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Roger Holdridge

Roger Holdridge, 84, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, February 5, 2024, at Luther Manor Grand Meadows.

“Happy Hour” visitation will be held on Friday, February 9, from 3:00 p.m. until the 5:30 p.m. Farewell Toast Memorial Service, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque. Rev. Dianne Grace will officiate.

Roger was born July 18, 1939 in Manchester, IA, the son of Donald “Pete “and Willa (Wilson) Holdridge. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years. Roger married Beverly Meyer on July 25, 1957, and they had two daughters, Laura and Kelly.

He was employed at Georgia Pacific for many years, until his retirement.

Roger was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and the Iowa Hawkeyes, and enjoyed watching his great grandsons play sports. Trips to Florida with his siblings were a highlight for Roger, and he also enjoyed going to the dog rack on Wednesdays with his brothers. No one was a bigger fan of Happy Hour than Roger, and he had several spots he was a regular.

Roger is survived by two daughters, Laura (Steve Birch) Chapman,  of Dubuque, and Kelly (Michael) Pearson, of Tulsa, OK; his grandchildren, Nikki (Eric McCarty) Chapman, Luke (Amber Saffan) Chapman, Rachael(Cory) Wilson, Meredith (Frank Garcia) Pearson, and Brooklyn (Sam Mahr) Pearson; nine great grandchildren; and two brothers, Oscar (Candy) Holdridge, and Richard (Joyann) Holdridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Everett and Gale “Pat” Holdridge; his sister, Donna Porter; and his former wife, Beverly.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor Grand Meadows for their care of Roger.

Memorials may be made to the Dubuque Humane Society. 

 


 

Richard J. Peters

Richard J. “RJ” Peters, 88, of Galena, IL passed away Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, February 9, 2024, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena.

Friends may call at the Furlong Funeral Chapel from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday, February 8, 2024.

The burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena. Military honors will be accorded at the funeral chapel following the service by Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193.

He was born November 28, 1935, in Rice Township, rural Galena, the son of Harry and Hazel (Bills) Peters. RJ married Algean Ties on May 31, 1958, at the Old Nazarene Church, Galena and she preceded him in death on February 4, 2020.

He served in the United States Army from 1958 until his honorable discharge in 1960. RJ worked for the Galena Aluminum and Brass Factory until retiring. After retirement, he continued to operate RJ’s Recycling which he did for many years.

He enjoyed junking, bowling, reading westerns, and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Schapville Presbyterian Church.

RJ is survived by his four sons, Robert (Joan), Steven (Becky), Thomas (Mary), and Keven all of Galena, six grandchildren, Brian, Christi, Miranda, Samuel, Zoey, and Michael, two great-grandchildren, Willow and Malachi Traeger, one brother, Donald Peters. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a daughter, Pamela, and a son, David, a brother, Victor, and a sister, Jacqueline Brewer.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Hospice of Dubuque.

Your care and kindness will never be forgotten. 

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 


 

Sharon M. Hamel

Sharon M. Hamel, 83, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Sunday February 4, 2024, at Bethany Home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2024, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2024, at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church with Rev. Tom McDermott officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Sharon was born on June 2, 1940, in Placid, IA, daughter of John Faley and Bernice (McDermott) Faley. She married William J. Hamel on July 15, 1959, at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church.

Sharon raised six very energetic children while Bill worked full time at the Dubuque Packing Company and full-time operating Hamel Sodding and Landscaping (and snow removal). Sharon was a crucial part of the family business. Her duties were wide ranging and included, but were not limited to billing, accounts payable, taxes, and hosing her sons down in the yard after they spent a hot and dusty day laying sod. After her own children were out of the house, Sharon worked at the Nativity Day Care for many years.

Sharon was a wonderful conversationalist and had an excellent sense of humor. She was an avid reader and enjoyed many different kinds of puzzles.

Sharon was a loving wife and mother, and her grandchildren had a special place in her heart. She also had a special bond with her granddog, Sweetie.

She handled life with resilience, serenity, faith, gentleness and starch in her spine.

Sharon is survived by her husband, William J. Hamel; six children, Dirk (Lorilee) Hamel, Vicki (Dave) Sullivan, Scott (Tara) Hamel, Doug (Lynn) Hamel, Kari (Richard Stanford) Hamel, Jodi (Curt) Graff; four siblings, J. Michael (Sharon) Faley, Norene Ruden, Joseph (Lisa) Faley, and Carol Tellefson; ten grandchildren, Erin (Dan) MacDade, Will (Jenni) Sullivan, Jack (Kylee Metzger) Sullivan, Owen Hamel, Jami Hamel, Seiji Stanford, Fiore Ren Stanford, Kai Stanford, Mary Catherine Graff, and Gabriel Graff. She is also survived by one great-grandchild, Callan Sullivan MacDade who was born just three months ago. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers-in-law, Richard Ruden and Terry Tellefson.

A Sharon Hamel Memorial Fund has been established.

Sharon’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Bethany Home, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Angela, Dr. Chad Nachtman and his staff, and Julie Ehlinger, ARNP and her assistant Mikayla.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

 


 

Janice C. Sautter

Janice C. Sautter, 71, of Dubuque, died Sunday, February 4, 2024.

There will be no public services. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is entrusted with the arrangements.

Janice was born on June 11, 1952, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Darryl and Julia (Menne) Norman.

She was a dietary aide at Care Initiatives- State Center for over 34 years, until her retirement in 2017.

She enjoyed word games, dogs, and cats. She loved to laugh, especially at her son’s crude sense of humor. Her grandchildren were the best part of her life. 

She will be missed by her son, Justin (Emily) Blue; son-in-law, Jeff (Jen) Brannen; grandchildren, Kelcey Blue, Kendra (Konner) Kacmaryinski, Jayden Blue, Parker Brannen, Paige Brannen, Payton Brannen, Sam (Emily) Taylor, Sophia Zebarth and Henry Zebarth; and brother, John (Bonnie) Norman.

She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Jennifer Brannen; and her parents.

Memorials may be given to Linked by Pink, Breast Cancer Research.

Please send cards or memorial donations to Justin and Emily Blue, 2535 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa 52001.

Special thank you to Inne and Dee Taylor, Dr. John Whalen, Dr. Gretchen Hong, Jamie Hammerand, DNP, ARNP and the staff at Finley Hospital for their exceptional care.

 


 

Mary M. Roddy

Mary Margaret (Smith) Roddy, 89, passed away on February 4, 2024, at Stonehill Health Center, Memory Care Unit.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:45p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Fr. David Schatz officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Mary was born on June 3, 1934, in New Vienna, IA, the daughter of Edward Kiley Smith and Margaret Mary (Hamlin) Smith.

She graduated from St. Boniface High School, New Vienna in 1952, and from Mercy School of Nursing, Dubuque in 1956 with her RN.

She married John “Jack” Roddy on April 4, 1959, in New Vienna, IA. She was a member of St. Columbkille Church and Mother of Mercy, Mother’s Club Circle.

Mary was a labor and delivery nurse at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque from 1956 to 1959 and a night nurse at Hills and Dales from 1973 to 2006. Mary was a compassionate nurse who loved caring for mothers and children.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a great friend to many and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children: Mary Ann (Mark) Feldman, Susan “Sue” Roddy, John “Jack” (Kelli) Roddy, Lynn Roddy, James “Jim” (Lisa) Roddy and Martin “Marty” Roddy. Grandchildren: Emily (Josh) Schindler, Molly (Dillion) Scarecello, Ellen (AJ) Sellers, Kate (Jesse) Galef, Sarah (Jack) Margeson, Evin Roddy, Donovan Roddy, Elie Roddy, Iris Roddy and Nora Roddy and five great grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jack, her twin brother Charles, brothers Donald E. Smith and John “Jack” Smith, his twin sister in infancy, and a grandson Eoin Roddy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Stonehill Health Center, Hills and Dales or Hospice of Dubuque in memory of Mary.

 


 

Thomas C. Maas

Thomas C. Maas, 78, of Dubuque, died Saturday, February 3, 2024, at home in Dubuque surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 11:45 am Friday, February 9, 2024 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Funeral Service for Tom will be 12:00 pm Friday, February 9, 2024, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Thomas was born September 10, 1945, in Dubuque, the son of Louis Carl and Eleanor Dorothy Graham Maas. On July 1, 2021, he married Pam Marie Davis in Dubuque.

He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

Tom retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 1994 after 30 years. He then drove RTA bus and motor coach bus before opening Blue Feather Express in 2004 that he owned, operated and drove for as an over-the-road trucker.

He found the love of his life Pam, in 2020; They loved to spend winters in Florida.  He spent his free time traveling, golfing, antiquing, swimming, and spending time with his family, whom he adored greatly. One of his proudest accomplishments was being a 41 year member of AA.

Survivors include wife, Pam; three daughters, Sherry (Ron) Lohneis of Dubuque, Tracy (Bill) Birch of Dubuque, and Tammy (Stan) Gonner of Galena; one stepson, Brian Dittmar of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Travis (Amber) Lohneis, Ethan (Janna Johnson) Lohneis, Austin (Darian) Lohneis, Jamie (Jeff Yeo) Birch, Cody Birch, Andrew (Kelsey) Gonner, and Elizabeth Willems; two step-grandchildren, DeJay Dittmar and Julia Dittmar; ten great-great-grandchildren, Jordan, Carson, Kinsley, Blair, Brayden, Chase, Jax, Poppy, Lucas, and Perrin; one sister, Patricia (Bernie) Gahan of Cambridge, WI; and many nieces and nephews,

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Sharon Blakeman, Jack Ewert, and Edward Apel, and granddaughter, Felica Lohneis.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Hermann, and the Iowa City Hemophilia Clinic for all the years of care.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences sent to the family by visiting Tom’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.

 


 

Rose M. Davidsaver

Rose Marie Davidsaver, 83, of Dubuque, died Thursday, February 1, 2024, at her home.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until 9:45 am on Monday, February 5, 2024 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Rose Marie will be at 10:00 am on Monday, February 5, 2024, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Father Tom McDermott as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Rose Marie was born May 28, 1940, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Michael Joseph and Leonilla (Wiemold) McGovern. On July 26, 1980, she married Christian McGovern at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2011.

Rose Marie attended school at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, University of Iowa where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and received two Master’s Degrees, one from Northern Illinois University and one from University of Wisconsin.

Rose Marie began her working career as a Charge Nurse at St. Joseph Sanitarium and then as a Mental Health Administrator for Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. She later taught at Northeast Iowa Technical Institute, Associate Professor at the University of Dubuque, and ended her career at Associate Professor of Nursing at Clarke College.

Rose Marie was a former member of the American Nurses Association, the Iowa Nurses Association, and the Iowa 3rd District Nurses Association. She was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.In her spare time, Rose Marie enjoyed doing needle work and was a lover of Snoopy and lady bugs.

Survivors include her sister, Sister Eileen  McGovern, BVM of Dubuque; and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Rose Marie was preceded in death by her siblings, Virginia, Mary Ann (Charles), James, and William (Barbara); and sister-in-law, Jane Ann.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Sisters of Charity, BVM at Mount Carmel, Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Linda Sullivan who was her caregiver for the last seven years.

Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Crematory is in care of the arrangements.

Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Rose Marie’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.

 


 

Dwain W. Perry

Dwain W. Perry, age 86, of Worthington, IA, completed his earthly journey on February 3, 2024, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA, while surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Dwain’s life, a private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Dwain’s family.

 

Dwain was born on January 30, 1938, in California, a son to Paul W. and Violet V. (Hines) Perry, Sr.  He eventually made his way to Iowa and met and married the love of his life, Delores Ingles.  The two were blessed with a family of their own and have been inseparable ever since.  Dwain provided for his family by investing over 25 years of his working career at the Dubuque Packing Company.  In his younger years, Dwain always enjoyed going out dancing and spending quality time with his lovely wife and their friends and family.  Dwain was also an avid deer hunter and always treasured the Iowa Bow Championship which he won in 1979 with his Recon Bow.  He was also a talented guitarist who found great joy in sitting comfortably with his Gretsch in hand while playing his favorite country and western songs for all to hear.  Dwain, his brother and additional family members entertained many in their Red River Band. A nice sunny day on his Harley was always on his to do list when time allowed and the feel of freedom on the open road was never taken for granted in Dwain’s life.  The world is truly a much lesser place today without our dear “Lovable Pierre” at the helm.  His sincere yet sassy attitude was continually on display and his stories combined with his confident and tender side will surely be missed.  We are grateful for the 86 years the Lord was kind enough to share Dwain with us and only pray that his earthly battles are now nothing but a distant memory as we wait to be reunited with him once again.  Thank you, Dwain, for always being true to yourself, being honorable to others, and for setting a great example for all to see of how a good and decent man should live each day without hesitation.      

 

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Dwain include,

his loving wife of 67 years,

Delores Perry, Worthington, IA;

 

his five sons,

Dennis Perry, Epworth, IA,

Rich Perry, Dubuque, IA,

Allen Perry, Worthington, IA,

Roger (Sherry) Perry, Manchester, IA,

and Brandon (Megan) Perry, Earlville, IA;

 

his ten grandchildren who know him as “Pa”,

Tracy (Bill) Moore, West Des Moines, IA,

Joe (Lanette) Perry, Onslow, IA,

Chris (Michelle) Perry, Worthington, IA,

Dawn (Dan) Hoth, East Dubuque, IL,

Josh Perry, Dubuque, IA,

Jeremy Perry, Epworth, IA,

Chris (Jessie) Perry, Delaware, IA,

Roger (Cherish) Perry, Jr., Monticello, IA,

Jon (Debbie) Perry, Davenport, IA,

and Stephanie Perry, Monticello;

 

his innumerable great-grandchildren whom he loved, adored and spoiled only slightly more than his favorite dogs;

 

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

 

Dwain was preceded in death by his parents; his two daughters-in-law, Connie Perry and Cindy Perry; and his siblings, Paul Perry, Jr., Rose Reid, Louise Ingles, Donna Brenner, Richard Perry, and Bob Perry.

Dwain is one of two strong pillars which this family is built upon. He will be forever loved, always adored and eternally missed!

 

Dwain’s family would like to express a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Dr. Elsey, Tim Saunders ARNP, along with the nurses and staff at  Finley Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care of Dwain and his family.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Dwain’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 


 

Robert E. Barton

Robert E. “Bob” Barton, age 68, of Mauston, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2024, after a valiant battle against cancer with his loving family beside him.  To honor Bob’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa.  Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon David Roth officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bob was born on May 13, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Raymond and Rosella (Heacock) Barton.

Bob graduated high school and lived in Dubuque for several years before moving to Mauston in 1988.  He married Memory Mauer on April 10, 1981, in Dubuque.  They raised their family together and celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary last year.  Bob was always a hard worker providing for his family.  He worked as a mechanic for Northside Mobile in Mauston for 27 years until health issues led to his early retirement in 2015.  Bob loved being in the great outdoors and camping was his true passion.  He also regularly attended sporting events for the kids and grandkids.  Bob was a talented cook and always made sure everyone had enough to eat. He especially enjoyed taking the grandchildren out for adventures and was famous for his ability to break in to an appropriate song for any situation.  Bob was diligent about doing online research before a purchase and was very thrifty, having a coupon for almost everything they bought.  He loved his family more than life itself and would do anything he possibly could for them.  Bob was very loved and we will miss him tremendously.

Those left to cherish Bob’s memory include

his loving wife,
Memory Barton, Mauston, WI;

his children,
Leigha Barton, Mauston, WI,
Dawn Niles, Ruckersville, VA,
Robin (Corey) Kane, Peosta, IA,
Coni Jo (Jay) Temple, Port Vincent, LA,
Jamie Barton, Dubuque, IA
and Mike Kropiwka, Mauston, WI;

12 grandchildren,
Madysen, Londyn, Tysen, Javon (Lexi), Jordan (Becca), Logan (Morgan), Kylie (Ashtyn), Luke, Natasha “Tasha” (John), Ashton (Courtney), Kristen (Dannon) and Kailye;

8 great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Richard (Ann) Barton, William (Mary) Barton, Connie (Laurie) Barton, Patti Ensey and Thomas “Tom” (Barb) Barton;

his mother-in-law,
Janet Entringer, Dubuque, IA;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Melody Thiltgen and Marilyn (Brett) Robinson.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Mark Kane; his fathers-in-law, Stan Mauer and Raymond Entringer; and a brother-in-law, Vincent “Butch” Mauer.

The family would like to thank everyone who has helped Bob with his fight against cancer these past years.  He truly appreciated your care and compassion more than you will ever know.  Bob’s famous quote was as follows, “If you must hate, hate cancer”.

The family will thankfully receive your support through greeting cards and memorials in Bob’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Bob Barton Family.

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

 


 

William Furlong

William “Roger” Furlong, 77, of Galena, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at his home.

He was born November 3, 1946, in Galena, Illinois, the son of William and Camilla (Reed) Furlong. He married Linda Pfohl on December 12, 1970, at Nativity BVM Church in East Dubuque, Illinois.

Roger graduated from Scales Mound High School with the class of 1964. He served his country in the United States Army from February 13, 1966, to February 13, 1968. After an honorable discharge, he worked at the Galena Lumber Co., and went on to manage the Hoskins Lumber Company in Elizabeth, Illinois. He worked with his father in construction and later started his own business, Furlong Construction, which he ran until his retirement.

In his spare time, he loved working on and driving his 1968 red Ford Mustang.

He loved the Galena Pirates and kept high school football stats for thirty years. During his last years on the sidelines, his sons, daughter, son-in-law, grandsons, and granddaughter helped keep stats alongside him.

Roger’s greatest joy was his children and grandchildren. He loved going to their games.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; his daughter, JoAnn (Christopher) Garza; sons, Michael (Tracy) Furlong and Scott (Kayla) Furlong; six grandchildren, Alexis and Zachary Garza; Jacob, Emma, and Claire Furlong; and Khiley Furlong; and his brother, Ron (Janice) Furlong.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert “Bobby” Furlong.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Turner Hall at 115 S. Bench Street, Galena, Illinois, on February 10, 2024, from 1-4 p.m. Per his instructions, we are going to “just think of the good times and play country music–the old stuff.”

The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

The family would like to thank Midwest Medical Center, Mercy of Iowa City, University of Iowa Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque—especially Jennifer and Amber, Galena Area Emergency Medical Services, Galena Fire Department, Galena Police Department, Scales Mound Fire Protection District, and Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office for their compassionate care and assistance.

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

 


 

Alice J. Hinz

Alice June Cass Hinz, of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2024. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, where Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Alice was born on June 7, 1927 in the town of Baraboo, Wisconsin to Fred and Helen (Heinz) Bisch. She graduated from Baraboo High School in 1944. She married Ralph M. Cass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo, Wisconsin on October 20, 1951. Subsequently they made their home in Dubuque, Iowa. Ralph passed away suddenly in 1993. Alice married Elroy J. Hinz on February 6, 1999. He died after a lengthy illness in 2001.

She was employed by the Farm Credit Administration in the offices of Baraboo and Madison, Wisconsin as the assistant secretary treasurer. She was employed at the Virginia Carolina Chemical Corporation and the Midwest Lumber Company in Dubuque prior to raising her family. She volunteered for several years as the school librarian at St. Anthony School and was then employed by St. Joseph the Worker school for twelve years and rectory for four years. Alice was an active member of the Mother of Good Counsel Mothers Club, Serra Club and the Dubuque Theresian Society. She volunteered for multiple organizations over the years, including the St. Anthony School and Rosary Society. She was a boy scout den mother and girl scout leader. She actively followed her children’s participation in multiple sports. Alice served diligently on the committee for St. Anthony Church and kitchen renovation. She was a member of the St. Anthony’s funeral choir for several years.

As quoted in Alice’s high school yearbook, “An avid follower of all the sports, Alice starred on all the courts”. Alice was indeed a life long sports fan.

She is survived by Joseph (Amy) Cass, Nevis, Minnesota, Michael (Mary) Cass of Rockford, Illinois and Kathryn (Mark) Siebenaller of Tampa, Florida. Grandchildren Michael (Katie) Cass, Abraham (Coresa) Cass, Margot (Nate) Lombardi, Lauren (Mike) Southworth, Thomas (Jess) Cass, Tara (David Steitz) Siebenaller, Dana (Tim) Wiemer. Great-grand children Emily, William, Connor Cass, Theodore Cass, Curtis and Edward Lombardi, Simon and Sidney Southworth, Sophie and Landon Cass and Wesley and Wyatt Wiemer. She is survived by sister Irene Anstett and brother Frederick Bisch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandson, David Lee Cass, infant brother Roy, sisters Mary, Gertrude, Demi and brother Leo. Memorials may be made to Holy Family Catholic Schools, 2005 Kane Street Dubuque, IA 52001.

Alice wishes to give thanks to all for the care she received; Dr. Mark Liaboe, the Assisi Village employees, and her large community of friends.

 


 

Wayne R. Ellerman

Wayne Robert Ellerman, 87, from Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on January 31, 2024 at Stonehill Care Center. Wayne was born in his beloved Dubuque on November 18,1936 to Carl and Mary Ellerman. When he was four years old, his widowed father remarried Clara, a woman he loved as his mother.

Visitation will be from 2:00pm-6:00pm Sunday, February 4, 2024 at Egelhof Siegert and Casper Funeral Home at 2659 Kennedy Road.

The mass of Christian burial for Wayne will be at 10:00 am Monday, February 5 at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Wayne married Nancy Grant on July 2, 1955 at St. Patrick’s Church, Dubuque, Iowa. Wayne and Nancy went on to have 7 children.

Wayne’s love for sports, especially basketball and baseball, began at a very young age. He was six years old when he started playing at the Boys Club. Wayne started playing fast pitch at age 15 for Business Supply and went on to play for Farley Loetcher, AY McDonald, John Deere and Arenz Shoes. Wayne spent 23 years in fast pitch softball as a player, manager, and umpire.  Many of the friendships he made playing ball lasted a lifetime and he was proud to be inducted into the Dubuque Fast Pitch Hall of Fame. Wayne was also a die hard Cubs fan and life long Chicago Bears fan.

His early years revolved around playing ball and raising his large family. Great family memories were made at Potosi campgrounds in which they would pack up the baby and 6 kids and head out with the pop up camper. It was there he earned the nickname Boone, as in Daniel Boone. A true Dubuquer, his love for the river resulted in the purchase of a houseboat. In his later years, Wayne and Nancy loved to sit by the river and watch the barges go by.

Wayne worked at John Deere for 32 years until his retirement in 1992. Again, many of the friendships he developed there, lasted a lifetime. After retirement he spent decades volunteering. He volunteered for 17 years at the Tool library, was a Pallbearer for St. Vincent De Paul, worked the Bingo room at Sacred Heart, enjoyed setting up the crib set at St. Mary’s , ran the food voucher program for St. Vincent De Paul and especially enjoyed working the kids room at Sacred Heart fall festival. Pops, as he was affectionately called by family was one of a kind. It has always been said that he never met a stranger. His humor and quick wit immediately drew people to him. His love for his family, especially his wife Nancy, was unwavering. He was a man of MANY nicknames: Weep, Wimp, Wimper, Weeper, Boone and Angel to name a few. No matter what you called him, he was always willing to help anyone at any time. He treated those he met as if they were his own.

Wayne is proceeded in death by his parents, Carl, Clara and Mary Ellerman, brothers Jim and Norman, sister Lois, daughter Diane, and son, Kenny.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 68 years, Nancy, children, Peg (Mike Fox), Connie (Scott) Birkett, Dan Ellerman, Bob Ellerman, and Carla Ellerman. He is also survived by 10 grand children, 20 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.

He is also survived by sisters, Pat (Jim) Abitz, Karen (Bob) Scheitzach, Kathy Tator, Chris Tigges, and Mary Beth. Brothers: John (Sandi) Ellerman and Dave (Diane) Ellerman.

The family would like to send our sincerest gratitude to Stonehill Care Center for their compassionate care and to Oak Park Place of which he also considered family.

 


 

James G. Kennedy

James G. Kennedy, 86, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at his home in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday, February 9, 2024 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Funeral Service for James will be 10:30 am Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.

James was born May 5, 1937, in Sioux City, IA, the son of Harold Griffith and Ann (Westlund) Kennedy. In 1957 he married Frances “Fran” Sisson in Sioux City, IA.

James attended high school in Correctionville, Iowa and graduated in 1955. He then attended Morningside College where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree and graduated in 1960. He served in the United States Army from July 25, 1957 until June 1, 1959.

James worked as a Certified Public Accountant with RSM, formerly McGladrey & Pullen, for 33 years. Previously, he started his career working for the IRS for 7 years. Jim was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He served as Trustee of Treasurer for 20 years for Bethany Home, Dubuque, was a member of the Board of Directors with Cottingham & Butler, Dubuque, and also served on the finance committee for the University of Dubuque. Outside of work, Jim enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Dubuque Golf & Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Fran; three children, Vicki Kennedy of Temple, TX, Murray (Kim) Kennedy of Westminster, CO, and David Kennedy of Boulder, CO; nine grandchildren, Robert Langan, Allison Kennedy, Michael Langan, James Kennedy, Brian Kennedy, Alex Kennedy, Sarah Kennedy, Jesse Strang, and Sophie Kennedy; and three great-grandchildren, Sabina Frances Langan, Frances Ruth Langan, and Corbin James Langan.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers: John Kennedy and Donald Kennedy; and his sister, Maureen Davis.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Association (IFOPA 501c3).

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences sent to the family by visiting James’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.

 


 

Karen R. Reisen

Karen Rose (Droessler) Reisen, 76, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 1:50 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024, at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque, IL with Fr. Dennis Vargas officiating.  Burial will follow in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2024 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL.  Parish Scripture Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. led by Karen’s nephew Father Chad Droessler.  There will be an additional visitation from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Karen was born on June 2, 1947, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Gerald V. and Luetta M. (Splinter) Droessler.  She was a graduate of Wahlert Catholic High School, the class of 1965. Paul R. Reisen finally convinced her to give up her parents’ dream of the convent, and the two of them were united in marriage at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, WI, on September 10, 1966.  Paul and Karen were made for each other, and their commitment and love were obvious to all who knew them.

Into their marriage, six children were born.  It was obvious, if you ever saw Karen in person, that she was quite small in stature.  However, you would be mistaken if you were fooled by her diminutive size!  Growing up as the oldest of ten children on a dairy farm, Karen was never afraid to take on any task or job, no matter how difficult or dirty the work was. Simply put, God never made another person as loyal, strong and steady as her.  Karen put her husband’s and children’s needs before her own on a daily basis.  As a result, her children were sure to grow up with a great work ethic, and each of them knew that they were cared for and loved.  Karen was extremely proud of her six children, twenty grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.  To them, she will forever be remembered as the best Nana there ever was with big hugs and kisses on the cheeks.

Surviving are her husband, Paul R. Reisen Sr. of East Dubuque.  Their children, Paul Jr. of Freeport, IL, and his children Tanner (Lexie), and their children, Ben, Ellie, with a new baby on the way, and Breanna.  William (Kara) of East Dubuque and their children Nolan, Cassandra (Mathew), Anna, and Natalie.  Jody (Jim) Winchell of East Dubuque and their children Paulina (Kenny), and their daughter, Piper, Andrew (Mariah).  Jason “Jake” (Beckie) of Roy, UT and their children Zoey (Joshua), and their daughter, Clara, and Beau.  Bryan “B” (Amy) of Fayetteville, GA and their children Ashley, Alyssa, Cole, Avery, and Carter.  Gerry Lou (Jestin Sr.) Sertle of East Dubuque and their children Jestin Jr., Eben, Gavin, Aspen, and Karin.

Karen is also survived by nine siblings.  Twins:  Jerry (Dorothy) Droessler and Mary (Fred) Vincent.  Twins:  Keith (Mary Jo) Droessler and Kathy (Joe) Albert, Gail (Tom) Schroeder, Greg (Jane) Droessler, Carrie Cole, Carla (Billy) Randecker, Paula (Pat) Redfearn.  Sister-In-Law, Arlene Reisen, Sister-In-Law, Josephine Powers, Brother-In-Law, Bob Reisen, and many, many, many nephews and nieces.

Besides her parents, Karen was preceded in death by her Father-in-Law, William Reisen Sr., Mother-in-Law, Pauline Reisen, Sister-In-Law, Betty Rodgers, Brother-In-Law, Elmer “Ruff” Rodgers, Brother-In-Law William Reisen Jr., Brother-In-Law, Ralph Reisen, Sister-In Law, Jean Reisen, Brother-In-Law, Bob Powers, Brother-In-Law, John Joseph Reisen (in infancy).

The last nine years were a difficult period for Karen.  As her family, we would love to send out a thank you to all of the care providers we have needed.

24 Hour Care, LLC of Galena, IL

The Memory Care Unit at Ahva Living of East Dubuque, IL

Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, IA

 


 

Joyce E. Coleman

Joyce Eileen Coleman, 81, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2024.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, January 15, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque. Private family burial will be at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Joyce was born on October 3, 1942, daughter of Harold and Rosemary (Vogel) Berkley. She married Edward A. Coleman on October 3, 1964 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. They were married 53 years before Ed preceded her in death on December 20, 2017. She worked for Borley Advertising for many years before retirement. She was a member of Lacoma Golf Club. She enjoyed golf, travel, reading, and time with her family.

Surviving are her two sons, Michael E. (Amy Wernimont) Coleman, and Patrick J. (Rhonda) Coleman; grandchildren, Alexia (Ryan) Sindt, Samantha (Shawn) Thomas, Colin Coleman, and Aspen Coleman; three great-grandchildren, Kelsie, Brody, and Brynnlee; and one sister, Mary Manderscheid of Sun City West, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, William; a sister, Barbara; and her parents-in-law, Art and Lou Coleman.

 


 

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