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Michael L. Figueroa

Michael L. Figueroa, 79 of Galena, IL passed away Friday, January 27, 2023, at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Funeral services will be 11 AM, Friday, February 3, 2023, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where friends may call after 10 AM until the time of service. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery; Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193.

Mike was born and raised in Chicago. He attended the following grade schools, Our Lady of Victory, St. Pascal, and St. Priscilla. He graduated from St. Patrick’s High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he attended and graduated from Loyola University, Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He entered the field of law enforcement where he was a narcotics agent for 26 years, retiring in 1993. Mike was a member of American Legion Post #193, Galena Elks Lodge #882, United States Marine Corps Force Recon Association, NRA, Safari Club International, and the Marine Corps League.

He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Liborio and Ruth Figueroa, and three sisters Genevieve Rogers Delores Rogers, and Jean Lohse.

Friends of Mike would like to extend a special thank you to Margo Simmons, Dr. Matt Gullone, Cory Fleege, and the nursing staff at Midwest Medical Center for their care of Mike.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

James Scovel

James “Kelly” Scovel, 60, of Dubuque, died Thursday, January 26, 2023.

A Celebration of Life will be from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Kalmes Restaurant.

Kelly was born March 27, 1962, in Manchester, IA, the son of James Robert and Marsha Dee Oelke Scovel.

Kelly was truly an out door guy. He enjoyed many  activities, including fishing, boating, and hunting.  He cherished time with his friends, playing euchre, and participating in his pool league on Tuesdays. Kelly loved having friends and family out on his pontoon and enjoying the Mississippi River.  Recently he really had been loving fishing with his grandson, Roland and his dear friend Bob.

Survivors include his mother, Marsha Dee Scovel of Dubuque; four daughters, Meghan (Nathaniel) Thompson of Dubuque, Rachel Scovel of Dubuque, Allison Scovel of Davenport, and Josie Scovel of Cedar Rapids; and siblings, Christy Lynn Rusk (Tom,) Kerry Allen Scovel, and Jay Robert Scovel all of Dubuque. Kelly has three grandchildren, Roland, Zarahbelle, and Thalia.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

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 Kelly’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.


 

Thomas L. Thilmany

Thomas L. Thilmany, age 84, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at his home.  To honor Tom’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at the Church of the Nativity 1225 Alta Vista Street.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Andrew J. Upah officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.  Behr Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Tom was born on April 7, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Nicholas and Katherine (Thilmany) Thilmany.

Tom attended school in Dubuque where he graduated from Loras Academy and Loras College.  He went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army.  Tom was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary “Jill” Kerper, on October 24, 1964, at St. Patrick’s Church.  They had 3 children together and celebrated 54 years of marriage before Jill sadly passed away on April 15, 2019.  Tom was an excellent provider for his family who devoted his entire career to working at Flexsteel until his retirement in 2000 as a Sales Manager.  He enjoyed spending time with his co-workers and played with the Flexsteel fast pitch softball team for many years.  In his free time, Tom was also an avid golfer and member of Thunder Hills Golf Club where he served as past president.  In high school he played basketball, and his love of the game continued with his active participation in March Madness every year.  In later years, he enjoyed spending quiet time working crossword puzzles.  Tom’s faith was also an important aspect of his life, as was evidenced by his long time membership with the Church of the Nativity.  Tom was an extremely devoted family man.  He loved his wife and children and made sure they all knew how special they were to him.  Tom also had many friends.  He and Jill always enjoyed going out for coffee to visit with people and keep up with all that was going on in the world.  Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Tom’s memory include

his children,
Jeff (Jeannie) Thilmany, Streamwood, IL,
Lynn Thilmany, Inver Grove Heights, MN
and Julie (Dave) Theis, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Christopher (Amanda Adams) Theis, Katey Theis, James (Amber) Alvarez and Lydia Alvarez;

and his nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary “Jill” Thilmany; and his siblings, Mary (Vincent) Roling, Nick (Mary) Thilmany and Audrey (Bob) Weber.

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

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


 

Marianne G. Dague

Marianne G. Dague, 97, left this world on January 25, 2023 with family at her side.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, February 3, 2023 at Carson Celebration of Life in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Burial will be at Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Marianne G. Broessgen Dague came into this world on October 26, 1925 in Berlin, Germany the daughter of Anna Wilkens and Alfred Lehman. She was adopted as an infant and raised by Karl and Martha Broessgen. She attended school in Berlin and completed business classes so she could immediately start work after graduation.

Her teenage years were full of war time unrest and her life was forever changed by living in war torn Berlin during WWII. After the war, she lived in the American sector of Berlin and worked as a civilian employee for the German Airforce for six years. It was here that she met John Willard Dague and their marriage on July 19, 1948 is what brought her to the US. She moved from the city of Berlin to a little farmhouse in rural Jackson County, that had neither running water or electricity. She and Willard had three children, Margaret(Maggie), John, and Cindy. In 1965, Marianne and Willard divorced and she moved to Maquoketa where she began her 22 year career at JC Penney, managing the catalog department.

Marianne enjoyed traveling, crocheting, ballroom dancing with the polka being her favorite, vegetable and flower gardening and bird watching. She delivered Meals on Wheels and was part of the Merry Knitter group. But most of all she enjoyed her family. She often proclaimed that her children and family were her greatest asset; it had nothing to do with money in the bank. All of the grandchildren loved going to grandma’s house, where they played marbles and ate crepes. At her grandchildren’s request, she gave presentations to their middle school social studies classes on living through the war in Berlin.

She had a vivacious personality and loved sharing stories, laughs and shenanigans with friends, new and old. If she couldn’t remember or pronounce your name, she would give you a nickname and was loved for it. Until her health slowed her down, she was always up for an adventure, even going down a water slide at age 95. She was proud of her German heritage and would say auf wiedersehen (goodbye) or ich leibe dich (I love you) to her caretakers at Clover Ridge and Hospice, and many made her happy by learning it and saying it back.

Marianne will be sadly missed by her children: Maggie Smith of Cedar Rapids, John Dague of Maquoketa, Cindy (Jerry) Schau of Monmouth and ten grandchildren: Lisa (Flint) Parrish, Tim Smith, Ashley (Drew) Smith-Hammond, John Paul (Tiffany) Dague, Mathias (Jolene) Dague, Anya (Billy) Bellinger, Joseph Dague, Lucas (Ella) Schau, Jessica (Mike) Schau Nelson, and Dustin (Lauren) Schau. Fifteen great-grandchildren will be missing out on Oma’s/Green Grandma’s huges and cuddles.

Marianne was predeceased by her parents, brother Gunther, sister Helga and one great-grandson, Brody.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

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


 

Eileen T. Tegeler Olberding

Eileen Theresa Tegeler Olberding, 89 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at MercyOne Senior Care in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with funeral services to follow at 2:30 p.m.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with Rev. Chris Podhajsky officiating.

Eileen was born December 2, 1933, in Dyersville, Iowa, the daughter of Ulrich “Ole” and Eugenia “Gene” (Milbert) Tegeler.  She graduated from St. Francis Xavier School in 1951.

Eileen met her future husband, Robert “Bob” Olberding at the Xavier Auditorium roller skating rink.  They were married on July 17, 1954, in Dyersville.  He preceded her in death on May 20, 1992, after 37 years of marriage.

Shortly after marriage, her husband, Bob was drafted into the service and they moved to Lawton, OK where Eileen worked at a hospital switchboard.  In 1956, they returned to Dyersville where Eileen began working at the Iowa Telephone & Telegraph office making .50 cents an hour.  With her first savings, Eileen bought a sewing machine and with her second, she bought her parents a TV!  Later when the company moved to Grinnell in 1983, she and Bob moved with it.  After 37 years with the company, she retired, and the couple moved back to Dyersville.  While in the Dyersville area, Eileen was known as an excellent bowler and golfer.  She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, the American Legion Auxiliary, Dyersville Women’s Bowling Association, the Historical Society, Hospital Auxiliary and Friends of the Library.

Survivors include her son, Michael (Fiance, Barb Olson) Olberding of Dyersville, in-laws: Donald (Darlene) Olberding, Marge Olberding and Janice Tegeler, all of Dyersville, and many Tegeler and Olberding nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, her parents, siblings: Larry and Conrad (Jeanette) Tegeler, Kathleen (Donald) Joester,and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff at MercyOne Senior Care and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com or send cards to Kramer Funeral Home 750 – 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, Iowa 52040 in care of the deceased name.


 

Robert J. Williamson

Robert J. “Rob” Williamson, 58, of Monticello died Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at home.

A visitation will be held from 11 am – 1 pm Monday, January 30, 2023, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a memorial service will commence at 1 pm.  Rev. Dave Raemisch will officiate.  Burial will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa at a later date.

Rob was born March 7, 1964, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Robert and Donna (Nieman) Williamson.  Growing up he earned the rank of Star in Boy Scouts.  He graduated from Lisbon High School with the Class of 1982, and joined the US Army 2 weeks after graduation.  His career in the army was as a Finance Technician.  (1982 – 2010). While in the Army Rob married Tammy Baldwin June 18, 1994, and later divorced.

Rob participated in baseball, football and wrestling in high school.  In the army Rob wrestled Freestyle and Greco and was invited to the Army team training camp.  After his competition days were over, he became a Wrestling Official with the Iowa USA Wrestling, eventually becoming the Officials Director of Iowa.  His favorite part of wrestling was working with the young wrestlers and watching them grow in their skillset and celebrating their successes at state and national levels.

Rob was an enjoyable character with the people he came in contact with.  Laughter and loudness came from him when he entered.  Rob brought loud passion to any competition from athletics to quiz bowl to family reunions.  (He was a key member of the Lisbon Quiz Bowl Conference Champs 1982.)

Rob’s personality made people laugh with him.  As an adult, Rob’s character would appear just like a teenage boy: too loud in the lunchroom.  His friends, referee colleagues, and family enjoyed Rob’s energy.   Rob was not an extraverted person which may surprise many; when around his friends and family he could bring out the character that made everyone love him and laugh with him. He was known for his great sense of humor.

Surviving are his mother, Donna Joslin of Monticello, his father, Bob (Louise) Williamson of Pearland, TX; siblings: Scott (Cathy) Williamson of Oskaloosa, IA, Shawn (Lori) Williamson of La Marque, TX and Sharla (Bruce) Chenoweth of Eagan, MN; nephews, Gable (Hailey) Williamson of Norwalk, IA and Tyler Hatfield of Alvin, TX; ex-wife Tammy Baldwin; step-children, Sienna Cave and Astin Baldwin; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, August and Mildred Nieman and paternal grandparents, John and Lillian Williamson, 1 aunt and 4 uncles.

Information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com.  Online condolences and memorials may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home, PO Box 791, Monticello, Iowa 52310.


 

Tammy Brandenburg

Tammy Brandenburg, 52, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until 5:45 pm Friday, January 27, 2023 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Funeral Service for Tammy will be 6:00 pm Friday, January 27, 2023, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with  Deacon Dave Roth officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Farley at a later date.

Tammy was born June 22, 1970, in Iowa City, IA, the daughter of Patricia Weipert. She graduated from Central High School in 1990. Tammy met the love of her life, Jeff “Ned” Fox, in 1997. She worked for Andersen Windows & Doors. Tammy loved time spent with Jeff and her faithful companion, Gunner. She also enjoyed tending to her flower garden and time spent at the Dubuque Boat Club.

Survivors include her mother, Patricia (Lenny) Weipert of Dubuque, the love of her life, Jeff “Ned” Fox of Dubuque and his daughter, Jenny Fox and her daughter, Jordyn of Aurora, IL, her brother, Cory (Vickie) Brandenburg of West Branch, IA, nephews and niece, Michael (Emily) Brandenburg, Mikaela Brandenburg, and Quentin Kelley.

The family would like to express a special Thank You to Dr. Whalen and her care team at the University of Iowa Hospital.

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


 

Brian Cathman

Brian “Porky” Cathman, 56, of Lancaster, Wisconsin, passed away early Sunday morning on January 22, 2023, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster, surrounded by his family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday January 27, 2023, at St. Clement’s Church, 135 S Washington St, in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Per Porky’s wishes, there will be no visitation. His request was to have a funeral mass and blessing of his cremated remains. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, IA, is assisting the family.

Porky was born on February 16, 1966, in Prairie du Chien, son of Darrell and Rita (Reuter) Cathman. He graduated from Lancaster High School in 1984 and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, WI in 1987. Porky enjoyed his occupation as an over the road truck driver with Zimmerman Transfer out of Dodgeville, and he was grateful to them for their compassion and understanding after he was diagnosed with cancer.  Porky enjoyed spending his off-time at his farm, where he enjoyed hunting and time with family and friends; he had an amazing ability to make people laugh – right up to the end of his fight!  His contagious laugh and huge personality will live on in everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

Porky is survived by his mother Rita (Donny) Pennekamp of Lancaster, sister Susie Kalupa (Joe) of Ripon, nieces and nephews Ryan, Kelly, and Kera Ripon, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Darrell in February 2001.


 

Marian F. Brade-Kelly

Marian Faye Brade-Kelly, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 21, 2023, at Stonehill Care Center after a long, graceful battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

A Funeral Home Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Friends and family may visit from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Marian was born on June 6, 1938, daughter of Lee and Helen (Genszler) Henkel. She was an Associate of the Sisters of Saint Francis where she worked until retirement.

Mom was a sassy, spirited lady who loved shopping, working puzzles, and spending time with her family. She had great love for her children, but her grandchildren and great-grandchildren had a special place in her heart. She will forever be “Crazy Grandma”.

Marian was kind and adored by the entire staff at Stonehill.

Marian is survived by her children Cynthia (Jerome) Welsh, Cheryle Brade, Leonard “Butch” (Terina) Brade, Don (Debbie) Brade, Amy (Ed) Breitsprecker, and James Brade; Grandchildren Stephanie (Michael) Kane, Andy (Laura) Brade, Ben (Jennifer) Brade, Brandon Feickert, Alicia (Martin) Ennor, Rebecca Brade, Tori Brade, Kristin (Julian) Kay, Daniel (Cody) Breitsprecker, and Eric Breitsprecker.; 24 Great-grandchildren, and 3 Great-great grandchildren; Siblings Joy White, Jim (Madonna) Henkel, Gary (Connie) Henkel, Dick (Judy) Henkel, Bob Henkel, and Chuck (Pitsie) Henkel.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lee and Helen Henkel, siblings Helyn, Gail, Jeanne, Sandra, and Lee and her favorite cat, Mugsy.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to all of the caregivers at Stonehill for your gentle care provided to Mom in these recent years. Memorials may be donated to Stonehill Care Center in Marian’s name.


 

Kenneth J. Link, age 82, of Dubuque Iowa, died on Saturday, January 21, 2023, of complications of a stroke at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 on Friday, January 27th, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Fr. Steve Garner officiating. Burial to follow at Linwood Cemetery with military honors by the Iowa Army National Guard and presentation of the Four Fives by the Dubuque Fire Department.

Ken was born on July 21, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Reuben and Irene (Richard) Link. He graduated from St. Columbkille’s School.

Ken was united in marriage to Diane Rohner, in a union that lasted 35 years. He later married Sandy Conzett, in November of 2003. They had a love that rivaled even the greatest of love stories.

Ken began his career with the City of Dubuque Police Force, later transferring to the City of Dubuque Fire Department. During both tenures, Ken drove school bus for the Dubuque Community School District until his retirement. His service to others lasted over a span of 45 years.

Ken served in the United States Army with an honorable discharge on June 30, 1963 and continued his service with the Army Reserve for an additional five years.

Ken was the most loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all, and he made an impact on everyone he met. His unconditional love, service, and dedication to helping others will never be forgotten.

Ken enjoyed playing games of all sorts, including euchre, board games, horseshoes, Yahtzee, bean bags, and cards of all sorts (including a made-up game of “Scrump” with his own rules to ensure he always won). Ken also loved fishing, boating, and camping with family and friends, and watching his favorite teams, including the Detroit Lions, Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Cincinnati Reds (especially Pete Rose and his memorabilia). In his younger years he was an avid baseball player and played for various teams and was known as a great pitcher.  He was a boy scout leader, an altar boy at Sacred heart church, and later an active member of St. Mary’s Church. Ken was a man of faith and honor, always putting the needs of others before his own. He was deeply loved by all, and memories with him will never be forgotten.

Ken is survived by his wife, Sandy Link (his baby), son Greg (Luann) Link, daughter Shelley Huseman (Bob), son Brian (Carol) Link, daughter, Renee (Tim) Frith, daughter Jill Mueller, son Brandon (Krissy) Mueller, son Andy (Jenny) Mueller, and son Erik (Trisha) Mueller. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kenny, Matt, Carter, Krista (Cody), Nate, Tyler (Aileen), Vince, Rachel (Matt), Katie, Taylor (Al), Timmy, and great grandchildren Autumn, Ethan, Leo, Kaden, Rylan, Nash, Alayna, Porter, Levi, and Holly. He is also survived by his former wife Diane (Al) Bahl, many special nieces and nephews, his beloved dog Walker, and several other loving family members and friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Irene Link, brother Lyle (Nellie) Link, sister Helen (Jim) Kelleher.

Thank you to Dubuque Fire EMS, Finley Hospital ER, and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics ICU and Palliative Care staff, especially Ann, who was with Ken and family during his final moments.

In leu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Ken’s honor.


 

Robert R. Oglesby

Robert R. Oglesby, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on January 22, 2023, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.  In memory of Robert’s life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Father Herb Pins officiating.  Family and friends are invited to visit in fellowship one hour prior to Holy Mass at St. Patrick Church.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Robert’s family.

Robert was born on August 3, 1950, in Dubuque, IA, one of thirteen children to Clarence C. and Catherine M. (Huber) Oglesby.

He spent the majority of his working years as a handyman, but Bobby was best known for his simple way of life and love for riding his bike around town.  He was a talented and gifted artist, had a big heart where animals were involved, and he loved to cook. Robert had a natural gift for gab and visiting with family and friends was always a welcome way to pass the time.  We will miss Robert and his gentle soul. May we have faith and hope to find peace eventually within the abundance of memories that he leaves behind.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Robert include his four children, Peggy Joe, Bobbie, Jennifer, and Kristy Jo; and his fourteen grandchildren; his brother Harold (Ann) Oglesby, Dubuque, IA; and his sisters Darlene Oglesby, Dubuque, IA, Mary Oglesby, Dubuque, IA, and Margaret Oglesby, Dubuque, IA; and sister-in-law, Carol Oglesby, Dubuque, IA; and his numerous nieces and nephews; along with many extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Gordon Oglesby, Larry Oglesby and his wife Shirley, Bill Oglesby, John Oglesby, Richard Oglesby, Frank Oglesby, and his sisters Marilyn Thomas, and Patricia Leytem; his two-year-old child, Billy Jo; and his nephew, Michael Oglesby, and his nieces Debbie Cashman and Jackie Fitzgibbons.

Robert’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care. Many thanks to Emily Vorwald.

Thank you, Bobby, for continually reminding us to keep life simple.

May The Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord show his face to thee, and have mercy on thee. The Lord turn his countenance to thee, and give thee peace.

In lieu of flowers please consider The Robert Oglesby Memorial Fund to be used for a series of 30 Holy Masses, known as Gregorian Masses. Robert Oglesby Memorial, PO Box 3306, Dubuque, IA 52004

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


 

Betty A. Casanova

Betty A. Casanova, age 83, of Galena, Illinois, passed away at 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at the Galena Nursing Home.  To honor Betty’s life, family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., on Friday, January 27, 2023, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday at Behr Funeral Home with Deacon David Roth officiating.  Burial will be at a later date following cremation in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Betty was born on August 18, 1939, in Galena, Illinois, daughter of Robert and Clara (Schmid) Blum.

Betty attended school in Galena where she graduated from Galena High School.  She started working for the family business, Blum Bottling Works, when she was young.  She was married to William Davis and they had a son together before deciding to go their separate ways.  She later married Joseph Casanova on July 23, 1997, in Dubuque.  They spent 9 wonderful years together until Joe sadly passed away on July 31, 2006.  Betty was employed with Eaton Controls in Hanover, Illinois and later went to work with Palace Campgrounds for 20 years.  She also worked and volunteered her time with the Jo Daviess County Workshop.  Betty will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish Betty’s memory include

her son,
Eric Davis, Galena, IL;

and her sister,
Marie (Robert) Nelson, Rockford, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph Casanova; and a brother, Charles Blum.

Betty’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Galena Nursing Home and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care they provided for Betty.

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

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


 

Dorothy L. Layde

Dorothy Lavonne Layde, 85, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 26, 2023, at St. Rose of Lima Church, Cuba City, Wisconsin, with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Family and friends may call from 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church prior to the service. Casey-McNett Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Dorothy was born on June 4, 1937, in Mt. Hope, Wisconsin, the daughter of Fred and Mabel Updike. On January 14, 1956, she married Thomas Layde, her devoted and loving husband of 67 years.

Dorothy was a loving mom who devoted her life to her children and husband. Her passion was her crafts. She and Tom could be seen at many of the craft fairs throughout the Tri States. She also loved spending time with her family, especially getting together for birthday parties. Dorothy also had a soft spot in her heart for any animal but especially her two cats, Callie and Lacey.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Tom; a daughter, Cindy; three grandchildren, Jodi (Travis) VanNatta, Scott (Diliana) Layde, and Jeff (Jolene) Layde; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Layde Burbach; and ten great-grandchildren, Talan, Trevor, Gavin and Grayson VanNatta; Dejanada, Delilah and Ender Layde; and Zoey, Zane and Jerzey Layde, all of whom she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her two sons, Francis “Pep” Layde and Tommy Layde, who were the world to her; and two brothers, Billy Updike and Carlos Updike.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of Promedica and MercyOne.

In lieu of flowers, a Dorothy L. Layde Memorial Fund has been established. Memorials may be sent to the funeral home at 123 N. Jackson St., Cuba City, WI 53807.

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


 

Joyce E. Watters

Joyce E. Watters, 74, of Peosta, IA passed away Friday, January 20, 2023, at Finley Hospital following a sudden illness.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Mike Jones officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home on Wednesday.

Joyce was born on March 29, 1948, in Dubuque the daughter of George and Ruth (Humke) Hodgson. She attended the University of Dubuque. On December 4, 1971, she married William “Bill” Watters at Grandview United Methodist Church.

Joyce had a 44 year career as a proof reader, working for William C. Brown, Times Mirror, and McGraw Hill Publishing. She was an active member of Rockdale United Methodist Church and participated in many church functions and events. She also volunteered at the Dubuque County Fair for 20 years and always enjoyed the Wednesday Night Dances. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles, go out to eat, and take Sunday drives, but the thing she enjoyed most was quilting. She worked with the ladies quilting at Rockdale and also made many Honor Quilts for Veterans.

She is survived by her husband Bill; 2 sisters Sharon Holverson of Boscobel, WI, and Ginny (Fred) Base of Eau Claire, WI, 2 brothers Glenn (Barb) Hodgson of Dubuque and Bill (Judy) Hodgson of Minneapolis, MN. Along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law Roger Holverson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Rockdale United Methodist Church in Joyce’s name.

A special thank you to the Dubuque County Sherriff’s Department and to Centralia Peosta Fire Department for all their efforts and care they provided for Joyce.


 

Allen R. Schnoor

Allen R. Schnoor, 67, of Maquoketa Iowa, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023.

Allen was born September 16, 1955 to Allen Schnoor and Edna (Heeren) Schnoor. He was a 1973 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Helen Caes, on January 4, 1974 in Elkader, Iowa and enjoyed 49 years of marriage together. They raised four children; Tred, Craig, Brandy, and Jed.

Allen and Helen were lifelong farmers who raised cattle and crops north of Maquoketa and took pride in stewarding their land and keeping good fences.  Although Allen would say the best crop he ever raised were his four children.

Allen volunteered in many organizations throughout his life.  In particular, he was a 4-H leader for the Emeline Ridge Rollers, a member of the Jackson County Cattlemen, a Farmers Creek Township Trustee, and delivered for Meals-on-Wheels.  He was also a proud lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and was an ardent supporter of our second amendment rights.

Allen’s favorite pastimes included spending time with family and friends. He loved watching his grandchildren participate in sports, music, drama and community activities.  Grandpa would always try to be there for his grandkids.  Allen also enjoyed the outdoors, especially deer hunting, fishing, canoeing, mushrooming and making wonderful memories at the family campground.  Allen also really enjoyed playing cards with all his card buddies.  During retirement Allen and Helen enjoyed traveling extensively – especially their lifelong dream vacation to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Those left to honor Allen’s memory include wife Helen, son Tred (Rebekah) Schnoor of Monticello, son Craig (Katie) Schnoor of Maquoketa, daughter Brandy (Jamison) Schurbon of Ely, and son Jed (Allison) Schnoor of Martelle; ten grandchildren: Lake, Mace, Roth & Rynn Schnoor, Quinn & Avery Schnoor, Brooke & Paige Schurbon, and Emily & Abbie Schnoor; brothers Roger (Pat) Schnoor of Monmouth & Lynn Schnoor of Maquoketa; sister Linda Grobstick of Maquoketa; aunt Fern Schoenthaler of Maquoketa; sisters and brothers-in-law Delores Current of Monmouth, Gloria (John) Caven of Maquoketa and Ken Weimerskirch of Maquoketa; and numerous nieces, nephews & cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Edna Schnoor.

Allen never knew a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone.  We hope to live up to this part of his character and ask that all family & friends attend the visitation and/or a celebration of his life.  The celebration of Allen’s life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa followed by a luncheon at the Eagles Club in Maquoketa.  Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the visitation.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Allen R. Schnoor memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Monica M. Besler

Monica M. Besler, 89, of Worthington died Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Mercy One Senior Care in Dyersville.

Visitation will be held from 9 – 11am Wednesday January 25, 2023, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11 am.  Rev. Philip Agyei will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.

Monica was born April 23, 1933, in Monticello the daughter of Alphonse and Margaret (Felton) Demmer.  She was raised        on the family farm southwest of Worthington.  She graduated from St. Paul School.  She met Jerome Besler at a dance and they married on August 27, 1952, in Worthington, Iowa. Together they lived and farmed on the Demmer Family Farm.

Survivors include one son, Donald of Worthington, a brother, Vernon (special friend Sandy Hefel) Demmer of Dubuque; in-laws, Alice Besler and Louis (Janice) Besler, both of Worthington and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, in-laws: Lila Mae (Joe) Sperfslage, Norma (John) Rave, Mary Lee Demmer, Bob and Donald Besler.

Memorials are preferred.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com or send cards to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home 750 – 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, Iowa 52040.


 

Jodene Jorgensen

Jodene (Jody) Jorgensen (Hansen), 62, of Davenport, IA, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at her home.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Jodene Lynn was born on November 12, 1960, in Savanna, IL, to Lyle and Pearl (Caraway) Hansen. Jody and Don met in 1985 and very soon after were engaged to be married. They were married on March 21, 1987. Don worked as a Civilian for the U.S. Army. Jody accompanied Don to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where they stayed until the spring of 1989. Don was transferred to Akizuki, Japan, and they could travel and see much of Japan while they were there until the spring of 1991. The next assignment was to the Rock Island Arsenal, so they settled in Davenport.

Jody spent several years babysitting one great-nephew and three great-nieces and babysitting for her nieces while they worked from the time they were born until they started school.

She enjoyed ceramics and loved being close to her family and attending family gatherings.

Survivors include her husband, Don; brother John Hansen; brothers/sisters-in-law, Dean and Debbie Jorgensen, Doyle Jorgensen and Jean Paisley; eight nieces, one nephew; five great-nieces; six great-nephews’ one great-great nephew, brothers and sisters-in law, Dean and Debbie Jorgensen, Doyle Jorgensen and Jean Paisley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Connie Hackett.

Family and friends are invited to share memories and express condolences on her Memory Wall at mvcremation.com.


 

Loretta J. Lucy

Loretta Jane Lucy was born at home in East Dubuque, Illinois on December 15, 1941, where she was a lifetime resident.  She was one of 5 children born to William N. Lucy and Loretta A. (McHale) Lucy.  She went to her heavenly home on Saturday January 14, 2023, from an apparent heart attack. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in East Dubuque on Saturday February 4, 2023 at 11:00a.m. with Fr. Dennis Vargas officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. Visitation is from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the church.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Loretta was a graduate of East Dubuque High School class of 1959.  She worked 40 years as a Certified Nurses Aid retiring from Mt. Carmel Convent in 2006.  After her retirement she frequently volunteered at the Convent along with her sister Irene.   Loretta was a Lifetime member of the Dubuque American Legion Auxiliary Unit 6.  She enjoyed serving lunch at the Dubuque Rescue Mission with friends from KFXB TV Station. Loretta was a member of the Full Moon Floozies club and an enthusiastic  volunteer for the East Dubuque High School Reunions.

Some of Loretta’s favorite activities were reading, coloring in her coloring book, attending concerts plays and musicals, crocheting prayer shawls for St. Mary’s church and doing seek and find puzzles.  Loretta and her sister Irene attended many country festivals, Jim McDonough Concerts and Fighting Saints Hockey games.  She loved sitting on her front porch reading and greeting her neighbors, people were naturally drawn to Loretta.  She learned from her brother Bill how to enjoy every holiday in East Dubuque from Memorial Day to Wingfest and Fireworks.  She carried on her mother’s tradition by serving lunch for family and friends after the Memorial Day Parade. She was the official nurse and babysitter for all of her nieces and nephews, spoiling all of them.

Loretta is survived by her brother Nick and Linda Lucy and sister Irene and Don Kaukaskie. Her Neices and Nephews; Cheryl and Bryan Symons, Michael Kaukaskie, Michele and Kevin Dague, Vicki and Doug Reynolds, Rhonda and Amir Kahn, Laura and David Ilan, Eric and Linda Lucy, Christine Lucy, Keith and Annette Lucy, Melissa and Ian Gardener and Karen Juergens a special friend and family member.

Preceding her in death are her parents, sister Sandra Vaughn, brother-in-law Fred Vaughn, brother William (Bill) Lucy and nephew Dale Kaukaskie.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established or memorial may be sent to St. Mary’s Church East Dubuque, or Dubuque American Legion Auxiliary Unit 6 at 1306 Delhi St. Dubuque, IA 52001.

Loretta was everything you could want in a daughter, sister aunt and friend. We will truly miss her.

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


 

Geraldine M. Goodman

Geraldine (Geri) M. Goodman, 88, of 2700 Matthew John Drive, died Wednesday, January 18, at home.

Visitation will be at St. Columbkille, Dubuque, IA, from 9:30-10:45 AM, Friday, January 27, with a funeral mass celebrated at 11 AM. The cremains will be interred at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

She was a consummate musician, having played her first professional gig at age eight and her last at 85.

She was born April 29, 1934, in Dubuque County, daughter of Ray and Salome (Walsh) Hanten. She married Thomas G. Goodman on August 17, 1957, at St. Columbkille Church.

Surviving is one son, Tom (JoAnn), of Dubuque; three daughters, Teri (Dave) Abbott, of St. Paul, MN; Tori (Dave) Richter and Cathy, of Dubuque; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four siblings and their spouses: one sister, Mellita (Bob) Pommerich of Dubuque, and three brothers: Loras (Pat) and Dan (Barb) Hanten of Dubuque and Gene Hanten of Lodi California.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Geraldine M. Goodman memorial fund.


 

Michael N. Kass

Michael N. Kass, 74, of East Dubuque died Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

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

Michael was born March 15, 1948 in Dubuque, the son of Raymond and Carol (Bergeron) Kass.

He attended grade school at the one room school at Lore, graduated from Wahlert High School in 1966 and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dubuque in 1970.

He married Mary Ann Conzett on June 12,1971 at Resurrection Church in Dubuque and in 1975 they welcomed the birth of their son Sean.

Mike retired from John Deere Dubuque Works where he worked for 41 years as a technical writer.

For many years he was involved with soccer in Dubuque. He coached various age teams with the AYSO recreational league as well as serving as registrar. He also helped in creating the Dubuque Soccer Club and coached several traveling teams. Mike coached at Wahlert and Hempstead High Schools and in 1994 was selected as coach of the year in the Mississippi Valley Conference. He continued his love of the game by supporting his two grandsons who play on club teams and are coached by their father Sean.

After retirement Mike learned to play the harmonica. He was a member of SPAH, a nonprofit international Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica which provided annual youth scholarships. He enjoyed attending SPAH conventions throughout the United States and attending workshops, but especially loved playing at open mic events.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ann, son Sean Kass of Verona, WI., brothers Tom (Jean) Kass of MN., Steve (Mary) Kass of IA., Patrick (Patty) Kass of MT., Greg Kass of TX., and sisters Jeanne (Tom Armstrong) of MN., Sharon (Don Thompson) of MN., and Laura Kass of NJ. and two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents,  sister Debra and brother Andrew.

Memorials may be sent to Dubuque Soccer Alliance, 2989 Indiana Ave Dubuque, IA 52001

To leave condolence for the family please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Our family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all emergency personnel for their quick response.


 

Camillia Doerr

Camillia “Cam” Doerr, 77, of Dubuque, died Friday, January 20, 2023, at her home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Funeral Service for Camillia will be 10:30 am Monday, January 23, 2023, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.

Cam was born April 15, 1945, in Griffin, Georgia, the daughter of Hoyle and Kate (Britt) Sheridan.  She married Ronald David Doerr in Orlando, FL on April 10, 1967. Ronald preceded her in death on November 6, 2020.

Throughout her life she worked at various Dubuque insurance companies, most recently at State Farm. She was also a mutual clerk at the Dubuque Greyhound Park for many years.

Cam was a feisty woman. A devoted wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. She never said no to her grandchildren and, of course, did not follow mom and dad’s rules when it came to them. You never knew what she would say or do next.  She was deeply loving and known for her generosity. She never forgot a face and no one was a stranger. She could always be counted on to check up on friends and family in good times and bad. She was deeply curious and loved to learn. She loved current events, true crime programs on the ID Channel, and was an avid reader.  Black coffee was her source of power. Despite living in Iowa for over 50 years, she never owned a proper pair of boots, gloves, or a hat while constantly complaining about the cold weather.

Survivors include one son, Jeff (Theresa) Doerr of Dubuque, IA; four granddaughters, Kinsey, Kendall, Rory, and Callie; one honorary grandson, Max Huss; one son-in-law Jason Lustberg of St. Louis, one brother, Richard Sheridan of Summerville, SC; two sisters, Spinsky Harper of Loxahatchee, FL; Nancy (Danny) Chance of Ocala, FL; and two sisters-in-law, Carol Brimeyer and Sally Doerr, both of Dubuque.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Jill Lustberg, three sisters Charlotte, Priscilla, and Scerita, and one brother, Buddy.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, the oncology doctors at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dr Engleman and the wonderful nurses at Mercy One of Dubuque, and the ladies of Sandy’s Porch.

Memorials may be given to the Camillia Doerr Memorial Fund or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

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


 

Roger E. Quade

On January 16, 2023, with heavy heart we said goodbye to our beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandpa, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and good friend, Roger Edward Quade, as he rested peacefully at home with his family gathered by his side.  The family will welcome and appreciate visitors on Saturday, January 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Congregational UCC, 1795 Jackson Street, Dubuque with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.  Committal prayers and military honors by American Legion Post #6 and the Iowa Army National Guard will immediately follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Roger was born in Dubuque, Iowa on July 17, 1937, oldest son of Edward J. Quade and Frieda Biebermann Quade.  Despite moving into a new home he built on North Cascade Road in 1967, in his heart he lived his entire 85 years on the land that was most precious to him, the Quade Century farm just south of Dubuque on Oakland Farms Road.  He spent hours in his machine sheds tinkering and working on cars, trucks, and machinery of all kinds, particularly his John Deere tractors.

Roger attended first grade in the “little red” one-room schoolhouse that still sits on the Quade property.  After only one year, he was transferred to a 2-room school in Rockdale and finished 9th grade at the one-room school south of Dubuque on Hwy 151, called Military No. 3, where his mother was the teacher.  He went on to graduate from Dubuque Senior High School in 1954, after which he worked with Carpenter and Builder Bob Shireman.  He also worked several years as a part time Meat Inspector at Dubuque Packing Company.  He then, through an apprenticeship at John Deere Dubuque Works, became a Tool and Die Maker and ultimately retired as Supervisor in the Tool Room in 1992, after 32 years of service.

Roger served six months active duty in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood.  He finished his seven years of service as a cook in the U.S. Army Reserves, 389th Engineering Battalion.

On December 30, 1961, Roger married Patricia R. Buol at Immanuel Congregational Church in Dubuque.  They were blessed with two daughters and four grandchildren, all of Dubuque.  They were the pride and joy of his life.  On December 30, 2022, he and Pat were able to celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary.

Roger was a member of the Key West Sportsman’s Club, Lacoma Golf Club, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).  He was also a member of Immanuel Congregational UCC where he volunteered his time.

Although a great hunter, Roger was a “softy” for the family’s pets, and if something was broken, he could fix it; if it didn’t exist, he created it.  He liked joyfully antagonizing his friends, but he was the most dependable friend anyone could have!  He was an avid photographer and four-wheeler in his beloved Golden Eagle Jeep.  He enjoyed playing golf, volleyball, racquetball, and Euchre with his card club of 50 years.  He loved restoration projects, attending auctions and sales, and taking care of his Century Farm.  In his younger days, he could be found roller skating, bowling, and riding his horse. His favorite pastime was spent enjoying good food with his family and hosting barbeques poolside.

Roger and his family enjoyed traveling, especially caravanning with close friends taking their Jeeps out west to go 4-wheeling on trails and high ridges and camping in the mountains.  Those with a CB knew Roger as “The Ridge Runner”!  The family took many trips across the United States and Mexico, and visited Florida, Texas, and Colorado regularly.  He also loved hunting elk and deer in Wyoming and Colorado with his buddies, Bill H., Tom P., Bill R., Chuck P., and Rambo.  On a spur-of-the moment decision, he fulfilled a long-time wish to go abroad and get a look at foreign countries.  In 2019 he and Pat joined his sister and her husband and a niece and her husband taking an exciting whirlwind tour of England, France, Switzerland, and Italy visiting art museums, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St. Peter’s Square in Rome and much more.  At the end of the trip, he said he loved Switzerland the best because it reminded him of his favorite place – home.

Those who survive Roger are his wife Patricia; daughter Tusdee Blus (John), and their children Jesse and Olivia; daughter Tricia Wagner (Scott) and their twins Adam and Sophia; his sister Lois K. (Douglas C.) Pearce of Dubuque; his brother Ty (Bonnie) Quade of Sioux City; his sisters-in law Betty Quade (Kene–deceased), Epworth; Kathy (Tom) Porter, Texas; JoAnn (Tom) Mohr, Dubuque; his brothers-in-law Ray (Betty) Buol, Georgia; Roy (Deb) Buol, Dubuque; Rob (Ann) Buol, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; younger brother Kene Quade; mother-in-law Virginia Buol; sister-in-law Carol and her husband Bill Boyes.

His family would like to express a special thank you to his neighbor and good friend Leo Junk, fondly nicknamed by Roger as his “hired hand”, who was there for him over the years, worked by his side, showed him much kindness, and cared about him like family.  We don’t know how he’s handling heaven without you, Leo!  And a big thank you to all the family, friends and neighbors who offered their concern and support.  They would also like to thank Roger’s niece, Jenni for all her medical expertise and support; all his doctors who took such great care of him over the years, especially Dr. Kirkendall and his Nurse, Kate for all their care and concern; and his caregivers Melissa, Barb, Buffy, Sara, Jenni, and Ryan as well as Rev. Dianne Grace.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Roger Quade’s name.  Memorials may be sent in care of Leonard’s Funeral Home.


 

Michael J. Budde

Michael J. Budde, 77 Years, of Asbury, IA, died January 19, 2023 at his home, surrounded by his wife Linda and daughters, Sarah and Rachel. His last smile in life was hearing his grandchildren say their goodbyes before he passed peacefully away.

Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until 6:45 pm Monday, January 23, 2023 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory. A prayer service will be held at 6:45 PM.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Mike will be 10:30 am Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Church of the Resurrection with Father Phil Gibbs as the Celebrant.  Full military honors will be rendered immediately after mass by the American Legion Post #6.  Inurnment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Michael was born September 18, 1945, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Norbert William and Dorothy May Budde. He has said on that day, he won the parental lottery.  His parents provided him a foundation in family love, loyalty and hard work. On November 16, 1968, he married Linda Miller in St. Mary’s Church, Dubuque, IA, where the rest of us would say, he won the wife lottery.  His daughters, Sarah and Rachel, would continue this winning trend with the child, and later, grandchild lottery.

He served his country in the United States Army beginning in 1965 and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.  He was honorably discharged as a Specialist 5 in 1968.

After discharge from the army, Mike returned to school, receiving a B.A. in Sociology and Teaching from Loras College, an M.A. in Sociology from Marquette University, and an M. Ed. in Sociology from South Dakota State University, where he was also a Doctoral Candidate. He embraced education and fell in love with teaching. He had often said he enjoyed teaching so much he would have done it for free. Mike continued to challenge himself, however, and took a shine to entrepreneurship after he was asked to consider starting a business while Dubuque was experiencing record high unemployment rates.  He accepted this new challenge and in 1988 formed Advanced Data-Comm, which he owned and operated as CEO for 20 years.  After selling the business, he returned to his first love in education at Loras College and held an administrative advisory role for another several years before retiring in 2011.  Mike came out of retirement temporarily to serve as Interim CEO at National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in 2017.

Mike was very active in his community including civic involvement as Asbury City Council Member and Asbury Mayor.  He served on many boards including Mercy Medical Center, National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dubuque Girls’ Club, Iowa Workforce Development Region One, Holy Family Catholic School System, Matter Creative Center and University of Dubuque.

He was loved by many for his wisdom, quick wit and sarcasm. Mike loved his wife Linda, his daughters and grandchildren fiercely and always expressed his pride in his family. Linda was indeed what he called his better half, and provided him the strength and support to allow him to achieve his goals. He loved to joke that he should actually introduce himself as Mr. Linda Budde, he was always so proud of her. He enjoyed woodworking and eating out with his friends.  He was an avid fan and frequent attendee of Loras College Women’s and Men’s basketball and Dubuque Fighting Saints’ hockey games.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Budde of Asbury; two daughters, Sarah (Craig) Siegert of Marion, IA and Rachel Stierman of Urbandale, IA; five grandchildren, Brennan, Karis, Jaxson, Griffin, and Charlotte; brother, Norbert W. (Jo Ann) Budde of Evanston, IL; sister, Marilyn (Dennis) Lawler of Springfield, IL; brother-in-law, Randy Miller; sisters-in-law, Deborah (Eric) Reinhardt of Peyton, CO and Kristine (Joe) Miller of Swisher, IA; niece and nephews, Becky (Steve) Gartner of Maple Grove, MN, Christopher Lawler of Springfield, IL, Shawn (Eileen) Budde of Evanston, IL, Erik (Julie) Budde of San Carlos, CA, Jeremy Miller of Green Bay, WI, and Shawn (Christine) Miller of Zwingle, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Norbert and Dorothy Budde and step-father, George Berg, his father-in-law, Dale H. Miller and mother-in-law, Charlotte L. Gantenbein Miller and step-mother-in-law, Shirley Bennett Miller.

The family also wishes to extend their most sincere thanks and gratitude to all the compassion and comfort provided by Hospice of Dubuque, including all his caregivers, Kris O., Angela and Carla.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Loras College Mike & Linda Budde Teaching Excellence Award or Hospice of Dubuque.

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

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


 

Marvin Mohr

Marvin “Pete” Mohr, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, January 19, 2023, at his home surrounded by family.

A celebration of life will be held at the Eagles Club in Maquoketa from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M., Sunday, January 22, 2023.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  A private burial will be held at a later date at the Spragueville Cemetery, Spragueville, Iowa.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Marvin P. “Pete” Mohr was born on April 19, 1938, to Leroy and Lena (Hill) Mohr.  He grew up in the DeWitt area and later served in the Marine Corp for 3 years. He married Janet Eckelberg on October 21, 1962. They traveled to Oregon, Arizona and then on to Missouri. They eventually settled in Maquoketa to raise their family and Marvin began the career of a truckdriver that would last for more than 35 years.

Marvin enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, playing cards, watching Nascar and Westerns and loving on his Corgis. He will be remembered by telling “good old stories.”

He is survived by his wife Janet Mohr; children, Vince (Shawn) Mohr, Monica (Trent) Willey, Doug (Linda) Mohr, Mary (Al) Benischek, and Bobby (Shara) Mohr; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Hazel Holtz; a brother, Fred Mohr; and sister-in-law Diana Mohr. He was preceded in death by his four brothers: Harold, Howard, Glenn, Gordon

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


 

Esther M. Stierman

Esther M. Stierman, 99, of Dubuque, died Saturday, January 14, 2023, at her home.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 10:45 am Monday, January 23, 2023 at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Esther will be 11:00 am Monday, January 23, 2023, at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Ghost Catholic Church with Father Steven Garner as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Esther was born March 27, 1923, in Prairie du Chien, WI, the daughter of John R.and Julia A. Stluka Check. On July 22, 1946, she married Laverne L. Stierman at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. He died June 13, 2009.

She attended a one room school northeast of Prairie du Chien, WI. She excelled in 4-H homemaking activities as a child. She was an active member of the Holy Ghost Rosary Society, Tri-State Garden Club, and volunteered at Stonehill Care Center and the Dubuque Arboretum. She will be greatly missed for her baking skills.

Survivors include six sons, Don (Linda) Stierman of Toledo, OH, Tom (Sue) Stierman, John (Cathy) Stierman, Chuck (Pam) Stierman, all of Dubuque, Roger (Lori) Stierman of Dallas, TX, and Steve (Sandy) Stierman of Grand Prairie, TX; two daughters, Jeanette (Don) Manley of Omaha, NE, and Lois (Lee) Salmonson of Naperville, IL; 20 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Rose Timmerman of Dubuque, IA, and Ruth (Larry) French of Bloomington, WI; four sisters-in-law, Jean Check of Prairie du Chien, WI, Marilyn (Jim) Maas of Dubuque, IA, Betty Stierman of Tuscon, AZ, and Evelyn Boland of Dubuque, IA; and one brother-in-law, Richard (Jeanne) Stierman of Dubuque, IA.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Allan Check, three sisters, Anita (Louie) Steger, Rita (Don) Zimmerman, and Doris (Jim) Seymour, and two brothers-in-law, Al Timmerman and Edward Stierman.

The family thanks the staff of Assissi Village and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and loving support.

Memorials have been established for Assissi Village, Holy Spirit Parish, and the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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 Esther’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.


 

Susan K. Kiefer

Susan K. (Dodd-Prochaska) Kiefer, age 85, of Dubuque, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023, at Mt. Carmel Bluffs following a long battle with Dementia.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 23, 2023, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral, with Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Knepper officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Sue was born on July 28, 1937, in Dubuque, the daughter of George C. and Helen (Wolf) Dodd. She was raised by her uncle and aunt, Vern & Violet “Vi” White.

On October 7, 1961, she was united in marriage to John “J.B.” Prochaska at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on April 20, 2008. She later married Richard J. “Dick” Kiefer on June 10, 2011, at St. Raphael Cathedral.

Sue was an Artist and Organizer. Her first job was at the Dubuque Coop Dairy that lasted for nine years, where she worked the fountain and sold farm supplies. For the next 15 years she was a waitress at The Circle Supper Club and later at Timmerman’s Supper Club, both in East Dubuque. While working at The Circle, Sue won a $500 World Series pool and used the money to start her own business called Sue’s This and That Shop. Soon she bought Elaine’s Crafts, a shop in the Nesler Centre in Dubuque. Sue was the owner-operator of Cablecar Uniques and president of the Cablecar Square Association. Sue had been selling her artwork for some time and soon was teaching art herself, a continuous career for her. Sue sold her oil paintings in a gallery in Kingston, N. Y. Locally she sold her paintings in her own shop and at Creative Touch, one of her best outlets. She also operated Galena Accents in Galena, IL.

Sue was an active member of the Antiques Study Club, the Art Association, and the Old House Enthusiasts Club. She was formerly a Dubuque Fest Chairperson for several years.

Surviving is her husband, Richard J. “Dick” Kiefer; a son, Dr. Vern Prochaska, M.D., of Fargo, N.D., a daughter Pennie (Gary) Drew of Jesup, IA; two grandchildren, Hannah Prochaska-(Larris) Slayton and Brooke Prochaska; two stepchildren, Kraig (Nikki) Kiefer and Kelley Duehr; 11 step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim (Sarah) Dodd of Lake Havasu, AZ;  and a special cousin Kristy Dalen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; aunt and uncle, Vern and Violet “Vi” White; her first husband, J. B. Prochaska; a son, David Wayne Prochaska; a grandson, Patrick Prochaska; two sisters, Barbara McLaughlin and Sandy Rivera; four very special cousins, Jean Frommelt, Betty Verhorevoort, Lynn Ann Stewart and Candy Runde.

Sue’s family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Tom Schreiber, Mt. Carmel Bluffs and St. Croix Hospice for their care and compassion shown to Sue and her family.

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


 

Helen T. Molo

Helen T. Molo, 92, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2023, at Mercy Hospital surrounded by her loving family.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m., Friday, January 20, 2023, with Rev. Tom McDermott officiating. To view the livestream please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com  A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Friday, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Committal services will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is entrusted with arrangements.
Helen was born March 13, 1930, in Asbury, Iowa, the daughter of Edward B. and Helen L. (Heming) Tegeler. She married Robert Molo on June 21, 1952, at St. Philomena Catholic Church, Asbury. She was active in various community organizations, church activities, and school functions. Among some of her favorites were Wahlert High School, Loras College and the Dubuque Rescue Mission.
Helen was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She took great pride and joy in her family’s interests and accomplishments.
Helen is survived by one son, Mark (Maureen) Molo; seven grandchildren, Nicholas Molo, Blake Molo, Erica (Tyler) Cahill, Maria Molo, Ben Krueger, Rachel Krueger, Jordan Krueger; great grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Kloft, and Pat (Phil) McFadden. She is also survived by Jolene Balmer, Carol Billmeyer, Nancy Germaine, Sr. Karla Kloft, Sr. Kate, and Brian Kloft who were very special people in her life; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Molo; daughter, Barbara Ann Krueger; and brother, Ed (Betty) Tegeler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Dubuque Rescue Mission and DuRide.
Helen’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center, the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital, and her wonderful caregivers.
Tuesday was the best day of Helen’s life. She went to Heaven and was reunited with the love of her life, Bob. What a blessing.

 

Barrett Blair

Barrett “Barry” Blair, 75, of Asbury, Iowa passed away January 13, 2023 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

A Farewell Toast Visitation will be from 9:30a.m.-12:00p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, Dubuque. A memorial service will immediately follow at 12:00p.m. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Barry was born on October 23, 1947 to Donald and Margorie (Wilson) Blair in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After graduating from Dubuque Senior and spending some time at the University of Northern Iowa, he served in the U.S. Airforce from 1967-1971.

He was united in marriage to Deborah (Winne) Blair on May 28, 1971 in Dubuque.

Barry was proud to be a 3rd generation John Deere employee. He started his 30 year career in Dubuque and retired from the corporate office in 2001 after being part of the international team created to implement SAP manufacturing software.

Barry enjoyed camping, fishing, landscaping, and spending time outdoors with his children and grandchildren. He was always up for a good game of poker and wasn’t afraid to take your money (or lose his). He also enjoyed remodeling various homes and cabins. His final adventure was building a cabin with his wife at Sundown Lake. Barry also enjoyed traveling, especially taking his family to Maine in the early years, spending time in Canada and after retiring, multiple trips to Florida with Deb.

Barry volunteered his time at the Discovery Shop in Davenport, Iowa. He was also a proud member of 4 different HOA Boards where “everyone is entitled to my opinion.”

Barry is survived by his wife, Deborah; children, Anne (Dave) Parmley of Marion, IA, Kelli (Ed) Decker of Dubuque, Eric (Emily) Blair of Muscatine, IA, and Mitch (Lisa) Blair of Cedar Falls, IA; grandchildren, Jack and Lauren Parmley, Chyan, Elli, and Peyton Decker, Spencer, Alex, Owen, and Oliver Blair. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, Gary Jarrett, Thomas (Nancy) Winne and Skip (Shelley) Winne, and sisters-in-law Susan (Jay) Powers and Sherry Brown.

Barry was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, his sister Barb Jarrett, and brother-in-law Randy Brown.

Memorials may be given to the Barrett “Barry” Blair Memorial Fund or Hospice of Dubuque. To honor Barry, please feel free to wear your favorite flannel shirt to his celebration.

A special thank you to the SNICU nurses at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, especially Jill and Rob.

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


 

Velma A. Hoppman

Velma A. (Spielbauer) Hoppman, 92, of Dubuque, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Visitation will be 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday, January 20, 2023 at Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque followed by a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Church of the Nativity, with additional visitation 9:30 am until Mass. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

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

Velma was born October 8, 1930 in North Buena Vista, Iowa, the daughter of John “Jack” and Marie (Schmidt) Spielbauer.  She attended Immaculate Conception Academy in her youth, and later on, married James “Jim” J. Hoppman in 1950. Together they moved to St. Catherine’s in 1953, then to Mason City in 1977, and returned to Dubuque in 1992. Velma enjoyed the beauty of travel with her family, particularly adventures on the family bus. She was known for her famous pumpkin bread, with loaves at the ready for hungry grandchildren and greats when they visited. Above all, Velma cherished time spent with her beloved family and enjoyed watching them grow. She was a longtime member of the Church of Nativity and was devoted to her faith. A bright light and gentle soul, Velma will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Phillip (Geno) Hoppman of Dallas, TX, James (Dianne) Hoppman, Jr. of Dubuque, Carol (James) Watters  of Naples, FL, Donna (Don) Mottet of Bellevue, Dennis (Vicki) Hoppman of Sheffield, IA, Michael (Debbie) Hoppman of Springfield, MO, Jeffrey Hoppman of Riverside, IA, Christine (Ron McDaniel) Thompson-Bolton of Boone, IA, and Paul (Brandi Kauffman) Hoppman of Bellevue; 28 grandchildren; 6 step-grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James J. Hoppman, Sr.; a son, Daniel Hoppman, 2 daughter in-laws, Linda and Barbara Hoppman, a son in-law, Gary Thompson; and many beloved members of the Hoppman and Spielbauer Families.

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

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


 

Kent D. Klingman

Kent D. Klingman, age 64, of Galena, IL, formerly of Cedar Rapids, IA, completed his earthly journey on January 13, 2023, at home while surrounded by his loving friends. To honor Kent’s life, a private family service is being held. Burial will be in the Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, IA. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Kent’s family.

Kent was born on March 8, 1958, in Prairie Du Chien, WI, a son to Louis D. and Donna Mae (Thein) Klingman.  Kent earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. His career path led him to Toyota Motors where he worked as a credit dispute analyst until eventually retiring in 2019. His most important role was husband to the love of his life, John Reinheimer. They spent 27 amazing years together until John was sadly called home in 2021. John and Kent enjoyed their years in Cedar Rapids, but they both agreed to retire to Galena and enjoy the quieter life. Kent had an unwavering commitment to family and friends and always strived to be the best man that he could be. His attention to detail, ability to recollect and communicate past events, and admiration for all that was good in this world were continually on display. We will miss Kent, and his kind, compassionate demeanor, and are forever grateful for the time the Lord shared him with us. Thank you, Kent, for your unwavering love, for leading by example, and for showing us how to be brave and have faith always. We will miss you more than you could imagine but find solace in that you are reunited with your beloved.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Kent include numerous friends, neighbors, and family.

Kent was preceded in death by his parents, and his husband, John Reinheimer.

Kent’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and his in-home caregivers for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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


 

Joyce A. McClain

Joyce A. McClain, age 86, of Dubuque, passed away at 10:25 p.m., on Monday, January 16, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Joyce’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Friday, January 20, 2023, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at First Presbyterian Church, 1684 Iowa Street, with Pastor Stephanie Ells officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois.

Joyce was born on December 27, 1936, in Galena, Illinois, daughter of William and Edna (Bainbridge) Dayton.

She married Robert T. McClain on February 12, 1955, in Galena.  Joyce was employed at A&P Tea Company and H&R Block for 15 years each.  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon.  Joyce enjoyed camping, crafts, and trying new recipes.
Those left to cherish Joyce’s memory include

her son,
David (Christine) McClain, Peosta, IA;

a grandson,
Ryan R. McClain, Peosta, IA;

a step-granddaughter,
Taylor Rupp, Cuba City, WI;

and many nieces and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, William (Lois) Dayton and Robert (Marian) Dayton; and 2 sisters, Ruth (Tony) Bein and Muriel (Dale) Bahr.

Joyce’s family would like to thank Dr. Kirkendall, the Staff at Eagle Pointe Place and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and all the compassionate care they provided for Joyce.

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

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


 

Thomas F. Breuch

Thomas Frederick Breuch, 81, of Oak Park Heights, MN, and formerly of Maquoketa, IA, died January 5, 2023, at the University of Minnesota Hospital (Minneapolis) during emergency heart surgery.

Tom was born to Frederick and Bernice Breuch (Hoverson) in Madison, WI, on July 3, 1941. He graduated from Madison West High School in 1959 and majored in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1963.

After being drafted, Tom immediately enlisted in order to join the Army Medical Corps, and he received a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1965.  As an officer he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, TX, and at the 58th Missile Defense Unit based at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis until receiving orders for Vietnam in 1966. There he served as a Medical Platoon Leader and Executive Officer of field hospitals at Long Binh and An Khe, Vietnam, from October, 1966 to October, 1967.  Upon return to the United States, he was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in March of 1968.

Tom met Carol Shumate in Minneapolis in 1966. They were married August 17, 1968, in Davenport, IA.

After graduating from the University of Iowa School of Law in 1971, Tom joined the law practice of Schoenthaler, Schoenthaler & Roberg in Maquoketa, IA.  He opened his own office in 1976 and was a sole practitioner in Maquoketa until retirement in 2013.  In addition to counseling his own clients, he served as the Jackson County Juvenile Court Judge for several years and was the City Attorney for several small towns around Maquoketa.

He served on Boards of Trustees for the Maquoketa Utility Board, Maquoketa YMCA and Maquoketa Art Experience, providing legal counsel at their inceptions.  He was also a member of the Board of the Maquoketa Area Foundation, and for more than 40 years served on the Maquoketa Library Board of Trustees.  Tom was a long-time member of the United Church of Christ in Maquoketa.

Devoted to his family, he especially delighted in his four grandchildren; he and Carol recently relocated from Iowa to Minnesota in order to be closer to their family.  Tom loved talking to people about little things, big ideas and current events, and learning their stories. Tom had a wonderful sense of humor and a big laugh, an abundance of common sense, and was a friend to all.  As much as he loved the people and places where he lived, he was always “From Wisconsin,” from the lakes in Madison to the beaches in Door County. And, was a fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers through thick and thin.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by wife Carol Shumate Breuch of Oak Park Heights, MN; sons Peter (Lee-Ann) of Arden Hills, MN, and Tyler (Toby) of Plymouth, MN, and grandchildren Emily and Coen, Violet and Lucy; sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Richard Weaver of Madison, WI, brother- and sister-in-law Craig and Nancy Shumate of Seattle, WA; nieces and nephews Karen Bex (Robert), David Weaver (Tami), Mark Weaver (Lisa), Rachel Koller (Izaak),and Jaclyn Held (Peter); five great-nieces and two great-nephews.

Celebration of Life Services will take place on January 28, 2023, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church (1660 County B Road W, Roseville, MN; visitation at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., with a lunch to follow). An additional service will be scheduled later this spring in Maquoketa, IA. The ashes will be interred at Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, WI.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in Tom’s name to the charity of your choice, or to:  Maquoketa Library Foundation, https://www.maquoketa.lib.ia.us/, Maquoketa Art Experience, https://maquoketa-art.org/, Maquoketa Area Family YMCA Annual Campaign, https://www.ymcaimv.org/maquoketa/, Jackson County Veterans’ Memorial Park, Steve Lucke, 11823 Hwy 62, Maquoketa, IA 52060, or the Maquoketa United Church of Christ, www.maqucc.org/

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family locally.  Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.


 

William J. Heiderscheit

William J. Heiderscheit, 85 of Dyersville and formerly of Luxemburg, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 3-7 pm on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 9 – 10 am prior to funeral mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Luxemburg where military honors will be accorded.  Rev. Gabriel Mensah will officiate.

Bill was born on November 12, 1937, in Luxemburg, Iowa, the son of William and Martha (Schneider) Heiderscheit Sr.  He served in the US Army from 1959 – 1961 as a welder and auto mechanic spending 1 ½ years in Fairbanks, Alaska.  After his release from the Army, Bill returned home to farm with his brother, Robert, for 35 years in the Luxemburg area.

On June 26, 1987, Bill married Claudia Sue Phipps at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg.  Together they loved taking road trips and getting lost throughout their travels.  For many years Bill was a volunteer for the Holy Trinity Confirmation Program, Oak Crest Manor and Mercy Hospital in Dyersville, receiving recognition for over 1000 hours worked.  He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 881, St. Francis Xavier Parish, and former member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg.

Survivors include 15 nieces and nephews: Karen Nieman, Lois Heiderscheit, Diane Brown, Donna Fenton, Mike, Pat, Ken, Mark, David and Marvin Heiderscheit, Mark, Jason and Chad Boker, Josh Phipps, Katie Melcher; in-laws: Ann Heiderscheit of Dyersville and Margaret Heiderscheit of Dubuque, Ellen L. Boker of Otho, IA, Craig A. (Debra) Phipps of Waukon, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Claudia in 2012, parents-in-law, Warren and Lois (Siders) Phipps, brothers: Ken Heiderscheit and Robert Heiderscheit, nephews and niece: Dan Heiderscheit, Ron Heiderscheit and Brenda Heiderscheit.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hawkeye Care Center for their companionship and quality care shown toward Billy these last few years, and to Hospice of Dubuque.

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


 

Robert J. Hauber

Robert John Hauber, 75, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at the Bethany Home in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm Friday, January 20, 2023, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Funeral Service for Robert will be 1:00 pm Friday, January 20, 2023, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with Elder Philip “Lev” Leverentz officiating.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  Full military honors will be rendered by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Robert was born September 27, 1947, in Dubuque, the son of Cletus William and Dorothy Theresa Robinson Hauber.

Bob was a U.S. Marine, serving in Vietnam.  He took pride in repairing amtracs for the soldiers in the field.  He was proud to serve his county. Bob retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in supply management. He began his career in the experimental department on machinery and later in supply management as a buyer, and then moving to special assignments for John Deere. Bob was an avid golfer and loved to fish.  He could tell you where to find fish anywhere on the Mississippi River. He loved animals, especially a cat named Boots.  She was a big part of his life.

Bob’s greatest friend was and is Jesus.  He asked Him to be his Savior and his soul is with Jesus today. Someday when his body is resurrected and made new, reunited with his soul, he will spend eternity with God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit and all those who have placed their faith in Jesus to be their Savior.  What a testament to his faith.  His life was based on truth, faith and family. Bob was salt and light to a dark world.  He could talk for hours and most importantly about Jesus. He demonstrated an unconditional love. When Bob was your friend, he was your friend forever. He would do anything and everything for you.

Survivors include sisters, Julie Smith of Dubuque, IA, and Liz (Jeffrey) Running of Aitkin, MN; sister-in-law, Donna Hauber of Dubuque, IA; many nieces and nephews; special friend, Karen Buerger of Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathryn (Jerry) Kramer; brother, Richard Hauber; and nephew, William Smith.

The family would like to thank Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care of Bob.

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


 

Lori A. Helmle

Lori Ann Helmle, 54 of Bellevue, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by family while listening to Elvis on Monday, January 16th at 1:55pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 21st, 2023, at St. Joseph Church in Bellevue with Fr. Robert Gross officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation for Lori will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Lori was born on January 17, 1968, in Dubuque Iowa the daughter of Donald J. Helmle and Mary E. (Haxmeier) Helmle. She attended Bellevue public high school and graduated from Maquoketa High School, class of 1989. She worked for DAC INC. in Maquoketa Iowa for 20 plus years and member of the Special Olympics.

Lori loved Elvis, dancing and singing. She enjoyed participating in the special Olympics, she always loved a good competition. Facetiming her family and friends was always her favorite part of her day. She loved swimming at family get togethers, anything Iowa Hawkeyes and every NFL team, at one point or another. She loved being a sister, aunt, and cousin. She enjoyed writing and organizing her room. She liked to go bowling and out to the bars while drinking one of her famous kiddie cocktails.

She is survived by her brothers: Dennis Helmle (Vicki) of Bernard Iowa, Gary Helmle of Bellevue Iowa, Roger Helmle (Kathy) of Ward Arkansas, Steve Helmle (Cindy) of Bellevue Iowa, Randy Helmle (LuAnn) of Dubuque, Joe Helmle (David Pereira) of Davenport Iowa, and Donald Helmle Jr (Cherri) of La Motte. Her sister Donna Olson (Todd) of Glendale Arizona and brother-in-law Terry Gaherty of Dubuque.

She had a special bond with all her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Lori was preceded in death by her father, Donald J. Helmle; her mother, Mary E. (Haxmeier) Helmle; her sister, Sharon Gaherty; maternal grandparents, Louis & Catherine Haxmeier; paternal grandparents, Joseph & Mary Helmle along with many aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers a Lori Ann Helmle memorial fund will be established.

The family would like to thank all of the health care professionals, caregivers and nurses that cared for Lori for several years especially the comfort care nurses and doctors from Genesis East in Davenport Iowa. We would also like to make a special thank you to Patti Perkins, for everything that she has done with Lori over the years in DeWitt.


 

Jason Kevern

Jason “Shorty” Kevern, 49 of Galena, IL passed away unexpectedly Monday, January 16, 2023. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM, Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. A private family burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.

He was born December 23, 1973, in Dubuque, IA the son of Ronald “Shorty” and Carol (White) Kevern. He graduated from Galena High with the class of 1992. Shorty worked for the Galena Territory Association for thirty-two years. He was a huge University of Michigan sports fan and enjoyed watching and following sports with his boys, playing golf, and target shooting. Shorty will always be remembered as the life of the party.

He is survived by his three boys, Riley, Braden, and Caleb, his stepmom, Kym Kevern, and three sisters, Kelly (Artie) Arachikavitz, Jodi (Tim) Knautz, and Amanda Kevern (Jimmy Berg) all of Galena.

Shorty was preceded in death by his parents, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

The family requests no flowers. A memorial fund has been established at Illinois Bank and Trust for his three sons.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Donald L. Stadel

Donald L. Stadel, age 70, of Elizabeth, IL, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023, as the result of accidental drowning in the Mississippi River near Ferry Landing, rural Galena, IL.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the Scales Mound United Methodist Church, with Rev. Libby Rutherford officiating.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller-Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound and from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Don was born on September 9, 1952, at Shullsburg, WI, the son of Raymond L. and Mary Ann (Werner) Stadel. He was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, the class of 1970.

Don was united in marriage to Sheri M. Smith on October 11, 2014 his companion of 21 years.

Don owned and operated Territory Construction Company until his retirement.

He loved fishing, ice fishing, spending time at his cabin on the Mississippi River and his dogs.

Surviving is his wife, Sheri; two sons, Brandon (Amber) Stadel of Asbury, IA and Barret (Candace) Stadel of San Diego, CA, his four step-children, Luke (Misty) Gille of Springtown, TX, Josh (Ryann) Gille of Burleson, TX, April Snyder of Lovettsville, VA and Sterling (Victoria) Willbanks of Elizabeth, IL; 15 grandchildren; his siblings, Sharon Webster of Scales Mound, IL, Gary (Carla) Stadel, Debbie Walters and Donna (Keith) Gerlich all of Elizabeth; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Mary Ann; and brothers-in-law, Ron Webster and Randy Walters.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s name to the Safe Haven Animal Shelter in Elizabeth, IL.

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


 

Dr. Joseph Terry

Dr. Joseph Terry passed away quickly and peacefully on January 3, 2023, at his home with his wife Pat and his son Jim beside him. Joe was born on May 22, 1927, in Davenport Iowa to Colonel Clyde and Marie (Hunter) Terry. He and his three brothers were raised by their mother and grandmother Mary Sanders Hunter. He graduated from Davenport High school, served one year in the Navy at the end of World War II, and went on to Saint Ambrose College and Iowa State College to attain his DVM degree in 1952.

Joe married Pat Terry on August 13th, 1949, at St John’s Methodist Church in Davenport. Pat taught in the Ames area for 3 years while Joe finished his degree. They moved to the Evanston/Wilmette, Illinois area to practice veterinary medicine for 40 years. Joe’s love for animals was reflected in his thoughtful care of pets, including exotics, at his practice (Terry Animal Hospital in Wilmette), his volunteer work at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, and his wide range of family pets.

Joe and Pat’s lifelong appreciation of music was integral in their first meeting and falling in love while members of the 7th-grade string quartet. Their participation in the Tri-City Orchestra, ISC Orchestra, Evanston Symphony, NISOM Community Orchestra, and the Grace Church Choir lifted the hearts of the communities in which they performed.

Joe’s wishes for all living things’ well-being informed his interactions with everyone he met. From driving local people – especially mothers with babies and small children – to medical and dental appointments to his service in Lions Club, Rotary International (Paul Harris Fellow), and many charitable contributions.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his daughter, Robin (Patrick) Malone, of Evanston, sons James (Jennifer) Terry, of Hanover, IL, and Mark (Francis) Terry of Kennebunkport, ME, 11 grandchildren, Ruadhri (Danielle Deschaine), Liam, Máire, Fiona (Tim Cronin), Brídín Malone, Síle, Caitríona, Ryan, Alasdair, Max (Hilary Godin) Terry, Madelyn Terry and three great-grandchildren, River, Millena and Whitney Terry. He was preceded in death by his parents, two older brothers, Jack and Jim, and younger brother Jay.

There will be a memorial service for Joe at Grace Episcopal Church, 107 South Prospect Street, Galena, Illinois at 10 AM, Thursday, January 26, 2023.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Dr. Paul G. Pechous

Dr. Paul G. Pechous, 90, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Stonehill Health Center on Friday, January 13, 2023.  

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 21st, 2023, at St. Raphael Cathedral.  

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 21st at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale, officiating. Entombment will follow in St. Joseph Chapel Mausoleum at Mount Olivet Cemetery.  Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Paul was the oldest of five children born to George and Celeste (Lynch) Pechous on April 29th, 1932, in Iowa City, Iowa. He attended a one-room schoolhouse through eighth grade, followed by St. Patrick’s High School in Iowa City, IA. He graduated from St. Ambrose College where he did his pre-medical studies. While in college at St. Ambrose, he met his future wife Nancy, and they were married on June 25th, 1955.  

After graduating from St Ambrose, he went on to the University of Iowa medical school, graduating in 1958. After medical school, he joined the United States Public Health Service, eventually completing a residency in Ophthalmology. Much of his time in the Public Health Service was spent in New Orleans. One of his highlights was spending six weeks in the North Atlantic as a ship’s surgeon on a Coast Guard cutter. Paul was honorably discharged from the Public Health Service in 1967 having achieved the rank of Commander.  

He and Nancy then moved their family to Dubuque to start his private practice in Ophthalmology. His Ophthalmology career began in 1967, continuing until he retired in 2014.  

Paul served as President of the Dubuque County Medical Society, the Mercy Hospital Medical Staff, and the Xavier Hospital Medical Staff. He spent many years as the Dubuque local physician representative for Mercy Hospital’s Corporation.  

In addition to his involvement in the medical community, Paul served in other areas, including several terms on the Board of Directors for Clarke University. He was active with Dubuque County Right to Life and St Raphael Cathedral, where he was a member for 32 years. He was a volunteer pallbearer with St Vincent DePaul Society, a member of the Serra Club, and a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jesus. 

Paul and Nancy loved to see the world. Their travels took them to the Holy Land, Thailand, Japan, Canada, and Europe. They spent over 20 years wintering in Naples, Florida. Family vacations were especially important to Paul and Nancy. They took their children on trips throughout the United States during their lifetime. 

In addition to traveling, Paul’s hobbies and passions included being an avid collector of Dubuque history and memorabilia, collecting clocks, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, theater-especially Broadway musicals, gourmet cooking, genealogy, reading, and gardening (you could take the boy out of the farm, but you couldn’t take the farm out of the man). Swimming was not one of his hobbies; Paul claimed to be the only member of his St Ambrose graduating class not required to pass the school swim test. 

Living on the bluff in Dubuque was a dream of Paul’s. He fulfilled this dream and was able to start each day watching the Mississippi River roll along from his home on the bluff.  

Paul was preceded in death by Nancy just 37 days prior to his own. They had been married for 67 years.  

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ed Pechous and Raymond Pechous, his sister Mary Ellen (Nicky) Irving, and granddaughter Brianna Pechous. 

Paul is survived by his 6 children, Bryan (Krynn) of Dubuque, Iowa; Stephen of Las Vegas, Nevada; Carol (Edward) McEleney of Iowa City, Iowa; John of Dubuque, Iowa; Robert (Sandy) of Indio, California; and Annette (David) Barton of Dubuque, Iowa; his sister Margaret Goss; brothers-in-law Jerry Irving, Tom Bryant, and Bill Saunders, and his sisters-in-law Marilyn Pechous and Mary Pechous. 

Paul is also the proud grandfather of twelve grandchildren, Christina (Rick), Paul (Sarah), Creighton (Sarah), Alexander (Calla), Devin (Brett), Bianca, Briana (deceased), Melina, Karina, George, Charlie, Elena, and nine great-grandchildren. 

Memorial donations can be made to The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Dubuque County Right to Life. 


 

Mary Carson Ehrlich

Mary Carson (Hill) Ehrlich, 80, 14910 Wirt St. Omaha, NE, went home to be with the Lord at 6:24PM Friday November 25, 2022, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha.

Services will be held at 10a.m. Saturday January 21, 2023, at Arbor Oaks Church on Kennedy Road, followed by a graveside prayer service at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, IA. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Mary was born in Prairie du Chien, WI on June 20, 1942, daughter of William and Irene (Bacon) Hill. She moved to Dubuque, IA with her family at a young age. Mary attended Senior High School and graduated with the class of 1960. Mary was married to Loras A. Ehrlich on January 20, 1962. Together they had one son, William. Mary worked on the earliest computers brought to industry as a programmer for Interstate Power Company where she retired after 20 years of service. She lived in Dubuque, IA for most of her life, although for the past 14 years she lived in Omaha, NE.

Mary was a born-again Christian and was a member of Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel for many years before moving to Omaha. She was a good friend to many, and they will all attest that she had a wonderful sense of humor. She highly valued Christian education, and on one occasion paid the tuition of a needy student at Emmaus Bible College.

Mary enjoyed planting trees and mowing the grass of her large yard at her Dubuque home. She had several flower and plant gardens where many hours were spent carefully tending, weeding, and making beautiful arrangements. In the winter she loved to plow snow off the driveway on her John Deere lawn tractor. Mary was involved in many organizations: Dubuque Kennel Club, Beta Sigma Phi, Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners, and Sarasponda Spinners.

After moving to Omaha Mary took part in numerous weaving classes. She focused on her weaving, completing many beautiful projects and inspiring others to “keep at it”. Mary was a treasured member of the Omaha Spinners and Weavers Guild and the Covenant Presbyterian Church Circle. She taught classes and organized events to help raise awareness of and keep interest in that unique art.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, William and Irene Hill, and her husband Loras A. Ehrlich (Dec. 27, 1996).

Mary is survived by her son, William Alan Ehrlich (Stephanie Robertson); granddaughter, Molly Hayden Ehrlich; sister, Garlyn Leigh Saupe (David Saupe); nephew, Micheal D. Saupe (Lori); niece, Janet M. Wilson (Steven).


 

Michele Knief-Nemmers

It is with broken hearts that the family of Michele Knief-Nemmers, 58, announce her unexpected passing, due to a hemorrhagic stroke at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, on January 13, 2023 surrounded by all of her loved ones.

Please join Michele’s family in a celebration of her life with a visitation on Thursday, January 19th from 3-7 pm at Leonard Funeral home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Resurrection church on Friday January 20th at 10:30 am. with Fr. Phillip Gibbs officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Calvary cemetery.

She was born on May 16, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Robert and Ella (Kunkel) Tigges. Michele married Timothy Nemmers on February 24, 2006 in Negril, Jamaica. He preceded her in death on February 11, 2020. She worked for the University of Dubuque College as an Administration Assistant.

Michele lived her life by the motto “live life to the fullest.” She always made sure that her two daughters experienced everything they could while she was here. One thing she always told them was “you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do when you grow up.” Michele made sure she photographed every single thing that happened throughout her life. Everything from beautiful vacations down to the frozen margaritas she would have on a Saturday night, only complete with an umbrella straw. Summertime, the beach, and the pool will forever be her favorite past time. One of the most important things to Michele was a hug, she never left any gathering without hugging every person there, to make sure everyone knew that she loved them. Her and her daughters always had a group hug every time they left each other.

Michele will forever be missed by her two daughters Megan Nemmers and Justine Knief (Wes Dunn). Grand puppies Ava, Nelson, and Brooksen. Parents Robert and Ella “Pat” Tigges. Siblings Mike (Aletha) Tigges, Maureen (Rob) Kemp, and Robert Tigges. In-laws Mark and Judy Nemmers. Sister’s in-law Lori Hopperstad and Angie (Kevin) Kluesner. As well as her beloved godson Gage Kemp. Niece’s and nephew’s, Caitlin, Leith, Drake, Paige, Sarah, Alec, Evan, Kate, Grace, and Connor.


 

Timothy J. Otting

Timothy J. Otting, 71, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023 at his home in Cascade.

The Tim Otting family will greet family and friends from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023 with a memorial service immediately following at 11 a.m. at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.   The Reiff Funeral Home is  assisting the family with arrangements.

Tim was born February 19, 1951, in Cascade, Iowa son of Herbert “Chub” and Mildred (Cigrand) Otting. He was a 1969 graduate of the former Aquin High School in Cascade. He was united in marriage to Betty Melloy on June 30, 1972, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore. Tim worked as a welder for John Deere for 42 years, until his retirement.

Tim was a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa. He was also a groundskeeper for the Calvary Cemetery for several years. Tim was a “jack of all trades”, an expert craftsman who enjoyed creating all things made of wood, including his own urn. He also enjoyed endless hours outdoors caring for the parish cemetery and tending to his backyard garden. For a large part of his life, you could find him with a cold beer in his hand and a huge smile on his face. He always had a hefty, heartfelt greeting, usually calling friends and family by a nickname he chose for them. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed attending their sporting events and they always knew he was there when they could hear him whistling from the stands.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Otting of Cascade, one son, Nate (Dawn) Otting of Cascade, one daughter, Katie (Ryan) Demmer of Epworth; seven grandchildren, Logan, Mason, and Brody Otting, Ava, Eli, Chloe and Stella Demmer; three sisters, Kathryn (Bill) Barden of Mesa, AZ, Ruth Gjerde of Albany CA, and Vickie (Dan) Kelchen of Cascade; brothers and sisters-in[1]law, Linda Melloy of Dubuque, Jane (Les) Homan of Rochester, MN, Lisa Melloy, and Jerry (Sara) Melloy, both of Bernard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ken “Ozzie” Otting, sister, Judy Kalishek, his father and mother-in-law, John and Mary Carlyn Melloy, and three brothers-in-law, Jon Gjerde, Jim Melloy and Dan “Shep” Melloy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial can be made to the Above and Beyond Hospice Organization for their wonderful care, and special thanks to Tim’s nurse, Megan for always putting a smile on his face.


 

Rita M. Arlen

Rita M. Arlen, 94, of Dubuque, died Sunday, January 15, 2023, at her son’s home in Zwingle.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 10:45 am Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at Holy Spirit Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Rita will be 11:00 am Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Holy Spirit Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Steven Garner as the Celebrant. Entombment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Rita was born March 28, 1928, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Vernon) Link.

She was a 1946 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School.  Rita worked for the telephone company and then for Loras College in housekeeping for 13 years.  She was a member of Holy Spirit – Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed making doll clothing for craft fairs, reading books, playing cards, especially Canasta, puzzles, traveling, mostly to Texas and California, and going to casinos.

Survivors include three sons, Steven (Ruth) Arlen of Zwingle, IA, Michael Arlen of Dubuque, and Richard (Rachel) Arlen of San Jacinto, CA; six daughters, Leann Arlen of Dubuque, Kay (Dave) Hawkins of Anaheim Hills, CA, Diane (Eric) Collar of Ontario, CA, Laurie (Terry) Wehrspann of Sherrill, IA, Jean Arlen of Bullhead, AZ, Karen (Dean) Gaul of Epworth, IA; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter, Jessica Collar, two sisters, Lorraine (Richard) Shireman and Marian (Francis) Brosius, and one brother, Robert Link.

The family would like to thank the team at Hospice of Dubuque, especially Buffy, Nicole, and Sarah, for their special care.

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 Rita’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.


 

James G. Schreiner

James G. “Jim” Schreiner, age 90, of Dubuque, IA, completed his earthly journey on January 10, 2023, at Stonehill Care Center.  To honor Jim’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Jim’s family.

Jim was born on May 7, 1932, in Bellevue, IA, a son to Herbert J. and Irene T. (Reistroffer) Schreiner.  He had a strong work ethic and an even stronger devotion to his family.  Jim was a naturally born patriarch in the truest sense of the word and his love for his wife, children, and grandchildren was always on display and continues to be vividly present within the generations which follow.  Jim found the love of his life, Yvonne E. “Bonnie” Biehl, and the two have been a loving and committed couple ever since and we’re poised to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this August.  In their younger years, Jim and Bonnie were regularly involved in bowling together and Jim was quite active with Resurrection Church.  He also enjoyed a little skeet-shooting when time allowed to help him with his pheasant hunts.  Jim proudly spent the majority of his time though working to provide for his family while Yvonne was able to stay home to nurture their young family.  Jim was an electrical technician for Bell Telephone primarily, but never allowing idle hands to interfere with his family’s joy in life, Jim also had a tv repair business and owned and managed multiple apartment buildings to keep life comfortable.  Jim and Bonnie were blessed to spend 19 years wintering together in Tampa, FL, after finally moving into retirement and the memories they collected after all those years of hard work and determination were both welcomed, and earned.  Jim has faithfully spent the most recent years helping to care for his dear Bonnie as well.  The two have been inseparable and to say that the two have become one is beyond evident to all who know them.  It’s heartbreaking to think of moving forward without Jim’s wisdom, love, and example leading the way, but we know and truth that the Lord has a plan in all things and that Jim now resides in peace as he patiently awaits our arrival as well.  Thank you, Jim, for all that you have taught us through your words, thoughts, and actions and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms as we seek peace and healing within the bounty of memories you leave behind.  God bless and God speed Jim!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Jim include,

his beautiful bride of 70 years,
Bonnie Schreiner, Dubuque, IA;

his adored children,
Michele “Mitzi” (Rick) Cornish, Dubuque, IA,
Kim Schreiner, Dubuque, IA,
Jeani (Stan) Hohnstadt, Apple Canyon, IL,
John (Susan) Schreiner, Roswell, GA;

his seven beloved grandchildren,
Jonathan Hohnstadt, Skyler Quade, Sarah (Ryan) Fisher, Christian (Kayla) Cornish, Julie (Justin) Muchow, Tara Hohnstadt, and Libbee (Josh) Trumblee;

his great-grandchildren,
Azalia, Ella-Norma, Brave, Jude, Crew, Evan, Isaac, and Skylynn;

along with many extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and his daughter, Jodi Schreiner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials, gifts, or other expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to Michele “Mitzi” Cornish at 2289 Martin Drive, Dubuque, IA, 52001, and we would like thank you in advance for your consideration and concern.

Jim’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Jim, and his family.  The few years that Mom and Dad have resided at Stonehill has truly exposed the importance of excellent staffing along with the sincere devotion to their patients that is such a precious gift.  Thank you to all of the nurses and staff who have cared for our parents just as they would their own and may God bless you all for your generosity and kindnesses.

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


 

Jahn S. Hallden

Jahn S. Hallden (née Strotheide) 74, of Collinsville, IL, passed away peacefully with her firstborn at her side, on January 12, 2023, at her daughter’s home in Galena. The cause was related to interstitial lung disease. Per her wishes, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

She was born and raised in Granite City, IL along with her two siblings, Joy and David.  She spent over forty years in Glen Ellyn, IL where she raised her two daughters. In addition to being a loving mother, Jahn was a flight attendant for United Airlines for over twenty years, combining her passion for travel, adventure, and helping others.  She also loved garden design and water activities.

Jahn was known for her liveliness, positive can-do attitude, and spontaneity. Her abundant generosity was a common thread throughout her life, and her love of ice cream was nearly unmatched. She readily made fast friends wherever she went, and always seemed to leave a trail of admirers asking about her.

Jahn is survived by her two daughters, Kerri Hallden, of Chicago, IL, and Trisha (Mark) Wollam, of Galena, niece, and nephews, Eric (Diana) Wofford, Alexandra Strotheide, John Strotheide, a sister, Joy Wofford, of Collinsville, IL, and her brother, David (Emily) Strotheide, of Madisonville, LA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sid and Laverne Strotheide.

Jahn’s family would specifically like to thank Dr. Richard Farrell, MD Midwest Medical Center, Dr. Tauseef Khan, MD Unity Point Health, and the tireless and compassionate care team at Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to NAMI Illinois  http://namiillinois.org/  or Hospice of Dubuque  http://hospiceofdubuque.org/

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Shirley Wagner

Shirley “Kaye” Wagner, 82, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023, at home.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home. Rev. Crystal Dunlap Weber will officiate. Interment will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Kaye was born April 27, 1940 in Waterloo, Iowa. She married Ronald D. Wagner in 1959 at Center Grove Methodist Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death in 2005.

Kaye was a member of Center Grove Methodist Church. Kaye and Ron owned and operated Wagner Nursery for many years. Her passion was being out in the sales yard, chatting with customers, weeding, and taking care of the grounds.  Kaye cared for the plants at Dupaco and DuTrac Credit Unions. Kaye loved spending time outdoors with her grandkids-camping, fishing, morel hunting, knitting, gardening, and feeding the wild animals and birds. Kaye gave her heart and soul to her family and foster children.

Kaye is survived by her children, Richard (Paula) Wagner, of Epworth, IA, Deborah (Paul) Barnett, of Dubuque, Doug (Amy) Wagner, of Asbury, Dawn (Bob) Stewart, of Dubuque, and Ronald (Silvana) Wagner Jr., of Dubuque; grandchildren, Rickie (Linda) Wagner, Rebecca (Ryan) Kremer, John (Kim) Freund, Kayla Barnett, Cameron Barnett, Nick (Gabby) Barnett, Ben (Teresa) Barnett, Doug (Molly Fagan) Wagner Jr., Tyler (Erica Gulino) Wagner, Drew (Beth Kretz) Wagner, Quinn Wagner, Jessica Stewart, Stephanie Stewart, Luca Wagner and Alex Wagner; 17 great-grandchildren; her sister, Patricia Felderman, of Dubuque;  her special niece, Julie (Gary) Werner; her sister-in-law, Nancy (Larry) Zimmer; and her brother-in-law, Edward (Peg) Wagner.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Doris Kies, and Vern Titus; a sister at birth, Elsie Titus; her brother, Melvin (Diane) Titus; her dog, Becky; and her cat, Tomer.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the family and friends for their care and support of Kaye; No Place Like Home (especially Sara); Hospice of Dubuque (especially Chris); Dr. Cao and his nurse, Melissa; and to Tina and Nicole.


 

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