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James K. Clark

James K. “Jim” Clark, 68, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away at home on Sunday morning, February 18, 2024, after a courageous 3-year battle with cancer.

A Gathering of Family and Friends Celebrating James’ life will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  An informal short blessing will take place at 11 A.M.  Cremation will follow the visitation.

James Kendall Clark was born on January 27, 1956 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Albert Wayne and Barbara Jane (Romack) Clark.  He grew up in Dubuque and moved to Canton, Iowa at the age of 17.  He married Arla Luanne Edwards on January 15, 1977 in Maquoketa, Iowa. They resided in Dubuque, Iowa, where they raised their family. Then later moved to Wyoming, Iowa.

Jim was a jack of all trades who enjoyed working with his hands. He worked numerous construction jobs prior to his time at Wenzel Towing for 18 years, and lastly retiring from Portzen Construction in Dubuque where he was a mechanic for 14 years. During his retirement he enjoyed working as a mechanic for friends and local farmers.

Jim was an avid jokester, from his risqué one liners to pulling practical pranks on anyone who was unsuspecting. He had a witty sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. With a belly full of laughter and a heart full of love, he played many roles and made a lasting impact on all those he encountered through the years.  

Jim loved the outdoors, whether it be fishing, hunting, camping, or cutting wood.  He also enjoyed junking, playing cards and games, as well as working on square bodies and/or working the pit crew at the races.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Arla Clark of Wyoming, IA; children, John Paul (Kris) Clark of Monticello, IA, Jennifer Clark of Dubuque, IA, Heather (Dan) Heer of Dubuque, IA, and Kendall (fiancé Joni Franzen) Clark of Monmouth, IA; siblings, Edna Riggs of Dubuque, IA, Rita (Tom) Sutter of Dubuque, IA, Mary (Hal) Ryan of Tacoma, WA, Carol Meyer of Maquoketa, IA, Tom (Connie) Clark of Dubuque, IA, and George (Linda) Clark of Martelle, IA; 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; and his best friend James (Kathy) Kemp of Dubuque, IA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law Phyllis Edwards and brother-in-law Barry Riggs.

The Clark Family would like to give a special thanks to the faculty and staff of Mercy One Cancer Center for their wonderful support and care.

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


 

Jane M. Gutierrez

Jane M. Gutierrez, age 82, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 1:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 17, 2024, surrounded by family at Bethany Home. 

To honor Jane’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jane was born on May 10, 1941, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, daughter of Elvester and Irene (Eckert) Sowell Sr.  

Jane met the love of her life, Ernesto Gutierrez, at an early age and the couple would marry on August 5, 1957, in Mason City, Iowa.  They have been truly blessed with 7 children and 66 years together.  Jane was a fantastic wife and mom who took great pride in caring for her family and home.  She worked outside of her home at Kwik Stop, Casey’s, as a cook at the Riverview Hotel in Bellevue, the Carriage House Café, and did catering in the Quad Cities.  Jane was never one to sit still, also volunteering in her community cooking and delivering Meals on Wheels.  She was a wiz in the kitchen and everyone loved her homemade bread.  When she had some free time Jane liked to go to the local casinos to try her luck with family and friends and attending Bingo at Bethany.  She also enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles and working seek and find puzzles.  Above all Jane loved spending time with her close knit family.  She always looked forward to family picnics and getting everyone together for Christmas, her favorite holiday.  Jane was a wonderful wife, mom, grandma and sister.  She will be missed tremendously.

Those left to cherish Jane’s memory include: her husband, Ernesto Gutierrez, Dubuque, IA; 6 children, Jane Gutierrez, Gallatin, TN, Dora (Scott) Rogers, Dubuque, IA, Ernest (Trish) Gutierrez, Jacksonville, NC, Bonnie Gutierrez, Dubuque, IA, and Jim Gutierrez, Kensington, MD and Bertha (Rob) Tallman, Bald Knob, AR; 21 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-granddaughters; a brother, Elvester (Esther) Sowell Jr., Kansas City, KS; and a son-in-law, Dan Kennedy, Elkton, SD.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Nancy Kennedy; and a brother, Alvester Sowell.

Jane’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home for the loving care they have given Jane these past years.  Also a special thanks to the nurses and staff of St. Croix Hospice for keeping Jane comfortable in her final days.

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

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


 

Sister Norma Evans

Sister Norma Evans, BVM, (Adelaide), 93, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024.

Visitation will be from 9-9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, in the Mary Frances Clarke Chapel at Mount Carmel Bluffs. Sharing of Memories will be at 9:30 a.m. followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Norma was an elementary teacher at St. John the Baptist in Peosta, Iowa, and St. Mary in Waucoma, Iowa.  In addition, she taught in Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; and Wichita, Kans., where she also ministered as learning center director, school librarian, and tutor.  She served as a school secretary and bookkeeper in San Francisco.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1931, in Penalosa, Kans., to John and Lillian (Jones) Evans. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from St. Patrick Parish, Kingman, Kans. She professed first vows on March 19, 1951, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Sister Mary Ann Evans, BVM, John (Jeannie) Evans, and Donna (Lewis) Noblit.  She is survived by nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 75 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at https://www.bvmsisters.org/support_donate.cfm.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Homes, 2659 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002 is in charge of arrangements.


 

Thomas L. Boyle

Thomas L. “Slim” Boyle, 84, of Cascade, Iowa passed away peacefully on Monday, February 19, 2024 at his home in Cascade, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

A Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at  Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 26, 2024 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, where Services will commence at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade.

He was born May 24, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Loren and Helen (Shanahan) Boyle.  He was raised on the family farm in Garryowen.  On February 6, 1965 he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Gehl at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa.

He was always an active individual-in his younger days he was very involved in drag racing.  He was employed at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and John Deere Dubuque Works.  In 1970 he acquired Cascade Implement in a partnership that continued for 30 years.  He later worked for Scherrman Implement in Dyersville until his retirement in 2017, after which he accepted the position of part time oil salesman for Wayne Feeds.

His hobbies included collecting watch fabs, and good for trade tokens.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade.  He was very active in town affairs, he was a member of the Tri-County Historical Society, the Cascade Park Board and was a member of the Cascade City Council.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Jane “Toots” Boyle of Cascade, IA; five children Thomas Boyle of  Cascade, IA, Joseph (Myrna) Boyle of  Iowa City, IA, Andrew (Ali) Boyle of  Carlsbad, CA, Jacob (Cora) Boyle of Cedar Rapids, IA and William Boyle of  Missoula, MT;  five grandchildren, Claire, Finn, Cecilia, Arlo and Beatrice Boyle; two siblings, Jean McDermott of Dubuque, IA and Rose Schmitt of Lake St. Louis, MO; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Jim and Lori Gehl and Pat and Carol Gehl all of Cascade, IA, Ed and Kris Gehl of Anamosa, IA and Judy Boyle of Cascade, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Boyle; one brother, Jack Boyle; a sister, Mary Kathleen Boyle; hjs father and mother-in-law, Frances “Butch” and Alvina Gehl; and brothers-in-law, John Schmitt, Thomas McDermott and Dick (Murilla) Gehl.

An online video tribute may be viewed and online condolences left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

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


 

Kay M. Steinle

Kay Marlene Steinle, 82, of Galena, IL, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Allure of Stockton. A funeral service will be held at 1 PM, Thursday, February 22, 2024, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where friends may call after 11 AM until the time of service. The burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.

She was born August 24, 1941, in Galena, the daughter of Raymond and Mary (Powers) Steinle. Kay graduated from Scales Mound High School with the class of 1960. She spent much time caring for her mom and her brothers as they aged. Kay loved cooking, sewing, and gardening. She loved the farm and all the animals. Kay had the magic of returning injured, sick, or orphaned animals to health. She loved gardening and had a green thumb; she could make anything grow.

Kay is survived by her brother, Ralph J. Steinle, and two nieces, Lori and Lisa Steinle.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Raymond J., Robert H., Ronald F., and Richard J., and a sister-in-law, Pat Steinle.

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


 

Merle G. Klossner

Merle G. “Orkie” Klossner, 61, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, February 17, 2024, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

A Gathering of Family and Friends Celebrating Merle’s life will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, February 23, 2024, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the gathering.

Merle Gene Klossner was born on July 3, 1962 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Danny and Jean (Ostrander) Klossner.  He attended Maquoketa schools.  He had worked as a self-employed carpenter/handyman for many years as well as for Gerald Clark and Fuzzy Clark Fencing for many years.  Additionally, he worked security for Tim Current and Ryan Duhme at Darkside Promotions.

Merle enjoyed fishing, baseball, football, stock car races, and country music especially Daniel O’Donnell.  He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. 

Those left to honor his memory include his mother, Jean Klossner of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Penny (Robert) Norem of Maquoketa, IA, Carrie (Wayne) Anderson of Roxton, TX, Roland Klossner of Maquoketa, IA, and James Klossner of Dubuque, IA; brother-in-law, Kevin Fuglsang of Dubuque, IA; several nieces and nephews; and a special close friend and roommate, Troy Riordan of Maquoketa, IA.  He was preceded in death by his father Danny G. Klossner, and sister Madge Fuglsang.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the family.

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


 

Eugene J. Krapfl

Eugene J. Krapfl, 88, of Dyersville, formerly of Earlville, Iowa passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024, surrounded by his family at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue at Kramer Funeral Home from 9 – 10 a.m. prior to funeral mass.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded.  Rev. Chris Podhajsky will officiate.

Eugene was born on April 10, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, the firstborn son of eight children to Lawrence and Laurine (Deutmeyer) Krapfl where he spent his childhood working on his parents’ farm. He graduated from St. Boniface in the 8th grade and continued to work on his family farm in addition to being a hired hand at other farms. Gene met the love of his life while he was still a teen at a dance at the KC Hall in Dyersville. They were engaged shortly before he left for the Army in 1955. He returned home and married Betty Naber on September 24, 1957, at the Basilica.  They began farming in Masonville before eventually settling in Earlville, farming and managing their welding shop.

Gene explored the United States for the first time as an enlisted man. He enjoyed seeing the Pacific Northwest and made lifelong friends while serving our country. Gene was incredibly creative and a jack of all trades; there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. He designed and rebuilt their farmhouse where he raised his family of eight. He helped repair many cars through the years and welded bikes together, that he got from junk piles. Gene repaired farm implements in his welding shop but also created steel projects such as the handrails outside St. Joseph’s Church in Earlville. He won first place at the Iowa State Fair in 1964 for a swing set he built from scrap metal.  Gene collected and created scale model toys for about 10 years. He enjoyed having a table at the toy shows in Dyersville and traveled to several competitions in the Midwest where he won trophies for the toys he designed and built from tin pop cans. He shared his love of creativity and handiwork with his children and grandchildren, one of which now does beautiful woodwork creations directly inspired by his grandpa. Gene also worked in the Earlville post office and enjoyed many years working at the Clifton Funeral Home.

The big passion in his life was his wife. Gene managed Betty’s country band, and they traveled the area, playing for weddings and anniversaries. He handled the sound systems and supported her and the band for their shows.  Gene loved Betty fiercely and was so romantic. He never forgot to celebrate their wedding anniversary, but also the day of their first date. His heart was broken when Betty first had her stroke and then passed a little over 4 years ago.  He was ready to pass on at that point as a big part of his life was gone.

Gene was a patient, tolerant and funny father. He needed patience having three boys in a row who were quite talented at raising a ruckus! Gene loved all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren that followed. He loved a good joke, high fives, and “last tag”.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but we’re all at peace knowing he is finally reunited with Betty.

He is survived by his eight children: Kay (Gary) Demmer of Dyersville, Tom (Donna) Krapfl and Pat (Kathy) Krapfl, both of Delhi, Al (Melissa) Krapfl, Janet (Mike) Orcutt, Julie (Shannon) Lahr, and Jim (Deanna) Krapfl, all of Earlville, and Mary (Dr. Brad) Gamble of Dallas, Tx. He loved each of his 28 grandchildren as well as his 20 great-grandchildren with three on the way; siblings: Alice Langel, Doris Langel, Donna (Jim) Kluesner, Inez (Bernie) Kluesner, Marion Hermsen, David (LuAnn) Krapfl; brothers-in-law, Frank (Joyce) Naber, and Irvin Borgerding.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Betty in 2020, his daughter-in-law, Kim Krapfl; grandsons: Alex and Andrew Krapfl; sister, Joyce Borgerding; and several in-laws.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ellen Kennedy Center for their compassionate care over the last nine years. Also, a special thank you to the Fourth Floor Nursing Staff at Mercy in Dubuque, especially, Patty, Ellie and Lexi, and Dr. Ryan Stille of Medical Associates for all the above and beyond care.

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


 

Ruth M. Jorgensen

Ruth M. Jorgensen, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024, at home.

Ruth Marie Schnoor was born on December 31, 1928 in Baldwin, Iowa.  Her parents were Herman and Mabel (Alden) Schnoor.  She grew up in the Onslow area and married Raymond D. Jorgensen on September 25, 1948 in Onslow, Iowa.  Three children were born to this union, Dixie, Ronnie, and David.

Ruth had worked as a clothing buyer for Theisen’s in Maquoketa for over 30 years.  She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, and the Maquoketa American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed bowling in her younger years.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Dixie (Don Hansen) Meyer of Miles, IA, Ronnie (Donna) Jorgensen of Tempe, AZ, and David (Vicki) Jorgensen of Preston, IA; 8 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Raymond on October 19, 1997.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  There is no public visitation.  Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ruth M. Jorgensen memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Dennis C. Scott

Dennis C. “Denny” Scott, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024 surrounded by his family at home.

Dennis was born on March 19, 1953, to Lewis Jr. and Betty Jane (Becker) Scott, in Maquoketa, Iowa. He was the second of three sons. Upon graduating from Maquoketa High School, he joined the family farming operation. Denny married Nancy Staskal and to this union two daughters were born, Tiffany and Jennifer. They later divorced. Denny married his loving wife of 43 years, Wendy Meade in 1980. They had one son, Christopher. Denny had an unwavering commitment to his family, was the best “Papa” and was absolutely adored by his grandchildren.

Denny farmed his entire life. He took great pride in being a steward of the land and in the care of his animals. He enjoyed working as a groundskeeper, custodian, and bus driver for the Maquoketa School District for over 25 years. After retiring from Maquoketa, he continued driving bus for the Midland School District. Throughout the years Denny worked side by side with Wendy at her floral shop, he was often referred to as “Mr. RonAnn’s”, delivering floral arrangements and maintaining the property.  He was a unique role model to many, many youths as he selflessly shared his time, support, and words of wisdom. Denny captured many with his sarcastic wit, stories, and educational quips. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met.

Denny is survived by his wife, Wendy Scott, children, Tiffany (Brad) Mangler, Jennifer (Jason) Holst, and Christopher (Kate) Scott, grandsons Payton and Dylan Mangler, Jaden Holst, two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren and a brother Steven Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Lewis Wayne and a nephew, Aaron Scott.

A celebration of life includes a visitation at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa, on February 22, 2024, from 3 to 7 P.M. followed by a funeral service on February 23, 2024 at 10:30 A.M.  Burial to follow at Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or the Dennis C. Scott Memorial Fund.

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


 

Edmund Laue

Edmund “Ed” Laue passed away at 68-years-old on the evening of February 16th, 2024. He passed comfortably and peacefully in his home after being called to Heaven by his late mother Gladys Hummel.

Family and friends will be gathering from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday February 23, 2024, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque with a funeral service to begin at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Will Layton officiating. A private family burial will take place at the Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery in Chatsworth, IL. With his magnetic and bigger-than-life personality, Ed impacted many lives during his time on Earth. All who knew him fondly are welcome to come and attend his service.

Ed made it very clear that he did not want floral arrangements or gifts sent to the family. He requested that donations be sent to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society or any non-kill shelters local to his loved ones.

Ed was born in Chicago, IL on March 31, 1955, the son of Charles and Gladys (Hummel) Laue.

He is survived by his two children Eleanor G. “Nora” Laue of Saline, MI, and Edmund J. “Eddie” Laue of Dubuque, IA along with their mother Mary Ellen Laue.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Gladys Laue.


 

Sylvia A. Gillies

Sylvia Ann Gillies 93, of Dubuque and formerly of Hanover, IL passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024, at Ennoble Manor in Dubuque.

According to her wishes there will be no visitation, a family burial service will take place this summer in Evergreen Cemetery in Hanover, IL. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is assisting the family.

Sylvia was born on January 19, 1931, in Bradley, South Dakota, the daughter of Ruben and Merle (Frybarger) Gallup. She married Dick Gillies on December 16, 1950, in Clark South Dakota.

They started their life together in Igloo, South Dakota and in 1965 they moved to Hanover, IL. Sylvia later moved to Dubuque in 2010 to be closer to family.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved to cook and play cards.

She is survived by her three children Gene (Debbie) Gillies of Dubuque, Rick (Darlene) Gillies of Anniston, AL, and Jolene (Dale) Horsfield of Ft. Myers, FL. She also has ten grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dick, and a sister Hazel (Merle) Behrends.

Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Ennoble Manor as well as the staff of Care Initiatives Hospice for all the care and kindness they gave to her.


 

Grace M. Smith

Grace Marie Smith, 63, of Chicago, died Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at the West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, IL.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 12:45 pm Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Funeral Service for Grace will be 1:00 pm Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with James Callahan officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery in Asbury.

In addition, a Memorial Service for Grace will be 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Northwest Bible Chapel in Chicago, IL, with visitation beginning at 1:00 pm.

Grace was born December 12, 1960, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Daniel Harold and Martha Maria Carrera Smith.

She was a 1977 graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School. Her educational journey continued as she pursued her passion for counseling and social work. From 1977 to 1980, Grace dedicated herself to studies at Emmaus Bible College, followed by a period at Barrington College from 1981 to 1983. In 1982, she attended Triton College and Circle-Jane Addams and, in 1983, Denver Seminary adding to her wealth of knowledge. Grace culminated her academic pursuits with a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa.

With a heart devoted to service, Grace dedicated an admirable 33 years to social work, specializing in child welfare. For the last 12 years of her career, she lent her expertise to the University of Illinois, leaving a mark on the countless lives she touched. Beyond her professional achievements, Grace will be remembered for her warmth, empathy, and unwavering support for those in need. Her legacy lives on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her.

She was an active member of Northwest Bible Chapel in Chicago and embraced life with a zest for various passions, including her cherished moments fishing with her father and family in Canada. Being with family and embracing her role as an Auntie brought her immense joy. Grace had a profound appreciation for music, especially hymns, and found solace in the written word through her love for reading. Her artistic talents shone through in her crafting endeavors, and she found peace in the gentle strokes of watercolor. She also held a special affection for vintage items and heirlooms, cherishing the stories they held.

Survivors include one sister, Anita Mae (James Patrick) Callahan of Oak Park, IL; one brother, John Daniel (Lori-Ann Elizabeth) Smith of Dubuque; eight nieces and nephews, Bess Virginia Callahan, Hannah Elizabeth (Elliott) Harrington, James Patrick Callahan Jr., Bethany Grace Smith, Dora Mae Callahan, John Daniel (Kate) Smith Jr., Linda Blyer Callahan, Jane Maria Callahan; one great-niece, Anna Lee Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Daniel Harold Smith Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northwest Bible Chapel in Chicago, IL, and the Daniel H. Smith Scholarship Memorial Fund at Emmaus Bible College.

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


 

Linda K. Mushrush

Linda K. Mushrush, age 67, of Dyersville, IA, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2024, at home while surrounded by her loving family after a courageous 24 year battle with cancer. 

To honor Linda’s life, her memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2899 Hales Mill Road in Asbury, IA, with Rev. Karla Wildberger officiating.  Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service for Linda’s family and friends.  

Linda was born on August 16, 1956, in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of Harold and Laura (Kuster) Scott.  After graduating from Illinois State University, she embarked on a lifelong teaching career.  Linda loved helping shape the minds of her students and had a natural ability to meet the children right where they were.  She devoted 21 years of her time and talents to Bradford Elementary School in Bradford, IL, before eventually relocating to Dyersville and spending another 17 years with the NICC Child Development Center in Peosta, IA.  

Linda was not only a committed teacher, but also a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was united in marriage to her soulmate, Kirk Mushrush, on December 10, 1983, and the two were blessed with three children.  

Linda enjoyed baking and continually put her skills on display for others to delight in, but more than anything, she was passionate about spending time with her family and friends, having an active role in her grandsons’ lives, and being an unwavering servant of God.  The legacy of love that Linda leaves behind will be treasured in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Kirk Mushrush, of Dyersville, IA; her three children: Whitney (Ryan) Coohey, Cameron (Lisa) Mushrush, and Morgan (Phillip) Timmerman all of Dyersville, IA; her five grandchildren: Issac and Noah Timmerman and Parker, Ethan, and Asher Coohey; three sisters: Sharon (Lorry) Murray of Galva, IL, Cinda Scott of Bradford, IL, and Melanie (Ron) Roberts of Metropolis, IL; her mother-in-law, Joanne Mushrush, of Peoria, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Laura Scott and her father-in-law, Robert Mushrush.

Linda’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care over the last two weeks.

The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Linda’s family and online condolences may be shared with Linda’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com.  Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque and Fur Fun Rescue.


 

Margaret Wasson-Pratt

Margaret Evert “Maggie” Wasson-Pratt, 82, of Galena, IL, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2024, at her home. A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM, Friday, February 23, 2024, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where a parish rosary will be recited at 3:15 PM. The burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.

She was born September 29, 1941, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Cleland and Jane (Sheean) Evert. Maggie graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1959. She married Andrew Wasson in Galena on March 20, 1970, and he preceded her in death on October 20, 2000, after thirty years of marriage. Maggie later married William Pratt in Galena on October 18, 2002, and he survives.

She was employed in the Galena School system for many years as a certified and dedicated teacher’s aide, which brought her much pride and joy. Maggie loved animals, sweets, and movies; two of her favorites were Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing. In her life, she wanted to be remembered as an exceptionally loving and wonderful wife and mother. Family always came first in her life.

She is survived by her husband, William; her children, Rose, Michael (Connie Pladson), Christine, Patrick, and Barry (Rhonda) Wasson; her stepchildren, Vicki Johnson, Todd Wasson, Craig (Jean Petsche) Pratt, and Gary Pratt, and Sheri (Gary) Schardt; grandchildren, Chase and Drew Wasson, Nicole Johnson, and a very special niece, DJ Weisbrod, a nephew, Bernard Hesse.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Anthony Girot, and two sisters, Mary Cornick and Frances Evert, a nephew, Francis Hesse, and a stepson, Jay Wasson.

The family wishes to thank Bill Houy, Dr. Kirkendall, and nurse Kate, and Dr. Hermann for all the excellent care they provided for our mom.

Memorials will be distributed to her favorite charities. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Gerald V. Edwards

Gerald V. “Butch” Edwards, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Clinton, passed away on Friday morning, February 16, 2024, at Jackson Ridge Healthcare Center in Maquoketa.

Gerald Vermal Edwards was born on October 22, 1945 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Vermal Chuck and Birdie (Lange) Edwards.  He grew up on a farm in the Leisure Lake area and attended the Otter Creek School house.  He married Marilyn Crist on October 9, 1965 in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Two children were born to this union, Jill, and Terry.

Butch’s professional life was dedicated to the Chicago Northwestern/Union Pacific Railroad, where he served as a machinist for over 40 years. His commitment to his work was unwavering, and he took great pride in being part of the railroad community. Butch’s colleagues knew him as a man of integrity, dedication, and skill.

Outside of work, Butch’s passions were as diverse as they were engaging. He was an avid outdoorsman who found solace and joy in fishing and hunting. The thrill of riding motorcycles, the rush of snowmobiling, and the excitement of driving stock cars were pursuits that brought Butch immense happiness. His love for animals was evident in the care he gave to his four-legged pets, who were a constant source of companionship and comfort.

Butch’s life was a testament to the things he valued most: family, hard work, and the simple pleasures of life. He is survived by his devoted wife, Marilyn Edwards of Maquoketa; his loving children, Jill (Mike) Wagener of Maquoketa, and Terry (Julie) Edwards of Goose Lake; his 7 cherished grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, who brought him immeasurable joy; and his brother, David “Pickel” (Elaine) Edwards of Maquoketa. Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Vermal Chuck and Birdie (Lange) Edwards, and his brother, Herb Edwards.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

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

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


 

John Dwayne

John Dwane, 98 of Dubuque passed away on Febraury 14,2024. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony’s Church on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 10:00 am, with visitation starting at 9:30 at the church. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Born on July 17, 1925, in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland, the son of David and Jeannie (O’Connell) Dwane, John graduated from St. Patrick’s, Mungret, and Salesian Agricultural Colleges. He worked on a farm in Redgate, County Clare, before joining the Limerick Operatic Society. In 1950, John immigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada, moving through several cities and eventually to Delano, California, where he became an active member of the community, including the Knights of Columbus.

John’s journey took him to Wisconsin in 1957, where he founded the Dubuque Civic Theatre. He worked as a painter at Loras College and later at Xavier and Mercy Hospitals, retiring in 1992 but continuing to volunteer. His passion for acting led him to perform in plays and films, such as “Take This Job and Shove It” and in the documentary “Fire on the River.”

John leaves behind his children, Colleen, Phil, Andra (Getty), and Chris Dwane, and seven grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Janet, and daughter, Kerri.  John’s legacy lives on through his family and the community he cherished.


 

Margaret M. Huber

Margaret Mary (Brimeyer) Huber passed away on February 16, 2024, at Stonehill Care Center. Marge suffered from heart disease and dementia. She was born on July 22, 1942, in Balltown, IA, to Alphonse and Elenora (Hansen) Brimeyer. On September 14, 1963, she married Ronald J. Huber at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on December 25, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret will be at 10:30 am on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at the Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, February 19, 2024, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, where a prayer service will be at 7:00 pm.

Margaret graduated from Wahlert High School in 1960 and attended NICC. She valued a strong work ethic and lived a life of service in the Dubuque community. She enjoyed many part-time jobs, and her most meaningful professional work was helping those experiencing poverty find suitable housing through the regional council of government, East Central Intergovernmental Association.

Marge and Ron were proud pioneers of the Teens Encounter Christ and Christian Experience Weekends, helping to bring the love of Christ to so many. Marge selflessly gave her time, talent, and treasure to various causes, including her favorites, the Shalom Retreat Center and Maria House.

Beyond her charitable endeavors, she embraced life’s adventures, traveling the globe with her beloved Ron and exploring Australia, Europe, Hawaii, and every corner of the United States.

Yet, her most cherished moments were spent with her children and grandchildren in the warmth of her home. She deeply knew each of us and had a knack for finding unique personalized gifts to celebrate our life milestones.

While Marge had many accomplishments in life, what mattered most to her was her family and friends. Her caring manner and welcoming spirit immediately touched all who knew her. Marge led with her heart and was a champion of all who entered her circle. Her unique ability was to speak her mind with pointedness and grace. Marge was charming, entertaining, and loving, all jumbled up in a single form. Her grandchildren loved her frank and, at times, direct demeanor and found so much joy just being in her presence. She was an amazing talker but knew when it was time to walk the walk. To know her was to love her.

Marge’s departure leaves a void in the hearts of family and friends, but the life lessons she taught will forever be etched in our minds. Her graceful spirit will continue to inspire us to live with the same passion, love, and grand determination.

Survivors include her four children, Joleen (James) Jansen of Elkader, IA; Mark (Peggy) Huber of Fitchburg, WI; Daniel (Shawn) Huber of Bettendorf, IA; and Katie (Matthew) George of Olathe, KS; eleven grandchildren, Jessica (Alex) Jacobson, Jacob (Annie Flanagan) Jansen, Jenna (Gabriel Varney) Jansen, Noah Huber, Justin Huber, Adelyn (Joel) Rich, Allyson Huber, Celia Huber, Braeden George, Calen George, and Austen George; one great-grandchild, Violet Jo Jacobson, with baby Rich due in March; in-laws, Evie Brimeyer, Jane Brimeyer, Doris Huber, Mary Huber, Bob and Trish Huber, Maryelle Parades, Randy and Jane Huber, and; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Robert (Lucille), Lester, Vince (Alice), Willard (Rita), Francis, and Ralph Brimeyer, and brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne Huber, Richard Huber, and Bonnie (Richard) Dee.

In lieu of flowers, Marge’s family requests that donations be made to Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to the Stonehill Care Center team, especially the beautiful souls who work and live in the Memory Household. Their love and devotion in Marge’s last years will always be treasured.

Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Crematory are responsible for the arrangements.

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


 

Ann M. O’Hea

Ann Marie (Schissel) O’Hea, age 76, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2024 at Harmony Dubuque.

Friends and family may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday February 20th, 2024 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday February 21st, 2024 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dubuque. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Ann was born on April 29, 1947 in Dubuque, IA to Bill and Ivanelle (Thome) Schissel.  She married Gerald “Jerry” O’Hea on January 13, 1973.  He preceded her in death on March 1, 2004.

Ann graduated from the Visitation Academy.  She was a homemaker while her children were young and returned to the workforce in 1994 as a library assistant at Wahlert Catholic High School.   Ann was an avid reader and had found her ‘dream job’ of working with kids and books.

Her greatest joys in life were being a mom and grandma.   Our mom was the epitome of love and never met a stranger.   She and dad welcomed many of our friends to Sunday family dinners and never wanted anyone to spend a holiday alone.   Ann spent many hours rocking, coloring, reading, watching movies, baking, playing cards and snuggling with her grandchildren.   She followed each one in their favorite activities, never hesitating to share their accomplishments with her friends, neighbors, and visitors.  Her love for them had no boundaries, which included an occasional bowl of ice cream for breakfast at Grandma’s.

Ann enjoyed a good game of Euchre and playing bingo with her friends at the Diamond Apartments.  She looked forward to her Saturday lunches with the “Viz Girls” at Village Inn and relied on their prayers over the years.

Ann is survived by her daughter, Katie (Roberto) O’Hea-Marrero and their children, Liliana, Korbin and Quincy.  Her son, Patrick (Catherine) O’Hea and their children, Madison and Tiegan.  Son-in-law, David Kaiser and his children, Jaxon, Charlie, and Simon.  Siblings, Liz (Chris) Cox, Jerry (Joyce) Schissel, Tom (Linda) Schissel, and Jim (Wendy) Schissel.  In-laws: Mary McGrath, Louann O’Hea, Mary O’Hea, and Don (Colleen) O’Hea.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerry, daughter Molly Kaiser, and Jerry’s siblings, Delmer O’Hea, Jeannette O’Hea, Lois (Joe) Stelken, Theresa (Paul) Wagner, and Peggy (Mel) Vyverberg.

Ann’s family would like to thank Dr. Chris Stille, Dr. Ramanujam Ramabadran, Connor Golden, PA.   A special thank you to the staff at Harmony Dubuque, especially Noreen and Ryan, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kelli and Paul.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be distributed to Ann’s favorites charities.

Rest well Mom.  We love you the most-est.


 

Rita M. Mohr

Rita M. Mohr, age 91, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 12:00 a.m., on Friday, February 16, 2024, at Hawkeye Care Center surrounded by her loving family. To honor Rita’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 am until 10:15 a.m, on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Holy Ghost Church, with Rev. Steven M. Garner officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home is assisting Rita’s family.

Rita was a woman of grace, compassion, and generosity, with a wonderful sense of humor. She lived a long life full of love, selflessness, and a deep devotion to her family, her community, and her Faith. Rita was born on March 1, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Minnie (Krug) Riedl. Shortly after graduating as class president and Valedictorian from The Immaculate Conception Academy, Rita married Aloysius Koos on August 8th, 1950 in Dubuque. They had 3 children together before Aloysius tragically passed away on May 25, 1957. With the help of her family and Faith, she raised her three beloved children while working full time and stayed actively involved in the community. Later in life Rita once again found love with Albert “Bud” Mohr. The couple married on June 9, 1978, and celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary together before he preceded her in death.

Rita worked with A.Y. McDonald for over 53 years, beginning as Pool Secretary and advancing quickly to serve as Executive Assistant to Bruce McDonald, and then as Vice President of Public Relations. She was a member of Holy Ghost Church and Rosary Society, past President of the Dubuque Business and Professional Women Organization, a Director of the Dubuque Racing Association, and the 1st Lady Elk of Dubuque. Rita also volunteered countless hours with the United Way, Junior Achievement, and with Mercy Development Community. When she found some free time, Rita enjoyed league bowling, playing cards, and playing piano.  Rita always had a smile on her face and was the biggest cheerleader for her loved ones; her children, grandchildren, and extended family (including friends). She was admired and cherished, and will be deeply missed by all whose lives she has touched.

“She had time for those she thought were overlooked or appeared to be forgotten and made them feel a part of her family. If they were younger, they became another grandchild. Who knows how many grandchildren she actually has but she made them each feel loved and everyone had a seat at her table.”

Those left to cherish Rita’s memory include

her children;
Joseph (Sheri) Koos, East Dubuque, IL
Kenneth (Kristin) Koos, Marco Island, FL & Farmington, CT;
James (Judy) Mohr, Dubuque, IA
Jerrold Mohr, Dubuque, IA
and John Mohr, Kingston, NY

her grandchildren;
Nicholas (Dana) Koos, Anthony (Megan) Koos, Alexander Koos and Ericka Koos;
Jeff (Lindsey) Mohr, Lisa Mohr, Jennifer (Chris) Wand, John Paul Mohr, Melissa Mohr, Gary Mohr, Jeremy (Kayla) Mohr and Jessica Mohr;

several great-grandchildren;

her siblings;
John (Ruth) Riedl,
Barbara (Lloyd) Auderer
and Tom (Suzanne) Riedl, all of Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Aloysius Koos and Albert Mohr; her daughter, Janet Marie Koos; a grandson, Chistopher Koos; a step-granddaughter, Chrissy Mohr; and a sister, Marcella (Glen) Coyle.

Rita’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the outstanding and loving care they have provided for Rita.

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

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


 

James W. Skinner

James W. Skinner, Jr., age 39, of Dubuque IA, formerly of Davenport, IA, completed his earthly journey on February 13, 2024, at home while surrounded by his loving family.  To honor James’ life, a Celebration of Life will be held in Chicago, IL at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving James’ family.

James was born on April 7, 1984, in Chicago, IL, a son to James Wesley Skinner Sr. and Patricia Ann Martin. He was naturally gifted with an intrinsically intelligent disposition combined with a creative streak which blended perfectly to help him become the man he desired to be.  After attending college, James spent the majority of his working career in the customer service department with Bank of America.  He enjoyed helping others and found satisfaction in his daily responsibilities.  James also made the most of his free-time whenever possible as life needed a balance between work and play.  He thoroughly enjoyed creating music when time allowed, but was also content to keep up with the latest games as well, especially when his Green Bay Packers were taking the field.  He was also quite comfortable in the kitchen and always enjoyed creating his next delicious meal for those around him to savor.  James was a jokester at heart and never missed the opportunity to share his quick wit and humor with anyone willing to step into his sights.  But, first and foremost, James loved spending time with family and friends.  His ability to slow down and simply take in the companionship of those he loved was where his greatest moments were to be found.  Our hearts break beyond measure today at the mere thought of the Lord calling James home so early in his life.  We know that he is now at peace from his earthly battles with cancer, but our hearts only seek a portion of the peace he now embraces in our absence.  Thank you, James, for the memories you leave behind and for all the love you shared along the way and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we all meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of James include, his three children, Gabriel Jo’Ziah Stoddard, Payton Skinner, and Jasiri Alaya Skinner; his parents, Patricia Martin, Chicago, IL and James Skinner, Sr., Chicago, IL; his siblings, Michelle E. Martin-Oyesanya, Gary, IN, Danyale R. Martin, Chicago, IL, and Ebony J. Martin, Dolton, IL; his nieces and nephew, Cherrell Martin, Teliyah Martin, and Maurice Martin; along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

James was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elizabeth Myers and Wilbert Martin, Sr.; his uncles, Jerry Martin, Gregory Martin, and Wilbert Martin, Jr.; and his aunt, Yvonne Skinner.

James’ family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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


 

Mildred G. Recker

Mildred G. Recker, 94 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully Friday, February 16, 2024, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Dubuque. Funeral Services will commence at 11:00 a.m. with a private family burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Holy Cross, Iowa. Rev. Phil Gibbs will officiate and Deacon Mike Ellis will assist.

Mildred was born on January 18, 1930, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Elenora (Maiers) Gaul.  She married Louis Recker on September 8, 1952 in Luxemburg, Iowa. They farmed in the Holy Cross area for over 40 years. Then moved to Dubuque in retirement. She was active in church activities and enjoyed gardening. 

Survivors include her 3 children: Janet Severns of Waconia, MN, Jean (David) Lee of Pella, IA, and Daniel (friend Diane Koppes) Recker of Holy Cross, IA; grandchildren: Benjamin (Colleen) Severns, Samuel Severns, Jennifer (Manny) Salvoch, and Patrick (Rachel) Lee; great grandchildren: Olivia and Max Salvoch; siblings: Julia Welter, Sr. Mary Ann Gaul, and Leon Gaul; in-laws: Charles (Ann) Recker, Eileen (Ed) Prier, Donald (Joan) Recker, and John (Velma) Krapfl.  

She was preceded in death by her husband Louis in 2013 and a son, Neal Recker in 2020; Siblings: Alvin (Pearl) Gaul and Bernice (Vince) Maiers; in-laws: Bill Welter, Jean Gaul, Al (Germaine) Kelchen, John (Esther) Reichenauer, Pete (Mary Jane) Reichenauer, Robert Recker, George (Maureen) Recker, Sr. Margaret Ann Recker, Ralph Recker, Duane (Helen) Hawker, and Jim (Karol) Koch.   

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


 

Jessica M. Pitts

Jessica M. Pitts, 39, of Springbrook, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at her home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.  Funeral Service will be 4:00 pm, Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook.  Family will greet friends 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at church prior to services.  Private Family Burial will be in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook.

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

Jessica was born January 7, 1985, the daughter of David and Sandra (Ties) Pitts.  She graduated from Bellevue Community High School in 2003.  Jessica enjoyed camping, playing cards, listening to music, her cats, Myra and Callie, and especially spending time with her nieces and nephews.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her parents, Dave and Sandy Pitts; siblings, Stephanie (Chris) Regan and Craig (Rachel) Pitts; nieces, Taylin and Charlee Regan, Clara Pitts; nephews, Noah Pitts, and Landen Gottschalk; aunts and uncles, Mike (Betty) Pitts, Larry (Kate) Pitts, Jerry (Mari Jo) Pitts, Roger (Sharon) Pitts, Cheryl Peters, Marcia Ties, Dennis (Debbie) Ties; a great aunt, Carol Houston; and numerous cousins and close friends.

Jessica was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Jim and Margaret Pitts; maternal grandparents, Clarence and Alice Ties; and an uncle, Mike Peters.

Memorial may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County or Hope Lodge in Iowa City in Jessica’s memory.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com


 

Thomas M. Clausen

Thomas M. “T. C.” Clausen age 74 of Dubuque passed away Thursday February 15, 2024.

Friends may gather at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Mount Olivet Cemetery where Full military Honors will be accorded at 1:30 pm By the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Entombment will follow in the cemetery mausoleum.  Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

He was born on December 6, 1949, in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Milfred and Mary L. (Jimenez) Clausen. He attended school in Mason City until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1967. He served in Vietnam from after boot camp until 1970 and received several Commendations including a Purple Heart for being wounded in action.

He worked for several businesses in Dubuque including Eagle Window and Door, The Five Flags Center and Modernfold. He also worked in construction for several Dubuque Contractors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing along with cheering on the Minnesota Vikings.

T.C. is survived by his five children Jason Clausen, Kenneth Clausen, Jonathan Clausen, Carolyn Chambers, and Patrick Clausen; his mother Mary L. Love; siblings Marie (Randy) Shireman, Kevin (Mary E.) Love, and Kathy Love along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Milfred Clausen, his stepfather Philip Love, a Grandmother Helen Anthony, a sister Patricia “Trish” Byars and other family members who have gone before him.

The family would like to thank all the health care professionals at MercyOne and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all the compassion and care they gave to T.C.


 

Joyce A. Coohey

Joyce Ann Coohey, 85, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at home of natural causes on February 13, 2024.

She will be buried in the Cascade Cemetery near her Mom and Dad.  There will be a celebration of life held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Joyce was born on a snowy day, January 8, 1939, on the family farm, in Bernard, IA, to William and Lucille (Kerper) Coohey.

She received her education first in a one room country school in Bernard, then in Fillmore, then graduated from St. Martins High School in Cascade.  Joyce entered the convent with the Sisters of Mercy, RSM.  She then furthered her education by getting her Master’s in art and also a degree in Theology.  She taught in Guttenburg, Independence, Dubuque, Michigan, and St. Paul.

She was a friend to all and was always smiling.  Family was very important to Joyce and would like to be remembered for “helping kids grow.”  Joyce’s philosophy of life was “Be the best person you can and help those around you do the same.”

Survivors include Joyce’s siblings and in-laws, Margie (Steve) Fry of Cuba City, WI, Pat (Carol) Coohey of Asbury, Rose (Denny) Topping, Mike (Sandy) Coohey both of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her mom and dad, Bill and Lucille, her two brothers, Jack and Donnie, sister-in-law Velma Coohey, one niece and two nephews.

Joyce’s family would like to thank the neighbors and friends who have stayed in contact for so many years.  A special thank you to Kim for her help throughout all of this.  Also, to the Dubuque Police Department, The Medical Examiner and Leonard Funeral Home for all they have done for our family.


 

Joyce M. Hildebrand

Joyce Marie Hildebrand, age 71, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2024 at Harmony Dubuque.

To celebrate Joyce’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m., on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Crematory, at 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52002, where there will be a prayer service at 4:00 pm.

Joyce was born on January 28, 1953, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Albert and Mary (Miller) Hildebrand, Joyce is the 4th youngest of 16 siblings. Joyce graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, where she went on to become a CNA/CMA at NICC. Joyce enjoyed working as a CNA/CMA at Mount Carmel and Sinsinawa Mound with the sisters and working for Home Instead of Dubuque. In Joyce’s free time she enjoyed playing euchre, and man was she a mean player. Joyce enjoyed spoiling her fur babies (Barron, Luna, and Bailey) and her godchildren (Phillip, Kara, and Samuel) and spending time with family and friends. Joyce loved to travel with friends and family all over the US.

Those left to cherish Joyce’s memory include her siblings, Catherine (Roger) Bartels, Durango, IA, Verna (Vesse) Klostermann, Edgewood, IA, Carol (David) Gaul, Guttenburg, IA, Norma (Richard) Kelchen, Farley, IA, Steve Hildebrand, Dyersville, IA, Richard (Donna) Hildebrand, Texas and Albert (Kelly) Hildebrand Jr., Dixon, IL; her five sisters-in-law, Helen Hildebrand, Phyllis Hildebrand, Elaine (Dave) Shaw, Elaine Hildebrand, and Helen Hildebrand; her godchildren; Phillip (Julie) Hildebrand, Dubuque; Kara (Mitchell) Kress (VanOstrand), Platteville, WI; and Samuel Hildebrand, Dixon, IL; best friend and caretaker, Ernie VanOstrand of Dubuque; a very special niece, Patsy Schueller of Epworth; and many other nieces and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Gladys; siblings, Robert Hildebrand, Mary Milligan, Ruth Wagner, Jerome Hildebrand, Leonard Hildebrand, Thomas Hildebrand, Gladys Gaul, and Loras Hildebrand.

Joyce’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Ryan Stille, the nurses and staff of Harmony Dubuque and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kindness and the wonderful care they have provided Joyce. Also, a special thanks to all our extended family for all of their love and support, especially, Ernie VanOstrand.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

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


 

Joshua J. Fee

Joshua J. “Josh” Fee, age 38, of Dubuque, IA, completed his earthly journey on February 13, 2024, at home while surrounded by his loving family. 

To honor Josh’s life, a private family Celebration of Life is being held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Josh’s family.

Josh was born on October 18, 1985, in Dubuque, IA, a son to John N. and Mary Beth (Stockel) Fee.  He was softhearted, thoughtful and had a gentle, kind and loving soul.  His happiest times were spent with his daughters and his four-legged son, Levi, who were the love of his life.  Josh was an auto mechanic by trade and invested countless hours into perfecting his craft, always keeping up with the newest technologies.  He spent many years working with Wheelworks, Riley Subaru, and most recently with Discount Tire.  Josh valued his time away from work as well and found plenty of ways to share his joy with those around him.  He enjoyed sports and being in the outdoors with family and friends.  He was content to watch his Chicago Bears take the field, but truth be known, Josh would rather be playing basketball, baseball, or games his daughters, niece, nephew, and cousins choose and always treasured the opportunity to help coach his daughter’s soccer team.

Josh also made it a priority to take time spending a sunny afternoon walking the nature trails, crawdad hunting and other activities he shared with his daughters at Swiss Valley.  And to top it off, if a little camping, a good campfire and cookout could be fit into the weekend he was beyond satisfied.  Josh was an accomplished cook as well and always looked forward to a new challenge and any unique twist he could add to the recipe to make it his own.  When the day was done and a little spare time remained, Josh would never neglect the chance to grab his video game controller and play with anyone willing to share in the moment. 

His kid at heart attitude was visible quite often to anyone who spent time around Josh and the children especially looked forward to hanging out with the coolest grown up anyone could ever hope to meet.  And most would know that Josh absolutely anticipated the Halloween season.  Costumes, pranks, and good fun overall were had with each year’s celebration and Josh only aspired to always take it to the next level from the year before for all to enjoy.  It’s impossible today to even attempt to envision a world moving forward without Josh’s big heart.  We accept that his earthly battles are now over and eternal peace can now be found, but for those of us who knew and loved Josh, we can only hope that time will help to heal the larger than life void which we hold in our hearts today. 

Thank you, Josh, for reminding us that life is short and we must attempt to have both moments of seriousness and fun to truly find that perfect balance during the time that we are here.  May the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we all see your radiant smile and hear your sincere laugh once again.      

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Josh include, his three adored daughters, Kaylie Mary, Melanie Rebecca, and Lacie Lynn, Dubuque, IA; their mother, Ariel Fischer, Dubuque, IA; his parents, John and Mary Beth Fee, Dubuque, IA; his brother and sister-in-law, Nathan and Ashley (Coyle) Fee, Dubuque, IA; his niece and nephew, Maverick Fee and Everley Fee, Dubuque, IA; his special friend, Jodie Bradbery, Dubuque, IA; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and dear friends.

Josh was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Mary Jane “Becky” (Betke) Fee and William P. “Bill” and Dorothy (Pollock) Stockel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made in Josh’s name to the Operation Empower-Liberty Recovery Center, 2216 White Street, Dubuque, IA, 52001.

Josh’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.  We would also like to thank all of our family and friends along with the staff at the Tri-State Cremation Center for their love and support during this difficult time. 

Josh’s love and light was just too big for this world to contain and to discover such an outpouring of love in return has truly brought some much-needed comfort to our broken hearts and we are forever grateful for each and every one of you who have helped and played your roles perfectly along the way.

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


 

Marilyn A. McDonald

Marilyn A. McDonald, 75, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Stonehill Care Center.

A Mass of Christian celebration will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 10:30 AM at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, where friends may call at 9:30 AM prior to the service. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate. Entombment will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery immediately following the service. A dinner will be hosted at the Morocco Supper Club following the committal service. 

Marilyn was a beautiful, lively human being.  She was blessed with a kind heart, a fierce mind, and a gentle spirit. Marilyn was very creative and loved musicals and Broadway performances…. So, with that, let us start the show that was this Irish lass’ life and her Tony-Award winning performance…

Born on March 13, 1948, to John and Dorothy (Healey) McFarland, Marilyn, and her beloved older brother, Michael, were raised in a loving home, surrounded by music, art, literature, and a deep knowledge and appreciation for current events and World affairs.

Marilyn had a wonderful and active childhood. Whether it was playing with her neighborhood friends (many lifelong) or attending Sacred Heart School or ice skating at nearby Comiskey Park (and breaking her leg non-show biz style), she was alive and curious about the World. She would take this same curiosity and creativity with her to Wahlert Catholic High School (where she sang and performed in musicals) and later to Mount Mary College in Milwaukee.

While home from college (intermission during the show), Marilyn happened upon a tall, handsome Irish lad with jet-black hair named Gary McDonald. It’s at this point that the music and choreography of the performance changed. In 1968, the Irish lad “married-up” in class (BTW…dad knows this is true) and the music and show continued to play for another fifty-five plus years of blessed and loving marriage. Marilyn and Gary were blessed (and later humorously challenged) with the arrival of two children, Michelle, and Daniel. That’s where the next scene begins…

With Gary working multiple jobs, Marilyn became immersed, fiercely protective, and interested in Missy and Danny’s (those names stuck) childhood development and schooling. Always having fun, exploring, and letting her kids be kids, Marilyn showed them the largess and beauty of the things we all share on the Big Blue Marble. Mom would often pack the kids in the car and take many day trips to various parks and venues (mom could really rock that 1975 mint green Dodge Dart).

Marilyn spoiled her kiddos almost to a fault. When Dad would say “no” mom would say “yes” (many wonderful dogs/family members from the Humane Society). Her kids also knew, however, that she could be a velvet hammer and would tell them they needed to shape-up (or else she would tell dad…which she never did BTW). While having fun teaching her kids (including many of the kids from the neighborhood, too) she kept her show skills sharp as she performed with her beautiful voice in the Saint Patrick’s choir.

With her own children now adults and eventually having their own families, Marilyn was able to dust off the script and musical score for the next scenes with her six, beloved grandchildren. Grandma Marilyn was able to do and show her grandkids some of the very same, wonderful things that she shared with Missy and Danny. It was also at this time that the second act of Marilyn’s wonderful performance was about to begin….

Marilyn had a deep kindness, love, and sincere respect for all people and all creatures. The kind that you can neither fake nor buy with all the money in the World.  Marilyn, with such beautiful qualities in her DNA and spirit, would then share her gifts as a volunteer for many organizations and worthy causes. Yet, there was no place that mom spent more hours, days, and years than she did while volunteering at Stonehill Care Center. Mom would always be present and in the moment if a resident or visitor needed an ear, a shoulder to cry on, or just a good laugh and smile.

Additionally, Marilyn was a proud Southpaw with impeccable hand-writing and beautiful cursive slants & swooshes (a humorous thank you to the Franciscan Sisters of Sacred Heart School for giving us a true lefty). To the previous point, Marilyn was a prolific writer of cards and letters to people she knew and those she had just met. Always a positive thought, word of encouragement, or just a random funny thing or observation. Marilyn’s family has saved many of these letters and cards over the years. They bring us joy to this day and are worth more than all the Gold in Fort Knox.

Marilyn’s kind and gentle award-winning performance (as a daughter, sister, wife, mom, grandma, aunt, and friend to every soul and person she met) will now shift venues. Call it the great gig in the sky. While there is comfort and peace knowing that mom will be in the good hands of the Lord, she will be missed. The show must go on, Mom!!

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and brother, as well as many other family members, in-laws, and friends. Marilyn is survived by her husband of 55 years, Gary McDonald; daughter Michelle McDonald-De Tomaso (son-in-law Joey); son Daniel McDonald; Grandchildren Madelyn (Curt) Jantsch-Walske, Alex (Kate) Jantsch, Ryan (India) Jantsch; Brennan (fiancé Abigail) McDonald, Connor McDonald, Caroline McDonald.  She is also survived by former daughter-in-law, Shelly McDonald and former son-in-law, William Jantsch, Jr., as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. In lieu of flowers, and per Marilyn’s wishes, memorials / donations can be given to Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, Stonehill Care Center, or a charity committed to helping others and spreading kindness.

The family wishes to offer sincere thanks and gratitude to Marilyn’s close friends both past and present (you know who you are), as well as the amazing, caring, and compassionate staffs at both Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

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


 

Norbert H. Smith

Norbert H. Smith, age 85, of Dubuque, passed away at 5:58 p.m., on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at MercyOne Dubuque surrounded by his loving family. 

To honor Norb’s life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, Sherrill, IA.  There will also be visitation from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., before Mass at the church.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2024, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, with Rev. Tyler C. Raymond officiating.  Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home is assisting Norb’s family.

Norb was born on May 11, 1938, in Dubuque County, Iowa, son of William and Mary (Knockel) Smith. 

Norb attended Sts. Peter and Paul School in Sherrill.  He was a life long dairy farmer in Sherrill before moving to Sageville in 1998.  He was also a dealer for Archer Oil.  Norb married the love of his life, Betty Schroeder, on June 10, 1961, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Balltown.  They were blessed with a large family and celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary last year.  Norb was very active in his community.  He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters, Hawkeye Vintage Farm Machinery Association and the Tri-County Sportsman Club.  Norb also served on the Sherrill Fire Department for 34 years.  In his free time, Norb enjoyed spending time outside watching the boys pull tractors, fishing, squirrel and deer hunting, working in his big garden, cutting wood and a warm fire.  He also liked watching Gunsmoke, Westerns and playing Euchre with family and friends.  Norb was an excellent role model for his family, always putting others before himself.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Norb’s memory include: his wife, Betty Smith, Sageville, IA; 8 children, Kevin (Wendy) Smith, Sherrill, IA, Marvin (Kim) Smith, Sherrill, IA, Sheila (Ken) Maro, LaMotte, IA, Patrick (Tina) Smith, Sherrill, IA, Allan (Janet) Smith, Sherrill, IA, Bill (Mindy) Smith, Sherrill, IA, Tom (Rhonda) Smith, Sherrill, IA and Andrew (Abby) Smith, Sherrill, IA; 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; his sister, Neoma Meyer, Dubuque, IA; a brother-in-law, David (Diane) Schroeder, Dyersville, IA; and a sister-in-law, Betty Schroeder, Dubuque, IA.

Norb was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Bill Smith and Clarence (Mae) Smith; a brother-in-law, Emmett Meyer; and his in-laws, Yvonne (Gerald) Nauman and Bob Schroeder.

Norb’s family would like to thank the volunteers from the Sherrill Fire Department for their help and support.

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

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


 

Doris L. Brandel

Doris L. Brandel, age 85, of Dyersville, passed away at 4:32 a.m., on Monday, February 12, 2024, at MercyOne Dyersville Medical Center. 

To honor Doris’ life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Monday, February 19, 2024, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday at the church.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Doris was born on September 1, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Lena (Schultz) Meyer.  

Doris graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Dubuque.  Not long after that she married the love of her life, Ronald Brandel, on December 28, 1957, at Sacred Heart Church.  They spent 64 fun filled years together before Ron passed away on July 10, 2022.  She was an excellent wife and mother who also worked with the Dubuque Community Schools.  She spent 31 years at Central School before she finally decided it was time to retire.  Doris loved her job there, and she and her co-workers always made sure their days were full of laughter. 

Doris was a wonderful hostess and loved to entertain.  She was an outstanding cook and beautiful floral designer, both of which come in very handy when having family and friends over for special occasions.  Doris also had a very thrifty side and enjoyed going to garage sales and thrift stores looking for treasures.  In her younger days, she and Ron spent countless hours at their cottage on Esmann Island.  Her faith was also an important part of her life, and she was a long time member of Sacred Heart Church.  Her family meant the world to Doris and she made sure each and every person knew how special they were.  The world was a better place because Doris was in it.  She will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish Doris’ memory include: her children, Beth (Robert) Schmerbach, Dyersville, IA, Lynne (Patrick) Einarsen, Dubuque, IA and Chris Brandel, Wauwatosa, WI; 5 grandchildren, Jeffrey (Alysia) Schmerbach, Ellen (Michael) Hirsch, AnnaRose Einarsen, Olivia Einarsen and Max Einarsen; and 6 great-great grandchildren, Jacobe (Gabrielle), Lukes, Isabella, Joseph, John and Natalie.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ronald Brandel; a son, John Charles Brandel in infancy; a great-grandson, Derek Hirsch; a great-granddaughter, Audrey Hirsch; and her siblings, Merlin (Bonnie) Meyer, Darlene (Red) Spoerl, Jeanette Billmeyer and Marian Meyer.

Doris’ family would like to thank the wonderful people at MercyOne Dyersville for their exceptional care and Ellen Kennedy Assisted Living Center for taking wonderful care of Doris over the last 1 ½ years, we cannot thank all of you enough.

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

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


 

Racheal Bartle

Racheal Bartle, 67, of Dubuque, passed away on February 13, 2024 at home surrounded by loved ones.

In keeping with her wishes, private family services were held with a public celebration of life to be held on March 9, 2024, from 1:00-6:00 at the Oxus Grotto, 3011 Autumn Dr, Dubuque, IA 52002. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Racheal was born on March 31, 1956, to Emil and AnnaMae (Jackson) Otting in Dubuque, Iowa.

She was a cook at Ennoble Manor, Dubuque Senior Highschool, and Area Residential Care. 

Racheal was an avid antique glass collector. She also loved teddy bears.

Family brought great joy to Racheal and she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Racheal is survived by her children, Curt (Sherry) Saunders of Dubuque, and Laura (Jay) Reding of Dubuque; fiancé, James Lorence of Dubuque; grandchildren, Heather (Kevin) Sheahan of MO, Mitch Haufe of Dubuque, Devon (Ieisha) Woodard of Dubuque, Dayjanae (Tim) Bertucci of Asbury, Kietra McCullough of Dubuque, Ahliyah Saunders of Longview TX, Tea Saunders-McCullough of Dubuque, Curtavion Saunders of Longview TX, Akayja (Lucas) Nelson of Dubuque, Charissma Cruz of Dubuque, Skylynn (Seth) Johnson of Clovis NM, Douglas Saunders of Cedar Rapids IA, Curt Saunders Jr. of Dubuque, Laila Saunders of Dubuque, and Makayla Cooper of Asbury. She is also survived by 23 great-grandchildren. Racheal is also survived by her siblings, Elizabeth Otting, Emil Otting, Rosemary Otting, Phillip Otting, Grace Brade, Helen Mitchley, and Christine Light.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Marsha Saunders; Harry Saunders, and William Bartle; siblings, Mary Weber, Sylvester “Fess” Otting, Margaret Maize, and Raymond Otting

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the funeral home in care of the Racheal Bartle family.

Racheal’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Dr. Cao for the wonderful care and compassion given to Racheal.


 

Chad R. Hansen

Chad R. Hansen, 45, of Dubuque, died Sunday, February 11, 2024.  Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Friday February 16, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road with family sharing at 11:30 a.m.  The funeral service will follow at noon.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Chad was born March 3, 1978 in Dubuque, Iowa.  He was easy-going, had a big heart and was always there to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. His infectious personality and sense of humor brought smiles to many. He could always make anyone laugh.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed squirrel hunting, bow hunting, fishing, and golfing. He also enjoyed playing pool and cooking.

Although Chad did not attend a church regularly, his faith was very important to him.

He is survived by his father, Ronald Hansen; mother, Diann Habel; children, Daniel, Cody, Kurt, Chloe, and Noah; siblings, Cherisse and Angela Hansen, and Krista (Steve) Hansen-Shaffer.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, April Mae, and his grandparents.


 

Joyce A. Westhoff

Joyce A. Westhoff, 69 of Orlando, FL passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2024, after an extended illness.

Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM on Friday, February 16, 2024, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, IA.  Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 9 – 10 AM prior to funeral mass.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Gabriel Mensah will officiate.

Joyce was born December 3, 1954, in Rochester, PA, to Capt. Charles and Anna (Zarillo) Tarazano. Her father’s career in the U.S. Air Force gave Joyce the opportunity to grow and learn in Georgia, Illinois, Arizona, Guam, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Joyce graduated from Rochester High School, Rochester, PA in 1972. After high school, she studied at Penn State before joining the U.S. Navy. Joyce served as a Hospital Corpsman from 1974-1976. Joyce returned to school in 1982 and earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1984.

While stationed at Great Lakes Naval Hospital, IL, Joyce met and married Paul J. Westhoff. Joyce and Paul shared 48 years together, welcoming three children as they moved around the country while Paul continued to serve in the U.S. Navy. The family lived longest in Pensacola, Florida, and most recently in Orlando, Florida.

Joyce was a devoted wife and mother, insisting that we all be the best humans we could. Family time always included UNO, where her luck ensured a wealth of Draw 4s aimed at the rest of us. Joyce’s strength and infinite love will be deeply missed by her family. She is survived by her husband, Paul; her children: Alicia Reid of Brighton, MI, Dr. Erica (Dr. Ned Schoolman) Westhoff of Reno, NV and David (Jessica) Westhoff of Black Diamond, WA; her grandchildren: Darcy Reid, Gordon Reid, Anna Reid, Jack Schoolman, Alex Schoolman and Charles Westhoff; her sisters: Annette Costanza and Terri (Frank) Cottone; her brothers and sisters-in-law: Dennis (Ginny) Westhoff, Clare Westhoff, Steve (Marie) Westhoff, Lola Westhoff, Luann Schrock, Amy (Bruce) Goldsmith, Donna (Jeff) Thomas; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Ambrose and Isabel Westhoff; son-in-law, Mark Reid, and brother-in-law, Luke “Jeff” Westhoff.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Orlando Health Cancer Institute.

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


 

Nancy M. Leslein

Nancy M. Leslein, 68, of Dubuque IA, died at home after a long battle with cancer on Monday February 12, 2024.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date with burial at Linwood Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.

Nancy was born on January 30, 1956, in Dubuque to Charles and Rudy (Oldner) Ansel.

She worked as a C.N.A in the Dubuque area for 30 years.

Nancy is survived by her son Craig (Joellle) Burns; and daughter Lisa (Dorian Sr.) Harrison; and three grandchildren, Sativa, Austin, and Dorian Jr.; siblings Sheila, Steve, and Kevin.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Mike, and Dennis.

The family would like to express a thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, a special niece Peggy Ohmert, and her Applewood family.


 

Tim A. Biedermann

Tim A. Biedermann, (68), of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on February 7th, 2024, after a courageous and heroic battle with Pancreatic Cancer.  For five and a half years Tim gave cancer the fight of its life. He battled with such ferocity, strength, and grace.  His unwavering determination and relentless effort allowed him to defy all odds on his journey to slay the Dragon.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17th, 2024, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. with Dr. Steve Garner officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.  Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

Born on November 20th, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa.  The son of Lyle “Ike” Biedermann and JoAnn Biedermann (Meyer).  Tim or as many knew him, Biedz, grew up on the north end. He went on to purchase his childhood home so that he could raise his own family there. It was known from a young age, that he was a kind and gentle soul.  It wasn’t out of character to find him walking a holy sister to church nor was it out of the ordinary for him to be seen shoveling neighbors’ sidewalks or cutting their lawn.  Man did he love his lawn.

Tim’s greatest accomplishment was being a dad, and an amazing one at that. Every kid wanted him as a father.  The love and devotion he showed his children was unparalleled. Tara, Laura, Kevin and Joseph surely hit the jackpot however, the neighborhood kids did as well. Tim, Timbo, Mr. Tim or whatever you were fortunate enough to call him was a blessing. He included everyone, excluded no one, and led by example in all aspects. He taught us to listen, show respect, take care of your siblings; possess integrity and above all else, remain humble and kind.

If you recall the fort in the attack, squirt guns, tether ball, the sandbox, roller-skating, softball games, football at the field, tennis at Eagle Point, water balloon fights out the bed of his truck, playing long after the streetlights came on, catching lightening bugs, dodging bats…actual north end bats.  Camping on the front lawn, canoe trips…so many canoe trips. Wackey Waters, Noah’s Ark, the Maquoketa drive-in, hiking the bluff, sleigh riding at Mathius, picnics, Swiss Valley Cheese, OJ out of a carton, licorice, atomic fire balls, lemon heads, Halloween, skiing, numerous visits to the cemetery learning to drive, fishing, frequent trips to the DQ on behalf of dads “hidden” change jar.

As much as dad loved being a dad, he adored being a Papa even more.  He spent so much quality time with his 6 granddaughters and 2 grandsons, both named after Papa Tim.  Some of our fondest memories are coloring, trampolines, swimming, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, numerous trips to Disney World, and a Disney Cruise.

Tim is survived by his children: Tara (Terrance) Bowman, Laura (Nathan) Miller, Kevin Biedermann, Joseph (Ashley) Biedermann.  Siblings: Terry (Dee) Biedermann, Tracey (Rick) Wieser, Toni (Steve) Burkholder, Tina Cottier, Todd (Pamela) Biedermann. Grandkids: JoAnne, Zoey, and Emma Bowman, Alyvia, Aubrey and Nathan Miller, Logan and Thea Biedermann.

He was preceded in death by his Mother and Father; his brother Toby Biedermann, his sister Tammy Redmond, and his guardian angels David and Evelyn Hickey.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Mark Truty and Dr. Engelman who reset the clock.  Our family would also like to thank Grand River Medical Group, Medical Associates and MercyOne Dubuque hospital staff for all the amazing care.

We will forever be looking for his truck in the driveway, hoping to find him sitting on the couch taking one of his many powernaps.  If the love we had for this man could have saved him, he would have lived for an eternity.

In lieu of flowers, a fund has been established to procure a memorial at Bergfeld Pond, where our family will continue to support the fight against pancreatic cancer and walk with the Michael W. Oglesby foundation yearly.


 

Sandra J. Williams

Sandra Jean Williams, 78, of Davenport, died Monday, February 12, 2024, at the Genesis Medical Center in Davenport.

The Funeral Service for Sandra will be 1:00 pm Monday, February 19, 2024, at Mount Calvary Cemetery with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.

Sandra was born August 1, 1945, in Portland, OR, the daughter of Howard and Lucille Hunt Williams.  She married Thomas Maas and they had one daughter.  They later divorced.

Survivors include one daughter, Sherry (Ron) Lohneis of Dubuque, three grandsons, Travis (Amber) Lohneis, Ethan (Janna Johnson) Lohneis, Austin (Darian) Lohneis; six great-grandchildren, Jordan, Carson, Kinsley, Blair, Brayden, and Chase; one sister, Diane Meskimen of Guttenberg.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Phillip Williams; and one granddaughter, Felicia Lohneis.

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

Condolences sent to the family by visiting Sandra’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.


 

Steven S. Sprague

Steven Samuel Sprague, 53, of Dubuque, IA, finished his final race on February 11, 2024.  He crossed the finish line proudly, receiving his gold medal in Heaven, to be held in Gods arms and be with “Mudder” and Les forever.  His brother Randy along with his best friends and buddies Brewster boy, Bruno, and Panda were by his side.  And, yes of course his camera too.

Visitation will be on February 18, 2024, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA. A Celebration of Steven’s life will begin at 3:00 p.m. with Deacon David Roth Officiating.  A private burial will be held in Mt. Calvary cemetery at a later date.

Steven was born October 16, 1970, the youngest child and son of Leslie and Gloria (Entringer) Sprague.  Steve was born with many challenges, special needs, and intellectual disabilities.  Later in life he faced each one head on and did not let any of them stop him.

Steven received special education at Audubon, Eisenhower, and Hempstead High School, graduating in 1992.  He was proud to wear his cap and gown and to receive his diploma.

He attended vocational training programs here in Dubuque at Goodwill, Area Residential Care, and Hills and Dales.  He met many great people during those years and received so much love and care.  Somehow or another he left a memory for each person he met to remember him.

Steven finally slowed things down and “retired” but he did not stop by any means and spent the rest of his days having the time of his life attending Cozy Corners doing the things he liked best. Dancing, singing and of course taking pictures.  Never was there a day he did not wear a smile at Cozy Corners.  Thank you, Bob, Mariko and Staff.  You all are simply the best.

For many years, Steven was a Special Olympian, participating in many different events, bike racing, bowling, weightlifting, baseball, swimming, and skiing in the winter.  He was proud of the numerous medals and ribbons he worked so hard for and won.

Those left with great memories to hold in their hearts forever are his brothers Randy Sprague of Dubuque, IA, Ronald (Monika Stefan) Burke of Deerfield, IL, sisters Julie Burke and Laura Burke of Chicago, IL.  Steven is also survived by four other siblings Connie, Barb, Terry, and Gary.  Many nieces and nephews, great nieces, and nephews, and one great-great nephew and another one on the way.

Steven was proceeded in death by his parents Leslie “Les” and Gloria Sprague, his maternal and paternal grandparents, a brother-in-law, and a great niece.

To Peggy O’Neill, there are not enough words to express the thankfulness for the love and care you gave Steven over the past 10 years.  I could never have done this without you.

Also, a special thank you to the entire staff at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer, Ryan, and Kevin, your loving care made this difficult time easier to bare.

The family request no flowers. A Steven Samuel Sprague memorial fund will be established.


 

Roger L. Young

Roger Lynn Young, 73, of Delhi, died Sunday, February 11, 2024, surrounded by his family at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

A celebration of Roger’s life will be held at a later date.

Roger was born November 21, 1950, in Manchester, IA, the son of Robert and Marian L Salow Young. On May 12, 1972, he married Lana K. Gibbs in Galena, IL.

He was a 1969 graduate of Maquoketa Valley High School in Earlville, Iowa.

While spending years in manufacturing, his accident allowed him to fully enjoy his passions. An avid lifelong fisherman, he found immense joy in sharing the serenity of fishing with his cherished grandkids. The quiet hours spent tinkering in his garage were a testament to his passion for creating and fixing. A devoted NASCAR enthusiast, the thrill of the race brought a sparkle to his eyes. He loved watching and listening to Hawkeye sports, along with enjoying the wildlife visiting his patio every day. His generosity knew no bounds, as evidenced by the trophy fish he donated to the Bailey Ford Conservation Center in Manchester.

Survivors include his wife. Lana; four children, son, Lance Young of Manchester, IA, son, Philip (Cassie) Young, of Yukon, OK, and their children, Samantha Young, Danielle Young, and Zachariah Young, daughter, Tanya Geer of Waterloo, IA, and her children, William Geer, Benjamin Geer, and Calvin Nosbisch, and daughter, Tara Young of North Liberty, IA; one brother, Terry (Patricia) Young of Earlville, IA; one sister, Cheryl Meader of Sun City, FL; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Terry Gibbs, Gary Gibbs, Diane Welte, Kent Gibbs, and Laurie Becker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Bonnie Rodriguez, and two sisters-in-law, Beverly Skaja and Deborah Morehouse.

The family thanks the doctors, nurses, and staff at Manchester Regional Medical Center, Care Initiatives Hospice, and the Good Neighbor Home for their help during this time.

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

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


 

Kathleen M. Mundell

Kathleen M. “Kathy” Mundell, age 72, of Gratiot, WI, formerly of Viola, MN, completed her earthly journey on February 6, 2024, at MercyOne Hospital in Dubuque, IA, while surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Kathy’s life, her Celebration of Life will be held this summer back home in Minnesota with details to be announced at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Kathy’s family.

Kathy was born on March 6, 1951, in Winona, MN, a daughter to William and Rose (Kaiser) Sholes.  She was blessed to spend the majority of her life in Viola, Minnesota surrounded by family and friends until three years ago when she and Jon moved to Wisconsin to be closer to their daughter after some health issues arose.  Kathy and Jon were united in marriage on July 28, 1973, and were blessed with over 49 years together.  In their early years together, Jon and Kathy enjoyed traveling the U.S. on their motorcycle whenever possible and creating countless memories together.  Kathy was primarily a housewife who loved and adored her family, but over the years did step into the working world from time to time delivering the Star Tribune and Post Bulletin as a rural route carrier.  She also worked as a home care aid with Bear Creek Services and volunteered at Mayo Clinic as well.  Kathy was also a proud Gopher Gal with her friends in Viola, MN.

In her free-time, Kathy always enjoyed a little gardening and sewing at home when time allowed and if her Minnesota Vikings were playing, you could be sure to find her rooting on her favorite team.  She also found joy in checking out the latest finds at the flea market and antique shops as she discovered them.  A little retail therapy was also an acceptable way to spend the afternoon and trying her luck on the slots was a good way to round out the day.  Kathy loved spending time with her family the most though, especially if the grandkids were involved.  Her physical presence will surely be missed in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her and we hope to find peace and healing in time through the abundance of wonderful memories which she leaves behind.  Thank you, Kathy, for continually reminding us that love, family, and friends are truly the most valuable things in this life and may the Lord bless and keep you safe in His loving arms until we all meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Kathy include,

her four children,
Scott (Maria) Styba, Fort Walton Beach, FL,
Jon (Amy) Mundell, Jr., Louisville, KY,
Jami (John) Boss, Gratiot, WI,
and Jesse (Maiko) Mundell, Syracuse, UT;

her nine grandchildren,
Anthony (Alyssa) Styba,
Seth Styba,
Jon Mundell, III,
Josephine Mundell,
Jane Mundell,
June Boss,
Jett Boss,
Skyler Mundell,
and Lance Mundell;

her two brothers,
David (Linda) Sholes, Utica, MN,
and Larrry (Cindy) Sholes, Utica, MN;

many beloved nieces and nephews;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jon A. Mundell, Sr.; her ex-husband, Bill Styba; and her sister, Nancy Anderson.

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


 

Debra L. Morgan

Debra Lynn Morgan, 67, of Dubuque, died Friday, February 9, 2024, at her home in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Funeral Service for Debra will be at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Mark Smith officiating. Burial will be in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA.

Debra was born on July 24, 1956, in Vallejo, CA, the daughter of Walter and Carol (Thorsted) Hooper. On November 8, 1980, she married George Morgan III in Anaheim, CA. He preceded her in death on May 31, 2008.

Debra worked as an accountant for Tavaglione Construction & Development Inc. in Riverside, CA.  She enjoyed time in her greenhouse in California. She was very passionate about Donate Life.

Survivors include her mother, Carol (Walter) Hooper; her sister, Gloria Schleicher of Dubuque; three nieces, Sandra (Matt) Wienen, Kelly (Jeremy) Hall, and Pamela Hooper; and one great-niece and three great-nephews.

Debra was preceded in death by her father, Walter, and one brother, Raymond Hooper.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care and support.

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


 

Marilyn A. Hughes

Marilyn Ann Hughes, 94, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Bethany Home.

Visitation will be from 10:00-10:45a.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA 52001. Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 11:00a.m., with Rev. Andy Upah officiating. Burial will be in East Dubuque Cemetery.

Marilyn was born on January 27, 1930 to Leo and Tillie (Dorsch) Kraft in Waterloo, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Alfred Hughes on February 9, 1952 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in East Dubuque, IL.

Marilyn led a faith-filled life by raising a family and her three children, Terrence, Charles, and Susan. She was an enthusiastic volunteer for numerous community organizations including Visiting Nursing Association, and a sacristan and Eucharistic minister at Nativity Parish. Marilyn was an active volunteer for 40 years at Manor Care.

She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed many travels with friends. Marilyn was a special “Gigi” to all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Marilyn is survived by her children, Dr. Terrence (Toni) Hughes, of Milwaukee, Wis., Charles (Mary) Hughes, of Newark, Del., and Susan Hughes, of Elgin, Ill. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Keenan (Jill) Hughes, Allison (Dr. Chip) Dorsey, Dr. Jordan (Dr. Kate) Hughes, Neddie (James) Brennan, Kelsey (Matt) Kinnear, Shane (Laura) Finnane, and Evan Finnane; great-grandchildren, Esme, Beatrice, Max, Miles, Norah, Arthur, Kennedy, Josephine, Alan, and Tillie.  She is also survived by her brother, Charles (Lee) Kraft of Kansas City, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings, Leo (Helen) Kraft, Robert (Maggie) Kraft, and Lorraine (Bud) Batteram.

Marilyn’s family wishes to extend a special thank you for the care and support given from St. Croix Hospice team, Oak Park Place and Bethany Home.

In lieu of flowers, give a compliment like Marilyn always would, and spread love and joy!


 

Marian C. Mallder

Marian Clare (Radloff) Mallder, 82, passed away on January 31, 2024 in Dubuque  Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday, February 12, 2024 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home in Dubuque, Iowa and from 9:30 to 10:45a.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 685 Fremont Ave, Dubuque. Funeral Services will immediately follow at 11:00a.m. Click here to view the Funeral Service for Marian Mallder. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Marian was born on July 23, 1941 in Dubuque, the daughter of Marloe (Ede) Radloff and Harry Augusta Fredrick Radloff both of Dubuque. Marian was raised in Dubuque and attended the University of Dubuque majoring in music.

Marian Held many jobs throughout her life. Her first job was working at the Comet drive-in as a cook where she met her husband Robert Donald “Peanuts” Mallder. They married on October 29, 1960. They raised 8 wonderful Children.

Marian joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in May 1967 and has been an active member serving up until her time of her passing. Marian has a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his Atonement. She has served as the organist and a Family History Consultant for over 50 Years.

Marian was a people person sharing her knowledge of Dubuque History through city bus tours, progressive dinners and a tour guide at the Ham House Museum. She served two terms as president of the Dubuque County Genealogical Society and was a member for over 30 years.

These left to cherish her memory are her children: Robert S. Mallder of Oakland, CA, Linda (Tom) Weitz of Dubuque, Iowa, Suzanne (Luke) Droessler of Potosi, WI, Dianne (Marc) Onken of Dubuque, IA, Shirley (Robert) Tomlinson of North Liberty, IA, Jason Mallder of Dubuque, IA, JoAnne (Steve) Lorda of Tracy, CA, and John-David Mallder of Lehi, UT. Also 5 grandchildren, Luke Jr. Droessler (Kaley Bockhop) of Platteville, WI, Katie (Tony) Vander Velden of Platteville, WI. Austin, Mackenzie and Sadie Lorda of Tracy, CA and 1 Great Grandson Logan Vander Velden of Platteville, WI; and her cat Lily.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Donald “Peanuts” Mallder on March 29, 1994, her parents Marloe and Harry Radloff and her Grandmother Louise A. Ede.

In lieu of flowers, a Marian Mallder Memorial Fund has been established.

The family wishes to thank the Tri-State Dialysis Center, Palliative Care, and the kind Doctors, Nurses and Caregivers.

Marian had a wonderful Life.

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


 

Lola E. Berner

Lola E. Berner, 90, of Wheatland Manor, and formerly of Maquoketa and Lost Nation, passed away peacefully on Friday evening, February 9, 2024.

Lola Eileen Berner was born on August 14, 1933, in Clinton County, Iowa, to Clarence and Hulda (Timm) Adrian.  Her life was one of dedication and love, exemplified by her marriage to Clifford F. Berner on February 23, 1952, in Charlotte, Iowa. Together, they built a life filled with the joys and challenges of rural living. As a farm wife, Lola worked tirelessly alongside her husband on their family farm in rural Lost Nation. Her work ethic was further demonstrated through her years of employment at Pacific Coast Feather Company in Maquoketa, where she was known for her reliability and warmth.

Lola’s commitment to her community was evident in her involvement with Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation. She also served with heart and pride as a member of the Menzo Widle American Legion Post #381 Ladies Auxiliary.

Those who knew Lola will fondly remember her passion for life’s simple pleasures. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, her eyes lighting up with each play. Gardening and canning were not just hobbies but a testament to her nurturing spirit, providing for her family and friends. Lola’s love for cooking was legendary, and her card-playing skills were a source of joy and friendly competition.

But above all, Lola’s greatest joy was her family. She leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories for her children, Linda (Mike) Buley of Georgetown, TX, Barb Scott of Elburn, IL, Gary (Becky) Berner of Lost Nation, IA, and Wayne (Melissa) Berner of Canal Winchester, OH. Her sister, Sharon (Bob) Sullivan of Charlotte, IA, will also hold dear the memories they shared. Lola was a beacon of light and love for her grandchildren, Cliff (Linda), Chad (Aalia), Amy, Mark (Keira), Jennifer, Courtney (Gene), Luke (Kayla), Megan, Cassidy, Matthew, Evan, Corey, and Jason, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, with the joy of another on the way.

Lola’s journey was marked by the love she shared and the resilience with which she faced life’s adversities. She was preceded in death by her adoring parents, her beloved husband Clifford in 2012, her dear son Allen in 1976, her son-in-law Allan Scott, and her precious granddaughters Laura and Judy.

A celebration of Lola’s life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, February 16, 2024, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the church.  Burial will be at the Pence Cemetery, rural Baldwin, Iowa.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lola E. Berner memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Melvin Dittmar

Melvin Dittmar, 90, of Scales Mound, IL, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. A funeral service will be held at 11 AM, Friday, February 16, 2024, at Schapville Zion Presbyterian Church, Schapville, IL where friends may call after 10 AM until the time of service. Friends may call from 5 to 7 PM, Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, IL. The burial will be in Scales Mound Township Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded graveside by Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193.

He was born November 12, 1933, in rural Scales Mound, the son of Ira Raymond and Alta Elsa (Wasmund) Dittmar. Melvin graduated from Scales Mound High School with the class of 1951. He was drafted into the United States Navy on March 14, 1956, and served until his honorable discharge on November 8, 1957. Melvin married Patricia Koehler on May 16, 1959, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Scales Mound, and she preceded him in death on November 6, 2022. Melvin farmed for fifty-five-plus years for Stanley (Spud) and Marian Davis. In his early years, he helped his dad at his Case Implement dealership and continued in his dad’s footsteps as a Golden Harvest Seed Corn Dealer. He was an avid Scales Mound sports fan, attending games his entire life. He was a collector of many things including antiques, coins, and collectibles.

He is survived by two daughters, Dinah (Scott) Bautsch and Dixie (Steve) Birkbeck, and seven grandchildren, Emily (Matt) Tyler, Kristina (Zach) McCullough, Elizabeth (Matt) Greene, Brandon (Tracy) Birkbeck, Kirstin (Jordan) Stanbridge, Corbin (Emily) Birkbeck, and Gavin (Haley) Birkbeck, fourteen great-grandchildren, Poppy, Jameson, Emmalyn, Anderson, Timothy, Ellie, Owen, Harper, Gavin, Scarlett, Allie, Zoey, Quinten, Dominic, and one on the way, three brothers-in-law, Michael and Vincent (Michelle) Koehler and Harold Gallagher and one sister-in-law Leslie Koehler.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sisters, Ilene Gallagher, and Jeanette Wilhelmi, one brother Eldon, four sisters-in-law, Shirley Renne, Nancy Weida, Darlene Koehler, and Becky Koehler, three brothers-in-law, Donald Renne, Burt Wilhelmi, and David Weida, his father and mother-in-law, Clement and Nellie Koehler.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Crist at Medical Associates, Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Assisted Living staff, and Hospice of Dubuque. Your care and compassion will never be forgotten.

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


 

Alverda M. Beck

Alverda Marie Beck, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2024, at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Born on April 20, 1934, in the pastoral surroundings of Jackson County, IA, Alverda’s life was defined by her enduring strength, compassion, and dedication to her loved ones and her faith.

Raised on the family farm, she was the daughter of Albert and Elda (Felderman) Wiegert Sr. Alverda’s formative years were spent in a one-room schoolhouse, nurturing a love for learning that remained with her throughout her life. She graduated from Andrew High School in 1952, carrying with her the values of hard work and perseverance. Alverda married the love of her life, John F. Beck, on September 15, 1962, in St. Donatus, Iowa, and together they welcomed three children into the world: David, Sheila, and Duane.

Before her marriage, Alverda was employed at the Fishing Tackle Company in Maquoketa, served patrons at the Bon Ton Restaurant as a waitress, and contributed her skills to the Ensign Coil Company in Bellevue. Once married, she joined her husband in farming the land in rural Preston, a vocation she embraced with tenacity and pride. After the untimely passing of her husband John in 1978, Alverda took the reins of the family farm, managing it with the same fortitude and attention to detail that she applied to every aspect of her life.

Alverda was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in St. Donatus, where she once taught Sunday School, before transferring her membership to First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Her dedication to her faith was matched by her involvement with the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa, where she found fellowship and community.

A woman of many talents, Alverda found joy in the simple pleasures of life. Her gardens were a testament to her patient toil and her love for nature, while her sewing projects reflected her meticulous craftsmanship.  She especially enjoyed cooking and playing games with her grandchildren.

Alverda’s legacy is carried on by her loving family, who continue to honor her memory: children Sheila (Bill) Norris of Huxley, IA, and Duane Beck of Preston, IA; daughter-in-law Jill Beck of MO; her adored grandchildren Josh Norris, Jessica Norris, Jacob (Christine) Beck, and Christy (Wesley) Dickinson; and her brothers Albert Jr. Wiegert of Maquoketa, IA, Eldon Wiegert of Loveland, CO, and Harold Wiegert of Dubuque, IA. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law Rita Wiegert of Bellevue, IA, along with several nieces and nephews who will miss her presence dearly.

Alverda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, her son Dr. David Beck, and her brothers Laverne Wiegert and Raymond Wiegert. She was also predeceased by sisters-in-law Mary, Judy, and Sandy Wiegert, and her niece Brenda Beck, and nephew Roland Wiegert.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Thursday, February 15, 2024, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again on Thursday after 10:30 A.M. at the church.  Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa.

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


 

Leroy C. Eye Sr.

Leroy C. Eye Sr., 77, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at home.

Public Graveside Services and Burial celebrating his life will be held at 12 P.M., Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at South Mineral Cemetery, rural Onslow, Iowa.  Visitation will be held prior to the graveside service from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Cremation rites have been accorded.

Leroy Cecil Eye Sr. was born on December 3, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Cecil Floyd and Josephine (Ankney) Eye.  He was educated in Maquoketa schools and served his country in the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge.  He married Judith Ann Shady and they later divorced.

Leroy worked for Central Steel in Clinton for many years, and later for Dyangear as a pump tester, and lastly, he retired from WADY Industries in Maquoketa where he worked as a saw operator.

Leroy enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre, deer hunting, having coffee with his brother every morning, and strumming his guitar.

Those left to honor his memory include a son, Leroy C. Eye Jr. of Maquoketa, IA; 1 grandson; brothers, Delbert Eye of Maquoketa, IA, and Larry Eye of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Margie (Dale) Michel of TX, Jane (Bill) Nylin of Delmar, IA, Kathy of Dubuque, IA, and Betty Schulz of Maquoketa, IA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Richard Eye, and sisters Ruth Clark, Martha Bowling, Ruby Jewell, and Rosemary Glazener.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Leroy C. Eye Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Dale A. Heinze

Dale Alan Heinze, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on February 6th, 2024.

Friends and family may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday February 15th, 2024, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

A Funeral Service will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with Deacon Jim Koetz officiating.

Dale was born on January 5th, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Rose M. Maas and Robert J. Heinze. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 2001. Dale worked at Sid’s Beverage on Dodge, WARECO on Rhomberg, Menards in Dubuque, and Happy Joe’s on University. And in his later years helped at his cousin Frank’s autobody shop.

He loved attending stock car races in Farley, Dubuque, and Darlington. He enjoyed cheering Chase Elliot on when watching NASCAR. His favorite trips were the ones he took down to Florida to watch the Daytona 500. He was also a fan of the Pittsburg Steelers and the Chicago Cubs.

Dale loved everyone. He made no hesitation in catching up with whoever he ran into. He kept in touch with his many cousins and friends, and he especially appreciated his good friend Buzz.

Dale is survived by his parents Rose Maas and Robert (Penni Lou (Ehlert) Heinze, siblings Bob Heinze, Lorrie Wortley, Jeff Heinze, Lisa (Randy) Kemp, and Jolene (Jeff) Nasman, 21 nieces and nephews, and 26 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother Dennis Heinze.


 

Robert R. Wiederholt

Robert Rudolph Wiederholt, 93, of Dubuque, died Thursday, February 8, 2024, at the Luther Manor in Dubuque.

A prayer service will be held at 1:00 pm Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory followed by visitation until 5:00 pm.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Robert will be 10:30 am Monday, February 12, 2024, at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Steven Garner as the Celebrant.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  Full military honors will be rendered by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Robert was born July 9, 1930, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Francis and Margaret (Ludwig) Wiederholt. On June 30, 1956, he married Donna C. Hohnecker at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Robert graduated from Loras Academy. He was a U.S. Marine Veteran, serving in Korea from January 30, 1952 until January 29, 1954. After his honorable discharge from the service he worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 31 years.

Robert was a lifelong member of Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Trinity Catholic Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir. Robert was a member of the American Legion Post #6 for over 60 years and the U.A.W. Retirees. He was also a train enthusiast and loved to travel.

Survivors include his wife, Donna of Dubuque; three children, Rosalyn Langkamp of East Dubuque, IL; Alan (Dr. Karen) Wiederholt of Honolulu, HI; and Peter (Kelly) Wiederholt of O’Fallon, IL; eight grandchildren, Andrew (Beth) Simon, Amanda Wlochal, Amber (Nick) Healey, Brett (Stephanie) Langkamp, Matthew (Anne) Wiederholt, Jessica Wiederholt, Nathan (Anne) Wiederholt, James Wiederholt-Yamaguchi; 10 great-grandchildren with one due in May; and one brother, Gerald (Susan) Wiederholt of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Theresa Simon and Dr. Roberta Wiederholt, DVM; and two brothers, Floyd (Mary) Wiederholt and Donald (Delores) Wiederholt.

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


 

Mary Kay Hurst

Mary Kay (Petitgout) Hurst, 80, of Asbury, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 11:32 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2024, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, AZ.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 12, 2024, at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dennis Vargas officiating.  Burial will follow in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Family and friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on February 12, 2024, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be recited at 9:45 a.m.

Mary Kay was born on March 4, 1943, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Laurence J. and Jean A. (Fleege) Petitgout.  She was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, the class of 1961. Mary Kay was united in marriage to James R. “Jim” Hurst on February 20, 1965, at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque.

Mary loved spending time with her grandchildren and grand puppies. She enjoyed spending time with the friends and neighbors during her visits to Arizona but was always glad to get back home in the spring. She will be joining two very special friends that she missed dearly, Barbara and Rochelle.

Surviving is her husband, Jim; two daughters, Julie Hurst of Peoria, Arizona and Christie (Jesse) Dalsing of Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Five grandchildren, Pamela Hunt, Justin Hunt, Zack (Felicia Dufek) Lee of Surprise, Arizona, Mackenzie Hurst of Phoenix, Arizona and Zander Dalsing of Hazel Green, Wisconsin; and a brother, Dan Petitgout of East Dubuque, sister-in-law, Kathy Petitgout; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Steven M.,


 

Thomas F. Heying

Thomas F. Heying, age 85, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Stonehill Care Center.  A private Catholic burial service was held at Behr Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, with Rev. Dennis Quint officiating.  Burial was in the family plot at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tom was born on March 21, 1938, to Cletus and Germaine (Gassmann) Heying.

Tom was a graduate of St. Patrick’s School, Loras Academy and Loras College, Class of 1960.  Following graduation Tom enrolled in combat ready training at Fort Dix, N.J., during the Vietnam War.  Thankfully he was not called in the draft to active duty.

Tom then began his career in management with K-Mart Corporation during the 1960’s.  He was transferred around the country as new stores were opening staying on as store manager.  He was then transferred to K-Mart Headquarters as a buyer for K-Mart.  He remained in Troy, MI, until returning to Dubuque.

Tom was blessed with a good, happy, fulfilled life with family, friends and his faith.  He enjoyed travels in and out of the U.S., and meeting many interesting people along the way.  Tom had many interests and especially enjoyed sports, attending Super Bowls, The Masters and The Kentucky Derby.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and his brother-in-law, Glenn Stefano.

He is survived by his sister, Nancy Stefano, several cousins and his lifelong friends.

A life well lived Tom.  Now rest in peace.

A heartfelt thank you to Marvin Ney and his staff from Paramount Ambulance, nurse Julie H. at Dubuque Specialty Care, Dr. Chapman and Dr. Jennifer Mohr at Medical Associates and the staff at Stonehill Care Center from many departments who were caring and kind to Tom.  Especially those on 1 South and 1 North who were caring and kind to Tom in his last difficult years.


 

Randy E. Wold

Randy Edward Wold, 62, of Dubuque, passed away February 5, 2024, in Dubuque, IA. Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, where a prayer service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating.

Randy was born on May 21, 1961, in Dubuque to Richard Edward Wold and Karen (Deeny) Wold.  He graduated from Hempstead High School.  For many years, he owned and operated Vacationland Boat sales.  He was hard-working and well known as an excellent boat mechanic and overall handy man. He enjoyed camping and boating with his family on the Mississippi River.  He was an outgoing individual who could, and often would, talk your ear off, and he will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his mother Karen, his children Ryan (Jenna) Wold, Hannah Wold, Nicholas Wold, and Alex Wold; his grandchildren Brody and Bennett; his siblings Kim (Jim) Chapman, and Jason (Darcy) Wold and former wife Peggy (Dodds) Wold.

He was preceded in death by his father Richard Wold and niece Carrie Chapman.


 

Mark N. Johnson

Mark N. Johnson, 35, of Dubuque passed away unexpectedly after a hard fought battle with mental illness on Wednesday, February 6, 2024.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 10th, 2024, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Matt Agee officiating.

Mark was born March 13, 1988, in Dubuque, IA to David K. and Debra S. (Every) Johnson.

He attended Hempstead High School and graduated from Central Alternative School in 2006.

Our precious son Mark was called home to his Heavenly Father.  Mark loved his family and his sweet rescue dog, Zoey.  His interests included cars, dogs, and hunting.  He was a gifted writer, artist and loved music.  Mark was incredibly smart and had a lot to offer the world, but sadly he was plagued by serious mental illness.  As much as we all wanted him to live a fulfilling life, he just wasn’t able to continue on.  We would all like to think that love could have saved him, but his pain was unbearable.

We know he now resides with our Heavenly Father, and we will be reunited in that glorious paradise.

Mark is survived by his parents David and Debra Johnson; siblings Natalie C. Johnson and Benjamin J. Johnson; his sweet dog Zoey; paternal grandmother Mary Jo Johnson, and maternal grandmother Juleen Every; uncles John Johnson, Jim Johnson, and Dave Every; aunts Sharon Wolbers, Kelly Vsetecka, and Valerie Every.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather John Johnson, and maternal grandfather Leland Every.

If someone you know is struggling with mental illness and or substance abuse, please reach out to do whatever possible to get better.  Please call the suicide crisis hotline at 988.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Mark’s name may be sent to NAMI of Dubuque and the Dubuque Humane Society.

The family would like to express a thank you to family and friends for their support through the years and especially now during this difficult time.

Mark, fly high with the angels.  We will love you forever and always.


 

Donna J. Kinsella

Donna J. Kinsella, 79, of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West, 10204 Key West Drive, Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Interment will be at a later date at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque.

Donna was born September 10, 1944 in Dubuque, the daughter of Norbert and Violet (Klein) Roling. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1962. Donna married Jerald M. Kinsella on September 4, 1965 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in St. Catherine’s. Jerry preceded her in death on August 16, 2023.

Donna and Jerry loved to go out dancing, especially at Timmerman’s. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, baking chocolate pie especially for Jerry, and always stocking the grandkid’s favorite candy bars in her purse. Donna was very creative, and enjoyed home décor, cake decorating, and flower arranging. Halloween was a favorite of Donna’s- she loved to dress up and scare the grandkids. Donna also enjoyed golfing with her friends, and beating the Irishmen at Euchre.

Donna is survived by two daughters, Jodi (James) Vormezeele, of East Dubuque, IL, and Tonya (Marty) Hayes, of Dubuque; four grandsons (who were the light of her life), Tyler and Bailey Vormezeele, and Charlie and Ben Hayes; three siblings, Duane “Fred” (Judy) Roling, Elaine (Maurice) Schmerbach, and Marilyn Roling; and three brothers-in-law, James (Maggie Bockenstedt) Kinsella, Robert (Irene Sisler) Kinsella, and Kenneth (Penney) Kinsella.

In addition to her husband, Donna was preceded in death by her parents; and her niece, Karen.

Donna’s daughters would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to “Guggenheimer”, “Louie”, and all the amazing nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Theresa M. Merkes

Theresa M. Merkes, 87, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, February 7, 2024, surrounded by family at the Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

A prayer service will be held at 4:00 pm Friday, February 9, 2024 at Church of the Resurrection followed by visitation until 8:00 pm.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Theresa will be 10:30 am Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Church of the Resurrection with Msgr. James Miller as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Theresa was born November 1, 1936, in Worthington, IA, the daughter of Alfred and Malvina Bonert Offermann. On November 24, 1959, she married Aloysius “Al” Peter Merkes at St. Francis Basilica in Dyersville, IA. He passed away December 1, 2014.

Most of her life, she helped her husband on their farm. After retirement from farming, she worked at Burger King.

She was a long-time member of Church of the Resurrection. She was a great baker and her family loved her apple pie. She was always feeding people and everyone loved her treats. She loved to play Euchre, dancing, taking care of her cats, and spending time with her grandchildren. One day, shortly after Al passed away, a guinea fowl showed up at her home. They formed a special bond and “adopted” each other. She called him “Guinea”.

Survivors include six sons, Paul (Valerie Canby) Merkes of Peosta, IA, Mark (Terri) Merkes of Dubuque, Pat (Sandy) Merkes of Epworth, IA, Mike (Tammy) Merkes of Dubuque, Roger (Christina) Merkes of Holy Cross, IA, and Kevin (Cindy) Merkes of Dubuque; 28 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Doris A. Offerman of New Vienna, IA, and Doris M. Offermann of Earlville, IA; and one brother-in-law, Joel Glennon of Dubuque.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Leon and Ernie Offermann, two sisters, Norma (William) Stevens and Lois (James) Jasper.

A memorial has been established.

The family thanks Hospice of Dubuque and especially the staff at Hawkeye Assisted Living Memory Care Unit for taking special care of Theresa.

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

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


 

Dorothy C. Vorwald

Dorothy C. Vorwald, 100, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, February 4, 2024, at MercyOne Senior Care in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Monday, February 12 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. prior to funeral mass.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 12, 2024, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the cemetery.  Rev. Chris Podhajsky will officiate.

Dorothy was born on January 17, 1924, in Worthington, Iowa, the daughter of Nicholas and Emma (Brunkan) Dunkel.  She married Francis Vorwald on November 5, 1947, in Dyersville.  Together they raised their family and farmed between Dyersville and Worthington until retirement in 1991.

Survivors include her children: Ron (Mary) Vorwald of Worthington, Jean (Don) Krapfl of New Vienna, Julie (Roger) Boge of Earlville, Mark (Linda) Vorwald of Worthington;10 grandchildren: Tim (Melanie) Krapfl, Kathy (Dean) Welter, Traci (Steve) Burlage, Becky (Jim) Mudd, Kristy (Kevin) Russ, Charles Vorwald, Jennifer (Arnie) Bruns, Samantha (John) Karels, Matthew (Megan)Vorwald and Valerie (Tim) Schaffer; 17 great grandchildren; in-laws: Marilyn Vorwald and Shirley Vorwald both of Colesburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Frannie in 2010, siblings: Nick (Joan) Dunkel, Eileen (Roy) Sperfslage, Helen Heims-Bonert, Ruth (Gerald) Stronck, Bernice Dunkel, Herbert (Diane) Dunkel, Bernard (Rosie) Dunkel, Rev. Henry Dunkel, Lavern (Marie) Dunkel and James (Lorraine) Dunkel; in-laws: Vince (Rosie) Vorwald, Robert (Germaine) Vorwald, Jerry Vorwald, Ramona (David) Engelken, Anna Mae Vorwald, Kathryn (Louis) Mescher, Mary (Ray) Berg.

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


 

Arlene R. Weirup

Arlene R. Weirup, 86, of Baldwin, Iowa, died on Tuesday morning, February 6, 2024, at Addington Place in Clinton, Iowa.

Arlene Renee Farris was born on July 2, 1937, in Austin, Minnesota, to Ollie Ray and Beatrice Maxine (Chase) Farris.  Arlene’s adventurous early years were spent exploring Minnesota, California, Colorado, and Wyoming before settling in Iowa. She married Alvin Weirup, and they resided on the farm near Baldwin, Iowa.    

Arlene was an impeccable accountant, had served as the postmaster of the Baldwin, Iowa Post Office, and had worked at WALMART in Maquoketa for several years. 

Arlene had been a member of the Merry Knitter’s Club and had served as the accountant and on the board of directors of the Jackson County Senior Citizen Center.

Those left to honor her memory include 7 children; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a brother.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Alvin on April 16, 2020, 3 brothers and 1 sister.

A celebration of her life will held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, February 12, 2024, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 9:30 A.M. until service time at the funeral home.  Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, or any children’s charity.

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


 

Florence F. Puls

Florence F. Puls, age 99, of Dubuque, passed away at 2:05 p.m., on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Stonehill Health Center surrounded by her loving family. 

To honor Florence’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 3:45 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, February 12, 2024, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street with Very Rev. Brian M. Dellaert officiating.  Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Sherrill.

Florence was born on January 19, 1925, in Sherrill, Iowa, daughter of Joseph J. and Clara (Frommelt) Behr. 

Florence attended grade school in Sherrill at St. Peter and Paul School and graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1941.  She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Alfred Puls, on June 16, 1945, in Dubuque.  They raised their family and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary together before Al passed away on January 30, 2016.  Florence was very devoted to her Catholic faith and was a long time member of St. Joseph the Worker Church where she helped out with whatever was needed.  She was very devoted to her family and for several years she took her father-in-law who lived at Bethany Home out to lunch regularly at Bishop’s Buffet.  After he passed away she continued to volunteer running the gift shop at Bethany Home and serving for 25 years with the service organization at Stonehill.  She was honored to received an award from the governor for her efforts. 

Al worked Bingo for the Lions Club in East Dubuque and Florence often accompanied him there playing 25 cards simultaneously.  Florence also enjoyed going to the Circle in East Dubuque where Al worked the door to listen to music and enjoy a beverage or two with friends.  Family was always her top priority.  Florence not only raised her own children, but took in extended family members.  She was a kind hearted woman and she truly loved caring for others.  This world has been blessed to have Florence for 99 years.  We will miss her greatly, but know that she is now resting peacefully.

Those left to cherish Florence’s memory include:

Her children, Roger (Cathy) Puls, Sandy, OR; Linda Sangston, Dubuque, IA; Thomas (Cathy) Puls, Dubuque, IA; Deb Puls, Dubuque, IA; Terry (Janet) Puls, Cummings, GA; John (Kathy) Puls, Davenport, IA; and Martin (Jennifer Haas) Puls, Lowell, AR;

Daughter-in-law, Pat Puls, Dubuque, IA

22 grandchildren, Jeff Puls, Amy (Morgan Viggers) Puls, Jason (Lena) Puls, Shannon (Joseph) Monroe, Thomas Sangston, Jimmy (Bernadette) Sangston, Mark (Marcie) Sangston, Debbie Sangston, Jennifer (Eric Lientz) Sangston, Christopher Sangston, Jonathan (Ludmila) Puls, Melissa (Robert) Scigliano, Nicholas Puls, Jennifer (David) Rhomberg, Sarah (Doug) Harris, Shelby (Bill) Bryce, Emma (Lucas Delort) Puls, Tyler (Lexi) Puls, Katie (Dillon Juillerat) Puls, Jared Puls, Connor (Chelsea Buechele) Puls and Lindsay (fiancé Daniel Rodriguez) Puls;

30 great-grandchildren, Amber Puls, Claire Monroe, William Monroe, Chase Puls, Kevin Sangston, Geoffrey Sangston, Amanda Sangston, Tasha (Danny) Davis, Levi Lientz, Luke Lientz, Logan Lientz, Marcus Borges, Larissa Puls, Samuel Scigliano, Liliana Scigliano, Jacob Scigliano, Clara Puls, Amelia Puls, Gabby Puls, Madeline (fiancé Daniel Shaw) Rhomberg, Rachel Rhomberg, Grace Rhomberg, Isabella Rhomberg, Carter Harris, Ava Harris, Mila Harris, Lyla Harris, Billy Bryce, Christian Bryce and Kais Juillerat;

One very treasured great-great-granddaughter, Kirra Davis

And her sister-in-law, Nancy Behr.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred Puls; a son, Timothy Puls; a son-in-law, Charles Sangston; and her siblings, Irv (Lorraine) Behr, Millie (Norm) Spahn, Joseph J. Behr Jr., and Melvin Behr in infancy.

Florence’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kim, for the outstanding care they have provided for Florence.

The family will thankfully receive your support through greeting cards and memorials in Florence’s memory, which will be distributed among her favorite charities, and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Florence Puls Family.

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


 

Ronald L. Walton

Ronald L. “Ron” Walton, age 75, of Dubuque, passed away at 7:25 a.m., on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Sunnycrest Manor. 

To honor Ron’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., on Friday, February 9, 2024, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday at Behr Funeral Home, with Rev. Stephanie Schlimm officiating.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Ron was born on July 15, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Robert A. and Bessie Mae (White) Walton. 

Ron did piece work through Area Residential Care for several years.  He enjoyed collecting coins and always looked forward to visitors bringing him something new for his collection.  He loved attending family functions, with reunions at Eagle Point Park being one of his favorite activities.  Ron also liked to watch sports, especially enjoying the cheerleaders.  Ron had a gentle heart and a kind personality.  He enjoyed the simple things in life and brought a smile to the faces of all those around him.  We will all miss him.

Those left to cherish Ron’s memory include his brother, Thomas Walton, Dubuque, IA.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, George Walton, Richard Walton, Donald Walton, Anna Jane Brinsky, Janet Walton, Robert E. Walton and Ralph Walton.

Ron’s family would like to thank all of the wonderful staff at Area Residential Care and Sunnycrest Manor for the outstanding care and friendship they have provided for Ron these past years.

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

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, Wis., or given online at www.sinsinawa.org/donate.  

  


 

Sister Mark O’Loughlin

Sister Mark O’Loughlin, OP, died Feb. 4, 2024, at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wis. Her wake and funeral Mass will take place Friday, Feb. 16, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Dominic Villa Chapel. Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, Ill., is handling arrangements.  

 Cleopha (Sister Mark’s baptismal name) was born Aug. 7, 1927, to Daniel and Bertha (Roberts) O’Loughlin in Kankakee, Ill. She made profession with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa in 1954 and received the religious name of Sister Mark. She received a BA in speech and drama from Rosary College, River Forest, Ill., and a master’s in social work from Loyola University of Chicago.  

Sister Mark’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching, counseling, and social work. In Illinois, she taught at Trinity High School, River Forest; and Visitation High School, Chicago, where she also served as counselor. She also served as counselor at Visitation Grade School, Chicago; SS. Faith, Hope, and Charity, Winnetka; St. Viator, Arlington Heights; and Weber High School, Chicago. In Wisconsin, Sister Mark taught at Newman High School, Wausau. She also ministered in Wyoming and Washington, D.C.  

Sister Mark was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Daniel; and a sister, Marie Monahan. She is survived by her nephews Edward, James, and Michael Monahan, and her Dominican Sisters. Memorials may be made to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, Wis., or given online at www.sinsinawa.org/donate.  


 

Larry L. Putman

Larry L. Putman, 68, passed away after a courageous fight against cancer on Monday, February 5, 2024.  Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Friday, February 9, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue.  Visitation will be 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Thursday, February 8, 2024 at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue, additional visitation will be 9:30 am – 10:30 am on Friday, prior to Mass at the funeral home.  Burial with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue.

Larry was born November 16, 1955, the son of David E. and Thelma J. (Stuart) Putman.  He graduated from Bellevue Community High School in 1974.  Larry served his country in the US Air Force 1975-1976.  He married his high-school sweetheart Ruth Steines on June 24, 1978.  He worked at John Deere Works Dubuque and later at Flexsteel until his retirement in 2017.  Larry enjoyed spending time on the river as a commercial fisherman with family, especially his son Ryan. He loved spending time with family and friends, listening to country music, watching sports and cheering on the IOWA HAWKEYES.  He was a 9 year kidney transplant survivor (donated by his son Austin) and was able to enjoy many special moments these last several years with his family.  He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; children, Andrea (Shane) Besler, Ryan (Rachael) Putman, and Austin (Olivia) Putman; grandchildren, Keaton, Ambrielle, Alyse, Aubrey, Blake, Brycen, Joelle, and Levi; siblings, David (Cindy) Putman, Cheryl Budde, and Connie (Pete) Anderson; sisters and brothers in-law, Norma Meyer, Dick (Marcia) Steines, Jim (Laurie) Steines, Barb Ries, Joyce Davids, Brenda (Terry) Bronson, Linda (Joey) Michels, and Lisa (Ron) VanNatta; his mother in-law, Eldora Steines; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Steve (Rita) Putman, Dick Meyer, Bill Meyer, and Dixie Putman; brothers in-law, Bob Ries, Bob Davids, Glenn Budde; and his father in-law, Glenn Steines.

The family would like to thank the University of Iowa Cancer & Transplant Centers, Hope Lodge, Dr. John E. Whalen, Dr. Jeffrey Hunter, Veterans Affairs and the Bellevue EMS for their wonderful care.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com 


 

Mary Ann Drees

Mary Ann Drees, 98, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at her home surrounded by loving family.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2024 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville followed by a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Fr. Gabriel Mensah will officiate.

Mary Ann was born on July 29, 1925 on the family farm in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Catherine (Tegeler) Gerken.  She married James Drees on June 9, 1948 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa. Together, they farmed and raised their family west of Dyersville until moving to Dyersville in 2001.

Mary Ann was a lifetime member of St. Francis Xavier Parish. Faith and family were the center of Mary Ann’s life; she prayed the rosary daily. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed gardening and nourishing her many flowers. She was an excellent cook, baker, and enjoyed hosting for family gatherings. She lovingly teased with her family and friends and had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed cards, puzzles, St. Louis Cardinals, and time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially the babies.

Survivors include her children: Dennis (Deb) of Iowa City, Iowa, Daniel (Mary) of Durango, Iowa, Debra (Norb) McClimon of Dyersville, Iowa, Darrell (Cheri) of Petaluma, Calif., Darla Budden of Petersburg, Iowa, Diane Drees of Dyersville, Iowa, Dawn (Gary) Olberding of Dyersville, Iowa and Delynn (Dave) Fangman of Asbury, IA, and a special niece, Sr. Lynn Marie Fangman, PBVM, of Dubuque; 19 grandchildren: Kari (Jake) Beltz, Matt (BreAnn) Drees, Emily(Matt) Maiers, Libby (Garrett) Seligman, Brad (Jenn) McClimon, Ted (Kathy) McClimon, Tim (Meagan) McClimon, Lindsay (Gaston) Sueldo, Bryan (Grace) Drees, Sarah (Ashley Selbert) Drees, Jesse (Amber) Drees, Toby Budden, Katie (Corey) McAfee, Joseph (Callie) Budden, Nick Budden, Molly (Charlie Fast) Olberding, Rob (fiance, Kendra Bushman) Olberding, Brent (Sarah) Fangman, Abbie (Matt) Nohr; and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James, one son in infancy, son-in-law, Rick Budden; siblings:  Lorraine (Charlie) Fangman, Bernard (Irene) Gerken, Charles (Cora) Gerken, Catherine (Robert) Megel, Leo (Julie) Gerken, Vernita (Roy) Frericks; in-laws: Charles (Lee) Drees, David (Janet) Drees.

The family would like to thank Kelli McDermott, Janet Hall, and Sherry Krapfl for their compassionate care and support to Mary Ann and the entire Drees family. Also a thank you to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque.

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


 

Randy R. Laufenberg

Randy R. Laufenberg, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, completed his earthly journey suddenly on February 1, 2024, at Mercy Hospital, while surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Randy’s life, a private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Randy’s family.

Randy was born on October 11, 1951, in Dubuque, IA, a son to Roy M. and Jeanette E. (Pfeiffer) Laufenberg.  He was raised with a strong work ethic in conjunction with an unwavering moral compass.  His word was his bond and he found great pride in living out his years as such.  Randy was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and immediately signed up to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  Upon returning home, Randy trained as a welder which led him to employment at John Deere Dubuque Works.  He also spent time employed at Younkers and Key City Moving, then retired from Mi-T-M as a welder.

Randy was blessed with a full life outside of work as well and found numerous ways to spend his free-time.  At the age of 4, Randy discovered his love for motorcycles and spent countless hours throughout the years burning up miles and touring on his Goldwing with his boys and best friend, Terry right by his side.  They made many trips to Colorado and were always up for local runs whenever possible.  Randy was also a gifted musician who played guitar in several bands in his high school years and always treasured the garage band days where all were invited to enjoy some good music.  He also spent many early morning hours fishing with his dad, sons and grandchildren.  But, for those who truly knew and loved Randy, his greatest joy was found in the  title of “Grandpa.” He also had a love for canines and always had one by his side throughout the years.  Randy was a loyal and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend who strived to play each role to the best of his abilities and continually reaffirm that those he loved and adored knew it was so.

It’s beyond difficult to process the sudden absence of Randy’s love and light from our physical lives, but we know that he was tired of fighting his earthly battles over these recent years and only wanted peace where it could be found.  Thank you, Randy, for never giving up when you were on the right track, for listening more than talking when appropriate, and for leading by example in your words, thoughts, and actions in such a manner that your legacy will be clearly felt and seen in the generations you leave behind now.  We pray that the Lord will provide the comfort we seek while granting Randy the peace he deserves, and may the abundance of wonderful memories we possess hold us securely until we can all meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Randy include,

his beautiful wife of 27 years,
Victoria “Vicky” (Johnson) Laufenberg, Dubuque, IA;

his sons,
Jason (Amanda) Laufenberg,
and Kyle (Amber) Laufenberg, both of Dubuque;

his step-sons,
Ed (Jenifer) Pickel, St. Donatus, IA,
and Tony Pickel, Peosta, IA;

his five adored grandchildren,
Kelsey, Luke, Carter, and Layne Laufenberg, and Avery Pickel;

his two sisters,
Linda (Jan) Scott, Dubuque,
and Lori (Dick) Launspach, Sherrill, IA;

his nieces and nephews,
Jared (Angie) Wolfe, Dubuque,
J.W. (Angelia) Henslee, Dubuque,
Dana (Tyler) McAtee, Peosta,
Miles Launspach, Madison, WI,
Sarah (Ben) Biver, Dubuque,
and Katie (Josh) Malli, Northwood, IA;

his great-nieces and nephews,
Connor Wolfe, Lincoln and Everley Henslee, Emma, Bo, and Olivia McAtee, Jacob, Sean and Derek Biver, and Olivia Lang;

his sister-in-law,
Kathy (Steve) Jaeger, Dubuque;

his brother-in-law,
Ron Johnson, Dubuque;

his best friend,
Terry (Linda) Weidemann, Dubuque;

his ex-wife,
Cindy Stuart, Dubuque;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, Bill and Beverly White; his brother-in-law, Jay Johnson; and his great-nephew, Bradley Schmitt.

Randy’s family would like to thank Dr. Ram, Dr. Johnston at UIHC, nurse Sarah in the ICU at Mercy, and the Dubuque Fire Department for all of their professional and compassionate care of Randy and his family during his last moments with us.  Your kindness and gentleness helped to bring a little peace into our hearts and minds during a very difficult time and for that we are forever grateful.

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


 

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