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James L. McDermott


James L. McDermott, 91, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016 surrounded by his family at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jim may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

A Celebration of life mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday February 1, 2016 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa, with Rev. Aloysius Vorwald Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

Jim was born on September 12, 1924 in Placid, Iowa son of James C. and Elizabeth (Connolly) McDermott. He was united in marriage to Anita M. Kramer on June 17, 1947 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth. She preceded him in death on November 29, 2006.

Jim worked on his uncle, Matthias McDermott's farm in Placid before working and later co-owning the McDermott-Ross DX station in Epworth while driving school bus for St. Patrick's school. He worked at John Deere Tractor Works for nearly 30 years prior to his retirement in 1987.
Jim loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved and owned horses most of his life. He liked FOX news, playing cards, mowing lawns, and showing kindness to everyone he knew. Jim was a loving caregiver to Anita. His family was his life.
Jim was a member of the St. Patrick's Parish, a charter member of the Dubuque County Saddle Club, a charter member of the Epworth Gun Club, a volunteer for 18 years on the Epworth Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the UAW Local #94, and a member of the Epworth Knights of Columbus-Council #7823.

He is survived by two sons, Bernie (Kathy) McDermott of Peosta, IA, Kenny (Bonnie) McDermott of Epworth, IA; two daughters, Joanne (Chuck) Hawkins of Cascade, IA and Beth (Duane) Ostwinkle of Epworth, IA; twelve grandchildren, Trista (Troy) Kluesner, Travis (Julie) McDermott, Aron (Robyn) McDermott, Renae (Bruce) Bettcher, Angie (Tony) Jops, Ryan McDermott, Sarah (Nathan) Weipert, Sean Hawkins, Jill (Chad) Kluesner, Troy (Emily) Ostwinkle, Noel Ostwinkle, Billy Ostwinkle (friend, Miranda Horsfield); sixteen great grandchildren, Taylor, Trevor and Tyson Kluesner, Aidan, Halle and Julia McDermott, Jacinda and Sam McDermott, Myra Steffen, Max Bettcher, Claire and Beckett Weipert, Reid and Hudson Kluesner, Avery and Ayla Ostwinkle; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Kramer and a brother-in-law, Vince Kramer both of Epworth, IA, Jim (Nancy) Kramer of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by parents; his grandson, Jason McDermott; a great granddaughter, Joni Steffen; his brother, Orland (Mary) McDermott; sisters, Loretta (Andy) Less, Leona (Raymond) Konrardy, Mary (Merlin) Boffeli, Evelyn (Ralph) Simon, Cecelia (Walt) Horsfield and Calista McDermott; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bernard & Bernice Kramer, Fran and Ray Schmitt, Herb and Irene Kramer, Ed and Dola Kramer, Fred Kramer, and Connie Kramer.

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



Charlotte M. Holm


Charlotte Marie Holm died Friday, January 22, 2016 at Luther Manor.

A reception and service will be held at Luther Manor; 3131 Hillcrest Rd; Dubuque, IA (563-588-1413) on Friday, February 5. A visitation will be held at 2:30 in the Family Room and again following a service at 3:00 in the Luther Manor Chapel. A family memorial service and burial will be in Michigan this summer. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is assisting the family.

Charlotte was born 4/15/1931 to Edna Marie and Paul Joseph Rood in South Haven, MI.

Charlotte had 4 siblings and one half sister. Her childhood was spent between East Lansing, MI during the school year and the family farm near Covert, MI.

She attended Michigan State College where she received a bachelors and masters degree in Home Economics. It was there she met her husband William Chester Holm. They were married in 1953 and had one child, Christine Marie.

Her husband earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering and accepted a position at University of Nebraska. The family moved to Lincoln, NE in 1962. She resided in Lincoln, NE over 50 yrs until relocating to Dubuque, IA where her daughter and son-in-law reside. She has been in Dubuque nearly ten yrs.

Charlotte had strong connection to family and people and was a great letter writer. She took a sincere interest in other people and was loved by many. For many years, summers were spent in MI at the family farm. She made many friends wherever she resided. She enjoyed her yard and garden. She did volunteer work, including teaching disabled adults. In Dubuque she enjoyed visiting family and going for rides with their golden retrievers. She made several friends at Luther Manor.

She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sister Ann Kloac and brother in law John Kloac; brother John Rood, sister-in-law, Geraldine Rood, sister-in-law Jean Allen, sister-in-law Carol Holm, and step grandson, Ricky Bowser.

She is survived by her daughter Christine Holm, son-in-law Rick Bowser, step grandchildren Tammy Bowser, William Bowser [Nadia] and step great-grandchildren Shawn and Sydney. Her half-sister Phyllis Holmes, brother Paul Rood, brother Richard Rood [Colleen], sister-in-law Connie Henley, and brother-in-law Philip Holm. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to The Luther Manor Good Samaritan Fund established in memory of Charlotte Holm to provide financial assistance to employees who have emergencies or special needs (Luther Manor, 3131 Hillcrest Rd. Dubuque, IA 52001-3908, Phone 563/588-1413,) or to the Maria House (1561 Jackson St., Dubuque IA, Phone 563/582-7480), or to the Humane Society, (4242 Chavenelle Road, Phone: 563/582-6766).

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Luther Manor for the good care provided.

 



Verna Mae Kelley


Verna Mae Kelley, 90, of Edgewood, Iowa, died at the Edgewood Convalescent Home on Friday, January 29, 2016.  She was born in Crossett, Arkansas, on May 25, 1925, the daughter of  Archie and Mae (Peacock) Johnston.

Verna was raised and educated in Collingston, Louisiana.

On July 28, 1945, Verna was united in marriage to Vernon Lloyd Kelley in Arkansas. Six children were born to this union.  Together they farmed in Clayton and Delaware Counties in their early years. They retired near Arlington and lived at Yankee Settlement in Edgewood until entering the Edgewood Convalescent Home. Verna enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, and cooking, plus she loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include her six children, Bill (Ruth) Johnston of Carson City, Nevada, Edgar (Linda) Kelley of Mission, Texas, Linda (John) Millard of Floral City, Florida, Joyce (Steve) Everett of Edgewood, Stephen (Lois) Kelley of Manchester, and Shirley (Mark) Possehl of Grundy Center; 23 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Verna was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon on August 27, 2012; four siblings, A.J. Johnston, Essie Lee Waites, Clarice Pennington, and Freeland Johnston; and three grandchildren, Chad Kelley, Jeffrey Kelley, and Lance Millard.

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

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa.  Officiating:   Pastor Mike Jackson

Visitation: 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 , at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa, and one hour before the service on Thursday.

Interment:  Oakland Cemetery  -  Manchester, Iowa.

 

 



Eugene L. Oberbroeckling


Eugene L. "Gene" Oberbroeckling, 83, of, Dyersville died Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. and the American Legion will gather at 7 pm. Visitation will continue Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 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.

Gene was born May 21, 1932, in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Alphons and Anastacia "Stacy" (Lansing) Oberbroeckling. He was inducted into the Army in 1953 and served two years at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He married Marita Henkels on August 20, 1956, in Luxemburg, Iowa, and together they raised their family in Dyersville. Gene retired from the Western Dubuque School System.

He enjoyed coaching and has influenced many kids through Little League, Babe Ruth, and girls' softball. Gene loved their winter stays in Florida, many games of cards with great friends and grandkids, a good or bad golf game, a little fishing, cinnamon rolls in the morning, the Honor Flight, and the camaraderie of his fellow Legionnaires. His home was a safe haven for his family and their friends. His gentle kindness, encouragement, patience and non-judgmental character taught us much about humility and love. It's 5:00 somewhere dad, cheers!

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Marita; 5 children: Sandy (Randy) Goerdt, of Algonquin, IL, Sheri (Greg) White of Rockford, IL, Russ (Deanna) Oberbroeckling of Tampa, FL, Doug (Cathy) Oberbroeckling and Ann (Steve) Spoden, both of Crystal Lake, IL; 12 grandchildren: Colin and Kyle Goerdt, Joe, Matt and Carrie White, Kelsey and Hannah Oberbroeckling, Chase and Morgan Oberbroeckling, Maxwell, Maddie and Carter Spoden; a sister, Clarice (Pete) Domeyer of Dubuque; in-laws: Herb Tegeler of Dyersville, Angela Oberbroeckling of Dyersville, Carrie Swingler of Benton Harbor, Mich., Pete Henkels and Geny Duehr, both of Dubuque, Therese (Dan) Engelken of Dyersville, Tony (Judy) Henkels of Cape Coral, FL, and Marge Bowerman of Coal City, IL, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Don (Charlotte) Oberbroeckling, Doris Tegeler, Betty (Marvin) Olsem, Ralph (Helene) Oberbroeckling; in-laws: Bud (Marilyn) Henkels, Tom Henkels, Ray Swingler, Marge Henkels, Donald Duehr.

Memorials are preferred to American Legion Post 137 or St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

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



Mark S. Bellings


Mark S. Bellings, 50 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 24, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center. There will be no public visitation or services. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Mark was born on November 7, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Joye and Eileen (Rapp) Bellings.

He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and enjoyed camping. Mark loved to be around his family and friends he always had constant smile on his face, was very sociable and always up for a good time.

He is survived by his siblings, Ruth (Paul) Dimmer, of Dubuque, Sheila Woods, of Zwingle, Iowa, Joye Bellings, of Bellevue, Iowa, Mary Jo (Joe) Churchill, of Peosta, Iowa, Gary Bellings, of Dubuque, Marsha (Dick) Oeth, of Dubuque, Timothy (Kimber) Bellings, of Bismarck, Arkansas, Alan (Cindy) Bellings, of Battle Creek, Michigan, Roger (Cindy) Bellings, of Fairhope, Alabama, Nancy (Robert) Feddersen, of Dubuque, Holly (Jim) Harvey, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Brian Bellings, of Dubuque, and Randy (Deb) Bellings, of East Dubuque, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Kathy.

The family wishes to thank Mercy CVU staff and Dubuque Specialty Care Staff.

 



Bernard A. Fortmann


Bernard A. "Bernie" Fortmann, 50 of East Dubuque, IL passed away on Friday, January 22, 2016 in Galena.
Family and friends may gather on Sunday, January 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Bernie was born on July 17, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Carolyn Bolton and Bernard Fortmann. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1984.
He was an avid Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinal fan, he also enjoyed shooting pool, playing cards and being a jokester.

Bernie is survived by his daughters Shelby Fortmann, of Minneapolis, MN, and Lexi Fortmann, of Sauk City, WI. Siblings: Dan Fortmann, of Dubuque, Terry (Judy) Fortmann, of Key West, IA, Karen (Mark) Goedert, of Holy Cross, Iowa, Kathy (Mike) Brokus, of East Dubuque, IL, Step-father, Richard (Sue) Bolton, of East Dubuque, IL. Three step brothers; Michael, Mark, and Brian Bolton along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and a special friend Julie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sisters Joan and John Fortmann, paternal grandparents August and Elizabeth Fortmann, maternal grandparents Leo and Helen Moriarity. 

The family wishes to thank Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital 5th floor medical staff, Galena Strauss Nursing Home and Hospice of Dubuque especially Jodi and Nancy for all their wonderful compassionate care.

A Bernard A. "Bernie" Fortmann Memorial fund has been established.



Helen F. Knight


Helen F. Knight, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, January 26, 2016, under the care of Hospice of Jackson County.

A celebration of Helen's life will be held at 2:30 P.M. Sunday, Jan. 31, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 to 2:30 P.M. at the funeral home. A private burial will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Helen Frances Knight was born on June 2, 1924 in Andrew, Iowa to Peter J. and Margaret E. (Hoffman) Jorgensen. She was a 1942 graduate of Andrew High School and married Kenneth E. Knight on June 2, 1943 in Waynesville, Missouri. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1993.

Helen had worked at Wells Bakery and then at Dolch's Bakery for many years. She also had worked on the assembly line at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for 13 years.

Helen was a longtime bowler and had been a member of the Maquoketa Bowling Association for many years where she had served in many capacities including as past president, treasurer and secretary. She was a fantastic cook and baker. Before losing her vision to Macular Degeneration she was a beautiful seamstress, crocheted afghans, baby blankets, doilies, and many other items for gifting. She always dressed two dolls for the bank "dress a doll" each year.

Those left to honor Helen's memory include a son and daughter-in-law, Denny and Mary Ann Knight of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Jamie (and husband Jarrett Kaminsky) Knight of Mountain Top, PA, Josh (and wife Chaya) Knight of Maquoketa, IA, and Kristie (and husband Mark) Carr of Maquoketa, IA; 7 great-grandchildren, Sereina, Zaiden, Braden, Dalton, Tyson, Aliya and Jaxon; and a brother Marvin (and wife Gloria) Jorgensen of Maquoketa, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 5 brothers, Glenn, Raymond, Robert, Carl and Henry; and 3 sisters, Thelma, Lorraine, and Gladys.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Helen F. Knight memorial fund has been established.

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



Mary Corrine Hansel


Mary Corrine Hansel, 92, of Elkport, Iowa, died on Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg, Iowa.  She was born on February 10, 1923, in rural Elkport, the daughter of James and Lucy (Heitman) Phelan.  Corrine was raised and educated in the Elkport area attending rural school.

On June 11, 1941, Corrine was united in marriage to Alfred Vernon "Bill" Hansel at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Garber. Together they farmed in the Garber area and later operated Bill's Place in Elkport. Corrine also worked as a cook in numerous locations for many years.  After Bill's death, she resided in Elkport until the flood of 2004 at which time she moved to Yankee Settlement in Edgewood, Assisted Living in Elkader, and in June of 2015 moved to the Guttenberg Care Center.

Corrine was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Garber until its closing, at which time she became a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Edgewood.  She was a member of St. Michael's Rosary Society, St. Michael's Cemetery Board, and numerous other church organizations. Corrine also opened her home to anyone in need.  She loved and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her seven children, Eldon (Patricia) of Edgewood, Dwight (Linda) of Elkader, Michael of Garber, Jeffrey (Susie) of Elkport, Scott (Lalene) of Elkader, Jon (Deb) of Greeley and Ann (Gary) Armstrong of Elkader; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Corrine was preceded in death by her husband, "Bill"; her son and daughter-in-law, Realto and Maxine Hansel; her parents; two brothers and sisters-in-law, LaVern and June Phelan and Thomas and Betty Phelan.

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

Mass of Christian Burial:  10:30 a.m., on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Edgewood.  Con-Celebrants:  Rev. John Haugen and Rev Richard Gaul

Visitation:  3:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood, Iowa, and one hour before Mass at the church on Thursday.

Interment:  Hansel Cemetery in Rural Garber, Iowa.

 

 



Jean E. Kruger


Jean Elizabeth Kruger, 71, of Edgewood, Iowa, died on Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.  She was born on May 25, 1944, in Greeley, the daughter of Calvin C. and Etna A. (Fierstine) Kruger.  Jean was raised and educated in the Edgewood area.

Jean was disabled and resided at the Penn Center for several years and the past 11 years at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Jean loved music, visits from her family and friends, and poetry.

Left to cherish her memory are her seven siblings, Joyce (Jan Esch) O'Donnell of Strawberry Point, Judy Anton of Coggon, Clair (Maxine) Kruger of Littleport, Connie (Tom) Allyn and Fritz (Rev. Mary Green) Kruger, all of Manchester, Craig (Wendy) Kruger of Mt. Vernon, and Frank Kruger-Robbins of Boca Raton, Florida; a long time pen pal, Thelma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Janice in infancy; and two brothers-in-law, Dr. F.C. O'Donnell and Eugene Anton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

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

Memorial Service will  be at a later date.

 

 



Dr. WIlliam J. Mehrl, M.D.


Dr. William J. Mehrl, M.D., 92, of Cascade, Iowa, died Monday, January 25, 2016 at 2:08 a.m. at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of William may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a KC Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. and a wake service will be held at 7 p.m.
Services for William will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 29, 2016 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion post #528.

He was born July 31, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Mary (Klinkhamer) Mehrl. He received his education in the Dubuque schools. He is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque and the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He served his internship in Detroit, MI. He practiced medicine in Manchester, Iowa until 1960 at which time he moved to Cascade where he continued to practice medicine until his retirement in 2001. He regularly made house calls and once made a house call in a blizzard on cross country ski's.

On September 8, 1951 he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Peiffer at St. John's Catholic Church in Delhi, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 12 2007.
He was a World War II Army Air Force Veteran. He was retained in the U.S. Air Force to serve as an Radio/Radar Instructor for B-52 bomber crews.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, where he played the pipe organ for many years, a member of the Cascade American legion Post #528, and the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #2001.

He is survived by 10 children, Margaret "Peggy" (Eric) Hoekstra of Hollond, MI, Catherine Ann (John) Bennett of Columbus, OH, Dave Joseph (Rong-ti) Mehrl of Plano, TX, William Gregory Mehrl of Lockport, IL, Julie Ann Mehrl of Albuquerque, NM, John Paul (Cheryl) Martin-Mehrl of Arlington Heights, IL, Thomas James Mehrl of Crete, IL, Suzanne Marie (Kevin) Peavey of Kingman, AR, Mary Jane Mehrl of Dubuque, IA, and Ann Elizabeth Mehrl of Dubuque, IA; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchild; and 1 brother, John "Rusty" Mehrl of Dubuque, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Sr. Martha Mehrl; and two brothers, Robert and Martin Mehrl.

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



Jesse M. Ralston


Jesse M. Ralston, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Jesse's life will be held at 1 P.M. Friday, Jan. 29, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Jesse Marion Ralston was born on June 12, 1936 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Jesse Mckinley and Pauline Mae (Burkey) Ralston. His early years were spent in Canton, where he also received his education. He married Marilyn Krebs in Iowa and they later divorced. He then married Lois J. Needham on Sept. 24, 1973 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 15, 1993.

Jesse had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa. He then worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 18 years, and later did various jobs including working for Allied Steel and National Bi-Products. In retirement he helped run Countryside Rocking Karoake from 2004 to 2010.

Jesse enjoyed farm sales and auctions, coon hunting, farming, riding horses, and raising and selling coon dogs.

Those left to honor Jesse's memory include his children Jesse Ralston, Jr. of Rockford, IL, Timothy Ralston of Rockford, IL, Paula Ralston of Davenport, IA and Brian (Rosa) Ralston of West Liberty, IA; stepchildren David (Susan) Scott of Andrew, IA, Susan Scott of Beloit, WI, Patricia (Terry) Cahill of Delmar, IA and Kerry Scott of Maquoketa, IA; brothers John (Sandra) Ralston of Clinton, IA and Archie "Butch" Ralston of Monmouth, IA; many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and his significant other, Paula Galusha of Maquoketa, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, sisters Lucy, Lorraine and Elizabeth, brothers James Ernest and Paul, a step-son, Allan, and a step-daughter, Judy.

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



Jeanette Nemmers Konrardy


Jeanette Nemmers Konrardy, 84, formerly of La Motte, passed away January 24th, 2016 at Luther Manor.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28th at St. Joseph Church Key West with Fr. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery in La Motte. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

Jeanette was born in Springbrook, IA January 9th, 1932 to Vernon and Hannah (Kloft) Homan. She went to the country school in Springbrook.

Jeanette married Eldon Nemmers of La Motte on August 5th, 1952 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, IA. He preceded her in death on July 11th, 1981. She married Clarence Konrardy on June 3rd, 1983. He died on Feb 3rd, 1988.

Jeanette was an active member of Holy Rosary Parish in La Motte until it closed. She also ran (and played in) countless euchre tournaments over the years.

Surviving are her children: Mike (Deb) Nemmers of La Motte, Kim (Mark) Cueno of East Dubuque, IL, Kevin (LaVonne) Nemmers of Springbrook, John (Donna) Nemmers of Asbury, Beth (Lee) Radil of Alexandria, MN, Brian (Teri) Nemmers of La Motte, and Terry (Nancy) Nemmers of Cedar Rapids, and two sisters-in-law. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husbands, Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Lee Homan; a sister, Joanne Homan; a daughter Deborah; a son, Bruce; two grandchildren; her father- and mother-in-law, and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

In lieu of flowers a Jeanette Nemmers Konrardy memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, and Luther Manor Nursing Home for all the care and kindness they gave to Jeanette.



James A. Locher


James A. Locher, 82, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 25, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery with military rites. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 24th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Jim was born September 16, 1933, in Farley, IA, son of Lawrence R. Locher, DDS and Marie (O'Meara) Locher, RN. He married Ardis C. Herrig February 8, 1958 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Apple River, IL. She preceded him in death on August 15, 1994. He then married Patricia Lewis on July 3, 1999.

Jim worked at the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque and Telegraphics in East Dubuque, IL. He also worked at John Deere and lastly at Carlisle Communications, retiring in 1995.

He was a Veteran of the Korean War from 1954 to 1956 stationed in Germany; then a member of the U.S. Army Reserves until 1961.

Jim was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church since 1960. He was one of the co-founders of the Tri-State Antique Classic Car Club in 1964 and held many offices over the years. He enjoyed boating, fishing, photography and outdoor activities in his younger years. Jim also enjoyed Sunday breakfasts with "The Gang" and Thursday night dinners with "The Boys".

Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia; son Larry Locher, of Dubuque; two daughters, Beth (Dan) Kennedy, of Dubuque and Becky (Peter) Williams, of Godfrey, IL; eight grandchildren, Amanda (Neil) Dolphin, of Dubuque, Kate (Ryan) Eckhoff, of Cedar Rapids, Tyler (Tara) Kennedy, of Sherrill, Adam (Jenna Wehling) Kennedy, of Beecher, IL, Kathryn, Owen, Abigail and Sean Williams, of Godfrey, IL; four great-granddaughters, Raelynn and Madilyn Dolphin & Elliana and Annabelle Eckhoff; three step-children, Anita (Kevin) Honer, of Spring Green, WI, Kevin (Shannon) Lewis, of Janesville, WI, and Maureen (Michael) Blankenship, of Hopkinsville, KY; six step-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas (Catherine) Locher, of Philadelphia, PA; two sisters, Jane Locher, of Dubuque and Catherine Curphy, of Cascade; a sister-in-law, Mary Locher, of Sherrill; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ardis; a brother, John M. Locher and a sister Lois Buckley.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for all their care and support.

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



Emma A. Fjellman


Emma A. "Emily" Fjellman, 99, of Luther Manor died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 26 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, January 25 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 29 in Fountain Hill Cemetery, Deep River, CT.

Emma was born on October 22, 1916 in Chester, CT, daughter of Otto and Martha (Radtke) Korhummel. She married Henry L. Fjellman on April 29, 1939. He preceded her in death in March of 2005.

As a young girl she and her parents traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, and had been in all 48 states by the time she was 16 years old. One of her favorite stories was working for the author Jane Addams of Hull House during Addam's time in Connecticut. She worked for several years in the State of Connecticut's biological labs until she married Henry.

Emma has been very active in her church groups and has done extensive volunteer work in various church related hospitals. She was an active member of The Red Hats and Newcomers Groups.

Henry worked for various divisions of Rexnord Corp. and he and Emma lived in Springfield, MA, Milwaukee, Ellwood City, PA, and Danville, KY. In 1996 they moved to Dubuque.

Surviving are a son, Dick (Judie) Fjellman of Dubuque; two grandsons, John (Kris) Fjellman of Pewaukee, WI, and Keith (Lori) Fjellman of Des Moines, IA; and four great grandchildren, Sean, Ella, Sarah, and Derek. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Mildred Jones.

A special thank you goes to the nurses and staff of Luther Manor who have taken wonderful care of Emma and Henry over the past years. You certainly have been a blessing to both of them. Also thank you to the Hospice of Dubuque staff who have given comfort and solace during the last days of Emma's life.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Luther Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Day School.

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



Kathryn E. Haag


Kathryn E. Haag, 88, of Monticello died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Visitation will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil will be held at 3 p.m.

Visitation will continue Wednesday from 10 - 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Kathryn was born August 28, 1927 in Monticello the daughter of James and Catherine (Rickels) Connolly. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School with the Class of 1944. She married Roman Haag on September 10, 1946. She was a telephone operator in Monticello for 10 years. After she raised her family she worked part time at the Monticello Shoppers Guide/Monticello Express until retiring in 2010.

Kathryn was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Study Club. She was a fan of her grandchildren, attending all of their functions in school and summertime. She was also a fan of the Cubs and Hawkeyes. She enjoyed bowling and gardening. She and Roman were very active members of Sacred Heart Church.

Kathryn is survived by 3 children: Jerry (Dianne) Haag, Tom (Tina) Haag and Marla (Jerry) Hinrichs, all of Monticello; 9 grandchildren: Aimee Haag Price, Jason, John, Dan, and Teresa Haag, Mark, Chris, Brian and Kayla Hinrichs, and 12 great grandchildren, a brother-in-law, Gregory Haag of New Orleans, and a sister-in-law, Lorraine Haag of Monticello.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2004, a brother, Paul (Anne) Connolly, and several in-laws.

Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart School.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Margaret A. Bartels


Margaret A. Bartels, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Margaret's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, January 28, 2016, from the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again on Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 10 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

Margaret Ann Taylor was born on September 12, 1927 in Jackson County, Iowa, to John and Frances (Schmidt) Taylor. She grew up and attended several schools in the area and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1945. She married Harold A. Bartels on August 23, 1950 in Wyoming, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 27, 2015.

Margaret was a farm housewife. She enjoyed cooking/baking, flower and vegetable gardening, and shopping.

Those left to honor Margaret's memory include her daughters, Marcia Bartels of DeWitt, IA, and Lisa Bartels of DeWitt, IA; 2 granddaughters, Kelly and Kasey Bartels; 1 great-grandchild, Kaitlyn Bartels, all of Maquoketa, IA; and 2 sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bartels of Maquoketa, IA, and Wilma Taylor of Wyoming, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Mary in 1968 and son Norman in 2010, a brother Jack Taylor, and her husband.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Margaret A. Bartels memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Robert J. Rudzianski


Robert J. "Big Bobber" Rudzianski, 67 of Peosta, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, January 28, 2016 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, where the family will greet friends one hour prior to mass. Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bob was born March 30, 1948 in Anamosa the son of Joseph A. and Gladys L. (Joelson) Rudzianski. He graduated from Wahlert High School and Loras College. Bob served in the United States Airforce during Vietnam. He owned and operated Rudzianski Buisness Equipment. Bob was a member of the Dubuque Rotary Club and was 3 times a Paul Harris Fellow and Past President of the Dubuque Rotary Club. He was a longtime member of Thunder Hills Country Club and St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Bob loved to help others and to host friens and family at his home.

Survivors include his twin sons, Nick of Coralville and Tim of Cedar Rapids; siblings, Teresa (Bill) Heemsbergen of Troy, TX and Catherine (Nick) Marketis of Casselberry, FL.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to Wound Warriors Project or the Gary Sinise Foundation in Bob's memory.

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



John E. Blaine


John E. "Ted" Blaine, 96, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of John's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation is from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, January 25, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. There will be a 6:45 P.M. Masonic Service at the end of the visitation. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

John Edmund Blaine was born on July 7, 1919 in Gratiot, Wisconsin, to Thomas Bernard and Mary Alvina (Deadlow) Blaine. He grew up in Wisconsin and was educated in Wisconsin and Iowa. He was a WWII Army veteran, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, with one Bronze Battle Star for the New Guinea/Papuan Campaign. On November 25, 1949 he married Donna Mardell Everman in Dubuque, Iowa. To this union three children were born: John, Brenda and Jill.

"Ted" had a long career in the utility field. First working as a construction lineman, bringing power to people in rural areas for the first time. Later he worked for Iowa Electric Light and Power, retiring after 25 years as a lineman and a gas and electric serviceman.

John was a dedicated father and served as a boy scout leader and helped with various girl scout activities. He was a member of the United Church of Christ, Maquoketa, the VFW #3633, and the Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM. He was a 64 year member of the IBEW and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #75. He enjoyed reading, fishing, gardening, playing cards, being outdoors, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor John's memory include his wife Donna Mardell Blaine of Maquoketa, IA; children John Blaine of Missoula, MT, Brenda (Scott) Banker of Clinton, IA, and Jill Blaine of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren Jennifer (Tyler) Doran and Alex Banker; 2 great-grandchildren Blake and Olivia Doran; a sister-in-law, Helen Wyatt of Corydon, IA; and 2 special nieces, Jerry Castor and Joan Langloss, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bernard, Francis and Robert, and sisters Mary and Cecilia.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John E. "Ted" Blaine memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Clifford O. Wears

Clifford O. Wears, 95, of Venice, Florida and formerly of Monticello, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello with a parish vigil service at 2 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Fr. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Clifford was born Oct. 16, 1920, in Solon, Iowa, the son of Everett and Mary (Mattas) Wears. He married Gladys E. Barta on Jan. 10, 1942, in Kirksville, MO.

Cliff owned and operated Wears Hatchery. Together they farmed near Solon, Cascade and Monticello for many years. They purchased International Harvester business in Monticello in 1962, which they operated until retirement in 1991.

His passion was flying since his early 20s. That passion led to the development and management of the Monticello Airport and Monticello Aviation.

He inspired many to achieve their goals, had high work ethics and mentored others.

Survivors include his children: Carolann Fairchild of Ankeny, IA, Ramunda Wears of Venice, FL, William Wears of Marshalltown, IA; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and special family friends the Menechino family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladys, in 2001; a daughter, Paula (Larry) Rickels, in 2014; and 2 brothers, Dale and Paul Wears.

Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com or sent to: PO Box 791, Monticello IA 52310.



Francis Fischer

Francis "Fran" Fischer, 80, of Earlville, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, where a parish vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Earlville. Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Francis was born Sept. 4, 1935, in Earlville, the son of Leonard and Anna (Scherbring) Fischer. He married Sharon Hildebrand on May 31, 1965 in Earlville.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; and his 2 nieces, Judy (Tom) Kramer of Freeport, IL and Barbara (DuWayne) Grutt of Marquette, MI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, brother Arnold (Anita) Fischer, and sister-in-law Immogene (Chris) McCallum.

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



Richard K. Boyle


Richard K. Boyle, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Richard's life will be held at 2:30 P.M. Saturday, Jan. 23, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. at the church. Cremation will follow the services and a private burial will be held at a later date.

Richard Kenneth Boyle was born on May 2, 1941 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Kenneth Sherman and Louise Elvira (Hansen) Boyle. He grew up in Humboldt and attended school through the 8th grade. He then moved to Eaton, Colorado, where he graduated from Eaton High School. He married Carolyn Jean Helvick on April 18, 1960 in Blue Earth, Minnesota and to this union three children were born: Deanna, Tim and Randy.

Richard had worked for PAMIDA in various locations as an assistant manager and manager for several years. In 1977, PAMIDA transferred him to Maquoketa where he and Carolyn made their home. He worked for PAMIDA for 14 years until taking a job with Derby/Coastal Mart in Maquoketa as store manager until his retirement.

Richard was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and had been to five bowl games. He loved spending time with his family and visiting Lake Okoboji and Colorado.

Those left to honor Richard's memory include his wife, Carolyn Boyle, of Maquoketa, IA; children Deanna (Brian) Tabor of Baldwin, IA, Dr. Tim Boyle of Marshfield, WI and Randy (Laurie) Boyle of Denver, CO; a brother, Greg (Jane) Boyle, of Marshalltown, IA; and 7 granddaughters, Allison, Emmalee, Elizabeth, Jacqueline, Sarah, Darrah and Emery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Richard K. Boyle memorial fund has been established.

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



John Biays Moore Bowerman


John Biays Moore Bowerman, age 91, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor Biays' life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Biays' life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in the Crystal Township Cemetery in Crystal Lake, IA.

Biays was born on September 2, 1924, in Towson, Baltimore County Maryland, son of Biays and Mary Alice (Moore) Bowerman.

Biays spent his formative years growing up in Ruxton, Maryland. Soon after his career began, Biays would find himself honorably serving his country in the U.S. Navy during both WWII and the Korean War. Biays would meet his soul-mate, Lois Powers, while stationed at Pearl Harbor and they would be united in marriage shortly after, on November 24, 1951. Their union was blessed with 58 loving years together and 7 beautiful children. Biays' heart would be broken when Lois was sadly called home ahead of him on July 3, 2010. After his service in the Navy, Biays would successfully complete his Masters degree from Catholic University and begin his professional working career in the field of licensed social work with Catholic Charities in Baltimore and Bellingham. Biays moved his family to Dubuque in 1960 to continue his career with Catholic Charities and finally moved over to Medical Associates where he stayed until his retirement in 1989.

He was a longtime and faithful member of St. Patrick's Church and would joyfully instill his firmly held Christian values into his growing family. In his free time, Biays would find time to help found the Dubuque County Genealogy Society and volunteer countless hours at the Carnegie Stout Library in Dubuque. Biays was always a proud husband, father and grandfather and family was clearly a priority in his life. Whether leading by example, or a simple word of advice; all loved by Biays would never have to doubt his devotion to them. His soul now rests safely within the arms of his Savior and he is once again reunited with his deeply adored wife, Lois. We will miss Biays dearly and yet find comfort in trusting that his wonderful memories will fill our hearts and minds for generations to come.

Those left to cherish Biays' memory include

his children,
Stephen (Janet) Bowerman, Colorado Springs, CO,
Joseph (Jane) Bowerman, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Anne Bowerman, Dubuque, IA,
Paul (Stacie) Bowerman, Wilmington, NC,
Beth (Ken) Jaeger, Dubuque, IA,
Rich (Jennifer) Bowerman, Hendersonville, NC,
and Pete (Sue) Bowerman, Makanda, IL;

20 grandchildren;

33 great-grandchildren;

1 great-great granddaughter;

2 siblings,
John (Gail) Bowerman, Frederick, MD,
and Theo Duffy, New Jersey;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Barbara Bowerman, Lutherville, MD,
and Elizabeth Bowerman, Ellicott City, MD.

Biays was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois; a great-granddaughter, Olivia Smith; 2 brothers, David Bowerman and Daniel Bowerman; a sister, Shannon (John) Shure; and a brother-in-law, James Duffy.

A John Biays Bowerman memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their compassionate and sincere care and support.

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

 



Arthur C. Tigges

Arthur C. Tigges, 95 of Dubuque, Iowa went to be with the Lord on January 19th, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Karen Candee officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arthur was born on November 9, 1920 in Dubuque the son of Oscar and Josephine (Linden) Tigges.

He married Lela (Close) Feipel on June 3, 1961 and she preceded him in death on April 4, 2011. Art worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co for many years and was a member of the UFCW Local #150 A.

Music was a great part of Art's life. He played in many Dubuque groups and at many local dances, and was a member of the Musicians Union. In his later years he enjoyed walking at the Kennedy Mall.

He is survived by his children Richard "Dick" (Pat) Feipel of Dubuque, Barbara (Roger) Schueller of Sherrill, and David (Doris) Feipel of Dubuque, a son-in-law Ed Kieffer of Florida, 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, his siblings Catherine Young of Dubuque, Joan Klaas, of Cuba City and Roger (Stella) Tigges of Dubuque, and a brother-in law Chuck Kruser.

He was preceded in death by his wife a daughter Beverly, brothers Gerald, Oscar and Wilfred "Butch", Tigges and sisters Martha Tigges, Elaine Kruser, and Marlene Nadermann.

In lieu of flowers a Arthur Tigges memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for the care they gave to Art.



Donald A. Hess


Donald A. Hess, 75, of, Luxemburg, Iowa died Tuesday, January 19, 2016 of Pulmonary Fibrosis, at his home in Luxemburg with his wife Barbara at his side.

Visitation will be held 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, Holy Cross.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, with burial at a later date Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Don was born March 13, 1940 in Guttenberg, the son of Arnold and Hattie (Miller) Hess. He attended Luxemburg School and graduated from Holy Cross High School. He married Barbara Roling on October 6, 1964 in Colesburg, Iowa. Together they farmed and raised their family in rural New Vienna. He was a loyal employee at Dave's Feed Store for 50 years and retired at age 70 in 2010. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and his never ending garden. A special time of year was deer season with his good friends. Don was a proud husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, 2 daughters: Jolyn (Paul) Schneider and Sherry (Pat Wombacher) Hess both of Iowa City, 2 sons; Bill Hess of Luxemburg and Carl Hess of New Vienna, daughter in law Jeanne Hess of Holy Cross, 12 grandchildren: Jordan, Haley, Grace Schneider, Nathan Hess, Josh and Rachel Wombacher-Hess, Cheyenne and Spencer Hess, Matt, Tyler and Brent Hess and Conner Hess, siblings: Correne (Cletus) Hellman of Ryan, Bernadette (Louie) Wiegel of Gratiot, WI, Leola (Tom) Sperfslage of Central City, IA, and Janice (Dan) Roling of Guttenberg, in-laws: Dan (Janice) Roling of Guttenberg, Mary (Eldon) Sasson of Dyersville, Richard Roling of Cascade, Lois (Bob) Forkenbrock of Dyersville, Duane (Judy) Roling of New Vienna, Dale (Alice) Roling of Dodgeville, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Randy Hess in 2006, siblings: Carl and Dennis Hess, Helene Oberbroeckling and Grace Roling, brother in laws, Leo Wedig and Ralph Oberbroeckling.

A Donald A. Hess memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Amy with Hospice of Dubuque, and the many family and friends who stopped and visited Don during his illness.

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



Nancy L. Wells


Nancy L. Wells, 80 of Dubuque went to join the "love of her life" her husband of 64+ years Robert, who passed away November 20, 2015. She passed away peacefully, on January 19th, 2016 knowing her family was with her and celebrating her reunion with her husband.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 23rd at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, January 22nd, 2016, from 2p.m. to 6p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 6:00 p.m.

She was born on October 4, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of William and Martha (Utzig) Hanson. She married Robert A Wells, January 31, 1951. They had four children. William (Susan) Wells, Dubuque, Nancee (David) Frey, Bloomington, Ill. Michelle (Rick) Gansen, Cedar Rapids and Monica (deceased) (Tom) Ehlers, Dubuque. Nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

She was employed in her earlier years at Hanson Fruit Company. She has been a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was a longtime member of St. Patrick's Parish and the Dubuque Boat Club. She loved spending time with her children and all the grandchildren, playing cards, baking and cooking.

She is survived by (favorite companion Bitzy), Children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and sisters Billie (Kenny) Rowles, Dubuque, Karen (James) Kraus, Cuba City, a bother-in-law Joseph (Camilla) Wells, Dubuque, a sister-in-law Shirley (Austin) Wells.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64+ yrs, Robert A. Wells, parents, William and Martha Hanson, brother-in-law Austin Wells, sister-in-law Audrey (Eugene) Niday and a daughter, Monica Ehlers.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
The family thanks the staff of Luther Manor, Unity Point Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care and kindness during this time.



Betty Arlene (Dodds) Myatt


Betty Arlene (Dodds) Myatt, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, January 17, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa with her daughters at her side.

A memorial service celebrating Betty's life will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, January 30, 2016 from the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. In addition, friends and family are welcome to a visitation held prior to the services from 11:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa, at a later date.

Betty Arlene Dodds was born to William Francis and Clara Catherine (Schmidt) Dodds at their home in Maquoketa on July 4, 1926. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Glenn Cassin Myatt on December 5, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, and they became the parents of Pamela Jo, Lon Fredric and Laura Ann.

While finishing high school, through WWII and until marriage, Betty worked for Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator and night chief. She then farmed with her husband north of Lost Nation/south of Baldwin for many years.

Betty was a member of P.E.O. Chapter BX of Maquoketa, Maquoketa Women's Club, and First United Methodist Church and its women's circles. She previously had been a member of the Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and served as an ordained elder.

Betty enjoying roller skating in her younger years, dancing, baking breads, gardening, playing cards/bridge, sewing (particularly special occasion clothes), and supporting her family's activities (especially musical performances). She loved "Christmas Celebrations" and went all out to make them memorable times for her family and friends.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her daughters: Pamela (David) Crawford of Maquoketa, IA and Laurie (John) Helmers of Stewartville, MN; 4 grandchildren: Angela Quick (Erik Iverson), Karma Quick (Asit Panwala), Karisa Myatt-Brown (Stacy Brown) and J. Myatt Helmers; 4+ great-grandchildren: Brennan, Hunter and McKenna Brown, Miles Iverson, and expected Baby Girl Panwala; 2 step-granddaughters and their families: Kelli (Roy) Lines of Dubuque, IA and Kristi (Kent) Bennis of Delmar, IA; a sister Maxine (Dodds) Wanger of Dubuque, IA and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Dodds of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Francis and Leonard, sisters infant Catherine, infant Anna and Sheryl Dodds Fletcher, son-in-law Larry Quick in 1982, and her son Lon in 2011.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Bethany Home in Dubuque, Hospice of Jackson County, First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa or the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa.

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



Edgar J. Cosgrove


Edgar J. (Ed) Cosgrove, a lifelong "Dubuquer", passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 18, 2016 at the age of 90. Ed battled melanoma & Guillain-Barre Syndrome over the last years of his life.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday January, 23, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, with Father Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 2 - 7 p.m., Friday, January 22 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 9 - 10 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home. A wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Ed was born on December 12, 1925, son of Alice Bennett Cosgrove and Vincent Cosgrove. Ed attended St. Patrick's and Nativity grade schools. He was a graduate of Loras Academy.

He joined the Army as a 17 year old teenager and was honorably discharged as a mature man. Ed served in France and Germany during W.W. II, attaining the rank of sergeant. He served with the 70th Infantry Division, landed in Marseille, France in December 1944, and saw action in Phillipsbourg, Saarbrucken, and through the Siegfried line. He ended his service as part of the occupational forces in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ed was very proud of serving his country in the U.S. Army, and in his later years, felt more at ease sharing some of his "near death experiences" that he and many other servicemen endured during the war, with his family and friends. He was honored and moved to participate in the very first Honor Flight from Dubuque.

Ed worked at John Deere Dubuque Works in Dubuque as a purchasing agent, supervisor/buyer, and production controller, retiring in 1982 after 34 years of service.

Ed married Elizabeth (Betty) Wickham in 1948. To this union, was born Michael J Cosgrove & Mark A. Cosgrove. Ed & Betty were married for almost 23 years until Betty preceded him in death in 1971. Ed married Rose Marie Meier Farrey, in 1973, blending two families. They celebrated 42 years of marriage in October.

Ed was a true avid outdoorsman. Some of his favorite pursuits were fishing, hunting, golfing, and traveling throughout the United States. Ed & Rose enjoyed several cruises, especially their Alaska Land & Water Cruise. Their trip to Europe in 2005 was a highlight of their travels together.

Many weekends found Ed & Rose on their pontoon boat on the Mississippi River. Ed would be fishing while Rose would be enjoying the sun. Following his favorite sport teams - The Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings - was another favorite past time. Ed also found contentment grilling on the deck for Rose, his children and grandchildren while sipping "a good Manhattan". The family Christmas Eve celebration will always be remembered as "the BIG ONE!"

Ed was a very loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He was the family "go -to person" for solid advice and "Mr. Fix -It!" Dad's values and integrity will always influence and inspire us. We have all been fortunate to have him at the helm of our family.

Those left to cherish his memory includes his spouse, Rose Cosgrove; children, Michael (Connie) Cosgrove of Dubuque, Mark (Sara) Cosgrove of Cedar Rapids; Ramona (Bill) Vincent of Galena, IL, Renee Farrey of Dubuque, Rod (Janet) Farrey of Dubuque, Robyn (Allen Brown) Farrey of Bellingham, WA; grandchildren, Benjamin, (Amy) Cosgrove, Lara (Alex) Fowler, Patrick Cosgrove, Ryan (Kate) Cosgrove, Brandon (Amber) Stadel, Barret Stadel, Matthew (fiancée Maddie Sadecky) Farrey, David Farrey, Greg Farrey, Michael Farrey; and great grandchildren, Allegra Cosgrove and Lydia Fowler. Ed is also survived by his sister, Rosemary (Bruce) Moorhead of Port Angeles, WA; sisters-in-Law: Ruth Williams, Shirley (Larry) Bowden; and brothers-in-law, William (Paula) Meier and Greg (Sue) Meier.

Preceding Ed in death was his mother, Alice Gala, father, Vincent Cosgrove; step-father, Dominic Gala; sister-in-law, Arlene Meier Hayek; and uncle & special friend, Burton Bennett.

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

A Edgar Cosgrove memorial fund has been established.

Ed & Rose wish to thank their children and grandchildren for all their love and support throughout their marriage and especially now through Ed's illness. The family especially appreciates the care and concern of Ed's Hospice nurse, Melanie, and additional Hospice care givers, especially Heather and Angela, Dr. Caceres & his nurse, Jackie, and our special family nurse, Janet Farrey.

"May joy be with you while you stay ...May peace be with you on your way."

 



Bernard S. Fallis


Bernard S. "Bernie" Fallis-Andrews, age 71, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:03 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care, 2935 Kaufmann Avenue. To honor Bernie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Bernie's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Bernie was born on April 19, 1944 in Rosebud, South Dakota, son of David Andrews and Leona Fallis. He was fond of growing up on his Family Ranch for most of his early childhood. He learned to be a skilled bareback horse and bull rider. Going to any rodeo and jumping on was a favorite pastime. He was a brave man!

After graduating from the Mission Indian Boarding School in 1961, Bernie married Patricia Marie Jensen and joined the US Navy. After an injury, Bernie was Honorably Discharged and shortly began his life long career in the upholstery business. While Bernie was enjoying his new found success in upholstery, he became a highly skilled driver at the Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota.

After his racing career ended, like many middle aged men, he found the game of golf. He had many golfing friends and "always had a good time." After parting ways with Patricia, Bernie moved to New Mexico, Florida, and Nevada.

He eventually met and married Linda Hansen-Beckley on December 7, 2000 in Las Vegas. They've been blessed with 16 years together. In his free time, Bernie could be found enjoying a few minutes sitting at the penny slots or with a bright smile on his face sitting next to his lovely wife, Linda, for a competitive evening of bingo with friends. Bernie has been called home now after living a full and exciting life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Bernie's memory include
his wife,
Linda Andrews, Dubuque;

his 6 children,
Todd Andrews,
Rodney Andrews,
Robyn Andrews,
Marty Andrews,
Casey Holt
and Stephanie Holt;

his step-son,
Richard (Diane) Harkey;

10 grandchildren;

and 6 brothers and sisters.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Kurt Andrews.

A Bernard S. Fallis-Andrews memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful and compassionate care and support.

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

 



Lorita E. (Bailey) Hefel


Lorita E. (Bailey) Hefel, 73, of Greeley, Iowa, died Monday, January 18, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Lorita may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. There will be no public services. Burial will be held in Immaculate Conception cemetery in North Buena Vista, Iowa at a later date.

She was born May 26, 1942 in Strawberry Point, Iowa, daughter of Hiram and Gladys (Whitlock) Pierce. She received her education in the rural Epworth area schools. On April 18, 1959 she was united in marriage to Carl A. "Carly" Hefel. She drove a school bus for the Western Dubuque School District for many years. She enjoyed children and loved to read.

She is survived by three children, Genevieve Hefel (and her spouse, Peggy Strub) of Dubuque, IA; Debra Hefel of French Town, IA, and Carl D. Hefel of Greely, IA; 4 grandchildren, Melissa Zittergruen, Erika Bandilla, Carly and Courtney Hefel; 2 great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Brady; 2 sisters, Vera Finzel (& Darwin Goeschel) and Donna (Mike) Loetz, both of Colesburg, IA; one brother-in-law, Dale Sweet, of Giard, IA; and one sister-in-law, Sandy Pierce, of Millville, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl Hefel, on Oct. 8, 2000; 6 brothers, Robert "Bob", Bill, Thomas, Dick, Jerry and Perry Pierce; and 4 sisters, Myrtle Kruse, Martha Pierce in infancy, Jane Sweet and Jean Wall.

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



Gerald L. Koss


Gerald L. "Jerry' Koss, 87, of River Bend Assisted Living and formerly of 23576 Pleasant Grove Road, Placid, Iowa, died Monday, January 18, 2016 at 2:15 a.m.at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jerry may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Services for Jerry will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at St. John's Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding assisted by Jerry Koopmann with Eucharistic Ministers Wayne Brunsman and Maty Brunsman. Mass servers are Nathan Kramer, Brooklyn Brock and Dalton Kramer. Lectors are Karen Kooss and Kaylee Koss. Placing of the pall will be done by Mary Ann Koss, Sheryl Brindle, Denise Brunsman, Sue Koss and David Koss. Giftbearers are Allison Koss, Robin Koss, Kelly Brock and Danielle Hoefer. Burial will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Placid, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Epworth John White American Legion Post #650. Honorary pallbearers for Gerry: Adolph and Charlene Nezerka, Gene and Rosie Erenberger, Ray and Sally Gudenkauf, Bernie and Joellen Erenberger, Bud Lingel, Phyllis Fiala and Doris Divoky.
Casketbearers for Jerry: Wade Brunsman, Brent Brunsman, Ross Brunsman, Scott Hoefer, Todd Hoefer, Mike Brock, Chuck Brindle and Wayne Brunsman.

He was born Jan. 22, 1928 in Ely, Iowa, son of Louis J. and Emily (Petrak) Koss. He received his education in the rural Ely area schools. On April 29, 1954 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Dohnalek at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Mount Vernon area until 1975 at which time they moved to Placid.

He is an Army veteran, having served in the Korean war. He was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, a member of the Iowa & National Ayrshire Associations, having served on the board of directors, and a member of the Ely American Legion Post #555.

He was a kind and gentle man, who always had a smile for everybody. He loved sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. He always enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He had a great passion for Ayrshire cattle.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Koss of Placid, IA; four children, Sheryl (Charles) Brindle of Clarion, IA, Denise (Wayne) Brunsman of New Vienna, IA, Sue Koss of Clinton, IA, and David (Karen) Koss of Epworth, IA; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Freshour of Marengo, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Wilmer & Margaret Koss; and a brother-in-law, Hersh Freshour.

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



John D. Healy


John D. "Jack" Healy, 76, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Fr. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 3:00 p.m. There will be an additional visitation from 10 to 10:45 Friday at the church prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

Jack was born Feb. 2, 1939 in Dubuque, son of Leonard and Rita (Lattner) Healy. After the death of his mother, he was raised by his father and stepmother, Velma Lattner. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1957. He married Virginia Briggs on Feb. 24, 1968 at St. Columbkille.

Jack worked in the LP gas business for his entire life, first owning a business with his father, then working for other businesses, mainly Thermogas for over 30 years.

After his retirement, Jack enjoyed fishing and "putzing around" in the garage. He enjoyed taking friends and grandchildren to Apple Canyon to fish.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; two children, Lorri (Larry) Liddle of Dubuque and Robert (Wendy Woodward) Healy of Hazel Green, Wis.; three grandchildren, Ashley (Joe) Davis and their children, Griffin and Gavin; Mitchell (fiancé Tiffany Link) Liddle, and Amanda Knoble; three step-grandchildren, Colt (fiancé Alyssa) Fairchild, Courtney (Andrew Skinner) Koob and their daughter, Olivia Skinner; and Haley Fairchild and her son, Chance Gronnen. He is also survived by five siblings, Janaan Burns, Tom (Beverly) Healy, Connie (Carlton) Thomas, Denny (Mary) Healy, Diane (Carey) Healy-Klaus and Joseph (Julie) Healy; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two siblings, Robert C. Healy and Patricia Hash.

Memorials may be made to the John Healy Memorial Fund.

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 and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.



Matthew J. Burks


Matthew Jordan Burks, 30 of Dubuque, passed away. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, January 22, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost, 2981 Central Ave., Dubuque. Family will greet friends and loved ones 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, with a time for family and friends to share memories at 8:00 pm. on Thursday. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery next to his grandmother.

Matt was born May 12, 1985 in San Diego, California, the son of Donald L. and Rebecca A. (Pfohl) Burks. He grew up in Dubuque where he graduated from Wahlert High School in 2003. Matt excelled in basketball where he earned All-Conference and All State honors, and was T.H. all area in 2003. He earned MVP in the State of Iowa All Star game after the conclusion of his senior season. During the summer months, Matt enjoyed competing in the Prime Time League against University of Iowa, UNI, and professional basketball players where he was consistently one of the top five scorers in the league. Matt continued his basketball career at Highland Community College and playing his final years of college basketball at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana, earning defensive player of the year. During his college career he was fortunate enough to meet teammates from all across the world and was able to appreciate the beauty of many different cultures and embraced them all. He enjoyed spending time with his family, the love of his life Josey, fishing, swimming, riding motorcycles, snowboarding, and playing basketball. He will also be remembered for his generosity to others, his witty sense of humor, and loyalty to all that he loved. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his mother, Rebecca A. "Becky" Burks of Dubuque; his father, Donald "Donny" L. (Karen) Burks of Asbury; a brother, Nathan Burks of Dubuque; step sisters, Ashley Young of Coralville, Brianna Young of North Liberty, Cristina Young of Asbury; fiancé, Josey Pfannenstiel; maternal grandfather, Joe Pfohl of Dubuque; paternal grandparents; Claudia Elmore of Dubuque, Jose' (Bev) Sterrett of Sauk Village, IL; aunts and uncles, Jeff (Tracy) Pfohl of Des Moines, Cheryl Sims of Country Club Hills, IL, Candice Davis of Bessemer, AL, Maria Scott of Sauk Village, IL, Emma (Kevin) Hong of Louisville, KY; cousins, Tiffany, Airion, Rikki, Pharris, Cejai, Victor, Henry, Brandon and Zach; beloved godmother, Mary Ann Lansing; and a host of friends and former teammates.

Matt was preceded in death by his maternal grandmothers, Judy Pfohl, Linda Peterson; cousin, Mark "Sparky" Van Blarcom; and an uncle, Albert Louis Burks, Jr.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Matt's memory. 

Memorials may be sent to Dupaco Community Credit Union c/o Matthew Jordan Burks.

Matt's family would like to express their sincere appreciation for all of the support and out pouring of love they have received during this difficult time. 

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



George Jr. Bowling


George Jr. Bowling, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016, at the Genesis Medical Center, West Campus in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of George's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, January 23, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

George Jr. Bowling was born on April 18, 1929 in Galena, Missouri to Roy and Mae (Cupp) Bowling. He grew up in Missouri and came to work in a Stave Mill in Bellevue when he was 23 years old. This is where he met and married the love of his life, Elinor M. Beaman. They were married on September 12, 1952 in Bellevue, Iowa.

George had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for over 28 years as line chaser and as a pack line supervisor.

George enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing guitar, and playing cards especially Euchre.

Those left to honor George's memory include his wife Elinor Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; sons Everett (Brenda) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA, and Tom (Tina) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law Jeannie Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; a brother Charles (Ruby) Bowling of Crane, MO; and a sister Ida Mae Cypert of Crane, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Gilbert, sisters Thelma and Mayme Lee, and a son Kenneth Bowling Sr. on March 23, 2012.

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

 



Alice M. Olberding


Alice M. (Ries) Olberding, 93, of Dyersville died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, surrounded by her family at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 - 10 a.m. Thursday, January 21, prior to funeral services.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Boniface Cemetery, New Vienna. Officiating will be Rev. Jeff Dole. Rev. Carl Ries will concelebrate.

Alice was born September 8, 1922, in Petersburg, Iowa the daughter of Francis and Eleanore (Fangmann) Thole. She married Elmer A. Ries. Together they raised 5 children until his death in 1953. She continued to raise her family and ran the farm. Later Alice married Richard Olberding August 19, 1967, in New Vienna, Iowa. He also preceded her in death.

Surviving are 5 children: Francis (Pam) Ries of Dubuque, Sharon (Bob) Demmer of Dundee, Elaine (Carl) Burkle and Eldon (Patti) Ries both of Dyersville and Elmer (Carla) Ries of New Vienna, 22 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren; two sisters: Viola (Irvin) Klosterman of Manchester and Rita Mae (Floyd) Feldmann of Edgewood; in-laws: Clarinda Thole of Manchester, Bernice Thole of Dyersville, Mabel Kronlage of Monticello, Gene (Darlene) Olberding and Jim (Katie) Olberding, both of Dyersville, Grace (Donald) Hermsen of Luxemburg, and Shirley Olberding of Dyersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Elmer in 1953, her second husband, Dick in 2007, 2 grandsons: Ryan Ries and Jeff Ries, five brothers, Lawrence, Francis, Charles and Alfred Thole, Linus (Bernadine) Thole and one sister, Mary Ann (Fred) Wessels, in-laws: Clete Feldmann, Nettie (Paul) Pitz, Joe (Armella) Ries, Matt (Julia) Ries, Don (Esther) Ries, Louis Kronlage, and George Olberding,

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

 



Robert L. Schlueter


Robert L. "Bob" Schlueter, 89, a lifelong resident of Dubuque, died Saturday, January 16, at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church where Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday with Fr. Steve Rosonke officiating. Visitation will also be held at St. Anthony's from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bob was born on Sept. 26, 1926, in Dubuque, son of Leo B. and Helen (Ott) Schlueter. He graduated from Loras Academy and Loras College.

On May 9, 1959, Bob married Ellen Walsh at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. Bob joined the Schlueter Insurance Agency with his father and Uncle Frank Schlueter in 1949. He was eventually joined in the agency by his brother Tom, and went on to become President of the firm. Along with Cy Friedman and Ted Ellsworth, they formed the local Independent Insurance Agents of Dubuque Association in 1953, an organization that exists to this day.

Bob loved baseball, bowling and golf. He started playing organized ball for his father in his early teens, and went on to play for years with the Dubuque White Sox and Dubuque Star Brewers, two of the premier semi-pro teams in the area during the 1940's and 1950's. He also played minor league baseball for one year for the Janesville, WI. affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, where an elbow injury cut his professional baseball career short. He was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, where he joined his father, his Uncle Joe and brother-in-law Merle "Bud" Ross, as well as several of his teammates.

Bob bowled in local leagues for over 40 years, beginning in the 1940's. A highlight was being named the Dubuque Bowling Associations All-Event champion in the 1959-60 season. He was also a member of the Dubuque Bowling Association's 700 Club.

He enjoyed singing, and was a member of numerous local choirs throughout his life.

He was active in many fund raising drives, including Stonehill Care Center, The American Cancer Society, Wahlert High School and Loras College.

Surviving are his wife, Ellen, of Dubuque; his children Steve (Cathy Healey) Schlueter of Dubuque, and their daughter, Jenny; Barbara Schlueter and her son, Matt DeMoss (and fiancée Samantha Bergfeld) and daughter Brianne Schlueter, of Dubuque; and Sarah (Jeff) Foxen, and their son Ben Foxen and daughter Grace Foxen of Waukee, IA; and great-grandson Mason DeMoss; his siblings Jane Ross of Iowa City, IA., Joe (Rosie) Schlueter of Mason City, IA; Bernie (Judy) Schlueter of Dublin, OH.; and Helen (Ed) Hood of Cedar Falls, IA.; and 49 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers John (Patricia) Schlueter, Tom (Dorothy) Schlueter and Leo (Judith) Schlueter; infant siblings Joseph, Eileen and Helen Schlueter; and a brother-in-law, Merle "Bud" Ross.

Memorials may be given to the Robert Schlueter Memorial Fund.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Jennifer Mohr, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

"Take two and hit to right".



Jeannette M. Brenner


Jeannette M. Brenner, 82, of Dubuque died Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Dubuque Specialty Care. Funeral services will be 11:30 Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 8 pm. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

She was born July 21, 1933 in Galena, Illinois, daughter of Leo and Minnie (Deninger) Bohnsack. She married Jacob Brenner in 1966 in Manchester, Iowa, he preceded her in death in July 2006.

Jeannette was an avid reader, and cared for and nurtured her nine children. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Dubuque Eagle's Club.

She is survived by eight children; Ken (Jackie) Brenner of East Moline, Ill., Dan (Sandy) Brenner of Dubuque, Kathern (Thomas) Kress of Dyersville, Sharon (Joseph) Amling of Jesup, Iowa, Jacob John (Donna) Brenner Jr. of Amherst, Wisc., Joseph (Lucy) Brenner of Hanover, Ill, John Brenner of Dubuque and, Jeff Brenner of Dubuque; 24 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Melody Villa; two brothers, Vernon and Norman Bohnsack; a sister, Marion Davis and a granddaughter, Maggie Kress.
Memorials may be made to Jeannette Brenner Memorial Fund.

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



Janet A. Noel


Janet A. (Wirzbach) Noel, 68, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Friday afternoon, January 15, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A/M, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at Holy Spirit - Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, with Fr. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 3 P/M to 7 P/M, on Monday, January 18, 2016, at the Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be recited at 3 P/M, Monday. Visitation will continue at the church, on Tuesday, from 9:30 A/M to 10:15 A/M.

Janet was born on April 30, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Robert and Mildred (Nauman) Wirzbach. She was a graduate of Wahlert High School, Class of 1965. She married Thomas J. Noel, on October 6, 1973, at Sacred Heart Church, Dubuque, IA. Tom preceded her in death on September 7, 2015.

One of Janet's earliest jobs was at Sunnycrest Manor and in later years she was employed at KMart for many years.

Janet bowled for many years, was in card clubs with many in-laws and friends, loved good food and a glass of wine, loved to sew, and loved going to the casino's. She was a long time member of Sacred Heart Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. Her grandchildren were also very special to her.

Surviving are her three (3) children, Travis Noel and Tara (Andrew) Trifone, of Dubuque, IA, and Tyler Noel, of Austin, TX; her two (2) grandchildren, Logan and Adeline Trifone; her siblings, Susan (Robert J) Miller, of Dubuque, IA, Robert (Jeanette) Wirzbach, of Dubuque, IA, Karen (Donald) Curler, of Dubuque, IA, Jean Wirzbach (Kate Hoover), of Roseville, MN, and Thomas (Angela) Wirzbach, of Dubuque, IA; her in-laws, David Noel, of East Dubuque, IL, Carla (Dale) Ernst, of Dubuque, IA, Gary (Kathy) Noel, of Streamwood, IL, and Michael (Lisa) Noel, of Dubuque, IA; aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Robert & Mildred (Nauman) Wirzbach; her husband, Thomas; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl and Alice (Rahe) Noel; and a nephew, Christopher Noel.

In lieu of flowers, a Janet A. Noel Memorial Fund has been established. Janet's family wishes to "thank" Dr. Mark Hermann and staff, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, for the wonderful care given to Janet over the past several years!

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



Richard J. Sullivan


Richard J. Sullivan, 88 of Dubuque died Thursday, January 7, 2016 after a long illness.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 19 at Grand View United Methodist Church, where friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. A Masonic service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard was born on January 9, 1927 in Dubuque the son of Richard J. and Kathleen (Orr) Sullivan.

He served in the United States Army during WWII and was stationed in the South Pacific.

Richard graduated from the University of Dubuque, earning his Bachelors of Arts with a minor in chemistry.

On Sept. 1, 1950 he married Janet (Buchan) at First Presbyterian Church in Chicago; she preceded him in death on August 4, 2014.

Richard was extremely active in the Dubuque community. He was a member of the Masonic Temple and Boy Scouts of America. He served on the Dock Board, Dubuque County Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was very proud of educating members of our community in water and hunter safety through various programs in the Tri- States and local schools; teaching at Eco- Meet in concert with the DNR and Army Corps of Engineers. He also volunteered with the local Red Cross.

Many happy days were spent with family and friends in the Coachmen Camping Club and the Mobile Nobles unit of the Shriners.

Surviving are his daughters, Elizabeth Ann Sullivan, of Dubuque and Sandra Lynn (Max) McCullough, of Waterloo, IA; son, Richard John Sullivan, of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren, Jennifer, Erin and Laura McCullough; two great grandchildren, Ella and Lucas; and brothers, Paul (Judy) Sullivan and Tom Sullivan.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and 7 siblings.

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

 



Fern L. Dorothy


Fern Louise Dorothy, 89, of Dubuque, died peacefully Wednesday morning, January 13, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center, with family at her side.


Friends may call from noon to 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 18, at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Visitation will be followed by a brief service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Dianne Grace Presiding. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens in Key West.

Fern was born on August 10, 1926, in Coatsville, Missouri, daughter of Ruby and Perry Severs. She was a woman of many talents, excelling in artistic endeavors throughout her entire life. As a young woman, she was a hairdresser, a floral designer, and even played piano in a Dixieland jazz band while studying at the Missouri Art Institute in Kansas City. She married Robert in 1944, in Washington D.C., where he was stationed in the Navy. She was influenced by the art of Albert Handell during this time. After Bob's time in the Navy was up, they ran a newspaper in Otsego, Michigan and then moved to Kent, Ohio, and then Gary, Indiana, eventually landing in Dubuque, Iowa, when Bob took a position with the Dubuque Industrial Bureau. Their four children kept Fern busy, but she found time to sew clothes for her girls; knit intricately patterned sweaters, hats and mittens; make doll clothes and Halloween costumes; run a household; paint; be a Girl Scout volunteer; rescue stray animals; entertain and play Bridge; make quilts; and cook amazing meals every single night. Through it all, she kept on playing the piano, filling her home with happy music.

After her children were grown and began families of their own, Fern began to get serious about her art, and her talent was further honed. She studied at both Clarke and Loras Colleges and was greatly influenced by local artist Frank Licciardi. Later, she painted at Mount Carmel's Robert Kuhn Center, with Sister Faith Lautz. Fern worked in pastels, watercolors and acrylics, but her preference was oils. She participated and won awards in several local art shows in Omaha, NE, where they lived for a few years after Bob retired. She loved to paint live models and resisted taking any commissioned requests. "I refuse to paint something to match someone's living room," she once said. In 2006, at the age of 80, and after having survived three strokes, she had her first art show at Divine Word College's Weyland Art Gallery in Epworth, Iowa.

The music continued as well. When Bob and Fern moved to a retirement facility in Dubuque, she played piano there, entertaining residents and guests.

Surviving are her three children: Phil, of Iowa City, Kathy (Roger) Loewenberg of Peosta, and Becky (Scott) Wodrich, of Key West; her son-in-law Jerry "Holmes" Brown, of rural Peosta; seven grandchildren: Mike (Kelly) Drapeau of LeClaire, IA, Lisa Dorothy of Joliet, IL, Sara (Bill) Mitchinson of Elburn, IL, Lisa (Hans) Johnson of North Liberty, IA, Chris (Val) Loewenberg of Dubuque, IA, Megan (Jeff) Lancioni of Franklin, WI, and Ryan (Emily) Brown of Peosta, IA; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Paul; her daughter, Nancy; her husband, Robert; and her daughter-in-law, Cheryl.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all of the staff and volunteers at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care given to Fern and the support offered to her family.



Kathleen C. Runde


Kathleen C. "Kathy" Runde, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:08 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 18, 2016 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Pastor Charlie Fizer officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Kathy was born on March 8, 1950 in Dubuque, the daughter of Willard "Jiggs" and Helen (Kaiser) Driscoll.  She married Ronald P. Runde on October 31, 1993 in Dubuque.

She was a 1968 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.  Kathy was the owner and operator of the Kats Meow Bar in East Dubuque which she purchased in May of 2009. She loved cats, the Green Bay Packers, racing and Harley Davidsons'.

Surviving is her husband Ron, a daughter Tammy (Andy) Forman of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, a step-daughter, Nicole (Bob) Meisenburg of East Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Dude Dagel, Morgan Patters, Cael Patters, Griffin Forman, Lexee Forman, Jayden Meisenburg and Ella Meisenburg; her sister, Donna (John) Feller of Dubuque; her mother-in-law, Shirley Runde, her-in-laws, Mike Runde, Nancy (Jim) Puls, Tim (Heather) Runde, Jeff (Cheryl) Runde and Greg (Julie) Runde  and nieces and nephews.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law, Paul Runde, two nieces, Lori Lynn Feller and Amelia Runde.



Raymond J. McCarthy


Raymond J. McCarthy, 70 of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Unity Point Health - Finley Hospital. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Monday, January 18, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. , where a scripture service will begin at 6:00 pm. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ray was born September 2, 1945 in Dubuque the son of William and Alice (Johnson) McCarthy. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. Ray married Victoria Herrig on June 22, 1968 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, IA. He worked for John Deere Works Dubuque for over 35 years, then JRB and most recently at Green Industrial. Ray enjoyed spending time with all his family and relatives. He enjoyed traveling, collecting coins, going antiquing, golfing, and collecting John Deere memorabilia. He was a member of Church of the Resurrection, Moose Lodge, and Tri-State Coin Club.

Survivors include his wife Victoria; children, Todd (Candie Prate) McCarthy of Portage, Wisconsin, Tina (Eric) Wilkinson of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren, Ashton and Cannon Wilkinson; siblings, Darlene (Don) McElwee, Carl (Carol) McCarthy, Roger (Joyce) McCarthy, Dennis (Judy) McCarthy, and a sister in-law, Carol McCarthy; his extended family whom he considered brothers and sisters, Ron (Becky) Herrig, Carol Postel, John (Sally) Herrig, Mary (Steve) Gibbs, Joan (Marty) Jess, Marge (Pete) Hau, Jess (Paula) Herrig; special family friend, Fr. Paul McDonald; beloved dog, Jax; numerous nieces and nephews; and many great friends.

Ray was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Ann in 1982, his parents; father and mother in-law, Alvin and Mercedes Herrig; siblings, David, Dwight, Donald "Joe", nephews, David and Michael Poquette; brother in-law, Brent Postel; nieces, Lindsey Gibbs and Erika Marsh. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hskfh.com



Donald W. Durkop


Donald W. Durkop, 86, of Elwood, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport.

Funeral services will be held at the Elwood Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be held in the Elwood Cemetery.

Don was born Oct. 10, 1929, at home near Elwood to William and Grace (Bock) Durkop. He married Jeanette Meyer on June 24, 1956, in Preston.

Don served in the Korean Conflict from December 1952 to 1954 as a U.S. Army Sergeant.

Don was a member of the Elwood Methodist Church, Lost Nation American Legion and the Maquoketa Farm Bureau.

Don loved his family and friends, and enjoyed being a lifelong farmer raising livestock and grain. Farming was his passion.

Surviving are his loving wife of 59 years, Jeanette; and loving family, one son, Paul (and Pat) Durkop of Lost Nation, IA; two daughters, Diane (and Keith) Hurd of Lewisville, TX, and Doris (and Will) Davis of Hot Springs, AR; four grandsons, Dallas and Dane Durkop and Clay and Brock Davis; and two sisters, Dolores Aude of DeWitt, IA, and Phyllis (and John) Botkin of Marion, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Kenneth Aude.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to the Lost Nation American Legion, Lost Nation Firemen or a charity of the donor's choice.

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



Joe Larkin


Joe Larkin, 89, of Bernard, Iowa passed away on January 15, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at St. Patrick's Church, Garryowen with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating and Msgr. James Miller as concelebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray. Visitation will be on Monday, Jan. 18, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a family rosary will be held at 2:45 p.m.

Joe was born on Sept. 14, 1926 in Bernard, Iowa the son of James and Mary (Gaule) Larkin. He served in the United States Army during WWII. He married Patricia McDermott on Nov. 28, 1951 at Holy Family Church, New Melleray.

Joe owned and operated Larkin Trucking in Bernard for over 40 years. He also farmed and was a member of St. Patrick's Garryowen Parish and the rosary society. He was a member of the Bernard Fire Dept. for many years where he served as Chief.

Joe loved to be around horses and enjoyed a good mule.
He is survived by his wife Patricia; four children, Linda (Rick) Gleason, of Dubuque, Jim (Kay) Larkin, of Bernard, Ann (Wane) Kurt, of Cascade and Dan (Sue) Larkin, of Bernard; nine grandchildren, Megan Wichman, Shannon Gleason, Pat Larkin, Joe Larkin, Avory Kurt, Dylan Kurt, Adrianne Kurt, Rachel Kremer, and John Larkin; and one great-granddaughter, Finley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings, and a grandson, Brian Gleason.

In lieu of flowers a Joe Larkin memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Home Instead, Hospice of Dubuque especially Jeanette for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Clarence B. Guler


Clarence B. "Smiley" Guler, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 13, 2016 at Luther Manor.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Monday until time of service. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post #6. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Clarence was born on May 29, 1933 the son of Bartholomew and Hilda (Johnson) Guler. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He married Ruth Joann Sanders on May 10, 1958 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Smiley worked at John Deere for 31 years until retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of 57 years; two children, daughter Laura (Jon) Ehlinger, of Phoenix, AZ, and son Jeff (Lorrie) Guler, of Theresa, New York; four granddaughters, Jamie (Simon) Thompson, Casey (Nate) Allen, Meghan Guler, and Shannon Guler; two great-granddaughters, Ainsley and Emily Thompson; four sisters, Jeanette Friesinger, of Phoenix, AZ, Lucille Kachevas, of Rock Island, IL, Bernice Beresford, of Dubuque, abd Doris Huber, of Dubuque along with many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Luther Manor for their loving care given to Smiley, also to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeanette.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or for MS research.



Aloysius S. Neuhaus


Aloysius S. "Oops" Neuhaus, 87, of Dyersville died Friday, January 15, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. and an American Legion service at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 18, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Jeff Dole will officiate.

Al was born July 8, 1928, in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Martha (Jacobsmeyer) Neuhaus.  He married Dorothy A. Weber on October 7, 1954, in Trenton, New Jersey.  Together they both served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War.  Al served in the Army while Dorothy was in the Navy.  He was a carpenter who also worked on the City of Dyersville Street Crew.  He was a member of the Dyersville Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and served on the Dyersville Commercial Club Board from 1974-1976, was inducted into the Dyersville Men's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1994, and also enjoyed golf, fishing, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 137.

Survivors include his two daughters: Diane (Dave) Schuster of Dyersville, Lori (Randy) Digmann of Baraboo, WI, son-in-law, Mark Tegeler of Dyersville, 6 grandchildren: Abby (Josh) Moore, Adam (Jennifer) Schuster, Jodi Tegeler, Megan (fiancé Jordan), Kelsey and Brianna Digmann; step grandson, Jeff Tegeler, 3 step great grandchildren: Max and Maddie Tegeler and Makayla Paar.

siblings: Inez (Clair) Fannon of Edgewood, Don (Mary) Neuhaus of Dyersville,

in-laws: Marilyn Weber of Earlville, Dick Anthony of Dubuque, and Marie Neuhaus of Manchester, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy in 2012, one daughter, Deb Tegeler in 2014; siblings: Lavern Neuhaus and Joann Anthony, a brother-in-law: Art Weber, a niece, Chris Horsfield and a nephew, Steve Anthony.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Deb Hocking and Sandy Recker for their special loving care.

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

 



Elgene S. (Schmidt) Mesch


Elgene S. "Jean" (Schmidt) Mesch, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 13, 2016, at Bethany Home.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be held at 7:45 p.m.

Jean was born on May 26, 1921, in St. Donatus, Iowa, the daughter of Ferdinand and Catherine (Geber) Schmidt. Her formal education ended with 8th grade, but she took up her studies again in mid-life and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School GED Program at age 50 in 1971.

She was a resident of Dubuque, and a member of the Church of Nativity and parish Rosary Society for nearly 70 years. Committed to community service, Jean was a Girl Scout troop leader, served on the Dubuque County Democratic Party Central Committee for many years, volunteered with the Phone-a-Friend Crisis Line, and volunteered at Mercy Medical Center for more than 20 years until she was 89 years old. Following her first career as wife, mother and homemaker, she was employed as a Housemother in the dormitory at Finley Hospital School of Nursing from 1978 until the school closed.

Jean was known for her unconditional love, acceptance of others, sharp wit and wisdom. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She taught by example and was admired by everyone who knew her.

Jean is survived by her children: Fred (Machrina) Mesch, Terry (Lori Miller) Mesch, Randy (Carla Gibbons) Mesch, Lori (Rick) Schmitz, Lana (Malcolm) Taylor, and Leta (Bruce) Palmer; grandchildren: Francisco (Nikki) Mesch, Teresa (Gregorio Chiesa) Mesch, Jacy Mesch, John Mesch, Jilli Mesch, Suzi Mesch, Kiley Schmitz, Abigail Schmitz, Kathryn (Jeremy Siwek) Cantrell, Daniel Palmer and Genevieve Palmer; great-grandchildren: Gabriel Mesch, Palmer and Yaella Cantrell Siwek, Sonia and Nadia Mesch Chiesa; former daughter-in-law Becky Mesch; four sisters-in-law: Catherine Schmidt, Lorraine Schmidt, Erna Schmidt, and Irma (Mesch) Gibbs; one brother-in-Iaw, Clem (Arlene) Mesch; Baby Iris and her driver, Ivy Tott; and many wonderful nieces, nephews and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alvin J. Mesch; six siblings: an infant sister, Mary, and five brothers: Elmer Schmidt, Harold (Helen) Schmidt, Wilmer (Dolores) Schmidt, Louis Schmidt, Donald Schmidt; three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law: Robert & Dorothy (Mesch) Marshall, John & Agnetta (Mesch) Biechler, and Donald Gibbs.

Her family would like to thank the devoted staff of Bethany Home who showed only love and compassion to Jean during her too brief time there. She was content and happy at Bethany, and always had a bright smile and cheerful words for her caregivers.

Memorials will be divided among the Church of the Nativity Rosary Society, Bethany Home and the Sisters of Mt. St. Francis.



Sharon J. Jaeger


Sharon J. Jaeger, 74 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 18th at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:45 p.m.

Sharon was born on June 19, 1941 in Monticello, Iowa the daughter of Clyde and Alice (Hultgren) Clough. On November 8, 1958 she married David C. "Dave" Jaeger at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. Dave preceded her in death in 2006.

Sharon was a homemaker and business partner with her husband. She was a loving mother and grandmother; she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children; Tamie (Keith) Coates, of Alden, Iowa, Crystal (Mark) Schnee and Jeffrey (Michele) Jaeger, both of Dubuque. Five grandchildren, Amanda (Sameer Vishwanathan) Coates, of Austin, Texas, Jamie (Nick) Brown, of Storm Lake, IA, Kyle Schnee, Jesse (fiancé Mackenzie Welter) Jaeger, and Jordan Jaeger, all of Dubuque along with one precious great granddaughter, Addison Brown. She is also survived by two sisters, one brother, three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother and father-in-law, three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Stonehill Care Center especially the skilled floor and 3rd floor staff, Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Medical Center staff and emergency room staff, Dr. Heidi Townsend, Dr. Marsha Horwitz and Dr. Umesh Chakunta for all the support and care given to Sharon and her family.



Wilbur Lee Grover


Wilbur Lee Grover, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Wilbur's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, January 18, 2016 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Canton, Iowa Cemetery.

Wilbur Lee Grover was born on May 14, 1939 in Jackson County, Iowa to Wilbur Thomas and Laura (Harp) Grover. From the age of 15 he was raised by Milton and Era Bowman. He was a 1959 graduate of Maquoketa High School where played football and was a member of the historic 1957 WAMAC Championship team. On August 22, 1959 he married Faith Ellen Reyner at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, and to this union two children were born, Tim and Debbie.

Wilbur had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time. He then worked for the Penrose family at the Penrose Hardware, Tire and Battery Store for 15 years. He retired from Ralston-Purina in Clinton where he worked as a machine operator for over 30 years.

Those left to honor Wilbur's memory include his children, Tim (Ruth) Grover of Miles, IA, and Debbie (Roy) Wilhelm of Maquoketa, IA; 3 grandchildren, Michael (Amy) Fisher, Sondra (Mike) Powers, and Jasmin (Ben) Schmidt; 10 great-grandchildren, Christian Lee Keith Schmidt, Emma Kay Schmidt, Donnie Olson, Logan Brundage, Tanner Brundage, Caleb Fisher, Justin Fisher, Tyler Michels, Austin Michels and Faith Michels; several half brothers and sisters; and a very special friend of the family, Annie Johnson of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents Wilbur and Laura Grover and Milton and Era Bowman, a sister Nellie, and his wife Faith.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wilbur Lee Grover memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Roberta Giltner


Roberta Giltner, (66), of Dubuque, passed away January 12, 2016 at home.

Visitation will be Monday, January 18, from 3:00 to 7:00pm at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Funeral Services will be at St Peters Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road, Dubuque at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, followed by a fellowship meal. Rev. John Sorenson will officiate.

Roberta was born October 3, 1949, the daughter of Bob and Lavora Flemming (Camp)

She married Gene Giltner on July 2, 1972 at Preston, Iowa

Roberta is survived by her Husband, Gene, of Dubuque; her Children, Catherine Giltner, Port Washington, Wisconsin; Geoffery (Megan) Giltner, Staunton, Virginia; and Robert (Amber) Giltner, Dubuque, Iowa; Grandchildren Corwyn and Kira; and Sisters Rebecca (Marc Dembling) Flemming, Rachel (Jim) Gray, Ruth (David) Meyers, Renee (Dan) Herrig, and Rae Ellen (Ken) Smith.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Memorials may be made to Lord of Life Lutheran Church Handbell Choir Fund, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2899 Hales Mill Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002.

The family would like to thank all those who have supported us in our time of need.

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



Christine Ann Cullen Allen Manthey


Christine Ann Cullen Allen Manthey, 63, of Harlingen, TX, passed away at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, on Sunday, January 3, 2016, after being hit by a car on December 28. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2015 at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville. Deacon Bill Bussan will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. (Noon) until the time of service on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Christine Ann Cullen Allen Manthey Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.melbyfh.com.

Christine was born in Platteville on October 22, 1952 to Patrick W. and Geneva (Henry) Cullen, the second of nine children. She attended St. Mary's Parochial School and graduated from Platteville High School in 1970. She then attended UW-Platteville. In 1972 she married Roger Allen of Rewey, WI. They had a daughter, Angela in 1973 and a son, Michael in 1976. Roger and Angela both died in an auto accident on May 1, 1976 in Anamosa, IA. In 1982 she had her second son, Shane. Christine met Dewain Manthey of Dubuque, IA, in 1994; they were then married in 2001 and moved to Harlingen, TX. Dewain preceded her in death in 2008. Christine was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 439 of LaFeria, TX. She also served as vice president of the Adams Park Board. She enjoyed euchre and karaoke. A memorial service was held at the American Legion Lodge in LaFeria, where friends and relatives attended. Chaplain Kathy Billington officiated.

Christine is survived by her sons, Michael Allen (Barb Reinsbach) of Platteville; Shane (Jessica) Prescott of Columbus, WI; three grandchildren, Caleb, Patrick, and Raylee Prescott; her mother, Geneva M. Cullen (Diwiatt Barker) of Las Vegas, NV; brothers, Ron (Linda) of Cape Coral, FL; Kelly (Amy Frey Garza) of Ballanger, TX; Kevin (Wendy) of Belmont; Brian (Barry Tamminga) of Monroe, WI; Brent of Shullsburg; sisters, Cindy (Mike) Symons of McFarland, WI; Lori (Paras) Reddy of Platteville; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roger and Dewain; daughter, Angela; father, Patrick W. Cullen in 2002; and brother, Paul Cullen in 2013.



Glenn E. Beck


Glenn E. Beck, 93, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Glenn's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, January 15, 2016, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Glenn Edward Beck was born on August 27, 1922 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Gottlieb and Meta (Petersen) Beck. He attended Jackson County country school and graduated 8th grade on August 10, 1938. He married Mavis Susan Bies on August 25, 1953 in Bellevue, Iowa. She preceded him in death on June 4, 2015.

Glenn first farmed with his parents in rural Maquoketa and later farmed on his own in rural Jackson County. In 1970 he started his own livestock hauling business which he operated until his retirement.

Glenn was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed dancing, visiting the farm and animals each day, and playing cards, especially euchre.

Those left to honor Glenn's memory include his 4 children, Steven (Stephanie) Beck of Dubuque, IA, Kevin Beck of Delmar, IA, Debra (Kevin) Pfab of Bernard, IA, and Patty Allen of Maquoketa, IA; 10 grandchildren, Amy (Chris) Dunn, Kristina Strohbehn, Krystal (Chris) Shannon, Tiffany (Chad Thomas) Frey, Kyle Wiest, Cody Beck, Emily (Travis) Dontje, Alex Beck, Mathew (Alicia Ashline) Pfab, Elizabeth (Matt) Turnis; 13 great-grandchildren, Allie, Gracie, Ryanne, Corbin, Jenna, Logan, Audrey, Phoebe, Cordelia, Zach, Charisma, Katie and Sophie; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Howard, and 2 sisters Eleanor Lawrence and Dorothy Gruenwald.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Glenn E. Beck memorial fund has been established.

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



Marvin Edwin Vaske


Marvin Edwin Vaske, age 79, of Garnavillo, IA, died Sunday, January 10, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, 001 S. Industrial Park Rd. in Garnavillo, IA, where the family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, Jan. 14, and one hour before service at the church. Funeral service will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 10:30 AM Friday, Jan. 15, with Rev. Marvin Bries officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo, IA.

Marvin was born to Edmund & Anastasia (Hermsen) Vaske on April 8, 1936, in New Vienna Iowa. Marvin graduated from St. Boniface Catholic School where he enjoyed baseball, basketball and being a Mass server. Marvin entered the U.S. Navy and served from 1955 to 1957. He then married Patricia Langel of Luxemburg on Feb. 8, 1958 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. They were later blessed with 6 children.

Marvin & Pat farmed for 43 years together, enjoying his Holsteins, green equipment and working the land. He also drove school bus for Clayton Ridge School District and worked for ABS until he moved to Garnavillo. Marvin served on St. Joseph's Parish Council, was a Eucharistic Minister, Mass Server and was a member of the church choir. He also served on the Clayton County Planning and Zoning Commission. Marvin enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and loved to trap shoot.

Marvin is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Patricia; children Randy Vaske of McGregor, Cheryl (Darwin) Funk of Vinton, Lynne (Michael) Finnegan of Colesburg, Janet (Pat) Harris of Moore Haven FL, Rhonda (Stan) Mueller of Sherrill and Glen (Tiffany) Vaske of Tiffin; twelve grandchildren, Marie Funk, Nick (Lindsey) Funk, Michelle Finnegan, Brianna Finnegan, Ethan Harris, Taylor Harris, Nathan Harris, Adam Mueller, Emily Mueller, Joseph Vaske, Delaney Vaske and Lauren Vaske; 4 great-grandchildren, Kylie Robertson, Hailey Robertson, Owen Funk and Gavin Funk; four siblings, Doris Goedken of Earlville, Virgene Bockenstedt of Dyersville, Charlie (Donna) Vaske of New Vienna; sister in law Mary Vaske of Dyersville; and many other relatives and friends. 

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Chris & Erin Mueller; brother Ralph Vaske; and two brothers-in-law, Floyd Goedken and Marty Bockenstedt.



Pearl L. Dubler

Pearl L. Dubler, 92, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2015 at Bethany Home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15, at Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery, where friends may greet the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements.

Pearl was born on Oct. 18, 1923 in Dubuque County, daughter of Fred and Alvina (Tinkham) Schaumburg. She married Lewis A. Dubler on May 23, 1947 in Minneapolis, MN. He preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 2010.

She was employed part-time at J.C. Penney for 20 years.

Pearl enjoyed traveling as well as shopping.

She is survived by her children Paul Dubler of South Beloit, IL and Linda Dubler of Dubuque; a brother, Fred (Cora) Schaumburg; and a sister, Betty Duehr.

In addition to her parents and husband Lewis, she was preceded in death by her brother Don Schaumburg and a sister, Irene Sabers.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany Home for the wonderful care of their mother.



Roger R. Klostermann


Roger R. Klostermann, 81, of Worthington, Iowa, died Monday, January 11, 2016 at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Roger may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Services for Roger will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa, with Rev. Jeff Dole Presiding. Military honors will be afforded by Dyersville American Legion Post #137. Burial will be held in St. Paul's Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa at a later date.

Roger was born Jan. 12, 1935 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Aloysius and Clara (Willenbring) Klostermann. He received his education in the Worthington rural country schools and the Dyersville schools. On Jan. 21, 1961 he was united in marriage to Mary Wallace at St. Columbkille's in Dubuque, Iowa. He was employed at Theisen's in Dyersville. The couple also farmed in the Worthington area. He was a Veteran of the United States Army having served in Panama. He was a member of St. Paul's Parish in Worthington.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Klostermann, of Worthington, IA; four children, Bob (Bonnie) Klostermann of Athens, GA, Mike (Beth) Klostermann of Ankeny, IA, John (Lori) Klostermann of Ottumwa, IA, and Susan (Bryan) Rieken of Manchester, IA; 5 grandchildren; one brother, Erwin (Viola) Klostermann, and one sister, Clarinda Thole, both of Manchester, IA; and one sister-in-law, Patricia Klostermann, of New Vienna, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gerald Klostermann; and one brother-in-law, Fritz Thole.

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



Patricia L. Berry


Patricia L. "Pat" Berry, 92, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation is 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish Scripture Service will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday. Visitation will continue from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the Church.

Pat was born on July 10, 1923 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of Mark and Florence (Darling) Taylor. She was united in marriage to Thomas R. "Tom" Berry on May 26, 1956 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fort Dodge. Tom preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 2004.

Pat was a homemaker and previously worked for the Navy Ordinance Department in Washington, D. C. during World War II and later was Deputy County Recorder for Webster County, Iowa. She and Tom moved to Dubuque in 1962 where they were members of St. Raphael's Cathedral Parish and former members of the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Surviving are four daughters, Julia (Steve) Seymour of McKinney, Texas, Nancy L. Berry of Dubuque, Elizabeth Wells of Wylie, Texas and Ann (Jim) Mauss of St. Catherine, Iowa; one son, Thomas R. (Cheryl) Berry of Davenport, Iowa; six grandchildren, Thomas IV and Taylor Berry, Katie Seymour, Parker Wells and Jack and Joshua Mauss; her sister, Sarah Rolow of West Des Moines, Iowa; and her brother, Mark Taylor of Des Moines, Iowa; special friends Charlie and Ruth Ellis; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Tom; a brother-in-law, William Rolow; and a sister-in-law, Charleen Taylor.

Pat's family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Mark Liaboe and his nurse Trish, the staff at Finley Hospital, Lynn and Linda from Home Instead Senior Care, and nurses Carol, Jenny and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, for the wonderful care given to their mother.

Memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association and Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001.



Eileen B. Carr


Eileen B. Carr, 72, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 11, 2016 at home.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque with Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 13th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 2:30.

Eileen was born on July 13, 1943, in a four room thatched cottage, on a farm in Lisnagore, County Monaghan, Ireland, daughter of Andrew and Bridget (McGurk) Lenaghan. At age 12, she and her family sailed to the United States on the R.M.S. Saxonia and settled in Keswick, IA. She graduated from Our Lady of Angels Academy in Clinton, IA, then moved to Dubuque where she wed Chuck Carr on October 16, 1970. Aside from being a devoted mother, Eileen worked for many years in the family business, Carr Construction, serving as both book keeper and interior decorator. She had an eye for color and always added a special decorating touch to each Carr Construction home. She enjoyed spending time with family, planting flowers in her yard, and watching Iowa Hawkeye basketball.

Eileen is survived by her husband, Chuck Carr; a son, Jamie (Nikki) Carr; a daughter, Kelly (Lance) Kirby, of Dubuque; sisters Ann (Stan) Schroeder, of Cuba City, WI, and Mary (Randy) Burris, of New Berlin, WI; a brother, Andy (Kitty) Lenaghan, of Davenport, IA; sisters-in-law Shirley McCullough, and Barb (Dave) Setter, of Dubuque; brothers-in-law Ron (Joann) Carr, of Atlanta, GA; Bob (Rose) Carr, Keith "Skip" (Judy) Carr, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Sam, A.J., and Maggie; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and step-father, Terry Lenaghan; sister and brother-in-law, Mona and Doc Hanley; and brother-in-law, Delbert McCullough.

In lieu of flowers an Eileen Carr memorial fund has been established. The family wishes to donate these memorials to the Parkinson's Foundation and Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

We would like to thank Eileen's sister, Ann, for her dedication and care of Eileen during her advanced stages of Parkinson's disease, and also caregivers Jan Wampler, Doris Laughlin, and Jennifer Beaver, for all of their wonderful care.



Margaret A. Gansen


Margaret A. "Peggy" Gansen, 68, of Epworth, Iowa, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 9:05 p.m. in Epworth, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Peggy may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

She was born September 3, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa daughter of Donald C. "Benny" and Coletta (Hoffmann) McDermott. She received her education at St. Patrick's and Western Dubuque High School in Epworth. On September 2, 1967 at St. Patrick's in Epworth, Iowa she was united in marriage to John Gansen.

She was a very loving and giving wife, mother and grandmother. She would put her family and others first, and she was always willing to lend a helping hand. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She is very loved and will be missed greatly.

She is survived by her husband, John Gansen of Epworth, Iowa; two children, Michele Gansen - Hedegaard of Eagan, MN and Christopher (Shannon) Gansen of Los Angeles, CA; three grandchildren, Benned, Jackson and Hayden Hedegaard; her mother, Coletta McDermott of Epworth, IA; nine siblings, Patrick McDermott of Keizer, OR, Bonnie (Neal) Gotto of New Vienna, Bernard (Mary) McDermott of Dubuque, Terry (Connie) McDermott of Dubuque, Debby McDermott of Epworth, Donna (Patrick) Smith of Dubuque, Sharon (Dave) Reardon of Dubuque, Rhonda (Tom) Gotto of Epworth, and Mary (Gerry) McDermott-Weydert of Asbury.

She is preceded in death by her father, Donald C. McDermott; one brother Jimmy McDermott.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund in Margaret A. Gansen has been set up for her grandchildren's future educations.

We are very grateful for the care Peggy received from Dr. Angela Kelly, Dr. R. Schope and from the visiting nurses at Hospice of Dubuque and Finley Home Care.

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



Patricia L. Ahmann


Patricia L. Ahmann, 81 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 10th, 2016 at Manor Care.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 15th, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Pat was born on February 6, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Hilda (Fangmann) Welchert. She married Gerald Ahmann, on June 29, 1957 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. Gerald passed on August 22, 2003.

Pat was a loving homemaker, she enjoyed bingo, crocheting and needle work. She loved to volunteer at the arboretum and at Holy Ghost Bingo.

She is survived by her two children, Doug (Mary) Ahmann, of Woodbury, MN and Dee (Dale) Gaul, of Peosta. Nine grandchildren; Elizabeth (Andrew) Elsinger, Shelby (Justin) Dean, Carley (Matt) Pins, Katie Ahmann, Hans Gaul, Gretchen Gaul, Maggie Ahmann, Reba Gaul, and Jane Ahmann; four great grandchildren with one on the way. Her sister Jane Welsh, of Rockford, IL, sisters-in-law Joyce Ahmann and Bernice Binde.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gerald and siblings, Virginia Thein, Edwin Welchert, Don Welchert and Eldon Welchert.

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

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Manor Care and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Pat.



John W. McAllister


John W. McAllister, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:34 a.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at home in the loving care of his family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

John was born on August 8, 1925 in Dubuque, son of Leo and Barbara (Betz) McAllister.

John proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. John married the love of his life, Theresa "Louise" Ronek on September 24, 1947 and they were blessed with 60 wonderful years together, and 7 children, before she was called home on October 28, 2008. John was employed at Farley and Loetscher for 18 years and later went on to continue his working career with Georgia Pacific until he eventually retired in 1988.

Throughout his life John would joyfully invest his free time with family and friends in various activities he enjoyed. Whether it was a good day to go for a walk, to read a book or simply go for a cruise around the countryside, John could be found with a smile on his face. In his later years John would discover traveling, wintering in Arizona and bus trips with Louise to be excellent outlets for them to enjoy the fruits of his labors. John was a loving husband, father and grandfather who would strive daily to make life better for those he adored. He will be truly missed by the countless lives he impacted during his 90 years here on earth with us and his memory will be cherished deeply within their hearts and minds forever.

Those left to cherish John's memory include his children,
Suzanne Thill, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Sharon) McAllister, Monmouth, IA,
Cathy (Brad) Cluff, Sedalia, MO,
Warren (fiancé Kellie Hoftender) McAllister, Key West, IA,
Kevin (Rhonda) McAllister, Rockford, IL,
Shane (Kathy) McAllister, Savage, MN;

7 grandchildren,
Michael Thill, Brian Thill, Heather Arenz, Jennifer (James) Gambrielle, Amy Parker, Kira McAllister and Mallory McAllister;

4 great-grandchildren,
Julia Parker and Laney Gambrielle, Mason Gambrielle and Lily Paul;

and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Louise McAllister; a son, Tim McAllister; and his siblings, Earl (Rita) McAllister, Bernice (Rudolph) Husemann and Marion (Francis) Oswald.

A John W. McAllister memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dennis M. Berning


Dennis M. Berning, 53, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Sunday, January 10, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after a sudden illness. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis was born on May 5, 1962, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Louis and Rita (Hilby) Berning. He married Kathy A. Vosberg on August 6, 1988, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. Dennis worked at Eagle Window in Dubuque.

Dennis had two loves in his life. First and foremost was his family and second was the great outdoors. Dennis was a loving husband and father. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and frying fish, and trap shooting. Dennis gave his time generously by giving children the full experience in hunting and fishing, and by coaching youth sports. He was always there to help out when needed, had a great sense of humor and knew how to have fun. Dennis was an avid Packer, Brewer and Badger fan and a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and the Potosi Sportsman Club.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy, of Hazel Green; a daughter, Kelly Berning, at home; a son, Matt "Fish" (special friend, Jenna Schneider) Berning, of Hazel Green; his parents, Louis and Rita Berning, of Hazel Green; four sisters, Barb (Terry) Temperly, of Platteville, Karen (Mick) Schultz, of Palo, Iowa; Sharon (Dale) Kaiser, of Cuba City, and JoAnn (Jay) Roussel, of Durango, Iowa; his father and mother-in-law, Francis "Franny" and Heidi Vosberg, of Cuba City; his brothers and sisters-in-law, David Vosberg, Dale (Sharon) Vosberg, and Julie (Steve) Thomas, all of Cuba City, and Vicki (Kevin) Gehl, of Cascade, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews .

A Dennis M. Berning Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Shirley A. Dodds


Shirley Ann Dodds, 90, died Saturday January 9, 2016 at 6:45 am, after complications from a stroke in May of 2015. Formerly of Elwood, Iowa and currently living in Jacksonville, Florida since 2004. Her husband, children and grandchildren were her most valuable possessions.

Member of Christ United Methodist Church in Neptune Beach Florida and formerly a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church in Elwood, Iowa. Also a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and den mother for the cub scouts when her children were younger.

She loved to sew, crochet, embroider and all kinds of handwork and loved to cook and bake.

Shirley Ann Nissen was born February 16, 1925 to Herman and Rowena (McNeil) Nissen in the Faribault hospital in Faribault, Minnesota. She moved with her parents to Maquoketa when she was one year old. She married Francis R. Dodds (Corky) September 18th 1943 in Miami, Florida. She was a 1942 graduate of Maquoketa High School, Maquoketa, Iowa.

She is survived by 3 sons, Randolph (Joan) Dodds of Jacksonville, Florida, Roger Dodds of San Diego, California and Donald Dodds of Jacksonville, Florida. One brother, Donald (Phyllis) Nissen of Maquoketa, Iowa - also 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Also 5 step grandchildren and several step great grandchildren.

Shirley Ann Dodds was preceded in death by her parents, Herman (1989) and Rowena (1998) Nissen and her husband Francis R. Dodds December 6 1998. 2 sons, Roderick (Joyce) Dodds May 5, 2011 and William (Carole) Dodds April 7, 2004 and a grandson, Jammie F. Dodds March 19 2009. Also 2 daughter-in-law's Candace (Donald) Dodds December 21, 2014 and Carole (William) Dodds January 17, 2015.

Graveside service with family at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa Iowa to be determined at a later date.

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

 



Gerald J. Winger, Sr.


Gerald "Jay" J. Winger Sr., age 85, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:44 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Jay's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Jay's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Jay was born on October 27, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Arthur and Alice (Haferbecker) Winger Sr.

Jay honorably served his country with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War and was a proud recipient of the Purple Heart for his courageous efforts. He married the love of his life, "the girl next door", Patricia Duggan on April 16, 1955, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. Their union was blessed with 59 wonderful years together and eight deeply adored children before she preceded him in death on April 17, 2014. Jay owned and operated Winger Construction Company for over 60 years and enjoyed his work so much that he never actually retired. Jay is responsible for countless construction jobs and projects around town, in which his pride and tenacious attitude towards quality work are clearly visible and continually on display for all to see. Jay also spent over 30 years working at the Dubuque Packing Company. He was a very active man; spending time with family and friends was a priority in Jay's life. His greatest moments could be found in time spent around the card table with friends holding a good euchre hand, or a family picnic at Flora park while involved in a competitive game of croquet. On Sunday mornings Jay could easily be found in his regular routine of breakfast at Hy-Vee with one of the many cups of coffee he would savor throughout the day. The recipe for Jay's famous homemade hashbrowns are now a memory for all his loved ones to treasure as he now sits in eternal peace with all of his family who've been called home before him.

Those left to cherish Jay's memory include,

his 8 children,
Patti (Jay) Telford, Springfield, MN,
Mike Winger, Dubuque, IA,
Sue Reisdorf, Dubuque, IA,
David Winger, Dubuque, IA,
Jayne Winger, Dubuque, IA,
Karen (Mike) Bray, Boerne, TX,
Gerald Jr., (Patti) Winger, Dubuque, IA,
Steven (Wendy) Winger, Lancaster, WI;

18 grandchildren,
Matthew (fiancé Darla Goerdt) Lacrone, Jaylene Telford, Stephanie Winger, Brian Winger, Cheyenne Winger, Jason (Nancy) Reisdorf, Brandi (fiancé Ryan Fitch) Reisdorf, Samuel Winger, Klaira Winger, Steven Bray, Christopher Bray, Dawn Hendren, Matthew (fiancé Shana Hackett) Kutsch, Jacob Kutsch, Natalie Winger, Ryan Winger, Madaline Winger and Isabelle Winger;

10 great-grandchildren,
Megan, Morgan, Mason, Zach and Jake Lacrone, Emma Reisdorf, Devin Delaney, Abigail and Marissa Dimmer and Elena Kutsch;

and a sister-in-law,
Mary Ann Winger, Dubuque, IA.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Patricia Winger; a grandson, Gary Telford; and his siblings, Veda Bastian, Arthur (Rosemary) Winger Jr., George (Marion) Winger, and Neil Winger, Sr.

In lieu of flowers, a Gerald J. Winger memorial fund has been established.

Jay's family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses, chaplain Deb and staff of Mercy Hospital Emergency Room, ICU and CVU for all of their care, concern and compassion.

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

 



Daniel C. Lanser


Daniel C. Lanser, 89, of Dubuque went home to join his wife and Lord on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Manor Care surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, with Military Honors by the Dubuque Marine Corp League. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 11th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main Street, where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Dan was born January 18, 1926 in Dubuque, son of George and Helen (Gau) Lanser. He married Jeanette Anglin on Oct. 30, 1943 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2009.

Dan served in the U.S. Marines as a rear gunner on a dive bomber off the Air Craft Carrier
Puget Sound in 1944 and l945.

He was employed at the former Dubuque Packing Co. retiring in 1982 after 35 years. He was a member of the 700 Club in bowling, and an avid Cub fan. He and Jeanette (Nettie) enjoyed over 30 years of camping and fishing at Bass Camp Resort in Minnesota with their family and friends. He also ran a poker game every Wednesday at his home with his family for many years. He also drove stock cars at the Dubuque sports bowl and at the Farley track.
He was a member of Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving are his children, James (Ann) Lanser, Jean Gross, Jackie (Vern) Kluesner, Judy (T.C.) Christianson, John (Jeanie) Lanser, Joan (Robert) Gansemer, Joyce (John) Hirsch, Jane (Dan) Tressel, Joe (special friend, Beulah Duve), Jerry (Carla) Lanser, Janann Oertel, and Jay (Shelley) Lanser, all of Dubuque: 27 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; a sister, Lil Accola; a brother, Ronald (Ann) Lanser; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Pins.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne; and sisters, Georgene Sweeney and Ardith Siefert.

Thank you to the staff at Manor Care, especially Lou Ann and Chelsey; Hospice of Dubuque; Dr. J. at Dubuque Podiatry and her staff.

In lieu of flowers, a Daniel Lanser Memorial Fund has been established.


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



John S. Schneider


Funeral Services and Mass of Christian Burial for John S. Schneider, a resident of Bettendorf, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January14, 2016 at our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 1506 Brown Street Bettendorf. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee Wisconsin. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 4-7 pm. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street Downtown Davenport. There will be additional visitation Thursday at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Lawrence Seminary 301 Church St., Mt. Calvary, WI 53057-0505

Mr. Schneider passed away Friday, January 8, 2016 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, IA

John Stephen Schneider was born March 13, 1938 in Hopkinton, IA a son of Ray L. and Mildred K. (Ressler) Schneider. He was united in marriage to Patricia R. Weis on June 11, 1960 in Milwaukee, WI.

John served for 2 years in the military as a decorated sharp shooter and chaplain's assistant in the U.S. Army. He later retired in 1994, from Prudential Finance services after having a successful 35 years. Throughout his life he took his sharp shooting skills to the great outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, having gone to Alaska, Canada, Colorado, Montana and the Arctic Circle, many times. He has a multitude of trophies, including dall sheep, moose, bear, caribou, antelope and many deer mounts acquired over his lifetime. He also, enjoyed playing poker at the Isle of Capri and was a Charter Member.

What made him most happy was the time he spent with his family, especially his children and 14 grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Pat; and children, daughters Mary Pat -- Madison, WI; Kathleen (Chris) DeRosier Greendale, WI; sons, and their spouses Michael (Sara), -- Prior Lake, MN, Mark (Patty) - Brookfield, WI, Stephen (Jody) Davenport IA, David (Deb) Clive, IA; 14 grandchildren. Zachary, Matthew, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Andrew, Nathan, Timothy, Colleen, Cade, Colin, Bella, Avery, Luke and Noah; His siblings, Gloria - Menasha, WI, James (Sharon) Dubuque, IA, Benedict (Nancy) Oshkosh, WI, Raymond (Joan) Green Bay, WI, Paul (Marlene) DePere, WI, Joyce (John) Protz, Egg Harbor, WI, Joseph, Poy Sippi, WI, Daniel (Lisa) Iola, WI; a sister-in-law Suellen Bowersock Columbia, SC; a brother-in-law Gerald (Kaye) Weis, Durango, CO and a sister-in-law Julie Weis, Madison WI; as well as, many nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The Schneider Family would like to thank Dr. Shobha Chitneni, and the nurses and staffs at Hematology and Oncology, the Transfusion Center Genesis West, and at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House for all the love and compassionate care they showed to John during his illness.

Online condolences at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com

 



Ronald D. Standorf


Ronald D. Standorf, 76, of Dubuque, IA died Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at home surrounded by those he loved.

Friends and family may call from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 16th at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service will be at 11:30. Entombment to follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, IA.

Ron was born on April 14, 1939 in Waukon, IA, son of Harvey and Carlotta (Moen) Standorf. He attended MarMac Schools and served in the National Guard for 6 years. Ron was united in marriage to Lynda "Lyn" Fritsche on July 1, 1961 at St. Gabriel Church in Prairie du Chien, WI. He was employed by Dubuque Packing Company, FDL Foods and Farmland for 41 years. After retiring, Ron enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, traveling with his wife, gardening and visiting with family and neighbors on his front porch. Much of his time was spent enjoying their summer home in Bridgeport, WI on the WI River. He was an avid sport's fan of the Packers, Hawkeyes and Cubs.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lynda (Lyn) Standorf of Dubuque; sons Jeff (Tamara) Standorf and Randy (Lorrie) Standorf of Dubuque; daughter Jodi Standorf of Dubuque; two grandchildren Lindsey Standorf and Nick Standorf; two step-grandchildren Justin Halfhill and Paige Halfhill; brother Alan (Sandy) Standorf of Steamboat Rock, IA; sister Sandra (Frank)Schlitter of McGregor, IA.

He is proceeded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in law Shirley (Don) Johanningmeier of McGregor, IA; brother and sister-in-law Harlan (Karen) Standorf of Eldora, IA; nephew Greg Standorf of Eldora, IA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ronald Standorf Memorial Fund or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hartmann and staff, Dr. Hermann and staff, the staff of Finley Hospital, Finley Home Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care.



Dorothy M. Grant


Dorothy Mary Grant, 94, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Hawkeye Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 8th at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Dorothy was born May 9, 1921 in Dubuque, the daughter of Lawrence and Mary Ann (Murray) Grant. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939. Dorothy was employed as a seamstress for Dubuque Mattress Factory. She was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church and the Dubuque Craft League.

Dorothy is survived by one sister, Irene Herrig of Dubuque; her sisters in law, Colleen and Mary Grant, both of Dubuque, and Regina Grant of Alburnett , IA; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Ambrose, Raymond, Norbert, and Loras Grant; her sister, Rita Kopp; and her brothers in law, Robert Kopp and Jullian Herrig.

Thank You to the Staff at Hawkeye Care Center for your support and caring during this time.

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

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Aaron Kupferschmidt


Aaron Kupferschmidt, 94, of 903 Stone Ridge, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the home of his son, Brian, in Pensacola, Florida.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 am on Monday, January 11, 2016 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church at 3200 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date. The family will meet relatives and friends after services at the church. The Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Rd, is in charge of arrangements.

Aaron was born on July 13, 1921, in Dubuque, son of Edward and Rose (Schoff) Kupferschmidt.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939. He was then employed at the Dubuque Packing Company before entering the Army in World War II. He spent two years overseas with the 94th Infantry Division in France and Germany. During this time he was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars for bravery in combat. He was discharged in 1945.

He married Geraldine Hoffman on Feb. 9, 1946 in Dubuque. They were married for 59 years.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years during which time he served as a clerk advancing to assistant postmaster in Dubuque. In 1981 he retired as postmaster in Decorah, Iowa.

He was a member of the Iowa National Guard for 32 years during which time he commanded the 34th Infantry Brigade of Iowa. He retired with the rank of Brigadier General.

After retirement he was a volunteer income tax preparer for the American Association of Retired Persons for 23 years. He was a member of the American Association of Retired Federal Employees and the American Legion, post 6.

He spent over thirty happy summers with his family at his cottage on Duck Lake in Park Rapids, MN. He was a golfer and enjoyed playing bridge and euchre for many years with different groups in Dubuque.

He is survived by his five children, Richard (Diane) Kupferschmidt, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Pam (Von) Vold of Punta Gorda, FL; Kim (Steve) Rich, of Prairie Village, KS; Scott (Lisa), of Dubuque; and Brian (Christine) Kupferschmidt, of Pensacola, FL. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Kelly Kupferschmidt, Lindsey (Noah) Voltz, Nicholas and Madeline Rich, Katie (Joe) Sadewasser and Alex Kupferschmidt. There are four great-grandchildren, Adalissa, Maxton and Eliden Sadewasser and Soren Voltz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Geraldine and his nine brothers and sisters, Edward, Francis, David, John, Paul, Mark, Rachel, Ruth and Doris as well as their spouses.

We are grateful for the many years that Brian and Christine took care of our father after our mother died.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Peter's Church In Aaron's name or to a favorite charity.



Linda L. Sherman


Linda L. Sherman, 61, of Atkins, Iowa, and formerly of Wyoming, Iowa and Kent, Washington, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A memorial gathering of family and friends celebrating Linda's life will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Monday, January 11, 2016, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private graveside service and burial will be held prior to the gathering from the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Linda Lou Scott was born on March 27, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Billy and Delta (Breeden) Scott. She grew up on a farm outside of Monmouth and graduated from Wyoming High School in 1972. She then attended Mount St. Claire College in Clinton and later Marycrest College in Davenport. She married Rodney Sherman in 1975 in Calamus, Iowa and to this union one child was born, Scott.

Linda had worked in the container and packaging industry most of her life. She started out with Rycus Container in Rock Island doing office work, and then moved to Berlin Packaging in Illinois. In 1990, she moved to Washington where she worked for Richards Packaging for 23 years as regional branch manager. She retired and returned home to Iowa in 2013.

Linda was a collector who enjoyed antiques, quilts and was an avid Chicago Bears fan.

Those left to honor Linda's memory include her son, Scott Sherman of Kent, WA; a brother, Harold (Cheryl) Scott of Fairfax, IA; a sister, Denise (Omer) Wehr of Cedar Rapids, IA; step-brothers, Charles (Pauline) Kikuts of North Liberty, IA, and Karl (Aren) Kikuts of Cedar Rapids, IA; a step-sister, Rebecca (Matthew) Jedrasko of Anchorage, AK; and her special friend, Rodney Sherman of Kent, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents Billy and Delta Scott, her step-mother Sue Kikuts Scott, a sister Candy Scott, and a nephew Samuel Kikuts.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Linda L. Sherman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Selma E. Massey


Selma E. Massey, 96, of Dubuque died Monday, January 04, 2016 at Stonehill Care Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, where visitation will also be held Saturday from 9:45 to 10: 45 a.m. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

Selma was born May 1, 1919 in Dubuque County, daughter of August and Bertha (Winkelmann) Pautz. She graduated from Zwingle High School.

Selma was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she was baptized, confirmed, and in 1937, where she married Blair Massey. He preceded her in death in 1999.

Selma was an avid gardener, an exceptional pie maker and she found great joy spending time with her family.

She is survived by a son, Ken (Madonna) Massey of Elk Grove Village, Ill., a daughter in law, Barbara Massey of Waunakee, Wis., six grandchildren, Jefree, Heidi, Bradley, Susan, Barbara, and Amy; and nine great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Donald Massey and a sister, Marie Kane.

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

Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church.



Roland J. Riekena


Roland J. "Ron" Riekena, 68, of Dubuque, died Monday, January 4, 2016 at home surrounded by those he loved. Funeral Services will be 10: 30 a.m. Monday at Grand View United Methodist Church Where Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 7 pm and Monday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League following the service.

Ron was born October 17, 1947 in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, son of Ben J. and Doris (Simpson) Riekena. After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, he served in the United States Navy in the Vietnam War, aboard the Destroyer U.S.S. Waldron, DD-699, as a gunner's mate. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended the University of Dubuque.

On September 20, 1974, he married Carol Breitbach in Dubuque.

He was co-owner of the Union Bus Depot in Dubuque. He later went into sales with the St. Regis paper company. He continued his sales career with Georgia Pacific Corporation and retired in 2010 as a regional sales manager.

He traveled extensively with his job and made many lasting friendships with both coworkers and customers that extended through his retirement.

Ron had a great passion for bird dogs and hunting. He particularly enjoyed hunts with friends in the Northern Plains of South Dakota. He loved his bird dogs, Belle and Missy.

Ron was a member of Grandview Methodist church. He served on the board for the Izaak Walton League, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. He was also a member of the American Legion and Elks Lodge. He and his wife were members of the Thunder Hills Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carol Riekena of Dubuque and daughter, Amy (Jim) Connor of West Linn, Oregon and their two children, Mary and Charlie Connor; a sister, Mary Kay Patters of Dubuque; brothers in law, Don (Nancy) Breitbach of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Larry (Fran) Breitbach of Dubuque, Pedro (Carol) Breitbach of Alamogordo, New Mexico and Dave (Vickie) Breitbach of McGregor. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ron Riekena Memorial Fund, Hospice of Dubuque, or Grand View United Methodist Church.

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

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

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Cancer Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care.



Ronald E. Ramstedt, M.D.


Ronald E. Ramstedt, M.D. died unexpectedly on January 4, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at St. Raphael Cathedral, with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military detail by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan, 7, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Dr. Ramstedt was born on Nov. 20, 1934 in Chicago; he spent his youth in Palatine, Ill., and later went on to spend four years as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy.

Following his naval career Ron attended and graduated cum laude from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Science degree. He went on to medical school at the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago followed by an internship at Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, Ill., and a residency in general, vascular and endocrine surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. After joining the Rockford Clinic in Rockford, Illinois, a large multispecialty clinic, in 1969, he continued the active practice of general, vascular and endocrine surgery for 24 years. During this period he served as an assistant professor of surgery and for a period of time as the chairperson of the department of surgery at the Rockford School of Medicine. He became particularly interested in various methods of the delivery of healthcare and was a founding member of Clinicare, a physician owned HMO, for which he also served as an active board member, interim CEO and Medical Director. During his career he was an active member of the American Medical Association, a board certified Fellow of the American College of Surgery, a member of the Midwest Vascular Society and the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery as well as the American College of Physician Executives where he obtained a certificate in medical management.

Following his surgical career Ron became Vice President for Medical Affairs at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa for six years. During that time he was active in the corporate quality improvement program of the Mercy Health System in Novi, Mich., now known as Trinity Health Care. He later joined the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and served as a field survey representative traveling across the country. He was honored by the Joint Commission as a fifteen-year service award recipient before his retirement in 2014.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Shirley "Biddy" Ramstedt; sons Steven and Gregory; daughter Kristine (David) Barr; stepsons Michael and Timothy (Vicki) Widmeier; as well as many grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



Charlene M. Buss


Charlene M. Buss, 83, of Dubuque passed into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, January 3, 2016, surrounded by loving family at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, where there will be a parish wake service at 2:30 p.m.

Charlene (Patzner) Buss was born in Potosi, WI, Feb. 3, 1932, the fourth of ten children of Raymond & Clarissa (Althaus) Patzner. She grew up on the family farm in Potosi with her siblings and went to school at St. Andrew's in Tennyson.

Charlene married the boy next door, Carl Buss, on Oct. 9, 1954 at St. Andrew's Church in Tennyson, WI. The couple moved to Dubuque that same year and joined St. Patrick's, where they were lifelong members.

Her family was her first love and she always looked forward to family gatherings! She loved her husband Carl and her seven children and 17 grandchildren oh so very much. She gladly played many card and board games with Carl as well as with the children and grandchildren. Euchre was a lifelong favorite game. She was a Cubs and Hawkeye fan. She and Carl attended sporting events for the grandchildren in their retirement years.

Charlene was thankful for the wonderful friends she met attending and hosting Bible studies in her home. She loved memorizing scripture. She also enjoyed weekday and Sunday mass with the wonderful sisters at Sisters of the Presentation on Carter Road. Her faith and family were the most important things in her life.

Charlene was a loving, dedicated full-time mother with part time jobs and enjoyed the friendships through employment. She worked for the Dubuque Shooting Society for 34 years. Employers and dear friends are Ken Kemp, Rita Hafkemeyer, Marian Meyer, Zoe Casper and Elaine Murphy. She also loved monthly breakfasts for many years at Village Inn with very dear neighbor friends.

Surviving are her seven children, Cal (Ellie) Buss of Dubuque, Chris (Betty) Buss of Galena, Ill, Carla (Tom) Kemp of Dubuque, Connie (Alan) Seeba of Oak Ridge, NC, Cindy (Tom) McCann of Marion, Iowa, Chuck of San Diego, and Clark (Anna) Buss of Urbandale, Iowa; 17 grandchildren, Jamie Davis, Brian (Kristi) Buss, Heather (Casey) O'Mara; Clayton (Amanda), Carson & Caleb Buss; Amy & Bradley Kemp; Jill & Andrew Seeba; T.J., Tyler, & Trevor McCann; Paris & Arianna Buss; Sheldon & Talia Buss; and two great-grandchildren, Carson O'Mara and Sophia Charlene Buss. She is also survived by her siblings Betty Richardson, Merlin (Joan) Patzner, Mary (John) Thill, all of Potosi, Wis., and Carol (Gene) Ihm of Lancaster, Wis.; and a sister-in-law, Eileen (Larry) Laugesen of Lancaster, Wis. and brother-in-law James Buss of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years, Carl Buss, in 2011; as well as her brothers James, Carl, and Paul Patzner and sisters Marita and Doris Patzner.

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

In lieu of flowers, a Charlene Buss Memorial Fund has been established.

A very special thank you to the staff at Luther Manor, Pastor Burton Everist, and Hospice of Dubuque.



Jean E. Wall


Jean E. Wall, 77, of Epworth, Iowa, died Monday, January 4, 2016 at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jean may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, January 8, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Epworth, Iowa, where services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, with Pastor Stephanie Presiding. Burial will be held in Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa.

She was born May 17, 1938 in Strawberry Point, Iowa, daughter of Harry and Gladys (Whitlock) Pierce. On July 3, 1960 she was united in marriage to Edward Wall in Manchester, Iowa. She was employed at Curtis Industry for several years.

She was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church in Epworth, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Wall of Epworth, IA; two daughter, Patti Jo (Mike) Kucera of Dyersville, IA and Theresa (Charles) Dunn of Caswelberry, Florida; a son, Eric (Mary Kay) Wall of Greeley, IA; 7 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Rita Hefel of Greeley, IA, Vera Finzel and Donna (Mike) Loetz both of Colesburg, IA; one brother-in-law, Dale Sweet of Giard, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 6 brothers, Robert “Bob”, Bill, Thomas, Dick, Jerry and Perry Pierce and 3 sisters, Myrtle Kruse, Martha Pierce in infancy and Jane Sweet.



Steven L. Wroblewski


Steven L. Wroblewski, 64, of Monticello died Thurs. Dec. 31, 2015, at Crestview Acres in Marion after a brief battle with cancer.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.  Kramer Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Steve was born July 24, 1951, in Peoria, IL the son of Ruth Ommen-Wroblewski and Donald Wroblewski. He graduated from the Anamosa High School with the Class of 1970, and was a self-employed doing lawn care for the elderly for nearly 40 years in the Monticello area.  He enjoyed researching genealogy and tracing the family history.

Steve is survived by 2 siblings: Starr (Daniel) Porter of Monticello, and David (Cindy) Wroblewski of Cedar Rapids; numerous nieces and nephews of 3 generations; an aunt, Helen Dirks of Monticello.

He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant nephew, Chad Michael Wroblewski.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Valeria A. Hillebrand


Valeria A. Hillebrand, 100, of, Dyersville, died Saturday, January 02, 2016, at Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 2 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. and a family Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Valeria was born January 27, 1915, in Rickardsville, Iowa the daughter of Casper and Mary (Meyer) Konrardy.  She married Alfred Hillebrand on May 4, 1938, in Placid, Iowa.  She worked as a nutritionist and head cook at Mercy Hospital in Dyersville for 18 years, and after her retirement, she volunteered for 11 years with Miriam Eick's Toys for the Needy Project. 

Valeria lived life engaging in her favorite hobbies of baking cookies and crocheting afghans for family and friends. While watching the cardinals and hummingbirds treat themselves to eating seeds from her numerous bird feeders, she would indulge in a piece or two of chocolate. When time permitted, you would find Valeria working in the garden giving all her plants and flowers tender loving care. Valeria loved to play Euchre day or night at family gatherings. Crocheting and giving away her afghans will be Valeria's legacy. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her children: John (Joyce) Hillebrand of Dyersville, Lori Hillebrand of Davenport, and Tammy Waid-Link (fiancé Brian Lammers) of Dubuque; 8 grandchildren: Jeremy (Sara), Jason (Jenny), and Justin (Kelli) Hillebrand, Damian (Amanda), Steffen (fiancé Samantha), Kyle (fiancé Emily),  and Bianca Waid, and Lauren Link; six great-grandchildren: Claire, Carly, Gracie, Lily, Brady and Tate Hillebrand; and a sister-in-law, Ione Konrardy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, in 1985; her parents; a son-in-law, Tom Link; 3 brothers, Raymond (Leona), Edmund (Dottie), and Cyril Konrardy; and 3 sisters, Dolores (Raymond) Hillebrand, Anastasia (Frank) Kennedy, and Thelma (Ray) Schwendinger.

Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Xavier Basilica or its memorial funds.

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



Mary C. Winch


Mary C. Winch, 58, of rural Manchester died Thurs., Dec. 31, 2015, at her residence after a brief battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2:30 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a memorial service will commence at 7 p.m.  Rev. Ed Moreano will officiate.

Mary was born May 1, 1957, in Dubuque, IA the daughter of George G. and Mary (O'Donnell) Davidsaver. She graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque with the Class of 1975. She worked in various manufacturing industries including Flexsteel and Rockwell Collins. Most recently she was employed at Polo Plastics and Spireon.

She married Merle Winch, Jr. on August 30, 2002. She was fond of her grandchildren and especially cherished time spent with her grandson, Nolan, to whom she was affectionately known as "Namma Mary". She collected antiques and cherished her antique stoneware. She was a proud political conservative who enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking for her family and was a very devoted Dallas Cowboys fan. 

Surviving are her husband, Merle, a daughter, Amber (Bob) Urbain of Monticello, 2 sons: Uriah (Becky) Frommelt of Dubuque and Josh (JoEllen) Frommelt of Marion; 8 grandchildren; 2 brothers: George T. Davidsaver and Ted Davidsaver, both of Dubuque; 1 sister, Amy (Mike) Rube of Cedar Falls, 1 aunt, Jean Davidsaver of Bellevue; parents-in-law, Merle, Sr. and Lois Winch of rural Hopkinton; and her first husband, David E. Frommelt.

She is preceded in death by her parents and an uncle, Nick Davidsaver.

The family would like to thank the staffs at 6 Roy Carver UIHC, Above and Beyond Hospice, especially Rev. Ed Moreano, for their assistance, compassion and exceptional care.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 

 



John J. Vogt


John J. "Jackie" Vogt Sr., 86, of Dubuque IA died on December 29, 2015 at Lake Prince Woods, Suffolk, Virginia. He was the loving husband of Naomi Vogt.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Rosonke Officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jackie was born July 27, 1929, son of John and Mary (Bechen) Vogt. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1947and was employed by the Dubuque Packing Co. and Family Beer and Liquor in East Dubuque IL. He was an avid trout fisherman, enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and loved the great outdoors.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Naomi, three sons; Gerald, Thomas (Karen) and John (Robin) Vogt, his daughter Susan (Scott) Williams, his brother James (Janann) Vogt, and his stepsister Rosie Morley. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 16 of great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents; stepfather, Ross; brother Ray and stepbrother Gene Morley.

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


A memorial fund will be established for Hillcrest Family Services in John's honor. He always supported Gary Gansemer's work with the youth of the tri-state area.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you." John 14:1-2



Josephine Kaufman


Josephine "Ruth" Kaufman, 92 of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday, January 4 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Linwood cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 7 p.m., Sunday, January 3 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and Monday from 8:45 to 9:45 at the Church.

Josephine was born on November 21, 1923 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Josephine (Repphun) Dausner.
She married William Kaufman on March 3, 1956 at Immanuel Congregational Church. He preceded her in death on December 17, 2001.

Josephine was employed as a registered nurse at various hospitals and clinics in Dubuque. She retired from The Finley Hospital in 1986.

For Ruth, family was her everything, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a diehard Cubs fan.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Telephone Pioneers and the Alumni School of Nursing Association at Finley Hospital.

Surviving are her children, John (Linda) Kaufman and Mark (Jolene) Kaufman, both of Dubuque; grandchildren, Kelsey, Allison, Nicole and Zoey; a great granddaughter, JayLynn; nieces and nephews; and a cousin, Kay Dausner Anderson, of Independence, IA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and two cousins, Dr. Don and Dr. Ralph Schumacher.
In lieu of flowers, a Josephine "Ruth" Kaufman memorial fund has been established.

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

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



Kathryn M. Bartels


Kathryn M. "Kit" Bartels, 97, of Coal City, Illinois, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, December 30, 2015, at the home of her daughter, Karen Wills, in Coal City, Illinois.

A celebration of Kathryn's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, January 4, 2016, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Kathryn M. Bowman was born on May 6, 1918 in Arlington, Iowa, to Henry and Ida Irene (Nelson) Bowman. She was a 1935 graduate of Aurora, Iowa High School. She married Albert Hoyer on May 6, 1936 in Arlington, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Sheila and Karen. Albert preceded her in death on October 22, 1972, and on May 30, 1987 she married Carl H. Bartels in Maquoketa, Iowa. Carl preceded her in death on December 9, 2007.

"Kit" as she was affectionately known by many was a mother and homemaker who farmed with her husband in the Nashville, Iowa area.

"Kit" was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and its Women's group, the Jackson County Public Hospital Ladies Auxuliary, and the Merry Knitters Sewing Club. She was a charter member of the Joinerville Boat Club.

"Kit" loved animals and enjoyed feeding the birds and rabbits. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers and camping.

Those left to honor Kathryn's memory include a daughter, Karen (Bob) Wills of Coal City, IL; 4 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert and her husband Carl, a brother Arthur, a sister Hazel, a daughter Sheila Ziemba, a granddaughter Julie Mulford, and a great-grandson Jacob Scopel.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa or to the Jackson County Humane Society.

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

 



RoseAnn Werner


RoseAnn Werner, 91, of Worthington, Iowa died Friday, January 1, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday January 5, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.  Friends may continue to call from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Wednesday prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday January 6, 2016, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. 

RoseAnn was born May 31, 1924 in Dyersville, Iowa the daughter of Henry and Eleanor (Freking) Luensmann.  She received her education at St Francis Xavier School in Dyersville.  She married Howard J. Werner on May 31, 1956, in Delhi, Iowa.  Together they farmed and raised their family.  RoseAnn was a member of St. Paul Parish, Altar and Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of Americas.

Survivors include 6 children: Joyce Gaul of Dyersville, Carol (John) Watts of Madelia, MN, Allen (Nancy) Werner and Chris (Arlene) Werner, both of Hopkinton, Nancy Werner of Worthington and Ronald (Sheila) Werner of Hopkinton,

17 grandchildren: Jayme Gaul, Chad Gaul, April Young, Mindy Kamp, Gina Dunne, Cory Watts, Andrew Werner, Amanda Werner, Johnathon, Dylan, Austin, Zachary, Devin, Max, Alex, Camrun and Logan Werner; 10 great grandchildren: Hunter, Joseph Kamp, Kaleb, Jade Young, Ariana, Abigail Gaul, Aiden, Addison Werner, Ryan Dunne, Audrey Werner, Dani, Jaci Poswiatowsky, Jack Knepper and special family friend, Jeff Derga. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard in 2015, siblings: Marie (Francis) Ernzen, Frances Luensmann, Alfred (Mary) Luensmann, Elmer (Mary Ann) Luensmann, Linus (Helen) Luensmann, John (Esther) Luensmann, Robert (Elizabeth) & Billy Luensmann (in infancy)

in-laws: John (Clara), Ray (Ann), George (Millie) Norbert (Anna) Werner, Florence (Joseph) Drees, Christine (Henry) Jaeger.

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

 

 



Sister Frances Wohn, BVM (Alberic)

Sister Frances Wohn, BVM, 80, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed peacefully into the loving arms of her Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at Marian Hall.

To celebrate Sister Frances' life, a visitation for her fellow sisters, family and friends will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a scripture prayer service at 11 a.m. To honor Sister Frances' life, a funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Marian Hall Chapel. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Frances was a devoted elementary and secondary school teacher in Berwyn and Chicago, Ill.; and in Iowa City and Fort Dodge, Iowa, where she also taught at the college level.

She was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on April 21, 1935, daughter of Joseph and Anna (Lauer) Wohn. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1955. She made her first profession of vows on Feb. 3, 1958, and her final profession on July 16, 1963.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Helen Bellingtier, Anna Schmidt, Elizabeth Clarken, Catherine Cain, Mary Brennan and Pauline Korte; and brothers Nicholas Wohn and Joseph Wohn. She is survived by sisters Margaret Edwards, Chicago, and Rose Holm, Fort Dodge, Iowa; nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared her life for 60 years.

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

Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

 



Thomas A. Kueper


Thomas A. "Tom" Kueper, age 78, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully into the forgiving arms of his Lord and Savior at 5:03 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2015, at Bell Tower Retirement Community. To honor Tom's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016, at Hope Church, 11893 JFK Road, with Pastor Matt Collins officiating. To celebrate Tom's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, and from 10:00 until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born on March 22, 1937 in Dubuque, son of Arnold and Berniece (David) Kueper.

Tom was a proud lifelong Dubuque resident who has effortlessly touched the lives of countless folks throughout his 78 years and leaves behind a positive legacy of faith, family, friendship and fun. Tom graduated from Loras Academy and attended Loras College. He met the love of his life, Carole Hennig, just after high school and they were united in marriage on July 13, 1957 in Dubuque. They were joyfully blessed with 58 wonderful years together and 6 beautiful children. Tom invested over 33 years of his time and talents working at John Deere Dubuque Works before eventually retiring in 1990. Tom and Carole were honored to be among the founding members of Hope Church. He rejoiced as the church grew and he witnessed many lost souls find their way to the gospel, forgiveness and a personal relationship with Jesus. He graciously served as Deacon for many years and always enjoyed leading bible studies, especially on the book of John. When not giving of himself locally, Tom could often be found helping with painting and plastering church buildings in the mission field from a multitude of locations in the Midwest to as far away as Hong Kong. Tom loved and adored his family to the fullest extent that any father ever could and devoted his adult life to caring, nurturing, role-modeling and providing for them without hesitation. Whether it was a trip to their favorite destination in Door County or simply actively engaging in a game of pool basketball in the backyard, Tom's love for his family was constantly on display. Tom was a generous, determined and kind man until the end and his absence surely leaves a definite tear in the hearts of all who knew and loved him which only time will mend. God speed Tom and well done Thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Tom's memory include,

his loving wife of 58 years,
Carole Kueper, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Susan (Todd) Hein, Crystal, MN,
Sandra (Russ) Pottebaum, St. Peters, MO,
Laura (Kurt) Jackson, Brooklyn Center, MN,
Daniel (Sara) Kueper, Canal Winchester, OH,
Elaine Kueper, Pittsburgh, PA,
and Gary (Shelby) Kueper, Dubuque, IA;

his 12 grandchildren,
Rebecca, Thomas, Victoria, Sarah, Joel, Rachel, James, Joshua, Justin, Kara, Dwight and Megan;

his 5 great-grandchildren;

his 4 brothers,
Ted Kueper, Wales, WI,
Terry (Mary Lee) Kueper, Rochester, MN,
Tim (Gail) Kueper, Joliet, IL,
and Toby (Sheila) Kueper, Winnemucca, NV;

his step-brother,
David (Gloria) Tschudi, Marion, IA;

his step-sister,
Vicki Jones, Oro Valley, AZ;

and his step-brother-in-law,
Vince Garcia, Davenport, IA.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his sister-in-law, Mary Kueper; his step-sister, Gayle Garcia; and his step-brother-in-law, Bill Jones.

A Thomas A. Kueper memorial fund has been established where the proceeds will be donated to Tom's favorite charity.

Tom's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Bell Tower Community and all of Tom's friends who've continually been by his side providing their compassionate and sincere care.

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

 



Madonna M. Wolfe


Madonna M. Wolfe, 85, of Worthington, Iowa died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at home.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 3, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday, January 4, 2016 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 4, 2016, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Worthington, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Madonna was born March 3, 1930, in Worthington, Iowa the daughter of Raymond and Marie (Schwendinger) Hogan. She married Edgar "Ted" Wolfe on June 6, 1950 in Worthington, Iowa.

Survivors include her children: Becky (Keith) Krapfl of Dubuque, Tom (Linda) Wolfe of Cedar Rapids, Karen (Tim) Anderson of Delhi, Peg (Rick) Parsons of Hopkinton, Ellen Kurt (fiancé Nick Hillebrand) of Cedar Rapids, Kris (Pat) Thielen of Sun Prairie, WI, 17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, brother: Robert Hogan of Worthington, in-laws: Nicholas (Rose) Wolfe of Cascade and Robert (Pat) Wolfe of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Edgar in 2001, granddaughter Sarah Wolfe in 2012, her parents, parents in law Nicholas and Apollonia Wolfe, siblings: James Hogan, Patricia (Marvin) Gassmann, Joyce Digmann, in-laws: Ernie, Harold, Richard Wolfe, Evelyn (Jim) Graff and Kathleen (Am) Hess, Violet (Don) Leytem

Mom was strong, kind and generous. She had great character and wit. Her heart was bigger than the community she so loved and lived in for all her 85 years. Her love of reading inspired her to campaign for and eventually open the small Worthington library. Her accomplishments were many, but the greatest was opening her home and heart to those who needed her. She and dad welcomed her brother, Bob and many nieces and nephews into our home. Together we were raised as one family, the way it should be. She will forever live in all our memories and hearts. Thank you to Dr. Kukla, Dr. Miner and your staffs for the extraordinary care you gave to mom and to Hospice of Dubuque for your kindness and compassion. A special thanks to our uncle, Bob who took great care of mom for so many years. We love you.

Memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous of Iowa, Aiming for a Cure Foundation or St. Paul Parish in Worthington.

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



Dolores M. Schmidt


Dolores M. Schmidt, 92, of Dyersville, and formerly of Earlville, died Monday, December 28, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held 1- 6 p.m. Friday, January 1, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Saturday, January 2, 2016, from 9 - 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 2, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffery Dole will officiate and Deacon Jim Schmidt will assist.

Dolores was born December 13, 1923, in Worthington, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Rolfes) Heims. She married Wilmer C. Schmidt on September 12, 1950, in Worthington, Iowa. Together they farmed near Bernard, Hopkinton and finally settling near Earlville until retiring in Dyersville in 1989.

She was a very giving person who loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed gardening, especially growing strawberries and flowers, crocheting and quilting. Through these activities she taught her family a strong work ethic, love, compassion and empathy. She will be fondly remembered for her sense of humor, her giving ways and a good game of Euchre.

Survivors include 7 children: Carole (Eugene) Nauman of Dubuque, Gary (Jeanne) of Marion, Rick (Taña) of Dubuque, Sandy (Dr. Joseph) Jenkins of Dubuque, Julie (Joseph) Burkle of Urbandale, Janice Maiers of Dyersville and Sue Ellen (Steve) Claus of Loves Park, IL, 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; in-laws: Rosie White, Ruth (Rich) Welch, Elgene Mesch, Lorraine, Catherine and Erna Schmidt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wilmer in 2010; siblings: Ben (Gertie), Frank (Marie), Aloysius (Winifred), Eddie, Lawrence "Chick" (Agnes), Gilbert "Bud", Leo, Marie (Vince) Brown, Helen (Harold) Schmidt; and in-laws: Elmer, Louis and Donald Schmidt.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Assisi Village and Stonehill Care Center for the wonderful care, friendship and personal touches shown to Mom.

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

 



Tyler J. Bonnet


Tyler J. Bonnet, 32, of Waterloo, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2015 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa surrounded by his family following medical complications.

Funeral services will be 5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2015 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque with Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating.

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Tyler was born on June 16, 1983 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Stanley L. and Susan D. (Cox) Bonnet.

He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 2002. Tyler was formerly employed as a maintenance man for the City of East Dubuque. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan.

Surviving is his daughter Cora Allen Bonnet, his parents Stanley L. and Susan D. (Cox) Bonnet of East Dubuque, Illinois, his biological mother Peggy (Denny) Lehman, his siblings, Melissa (Jeff) Baker of Dubuque, Iowa, Keith (Stacey) Bonnet of Kieler, Wisconsin, Tara Lund of Iowa City, Iowa, Tracy (Brad) Hess, Trevor Dillon and Spencer Craig all of Dubuque, Iowa; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Otis and LaVerna (Bakey) Cox, his paternal grandparents, Walter and Verla (Stockel) Bonnet and his Uncle Gary Bonnet.

In lieu of flowers a Tyler J. Bonnet memorial fund has been established.

Tyler's family wishes to thank all of their family and friends for their support, the staff at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Miller Funeral Home for their help and kindness.

 



Carol L. Geronzin


Carol L. Geronzin, 64 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 28, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Nurses Honor Guard will be held at 6:30 p.m. with funeral services to follow at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Jim Thill officiating.

Carol was born on December 21, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James G. Becker and Elizabeth A. Burbach. She was a graduate from Wahlert High School and the Finley School of Nursing in 1978. She worked at Finley Hospital in Dubuque as a Registered Nurse after graduating from The Finley School of Nursing until her retirement in 2013.

Carol Geronzin was a very loving, compassionate and extraordinary woman who dedicated her life to caring for others. She was selfless, touched so many hearts and loved the art of giving especially at Christmas. She always had a smile and used her sense of humor to brighten your day. She would want to thank all of her family and friends closest to her for loving her and being in her life.

Carol is survived by her son Matthew J. (Heather) Werth, of Anamosa, Iowa, grandchildren, Jonah Werth and Britney Burk. Two sisters Diane D. (Patrick) Droessler, of Hazel Green, WI and Mary L. (Dennis) Blondin, of Batavia, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two younger brothers James A. Becker and Paul J. Becker, and her husband James C. Geronzin.

In lieu of flowers, a Carol Lynne Geronzin memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank all of the health care professionals at Finley Hospital for all their loving care, kindness and friendship they shared with Carol. Matthew would like to say special thanks to Pat and Diane, Matthew's God Parents, for all the love and care you showed to Carol since the passing of her Husband, Jim.



Delores M. Leuchs


Delores M. "Babe" Leuchs, 76, of Farley, Iowa, died Sunday, December 27, 2015 at her home in Farley, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Babe may call from 2 to 6 p.m., Friday, January 1, 2016 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 6 p.m.

Services for Babe will be held at 10:30 a..m., Saurday, January 2, 2016 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.

She was born August 31, 1939 in Asbury, Iowa, daughter of Herman J. and Olivia (Kirpes) Leuchs. She received her education in the East Scott School and was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa.

She enjoyed living in the country. She loved all her farm animals especially the cats, kittens and dogs. She was a lifelong caregiver, always tending to the needs of her family and extended family.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish in Farley and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Vera Leuchs of Dubuque, IA; nieces and nephews, Ron (Marcia) Leuchs of Worthington, Rick (Mary Beth) Leuchs and Mark (Patty) Leuchs both of Dyersville, Mike (Sue) Leuchs of New Vienna, Dan (Kelli) Leuchs of Epworth, Don (Joan) Leuchs of Dyersville, Bob (Kathy) Leuchs of Mesa, AZ, Dave (Karla) Leuchs of Dubuque, Laurie (Rick) Randecker of East Dubuque, IL, Donna (Bill) Cheever of Big Lake, MN, Sharon (Steve) DeMuth of Hazel Green, WI, Sandy (Ed) Delaney of Tipton; and several great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers and a sister-in-law, Bernard, Joseph, Clarence and Edward (Eleanor) Leuchs; a sister and brother-in-aw, Rita (Bill) Oberbroeckling; a niece, Jean Hansel; a nephew, Dan Oberbroeckling; and a great nephew, Andy DeMuth.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

A special thank you to the neighbors who have helped Delores over the years.



George J. Andresen

George J. Andresen, 68, of Dubuque died Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 1:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

George was born July 25, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Charles and LaVonne (Pape) Andresen. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1965. On October 11, 1969, George married Judy Haberkorn.

He served in the US Air Force for 24 years, retiring in 1993. After retiring from the Air Force, George worked at Theisens warehouse until 2003. He then worked in purchasing at Medical Associates until his retirement in 2012.

He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection where he was a Eucharistic Minister, as well being a member of several men's groups.

George enjoyed spending time by the river, exercising and traveling. He was an avid Cubs and Hawkeyes fan. Most of all, he loved being a grandpa and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Andresen of Dubuque; three daughters, Cathy (Eric) Schmuck of San Clemente, Calif., and their children Madeline and Abigail; Kara (Andrew) Scott of Tucson, Ariz., and their children, Justin and Katie; and Meg (Phil) Arensdorf of Dubuque, and their children, Casey and Noah.

He is also survived by a sister, Susan Hinderman of Cuba City, a brother, Charles (Lani) Andresen of Indonesia, a step sister, Lynn (Ken) Kupferschmidt of Dubuque and Judy's siblings and their spouses.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother in law, John Liebfreid, and a sister in law, Mary Alice Haberkorn.
Memorials may be given to the George Andresen Memorial Fund.

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

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Fire Department and the ER staff at Mercy Medical Center for their wonderful care.



Robert I. Galleberg


Robert Irving Galleberg, 95, died peacefully Saturday, December 26, 2015, at home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, with family and caregivers he loved. Private family services will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born August 31, 1920, to Peder and Sigrid Galleberg in Duluth, Minnesota. He graduated from Duluth's Denfeld High School. Bob enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, serving in Washington, DC. In the early post-War years he served with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (where he met his future wife, Kathleen) and earned a bachelor's degree in business at the University of Minnesota. Bob spent 36 rewarding years employed at The Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, in product planning and purchasing. Bob possessed a zest for life, always with projects at hand, but truly reveled in his roles as husband and father.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Kathleen (Spahn) and their infant daughter Mary Anne, as well as his brother and sister, Paul and Joan.

He is survived by his sons Gary (Kristen) Galleberg of St. Louis, Missouri, and Paul (Karen) Galleberg of Palos Verdes Estates, California, and granddaughters Krista, Nicole and Laura Galleberg.

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



Harold A. Bartels


Harold A. Bartels, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Harold's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, December 31, 2015, from the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again on Thursday, December 31, 2015, from 10 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

Harold August Bartels was born on August 14, 1928 in Clinton County, Iowa, to William and Tillie (Adrian) Bartels. He grew up in Clinton County and graduated from Delmar High School in 1945. He married Margaret Taylor on August 23, 1950 in Wyoming, Iowa.

Harold was a lifelong farmer and had farmed the family farm where he was born. He loved farming and being home on the farm. He was a kind and quiet man.

Those left to honor Harold's memory include his wife, Margaret Bartels of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, Marcia Bartels of DeWitt, IA, and Lisa Bartels of DeWitt, IA; 2 granddaughters, Kelly and Kasey Bartels; 1 great-grandchild, Kaitlyn Bartels; and 2 sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bartels of Maquoketa, IA, and Wilma Taylor of Wyoming, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Mary in 1968 and son Norman in 2010, a sister Myrtle Wilms, and 2 brothers Arnold and Ralph Bartels.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harold A. Bartels memorial fund has been established.

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

 



David Lee Koehler


David Lee Koehler, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 26, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.

According to his wishes no public visitation or services will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

David was born on Dec. 25, 1936, the son of Theodore and Thelma (Lorenz) Koehler and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He married Patricia Shannon on April 27, 1957 at St. Mary's in Dubuque.

He worked as a truck driver for many years working for Fondell and later for Tschiggfrie Trucking. He enjoyed boating on the Mississippi and the Chicago Bears. He loved to spend time with his family especially during the holidays. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren always put a smile on his face. He enjoyed the simple things in life, especially spending time at "His Bar".

He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Patricia; his children, Kim (John) Rogers, Kelley (Mike) Vondal and Kerry (Terry Wortley) Koehler; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; his sister, Pam (Bill) O'Sullivan and brother, Ted Koehler; and many nieces, nephews and very close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents along with other loving family members that will be reunited for eternity.

The family wishes to thank Finley Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and to all who showed love and care to David.



Eugene J. Tully


Eugene J. "Gene" Tully, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 31st at Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West at a later date. Friends may call on Wednesday, Dec. 30th from 3 to 7 p.m. at the church.

Gene was born March 31, 1927 in Dubuque, son of John M. and Mary Elizabeth (O'Rourke) Tully. He married Mary Isabel Foley, June 14, 1952. She preceded him in death on February 5, 2014.

Gene received his education from Holy Trinity grade school, Loras Academy and Bayless Business College. He served in the U.S. Navy in 1945-1946 as a Storekeeper 3rd Class Petty Officer. He was a Deputy City Assessor for 15 years before selling Church Budget offering envelopes which had him traveling nine states. He was Chairman of the Board and a partner of The Floorshow in Dubuque.
He was a member of Nativity parish, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 6 and the Nativity Holy Rosary Society.

Surviving are his children; Patrick Tully of Frisco, CO, Gene (Jane) Tully, of Dubuque, Mary Beth Tully, of Dubuque, Katherine Tully, of San Francisco, CA, Kenneth (Peggy) Tully, of Dubuque, Roger Tully, of Alma, CO, Greg (Marisol) Tully, of Los Angeles, CA, and Ellen (Dan) Trilk, of Norwalk, IA and a daughter-in-law, Kimberly Tully, of Dubuque. Fourteen grandchildren; Sonia and Sabrina Tully, Briana (Jim) Cushman, Mikaela (Justin) Foust, Laura Tully, Benjamin (Darianne) and David (Justine Leslein) Schramm, Jacob (Katie) and Lauren Tully, Michael (Katie), Lucas and Elizabeth Tully, Jena Gruber, Joshua Tully, Quinn and Charlie Trilk. Three great-grandchildren; James, Lilja and Lola.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sons; Dennis and Gerard Tully and three sisters; Mary Margaret Weiskircher, Helen Stenger and Kathleen Reiter and one brother; Jack Tully.

In lieu of flowers, a Eugene "Gene" Tully Memorial Fund has been established.

Gene said, "I never had a bad day if I could share a smile with someone."



Milton A. Avenarius


Milton Arthur "Milt" Avenarius, Jr. 80 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Summit Congregational Church, 2885 John F. Kennedy Road with Rev. Karen Candee officiating. Burial will be at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2015 and after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday until the time of services at the Church. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Milt was born June 11, 1935, in Dubuque the son of Milton and Marvel (DeMoss) Avenarius, Sr. He married Janet "Jan" Scheppele on July 10, 1955, at Faith United Methodist Church and served in the 133rd Iowa National Guard for 10 years.

Milt was an electrician and started his career with Eichman Electric. He later worked for Paulson Electric for many years retiring as manager in 1998. He was an active member of the IBEW Local #704 for 55 years and served on the apprenticeship committee and also was an instructor. He also was a member of The National Electrical Contractors Association and the Dubuque Electric League. He was also a charter member of Thunder Hills and the Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Volunteerism was a great part of Milt's life especially after he retired. He was very active at the Dubuque Arboretum and at the National Mississippi River Museum. At the Arboretum he served on various boards and proud to help Jim Grady and others establish the Japanese Garden. At the museum he was very instrumental in establishing the Blacksmith Shop, and spent many hours working there right up until his last days. He was past volunteer of the year at the museum and worked with the National Rivers Hall of Fame. When it was Dubuque County Fair time he could be found organizing the electricians for the set up and take down each year.

He also found time for several other hobbies including Silver Smithing, working with stain glass, leather crafts, woodworking, and enjoyed fishing with his buddy Gerry.

He is survived by his wife Jan, a son Jeff (Bonnie) Avenarius, of Dubuque, grandchildren, Kristy (Andrew) Forcucci, of Parrish, FL, Cory Avenarius, of Dubuque, Amanda (fiancé John) Champion, Denver, CO, Bryce Champion, of Ft. Collins, CO, and a great grandson Ethan Forcucci.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Julie Kay Avenarius in 1999.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Arboretum or the National Mississippi River Museum.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center and the Medical Associates staff for all the care and kindness they showed to Milt.



Donald J. Schute


Donald J. Schute, 63 of East Dubuque, Illinois died Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will be held at 4 p.m.

Donald was born on August 16, 1952 in Dubuque, the son of Donald and Mary Jane (Jacquinot) Schute. He married Carol Fern on July 2, 2001 in Dubuque.

Donald was employed at Weldon Tire. He was passionate about antiques, especially cars. He loved going to Graffiti night in East Dubuque to look at different antique cars and going to car shows and antique shops in Dyersville and Minnesota.

Donald enjoyed reading, word puzzles and going out to dance. His favorite band was the Beach Boys.

Surviving him is his wife, Carol; son, Christopher (Mellisa) Schute; mother, Mary Jane Schute; sister, Mary Jo Pace; Stepchildren, Gerard (Stacey) Mills and Ashley Marie (Garrett) Barton.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Schute; and his brother-in-law, Steven Pace.

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

Memorials may be given to The Church of the Resurrection.

Special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff in the cardiovascular unit at Mercy Medical Center and to the doctors, nurses and staff on Floor 6 C East at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.



Dennis M. McCarthy


Dennis M. "Chopper" McCarthy, 79, of Dubuque passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.

A wake services will be held from 3-7 PM on Wednesday December 30, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home on 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, with a prayer service at 7:30 PM lead by Denny's lifelong friend Bill McDonough. Burial of the cremains will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Dennis was born April 5, 1936 in Chicago, IL son of Leo and Marcella (Gremore) McCarty. He lived in Chicago until he was nine years old. He married Marlene Elizabeth Meehan, June 1, 1957 at the former St. Mary Catholic Church here in Dubuque.

Denny "Chopper" was employed for 47 years at the Dubuque Packing House and then FDL until the doors closed in 1995. He then worked as a Security Guard at the Dubuque Greyhound Racing. After that, he worked as a Security Guard for Dubuque Clarke College right up until Marlene had gotten sick and needed full time care. That became his best and last full time job until her passing in December of 2011.

Denny was a sport enthusiast who enjoyed the Cubs, Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes. He really loved visiting with people and spending time with the kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He loved to call us kids for short conversations and if you didn't answer the phone there was always a message, "This is dear ‘ol Dad here, give me a call, love you."

Denny's favorite restaurant was the Sunshine Family Restaurant, where he would dine daily with family and once a month with a group of his lifelong friends. He enjoyed the company there, of the owners and staff. Planting and growing the most beautiful flowers, particularly rose bushes and maintaining his yard was one of his favorite outside activities. He loved to listen to his music and taking drives. 

Denny was a member of St. Mary's Church in Dubuque until its closing. He then became a member of St. Patrick parish.

Surviving are 6 sons and 4 daughters. Terry (Juanita) McCarthy, of Dubuque, Kelly (Vincent) Simonini, of Cassville, Wisc., Dan (Deb) McCarthy, of Dubuque, Maureen (Darrell) Mishler, of Palisade, Minn., Laura (Randy) Kohn, of Dubuque, Janan McCarthy, of Highlands Ranch, Co., Brian McCarthy, Dennis (Amy) McCarthy, Darren (Angi) McCarthy, and Cal (Jill) McCarthy, all of Dubuque; 20 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren, and two sisters-in-law, Joanie McCarthy and Regina McCarty.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Elizabeth (2011), his parents, his in-laws, two brothers, Jack (1986) and James (2009), a grandson, Scott Michael McCarthy (2009), and his grandson's wife, Lindsay (Wubben) Simonini (2013).

A special thank you to Dr. Whalen, Tri-State Dialysis of Dubuque, the nursing staff at Finley Hospital, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, and all their staff for the help in the care of Denny.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com

 



Ronald J. Huber


Ronald J. Huber, 76, of Asbury, passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Joseph Hauer will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Ron was born January 14, 1939 in Dubuque, the son of Ralph and Stella (Stecklein) Huber. He married Margaret Mary Brimeyer on September 14, 1963 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Ron was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 40 years. He began his career in the tool shop and steadily progressed to become a Quality Engineer. He worked tirelessly to improve John Deere's line of backhoes. Through a strong work ethic and always doing the right thing, Ron earned the respect and life-long friendship of his co-workers. Many things brought great joy to Ron, a good round golf, a Green Bay Packer victory, spending time with friends, traveling the world and watching beautiful sunsets. His big heart and concern for others was evident in his daily life. Ron was a disciple of Christ; he volunteered often supporting those who were less fortunate. When it came time to have fun and clown around he was all in and never held back bringing great laughter to his family and friends. Above all Ron was most dedicated to his faith and family and because of this he found true meaning in life. He was a member of Resurrection Parish.

Ron is survived by his wife, Marge, of Asbury; two sons, Mark (Peggy) Huber of Madison, WI and Daniel (Sue) Huber of Davenport, IA; two daughters, Joleen (Jim) Jansen of Elkader, IA and Katie (Matthew) George of Olathe, KS; 11 grandchildren-Jessica, Jacob, and Jenna Jansen; Noah and Justin Huber; Addy, Allyson, and Celia Huber; Braeden, Calen, and Austen George.
He is also survived by his brothers: Richard (Doris), Robert (Trish), and Randall (Jane) Huber and two sisters; Bonnie Dee and Maryelle Paredes, and sisters in law Mary (Wayne) Huber, Lucille (Robert) Brimeyer and Jane (Francis) Brimeyer; and brothers in law Vince and Ralph (Evie) Brimeyer.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; Ralph and Stella Huber; his parents in law Alphonse and Elenora Brimeyer; his brother Wayne Huber; his brothers in law Robert, Lester, Willard, and Francis Brimeyer; sisters in law Alice (Vince) and Rita (Willard) Brimeyer.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Stonehill Care Center or Hospice of Dubuque. Ron's family expresses their gratitude to the caring Stonehill staff and Hospice of Dubuque especially Cindy.

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



Thomas J. Shellhorn


Thomas J. "Tom" Shellhorn, 70, of Galena, Illinois, passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 at Midwest Medical Center at 9:45 p.m.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena, with Rev. Jim McCrea officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Tom was born on June 26, 1945 in Galena, the son of William "Sonny" and Harriett (Smith) Shellhorn. He attended Galena High School and was united in marriage to Lynn M. Benson on September 17, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa.

He was employed at Kraft Foods in Galena for 27 years before it closed and later worked for the Galena Territory for 19 years until his retirement Tom was a veteran of the United States Navy serving on the USS Taconic in Santa Domingo. He loved woodcarving making ducks and canes, hunting and fishing, watching the birds and spoiling his grandchildren. Tom had many wisetales to tell, and believe 1/4 of what he said. A friend said you could count on Tom for the advice you needed and a shoulder to lean on.

Surviving is his wife Lynn, four children, Scott (Patty) Shellhorn of Rockford, Illinois, Todd (Tracy) Shellhorn of Winnebago, Illinois, Heather (Dan) Steines of East Dubuque, Illinois and Denise (Mark) Cornille of Elmhurst, Illinois; Nine grandchildren; his in-laws, Judy (Larry) Heim, Hazel Edmonds, Steve (Diane) Benson, Bea (Jack) Ranslem, Lee (Karen) Benson, Darlene Harber, Kevin (Debbie) Benson, Allen (Julia) Benson and Carolyn Benson.

He was preceded in death by his parents William "Sonny" and Harriett, a brother Wayne Shellhorn his daughter-in-law Jeanne Shellhorn and two brothers-in-law, David and Bernard Benson.

Lynn and family wish to give special thanks to the Galena Police Dept., Galena EMS and the Midwest Medical Center Emergency Dept. for their quick response, help and kindness.

 



Pauline Takes


Pauline Takes, 87, of Bernard, Iowa died Friday, December 25, 2015 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Pauline may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Monday, December 28, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa.

Services for Pauline will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen, Iowa.

Pauline was born September 28, 1928 in Zwingle, Iowa, daughter of John Sr.and Kathyrine (McCarthy) Regan. She received her education in the Zwingle area schools. On April 16, 1952 she was united in marriage to Harold P. Takes at Holy Rosary Catholic church in LaMotte, Iowa.
Pauline was employed at A & P Grocery in Dubuque, Iowa, until the couple established Takes Grocery in Bernard, Iowa which they operated for over 40 years, they were open 7 days a week, only closing for Christmas day each year, which is coincidentally the day she passed away.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish in Garryowen, Iowa and a member of its former Rosary Society. She was also a past member of the Cascade American Legion Auxiliary, a past member of the Bernard Commercial Club and a former board member of the Aquin School Board.

She is survived by six children, Janine Capesius of Bernard, Kathy (Larry) Patterson of Maquoketa, IA, Coleen (Mike) Burke and Mary Beth (Pat) Hentges both of Bernard, Iowa, Joe (Vickie) Takes of Bettendorf and Mike (Kay) Takes of Cascade; eight grandchildren, Todd (Sara) Capesius of Bernard, Jenna Capesius of Burlington, Luke Patterson of Elwood, Nikki (Mitch) Ogle of Bluffton, S. Carolina, Rebecca Patterson of Maquoketa, Emily Takes of Bettendorf, Regan Takes and Haris Takes both of Dubuque; two great grandchildren, Raelyn Capesius and Konner Bailie and one sister, Monica Hoerner of Zwingle; 3 sister-in-laws, Natalie Regan of Grand Mound, Shirley Regan of Dubuque and Joyce Regan of Zwingle; a brother-in-law, Gene Stillmunkes of Zwingle.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold P. Takes on April 30, 1990; her mother and father-in-law, Fred and Anna Takes; her siblings, Rita Regan, Kate & Ray Kemmerer, Amelia (Neil) Bruck, John "Jack" (Mary) Regan, Agnese (Joe) Hayes, Fred Regan, Margaret Stillmunkes, Julien "Jukes" Regan, James "Worm" Regan and J.C. Ripple.

A Pauline Takes memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.

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

The family of Pauline would like to thank the staff of Shady Rest Care Center and Riverbend Retirement Community, Hospice of Dubuque, Sherri Kelchen and Dr. Isaak for all the wonderful care and support given to Pauline and their family.



William Piekenbrock


William "Bill" Piekenbrock, 83 of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Christmas morning, December 25, 2015, surrounded by his wife and children.

Friends and relatives may call from 9:30 to 11:30am at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with the funeral Mass immediately following. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque.

He was born on September 15, 1932, the son of Dr. Frank J. Piekenbrock and Helen Bergener Piekenbrock. He attended Nativity Grade School, Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, WI, and Loras College. For nearly 45 years he worked in management at H&W Motor Express, where he had many friends.

He married the love of his life, Lois Wissel, on July 28, 1956, and they spent 59 years together in their cozy house on Moore Heights, where family and friends were welcome virtually any time on any day. He was the ultimate family man, and could rarely make it through a phone conversation without asking "When are you coming over?" It was equally rare for anyone to turn down the offer.

Along with hunting and fishing, another major passion in his life was his dogs. He was a longtime member of the American Field Trial Association, and was instrumental in organizing the Dubuque Bird Dog Club. He is believed to have owned over 50 dogs over the course of his lifetime, many of which had puppies-an occasion which was always eagerly anticipated by his grandchildren. In his younger days, he and his father were avid world travelers, having visited nearly every continent multiple times.

He is survived by his wife Lois (or "YaYa"), their four children and spouses-Julie (Jim) Ackerman of Longmont, CO, Johnny (Colleen) Piekenbrock of Dubuque, Carrie (Kevin) Kelly of Dubuque, and Lisa (Tom) Kaiser, of Dubuque-eight grandchildren (Michael, Leah, Alex, Will, Joe, Danny, Ben, and Anna), two great-grandchildren (Gibson and Ava), and his sisters Mary Diederich and Ann Ford. He is also survived by four granddogs (Quinn, Oscar, Stella, and Ella), whom he always indulged with table scraps when no one else was looking.

To his family, he was the kindest man any of us have ever known, and he will be sorely missed. We'll see him at the farm.

Memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Parish and Luther Manor. We would like to thank the entire staff at Luther Manor for their compassionate care.

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



Eugene L. Pierotti


Eugene L. "Gene" Pierotti, 83, of 3460 Starlite Dr., passed away Thursday, December 24, 2015 at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 28, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with the Rev. Hilary Aidoo officiating. A visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 27, 2015 at the church where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 5:30.

Gene was born on December 26, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Dario and Bruna (Gregolini). He spent four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict before graduating from Loras College in 1959. On June 3, 1961, Gene married Genevieve Colbert at Holy Family Church in Mason City, Iowa. He taught and coached at Holy Family and Newman high schools in Mason City before moving to Dubuque in 1964. Gene coached boys and girls golf and sophomore boys' basketball at Wahlert High School. He was athletic director from 1970 until his retirement in 1997. Gene was elected into the IAHS AD Hall of Fame in 1995.

He is survived by his wife Genevieve of Dubuque; his children Stephen (Charlene) Pierotti of Dubuque and their children Lauren and Nathan; Doug Pierotti of Palm Springs, CA; David (Amy) Pierotti of The Woodlands, TX and their children Alicia (Brad) Munson and their children Brady, Kobe, Ellie and Presley, Tyler Pierotti and Ali (Paul) Schafer; Elizabeth Pierotti-Heiar and her children Alex and Maddie and his sister, Melba (Wally) DalSanto of Titusville, FL.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Louise.

Memorials may be given to Wahlert High School.

The Pierotti family wishes to thank Dr. Joseph Compton, his nurse Jody and the 5th floor nursing staff at Finley Hospital for their constant care and support.

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

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



Jeanette M. Hilkin


Jeanette Mary Hilkin, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Jeanette was born December 9, 1926 in Holy Cross, and grew up in New Vienna, the daughter of William and Josephine (Hoefer) Meis. She graduated from St. Boniface High School in New Vienna and Bayless Business College in Dubuque. She married Elmer John Hilkin on November 11, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2014.

Jeanette was employed as a housekeeper at Loras College for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. 

Jeanette is survived by three sons, James (Judy) Hilkin, of Burlington, IA, Daniel (Jen) Hilkin, of Austin, MN, and Chris (Tara) Hilkin, of Dubuque; four daughters, Lois (Terrence) Hirsch, of Fitchburg, WI, Rose (Doug) Bowers, of Waukesha, WI., Lynn (Dan) Chapman, of Dubuque, and Mary (Larry) Hird, of Bernard, IA; 18 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Leora (Lester) Willenbring and Helen Meis; her brother, Joseph (Florence) Meis; and her sister in law, Marcella (Stephen) O'Hea.

Memorials may be made to the Jeanette Hilkin Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Dr. Meuer; Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse Kate; Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer F.; and the staff of Stonehill for their care and concern for Jeanette.

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



Earl E. Berendes


Earl E. Berendes, 80, of St. Donatus, IA passed away Thursday, December 24th, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 28th, 2015 at St. Donatus Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 27th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque where a wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m.

Earl was born on April 14th, 1935 in Bellevue, IA the son of Earl and Sylvia (Frantzen) Berendes. He married Ruth Ann Thomas on October 19th, 1957 at St. Joseph Prairie Church. They shared over 58 wonderful years together.
Earl retired from H & W Motor Express after 30 years of employment. He also owned and operated Berendes Garage in St. Donatus for many years. Earl was a member of the Mississippi Bluff Busters and St. Donatus Catholic Church.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed camping with Ruthie and their friends. In the fall Earl could be found cutting wood with his family and plowing fields with his friends. He always enjoyed tinkering in the garage and restoring his tractors, he had a knack for fixing anything. Above all, Earl's family was most important to him. His grandchildren and great grandchildren always brought a smile to his face and put a twinkle in his eye.

He is survived by his wife; Ruth, children; Joni (Larry) Steffy, of St. Donatus, The late Bill (Janie) Berendes of Bellevue, Patricia Berendes, of Dubuque, James (Joyce) Berendes and John (April) Berendes, both of St. Donatus and Sue (Francis) Clancy, of Dubuque. 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. His siblings; Anita (Eldon) Rown, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Phyllis Hutter, of Dubuque, Melvin "Mel" (Marilyn) Berendes, of Dubuque, sister-in-law's; Jeanne Ambrosy and Marian (Pat) Marshall, all of Dubuque. Many nieces and nephews and very special friends David and Margaret Bies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Sylvia Berendes; his mother and father in law Harold and Bernice Thomas; a brother, Loras "Butch" Berendes, son; William "Bill" Berendes and brother-in-law's; Bob Ambrosy and Dave Hutter.

The family would like to thank the compassionate and loving nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, Rev. Michael Podhajsky for his visits and prayers, and especially to Earl's best friend David Bies for all he's done.



Mary I. Schmidt


Mary Irene Schmidt, 95, of Dubuque, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center.

Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at St. Anthony Church, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at St. Anthony Church. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque. 
Mary was born July, 15, 1920, in rural DeWitt, Iowa, the fourth child of William and M. Irene (Goodall) Reed. After graduating from St. Joseph High School, DeWitt, Mary attended Mount St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa. She married Kenneth E. Schmidt on April 3, 1944, in DeWitt. He preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 2001.

Ken and Mary lived in several Eastern Iowa communities before moving to Dubuque in 1951. During her early years in Dubuque, Mary dedicated herself to creating a loving home for her husband and children. She was also active in League of Women Voters, Church Women United, Christian Family Movement, and Operation Friendship. 

Mary returned to the working world after most of her children were grown. From 1975 to 1989, she was a member of the Clarke College Library staff. She and Ken operated the Dairy Sweet for most of these years. Mary then accompanied Ken on his regional sales travels, from 1989 to 2000. 

Mary was a member of St. Anthony Parish, Theresians, Serra Club, and Divine Word F.A.N. Club. She was also an avid bridge player. 

Mary was a woman of tremendous spirit, faith, and service. She channeled her tireless energy into family and community, seeking to elicit the best from all, most especially from herself. She embraced both the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, and, in so doing, championed those for whom life was a challenge. She enjoyed a lively debate and an engaging conversation, and thus developed many enduring friendships, nearby and in far distant lands. She chose to live life fully every moment of her 95 years. To all those who made this possible by extending to her the gifts of time, concern, and companionship, her family offers Mary's heartfelt "Love you much!" 

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Bob (Carla) Schmidt of Lutz, Fla., and his sons, Jim and Mark Tegeler; Margaret (Tom) Welter of Dubuque, and their children, Michael (Jill) Welter, Erin (Brad) Lyons, Christopher (Chelsea) Welter and Katherine (Jesse) Gansen; Martha (Tom) Hanley of Cedar Rapids, and their children, Anne Marie (Ron) Draganowski, John (Lia) Hanley, Mark Hanley, Laura (David) Rydberg and Mary Hanley (David Herberich); and Mary Jean (Dick) Gregory of Dubuque, and their children, James (Christine), Robert (fiancée Lauren Pinto), Joseph, Andrew (Veronica) and John Gregory; John (Donna) Schmidt of Dubuque, and their children, Alex, Nicole and Ben Schmidt; and Carol (Mike) Trueg, of Dubuque, and their children, Matt (Laura) Trueg, April Josselyn and Ben (Melissa) Trueg. 

Her great-grandchildren are Alena, Cal, Emily, Kate, Charlie, Henry, Jack, Lucy, Will, Elsie, Joseph, Mary Clare, Thomas, Peter, Michael, Rose, Ava, Liam, Kolbe, Fulton, Sophie, Arabella and Cece.

Other survivors include her sister Margaret Kedley and her sisters-in-law Helen (Gene) Niebuhr and Leona Schmidt. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Jim, Bill and Jack and her sister Alice Schroeder. 

The family requests memorials to St. Anthony Parish, Clarke University and Holy Family Catholic Schools. 

Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road is assisting the family. 

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



Carl J. Noel


Lifelong Dubuque resident, Carl Joseph Noel, age 99, died of natural causes after a brief time at Stonehill Care Center. He was born to Alfred J. Noel and Emily (Galle) Noel at their home on September 1, 1916. Carl attended Holy Ghost School and graduated in 1930and was always proud of the excellent handwriting he developed there. He then attended Loras/Columbia Academy and graduated in 1934. Between 1934 and his May 1941 induction into the army Carl was employed as a machine operator with Trausch Baking Co in Dubuque. During that time he was an active member of the Uptown Players, a well know local theatre group. It was here that he became close friends with Eileen C Pins, who would become his wife after the war. He was in the first wave of soldiers deployed to Northern Ireland and later London, since he was part of the HQ Adjutant General's clerical staff. As the war in Europe neared its end, he was serving in northern France as a Tech Sargent attached to General Omar Bradley's HQ. Carl was discharged in May 1945.

After the war Carl took advantage of the GI Bill and attended Loras College where he graduated in January 1949 with a BA degree in Economics. Soon after graduating, on February 12, 1949, he married his longtime sweetheart Eileen C Pins. After his discharge from the Army, Carl also worked as a clerk and a carpenter. But, it was a Christmas holidays job in the Dubuque Post Office while a graduate student in 1949 that led Carl to seek a full time job with the Post Office. After brief employment in major appliance sales, he began his long career as a Clerk with the Post Office in October 1950.

During his lifetime Carl used his mechanical and carpentry experience to become extremely adept at repairing almost anything, and also worked part time as a roofer to help support his family. After retirement, Carl expanded his interests into using microcomputers and at age 85 became the President of the computer club at the large RV Park in Arizona where he and Eileen enjoyed many winters. He continued to be an avid and excellent card player throughout his lifetime.

Carl's beloved wife Eileen preceded him in death in 2005. During their life together they enjoyed traveling throughout North American beginning with their honeymoon to Mexico. After Carl's retirement they enjoyed trips to continental Europe and to England, Scotland and Ireland.

Carl J. Noel is survived by son David and his wife Pam of Rockford, IL & their children Christine, Steven, & Laura; daughter Betty and her husband Ed Harney of Oxford, IA & their children Heather, Meagan, and Jonathan; daughter Jane Andreasen, of Emmetsburg, IA & her children Nathan and Mariah ; daughter Patricia and her husband James Oliphant of Austin, TX & their son Adam; daughter Marian and her husband James Gorham of O'Fallon, IL & her sons Alex, Darrin, and Eric; daughter Nancy and her husband Joseph Bromley of Texas  & their sons Austin and Ryan; son Brian of Dubuque; and, son Nicholas of Hazel Green, WI. Carl was preceded in death by sister Evie, brother Alfie, sister Marcie, brother Richard, and sister Jenny - all of Dubuque.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 pm (Noon), Monday, December 28, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish - Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Inurnment with Military Honors at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.



Helen M. Wolf


Helen M. Wolf, 76, of Bankston, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Helen may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, December 26, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa.

Services for Helen will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Dyersville, IA, with Minister John Ostwinkle presiding.
She was born January 10, 1939 in Holy Cross, Iowa, daughter of Adolph and Marie (Hefel) Gansemer. She had a happy childhood growing up with her four siblings. She was active in the Local 4H and graduated from the Holy Cross Catholic High School class of ‘57. On April 27, 1959 she married her sweetheart Daniel E. Wolf.

Helen endured many challenges in her life beginning with a speech impediment which she developed early in life. Followed by more than 40 years with the struggles of Multiple Sclerosis which she handled with grace and dignity. She always rose above with a positive attitude and a never ending smile. She was a true example of humility and kindness.

Dan and Helen farmed the Wolf Century Farm, where she took great pride in caring for and raising their six children. She was a great cook and baker, avid gardener and spent countless hours canning and freezing food to support their family.

Helen was a faithful sister of the Dyersville congregation of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Her faith, family and congregation were the cornerstone of her life.

Left to cherish her memory are her five children, Mark (Lynne) Wolf of Asbury, IA, Keith (Nancy) Wolf, Brian (Lisa) Wolf both of Bankston, IA, Dawn (Jim) Welter of Hazel Green, WI, and Becky (Chuck Minnick) Wolf of Dubuque, IA; Daughter-in-law, Shyla Wolf of Potosi, WI; 12 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; four siblings, Joan Lukan of Santa Cruz, CA, Matt (Dottiesue) Gansemer of South Bend, IN, Rose Ann ( Phillip) Breitbach of Spring Field, MO and Ed (Ruth) Gansemer of Dubuque, IA.

On April 14, 1987 she lost the love of her life Dan Wolf, and on April 22, 2014 one of her twin sons Michael (Mike) Wolf. She was also preceded in death by her parents, One Grandson, Anthony Wolf, One Brother-in-law, Marv Lukan and Father and Mother-in-law, Elmer and Mary Wolf.

In keeping with Helen's wishes, in lieu of flowers she would like a Helen Wolf memorial which will go to the Worldwide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

A special Thanks to the caring staff of Stonehill Care center.

Isaiah 35:6 "At that time the lame will leap like the deer, and the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy."

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



Patricia A. Gilmore


Patricia Ann Gilmore, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, December 23, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Patricia's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, December 28, 2015, from the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery. Family and friends may visit prior to the service at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa from 10 to 11 A.M., Monday, December 28, 2015.

Patricia Ann Miller was born on June 13, 1945 in Genoa, Nebraska, to William and Norma (Werner) Miller. She was educated in country schools and later in life received her GED. She married George E. Gilmore on December 19, 1974 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 18, 2010.

Patricia was very proud that she was one of the first waitresses at the Maid-Rite in Muscatine. She also had been a licensed barber for many years, and enjoyed volunteering with Operation New View in Maquoketa.

Patricia attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Maquoketa. She loved gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Patricia's memory include her children, Robyn Nesbitt of Maquoketa, IA, Bill Gilmore of Muscatine, IA, and Karen (Qaseem) Gilmore of Muscatine, IA; 7 grandchildren, Robby, Isaiah, Elijah, Zaccheus, Jamilah, Josiah and Gabby; 1 great-grandchild, Alex; 7 brothers, Bill Miller of Muscatine, IA, Orville Miller of Muscatine, IA, Norman Miller of Grandview, IA, Raymond Miller of Muscatine, IA, John Miller of Muscatine, IA, Donald Miller of Muscatine, IA, and Craig Miller of Kansas City; and 2 sisters Nancy Brown of Keithsburg, IL, and Mary Cunningham of Grandview, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband George.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Patricia Ann Gilmore memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Lawrence L. Ellerbach

Lawrence Leo Ellerbach, 90, of Holy Cross, Iowa died Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Manor Care Health Services, Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 28, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 28, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Military honors will be accorded by the Scherrman Peterson American Legion Post 656.  Rev. Al Vorwald will officiate.

Lawrence was born January 14, 1925 in Holy Cross, Iowa the son of George and Regina (Hullerman) Ellerbach.  He married Rose C. Welter on April 7, 1956 in Richardsville, Iowa. Lawrence was in the United States Army stationed in Texas from September 1950 to 1952.

Survivors include a son, Dennis (Judy) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, grandchildren: George Ellerbach of Iowa City, Jennifer Ellerbach of Holy Cross, siblings: Bernard Ellerbach of Guttenberg, Gerald (Darlene) Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Kay Daly of Bankston and Bernice Honkomp of Dyersville, and a sister in-law Dorothy Ellerbach of Holy Cross, Carol Lattner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rose in 2010, siblings: William (Gladys) Ellerbach, Ernest Ellerbach, in-laws: Margaret Ellerbach, Jim Daly, Leander Steffen, Joan Ellerbach, Gib Honkomp, Catherine Welter, Carl Welter, Veronica (Joseph) Griffin, Ted Welter, Rosemary Welter, Nick Welter, Matilda Welter, John Welter, Mary Welter and Michael Welter.

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

 

 

 



Donna M. McGinn


Donna M. McGinn, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 4:47 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 28, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Fillmore Cemetery.

Donna was born on June 2, 1934, in Iowa City, Iowa, daughter of Anton and Pearl (Lehman) Baumhover.

Donna was united in marriage to John McGinn on May 28, 1955, at Sacred Heart Church. They were blessed with 35 years together, and three wonderful sons, before he was called home on November 30, 1990. Donna had a strong work ethic and proudly devoted her energy, time and talents at the General Dry Battery Factory, Crescent Electric, John Deere and eventually retiring from Dubuque Stamp. She was a very active woman who enjoyed socializing with friends and investing her commitment to volunteering with several organizations including Sacred Heart Church, the VFW Auxiliary, Senior Citizens, the Salvation Army, Widow and Widowers and the Old Folks Club. Donna and John thoroughly enjoyed traveling extensively together throughout the United States. In her free time Donna also enjoyed knitting, horseback riding and especially spending time on the Mississippi River. She was an amazing woman who touched the hearts of all she met and her absence will be deeply and dearly felt for years to come.

Those left to cherish Donna's memory include,

her sons,
Raymond (Kathy) McGinn, Marathon, NY,
William (Annelda) McGinn, Thomasville, NC,
and John McGinn, Guttenberg, IA;

her grandchildren,
Margaret McGinn, Johnna McGinn, Ezkiel McGinn and Landon McGinn;

special friends,
Jeanne Frommelt,
and Jill Hilliard;

and her foster daughter,
Shirley (Jim) McDermott, Dubuque, IA, and their 2 sons and extended family.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, John McGinn; a sister, Patricia (Charles) Jochum; and three brothers, Raymond Baumhover, John (Rosie) Baumhover and Eugene (Phyllis) Baumhover.

In lieu of flowers a Donna M. McGinn memorial fund has been established.

Donna's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

 



J. Vincent McLees


J. Vincent McLees, 92, of Cascade, Iowa died Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Vince may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Services for Vince will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.

He was born July 11, 1923 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John and Catherine (Henneberry) McLees. He received his education at St. Martin's High School. On Nov. 4, 1950 he was united in marriage to Edith M. Eilers at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa. The couple farmed in the rural Cascade area. Vince was a Navy Veteran, having served in WWII, and he was involved in the D-day invasion.

Vince enjoyed farming, AC tractors, cutting wood, planting trees, playing Euchre and telling stories. He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, the Cascade American Legion Post #528 and a member of the Cascade Historical Society.

He is survived by seven children, Phyllis (Dave) Valentine of Epworth, IA, Ken (Julie) McLees of Scotch Grove, IA, Donna (Ron) Miller, Marv (Margery) McLees, Dave (Jenice) McLees and Ron (Sharon) McLees all of Cascade, IA and Diane (Gregg) Feyen of Bull Head City, AZ; 27 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Eunice Hauber of Cedar Falls, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edith M. McLees on March 19, 2009; one brother, Donald (Norma) McLees; and one sister, Patricia (Virgil) Stammeyer.

The family would like to thank River Bend Retirement Community, Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque. Also our sincere thanks to Dr. Isaak and Sherry Kelchen.

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



Harlan N. Miller


Harlan N. "Butch" Miller, 81, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2015, at his home in Monmouth, Iowa.

A celebration of Harlan's life will be held at 10 A.M. Thursday, Dec. 24, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa and after 9 A.M. on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.

Harlan Neville Miller was born on Sept. 3, 1934 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Harlan Vincent and Gladys Madeline (Johnson) Miller. He was a veteran of the Army and had served two years in Germany, earning an honorable discharge. He married Donna Mae Kelley on June 18, 1956 in Kahoka, Missouri. She preceded him in death on March 12, 2008.

"Butch" was a self-employed mechanic for many years. Through the years he had also worked for the Iowa City Streets Department, Tracy Logging and Clinton Engines. He had served as the mayor of Monmouth for four years and on the Monmouth City Council for six years. He enjoyed going to the boats and casino, watching movies, playing cards, eating sweets, and going to the "office" for coffee each day. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Those left to honor Harlan's memory include his children, Donita Tracy of Seneca, WI, and Delcy (Shayne) Acrea of Marion, IA; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Miller of Maquoketa, IA; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Donna (Jeff) Hinke of Escondido, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Donna; a sister, Marilyn Fritz; 3 great-grandchildren, Landon, Damon and Colton; and a son, Jesse, on Nov. 9, 2009.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Harlan N. "Butch" Miller memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Melvin G. Bayer


Melvin G. Bayer, 78, of East Dubuque, Illinois, died Sunday, December 20, 2015 at home.

Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Morgan Frazer as eulogist. Military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Bayer was born on June 16, 1937 in New Hampton, Iowa, the son of George and Clara (Thiele) Bayer. He married Frances Elaine Sumerau at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque on Nov. 25, 1967. Together they raised one daughter.

He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1955. Melvin served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963. Melvin was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in 1994.

Surviving are his daughter, Brenda (Duane) Foust; two grandchildren, Cassandra (Justin) Foust and Lindsay (Matthew) Johnson; sisters Mary Ann Nielsen, Elaine Newhouse, Lois Mills, Marlene Honaker and LaVonne (Jerry Hoffman) Bayer; and brothers Roger (Sandra) Bayer, Loren (Glory) Bayer and LaVerne Bayer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Bayer; his parents, George and Clara Bayer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Eva Weninger; and his dog, Baby.

Melvin's family would like to extend a special "thank you" to Berkley Hillary for all the care given to Melvin.



Dale H. Lange


Dale H. Lange, 83, of East Dubuque, Illinois, died Monday, December 21, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 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 the Dubuque Marine Corps League.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department will meet at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Dale was born on August 10, 1932 in East Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Rena (Grassel) Lange. He was united in marriage to Joyce A. Hein on Nov. 23, 1957 at St. Columbkille's Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on June 28, 2010.

He was formerly employed as a Diesel Mechanic for Iowa Coaches, Inc., Flexsteel Industries and retired from McCoy Truck Country in 1995. Dale was a member of St. Mary's Parish; K. of C. Council # 7227, Msgr. C. F. Conley 4th Degree; a retired member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Department, serving from 1960 to 1987; and loved woodworking. 

Surviving are six children, Scott (Tracy) Lange of Houston, Texas, Kevin (Mary) Lange of Bettendorf, Iowa, Kurt (Kim) Lange and Stephanie Lange, both of East Dubuque, Linda (Brian) Feltes of Dickeyville, Wisconsin and Thomas Lange of East Dubuque; 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; his brother, Harold "Skip" (Mary Jean) Lange of East Dubuque; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; three sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Lange of East Dubuque, Phyllis Lange of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Carol Lange of East Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce A. Lange; one sister, Elaine "Pal" Potter; and three brothers, Jerry, Bob and Joe Lange.

Dale's family wishes to thank The Finley Hospital, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dr. Garrett Ridgley, Dr. Mark Hermann and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided to their father.



Carl L. Oberhoffer


Carl L. Oberhoffer, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. James Miller officiating. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque.

Carl was born on August 1, 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Carl J. and Margery (Plitz) Oberhoffer He served in the United States Navy during WWII. On June 12, 1948, Carl married Marilyn Aliesch at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on February 6, 2013.

He was employed at John Deere for 38 years.

The most important thing in Carl's life was his wife Marilyn, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the special times at the cottage with them. He loved to fish, bowl, play euchre, travel, dance and go hunting with his sons.

Carl was a lifelong member of the Church of the Nativity and a member of the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque.

He is survived by his four sons, Michael (Kay) Oberhoffer, Mark (Peg) Oberhoffer, Jeff Oberhoffer, and Jerry (Patty) Oberhoffer, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Michelle (Paul) Munya, Matt (Beth) Oberhoffer, David (Trisha) Oberhoffer, Dana (Casey) Conney, Ryan (Kristi) Oberhoffer, Sara Jenaman, Chris (Holly) Oberhoffer, Molly (Tyler) Carson, Nick (Claire) Oberhoffer, and Laura Oberhoffer; 21 great grandchildren; siblings Tom (Jan) Oberhoffer, Russell Oberhoffer, Gail (Chris) Oberhoffer, Shirley (Fred) Schilling, and Margaret (Karl) Jones; and sister-in-law Roberta Oberhoffer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Paula Oberhoffer, grandson-in-law Raymond Jenaman; brothers Johnny and Jimmy Oberhoffer and 2 sister-in-laws Jenny Oberhoffer and Diane Oberhoffer

A Carl L. Oberhoffer Memorial Fund has been established.

Carl's family would like to thank Dr. John Whalen and the nursing staff at Mercy Medical Center, especially nurses Emily and Abe.

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

 



Ronald E. Edwards


Ronald E. Edwards, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, December 19, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa after a long illness.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Ronald's life will be held at a later date. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Ronald Edgar Edwards was born on February 10, 1947 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, to Corlyle "Dick" and Arlene (Kopet) Edwards. He attended Maquoketa Schools and then entered the military serving in the U.S. Army where earned a Purple Heart. He married Edna L. Wiese on August 10, 1970 in Maquoketa, Iowa and to this union two children were born: James and Melissa.

Upon receiving his honorable discharge, Ronald returned home to Maquoketa where he worked in the foundry for Clinton Engines for many years, then for the Milwaukee Railroad in Clinton, General Thermo in Maquoketa, and lastly for Precision Metal Works (PMW) in Maquoketa.

Ronald was a member of the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans in Dubuque, Iowa. He enjoyed being with his children and grandchildren, fishing, hunting, gardening, planting flowers, watching old westerns, 4th of July parties with Karaoke, being with his friends at Bill's Tap, and his favorite cat "Kitty".

Those left to honor Ronald's memory include his wife Edna Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; children James (Jessica) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, and Melissa (Randy) Partridge of Springfield, IL; 2 grandchildren who resided with them, Jammie Schurbon and Skylar Edwards; 3 step-grandsons; and brothers Jerry Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, John Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, Richard "Ike" (Lori) Edwards of Moline, IL, and Mark (Deb) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



Catherine W. Kelly


Catherine W. Kelly, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, December 19, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Catherine's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Catherine Wilma Hougham was born on January 27, 1925 in Redfield, Iowa, to Clarence and Susanna Hougham. After the death of her mother when she was ten, she moved to Des Moines to live with her sister and graduated from Des Moines North High School. She married Michael "Mike" Kelly on January 17, 1942 in Kansas City, Kansas and shortly thereafter moved to Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union one child was born: Timothy Kelly.

Catherine was a homemaker who had also worked outside the home. She first worked for the Fishing Tackle Company, then Hoffman Eggs as a candler, and retired from Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa as a Certified Nurses Aide.

Catherine loved to work and she loved her cats and dogs.

Those left to honor Catherine's memory include a son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Jane Kelly of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandsons, Michael Kelly of Maquoketa, and Jason Kelly of Inver Grove Heights, MN; 3 great-grandchildren, Tim, Michaela and Logan Kelly, all of Maquoketa, IA; and a great-great-grandson, Sam Kelly of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on May 18, 1992, 1 brother and 4 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Catherine W. Kelly memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Rose T. Hansel


Rose T. Hansel, 95, of Manchester and formerly of Petersburg, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Tues., Dec. 22, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 5 p.m. Visitation will continue from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wed. Dec. 23, 2015, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John O'Connor will officiate.

Rose was born Dec. 9, 1920, in Petersburg the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ollendieck) Scherbring. She married Carl Hansel on Sept. 6, 1950, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg. Together they farmed in the Petersburg area until retiring in 1991. She was a member of the SS Peter & Paul Rosary Society and loved gardening and fishing. Her grandsons and great grandchildren were her favorites.

Survivors include her 2 daughters: Carol Herman of Manchester and Elaine Hansel of Dubuque, grandsons: Tony (Dawn) Herman of Hazelton, IA and Robert (Melanie) Herman of St. Cloud, FL, Chris (friend Cortney) Wuchter of Earlville, IA, and Jeff (Trish) Szalkowski of Dubuque, IA; great granddaughters, Rose Herman, Olivia Wuchter, Maddie Vosberg and Cassie, Sammie and Clare Szalkowski, great grandsons, Alex Herman and Declan Herman, special friend, Ed Pape of Manchester and his three children; a sister, Anna Marie Ries of Dyersville; in-laws: Anita Bond of Colesburg, John Latteyer of Shellsburg, Lonnie Latteyer of Manchester, Marlene Tumilty of Shellsburg, IA, LaVonne Bush of Colesburg and Fern Moser of Guttenberg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl in 1994, a son, Robert in 1970, a daughter, Dianne Wuchter in April 2015 and a son-in-law, Rodney Herman; siblings: Catherine Wolf, John Scherbring, Lawrence Scherbring, Christina Scherbring and Clementine Wolf; in-laws: James Hansel, Donald Hansel, and Roland Latteyer.

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

 

 



Norma J. Duenser


Norma J. Duenser, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:43 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital surrounded by her loving family. To honor Norma's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Joseph L. Hauer officiating. To celebrate Norma's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Norma was born on June 14, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Herbert H. and Rose (Ploessl) Gruel.

Norma was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque. She was united in marriage to William H. "Bill" "Admiral" Duenser on September 22, 1951, in San Francisco, CA, and they were blessed with 62 wonderful years together before he was called home on April 7, 2014. She was a people person and was employed as a cashier at Eagles Supermarket for over 17 years until her retirement. Norma was a very active woman and participated in several bowling leagues in the Dubuque area. She was currently a member of the Church of the Resurrection, a former member of Sacred Heart Church and Rosary Society and a UFCW Union Leader. In her free time Norma enjoyed creating beautiful cross stitch projects, but her greatest joy was time spent with her family. She especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, happily attending their many basketball and soccer games as well as swim meets. Norma was a kind and gracious woman who was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

Those left to cherish Norma's memory include,
her sons,
Michael (Sue) Duenser, Loves Park, IL,
and Timothy Duenser, Lake Ozark, MO;

her grandchildren,
Luke (Emily) Duenser, Dubuque, IA,
Anne (Michael) Osgood, Dubuque, IA,
and Nicki (Adam Grant) Stram, Rockford, IL;

her great-grandchildren,
Noah, Kennedy and Karis Duenser, Kylie and McKinzee Stram, Nolan Grant and Elsie Osgood;

and her brother, Herbert (Florence) Gruel, East Dubuque, IL.

Norma was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill Duenser; a sister Carol (Wayne) Kramer; and two brothers, Robert (Lois) and Gerald (Irene) Gruel.

A Norma J. Duenser memorial fund has been established.

Norma's family would like to thank her nieces and her neighbors, Jack and Marilyn Hafeman and Mike and Connie Baker for their loving care. Also thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, Stonehill Care Center, Oak Park Place and Luther Manor for all of their kind and compassionate care of Norma.

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

 



Celene A. Wagner


Celene A. "Kic" Wagner, 85, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Cuba City, Wisconsin, following a brief illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at St. Joseph's Church, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, Illinois.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 2:45 p.m. Monday, and from 10 - 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Celene was born on December 27, 1929 in rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Bernard G. "Ben" and Mary Louise (Droessler) Wagner

She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish. Celene was employed at Flexsteel Industries for many years, working as a seamstress and later as an inspector. She loved crocheting, playing cards and spoiling all generations of her nieces and nephews.

Surviving is a brother-in-law LaVern (Yvonne) Voss of Pearl City, Illinois; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and her beloved dog Sannie.

Celene was preceded in death by her parents Bernard "Ben" and Mary Louise Wagner, five sisters, Bernadine Wagner, Lucille Wagner, Mary (Chester) Lewis, Amorita Munyon, Helen (Kate) Voss and a brother George Wagner, also a niece Brenda Scheid.



Bernard F. Hefel


Bernard "Bernie" F. Hefel, 83, of Dubuque passed away to eternal life on Friday, December 18, 2015 surrounded by his family.

To honor Bernard's life, funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps. League. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m., Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 2 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30 - 10: 15 a.m., Tuesday at the Church.

Bernard was born on August 31, 1932 in the Turkey River and North Buena Vista, Iowa area the son of John and Marie (Ludovissy) Hefel.

Bernard served our country proudly and honorably in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

On October 26, 1954 he married the love of his life, Adelene Dondlinger at St. Peter & Paul Church in Spring Brook, Iowa.

He was a talented and skilled masonry contractor, building landmark projects throughout the Tri- States.

His hobbies included fishing, boating, hunting, walking and playing euchre with family and friends. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida with Adelene. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially at Christmas.

His laugh was unique and big like his heart. Happiness and smiles radiated from him. He loved to help family and friends.

Bernard was a long time member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Surviving is his wife, Adelene; children, Terry (Anne) Hefel, Randy (Jodi) Hefel, Doug (Sheila) Hefel, and Cindy (Joel) Callahan, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Dillon, Alison, Stephanie, Audrey, Joey, Hannah, Sophia, Zachary, Justin, and Nick; great- grandchildren, Emma, Jaden, Logan and Chase; brother, Eugene (Betty) Hefel, of Balltown, IA; and sister-in-law, JoAnn Hefel Kremer, of Farley, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 6 brothers, Anthony, Phillip, Louis, Marcellus "Mick" (Viola), Vince (Irene) (Lorraine), and Lawrence (Alice) Hefel; sister, Hilda (Clarence Wagner) (Jerry Engelken); and Junior Kremer.

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

In lieu of flowers a Bernard Hefel memorial fund has been established, where donations will be given to the Parkinson's Foundation.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Bethany Home, 24 Hour Care and TLC Home Care, Dr. Garrett Ridgley, Dr. Allen Meurer, Hospice of Dubuque and Mayo Clinic.



Robert F. Fisch


Robert F. "Bob" Fisch, 94, of Dubuque died Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Hawkeye Care Center. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 5:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. Jim Miller Celebrating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Bob was born April 23, 1921 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Dominic and Mitilda (Datisman) Fisch. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and served in the US Air Force during WW II. He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 40 years and was a member of Local 150. He also worked part time at the Fenlon Place Elevator and volunteered at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

He married Marian Schroeder July 5, 1945 at the Church of the Nativity. She preceded him in death on December 9, 1999.

Bob was involved in many things, and rarely took a break. He enjoyed watching the Dubuque Senior High School Girls Softball team and tried to catch as many games as possible.

He was a member of the Church of the Nativity where he was active in choir, scouts, guild and Rosary Society. He served as Chairman of the Dubuque Housing Commission and Vice Chair of Dubuque Community Development Commission. He served on the board of directors of many boards, including, Foster Grand Parents, Project Concern, Tri-State Independent Blind Society, where he served as Publicity Director, Chairman of River Valley Cap, Operation New View, Dubuque Regulatory Board and Dubuque Mental and Handicapped Board.

He also served as President of the West 11th Street neighborhood Association, Board member and Secretary of the Historic Bluff Neighborhood Association, and was a member of the Neighborhood Council.

Bob was a member of American Association of Retired Persons and served as a team member for the 2nd district AARP/Vote, and AARP Community Council.

Bob was a Member of the Democratic National Committee, Dubuque Democratic Party, Volunteer staff member for Sen. Tom Harkin and worked on the Senior Task Force, Dubuque Housing Coalition, the Consortium on Aging and Friends of the Community.

He is survived by his five children, Barbara (James) Psotka, Sharon (Richard) Johnston, Jo Ann (James) Hurley, Susan (Darrell) Tegeler and David (Kimberly Hagerty) Fisch; 13 grandchildren, Dawn, Tammy, Greg, Shannon, Tara, Richard Jr., Colin, Shawna, Casey, Kimberly, Kenneth Jr., Kurt and Michael; 22 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Fisch Jr.; a grandchild, Ryan Johnston; his parents; four brothers and their spouses, John and Ethel (Thompson) Fisch, James and Alice (Manning) Fisch, Wilbert and Mildred (Moore) Fisch and Albert and Rosella (Freiburger) Fisch. He is also preceded in death by five sisters, Marian May, Blanche Gagne and her husband Clarance, Marie Rose Fisch, Geneviere Kemps and her husband Henry, and Roselyn Moore and her husband Wesley.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their kindness and care and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.



Robert J. Schink


Robert J. "Bob" Schink, 89, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at Manor Care in Platteville.  Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Church in Cuba City with Pastor Melissa Waterman officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with military honors accorded.  Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City. Friends may also call from 9:30 until the time of service Saturday at the church before the service.

Bob was born on March 29, 1926, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the son of Myron and Pauline (Penn) Schink. He married Melvina A. "Vina" Kirkpatrick on June 30, 1951, in the Methodist Church in Darlington. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2010. 

Bob graduated from De Pere High School in 1944.  He served in the US Navy during WWII. Bob graduated in 1950 from UW-Madison with degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of Delta Theta Sigma. He worked as a field engineer for John Deere Corporation from many years (mainly in Dubuque and Moline).  

Bob was a strong promoter of Cuba City and the tri-state area serving on the City of Presidents Committee in Cuba City, and the Tri-State Tourism Council. Bob was the first recipient of the Bob Schink Tri-State Tourism Council Award which was named for him. He was a collector of all things John Deere and enjoyed golfing. Bob was a founding member of Cole Acres Country Club. He was a member of the Cuba City Lions Club and Faith Lutheran Church. For many years he and Vina wintered in Sun City, Arizona.

Survivors include his sons, John (Teri), of Boise, Idaho, Guy (Janna), of DeForest, and Robert, of Madison; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Schink, of Potosi; a brother, Paul (Charlotte) Schink, of De Pere; a sister-in-law, Donna Schink, of Fort Atkinson; eleven grandchildren, Lindsay (Jared) Theunis, Henry, Julia (Matt) DeLong, Ray, Daniel, Josiah, Kaitlyn (Tim) Drebert, Raechel, Heather (Derek) Storkson, Kirk and Will; and seven great-grandchildren, Stella, Amani, Tanner, Eva, Abigail, Tenor and Cadence.  Also surviving are special friends from Cuba City, Pam, Mark and John. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Daniel and Thomas; and a brother, Donald.

A Robert J. "Bob" Schink Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Unity Point Finley Hospital and Manor Care in Platteville for their wonderful care of Bob.

 

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



Magdalen C. McComish


Magdalen C. "Mag" McComish, age 99, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at Bethany Home. To honor Mag's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 21, 2015, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Mag's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Monday, December 21, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mag was born on August 22, 1916, in Spechts Ferry, Iowa, daughter of John E. and Clara (Schmitt) Boleyn.

As a child, Mag attended Ss. Peter and Paul School in Sherrill and eventually continued on to become a proud graduate of the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Louis McComish in 1939 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with three beautiful children and 25 years together before he was called home much too early. Mag diligently excelled as a proofreader at Brown Publishing Company for over 15 years until her retirement. She was a loyal and longtime member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and also valued her opportunity to serve her community as a volunteer at the Ham House Museum. As any true Dubuquer can usually claim, some of her fondest moments with family and friends would be discovered around the card table with a good partner and great Euchre hand. She was a naturally gifted and talented seamstress who especially enjoyed creating dolls, bears and curtains. Family was definitely the most important aspect of Mag's life and she dearly loved her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. We have been fortunate and appreciate the chance we were given to love Mag during her 99 good years here with us and yet our hearts truly ache with her swift and sudden loss. We trust and have faith that she is now safe in the arms of her Lord and once again reunited with Louis, her son David, and all the rest of her loving family who were called home ahead of her. Mag was an amazing and uniquely wonderful woman and will be deeply and sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Mag's memory include,

her daughters,
Cindy (Terry) Conlon, Canton, GA,
and Linda Houselog, Davenport, IA;

her grandchildren,
Tim (Elma) Conlon, Atlanta, GA,
Jeff (Christina) Conlon, Duncanville, TX,
Matt (Samantha) Houselog, Davenport, IA,
Amy (Dustyn) Turner, Ames, IA;

her great-grandchilden,
Aurora, Aubree, Ainsley and Amaya Houselog,
Estella Turner,
Dominick San Miguel,
and Anthony Esquivel;

her siblings,
Raymond Boleyn, Dubuque, IA;

and her sisters-in-law,
Marie Boleyn,
and Mary Jane Boleyn, both of Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Mag was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Louis; a son, David McComish; her sisters, Ethel Boleyn, Mary (John) Genz, Helen (Chuck) Weise and Lorraine (Bob) Fitzgerald; her brothers, Roger, Allan "Bud" Boleyn and Bob (JoAnn) Boleyn; and her sister-in-law, Jane Boleyn.

A Magdalen C. "Mag" McComish memorial fund has been established.

Mag's family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff of Bethany Home for their wonderful, loving and compassionate care these past years.

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

 



Eugene J. Hingtgen


Eugene James "Mickey" Hingtgen, 88, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 14, 2015 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 18, 2015 at the Church of The Nativity with the Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 6 of Dubuque. Friends may greet the family from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, where there will be a Parish Scripture wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Mickey was born on June 20, 1927 in St. Donatus, Iowa to John and Eleanor (Davis) Hingtgen. Mickey's Catholic faith was the cornerstone of his life. On May 16, 1953, he was married to the love-of-his-life Jean Noel at Nativity Catholic Church. Together they raised 6 beloved children and enjoyed 11 cherished grandchildren. Mick and Jean made their home in East Dubuque, Illinois for 40 years and then retired in Dubuque. They traveled to many places but enjoyed being at home in Dubuque more than anywhere on earth.

An important aspect of Mickey's life was his 40-year career at the Dubuque Packing company. He enjoyed his packing company co-workers and fellow Dubuquer's so much that a trip to the grocery store or the farmers market often became a days-worth of visiting.

Mickey was the oldest of 4 children and grew-up on Dubuque's north side near Sacred Heart church. He enjoyed the trees and the bluffs of the Mississippi river his whole life. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, picking berries and making his own bread. In the summer you could find him and his family on his pontoon boat, and on any cold, fall, winter or spring holiday he was sure to be playing euchre with his family.

Mickey had many friends and acquaintances, and enjoyed all of his 20 in-laws and over 60 nieces and nephews. He enjoyed many celebrations of births, sacraments, holidays and holy days. He had a zest for life and a will to live-long despite a diagnosis of heart disease at age 50. His family attributed his long life to his diet, love of exercise, family, extreme belief and appreciation for God and the simple things in life.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Jean; their children, Senator Pam Jochum and Debra (Lon) Link, both of Dubuque, Ret. Sgt Major Daniel (Regina) Hingtgen of Heidelberg, Germany, Sandra (Brian Noel) Hingtgen of Dubuque, Amy (Jonathan) Asbury of Minneapolis, MN, and John (Rita) Hingtgen of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren Sarah Jochum, Dr. Anthony (Dr. Emily), Peter and Jennifer Link, Ami Perdue, Claudia (Mark) Mathias, Jack, Alex and Kate Hingtgen, and Ayla and Cooper Asbury; and two great granddaughters Helena and Sophie Mathias; sister Helen Oster of East Dubuque, IL and brother Roger (Joan) Hingtgen of Atwater, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant granddaughter Jean Marie Hingtgen; brother LaVern Hingtgen; and brother in law Ozzie Oster.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Mickey's name.

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

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy McInerney, Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse Kate, and Dr. Mozena.



Lawrence F. Ludovissy


Lawrence F. "Pete" Ludovissy, age 92, of Dubuque, IA and Phoenix, AZ, was called home to the arms of his Lord at 4:25 a.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at The Grove at Peoria with Hospice of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona. To honor Pete's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at the Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, with Rev. Marvin Bries officiating. To celebrate Pete's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque. Family and friends may also visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. League.

Pete was born on August 17, 1923 in Guttenberg, Iowa, son of John and Emma (Welty) Ludovissy.

Pete was born and raised in the Turkey River area, moving to North Buena Vista at age 13, and thoroughly treasured the memories of his family and early childhood. Pete would go on to proudly and honorably serve his county during WWII in the U.S. Army. Upon his return to civilian life he would soon meet his destined soul-mate, Charlotte Saylor, and they would be united in marriage on September 5, 1946 at Immaculate Conception Church. Their union was blessed with 50 wonderful years together and one adored son, Richard. The family would eventually relocate to the Savanna area as Pete began working as a district lineman for the Milwaukee Railroad. He would eagerly invest over 42 years of his time, talents and labor until his retirement in 1984. The experiences, friendships and example of the rewards obtained through hard work are all treasured opportunities which Pete would always thank the railroad for offering. In his free time, Pete would joyfully spend time golfing, fishing and watching his Cubs or a classic John Wayne movie; but most often it was the gathering of family and friends around the card table which would bring a smile to Pete's face and heart. Pete once willingly admitted that he enjoyed a good steak and the fragrance of the fresh air following a rainstorm. Never known to be a complicated individual, Pete would strive to be the best man he could possibly be in every aspect of his life. Every visit, Pete could draw people in to feel comfortable and laugh, and showed that he cared deeply for family and friends. His goal in life was to be remembered as a good son, husband, father and grandfather and we can all easily agree that Pete achieved his long-term goal in undeniably excellent fashion. Pete encapsulated the truest essence of a good and decent man throughout his life and now the abundant memories and legacy he leaves behind will be carried through generations to come. He's now resting safely in his eternal state of grace with Charlotte and the rest of his family that have been called home ahead of him. We will always love and miss you Pete and we thank you for the wonderful example you left behind.

Those left to cherish Pete's memory include,
his only son,
Richard (Sherry) Ludovissy, Peoria, AZ;

his two grandchildren,
Jennifer (Koorosh) Yasami, Scottsdale, AZ,
and Scott (Kira) Ludovissy, Lake Tahoe, CA.

and four great-grandchildren,
Braxton, Kyla, Caden and Jada.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Charlotte, and 4 brothers; Lloyd (Cora), Merlin, Merrill (Jeanette) and Arthur (Clara) Ludovissy.

A Lawrence F. Ludovissy memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at The Grove At Peoria Hospice House for all their gentle and compassionate care.

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

 



Mary J. Tilp


Mary J. (Kunkel) Tilp, 72, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16th at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. where there will be a wake service at 7 p.m.

Mary was born February 21, 1943 in Dubuque, daughter of Ray and Olevia (Welu) Kunkel. She married Joseph F. Tilp 49 years ago on April 16, 1966 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She was a lifelong Cubs fan and enjoyed spending time at the family cottage on the Mississippi River. She had a dry sense of humor and loved to share jokes and laughs with her grandchildren. She was a loyal shopper at Dollar Tree where everything was "only a dollar". Many have been blessed with the gift of afghans she crocheted. She loved and enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren.

Mary was a longtime member of St. Anthony parish and active in the Rosary Society. She organized and directed the funeral dinners at St. Anthony for many years.

Surviving is her husband Joseph F. Tilp, of Dubuque; two daughters, Susan K. Cloud, of Kansas City, MO and Tania K. Tilp, of Dubuque; three sons, Joseph F. (Lisa) Tilp, Michael A. Tilp, both of Dubuque, and Nicholas M. Tilp, of Galena, IL; six grandchildren, Ali, and Kasha Cloud, Spencer, Jacob, Aaron and Ethan Tilp; one sister, Sara (Gary) Holtz, of Maquoketa, and two brothers, Charles (Mary) Kunkel, of Des Moines, IA, and John (Maggie) Kunkel, of Leesville, LA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Kathryn.

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



Gerald G. Pregler


Gerald G. "Jerry" Pregler, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 1, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at St. Joseph The Worker, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Jerry was born in Dubuque, Iowa on Sept. 27, 1930 the son of Walter & Elizabeth (Sadler) Pregler. Jerry was formerly married to Carole Frey and together they had 8 children.

Dad was best known for his life-long love of bowling beginning with pin setting in the basement of Holy Trinity to the development and management of Riverside Bowl in 1957 until his retirement 45 years later. He lived and breathed bowling and continued bowling in a league until the young age of 80. He was an active member of the Iowa Bowling Proprietors Assoc. and in 2009 was inducted in the Greater Dubuque Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He was a charter member of the 700 Club as well. In 2009 Jerry received an award from his peers for his many years of service in the bowling industry. He liked to think he brought bowling "from the basement to the living room."
Dad was very proud of his grandchildren and was thrilled to see them bowl in league and play for their high school bowling teams.

In 2007 he was inducted to the Democratic Hall of Fame for his years of dedication and service. Jerry spent 35 years at St Joseph the Worker Parish, retiring as head usher at the age of 80. Jerry was a Life-time member and Commodore of the Dubuque Boat Club.

He is survived by his eight children, Mark (Kris) Pregler, Joe (Wendy) Pregler, Mary (Mike) Belmont, Judy Vaassen, Linda (Rick) Zillig, Brian (Shina) Pregler, Bruce Pregler, and Peggy (Brian) Leibfried; 11 grandchildren, Justin Pregler, C.C. & Cameron Belmont, Owen & Olivia Vaassen, Ben & Becca Zillig, Brandon & Jonas Pregler, Zach Pregler and Hillary Kapparos; and a brother, Walter Pregler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 7 siblings.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Gerald Pregler memorial, 1810 Chaney Road, Dubuque, IA 52001. 

"We will think of you bowling with the angels every time it Thunders, Dad."



Leo Pfab


Leo Pfab, 81, of rural Dubuque passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Holy Family Church, New Melleray with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph on the Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, Dec. 11, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. where a wake service will be held at 2:45p.m.

Leo was born on Sept. 12, 1934 the first son of Aloysius and Loretta (Hoffmann) Pfab. On Nov. 13, 1962 he was united in marriage to Virginia Oberbroeckling at St. Patrick's Church, Epworth, Iowa. They farmed in the Table Mound Township area and celebrated 53 years of marriage this past November.

Leo always put his family first, followed by farming. He loved to dance to Polka music and travel in his spare time. He has visited 45 states and maybe seeing all the rest soon. He served his country for 6 years in the Iowa Army National Guard. He was a member of the Cascade Knights of Columbus and also a Table Mound Township trustee for a number of years.

Leo is survived by his wife, Virginia; four children, Cheryl (Gene) Sargent, of Warren, IL, Lynn (Marty) Stone, of Lancaster, WI, Carla (Wade Becker) Pfab, of Dubuque, and Doug (Stacy) Pfab, of Epworth; five grandchildren, Harry and Alex Stone, Levi, Logan and Ava Pfab; three sisters, Sally Trenkamp, of Dyersville, Leona Roling, of Peosta, and Elaine (LaVerne) Tippett, of Belmont, WI; his four brothers, Eldon Pfab, of Anamosa, Donald (Sharon) Pfab, of Central City, Cliff Pfab, of Peosta, and Paul Pfab; in-laws Sister Lucilla Oberbroeckling, OSF, of Dubuque, Rosemary Noonan, of Bernard, and Ed (Janet) Oberbroeckling, of Epworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws Ralph Trenkamp, Al Roling, Janet Pfab, Marcella Oberbroeckling, Verna Oberbroeckling, Bill & Rita Oberbroeckling, and Harlan Noonan; nephews Daniel Oberbroeckling, Andy DeMuth, and August Schraad; and mother- and father-in-law William and Catherine Oberbroeckling.

The family wishes to extend a big thank you to the medical professionals in Rochester, MN and Dubuque.



James B. Budden


James B. "Jim" Budden, 87, of rural Cuba City, WI, passed away Monday afternoon, December 7, 2015 at the family farm from an apparent heart attack.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 12, 2015 at St. Joseph's Church at Sinsinawa, WI, with Rev. Kenneth Frisch and Rev. Wayne Droessler concelebrating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation is 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish Scripture Service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

Jim was born on August 15, 1928 in Jamestown Township of Grant County, WI, the son of Arthur and Clara (Placke) Budden. He married Arlene J. Hilby on November 10, 1954 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, IL.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish, it's Holy Name Society and was head of St. Joseph's Cemetery for 30 years. Jim's passion in life was farming and driving his International tractors.

Jim loved a good game of cards, especially euchre, solitaire and solo. He enjoyed watching the TV show RFD.  He kept very meticulous records of the daily weather happenings for at least the past 40 years.

Surviving is his wife Arlene, six children, Janet (Donald) Godfrey of Denver, CO, Gary Budden (friend Jolene), Kevin (Janet) Budden and Randy Budden all of Cuba City, WI, Judy (Dave) Kelly of Prairie du Chien, WI and Karen (Paul) Wagner of Dubuque, IA. 11 Grandchildren, Kyle, Brett (Sarah), Scott, Stacy (Doug), Aaron, Casey (friend Mili), Jacob, Shawn, Tony, Michelle and Abby, two great grandchildren, Natalie and Sadie.  His siblings, Joan Kieler of Hazel Green, WI, Lois (Cletus) Hilby of Menominee, IL, Ellen Timmerman of Cuba City, WI and Richard (Kay) Budden of Hazel Green, WI.  A sister-in-law Judy Budden-Takes of Cuba City, WI. His in-laws, Jane (Tony) Middendorf of Menominee, IL, Mae (Jerry) Kuhl of Hazel Green, WI, Mary Hilby of Mineral Point, WI and Wilma Hilby of Menominee, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Clara, a son in infancy Brian, a son-in-law Dave Cammack, his brother Roger Budden, and in-laws, Clair Kieler, Richard Timmerman, Luella (Pope) Belken, Earl Hilby, Ethel (Heiny) Martin, Helen (Don) Roth, Lillian (Howard) Tranel, Vi (Dorrance) Pluym and Richard Hilby.

The family wishes to thank the Cuba City Rescue Squad and the Grant County Sheriff's Dept. for their quick response and support.

 



Mildred Kelley


Mildred (Koppes) Kelley, 93, formerly of 2686 Tina Ridge, Dubuque, passed away at Luther Manor, Monday, December 7, 2015. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Revs. Kristian Kincaid and Jesse Cearlock officiating. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 pm Sunday Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque and from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Monday at the church.

Mildred was born August 18, 1922 in Fennimore, WI, daughter of Oscar and Nella (Anderson) Everson. In 1940, she graduated from Montfort High School in Wisconsin.

She married Glen Watchorn on October 12, 1946. He preceded her in death on December 8, 1955. On September 12, 1959, Mildred and LaVerne Kopps were united in marriage at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Fennimore and later moved to Dubuque and joined St. Paul Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on December 28th 1992. On November 11, 1995, she married Adrian Kelley in Dubuque.

Before moving to Dubuque, she spent her years on a farm in Wisconsin. Mildred was employed in the Obstetrics Department at Finley Hospital for 18 years before retiring in 1986. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church for many years where she taught Sunday School. There she was also a member of the Ladies Aid and Rhoda Circle. Mildred later joined Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Moose Club.

Mildred was skilled at needlework, crochet, baking, and loved preparing meals for her family. She and Adrian enjoyed rides through the countryside, Friday night dinners at the Kahl Inn, and many travel opportunities provided by Dupaco Credit Union. Their home was always an "open house" to friends and family.

Surviving are husband, Adrian Kelley; children Vicki (Steven) Felsted of Peosta, Iowa, Gary (Carolyn) Kopps of Bettendorf, IA, Donna (Rodney) Yarish of Highland, Wisc.; stepchildren Kim (R.J.) Wetter, Steven Kelly and Debbie (Al) Schroeder all of Dubuque; four grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; sister in law Helen Kopps of Cobb, Wisc.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, sisters Fern Leix, and Norma Huebner, brother-in-laws Milton Leix, Edward Huebner, William Harms, Leland Kopps, and sister-in-law Liliam Harms.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or Hospice of Dubuque.

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



John J. Leibfried


John J. Leibfried, 69, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, December 8, 2015, in Dubuque from complications from diabetes. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 11, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 3:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Friday at the church before the service.

John was born on July 25, 1946, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of James J. and Bertilla (Kaiser) Leibfried. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1964 and attended Loras College. John worked in sales for many years. First, as a shoe salesman to selling cars for Riley, Dan Kruse and Runde Chevrolet.

John enjoyed sports, especially the Packers, Badgers and Atlanta Braves. He loved to spend time with his grandkids.

Survivors include his partner, Susan Hinderman, of Cuba City; a daughter Laura (Brad) Borne and her children, Alexander, Daniel, Katherine and Rebecca, of Uniontown, Ohio; a son, Scott (Sandra) Leibfried and their children, Jennifer and Michelle, of Williamsburg, Virginia; five sisters, Jean (Dennis) Funke, Gladys (Jim) McDonald and Donna Leibfried, all of Dubuque, Mary Jo (Brad) Birkett, of Hazel Green, and Linda (Jim) McCarthy, of Davenport; and three brothers, Bob (Betty) Leibfried, of Dubuque, Gary (Linda) Leibfried and Tom (Judy) Leibfried, both of Dickeyville. Also surviving are Jay (Becky) Hinderman and their children Bryce, Ian and Miles, and George (Judy) Andresen, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

A John J. Leibfried Memorial Fund has been established.



Robert I. Peacock


Robert I. "Bob" Peacock, 60, of Asbury, died suddenly Saturday, December 5, 2015, in Perry, GA, while visiting family. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 11, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Family will greet friends 2:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 10, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Robert was born September 18, 1955 in Dubuque, the son of Ivan B. and Marjorie E. (Young) Peacock. He graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 1973. Bob then earned an Associated Degree in Accounting from NICC, later a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Clarke College, a graduate from the Iowa School of Banking, and a Certified Anti Money-Laundering Specialist. He married Diane Ellerbach on October 4, 1975 at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Diane; son, Clint (Emily) Peacock of Perry, GA; and a grandson Owen Peacock; a sister, Carol (Henry) Thatcher of Orlando, FL; in-laws, Linda (Steve) Palmer of Dubuque, Deb (Bob) Didesch of Asbury, and Lyle (John) Ellerbach of Dallas, TX; one niece, Katie Welter; two nephews, Matt Palmer and Adam Didesch.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother in-law, Francis and Rosemary Ellberbach.

Bob was an Executive Vice President - Director of Compliance, Risk Management, and Director of Community Affairs at American Trust & Savings Bank in Dubuque. Bob joined the bank in 1986, prior to that he was the manager of the local Armstrong's department store. During his tenure, Bob has managed the Retail Banking Division, served as Senior Vice President - Business Development and Community/Government Relations, and chaired the bank's Compliance Committee. Bob has served the community in many volunteer and civic leadership positions for more than 30 years. He has served as Campaign Chair for the United Way of Dubuque, Chair of the United Way Board of Trustees, Member of the Asbury City Council, President of the Keystone Area Board of Directors, Government/Business Development Chair for Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, President of St. Anthony's Church Parish Council, President of the West Side Business & Professional Association, President of the Kennedy Mall Merchants Association, Past Chair of the DBQ Area Chamber, Moderator of Chamber's legislative events, Moderator of Chamber's Small Business Conference, Hosted over 80 Ribbon Cuttings as Chair of the Chamber, Emceed the Chamber's DC Fly-in, Guest Speaker at Leadership DBQ graduations, Guest Speaker at YP luncheons, Championed Diversity-was the first Chair of the Chamber to ever mention Diversity out loud at a Forecast Luncheon, Advocated for a seat on the Chamber Board for the YP President and that now is a reality, Named the Godfather of the Chamber's Membership Drive, was to be in the cast of stars for the Chamber's DWTS DBQ Style 2016. Bob never wanted to be out of the chamber scene and we made sure he wasn't. A chamber champion like no other.

Bob was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Thunder Hills Country Club, Dubuque Shooting Society (660 Club), NICC Hall of Fame.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in Bob's memory. 

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



Jane Ann Steffen


Jane Ann Steffen, 74, of Dubuque died Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Church of the Resurrection with the Rev. Mark Murphy celebrating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 pm.

Jane was born Dec. 12, 1940 in Bernard, IA, daughter of John G. and Ella (Moorman) Kurt. She married Lloyd Steffen on June 8, 1963 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Garrryowen. He preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 2015.

Before her retirement in 2012, Jane worked on the family farm near Epworth and worked as a bank teller for several years at Dubuque Bank and Trust in Epworth and Dubuque.

She is survived by a son, Dan (Cindy) Steffen of Austin, Texas; five daughters, Kathy (Henry) Busby of Carrollton, Texas, Joan Steffen of Dubuque, Cheryl (Steve) Junion of LaGrange, KY, Michelle (Cody) Estling of Center Point, Iowa, and Lori (Martin) Severson of Phillips, WI.; nine grandchildren, Jacob Steffen, Derek and Kassandra Busby, Seth, Madison, and Drew Junion, and Ben, Ryan and Noah Estling; four brothers, Charles, Earl, Tom and Pete Kurt; and three sisters, Lois Donovan, Sister Mary Kurt, and Rita Martin.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Richard; brothers Henry and Dorrance; sisters Germaine Bechen and Sr. Bernice Kurt (Sisters of Mercy).

A Jane Steffen 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 Luther Manor for all of their wonderful care.



Luz M. Digmann


Luz M. Digmann, age 52, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, at 2:00 a.m. on Monday, December 7, 2015, at home, surrounded by her loving family, after a long and courageous battle. To honor Luz's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 14, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastoral Intern Kyle Barton officiating. To celebrate Luz's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 14, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home.

Luz was born on April 4, 1963, in Chicago, IL, daughter of Frederico and Luz Maria (Flores) Aponte.

Luz was born and raised in Chicago, the oldest daughter of a proud Puerto Rican family. She met the love of her life and soulmate, Jeff Digmann, on a blind date and they were united in marriage three months later on August 4, 1990, in Chicago, IL.

She enjoyed working at the Heartland Inn, Shopko and McDonalds in Dubuque prior to moving to Tucson. Luz was half-way through her CPA degree when she suddenly began to develop several health issues. After six years in the Tucson area, the family decided it was quickly becoming prudent to return back to Dubuque to be closer to family once Luz became seriously ill.

In her free time Luz enjoyed creating latch hook and plastic canvas projects and camping with her family. She was an abundantly loving and caring woman who possessed a wonderful sense of humor. Those who loved and adored Luz were continually making the most of her sweetly gullible nature by playing humorous jokes on her. Always returning the acts with a smile and a contagious laugh, Luz was never one to miss out on the opportunity to appreciate a great time with family and friends. Her time here on earth with us has been snatched away much to early and the hearts of all she touched throughout her life ache in a lonesome sorrow. But we know that she now resides in perfect health in the arms of her Lord, once again reunited with her family that's been called home ahead of her. We will miss her beautiful smile for years to come, but we trust that one day we will all be united again in eternal bliss.

Those left to cherish Luz's memory include,

her husband,
Jeff Digmann, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Taylor Digmann,
and Christopher Digmann, both of Dubuque;

her siblings,
Freddy Aponte,
Wanda Aponte,
and Yolanda (Juan) Rivera, all of Chicago, IL;

her nieces and nephews,
Josh Rivera, Chicago, IL,
Derek Montgomery,
Emily Montgomery,
Jessica Montgomery,
Cody Digmann,
and Cassidy Digmann, all of Dubuque, IA;

her father-in-law,
Stephen (Eileen) Digmann, Rio Rico, AZ;

and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
Brian (Barb) Digmann, Dubuque, IA,
and Kim (Curt Neuendorf) Montgomery, Dubuque, IA.

Luz was preceded in death by her parents; her mother-in-law, Dianne Digmann; and a sister-in-law, Tammy Digmann.

A Luz M. Digmann memorial fund has been established.

Luz's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

 



William F. Wittstock


William F. "Bill" Wittstock, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 10 at St. Raphael Cathedral. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00.

Bill was born on August 16, 1927 in Milwaukee, WI. He honorably served in the United States Army Air Corp. On November 18, 1950, he married the love of his life, Loretta Williams, at St. Raphael Cathedral. Together they celebrated 65 wonderful years of marriage.

He was a member of UAW Local 94 and was proudly employed at John Deere for 23 years before retiring in 1989. He was a faithful member of St. Raphael Cathedral.
Bill had a kind and loving spirit, and all admired his keen wit, patience and ability to fix anything. He treasured their annual family vacations, his John Deere lawn tractor, and had a special place in his heart for the family dogs. He was a loyal Hawkeye fan, loved to bowl, play Euchre, and could often be found doing a word search puzzle. His love for his family was unmatched and he especially enjoyed going to Saturday night mass and dinner with them every week. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Loretta; their five children Sharon Lowe, David Wittstock, Wayne Wittstock, Tim (Kim) Wittstock, and Deanne (Joe) Roussel; grandchildren Jennifer (Brian) Neises, Michelle (Tony) Zurcher, Angela (Darby) Young, Jon (Cassie) Lowe, Brian (Erica Bentz) Lowe, Krista (A.J. Ligeralde) Roussel, Lindsey (Adam Riegler) Roussel, and Nicole Wittstock; great grandchildren Logan, Jesse, Peyton, Christian, Morgan, Carson, Joseph, Felicity, Audrey, and Amelia; and siblings Ruth Ballinger, Lorraine Hirsch (sister in law), Dick (Rosalie) Hirsch, Mary Loes, Bob Hirsch, Lois (Alan) Jones, Ronald Hirsch, and Tom (Carol) Hirsch; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Helen Hirsch; mother and father in law, Jovita and Earl Williams; son in law Paul Lowe; daughter in law Donna Wittstock; grandsons Jeff and Matthew Wittstock; siblings Jack Hirsch, Dorothy McNinch, Sandy Kaesbauer, Donny Joe Hirsch, and in laws; Don Ballinger, Jean Williams, Mary (Pete) Charley, Jenny Hirsch, and Jerry Loes.

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



William H. Spitznas

William H. Spitznas, 97, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015 at UnityPoint Health, The Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 at First Congregational United Church of Christ Church. Burial will be in Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. A visitation will be held from 9:30 until the time of services, Thursday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

William was born on January 27, 1918 in Moline, Illinois the son of Paul and Inez (Avery) Spitznas.

He served in the United States Army during WWII. He was stationed in Europe and served with the 94th Infantry Division and the 301st Field Artillery.

He married Gaynell Duncan on March 22, 1947 in Salina, Kansas.

William was employed as an Engineer at John Deere.

He was a member of First Congregational UCC, Dubuque Shooting Society 660 Club, and Rotary.

He is survived by his wife, Gaynell; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Paul Raymond Jr., and Roger Lee Spitznas.

Memorials may be given to First Congregational United Church of Christ Church.

 



Gladys E. Ireland


Gladys E. Ireland, 89, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, December 6, 2015, at the Anamosa Care Center in Anamosa, Iowa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 6:30 P.M., Friday, December 11, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4 to 6 P.M. on Friday, December 11, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Wyoming, Iowa Cemetery at a later date.

Gladys Elizabeth Jorgensen was born on April 27, 1926 in Andrew, Iowa, to Peter J. and Margaret E. (Hoffman) Jorgensen. She was a graduate of Andrew High School and married Arlo Clayton Ireland on February 1, 1953 in Delmar, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 23, 2012.

Gladys was a homemaker and 4-H leader who raised a family and also worked at Collins Radio in Anamosa and Cedar Rapids for five years.

Gladys was a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church where she had served as the church treasurer and was a part of the church Morning Circle. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, crocheting, and jigsaw, crossword and word search puzzles. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Wade (Kathy) Ireland of Fairfax, IA, Kevin (Cindy) Ireland of Ely, IA, Sandra (Randy) Antons of Anamosa, IA, Lisa (Jerry) Burns of Marion, IA, and Joni (Lennie) Miller of Onslow, IA; a daughter-in-law, Carol Ireland of Cedar Rapids, IA; a sister, Helen Knight of Maquoketa, IA; a brother, Marvin (Gloria) Jorgensen of Maquoketa, IA; sisters-in-law, Clarice (Darrell) Kaestner of Newhall, IA, Ruth Jorgensen of Maquoketa, IA, and Lucille Smith of Central Point, OR; 12 grandchildren, Nick, Eric, Matt, Tony, Jared, Ben, Brice, Cole, Grant, Tabitha, Sara and Lindsay; 4 great-grandchildren, Grace, Madelyn, Addyson and James; 2 step-grandchildren, Reggie and Amy; and 2 step-great-grandchildren, Camryn and Calen. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 children, Lynette in 1966 and Steven in 2008, her husband Arlo, 5 brothers Glenn, Raymond, Robert, Carl and Henry, and 2 sisters Thelma and Lorraine.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gladys E. Ireland memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kilburg and the wound clinic staff, Dr. Banh and the staff at JRMC, the Anamosa Care Center, Above and Beyond Hospice, and ECI Transit for their extraordinary care of our mom.

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

 



Alexandra M. Brown


Alexandra Michelle Brown 22, daughter of Dwayne and Patricia (Skladzien) Brown, died Monday, December 7, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 11, 2015 at Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3650 Asbury Road. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to time of services Friday at the Hall.

Alex was born on September 7, 1993 at Samaritan Hospital, Clinton, Iowa. At 3 months of age, Alex was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition; hydranencephaly. She lived at home in Maquoketa with her parents and attended both Andrew and Maquoketa schools. At age 15, Alex moved to Dubuque to Hills and Dales where she then finished her education at Dubuque Senior High School and graduated in May of this year.

Alex was currently working at Hills and Dales Lifetime Training Center making Bogey Tales dog treats. Because of her love for classical music, Alex was a season ticket holder of Dubuque Symphony and enjoyed every symphony she was able to attend. Alex also enjoyed attending Christian meetings at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses with her parents. Alex touched the lives and hearts of many people she came in contact with despite her limited abilities to communicate. She also exceeded her given life expectancy and abilities due to the abundance of love and care received from family, friends and caregivers.

Surviving are her parents, Dwayne Brown of Maquoketa, IA and Patricia Brown of Dubuque, IA; brothers David Malone of Clinton, IA and Tylor Brown of Dubuque, IA; sister Savanna Bradt of Maquoketa, IA; maternal grandparents Robert and Beverly Skladzien of Maquoketa, IA; paternal grandparents James and Judy Brown of Delmar, IA; maternal great grandmother Margaret Helmold of Clarence, IA and nephew, Damien Parry of Iowa City, IA.

She was preceded in death by an aunt, Pamela Brown-Keeney and great grandparents.

Alex's family would like to extend a special thank you to her home care nurse, Angel Millman and the staff at Hills and Dales.

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



Sister Mary William Allen, PBVM


Sister Mary William Allen, PBVM, 101, died on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Mt. Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 10:00 am at Mt. Loretto Motherhouse, with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday at Mt. Loretto, where there will be a vigil service at 7 pm. The Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Mary William, daughter of William and Annie (Williams), was born Mary Alice Allen on March 17, 1914, in Clare, IA. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation in December of 1940 and professed her perpetual vows on June 10, 1946.

She received a BA from Loras College, Dubuque, IA. Her Presentation ministries of elementary teacher and principal, spanning 69 years, took her to Elkader, Storm Lake, Charles City, Monona, Epworth, Algona, Sheldon, Dubuque (Resurrection), Whittemore, and Humboldt, all in Iowa, Winner, SD and Oak Lawn, IL. She was also the Mt. Loretto House Coordinator from 1955 to 1961.

Sister retired in 1987 and used her sewing and mending skills at Mt. Loretto for many years. She enjoyed prayer and community service, sewing, reading, and making rosaries and greeting cards. With a generous heart, Sister William lived daily "I enjoy volunteering my services wherever they are needed." She let her life be guided by the scripture passage, "Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid" (Mk 6:50).

Surviving are nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 75 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, George; and her sisters, Mildred Halligan, Dorothy McMahon, Ruth Brand, and Aileen Allen.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA 52001.



Harry N. Oppenheimer


Harry N. Oppenheimer, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 5, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

According to his wishes, no public service or visitation will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Harry was born on Sept. 23, 1921 in Buffalo, New York, the son of Newton and Edna (Boyer) Oppenheimer.
After high school in New York, Harry worked on the New York Central Railroad until he served in World War II. Harry was in the US Army from July 1943 until January 1946. He served in the 720th Railroad Battalion and was stationed in England, France, Belgium and Germany.
Harry worked as a cabinet finisher in California for a number of years before coming to Dubuque.

Harry was an avid Cubs fan, liked to collect books and records, and loved a good game of Euchre. He was a pet owner all his life and enjoyed his dogs and cats. He will be greatly missed by all of the many people who were in his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert, who died in 1945 while he was stationed in India in the army; and his special friend, Robert Norton, of Dubuque.



Madelyn M. Jameson Linden


Madelyn M. Jameson Linden, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Madelyn's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Kyle Digmann officiating. To celebrate Madelyn's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Madelyn was born on Feb. 8, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Emma (Schmitt) Nagelmaker. Madelyn was born and raised in Dubuque and very proud of her family heritage. She was united in marriage to Raymond Jameson on April 5, 1943, in St. Louis, MO. They were blessed with 8 children and 34 years together before he was called home on Dec. 9, 1977. Madelyn later met and was united in marriage to Charles Linden on March 26, 1983. They shared 6 wonderful years together before he was called home on Dec. 25, 1989.

She willingly contributed her time and talents wherever life would take her, whether it was playing the role of "Rosie the Riveter" working in the hulls of battleships during WWII, or working alongside Raymond when he was logging. She enjoyed working in the food service department and serving the children of our community with the Dubuque Community School District for 16 years until her retirement. Madelyn was a faithful member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the AMVETS Auxiliary and Catholic Daughters of America Court 1287.

She was a fun loving and independent woman who was always the "life of the party". Her fabulous sense of humor, ability to inspire everyone around her and effortless capacity to spread her contagious smile were legendary. Madelyn thoroughly enjoyed a light hearted conversation, and the countless friendships she developed over her nine decades meant the world to her, especially her most recent relationships at Applewood III. But, let it be known that what Madelyn treasured most was her family. The love which this dearly sweet woman so easily shared can hardly be put into words. A spouse, a child, a grandchild, a sibling; family was family to Madelyn and if you held a precious spot in her heart, you were deeply adored for life and she'd make sure you knew it. The world is definitely a less joyful place today and her smile, style and spirit will be continually cherished by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Madelyn's memory include

her children,
Gary (Shirley) Jameson, Dubuque, IA,
Bill (Deb) Jameson, Durango, IA,
Susan (Bud) Marion, Bettendorf, IA,
Peggy (Dennis) Tigges, Alvarado, TX,
Carla (Larry) Adams, New Deal, TX,
Thomas Jameson, Andrew, IA,
and Laura (Jack) Coleman, Davenport, IA;

15 grandchildren;

11 great-grandchildren;

6 great-great-grandchildren;

a step-son,
Keith (Darlene) Linden;

and her step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Madelyn was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Raymond Jameson and Charles Linden; a son, David Jameson; a grandson, Brad Marion; 2 sisters, Dorothy Nagelmaker and Lorraine Wise; 5 brothers, Carl, Eugene, Alvin, John and Ralph Nagelmaker; and a step-son, Kevin Linden.

A Madelyn M. Jameson Linden memorial fund has been established.

Madelyn's family would like to thank Dr. Cynthia Konz and her nurse Cheri, the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care and support.

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



Marian E. Backes


Marian E. Backes, 54, of Dubuque passed away on Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at home surrounded by her family. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at the Funeral Home.

Marian was born on August 25th, 1961, the daughter of Clifford and Dorothy (Peters) Winner. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked at Dubuque Internal Medicine for many years. She married Gary Backes on April 28th, 1990 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Marian loved her family dearly, including her furry friends Keyla and Kallie. She enjoyed the outdoors, Chicago Sports Teams, and Traveling to the Mountains.

She is survived by her husband Gary, children; Katie and Kyle, all of Dubuque. Her mother; Dorothy Winner, of Dubuque, Sister; Ann (Vince) Hanson of Dubuque, and Brother; Larry (Janet) Winner, of Boise, Idaho. Her aunt; Mill Fairfield of Dubuque, Sister and Brother-in-laws; Sharon Pierson of Chicago, IL, Joan Backes of Cedar Rapids, IA, Mary (Steve) Bemis of Dubuque, Ron Backes of Holy Cross, IA, Carol Brylski and Laura Backes both of Dubuque. Numerous Nieces and nephews including a special niece; Trisha Hanson and her Godson Evan Hanson.

She was preceded in death by her father Clifford and her brother Thomas Winner.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Hermann, Hospice of Dubuque and all her friends and co-workers at Dubuque Internal Medicine.

In Lieu of flowers a Marian Backes Memorial fund has been established.



W. Neil Hahn


W. Neil Hahn, 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, December 4, 2015, at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A memorial gathering of family and friends celebrating Neil's life will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, December 10, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private graveside service and burial will be held on Friday, December 11, 2015, from the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Wilbur Neil Hahn was born on October 19, 1935 in Unionville, Iowa, to Fred W. and Margaret E. (Miller) Hahn. He was a 1953 graduate of Maquoketa High School and then attended Iowa State University from 1953 to 1955. He then served his country in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1960, spending the majority of his time in Europe. He married Sue Bowling and to this union two children were born: William and Kimberly. Sue and Neil later divorced but always remained close friends.

Following an honorable discharge, Neil worked for General Electric Company in Bettendorf and Eldridge starting out in 1961 doing electric motor and generator repair and retiring in 1993 as a foreman.

Neil loved spending time with his family, was an avid reader, and enjoyed 50's era Chevy vintage cars.

Those left to honor Neil's memory include his children, William "Bill" (Kim) Hahn of Marion, IA, and Kimberly (Jonathan Seyfert) Williams of Anamosa, IA; a step-daughter, Chris (Gil) Berg of Maquoketa, IA; 8 grandchildren, Trey, Triston, Camryn, Elly, Addy, Katelyn, Dylan and Charley; a brother Dr. Fred (Marge) Hahn of Kansas City, MO; and a sister Bert (Kerry) Griffin of Ft. Atkinson, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

 



James D. Avery


James D. "Jim" Avery, 59, of East Dubuque, Illinois, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Saturday morning, December 5, 2015 at home following a lingering illness.

A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the Avery Railing & Ornamental Building, 168 East 10th St., in Dubuque. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Avery Railing and Ornamental Building. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on April 4, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Harvey "Bud" and Mary T. (Heinz) Avery. He was a 1974 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

Jim started his working career at Mitch's Cycle Shop part-time, then worked at Computer Consulting Service (later Cycare). He continued helping out at the cycle shop off and on along with R & H Electronics, until leaving Cycare.

Jim started a company installing computer systems and writing application programs for local companies, maintaining and installing networking products throughout Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Finally after getting tired of sitting in front of computers all the time, he started Avery Railing, an ornamental iron works company.

After traveling to Italy with Rhonda, he was inspired by the Italian railings, his new business Avery Railings was born. In the 12 years of doing ornamental iron work, many Tri-State area railings, gates and fences, were designed, built and installed by Jim. Along with the Iron work interest he was also into some sculpture, and interactive kinetic pieces, some of which were in the Voices show in Dubuque in 2011. He also made a piece for Black Rock City, Nevada.

Jim was a pool player in his younger years, and enjoyed the camaraderie with his teammates. He enjoyed working in a motorcycle thrill show in the early years and later for a few years did some amateur flat track motorcyle racing. His love of motorcycles started with a Parilla, then Nortons, Triumphs, BSAs, and for a short time a couple Harley Davidson's, and on to Moto Guzzi and Moto Morini's.

He was a life member of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA). He was also a member of NOMMA, and the Blacksmith and Welders Association. 

His last projects were designing and building large bicycle type contraptions, interactive sculpture machines, and microcontroller projects using cast off machines and pianos.

Originally he was married to Marie Strong, and later to Mary Schaller until finally connecting with Rhonda Dunbar who was a fantastic partner, friend and confidant.

Surviving Jim are Rhonda Dunbar and her sons Eric and Alex, his parents, Harvey "Bud" and Mary Avery of Dubuque, a sister, Catherine (Nick) St. Jean of St. Augustine, FL, brothers, Charles (Cindy) Avery of Minneapolis, MN, Michael (Donna) Avery of North Attleboro, MA, Thomas (Jackie) Avery of Maquoketa, IA, Robert (Carol) Avery of Waunakee, WI and Ronald Avery of East Dubuque, IL. His aunt Joyce (Bob) Thilmany, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister Julie Marie in 1982, nephew Nathaniel Avery in 2005, his grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Jim's family wishes to extend special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb and Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff for the wonderful care given to Jim.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim's name may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.



Kirk D. LeClere


Kirk D. LeClere, 56, of Midland, Michigan and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, December 4, 2015.

Friends and Family may gather to celebrate Kirk's life from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Public Graveside Services and Burial will be held 11 A.M., Thursday, December 10, 2015, at the Coggon, Iowa Cemetery. Visitation and Services will also be held in Midland, Michigan at the Smith-Miner Funeral Home.

Kirk was born December 1, 1959 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Dean LeClere and the late Maxine (Egger) LeClere. He was a 1978 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School where he was the Class Valedictorian. On September 4, 1993 he married Margaret Hollingsworth in Midland, she survives him.

Kirk was the chief financial officer for The F. P. Horak in Bay City, MI. He had a special love of music and he was the "Captain" of the band ShooBooty. Kirk had a great love of his family and dog Gracie. He enjoyed camping, golfing and going to his cabin in Waters, MI.

Those left to honor Kirk's memory include his wife Margaret A. LeClere of Midland; two daughters Katie LeClere of Waterloo, IA and Annie LeClere of Indianapolis, IN; his father Dean LeClere of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Kristi LeClere of Maquoketa, IA; a brother-in-law John (Margie) Hollingsworth; a sister-in-law Mary Stutelberg; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider The Reece Endeavor of Midland or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

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

 



Yoanna M. Haney


Yoanna M. Haney, 64, of Dubuque died Friday, December 4, 2015 at Home. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Yoanna was born July 4, 1951 in Olympia Greece, daughter of Nikolas and Panayiota Moutsiou.

She is survived by her husband Vernon Haney of Dubuque; a daughter, Nikola Moutsiou Fuller-Bakken and her husband Jeremy Bakken; two grandchildren, Adrianna Haney and Matthew Fuller; and two siblings, Thora Kroustalis and Pavlos Moutsiou, both of Pirgos, Greece.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Vasilis Moutsiou.



Shirley M. Morehead


Shirley M. Morehead, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, December 4, 2015, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Shirley's life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, December 12, 2015, from the East Iron Hill Community Church, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation and cremation has taken place. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Shirley Marie Schumacher was born on February 11, 1928 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jack and Amelia (Schlemmer) Schumacher. She was a 1945 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Paul B. Morehead on June 29, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Pam and Jeff.

Shirley had worked as the head secretary for the USDA/ASCS office in Maquoketa for over 30 years, retiring in 1988.

Shirley was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa where she was active in women's organizations. She also was a member of the NAARF and the TOPS club in Maquoketa. She enjoyed camping, playing cards and baking.

Those left to honor Shirley's memory include her husband Paul Morehead of Maquoketa, IA; children, Pam Wagner of Maquoketa, IA, and Jeff Morehead of Ottawa, IL; 5 grandchildren, Jake, Joni, Jehri, Josh and Kyle; and 4 great-grandchildren, Jaden Denger, Miles Trevino, Lincoln Morehead and Megan Morehead. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Wayne and Wendell Schumacher, and a sister Phyllis Duff.

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

 



James E. Meisland


James E. "Jim" Meisland, 50, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning, December 1, 2015, in Maquoketa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of "Jim" on Monday, December 7, 2015 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded.

James Edward Meisland was born on May 4, 1965 in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Porter Richard and Anna Marie (Viggiano) Meisland. His father was in the military and he had lived in several places growing up including Australia and California. In 1983, he graduated from Poway, California High School and then entered the United States Air Force receiving an honorable discharge. He married Kelly Helphenstine on October 26, 1991 in Poway, California and to this union two children were born: Erica and James.

Jim first worked as a licensed structural pest control applicator in California. He then moved to Iowa where he worked for Family Dollar as a trainer, then Generac until its closing, and for the past four years at Woodform, Inc. in Maquoketa.

Jim loved to play his guitar and produce his own music. He enjoyed building model planes, and building and flying radio controlled planes, as well cooking, especially spicy food. He was known for his wicked sense of humor. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his children, Erica Meisland of Maquoketa, IA, and James Meisland of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Roseann Bowman of San Marcos, CA; a brother David (Roe) Meisland of Murietta, CA; his good friend and mother of his children, Kelly Darr of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James E. "Jim" Meisland memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Dennis R. Dolson


Dennis R. Dolson, 69 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 2, 2015 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 7, 2015 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Military detail will be accorded following mass by the American Legion Post #6. Burial will be at a later date in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 6th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Dennis was born on August 22, 1946 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Henry and Margaret (Henchel) Dolson.He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1965, after high school he enlisted in the US Air Force and served in Vietnam as a crew chief of a C-130 Hercules. He worked for Dubuque Clamp works for many years as a product manager.
He was an avid drummer and played for many local bands including the Mississippi Band, and the Wheeler Band. He liked to cook and enjoyed woodworking, making furniture and toys for children in his family. But most of all loved spending time with his family and friends especially at Swiss Valley Park and Eagle Point Park along with being on the river.

He is survived by six children, James Sloan, Kristie Sloan, Alan Sloan, Nicholas Dolson, of Dubuque, Matthew (Jennifer) Dolson, of San Diego, CA, Timothy Dolson, of Dubuque. Two granddaughters; Ava and Audrey. His mother Margaret Dolson, and siblings, Carolyn (Dick) Noesen, Cathy (Roger) Puls, Jeanne Keck, Steve Dolson, Tim (Carol) Dolson, Jan (Monty) Casebolt, Peter (Bonnie) Dolson, Mary Alice (Dale) Dolson, Randy (Peggy) Dolson, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Henry, and his nephew Tommy Keck.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Dennis.



Justin T. Shaffer


Justin T. Shaffer, age 16, of Bernard and formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, in the loving arms of his family, at 4:44 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015 at The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. To honor Justin's life, funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at The Peosta Community Centre, 7896 Burds Road, Peosta, Iowa, with Brian Imbus officiating. To celebrate Justin's life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at The Peosta Community Centre. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Justin was born on December 14, 1998, in Dubuque, IA, son of Scott Shaffer and Shanette Adams.

Justin, a junior at Cascade High School, was called to the arms of our Lord, due to injuries sustained in a tragic automobile accident on Thanksgiving Day. Justin's final act of kindness here on earth was to literally save eight other lives through his generous gift of live organ donation. This kind and gentle spirit is nothing new for Justin. His entire sixteen short years with us has involved Justin making the world around him a better place. Whether you were by his side at home, school, athletic events or at work; to be near this vibrant young man was to know what a true "from the heart" smile really looked like. He enjoyed practicing and playing many sports with friends, but his favorite would definitely have to be when he was working his techniques on the wrestling mat. His competitive nature was easily satisfied when he was given the opportunity to not only function as a team, but also be able to compete in a one on one scenario when the buzzer rang. Justin was a faithful member of the FFA and graciously invested his time working on the Decker Family farm, where he thoroughly enjoyed the chance to care for the animals. Obviously he was never one to shy away from hard work, and always found the ability to make his hands and back productive and useful assets. Justin carried with him a wonderful sense of humor and would joyfully break into a silly dance or a funny face spontaneously. His desire was to seamlessly release his joy and bring a contagious smile to those around him. But at the end of the day we have to admit that what truly drove Justin was his love for family and friends. To know Justin was to love him and he was blessed with that special gift which we simply know when we see it. The hearts of all who knew and loved Justin find a gripping sorrow which cannot seem to be shaken today. Why has he been taken from his loved ones so early, how do we move forward without Justin in our days; all the questions which will not be easily answered continue to resonate repeatedly in our minds. But what we do know is that we are all better for the time we did get to spend with Justin and that all the lives he touched within his sixteen years among us have been left with an positive imprint from this deeply loved and adored young man.

Those left to cherish Justin's memory include,

his loving parents,
Shanette (Blake) Adams, Bernard, IA,
and Scott (Jodi) Shaffer, Dubuque, IA;

his brothers and sisters,
Jordan, Alexis, Wesley, Payton and Sophie, all of Bernard, IA;

step brothers and step sisters,
Pierce, Hailey, Ben and Isabelle, all of Dubuque, IA;

his grandparents,
Cindy and Steve Richey, Zwingle, IA,
and Harold and Sue Shaffer, Dubuque, IA,

his special grandparents,
Ann and Ken Kemen, Dubuque, IA;

his step-grandparents,
Kim and Steve Thommen, Hazel Green, WI,
Fred and Mary Weiler, East Dubuque, IL,
Jim and Linda Kringle, Kansas City, MO,
and Jeff and Pam Schueller, Sageville, IA;

his great-grandparents,
Marion Richey,
Charles Minnick,
Frances Kringle,
and Irene Schueller, all of Dubuque, IA;

several aunts, uncles,
Steven Richey, Jamie Cockrell, Stacy-Jo (Brian) Imbus, Kevin Shaffer, Chris (Megan) Shaffer, Kim (Chad) Schroeder, Mark (Brenda) Zimmerman, Jeffrey (Tiffany) Zimmerman, Douglas (Stacey) Zimmerman, all of Dubuque, Nick (Christine) Zimmerman of Cedar Rapids,IA, Hayley (Aaron) Sweeney, Rock Island, IL, Katelin Schueller, Cedar Falls, IA, and Jordan Schueller, Sageville, IA;

and several cousins, his girlfriend, Abby Rubel, and many close friends.

Justin was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wesley Cockrell; a great-grandmother, Phyllis Minnick; and two cousins, Nikki Van DeVelde and Tysen Imbus.

A Justin T. Shaffer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley the University of Iowa Hospitals for all their professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Mark S. Cole


Mark Stephen Cole, 64 of Edina, MN passed away Sunday, Nov. 29th at Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, after an 8-year battle with brain cancer. Per Mark's wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. There will be a Celebration of Mark's life held on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 from 12:00-3:00 PM at Town Hall Brewery, 1430 S. Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Private Interment will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Ia.

Mark was born January 17th 1951 in Dubuque, son of Raymond and Betty Jane, "B.J." (Mueller) Cole. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1969, attended Loras College in Dubuque and later graduated from the University of Iowa. He received his MBA from The University of St. Thomas in 1993.

Mark began his career at John Deere in Dubuque, relocating to Minneapolis in 1984. Mark's 30-year Minnesota career included time at FSI, Cray Research, and Entegris. While employed by Entegris, Mark enjoyed a 5-year residence in Paris, France as Director of European Marketing. It was a time he cherished all of his life. He was truly a "Citizen of the World", and made many lifelong friends around the globe, who share in the loss of this remarkably talented, kind man.

Mark is survived by his father, Raymond Cole, Phoenix, AZ, brothers Michael Cole of Lemoore, Ca, Kevin Cole (Patty) of Bloomington, Mn and sister, Janice Schultz (David) of Dubuque, Ia. 10 nieces and nephews and scores of family and friends from around the world.

He was preceded in death by his mother, his step- father William Bott, a baby sister, Mary Beth and his maternal and fraternal grandparents.

Memorials preferred to the family, c/o Kevin Cole at Wenzel Engineering, 10100 Morgan Ave South, Bloomington, MN 55431.

Arrangements are being handled by Leonard Funeral Home of Dubuque, Iowa.

I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead. He is just away.
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there.
And you-oh you, who the wildest yearn
For an old-time step, and the glad return,
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here.
Think of him still as the same. I say,
He is not dead-he is just away."
James Whitcomb Riley



William R. Welter, Sr.


William R. Welter Sr., 88, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, November 30, 2015 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 3rd at Holy Spirit Parish-Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Friends may call on Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion Post 6. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements.

William was born September 7, 1927, in Dubuque, son of Albert and Evelyn (Strohmeyer) Welter. He married Julia Gaul, August 5, 1950 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. They recently celebrated 65 wonderful years of marriage.

He left Dubuque Senior High School at the age of 17 and joined the U.S. Navy. He served during WWII (l945-1946) in the Philippines on the PT boat at base 17. He was privileged to go on an Honor Flight in 2010 to Washington D.C.

After his honorable discharge, William was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works as a tool and die maker, where he worked for 39 years retiring in 1985.

He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #6 and the V.F.W., a member of UAW Local # 94; and was a member of Sacred Heart parish for all his life.

He enjoyed trout fishing, stamp collecting, bird watching and teaching his grandsons to trout fish and tie flies. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed his trips to Scottsdale, AZ.

Surviving is his wife, Julia Welter, of Dubuque; two sons, William R. (Becky) Welter Jr. and James (Sherry) Welter, both of Dubuque; a daughter Joan (Dale) Mummelthie, of Scottsdale, AZ; five grandchildren, Molly (Brandon) Bottleman, of Cedar Falls, IA, William R. (Meaghan) Welter III, of Lake Mills, IA, Joseph Welter, of Dubuque, Andrew (Jessica) Welter, of Epworth, IA, and Julia Mummelthie, of Scottsdale, AZ; two great grandchildren, Bailey and Caroline Welter, of Lake Mills, IA and one on the way; two brothers, Harold B. Welter, of Dubuque, and John C. (Mary) Welter, of Shreveport, LA; two brothers-in-law, Harley Beck, of Newport News, VA and Leon (Jean) Gaul, of Dubuque; and two sisters-in-law, Mildred Recker, of Dubuque and Sister Mary Ann Gaul FSPA, of Lacrosse, Wisc..

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Albert (Jean) Welter; three sisters, Agnes Beck, Marie Paulsen and Carole (Ron) Boots; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Alvin (Pearl) Gaul, Bernice (Vincent) Maiers and Louis Recker.

In lieu of flowers a William Welter Memorial Fund has been established.

A special thank you to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his nurse Kate and Dr. Ronald Schope.

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



Roger K. McLaughlin


Roger Kenneth McLaughlin, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on November 28, 2015 at 1:03 P.M. peacefully at home.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Parish - Holy Ghost Church at 2921 Central Ave, Dubuque, IA. Mass will be at 11 a.m. with Father Dewayne Thoman officiating.

Roger was born on July 31, 1932 in Dubuque, son of Cyril and Anna (Shulz) McLaughlin. He married the love of his life Helen Kathrine (Noel) McLaughlin on June 18, 1955 in Dubuque. Together they had seven children in nine years, Jeff and Janice McLaughlin, Tom and Kathy McLaughlin, Lynn and Jim Hochberger, Jane Schmitt, Ted and Penny McLaughlin, all of Dubuque, IA, Doug and Beth McLaughlin of Maple Grove, MN, Jim and Wendy McLaughlin of Dubuque, IA. They have eleven grandchildren Mathew, Amanda, and Willie McLaughlin; Jennifer (Mike) Ahern and Joseph Hochberger; Shauna and Christiana Schmitt; Nathan (Alex Meyer) and Nick McLaughlin; Ryan (Lindsey) and Justin McLaughlin. They also have six great grandchildren Kyle and Adeline Priebe, Lyssie Ahern, Kinley McLaughlin, and Ayla and Roman McLaughlin.

Roger worked at Dubuque Packing Company for over thirty years. After retirement, he cleaned Dupaco Community Credit Union on JFK and Sycamore with Helen. He was also a chauffeur for Susan Bissell until her passing. He belonged to the American Legion and the Dubuque Boat Club. Roger was an avid Chicago White Sox fan and Iowa Hawkeye fan. He held season tickets for many years, to the Iowa Hawkeye games in which he spent quality time with family and friends. Roger was also a Detroit Lion fan, he truly enjoyed watching his sports and the history channel. Roger especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Helen, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, his siblings Wayne (Phyllis) McLaughlin, Cathy (Larry) Billmeyer, Sister-In-Law's Clara McLaughlin, MaryAnn Miller, Jean (Mickie) Hintgen, Alma Noel, Kay Potts, Barbara (John) Toomey, Lois Noel, Hope (Ron) Maas, Brother-In-Law John (Rosie) Noel, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father Cyril and Anna (Shulz) McLaughlin, his brothers Ozzie (Patricia) and John McLaughlin, sister-in-law's Connie Noel, Jennie Landa, brother-in-law's Don Miller, Don Landa, Don Noel, Dick Noel, Jerry Potts, and a son-in-law Bruce Schmitt.

Thank you to the staff at Eagle Point Place and Hospice of Dubuque for all your love and support.

A Memorial Fund has been established in Roger's memory.
Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is in charge of the arrangements.



Mary Jane LeConte


Mary Jane LeConte, 74, of Key West (Dubuque), passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving husband Loras, Monday night, November 30, 2015.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at St. Joseph Church, Key West with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, December 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

She was born on January 26, 1941, Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Louis & Olivia (Flogel) Wiederholt. She attended Key West Grade School and The Visitation, 1959. She grew up as neighbors with her future husband, Loras LeConte, of 54 years. They married on June 3, 1961, St. Joseph, Key West.

Mary Jane, worked in sales all her life and especially proud of her career including Ferring Homes and as a realtor. She was an avid Euchre and Domino Player. Her laughter was contagious and was a bright ray of sunshine at all family and friend's gatherings.

Mary Jane is survived by her husband, Loras, six children, Jean Marie Schwingle, Dodgeville, Larry (Brenda), Jolene (Peter) Kingeter both of Platteville, Jeff (Pam), Dodgeville, Marc of Cedar Rapids, IA and Dominic, Las Vegas, Nevada. Seven Grandchildren, Whitney & Paige LeConte, Nick (Molly) & Matt (Kelli) Kingeter, Mitchell & Georgiana & Cecelia LeConte, one great grandchild, Henry Kingeter. Three brothers, Donnie (JoAnne) Wiederholt, Cuba City, Eugene (Linda), Zwingle, Roger (Connie) Hazel Green, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Betty Lynn Recker.



Marie D. Perry


Marie D. Perry 86, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of 1843 Adair St. and Applewood Village, passed away peacefully Friday, November 30, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Rosanke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Marie was born on December 3, 1928 in Waukon, Iowa, the daughter of James and Celia (Griffin) Collins. She graduated from Waukon High School in 1947. In February 1962, Marie married Robert V. Perry at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on on February 5, 1995. Marie spent her early years growing up on the farm north of Waukon. She later moved to Dubuque and worked as a nurse's aid at Xavier Hospital. Marie was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking up her old recipes. She also liked to go visit her sister Stella in the summer in Waukon so she could be back on the farm. In her retirement years, she enjoyed shopping and taking bus trips with her friends at Applewood. Marie spent the last few years at Stonehill Care Center where she loved to play cards, bingo and go play slot machines - always saying that she had won.

Surviving are her three sons, Jim of Peosta, IA, Paul (Michelle) of Pottsboro, TX and John (Tina) of Dubuque; her six grandchildren Samantha, Austin, Alex, Jordan, Libby and Brant.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, her sister Stella Hammel and four brothers; James, Elmer, John and Robert Collins.

A Marie D. Perry memorial fund has been established.

Marie's family would like to thank all of the fantastic people that have looked out for Marie over the years both at Applewood and Stonehill Care Center.

 



Mary Lou Cass


Mary Lou Cass, 73, of Beloit, Wisconsin, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2015 at her home in Beloit.

Mary Lou was born on June 1, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Phillip and H. Maxine (Oberhoffer) Oeth. Mary Lou graduated from the University of Iowa. She married Bradley Warren Cass on November 1, 1998 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He preceded her in death on October 19, 2004.

Mary Lou was employed as Medical Lab Technician. She began her career working at Schoitz Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa. Mary Lou went on to work at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, Milwaukee County Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and finally at Beloit Memorial Hospital in Beloit, Wisconsin. She deeply loved her pets, and enjoyed many days working in her flower gardens around her home.

Mary Lou is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins living in Wisconsin, Iowa, California, and Illinois. She was preceded in death by her, husband, parents, brothers, Phillip Oeth, and James Oeth, and sisters, Phyllis Thoma, and Dorothy Butson.



Brayden F. Wardle


On Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 3:20 p.m. Heaven gained our Angel, Brayden Francis Wardle. Brayden was born on February 13, 2014 to Sarah Wall and Chris Wardle and big sister Hayley Wardle.

In his short time on earth Brayden touched so many people. He was Grandma Wardle's "Boo" and Grandma Wall's "Monkey Boy".

Brayden will be missed by so many people including Grandpa Terry Hahn, great grandma Judy Wardle, uncle Joe, aunt Rachel and cousin Hunter Wall.

To celebrate Brayden's life, visitation will be at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. with burial to follow in Linwood Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

The family would like to thank all their family and friends during his life and throughout this most difficult time. We would also like to thank all his doctors in Dubuque, at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics and to all his nurses and therapists.



Mary E. Rettenberger


Mary E. Rettenberger, 48, of Dubuque passed away on November 28, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin Madison Hospital.

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Mary Ellen Rettenberger was born on September 14, 1967 daughter of Max and Madonna (Goetzinger) Rettenberger. Mary graduated from Hempstead High School in 1985 and attended NICC and studied Accounting.

In 2007, Mary was diagnosed with NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis) which caused cirrhosis of the liver. Mary received a liver transplant on October 4th at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Mary fought bravely to overcome the obstacles she faced in recovery but in the end, it was not to be.

Mary worked the past 23 years at Nordstrom Distribution Center in Dubuque, and considered her friends at Nordstrom part of her family." She would often talk about her Nordstrom friends with great affection, especially Diane, Cathy, Michelle, Tammy and Nancy.

Mary had a quick smile and laugh, and always had a joke to tell. She loved her friends and family, and her cats, Tigger, Pepper, Maxine and Riley. If you were really special and Mary knew she could get away with it, you earned the title of "slacker." Mary loved to bake and made some of the best cheesecakes for her friends and family. Mary talked about someday opening a little dessert shop, just so she could bake! After retirement, Mary also wanted to buy an RV and travel the United States with her sister, Melinda.

So many people deserve a special thank you for their friendship, care and love we can't begin to name them all. The family would like to recognize her Nordstrom family and her friends who were always there for her, Dr. Brown and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and the Transplant Team and staff of the Transplant Unit and TLC Unit at the University of Wisconsin Madison Hospitals and Clinic for everything they did for Mary.

Those surviving to honor and cherish Mary's life are her sisters Melinda Rettenberger and Maureen Kleiner of Dubuque and Michelle (Russell) Ryan of Zwingle, Iowa, and her brothers Michael (Jolene) and Marty (Julie) Rettenberger of Dubuque, and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers Mark and Merle Rettenberger.

A Mary Rettenberger Memorial Fund has been established. Proceeds will be donated to the Hope Transplant House in Madison, Wisconsin and the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

For those friends and family would like to like to do something to honor Mary's life, please consider becoming an organ donor.



Sister Charlotte Ann Esch

Sister Charlotte Ann Esch, BVM, 98, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Charlotte Ann was an elementary school teacher in Des Moines, Iowa; Missoula, Mont.; Omaha, Neb.; San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.; and Kauai, Hi. She also served in parish ministry in San Francisco.

She was born in Winfield, Kan. on Oct. 3, 1917, to John and Iola Condit Esch. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1935, from Holy Name Parish, Winfield. She professed first vows on March 19, 1938, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1943.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Edward. She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 80 years.

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

Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque, Iowa 52002 is in charge of arrangements.

 



Ronald P. Burkle


Ronald P. Burkle, 66, of, Dyersville passed away at his home after a day of Thanksgiving with his family.

Visitation will be held from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m., a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m., and an American Legion Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Ron was born July 28, 1949, in Dyersville the son of George and Thelma (Maiers) Burkle. He is the father of four children with Shirley (Honkomp) Pirc and has worked at Klostermann Brothers Feed for 45 years. In the words of his employer, "They will never make another Ronnie Burkle" with reference to his outstanding work ethic. Ron was a member of the American Legion Post 137, the Knights of Columbus Council 1734, and has served as an usher at St. Francis Xavier Basilica for many years.

Ron was an amazing father and grandfather, often taking the time out of his busy schedule to be a coach and fan for his children and grandchildren. He was an avid bowler, having three 300 games to his credit, and enjoyed softball, golf and playing cards.

Survivors include his children: Cheryl (Jeff) Geistkemper of Solon, Iowa, Cory (Heidi) Burkle of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Carrie (Kevin) McDermott of Dyersville, Craig (Jess) Burkle of Davenport, Iowa; 9 grandchildren: Lauren and Ryan Geistkemper, Gabe and Reid Burkle, Connor, Paige and Hannah McDermott, and Brady and Hadley Burkle; siblings: David Burkle of Dyersville, Ken (Julie) Burkle of Manchester, Susan (Gary) Klostermann of Manchester, Cynthia (Craig) Crock of Marion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Thelma Burkle.

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

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

 



Delores M. Noel


Delores M. Noel, 88, of St. Catherine passed away on Monday, November 30, 2015 at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine Catholic Church on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 on Wednesday, December 2nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church until time of mass.

She was born on September 20, 1927 at home in rural Dubuque the daughter of John F. and Mary (Ries) Knockel.
She married Louis W. Noel on December 28, 1946 at St. Catherine Catholic Church. She worked at Vallet Polutry and Mercy Medical Center both in Dubuque until her retirement.

Delores was fun loving and liked to joke. She loved to bake and share her food with her family and friends. During retirement she enjoyed spending time at the farm and spoiling her grandchildren.

She is survived by her four sons, Dennis (Linda) Noel, James Noel, Darrell (Lynn) Noel, Kevin (Vickie Owens) Noel, all of Dubuque. Seven grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. One sister Donna (Robert) Westemeyer, of Dubuque and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Louis and seven siblings.

In lieu of flowers a Delores M. Noel memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank all the heath care professionals, Hospice of Jackson County and Mill Valley Care Center for all their wonderful care they gave to Delores.



Connie L. Stutting


Connie L. Stutting, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, November 30, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Connie's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, December 5, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Friday, December 4, 2015 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Connie Lee Bodenhofer was born on October 8, 1944 in Monticello, Iowa, to Roy Everett and Merle Adele (Hogg) Bodenhofer. She was a 1962 graduate of Monmouth High School. She married Max H. Stutting on April 17, 1969 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 24, 2009.

Connie had worked at Jackson State Bank/Hawkeye Bank in Maquoketa for over 20 years. She then worked for a bank in Dubuque for a couple of years and semi-retired and worked as the bookkeeper for the City of Monmouth.

Connie had served as the president of the local chapter for the American Cancer Society from 1988 to 1990. She enjoyed writing poetry and short stories, and dreamed of being a foster mother to kids who needed help.

Those left to honor Connie's memory include her children, Kyle Jay (Sandy) Hanson of Pittsburgh, PA, James Roy Hanson of Bellevue, IA, and Angela Lee (Thomas) Marcelynas of Seattle, WA; 2 grandchildren, Brandon and Jessica Hanson; a brother Goen (Linda) Bodenhofer of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister Sharon (Phillip) Reese of Minona, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Max, and a sister Shirley Rohr.

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

 



Earnest D. Mortenson


Earnest D. Mortenson, 82, of Maquoketa, passed away on Monday morning, November 30, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Earnest's life will be held at 10 A.M., Friday, December 4, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors.

Earnest Dale Mortenson was born on July 24, 1933 in Kellogg, Iowa, to Russell Emanuel and Lillie Florence (Bates) Mortenson. He grew up in Newton and attended school there. He then entered the military serving in both the Army and Navy, receiving an honorable discharge. He married Nancy Carol Edwards on August 8, 1960 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. She preceded him in death on August 26, 2009.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge Earnest worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for many years. He later worked for Stickley Electric and lastly for the Maquoketa Lumber Yard.

Earnest was a member of the Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O'Connor-Regenwether. He enjoyed wood carving, bowling, and collecting old coins, knives and books. He especially loved to play Euchre every Sunday with his daughters and granddaughters.

Those left to honor Earnest's memory include his children, Dixie (Randy) Shady of Monticello, IA, Ricky (Tammy) Mortenson of Maquoketa, IA, Nicky (Angie) Mortenson of Maquoketa, IA, Willy (Tiffany) Mortenson of Maquoketa, IA, Nelly (Bill) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, Russell Dale (Bob Boyd) Mortenson, Valerie Kay (Randy) Owens and Jackie Irene (Randy) Campbell; brothers Monte Russell Mortenson of Phoenix, AZ, Dwight Mortenson of Newton, IA, and Dwayne Mortenson of Pershing, IA; 29 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers Ovid and Osval.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Earnest D. Mortenson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Catherine Langridge


Catherine Langridge, 77, of Oak Park Place in Dubuque passed away on November 16, 2015 at Luther Manor.

Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 11:00 a.m.

Catherine was born on Dec. 17, 1937 in New Brunswick, NJ, the daughter of Michael Targia and Catherine Florentino. She graduated from New Brunswick High School and married James Langridge on March 18, 1973 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, East Brunswick, NJ. She worked as a secretary for an attorney in New Brunswick for over 20 years. She was a volunteer preschool teacher for Nor'kirk Presbyterian in Carrollton, Texas for ten years.

She is survived by her husband, James; a brother, Santo (Lucy) Targia, of Irmo, SC, and a sister, Mary Ann Snedeker, of Chilhowie, VA; her nieces and nephews Deborah Cecere and Frederick Policastro, both of Jupiter, FL, Robert Snedeker, of Edison, NJ, Barbara Sloan and Sharon Snedeker, both of Chilhowie, VA, Michael Targia, of Lakewood Ranch, FL, Kathleen Hamilton and Michele Malloy, both of Castle Hayne, NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Theresa Policastro.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Medial Center for all their care they gave to Catherine.



Rosella M. Roth


Rosella M. (Hinderman) Roth, 90, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, IL, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation is from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Rosella was born on July 12, 1925 in Dickeyville, WI, the daughter of Michael and Clara (Kowalski) Hinderman. She married Merlin V. Roth on July 16, 1946 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1998.

She was a member of St. Mary's Church and its Altar & Rosary Society. Rosella enjoyed cleaning and was employed at numerous private homes. Family was her life, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved baking and preparing the weekly Sunday dinner for her family and looked forward to playing Dominos with her sisters.

Surviving are two daughters, Nancy (Mark) Palmer of Dubuque, IA and Lynn (Bill) Morrison of East Dubuque; three grandchildren, Aaron (Tracy) Morrison, Ben Morrison and Andy (Kayla) Palmer; five great-grandchildren, Aaron, Avery, Jillian, Brayden and Hadley; her siblings Jerome Hinderman of Cuba City, WI, Lucille (Don) Jackson, Jean Reisen, Norman (Shirley) Hinderman, Germaine Hayes and Val Hinderman, all of East Dubuque; a sister-in-law, Gerri Roth of Dubuque, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and her special friend Lu Ann.

Rosella was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Clara; her husband, Merlin; and in-laws Ralph Reisen, Merlin Hayes, Alverna Hinderman, Milton (Doris) Roth and Martin Roth.

Rosella's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for the special care given to Mom over the past year and also to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Louis E. Willcox


Louis E. Willcox, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, November 29, 2015 at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Louis' life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place. There is no visitation.

Louis Eugene Willcox was born on April 30, 1939 in Phillipsburg, Kansas, to Charles Eldon and Mina R. (Parker) Willcox. He graduated from high school and attended college for one year. He had served in the U.S. Navy for four years receiving an honorable discharge. He married Nancy Clyne on April 7, 1979 in Dubuque, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Jason and Jennie.

Louis had worked at Red Jacket in Davenport for over 15 years and retired in December of 2014 from PMX in Cedar Rapids working as a machine maintenance person. Over the years he had also operated several body shops and enjoyed working on cars, most recently with his son-in-law, Greg Ueland.

Louis and Nancy had lived in Maquoketa since 1980. He enjoyed fishing, was a hard worker and was known for his sense of humor.

Those left to honor Louis' memory include his wife, Nancy Willcox of Maquoketa, IA; children Jason Willcox of Coralville, IA, and Jennie Willcox (and husband Greg Ueland) of Maquoketa, IA; sisters Carol (Bob) Lehnhardt of Dubuque, IA, Sissy (Willard) Schmitt of Bad Axe, MI, and Tammy (Dan) Felderman of Dubuque, IA; his mother-in-law, Donna Siegwarth, of Maquoketa, IA; a brother-in-law, Craig Clyne, of Seattle, WA; 4 nieces and 6 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to especially thank Hospice of Jackson County for their compassionate and excellent care.

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



Ethel M. Lewis


Ethel "Cherie" M. Lewis, 93, of Dubuque passed away on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3650 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Cherie was born in Chicago, IL and on July 2, 1945 she married Leonard S. Lewis. A devoted mother and wife, she and Leonard farmed and raised 3 children in Dubuque.

Cherie spent many years in service to her Creator, Jehovah God. Through her Bible educational work as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, she touched many lives. She was loved and respected by her family and friends. She will be remembered for her hospitality and concern for others.

Surviving are her children Roger (Marjorie) Lewis, Dale (June) Lewis, and Mary (Richard) Gotz; and grandchildren Mattheuw (Stacie) Lewis, Jeffrey (Gwen) Lewis, Stephen (Karna) Lewis, Robert Lewis, Cynthia (Aaron) Viertel, Heather (Jesse) O'Neil, Jennifer (Greg) Normington, Erin (Jason) Schmitz, and David (Stephanie) Gotz.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at leonardfuneralhome.com.



George H. Nieters


George H. Nieters, 93, of Monticello died Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a memorial service will commence at 11. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

George was born Dec. 13, 1921, in St. Louis, MO, the son of George H. and Josephine (Abeln) Nieters. He attended Baden Grade School and graduated from Beaumont High School. He worked for the St. Louis Screw and Bolt Co. and International Shoe Co. while he was in St. Louis. He played professional baseball for the Cubs AAA farm team and entered WWII in 1942/43 as a member of the Army Air Corps, flying over thirty missions. He moved to Anamosa in 1948, working for Cuckler and Commander Buildings, and moved to Monticello in 1951.

George was a huge fan of baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, and golf. He loved the game beyond the prize!

George is survived by a daughter-in-law, Linda Nieters of Muscatine; grandchildren, Stacey Ficklin and Amanda Leopard; great grandchildren: Bethany O'Brien-Nieters, Landon Cavazos and Karen Ficklin; great great granddaughter, Brynnlee Danielle Klerk De Reus; special friends: Pete Sauser and Dave Morgan, both of Monticello, and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Bette; 2 sons, Daniel and Jon Nieters, and a daughter, Karen David, a brother, Oliver Nieters, and a sister, Mary Muir.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Camp Courageous of Iowa (www.campcourageous.org) or the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight (www.eihonorflight.org).

Condolences accepted and information at www.kramerfuneral.com.

 



Dr. Judith L. Biechler


Dr. Judith L. "Judy" (Johnson) Biechler, age 70, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:50 p.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2015, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. To honor Dr. Judy's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Dr. Judy's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in West Union, Iowa.

Dr. Judy was born on October 7, 1945, in St. Louis, Missouri, daughter of Fred and Bertha (Stecker) Johnson.

Dr. Judy always dreamed of becoming a vet in her early years, and as she would reveal throughout her entire life, when she set a personal goal, it was sure to be achieved in time. She devoted her time and talents without hesitation and eventually received her Doctorate in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 1969. She would go on to work as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian for the USDA FSIS for over 40 years, primarily working at the Dubuque Packing Company until it's closure. Dr. Judy's commitment to her family and friends was never in question. If you had the ability to touch her life in a positive manner, she would definitely reciprocate without hesitation. Her impact on the world around her was visible for all to see and her legacy will be dearly cherished and carried on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her.

Dr. Judy is survived by

her son,
Richard (Elaina Mertens) Biechler, Dubuque, IA;

her sister,
Joan (Dr. Ken) Miller, West Union, IA;

and her nieces,
Andrea (Andy) Burchett, Sioux Falls, SD,
Erica (Jeff) Johnson, Austin, TX.

Dr. Judy was preceded in death by her parents.

A Dr. Judith L. "Judy" Biechler memorial fund has been established.

Dr. Judy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor for all of the kind and loving care they graciously provided to Dr. Judy.

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

 



Joan Weber


Joan Weber, 74, of Dyersville died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, surrounded by her family.  She died as she lived, strong, faithful, and with a smile on her face, after an 8 month battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 2-8p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at the Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9 - 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Joan was born Aug. 15, 1941, the daughter of Gilbert and Mary (Sabers) Funke, and grew up in Worthington, graduating from St. Paul High School. She met Art Weber at a Worthington dance and they were married on Oct. 12, 1963. Together they farmed Northwest of Dyersville.  Joan was an outgoing and upbeat person who thoroughly enjoyed her family and friends. In addition to helping on the farm, Joan took on several jobs in town, including working at the Ertl Toy Co., the Dyersville Sale Barn, Wholesale Meats and the Sewing Factory. In her retirement she volunteered baking cookies for the hospital and cleaning tables at Oak Crest Manor.  She also helped out with the Scrip Program at Xavier Grade School.

Joan is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Art; 3 children and their familes: Brenda (Jay) Hefel, Tyler, Mackenzi and Morgan of Farley, Larry (Miechelle) Weber, Benjamin and Michael of Iowa City and Robin Todus and Ethan of River Forest, Ill.; her mother-in-law, Marc Weber Steger; brothers and sisters-in-law: John Hoefler of New Vienna, Kay (Bill) Recker, Elaine Weber, Lois (Ken) Bries, and Jerry (Jan) Weber, all of Dyersville.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Verdon Gavin, her father-in-law, Al Weber, her step-father-in-law, Edmund "Skinny" Steger, an infant son, a son-in-law, Chris Todus, a sister, Marilyn Hoefler, and a brother-in-law, Joe Weber.

We would like to thank Dr. Engelman and his staff for making Mom feel like "She was his only patient."  Thanks, also to the caring staff at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 

 



Glenn E. Bankson


Glenn E. "Tom" Bankson, 82, of Dubuque, passed away at home with family on Friday, November 27, 2015. Graveside committal services will be 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 1 at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, is assisting the family.

Tom was born in Dubuque on May 17, 1933 son of Glenn and Stella (Gratrix) Bankson. He served in the Army from 1954-1956 in the Quarter Master Corp. On July 30, 1954, he married Georgia Hendren at 3rd Presbyterian Chruch in Dubuque. They celebrated 61 years of marriage.

He retired from the City of Dubuque.

Tom was known to his friends and neighbors as "Mr. Fix - It," and he was always willing to help others. He was a kind and generous man.

He also enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking, and in his younger years, hunting. He had many motorcycles and liked to ride whenever he got the chance. His favorite times were spent with his family, taking trips, especially to Minnesota. He made many friends during his travels, especially the winters in Florida.

He will be remembered by his wife, Georgia; children Rick (Tracy) Bankson of Dubuque, Lori (Bruce) Peterson of Madison, Wisc, and Ginny (Peter) Bellings of Dubuque; grandchildren Matthew, Lindsey (Dusty), and Ryan; great grandchildren Lily and Henry; a brother in law Bill (Linda) Hendren of Dumont; and sisters in law Gladyce Malony of Jacksonville, Ore., and Judy Hendren of Waterloo, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Earl, and brother in law Lyle Hendren.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.
A celebration of Tom's life will be held this summer.



Alberta Lattner


Alberta (Heitz) Lattner, 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at Bethany Home, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 30 at the Church of the Resurrection.Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m., Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road.

Alberta was born on September 30, 1922 in Dubuque, the daughter of Nick and Magdalena (Weber) Manders.

She married Daniel Heitz on May 30, 1942. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1979.

She married Edwin Lattner on Sept. 21, 1985. He died on May 21, 2005.

Alberta was employed at Osco Drug for many years where she earned the affectionate nickname of Granny Go Go. The name reflected her unending energy and work ethic, and became the name she was called by her 19 grandchildren.

Alberta had a deep love for animals; remembering the names of family pets long after Alzheimer's left her unable to remember the names of family or friends. She instilled in her children a love of travel and of entertaining. There were always cookies in the cabinet and a cold drink for anyone who stopped to visit.

No matter the circumstance, Alberta would find the good in people and in situations. She will be remembered for her kindness and compassion.

She is survived by her children, Gail (Nick) Noel, Joyce (Bob) Potter, Patty (Darryl) Discher, Nancy (Dennis) Stecklein, Mike (Barb) Heitz, Lynn (Tom) Siegert; stepdaughter Diane Maiers; 19 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; and a step- sister, Catherine Manders.

She was also preceded in death by a stepson Edwin Lattner; sisters, Rose Schmitt and Vi Schadler; and brothers, Marvin and Ervin Manders.

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

Memorials may be given to Bethany Home.

Alberta's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Bethany Home. We are forever grateful for the love and special care given to mom over the past 10 years. We also wish to thank Hospice of Dubuque for providing comfort and a sense of peace to mom in her final days.



John J. Kohn


John J. Kohn, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on October 6, 1932, in Worthington, Iowa, son of Joseph M. and Ida (Tobin) Kohn.

John honorably and proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He role modeled an incredibly strong work ethic and was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 40 years until his retirement. In continuing with his personal drive to make each day a productive one, he went to work for PerMar Security for yet another 11 years. John was a lifelong and faithful member of both Holy Ghost Church and the Dubuque AMVETS. In his free time John enjoyed gaming and was known to be quite a competitive card player. John was a good and decent man who generously and continually devoted his time and talents to family and friends. He will be sadly and dearly missed by all who knew and loved him, but the memories, and the example he set, will be carried on for years to come.

John is survived by

his sons,
Michael Kohn,
David (Linda) Kohn,
and Joseph (Debbie) Kohn, all of Dubuque, IA;

a special friend,
Patricia Gassman, Dubuque, IA;

two grandchildren,
Jonathan Kohn and Jason Kohn;

three great-grandchildren;

his former wife,
Ardith Peterson, Dubuque, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Arlene Kohn, IL;

and a brother-in-law,
Floyd Kieler, Tennyson, WI.

John was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Virginia (Buzz) Canfield, Geraldine (Edward) Haberkorn, Luella (John) Pfiffer, Ellen Kieler and Patricia Kruser; three brothers, Delbert (Virginia) Kohn, James Kohn and Grange (Jean) Kohn.

A John J. Kohn memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy I.C.U. for all their professional and compassionate care.

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

 



Cletus C. Tranel


Cletus C. Tranel, 82, of Galena, IL, formerly of Menominee, IL, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Nativity BVM Church, Menominee, IL, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque

Visitation will be from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday and from 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish Rosary will be recited at 1:45 p.m. Friday and the East Dubuque American Legion will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Cletus was born on February 24, 1933 in Menominee Township of Jo Daviess County, the son of Elmer J. and Lorena (Wubben) Tranel.  He married Sharon Sincock on June 13, 1964 at Nativity BVM Church.

He was formerly employed at Klein Implement in Galena and later at Roeder Bros. in Dubuque, retiring in 1994.  Clete was a very talented mechanic and was well respected in the tractor implement business. He was a member of Nativity BVM Parish in Menominee. Clete was a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps serving in the Korean Conflict.

Surviving is his wife Sharon, four sisters, Merla Carl of Galena, IL, Doris (Earl) Hasken of East Dubuque, IL, Arletta (Joseph) Fransen and LaVonne (Cletus) Kaiser both of Dubuque, IA; Many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, his in-laws, Colleen Dempsey of Galena and Diane (Isadore) Kowalski of Cuba City, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers-in-law, Glenn Carl, Kenny Jestice and Ray Dempsey, a sister-in-law Beverly Jestice, a nephew Kevin Carl and a niece Linda Fransen-Delaney.

In lieu of flowers a Cletus C. Tranel memorial fund has been established.

Sharon and family wish to thank the Galena EMS and Galena Police Dept. for their quick response and compassion.

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

 

 



Lois E. Bekkum


Lois E. Bekkum, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday afternoon, November 22, 2015, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, November 28, 2015, from the Ozark Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Lois Evelyn Marricle was born on December 11, 1943 in El Paso, Texas to Lorenzia Price and Evelyn Elizabeth (Hood) Marricle. She married Wayne W. Bekkum on July 24, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois.

Lois had worked as a cook at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for ten years. Through the years she had also worked at Hardees, KJ's Convenience Store and McDonald's in Maquoketa.

Lois enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycling, flowers and gardening, and cooking.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Wayne Bekkum of Maquoketa, IA; a nephew Charles (Sarah) Gould of AK; and a niece Vickie Kay Ickard of TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a step-brother Charles E. Gould.

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

 



Jack Crahan


Jack (J.B.) Bertsch Crahan, the retired Chairman and C.E.O. of Flexsteel Industries, passed away peacefully on November 19, at 8:17 pm at Unity Point-Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, November 28, at 10:30 am at St. Columbkille Church with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson and Rev. Msgr. Francis Friedl officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. To celebrate Jack's life, family and friends may call from 2-7 pm on Friday, November 27, at St. Columbkille Church.

Jack was born on August 24, 1923, in Galesburg, IL, and raised in Long Lake, MN. At the age of 14, at the end of the Great Depression, he started his own turkey farm. He started with a few turkeys, which turned into a rafter of over 100 turkeys. By Thanksgiving, his hard work paid off handsomely. He was a quick study of what worked and what didn't work, which became his model for his life.
He graduated high school at the age of 16. He then enrolled at the University of Minnesota, majoring in aeronautical engineering. That's when young Margaret "Peggy" Furey entered his life, with her bright blue eyes, high-fashion style, and Irish grace. It was love at first sight. They wed on September 9, 1944.

Jack and Peggy Crahan lived their lives guided by their love of God. In fact they built their four-generational family firmly ground in their love of God and practice of their Catholic faith.

During their courtship, Jack enlisted in the Naval Air Corps. He was in the top 10°/o of his class as a naval cadet, and selected to be a Marine Fighter pilot in WWII. Inspired by an unparalleled love for his country, and the quintessential American, Jack served in WWII, as a highly decorated fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater. J.B. was awarded the Victory Medal in 1945, and became the top replacement in the legendary fighter pilot, Joe Foss's 2nd Squadron, the VMF-115 in the 1st Marine Air Wing, known as "Joe's Jokers" for its emblem of the Royal Flush with a "Joker" on the Corsair tail. After the war he was sent to Peking to patrol the Great Wall of China, in defense of Nationalist China. In 1946, he returned home with the China Service Medal. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with four Oak Leaf Clusters, having flown in combat in the South Pacific, the Philippines, Okinawa, and China.
Jack was called back to duty during the Korean War. Captain Crahan flew Sikorsky helicopter rescue missions behind enemy lines to recover the wounded and the dead. Jack returned home to Minneapolis after his tour of duty, again highly decorated.

Jack joined Flexsteel in 1947. Jack along with Sam Santillo moved the Metal Division to Dubuque in 1955. In 1965-66, J.B. spearheaded the metal move into recreational vehicles (RV), when Winnebago requested that Flexsteel build frames for them. Jack came up with phrase, "It's all furniture, but this is just furniture that goes down the road." At the height of the RV business, Flexsteel generated $98 million worth of revenue. Flexsteel became the leader of the RV business. Jack helped take Flexsteel public in 1969. He became the President and C.0.0. of Flexsteel Industries in 1985. In 1990 he became Chairman of the Board and C.E.O. He retired in 1998. He was an icon and leader in the American furniture industry, and the Iowa business community.

Jack was very civically active and served on many boards over the years, including Dubuque Bank and Trust, Loras College Board of Regents, United Steelworkers Pension Trust, Dubuque Racing Association, Dubuque Boys Club, and National Association of Furniture Manufacturing.
Jack lived a faith-filled life. He was a member of St. Columbkille parish, and attended daily mass regularly, especially during lent. He was a founding member of S.M.G.A. (Sunday Morning Golf Association), which started as a group of merry men looking to enjoy libations on Sunday morning at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, without violating Iowa Liquor Board laws. The group played a round of golf with the intent of meeting at the gin table. He was an avid player of gin, a desired partner and feared competitor.

Jack joined the 990 Club in 1955, and was the longest-standing member of the Dubuque Shooting Society. He was one of the originals of the Club. He also enjoyed hunting with his family and friends as a great way to relax.

He and Peggy were avid world travelers. They visited six of the seven continents in style. Family and friends were always welcome to join them.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy, in 2002, and son, Patrick, in 2014, along with his sister, Mary Jo Murphy and brother-in-law, John Bonner.

Jack is survived by his sister, Jeanne Bonner, daughter, Colleen (Larry) McCarthy, son, Kevin (Maureen) Crahan, daughter-in-law, Carla Crahan, and grandchildren: Erin Nagle Atkiss, Ciara and Nora McCarthy, Page (Ken) Rahn, Andrew Crahan, Kaitlin, Caroline, Jack, and Seamus Crahan, and great-grandchildren: Lincoln, Shepherd, and Riley Atkiss, and Patrick Michael Rahn.

To honor Jack's love of the church and Catholic education, memorials may be given to St. Columbkille Church and School Fund.

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



Alfred P. Breitbach


Alfred P. Breitbach, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, and formerly of Rickardsville, passed away peacefully at 6:58 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Alfred's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. To celebrate Alfred's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2015, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Alfred was born on March 6, 1928, in Rickardsville, IA, son of Peter and Anna (Ries) Breitbach.

Alfred was united in marriage to the love of his life, Betty O'Hare, on April 27, 1949, at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Bankston. They were blessed with almost 60 years together and 7 wonderful children before she was called home on April 15, 2009. Alfred and Betty owned and operated Breitbach's TV in Rickardsville for over 30 years until his son Tom decided to carry on the family tradition in 1986. Alfred eagerly continued to work daily, answering phones and visiting with friends, until he was 85 years old. His dreams of farming in his youth were abruptly interrupted by polio, but later in life Alfred was given the opportunity to find joy in custom silo filling for several years. In his free time, Alfred enjoyed a good game of cards with his friends from the Village Co-Op and valued spending quality time with his fellow members of the Polio Group. To say that family was the most important commodity in Alfred's life would be an understatement. His love, commitment and adoration for his family was continually on display for all to see, and he always did it with a smile on his face and in his heart. Alfred was a longtime and faithful member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. Alfred has been called home now and again joins his beautiful bride Betty in an eternal state of grace. His memories remain to be cherished for generations by all who knew and loved him.

Alfred is survived by

his seven children,
Diane (Butch) Riniker, Sherrill, IA,
Dan (Karen) Breitbach, Maquoketa, IA,
Larry (Roberta) Breitbach, Appleton, WI,
Allen Breitbach, Muskego, WI,
Tom (Brenda) Breitbach, Rickardsville, IA,
Tina (Denny) Volkert, Dubuque, IA,
and Nancy (Keith) Wolf, Bankston, IA;

28 grandchildren,

29 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; a great-granddaughter, Kenzie Hessenius; two sisters, Lorraine (Francis) Neumann and Anna Mae (Raphael) Bleile; and five brothers, Raymond (Leona), Martin (Ida), Aloysius, Arnold and Sylvester Breitbach.

An Alfred P. Breitbach memorial fund has been established.

Alfred's family would like to extend a special thank you to his friends at the Village Cooperative for all their loyal companionship and also to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque and Mercy Hospital for all of their compassionate and loving care.

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

 



Earl Davis


Earl Davis, 81, of North Buena Vista, and formerly of Hudson, IA, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. A memorial service and inurnment will be conducted at a later date.

Survivors include his 5 children: Sue Davis and Clay of Alexander, IA, Jim (Sue) Davis of North Buena Vista, Peg (Suntan) King of Garrison, IA, Mary King and special friend Garth of Waterloo, Mike (Melissa) Davis of Vinton, IA; grandchildren: Heath (Karla) Davis, Heidi Davis, Adam (Aime Hennegan) King, Aaron and Andrew King, Blake King, Bryce King, Holly (Adam) Greif, and Tyler Davis; 10 great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Tony (Brenda) Jochumsen of Hudson, IA, and their sons, Jason and Gary Jochumsen; 2 sisters, Betty Theisen of Cole Camp, MO, and her 7 children, and Florence Eddy of Texas; a half-brother, John (Sandy) Livingston of Cedar Falls, and 2 brothers-in-law, Chuck Willett and Chauncy Craig.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly, on June 2, 2015; a granddaughter, Paige Davis; a great-grandson, Garrison Davis; 2 brothers-in-law, James Theisen and Loren Eddy; 2 sisters, Ethel Willett and Beverly Craig; and a niece, Rosemary Cooley.

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



Zach S. Veach


Zach S. Veach, 28, of Dubuque died Friday, November 20, 2015.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday and from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Zach was born on May 23, 1987, in Dubuque, IA the son of Steve and Chris (Leslein) Veach.

Zach was a simple and gentle man, who had a love for all animals, especially his cat, Lona. He was compassionate for all creatures, including bugs, that he would pick up and take outside to set free. Zach also took great pride in his yard, house, and flower gardens.

Some of Zach's interests and passions included military history, bowling, music, and baseball. He enjoyed all music, from Johnny Cash to Jimi Hendrix to Pink Floyd. Zach spent many summers playing baseball, most often as a catcher, and Yadi Molina was his favorite player. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed many trips to Busch Stadium with his family. Zach and his dad discussed many a Cardinal game. 

Zach was employed at Berry Plastics in Peosta.

Surviving are his parents, Steve and Chris (Leslein) Veach, of Durango; sister, Emily Veach and her daughters, Adalyn and Avery, of Davenport, IA., and brother, Logan Veach, of Durango; grandmother, Ruth Leslein Kramer (Bob), of Durango; aunts and uncles, Linda Leslein, Ruth Schaumburg, Gayle (Joe) Rohn, Ron (Sheri) Leslein, and John (Peggy) Leslein; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather and grandmother, Stanley and Katherine Veach; grandfather Lawrence Leslein; and uncles, Dale Veach, Larry Leslein and Donald Schaumburg.

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

Memorials may be given to the Dubuque Humane Society.



John R. Johnson


John R. Johnson, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 2:45 p.m.

John was born July 20, 1936 in Dubuque, the son of Kenneth and Viola (Welu) Johnson. He graduated from St. Columbkille school, and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954-1956. He married Mary Jo Richter on February 15, 1958 at St. Raphael Cathedral.

John was employed for many years at Apple River Chemical, retiring as a supervisor for IMC Global (now Rentech) in 1998. He was a proud member of UAW Local 1391, and served as President. His faith was very important to him, and he was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He also attended daily Mass at Church of the Nativity, and was a strong supporter of both parishes, and of St. Vincent de Paul.

John loved the outdoors, and he had a great eye for hunting and a magic touch on the walleye rod. He was a founding member of the Eagle Point Walleye Club. John's outdoor adventures didn't end in the field, but were relived countless times in his prolific storytelling.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; three sons, John J. (Nita) Johnson of Peosta, David (Debra) Johnson of Asbury, and James (Cathryn) Johnson of Round Lake Beach, IL; grandchildren Elizabeth (Shawn) Thomas, Jeffrey (fiancée Caitlin Reimer) Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Mark Johnson, Natalie Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Maximillian Johnson, and Jillian Johnson; great granddaughter Madeline Thomas; siblings Kenneth (Blanche) Johnson, Mary Ann Steiner, Sally Roy-Boynton, Chris Johnson, and Jean Koch, all of Dubuque; and a brother in law, Edward Lakatosh.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Joan Lakatosh; a brother Thomas in infancy; and two brothers in law, Michael Steiner and Robert Boynton.

Memorials may be made as Masses for John.

"Pain is Temporary, Glory is Forever."

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



Rosella E. Sprengelmeyer


Rosella E. Sprengelmeyer, age 94, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:50 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rosella's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Rosella's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Rosella was born on January 6, 1921, in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Olive (Pross) Fiedler.

Directly out of high school, Rosella earned her cosmetology license and worked as a hairdresser at Coates & Corcoran Beauty Shop. Shortly after her beauty career had begun her romantic destiny was discovered and she met the love of her life and future husband, Frederick C. Sprengelmeyer. They were united in marriage on July 4, 1942, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 53 adoring years together before he was called home on June 11, 1996. Rosella was a devoted wife and mother who also graciously and compassionately cared for Grandma Sprengelmeyer while lovingly nurturing five children of her own. In her free time she enjoyed cooking and creating intricate needlework projects, especially cross stitching. Rosella's greatest joy though was found in the precious moments where she was in the company of her family. Rosella was a faith filled woman and a longtime and loyal member of Sacred Heart Church and the Rosary Society. Rosella, along with all those who knew and loved her, were given the gift of 94 wonderful years of treasured memories. Her physical absence from our lives leaves an obvious void and a sorrow which only time will heal, but we find peace and comfort in knowing and trusting that her soul now rests in a perfect state for eternity.

Rosella is survived by

her children,
Frederick E. Sprengelmeyer, Hazel Green, WI,
Karen (Mack) Bealmer, Macon, MO,
Barbara (Donald) Preston, Dubuque, IA,
Betty Sprengelmeyer, Dubuque, IA,
and Jean (Douglas) Kapp, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 grandchildren,
Derek (Susan) Erhart,
Tammy (Tom) Spudich,
Christopher Erhart,
Brian (Carrie) Preston,
Todd (Tara) Preston,
Beth Preston,
Jeremy (Alicia) Kapp,
and Melissa (Brent) Culbertson;

her 18 great-grandchildren,
Eadaion Erhart, Deaglin Erhart, Bryce Erhart, Leiliah Erhart, Noelle Erhart, Alexis Spudich, Jarred Spudich, Jacob Spudich, Hunter Preston, Taylor Preston, Noah Preston, Paige Preston, Mia Preston, Samuel Culbertson, Aaron Culbertson, Blair Kapp, MaryEllen Kapp and Kiefer Kapp;

her siblings,
Bernard (Joan) Fiedler, Lancaster, WI,
Richard (Eileen) Fiedler, Lancaster, WI,
and Mary Jane (Roger) Ellis, Lancaster, WI;

her sisters-in-law,
Gladys Fiedler, Beloit, WI,
Gertrude Fiedler, Platteville, WI,
and Florence Yates, North Fort Myers, FL;

and several nieces and nephews.

Rosella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frederick C. Sprengelmeyer; and two brothers, Edward Fiedler and Joseph William "Bill" Fiedler.

A Rosella E. Sprengelmeyer memorial fund has been established.

Rosella's family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse, Kate, Dr. Shaw, Dr. Muerer and the nurses, staff and friends of Stonehill Care Center and "YooHoo" to the ICU units at Mercy Medical Center and Finley Hospital for the wonderful care they provided, your kindness and compassion is greatly appreciated.

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

 



Christine Steffen


Christine Steffen, 65, of Monticello passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, at Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wed., Nov. 25, at the United Church of Monticello. Rev. Ed Moreano will officiate and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Chris was born Sept. 1, 1950, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Coberly) Pederson. She graduated from the Monticello High School with the Class of 1968 and married Vernon Steffen on April 19, 1969, at the Methodist Church in Buck Creek, Iowa. Chris enjoyed working with people and it was easy for her to find employment in a customer service position in many industries.

Together they enjoyed camping, traveling and going to dances. They were also AMWAY representatives.

Shopping was a favorite pastime. Chris was a very outgoing and active person who always needed to be "on the go".

She is survived by her husband, Vernon, a daughter: Kimberly (Travis) Sams of Monticello, a granddaughter, Alexandria Steffen, and a grandson expected soon; her mother Mary Pederson of Monticello; siblings: Katie (Jim) Bronemann, Lisa (Dennis) Freitas and Cass Pederson, all of Monticello; several brothers-and-sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, her parents-in-law: Reynold and Frances Steffen, a sister, Mary Jo Koch, 2 brothers, Neil and Joseph, Jr.; 2 brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Mary C. Scheckel


Mary C. Scheckel, 71, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Springbrook, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, November 21, 2015, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Mary's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again from 10:30 A.M. until service time at the church on Wednesday.

Mary Catherine Schuster was born on December 11, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa, to William and Clara (Schneider) Schuster. She grew up in Dubuque and was a graduate of Dubuque Wahlert High School. She married Mahlon J. Scheckel on May 21, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa. To this union 5 children were born: Mike, Lori, Cindy, Mark and John.

Prior to her marriage, Mary had worked at the Dubuque Casket Company. After her marriage, she became a homemaker raising five children and helped her husband with the family business Scheckel Dairy Supply for 37 years until Mahlon's death on August 9, 1999. She moved from Springbrook to Maquoketa in 2001 and to Maquoketa Care Center in 2011.

Mary was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She loved Euchre, Bingo, large seek and find books and visiting with people.

Those left to honor Mary's memory include her children, Mike (Catherine) Scheckel of Delmar, IA, Lori (& Fiancee Gene Kammen) Farrell of Maquoketa, IA, Cindy Scheckel of Sierra Madre, CA, Mark (& special friend Jennifer) Scheckel of St. Peters, MO, and John (Alicia) Scheckel of Hawarden, IA; 11 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren; brothers Loras Schuster of Dubuque, IA, William (Lorraine) Schuster of Dubuque, IA, Joe Schuster of Kansas City, MO and Dick Schuster of Darlington, WI; and a sister-in-law Lola Schuster of Dubuque, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Henry, Ray and Jerry, sisters Veronica Wickman and Carol Lynch, sisters-in-law Bernice Schuster, Loraine Schuster, Geraldine Schuster, Lois Schuster and Alverna Schuster and brother-in-law Alvin Wickman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Mary C. Scheckel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Judith A. Wallenhorst


Judith A. Wallenhorst, 73, of Platteville, Wisconsin, formerly of Potosi, died Friday, November 20, 2015, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Judith was born on August 1, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Ethel (Eigenberger) Hosier. She married Ralph E. Wallenhorst on July 13, 1968, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. She worked for ARA Food Services.

Judith enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and traveling. In her younger years she bowled. Judith was a member of UAW Local #13.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph; a daughter, Elaine (Mark) Wenig, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin; two sons, Ronald (Lynn) Wallenhorst, of Oahu, Hawaii, and Joseph (Annette) Wallenhorst, of Milwaukee; five grandchildren, Jamie Lynn Armstrong, Tadaji Wallenhorst, Taylor Wenig, Benjamin Wallenhorst and Marjorie Wallenhorst; a great-granddaughter, Tiana Armstrong; and a brother John (Margie) Hosier, of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and three sisters, Martha Wilson, Margaret Stacy and Elaine Hosier.

A Judith A. Wallenhorst Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Karen A. Jaeger


Karen A. (A'Hearn) Jaeger, 74, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, November 20, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 at Church of the Resurrection, with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Family will greet friends from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road.

Karen was born October 24, 1941, in Epworth, Iowa, daughter of Francis and Betty (Schenkelberg) A'Hearn. She married Thomas Jaeger June 25, 1960.

She was a realtor for over 35 years starting with the Gibson Partners. She was co-owner of Dubuque Partners Realtors and retired in 2004 from Duggan Realty. She was also a member of the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce and spent some time as an Ambassador

Karen was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and loved to tailgate, She also loved to play cards and in her younger days golfing, bowling and spending time on the river were her favorite activities. She is a member of Resurrection parish.

Surviving is her husband, Thomas Jaeger, of Dubuque; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Jaeger; a son Kevin Thomas (Gina) Jaeger; four grandchildren, Mason, Rachel, Tyler and Alexa Jaeger all of Dubuque; three sisters, Patricia (Patrick) McDermott of Epworth, Janet Hingtgen of Farley and Joan Schmitt of Cedar Rapids; and a brother, Michael A'Hearn of Arvada, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, and a brother Bob A'Hearn of Cedar Rapids.

A Karen A. Jaeger Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Richard G. Rokusek


Richard G. Rokusek, 68 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family will greet friends 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Monday, November 23, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd. There will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

Richard was born December 31, 1946 in Dubuque, IA, son of Stan and Marie (Williams) Rokusek. He married Mary "Dixie" DuCray, May 1, 1971 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dubuque.

He was a Senior Designer of Product Engineering in the World Wide Construction Forestry Division of John Deere Dubuque Works for 45 years.

He was in the U.S. Army Reserve and a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

His family and grandchildren were his life. He enjoyed camping, boating and traveling with Dixie. He was very active at Holy Trinity parish.

Surviving is his wife Dixie Rokusek, of Dubuque; his children, Rick (Jenny) Rokusek, of Oak Creek, WI, and their daughter, Addison, Randy (Angie) Rokusek, of Dubuque and their children, Ashley, Bella and Sam, Rochelle (Peter) Fritz, of North Smithsfield, RI and their children, Zephaniah, Gideon and Beatrice; and two brothers, Bill (Lori) Rokusek, of Dubuque and Don (Ann) Rokusek, of Peosta.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the Richard Rokusek Memorial Fund.

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



Robert A. Wells


Robert A Wells, 82, of Dubuque passed away suddenly and unexpected on November 20, 2015.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 25, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd where services will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Private family burial will be on Friday at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

He was born on December 4, 1932 in Shullsburg, Wisconsin the son of William and Mary (Teasdale) Wells. He married Nancy Lee Hanson in January of 1951, the love of his life for 64+ years. They had four children:

William (Susan) Wells, Dubuque, Nancee (David) Frey, Bloomington, Ill., Michelle (Rick) Gansen, Cedar Rapids and Monica (deceased) (Tom) Ehlers, Dubuque. Nine Grandchildren and Fourteen Great Grandchildren.

He was employed for 36 years at Flexsteel Ind. and retired in 1993.

He was a long time member of St. Patrick's Parish, Dubuque Boat Club, and the American Legion. He loved playing golf and pool.

He is survived by his wife (favorite companion Bitzy), Children, Grandchildren, Great grand Children and a brother Joseph (Camilla) Wells. Sisters-in-Law Billie (Kenny) Rowles, Dubuque and Karen (James) Krause, Cuba City, Wis. and Shirley (Austin) Wells, Rock Island Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents William and Mary Wells, brother Austin Wells, Sister Audrey (Eugene) Niday and a daughter Monica Ehlers.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

 



Twila M. Manders


Twila M. (Launspach) (Birch) Manders, 86 of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 25 at GracePoint Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road and from 10:00 a.m., Wednesday until time of service at GracePoint Presbyterian Church.

Twila was born on July 19, 1929 on the family farm in Durango, the daughter of Robert and Mabel (Kuntz) Launspach.

She married Melvin (Bud) Birch on April 29, 1950 at the former Third Presbyterian Church, now GracePoint.
Bud preceded her in death on June 29, 1971.

She later married Marvin (Buck) Manders on June 4, 1976. He also preceded her in death on October 20, 1996.

Twila was employed at State Brand Creamery, Morrison Brothers, and retired from Loras College in February of 1993. She was a member of Third Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, where she was also a past Deacon.

She loved to fix things up around the home, crochet, and knit. She always kept busy. Twila also had a great love for her family, especially her granddaughters.

Surviving are her two sons, Robert L. (Suzann "Suz") Birch of Key West, Iowa, with whom she made her home for the last 8 years, and Randy (Teresa) Birch of Kansas City, Kan; two step-sons, Dennis "Pup" (Connie) Manders, of Dubuque and Ronald (Jackie) Manders of Las Vegas, Nev; 2 granddaughters, Melanie (Craig) De Meester of St. Louis, Mo., and Melissa (Kevin) Donovan of Dubuque; 4 step grandchildren, Mark (Emily Polich) Manders of Hazel Green, Wis., Cory (Ann Marie) Manders of Lakewood, Colo., Kelly (Jim) Cast of Riverside, Calif., and Keri (Scott) Hartlieb of Centennial, Colo.; 5 great- grandchildren; 8 step great-grandchildren; sister, June Mickel of Sherrill.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; 4 brothers; her sister; and great- grandchild, K.J. Donovan.
The Family would like to thank the staff of Medical Associates and Mercy Medical Center for their years of care for Twila, especially Dr. Tom Schreiber and Dr Lawrence Kukla.

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



Mary C. Hirsch


Mary Catherine Hirsch, age 91, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:02 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, with Rev. Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. The Nativity Rosary Society will begin their service at 10:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born on January 8, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Catherine (Gassman) Noesges.

Mary was united in marriage to Clarence Hirsch on June 1, 1946, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque.  They were blessed with 32 years together before he preceded her in death on April 14, 1979.  Mary was truly a loving wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her family and home.  She also worked outside of the home at Jack's Chicken Palace for 20 years and developed wonderful relationships with all of her co-workers and regular customers.  Mary was a absolutely marvelous seamstress who generously shared her talents by making ornate clothing for her family, vestments for local clergy, but her most treasured accomplishments were the creation of beautiful wedding and bridesmaid dresses for her family and friends.  In her younger years, Mary was recognized to be quite a naturally gifted singer, guitarist and yodeler who was very well known for her famous rendition of "I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart".  Her stage persona was "Kay Kody" with the KDTH Barn Dance radio broadcast at Melody Mill when she was yet an eager teenager.  Mary always carried within her an adventurous spirit which could easily be entertained with a good ride on a Harley Davidson "Motorcacle" or an amazing evening watching Neil Diamond perform before her live on stage.  Mary was a very active woman throughout her entire life who graciously volunteered at the Church of the Nativity with both the Rosary Society and helping with weekly collections.  Mary was very creative and over the years spend countless hours working on an abundance of different craft and crochet projects.  She was a joyfully enthusiastic social butterfly who treasured any opportunity to get involved in a good game of cards, an exciting round of bingo or a competitive session of dominos with family and friends.  One of Mary's guilty pleasures, when she actually had a little free time to indulge on herself, was to relax and watch a competitive round of figure skating.  Mary didn't waste one minute of her 91 years here with us; whether entertaining others, nurturing those she loved or simply bringing joy to someone who walked into her day.  Mary gracefully made the most of every moment, gift and talent.  She's now reunited with the love of her life, Clarence, and resting safely and securely in the arms of her Lord.  The memories Mary leaves behind will slowly help heal the wounded hearts of all who knew and loved her.

Mary is survived by?her children,
Gary (Lynn) Hirsch, Bettendorf, IA,
Dyan Burke, Dubuque, IA,
and Donna Slade, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Nealie (Bryce) Hill, Rock Island, IL,
Kelly Latham, Denver, CO,
Brandon (Shauna) Burke, Murrieta, CA,
and Roger (Savanna William) Slade, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her great-grandchildren,
Eli and Lydia Hill, Addison and Derek Burke and Anna and James Latham;

a brother, Harold Noesges, Dubuque, IA;

a niece, Rose Ann Noesges, Westlake, OH;

a sister-in-law, Ceceilia "Ceil" Hirsch, Dubuque, IA;

and many other nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Hirsch; a sister, Celeste (Carl) Ehrlich; and a sister-in-law, Rose Marie Noesges.

A Mary C. Hirsch memorial fund has been established which will be donated to Mary's favorite charities.

Mary's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse, Kate, the staff and her friends at The Rose, Open Arms and the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Megan, for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

 



Margaret L. Birch


Margaret L. Birch, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 2:33 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Margaret's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Margaret's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born on May 24, 1934, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Louis and Mary (Crowley) Scharff Sr.

Margaret was born and raised in Dubuque and took great pride in both her family and local heritage. She was united in marriage to Allen J. Birch on April 5, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, and they were blessed with 63 wonderful years together. Margaret was born to be a full time wife, mother and grandmother who undeniably fulfilled her mission in true fashion by devoting her entire life to nurturing, loving and adoring her family. She was well known for her natural gifts and talents in the kitchen and sincerely treasured the opportunities to share her skills with all whom had the pleasure to sit and break bread at her table. Not that Margaret required an abundance of spare hours to spend on herself instead of others, but when she did, her heart and mind were quite content to curl up with a good book. Margaret lived a full life, continually surrounded by those she loved and making many new friends along the way. Her soul now rests gracefully in peace with all of her earthly labors and tasks completed. She has once again been reunited with all those who've gone before her and the reunion was surely an absolutely glorious one. We love you Margaret, we miss you, we thank you for everything and until we meet again, God bless you for being you.

Margaret is survived by

her loving and devoted husband of 63 years,
Allen Birch Sr., Dubuque, IA;

her four children,
Allen "Al" (Tina Hanson) Birch Jr., Hendersonville, North Carolina,
Karen (Bruce) Wilson, Cuba City, WI,
Tim Birch, Dubuque, IA,
and Molly Bradfield, Dubuque, IA;

twelve grandchildren,
Nathan Birch, Alissa (Joseph) Smith, Jarred Bradfield, Kyle Bradfield, Lacey Bradfield, Jessica (Brice) Heiar, Holly (Joseph) Andresen, Jackie Birch, Heather (Daniel) Stoner, Jay Genthe, Ben Bechen and Nick Bechen;

seven great-grandchildren,
Easton Smith, Alex Andresen, Adam Genthe, Mason Heiar, Cheyenne Heiar, Hannah Bechen and Jerimiah Bechen;

her two sisters,
Darien Hayward,
and Nancy (Fred) Hoag, both of Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Ronald Howell;

and two sons-in-law,
Daniel Bechen,
and Gary Genthe.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Shelley Bechen and Janet Genthe; four sisters, Pat Howell, Kay (Raymond "Buddy") Berg, Barbara (Don) Ahlers and Imelda (Leo) Birch; a brother, Louis Scharff Jr.; and a brother-in-law, George Hayward.

A Margaret L. Birch memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Barbara H. Bienhoff


Barbara H. Bienhoff, 97, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2015, at Hawkeye Care Center. Barbara was born November 1, 1918, oldest daughter of Harry P. and Clarissa (Kapser) Brehm in Harvard, Nebraska. A celebration of life service will be held at Fairfield Community Presbyterian Church (Nebraska) on Monday, December 28, at 1:30 p.m.

She was a 1936 graduate of Harvard Public Schools. Upon graduation, Barbara attended Kearney State Teachers College in Kearney, Nebraska; attended business college in Sterling, IL; and taught for four years in Clay County rural schools prior to her marriage. Her professional career ended after 15 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service of Nebraska in Clay Center.

On October 17, 1943, she married Donald L. Bienhoff and their 52 years together were spent farming in the Deweese, Fairfield, and Glenvil, NE areas. Barbara was a dedicated mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, housewife, and volunteer. Both Barbara and Don were charter members of the Community Presbyterian Church in Fairfield, NE, and both were active members for many years. Barbara was most known for her hospitality, reaching out to others who most needed it, and youth in the community.

Upon retirement, she and Don moved to Good Samaritan Village in Hastings, NE, and they were members of the Evangelical Free Church. After Don's death, November 10, 1995, she moved to Plano, TX, to be near her daughter Mary (Sue) and spent the last 10 years in Dubuque, IA, near another daughter, Julianne.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, husband, only sister Margaret Jean Rector of Normal, IL, sons-in-law Ken Harvey of Plano, TX, and David Smith of Chandler, AZ. She is survived by four children: Mary (Sue) Harvey of Plano, TX, and her children Kim (Bobby) Bishop, Celina, TX, Kristin (Mike) Deck, Frisco, TX, and Kylee (Derek) Fournier, Frisco, TX; Paul Bienhoff of Evanston, WY and son, Rielly; Julianne (Dennis) Geraghty of Dubuque and their children Nate and Kelsey (special friend, Nick Freiburger); Sarajane Smith of Chandler, AZ; and seven great-grandchildren in Texas: Bryan, Kinley, Macey, Kelly, Mallory, Emree, and Coen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Fairfield Community Presbyterian Church (601 North D Street, Fairfield, NE 68938), Manna Resort Christian Camp (30331 Road E, Fairfield, NE 68938), or charity of your choice.

Special thanks to the staff at Eagle Pointe Place, Hawkeye Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque.

Local arrangements with Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Sue Ann Keck


Sue Ann Keck, 71, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2015, peacefully at home after complications from Alzheimer's disease. 

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, with Pastor Kristian Kincaid and Pastor Jesse Cearlock officiating. Friends and family may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Sue was born on July 12, 1944, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, daughter of Harlyn and Colleen (Dolphin) Turner. She married her high school sweetheart, Francis William (Bill) Keck on March 17, 1963, in Amarillo, TX. Together they had three sons, David, Darryl, and Donald.

Sue was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her gentle demeanor and thoughtful ways will always be cherished by those who knew and loved her.

Sue spent many years as a volunteer Sunday school teacher at St. Peters Lutheran Church. She was a stay at home mom to raise her sons. She later decided to attend Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (now known as N.I.C.C.) and graduated in 1983 with her degree to become a registered nurse. She worked at Luther Manor Nursing Home and later became a surgical nurse at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. 

As a nurse, her compassion and caring bedside manner was a comfort to all her patients and their families. She later became a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dubuque.

Sue loved to work on restoring vintage cars with her husband and, together, they even took home a "Great 8" finish two times with their cars at the prestigious Detroit Autorama Car Show. She loved to bake and her holiday sugar cookies never lasted long on the platter. Sue loved spending time with family and friends. 

She is survived by husband Francis William Keck; three sons, David & Julie (Joyce) Keck of Dubuque, IA. Darryl Keck of Dubuque, IA, and Donnie & Missy (Gray) Keck of Dubuque, IA; Her father, Harlyn Turner and his wife Opal (Laugesen) Turner; her sister-in-law Ann Turner, five grandchildren: Brandon, Chandler, Xander, Bryan, and Ashlynn. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Colleen (Dolphin) Turner and her brother, Dennis Turner.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Dubuque Alzheimer's Association (2728 Asbury Road, #515, Dubuque, IA 52001).

The family wishes to thank all who helped care for Sue during her illness with a special thanks to Laura Beresford as well as Dubuque Hospice.



Jane Rogers


Jane Rogers, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Mason City, Iowa, passed away on November 18, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, with burial to follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service.

Jane was born on April 1, 1939, the daughter of Ralph and Marie (Odor) Maddox. She was a dance instructor since she was 13 years old, teaching in Laurens, Mason City and the Great Lakes area. She loved to sew and designed costumes for her recitals. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed all the family pets.

She is survived by her children, Neal (Kim) Cooksey, of Spencer, Iowa, Natalie (Dan) Dubbert, of Parkville, Kansas City, MO, Nancy (Linda) Rogers, of Dubuque, Iowa, Nanette (Scott) Monkelien, of Stetsonville, WI, and Nick (Julie) Rogers, of Red Wing, MN; her siblings Ellen (Bob) Ethington, of Corvillis, OR, and Bill (Jeannie) Maddox, of Norwood, MO; along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her former husband, Arnie Rogers, and Larry Cooksey.

In lieu of flowers a Jane Rogers memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Manor Care for all the care and kindness they gave Jane.



Eugene L. Sabers


Eugene L. Sabers, 82, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at St. Anthony Catholic Church conducted by Rev. Steven Rosonke. Family will greet friends 2:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. with a 2:00 p.m. Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

Eugene was born May 5, 1933 in New Vienna, the son of Arthur and Elizabeth (Ploessl) Sabers. He graduated from New Vienna High School. He was then called to serve his country from 1953-1955 with the US Army. Eugene married Darlean Oyen on Oct. 2, 1956 in Tennyson, Wis. He retired from John Deere Dubuque in 1991 after 30 years.

Eugene was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Dubuque American Legion Post #6, volunteered with St. Vincent DePaul Society, enjoyed fishing, reading, and watching Cubs and Hawkeye games.

Survivors include his wife, Darlean; children Judy LeFevour, Jeffrey (Teri) Sabers, Daniel (Kate) Sabers, Joseph (Diane) Sabers, Tina (Jeff) Bower, Amy (Jason) Hoerner, and Janice (Kevin) Esser; 19 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings Sylvaria Ruden, Jack (Mary Ann) Sabers, and Pat Klostermann; brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Marvin, Floyd, and Roger; a sister, Ruth; and many brothers- and sisters in-law.

A special thank you to Eugene's health care providers, especially Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Eugene Sabers Memorial Fund for later donation to his favorite charities.

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



Esther A. Penrose


Esther A. Penrose, 94, of Maquoketa and Bellevue, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Esther's life will be held at 10 A.M. Tuesday, Nov. 24, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 P.M. on Monday, Nov. 23, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Esther Alvira Hardin was born on April 27, 1921 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Amby E. and Martha P. (Proctor) Hardin. She was a 1939 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Harold Henry Penrose on Oct. 16, 1940 in Clinton, Iowa. To this union one child was born: Harris.

Esther was a homemaker who had also done small retail jobs. She and Harold had lived in Maquoketa and in 1965 purchased a home in Bellevue, and years later returned to Maquoketa, always maintaining a home in Bellevue. While living in Bellevue they attended the Bellevue Presbyterian Church and while in Maquoketa they attended the East Iron Hill Community Church.

Those left to honor Esther's memory include a son, Harris "Butch" (Bonnie) Penrose of Rancho Cordova, CA; 4 grandchildren, Brett Penrose, Todd Penrose, Chad Penrose and Brooke Garrett; 9 great-grandchildren; 4 step-great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Harold on Feb. 9, 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society, 23354 Dark Hollow Road, Maquoketa, IA 52060; or to the Bellevue Rescue Squad, 106 N. 3rd Street, Bellevue, IA 52031.

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



Marilyn Svoboda


Marilyn Svoboda, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, passed on November 17, 2015, as her Grandma, her angel in heaven, passed her on to our Lord and Mother Mary. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 21, 2015, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service.

Marilyn (Schiwinger) Svoboda was born on January 12, 1934, to Joseph and Magdalene (Lasar) Schiwinger in Chicago, Ill. Marilyn graduated in 1952 from Alverna High School. She attended Wright Jr. College while working for The American Medical Association.

Marilyn met Roger Svoboda on a blind date on January 19, 1954. They were married on October 30, 1954. Their union produced four loving and caring daughters and one son.

Marilyn was a stay at home mother caring for her wonderful children whom she dearly loved. She loved cooking, baking, helping with the high school flag corp, sewing and doing crafts. Her crafts were sold at shows and given to many as gifts. She also taught religious education. Marilyn was a caretaker for her daughter, son and mother when they became ill.

Marilyn worked for the Cuba City Hospital and Nursing Home as a cook for 10 years. She was a nanny for two wonderful families. Marilyn worked for many companies doing demos and merchandising. Her last job was for Piggly Wiggly in Galena for 6 1/2 years.

Marilyn took care of her husband, Roger, for many years; then he took care of her when she became ill. They celebrated 61 years of marriage in 2015.

Those left to honor Marilyn's memory are her most wonderful husband, Roger; her daughers, Marla (Jack) Laudenslager, Lisa (Donnie) Haverland, Kara (Eldon) Turner and Andrea (Steve) Staver; and six grandchildren, Ryan and Megan Laudenslager, Jaclyn (Erik) Rupp, Allison (Tom) Leitzinger and Melissa (Russell) Gudex and Sara Turner. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph (Virginia) Schiwinger; and two sisters-in-law, Arlene (Donny) Phelan and Catherine Svoboda.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Roger Svoboda; and two grandsons, Timothy and Christopher Haverland.

The family wishes no flowers. A Marilyn Svoboda Memorial Fund has been set up.

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



Marian J. Bell


Marian J. Bell, 94, of Dyersville died Monday, November 16, 2015, at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 7p.m.  Visitation will continue Friday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 20, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Marian was born March 17, 1921, in Dyersville the daughter of Bernard and Lidwina (Kramer) Anstoetter.  She graduated from St. Joseph High School in Farley and earned her teaching certificate at the University of Dubuque.  She taught at two country schools including East Scott near Farley.  She married John H. Bell on June 22, 1946, in Farley, Iowa.  Together they farmed west of Dyersville until retiring in 1984, when they moved to Dyersville.  She was a member of the Farm Bureau Women's group and volunteered at Mercy Medical Center and Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Survivors include her children: Ann Millenkamp of Dyersville, Donna (Peter) Motta of Courtland Manor, NY, Larry (Karen) Bell of Dyersville, Kathy (Mick) Coleman of Burnsville, MN, Jan Craiker of Springfield, VA, Jeff (Liz) Bell of Falls Church, VA; 19 grandchildren: Shelly (Tracy) Irwin, Molly (Cal) Halstead, Mike (Donna) Millenkamp, Bill (Susie) Millenkamp, Tony Millenkamp, Jennifer (Tim) Conklin, John (Sarah) Motta, Jim (Chrissy) Motta, Jason (Christine) Motta, Brian Bell, Colleen (Adam) Humphrey, Patrick (Katie) Bell, Sarah Coleman, Rose Coleman, Karen (John) Xenakis, John Coleman, Sam Craiker, Grace Craiker and Jack Craiker, 26 great grandchildren: Jack & Sammy Jo Irwin, Anna, Will, Max & Carly Halstead, Grace, Maggie, Grady & Emma Millenkamp, Jack, Ellie Mae, Trudy & Johnny Millenkamp, Abigail & Tanner Conklin, Jack, Caleb & Anna Motta, Kiersten & Kaelyn Motta, Drew & Trent Motta, Christian and Juliet Humphrey, and Claire Xenakis; siblings: Jerry (Moni) Anstoetter of Farley, IA, John (Joan) Anstoetter of Dubuque, IA, Millie Koehler of Decatur, IL, Janaan (Ken) Krapfl of Monticello, IA and Shirley (Clete) Maiers of Dubuque, IA; in-laws: Tom (Jeanette) Bell of Dyersville and Kay (Vern) Gansemer of Sussex, WI, Laura Willenbring of Farley, Arlene Bell of Dyersville, and Betty Bell of East Dubuque, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John in 2010; siblings: Charlie (Dori) Anstoetter, Sr. Marirose Anstoetter, RSM, Esther (Fran) Joyce, Alice (Gene) Wieser, Bernie Anstoetter and Don Anstoetter; in-laws: Ken Koehler, Jim (Helen) Bell, Rose Mary (Don) Willenbring, Herb Bell, Edith (Orland) Kedley, and Louie Bell.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care and compassion.

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

 

 



Wanita L. Broessel


Wanita L. Broessel, age 91, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 6:50 a.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Wanita's life, funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Bickel officiating. To celebrate Wanita's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m., until the time of services at 4:00 p.m., on Thursday at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Wanita was born on March 11, 1924 in Anamosa, Iowa, daughter of William and Lena (Petersen) Reese.

Wanita received her primary education in Olin, Iowa and was an energetic and tenacious player on the basketball team. Even in her later years she would cheerfully reminisce about her fond memories of the basketball tournaments in Des Moines. After high school, Wanita attended Bayless Business School and soon after began putting her education to work with the Mel Foster Company in 1942. Wanita was united in marriage to Roger S. Broessel on March 23, 1949 in Cedar Rapids. They were blessed with 66 wonderful years together and one deeply adored daughter, Lynea. Upon moving to Dubuque, Wanita would begin the next chapter in her working career by going to work at Dubuque Fire and Marine. Over the years she would also become a pioneer saleswoman for Tupperware Products and a dedicated waitress at the Elk's Club. Eventually Wanita would reluctantly retire after dedicating her final 10 years of work in the offices at Medical Associates. Wanita enjoyed spending her free time bowling with family and friends and also continually polishing her social skills in countless sessions with her fellow players in the Swing Club Bridge Club. Wanita was a longtime and faithful member of First Congregational United Church of Christ. Wanita was a loving wife and an amazing mother who always held her family in the highest regard and kept them securely nestled within her heart. She has been graciously called home now, after devoting 91 earthly years to the service of others. We are surely broken hearted today upon her departure, but trustingly find comfort in believing that she is currently resting safely in the arms of her Lord and enjoying the fruits of her labors.

Wanita is survived by

her husband,
Roger S. Broessel, Dubuque;

her daughter,
Lynea S. Broessel, Dubuque;

and several nieces and nephews.

Wanita was preceded in death by her parents and 3 sisters, Edna (Harold) Newton, Wilma (Paul) Kubu and Esther (Raymond) Rexroat.

A Wanita L. Broessel memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



Loras J. Hanson


Loras J. "Tim" Hanson, age 65, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 14, 2015, surrounded by his loving family, at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center. To honor Loras' life, services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1755 Delhi Street, with Pastor Dave Raemisch officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Loras was born on February 15, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leonard and Evelyn (Launspach) Hanson.

Loras was united in marriage to Linda Wickman on June 20, 1987, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and they were blessed with 28 wonderful years together. He worked as a draftsman for Panels Unlimited and also enjoyed earning a little extra income for his family driving the minibus for Project Concern and as a delivery driver for Pizza Hut. In his free time, Loras loved to share his natural talents and gifts of music by singing and playing guitar. He was a very faithful and longtime member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir. He thoroughly treasured spending time with his family and his favorite moments involved loading everyone up in the car to go for a nice drive and out for dinner. Loras was a kind and determined man who always put others first and made the most of each day and every situation. He has been called home much to early but thankfully the memories he leaves behind will help to mend and heal the hearts of all who are grieving within his absence.

Loras is survived by

his loving wife of 28 years,
Linda Hanson, Dubuque, IA;

his two children,
Benjamin Hanson,
and Erin Hanson, both of Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Leonard John "L.J." (Jean) Hanson, Dubuque, IA,
Lois Schmitt, Dubuque, IA,
Bonnie Scherf, Dubuque, IA,
Lorraine (Herb) Schmitt, New Mexico,
and LuLu Hohmann, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Loras was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers-in-law, Lester Schmitt and John Scherf.

A Loras J. "Tim" Hanson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Bernice C. Fleege


Bernice C. Fleege, 89, of Fairplay, Wisconisn, died Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at St. Joseph's Church, Sinsinawa, Wis., with Fr. Ken Frisch & Fr. Ron Kruel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish Prayer Service will be at 3:45 p.m. and members of Menominee-Dunleith Fire Dept. will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

She was born August 28, 1926 to William G. and Catherine A. (Ressel) Budden and married Joseph B. Fleege on June 11, 1947 at St. Joseph's Church, Sinsinawa, Wis. She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and The Wisconsin Teachers Association.

Bernice began teaching in 1944 after receiving her certification from Platteville Teachers' College. The early years of her career found her in a number of "one room" school houses. She interrupted her profession in 1949 to start her family and returned to teaching in 1961. She taught nearly 30 years with the Hazel Green, Wisconsin School District, retiring in 1988.

Bernice is survived by her children, Glenn (Debbie) Fleege of La Crosse, WI and Alan (Pegg) Fleege of East Dubuque, IL; grandchildren Gina (Darren) Zumach of Onalaska, WI, Nick (Lassen) Fleege of Rockton, IL and Benjamin Fleege of Hazel Green, WI; great-grandchildren Cooper, River and Bode Zumach; and a sister-in-law, Rosemary (Jim) Doyle of Scales Mound, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister and brother-in-law Rosalyn (Clinton) Anker.

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



Christian R. Koeller


Christian Frederick Koeller, 76, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died peacefully while sleeping on Friday, Nov. 13, 2016, at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA, surrounded by his loved ones. He had bravely battled lung cancer for a year.

Chris is survived by Betty (Schulting) Koeller, his wife of almost 44 years, and six children: Richard, Rochelle, Russell (Jody), Robert (Dana), Renee (Aaron) Nieckula, and Ryan (Tricia); he also leaves behind 22 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, his siblings, Mary Joan Brown, Gertie (Dave) Riehle, Mike (Shirley, Fred (Ginny), Pat (Joann), Greg (Sarah), Debbie (Charlie) Edmondson, Randy (Sue), Kevin (Gayle), Cindy and Rodney (Dawn).

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Petranella (Pratt) Koeller on January 29, 2971, his daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne and Patrick Moody, and his granddaughter, Monika Moody.

He grew up in Potosi, WI with 11 siblings, eldest son of the late Catherine and Frederick (Helen) Koeller. A great fan of western books and movies, he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, loved watching the birds and playing Euchre. He was formerly employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring in 1992 and was a member of U.A.W. Local # 94 and a member of Holy Ghost Parish He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Platteville, WI. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish Prayer Service will be at 3:45 p.m. on Monday. Visitation will also be from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

 

 



Nancy L. Ertl


Nancy L. Ertl, 78, of Peosta, Iowa died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 7 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.

Nancy was born on August 12, 1937 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Nancy married Fred F. Ertl Jr., who became her lifelong best friend on December 3, 1969. Fred brought to the marriage two wonderful children, Cathy (Jim) Hubbard and Fred III (fiancé Joan Nicks) and eventually three grandchildren who were her love, enjoyment and pride; Audrey (Nate Miller), Erick Hubbard and Alexis Ertl.

Nancy graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in 1958 and later attended the University of Dubuque. Nancy loved nursing, especially operating room nursing where she began her career. Nancy was privileged to be elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Operating Room Nurses in 1972 and was elected President in 1978.

Nancy had only two major employers in her long career because she believed in their missions and their leadership in health care. Nancy was employed by Mercy Medical Center in 1958 until 1987 serving in a variety of nursing leadership positions. She started working in the operating room and became the OR head nurse at the age of twenty-one, and ultimately was named department manager. While there, she was instrumental in establishing the hospital's first cardiac surgery department which became one of Iowa's best. In 1987 Nancy joined Medical Associates and in 2000 retired as Chief Operating Officer. She was a key part in the planning for Medical Associates West Campus. She enjoyed mentoring other nurses and helping them take on leadership and management positions.

In the early 1980's Nancy and her good friend Sylvia Doyle of Houston, Texas founded Nursing Expertise in Software Design. The company developed software for computer systems in the operating room. Products included scheduling, inventory, utilization, quality assurance and patient care plans. They traveled extensively consulting with many hospitals. They sold the company to a large Tennessee firm in the 1980's.

After family and profession, Nancy loved to play golf in Iowa and Arizona and had so many good friends with which to enjoy the game. When not on the golf course Nancy loved to cook and entertain, and no one left hungry. She especially enjoyed hosting parties for her and Fred's friends and employees. She was especially fond of the Christmas season when she put together large gatherings of friends and family who were invited to their wonderfully decorated home.

Nancy contributed most of success in business, golf, and entertaining to the support she received from her best friend and husband, Fred. They enjoyed traveling the world together in their business and professional roles with visits to Japan, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Also surviving are three brothers, Larry (Alice) Torgler of Winterhaven, Florida, Ron (Dale) Torgler of Monument, Colorado, George (Linda) Torgler of East Dubuque, Illinois; Sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat Torgler of Dubuque, Darlene Ertl, Carol (Mike) Lundgren, Joe (Helen) Ertl, Allan (Sue) Ertl, of Dyserville, and John (Pat) Ertl of Guttenberg. Also surviving are many wonderful nieces and nephews and friends from both Iowa and Arizona. All who loved Nancy very much.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Russel and Delphine Torgler and her brother-in-law, Robert Ertl.

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

Memorials may be sent to Saint John the Baptist Church of Peosta and Mercy Medical Center Dubuque Cardiology Unit.

 



Elizabeth H. Jasper


Elizabeth H. "Betty" Jasper, 88, of Farley, Iowa died peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.
Friends and relatives of Betty may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a CDA Rosary will be held at 2:00 p.m., the Farley American Legion Auxiliary will meet in a body at 6:30 p.m., and wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Services for Betty will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 16, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, IA, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Concelebrating will be Rev. John Ptacek. Assisting Deacon will be Jerry Koopmann. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

She was born October 31, 1927 in Dyersville, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Eleanor (Schlichte) Hoeger. She received her education in the Dyersville schools. On November 8, 1948 she was united in marriage to LeRoy Jasper at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 29, 2004. The couple farmed in the rural Farley area.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was true to her faith, she loved God and the rosary. She had many interests including, embroidering, crocheting, gardening, card club. She especially enjoyed dancing with her husband. Her grandchildren fondly remember her sugar cookies, ham, potatoe salad and sauerkraut soup.

She was a member of St. Joseph's parish in Farley, the Farley American Legion Auxiliary and the Catholic Daughters of the America's-Presentation Court #1460, for which she held office as the historian.

She is survived by four children, Joann (Frank) Helle of Dyersville, IA, Donna (Steve) Kalb of Peosta, IA, Darlene Connolly of Dubuque, IA and Joe (Kathy) Jasper of Farley, IA; a daughter-in-law, Darlene (Ken) Jasper-Besler of Farley, IA; 12 grandchildren, Julie (Doug) Heinrichs, Lynn (Scott) Meyers, Dan (Jodi) Helle, Angie (Brian) Kronlage, Marty (Christa) Kalb, Kevin (Geri) Kalb, Kate (A.J.) Pfab, Emily (Ryan) Brown, Brian (Ashley) Jasper, Molly (Bill) Schueller, Tracie (Dave) Pettera, Kelly (Joe) Rolwes; 30 great grandchildren and another expected in May; one sister, Lori Klostermann of Dubuque, IA; four sisters-in-law, Sr. Mary Karen Jasper, PVBM of Dubuque, IA, Mary Smith of Key West, IA, Clara Mae Hoeger of Dyersville, IA, and Lois Jasper of Peosta, IA.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Chuck Jasper on Dec. 29, 1984; a great granddaughter, Ashley Meyers on June 29, 1999; Six siblings and their spouses, Joe (Lois) Hoeger, Vera (Paul) Curtis, Frank Hoeger, Alfred (Dorothy) Hoeger, Bernie (Kay) Hoeger and Tony (Gladys) Hoeger; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Sr. Mary Philip Jasper, PBVM, James Jasper, John Jasper in infancy, Orland Smith, Vern Klostermann, Val Behnke and Rita (G.A.) Schwendinger.

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



Donald L Nissen


Donald L. Nissen, 78, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, November 12, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.

Friends and family may gather for "One Last Party"® in remembrance of Donald on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 2 to 4 P.M. in "The Bistro" at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the gathering and a private burial will be held from the Elwood, Iowa Cemetery at a later date.

Donald Lee Nissen was born on September 21, 1937 in Davenport, Iowa, to Ben and Elsa (Korner) Nissen. He grew up in Lost Nation and was a 1956 graduate of Lost Nation High School. He then served in the Iowa Army National Guard until receiving an honorable discharge. He married Inez M. Streets on November 27, 1965 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on May 21, 1999.

Donald first worked for several companies as an over-the-road truck driver and later became a self-employed owner/operator truck driver. From 1975 to 1977 he had also owned and operated the Elwood Tap.

Donald enjoyed dancing, camping, socializing with friends and going for a leisurely drive each morning.

Those left to honor Donald's memory include his children, Nancy Miller of Lost Nation, IA, Jackie (Paul) Townsend of Lost Nation, IA, and Donna (Kevin) Luna of Dougherty, IA; step-children, Tolly (Pam) Howell of Maquoketa, IA, and Linda Thomason of ID; 22 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a grandchild Tiffany Nissen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Donald L. Nissen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gordon L. Trowbridge


Gordon L. "Gordy" Trowbridge, 87, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away Thursday morning, November 12, 2015 at home following a brief illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 16, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, Wisconsin, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the Church Cemetery, with full military honors by VFW Post # 5276 of Potosi, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the Immaculate Conception Church Parish Center in Kieler, where the Parish Prayer Service will be at 12:45 p.m. Sunday. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Gordon was born on March 10, 1928 in Gaza, Iowa, the son of Louis and Adda (Geister) Trowbridge. He married Rosemary J. Hoppenjans on March 21, 1949 at St. Anthony's Church at Primghar, Iowa.  She preceded him in death on August 1, 1991. He later married Mary Lou (Burbach) Eggers on June 27, 1998 at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler.

He was a graduate of Primghar High School, class of 1946. Gordon was employed at Crescent Electric Supply Company in East Dubuque, retiring as Price Coordinator in 1993. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Kieler, a life-time member of VFW Post # 5276 of Potosi, Wisconsin and a life-time member of American Legion Post # 0036 of Primghar, Iowa. Gordon was a veteran of the Army serving during WW#2 and the Korean Conflict. He was honored to have been invited to go on the Honor Flight in 2010.

Gordy enjoyed woodworking, leatherworking, his John Deere Mowing Tractor, reading and Word Search. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, spending time at their cabin at Bagley, Wisconsin, traveling, and time spent with family and friends.

Surviving is his wife Mary Lou Trowbridge, three children, Michael Trowbridge of Dickeyville, WI, Gary (Peggy) Trowbridge of Kieler and Kathy (Scott) Schultz Harrison of Amboy, IL, a daughter-in-law Hatsumi Trowbridge of Hazel Green, WI, his step-children, Dale (Maurine) Eggers of Marshall, WI, Doreen (Steve) Loehndorf of Waunakee, WI, Darryl (Tammie) Egger of Kieler, WI, David (Colleen) Eggers of Lancaster, WI and Daniel (Kathleen) Egger of San Marcos, Texas, 14-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Rosemary, a son Steven J. Trowbridge on October 20, 1999, a son-in-law Robert Schultz, his brother Truman Trowbridge, a grandson Benjamin Schultz and a granddaughter Emily Eggers.

A Gordon L. Trowbridge memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Sarah B. Sharkey


Sarah B. (Hines) Sharkey, 62 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 9, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.
Visitation will be on Thursday, November 12th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 13th at the funeral home with Pastor Kyle Barton officiating.

Sarah was born on March 30, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Paul and Evalena (Montgomery) Hines. She married Gary Sharkey who will dearly miss her along with her sister and all who loved her.

She is survived by her husband Gary, her siblings; Paulaelissa Hines and Alvin (Sarah) Tibbits and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Ed.

A Sarah Sharkey memorial fund has been established.



Marilyn J. Drozda


Marilyn J. Drozda, 84 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, November 9th, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 14th at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, November 13th from 3:00 to 7:00 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn was born on December 30, 1930 in La Motte, Iowa the daughter of Michael and Appolonia (Koppes) Kaiser. She married Robert C. Drozda on July 2, 1960 in La Motte. He preceded her in death on October 27, 2010.

Marilyn was a wonderful homemaker who loved being able to stay home and raise her Children. After her children were raised she worked at Wahlert High School as a registrar and lastly was working at Coach House.

She loved to travel, golf, play bridge, but she especially enjoyed to volunteer with many different organizations.

Marilyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be missed by all.

She is survived by her three children; Brian (Diane) Drozda, Melissa (Kent) Klinkkammer, and Jean (Marvin) Heiderscheit all of Dubuque. Ten grandchildren, Rachel and Jennifer Thompson, Nicole (Tyler) Breitbach, Tyler (Shawn) Sandahl, Travis (Frinne) Heiderscheit, Carson, and Madison Heiderscheit, Rob (Wendy) McKernan, Mike (Maryann) McKernan and Phil (Jenni) McKernan. Eight great grandchildren, Carter, Jordan, Morgan, Cooper, Logan, Liam, Austin and Elliott, along with two on the way. Three sisters; Janet (Vern) Hingtgen, Betty Hoppman, and Grace (DuWayne) Patzner along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Gerald Kaiser, her husband Robert and a brother-in-law Robert Hoppman.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, St. Joseph the Worker or Stonehill Care Center.

The family wishes to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at; Medical Associates, Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Marilyn.

 



Monica L. Barker


Monica L. Barker, age 64, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 7:22 a.m. on Monday, November 9, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To honor Monica's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor DeWayne Teig officiating. To celebrate Monica's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Monica was born on March 29, 1951, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of William C. and Gerda L. (Huebner) Juno.

Monica was united in marriage to Richard Barker on May 26, 1972, in Asbury and were blessed with 43 years together. Monica enjoyed spending time with her co-workers at Hardee's on Rhomberg Avenue for over 28 years. Family was a priority to Monica and she always treasured spending time with them, especially her granddaughter, Brianna. She also enjoyed playing Bingo, watching auto racing and camping with her family. Monica has suddenly been called home and the pain from her absence will be felt deeply within with hearts and minds of all who loved and cherished her.

Monica is survived by

her loving husband of 43 years,
Dick Barker, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Jen Barker-Betts, Dubuque, IA;

her granddaughter,
Brianna Betts; Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
William P. Juno,
Sharon Brown,
and Karin (Dale) Campbell, all of Dubuque, IA.

Monica was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother Gary Juno.

In lieu of flowers a Monica L. Barker memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Shirley M. Renne


Shirley M. (Koehler) Renne, 78, of Asbury, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Monday, November 9, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 (Noon) Friday, November 13, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Shirley was born on December 29, 1936 in Galena, IL, the daughter of Clement and Nellie (Douglas) Koehler. She was united in marriage to Donald E. Renne on August 30, 1958 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Scales Mound, IL.  He preceded her in death on September 21, 2009.

She was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, class of 1954. Shirley retired from H&R Block, Inc. after 40 years of service. She enjoyed her job through the years and made many friends. She taught many tax courses from the beginner to the most advanced. She also was an enrolled agent for many years.

In the early years, Shirley's hobbies included sewing, crafts and baking. She enjoyed raising her children and getting involved in their activities. Later she became an active member of St. Mary's Altar & Rosary Society where she held many offices through the years.

Shirley became an avid Chicago Cubs Fan while watching the games with her husband, even after his death you would still catch her watching and rooting on the "Cubbies" She enjoyed going to lunch with the "ladies", she loved going to craft shows and festivals, eating out and weekend road trips and she loved playing the slots. She was always on the Go...there was no slowing her down no matter what the obstacles.

Her greatest joys in life though were her "Little Buddy" Boomer (the dog), her grandchildren and children. No matter where they are or where they were, they were always in Gramma's thoughts and prayers. She loved them all more than words could ever say.

Mom will be missed by all who knew her. She never complained, criticized or judged anyone. She believed that each person was their own and that you become the person you are meant to be and that God is and was her strength through life right to the end.

She overcame many obstacles in her life that many of us would have given up on. She almost always had a smile on her face, a shoulder to lean on, and an ear to listen.  She always helped those who needed her without complaint.

I personally am grateful for the second chance to have gotten to know my mom and to have spent this time realizing just how lucky I am to have had her in my life.  She was my best friend and always will be.

I Love you Mom...Thank you for loving me. I will miss you always. There is no more pain, only Joy and Happiness: there is no more loneliness for you're with the Love of your life...Daddy. Keep smiling; keep believing until we meet again... I Love you.

Surviving are two daughters; Brenda (Jack) Hocking of Asbury, IA, Danita (Dale) Skaggs of East Dubuque, IL, a son, Kevin Renne of Hazel Green, WI. One granddaughter, Colbi Ellen Skaggs. Five grandsons; Klayton Renne, Jacob Renne, Joshua (Kera) Renne, Mitchell Renne and Colton Skaggs; and one great grandson Asher Renne. Her siblings, Pat (Melvin) Dittmar of Scales Mound, IL, Mike Koehler of East Dubuque, IL and Rick (Leslie) Koehler of Scales Mound.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clement and Nellie Koehler, her husband Donald E. Renne, an infant son, Rodney, her in-laws Melvin and Ethel Renne and a sister Nancy Weida.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Whalen and the Staff of Tri-State Dialysis for their care, compassion and respect for Mom through the many years, and to Jennifer F. and Melanie of Hospice of Dubuque

 

 



Richard Friedman


On Sunday evening, November 8, 2015, in the company of his loving family, Dick passed to heaven. He both loved and respected the Mississippi River and called it "God's country." Rob helped us to think of Dad's passing as his final locking through from his paradise on Earth to the rivers of God's paradise.

Dick and a group of friends started the Mississippi Valley Country Club. They bought boats to refurbish, enjoy, and sell. Summer days at Nine Mile created many memories. What are hash browns without a bit of sand? By the end of his life, Dick calculated that he had owned - in full or in shares - a grand total of 37 boats, every kind and size, but never a sailboat. After a while Dick dubbed all the boats "Another One." For a while Dick and Pat owned a little jet boat. This evoked laughter from boaters who overheard radio calls, "This is ‘Another One' calling ‘The Other One.'" Dick always said there will never be a boat called "The Last Another One."

All eleven grandchildren enjoyed the river and the family gathered for many 4th of July celebrations. A highlight for Dick was piloting the 466 Carver down the river with granddaughter Lauren water-skiing behind on the big wake. Boating always included membership in the Julien Dubuque Yacht Club. Dick loved retelling stories about the dock parties.

The highlight of Dick and Pat's boating life was the joy of completing the Great Loop and officially becoming "Loopers." The Loop is a 7,500 mile voyage circumnavigating the eastern half of the United States. The voyage took 8½ months to complete. This was a fabulous adventure for Captain Dick and his First Mate Pat.

When he couldn't be boating, Dick loved other kinds of adventure. His passion for driving and "need for speed" (just ask his passengers) was enhanced after attending the Bondurant Driving School in Phoenix, AZ. He also enjoyed a NASCAR ride at the Phoenix Speedway. Other adventures included sky diving from 14,500 feet with two of his sisters while attending The Friedman Family Summit at Atlanta, GA and a glider ride in Peoria AZ, over Lake Pleasant where his son John lives on his boat. Dick was the proud owner of a 1993 40th anniversary model Corvette which was a gift to himself when the last child graduated from college.

Richard was born on February 20, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Cyril J. and Edith R. (Schiltz) Friedman. In 1961 he married Louetta Ebeling; they raised four children.

He married Pat Redies on August 13, 1986. This was the best merger of Dick's life. He and Pat were business partners, best friends, parents, and soul mates for over 29 years.

Dick received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in 1962, following service in the U.S. Army Reserve. His insurance career began as an underwriting trainee with Home Insurance Company of New York in Chicago. He later accepted a position as Multiple Lines Underwriter for the Westfield Insurance Companies in their Ohio home office and was later promoted to Field Underwriter in northern Illinois, specializing in commercial and industrial accounts. In 1966, Dick returned to Dubuque, Iowa and joined Friedman Insurance to begin the third generation in the family insurance agency organized by Henry Friedman in 1928. In 1984, Dick was awarded the CPCU designation (Charted Property and Casualty Underwriter) by the American Institute of Property and Liability Underwriters.

He served as chairman of the Mid-American Technical Conference, and organization representing 19 states and serving the American agency system as a forum for discussion on topics of property and casualty insurance coverages, rules, forms and other technical matters, to provide positive and proactive improvements in these areas.

In May of 1993, the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa selected Dick as the recipient of their most prestigious award, the "H.H. Red Nelson, Agent of the Year." Dick served the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa for many years and served as president of the organization from August 1998 through August 1999. During this time, Dick guided the merger of the Professional Insurance Agents of Iowa, resulting in one of the leading independent agent trade associations in the country, representing over 8,000 insurance agents in Iowa.

Dick was passionate about education. He encouraged many young insurance industry professionals to participate in insurance education and seek professional designations. Dick established an educational incentive program at Friedman Insurance to encourage and reward professional development. He acted as a mentor and leader, encouraging service and giving back to the industry and local communities. 

Throughout his life, Dick served the city of Dubuque and earned numerous awards in recognition for his efforts. More importantly, he made lifelong friends as he worked alongside community members. Among his offices and awards were the Dubuque Jaycees Al Dupont Award 1976, First Citizen Award by Dubuque City Council 1976, President Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce 1979-80, Jaycees Iowa Outstanding Local President 1988, and the Dubuque Jaycees Outstanding Distinguished Service Award 1989. Dick was a board member of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and served on the Clarke University Board of Trustees. Dick was a member of Lord of Life Church in Asbury and served on Stewardship and various fundraising committees.

Their children are Jonathan (Cyndi) Glandorf and grandchildren Natalie and Wyatt of Folsom, CA. Laura (Dennis) Patton and grandchildren Caleb and Noah of Overland Park, KS. John Friedman Lake Pleasant Peoria, AZ. Jean Harbeck and grandchildren Cassidy, Chandler, and Carter of Urbandale, IA. Rob (Monica) Friedman grandchildren Jake, Lauren, Claire, and Kate of Norwalk, IA. Dick was a loving brother to four younger sisters. Janet (Gene) Hayertz of Dubuque, IA. Judy (Bernie) Schlueter of Dublin, OH. Marijo (John) Bierie of Homestead, FL. Patti (Jim) Finkenhoefer of Grayson, GA. Other loving family members include sister and brother-in-law Sharon Redies-Rayner and Orville Rayner. Uncle Larry Friedman of Dubuque. Uncle John and Aunt Jackie Schiltz of Raytown, MO. Many cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Waiting for him in heaven were his parents, son Carlton Glandorf, brother-in-law Douglas Redies, and mother-in-law Beatrice Redies.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 13 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m., Thursday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Asbury, Hospice of Dubuque, Clarke University Richard P. Friedman Nursing Scholarship, and Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

Special thanks to the nursing and respiratory staff on the cardiac unit of Mercy Hospital who cared for Dick during his long hospital stay. No patient had more competent or affectionate care. Warm gratitude to Dr. Eric Engelman, Dr. Mark Janes, Dr. Tom Lally and the hospitalists who gave our family the gift of time and fulfilled Dick's wish to come home.



Doris M. Talbert


Doris M. Talbert, 88, of Cascade, IA. passed away Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends and relatives of Doris may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 3:00 pm and a CDA Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Services for Doris will be held at 10:30 a.m. November 13, 2015 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. John Kremer presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Doris Marie Brady was born August 4, 1927 in Monticello, IA to Joseph and Marie (Crimmins) Brady. On April 26, 1949 she was united in marriage to William J. (Bill) Talbert at St. Martin's Church in Cascade and they spent 59 wonderful years together. He preceded her in death on April 26, 2008.

Doris graduated from St. Martin's High School in Cascade, IA in 1945. She then went on to receive her degree in nursing from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids in 1948. After college she worked with her mother at the Brady Maternity Hospital assisting in the birth of numerous children in the Cascade area. She was also employed as a nurse for Dr. Neiderheiser in his private practice. Later in life she worked as a bookkeeper for the Aquin School System retiring in 1997.

Doris was a member of St. Matthias parish in Cascade and the Catholic Daughters of the America's Our Blessed Mother Court #1926. She was a very faith filled and selfless woman. She was famous for her cooking and baking skills especially her sour cream raisin pies. Every Sunday you could find her grandchildren and great grandchildren visiting her house and enjoying treats made by "Grandma Cookie". She always had a smile and open arms for hugs and kisses from the little ones. Her hobbies included reading, bowling, bridge and playing euchre. She was an avid Hawkeye and Cubs fan. She was a strong and beautiful woman who loved her family and they loved her.

She is survived by her children: MaryJean (Steve) Knepper of Cascade, Sheryl (Jim) Buckels of West Des Moines, IA., Patrick (Lori) Talbert of Sturgeon Bay, WI., Kathy (Brian) Gavin of Cascade, daughter-in-law Marilyn Talbert of Cascade, her sister Jean Marie Brady B.V.M of Iowa City, IA., eight grandchildren, Shelley, Ben, James, Jill, Jesse, Shane, Katie, Carson, three step-grandchildren, John Paul, Stephen, Michael and twelve great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her daughter Dianne, her son Mark (Billy) and two great-grandchildren, her siblings Marcella (Donald) Morey, Michael Brady, Catherine (Louis) Stutt, Loretta (Claude) Tomlinson, Anna (Paul) Sauser, Alice (Edward) Bertling, Mary Marcella Brady and Joseph Brady, her brothers-in-law George and John Talbert.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Shady Rest Care Center for their kindness and respect in caring for Doris and her family and to Dr. Mark Janes for his continued care.

 

 



LaVerne M. Cummer


LaVerne M. "Honey" Cummer, age 91, of Dubuque, IA and formerly of North Buena Vista, IA, passed away peacefully at 6:15 a.m. on Monday, November 9, 2015, at Luther Manor. To honor Honey's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, Balltown, Iowa, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Honey's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.

Honey was born on June 8, 1924, in North Buena Vista, IA, daughter of Peter and Hulda (Brimeyer) Engling.

During her life, Honey was blessed to be part of three wonderful families. She was the fourth of nine children in the Engling family, all of whom were her best friends and greatest companions. She married Cletus Link on June 14, 1948, and became a lifelong member of another amazing family. She and Cletus were married six years and together had three children. He preceded her in death on August 5, 1954. On May 5, 1962, Honey married Norbert Cummer and gained yet another large and wonderful family with the Cummers. After 27 years of marriage, he preceded her in death on September 27, 1989.

Honey enjoyed knitting, traveling, and was always up for a good game of cards with family and friends. Her greatest joy though was spending time with all of her families, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took excellent care of all those she loved. Her life was long and well lived.

Those left to cherish Honey's memory include
her children,
Linda (Bob) Donovan,
Jane Link,
Lon (Deb) Link, all of Dubuque, IA;

five grandchildren,
Patrick (Libby) Donovan,
Abby (Matt) Scholl,
Tony (Emily) Link,
Peter Link,
and Jennifer Link;

two great-grandsons,
Connor Donovan,
and Sam Scholl;

two sisters,
Betty Conrad,
and Laurie Ludovissy;

seven sisters-in-law,
Mary Engling,
Alice Link,
Kay Link,
Mary Link,
Elaine Link,
Evelyn Specht,
and Lucille Brimeyer ;

and four brothers-in-law,
Ed Ehrlich,
Bill (Marge) Cummer,
Leon Cummer,
and Vic Leibfried.

Preceding her in death, along with her husbands, were her parents, her parents-in-law Frank and Margaret Link and Louis and Barbara Cummer, four sisters: Rose Van Horne, Rene Strumberger, Elaine Shafer, and Janice Ehrlich, two brothers: Arnold (Butch) Engling and Ronnie Engling and in-laws: Marion Van Horne, Joe Strumberger, Fred Shafer, Vern Conrad, Walter Ludovissy, Sylvester Link, Bill and Edna Link, Grace and Leon Brimeyer, Leon Link, Lyle Link, Herb Link, Lorene and Arnold Gansmer, Marie and Donald Hannen, Dorothy and John Markham, Myrtle Leibfried, Florence and Cyril Habel, Marcella and Norbert Schueller, John Specht, Glenn Stoffel, and Robert Brimeyer.

A LaVerne M. "Honey" Cummer memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy and Emily, for their care and concern for Honey during her final journey.

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

 



Mary E. Link


Mary E. (Dolter) Link, 82, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, November 9, 2015 at Manor Care. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish - Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 13, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Rd., where a Scripture Service will begin at 3:00 p.m., and a 6:30 p.m. Rosary.

Mary was born June 27, 1933 in Dubuque, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Klein) Dolter. She graduated from St. Mary's Grade School and Immaculate Conception Academy. She married James F. Link on June 16, 1956 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on June 13, 2007. Mary was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, where she was involved in the Rosary Society, Holy Ghost Helpers, the Catholic Mothers Study Club, and St. Ida Circle. She was also a member of the Cable Car Quilters Guild.

Mary is survived by one son, Anthony J. (Jeannie) Link of North Liberty, IA; one daughter Elizabeth A. (Keith) Lessert of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Alexander Link, Olivia Cowart, Patrick Link, Mariana Link, and Garrett Lessert ; a brother, Thomas Dolter; sister in-laws, Betty Dolter, Judith Dolter, and Delphine Dolter.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Christopher J. Link in 2014; siblings, Frank, Rev. Robert, James, Richard, Margaret Steffens, Joseph, Paul and David.

The family would like to thank Mary's private caregivers, Ashley Wood, Janet Zimmerman, and Jeannie Beacom; Home Instead Senior Care, Manor Care, and Hospice of Dubuque for your loving care of Mary.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque in Mary's memory.

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



Henry R. Haas, Jr.


Henry R. "Hank" Haas Jr., age 66, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at 9:40 a.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at home. To honor Hank's life, graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. To celebrate Hank's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Hank was born on July 30, 1949, in Dubuque, son of Henry R. and Violet (Davenport) Haas Sr.

Hank was a proud graduate of the Class of ‘67 from Dubuque Senior High School. He was united in marriage to Maryjo Sargent on August 6, 1977 and they were blessed with 38 years and 2 adoring children together. He was employed at Dubuque John Deere Works for 30 years until his much eagerly anticipated retirement in 1999. Family was everything to Hank and his devotion to all those he loved was never in question, even including his beloved dog, Buttercup. Hank was a longtime and permanent fixture at Mud Lake, whether out on the boat, or attending his favorite Blues Festivals. After years of making his presence known at Mud Lake, Hank eventually earned the prestigious title of "Mayor of Mudville". Hank was a die hard motorcycle enthusiast and loyal member of the Custom Riders Motorcycle Club. Hank purchased his first trike in 2010 so that he and Maryjo could spend even more quality time riding in comfort together with their friends. He was well known for his awesome sense of humor and never worried about being "fashionably late" to any event which required his attendance. Hank has been called home swiftly and suddenly and his last earthly ride has now been logged. We will miss his courageous character, contagious laugh and comedic insights in the days ahead but embrace some peace in knowing that our trails will once again cross in time. Thank you for everything you shared with us Hank and until we meet again, God bless you!

Hank is survived by

his wife,
Maryjo Haas, Dubuque, IA;

2 sons,
Jason Smith,
and Henry "Hank" (Jamie Koppes) Haas III, both of Dubuque;

2 grandchildren,
Takius and Bailey Smith, both of Dubuque;

his 3 siblings,
Carolyn (Clint) Alftin, Payette, ID,
Lois Frazier, Cedar Rapids, IA,
and Elizabeth Haas, Dubuque, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Gretchen Haas, Payette, ID;

6 nieces;

13 great nieces and nephews;

and 3 great great nieces.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Paul E. Haas.

A Henry R. Haas Jr. memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Anthony N. Holz


Anthony N. "Tony" Holz, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 at home under Hospice Care.

Friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10th at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. Cremation rites will follow.

Tony was born December 31, 1966, son of LeRoy O. and Kathleen M. (Dougherty) Holz. He married Kathy Pitz Sept. 16, 2000, in Dubuque.

He graduated from South Western High School in Hazel, Green, Wisc. and was employed at River City Paving for the last 15 years.

He enjoyed riding motorcycles and working on cars.

Surviving is his wife, Kathy, of Dubuque; step-children, Jami (Jessica) Duffy, and Amanda Lynn (Duffy) Quarter, both of Colorado Springs, CO; six grandchildren; two sisters, Karen (Ricky) Wills, of Leadmine, Wisc. and Sonya (Robin) Groom, of Platteville, Wisc.; a brother, Jeffery (Pam) Holz, of Cascade; nieces and nephews, Trevor, Cherry, Alanda Holz, Kaylea (Shaun) Tigges, Brandon (Ashley McAllister) Holz, Dr. Joann (Grant) Moore, Natalie (Eric) Mickelson, Adam and Jordanna Wills, Shane and Katie Groom; great nieces and nephews, Preston, Destiny, Easton, Emma and Carter; and his close friends, Jay and Candy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law, Raymond "Mike" Pitz and his mother and father-in-law, Leonard and Gloria Pitz

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



Eric A. Lyons


Eric A. Lyons, 38, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Saturday, November 7, 2015, of natural causes at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. Monday at the church. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Eric was born on June 18, 1977, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Michael E. "Mike" and Geralynn I. "Jeri" (Schroeder) Lyons. He married Tracy Glynn on June 18, 2011.

Eric graduated from Cuba City High School in 1996, and from Black Hawk Tech in 1998. He began his police career in Darlington, was police chief in Hazel Green, and was currently Police Commander in the Cuba City Police Department. Eric was also an assistant high school football coach at Hazel Green and Cuba City. He enjoyed taking road trips with his wife, Tracy and loved hanging out with his son, fishing, and riding his Harley Davidson. Eric had a great sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife, Tracy, of Cuba City; a son, Jonathon Lyons, of Cuba City; three stepchildren, Ashley Dixon and Katlynn Templeton, both of Platteville, and Gage Glynn, of Hazel Green; his mother, Geralynn "Jeri" Lyons, of Cuba City; two sisters, Bridgitt (Steve) Zielke, of Kohler, and Heidi (Steve) Staskal, of Livingston; two brothers, Mike (Helene) Lyons Jr, of Oberthal, Germany, and Brent (Sally) Lyons, of Dickeyville; two step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mike.

An Eric A. Lyons Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Sylvia J. Westhoff


Sylvia J. Westhoff, 88, of Dubuque passed away and met with the angels Friday, November 6, 2015 at Bethany Home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Sunday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7 p.m.

Sylvia was born November 29, 1926 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Emma (Loecke) Boge. She married the love of her life, Don Westhoff, on May 18, 1948 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta. He preceded her in death on December 20, 1995.

Family was the most important thing in Sylvia's life, and she was the best wife and mother anyone could ever ask for, and was voted mother of the year in 2003. She was an avid card player, and enjoyed camping, dancing and bowling. She also enjoyed embroidery and made everyone a special gift.

She is survived by seven children, Judy (Dave) Diefenthaler of Madison, Wisc., and Carol Westhoff, Ron (Pat) Westhoff, Linda (Jim) Schaetzle, Jim (Nancy) Westhoff, Kathy (Jerry) Fennel and Tom (Tammy) Westhoff, all of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; a sister, Rita Koerperich of Dubuque; sisters in law, Vi Boge, Arlyce (Walter) Clapham and Janet Westhoff; brothers in law Bob (Sue) Westhoff and Jerry (Kathie) Westhoff; nieces and nepews; and a special family friend, Rev. Sue Cubbage.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Harold Boge and brothers in law, Loras Koerperich and John "Junior" Westhoff.

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 Bethany Home for the wonderful care.

"A sweet, loving angel has gone to heaven."



Elsie Mae Ries


Elsie Mae Ries, 83, of Cascade, Iowa, died Friday, November 6, 2015 at 9:26 a.m. at her home in Cascade, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends and relatives of Elsie may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Services for Elsie will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch Presiding. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

Elsie was born May 15, 1932 in Hopkinton, Iowa, daughter of Nick and Rose (Atkinson) Wilgenbusch. On July 18, 1950 she was united in marriage to Wilfred "Bill" Ries at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 11, 2009.

She was a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade. Elsie was a full time house wife and spent many hours in the large garden she provided for her family. She spent many hours assisting her husband in the fields and with the animals. She enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends. She spent many nights praying for the safety and health of her family and friends. Elsie was a great cook and family rushed home for her fried chicken dinners, dill pickles and chocolate chip cookies. She especially enjoyed the company of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by ten children, Kay (Bill) Hutchins of Cascade, Dennis (Peg) Ries of Epworth, Rose (Jim) Maffioli of Klamath Falls, OR, Dave (Tina) Ries of Monticello, Tom (Laura) Ries of Bernard, Bob (Sherrie) Ries, Bill Ries, Mary Lou (Jim) Gerlach, Jan (Mike) Donovan and Allen (Stephanie) Ries all of Cascade; 32 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; two siblings, Rose Britt of Manchester, Laura (Art) Feldmann of Cascade; 14 brothers and sisters-in-law, Rita Wilgenbusch of Monticello, Bob Kirpes of Dubuque, Charles (Gerri) Ries of Shullsburg, John (Ruthie) Ries of Hopkinton, Mary (Ralph) Brown of Edgewood, Joann (Martin) Kruse of Petersburg, Frank (Cheryl) Ries of Hopkinton, Kathy (Jerry) Becker of Dyersville, Fred (Sandy) Ries of Central City, Ed (Eileen) Ries of Hopkinton, Janet Thomas of Dubuque, Merle (Sue) Ries of Bernard, Margie (Larry) Gaul of Strawberry Point and Rita Hartung of Monticello.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, one son, Kenneth Ries on September 25, 2005, her father and mother-in-law, Alphonse and Gertrude (Kramer) Ries; ten siblings, Mable (Russell) Guthrie, Myrtle (Paul) Krogman, Gladys (Ray) Kirby, Viola (Art) Trumm, Tom (Francis) Wilgenbusch, John Wilgenbusch, Ethel (Beriah) Kenny, Paul Britt, Herman (Bud) Wilgenbusch, Mary (Bob) Lauersdorf, Alice Kirpes and Frank Wilgenbusch; and one brother-in-law, Walter Ries.

Thank you to Dr. Schultheis, Dr. Ries, Dr. Covey and Employees and care givers at Riverbend Assisted Living Center and Hospice of Dubuque especially Cindy for all the wonderful care and support they gave Elsie and her family.

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



William J. Wilson


William J. "Bill" Wilson, 80, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Thursday, November 5, 2015, at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Hazel Green with Rev. Ken Frisch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation services in Cuba City where the parish wake service will be at 12:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Bill was born on Jan. 10, 1935, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the son of Harvey M. and Mary L. (Smith) Wilson. He married Geraldine Becker on June 26, 1956. He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 47 years.

Bill loved family vacations and campfires. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy. Bill was a former Hazel Green Village Board Trustee, Fire Department Member, and Boy Scout Leader.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine; two daughters, Gwen Harwick, of Hazel Green, and Jan (Sam) Miller, of Galena, IL; four sons, Bill (Linda) Wilson, of Freeport, IL, Greg (Ellen) Wilson, of Eagle River, AK, Rod (Sue) Wilson, of LaValle, WI, and James (Terri) Wilson, of Hazel Green; a daughter-in-law, Lori Wilson, of Hazel Green; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Robert and Gary Wilson; a brother, Harvey; a sister, Mary Lou Knutson; a brother-in-law, Cecil Knutson; and a son-in-law, Ron Harwick.

Thank you to the Hazel Green Rescue Squad, Father Ken, and Dr. Vandigo.

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



Vernon D. Bormann


Vernon D. "Butch" Bormann, 72, of LaMotte, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at his home in rural LaMotte.

A celebration of Vernon's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, November 9, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Church in St. Donatus, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 P.M. on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at a later date in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Vernon David Bormann was born on December 26, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa, to William John and Viola Wilhelmina (Wiegert) Bormann. He was a 1961 graduate of Andrew High School and served in the Army Reserves for six years. He married Wanda Mae Keeney Schmidt on November 27, 1993 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in LaMotte, Iowa.

"Butch" had farmed in the LaMotte area all of his life with his brother Glen and nephew Steve. He had also worked for a short time at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa.

"Butch" was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in LaMotte where he had served on the church council. He loved farming, fishing, gambling, and horseback riding. Additionally, he enjoyed cooking and baking cookies with Maddie and Megan. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Those left to honor Vernon's memory include his wife Wanda Bormann of LaMotte, IA; a son Rodney Schmidt of Andrew, IA; 2 grandchildren, Megan and Maddie Schmidt; a brother Glen (Norma) Bormann of LaMotte, IA; sisters Lois Ann (Cornelius) Bradley of LaMotte, IA, Donna (Eldon) Busch of Bellevue, IA, and his twin sister Verla Beck of Maquoketa, IA; a sister-in-law Norla Bormann of Zwingle, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother William Bormann, a grandson Kobe Schmidt and a brother-in-law Bill Beck.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to St. Paul's or St. John's Lutheran Church, Hospice of Jackson County or a charity of the donor's choice.

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

 



Kristina L. Young


Kristina L. Young, age 29, of Dubuque, IA, passed away suddenly at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To honor Kristina's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 9, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Kristina's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 9, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Kristina was born on January 27, 1986, in Iowa City, Iowa, daughter of Dennis and Vera (Harris) Young.

Kristina was a vibrant soul whose impact on the world around her was visible from the heavens above. She was an enthusiastic and energetic writer who would explore her heart and inner most thoughts within the pages of her journal for hours on end. Her short stories were translated onto paper with the beauty of colored pens and an honesty that could only be derived from an old soul. She also enjoyed taking time to write her own music in order to release, and give life to, the magical verses and melodies which she so vividly discovered within her own mind. A good shopping spree was also a productive manner in which Kristina would spend her free time. A cute outfit or a great sale would bring a smile to her face which would light up the room. But at the end of the day, Kristina's favorite joy, along her earthly journey, was in the precious moments she would spend with her daughter. Absolutely nothing compared or competed with this mother's love; her heart would sing and dance when Justice was resting safely and securely in her arms. Kristina didn't have the easiest life and challenges would surely find their way in and out of her days. She was never one to surrender though; pushing through each day as though it were her last and finding peace in every opportunity which presented itself. Kristina has been called home to the Lord much to early and the hearts of those who loved, adored and cared for her ache in a constant state of why. But we find comfort in knowing her mind, body and soul all now rest in perfect harmony and the trials of this life have finally been laid to rest. May God bless you and hold you safely in His arms our dear sweet Kristina.

Kristina is survived by

her daughter,
Justice Rae Murray;

her parents,
Dennis Young,
and Vera Schneider;

her step-mother,
Sharon Hole;

and her foster parents,
Yvonne (Ted) Wernimont.

Kristina was preceded in death by her grandparents.

A Kristina Lynn Young memorial fund has been established.

Kristina's family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of DAC for all of the love, support and care they gave Kristina over the years.

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

 



Sandra J. Spencer

Sandra J. Spencer, 70, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at UnityPoint Health-The Finley Hospital, Dubuque. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Church of the Resurrection. Friends may call from 9:30 until the times of services, Tuesday at the Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Catholic School, Monticello, Iowa.

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



Ellen M. Hanson


Ellen M. Hanson, 84, of Maquoketa, and formerly of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Ellen's life will be held at 10 A.M., Saturday, November 7, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, November 6, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Ellen Mae Goettler was born on April 24, 1931 in Bridgeport, Iowa, to Henry and Viola (Flagel) Goettler. She was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Marvin Willis Hanson on February 12, 1950 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 21, 2004.

Ellen had farmed with her husband in the Maquoketa area from 1951 to 1977 when they moved to Baldwin. She had also worked various jobs throughout the years including Don Streets Grocery Store, RonAnn's Floral Shoppe, J.C. Penney Store, Pacific Coast Feather and Theisen's.

Ellen was an active member of First Lutheran Church where she was involved in many church activities including the church ladies circle, altar guild and small group. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, needlepoint, gardening, Hardanger embroidering, and crocheting. She was a wonderful cook and also enjoyed playing cards but most importantly loved spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Ellen's memory include her children David (Debbie) Hanson of Eldridge, IA, Larry (Carol) Hanson of Robins, IA, and Beth (Mark) Kinrade of Sioux Center, IA; 6 grandchildren, Joe Hanson, Mike (Sarah) Hanson, Annie (Bryson) Garringer, Eric Hanson, Kate Kinrade and Kirk Kinrade; and 3 great-grandchildren, David Hanson, Mya Garringer and Ava Garringer. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Ellen M. Hanson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Mary Kay Zimmer


Mary Kay Zimmer, age 84, died Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Assisi Village, where she has been a resident for the last 2 ½ years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Fr. Gabriel Anderson will be celebrant. Burial will follow the Mass at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Key West. Friends may call at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Friday. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service is entrusted with arrangements.

She was born April 7, 1931 in Glen Haven, WI., a daughter of the late Henry and Eva (Kirschbaum) May. She was a 1948 graduate of the former St. Joseph Academy. On April 19, 1952 Mary was united in marriage with Richard Zimmer at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. Dick preceded her in death on August 3, 1997.

Mary's professional career as a Bookeeper started with the Fischer Companies. In 1966 she began working with Federal Discount Corporation, and retired from Sibbings Jewelry in 1993.

She was a longtime member of St. Columbkille's Parish, and was a member and volunteer of Finley Hospital Auxillary and the Stonehill Auxillary.

Some of Mom's fondest memories were those of boating on the Mississippi River. Catching a big catfish, beaching the boat and living on the sandbar. She and Dick were former members of the Julien Dubuque Yacht Club and she also was a member of the Coast Guard Auxillary.

Later, Mary and Dick traveled over the US, and enjoyed camping in some of our country's most beautiful parks. She also enjoyed craftmaking, cards and Dominoes with her friends.

Surviving Mary are her two sons; Gary (Denise) Zimmer of Kaukauna, WI and Mark (Debra) Zimmer of Howards Grove, WI, two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kendra Zimmer. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, Mary was also preceded in death by her brother and his wife Joseph (Irene) May and a sister and her husband; Exine (Patrick) Kirchner.

Special thanks from Mary and her family to her 2nd family at Assisi Village; and special thanks to Kristy T., Amy J., Ric and Sue, and Betty for their care and concern. Also special thanks to Duride, the staff at Assisi Village, and Hospice of Dubuque for the loving care and help Mary received.

Memorials may be directed to Mark Zimmer, W2132 Garton Rd., Sheboygan, WI, 53083.

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



Gary L. Bonnet


Gary L. "Doc" Bonnet, 66, of Menominee, Illinois, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Monday, November 2, 2015 at home from complications of Lung Cancer, surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 6, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Phillip Gibbs officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Doc was born on September 15, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa, the second son of Walter J. and Verla (Stockel) Bonnet.  He married Polly Brunkow on December 17, 1966 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1967. Doc was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works until his retirement in 2001. After retirement he was Project Engineer for Fried Green Tomatoes in Galena, Illinois. He was a member of U.A.W. Local # 94 and a member of Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, Illinois. Doc enjoyed playing euchre with family, friends and the JM's Card Team, gardening and working on his lawn. He also worked with his brother at Bonnet Lawn Care. Doc was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He would have to ponder about a situation or project, loved tinkering and was a fixer of most. He had a very special love for his family.

He is survived by his wife Polly, five children, Amy (John) Scott of Mt. Morris, Illinois, Scott (Sherry) Bonnet of South Beloit, Illinois, Fred (Mari-Kristin) Bonnet of Dubuque, Iowa, Andy (Kim) Bonnet of Decorah, Iowa and Tracy Perez of Oswego, Illinois; 12-grandchildren, Ashley, Kate, Natalie, Sarah, Polly, Sophie, Isabella, Gavin, Isaiah, Karina, Kiera and McCoy; a great-grandchild Shelby, two brothers, Wally (Sue) Bonnet and Stan (Sue) Bonnet both of East Dubuque; his brother-in-law Fred (Sherry) Brunkow of Dubuque, Iowa; and many special nieces and nephews.

Doc was preceded in death by his parents, Walter & Verla, his father and mother-in-law, Fred and Catherine Brunkow.

In lieu of flowers a Gary L. Bonnet memorial fund has been established.

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

 

 



Sharon L. Thies


Sharon L. (Seville-Recker) Thies of Dubuque was called to Heaven to be with our Lord on Monday, November 2, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones at home.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Resurrection Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph Hauer presiding. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Friday at Egelhof-Siegert Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road where a parish wake service will be held 7:30 p.m.

Sharon was born July 12, 1945, in Fort Madison, daughter of Gilbert and Dorothy (Fraise) Holt. She graduated from Fort Madison High School in 1963 and received her degree in English and Speech Arts from Truman State University in 1967. Sharon was devoted to her students and her love of teaching for 32 years in New Jersey, Colorado; Hempstead High School, Washington and Roosevelt Middle Schools in Dubuque and Beckman Jr/Sr High School in Dyersville. She received many honors throughout her career for her excellence in education and found great joy in her career, students and coworkers.

Helping others was Sharon's mission in life. Her priorities in life were her family, her friends and many of her former students. She was a natural born caretaker, filled with compassion and always there to listen and lend a helping hand in any way she could. There was nothing she would not do for anyone, if it were humanly possible.

Those left behind to treasure her memory are her cherished daughters, Stacey (Keith) Welsh and Sara Seville; her beloved grandchildren, Julianna Welsh, Colin Welsh and Aidan Seville; her sister-in-law Judy (Gene) Holt all of Dubuque; nieces and nephews, Susan Holt and Nicholas Orslini of Gurnee, Il, Karin (Hilton) Hall and Alexandria and Lauren of Hawthorn Woods, Il, Thomas J. Holt of Kennewick, WA , and Bradley (Sheila) Pinnell and Christian, Caitlin and Issac of Iowa City; her many loving friends and her loyal little companion, Buddy.

Her dearly-loved mother, father, and brother, Thomas Holt; sister, Betty Pinnell and brother-in-law, Cecil Pinnell preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for her grandchildren and their college educations.

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

Special thanks to our friends and family for their love, friendship and unconditional support; Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Schultheis for the excellent care and compassion she received.

 



Maynard R. Slaght


Maynard R. Slaght, age 95, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Maynard's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Maynard's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Maynard was born on March 18, 1920, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ray H. and Lucille (Hentrich) Slaght.

Maynard was a Class of 1938 graduate from Dubuque Senior High School. He was a war hero, in the truest sense of the word, who proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps from 1942-1944 during WWII. Maynard obtained the rank of Tech. Sgt. and was stationed in England from 1943-1944, flying over 100 missions of which 68 were considered pure combat missions. His courage and bravery earned him 38 Air Medals for his valiant service; among them are the Presidential and Distinguished Unit Citations, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses with Oak Leaf Cluters and an Air Medal with 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Clusters.

He was united in marriage to Anne Rowan on October 4, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa, and they were blessed with 57 wonderful years together before she preceded him in death on May 26, 2003. Maynard was a hard worker and gave his best effort everyday, at St. Regis Paper Company, as a press operator for 35 years until his retirement. He was a humbly quiet man who constantly cherished his relationships with family and friends. Maynard was also an amazing storyteller and would so easily capture everyone's imagination and attention with stories of childhood escapades, his experiences during the war, or even his pride of being a founding member of the Hawkeye Motorcycle Club. In his free time Maynard enjoyed fishing, hunting and was always up for a good game of cards. Maynard was an amazing father, excellent example of a real man and a true treasure of a human whom we were able to share 95 years with. His memory still remains, the echos of his voice will be heard for years to come and we will surely miss him everyday we must travel without him by our side!

Maynard is survived by

his children,
Michael (Carolyn) Slaght, Cheyenne, WY,
Steve (Kathy) Slaght, Dubuque, IA,
Luanne (Richard) Davis, Rockford, IL,
William (Lisa) Slaght, Fort Worth, TX,
Lorie Leick, Dubuque, IA,
and Andrea (James) Yeager, Dubuque, IA;

his 17 grandchildren;

his 24 great-grandchildren;

and a brother,
David Slaght, Jacksonville, FL.

Maynard was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Doris Slaght; his loving wife, Anne Slaght; a son, Daniel Slaght; a granddaughter, Katie Davis; and two brothers, Lowell and Paul Slaght.

A Maynard R. Slaght memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Elizabeth, Amy C. and Peggy, for all their kindnesses generously shown to our family during such a difficult time. God bless you.

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

 



Margaret C. Becker


Margaret C. Becker, age 94, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:17 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2015 at Hawkeye Care Center. To honor Margaret's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Margaret's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Margaret was born on June 21, 1921, in Dubuque, daughter of Frank and Agnes (Kelly) Lippert.

Margaret was born and raised in Dubuque and was very proud to be a member of the Immaculate Conception Academy class of 1940. Margaret was united to marriage to Joseph A. Becker on September 1, 1941, at Holy Ghost Church. They were blessed with 44 wonderful years of marriage, until he was called home to the Lord on May 28, 1986. They were granted the opportunity to raise and adore 3 beautiful children and Margaret fulfilled her role in true loving fashion. Her desire to positively role model, and be the best wife, mother and grandmother possible, were continually on display for all to witness. Her love and commitment to family and friends were clear and definitive driving forces in her life. She was a longtime and faithful member of Sacred Heart Church and the Catholic Daughters of America. She also found great joy in volunteering countless hours helping others at Finley Hospital. The memories Margaret leaves behind are abundantly beautiful and her legacy will be felt through the generations which will follow her example. Her 94 year journey with us has now concluded with her once again joining the love of her life, Joseph Becker, to complete the remainder of their eternal union.

Margaret is survived by

her children,
Thomas (Lois) Becker, Dubuque, IA,
and Kathy (Merlin) Dalsing, Hazel Green, WI;

her daughter-in-law,
Ginnie Becker, Dubuque, IA;

her 9 grandchildren,
Jean (Greg) Mallinger, Fond du Lac, WI,
Jeff (Nickole Unverzagt) Becker, Hayfield, MN,
Kraig (Cara) Becker, Nashville, TN,
Kelly (Lon) Curry, Robbins, IA,
Brian (Tammy) Becker, Fillmore, IA,
Randy (Michelle) Becker, Richmond, MO,
Lynn (Russ) Heim, Dubuque, IA,
Lori (Steve) Weber, Hazel Green WI,
Lisa (Donnie) Ahlers, Bernard, IA;

her 22 great-grandchildren,
Courtney, Brittany and Stephanie Mallinger, Mikayla Becker, Maggie and Tony Curry, Adam and Autumn Becker, Alyssa, Dakota, Kira and Nathan Becker, Adam (fiancé Alicia Ash) Bell, Jonathan and Joseph Klecker, Jeremy (Brittany) Weber, Michael Weber, Ashley and Kyle Krieger, Tasha (Toran) Eidsmoe, Sam and Zach Ridgeway;

her 6 great great-grandchildren,
Skyller Weber-Klinkhammer, Zander, Brooke and Austin Weber, Takoda and Talia Eidsmoe.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph A. Becker; her son, David A. Becker; her granddaughter, Lola Dalsing; her 6 siblings, Jeanette (Norbert) Rausch, Harriett (Andy) Lange, Paul (Linda) Lippert, Frank Lippert, Kathleen (Ted) Christ and Sr. Stella Marie Lippert; her in-laws, Albert (Theresa) Becker; and a grandson-in-law, Eric Krieger.

A Margaret C. Becker memorial fund has been established.

Margaret's family would like to thank Drs. Wolbers and Patel and the nurses and staff of Dubuque Internal Medicine and Hawkeye Care Center for all of the wonderful care they provided Margaret over the past few months.

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

 



Nancy L. Rockwell


Nancy L. Rockwell, 68, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Nancy's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, November 5, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Nancy Lee Bock was born on December 30, 1946 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Harvey C. and Elsie C. (Gronwoldt) Bock. She attended Buckhorn Country School through the eighth grade and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1965. She continued her education at AIB in Davenport. Nancy married Jimmy G. "Jim" Rockwell on January 18, 1975 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Nancy had worked for the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press in Maquoketa from October 24, 1965 until present. She held many different positions throughout her 50-year career with the newspaper.

Nancy enjoyed traveling and had traveled with Jim all over including Hawaii and Alaska. She also enjoyed motorcycle rides and embroidering.

Those left to honor Nancy's memory include her husband Jimmy G. "Jim" Rockwell of Maquoketa, IA; a sister Maurine Stanton of Lost Nation, IA; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Neil, and a niece Linda.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Nancy Lee Rockwell memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Alice A. Digman


Alice A. Digman, 84, of Dyersville, Iowa died Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Friday from 9 - 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 6, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery, Rev Dennis Quint will officiate.

Alice was born March 22, 1931 in Petersburg the daughter of Serenus and Mathilda (Deutmeyer) Harter.  She married Ralph L. Digman on September 8, 1953, in Petersburg. Together they farmed for about 16 years and moved to town.

Survivors include his children: Barb Davidshofer of New Vienna, David Digman and Robert Digman, both of Earlville, Daniel Digman and Dianne Digman, both of Elgin, TX, Lisa Sutton of Bennett, Susan Dunkel of Dyersville, Kenneth Digman of Winchester, MA, Carolee Beohm and Sally Digman, both of Earlville, and Tom Digman of Luxemburg; 24 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Jane (Pete) Oberbroeckling, Dorothy Ludwig, Elmer (Connie) Harter and Joe (Joan) Harter; 2 sisters-in-law, Clara Harter and Verna Lee Digman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ralph in 2014, two sons: James in 1999 and Steven in 2007; a brother, Henry Harter; 3 brothers-in-law: Bill Ludwig, John Digman and Edward Digman, a sister-in-law, Helen (Eugene) Steffensmeier, her parents-in-law, Anton and Mary Digman.

Special thanks to the staffs Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the special care that made this last year less difficult.

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

 

 



Anna Mae Egan


Anna Mae Egan, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Anna was born on July 30, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Edward L. and Hope C. (Dolan) Egan. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy. 

Anna was employed at Loras College as a secretary for 19 years. Then she was a bus attendant for the school district until she retired. She loved the students and enjoyed working with the youth.

She loved photography and when she traveled she enjoyed taking pictures of the scenery and of her loved ones. She had many pets during her life which she loved. Anna Mae liked working around the house on different projects. She was proud of her Irish descent and had a good sense of humor; she loved telling stories about her life.

She is survived by her brother, Edward (Alice) Egan of Dubuque; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Egan and Maxine Egan; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Pat Egan and Glenn Egan.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Dubuque Nursing and Rehab for all their wonderful care they gave to Anna Mae.



Robert D. Fettkether


Robert D. Fettkether, 64, of El Cajon, California, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at the VA Medical Center Hospital in La Jolla, California, after a two year battle with leukemia. A private family service will be held where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.

Bob was on born Aug. 7, 1951, in Fort Riley, Kansas, son of Donald and Bonnie (Mumby) Fettkether. During high school, he worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Dyersville when the facility first opened its doors. After graduation from Beckman High School in 1969, he enlisted in the Navy. Stationed in Virginia and Maryland, he served as a medical corpsman.

In 1985, Bob graduated from Unity School for Religious Studies in Missouri. He was assigned as minister to the Unity By The Bay congregation in Chula Vista, California. Bob dedicated his life to the medical, spiritual and emotional healing of others. His career had completed its circle, when he became a substance abuse counselor.

Bob enjoyed the California climate, enabling him to grow the most beautiful flowers and plants. He would give up anything except for his phone, because he cherished the communication that he had with his family. His passion for animals was never abandoned. From his first fish aquarium, high on the saddle of his appaloosa, working at the San Diego Zoo and teaching his parrot to talk, his final farewell was to "Chewy", his dog and companion.

Survivors include his mother, Bonnie of Dyersville: one brother, Charles (Linda) Fettkether of Iowa City: two sisters, Linda (George) LeMay of Worthington and Kathy (Randy) Harter of Dyersville: one niece and five nephews: four great nephews and three great nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald; two brothers, David and James; paternal grandparents, Louis and Izel; maternal grandparents, Orville and Marie Mumby; and maternal step-grandmother, Naomi Mumby.

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

 



James P. Kohl


James P. "Buzzy" Kohl, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:55 a.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor James' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

James was born on December 29, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Thomas and Marie (Tujetsch) Kohl.

Jim attended Sacred Heart School until he went to work on the railroad, at the age of 14, to help support his family after the death of his father. Jim married the love of his life, Janet E. Beresford, on February 14, 1953, and they were blessed with 62 more wonderful Valentine's Days together. He was gifted with a very strong work ethic and enjoyed driving semi for several different companies in his early years. Some of his initial companies included Meadow Gold Dairy, Cosley Bottling and Falstaff beer. He thankfully delivered locally in the beginning, but eventually it culminated into over the road driving trips to Omaha to pick up loads from the brewery. Later, he started his own business as a distributor for Cosley Beverages and Graf's of Milwaukee. Jim was very proud with this new venture and found great joy with the opportunity to bring his boys into his working world. In his later years, Jim was a contract carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Jim finally spent the last 30 years becoming well known as "Buzzy", the owner and operator of the Grand Tap. Jim, along with his good friend Bob Kehoe, are proudly known for starting the Lodge of the Leaky's Club in 1965. Jim was also an amazingly talented drummer who truly treasured the moments he spent sitting behind his drum set.

Faith, family and fun are words which could easily be used to describe Buzzy. Hopefully all the positive attributes will help to reinforce all the happy memories he leaves behind. Only time will replace and repair the loss and sorrow which so easily grips the hearts of all who knew and loved him today.

Jim is survived by

his loving wife of 62 years,
Janet Kohl, Dubuque, IA;

his seven children,

Jim (Jane) Kohl,
Dale Kohl,
Robert (Chris) Kohl,
Ken (Donna) Kohl,
Richard Kohl,
Kelly Kohl,
David Kohl, all of Dubuque, IA;

his 14 grandchildren,
Jessica (Bill) Lanz, Dublin, OH,
Jennifer (Travis) Shaffer, Coralville, IA,
Jillian (Tim) Castro, Mt. Horeb, WI,
J.J. Kohl, North Liberty, IA,
Casey (Leslie Schumacher) Kohl,
Travis (Nicki) Kohl,
Tiffany (Jake) Roling,
Jordan (Sidney) Kohl,
Tyler Kohl,
Kyle Kohl,
Brandon Kohl,
Keith (Katie) Kohl,
Amber (Jeremy Torchia) Kohl,
Heath (Jenny) Kohl, all of Dubuque, IA;

his 9 great-grandchildren,
Weston Lanz, Colsen and Chloe Shaffer, Jamie Castro, Brady Kohl, Carsyn Roling, Cooper Roling, Kollins Kohl and Sierrah Torchia;

and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronnie Kohl; and his five siblings, Jule (Helen) Kohl, Dolly (George) Faulhaber, Robert (Marie) Kohl, William (Eleanor) Kohl and Francis (Marie) Kohl.

A James P. Kohl memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis for all their wonderful care and support over the years. The family would also like to thank all the loyal friends and customers of The Grand Tap for their continued friendship and patronage over the years.

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

 



Patricia Fitzgerald O'Brien


Patricia Fitzgerald O'Brien died late Sunday evening, October 25th, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, Iowa. She was 91. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2PM on Saturday, November 21 at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, Dubuque, where friends may greet the family starting at 1PM. Her body has been donated to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Pat was born in Dubuque, Iowa, to Dr. Leslie Maurice Fitzgerald and Marcella Meis Fitzgerald on September 7, 1924, the middle of three daughters Shirley (Nan) Fitzgerald Gilloon, and Jacqueline Fitzgerald Merritt. She was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY) in 1945. While in college, she met and fell in love with James A. O'Brien, then a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy. They married in 1945 at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, and were together for 67 years until Jim died in April, 2013. Following Jim's military service, they lived in Iowa City, Ann Arbor, and Detroit where Jim studied dentistry and oral surgery. In 1953 they settled in Dubuque to practice oral surgery and raise their five children.

Pat taught at Washington Junior High School and Catholic Charities for many years, and was an active member of the Dubuque Park and Recreation Board. She was also an avid tennis player, skier, bridge player, and loved the Mississippi river, but her favorite pastime was bringing people together for good conversation and fun.

Always an adventurer, Pat traveled extensively with Jim, their children, and many friends. She believed in embracing local cultures, learning by doing, teaching self-reliance by example and necessity, and understanding the world through first-hand experience.

Pat will be remembered for her vibrant intellect, her tenacity and passion for knowledge, her kindness and generosity, her warm, energetic and fun nature, and for her steadfast love for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, and her friends at home and around the world.

She is survived by her children, James "Tim" (Mare) O'Brien, of Dubuque, Thomas O'Brien (Daphne Dwyer), of Charlotte, N.C., Leslie O'Brien (Leo) Sternlicht, of Port Jefferson, N.Y., Ellen O'Brien (George Neiley), of Charlotte, VT, and Ann O'Brien (Jeff Wilton), of Madison, WI; 13 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Stonehill Benevolent Foundation at Stonehill Care Center, 3485 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001-1312 or at stonehilldbq.com/online giving.

The family would like to sincerely thank all those who helped Pat very kindly and compassionately at Assisi Village and Stonehill Skilled Nursing.

 



Steven Lee Van Hecke

Steven Lee Van Hecke, 51, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, October 30, 2015, at his home in rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

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

Steven Lee Van Hecke was born on September 15, 1964 in Davenport, Iowa, to Donald Lee and Judith May (Denkmann) Van Hecke. He was a 1982 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.

Steven farmed with his parents and helped them run D.J. Ranch Saddle Shop for many years. He loved horses and had attended auctioneer's school at the age of 14.

Those left to honor Steven's memory include his children, Alexander Caes of Maquoketa, IA, and Joy Sills of Miles, IA; his parents Donald and Judy Van Hecke of Maquoketa, IA; a brother Jeff Van Hecke of Baldwin, IA; and sisters Barb Edwards of Charlotte, IA and Connee Edmundson of Humphreys, MO. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

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

 



Lawrence L. Hincker


Lawrence Lee Hincker, age 67, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at his home. To honor Lawrence's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Mark D. Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Lawrence was born on July 15, 1948 in Dubuque, son of Charles D. And Leslie N. (Niblo) Hincker.

Lawrence proudly served his country with the U.S. Army and completed two tours in Vietnam.

Lawrence is survived by

his siblings,
Cheryl Schwind, Dubuque, IA,
Douglas (Jo Ellen) Hincker, Plymouth, MI;

and also numerous nieces and nephews.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Stephen Hincker.

Memorials for Lawrence L. Hincker may be given to your favorite charity.

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

 



Rose A. Putz


Rose A. Putz, 53, of Delhi died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 at Regional Medical Center in Manchester after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12tj Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Petersburg, with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. John Kremer will officiate.

Rose was born July 30, 1962, in Manchester, Iowa the daughter of Walter and Agnes (Bockenstedt) Putz.  She was a 1980 graduate of Beckman H.S.  Rose worked as a Nanny for many years.  She was an avid amateur photographer, taking photos of her family and friends

She was a member of the Delhi Women's Club.

Survivors include her longtime fiancé, Robert "Budda" Hittenmiller of Delhi, her mother, Agnes Putz of Dyersville, siblings: Kathy (Gary) Willenborg of New Vienna, Diane (Jim) Hoeger of Earlville, Betty (Bill) Wessels of Dyersville, Charles Putz of Heartland, MI, Lois (Mike) Steger of Dyersville, Ed (Janet) Putz of Petersburg, Leo (Tammy) Putz of Farley, Mike (Shelley) Putz of Monroe, WI, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Putz, one brother, Marvin Putz, a sister-in-law, Maria Putz, grandparents: Anton & Marcella (Kruse) Putz, William F. & Minnie Bockenstedt; nieces, Laura and Marsha Willenborg.

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

 

 



Carolyn L. Holdridge


Carolyn L. Holdridge, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Finley Hospital.

Friends may greet the family from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where the funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Rev. Dianne Grace will officiate.

Carolyn was born June 16, 1940 in Osceola, IA, the daughter of Herman and Nellie (Sinift) Oliver. She was raised on a farm, and graduated from LeRoy High School. She married Ronald Holdridge on August 3, 1968 in East Dubuque, IL.

In her early years, Carolyn worked as a medical secretary in Des Moines. She was then employed as the Medical Records Director at Xavier Hospital. After the hospital's closing, she worked at Mercy Hospital, and then as a pathology secretary at United Clinical Laboratories for many years, retiring in 2000. After retiring she worked for a short time at Hillcrest Family Service.

She volunteered alongside her husband at the Humane Society and Finley Hospital. Carolyn was an avid fan of the Cubs, Bears, and Hawkeyes. She read many books, and enjoyed crocheting and knitting. Carolyn loved nature and animals, especially her two kitties, Baby and Jet. She could identify many birds. Carolyn loved to travel out west with her husband and family. She dearly loved her grandchildren and looked forward to family gatherings.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Ronald, of Dubuque; her son, Shane (Julia) Holdridge of Dubuque; two daughters, Kim (Dick "Rocky") Riley of Eldridge, IA, and Tracy (John) Oster of East Dubuque, IL; her grandchildren, Aaron (Laura), Sean, and Paige (Kyle) Riley, Chance and Lucas Oster, and Rachel and Leah Holdridge; her great-grandchildren, Hayden and Kamryn Riley, and Wade Sountris; her brother, Max Oliver of Memphis, TN; two brothers-in-law, Keith (Mary Ellen) Holdridge and Terry (Rebecca) Holdridge; and her special friends John and Jackie Tinker of Altoona, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Gerald (Marian) Oliver; her sister Donna (Chuck) Cheek; and her sister-in-law, Jean Oliver.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff in the ICU at Finley Hospital, especially nurse Kelly; to Physical Therapy at Ennoble Manor; and to Home Health Aide Peggy O'Neill for her devoted care, and for treating Carolyn like family.

Memorials may be made to the Carolyn Holdridge Memorial Fund.

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



Genny Landa


Genny Landa, 72, of Cottage Grove, MN, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on October 27, 2015 from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease.

Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7p.m.

Genny was born in Dubuque, IA on May 24, 1943, daughter of Ruth (Vogel) and Anthony Noel. She graduated from the Academy of the Visitation in 1961 and later attended Northeast Iowa Technical Institute for Dental Assisting. Genny married Jerry O'Meara on November 23, 1963, they later divorced. Don Landa came into her life and they married on June 1, 1979. He preceded her in death on May 29, 2004.

Genny worked for Dr. David Bierie in the front office for many years. In 1990, she and Don moved to Jacksonville, Florida. Upon returning to Dubuque in 1997, Genny worked for Target and then Hy-Vee. Genny was a long time member of Resurrection Church. She loved to paint ceramics, spend time with her many brothers and sisters and have coffee dates with her friends. She missed out on so much joy of being a grandmother due to early on-set Alzheimer's.

Genny is survived by her four children Maureen O'Meara of Jacksonville, FL, Ron (Diane) O'Meara of Madison,WI, Laura (Troy) Boffeli of Woodbury, MN, and Steve (Jeannine) O'Meara of Puyallup, WA, step-daughter Jean (Greg) Ewart of Kapolei, HI and step-son Jeff (Lori) Landa of Carrolton, TX; 10 grandchildren, Olivia and John Boffeli, Austin O'Meara Gunter, Zachary and Katelyn O'Meara, Greg Jr., Alex and Samantha Ewart and Natalie and Luke Landa; six sisters, Mary Ann Miller of Saratoga, CA, Jean (Mick) Hingtgen, Helen (Roger) McLaughlin, and Kay Potts all of Dubuque, Barbara (John) Twomey of Warrenton, VA, and Hope (Ron) Maus of Grand Prairie, TX, one brother, John (Rosie) Noel of Dubuque and two sisters-in-law, Lois Noel of Dubuque and Alma Noel of Bloomington, IL and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by both her parents, brothers Richard and Don Noel, sister-in-law Connie Noel, and brothers-in-law, Don Miller and Jerry Potts and niece, Mary Potts Timmerman.

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

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association.

The family would like to thank the staff at White Pines Senior Living in Cottage Grove, MN for their caring, loving, and nurturing ways with Genny for the four years she lived there. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

 



Donna Mae Moore


Donna Mae (Meyer) Moore, 79, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral Mass will be noon Saturday, Oct. 31, at Holy Spirit Parish - Holy Ghost. Family will greet friends from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday, Oct. 30, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a Scripture Service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Donna was born Oct. 12, 1936 in Dubuque, the daughter of Leonard and Verda (Miehe) Meyer. She attended Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1954. Donna married Wayne R. Moore on April 12, 1955; he passed on Dec. 9, 1994.

She worked for Dubuque Community Schools, Eichman's and farmed. Donna enjoyed gardening, fishing, flowers, and watching her grandchildren, and she loved to cook and was known for her great chicken.

Survivors include her children, Michael "Mike" (Lisa Kelly), Steven "Steve" (Mary), Dennis "Denny" (Denise), and Jeff (Mary) Moore; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings Darlene (Loras) Flynn, Geraldine Hutchinson, Harlow (Pauline) Meyer, and David Meyer; sister in-law Sandy Meyer; special friend Bob Beireirs; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings Shirley Kennedy and Merlin Meyer, and Carol Lou in infancy.

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

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



Edward W. Meana


Edward W. "Ed" Meana, age 95, of Atlanta, GA, passed away peacefully at 4:19 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Atlanta, GA. To honor Edward's life, full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at Linwood Cemetery, 2735 Windsor Avenue, on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Edward was born on January 9, 1920, in McGregor, Iowa, son of George William and Ida Rose (Reinhardt) Meana.

Ed proudly and bravely served his country in the Philippine Islands, New Guinea, Admiralty Islands and Australia in the U.S. Army 7th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division, during WWII. He was wounded twice, first by Japanese sniper fire and lastly by searing shrapnel, which earned Ed the Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for his heroic actions. He was united in marriage to Viola Mae Gilgenbach in McGregor, Iowa in 1952 and they were blessed with 32 wonderful years together before she preceded him in death in 1984. Edward was a committed employee at the Dubuque Packing Company for 24 years until his retirement. He was a talented woodworker and also enjoyed collecting die cast vehicles in his spare time. Edward was always happy, a joy to be around and was widely known for his great sense of humor and perfectly delivered dry wit. Ed possessed a heart of gold and was a man of unquestionable character and integrity who never met a stranger. Ed had a full and vibrant 95 years here with us, always making the most of everyday and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Ed's memory include

his daughter,
Julie (Gus) Stieber, Atlanta, GA,

his granddaughter,
Stacey Stover, Gainsville, GA;

three great grandchildren,
Tyler Linn,
Madeline Stover
and Olive Stover; all of Gainsville, GA;

and a sister-in-law,
Beverly Meana, Platteville, WI.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Viola; his siblings, Lloyd (Dorothy) Meana, Mildred (Orville) Knapp, Dorothy (Wilson) Wilke, Ester (Kenneth) Burroughs, Robert Meana and George (Bonnie) Meana.

An Edward W. Meana memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sister Lois Wagner, OSF

Sister Lois Wagner, OSF of Clare House, Dubuque, IA, died Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Clare House.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Francis Chapel, Mt. St. Francis. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday in Francis Chapel with a Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Lois was born on Dec. 26, 1922 in Ralph, S.D., the daughter of Andrew and Mathilda (Kurtenacker) Wagner. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on August 24, 1942 and made final profession of vows August 10, 1948. Sister ministered as an educator in the Iowa cities of Cascade, Keota, Temple Hill, Sugar Creek, LaMotte, and Wahlert High School. She served many years in the sewing room at Mt. St. Francis.

Sister is survived by sister-in-law Rose Wagner, her nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared 72 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Joseph (Rose) Wagner, Donald (Leah) Wagner, Andrew (Margaret) Wagner, and Thomas (Carol) Wagner; her sister Annette Kusler (Ivan); and her brother William, who died in infancy.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern.

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



Irene L. Elliott


Irene L. Elliott, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 10:55 a.m. on Monday, October 26, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

To honor Irene's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road, with Pastor DeWayne Teig officiating. To celebrate Irene's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Family and friends may also visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church on Saturday, Oct. 31. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Irene was born on July 20, 1923, in Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of James W. and Louise S. (Schellhammer) Ackerman. Irene was born and raised in Dubuque and continually found pride in her local heritage. She was united in marriage to Henry W. "Hank" Elliott on Jan. 13, 1944, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dubuque. They shared 61 blessed years together before he preceded her in death on May 13, 2005.

Irene was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 33 years until her retirement. Irene and Hank loved spending quality time together on the Mississippi River, fishing and boating; but they especially cherished all and any opportunities to spend time with family and friends. They thoroughly enjoyed taking trips to Tucson to visit their son and his family. Irene was an avid reader and was also content to create beautiful crochet pieces in her free time. She was a faithful and lifetime member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and enjoyed outings with the Class of 42 Ladies Club. Irene was always a tender and loving woman in all aspects of her life. Her 92 years were full of joyful memories and experiences and she now readily joins all those whom have been called home ahead of her throughout her earthly journey.

Those left to cherish Irene's memory include

her son,
Bruce S. (Sherrie) Elliott, Tucson, AZ;

her grandson,
Steven B. (Melisa) Elliott, Tucson, AZ;

her great-grandson,
Ryan Bruce Lincoln Elliott, Tucson, AZ;

her niece,
Alana Anderson, Antioch, IL;

and her nephew,
James (Karen) Anderson, Goodyear, AZ.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Hank; two sisters, Emma (Merle) Shea and Elsie (Al) Anderson; three brothers, David, James and Martin Ackerman; and two step-sisters, Marie and Gertrude.

An Irene L. Elliott memorial fund has been established.

Irene's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and Luther Manor Apartments for all of their loving care and concern.

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



Susan Kelley Wells


Susan Kelley Wells, 77, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2015 at her home with her family by her side.

A memorial visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, Oct. 29, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., with a Sharing of Memories at 7:00 p.m.

Susan was born May 9, 1938 in Dowagiac, Michigan, the daughter of Walter and Evelyn (Lohr) Kelley. She married William L. Wells on Dec. 16, 1994; he passed Dec. 7, 2005.

Susan worked as a bartender at Dubuque Golf & Country Club for over 20 years, retiring on April 1, 2007. She enjoyed watching the Cubs and Bears, making Christmas stockings, playing shuffle board for Murph's South End, eating out, and gambling with her best friends Joanie, Joyce, Carol and Nick.

Survivors include her children, Rick (Sandy) Wyatt, Eric Wyatt, and Kelley (Peter) Kruschke; grandchildren Jeremy Stegmiller, Holly Merta, Morgan Wyatt, Arienne (Jason) Weisenberger, Justin Wyatt, Jennifer Wyatt, Bob Julson, Jodie Julson, and Christina (Chris) Winner; 19 great-grandchildren; and a daughter in-law, Pam Skoff.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sons, Steven and Michael Wyatt; and her faithful companion, Squeegee.

The family would like to express its sincere thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for your care of our Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother.

A memorial fund has been established in Susan's memory. Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Robert J. Klaus


Robert J. Klaus, 71, passed away peacefully in Galena, Illinois, on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from complications of Parkinson's disease.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena and after 10:00 a.m. Friday at Grace Episcopal Church in Galena, where funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with Rev. Gloria Hopewell officiating.

He retired in Galena after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Oral Health America, a national organization that linked government, industry, health care professionals, and volunteer associations for public health and education programs to promote oral health. Klaus worked with Major League Baseball, and Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Garagiola to launch the National Spit Tobacco Education Program; his work on this issue led him to participate in the White House talks relating to a settlement with tobacco manufacturers.

Before joining Oral Health America, Klaus was Executive Director of the Illinois Humanities Council, a foundation that supports many of Illinois' most treasured cultural and educational institutions. He worked for the Iowa Humanities Board and also taught history at the University of Iowa and philanthropy at Northwestern University. Klaus received his PhD in history from the University of Iowa.

In retirement Klaus settled in Galena, Illinois, where he worked with the conservation community by joining the Board of Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. He forged a relationship between the Conservation Foundation and the Field Museum of Chicago to develop the Wapello Native American site in Hanover, Illinois.

Klaus is survived by his wife, Joan, and his three children, Christian (Christy), Liz Ategou (Masina), and Conor (Viola Lee). His grandchildren are Hannah, Amanda and Elena Klaus, William and Mateo Ategou, and Phillip and Willia Klaus. Robert is also survived by his siblings, Virginia (Don) Riordan, Jack (Diane) Klaus, Mary (the late Jim Sheridan), Charles (Pat) Klaus and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (Rooney) Klaus.

Donations can be made in his memory to the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation, www.jdcf.org or 126 N. Main St., P.O. Box 216, Elizabeth, IL 61028-0216 or to the Galena Center for the Arts, 219 Summit Street, Galena, IL 61036.



Debra J. Perrin


Debra J. (Eichman) Perrin, 61 of Clinton, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at her home in Clinton. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 30, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost, 2917 Central Ave., Dubuque. Family will greet friends 3:00 pm- 8:00 pm, Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, with a 3:00 pm Scripture Service, additional visitation will be one hour prior to Mass on Friday at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Debra was born July 6, 1954 in Dubuque, the daughter of Milton and Viola "Vi" (Brandel) Eichman. She graduated from Hempstead High School in 1972. Debra then graduated from Kirkwood Community College with a Surgical Technology Degree (CRST). She married Steven Perrin on May 15, 1982 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. Debra worked at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, until she and the family relocated to Clinton and she continued to work at Mercy Hospital OR, until her retirement in January 2015. Debra and Steve raised their family in Clinton. She battled cancer for the last 12 years and always said she fought for her kids during this time. Debra was always willing to help others, was a friend at all and was a welcoming spirit. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, loved Christmas and cooking for all holidays. She was very involved in her children's lives and was the 2009 Relay for Life Honorary Chairman.

Survivors include her husband, Steven; children, David (Sarah) Perrin, Chris (Jennifer) Perrin, and Stephanie (Tim Newman) Perrin; siblings, Milton (Faith) Eichman, Carol McClenahan, and Betty (Tom) McAndrew. Debra was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials may be sent to Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002 c/o the Debra Perrin memorial fund in her memory.

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



Harold R. Hanson


Harold R. Hanson, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, October 24 at home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 29 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Rev. Kyle Digmann will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6. Friends may greet the family at the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 28, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Harold was born March 27, 1927 in Waterville, KS, the son of Nels and Delia (Blanchard) Hanson. He served his country with the U.S. Army during WWII, from 1945 to 1946. He married Lois Walsh on July 30, 1951 in Waukon, IA.

Harold was employed as a machinist at Dubuque Stamping Company, and also at the Dubuque Packing Company. He retired in 1991. He was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. 

Harold was an avid outdoorsman, and he enjoyed mushroom hunting, and gardening, specializing in tomatoes. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Harold is survived by his wife, Lois; four sons, Ron (Rosie) Hanson, and Randy (Karen) Hanson, both of Dubuque, Dan (Beth) Hanson of Nashville, TN, and Jim Hanson of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Keri (Kent), Cory (Sara), Kyle, Bill (Jess), Joe (Calcie), Kristi, Amanda, Sarah, and Bryce; one great grandchild, Emma; his sister, Naomi Manbeck of Rossville, KS; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Gerald, Donald, Robert, George, and Russell.

Memorials may be made to the Harold R. Hanson Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy.

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



Michael J. Rupp


Michael J. "Mike" Rupp, 56, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, died Friday, October 23, 2015, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City. A private family service will be held at a later date. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Mike was born on September 18, 1959, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Ambrose and Shirley (Watters) Rupp. He married Lori Lee Richardson on May 10, 1980, at the New Diggings Primitive Methodist Church.

Mike was a quality control supervisor for many years. He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather. He will be remembered for the years he spent dedicating his time to coaching youth sports. Mike enjoyed spending time with his family and will be forever missed by all who knew him. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and cooking. Mike also mastered the craft of home brewing beer and wine making. His family considered him a jack of all trades and will celebrate his life forever.

Survivors include his wife Lori Lee, of Shullsburg; a daughter, Angela (Tim) Leitzinger, of Shullsburg; two sons, Andrew (fiancée Jennifer Kane) Rupp and Patrick Hendricks, both of Dubuque; his parents, Ambrose and Lois Rupp, of Benton, and Shirley Forrester, of Las Vegas, Nevada; four sisters, Debra (Eugene) Mueller, of Shullsburg, Rhonda (Mark) Shafor, of Flagstaff, Arizona, Lisa (Ron) Jersey, of Henderson, Nevada, and Jamie (Rich) Empey, of Las Vegas, Nevada; and a grandchild, Madeline Hendricks.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Lori Lee Rupp; his paternal grandparents, Peter and Odelia Rupp; and maternal grandparents, Jerry and Olive Watters.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Lucy I. Gioimo


Lucy I. Gioimo, 95, of Dyersville, Iowa died Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Lucy was born December 8, 1919, in Farley, Iowa the daughter of Clemens and Frances (Freking) Luensmann.  She married Charles F. Gioimo and they resided in Dyersville until he preceded her in death in 1952.  Lucy worked as a waitress at several area restaurants including Dick's Steak House, and at the Ertl Toy Company and Dyersville Home Improvement until 1972, when she moved to Chicago with her daughters.  They moved back to this area in 2014.

Survivors include her children: Suzzanne, Suzzette, Jeff (Connie), and Greg "Fuzz" (Kay) Gioimo, all of Dyersville; 9 grandchildren: Lisa Gioimo, Dan (Stephanie) Gioimo, Nathan Gioimo, Sarah (Ben) Goldsmith, Brett (friend Ashlee Shill) Gioimo, Kathleen (Scott) Held, Danielle (Paul) White, Charles (Tabitha) Gioimo and Jeffery (Taylor) Gioimo; 10 great grandchildren: Blake and Mason Gioimo, Carson Gioimo, Beckett and Britton Goldsmith, Adeline, Samuel and Violet Held, Phoenix and Nathale Gioimo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; five sisters: Nellie Drummy, Armella Huberty, Anita Sylvanus, Helen Richmond and Arlene DeFlieger.

We would like to thank the staffs, nurses and doctors associated with the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home, Regional Medical Center and the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester for the wonderful care they gave our mother and her family.

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



Donald V. Kunkel


Donald V. Kunkel, 84, of Kieler, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, Wisconsin, with Fr. Bernard Rott, Fr. Francis Steffen, Fr. Tom McAndrew and Deacon Larry Tranel concelebrating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.  Visitation will be held from 3-8 on Wednesday, October 28 at the Immaculate Conception Church Parish Center in Kieler Wisconsin.  The rosary will be recited at 2:45 p.m.  Visitation will also be held from 9:15-10:15 on Thursday at the church.

Donald was born on January 17, 1931 in Kieler Wisconsin.  He was the son of the Kilian and Angeline (Roth) Kunkel.  Donald graduated from Loras Academy. He then served as a Marine during the Korean War. He was selected for the Honor Flight in 2014. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish and the Catholic Knights.

He married Dorothy Jaeger on May 29, 1957 in Balltown, Iowa and they farmed together in Kieler.  They were blessed with 10 children.  Donald's greatest pride was his family and he especially enjoyed spending the holidays with his family at his home.  Donald was a devoted husband and father.  He valued his faith and his family and he enjoyed being a farmer.  He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, and they looked forward to getting a tractor ride from grandpa! Donald always thought of others first.  His un-selfish, caring and faith-filled life was an inspiration to us all. 

He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.   Donald is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kunkel, his 10 children, Debbie (Daryl) Hinderman, Jane (Mark) Dietzel, Mary Kay (Fred) Kieler, Karen (Dan) Keeney, Jim Kunkel, Laurie (Vic) Bowden, Joe (Tammy) Kunkel, Jeff (Kathy) Kunkel, Gary (Julie) Kunkel, and Joni (Kevin) Dement.  Also surviving are his 31 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren on the way.

He is also survived by his brothers, Ralph (Darlene), John (Pat) and Floyd (Darlene) Kunkel.  His sisters-in-law, Marie Kunkel, Rose Ann Kunkel, Nancy Brimeyer, Shirley (Norbert) Kress, Phyllis (Jim) Lahey, and Carol (Jack) Specht, a brother-in-law Leon (Connie) Jaeger and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kilian and Angeline Kunkel, his mother and father-in-law William and Lucille Jaeger, his brothers Kenny and Jerry Kunkel, his sisters, Rita Hornbeck and Marion Vaassen, his brothers-in-law Gilbert Vaassen and Herbert Brimeyer, his nieces Amy and Linda Kunkel and Julie Hasken and his nephews Marty Vaassen and Tim Kunkel.

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

 



Dorothy Mae Hilkin


Dorothy Mae "Dottie" Hilkin, 92 of St. Donatus, Iowa passed away on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30a.m. Wednesday, October 28th, at St. Donatus Catholic Church with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 27th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a wake service held at 2:00 p.m.

Dottie was born on August 1, 1923 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of William and Kathryn (Ries) Knockel. She attended St. Catherine Elementary School. She worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company. She married Earl J. Hilkin on May 24, 1945 at St. Catherine Catholic Church.

They farmed in the St. Catherine & St. Donatus area for many years where they raised their eight children. She later worked for Sisters of Charity at Mount Carmel, catered with Mary Helmle, worked at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue and lastly at the Moracco Supper Club. After her working career she enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing and quilting, reading, gardening, and her card clubs, (known as a shrewd and excellent poker player).

She will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Ron (Cheryl) Hilkin, St. Donatus, Terry (Jean) Hilkin, of Dubuque, Rob-Bob (Pauline) Hilkin, of Woodstock, GA, Jim (Pam) Hilkin, of Bellevue, Mary Jo (Sam) Fleege, of Dubuque, Jeanne (Kevin) Boyes, of Key West, IA, and Nancy (Chris) Jackson, of Colona, IL. 23 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Her siblings JoAnn (Carl) Weimerskirch, Kay Nachtman, and Carol (Bill) Gaber, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Earl, a daughter Kathi Wolfe, son-in-law Dan Ferring, and a granddaughter Amie Weber. Two brothers, Herbie (Evie) Knockel, Vernie Knockel, two sisters Lucille (Don) Murphy, and Lois (Harlan) Thielen and brother-in-law Irv Nachtman.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their loving care they gave to Dottie.



Stephen T. Schramm


Stephen T. "Steve" Schramm, age 55, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 9:03 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque, after a brief battle with cancer which Steve lost; Cancer 1, Steve 0. To honor Steve's life, funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Dave McGhee officiating. To celebrate Steve's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Steve was born on November 2, 1959, in Dubuque, son of Alphonse and Nora (Collins) Schramm.

Steve was very proud of being born and raised in Dubuque and was a longtime member of Nativity Church. Steve adored his parents and graciously devoted many of his late years to caring for them. Steve earned his Bachelor's degree from Loras College and would spend the next 35 years utilizing his education, skills and experience at Shot Tower Pizza. He eventually moved into a management position and over time firmly established his role as a well-known fixture among his loyal customers. His devotion and loyalty to his family, work, co-workers and customers were always on display and a local landmark has definitely lost one of their key secret ingredients. In his free time, Steve found peace and joy in painting, drawing, scale modeling military memorabilia and could be easily described as a veracious reader. His vast library encompasses countless volumes of literature covering the history of war from the Romans through World War II. Steve was a very good and decent man, whose goal was to incorporate his personal drive and determination into making each day a productive one. To know Steve, was to love him; to see him at work, was to feel comfortable; to lose him, is an affirmation of true pain and sorrow. His young soul now rests in a perfect heavenly body where cancer is never a threat and nothing more than a faded memory.

Those left to cherish Steve's memory include

his brothers,
Mike (Joan) Schramm, St. Joseph, MN,
and Daniel (Patricia) Schramm, Watertown, WI;

and his niece,
Jennifer Schramm, St. Louis, MO.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas, in infancy.

A Stephen T. Schramm memorial fund has been established.

Steve's family would like to thank all of his work family and friends at Shot Tower Pizza and the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all the love, patience and kindness they have given to Steve over these past few months. God bless you all.

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

 



James M. McAllister


James M. McAllister, 92, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Friday, October 23, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jim may call from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.

Services for Jim will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born December 31, 1923 in Cascade, Iowa, son of John and Florence (Brown) McAllister. Jim is a graduate of the former St. Martin's High School in Cascade. He was employed as a skilled tradesman and quality inspector at Cherry-Burrell Corp. and then later at Fruehauf Trailer in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, until his retirement.

Jim was very devout in his Catholic faith throughout his entire life. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Cedar Rapids. Sunday Mass attendance at his parish was of great importance to Jim. In recent years when his car was buried in the snow, he would schedule a taxi ride for the Sunday morning trip to Immaculate Conception.

Jim was an avid fisherman over the years and also did his best to continually improve his golf game. He was very well read and able to discuss a wide range of current events. Jim never missed watching his St. Louis Cardinals, Iowa Hawkeyes and Green Bay Packers.

He is survived by one sister, Virginia Knepper of Cascade, Iowa; and several nieces, nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Raymond (Mary) McAllister and Earl (Lorraine) McAllister and 1sister, Lucille (Clarence) Winter; and a brother-in-law, Leo Knepper.

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

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to Jim's nephew Pat McAllister for always being there for Jim at a moments notice. Pat truly helped Jim maintain his independence and quality of life.

 



Marvin E. Lehnen


Marvin E. Lehnen, 89, of Green Valley AZ and Maryville MO, died Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at his home in Green Valley AZ.

Formerly of Dubuque IA and Waterloo IA. He was born July 29, 1926, in Dubuque IA, son of Joseph H. and Lucille F. Lehnen (Winters). He married Mary A. Bauer on Nov 19, 1949, in Dubuque. Mary preceded him in death April 20,1989. Marvin married Kathryn K. Belcher on June 8, 2001, in Maryville MO. Kathryn preceded him In death Feb 10, 2011.

Marv served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as an intelligence officer ending in 1960, including the Army Reserve. Marv was a manager at John Deere, retiring in 1983. Additionally, Marvin was a member of the American Legion, Iowa Club, Elk's Club, Mercedes Benz Club of America, and Santa Cruz Valley Car Nuts enjoying the camaraderie of all involved.

Survived by: two sons, Bruce (Barbara) of Waterloo IA and Greg (Holly) of Athol ID; two granddaughters, Allison and Kelsey; 2 brothers, Raymond Lehnen and Joseph Lehnen; two sisters, Donna Kieffer and Janet Waller.

Preceded in death by: his parents, a brother Robert Lehnen, and a sister Ruth Ann Sauser, and a special friend Berta Humphrey.

Graveside Services will be held in Dubuque IA, Monday, November 2, 2015 at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 8071-8299 Jecklin Ln., Dubuque, IA, with Military Honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 2:00 pm, followed by a memorial reception at Hoffmann-Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Upon retirement in 1983, Marv and Mary became "snow birds" flocking to Green Valley AZ each winter. Mary passed away in 1989. Marv married Kathryn K Belcher in 1991. Kathryn passed away in 2001. Marv then had a lasting relationship with Berta Humphrey until her passing in 2008. Marv divided his time between Green Valley AZ and Maryville MO with numerous trips to Iowa for and gatherings with family and friends. Marv loved his family and friends deeply. He enjoyed telling a good story as much as listening to one. He loved to hear of the adventures involving Bruce's and Greg's daughters. Marv and Mary spent family time on the Mississippi River in the Dubuque area. Boating was the focus for most of 12 years, including every opportunity for fun and vacations. Marv and Mary were members of the Mercedes Benz Club of America where they participated in many Midwestern events, favoring an annual rally at Road America, Plymouth WI. They traveled throughout North America either visiting friends or making new ones. His love of cars continued in Arizona as a member of the Santa Cruz Valley Car Nuts car club where he helped organize events and showed his cars. But mainly had fun with his pals. Marv's marriage to Kathryn led to traveling the world. Kathryn's interest in traveling throughout Europe took them to England, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Traveling with friends was a joy that generated many stories told many times. Marv and Bert (Berta) had a lot of fun entertaining and traveling the US as well. Traveling to Missouri, Iowa and Idaho to visit family and friends highlighted their time together. Special people in Marv's life include friends from Arizona, Grace Moran, Steve & Dixie McNeely and Jim & Jeanne Campbell. Their love and attention in the last few years was everlasting and precious.



Stacy A. McDermott


Just as in one of her favorite songs, Stacy A. McDermott, 62 of Dubuque, left her journey here with us to a place of peace "somewhere over the rainbow", Wednesday, October 21, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center.
A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, October 25th at Christ the King Chapel, Loras College. The family will welcome friends at 2:00 p.m., with a Mass at 3:00 p.m.

Stacy was born in Cedar Rapids, IA, spent her early years in St. Paul, Minnesota and moved to Dubuque at the age of 10. She attended Wahlert High School where she met John McDermott; they married in 1974.
Upon graduation from Mercy School of Radiology she attended Loras College and the University of Dubuque. Stacy worked at Mercy Hospital, Independent Diagnostic Radiology and Finley Hospital in Radiology and Administrative positions. Her love for helping people and advancing medical care in Dubuque was always the heart of her work.

Stacy enjoyed gardening, having fun with good friends, and her faithful dogs. Upon retirement, she enjoyed spending time in Minnesota and Texas with her grandsons.

In recent years she dealt with numerous health challenges, including surviving breast cancer. The road was a long one and always seemed uphill, but Stacy tackled it with humor and the determined sprit that we all knew and loved her for.

Stacy is survived by: her husband John, children Maggie McDermott (Andy Groth) of Winona, MN, and Casey McDermott (Aamie Fish) of Southlake TX, grandsons, Kellen Groth and William McDermott. Stacy is also survived by her sister Sally Spahn and in-laws, Jan (Jon) Lukens, Jean (Bill) Steadman, Jim (Jan) McDermott. Stacy's family was not defined by genetics and she leaves Kim Bergfeld and the Payne family, John and Carolyn Haupert, and many others who were so dear to her.

Stacy enters into heaven to meet her parents Norman and Mildred Spahn & Howard and Ag McDermott, her sister Susan, along with many friends and family who await her arrival.

Stacy had a unique relationship with so many talented physicians and medical staff members through her years in hospital administration. These same compassionate individuals made the last several years of Stacy's life possible. The family would like to extend our sincere thanks to the staff at Mercy Health Center, Stonehill Care Center, Dr.'s John Whalen, Chris Stille, Honori Caceres, Ben Rolling and their staff, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Her wish was that each of you that were touched by her life and love, do one act of kindness in her memory. She loved all of you to the moon and back.

In lieu of flowers memorial cards can be sent to Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, IA. 52003.



Lois D. Garien

Lois D. Garien, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at her home in Maquoketa, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Lois' life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, Oct. 26, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Lois Delean Arterberry was born on August 13, 1933 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Levi and Erma (McCloy) Arterberry. She grew up in Maquoketa and attended Maquoketa High School. She married Donald R. Garien on August 12, 1949 in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 26, 1986.

In the early years, Lois worked for the Spot Cafe and Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, and also farmed with her husband north of Maquoketa. In 1968, she and her husband Don started Garien Plumbing and Heating in Maquoketa. She was the co-owner of the business until 2011.

Lois was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa and the St. Mark's Ladies Guild. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, quilting and listening and calling in to KMAQ Radio Station. Her greatest joy and legacy was her family and the times spent with them.

Those left to honor Lois' memory include her sons, Robert "Bob" (Carolyn) Garien of DeWitt, IA, Randy (Pam) Garien of Maquoketa, IA, and Rory (Caroline) Garien of Edmond, OK; a daughter-in-law, Julia Garien of Maquoketa, IA; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents;, her husband; 2 sons, Rick and Ronald; 5 brothers, Orville, Leroy, Levi, Ronald and Robert; 1 sister, Muriel Carr; and 3 grandchildren, Jason Garien, Ryan Garien and Bob Johnson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church or to Genesis Hospice.

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



Edna M. Breitbach


Edna M. (Thompson) Breitbach, 87, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Visitation will be 10:00 am until service time Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Edna was born March 3, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Edna and George Fletcher.

She is survived by her children; Thomas "Tom" Thompson, Daniel "Danny"Thompson, Donald "Corky" Thompson, Luann (Greg Link) Thompson, and Michelle "Micki" (Rick) Miller; her step- children, Philip "Buck" (Rose Ann) Breitbach, Daniel "Butch" (Mary Ann) Breitbach, Sandy (Tom) Crow, Michael Breitbach, Deb (Terry "Mugs") McGinnis, Richard (Jayne) Breitbach, Pam Clark, Cherri (friend Gerald) Van Dyke, Jerry Breitbach; grandchildren, Vanessa Roe, Penny Bland, Jessica, Nicholas, Christopher, and Taylor Thompson, Diane Sain, Teresa Hatchel, Katie, Russ, Bryce, and V.J. Hinkel Jr., Rebecca Lane, Madisson and Mariah Miller, and Timmy Walsh; step-grandchildren; Tony, Tim, Rusty, Sara, Jakob, Maple, Jackson, River, Chiron, Kate, Megan, Jerry, Danny, and Olivia Breitbach, Rhonda Murphy, Kurt Smemo, Erin Sydnor, Jesse and Josh McGinnis, Molly Gibson, Kara Pavoni, Emily Sass, Samantha and Logan Clark, Leah Walker, and Derek and Brad Van Dyke.; several great-grandchildren; and siblings, Mary Ann (Richard) Roth, Douglas Fletcher, George Fletcher, and Patrica.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Donald Thompson and Glenn Breitbach; children Elizabeth Vertz, John Thompson, Joseph Thompson, Francis D. Thompson, Susan (Mark) Smith, Marsha Roe, and Kathryn (Vic) Hinkel; a great grandchild; siblings, Joseph Fletcher, Silas Fletcher, and Virgil Fletcher.

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



Lorna D. Meyer


Lorna D. Meyer, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her family.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where friends may greet the family from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque will officiate. Burial will be at Dunleith Cemetery, East Dubuque, IL. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 23, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home.

Lorna was born May 12, 1932 in Waukon, the daughter of Wilhelm and Veronica (Hagen) Scheele. She married Arthur Meyer on October 29, 1955 in Dubuque, and he preceded her in death on November 24, 1978. 

She was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 30 years. Following her retirement, Lorna worked at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab in Housekeeping, and also took on private housecleaning jobs.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Lorna was an avid bingo player, and also enjoyed cross-stitching. Seeing all the grandchildren on the holidays was something she always looked forward to.

Lorna is survived by her children, Debra Juno, Ronald Meyer, Diane (Doug) Kohnen, and Mary (Raymond) Leppert, all of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Kari (Joe) DeJong of Urbandale, Kristi (Dan) Atkins of Peosta, Nick Meyer, Heather (Lisa) Meyer, Ryan (Devon) Kohnen, Joseph Dunne, Casey Kohnen, Adam Leppert, and Aundrea Leppert, all of Dubuque; five great grandchildren; her brother, Lloyd Scheele of Dubuque; her sister in law, Lily (Chuck) Schmidt of Galena, IL; and a brother in law, Richard Meyer of East Dubuque, IL.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, Diane, and Stephanie, and the entire staff at Stonehill, especially the 3rd floor household, and Annette, Lorna's favorite aide.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Pauline Imhof

Pauline Imhof, 88, of Dubuque, IA., formerly of Naperville, IL died Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

Wife of the late Joseph Imhof Joseph. Survived by children: Sue (Steven) Deleoleos, Marty (Sue), Steve (Karen), Paul (Connie), Don (Karen), Hugh, Mark, Karl (Delilia), Christopher (Laurie). 11 grandchildren and 3 great grand children.

A memorial Mass will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday October 24, 2015 at Saint Margaret Mary Church, 111 S. Hubbard St., Algonquin, Il.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center, 3485 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001.

The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA is assisting the family.



Barbara J. Bowman

Barbara J. Bowman, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, October 19, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Barbara's life will be held at 11:30 A.M. Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Barbara Jean Bowman was born on June 12, 1943 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Homer and Genevieve (Grace) Bowman. She was a Maquoketa High School graduate.

Barbara had worked for several years as the office manager for the family business, Maquoketa United Livestock. She had also owned and operated Jonifer's Clothing Store and Hamilton's Department Store, both in Maquoketa.

Barbara was deeply involved in local politics and was a strong advocate for the Democratic Party. She enjoyed crafts and was a former director on the board of Mount Hope Cemetery.

Those left to honor Barbara's memory include her sister, Patricia Thompson of Spring Valley, IL; 2 nephews, John (Melanie) Thompson of Spring Valley, IL and James Thompson of Milwaukee, WI; and 6 great-nieces and nephews, Kyle, Tyler, Kelsey, Keeley, Jax and Ryker.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a niece, Jennifer Thompson.

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



Delbert W. Kohn


Delbert W. Kohn, age 88, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 19, 2015, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

To honor Delbert's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street with Rev. Alan J. Dietzenbach officiating. To celebrate Delbert's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Delbert was born on March 26, 1927, in Worthington, Iowa, son of Joseph and Ida (Tobin) Kohn.

Delbert was a lifelong resident of Dubuque who honorably served his country during WWII from 1942-1943 in the U.S. Army. He was united in marriage to Virginia Shireman on June 18, 1949, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, and they shared 60 blessed years of marriage before she preceded him in death on May 21, 2010. Delbert was a dedicated employee of the Dubuque Packing Company, working there for 46 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Retirees of Local 150 Meat Cutters Union and a proud former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Delbert has been a faithful Cubs fan over the years and in his younger years, Delbert was an avid bowler. Until recently he was always up for a good game of cards, a weekend camping or a relaxing day of fishing with family and friends. Some of his greatest joys were found in the winters they would spend in Arizona. Delbert had a full and abundant life and all who knew and loved him will carry his legacy forward with heavy hearts and cherished memories.

Delbert is survived by

his children,
Mark (Jean) Kohn,
Randy (Laura) Kohn,
and Brian (Tracy) Kohn, all of Dubuque, IA;

his eight grandchildren,
Ronnie Kohn, Lynn Kohn, Mark Kohn Jr., Christopher (Sarah Jo) Kohn, Darren (Sherese) Kohn, Spencer Kohn, Heather (Josh) Maas and Bryce (Justina Koppes) Kohn;

his seven great-grandchildren;

and his brother,
John (Patricia) Kohn, Dubuque, IA.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Virginia; four sons, Gary (Barb), John, Ronnie and Jeffery Kohn; five sisters, Virginia (Buzz) Canfield, Geraldine (Edward) Haberkorn, Luella (John) Pfiffer, Ellen (Floyd) Kieler and Patricia Kruser; and two brothers, James Kohn and Grange (Jean) Kohn.

A Delbert W. Kohn 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 for all of their loving and compassionate care of Delbert over these past years.

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



Richard F. Davidshofer


Richard "Dick" F. Davidshofer 60, of Holy Cross, Iowa died Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October, 23, 2015 at Kramer Funeral Home, 5754 Maple Road in Holy Cross.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating.  Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

Dick was born July 26, 1955 in Dubuque, the son of Frederick and Clara "Toots" (Goedken) Davidshofer. Dick graduated from Guttenberg High School in the class of 1973.  He married Sandy Gaul on May 19, 1984 in Earlville. Together they raised their 4 children on the farm north of Holy Cross. Dick farmed his whole life until he retired in 2014 due to health. He also worked at Hub's Repair, FS, and was a big help to his son Justin and his custom farming business. He was a member of the Holy Cross Church. Dick enjoyed family and friend gatherings, farm machinery, horses, euchre, and his Case and Oliver tractors, but most of all his grandson Jack.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Sandy. 4 children: Amy Davidshofer of Farley, Justin Davidshofer and his son Jack Davidshofer of Holy Cross, Alyssa Davidshofer of Holy Cross, and April (Justin) Romero of Marshall, MN. 3 siblings: Dan (Barb) Davidshofer of New Vienna, Mae (Duane) Kluesner of Holy Cross, and Joe (Joyce) Davidshofer of Bankston. Parents-in-law: Virgil and Helen (Sadler) Gaul of Dubuque. Brothers and sister-in-law: Alan Gaul of Ames, Deb (John) Peters of San Diego, CA, Bev (Mark) Ostrowski of Lakeville, MN, Janeen (Jon) Hucker of Lester Prairie, MN, and Kevin (Erin) Gaul of Pella, several beloved nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In keeping with his generous spirit, Richard was a tissue donor to Iowa Donor Network.

The Davidshofer family would like to extend their thanks to the Holy Cross/North Buena Vista EMS, Guttenberg Municipal Hospital Emergency Department, Dr. Ramabadran, Julie Ehlinger, Lacy, and the rest of the Medical Associates Cardiology Department.

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

 

 



Ann Boenish


Ann Boenish, 99, of Dyersville, Iowa died Monday, October 19, 2015 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held 3 - 7 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will commence at 3 p.m., with a rosary at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Ann (Anna Margaret Matthews Boenish) was born August 8, 1916, in Randolph, Iowa the daughter of Vernon A. and Mattie (Wilson) Matthews.  She served in the United States Navy from 1943 - 1945.  Ann was stationed in Honolulu, HI where she instructed pilots in the navigational Link System. While there, she met Hans Boenish USMC, who was recuperating in a base hospital from wounds sustained in combat while fighting in Okinawa, Japan.  They were married on October 7, 1946, in Imogene, Iowa, following the war and eventually settled in Dyersville in 1958.  Ann taught at Western Dubuque Elementary for 20 years retiring in 1983.  She was a respected teacher both in and out of the classroom, teaching scores of children to read.  She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Retired Teachers of Dubuque County, Friends of the Library, American Legion and was an active volunteer in the community.

Survivors include her children: Susan (Walter Morris) Schmitt of Houston, TX, Max (Sheila) Boenish of Camas, WA, Hans (Bonnie Bless) Boenish of Sequim, WA, Mary (Buddy) Ramos of Scottsdale, AZ, Mark (Rebecca) Boenish of Rochester,MN, Steve (Kris) Boenish of Dubuque, IA, Vernon (Penny) Boenish of Cedar Rapids, IA,

a daughter-in-law, Linda Boenish of Jacksonville, FL,

16 grandchildren: Amanda (Patrick) Methvin, Andrea (Adam) Sides, Stephen Schmitt, Thomas & Zoey Boenish, Hans C. and Anna Boenish, Sarah (Peter) Donovan, David Ramos, Luke Boenish, Brian (Alicia) Boenish, Matthew & Peter Boenish, Dillon (Elizabeth) Boenish, Joseph (Allison) Boenish and Laura Boenish,

6 great grandchildren: Sophia & Madeline Methvin, Amelia Sides, Katherine & Brady Donovan and Pamela Boenish.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hans in 1989, a son, Paul Boenish in 2011, her parents, and three sisters: Grace Matthews, Verna Davis and Helen Barnes.

She was the oldest surviving WWII veteran in Dyersville.

Ann will be greatly missed by all who were blessed by her generous and kind spirit. 

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

 

 



Dorothy J. Koeller


Dorothy J. Koeller, 99, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 10:03 a.m. Sunday, October 18, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 22, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. 

Visitation will be 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Mrs. Koeller was born on February 12, 1916 near Kieler, Wisconisin, the daughter of William and Helen (Kirchberg) Lenstra.  She was united in marriage to Raymond R. Koeller on February 18, 1935 at Immaculate Conception Church at Kieler.  He preceded her in death on June 3, 1983.

Dorothy was formerly employed at the State Bank of East Dubuque, the University of Dubuque and St. Rose Priory-Aquinas Institute in Dubuque until her retirement.  She was an excellent cook, known for her homemade bread and jelly, canning and enjoyed gardening and working in her flower garden.

She is survived by four daughters, Shirley Peacock of Dubuque, Iowa, Betty Craig and Debbie (Dan) Spahn, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Geraldine (Jerry) Roth of East Dubuque, her daughter-in-law, Donna Koeller of East Dubuque, 18 grandchildren, 29-great grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Raymond R. Koeller, a son Melvin R. Koeller on April 6, 2014, and a brother Hank Lenstra.

Dorothy's family wishes to give special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Barb, for the wonderful care given to their mother and grandmother.

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

 

 

 



John R. Heinrich


John R. "Jack" Heinrich, 68, of Zwingle, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at his home in rural Zwingle surrounded by his family.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating "Jack's" life will be held on Friday, October 23, 2015, from 11 to 2 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A reception will follow at the Grossman Hall in Delmar, IA with a time of reflection, prayers and sharing beginning at 3:30 P.M. Burial will be in the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

John Robert Heinrich was born on September 3, 1947 in Cascade, Iowa, to Ralph L. and Irene M. (Wosoba) Heinrich. He was a 1965 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married his childhood sweetheart, Constance J. "Connie" Edwards on June 4, 1967 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Lyle, Michael, Wade and Daniel.

"Jack" was a lifelong farmer. He had farmed in the Zwingle area from 1965 until 2013. He was a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau and the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa.

"Jack" was a gifted story teller who enjoyed reading history books, liked to ride and drive horses, fish for Bass and Crappie, watch western movies on TV, and play with his children and grandchildren.

Those left to honor "Jack's" memory include his wife Connie Heinrich of Zwingle, IA; sons Lyle (Jodi) Heinrich of Monticello, IA, Michael (Danielle) Heinrich of Maquoketa, IA and Wade (Aimee) Heinrich of Zwingle, IA; 15 grandchildren; and an honorary son Dean (Amanda) Koch of Baldwin, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Daniel in 1981.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John R. "Jack" Heinrich memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Betty L. Smith


Betty L. Smith, 93, of Monticello and formerly of Onslow, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where friends may gather and view Betty after 9:30 a.m. Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate and burial will be at St. Peter Temple Hill Cemetery.

Betty was born July 21, 1922, in Center Junction, the daughter of Clifford and Louise (Bottomstone) McDonald. She graduated from Center Junction High School with the Class of 1939. She married Emmett "Smitty" Smith on April 8, 1942, at Sacred Heart Church in Monticello.

Betty was a homemaker for over twenty years, and began cooking with her sister, Jeanne, at the Onslow school lunch program and served many of her own children and grandchildren. She was an avid Cubs and Bulls fan, still rooting for the Cubs as they play their way toward the World Series.

She is survived by 7 children: Linda Fairley of Wyoming, James (Joyce) of Knoxville, Marcia Huston of Monticello, Thomas (Carol) of Green Bay, WI, Greg (Jeri) of Iowa City, Theresa (Rick) Westhoff of Monticello, and Lori (Tony) Preuninger of Polk City; 19 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Schoon of Anamosa; and two brothers, Jack McDonald of Greene and Cecil Perkins of Marion.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1996; a grandson, Bryan VanDorn; 2 sons-in-law, Gary Fairley and Richard Huston; and siblings Glenn, Wanda, Esther, Jeanne, Dean and Raymond.

Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer's Association, St. Peter Catholic Church in Temple Hill or Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.

We would like to thank the staff at Pennington Square and the doctors and staff at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids for caring for our mother with such compassion.

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



Armella C. Schroeder


Armella C. Schroeder, 94, of Holy Cross, Iowa, died Friday, October 16, 2015 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville.

Visitation is from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:30 p.m., and a Catholic Order of Foresters rosary at 4:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate. Placing of the pall will be done by Ken, Ron, David, Judy, Linda and Joyce. Lectors are Michelle Rubel and Elly Meyer and giftbearers are Rachel Simon and Vicki Saxton. Eucharistic ministers are Kari Meyer and Linda Begle and music will be provided by Paula Welter and Joe Stoffel. Pallbearers are Aaron, Ryan, Michael and Christopher Schroeder, Steve, Adam, Alex and Nicholas Begle.

Armella was born Jan. 12, 1921, in New Vienna, Iowa, the daughter of Clem and Magdeline (Schroeder) Fangman. She married Joseph N. Schroeder on Jan. 12, 1944 in New Vienna, Iowa. Together they farmed in the Holy Cross area retiring in 1988. Armella was a member of the Holy Cross Rosary Society and Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include her 3 sons, Ken (Bonnie) Schroeder of Holy Cross, Ron Schroeder of Vancouver, Canada, and David (Lauren) Schroeder of San Diego, CA; 3 daughters, Judy Schroeder and Linda (Larry) Begle of Dyersville, and Joyce Schroeder of Holy Cross; 16 grandchildren, Kari (Duane) Meyer, Vicki (Matt) Saxton, Aaron (Bridget) Schroeder, Kim (Jason) Ainsworth, Ryan Schroeder, Michelle (Joel) Rubel, Steve (Brittany) Begle, Adam Begle, Rachel (Anthony) Simon, Alex Begle, Nicholas Begle, Michael Schroeder, Christopher Schroeder, Joseph Schroeder, Phillip Schroeder, and Benjamin Schroeder; 13 great-grandchildren, Megan, Elly, Drew, Levi, Jude Meyer, Owen, Regan, McKenzie Saxton, Clare, Kyle, Tyler Schroeder, Maeve, Paige, and Ainsworth.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe, in 2001; 13 siblings, Regina (Alphonse) Gaul, Marie (Ed) Schneider, Lawrence (Frances) Fangman, Clara (Nicholas) Ruden, Leander (Aggie) Fangman, Julia (Clarence) Schlichte, Leonard (Jeanette) Fangman, Irene (Alfred) Vorwald, Edwin (Lois) Fangman, Elmer (Anna Mae) Fangman, and 3 in infancy, Anthony, Anita, and Elizabeth.

Armella's family would like to thank Oakcrest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care of their mother.

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



Maxine M. Golladay


Maxine M. Golladay, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, October 16, 2015, at the Wheatland Manor in Wheatland, Iowa.

A celebration of Maxine's life will be held at 2 P.M. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Maxine was born on Nov. 23, 1919 in Jackson County, Iowa. She was the 4th of 11 children born to George and Edna (Clary) Krolick. She grew up in Maquoketa and was a 1937 graduate of Maquoketa High School. Following graduation she moved to Chicago, where she worked as a nanny and for Brach's Candy Factory until she met her future husband, Ernest Walter Golladay. They were married on Dec. 17, 1946 in Chicago. To this union two children were born: Phillip and Linda.

Maxine and Ernest moved back to Iowa in 1950. She continued to raise a family and also work at the same time, first for the Fish N' Tackle Company and then as a machinist at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for over 25 years.

Maxine enjoyed going to the riverboat, reading and spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Maxine's memory include her children, Phillip (Leona) Golladay of London, AR, and Linda (Roger) Durkop of Lost Nation, IA; a sister, Doris Hoff of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 9 step-great-grandchildren; and 1 step-great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 7 brothers; 2 sisters; and her husband, Ernest Walter Golladay, on June 4, 1981.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Maxine M. Golladay memorial fund has been established.

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



Dolores I. Vosberg


Dolores I. Vosberg, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 8:55 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Dolores' life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 101 Church St., Tennyson, WI, with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating. To celebrate Dolores' life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery in Tennyson, WI.

Dolores was born on August 2, 1933, in Tennyson, WI, daughter of Edward and Ina (Reed) Stohlmeyer.

Dolores was born and raised in Tennyson, WI, eventually moving to Freeport, IL, where she spent quite some time before finally settling in Dubuque, IA. She was united in marriage to Bernard Vosberg on November 7, 1970, in Nora, IL. They enjoyed 25 blessed years together before he preceded her in death on December 27, 1995. Dolores' greatest passion was the opportunity granted her to be a full-time wife, mother and homemaker. Loving and nurturing her family was always her top priority and some of her most treasured memories could be found in their camping trips together. Dolores also worked outside the home for 10 years at Roy's Fountain Restaurant in Freeport. In her free time, Dolores thoroughly enjoyed a good game of cards, working crossword puzzles and the greatest highlight of her week was attending Sunday services and lunch with her son and family. She was a longtime and faithful member of the Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church in Dubuque. The Lord gave Dolores 82 wonderful years with us and her love and devotion for those she loved and adored will never be forgotten. She has attended her final Sunday luncheon with her earthly family and her eternal soul now rest at the banquet table set before her in Dolores' heavenly estate.

Dolores is survived by

her son,
Bruce (Faith) Hoskins, Dubuque, IA;

her step-children,
Marilyn (Michael) Cousins,
Jim (Chris) Vosberg,
Joanna Wolfe,
and Rose Allen, all of Dubuque, IA;

her loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Pat (Dick) McCartney, Baraboo, WI,
and Rosie Cahill, Dubuque, IA;

and her sister-in-law,
Thelma Arling, Dubuque, IA.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard Vosberg; a son, Craig Hoskins; a daughter, Joan Fetzek; two sisters, Catherine Arling and Charlotte Jotham; two brothers-in-law, Gene Cahill and John Arling; and a step-son, Clement Vosberg.

A Dolores I. Vosberg memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Vicky Ruefer for all of her assistance and time given to Dolores.

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

 



Luella M. TeKippe


Luella M. TeKippe, formerly of Rickardsville, Iowa, was surrounded by her loving children when she passed away on October 15, 2015 at Oak Park Place, Dubuque, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at St. Joseph Church, Rickardsville, Iowa with Rev. Noah Diehm officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, Oct. 18, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a parish wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass.

Luella Meyer was born August 29, 1929 in rural Dubuque County to Michael and Johanna (Merkes) Meyer. Luella married Benedict (Buddy) TeKippe on Oct. 18, 1949 in St. Joseph's Church, Rickardsville, Iowa. Luella and Buddy raised seven children in Rickardsville and Luella shared in the family love of baseball. She volunteered with the Rickardsville Athletic Club and was the gate taker for many tournaments over the years. Family was her passion throughout her life. She was always there for any of the kids, in-laws or grandkids needing a hand with anything, and she enjoyed the many vacations taken by the family. Luella's feisty personality, sense of humor and "terms of endearment" are memories that will be cherished.

In addition to taking care of her family, Luella also worked twenty years in the kitchen at the Avalon Supper Club in Rickardsville and twenty years at Galena Glove and Mitten Company in Dubuque. 

After Buddy died in 1984, Luella lived thirty years in Dubuque and enjoyed walking to work, church and errands while living independently. Luella spent many hours embroidering and quilting. Each of her children and grandchildren have a quilt keepsake. Her later years were spent at Windsor Park where she enjoyed the companionship of the other residents and much card playing. Luella loved to play Euchre, 500, Canasta and especially Kings in the Corner with the grandkids. Luella moved to Oak Park Place Memory Care Unit five years ago and enjoyed the steady stream of visits from her family.

Luella is survived by her children, Ken (Marlene) of Key West, IA, Cleo Scheidel of West Des Moines, IA, Lenny (Nancy) of Peosta, IA, Julia (Tal) Slaydon of Charlotte, NC, Anita Collins of Asbury, IA, Mae (Emory) Franklin of Le Claire, IA and Ron (Frosty) of Ankeny, IA. Survivors also include her nine grandchildren, Karla Wright, Lisa (Josh) Huls, Kari Collins, Tim (Latoya) Collins, Olya, Aloysius and Alexandria TeKippe, Caitlyn TeKippe and Adam Slaydon; two great-grandchildren, Cameron Wright and Alexis Huls; brother Raymond (Carmen) Meyer; brothers- and sisters-in-law Francis (Fritz) TeKippe, Joe (Janet) TeKippe and Rose Ann (Ray) Neinhaus; and many nieces and nephews.

Luella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Buddy; father-in-law Aloysius TeKippe; mother-in-law Grace TeKippe; sons-in-law John Scheidel and Rick Collins; siblings and in-laws Carmelita and Eddie Link, Cele and Katie Meyer, Dorothy and Butch Lahey, Virginia and Leo Gaul, Ellen Soukup, Betty TeKippe, and brothers Clarence and Aloysius Meyer in infancy.

The family would like to thank the staff of Oak Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care of their mother.



Gary K. Juno


Gary K. Juno, age 57, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:57 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, after a brief illness, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

To celebrate Gary's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. A private family burial will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gary was born on April 15, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William C. and Gerda L. (Huebner) Juno.

Gary was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1976. He was united in marriage to Spring A. Walton in September of 1994; they later divorced, but have remained close friends. Gary was employed with Quebecor World as a 2nd press operator until his retirement in 2012.

In his free time, Gary always enjoyed a good game of Euchre with family and friends. He was an avid sports fan who was continually and loyally cheering on his St. Louis Rams, Chicago Cubs and L.A. Lakers. Gary was a quiet and simple man who made his impact on the world around him a gentle one. He has been called home quite early and will be truly missed by all who had the honor of knowing and loving him.

Gary is survived by

his son,
Gary D. Juno, Dubuque, IA;

and his four siblings,
Monica (Dick) Barker,
William P. Juno,
Sharon Brown,
and Karin (Dale) Campbell, all of Dubuque, IA.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, a Gary K. Juno memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of the respiratory care and palliative care units at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for all of their compassionate care of Gary this past month.

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



Walter J. Hartman


Walter J. "Wally" Hartman, 79, of Mosalem Twp, Dubuque, passed away at Stonehill Care Center on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. He and his wife resided on land called "Cottage Hill' now Iowa's second oldest farm, (circa 1835) on Mines of Spain's original acreage.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 17 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rev. Hal Murray will officiate. Burial will be in Rockdale Methodist Cemetery, with Military Honors. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 16 at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd. Friends may also greet the family from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Saturday at the church.

Wally was born on April 7, 1936 to Earl C. and Bernadine I (Duschen) Hartman. The Hartman Farmstead near Peosta, Iowa was Walter's birthplace. He attended Vale, a one room school house, and later graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1953.

On September 27, 1958 he was joined in marriage to Gerda Ann Preston at Westminster Presbyterian Church. God blessed them with 57 loving years together.

Wally was drafted into the army soon after marriage and later graduated as head cook in his class. He was sent to Heilbroon, Germany to cook for army officers. He and his wife traveled through many countries with their Volkswagen "bug" while living there.

Upon returning home, he resumed his joy of farming, by now, with his father-in-law, Donald G. Preston. Outside employment was at Eska Co and Adams Co. He later worked at John Deere Dubuque Works, where heart attacks ended his 28-year career with the green machines. 

He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Past President of Dubuque County Conservation Society and Mississippi Hiking Club. His life's enjoyments were farming, bird feeding, camping, hiking, fishing, traveling, and learning about his Swiss ancestry. Along with his wife, Gerda, they built the Preston Heritage Museum to preserve their family's past. 

Wally was a quiet man, always helping out behind the scenes volunteering and caring for family members. He was a great and loving father.

Wally is survived by his wife Gerda, of Dubuque; daughter Heidi Lynn (Tom) Langas of Dubuque; brothers David (Lois) Hartman of Dubuque and Lavern (Mary) Hartman of Peosta; brother-in-law Donald (Barbara) Preston of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his step grandchildren, Tommy (Diane Vorwald) Langas, Jennifer (Eric) Davis and Julie (Chris) Rolling and four great granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents and father and mother-in-law Donald and Vineta Preston. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Walter's name.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Charles Longo for his loving and professional care over Walter's many health issues. Also, thank you to Dr. Allen Muerer and the Stonehill staff and residents who showed much care and concern. They said Wally was known to brighten a person's day with his affectionate smiles. "He was a diamond in the rough."

For more information, please visit egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

 



Donald L. Schueller


Donald L. Schueller, 84, of Dubuque, and formerly of Peosta, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Luther Manor, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 15 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy road where there will be a parish wake service at7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Church of the Resurrection with Reverand Murphy Celebrating. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery, New Mellary.

Donald was born April 17, 1931 in Peru Township, Dubuque, son of Charles and Rosalia (Schueller) Schueller. He married Shirley Marshall on October 23, 1951 at Holy Ghost Church, Dubuque. This October 23, would have been Don and Shirley's 64th wedding Anniversary. Don was retired from John Deere, Dubuque Works after 32 years of service. Don was one of the best Maintenance Men at John Deere, when there was difficulty with a machine, Don was the first person to go to. He farmed for many years in Peosta, Iowa, along with working at John Deere, he was a very hard worker.

Don was a man of strong faith who attended attended Mass on a regular basis. In his retirement years, Don and Shirley watched many Nascar races in Daytona, Florida, where they camped with the R.V. making new friends. He was a stock car driver in his younger years, turned many wrenches, and attended many Dubuque and Farley races throughout his life. Don was a kind and generous spirit, and was a devoted family man, who enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Schueller of Dubuque; five children, Duane (Margie) Schueller of Dubuque, Doug (Chris) Schueller of Camanche, Iowa, Daryl Schueller of Walcott, Iowa, Mary Rose Schueller of Dubuque and Steven (Pamela Schaffer) Schueller of Hazel Green, Wisc.; His 14 grandchildren, Chad, Cameron, Brett Schueller, and Amber Gassman, Shawn and Kristopher Schueller, Nick and Mitch Schueller, Holly, Kassy, and Zak Harsila, Ellie and Noah Schueller, 11 great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren and a very special friend of the family, Sharon Burds.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Cory Schueller; stepmother Alvina Schueller and stepbrother, Carl Thumser.

Memorials may be given to Resurrection Church, Dubuque, Iowa.

The family would like to extend a thank you, to the personnel at Luther Manor who cared for Don the past several months. A special thank you to Nurses Lori, Paul and Alex at Luther Manor, who had given Don and his family, professional and compassionate care in his last hours. A special thanks to Mary Schmidt, and Christy Whiteman of Resurrection Church for helping mom through these trying times.



Joseph C. Hiebel


Joseph C. "Joe" Hiebel, 86, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2015 at the Bell Tower Retirement Community in East Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith and Msgr. Dean Walz concelebrating. 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 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the Parish Rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Members of East Dubuque American Legion Post # 787 will meet at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

Joe was born on March 19, 1929 in Zanesville, Ohio, the son of Carl and Beatrice "Dot" (Lingle) Hiebel.  He was a Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving from 1948 - 1952.

Joe was a graduate of St. Nicholas Grade School and High School in Zanesville. He received his B.A. from the University of Dayton at Dayton, Ohio, his Masters of Hospital Administration from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.

He was the first lay assistant at St. Raphael's Hospital, New Haven, Conn.; first lay assistant at All Souls Hospital, Morristown, N. J.; the first lay administrator at Xavier Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa and was a partner at Computer Doctors in Dubuque. He retired from Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa, where he served as Vice President.  Joe was an avid golfer and golfed in the Wednesday night league at Lacoma Golf Course for many years.

He was a member of St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #7527 of East Dubuque, American Legion Post # 787 and the East Dubuque Lions Club.  He was also a Life Fellow of the American College of Hospital Administrators and past member of several hospital health care organizations.

Surviving is one sister, Eleanor Riggle of Wooster, Ohio; a brother, Don Hiebel of Sylvania, Ohio, nieces and nephews, and special friends Kirk & Michele VanOstrand and family, and Steve & Marcie High and family, all of East Dubuque.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers, Robert, Ralph, Henry, Lewis, Dick and Ray Hiebel.

Joe's family and extended family wish to thank the staffs of Bell Tower Retirement Community and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care provided to Joe.

In lieu of flowers a Joe Hiebel memorial fund has been established.

"Joe was a mentor, friend and life coach to many."

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

 

 



George P. Menke


George P. Menke, Jr., 83, of Dyersville, Iowa died Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

George was born September 6, 1932, in Dyersville the son of George H. and Mayme (Ricken) Menke, Sr.  He married Grace Becker on February 8, 1958, in Dyersville.  Together they farmed north of Dyersville until retiring in 2003, when they moved into town.  George was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1734, and enjoyed golfing, traveling across the country, riding his bicycle and going to Total Fitness Rec Center. He also enjoyed going to Farmer Shipping and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Grace; 3 children: Larry (Cheryl) Menke of Chicago, Linda (Jeff) Feldmann of Durango and Ken (Hillary) Menke of Dyersville; 9 grandchildren: Conner, Nathan, Emma, Kara and Paige Menke, Jordan, Jake, Mallory and Madison Feldmann; 2 sisters: Wilma Lake and Frances Wessels, both of Dyersville; in-laws: Rosemary Dettbarn of Earlville and Jerry (Kathy) Becker of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Timothy; in-laws: Robert Wessels, Lloyd Dettbarn, James Lake and Leander (LaVena) Becker.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs of Oak Park Place, Shady Rest Care Center, Summit Center, Dubuque Nursing and Rehab and Hospice of Dubuque for the compassionate and skilled care of our husband and father over this last year.

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

 



James Kruse


James "Jim" Kruse, 70, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 8:35 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, 2015 at home.

Per Jim's request, there will be no formal visitation or funeral services. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Jim was born on Oct. 28, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Richard "Dick" and Arlene (Schaefer) Kruse. He married Carol Tressel on March 4, 2005. They had been companions since November of 1985. He was employed by Pepsi-Cola for 39 years until his retirement.

Surviving are his wife, Carol Tressel; two children, Christopher and Kelly; and three siblings, Connie, Kim and Terry.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Kathy.

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



Elizabeth Koser


Elizabeth "Bette" Koser of Luther Manor, Dubuque, formerly of Galena, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday October 12th, 2015 at the age of 84. She was reunited with her husband of 62 years on what would have been his 86th birthday.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Galena, with Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Miller & Steinke Funeral Home in Galena and after 12:00 (Noon) on Thursday at the Church.

She was born on January 3, 1931 in Byron Illinois, daughter of Ralph and Lauretta (Kern) LaBore. She married Glenn Koser on February 14, 1953 in Peoria. 

Bette grew up in the restaurant business and worked for her parents who owned the L&L Café. When Bette and Glenn married, they owned Koser's Greenhouse in Galena until 1965.  She continued to work in the restaurant business until her retirement. 

Bette was known for her baking and knitting and enjoyed sharing both with family and friends and loved the Cubs. Bette liked bingo, music and socializing and was known for her ease in frequent conversation even with total strangers. Family and friends were Bette's passion and delight.

Surviving are her seven children, Gail Bennett (fiancé Doug Schultz), Nancy Foley and Janine (Ron) Berning all of Galena.  Gloria Schemehorn of Ottawa Illinois,  Glenn "Bud" (Jill) Koser Jr. of Cedar Rapids Iowa, Jim Koser of Newton Iowa and Allison (Mark) Schuster of Dubuque Iowa.  There are 19 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren and a brother, Charles (Sandy) LaBore, Rockford Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, her parents and her sister, Linda Chapman, a brother in law, Don Chapman and a sister in law, Pat LaBore.

Bette's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Luther Manor that gave her so much love.

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

 

 



William E. Lehmann


William E. Lehmann, 83, of Epworth, Iowa formerly of Farley, Iowa died peacefully surrounded by his family Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville, Iowa.

Services for Bill will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 16, 2015 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, IA with Rev. Richard Kuhn presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Bill may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Bill was born on February 14, 1932 in Farley, Iowa, son of Anton and Frances (Honkomp) Lehmann. He received is education at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Farley. On June 10, 1953 he was united in marriage to Anna Mae Kurt at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, IA. She preceded him in death on January 6, 1995. Bill was united in marriage to JoAnne (Ernster) Bergfeld on September 14, 2002 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Epworth.

He was a member of the St. Joseph's Parish in Farley, Iowa, the Farley Knights of Columbus Council #2001 and the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly #1573. Bill was a lifelong farmer in the Farley area. He had a great sense of humor and loved dancing with JoAnne. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnne Lehmann of Epworth; five children, Robert (Anne) Lehmann of Ames, Susan (James) Schlichte of Farley, David (Val) Lehmann of Farley, Nancy (John) Steffensmeier of Dyersville, and Gary (Lisa) Lehmann of Woodbury, MN; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; Three step-children, Kathy (Terry) McDermott of Peosta, Bill Bergfeld (Friend Anne McKinney) of McLean, VA, and Jeanne (Gary) Finder of Cantrall, IL; 7 step grandchildren; 1 step great granddaughter; four sisters, Sr. Lois Lehmann of Dubuque, Florence Jaeger of Holy Cross, his twin, Wilma Hogan of Worthington, and Ruth McMahon of Manchester; 10 brothers and sisters- in- law, Mary Balsamo of Dubuque, Marge (Delbert) Olberding of Dyersville, Judith Gempler of Edina, MN, Jerry (Janel) Ernster of Blaine, WA, Margie Lehmann of Farley, Marina Lehmann of Dubuque, Eleanor Burke, Carl Kurt, Melvin (LaVonne) Kurt, and Leon (Trudy) Kurt all of Cascade.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; four sons, Daniel in 1955, Allan in 1962, Richard in 1965, Donald in 1968; and two brothers, Clarence and Elmer Lehmann; three brothers-in-law, William Hogan, Merlin Jaeger, and Joseph McMahon; one sister-in-law, Verla Lehmann.

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



Paul F. Fuegen


Paul F. Fuegen, 80, of Dubuque, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Church of the Resurrection. Family will greet friends from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Entombment with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6 will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paul was born Sept. 12, 1935 in Mitchell, South Dakota, the son of John and Cynthia (Budde) Fuegen. He graduated from Kimball High School and attended South Dakota State University before enlisting in the US Army 1957-1959. Paul married Carol Butlett on June 25, 1966 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

He worked for Dubuque Pack for 31 years, retiring in 1998, and then started his retirement job at Walmart as a greeter for 10 years. Paul enjoyed fishing, walking and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carol; a son, Steven (Alison) Fuegen of Hiawatha; grandchildren Addilyn, Joshua, and Ryan Fuegen; a sister, Dorothy Beschta, of Duluth, MN; in-laws Delores Fuegen, Shirley Butlett, Maggie (Mike) Wiegman, Dick Schuster, and Pete Schwartz; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; mother- and father-in-law Alfred and Gertrude Butlett; siblings Walter, Norman, Jack and David Fuegen and Leona Tripp; in-laws Eber Tripp, Clarence Beschta, Loretta, Hazel, and Gladys Fuegen, Viola (Victor) Thoma, Geraldine Schuster, Shirley Schwartz, Karen Butlett, Joe (Georgene) Butlett, Al Butlett, Leo Butlett, and Joe Hoyne.

The family would like to thank all the Hospice of Dubuque nurses, especially Dawn and Angela of Social Services. Also many thanks to Dr. Lawrence Kukla and his wonderful staff at the Oncology Department at Medical Associates. They were all so great to Paul.

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



Lavern S. Ambrosy


Lavern S. Ambrosy, 83, of Dubuque, and formerly of Otter Creek, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2015, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, where friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Rev. David Ambrosy will officiate. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Otter Creek. Military Honors will be accorded by the Bellevue American Legion. Friends may also greet the family from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 11, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Dubourg Assembly Honor Guard will attend.

Lavern was born April 28, 1932 in St. Donatus, the son of Nick and Josephine (LeConte) Ambrosy. He married Marie M. Curtis on May 10, 1955 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in North Garry Owen. Lavern served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War; he was privileged to be part of one of the Honor Flights to Washington D.C in 2011. He farmed for many years in the Otter Creek area and was always very proud of his livestock. Lavern was very active in various agricultural organizations, including the Pork Producers Association, Jackson County Extension, Farm Bureau and was a 4-H leader. He was also a Trustee for Richland Township, and a member of the LaMotte School Board. Lavern was a longtime member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, where he served on the parish council and finance committees; after retiring to Dubuque he joined St. Anthony Catholic Church. He was a man of strong faith who attended Mass on a daily basis; he was also known for passing out prayer cards containing the Miracle Prayer. He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Dubourg Assembly. Lavern was also a courtesy driver for Dan Kruse Pontiac in his retirement years. He enjoyed playing cards, and loved to visit with family, old friends, and new friends that he made wherever he went. Lavern had a kind and generous spirit, and was a devoted family man. He taught his family to treat others as they would like to be treated themselves.

Lavern is survived by his wife, Marie; his children, Mary Jo (Erv) Felderman of Bellevue, Fr. Dave Ambrosy of Waterloo, Robert "Bob" (Robin) Ambrosy of Dubuque, Mark (Mary) Ambrosy of Maquoketa, Sharon Hansen of Clinton, Janet (Bill) Capesius of LaMotte, and Joan (Jerome) Beckley of Otter Creek; his grandchildren, Tim (Kristin) Felderman, Andrea (Jason) Boldt, Tabitha Ambrosy, Jason (Tina) Marcus, Emily (Bob) Roth, Jacob Capesius, Josh Beckley, Mason Ambrosy, Stacia Hansen, Matt Ambrosy, Zach Beckley; his great grandchildren, Madison, Sydney, and Spencer Felderman, Ava and Reese Boldt, Tristan Staver; step-grandchildren, Abby, Traci, Brandy, Chad, and Jesse; his brother Harold (Ruth) Ambrosy of Dubuque; a sister in law, Charlene Herrig; and a brother in law, Alan (Helen) Curtis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Diane Ambrosy; four brothers, Sylvester, Vince, Merlin, and Ralph Ambrosy; a sister, Bernice Schiessl; a sister in law, Elizabeth Ambrosy; and a brother in law, Anton Schiessl.

Memorials may be made to the Lavern Ambrosy Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center; Mercy Medical Center; Dr. Sullivan and his staff, especially Tabi; a special nurse, Emily; and all the wonderful neighbors.

Online condolences may be left at www.hskfh.com



Dolly M. Marxen


Dolly M. Marxen, 91, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 8, 2015 surrounded by her family at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and Relatives may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

Services for Dolly will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 12, 2015 at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa with Pastor Phil Rogers presiding. Burial will be held at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery in rural Dubuque, Iowa.

Dolly was born May 12, 1924 in Anita, Iowa, daughter of John and Eva (Miller) Baylor. She received her education in the rural Anita school. She was united in marriage to Henry J. "Bud" Marxen on February 1, 1943 in Maryville, MO. Dolly was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was employed by Western Dubuque Schools in the food service program, retiring in 1986.

She enjoyed sewing, jigsaw puzzles, word games, dancing, her flower garden and a good game of rummy cube. Dolly especially enjoyed her time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by three children, Wayne (Joan) Marxen, Dave (Donna) Marxen and Linda (Dave) Koerperich all of Epworth, IA; 8 grandchildren, Adam (Kristy) Marxen, Justin (Laura) Marxen, Rachel (Terry) Kramer , Zack Marxen, Jessica (Marcus) Wunderlich, Valerie (Chris) Spoerle, Sarah (Fiancé Rod Berger) Koerperich and Chris (Fiancée Julia Wonio) Koerperich; 6 great grandchildren, Elsa, Owen, Drew, Henry and Conrad Marxen and Benson Wunderlich.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Henry J. "Bud" Marxen on February 5, 2008, one son, Larry Marxen in 1951, three brothers, Gale, Charles, and Glen Baylor.

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



Mary Lou Engelken


Mary Lou Engelken, 82, of Bankston, Iowa, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2015 at her home.

Friends and relatives may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Services for Mary Lou will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding and Rev. Richard Gaul concelebrating. Burial will be at St. Clements Cemetery in Bankston, Iowa.

Mary Lou was born Sept. 24, 1933 in Petersburg, Iowa, daughter of William and Calista (Klaus) Goedken. She received her education from the rural schools in Petersburg, Iowa.

She was united in marriage on May 24, 1956 to Elmer Engelken at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Petersburg, Iowa. He proceeded her in death on March 21, 2011. They were blessed with 6 beautiful children and farmed in the Bankston area for many years. Mary Lou loved to cook and bake for her family. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and dearly loved her grandchildren.

She is survived by six children, Mike Engelken and Randy Engelken, both of Bankston, IA, Mary Sue Wolf of Monroe, WI, Rose (Darrell) Tucker of Worthington, IA, Julie (Donnie) Vorwald of Holy Cross, IA, and Jim Engelken of Dubuque, IA; nine grandchildren, Matt (Melanie) Engelken, Bruce (Rachel Kintzle), Tammy (Brad Schaul) Engelken, Kelly (Jon) Olson, Cody and Travis Wolf, Kevin, Laura, and Lisa Tucker, Sam and Luke Vorwald, Kaitlyn (Will) Simpson, Jessa, and Lindsey Engelken; four great-grandchildren, Alex Engelken, Nicholas Kintzle, Katelyn Schaul and Brylee Engelken; six siblings, Norma (Vernon) Brunsmann of Dyersville, IA, Inez (Francis) Hermsen of Manchester, IA, Valeria Bockenstedt of New Vienna, IA, Lavern (Patsy) Goedken of Holy Cross, IA, Carol (Dale) Clemen of Dubuque, IA, and John (Marilyn) Goedken of Earlville, IA; three sisters-in-law, Germaine Goedken, Alma Brehm and Irene Engelken; and two brothers-in-law, George (Sherry) Engelken and Cletus (Arlene) Engelken.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sisters Patty Rolfes, Stella (Leo) Demmer and Helen Wilgenbusch; brother Gib Goedken; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Irvin Bockenstedt, Edwin (Althea) Engelken, and Julius Engelken.

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



Gerald Lee Weber


Gerald Lee "Jerry" Weber, 68, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

A remembrance ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Jerry was born on August 16, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Burdette and Darlene (Noggle) Weber. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1966, and proudly served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968. He was formerly united in marriage to Jenny Cook at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. Jerry was employed by the City of Dubuque in the Leisure Services Department for 35 years until his retirement in 2009.

He thoroughly enjoyed traveling, watching St. Louis Blues and Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey and had a passion for baseball, especially the Milwaukee Brewers. Jerry loved camping, photography and morel hunting, but most importantly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his son, Gabe. The memories they shared together will last forever. Jerry was definitely a man that lived each day to the fullest and he will be deeply missed for his smile that could light up a room and a laugh that was purely infectious.

Jerry is survived by his devoted son, Gabe Weber, of Dubuque; brothers James Weber of Peosta and Kevin (Kathy) Weber of Dubuque; a nephew Kristopher Weber, of Dubuque; two nieces, Kara Weber of Dubuque and Tina (Jason) Hartman of Chicago, IL; and loving mother Darlene Weber of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his father, Burdette, in 2002; a brother, Joe, in 2011; a sister-in-law, Karen Weber, in 2011; and a niece, Fawn Weber, in 2003.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Alt and his staff, and Dr. Furqan and his staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for the wonderful care they gave to Jerry.



Deacon Tim LoBianco


Our community lost one of its most devoted and compassionate souls on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 when Deacon Tim LoBianco's faithful journey came to a peaceful close. In his final homily Tim invited all members of this beloved community to walk beside him as he embarked humbly towards the Lord.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 12 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., with Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels, Archbishop of Dubuque officiating and Rev. Joseph Hauer as homilist. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, where Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion, Post 6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday, at the Church, where a Parish wake service will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born on March 21, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of Stanley and Mary (Becker) LoBianco.

Deacon Tim was a graduate of St. Joseph the Worker grade school and of Wahlert Catholic high school. Following high school graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was medic in the Vietnam War, stationed in Korea.
Upon his return he married Teresa Kamentz on May 20, 1972 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

On May 6, 1984 he was ordained Deacon. His first assignment was at St. Joseph the Worker, Dubuque where he entered full time ecclesial ministry.

On September 25, 1989 he was appointed Master of Ceremonies for Archbishop Daniel Kucera and continued for Archbishop Hanus until July 1999.

On June 1992 he left St. Joseph the Worker and began full time ecclesial ministry at the Metropolitan Tribunal, Archdiocese of Dubuque, as an Auditor. On July 1, 1997 he left the Metropolitan Tribunal and became Pastoral Administrator, St. Patrick Parish, Dubuque.

On July 13, 1999 in addition to his other responsibilities he became Pastoral Coordinator and Administrator of St. Mary-St. Patrick Catholic School, Dubuque. 

On July 1, 2007 he left St. Patrick and St. Mary Parishes and became Pastoral Associate for the Church of the Resurrection, Dubuque.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife, Teresa; daughter, Casey (Cory) Thein; and granddaughter, Peyton, all of Dubuque; siblings, Tony (Lisa) LoBianco and Kathy (Steve) Tschiggfrie, both of Dubuque and Ann (Steve) Osterberger, of East Dubuque, Ill.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike (Mary Ann) Kamentz, of West Des Moines, IA., Elessa (Tom) Vath, of Grimes, IA., Vicki (David) Jackson, of Otsego, Minn., and Sharon Pluemer, of Dubuque; aunts and uncles, Fr. Pat LoBianco, SVD., of Techny, Ill., Joe (Janet) LoBianco, and Marge LoBianco, both of Dubuque; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joe (Traci) LoBianco; uncle, Louis and aunt Rose Hebert; and brother-in-law, Dan Pluemer; and beloved cat Milo.

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

A Deacon Tim LoBianco Memorial Fund has been established.

Tim's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff, Hospice of Dubuque, especially all the Amy's, Allison, Edna and Elizabeth, and Rev. Joseph Hauer and the Resurrection Community.



Mary E. Conley


Mary Elizabeth Conley, age 65, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at home. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 12, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 12, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on November 27, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, the only child of Daniel and Pauline (Grace) Conley.

Mary received her education from Holy Ghost and Wahlert High School, graduating in 1967. She worked with Dr. Sal Tabak of Dubuque Optometric for 33 years and was currently employed at the Diamond Jo Casino. Mary was a fun loving woman who thoroughly enjoyed dining and going to the movies with friends. Mary's faith was very important to her and she was a longtime member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. Her soul has made a sudden and swift transition into Heaven and her absence here on earth will be felt by all who knew and loved her.

Mary is survived by several good friends who love her like family and many cousins throughout the country.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and her beloved cats.

In lieu of flowers a Mary E. Conley memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gerald L. Williams


Gerald L. "Jerry" Williams, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

There will be no public visitation or services. Private family burial will be held at a later date. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

He was the youngest child born to Fred and Christine (Schroeder) Williams on May 6, 1936 at Iowa City, Iowa.  Jerry spent most of his childhood at St. Mary's Orphanage. As a teen he met and married Jeanette Mary Swan and moved to the Chicago area where they raised four children. After 21 years of marriage they divorced and Jerry moved to Memphis, Tennessee with his new love Fran.

He worked as a maintenance man at the Naval Base in Memphis. When Fran passed away he came back home to Dubuque. Jerry had a good sense of humor and good work ethic, enjoyed country music, being with friends and family and loved the animals (as Jerry would say, the Critters). He loved to have a good time. He made many friends in his life and will be missed.

Surviving are his best friend and beloved brother, John L. (Sherry Foht) Williams of East Dubuque, four children, Connie Williams Hantelmann and Diane (Joe) Unsen both of Dubuque, Linda (Randy) Hook of Rock Falls, Illinois and John L. Williams of El Centro, California, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Jerry is also survived by three special friends, Kelly, Kathy and Joey.

He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather and four sisters, Dorothy, Ruth, Betty and Shirley and three siblings in infancy.

Jerry's family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Kirkendall and the staff at Stonehill Care Center, especially Bonnie, Tracy, Kristen, Jennifer and to all those who gave the best care to Jerry.

 



Rosemary Specht


Rosemary "Rosey" Specht, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday evening, October 6, 2015, at Wheatland Manor in Wheatland, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 9, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Private family graveside services and burial will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Rosemary Kleineck was born on August 18, 1928 in Baldwin, Iowa, to Roy J. and Bernice (Stingley) Kleineck. She grew up in Onslow and was an Onslow High School graduate. She then attended Shimer College in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to her finishing college she met her future husband Lester Henry Specht. They were married on February 18, 1948 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and to this union 4 children were born: James, Thomas, Richard and Jodi.

"Rosey" was a homemaker and had farmed with her husband in the Grand Mound area from 1948 to 1974, retiring and moving to Maquoketa.

"Rosey" enjoyed playing cards, reading, bowling, golfing and crossword puzzles.

Those left to honor Rosemary's memory include her children, James "Jim" Specht of Maquoketa, IA, Richard "Dick" Specht of Epworth, IA, and Jodi Specht of Clinton, IA; and 2 sisters-in-law, Ruth Denger of Maquoketa, IA, and Beulah Clark of Waterloo, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lester on September 23, 1994, and a son Thomas on February 28, 1997.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Rosemary "Rosey" Specht memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Paul L. Schroeder


Paul L. Schroeder, 74, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, formerly of Kieler, died Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 9, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott and Rev. Bart Timmerman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center where the parish wake service will be at 2:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10 a.m. Friday at the parish center before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is in charge of arrangements.

Paul was born on April 18, 1941, in Potosi, Wisconsin, the son of Arnold and Theresa (Simon) Schroeder. He married Darlene Pickel on June 12, 1962, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler. She preceded him in death on November 19, 1991. Paul worked at and retired from John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works.

Paul was a member of the Jamestown Fire Department, the Jamestown Town Board and Park Board, and a volunteer for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. He was also a member of Immaculate Conception Church and its Parish Council, Cemetery Association and Holy Name Society, and the Catholic Knights. Paul enjoyed his Friday lunch crew and daily visits with his neighbors.

Survivors include four daughters, Lynne (Chuck) Brant, of Potosi, Vickie (Ted) Schroeder-Harvey, of Dubuque, Joan (Dennis) Benish, of Nelson, WI, and Brenda (Chris) Creighton, of New Richmond, WI; two sons, Rick (Shelly) Schroeder, of Hazel Green, and Brian (Amie) Schroeder, of New Richmond, WI; a sister, Carol (Frank) Holmgren, of Cambridge, MN; two sisters-in-law, Lavon (Ron) Heinricy, of Kieler, and Dolores Pickel, of Platteville; two brothers-in-law, Kenny (Berneice) Pickel and Pete (Arlene) Pickel, both of Kieler; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Amber Schlarmann; a brother, Leo Schroeder; infant twin siblings, Gerald and Geraldine Schroeder; and a brother-in-law, Orville Pickel.

A Paul L. Schroeder Memorial Fund has been established.

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



Diane M. Smothers


Diane M. Smothers, 60, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, October 5, 2015, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Church of the Resurrection. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Diane was born April 10, 1955 in Dubuque, the daughter of Bill and Grace (Redmond) Delaney. She graduated from Wahlert High School, and went to work for United Clinical Labs, where she worked for the next 42 years. She graduated from NICC with her A.A.S. in 2001. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Diane enjoyed traveling, especially taking many vacations to visit friends and family. She enjoyed many activities with her "Tuesday Night Girls". She was a strong woman who served as the glue to many relationships and events. Diane was a confidant to many, offering a listening ear, and always seeing the best in others. Always up for an adventure, Diane was fun and easygoing. She was cherished by all who knew her, and will be deeply missed.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Michael Smothers of Austin, TX; her daughters, Kristin (Josh Richter) Smothers, of Fort Collins, CO, and their son, Oliver Robert; and Cindy Lestina of Austin, TX; her siblings Dick (Nancy) Delaney, Jim (Jean) Delaney, and Doreen Jecklin, all of Dubuque, Mary (Tom) Ward of Austin, TX, Dave (Liz) Delaney of San Marcos, CA, Dan Delaney of Minneapolis, MN, and Tom Delaney of Dubuque; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her former husband, Robert Smothers.

Memorials may be made to the Diane M. Smothers Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank all the family and friends who offered such wonderful support, and to Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Aloysius F. Brinkmoeller


Aloysius "Al" F. Brinkmoeller, 84, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4th and at 9:30 a.m. to the time of service on Monday at Holy Ghost Church.
Al was born May 14, 1931 in Dubuque, son of Alois and Patricia (Donlan) Brinkmoeller. He married Joyce Jaeger November 28, 1951 at The Church of the Nativity, Dubuque.
He graduated from the former Loras Academy and attended Loras College, both in Dubuque. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, stationed in San Diego. He served on the aircraft carrier Coral Sea where he learned the carpentry trade.
Al worked as a finished carpenter and then as a Master Carpenter. He was employed at Loras College as Physical Plant Director for 27 years retiring in the spring of 1997.
Al loved his family; his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a member of Holy Ghost parish where he was active in various organizations; a member of American Post # 6; past member of Mount Calvary Cemetery Board and a founding member of the Wahlert Booster Club.

Al is survived by his wife, Joyce Brinkmoeller, of Dubuque; a son, David (Sue) Brinkmoeller, of Dubuque; two daughters, Laura (Gary) Von Ah, of Dubuque and Lynn McEvoy, of Cary, IL; six grandchildren, Katie (Mark) Giese, Molly (Matt) Kennedy, Zachary (fiancé, Samantha) Brinkmoeller, Nicholas Brinkmoeller, Lauren McEvoy and Michael McEvoy; three great-grandchildren, Lilah Giese, Grayson Giese, and Finnigan Kennedy; and one sister, Mary Ellen (Jim) Duffy, of Winfield, IL.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Terry Lee, an infant grandson, Joseph McEvoy and a sister-in-law, Carol Burgess.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, in Iowa City, IA.

The family would like to thank the doctors of Oncology in Iowa City and a special thank you to his local doctors, Dr. Mark Runde and Dr. Eric Engelman of Medical Associates for their compassionate care.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street is assisting the family.

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



Rick A. Cox


Rick A. Cox, 51, of Walcott, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, October 6, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. There is no visitation, and a private memorial will be held at a later date. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Rick Allen Cox was born on Oct. 25, 1963 in Muscatine, Iowa, to Raymond James and Lois Ann (Laychak) Cox. He was a 1982 graduate of Davenport West High School.

Rick enjoyed racing. He raced for several years in a late model and IMCA modified.

Those left to honor Rick's memory include his two sons, Ricky and Ryan Cox; a brother, Ray (Michelle) Cox, Jr. of Maquoketa, IA; nieces Katie Dondlinger and Kayla Cox; and a nephew, Michael Heister. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Eulalia E. Ferris


Eulalia E. "Lollie" Ferris, age 94, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 7:20 a.m. on Monday, October 5, 2015, at home. To honor Lollie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Lollie's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery in Balltown, Iowa.

Lollie was born on October 4, 1921, in Balltown, Iowa, the oldest child of Victor and Monica (Schroeder) Breitbach Sr.

Lollie attended grade school in Balltown, graduated from the St. Joseph Academy and eventually earned her degree from Clarke College. Lollie met and married the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Ferris, on September 29, 1946 at St. Francis Church, Balltown. He preceded her in death after 41 wonderful years of marriage on September 3, 1988. Bob and Lollie were blessed with 8 beautiful children and traveled the world raising them while chasing Bob's career in the Air Force for 20 years, before finally settling in Dubuque. Lollie taught school in her younger years at Balltown and Sherrill and proudly retired after 20 years of service to her students. After her retirement in 1986, Lollie joyfully volunteered in the cafeteria at Mercy Hospital for the next 20 years of her service to others. In her free time Lollie enjoyed traveling, playing euchre and bridge with friends and was a member of several bridge clubs. She was a longtime member of St. Anthony's Church and a past member of the Retired Teacher's Association. Lollie was a dearly sweet and personally driven woman who graciously devoted her time and talents to taking care of others. Her transition into her eternal life, and the rewards for all her service, has left a tear in the hearts of all who knew and loved her which only time will begin to heal.

Those left to honor and cherish Lollie's memory include

her eight children,
Mike (Ann) Ferris, Dubuque, IA,
Pat (Pam) Ferris, Appleton, WI,
Marie (Bill) Becker, Ft. Meyers, FL,
Kathy (Peter) Kalb, Dubuque, IA,
Tom (Ruth) Ferris, St. Louis, MO,
Jim Ferris, San Diego, CA,
Joe (Elizabeth) Ferris, Carlsbad, CA,
and Liz Ferris Roling, Costa Mesa, CA;

sixteen grandchildren,
Jennie (Melissa) Ferris, Lisa (Todd) Danneman, Matt (Katie) Ferris, Robert (Terri) Ferris, Sara (Jason) Moilanen, Laura Ferris, Jeff (Jenna) Becker, Brian Becker, Casey Becker, Rachel (Jason) Padilla, Katie Kalb, Luke Kalb, Dan (Jen) Ferris, Steve (Maggie) Ferris, Kim (Danny) Love and Jessie Ferris;

eighteen great-grandchildren,
Mariah and Trevor Danneman, Jake, Alli and Maddi Ferris, Gabrielle Ferris, Evelyn, Emma and Jaron Moilanen, Wesley and Jack Becker, Hannah, Aubrey, Alannah and Blake Padilla, Kael Moore, Paige Ferris and Ronin Love;

her three sisters,
Monica Griffin, Spring, TX,
Margaret Hefel, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Jane Lange, Dubuque, IA;

and a sister-in-law,
Donna Breitbach, Dubuque, IA.

Lollie was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Bob Ferris; her brothers, Victor Jr. "V.J.", Tom and Bill (Ruth) Breitbach; and three brothers-in-law, Patrick Griffin, Joe Hefel and Tom Lange.

A Lollie Ferris memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Phyllis, Janet, Tina and Liz for the loving care they generously gave to Lollie.

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

 



Alfred Thomas Birch


Alfred " Tom" Thomas Birch, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2015 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7th at St. Patrick Catholic Church, where friends may call after 9 a.m. until the time of service. Entombment in Resurrection Garden Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., is assisting the family.

Tom was born May 26, 1931 in Dubuque, son of Alfred and Adeline Birch. He married Karen Cleveland, August 6, 1983 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubuque.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and was employed in the maintenance department at John Deere Dubuque Works retiring in 1987.

Tom was in the U.S. Navy for two years and the U.S. Army for two years.

He enjoyed working on cars, fishing, hanging out with his buddies, "shop" talk with the guys, enjoyed old western movies, and reminisce about the old times.

He was a member of St. Patrick parish and active with the church.

Surviving is his wife, Karen Birch, of Dubuque; sons, Harold "Tom" (Debbie) Birch, and Chris Birch; daughters, Julie (Pat) Messesli and Jodi (Chuck) Lewis; stepsons, Rick (Janice) Glew and Allan (Sheri) Glew; stepdaughters, Debbie (Ryan) O'Donnell and Glenda (Lynn) Pesson; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Rosie (Dick) Haskel and Shirley Stecklein.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Amanda Mae Birch and Andy Birch; and a brother-in-law, Jim Stecklein.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church.

A special thank you to Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and his nurse, Kate for their care of Tom.

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

 



Sharon F. Gaffney


Sharon Francis Gaffney, 70 of Dubuque died Tuesday October 6, 2015 peacefully at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday October 10, 2015 at the Church of the Nativity 1225 Alta Vista St. Dubuque with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque and after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at The Church. There will also be a parish wake service on Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home and a Nativity Guild Rosary at the church prior to Mass.

She was born on July 16, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa the daughter of Billie Ridings Anderson. Sharon grew up in Macomb, Illinois and graduated with a B.A. in Speech Communication from Western Illinois University in 1967.

Sharon married Michael A. Gaffney at St Paul's Catholic Church in Macomb on September 21, 1968. They made their first home in Galesburg, Illinois, where Sharon was a librarian at the Galesburg Public Library. In 1972, the family moved to Dubuque where they were lovingly accepted by neighbors and churchgoers. Dubuque and the Church of the Nativity became Sharon's home for the rest of her life.

Sharon was Adult Basic Education Coordinator at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), and a teacher at NICC's downtown Learning Center, where she continued as a volunteer tutor after retirement. Sharon also volunteered at Nativity and served over twenty years as an officer in the Nativity Rosary Society.

Mike and Sharon's marriage was blest by the birth of two children, Loretta Mary Gaffney and Mark Michael Gaffney. The joy of Sharon's life was the arrival of three granddaughters, Maeve Higbie, Charlotte Higbie, and Veronica Gaffney. Sharon delighted in spending time with family and in helping others. She dedicated her life
to serving God and other people. She was a generous and kind person who never turned away anyone needing encouragement, assistance, or prayers.

Sharon is survived by her beloved husband of forty-seven years, Mike, her children, Loretta Gaffney (m. Toby Higbie) and Mark Gaffney (m. Anne Schutte), and her grandchildren, Maeve Higbie, Charlotte Higbie, and Veronica Gaffney.

Memorials may be given to the Nativity Rosary Society, Mary's Inn Maternity Home or Hospice of Dubuque.

The Gaffney family wishes to thank family, friends and the members of the Nativity Rosary Society for helping in so many ways throughout Sharon's illness.

"Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of my life."



Darlene E. Marugg


Darlene E. Marugg, 74, of Monticello died Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at St. Luke's Continuing Care Center in Cedar Rapids. She was a 14 year survivor of Leukemia.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:00 p.m. and a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where the family will receive friends and relatives beginning at 10:00.

Darlene was born Nov. 12, 1940, near Sand Springs the daughter of Clarence and Helen (Besler) Heims. She attended country school until 8th Grade and later earned her GED at Kirkwood Community College. She married Fritz Marugg on January 9, 1965, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington. The couple farmed near Hardscrabble near Monticello. In 1967, they purchased their farm in Richland Township. The couple later divorced.

Darlene loved to go to the casinos on bus trips. Leather and needlework were a favorite pastime. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Parish and its Guild. Her grandchildren were an important part of her life. She was the primary caregiver to her son, Russell, for 34 years.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandy (Dan) Evans of Vinton, and Julie (Mike) Flitsch of Central City, and a son, Joe (Shelly) of Monticello and; grandchildren: Breanne, Russell and Jon Evans, Levi, Jay and Katie Flitsch; a brother, Jerome Heims of Ryan, and a sister-in-law, Mary Kay Heims of Monticello.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a son, Russell, an infant granddaughter, Angela Flitsch, 2 brothers: Robert (Kay) Heims and Lloyd Heims, and her former husband, Fritz.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses on the 5th and 6th floors at St. Luke's, Dr. Gosch and his staff and Above and Beyond Hospice for their exceptional care.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com

 



Ival Wayne Dague


Ival Wayne Dague, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Oct. 2, 2015, at Eagle Pointe Place in Dubuque, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Wayne's life will be held from 2 to 4 P.M., Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at a later date in the Reeseville Cemetery, rural Miles, Iowa.

Ival Wayne Dague was born on June 8, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ival E. and Helen M. (Weets) Dague. He was a 1957 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Barbara Johnson on June 12, 1960 at Calvary Lutheran in Sabula, Iowa.

Wayne's first job was at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, where, like most, he worked alongside many family members. He continued to work in industrial positions at Lord Baltimore, Alcoa and Ralston-Purina, where he retired after 27 years of service. Wayne was not content to "relax" during retirement, so he worked for Precision Metal Works, Dick's Grocery & the RTA. He lived in Sabula, Clinton/Camanche area & retired to rural Maquoketa to be near family. It was here he finally purchased his very own farm/country, "dirt", as he called it.

Wayne had been a member of the NRA, Izaak Walton League, and Calvary Lutheran Church. Wayne served as an EMT/Firefighter on the Sabula Volunteer Fire Department. He and Barbara also supported their girls as Boosters for the former East Central Schools. Wayne loved nature, was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, and all things farm related, especially horses, which he broke in his younger years. He had a unique respect for Bald Eagles. He liked to play cards, especially Euchre, and "shoot the bull" with family and friends, always entertaining them with his quick wit and great sense of humor.

Those left to honor Wayne's memory include his wife, Barbara Dague of Maquoketa; daughter Dagmar (Richard) Merfeld of Dubuque; their 3 sons, Erick (Jeanne Slade) Merfeld, Elijah (Sasha Smith) and Ehren (Naomi Fisher); 4 "great granddaughters" and a great-grandson on the way; daughter Amanda (Paul) Hook of Clinton; their 7 children, Alexandra, Sean, Miah, Genevieve, Bella, Hannah and Lila; a sister, Delores Manning, of Maquoketa; 2 sisters-in-law, Shirley Dague of Maquoketa and Jolinda Hendrix of NJ; and 1 brother-in-law, Robert Adney, of Clinton; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ronald and Darrell; a sister, Ella Mae; parents-in-law; and 2 brothers-in-law, Darrell Manning of Maquoketa, and C. Thomas Hendrix of NJ.

An Ival Wayne Dague memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Anna G. Tegeler


Anna G. "Annie" Tegeler, 86, of Dyersville, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Anna was born June 18, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany, the daughter of Anton and Elisabeth Kohaut. She grew up in Schwanheim where she was known as Anneliese to her friends and family. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, her fluency in German and English led her to become a translator for the railroad.

It was during this time that she met the love of her life, Herb Tegeler. Her parents, who were devout Catholics, refused to consent to their marriage until their family priest received a letter from the Dyersville parish assuring them that Herb was an honorable man. After gaining their approval, Annie and Herbie married on July 1, 1948 in Germany. Her decision to marry an American resulted in the loss of her German citizenship, so they were forced to leave. With sadness in their hearts, her parents watched as their only daughter moved 6000 miles away at the young age of 19. They did not reunite until 6 years later, when she returned to visit with Herb and their first 3 children.

She stood by her husband for 66 years supporting him and their family business, Tegeler Body and Frame. She and Herb will always be remembered for their love of dancing and dining with friends at local establishments. They loved the company of people and made friends easily. Material things were not nearly as important to her as her family and friends, who she would do anything for. Annie was a very proud woman who always dressed and acted like a lady, with the utmost manners. She took pleasure in reading and kept up with world history and events. Despite all the difficult times in her early life, she remained a very strong woman.

She is survived by her 3 children: Janie Tegeler, Jesse (Amy) Tegeler and Sherry Krapfl, all of Dyersville; a daughter-in-law, Ellen Tegeler, of Dyersville; 8 grandchildren: Tracy Tegeler, Tammy (John) Olberding, Scott Tegeler, Shelly (Ken) Hageman, Holly Tegeler, Josh Tegeler, Hunter (Alyssa) Krapfl and Kendall Krapfl; 10 great-grandchildren: Kimberly & James Bartlett, McKenna, Cassidy, Shelby & Elizabeth Olberding, Kayli, Luke and Ike Tegeler and Payton Krapfl; her brother, Walter Kohaut, of Frankfurt, Germany; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert G. Tegeler, on June 2, 2015; one son, Daniel L. Tegeler, on April 27, 2010; her parents, Anton and Elisabeth Kohaut; sister-in-law Hannalore Kohaut; in-laws William Tegeler, Alma (John) Manley, Edna (Ted) Madison, Earl (Rosemary) Tegeler and Elmer F. (LaVonne) Tegeler.

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



Nicolette Hnizdor Smith

Nicolette (Nikki) Hnizdor Smith, 65, died on September 30, 2015 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, IA. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa St., Dubuque, on October 24th at 11:30 a.m.

Nicolette was born November 4, 1949 in Garden City, Michigan daughter of Florence (Wolan) and Nicholas Hnizdor. Nicolette was educated at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan studying Biology and Political Science while employed at Hydromation Engineering and Filter Co., Livonia, Michigan. Later, she was employed at IBM in Peoria, IL., and D.E. SMITH & ASSOCIATES, INC. in Arlington Heights, Il and Dubuque, IA.

She and Dane E. Smith were joined in marriage in September, 1976. They lived in Arlington Heights, Illinois before moving to Dubuque, Iowa. Nicolette was a homemaker, a secretary, and an active member of First Presbyterian Church. Her hobbies were raising Hereford cattle, miniature Abysinian donkeys and riding her Morgan mare, Duchess.

Survivors include her husband; one son, Bradley Smith; three grand children Tyler Lodewyck of Plainfield, IL; Emily J. Bleile, Bernard, IA; Autumn Marie Smith, Epworth, IA; and an aunt, Amelia (Wolan) Robertson, Canton, MI; one step-grandson, Jason Rizzo, Palatine, IL. By marriage, Nikki was blessed with four sons, one daughter, three daughters-in law, six granddaughters, five grandsons, one great-grandson and one great --granddaughter.

Nicolette was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Rodney Hnizdor.

The family requests no flowers. Contributions may be made to the MAYO CLINIC Fronto Temporal Degeneration Research, PO Box 450, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9849, or at www.THE AFTD.org.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Shady Rest and at Hospice of Dubuque for their extraordinary kindness and care of Nikki.



Richard L. Andersen


Richard Lee Andersen, 72, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, October 3, 2015, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Richard's life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, October 12, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa with military honors following the service. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Richard Lee Andersen was born May 29, 1943 to Jens and Ruth (Masters) Andersen in Clinton, Iowa. He grew up in the Miles area and graduated from Miles High School in 1962. During his high school years, he lived with foster parents, Bob and Pat Horst. He was a proud Miles Bulldog on both the varsity baseball and basketball teams. Upon his graduation, Rich enlisted in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Kittyhawk and was honorably discharged in 1966. He re-enlisted and entered into the Hospital Corpsman training Course in San Diego, California. He entered combat in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division in 1968, serving as a Hospital Corpsman. During that tour, he became affectionately known as "Doc". Rich was wounded in the line of duty, recovered in Okinawa, Japan and returned to duty again in 1969. He was again wounded and was honorably discharged in 1969. For his service to his country, he was awarded two Purple Hearts, one in November 1968 and the other in February of 1969.

In 1970, Rich married Linda Willey and together had a daughter, Molly. At that time, Rich began his civil service career with the United States Postal Service, from which he retired in 1998 and was affectionately known as "Andy".

Rich was a member of the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled Veterans of American and the Dubuque Marine Corps League. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and an avid golfer.

In 2000, Rich married Vicki Keeley. His greatest pride and joy was his family, in particular his grandchildren. He enjoyed attending their many activities and sporting events and sharing time on the golf course with them any chance he could. Rich is survived by his wife, Vicki, at home in Maquoketa. His children Bridget (Brian) Canaday of Columbia, MO, Raquel (Kyle) Clausen of Bellevue, IA, Molly (Bret) Luense of Marion, IA, Nicole (Mike) Olsen of Maquoketa, IA and Chip (Jen) Keeley of Clarinda, IA. His adored grandchildren, ranging in age from 6 months to 26 years, Keeley, Maddalyn, Jack, Carson, Parker, Dawson, Allison, Haley, Josh, Kelsea and Ashlea.

Three foreign exchange daughters, Virginie Morel of France, Mirna Ashkar Kadosh of Israel and Camilla Borlem of Denmark. He is also survived by sisters Rosie Morehead of Maquoketa, Iowa, Ruth Ann Daniel of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Mary Grill of Texas and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Rhonda and Joyce and brothers Harlan, Wayne and Robert.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Richard Lee Andersen memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Leroy W. Roggensack


Leroy W. Roggensack, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Leroy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Leroy's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at St. Joseph the Worker Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Leroy was born on February 7, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leroy and Lillian (Beitzel) Roggensack.

Leroy proudly and honorably served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946 in Europe as a field lineman. He was united in marriage to Bessie N. Hopkins on May 21, 1949, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. They celebrated 66 wonderful years of marriage this year. Leroy was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company for 43 years until his retirement in 1982. After he retired, Leroy continued to go to "the office" , aka Donut Boy, every morning to visit with his friends and talk about current events and solve the world's problems. Leroy was very active and involved in several organizations including St. Joseph the Worker Church, the Dubuque American Legion Post #6, Mississippi Trails Hiking Club and the Dubuque Arboretum. In his free time he could easily be found fishing, playing cards, bowling or throwing horseshoes, but his favorite activity was definitely spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Leroy was a loving husband, father and grandfather who deeply adored and treasured the true blessing of time with his family. A good and faithful man has been called home to our Lord today and his absence will be deeply felt in the broken hearts of all who knew and loved him.

Leroy is survived by

his loving wife of 66 years,
Bessie Roggensack, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Roy (Cheryl) Roggensack, Clearwater, FL,
Karen (Jim) Rolling, Dubuque, IA,
and Robert (Jane) Roggensack, Osage, IA;

six grandchildren,
Christopher (Julie) Rolling, Matthew (Sandra) Rolling, Julie (Scott) Provencher, Jonah Roggensack, Carter Roggensack and Lily Roggensack;

seven great-grandchildren,
N'Kaylis, Naomi, Savanna, Melanie, Rocky, Scott and Jack;

two sisters-in-law,
Emmabelle Cullen,
and Virginia Hall;

and two brothers-in-law,
Earl Hopkins,
and Thomas Cox.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; a son in infancy, Peter Roggensack; a sister, Shirley Cox; and his in-laws, Stanley (Betty) Hopkins, John (Chris) Hopkins, Joseph Cullen, Winifred (Robert) Williams, Richard Hall and Betty Ellen Hopkins.

In lieu of flowers a Leroy W. Roggensack memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall and his nurse, Kate, Dr. Whalen and the nurses and staff of Tri-State Dialysis for all of their wonderful care of Leroy.

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

 



Ner James Rankin


Ner James "Jim" Rankin, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning October 2, 2015 at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

Ner James Rankin was born on February 23, 1924 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to William and Harriet (Puffenberger) Rankin. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1941, attended Maquoketa Junior College until his enlistment in the Air Corps December 7, 1942, and earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He was a bombadier-navigator on B-29's serving on Tinian and Okinawa. After 44 months of service he was honorably discharged. He then went to work for the State of Iowa as the first dispatcher at the State Police Radio Station and worked there for 10 years. In 1957, he went to work for Hawkeye Security in Des Moines and retired from there in 1986.

He married Marilyn Hamilton in 1957 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, American Legion, Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of the VFW. He was a past board member of the Jackson County Senior Center and Operation Nu-View. He had also served as 5th Ward councilman.

Jim loved sports and was on the Jr. College basketball team before going into the service. Upon his return he pitched for the Maquoketa Bears baseball team in their prime, and he loved to golf, hunt and fish for catfish with his older brother Kenneth.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his wife Marilyn of Maquoketa, IA; a son David (Joy) of Mason City, IA; 2 granddaughters, Kelly (Erik) Becker of Rockford, IL, and Jamie (Mike) Coppess of Clinton, IA; 3 great-granddaughters; 1 step-great-grandson; 3 sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Harriet, brothers Kenneth, William and Donald, and a sister Marcella "Tootie" Kozak.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ner James "Jim" Rankin memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Sr. Marie Gerard Donovan


Sister Marie Gerard Donovan, OP, 92, died Oct. 1, 2015, at St. Dominic Villa. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at Queen of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa, Wis., followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Friends may call after 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Motherhouse where a wake and remembering service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Behr's Funeral Home, Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister Marie Gerard taught English, speech, and drama for 24 years at these locations: Holy Trinity High School, Bloomington, Ill.;, Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, Minn.; St. Mary High School, Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay, Wis. She taught speech 5 years at Bowie State College, Bowie, Md., and English, speech and creative writing 21 years at Morris College, Sumter, S.C.

Wherever Sister Marie Gerard was, she joined others in an effort to undo racism. She wrote articles and actively participated in civic and religious gatherings as well as demonstrations and workshops.

Sister Marie Gerard, born Dec. 18, 1922, in Tulsa, Okla., to James and Mary (Kirwan) Donovan, made her profession Aug. 5, 1946.

Sister Marie Gerard is survived by nieces, nephews and the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa with whom she shared life for 69 years.

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

 



William D. Parker


William "Bill" D. Parker, age 62, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To honor William's life, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bill was born on September 10, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Daniel and Mary (Malone) Parker.

Bill was born, raised and educated in Dubuque before leaving to join the Army. He eventually landed in Texas where he spent most of his working career as a copper welder in the oil industry. After Bill developed health issues and eventually lost his sight, he discovered that he enjoyed listening to Nascar races, Hawkeye games and documentaries on television. Life wasn't always easy for Bill, but each day was blessed with the love of his family and his faith in God.

Bill is survived by his siblings,
Marcella Perry, Richland Center, WI,
Rose (Steven) Huseman, Bernard, IA,
David Parker, Maquoketa, IA,
Joan Streets, Andrew, IA,
Jane (Ron) Francois, Dubuque, IA,
and Agnes (L.R.) Gnade, Andrew, IA;

a sister-in-law,
Donna Parker, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Parker; 2 sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Parker and Theresa (Robert) Adams; and 2 brothers-in-law, Paul Perry and David Streets.

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

 



John D. Schreiber


John D. Schreiber, 60, of Dubuque, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. To honor John's life, funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, October 5 at the Church of the Nativity. To celebrate John's life, visitation will be held from 2 to 5 pm Sunday, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 4:30.
John was born July 8, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Frederick and Patricia (Doherty) Schreiber. John married Rosemary "Rose" Merges on September 16, 1978, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Sherrill, Iowa.

John owned and operated Ac'cent Kitchens for 30 years, until his retirement in 2004. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, fishing and camping on the Mississippi, target shooting, woodworking, playing billiards with family and friends, and spending time with his grandkids. He was a member of Nativity Parish, Isaack Walton League, NRA, Mississippi Walleye Club, and Dubuque Landlords Association.

John is survived by his wife, Rose, two sons, Joe (Lindsey) Schreiber of Sherrill, Iowa and Steve (Christina) Schreiber of Hazel Green, Wisc., four grandchildren, Connor, Cooper, Lily, and Nora Schreiber; a sister, Mary (James Herrig) Schreiber and two brothers, Mark (Jane) Schreiber and Tom (Molly) Schreiber, all of Dubuque, Iowa; his mother-in-law, Ruth Merges of Dubuque; two brother-in-laws, Frank (Eileen) Merges of Dubuque, Iowa and Ed (Nancy) Merges of Sherrill, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Frank Merges.

A John Schreiber Memorial Fund has been established.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Medical Associates and Wendt Cancer Center and the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Cindy, for all of their wonderful care.



John A. Rohling


John A. Rohling, 73, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, October 1, 2015, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A mass celebrating John's life will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, October 5, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015, from 2 to 5 P.M. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lost Nation, Iowa and again on Monday morning from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. at the church. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lost Nation, Iowa.

John Allen Rohling was born on July 8, 1942 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Wilfred P. and Mary Kathleen (Regenwether) Rohling. He grew up on a farm north of Lost Nation and graduated from Lost Nation High School in 1960. He then served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He married Joyce M. Seiler on April 8, 1967 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union one child was born: Mary Beth.

John farmed with his father until moving to Lost Nation when he started a career driving semi's. He first drove for White's Trucking for 4 years, then National By-Products in Clinton for 10 years and retired from ADM after 18 years. In retirement he drove part-time for Brian Moore, then Nelson Farms and was currently driving for Novak Farms.

John was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lost Nation where he was a longtime usher. He enjoyed going to auctions, collecting Lawn Boy lawnmowers and John Deere tractors, and spending time outdoors in the timber cutting wood.

Those left to honor John's memory include his wife Joyce Rohling of Lost Nation, IA; a daughter Mary Beth Stecklein of Lost Nation, IA; 3 grandchildren, Shannon, Shane and Katie Stecklein; a brother Joe (Bev) Rohling of Lost Nation, IA; a sister Judy Neis of Iowa City, IA; 2 nieces, 1 nephew; 3 great-nieces and 1 great-nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents Wilfred and Mary Kathleen Rohling, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law Melvin and Marie Seiler.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John A. Rohling memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Else M. Pitcher


Else M. Pitcher, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at her home at Clover Ridge Place from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Jackson County for their love and attentiveness in Else's final months.

A celebration of Else's life will be held at 3pm on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Friends may visit with the family after the service at the church with a meal to follow. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Else was born March 4, 1931, to Christian and Astrid Nielsen of Chicago, IL. Her parents were Danish emigrants. She graduated from Brookfield, IL High School in 1949 and from Iowa State University in 1954 with a degree in Home Economics Journalism. While at ISU, she met Marshall. They shared a love of music and dancing and often frequented the dance halls where many Big Bands of the era were performing. Else and Marshall married on July 23, 1955 in Riverside, IL and after living one year in Freeport, IL, where Marshall practiced as a veterinarian, they moved to Maquoketa in 1956.

Else worked tirelessly in support of Marshall's veterinary practice and raised their 4 children. In 1983, she helped to open the first Edward D. Jones office in Maquoketa and worked as their Branch Office Administrator until her retirement in 2000. Else was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and served as a teacher for Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and Chapter BX PEO. She became a Master Gardener in 1999. Else served her community by delivering Meals on Wheels and serving on the library board. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and needlework and was an avid reader and loved her crossword puzzles.

Else's greatest joy was in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Her legacy of care and compassion lives on in them.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two brothers, Hans and Paul.

She is survived by four children - Paul of Reading, PA, Anne (Michael) Hawks of Buckeye, AZ, Alan (Alicia) of Clearwater, KS, and Miriam (Tom) Mackey of Cedar Rapids and eight grandchildren - Marshall & Perry Hawks, Charlie Pitcher, Austin, Amelia, and Arin Pitcher, and Lydia and Helen Mackey.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Jackson County, Jackson County Master Gardeners or the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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

 



Colleen P. Duffy


Colleen P. Duffy, 61, of Dubuque, formerly of Pompano Beach, Florida, died Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Windsor Park Apartments. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 2015 at St. Raphael's Cathedral with the Rev. Alan Dietzenbach officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Colleen was born on January 17, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Patrick E. and Mary M. (Freund) Duffy. She attended special education programs in Dubuque and Florida.

Surviving are her sisters Jean (Karl) Kohnen, of Dubuque, IA, Kit (Raymond) Kengott, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Margaret (Steven) Canter of Buffalo Grove, IL; four nephews David (Sarah) Kohnen, Michael (Valerie) Kohnen, Daniel Kohnen and John Canter; three nieces; Laura (Don) Stanner, Sara (Rob) Hofer and Rachel Canter and her aunt, Lillian Freund.

Colleen was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Joan Ellen Duffy and Dr. Sister Mary Susan Duffy, RSM, M.D.

Colleen's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Cozy Corners Adult Day Care Center, Goodwill Industries and her friends at Windsor Park.

 



Eileen S. Ball


Eileen S. Ball, 91, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, September 29, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 3 at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Mrs. Eileen Ball, the former Eileen Susan Kremer, was born November 6, 1923 in Dubuque, daughter of Leonard and Margaret (Thoeni) Kremer. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1942. Eileen was married to Eldon Ball September 9, 1944 at Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ in Dubuque and together they celebrate 64 happy years of marriage. He preceded her in death on May 2, 2008.

Eileen was employed by the Dubuque Community School District for 20 years as a secretary at Bryant and Hoover Elementary Schools before retiring in 1986. She was also an Avon representative for many years.

She was an active, long time member of Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ. She was a past member of the Diaconate and Mission boards and taught Sunday School for many years. Eileen was also on the Memorial committee for several years.

Eileen loved bowling and played in the Guys and Gals and Retired Friday groups for several years. She also loved the Hawkeyes, Cubs, and her dog, Molly, whom she enjoyed taking for walks. Other enjoyments of hers were meeting for the Class of '42 luncheons, Women's Fellowship, Hospice Grief Support group, and the LIfetime Center exercise group.

Eileen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who dearly loved, and was proud of, her family. She was a great cook and enjoyed cooking for holiday meals and family gatherings.

Those left to cherish her memory include her six children, Judy (Terry) Barkhurst of Dubuque, James (Susan) Ball of South Korea, William (Patsy) Ball of Dubuque, Barbara (James) Kubesheski of Lake Geneva, WI, Margaret (Charles) Denney of Port Byron, Ill., and Martin (Amy) Ball of Medina, OH; 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, two step grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Eileen was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers James and Glen Kremer, mother and father in law Flora and Martin Ball, stepfather Frank Butler, and brother in law Milton Ball, sister in law Vernie Mudroch and an aunt, Arlene Kintzle.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Eileen S. Ball Memorial Fund.

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

The family would like to thank Dick and Sherry, and Joyce for their daily care with her precious dog, Molly; her church buddy, Bob Rusk; the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque; and Julie, the volunteer who came in on a weekly basis.

 



Velma R. Bleile


Velma R. Bleile, 81, of Epworth, Iowa, formerly of Sherrill, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by her family.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2015 at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, IA, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Funeral Services for Velma will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 2015, at St. John's Placid, with Father Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will follow at St. Francis Assissi Catholic Cemetery in Balltown, IA.

Velma was born on January 28, 1934, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Clifford and Rosella (Gasper) Schmitt. She married Werner F. Bleile on November 12, 1952, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Balltown, IA. She retired from Aramark at John Deere and worked at Eichman's Bar and Restaurant in Sageville, IA. Velma was always there for anyone who needed her help. She enjoyed playing games, cooking and good conversation. Her favorite thing to do was spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Coyle, and her husband Tom, of Epworth, IA; her grandchildren, Dennis (Amy) Coyle, of Farley, IA, Casey (Curt) Conrad, of Cascade, IA, Jared Coyle (Cami LeGrand), of Epworth, IA, Heather (Zoe) Coyss, of Peosta, IA, Ashley Coyle and Robert Coyle (Melody Siegert), of Epworth, IA; her great-grandchildren, Dustin, Grace and Evelyn Coyle, Carter and Carley Conrad, Thomas and Charlee Coyle, Talan and Casen Gassman, Devin Coyle, Mallory, Jayden, and Carson Siegert and two more on the way; her siblings, Margaret (Dolly) Schmerbach, Nicholas (Nicky) Schmitt, Helen Heiderscheit, Patsy (Gary) Hefel, and Clifford (Becky) Schmitt; her aunts, Mary Lou Birkel and Eileen Schmitt; her uncle, Richard Schmitt; her sister-in-law, Bernadine Bleile and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Werner, on August 15, 1993; her great-granddaughter, Kylie Aldrich-Coyle; and many other family and friends.

The family wants to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dr. Jared Freiburger for the care they provided to Velma.

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

 



Marcella A. White


Marcella A. White, 94, of Dyersville, died Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Marci was born February 5, 1921, in Dubuque the daughter of George and Mary Elizabeth "Mayme" (Pins) Leibold. She married George W. White on April 2, 1940, in Worthington. Together they farmed south of Monticello and near Peosta until 1973, when they moved to Dyersville. Marci worked as a lunch waitress at Roundup Room for a few years and volunteered at the Dyersville Senior Center.

Survivors include her 3 sons: Daniel (Ellen) White of Cascade, Roger (Maureen) White of Cedar Falls, David (Melodie) White of Worthington, 1 son-in-law, Bill Turnis of Bernard, 17 grandchildren: Jeff (Shirley) Turnis, Rick (Lucinda) Turnis, Deann (Rick) Bergfeld, Amy (Duane) Droeszler, Brian (Nicole) Turnis, Traci (Adam) Rollinger, Deb Merkes, Donna (Jason) Cluff, Diane (Al) Pansegrau, Darren White, Dawn (Dennis) Wonick, Dennis (Jennifer) White, Emily White, Kayla White, Michael (Christel) White, Teresa White and Jay White, 26 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Kathleen "Katie" Harms of Anamosa, and a sister-in-law, Grace McDonough of Castle Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George in 2001, one daughter, Ruth Ann Turnis in 1989, a brother, LaVerne Leibold, and 2 sisters: Margaret White and Veronica Weber, and several in-laws.

We, Marci's family, would like to thank Mom's long-time neighbor and friend, LuAnn Deutmeyer, and the staff at Shady Rest Care Center for their care and compassion.

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

 



Joseph G. Lambert


Joseph G. Lambert, 83 of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost. Visitation will be 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, October 2, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., additional visitation will be 8:45 am - 9:45 am, Saturday prior to Mass at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #6 will be at Linwood Cemetery.

Joe was born January 5, 1932 in Dubuque, the son of Sylvester and Lillian (Koupal) Lambert. He graduated from Loras Academy and then served in the United States Army 1952-1954. Joe worked with his father at Lambert Tire for many years, he also worked for John Deere Works in Dubuque for 26 years before retiring. He was a member of UAW Local #94, and Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Joe loved to fish, hunt, and spending time at his cottage, where he enjoyed many good times with the Hoffman Family.

Survivors include his extended family, Karen and Marty Hoffman, Brian, Kevin (Fiancé' Allison Rodenberg) Hoffman, Lynn (Andy) Bockenstedt, and Tanner Bockenstedt; sister in-law, Carol Lambert; and numerous nieces and nephews; former wife, Betty Lambert.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jeanne Lambert; siblings, Robert and Donald; a nephew, John.

The family will like to thank the staff of Stonehill Care Center, Hospice of Dubuque, especially, Amy, and his special friendships he made at Stonehill, especially his roommate, Harold Hillard. Memorials may be directed to Stonehill Care Center in Joe's Memory.

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



LaVern L. Hingtgen


LaVern L. "Butch" Hingtgen, 76 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 26, 2015 at Genesis East Health Center in Davenport, Iowa suddenly while attending a football game.

Funeral mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2015 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 30th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

LaVern was born on March 8, 1939 in the son of Frank and Marie (Ernst) Hingtgen.

He married Grace McCormick on April 19, 1958 at St. Mary's in Dubuque. He worked for the City of Dubuque in the city garage for over 40 years. He was an avid bowler and was past member of the 700 Club. He enjoyed attending family events especially his great grandson Blake, football games and his puppy "Belle".

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Grace, children, Brian Hingtgen, Peggy (Jeff) Siegert, and Vicki (Brian Culbertson) Frederick, 7 grandchildren; John (Rissi) Frederick, Craig (Kyla Rolwes) Siegert, Lacey (Bekah Tielen) Siegert, Edward (Darius) Brogean, Corey (Brianna) Siegert, Jessica Frederick, Lyndsey Hingtgen, Kyle (Gabriel) Hingtgen, Thomas (Alison Hodge) Frederick, and Jacob Hingtgen, five great grandchildren, Blake, Gabbi, Kennedy, Braxton, and Hunter. Three sisters, Mary Ehlers, Norma Greve and Lorraine (John) Salwolke and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons Gregory in infancy and Gary on June 30, 2013, three brothers Ray and Dwayne "Dewey" and a brother Norman in infancy, three sisters Bernice, Millie, Verna.

In lieu of flowers a LaVern Hingtgen memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Genesis East in Davenport, Iowa and to all their many close family and friends especially Bob and Von Wolf and Mike and Bev Deggenhardt.



Judy Van Blarcom


Judy (Stoffel) Van Blarcom, 72, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, September 27, 2015, peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 2nd at Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road on Thursday, October 1st from 3:00-7:00 p.m. where a wake service will be at 6:45 p.m.

She was born on May 19, 1943, daughter of Stanley and Bonnie Stoffel. Judy attended Holy Ghost Elementary School and graduated from Wahlert High School in 1961. She married Earl Van Blarcom on May 30, 1964, in Dubuque. Judy was a member of Holy Ghost and St. Anthony's parishes. She was employed as a switchboard operator at Finley Hospital for 27 years.

Judy's passion was spending time with her family. She was a voracious reader and also enjoyed participating in car cruises with the Tri-Sate Automobile Club, bowling, playing cards, traveling, playing bingo and cheering on her grandchildren. Everyone she knew recognized her kindness and selflessness. Judy's family has been blessed by her legacy of a generous and loving spirit. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Bonnie Stoffel, brother-in-law, Jim Van Blarcom, sister-in-law, Phyliss Bly and nephews, Pat Bly and Mark Van Blarcom.

She is survived by her husband, Earl, two daughters, Kim (Joe) Flanagan, of Kansas City, Missouri and Kerri (Ryan) Paulson of Dubuque, Iowa, grandchildren: Alexandra, Colin, Delaney, of Kansas City and Avery, of Dubuque, siblings: Pat (Rosey Stoffel), Rob (Barb) Stoffel, Steve (Janel) Stoffel and Mike (Roxanna) Stoffel, in-laws: Barb Van Blarcom and Lois (Del) Link and Aunt, Arlene Stoffel and 23 beloved nieces and nephews.

Memorials will be made to Hospice of Dubuque and several other organizations Judy held close to her heart.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy. Your care and kindness will never be forgotten.



Carol Jean Schneider

Carol Jean Schneider,76, of Bellevue, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue. A visitation for Carol will be from noon to 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon prior to the service at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., is assisting the family.

Carol was born June 8, 1939 in Chicago, the daughter of Fillmore and Winifred (Rice) Galaty. Carol married George Schneider in July 1961 at Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park, Ill.

Carol was very active in the community. She had a passion for teaching and taught at the Bellevue Schools, Red Cross swimming lessons, and St Nicholas Preschool for years. She was also active in Campfire girls, Blue Birds and involved in PEO, School Boosters, Butterfly Garden and church. Carol loved her time with children, and especially with family at her parents' cabin at the lake in Wisconsin. She will be deeply missed.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband of 54 years, George Schneider; sons Art (Sue) Schneider, Manchaca, TX and John (Diana) Schneider, Bellevue; daughters Karen (Mark) VanDenEinde, Woodbury MN, Kris (Jamie) Young, Madison MO, and Melissa (Jim) O'Brien, Mead CO; brother Richard (Debby) Galaty Denver CO; and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Bill and Walt; and a son, Richard.

We would like to thank the staff at Mill Valley and Hospice of Jackson County for all the wonderful care given to Carol.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Butterfly Garden at the Bellevue State Park.

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



Dorothy J. Koecke


Dorothy J. Koecke, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at home. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Law Jones Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Meyer officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Law Jones Funeral Home, 309 Chicago Ave., Savanna, IL. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on September 2, 1926, in Savannah, IL, daughter of Don and Viola (Clay) Pease.

Dorothy was born and raised in Savannah where she graduated as valedictorian from Savannah High School. Dorothy was united in marriage to Darrell F. Koecke on June 29, 1947, in Savannah, IL. They were married for 67 years before he preceded her in death on March 30, 2015. They moved to Dubuque in 1963, where they worked and raised their family. Dorothy was employed as a secretary at Dubuque Bible Church and later at Farm Bureau, eventually becoming the office manager before retiring after 20 years of loyal service. Dorothy was a generous and gracious soul who was faithfully devoted to her children's education to the point of funding medical school without hesitation. She was a very active and longtime member of both the Bible Church in Savannah and Hope E. Free Church in Dubuque. Dorothy had a great love and appreciation of glorifying her Lord through music and treasured the opportunity to play piano, organ and sing at church for most of her life. She also found joy spending time with her friends in the Over the Hill Group. Dorothy's soul is finally free and resting safely and securely in God's arms now.

Dorothy is survived by

her son,
David Koecke, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren;
Jennifer (Joey) Ewen, Reston, VA,
Stephanie (Tim) King, Cedar Rapids, IA;

her great-granddaughter,
Cora Ewen.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Darrell Koecke; a son, Stephen Koecke; and 2 daughters in infancy.

A Dorothy J. Koecke memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Elizabeth J. Woolley


Elizabeth Jean Woolley, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, September 26, 2015, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Elizabeth's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be held at 1:30 P.M. in the Western Township Cemetery, Orion, Illinois.

Elizabeth Jean Ogburn was born on December 19, 1928 in Rock Island, Illinois to Everett and Mary Ann (Walker) Ogburn. She grew up on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities and attended Coal Valley Schools. She married Willis L. Woolley on September 7, 1947 in Andover, Illinois. He preceded her in death on January 2, 1994.

Elizabeth was a homemaker and had worked as a butter wrapper for Quality Milk in Illinois for several years. She was a member of the Maquoketa congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Those left to honor Elizabeth's memory include a daughter Carolyn (Glen) Manning of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Tracey (Brandy) Burzlaff, Travis (Jenn) Manning, Heather (Tim) Tully, Amanda Manning, and Bridget (Mike) Varner; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, William (Grace) Ogburn of IA, David (Sharon) Ogburn of FL, Calvin (Sharon) Ogburn of TN and Gary (Maureen) Ogburn of Spencer, IA; sisters Marcella Hilbert of DeWitt, IA, and Phyllis (Roy) McClaskey of IL; and a special niece Judy Hardesty. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 infant daughters Sindy Sue and Bessie Ann, a brother Dean, a sister Rosemary, and a great-granddaughter Willissa Danielle Elkins.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elizabeth Jean Woolley memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Irma F. Cody


Irma F. Cody, 96, of Dubuque died Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Bethany Home. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Irma was born September 13, 1919 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Viola (Kistler) Schmidt. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1937. On September 15, 1943, she married John J. Cody in Denver, Colorado. He preceded her in death on May 4, 1989.

Irma was a loving mother and grandmother, the strong core of her family. We are blessed to have shared in her life. Irma lived her last 11 years at Bethany Home and thrived with the love and care of the staff. She thoroughly enjoyed her euchre games at Bethany. In her later years she became an avid sports fan and cheered for her family's favorite teams.

Faith was important to Irma and she was a 65 year member of St. Columbkille's. She also was a longtime member of the Mercy Service Club.

Surviving are three children, Anne (Dan) Roush of Dubuque, John Cody of Arlington Heights, Ill, and Dick (Sharon) Cody of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Ben (Susie) and Doug (Kim) Roush, Erin (Ryan) Robinson and Adam (Lisa), Tim (Jenna), Shane, Marissa and Lauren Cody; and 11 great grandchildren, Cody, Maclaine, Jacob, Spencer, Teagan, Kelly, Mary, Will, Braden, Elise, and Grace.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Oeth and Lois O'Hearn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethany Home or a charity of your choice.

For further information, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

The family would like to thank the staff at Bethany Home and Melanie at Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care.



Jeanne M. Donovan


Jeanne M. Donovan, 87, of Cascade, Iowa died Friday, September 25, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jeanne may call after 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Services for Jeanne will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke Presiding. Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

She was born February 16, 1928 in Fillmore, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Gertrude (Clancy) Sadler. She is a graduate of the former St. Joseph's Academy in Dubuque. On November 16, 1948 she was united in marriage to Cletus Donovan at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa. She was employed as a cook for the former Fillmore Fareway's and the Narrow Gauge in Cascade. She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade.

She is survived by seven children, Joyce Donovan of Cascade, Carol (Jim) Walker of Carmel, IN, Patricia "Buzz" Ryan of Austin, TX, Ed (Debbie) Donovan of Cascade, Terry "Barney" (Betty) Donovan of Cordell, OK, Tim (Jane) Donovan and Mike (Jan) Donovan both of Cascade; 13grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one sister, Rita (Bob) Takes of Cascade.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cletus Donovan on June 21, 1982; one son, Thomas "Scruff " C. Donovan on July 30, 2000; and two sisters, Anne Quint and Elsie (Carl) Meehan.

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



Leona R. Westphal


Leona R. Westphal, 94, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Leona's life will be held at 1 P.M., Monday, September 28, 2015, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Wyoming, Iowa Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Leona R. Westphal was born in Jackson County, Iowa, south of Baldwin to John C.A. and Caroline (Kokemuller) Busch on April 16, 1921. She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church at Nashville, Iowa and affirmed her baptism at Zion Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Iowa.
She attended country school, Sharon, in Clinton County. She attended and graduated from Wyoming High School in 1939. Following high school graduation, she enrolled in the nursing program at Jane Lamb Hospital in Clinton, graduating in May of 1942. She took her registration exam in Des Moines and was then employed at Jane Lamb Hospital as an assistant supervisor in the medical area. She remained there until January of 1944.

On January 24, 1944, she was united in marriage to Edwin H. Westphal. They farmed in the Jones County area near Wyoming. Leona spent 13 weeks at the University of Iowa Hospital for treatment of Poliomyelitis in 1947. She made a good recovery within 2 years.
Leona remained a housekeeper until 1960 when she began working part time at the Brandt Nursing Home as an R.N. In 1974 she was employed at the Jackson County Public Hospital skilled nursing unit.

She also taught Sunday School at Zion Lutheran in Wyoming, was active in the women's organization and served 6 years as secretary to the church council. After moving to Maquoketa, she became more involved in her mother's welfare. She was active in the women's organization at First Lutheran Church and served as an officer for several years.

In 1988 she began to experience symptoms of post polio syndrome, retiring in May of 1988 from the Jackson County Public Hospital.
Leona enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, and both vegetable and flower gardening.

Leona is survived by 2 sons, Leslie (Judy) Westphal of Oswego, IL, and Duane Westphal of Maquoketa, IA; 2 daughters, Barbara Hueneke of Bellevue, IA, and Marilyn (Dale) Belter of Covington, WA; a brother, Virtes Busch and a sister Darlene Small, both of Maquoketa, a brother, Orben (Dorothy) Busch of Davenport, IA, a sister-in-law, Eilene Busch of Maquoketa, IA; 7 grandchildren, Laurie (Jody) Martens of Bellevue, IA, Jennifer (Brett) Shaw of Dubuque, IA, Lisa Hueneke of Landers, WY, Whitney Westphal of Chicago, IL, Sarah, Kelly and Robert Belter of Covington, WA; 3 great-grandchildren, Mckenna Martens, and Evie and Isaac Shaw; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, infant grandson, husband Edwin, a sister Irene Wyatt, a brother Emmett Busch, sister-in-law Donna Busch, nephews Charles and Keith Wyatt, James Small and Kim Busch, 2 brothers-in-law Donald Small and Robert Wyatt and a son-in-law Philip Hueneke.

The family would like to thank mom's caregivers, Hospice of Jackson County and Home Instead for all of the kind and compassionate care. It was greatly appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa, Alzheimer's Association, or Hospice of Jackson County.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.CarsonAndSon.com.



Louis J. Langevin


Louis J. Langevin, 71, of Farley, Iowa, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 at his home in Farley, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Louis may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa. Services for Louis will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Reiff Funeral Home, with Rev. Michael Schueller Presiding. Burial will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Farley, Iowa. Casketbearers for Louis will be Brad Hahlen, Ean Muir, Jeff Dolphin, Jacob Dolphin, Jeff Dolphin and Brian Dolphin.

He was born June 22, 1944 in Rhode Island, the son of Joseph A. and Helen (Pepin) Langevin Sr. He received his education in the Christ the King School in Rhode Island. He was employed as a custodian at Western Dubuque School for 30 years. He also enjoyed woodworking.

He is survived by one brother, Gerard (Eva) Langevin of Texas; his former wife, Jerri Langevin of Farley, IA; brother-in-law Dick Freeze of Arizona; sisters-in-law Carol (Jeff) Perry of Farley, Jackie Williams of Farley, Jenni Smith of Fort Madison; special friends Jim, Hillary and Ean Muir, Jeff and Vicki Dolphin and their family, and Brad and Melissa Hahlen and family, all of Farley, Iowa, and other neighbors, all of whom he considered his family;  and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Blanche Medeiros and Louise Langevin; and three brothers, Joseph, Robert and Raymond Langevin.

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



Neil J. Meyers


Neil J. Meyers, 62, of Dyersville died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Saturday morning, Sept. 26 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Neil was born July 25, 1953, the son of Robert and Lucille (Schuster) Meyers. He graduated from Beckman High School with the Class of 1971, and earned an associates degree in accounting from Area One in Dubuque. He married Cathy Huberty on Sept. 29, 1979, in Dyersville, Iowa. Neil worked in the Maintenance Department at the Ertl Company, became a licensed electrician and joined the IBEW, and finished his career in sales at Scherrman's Appliance.

Neil was an avid golfer who helped organize the Eastern Iowa Golf Association events over the years and was recently inducted into the EIGA Hall of Fame. He had two holes-in-one in his career.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy; 3 sons: Tom (Sarah) of West Des Moines, Brian (Erin) of Logan Township, NJ, and Mitchell (Alexis Shull) of Des Moines; 2 grandchildren: Kayleigh and Emily; siblings Nancy (Ron) Barone of Rapid City, SD, Bob J. (Sue) Meyers of Bixby, OK, and Bill (Carol) Meyers of Waverly; in-laws Chris (Ruthann) Huberty of Solon, Jill (Tim) Breitbach of Urbandale, Jeff (Mary Anne) Huberty of Dyersville, Tammy Huberty of Omaha, NE, Todd Huberty of Des Moines, Tim Huberty of North Liberty, and Nick Huberty of Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law Thomas R. and Carol Huberty; and a brother, Larry (Lonnie) Meyers.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Dubuque.

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



Steven J. Engelken


Steven J. Engelken, 54, of Oak Park Place in Dubuque and formerly of Dyersville, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where an American Legion/VFW Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday, Sept. 28, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. American Legion Post 137 and V.F.W. Post 7736 will accord Military Honors.

Steve was born August 9, 1961, in Dubuque, the son of Dan and Therese (Henkels) Engelken. He was a 1980 graduate of Western Dubuque High School. He earned an Associates Degree in Plumbing and Heating from NITI in Calmar. Steve served in the U.S. Army from 1983 to 1991, including a deployment in Desert Storm as a Water Treatment Specialist. Steve was the custodian at West Delaware Schools for 17 years.

Steve was an avid fan of the Western Dubuque wrestling program, having been a two time state qualifier himself. He has been a resident of Oak Park Place for the last five years where he enjoyed his pen pals from Seton School, and playing cards and games with other residents.

Survivors include his parents, Dan and Therese Engelken, of Dyersville; siblings Rick (Willeen) Engelken of Dubuque, Kay (Al) Heiberger of Farley, and Jack (Michele) of Asbury; 5 nieces and nephews: Tyler and Jordyn Engelken, Abbie (Steve) Winter, and Matt and Katherine Engelken; 2 great-nieces, Grace and Cecelia Winter; and numerous aunts and uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Rudy and Lidwina Henkels and John & Margaret Engelken.

We would like to thank the ICU staff at Mercy Medical Center and the staff at Oak Park Place for all of the wonderful care given to Steve.

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



Lois Ruth Knapp

Lois Ruth Knapp, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Postville, Iowa, died on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Behr Funeral Home in Dubuque, Iowa and at 1:00 p.m on Friday, Sept. 25, at the funeral home in Postville, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, Sept. 25, at the Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Postville, Iowa with Pastor Gary Catterson as the Officiant. Burial will follow at Postville Cemetery in Postville, Iowa.

Lois was born on May 27, 1926 to Glen and Amy Zoe (White) Tindell in Guttenberg, Iowa. Lois was united in marriage with Donald LeRoy Knapp on June 25, 1946 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Postville, Iowa. To this union a daughter, Amy Zoe Knapp, was born.

Lois worked in her father's shoe store, Tindell Shoes, and after marriage she worked as a bookkeeper for McGregor Wholesale Grocery and H.J. Nachtman and Company in Dubuque, Iowa. Lois also was head of collections at Stanley Home Products and along with her husband, Donald, owned and operated Knapp Mobile Parks of Dubuque, McGregor and Prairie du Chien.

Lois is survived by her daughter, Amy Knapp of Chicago.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Donald LeRoy Knapp; her parents, Glen M. and Amy Z. Tindell; a brother, Clarence Tindell; and a sister, Cassilda Flack.

Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service is helping the family with arrangements.



Robert F. Recker


Robert F. Recker, 87, of Marshalltown, formerly of North Liberty, died Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Iowa Veterans Home, Marshalltown, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 25, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 25, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.  Military Detail will be accorded.

Robert was born July 14, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of George and Ludwina (Burkle) Recker.  He entered the U.S. Army May 17, 1951 and received his basic training at Camp Chafee, Arkansas.  Robert served in Korea 8 ½ months as Aus-Ammunition Fireman.  He was wounded in a gas explosion in 1952 and hospitalized for 2 months in Japan.  Robert was transferred to Camp Carson, Colorado until his release.

Survivors include his siblings: Esther Reichenauer of Monticello, Mary Jane Reichenauer , Sr. Margaret Ann Recker, OSF of Milwaukee, WI, Helen Hawker of Cedar Rapids, Charles (Ann) Recker of Dyersville, Velma (John) Krapfl of Dyersville, Donald (Joan) Recker of Nocogdoches, TX, Karol (Jim) Koch of Fairfax, sisters in law Mildred Recker of Dubuque, Maureen Recker of Epworth, Eileen Prier of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Germaine (Al) Kelchen, David (in infancy) Louis, George Jr. and Ralph Recker

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

 



Paul J. Lester


Paul J. Lester, 72 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 22, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.
Visitation will be Friday, September 25, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Paul was born on March 23, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Earl and Eleanor (Steffen) Lester, and married Cindy Davis.

He is survived by his wife Cindy, his daughter Regina (Shanna) Clark, nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, a sister Carol (Vern) Siegworth and a brother Daniel (Lana) Lester, his mother-in-law Adele Davis, brother-in-law Randy (Pam) Davis, and his best pal & 4 legged son "Willie Wonka" his Cocker Spaniel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Colleen Avenarius, father-in-law Albert Davis, brother-in-law Mike Davis and two great grandchildren.



Betty L. Burns


Betty L. Burns, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, September 22, 2015, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa from Alzheimer's Disease.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be held at a later date in the Columbus City, Iowa Cemetery.

Betty Lou Boyd was born on December 17, 1935 in Louisa County, Iowa, to Harry and Dorothy (Bell) Boyd. She was a 1953 graduate of Cotter Consolidated School and then received a degree from Iowa Wesleyan University where she met the love of her life, Sherman E. Burns Jr. They were married on June 3, 1956 in Cotter, Iowa. Through the years, she would continue her education receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marycrest College, and later a degree with emphasis in Library Science from the University of Northern Iowa.

Betty was a gifted teacher who touched the lives of many students first at the Columbus Community Schools, then Olin Consolidated Schools, followed by Sacred Heart Elementary School in Maquoketa. She then worked at the Maquoketa High School as the librarian from 1980 to 1995. She had also worked for Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and later for John Wagener Ford as well as owning and operating the Yarn Barn in Maquoketa for two years.

Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, Alpha XI Delta Sorority, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, P.E.O. Chapter BX, and was a lifetime member of the National Education Association.

Betty loved her family, cooking, piano, knitting and crocheting, bridge and entertaining.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her husband Sherman E. Burns Jr. of Maquoketa, IA; children, Sherman Michael (and wife Mary Pat) Burns of Maquoketa, IA, and Michelle Marie (and husband Michael French) Burns of Algonquin, IL; 3 grandchildren Erin (Kurt) McCaulley, Jacob (Jenny) Burns and Adam (Ivy) Burns; 5 great-grandchildren, Marcus Cox, Jonny Burns, Ethan McCaulley, Grace McCaulley and Cael McCaulley; and a brother Daniel Boyd of Fredonia, IA. She was preceded in death by her father Harry W. Boyd, her mother Dorothy Bell Boyd Kilgore, a sister Roberta Ann Bell, and a daughter Becky Sue Burns.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Betty L. Burns memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Roger L. Hafeman

Roger Leonard Hafeman, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, September 20th, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday September 23rd at St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque with Rev. James Parker and Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 22nd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service and rosary at 7:00 p.m.

Roger was born on January 17, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Leonard and Helen (Deppe) Hafeman. He served in the United States Army Reserve. He married Judy Banwarth on November 26, 1964 at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.

He was a very active member of St. Mary's Parish in East Dubuque and contributed greatly in the development of the Adoration Chapel.

He worked for UPS until his retirement. After retirement he worked at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory for many years. His funeral home family will miss him greatly.

Roger enjoyed working, buying and caring for his vehicles, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a faith filled, kind and generous man who enjoyed and found great pleasure in helping others. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Judy, two children, Terese Jacobsmeier, of Dubuque, and Michael (Tammy) Hafeman, of East Dubuque. Grandchildren; Alyssa (Andrew) Schmidt, Emily (Christian) Jacobs, Natalie Jacobsmeier, Michael Hafeman and Alec Hafeman. Great grandsons, Hayden and Parker. Two sisters Joanne (Wildred) Wulfekuhle, and his twin sister Rita Russow.

He was preceded in death by parents.

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

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Katie and Megan and Dr. Mark Herman and his staff for all their wonderful care. A special thank you to Bob and Kelly Curtis and family for all their care, help and friendship over the years.



Donna M. Bradley


Donna Mae Bradley, 80 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 21, 2015 at home.

Gathering of family and friends will be on Thursday, September 24th from 4:00 to 7:30p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at a later date.

Donna was born on November 30, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Arnold and Anna (Welter) Lang. She married Clyde "Buddy" Bradley on February 5, 1955 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque.

Donna was a full time homemaker and seamstress who loved boating on the river with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Clyde "Buddy", two sons Tim Bradley, of Wellenton, Colorado and Rick Bradley of Bernard, two daughters Vicki (Ray) Doyle, of Darlington, WI, Jody (Patrick) Maas, of Dubuque, nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, her brother Arnold "Skip" Lang and two sisters Virginia Eudaley and June Silverberg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Terrence Bradley, three sisters Darlene Wise, Betty Birch and Rae Fullbright.

To Hospice of Dubuque and Finley Hospital 4th floor staff, I can not say enough about the care you gave Donna. It was so much above the call of duty you gave. Thank you so much, Clyde Bradley & family.



Rosemary Ernzen


Rosemary Ernzen, 64 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 25, 2015, Rosemary's birthday, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 Thursday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Rosemary was born on September 25, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Ralph and Florence (Hamilton) Steffan. Rosemary united in marriage to Donald Ernzen on July 21, 1979 at St. Mary's Church. They were blessed with 36 loving years together. They just returned from their yearly trip to Wapello a couple of days ago.

She had a kind heart and liked to make people laugh and enjoyed her flower gardens and doing crafts. She enjoyed mother nature, animals and collected large wind chimes and clocks. Their dog Barney, was a highlight in her life and they played ball everyday.

She prayed the rosary daily and would be praying for all of us. Her parents were her life until they passed away, now she is in Heaven with them.

She is survived by her husband Don, her mother-in-law Florence, twin sisters Judy (Paul) Mootz and Jane (Don) Weber. Her nickname by them was "Rody". Her nieces and nephews, Kevin & Sean Weber and Bob & Jenny Weber, Kelly (Tony) Aitchison, Kathy (fiance, Sly Hammerand) Mootz, Jenny Mootz. Great nieces and nephews, Peyton and Nick Weber, Adelei & Jack Aitchison, Dylan Mootz and Devon Winfrey, Carson & Natalie Weber, along with Don's brothers and sisters and their children.

In lieu of flowers a Rosemary Ernzen memorial fund has been established.



Patricia J. Strang

Patricia J. Strang, 73 formerly of Dubuque died Sunday, September 20, 2015, at her sons residence in Galena, IL.
Friends may gather from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Thursday September 24, 2015 at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 10:30. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Patricia was born on December 29, 1941, in Dubuque the daughter of George and Charlotte (Patterson) Mullady. She married Greg F. Gloden in 1958 and he preceded her in death.

Patricia worked in home health care in Galena and Phoenix and worked for several Dubuque area restaurant's including the Dubuque Golf and Country Club. Patty was never afraid to stand alone. She fought for a better life for her son's and herself, never afraid to take on extra work. She was always generous to family, friends and strangers along the way. An excellent cook, baker and mother to her sons and grandson's who always came first.

She is survived by her two sons Glenn Gregory Gloden, of Maine, Mark Allen Gloden, of Galena, four grandsons; Austin Caleb, Sawyer Stanley, Levi Patterson, and Joshua Allen Gloden. Three siblings Judith Hall, of Asbury, Judd R. Mullady, of Haines, Alaska, and Shannon Michael Mullady, of Maine.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Greg F. Gloden and her sister Kathy R. Hemmer.

Memorials to the family may be sent in care of Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.



Warren E. McCleary

Warren E. McCleary, 75 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 20, 2015 at Ennoble Manor.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 23rd at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Kristian Kincaid officiating. Burial will be in St. Matthews Cemetery, Sherrill, Iowa. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

He was born on March 5, 1940 in Dixon, IL the son of Roy and Josephine (Levan) McCleary. He served in the United States Army National Guard from 1958 to 1968. He attended Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa and received his BA from the University of Dubuque. He married Jean Ann Kramer on October 7, 1995.

He worked in farming most of his life in the Dixon, IL area. He was an active member of Our Redeemer Church who enjoyed being around people and having coffee with his friends.

He is survived by his wife Jean Ann McCleary, of Dubuque, one brother Gordon McCleary of Arizona, and his brother and sister-in-law David W. and Joan A. Kramer of Dubuque.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother Elwood.

Jean Ann would like to thank the staff at Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care they gave to Warren.



Karla LaRae Gabriel


Karla LaRae (Klaas) "Kallie" Gabriel, 55, of Dubuque passed away Friday, September 18th, 2015 at home. Friends may call from 3:00pm to 7:00pm Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. where a service and time for sharing will take place at 7:00pm.

Karla was born on March 30th, 1960 the daughter of Charles "Chas" and Gloria (Gray) Klaas. She graduated from Hempstead High School and married Don Gabriel on August 19th, 1988. Karla worked for Cremer's Grocery Store for 39 devoted years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and loved her two dogs; Lola and Mia. Karla will be greatly missed by many.

She is survived by her husband Don, sons; Cody and Christopher "Bubba" Gabriel, a brother; John (Roxanne) Klaas, sister's; Kim (Ron Esser) Dean, Lynn (David) Smith, and Lori Graves, sisters-in-law; Bonnie (Mike) Erickson and Julie and Debbie Gabriel, brothers-in-law; Ted (Lori) Gabriel and Jim (Mary) Gabriel, and very special friends Julie and Doc Deckert.

Karla was preceded in death by her parents, father and mother-in-law; Wayne and Eunice Gabriel and a sister-in-law Charlene (Brickle) Gabriel.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque first responders and Dennis for their prompt and caring service during this difficult time.



Patrick F. Hennenberry


Patrick F. "Pat" Henneberry, 67 of Dubuque passed away Friday, September 18th, 2015 at home surrounded by his family. A funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. with Reverend John Taylor Officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 of Dubuque. Friends may call from 3:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday, September 21st, 2015 at the funeral home.

Pat was born on August 13th, 1948 the son of Bill and Clara (Schroeder) Henneberry. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and Served in the United States Army during the Vietnam war from 1967 to 1970. Pat was united in marriage to Rebecca Schwartz on September 6th, 1969 in Dubuque.

He worked for Georgia Pacific from 1970 to 2005 and also at Swiss Colony from 2005 to 2010. Pat Loved seeing classic antique cars, building anything, and woodworking. He especially loved spending time at the cottage at Leisure Lake with his family and friends.

Pat is survived by his wife Rebecca, three children; Tammy (Tom) Breitbach, Tom (Erin) Henneberry, and Susan Dunkel. Eleven grandchildren and a sister Kathie (Tom) Reisdorf.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Clara and a brother Bill Henneberry.

The family would like to extend special thank-you to Dr. Kukla and all the people who dedicate their lives to fight cancer and the special caregivers of Hospice of Dubuque. 



Edward A. Beard


Edward A. Beard, 92, of Stonehill Care Center, formerly of Earl Drive and Assisi Village died Friday, September 18, 2015 of natural causes.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 21 at First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. A visitation will be held from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Monday at the Church. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Edward was born on January 27, 1923 in Augusta County, Virginia the son of Edward and Anna Ruth (Aldhizer) Beard.

He was raised in rural Virginia until he was called to service in March of 1943. Edward served our country in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a proud participant of the Honor Flight #2.

On March 6, 1945 he married Margaret Anne Morrissey in Bloomington, Wisconsin.

He was employed at Sear's as a radio and television technician for 37 years.

Ed and Margaret enjoyed traveling in their RV after retirement.

He was passionate about woodcarving and was known for carvings of toys and small animals and was a member of a woodcarving club in Dubuque.

Ed was a member of First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his daughters, Sandra (Don Brazelton) Taylor, of Ankeny, IA, Diane (Richard) Kupferschmidt, of Cedar Falls, IA, Linda (Gerald) Dressler of Dickeyville, WI, and Anne (Stephen Fails) Beard of Oak Park, VA; 5 grandchildren, Laura (John) Lee, Blake (Erin) Taylor, Kelly Kupferschmidt, Lee Dressler, and Zoe Beard- Fails; 4 great- grandchildren, Chase, Kedrick, and Alton Lee and Lennon Taylor; siblings, Margaret (Kenneth) Coffey, Lucius (Lillian) Beard, Harry (Margaret) Beard; and sister-in-law, Gail Beard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; sister, Martha Beard; brother, Robert Beard; and half brother, Arthur Boyd Miller.

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

Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, 2143 Judson Dr., Dubuque, Iowa 52001.

Special thank you to the nurses and staff in the 3rd floor household unit at Stonehill Care Center.

 



Bessie J. Huffman


Bessie J. Huffman, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at the Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Bessie's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, September 21, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

Bessie June DeLarm was born on March 3, 1932 in Calamus, Iowa, to Archie Edward and Laura Martha (Shirley) DeLarm. She had worked at various jobs through years including the Button Factory in Monticello, Hoffman Eggs in Maquoketa, Clinton Engines, Fish 'N' Tackle Company, and for over 24 years in the laundry department at Hallmark Care Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Bessie had been a former member of the Viola United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, animals and watching television shows with her favorites being Walker Texas Ranger, Heat of the Night and Matlock.

Those left to honor Bessie's memory include her 3 sons, James (Jessica) Huffman of Shell Rock, IA, Mark Huffman of Monticello, IA, and Randy (Vanessa) Huffman of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter; sisters Betsy Heister of Maquoketa, IA, Donna (Bob) Burroughs of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Linda Eby of Wyoming, IA; and brothers Jerry (Freda) DeLarm of Monmouth, IA, and Clifford (Deb) DeLarm of Monmouth, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers LaVern and Eugene, and a sister Betty Etten.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bessie June Huffman memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Thomas J. Fangman


Thomas J. Fangman, 80 of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at his daughter's home in Swisher. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 21, 2015 at Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost in Dubuque conducted by Rev. Kyle Digman. Family will greet friends 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm., Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial with Military Honors by American Legion Post #6 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Tom was born May 30, 1935 in Dubuque, the son of Alfred and Ann (McAllister) Fangman. He married Joann Zeal on April 11, 1959, she passed on July 5, 1998. Tom served in the United States Airforce 1954-1957, upon returning from service, he then began working for John Deere Works in Dubuque in 1958, until retiring in 1992. Tom began his retirement job for DB & T Bank in 1995 until health forced him to retire early this year. He was a longtime member of Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost, the Meadows Golf Course, and Dubuque American Legion Post #6. Tom's passion were his family, golfing, and boating.

Survivors include his daughters, Pam (Tom) Crum of Swisher, Lori Fangman of Cedar Rapids, and Renee Fangman of Chicago; 2 grandchildren, Tom and Joe Crum.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; wife; siblings, David Fangman, Joseph, Herby, Loras Keegan, and Eileen Beckman.

Memorials may be directed to Unity Point Hospice of Cedar Rapids or Hospice of Dubuque in Tom's memory.

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



Eugene L. Robey


Eugene L. "Gene" Robey, 62, of Dubuque, lost his battle with diabetes on September 17, 2015. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where visitation will be held from 2 to 6 pm Sunday. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Eugene was born March 8, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Stan and Bernice (Peterson) Robey. He worked for nearly 30 years at North End Auto Wrecking. He went on to work for Holy Family Catholic Schools for 12 years.

He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed stock car races, owned a stock car for many years, and loved racing at area tracks. He later became an avid fan and watched many races.

He is survived by two brothers, Stan "Butch" Robey, Jr., and Dean Robey ; a sister, Beverly (Maurice) Schwendinger ); nieces Jennifer (Warren) Kizer, Stacy (Scott) Tatum, and Mackenzie and Kristina Robey; a nephew, Jason Robey; three great nieces and two great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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



Ruby L. Sutton


Ruby L. Sutton, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 7:10 a.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015, at home surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ruby's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, with Rev. Dr. Okitakoyi Lundula officiating. To celebrate Ruby's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ruby was born on November 16, 1932, in Mississippi, daughter of Catherine Henderson.

Ruby was united in marriage to James Sutton on May 31, 1952, in Mississippi. They were blessed with 63 loving years together and 8 adoring children. Ruby was a woman of very strong faith, who believed deeply in God, was obedient to Him and always trusted in His word. She carried out the assignment He had given her until her final days. You may remember her saying "You don't have a heaven or hell to put me in, and I know what God wants me to do." This is a true testament of her family life, career and the countless people she helped; she never turned anyone away. When Ruby realized it was her time to go home to be with God, she did not resist; instead she embraced His plan and laid out specific instructions for her doctor and family. She passed away peacefully and was truly pain free through her transition into eternal life. Ruby was a determined advocate for equal rights and proudly stood up for justice and equality for all people. She always fought the good fight and was fearless of any opposition she would have to face. Ruby devoted her entire working career to helping others; she was often called the Mother Theresa of Operation New View and eventually retired after 50 faithful years of service. Ruby helped pave the way for racial reconciliation within the community, was president of the Dubuque Chapter of NAACP and served on the Human Rights Commission for 25 years. She received the First Citizen Award in 1984 and in 2010 was inducted in the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame. The obvious impact Ruby had on our world will be felt for generations to come. Her love for God, family and others was continually on display for all to see. The example she's left behind will be forever remembered and cherish by all who had the privilege to know and love her.

Ruby is survived by

her loving husband of 63 years,
James Sutton, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
David Sutton,
Kathy Sutton,
Lynn Sutton,
Allen Sutton,
and Daniel Sutton, all of Dubuque, IA;

her six grandchildren,
Maria (Suzette) Sutton, Jay (Melissa) Sutton, Vanessa L. Williams, Jessica Sutton, Kevin Williams Jr., and Nathan Williams;

her twelve great-grandchildren,
Tayah, Mason, J.J., LaTrease, Ezeikel, Elijah, Ja'Kam, Namar'rah, Lakelyn, Landon, Jordan and Zariah;

a daughter-in-law,
Elsa Sutton, Dubuque, IA;

and a brother,
Walter Johnson, Chicago, IL.

Ruby was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine; a daughter, Connie Sutton; and two sons, James Sutton Jr. and Gary Sutton.

A Ruby L. Sutton memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Garrett Ridgley and the nurses and staff from Above and Beyond Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of Ruby.

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

 



Robert J. Steger


Robert J. Steger, 84, died Wednesday September 16, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday at the Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque, IA, where a visitation will be held from 9:30 until the times of services. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where Military Honors will be accorded by The Dubuque Marine Corps League. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road is in charge of the arrangements.

Bob was born on May 29, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Arnold and Dora (Cruzan) Steger.

He attended Holy Ghost and Dubuque Senior High School. On March 31, 1951 he married Joyce Kall.

Bob served our country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

He enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, woodworking and traveling. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Surviving is his wife, Joyce; his children, Melinda (Jim) Dolphin, of Liberty, MO, Lorele(Joe) Thompson, of Evansdale, IA, Drs. Kurt (Vivian) Steger, of Goodhue, MN, Eric (Chrissy )Steger of Long Island City, NY, Mark Steger of Kansas City, MO, and Heidi (Craig) Desormeaux of Dubuque, IA. Robert is also survived by his sister Joan (George) Hahn of Vinton, IA, Eight grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren, and 5 nieces and 1 nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold (Dora) Steger.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.

A special thank you to the caring staff of Stonehill and Hospice.



Sister Mary Vivina Bly, BVM


Sister Mary Vivina Bly, BVM, 92, of Marian Hall, 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Mary Vivina taught elementary school and was principal at St. Anthony ES in Dubuque and in Washington, Iowa; Rock Island, Chicago and Pontiac, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Milwaukee, where she also served as volunteer pastoral care minister.

She was born in Clinton, Iowa, on April 12, 1923, daughter of Frank Leo and Marie Helena Agnes Hook Bly. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1945. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1948, and her final profession on Aug. 15, 1953.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Rose Cecilia Dolan; and a brother, Donald Frank.

She is survived by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

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

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



Allan J. Carew


Allan J. Carew, 82 of Dubuque, Iowa died Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 60 S. Algona Street. Rev. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Entombment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa with Military Honors conducted by Dubuque American Legion Post #6.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 14, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road.

Allan was born March 15, 1933 in Dubuque, son of Neil and Mary (Maloy) Carew.

He attended Nativity grade school and graduated from the former Loras Academy. After graduating from Loras Academy, he attended Iowa State Teachers College for two years (now called the University of Northern Iowa) where he had an outstanding basketball career and was selected to the All-Conference Team as a freshman and sophomore.

After completing his second year at Iowa State Teachers College, he volunteered for the United States Army and served in an intelligence unit in Germany during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1955 and returned to Loras College for one year where he continued his studies and basketball career. He was selected as the team's most valuable player and still holds the Loras College record for most rebounds in a single game.

In 1956, following one year at Loras, Allan enrolled at the University of Iowa and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce. He then was accepted to the University of Iowa Law School where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1960.

He commenced his law career in 1960 with the Sioux City law firm of Harper, Gleysteen, and Nelson. In 1965, he returned to Dubuque and co-founded the Fuerste Carew Law Firm with his friend and partner, William C. Fuerste. Allan thoroughly enjoyed the practice of law with his partners, co-workers, clients and members of the professional community in the Tri-State area.

He was a member of the American Bar Association; Iowa State Bar Association (past Board of Governors); the Dubuque County Bar Association (past President); Dubuque Chamber of Commerce (past President); Dubuque Shooting Society 990; Dubuque Golf and Country Club, and the Rotary Club of Dubuque. In addition, Allan served on the Dubuque County Mental Health Center Board and the Dubuque Planning and Zoning Commission.

He is survived by a daughter, Martha Steinkamp (Brian) of Indianapolis, Indiana and their four sons (Ted, Joe, Pete, and Jack); a son, Edward Carew (Paula) of New York City, New York and their children (Archer, Scarlett, and Otto); and a sister, Helen Steele of Dubuque.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joe Carew; and a sister, Margaret Simon.

The family encourages memorials be directed to Loras College c/o Allan J. Carew Scholarship Fund or a memorial of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hskfh.com



Carol Ann McCrady


Carol Ann McCrady, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, Sept. 15, 2015, at St. Anthony's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Island, Illinois.

A funeral mass celebrating Carol's life will be held at 11 A.M. Monday, Sept. 21, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Carol Ann Schulte was born on Feb. 12, 1945 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Lawrence "Larry" and Thelma (DeGear) Schulte. She attended Bellevue schools through the 6th grade and then moved to Maquoketa, where she was a 1963 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. She married Bob McCrady on Sept. 10, 1966 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Brian and Bruce.

Carol had worked various jobs through the years including working for Asher Schroeder, Walter McCarthy Law Office, Eastern Iowa Service Bureau Collection Agency, State Farm Office for eight years as an office manager, Jackson County Public Hospital office for four years, Crist Builders as a bookkeeper, Accent Service Company in Davenport for eight years, and lastly retiring from Generac. She had also worked part-time selling Avon for 18 years.

Carol was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa and the St. Anne's Circle where she had been the past president. She also was an Avon team leader, and had served on the Property Maintenance Board for the City of Maquoketa.

Carol liked cross stitch, painting ceramics, sewing, baking, visiting with friends, and her K.J.'s group.

Those left to honor Carol's memory include her children, Brian (fiancé Angie Modesto) of Woodland, CA, and Bruce (Patty) McCrady of Milan, IL; 2 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Darlene Fier.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carol Ann McCrady memorial fund has been established.

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



Helen A. Mock


Helen A. Mock, 87, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held Friday September 18, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

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

Helen was born December 2, 1927 in New Vienna, Iowa the daughter of Frank and Mary (Mescher) Willenborg.  She married George Mock on May 13, 1954 in Dyersville, Iowa. 

Helen was a 1945 graduate of Xavier High School.  She was a bookkeeper for the Emporium Clothing Store in Dyersville for over 26 years. 

Survivors include sister-in-law, Alma Willenborg and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George Mock in 1984, 3 brothers: Bernard "Barney", Anthony "Tony", Joseph Willenborg, 5 sisters: Sr. Francita Willenborg FSPA, Marcella Brunsmann, Rita Schlung, Viola Willenborg, and Mary Poire.

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

 

 

 



Sr. Emily Marie Herrington

Sister Emily Marie Herrington, OP (Anacletus), died Sept. 14, 2015, at St. Dominic Villa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a. m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Queen of the Rosary Chapel, Sinsinawa, Wis., followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Friends may call after 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Motherhouse where a wake and remembering service will be at 6:30 p.m.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, Dubuque, Iowa, is handling arrangements.

Sister Emily was a musician. She was parish organist and piano teacher for 30 years and combined directing religious education with music for 11 years. For decades, Sister Emily was organist for her sisters at the Liturgy of the Hours and at liturgical celebrations.

Sister Emily served 23 years in various ministries as vicaress for the Eastern Province sisters at Sinsinawa, province secretary, development office and communication office staff, local prioress and prison and pastoral minister.
She ministered in Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin.

Sister Emily born Feb. 24, 1922, in Dixon, Ill., to Mary Ann Keane and Francis Herrington, made her profession Aug. 7, 1941. She is survived by Robert Wentling, a brother-in-law; nieces; nephews; and the Sinsinawa Dominicans with whom she shared life for 74 years.



Eugene G. Haverland


Eugene G. "Gene" Haverland, age 87, of Cuba City, WI, passed away peacefully at 7:14 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Eugene's life, funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Immaculate Conception Church, 3685 County Road HHH, Kieler, WI, with Rev. Bernie Rott officiating. To celebrate Eugene's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, where the rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 8:30 a.m. until the time of services at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church, Kieler, WI. Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Kieler, WI, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Benton VFW #8317.

Gene was born on June 30, 1928, in Louisburg, WI, son of Albert and Cecilia (Kunkel) Haverland.

Gene was born and raised on the family farm in Louisburg, WI. He graduated from Loras Academy and then joined the U.S. Navy, proudly serving his country from December 15,1948 until December 15, 1952. Gene served honorably during the Korean War, stationed first in Alaska for three months and then on the US General William Mitchell, attaining the rank of 5H2 second class. Gene was united in marriage to Violet Gagne on July 13, 1957, and they were blessed with five wonderful children. Along with farming the family farm, until the day he passed away, Gene was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for 28 years, until his retirement in 1987. He was a faithful member of the Immaculate Conception Church, a lifetime member of the Benton VFW #8317 and was grateful to be a part of the Honor Flight in 2013. Gene enjoyed spending time at flea markets and helping his daughter and son-in-law at their campground. In his free time, Gene also enjoyed reading and watching sports, especially his beloved Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and pro wrestling. Gene was a family man, through and through, and a very proud grandpa who loved spending time with his eleven grandchildren. Gene was a hard working man who couldn't sit still during his life here; and though our hearts are broken today, we know he's finally resting safely in the Lord's arms in perfect health forever.

Gene is survived by

his loving wife of 58 years,
Violet Haverland, Cuba City, WI;

his children,
William "Bill" (Jean Schollmeyer) Haverland, Cuba City, WI,
Linda (Cal) Robbins, Benton, WI,
JoAnn (Wayne) Bale, Woodbridge, VA,
Betty (Duane) Wagner, Cuba City, WI,
and Tim (Bridget) Haverland, LaCrosse, WI;

eleven grandchildren,
Natasha (Teddy) Musgrave, Jason (Jessica) Robbins, Jevon (Marcie) Robbins, Lindy Robbins,
Travis (Lauren) Bale, Natalie Bale, Courtney Bale, Jade Reynolds, Gage Reynolds, Ellie Haverland and Quade Haverland;

a great-granddaughter,
Makenna Musgrave and one on the way;

and a sister,
Alvina (Bob) Gerlich, Hazel Green, WI.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; and his four brothers, Jerome (Delores) Haverland, Alfred (Cora) Haverland, Melford (Alverna) Haverland and James "Jim" Haverland.

A Eugene G. Haverland memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ridgley, who always took his time talking with us, and all of the nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, Tri-State Dialysis, especially Nancy, and Rev. Bernie Rott for all of their kindness and compassion in caring for Gene and the family these past few months.

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

 



William H. Boge


William H. "Bill" Boge, 66 of Maquoketa, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa passed away suddenly on September 12, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 18th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Deacon Roger Reisburg officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory where a family wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Bill was born on August 20, 1949 in Dyersville, Iowa the son of Elmer and Olga (Mormann) Boge. Bill was a 1967 graduate of Beckman High School in Dyersville, Iowa. From there Bill served in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1971. Bill served as a Deputy Sheriff for Dubuque County from 1972-1988. Bill then moved on to other endeavors. On April 8, 1994 Bill married Karen Liljestrom.
Family and friends would describe Bill as charismatic, heartfelt, very sociable, and he loved the company of family and friends. Bill was blessed with a passion for living life to the fullest. Bill had a huge heart when it came to the love of animals. He was a gifted horseman, and he shared that gift with many family and friends. Bill was the most easy going, patient and persistent man when it came to breaking in a new horse. By the time it was finished, most referred to it as "Boge Broke". Bill taught most of his children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren either to ride a horse, drive a car, or ride the lawn tractor. In 1996, Bill suffered a tragic stroke that left him with a diminished vocabulary, but that didn't stop him! There are family and friends, who even with Bill's limited vocabulary and his word book would be patient and take the time to make sure he was heard! Bill had a larger than life personality, especially when he was expressing his thoughts. Bill will be immeasurably missed by those who loved him.

He is survived by his wife Karen, Bill's daughter, Leigh (Jason) McEwen, of Dewitt, and their children, Gentry and Gibson. Karen's children, David Nebel Jr. of Dubuque, and his children, Preston and Mason; Julie (Travis) McDermott of Dubuque and their children, Aidan, Halle, and Julia, Three very special young men who considered Bill their dad and Bill loved them as his sons, Jerod, Chris, and Nate Benter. His siblings, Gary "Boogs" (Brenda) Boge, Shirley (Randy) White, Sharon (Keith) Looker, and a sister-in-law Judy Boge, and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Scott Boge, a brother, Robert Boge, and nephew, Tim Boge.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Mercy Medical Center. A special thank you to Dr. Hendrik Schultz, and Nurse Barbie for all their sincere compassion, care and kindness they provided to Bill.



James K. Johns


James Kevin Johns, 65 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 12, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 17th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 16th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road and after 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Jim was born on June 26, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James J. and Lois J. (Brotzman) Johns. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1969 and worked for Caradco, the former Dubuque Packing Company & Farmland Foods retiring in 1999.

He was an avid Elvis fan, enjoyed C.B. Radio as "Big Daddy" and Martial Arts.

He is survived by his mother Lois Johns, a sister Lisa (Brian) Hammel, two brothers Dave (Joyce) Johns, and Larry Johns all of Dubuque. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and his former wife Carol.

He was preceded in death by his father Jim on September 11, 2003 and a brother Duane on October 11, 2007.

In lieu of flowers a James Kevin Johns memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Sunnycrest Manor, Mercy Medical Center and all his friends especially Cheryl Chiott for all their loving care and kindness.



Maureen L. Billmeyer


Maureen L. Billmeyer, 85, of Dubuque died Friday, September 11, 2015 at home. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. In keeping with Maureen's wishes, there will be no public visitation. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Maureen was born March 1, 1930 in Dubuque, daughter of Henry and Catherine (Lyness) Blocker. After graduating from St. Joseph Academy, she worked as a telephone operator until her marriage to Gilbert Billmeyer on June 13, 1953 at Nativity Church.

She was a loving wife and mother and was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Billmeyer of Dubuque; four children, Thomas Billmeyer of Dubuque, Richard Billmeyer of Irvine, Calif., Mary Beth Rupert of Naperville, Ill., and Colleen (Troy) Martens of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren, Neal and Stuart Tjon-A-Joe and Zoey Billmeyer; a brother, Tom Blocker of Elgin, Ill., and a sister in law, Jeanette Smith of Johnston, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Tjon-A-Joe and a brother, Richard Blocker.

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



William E. Thomas


William E. "Doc" Thomas, age 70, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:15 a.m. on Friday, September 11, 2015, at Hawkeye Care Center Dubuque. To honor William's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Pastor Ed Mast officiating. To celebrate William's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

William was born on May 6, 1945, in Waukon, Iowa, son of William S. and Mary L. (Clancy) Thomas.

Doc was employed as an over the road truck driver. He was a dedicated member of the Bible Baptist Church. Doc enjoyed spending his free time bargain hunting and searching flea markets feverishly for hidden treasures. He also loved playing cards, especially a good game of poker.

Doc is survived by

his children,
William "Willy" Thomas, Rockford, IL,
and Kimberly Hayes, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
April Houselog, Dubuque, IA,
Brittany Winders, Dubuque, IA,
Colton Thomas, Rockford, IL,
and Byren Hayes; Dubuque, IA;

his great grandchildren,
Brayden Becker, Chase Ransford, Cadence Becker;

his siblings,
Mary (Francis) Williams, Dubuque, IA,
Patricia Kaufmann, Dubuque, IA,
and Jeff (Cindy) Thomas, Dubuque, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Fritz Donath, Dubuque, IA.

Doc was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Elvin Thomas; three sisters, Pauline Donath, Rose Renard and Joan Johnson; and a brother, John Thomas.

A William E. "Doc" Thomas memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hawkeye, formerly Heritage Manor, for all their wonderful care of William.

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

 



Lillian C. Oneyear


Lillian "Lil" C. Oneyear, age 99, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Lillian's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street, with Msgr. Thomas A. Toale officiating. To celebrate Lillian's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Lillian was born on June 1, 1916, in KeyWest, Iowa, daughter of Herman and Catherine (Schiltz) Houselog.

Lil was a proud lifelong Dubuque resident who was blessed with almost a century here in God's country. She was united in marriage to Archie Oneyear on January 31, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa. Lil was truly broken hearted when he preceded her in death on June 11, 1970, after 29 blessed years together. She was employed as a line supervisor at the Dubuque Licorice Factory and later at the Galena Mitten and Glove Factory. Lil was a longtime and faithful member of St. Raphael's Cathedral. She was excellent at crocheting and embroidery work and was even able to turn her hobbies into an income stream. Lil was never known to shy away from a good game of cards or Bingo and loved to go dancing when she could find a partner who could keep up with her. She loved to watch Tiger Woods play golf and was a avid Chicago Cubs fan. She was a naturally gifted conversationalist who thoroughly enjoyed spending quality time with others. Lil was a kind and gentle woman who happily shared her time and talents by volunteering at many different organizations over the years. Lil was blessed with 99 years in her earthly body, but her soul and the memories of her will live on forever.

Lillian is survived by

her nieces and nephews,
LuAnn (Lawrence) Boyer,
Lawrence (Mary Lou) Feipel,
Mary (David) Winders,
Robert (Gert) Houselog, all of Dubuque;

and many, many great-nieces and nephews.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Archie Oneyear; two sisters, Selena Houselog and Florence (Clarence) Feipel; six brothers Henry, Norbert (Calista), Joseph, John, Vincent and Lawrence Houselog; and many nieces and nephews.

A Lillian C. Oneyear memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for their many kindnesses, far beyond any expectations. Cindy from Hospice and Kris and Jeana from Stonehill were only three of the loving, kind and generous angels who cared for Lil.

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

 



Dennis A. Goedken


Dennis A. Goedken, 60, of Quincy, Florida died Friday, August 28 in Van Horn, Texas. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Dennis was born September 15, 1954 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Gilbert and Germaine (Sellner) Goedken. In 1973 he graduated from from Maquoketa Valley High School in Delhi, Iowa. He served in the US Navy from 1973 to 1977, where he received his training in respitory therapy. He has owned a detailing business and has been a driver with Werner Enterprises since 1997.

Dennis enjoyed reading, politics, music. He played in a band all over the country.

He is survived by his mother, Germaine Goedken of Dubuque; three siblings, Lori (Fernando) Mejia and David Goedken, both of Dubuque and Annette (Phil) Goedken-Wilson of Wisconsin. He is also survived by his life-partner, Karen Burnette of Quincy, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his father; and a sister, Sheryl Goedken.

Memorials may be made to the Dennis Goedken Memorial Fund.



Roger P. Gerardy


Roger P. Gerardy, 79, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at his home in Mission, TX.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Entombment will follow in St. Joseph Chapel Mausoleum, Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a wake service at 3:00 p.m.

Roger was born on August 29, 1936, the son of John 'Jack' and Evelyn Gerardy, and grew up Springbrook, IA. He married Lois Kay Heinricy on Oct. 11,1958 at the St. Donatus (Iowa) Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on July 1, 2012. He later married Arminda Castillo on Sept. 6, 2013 in Mission, Texas.

Roger served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. He owned Gerardy Construction for many years and was a handyman at heart. Before moving south, he looked forward to spending his winters in Texas and could always be found on the dance floor on Friday nights.

Roger is survived by his children, Dena (Steve) Lampe, and family Carrie Lampe, Sara (John) Oglesby, Abigail (George) Nauman & Rachel (Matt) Daykin; Randy (Mary Jo) Gerardy and family Jeremy & Jessica Gerardy; Steve (Lynn) Gerardy and family Nick & Tony Gerardy; and Rhonda (Ken) Thill and family Zach (Nicole Metcalf) Thill, Cassie (Chris) Rock, Courtney Thill; his wife, Arminda Castillo-Gerardy and her children, Cynthia, Nedyely, Alejandra and Manuel Saenz; nine great­grandchildren; siblings Gene (Joan) Gerardy, Lorraine Ruff, Betty (Joe) Michels, Janis Jackson & John Jr. (Rosina) Gerardy.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; his parents; a sister, Shirley Fuegen; and a brother, David Gerardy.



Lyle L. Risinger


Lyle L. "Red" Risinger, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Lyle's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11 A.M. at the Salem Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Andrew Cemetery.

Lyle Laverne Risinger was born on October 11, 1925 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Edwin Abram and Sarah Anna (Goepfert) Risinger. He was a 1943 graduate of Andrew High School and then served in the 4th Army Infantry as an M.P. during World War II until receiving his honorable discharge. He married Novella Jeanette Rohwedder on January 25, 1953 in Preston, Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 11, 1978.

Lyle had farmed until 1977 when he retired and moved to Maquoketa with his family. He then worked for ten years at C&J Farm Service delivering LP Gas until retiring again in 1987.

Lyle was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and most of all chasing after his grandsons.

Those left to honor Lyle's memory include his sons Darin (Susan) Risinger of Maquoketa and Darwin (Sherrill) Risinger of San Antonio, TX; 3 grandchildren, Jacob and Ryan Risinger of Maquoketa, IA, and Jerimiah Risinger of San Antonio, TX; and family friends Allan and Judy Werden. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers Seth and Roland.

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

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Jackson County, Dr. Eric Peterson and all the staff at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa.

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

 



Mary Lou King


Mary Lou King, 62, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mary may call from 9 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa.

Services for Mary Lou will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa with Pastor Arnold Slater presiding. A private burial will be held at Highview Cemetery in Epworth, Iowa at a later date.

Mary Lou was born May 9, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Eldon and Marjorie (Long) King. She graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1971. Mary Lou worked at the original Bobcat Drive Inn and for Mount Carmel Mother House for 15 years as a cook.

She is survived by two sisters, Ellen LaPage of Dyersville, IA, and Sandra (Gerald) Melssen of Epworth, IA; one brother, Harvey (Beta) King of Epworth, IA; 9 nieces and nephews; 18 great nieces and nephews; special friends, Mary and Tom Olinger and Joe Birch.

She is preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; and special brother-in-law, John LaPage.

Special thank you to Dr. Caceres and Dr. Ringold, Marica, Patti, and katilyn of ICU, Cori and Sue of 3 West and the Staff at Stonehill Care Center for the wonderful care given to Mary Lou.

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



Patricia A. Steger


Patricia A. Steger, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at home. To honor Patrica's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 14, 2015, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, 231 Bluff Street with Msgr. Thomas A. Toale officiating. To celebrate Patricia's life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 14, 2015, at St. Raphael's Cathedral. Entombment will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery mausoleum. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia was born on August 12, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Aloysius P. and Henrietta M. (Hufnagel) Schmitt.

Patricia was united in marriage to Joseph P. Steger on October 6, 1951, at St. Joseph's Church in Rickardsville, Iowa. He preceded her in death, after 58 blessed years, on October 11, 2009. Together they opened and operated the Arrowhead Marina at Mud Lake and were also very instrumental and active with the Izaac Walton League, Dubuque Chapter, with Patricia doing the bookkeeping for both for several years. She enjoyed gardening, baking and reading and could easily be found with a smile on her face during any of these activities. Her love for those who held a special place in her heart, especially her family, was always on display in both her words and actions. A quiet and gentle woman has gone home and now leaves behind the family she adored so deeply to mourn her absence while celebrating her life.

Patricia is survived by

her children,
Debra A. (Stephen) Jaeger, Holy Cross, IA,
and Craig Steger, Dubuque, IA;

three grandchildren,
Michele (Garett) Jaeger-Padilla,
Brian (Nicky) Jaeger,
and Amy (Chris) O'Connell;

four great grandchildren,
Elena and Josephine Padilla,
and Waylon and Ellis O'Connell;

9 siblings,
Paul (Mary Ann) Schmitt, Dubuque,
Richard (Janet) Schmitt, Dubuque,
Joseph (Doris) Schmitt, Holy Cross,
Kenneth (Patricia) Schmitt, Dubuque,
Mary LeGrand, Asbury,
Daniel (Katherine) Schmitt, Rickardsville,
Diane (Dennis) Judd, Argyle, WI,
Shirley (Gail) Simon, SD,
and Michael (Carrie) Schmitt, Rickardsville.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Joseph Steger; and her brother, James (Jeanette) Schmitt.

A Patricia A. Steger memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, Phyllis Freiburger and Kathy Menadue for their loving care and concern for Patricia and her family.

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

 



Frances K. Burkart


Frances K. "Fran" Burkart, age 94, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at home. To honor Fran's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday 12, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon David McGhee officiating. To celebrate Fran's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Frances was born on June 26, 1921, in Rickardsville, Iowa, daughter of John R. and Catherine (Vitzum) Schmitt.

Fran grew up on the family farms in the Rickardsville and Bankston area. She married William Paisley in 1945. He preceded her in death in 1972. Fran was later united in marriage to Charles Burkart on June 14, 1975, in Dubuque, Iowa. She was born and raised with a strong work ethic and shared her determination and drive with Farley and Loetscher during the war and later with the Eska Company for 20 years until her retirement. She was a longtime and faithful member of St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. Fran was a delightfully cheerful woman who was always smiling, laughing and a joy to be around. Fran treasured spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and always generously shared her love with all her family and friends. A good and decent woman has been called home to our Lord today and her gardens will surely need a little extra tending now, but the memories she leaves behind will be held securely in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her.

Fran is survived by

her husband,
Charles Burkart, Dubuque, IA;

her 5 children,
Thomas J. Paisley, Dubuque, IA,
Karen S. Potter, Dubuque, IA,
Daniel J. Paisley Sr., Lexington, KY,
Pamela M. McDaniel, Madison, WI,
Gregory G. (Mary) Paisley, Dubuque, IA;

her 12 grandchildren,
Lee (Mari) Potter,
Shelby (Tony) Bellomio,
Stephanie (Billy) Dean,
Stacy (Tim) Welu,
Daniel (Ann) Paisley Jr.,
Robert Paisley,
Edward Flattery,
Brittany McDaniel,
William Paisley,
Samuel Paisley,
Sara (Tim) Biang,
Lynn (Jonathan) Anderson;

9 great-grandchildren;

and 3 great great-grandchildren.

Fran was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Paisley; a grandson, Rob Potter; three sisters, Florette Schmitt, Laura (Ronald) Hildebrand, Rosemary (Lenny) Hanson; and a brother, Herbert (LaVonne) Schmitt.

A Frances K. "Fran" Burkhart memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank nurse Angie Lambert Cox from Above and Beyond and also Jill Keebler from Home Instead for their excellent care of Fran.

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

 



Amelia M. Tully


Amelia M. Tully 94, of Stonehill Care Center, died Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Funeral services will be held at11:00 a.m. Friday at Holy Spirit Parish Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by Dubuque Marine Corp League.

Amelia was born on July 25, 1921 on the family farm in St. Joseph the Prairie, Iowa the daughter of William and Catherine (McNamara) Sullivan. She graduated from the Visitation Academy and worked at International Harvester. Amelia was a veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. On October 13, 1952, she married William R. Tully, Jr. at The Church of the Nativity. He preceded her in death on July 8, 2011. Amelia was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church and its rosary society. She was an avid bowler, cub fan and enjoyed playing cards.

Surviving are her children; David (Judy) Tully, Jane and Karen Tully, Len (Denise) Tully and Larry (Patty) Tully; grandchildren Tricia (Bill) Berg, David, Sarah, Caroline and Ryan Tully; 2 step grandchildren, Zachary and Alexandria Lyons; 3 great grandchildren, Jack, Alex and Nathan Berg; a sister-in-law Betty Sullivan.

She was preceded in death by her husband William; 3 sisters Margaret Sullivan, Catherine McGill and Harriet Barker; 1 brother John Sullivan and a sister-in-law Eileen Bitter.

An Amelia Tully memorial fund has been established.

Amelia's family wishes to thank Dawn at Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Brian Sullivan and her neighbors Harry and Roann Leitner for all their care and support.

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

 



Thomas J. Noel


Thomas J. "Tom" Noel, 68, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2015, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL, with Deacon Jim Thill officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 3 - 8 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, and from 10 - 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Tom was born on April 13, 1947 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Carl and Alice (Rahe) Noel.  He was a graduate of Wahlert High School, Class of 1965.  He married Janet Wirzbach on October 6, 1973, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque.

Tom was a member of the Air Force from 1966 - 1969, serving as an Air Traffic Controller in Germany and Vietnam.  He was employed at Deere and Company and was a member of the United Auto Workers Union, Local # 94.

Tom played baseball in his early years, bowled and was an avid golfer and pool player.  His easy going personality gained him many friends during his lifetime.

Surviving are his wife, Janet; three children, Travis Noel and Tara (Andrew) Trifone both of Dubuque, IA, and Tyler Noel of Austin, Texas; two grandchildren, Logan and Adeline Trifone, of Dubuque, IA; his siblings, David Noel of East Dubuque, IL, Carla (Dale) Ernst of Dubuque, IA, Gary (Kathy) Noel of Streamwood, IL, and Michael (Lisa) Noel of Dubuque, IA, his in-laws, Robert (Susan) Miller, Robert (Jeanette) Wirzbach and Donald (Karen) Curler all of Dubuque, IA, Jean Wirzbach (Kate Hoover), of Roseville, MN, and Thomas (Angela) Wirzbach of Dubuque, IA; aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Alice (Rahe) Noel, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Mildred (Nauman) Wirzbach; and a nephew, Christopher Noel.

In lieu of flowers, a Thomas J. Noel Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of Hospice of Dubuque and University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Iowa City, IA.

Janet and family wish to "thank" Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Mark Hermann and staff, and Dr. John Whalen and staff for the wonderful care given to Tom over many years!

 



Elizabeth Mae Pape


Elizabeth Mae "Betty" Pape, age 83, of Balltown, IA, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loving family, at 11:05 a.m., on Monday, September 7, 2015, at Luther Manor. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, September 11, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Balltown, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:30 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Friday, September 11, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery.

Betty was born on November 5, 1931, in Minneapolis, MN, daughter of William E. and Elizabeth M. (Turnbull) Gardiner.

Betty was united in marriage to Eldon A. Pape on November 25, 1952, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque. Betty and Eldon were blessed with 62 wonderful years together and 4 deeply adored children. Betty was a longtime and faithful member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. In her younger years, Betty was a talented softball player who learned early on that hard work is definitely a key component to success. Later in life she would discover bowling and would joyfully devote years to honing her abilities and developing countless relationships with new friends. Betty had a great appreciation of music, especially polka, and also loved watching the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and Iowa Hawkeyes. She was a very proud English woman who appreciated a strong work ethic, Christian character and the continuously role modeled trait of love and respect for family and friends. Betty was a graciously loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who always made time for her family. She may have played her last hand of Euchre, but the memories, values and lessons she taught along the way will be eagerly dealt throughout her family for generations to come.

Betty is survived by

her loving husband,
Eldon Pape, Balltown, IA;

her adoring children,
Terrence L. "Terry" (Jan) Pape, Sherrill, IA,
Thomas J. "Tom" (Robbie) Pape, Holy Cross, IA,
Tamie S. (Neil) Cook, Holy Cross, IA,
and Tina R. (Joe) Flaherty, Davenport, IA;

her 10 grandchildren,
Andy Pape,
Katie Pape,
Scott (RaeAnn) Pape,
Kyle (Kelly) Pape,
Derrick (Abby) Pape,
April (Dave) Ernzen,
Ashley (Jason) Delaney,
Abbey (Clint) Heacock,
Libby Flaherty,
and Bill Flaherty;

her 9 great-grandchildren,
Liam Pape,
Ella Ernzen,
Carter Ernzen,
Brie Ernzen,
Bradyn Delaney,
Colsen Delaney,
Addie Delaney,
Easton Heacock,
and Sawyer Heacock;

her brother,
Merle (Sue) Gardiner, Bristol, WI;

her 3 sisters-in-law,
Beverly Gardiner, Milwaukee, WI,
Bernice Albrecht, Dubuque, IA,
Maureen Pape, Dubuque, IA;

and 2 brothers-in-law,
Norbert Bruder, Long Prairie, MN,
LaVern (Louella) Pape, Dubuque, IA.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; 4 siblings, Vivian (Orville) Place, Earl Gardiner, Joe (Leda) Gardiner and Evelyn Bruder; two brothers-in-law, Burton Albrecht and Norbert Pape; and a niece, Cheryl Kloet.

An Elizabeth M. Pape memorial fund has been established which will be distributed to her favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. Schreiber and his nurse, the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor, particularly those who had a special relationship with her, including her loving and devoted granddaughter, April Ernzen, and her dear friend, Betty Hefel.

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

 



James M. Oster


James M. "Jim" Oster, 62, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, passed away at 8:54 a.m. Monday, September 7, 2015 at home surrounded by his family following a lengthy illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, September 11, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 2:40 p.m. Thursday. Visitation will also be from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Jim was born on April 23, 1953 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Oswald D. and Helen E. (Hingtgen) Oster.  He married Deborah J. Mihalakis on August 31, 1974 at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

Jim was a graduate of Wahlert High School, class of 1971. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and received his Master's Degree in Project Management. Jim was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during the Vietnam War as a medic.  He was Senior Director of International Marketing for the former Ertl Company at Dyersville, Iowa and later worked for Die Cast Promotions in Dubuque.

Jim had a great love for the outdoors, especially spending time in his yard, time spent with his family and especially his grandchildren.  He enjoyed fishing, hiking and exploring nature.

Surviving is his wife Deb, two daughers, Hilary (Jeremy) Hoffman and Lindsay (Matt) McElmeel both of Dubuque, Iowa, three grandchildren, Caleb (C.J.), Elyza and Zak, his mother Helen Oster of East Dubuque, siblings, Tom (Doris) Oster of Shawano, Wisconsin, Terri (Lee Weiss) Hanson of Roanoke, Indiana and John (Tracy) Oster of East Dubuque. His nieces and nephews, Jarod, Brenda, Laura, Chance and Lucas and his in-laws, John "Junnie" and Letha Mihalakis of Dubuque, in addition to many brothers and sisters in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Oswald "Ozzie" Oster.

 

 



Donald J. Carlson


Donald J. Carlson 93, of Bethany Home and formerly of 560 Woodland Ridge, died Sunday, August 30, 2015.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Hal Murray officiating.  Military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corp League.  Friends may call Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church.

Donald was born in Minneapolis, MN, the son of immigrants Frank and Odina (Bye)  Carlson.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.  Donald was an Army pilot during WWII having flown an A 20G Havoc on 55 missions in the South Pacific.  In 1949, Donald moved to Dubuque and started his career with Interstate Power Company; he retired 36 years later.  He married Joan Anderson in 1953.  She preceded him in death in 1985.  Donald married Sharon Stickley in 1986 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  He was a member of the Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, VFW, Mason Blue Lodge & Consistory and Westminster Presbyterian Church.  He served  as Vice President and board member of Interstate Power Company, board member of Luther Manor and Mt. Pleasant Home.  Donald's favorite past times were golfing, playing bridge, entertaining, gardening, traveling and computers.

Surviving are his wife Sharon; his children Deborah (Barry) Blair, Thomas (Nancy) Winne, Eric "Skip" (Shelley) Winne, Susan (Jay) Powers and Sherry (Randall) Brown; 18 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 3 nephews; 1 niece and a sister-in-law Dottie Anderson of Rice Lake, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 1st wife Joan; 2 brothers Bob and Bill Carlson; 1 sister Eleanor Detra and a brother-in-law Dick Anderson.

Donald's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be given to Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque or Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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

 

 



Joanne Taylor Ruley


Joanne Taylor Ruley, 84 of Dubuque died Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Bethany Home. Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Summit Congregational United Church of Christ where visitation will be held Saturday from 9 to 10:15 a.m.

Joanne was born September 12, 1930 in Dubuque, daughter of John Frank and Genevieve (Nesler) Taylor. She married John F. "Jack" Ruley on September 10, 1949 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on December 16, 2006.

She was a member of Summit Congregational United Church of Christ.

She is survived by four daughters, Donna (Donald) Drummond of Richmond, Calf., Jane (Greggory) Hammel of Wisconsin Dells, Wisc., Carol (Bruce Thornton) Krayer of Dubuque, and Gayle (Glenn) Clark of Waterloo, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Celeste, Craig (Kim), Eilean, and Ian Drummond; Hillary Hammel, Lynne (Jason) Krayer, and John (Crissy) Krayer and Taylor Brookins; seven great grandchildren; and a sister in law, Doris Ruley-Graf of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Thomas Taylor, a sister, Violet Burlingame and a son in law, Andrew Krayer.

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

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

Memorials may be made to Summitt Congregational United Church of Christ.



Elvera Merritt


Elvera "Red" (Pickel) Merritt, 86, of Dubuque passed away on September 5th, 2015 at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center where she resided for the past two years.

Friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. where a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Don Bakewell officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Elvera was born one of fourteen children to Lawrence and Louisa (Wackershauser) Pickel in Potosi, WI.

She met John Merritt at the Melody Mill and they married on May 29th, 1948. She is a past member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on Aug. 19th, 1997.

Elvera worked at the Battery Factor and the Busy Bee Café in the early years of their marriage. The remainder of their marriage she raised four children.

She enjoyed hosting Christmas and Thanksgiving for her family, picnics with her siblings, and fish fries at their home. She was best noted for her delicious fried chicken, coleslaw, and the wonderful gravy she could make for any meal. Her favorite times were when they went out to dinner every Saturday night. She loved to dance and listen to old country music with many stops at Kennedy's Tap.

Elvera is survived by her daughter Sharon "Sue" (Norb) Bakewell, three sons; Bill (Laura) Merritt, Robert (Aurora) Merritt, and Steve (friend Lori Brunkow) Merritt. Grandchildren; Amy (Grant) Henn, Kevan (Kelly) Bakewell, Dustinn (Sarah) Merritt, Dylan Merritt, Matthew Merritt, Becki Baine, and Luke and Zane Merritt. Great grandchildren; Garrett, Colin, Austin, Lila, and Ivy Henn, Megan and Leah Bakewell, Shelby and Jaden Sweeney, Lokazuko, Khloe, and Johney Baine, and Great, great granddaughter; Blair Merritt. Her siblings; Selma Marcue of Lancaster, WI, Larry (Dina) Pickel and Lila (Ray) Trickle of Potosi, WI and Jerry (Cheryl) Pickel of Dubuque. A sister-in-law; Delores Merritt and special nieces Lorene Ploessl of Dubuque and Laura Pollard of Bloomington, IL and many other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, nine siblings, and a grandson Keith Bakewell.
In lieu of flowers an Elvera Merritt memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Nursing and Rehab Center along with Hospice of Dubuque for their patience and tender care of mom, also to all that came to visit her and help brighten her days. A special thanks to Mary Jo and Sherrie for their love and support always, and Marilyn for her many prayers.



Melvin R. Vyverberg


Melvin R Vyverberg, 86, passed to eternal life at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family on September 5, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 3 to 7 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2015 at the funeral home.

Mel was born in Dubuque, Iowa on August 6, 1929, the son of Edward and Mabel Vyverberg. He grew up in Dubuque and met the love of his life Marguerite Hilkin, whom he married on April 19, 1952. They spent 63 wonderful years raising a family of 6 in a home Mel built himself. After graduation, he began his career at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works. Mel was active in the United Autoworkers Union Local #94 where he served as a steward. Mel proudly served his country in the National Army Reserve. After 42 years, he retired from Deere's in 1987.

Family was first and Mel's children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. His legacy of gentleness, patience, kind spirit and love of the outdoors will live on through them. He was an inspiration to all who knew him and always had a smile on his face and a helping hand.

Left to honor his memory is his beloved wife Peg Vyverberg. Daughter Barbara Beidler, her husband David and their family Camy, Brad, Abby, Carly Blackbourn; Kim and Travis Hauri; Kara and Anna Beidler. Son John Edward Vyverberg, his wife Julie and their daughter Emily. Daughter Debra Kass, her husband Stan and their family Nate, Katie and Braycen Kass, Dylan, Abriana and Drake Berwanger; Caleb, Kari and Kylie Kass; Alex, Annie and Conner Kass and Grace McAllister; Mackenzie and Jason Sertle. Son Richard Vyverberg, Joyce Wilson and their family Andrew, Jennifer and Everyn Wilson. Daughter Lauri Trannel, her husband Jeff and their family Jordan, Jaclyn and Erin. Daughter Lisa Zboril, her husband David and their family Tyler and Jacob. His god-daughter, Diane Hackett.

Mel was proceeded in death by his mother and father and 4 siblings Norman Vyverberg, Edward Vyverberg, Dorothy Stauss and Geraldine Sanders.

A special thanks to all who made Mel's 86 years a wonderful life.



Patrick M. Nelson


Patrick M. Nelson, age 58, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 12:20 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Veterans Medical Center in Iowa City, IA. To honor Patrick's life, private family services are being held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Patrick was born on June 20, 1957 in Dubuque, son of Ronald and Kathaleen (Manders) Nelson.

Pat honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and was always a patriot at heart. Pat was a jack of all trades and would share his time and talents to his best on any given day. Always loyal to his family and friends, Pat will surely be missed by all who had the opportunity to be a part of his life.

Patrick is survived by

his wife,
Terri Nelson, Dubuque, IA;

his 5 children,
Tammy Jo Nelson,
Michael (Christi) Nelson, both of Dubuque, IA,
Jeremy Phelps, Arizona,
Shannon (Gene) Ninneman,
and Travis Nelson, both of Dubuque, IA;

his 9 grandchildren;

his mother,
Kathaleen Nelson, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 siblings,
his twin sister, Peggy (Jeff) Hansen, Maquoketa, IA,
R. Ken (Lori) Nelson, Dubuque, IA,
Rita (Douglas) Kandel, Lake Forest, CA,
and Carmen Billmeyer, Dubuque, IA.

Patrick was preceded in death by his father.

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

 



Martha E. Lundh


Martha E. Lundh, 82 of Dubuque passed away Friday, September 4, 2015 at home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Church of the Nativity. Friends may call from 5 -8 p.m., Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Road where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Martha was born on December 31, 1932, in Pleasant Plain, Iowa the daughter of Harry and Helena (Lahr) Lamansky.
She married Alvin Lundh on Aug. 27, 1956 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in East Pleasant Plain, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 26, 2012.

Martha was passionate about teaching. She was an early reading teacher for the Dubuque Community Schools. She had been a teacher for 39 years, retiring in 1998. In recent years, she continued teaching by volunteering at Eisenhower School.

Martha loved quilting. Many of her recent projects involved quilts made for people who had recently lost loved ones. Her customers would often bring in collections of t-shirts that she would cut out and quilt. Martha also loved playing cards. One of her many joys was when she was able to bid a loner in Euchre. When she was serious about having fun playing cards, she played bridge and was in several groups around town. She will be dearly missed by family and card players alike.

Surviving are her sons, Paul (Cindy), and their son, Ethan, John (Larissa) and their 3 children, Zoey, Ellie and Henry, Matt (Fiance Alice Pearson) and his son, William, and Joseph (Kristen) and their daughters, Stella and Amelia; siblings, Roy (Beverly) Lamansky and Florence Paarman; brother-in-law, Norm Bissell; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son in infancy, "Baby" John; and siblings, 2nd LT Joseph Lamansky, Mary (Peck), Francis Lamansky, Sr. Mary Josephus Lamansky, Charles Lamansky, Rosie (Bissell), and Josephine Lamansky. Joseph, Mary, and Francis were children of father Harry's first marriage to Gertrude (Kaska) Lamansky who passed away in 1920.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Unbound, www.unbound.org.

Special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center and Medical Associates for their exceptional care.



Donna C. Tuegel


Donna C. Tuegel, age 63, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. To honor Donna's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Donna's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Donna was born on March 28, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Erwin and Dorothy (Steffen) Buelow.

Donna was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1970. She was united in marriage to Daniel Tuegel on July 17, 1976, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. Donna worked in the proof department at American Trust and Savings Bank for 24 years and later as a runner at Kintzinger Law Firm until her retirement. Donna was a very social person who loved her family and lived life to the fullest. She thoroughly enjoyed and treasured the hours she spent with Dan walking at Eagle Point Park and fishing at their favorite spots. Donna also cherished the time she would spend with her sisters trying their luck at the casino or a good power shopping venture. Donna especially looked forward to getting together with everyone at family holidays and never hesitated when a good game of Euchre would break out. Donna was wonderfully devoted to all those she loved and her absence will be deeply felt in their hearts and minds for years to come.

Donna is survived by

her loving husband of 39 years,
Daniel "Dan" Tuegel, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Sandra Buelow, Dubuque, IA,
Richard (Doris) Buelow, Tioga, LA,
Barb (Mel) Green, Dubuque, IA,
David Buelow, Dubuque, IL,
Linda (Mike) Ansel, Dubuque, IA,
and Allan (Geri) Buelow, Dubuque, IA;

16 nieces and nephews,
Michael (Annette) Buelow, WA,
Brian (Angie) Buelow, Tioga, LA,
Jesse Green, Dubuque, IA,
Jerry (Rachel Brooks) Green, Dubuque, IA,
Jenny (John) Miner, St. Charles, MO,
Melissa (Matt) Kane, Dyersville, IA,
Brad Buelow, Dubuque, IA,
Michelle (Brian) Bahr, Dubuque, IA,
Tonya Ansel, Steamboat Springs, CO,
Andrew Ansel, Baltimore, MD,
Jeremy Ansel, Franklin Grove, IL,
Nicholas (Dede) Ansel, Dubuque, IA,
Sarah (Brian) Scheid, Colo, IA,
Greg Buelow, Dubuque, IA,
Tony Buelow, Ames, IA,
Joe Buelow, St. Paul, MN;

and 12 great nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents.

A Donna C. Tuegel memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Eric Engleman and the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center Dubuque for all of their compassionate and wonderful care of Donna and the family.

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

 



RIchard E. Kutsch


Richard E. "Dick" Kutsch, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:24 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dick's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street with Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Dick's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Dick was born on May 23, 1923, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clement and Clara (Neises) Kutsch.

Dick gallantly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army. After the war he returned home to Dubuque and was united in marriage to Lorraine "Larry" Lange in February of 1951. Lorraine preceded him in death, after 35 wonderful years together, on December 31, 1986. Dick owned and operated Kutsch Oil Company for over 30 years until his retirement. He was a longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Church, a life member of the D.A.V. and a past member of the American Legion Dubuque Post #6. Dick was an avid fisherman, from local fishing, to salmon fishing in Wisconsin and Michigan and Halibet fishing in Alaska. Dick was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother who visibly role modeled his faith for all to witness. Dick never met a challenge he couldn't conquer or a friend he wouldn't help during his 92 years here with us. He will be greatly missed, and treasured always, by all who knew and loved him.

Dick is survived by

his three children,
Michael (Diane) Kutsch, Wichita, KS,
Patrick (Shellie) Kutsch, Dubuque, IA,
and Julie (Monty) Sheckles, Dubuque, IA;

his seven grandchildren,
Brian (Beth) Kutsch and Tim (Sarah Bigge) Kutsch,
Tristan, Kate and Mattie Sheckles,
Amanda Kutsch,
and Dani (Jeremy) Balk;

two great-grandchildren,
Beau Balk and Zariah Kutsch;

his siblings,
Bernard "Red" (Adie) Kutsch, Bellevue, IA,
Clara Kubitz, Dubuque, IA,
and Bernice Niensteadt, Dubuque, IA;

and his sister-in-law,
Marie Kutsch, Dubuque, IA.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Lorraine Kutsch; three brothers, Francis (Delila) Kutsch, Walter Kutsch and Harold (Vivian) Kutsch; and two brothers-in-law, Justin Niensteadt and Henry Kubitz.

In lieu of flowers a Richard E. "Dick" Kutsch memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ringold, the nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis and Hospice of Dubuque for the ever loving and professional care they provided Richard.

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

 



Robert H. Linden


Robert H. Linden, 90, of Dubuque passed away Friday, September 4 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am Monday, September 7, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may greet the family Sunday, September 6th from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Robert was born August 7, 1925, in Dubuque, son of Earl and Elizabeth (Straub) Linden. He attended Holy Ghost Catholic Grade School and Dubuque Senior High School. Robert served his country with the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II.

He married Esther T. Nachtman on September 6, 1954 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan, IA. She preceded him in death on October 23, 2009.

Robert was a lifelong Dubuquer, and member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He worked for over 40 years at the former Dubuque Packing Company, retiring in 1981. Bob was a member of the UFCW Local 150A.

Those left to honor his memory are his eight children, Dale (Toni) Linden, of Dubuque, Gary (Carol) Linden, of East Dubuque, IL, Janet (Carl) Roling, of Dubuque, Duane Linden, of San Jose, CA, Joyce Hinderman, David Linden, James (Kim) Linden, and Daniel Linden all of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are his brothers, Donald and Jack Linden of Dubuque, Pete (Darlene) Linden, of East Dubuque, IL; his sisters, Delores Nauman, Char Simon, and Janice (Fred) Wuertzer, all of Dubuque; sister-in-law, Ida Marie Linden; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Esther Linden, brothers, Tom and Delbert; his sister-in-law, Dorothy Linden, brothers-in-law, Charles Nauman and Paul Simon.

Robert's children would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Betsy, Elizabeth and Nicole for their tender loving care of our Dad.

 



Pam L. Brown Keeney


Pam L. Brown Keeney, 49, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, Sept. 3, 2015, at her home in Maquoketa surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Pam's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa.

Pamela Lynn Brown was born on Jan. 21, 1966 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James L. and Judy (Eye) Brown. She was a 1985 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School and then attended Ashford University in Clinton for Business Administration. She married Brian L. Keeney on April 19, 1986 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union 2 children were born: Meagan and Amanda.

Pam's family was always first. She was a terrific mother and devoted wife who also worked outside the home, first at Maquoketa Web Printing from 1990 to 1996, and for the last 17 years at DAC, Inc. in various positions within the accounting office.

Pam was an active ministry member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa where she served as an Honorary Deacon and teacher of Baptist Youth Fellowship. She enjoyed horseback riding and camping trips.

Those left to honor Pam's memory include her husband, Brian Keeney of Maquoketa, IA; daughters Meagan (Chance) Garza of Maquoketa, IA, and Amanda (Andy Stefanik) Keeney of West Des Moines, IA; her parents, James and Judy Brown of Delmar, IA; and brothers Dwayne Brown of Maquoketa, IA, and Michael Brown of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and 4 uncles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Pam L. Brown Keeney memorial fund has been established.

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



Thomas L. Gavin


Thomas L. "Tom" Gavin, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade Iowa.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery with military detail accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a parish wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Tom was born on March 7, 1926, to Leo and Florabelle (Klinkner) Gavin, in Temple Hill, Iowa. He attended school at Temple Hill and Cascade, Iowa. Tom married Kathryn "Katie" Koob on April 20, 1948 in Cascade. He served in the United States Navy during WWII.

He was employed as an inspector at John Deere Dubuque, retiring in 1986 after 31 years of service.

As a young man, Tom had a successful boxing career in the Golden Gloves. He was well-known in eastern Iowa and even fought in a few pro boxing matches before he retired. He was a member of St. Anthony Church in Dubuque, and a member of the John Deere/UAW Retirees. Tom loved to eat ice cream, play Euchre, was an avid golfer, and a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Katie; 3 children, Shirley (Dan) Lanners, of Dubuque, Lou Ann (Robert) Austin, Reno, Nevada, and Gary (Rosemary) Gavin, of Iowa City; 9 grandchildren, Carrie (Richard) Brown, Jason Charley, Roger T. (Lori) Brown, Amy (Phillip) Wagner, Tom Pike, Joshua (Brittany Lippstock) Pike, Jonathan Pike, Heidi (Zachary) Williams, Katie (Adam) Wolf; 9 great-grandchildren, Collin, Eric & Chloe Brown, Julian Charley, Amelia & Bailie Wellner, Jase Pike, Alyssa Pike, and Sawyer Williams; his siblings Jack (Beatrice) Gavin, of Maquoketa, Arlene (Jack) Cook, of Bettendorf, and Dave (Lois) Gavin, of Bernard; and sisters- and brothers-in-law Rita Gavin, Celia Gavin, Florence Coyle, Joseph (Cecelia) Koob, Rose (Alfred) Smith, Helen (Dale) Weidemann, and Mary Lu (Francis) Takes; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Oscar Gavin and Justin Gavin; his sister Lavonne Gavin; in-laws Irene & Merlin Rogers Sr., and Wilmer Coyle.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association of Eastern Iowa.

Special thanks to the staff of Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.



Rob Dunphy


 

Rob Dunphy, 41, of Osceola, IA, and formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2015, at his home in Osceola.

Memorial Gathering will be at 7:00pm to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

Rob was born June 10, 1974 in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Paul Dunphy and Ruth Dunphy (Till). Rob was a longtime employee of Lakeside Casino in Osceola, and previously of the Diamond Jo Casino of Dubuque. He was a graduate of Hempstead High School in 1992, and made his residence in a number of different parts of the country: California, Connecticut, Arizona, and finally Iowa.
Rob is survived by his brother, Matt Dunphy, of Tampa, Florida; his stepfather, Joe Graham; his stepbrothers, Ben Graham and David Graham; and stepsister Katie MacFadden (Graham), of Dubuque.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Graham; and his stepbrother, Joseph Graham.

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



Wayne A. Mootz


Wayne A. Mootz, 68, of Dubuque died Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at UnityPoint Health- Finley Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 5 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where a wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Wayne was born on November 9, 1946 in Bellevue, Iowa the son of Oscar and Dorothy (Weber) Mootz of Springbrook, IA.

After High School, he graduated from Business College and then served in the National Guard.

Wayne owned and operated American Office Equipment and Supply for many years.

He was very involved at St. Patrick's Church, where he served as Eucharistic Minister and on various committees.

Wayne was a good natured man with a great sense of humor. He was a loving uncle who cherished all of his nieces and nephews.

Surviving are his brothers, Paul (Judy) Mootz, Michael (Marilyn) Mootz, of Waterloo, IA., Gerald (Jean) Mootz and Stephen (Cathy) Mootz; several nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and 1 great- great nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister-in-law, Karol (Klemme) Mootz.

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

A Wayne Mootz memorial fund has been established.

Special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff in the ICU at Finley Hospital for their compassionate care.

 

 

 



Stanley R Moyer


Stanley Richard "Stan" Moyer, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 4th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory.

Stan was born on February 25, 1936 in Prairie du Chien, WI the son of Homer and Theresa (Paczynski) Moyer. In 1963 he married Carol Pauly at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Stan served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1959.

He worked for Trus-Joist, Dubuque Stamp and Vasco Warehouse.

Stan enjoyed being outdoors; he loved to fish, camp, target practice and go morel hunting.

He is survived by his wife Carol, four children, David (Julie) Moyer, of Cedar Falls, Julie (Robert) Beyer, of Dubuque, Douglas (Connie) Moyer, of Waterloo, and Linda (Mark) Duve, of Dubuque. Seven grandchildren; Jacob, Taryn, Allison, Cailee, Maranda, Mitchell, and Emilee. His sister Kathy (Gary) Hohmann, brothers; Eddie Moyer and Carl (Carolyn) Moyer, one sister-in-law Lorraine Moyer and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Bernard "Bunny", LeRoy, and Nick and a sister Marion.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital especially 5th floor for all their wonderful care and kindness.



Lawrence A. Weber


Lawrence A. "Larry" Weber, 71, of Dubuque and formerly of Cascade, passed away peacefully from a brief illness on Sunday, August 30th at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.
Visitation will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday, September 3rd from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa on Friday, September 4th with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Family and friends may also gather from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the church on Friday. A memorial luncheon will be held immediately following the funeral mass at Thunder Hills Country Club in Peosta. A private family burial will be taking place at a later date.

Larry was born on May 6th, 1944 in Cascade, Iowa to Vernon Weber and Lillian (Schlemme) Weber. School years were spent in Cascade attending Aquin Catholic Schools, graduating in 1963.

Larry spent over 40 years working in the furniture business in both sales and management, most recently with Leath Furniture and Slumberland. In his retirement years, he worked part time at Anderson-Weber.

He most enjoyed spending time with his family and friends on many of the local golf courses. His fondest memories were from the time he spent raising his family at Thunder Hills Country Club. For over twenty years, an annual highlight was his friends' trip to Phoenix for warm weather, golf and good times. From time to time, he also enjoyed a few hands of video poker. In recent years, spending time with his grandsons also brought a great deal of happiness to his life and was very excited for the arrival of his next grand-child this December.

He is survived by his two children, Libbie (Weber) Bettis and Pete Weber, a son-in-law Kenneth Bettis, a daughter-in-law Penelope (Spiroplaus) Weber, and his grandsons Evan Weber, Tate Bettis and Colin Bettis. He is also survived by his sisters, Arlene (Nick) Durian, Jane (Jerry) Landes, Laverne "Flute" (Jean) Weber, Ronald "Doc" (Karen) Weber and Dennis (Karla) Weber and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Vern and Lillian Weber.

A special thank you to all of his doctors and nurses at Finley Hospital and Dubuque Internal Medicine, especially Dr. Joseph Compton, Dr. Zhengjin Cao, Dr. Salaheldin Abusin and Dr. Roger Shafer.



William Bauerly

William Bauerly, 52, passed away unexpectedly on August 27, 2015 at his home in The Colony, TX.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at Resurrection Church, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, with visitation at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Friday at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Rev. Mark Murphy will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

He was born on August 31, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa to Jack and Josephine Bauerly. William was a 1980 graduate of Hempstead High School and a 1984 graduate of Loras Collage with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. William worked for many years in the retail industry and most recently in the financial services industry where he was admired by his colleagues for his patience, loyalty and drive to succeed.

William was a devoted husband to his wife, Mona Fettkether-Bauerly, and father to his children, Joseph (13) and Elizabeth (11) who were his pride and joy. William had a great love of reading, movies and traveling and passed these passions on to his children. He loved all aspects of live theater and often volunteered his assistance to the backstage crew, acting or enjoying a live performance.

William is survived by his wife and children; his mother, Josephine Bauerly; his brothers, Jim (Kathy) Bauerly, of Dubuque; Ron (Robin) Bauerly of Macomb, IL; his sisters Beth (Ed) Whisler, of Dubuque and Nancy (Larry) Mueller, of Cuba City, WI; his niece and god-daughter Shannon Bauerly; his aunts Donna Bauerly of Dubuque, and Gena Sheehy of Minnesota; his uncle Bill (Nancy) Wiegel of Oklahoma; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Bauerly; brother-in-law Dan Werner; uncles Greg Sheehy and Don Robinson; and aunt Kathy Robinson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Theater Department at Hempstead High School in William's name.

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



Ervin W. Splinter


Ervin W. Splinter, 69, of Eldridge, Iowa, formerly of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away at 1:19 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Genesis Medical Center West, Davenport, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Long Grove, Iowa, with Msgr. Drake Shafer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge, Iowa, where the parish prayer service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will also be after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

Ervin was born on Nov. 25, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Ervin J. and Lillian (Schroeder) Splinter. He was united in marriage to Norma Ricke on Nov. 26, 1966 at Nativity BVM Church at Menominee, Ill.

Ervin was a 1964 graduate of East Dubuque High School. He was formerly a meat cutter for Randall's Foods in Dubuque, Clinton and Davenport, and also worked for Save-A-Lot in Davenport. Ervin also worked as a bartender at Fairyland Ballroom in Long Grove.

Surviving is his wife Norma; four children, Lisa (Mike) Ford of North Liberty, Iowa, Rick (Missy) Splinter of Marion, Beth (Eric) Salyars of Eldridge and Mary (Randy) Denklau of Davenport, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Michael & Amanda Coglan, Ashley Ford, Tyler & Brenna Splinter, Erica & Haley Salyars, Matthew Heeren and Jeremy Denklau; a sister, Linda (Mel) Spoerre, and a brother-in-law, Vince "Jiggs" Hoftender of East Dubuque, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin J. and Lillian Splinter; three sisters, Rita Cavanaugh, Marie Hoag and Modesta "Sis" Hoftender; and two brothers, Jim and Bob Splinter.

Norma and her family wish to thank Medic Ambulance and the Eldridge Fire Dept for their quick response and kindness.

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



W.G. Crouch


W.G. "Jack" Crouch, 93, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away on Saturday evening, August 29, 2015, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

Public graveside services and burial celebrating Jack's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, September 3, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Cemetery in Bellevue, Iowa, where full military rites will be accorded by the Bellevue American Legion Post #273. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Warren Gamiel "Jack" Crouch was born on August 27, 1922 in Verona, Missouri, to Weaver Wilson and Frankie Bell (Jackson) Crouch. He grew up in Missouri and then served his country admirably in the U.S. Army until receiving an honorable discharge. He married Kathryn Louise Glesener on August 27, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Karen, Debra, Nancy and Warren.

"Jack" had worked at various jobs through the years including Rasmussen Motor, Joe Martin Auto, Clinton Engines, City Services Filling Station, John Deere in the Quad Cities, Goetz Implement, City of Maquoketa Water Department, Maquoketa School Bus Driver, and Utility Equipment Company in Bettendorf. He also had been involved in law enforcement working as a Maquoketa Policeman and later as a Deputy Sheriff for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Since 1957 Jack had been an active member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa where he had served on many boards and committees. He also was a member of the Bellevue American Legion Post #273.

"Jack" enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, shooting, and working on or repairing things. He loved talking about the places where he had worked as a youth, places where he had served in service, family from the past and just their everyday lives.

Those left to honor Jack's memory include his children Karen (Ron) Ringler of Aurora, MO, Debra Caraway of Bellevue, IA and Warren (Susan) Crouch of Bellevue, IA; 5 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brothers Tom Crouch of Maquoketa, IA, Ennis (Mary Jo) Crouch of Maquoketa, IA and W.D. "Butch" Crouch of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters Charlene Regenwether of Centerville, IA, and Arlene Witzak of Nanticoke, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Nancy Reka Crouch in 1987, a grandson Christopher Michael Shady in 2012, and his wife Kathryn on August 13, 2015.

The family would like to especially thank the staff and volunteers at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue and Hospice of Jackson County.

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

 



Sam Bettcher


Sam Bettcher, 23, of Dubuque, Iowa died Saturday, August 29, 2015.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Family and friends may gather after 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Sam was born on Jan. 13, 1992, in Dubuque, the son of Randy and Karen (Anthony) Bettcher. He worked in construction and enjoyed fishing with his buddies, going for walks and being Grandpa Mel's helper.

He is survived by his parents, Randy and Karen Bettcher, of Dubuque; a sister, Lacy (Jeff) Arant, of Overland Park, KS; his maternal grandmother, Geri Anthony, of Dubuque; and aunts, uncles and cousins Ken (Kathy) Anthony and their family, Mike, Laura, Josh and William; Whitey (Mary) Bettcher and their family, Tricia, Nate, and Magdalena; Roxanne (Dan) Streif and Heather; Rusty (Lei Anne) Bettcher and Levi; and Reece Bettcher and his family, Aidin, Morgan, Zoie, and Blake.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Mel Anthony; and paternal grandparents Willy and Darlene Bettcher.



Terry M. Keenan


Terry M. Keenan, 65, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 2:35 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Penny Thomsen officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday and after 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Terry was born on February 7, 1950 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth "Bebe" (Welu) Keenan.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1968 and a graduate of Loras College, class of 1972.

He was formerly employed by the John Deere Dubuque Works in insurance and unemployment claims department.  Terry retired from John Deere after 30 years of service.

Terry was a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers, and loved golfing, hunting and fishing.

He was united in marriage to Chris (Nielsen) Stluka on Aug. 3, 2012.

Surviving is his wife Chris, four step-children, Karl (Carrie) Stluka of Portage, Michigan, Terry (Andy) Malliet of Platteville, Wisconsin, Shawn (Angie) Stluka of Benton, Wisconsin and Sarah (Brett) Rogers of Cuba City, Wisconsin, 13 step- grandchildren, one step great-grandchild numerous cousins and Sparkles the grand dog.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Elizabeth "Bebe" Keenan.

Chris and family wish to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room and the Intensive Care Unit, Doctors Sallas and Schope, his Hospice nurses, Heather, Kelly, Jen, Lisa, Molly and Heather and Home Care Select of Cassville, Wisconsin, especially Shari Dalsing.

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

 



Sr. Patricia Griffin

Sister Patricia Griffin, BVM (Michael Ellen), 83, of Caritas Center, 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Caritas Center.
Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in the Marian Hall Chapel, followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 1:30 p.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel cemetery.

Sister Patricia was an elementary school teacher, principal, ESEA counselor, and administrator in Chicago and Omaha, Neb. She served in parish ministry in Chicago and Indianapolis, Ind., where she was also a counselor. She served as BVM regional representative and as volunteer in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was born in Evanston, Ill., on July 28, 1932, daughter of Michael and Mary King Griffin. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1950. She made her first profession of vows on March 19, 1953, and her final profession on July 16, 1958.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by cousins and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with whom she shared life for 64 years.

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

Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.



Kelly J. Peter


Kelly J. Peter, age 24, of Cascade, IA, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Kelly's life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street with Pastor Dennis Schmitt officiating. To celebrate Kelly's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home.

Kelly was born on July 3, 1991, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Lori (Welborn) Peter.

Kelly was a generous humanitarian who always rooted for the underdog and went out of his way to help everyone feel special and important. His laughter was infectious and his desire to make others laugh alongside him were continually on display. Kelly had a great passion for animals, going to concerts, playing cards and music. He was very proud, and yet humble, of being a naturally gifted musician who learned to play without any formal training. Kelly struggled with addiction for years; something he admitted was a demon he would eventually conquer for good. Kelly's love of life, thirst for knowledge and love for his family and friends were character traits he would courageously carry through each day. Kelly was taken from us much too early in his life, but the abundantly full and experienced life he lived has definitely impacted all those around him in countless ways. Kelly is now in God's hands, but always in our hearts.

Kelly is survived by
his parents,
John Peter, Dubuque, IA,
Lori (Mike Marlatt) Peter, Cascade, IA;

his siblings,
Joey Peter,
Lauren Peter, both of Cascade, IA;

his girlfriend,
Lisa Riedesel, Monticello, IA;

his grandparents,
Judy (Jimmy McGowan) Welborn, Epworth, IA,
Margaret Ann Peter, Dubuque, IA,
Gary (Sandy) Welborn, Zwingle, IA;

his aunts and uncles,
Sheri (Ron) Schmidt, Epworth, IA,
Gary Ken (Jolene Moore) Welborn, Holy Cross, IA,
Robbie (Sharon) Welborn, Dubuque, IA,
Tony Peter, Dubuque, IA,
Lynn (Mike O'Shea) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA,
Laurie (Tim) Leibold, Asbury, IA,
Mark (Shirley) Peter, Oregon, WI,
Lee Ann (Rick Merkle) Peterson, Cottage Grove, WI;

his lifelong friend,
Adam Sellers, Dubuque, IA;

close family friend,
Trina (Craig) Luebbe, Taylor Ridge, IL;

and numerous cousins.

Kelly was preceded in death by his grandfather, Donald Joseph Peter.

A Kelly J. Peter memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and the staff at Medical Associates Patient Services for all of their kindness, compassion, patience and professional care.

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

 



Francis W. Budden


Francis W. Budden, 90, formerly of Fairplay and Hazel Green, Wisconsin passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Waunakee Manor Health Care Center, Waunakee, WI. 

Francis was born October 7, 1924 at Fairplay, Wisconsin, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Ressel) Budden.  He married Melvena Lange on April 14, 1948.  Together they lived in Fairplay, WI where Francis was a dairy farmer, owned and operated a school bus, and drove truck. Francis and Melvena were the parents of two daughters, Jane and Carol.  After retiring from farming, Francis and Melvena moved to the Village of Hazel Green, where Francis managed the Hazel Green Car Wash for several years.   

Services will be held at 11am on Monday, August 31, 2015 at St. Francis de Sales Church, Hazel Green, with Reverend Ken Frisch officiating.  Friends may greet the family at the church before the service, beginning at 10am.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol (Dennis) Rupp of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, 7 grandchildren, Kris (John) Walter, Tim (Joy) Helbing, Steve (Janet Gotto) Helbing, Jeff (Katie) Helbing, Kelly (Devin) Anderson, Amy (Michael) Kohl, Kim (Wayne) Chase; 13 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Ken (Elaine) Helbing; sisters-in-law, Eileen Placke and Lucille Kaiser and several nieces and nephews.  

Francis was preceded in death by wife, Melvena, in 1990; daughter, Jane Helbing, in 1989; brother, Walt; and his parents.

The family would like to thank the staff at Waunakee Manor Health Care Center for their care and compassion with Francis over the past several years. 

Miller Funeral Home and Cremation Services, East Dubuque is assisting the family.

In Lieu of flowers, a Francis W. Budden Memorial Fund has been established. 

 



Mary Jane Johns


Mary June Johns, age 85, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The Church of the Nativity Altar and Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Cuba City, WI.

Mary was born on June 1, 1930, in Hazel Green, WI, daughter of Herbert and Velda Mary (Splinter) Johns.

Mary was born and raised in Wisconsin before eventually moving to Dubuque. She devoted her time and talents to caring for her mother until she was 40. She then began working in the housekeeping department at Finley Hospital for over 25 years until her retirement in 1995. Mary was a longtime member of the Church of the Nativity. Mary discovered great joy in her numerous travels around the country and found great pride in visiting every state in the union besides Alaska. In her free time she could easily be found playing Bingo or working on a word search puzzle. Mary was a kind and gentle soul who will be sadly missed and dearly remembered.

Mary is survived by
her sister,
Dorothy Steinhoff, Baraboo, WI;

two sisters-in-law,
Rita Johns, Lois Johns, both of Dubuque, IA;

and thirteen nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, one in infancy, Goldie Johns and Florence Wilkenson; and two brothers, John and her twin Jim Johns.

A Mary June Johns memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center, especially Sarah, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Traci, and her faithful friend Roseann Rang for their love, concern and exceptional care of Mary.

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

 



Joseph R. Welbes


Joseph R. "Joe" Welbes, age 63, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with liver disease. To celebrate Joe's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Joe was born on June 18, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph J. and Mildred (Rubel) Welbes.

Joe graduated from Hempstead High School, class of 1971. He was united in marriage to Lyndeen "Dino" Pfiffner on August 14, 1971, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. In his younger years Joe was employed at Sindt's and the body shop at Finnin Ford. Next he worked with Al Zumback and Rich Fluhr building the coolest custom vans in the 70's. Eventually Joe opened his own body shop, Joe Welbes Auto Shoppe, which he owned and operated for over 30 years until health issues forced him into early retirement. Joe never lost his passion of two wheels on the open road and logged countless miles on his Harley's. As a "graybeard" he graduated to an ultra classic and gradually on to a tryke. Joe's love of riding never failed!

Joe is survived by:
his loving wife of 44 years,
Lyndeen "Dino" Welbes, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Shelby Sue Welbes, James Donovan Welbes, both of Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Wayne Welbes, Milwaukee, WI.,
Marylin (David Aldunate) Kennedy, Dubuque, IA;

his in-laws,
George and Betty Pfiffner, Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Glenn Casey, Dubuque, IA;

two sisters-in-law,
Kim Pfiffner,
Pam (Kevin) Fagan, both of Dubuque, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Stacy Garner, Dubuque, IA;

his best friend and fellow rider,
Bob Siegert, Dubuque, IA;

and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James Welbes; a brother, Robert Welbes; a sister, Betty Casey; a sister-in-law, Jan Welbes; a brother-in-law, Mark Pfiffner; two nieces, Stephanie Pfiffner and Cathy Jo Korman; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and his best friends, David Fagan and Gary Kehde.

A Joseph R. Welbes memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jen, Emily and Jan, Dr. Tom Sinsky, Mercy Hospital, U.W. Hospital and Clinics and Dr. Michael Lucey for their kind and compassionate care of Joe. Also a very special thank you to Kim Pfiffner, Wanda and Tim Steve, Tina Walsh, Donna Decker, Tom Sheehan, and all of our family and friends who allowed us to be able to care for Joe throughout his journey, we couldn't have made it through without you!

"Ride on, Backroads. May the rain stay behind you and the road never end."

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

 



Richard T. Riniker


Richard T. Riniker, 71, of Dyersville, Iowa died Friday, August 28, 2015, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 31, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave. SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Tuesday, September 1st from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Jeffrey Dole will officiate.

Dick was born January 17, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Art and Dorothy (Lochner) Riniker. He married Shirley Smith on November 25, 1972, in Dyersville. She preceded him in death in 2008. Together they farmed several places until retirement when he began working for Gene Duschner Dairy. He loved to watch western movies.

Survivors include 2 sons: Roger Riniker of Malden, MA, and John (Heather) Riniker of Monticello, IA; a granddaughter, KoreeAnn Riniker; siblings:  Don (Carol) Riniker of Holy Cross, Stella (Paul) Helle of Dyersville, Theresa (Jim) Richter of Earlville, Alice (Bill) Weick of Dubuque, and Dan Riniker of Maquoketa; in-laws: Dennis Manternach of Cascade, Janaan Kraus of Monticello, Kay (Elmer) Heitz of Farley, Kenny (Cathy) Smith of Hopkinton, Gary ( Marilyn) Smith of Manchester, Betty (Jerry) Ries of Earlville, John (MaryAnn) Smith of Ryan, Mary Ellen (Jim) Waite of Cedar Rapids, Mark (Mary) Smith of Marion, and Kenneth Zangerle of Hopkinton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Shirley, one daughter, Sherry Riniker, parents-in-law, Bernadette and Clarence Smith, a sister, Marian Manternach; in-laws: Maxine Zangerle and Walter Kraus; 2 nephews and 2 nieces.

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

 



Vera M. Schumacher


Vera M. Schumacher, 86, of Dubuque, died Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center. Services will be held on Wednesday, September 2, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque. Friends may greet the family from 11:00 to noon on Wednesday, and the service will begin at noon.

Vera was born in Musberg, Germany on January 30, 1929.

Vera and Joseph H. Schumacher met in Kirchheim, Germany when Joseph was stationed there after World War II. They were married at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque on October 4, 1947.

Vera enjoyed her numerous flower gardens throughout her life, and had a profound love of animals.

She is survived by: her four children, Nora (Scott) Gill, of Boise, Idaho; Joseph A. (Nancy) Schumacher of St. Paul, Minnesota; Kenneth (Marie) Schumacher of Cave Creek, Arizona; Marilyn (Donald) Campbell of Washington, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Marie, and her brother Willie.

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



Angeline C. Bowen


Angeline C. "Angie" Bowen, age 90, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:43 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015, at Garnett Place in Cedar Rapids, IA. To honor Angie's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street. To celebrate Angie's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Angie was born on October 18, 1924, in Baton Rouge, LA, daughter of Louis and Josephine (Piazza) Salario.

Angie was united in marriage to Donald Bowen on August 5, 1950, in Baton Rouge. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1999, after 48 loving years of marriage. Angie graduated as a registered nurse from Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing in Baton Rouge. In 1950, Angie moved to Dubuque and worked as a pediatric nurse at Xavier Hospital, then as a school nurse for the Dubuque Community School District until her retirement in 1978. She devoted her life to serving others and was known as a kind and gentle caregiver. She was an excellent cook and loved entertaining and hosting events for family and friends. Family was one of the most important aspects of Angie's life and she adored spending time with her grandchildren. Angie was a devout Catholic and longtime member of St. Patrick's Church. She was also a faithful member who truly valued the friendships she made in the Catholic Mother's Study Club and the Retired Teacher's Club.

Angie is survived by:
her children,
Patricia (Darrel Wrider) Bowen, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Ellen (Roger) Jansson, Davenport, IA,
John Bowen, Dubuque, IA,
Peggy (Trevin) Ward, Ames, IA;

5 grandchildren,
Vanessa (Christopher) Taylor, Swisher, IA,
Kristina (Grant) Zimmerman, Moline, IL,
Trevin (Jana Byars) Ward II, Ames, IA,
Brendan (Erin) Ward, Omaha, NE,
Emily (Erik Thorson) Wrider;

2 great-grandchildren,
Arcadia Taylor and Noah Taylor;

her brother,
Blaise (Gwen) Salario, Baton Rouge, LA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Angie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Bowen; four sisters, Mary (Joseph) Vince, Bessie (Clarence Bowen and Phil Schwinn) Schwinn, Frances (Sam) Sagona and Rose Salario; and a brother Frank (Marian) Salario.

An Angeline C. "Angie" Bowen memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses, staff and residents of Garnett Place for the love and compassionate care they provided Angie.

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

 



Rose Marie Elaine Noesges


Rose Marie Elaine Noesges, age 91, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 4:42 p.m., on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at Hawkeye Care Center. To honor Rose's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Rose's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Rose was born on March 6, 1924, in Grant County, WI, daughter of Alexis and Marie B. (Lippert) Simones.

Rose graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy and has been a longtime alumni member. She was blessed with 60 years of marriage after being united to Harold Noesges on December 4, 1954, in Dubuque. She was a proud member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Rosary Society. Rose enjoyed animals, flowers, and photography. She has spent countless hours sharing her captured visions with her friends in the Dubuque Camera Club. Rose was also a championship archer and prominently displayed her honed abilities in many tournaments over the years. Rose and Harry thoroughly loved traveling together in their private plane and would eagerly jump in just to do a little sightseeing or visit family. Faith and family were Rose's greatest treasures and both held a very cherished and secure place in her heart. She has made many friends along the way, brightened many lives and has left an abundance of memories to share with those who knew and loved her.

Rose is survived by:

her loving husband of 60 years, Harold "Harry" Noesges, Dubuque, IA;

her daughter, Rose Ann Noesges, Westlake, OH;

a sister-in-law, Mary Hirsch, Dubuque, IA;

two nieces, Donna Slade, Dubuque, IA, Diane Burke, Dubuque, IA;

and a nephew, Gary (Lynn) Hirsch, Bettendorf, IA.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; a sister-in-law, Celeste (Carl) Ehrlich; and a brother-in-law, Clarence Hirsch.

A Rose Marie Elaine Noesges memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Beth, Dan, Tyler and Adam Kennedy for all of their kindness and care over the years.

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

 



Virginette M. Singsank


Virginette "Virgie" M. Singsank, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died Friday, August 28, 2015 at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday, August 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 at Kramer Funeral. Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 31, 2015, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery with Rev. Carl Ries officiating.

Virgie was born on June 15, 1926 in Luxemburg, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Meyer) Steffen.  She married Irvin Singsank on October 4, 1948 in Luxemburg, Iowa where they farmed for many years on the Singsank family Century farm.  Virgie's many hobbies included quilting, playing cards, gardening, and baking.  She was a parishioner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, and took great pride in being one of the Octoberfest Quilters.

Survivors include 6 children: Grace (Dan) Elgin of Bankston, Bob (Joan) of Orinda, CA, Sharon (Jack) Ruden of Epworth, Bill (Cheryl) of Belleville, IL, Amy (Dave) Boekholder of Dyersville, and Scott (Kathleen) of Elk Grove Village, IL; 15 grandchildren: Pete, Sara (Surface), Molly, and Mike Elgin, Kelly, Luke, and Annie Singsank, Jake Ruden, Kara and Nick Singsank, Carter, Drew, and Bryce Boekholder, Ryne and Megan Singsank; 6 great grandchildren and one due in January; sister: Joan Esch of Dyersville, in-laws: Ann Steffen of Dyersville, Eileen Dingbaum of Dyersville, Mae Pasker of Manchester, Gerald (Helen) Singsank of Dubuque and Jane Singsank of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Leo (Monica) Steffen, Ray (Fran) Steffen, Art (Esther) Steffen, Lawrence Steffen, Marie Goebel-Winter (Larry Goebel and Emmett Winter), Rich (Nellie) Steffen, Ralph Steffen, Germaine (Norb) Wilwert, Jim Esch; in-laws: Delores (Ray) Hirtz, Dr. Clarence Singsank, Gib (Mert) Singsank, Marce (Harry) Steffen, Alphonse Pasker, Alver Dingbaum.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Crest Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.  They are our Angels on Earth.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Oakcrest Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, and The Dubuque Alzheimer's Association.

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

 

 

 

 



Betty L. McPherson


Betty L. McPherson, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, August 27, 2015 at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, August 31, 2015, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Betty Lou Watters was born on December 4, 1925 in Hurstville, Iowa, to Frank and Anna (Behrens) Watters. She attended the Hurstville country school and married Donald H. "Don" McPherson on November 22, 1946 in Camanche, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 7, 2006.

Betty farmed with her husband, first in the Iron Hill area and lastly purchasing a farm and calling it home for the past 64 years in the Esgate area.

Betty enjoyed flowers, playing the organ, bird watching, feeding the coons, puzzle books, crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Those left to honor Betty's memory include her daughter Bonnie L. (Adrian) Browne of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandsons, Chris (Carrie) Browne and Nathan (Caryn) Browne; 4 great-grandchildren, Trevyn, Mercedez, Chelby and Cheyanne; 2 sisters-in-law, Bernice Watters of Maquoketa, IA, and Alvina Watters of Cedar Rapds, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Bruce in 1956, a sister Vivian and 6 brothers Willy, Elmer, Milton, Patrick, Orville and Delbert.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Betty McPherson memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Gerald W. Manderscheid


Gerald W. Manderscheid, 74 of Maquoketa and formerly of Zwingle died Friday, August 21, 2015, at Genesis West Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 28, 2015 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Key West with Rev. Michael Podhajsky officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by the United States Army and the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church until time of funeral mass. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd is in charge of arrangements.

Gerald was born on August 8, 1941, in Maquoketa, the son of Orville and Marie (Ryan) Manderscheid. He was in the last graduating class at Loras Academy, and served in the US Army. Gerald farmed in the Sylvia Switch area for many years. His catholic faith was a big part of his life being a member at Saint Theresa's and Assumption Sylvia Switch churches.

Gerald played Prairie League ball for many years and was a member of the Zwingle Recreation Association.

He is survived by his sister Carol (Gary) Ernst, of Dubuque, four brothers Eldon (Judy) Manderscheid, of Zwingle, Roger (Judy) Manderscheid, of Antioch, IL, Duane (Mary) Manderscheid, of Vadnais Heights, MN, and Glenn (Anne) Manderscheid, of Newhall, IA, twelve nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Ardis Cobar on June 2, 2015.



Thomas F. Leibold


Thomas F. "Tom" Leibold, 84, of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away at 12:56 a.m. Sunday, August 23, 2015, at Luther Manor in Dubuque, with his family by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at St. Mary's Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dean Smith officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Tom was born on July 30, 1931 in East Dubuque, the son of Edward and Angeline (Sherman) Leibold.  He was united in marriage to Darlene M. Tigges on July 30, 1955 at St. Philomena's Church, Asbury, Iowa.

He served in the U. S. Army from 1955 to 1957. Tom was a Realtor from 1960 to his retirement in 2008, concentrating on farm & commercial sales & development in Dubuque, East Dubuque, around Iowa and Minnesota.  He built St. Mary's Apartments for the Elderly and managed it for 30 years.  He enjoyed flying his Cessna off his farm to show properties and for aerial photography.

Tom was President of International Traders Club in 1967, President of the Dubuque Board of Realtors in 1969, President of the Farm & Land Institute in 1977, President of Real Estate Securities & Syndication in 1979 and Iowa Farm & Land Broker of the year in 1979.

He was a member of St. Mary's Parish, its Holy Name Society, the Noon Optimist since 1961, East Dubuque Knights of Columbus-Council # 7527 and the East Dubuque Zoning Commission. Tom was very active with the "Right to Life Organization" and participated in numerous pickets against Planned Parenthood in the Dubuque area.

He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, his trips to Montana and Alaska, and swimming and exercising.  Tom had the ability to converse with anyone he met. He was co-chairman of the new St. John the Baptist Church built in Peosta, Iowa in 1989.

Surviving are his wife Darlene Leibold, three children, Bruce (Betty "Sam") Leibold, Denise (Jerry Killens) Ronek and Michelle (John Simpson) Leibold, four grandchildren, Tracy (Ryan) Ricketts, Heather Ronek, Forrest Simpson and Quinn Simpson, his sister Jane (Allen) Kieler of Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Angeline, siblings, Donald Leibold, Madelyn Hanley, Art Leibold and an infant brother Joseph.

 



Catherine M. Chapman


Catherine M. Chapman, age 79, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Sunnycrest Manor, faithfully surrounded by her loving family. To honor Catherine's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street. To celebrate Catherine's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., on Saturday at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The Church of the Nativity Altar and Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Catherine was born on September 6, 1935, in Spring Green, Wisconsin, daughter of Robert and Hilda (Haas) Newton.

Catherine was blessed with 64 wonderful years of marriage to Sylvan R. Chapman after being united on September 11, 1951, in Platteville, Wisconsin. Catherine devoted her working years to helping others as a CNA at various facilities throughout the area. Faith was always important to Catherine and she took great pride in proclaiming her longtime membership to St. Mary's Church. Catherine constantly role modeled the value of a strong work ethic and the love and respect of family. Some of her most cherished moments in life included activities where those she adored could easily be found by her side. In Catherine's free time she could usually be found with a bingo card, a crochet hook or a good book in her hands. Catherine was a kind and generous woman who definitely created a positive impact on the world around her. Her love, lessons and laugh will be deeply cherished and sadly missed by all who had the privilege to know and love her.

Catherine is survived by

her loving husband of 64 years,
Sylvan R. Chapman, Dubuque, IA;

her 5 children,
Diane (William) Henning, Dubuque, IA,
Cheryl (Steve Eigenberger) Canon, Dubuque, IA,
Steve (Leovic) Chapman, Largo, FL,
Debra (David) Schmit, Dubuque, IA,
and Tina (Jeff) Dougherty, Dubuque, IA;

her 8 grandchildren,
Lori Henning, Sara Henning, Josh (Reina) Canon, Luke Canon, Anthony Chapman, Ryan (Skye) Kelley, Jake (Annie Paradiso) Schmit and Mitchell Dougherty;

her 3 great-grandchildren,
Gracelyn, Harper and Jackson Canon;

and her 4 siblings,
Sharon Zintz, Richland Center, WI,
Wayne Newton, Gainsville, FL,
Larry Hines, LaValle, WI,
and Mary (Jim) Kazda, DeForest, WI;

and 3 sisters-in-law,
Sharon Chapman, JoAnn Braund and Rayna Newton.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; 4 brothers, Donald Newton, Bill Newton, Robert Newton and Terry Lee Hines; and 2 brothers-in-law, Ronnie Zintz and Bill Chapman.

A Catherine M. Chapman memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest and Hospice of Dubuque for all the compassionate and professional care they graciously granted Catherine.

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

 



Wanda Lu Berner


Wanda Lu Berner, 74, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died while surrounded by her children on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebration of Wanda's life will be held at 6:30 P.M., Friday, August 28, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4 to 6 P.M. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private burial will be in the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Wanda Lu Cobiskey was born on October 4, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Arthur Cobiskey and late Betty (Foster) Teters. She attended Maquoketa High School and graduated Salutatorian in 1958. She showed an early affinity for the Arts and Humanities and served in many Thespian Productions.

Wanda married Glenn Berner on October 19, 1958. Her strength and leadership started in her home as she raised five beautiful children and served as homemaker and farm wife for over 40 years. Her children were her pride and joy. She organized countless bible school classes and 4-H events as well as being a member of the Baldwin Women's Club. Wanda enjoyed actively participating in the farm operations to support her family.

Those left to honor Wanda's memory include her children, Kim (Kirby) White of Long Grove, IA, Bryan (Renae) Berner of Baldwin, IA, Deb (Brad) Benhart of Scottsdale, AZ and Jeanne (Brian) Kenady of Lake Elmo, MN; 3 sisters, Lois DeMoss of Dubuque, IA, Arlene Regenwether of Delmar, IA and Marilyn (Dennis) Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; 9 grandchildren, Jason White, Adam White, Ben Berner, Valerie Berner, Kelly Elliott, Nicholas Benhart, Jacob Benhart, Cameron Kenady and Avery Kenady; and 4 great-grandchildren, Gracie White, Kaleb White, Gavin White and Kennedy White. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Cobiskey and Betty Jeuhring, a daughter Cindy Berner and a granddaughter, Elizabeth White.

Our family wishes to thank all those who cared for her during her last few months. A memorial fund has been established in support of the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

Isaiah 41:10 - Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, will uphold you with my righteous hand.

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

 



Catherine E. Lange


Catherine E. Lange, 90, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Thursday, August 20, 2015, at UW-Hospital & Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 24, 2015, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dickeyville with Rev. Bernard Rott, Rev. Francis Steffen, Rev. Bart Timmerman, and Deacon Larry Tranel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish rosary will be at 1:45 p.m. Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Monday at the church before the service.

Catherine was born on November 27, 1924, in Paris Township, Wisconsin, the daughter of Adolph J. and Anna M. (Averkamp) Salzmann. She married Arnold Lange on August 20, 1947. He preceded her in death on March 6, 1978.

Catherine attended Holy Ghost Grade School for eight years, attended high school for one year in Tennyson, and received her GED in 1979. Arnold and she established Arnold's Recreation Center in Dickeyville in 1949 and operated it until 1978. She worked as a teacher's aide in preschool and kindergarten at the Dickeyville Elementary School from 1979-1981. Then she worked at the Cuba City Nursing Home in the dietary department from 1981-1989. At that time she retired and took care of her grandchild, Kristin. Catherine was a member of Holy Ghost Parish all of her life and the Christian Mothers Group.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda M. (Thomas) Gerlich, of Cuba City; her sons Dr. Thomas F. Lange DDS, of Menasha, James J. (Joanne) Lange, of Cassville, Gerald E. Lange, of Madison, Charles W. (Marcia) Lange, of Jackson, Wisconsin, and Alan E. (Lonna) Lange, of Kiel, Wisconsin; two sisters, Helena Lawinger, of Mineral Point, and Rita (Edward) McKeon, of Darlington; a brother, John (Mary) Salzmann, of Platteville; ten grandchildren, Matthew (Karen) Lange, Rachele (Chadwick) Breuer, Douglas Lange, Ryan Gerlich, Alissa (Benjamin) Leistico, Kristin (Andrew) Weber, Adam (Becky) Lange, Jennifer (Keith) Fullhart, Laura Lange and Nicole Lange; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Larry; two sisters, Sr. Clara Salzmann SDS, and Marian (Ervin "Tony") Lange; two brothers, Father Edmund Salzmann and Joseph (Lillian) Salzmann; and four brothers-in-law, Bill Lawinger, Frank (Louise) Lange, Walter (Bernice) Lange, and Ira Lange.


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



Leonard J. Schmidt


Leonard J. Schmidt, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Leonard's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue with Rev. Kyle M. Digmann officiating. To celebrate Leonard's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Leonard was born on January 24, 1926, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of John and Christina (Zimmer) Schmidt.

Leonard served honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII and was proud to be part of the Honor Flight in 2011. Leonard was united in marriage to Anna Bleile on October 22, 1947, at St. Francis Church in Balltown, Iowa. He farmed in North Buena Vista for years and also worked in Bellevue as a mechanic. In his younger years Leonard enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time in the great outdoors. In his later years Leonard enjoyed walking, playing bingo and cards, especially a good game of Euchre.

Leonard is survived by

his wife of 67 years,
Anna Schmidt, Dubuque, IA;

6 children,
Robert (Donna) Schmidt, Durango, IA,
Vern Schmidt, Dubuque, IA,
Bonnie (Jeff) Avenarius, Dubuque, IA,
Daryl (Angie) Schmidt, Dubuque, IA,
Kim (Sam) Runde, Hazel Green, WI,
Rose Wallace, Bettendorf, IA;

17 grandchildren,
Barb (Dan) Hess, Carla (Randy) Hess, Peggy (Brick Jones) Ostrander, Tom Schmidt, Pat (Ashley) Schmidt, Lisa Jelliff, Jason Schmidt, Kristy (Andrew) Forcucci, Cory Avenarius, Jennifer Moris, Rick (Arica) Schmidt, Nick (Melissa Carter) Vondran, Joe (Bri) Runde, Jessica (Tyson Kluth) Runde, Jamie Runde, Emily Wallace and Adam Wallace;

28 great-grandchildren,
Austin, Hanna, Josh, Shelby, Shawn, Whitney, Jason, Zach, Paige, Mallory, Monica, Montana, Sawyer, Lily, Edward, Jason, Ethan, Rylee, Willow, Leland, Autumn, Justin (Morgan), Colby, Callie, Madyson, Preston, Monica and Liam;

5 great great grandchildren,
Hailey, Tanner, Ryder, Leah, Audrey and one on the way;

and a sister,
Esther Link, Dubuque, IA.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Judith Schmidt in infancy; a great-granddaughter, Molly Schmidt; a great-grandson, Preston Jelliff; a foster son, Robert O'Hearn; four siblings, Alvina (Eldon) Riddle, Wilfred (Marie) Schmidt, Rita (John) Pothoff and Rose (William) O'Toole; a daughter-in-law, Cherie Schmidt; and a brother-in-law, Marion Link.

A Leonard J. Schmidt memorial fund has been established.

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

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

 



Norma L. (Leik) Ehlers


Norma L. (Leik) Ehlers, 79, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 20, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Norma was born August 27, 1935 in Dubuque, the daughter of Russell "Bampa" and Viola "Gummy" (Miller) Leik. She married Jerome Ehlers on Nov. 29, 1952 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Norma worked for Hills & Dales for 10 years, where she loved and took care of many children with special needs.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and volunteered at Stonehill Care Center. Norma was very talented at crocheting, and she donated many items to Stonehill and also won many blue ribbons at the County Fair for her needle work. She was a very unselfish, caring wife, mother and grandmother who shared a special bond with her daughters. Norma was an avid reader, enjoyed playing euchre, and never passed up caring for a stray animal.

Survivors include her husband, Jerome; children Denny (Sheilah) Ehlers of Rock Island, IL, Tina (Bob) Hartman of Lodi, WI, Steve (Diane) Ehlers of Rosemount, MN, Todd (Liza) Ehlers of McGregor, Brian (Cindy) Ehlers of Prairie du Chien, WI, Chris (Barb) Ehlers of Dubuque, and Jill (Michael) Pankow of Dubuque; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother in-law Dale (Lee) Ehlers of Dubuque; niece Patsy Herbst of East Dubuque, IL, whom Norma loved like a daughter.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Gerry and Joan; and a son-in-law, Steven Callahan.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy for your loving care of Norma.

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



Audrey E. Winter


Audrey E. (Bergman) Winter, 83, of Galena, Illinois, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015 at home.

Public graveside services will be at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, with Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh and Rev. Roy Lewis, a family friend officiating.

There will be no public visitation.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Galena is in charge of arrangements.

Audrey was born on July 29, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Ellsworth and Berenice (Hess) Bergman.  She was united in marriage to James W. Winter on July 26, 1958 at Westminster Presbyterian Church (formerly known as the South Presbyterian Church) in Galena.

She was a graduate of the University of Dubuque, an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and taught in the Galena School System for seven years.

Surviving are her husband James W. Winter, a son Thomas Winter and a sister Nancy Buening all of Galena; a very special niece Rebecca (Michael) Buening-Ferris and her family of Davenport, Iowa.  She is also survived by numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellsworth and Berenice Bergman.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Westminster Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and her numerous caregivers for all the loving care given during her final illness.

 



Dale J. Digmann


Dale J. Digmann, 79, of Worthington, Iowa, died Sunday, August 16, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, IA.
Friends and relatives of Dale may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Services for Dale will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 20, 2015 at St. Paul's in Worthington, Iowa with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Private burial will be held at a later date.

He was born April 13, 1936 in Worthington, Iowa, son of Henry and Aileen (Cavanaugh) Digmann. On January 12, 1957 he was united in marriage to Judy Clemen at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Melleray rural Peosta, Iowa. Dale owned and operated Dale Digmann Construction from 1962 until his retirement in 2013. Dale purchased the family farm in 1960 and continued farming after his retirement.

Dale was a member of St. Paul's Parish in Worthington, Iowa. He played semi-pro baseball for many years and was inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. Dale had a great passion for life, family, friends, grandkid's sports, Oliver's, John Wayne and "Old Country Music."

He is survived by his wife of 58 years , Judy Digmann of Worthington, IA; Five children, Brenda (Tim) Sheridan of Glenview, IL, Al "Gov" (Carmen) Digmann of Worthington, IA, Linda (Tom) Fitzgerald of Dyersville, IA, Lisa (Mark) Rokusek of Durango, IA and Dale Jr. "Yogi" (Sue) Digmann of Manchester, IA ; 10 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 8 step great grandchildren; one sister, Nancy Besler of Farley, IA; one brother, Bob (Jean) Digmann of Ames, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Louis Clemen of Evergreen Park, IL, Helen Clemen of Dubuque, IA, Peg Digmann of Manchester, IA and Chris Digmann of Missouri.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Dorothy Hunt and Grace Kramer; four brothers, Jim Digmann, Dave "Pike" Digmann, Kenny Digmann, and Morris Digmann; four brothers-in-law, Clyde "Bud" Hunt, John Kramer, Jake Besler, and Billy Clemen, two sisters-in-law, Rita Clemen and Joyce Digmann.

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



James M. Summers


James M. "Jim" Summers, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, August 14, 2015 at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 1 P.M., Thursday, August 20, 2015 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

James Markel Summers was born on October 26, 1938 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Markel and Gladys (Davison) Summers. He was a 1956 graduate of Maquoketa High School and a 1964 graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where he had worked as a referee. He married Carol S. Arterberry on September 11, 1971 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa. To this union two children were born: Christopher and Sherry.

Jim farmed with his dad until 1976 when he took a job with KMAQ Radio Station as announcer and for the 61 Drive-In working as a ticket taker and bouncer. From 1988 to 2009 he worked as a janitor for the Maquoketa Public Library, while at the same time from 1993 to 1999 worked for the Maquoketa State Bank as a janitor.

Jim was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Maquoketa.

Those left to honor Jim's memory include his wife Carol Summers of Maquoketa, IA; children, Christopher Summers of Maquoketa, IA, and Sherry (Shawn) Howell of Ames, IA; 2 grandchildren, Gavin and Lucas; and a sister Donna (Jerry) Millwright of Bellevue, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James M. "Jim" Summers memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Betty M. Brennan


Betty Mae Brennan, 89, of Dubuque, died Thursday, August 13, at Bethany Home. Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Rd, Dubuque where visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 8 pm. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Betty was born on June 27, 1926, daughter of Ralph and Mary (Myers) Marshall. She married James Brennan on September 2, 1952 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on January 17, 1988.

Betty was employed for 34 years at Klauer Manufacturing as a Press Operator.

She enjoyed quilting, ceramics, yard work, cooking, baking, and most of all, caring for her great grandchildren.

Betty was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Patricia (Phillip) Dausener of Dubuque and Diane (Arthur) Imbus of East Dubuque, IL; three grandchildren, Dana VanOstrand, Janette (Timothy) Bird, and Ken (DeAnna) Dausener; five great grandchildren, Uriah and Olivia VanOstrand, Ian and Lindsey Bird, and Joshua Dausener, and her sister Shirley (Donald) Schueller.

In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by her sisters Dorothy Clark and Phyllis Lambert and her brother Donald Marshall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Dubuque Humane Society, American Cancer Society, or Children's Hospital of Iowa City.

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



Mary E. Hoefer


Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Hoefer, 65, of Peosta, Iowa, passed away suddenly Friday, August 14, 2015 in Crivitz, Wisconsin.
Friends and relatives of Beth may call from 1:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, August 17, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:00 p.m., a final call to duty will be held at 4:00 p.m. by the Nursing Honor Guard, the Farley Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 6:45 p.m. and will be followed by the Farley American Legion at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call after 9:00 a.m. until time of service, Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at St. John's the Baptist Church in Peosta, IA.

Services for Beth will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding, concelebrating Deacon Dan O'Connell. Burial will be held at St. John's the Baptist Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa.

Beth was born August 4, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Bernard J. and Rosemary (O'Connell) Burds. She graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Farley, Iowa, and then attended St. Anthony's School of Nursing in Rock Island, IL. On October 2, 1971 she was united in marriage to Richard Hoefer at St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church, in Peosta, IA.
She was a member of St. John's the Baptist Parish and the Farley Legion Auxiliary. Beth worked as a Nurse in the Family Birthing Suites and Suite Beginnings at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA for 44 years.

Helping families bring their babies into the world was Beth's passion. She was blessed with many great friends and was enjoying spending more time with them since her retirement last year. Spending time with her family was Beth's greatest joy whether it was for Sunday pizza, going on trips, watching her grandchildren or going to their many activities. She was fortunate to have her loving husband by her side to share in all these moments and created many of their own memories during their own getaways.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Hoefer of Peosta, IA; four children, Matthew (Shirley) Hoefer of Peosta, IA, Megan (Brian) Lilly of Waukesha, WI, Rachel (Matt) Puccio of Peosta, IA, and Gretchen (Ryan) Ramler of Peosta, IA; Eight grandchildren, Emma, Lincoln and William Hoefer, Chloe, Claire and Callie Puccio, John and Jase Ramler; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry (Linda) Hoefer of Peosta, IA, Robert (Marilyn) Hoefer of Dubuque, IA, Judy (Mike) Radcliff of Golden Valley, MN and William (Julie) Hoefer of Plymouth, MN.

She is preceded in death by her parents; four siblings, Ann Michele Burds and three in infancy Donald, Patricia and Bernard.

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



James A. Helling Sr.


James A. Helling Sr. 80, of Dubuque., died Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Mercy Health Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony's Church with Rev. Dwayne Thoman officiating. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 2015 and from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Monday at the church.

Jim was born on October 28, 1934 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Victor and Geraldine (Feller) Helling. He married Joyce Barrett on January 29, 1955 at St. Anthony's Church. Jim was the current President of Artistic Cleaning Services Inc. and has worked for the business over the past 66 years. He was a member of Holy Ghost Parish, the Knights of Columbus Council 510, the Julien Yacht Club, Dubuque Men's Association and the Moose Lodge 355. Jim enjoyed boating on the Mississippi River and driving his Corvette.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Joyce of Dubuque; his children Debra (Terry Kelleher) Avenarius of Dubuque, James "Sam" (Laurie) Helling of Dubuque, Jane (Luke) Meyer of Machesney Park, IL, Doug (Karen) Helling and Jody (Tank) Sahm both of Dubuque; his brothers Tom (Shari) Helling and Victor "Gus" (Ann) Helling both of Dubuque; his sisters Patricia Casey and Carol (Herb) Klinkhammer both of Dubuque; his sister-in-law Peggy Helling of Dubuque; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law John and Della Barrett; his brother Robert and his brother-in-law Tom Casey.

Memorials may be given to Albrecht Acres.

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



Kathryn L. Crouch


Kathryn L. Crouch, 87, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A celebration of Kathryn's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Monday, August 17, 2015, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be in the First Presbyterian Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa.

Kathryn Louise Glesener was born on August 15, 1927 in Jackson County, Iowa, to John Peter and Nora Charlotte (Damman) Glesener. She was a 1945 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Warren G. "Jack" Crouch on August 27, 1947 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Karen, Debra, Nancy and Warren.

Kathryn had first worked for Kirchhoff's in Maquoketa followed by Rasmussen Motors. She then became the secretary and managing bookkeeper for Clinton Engines Credit Union, and lastly for over 25 years for Production Credit Association (Farm Credit Services) until retirement.

Since 1957 Kathryn had been an active member of the First Baptist Church in Maquoketa where she had served on many boards and committees. She had also served as the past president of the American Baptist Women Missionaries. In earlier years she had served as a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout Den Mother. She loved her family, enjoyed family get-togethers, fishing, planting and growing flowers, sewing and making quilts, scrapbooking, word puzzles, bird watching and wildlife, and riding horses in her younger years.

Those left to honor Kathryn's memory include her husband Warren G. "Jack" Crouch of Bellevue, IA; children Karen (Ron) Ringler of Aurora, MO, Debra Caraway of Bellevue, IA and Warren (Susan) Crouch of Bellevue, IA; 5 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Nancy Reka Crouch in 1987, a brother Jack Glesener, sisters Helen Beedle and Phyllis McMurtry, and a grandson Christopher Michael Shady in 2012.

The family would like to especially thank the staff and volunteers at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue and Hospice of Jackson County.

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

 



Emily E. Bechel

Emily E. Bechel, age 91, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at home. To honor Emily's life, private family funeral services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Emily was born on September 8, 1923, in Hinesville, GA, daughter of John and Eva (VanBrackle) Terrell.

Emily was employed at Trausch Bakery for 23 years until her retirement, as well as a child care provider for several families throughout the years. Emily was a long time member of St. Luke's Methodist Church. She was an active person and enjoyed getting together with her exercise class. Emily loved to travel and took several bus tours throughout the years, with Branson, Missouri being one of her favorite destinations.

Emily is survived by 3 daughters, Karen Bechel, Dubuque, IA, Diane (Danny) Barker, Marshalltown, IA, Joyce (David) Nissen, Henderson, NV; her 3 granddaughters, Denise, Julie and Michele; 5 great-grandchildren, Sterling, Spencer, Madison, Max and Reagan; her siblings, Jack Terrell, Herkimer, NY, Louise Barrett, Dixon, TN.

Emily was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Judy Steele; and 2 brothers, Vernon and Lamar Terrell.

An Emily E. Bechel memorial fund has been established.

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

 



Susan E. Reilly


Susan Elizabeth Reilly, 75, of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2015 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday at St. Columbkille Church.

Susan was born September 17, 1939 in Dubuque, daughter of George N. and M.L. Theda (Hoerner) Reilly.

She graduated from Finley Hospital School of Nursing, Dubuque and from St. Joseph College, in Windham, Maine with a degree in Hospital Administration.

She was employed at the former Xavier Hospital as Director of Nursing and from Mercy Medical Center Nursing Administration retiring in 1996. She also was a CNA instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College, and a Watkins Products representative.

She was a member of St. Columbkille parish, where she was a Eucharistic minister; member of Xavier and Mercy Medical Center Auxiliaries; board member, secretary and house manager of the Grand Opera House; chairperson Care Review Committee Stonehill Care Center; a member of the American Business Women's Association - woman of the year 1979, selected Who's Who in American Women in 1980, and served two terms as president; member of American Organization of Nurse Executives; member Tri-State Health Planning Council 1970-1974; member of Community Advisory Board for the Bioethics Resource Center of Loras College; Board member of Guidance for Adolescent Pregnancy; house manager of Five Flags Civic Center; and assisted various civic fund drives and volunteer services.

Surviving is a brother Michael (Nancy) Reilly, of Dubuque; a sister Jane (Bob) Specht, of Dubuque; nieces and nephews Bob Specht, Steve (Jane) Reilly, Jim (Erica) Reilly, Bob (Andrea) Reilly, Mike (Jennifer) Specht, Anne (Chris) Johnston, and Carrie (Jereme) Hatler; great nieces and nephews, Robby, Jon, Tommy, Will, and Emma Specht, Luke; Alayna, and Molly Johnston; Morgan, Mitchell, Meghan, Logan, Drew, Shannon, Devin, and Erin Reilly; and Jackson and Owen Hatler; many cousins and friends including a special friend Carly Leutchelschwab and her children, Ryan and Alexus.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother G.T. "Tom" Reilly and a sister, Mary Kay Reilly.

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

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to Stonehill Care Center or St. Columbkille Church.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is assisting the family.



Theodore D. Kipper


Theodore D. "Ted" Kipper, 75, of Peosta, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 7th,at Holy Family Catholic Church, Peosta. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug 6th at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Ted was born January 4, 1940 in Dubuque, son of Clarence and Florence (Kemps)