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Bernadette M. Weber

Bernadette M. “Bernie” Weber, 85, of Dubuque, IA passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be at Saint Paul Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Bernie was born on February 26, 1934, in Chadron, Nebraska the daughter of Herman and Leona (Sherlock) Weber. For many years she worked as a proofreader for newspapers including the Clinton Herald and the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. She was an avid card player, especially euchre and bridge. She was a member of the American Contract Bridge League, the Dubuque Swing Club, the Dubuque Packer Pals, and Saint Anthony Parish.

She is survived by her brother Richard Weber, her sister-in-law Betty Weber, along with many nieces and nephews.

Bernadette was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters Clara (Dick) Tobin and Margaret (Merlin) Heims; six brothers Wilfred, Clarence, Vincent, Jerome, Donald, and Bernard.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Saint Anthony Parish.

The family would like to thank all her friends and neighbors at Applewood for making Bernie a part of your family community.


 

Aiden G. North

Aiden Gordon North entered the world with beautiful blue eyes, the shoulders of a linebacker, and the love of his parents on December 20, 2006.  He was 364 days younger than his sister, and he loved that they were the same age one day every year.  He taught himself to read by the age of two, and had started coding programs by the age of 8.  He had a deep passion for learning and loved to watch educational videos on YouTube.  He was incredibly intelligent, creative, affectionate and sweet.  He loved to whoop people while playing video games of all varieties. He had a vast and deep knowledge of video game culture, new and esoteric.  He loved his cat, and loved to delight people with his extensive cat t-shirt collection.  He never failed to enjoy Halloween, and he never stopped believing in Santa.  Above all he believed in kindness, and never failed to be kind to every person he ever met, and even those that he never met. He was very gentle and he loved music.  He was deeply loved, and he loved deeply.

Aiden Gordon North left this world at the age of 13 with a song and the love of his parents, family, and every person who followed his story on February 12, 2020.  He had been battling T-Cell ALL since September of 2017.  Leukemia changed every person who knew him, and even those that didn’t.  He battled cancer with absolute love and bravery.  He never once stopped fighting and he never once stopped believing that he would win.  He waved with all his might at the Iowa Hawkeyes from his window on level 11 of the Stead Family Children’s Hospital many a time.  People across the country and in the stadium waved back.  He charmed all of his nurses and doctors with his impeccable manners and wonderful smile.  He delighted volunteers, and was much cheered by them during his numerous admissions.  He never lost his smile and his mother never left his side.  He is deeply missed.

He leaves behind his loving parents Jared and Megan North, his dedicated sister Vanessa, his Grandparents, and so many Aunties, Uncles, Cousins, friends (online and off) and classmates.

There will be a short visitation and Celebration Service held on Sunday February 23, 2020 at (Timmerman’s) Quality Inn, 7787 Timmerman Dr, East Dubuque, IL 61025.  Visitation starts at 1pm with a light luncheon.  Services will begin at 3pm.  Everyone who attends is invited and encouraged to share their stories about Aiden.  It is requested that guests come wearing video game, Cubs, or Hawkeye gear, cat shirts or the color blue.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be directed to Max House, at 2784 Central Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001. The donations will be used in a program that is being established at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. The goal is to gift children on the Oncology Floor with the same Squishmallow plushies that brought Aiden so much comfort and joy.

One last thought that Aiden would want you to have: Kindness is free, sprinkle that stuff everywhere.

Arrangements entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com


 

Betty J. Ingles Miller

Betty Jane Ingles Miller, 71, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, February 16, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her family.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 P.M., Friday, February 21, 2020, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Betty Jane Manders was born on June 20, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Ervin and Bernice (Speak) Manders. She grew up in Dubuque and attended Dubuque schools. She married James F. “Jesse” Ingles on June 26, 1965 at Asbury, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Ginny and Jimmy. “Jesse” preceded her in death on February 6, 1999. She later married Ronald Owen Miller on May 18, 2002 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Betty had worked various jobs throughout her life including working as a salesperson, bartender and most notably as a supervisor and cook at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Maquoketa.

Betty was a former member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. She enjoyed reading, drinking and collecting Pepsi products along with Betty Boop memorabilia, dancing and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Ronald O. Miller of Maquoketa, IA; children, Ginny (Vern) Mangler of Delmar, IA, and Jimmy (Amy) Ingles of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Ashley (fiancé Raymond Dosland) Bayles, Curtis (Courtney) Mangler, Trevor Mangler, Nicholas Ingles, and Hannah Ingles; 3 great-grandchildren, Thane, Maddie and Owen; a brother Tom (Lee Ann) Frost of Dubuque, IA; sisters, Kay Nelson, Carol (Dale) Dieters, and Sheila (Jerry) Shireman, all of Dubuque, IA, and Mary Frost of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Mickey and Kenny Manders, and her first husband James F. “Jesse” Ingles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Betty Jane Ingles Miller memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Irma L. Schumacher

Irma Lillian Schumacher died Feb. 13, 2020 at the Israel House Hospice in Ames, Iowa. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, February 22, 2020 at St. John Lutheran Church in St. Donatus; family will greet friends 9:30 am until service time at the church. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in St. Donatus.

Irma was born August 2, 1934 on the family farm outside of St. Donatus, Iowa to Herman and Alvina (Knief) Hueneke. She was the youngest grandchild of Dietrich and Rebecca Hueneke who were early settlers of the St. Donatus area. She was baptized in St. John’s Lutheran Church on August 30, 1934 and her godmothers were Lillian Knief and Amellia Hueneke. She was raised on the family farm which was within walking distance of St. John’s and was confirmed there on June 29, 1947.

Irma attended a Kindergarten – 8th grade country school located four miles east of her home. As a student in Jackson County, Iowa she attended eighth grade graduation in the county seat of Maquoketa. Irma attended high school in Bellevue, Iowa and graduated in 1951. That fall she went to Dubuque to work at the Iowa Oil Co. as a clerical worker. Her boss would later become her father-in-law.

Irma married George Edward Schumacher on June 14, 1953 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in St. Donatus. In March 1954 George and Irma moved to Waukon, Iowa where they farmed for three years. George went to work for Farm Bureau in 1957 and they moved to Cresco and later Chariton, Iowa. In 1961 they bought a farm near Cresco and in 1962 they purchased their first registered Angus heifers. George supplemented their farm income by working for SCS and the Arco plant in Bonair, Iowa. In 1971 George and Irma purchased the Farm Discount Store in Cresco and sold feed products. Irma was the bookkeeper and usually worked in the store. In 1980 they sold the store.

In 1984 Irma took classes to become a Certified Nurses Aide and began working at the Cresco Care Center, working predominantly nights. She retired from that job in 2000, after more than 15 years of faithful service. George and Irma moved to Ames in 2010 to live at The Rose senior living apartments. George passed away in 2011 and Irma continued living at The Rose until May, 2019 when she transferred to The Bickford Assisted Living in Ames.

Irma was an excellent seamstress and quilter during her lifetime. She made many clothes for not only herself but her three daughters while they were growing up and taught them to sew as well. She also enjoyed gardening while living at the farm near Cresco and was an avid reader, having read the Bible numerous times.

She is survived by her four children Rebecca Sawyer of Bassett, Neb; Mark and wife Susan Schumacher of Wolsey, S.D.; Mitzi Schumacher of Lexington, Ky.; Johanna Schumacher and Chad Cook of Boone, Iowa; five grandchildren, and one great grandson, along with nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband George, sisters Mildred Davis and husband Cletus and Marie Hoffman and husband Paul, brother Aaron Hueneke, her parents Herman and Alvina Hueneke, her father and mother-in-law George and Helen Schumacher, brother-in-law William Schumacher, and son-in-law Arlen Sawyer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. John’s Lutheran Church.


 

Stephanie A. Ohnesorge

Stephanie A. Ohnesorge, age 47 of Dubuque, Iowa completed her earthly journey on January 14, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. To celebrate Stephanies life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Stephanies family.

Stephanie was born on March 8,1972 in Iowa City, Iowa, the first of three children to Steven and Karen (Enga) Ohnesorge.  After graduating high school, she worked in food service management (The Ryan House, Papa Sarducci’s, Wendy’s) while obtaining her Bachelors degree from the University of Dubuque, starting with Respiratory Therapy and ending with graphic design & communication. She then spent several years working for State Farm Insurance, and then 9 years with Teleperformance for McGraw Hill (college textbook support).

Her passionate desire was to advocate for those in need and she found opportunities by sitting on the Operation New View Board and volunteering with the Republican Party where she was given a prestigious award by Former Gov. Terry Branstad.

Stephanie suffered a stroke 2 years ago in January, making it through with her mind intact but serious health challenges. Her strong will helped her persevere, looking to have a productive life with the goal of helping others, however, her heart failed her and she passed from this life into the arms of her loving Heavenly Father. Her earthly struggles are over and she is in a joyful place with God and we, her family, have peace knowing that.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Stephanie include,

her parents,
Steven and Karen Ohnesorge, Dubuque, Iowa;

her children,
Erin Ohnesorge, Dubuque, Iowa
and Thomas Frey, Dubuque, Iowa;

her grandson,
Parker Ohnesorge, Dubuque, Iowa;

her siblings,
Leigh (Jaki Schaefer) Ohnesorge, East Dubuque, Illinois,
and Ryan (Stacy Mess) Ohnesorge, Dubuque, Iowa;

her grandmother,
Beverly McDonald, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with many extended family and friends.

Stephanie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert (Marguerite) Ohnesorge and Claude McDonald.

In lieu of flowers, a Stephanie A. Ohnesorge memorial fund has been established.

Stephanies family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at MercyOne in Dubuque and the University of Iowa Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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


 

Julie M. Funke

Julie Marie (McAllister) Funke, 58, of Greeley, Iowa, embraced the light of God on Sunday, February 16, 2020, after a hard-fought battle with metastatic breast cancer. Her determination and resiliency helped her translate an 18-month life expectancy into 7-½ treasured years spent with family and friends. Julie, the second of seven children, was born in Dubuque to Thomas and Marlene (Berthel) McAllister on March 23, 1961. She and her siblings grew up in a loving and faith-filled family on the McAllister farm in rural Earlville.

Following graduation from Beckman High School in Dyersville, Julie graduated from Capri School of Hair Design in Dubuque. Her first hairstyling job was in Sue Becker’s shop in Dyersville. She later worked for a time at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, where she made many friends. Finally, Julie worked at Studio 117 in Manchester for more than 17 years until she retired in September 2019. Julie had a gift, not only for cutting, coloring, and shaping hairstyles to perfection, but she made everyone who sat in her chair feel happy, relaxed, and very special.

Julie married Dan Funke on July 27, 1985, in Manchester. The couple lived for more than 34 years on the Funke family farm near Greeley, where they raised their three sons. Julie devoted herself to raising and teaching her boys to be loving, strong, honorable, and hardworking, and Julie was always present to cheer on her sons in their extracurricular and sporting events.

Julie’s life is documented by the scores of friends she made throughout the years. It can be said that “a stranger was a friend Julie hadn’t yet met.” She is best known for her sparkling eyes, constant smile, optimistic outlook, and infectious laugh, and all who knew Julie will say that she was a friend for life and a role model for strength, courage, and unconditional love. Julie opened her arms, her heart, and her home to anyone who wished to enter.

Throughout her life, Julie embraced both joy and challenges. In 2012, Julie was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer after having beaten the original diagnosis nine years earlier. Thanks to successful treatment, Julie was blessed to celebrate her three sons’ marriages as well as the lives of her three grandchildren. She treasured times with her friends and extended family, but her smile was never brighter, nor was her heart more filled with love, than when she was with Parker, Logan, and Ella.

Left to cherish Julie’s memory are her husband Dan; her sons, Travis (Courtney) Funke of Iowa City and their children Logan and Ella, Austin (Hailey) Funke of Elkader and their son Parker, and Drew (Abigail) Funke of Lisbon. Julie is also survived by her cherished mother, Marlene McAllister of Dyersville; her siblings, Vicki (Jerry) Dunkel of Dyersville, Randy (Doris) McAllister of Earlville, Beth (David) Feldmann of Center Point, Christine (Steve) Herbers of New Vienna, Ron (Annette) McAllister of Marion, and Rick (Karla) McAllister of Marion. Julie’s several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews will miss their beloved aunt.

Greeting her in Heaven were her beloved father, Thomas McAllister; mother- and father-in-law, Jane and Francis Funke; and her infant niece, Amber Dunkel.

Our family wishes to thank the nurses and caregivers of Regional Medical Center Hospice of Manchester for their loving support and care.

Memorials may be designated to Hall-Perinne Cancer Center or Regional Medical Center Hospice.

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

Mass of Christian Burial:  11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson presiding.

Visitation:  2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday at the church.

Private Family Scripture Service: 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.

Interment:  St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery – Greeley, Iowa


 

Nancy J. Pregler

Nancy J. (Hilbert) Pregler, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:20 a.m., on Friday, February 14, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her loving family and her loyal dog, Sugar.  To celebrate Nancy’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 2:45 p.m. To honor Nancy’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Steven M. Garner officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Nancy was born on May 14, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, the only child of Frank and Olive (Frommelt) Hilbert.

Nancy grew up in Dubuque and lived her whole life in the Eagle Point area where she made many great friends.  Nancy attended Holy Trinity Grade School and was a life long member of Holy Trinity Parish.  She also attended Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque.

Nancy was united in marriage to Walter A. Pregler on September 17, 1955.  Together they raised seven sons and were blessed with 65 wonderful years of marriage.  Nancy was a stay at home mom and homemaker while raising her children.  Later in life she was happily employed for several years at the Walsh Stores.  Nancy volunteered at Holy Trinity Grade School with the lunch program and running the library, as well helping out at Mercy Hospital and working the polls on election days.

Nancy was an avid bowler and enjoyed league bowling.  She was an active member of Holy Trinity Church, including the parish choir, Rosary Society and Mothers Club.  Nancy enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and figure skating.  She collected cardinal figurines and loved when they showed up at the bird feeder.  In later years she enjoyed card games, dominoes and going out to lunch with the girls.  She was frequently seen just relaxing on the deck, reading a good book, and eating a few gremlins.  Most of all, Nancy loved her family and was happiest when around her seven boys, each one claiming to be her favorite!

Those left to cherish Nancy’s memory include

her husband,
Walter Pregler, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Steven (Janelle) Pregler, Dubuque, IA,
Michael (Joann) Pregler, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Christine) Pregler, Hampton, VA,
Tom Pregler, Dubuque, IA,
David (Kim) Pregler, Dubuque, IA
and John (Cheryl) Pregler, Dubuque, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Donna (Michael) Foster, Carolina Beach, NC;

her grandchildren,
Brandon (SaRee) Pregler, Michelle (Brian) Huss, Mike (Anna) Pregler, Carey (Troy) Raab, Allan (Melissa) Pregler, Nick (Allison) Pregler, Justin (Melissa) Pregler, Ryan (Andrea) Pregler, Branden (Morgan) Pregler, Hayley (TJ) Habel, Shelby Pregler and Miranda Pregler;

her great-grandchildren,
Nolan, Sienna, Aleah, Raena, Dylan, Tarver, Jacob, Leah, Scarlett, Lucy, Clara, Benjamin, Kyra, Jonah, Mason, Lucas, Colton, Kenslie and Jaxton;

her great great-granddaughter,
Elizabeth;

and her special friends,
Marlene Melssen and Barb Bernhardt.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her youngest son, James Pregler; and a grandson, Scott.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Cindy of Hospice of Dubuque for her compassionate end of life care.  Also thanks to Carey Jo Raab and Joann Pregler for their time and loving care, making Nancy’s last few days as comfortable as possible.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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


 

Terry D. Wedewer

Terry D. Wedewer, 51, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Monday, February 10, 2020 at Saint Louis University Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 19 at Saint Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with the Rev. Dennis Quint and Rev. Carl Ries officiating.  Burial will be in the Saint Boniface Cemetery.  Family and friends may come for visitation at St. Boniface Church after 9:00 AM until the services begin on February 19.

Terry was born March 14, 1968 in Dubuque, the son of David and Joan (Koelker) Wedewer.  He grew up on the family farm in New Vienna and was very proud of his family roots.  He attended Beckman High School in Dyersville where he graduated in 1986 and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Loras College in Dubuque.  Terry was an avid athlete and sports fan.  He especially loved the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs.  He was a proud member of the 1986 Beckman state champion baseball team.  The success of his three children was his pride and joy, and he spent many years as their coach in various sports.  Terry will be fondly remembered for his trademark easy smile and friendly disposition.

Surviving are his loving mother, Joan, of Dubuque, three children: Jacqui Wedewer of Brooklyn, NY, Morgan Wedewer of Madison, WI and Drew Wedewer of Minneapolis, MN, three siblings: Kim (Tom) Tegeler of Dyersville, Kurt (Sarah) Wedewer and Cindy (Brad) Olberding, both of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

Terry is preceded in death by his father, David, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

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


 

Robert C. Witte

Robert “Bob” C. Witte, 82, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 after a brief illness, at Manor Care.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2020, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, February 17, at the funeral home. Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6, of which Bob was a member. Interment will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Bob was born September 18, 1937 in Dubuque, the son of Carl and Edna (Nellis) Witte. He married Mabel Fiedler on June 4, 1960 in Dubuque. Bob served his country with the U.S. Army from 1960- 1966, during which time he was a lead tank driver, and guarded the Berlin Wall.

He was employed in his younger years at the Telegraph Herald, Telegraphics, and Donovan Construction, and retired at age 72  as head pressman from Brown’s Publishing.

Bob loved the outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He could fix anything, and was always there to help out family, friends, or friends of friends. His daughters fondly remember Sunday night spaghetti dinners cooked by Bob, after which he would take them on a ride to Eagle Point Park and Dairy Queen. Bob loved to tease his kids and grandkids. Mabel and Bob enjoyed traveling, taking trips to the casino, road trips, and going out to eat, especially at Sunshine Restaurant. Playing cards with their best friends, Dale and Lee Ehlers was always a highlight for Bob and Mabel.

Bob is survived by his wife, Mabel; four daughters, Beth (Tom) Keith of Dubuque, Debbie (Steve) Walsh of Panama City, FL, Lori (Wayde) Reuter of Dubuque, and Kathy (Dave) Vaassen of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Carl, Tammy, and Laura Keith, Julie and Joseph (Jessie) Walsh, Ashley (Thomas) Burns, Katie (Jon) and Austin (Ariel) Merfeld, Mark (Nakila), Mitch, Nick, and Rachel (Chase) Reuter, Marcus (Kari) Vaassen, Susan (Luke) Vaassen Rossman, Jessica (Trent) and Matthew Vaassen; many great grandchildren, his sister Charlotte Vanderbilt of Dubuque; his in-laws, Walt Hedrick of Dubuque, Rosie Ries of Dubuque, Ernie (Dee Anna) Fiedler of Clinton, IA, and Joan Fiedler of Clinton, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edna Hedrick and Frieda (Henry) Suverkrup; two brothers in law, Ray Fiedler and Glenn Ries; and a sister in law, Dorothy Fielder.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for later donation to charity.

The family would like to thank the 5th floor staff at Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque, and Manor Care, as well as Dr. Haas and staff for their many years of care.

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


 

Helene Schoenhard

Helene Schoenhard, 89, of Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque, IA, formerly of East Dubuque and Scales Mound, IL, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Holy Trinity Church in Scales Mound, with Fr. Howard Barch officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the Church.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is serving the family.

Helene was born on July 3, 1930 in Janesville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Howard and Frances (Brady) Hillemeyer.  She was united in marriage to Ralph G. “Bud” Schoenhard on July 18, 1953 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Shullsburg, WI.  He preceded her in death on June 18, 2016.

Helene grew up in Shullsburg, WI.  After graduating from Shullsburg High School, she spent five years in Rockford, IL doing secretarial work while living with her aunts, Ann and Sally and her Grandma Brady.

After their marriage, she and Bud lived in Chicago, IL, where she worked at Putnan Publishing Company.  In 1957, they moved to Scales Mound where she made rearing her six children her number one priority.  Later in life, she became a dedicated social worker for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Helene and Bud did extensive traveling throughout their 63 years of marriage, including all 50 States, many foreign countries, Ireland being their favorite. She loved watching the Packers with her family. As well as, shopping and going to the movies. Helene loved decorating and furnishing her home with antiques, many of which she refurbished.

Helene was very proud of her Irish family heritage.  Discovering her and Bud’s family genealogy became her passion, spending countless hours in researching and locating cemeteries.

She enjoyed providing an infinite number of delicious meals at holidays and family gatherings; however, her greatest joy in life was spending time with her children and her grandchildren.

Surviving are six children, Jill (Chuck) Staab of Platteville, WI, James (Jeanne) Schoenhard of Mercer, WI, Joan (Steve) Efken of Miromar Lakes, FL, Jon (Lisa) Schoenhard of Stockton, IL, Jean Schoenhard of Kieler, WI, and Jennifer (Kirk) Friederick of Dubuque; 12-grandchildren, Sandra (Rick) Pohle, Bob (Katie), Michael (Mary) and Nick (Jennifer) Schoenhard, Lori Ann (Mike) Simmons, Steve (Abbey) Efken, Jr., Ellie (fiancé Christie Goelz) Efken, Mallory (Tyler) Hesselbacher, Alex Schmieder, Maggie, Ethan and Evan Friederick; 10-great grandchildren, Jack Swenson, Cara, Sawyer and Lila Schoenhard, Jameson and Madden Efken, Jeremiah Schoenhard, Kallie and Aubrie Schoenhard and Charlotte Simmons; and a sister Mary Jean (Ted) Vaughn of Normal, IL.

Helene was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Frances, and a sister Joan Hillemeyer.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to give thanks to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for the special care given to their mother.

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


 

Joan M. Kilburg

Joan M. (Chambers) Kilburg, 66, of Bellevue, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020.  Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue.  A visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue and again Tuesday morning from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. also at the funeral home.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Joan was born June 4, 1953 in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Orval and Gertrude (Jepsen) Chambers.  She went to school in Goose Lake and worked at Clinton County Care for many years.  Joan married James Kilburg on August 16, 1986 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  She was very active in the American Legion Auxiliary, Bellevue Heritage Days, and Iowa National Guard Women’s Club.  Joan enjoyed cooking, baking, and spending time with her husband.  She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; a step-son, Michael Kilburg, a step-grandson, Nathan Kilburg; siblings, Michael (Paula) Chambers, Jane Chambers, June (Russ) Mielke, and Judy (Rob) Solon; brothers and sisters in-law, Wayne (Kathy) Kilburg, John (Deanna) Kilburg, and Jean Ann Permison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; father and mother in-law, Ed and Marie Kilburg; and a nephew, Doug Kilburg.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County in Joan’s memory.

Online condolences may be left at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com


 

Frank J. Batka, Jr.

Frank J. Batka, Jr., age 86, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Chicago, Illinois, completed his earthly journey on February 9, 2020 at Luther Manor Grand Meadows in Asbury, Iowa, with his loving wife by his side. To celebrate Frank’s life, a Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the Grand Meadows Clubhouse, 5300 Grand Meadows Drive, Asbury, Iowa, with a memorial service being held at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. There will also be a Celebration of Life held from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Lone Tree Manor, 7730 North Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, Illinois, which includes a memorial service being held at 2:00 p.m. followed by a traditional Polish meal. Burial will be in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Frank’s family.

Frank was born on November 12, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, a son to Frank and Anastazia (Jerka) Batka, Sr. He spent his formative years surrounded by his large, loving family and after graduating from Lane Tech High School, he proudly joined the U.S. Army to honorably serve his country during the Korean War. After his duty was complete, he returned home to marry the love of his life, Patricia Schmalz, and to begin his career working in the HVAC industry. He spent over 40 years working as a Superintendent with Zack Heating and Ventilation in order to provide for his family. Frank was committed to all that he immersed himself in; whether at work, at home, or with the Boy Scouts and the Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps. Frank was an original member of the Cavaliers and his devotion carried on through all three of his children. Frank possessed an incredible work ethic and a wonderful sense of humor. We are going to miss Frank deeply and dearly as we search for peace in his absence. He made friends wherever he went and made a positive imprint on the world around him. We trust that the Lord has plans for good in all He does, and we will now trust our broken hearts to His grace and merciful hand until we are reunited with our dear husband, father, grandfather and friend. Thank you, Frank, for leaving a legacy worth carrying forward, and for not doing it because you felt that you had to, but rather because that was simply who you are!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Frank include:

his beautiful bride of 62 years,
Patricia “Pat” Batka, Asbury, Iowa;

his 3 loving children,
Kimberly “Kim” (Steve) Myers, West lake, Ohio,
Daniel “Dan” (Kari) Batka, Batavia, Illinois,
and Jeffrey “Jeff” (Diane) Batka, Glenview, Illinois;

his 5 adored grandchildren,
Lauren (fiancé  Brian Dowling) Myers, Eric Myers, Brock Batka, Madelyn Batka and Ryan Batka;

his sister,
Dorothy (Bob) Fey, Ohio;

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

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his twin sons in infancy; his grandson, Paul Samuel “Sam” Myers; and his 9 siblings, Lilian (Stanley) Smolen, Harry Batka, Joe Batka, Chester (Dorothy) Batka, Rita (Marc) Mott, Mary Ann (Richard “Dick”) Nickels, Eleanor (Cliff) Gross and 1 brother in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, a general donation to honor Frank J. Batka, Jr., can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org

Frank’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Grand Meadows and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Frank and his family.

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


 

Albert A. Giegerich III

Albert A. “Sonny” Giegerich III, age 95, of Dubuque, passed away at 7:30 a.m., on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at MercyOne Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Sonny’s life, private family services will be held and military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. According to Sonny’s wishes he has donated his body to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sonny was born on July 25, 1924, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Albert A. and Birdetta Lucille (Luttenberg) Giergerich.

Sonny graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1942. He was a life long resident of Dubuque, with the exception of the 2 tours he served with the Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean War. Sonny served on active duty from May of 1943 until June of 1946. Thirteen months of this time was with the Fleet Marine Service in the South Pacific. Shortly after receiving his honorable discharge he joined the inactive reserve which resulted in him being recalled to active duty in November of 1950. Sonny reported to the El Toro Marine base in California, where he served as an instructor on the pistol range until January of 1952. He was discharged in 1952, with the rank of staff sergeant returning to his civilian life. Sonny was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marie Knockel, on May 3, 1947, at St. Patrick’s Church in Dubuque. They would be blessed with 63 years and 5 children together before she passed away on July 9, 2010. Sonny was associated the Model Wallpaper and Paint Company for 39 years. He started his career in the fall of 1946, stocking shelves and the following spring began working the sales floor. In the 1960’s, he and Bob Sullivan became partners and purchased the store. Sonny sold his share of the business in the 1980’s and went into business by himself doing contract painting and wallpapering. In 1989, Sonny started his 2nd career with the Dubuque Historical Society, where he worked with the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium until his retirement in 2015. Sonny was a charter member of the Dubuque Detachment of the Marine Corps League and was a life member of both the Marine Corps League and the Disabled American Veterans. He also held memberships in the Mississippi Trails Hiking Club, the Sierra Club and Friends of the Mines of Spain.

Those left to cherish Sonny’s memory include

his children,
Dawn (David) Giegerich Welter, Dubuque, IA,
David (Carolyn) Giegerich, Dubuque, IA,
Mark (Sharon) Giegerich, Dubuque, IA,
Amy Giegerich, Dubuque, IA
and Albert (Susie Garton) Giegerich IV, Mt. Vernon, IA;

his 18 grandchildren;

his 17 great-grandchildren;

and his brothers,
John “Buddy” Giegerich, Monticello, IA
and Roger (Sandra) Giegerich, Sebring, FL.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Marie Giegerich; his siblings, Gloria (Gordon) Ward, Maryann (John) Rolling and Patricia Giegerich; and a sister-in-law, Jeanne Giegerich.

Sonny’s family would like to extend a heart felt thank you to the staff of MercyOne, especially his nurse, Amanda, for the wonderful care they provided for Sonny, and their support of the entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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


 

Rev. Jerry Chase

Rev. Jerry Chase went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 am., on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JRK Road in Dubuque. Rev. Linda Hauschild will officiate. Friends may call from 10 am until the time of services. Burial will be in Cascade Protestant Cemetery later in the day.

Jerry was born on February 20, 1950 in Monticello, Iowa, the third son of Leonard Chase, Sr. and Hazel (Macomber) Chase. He grew up in Calamus, Iowa until his family moved to Dubuque in 1962. Jerry graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1968.

While in high school, Jerry became a founding member of the Colt .45 Drum and Bugle Corps, now known as The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. When he was not playing the bass drum, he was volunteering for the organization. He had an abiding love and passion for the activity.

In 1988 Jerry completed the Licensed Local Pastor School at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He began his college education at Northeast Iowa Community College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Dubuque in 2002. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity degree from UDTS in 2005.

While attending seminary Jerry served as student pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Hazleton, Iowa and Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein, Iowa. He was ordained at the First Congregational Church in Elkader, Iowa in 2006 and served there until his retirement.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Julie Woodyard; daughter, Seraiah (Andrew) Hummel of Antioch, CA; son, Justin Chase of Fife, WA; stepson, Brian Woodyard of Des Moines, IA; 11 grandchildren, one great- grandchild; siblings, Sharon Schwein of Calamus, IA, Marilyn Simpson of Independence, MO, Leonard (Patty) Chase of Basco, IL and Andy Chase of rural Colesburg, IA; along with many beloved nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jim and Jan Chase and their wives; and brothers-in law, Richard Schwein and Bob Simpson.

Memorials may be directed to the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.


 

John C. Busch

John C. Busch, 59, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 11, 2020 at home.

Visitation for John will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15th, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

John was born on March 15, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Bernell and Mary Jane (Steil) Busch. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1978 and on July 12th, 1980 he married Tina M. Lang in Dubuque.

He ran Busch Washer and Dryer for many years and retired from Ellis Appliance and Service in Dubuque.

John was Mister fix-it; he could make something out of nothing and make it work.

He is survived by his wife Tina; his children Amanda R. (Jason) Hewes and Jacob (Ashley) Busch; four grandchildren Jenna, Nathan, Johnathan and Theodore.  His siblings, Dan (Ann) Busch, Karen Madden, and Steve Busch; and his sister-in-law Janette Busch.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother David.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care and to the Ellis Appliance & Service family for all their care, kindness and friendship over the years.


 

Gerald F. Accola

Gerald F. “Jerry” Accola, 88, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Unity Point-Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA.

A prayer service will be at 10 a.m. Monday February 17, 2020 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the American Legion Post #787 of East Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and after 9:15 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home, where members of American Legion Post #787 will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Jerry was born on October 2, 1931 in East Dubuque, the son of Josiah and Martha (Schaffart) Accola. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, the class of 1949.  He was united in marriage to Sharon H. Welbes on December 23, 1960.

Jerry was formerly employed at John Deere Dubuque Works, retiring after 30 years of service in 1987.  He was the owner of Accola Electric and Heating in East Dubuque, The former leader of the Eddie Howard Orchestra, a former member of the East Dubuque Drum & Bugle Corps, a member of American Legion Post #787, the East Dubuque Lions Club, and the Gramercy Park Foundation Board.

Surviving is his wife Sharon, five children, Pam (Jim) Finn of Dubuque, IA, Gerald (Laura) Accola of Alton, IL, Randy (Kathy) Accola of Hazel Green, WI, Lynn (Mike) McNeil of East Dubuque, and Christopher (Sonia) Accola of Cedar Falls, IA; nine grandchildren, Nakia, Chad, Elijah, Josiah, Isaac, Andrew, Nicholas, Michael and Connor; six great-grandchildren, Elijah, Zain, Cael, Kellen, Zayza and Reagan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Leonard, Herb, Arnie, Stan, Gene, Rosemary, and Carl & Ralph in infancy.

Sharon and family wish to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff at Unity Point-Finley Hospital for the wonderful care and comfort given to Jerry and the family.

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


 

Hugh V. Beau

Hugh Valentine Beau, 77, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque.

The funeral service for Hugh will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM.

Hugh was born January 7, 1943, in Dubuque, the son of Edward Herbert and Hildagarde Blondina Roth Beau. He was employed at the Vocational Center at A.R.C. He loved trains and drinking pop.

Survivors include three brothers, James “Jim” Beau and Tom (Ann) Beau, both of Dubuque, and Richard (Janna) Beau of Dallas, TX; one sister, Linda Beau of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters-in-law, Karen Beau and Janna Beau.

The family thanks A.R.C., Sunnycrest, and Hospice of Dubuque for the special care given to Hugh.

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


 

Sharon R. Meyer

Sharon R. Meyer (“Potts”), 72, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Ennoble Manor Care Center in Dubuque, IA.

Visitation will be from 9:00 – 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL, followed by a prayer service at 11:30 a.m. with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Sharon was born on September 8, 1947 in Cascade, IA, the daughter of Clarence L. and Hazel A. (Behrends) Breitbach. Sharon was first united in marriage to Timothy J. (“Muskrat”) Habel (now deceased) in 1972 and 3 daughters were born to this marriage. Sharon later married Dean M. (“Deano”) Meyer, on October 22, 1998, and a son was gained from this union. Dean preceded her in death on October 29, 2013.

Sharon was an avid Cubs fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandkids; playing cards, bingo and going to the casino and on bus trips with her friends and loved ones. She lived life to the fullest, was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Sharon is survived by four children, Kimberly Beck of Dubuque, Trenda (Rick) Gravel of Bernard, Michael (Ayla Johnson) Meyer and Amanda Habel both of East Dubuque; 10-grandchildren, Taylor, Zach, Bailey, Emma, AJ, Nolan, Brody, Lexie, Riley and Ayla; a great grandchild, Brayton; a sister, Vickie (Stu Hetherington) Holub of Mesa, AZ; a sister-in-law, Diane (John) Sullivan; three brothers-in-law, Rick Scott, Ronald Meyer and Patrick Meyer, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and several close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Jerry Breitbach, two sisters, Lois Scott and Shirley Keating, two sisters-in-law, Sandra Gaber and Connie Breitbach, and a brother-in-law, Donald Meyer.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Linda Kaufman and Patty Leick, two of Sharon’s closest friends who also went out of their way to be with and take care of Sharon during her battle with cancer. To Michelle Mulgrew for being Sharon’s “Meals on Wheels” every day – making sure she ate even when she wasn’t hungry. Because of Michelle, our family was able to keep Sharon around a little longer than we would have otherwise. To Dr. Herman, Hospice of Dubuque and the entire staff at Ennoble Manor for the special care they gave Sharon over these past few weeks, and especially to Michelle Healey and Ron Powers.

Online condolences may be left at www.millerfhed.com


 

Phyllis M. (Good) Jones

Phyllis M. (Good) Jones, 94, most recently of Bellevue, Iowa, formerly of Kewanee, Illinois, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Saturday, February 15, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, conducted by Pastor Shannon Witt, family will greet friends 9:30 am until service on Saturday at the church. Graveside Services will be 10:30 am, Monday, February 17, 2020 at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Perry, Kansas. The family will also have a celebration of life in the spring in Kewanee, Illinois.

Phyllis was born September 17, 1925 in Perry, Kansas on the family farm, the daughter of Howard and Alberta (Smalley) Good. She graduated from Perry High School in 1943, and attended University of Kansas, Lawrence and Baker University at Baldwin, Kansas. Phyllis married Ronald Edward Jones on September 13, 1946, he passed on September 26, 1990.

Phyllis lived the last 45 years in Kewanee, Illinois, before settling in Bellevue, Iowa this last September to be closer to family. She was a homemaker, enjoyed sewing and quilting, active in the Kewanee Methodist Church and Church Circle, Kewanee chapter of the Federated Garden Club, Kewanee Women’s Club, and she was a member of Board of Ryan Round Barn at Johnson Sauk Trail Park in Kewanee.

Survivors include her children, Janice Marie (Dale) Smith of Highland Park, IL, Ronald L. (Louise) Jones of Bellevue, IA and Sally (Dave) Lamp of New Glarus, WI; four grandchildren, Sarah (Chris) Sturgeon, Rebecca (Tim) Daley, Chris (Katrina Klusman) Jones, and Nate Jones; six great-grandchildren; a niece, Paula (Adam) Alverez, and a nephew, Jeff (Kim) Good.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; siblings, Donald Good, Lucy Belle Good, and Chester (Irene) Good.

Memorials can be made in her name to the donor’s choice.

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

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


 

Lee P. Montgomery Sr.

Lee P. Montgomery Sr., 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 8, 2020 at home after a long battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Military honors will be accorded at 6:00 p.m. by the American Legion Post #6.

Lee was born on June 5, 1937 in Monona, Iowa the son of George and Theodora (Daugs) Montgomery. He graduated at the age of 21 from Dubuque Senior High School; he enlisted in the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge.

Lee was owner and operator of Montgomery’s Janitorial Service in Dubuque for over 20 years. He was a member of NRA and Sam’s Club.

Lee was known as “Grandpa” to all the neighborhood children and many called him “Pops”.

He is survived by eight children Kim (Tom Huber) Harvey, Brad C. Priebe, Rory T. Priebe, Rhonda Priebe, Lee P. (Sheri) Montgomery Jr., Cindy (Kevin) Merkes, Jeffrey Montgomery, and Douglas (Mary) Montgomery; twenty-seven grandchildren and many great grandchildren. His sister Lola “Lu” Deininger and his brother, Lyle (Pat) Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Errol and Alfred; two nephews Mike Montgomery and Steve Deininger; brother-in-law Lester Deininger and his best friend Fritz Westemeyer.


 

Bret J. Hentges

Bret Joseph Hentges, age 59, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly on Thursday, February 6, 2020. To celebrate Bret’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To honor Bret’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Private family committal will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Bret was born on September 1, 1960, in Dubuque, son of Allen J. and Judith C. (Mitchell) Hentges.

Bret was a lifelong Dubuquer, and in true Dubuque fashion he loved spending time on the Mississippi, being a self proclaimed “river rat”. He married Rachel Engler in 1985, in Dubuque, and they were blessed with 2 sons. Bret was a dedicated employee of Jackson Pallet Company, where he was a manager and has worked for the past 33 years. In his free time Bret had many hobbies including fishing, pheasant hunting and playing cards. He was also a bit of a “motorhead” and enjoyed classic cars, especially his Z28 Camero, and hitting the open road on his Harley Davidson. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of Bret in our daily lives, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now resting peacefully, free of the health issues he has handled with such strength these past months.

Those left to cherish Bret’s memory include

his 2 sons,
Zachary Hentges
and Wesley Hentges, both of Dubuque, IA;

his 2 brothers,
Brad Hentges
and Randall “Whitey” (Juanita) Hentges, both of Dubuque, IA;

his 2 sisters,
Alonna “Lonnie” (Shane Cole) Hentges, Mt. Horeb, WI
and Tricia Montgomery, Dubuque, IA;

his former wife,
Rachel (Dave) Schumacher, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Bret was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Joseph Hentges.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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


 

Martin F. Kunkel

Martin F. “Buster” Kunkel, 80, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Monday, February 10, 2020, at home.  Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, Wisconsin with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center in Kieler where there will be a parish wake service at 2:45 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Martin was born on April 7, 1939, in Jamestown Township, Wisconsin, the son of Martin and Mildred (Lenstra) Kunkel.  He graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque and served in the United States Army from 1957-1959. He then worked as a supervisor for John Deere Dubuque Works until retirement. Martin married Jean Annette Peart on October 1, 1966, at St. Patrick’s Church in Benton, Wisconsin.

Martin was a lifelong member of Eagle Point Barge Club, spending many hours trying to catch the “big one”. He loved fishing, hunting, and golfing. Following his retirement, Martin enjoyed traveling with Jean, the love of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Jean (Peart) Kunkel; a daughter, Kristine (Thomas Gilman) Kunkel, Mineral Point, WI; four sisters, Marlene (George) Schuster, Kieler, WI, Pat (Bob) Tigges, Dubuque, IA, Judy (Don) Takes, Cuba City, WI, and Jolene (Bill) Busch, Dickeyville, WI; two brothers, Edward (Pat Quade)  Kunkel, Cuba City, WI, and Randy (Kim) Kunkel, Dubuque, IA; and a brother-in-law, Harry Kruser, Kieler, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, JoAnn Kruser; a brother, Earl (Nancy) Kunkel; a sister-in-law, Norma Kunkel; and a brother-in-law, Roger Budden.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis of Dubuque for the wonderful care Martin received.

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


 

Lou May (Clancy) O’Reilly Hamilton

Lou May (Clancy) O’Reilly Hamilton, age 97, of Dubuque, and formerly of Texas, was called home peacefully at 12:50 a.m., on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at ManorCare Health Services. To celebrate Lou May’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To honor Lou May’s life, funeral services will be held immediately after the visitation at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Lou May was born on March 2, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Lucille (Pfohl) Clancy.

Lou May came from a pioneer family. She graduated from the University of Dubuque and went on to serve her country with the U.S. Coast Guard. Lou May proudly served as a Bowsen Mate 1st Class with the SPARS during WWII. Lou May was united in marriage to John “Jack” O’Reilly, and they had 2 sons together. She was later united in marriage to Clarence Hamilton on August 7, 1970, in Freeport, Illinois, and they were blessed with 42 years together before he was sadly called home before her on October 10, 2012. Lou May was never afraid of hard work and was employed as a probation officer for Dubuque County for 25 years until her well earned retirement. She was always a very active woman and served as past president of the Dubuque Girls Club and was commander of the Dubuque Coast Guard Auxiliary. In her free time Lou May enjoyed playing cards and at age 90 started playing poker and was named the Texas Hold Em’ Champion. She also loved to travel and was very excited when she was finally able to make the safari to Africa at age 85. We are grateful for the 97 years Lou May graced this Earth and know that she is now resting peacefully.

Those left to cherish Lou May’s memory include

her sons,
Sean (Frances) O’Reilly, Rockwall, TX
and Brian (Heidi Tigges O’Reilly) O’Reilly, Dubuque, IA;

her step-children,
David Hamilton, Dubuque, IA,
Terry (Judy) Hamilton, Dallas, GA,
Nancy Hamilton, Whitelaw, WI
and Jennifer Hamilton, Olney, IL;

her 8 grandchildren including,
Erin, Brian, Austin, Logan and Zach;

and her great-grandchildren.

Lou May was preceded in death by her parents; and her 2 husbands.

Lou May was very grateful for all of the help that she received from Brian and Heidi for the last 5 years.

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


 

Wayne M. Wilming

Wayne M. Wilming, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Thursday, February 6th, 2020 in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 10th, 2020 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Military honors will follow mass by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 12:45 p.m.

Wayne was born on April 22, 1935, in Bellevue, Iowa the son of George and Clarabelle (Scholtes) Wilming. He married Patricia Lee Strong on June 18, 1960 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubuque.

He is a United States Marine Corps and Navy Reserve with 25th Seabee veteran for a total of 15 years. Lifetime member of the Marine Corps League where he served as Commandant, Senior Vice, Junior Vice, Chaplain, and Sargent of Arms. He was also a member of the Color Guard where they honored funerals.

In 1960 Wayne started working for various machine shops. He then worked for John Deere in Dubuque for 10 years, in 1972 he got his Journeymen Tool Maker Card at John Deere. He lastly worked for the Savana Army Depot. After retirement he drove cars for Enterprise Rental Car and Nissan BMW and loved to brag about how quickly he could return.

He loved to play Euchre, drink beer, tell jokes, and enjoy short road trips to visit friends. Some life highlights are: getting to shake the hand and talk to Clayton Moore the Lone Ranger, and going to San Diego to celebrate his 50th anniversary of graduating Marine Corp boot camp.

Survivors, three children, Sherri (Dave) Turner, of Dubuque, Mike (Linda) Wilming, of Dubuque, Jeffery Wilming of Rockford. Six grandchildren, Hillary (Alex) Edwards, Samantha (Ryan) Trentz, Kayla (Nate) Goedken, Garren Wilming, Kaitlin Fugler, Payton Fugler and seven great grandchildren. Two sisters, Eldora Steines, of Bellevue, and Marion (Michael) Redmond, of Monticello.

Preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Patricia whom he loved dearly.


 

Donald J. Miller

Donald James Miller, 93, of rural East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Saturday morning, February 8, 2020 at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque, IA, with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation is from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:30 p.m., with Deacon Mike Timmerman presiding.  Friends may also call from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Don was born on October 22, 1926 in Galena, IL, the son of Henry H. and Agnes (Banfield) Miller. Don attended Galena schools, and joined the Army after high school where he was a Heavy Weapons Crewman and a Gunner.

He was united in marriage to the love of his life Phyllis C. Beireis on June 28, 1969. To this union five children were born: Kim, Kevin, Mike, Mark and Holly.

Don worked at Kraft Cheese in Galena, Farley & Loetscher, John Deere Dubuque Works and Flexsteel Industries where he retired after 30 years.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandkids.  He enjoyed fishing and camping with all of them. Don especially enjoyed sitting back and watching the grandkids reel in the big fish. He enjoyed gardening with Phyllis where they had a big garden to feed the entire family.  Don loved woodworking with his boys and helping them with lots of their own home improvements.  He also enjoyed watching his grandsons play football and the granddaughters in many musicals. Don was a proud Grandpa of all of their accomplishments.

Surviving are his wife of almost 51 years, Phyllis; five children, Kim (Paul) Bauer of Galena, IL, Kevin (Sue) Miller of Stockton, IL, Mike (Lori) Miller of Cascade, IA, Mark Miller of East Dubuque, IL, and Holly Donar (fiancé Corey Schnitzler) of Elizabeth, IL; 14-grandchildren, Stephanie (Kai) McNeely, Nicole Bauer (fiancé Andrew Prose), Jessica, Sara, Avri, Micaela, and Jaime Miller, Donald (DJ), Ben, Gracie, and Mylie Miller, Anna, Katelyn and Rebecca Donar; one great- granddaughter Cora Ann McNeely; his siblings, Colleen (Cy) Thiltgen of Dubuque, IA, and Howard Miller of Galena, IL; inlaws, Jan Beireis and Bob Beireis both of Dubuque, IA, and Dale (Cres) Beireis of Nevis, MN.

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

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Karla Garrett, Helping Hands employees, the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque, and 24 Hour Health Care for the care they all gave Donald over the last few years.

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


 

Mary Ann Heles

Mary Ann Heles, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 8:57 a.m., on Friday, February 7, 2020, at MercyOne Dubuque.  To celebrate Mary Ann’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Friday, February 14, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To honor Mary Ann’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 11:00 a.m., at Behr Funeral Home, with Rev. Greg E. Bahl officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary Ann was born on June 18, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Raymond and Frances (Schloeder) Heles.

Mary Ann was a life long resident of Dubuque.  She was a hard worker who was employed with American Trust and Savings Bank, as well as Loras College, for several years until her well earned retirement.  Mary Ann’s Catholic faith was very important to her, she was a loyal member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church prior to its closing.  She would then join the parish at St. Patrick’s Church, and was a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of America.  Mary Ann loved reading, she was a member of the reading group at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library.  She enjoyed listening to opera and classical music and liked to attend performances by the Dubuque Symphony with her friends.  Mary Ann was also a very talented needleworker who created beautiful knitted, crocheted and counted cross stitch pieces.  She always put the needs of others before her own and spent several years caring for her ailing mother so that she could remain in her home.  Mary Ann was a soft spoken woman with deep faith in God, she made the world around her a better place and we will miss her deeply.

Those left to cherish Mary Ann’s memory include

her nieces,
Margaret “Margie” (Merideth Rumble) Callaghan, Hazel Green, WI,
Mary Callaghan, Dubuque, IA
and Patricia (Mark Sahli) Callaghan, Wilsonville, OR;

and her great-niece and great-nephew.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Elaine Castille; and 2 nephews, Joseph Callaghan and William Callaghan.

Mary Ann’s family and friends would like to thank the nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis, Hawkeye Care Center and Sunset Park Place for all of their kind and compassionate care of Mary Ann.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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


 

Vera A. Hammerand

Vera A. (Petersen) Hammerand, 90, of Bellevue, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Genesis East Hospital.  Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Thursday, February 13, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Family will greet friends 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue, additional visitation will be one hour prior to services Thursday at church.   Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Vera was born December 4, 1929 in Clinton County, the daughter of Peter and Christina (Schaffer) Petersen.  She graduated from Fulton High School, Class of 1949.   She married Orien A. Hammerand on April 22, 1955, in Albany, IL and he passed on May 8, 1983.  Vera worked side by side with her husband on the farm with the fieldwork and raising livestock and kept the farm active for many years after his passing.    She enjoyed the outdoors, baking, sewing, and spending time with her family.   She became a role model for her children and will be truly missed by her loving family.

Survivors include her children, Colleen (Dan) Kilburg, Connie (Barry) Francois, Michael (Lenna) Hammerand, Cherie (Lonnie) Heister, and Alan Hammerand; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Donald (Phyllis) Petersen, Jane Moens, and sister-in-law Linda Petersen along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Shawn Berthel; siblings, LeRoy Petersen, Mildred (J.L.) Costello, Gertrude (Henry) Landon, Alverda (Alvin) Libberton, Marcella Petersen, Peter (Dorothy) Petersen, and Wayne (Miona) Petersen; in-laws, David Moens, Leona (Lester) Haferbier, and Lucille (Lee) Merrill.

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


 

William K. Trowbridge

William K. “Bill” Trowbridge, age 72, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:15 p.m., on Friday, February 7, 2020, at Ennoble Nursing and Rehabilitation, surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Bill’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To honor Bill’s life, private family services will be held immediately following the visitation.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date following cremation.

Bill was born on March 28, 1947, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Kenneth H. and Marcella M. (Schroeder) Trowbridge.

Bill was a life long resident of Dubuque honorably serving his country with the U.S. Army, being stationed in Germany for 2 years.  He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Judith M. “Judy” Gilbertson, on May 29, 1971, in Dubuque.  Bill and Judy have been blessed with 48 years together and 3 wonderful children.  Bill was always a hard worker and was employed with John Deere Dubuque Works, as well as the Diamond Jo Casino as a dealer for almost 20 years.  Bill was an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, tending to his gardens, and was especially passionate about getting out on the river to do some walleye fishing.  He was a great card player and looked forward to family poker games.  Bill also enjoyed watching his beloved Cubs play on tv.  Bill lived a simple life and beyond all, he lived his life for his family.  We are deeply saddened at losing Bill in our daily lives, but will fondly cherish the countless memories we have made together forever.

Those left to cherish William’s memory include

his wife,
Judy Trowbridge, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Chris (Dick) Brauer, Dubuque, IA,
Natasha (Robert Horn) Nebel, Dubuque, IA
and Taylor (Ashley) Trowbridge, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 grandchildren,
Preston, Mason and Josh;

his brothers,
Don Hayes, Rocklin, CA
and Larry (Joanne) Trowbridge, Dubuque, IA;

his sisters-in-law,
Linda Lottes, Dubuque, IA
and Bonnie (Eric) Timmerman, Dubuque, IA;

and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a sister-in-law, Annie (John) Huseman; and a brother-in-law, Bob Lottes.

Bill’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Ennoble and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their help and support these past months.

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


 

Earl F. Moore

Earl Frank Moore, age 87 of Sherrill, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on January 31, 2020 at home.  

Earl was born on April 15, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, a son to John and Buelah (McNamer) Moore.  Educated in a one room schoolhouse, Earl learned the value of hard work and following his dreams early in life.  He passed those values on to his children as well as his skills in all the trades for which they are eternally grateful. Earl served in the Navy as part of the Seabees. Upon discharge, he tried his hand at several different businesses until he found his true passion…working in the food industry. That led him to open a meat processing business which served the community for over 50 years.  Earl was also a devoted and dedicated singer who would fill the room with his favorite songs. 

Everyone who knew and loved Earl finds themselves holding broken hearts today after his sudden passing.  The abundance of memories he leaves behind will surely help to mend the wounds we possess until we all get to hear him singing joyfully among the heavenly choirs of angels in time.  Thank you, Earl, for being you and for never giving up on your dreams.      

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Earl include,

his 5 children,
Richard (Carla) Moore of Sioux Falls, SD,
Linda Moore of Iowa City, IA,
Bob (Jeannie) Moore of Kendallville, IN,
Tom (Diane) Moore of East Dubuque, IL,
Sally Moore of Dubuque, IA;

his 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild;

his long-time friend,
Lynette Joos of Sherrill, Iowa;

his siblings,
Glen Loeffelholz of Densen, Arizona,
Chuck (Mickey) Loeffelholz of Wind Lake, Wisconsin,
Fred (Mazie) Moore of LaMotte, IA,
Lyle (Ruth) Moore of Peosta, IA,
Terry (Arlene) Moore of Bernard, IA,
and Mary Kay (Tom) Bechen of Bernard, IA;

his sisters-in-law,
Patricia Moore of Cascade, IA,
and Joyce Moore of Dyersville, IA ;

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

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, John and Beulah; his step-father, Vince Loeffelholz; his sister, Donna (David “Bud”) Duve; and his brothers, Donald Moore, Jack Moore and Richard Moore.

 The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Earl’s family.

Earl’s family would like to thank everyone who has compassionately provided love and support to us during these difficult days.  Your kindness is appreciated more than you know! 

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


 

Cecelia A. Lynch

Cecelia A. “Cece” Lynch, 73, of Dubuque, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The visitation for CeCe will be from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM Monday, February 10, 2020 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA.

CeCe was born March, 30, 1946, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Leo C. and Janet (Rosenthal) Bargman. On December 18, 1965, she married Kenneth James Lynch and was married for 10 years before they divorced.

She worked at Bob Spiegelhalter’s Clubhouse for 13 years , the Dubuque Golf and Country Club and Hobby Lobby for 15 years. While working full time at Hobby Lobby, Cecelia also worked part time in the kitchen at the Hy Vee located on Locust Street. After retirement, she enjoyed shopping at Hobby Lobby and visiting with the store manager, Jerome, and her co worker friends. Also visiting with co worker friends from the HyVee kitchen/deli was always a heart warming experience. She listened to KDTH in the morning while having coffee and enjoyed Sunday night old radio shows with Bill Zwack.

Survivors include her son, Terry Lee “The Kid” Lynch, three grandsons, Rylee James, Jack Charles, and Chase Robert, all of Dubuque; a brother, Terry Lee “Big Bro” (Jacqueline) Bargman , of Arizona; three nephews, Thad (Barfy) Bargman, Danny Jo (Amber) Connolly and Bobby Bargman; two nieces, Wendy Moore and Theresa (Brian) Bothell; friend Bob Spiegelhalter’s children, Jerry Spiegelhalter of Dubuque, IA and Kim (Scott) Leonard of Milwaukee, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a stillborn son, Kenneth Leo Lynch; the love of her life for 29 years, Bob Spiegelhalter; two sisters, Mable Ilean Connolly and Linda Lou Bargman; and a brother-in-law, Dan Connolly.

A special thank you to Jody Sanderson for her love and concern. Also to JoAnn Runde and Annette Hanson for their loyal friendship.

CeCe says, “I may be gone but I will be watching over my loved ones, so keep your nose clean boys. I still hate summer but I love my kitties, Sammy and Deano.”


 

Carol A. Scheffert

Carol A. Scheffert, age 74 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on February 5, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Carol’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Carol’s family.

Carol was born in Dubuque on August 30, 1945, a daughter to William L. and Mildred L. (Laufenberg) Lightfoot.  She spent her formative years learning the values of family, friends and fellowship.  She eventually became a CNA and spent the majority of her working years with Luther Manor.  Carol understood quite well though that work was only one part of her life and there had to be some balance between that, her family and her free-time.  She would spend many hours every week studying her bible and spreading the Good News to whoever would listen.  Carol was also a regular and quite familiar with the Wild West Wednesday evening country line dancing at the Dubuque Fairgrounds to help lighten the load in the middle of the week.  But, those who knew Carol best will unanimously attest that sitting with her husband, Gary, on the porch swing watching the sunset was truly where she found peace and real contentment in her days.  Carol was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many and the legacy of love she now leaves behind will surely help mend the broken hearts she leaves behind.  We will miss her dearly, love her deeply and think of her often as we face the days ahead while waiting patiently to see her again.  God speed Carol and may the peace you’ve searched for so diligently finally be yours.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Carol include,

her children,
Roberta “Bobbi Jo’ (Monte Bruggeman) Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa,
Bev (Tim Theisen) Burdick, Decorah, Iowa,
Jerry (Heidi) Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Kathy Feuss, Dubuque, Iowa;

her step-children,
Cheri Miller, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Gary Scheffert, Dubuque, Iowa;

her grandchildren;

her great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Barb Kelly, Dubuque, Iowa,
Pearl (Dave) Duve, Dubuque, Iowa,
Pat Ryan, Wausau, Wisconsin,
Mike (Deb) Lightfoot, Dubuque, Iowa,
Michelle (Tim) Burke, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Myrna (David Harry) Howell, Dubuque, Iowa;

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

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Gary; her parents; her son, Kevin Lightfoot; her grandson, Landon Lightfoot; her brother, Dale Lightfoot; her brothers-in-law, Terry Kelly and Jim Ryan; and her step-daughter, Sandra Donath.

Carol’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their compassionate care and support of Carol, and her family.

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


 

Melvin C. Lenz

Melvin Carl Lenz, age 91, passed away peacefully of natural causes Monday Feb 3, 2020 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 7th, 2020 at St Joseph Key West Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date at St Theresa Cemetery, rural La Motte. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a vigil will be held at 2:45 p.m.

Melvin was born May 12, 1928, son of Carl and Cleta (Wieseler) Lenz. He grew up on the family farm, oldest of six children. He graduated 8th grade from a small one room country schoolhouse near his home. After graduation, he bought his first herd of dairy cattle and made a lifetime career as a farmer.

On September 27, 1949 he married Anita Arensdorf of LaMotte, IA. Together they farmed and raised five children on the Lenz Century Farm south of Dubuque until Anita’s passing in 1988. He continued to farm with his son David until retirement took him to LaMotte where he married Evelyn (Herrig) Mueller on May 19, 1990 at Holy Rosary Church. He was proud that his family grew to ten children.

In addition to farming full time, he worked as head maintenance man at Morrison Brothers, Dubuque. He was a township trustee in Jackson County. He was a faithful member at St Theresa Church and enjoyed maintaining the parish grounds and cemetery. He was proud to be a weekly usher beginning as a teenager and continuing his whole life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

In his younger years, Melvin enjoyed hunting and fishing. As his family grew, creek fishing picnics became a favorite Sunday pastime. He collected antiques and loved to share stories about them. He restored and explained every function of his 200+ piece antique wrench collection. He never turned down a friendly, but competitive game of Euchre. Especially while listening to Johnny Cash and drinking a Star Beer, warm or cold. He was a jokester and tried to teach many his famous pencil tricks. He traveled with and visited family in many states.

In his later years, as a resident of Stonehill Care Center, he played many games of Euchre, discovered Bingo and never missed a game. He liked teasing the Stonehill staff and shared his knowledge of farming with everyone there. He truly appreciated each and every one of them.

Mel is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his children, Dale Lenz, Dee (Terry) Schilling, Denny (friend Jennifer Turner) Lenz, Dianne (Jack) Brehm and David (Cindy) Lenz, Elaine Neubert, Ron (Denise) Mueller, Roger (Julie) Mueller, John (Mary Jane) Mueller and Mark (Julie) Mueller and many grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters Ardella (Marvie) Weber and Harriet Smith, one brother Gary (Sherrie Brown) Lenz, in-laws Jerry (Marion Welter) Arensdorf and Patricia Arensdorf.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anita, his parents, siblings Geraldine Helsel and Willard Lenz.

In lieu of flowers, a Melvin Lenz Memorial has been established.

The family would like to thank the staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care and kindness they gave Mel.


 

Elizabeth A. Krapfl

Elizabeth “Betty” A. Krapfl, 82, of Dyersville and formerly of Earlville passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at MercyOne Senior Care in Dyersville surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, February 9, 2020, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Monday prior to funeral services. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Feb, 10, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Betty was born to Clem and Ella Naber on their family farm outside Dyersville. She joined her 2 brothers and 5 sisters and worked around the house and farm. She enjoyed going to school and graduated in 8th grade from St. Francis Xavier. Betty was 15 when she met the love of her life at the KC Hall in Dyersville. Her heart started to follow the beat of Gene Krapfl’s heart that evening. They both loved to go to dances and were engaged shortly before Gene left for the Army in 1955. They were married on September 24, 1957, at the Basilica and began farming in Masonville before eventually settling in Earlville.

Betty had a lifelong love of music and played her guitar since the age of 13. She enjoyed singing with her band for over a decade and was known for her beautiful yodeling. Betty began caring for children in her home for the next 24 years. She shared her love of music with the children who excitedly sang along with her many days. Family gatherings were always noisy and joyous events filled with laughter and card playing.

Betty suffered a significant stroke in 2007. This was a terrible blow but she had a remarkable recovery with damage limited to her right hand and right leg. This unfortunately stole her ability to play guitar and reduced her mobility.

She is survived by her husband, Gene, and she was a proud and patient mother to her 8 children: Kay (Gary) Demmer of Dyersville, Tom (Donna) Krapfl and Pat (Kathy) Krapfl, both of Delhi, Al (special friend Melissa Dutra) Krapfl, Janet (Mike) Orcutt, Julie (Shannon) Lahr, and Jim (Deanna) Krapfl, all of Earlville, and Mary (Dr. Brad) Gamble of Dallas, TX. She loved each of her 28 grandchildren as well as her 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Frank (Joyce) Naber of Dyersville.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, several siblings and in-laws, her daughter-in-law Kim Krapfl, her grandsons Alex and Andrew Krapfl.

Betty will be greatly missed but fondly remembered for her gentle spirit, quick laugh and fervent love of pretty clothes and cute shoes. Rest well, Betty, and dance in heaven with all those who preceded you.

Gene and the family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Bules, the nursing staff at Mercy One and Hospice of Dubuque for their excellent care while Betty was struggling. An enormous amount of gratitude also goes to the Mercy One Senior Care staff and the Ellen Kennedy Center staff for their loving care of Betty over the last several years. We would also like to thank Fr. Quint for anointing Betty and offering prayers to our family.

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


 

Carol C. (Bierman) Michels

Carol C. (Bierman) Michels, 85, of Bellevue, passed away on Tuesday, February 04, 2020 at Mill Valley Care Center. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Friday, February 7, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue, family will greet friends 9:00 am until service time on Friday at the church. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Bellevue.

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

Carol was born March 13, 1934 in Grant County, Wisconsin, the daughter of William and Cecilia (Breuer) Bierman. She married Royal A. Michels on October 23, 1956 in Cassville, Wisconsin. Carol helped on the farm with her husband for many years, also worked at Diamonds in Dubuque, and Ensign in Bellevue. She enjoyed being outside, playing BINGO, fishing, bowling, playing cards, and cooking the best fried chicken. Carol and Royal enjoyed dancing, being with neighbors, and watching the Chicago Cubs.

Survivors include her children, Barb (Jeff) Michels, of Bellevue, Dale (Lori) Michels, of De Witt, and Allan (Sara Koehn) Michels, of Bellevue; a daughter in-law, Darla Michels; eight grandchildren, Brad, Abby, Faith, Tiffany, Nathan, Samantha, Tyler, and Austin; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Beverly (Thomas) Pitz, Sharon (Thomas) Richter, Clarence (Carolyn) Bierman, Patricia Koppes, and Karen Sommers.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, David; a sister, Marge (Richard) Blitgen; and brothers in-law, Jim Sommers and Ronald Koppes.

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

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


 

George K. Shalabi

George Kamel Shalabi passed away January 31, 2020 from complications due to congestive heart failure. He was born at home on April 9, 1939 in Haifa, Palestine to Nahala and Kamel Shalabi. He was the oldest of four boys — a position of responsibility, respect and honor in Arab families. This helped form his personality and guided his interactions with people throughout his entire life.

In 1948, his family lived as refugees in one room of Carmelite monastery, on Mount Carmel, high above the city of Haifa. He was 9 years old during this period and remembers the time fondly because he didn’t have to go to school.

Much of George’s early education was at a school run by French monks, where all subjects were taught in French. He was fluent in several languages — Arabic, French, English and Hebrew.

Because of his fluent French, after high school, he landed a job working at the French Embassy in Haifa. He worked here for several years before meeting Bill Cabecca — a U.S. Naval attaché who would frequently visit the embassy.

George and Bill befriended each other and it gave George the opportunity to practice  his English skills during their visits.

It was at Bill’s insistence that George applied for college scholarships in the United States and he eventually received an offer to attend the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

He left Haifa in June of 1962 on a ship with a suitcase of clothes and the equivalent of a couple of hundred dollars in his pocket.

At the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, he began working on his chemistry degree. And at a party in 1964, he met Peggy Goltz, whom he would eventually marry on July 1, 1967.

After they graduated, they both found jobs in the Sauk-Prairie, Wisconsin area and moved there to settle and start a family.

George found work at the Badger Army Ammunition plant in 1967 and worked there in various environmental and chemical engineering capacities until he retired in 2000.

With a wide variety of interests and passions, George had a very active retirement. At the age of 65 he took up cycling and completed several long-distance bike tours. He also began to develop his skills as a woodcarver and was fond of carving walking sticks. He was part of an active hiking group and hiked all over Sauk County. He loved drinking tea, reading the newspaper and completing the crossword puzzle each day at his favorite cafe — the Blue Spoon in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

He was also on the board of the St. Vincent de Paul Sauk Prairie and spent many hours volunteering at the store in Sauk City.  And he was a member of the Sauk Prairie Rotary Club for many years.

But his real life’s work was working for peace in the Middle East through his many talks (and Facebook posts) — both formal and informal — that he gave on the subject. While he lived most of his life in the United States, his true identity was that of a proud Palestinian.

For many years, George was on the board of the Pilgrims of Ibillin, the fundraising organization of the Mar Elias School in the Galilee region of Israel. The mission of the school is to create an environment where children of all religions in the area — Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Druze — went to school together from a very young age. The idea being, that you could not blindly dislike someone that you grew up with. This mission resonated closely with George’s view on the world — he just wanted everyone to get along. “We are all more alike than we are different,” he often said.

Through his work with the Pilgrims of Ibillin, he led several Holy Land tours, sharing his passion and knowledge of the area with many dozens of people through the years.

George was also very proud of his daughters Samia and Leslie and had a deep devotion to Peggy, his wife of 52 years.

George is survived by his wife Peggy, his daughters Leslie Shalabi (Mike Muench) of Dubuque, Iowa and Samia Shalabi (Jack Williams) of Madison, Wisconsin; his brothers Michael Shalabi (Jeanette), of Haifa, Israel; and Souhael Shalabi of Kingman, Arizona as well as many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Fareed.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 22 at The Freethinkers Hall in Sauk City, Wis. (307 Polk Street) from 2 to 6 pm. Friends are encouraged to share memories during a storytelling session (George LOVED telling stories) from 4 to 5 pm.

The family would like to sincerely thank his cardiologist Dr. Eltibi, and especially the nurses and nursing assistants on the cardiovascular unit of Mercy One Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to the Pilgrims of Ibillin, ℅ Jitasa, 1750 W. Front Street, Boise, ID 83702 or Convivium Urban Farmstead, 2811 Jackson Street, Dubuque, IA 52001.

Online condolences for George’s family may be left at www.tristatecremationcenter.com


 

Sara J. Wild

Sara J. Wild, age 48 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on February 2, 2020 at UnityPoint-Finley Hospital in Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Sara’s life, a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., with a brief memorial service starting promptly at 1:00 p.m., at the Bridge Christian Community Church, 395 West 9th Street, with Pastor Travis Roehm officiating.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Sara’s family.

Sara was born and raised in Dubuque and was a proud graduate of Hempstead High School, Class of ’90.  She was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart on August 19, 1995 and the loving couple was soon blessed with 2 daughters.  Sara was surely in her happy place in life now; loving wife and mother and only having to wait patiently to add adoring Nana to the list.  She spent almost 10 years of her working career as the manager of the Maid-Rite in Cascade before health issues began to impact her daily abilities.  But, being the strong-willed and determined woman that she was, she would continue to fight each and every day to never allow the darkness to overtake the light.  She enjoyed cooking for her family and trying on a new pair of shoes to add to her collection whenever possible, but an afternoon of NASCAR, or an evening with a good book and a glass of wine in her hand would also do the trick.  Sara never wanted anyone to make a fuss about her, and even when she had finally received her kidney transplant, she quietly kept her blessing from above to herself.  She has sadly attended her last Go Red for Women event and the wonderful memories she leaves behind will have to replace her physical presence in the lives of all who knew and loved her moving forward.  Our hearts ache with an unbearable pain today, but we know and trust that Sara is home now with her Lord and Savior and for that we are eternally grateful.  Thank you, Sara, for always being yourself with absolutely no compromises along the way and may your freedom from your earthly struggles bring both you and us peace until we meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Sara include,

her loving husband of 24 years,
Mike Wild, Dubuque, Iowa;

her 2 beautiful daughters,
Samantha (Tyler Torrey) Wild, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Allison (Derek Kuntz) Wild, Dubuque, Iowa;

her deeply adored grandson,
Brayden Torrey;

her mother,
Marilyn Bergfeld, Dubuque, Iowa;

her grandmother,
Vi Wild, Dubuque, Iowa;

her siblings,
Thomas (Linda) Bergfeld, Otter Creek, Iowa,
Cathy Arensdorff, Dubuque, Iowa,
Mary Ann (Robert) DeMeyer, Alexandria, Virginia,
David (Delphine) Bergfeld, Epworth, Iowa,
Laurie (James) Decker, Bellevue, Iowa,
Lisa Frederick, Dubuque, Iowa,
Martin (Angie) Bergfeld, Bernard, Iowa,
Joan (Bill Brus) Bergfeld, Cascade, Iowa,
and Amy (Nick Koos) Bergfeld, Mommouth, Iowa;

her father-in-law,
Gary Wild, Dubuque, Iowa;

her sister-in-law,
Melisa Wild, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, friends and neighbors.

Sara was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Bergfeld; her mother-in-law, Kathy Wild; and her grandfather, Jerry Wild.

In lieu of flowers, a Sara J. Wild memorial fund has been established.

Sara’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Iowa City Transplant Team, and Finley Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care of Sara, and her family.

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


 

William C. Ousley

William “Bill” C. Ousley, 74, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Monday, February 3, 2020, at home from a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, IL.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Miller Funeral Home, in East Dubuque.

William was born on November 15, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Francis “Ozzy” R. and Dorothy E. (Fern) Ousley.  He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in the Class of 1963.  He then went on to pursue his love of music, which started with his Dad at a very young age.  He played drums with several local bands before joining the Clarence Zahina Band, the Leo Greco Band, and later with the Country Kings.  He eventually retired from the music business after 50 plus years.  Bill was also employed with John Deere and a member of the U.A.W. Local 94 for 26 years.  He retired in October 2006.  Bill was an avid Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer fan.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Bill married Karen Turnmeyer and three sons were born to this marriage.  Bill and Karen parted ways and Bill would later marry Elaine Murphy and she preceded him in death in 1999.  Bill later married Doris P. Piper on February 2, 2010 in Galena, IL.  Bill is survived by a sister, Betty Ney, Sun Prairie, WI; three sons, William, Jr., Robert, and Brett (Melissa) Ousley, all of Rockford, IL; stepchildren, nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Eugene Ousley, a sister, Lois McDonald, and two brothers-in-law, Jack Ney and John McDonald.

Bill’s family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann, Tony Heiar, ARNP, and the nurses and staff of Dubuque Internal Medicine Oncology and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care and support they provided to Bill and the family.

In lieu of plants & flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Dubuque Iowa.

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


 

Kern R. McDermott

Kern R. McDermott, 43, of Placid, IA passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, after he battled an Illness for many years, on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.

Visitation for Kern will be held from 2:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2020 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a prayers service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial for Kern will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be held in St. John’s Cemetery in Placid, Iowa.

Kern was born July 9, 1976 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Kenneth and Doris (Wels) McDermott. He was a 1994 graduate of Western Dubuque High school. Kern played High School Baseball and Prairie League. He was inducted in to the Placid Wall of Honor in 2019.

He is survived by his parents, Ken and Doris McDermott of Bernard, IA; one brother, Eric McDermott (and special friend, Kristi Roepke) of Bernard, IA; one sister, Michelle McDermott (and special friend, Kevin Hoeger) of New Vienna, IA; one niece, Nicole (Shane) Havenstrite of West Union, IA; one nephew, Brandon Meyer of New Vienna, IA; and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Kern and Eileen (Collins) McDermott, Ray and Dorothy (Heacock) Wels.

The family of Kern would like to thank all the Doctors, Nurses and aides that have taken care of him through the years as well as John and Darlene Clemen who have always been there for Kern.

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


 

Rose Verdene Baguss

Rose (Dee) Verdene Baguss, 68, of Maquoketa, Ia. Passed away at her home Friday, Jan. 31st, 2020. At her request she was cremated and no services will be held at this time.

Rose was born  in Iowa City, Iowa on March 8th, 1951. 

She was preceded in death by her mother Leora; father Leo; sister Colleen; brother Fred.

Those left to honor her memory are her husband Gerald Baguss; daughter Laurie Burco and husband Chris of Arlington, IA; daughter Vicky Foster and husband Steven of Bentonville, AR; brother Harold Finzel of Tennessee; brother Leo Finzel of Texas; brother John Finzel of Dubuque IA; sister Lorri Jackson and husband John of Dubuque, IA; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.


 

Matthew G. Hurm

Matthew Gerard Hurm, 63, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Monday, February 3, 2020, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 7, 2020, at Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista St., Dubuque. Msgr. James Miller will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may greet the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Church of the Nativity.

Matthew was born April 24, 1956 in Dubuque, the son of Thomas and Mary (McCarten) Hurm. On April 27, 1974 he married Diane Ferring. She preceded him in death on January 1, 2017. Matthew was employed at Kretschmer Tredway for over 30 years, and for the past 20 plus years at the Q Casino.

Matthew’s faith was very important to him, and he was a longtime member of Church of the Nativity and the Rosary Society, as well as Power of Prayer. He was devoted to the The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and prayed with his children often. Matthew and Diane were blessed with 43 years of marriage, and during that time created a wonderful family of eight children who now call themselves #hurmsforlife.

Matt was an avid gamer, he loved his orange Crush and the recliner in his favorite spot to watch his favorite TV shows Andy Griffith and Dick Van Dyke. He also made sure he looked dapper for church but as soon as he got home he was in his PJ’s and sweatshirt (usually the same one) as soon as he walked through the door. He loved his coffee and conversations at the kitchen table with the king candle lit. He would have the best conversations with who ever stopped by. He was a brilliant and witty man. As a father he loved messing with his kids and grandkids, his humor kept everyone on their toes. He loved to tell really bad jokes to anyone who would listen and he loved to watch the entertainment of his family and friends unfold. He was very proud of his 16 years of sobriety and during that time he immersed himself in reading, mostly books about his Catholic faith. Two of his favorite quotes were “we are pillars of the community” and “poverty is nothing to be ashamed of”.

Matthew is survived by his children, Jessica Hurm-Kemp, Meggan (Brandon) Merrick, Bridget (Forrestt) Clark, Peter (Melissa) Hurm, Abigail (Eric) Degenhardt, Molly Hurm-Lee, Martin (Lindsy) Hurm, and Patrick (Anna) Hurm; grandchildren Maxwell, Jack, Lily, Elliott, Noah, Dorothy, Wyatt, Ryder, Flynn, Willow, Rosalyn, Gabriel, Gilbert, Hudson, Lola and waiting the arrival of 16th; his siblings, Martha, Marna, Mike, Mark, and Martin; and his in-laws, Janice (Dennis) Lawler, Steven Ferring, Mary Sue Weis, and Mary Jo Fleege.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Dorothy and Bud Ferring and his best friend Danny Ferring.

The Hurm family would like to express their sincere thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Engelman, and Jody Klauer #6.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

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


 

Sister Ann (Michaud) O’Hara, O.P.

Sister Ann (Michaud) O’Hara, O.P., died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at St. Dominic Villa. Her funeral Mass will be at the Sinsinawa Motherhouse at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7, with a wake there at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6.

Sister Ann taught in Wisconsin parish schools in Milwaukee, Madison, Janesville, Columbus, and Baraboo; and in Minneapolis; Tuskegee, Ala.; and Kewanee, Ill. She was pastoral minister at St. John the Baptist parish in Johnsburg, Ill.; the Sinsinawa Motherhouse; and Resurrection Life Center, Chicago. She supported community life at Rosary Convent, River Forest, Ill., and the Sinsinawa Motherhouse before coming to St. Dominic Villa.

Sister Ann was born in Chicago, Ill., to Michael and Bridget (Durkin) O’Hara, Aug. 31, 1930.

She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters.


 

Edward J. Ruh

Edward J. “Ed” Ruh, age 71, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:05 a.m., on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Ed’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To honor Ed’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Mark Kwenin officiating. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Ed was born on June 16, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Francis J. and Mary (Glab) Ruh.

Ed was a proud life long resident of Dubuque who attended Holy Ghost Grade School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. He was a hard worker who devoted 41 years to the Adams Company as a machine operator and an inspector, until his retirement in 2013. He was united in marriage to Debra Heming on May 28, 1983, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, and they have been truly blessed with 36 years together. Ed was a faithful member of Holy Ghost Church, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus. Ed loved spending time in the great outdoors, whether it be heading out to his favorite fishing hole for the day, or hitting the open road on his BMW motorcycle. He also liked spending time out in the woods hunting deer, pheasants, rabbits and turkey. Ed especially enjoyed spending time with Debbie at their second home in North Buena Vista. We are heartbroken at losing our wonderful husband, dad, grandpa and brother, and will miss him more than words can ever express. We love you Ed, and will cherish all of the countless memories we have made forever.

Those left to cherish Ed’s memory include

his loving wife,
Debra “Debbie” Ruh, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
Joe (Mia) Ruh, Mapleton, ND;

his 2 granddaughters,
Olive and Penelope Ruh, Mapleton, ND;

and his siblings,
John C. (Phyllis) Ruh, Marion, IA
and Francine “Fran” Fagan, Dubuque, IA.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marie Ruh; and a brother-in-law, Aaron Fagan.

Ed’s family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff from Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for the outstanding care and support they have provided to Ed and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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


 

Leo J. Gansen Jr.

Leo J. Gansen Jr., 61, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away on February 2, 2020 at Unity Point Health Trinity in Bettendorf, IA.

Visitation for Leo will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa where a prayer service will be held at 2 p.m., a Knights of Columbus rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Farley Volunteer Fire Department will meet in a body at 6:30 p.m. and Epworth Volunteer Fire Department will meet in a body at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held after 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Friday. Mass of Christian burial for Leo will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Epworth, Iowa.

He was born February 27, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Leo J. and Shirley (Jaeger) Gansen Sr. He was a 1976 graduate of Western Dubuque High School. On October 20, 1979 he was united in marriage to Wendy Thias-Miller at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa. He worked at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in Anamosa, IA for 26 years.

Leo loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved fishing, camping and spending time at the family cabin in Guttenberg. He also enjoyed working on race cars in his shop in Epworth. Leo was an avid fan of Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Leo was an avid supporter of the Western Dubuque Bobcat Athletics (especially #20 and #23) and could often be found at his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was proud of his children and grandchildren’s accomplishments. He also made time to lend a helping hand to family, friends or a stranger.

He was a member of the St. John’s Parish in Placid, Iowa. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #7823, AFSCME Council #61, and Local #2994 where he served as past president. Leo served on the Board of Adjustment for Dubuque County and served on AFSCME Council #61 Executive Board. Leo was an avid political supporter and union member where he worked tirelessly to support workers’ rights.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy Gansen of Epworth, IA; four children, Damien (Tanya) Miller of Dubuque, IA, Terry (Andrea) Miller of Waterville, IA, Eric (Katie) Gansen of Farley, IA, Andrea (Jamie) Brehm of Bernard, IA; 14 grandchildren; a brother, Garry (Sue) Gansen of Epworth, IA; Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Bill (Cindi) Thias of Harpers Ferry, IA, Deanne Normann of Clermont, IA, Danny Beisker Leola, PA; and many close cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Eugene and Janet Thias; father-in-law, Marvin Miller; nephew, Justin Thias.

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


 

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