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Carol J. Swift

Carol J. Swift, 82, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Visitation for Carol will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with prayer service at 7:00 p.m. by Rev Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque. Masks and social distancing required. Entombment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date. A celebration of Carol’s life will also be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

Carol was born in Dubuque on June 11, 1938, daughter of Carl and Frances (Baker) Schwinger. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1956. She married Thomas D. Swift on October 12, 1957 and they had 6 children.  Thomas preceded her in death January 15, 2004.

As her children entered school Carol went to work for Wm C Brown Publishing Co as a proofreader, then worked for FM Jaeger Hardware as a bookkeeper.  At the age of 48 Carol realized her dream of becoming an RN, earning her degree from Northeast Iowa Community College in 1986.  She then went on to work for Mt. Carmel Sisters of Charity, BVM, retiring in 2003.

Over the years Carol spent much of her time in the kitchen – whether it was cooking, baking, doing dishes, paying bills (figuring out how to “rob Peter to pay Paul”), or folding yet another load of laundry (which was never-ending).  For many years the family spent weekends and summer holidays at Nita-Ho Valley with relatives and friends.  Good thing Carol liked to cook because all of the outings to Nita-Ho required careful meal planning and preparation, packing of extra clothes for the kids, along with anything else you would need, only to haul it all back home each day, clean up the mess, start another load of laundry, and do it all over again the next day.  Carol was no doubt exhausted and looking forward to going back to work on many-a-Mondays, but the many memories made were priceless for all!  In her rare “spare time” Carol loved to knit, crochet, and create other homemade gifts for family and friends.  She also tried her hand at writing and illustrating children’s books, and though never published, to this day they are still treasured by her grandchildren. Later in life, this thing called – legalized gambling in the State of Iowa – came about.  Carol loved to make an all-nighter at the Casino every now and then.  If she wasn’t home, her children had a pretty good idea where to look.  For all you slot-machine lovers out there – Carol has relinquished “her machines” to you now.  Take good care of them – feed them well – and they may be good to you.  Carol is now sitting at her own bank of machines in heaven, with her Mama, and they’re hitting those buttons with smiles from ear-to-ear.

Carol is survived by her children: Thomas (Sandi) Swift, Susan (Mark) Redding, Greg (Dawn) Swift, and Jeffrey (Tara McDermott) Swift all of Dubuque, and James (Julie) Swift of Cedar Rapids. Grandchildren: Christa (Adam) Peterson, Rachel (Matt) Teal, Kate (Mark) Sainci, Kristen (Mikelange) Olbel, Grant (Dianne) Hooker, Theresa (DeWayne Lumpkin) Baureis, Chad Redding, Nicole (John Hardin) Redding, Samantha Swift, Sara Swift, Nathan Swift, Andrea Swift, Jimmy McDermott, Maggie McDermott, Erica (James) Leary, Casey Mihm, Dylan Swift, and Logan Swift.  Great grandchildren: Evan, Chloe, Jolden, Xander, Gage, Claire, Grace, Ruby, Samantha, Hallie, Cecelia, Elliott, Mikelange II, Guilia, Uriah, Aveah, Kyhe, and Amara. Carol is also survived by her brothers: Francis (Bud) Schwinger of Seattle, WA and Mark (Carole) Schwinger of Monson, MA; her sister, Roberta (Charles) Olson of St. Peter, MN; in-laws John & Ann (Swift) Nauman of Dubuque and John & Peggy Swift of Spring Valley, CA; along with many nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents Carl & Frances Schwinger, husband Thomas Swift, son Steven Swift, daughter-in-law Peggy (Schissel) Swift, nephew Michael Schwinger, and sister-in-law Rose Lee Schwinger.

Memorials may be made in Carol’s name to Luther Manor Sunshine Valley Suites, 3131 Hillcrest Rd, Dubuque, IA 52001 and Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 John F. Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002 or any charity of your choosing.

The Swift family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor Communities and Hospice of Dubuque for their care, compassion, and kindness shown to Mom and the family over the past few months.  It is truly appreciated.

 


 

Harry “Butch” Spitzack

Harry “Butch” Spitzack, 75 of East Dubuque, IL passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at a later date.

He was born March 29, 1945, in Rochester, MN the son of Christian and Opal (Parker) Spitzack. He was united in marriage to his wife of 31 years Janis Wand on March 10, 1990, in Las Vegas, NV. Butch retired from John Deere after 30 years.

He owned a 1956 Chevy Nomad for the past 50 years. Butch was an accomplished water skier who loved spending time on the river. Some of his favorite things were car shows, hot rods, western movies, old-time country music, and reading (Louis L’Amour was his favorite). Above all else, he loved spending time with his family and instigating shenanigans.

He is survived by his wife, Janis, three children, John Spitzack, Julie Spitzack, Geoff (Sue) Cliff, three grandchildren, Hannah Haberkorn, Madison (Dakota) Freiburger, and Noah Haberkorn, one great-grandson, Jaxon Freiburger, his siblings, and brothers and sister’s in-law, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his mother-in-law, Lorraine Wand.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Hospice of Dubuque or Whispering Hope Rescue in memory of Butch. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 


 

Alice A. Clark

Alice Ann Clark, 90, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully and entered into eternal life on Friday, March 26, 2021, at the Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Holy Spirit Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 9:30 am until 10:30 am. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Alice’s family. The Mass of Christian Burial for Alice will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Holy Spirit Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Steven Garner as the Celebrant. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery – North Garryowen. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Alice was born October 5, 1930, in Mauston, WI, the daughter of Patrick and Jane (Croal) McGarty. On December 30, 1967, she married Richard ‘Doc’ C. Clark in St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mauston, WI. He passed away on December 27, 2004.

Alice graduated from Mauston High School in 1948, Wisconsin State College in Whitewater, WI in 1953 and University of Iowa with her Masters Degree in 1960.

She taught at West Salem, WI, Bayview High School in Milwaukee, High Point High School in Beltsville, MD, Cuba City High School in Cuba City, WI and Dubuque Community School District.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, their Rosary Society; the Serra Club, The Loras Club of Dubuque and was a volunteer for Hospice of Dubuque.

Survivors include one sister, Rita Goepel of Hartland, WI; her nephews and nieces, Patrick (Deb) Goepel, Richard (Deb) Goepel, Daniel Goepel, Chris (Kirk) Udovich and Stephanie McGarty; her grand nephews and nieces, RJ and Danielle Goepel, Anthony and Paul Goepel, CeAnn and Kylee Udovich; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Cimijotti, Karen Garlock and Kathryn Knudtson and many other friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother, Jim McGarty; sister, Ellen McGarty and brother-in-law, Dick Goepel.

A special thank you to all the doctors, nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their amazing care and Kevin Walsh for his friendship and care of Alice.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to: The Richard Clark Scholarship/Loras College, Stonehill Care Center, or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 


 

Ruth McEllhiney

Ruth McEllhiney passed away on March 27, 2021 at home, with her family by her side. Her life was filled with friends and family, sharing laughter and love, so please join us with your favorite memories of Ruth from 3 – 5 pm, Thursday, April 1st at Sundown’s North Lodge.

In 1932, Ruth was born in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of Edward and Elsa (Schreiber) Gottermeyer. She grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois. She attended Northwestern University and in later years, graduated from the University of Dubuque. Ruth married William A. McEllhiney and they lived in Laramie, Wyoming, while Bill completed his education. His career took them to Hinsdale, Illinois and Wausau, Wisconsin and eventually Dubuque.

Ruth enjoyed the people she met and the community opportunities presented. She was a Girl Scout leader, Red Cross volunteer, Sunshine Circle member, a docent at the Art Museum, a Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, a Master Gardener, and a member of Chapter IK of PEO and several book and bridge clubs. Her board work included the Dubuque Symphony, AFS International, Mount Pleasant Home, Visiting Nurse Association and the YWCA.

Her business career began at John Deere Dubuque in 1979 and ended with retirement in 1992, at John Deere Insurance. Ruth and her husband ran a bed and breakfast at their farm, Juniper Hill. Their guests, as well as Ruth, enjoyed the beautiful valley view, walks along Heritage Trail and skiing at Sundown.

Ruth’s first priority was her family and she loved them beyond all else. They were the light of her life. Ruth is survived by her daughters; Carol Luster of East Lansing, Michigan, Cathy (Matt) Rosing of Fort Collins, Colorado, Marcela Faundez (Joachim) Fischer of Barcelona, Spain and grandchildren Anna (Bradd) Melville, Ben (Beth) Luster, Eric Rosing, Emily Rosing (fiancée Josh), 2 great granddaughters, sister-in-law Sarah Gottermeyer, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ruth was proceeded in death by her husband William, brother Jack and son-in-law Tom Luster.

The family wants to extend a special thank you to Dr. Sara Loetscher for her compassion and care of our mother. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s Forever Fund.

 


 

Stephen C. Petsch

Stephen Charles Petsch, 72, of Asbury, passed away Friday, March 26, 2021, at his home in Asbury from natural causes.

Private family services will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Entombment will take place in the Resurrection Garden Mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery. We encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Stephen’s family.

Stephen was born November 4, 1948, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Harold W. and Rosemary J. (Jogerst) Petsch. On October 13, 1977, he married Mary Kay Nicks in Council Bluffs, IA. She passed away on September 21, 2001.

Stephen graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.

He worked as a machinist for Dubuque Stamp for over 30 years until his retirement.

Stephen enjoyed cooking, outdoor activities including backpacking, walking & golfing, boating on the river and sporting events. He was an avid Hawkeye fan. One of Stephen’s greatest attributes was his determination to be a very hard worker at whatever he was doing.

Survivors include five brothers, Mark Petsch of Clinton, IA, David Petsch of McGregor, IA, Daniel Petsch of Dubuque, Dr. Philip (Dr. Rhonda) Petsch of Montague, MI and Joel (Candi) Petsch of Asbury; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces & great-nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary Kay.

The family would like to thank Stephen’s neighbors for always helping & supporting him these past couple of years.

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

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

 


 

Faye A. Francis

Faye A. (Lowe) Francis, 87, of Bellevue, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Mill Valley Care Center.  Graveside Services will be 10:00 am, Thursday, April 1. 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Bellevue.

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

Faye was born June 15, 1933, the daughter of Glenn W. and Violet E. (Roe) Lowe.  She graduated from Bellevue Community High School in 1951.  She worked at Savanna Army Depot, a receptionist for Dr. Tilton, assistant City Clerk in Bellevue, and West Union before retiring.  Faye enjoyed playing cards with her friends, genealogy, and going out to lunch.  She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her son, Dirk Francis; and 3 grandchildren.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Michael J. Francis; siblings, Duane (Betty) Lowe, Robert Lowe, Dixie Lowe, and Leona (Robert) Sturtevant.

If you are unable to attend services cards and condolences may be sent to the family to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home 100 N. 6th Street  Bellevue, IA  52031 c/o Faye Francis Family.

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

 


 

Thomas A. Pins

Thomas A. Pins, 82, died at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque on March 24, 2021.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, where a funeral Mass will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Private burial services for the family will be held at a later time. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. is handling arrangements. Please observe all current Covid protocols, including wearing face masks and social distancing. If unable to attend, the Mass will be livestreamed at stanthony-dubuque.org and on Leonard Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

Tom was born at home in Dubuque on March 13, 1939, son of Art and Marge Pins. He attended St. Patrick’s grade school, Loras Academy, and graduated from Loras College in 1962. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 6 years. He married the love of his life Janet Muchow on July 7, 1962, at St. Patrick’s Church.

Tom’s work ethic started at a young age working with his dad at the Old Timers Supper Club. After graduation, he worked for 6 years at the Iowa State Employment office, 24 years at John Deere as a shipping coordinator, and finished his working days first as a blackjack dealer and then a pit boss on the local riverboat casinos for 16 years.

Tom volunteered in a variety of activities over the years, including the St. Anthony’s Board of Education and Parish Council, Boy Scouts Troop 7 Treasurer (10 years), and Dubuque Men’s Association Secretary/ Treasurer (12 years). He was also very active in the Dubuque Jaycees, holding various offices and being named a lifetime member and JCI Senator. He particularly enjoyed ‘spooking’ people at the annual Jaycees Haunted House.

Family and friends were always the centerpieces of Tom’s life, and he imprinted his love on his children and grandchildren. He never missed their sporting events. He and Jan enjoyed traveling, especially to visit their son, Mike, in Colorado. They also enjoyed the friendship of their Glenview Circle neighbors.

Tom was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan, and enjoyed nothing more than attending games in St. Louis. He enjoyed playing baseball, golf, tennis, softball, and coaching Steve’s Independent League baseball team. He also enjoyed playing cards with friends, especially the Thursday group at Happy’s Place. He and Jan have also maintained a special connection with friends from their dating days. A must event on their calendar was the annual family vacation gatherings with Jaycee friends for the last 50 years.

Those left to cherish Tom’s memory include his wife, Jan; his children Kim (Chuck) Haas of Dubuque, Mike Pins of Boulder, Colorado, Steve Pins (fiancée Lisa Neis) of Platteville, Wisconsin; grandchildren Brock (Gina), Brett, and Brandon Haas; sister Carole (Ken) Snodgrass; sister-in-law, Vonda Hosch; and nieces Cheryl, Tricia, Denise, Kathy, and Deanne.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Marge Pins, stepmother Mary Schneider-Pins, brother Arthur Jr, in infancy, in-laws Irvin and Luella Muchow, and brother-in-law Charlie Hosch.

Memorials will be donated by the family to charities special to them.

The family wants to thank the nurses and staff at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center for all their kindness and compassion. It is truly appreciated.

 

 


 

Jennifer L. Barker-Betts

Jennifer L. “Jen” Barker-Betts, age 47, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.  To celebrate Jen’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices.  To honor Jen’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Kristian Kincaid officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jen was born on August 3, 1973, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Richard and Monica (Juno) Barker.

Jen graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.  She was employed with several places throughout the years including Tri-State Golf Center, Bodine’s, Spectrum Counter Tops and Bunker Hill.  In her free time, Jen liked shooting pool, bowling, trying her luck at the casino, or just sitting pool side enjoying a beautiful day.  Jen was brought up at the race track with her dad, and was an avid racing fan.  She also looked forward to hitting the open road on the Harley, or in the car, for a scenic day trip.  Jen was a social butterfly and loved to connect with new people in person and through Facebook.  Jen’s first priority was her beautiful daughter Brianna, who was truly her pride and joy.  We are heartbroken at losing Jen in our daily lives, and she will be missed more than words can possibly express.

Those left to cherish Jen’s memory include

her daughter,
Brianna Betts, Dubuque, IA;

her father,
Richard “Dick” Barker, Dubuque, IA;

her boyfriend and his children,
Bob Meisenburg, Dubuque, IA,
Bob Jr., Tim, Ashley and Jordan;

her aunts and uncles,
Ron (Karen) Barker,
Bill Juno,
Karin Campbell,
Sharon Brown
and Dennis Post, all of Dubuque, IA;

and her former husband,
Pat Betts, Dubuque, IA.

Jen was preceded in death by her mother, Monica Barker; an aunt, Vicki Post; and an uncle Gary Juno.

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

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

 


 

Kim J. Evers

Kim J. Evers, 56, of Delaware, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Aurora Hospital in West Allis, Wisconsin.

A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.  Cards may be sent to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 750 – 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, Iowa  52040.

Kim was born August 4, 1964, in Manchester, Iowa the son of Joseph and Marcia (Oehler) Evers.  He graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School with the Class of 1982.  He married Michele Kluesner on April 12, 1985, in Luxemburg, Iowa.  Kim began working at the Delaware County Landfill and transitioned to Steger Construction for the last 21 years.  Kim loved working on engines and tinkering with classic vehicles.  He and his son restored a family heirloom Farmall H.

Kim is survived by his wife, Michele, 3 children: Nathan and Kristen Evers, both of Delhi and Allison Evers of Delaware, his schnauzers, Tigger, Dozer and Archie; father, Joseph (Linda) of Amana, parents-in-law, Jim and Donna Kluesner of Luxemburg, siblings: Shellie (Tony) Rice of Gastonia, NC, Sheri (friend Michael Jacobs) Evers of Delhi; a step-sister, Shelly (Lyle) Wehr of Fairfax; in-laws: John (Kim) Kluesner, Juliene (Kent) McNally, Gerry (Cindy) Kluesner, Dan (Lori) Kluesner, Linda (Tony) Yett, Karen Kluesner, Tom (Beth) Kluesner; and 3 grand dogs: Louie, Sully and Bowie.

He is preceded in death by his mother in 1996, and a brother-in-law, Gene Kluesner in 1981.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com.  

 


 

Rose M. Werner

Rose M. Werner, 61 of Galena, IL passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021, At her home, after a courageous battle with cancer. A celebration of life will be held at 11 AM, Thursday April 1, 2021, at the Galena Bible Church, where friends may gather after 10 AM until time of service. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing, capacity limits and mask requirements will be enforced. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Galena. Cremation rates have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

She was born December 27, 1959, in Darlington, WI the daughter of Delbert and Linda (Devel) Coulthard. She married John Werner on June 12, 1980, in Darlington, WI. Rose was a self-employed wood worker. She enjoyed her trips to the beach and Dollywood. Rose loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, John, three daughters, Amy (Joe) Kibling of Galena, Bobby Jo Werner of Dyersville, IA, and Nicole (Lance) Budde of East Dubuque, IL, seven grandchildren, Madison, Summer, Zander, Wyatt, Jay Joseph, Stephen, and Aubrey, two sisters, Adella (Robert) Coulthard and Alice (Bob) Becholt, three brothers, John (Brenda), Delvin (Nancy), and David Coulthard, father-in-law, John Werner, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, one brother, and her mother-in-law, Carolyn Werner.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Elizabeth Gullone for your care and kindness during this difficult time. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 


 

Richard R. Mastin

Richard Raymond Mastin, 78, of Dubuque, died Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Dubuque Specialty Care.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 10:00 am Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Richard’s family. The Funeral Service for Richard will be 10:00 am Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Richard was born December 10, 1942, in Dubuque, IA, the son of George and Delberta Clark Mastin.

He had been employed at Aladdin Magic Clean in Dubuque. He loved family gatherings and playing cards. One of his favorite pastimes was sitting on his sister’s porch, “watching life go by”.

Survivors include his siblings, Linda (Mike) Freed of Cassville, WI and John (Janet) Mastin of Davenport, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Verna Mathews; a brother, Delbert Mastin; a sister-in-law, Pat Mastin; a nephew, Wesley Mathews; and great-niece, Tracy Putchio.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Dubuque Specialty Care.

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

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

 


 

Sandra M. Schadler

Sandra “Sandy” M. (Shird) Schadler, 73 of Menominee, Illinois, passed away Monday, March 22, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

There will be no public visitation.  Due to the Covid-19 virus a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Sandy was born on December 24, 1947 at LaFarge, WI, the daughter of Verlin Robert and Freda G. (Short) Shird. She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1966. Sandy attended Clinton Community College at Clinton, IA, and received her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree.

On November 18, 1967 she was united in marriage to James C. Schadler at St. Anthony’s Church in Dubuque. Sandy was formerly employed at The Finley Hospital and retired from Medical Associates Clinic in 2002.

She loved horses, gardening, flowers, traveling to all 50 states and around the world, ice cream, chocolate and more chocolate, a cold beer, but most of all her family and grandchildren came first.

Surviving is her husband Jim; two sons, James C. (Erika) Schadler, Jr. of Denver, CO, and Robert J. (Melissa) Schadler of Phoenix, AZ; three grandchildren, Wendy, Hunter and Ethan; three sisters, Dona (Chuck) Ostrander and Darlene Stuart both of Dubuque, and Karla (Dale) Smith of Cedar Rapids, IA, a brother, Dean Shird of Largo, FL, nieces and nephews; her in-laws, Janet Wesenberg of Denver, CO, and Judy (Tom) Syke of Menominee, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents Verlin Robert and Freda Shird, her siblings, Robert, Ronald, Kathryn and Shelby, and a brother-in-law Joe Schadler.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque and Finley Hospital for their love and concern for Sandy.

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

“Irish Blessing: May you never forget what is worth remembering, Nor ever remember what is best forgotten. Love, Dona & Dar.”

 


 

Cory L. Cole

Cory L. Cole, 54, of Benton, Wisconsin, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Casey-McNett Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Benton is assisting the family.

Cory was born on September 30, 1966, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Donald and Karen (Allison) Cole.

Cory graduated as a “Zephyr” in 1984 and was by trade a concrete finisher, looking forward to working alongside his brother, Shane, in a few weeks in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and “horse trading”. Rabbit, “CBass”, affectionately nicknamed most he knew, and rightly so will be missed by many. While forever mischievous, Cory may not have always made good choices in his life, but had reconnected with his only daughter, Emily, and was diligently working on becoming the man/father he wanted to be.

Cory will be greatly missed by his daughter, Emily (Jesse) Frassetto, Neenah, WI; his sons, Nicholas Cole, Milwaukee, WI, and Jewell Brandt, Dubuque, IA; a brother, Shane (fiancée, Lonnie Hentges) Cole, Mt. Horeb, WI; and a granddaughter, June Brandt.

He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Christopher Lynn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Casey-McNett Funeral Home, 123 N. Jackson St., Cuba City, WI, 53807.

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

 


 

Judy A. Hansen

Judy A. Hansen, 77, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday, March 26, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service where a prayer service will be at 7:00 pm. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Judy’s family.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Judy will be 10:30 am Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Father Steven Garner as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Judy was born February 29, 1944, in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence J. and Margaret Welu Meyer. On August 29, 1964, she married James C. Hansen at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

She was a homemaker, wife, mother and proud Nana. She enjoyed camping, watching movies and going to concerts with her children.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; one son, Brian Hansen of East Dubuque, IL; one daughter, Wendy (Daryl) Bornemeier of Waukesha, WI, four grandchildren, Colin Coleman, Aspen Coleman, Jacob Bornemeier, and Emily Bornemeier; sister-in-law, Joyce (Bill) Stoffel of Dubuque and sister-in-law, Dee Hansen of Waverly.

She was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws, a daughter, Pamela Coleman and a brother-in-law, Don Hansen.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Dubuque County Humane Society.

A special thank you to Stonehill Care Center second floor staff and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 


 

Gwen A. Benn-Schmitt

Heaven gained an angel when Gwen A. Benn-Schmitt, 70, returned to the Lord on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 – 8 pm Sunday, March 28, 2021, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Masks will be required and social distancing should be observed.

Visitation will continue Monday from 9 – 10 am at the funeral home prior to Mass.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, March 29, 2021 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. The services will also be streamed live on YouTube at https://youtu.be/_2PJREvgpeM.

Gwen was born June 24, 1950, in Manchester the oldest child of Irvin and Marlys (Cordray) Noethe.  She grew up in Dyersville and graduated from Beckman High School in 1968, and attended Capri Cosmetology School in Dubuque.  She married Vernon Benn on June 13, 1970, in Dyersville, Iowa.  Together they built a home and had three children before his passing on April 19, 1985.

For many years Gwen worked at LeRoy’s Pizza Restaurant.  In 2004, she began working at Clarke University as the head night cook.

On July 25, 2008, she married James Schmitt.  Together they loved to travel the world.

Gwen was passionate about her family, cooking, music, gardening, traveling and enjoying her back yard.

Gwen is survived by her husband, Jim, children: Brenda (Tony) Kiefer of Taopi, MN, Russell Benn and Brian (Danielle) Benn both of Dyersville; three step-children: Jason (Ragen) Jacobs, Jeff (Beth) Schmitt and Amy (Terry) Recker; grandchildren: Taylor and Bailey Benn, Erin, Jeremy, Andrea and Amber Kiefer, Carter and Courtney Benn, and 11 step-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren; siblings: Brian (Peggy) Noethe, Carol (friend Ron) Ludovissy, Wayne Noethe, Alice Noethe, Lee (Becky) Noethe; in-laws:, Louis (Ruth) Benn, George (Linda) Benn, Karen (Dennis) Steffensmeier and Margie Benn, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Vernon, a brother, Ken Noethe, in-laws: Danny Benn, Loras Benn, Charles Benn, Tom Benn, Herb Benn, James Benn, Rosemary Harrington, Ruth Nurre, Frances Davidshofer and Steve Ludovissy.

Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com.  Cards may be sent to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 750 – 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, Iowa  52040.

 


 

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