, IA at 10:30 on Thursday, June 12. Fr. Michael Schueller will officiate. Burial will be in Centralia at St. John Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Ace was born August 16, 1937 in Dubuque County, the son of Fred and Florence (Winders) Schilling. He married Dorothy Maas on April 4, 1959 at St. John's in Peosta. 
Ace was married to the love of his life, Dorothy, for 55 years. Together they had 6 children. They were later rewarded with 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Ace built the family home while he was working full time at John Deere. He retired from John Deere in 1992 after 32 years.

Despite the rigors of a full time job and building a house, Ace's greatest fit was the role he played as a father to his children and later on as a grandfather. Together they shared memorable vacations and camping trips, hunting and fishing excursions, and campfire stories that become legendary family treasures. Those were special events, but he could make every day special by the love and guidance he provided his family. Webster's Dictionary defines genius as a person of great natural ability, remarkable talent or intelligence. Those lucky enough to have him as a mentor were educated at "The School of Ace". Though he never attended college, genius described Ace. He had an innate knowledge of diagnosing and repairing cars and appliances and how to build and renovate structures. He understood the proper way to hunt and fish and how to provide to be a good steward of our wildlife and environment. He passed this knowledge on to others in his family, providing them with information, joy, and a lifelong ability to problem solve. 

He was steadfast in his belief that Ford made the best vehicles and John Deere the best equipment. He loved watching his son and then his grandsons race at local stock car tracks. He enjoyed NASCAR and Iowa basketball, but definitely not the referees. 

Ace had a natural way of communicating with people. He had friends all over the country. It didn't matter if you were the King of England or if you had just met him at a campground - you got the same Ace. He would shake your hand and offer you a beer, or two or three. Ace was an enthusiastic conversationalist, with a strong voice, and an abundant use of his hands when speaking.

If the world were suddenly falling apart, Ace would be someone you would want by your side. To those who knew and loved him, the thought of life without him can feel as if the world is falling apart. However, the lessons that Ace gave them, the ability to problem solve and persevere will carry them through and life will continue. Ace loved God and was loyal to his Catholic faith his entire life. He is now with God and those who departed before him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Dorothy; his children, Bob (Laura) Schilling of Graf, IA, Judy (Randy) Kroeger of Dubuque, Ron (Nancy) Schilling of Bernard, IA, Julie (Jamie) Brown of Asbury, Jayne (Kevin) O'Brien of Asbury, and June (Terry) Jahn of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Jim and Jeffrey Schilling, Stacy and Brian (Dana) Mess, Ryan and Nicole Schilling, Jason, Jared, and Jessica Brown, Kaitlyn and Scott O'Brien, and Matt, Jacob, and Elizabeth Jahn, his great-granchildren, Kayden Mess and Hailey Schueller; his sisters, Darlene Berzle, of Dubuque, Rita McFadden, of Lancaster, PA, Carol Schmitt of Peosta, IA , and Jean (Virgil) Hansen of Dubuque; two brothers, Fred (Shirley) Schilling, of Dubuque, and John (Vicky) Schilling of Rickardsville, sisters-in-law Arlene (Pete) Dietz of Asbury, Donna (Jim) Weydert of Peosta and Madelyn Schilling of Peosta; one brother-in-law Earl Maas of California; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Buddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Wilma Schilling and Mary (Matt "Babe") Maas; and two brothers, James and David (Joyce) Schilling; sisters-in-law Marian (Tom) Gloeckner and Helen (Ed) Burds; and brothers-in-law Pete McFadden, George Schmitt, and Joe Berzle.

Memorials may be made to the Robert L. Schilling Memorial Fund.

Special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at the Wendt Center and Dubuque Internal Medicine.

Online Condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Wayne J. Hingtgen

Wayne J. Hingtgen, 85, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at his home at Sunset Park Place. A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Monday, June 9, 2014, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends between 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., Monday, prior to Mass at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West with Military Honors conducted by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.

Wayne was born September 8, 1928 in Otter Creek, Iowa, the son of Theodore and Mary Ellen (McCarthy) Hingtgen. He graduated from High School and then served in the US Army during the Korean War. Wayne worked for many years at Dubuque Packing Company as an order filler, and after retiring worked for DuPaco for 9 years as a courier. He was a volunteer driver for DuRide. Wayne loved to travel, making it to all 50 States and also took trips to Europe, Ireland and Asia. An avid Cubs and Bears fan, he often treated friends and family with trips to Chicago to watch the games. Another form of entertainment for him was playing euchre. Wayne was a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus and took part in the Honor Flight in 2012. Wayne was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. He was a man who could always be counted on, and was constantly lending a helping hand to community and family, alike.

Survivors include a sister in-law, Vivian Hingtgen of Keiler, WI. He was a loving caring uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bernadine (Ament) Geisler; and a brother, John Hingtgen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque in Wayne's memory.

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Richard E. Nilles

Richard " Dick" E. Nilles, 93, of Dubuque died Friday June 6,2014 at Bethany Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, preceded by visitation from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Church. Fr. Alan Dietzenbach will officiate. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque , where military rites will be accorded by Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Richard was born on November 19, 1920, son of Joseph and Bertha (Wagner) Nilles. He married Evelyn M. Helbing on November 25, 1941 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dickeyville, WI. Evelyn preceded him in death on October 21, 2004. He married Lois Walinch April 21, 2006 at Resurrection Church, Dubuque, IA. He served with the First Marine Division in the South Pacific and China during WW II. Richard was a member of the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.  He worked for and retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1974.

Surviving are his wife, Lois; three children, Keith Nilles, Joyce (Dick) Smith and Ann Powers, all of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; two brothers, Ralph(Bonnie) Nilles of Florence, KY, Joseph (Jeanette) Nilles of Dyersville, IA; and a step-sister Therese Puetz of Earlville, IA.

In addition to his wife, Evelyn, Richard was preceded in death by his sons, Larry Nilles and Tom Nilles; daughter-in-law, Laura Nilles and son-in-law, John Powers; and his brother, Donald Nilles.

The family requests no flowers. A Richard E. Nilles Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Gregory M. Frost

Gregory M. Frost, age 61, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away suddenly of an apparent heart attack at 8:15 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014. To celebrate Greg's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Behr's Funeral Home at 1491 Main Street. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 7:00 p.m.

Greg was a loving husband, devoted father, and most revered grandfather. He was born on April 5, 1953, in Iowa City, IA, son of Jack and Luella (Meyer) Frost.

He grew up in St. Donatus, IA with his five brothers. He was a gregarious kid who loved causing trouble. Greg graduated from Bellevue High School. During his senior year of high school he met his beloved wife, Candas Kay (Morett) Frost. They were married on March 26, 1971. Greg, a Vietnam era veteran, served his country by entering the Air Force in 1971. He was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, NV and at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, and was honorably discharged in 1977.

Greg was a journeyman in the local sheet metal industry and then started Tri-State Sheet Metal. Later in his career, he was a United States Postal Carrier retiring in 2008.

During his wife's battle with a rare cancer five years ago, he was steadfast and showed the true meaning of "in sickness and in health." Greg was well-known for his beard that he said would only be shaved off when they cured cancer.

Greg loved motorcycles - especially his Harley. He was an accomplished mechanic and a motorcycle flat track, motocross, and drag racer from his days in the military service to the track in Humboldt. He was a "do-it-yourselfer" tinkering with projects around the house and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed shooting sports, hunting, and fishing. But we all know that Greg was happiest riding his Harley on long rides on country roads and spoiling his two grandsons.

Greg is survived by his children, Jennifer (Alan) Hennagir, Chicago, IL, Jonathon (Julie) Frost, St. Donatus, IA; his grandchildren, Julian Hennagir and Breckin Frost; his mother, Luella Frost, St. Donatus; his brothers, Chris (Sandi) Frost, Sommerset, KY, John (Susan) Frost, Seattle, WA, Marc (Monica) Frost, Indianapolis, IN, Michael (Nanae) Frost, Fallbrook, CA, Andy (Patty) Frost, Oskaloosa, IA; his beloved companion, Lynn Pollock, Dubuque, IA,

Gregory was preceded in death by his father, Jack Frost, M.D., and his wife of nearly 40 years, Candas Frost.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Marine Corps League for providing military honors for Greg and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their support throughout his wife's illness. The family would also like thank all of his friends, especially Kennard, Worm, Griz and Devo.

In lieu of flowers a Gregory M. Frost memorial fund has been established to benefit Hospice of Dubuque and several cancer treatment and research organizations.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Kevin L. Winkelman

Kevin L. Winkelman, age 65, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 1:30 a.m., Friday, June 6, 2014, suddenly at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital of natural causes. To celebrate Kevin's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Kevin was born on May 22, 1949, in Ottumwa, IA, son of Otis and Beverly (Thatcher) Winkelman.

Kevin married Patti Houselog on January 18, 1974, in Asbury, Iowa. They were married for 38 years before she preceded him in death on June 30, 2012. Kevin starting his working career at the Dubuque Packing Company and was lastly employed as a Quality Assurance Manager for Berry Plastics in Peosta, IA, for several years. Kevin and Patti enjoyed their date nights at the casino every Friday night. When the children were young he loved watching Jaime's swim meets, Heather's dance recitals and enjoyed Ryan's artwork. Kevin gained notoriety during his high school years by being the bulldog mascot, who rode a unicycle at school pep rallies and games. He enjoyed traveling to Germany, China, Brazil and Europe for business while also getting in some sightseeing. Kevin valued education and enjoyed tutoring children and teens. Reading was his passion, one kindle was not enough, he had three. Kevin was a proud "Trekkie" and devoted Chicago Bears and New York Yankees fan. His grandchilden were a huge part of his life. Kevin looked forward to Brittany working in Walt Disney World as a Disney Princess, Brock playing football for Wahlert and Brielle competing in the Jr Olympics for gymnastics.

Kevin is survived by his children; Jaime Winkelman, St. Paul, MN, Heather (Aaron) Osthoff, Dubuque, IA, Ryan (Marci) Winkelman, Peosta, IA; his grandchildren, the 3 B's, Brittany, Brock and Brielle Osthoff.

Kevin was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patti.

A Kevin L. Winkelman memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



John Rhomberg

John "Jack" Rhomberg, age 84, of Dubuque died on Friday, June 6, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center, with his wife by his side. A funeral mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 9th at the Church of the Nativity, with the Rev. Scott Bullock officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will recite the rosary before mass. Friends may call from call from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., where there will be a parish wake service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held at Nativity Church before the funeral, starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday. Private burial will be at a later date in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jack was born in Dubuque on August 13, 1929, the son of Joseph W. and Madeline (Enzler) Rhomberg. He grew up in a strong Catholic family, members of Cathedral Parish, where Jack received his grade school education. He attended high school at Campion Academy, a Catholic boarding school run by the Jesuits in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

He then attended Loras College, before deciding to pursue his dream of being a foreign missionary. He joined the Maryknoll Missionary Society and completed college at the Maryknoll Seminary in Glen Ellyn, Il. He continued his studies with the intention of becoming a priest but eventually realized that this was not his calling. However, he never gave up his desire to help the missions and directed much of his charitable giving to those who were serving the poor and sharing the faith.

Jack was blessed with a beautiful baritone voice. He performed in many plays and musicals in high school and college and sang at many weddings as a young man. After college he taught high school for several years while he continued pursuing music training. He then moved to Michigan for further training in opera at the Detroit Institute of Musical Art. In 1954 he won a concerto competition at Michigan's Interlochen National Music Camp. He performed with the Detroit Michigan Opera Company and at one point was among the finalists of a New York Metropolitan Opera audition. He never lost his love of singing though the ravages of Alzheimer's disease robbed him of his voice in its final stages.

Jack was a very good athlete and competed in basketball, football, and track in high school and college. He later treasured attending the athletic competitions of his three children, especially track, volleyball, and football. Jack's love of sports and music continues with his grandchildren. Before his health declined he loved opportunities to watch their games or swim meets or hear them sing and play the piano.

Jack had an array of talents and was not afraid to pursue new opportunities and make career changes when he felt called to do so. Over the years Jack and his brothers worked during the summer at the Dubuque Star Brewery, which was founded by his grandfather and was still in the family. His uncle asked him to train to become a licensed brew master, so he moved to Chicago to enroll at The Siebel Institute of Brewing. After finishing his training, Jack returned to Dubuque and served for years as brew master and president of the Dubuque Star Brewery. Jack later decided to return to teaching and attended St. Louis University, where he completed his master's degree and did additional graduate work in sociology. He then taught sociology at Loras College. Jack spent most of his professional life selling real estate and as a broker of his own firm, Abba Realty. He also did property management and financial management for two private corporations.

Jack enjoyed his work, but his life was truly centered in his family and his faith. When he was 39 years old he left bachelorhood behind to marry Alice Regan of Rickardsville, Ia. After a courtship of less than six months they were married on Oct. 5, 1968 at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Alice shared Jack's faith commitment, and their beautiful marriage of over 45 years was blessed with three children (Maria, Thomas, and David), who are all so very grateful to their beloved mother for the incredibly devoted, loving, and patient care that she has provided to their dear father in these last difficult years.

Jack was a kind, gentle, generous man. He loved his Catholic faith and attended daily mass as often as he could. He was an avid reader of spiritual books, and in his younger years would get up every day at 4:30 a.m. to have some quiet time to be with the Lord. It was at 4:30 a.m. this past Friday that the Lord called Jack to come to be with Him.

Jack is survived by his wife, Alice, and by their three children: Maria (Randall) Kolar of Norman, Oklahoma; Thomas (Emily) Rhomberg of Chicago; and David (Jennifer) Rhomberg of Cascade, and by 12 treasured grandchildren: John, Charles, Samuel, Katie, and Benjamin Kolar of Norman; Ellie, Anna, and Luke Rhomberg of Chicago; and Madeline, Rachel, Grace, and Isabella Rhomberg of Cascade. Jack is survived by one brother, William (Mary Kay) Rhomberg of Dubuque. Surviving also are his brothers-in-law, John (Maureen) Regan of Newton, N.J. and James (Sandy) Regan of Dubuque, and his sisters-in- law, Mary (Carl) Lange, Katie (Perly) Reeg, and Jeanne (LeRoy) Reeg, all of Dubuque, and Margaret (Kenneth) Kurth of Mendota, IL, and Irene Hauber of Richland Center, WI.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife's parents, John and Veronica (Lex) Regan), by his brothers, Joseph (Barbara and LaVarr) Rhomberg and Father Thomas Rhomberg, and by his sister, Mary (Edward) Bailey.

Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice or designated for The Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa's order), to Maryknoll, or to the Nativity Parish mission in India.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com



Norma J. Hammerand

Norma Jean Hammerand, age 73, of Dubuque, passed away at 12:48 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, Sherrill, IA, with Rev. José Luis Comparan officiating. To celebrate Norma's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, where there will be a parish wake service said at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Norma Jean was born on July 20, 1940, in Sherrill, IA, daughter of Paul and Ida (Gansemer) Oberfoell.

Norma married Martin Hammerand on February 2, 1963, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. She was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 40 years until her retirement. Norma also farmed with her husband on Mud Lake Road. Her favorite things were feeding the calves, watching the Cubs and yearly campouts with family. Norma was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Norma is survived by her husband, Martin W. Hammerand, Dubuque, IA, her children, Tim (Lynne) Hammerand, Dubuque, IA, Douglas (Christine) Hammerand, Carlisle, IA, Victoria (Brian) Hein, Durant, IA, Amy (JR) Gregoire, North Liberty, IA; 9 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Tommy) Schmitt, Jennifer Hammerand, Derek Hammerand, Brittan, Trey, Garrett and Noah Gregoire, Grant and Elise Hein; 3 great-grandchildren, Ethan and Madeline Schmitt and Akaela Hammerand; her siblings, Peter (Joan) Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA, John (Katie) Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA, Jim (Lillian) Oberfoell, Sherrill, IA, Albert "Albie" Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA, Jerry (Ruby) Oberfoell, Sherrill, IA, Millie Scharf, Dubuque, IA, Lillian (Don) Huff, Dubuque, IA, Diane (Bill) Kreiman, Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Karen Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA, Audrey Oberfoell, Dubuque, IA, Shirley Oberfoell, Sherrill, IA; her brother-in-law, Rich Griebel, Dubuque, IA; several nieces and nephews.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Alice Mooney, Effie Smith and Irene Griebel and three brothers, Paul, Delbert and Melvin Oberfoell.

A Norma Jean Hammerand memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



LaVerne Bottoms

LaVerne "Verne" Bottoms, 82, of ManorCare Health Services, died Thursday, June 5, 2014 at ManoreCare.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Rockdale Cemetery. There will be no visitation prior to services.

Verne was born on May 5, 1932 in Dubuque, the son of Alfred and Marian (Welter) Bottoms.

Verne farmed on the family farm for his entire life. He enjoyed working with the cattle, gardening and being around the animals.

He was a member of Rockdale Methodist Church, where he was baptized.

Surviving are his sisters, Ruth Elaine Kiel, of Bellevue, IA, Dorothy (Harlan) Robey, of Sherrill, IA and June (Duane) Bradfield, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Quentin (Ursula) Bottoms; a sister, Mary Jane Bottoms; and a brother-in-law, Norbert Kiel.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff at ManorCare for their compassionate care.



Edmund J. Vandermillen

Edmund J. Vandermillen, 78, of Dubuque, died at home on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, with family at his side.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, preceded by visitation from 9:30 to 10:15. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the church; a wake service will be held at 7:45 p.m.

Ed was born on June 18, 1935, on his family's farm in South Garryowen, IA. His family later moved to Dubuque where he attended St. Columbkille's School. Here he met his future wife, Ann Doll. He and Ann were married on Dec. 27, 1958, and celebrated 50 years of marriage. Ed attended Loras College and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Forestry.

His 30-year forestry career brought him to many places across the country. Career highlights included serving as State Forester of Connecticut and Director of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies in Milford, PA.

Ed retired in 1990, and he and Ann returned to Dubuque. In retirement he turned his lifelong interest in books, history, and nature into a book business. He also served on the Boards of the Carnegie-Stout Library and Cascade Forestry, and volunteered at the Loras College Center for Dubuque History.

Ed enjoyed many interests, especially books, music, art, traveling, the ritual of afternoon tea, birding, working in his yard, and exploring in the woods. While his accomplishments were many, he was most proud of his children and grandchildren.

Ed made friends wherever he went, and he cherished his many friendships both old and new.

He married Peg Hennagir July 6, 2012. While their time together was short, it was filled with much joy which included family, friends, and travel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; his father, Henry J. Vandermillen; his mother, Mary Veronica (Noonan) Vandermillen; his sister, Marguerite Callahan; his brother, Raymond Vandermillen.

He is survived by his wife, Peg Hennagir; his four children, Julie (Bob) Cooney, Kathy (Michael) Berardi, Michael (Heather) Vandermillen, and Jim (Debby) Vandermillen; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and his brothers Michael, James, Donald, and Joseph Vandermillen.

Ed's family would like to thank his good friend, Dr. Tom Lally; Dr. Mark Hermann; and the many friends who supported him and his family over the past six months. Thank you to the caring staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Dawn, Cindy, Peggy, and Jennifer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of Dubuque.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of arrangements.



Patrick G. O’Brien

Patrick G. O'Brien, 83, of Dubuque, formerly of Fillmore, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque with Rev. Msgr. Dan Knepper officiating and Rev. Msgr. John McClean concelebrating. Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, where military rites will be accorded by Cascade American Legion Post 528. Friends and relatives of Pat may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., where a wake service will be held at 3 p.m.

Pat was born June 2, 1931, in Dubuque, son of Earl and Grace (Callahan) O'Brien. He attended school at Fillmore and graduated from St. Martin's High School.

Pat served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953 in the 323rd Eng. Co. in the Korean War.

On June 1, 1957, he was united in marriage to Ann Meirick at St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven Iowa.

Pat farmed in the Fillmore area while raising his family and was active with Dubuque County Pork Producers and later worked at Thunder Hills Country Club in Peosta.

He was a member of St. Raphael Parish in Dubuque and an active member of Cascade American Legion Post 528 where he served as past commander.

He is survived by his wife, Ann O'Brien, of Dubuque; five children: Tom (Meg) O'Brien of Cascade, Bill (Amy) O'Brien of Takoma Park, MD, Peg O'Brien of Woody Creek, CO, Dave (Melissa) O'Brien of Epworth, and Doug (Alisa) O'Brien of Takoma Park, MD; ten grandchildren: Clancy, Bailey, and Gannon O'Brien; Colin O'Brien-Lux and Callahan O'Brien; Jack, Patrick, and Will O'Brien; and Molly and Jimmy O'Brien; three brothers: Mike (Joyce) O‘Brien, Terry (Delores) O‘Brien, and Joe, all of Cascade; four sisters: Kay (Rex) Gogerty of Hubbard, Joannel (Irwin) McDermott of Epworth, Lois (Rich) Schlegel of Fairfield, CT, and Deb (Bob) Green of Cascade; sisters-in-law: Elaine (Earl), O‘Brien, Mary Ann (Ralph) O‘Brien and Maurna (George) O‘Brien; and two brothers-in-law: Bill (Ann) Meirick of Protivin, and Dick (Ginger) Meirick of Orchard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Earl, Ralph, George, and Steve O'Brien; a sister-in-law, Monica (Urbain) O'Brien; a brother-in-law, Danny Meirick; two nephews, Phil McDermott and Tim O'Brien; and a niece, Kathy Meirick.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care.



Mary K. Miller

Mary K. Miller, age 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:50 p.m., Monday, June 2, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Eugene C. Kutsch officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on July 18, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Evelyn E. Butler.

Mary graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Dubuque in 1956 and worked as a registered professional nurse for 58 years. During that time she served as a nurse for Dr. Logan and the Galena Hospital and Nursing Home. Mary was also a charge nurse for many years at Ennoble Manor Nursing Home in Dubuque, Iowa. After retirement from Ennoble she worked as an in care service provider for Home Instead until January of 2014. She married Edward A. Miller on November 24, 1956 and they were united until his death in June of 1995. Mary was an avid card player and gardener who enjoyed being around family and friends.

Mary is survived by her children, Linda (Jim) Roberts, Erie, IL, Michael Miller, Hanover, IL; her grandchildren, Ashley Roberts, Moline, IL, Jordan Miller, Springfield, OH.

Mary was preceded in death by her mother and her husband, Edward A. Miller.

A Mary K. Miller memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Lyndon C. Ludovissy

Lyndon "Lynn" C. Ludovissy, 49, of North Buena Vista died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua, Iowa on his annual fishing trip with family and friends.

Friends called from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Buena Vista with inurnment in the church cemetery. Rev. Marvin Bries officiated. Mass servers were Charlie Hefel and Wyatt Errthum. Lector was Samantha Hefel and giftbearers were Logan, Dylan and Owen Ludovissy. Music was provided by Bev Ploessl and the North Buena Vista Choir. Eucharistic minister was Ben Hefel. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Freiburger, Terry Steffen, Dave Osterhaus, Pat Steffen, Al Vonderhaar, Robie Vonderhaar, Dennis Errthum, Dan Ludovissy and Duane Kutsch.

Lynn was born January 31, 1965, in Guttenberg, Iowa, the son of Donald and Mary (Breitbach) Ludovissy. He graduated with the Class of 1983 at the Guttenberg High School. He married Karen Theisen on May 16, 1987, in Holy Cross, Iowa. Lynn worked at Mi-T-M as a metal fabrication supervisor for 23 years. He served on the North Buena Vista City Council, the Immaculate Conception Parish Council and was formerly on the St. Mary's School Board. He and Karen enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing with the family and he especially enjoyed his time with his new grandson, Noah Lynn. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid deer hunter. The mottos he lived by were "Who has more fun than us!" and "We're only here for a little while."

Survivors include his wife, Karen; 2 children: Benjamin (fiancé Lacey Bailey) of Holy Cross and Amber at home; 1 grandchild: Noah Lynn Ludovissy, his parents, Don and Mary Ludovissy of North Buena Vista; Siblings: Alice (Duane) Phelps of Colesburg, Arlus Keller of Bettendorf, Aggie Lammers (John Houston) of West Des Moines, Amy (Robie) Vonderhaar of Guttenberg, Henry Ludovissy of North Buena Vista, Dan (Kim) Ludovissy of North Buena Vista, Harve (Mandy) Ludovissy of Guttenberg, and Donna (Ken) Kuhlman of Colesburg; parents-in law: Jim and Shirley Theisen of Holy Cross, brothers and sisters-in-law, Patty (Pat) Steffen of Luxemburg, Ken (Cyndi) Theisen of Holy Cross, Nancy (Joe) Oberbroeckling of Asbury, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Baby.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip Ludovissy, and in-laws: Heather Ludovissy, John Keller, and Ron Theisen.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.

 



Margaret M. Hastings

Margaret M. Hastings, age 75, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home at 11:42 p.m., Sunday, June 1, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Sr. Amy L. Golm officiating. To celebrate Margaret's life friends may visit from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Margaret was born on July 13, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Alfred and Eliza (Scott) Hoag.

Margaret married David Hastings Sr., on December 9, 1978, at St. Luke's Methodist Church. She was employed at Mt. Carmel as a CNA for 22 years. She enjoyed playing with her dogs and birds, playing Bingo, making dolls and watching football, especially the K.C. Chiefs and 49ers. She also enjoyed her flowers; roses and lilacs were her favorites. Margaret loved spending time with her family and getting everyone together. She cherished her trip to Wyoming with her cousin Carm.

Margaret is survived by her husband, David Hastings Sr., Dubuque, IA; her children, Lonnie (Fiancé Wayne Hall) Rooney, Dubuque, IA, Lorie (Eugene) Key, Dubuque, IA, Luann Becker, Dubuque, IA, LeRoy (Mary) Harkey Jr., Dubuque, IA, Robin (Brian) Connor, 29 Palms, CA, Hazel (Dave) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA, Amy (Jeff) Scholtes, Dubuque, IA, David (Wendy) Hastings Jr., Dubuque, IA, Curt (Linda) Curiel, Dubuque, IA, Debbie Curiel, Dubuque, IA, Carl Phend, Rhode Island, Richard (Michelle) VanDasselaar, Dubuque, IA;,49 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren; 16 great great-grandchildren; her sister, Jean (Harold) Brietspecker, Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Shirley (Jim) Hoyer, Stockton, IL, Cathy Hastings, Shullsburg, WI, Shirley Hoag, Dubuque, IA; her brothers-in-law, Willie (Christy) Hastings, Warren, IL, Duane (Shirley) Hastings, Shullsburg, WI, Ralph Hastings, Dubuque, IA.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Dean Hastings Sr., grandchildren, Amanda Jean, Daniel, Crystal and LeRoy Charles, a great-grandson, Lucas Harkey-Johnson, 4 sisters, Amanda Rowell, Henrietta Shireman, Betty Tigges and Louise Petrakis, 3 brothers, James Hoag, Alfred Hoag and Robert Hoag.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Powers, Dr. Schope and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna, for all of their wonderful care.

A Margaret M. Hastings memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Randy J. Schmitt

Randy J. Schmitt, age 52, of 2015 Winne Ct., peacefully passed away at home on Sunday , June 1, 2014, at 12:36 p.m. with his family at his side after a three year courageous battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014, St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1880 St. Ambrose St., with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Randy's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, where there will be a parish wake service said at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Randy was born on April 10, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Cletus and Judy (Brimeyer) Schmitt.

Randy graduated from St. Anthony School, Wahlert High School, Class of 1980 and attended NICC for one year. He married Monica Walker on May 30, 1987, at St. Anthony Church in Dubuque and they have two daughters. Randy was a loving husband, father, son and brother. Randy was employed at Hy-Vee on Dodge Street and worked weekends at Timmerman's Supper Club, both for 23 years. Randy had an exceptional work ethic. He was a kind, gentle man always willing to help others. He was always smiling. Even on his worst pain days he never complained and always said "I'm good". He was truly an inspiration for all who knew him. He had great faith and attended daily mass whenever possible. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing his guitar, assembling WWII tanks and airplanes, listening to his CD collection and playing with family pets Daisy and Rocketman, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid fan of the Hawkeyes, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns and enjoyed watching the games with his dad. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Randy is survived by his loving wife, Monica Schmitt; his two daughters, Nicole Schmitt, Emily Schmitt, at home; his parents, Cletus and Judy Schmitt, all of Dubuque; his sisters, Lori (Don) Latham, Jackie Schmitt; his mother-in-law, Sandy Walker; his brother-in-law, Chris (Kerri) Walker; his aunts, Marian Schmitt, Eileen Roby, Mary (Mike) Dolan; his uncles, Donald (Mary) Brimeyer, Joseph (Sue) Schmitt; his niece and nephew, Rachael and Zach Latham; numerous cousins.

Randy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rainer and Marie Schmitt, Arnold and Marie Brimeyer, his father-in-law, David Walker and his uncle, Joe Roby.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Holm and her oncology staff and Randy's other physicians at Medical Associates; Dr. Koneru and staff at the Wendt Center; Dr. Arce and his team at Mayo Clinic; and the physicians and staff at Mercy Medical Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their great care of Randy. Also a special thank you to the staffs of Hy-Vee, Timmerman's Supper Club and Portzen Construction for their support and concern.

In lieu of flowers, a Randy J. Schmitt memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Elaine Adams

L. Elaine (Hird) Adams, 89 of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Summit Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 2885 John F. Kennedy Rd, conducted by Rev. Karen Candee, where the family will greet friends 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Wednesday at the church prior to services. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Elaine was born August 21, 1924 in Dubuque the daughter of Arthur M. and Edna A. (Zimmerman) Bennett. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1942. Elaine married Raymond A. Hird on December 20, 1945 at Summit Congregational Church UCC, he passed away on May 22, 1971. She later married Clarence J. Adams on October 18, 1980.

She was active in all class events of Dubuque Senior High School. Elaine enjoyed walking with her friend Ann over Grandview, golfing, biking, lunching with friends and classmates, and baking. Mom was the best cookie maker, especially her O'Henry Bars. She was a volunteer for RSVP at Finley Hospital for many years, Finley Auxiliary, Women's Fellowship at Summit Church, Eastern Star. Elaine was a 85 year member of Summit Church, charter member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and TTT Chapter BX. She worked in Public Relations and Alumni Affairs at the University of Dubuque, and retired as a receptionist from West Third Oral Surgeons in 1986.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence; children, Linda (Donald) Campbell of Huntley, IL, Jane (Bill) English of Bernard, and Mark (Christine) Hird of Roselle, IL; grandchildren, Tara (Brian) Norris, Laura (Jason) Fisk, Jason (Heather) English, Jeremy (Denise) English, and Anthony R. Hird; great-grandchildren, Tatum and Audrey Norris, Enedelia and Jonas Fisk, and Willa and Hannah English; step-children, Patricia (Mike) Boardman, Valerie Adams, and Trudy (Bob) Stauffacher; nine step-grandchildren; numerous step great-grandchildren; a sister, Maylo (Earl) Nation; sister in-law, Cathy Bennett; and many other relatives.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Raymond; and a brother, John J. Bennett.

A special Thank You to the staff at Shady Rest Care Center, especially Jennifer and Catherine for your care and support.

Memorials may be given to Summit Congregational Church UCC or Hospice of Dubuque in Elaine's memory.

For Service details and to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Harlan E. Clapham

Harlan E. Clapham, 56, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Zwingle, Iowa died Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Heritage Manor. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Harlan was born August 7, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Eldon and Lorraine (Coates) Clapham. He grew up on a farm near Zwingle and moved to Dubuque in the 1990's.

He was a farmer, John Deere mechanic and truck driver for Charlie Bergfeld Trucking. He enjoyed collecting farm toys and tractor pulling.

Harlan was a member of Bible Baptist Church.

He is survived by three sisters, Janice (Ernie) Feldermann of LaMotte, Arlene (Carl) Selzer of Otter Creek, and Denise (Lyle) Richardson of Colonial, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Leland, Leita, Mark, Anita, Danny, Kristine and Kathleen. He also had many special friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his step father, Leroy Weiderman and one niece, Regina Feldermann.

A Harlan Clapham Memorial Fund has been established.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Steven E. Schmitt

Steven E. "Steve" Schmitt, 65, of East Dubuque, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 31, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Steve was born on January 16, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Vincent and Mabel (Ames) Schmitt. He married Annette Schueller (Winchell) on April 19, 1975 in Dubuque.

He was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 17 years, later operated a bulk milk transport company serving southwest Wisconsin farmers, was an owner/operator for North American Van Lines with his wife for 10 years, then started Steve Schmitt Trucking Company, specializing in the transport and installation of fitness equipment in high-end health and fitness facilities located throughout the United States, and lastly was employed by J & R Trucking Company of Dickeyville, Wisconsin.

Steve loved fishing, taking annual fishing trips to Cygnet Lake in Ontario, Canada.  He took pride in helping his mother, loved his family, especially his grandchildren, enjoyed meeting with his buddies for coffee and morning "bull sessions," and playing cards with family and friends.  He also had a special love for animals.

Surviving are his wife Annette, his four children, Julie Winchell of Decorah, Iowa; Steve (Lou Ann) Winchell of Lakeville, Minnesota; Robert (Kris) Winchell of Epworth, Iowa and James (Jody) Winchell of East Dubuque, six grandchildren, Nicole, Paulina, Kayla, Andrea, Ryan and Andrew, his mother Mabel Schmitt of Galena, his siblings, Darlene (Terry) Leifker of Galena; Dave (Roxie) Schmitt of DeWitt, Iowa; Donnie (Doris) Schmitt of Galena; Jerry (Rita) Schmitt of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; Mary (Mike) Drapeau of Bellevue, Iowa and Dawn (Dean) DeVauk of Princeton, Minnesota and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Vincent, a nephew Ryan Vincent Schmitt and his aunt Marge Beadle.

The family wishes to thank the Menominee-Dunleith and East Dubuque Fire Departments and EMS units and the East Dubuque Police Department for their quick response, expert care and assistance.

 



Florence A. Meis

Florence A. Meis, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa, and formerly of Holy Cross, died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Good Neighbor Home, Manchester.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. June 2 at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville, where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Florence was born on May 30, 1925, the oldest of ten children born to Emil and Monica (Westhoff) Steffensmeier on the family farm east of Dyersville. After graduating from the eighth grade from the country school, she worked on the home farm, and later worked as a hired girl in homes around Dyersville. She married Joseph C. Meis, son of William and Josephine (Hoefer) Meis on Feb. 5, 1948, at the Basilica in Dyersville. Together they were proud to work and raise their family on a century farm south of Holy Cross.

She enjoyed tending to her garden and flowers, raising chickens, and attending church card parties and picnics. Faith was always a very important aspect in her life.

Joe and Florence retired to Holy Cross in 1984, where she continued to tend to beautiful flower gardens. They later became residents of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in 2006.

Survivors include a son, Bill (Laurie) Meis of Platteville, WI; two daughters, Donna (Lial) Prier of Ryan, and Karla Meis of Deerfield, WI; 8 grandchildren, Nick (Tiffany) Meis of Las Vegas, NV, Laurie (Olin) Skattum of Dubuque, Julie (Grant) Haugen of Farmington, MN, Brittani Meis of Platteville, WI, Melissa Prier of Marion, Holly Prier of Ames and Clinton Prier of Ryan and Kevin Kieler of Deerfield, WI; 2 sisters, Alice (Richard) Nadermann of Dyersville and Mary (Charles) Hellmann of Holy Cross; 4 brothers, Eldon (Clara) Steffensmeier of Dyersville, Donald (Elaine) Steffensmeier of Dyersville, Wilfred (Andrea) Steffensmeier of Farley and James (Rita) Steffensmeier of Dyersville; 2 sisters-in-law, Agnes Steffensmeier of Dyersville and Jeanette Hilkin of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Eugene Prier of Dyersville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Meis; siblings Arthur Steffensmeier, Eugene (Helen) Steffensmeier and Lucille Prier; in-laws Leora (Lester) Willenbring, Helen Meis and Elmer Hilkin.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Robert C. Vondran

Robert C. Vondran, age 89, of Potosi, WI, passed away on May 30, 2014. Private family services will be held at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Tennyson, WI. Full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Potosi Post 473 and Potosi VFW Post 5276. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert was born on March 7, 1925, in Grant County, WI, son of William and Magdalena (Wilhelm) Vondran.

Robert served in the Army Air Corp as a tailgunner in a B17 during WWII. He was united in marriage with Grace Vivian Kirchberg. Together they built a life in Potosi, Wisconsin for themselves and their family. Robert was known for his strong work ethic and was employed as a butcher at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 32 years before retiring in 1983. Robert was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He loved to go metal detecting, playing cards and going on family road trips and car rides. Robert also liked to try his luck gambling at the Diamond Jo Casino and sitting on the shore of the Mississippi River. He loved his country and was a proud patriot and member of the American Legion. Robert will forever remain in our hearts.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of nearly 65 years, Grace Vivian Vondran, Potosi, WI; his 10 children, Daria Vondran, Dubuque, IA, Robert (Tina) Vondran, Monticello, IA, Debra (Dennis) Byrnes, Bettendorf, IA, Dennis Vondran, Platteville, WI, Doug (Vikki) Vondran, Dubuque, IA, Daniel Vondran, Dubuque, IA, Randy Vondran, Cuba City, WI, Donna Hessling, Dickeyville, WI, Doris Vondran, Cuba City, WI, Denise Vondran, Cuba City, WI; 11 grandchildren, Scott Bradley, Andrew (Sarah) Bradley, Heather (Scott) Byrnes Isley, Brendan Byrnes, Catherine Byrnes, Joshua (Dominque) Vondran, Zachary Vondran, Randi Lynn (Adam) Berning, Nathaniel Vondran, Isaih Hessling, Rachel Hessling; 3 great granddaughters, Kaitlyn Vondran, Persephone Berning and Chloe Isabel Isley and a great grandson, Tytus Vondran; his brother, Harold Vondran, Springdale, AR.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Chad Michael Vondran, a brother, Edward Vondran, a sister, Eileen Meisenberg, his step-brothers, Cletus and Ernest Eckert and a step-sister, Viola Eckert.

A Robert C. Vondran memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Marie V. Brimeyer

Marie V. Brimeyer, age 96, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Sunset Park Place and 990 Davis Street, passed away at 2:06 a.m., Friday, May 30, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marie's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Marie was born on September 10, 1917, in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Anna (Schueller) Neuses.

Marie married Arnold Brimeyer on May 4, 1937, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 1, 2011. Marie was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, Rosary Society, Stonehill Auxiliary and St. Vincent dePaul. Marie did volunteer work at Xavier Hospital for several years. In her free time she enjoyed bowling and traveling and loved to play cards. Marie was very modest, but everyone knew she was a great cook. She loved to cook for people and was famous for her generous dessert portions.

Marie is survived by her children, Judy (Cletus) Schmitt, Dubuque, IA, Mary (Michael) Dolan, Asbury, IA, Donald (Mary) Brimeyer, Dubuque, IA; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 9 great great-grandchildren.

Marie preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arnold, a great-granddaughter, Emily Brimeyer, three sisters, Lorraine (Elmer) Klein, Lucille (Vincent) Rowles and Clara (Elmer) Rowles and three brothers, Raymond (Freida), Fr. Clarence and Clement (Rita) Neuses.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, Sunset Park Place and Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all of their wonderful care of Marie.

A Marie V. Brimeyer memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Christian C. Greibe

Christian Charles "Chris" Greibe, 44, devoted husband of Shelby, and loving stepfather of Austin and Parker, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 29, 2014.

Services and sharing will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where friends may visit from 1 p.m. until the time of services at 4 p.m.

Chris was employed at United Parcel Services for the past 16 years. He loved going into work & enjoyed the friendship & laughs with his co-workers. He formerly worked at Medical Associates West Campus, Behr Funeral Home, MJS Carpentry and Construction with Mike Sievers, Weber Paper Co., and the former Walsh Stores.

He was born on May 29, 1970, in Dubuque, son of Charles "Chub" and Kathleen "Katie" (Gruber) Greibe. Chris married Shelby (Steuer) Lippstock on Oct. 17, 2011, at A Special Memory Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They both said they'd never get married again, but realized almost instantly that there was something special about the other. They wrote their own wedding vows, which was a struggle for Chris, but they were definitely from the heart, although Shelby cringed as Chris said he knew they were a perfect match because "she was sick and twisted like he was."
Chris was a loving and devoted husband, and took exceptional care of Shelby the past 2 ½ years. He was by her side through every surgery, and every procedure, driving her to all of her doctors and therapists appointments without a complaint, always encouraging and being optimistic that things would improve. He loved being a stepfather to Austin and Parker. Chris and Parker had a very special bond, always laughing and joking with each other. Chris made it a point to try to attend every doctor appointment, every school function, every funny movie he could with Parker. He was so proud of the fact he was learning the viola & the glockenspiel all on his own. He was very proud of Austin and his service with the Marine Corps. Chris looked on with immense pride when Austin graduated from basic training in September. He knew the man Austin could become and never failed to remind him of that and show him his love and support. He wanted Austin to know he would never let him down & did whatever he could to show him that.

Chris enjoyed going to movies and out to eat with Shelby and Parker, watching reality TV, working around the house, and spending time with his three dogs, Cooper, Diesel and his beloved little Tippy. Chris spent the last few years turning his bachelor pad into a beautiful home for his new family. He had spent the last few days helping Shelby get the yard decorated with flowers and working on getting the swimming pool ready for summer. They all enjoyed their days spent lounging in the pool together. Chris would help anyone out anytime they needed it. He was honestly the nicest person you could ever meet. His goal in life was to make things easier for Shelby and for the boys and took great pride in doing that. Chris never walked anywhere without holding Shelby's hand.

Surviving are his loving wife, Shelby; two stepsons, PFC Austin Oberbroeckling, stationed with the Marines in Quantico, Va., and Parker Lippstock, at home; a sister, Catherine (Louis) Greibe-Vorwald, of Dubuque; two nieces, Katelyn and Kayla Vorwald; a cousin, Sandy (Jerry) Heth, of Dubuque; cousins, Sandra Heth, of Dubuque, and Jason (fiancée, Elizabeth Walkowiak) Heth, of Ann Arbor, Mich., who Chris loved immensely and said was more like a brother to him than a cousin; his only surviving aunt, Frances German, of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Chris (Tami) Steuer, of Bellevue, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Erinne (Andy) Fessler, and their daughter, Marley, all of Dundee, Iowa; his father and mother-in-law, Kenneth Steuer and Joan (David Erickson) Owens; his three dogs, Cooper, Diesel and Tippy; and his many, many friends. He will be missed more than words can say.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three aunts, Lenora Davis, Dolores Gruber and Madonna Gruber; and two uncles, Joseph Gruber Jr. and George Gruber.

Chris, I love you more than words can say. The past six years have been the absolute best for me because of you. Thank you for accepting my boys and loving them as your own. Thank you so much for allowing me to continue to bring puppies home; I know they will keep me company in the days to come. As much as I wish I could bring you back, I know that I will have you as my guardian angel for the rest of my life. Until we meet again, my love. I love you.

A Chris Greibe Memorial Fund has been established in his memory.

Shelby, Austin and Parker and the family would like to extend a very special thank you to the Dubuque Police and Fire Departments and the Medical Examiners Office, Kevin and Nancy Conlon, Chris, Shelby's brother, and our close friends, Melissa and Todd, for everything they did for Chris and our family. Kevin, Chris truly loved you as a brother and was so happy to have your friendship in his life.

 



John P. Theobald

John P. "Honest John" Theobald, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:00 a.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate John's life, friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 4:30 p.m. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on June 29, 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Jacob A. and Elizabeth M. (Spautz) Theobald.

John married Irene Kennedy in Placid, Iowa, on December 18, 1943. He served with the U.S. Army for 4 ½ years and was on Omaha Beach and all throughout France. John was employed as a Supervisor of Sales for Interstate Power Company for 35 years until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, a founding member of Dubuque Homebuilders Association, the Dubuque Electric League and the Hawkeye Motorcycle Club. John was a former member of the Red Cross and the Lions Club. In his free time John enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle, which he did for 73 years.

John is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Irene Theobald, Dubuque, IA; his children, Richard John (Cathy) Theobald, Asbury, IA, Ronald Edward (Kathy) Theobald, Dubuque, IA, Randy Martin (Sue Young) Theobald, Farley, IA, Roger Charles Theobald, Dubuque, IA, Lynn Elizabeth (William) Meyer, Asbury, IA, John Jacob "Jake" Theobald, Dubuque, IA; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Carol Hannan, Dubuque, IA.

John was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Micah Theobald, his 3 sisters, Dorothy (Don) Breitbach, Charlotte (Joe) Martel and Pat (John) Jordan and his 2 brothers, Joe (Addy) Theobald and Chuck Cushing.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ryan Stille, and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Eagle Point Place for all of their wonderful care for John and the family.

A John P. Theobald memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Fr. Thaddeus Kennedy

Fr. Thaddeus Kennedy, age 86, of New Melleray Abbey, Peosta, IA., passed away at 8:40 a.m. on May 27, 2014. A private service will be held at 5:15 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014, at New Melleray Abbey. Burial will be in New Melleray Abbey Cemetery.

Fr. Thaddeus was born November 21, 1927 in Chicago, IL., Fr. Thaddeus Kennedy, monk and priest of New Melleray Abbey, Peosta, Iowa, passed away at 8:40 a.m., an hour and a half after concelebrating at the community Eucharist from his powered wheelchair, as has been his practice for a number of years.Fr. Thaddeus was raised in Chicago, IL, and after serving in the US Marine Corps in China, John entered New Melleray and took the name Thaddeus. Fr. Thaddeus, like many of his generation, saw Ecclesial order and regulation not as authoritarian but as a theological and practical means of living out a specific and unique monastic vocation in Roman Catholicism. Being highly inured personally in habit and structure, Fr. Thaddeus served wholeheartedly as Assistant Novice Director and Subprior, yet he preferred the more solitary tasks of Bellringer and Senior Corn-Dryer Operator, rising at Midnight to begin his shift during the harvest. When his shift was over he celebrated the Eucharist privately. Even during the final years of his life, when illness limited his mobility, he regularly came to community prayers, meetings, and meals. His interest in everything was only surpassed by his unwavering cheerfulness and lovely smile.

Fr. Thaddeus is survived by his sister, Margaret Ronan.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com.

 



Barbara A. Biedermann

Barbara A. Biedermann Gatena, 47 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday May 28, 2014, surrounded by her family after a short battle with cancer.

Visitation will be on Saturday May 31st, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where services will be held at 1:00 p.m. with Diane Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Barb was born on March 5, 1967, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of William H. Biedermann and Darlene Spark. She married Michael Gatena in Dubuque.

She worked at Advanced Design in Dubuque for many years.

She is a member of the Moose Lodge. She enjoyed spending time with her friends playing darts, and Foosball watching or going to NASCAR Races, Sunday Fun-Day at her sister's pool but most of all spending time with her children and attending their events.

She is survived by two children; Joshua Weber, Jordan Weber, step daughter, Mariah Gatena, step grandson Cameron. Her mother; Darlene (Jerry) Hedley, grandmothers Darlene Biedermann, and Patricia Biedermann. Her sister Donna (Allen) Weber, 2 step brothers; Jeremy (Sabrina) Hedley, Jamey (Cindy) Hedley, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Herman, the Finley Hospital 4th floor Nurses and staff and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Barb.

In lieu of flowers a Barbara A. Biedermann-Gatena memorial fund has been established.



Robert E. Redding

Robert E. "Bob" Redding, 55, of Moorhead, MN, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

In keeping with Bob's wishes, there will be no services.  Committal services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, May 30, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.

Bob was born October 25, 1958, in Dubuque, son of Donald L. and Eunice M. (Evarts) Redding. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1977 and graduated from California State University-Northridge.

He married Yolanda Rios on November 29, 1987 in California. Bob was employed by the Veterans Administration as a Counseling Psychologist for 25 years.

Surviving are his wife, Yolanda, and daughter Amanda of Minnesota, and sons Daniel and Donald of California; his siblings Jim (Kris) Redding, Minnesota, Marion (Larry) Laster, North Carolina, Anna Redding, Wisconsin, and Bruce (Sarah) Redding, Donna (Robert) Maas, Mark (Susan) Redding, and Laura Redding all of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nephews James Redding and Eric Redding. 

 



Dr. Newton Chun

Dr. Newton Chun, 90, of Dubuque, died Monday, May 26, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center of natural causes. Services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, May 31, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Burial will be held in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Saturday at the Church.

Newton was born on June 3, 1923 at Queens Hospital in Honolulu. Growing up in Hawaii made for idyllic childhood. As a boy, the lush island paradise, including a pristine and undeveloped Waikiki Beach was his backyard and playground. His father died young and his mother, a Korean picture bride, had to struggle to raise five children on her own during the Great Depression. Wishing for them a better life, she stressed the importance of higher education.

Newton dedicated himself to the rigors of the classroom. After graduating from Farrington High School he enrolled at the University of Hawaii where he hoped to lay the academic groundwork that would enable him to pursue a medical career. However, his plans were interrupted when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

In addition to his academic responsibilities at the University of Hawaii Newton was also a member of the schools venerable Hawaii Territorial Guard. This was the only senior ROTC unit in the country to see active duty during World War II. Cadet Newton Chun assisted the U.S. Armed Forces by lending his services as an ambulance driver. Being in such close contact with wounded soldiers and civilians was a profound experience for a young pre-med student. Not only did it strengthen his resolve to become a doctor, it made him consider the possibility of making surgery his specialty.

During the war years, the University of Hawaii temporarily closed its doors, forcing Newton to abandon his studies. Realizing that the dream of one day becoming a surgeon was in jeopardy, he immediately applied to medical schools on the mainland. In the interim, he worked at nearby Ford Island as an airplane mechanic while he waited for someone in college admissions office to rubber-stamp one of his applications. His excellent grades earned him a nod from Northwestern University. It was here where he received his B.S., M.S., and M.D. degrees.

After graduation from Northwestern medical school he fulfilled his surgical residency at nearby Presbyterian Hospital. Fascinated by the rapid advances being made in heart surgery, he decided to focus his attention on this burgeoning medical field. He completed his thoracic residency at Children's Memorial Hospital and the Chicago State Tuberculosis Sanitarium a fellowship in cardio- vascular surgery at the world- renowned Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brown Mills, New Jersey.

After completing his medical training, he married Dubuquer Rosemarie Peschang on December 26, 1952 at Chicago's St. Jarlath's Catholic Church. The couple's marital bliss however was cut short when Newton was drafted into the Korean war after serving on a Pacific tour as Ships Medical Officer. Stationed in San Diego, where he served at the Balboa Naval Hospital. After the war he remained in the Naval Reserve for 16 years. Honorably discharged, he retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander, the most senior of the junior officer ranks.

In the late 1950's Newton returned to Hawaii with his new bride to explore job opportunities and start a family. But his return to paradise was a failed experiment. In this instance at least, the familiar Thomas Wolfe line about outgrowing one's home town applied. Concerning his wife's prospects, however, the hoary aphorism proved stunningly inaccurate. Knowing her husband was open to suggestions on where to relocate, Rosemarie said Dubuque was "a fantastic place to settle down and have kids."
It was here, over 4,000 miles from Pearl Harbor, in a place where pineapple plantations and volcanic beaches gave way to corn fields and Mississippi mud, where a Hawaiian native's future was forged. After acclimating to his new surroundings, Newton prospered both in his private and professional life. He fathered six children and established a thriving private medical practice.

A compassionate man, he never turned away someone seeking treatment, no matter how dire their financial situation might be. Over the years, grateful patients from nearby rural towns supplied the Chun household with a steady stream of farm-raised meat and produce in order to pay off their medical bills.

Recognized as a top thoracic- cardiovascular surgeon, Newton was held in high esteem by the local medical community and received numerous citations and awards. To accommodate his rapidly expanding patient list, Newton commissioned a spacious modern office building on John F. Kennedy Road in 1970. He was one of the first professionals to have the foresight and entrepreneurial spirit to stake a claim on Dubuque's up - and - coming West side.

In addition to his wife Rosemarie, all six Chun children survive him. Two daughters, four sons; Nicolette (Kenneth) Van Vleck of Palo Alto, CA. and Danielle (Michael) Schrenk of Cincinnati, OH; Rene (Jolande) Chun of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Dr. Noel (Dr. Mary Jo Ford) Chun, of Manhattan Beach, CA., Guy (Sandi) Chun of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Jon (Prof. Katherine Elkins) Chun of Gambier, OH. He also leaves fourteen grandchildren behind; Aidan and Alec Van Vleck; Ava and Owen Chun; Delaney and Ryan Schrenk; Cheyenne, Dakota and Sequoia Chun; Nicholas and Miranda Chun; Beckett, Mateo and Nicolas Elkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and a sister.

Memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

'A' ohe loa i ka hana a ke aloha ("Distance is ignored by love"; Hawaiian Proverb).

 



Lynn M. Westhoff

Lynn M. Westhoff, 46, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at her home following a courageous 4-year battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Lynn was born November 8, 1967, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Wayne and Darlene (Funke) Wegmann.  She graduated with the Western Dubuque Class of 1986, and went on to receive an Associates Degree in Accounting from AIB. She married Doug Westhoff on June 30, 1990, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Lynn was a dedicated employee at Ed Fett Accounting in Dubuque for the past 26 years.  She was an avid sports fan, taking her parents to the Girls State Basketball Tournament during her junior year of high school, and later watching her boys participate in many sports including football, basketball, track, and baseball.  She also enjoyed Noah's creative side.  His time spent baking, the enjoyment he got from gardening, and his interest in choir and the stage always brought a smile to her face. She loved the Hawkeyes, the Cardinals, and Yankees.  She also enjoyed walking in the early mornings and family vacations to Lake Okoboji. The sunsets, nutty bars, and evening boat rides were her favorites. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, and sister.

Survivors include her husband, Doug, 3 sons: Hunter, Jacob and Noah, her parents: Wayne and Darlene Wegmann of Dyersville, father and mother-in-law:  Henry and Mary Jean Westhoff of New Vienna; 1 sister, Lisa (Randy) Ludwig of Dyersville, three brothers: Scott (Mary) Wegmann of Manchester, Brian (Sara) Wegmann of Grundy Center and Brad (Julie) Wegmann of Marion; in-laws: Kurt (Amy) Westhoff of Des Moines, Brian (special friend Judy Rosenow) Westhoff of Dubuque, Chris (Sheri) Westhoff of Altoona, Sally (Jeff) Vetter of Altoona, Karen (special friend Blake Liles)  Chiasson of Abilene, TX, and Andy (Amanda) Westhoff of Strawberry Point; 23 nieces and nephews; her grandmother-in-law, Delores Deutmeyer of Dyersville and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Hugo and Regina Funke, Joe and Henrietta Wegmann, her grandparents-in-law, Hubert and Marie Westhoff and Gregor Tegeler.

Lynn asked that a special thank you be extended to Ed Fett Accounting, especially Ed and Shirley Fett, Deb Kittoe, and Scott Fett for their years of support.

A college education memorial fund has been established for her sons and memorials are preferred.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Sharon A. Hefel

Sharon A. Hefel, 71 of Dubuque passed away on Wednesday May 28, 2014 at home.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Saturday May 31st at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church where funeral mass will be held at 1:00p.m. With Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, 2595 Rockdale Rd in charge of arrangements.

She was born on May 11, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James and Marcella (Kelzer) Weig. She married Jerome A. Hefel on May 13, 1961 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church.

She worked at Mercy Medical Center in the Purchasing Department until retirement.

Sharon was a kind, gentle loving person. She never said a unkind word about anyone, she was a selfless person who always worried about others. She enjoyed to feed the birds and squirrels daily.

She was the best wife, mother, grandma, great grandma and sister.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years Jerry, four children; Steve (Diane) Hefel, Jack (Michele) Hefel, Julie (Steve) DeWitt, and Bill Hefel. Seven grandchildren; Nikki (Mike) Vondra, Megan (Tyler) Timmerman, Jared, Alex, Linsey, Abbie, and Erik Hefel, step granddaughter Kristal Kruse, and one great granddaughter, Lucy. Two brothers, Dan (Vee) Weig, Dennis (Lori) Weig, one sister Janice Weig.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings David, and Mary.

In lieu of flowers a Sharon Hefel memorial fund has been established. Memorials may also be given to Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Eric Engelman, Dr. Christian Schulthies and their staff, Mercy Medical Center 3rd floor especially Katie & Emily, Hospice of Dubuque and to Becky McDonald for all their wonder care, kindness, they gave to Sharon.



Carol L. Jasper

Carol Lee Jasper, 69, of Dyersville died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call Friday at the funeral home from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate and Deacon Dan Hoeger will assist.

Carol was born April 9, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Linus "Lee" and Valeria (Krapfl) Mensen.  She married Loyd Jasper on September 7, 1964, in Dyersville, Iowa.  Carol enjoyed helping her husband, Loyd with his custom toys and was very proud of his work.  She also enjoyed playing cards with friends and visiting with the lunch ladies.  Carol especially loved traveling to attend her grandchildren's events and family celebrations and gatherings.  She was selfless and always put the interests and needs of her family ahead of her own.

Survivors include her husband of almost 50 years, Loyd, four children: Duane (Anne), Glen (Kris), Kevin (Courtney) all of Cedar Rapids, and Janet (Jamie) Hogan of Lake Villa, IL, 12 grandchildren: Alexander, Nathaniel, Logan, Oren, Whitney, Erica, Hanna, Zachary, Lucille, Ryan, Tyler and Travis; one brother, Dale (Wilma) Mensen of Dyersville, step-mother, Jean Mensen of Dyersville, step siblings: Judy (Bill) Walke, Joan Hough, Mary (John) Sievertsen, Diane (Tim) Dingbaum, Dave (Ingrid) Goerdt, and Ken (Beth) Goerdt; brother-in-law: Kenneth (Margie) Jasper of Manchester.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Emil and Monica Jasper, a sister-in-law, Gladys (Tony) Hoeger, and a step-brother, Gary Goerdt.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



Kene K. Quade

Kene K. Quade, 70, of Epworth, passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Unity Point Hospital - Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. with Rev. Hal Murry officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 3:30 - 8:00 p.m., Friday and from 11:30 - 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Kene was born on September 10, 1943 in Dubuque, the son of Edward and Frieda (Biebermann) Quade. He married Betty Comer on May 23, 1964 in Dubuque. Kene was a dairy farmer for 22 years and then was an animal consultant for the past 28 years. His greatest hobby was putting his wife and kids first. Kene always shared his sense of humour and love with everyone around him and touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity.

Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Betty; children, Deborah (Monty) Wambold, of Western Springs, Ill., Randall "Hank" (Becky) Quade, of Littleton, CO., and Dawnell (David) Johnson, of Waterloo, IA; "son-like" nephew, Kevin (Darcie) Richman; grandchildren, Connor and Reilly Wambold, Katie and Allie Quade, and Hanna and Eli Johnson; siblings, Roger (Pat) Quade, Lois (Doug) Pearce, and Ty (Bonnie) Quade; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jean (Bill) White, Marilyn (Jerry) Shanahan, Lois (Carson) Aurand, and Darrell Comer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Frieda; and his father and mother-in-law, Edward and Lylia Comer.

In lieu of flowers a Kenneth Quade memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



John F. Kunkel

John F. Kunkel, age 73, of 7344 S. Walnut Street in East Dubuque, IL died suddenly, Sunday Morning May 25, 2014 while at his cabin in Prairie du Chien, WI.

The funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in East Dubuque, IL, with Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will follow in East Dubuque Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a wake service will be held at 3:45p.m.

John was born on September 30, 1940 in Kieler, WI the son of Joseph and Florence (Folmer) Kunkel.

He married Marna R. Frick on May 10, 1968 at St. John's Catholic Church, Patch Grove, WI. She preceded him in death on August 11, 2007.

He later married Linda McCann-Reynolds on November 30, 2013 in Cassville, WI.

He was owner and operator of Kunkel's Body Shop, in East Dubuque, IL., and was a longtime member of the East Dubuque Cemetery Board.

John lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed fishing, his 50 + trips to Danbury, WI., going to his cabin in Prairie du Chien, WI and spending time with his children and grandchildren; especially at his "Papa Kunkel's Farm."

He is survived by his wife Linda and six children; Julie Kunkel-Schmidt, (Ed Hansen) of Sparta, WI, Sheri (Dave) Weimerskirch, of East Dubuque, Shelly Sadler, (Steve Diskin) of Monticello, Iowa, Robert (Meecie) Kunkel, of Dubuque, Kris (Rob) Winchell, of Epworth, Jason (Marion) Kunkel, of Aurora, CO. 20 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren. As well as Linda's children, grandchildren & great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Marna proceeding him in death. He also was preceded in death by his grandson Eric Schonhoff. Brothers; Claire, Elmer and Duane, sisters, Rita, Mary and Iola.



Donna J. Arterberry

Donna J. Arterberry, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Donna's life will be held at 9:30 A.M., Thursday, May 29, 2014, from the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. There is no visitation. All friends and family are invited to a luncheon immediately following at the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

Donna Janette McCarty was born on March 17, 1935 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Bernie and Bernice Iva (Keister) McCarty. She grew up in the Canton area and attended Jackson County country schools. She married Levi Arterberry, Jr. on July 29, 1951 in Kirksville, Missouri. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1977.

Donna was a homemaker and also had worked at Clinton Engines, Mississippi Valley, Fareway, and for Pamida at the courtesy counter for 19 years. After retirement she had worked part-time for the Department of Human Services office.

Donna was family oriented and her life centered around her family.

Those left to honor Donna's memory include her children, Deb Jenkins of Maquoketa, IA, Bonnie (Clint) Robertson of Mabank, TX, David (Dee Gee) Arterberry of Maquoketa, IA, Gary (Lori) Arterberry of Bunceton, MO, and Bernie (Dani Wells) Arterberry of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Berna (Lane) Sagers of Maquoketa, IA; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, and 13 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 3 children Ronald, Robert and Sandra, a brother Marvin McCarty, and 2 grandchildren Matthew Arterberry and Jake Arterberry.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Donna J. Arterberry memorial fund.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Sister Mary Lou (James)

Sister Mary Lou (James), OSF, 86, died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 1:50pm at the Clare House, Dubuque, IA where she resided.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 with Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

Sister Mary Lou was born October 24, 1927 in Hopkinton, Iowa to Louis and Veronica (Turnis) Murray.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1945 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1951. Sister ministered in the Iowa cities of Bancroft, Cascade, Pocahontas, Dubuque (Wahlert High School, Sacred Heart and with various prayer groups), Waterloo (Columbus High School). She also ministered in Melrose Park, Illinois and Los Angeles, California.

Sister is survived by her sister Monica Murray, nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 67 years of her life

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Charles (Anna), Patrick (Mary Eileen), and James.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 



Ronald L.Newton

Ronald L. Newton, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 9:40 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2917 Central Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Ronald's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish scripture wake service said at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ronald was born on February 18, 1928, in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Lawrence and Evelyn (Mishak) Newton.

Ronald married his teenage sweetheart, Eileen Mitte, on August 7, 1948, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. He was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 39 ½ years until his retirement in 1985. Ronald was an avid fisherman and hunter in his younger years, and made yearly trips to Minnesota fishing with family and close friends, the Beyer Family. Ron and his wife spent 20 years as winter Texans at Mission Bell Resort, Mission, Texas. There he was known as the "veggie man," because he gleaned the citrus groves and vegetable fields, giving half to the food bank and the rest to the residents of the park. He and a group of men also volunteered their time and talents once a week at a children's home in Reynosa, Mexico. Ronald loved to dance and was a square dancer for over 40 years, where he and Eileen made lasting friendships. Eileen and Ron visited 49 states, traveling in their RV or with the Local #94 John Deere Retirees. In his spare time he loved woodworking, and was an excellent craftsman. He also was a number one fan of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting activities and musical events. Most of all, he loved camping with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ronald is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Eileen Newton; his 6 children, Karen DeMuth, Kathy Newton, Linda (Philip) Lampe, Lori (Bill) Zmudka, Steve (Jean) Newton, Sheila (Jeff) Meyer, all of Dubuque; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; his 2 brothers, Richard (Mary) Newton, Waterloo, IA, Bernard (Sharon) Newton, Sedalia, MO; his sister-in-law, Bernice McConnell, Bettendorf, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Wallace Newton, a sister, Joan Smith, a grandson Jamey Newton and his son-in-law, Terry DeMuth.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Viner, and his wonderful nurse, Ann, for 34 years of excellent care; also, Dr. Martin and the nurses at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital ICU, especially Shelby (the "chief").

A Ronald L. Newton memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Shirley A. Cummins

Shirley A. Cummins, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Shirley's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, May 29, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Shirley Ann Brown was born on April 29, 1928 in Jones County, Iowa, to Grover and Mary Francis (Flannagan) Brown. She grew up in Jones County and attended school often by horseback at Clay Mills, Temple Hill, and Onslow, graduating from Independence High School in 1946. She married Jacob P. Appelhans in October of 1948 and to this union four children were born, Pamela, Dennis, David Joe and Debra. She married Stanley C. "Stan" Cummins on August 26, 1977 in Galesburg, Illinois. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2002.

Shirley was a mother of four children and had also worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for 28 years as a rod bore operator and later as a tool crib operator. She also helped run "Jake's Tap" in Monmouth from 1967 to 1972.

Shirley was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael #1156.

Shirley was a hard worker. She enjoyed going to garage sales, horses, refinishing furniture and collecting Fiestaware.

Those left to honor Shirley's memory include her children, Pam (Dean) Spain of Maquoketa, IA, Dennis (Kathy) Appelhans of Monmouth, IA, David Joe Appelhans of Ankeny, IA, and Debra Hart of Maquoketa, IA; 2 step-children, Margo Park of Punta Gorda, FL, and Tony (Stacy) Cummins of Sarasota, FL; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Stan, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Shirley A. Cummins memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.

 



Victor M. Nila

Victor M. Nila, Jr. 44 of Dubuque passed away on May 24, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday May 28th, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7p.m.

Victor was born on August 28, 1969 in West Covina, Ca, the son of Victor M. and Jeri-Ann (Cornell) Nila Sr. He moved to Dubuque in 1992 and enjoyed his pets, Sugar Pie, Joey Boy and his favorite Piggy Wiggy and Henry the Cat.

He is survived by his parents, Jeri-Ann Rondeau, of Dubuque and Victor Nila Sr. of California, many aunts, uncles and cousins in California and especially his aunt Royline

The family wishes to thank Dr. John Whalen, Tri State Dialysis, and the staff of Ennoble Manor for all the care during his stays there.



Patricia A. O'Connell

Patricia Ann "Patsy" O'Connell, 78, of Bernard Iowa died Friday May 23, 2014 at River Bend in Cascade.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Saint Patrick's Garryowen with Fr. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 26, 2014, at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be at 12:45.

Patsy was born on March 19, 1936, in Bernard, Iowa to Vern & Rita (Donovan) McCarthy. She was a 1953 Class President & Graduate of St. Patrick's Garryowen.

She married Edmund O'Connell, June 21, 1958 at St. Patrick's Garryowen, and worked for Clinton Engines & retired from Mt. Carmel Sisters of Charity, BVM.
She was a Associate Member of Sisters of Charity, BVM, member of Bernard Senior Citizens, and St. Patrick's Rosary Society. She enjoyed playing cards, visiting with friends and spending time with her children, grandchildren and the Birthday Group.

She is survived by her children; Barbara (Donnie) Schuster, Zwingle, Johnny (Rita) O'Connell, Bernard, Raymond (Joann) O'Connell, Zwingle, Cathy (Rick) Rubel, Zwingle, Leonard (Beth) O'Connell, Zwingle, Laurie (Kenny) Morehead, Bernard, Judy (Kraig) Kruse, Maquoketa, Shirley (Chuck) Soliday, Bernard. 20 Grandchildren & 2 Great-grandchildren. Her Sister Arlene (Dick) Henneberry, Sisters-in-law: Loretta Shanahan, Rose Asbury, and many nieces & nephews.

Preceded in death by: Her husband, Edmund, her infant son, William Joseph, her parents, her sister Janeen (Don) Pape, her brother Jack (Mary Jean) McCarthy, Brothers & Sisters-in-law: James O'Connell, Pat O'Connell, Eileen Fassbinder & Eleanor Slattery.

In lieu of flowers a Patsy O'Connell memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Staff & Residents of River Bend Retirement, The Staff of Medical Associates, and Dr. Whalen & Staff for all their wonderful care.



Jerry L. Weaver

Jerry L. Weaver, 66, of Dubuque died Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League,
1 pm, Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Jerry is survived by his mother, Ruth Weaver; a brother, Tom Weaver; six children, Molly (Chris) Gansen, and Sara (Chris Fiegen), Sam, Dorothy, Pete, and Hannelore Weaver; and 14 grandchildren.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of arrangements.

 



John M. Powers

John Milton Powers, 62 of 2705 Zwingle Ct, Dubuque, Iowa formerly of Cousins Rd., Peosta, Iowa passed away on Friday May 23rd, 2014 at home surrounded by his family after a short illness.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday May 28th, 2014 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Committal services and entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday May 27th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a parish wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.


John was born on October 15, 1951, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Milton and Helen V. (Nelson) Powers. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1969.

John married Ann Nilles, on August 31, 1973, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque

He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 2001 and for TSA Security for the Dubuque Regional Airport, retiring in 2012

He was a member of the Eagles Club Drum and Bugle Corp, Hempstead Booster Club, where he served as President, Vice President, and Treasurer, he was also manager of concession for football games and wrestling meets. He was active with the Special Olympics and coached the adult team for 17 years. In 2013 he received the Coach of the Year award. He was also guardian for his uncle, Richard Powers from 1995-2014.

He was an avid Green Bay Packer Fan.

He is survive by his wife of 40 years, Ann Powers, sons; Robert (Karen) Powers, Tony (Dawn) Powers both of Dubuque, Scott ( Jill ) Powers, of Cedar Rapids. His daughter Amy ( fiance Josh Hickey) Powers, of Dubuque. Grandchildren; Darren Arner, Trevor Powers, Tyler Powers, Anna Powers and Nathan Powers, all of Dubuque, and Hattie Powers, of Cedar Rapids. His brothers; Jeff ( Ronda) Powers, Joe ( Carol) Powers, Jim Powers, and Jerry ( Sandy) Powers all of Dubuque, sisters; Jeanne (Ed) Lester, Judy (Chuck) Stokes all of Dubuque, his uncle Richard Powers, of Dubuque.

Preceded in death by parents Milton and Helen V. ( Nelson) Powers

In lieu of flowers a John Powers Memorial Fund has been established.



Edna L. Hill

Edna Lorraine (Beckert) Hill, 100, of Bethany Home passed away on Friday May 23, 2014 at Bethany Home, Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday May 28th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home until time of services. Private burial will be in Linwood Cemetery

Edna was born on December 16, 1913 in Glenwood Springs, CO. the daughter of Michael and Ida (Price) Beckert. She married Claude Hill on May 26, 1934 and they celebrated 76 years together. Edna and Claude toured the United States in their travel trailer and spent over 30 years as Winter Texans in McAllen, TX.

Edna was an excellent homemaker. She spent many hours with needlework and made beautiful hand-stitched quilts. She enjoyed playing bridge, scrabble, and reading a good book. The last few years she lived at Bethany Home and was happy she "didn't have to cook or clean anymore". Edna was a good woman

She is survived by her daughters; Shirley (Jim) Christensen, Delhi, IA and Connie Allendorf, Galena, IL,. Her brother Byrl Beckert, Effingham, IL. Grandchildren, Jerry Christensen, Naples, FL, John Christensen, Fort Madison, IA, Joe Christensen, Delhi, IA, Wende Yonda, East Dubuque, IL, Dean Allendorf, Alpharetta, GA, Vicki Allendorf, Dubuque, IA Beth Hill Dyersville, IA, and Brian Stoner, Key Largo, FL. and many great and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Claude in 2010, daughter Doris Mae at 1 year of age, daughter June Stoner in 2014, great grandson Derek Christensen and a brother Harold Beckert.

Memorials may be given to Bethany Home.

The family would like to thank Bethany Home and Dr. Ryan Stille for all the care and comfort given to Edna.



Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Pursey

The Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Pursey (nee Parker), 84 died peacefully at Bethany Home in Dubuque on May 21, with her husband and son at her bedside. Barb, as she liked to be called, was born in Los Angeles on August 3, 1929.

Barb earned a BS in chemistry and a PhD in organic chemistry from UCLA, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After she received her PhD, she taught chemistry at California State University Northridge until her marriage to Dr. Derek Pursey in 1962. The Purseys lived in Glasgow, Scotland, for two years where Barb was a postdoctoral research fellow in chemistry at Glasgow University. In 1964, they immigrated to Ames, Iowa, where Barb continued to do postdoctoral research at Iowa State University until her son was born in 1970.

A lifelong Christian, in the late 1980s Barb was called to structured ministry, and studied for a Master of Divinity degree at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (her husband says that UDTS gave her the "third degree"). After her graduation in 1988, she was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and served on the faculty of UDTS until her retirement in 1996, teaching mostly Christian formation. The Purseys established their home in Dubuque in 1993 when Derek retired from Iowa State University.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Barb was active in the charismatic movement. As well as speaking at various venues, she served on the board of Presbyterian and Reformed Ministries International, and wrote three teaching booklets (The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, The Charismatic Renewal and You, and Prayer Beyond the Beginnings) for that organization. These booklets reflect Barb's strong sense of balance in matters of faith.

In the last half of her life, her ministry passions were for healing ministry, helping people mature spiritually through spiritual direction, and the relation between science and Christian faith. Hearing the late Fr. John Park speak at a conference triggered her interest in healing ministry. Fr. Park was Director of the Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSL). Barb joined OSL, and served as Director of Region XI of OSL for a number of years. As well as leading healing events in churches and retreats, she made major contributions to several OSL publications, especially the Going Deeper series. Her final contribution was an article Promise or Contract? published in the January/February 2014 issue of the OSL journal Sharing.

Barb received her training as a spiritual director at Pecos Benedictine Monastery, in New Mexico. Most of her ministry as a spiritual director was with students at UDTS and with UDTS graduates, providing a needed spiritual balance to the intellectual emphasis that is inevitable in any academic setting.

Barb's interest in how science and Christian faith relate date from her youth, thanks to her beloved Uncle Ad-a chemist working in the oil industry and a mature Christian. This interest was revived by a Presbyterian-sponsored conference in 1987, which led to a PC(USA) Working Group on Christian Faith, Science, and Technology, on which Barb served. This in turn led to the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith (PASTCF). Barb was a founding Board member of PASTCF, and later served as Secretary/Treasurer. Her work for PASTCF included a series of courses at Ghost Ranch with PASTCF colleague Rev. Dr. James Miller, courses at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies Summer School, seminars at several conferences, and essays in the PASTCF journal SciTech†. In 2012 she was inducted into the Society of Ordained Scientists.

For recreation Barb loved hiking (and tent camping), especially in the mountains, but also locally on the Heritage Trail and at Pike's Peak State Park. She was also a keen gardener. She loved symphonic music and live theater, and reading all kinds of literature. She worked New York Times crossword puzzles, and was fond of Sudoku puzzles. She loved to cook, especially dishes from many different cuisines.

Barb is survived by her husband Derek, her son John (Eva), grandsons Derek and Maxwell, her brother Tom Parker (Kathy), her brother-in-law Lindsay Pursey (Connie), and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent either to OSL (Order of St. Luke, PO Box 780909, San Antonio, TX 78278-0909) or to PASTCF for the Endowment Fund (PASTCF, 10 Hickory Drive, Slingerlands, NY 12159).

The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff of Bethany Home for their loving care of Barb during her last three weeks.

A memorial service for Barb will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2155 University Ave, Dubuque, on Thursday, May 29 at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Hal Murry officiating, to be followed by lunch at the church. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper are in charge of arrangements.

Service Details and to leave an on line www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Sister Mary Anthony Rottinghaus

Sister Mary Anthony Rottinghaus, PBVM, 88, died on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Mt. Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 27 at 10:30 am at Mt. Loretto Sacred Heart Chapel, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4-8 pm on Monday, May 26 at Sacred Heart Chapel where there will be a wake service at 7 pm. The Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Anthony, daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Gudenkauf), was born Frances Helen Rottinghaus, in Seneca, Kansas, on August 29, 1925. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation in June of 1944 and professed her perpetual vows on May 16, 1950.

She received her BA from Loras College, Dubuque, IA. Her Presentation journey, spanning 53 years, took her to Lawler, Ryan, Farley, Elkader, Clare, Algona, Key West, Waukon, and Charles City, all in Iowa, Monticello and St. Paul, MN and Winner, SD. She ministered as a music teacher, parish liturgist, pastoral minister and liturgy coordinator.

Sister Anthony celebrated her 60th Diamond Jubilee in 2005 and stated, "I thank God for the support of my family, religious community and friends. Truly my vocation has been a pearl of great price."  She enjoyed spending time with her Presentation sisters, and especially in her retirement, with her siblings, Sister Michael (deceased) and Sister Rosanne. Together the three siblings kept the Mt. Loretto dining room decorated for the seasons and special celebrations. Enjoying each other and community life made Sister Anthony's life complete.

Surviving are her sisters, Mary Catherine Clark and Sister Rosanne Rottinghaus, her brothers, Raymond, Joseph and James, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 69 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Anthony (Bud) and Raphael and her sisters, Winifred Merfeld, and Sister Michael Rottinghaus.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA 52001 or online at: www.dubuquepresentations.org.

 



Linda M. Theis

Linda M. Theis, 67, of Dubuque, died on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

To celebrate Linda's life, a visitation will be held from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where sharing of memories will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Linda was born on April 15, 1947 in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Willard and Agnes (Kruse) Kramer.

She married James E. Theis on June 1, 1968 in Dyersville. He preceded her in death on August 23, 2013.

Linda was employed as an office administrator at IDS Financial Services and as a blackjack dealer at the Diamond Jo Casino.

She enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre; reading, crossword puzzles and playing games with her family.

Surviving are her daughters, Stephanie (Doug) Hentges, and their children, Tyler and Tuesday, of Chicago, Ill. and Nicole (Tony) Wernke, and their children, Crede, Max and Ozzy, of Dubuque; siblings, Steve (Rose) Kramer, of Dubuque and Jean "Sis" (Tom) Oeschger, of Cascade, Iowa; and brother-in-law, Dennis Mulvehill, of Hazel Green, Wis.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janet Mulvehill; nephew, Steve Mulvehill; 4 brothers-in-laws, Tom and Ronnie Theis, Don Stelpflug and Gene Swift.

As a final act of generosity Linda has donated her body to the University of Iowa for medical research.

A Linda Theis memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences and more information may be found at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

A special thank you to Dubuque Nursing & Rehab staff and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Linda during her time of need.

 



Grant J. Marti

Grant J. Marti, 92, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, with the Rev. Larry Stark officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 23 at the funeral home.

Grant was born on Dec. 15, 1921, in Waukon, Iowa, son of Philip and Inga (Sorun) Marti. He married Corey Daniel on March 25, 1977, in New Mexico; she preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2006.

Grant served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was looking forward to going on the Honor Flight, and was scheduled to go on the day he passed away.

Mr. Marti was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Co., Klauer Mfg. Co. and John Deere Dubuque Works.
He was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church. Grant enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved playing cards and reading. Grant was a devoted husband and father, and dearly loved his wife, Corey.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Goldie (Mark) Duve, of East Dubuque, IL, Sheila (Luke) Duve and Patricia Terry, both of Dubuque, and James Terry, of Monticello, IA, Cheryl Stussie, Kathryn Coughlin and Gloria (Glen) Degenhart, all of Norwalk, WI, Sarah Houden, of Buena Vista, CO, Nancy Jensen, of Thief River, MN, Norman Marti, of Marshall, MO, and Helen Fischer, of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Amy (William) Miller, Benjamin (Darcy Teal) Duve, Dustin (Emily Van De Wiel) Duve, Jordan (Stephanie) Duve, Hayley (Conner Henkes) Duve, Jacob (Sandy) Terry, Grant Terry, Dakota Terry, Adam Terry, Mark, Matt, Candy, Holly, Jeff, Tony, Peggy Jo, Shane, Shelly, Chad, Jo Ellen, Eric, Justin, Allen, Russell, Karrie, Kelsey, Sarah, Matthew, Kassie, Robbie, Millie, Sophie and Levi; many great-grandchildren; his brother Gordon Marti; two sisters in law, Sylvia and Penny Marti; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; an infant daughter, Melissa Marti; two sons, Philip and Paul Marti; a daughter, Marilyn Moen; a granddaughter, Hannah; a grandson Logan; a daughter in law Lisa Terry; his brothers, Victor, Alton, Herman, Marvin, Lester, Kenneth, and Wilbur; and a sister, Alice Marti.
Memorials may be made to the Grant J. Marti Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill, especially the 3rd floor household, and the Visiting Nurses.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



Thomas J. Trilk

Thomas J. Trilk, 87, of Dubuque, quietly passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at his home.

According to his wishes there will be no public service or visitation. Private family burial with military honors will be at Linwood Cemetery at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., is in charge of arrangements.

His gregarious personality and laugh will be missed.

Tom was born on July 5, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Carl "Kelly" and Della O'tille (Herold) Trilk. He grew up attending Audubon, Jefferson and Senior High Schools.

He served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1944 to 1946. He was assigned to the 9th and 71st Divisions and participated in the Rhineland Campaign and the Occupation of Post War Germany.

On Nov. 29, 1947 he married Lois Gertrude Frommelt. They spent the next 66 years at each other's side, in Dubuque.

Tom was a pressman for the Telegraph Herald and later for the William C. Brown Publishing Co. as foreman for 17 years. He then attended the United Electronics Laboratories School of Electronics. He worked in the Tri-State area as an Electronics Technician, employed by the 3M Company. He retired in 1987, after 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; two sons, Keith (Julie) Trilk, of Portland, Oregon, Cliff Trilk, of Dubuque, and a daughter-in-law Darlene Palm-Trilk, of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Rob (Carissa) Trilk, of Peosta, Iowa, Erik (Heather) Trilk, of Marion, Iowa, Jennifer Trilk, of Greenville, South Carolina, Ryan (Natasha) Trilk, of Dubuque, Kyle Trilk, of Seattle, Washington, Eric Nielsen, of Minneapolis, Christopher Nielsen, of Kansas City, Missouri; and nine great-grandchildren, to carry on.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert David Trilk Sr., and his daughter-in-law, Andrea Barbara Hayslett-Trilk.

Memorials may be sent to the Dubuque Rescue Mission or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, good friends, and especially his nephew Paul Macko and Diane Hanson for all your help, love and support.



Lois A. Burds

Lois Ann Burds, age 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa, of natural causes. Mass of the Resurrection will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Ronald G. Friedell as celebrant. To celebrate Lois' life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at St. Patrick's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Lois was born on October 31, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Marie (Zugenbuehler) Friedell.

Lois was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1944. After graduation she was employed at Adams Company, Dubuque Breeders Associates and Hadley Insurance. She later went to work for Interstate Power until her retirement. She married William C. Burds on July 15, 1947, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on November 2, 1979. Lois was very active with the choir at St. Mary's and St. Patrick's Churches and the ICA Alumnae. In her spare time she enjoyed bowling, knitting, playing cards, especially Euchre and Rummikub. Lois was an avid reader and patron of the symphony, spent many hours at the Dubuque Arboretum and a proud member of the Dubuque Lois Club. She also played violin in her younger years. Lois was a enthusiastic Cubs fan.

Lois is survived by: her daughters, Kathryn Burds Oetjen, DVM, Fond du Lac, WI, Jane Wiggins, Packwood, IA, Judy L. Burds, Milton, GA; her grandchildren, Karolyn (Brian Bartek) Oetjen MD, Tom (Erin) Oetjen, Nathan (Jamie) Wiggins, Daren (Emily) Wiggins, Aurora (Christopher) Connor, Erica M. Burds; her 6 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Rosemary McGovern, Baton Rouge, LA, Anita Uebelhart, Kansas City, KS, Darlene "Mert" (Gerald) Pfiffner, Laguna Beach, CA, Rev. Ronald G. Friedell, Dubuque, IA; her daughter-in-law, Thresa "Terry" Burds, Waterloo, IA.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William; her son, Daniel J. Burds; her son-in-law, Brian Oetjen; and her brother, Rev. John C. Friedell.

In lieu of flowers, a Lois A. Burds memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Lee Grant

Lee Grant, 97, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center. According to her wishes there will be a private family service held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Lee was born Leona Eugenia Barbara Mary Helen Mohr on December, 25, 1916 the daughter of Leo and Mary Jane (Burns) Mohr in Dubuque.

She married James W. Grant on April 30, 1942. James preceded her in death on November 1, 2004.

Lee was a graduate of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1939. She was a member of the Senior Board of VNA for 16 years and held office of the Treasurer for many of those years. Lee was also a member of the Family Service Board, the Mercy Hospital Gift Shop, St. Rita's Catholic Mother's Study Club, and also the Dubuque and Glades Golf and Country Clubs.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother George Mohr.

Surviving are her son David Grant of San Francisco, CA, Her daughter Sheila (Dennis) Frank: Grandsons Andrew W. Frank and Martin (Kayti) Frank and two great grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the Nurses and Staff of Stonehill Care Center.

In Lieu of flowers all donations may be given to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com.



Thomas C. Schrader

Thomas C. Schrader, 84, formerly of Robin Hood Drive, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 27th at Resurrection Catholic Church, with Fr. Joseph Hauer officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 26th, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

Tom was born April 19, 1930 in Urbana, IL, son of Herman John and Alice (Carroll) Schrader. He married Martha J. Tenk, April 23, 1960 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, in Rock Island, IL.

His first job was acting as a scarecrow for the University of Illinois Experimental Farm. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1953 with a B.S. degree in General Engineering. He was employed as a design and reliability engineer at John Deere in Moline, IL and Dubuque retiring in 1988 after 32 years.

He served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in France during the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of Resurrection Parish and a former active member of Holy Ghost Parish serving on the Parish Council, the Board of Education and the Cub Scouts. He served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Asbury Fire Department for 35 years.

Tom was a gentle man, devoted husband and patient father and grandfather. He enjoyed gardening and traveling with Martha and building many woodworking projects.

Tom is survived by his wife, Martha Schrader, of Dubuque; three children, Sally (John) Gyorog, of Sun Prairie, WI, Steven (Maria) Schrader, of Cedar Rapids, and Amy (Scott) Westermeyer, of Dubuque; grandchildren, Joseph, Daniel and Emily Gyorog, Andrew, Natalie and Ella Schrader and Brittney and Jacob Westermeyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother John Schrader and a sister Katharine Schrader.

The family wishes to thank the Doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be made to the Asbury Fire Department, Resurrection Parish or Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

 



Jeanne E. Clemens

Jeanne E. Clemens, age 98, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of 380 E. 21st St., and Sherrill, IA, passed away at Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 4:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday May 24, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Jeanne's life, friends may visit from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Jeanne was born April 13, 1916, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Margaret (Derby) Morgan.

Jeanne married Eldon on November 10, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa at St. Mary's Church. He preceded her in death on April 6, 2010. Jeanne was employed as a teacher's aid at St. Mary's School for 10 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Church until they closed when she became a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Jeanne was also a member of the Salvation Army Senior Citizens. Jeanne had a stand at Farmer's Market for over 30 years selling items geared toward children, including quilts, bonnets and clothing. Some of her greatest joys were found in time spent with her family and passing hours watching her Chicago Cubs.

Jeanne is survived by her children, Michelle "Trudy" Clemens, Dubuque, IA, Toni (Robert) Erhart, Keokuk, IA, Tina (Gus) Gerken, Fairfax, IA, Ted Clemens, Grayslake, IL, Tim (Kathy) Clemens, Marion, IA, Todd (Debbi) Clemens, Vera, OK; 27 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Eldon, her two sons, Tom and Terry, her granddaughter Connie Fury, her sisters, Helen Gukeisen and Mary Larson.

A Jeanne E. Clemens memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor for all their wonderful care of Jeanne over the years.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com.

 



Johanna Tasker

Johanna Tasker, age 91, of Bethany Home formerly of 2139 Graham Circle died Friday May 16, 2014 at Bethany Home. Funeral services will be at 2 pm Friday May 23, 2014 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Iliana Wood from Westminster Presbyterian officiating. Friends may gather from 1 PM until the services. Burial will be at Cady Cemetery in Wyoming Iowa.

Johanna was born in Germany on May 27, 1922 the daughter of Georg and Maria (Winterweber) Baier. She married James Tasker in 1948 in Germany and he preceded her in death on July 21, 2011.

She is survived by her son Winfried (Jan) Tasker of St. Peters, MO, three grandchildren Winfried Tasker, Jr. Heidi (Tim) Stokes and Ryan (Shirley) Tasker, 2 great grandchildren Kieran Stokes and Madelyn Tasker, a niece Ingrid Zimmer in Frankfurt Germany, a sister-in-law Barbara Saunders of Wyoming, Iowa and her very good friend Patricia (Ron) Nauman of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany for all the care they gave to Johanna and for making her feel at home there.



Gregory L. Reddick

Gregory Lyle Reddick of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on May 18, 2014, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa.

In keeping with his wishes, his remains will be cremated and there will be no public visitation. A private family service will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Greg was born on June 1, 1943, in Janesville, Wisconsin, the son of Everett and Bonetha (Ferguson) Reddick. Greg started out his career as an electrician for Moldt Electric.  He worked for many years as facilities manager for William C. Brown (Times Mirror, McGraw Hill), and then he was President and CEO of American Commercial Realty until his retirement in 2013. He was united in marriage to Karen Bohn-Gmur; they have been married for 47 years.  Greg was a member of the Mighty Mississippi Chapter of the Harley's Owner "Hog" Group.

Greg is survived by his wife, Karen; 6 children, Jacob (Pam) Fergusson of Cedar Rapids, Laurie Ferring, Lana (Mike) Heiderscheit, Lynn Gmur (Ron Leubka), Shawn (Tracy) Reddick, all of Dubuque, Laurie-Lynn (Jim) Augsburg, Elburn, Illinois; 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; stepfather, Carl Goecks; siblings, Jon (Deede) Goecks, Alan Goecks, Carla Goecks all of California. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Greg passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer; the family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Thomas O'Dorisio from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Dr. Mark Hermann of Dubuque Internal Medicine, over the 9 years there grew a  great friendship trying to battle this disease.  Also, special thanks to the Finley nursing staff/techs on 5th floor Medical/Surgical for taking wonderful care of Greg.

Memorials may be sent to Dubuque Harley-Davidson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

 



Joyce M. Kennedy

Joyce Mae Kennedy, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

A celebration of her life will be at 11:00 a.m., at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. is entrusted with arrangements.

Joyce was born Nov. 6, 1938 in Key West, IA., the daughter of Walter and Florence (Mangler) Redmond. She married Jerry A. Kennedy March 8, 1958 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death January 27, 2014.

Joyce enjoyed bingo, the dog track, Wheel of Fortune, Game Show Network and Sunday afternoon's playing card games with the family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Geraldine ‘Dee' (Jay) Gross Kelley, Tina (John) Campbell, and Steve (Johnathan Starko) Kennedy, all of Dubuque; four grandchildren, John (Nicole) Campbell, Jeremy (Crystal) Campbell, Jessica Freeman, and Jason Gross; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Ron (Sis) Redmond, of Dubuque and a sister, Darlene (Rick) Orr, of Branson, MO.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Beverly Seastrand Clancy, Pat Alexander; a brother Robert Redmond; and three nephews Chad Seastrand, Rick Redmond and Chuck Seastrand.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Joyce Kennedy Memorial Fund.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com

 



Richard W. Kringle

Richard W. "Rick" Kringle, 58, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 19, 20-14 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where visitation will be held Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Rick was born January 27, 1956, in Dubuque, son of Richard O. and Frances (Highness) Kringle.

Rick wore many hats in his short life. He laid flooring, roofer, construction worker, cemetery grounds keeper, caregiver, and good friend were just a few examples.

He had a big heart and will be missed by his survivors, mother, Frances Kringle, of Dubuque; his sisters, Mary (Gary) Kottman, of Minneapolis, Minn., Janice (Vernon) Linenfelser of East Dubuque, Ill., Diane (Eldon) Begle of Donna, Texas, Julie (Michael) Yakin of Elk River, Minn.; a brother, James (Linda Seys) Kringle of Kansas City, Missouri; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard O. Kringle, grandparents, Violet and Oscar Lundgren, and Alfred and Emma Highness; and all his aunts and uncles.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Donald J. Heinz

Donald Joseph Heinz, 82, of 4514 Lark Drive passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by The American Legion Post 6. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday, May 19th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Don was born August 30, 1931 in Dubuque, Ia, son of Marlo and Callista (Donovan) Heinz.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was employed as a Toll Terminal Technician for Northwestern Bell and A.T. and T.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, on the USS Iowa.

Don was a member of the USS Iowa Veterans Association, the Telephone Pioneers of America and a member of the C.W.A. 7110.

Surviving are four sons, Daniel J. Heinz, Craig Heinz, Donald J. Heinz, all of Inveness, Florida,, and Michael Heinz, of Syracuse, NY; a daughter Lisa K. (Robert) Miller, of Inveness, Florida; step-children, Lisa (Bob) Meyer, of Dubuque, Mary (Ron) Keehn, of Peosta, IA, Patty (Alberto) Perez, of Louisville, KY, Peggy (Terry) Moore, of Dubuque and Pam (Tom) Hawko, of LaCrosse, WI.; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary (Harvey) Avery, and Joyce (Robert) Thilmany both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jeffrey Donald Heinz.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



John J. Woerdehoff

John "Jack" J. Woerdehoff, age 95, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 10:45 p.m., on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at home peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. with funeral services immediately following at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 19, 2014, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose St., Dubuque, with the Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

John was born on September 16, 1918, in Petersburg, Iowa, son of Bernard "Ben" and Henrietta (Klostermann) Woerdehoff.

John served for eight years with the U.S. Army, including service in Europe during WWII. He married Mildred Weidenbacher on June 21, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 11, 2007. John was employed by John Deere for 36 years until his retirement as a supervisor in 1982. He was a member of St. Anthony Church, Knights of Columbus #510, Sierra Club, John Deere Retirees Club, Dubuque Arboretum, John Deere Supervisors and the V.F.W.

John enjoyed traveling, golf, reading, gardening, walking, following sports and especially time with his family.

John is survived by, his children, Michael (Edee) Woerdehoff, Oregon, Wis., Thomas (Valorie) Woerdehoff, Ann (Perry) Schroeder, Janet (William) Hendricks, all of Dubuque, Bruce Woerdehoff, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Jon (Carol) Woerdehoff, Cologne, Minn.; grandchildren, Johanna (Brian) Groene, Matthew and Christopher Breyfogle, John and Elise Woerdehoff, Nicholas Koos, Mitchell Schroeder, Joshua, Scott and Katherine Hendricks; sisters Elva Woerdehoff, Minneapolis, Minn., and Lola Kies, Dubuque; brother Merle Woerdehoff, Edgewood, Iowa.

John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, grandson Christopher Koos, a brother Cyril Woerdehoff and 2 sisters Vera Seward and Stella Woerdehoff.

A John J. "Jack" Woerdehoff memorial fund has been established to be distributed to his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall, Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor Care.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Christopher Hefel

Christopher "Chris" Hefel, 63, Dubuque, IA was pronounced dead May 14, 2014 and is now with his heavenly family.

Chris was born on August 29, 1950 in Dubuque, IA -the son of Albert Jr. & Dorothy (Curtis) Hefel. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for several years, before being employed at Flexsteel Industries for 17 years.

He served in the US Army, 101st Airborne Division from March 1970 thru February 1972, during which time he was injured in Viet N am. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal, and other commendations for his bravery.

Chris will be remembered for his courage, love of horses, piercing blue eyes, and a love of western movies. He endured many hardships during his life.

Survivors include a son, Chad C. (Kristie) Hefel of Grimes, IA, and a daughter, Katie L. (Erik) Ramnath of Cave Creek, Az.; three grandchildren, Weston & Eva Hefel & Gibson Ramnath; one brother, Steven Hefel of North Buena Vista, Ia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Jr. & Dorothy Hefel, a brother, Clark R. Hefel, and a godson, Jeremy C. Hefel.

In keeping with his wishes, his remains will be cremated and there will be no public visitation. A private family service will be held with burial in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista, Ia.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.



Donald R. Strausse

Donald R. Strausse, 86 of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of Arbor Oaks Court, died, Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Unity Point Hospitals - Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Family will hold a private service, no public memorial service is scheduled.

Donald was born July 30, 1927 in Rock Island, Illinois, the son of Nickolus and Margaret (Hunt) Strausse. He enlisted in the US Army and served from September 1945 to January 1947 in the European Theatre.

Donald moved to Dubuque in 1958 to join Dubuque Pack as Plant Superintendent and retired as Executive Vice President in September 1987. He married Cynthia, his wife of 40 years in April 1972 in Beverly Hills, California. They loved to travel to Europe, but their favorite trip was to Gulf Shores, Alabama. Don loved to ride his bike, his favorite places to ride were the trails in Sparta, Wisconsin, Heritage Trail, and his own neighborhood of Arbor Oaks.

Survivors include his daughter; Patty of Kamuela, Hawaii and many dear friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia; a son, Kurt; siblings; George Strausse and Tom Strausse.

Don had an incredibly sharp mind, witty personality, and was a very loyal friend. He will be missed.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Lorraine B. Beall

Lorraine B. Beall, 77, of Dubuque, died Monday, May 12, 2014 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection, where visitation will be held Friday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Lorraine was born August 27, 1936 in Clayton County, Iowa, daughter of Alois and Sylvia (Schmidt) Junk.

Prior to working as a nurse's aide at Manor Care, she worked as a nanny. She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church.

On August 21, 1981, she married James Beall Jr. He preceded her in death in 1993.

Lorraine is survived by four sisters, Maryann Cadwell of Cassville, Wisc., Dorothy Kirchberg of Dubuque, Janell Bradshaw of Lancaster, Wisc., and Lois Houghton of Cassville, Wisc.; and five brothers, Al (Donna) Junk of East Dubuque, Ill., Leo (Deb) Junk of Dubuque, Paul (Donna) Junk of LaCrescent, Minn., Kenny (Lois) Junk of Cuba City, Wisc., and Joe (Sue) Junk of South Wayne, Wisc.; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 sister, Karen Brown; and a brother, Richard Junk.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lorraine Beall Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the Rhomberg family for all of their love and friendship.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. For further information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Diane E. Kerstein

Diane E. Kerstein, 67 of East Dubuque, IL passed away on Monday May 12, 2014 at Manor Care in Dubuque. In keeping with Diane's wishes there will be no public visitation or services. Burial of her cremated remains will held in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

She was born on February 23, 1947 to Henry and Constance Simon. She married William J. Kerstein Sr.

She is survived by her husband William, two sons Michael James and Shannon Paul and her daughter Rhonda Marie. Grandchildren, Marisa, America, Desperado, Ashley, Austin, Justin, and Amber. Great grandchildren, Layleni, Elizabeth & Gage. Her brother Danny (Carol) Simon, along with her special friends Jackie Delaney, Pat Feldman, and many more.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son William "Little Bill" a sister Darlene, three brothers Dale, Richard and Gary.

 



Janis M. Comer

Janis M. (Weber) Comer, 68 of Dubuque passed away peacefully into eternal life surrounded by her family at home on Monday, May 12, 2014 after an extended illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in East Dubuque, IL with the Rev. James Parker and Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery at a later date.

Janis was born September 17, 1945 in Hanover, IL, daughter of Herman and Leonetta (Pfohl) Weber. She married Wendell G. Comer on July 23, 1966 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque.

Janis attended St. Mary's grade school in Galena and graduated from Galena High School in 1963. She worked at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring after 10 years to raise her family. She was actively involved in their school, their activities, and as President of the PTA. Janis along with her husband Wendell took great pride in the ownership of the Comer family farm. She was a medical transcriptionist in Dubuque and for Medquist, where her excellent typing and medical term skills served her well.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends and planning vacations, events and get-togethers. She enjoyed volleyball, card club, camping, crocheting, cross stitching, cruising, collecting, following football and time spent with her dog, Daisy. She was an avid fan of the Indianapolis (Baltimore) Colts.

Her grandson Andy played a special role in her life and was always there to help her. He cared for her tenderly and always gave her a reason to go on. She loved him with all her heart. She found great joy and love through her children and grandchildren.

Janis was a strong, courageous woman. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, godmother, sister and friend. She loved spending time with friends, being a friend, laughing, hearing a good joke, listening, being mischievous and making others laugh. Her curiosity was insatiable. She had a heart of gold, a sparkle in her eyes and a voice that expressed genuine happiness for others. She is deeply loved, will be greatly missed and will be forever in our hearts.

Surviving are her husband Wendell, her children Lisa Comer of Trotwood, OH, Terri Comer of Washington, D.C. and Brad (Leila) Comer of Alpharetta, Ga.: grandchildren Andy, Julia, Andrew and Rafe Comer; sisters Irene Budden, Rose (Ira) Kunkel, Jean Redman, Mary (John) Trannel, Nancy Miller and Rita (Bob) Leifker; brothers Jim (Carol) Weber and Joe (Cyndi) Weber; her mother-in-law, Bonnie Comer, sister-in-law Nancy (Marty) McNamer, brother-in-law Wayne Comer and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John, father-in-law Glenn Comer, brothers-in-law Gary Comer, Mike Miller, Andy Redman and Don Budden and nephews Danny Kunkel, Marvin Redman and Chuck Miller.
In lieu of flowers, a Janis M. Comer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, his nurse Lorie, the staff of Finley Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving and compassionate care. Also, a thank-you to Nancy Miller, Mary Trannel, Nancy McNamer and a special thank-you to Father Parker for his support and encouragement.



George R. Haas

George R. Haas, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at his home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 15, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with the Rev. DeWayne Teig officiating. Friends may call from 3 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at St. Peter Lutheran Church and from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m., Thursday at the Church.

George was born on February 22, 1927 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ralph and Theresa (Grobstig) Haas. He served during WWII in the U.S. Army in occupied Japan. 

On June 23, 1951, George married his best friend and the girl next door, Sally R. Beyhl. He worked as a carpenter for Dubuque Community Schools for 26 years until his retirement in 1989.

George was an exemplary family man and was devoted to Sally, his wife of almost 63 years. They liked to dance, and shared many camping trips, bike rides, and walks with their dog, Amberly, on Heritage Trail. As a couple, they were known throughout Dubuque for their many hours of community service, and for many years served on the Senior Board at The Salvation Army. They volunteered at the Dubuque Rescue Mission for 19 years. They mentored for many years at the St. Mark Community Center and Immanuel UCC. Together, George and Sally made wooden Christmas ornaments yearly for their family, friends, and church. These treasured ornaments number in the thousands.

George bowled in a league for many years and was a longtime member of the Mississippi Valley Running Association. As a runner, he enjoyed participating in area races with his family and often won his age division.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; his son, Steven (Rebecca) Haas, of Dubuque; his daughter, Tracy (Kenneth) Engling, of Moline, IL; grandchildren, Rachael (Justin) Scherschel, Ceric (Kendall) Keck, Keenan Engling, and Christopher Haas; great-grandchildren, Braeden and Kiersten Scherschel; sisters-in-law, Adele Daack, Lolly Goedert, Karen (Don) Heath, and Delores Beyhl; brother-in-law, Dean (Berniece) Beyhl.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and their wives, Clarence and Blanche Haas, and Henry and Violet Haas; two sisters and their husbands, Elizabeth and Ralph Brockman, and Catherine and Fred Welty; a step-brother and his wife, Sylvester and Dorothy Welty.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque; especially, Peggy, Elizabeth, and Amy, and Dr. Charles Longo.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

 



Shirley A. Risley

Shirley Ann Risley, 76, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014 at home.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at the East Dubuque Cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

She was born on August 11, 1937, the daughter of Raymond C. and Mary Elizabeth (Krueger) Grewe.  Shirley married Arnold J. Risley on August 27, 1955 in East Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on September 28,1994.

She was formerly employed at Hartig Durg on Locust St. in Dubuque and D. J.'s Foods in East Dubuque.  Her hobbies included bowling and going to the Casinos.

Surviving are two children, a daughter Mary Stella (Tony) Carter of Austin, Texas and a son Arnold J. (Kelly) Risley, Jr. of Hendersonville, North Carolina, 4-grandchildren, Kendra Lawrence, Maverick Risley, Beau Risley and Easton Risley, and a great granddaughter Lillee Lawrence

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

 



Robert J. Thill

Robert J. "Bob" Thill, 80, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating and Deacon Jim Thill assisting.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where a flag presentation will be accorded by members of American Legions Post # 787.

Visitation will be 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m.  Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at the funeral home at 6:00 p.m.

Bob was born on November 7, 1933 in Dubuque, the son of Kenneth C. and Genevieve (Furlong) Thill.  He graduated from Loras Academy and attended Loras College. 

Bob married Mary C. Carpenter on May 30, 1960 at Ft. Dodge, Iowa.  He was formerly employed at Bradley Iron Works as office manager for 35 years until his retirement.  He was a former member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept, a Boy Scout Troop Leader for Troop # 71, which he helped to form serving for over 20 plus years.  He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed his hobby of taxidermy and in later years going to the casino.

Bob along with his three sons and four grandsons have all earned their Eagle Scout award in scouting.

Surviving is his wife Mary, five children, Mike (Lynn) Thill of Dubuque; Ellen (Don) Shobe of Lawrence, KS; Anne (Bob) Wallraff of Cedar Rapids, IA; Dan (Beth) Thill of Fitchburg, WI and Greg (Angie) Thill of Dubuque, 9 Grandchildren and 2 great grandsons, his sister Mary Jean (Harold) "Skip" Lange of East Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mary and her family would like to thank Dr. Kukla and his staff and Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse Barb for their kind and compassionate care.

 



James M. Bickford

James M. "Jim" Bickford, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday morning, May 11, 2014, at the home of his son in rural Monmouth, Iowa surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Canton, Iowa Cemetery with military honors.

James Marion Bickford was born on February 24, 1932 in Canton, Iowa, to Earl Riley and Myrtle Oaker (Ralston) Bickford. He grew up in Canton and attended country school through the 8th grade. He then went to Maquoketa High School graduating in 1949. He was U.S Army veteran of the Korean War serving from 1952 to 1954. He married Barbara J. Risden on July 11, 1956 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. She preceded him in death on August 25, 1995.

Following high school, Jim worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time prior to his military service. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, Jim returned to working at Clinton Engines as a forklift operator until 1979. He then worked for Caterpillar in Mt. Joy from 1979 to 1984 and lastly at Hoof Products in Maquoketa from 1987 to 1992.

Jim was a member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether, the Friends of Canton, and had served as past president of the International Association of Machinists (IAM).

Jim enjoyed camping at Canton with family and friends, watching the Cubs, dancing, mushroom hunting, having a good time and "supervising" many projects.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his three sons, Frank (Dyanne) Bickford of Monticello, IA, Owen (Vicki) Bickford of Monmouth, IA, and Jimmy (Lisa) Bickford of Martelle, IA; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Nelda Bailey of TX; numerous nieces and nephews; and an honorary son, Denny Miller of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 6 brothers, 5 sisters, and 2 grandsons Michael Paul Bickford and Curtis Allen Bickford.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or to the Friends of Canton.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 

 



Sandra K. Finn

Sandra K. Finn, 70, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014 after a 2-year battle with cancer. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Monday, May 12, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Entombment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Sandy was born January 31, 1944 in Elkport, Iowa, the daughter of Richard L. and Iola M. (Hansel) Krepfle. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Sandy married Thomas J. Finn on November 16,1963 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was a stay at home mom who loved taking care of her family. Later she worked as a legal secretary, first at Fuerste Carew Law Firm and later at Gilloon, Wright & Hamel Law Firm. They were like a second family to Sandy; staying very close even after her retirement. Sandy loved the holidays and nothing made her happier than to have everyone together. Her grandchildren brought great joy and she cherished the time she spent with them. She spent countless hours in bleachers watching ball games, but wouldn't have missed it for anything. She enjoyed staying close with her 8th grade classmates from Sacred Heart, getting together on many occasions. Sandy also enjoyed reading, sewing, and working with Tom in the yard. We will all miss her dearly.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas; children, Shaun (Lesley) Finn of Clear Lake, Iowa, Michele (Douglas) West of Iowa City, Iowa; five grandchildren, Jackson, Benjamin, and William Finn, Taylor and Austin West; a brother, Roger (Phyllis) Krepfle of Dubuque; in-laws, Patricia (Rick) Althaus, Bernard (Mary) Finn, James (Sandra) Finn, David Finn, and Suellen Finn.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws Bernard & Kathryn Finn, brothers-in-law John, Richard and Michael Finn.

The family would like to thank Dr. Bender and the medical staff in Iowa City for their care of Sandy.

A memorial fund has been established in Sandra's memory.

Service details and to leave an on line condolence www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Donald E. Cain

Donald E. "Don" Cain, 75, of Delmar, Iowa, died on Thursday evening, May 8, 2014, from injuries received in a farm tractor accident.

A celebration of Don's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, May 14, 2014, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Pine Hill Cemetery, rural Grand Mound, Iowa.

Donald Eugene Cain was born on May 7, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Roy Eugene and Ruth Dorothy Marie (Geronzin) Cain. He grew up on the family farm in rural Delmar and graduated from Elwood High School in 1957. He then began farming and served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. He met Carol Jane Petersen in 1962 and they were married on February 23, 1963 in Clinton, Iowa.

Don was a lifelong farmer and farmed the family farm with his wife Carol for over 50 years.

Don was devoted to many projects and organizations and was generous with his time, talent and resources. He was a 33 year board member on the Clinton County Fair Board and had received the Clinton County Hall of Fame Award in 2013. He had been an 11 year director of the AIF Southeast District and had received the Iowa Fair "Man of the Year" Award in Des Moines. Additionally, he had served as board member for the Clinton County Pork Producers for six years and as a board member of the First Trust and Savings Bank in Wheatland. He was first a member of the Lost Nation Masonic Lodge and later the Zealous Masonic Lodge #435 of Oxford Junction.

Don loved his family and farming and had a longtime interest with his family in showing sheep. He also loved his church, St. John's Lutheran Church at Bliedorn, where he was an active member. Through the years he enjoyed playing slow pitch baseball and was an avid bowler.

Those left to honor Don's memory include his wife Carol J. Cain of Delmar, IA; children, Douglas Cain of Delmar, IA, Cawyn Cain of DeWitt, IA, and Daryn Cain of Maquoketa, IA; 1 grandchild, Regina (Raymond) Dascher; 2 great-grandchildren, Skylee and Samuel; a sister, Linda (Dick) Block of Delmar, IA; a brother, Darrell (Lola) Cain of Elwood, IA; 19 nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson Robby.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Iowa Blue Ribbon Foundation or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Merlin J. Meyer

Merlin J. Meyer, age 73, of Cuba City, WI, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on May 7, 2014 peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Merlin's life friends may visit on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Merlin was born on December 29, 1940, Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leonard and Verda (Miehe) Meyer. Merlin married Sandra Leslein on April 6, 1984 in Asbury, Iowa. Merlin worked for the Dubuque Pack, FDL and Farmland Foods over his lifetime. Merlin lived in Dubuque most of his life, also in Florida and moved to Cuba City 3 years ago. Merlin was a member of the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, Dubuque Packing Company Union and was the Seventh District Director for Midwest King Club. Merlin raised Show King Pigeons while traveling the country showing the pigeons and eventually became a judge. Merlin loved animals, fishing, coon hunting with his coon dogs and was an avid Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Merlin is survived by his wife, Sandy Meyer, his children, Tina (Richard) Bogosian, Dubuque, IA,  Dawn (Jim) Leach, Dubuque, IA, Kelly (Mike) Greenleaf, Eldridge, IA, Christy (Tony) Quinn, Worcester, MA, Kim (Tom) Berthold, Land O'Lakes, FL, Stacy Ann (Jeff) Kennedy, Dubuque, IA, Stacy Lynn (Joel) Gratz, Cuba City, WI, Tony (Beth) Gatena, Dubuque, IA, David (Lisa) Gatena, Dubuque, IA, Chris (Christie) Gatena, Clinton, IA., Michael Thomas Gatena, Levenworth, KS; 37 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Donna Mae Moore, Dubuque, IA, Darlene (Loras) Flynn, Dubuque, IA, Gerry (Walter) Hutchinson, East Moline, IL; 2 brothers, Harlow (Pauline) Meyer, Dubuque, IA, David F. Meyer, Dubuque, IA.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, Lewis and Geraldine Leslein, 3 sisters, Shirley Kennedy, Janaan McPoland, and Carol Lou Meyer in infancy, 2 brothers -in-law, Wayne Moore and Robert Leslein.

In lieu of flowers a Merlin J. Meyer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving care and support.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com.

 



Geraldine M. Bingham

Geraldine M. "Jerry" Bingham, 87, of East Dubuque, passed away Monday morning, May 5, 2014, at home, with her family by her side, of ovarian cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. To celebrate Jerry's life, friends may call from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a parish rosary will be recited at 1:45 p.m.

Jerry was born on December 8, 1926 in Dubuque, to Charles and Orele (VonDale) Elgin. She married John N. Bingham on May 17, 1947. Together they had five children.

Jerry was past president of the St. Mary's Altar & Rosary Society and the East Dubuque VFW Auxillary Post # 7976.  She was an avid golfer and bridge player. She belonged to the Galena Golf Course for 50 years and was in the women's league until last summer when her illness caused her to quit. She had 3 holes-in-one throughout her years of golfing. Over the years Jerry developed a passion for card playing, especially bridge. She was an excellent player and would rarely pass up an offer to play. She developed many long lasting friendships. She will be missed, not only by her family, but by the many friends she made.

Surviving is her husband of 66 years, John. Her children John Jr. (Judi) of Eagle River, WI, Joan (Jim) Willenbring of Farley, Judy Newcomer of Dubuque, Jeff (Kenna) of East Dubuque and Janice (Kevin) Pellow of Cottage Grove, MN. Her nine grandchildren; Terry Bingham, Tim (Jessica) Bingham, Amy (Scott) Meskimen, Sarah (Jayme) Mescher, Scott (Lisa) Willenbring, Ashley (Andrew) Dirksen, Cody Newcomer, Ryan and Kaitlin Pellow; and fifteen great-grandchildren, Isaac and Egan Bingham, Cayden, Connor, Olivia and Owen Meskimen, Kacie, Madeline, Abigail and Alex Mescher, Tanis, Johnathon and Jacob Willenbring, Landon and Logan Dirksen and one sister Rosemary Schoen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-laws, William Jr., Jerry and Helen, and Lloyd Bingham and a son-in-law, Edgar Newcomer.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan, Barb, Lisa and Peggy, for the care and support they gave our mother and family throughout her illness.

She is clothed with strength and dignity, And she laughs without fear of the future.

 

 



Mary V. Davidsaver

Mary V. "Ginny" Davidsaver, 80, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, May 6th at Windsor Nursing Care Center in Cedar Falls from complications of COPD.
Memorial services will be at 12:00p.m. Friday May 9th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was born on April 27, 1934 in Dubuque to Thomas A. and Ivadelle (Reisner) O'Donnell. She married George G. Davidsaver on April 30th, 1955 also in Dubuque.
Ginny was a stay at home Mom while volunteering at St. Patrick's school for several years until re-entering the workplace as a teacher aide in 1981. She taught computer classes and ran the computer lab at St Mary's/St. Patrick's school until she retired in 2001. In her spare time, Ginny found great enjoyment crocheting, reading, baking for family, friends and co-workers, as well as watching all types of animals in her back yard. She also relished in cheering for (and many times yelling at) her beloved Chicago Bears and Notre Dame football teams and Chicago White Sox baseball team. She was a loving and caring wife and mother, who touched the lives of everyone who met her whether it be through friendships, teaching or her quick-wit and humor.

Surviving her are her daughter Amy (Mike) Rube of Cedar Falls, two sons, Theodore and George, and daughter Mary. Her beloved Grand-dog Louie, Granddaughter Amber (Bob) Urbain, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and Sister-In-Law Jean (Nicholas) Davidsaver of Bellevue.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Tommy, and Brother-In-Law Nicholas.

Memorials may be directed to Care Initiatives Hospice.



Rollie L. Sampson

Rollie L. Sampson, 77, of Colesburg, Iowa died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa surrounded by his family after a long illnesses.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Friends may continue to call after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Colesburg.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 9, 2014, at Colesburg United Methodist Church in Colesburg with burial in the church cemetery. Allen Craft will officiate.

Rollie was born July 19, 1936, in Colesburg, the second child of Howard and Hazel (O'Neal) Sampson. He attended Colesburg High School and Upper Iowa University on a football scholarship. Rollie worked at the Ertl Toy Company before opening the Eighth Inning in Colesburg. He retired from sales at Kendrick Forest Products in Edgewood in 2004.

On November 16, 1957, Rollie married Beverly Jean Fitzgerald. Beverly survives him along with their 2 children: Rhonda (Tim) Kendrick of Edgewood, Robyn (Kyle) Maiers of Dyersville; 7 grandchildren: Kerra (Troy) Boriskey, Andrea (Eric) Harbaugh, Morgan & Kirby Kendrick, Jenna, Michael & Sage Maiers; 1 great granddaughter, Lilee Boriskey; 1 brother, Richard (Fay) Sampson of Colesburg; 1 sister: Rosie (Greg) Elvidge of Cedar Rapids; in-laws: Rachel Sampson of Evansville, IN, Robert Fitzgerald of Dyersville, Mary Jane Banning of Vancouver, WA, James "Cheetah" Fitzgerald of Oelwein, and Carol (Leo) Klostermann of Dyersville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rollie was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert, as well as his parents-in-law, Cleo and Lucille Fitzgerald, in-laws: John (Jean) Fitzgerald, Dale Fitzgerald, Lois Fitzgerald, Sylvia Fitzgerald, Keith Banning, Ed (Karen) Fitzgerald and Marion "Cookie" Fitzgerald.

Rollie was an outstanding athlete at Colesburg High School and played football, basketball and baseball at Upper Iowa University. After college he played baseball for the Dyersville White Hawks for many years. His love of sports never faded as his children and grandchildren grew up he taught and watched them with the same enthusiasm.

Rollie was a passionate person who took great pride in his family, sports, unique farm animals and woodworking. He spent many years in his shop building beautiful furniture for his family and the community. Rollie's final years were spent taking care of his animals, watching his grandchildren play ball, and still trying to improve his golf game.

Memorials are preferred.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Daniel T. Kuhle

Daniel T. Kuhle, 25, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 3, 2014 while visiting friends in Chesapeake, Virginia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Nativity BVM Cemetery at Menominee, Illinois.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Danny was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 2, 1988, the son of Thomas C. and Cathy (Fellenzer) Kuhle.

Danny was a graduate of Wahlert High School and attended Loras College. He had been employed at Best Buy for many years and was recently certified as an ordained minister.

Danny was an Ambassador for the MDA Telethon in 2002, and was an honored member of Junior Achievement.  He enjoyed many years attending Camp Courageous of Iowa at Monticello and was a former member of the Boy Scouts.

He received many awards with his talent for Debate through high school and through the American Legion in Dubuque, as well as for his gift of writing.  Danny loved to experiment with gourmet cooking and frequently enticed friends and family to join him in a home cooked meal.

Surviving are his parents Cathy (Kevin) Kramer of East Dubuque and Thomas C. (Edie) Kuhle of Dubuque, his brothers Ryan Kuhle of Austin, Texas, Jamison Kuhle of East Dubuque and Cory Kramer of East Dubuque, his sister Natalie Kuhle of Dubuque, his step-brother Max Huss of Dubuque, his maternal grandmother Rose Zirtzman of Galena, and his paternal grandparents Edwin and Joyce (Welp) Kuhle of Menominee, his maternal aunts and uncles, Mark (Lori) Fellenzer of East Moline, Illinois and Cindy (Jeff) Maeder of Galena, his paternal aunts and uncles Dave (Lois) Kuhle of Hazel Green, JoAnn (Al) Roberts of Peosta, Mary Kruser of Kieler, Barb (Gene) Osterholz of Menominee and Bob (Barb) Kuhle of Monroe, Wisconsin, his step family, grandmother Sharon Kramer of East Dubuque and grandfather Robert Huss of Dubuque, great grandmother Madonna Knockel of East Dubuque, uncle & aunt Kyle (Linda) Kramer of Dubuque and their children Hannah & Ethan, and by a very special friend Becky Diercks with whom he spent his final days.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents and by his friend Sydney Bobbit.

Danny was a very special person with great compassion.  He will be greatly missed by many.

Love you Danny!

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations to be sent to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

 



Raymond N. Hoftender

Raymond N. Hoftender, 80, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. 

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the East Dubuque Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family. 

Ray was born on November 20, 1933 near Menominee, Illinois, the son of Vincent L. and Marie (Loeffelholz) Hoftender.  He married Deanna Harrison on September 14, 1957 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. 

He was formerly employed at the Dubuque Packing Company and FDL Foods for 42 years.  He then was employed in recovery at the Telegraph Herald for 13 years.

Ray was formerly a member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department, East Dubuque Boat Club, the East Dubuque Drum & Bugle Corps, and a former member of Local 150A of the Meat Cutter's Union.  He also served in the Iowa National Guard. 

Surviving are his wife, Deanna, and four children, Raymond W. Hoftender, Sandy Luchterhand, Rhonda Hoftender and Julie Hoftender (T.J. Freytag), all of East Dubuque, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter, his siblings, LeRoy (Virginia) Hoftender, Rosie (Hubert) "Jr" Brimeyer and Vincent "Jiggs' Hoftender all of East Dubuque; Shirley (Rick) Gassman of Dubuque; Gerald "Moe" (Lynn) Hoftender of East Dubuque and Patricia (Roger) Gross of Dubuque. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donald and Robert. 

Deanna & family wish to thank the 3-West Medical Staff at Mercy Medical Center, the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. and Paramount Ambulance for their kind and compassionate care of Ray.  Ray was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

 



Leroy Vogt

Leroy Vogt of Bethany Home, previously residing in St. Mary's Apartments, entered the Church Triumphant at 10:55 AM on Sunday, May 4, 2014 with beloved friends at his side. According to his wishes, his body has been cremated and his ashes sent for burial in the family plot in Marion, South Dakota. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection in loving memory of Leroy will take place on Saturday, June 7th at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Dubuque, Iowa (1684 Iowa St.). A time to share memories and speak with the family will take place following the service at a reception in the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (downstairs).
Of the 24 pastors installed at First Presbyterian Church since its founding in 1847, exactly half of them had the privilege of serving with Leroy, and many other pastors who trained at the seminary were sent to serve the church with his blessing and continual encouragement: Leroy passes onto to us the calling of preparing pastors for the church.

Leroy was born on December 7, 1922 in Turner County, South Dakota, to Theodore and Bertha (Ratzlaff) Vogt, the first of five children. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Virginia (Don Wagner) and brother Lester (Martha); Surviving are his brothers Orval (Virginia) and Lawrence (Laverne); as well as two uncles; Clarence Vogt and Andrew Ratzlaff, and numerous nieces and nephews. After a sojourn of several years in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where his parents worked in a meat processing plant, the family moved to Marion, South Dakota where his father and mother operated their own business, "Vogt's Meat Market" during the 1930's, the Great Depression. Leroy attended the local school and graduated from Marion High School in 1940. He graduated from Freeman Junior College before being drafted into the Navy in 1942, where he served as a signalman in the South Pacific until the end of the war. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1949 on the GI bill and worked in South Dakota as a meat salesman until 1951, when he accepted a position at the University of Dubuque bookstore, located across from what had been Steffens Hall. The bookstore serviced not only college and seminary, but also the educational needs of the churches of the former German Synod of the West. After retiring from the bookstore in 1973, he worked at Bethany Home in maintenance and the laundry until 1987. Both the University of Dubuque and Bethany home are Presbyterian missions which began in what is now First Presbyterian Church. Throughout his 63 years in Dubuque, Leroy lived a life of service and Christian influence on the many students, faculty, church goers and friends in the community who were touched by his light-hearted and uplifting personality. He sang in the church choir, taught and supervised the Sunday school, played piano for nearly 60 years for the Sunday School program and for many worship services (including those most recently at Bethany Home and Manor Care), was actively involved in Presbytery work and served as clerk of the First Presbyterian Church session for many years. Those who had the privilege of knowing Leroy, have had their lives enriched and deepened by a good and honorable man who lived of Christian service for the up-building of the church he so dearly loved.

We grieve our loss, yet rejoice that Leroy has been welcomed into the arms of his Savior. He has persevered and run the race set before him. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Memorials and remembrances may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church or Bethany Home at 1684 Iowa St. Dubuque, IA 52001 or fpcdbq@yahoo.com or on-line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Carl N. Kleitsch

Carl N. Kleitsch, 89, of Monticello, died Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Carl was born June 1, 1924, in Walker, Iowa, the son of Nick and Carrie (Kurt) Kleitsch. He attended rural schools and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Cascade. Carl worked on farms in the area, then did some share-farming. After that, he worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and John Deere Dubuque Works until he retired. He married Mary Marugg on March 6, 1964, in Mt. Carroll, Ill.

Carl was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council for over 65 years, and the Monticello Lions Club. As a young man, Carl loved racing stock cars and dancing. Carl enjoyed eating out with family, playing cards with his brothers and sisters, watching sports, going to stock car races, and riding RAGBRAI for 15 years with his wife, Mary.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; stepchildren Lois Newholm of Marion and Danny (Linda) Bauer of Monticello; a daughter, Debra (Dave) Meyers of Monticello; grandchildren Jeff (Lisa) Bauer, Cory (friend Melanie Wilson) Bauer and Troy (friend Brandy Dietiker) Bauer, Chelsea, Kathryn and Nicholas Meyers; 4 great-grandchildren: Lexi, Rylee and Breanna Bauer and Chase Bauer; siblings Leona Onken, Sr. Ruth Kleitsch and Wilfred (Rita) Kleitsch, all of Monticello, Edwin and Irvin Kleitsch, Marion (Bob) Hosch, all of Cascade; in-laws Margaret Faust of Edgewood, Helen (Dave) Sackett of Anamosa and Charlotte (Dale) Lowrey of Fostoria, OH, Irene Marugg of Upper Sandusky, OH, Peggy Marugg of Franklin, KY, Nadine Marugg and Darlene Marugg, both of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, Charles Bauer; a stepson-in-law, Craig Newholm; in-laws Alve Onken, Doloris Kleitsch, Carol Kleitsch, Robert Marugg, Russell Marugg, Richard Marugg, John Marugg, James Marugg, Fritz Marugg and Loren Faust.

Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Information is available and condolences will be accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Darlene O. Hoffman

Darlene Opal Hoffman, 76, of Dubuque, IA passed away May 2, 2014, at home with her loving husband.

In honor of Darlene's wishes a family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of cremation arrangements.

She was born on June 22, 1937, in Dubuque, the daughter of Fredrick and Berniece (Durey) Reimer. On June 28, 1958, she married Dale LeRoy Hoffman of Elkport, Iowa.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Dale, and their four children - Dale (Vonda) Hoffman, Darla Herbst, Deanna "Dee" (John) Sanner, Dan (Brenda) Hoffman. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren; and her brother Fredrick "Tom" (Dottie) Reimer along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, along with two brothers Jack (Sandy) Reimer and Gary Reimer.

 



L.J. Bromberg

L. J. "Vern" Bromberg, 86, of East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Charles City, Iowa and Tampa, Florida, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014 at Oak Park Place in Dubuque, Iowa.

There will be no formal funeral service at this time.  A memorial service will be held later in Charles City, Iowa.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Vern was born on June 25, 1927 on a farm southwest of Canby, Minnesota, the son of Herman and Jennie (Saltee) Bromberg.  He attended school in Canby, MN.  He married Norma E. Vandevoorde in Marshall, MN on October 8, 1945. 

Vern served in the U. S. Army Signal Corps, attending both Central and Eastern Signal Corps Schools in the 1940's. He was employed by Radio Station KMHL in Marshall, MN from 1948-1951 and Radio Station KCHA, Charles City, Iowa from 1951-1955. He purchased KCHA in 1955 and built KCHA-FM in 1971.

He anchored the "Noon News" broadcast on KCHA in Charles City, Iowa for 30 years.  Vern was known as "Freckled Freddie" on the country western show, Cedar Valley Ranch.

Vern was active in Charles City community endeavors.  He was awarded the distinquished service award by the Iowa Jaycees.  He also was Editor of the State Jaycee Paper, "Action".  He served on a number of Boards of Directors including the Charles City Chamber of Commerce, also serving as President of the board.  He was a member of the chamber ambassadors, and a member of the National & Iowa Broadcasting Associations.

He sold KCHA in 1986 and retired to the Tampa, Florida area.  The family returned to the Midwest in 2006.

Surviving is his wife Norma, a daughter Pamela (Steve) Popelka of Charles City; a son Barry (Kathy) Bromberg of Dubuque, IA, three grandchildren, Dirk (Kelly) Popelka of Austin, TX, Trevor Bromberg of Littleton, CO, & Theresa Bromberg of Ft. Collins, CO, and one great grandson Dax Popelka of Austin, TX, and by one sister, Doris Reiners of Lakeville, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, the Cancer Fund and to Hospice of Dubuque.

Vern's family wishes to extend a special thank you to "Hospice of Dubuque" for their kind and compassionate care.

 



David P. Alquist

David P. Alquist, 75, of Lost Nation, Iowa, died on April 16, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of David on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 5 to 7 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and graveside services and burial will be held at a later date from the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery.

David Peter Alquist was born on December 1, 1938 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to William and Mildred (Hartford) Alquist. He was a Korean war veteran of the Air Force receiving an honorable discharge. He married Mildred Hanson and she preceded him in death in 1991. He later married Bonnie Bullen.

David had worked as a meat packer at Oscar Meyer in the Quad Cities for several years, and then as a truck driver for Lou Somerville Trucking in Wyoming, Iowa for over 20 years.

Those left to honor David's memory include his children, Gladys (Doug) Daniels of Preston, IA, Sharon (Richard) Nodurft of Lost Nation, IA, and Jim (Barb) Curtis of Davenport, IA; a half-sister, Jill (Gene) Suthers of Lost Nation, IA; 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mildred, 2 sons Earle and Leigh, and a sister Connie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a David P. Alquist memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Fr. Clarence R. Beckley

Fr. Clarence R. Beckley, age 75, of Dubuque, passed away at Stonehill Care Center at 9:10 a.m. on May 1, 2014. Friends and family of Fr. Beckley may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p. m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service said at 6:30 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Monday. A Funeral mass for Fr. Beckley will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper, Rev. Tim Mulroy and Rev. Tom Shaughnessy officiating. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, LaMotte, IA, with Rev. Charles Duster offering committal prayers.

Fr. Clarence R. Beckley was born on February 8, 1939, in Springville, Iowa, son of Paul and Rosann (Stanisha) Beckley.

Father Beckley graduated from Holy Rosary High School in LaMotte in 1957. He then studied philosophy and theology at St. Columban's Major Seminary in Milton, MA. He was ordained as a priest in 1966. Father served in several capacities throughout the years. He began with mission work in Mindanao Southern Philippines in 1967. Father served as Chaplain at Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines from 1981-1985. He then volunteered to be a member of the first Columban mission team to Brazil in 1985. After language studies, he served in Cristopolis and Riachão das Neves, all in the Diocese of Barreiras, Bahia. He returned to the United States in 2000. He became part of the pastoring team at St. Philomena Parish in Chicago until 2007. He then helped in the Spanish Ministry in the Diocese of Dubuque, Iowa. In 2012 he was assigned to St. Columbans, NE. There he courageously faced health problems marked by cancer and infections. He died in hospice care in Dubuque, Iowa, near family members and people he had served. Throughout his life he was known for his cheerfulness in serving people and relating to fellow Columbans.

Fr. Beckley is survived by, his siblings, Robert Beckley, Bellevue, IA, Paul (Carol) Beckley, Dubuque, IA, George (Dee) Beckley, Blaine, WA, Dorothy (Edwin) Reeg, Dubuque, IA, Joann (Ray) Schumacher, Zwingle, IA, Mary Ellen (Tom) Timmerman O'Brien, Crystal Lake, IL, Janet (Robert) Graff, Dubuque, IA, Shirley Jean Lemm, Beemer, NE, and many nieces and nephews.

Fr. Beckley was preceded in death by his parents, a sister-in-law, Mary C. Beckley and a brother-in-law, William J. Timmerman.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care of Father Beckley.

A Father Clarence R. Beckley memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



William A. Brady

William A. "Bill" Brady, 92, of Ennoble Manor, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 5:23 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Ennoble Manor.

Family graveside services will be at the East Dubuque Cemetery with Pastor Kayla Lange officiating. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Bill was born on April 25, 1922 in East Dubuque, the son of Lloyd R. and Wilhelmina "Min" (Stoeffler) Brady.

He was a graduate of Independence, Iowa High School.  Bill was formerly employed as a physician assistant at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and did maintenance for both EDSB and Liberty Banks in East Dubuque.

Surviving are three sisters, Lavida "Sis" Springer of Spring Hill, Florida; Audrey Overhouse of East Dubuque; and Peggy Bardsley of Waterloo, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Lloyd "Rip" Brady and a sister Charlene McCarthy.

 

 



Helen J. Willenborg

Helen Jane Willenborg, 93, of Dyersville died Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where the CD of A and the VFW/American Legion Auxiliary will recite the rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a Parish Vigil Service will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Helen was born August 7, 1920, in Dyersville, Iowa, the only daughter of John and Grace (Bockenstedt) Naber. She graduated from Xavier High School in 1938. Helen married Maurice G. Willenborg on November 9, 1943, in Dyersville, Iowa. When Maurice returned from his tour of duty in World War II, they farmed near Petersburg until they retired to Dyersville in 1983. Helen later moved to Ellen Kennedy Living Center in May of 2012.

Helen was active in her community volunteering at Oak Crest Manor, Beckman Catholic High School, the Dyer House, St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary and she led the rosary at the Basilica. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America (CD of A), the American Legion Auxiliary Post 137, VFW Auxiliary Post 7736, Friends of the Library and the Dyersville Historical Society.

She was a good cook and enjoyed her vegetable and beautiful flower gardens. Helen loved to visit with her many relatives - she being the oldest living relative of the Naber-Bockenstedt families. She treasured many activities especially Christmas with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Carla (William) Aldershof of Little Rock, AK, Lola (Dean) Baragary of Winthrop, Paula Forest of Iowa City, and Nyla (Randy) Pettinger of Eden Prairie, MN; grandchildren: Jeffrey (Dana) Baum, Jon (Tina) Baum, Elizabeth Forest, Zachary (Mia) Pettinger, and Abby Pettinger (Chris Hech); great grandchildren: Jesse, Emily, Ashley and Jacob Baum, Charlie and Evan Baum; step grandchildren: Julie Horne, Leslie George, Sean Baragary (Kelsey Leonard) and step great grandchildren: Joe, John, Josh and Jordan Horne, and Caleb and Tessa George; sisters-in-law: Betty Naber, Kay Naber, Caryl Willenborg; brother-in-law, Lee Krapfl and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Maurice in 2001, a daughter, Marcia Lynn in 1953, parents-in-law, Herman and Ella Willenborg, brothers: Donald "Bud" and William Naber; brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Marcella) Naber, sister-in-law, Mildred Krapfl and brother-in-law, Marvin Willenborg.

Memorials may be given to Beckman Catholic High School, St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Above and Beyond Hospice or the Good Neighbor Home.

A special thank you to the caring and professional staff of the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and the Good Neighbor Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Janet M. Marshall

Janet M. Marshall, age 91, of Dubuque, passed away at Stonehill Care Center at 9:27 a.m. on April 29, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Grace Point, 3100 Windsor Ave. , with Pastor Chris English officiating. To celebrate Janet's life friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janet was born on March 31, 1923, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Roy and Millie (Grassel) Curtis.

Before she married, Janet was employed at Chicago-Dubuque. She later managed Manpower with her sister Jean, and was lastly employed at Timmerman's Motor Inn. Janet married William J. Marshall on October 30, 1950, in Galena, Illinois. He preceded her in death on September 16, 2009. She was an avid gardener and loved listening to big band and Willie Nelson music. Janet volunteered her time with Finley Sunshine Circle putting her seamstress skills to good use. She also enjoyed spending time with her exercise club. Janet was a life-time member of Grace Point Church.

Janet is survived by her daughter Cathy (Steve) Roddick, Balltown, IA; her siblings,  Joan (Howard) Higley, Dubuque, IA,  Jane Leibold, Peoria, IL,  Judy Meyer, Dubuque, IA,  Jean Jaeggi, Dubuque, IA.

Janet was preceded in death by her husband ,William J. Marshall, her parents, a sister, Joyce (Bob) Wallschlager, a brother Albert (Bernie) Curtis and 3 brothers-in-law, Joe Leibold, George Meyer and Bob Jaeggi.

A Janet M. Marshall memorial fund had been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff from No Place Like Home Senior Care and Stonehill Care Center for all of the wonderful care they gave Janet.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com.

 



Douglas J. Beidler

Douglas J. Beidler, 51, of Key West, Iowa passed away on Sunday, April 27, 2014 after a long illness. At Doug's request, there will be private services. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Doug was born on August 22, 1962, son of Robert C. Beidler. He married Jodi L. Herbst on October 11, 1985. He was the proud father of Staff Sgt. Robert J. Beidler, of the United States Air Force. His son, Rob was his pride and joy. Doug graduated from Wahlert High School. He was a member of the Rockdale United Methodist Church and a retired member of the Key West Fire Department. He was an outstanding welder, loved large equipment and known as a "Jack of all trades" who could fix or build anything. Doug had a heart of gold and was always willing to help others. He loved animals, children, old westerns and Dale Earnhardt Sr. #3!

Doug is welcomed into heaven by his father and his dear friends Ray "Whitey" Mueller, Doug Tabor, Mike Hefel and his beloved dog "Tuff".

In addition to his wife Jodi, and son Rob, he is survived by his mother and father-in-law, Don and Juanita Herbst; brother-in-law, Don (Pam) Herbst Jr. and family; sister-in-law, Karin (Mike) Friend and family, all of Dubuque.

His closest friends who always supported and believed in him, Dave and Linda, Dave Jr. and Tammi Herbst, Kevin Schadl, Tony (Barb) Gantenbein, Jim (Cindy) Riedl, Tom (Kim) Reittinger, Kevin (Jennifer) Wernimont and Ray and Deb Nicks.

In lieu of flowers, all memorials may be given to the Rockdale United Methodist Church, 1500 Old Mill Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52003.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

Special thanks to Dr. Garrett Ridgley, Dr. Ronald Schope, the staff of Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, in Dubuque, Dr. John Phelan, Dr. Frank Jung and the staff of St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI.



John M. Bradley

John M. Bradley 61 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, April 28, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Friday, May 2, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, where the family will greet friends 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the funeral home, additional visitation will be 1 hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home, with Military Honors Conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

John was born on September 7, 1952 in Dubuque, the son of William C. and Verna (Cook) Bradley. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. John then served in the US Army during Vietnam and transitioned to the Army National Guard, completing 22 years of military service. John was a machinist for AY McDonald and retired after 33 years.

On June 2, 1979, John married Mary Beyer at Resurrection Catholic Church. Throughout his life, John enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, woodworking, going on road trips with the guys and spending time with his family. If anyone needed help he would drop whatever he was doing to lend a hand. In October 2011 John was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, his fight was an inspiration to many, giving him the nickname "Superman in Camo."

Survivors include his wife, Mary; children; Angela (Michael) Hoffman and Anthony (Fiancé' Ashley Black) Bradley; his father, William, siblings, James (Cindy) Bradley and Thomas (Barbie) Bradley; mother in-law, Anna Beyer; in-laws; Michele Beyer, Paul (Shelly) Beyer, Ronald (Robin) Greve, James (Patti) Beyer, Robert (Julie) Beyer, Carla Beyer and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his mother; Verna, father in-law; Edward Beyer, brother in-law; David Beyer, sister in-law; Rose Beyer.

A special thank you to Dr. Mustafa Baskaya and his nurse practitioner Letty Geanon, Dr. Christian Schultheis and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Edna.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in John's memory.

For service details and to leave an on line condolence www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



David L. Casper

David L. Casper, 75, of Dubuque, died Monday, April 28, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Thursday from noon until time of service. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where Military Rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

David was born April 24, 1939 in Shullsburg, Wisc., son of John and Alta (Watson) Casper. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He served in the Army from 1962 to 1964.

David worked at Caradco, then Barnstead-Thermolyne. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by two children, Lori Casper of Dubuque and Timothy (Jessica) Casper of Dubuque; two granddaughters, Alexis and Mercedes Casper; a brother, Bob (Zoe) Casper of Dubuque; and a sister, Susan (Terry) Harris of Peosta.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A David Casper Memorial Fund has been established.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for all of their loving care.



Cleo C. Zaszczurynski

Cleo C. Zaszczurynski, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Cleo was born on March 17, 1920 in Graf, Iowa, the daughter of William and Frances (Albert) Schmitt. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Jo Ann Francois, Kim Burdt, and Kathy Kellogg, all of Dubuque, Michael (Stephanie) Durkin of Silver Spring, Maryland, Timothy (Kathy) Durkin of Dyersville, Iowa, and a daughter-in-law, Sue Durkin of Sarasota, Florida; 23 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; her sister Dorothy Avenarius and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Joseph Plein, Paul Durkin and Leon Zaszczurynski; 3 sons, Patrick Durkin, Bill Plein, and Martin Durkin; a daughter, Janie Feldman; and 4 brothers and 10 sisters.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque.

A memorial fund has been established in Cleo's memory.
For service details and to leave an online condolence www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Richard Lang, Sr.

Richard "Dick Lang, Sr., 81 of 2220 Woodlawn St. died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Diane Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens with Military Honors accorded by American legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Thursday May 1, 2014 at the Funeral Home.

Dick was born on March 17, 1933, the son of Clarence and Mildred (Otting) Lang. Graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1951. and served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 during the Korean War.

He married Leilani "Lonnie" Cooper on July 2, 1955 at Saint Mary's Church. She preceded him in death on January 11, 1999. Dick later married Phyllis Cornwell on March 16, 2001.

He was employed at Dubuque Stamp Company for 44 years retiring in 1995. and was the co owner of Lang Construction. He was a member of American Legion Post #6 and served as a Scout Master from 1965 to 1982 for St. Mary's Troop 8. He also loved to go camping and served as the honorary mayor of Camp 17.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis, three sons Richard "Rick" (Sally) Lang Jr, Brian Lang, Daniel (Cathy) Lang, all of Dubuque, daughters Lisa (Bart Wieden) Fritz, of Thoma, WI, Anne (Denis) Kotz, of Dubuque, step daughters Hollie (Tracy Brimmer) Thomas, and Nicole (Mike Ward) Hines, both of East Dubuque, 23 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren and a sister Jeanne (Arnold) Oberbroeckling, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Leilani, a daughter Lynn Ann and step father Douglas Kennedy.

In lieu of flowers a Richard "Dick" Lang Sr. memorial fund has been established.



Christopher J. Stoffel

Christopher James Stoffel, 21 of Andrew, Iowa formerly of 523 Kaufmann Ave in Dubuque passed away on Saturday April 26, 2014 at home.

Committal services and burial will be at 10:30a.m. Saturday May 3, 2014 at Mount Calvary Cemetery with Deacon Jim Thill officiating. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on November 23, 1992 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leonard "Lenny" and Gail (George) Stoffel.

He loved all sports and was a fan of the Tennessee Titans and also enjoyed to fish. He attended the Boys and Girls Club for many years.

He will be sadly missed by many friends especially; Tanner McInerney, Tom McDermott, Cody Perry, Trevor, Joann and Jeff Dillon

He is survived by his mother Gail Stoffel, of Andrew, Iowa, his best friend and brother Kyle, of Dubuque and Shawn (Casey) of Dubuque. His niece Emma and nephew Nick. His grandmother Rosemary Stoffel, and many aunts and uncles and his faithful companion "Violet"

He was preceded in death by his father Lenny on July 14, 2009, his grandfather Irvin Stoffel, his grandmother Carol George and his friend Jason Lewis.

The family wishes to thank Dick and Charlene Dunwoody, Milton "Ogger" and Mary Ellen George, Jim and LaVon Haxmeier, and Jim and Dorothy Degenhardt for all their kindness to Christopher over the years. Also the Andrew Rescue Squad for all their help.

The family request no flowers. A Christopher James Stoffel memorial fund has been established.



William M. Hickey

William M. "Bill" Hickey, age 66, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:15 a.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Bill's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Bill was born on June 13, 1947, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Frank John and Mary Catherine (Baxter) Hickey.

Bill resided most of his life at Area Residential Care with many years spent at the Hacienda Group Home. During all those years he worked at the ARC Vocational Service Center.

Bill is survived by his siblings, John (Pamela) Hickey, Dubuque, IA, Marien Hickey-Davis, VA, Joe (Diane) Hickey, Dubuque, IA; 11 nieces and nephews.

Bill's "family" also includes the loving clients, staff and care givers at ARC, with special affection for Roxanne Ties, Ernie VanOstrand, Lynn Bries, Lynae Duffy, Bill Cullen and Judy Freese.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque ICU for their wonderful care of Bill.

A William M. "Bill" Hickey memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Ambrose C. Roth

Ambrose C. "Ambie" Roth, 90, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away suddenly at 10:24 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Francis Steffen officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787.

Visitation will be 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Members of American Legion Post # 787 will meet at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m. Sunday and members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at the funeral home at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Ambie was born on December 16, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Valentine and Freda (Helbing) Roth.  He married his one true love, Margie J. Sarazin on July 25, 1945 in Dubuque.

He was a veteran of the Army serving during World War II.  Ambie served with Cannon Company 347th infantry regiment.  He crossed the English Channel on D-Day fighting thru France, Holland, & Germany.  He also fought in the battle of the Bulge.  Other battles and campaigns included the Rhineland and Ardennes, Central Europe.  Ambie received the Purple Heart, Good conduct medal, American theater campaign ribbon, victory medal, combat infantry badge, European African Middle Eastern campaign ribbon and numerous other medals.  He ended his service on December 14, 1945.

Ambie served as Mayor of East Dubuque.  He was formerly employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in 1982.  He enjoyed farming, moving from East Dubuque in 1966 to his farm.  Ambie was an avid euchre player. As of late he enjoyed riding his scooter around the farm, especially back to the quarry to talk to his buddies.

He was a member of the East Dubuque Drum & Bugle Corps, U.A.W. Local # 94, VFW Post #7976 and American Legion Post # 787 both of East Dubuque, Galena Elks Lodge # 882 and the Galena Eagles Club. He was a former member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept.  Ambie will be remembered for the great man he was and for all the things he did for the people he loved and his community.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years Margie J. Roth, a daughter Diane Korish & (special friend) Carl Langkamp of Benton, Wisconsin, two sons, Duane V. Roth of Ash Flats, Arkansas; and David R. (Pam) Roth of East Dubuque, 6 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren 3 great- great- grandchildren, his siblings Darlene Gibson, Helen (Ron) Metcalf, and a sister-in-law Lois Roth all of East Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Valentine & Freda Roth, a son Daniel A. Roth, a granddaughter Tammy L. Roth, a great granddaughter Chelsie Jo Roth, his siblings, John Speaker, Carrie Johnston, Wayne, Edward, Louis & Donald Roth and brother-in-law Gordon Gibson.

 

 



George F. Meyer

George F. Meyer, 93, of 3427 Kauffmann died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Bethany Home. Funeral services will be 11:30 am Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory Where visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 7 pm. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

George was born July 17, 1920 in Dubuque, son of George and Mary (Valroth) Meyer. He served in the US Army during WW II.

On July 15, 1961 he married Betty Wiest in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on March 26, 2011.

George worked at the Dubuque Packing Co. for 35 years before his retirement in 1982. He loved to fish at Swiss Valley. He felt truly blessed to be able to go on the Honor Flight in 2010.

He is survived by a daughter, Ginger (Jeff) Cue of Peosta and two grandchildren, Ryan (Allen) Berger of Dubuque and Tyler Cue of Peosta. He was also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He also preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Lavone, Jeanette, Delores and Ed.

A George Meyer Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care. They would also like to thank George and Betty's neighbors for their loving kindness over the years.

To submit an online condolence, or for further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Frederick E. Hoeger

Frederick E. Hoeger, 80, of Holy Cross, Iowa died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, in Holy Cross where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate and V.F.W. Post  will accord Military Honors.

Fred was born September 14, 1933 in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Leo F. and Pauline C. (Diers) Hoeger.  He married the love of his life Irene Olsem on June 10, 1958 in Colesburg.at  St. Patrick Church.

He was a farmer all his life and enjoyed driving tractors.  He loved visiting with his children and grandchildren. He was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post  and the Catholic Order of Foresters

Survivors include his wife, Irene, 6 children: Jody (Dave) Rolfes of Earlville, Jolene (Loras) Bagge of Worthington, Donita Eckrich of Coralville, Janice (Larry) Lansing of Dyersville, Lynn (Casey) Hoeger and Brenda (Brad) McAuliffe, both of Holy Cross; 22 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis Wille of Monona; in-laws: Marlene Hoeger of New Vienna and Elmer (Wilma) Olsem of Manchester.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Jean (George) Friedmann, Harold, Leo H. (Ileen), LaVerne (Elizabeth), Cyril, William (Ruth) Hoeger and Thomas J. Hoeger; several brothers-and sisters-in-law.

A Fred E. Hoeger Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Duane P. Ritt

Duane Peter Ritt, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Friday April 25, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. Private family services with military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on May 20, 1933, the son of Clarence and Evelyn (Klein) Ritt of Balltown, Iowa. He married Carol Leibfried on April 26, 1954, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville.

Duane served proudly in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956.

He is survived by his wife Carol, six children, Deborah Ritt, of Dubuque, Sharon Maas, of Hazel Green, WI, Michael (Julie) Ritt, of Dubuque, Marsha (Nicholas) Malas, of Madison, WI, Gary (Peggy) Ritt, of Dubuque and Thomas (Nancy) Ritt of Dubuque. Nineteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and two brothers Dennis (Beverly) Ritt, of Milwaukee, and Robert (Mary Ann) Ritt, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Helen Streif.



Robert J. Wieland

Robert "Bob" J. Wieland, 82, of Dubuque, passed away at home on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Monday, April 28, at Holy Spirit Parish - Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., where the family will greet friends starting at 9 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Arrangements are being entrusted with Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Bob was born Jan. 29, 1932 in Dubuque, the son of Leo and Ida (Kaufmann) Wieland. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bob married Louann Powers on Sept. 14, 1963 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Bob worked for Northwestern Bell and then retired from Lucent Technologies; he later worked for BTS with the phone systems at John Deere Dubuque Works.

Bob volunteered weekly for years at the Dubuque Arboretum. He also enjoyed dining out with friends and dancing on Saturday nights at Timmerman's. He loved to travel with Louann, gardening and sharing the produce with neighbors and friends, and also enjoyed fishing from his canoe.

Survivors include his wife, Louann; son Keith (Geri) Wieland; 2 grandchildren, Samantha and Grace Wieland; a sister, Grace (Richard) Jahries; and nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jeanette Davidshofer.

The family would like to thank Dr. Herman and staff, Hospice of Dubuque (Cindi and Nicole), and Home Care (Carla) for all your care and help with Bob.

For service details and to leave an online condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com



Judith A. Harrison

Judith A. "Judy" Harrison, age 71, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 11:56 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital.

To celebrate Judy's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in East Dubuque Cemetery.

Judy was born on June 7, 1942, in Hazel Green, WI, daughter of Harry and Gladys (Dahl) Story. Judy attended school in Cuba City, WI.

She was very creative. Judy enjoyed crafting and attending many area shows over the years, exhibiting and selling the items she made. She was very much a part of her grandchildren's lives and will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

Judy is survived by her children, Kevin (Brenda) Harrison, Gower, MO, and Christopher (Jodi Hagar) Harrison, Dubuque, IA; her 5 grandchildren, Alyssa (Joe) Lathem, Brandon, Bailey, Blake and Tyler Harrison; her 2 great-grandchildren, Jackson Lathem and Kayden Harrison; her special friend, Henry Hanson, East Dubuque, IL; and many friends, especially Jackie and Karla.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, JeanAnn Brockmeier; and 2 brothers, Vern and Russell Story.

In lieu of flowers, a Judith A. "Judy" Harrison memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Glenn G. Meader

Glenn G. Meader, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, April 22, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private graveside service and burial will be held at a later date from the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Glenn Gary Meader was born on Jan. 28, 1949 in Elkhart, Indiana, to Glenn Edmond and Verna Evelyn (Tinkey) Meader. He grew up in the Wyoming and Monmouth areas and then served his country honorably from 1968 to 1984. He married Kathleen Rowe on July 26, 2010 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Upon receiving his honorable discharge, Glenn worked as a truck driver for several years. He enjoyed fishing and computer games.

Those left to honor Glenn's memory include his wife, Kathleen Rowe-Meader, of Maquoketa, IA; children Todd (Kyleigh) Meader, Glynnda (Travis) Bolsinger, Eddie Davis, and David (Candice) Meader; 17 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters Nancy Richmond of WI and Donna Wall of IA; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Douglas and Grace Rowe of Shanghai, China; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Scotty Meader; and a brother, Lynn Meader.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Howard E. Clark

Howard E. "Sonny" Clark, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday evening, April 22, 2014, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Sonny's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Friday, April 25, from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. Friends and family may gather prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. at The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Howard Eugene Clark was born on Sept. 13, 1927 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Howard and Alvena (Isbell) Clark. He was educated in Ottumwa, Bellevue and lastly Maquoketa. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He married Pat Love, and later married Alberta Cooper on Oct. 23, 1982 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Feb. 2, 2003.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Sonny worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. He then worked for his dad clearing and bulldozing roads for many years, and later for his brother Lloyd as a backhoe operator until retirement.

Sonny was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting, and doing yard work. He also liked to donate his time caring for area cemeteries.

Those left to honor Sonny's memory include his brother, Allen Lee Clark of Maquoketa, IA; a sister-in-law, Barbara Clark of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alberta; brothers Dillon and Lloyd; and sisters Freida Marie Seiler and Bernadine Heinzel Starr.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



William L. Kaiser

William L. "Bill" Kaiser, age 63, of Briar Place in Indian Head Park, IL, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away at 12:51 a.m., on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital of natural causes. Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Pastor John Sorenson officiating. To celebrate Bill's life friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Bill was born on September 8, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William F. and Bernice (Lippstock) Kaiser.

Bill was a lifelong resident of Dubuque. He was employed at A.Y. McDonald as a machinist for several years. In his free time Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, shooting pool, bowling and dancing. He also liked listening to country and western music and singing karoke. Bill played guitar and keyboard and in his younger years played drums in a band.

Bill is survived by, his son, William F. "Bill" Kaiser, Dubuque, IA; his siblings, Mona (Jerry) Merrick, Dubuque, IA, Deann Kaiser, Aurora, IL, Gordon J. Kaiser, Dubuque, IA; his nephews, Brandon (Carrie) Merrick, Aren (Joyce) Merrick, both of Dubuque, IA; his niece, Amber (Joe) Otway, Orland Hills, IL.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers a William L. "Bill" Kaiser memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Shirley A. Green

Shirley A. Green, 79, of Monticello, Iowa died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Ed and Joan Hemphill Hospice Unit in St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello prior to the funeral mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello with burial in the church cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Paul Baldwin.

Shirley was born on April 14, 1935, in Viola, Iowa, the daughter of Jonas and Bessie (Drumbarger) Hakes. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish. Shirley and her sisters were raised in Viola where they shared many fun times and fond memories for a lifetime. She married Claude Green on November 25, 1965, at St. Jospeh Catholic Church in Stone City. They moved from Cascade to their new home in Monticello in 1969, where they raised their daughter. She and Claude loved to travel, especially to Nashville, TN and out West. Shirley was very proud of her family and loved all of the children for whom she babysat. She was especially proud of her granddaughters, who have in recent years blessed her with her dogs, Chanel and Duke. She loved all animals.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa (Dean) Stevens of Monticello; 2 granddaughters: Danielle and Nicole and special nieces: Tammy and Analecia Harms (Scott Christensen); a sister: LaCretia Graves of Cedar Rapids; brothers and sisters-in-law: Lois Green of Dubuque, John (Marcella) Green and Charles (Mary) Green, both of Cascade, and Robert Offermann of Prairieburg; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Claude in 1998, 2 sisters, an infant sister and Margaret Jaeger; in-laws: Louis Graves, Joseph Green, Mary Jo Offerman, Virginia (Vince) Kremer, Ted (Mildred) Green, Loras Green, Arnold Green, Oscar (Bernice) Green and Mary Estelle (Frank) Simon.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Bernice Swift

Bernice (Rellihan) Swift, 104, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Bethany Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where friends may call from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Bernice was born on June 3, 1909 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Alice (Martell) Rellihan. She graduated as class valedictorian from Dubuque Senior High School in 1927 and then began work as a secretary at the Chamberlain Insurance Agency in Dubuque.

On September 16, 1931, Bernice married Adrian Swift at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dubuque and together they raised eight children. She was secretary and bookkeeper for her husband's business, Swift Plumbing and Heating. He preceded her in death on December 24, 1979.

Bernice was a kind and gentle woman of strong faith, whose greatest love was her family. She had a great wit and a keen sense of humor. Bernice enjoyed travel, reading, music and following sporting events, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and the New York Yankees. She will be sadly missed.

Bernice was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Surviving are her children, sons, Terrence (Therese) Swift, of Fairview Park, Ohio, Thomas (Sharon) Swift, of Dubuque, Gerald (Diane) Swift, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; daughters, Nancy (James) Klauer and Susan (John) Miller, both of Dubuque, and Kathy Steffen, of Urbandale, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Preceding Bernice in death, besides her husband, were a daughter, Connie, on Dec. 24, 2003 and a son, Edward, on July 4, 2006; also, a sister, Evelyn Hubbard and brothers, Donald "Scoop" and Robert Rellihan, and a grandson, James Swift, who died at birth.

Memorials may be given to Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque or Sacred Heart Church.

The family would like to extend sincerest gratitude to the caregivers at Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque and River Bend Assisted Living for the loving care and kindness they extended to Bernice in her final years.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



Laura A. Nilles

Laura A. (Meyer) Nilles, 66, of Dubuque, died peacefully Wednesday evening, April 16, 2014, at Luther Manor surrounded by her family.

A funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, April 26, at Holy Trinity Church in Dubuque. There will be no visitation. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of arrangements.

Laura was born on April 24, 1947, daughter of Robert J. and Rosemary R. (Frommelt) Meyer. She married Keith Nilles on July 25, 1970, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

She received a B.A. Degree from Clarke University and a Master Degree in school counseling and guidance from Kansas State University.

Laura spent her life loving children, as a mother, teacher and school counselor. She enjoyed traveling, music, sewing, drawing and gardening. Laura also enjoyed meeting new people and accepted and appreciated people for their uniqueness.

Laura is survived by her husband, Keith; her two daughters, Erika (Jeff) Nilles-Plumlee, of Lawrence, Kansas and Kirstin (Steve) Kunkel, of Perrysburg, Ohio; five grandchildren; and her mother, Rosemary Meyer, of Dubuque.

Laura was preceded in death by her father, Robert J. Meyer.

A Laura A. Nilles Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmanschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

"Special thanks to the staffs of Luther Manor and Above and Beyond Hospice for their compassionate and loving care for Laura and her family, especially those that share and enjoyed music with Laura."

 



Kenneth L. Ritenour

Kenneth L. Ritenour, 73, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque. Private burial services will be in Center Grove Cemetery at a later date. Friends may greet the family from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Kenneth was born June 12, 1940 in Aledo, IL, the son of Kenneth and Alice (Schauff) Ritenour. He married his high school sweetheart Janice Driskell on August 1, 1959 in Macomb, IL. He retired from John Deere Dubuque Works after 32 years of service and was a member of UAW Local 94.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was very devoted to his grandchildren and especially enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears with his grandson Nick. He took special delight in his great granddaughter Leah. He enjoyed wintering in Arizona and loved golfing with his friends at Bunker Hill.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 54 years, Janice; daughter LeeAnn (Bob) Behnke of Dubuque; grandsons Chad Schemmel of Iowa City and Nick Schemmel of Dubuque; great granddaughters Leah and Alanah Schemmel of Dubuque; a sister Jude Claussen of Dubuque; 2 step-granddaughters, 5 step-great grandchildren and 1 step- great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son Jimmie and a daughter Laurie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude's Children's Hospitals or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hermann and his nurses and Hospice of Dubuque and their kind staff.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.

 



David R. Reno

David R. "Reno" Reno, 66, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday April 8, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.

A celebration of life service will be at 6:00p.m. on Thursday May 1st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Family and friends may gather from 3:00p.m. until time of services Thursday May 1st at the funeral home.

David was born on January 2, 1948 in Dubuque, the son of Alphonse and Virginia (Lauck) Reno. He was a self employed mason for 37 years, and for the last four years employed at the Diamond Jo as a Table games Dealer.

He enjoyed reading, nature walks, cooking, lifting weights, and he loved to garden, he received many "Best In Show" ribbons for his flowers.

He is survived by his wife Rose, Three stepdaughters, Jennifer Bradley, Melissa (Chris) Schute, and Dorothy Bradley, and several step grandchildren.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

The family would like to thank to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb K.

In lieu of flowers, a David Reno memorial fund has been established.



Mary Virginia Thompson

Mary Virginia "Winnie" Thompson, 85, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at home with family.

Share your memories of Winnie with friends and family on Sunday, April 20, from 3 to 8 pm at Hoffmann-Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 21, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with visitation at 9 to 10:15 am. at the church. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Born May 2, 1928 in Youngstown, Ohio, Winnie and the Deibel family moved to Dubuque in 1945. After graduating from the Visitation Academy, she married John F. "Jack" Thompson in 1950. She was a passionate advocate for the City of Dubuque with a take charge attitude. As a founding member of Dubuque Main Street, her dedication to historical preservation, passion, energy, hard work and creativity was instrumental in the development of the Dubuque Trolley, Childrens Museum, the Ice Harbor Emporium, the beautification of Riverfront Harbor, the memorial flags on Grandview Avenue, and the resurgence of Farmers Market, to name a few. Her hard working and giving back approach to life earned her numerous local and state awards for her volunteer work. She was a former member of the Dubuque County Historical Society and Dubuque Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

She was a loving spouse and mother, whose presence will always be felt.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Jack; four children, Tom (Diane) of Farley, Terry (Brigid) of Vadnais Hts, MN, Jean (Charlie) Daoud, Catherine (Paul) Kloft of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren, Eric Thompson, Katy (Sean )Thompson, Patrick Thompson, Christina, Rachael, Sam, Gabrielle Daoud, Samantha, Jack, Lauren Kloft, Angie Shields; 2 great-grandchildren, Leilani and Owen; and her brother, Jim Deibel, Belton, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Irene Deibel; and brother, Jerry Deibel.

The family gratefully appreciates the kindness, support, cards and prayers of her friends. They would also like to thank Dr. Viner, Ann Kluesner, and the caregivers from Hospice for their kindness and exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers memorials to Camp Albrecht Acres or Hospice of Dubuque are preferred.



Elmer John Hilkin

Elmer John Hilkin, 92, formerly of 1817 Rhomberg Avenue, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 6. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church

Elmer was born July 6, 1921, in St. Catherine, Iowa, son of Albert and Rose (Butlett) Hilkin. He married Jeanette Meis on Nov. 11, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a 50 year member of the American Legion Post 6.

He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Company for 35 years and at American Trust and Savings Bank for four years until he retired.

He was a member of Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanette Hilkin, of Dubuque; three sons, James (Judy) Hilkin, of Burlington, IA, Daniel (Jen) Hilkin, of Fremont, NE, and Chris (Tara) Hilkin, of
Dubuque; four daughters, Lois (Terrence) Hirsch, of Fitchburg, Wisc., Rose (Doug) Bowers, of Waukesha, Wisc., Lynn (Dan) Chapman, of Dubuque, and Mary (Larry) Hird, of Bernard, IA; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Florence Meis, of Holy Cross, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marcella O'Hea; three brothers-in-law, Steve O'Hea, Joe Meis, and Lester Willenbring; and a sister-in-law, Leora Willenbring.

The family wishes to thank Elmer's Stonehill family for their loving care.

The family requests no flowers; An Elmer J. Hilkin Memorial has been established.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com.



Sandra L. Williams

Sandra L. "Sandy" Williams, age 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 6:43 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Sandy's life, friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in the Cassville Cemetery.

Sandy was born on May 18, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Kenneth and Rachel (Lang) Foell.

Sandy attended St. Mary's School and then went to work at Flexsteel Industries for 23 years until 1980. She married David Welbes in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1962. She later married Dawson "Pete" Williams. Sandy was an accomplished seamstress and could sew just about anything. She enjoyed reading her cookbooks, cooking and watching classic movies. Sandy was the happiest when she was with her family.

Sandy is survived by, her children, Robin (Steve) Welbes Kane, Cedar Rapids, IA, Shelby Joseph Welbes, Asbury, IA, Dawson Peter Williams, Dubuque, IA; her 3 grandchildren, Camille LeGrand, Natalie Kane and Jeremy Kane; her sister, Beverly Duggan, Lakewood Ranch, FL; her 3 aunts, Virginia Eudaley, Donna Bradley, both of Dubuque, IA, June Silverberg, San Juan Capistrano, CA; her uncle, Arnold "Skip" (Mary) Lang, Dubuque, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

Sandy was preceded in death by her father Kenneth Foell and her mother and step-father Rachel and Delbert Fullbright.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis for all of the wonderful care they provided Sandy these past years.

In lieu of flowers a Sandra L. "Sandy" Williams memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



James E. Hawks

James Edward "Ed" Hawks, 83, of Dubuque, died Saturday April 19, 2014. A wake will be held at Resurrection Church on Tuesday, April 22, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m., with a funeral Mass celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.
Ed was born in Creston, Iowa, on July 16, 1930. He was the much-loved sixth child of Laura and William L. Hawks. His childhood was spent with six siblings, Theresa, Paul, Gene, Vince, Loretta, and Patricia. His was a happy childhood on the family farm despite Depression and drought in that southwestern corner of Iowa.

At the age of 14, he went to boarding school to attend Loras Academy in Dubuque. Here he met the love of his future years, Charlene Vorwald. Ed went on to pre-engineering studies at Loras College for two more years. During his six years at Loras, he made enduring friendships with classmates. These valued friendships continued all of his life.

He transferred to Iowa State University to continue his engineering studies but the Korean War intervened and Ed served four years in the Air Force as a medic. On November 19, 1951, Ed and Char married at Nativity Church in Dubuque. The seven children and spouses are: Tim (Mary Lew McCormick) of Shorewood, Wisconsin; Teri (John) Goodmann of Dubuque, Iowa; Cathy (Tony) Topf of Wonder Lake, Illinois; Laura Hawks of Iowa City, Iowa; Susan (Dan) Goodmann of Sugar Grove, Illinois; Carolyn (Bill) Bates of Davenport, Iowa; and Lisabeth Hawks of Aurora, Illinois. Ed is also survived by 17 grandchildren, Colleen (Tristan) Laura, Tyler, Charlie, Emily, Ellen (Tom), Edward (Kristin), Elise, Nick (Vanessa), Greg (Shannon), Maureen, Joseph, Julia, Anna, Tom, Megan, Peter; and six great-grandchildren, Coralyn, Grace, Alysia, Violet, Freya and Eddie.

Ed, always inspired by a beautiful building, bridge, or elevated walkway, spent the next many years working as a consulting engineer in Des Moines, Davenport, and at the University of Iowa.

Long before retirement Ed and Char bought an old stone house, lovingly called the Rock House, near Bellevue, Iowa. Happy years were spent at the peace of the Rock surrounded by friends and family.

Ed celebrated life despite a damaging aneurysm fourteen years ago. In 2007, Ed and Char moved to Dubuque. Ed died April 19, 2014. He had I lived a life dedicated to his values: his faith, family, friends, and country.

Respecting Ed's commitment to social justice, memorials may be made to: the Dubuque Rescue Mission; Serve Haiti, a mission providing water and health services to a remote mountain community in Haiti; Resurrection Church; or Hospice of Dubuque. If one so desires, simply planting a tree, shrub or flower in his honor would be most fitting.

Ed always had a story to share and a quick smile that will be missed. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. His family was his life.

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Margaret M. Kendall

Margaret M. "Marg" Kendall, age 69, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 8:35 a.m., on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1700 Lincoln Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Marg's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born on December 31, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Clement and Anna (Charland) Deeny.

Marg married James L. Kendall on August 3, 1963. She was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Parish, where she sang in the choir and was a Eucharistic Minister. She volunteered regularly at the nursing homes, with a special fondness for the residents at Sunnycrest Manor. Marg loved spending time with her daughters and granddaughters and especially enjoyed the annual family outing at the Thresher Reunion in Mt. Pleasant.

Marg is survived by, her husband of 50 years, Jim Kendall, Dubuque, IA; her 2 daughters, Karen (Bill) Pins, Karla (Mike) Viertel, both of Dubuque, IA; her granddaughers, Mia Pins, Lillian Viertel and Kayla (Chris) Martin; her two great-grandsons, Tucker and Logan Martin; her sisters, Bernie Scadden, Rock Island, IL, Rita (Wayne) Tschiggfrie, Colorado Springs, CO, Karen (Dick) Wold of Durango, IA; her brother, Tom (Marilyn) Deeny, Dubuque; IA, her sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis (Bill) Jaeggi, Joan (Bob) Remakel, all of Dubuque, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

Marg was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Special thanks to Tri-State Dialysis, Dr. Ringold, Dr. Kirkendall and Kate for their constant care.

A Margaret M. "Marg" Kendall memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Pearl A. Recker

Pearl A. Recker, 92, of Dyersville, Iowa died peacefully on Thursday, April 17, 2014, surrounded by her family at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Pearl was born on July 17, 1921, in Worthington Iowa, the daughter of Ben A. and Rose Mary (Billmeyer) Schemmel. She married Gerald "Jerry" Recker on August 30, 1945, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. They were blessed with 62 years together, until Jerry's passing in 2008. Together they worked in partnership on the family farm near Sand Springs. In 1978, they moved to Dyersville to semi-retire, and pass on the century farm to the next generation.

Pearl remained active with bowling, golfing, traveling, shopping and card clubs. In recent years, she enjoyed an occasional stop at the casino, watching the Cubs, and visiting with friends and family.

Her greatest passion was raising four sons with Jerry. Together they instilled Christian values, a strong work ethic, and the importance of education. She especially treasured her time spent with grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Pearl was deeply committed to her faith and a member of the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Survivors include 3 sons: Ken (Anne) of Ames, Steve (Cathy) of Sand Springs and David of Dyersville; a daughter-in-law, Linda Recker of Iowa City; 7 grandchildren, Beth (Brad) LaCoste, Christine (Brent) Jacobson, Michael (Sarah) Recker, Ben Recker, Jeff (Emily) Recker, Michaela (Jason) Coyle and Megan Recker; 9 great grandchildren; a brother, Bernard Schemmel, and 2 sisters-in-law: Gladys Schemmel and Madonna Gudenkauf.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Gary in 2014, siblings: Leo and Leroy Schemmel, Marion (Vernon) Gudenkauf and Jeanne (Walter) Moorman; in-laws: Marie (Joe) Moorman, Raymond (Cecilia) Recker, Florian (Helen) Recker, Irvin (Catherine and Anna) Recker and Gilbert (Katherine) Recker, Ernie (Irene) Recker.

A memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Robert L. Phillips

Robert L. "Bob" Phillips, 72, of Dubuque went home to be with the Lord Thursday morning, April 17, 2014. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where visitation will be held Tuesday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Bob was born November 26, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Robert and Cecelia (deRanitz) Phillips. He married Alice Hurst on March 18, 1961 at Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisc. They moved to Dubuque in 1963 when Bob went to work for Edwards Concrete. Bob and his partners purchased the company in 1974 and Bob continued working there until his retirement in 2007.
Bob was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and served as an Usher, Elder and was on the Board of Trustees.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Phillips of Dubuque; four children, Rev. Michael (Amy) Phillips of Lima, Ohio, and their children, Noah and Josiah; Susan (Bob) Rehfeldt of Dubuque, and their children, Ryan, Emily and Taylor; Mark Phillips of Dubuque; and Bob Phillips, Jr., of Dubuque and his children, Chad and Dyllon; Three brothers, Roger (Barbara), Bill (Pat) and Earl (Karen) Phillips; two sisters, Janice (Will) Memmel, and Jean Kozinski. He is also survived by a sister in law, Joan Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dennis and James.

Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

The family would like to thank Drs. Sullivan and Janes, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Angela and Amy for their wonderful care.

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Jeanne M. Quade

Jeanne M. Quade, age 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 4:30 a.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Jeanne's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Jeanne was born on September 28, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Harold and Dolores (Janzig) Roeth.

Jeanne was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. She married Robert Quade on October 29, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 21, 2004. Jeanne was a full time wife, mother and homemaker. She had a strong faith in Jesus and was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Jeanne enjoyed bowling and playing Bingo. She loved being a mother, grandma and great-grandma. Jeanne had 5 brothers and loved each one dearly. Jeanne was a true testament and role model of a kind and compassionate woman who not only knew, but understood the value of unconditional love. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Jeanne is survived by, her children, Peggy Grant, Port St. Lucie, FL, Brad Quade, Dubuque, IA, Wanda Quade, Dubuque, IA, Tammy Quade, East Dubuque, IL; her grandchildren, Randy Grant, Shannon Lehnhardt and Bobby Lehnhardt, her great-granddaughter, AudRihanna Thomas; her 2 brothers, Jim Roeth, Dubuque, IA, Don Roeth, Madison, WI; 2 Sisters-in-law, Elaine Roeth, Dubuque, IA, Mary Fumoso, Fond Du Lac, WI.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert and 3 brothers Ken, Gary and Tom Roeth. 3 Sisters-in-law, Gale, Shirley and Billie Roeth.

The family of Jeanne would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab for all their loving care and abundant hugs.

A Jeanne M. Quade memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Anna C. Heacock

Anna C. Heacock 88 of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd.  Family will greet friends 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at the funeral, where there will be a 7:30 p.m. Prayer Service.  Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Anna was born on April 13, 1926, the daughter of William and Anna (Johnson) McCarthy.  She married Louis D. Heacock on June 5, 1943, he passed on June 14, 1984.  Anna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker.  She volunteered, an avid bowler, and a member of Resurrection Catholic Church.

Survivors include her children; Gloria (Ed) Herbst of Sherrill, Carol (Ron) Winter of Asbury, Kenneth (Helen) Heacock of Dubuque, Dean (Sally) Heacock of Asbury, and Duane (Mary) Heacock of Peosta; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; siblings; Joan (Eldon) Schmitt and Mary Smith; in-laws; Mary McCarthy and Dorene McCarthy.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis; a son, Arvel "Red"; a grandson, Gene Herbst; siblings; Justin, Orland, William, Robert, Loras, Eileen, and Lorraine.

A special thank you to Becky and Heather, Hospice of Dubuque (Dawn), and the staff of the Dubuque Retirement Community.

A memorial fund has been established in Anna's memory.

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Patricia M. Winger

Patricia M. Winger, age 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:15 a.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia was born on January 31, 1935, in Dubuque, daughter of Harold and Letha (Lyons) Duggan.

Patricia met the love of her life at age 17, who was the "boy next door" and married Gerald Winger on April 16, 1955 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Patricia worked at the Egg Factory and Dubuque Dry Battery Factory until becoming a homemaker to raise her family. Patricia enjoyed conversation and coffee with her open door policy in her loving home. She loved cooking, reading, bird watching, gardening and picnics in the park while spending time with those she cherished.

Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Gerald Winger, Dubuque, IA; her 8 children, Patti (Jay) Telford, Springfield, MN., Mike Winger, Dubuque, IA, Sue (Bob Carpender) Reisdorf, Dubuque, IA, David Winger, Dubuque, IA, Jayne (Bill Kehl) Winger, Dubuque, IA, Karen (Mike) Bray, Boerne, TX.,  Gerald Jr., (Patti) Winger, Dubuque, IA., Steven (Wendy) Winger, Lancaster, WI; 22 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Carl (Sherry) Duggan, Cedar Rapids, IA; her beloved Shih Tzu, Abby.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Richard (Myrna) Duggan, a sister Joyce (Ivan) Baker, a grandson, Gary Telford.

The family would like to thank Ray Otting, John McCann, Scott Hos, Carol and Lynn Krieg, Ron Powers RN, Medical Associates and Mercy Medical Center for all their love and support.

A Patricia M. Winger memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Harold R. Otto

Harold R. Otto, 97 of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd., where the family will greet friends 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Harold was born February 6, 1917 in Dubuque, the son of Richard and Bertha (Beyer) Otto. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1935. Harold married his beloved wife, Iva Bastian on September 28, 1940 at St. John's Lutheran Church, she passed on January 16, 1982. He then served in the US Army for 2 years, stationed in the Philippines. Harold worked as a machine operator for 42 years at Caradco, retiring in 1981. He enjoyed the Caradco retirees luncheons throughout the year. Harold was a proud member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and was recognized for more then 25 years of volunteering at St. Peter Lutheran Church. He enjoyed conversations and visiting with people, and always welcomed visitors and talking about stories of days passed.

Survivors included a niece; Grace (Robert) Bodish of Dubuque; several great, great-great, and great-great-great, nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Iva; siblings, Louisa and Bernice; a nephew, Richard; nieces, Joyce and Corrinne.

The family requests no flowers; memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church or St. Peter Lutheran Church Foundation in Harold's memory.

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Richard W. Claussen

Richard "Dick" William Claussen, M. D. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on April 15th after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa, where there will be a visitation Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.

He was born October 19, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa and graduated from DeWitt Central High School in 1962. He attended the University of Iowa as an undergraduate where he met and married the love of his life, Linda. In 1970, he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He interned at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa in 1975. He then served in the US Navy as a doctor from 1975-1977 at Quantico Marine Base.

In 1977, he returned to the Midwest and began practicing ophthalmology at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque. Dick was a consummate professional who loved not only his practice but also his many loyal patients. He was highly regarded for his professionalism, perfectionism, and dedication to advancing knowledge of his specialty. After almost 30 years of practice, he retired at the end of 2006.

Dr. Claussen is survived by his loving wife Linda; his two sons Brian (Amy) and Scott (Emily); his two brothers, Robert, Jr. (Linda), and Ronald (Donna); and many nieces, nephews and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Roberta.

Dick was a dynamo of a man who enjoyed life to the fullest. Whether he was fishing in Canada with his sons and friends, scuba diving the Caribbean, or playing golf around the country, he was having the time of his life. He hiked, biked, kayaked, canoed, golfed and explored the outdoors with passion whether it was in Iowa or his second home in Tonto Verde, Arizona. Known for an easy laugh, a kind heart, an analytical mind, a helping hand, and boundless energy, he and his radiant smile will be sorely missed.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their tender and merciful care - a special thank you to Katie G. and Stacie.

Birth is a beginning
And death is a destination
And life is a journey
A sacred pilgrimage --
To life everlasting

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:

Hospice of Dubuque, Iowa - www.hospiceofdubuque.org
Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, Arizona - www.hov.org
Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation C/O Linda Claussen.

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Richard P. Hoppman

Richard P. Hoppman, 59, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away into eternal peace on Monday, April 14, 2014, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church in Menominee with Fr. Francis Steffen officiating.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m.

Rick was born on September 14, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lloyd and Viginia (Duehr) Hoppman.

He owned/operated Hoppman Trucking for more than 25 years. Rick looked forward to the annual Sugar Bottom camping trip with the whole Hoppman clan. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially having cookouts and going to his grandkids ball games. Tinkering in his garage was a true passion and he was a master at fixing anything with caulk.

Surviving are his three children, Lynn (Tom) Sheehan of Hazel Green, Heidi Hoppman of Watford City, North Dakota & Cory (Nicolle) Hoppman of Dubuque, six grandchildren, Cody, Alex, Jake, Hunter, Hayden & Olivia (she's on the way), his father Lloyd Hoppman, Rick's special friend of many years Brenda Metcalf, nine siblings, Susan (Roger) Anderson, Sharon (Randy) Saffron, Tom (Peggy) Hoppman, Tim (Chris) Hoppman, Don Hoppman, Ann (Jim) Burke, Mike Hoppman, Gerry (Chris) Hoppman and Karen (Keith) Knockel, his best friend Chuck Kerstein, former wife Debbie (Bruce) LeGrand, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Hoppman, a brother David, his grandparents Philip & Genevieve Hoppman and Peter & Martha Duehr, a grand-dog Kallie, his in-laws Justin & Doris Donovan, and many aunts and uncles.

A Rick Hoppman memorial fund has been established.

 



Andrew J. Grant

Andrew James Grant, 47, died from complications of cancer at the home of his parents on April 15,2014.

Services will be at 7:00p.m. Friday April 18th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Friends may call after 3:00p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Private family burial and military honors by American Legion Post #6 will be at Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray.

Andrew was born on March 30, 1967 in Dubuque, son of John T. (Jack) and Karen (Baumhover) Grant.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1985 and attended Iowa State University and Kirkwood Community College.

He entered the US Army Reserve while still attending high school. Later, he was a member of the Iowa National Guard. He married Lori Courtney in 1993.

Andy held many and varied jobs. He loved to cook, play cards and ride his bike. He readily volunteered his time to help anyone in need of a handyman, a hearty meal or a big belly laugh. Andy was 'Mr. Mom' to his children; loved and was proud of them and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Selena Courtney, of Dyersville, Austin (Heather Tomkins) Grant, and Sierra Grant, both of Dubuque, his grandchildren, Hayden, Lillyan, Izech, Kaydence and EllieAuna; his parents Jack and Karen Grant of Peosta; siblings, Angie (Tim Bickett) Moore of Dubuque
and Alan Grant of Peosta; nieces, nephews, aunts uncles and cousins.

Andy was preceded in death by an infant son, Alexander James Grant, in 1994; his paternal grandparents, John T and Charlotte (Gerstkamp) Grant
and his maternal grandparents, Wesley G and Betty (Roeber) Baumhover.

The family thanks the staff of the Wendt Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness.



Bev Durkop

Bev Durkop, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Bev's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Beverly Ann Jean Current was born on January 19, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Sr. and Daisy (Wray) Current. She grew up in Maquoketa and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1962. She married Robert "Bob" Durkop on December 10, 1966 in Fulton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 19, 2000.

Bev was a homemaker and since 1989 had worked on and off for Hermes Auto and Upholstery in Maquoketa as a parts runner and upholsterer.

Bev loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed woodworking, crafts, fishing, and playing the guitar and singing. In her early years she liked driving race cars and was one of the first females in this area to do so successfully.

Those left to honor Bev's memory include her daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Ron Covert of Algona, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jonathan and Ronald; brothers, Jim (Sarah) Current of Maquoketa, IA, Donald (Evelyn) Current of Cedar Rapids, IA, George (Donna) Current of Camanche, IA, and Richard (Shirley) Current of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Donna Said of Maquoketa, IA; and a special friend, Joan Maynard of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother-in-law Donald Said, a nephew David Said, special friend Maxine Countryman, and a brother Robert Lee Current.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bev Durkop memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.

 



Florence M. Kactro

Florence M. Kactro, 90 of Bethany Home, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson and the Rev. Msgr. Carlton Hermann officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church.

Florence was born on January 13, 1924 in Rockford, Iowa, the daughter of Carlton and Lydia (Vala) Hermann. She received her RN degree from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and worked on the obstetrics floor at Mercy for 35 years. On June 12, 1947, Florence married Michael Kactro at the Church of The Nativity. Family was the most important thing in the world to Florence and was the cornerstone in her life. She enjoyed reading, gardening and baking her famous apple pie.

Surviving is her husband, Michael of Dubuque; her children Anne (Rick) Juergens of Decorah, IA, Mary (Joe) Trannel of East Dubuque, IL, Mike (Heidi) Kactro of West Bend, WI, Barb (Bob) Larsen of Chicago, IL and Sue (Rick) Thibadeau of Dubuque, IA; her grandchildren, Ben (Steph) Trannel, Ryan (Robyn) Trannel, Alex Trannel, Gretchen (Tony) Sisco, Jennifer (Mike) Hoffman, Mike Larsen, Jill (Chris) Schulte, Jeff Thibadeau, Curtis, Kyle and Christopher Kactro; 8 great grandchildren; her brother, Rev. Msgr. Carlton Hermann and her sister, Joan (Martin) Mazourek.

She was preceded in death by her sister Bea Hermann and her parents.

Memorials may be given to the Florence M. Kactro memorial fund, Bethany Home, Mercy Medical Center or to a charity of choice.

Florence's family wishes to extend a special thank you Drs. Thomas Sinsky and Mark Janes, the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center and the staff at Bethany Home for their care and support.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

On line condolences may be sent to www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Tommy L. Boots

Tommy Lee Boots, 82, 2735 Monastery Dr, Dubuque, IA passed away on April 4th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Family and friends may gather from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. Thursday April 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where a service will be held at 6pm with Dianne Grace officiating.

He was born on November 2, 1931 in Elkader, Iowa, the son of Clarence Boots and Grace Henrietta Louisa Lange.

Tommy married Jean Nicks on August 5, 1977 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tommy spent over 40 years as a semi truck driver and was always ready to share tales of the road. During his time behind the wheel, Tommy was lucky enough to see 48 of the 50 states, Mexico and Canada. He enjoyed seeing the country, seeing how people lived in different parts of the nation and in his own words, he learned more driving on the road than he ever did in school.

Tommy is survived by his wife Jean; daughter Angela; sisters Darlene (Edward) Pottebaum, Carol (Lee) Jellison, Betty Ferguson; a brother, Richard "Dick" Boots; and many nieces and nephews that held a special place in his heart and adored their Uncle Tom.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, father-in-law Kenneth Nicks, mother-in-law Mary (Pottebaum) Nicks; sisters Sally Drier, Gwen Vanderah; and brothers Clarence "Jim" (Deanne) Boots, Kenny Boots.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ronald Schope, the nurses and staff of Unity Point-Finley hospital, Angie and Keri from Above and Beyond, Jaime from Scenic Valley, and Dubuque Fire and Rescue.

 



Charlotte A. May

Charlotte A. (Moes) May age 82 died Monday April 14, 2014 at Stonehill Care Center.

Because of the upcoming Holy Week a Mass Of Christian Burial will be held Today at 10:30a.m. at The Church of the Nativity, with Rev. Scott Bullock Officiating. Friends of Charlotte may gather after 9 am today at the church and may also join in with the parish Rosary to be recited at 10:00a.m. In memory of her parents commitment to Medicine Charlotte has donated her remains to the Deeded Body Program at Iowa City. Following her gift she will be buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in Charge of arrangements.

Charlotte was born on September 19, 1931 in Dubuque the daughter of Dr. Matthew and Gertrude Moes. She married Randy May and he preceded her in death. She enjoyed nature and loved to take trips and travel no matter how short or how long a trip may be. She also enjoyed watching Golf and was always up for a good time, even after moving to Stonehill.

She was a member of the Church of the Nativity, Theresians of America and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

She is survived by her two children Stephen (Cindy) May, and Kathleen (Daniel) Miklas, both of Bowling Brook, IL. A grandson, two great grandchildren and her cousins especially Sr. Dolores Moes, PBVM who cared for Charlotte for many years.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Charlotte, and especially to Stonehill Care Center nurses and staff for all their wonderful care and friendship these last ten years.

 



Delores M. Tigges

Delores M. Tigges, age 87, of Dubuque, was called home by the angels at 9:50 a.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Rev. Eugene C. Kutsch officiating. To celebrate Delores' life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Delores was born on September 2, 1926, in Luxemburg, Iowa, daughter of Michael and Sophia (Conrad) Ries. She grew up on the farm and later became a long time Dubuque resident. In her younger days, she met her future husband, Oscar Leo Tigges, Jr., and they dated while dancing on roller skates. Delores and Oscar were married on November 4, 1950, in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death in February of 1986. Delores worked as an avid housekeeper in several private homes in the Dubuque area for over 30 years. In her free time she enjoyed cooking, dancing, flowers, gardening and caring for her special needs grandson, Jamie. Delores loved polka/country western music. One of her favorite activities was visiting "Reflections in the Park" Christmas lights each year. Delores was a wonderful wife, incredible mom and homemaker, and loving grandmother who deeply cherished her family. Delores dearly loved her 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Delores and her family were long time members of St. Mary's Catholic Church prior to joining St. Patrick's Church. Her faith was always so very important to Delores as well as her family.

Delores is survived by her children, Dennis (Peggy) Tigges, Alvarado, TX, Marianne (Jay) Imhof, Dubuque, IA., Peggy (Al) Garcia, Lakewood, CO, Donna Tigges, Elizabeth, IL, Connie (Jeff) Shanks, North Liberty, IA, Rosie Thill, Dubuque, IA, 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Annie Ries, Dyersville, IA.

Delores was preceded in death by her 9 siblings: Lucille Keppler, Ed Ries, Rosie Link, Martha Weidemann, Gilbert Ries, Marie Schmidt, Sally Lucas, Florence Keppler, Elmer Ries.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to: Hospice of Dubuque and Camp Courageous.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Erma M. Chapman

Erma Mae Chapman, 79 of Dubuque died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where funeral services will be held Noon Wednesday.

Erma was born May 10, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of James and Ermine (Currant) Yager. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked at Aquanis Institute and Medical Associates Clinic.

She was a member of Nativity Catholic Church.

Erma was a talented artist who had a love of all living things. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and seeing new places. She was an excellent cook, was devoted to her family, and enjoyed family get togethers.

She is survived by two sons, Gene A. Chapman II and Greg M. (Pam) Chapman; and a daughter, Cheri M. (Russell) Masartis, all of Dubuuqe; six grandchildren, three step grandchildren; a brother Orville (Kay) Yager; a sister, Myrt (Jim) McDonald; and her beloved pet, St. Nick.

She is preceded in death by her parents, former spouse, three brothers, Ray, John and Ivan Yager; one son, Gary Chapman; and a special friend, Frank "Chief" Blaser.

In lieu of flowers an Erma Mae Chapman Memorial Fund has been established.

For further information, or to leave and online condolence, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Jayne Ann Bowen

Jayne Ann Bowen, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Monday morning, April 14, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Jayne's life will be held at 10 A.M., Thursday, April 17, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, April 16, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the celebration of life services.

Jayne Ann Fulkerson was born on Dec. 31, 1949 in Evansville, Ind., to Robert and Marion (Holder) Fulkerson. She grew up in Indiana and was a 1967 graduate of Evansville High School. She met the love her life, Jerry Bowen, in Louisiana and they were married on Nov. 23, 1969 in Coushatta, La.

Jayne was a mother of two children and helped raise a family with Jerry. She also had worked doing home daycare, and for the past 22 years for DAC, Inc. as an employment support professional.

Jayne loved spending time with her animals, Febe, Bella and Fluffy. She enjoyed cross stitching, crocheting, going on car rides and vacations to the mountains. She especially enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and family.

Those left to honor Jayne's memory include her husband, Jerry Bowen, of Maquoketa, IA; children Deb (Gary) Courter of Maquoketa, IA, and Christian Bowen of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Faith, Vanessa and Erin; brothers Robert Fulkerson of San Jose, CA, David Fulkerson of San Jose, CA, and Mike Fulkerson of Louisiana; a sister, Deb Fulkerson, of Memphis, TN; 6 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jayne Ann Bowen memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.



Leslie A. Kessler

Leslie A. Kessler, 84 of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Family will greet friends 4 pm. - 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home & Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Burial with Military Honors will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Les was born March 4, 1930 in Leola, South Dakota the son of Anton and Rosalia (Galster) Kessler. He graduated from Loras College in 1952, and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Les married Elizabeth "Betty Ann" White on December 27, 1952 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, she passed on May 15, 1996. Les began his business career with Federal Discount Corporation and later became a financial advisor, he opened the Dubuque office of Blunt Ellis & Loewi (now Wells Fargo Advisors) and served as branch manager, retiring in 2000. He was a member of St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Les was very active in numerous civic organizations, most notably, Albrecht Acres, Divine Word Seminary, Sertoma Club. He was a past president of Dubuque Golf & Country Club, served in numerous capacities as a volunteer at Wahlert High School and was included in the first Hall of Honor for the school in 1992.

Les enjoyed playing golf with friends and traveling. He especially enjoyed time spent with family at the lake cottage.

Survivors include his children; David Kessler of Dubuque, Tom (Ann) Kessler of Westminster, CO., Kathy (Todd) Malcolm of Moline, IL., Barb Kessler of Moline, IL., and Jim (Margie) Kessler of Dubuque; 9 grandchildren; Kelly (Brendan), Aaron (Brittelle), Sarah (Nickolaus), Peter, Michael, Sara (Greg), Matthew, Kyle, and Shawn; 3 great-grandchildren; Justin, Caitlin, and Allison; siblings; Arnold (Marilyn) Kessler, Darlene Betz, Ardith (Jim) Judkins; In-laws; Bob Oldis (Mary Pat), Joan Furlong, Carole Hannam, Bill (Jean) White, Jim (Sue Fahey) White; daughter in-law; Kathy Kessler, Vivian Kessler and numerous nieces and nephews.

Les was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Elizabeth "Betty Ann", great granddaughter, Megan, and in-laws, Don Betz, Rosemary Oldis, Art Furlong, Mary Etta White and Chuck Cushing.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Camp Albrecht Acres or Holy Family Catholic Schools in Leslie's memory.

For service details or to leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Charles Richard Schweitzer

Charles Richard Schweitzer, 91, died on April 12, 2014. Services will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 2:00 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and Locust Streets, Dubuque. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the church before the service beginning at 1:00. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Schweitzer was born on February 7, 1923, in Hannibal, Missouri, son of Samuel and Rosa (Jackson) Schweitzer.

He graduated from Hannibal High School in 1940 and attended Hannibal LaGrange College, Iowa State University, and the University of Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1944 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was awarded membership in Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi, both honorary scholastic Engineering Fraternities.

He entered the US Navy in 1943 and was commissioned as an officer in the USNR at Annapolis in 1944. He served on Navy Minesweepers in the pacific area, losing aYMS-47 to a mine explosion in Borneo.

On January 31, 1945, he married Mary Edith Cox, his high school sweetheart, in Hannibal, Missouri. They had three daughters; Constance, Deborah, and Pamela.

He joined the John Deere Dubuque Works in December 1946 in the Industrial Engineering Department. In 1952, he was appointed supervisor of that department.

In 1954, he was transferred to Deere Dubuque Navy Aircraft Landing Gear facility where he served as division superintendent. In 1957, he and his family were sent to Mannheim, Germany, where he spent a year as an engineering consultant at the Deere/Lanz plant.

He was assigned as Production Superintendent (1958) and Mechanical Superintendent (1962) at Dubuque Works. He was subsequently promoted to Manager of Manufacturing and Plant Engineering. He held this position during the rapid plant expansion of the 1970s. After 38 years of service, he retired in March 1984

Mr. Schweitzer was a Charter Member of the Junior Achievement Program in Dubuque and was responsible for procuring the initial operating facilities. He served on numerous JA assignments, including a stint as president.

He was a long-time member of First Congregational UCC, joining in 1954. He served as Moderator, Trustee, and Deacon at various times. In 1972, he was Chair of the Trustees and actively supported and oversaw the addition of the Education Wing. After retirement, he joined a church group of retirees, known as Spruce Up and helped maintain and up-grade the Church buildings and property.

When his family was young, they enjoyed house boating on the Mississippi, spending many weekends and vacations on the river. He maintained this interest throughout his life, always having some kind of boat on the river. His enjoyed woodworking and carpentry and was proud to help his children build or up-grade their homes.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Mary Schweitzer of Dubuque; three daughters, Constance (Don) Cherba and Deborah (Don) Otto of Dubuque, Dr. Pamela (Brandt Richardson) Schweitzer of Monona, Iowa; four grand-daughters, Jennifer (Brent) Schwan of Austin, Texas, Mary (Chris) Ashkar of San Diego, California, Valerie (Chris) Loewenberg and Elizabeth (Justin) Kuhle of Dubuque; eight great-grandchildren, Samuel and Joseph Ashkar, Lillian, Hayden and Gwenyth Loewenberg, Gunner, Harvey, and Norman Kuhle. He was proceeded in death by his parents and a sister, Lucille Schweitzer.

Memorials may be given to the First Congregational UCC Endowment Fund.

 



Raymond O. Brunsmann

Raymond O. Brunsmann, 90, of Dyersville and formerly of Luxemburg, Iowa died peacefully at home at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center in Dyersville on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Friends may call from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Jose Comparan will officiate. Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is making arrangements.

Ray was born October 31, 1923, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of Otto and Clara (Hermsen) Brunsmann. Ray and his brother, Louis, farmed the family farm all of their lives until Louis died and Ray retired. He was inducted into the Army in 1946, and served in the Phillippines. He enjoyed fishing , photography, and visiting with his nieces and nephews. He was an ardent St. Louis Cardinals fan. Ray conducted his life with great dignity and gentleness.

Surviving are 1 brother, Vernon (Norma) Brunsmann of Dyersville, and 1 sister, Inez Hoeger of Prairie duChien, WI. Also surviving are 4 nieces, 7 nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Otto in 1974 and Clara in 1981, a sister, Alma Brunsmann in 1994, a brother, Louis Brunsmann in 2002, and a brother-in-law, Vincent Hoeger in 2013.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.



Kenneth E. Boelk

Kenneth E. Boelk, age 76, of Dubuque, passed away at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, suddenly at home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa St. with Katherine Achtemeier officiating. To celebrate Kenneth's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth was born on March 21, 1938, in Stockton, Illinois, son of Melvin and Viola (Northrup) Boelk.

Kenneth married Viola Stant at First Presbyterian Church in 1958. She preceded him in death on February 15, 2014. Kenneth was an active member, elder and deacon of First Presbyterian Church. He also served the church as a janitor in his retirement. He worked at the Dubuque Pack for over 43 years. He enjoyed playing softball and was a loyal Bears and Cubs fan. His greatest joy was found in time spent with his family, especially during a good game of cards. In his free time, he was known to pull a handle or two on the slot machines.

Kenneth is survived by, his children, Thomas Boelk, Dubuque, Timothy (Annette) Boelk, Farley, Tracy (Bob) Wildermuth, Dubuque, Tarry (Jim) Prine, Dubuque; 5 grandchildren, Ashley and Aaron Wildermuth, Cooper and Carlie Boelk, Brandon Prine; his siblings, Robert (Mable) Boelk, Dubuque, Sharon (Dan) Baker, Dubuque, Kathy (Ed) Stoltz, Eldridge, IA, Norman (Pat) Boelk, Bettendorf, IA, Carol (Tom) Hirsch, Montezuma, IA, Steve (Sue) Boelk, Dubuque.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 56 years Viola. 1 sister in infancy.

The family would like to thank Dr. Nicholas Stanek and Dr. Thomas Schreiber for all their excellent care of Ken.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Rita C. Roussel

Rita C. Roussel, 79, of Dubuque, died Friday afternoon, surrounded by her loving family at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rev. Daniel Knepper will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Rita was born June 14, 1934 in South Garry Owen, IA, the daughter of Louis and Kathryn (Meehan) Moriarty. She married Robert Roussel on January 8, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 23, 2002.

Rita was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company, retiring in 1984. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Rita was an excellent cook, and enjoyed being with family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Cindy (Marty) Berns of Dubuque, Randy (Lynne) Roussel of Dubuque, Mike (Kelly) Roussel of Dodge Center, MN, and Jay (JoAnn) Roussel of Durango, IA; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, and one on the way; and her sister, Betty Sullivan of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson; a great grandson; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters.

The family requests no flowers.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Mary Nauman and the staff at Unity Health-Finley Hospital, the staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Amy from Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of Rita.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmanschneiderfuneralhome.com



Joseph D. Korman

Joseph D. Korman, 76, of Sunnycrest Manor, formerly of 55 Milwaukee St., died Thursday, April 10, 2014. Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 - 6 p.m. Sunday and from 11-11:45 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Joe was born on December 20, 1937 in Dubuque, the son of Frederick and Mildred (Schloz) Korman. He married Mary "Jackie" (Bushman) Beecher on February 1, 1964 in Dubuque. Joe was employed in maintenance at the Dubuque Packing Company and Loras College. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local Union 758 and in his later years enjoyed his daily walks in Eagle Point Park.

Surviving are his children, Shelly (Gary) Freiburger, Joseph "Butch" (Sue) Korman Jr., and Cindy (David) Schwendinger, all of Dubuque, Susan (Joe Fecker) Brimeyer, of Andrew, IA.; step- children, Lennie (Terry) Mellows, of Marshalltown, IA., Rick (Julie) Beecher, Gary Beecher, and Diane Beecher, all of Dubuque; 21 grandchildren; 26 great- grandchildren; and sisters, Jeanette Lemmer and Sandy (Myron) Cole, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary "Jackie" Korman; daughter, Cathy Jo Korman; parents; mother-in-law, Mary E. Bushman; step- daughters, Susan E. Smith and Judith A. Beecher; step daughter-in-law, Susan A. Beecher; son-in-law Vince "Butch" Mauer; brother, William F. Korman; sister-in-law, Louise Korman; and brother-in-Law, Ralph Lemmer.

A Joseph Korman memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to express a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for their years of care, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse, Amy.

 



Robert A. Hayes

Robert A. "Bob" Hayes, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Bob's life will be held at 11 A.M. Monday, April 14, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Monday, April 14, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Robert A. "Bob" Hayes was born on May 10, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Norbert I. "Buck" and LaVonne Adelle (Haddick) Hayes. He grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1967 graduate of Maquoketa High School.

Following graduation, Bob first worked as a butcher for Streets Meat Market in Maquoketa for 10 years. He then took a few years off and traveled extensively through the southwest United States and Mexico. When he returned home to Maquoketa he worked as an electronic technician and repairman for Lost Nation T.V. and Appliance for 15 years. Lastly, he worked at Ensign Coil in Bellevue as a Quality Control Manager for many years, retiring in 2012.

Bob was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa, and a member of the Jackson County Snowmobiler's Club. He loved repairing and fixing things, especially cars and televisions. He enjoyed fishing and taking annual snowmobiling trips to Northern Wisconsin and Michigan. He liked meeting the guys for coffee each week, and in recent years he enjoyed bike riding and fishing with his nephew David, and gardening, growing and canning his own vegetables and sharing with family and friends.

Those left to honor Bob's memory include his sister, Connie (John) Breno of Oxford, IA; a nephew, David Breno; and one aunt, Maxine Haddick Orange of Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Norbert "Buck" on Dec. 31, 2003, and his mother, LaVonne, on Jan. 12, 2014.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Robert A. "Bob" Hayes memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Connie J. Owen

Connie J. Owen, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, April 8, 2014, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Connie's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, April 12, from the Community of Christ Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 11, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. A private family burial will be held prior to the service on Saturday at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Connie Jane Ripple was born on August 24, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Allen and Ruth V. (Heide) Ripple. She attended school in Andrew and then Maquoketa High School, where she was a 1962 graduate. She married Gerald L. Owen on June 9, 1963 in Fulton, Iowa.

Connie first farmed with her husband and raised a family. She then began working at Sears in Maquoketa for a few years, and later at Maquoketa State Bank as a bookkeeper with Harlan Tonderum of Midwest Farm Management Services. For the past 26 years she has worked at Maquoketa Insurance and McDonald Realty in Maquoketa as a licensed insurance agent and accountant.

Connie was an active member of the Community of Christ Church in Maquoketa, where she had served as a treasurer for many years and as a Priest.

Connie was always thinking of others and enjoyed spending time with her family and church activities. She liked working on puzzles, traveling, boating, camping and shopping trips with her daughter Susanne.

Those left to honor Connie's memory include her husband, Gerald Owen of Maquoketa, IA; children Todd (Kristin) Owen of Evergreen, CO, Ryan (Angie) Owen of Maquoketa, IA, and Susanne (Rick) Edwards of Long Grove, IA; 3 grandchildren, Justin, Paden and Faith; and sisters Judy Tonderum of Maquoketa, IA, and Margene Beach of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Connie J. Owen memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.



Daniel P. Hennessy

Daniel P. Hennessy, 52, was released from this world on April 8, 2014 following a long illness. 

A remembrance gathering will be held at Swiss Valley Park on Sunday, April 13, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Dan was born March 27, 1962 to James and Rose Mary (Wesenberg) Hennessy. Dan worked for many years in apartment maintenance with McIntrye Realtors, and for the past 22 years with Executive Management Ltd.

Dan loved fishing, cooking, and a good game of cards. Dan's wit and humor were enjoyed by all who knew him.

Dan is survived by the love of his life, his daughter Stephanie Hennessy; his mother, Rosie Hennessy, of Hazel Green; his siblings, Anna (Scott) Morris and Bill Hennessy, both of Marietta, GA, and Michael (Susan) Hennessy, of Dubuque.

He was proceeded in death by his father and his bother, Donald Hennessy.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is handling arrangements.



Ferdinand F. Reinhardt

Ferdinand F. Reinhardt, Jr, 57, of Rewey, Wisconsin, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at home of natural causes.

A memorial service will be held at a later date, with burial in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Ferd was born on December 27, 1956 in Dubuque, the son of Ferdinand F. and Rosemary A. (Knobbe) Reinhardt, Sr.

Surviving is his mother Rosemary Reinhardt of Dubuque, his siblings, Karen Orcutt, Kimberly Olsen (fiancée Marty Schuster), Richard Reinhardt, Karla Reinhardt and Randy (Pam Schmitt) Reinhardt, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Ferdinand, Sr., maternal grandparents, Harry & Viola Knobbe, and paternal grandparents, Alberta & Ferd Reinhardt, brothers-in-law, John Orcutt and Randy Olsen.

 

 



Tracy A. Goodman

Tracy A. Goodman, 26, soared to heaven April 7th, 2014. A Celebration of her life where everyone is welcomed will be held at Courtside, 2095 Holliday Dr. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 1 pm. - 4 p.m..

She left behind her daughter, Haylee Ann Goodman, 8; a brother Jason (Goodie) Goodman; and her parents, Roy F. Goodman and Krista A. Goodman; her grandmother, Anna Marie Eichacker; a very special aunt and godmother, Robin Hovseth and her Uncle Denny Hovseth; cousin and godmother, Kimberly Hovseth and cousins Shawn Hovseth and Chad Hovseth; and a lifelong BFF, Jaymie Follman.

Tracy loved Haylee with her whole heart and committed her life to raising her. Tracy worked at Oral Arts with people she became very close to and cared about deeply. The Oral Arts gang have given Tracy and Haylee unbelievable support through her journey. Tracy loved animals, the outdoors, music, fishing, late night rides and spending time with Haylee and her dog, Lily.

Tracy was proceeded in death by her grandfather Robert John Eichacker and Uncle Ricky Eichacker. Tracy's family asks that you do something kind for someone in memory of her and that you tell your children everyday you love them.

A memorial fund has been established for Haylee's College Education in Tracy's memory.

Tracy is now the most beautiful angel in our heaven and brightest star in our sky.

To leave an on line condolence visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

 



Hazel Nock

Hazel Nock, age 101, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Heritage Manor. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 at Resurrection Cemetery on Asbury Road, directly across from Heritage Manor, for family and friends. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel was born on March 5, 1913, in Fanwood, New Jersey, the youngest of 6 children, of Thomas and Louisa (Hartley) Hargreaves.

Hazel grew up in Fanwood, New Jersey, during the great depression. She married William Nock in 1938. He preceded her in death in 1964. She raised two young daughters alone while her husband was overseas during WWII. They had two more children after he returned from the war. In 1972 Hazel moved from New Jersey to Oak Park, Illinois and went to work at Emmaus Bible School for the next ten years. She then moved to New Hampshire and North Carolina before moving to Dubuque in 2006. Hazel was a talented artist and a champion at table tennis. She enjoyed antiques, thrift shops and flowers. In the 1950's Hazel and William received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Her desire was to live for Christ and for many years she had a ministry with older ladies. Hazel's faith and hope in Christ remained firm until the very end.

Hazel is survived by, her children, Nancy (Jack) Fish, Dubuque, IA, Bonnie (Bill) Laspina, Chatham, NJ, Gregory Nock, NJ, Debbie (Joe) Ardolino, Lisbon, NH; her 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Hazel is now united with her parents, her husband William, who preceded her in death by almost 50 years and her great granddaughter Courtney Davis.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Heritage Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care of Hazel.

Memorials may be given to Emmaus Bible College, 2570 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52001.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Lu Ann C. Miller

Lu Ann C. Miller, age 58, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 1:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014, peacefully at home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa St., with Rev. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. To celebrate Lu Ann's life, friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lu Ann was born on September 14, 1955, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Clarence and Lucille (Ryan) Kramer.

Lu Ann was employed by Area Residential Care for over 30 years, where she worked with individuals with special needs who loved her personality, sense of humor and spunk. She was an outstanding mother whose heart ran endless and always put her family first. She was a dedicated Green Bay Packer fan, devoted wife of 42 years, loved Frosty the Snowman, the color purple and spending time with her family. Lu Ann enjoyed warm weather, summer cookouts and attending Sunday Mass. She will be missed deeply by her family and friends, remembered for her heart and cherished for her life on earth to eternity in heaven.

Lu Ann is survived by, her loving husband, Michael Miller, Dubuque, IA; her 3 wonderful sons, Chris Miller, Minneapolis, MN, Chad Miller, Dubuque, IA, Tony (fiancé Angela Ward) Miller, Dubuque, IA; her siblings, Carol (Darryl) Hovind, Dubuque, IA Dennis (Debbie) Kramer, New Bern, NC; numerous nieces and nephews.

Lu Ann was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers Bill and Jack Kramer.

A special thank you to Sandy Muchow and Dr. Andrea Ries for all of their care and concern for Lu Ann.

In lieu of flowers a Lu Ann C. Miller memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



William H. Duenser

William H. "Bill" (Admiral) Duenser, age 88, passed away at 8:40 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. with Pastor Greg Bjornstad officiating. To celebrate William's life, friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Bill was born on March 7, 1926 in Dubuque, IA, son of Frank and Elsie (Freudlich) Duenser.

He was a lifelong resident of Dubuque, except when he proudly served his country. Bill joined the US Navy at the age of 17. He went through boot camp and then came home to graduate from Senior High School, Class of 1943. Bill served from 1943 to 1964 on many different ships at several different naval stations.

When he got out of the service he worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 26 years until his retirement.

Bill married Norma J. Gruel on Sept. 22, 1951 in San Francisco, CA.

He loved to camp and fish. Bill taught his children and grandchildren about fishing. His grandson would say, "Grandpa, you can't have a beer till we catch a fish." There were many fishing trips where no beer was consumed! The apple of his eye was his great grandson whom he called his "Pumpkin Head". In turn, as soon as Noah could talk he called him "Grandpa Pumpkin Head".

Bill was so proud of his family. He never missed anything the grandchildren took part in. He traveled many miles following his granddaughter and grandson's games thru grade school, high school and college.
His grandson had a saying: "If Grandpa can't fix it, no one can!"

Bill is survived by: his wife: Norma Duenser, 2 Sons: Michael (Sue) Duenser, Loves Park, IL, Timothy Duenser, Center Point, IA, 3 Grandchildren: Luke (Emily) Duenser, Dubuque, IA, Anne (fiancé Michael Osgood) Duenser, West Des Moines, IA, Nicki (Adam Grant) Stram, Loves Park, IL,  5 Great Grandchildren: Noah and Kennedy Duenser, Kylie and McKinzie Stram and Nolan Grant, and many nieces and nephews.

Bill will be missed by all his family, especially his Goddaughter, Bonnie Erickson.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters and their husbands, Dee and Merlin Bjerke and Eunice "Diz" and Wayne Gabriel, his brother-in-laws and their wives, Robert and Lois Gruel, Gerald and Irene Gruel, his sister-in-law, Carol Kramer and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rose and Herbert Gruel. He thought the world of Rose who was more like a mother to him than a mother-in-law.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salas, Dr. Longo and the staff at Luther Manor, especially his favorites (you know who you are). Also a special thank you to Bill and Norma's amazing neighbors, Jack and Marilyn Hafeman and Mike and Connie Baker.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Kenneth R. Jestice

Kenneth R. Jestice, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa and formerly of Hanover, Illinois, passed away at 2:10 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Luther Manor. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., with Rev. L. Jacob officiating. To celebrate Kenneth's life, friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kenneth was born on November 9, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ralph C. and Estelle (Backes) Jestice.

Kenneth lived in Hanover, Illinois for most of his life. He married Beverly A. Sincock in Hanover on October 1, 1966. She preceded him in death on December 11, 1992. In his youth, Kenneth helped his father manage the DX station in Savanna, Illinois. He was later employed in the shipping and receiving department at Eaton Corp and Invensys for 41 years until his retirement in 2001. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. In his free time Kenneth enjoyed walking with his dog and spending time with his family. Ford Motor Company, the Chicago Cubs and Bears have all just lost one of their most loyal fans.

Kenneth is survived by, his son, Kevin Jestice, Freeport, Illinois.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Beverly and a sister, Theresa (Wayne) Jowalski.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor for their wonderful care of Kenneth.

In lieu of flowers a Kenneth R. Jestice memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Richard Kelly

Richard "Dick" Kelly Sr.,78, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 in New Port Richey, Florida.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Msgr. Wayne Ressler will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road.

Dick was born September 26, 1935 in Dubuque, the son of Philip and Irene (Kopp) Kelly. He married Alice Galliart on April 16, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque.
Dick was self- employed as the owner of Dubuque Painting & Decorating Service, and later established Kelly Construction Company. He was a member of St. Raphael Cathedral, a charter member and Past President of Dubuque Home Builders Association, Lacoma Golf, Dubuque Eagles Club, the Dubuque Men's Association, and was active with the Dubuque Special Olympics. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Seven Springs Association in New Port Richey, FL.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 59 years, Alice; his children, Cathy (Tom) Papenthien of Ixonia, WI, Kris (Alan) Higgs of Thurmont, MD, Tracy Torp of Iowa City, IA, Richard (Traci) Kelly Jr. , and Thaddeus "T.J." Kelly, both of Dubuque, and Kyle (friend Julianna) Kelly of Sete, France; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; his sister, Karen Payne of Dubuque; his brother, William "Bill" (friend Carol Bandy) Kelly of Dubuque; his brother in law, Don Galliart of Mount Pleasant, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Albrecht Acres.

The family would like to thank Gulfside Regional Hospice in New Port Richey, FL.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmanschneiderfuneralhome.com



Mary J. Willey

Mary Jeanne Willey, 76, of Camanche, Iowa and formerly of Maquoketa, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 7, 2014, at her home in Camanche.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Mary Jeanne's life will be held at 12:30 P.M., Friday, April 11, 2014, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Mary Jeanne Bliss was born on November 1, 1937 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Melvin and Dolores (Eckelberg) Bliss. She grew up in Maquoketa. She married Neale L. Hamilton in 1955. They later divorced and she married Oliver Winsor Willey on November 15, 1976 in Lancaster, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on February 17, 1987.

Mary Jeanne had first worked for Kirchhoff Locker in Maquoketa and then became the bookkeeper for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa for many years until her retirement. She had lived in Maquoketa until 2004 when she moved to Camanche.

Mary Jeanne enjoyed crocheting, fishing, camping, horses and dogs. She loved being outdoors.

Those left to honor Mary Jeanne's memory include her children, Kathy Hamilton (Greg) Bendixen of Camanche, IA, and Alan (Tina) Willey of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sisters Patricia (Ron) Shady of Cincinnati, IA, and Barbara Bliss of Spokane, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter Lesa Hamilton, and sons Laverne Hamilton and Lonnie Hamilton, Sr. on October 13, 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary Jeanne Willey memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Thomas J. Schute

Thomas J. "Bone" Schute, age 54, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:35 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family after a long time illness. To celebrate Tom's life, friends may visit from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Private family burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Thomas was born on March 14, 1960, in Dubuque, IA, son of James and Donna (Kall) Schute.

Tom graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1978. He spent most of his working career surveying land for Shive-Hattery and WHKS until his illness prevented him from doing so. He enjoyed watching and playing most sports, especially baseball, softball and golf. Tom was an avid Green Bay Packer, NASCAR and Chicago Cubs fan. He liked to watch old TV shows, work crossword and Sudoko puzzles and try his luck with scratch off lottery tickets. Tom also enjoyed a good conversation over a nice cold drink.

Tom is survived by his father and step-mother, James (Patricia) Schute; his siblings, Linda (Steve Jewett) Locher, Pam (Andy) Bauer, Mike Schute, Terry (Sandy) Schute, all of Dubuque, 6 nieces and a nephew, 5 great-nieces.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Schute.

In lieu of flowers a Thomas J. Schute memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind and compassionate care of Tom.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Margaret A. McMahon

Margaret Ann "Peggy" McMahon, age 67, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 9:35 a.m., Monday, April 7, 2014, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her family and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 St. Joseph Street, with Rev. Msgr. Wayne A. Ressler officiating. To celebrate Peggy's life, friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Farley, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Peggy was Ennoble's longest resident (33 years) as she faithfully, courageously and gracefully lived with Multiple Sclerosis.

Peggy was born on October 29, 1946 in Farley, Iowa, the daughter of Helen (Hurley) and E.J. McMahon. She attended grade school at St. Joseph's in Farley and was a graduate of the Academy of the Visitation, Class of 1964. Peggy was an accomplished pianist and had planned on majoring in music at Clarke College but at the age of 16 the symptoms of MS became apparent.

Peggy's greatest accomplishment was that she showed all of those with whom she came in contact how to appreciate life's blessings and how to face much lesser challenges. She bravely accepted the hand she was dealt and her strong faith helped her make the best of her physical limitations.

She never complained and she never said a bad word about anyone. She always had a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eyes and she cared much more about others than herself.

Peggy was an example of true faith. She led the Rosary daily and was a leader of Ennoble's Catholic residents.

She called the Ennoble residents and staff her family and they considered her a part of theirs. The morning of her death staff and fellow residents shed many a tear. As one staff member said, "She was the most grace filled person I have ever met. She always thanked you for the smallest thing you did for her."

Peggy is survived by her sister, Jane (Bob) Ferring; brother, J. Patrick (Roberta) McMahon, nieces and nephews, and her loyal special friend, Chuck Rooney, who faithfully visited her every day. She is also survived by those who have been proud to call her cousin and friend.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Larry McMahon.

Memorials may be given to the Hurley-McNeill Scholarship fund at Clarke University or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family of Peggy McMahon would like to thank the wonderful Ennoble staff for your many years of care and friendship. They also would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their care and support.

Online condolences may be left for the family at behrfuneralhome.com

 



Melvin R. Koeller

Melvin R. "Mel" Koeller, 74, of East Dubuque, passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, following a sudden illness, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Mel was born on December 9, 1939 in Potosi, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Dorothy (Lenstra) Koeller.  He was united in marriage to Donna Vanderah on October 14, 1961 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, Class of 1959.

He was employed at the Dubuque Packing Co. for 42-years.  He was a former member of Local 150-A of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters union.  Mel loved sports, woodworking, yardwork and spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren.  He was the co-owner of Koeller Apartments in Dickeyville.

Surviving are his wife Donna, four sons, Mark (Shelley) Koeller of East Dubuque, Steve (Amy) Koeller and Jason (Kim) Koeller both of Kieler, Wisconsin, and Jeff Koeller of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, 10-grandchildren, Tiffany (Nick) Heitkamp, Justin (special friend Torie Lee -Moes), Lindsey, Alyssa, Ryan, Cassie, Cody, Cameron, Ella & Brie.  One great granddaughter Ava Rae, his mother Dorothy Koeller of East Dubuque, four sisters, Shirley Peacock of Dubuque, Betty Craig and Debbie (Dan) Spahn both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Geraldine (Jerry) Roth of East Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Raymond.

Donna and family wish to express their appreciation to the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department for their quick response and assistance, and to their family and friends for their support. 

 

 



Allen L. Bailey

Allen Lee Bailey, 64 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday April 7th, 2014 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Committal services will be at 11:00am on Thursday at Linwood Cemetery Chapel. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Allen was born on August 2, 1949 in Greenfield, OH the son of Elmore and Catherine (Sowder) Bailey. Al and his wife Bonnie married on June 6, 1988 and she preceded him in death on June 22, 2002.

He is survived by his brother Dave (Mary) Bailey of Manchester, his niece Tina (Darwin) Long, of Manchester and their son Bane. His good friend Gail Stoffel and her sons Shawn, Kyle and Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bonnie, brothers; Eddie in infancy and Everet Bailey, along with his good friend Lenny Stoffel.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals and especially to Gail Stoffel and her family for all the help over the years.

 



Doris M. Riekena

Doris M. Riekena 92, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 3262 Hillcrest Rd., passed awaySunday, April 6, 2014 at Stonehill. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Harmony Christian Church, Zwingle, Iowa with the Rev. Stuart Vander Vegte officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. and from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Doris was born on February 10, 1922 in Zwingle,IA, the daughter of Ross and Lelia Simpson. On January 25, 1941, Doris married Ben Riekena. He preceded her in death on March 31,1953. She then attended the University of Dubuque where she received her Associates Degree in Education and taught in the Epworth and Farley school districts for several years. She was awarded the Greyhound Ticket Agency in 1959 and for the next 30 years she was the owner operator of the Union Bus Depot in Dubuque. She was an avid Cubs fan and a charter member of the Dubuque Transit Board. She loved her family deeply and especially enjoyed the visits from her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Mary Kay Patters and Ron (Carol) Riekena both  of Dubuque; her grandchildren Dan (Karen) Patters of Dubuque and Amy (Jim) Connor of West Linn, OR; her great grandchildren Abby and Alex Patters of  Clive, IA and Mary and Charlie Connor of West Linn, OR; her step great grandchildren Tony, Ka