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Dorothy E. Hankemeier

Dorothy E. Hankemeier, 94, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at Wheatland Manor in Wheatland, Iowa.

A public visitation will be held from 12 P.M. to 1 P.M. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private funeral will be held and later uploaded to the funeral home website following the service. Burial will be at Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. Masks and social distancing will be required due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Dorothy Evelyn Paulsen was born on October 5, 1926 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Marvin Albert and Norma Anita (Galloway) Paulsen. She married Clarence Edwin Hankemeier on September 10, 1950 at the home of her parents in rural Lost Nation, Iowa. Four children were born to this union, Nancy, Lynn, Lori and Dale.

Following graduation from Elwood High School, Dorothy went to Cadet Nursing School and interned at the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Penicillin was the cure all during that period and was given to children hourly or several times a day. Upon graduating, Dorothy moved back to Iowa where she worked for Dr. Swift in Maquoketa as a Surgical Nurse. After her marriage in 1950, she became a housewife, raised a family, and farmed with her husband doing chores and tending to little animals. People would stop by often to purchase eggs from her. After the children were out of school, Dorothy returned to nursing and worked at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa until retiring.

In retirement, Dorothy enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and flowers. She also liked listening to Country and Polka music, doing crossword puzzles, and crocheting.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Nancy (Steve) Baker of Montrose, CO, Lynn Hankemeier of Tipton, IA, Lori Wenger of Lost Nation, IA, and Dale (Becky) Hankemeier of Elkhart, IA; 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; and brothers Darrell Paulsen of Lost Nation, IA, and Harlan Paulsen of FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clarence on September 24, 2000, an infant brother Wayne, and a sister Arla Underwood.

Condolences and memorials may be sent to Carson Celebration of Life Center, 318 West Pleasant Street, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060 c/o Dorothy Hankemeier Family.

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


 

Lorna A. Schroeder

Lorna Ann Schroeder, 62 of Dubuque passed away Tuesday November 24, 2020 at home. Private graveside services will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in Charge of arrangements.

Lorna was born on January 24, 2958 in Dubuque the daughter of James and Barbara (Wenzel) Schroeder.

She is survived by her siblings Kris Schroeder, Shelle Schroeder, Jodi (Chris) Arcega, and Michael (Allison) Schroeder; her nieces and nephews Sarah Flogel, Nick Schroeder, Will Schroeder, Kharlla Arcega, and Ella Schroeder.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Steve.

Memorials may be sent to the family and will be directed to her favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially Sara and Chris for all the wonderful care they gave to our sister and aunt.


 

Richard Walter “Dick” Colvin, 71, died Friday, Nov. 20, after a battle with prostate cancer.

Celebration of Life: 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 in Mount Olivet Chapel. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 29 at Mount Olivet Chapel.

Dick Colvin was born July 22, 1949, in Galveston, Texas to Thomas L. and Eleanor Colvin. He grew up in Haltom City, graduated from Haltom High School, and earned a B.A. in business from UTA.

During college, Dick began work at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram where he advanced to Retail Advertising manager. In 1991, he moved his family to the Sacramento, CA area where he worked for Penny Saver newspapers, eventually becoming Vice-President of Marketing of Northern California. During his time in California, Dick, an Eagle Scout himself, was a dedicated volunteer with scouting, both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the United Way and the YMCA. He returned to Texas, and in 2009, was named Executive Director of the Texas Community Newspaper Association where he advised free newspapers through the state. He then moved to Iowa where he served as Executive Director for Midwest Free Community Newspapers throughout a ten-state area. Dick retired in 2016. Throughout his career, Dick was a popular speaker at newspaper workshops for the Texas Center for Community Journalism at TCU.

In addition to his success as an advertising consultant and newspaper executive, Dick was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He commonly referred to his wife Susan as his “sweetheart” and was known by co-workers, friends and family alike for his kindness, concern for others, and most of all, his sense of humor. His attitude during his illness was inspirational as he continued to socialize, play golf with his buddies, and make those memorable witty remarks even as his body failed him. His sincere smile and spirit will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Cathleen Colvin Lovellette.

Survivors: Loving wife of 47 years, Susan; children, Matthew Alan Colvin of Loomis, CA and Jessica Colvin Rooney of Pauls Valley, OK; grandchildren, Daniel Brent Colvin and Cecily Abigail Rooney.

Condolences can be sent to: Susan Colvin, 8200 Autumn Creek Trail, Fort Worth, TX. 7613


 

Marie F. Heiar

Marie F. Heiar, 51, of Dubuque, passed on Thursday, November 26th at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after fighting bravely against Covid-19 she was surrounded by her husband and two sons.

Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Sunday, November 29, 2020, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Due to the city mask mandate, masks are required at the visitation and the funeral service. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Marie’s family.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Marie will be 10:00 AM Monday, November 30, 2020, at Holy Spirit Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Mark Kwenin as the Celebrant. Entombment will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Marie was born on September 17, 1969 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Duane “Dewey” & Ruth (Welp) Theisen. Marie married her high-school sweet heart Blair Heiar on October 6, 1989. This year they celebrated 31 years of marriage and raised a family of 3 during their years spent together. Marie was a lifelong resident of Dubuque and ran a in home day care with her mother for many years. She loved raising and teaching children but especially her grandchildren to them they always hold a special place in her heart. She was an avid reader, reading anything from Danielle Steel to Dean Koontz to Stephen King novels. Marie was a regular at the Dubuque Public Library and loved to read books to her grandchildren. Marie enjoyed late evenings on her back porch talking with her husband and long talks on the phone with her kids. Marie’s laugh was infectious and she was a gentle soul. Marie was a strong woman who took care of her family until the very end.

Those left to cherish Marie’s memory include her husband, Blair Heiar, Dubuque; her children, Josh (Brian) Lampman, Dubuque, Ben (April Clarke) Heiar, Dubuque,  Kalie (Adam Schissel) Frommelt, Port Richie, FL; her grandchildren Dylan, Dethyn, Benjamin and Bennett; her brothers and sister, Jim (Iva) Theisen, Bernard, Paul Theisen, Dubuque, Annette (Tim) Boelk, Farley, Tim Theisen, Deborah, John Theisen, Dubuque; her step mother Janet Theisen, Dubuque; step-siblings, Heather (Rich) Lau, MN, Chris (Lisa) Farber, East Dubuque, Joe (Katie) Farber, MN, Carolyn (Pippin) Pickering, Cedar Rapids, Sarah Farber, MN, and Katy (Sam) Sein of CO; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by both her parents, her mother-in-law Patricia Heiar and her bother-in-law Brandon Heiar

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the healthcare workers, nurses and doctors who took care of her at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Finley Unity Point Hospital in Iowa City and Dubuque, respectfully.

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

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


 

Leonard V. McCarthy

Leonard Vincent McCarthy, 75, Bernard, Iowa passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center from complications due to COVID-19.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Holy Family Church, New Melleray (Peosta, Iowa) with Fr. Rodney Allers officiating. Private Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors Accorded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. The service will be livestreamed on the Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory’s Facebook page.

Leonard was born on July 29, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Wilfred and Rita (Larkin) McCarthy. He was a lifetime resident of Dubuque County, living on the family farm since 1948.  He attended West St. Joseph’s one room school at the east side of the farm.  He began his high school journey at Saint Columbkille’s and later graduated from Wahlert High School both of Dubuque, Iowa in 1963.  At Wahlert he participated in ROTC.  He enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy assigned to the USS Sierra based out of Norfolk, Virginia from August 1966 and was honorably discharged in August 1968 as a Boatsman 3rd Class.  He continued to serve with the Navy Reserve achieving the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class.  He then returned to farm.    After the death of his parents in 1973, he continued to farm with his beloved brother Philip as the McCarthy Brothers.  He was a lifelong member of Holy Family Church, the American Legion Post #528, the Tri-State Vietnam Veteran’s, Maquoketa Valley Rifle and Revolver Club, and the Prairie Farmers 4-H. Leonard was proud of his Irish Heritage, very patriotic, loved rural America, was devoted to his beloved animals, loved cowboy poetry, RFD-TV, the Cowboy Channel, Mecum Auctions, rodeos, a good meal at Pearl’s, and was loyal to his family and friends. It was said he could strike up a conversation with anyone at any time.  He was very knowledgeable on so many, many topics.

He is survived by his siblings Anita (Eugene) Gudenkauf of Cascade, Philip (Colleen) McCarthy of Zwingle, Joann (Peter) Gansen of Dubuque, Elizabeth McCarthy, and Karen (Wayne) Streif of Bernard, an aunt Patricia Larkin of Cascade,  7 nieces, 3 nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. He was a proud Godfather to Dan Larkin, Bill Kane, Dennis Gudenkauf, Teresa Gansen and Katie Barnes. He is also survived by his friends who were so great in number no obituary could list them all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts and uncles Bernice (Elmer) Chapman, Daniel (Myrtle) McCarthy, Dorothy (Charles) Pancratz, Angela (Joseph) Kane, Charles (Kaye) McCarthy, Vincent (Lucille) Larkin,  Adeline (John) Urbain, John (Josephine) Larkin, Amy (Vincent) Healy, Joseph Larkin,  and a niece Lois Gudenkauf.

The family would like to thank the Veteran Affair’s doctors, nurses and staff who helped Leonard over the years, and to the staff at MercyOne, 3rd floor and ICU unit for all the care they gave to Leonard during his last battle with COVID.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com


 

John Veach

John “Jack” Veach, 73, of Bellevue, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Jackson County Regional Health Center.  Graveside Services will be 1:00 pm, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273.

Jack was born June 26, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Orville and Loretta (Schiffer) Veach.  He graduated from Maquoketa High School.  Jack married Joanne Michels on April 26, 1969 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue.  Jack served his country in the US Army during Vietnam 1966-1968.  He was a farmer and worked at John Deere Works in Dubuque for 35 years before retiring.  Jack was a member of Bellevue American Legion Post #273, Bellevue  Horseman’s Club, and the Hawkeye Vintage Tractor Pull Association.

Jack was a happy and simple man. Who lived every day working hard and was never heard complaining.  He was well known for his big smile and bubbly laugh. Everyone was a friend, there were no strangers and he never hesitated to help a neighbor out; expecting nothing in return.

Jack loved children.  He was often found on the floor playing with them, giving them whisker rubs, and and telling them his infamous corny jokes, where most of the time he was laughing harder at his own jokes than the person listening.

Jack had a unique ability to make something useful out of “junk”. He was constantly thinking about building or making something for the farm. Whether it was spring loaded latches on gates, or taking a grinder mixer apart to make a bulk bin on wheels- Jack did it. Jack loved livestock.  Checking cows and mending fence was a pastime, not a chore. He loved horses and would often talk about “his” horse, Barney.  Jack was very particular in everything he did. Doing it “right” was much more important than getting it done.

He raised hogs for many years: Shoveling out crates, pushing manure down the alleyway and forking it in a spreader by hand was part of the enjoyment of taking care of the animals. When asked why he hosed down the alleyway after pushing manure out he would say “this way it wouldn’t smell as bad,” but I think it was more for the hogs, not him.

Jack was somewhat shy and preferred one-on-one conversations opposed to large group settings. If he was asked to go out for a beer, he’d rather stay home drinking a Pepsi with grandma while watching his livestock.

Survivors include his wife  of  51 years, Joanne; children, Jamie (Penny) Veach of Peosta, John (Kim) Veach of Dubuque, Jodi (Ryan) Kilburg of Bellevue, and Justin (Abby) Veach of Bellevue; a daughter in-law Casey Veach of DeWitt; 19 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; siblings-all brothers, Chuck (Rose), Dick (Joyce), Doug (Linda), Joe (Anne), Dave (Julie), Pat (Cindy), and Kenny (Bonnie) Veach; In-laws, Gail Michels, Don (Nancy) Knockel, Jim (Kate) Michels, Jeanette (Darel) Felderman, Barb (Terry) Jensen, and Jeff (Barb) Michels.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Loretta Veach; a son, Jason Veach; a brother, Ronnie Veach; father and mother in-law, Tom and Lorraine Michels; and a brother in-law, Greg Michels.

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

Condolences and Memorials may be sent to Hachmann-Mier Funeral 100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, Iowa 52031 c/o John “Jack” Veach Family.


 

Janice K. Pfeiler

Janice K. “Jan” (Hartman) Pfeiler, age 79, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Stonehill Care Center, with her loving family by her side. To celebrate Jan’s life, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jan was born on August 9, 1941, in Manchester, Iowa, daughter of Harold and Letiticia (Duffy) Hartman.

Jan attended beauty school after graduating from high school in 1959, and worked as a cosmetologist for 2 years at Rachael’s Beauty Salon. She met and married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Pfeiler, on August 26, 1961, at Sacred Heart Church. Jan traveled to Kansas with Bob while he served with the U.S. Army, before they returned to make their home in Dubuque. They were blessed with almost 58 years together, and 5 wonderful children, before Bob sadly passed away on August 24, 2019. After they married, Jan became a full time wife, mother and homemaker, who also provided child care for others in her home for 17 years. All who knew her adored and loved her dearly for her generous heart and undying love and passion for her family and friends. She enjoyed spending her free time visiting with the residents at Stonehill for 23 years, always bringing them smiles and excellent conversation. There was never any doubt that Jan was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and grandchildren and embraced every moment spent with them. Her faith was also a very important aspect of her life, and Jan was proud to be a member of Sacred Heart Church for almost 60 years. In her down time, Jan could often be found reading, fishing or traveling with Bob racing their Greyhounds. Their family vacationed with their group of friends at Lake Hancock Resort in Rhinelander, WI, every year since 1973. We are deeply saddened at losing our mom, grandma, great-grandma and sister, but are extremely grateful for all of the years we have had together as a family. Jan will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, and we will miss hearing her famous saying, “Bless your heart”, more than words can convey.

Those left to cherish Jan’s memory include

her children,
Randy (Patty Trowbridge) Pfeiler,
Cindie Zeromski,
Tina (Dan Pfeiffer)Pfeiler,
Dan (Jean) Pfeiler
and Kim (Jason) Meyer, all of Dubuque, IA;

her 8 grandchildren,
Robert and Jesse Zeromski, Nathan and Nicole Pfeiffer, Meggan and Amanda Pfeiler and Hanna and Ellie Meyer;

her great-granddaughter,
Oaklynn Schueller-Zeromski;

2 sisters,
Joann Delong, Phoenix, AZ
and Connie (Tom) Ross-Steger, Strawberry Point, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Rich Mangler, Dubuque, IA.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Bob Pfeiler; 2 sisters, June (Tom) Raymond and Sherry Mangler; a brother-in-law, Don Delong; and a nephew, Shane Ross.

Jan’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Brandon Powers, and all of the nurses and staff at Stonehill, for all of the outstanding care and friendship they have provided to Jan, and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Jan’s favorite charities and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Janice Pfeiler Family.


 

Ruth Ann Durey

We celebrate the life of Ruth Ann Durey. Ruth passed away on November 24, 2020, at the age of 79, at her home wrapped in the love of family, after having suffered a massive stroke on November 13. Ruth is now reunited with her husband, Donald (Sonny) Durey who passed away in 2017, son, Edward Durey, who passed away in 2018, parents, Edward and Pearl Gerstkamp, son-in-law George Frommelt and so many other dear family members.

She is survived by her daughters, Chris McCarron, Cathy Ruden and Candy Frommelt. Ruth had many roles throughout her life, but none brought her greater pleasure than being called grandma and great grandma. Ruth had nine grandchildren, Jessica DuBord, Amber Blum, Corey Ruden, Tyler Ruden, Adam McCarron, Brittany Weber, Ashley Durey, Logan Frommelt, Tyler Frommelt and sixteen great grandchildren.

Although Ruth had only four children of her own, she became “mom” to so many more, including her granddaughter, Brittany, and many foster children who came into Ruth and Sonny’s home. Some stayed the night, some for a short time and some for years. She provided safety, security, compassion and love to all who passed through her home. Ruth taught her children that there is always enough love to share with others.

Ruth was a child advocate. As a parent of a child with disabilities, she was constantly advocating not only for her own son, Ed, but for all individuals with disabilities. She believed that every child with a disability has the right to access and be included in all activities and opportunities, just as a child without disabilities. Her advocacy led her to her work as a paraprofessional with Dubuque Community Schools. She worked with students with disabilities at Franklin, Helen Keller and Eisenhower Schools.

Another “mom” role for Ruth was her involvement within the community. She served on many PTA boards, volunteered for a variety of community events, and served as a Girl Scout leader and a Sunday school teacher. She loved to drop off batches of spinach dip to her special friends at Ed’s apartment.

One of her greatest roles was “dog mom.” Through the years, many dogs were loved and pampered by Ruth. Her present two dogs, Mindy and Huck, were her pride and joy. They will miss their snuggle buddy. Mindy, Huck and her grandpuppies, Ruby and Ellie, were by her side in her final moments, and we are sure that she will be watching over them.

Due to the pandemic, a private family service and burial was held on November 27, 2020 at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery. According to Ruth’s wishes, the family suggests memorials be given to ARC, Goodwill or Cozy Corner. You may view the service on Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory’s Facebook page.

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com.


 

Kathleen M. Nachtmahr

Kathleen M. “Kay” Nachtman, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 23, 2020 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 27, 2020 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church with Rev. David Ambrosy officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Private family visitation will be held, a live stream of the funeral service will be on Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory’s Facebook page. If attending the mass, please remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing.

Kay was born on January 19, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of William and Kathryn (Ries) Knockel. She married Irvin “Irv” Nachtman on September 8, 1956 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. Irv preceded Kay in death on July 31, 2014.

Kay was born south of Dubuque on the family farm and was still a farm girl at heart. She and Irv purchased 40 acres from her Mother in 1969, in which they built their home and raised their 3 kids, she was able to stay there to the end. Kay loved spending time with her family. She loved a good card game, especially Poker and Euchre and was in a card club for 55 + years with her sister and friends. She had a witty personality, loved people and a good party. She was an excellent cook and baker, known for many of her wonderful recipes throughout the years. She was an avid reader, loved feeding the birds and taking care of her outdoor flowers in the summertime, she played horseshoe and bowled back in her younger years. She will be sadly missed by many of her family and friends.

Kay is survived by her three children: Mark (Deb Koenig) Nachtman, of Dubuque, Jerry “Doc” (Julie) Nachtman, of St. Donatus, Sara (Bob) Moyer, of Dubuque. Six grandchildren, Kenny (Kala) Nachtman, Joey (Lana) Nachtman, Cody (Allison) Nachtman, and Amber (Nick) Marolf, Austin Moyer, Lindsay Nachtman. Four great grandchildren, Lane Nachtman, Tillie & Ollie Marolf, Thea Nachtman and one on the way. Two sisters; JoAnn (Carl) Weimerskirch and Carol (Bill) Gaber; sisters-in-law, Corrine (Jack) Schwartz and Mary Ann Nachtman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Irv, two brothers Herbert “Herbie” Knockel and Vernie Knockel, and three sisters, Lucille Murphy, Dorothy “Dottie” Hilken and Lois Thielen along with her sister-in-law Lorraine (Carl) Sprague.

The family would like to thank the emergency room doctors, nurses and staff at UnityPoint, Finley Hospital for all their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers a Kathleen Nachtman memorial fund will be established.


 

Harry J. Huebbe

Harry J. Huebbe, 91, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, November 23, 2020, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa from complications of CoVid 19 Pneumonia.

A graveside service and burial celebrating his life will be at 2 P.M., Friday, November 27, 2020, at Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.  A private family visitation will be held at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

It is required to utilize masks and to observe social distancing during the services due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Harry Junior Huebbe was born on January 9, 1929 at Rural Andrew, Iowa to Harry Carl and Marie (Hoover) Huebbe.  He served his country in the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge.  He married Ruth Delores Scott on August 20, 1953 in Andrew, Iowa.  To this union three children were born, Harold, Darrell and Brenda.

Harry had farmed all of his life, raising hogs, cattle and dairy farming.

He was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75.  He enjoyed Cat fishing, and loved woodworking making wooden toys and selling them at flea markets.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Harold (Cathy) Huebbe of Maquoketa, IA, Darrell Huebbe of Maquoketa, IA, and Brenda (Ed “Kleater”) Beidler of Maquoketa, IA; 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Elmer (Rachel) Huebbe of Maquoketa, IA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lucille, Margie and Alice, and his wife Ruth on May 29, 2020.

Condolences and memorials may be sent to Carson Celebration of Life Center, 318 West Pleasant Street, Maquoketa, Iowa  52060 c/o Harry J. Huebbe Family.

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


 

Sister Theresa McNerney, BVM

Sister Theresa McNerney, BVM, (Grace Michele), 88, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Caritas Center.

Sharing of Memories via Zoom will be from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. A virtual visitation will be held from 10:30 – 10:45 a.m., followed immediately by the funeral service. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Theresa was an elementary teacher in Chicago; Phoenix; Seattle; Tujunga, Carlsbad, Montrose, South Gate, Huntington Park, Wilmington and Maywood, Calif.; and in Los Angeles where she also served as principal. She ministered on the learning support faculty at California State University and as an ombudsman for the aged in Orange County, Calif., and in Chicago.

She was born on Nov. 4, 1932, in Seattle to Michael and Grace (Banke) McNerney. She entered the BVM congregation on Feb. 9, 1950, from St. John Parish, Seattle. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1952, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1957.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Walt (Helen), Robert (Gladys) and John (Lavina and Irene) McNerney; a sister Mary Kittleson; brother-in-law Don Sowder, sister-in-law Gloria McNerney.

She is survived by a brother Thomas McNerney, Issaquah, Wash.; a sister Grace Sowder, Redmond, Wash.; nieces; nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

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

Hoffmann, Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, Iowa 52002 is in charge of arrangements.


 

Carol R. (Banks) Kemp

Carol R. (Banks) Kemp, age 79, of Dubuque, passed away at 7:07 a.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at Stonehill Care Center. To celebrate Carol’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Due to COVID-19 concerns the number of people inside the building will be limited, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices. To honor Carol’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home, with Gordon Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Carol was born on August 14, 1941, in Cowley, Wyoming, daughter of Grant and Viola (Blank) Banks.

Carol was born and raised in Wyoming and later moved to California, Oregon and Montana, before moving back to Dubuque in 2009. She was united in marriage to James Kemp on June 5, 1959, in Lovell, Wyoming. They would be blessed with 4 wonderful children, and 50 years of marriage before Jim passed away on February 20, 2010. Carol was employed as a special education teacher’s associate at Audobon and Eisenhower Schools for 21 years until her retirement in 2000. She was always very active with her community and was a part of the Navy Club Auxiliary, the Boys Club Auxiliary and served as a Cub Scout Den Mother. When she found some free time, Carol enjoyed whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, or sitting quietly crocheting or working on her puzzles. She also liked to get outside and experience the beauty of nature, especially the mountains, with camping and canoeing being some of her favorite activities. Carol was the “Neighborhood Mom” and was affectionately known as “Momma Bear”, who was known to ferociously defend all her “cubs.” Above all, she loved her family, they were truly her pride and joy and time spent with them always brought a smile to her face. We love and miss you, and will be eternally grateful for all of the lessons you have taught us and memories we have made that will be cherished forever.

Those left to cherish Carol’s memory include

her children,
Dianna (Mike) Stover, Montgomery, AL,
Mike Kemp, Billings, MT,
Don Kemp, Billings, MT
and Jeff (Kate) Kemp, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Chris (Shelby) Kemp, Shawn (Meagan) Kemp, Haley Kemp, Tyler (Nathan) Kemp, Shannon Kemp, Taylor (Tristan) Meyer, Jordan Kemp, Trevor (Rachel Ianello) Kemp, Michael Brown, Avery (Savannah Jahn) Kemp, and Yasmin Kemp;

her 10 great grandchildren;

a sister,
Colleen Balin, Yuma, CO;

a brother,
Don (Sidney) Banks, Cody, WY;

and many nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Grant & Viola Banks; her husband, James Kemp; and a sister, Doris Schuster.

Carol’s family would like to thank the amazing care team at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all they did for her and their family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Carol Kemp Family.


 

Sister Veronica Bagenstos, OSF

Sister Veronica Bagenstos, OSF, 72 of the Clare House in Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 23, 2020, at the Clare House.

A private Rite of Final Commendation will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:30 a.m. at the OSF Natural Burial Site. A private Celebration of Life will be held at Clare House Chapel, Mount St. Francis Center, at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020.

She was born on May 11, 1948 in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England the daughter of Lloyd and Joyce (Major) Bagenstos.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 22, 1972 and made final profession of vows October 13, 1979. Sister received her BSN from Creighton University, Omaha, NE. She ministered as a nurse in Hiawassee, GA; Murphy, NC; Chinle, AZ; Durango, CO. In Iowa she ministered in Clinton, Des Moines, Carmelite Monastery, Eldridge, and at Holy Family Hall, Mount St. Francis Center, Dubuque.

Sister is survived by her sister, Lila Bendkowska, and her Franciscan sisters.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern.

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

Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements


 

Sister Dorothy Gaffney, BVM

Sister Dorothy Gaffney, BVM (Irene Patricia), 93, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at Caritas Center.

Sharing of Memories via Zoom will be from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. A virtual visitation will be held from 10:30 – 10:45 a.m., followed immediately by the funeral service. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Dorothy was an elementary teacher at St. Anthony and an administrative assistant at Mount Carmel, both in Dubuque, Iowa. She ministered as an elementary teacher and principal in Des Moines, Iowa, and as a school secretary, administrative assistant, and elementary and secondary teacher in Chicago. She also taught in elementary schools in Omaha, Nebr., and Butte, Mont., and a secondary school in San Francisco.

She was born on Jan. 10, 1927, in Chicago to Patrick and Irene (Calt) Gaffney. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1946, from St. Clement Parish in Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1954. She withdrew in 1970 to care for her parents and reentered the community Sept. 23, 1985.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Patricia Kolometz, and a nephew Patrick Kolometz. She is survived by a niece Dottie Ryan, Schaumburg, Ill.; grandnieces; great-grandnieces; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.

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

Behr’s Funeral Home, 1491 Main St., Dubuque, Iowa 52001 is in charge of arrangements.


 

Rita M. Willenbring

Rita M. Willenbring, 93, of Farley, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at River Bend Retirement Community, Cascade, Iowa.

A private family visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa.  A private mass of Christian burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding.   Burial will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.   The services will be live streamed at 1 p.m on the St. Elizabeth Pastorate facebook page.  Anyone wishing to send a memorial, may send it to Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN: Rita Willenbring family, P.O. #99, Farley, Iowa  52046.

Rita was born on November 24, 1926 to Al and Mary Steffen at Luxemburg Iowa, the third eldest of the six “Steffen Girls” and one brother.  She attended country schools in the Luxemburg area.  She met Elmer Willenbring at the New Vienna Dance Hall and they were married May 27, 1948 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg. Elmer and Rita farmed on the Willenbring family farm near Farley where they raised their family. Their first move off the farm was to a house that was built at the edge of the farm just off the highway nearer to town.  They moved to their “Retirement Home” in Farley in November 1996.  Rita was always a farm wife at heart. She enjoyed gardening and flowers, bowling, quilting, playing cards, and dancing. Rita was a member of the Catholic Daughter of Americas Presentation Court #1460, Red Hat Society, Farley Garden Club, and sang with the Resurrection Choir at St Joseph’s Church. She was always there for her family, friends, church & the community. Since it was important for her to acquire a high school diploma, she studied and received her GED in 1976.  Rita and Elmer loved to travel and took the family on yearly vacations.  Later they traveled the United States and Europe with friends and relatives making new friends along the way.  She loved spending time with the grand, great, and great great grandchildren.  She especially enjoyed sewing Halloween costumes and crocheting blankets for her grandchildren and great grandchildren along with the usual mending and repairing clothes!

Surviving are her four children: Donna (Terry) Beresford, Dubuque (Sun City Center FL); Jim (Joan) Willenbring, Farley, Deb (Steve) Singley, Coal Valley IL; Dee Ann (Rick) Sisam, Bettendorf IA: Grandchildren:  Stacy (Luke) Schmitz, Todd (Sherri) Beresford and Jamie Beresford (Tiffany).  Amy (Scott) Meskimen, Sarah (Jayme) Mescher, Scott (Lisa) Willenbring, Ashley (Andrew) Dirksen,  Matthew Singley (Julie), Mark (Kelly) Singley,  Abbey (Anya) Schaffer -Van Houtte.  Jenna and Paul Sisam. Great grandchildren: Katie (Jacob) Schoop, Lindsey (Michael) Kessler, Sarah, Hannah, Matthew and Grace Schmitz, Cayden, Connor, Olivia and Owen Meskimen, Kacie, Madeline, Abigail and Alex Mescher,  Tanis, Johnathon and Jacob Willenbring, Landon and Logan Dirksen, and Callum Singley; Great Great Grandchildren: Ava, Lyla, Jaxon, William, and Evelynn Schoop. One sister-in-law, Kay Steffen; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband on October 9, 2000, her parents, and siblings and spouses: Aggie (Lefty) Demmer, Esther (Arnie) Bockenstedt, Kay (Bill) Naber, Sally (Bob) Naber, Dottie (Harry) Maiers, and Gene Steffen. A brother-in law: Don (Rose) (Laura) Willenbring; and great granddaughter, baby Sophia Schmitz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St Joseph’s Church, Farley Garden Club, Hospice of Dubuque, or the Rita Willenbring Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the Riverbend Community family, Hospice of Dubuque, and Thelma Loes for the compassionate care they gave to mom.  The family would also like to thank all those whose wonderful acts of kindness allowed mom to stay in her home as long as possible.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com


 

Linda M. Roling

Linda M. (Hebdon) Roling, 65, of  Bellevue, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Memorial Service will be 11:00 am, Saturday, November 28, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue.  Visitation will be 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday, November 27, 2020 at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.  Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.

During the visitation the number of people will be limited in the funeral home and you may be asked to patiently wait for your opportunity to show your respects and leave your condolences.

It is required to utilize masks and to observe social distancing during the visitation and during the funeral service due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Funeral Services will be live broadcast on Bellevue Cable Channel 38 and will be uploaded on SaintJohn Devotion YouTube Channel following the services

Linda was born August 31, 1955 in Clinton, the daughter of James and Gertrude (McCoy) Hebdon, Sr. Linda graduated from Camanche High School in 1973.   She married Chris Roling May 18, 1974.  Linda worked at Ensign, Big D, Casey’s, Cloths Horse, and babysat many children over the years.  She loved to travel and had many rememberable family vacations to Disney.  Linda loved her pets and raised many dogs over the years.  She and Chris enjoyed competition BBQ and won with her meatloaf at many competitions.  Linda loved to cook, bake and had the best homemade pizza.  She was a member of the Bellevue Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary, Bellevue Ducks Unlimited, and Eastern Star.  Linda was a huge Willie Nelson Fan and attended many concerts with her husband.  She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her husband, Chris; children, Marla (Jason) Mootz and Carli (Chris) LaCoursiere; grandchildren, Izabella, Coy, and Aleyha; a brother, Steve Hebdon; brothers and sisters in-law, Martha (Roger) Roe and Frederick (DeBora) Roling; extended family, Donald (Valerie) Ackerman and numerous other relatives.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter,  Faith Christine LaCoursiere; siblings, James, Jr. and Terry Hebdon; and her mother and father in-law, Joan and Merle Roling and her fur babies.

The family would like to thank Dr. Carryn Anderson, Dr. Douglas Laux &  staff at the University of Iowa Hospital’s & Clinics, Dr. Mark  Herman & staff at Grand River Medical Group, Hospice of Dubuque County  and her special niece Angel Rachal Roe for your care and concern during this time.

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

Condolences and Memorials may be sent to Hachmann-Mier Funeral 100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, Iowa 52031 c/o Linda Roling Family.


 

Arlene T. Steffen

Arlene T. Steffen, 91 of Luxemburg, Iowa passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 25, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dustin Vu will officiate. Social distancing and masks are required during the funeral mass.

Arlene was born May 25, 1929 in Petersburg, Iowa, the daughter of Aloysius and Abeline (Klostermann) Nurre. She married David Steffen on May 31, 1954 in Petersburg, Iowa and together raised a family of 9 children in Luxemburg.

Mom will be dearly missed. She lived a full life and always put her family before herself. She was a dear friend to all of her kids and knew just the right thing to say and do to help them through. She will be remembered living life to the fullest and enjoyed dancing, playing cards and laughing.

Arlene & Dave enjoyed wintering in Texas, as well as fishing and gardening when in Iowa. She lovingly crocheted afghans for her family and her flowerbeds were almost as beautiful as she was. Arlene and Dave enjoyed a lifetime together and celebrated 66 years of marriage. Their togetherness has shaped each and every one of her children.

Survivors include her husband, Dave, her children: Connie (David J) Steffen of Garber, Jeff (Sherri) Steffen of Luxemburg, Carla (Brad) Milbert of Dyersville, Marilyn (Kevin) Langel of Epworth, Chuck (Lisa) Steffen of Hiawatha, Rick (Diane) Steffen of Luxemburg, Jill (Jeff) Hoeger of Port Barrington, IL, Jenny Schute of Epworth and Jodie (Matt) McDermott of Epworth, 34 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren,
siblings: Joe (Helen) Nurre of Manchester, Rosemary Nickol of Dyersville, Kenny (Dottie) Nurre of Rockford, IL, Gary (Rita) Nurre of Petersburg and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Verna Mae (Julius) Steffen, Charlie (Alice) Nurre, Alfred “Fritz” (Rosemarie) Nurre, in-laws: Bernice (Carl) Decker, Tharsilla (Joe) Gerdemann, Lorraine (Frank) Lentz, Reynold (Mildred) Steffen, Leonard (Marie) Steffen, Wilfred (Florence) Steffen, and nieces & nephews.

The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice, HomeInstead, and the First Responder and Ambulance services for their assistance and compassionate care.

Cards & memorials may be sent to Arlene Steffen in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, Iowa.

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


 

Stephen R. Mask Sr.

It is with great sadness we announce that Stephen Ray Mask Sr passed away Friday November 20th at West Wing in DeWitt, Iowa. Steve was 64 and succumbed to complications as a result of Covid 19. He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years Linda Mask, his two children and their spouses Steve Mask and his wife Laurie, Jamie Andersen and her Husband David, and his 6 grandchildren, Stephen, Michael, Caleb, Aidan, Tanner, and Jackson.

Steve Mask was a true southern boy raised around Atlanta, Georgia with his 3 brothers George, Jerry and Scott and his one sister Norma Jean by his parents George Edgar Mask Sr and Olive Mae Mask.

Steve grew up to join the Navy as a photographer. A skill he used throughout his life. After leaving the Navy while travelling through Iowa he met the woman of his dreams at the Rose Garden in Maquoketa, Iowa his “Indian Princess,” Linda Hickson. They would soon marry at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek Iowa on August 26th, 1978 and raised their two children Steve Jr and Jamie throughout Eastern Iowa.

Steve was an adventurous soul who loved to fish, hunt, and smoke a certain recreational substance. He never missed an oppourtunity to tell jokes at family gatherings. He always went out of his way to make sure people visiting him in Florida were comfortable and had the best time. He loved spending time with his closest Friends Ron and Kelle Clark for whom he and Linda had many great times and memories especially on fourth of July every year.

He was a free spirit who never liked to sit in place for long. He moved from place to place with his family ending up in Florida for nearly 2 decades before ending up back in Iowa for medical reasons.

Steve loved his family both Mask and Hickson. He adored his wife. He cherished his children and Grandchildren by whom he was referred to as Papa (pawpaw)  (Not Grandpa). He embraced life and enjoyed the little things impressing everyone who had the chance to meet him. His presence in our lives will be forever missed. However, there will always be joy and happiness when we think back on how he touched our lives.

At Peace Cremation Services have taken place and Burial will be at a later date at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Otter Creek, Iowa.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.


 

Kenneth J. Michels

Kenneth J. Michels, 91, of Springbrook, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Mercy One in Dubuque.  Funeral Mass will be 12:00 pm (noon), Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook. Visitation will be 9:00 am until Mass time also on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook.  Burial will be in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook.

During the visitation the number of people will be limited in the Church and you may be asked to patiently wait for your opportunity to show your respects and leave your condolences.

Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the St. Joseph Bellevue – Sts. Peter & Paul Springbrook Facebook page, on their You Tube Channel.

It is required to utilize masks and to observe social distancing during the visitation and during the funeral mass due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Kenneth was born September 6, 1929 in Bellevue, the son of Peter and Clara (Gerardy) Michels.  He married Orva Mae Zeimet on November 27, 1951 in Bellevue, she passed on November 17, 2001, 11 children were born to this union.  Kenneth worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad.

Kenneth’s faith was very important to him, he never missed Mass and if he was not there, he got calls.  He was always early for church and prayed the Rosary every day.  He was St. Nick for years and the kids loved him.  Kenneth was a 2020 Magic of Children Honoree and he was so proud to accept the honor.  He was a longtime Knights of Columbus Council 1354-Bellevue member and he was always willing to help at all the events.  Kenneth was a member of the Bellevue Golf Club, avid bowler and a huge Chicago Cubs fan and attended many Cubs games over the years.  He had a competitive nature and always wanted to win. Kenneth took great pride in his family and loved them dearly, when they won the Family softball tournament in St. Donatus, he never missed an inning.  Kenneth was always willing to help out his church, community and never missed an event.  He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.  Kenneth never met a stranger.

Survivors include children; Colleen (Steve) Cloos of Springbrook, Sandy Klocke of Delmar, Roxy (John) Ray of Maquoketa, Lois (Tim) Cahill of Lisbon, Amy (Ray) Grimm of Terre Haute, Indiana, Jodi (Matt) Neiber of Eldridge, Randy of Andrew, Kevin (Cindy) of Davenport and Jamie (Tammy) of Bellevue; 23 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; siblings, Arlene McGinnis, Norma Jean Casel, Larry (Joyce) Michels, and Robert (Kelma) Michels; and a sister in-law, LeAnna Michels.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Orva Mae; a son, Steve; a daughter, Kristy; daughter in-law, Karen Michels; grandchildren, Jason and Justin; siblings, Orville (Florence) Michels, Maxine (Harold) Kueter, Marvin (Rosemary) Michels, and Lester Michels;  brothers in-law, , Dean McGinnis, Billy Casel, and Milfred Zeimet; and a sister in-law Berneice (Jack) Kloft.

A memorial fund has been established in Kenneth’s memory, memorials and condolences may be mailed to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service  100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, IA  52031 c/o Kenneth Michels Family.

Kenneth’s family asks everyone to sign the online guestbook and leave a condolence at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com.


 

Alvera J. Mormann

Alvera Juliana (Neuhaus) Mormann, age 88, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque, IA, with family after a long struggle from breast cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, November 25th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, IA with interment in St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Petersburg, Iowa.

Vera was born on December 23, 1931, in New Vienna, IA, the daughter of Bernard and Theresa (Wiskus) Neuhaus. She married William H. Mormann on April 25, 1954, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna. Together, they had eleven children: Alan (Pam) of Petersburg, IA, Terry (JoAnn) of Independence, IA, Randy (Carmen) of Petersburg, IA, Robert (Kim) of Omaha, NE, Deb (Garry) Anstoetter of Epworth, IA, William III (Mary) of Farley, IA, Bev (John) Nelson of Navarre, FL, Mary (Gerry) Schlegel of Fort Worth, TX, James (Melinda) of Morton, IL, Carl (Lisa) of Dyersville, IA and Lynn (Kevin) Franzluebbers of Omaha, NE.

She was the proud grandmother of 22 grandchildren and the beaming great grandmother of 26 great-grandchildren.

Vera leaves behind one sister, Germaine (Neuhaus) Foxen and Cousin Mary Lou Schmit; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband William H. Mormann, her son Alan Mormann, her grandson Patrick Mormann, brothers Alvin (Clara Ann) Neuhaus, Bernard (Delores) Neuhaus and in-laws Richard “Dick” and Mary Arens, Harlan and Julitta Friedman and William Schmitt.

Vera had a quick wit and contagious smile with hugs that engulfed you in her love. She made everyone feel like a friend and was thought of by many as a second mom or special grandma. She was genuine and always made time to chat and share a smile – there was never a story that wasn’t too good to be told again and again. She had a way of opening her home to others, even if it was unexpected, one was always welcomed.

You would know that Vera had a green thumb as her beautiful flowers and plants were showcased inside and out. Throughout her years, Vera donated her blooms to the area greenhouse for homecoming corsages and to the St. Peter & Paul church to adorn the altar of her faith. Keeping to her nature, you’d see her riding her Dixon mower through town to make sure her lawns were manicured to their finest.

Her second home was on the baseball field, supporting her husband as team manager and her boys as they took the field for the Petersburg Baseball team. Vera ran the concessions making roasters of turkey and Maid Rite sandwiches and making sure no one ever left hungry.

Vera had a strong faith and prayed the rosary every day; she always gave great advice that usually ended with the comment to “Pray about it and look for guidance from upstairs and I’ll pray an extra rosary for you”. Vera cherished her family, and they were truly her greatest treasure. Her advice was endless and valued.

Over the years, Vera participated in church groups, prayer groups, school activities and bowling leagues. The continued support of her family was seen by her presence at their events whenever she could. She volunteered to the community lending a helping hand to anyone in need.

Vera will be missed by many; her family has lost a treasure – their rock and matriarch. Her kind, gentle spirit will be a light that continues to shine through her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family extends sincere gratitude to the care and compassion of those that brought a loving touch to their mother; the Stonehill Care facility nurses, care and liturgical staff, and administrator Peggy Stockel. Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Mark Herman, Dr. Tony Heiar, Dr. Garrett Ridgley, Dr Amy Even and Dr. Tauseef Khan.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com. Please send cards and memorials to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040, please include first and last name of Vera Mormann on the outside of the envelope.


 

Lester M. Michels

Lester M. Michels, 96, of Bellevue, passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.  Funeral Mass will be 12:00 pm (noon), Friday, November 27, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue.  Visitation will be 10:00 am – 11:30 am prior to Mass on Friday at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue.

During the visitation the number of people will be limited in the funeral home and you may be asked to patiently wait for your opportunity to show your respects and leave your condolences.

Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the St. Joseph Bellevue – Sts. Peter & Paul Springbrook Facebook page, on their You Tube Channel and on Bellevue Cable TV Channel 37.

Lester was born February 24, 1924 in Springbrook, the son of Peter and Clara (Gerardy) Michels.  He served his country in the US Army during WW II, achieving the rank of Corporal, while serving in combat overseas for 18 months in the 75th Infantry, he earned 2 battle stars, and the French Legion of Honor Medal.  Lester married LeAnna Weinschenk on May 6, 1947 at Sts. Peter & Paul in Springbrook.  Lester worked at the Savanna Army Depot, drove school bus, managed the American Legion bar, and he and LeAnna together worked at the Bellevue State Bank,  before retiring.  He served on the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department for many years and was a Charter Member of the Bellevue Ambulance.  Lester was a member of the VFW, Bellevue American Legion Post #273, Bellevue Golf Club, Knights of Columbus Council 1354-Bellevue and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  He was an avid Chicago Cubs and passed on that passion to his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, playing golf, cards.  Lester and LeAnna had a weekly ritual on Sundays, Mass, breakfast at Richman’s and then an occasional trip to the casino.

Survivors include his wife of 73 years, LeAnna; children, Roger (Diane) Michels, Betty Bakey, Mary (John) Hinke, Rick (Beth) Michels, and Jane (Mike) Steines; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; siblings, Arlene McGinnis, Norma Jean Casel, Larry (Joyce) Michels, and Robert (Kelma) Michels; numerous nieces and nephews; and a brother in-law, Clyde (Bette) Weinschenk.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Nathan, daughter in-law, Sherri; siblings, Orville (Florence) Michels, Maxine Kieffer, Marvin (Rosemary) Michels, and Kenneth (Orva Mae) Michels whom passed on November 21, 2020; brothers and sisters in-law, Dean McGinnis, Bill Casel, Arleta (Milton) Scheckel, Clifford (Dorothy) Weinschenk, and Carvel Weinschenk.

It is required to utilize masks and to observe social distancing during the funeral mass due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

A memorial fund has been established in Lesters’s memory, memorials and condolences may be mailed to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service  100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, IA  52031 c/o Lester Michels Family.

Lesters’s family asks everyone to sign the online guestbook and leave a condolence at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com.


 

Marie K. Kutsch

Marie K. Kutsch, 94, of Dubuque, died Saturday, November 21, 2020, at the Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

A private family graveside service will be held Wednesday, November 24, 2020, at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Marie was born June 7, 1926, in Durango, IA, the daughter of Martin and Katherine (Krug) Behnke. On August 21, 1946, she married Walter M. at Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill. Walter preceded her in death on March 28, 2012.

She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul parish in Sherrill and their Rosary Society.

She is survived by children her Kathy (Gary) Davis of Dubuque, Janet Kuhle of Portland, OR, Dennis (Sandy) Kutsch of Dubuque, MaryAnn (Don) Davis of Sherrill, Dave (Dee) Kutsch of Dubuque, Rita Kutsch of Sherrill,  Dan (Sherrie) Kutsch of Dubuque, Dale (Stepheny) Kutsch of Prescott, AZ, Don (Rebecca) Kutsch of Maquoketa, Duane (Angie) Kutsch of Dubuque, and Mark (Lynn) Kutsch of Sherrill; 31 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren; great great granchildren; sisters-in-law, Bernice Niensteadt of Dubuque, Clara (Henry) Kubitz of Dubuque, Loretta Behnke of Durango; and brothers-in-law, Richard Kutsch of Dubuque, Bernard (Addie) Kutsch of St. Donatus.

Besides her husband, she is also preceded in death by her parents; a sister Marieta Heim; daughter-in-law, Carol Kutsch; brother, Alfred Behnke; a son-in-law, Bob Kuhle; a great grandson; four brothers-in-law, Harold Kutsch, Francis Kutsch, Richard Heim, and Justin Niensteadt; and two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Kutsch and Delila Kutsch.

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

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


 

Michael McInnis

Michael McInnis; known to those who had the pleasure of knowing him as ‘Hillbilly’, continued his journey to the next life and passed away on Sunday, November 15th around 2 p.m.

A heartfelt “Thank You” goes out to his companions who visited him over the past two years as he worked to recover from an unfortunate accident which left him paralyzed with little use of his arms and legs.  He was a fighter and, even towards the end, he gave it his all, slowly regaining the ability to stand freely for a short amount of time and even taking a few steps.

Alas, his time had come and at the age of 63, he passed in his East Dubuque home doing what he loved so much – working on his Vette.

Mike leaves behind a wife of 41 years, a daughter, and a son-in-law who will continue on with ‘the plan’.

He lived his life like no other, spoke from his heart, and always tried to do the right thing, never asking for anything in return. The world became an uglier place when he left us.  He was a “Simple Man”


 

Dorothy Kay Krayer

Dorothy Kay (Bottorff) Krayer, 81, of Dubuque, died Friday, November 20, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Visitation will be Tuesday November 24, 2020 from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Dorothy’s family.

The Funeral Service for Dorothy will be Tuesday November 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, with Pastor Kristen Wipperman and Pastor Karen Candee officiating. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens at a later date. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Dorothy was born January 7, 1939 in Waterloo, daughter of Harry and Gertrude (Meyeraan) Bottorff.

Dorothy graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1956. She married Robert Krayer at Immanuel Congregational UCC Church on October 3, 1959.

Following graduation, Dorothy worked for John Deere Dubuque Works, AY McDonald Mfg. Co. and One-Stop Bookkeeping and Tax Service for over 40 years as a tax preparer and bookkeeper.

Dorothy was a member of Immanuel Congregational UCC Church for over 60 years serving on various boards with her longest tenure as Church Moderator. Dorothy was a delegate to the Dubuque Area Congregations United (DACU); CROP Hunger Walk; Bunker Hill Ladies Golf captain and in her earlier years served as a Girl Scout leader/coordinator.

Dorothy loved spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies included golfing, flower gardening, traveling and volunteering. She was very loving, passionate, understanding and giving person.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Kimberly (Larry) Schwartz of Blue Grass and Krista (Chad) Kaminski of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Adam and Jared Schwartz, Alex and Lauren (Andy Guritz) Kaminski; one brother, Harry “James” (Nancy) Bottorff of 29 Palms, CA; one sister, Sherry (Merle) Schmitt of Dubuque; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sally Siege; and brother, Donald Bottorff.

Dorothy’s family extends thanks to the nurses and staff at Oak Park Place for their unending care; St. Croix Hospice; as well as doctors Ryan Stille, Andrew Bland, Mark Janes, Todd Sleep and Mark Niemer.

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

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


 

Pearl K. Duve

Pearl K. (Lightfoot) Duve, age 72, of Dubuque, passed away at 11:47 p.m., on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  To celebrate Pearl’s life, there will be a public visitation from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Monday, November 23, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Private family visitation and services will be held immediately following from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  There will be a sharing service at 7:00 p.m. that can be viewed on the Behr Funeral Home Facebook page.  Due to COVID-19 concerns the number of people inside the building will be limited, and all who attend will be required to wear a face covering and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices.   Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at a later date following cremation.

Pearl was born on March 19, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Pearl attended school at Prescott Elementary and Jefferson Junior High.  She was united in marriage to David Duve Jr., on September 20, 1969, at Holy Ghost Church, and they celebrated 51 years of marriage earlier this year.  Pearl was employed with The Julien Hotel off and on throughout the years as the head of  housekeeping, for a total of 20 years.  She also worked at ServiceMaster for 5 years, until her final retirement.  In her free time Pearl found plenty of ways to keep busy.  She was always cooking or cleaning something, and also spent countless hours outside tending to the garden and then canning at harvest time.  No doubt, Pearl’s favorite thing to do was taking care of the grandchildren when they were born.  She loved her children, but the grandchildren were definitely the apples of her eye.  Being a grandma was her calling.  Pearl is now resting peacefully, free of all of her health issues, and joining her mom, Mildred, and all of her family who has gone to Heaven before her.  Her name truly fit her, she was a “Pearl”, a rare gem, who brought beauty to the lives of those she held dear.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Pearl’s memory include

her husband,
David Duve Jr., Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Mary (Grant) Gustofson, Boone, IA,
Missy (Gary McDonough) Gruber, Dubuque, IA,
Vance (Monica) Duve, Dubuque, IA
and Donna (John) Udell, Bernard, IA;

her 14 grandchildren,
Scott, Sarah, Jordan, Jacob, Jarred, Brenton Gustofson,  Tishana (Eric) Suiter, Jacob Gruber, David and Daisy Duve, Vance (Brooke) Duve, Jackson (Danielle) Cruciani, Drew Cruciani and Colson Cruciani;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Eli and Clara Suiter, and Liam and Lennon Gruber;

and her siblings,
Pat Ryan, Wausau, WI,
Mike (Deb) Lightfoot, Dubuque, IA,
Michelle (Tim) Burke, Dubuque, IA,
Barb Kelly, Dubuque, IA
and Myrna Howell, Dubuque, IA.

Pearl was preceded in death by her father and her mother, Mildred Lightfoot; her in-laws, David “Bud” and Donna Duve; her siblings, Dale Lightfoot and Carol (Gary) Scheffert; brothers-in-law, Rudy Harry, Terry Kelly, Danny Duve, Leo Duve, Chucky Duve, Timmy Duve and Craig Hoskins; a sister-in-law, Deb Duve; and her childhood best friend, Bev Flury.

Pearl’s family would like to thank Dr. Konz and her nurse, Sherry, as well as Hospice of Dubuque, especially Tim Saunders and Sarah, for their wonderful and compassionate care of mom.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Pearl Duve Family.

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


 

Barbara A. Zubler

Barbara Ann Zubler, 72, of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at home surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at the Church of the Resurrection with Fr. Phil Gibbs officiating. The funeral will be live-streamed on The Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook page.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West.

Visitation will be from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday at the Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Barb was born on December 2, 1947 in Dubuque, the daughter of Merwin and Genevieve (Campbell) Gibson.  She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1966. Barb was united in marriage to William J. “Bill” Zubler on February 15, 1969 at the Church of the Nativity.

She was formerly employed as a hostess at Carlos O’Kelly’s until her retirement in 2015.  She and Bill have enjoyed Square Dancing for over 55 years.  Barb loved baking, camping, and traveling (especially to Branson, MO).

Surviving is her husband Bill; three daughters, Pamela A. (Chris) Erschen, Kristine (Duane) Richter, and Cheryl Carroll all of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Andrew Erschen, Kayla Kauffman, Emily & Rachel Richter and Benjamin Zubler; her sister, Laura (Allan) Tigges of Dubuque; inlaws, Peggy Gibson of Dubuque and Zach (Linda) Lanham of Springfield, MO; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Linda & Jim Kuhle of East Moline, IL, and Bev Sutter of Apache Junction, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Merwin and Genevieve and a brother Tom Gibson.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Home Instead Senior Care for the wonderful care provided to their wife and mother.

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


 

Russell M. Grant

Russell Michael Grant, 58, of Zwingle, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from complications of Alzheimer’s Dementia at the Bell Tower Retirement Community, in East Dubuque.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the family cares about our friends and loved ones, and so there will be no public visitation at this time. A private graveside service for family will be 2:00 p.m. on Monday at the East Dubuque Cemetery, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Iowa National Guard Funeral Detail.

Russ was born on December 11, 1961 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Raymond C. “Shorty” and Jenanne M. (Foht) Grant.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, Class of 1980.

Russ was formerly employed with the Canadian Pacific Railroad, lastly as a machine operator. He was a member of BMWE Local # 2427. Russ was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving from 1985 – 1989. He enjoyed horses, hunting, searching for morels collecting memorabilia, and he and Linda loved playing pool.

Surviving is his wife Linda Welp; one sister, Sharon (Tom) Harris of Cuba City, WI, five nieces and nephews, Joshua Haupert, Matthew Lee, Michael (Kayla Ring) Stillmunkes, Kelsey (Jamie) Schroeder, and Kea (Chris) Mueller; five great nieces and nephews; two uncles, Norbert (Shirley Kirkpatrick) Foht of East Dubuque, and Gerry Foht of Dubuque, and numerous cousins.

Russ was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Jenanne.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque for the compassionate care given to Russ, and the staff at Bell Tower Retirement Center for your kindness.

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


 

Dale P. Kaukaskie

Dale Patrick Kaukaskie, 51, of Dubuque, IA, entered into his eternal home in heaven on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital.

Dale was born on November 30, 1968, the son of Don and Irene (Lucy) Kaukaskie, one of three children.

Dale was known as a very good worker.  He worked many jobs lastly at Lund Mfg. in Farley, IA.

He loved meeting people and never forgot a name or face.  He was funny, loved sports, comedy and his train set.  He was good at photography and enjoyed fishing with his dad up north.  Dale always had a smile on his face and would do anything for family and friends.

Dale is survived by his son Brandon; his parents, Don and Irene; his brother Mike all of Dubuque, and his sister Cheryl (Bryan) Symons, of Benton, WI; nephew Sam of Chaska, MN; and numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Celebration of Dale’s Life will be held at a later date.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family©


 

Robert A. Lange

Robert (“Bob”) A. Lange passed away at his home in Dubuque, Iowa on November 19, 2020, at the age of 67. His heart, brimming with love, decided it was time to rest.

Bob was born on September 3, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, the son of Robert Sr. and Mary Louise “Midge” Lange. After tragically losing his father at a young age, Bob assumed the role of “man of the house”-the lone boy among his warrior mother and four loving sisters, Laurie, Libby, Ann and Mary Sue, whose influence set him up for success as a father to girls.

Bob moved with his mother and sisters to Dubuque, Iowa in 1962. Bob graduated from Wahlert High School in 1971, and then attended Loras College, where he participated in Jujutsu.

On June 1, 1979, Bob married his sweetheart, Lily Kennedy, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque. Their first daughter, Lindsey, was born the following year, and they welcomed Chelsey into the world a few years later. Bob, as manly a man as there ever was, was immediately smitten by his daughters and quickly found himself a “girl dad,” carting Lindsey and Chelsey to ballet, swimming, soccer, music and, of course, the ski slopes. He loved his girls, who never, ever had to question their daddy’s affection because it was always abundant and clear.

As a young father and husband, Bob worked among friends at John Deere, but found himself on the rough side of the 1980s recession. Bob, however, was never one to be discouraged. He quickly began studying to be a firefighter and paramedic, in pursuit of a childhood dream. Always one to lend a hand to friend or stranger, it was a perfect fit. He became a firefighter with the Dubuque Fire Department in 1993. There, he found more than a career-he found a brotherhood.

Bob loved his years as a fireman…but maybe not quite as much as retirement. After 23 years, Bob retired from the force in 2016, and was often heard exclaiming, “Retirement doesn’t suck!” He embraced his new life by doing what he did best-he lived.

Bob Lange loved life. He was an avid skier, hunter, and fisherman-in fact, he tempted death more than a few times due to these particular hobbies. He was a craftsman, and enjoyed tinkering in his workshop. He loved camping with Lily in their campers, which seemed to increase in size annually. He loved the Green Bay Packers, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Chicago Cubs through thick and thin. Not particularly choosy, he’d crack open a craft mircrobrew and a Busch Light with the same fervor, always up for sharing a cold one with his sons-in-law or a buddy, most especially his dear friend, Chris Miller.

Upon the birth of Lindsey’s boys, Cole Alexander (9) and William Robert (6), he became “Bobpa.” Bob whole-heartedly embraced the role of grandfather, and those little boys grew enamored with their Bobpa, who was bigger than life in their eyes. They had a special bond and their Bobpa’s spirit lives on in them.

Those who knew Bob loved Bob. He was kind, compassionate, sensitive, funny, and fun. He valued justice, honor, and integrity. He had a radiant smile, and his laughter filled a room. He dearly loved his family and friends, as we dearly love him.

Bob, Dad: Thank you for showing us how to live and love. We miss you. We love you. We always, always will.

Bob is survived by his wife, Lily Lange (née Kennedy) of Asbury; two daughters, Lindsey (Chris) Diedrich of Denver, CO and Chelsey (Sean) Lange Hunter of Avon, CO; two grandsons, Cole and William Diedrich of Denver, CO and baby Hunter due in June 2021; four sisters, Laurie (David) Hinshaw of Woodstock, GA, Libby (Leonard) Decker of Dubuque, Ann Mottaz of Des Moines and Mary Sue (Dave) Crabtree of Des Moines; his mother-in-law, May Lou Kennedy of Epworth; in-laws, Jean (Steve) Ernst of Dubuque, Mary Lou Graham of Kingston, Ontario, Daniel Kennedy of Dubuque, Linda (Kevin) Goerdt of Epworth, Lori (Phil) Kramer of Epworth, Robert (Rianne) Kennedy of Dubuque and Thomas Kennedy of Cedar Rapids; two sisters-in-law, Rae Ann Kennedy and Val Kennedy both of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Sr. and Midge Lange; father-in-law, Jack Kennedy; sister-in-law, Nancy Kennedy; and four brothers-in-law, Jack, Mike and Jim Kennedy, and Bill Graham.

In lieu of flowers, The Bob Lange Fireman’s Support Fund has been established to the Local Union #25, Dubuque Firefighters’ Association.
Memorials in honor of Lt. Bob Lange can be sent to the support fund via PayPal at
dbq.Local25@gmail.com
or to
Bob Lange Firemen’s Support Fund
Dubuque Professional Firefighters Local 25
PO Box 1624
Dubuque, IA 52001-1624
Bob’s family thanks his friends, Chris Miller, Marty Fitzpatrick, and Rick Steines for their assistance in arranging the support fund.

Regarding services: Please know that Bob took COVID precautions seriously. He understood the risk and we are confident he would (and we, his family, do) understand if you must send your condolences from the safety of your home. We intend on arranging a Celebration of Life as soon as we can safely gather, which can’t happen soon enough.

Visitation will be from 12:00 Noon until 1:30 pm Monday November 23, 2020 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Road.  Due to the statewide mask mandate, masks are required in the funeral home. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are otherwise unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Bob’s family.

The Memorial Service for Bob will be Monday, November 23, 2020 at 1:30 pm at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

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


 

Sr. Martha Ann Luedtke

Sr. Martha Ann Luedtke, OSF, 79, died Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Mercy One Hospital, Dubuque.

A private Celebration of Life and Rite of Final Commendation will be held at Clare House Chapel, Mount St. Francis Center at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Martha Ann was born November 6, 1941 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Jerome and Marion (Hohnecker) Luedtke.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis September 3, 1960 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1968.  Sister received her BA in Elementary Education from Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, IA and later received EMT training. She taught in Iowa at Dyersville, Kingsley, and St. Mary’s, Waterloo, and in Crescent City, CA. In Dubuque she ministered at the Dubuque Community YMCA and Alverno Apartments.

Sister is survived by her brother John (Jack) Luedtke; sister-in-law Mary Kay Luedtke; aunt and uncle Donna and Robert Wiederholt; nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Michael Luedtke.

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

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


 

Harold O’Neil Moravec

Harold O’Neil Moravec, 89, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, passed Thursday, November 19, 2020, at home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Holy Ghost Church, Dickeyville, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. There will be no public visitation.

Dad was born in Mason City, Iowa on November 25, 1930. While we do not know a lot about his early years, we know he liked to fish, hunt and play sports. Dad worked for the telephone company, which took him to Dubuque, where he met Mom, Corinne Casey, at the Merchant’s Café in 1949. Our parents were engaged before Dad left to serve in the Army in Korea from 1950-52.

After Dad’s military service, our parents married in 1954 and stayed in Dubuque for a few years before moving to Dickeyville. Along the way, five kids were born, Marna, Monica, Jimmy, Mary and Michael.  There were years of camping, canoeing, hiking and trips in southwest and northern Wisconsin. Dad loved the beauty of Wisconsin and explored its many counties and backroads. 

Dad worked at John Deere Dubuque Tractor Works from 1959-1987, having worked in many departments over the years. He was proud of his work there. After retirement, Mom and Dad continued their travels and spent time with their grandchildren, taught us all how to play cribbage, several card games, make fudge and brandy old fashioneds.

Dad drove the school bus from Dickeyville to Wahlert for a few years. If the snow caused a delay in the arrival time, Dad would occasionally stop at Sweetheart Bakery to let the students get a donut before school. “You may as well take advantage of this delay.” 

Dad was active in his community and was a member of the Dickeyville Fire Department and Rescue Squad for 15 years. Dad was proud of his military service and was active in the local VFW for decades.

Our father was a sweet, kind, gentle, considerate person who put the needs of others before himself. He showered us with love every day. “Have fun” was his advice to us. 

He is survived by Marna (Ed) Bulman Hoy, Monica (Ken), Jimmy, Mary (Kurt) Statz, and Michael (Connie); 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dickeyville Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

The family extends a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they provided. 

Casey-McNett Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family and online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseymcnett.com.

 


 

Lois M. Fuglsang

Lois M. Fuglsang, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating her life will be held at 1 P.M. on Monday, November 23, 2020, at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.  There is no public visitation.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Lois Marie Petersen was born on January 28, 1931 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Herbert and Marie (Thielen) Petersen.  She was a 1948 graduate of Andrew High School.  She married Max M. Fuglsang on January 7, 1949 at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa.  Three children were born to this union, Melvin, Roger and Julie.

Lois farmed with her husband in the Delmar and Andrew areas and lastly 5 miles west of Bellevue until 1979.  Upon his passing on April 4, 1979, she moved to Maquoketa where she worked for Kirsch Window Treatments, and lastly Pacific Coast Feather Company, until retirement.

Lois had been an active member of Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa for many years.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and baking.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Melvin (Pat) Fuglsang of Delmar, IA, Roger Fuglsang of Davenport, IA, and Julie (Daniel) Yarolim of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Jean Till of Delmar, IA; 2 grandchildren, Melanie (Andrew) Schmidt of Des Moines, IA, and Britt Yarolim of Maquoketa, IA; and 3 great-grandchildren, Raegan, Cole and Rylee Schmidt.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother Arlo Petersen.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew.

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


 

Gary L. Blum

Gary “GDAWG” L. Blum, 73, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at the MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center in Dubuque from COVID-19.

Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:15 AM Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Church of the Resurrection.  Please respect our current social distancing requirements and please wear a mask. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Gary’s family.

The Funeral Service for Gary will be 10:30 AM Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Church of the Resurrection with Deacon Mike Ellis as the officiant. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Dubuque.  Full military honors will be rendered by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Gary was born February 16, 1947, in Dubuque, the son of Wallace “Wally” and Celeste Van DerMeulen Blum. On May 8, 1976, he married Jamie Overhouse in East Dubuque, IL.

After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1965.  He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He then went on to work in sales and management for the National Chamber of Commerce and National Write Your Congressman.

Gary loved golfing with friends, smoking a good cigar, and his CCDCLs.  He cherished attending events for his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Jamie; three daughters, Melissa  (Jeff ) Luetkehans of Wheaton, IL,  Erika (Greg) Woods of Cedar Rapids, Tiffany (Jure) Knezevic of Slavonski Brod, Croatia; one son, Ryan  (Ashley Wendel) Blum of Minneapolis, MN; six grandchildren, Colin, Tyler, Jackson, Nicholas, Aubrey, and Olivia; and brothers, William (Joanne) Blum of Dubuque, Rod (Karen) Blum of Dubuque, Gordy (Barbara) Blum of Dubuque.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. James Runde and his nursing staff, as well as the second and third floor nursing staff at MercyOne.

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

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


 

Glen W. Koetz

Glen W. Koetz, 90, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Private family visitation will be held.

A public Mass of Christian Burial for Glen will be Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Holy Ghost Catholic Church – Holy Spirit Parish with Father Steven Garner as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6 and the Iowa Army National Guard-Honor Guard. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com. Due to the statewide mask mandate, masks are required at the church. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Glen’s family.

Glen was born August 8, 1930, in Centralia, IA, the son of Michael and Edna Thielen Koetz. He graduated from Peosta High School. Glen was drafted into the United States Army and served in Japan during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954.  On August 7, 1954, he married Donna Regina Schueller at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

Glen was employed as a truck driver for S and G Trucking Company, Briggs Transportation and retired as a bus driver with the City of Dubuque in 1995.

Glen enjoyed fishing, hunting and donating blood.  He was a blood donor for over 50 years. One of Glen’s greatest memories was being able to participate in the Honor Flight in 2011.

Glen was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church – Holy Spirit Parish, Dubuque American Legion Post #6 and Teamsters #421.

Survivors include his wife, Donna of Dubuque; his children, Ronald “Spider” (Deb) Koetz of Buenie, Sharon (Dan) Link of Balltown, Sandy (Neal) Ludovissy of Peosta, Linda (Mark “Block”) Blocklinger of Dubuque and Mary Kay Koetz of Dubuque; his grandchildren, Randy Koetz, Russell (Hillary) Koetz, Rhonda (Matt) Hefel, Carrie (Chad) Gotto, Kelly (Ryan) Casey, Matt (Kate) Link, Jonathan (Jenni) Link, Joe Ludovissy, Jon Ludovissy, Kali Blocklinger and Brad Blocklinger, 21 great-grandchildren; one brother, Francis (Marian) Koetz of Centralia and sister-in-law, Alvina “Butch” (Don) Skelton of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Donald Koetz; his parents; three sisters, Madonna (Harold) Schmitt, Mildred (Norbert) Finzel and Marilyn Koetz; two brothers, Joe (Louise) Koetz and one in infancy; mother and father-in-law, Arnold and Alvina Schueller and in-laws, Ray (Mary) Schueller, Walter “Pete” (Marie) Schueller, Delores (Philip) Kauffmann and Pearl (Robert) Kauffmann.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Chris, the entire staff of Stonehill and Glen’s daughter, Mary Kay, for watching over Glen at Stonehill.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

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

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


 

Peter D. Butler

Peter D. Butler Sr, 86, of Dubuque, IA, died Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Luther Manor from COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, private gravesite services were held at Linwood Cemetery with the American Legion providing full military rites.

Peter was born February 25, 1934 in Dubuque, IA, son of Ellis and Barbara White (Cottingham) Butler. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended Southern Methodist University, where he was on their NCAA championship golf team.

He served in the US Army from 1956 to 1958. While stationed in Germany, Peter won the Berlin Open golf tournament. Back home, Peter’s love of golf continued throughout his life; winning many tournaments, including DGCC men’s golf championships.

Peter loved to travel, particularly enjoying train travel out west with Mary, Peter, and Paul. He almost always took his golf clubs along to play the many renowned golf courses across our country. One of his favorites was at Spring Green, WI. His love of golf eventually drew him to Pebble Beach, CA, where he lived for many years overlooking his beloved golf course next to Carmel Bay. Mary often joined Peter on the golf course by putting when they reached each green. Peter had a passion for all things golf.

He married Mary Rosalie Fluckiger on November 14, 1959 in Dubuque, IA. They had two children; Peter Butler II, and Paul Butler.

Peter was very proud of his family and loved spending time with Mary, their kids, and grandkids. They were a big part of his life.

Peter began his insurance career at Cottingham & Butler, joining his father, Ellis, and brother, John. He later founded Butler Services Co., specializing in the growing niche of Poultry Insurance. Peter helped support many local organizations, including Finley Hospital, the University of Dubuque and the United Way.

While at Luther Manor, it gave Peter great pleasure to bring happiness to his fellow residents, especially his lifelong friend Gene Gordon. His smile and warm personality lit up a room.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Butler, of Asbury, IA; two sons, Peter (Cara) Butler II of Pebble Beach, CA and their children, Ellis (Ellie) and Peter Butler III; Paul (Kathleen) Butler of Bozeman, MT and their children, William and Abbey Butler; two brothers, John (Alice) Butler and Tim (Nancy) Butler, both of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Ellis and Barbara Butler; and in-laws, Frank and Bernice Fluckiger.

Memorials for Peter may be sent to the Finley Health Foundation and Luther Manor Communities.

Our family wants to extend our gratitude and thanks to Luther Manor for the professional and highly trained staff who compassionately assisted Peter in the last two years of his life. They realize we are living through a very difficult time and took every precaution necessary to ensure the nurturing care and safety of Peter.

We want to thank Hospice of Dubuque, who supported Peter and counseled his family during the final days of his life.

Lisa Flanagan and her staff from By Your Side, were invaluable in the care they provided Peter during the last two years. We can’t thank Lisa and her staff enough for the thoughtful, one-on-one assistance they provided Peter.


 

Kenneth L. Litterer

Kenneth L. “Ken” Litterer, 94, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, November 15, 2020, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque from complications of CoVid 19 Pneumonia.

A private family graveside service and burial celebrating Ken’s life will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Kenneth LaVerne Litterer was born on November 10, 1926 in Clarksville, Iowa, to William F. and Marie (Scheidecker) Litterer. He received his education in rural Floyd County and graduated in 1943 from Greene High School in Greene, Iowa. He served a short time in the U.S. Navy receiving an honorable discharge. He married Muriel Lee Jacobs in 1946. She preceded him in death in 1989. He later married Darlene Bauer. Together, they were a great team, working the farm and hosting family get-togethers. For a number of years the two enjoyed trips in their recreational vehicle, many times with grandchildren.

Ken first worked with his father in W.F. & Son Trucking from 1946 to 1961. In 1961, he and his wife Muriel owned and operated a hunting and fishing camp, Ken’s Red Lake Lodge, in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada until 1974 when he moved to Maquoketa and was involved in B & Z Feeds until 1981. From 1981 until 1993 he owned and operated Ken’s Feed Store in Maquoketa.

Ken was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. He was an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman who loved to share this joy of the outdoors.

Those left to honor his wife Darlene Litterer of Maquoketa, IA; children, Mike Litterer of Ft. Madison, IA, Jennie DuPont of Balmerton, Ontario, Canada, Theiann (Art) Scherby of Kakabeka Falls, Ontario, Canada, and Jay (Jill) Litterer of Bettendorf, IA; step-children, Kathy (Don) Bales, Sheryl (Dennis) O’Brien, Rob (Kathy) Bauer, Julie (Bob) Bruns, Wendy (Craig) Winegar, Carolyn (Danny) Clark, Arlen (Vonda) Bauer, Luann Ehrler, and Colleen (Roland) Zschiegner; 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; 18 step-grandchildren, and 29 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Muriel, a daughter Teri Robinson, a brother Elmer, sisters Alice Stauffer, Edna Franke and Gladys Stauffer, and a step-grandson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

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


 

Ralph B. Lang, Jr.

Ralph B. Lang, Jr., 91, formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, November 14, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A private family graveside service and burial celebrating Ralph’s life will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Ralph was born January 18, 1929, to Ralph Sr. and Beulah Harrison Lang in Maquoketa. He was the youngest and last surviving child of their six children. His older brother, Donn Lang, died in Cedar Rapids earlier this year, just shy of his 101st birthday.

He graduated from Maquoketa High School and served in The Korean War. He later moved to Chicago where he began his career at Wieboldt’s Department Store, retiring as head of its retail display department. For years he coordinated their iconic Easter display window, showcasing baby chickens hatching from eggs in real time.

Ralph loved musical theater and rarely missed a production in Chicago or New York City.

He loved to entertain and will be remembered for his spot-on pantomimes of Carmen Miranda and Al Jolson. He was a founding member of Maquoketa’s Perk-O-Laters musical comedy group. He coordinated and designed many festive family events in Maquoketa for his parents, siblings, nieces and nephews. He loved turning birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and graduations into celebratory productions.

After retirement, he traveled extensively and enjoyed cruises and land tours with his group of travel friends. He moved to Cedar Rapids in 2017 to be closer to his brother, Donn, and his family.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Charles, Harriet, Donn, Marion and Pauline. He is survived by his three nephews, Phillip, Michael and Mark Lang and their families in Cedar Rapids, as well as cousins, Sigrid Allen Thomas, Jeff Allen, Karen Barker Garien and their families.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.


 

Hugh G. Bowman

Hugh G. Bowman, 89, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on November 14, 2020 at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa. Cause of death was COVID-19 Pneumonia. A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. The service will be streamed on the First Lutheran Church Facebook page. Future Plans to celebrate his life will take place after Covid-19 subsides.

Hugh was born on April 14, 1931 in Maquoketa, Iowa, the son of Francis and Florence (Goetz) Bowman. Hugh graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952-1954.

Hugh married Mary Lee Whitmore on May 4, 1952. Mary died of cancer on March 22, 2003, after 50 years of marriage.

Hugh’s business career started in 1959 when Dale Koon offered him a partnership in what became Koon & Bowman Standard and Robo-Wash. The station partnership continued until 1989 when Dale retired and sold his share to Hugh’s son, Bill. Hugh continued to work full-time at Bowman Oil Co. until his retirement at the age of 80, always fearing that once a man retires, his “body just starts falling apart and you die.”

After the loss of Mary, Hugh lived independently until the fall of 2019, when he moved to the Clover Ridge Care Center. He was fortunate to have several loving friends and companions in his retirement.

Hugh was a 70-year member of First Lutheran Church.

Hugh is survived by five sons and daughters-in- law: Michael and Deborah; Robert and Joanie; William and Barbara; Tod and Renee; and Kevin and Mary. His surviving grandchildren are Rebecca(Ondrej) Stonawski; Elizabeth(Cameron) Feist; Amanda(Simon) Porter; Kate (Michael) Meinecke, Jacob Bowman; Ara J. (Kristin) Bowman; Adam (Kristin) Bowman, Beau Bowman, Levi Bowman, Adeline Bowman, Lucas Bowman and Jack Bowman. He is survived by 14 great grandchildren, with one on deck and likely many more down the road. Hugh is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Lois and Max Widner, and their family; Mary’s sisters, Erma “Corky”Bruhn, Betty Roster, Karen Opala, Rena (Archie) McGee and Denyce (Steve) Weimers; Mary’s brothers Richard (Sherrill) Whitmore and Steve Whitmore; and Mary’s brothers-in-law Bill McDonald, and Lyle Adrian.

Hugh was predeceased by his parents, his brother Don Bowman, sisters-in-law Kathy Adrian, Judy Cox, Joan McDonald, Donna Whitmore and Betty Whitmore and brothers-in-law Dwain “Curley” Bruhn, Jack Roster, Dennis Cox, Edward Whitmore, Gary Whitmore, and William Whitmore.

Although work always came first for Hugh, he learned to enjoy family sporting events, euchre games, the Cubs and touring with his 1951 Chevy.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund in the name of Hugh and Mary Bowman will be established.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.


 

Charles J. Lee

Charles John “Chuck” Lee, 80, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020, at Prairie Ridge of Galena.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, and will be announced. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

Charles was born April 26, 1940 in Iowa City, IA, the son of Charles Henry and Genevieve (Ney) Lee. He married Virginia Burns on September 22, 1962 at 1st Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2000. Later in life, he married Jill Shanahan, and she preceded him in death on October 12, 2019.
He served his country with the U.S. Army. Chuck was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for many years.

He was a man of deep faith, and he served as a deacon and elder on church session at 1st Presbyterian for many years. Chuck had a friendly personality, and was known to make friends wherever he went. He was an avid fan of the Cubs and the Bears, and loved John Wayne and Abbot & Costello. His sweet tooth was legendary, and he had a nickname for everyone. Chuck was a loving father who was always there for his kids, and enjoyed spoiling them. He was a bus driver for East Dubuque, which his kids thought was pretty great!

Later, he enjoyed being a grandpa, and had a special love for babies. He loved music and he would sing old songs and have a dance to go along with it. It always made people smile and laugh, especially his grandkids

Chuck is survived by five daughters, Lori (Steve) Burnes of Dubuque, Lisa (Jeff) Fuehrer of WI, Lynn (Mike) Sutter of Dubuque, Amy Lee of TN, and Amber (Ellis) Scruggs of TN; his grandchildren, Amanda (Adam) Hefel, Erik, Kaitlyn, and Alexander Burnes, Grace and Grant Fuehrer, Caden and Max Sutter, Meghan (fiance Eric) and Jordan Timmerman, Nick, Ashleigh, Zach, and Keeghan Bergman, Isaiah, Bailey, and Kaden Fensterman, and Elijah and Tyler Scruggs; his great-grandchildren, Colin and Clayton Hefel, Karleigh, A.J., and Jack Burnes, and Elias and Matthew Huegerich; and Jill’s children, Chris (Tanya) Shanahan and Nick (Andrea) Shanahan and their daughter Norah, all of Cedar Rapids.

In addition to his first and second wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Lois Bergman; his grandson Jaden Scruggs, and his siblings, Anita, Roberta, Bobby, and Randy.


 

Sister Lucilla Oberbroeckling

Sister Lucilla Oberbroeckling, OSF, Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 9:45 p.m., Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Clare House. A private Celebration of Life and Rite of Final Commendation will be held at Clare House Chapel, Mount St. Francis Center at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sister Lucilla was born January 20, 1925 in Epworth, IA, daughter of William and Catherine (Pottebaum) Oberbroeckling.

Entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1943 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1951.  Sister attended Epworth Public School for both her elementary and high school education. Sister Lucilla’s ministry took her to Immaculate Conception Academy, Dubuque; St. Joseph’s in Rickardsville, IA; Xavier Hospital, Dubuque, IA; Holy Family Hall and Mount St. Francis, Dubuque, IA; and Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, IA.  In 1990 Lucilla moved to Mount St. Francis and in 2010 retired to Holy Family Hall and to Clare House in 2011.

Sister is survived by her sisters, Rosemary Noonan and Virginia Pfab; her sister-in-laws Carol Oberbroeckling and Janet Oberbroeckling; her nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Marcella and Verna Oberbroeckling; her brothers, William Jr. Oberbroeckling and Edward Oberbroeckling; and in laws, Harlan Noonan, Rita Oberbroeckling, and Leo Pfab.

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

Behr Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


 

Judith Perrone

Judith “Judee” Perrone, 73, of Asbury, Iowa, died Monday, Nov. 16, surrounded by those she loved most following a courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Judee was born on February 19, 1947 in Chicago, Ill., to Edward and Rebecca Mielas. She attended Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago and married her high school sweetheart, Bernie Perrone, on April 8, 1967.

Professionally, Judee began working as a legal secretary immediately following high school and her career took her to a position as legal secretary for Crate & Barrel Corporation.

She loved home decorating, and was always known to have a catalog-worthy design sense and the perfect kitchen tool for any situation.

Judee believed that when plates were full, hearts were overflowing. Her signature dishes were always made with love and sought-after for family gatherings. She was the ultimate party planner.

After moving to Asbury, Iowa, seven years ago, Judee got a part-time job at PierOne – and then came home with many decor items purchased with her employee discount!

Judee adored her family, especially her grandchildren who always knew that “what happens at Nanna’s house stays at Nanna’s house.”

Left to honor her memory are her husband Bernie; son Jeff (Michelle) Perrone, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; daughter, Amanda (Michael) Cyze of Peosta, Iowa; grandchildren Delaney, Dylann, Zach and Teagan Perrone, and Lauren, Caitlyn and Benjamin Cyze.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter Ryan Grace Perrone.

Judee’s family would also like to thank the doctors and staff at UW Health and Hospice of Dubuque for the outstanding care they provided.

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

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


 

Terry W. Fangman

Terry William Fangman, 61, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Crestridge Care Center in Maquoketa, IA. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque. A Catholic funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Steve Garner officiating. Burial will follow in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Terry was born on July 16, 1959 in Dubuque, the son of Roger and Mary (Duehr) Fangman. He was a member of Holy Ghost Parish. Terry enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys and Nascar. He always treasured his time spent with family.

Terry is survived by his mother, Mary Fangman, his sister, Debbie (Terry) Tomkins; niece, Nicole (Joe) Konrardy, nephew, Nate (Hailey Runde) Tomkins, a great niece, Scarlett Tomkins and cannot forget his dog Buddy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roger Fangman and a brother Robert “Bob” Fangman.

In lieu of flowers, a Terry Fangman memorial fund has been established. Memorials may be sent to the Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Crestridge Care Center, Hospice nurses and GI Nurse Renee at Medical Associates Clinic for the wonderful care they provided to Terry.


 

Gerald A. Miller

Gerald A. “Jerry” Miller, 71, of Dubuque, formally of Dyersville, IA passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Dubuque Specialty Care due to a battle with cancer and Covid-19. A Catholic funeral service with Deacon John Stierman officiating will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery with entombment to follow. A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on a later date. The Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque is assisting the family.

Jerry was born on June 12, 1949 in Dyersville, IA the son of John and Henrietta “Kay” (Barker) Miller. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School, Class of 1968.

Jerry worked various jobs before his retirement. He enjoyed bingo, putting puzzles together, listening to country music and doing word seek and Sudoku puzzles.

He is survived by his sister, Anna Mae Elliott, of Dubuque; brothers, Charles (Deb) Miller, of Osceola, IA and Ralph Miller, of Cedar Rapids, IA along with many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bernard and John in infancy; sister, Elizabeth “Betsy” Miller and a brother-in-law, Lyle Elliott, Sr.

In lieu of flowers a Jerry Miller memorial fund has been established. Memorials may be sent to Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Matt Kirkendall, nurse Kate, Dr. Risma,and Dr. Horchak along with the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they provided to Jerry.


 

Glenda F. Schroder

Glenda F. Schroder, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, November 14, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family.

A public visitation will be held from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private funeral will be held and will be streamed at https://www.facebook.com/CarsonAndSon/live/. Burial will be at Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.
Masks and social distancing will be required due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Glenda Faye Duncan was born on February 26, 1941 in Springfield, Tennessee to Ira Franklin and Hallie Mae (Wilburn) Duncan. She was a 1959 graduate of Roll High School in Roll, Indiana. She married Ivan Clarence Schroder on October 16, 1960 in Hartford City, Indiana. Five children were born to this union, Lisa, Mark, Sonya, Dan and James.

Glenda had first worked for 3M and Blackford County Hospital while living in Hartford City, Indiana until 1960. She then worked at Jane Lamb Hospital in Clinton, Iowa, and lastly she and her husband had owned and operated IGS Office Supply in Maquoketa until 2011.

Glenda was a member of the Apostolic Gospel Tabernacle Church in Maquoketa where she served as church secretary until 2015. For 28 years she worked alongside her husband who was the Pastor until 2011. She also was involved with Sunday School Camps for many years with United Pentecostal International.

Glenda enjoyed spending time with family, gardening and flowers, birdwatching, and being actively involved with her church.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Rev. Ivan Schroder of Maquoketa, IA; children, Lisa (Kevin) Lex of Hartford City, IN, Mark (Janice) Schroder of Galloway, OH, Sonya (Jim) Jones of Maquoketa, IA, Dan (Jennifer) Schroder of Huntington, IN, and James (Annie) Schroder of Tipton, IA; 17 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Phyllis (Alvin) Maxwell of Cadiz, OH.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers George and Ronald Duncan, sister Brenda Mitchell, and a grandson Lucas Schroder.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Apostolic Gospel Tabernacle Church in Maquoketa.

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


 

Sister Betty Bowen, BVM, (Florence Therese)

Sister Betty Bowen, BVM, (Florence Therese), 80, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at Caritas Center.

Sharing of Memories via Zoom will be from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. A virtual visitation will be held from 10:30 – 10:45 a.m., followed immediately by the funeral service. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Betty ministered as a nurse at Mercy Medical Center and at the Marian Hall Infirmary in Dubuque, Iowa. She served as a nurse in Chicago; Skokie, Ill.; and Evanston, Ill., where she also worked as a parish ministerial staff member.

She was born on July 31, 1940, in Fort Collins, Colo., to Ralph and Florence (Pfeifer) Bowen. She entered the BVM congregation on Aug, 2, 1958, from St. Joseph Parish, Fort Collins, Colo. She professed first vows on Feb. 2, 1961, and final vows on July 16, 1966.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a brother Jim (Lucille) Bowen, Fort Collins, Colo.; a sister Terri (Joe) Simpson, Little York, Ill.; a niece; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 62 years

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

Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home, 100 N 6th St., Bellevue, Iowa 52031 is in charge of arrangements.


 

David R. Phillips

David R. “Red” Phillips, 72, of Zwingle, Iowa, passed away on Thursday afternoon, November 12, 2020, MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa, from complications of CoVid 19 Pneumonia.

Plans to celebrate his life will take place after CoVid 19 subsides. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be at a later date at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Otter Creek, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

David Robert Phillips was born on August 24, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa to David Anthony and Genevieve Loretta (Kennedy) Phillips. He was a 1966 graduate of Maquoketa High School and had served his country in the Army National Guard. He married Karen Sue Richmann on September 18, 1976 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek, Iowa. Two daughters were born from this union, Jennifer and Rachel.

“Red” was a lifelong self-employed farmer who was born and raised and lived on the family farm in Otter Creek.

He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek, LaMotte Knights of Columbus, Cascade American Legion Post #239, and had served as an Otter Creek Township Trustee for many years.

“Red” enjoyed league bowling, cutting & splitting wood, fishing, and hunting. He will regret missing deer and coyote hunting this season. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved a social gathering and “never met a stranger”.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Karen Sue Phillips of Zwingle, IA; daughters, Jennifer (Mike) Jones of Maquoketa, IA, and Rachel (Matt) Kingree of Brentwood, TN; 3 grandchildren, Gabriella, Grace, and Isabella; a sister, Mary (Seiji) Yoshioka of Ventura, CA; a brother, John (Karen Ann) Phillips of Rock Island, IL; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Jane (Sam) Schepers of Otter Creek, IA, Kay Myatt of Lost Nation, IA, and Allen (Pam) Richmann of Lost Nation, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Robert “Bob” Phillips.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to St. Lawrence Cemetery or the LaMotte Fire and Rescue Squad in care of the David Phillips Family at Carson Celebration of Life Center, 318 West Pleasant Street, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060.

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


 

Lorraine E. Tegeler

Lorraine E. Tegeler, 94, of Dubuque, died Saturday, November 14, at Luther Manor, of COVID-19.

Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 19, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson St., with Reverend Jonathan Crawford officiating. Services will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home Facebook page. Masks and social distancing are required. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lorraine E. Tegeler Memorial Fund.

Lorraine was born April 25, 1926 in Dubuque, the daughter of William and Christina (Knockel) Papenthien. She married Leo Tegeler on May 27, 1950 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death on January 31, 2013.

Lorraine was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church since 1926, and she had a very strong faith in God. Over the years, she was employed at Farley & Loetscher, A.Y. McDonald, and Auto Parts Supply.

Lorraine was devoted to her family, and was an excellent homemaker who loved to cook and can. Lorraine loved to go to the casino anytime she had a chance.  If she was having a winning streak it was not uncommon to hear the words “hot dog” come barreling out of her mouth. She was always there to effortlessly make everyone laugh with her hilarious one-liners.

Lorraine is survived by her children, James Tegeler, Jill (fiancé Terry Ruff) Fondell, and Jodi (Tommy McDermott) Lukens, all of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Nichole (Fondell) (Jeremy) Hall, Zach (Meghan) Lukens, Ally Lukens, and Brady Tegeler; two great grandsons, Carter and Leo Hall; and a sister in law, Ethel McCready.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Ed and Bob Papenthien; two sisters, Arlita Redmond and Ruth Papenthien; and her in-laws, Mildred Conzett, Joe Tegeler, Clara Wall, Catherine Tegeler, and Ralph Tegeler.

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


 

Shirley A. Hosch

Shirley Ann Hosch, 84, of Cascade, Iowa passed away Friday, November 13, 2020 at MercyOne Dubuque. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Garryowen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the church with Rev. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque is assisting the family.

Shirley was born and raised with her brother William “Billy” Walsh in Waukon, Iowa. She moved to Dubuque, IA with her lifelong friend, Anita Welch, shortly after graduating from St. Patrick’s High School in 1955. They lived at Mary of the Angels, went to dances and stayed until closing time so they would have a ride home from the bartender. She worked as a secretary for Black Hawk and the Gas Company while she lived the single life with her friends.

She met Wilfried “Willie” Hosch through friends and their first date was at a dance in Dubuque. Dances, picnics, friends and laughs led to a marriage that lasted 53 years before Willie’s passing in 2015. They moved from Dubuque to the McCarthy Family Farm West of Garryowen, Iowa in 1965. In 1970 they moved North of Bernard and settled in for the next 45 years.

Friends, family, bowling, Bernard Picnics, Fireman’s Picnics and the Garryowen Rosary Society filled mom’s time and days while raising Roger and Kellie. She was a caregiver to her family, elderly friends and children in the Bernard area through the years. She then spent 20 years as church secretary before her retirement in 2009. The most important roll mom played was making her homemade bread and strawberry jam for every family gathering.

Shirley greeted everyone with a smile and could talk your ear off for hours. There is an empty space in her children’s hearts, yet happiness knowing she has “Gone Home” to be with our dad.

She was a member of the Bernard Commercial Club, Garryowen Rosary Society and several bowling leagues through the years.

Shirley is survived by her children, Roger (Cheryl) Hosch and Kellie Hosch; grandchildren, Amanda (Alex) Nicholsen and Tyler and Jacob Hosch; grandpups, Champ, Wyatt and Edina Monsoon “Eddie”; siblings, William “Bill” and Doris Walsh; in-laws, Vonda Hosch and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Willie; in-laws, Loras (Vig) Hosch, Donald (Rozella) Hosch, and Mary (Dick) Prior.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Garryowen.

Shirley’s children and grandchildren would like to thank family and friends who have reached out with their thoughts and prayers.


 

Charles N. Nehl

On Thursday, November 12, 2020, Charles “Charlie” Nicholas Nehl, husband, father, son, brother and uncle died in Cedar Rapids, IA, suddenly from COVID-19 at the age of 38.

Charlie was born on August 9, 1982, sharing a birthday with his mother. He graduated from Monticello High School in 2000 and Kirkwood Community College receiving a degree in Computer Programming. He worked in several settings as a computer programmer but most recently worked for LimoLink in Cedar Rapids.

In 2015, Charlie met Rhiannon Oakes, they became fast friends, and quickly fell in love. They were married on November 12, 2016. They shared a love for music, spending time with their children, attending Devon Townsend Project shows, and being able to just sit comfortably at home, enjoying each other’s company. Their family was their world.

Charlie loved computers from an early age tying up modems overnight in the days of dial-up. This brought him to a group of lifelong friends who spent hours together at LAN parties in his parents’ basement – commandeering a pool table to set up their computers. Charlie also loved video, board and card games — even achieving the esteemed title of State Champion for Magic: the Gathering. But not all of Charlie’s hobbies were in front of a computer. He was born a Cubs’ fan, never missing a game and was able to rattle off every baseball statistic you could hope to know off the top of his head. He loved playing sand volleyball and had been a part of a league at Volley’s for years. He even painted murals on some of their buildings. You may have seen him at the Cedar Rapids Farmer’s Market at his booth, “Beyond Sprays,” engaging in a joy he found later in life, spray painting everything from galaxies to forests. He was never far away from a Diet Dew, his headphones blasting “everything from metal to musicals,” and was definitely, always seen in a shirt without sleeves.

While Charlie was a man of few words, all who knew him knew that he was a man with a huge heart and a love for folks from all walks of life. He gave the best hugs. Those that knew him were richly blessed, and he will be profoundly missed.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Michele Nehl, aunts, Mary Rose Timmerman & Marsha Schroeder, grandparents, Wallace and Rose Nehl and Henry and Margaret Timmerman. Charlie is survived by his wife, best friend, and partner, Rhiannon Nehl; deeply beloved children, Kaden Nehl from his first marriage to Brandi Hoff, and Emma Mochal and Myles Nehl from his marriage to Rhiannon and their pack of four-legged critters; father Thomas Nehl and his wife Stacy; overbearing (but loved) sisters, Carissa (Brian) Gehl and Rachel Nehl; his stepsisters, Khloe and Kait; his in-laws, Delancey and Lori Hahn, and T.J. and Connie Oakes, his sister-in-laws Renae (Gary) Janecek and Genevieve Oakes, brother-in-law, Henry Hahn, nephews, Owen and Oliver Gehl, Kenny & Sammy Marley, and Elijah Janecek; godparents, Joyce Kramer and Joseph Schroeder; a very large, rather rambunctious extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins; and friends too numerous to count.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a private viewing will be held at Kramer Funeral home on November 27 by invitation. A private service for immediate family will be held on November 28 and officiated by Fr. Paul Baldwin.  Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Those attending the viewing or internment must practice social distancing and wear a mask. Please do not attend if you are feeling ill in any manner. We plan to hold a large celebration of Charlie’s life when it is safe to gather again in large groups.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Charlie may be made to his family through Kramer funeral home for his children’s future or through their gofundme page.

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


 

John R. Kass Jr.

John R. “Rick” Kass Jr., 72, of Dubuque, died Saturday, November 14, 2020, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Due to the city mask mandate, masks are required at the visitation and the funeral service. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to John’s family.

The Funeral Service for John will be 10:30 am, Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Rev. Karen Candee officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.  Full military honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post #6 and the Iowa Army National Guard, Iowa Honor Guard. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

John was born June 29, 1948, in Dubuque, the son of John H. and Phyllis Ryan Kass. He attended and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1968.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War from January 28, 1969 until September 1, 1970.  On May 26, 1973, he married Pamela R. Kohnen at Summit Congregational Church in Dubuque.

He was employed at Barnstead Thermolyhne in the shipping department for 37 years.

He was a member of Summit Congregation Church and a booster member for the Dubuque Boy’s Club.   He also attended Cozy Corner. John enjoyed doing work for others, fishing, hunting, playing Euchre and Cribbage, taking casino trips with his friends and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Pam of Dubuque; daughter, Karen (Mike Smith) Kass of Dubuque; son, Jeffrey (Jenny) Kass of Altoona; daughter, Julie (Josh Orr) Kass of Dubuque; grandchildren, Nathan and Shelby Selken, Morgan Kass, Laney and Riley Kass, Hudson and Sierrah Orr; two great-granddaughters, Zariah and Zalaya Selken; step-mother, Kay Kass of Dubuque; two brothers, Joseph and Robert Kass of Texas; eight sisters, Linda Koch of Dubuque, Jane (Jim) Weber of Farley, Mary Kass of Dubuque, Carol (Bob) Yeske of LaCrosse, WI, Sarah Kay of Texas, Sheri Jo (Bill) Vondran of Dubuque, Kelean (Aaron) Williams of East Dubuque, IL, Angela Duehr of Dubuque and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-granddaughter, Averey Selken; a brother-in-law, Mike Koch; sister and brother-in-law, Sue (Lyle) Upmann; sister-in-law, Patricia Chaloupka; sister-in-law, Nancy Sanders; grandparents-in-law, Carl (Mildred) Licht and grand puppy, Jasmine.

John’s family would like to extend their great appreciation to Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional care.

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

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


 

Gary R. Bakey

Gary R. Bakey, 73, of Bellevue, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.  A memorial visitation will be 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday, November 20, 2020 at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.  Family Graveside Services will be Saturday, November 21, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue.

Gary was born November 7, 1947 in Dubuque, the son of Robert and Agnes (Theisen) Bakey.  He graduated from Carpentersville High School in 1967.  Gary served as a Police Officer for 22 years in Carpentersville, he then helped farm the last 18 years west of Bellevue.  He married Debra Lindabauer on September 7, 1996 in Dundee, IL.  Gary loved farming, animals, gardening, and fishing with his family.  He took the most joy in being with his family and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him

Survivors include his wife, Debra; children, Eric, Steven (Holly), Jacob, Danny, and Deanna Bakey; grandchildren, Andrew, Ashley, Jack, and Olivia.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Kathy  Rodriquez.

It is required to utilize masks and respect social distancing during the visitation at the funeral home due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

A memorial fund has been established in Gary’s memory, memorials and condolences may be mailed to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service  100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, IA  52031 if you are unable to attend services c/o Gary Bakey Family.

Gary’s family asks everyone to sign the online guestbook and leave a condolence at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com.


 

Dr. Frederick G. Asmussen

Dr. Frederick G. (“Doc”) Asmussen, M.D., 80, of Dubuque, died November 12, 2020, of an autoimmune disease. He died at home, surrounded by his family.

A visitation for Doc will be held on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road. Due to the city mask mandate, masks are required at the visitation. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Doc’s family.

Full military honors rendered by the Dubuque American Legion Post #6 will begin at 4:30 PM at the funeral home. This will be live-streamed on the Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Doc was born on June 25, 1940, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Frederick C. and Karolina (Gerhardt) Asmussen. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1961 and earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1964.

Doc served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1968, where he was the Director of Aerospace Medicine and a flight surgeon. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Iowa City where he finished his residency in 1971. He made Dubuque his home when he started working as an OB/GYN at Medical Associates, practicing alongside Dr. Clark Stevens. After 31 years of practice, he retired in 2002.

Doc was a member of the Iowa Medical Society, Dubuque County Medical Society, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, the Izaak Walton League, and the Dubuque Shooting Society’s 660 Club. He was also a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge #125.

Doc had many life-long friends. He was a favorite among his patients and nurses, always remembering to thank them at the end of the day. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, snowmobiling, a good party, and a strong Manhattan. This list could go on, but strict instructions were given not to “fluff if up.” However, in the last years of his life, his most favorite and proudest role was Papa.

Doc is survived by his wife of 31 years, Ellen, and four daughters, Alana Asmussen of San Diego, California; Kara Asmussen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Jenny (Nick) Weiss of Dubuque, Iowa; and Katie Harris of Dubuque, Iowa; and his grandchildren, Harrison and Harper. He is also survived by a nephew Gary Allen (Karen) Eggert and two nieces, Caroline Eggert and Diane (Bill) Falshaw.

He was preceded in death by a baby daughter at birth, his parents, and his sister Carol-Mae Eggert.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Dubuque Mercy Health Foundation Endowment Fund or the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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


 

Richard T. Sheldon

Richard T. “Dick” Sheldon, age 90, of Dubuque, passed away at 7:05 p.m., on Friday, November 13, 2020, at ManorCare Health Services.  To celebrate Dick’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Due to COVID-19 concerns all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices.  To honor Dick’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Grandview United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, with Pastor Tom Shinkle officiating.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.

Richard was born on December 20, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Donald and Joanne (Glantz) Sheldon.

Dick honorably served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He was quite proud of his military service and was a loyal member of the American Legion Dubuque Post 6.  He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Namie Aoki, on March 25, 1957, in Tokyo, Japan.  They were blessed with 2 sons, and 50 wonderful years of marriage, before Namie sadly passed away on August 26, 2016.  Dick was a dedicated provider for his family who was employed with John Deere Dubuque Works for 31 years until his retirement in 1987.  In his free time, Dick could be often be found at his favorite fishing hole, playing cards with family and friends, or outside working in the garden.  He was an excellent cook and loved to make meals for the family.  Dick was also a creature of habit, and he and Namie could be found every Thursday trying their luck at the local casinos.  His faith was an integral part of his life as was evidenced by his long time membership with Grand View United Methodist Church.  Beyond a doubt, Dick’s family meant the world to him, he spent time with them whenever he could and always looked forward to the grandkids visits.  We are saddened by Dick’s passing from this life to the next, but know that he is now free of pain, and happily reunited with his beloved wife, son and all of his family members in Heaven.

Those left to cherish Dick’s memory include

his son,
Timothy (Leah) Sheldon, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Bryce Sheldon,
Brittany Sheldon,
Blaine (Maggie McGonigle) Sheldon, Chicago, IL
and Ryan Sheldon, Denver, CO;

his brother,
Joe (Jane) Sheldon, Brooksville, FL;

and his former daughter-in-law,
Anne (Martin) Mikulich, Chicago, IL.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Namie Sheldon; a son, Donald Sheldon; and his siblings, William (Eleanor) Sheldon, Thomas Sheldon, James Sheldon and Donna Meyer.

Dick’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of ManorCare and Hospice of Dubuque for taking such good care of Dick and his entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Richard Sheldon Family.

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


 

Kathleen M. Weydert

Kathleen M. “Kathy” (Haggerty) Weydert, age 65, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at MercyOne Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Kathy’s life, private family services will be held.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is helping the family.

Kathy was born on July 8, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John M. and Jean A. (Fransen) Haggerty.

Kathy attended St. Raphael’s Grade School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1973.  After school, she began working at Mercy Hospital in central sterilization, and would work there for over 30 years.  She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Joe Weydert, on September 15, 1978, at Sacred Heart Church in Dubuque, and they would be blessed with 3 children.  Kathy was never one to sit still and loved getting out and about.  In her younger days she and her sister, Maureen, were members of the Dubuquettes Drill Team for a few years.  She was also a long time member of the Loyal Order of Moose, WOTM Chapter 850, where she served as a past president.  In her free time, Kathy liked to venture to the Q Casino to try her luck, and enjoyed going to Bingo with friends.  She loved listening to 60’s and 70’s music and has attended several concerts with Joe throughout the years.  Kathy’s favorite thing to do was to spend time with her family.  She especially enjoyed it when the gatherings took place at Happy Joe’s Pizza.  We are truly heartbroken at losing Kathy here with us, and will miss her tremendously.

Those left to cherish Kathy’s memory include

her husband,
Joe Weydert, Dubuque, IA;

her 3 children,
Stephanie Weydert,
Brian (Sara Luchtenburg) Weydert
and Kelly (Mark Dague Jr.) Weydert, all of Dubuque;

and her siblings,
Maureen (Steve) Kennedy, Asbury, IA,
Tim (Lori) Haggerty, Muskegon, MI,
Dan (Cheryl) Haggerty, Lawler, IA
and Tom (Sandy) Haggerty, Dubuque, IA;

several nieces and nephews;

and her in-laws,
Elaine (John) Tracey, Epworth, IA,
Jim (Donna) Weydert, Peosta, IA,
Lois (Allen) Laughlin, Epworth, IA,
Jack (Jeanne) Weydert, Dubuque, IA,
Joyce (Irwin) Horsfield, Epworth, IA,
Janet (Ron) Pitz, Peosta, IA,
Tom (Donna) Weydert, Farley, IA,
David (Judy) Weydert, Dubuque, IA,
Jerome (Marty) Weydert, Dubuque, IA,
Marilyn (John) Kettmann, Bellevue, IA,
Marlene Kramer, Farley, IA
and Bill (Janice) Weydert, Peosta, IA.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Patrick Haggerty; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elmer and Delores (Kelchen) Weydert; and 2 brothers-in-law, Gery Weydert and Lloyd Kramer.

Kathy’s family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff of Luther Manor for all of the professional and kind care they have provided for Kathy the past 2 years.  Also thanks to the staff of Mercy Hospital for their kindness and compassion these past days.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Kathleen Weydert Family.

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


 

Patricia E. Barker

Patricia E. Barker, 76, of Otter Creek passed away on November 3, 2020 at home.

No public visitation or service will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

Patricia was born on June 1, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Leo and Mary Doran. She worked for Aladdin Dry Cleaners in Dubuque.

She is survived by her son Brian Elbert of Villa Ridge, MO; two grandchildren; her sister Nellie Hagen, of Badger, MN along with nieces and nephews.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, her son Robert C. Barker Jr., and a brother Leo.

Thank you to Patricia’s in-home care takers for their wonderful care and kindness they gave for over 20 years.


 

Jo Ann Perry

Jo Ann (Billington) Perry, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 4, 2020 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital. No public visitation or service will be held, Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 25956 Rockdale Road is assisting the family. Jo was born on March 19, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter if William and Mary Ellen (McCarron) Billington. She married Steven Junior Perry on July 16, 1994.

She worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company and she enjoyed collecting antiques. More than anything, Jo loved spending time with her family and was always interested in their lives.

Jo is survived by her husband Steven; children Kate Perry, Laura (Jerry) Daniels, Keith (Amy) Perry, Amy (David) Block, Tonia Perry and Sara (Adriel) McIntosh; ten grandchildren; her siblings Jon (Sandi) Billington, Jean (Bob) Urbain, Dennis (Kris) Billington and Sara (Dennis) Galle; brothers and sisters-in-law, Phil (Sandy) Perry, Bruce Perry, Larry Perry, Paula Goerdt, Jeff (Carol) Perry, Faith (Bruce) Hoskins, Patty Perry and Tim (Shelly) Perry; she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother James Billington; and in-laws, Pam, Luann, Rick, and Jodie Perry.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for their kind and attentive care of Jo.


 

Angie K. Schmidt

Angie K. Schmidt, 60, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on November 3rd, 2020 at home.

Family and friends may gather from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Angie was born on February 4, 1960 in Hazel Green, WI the daughter of Jerry Adams Sr. and Joan Anita (Boldt) Adams. She married Daryl Schmidt on December 17, 1976 in Bellevue, Iowa. She was previously employed with Five Point Mart for several years.

Angie enjoyed campfires, having a cold one with friends and singing karaoke with family and friends. She loved to cook and garden; and this life will never be the same without the family problem solver. She will be missed by all who loved her.

She is survived by her husband Daryl; two children Jennifer Moris and Richard (Arica) Schmidt; her honorary daughter Bobbie Jo (Brandon) Rondeau and their children Camrin and Gage. Her grandchildren Justin Moris, Colby Moris, Callie Moris, Madyson Schmidt, Preston Schmidt and Monica Schmidt; three great grandchildren Maelynne Moris, Amara Moris and Bexley Moris. Her father Jerry Adams Sr.; mother-in-law Anna Schmidt; and siblings Jerry (Pete) Adams Jr., Eric (Dawn) Adams, Dee (Kent) Carr and Ina Mae (Robert) Henson and lastly her two furry children Lucy and Elmer.

She was preceded in death by her mother Joan, her brother Allen Robert Adams Sr., nephew Jakob Adams, father-in-law Leonard Schmidt, sisters-in-law Kathy Adams and Thresa Adams, her best friend Linda Taylor and her beloved yappers Peanut, Otis and Buddy.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, your guidance and care helped us get through this and made it easier.


 

Raphael J. Tigges

Raphael J. “Ray” Tigges of Saint Catherine, Iowa passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital a day short of his 84th birthday. Due to Covid and our desire to keep all of our friends and family safe, a Private Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 13, 2020 at Saint Catherine Catholic Church with Fr. David Ambrosy officiating. Burial will be in the church Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 and the United States Army, Iowa National Guard. A livestream of the funeral, committal and Military Honors will be on the Leonard Funeral Home Facebook page.

Ray was born on November 11, 1936 the son of Arthur and Marcella (Maro) Tigges. Ray was a United States Army Veteran. He married Rosemary “Rosie” Rolwes on October 29, 1960 at Saint Francis Church in Balltown.  Ray worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for over 27 years. He also owned and operated Ray Tigges Body Shop, which started out with him painting tractors in his back yard and later grew into a full-service auto body shop which he ran until he retired. Ray also developed the subdivision, Overland View, where he lived and loved to keep busy helping his neighbors and friends.

He was a member of the Saint Catherine Holy Name Society, the Tri-State Country Dancers, Key West Sportsman Club, and the Domino Club. He was very proud of his 1957 Ford Fairlane and could often be found cruising around the area with Rosie. He also loved to travel and took many trips with Rosie and their friends.  Ray was a wonderful father and grandfather and was known for his big laugh and frequent shenanigans.

Ray is survived by his four children; Dan (Carmen) Tigges of Rochester Hills, MI, Laurie (Kevin)  Kelleher, of Dubuque, Connie (Brian) Tauke, of Rock Island, IL, and Karen (Rob) Powers of Dubuque, as well as his ten grandchildren; David (Stephanie) and Kyle Tigges, Nick, Nathan, and Noah Kelleher, Kirsten, Jacob, and Sam Tauke, Trevor and Tyler Powers and four great grandchildren; Diana, Sylvia, Augustus “Gus” and Atticus Tigges.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rosie, and a sister Callista Decker.

Ray’s family would like to thank the large circle of friends and neighbors who supported Dad over the years.


 

Diane R. Buhr

Diane Rose (Vandermillen) Buhr, 84, of East Dubuque, IL, was welcomed to God’s Garden on Thursday, November 12, 2020, while holding her daughter’s hand at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.

A public Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

A private visitation for family only will be at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Diane was born on July 23, 1936, in East Dubuque, IL, the daughter of Charles and Sylvia (Yonda) Vandermillen. She attended St. Mary’s grade school, East Dubuque, and graduated from St. Columbkille’s high school, Dubuque. She was very proud to say that throughout her 12 years, she never missed a day of school.

Diane was married to Vic Buhr Jr. for 20 years. Together they had three children and ran the Club Safari, AKA the best darn supper club in town! If you didn’t get the pleasure of spending time with her there, you may remember seeing her smiling face years later at the check-out counter at Kmart. Further down the road, enter Richard Meyer, a long time East Dubuquer who caught her eye and her love for over 20 years until his passing in 2018.

Diane spoke of her children and grandchildren with such pride, but let’s face it, nothing gave her more joy than her precious great-grandchildren and her immaculate garden. If a weed even dared to poke its nose up, it was off with its head! She was as sarcastic as she was sweet, skinny but strong, and one classy lady, to say the least!

Diane was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque where she showed her devotion and commitment by spending one hour a week at the adoration chapel from the day it was built until she was no longer able due to the pandemic.

Left to carry on her memory are her three children, Vic III (Beth) Buhr, of LaCrosse, WI; Shelly (Rich) Rehfeldt, of Dubuque, IA; and Mark Buhr, of St. Cloud, MN; her five grandchildren, Vic IV, Christi (Brent), Amber (Nathan), Mandi (Mitch) and Matthew; seven step-grandchildren, Cade (Kristine), Raeanna, Michaela (Michael), Miranda, Elizabeth, Oliver and Torrell; six great-grandchildren, McKenna, Lauren, Natalie, Adeline, Walter, and Lila; and two step-great-grandchildren, Carter and Kaylee ; two sisters, Dolores Arnold, of East Dubuque, IL; and Dorothy (Donnie) Bohnsack, of Galena, IL.

We may have lost our poet, our peace-maker, our best friend, and one incredible cook, but God’s Garden has never looked so grand as it will in the years ahead.

A heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses, CNAs and staff on the surgical floor at MercyOne Dubuque.

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


 

Donald J. Belken

Donald Joseph Belken, 74, of East Dubuque, IL passed away after a brief battle with Covid-19

at 4:30am on November 12th, 2020, at ManorCare of Dubuque IA.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a graveside service will be held at a later date at the East Dubuque Cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Donald was born on May 22, 1946, in Menominee, IL, the son of Luella (Hilby) and Clem Belken.  Don was one of 7 children. Don was a handyman, he worked with his bare hands and took great pride in his work.  He worked many jobs in construction, carpentry and fabrication.  He was employed at Capital Industrial Fabricators of Countryside and Foote Brothers Gear company in Downers Grove.

Don and Lois married on February 10, 1996, they loved and cared for one another for nearly 25 years.

He is survived by his three children, Lisa (Mark) Smelcer of Plainfield, IL, Allison (Mark) Schwabedeissen of Plainfield, IL and Greg Belken of Lombard, IL; seven grandchildren, Zach, Luke, and Dylan Smelcer, Jaxon & Joshua Schwabedessen, and Gabi and Brody Belken; two step sons, Dan Dalberg, of East Dubuque, IL and Greg (Lori) Dalberg, of Dubuque; three step-grandchildren, Samantha Harvey and Carly & Seth Dalberg and his his former spouse and mother of his children Sandra Landers of Plainfield IL; his siblings, Delbert (Ruth) Belken of East Dubuque, IL, Gerald “Jake” (Julie) Belken of Menominee, IL, Helen “Heidi” (Francis) Vosberg of Louisburg, WI, Joyce Ann Vaassen of Dickeyville, WI, and Joan (Jeff) Wieser of White Bear Lake, MN; a sister-in-law, JoAnn Belken of Easst Dubuque, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Lois Belken, his grand-daughter Amelia Schwabedessen, his parents Clem and Luella Belken and a brother Dallas “Snoz” Belken.

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

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the nurses and staff at ManorCare of Dubuque for the care and hospitality they provided to Don over the several years he resided.  Special thanks to our cousin Robin Place, it was good knowing that someone from the family was on staff to see Dad as he transitioned this life.


 

Rebecca A. Torres

Rebecca A. (Long, Greve) Torres, age 65, of Dubuque, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at Ennoble Manor.  To celebrate Rebecca’s life, a private family reading will be done by Pastor Maxx Tone.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is helping the family.

Rebecca was born on October 21, 1955, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Roy J. and Beverly (Haskell) Long.

Rebecca married Freddie Torres on October 20, 1995, at Grace Community Church, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and was the Pastor’s assistant.  She was a 1973 graduate of Stephen Hempstead High School.  Rebecca enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, crafts, and her various volunteer opportunities throughout the years.  She was always eager to help a person in need.  Rebecca will be remembered for her humor and generosity.  She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Those left to cherish Rebecca’s memory include;

her husband,
Freddie Torres, Dubuque, IA;

a son,
Adam Greve, Dubuque, IA;

2 daughters,
Elizabeth (Henry) Ayala, Pearl City, HI
and Sarah (Russ) Schlotfeldt, Dubuque, IA;

her best friend and sister,
Raechel (Jim) Cole, Dubuque, IA
and 4 other sisters;

and 6 grandchildren,
Kyler and Gabriel Ball, Marissa Weiner, and Kayden, Trevian and Zakarian Ayala.

Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Nick Long; special friend, Linda Hayes; and a grandson, Kael H. Ball.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hermann, Hospice of Dubuque and Ennoble for their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Rebecca Torres Family.

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


 

Donald E. Lemer

Donald E. Lemer, 72, of Bellevue, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Mercy One in Dubuque.

Private Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue.  Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery in La Motte.

No Public Visitation

Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the St. Joseph Bellevue – Sts. Peter & Paul Springbrook Facebook page, on their You Tube Channel and on Bellevue Cable TV Channel 37.

Donald was born August 26, 1948, the son of John and Hazel (Millman) Lemer.  Donald loved to tell stories and they got better with time.  He loved being around kids, country/western music, western shows on TV, and the occasional trip to the casino.  Donald enjoyed spending the holidays with his family and his goal was to get a drivers license. We can picture him now driving his car, smiling, and drinking a Cherry Pepsi.  He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his siblings, Leland (Joan) Hingtgen, Sharon (Gene) Konrardy, and Diane (Steve) Dougherty; 16 nieces and nephews and their families; and a sister in-law, Ruth Hingtgen.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Eldon Lemer and Lloyd “Butch” Hingtgen.

Condolences may be mailed to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service  100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, IA  52031 c/o Donald Lemer Family.

Donald’s family asks everyone to sign the online guestbook and leave a condolence at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com.


 

Gerald P. Morhardt

Gerald P. Morhardt, 88, of Scales Mound, IL, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.

Gerald was born on March 10, 1932 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Jake and Sadie (Altfillisch) Morhardt.  He was united in marriage to Donna Falancer on September 16, 1961 at St. Michael’s Church in Galena, IL.

Gerry grew up on farms in the Elizabeh and Scales Mound area.  He attended Elizabeth Schools and served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict from September 29, 1952 to September 4, 1954.

After the service he worked for the Jo Daviess Service Company, was a milk hauler and farmed with his Dad until after his father’s death, then took over the family dairy farm.

Surviving is his wife Donna, a brother, Richard (Marjorie Colin) Morhardt of Scales Mound; six nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Sadie; two children in infancy; his sister, Patricia (Ed) Meyer; in-laws, Kenneth and Mary Falancer, James (Mary Ann Pask) Falancer; a nephew, David Hesselbacher and great-nephew, Andrew Trebian.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Due to the Covid-19 virus a Celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Burial was in the Scales Mound Township Cemetery.  The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound assisted the family.


 

Elizabeth Roth

Elizabeth Roth, 70, of Bellevue, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 9, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

In respect of health and well-being for all, there will be a private family service for Liz.  It will be live streamed on the Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home Facebook page on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 11:00 am.  Burial will be in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Liz was born on June 10, 1950 in Bellevue, Iowa; the daughter of Robert B. and Jeanette M. (Freund) Roling.  As a child, many called her “Betty Jean”.  In 1968 she graduated from Marquette High School.  She married Michael A. Roth on June 7, 1969.  That same year she graduated from Capri Cosmetology College in Dubuque and began her career at Dot’s salon in Bellevue.  In 1980 Liz opened her own salon, The Hair Shanty, in Bellevue where she worked until her retirement in 2012.  Liz was active and held a variety of leadership positions in the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.

As a lifelong resident of Bellevue, Liz was an active and loved member of the community.  She was bubbly and friendly, caring and giving, kind and compassionate to all.  Liz was an amazing soul, always full of spirit, and always amongst friends; she was “Lizzie”.  She will be so deeply missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Mike; daughters Jodi (Scott) Felderman and Stephanie (Eddie) Fadel; grandchildren Paige, Audrey, Ellie, and Quinn; and the entire Roth clan.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws Russell and Corrine Roth, and her very special aunt Muriel Young.

In lieu of flowers, memorials and condolences may be mailed to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service 100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, IA 52031 c/o Elizabeth Roth Family.

Liz’s family asks everyone to sign the online guestbook and leave a condolence at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com.


 

Roger R. Bailie

Roger Ralph Bailie, age 94, of Platteville, WI, formerly of Lancaster, WI, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Park Place Memory Care in Platteville.  He was born on October 14, 1926, the son of Ralph and Hilda E. (Kasper) Bailie. Roger married Virginia M. (Nodorft) Martin on October 11, 1949, and together they farmed south of Lancaster.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and picnics with his family.

Roger is survived by his children: Susan (James) Heer, Connie (Rod) Morris, Dennis (Mary) Bailie, Julie (Gene) Oyen, Dave (Chris) Bailie, and Terry (Sue) Bailie; 17 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Larry Pink; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; a daughter, Dawn Pink; and 3 sisters: Lucille (Warren) Koeller, Dorothy (Burdette) King, and Beatrice (Ray) Grobstick.

Private family services will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster with Pastor David Kim officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  A celebration of Roger’s life will be held at a future date.  Cards of condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 30, Lancaster, WI 53813.  The Martin Schwartz Funeral Home and Crematory in Lancaster is entrusted with his services.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com


 

Donna M. Meyer

Donna Mae Meyer, 80, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Private family services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 20, at Linwood Cemetery and will be live streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home Facebook Page. A Celebration of Life to take place at First Presbyterian Church Dubuque at a future date.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com .

Donna was born June 30, 1940 in Dubuque, the daughter of Edward and Vivian (Lewis) Davis. She married Russell T. Meyer in 1959 at First Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on October 8, 1993.

Donna was an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother, playing a principal role in raising many of her grandchildren. Donna worked for the Rich and Sue Whitty family for many years as caretaker to Justin and Nathan, she loved the boys like her own grandchildren. She was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. Donna enjoyed spending time with her family and going to lunch with her friends.

Donna is survived by her children, Greg (Nikkii) Meyer of North Carolina, Daniel Meyer (Elise) of Green Bay, WI, Laura Henderson of Pleasant Hill, Diane Heiken of Dubuque, and Michael (Nancy) Meyer of Cedar Rapids; 13 grandchildren, Brittany, James, Shana, Mason, Sam, Kama, and Sylvie Meyer, Jessica Brassfield and Dylan Henderson, Hunter, Naomi, Elias, and Jonah Brehm; 6 great grandchildren, Amariah, Avayah, Carter, Daniel, Aliza, and Brooklyn. In addition to her husband,

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles and George Davis; and her sisters, Ruth Griesinger and Arlene Wilbricht.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Saint Jude Children’s Hospital, or Cozy Corner.


 

Delbert L. Weber

Delbert Lester Weber, 86, of Monticello, Iowa, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday November 12, 2020, surrounded by his loving family, from complication of a cerebral hemorrhage 2 1/2 years ago.

He was born April 23, 1934, to Arthur and Loretta (Gudenkauf) Weber of Sand Springs, Iowa.  He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Colleen; a son, Pat (Sue) Weber of Monticello; daughters Sheri (Lonnie) Osterkamp of Anamosa, Donna (Dennis) Feldman of Lisbon, Karen (Kelly) Green of Monticello, and Angie (Mike) Steffen of Dubuque; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.  He also is survived by a sister, Luella DeShaw of Hopkinton.  He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Barbara; brothers Gerald, Donald and infant Harold, sisters-in-law, Agnes Weber and Mary Weber, brother-in-law, Junior DeShaw, and infant grandson, Preston Spahn.

Delbert attended country school thru the 8th grade then completed 9th and 10th grades at sister school in Coggon.  He then left school to help his dad on the farm when his brother, Donnie, left for the service.  He loved farming and everything about. He met Colleen through her brother, Fred.  On June 22, 1955, they married at the Castle Grove Catholic Church of rural Monticello.  Delbert farmed with his dad until Arts’ retirement. He and his son, Pat, have farmed together ever since. He and Colleen milked Holstein cows together for many years.  He worked very hard during the day but his nighttime social life was just as important to him. He LOVED to play cards, go to dances and casino’s, watch NASCAR races, and gamble some more.  Under his rough exterior was a big heart.  Always there to help no matter who you were; neighbor, friend, family or charity.

Public Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Goettsch Funeral Home. Social distancing and mask properly fitted and worn, will be the required at all times .Private family services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with interment in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Thoughts Memories and Condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.

The family owes many, many thanks to Hospice’s Above and Beyond and Palliative Care of Anamosa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to donate to a charity of their choosing.


 

Wilma Merritt

Wilma Merritt, 84, originally of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away Monday, November 9, 2020 at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City, Iowa from complications of COVID-19.  Friends and Family graveside services and burial will be held at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.  Masks and social distancing required.

Wilma Fay Merritt was born May 29, 1936 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Howard Silas and Viola May Cooley Merritt only 10 months younger than her brother Carlyle and 22 months younger than her sister Frances Merritt Hansen, who passed away in 2005. She was baptized in the Andrew Presbyterian Church and attended Maple Grove Country School through seventh grade.  She finished her education in the Maquoketa Schools, where her mother was a music teacher, graduating with the Class of 1953.  She was active in vocal music, band and small groups.

Wilma enjoyed life on the family farm 5 miles north of town caring for her family, many animal pets and flower gardening.  She sang in the Maquoketa Congregational Church Choir where her mother was director, served as a Sunday School teacher and was an avid reader.

Her working years consisted of time at Clinton Engines and as Jackson County Assistant Recorder.  The remainder of her employment (27 years)  was spent as a dispatcher at the Maquoketa Police Department. Wilma transferred from her home in Maquoketa in August, 2017 to Good Shepherd in Mason City where some of her family is located and could assist in her care.

She is survived by her brother Carlyle (Averil) Merritt, Mason City.  She was a loving aunt to two nephews:  Kevin (Rachel) Hansen of Clinton, Iowa and Eric (Brenda) Merritt of Mason City; three nieces:  Kathy (Tom Weeks) Hansen of Burien, Washington, Krista (Randy) Barnes of Shenandoah, Iowa and Erin (Tim) Jantsch of Lake Bluff, Illinois.  She is also survived by four great nephews and five great nieces and four great, great nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Carson Celebration of Life Center, Maquoketa, Iowa.  Should friends desire, memorials may be left in Wilma’s name to a charity of their choice. Thank you to the Good Shepherd Staff and MercyOne Hospice of North Iowa for their conscientious care.

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


 

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