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Robert L. Hingtgen

Robert Leo Hingtgen, 93, of East Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at his daughter’s home in McKinney, TX surrounded by family.

Robert (Bob) was born January 3, 1930 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Leo N. Hingtgen and Pauline C. (Schueller) Hingtgen.  Robert L. and Mary K. Gabel were married January 28, 1956, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque, IA.

Bob graduated from Loras Academy in 1947 followed by Bayless Business School in 1949.  He worked as the foreman of Concrete Products Co. in Dubuque and East Dubuque, IL from 1948-1974.  During that time, he and Mary built their home at Frentress Lake in 1959.  Bob then worked at Dubuque Sand and Gravel 1974-1986 and again for Concrete Products Co. 1987-1989.  After that Bob worked for the East Dubuque School District as a Bus Driver 1990-2006.  There he became known as “Bus Driver Bob” until his retirement.

Bob was an active member of St. Raphael’s Parish of Dubuque where he volunteered in several ministries.  He was also a member of the East Dubuque School Board, Local 421 Teamster Union and Knights of Columbus Council # 510.

Bob loved the outdoors and spent many years taking his family camping, hiking and biking.  He had a passion for the environment and recycling.  He could often be seen on his riding lawn mower keeping his Frentress Lake neighborhood clean and beautiful.  His favorite fall and winter hobby was harvesting walnuts and distributing them to friends and neighbors.  He taught his children countless life lessons and left them with many famous “Dad quotes”.

He is survived by his sons Nicholas R. (Becky) of Kure Beach, NC; Robert J. (Annie) of San Diego, CA; daughters Kathryn M. Stevers (David) of McKinney, TX; Anne M. Holland (Col. (Ret.) Martin J.) of Springfield, Virginia; Sarah M. Goldthorpe and her fiancé Kevin Opyrchal of Fullerton, CA, 10 grandchildren; brother Dan (Dorothy) Hingtgen of Cedar Rapids, IA; sisters Joy Willging of St. Joseph, MI; Fay Gancsos of Burton, MI; brother-in-law Gerald (Buzz) Hird of Dubuque, IA and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary K. Hingtgen (2008), parents Leo N. and Pauline C. Hingtgen; brother and sister-in-law Dave and Marge Hingtgen, brothers-in-law Ron Willging and Don Gancsos, mother and father-in-law George and Josephine Gabel, sisters and brothers-in-law Myrt and Joseph Deckert, Shirley and Ray Shireman, Dolores and Ray (Boze) Ryan and Marlene Hird.

Bob’s children would like to thank the families of Mary Jane Conrad, Becky McMahon, Dennis Gansemer and Frank Fincel for all their help and support extended to Dad, as he continued to live in his home as long as possible.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to Cathedral of St. Raphael of Dubuque and the Dubuque Arboretum in memory of Robert L. Hingtgen.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20th at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 21st at the Cathedral of St. Raphael, with Fr. Dennis Quint officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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Gilbert J. Boeker

Gilbert J. Boeker, 91 of Galena, IL passed away Thursday, March 9, 2023, at Ennoble Manor, Dubuque, IA. In keeping with his wishes there will be no public services and the burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

He was born October 3, 1931, the son of Albert and Irmgard (Jasper) Boeker. Gilbert graduated from Proviso High School with the class of 1949. He served in the United States Army until his honorable discharge. Gilbert was united in marriage to Dorothy Dieball on June 7, 1952, in Oak Park, IL and she preceded him in death on September 10, 2009. He worked for the Oak Park Police Department from 1954 until his retirement in 1985. Gilbert enjoyed fishing, older model cars, and animals, listening to Big Band sounds, and watching Judge Judy. He loved to tinker and work with his hands, building various types of models, and woodworking. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and the American Legion of Presque Isle, WI.

He is survived by his two children, Paul (Alison) Boeker of Athens, GA, and Lynn (Gordon) Smith of Alpharetta, GA, and one granddaughter, Gayle (Mike) Bialas of Bartlett, IL.

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

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Ennoble Manor and Prairie Ridge of Galena for the excellent care of our father Gilbert.

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Gail C. Beck

Gail C. Beck, 86, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, March 11, 2023, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Gail Caroline Bruse was born on August 25, 1936 in Preston, Iowa, to Wilbert Henry and Laura Emma (Michaelsen) Bruse.  She was a 1955 graduate of Preston High School where she was the class Valedectorian.  She married Rex Joseph Beck on August 19, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa.  To this union five children were born, Linda, Deb, Mike, Tom, and Jeff.

Gail was a mother and farm wife and served as the Delmar Postmaster from 1981 to 1996.  Lastly, she worked at Sue’s Hallmark in Maquoketa from 1997 to 2008.

Gail loved spending time with her family and enjoyed playing Bridge and being a member of a local Bridge Card Club.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Rex Beck of Delmar, IA; children, Linda (Rodger) Hull of Maquoketa, IA, Deb (Mark) White of Delmar, IA, Mike Beck of Minneapolis, MN, Tom (Susan) Beck of Delmar, IA, and Jeff (Jennie) Beck of Delmar, IA; siblings, Linda Rotman of Iowa City, IA, and Steven Bruse of Dubuque, IA; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Larry Bruse.

A private family graveside service and burial celebrating Gail’s life will be held from the Miles, Iowa Cemetery.  There is no public visitation.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.  Online condolences may be left at



Betty Jane Barth

Betty Jane (Bleile) Barth, 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on March 10, 2023, at Hawkeye Care Center. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Betty was born on November 12, 1936, in Zwingle, Iowa, daughter of Herman and Caroline (Houselog) Seiler. After graduating from Maquoketa High School, she married Delbert Bleile on May 17, 1955. He died on September 6, 1988. Later, she married James Barth.

She worked for many years as a teacher’s aide for St. Joseph’s Key West school and as a cook at the Moracco Supper Club. As an avid gardener, she was a member of the Master Gardeners and a longtime volunteer at the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. She also loved to sew and cook. She was especially fond of her cats.

Betty is survived by her husband James and her children, Linda Althaus, Kathy (John) Teske, Dianne (Randy) Kemp, Janell (Glenn) Morrison, and John Bleile, nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren with one on the way. She is also survived by her sister Mary Decker, her brother Harvey Seiler and her in-laws, Marie Bleile, Cletus (Sally) Bleile, and Margaret Heiderscheit.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Delbert Bleile, son Ronald Bleile in infancy, and son-in-law Larry Althaus. Also preceding her in death were her siblings, Anna Potts, Ada (Francis) Garrity, Joseph Seiler, Clara (Don) Koerperich, Carl (Irma) Seiler, Agnes (Harry) Thiltgen, and Edith (Ray) Decker along with in-laws Alvin Decker, Raphael (Anna Mae) Bleile, Dolores (Charles) Reinert, Leon Bleile, and Kenneth Heiderscheit.

We would like to thank the staff of Hawkeye Care Center, Dr. Tom Schreiber, and Hospice of Dubuque for the care and compassion they showed Betty.



Scott L. Estal

Scott Lynn Estal, 55, passed away unexpectedly on March 9, 2023, 2:30pm, at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church Key West, with Monsignor Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday March 14th, 2023 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be at 2:45 p.m.

Scott was born on June 10th, 1967 in Dubuque, IA, the son Danny Estal and Judy (Norpel) Radford. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1985.  He attended NICC and earned a certificate in HVAC. He married his high school sweetheart and soulmate Tami (Kinsella) Estal on July 29th, 1989 at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Dubuque, IA.

Scott worked for various heating and cooling companies, ran his own Estal Residential Maintenance business, and was currently employed at the University of Dubuque on the maintenance crew. He was a jack of all trades and would never hesitate to lend a helping hand.

Scott was a strength for many, the most selfless, loving, devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather anyone could have asked for. He was always there to lend a helping hand wherever he could. He loved being with his family, and particularly loved traveling with his wife. He could talk to anyone about anything, but especially cars, which was a passion passed down from his dad and shared by his family. He often spent family time at Tri-State Raceway with his beloved 67’ Chevelle. Over the years, he enjoyed attending car shows and cruises, sharing his passion for cars with anyone that would listen, especially with his children and grandchildren. To so many, he was a “go-to” when something needed to be fixed.  It seemed there was nothing that Scott could not fix.  He did everything he could for others and never asked for anything in return. He truly meant everything to everybody.

Surviving are wife, Tami (Kinsella) Estal, his four children Allison (Michael), Taylar (Cara), Jessica (Ryan), Ryan (Kara). His six grandchildren; Ava, Aspyn, Josh, Jake, Izzy, and Bryson. His mother and step-father, Judy (Denny) Radford, Father-in-law, Jim Kinsella (Maggie), his three siblings, Dan (Sherrie), Todd (Kristina), and Kimberly.

He was preceded in death by Danny Estal (Father), David Estal (Nephew), his mother in law Dorothy Kinsella, his grandparents Ken and Mary Alice Norpel, and Loren and Francis Estal.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Research for the Kids or the “Make a Wish” foundation.

The family would like to thank the cardiology staff at Mercy One and especially Dr. Ramabadran for his quick and compassionate care.



Richard G. Gross

Richard G. Gross, age 60, of East Dubuque, IL, completed his earthly journey suddenly during a short battle with cancer on March 7, 2023.  To honor Richard’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Richard’s family.

Richard was born on July 31, 1962, in Dubuque, IA, one of eight children to Arthur W. and Loretta A. (Schmitt) Gross.  Richard grew up with a simple, kind, and gentle spirit and after high school moved into his autobody career which spanned throughout his life at various shops in the area.  When Richard wasn’t working on his latest project, you could easily catch him down on the river fishing, or just relaxing with his favorite canine companions by his side.  He was an independent soul who thoroughly enjoyed living life on his own terms.  Richard possessed a heart of gold and always enjoyed spending quality time with his nieces and nephews when time allowed.  We are truly broken-hearted with the sudden absence of Richard from our daily lives and hope that the abundance of memories he leaves behind for us to treasure will eventually bring a little peace into our hearts and minds.  Thank you, Richard, for continually reminding us that life is short and precious at the same time and that we should make the most out of each day we are graciously granted to experience.  May the Lord keep you and bless you until we meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Richard include,

his siblings,
Sue Nelson, Dubuque, IA,
John Gross, Iowa City, IA,
Patrick Gross, Racket, MO,
Debbie (Tom) Slater, Benton, WI,
Linda “Lu Lu” Thompson, East Dubuque, IL,
Thomas (Jeri) Gross, East Dubuque, IL,
Michael (Sandra) Gross, Dubuque, IA;
and Troubles, (canine companion),

along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Kenneth Nelson;  his sisters-in-law, Carolyn Gross, Lois Gross; and nephew, Marc Rath.

Richard’s family would like to thank the East Dubuque Police Department, Jo Daviess Sherriff’s Department, and Gwen at animal control for their care and concern during this difficult time.

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Robert L. Beckley

Robert “Bob” L. Beckley, 89, of Bellevue, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2023 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2023 at Hachmann-MierFuneral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. Additional visitation will be 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the funeral home prior to Mass. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Andrew.

Bob was born July 22, 1933, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Paul and Rosann Stanisha Beckley; he was the oldest of nine children. He learned the values of faith, family, and hard work as a young man. When Bob finished school at the ninth grade, he told his parents that he was leaving to go out into the world to start a life of his own. He took a bus to work for Vic Banowetzon his farm and he also helped Bill Rowan farm. He then made his way to Maquoketa to start working at Clinton Engines.

Bob was fortunate enough to find his true love, Mary Lensing at Melody Mill in Dubuque. The two were united in marriage September 22, 1954 at Mount Carmel Church, Lawler, Iowa. Bob and Mary were blessed with 51 years together and twelve children; they enjoyed dancing to polka music especially the Dave Dighton Band and traveling the country visiting their children. Our family chain was broken when the good Lord called Mom home on July 20, 2006. Dad continued his devotion of travel visiting Brazil numerous times over the years.

Bob devoted his entire life to his family; he was a generous, kind man. He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 29 years; retiring in 1989. Bob spent countless hours after working his fulltime job proudly making brooms and brushes for Rapid Brush Company, the company he purchased in 1975.

Dad was meticulous in whatever he did and expected the same of his kids. We learned at a young age what we should and should not do. All it took was a look from Dad and you knew you were grounded for a week. He was sometimes quick to anger, but quicker to forgive. Sitting down at night to eat supper as a family was an absolute must. Our family planted a large garden every year, working together to harvest and can the produce. We thank our parents for instilling values into our lives.

Bob was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and achieved the levels of Grand Knight & 4th Degree Knight. He volunteered several years at Andrew Community and Marquette Catholic Schools, earning him the nickname “Grandpa Bob”. Dad also was a 4-H leader for many years; spending hours at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. Bob taught many 4-Hers about small engines, maintenance, and repairs. We are not sure if Dad knew he was instilling this same knowledge in his own sons. What was second nature to Dad was significant to how his sons learned to overhaul engines, rebuild motors, and to be their own mechanics; a life skill they all use every day.

Bob is survived by his children: Carol (Eugene) McDevitt, DeWayne (Carla) Beckley, Dee Beckley, Don (Zenobia) Beckley, Sharon (Howie) Miller, Jerome (Joany) Beckley, John (Karla) Beckley, Phil (Jane) Beckley, Michelle (Bill) Decker, Doug (Tracey) Beckley, Dean (Michelle) Beckley, and Carl (Brenda) Beckley; 32 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; Siblings: Mary Ellen (Tom) O’Brien, Paul (Carol) Beckley, George (Dee) Beckley, Janet (Bob) Graff, and Shirley Lemm.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his parents, his siblings: Dorothy (Ed) Reeg, Father Clarence Beckley, JoAnn (Ray) Schumacher.

In lieu of flowers, a Robert Beckley memorial fund has been established.



Ernest L. Osterkamp

Ernest L. Osterkamp, 70, of Anamosa died Friday, March 10, 2023, at home after an extended battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.

A funeral service will be held at 10 am Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.  Pastor Wade Reddy will officiate.  Burial will be at the Norwich Cemetery in Martelle.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Ernie was born March 27, 1952, the son of Henry and Evelyn (Etten) Osterkamp in Anamosa.  He graduated from Anamosa High School with the Class of 1970.   He met Jerrie Warthen and they eventually married on September 11, 1999.  He worked for Brokaw Surge, and worked in the refrigeration industry, retiring from Hussmann – Taylor Industries. In his spare time he loved to acquire and work on antique cars, including his ‘55 Chevy and his ’30 Chevy Coupe.

He is survived by his wife, Jerrie, his daughter, Tara (Brian) Dietiker of Anamosa, grandchildren, Rylan and Ashlyn, siblings: Sharon Fell of Anamosa, Patricia (Dean) Yousse of Scotch Grove, Pam Osterkamp of Cedar Rapids, Marilyn (Dale) Christiansen, Debbie Osterkamp and Connie (Randy) Ehlers, all of Anamosa; in-laws: Amanda Osterkamp, Marilyn Warthen, Judy (Dale) Walker, Jean (Keith “Slim”) Schlimmer, all of Anamosa, DeWayne (Pam) Warthen of Martelle, Janet (Dick) Lynott of Hiawatha, Janice (Bob) Richmond of Springville and Allan Warthen of Monticello, and many nieces and nephews.

Ernie is preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Wray and Gladys Warthen, his brother, Larry Osterkamp, in-laws, Joy (Tim) Merfeld, Ron Warthen, Joyce and JoAnne Warthen, and step-father, John Stimpson.

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Elaine S. Weis

Elaine S. (Kloft) Weis, 89, of Bellevue, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2023 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.  Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Friday, March 17, 2023 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook.  Family will greet friends from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Friday, March 17, 2023 at the church prior to Mass.  Burial will be in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Elaine was born April 27, 1933, the daughter of Joseph and Irene (Heuertz) Kloft.  She married Richard J. Weis on June 17, 1952, he passed on April 1, 2007.  They farmed together and owned and operated the Northside Tap in Springbrook 1976-1981.  Elaine enjoyed eating out and an occasional trip to the casino.  She loved to dance.  Visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brightened her days. Elaine also enjoyed taking bus trips, and spending time with her friends while enjoying a glass of wine.  Elaine’s faith and attending Mass was important to her.

Survivors include her children, Bruce (Deb) Weis, Vickie (Dave) Woods, and Tammy (Kevin) Stoecken; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mina Theisen and Nancy Rubel; sisters in-law, Shirley and Marian Kloft; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended relatives.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; children, Brian, Ronnie, Rhonda (Gary) Cummingham, an infant son; a grandson, Zachary Woods; a great-granddaughter, Lauren Weis, siblings, Wayne and Dorman Kloft; brothers in-law, Gerald “Whitey” Theisen and John “Jack” Rubel.

The family would like to thank Hawkeye Care Center staff for their care of Elaine, Bellevue Ambulance and Police Department for your attention over the years and her special friend Jeanne for always visiting and enjoying a glass of wine.

A memorial fund has been established in Elaine’s memory.

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James A. Rondeau

James A. “Jim” Rondeau, age 77, of Dubuque, passed away at 11:38 a.m., on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at Sunnycrest Manor.  To honor Jim’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Monday, March 13, 2023, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday at the Church of the Resurrection, with Rev. Phillip G. Gibbs officiating.  Burial will be at a later date following cremation in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Jim was born on March 10, 1945, in Westfield, Massachusetts, son of Edward and Helen (Stevenson) Rondeau.

Jim graduated from high school and went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Air Force from 1964 – 1968.  He was a weapons mechanic during the Vietnam War in Thailand and Japan.  He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Sandra Lorenz on July 24, 1965, in Dubuque.  Sadly, Sandra passed away after 50 years of marriage on April 21, 2016.  Jim was always a hard worker and he devoted his career to working as an assistant manager at Stanley Home Products from 1968 – 1980, the Dubuque Packing Company for a short time, and later in the office at JMJ Screen Printing until his retirement in 2004.  Jim’s faith was an integral part of his daily life.  He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, The Power of Prayer, the Pilgrim Virgin Program Honor Guard and he led the Rosary every Tuesday at Sunnycrest.  Jim was an avid pool player who ran the Midwest Independent Pool League for 20 years.  He also enjoyed getting outside golfing and watching all of the local high schools play at Dalzell Field.  He was a diehard Cubs and Bears fan.  Jim was also a “food junkie” who liked going out for some fine dining with family and friends, as well as watching the food network for new recipe ideas.  His family was always his main focus and he truly loved spending time with everyone.  Jim will be greatly missed, but we find some comfort in knowing that he was reunited with his beloved wife, Sandra, just in time to celebrate his birthday in Heaven this year.

Those left to cherish Jim’s memory include,

his children, Christopher “Chris” (Nancy) Rondeau, Peosta, IA
and Tracy (Rob) Kovar, Dubuque, IA;

3 granddaughters,
Kathleen (John Bollinger-Orr) Rondeau, Kristin (Ben Kane) Rondeau and Lauren Kovar;

his siblings,
Leon (Candy) Rondeau, Kokomo, IN,
Diane Rondeau, Dubuque, IA,
John “Jack” (Julie) Rondeau, Leander, TX,
Joanne VanNatta, Freeport, IL,
Karen (Neil) Candee, Dubuque, IA
and Richard (Kelly) Rondeau, Ankeny, IA;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Sandra Rondeau; and 2 sisters, Donna Rondeau and Judith Rondeau.

Jim’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest for the wonderful care and camaraderie they provided for Jim these past years.  Also a very special thanks to his best friends, Bill and Rita McDonough, for all of their friendship and support throughout the years.  We want to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Chris Weber, and his friend Gary Schulte for all of the time they spent with Jim.

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

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Mary A. Waechter

Mary A. “Pudge” Waechter, 87, of Dyersville passed away Thursday, March 9, 2023, at MercyOne Senior Care in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 9–10:30 am Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Chris Podhajsky will officiate.

Mary was born on March 23, 1935, in Cascade, Iowa, the daughter of Alfred and Anna (Rettenmeier) Breitbach.  She married Eldon “Hank” Waechter on April 24, 1954, in Farley, Iowa.  Mary spent most of her working career caring for others as a CNA in addition to volunteering many hours for Hospice. Upon retiring from Mercy Hospital, she continued her passion of caring for others with the residents at Area Residential Care.

Mary was a loving, kind and generous wife, mom, grandmother and friend.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 656 where she enjoyed spending time with many of her Farley girls.  Mary cherished her friendships and enjoyed her weekly bowling league even if she could barely break 100.  She loved gathering with family and friends to pass on her love of euchre and playing slot machines. Mary showered her grandkids with hugs and attending school events, birthday parties, playing board games and cards. She was a master of the TV guide finding the perfect game show to watch while crocheting.  Over the years, she created many crochet pieces, which she generously donated to charities.  She also enjoyed crocheting for family, friends, and adding to her personal bear collection.

She is survived by her children: Bob (Margie) Waechter of Dyersville, Bev (Bob) Kluesner of Bentonville, AR, Becky (Jim) Nickol of Dyersville, Barb (Joe) Westhoff and Barry Waechter, both of Celina, TX, Brenda (Rick) Moore of Dubuque; grandchildren: Greg (Annie) Waechter, Stephanie (Dan) Gioimo, Anne (Andrew) Woodle, Sarah (Stephen) Bridgeford, Lisa (Rodney) Shelby, Chris (Katie) Nickol, Lori (Jeremy) Kloser, Tracy Stephens, Bill (Lauren) Westhoff, Jeff (Diana) Westhoff, Scott (Alex) Waechter, Amy (Chris) Shylman, Madeline, Taylor and Nic Moore; 16 great grandchildren, several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; a brother, Alfred “Speed” Breitbach of Des Moines, and a sister-in-law, Germaine Breitbach of Neponset, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband “Hank” in 1987, two sons, William Waechter in 1973 and Brian Waechter in 2021, granddaughter, Jody Waechter in 1975; siblings: Lyle Breitbach, Rita (Joe) Burd, Darlene (Russ) Curley; and in-laws:  Rita Breitbach, Carl (Vivian) Waechter and Rita Waechter.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ellen Kennedy Living Center and MercyOne Senior Care for the wonderful support and compassionate care.

Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at  Memorials may be sent to the family, (in care of Kramer Funeral Home) 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA  52040.



Judith A. Glab

Judith ‘Judy’ Ann (Tharp) Glab, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, February 24, 2023, at the Luther Manor Retirement Community in Dubuque, Iowa.

A private memorial will be planned at a later date in Dubuque, Iowa.

Judy was born September 13, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa to James Tharp and Alice (McWilliams) Tharp. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. She was a homemaker and worked for Stanley Home Products and then O’Connor Brooks & Co in Dubuque prior to retirement. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed volunteer work at the Open Closet and the Dubuque Symphony.  Judy was a wonderful cook and seamstress.

Judy is survived by her daughters, Laurie Ann (Cocayne) Patterson (Whitney) of Edmond, Oklahoma and Lisa Marie (Cocayne) Peterson (Mitch) of Littleton, Colorado; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by a brother, Johnny Tharp of Washington state. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and second husband, Gene Glab. Burial will be next to her grandparents, John and Annie McWilliams in McGregor.

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

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Mary Hasken

Mary “Fay” Hasken, 97 of Galena, Illinois, passed away peacefully with loving family by her side on Sunday, March 5, 2023. A private family service will be held at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

Fay was born on September 22, 1925, to Charles and Margaret Zeal. She was married to her husband of 66 years, Edgar F. Hasken until his death in 2008. Together they raised five children. She retired from the Jo Daviess County Courthouse after working many years in the Supervisor of Assessment Office.  Not one to sit idle for long, Fay enjoyed sewing, crocheting, baking, and taking her daily walks. Most of all, she loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed making their favorite desserts: chocolate-green chocolates and the famous Easter lamb and bunny cakes. Grandma Fay, as her grandchildren called her, was the glue that held our family together, preparing holiday dinners for gatherings in her home where we enjoyed the time we shared. We were truly blessed by her presence in our lives. 

Fay is survived by her daughters, Sandy Hasken, Janice Harris, and Jackie (Chuck) Werner; daughters-in-law Butchie Hasken and Roxann Hasken; ten grandchildren Patrice (Brian) Kuhn, Paul (Kelli) Hasken, Scott (Carrie) Hasken, Cassie (Kevin) VanWaardenburg, Joshua (Jennifer) Harris, Kelly (Lon) Scheuerell, Jeff Hasken (Shaina Effinger), Lindsey Hasken, Brendan (Autumn) Werner, and Macalister Werner; fifteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; one sister Sally Merschat, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. 

Fay was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons Ronald and Rick, her brother Dale (Florence) Zeal, and her sisters Jane (Leslie) Tippet, Rose (Ralph) Simmons, and Joanne (Tom) Fangman and a brother-in-law, Ray Merschat.

Fay’s family would like to send a special thank you to her goddaughter Margo Simmons for her unwavering support and to the exceptionally caring and compassionate people of Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Dubuque and to the Glioblastoma Research Organization.

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Thomas J. Johnson

Thomas James Johnson, age 64, of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully on March 5, 2023. To honor Tom’s life, family and friends may gather together for his Celebration of Life from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the Dubuque Driving Range, located at 10740 IA-3 in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Tom’s family.

Tom was born on July 1, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, 1 of 8 children to Robert Louis and Marion Elizabeth (Johnson) Johnson.

Tom worked at the Dubuque Blood Bank for some time prior to joining forces with his brothers to start up a construction business in Florida.  Tom also worked at Davis Construction locally as a supervisor for the roofing crew.  His last stent through his working years was with Key City Window Cleaning.  Tom was naturally gifted with a strong work ethic and took great pride in his many accomplishments over the years.

Tom thoroughly enjoyed cooking and also loved fishing on the Mississippi River.  Tom always celebrated his birthday on the 4th of July weekend with friends and family at his house.  Everyone was always welcome in Tom’s life as he was a kind and genuinely nice man who could make friends with anyone who crossed his path.

Tom’s favorite song was “Patience” by Guns ‘n’ Roses, and patience he possessed beyond measure and shared generously with all who knew and loved him.  He truly put love in all of our hearts, and was just an amazing soul who blessed us all without the slightest bit of strain or effort.  Absolutely a good and decent man among men who made the world a better place simply by being himself through each and every day.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Tom include,

his siblings,
Laura Weidenbacher, Dubuque, Iowa,
Steven (Tami) Johnson, Indiana,
and James “Jimmy” (Candi) Johnson, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and 4 siblings, Rinda Wolff, Robert “Jay” Johnson, Roberta “Bobbie” Somers, and Roger Johnson.

Tom’s family would like to thank the Davis Place Apartment family, especially Dawn and good friend Jason, for all of their love, patience, and care of Tom.

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Michael L. Potter

Michael L. Potter, 78, of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2023, at the Iowa Veterans Home.

A military graveside service and burial celebrating his life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa.  Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 P.M., Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Michael Louis Potter was born on July 14, 1944 in Canton, Iowa, to Louis Eugene and Anna Mae (Risinger) Potter.  He was a 1962 graduate of Andrew High School.  He then entered the U.S. Army serving his country during the Vietnam era stationed in Germany.  Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home to Iowa and worked for Clinton Corn Company for several years, and then for Connell Supply in Maquoketa and bought a farm.  Lastly, he owned and operated his own roofing company until retirement.  He enjoyed working and visiting with people.

Those left to honor his memory include his siblings, James “Jim” Potter of Dubuque, IA, Bill (Ardyth) Potter of Nome, AK, Barbara (Clif) Merrick of Maquoketa, IA, Nancy Redmon of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Carol Norville of Venice, FL; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded by his parents, brothers Gary and Richard, and a sister Delores Potter.

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