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Judith A. Mueller

Judith Ann Mueller, 81, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 24, 2021, at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Fr. Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Judy was born on July 19, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Cletus and Melinda (Meyers) Reittinger and was raised by Hilda and Bill Reittinger. She married Robert J. Mueller, Jr. on October 10, 1959, at Nativity Church in Dubuque.

Judy worked very hard her whole life in various restaurants including the Swiss Chalet, Morocco, and prior to retirement, Country Kitchen, where she was loved as the “mom” to the younger staff.

Judy lost the love of her life, Robert, in 2004. They were very proud of their home in Metropolitan Heights where they raised their family and had lifelong friendships. On warm afternoons, you would find them on their sun porch watching the birds and enjoying happy hour together.  Judy was talented at crocheting blankets and liked to spend her quiet time reading or doing a seek and find. She ate a Hershey bar every day, and her day was not complete without her 6 pm Kessler’s highball.

She is survived by her four children Randy (Connie) Mueller, Debbie Nichols, Sue (Jim) Miller and Bobby Mueller. Twelve grandchildren: Mike (Jessica) Mueller, Matt (Jackie) Mueller, Randy John (Olivia Haack) Mueller, Shawn (Cassidy) Stoffel, Holly (Adam) Gross, Halle (Mitch Simon) Nichols, Katie Hinkel, Maggie Clemen, Nikki Clemen, Jacob Mueller, Jessica Mueller and Gage Mueller along with eleven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Mueller; her parents; her mother and father-in-law Robert and Dorothy Mueller; her brother Bobby Reittinger; her sister Margaret Vonderhaar and brothers-in-law David Mueller and Leonard Vonderhaar.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and Stonehill Care Center for all their care and kindness.


 

Beatrice O. Raab

Beatrice O. “Bea” Raab, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 22, 2021, at Hawkeye Care in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, September 27, 2021, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery.

Bea was born on April 27, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Gilbert and Lenora (Eckert) Kruse. She married David J. Raab on March 1, 1975 at Faith United Methodist Church in Dubuque.

Bea was a loving homemaker, she was loved by everyone and returned that love to her family. She loved her dog, Lilly; she enjoyed working at the farmers market and visiting with all the people passing by. Bea loved to eat popcorn and watch westerns; enjoyed gardening, flowers, road trips, craft fairs with her niece, shopping on QVC, traveling and experiencing anything the country had to offer. She was also a member of the 4H Leadership.

She is survived by her husband David J. Raab; her children Sheila (Ryan) Smith, Troy (Carey) Raab; grandchildren Jacob, Leah and Scarlett and a brother Vernon (Carol Ann) Kruse.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Olive Steiner along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Kelli, Dianne, Sue, Peggy and Nicole along with the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center for all their wonderful care and kindness.


 

Brenda A. Briggs

Brenda A. “Susie” (Donath) Briggs, age 63, of Dubuque, went home to be with the Lord at 9:14 p.m., on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Brenda’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church, 12805 Seippel Road.  To honor Brenda’s life, funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday at Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church, 12805 Seippel Road, with Pastor Lynn Spicer officiating.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Brenda was born on November 27, 1957, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Walter and Virginia (Davis) Donath Sr.

Brenda attended Dubuque Senior High School before joining the work force.  She was employed as the Head of Housekeeping at The Hotel Julien for several years, and also worked in the Tri-State Blind Society Book Store.  In her free time, Brenda had many hobbies including reading, listening to music, watching old time movies, playing cards, especially Euchre, and most importantly playing Bingo as often as possible.  Her ability to play 24 Bingo cards all at once was legendary.  She loved spending time with her family and looked forward to any occasion that brought everyone all together.  We are deeply saddened at losing our wonderful mom, grandma, sister and friend, but know that Brenda is now in Heaven, blissfully reunited in the loving arms of her beloved fiancé Sidney.

Those left to cherish Brenda’s memory include

her 7 daughters,
Hollie Rae Thomas,
Nicole Hines,
Hollie Ann (Jeremy) Gabel,
Candace Briggs,
Donna (Edward) Griffin,
Kimber (Jeffrey) Bush
and Keri (Michael) Tillman, all of Dubuque, IA;

17 grandchildren;

a great-granddaughter;

her siblings,
Rick (Mary) Donath,
Greg (Nadine) Donath
and Walter “Beanie” Donath, all of Dubuque, IA;

2 sisters-in-law,
Mary Donath
and Joyce Donath, both of Dubuque, IA;

a sister-in-law and “partner in crime”,
Cindy Donath, Dubuque, IA;

her long time special friend,
Pam Gagne, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents; her fiancé, Sidney Hines and his parents, Sylven and Alyce Hines; 2 brothers, Owen Donath and Jerry Donath; and a niece, Kristina Donath.

Brenda’s family would like to thank all of the outstanding nurses and staff of Finley Hospital, especially Linda in the ICU, for their care and concern for Brenda and her family.  Also a special thanks to the Dubuque Fire Department for their assistance, we deeply appreciate all of you. We are also extremely grateful to Pastor Spicer, and all of the Faith Temple Family, for their kindness and support during this difficult time.

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

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


 

Norbert F. Wieland

Norbert F. “Norb” Wieland, age 77, of Burton, passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021, at his residence. He was born September 22, 1944 and raised in Potosi Township. Norb graduated eighth grade from Elmdale Country School and furthered his education at Vo-Tech in Fennimore. He was employed at the Hurricane Creamery. Norb was united in marriage to Arlene A. Russell on December 11, 1960, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He was employed at Farmer’s Union Co-op as the mill manager, which later became Premier Cooperative, working for more than 50 years until his illness made him retire. Norb was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Burton. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially cutting wood. Norb enjoyed tractor pulls, NASCAR, and his fishing trips to Canada. He loved spending time with his family and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his sons: Michael “Mike” (fiancée Gina Udelhofen), Curt (Sheila), and Chad (Stephanie) Wieland; 12 grandchildren: Eric (Holly), Dusty (Mary Jo), Jesse (Cassie), and Jake (Kari) Schmitz, Marissa Wieland, Sam (Don) Clauer, Alex (Jason) Taylor, McKenzie and Jaden Wieland, Erica Neith, Trevor (Mallory Bahl) and Austin (Kayla Shemak) Wieland;  12 great grandchildren; a son-in-law; James “Jim” Schmitz; a brother-in-law, Denny Stulka; and his aunt, Dolores Metcalf.

In addition to his grandparents, William and Opal Wieland, his mother, Evelyn and his wife Arlene, Norb was preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle “Shelly” Schmitz, and two sisters-in-law: Toddy Ames and Bonnie Stulka.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster with Pastor David Froemming officiating.  Burial will be in the Burton Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Monday, September 27, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Norb Wieland Memorial Fund has been established.

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to Agrace Hospice for their exceptional care.

Online Condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com


 

William H. Calvert

William H. “Bill” Calvert, of Galena, IL passed away peacefully on September 23, 2021, at Bell Tower Senior Living, East Dubuque, IL at the age of 85 after a long illness. A gathering will be held from 5 to 7 PM, Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where military honors will be accorded at 7 PM by Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193. Private family burial will be at Benton United Methodist Cemetery. Cremation rites have been accorded.

He was born on April 12, 1936, in Hazel Green, WI the son of William and Alice Calvert. After high school, in August 1954, Bill joined the Taliesin Fellowship to study architecture and the arts with Frank Lloyd Wright. He participated fully in the architectural program there for 6 years and became a staff member. While there he worked on the Guggenheim Museum drawings, a studio for Clare Booth Luce, a model of Marin County Civic Center, and a myriad of other assignments, including electrical work and theatre lighting. Bill was drafted in January 1961, during which time he became an artillery surveyor and instructor.  He left the Army and returned to Taliesin December 1962 as a staff architect. Circa 1964 Bill moved to San Francisco, CA obtained his architectural license and worked for Leroy Daley Company, a large A&E firm doing mechanical equipment surveys.

In 1966 he was sent to Brazil to be a field engineer in Fortaleza and there he met his wife-to-be, Regina. They married in December of 1989 in Fortaleza. Returning to San Francisco in 1968 Bill worked on small design and remodel jobs and then became construction supervisor of the San Francisco Airport. Later he worked at a NASA facility at Moffett Field for a full-scale wind tunnel project.

Bill returned to the Midwest with his wife and daughter Helena, where in Galena, he opened, owned, and operated the Isabella Imports coffee roasting business for over 20 years, up until the diagnosis of his illness. Bill’s own life journey was remarkable. He was deeply interested in philosophy and world religions as well as the study of UFOs.  He had a great sense of humor. Everyone was enriched in their own lives from having known him.Bill enjoyed singing on Sundays with Grace Episcopal Church choir group where he was a member, reminiscing daily with coffee friends at Isabella Imports and was extremely proud of his daughter and grandson. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Helena (Jared Oster) Calvert, grandson, Cole Buman, and his many cousins.

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

We wish to give a special thanks to the wonderful nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Bell Tower Senior Living of East Dubuque, Iowa City Veterans Hospital and Finley Hospital for the exceptional care provided to help him transition peacefully. We would also like to thank Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Furlong Funeral Chapel and Grace Episcopal Church and our family and friends for the love and support. We are forever grateful!

Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Alice E. Amling

Alice E. Amling, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, completed her earthly journey on Sept. 22, 2021, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Alice’s life, a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, at St. Columbkille’s Church, 1240 Rush Street, in Dubuque.  Family and friends are also invited to join in food and fellowship on Saturday, at 4:00 pm, at the Moracco Supper Club, 1413 Rockdale Road, in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Alice’s family.

Alice was born on February 19, 1933, in Dubuque, IA, a daughter to Ralph and Lillian (Patton) Fay.  She grew up with a love for nature that she carried throughout her entire life.  She was a devoted wife and mother who raised her family with love, but she also found time to work outside of the house for many years.  She enjoyed her years with everyone at Business Telephone Supply and even maintained some of those relationships after retirement.  When Alice wasn’t spending time with her family, you could generally find her socializing with her friends, or quite often tending to her flower gardens and watching her birds enjoy the serene environment she had created for them.  We will miss Alice, but thankfully the memories which she leaves behind will help to heal our grieving hearts.  May the peace of the Lord be hers now as she waits for us all to be reunited again one day.  Thank you, Alice, for every ounce of love you shared over your 89 years among us.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Alice include her 4 sons, Robert (Donna), Steven, and Ralph Meier, and Warren (Robin) Amling; her 6 grandchildren, Marica, Jennifer, Candace, and Cory Meier, and Jack and Willie Ambling; her sister, Sandra Fay; along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her son, William Amling; and her sister, Jeanette Lynn.

Alice’s family would like to thank Dr. Cao, and his staff, along with the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care and support.

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


 

Michael H. Larson

Michael H. “Mike” Larson, 70, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the Bell Tower Retirement Community in East Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021 at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Dennis Vargas officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. The mass will be live-streamed on the Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook page.

Visitation will be 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the church.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Mike was born on September 18, 1951 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Edward “Bud” and Irma (Riesselman) Larson.

He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1969. Mike formerly worked at Caradco Manufacturing and Frommelt Industries, later known as Rite-Hite Corporation from where he retired.

He was an avid Chicago Bears fan, enjoyed playing a good game of euchre and loved to tease people.  He will be remembered as a fun loving uncle to his nieces and nephews.

Surviving are his siblings, Bonnie (Dave) Fluhr and Ron (Karen) Larson both of East Dubuque, IL, and Sharon (Bob) Holz of Des Moines, IA; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Irma; his brother and sister-in-law, Don and Carol Larson; nephew, Kurt Larson and niece, Carol Fluhr.

Mike’s family would like to express their thanks to the nurses and staff at the Bell Tower Retirement Community and Hospice of Dubuque for the care provided to their brother.

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


 

Mary F. Kirkham-Baal

Mary Francis Kirkham-Baal, 74, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at the Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Sunday September 26, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory 3860 Asbury Road.

The Funeral Service for Mary will be 7:00 pm Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating.

Mary was born March 18, 1947, in Rushville, IL, the daughter of Lyle and Delores Steffens Kirkham.

Mary was an English teacher at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, WI.  She truly enjoyed being a teacher.

Mary enjoyed teaching, reading, books, opera, and arts. She liked to travel and had a special love for cats.

Survivors include her daughter, Liz Baal of Dubuque, IA; her son, Rick (Kelly) Baal of Alabama; and her granddaughter, Lydia Baal.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Diana Kirkham.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Dubuque Humane Society.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their loving care of Mary.

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

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


 

C.E. Smith

C.E. “Smitty” Smith, 94, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at the Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 10:45 am Monday September 27, 2021, at Westminster Presbyterian Church 2155 University Avenue.

The Funeral Service for Smitty will be 11:00 am Monday, September 27, 2021, at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. MargaretAnne Overstreet officiating.  Burial will be 11:00 am Tuesday, September 28, 2021 in Jefferson City Cemetery in Jefferson, Iowa.  Full military honors will be rendered by the Iowa Army National Guard and the Jefferson City Iowa VFW Post 9599.

Smitty was born May 25, 1927, in Jefferson, IA, the son of Irvin and Laura M. Fels Smith. On October 5, 1948, he married Marian Margaret Morlan at Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. She passed away in February of 1974. On June 12, 1976, he married Velma A. Shoars Schlickman in Dubuque. She passed away February 13, 2001.
 
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944 and served 3 1/2 months of basic training at Campo Texas.  They were on their way to Japan when the A-Bomb was dropped and so instead they went to Europe.  He came out as a Corporal 505 Squad 15.  He was in the last infantry cycle at Fort Hood, Texas during the War.  He was proud to be selected to attend an Honor Flight of Dubuque.

Smitty retired from Sieg Automotive in 1989 after 45.5 years where he was a sales manager and President.

He was a past longtime member of Dubuque Noon Optimist Club, past board member of StoryBook Hill Children’s Zoo, and volunteered at Finley Hospital for over 20 years. He loved golfing, boating, and traveling.

Survivors include one son, Jeffrey I. (Angie) Smith of Princeton, IA; one daughter, Pattee Jewel (Larry) Josephson of Webster City; two step-sons, Don (Cathy) Schlickman and Bill (Barb) Schlickman, both of Dubuque, IA; eight grandchildren, Tami Stinson, Wendy (Chad) Volkert, Jessica (Kyle) Kirby, Tim Schlickman, Stephanie (Michael) Kirby, Molly (James) Jones, Pete Schlickman, Katie (James) Schlickman-Hackbarth; great-grandchildren, Cody (Carrie) Stinson, Connor (Steph) Stinson, Colin Stinson and Kaela Rahaman, Korbin, Jaxen, Ethan, Hannah, and Ava Kirby, Vincent and Leo Hackbarth, Dominic Volkert, Natalie and Landon Jones; 2 great-great-grandchildren, Maddie Kanoff and Aubrey Jo Stinson and his special friend, Maxine Robinson.

Besides his wives, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald (Betty) Smith, and two stepsisters, Donna and Valeda.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Dubuque Noon Optimist Club and StoryBook Hill Children’s Zoo.

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

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


 

Leo M. Barton

Leo M. Barton, 97, of Rickardsville, died Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at the Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday September 24, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory 3860 Asbury Road.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Leo will be 10:30 am Saturday, September 25, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rickardsville with Father Noah Diehm as the Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Rickardsville.

Leo was born February 14, 1924, in Rickardsville, IA, the son of John and Blanche Schirmer Barton. On April 21, 1948, he married Rita Mae Klein in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rickardsville. She died February 22, 2000.

In addition to owning and operating the Barton Family Farm, Leo worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rickardsville and U.A.W. Local 94. He was a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and NASCAR and enjoyed playing Euchre.  He enjoyed traveling the country with his wife and brother and sister in law.

Survivors include three daughters, Madonna “Donna” Hayes of Rockford, IL, Vicky (Vince) Smith of Peosta, IA, and Dawn Barton of Cedar Rapids, IA; three sons, Ron “Tuni” (Mary Ann) Barton of Dubuque, Randy “Haney” (Marian) Barton of Holy Cross, IA, and Rick (Julie) Barton of Dubuque; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren with two more on the way; one sister, Betty Stierman of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Eileen Barton and Phyllis Stierman, four brothers, Ray, Paul, Jim, and Luke, and his son-in-law, Keith Hayes.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rickardsville.

A special thank you to the staff at Stonehill for their loving care of Leo.

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

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


 

Ruby V. Arensdorf

Ruby V. Arensdorf, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, September 21, 2021, at Crestridge Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, September 27, 2021, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. on Monday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

Ruby Virginia Chase was born on November 17, 1937 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Leonard and Freda (Welborn) Chase.  She married Sylvester Nick Arensdorf on August 29, 1952 in Clinton, Iowa.  She then became a homemaker and helped her husband while he was the maintenance director at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa.

Ruby enjoyed puzzle books, watching game shows and westerns, and spending time with her grandchildren and her dogs Bear and Elvis.  Additionally, she liked going for walks, visiting with friends, collecting Elvis Presley items, and collecting dolls and making doll clothes.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Larry (Cindy) Arensdorf of Maquoketa, IA, and Tina (Chuck) Wilhelm of Maquoketa, IA; 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Kilpatrick of AR, and Janis (Bob) Conklin of Clinton, IA; and a brother, Junior Chase of TX.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Sylvester on May 9, 2000, a daughter Julie Bertling, a grandson Kristopher Charles Wilhelm, brothers Leonard, Gary, Wayne and Chuck Chase, and a sister Nita Russell.

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


 

Helen M. Schoenfeld

Helen M. Schoenfeld, 92 of Galena, IL passed away Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. A private family burial will be held later. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

Helen was born April 18, 1929, in Galena the daughter of Henry and Agnes (Knobbe) Westmeyer.  She was united in marriage to Francis Schoenfeld on July 11, 1953, and he preceded her in death on May 20, 2012. Helen enjoyed painting, fishing, hunting, gardening, and spending time outdoors.

She is survived by two sons, Gary (Sandy) Schoenfeld of Hanover, IL and Francis (Brittany) Schoenfeld Jr. of Fennimore, WI, three daughters, Gail Benson of Galena, Debbie (Brad) Wolfram of Leander, TX, Donna (Darren) Schoenfeld of Shullsburg, WI, eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Dorothy, and Delia, five brothers, Donald, George, Jackie, Earl, and Jerry.

She loved and cared for her animals, if you wish to give a memorial, please donate to your local humane society in memory of Helen.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Sandra J. LuGrain

Sandra J. “Sandy” LuGrain, age 57, of Dubuque, passed away at 4:23 a.m., on Monday, September 20, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital.  To celebrate Sandy’s life, private family services were held.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Sandy was born on December 31, 1963, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of William “Pat” and Carol (Weidenbacher) LuGrain.

Sandy lived in Dubuque for her whole life where she began her working career with The Dodge House in the housekeeping department.  She later went to work as a secretary with the City of Dubuque Housing Department until health issues forced her into early retirement.  Sandy was a faith filled woman and loved being an active member of Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church.  In her free time, Sandy enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, whether it was camping or sitting down by the river fishing.  She also liked to sit and listen to all of the activity around town on the police scanner and got to know several of the officers.  Sandy was known to enjoy a good game of cards, especially poker, and was a regular at Colts Bingo.  No doubt, spending time with her family was the aspect of her life that brought her the greatest joy.  She always looked forward to any time she was able to spend with the grandchildren.  We are truly heartbroken at losing Sandy in our daily lives.  We do, however, find some comfort in knowing that she is now resting peacefully, free all of the health issues she has faced so bravely these past years.

Those left to cherish Sandy’s memory include

her life partner,
Leonard G. “Lenny” Foulk, Dubuque, IA;

her 3 children,
Michael (Katie) LuGrain,
William Robert “Willie” (Becky) LuGrain, both of Dubuque, IA
and Carol Jean (Anthony) Mendoza, Davenport, IA;

9 grandchildren,
Zedekiah, Nakoah, Kaylee, Xay, Jax, Kiana “Kelly”, Josiah, Xavier and Mason;

and her siblings,
Rose Leifker, Dubuque, IA,
Kathy (Randy) Fritz, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Jo (Gary) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA,
Sue (Darrell Unruh) Atkinson, Blair, NE,
Jean Matlock, Dubuque, IA,
Pat (Laurie) LuGrain, Dubuque, IA
and James “Jimmy” (Mary) LuGrain, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; a niece, Ashley LuGrain; 2 nephews, Jeff Gibson and Andy Gilbert; 2 great-nephews Gavin and Cody Gibson; and a brother-in-law, Larry Matlock.

Sandy’s family would like to thank everyone who has helped them these past years, especially the nurses and staff of The University of Iowa, The Visiting Nurses and The Finley Hospital Emergency Department.  Also a special thanks to her Faith Temple Family for all of their love and support.

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


 

Randy J. Nank

Randy J. Nank passed away peacefully on September 19th, 2021, surrounded by family.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Rev. Rex Rains officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.   In lieu of flowers, a Randy J. Nank Memorial will be set up for the family.

Randy was born on December 2, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, he was the son of Edward and Nancy Jaeger.

Randy was never one to be idle and had many hobbies.  He loved fishing, hunting, rock collecting, jewelry making, scuba diving, and was an avid pool player.  He loved to take time to ride his Harley and was particularly proud of his Cajun cooking skills.  He loved a good crawfish boil.  He was also a very proud “Daddy” to his beloved German Shepherds, Nakia and King.

Randy started working at a young age as a ranch hand when he was just 17.  He also did foundry work for several years but found his passion as the Owner/Operator of Perfection Painting Company for over 25 years.

He married his beloved wife Valorie at the age of 16 and they spent the next 46 years together creating many wonderful memories.  Randy was very proud to be a father of 3, Grandfather of 5, and Great Grandfather of 2.  His favorite thing was spending time with his family and many friends.

Randy was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Joseph and Violet Jaeger of Centralia Iowa, Clifford and Leona Schuster of Dubuque, Iowa, and also his Father, Edward Jaeger of Paulina, Louisiana.

Randy is survived by his mother, Nancy Jaeger of Paulina Louisiana; his loving wife of 46 years Valorie of East Dubuque, IL; daughter Misty (Matthew) Winders of Dubuque; sons: Chad Nank of Dubuque and Josh Nank of East Dubuque; brothers Stanley “Skip” Nank of Paulina, LA, Rick (Marcia) Nank of Spring Hill, FL, Edward (Christina) Jaeger of Sweetwater, TN, and sister Crystal (Bryan ‘Schexy”) Schexnayder of Paulina, LA. his grandsons Merrick and Maxon Winders of Dubuque;  granddaughters Brittany (Nick) Becker of Dubuque, Maryn Winders of Dubuque, Paige Nank of Boston, MA; great grandchildren Brayden and Cadence Becker of Dubuque, as well as many siblings-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

His family would like to give special thanks for his sister-in-law, Michelle Croft, and Jennifer from Hospice of Dubuque for the exceptional care provided to help him transition peacefully.


 

Jane Malone-George

Jane Malone-George, 92, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away after a brief illness on September 20, 2021, at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital surrounded by loved ones.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 24th at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 23rd, 2021, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may also visit after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church until time of service. Private family burial will be at Linwood Cemetery.

Jane was born on March 6, 1929, in Blue Island, Il the daughter of Dee and Opal (Blunk) Sumpter. She married Keith Malone on January 29, 1950, in Crete, IL and he preceded her in death in 1988. A few years later she remarried James George of Dubuque.

Jane loved dogs, a hot cup of coffee, a good white wine, visiting with family, line dancing, genealogy, going to breakfast with friends, supporting her great-grandchildren in their education and athletics and just generally remaining active and busy. She was a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and the Colonial Dames. She enjoyed volunteering and was active in many organizations; she remained active and supportive of the University of Dubuque, a place that remained near to her heart ever since she met her husband Keith while they were in college.

Jane was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a gem – classy and kind. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her son and daughter Kevin (Joyce) Malone, of Atlanta, GA and Kate (Dan Kruse) Malone, of Naples, FL; grandchildren: Ashley (Jon) Levy, Kyle (Tiffany) Malone, Erin Malone, Joel (Jenny) McKay, Andrew (Emily) McKay and Ross (Lauren) McKay. Great grandchildren David, Elle, Ben, Kolt, Kenzie, Lexi, Alana, Landon, Parker, Lane, Henry and Vince.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Keith; her second husband James George; her parents and a brother John (Shukuko) Sumpter.

The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at Finley Hospital for all their care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to the University of Dubuque in her name.


 

Gary C. Thiltgen

Gary Cleveland Thiltgen, 49, of Clinton, Iowa, formerly of DeWitt, Iowa, and Wauconda, Illinois, died Saturday, September 18, 2021.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 9:00 until 11:45 a.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt. A Service will follow at 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home, the Rev. Fr. Stephen Page officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, DeWitt.

Gary was born November, 17, 1971, to Don and Jan (Freiburger) Thiltgen in Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated from Central Community Schools, DeWitt in 1990. Gary served in the U.S. Navy, being stationed in Australia and California. He married Dolores Perez and their union was blessed with two daughters. He began his career in retail at Sears and worked up to a corporate position in Sears Holdings Co. as senior analyst of nationwide inventory.

Gary was an avid sports fan and enjoyed following the Cubs, Bears, and Hawkeyes. He was always sure to get the Cubs game on the radio. He loved live music and attended many concerts, including the Rolling Stones at Soldier Field. He spent many years involved in the Catholic Church, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School. He participated in a CORE retreat as a teenager at St. Joseph, and loved the Easter reenactment at Transfiguration. Gary loved to cook, he was always sure to get his daughters to try new things before telling them what was in them. He also enjoyed keeping an immaculate yard and garden. He was an amazing Mr. Mom, helping to raise his daughters while their mother was deployed.

Those left to honor his memory are his daughters, Rebecca (fiancé Jordan Steuer) Thiltgen of Dubuque, and Andrea (Jon Dolan) Thiltgen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; his father, Don (Peg) Thiltgen of DeWitt; siblings Steve (Misty) Thiltgen of Dawsonville, Georgia, Anna (Vince) Ramirez of Clinton, Christine Zimmer of DeWitt, and Tommy (Mary) Thiltgen of Spencer, Tennessee; step-siblings, Gina (Todd) Ryan of Papillion, Nebraska, Ann (Jeff Mentzer) Butzier of Dubuque, and Jim (Sofia Simmons) Sawvel of McCausland; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Janice Pickens, and his beloved dog, Hawkeye.


 

Iris J. Merfeld

Iris Joan Wegmann Merfeld, age 36, of Zwingle, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Bellevue State Park in Bellevue, IA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 25th, 2021, at St. Joseph Key West Church with Fr. Lyle Wilgenbusch officiating.

A visitation celebration of Iris’s life and legacy will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 3pm – 8pm with a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. The family invites all who knew Iris to attend the celebration of her life.  We ask that you bring stories of how Iris impacted you and ways that she made you smile.  We ask that you plant iris bulbs this fall so that she can blossom every spring and always be a reminder of the color, sparkle, and joy she brought to our lives.

Iris was born on May 20, 1985, to Deborah J. Ritt and Robert G. Wegmann in rural Jackson County, IA. Iris attended Bellevue Public Schools and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 2004. Iris was trained as a culinary arts chef and went on to have a successful career cooking and baking with love for her family, friends, and those in need of a good meal. She worked for Aramark Food Services located in the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center in Dubuque, IA.

Iris was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many who love her. In 2014, Iris married Thomas Joe Merfeld. Together they raised two daughters: Zoey Mae Benn (age 13) and Aubrey Sue Merfeld (age 6). Iris is survived by her grandmother, May Wegmann of Sebastian, Florida, her mother “Mama Deb,” of Otter Creek Township, IA, and her 7 brothers and sisters: Jonquil Wegmann Johnston (Darian Johnston of Madison, WI), Duane Wegmann (Paula of Young, New South Wales, Australia), Robert D. Wegmann (Sarah of Ames, IA), Mayrose Wegmann (Conrad Musey of Montclair, NJ), Joseph Wegmann (of Zwingle, IA), Holly Wegmann Fernández  (Jonathan of Milwaukee, WI), and Pommella Wegmann (Nate O’Reilly of Zumbrota, MN). Iris is also survived by her father-in-law, Eldon Merfeld (Connie of Zwingle, IA), brothers-in-law Jay Merfeld (of Dubuque, IA), and Brett Merfeld (Julie of Zwingle, IA), and sisters-in-law, Tresa Heber (Dan of Dubuque, IA) and Jenifer Pickel (Edward of Saint Donatus, IA).

Iris adored her nieces and nephews and always created a place for them to learn, grow, and smile. They are: Aidan, Madeline, Charlotte, Alice, Riley, Allyson, Gael, Nick, Rachel, Mark, Megan, great-niece Mia and great-nephew Becker.

Iris was preceded in death by her father, Robert G. “Pa” Wegmann, mother-in-law Sue (Becker) Merfeld, maternal grandparents Duane “Grumpy” and Carol Ritt, and paternal grandfather Robert “Pop” Wegmann.

Iris was happiest when hosting a party for loved ones, sticking her “toes in the water and butt in the sand,” and enjoying a beautiful sunset over the ocean or from her front yard. She was the life of the party, the friend to call when you needed cheering up, and the sister you reached out to when you needed sound advice. She got up each morning with a positive attitude and worked to make everyone’s day a little bit more sun-filled. She turned a crappy situation into the best time of your life. She made everyone smile with her bubbly and outgoing personality. Her smile lit up the world and her kindness knew no limits. Her dance moves, especially on New Year’s Eve with Luke and the girls, got everyone moving. She loved playing Euchre and Cribbage with Papa Eldie and Tommy Tom. She was fiercely competitive, played to win, and took the rare losses hard until the next game started.

Iris loved being a mother and wife.  She was very proud of her two girls and the women they are becoming.  She took time to teach them the importance of looking on the bright side, the value of hard work, the rewards that come with it, and the significance of being an inspiration to those around us.  As a wife, Iris was thrilled being married to Tom and looked forward to being with him for a lifetime or two or ten.  Tom was her rock and a rock to her entire family.

Donations of support for Zoey and Aubrey can be made on Go Fund Me here: https://gofund.me/94b07030

A memorial fund in Iris’ name will be established at a later date.


 

Lenore C. Kubesheski

Lenore C. Kubesheski, 89 of Dubuque passed away Saturday September 18, 2021, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church. There will be a visitation from 9:30 until time of mass at the Church. Entombment will follow mass at Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Lenore was born on November 17, 1931, in Dubuque the daughter of Ervin and Margaret (Miller) Berger. She married John Kubesheski on July 1, 1950, at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on November 13, 2003.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved children. She was also a foster parent to 9 children, along with babysitting for many families in the Dubuque area.   She also enjoyed playing cards especially Bridge.

Lenore is survived by her three sons, John (Rose) Kubesheski, Jr, James (Barb) Kubesheski, and Joseph (Laura) Kubesheski; four grandchildren, Andrea (David) Patchen, Wesley (Jennifer) Kubesheski, Michael Kubesheski, and Julie (Odain) White; five great grandchildren, Aspen Grace White, Katie Kubesheski, Zack Kubesheski, Tyler Patchen and Piper, Patchen; her two sisters Linda Greenwood and Dolores McCarthy along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, her two brothers Robert and Irvin Berger, Jr. and two sisters Susan and Catherine.


 

Katherine A. Kurt

Katherine A. “Kathy” Kurt, 73, of East Dubuque died Saturday, September 18, 2021.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 7:30 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Nativity.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.  Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, masks are requested at the visitation and Funeral Mass. The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home Facebook Page.

Kathy was born September 29, 1947 in Dubuque, daughter of Edward and Mary (O’Toole) Schneider.

On September 9, 1967 she married Charles M Kurt at the Church of the Nativity.  He preceded her in death on December 27, 2001.

Kathy was a CPA and was a former CFO for Medical Associates HMO, Aetna HMO, and Jackson County Public Hospital.  She was a very active member of the Dubuque community and was the first female president of Dubuque Rotary.

She is survived by a son, Christopher Kurt of Seattle, Washington; a daughter, Lisa (Anaba) Wachuku of Polk City, and granddaughter McKenzie.

She is also survived by a sister, Sandy (Chuck) Nauman of Dubuque.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

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

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Timothy A. Russett

Timothy Alan Russett, 27, of Mineral Point, WI, formerly of Dubuque, died Saturday, September 18, 2021, as a result of a car accident.

Visitation will be from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm Saturday September 25, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory 3860 Asbury Road.

The Prayer Service for Tim will be 4:00 pm Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Cal Schaver officiating.

Timothy was born July 22, 1994, in Russia, the son of James Alan and Linda Rose (Leuschen) Russett.

He was a welder for Cummins.  He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and loved spending time with his children.

Survivors include his mother, Linda (Jeff) Fries of Dubuque; one son, Conner Russett; one daughter, Sofia Russett; and one sister, Maria (Matthew) Russett of St. Paul, MN.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents, Joseph and Irene Leuschen and Alan and Elsie Russett.

The family would like to thank the Faith Lutheran Church family for all their love and support.

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

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


 

Steven R. Fettgather

Steven R. Fettgather (A/K/A “Fetts”), an avid volleyball player in his youth and just loved sports overall, passed away on July 6, 2021, in Dubuque.  Born on May 25, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Marjorie (Lorang) Fettgather.  Steven graduated from Senior High School and Loras College. Steven held various retail positions throughout his time and was very dedicated to his workouts at the local YMCA.

A memorial for Steven “Fetts”, will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002.


 

Mary P. Sheehan

Mary Patricia (Streuser) Sheehan, 96, of rural Bellevue, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Monday, September 20, 2021 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek.  Family will greet friends 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue, additional visitation will 9:30 am until Mass time on Monday at the church.  Burial will be St. Lawrence Catholic Church Cemetery in Otter Creek.

Mary was born September 23. 1924 in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Lawrence and Veronica (Farley) Streuser from Preston, Iowa.  Mary’s father was a homesteader from South Dakota and a Pharmacist. She graduated from Preston High School and received her nurses training at Jane Lamb Hospital in New Jersey and Mercy Hospital in Davenport.  Mary then earned her BSRN at the University of Dubuque.  She worked at Clinton Hospital, Jackson County Public Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, Mill Valley Care Center, Crest Ridge in Maquoketa, and Andrew Jackson Care.

Mary married Francis E. Sheehan on March 28, 1951 in Preston, he passed on February 8, 1990.  Mary was dedicated to her family, a very loving wife and fantastic mother.  She was an organist for a short time at St. Johns Catholic Church in Andrew, and a longtime member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek.  She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Lawrence, Michael, Mary (Lloyd) Koos, Jean, Tim (Sara), Roy (Jeannine), Nora, and Irene (Paul) Samples; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter Ann in 1973; siblings, Mary (Jim) McAndrews, and Jacqualine (Joe) Gerlach.

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

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


 

Marcella C. Coyle

Marcella C. “Marcie” (Riedl) Coyle, age 91, of Dubuque, passed away suddenly at 3:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Marcie’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., on Friday, September 24, 2021, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2001 Saint Joseph Street.  To honor Marcie’s life, funeral services will be held following the visitation at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 24, 2021, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, with Rev. James J. Goerend officiating.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Marcie was born on December 5, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John and Minnie (Krug) Riedl.Marcie was a life long resident of Dubuque where she attended Holy Ghost Grade School and the Immaculate Conception Academy.  She was always a hard worker and was employed as a CNA with Luther Manor for 31 years until she finally retired in 2010.  Marcie was united in marriage to Glen Coyle on December 20, 1952, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral.  Sadly, Glen would pass away after 42 wonderful years together on October 3, 1995.  Marcie’s faith was very important to her, and she was an active member of St. Mary’s Church before it was closed.  She was also a member of the AMVETS Auxiliary where she served as past president.  In her free time, Marcie loved spending time with her family.  She was a phenomenal cook and liked getting the kids together to can vegetables in the fall.  She was famous for her fried chicken, and Marcie always got the extended family together to go to Eagle Point Park on Saturday, and Grandview Park Sunday to spend time together.  She was very active and liked to go camping, as well as playing volleyball, shuffleboard and horseshoes.  She and Glen also enjoyed hopping in the car for a long Sunday drive, they never let any moss grow under their feet. Marcie did occasionally take time to sit down and crochet something beautiful and watch her beloved Chicago Cubs play ball.  She also enjoyed getting her nails done with her granddaughter, Kinzlee.  We are grateful for the 91 years we have had Marcie here with us, but will miss her tremendously.  We love you and look forward to all being reunited one day in Heaven.

Those left to cherish Marcie’s memory include

her children,
Don (Connie) Riedl,
Sandy (Kenny Boyes) Temperley,
Robin (Dennis) Downey
and Kimberly (Ryan) Fisher all of Dubuque, IA;

13 grandchildren;

20 great-grandchildren;

3 great great-grandchildren;

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

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marcie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen Coyle; her daughter, Debra Schueller; a granddaughter, Heather Schueller; a brother-in-law, Albert Mohr; and a special sister-in-law, Dorothy Sands.

Marcie’s family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff at Stonehill for all of their kindness and the wonderful care they have provided to Marcie these past months.

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

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


 

Ronald R. Orris

Ronald R. “Ronnie” Orris, 93, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021, at Crestridge Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Ronald Ray Orris was born on February 4, 1928 in Jones County, Iowa to Shelby A. and Marian (Menald) Orris.  He was a 1945 graduate of Monmouth High School, and married Lola Lena Busch on July 25, 1948 in Maquoketa, Iowa.  They recently celebrated their 73rd anniversary prior to her passing on September 7, 2021.

“Ronnie” had farmed north of Monmouth all of his life.  He was a member of the Wyoming Presbyterian Church where he had served as an elder.

He enjoyed playing cards, watching Lawrence Welk, fishing trips to Canada with good friends Betty and Bill Reed, attending the Onslow Coffee Club, and helping his children with 4-H livestock projects at the Jackson County Fair.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Jim (Susan) Orris of Monticello, IA, Cathy (Randy) Cronbaugh of Belle Plaine, IA, David (Sherry) Orris of Monmouth, IA, and Lori (Rick) Willenborg of Dyersville, IA; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife Lola, a daughter Colleen Ann Orris Nolting, his parents and a brother Robert.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald R. “Ronnie” Orris memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Ruth E. Henrichs

Ruth Eileen Henrichs peacefully passed away on September 16, 2021. In her final hours, she was surrounded by her loving family and her friend and pastor. The funeral service will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, September 23, 2021, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Galena, IL and where friends may call after 10 AM until time of the service. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM, Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.

Eileen, the only child of Ruth and Ernest Maeder, was born February 12, 1931, in Galena, where she lived her entire 90 years. She attended Galena Primary School and was a graduate of Galena High School. Throughout her high school years, she was actively involved in band and chorus, and was a frequent first-place medal winner at Illinois High School Music contests as a pianist, clarinetist, and singer. Eileen attended Hill Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school and where she met her future husband, Peter A. Henrichs. They were married on December 28, 1949. She was also active at First Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir, and at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she sang, served as a Deacon and was the Moderator of Presbyterian Women. In keeping with her dedication to charitable causes, she was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, she made and served lunches at the Dubuque Mission, and was a supporter of the Midwest Medical Center Auxiliary. Eileen was devoted to her family. She considered her children to be special and expected each to be all they could be. She worked and sacrificed to make certain that all three children received a college education to prepare them to be successful in life. She and her husband “Pete” had the same aspirations for their grandchildren — Scott, Kari, and Kim, and enthusiastically supported all their activities in school, music, and theatre, and their many sports. She adored her grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Kylie, and Keegan, “the light of her life.” She lived for their visits and delighted in hearing all the details of their lives. Eileen loved animals, and just as she welcomed all friends and neighbors into her home, she never turned away a stray animal that appeared at her door. She was especially fond of her “furry friend” Bandit, granddaughter Kim’s pet. He and Eileen spent many happy hours together in their special chair in the family room. Eileen loved to sew and creatively made every Halloween costume that any of her grandchildren wanted, and never declined a request to make costumes for the Galena Art Theatre. She was a frequent participant in Turner Hall events and performed in various Art Theatre productions there. She was part of a co-op craft shop on Main Street Galena where, during the filming of “Field of Dreams,” she was thrilled to meet Burt Lancaster. Her specialty was creating the many dolls that she took to craft shows with her husband. Eileen served the public in the Jo Daviess County Clerk’s Office. She was also Secretary to John Butler of Cottingham and Butler, and to Jerry Murdock at the Galena State Bank.

This beautiful and loving woman is survived by her three children — Pamela McKinsey of Galena, Melanie Henrichs of Gilbert, AZ, and Merrill Henrichs (Cathy) of Galena; three grandchildren, Scott McKinsey of Galena (Triona Terry), and Kari Kass (Caleb) and Kim Henrichs (Brandon Horn), both of Dubuque; and two great-grandchildren, Kylie, and Keegan Kass, also of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by Peter A. Henrichs, her husband of over 50 years, who died on Jan. 5, 2000.

Eileen generously donated to many worthy causes, and for many years after her husband’s death she maintained the Peter A. Henrichs Memorial Scholarship. In her spirit of giving, in lieu of flowers the family asks memorials to be given to the American Cancer Society or another charity of choice.

The family thanks the staff of Oak Park Place Dubuque, where Eileen spent the last weeks of her life; the Emergency staff of MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center; Hospice of Dubuque nurse Paul G, who remained with Eileen to the very end; Cathy Bussan’s entire family and the Steve Stangl family for their kindness, help and support over many years; and Senior Pastor Blake Shipman of St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Galena, who provided spiritual support to Eileen in her last year and especially in her final hours and continues to support her family throughout this very difficult time. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Donald F. Renner

Donald F. Renner 78, of Galena, IL, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021, at his home. The funeral mass will be 11 AM, Monday, September 27, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena, and where friends may call after 10:30 AM until the time of mass. Friends may call from 1 to 4 PM, Sunday, September 26, 2021, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193.

He was born September 7, 1943, the son of Kenneth and Ann (Timpe) Renner. Don graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1962. He enlisted in the United States Navy where he served from September 12, 1962, until his honorable discharge on September 13, 1966. Upon his return from service, he attended Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL where he earned his degree. He was united in marriage to Janet Houy at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on February 18, 1967, and she preceded him in death. He moved to Belvidere, IL where he worked at Ipsen Industries for eighteen years. Don left Ipsen to start his own business Regal Products, Inc. which he operated until his retirement in 2013. He enjoyed hunting, gambling, and spending time at his farm.

He is survived by his son, Donald (Tonya) Renner, of Garden Prairie, IL, two granddaughters, Devan (David) Rabe and Hunter (Kyle) Martenson both of Belvidere, four great-grandchildren, Daelynn Rabe, Cole Martenson, Londyn Rabe, and Clint Martenson, two sisters, Bev DeBord and Bonnie (Bob) Schmid both of Galena, two brothers, Terry (Elly) Renner of Galena and Tom (Bobbie) Renner of Polo, IL, a sister-in-law, Jean (Jim) Bautsch of Galena, and brother-in-law, Jerry Houy of Galena, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, sister, Linda Sowle, brother, Norm Renner, two sister’s-in-law, Jean Renner, and Jane Houy, and two brothers-in-law, Jim Sowle and Bob DeBord.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Julianne Streets

On September 16, 2021, Julianne (Kuhl) Streets, 73, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.  Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, September 23, from 3:00-7:00.   It will be required to utilize masks during the visitation.   A celebration of Julie’s life will be held on Friday, September 24 at Sacred Heart Church at 11:00.

Julie was born to Ray and Genevieve “Sally” (Yates) Kuhl on December 27, 1947, in Clinton, IA.  She married Dennis Streets of Monmouth, IA, on October 29, 1966.  Together they had four children: Lisa (Will) Hartsell of Montgomery, IL; Sheila Streets of Palatine, IL; Chris (Dawn) Streets of Dubuque, IA; and Scott Streets of Davenport, IA.  She was the loving grandmother to six wonderful grandchildren, Lauren, Lexi, and Max (Chris), Caitlin and Luke (Lisa), and Brigham (Scott).  Julie was a sister to five sisters and one brother, a friend, and advocate for countless people who will never know the full extent of her impact.

Julie always led an active life.  She attended Miles Community School where she was involved in school plays, band, choir, and basketball where she was proud of her game high 52 points.

She opened Kountry Kraft on Quarry Street in 1978 where she hosted craft classes and demonstrations.  She later moved to downtown Maquoketa and closed her shop after 24 years in 2002. She was active in the Peace Pipe Players performing in several shows.  She never missed a high school basketball game watching her husband coach. Julie was also involved in the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, Jackson County Foundation, and the committee for the renovation of Sacred Heart Church.

Most recently, her love of gardening took center stage being part of the Maquoketa Garden Club and Master Gardeners participating in the open class flower show and the Maquoketa Farmers Market where she was known for having the best pies in town. She continued her crafting fix by decorating Maquoketa State Bank at Christmastime for many years and decorating Christmas trees at Ohnward Fine Arts Center.  Julie often traveled with her daughter, Sheila, and enjoyed multiple trips to Disneyworld with each of her grandchildren.  She spent many hours watching all of her grandchildren participate in their various athletic events.

Julie is survived by Dennis, her husband of 55 years, her four children, six grandchildren, four sisters, Mary Tietjens of Clermont, FL; Jan Kuhl of Ankeny, IA; Diane Kuhl (Dan Westover) of Ft. Collins, CO; and Patrice Kuhl (Marc Ramsey) of Lakeside, TX; and one brother, Phillip Kuhl (Barb) of Morton, IL, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Kathy Shannon, and two nephews.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County, Sacred Heart Church, or Ohnward Fine Arts Center.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.  Please feel free to call or stop at the funeral home with notes of support or leave words of comfort on the funeral home website at www.CarsonAndSon.com.


 

Scott D. Patterson

Scott David Patterson, 39, of Dubuque died unexpectedly in his sleep on Thursday morning, September 16, 2021. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church where visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until time of service. The service will be livestreamed at www.stlukesdbq.org/funeral. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, masks are required for attendance at the visitation and service.

Scott was born in Dubuque April 17, 1982, to David and Jeanne (Adolphs) Patterson. He graduated with the class of 2000 from Dubuque Senior High School. While in high school, Scott played tuba in the DSHS band, sang in Madrigal Choir, and rang in the St. Luke’s youth handbell choir (Wesley Ringers). He was also on the state board for the Youth Annual Conference for the United Methodist Church.

His working career started during high school at Bishop’s Buffet in Kennedy Mall. Other places of employment since high school have been Southwest Pallet and Lumber Supply in Hazel Green, Wisconsin; Performance Framing in Madison, Wisconsin; and Tri-State Millworks, Automated Presort, Slumberland Furniture, and Anderson Window and Door, all in Dubuque.

Scott found pleasure in tending the land, attending family reunions, playing tuba in various community groups after high school, cooking, and spending time with his many close friends.

He is survived by his parents David and Jeanne Patterson, Dubuque; his paternal grandfather Lloyd Patterson, Oskaloosa, Iowa; and his aunts: Mary (John Greener) Patterson, Washington, Iowa; Constance (Theo) Van Loon, Dudley, North Carolina; and Rebecca (Michael) McCullough, Burlington, Iowa. He is also lovingly remembered by many cousins and other extended family members.

Scott was preceded in death by his older brother Sean; his paternal grandmother Patricia (Pierce) Patterson; maternal grandparents Alvin and Margaret (McCaulley) Adolphs; and his uncles Andy Patterson and Arlo Adolphs.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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

Memorials may be made to the Scott Patterson Memorial Fund.


 

Herb E. Edwards

Herbert E. “Herb” Edwards, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on September 15, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A private burial will be held at Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.  At Peace Cremation Services have been provided by Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Friends and family may gather from 4 to 7 P.M., Friday, September 24, 2021, at the Eagles Club in Maquoketa.

Herbert Eli Edwards was born on February 5, 1938 in Iowa City, Iowa, to Vermel and Birdie (Lange) Edwards.  He grew up in the Bernard area.  He married Judy Jeffers and they later divorced.

“Herb” had worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad for many years and had also been self-employed doing logging and bulldozing.

“Herb” was an avid lover of tractors and would spend many hours working on and restoring them, especially F-30 and F-20 Tractors.  He enjoyed going to the junkyard, visiting with the guys and going to the races.  You always wanted to be prepared for the unexpected when you were with Herbert as he had many fun adventures.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Lori Feuss of Maquoketa, IA, Joe Clary of IA, and Lisa Frank of OR; 5 grandchildren; brothers, Dave “Pickel” (Elaine) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA, and Butch (Marilyn) Edwards of Maquoketa, IA; and Sheryl Mounts of Maquoketa.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Herbert E. “Herb” Edwards memorial fund has been established.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.  Please feel free to call or stop at the funeral home with notes of support or leave words of comfort on the funeral home website at www.CarsonAndSon.com.


 

Heather L. Balk

Heather L. (Kirkpatrick) Balk, age 40, of Dubuque, passed away at 10:45 a.m., on Friday, September 17, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital.  To celebrate Heather’s life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  To honor Heather’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Scott Griffin officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Heather was born on December 14, 1980, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Gary Hittenmiller and Colleen “Kelly” Kirkpatrick.

Heather lived in Dubuque her whole life where she attended Dubuque Senior High School.  She was united in marriage to Reuben Balk on February 28, 2003, at the Dubuque County Courthouse.  They have been truly blessed with 18 years wonderful years together.  Heather was employed as a dispatcher and driver for #1 Green Cab for 3 years, but her true passion was photography and she owned and operated Heather Balk Photography for 10 years.  In her free time Heather loved to read and travel the country, taking countless photographs along the way.  She also enjoyed spending time with all of her family and taking everyone tubing was one of her favorite activities.  We are deeply saddened at losing our beautiful Heather after only 40 short years here on Earth.  She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Heather’s memory include

her husband,
Reuben Balk, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Katelyn (Douglas) Holdsworth,
Kody Balk
and Kyle Balk, all of Dubuque, IA;

her step-children,
Aaron (Marissa) Balk,
Andrea (Kris) Weiland
and Austin (Allison) Balk, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Jocelyn Balk, Jackson Balk, Jenevive Balk, Tanner Weiland, Tatum Weiland, Amira Holdsworth and Greyson Holdsworth;

her mother,
Colleen “Kelly” Kirkpatrick, Dubuque, IA;

and her siblings,
JoAnn Larson, Dubuque, IA,
Jenny Kelly, Dubuque, IA,
Patrick Chase, Belvidere, IL,
Jeremy Clausen, Kieler, WI,
Mark (Tammy) Hittenmiller, Dubuque, IA
and Bruce Menadue, Dubuque, IA.

Heather was preceded in death by her father, Gary Hittenmiller; a granddaughter, Everleigh Holdsworth; and a special uncle, Dennis Kirkpatrick.

Heather’s family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff of Finley ICU, especially Greg, for all of their professional and compassionate care not only of Heather, but the entire family.

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

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


 

Clarence John Shaffer

Clarence John Shaffer, age 78, passed away on September 14, 2021.

Private memorial service will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

Clarence was born on December 26, 1942, in Dubuque, the son of William and Edna (Maas) Shaffer. He attended school in Dubuque. He worked for over 25 years as a skilled commercial painter and tuck pointer, including working on many of Dubuque’s highest buildings, church steeples, and the courthouse. He then worked for several years at Barnstead/Thermolyne before his retirement.

For those who knew him, you know our Dad and Grandpa was memorable. Clarence loved to ride around Dubuque, especially to see the Mississippi River. He liked to watch the Minnesota Vikings (most years), to play a few rounds of euchre with people who ‘knew how to play,’ to reminisce about growing up in a large family on Coates Street, his mother’s homemade bread, running around with his friends, old cars, driving fast, fishing on the river, family dinners, scratching lotto tickets, Kessler’s and Coke, putting puzzles together, to hang out chatting with the crew at the coffee shop, and to visit friends on Saturday mornings.

He collected things – lots and lots of things. He was a bit stubborn, enjoyed some colorful discussions (sometimes just to argue), liked his things to be just so, and loved to tease or share a good joke. He helped all three of his grandkids learn to drive. He was so very proud of his grandkids and great grandkids.

Those left to remember and treasure the memories include: his daughters, Cindy (Kevin) Weidemann, and Shelby (Mark Reyes) Shaffer; his grandchildren, Josh (Kirsten) Weidemann, Lindsey Weidemann, Hannah Weidemann; and his great-grandchildren, Eli Weidemann and Drew Weidemann. Clarence is also survived by two brothers, Jim (Rose) Shaffer, Harold (Sue) Shaffer. and by his former wife, Dixie Shaffer McCarthy.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin John; his parents; his sisters, Alice Voels, Rita Pfab, Lorraine Dimitroff, Shirley Mihalakis, and Mary Breitbach, and his brothers, Irvin, Donald, John “Jack,” Leonard, Richard “Dick,” and William “Bill”.

The family would like to thank Dr. Angela Kelley for all of her years of care and negotiating the things that worked to keep him going every day. The family also extends thanks and gratitude to all of the special staff, volunteers and leaders at Stonehill Care Center! For more than 9 years, you were his family when we couldn’t be there. Thank you for doing the hard stuff, putting up with him, making him laugh, and doing all sorts of special things for him!


 

Carol A. Gleichner

Carol A. (Aird) Gleichner, age 76, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.  To celebrate Carol’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  To honor Carol’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Carol was born on August 30, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Charles and Frances (Jurisic) Aird.

Carol attended St. Mary’s Grade School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School before attending Capri Cosmetology College.  She was united in marriage to William LeRoy Durr on January 4, 1964, and they were blessed with 2 children together.  She would later marry Robert J. Gleichner in September of 1981, but sadly he would pass away on April 25, 1992.  Carol was employed as a seamstress at Yankee Doodle Glove before going to work with Rite Hite for over 30 years until her well earned retirement.  Carol was a phenomenal cook who made fantastic chicken noodle soup and homemade bread.  She liked to work outside in her vegetable garden and would often use her harvest in the kitchen.  Family dinners and holidays brought her great joy, especially when the kids did the dishes.  Carol was a very talented seamstress who enjoyed making items for her family.  She was a free spirit and was always singing and played the guitar.  She also liked taking trips to the casino and always hoped that Lady Luck would be on her side that day.  We are heartbroken at the sudden loss of Carol in our lives.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Carol’s memory include

her children,
William L. (Michelle) Durr II, Dubuque, IA
and Billie-Jo (David) Durr Hoftender, East Dubuque, IL;

7 grandchildren,
Nick, Zachary and Daniel Durr and David (Willa Hook), Hanna, Sarah and Jake Hoftender;

a great-grandson,
Adrian “AJ” Durr;

her step-children,
Mark Gleichner,
Michele (Jerry) Klein
and Mara Gleichner;

her siblings,
Helen Campbell, Rice Lake, WI,
Robert Aird, Dubuque, IA
and William Aird, Rice Lake, WI;

her nieces and nephews;

and her life-long best friend,
Mary Montag, Dyersville, IA.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Gleichner; a sister Linda (LeRoy) Pfab; a nephew, Jim Campbell; a sister-in-law, Diane Aird; a brother-in-law, Harry Campbell; and her companion, Randy Williams.

The family would like to thank her “granddaughter”, Willa, for taking such wonderful care of Carol and making her days brighter.

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

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


 

Michael J. McCullough

Friday, September 10, the Lord received another spirited and lovable Irishman when Mike McCullough passed away unexpectedly due to heart complications, he was 70. It’s everyone else’s heart that has been breaking since, but as much as we hurt, Mike would never want us to.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Iowa Army National Guard. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. and at 6:45 p.m. the Ancient Order of Hibernians will have a service.

Michael J. McCullough was born to Delbert and Shirley (Carr) McCullough in Cedar Rapids on March 31, 1951. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1969, served in the Army in the early ’70s, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1975, and was a through-and through Bears and White Sox fan. He married Cathy Connolly, the love of his life, May 6, 1989. Mike was employed by Interstate Power/Alliant Energy for many years until retirement in 2008. After retirement he was the business manager for St. Mathias Church in Cascade, Iowa until 2016.

Mike was ever the Irishman. He was a proud member and officer of the Royal Order of the Hibernians, he visited the Motherland with his immediate family and wife Cathy, and he carried that Celtic charm in all he did. Always good for a drink and a joke, Mike didn’t believe in strangers—only friends he hadn’t met yet.

Mike was a cofounder of the West Dubuque Jaycees, where he made lifelong friendships and developed a love for building and participating in the annual Haunted House. When not getting a laugh out of spooking strangers for the good of the community, he was busy building the same bonds of joy with his immediate and extended family. From the Carrs to the McCulloughs, numerous close friends, and his work family at Interstate Power, Mike was a man of the people, always happiest to be hearing about others’ lives and cheering on their pursuits.

Most recently, Mike could be found presiding over “Holy Hour” at the Lux Club with his uncles, cousins, family, and anyone lucky enough to be present. Wherever Mike went, a sense of community and belonging followed. And while the Bee Gees’ song “To Love Somebody/’ may have been one of his favorites, Mike will never know what it means for us all to love somebody the way we love him. Love you, man.

Mike is survived by his mother Shirley (Carr) McCullough, of Dubuque; his wife Cathy McCullough; children: Kevin (Azeen Keramati) McCullough, of Queens, NY Karen (Nic) Hoeger, Ryan McCullough, Dan McCullough and Molly (Jake Hutzell) McCullough, all from Dubuque. Grandchildren: William and Lorelei Hoeger. His sisters: Mary (Mark) Witherall, of Carlsbad, CA, and Carol (Steve) Carlson, of Wellesley, MA; his brothers: Jack (Lynn) McCullough and Jim McCullough, all from Dubuque. Mother-in-law, Geri Connolly, of Dubuque; brothers-in-law: Mike (Karen) Connolly, Bob Connolly all from Dubuque, and Bill (Kim) Connolly, of Marion IA, Sisters-in-law: Diane (Whitey) Pancratz, of Zwingle, IA and Susan Connolly, of McHenry, IL; along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents Ambrose and Stella McCullough and Mick and Mae Carr; his father Delbert McCullough; Baby Sister:, Joan Marie McCullough and his father-in-law, Cletus Connolly

In lieu of flowers, a Michael J. McCullough Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque Police, Fire and EMS, Dubuque County Medical Examiner, Donna Kluesner and Pat Leonard and his staff for all of their kindness and compassion.


 

Richard Burlingame

Richard Burlingame peacefully passed away at home with his family and friends by his side on July 17, 2021. A Celebration of his life will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena, IL at a date to be announced. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

He will be remembered by his partner, Alfred Fessler, his brother Daryl, sister Deana, many nieces, nephews, and other family members. Richard will also be missed by his dear friends in Galena and Chicago, IL and Maplehurst, New York. Richard was predeceased by his loving parents, Mary and Ed Burlingame, his brothers David, Don, and his sister Dorie. Richard’s love for life was grand, his sincerity and his kind heart were shown by the consideration for everyone he met with his generous time, his caring nature, and his huge smile. We miss the strength he gave us to be our best selves. He was an avid collector of antiques and finery from around the world. Preserving the architecture of the past with his enormous capacity for restoration, preservation, and his innate gift for interior design, he understood the right solutions and acted upon it. He received the Frank Einsweiler award for restoration in Galena in 2013. Richard came to Galena with Alfred Fessler to visit family, and with the encouragement of friends and the love of Galena they shared, they decided to make Galena home. In 1971 they bought the Belvedere Mansion which they operated as a fine dining restaurant. After restoring the Mansion to the crown jewel of Galena, Richard decided to open it as a tour home. Later they began a successful real estate business in both Chicago and Galena which included other notable Galena tour homes, Dowling House and Turney House.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to his dear friend Jeremy White; the staff at Hospice of Dubuque; Dr. Eric Engelman, Mercy Cancer Center, Dubuque, IA; Dr. Michelle A. Elliott, Mayo Clinic, Hematology and Oncology, Rochester, MN; Dr. Vandigo, Family Medicine, Medical Associates of Galena.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 400 Franklin Street, Galena, IL 61036 in memory of Richard. Remember all the beauty he brought to the world, remember his Love and Grace; and know you are his most precious friends. Treasure his memory. You carry him with you always.

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


 

Patrick A. Grutz

Patrick A. “Pat” Grutz, age 55, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on September 15, 2021, at UnityPoint-Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Pat’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Pat’s family.

Pat was born on July 18, 1966, in Dubuque, Iowa, 1 of 3 sons to Glen Carl and Patsy Anne (Nank) Grutz.  After high school, Pat quickly honed his skills as an auto body technician.  He was naturally gifted and spent many years sharing his time and talents with Finnin Ford Collision and Brimeyer Autobody here in Dubuque.  He also spent a couple of years in the Tucson, AZ, area as well with the Chapman Collision Center, before eventually finding his way back home.  In his free-time, Pat eagerly invested his skills at home while restoring a ‘66 Ford Fairlane which he drove with great pride.  In his earlier years, Pat enjoyed camping with family and friends and was quite often caught catching up on the latest WWF matches when time allowed.  It’s difficult to accept that we’ve lost Pat this early in his life, but we trust that the Lord will give him peace from his earthly struggles now.  Thank you, Pat, for each and every good memory that you leave behind as we will treasure them until we meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Pat include,

his mother,
Patsy A. Grutz, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 3 sons,
Randy Grutz, Dubuque, Iowa,
Danny Grutz, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Gage Grutz, Grinnell, Iowa;

his 4 grandchildren;

his 2 brothers,
Bob (Kelly Derby) Grutz, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Chris (Kari) Grutz, East Dubuque, Illinois;

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

Pat was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Pat’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff in the ICU unit at Finley Hospital for all of their professional and sincere care.  Also, a very special and heartfelt thank you to Stephanie Nank-Daniels for all of the generous love and support she has given so freely.  As heavy as our hearts are today, the burden is so much lighter because of all of you who have helped us along the way.

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


 

Kenneth C. Barthel

Kenneth C. Barthel 80, of Warren, IL formerly Galena, passed away suddenly, September 5, 2021, at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI.

A graveside service will be held at 11AM, Saturday, September 25, 2021, in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Galena, IL where military honors will be accorded graveside by Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

He was born April 6, 1941, in Freeport, IL the son of Arthur and Elsie (Krohmer) Barthel. Ken served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 – 1962 on the U.S.S. Paul Revere, San Diego, CA. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and enjoyed fishing and working on small engines. Ken married Elaine Ties and together they had six children, Richard Barthel, of Orangeville, IL, Cindy (Kirk) Schubert, of Mt. Carroll, IL, Jerry (Eloise) Barthel, of Lena, IL, Susan (Keith) Cochran, of Freeport, IL, Michael Barthel, of Chetek, WI, and Curtis (Kathy) Barthel, Lena, fourteengrandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Constance K. McIntyre

Constance K. “Aunt Flossie” McIntyre, age 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on September 14, 2021, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Constance’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Constance’s family.

Constance was born on June 4, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, 1 of 14 children to George H. and Vivian (Kay) McIntyre.  She grew up surrounded by family and friends and gradually developed her sweet, and yet determined personality when necessary.  Constance worked in the laundry department at both the Hotel Julien Dubuque, and Holiday Inn, and also invested a few more years of her working career at Aladdin Cleaners.  After she retired, Constance found the extra time which she always desired and was able to spend a little more time working out in her yard, taking nice relaxing walks, fellowshipping with friends, and even made her way to the casino if time would allow.  Everyone who ever knew Constance couldn’t help but to love her.  A spit-fire when the situation called for it, but always a loving and tender heart with everyone around her.  Our hearts are beyond broken today at the mere thought of facing the days ahead without her lively spirit alongside us, but in time we will discover peace in knowing that her earthly battles have now ceased to plague her and thankfully she is resting in eternal peace with all of her loved one’s that have been called home ahead of us.  Thank you, Aunt Flossie, for always being true to yourself and for teaching us that there truly is no end to the amount of love that we share and possess as long as we know, trust, and say that it is so.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Constance include,

her siblings,
Dianna Wilson, Dubuque, Iowa,
Calvin K. (Arlene) McIntyre, Tampa, Florida,
and George H. McIntyre, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with countless nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, and neighbors, with a special expression of appreciation to Cynthia Hartley, Rhonda Meyer, and Tracy Edwards.

Constance was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Donald, Theodore, Gary, Rodger, Ron, Jim, Alvin, Darline, Sharon, and Patty; and her brother-in-law, Carl Wilson.

Constance’s family would like to thank Dr. Engelman, and his staff, Lauren White, P.A., along with the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their sincere, professional, and compassionate care of Constance, and her family.  We would also like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Christina Bartolotta, Cathy Olson, and all of Connie’s dear friends who have walked right alongside us, hand in hand, through these most difficult days.  Your generosity, strength, patience, and unwavering devotion have made more of a difference than we could ever accurately put into words.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your love and time!

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


 

E.A. Langanis

E.A. “Duke” Langanis, 92, of Dubuque, died Friday, September 17, 2021, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 10:30 am until 11:30 am Monday September 20, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory 3860 Asbury Road.

The Funeral Service for Duke will be 11:30 am Monday, September 20, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Tom Brennan officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens in Dubuque.  Full military honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post #6 and the Iowa Army National Guard.

Duke was born September 26, 1929, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Thomas and Idella Langanis. On September 20, 1985, he married Priscilla A. Bell at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dubuque.

He was a U.S.N.R. Korean War Veteran, serving aboard the USS Southerland DDR743. He retired from the U.S. Army with a total of 26 years of service.

He was a member of Bible Baptist Church, VFW Post #9663, and American Legion Post #6, of which he was also a member of the funeral detail. He always loved reciting the flag prayer and like to joke around by saying he would continue to do so until he does his own. He continued to use the Greek name of Langanis while the rest of the family used the American name of Langas.

Survivors include his wife, Priscilla; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Langas of Dubuque, and Ruth Langas of Galena, IL and Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, George Langas, Phillip Langas, and Steve (Betty) Langas, and one sister, Sophia (Robert) Wilcox.

His family thanks the staff at Luther Manor for taking wonderful care of Duke and Christine of 24 Hour Care for her special care and attention.

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

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


 

Norma R. Bildstein

Norma Rose Bildstein, 87 of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Anamosa Care Center, Anamosa, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3 – 8 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home prior to funeral mass.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Tyler Raymond will officiate.

Norma was born on July 27, 1934 in Petersburg, Iowa, the daughter of Raymond and Rose (Wulfekuhle) Lammers.  She married Cletus A. Bildstein on August 19, 1952 in Petersburg, Iowa.  Together they farmed in Petersburg before moving to Dyersville. She worked at Ertl Toy Company from 1968 – 1998.

Norma was a strong woman, loving mother and proud grandmother/great grandmother. She relied on her Catholic Faith to get her through many life challenges. She loved jokes, dice, cards, reading, country music, and traveling. Every outing included a meal at her favorite eatery, Pizza Ranch.

Survivors include three sons, Daniel Bildstein and Duane “Pork” (Laura), both of Dyersville, and Charles (Carol), of Anamosa; eight daughters, Linda Pape, Dianne Hess, and Laurie (John) Meyer of Dyersville, Marcia (Ron) Leuchs of Worthington, Connie (Terry) Gogel, of Anamosa, Mary Lou (Bill) McMahon, of Bankston, Barb (Ken) Schulte of Luxemburg, and Cathy (Kevin) McCabe, of North Aurora, Il, 41 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren and two on the way, two sisters: Edith Bildstein of Dyersville, and Helen Rodenberg of Cedar Rapids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clete in 2000, granddaughter, Chelsey Bildstein in 2014, great grandson, Jayden Wilgenbusch in 2014, sons-in-law, Pat Hess, Gene Pape, Scott Moyer, two brothers: Ambrose, “Pete” Lammers, Edward Lammers, and many in-laws.

The family would like to thank Norma’s caregivers over the recent years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Chelsey’s Dream Foundation. Chelseysdreamfoundation.com

Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com.  Online condolences and memorials may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home,  750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA  52040.


 

Marilyn A. Heinz

Marilyn A. (Callahan) Heinz, age 87, passed away at 8:15 p.m., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.  To celebrate Marilyn’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at St. Patrick’s Church, 1425 Iowa Street.  To honor Marilyn’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, at St. Patrick’s Church, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Marilyn was born on December 4, 1933, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Cyril and Marcella (McCullough) Callahan.

Marilyn was a life long resident of Dubuque who graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy, Class of 1951.  She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Robert Heinz, on June 16, 1956, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral.  They have been blessed with 4 children and 65 wonderful years together.  Marilyn was a full time wife, mother and homemaker for many years. After her children were grown, she worked for Luksetich Appraisals as a bookkeeper.  She then worked as an Activity Aide with the Sisters of Charity, BVM’s, at Marian Hall Mount Carmel in Dubuque for 12 years until her retirement.

Her Catholic faith was extremely important to her, as evidenced by her involvement with St. Patrick’s Church.  For over 32 years, she coordinated and organized the volunteer efforts for the St. Patrick’s Church Wednesday night meal for the poor.  She also sang in their choir for many decades, served on the parish council and Rosary Society, was a Eucharistic Minister, helped with the Christmas bake sales and yearly St. Patty’s Day meal, and early on, served hot lunch for the school.  She served on the executive board for The Catholic Mother’s Study Club, and was an associate member with the Sisters of Charity, BVM, of Dubuque.

Marilyn’s hobbies included being an avid reader, cooking, and most of all, spending as much time as she could with her dear friends, family, and her 6 grandchildren, who were everything to her.

Those left to cherish Marilyn’s memory include

her husband of 65 years,
Robert “Bob” Heinz, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 children,
Suzanne (Dr. Wesley) Parker, Cherokee, IA,
David Heinz, Freeport, IL,
Julie (Bill) Tindell, Clive, IA
and Vikki (Sean) Acton, Maquoketa, IA;

6 grandchildren,
Allison (Jonathan) Mullings, Naperville, IL,
Nick Parker, Scottsdale, AZ,
Casie Tindell, Des Moines, IA,
Nathan Tindell, Des Moines, IA,
Dalen Acton, Iowa City, IA
and Todd Acton, Maquoketa, IA;

her siblings,
Donald (Pat) Callahan, Henderson, NV,
Michael Callahan, White Lake, MI
and Dennis Callahan, Minneapolis, MN;

and many nieces and nephews.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, sisters-in-law Sharon and Marguerite Callahan, a brother Joseph in infancy, and in-laws Bernard and Veronica (Spiegel) Heinz.

The family would like to thank the staff at Luther Manor, Hospice of Dubuque, and their wonderful friends and neighbors at Applewood for their care and concern for both Marilyn and Bob. A special thank you to Marilyn’s lifelong friend, Betty Schuster, for her support and care for Marilyn in her final days as well.

Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick’s Church, The BVM Retirement Fund or to Hospice of Dubuque.  Cards in Marilyn’s memory may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Marilyn Heinz Family.

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


 

Donald J. Krug

Donald J. “Don” Krug, age 81, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 8:24 a.m., on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at MercyOne Dubuque.  To celebrate Don’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Monday, September 20, 2021, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue.  Due to COVID 19 concerns the family requests that all who attend please wear a mask and socially distance.  To honor Don’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 11:00 a.m., at Holy Trinity Church, with Rev. Mark Kwenin officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Don was born on September 18, 1939, in Asbury, Iowa, son of Peter and Stella (Ruden) Krug.

Don was raised in the Durango area before joining the Army National Guard to serve his country.  He was united in marriage to his soul mate, Denise Marie Huber, on August 22, 1964, at Holy Ghost Church.  They were truly blessed with 57 years of marriage and 4 wonderful children together.  Don was always a hard worker.  He hauled milk for various businesses, and worked at FDL Foods, until his well earned retirement.  Don enjoyed spending time with his family, and he especially looked forward to attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.  He was their greatest fan, and no matter what sport they were playing, he rarely missed a game.  Don also enjoyed following the Hempstead Mustangs, Iowa Hawkeyes and his beloved Chicago Cubs.  He also liked bowling, watching the stock car races, playing Euchre with family and friends, and was known to occasionally try his luck at the local casinos.  Don’s faith was also very important to him, and he was a long time member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  We are deeply saddened at losing such a wonderful man in our daily lives, but find some comfort in knowing that he is now resting peacefully, free of the health challenges he has faced these past months.

Those left to cherish Don’s memory include

his wife,
Denise Krug, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Rhonda (Todd) Switzer, Galena, IL,
Ron (Sue) Krug, Asbury, IA
and Jim (Stacy) Krug, Marion, IA;

6 grandchildren,
Cody (Danielle) Krug, Morgan Krug, Carter Krug, Chase Krug, Blaze Krug and Lexus Krug;

a great-grandchild expected in February;

his siblings,
Carol (James) Kluesner, Farley, IA,
Donna Krug, Dubuque, IA
and Vicki Krug, Dubuque, IA;

and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cynthia Krug; a grandson, Carson Krug; a brother, James Krug in infancy; and a sister, Joan Krug.

Don’s family would like to thank Dr. Ries, and all of the nurses and staff of the ICU at Mercy, for all of their compassionate care of Don and for all of the kindness they have shown the entire family.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.  Memorials in Don’s memory may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Donald Krug Family.

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


 

Cecelia A. Davis

Cecelia A. “Cookie” Davis, 75, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 13, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 17th, 2021, at the Church of the Nativity with Fr. Andy Upah officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 16th, 2021, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Cecelia was born on April 19, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Leo and Anna (McDermott) Foulks. She married Walter E. Davis on September 23, 1967, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque.

Cookie worked for Area Residential Care in Dubuque as a Care Provider along with doing volunteer work. She was an avid Dallas Cowboy Fan, “Go Cowboys!”

“Our loving wife and mother had an exceptional life. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Her greatest joy was her children. Our mother was most happy when she was with her children; whether it was going to garage sales or just sitting around the table drinking coffee. Cookie lived for her kids, there wasn’t one thing she wouldn’t do for them. Cookie was a passionate person, she enjoyed volunteering at the mission, local schools and doing what she could for the paralyzed veterans. Being married to a vet and having three sons that are veterans was incredibly important to her. We will miss our mother more than anything in this world. She was our biggest supporter and always loved us through everything.”

She is survived by her husband Walter; her children, Brian (Patsy) Davis. Kevin (Stacie) Davis, Scott Davis, Chad Davis, Dominique (Josh) Vondran and Danielle (Brandon) Meng; her brother Raymond Foulks along with 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Cookie was preceded in death by her daughter Shannon, two grandchildren and a great grandchild; her mother and father; her siblings; and her dogs.

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and health care professionals at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a Veteran Organization of your choice.


 

Darrell L. Andresen, Sr.

Darrell L. Andresen, Sr., 85 of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, September 13, 2021, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating his life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Thursday, September 16, 2021, at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. Thursday at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Darrell Lee Andresen Sr. was born on September 12, 1936 in Toronto, Iowa, to Marx “Max” Andrew Andresen and Wilma Irene (Edwards) Andresen. His mom died in April of 1952 and his dad remarried Ila Brown later that year.  Darrell was a graduate of Baldwin High School.  He married Mary Louise Winekauf in 1954 in Iowa and three children were born to this union, Darrell Jr., Connie and Brenda.  Darrell and Mary later divorced.

Darrell had farmed in the Baldwin area and then worked as a floor associate at Blain’s Farm & Fleet in Davenport for many years.  Later in life he had lived in Eldridge and lastly Maquoketa.

Darrell was a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau and a Rock Island Moose Lodge member.  He enjoyed farming, dancing, and was an avid follower of the stock market.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Darrell Lee (Charlene) Andresen Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, Connie (Ron) Behrens of Baldwin, IA, and Brenda (Mark) Wiggins of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; a sister, Nancy (Larry) Morris of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a brother-in-law, Stan Benischek of Maquoketa, IA.  He was preceded in death by his father Marx Andresen, mother Wilma Andresen, stepmother Ila Andresen, and sister Janet Benischek.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Maquoketa Chapter of Future Farmer’s of America.

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


 

Gerald F. Pickel

Gerald F. Pickel, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on December 19, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Gerald’s life, a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Holy Ghost Church, Holy Spirit Parish, 2921 Central Avenue in Dubuque.  Family and friends my gather together for a visitation from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., on Saturday at the church.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Gerald’s family.

Gerry was born on May 16, 1931, Dubuque, Iowa, son to Raymond and Louisa (Dalsing) Pickel.  He grew up in Dubuque learning the values of faith, family, friends, and fellowship from a very early age.  He graduated from Loras Academy in 1949 as an ROTC Lieutenant Colonel.   He and Rose Mary Malone were united in marriage on September 29, 1951.  They were blessed with 6 children, and 69 wonderful years together.  Gerry provided for his family by working as a lineman with Interstate Power before moving into the sales division.  He later perfected his skills in sales with Crescent Electric before eventually becoming an Independent Manufacturing Representative in 1978, which he thoroughly enjoyed until his retirement in 1992.  Gerry understood the importance of a strong work ethic and he also knew that life required balance for true joy to be found.  He generously donated countless hours to numerous organizations around town.  The Dubuque Electric League, The Dubuque Jaycee’s, the Dubuque Homebuilder’s, the Mississippi River Museum, the Dubuque County Fair, the Dubuque Arboretum, Junior Achievement and Pheasants Forever were some of them.  Gerry also enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf whenever time allowed.  It’s difficult to imagine a world without the wisdom and unconditional love which Gerry always shared.  We must face this Christmas holiday with heavy hearts, but we know that our greatest gift this year will be found in the abundance of wonderful memories which Gerry leaves behind.  Thank you, Gerry, for always bringing your very best to the table and may the Lord grant you peace and comfort until we meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Gerald include,

his loving soul-mate,
Rose Mary “Rosie” Pickel, Dubuque, Iowa;

his adored children,
Kathleen (Mike) Koppen, Apex, North Carolina,
Diane (Mike) Wertz, Dubuque, Iowa,
Gary (Melody) Pickel, Tallahassee, Florida,
Phyllis (Bill) Bryan, Lakeville, Minnesota,
Carol (John) Drilling, Jacksonville, Florida,
and Jackie (John) Evitts, Park View, Iowa;

his 18 grandchildren;

his 22 great-grandchildren;

his sister,
Jeannette (Al) Cordes, Dubuque, Iowa;

his sister-in-law,
Doris Malone, Dubuque, Iowa;

his brother-in-law,
Patrick Malone, Galena, Illinois;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Rita (Joe) Fondell; his brothers-in-law, Bill Malone, Bob (Roseanne) Malone, and Don Malone; and his sister-in-law, Jean Malone.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made in Gerald’s name to Hospice of Dubuque, Holy Ghost Church, and Stonehill Care Center.

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

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


 

Jean A. Muchow

Jean Ann Muchow, 98 of Sun Prairie, WI and formerly Galena, IL passed away on September 9, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Sun Prairie.

A graveside service will be held at Noon, Saturday, September 25, 2021, in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

She was born May 18, 1923, in Rawlins Township the daughter of Harry Sr. and Neva (Schuler) Hartwig. She married Charles Muchow on October 30, 1948, and he preceded her in death on July 2, 2000. Jean was a member of the Westminster United Presbyterian Church, VFW Auxiliary, Friends of the Library and Midwest Hospital Auxiliary, and the Galena Golf Club for many years. She retired from the drafting department at the Savanna Army Depot in 1985.

Those left to honor her memory include her daughter, Diane, her son, Gary (Linda) both of Sun Prairie, two grandchildren, Keith, and Kurt (Jen) Muchow, two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Isaiah and many extended family and friends.

A special thank you to Agrace Hospice and their care teams for looking after Jean.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Kathryn A. Badger

Kathryn Alma Badger, 76, of Dubuque, died Sunday, September 12, 2021, at her home in Dubuque.

A prayer service will be held at 4:00 pm Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home followed by a visitation until 7:00 pm.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Kathryn at 10:30 am Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Church of the Resurrection with Father Phil Gibbs as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Kathryn was born November 12, 1944, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Joseph and Cecilia (Begley) Frey. On April 12, 1969, she married James Robert Badger in Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque.

Kathryn was employed at the former Janlen Plastics and Ponderosa Steak House, both in Dubuque

She volunteered at Heritage Manor and also at Resurrection parish, and the Boy Scouts.

Survivors include her husband, James of Dubuque; one daughter, Christina (Daniel) Hutchinson of Omaha, NE; one son, Anthony (Tammy) Badger of Sioux Falls, SD; her grandchildren, Emily, Robert, Charles, and Lizzy Hutchinson, Tashlynne, Tayven, and Teya Badger; her sisters, Carole Frey Soppe, Rita (Herb) Bisping and Connie (Gerald) Bastian all of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Dan and Dave Frey.

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

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


 

Alice Nadermann

Alice Nadermann, 86 of Dyersville, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9 – 10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to mass. Masks are encouraged.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville with burial in the Church Cemetery.  Rev. Tyler Raymond will officiate.

Alice was born on March 8, 1935 in Dyersville, the daughter of Emil and Monica (Westhoff) Steffensmeier.  She graduated from Xavier High School in 1953.  Alice married Richard Nadermann on May 7, 1957 in Dyersville. Together they farmed and raised their family northeast of Dyersville.

Alice was hardworking and there wasn’t a job she couldn’t handle on the farm. She was a great hostess, always making sure everyone was taken care of. She enjoyed playing cards, dancing, and spending time with family.

Alice is survived by her children: Doris (Kevin) Demmer of Dyersville, Steve (Sue) Nadermann of Delhi, Karen (Don) Ertl and Gary Nadermann both of Dyersville, Lori (Dean) Helmke of Kenosha, WI, grandchildren: Brian (Lisa) Demmer, Heidi (Chris) Smith, Nicole (friend Ryan Plummer) Demmer, Doug Nadermann, Scott (Sarah) Nadermann, Tim Nadermann, Ben, Craig, Brad (friend Sonja Schulz) and Megan Ertl, Chad, Rachel, Jessica and Brooke Helmke; great grandchildren, Madeline and Owen Smith, Joe Nadermann, siblings: Mary (Charles) Hellmann, Fred (Ann) Steffensmeier, Jim (Rita) Steffensmeier, in-laws: Agnes Steffensmeier and Elaine Steffensmeier.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ric in 2018, parents-in-law, Herman and Frances (Hermsen) Nadermann, siblings: Florence (Joe) Meis, Gene (Helen) Steffensmeier, Lucille (Gene) Prier, Eldon (Clara Mae) Steffensmeier, Art Steffensmeier and Don Steffensmeier, in-laws: Alfred (Vivian) Nadermann, Greg Nadermann and Gib (Marlene) Nadermann.

The family would like to thank Alice’s healthcare providers in recent years.

Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com.  Online condolences and memorials may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home,  750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA  52040.


 

LaVerne A. Marcus

LaVerne Agnes Marcus, 98, of Zwingle, Iowa passed away Friday September 10, 2021, at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek with Rev. Mark Osterhaus and Rev. David Ambrosy officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of mass Wednesday at the church. Burial will follow at Saint Aloysius Cemetery in South Garryowen. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory Dubuque, IA is in charge of arrangements.

LaVerne was born on March 11, 1923, in Bernard, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Josephine (O’Hearn) Dimmer. She graduated from Saint Patrick Garryowen High School and attended the University of Dubuque. On November 22, 1943, she married Joseph Marcus at Saint Patrick Garryowen Church.

Joe and LaVerne farmed in Otter Creek until they moved to Zwingle in 1954, where LaVerne served as town clerk for 30 years while working at Sweeney’s Grocery. She was also a co-owner of Suite One Boutique in Maquoketa, and especially enjoyed the buying trips to Chicago, Dallas, and Minneapolis. She traveled to her ancestral homeland in County Cork, Ireland with her two daughters where they stayed in a castle, toured the Twin Churches of Wexford and sampled ales in several pubs.

LaVerne’s sense of humor and inviting demeanor drew others to her throughout her life, even when she was beating them at cards! She enjoyed going to casinos to try her luck on the Leprechaun Pot of Gold machines and nearly reached her dream of having Willard Scott announce her 100th birthday on a Smuckers jar.

She was the best and most loving mother to her four children John, Judy, Jr. and Joni. She is survived by her son John J. (Christine) Marcus of Zwingle, and a daughter Joan M. Kehoe of Minocqua, WI, eight grandchildren, Michael Marcus, Jennifer (Chris) Newton, Shawn Zambrano, Jodi (Ben) Yeggy, Michael Pierson, Michelle Riggleman, John (Melinda) Pierson, and Jason (Tina) Marcus, thirteen great grandchildren six great great grandchildren, and expecting a great great great grandson in November.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph, a son Joseph R. “JR” Marcus, and a daughter Judy (Charles) Pierson.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque “Angels” and all of the incredible caregivers at Stonehill Care Center.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Lawrence Church in Otter Creek.


 

Sr. Elizabeth Brady, OSF

Sister Elizabeth (Martin) Brady, OSF, of Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 5:55 PM, on September 12, 2021.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in Clare Chapel.  Masks will be required. Livestream of the service can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/dubuquefranciscans.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sister was born on June 22, 1923 in Portland, OR, to John and Rose Anne (Sweeney) Brady.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 24, 1940 and made final profession of vows August 10, 1946. Sister received her degrees in education from Loras College, Dubuque, IA and in Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) at Providence Medical Center in Portland, OR. She ministered in Iowa as a teacher at Dyersville, Holy Cross, and Remsen, and in Portland, OR and St. Mary of the Woods, Chicago, IL. She later ministered as chaplain and director of religious activities at Sunnycrest Manor and as parish minister at Holy Trinity Parish both in Dubuque, IA.

Sister is survived by her nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers John (Rose) Brady, Thomas (Irene) Brady, and Edward (Eleanor) Brady; and sisters Margaret and Mary Brady, Theresa (Steve) Stenberg, and Rose (Jay) Oliver.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


 

Paul D. Rupp

Paul D. Rupp, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 10, 2021, at home with his loving wife by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Steven Garner officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Paul was born on December 4, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Clarence and Barbara (Spautz) Rupp. He graduated High School in 1958 from Loras Academy. He married Rose Mary McDermott on August 19, 1961, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, IA.

He worked for John Deere in Dubuque retiring after 35 years; after retirement he worked part-time at the Diamond Jo Casino as a dealer. He was a member of the Dubuque Bowling Association, where he was past president, was inducted into the DBA Hall of Fame, 700 Club Member and ranking officer. He was also a member of Lacoma Golf Club.

Paul was a loving father and husband, often putting their needs above his own. His eyes sparkled when family gathered and often, he would be seen with at least one grandchild or great grandchild on his lap or the family cat Max. Outside of family, Paul enjoyed sports; he kept active with bowling, golf and pool leagues. He was proud of his accomplishments of a 298 on the lanes and a hole-in-one at Lacoma. Whether he was with family, at work, or participating in sports, his big heart and sense of humor shone through.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Rose Rupp; children: Doug (Jane) Rupp, David (Gina) Rupp and Barbara Krieg, all of Dubuque. Eight grandchildren, Katy (Jake) Christensen, Paul D. Rupp II, Elizabeth Rupp, Noah Rupp, Elijah Rupp, Courtney Krieg, Kyle Krieg and Allison Krieg; three great grandchildren Leah and Jayce Christensen and Arya Krieg Recker; his brother Edward Rupp, of Las Vegas, NV; former daughter-in-law Lee Rupp as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his son Daniel Rupp; two sisters Virginia Frommelt-Graff and Kathleen Rupp and his brother James Rupp.

For those unable to attend due to COVID restrictions, memorials may be directed to Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Paul’s name.

The family would like to thank Dr. Arnold, Dr. Iverson and Dr. Compton; the staff at Unity Point Care especially Karla; but mostly a special thank you to his children for all the love and care they shown.


 

Pat Piekenbrock

Pat (Zelinskas) Piekenbrock, 92, of Dubuque, died Saturday, September 11, 2021, at her home in Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory. Per the family’s request, if you have not been vaccinated, please wear a mask.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Pat will be 10:30 am Thursday, September 16, 2021, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Father Jim Goerend as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Pat was born July 13, 1929, in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Dr. Earl Gregory and Mary Frances (Olson) Fanning. On July 1, 1950, she married Dr. Leonard Zelinskas in Plano, IL. He passed away on April 12, 2000. On May 27, 2009, she married Dr. Tom Piekenbrock in Dubuque. He passed away on March 15, 2014.

Pat graduated from Plano High School in Plano, IL in 1947. She then went on to attend Loyola University, stopping her studies to be a loving wife and the mother of 12 children.

Pat enjoyed playing tennis, bridge, running, cooking, sewing, knitting, and attending the Dubuque Symphony and other fine art events in Dubuque. She especially enjoyed her many trips to Europe, China and within the United States, including 5 trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with her sons when she was over 70 years old. She was a two-time winner of the Bix run for her age group in 1999 and 2000. Always a good sport, she was proud to have once been awarded the “Best Tennis Player with the Worst Strokes” at Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

As a progressive Catholic, she was a passionate advocate for social justice, womens’ rights, and the environment. She served for many years as a volunteer, assisting battered women and their children, and supported several charities and environmental organizations.

Survivors include eight daughters, Lenda Zelinskas of Iowa City, Beth (Michael) Brown of Davenport, Joey Zelinskas of Iowa City, Sara (Mark) Welter of Denver, CO, Amy (Rob) Smith of Newport News, VA, Ann (Payson) Peterson of Avondale, CO, Ellen Zelinskas of Dubuque, and Katy (Tom) Eiseland of North Liberty; four sons, Michael “Tony” (Kari) Zelinskas of Dubuque, Mark (Donna) Zelinskas of Dubuque, Eric (Sandra) Zelinskas of Tampa, FL and Andy (Tina) Zelinskas of St. Paul, MN, as well as 27 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. Leonard Zelinskas; two grandchildren, Molly and Matthew Zelinskas; her second husband, Dr. Tom Piekenbrock; one brother, Walter “Bud” Fanning and one nephew, Greg Fanning.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

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

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


 

Mary A. Davis

Mary Ann Davis, 85, of Dubuque, died Sunday, September 12, 2021, at the Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be 9:00 am until 11:00 am Friday, September 24, 2021 at Church of the Resurrection.  During the current pandemic, the church is recommending everyone wears a mask.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be 11:00 am Friday, September 24, 2021, at Church of the Resurrection. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Mary was born August 12, 1936, in Dundee, IA, the daughter of Edward and Marcella (Willenborg) Brunsman. On April 17, 1956, she married Neil R. Davis in Manchester, Iowa. He passed away on October 26, 2007.

Mary worked as the City Clerk for 30 years for the City of Dubuque.

She enjoyed visiting with people, especially friendships recently made at Eagle Pointe Place, golfing, euchre, pinochle, but her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Mary and her husband housed Dubuque Fighting Saints players for ten years.

Survivors include her five children, Diane (Tom) Hein of Asbury, Deb Herrig of Dubuque, Zoe (Mark) Merritt of Meridian, ID, Ed (Kim) Davis of Meridian, ID and Cathy (Curt) Marks of Asbury; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, John (Karen) Brunsman of Fairfax, IA and one sister, Susie Luensmann of Delhi, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Hank (Delores) Brunsman and Bill Brunsman; one sister-in-law, Leola Brunsman and one brother-in-law, Bob Luensmann.

In lieu of flowers, a Mary A. Davis Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend their great appreciation to the 5th floor nursing staff at Finley for their compassion and support.

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

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


 

Barbara J. Durey

Barbara J. (Strong) Durey, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 9, 2021, surrounded by her loving family at Luther Manor, of Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m., Monday, September 13, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, where a wake service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Per the family’s request, they ask that those who are visiting not wear black as Barb did not like black.

Born April 27, 1939, in Iowa City, Iowa to Percy and Mabel Strong.  Barb was the second youngest of 14. Barbara’s love was unconditional for everyone she knew or met.  She did not have a bad bone in her body, she could light up the room with her infectious smile. Her nursing staff stated they needed her more than she needed them, because of her unfathomable love.

Barbara had a lucky number four, she was born in the fourth month, married on the fourth, had four children, four grandchildren, and four  great grandchildren. Barbara loved shopping with her sisters, tops on Monday nights, and her breakfast club. Barbara worked outside the home, but her true passion was staying at home and taking care of her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.

Barbara is survived by a son, Robert W. daughter, Jennifer Waugh (Durey);  sons-in-law, Richard Reynolds and John Potter; grandchildren, Amanda Reynolds, Taylor (Matthew) Nemmers, Jordan Reynolds; great- grandchildren, Aiden and Amelia Hoffman, Garrick and Aurora Nemmers, all of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Robert Durey in 2017; two daughters, Jeanne Reynolds, 2017, and her favorite (yes mom we all knew!) Julie Potter in 2020; and one granddaughter, Kelly Ann Reynold in 1995; her parents, and 14 siblings.

The family would like to thank Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque and the Bluff View staff. A special thanks to Maddy and Brea.


 

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