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John T. Rapp

John “Tommy” Thomas Rapp, the son of John “Jack” & Lillian (Benn) Rapp was born April 12, 1955 in Dubuque, IA. He passed away at home on Thursday January 13, 2022 after a six year battle with Cancer. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1973.

He was united in marriage to Billee Jo (Kramer) Rapp on September 8, 1973. He was a strong and devoted Husband and Father. Together they had five children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Bobbee Jo (Hank) Rapp (Brandon and Brady White), Stephannee Jo Rapp (Tiphanee Jo (Cooper and Ella Rose), Tyler, Torree Jo, and Trevor Brimeyer), Carree Jo (Chad) Kearney (Gracee Jo and Jack), Bettee Jo Rapp, and John Thomas Rapp Jr.

He worked for Steel Mart in Dubuque where he enjoyed traveling most days and making deliveries to his loyal customers. He reluctantly retired in 2015 when he was diagnosed with Brain Cancer.

He is survived by his two Sisters Cookie (Rusty) Wiederholt and Debbie (Lynn) Siegert and one brother Charlie (Teri) Rapp, his two Sister-in-Laws Susie (Keith) Remington and Bonnie (Kevin) Kramer-Griesinger and one Brother-in-Law Joseph (Pete) Kramer. And his nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Bettee Jo (twin sister to Bobbee Jo), son John Thomas Rapp Jr, his Parents and Parent In-Laws Chub and Mary (Maas) Kramer.

The family wishes to thank the Staff at Hospice of Dubuque, Medical Associates Cancer Clinic and University of Iowa City Hospital Cancer Clinic. And a special thanks to Dr Schultheis, Dr Smith and Dr Monga. In honor of John’s request we will not be holding a memorial service.


 

Susan K. Boots

Susan Kay “Grandma Sue” Boots, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2022.

There are no services scheduled at this time. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

Susan was born on January 17, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa to Harold and Marcella (Hemesath) Frommelt.

She graduated high school from Western Dubuque and furthered her education at a Dental Assistant program in Milwaukee. On June 15, 1990, she was wed to Kenneth Boots.

Susan loved reading books, especially on her Kindle. Family time was very special to her. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. We all looked forward to her special cinnamon rolls on the holidays.

She is survived by her son Chris (Nicole) Frommelt; grandchildren Iris and Reid Frommelt; sister Kathy (Galen) Van Wyhe of Gulf Breeze, Florida; brother Kevin (Patty) of St. Michael, Minnesota; nephews & niece: Nate (Amy) Frommelt, Brandon (Clara) Frommelt, Will Van Wyhe, and Kacie (Brandon) Scherber as well as 5 great nephews, and 2 great nieces.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Marcella; husband Kenny Boots; nephew Nicholas Van Wyhe; and niece Renae Van Wyhe.

The family would like to thank Pam Buttikofer for her friendship and compassionate care over the last 15+ years, and Nicole’s siblings, nieces, and nephews for always loving Grandma Sue as their own.


 

Mary E. Fabricius

On Tuesday, January 18th 2022 the original Mary Elizabeth Fabricius, 95, of Dubuque joyously reunited with those who have long awaited her in Heaven. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Spirit Pastorate Sacred Heart Church on Friday, January 21st at 1 pm following a visitation at noon at the church, 2215 Windsor Avenue. Burial will be in Mt Calvary Cemetery on a much warmer day.

Devout and devoted to family, Mary was born July 15, 1926, in Dubuque, the daughter of Peter and Catherine (Stephensen) Fabricius. She helped to raise her baby brothers John and James (Jim) on Washington Street, cared for her parents in their home on Roosevelt, and cooked with lard and love every Saturday afternoon to prepare a family supper that united the generations and always included a homemade dessert. Her rosary was her constant companion.

Wise and witty, she graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy and spent her entire career with the office gals at H&W Motor Express. Mary was an avid reader and wasn’t finished with the newspaper until she had completed the daily crossword puzzle. In her retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

Generous and gracious, Mary welcomed Sisters-in-law Rita (deceased) and Mary Ann (of Dubuque) to the family and tried so hard to convince her beloved dog Taffy and cat Pit Shot to like them, too. She made Christmas Eve magical, birthdays memorable, and prayers always available for her nephew and nieces Tom, Rebecca, and Amy.

The family requests no flowers.

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

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


 

Sister Joan Redden, BVM

Sister Joan Redden, BVM (James Irene), 92, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022.

Private funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. Virtual Sharing of Memories begins at 9:30 a.m., followed immediately by virtual visitation. Mass of Christian Burial begins at 10:30 a.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Services are private due to COVID-19 restrictions. All services may be viewed through live videostream at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/bvmsisters/.

Sister Joan was an elementary teacher in Clinton and Davenport, Iowa; Chicago; Cicero, Ill.; Seattle; and Mountlake Terrace, Wash. She served as a secondary teacher in Iowa City, Iowa; and Lombard, Waukegan and Lake Forest, Ill. She also ministered as the director of religious education at Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., a teacher assistant in North Chicago, Ill., and an assistant apartment manager in Waukegan, Ill.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1929, in Chicago to James and Irene (Karaffa) Redden. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1947, from St. Francis of Rome Parish, Cicero, Ill. She professed first vows on March 19, 1950 and final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by cousins 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. 


 

Willard R. Kress

Willard R. Kress, 74, of Bellevue, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Mercy One in Dubuque.  Funeral Services will be 11:30 am, Saturday, January 22, 2022 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellevue.  Family will greet friends 9:30 am until service time also on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the church prior to services.  Private family burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery.  Local arrangements are entrusted with  Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Willard was born October 15, 1947, the son of Edmund and Laura (Johnston) Kress.  He married Susan C. Bentley on February 14, 1992, she passed on November 8, 2009.  Willard enjoyed fishing, hunting, telling stories and loved being with his grandchildren.  He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle in his young years.  Willard enjoyed his Friday night dinners with his wife, Susan and sister in-law, Rita and continued them after his Susan’s passing.

Survivors include his children, LaGina Hoth, Courtney Sieverding, and Paul Cody (Anna) Kress; grandchildren, Jarrod, Christie, Devon, Wyatt, Emma, Aiden, Bentley, and Adaliene; siblings, Wanda, Don, Vi, Bob, Linda, Sue, Rosaleta (Lynn), and Kathy (Kyle); sisters in-law, Rita, Cathie, and Pam (Richard); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Susan; a daughter, Lindsey; and siblings, Wayne, Carol, Junior, and Carl.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Willard’s memory.

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


 

Shirley A. Brimeyer

Shirley A. Brimeyer, 86, of Manchester formerly of North Buena Vista, peacefully passed away with her family by her side on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at Regional Medical Center in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.  Visitation will continue  before mass on Monday, January 24, 2022 at the North Buena Vista Hall beginning at 10:00 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Buena Vista, with burial in the IC cemetery.  Rev. Marvin Bries will officiate.

Shirley was born on September 3, 1935 in North Buena Vista, the daughter of Benjamin and Catherine (Meyer) Breitbach.  She married Harvey Brimeyer on January 11, 1958 in North Buena Vista. Together they raised seven children in a log house on the banks of Plum Creek. She said those were the happiest days of her life. Shirley taught her family the important things in life: hard work and love of family. She gardened, canned, and sewed for the kids.  She enjoyed a good game of cards, board games, crocheting, bowling, and taking her kids fishing on the banks of the Mississippi.

Survivors include her children: Christine “Chris” Ross of Dubuque, Pam (Sam) Steffen of Peosta, Jeff (Donna) Brimeyer of North Liberty, Doug (Jan) Brimeyer of Jackson, Wyoming, Susanne (Bill) Scherbring of Manchester, Fred (Judy) Brimeyer of North Buena Vista, daughter-in-law, Maritza (Max) Brimeyer Quezada of Tampa, FL, 16 grandchildren: Andy Ross, Jessica (Randy) Lehman, Melissa Brimeyer, Sarah (Shane) Steffen-Hosch, John (Andrea) Steffen, Lisa (Jeremy) Shelton, Natalie Brimeyer, Matt Brimeyer, Kyle Brimeyer, Ashley Brimeyer, Kara (Mitchell) Skul, Tyler Scherbring, Katie (Nazar) Kulchytskyy, Kelley Scherbring, Emma Brimeyer, Samuel Brimeyer, 8 great grandchildren, brother, Dave (Mary Lynne) Breitbach of North Buena Vista, in-laws: Don Ludovissy, Greg Brimeyer, LaVonne Brimeyer, Ginny Brimeyer, Stella Hefel, Laura (Leon) Sigwarth, Carol Ellsworth and Norbert Tressel.

She was preceded in death by husband, Harvey in 2008, a son, Paul H. Brimeyer in 1997, siblings: Anna Marie (Don) Jestel, Doris (Bob) Whelan, James (Mary Lou) Breitbach, Pat (Ruthie) Breitbach and Mary Ludovissy, in-laws: Robert Brimeyer, Alvin Brimeyer, Nick (Verna) Brimeyer, Selma (Bill) Boyce, Carol Brimeyer, Earl Brimeyer, Matt Hefel, Rex Elsworth and Mildred “Mib” Tressel.

Shirley’s family would like to thank Jayne Rolfe of Circle of Life Caregivers of Strawberry Point, Melissa Hutchinson, and the staff at Regional Medical Center of Manchester for all the compassionate care they showed to their mom.

Kramer Funeral Home is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com.  Online condolences and memorials may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home,  5754 Maple Rd, Holy Cross, IA  52053.


 

Christopher L. Eimer Sr.

Christopher L. “Chris” Eimer Sr., age 62, of Dubuque, passed away at 5:35 p.m., on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at home.  To celebrate Chris’ life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Behr Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Chris was born on May 18, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John Eimer Jr., and Phoebe (Casey) Eimer.

Chris was born and raised in Dubuque.  He was united in marriage to Victoria Carner on May 17, 1984, in Benton, Wisconsin, and they would be blessed with 4 children before going their separate ways.  He later would marry Emily (Nerney) Haferbecker on July 5, 2001, and add another daughter to his family, but sadly they would also part ways.  Chris was a great mechanic who was employed with Grease Monkey for a time before leaving to work on cars independently out of his home.  He had a definite preference for Ford vehicles.  In his younger days Chris liked to spend time outdoors fishing, but more recently he enjoyed watching wrestling on TV and was a huge NASCAR fan.  Dale Earnhardt Sr. was no doubt his favorite driver.  Chris also had a huge sweet tooth, and everyone knew that Raspberry Zingers where his go to snack of choice.  He loved spending time with all of his kids and grandkids and he even had a soft spot for his beloved grandpuppy.  We are deeply saddened at losing Chris in our daily lives, but find some comfort in knowing that he is now resting peacefully, free of all of the health challenges he has faced these past months.

Those left to cherish Chris’ memory include

his children,
Martia (Robert Bailey) Eimer, Holy Cross, IA,
Christopher (fiancé Sheila Maker) Eimer Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Damion Eimer, Dubuque, IA,
Kayla Eimer, Petersburg, IA
and Alexys (Shawn Fults) Eimer, Cedar Rapids, IA;

his 5 grandchildren,
Tristan and Karsen Eimer, Trent and Tori Eimer and Sophia Fults;

his siblings,
James, Donny, Nancy, Mike, Mitzi (Tom) Wood and Jane;

a special brother-in-law,
Jimmie Carner Jr., Bellevue, IA;

his former wife,
Emily Eimer;

and his grand puppy,
Lulu.

Chris was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Bill Shepherd; a brother, Danny Young; and his 1st wife, Victoria Carner.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Alisa, for all of the outstanding care that they have provided for Chris these past weeks.

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

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


 

Kerri J. Liddle

Kerri J (Schultz) Liddle, 45, of Dubuque passed away January 13, 2022.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday, January 21, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road.  Funeral services will be 11 am Saturday at Grand View United Methodist Church, preceded by a visitation from 10 to 10:45 am at the church.  The service will be live streamed at Grandviewdubuque.org.

Kerri was born March 11, 1976 in Dubuque, daughter of Mike and Jeannie (Budde) Schultz.

She graduated from East Dubuque High School and worked for the Dubuque Best Western and Dubuque Janitorial for many years.

On August 16, 2008 she married Craig Liddle.

Kerri loved getting together with her friends and family whenever possible; especially the great Budde family picnics, and going up to her camper in Wisconsin.  She loved camping whenever she could get away, just to relax and hang out around a nice hot campfire, eating a few smores and being around her amazing friends and family at Bark River campground.

She also loved going out to the weekly races in Dubuque and going for motorcycle rides with her husband, because she knew it would probably end up with a stop at Dairy Queen for ice cream.

Halloween was one of Kerri’s favorite times of the year because she loved handing out candy to the trick or treaters.

Her son Brett was the world to her, and she cherished every minute they spent together, maybe having a little fun picking on Craig.  She also enjoyed spending time with her step-daughter, Destiny.

Kerri loved her mom, dad and three brothers more than they may ever know.  She also enjoyed spending time with her cousins and nieces and nephews whenever possible.

She was a devoted Disney fan, especially to Mickey Mouse.  People at one time or another were sure to see her wearing a Mickey Mouse t-shirt or sweatshirt.

Kerri also loved doing puzzles and going to bingo with her mom.

She is survived by her husband Craig Liddle; son, Brett Liddle; step-daughter, Destiny Goetzinger; Parents, Mike (fiancé Laura Schaul) Schultz and Jeannie (fiancé John Heinze) Schultz; three brothers, Chris (Amy), Cory, and Curt (Julie) Schultz; in laws, Carol (Al) Scolf and Terry (Sharon) Liddle; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, a Kerri Liddle memorial fund has been established.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.


 

Gene A. Suthers

Gene A. Suthers, 65, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, January 14, 2022, at The Ivy at Davenport in Davenport, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Gene’s life will be held at 2 P.M., Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Gene Arthur Suthers was born on March 15, 1956 in Cllinton, Iowa, to Lyle F. and Ruby D. (Donaldson) Suthers.  He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School.  He married Jillian L. Keller on July 27, 1979 in Maquoketa, Iowa.  He had worked various jobs throughout the years, including as a mechanic and attendant at Bickford’s Gas Station in Maquoketa, and at the Tri-Stop in Lost Nation, electrician for McCutcheon’s, butcher for Neiber’s in Lost Nation, and lastly as a maintenance person for WADY’S in Maquoketa.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Those left to honor his memory include a son, Robert Suthers of Lost Nation, IA; a daughter; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; and brothers, John (Nancy) Suthers of Delmar, IA, and Paul (Michelle) Suthers of Louisiana.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Jillian on February 24, 2017

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


 

Lorraine L. Owen

Lorraine L. Owen, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, her home for the past nine years.

A celebration of Lorraine’s life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, January 21, 2022, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Lorraine Loleta Busch was born on January 27, 1926, in Nashville, Iowa, to Gerhardt and Bertha (Tamm) Busch.  She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School.  She married George Darrell Owen on September 9, 1944, in South Mills, North Carolina, while George was stationed in the Navy.  One son, Douglas Wayne was born to this union.

Lorraine had worked as a secretary at Clinton Engines Corporation in Maquoketa for 50 years and retired in 1993.  In retirement she worked part-time at CEC.

Lorraine loved to spend time with her family, going to the boat, reading, and crocheting.  She was a member of the Business Professional Women’s Club for several years, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the WaTana Club.

Those left to honor her memory include a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas Wayne and Jeanne Owen of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Melissa (Steve) Bormann of LeClere, IA, and Chad (Sara) Owen of Minneapolis, MN; and 4 great-grandchildren, Chelsea (David) Nelson, Brandon Bormann, Ani Owen and Nora Owen; and one great-great-grandson due in July.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George on September 17, 2012, an infant grandson Brent Douglas Owen, and 4 sisters Nina Weirup, Minnie Buck Druehl, Velma Duhme and Helen Hute.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lorraine L. Owen memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Betty M. Fluhr

Betty Mae Fluhr, age 92, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the Bell Tower Retirement Community in East Dubuque.

Betty was born on May 30, 1929 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Theodore and Viola (Doerr) Tropf.  She was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Fluhr on July 4, 1946 at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque.

Together Bob and Betty ran The Bent Prop Marina in East Dubuque. They spent many years enjoying life on the Mississippi River with their boating companions. The whole community looked forward to the corn boils at the Bent Prop.

Later in life Betty enjoyed going to the Casino, Thursday nights out on the town, and long afternoon drives. While she was loved by many, Betty was never afraid to give her opinion.

Those left to cherish her memory include two sons, Gary (Marilyn McRee) and Bill; one daughter, Lisa (Todd Berggren) Williams; three grandchildren, Josh (Nicolle) Fluhr, Erin (Josh) Timmerman and Ryan (Terra) Fluhr; four great-grandchildren, Brock, Trevlin, Emerlee and Madyson.

A Celebration of Life will be held later this spring. Per Betty’s request, Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way” will be played during the celebration.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Bell Tower Memory Care Unit for taking great care of Betty these last few years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Viola, her husband, Bob Fluhr, siblings, Eugene, Donald and LaVon “Bonnie”; and her step-father, Lloyd Frank.

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


 

Vivian A. Achen

Vivian A. (Phillips) Achen, 83, of Bellevue, passed away peacefully at home on  Friday, January 14, 2022 embraced by the love of her family and caregivers.  Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Thursday, January 20, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue.  Visitation will be 9:00 am – 10:30 am, also Thursday, January 20, 2022 prior to Mass at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Services will be livestream on Facebook and YouTube: St. Joseph Bellevue-Sts. Peter & Paul Springbrook pages.

Vivian was born, May 13, 1938, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Gretchen) Phillips.  She married Donald J. Achen on October 8, 1954, he passed on April 19, 2009.  They were married 55 years.  Vivian attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Bellevue.  She went on later in life to acquire her Real Estate License and worked for Bisping Realty for over 25 years.  Above all, Vivian’s love for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her friends always came first and spending time with them.

Vivian had a contagious sense of humor along with a beautiful smile, and anyone that knew her well enjoyed her quick wit.

Vivian was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  She volunteered for numerous church and school activities.  She at one time was a member of the church choir, participated in Teens Encounter with Christ (TEC) weekends, and serving hot lunch for the school children.  While raising her family, Vivian became a very talented seamstress, she often made cloths for her children, husband, and curtains for their homes.

In her retirement years, Vivian was extremely active, she would start her day walking the State Park Hill with her best friend, Donna Medinger.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed golfing, music and dancing.  Vivian enjoyed traveling and joined Friendship Forces.  Some of her travels included Europe, Chile, Africa, and China.  She to the end expressed her love and gratitude for her care to her family and caregivers.  She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her daughters, Jodie (George) Karapanian of California, Cathy (John) Novak of Cedar Rapids, and Lisa (Rod) Konrardy of Bellevue, and a son, Scott Achen of Davenport; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters in-law, Phyllis (Bob) Post and Jeanette Phillips.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 2 sons, James and Nick; siblings, Gerald, Donald (Lou), Cecile (Virgil), Rachel (Herb), Delores (Ken), and Evelyn (Bill); and a sister in-law, Donna (Ben) Southard.

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

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Wendy, Deanna, Jeanette, and Jane for their loving care and comfort of our mother and grandmother.

The Family respectfully requests masks be worn at the visitation and mass.

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


 

Patricia C. Kramer

Patricia “Pat” C. Kramer, 79 of Dubuque, passed away on January 14, 2022 with her family by her side.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 21, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West, Iowa. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery Dubuque. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Leonard Funeral home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Patricia “Pat” Colleen Wallace was born July 1, 1942 at home in Janesville, Wisconsin.   She was the daughter of William A. and Marion B (Driscoll) Wallace. Pat was raised on the family farm near Bankston, Iowa.  She attended Bankston School and later, as a young thirteen-year-old teenager, moved to Dubuque where she worked and lived in order to support herself and attend high school.  She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1960.

She married Paul J. Kramer, January 3, 1976 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Worthington Iowa and together they raised a family in Dubuque. Pat worked in a variety of jobs in the Dubuque area during her adult life and was known as a tireless worker.  For the twenty years prior to her retirement, she worked as a Supervisor at the Loras College Pub.

Pat’s life centered on her love of God and her family. A hot meal was always on the table for her children and husband despite her demanding work life.  She supported her children’s athletic and academic endeavors and the vision for them to receive a college education.  She was a superb entertainer who routinely hosted large family gatherings with her sisters and brothers who were her best friends.  These gatherings always included a mix of delicious food, story-telling, joking and lots of laughter.  Pat loved to travel and joined Paul on many motorcycle adventures through the Midwest and Western United States.

Pat was a long-time member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Key West and she volunteered at Sisters of Charity BVM at Mt. Carmel, supporting the care of retired Nuns.

Pat is survived by her husband Paul of Dubuque and her children, Susan (Robert) Alvis of Carmel, Indiana; Daniel (Dawnya) Forler, Davenport Iowa; Carleen Forler, Tampa, Florida; Shawn (Carole) Forler, Canton Georgia; and Glen (Rachel) Kramer, Waterloo Iowa; two grandsons Daniel Alvis and Jacob Forler; her siblings, Marna Mausser, Maureen Grant; John Wallace; Kathleen (Harold) Werner; Terry (Marie) Wallace; Sharon (Pat) Casey; and Lucy (Ed) Tetmeyer, as well as numerous loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Nancy Forler, sisters Margaret “Peggy” Wallace and Shirley Fields and two brothers William Wallace and Tim Wallace.

Memorials may be made to her family.


 

Robert Fondell

Robert “Bob” Fondell, 82, of Dubuque, died Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3860 Asbury Road.

The Funeral Service for Bob will be 10:00 am Friday, January 21, 2022, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with Father Ron Friedell officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Bob was born September 12, 1939, in Iowa City, the son of Lester Richard and Margaret Ann (Coonfare) Fondell. On June 2, 1962, he married Ruthie Ann Little in Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She passed away on August 3, 2005.

Bob worked for the Adams Company in the shipping and receiving department until his retirement after 40 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Dallas Cowboys, playing Euchre, listening to country music, singing karaoke, especially “Lookin for Love”, but most importantly,  he loved spending time with his grandchildren and family.  Due to Bob’s love of “chatting”, he enjoyed bartending at Tott’s Tap and conversing with patrons.

Survivors include three daughters, Lisa (Jerry) Tott of Dubuque, Amy (Ron) Davis of Cedar Rapids and Christy “Chris” (Kevin) Fondell-Delaney of Dubuque; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Francis (Mary) Elliott, Jr. and Billy Elliott and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruthie; his parents; his step-father, Francis Elliott; one daughter, Mary Ann Fondell; one grandson, Matthew Tott and his eight siblings, Glen Curler, Arnold Curler, Carol Elliott, Arlene Grimstead, Dick Fondell, Pat Crossett, Roger Curler and Carl Curler.

The family wishes to express their great appreciation to the entire staff at Stonehill Care Center, especially Nurse Norma and Hospice of Dubuque.

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

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


 

Herbert B. McKahin III

Herbert Blaker ‘Blake’ McKahin III, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa peacefully passed away surrounded by family at Finley Hospital in Dubuque on December 20, 2021 around 6:45 pm.

Services will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on January 22, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of service. Burial will be at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Blake was born on October 24, 1938 in Waterloo, Iowa to Herbert Blaker ‘Hub’ McKahin, Jr and Gladys McKahin. He attended United Township High School in East Moline, IL where he was a member of the Bio-Chem Club and President of the Rifle Club. He graduated high school in 1956. Blake started his college career at Iowa State University in 1956 then transferred to Bradley University in 1958. He graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. Before graduating from college, Blake started working at John Deere East Moline in 1960. When he graduated, he transferred to John Deere Dubuque Works and worked in the factory completing time studies. In late 1984, he started working for the competition Case IH. After 40 years of working he retired from Case as a Safety Engineer in 2000.  Blake was member of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) during his entire working career. As a member of SAE, Blake was a part of the team that set the standards for ergonomics in agricultural equipment. He helped design the safety signage for agricultural equipment both in the US and internationally.

Blake married the love of his life Judith ‘Judy or Jude’ Ann (Hantelmann) McKahin on July 5, 1968 at Grandview UMC in Dubuque, Iowa. They enjoyed riding in the dune buggy Blake built. Blake and Jude traveled throughout Europe many times and enjoyed cruises with family and friends in the Caribbean. In 1971, they adopted their first child, Collin. Later adopted Megan in 1977. As a family, they enjoyed boating on the Mississippi and canoeing in the hand-built wood canoe. They loved going to Loon Lake Lodge every summer as well as many fishing and camping trips with friends.

Blake was a 32 degree Mason. He was a past Master of the Metropolitan Lodge. He was a Shriner at Kaaba Temple in Davenport, Iowa. Blake had many hobbies and interests. He loved riding his bike and partook in RAGRAI twice in his younger years. He was an excellent amateur photographer that came in handy with his many adventures traveling. As an engineer, he loved to tinker with things. If you needed a tool to fix something, most likely Blake had it. If you could not fix it, he would do it for you. Blake enjoyed his RC planes as a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Additionally, Blake was a great patron of the arts which started at young age when he learned to play the trombone. He was a past president of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Board. He supported the Bell Tower and UD Heritage Center.

Blake was survived by his wife, Jude McKahin of Dubuque; his children, Collin (Tania) McKahin of Folsom, CA and Megan McKahin of Dubuque; his granddaughters, Brooke McKahin of Albuquerque, NM, Alyssa McKahin of Folsom, CA, and Kelsey McKahin of Folsom, CA; his cousin, George (Laura) Albertus of St. Louis, MO; his brother and sisters-in-law, Mark (Kathy) Hantelmann and Lorie (Hantelmann) Foley of Dubuque and Mary (Jim) Schneider of League City, TX; his nieces and nephews, Emily (John) Shol, Matthew Hantelmann, Jack Foley, Seamus Foley, and Molly Foley of Dubuque; and his beloved dogs, Mimi and Gigi.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hub and Gladys; his in-laws, Eldon Edgar Hantelmann and Betty Jane (Duffin) Hantelmann; his brother-in-law, David Hantelmann; his beloved dogs, Pal, Tessy, Tally, Lilly, Chrissy, Chloe, and Sophie.

In leu of flowers, please send all Memorials to St. Luke’s UMC or Shriners Hospitals.

The family would like to thank the amazing 5th floor medical staff at Unity Point Finley Hospital ward for their remarkable care of Blake. They would like to personally thank Dana, RN and Diane the Palliative RN for their compassionate care and sympathy during Blake’s last hours.


 

Craig J. Funke

Craig J. Funke, 51, of Belleville WI passed away on Thursday morning, January 13, 2022, at home.

A private visitation and prayer service will be on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Face masks are required per CDC and state guidelines.

Craig was born on October 5, 1970, in Dubuque IA, the son of Dennis and Jean (Leibfried) Funke. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, the Class of 1989. He graduated from Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL with an Associate’s degree in Electronic Technology and graduated from NICC with an RN degree in nursing. He was employed for over 20 years as a registered nurse at UW Health University Hospital.

Craig was united in marriage to Ana Lopez on Nov. 21, 2016, at a private service in Madison, WI.  Craig had a gentle kind sole, loved boating, scuba diving, and spending time with his boys.

Surviving is his wife, Ana.  His two sons, Garrison and Maverick Funke of Belleville WI and his stepdaughter Allie Gowin.  His mother Jean (Leibfried) Funke of Dubuque, IA, three brothers Kevin (Susan) Funke of Bellevue, IA, Brian (Teri) Funke and Steve (Kelly) Funke both of Peoria, IL.

His father Dennis and infant brother Scott Funke preceded Craig in death.

Condolences may be sent to Miller Funeral Home, c/o Craig Funke, 1185 Route 35 N, East Dubuque, IL 61025.  In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations sent to create a trust fund for his sons.


 

Terrance C. Woodard

Terrance “Terry” C. Woodard, 47 of Rock Island, IL and formerly of Dubuque, IA and Galena, IL passed away January 2, 2022, at Iowa City Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, due to injuries sustained during an assault on December 24, 2021, in Davenport, IA. A gathering will be held on Sunday, January 23, 2022, from 1 to 3 PM and a memorial service will directly follow at 3 PM, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel 100 Caroldon Court, Galena, IL 61036. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be at a later date.

Terry was born in Galena on June 18, 1974, to Jaundel Neiss Woodard and the late James “Woody” Woodard. He spent all his childhood in Galena and graduated from Galena High School with the Class of 1993. Terry spent most of his adult life in the Dubuque, IA area. He enjoyed life spending time with family and friends. Terry had a caring and loving heart that will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his mother, Jaundel Moore-Maupin and stepfather Robert E. Maupin, of Dubuque, three brothers and their families, Tony (Jeness) Woodard of Utah and their children, Jimmy, Kaylee, Tami and Jessica,  Mike (Rose) Woodard of Elizabeth, IL and Rose’s daughter Lanie, and  Eric (Emily) Moore of Sycamore, IL and their children, Will and Addie, his grandmother, Edith Neiss of Rapid City, SD, five aunts, Barb Rowland, of Rapid City, SD, Diane Belk, of Clinton IA, Judy (Bill) Bergman of Phoenix AZ, and Rena (Tom) Leite of Rapid City, SD and his many other cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, his uncle, Charles Woodard, stepfather, Bill Moore, and his grandpa, Calvin Neiss.

A memorial fund has been established at First Community Bank of Galena as well as a Go Fund Me Page in memory of Terry. The family wishes to give a special Thank you to the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics staff for his care. Your kindness will never be forgotten. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Herbert F. Honey

Herbert Francis Honey, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on January 12, 2022.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Herbert was born on July 16, 1934, to Mary Ellen Lamagra in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Omaha South High Magnet School in Omaha, Nebraska, and Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. He married Maxine B. Honey on August 31, 1974, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He worked at John Deere Dubuque as a Tool and Die Maker until retirement.

Herbert liked the Nebraska Huskers. He loved cribbage, dominoes, euchre, shopping at Goodwill, boating, and jet skiing. He was a member of Sundown ski patrol and was a member of the local 94 UAW as a recording secretary.

He is survived by his children Joyce (Dave) Johns, Jayne (Todd) Kersch, Janet (Damian) Sepanik, Rich (Diann) Breithaupt, and Jim Honey; 15 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Lora Gauthreaux, and his mother Mary Ellen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque staff, Unity Point Health Finley Hospital staff, and Oak Park Place staff.


 

Kurt T. Richard

Kurt Thomas Richard, 38, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away after a sudden illness at home on January 11, 2022.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 17, 2022 at St. Patrick Garryowen Church with Father Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, January 16th, 2022 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Kurt was born on July 10, 1983, in Dubuque, Iowa to Edward and Mary Ann (Fleege) Richard. On October 23, ​2015, he married Anna Gassman at St. Patrick’s Garryowen. He previously worked as a carpenter and was currently working for Noonan Fencing.

He enjoyed spending time with the apples of his eyes: his children. He had a laugh that was contagious! Everyone that knew him loved him and his sense of humor. He was always the life of the party. He was a proud and avid Packers and Badgers fan, and he always cheered on his team. He had a heart of gold and was deep down just a great person.

He is survived by his wife Anna; children Gracie and Ruby (at home); parents Ed and Mary Ann of Kieler, WI; siblings Kelly (Joe) Ihm of Lancaster, WI, Holly (Terry) Cook of Bernard, IA, Todd (Haley) Richard of Lancaster, WI, Tony (Sarah) Richard of Peosta, IA, and Kyle (McKenna) Richard of Platteville, WI; nieces and nephews Siena, Franklin, Gianna, Charlie, Reuben, and Avianna Ihm, Clement Richard, Wyatt Richard, Oliver, Dominic, Naomi, and Teddy Cook, Baby Richard, and Macklin and Keenan Williams; brother-in-law Jake Gassman of Bernard, IA; sister-in-law Molly (Andy) Williams of West Des Moines, IA; parents-in-law Zip and Margie Gassman of Bernard, IA; grandma Vi Richard Necker of Kieler, WI; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by uncles Tom Fleege and Tony Richard; maternal grandparents Bud and Rosie Fleege; paternal grandpas Bob Richard and Bob Necker; and mother-in-law Grace Gassman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given for Kurt’s children.

Thank you to the Bernard Rescue Unit, Dubuque County Sheriff’s office, and the entire Bernard community for all the support for the family.


 

Victoria M. Andersen

Victoria Marie Andersen, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa passed away in the comfort & care of her four children in Columbia, Missouri on January 11, 2022. Vicki, as she was called her entire life, was born in Dubuque, Iowa to Stanley & Therese (Johanningmeier) Spielman. She attended Cherry Grove school until attending junior & high schools in Maquoketa, Iowa. On February 5, 1968, she married Harold C. Keeley in Jacksonville, Florida. The couple moved back to Maquoketa for the birth of their first child in early 1969, but returned to Florida until late 1970. They moved to Marshalltown, Iowa and Vicki resided there until 1991. Throughout her years in Marshalltown, she was a homemaker (as she famously said her “June Cleaver Years”) did extensive volunteer work, enjoyed entertaining guests & hosting parties, having lunches with friends & traveling, was a Girl Scout leader, and a member of several boards & committees within the community including Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and the T.T.T. philanthropic sorority. Proudly, energetically, lovingly and flawlessly, Vicki raised her four children as a single mother, going to college and earning an associates degree from Marshalltown Area Community College. She worked for Mid-Iowa Community Action, first as a direct service provider and eventually promoting several times into a leadership role. Her impact with MICA transformed the lives of thousands of individuals & families during her tenure. She moved back to Maquoketa in 1991 and continuing to follow her heart for serving others, began working at DAC, Inc. Again, beginning in a direct service position, but promoting into a leadership role until retiring in 2012. In 2000, she married Richard L. Andersen and he preceded her in death in 2015. She and Rich were the epitome of peas in a pod. They enjoyed going to the movies, playing cards, visiting with friends, dining out & attending live performances, traveling & just simply being at home together. But by far, their favorite pastime was anything with family, most especially their Grandchildren!

Vicki honored Rich’s memory by giving two full measures of extraordinary love to each of them every chance she could. If she wasn’t able to attend their sporting events & activities, she would share about them to whoever she could. One of her all time most favorite things was a ‘slumber party’ with whoever could stay the night in her cozy home she loved so much. In recent years, she had reconnected with several high school friends. She cherished many luncheons, impromptu reunions & gatherings, including a surprise 70th birthday celebration for her. Vicki was up for just about anything, found the humor in everything, her quick wit was  matched only by her over-the-top generous spirit and will live forever in the hearts of all who were lucky enough meet up with her.

She is survived by her children Bridget (Brian) Canaday of Columbia, Missouri, Raquel (Kyle) Clausen of Bellevue, Iowa, Nicole (Mike) Olsen of Maquoketa, Iowa and Chip (Jennifer) Keeley of Clarinda, Iowa. Her most cherished grandchildren Josh (Casey), Haley (Alex), Allison, Dawson, Jack, Maddalyn, Keeley, Greyson, Kelsea (Brian) & Ashlea and great-grandson Royce. Her sister, Sally (Bill) Schroeder of Ankeny, Iowa. And her “Cuzzie” Jeanne (Paul) Hampton of Dubuque, Iowa.

She is preceded in death by Harold (in 1984) and her parents.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 19th from 4-7pm under the direction of Carson Celebration Of Life Center in Maquoketa. A funeral service at 11:00am, followed by her favorite luncheon, will be held on January 20th at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa with Pastor Neil Harrison presiding. For those wishing to make a donation in her honor, contributions can be made to one her favorite causes, St Judes Children’s Research Hospital or to a Memorial fund established by her children to intern her ashes at a later time.

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


 

Rose M. Woodhouse

Rose Mary (Henkels) Woodhouse, age 98, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 2:52 p.m., on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Grand Haven Community Center in Eldridge.  To celebrate Rose Mary’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Monday, January 17, 2022, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street.  The Rosary will be recited by the Nativity Rosary Society at 10:30 a.m.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, at the Church of the Nativity, with Msgr. James L. Miller officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Rose Mary was born in 1923, to Roy and Pauline (Hehl) Henkels on a farm in Sherrill, Iowa, where she and her sister, Irma, were raised.  She grew happily there and then in her teens moved to live and work in Dubuque.  She married George Woodhouse on November 30, 1944, and they were blessed with 7 children, George Jr., Mary, Tom, Jim, Bill, Polly and Dave.  Rose Mary was always a positive and energetic mom, as well as a great role model for her children.  She put the needs of others above her own and volunteered countless hours to helping whoever needed her.  She was a fantastic cook and hostess who took pride in making sure her guests had plenty of snacks and a nice hot cup of coffee.  Rose Mary was also a talented seamstress, often making gifts for the children and grandchildren.  She had a green thumb and carefully tended to her flower gardens, with the roses being her favorites.  She had a kind heart and loved all of God’s creatures, especially cats, dogs and the wild birds she would feed regularly.  Watching the hummingbirds come to the feeders and dart about was one of her favorite activities.  She was a devout Catholic, always an active member of Nativity Church where she volunteered helping with funerals and was a member of the Rosary Society.  She not only attended Mass on Sundays, but on First Fridays, Holy Days and every day during Lent.  Rose Mary also made sure that each of her five boys were regular alter servers.  Her family was definitely Rose Mary’s top priority.  She loved hosting family get togethers and looked forward to random visits from all of the children.  Rose Mary was a class act who always had a smile on her face and made the best of every situation.  She was extremely selfless and was the ideal example of compassion.  The world is no doubt a better place because of the 98 years that Rose Mary has been here with us.  She will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Those left to cherish Rose Mary’s memory include

her children,
Mary Even, Bill (Julie) Woodhouse, Polly Woodhouse Smith and Dave Woodhouse;

a daughter-in-law,
Wendy Woodhouse;

her grandchildren,
Heather, Amy, George III, Melissa, Andrea, Tim, Jennifer, Tom Jr., Emily, James Jr., Derek, Sarah, Ian, Allison, Hilary, Quinn, Molly and Gabe;

and 25 great-grandchildren.

Rose Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Woodhouse; 3 sons, George Woodhouse Jr., Tom Woodhouse and James Woodhouse; 2 grandchildren, Rachel and Jessica Woodhouse; a sister, Irma Kennicker; a son-in-law, Ivan Even; and a daughter-in-law, Joan Kruel.

The family would like to thank the staff of Grand Haven and Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care they gave our Mom during her transitional time.

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


 

Darlene A. Scharpf

Darlene A. (Wubben) Scharpf, 88 of Galena, IL passed away Monday, January 10, 2022, At Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. The funeral mass will be 11 AM, Monday, January 17, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena where friends may call after 9:30 AM until the time of mass. Father Howard Barch will be officiating. Burial will be in Pilot Knob Cemetery, rural Galena. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

She was born April 21, 1933, at home in rural East Galena Township the oldest daughter of Paul H. and Mary A. (Berger) Wubben. She was united in marriage to William J. Scharpf on May 10, 1952, at Nativity BVM Roman Catholic Church and he preceded her in death on April 29, 2008. She farmed with her husband until their retirement in August of 1990. Darlene was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Altar, and Rosary Society, where she served as past president and treasurer of the Society. Darlene loved riding motorcycle with her husband, dancing, spending time with her family, and watching her grandsons participate in sports. She loved to bake and give her baked goods to her grandchildren, neighbors, and friends.

She is survived by one son, George A. (Leann M.) Scharpf of Galena, IL, three grandsons, Brian (Tina) Scharpf of Galena, IL, Andrew (fiancée’ Eydie Timmerman) Scharpf of Marian, IA, and Kevin (Lyndsi) Scharpf of Galena, IL, five great-grandchildren, Tyson, Jack, Lola, Lloyd, and Ben, step-grandchildren, Devin Halstead (Amanda), Taylor (Jason) Engle, Blaine Timmerman, step-great-grandchildren, Maren, Eligh, Cole and Paisley, five sisters, Marian (Adell) Hoff of Bellevue, IA, Elaine Semrow of Janesville, WI, Rosella Hying of Platteville, WI, Agnes (Larry) Ter Maat of Madison, WI, Joann Winn of Leland, NC, two brothers, Joe (Kris) Wubben of East Dubuque, IL, John Wubben of Cuba City, WI, three sisters-in-law, Lois Wubben of Oregon, WI, Janice Eberhard, and Marilyn Wubben both of Dubuque, IA and Darlene Wubben of Buckingham, VA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a great-grandson, Owen Scharpf, four brothers, Raymond, James, Donald, and Ralph, two sisters, Eileen Jaeger, and Leota McQuaid, two brother’s in-law, Ronnie Hying and Phil Winn, three nephews, Frankie Robinson, Michael McQuaid, and Daniel Schultz, and a great-nephew, Mark Olson.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jessica, Dr. Matt Gullone, and her friends from Prestwick apartments.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Phyllis J. Slattery

Phyllis J. Slattery, age 72, of Dubuque, IA, completed her earthly journey on January 12, 2022, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Phyllis’ life, a private family service will be held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Phyllis’ family.

Phyllis was born on June 10, 1949, in Camanche, IA, a daughter to Joseph and Phyllis (Schumacher) Howard.  After graduating from high school, Phyllis began to chase her dream of owning and operating her very own beauty salon.  She successfully obtained her goal in time and next began her search for love and companionship.  Phyllis eventually met her soul-mate, Stephen Slattery, while attending church in Clinton.  The couple was united in marriage and made their way to Steve’s home in Dubuque where they began a family of their own and created the next chapter in Phyllis’ life as well.  They were blessed with 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren over the years and found true joy in this life as they both looked forward to spending eternity together as well.  Phyllis had a strong love and devotion not only for her family, but also for her Lord and Savior.  She lived her life just as she practiced her faith, fully committed to serving others in her words, thoughts, and actions.  Phyllis was a school bus driver for many years and absolutely enjoyed the opportunity to carry the kids on her route back and forth to school each and every day.  Phyllis had the heart of a servant, full of compassion and empathy for anyone who came into her life.  Her heart and desire for helping others never wavered and Phyllis never met a stranger who wasn’t soon going to be a friend.  Phyllis was also a very talented artist and enjoyed expressing herself through oil painting.  Many of her works remain today to help those who knew and loved her to remember her heart of gold through the difficult days ahead.  We are surely heart-broken today as we say farewell for now to such a beautiful soul, but we know and trust that the Lord is keeping Phyliss safe and secure in His loving and grace filled arms until we all meet again.  Thank you, Phyllis, for always being the love and light that everyone around you needed.  May your legacy be carried forward through all of the lives you’ve touched and may the wonderful memories of your gentle soul soon overpower the grief which stricken our hearts today.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Phyllis include,

her loving husband,
Stephen M. Slattery, Dubuque, IA;

her daughter,
Christina K. Paredes, East Dubuque, IL;

her grandchildren,
Isabella Martinez, Carmella Martinez, and Diego Paredes, all of East Dubuque, IL;

her siblings,
Joe (Rachel) Howard, Camanche, IA,
and Patricia Colbert, Carmichael, CA;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Michelle Brock; and her sister, Pam Conover.

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

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


 

Earl G. Straka

Earl G. Straka, 85, formerly of Galena, IL and Wauzeka, WI passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at the home of his stepdaughter and step son-in-law, Kim and Rodney Coohey’s home in Cascade, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Visitation for Earl will be held from 11:00 to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. with Deacon Joseph Schockemoehl presiding. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born June 20, 1936 in Wauzeka, Wisconsin, son of Emil and Dora (Pettera) Straka.  He is a graduate of the Wauzeka High School.  He married the love of his life, Margaret (Edna) Peiffer on November 20, 1980, and was heart broken since he lost her on January 30, 2014.

Earl was employed as a welder at John Deere Dubuque Works and then at Star Manufacturing in Freeport, Illinois until his retirement.  In his retirement he used his talent as a wood worker and made several wood toys, and other beautiful things.  Fishing was his absolute favorite past time.  When together, he and Edna loved to travel.  He was a very kind and gentle man, whom will be missed.

He is survived by step children, Annette (David) Ennis of Asbury, IA, Allan (Kimberly) Meyers of Benton, WI, Ed Meyers of Monticello, IA and Kim (Rodney) Coohey of Cascade, IA; five step grandchildren; two twin step great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Pam Straka of Dubuque, IA; nieces and nephews, Wendy (Emerald) Faulker Jr. of Readstown, WI, Shawn (Sarah) Straka of Bridgeport, WI and Rachael Straka of Dubuque, IA; and; five great nieces and one great nephew.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Donald Straka.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for the care and support given to Earl and our family.


 

Vickie S. Kammiller

Vickie S. Kammiller, 57 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at her home.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, with a funeral service to begin at 1:00 p.m.  Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.

“Free spirits are inclined to explore life and taste new experiences that hold true to the deepest parts of themselves verses being influenced by what the masses around them are doing. They often people who think freely and have the courage to hear their own voice and follow their own integrity.” Vickie put her whole heart into the things she believed in and never let the voices of others diminish her beliefs.

Vickie was born to Daniel Trautwein and Judy (Dave) Denlinger on April 10, 1964 in Rockford, IL. Vickie resided at the family farm in Durango IA for most of her life but took her last breath in her home in Dyersville IA.

Vickie was blessed with a large loving family. Vickie is survived by her lifelong love and partner Fred Kammiller, 5 children: Nicole (Kyle) Kammiller – Ernzen and Freddie Kammiller both of Durango, Taz (Kayla) Kammiller of Ryan, Alex Kammiller and Reesen Kammiller both of Dyersville; 14 grandchildren: CJ, Brian, Kristina, Chason, Grason, Clayton, Isabella, Taylor, Ryan, Gage, Lexi, Ethan, Chase, and Noah; mother, Judy Denlinger of Dubuque, her sisters, Roxanne (Pat) Demaio of Dubuque and Sherri (Matt) Means  of Hordville, NE, and half-brother, Tony (Ashley) Denlinger of Dubuque.

She is proceeded in death by her grandson Myles Ernzen, dad, Daniel Trautwein, step- father Dave Denlinger, grandparents, Frank and Margaret Sarazin, and her angel babies Josey and Joseph.

Vickie was diagnosed with breast cancer that quickly spread throughout her body in the summer of 2021. Despite this diagnosis, her passion for life and her contagious curiosity was no different. She was and will continue to be an inspiration to us all for living life to the fullest. There is no doubt that Vickie loved being a Grandma. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to chase their dreams. Vickie loved all things in life, she believed in opening your mind and enjoyed researching how to do so, she loved gardening, jeeps, and spending time with her family. We will always admire her belief in herself and her ability to prioritize her needs. Vickie Kammiller overcame a lot of hardship and poured herself into becoming who she wanted to be.  Vickie had a big heart and always helped those in need.  We are grateful for the time we spent with her.

“A wild spirit is often misunderstood. Others may think she is lost, when in truth, she is simply roaming free”. In life and in death Vickie’s spirit was and is wild and free.

Vickie’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center and St. Croix Hospice for the care and compassion they showed to their mom.

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


 

Doris A. Radloff

Doris A. Radloff, 81, of Lancaster, WI, formerly of Dickeyville, died Wednesday, January 12, 2022.  Visitation will be from Noon until 2:15 pm at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, followed by a Funeral Service at 2:30 pm.

Doris was born March 23,1940 in Marked Tree, AR, daughter of Henry and Alice (Erwin) Clay.

She married David A. Radloff on December 24, 1959.  He preceded her in death on December 21, 2019.

Doris worked as a waitress as several local supper clubs.  She also worked at E.R. Carpenters and Mercy Health Center.

She is survived by three children, Richard (Shail) Radloff of Ellenboro, NC, Debra (Chuck) Smith of Falling Waters, WV, and Michael (LeAnn Spofford) Radloff of Platteville, WI; four grandchildren, Shane Radloff, Aaron (Jeni) Lange, Adam (Tracy) Lange and Casey (Samantha) Lange; 13 great-grandchildren, Lexi and Hayden Radloff, Hannah Oberhoffer, Gracie Lange, Cole and Ella Oberhoffer, Wyatt Lange, Landen and Carter Lange, Myah and Alivia Lange, and Ava and Mason Lange; a brother, Jimmy (Lisa) Clay; a sister, Shirley (Jerry) Kausler and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Gorden, Ronald and Donald Clay and a sister, Brenda Sue Michael.

For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.


 

George S. Ronek

George Sylvester Ronek, 85, passed away January 9, 2022, at his winter home in New River, AZ.  A Celebration Of Life will be held later this spring in Maquoketa.

George was born April 23, 1936, in St Donatus, IA, son of Otto J. and Viola E. (Oswald) Ronek.

He worked on a dairy farm before serving in the Navy. He worked at John Deere, Dubuque, until 1986, then farmed until his death.

He married the love of his life, Mary (Head) McPherson in 1985 and together raised, trained and raced Standardbred harness horses, including the Iowa 2 Year Old Pacer Of The Year. Later in their lives they changed their breeding program to Miniature Horses and raised a World Champion Mare and Foal.

George enjoyed spending time with family and friends, side x side riding, playing cards, working with horses, camping and traveling; especially trips made to the Adirondack Mountains, Florida, Mexico and cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; two sisters and 3 brothers-in-law.

He is survived by wife Mary, son Jeff Ronek of Marengo, daughter Michelle Moore of Waterloo, step sons Tim (Jean) McPherson, Jim (Kristy) McPherson, and Scott (Brenda) McPherson; grandchildren Ben (Tristan) Vernon, Jon (Nicole)  Vernon, Micaela (Brandon) Kemp, Dominick McPherson, Bridget (Jerit) Clark, and 9 close great grandchildren; a brother Dale Kennicker of Delmar; brothers-in-law Frank (Fran) Head of New River, AZ, and Bob (Joanne) Head of Maquoketa; sisters-in-law Peggy Head-Costello, and Lois Ronek; and several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew Terry McAllister.

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


 

David L. Wenzel

David L. Wenzel, 90, of Scales Mound, IL, passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Lafayette Manor Nursing Home in Darlington, WI.

Family and friends may call after 9:45 a.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Holy Trinity Church in Scales Mound, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, with Rev. Howard C. Barch, Jr. officiating. Facemasks are required per State and CDC guidelines.  Burial will be in the Scales Mound Twp. Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Darlington American Legion Post # 214. Following the burial, there will not be a funeral luncheon.  A Celebration of Life will be held in July. The Miller-Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is serving the family.

Dave was born on July 5, 1931 in Scales Mound, the son of Ralph and Ruth (Musgrove) Wenzel.  He was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, the class of 1950.  He was united in marriage to DoLores M. Coates on May 27, 1955 in Galena, IL.  She preceded him in death on December 21, 2003.

Dave was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during the Korean War, where he received the Bronze Star.  He was a member of the Bates, O’Brien, Howe, Wiegel American Legion Post # 214 of Darlington, WI, and the Galena Elks Lodge # 882.

He enjoyed going to the Casino, traveling in general, and he DoLores took trips to Hawaii and Australia.  Dave was formerly area manager for Orica until his retirement.

Surviving are twin sons, Donald E. (Marilyn) Wenzel of Galena, IL, and Daniel R. (Linda) Wenzel of Scales Mound, IL, five grandchildren, Scott (Stephanie) Wenzel and Matt (Amber) Wenzel, Amy Daves, Melissa (Matt) Dittmar and Greg (Crystal) Wenzel; seven great-grandchildren; David’s friend, Sara Flanagan of Darlington, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife DoLores, and two brothers, Dick and Alan Wenzel.

In lieu of flowers, a David L. Wenzel memorial fund has been established.


 

Kathy R. Wilhelm

Kathy R. Wilhelm, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at her home.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Kathy Rae Klahn was born on December 17, 1956 in Clinton, Iowa, to Richard L. and Virginia (Yaddof) Klahn.  She was a graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.  She married John Wilhelm on November 14, 1987, in Maquoketa, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on June 11, 1993.

Kathy enjoyed playing cards, watching movies, and was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

Those left to honor her memory include her sister Karla and husband Marty Larson of Bettendorf, IA; nephews, Drew Larson and wife Elizabeth of Clive, IA and their children, Isaac, Natalie and Karina, and Kyle Larson and wife Liz of Ankeny, IA, and their children, Jantz and Bryson Myers.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

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


 

Stephen I. Oeth

Stephen Irvin Oeth, 63, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family.

As per Steve’s request there will be no service.

Stephen was born June 14, 1958, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Arthur Herman and Mary Janet Schmidt Oeth. On May 8, 1982, he married Sue Davis in Marshalltown.

He graduated from Wahlert High School, class of 1976. He attended the University of Iowa and later received a degree from NICC in the Carpentry Program.

He was self employed and owned Oeth Construction Company.  He later was Director of Maintenance at Area Residential Care.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Davis; one daughter, Emma Marie Stapleton; one son, Walter Evan Davis-Oeth of Estherville; two brothers, Dennis A. Oeth of Anacortes, WA, and James F. Oeth of Madison, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Art & Mary, and in-laws, Hugh & Marj (Halter) Davis.

Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity Dubuque/Jackson Counties.

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

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

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


 

Melvin R. Runde

Melvin R. Runde, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2022, with his wife and children at his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 14th, 2022, at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Father James Goerend. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Friday at the church until time of service. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Melvin was born on August 2, 1936, in Dubuque to Melvin J. and Gertrude (Anderson) Runde. He attended Dubuque Senior High School. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Kersch on October 26, 1957, at St. Anthony’s church in Dubuque. He worked for Flexsteel prior to co-owning Runde’s Custom Upholstery for 40 years. Melvin served in the Iowa National Guard for 10 years.

He was a previous member of the Dubuque Shooting 330 Club, Izaak Walton Club, Dubuqueland Campers, and Pheasants Forever. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge 297 for 62 years and was a previous exalted ruler. He received multiple awards and trophies for trapshooting.

He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer. Mel and Mary wintered in Texas for 18 years and traveled in their camper. One of their travels included a 4-month Alaskan trip. His nickname was “Pickle,” and he had a softball team called Pickle’s Pipers.

Mel is survived by his wife Mary Lou; children Kathy (George) Gendron, Jim (Kathy) Runde, Connie (Mike) Baker, Joe (Kim) Runde, and Dave (Barb) Runde; grandchildren Michelle, Mark, and Marshall Gendron, Tim, Michelle, and Adam Runde, Joe, Lindsey, and Tracy Baker, Mitch, Jenna, and Joe Jr. Runde, Matt, Scott, Kurt, and Shelby Runde; great-grandchildren Audrienna, Evelyn, Owen, Ava, Liam, Brooks, and Kayden; sister Judy (Tom) Witterholt; sister-in-law Harriet Runde; and good friend Robert Murphy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, brother Robert, brothers-in-law Mike and Tom Kersch, and sister-in-law Jeannine Kersch.

A Melvin Runde memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank all the healthcare professionals who cared for Melvin.


 

Asher E. Schroeder

Asher E. Schroeder, 96, died peacefully at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa, on January 10, 2022.  He was born on May 12, 1925, in Maquoketa to Lee Schroeder and Carol (Doughty) Schroeder. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1942 and worked for the Iowa State Highway Commission until drafted into the Army in 1943. He served in the 4th Infantry Ivy Division as a combat engineer, landed on Utah Beach on June 14, 1944, and engaged in several battles in France, where he participated in the liberation of Paris, Belgium, and Germany.  He was wounded and captured in the Hurtgen Forest in Germany on November 14, 1944 and was held captive in several different German POW camps until his liberation on April 2,1945. He returned to the United States after hospitalization in Paris in May of 1945 and was periodically rehospitalized until his discharge from the service in December 1945.

Asher enrolled at the University of Iowa in January of 1946 and married Catherine Seeberger, also of Maquoketa on June 9, 1946, graduated from the University and enrolled in the Iowa Law School, graduating from Law School in 1950. He returned to practice law in Maquoketa, served three terms as Jackson County Attorney (1957-1962), and was appointed United States Attorney for the Northern Half of Iowa in 1967 where he served until 1969. He was appointed Head Legal Counsel for the Iowa Department of Transportation in 1969, served as such until 1978 when he returned to the United States Attorney’s Office and continued serving in the United States Attorney’s Office until his retirement in 1987.

Asher retired to Maquoketa where he continued residing until the time of his death. During his retirement he remained active in the community activity and services, prominent among them, Rotary and the Jackson County Historical Society. He also enjoyed visiting with family and friends to whom he was an inspiration for a life of service to his family, community, and country.

Asher was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Catherine (Seeberger) Schroeder and a sister Carol Lee (Richard) Edwards of Livermore, CA.  He is survived by his three sons Bill (Sally) Schroeder of Ankeny, IA, John (Karen) Schroeder of Sigourney, IA, and David Schroeder of Dubuque, IA; a brother Karl (Eleanor) Schroeder of Maquoketa, IA; sister Muriel (Dick) Stapp of Sun City West, AZ; three grandchildren, Peter (Kristy) Schroeder of Stockton, CA, KT (Ryan) Albaugh of Jacksonville, FL, and Rachel Olson of Altoona, IA; and four great-grandchildren, Johnna and Asher Schroeder of Stockton, CA, and Grace and Sophia Albaugh of Jacksonville, FL.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Jackson County Historical Society, or the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

The family would like to especially thank Hospice of Jackson County for all the special care given to  Asher and to them.

A funeral mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa.  Visitation will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

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


 

Patty A. Sheldon

Patty A. Sheldon, 70, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A gathering of family and friends and celebration of life luncheon will be held from 1 to 5 P.M., Saturday, February 12, 2022, at the Pub Club in Lost Nation, Iowa.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Patty Ann Moore was born on June 20, 1951 in Kewanee, Illinois to James Alexander and Mary Frances (Forbes) Moore.  She was a 1969 graduate of Western High School in Buda, Illinois, and then attended and graduated from Stewart’s School of Hair Styling in Davenport.  Through a mutual friend during this time in her life she met the man she would marry, Daniel Glynn Sheldon.  They were married on September 2, 1972, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, Iowa.  Two children were born to this union, Candy, and Chad.

Patty did work outside the home for a few years, but her most important job was raising and loving her children, being a devoted wife, and providing a caring, warm home.  Once the children were grown, she adopted her four-legged children and cared for them.

Through the years, Patty was known for her selflessness and caring for others.  In late 2005, she developed serious kidney issues and needed a kidney.  In August of 2007, she was the recipient of a kidney given to her by her brother Larry.  This transplant allowed her to continue living and caring for others, and doing the things she enjoyed such as sewing, traveling with her dad, and spending quality time with her family, and her dogs Lexie and Artie.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Daniel Sheldon of Lost Nation, IA; children, Candy Sheldon of Lost Nation, IA, and Chad (Marisa) Sheldon of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Larry (Elizabeth) Moore of Princeton, IL, Terry (Rosemarie) Moore of Granville, IL, Jerry (Elizabeth) Moore of Washington, IL, and Tina (Steve) Barnett of Bettendorf, IA; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edmund and Eleanor Sheldon of Lost Nation, IA; sister-in-law, LuAnn (Reinhardt Rosson) Sheldon of Manitowoc, WI; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law Steven Sheldon.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Patty A. Sheldon memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Brittany Gaylord

Brittany Gaylord, 32, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on January 6, 2022.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Brittany was born on September 26, 1989, to Stacy Jones and Steve Lehnhardt. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of Dubuque. She married James Gaylord Jr. on August 22, 2015, at Council Hill Station. She worked at Prudential Retirement.

Brittany loved spending time with her family and children, and she always put others before herself. She was a lifelong learner who loved books, and all things Harry Potter. She enjoyed photography, and loved to dance, practice target shooting, and be a hostess. She was not always the best driver, and she was always late. If you needed a closet to be organized, a debt to be consolidated, or just needed to laugh, she was the person for you.

She is survived by her loving husband James; her three sons Sweet Tripp, Wild Charlie, and Stubborn Murdoc; her mother Stacy (Tom) Flanagan; sister Olivia (Kevin) Leslein; her dads Steve and Tim Leslein, her grandmothers Carol Lehnhardt, and Marylou Flanagan; as well as her large extended family.

Brittany was preceded in death by her uncle Danny, and grandparents Grandma and Grandpa Jones, Grandpa Chuck, Grandpa Steve, and Grandpa George Flanagan.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for her children.


 

Cynthia S. Fessler

Cynthia “Cindy” Susan Fessler, 70, of Decatur, Georgia, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on November 13, 2021, in Georgia.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 15th, 2022 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. at the church. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd Dubuque, IA, is assisting the family.

Cynthia was born on March 13, 1951, at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, to Ivan Sanford Dow and Evelyn Matz. She attended Dubuque Senior High School and graduated in 1969. That same year she married Victor James Fessler on August 23.

Cindy battled brain cancer for five years, but she never lost her sense of humor. She loved to travel but was most at home in the kitchen. She was kind, patient, and always had time for others. She was very active in the Dodgeland School District’s Board of Education. One of her major projects was helping build a new library. She worked several jobs, including employment at Regions Mortgage, and cared for her husband during his lengthy recovery from a stroke. She lived in Dubuque, Iowa; Juneau and Beaver Dam, both in Wisconsin; Gainesville, Murrayville, and Decatur, all in Georgia; and St. Augustine, Florida. She was devoted to her family and the close group of friends she made while living in Georgia. She was the best wife and mother, and they are all better people because of her kindness and love.

Cynthia is survived by her husband Victor; son Eric (wife, Tiffany Townsend-Fessler) Fessler; daughter Jennifer (Juan) Salazar; grandchildren Marshall Fessler, Matias Salazar, and Mila Salazar; her siblings Pamela Fessler, Annette Mundell, Jeffrey Dow, and Kimberly Hobin.

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

The family would like to thank Cynthia’s home health aide, Eloise Thrower for her care and compassion.


 

Danielle L. Pape

Danielle Louise Pape, 48, of Littleport, Iowa, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022, at MercyOne Medical Center in Elkader, Iowa.  She was born on October 13, 1973, the daughter of Dwight and Janis (Bente) Rodas in Elkader. Danielle was raised and educated in Elkader graduating from Central Elkader in 1992.  She continued her education at NICC in Calmar and graduated in 1993.

On September 15, 2001, Danielle was united in marriage to Michael Pape in Edgewood.  Three children were born to this union. The couple resided in Littleport. Danielle worked at FreedomBank in Elkader as Assistant IT and Marketing Officer.

Danielle enjoyed horses, camping, mushroom hunting and going to garage sales.  She enjoyed most of all spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Pape of Littleport; her son, Connor (Marissa) Rodas of Littleport; her two daughters, Emma Pape and Elise Pape of Littleport; her granddaughter, Amara Rodas and another grandchild on the way; her mother, Janis Rodas of Littleport; her brother Eric (Amber) Rodas of Dubuque; and her father-in-law, John Pape.

Danielle was preceded in death by her father, Dwight Rodas, her mother-in-law, Theresa Pape; her grandparents, Elmer and Lyla Rodas and Kate and Lloyd Bente.

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

Because of COVID-19, masks are recommended at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Edgewood, Iowa, with Rev. John Haugen Officiating.

Visitation: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Friday, January 14, 2022, at St. Mark Catholic Church in Edgewood, Iowa, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.  Friends may also call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday.

Interment:  Union Cemetery – Rural Littleport


 

Gary L. Griebel

Gary L. Griebel, 72, of Bellevue, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2022 surrounded by his family.  Family will greet friends 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday, January 14, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue with a Firefighter walk through at 6:30 p.m.   Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 15, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue. Additional visitation will be 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. prior to Mass at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue on Saturday, January 15, 2022.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Gary was born March 28, 1949 in Bellevue, the son of Floyd and Annetta (Clasen) Griebel.  He graduated from Bellevue Marquette High School in 1967.  Gary married Jeanne Heim on December 28, 1968 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook.  He retired from Dubuque John Deere Works in 2003. Gary’s passion was serving his community. He served on the Bellevue Fire Department for 38 years (14 years as Chief), Bellevue Community School Board for 25 years (President for many years), Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus, Hospice of Jackson County Board Member, St. Joseph’s School Board, helped start Jackson County Fireman’s Association and the Jackson County 911 Board. He was also a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue and participated in several CEW’s. Gary enjoyed spending winters in Arizona, yearly trips to the Iowa State Fair, camping, and spending time with family and friends.  Gary “never met a stranger” and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; children, Tim (Kay Ann) Griebel, Jill (Scott) Baxter, and Andy (Rachael) Griebel; grandchildren, Emma (fiancé Ethan Wolff) Baxter, Olivia Baxter, Hope Griebel, and Anderson Griebel; brothers and sisters in-law, Don Rolling, Joan (Bob) Head, Clete (Sheila) Heim, Rosie (Joe) Schwager, Chuck (Lou Ann) Heim, John (Lisa DeMeyer) Heim, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Bobby; grandchildren, Alex Griebel and Isaac Griebel; father and mother in-law, John and Audrey Heim; sisters in-law, May Ann Rolling and Rita (Curt) Brown; and his uncle, Fred (Velma) Griebel.

Gary wanted to remind you all to F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely On God), just as so many of us F.R.O.G. (Fully Relied On Gary).

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Gary’s memory.

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


 

Thelma M. Yarolem

Thelma M. Yarolem, 56, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Thelma’s life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 13, 2022, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.

It will be required to utilize masks during the visitation and services.

Thelma Mae Koontz was born on August 4, 1965 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Jerald Walker and Donna Jean (Bodkin) Koontz Sr.  She grew up in the Jackson and Jones County areas.   She married Tim Yarolem on May 1, 1993 in Monmouth, Iowa.

Thelma had first worked at Pacific Coast Feather Company in Maquoketa, and then at Jack N’ Jill grocery store in LaHarpe, Illinois in the deli department.  She then worked at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa in the Housekeeping Department and later for J & L Pipeline as a foreman.  Most recently she had the best job as a housewife, mother and a grandmother.

Thelma enjoyed Halloween and enjoyed working at the Monmouth Haunted House for many years.  She also enjoyed the outdoors and loved quilting and doing crafts of all kinds often giving to others.  In her passing she continued her selflessness and helping others by giving the gift of organ tissue donation.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Tim Yarolem of Wyoming, IA; children, Barbara (Dee Jay) Thomsen of Oxford Junction, IA, Jonathan Fields of Wyoming, IA, Ashley (Jeremy) Kaska of Brighton, IA, Tristan (Iris) Yarolem of Germany, and Courtney Yarolem of Germany; 12 grandchildren; and siblings, Sylvia (Donald) DeMoss of Baldwin, IA, Jerald Koontz Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, Timmy Koontz of Maquoketa, IA, Marcie (Thomas) Skeffington of DeWitt, IA, Kimberly Lembo of Maquoketa, IA, Christine (Dale) Ehlinger of Brighton, IA, Betty (Randy) Hoist of Brighton, IA, Troy (Carla) Koontz of Lost Nation, IA, Jennifer Thomas of Maquoketa, IA, and Stacie Bodenhofer of Maquoketa, IA.  She was preceded in death by her father Jerald Walker Koontz Sr. and mother Donna Koontz on November 27, 2021, a brother Dennis Koontz and a sister Deborah Koontz.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Thelma M. Yarolem memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Coletta A. Wells

Coletta A. Wells, 104 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 27, 2021 at Luther Manor.

Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2022 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in the Monona Cemetery, Monona, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

Coletta was born 9/4/1917 on the family farm between Monona and Farmersburg, Iowa.

The family moved to Monona when she was 2 years old. Her father August Bentien built a general store and operated it in downtown Monona. They lived above the store.

Coletta graduated from Monona Public school in 1934. She worked a year in a grocery store and restaurant. She graduated from Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI) with a 2 year teaching certificate. Coletta taught 5th and 6th grades at Luana, Iowa for 4 years.

Coletta met Gordon Wells on a blind date and they married May 10, 1941 in Monona, Iowa. They moved to San Diego, CA where they belonged to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the Mr. and Mrs. club. Coletta ran the home front while Gordon built B 24 bombers during the war. On 1/6/1946 their first born son was born but lived only 16 hours. Then on 6/16/1948 their daughter Diane was born, and she has just recently passed away.

They returned to Dubuque, Iowa in the fall of 1950, 2 more children born and lived there ever since.  They joined St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and she was very active with committee work and were members for 70 years. Coletta’s work was volunteering: Sunday School Superintendent at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 7 years; belonged to a circle bible study group; made quilts for L.W.R.; PTA at Irving Elementary; Cub Scout leader; regularly donating blood until too old; volunteering at Luther Manor and the Manor Auxiliary as well as at Finley Hospital auxiliary into her 90’s.

Coletta and Gordon enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada with family and after Gordon retired they traveled to Europe and other countries. Coletta was able to celebrate her 100th birthday in their home of 64 years before needing nursing home care at Luther Manor. They were married 78 years when Gordon passed away 1/12/2020.

Survivors include children: Gordon Lee Wells (Debbie); Charlene Kenkel (Steve).  Grandchildren: Misty (Wells) Wideman (Tim), Sarah Kenkel (Rock Tai), Jessica DeVlieger, Destiny St. Clair (Travis). Great-grandchildren: JJ, Carson & Jace Wideman; Dylan, Bailey & Grayson DeVlieger; Elexa St. Clair.

Preceding Coletta in death: parent’s Ida and August Bentien; husband Gordon Wells; son Baby Gordon, daughter Diane Coletta (Wells) Locklear; grandson Robert Kenkel.

Memorials may be given to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.


 

Kaye K. Kamp

Kaye K. Kamp, 76, of Worthington, Iowa, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Mercy One Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa.

Family will greet friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, where a Memorial service for Kaye will be held at 11:30 a.m., with Pastor Mike Jones presiding.  Burial for Kaye will be held at a later date.

She was born on November 13, 1945, in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Otto and Mary (Shaw) O’Dell Sr.  She received her education from the Bankston area schools.  On February 17, 1966 she was united in marriage to Frank Kamp.  He preceded her in death on March 8, 2017.

She was employed at the Ertl Company and did a lot of in-home daycare as she was raising her children.  Later she returned to work at Scale Models in Dyersville, Iowa for several years until her retirement. She was meticulous with both her flower and vegetable gardens.  She canned a lot of her produce from her garden.  Kaye was known as the “Rabbit Lady,” as she raised several hundred over the years.  She loved to bake homemade sweets and her grandchildren loved to eat them.

She is survived by her children, Kelly (Brett) Fagan and their daughter, Sydney of Dubuque,  Angela (Jason) Schwendinger and their children, Trevor, Adyson and Emerson of Anamosa, and Nicholas (Mindy) Kamp and sons, Hunter and Joseph of Worthington; her eight siblings, Joan (James) Walters of Guttenberg, Barbara (Eldon) Jaeger of Worthington, Dave (Judy) O’Dell of Bernard, Norene Dole and Elaine O’Dell both of Dubuque, Robert (Shirley) O’Dell and Brian (Dee) O’Dell both of Epworth, and Cheryl (Tom) Rauch of Monticello; brothers and sisters-in-law, James (Sharon) Kamp of Jesup, Anthony Kamp of Peosta, and Alice (Dave) McGhee of Dubuque.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Karen (James) Beau; three brothers, Otto “Sam” O’Dell Sr., Allen O’Dell and Clarence “Wink” O’Dell; sister-in-law, Margaret (LaVerne) Thein and brother-in-law, Paul Kamp.

The family would like to give a special Thank You to the Worthington Fire Department and Bi-County Ambulance for their quick response.

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


 

Catherine Thier

Catherine “Kay” Thier, 94, of Dyersville passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022, peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 2 – 8 pm on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9 – 10 am at the funeral home prior to mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.

Kay was born December 4, 1927, in Farley the daughter of Clarence and Mary Schemmel. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in Farley.  She married Gus Thier on August 25, 1949, in Farley.  Together they farmed east of Dyersville.  Kay was an insurance agent for Modern Woodman of America for many years.

Kay was active in the Dyersville community as a member of several card clubs, The Red Hat Ladies, coffee clubs, St. Francis Xavier Resurrection Choir, and the Catholic Daughters of America.

Survivors include her children, Steve (Cherrie) and Terry (Sherry) both of Dyersville, a daughter Jan (Mark) Krapfl of Cedar Rapids; 6 granchildren: Travis (Kristie) , Justin (Reagan), and Robbie Thier, Kelly (Matt) Maloney, Morgan (Jeff) Harms, and Olivia Krapfl; 2 step grandchildren, Angela (Tim) English and Jennifer (Pat) Hogrefe; 5 step great grandchildren, Claire and Bennett English, Ashton, Mya and Aiden Hogrefe; 5 great grandchildren: MaKenzie and Hunter Thier, Miles and Mason Maloney and Oliver Harms; a sister-in-law, Dolores Thier.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus in 2006, a grandson, Austin Krapfl, a sister, Patricia (Francis) Stoffel; 3 brothers-in-law: Arthur (Kay) Thier and James (Marie) Thier, and Joe Thier, and a sister-in-law, Germaine (Bill) Mescher.

We want to express our sincere appreciation for the excellent medical and emotional support our family received from staffs at MercyOne Medical Centers in both Dubuque and Dyersville and Hospice of Dubuque.

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


 

Dennis Paar

Dennis Paar, 79, of Dubuque, died Friday, January 7, 2022, at home.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 13, 2022, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road. The Rev. Jonathan Crawford will officiate. The funeral service will be livestreamed at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com. Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home immediately following services. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

Dennis was born on September 9, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Arthur and Gwendolynn (Elliott) Paar.

He graduated from Dubuque Senior Highschool, Class of 1960.

He married Karen Kelley on August 12, 1961, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Dubuque.

Dennis proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska for thirteen months and for three years in Germany. His wife and two children were able to live with him during his time in Germany. After he was honorably discharged from the Army he served in the Army Reserve, and the Navy Reserve.

He was a bartender at a variety of places over the years, and also worked at many filling stations in Dubuque. Dennis was a machinist at Georgia Pacific, where he was employed for thirty years until his retirement.

Dennis enjoyed listening to country music, especially Johnny Cash. He was also an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. He and Karen enjoyed taking their camper on trips around Wisconsin and the Midwest.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Eric (Sara) Paar; grandchildren, Daniel Paar, Travis (Allie) Paarsmith, Michele Paar, Matthew Paar, Kevin (Samantha Fries) Billmeyer, Joshua Paar, Krisstal (Jacob Shaffer) Jackson, and Destini Kohl; four great-grandchildren, Kairei and Saria Shaffer, Laklynn and Adalynn Billmeyer, and Raelyn Kohl; and his sister, Patricia Philips.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Laura Paar; and two siblings, Dianna Digman, and Barbara Weis.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, The Moose Lodge, and St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Dennis’s family wishes to extend a most heartfelt thank you to all of the wonderful nurses and volunteers at Hospice of Dubuque, Unity Point Health Finley Hospital, Dr. Konz and staff, and all of the EMT volunteers. Your kindness and compassion will never be forgotten.


 

Jean M. Fassbinder

Jean Marie (Mulgrew) Fassbinder, 62, of Dubuque, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, in Naples, FL.

Jean was born on January 25, 1959 in Dubuque to Pat and Mary Mulgrew. She married her high school sweetheart, Rick Fassbinder, on September 12, 1980. Their love and commitment for each other was beautiful, strong and enduring. Their marriage was the ultimate example for their children on how to love their own companions. In their 41 years of marriage, they enjoyed dinner and a movie together, vacationing in Florida, and monthly gatherings with their game group friends. They joyfully brought four beautiful children into the world: Nicholas, Abbey, Emily, and Jacob. They were her pride and joy from day one and this carried true until her final breath. Jean also loved her role as Nana to her six grandchildren – she couldn’t wait to take on that duty. What the grandkids will miss most about Nana is when she would hold them on her lap and tenderly use her fingertips to scratch their arms, also spoiling them with shopping trips. Sitting down at the dinner table every night as a family was very important to her. Her favorite recipe was “A little bit of this and a little bit of that.” She loved fiercely and deeply and we take comfort in knowing she is peacefully shining down on us each and every day.

Those still here to cherish Jean’s memory include her loving husband, Rick; her children, Nicholas and Jen (Dahlkemper) Fassbinder and their children, Ella and Alex. Ella’s Mom, Val Stoilova. Abbey and Jesse Drolema and their daughter, Lauren. Emily and William Liechty and their children, Jackson, Connor, & Josephine. And Jacob (Steph Lilly) Fassbinder; her Mother, Mary Mulgrew, and siblings; MaryBeth (Todd) Kunau, Ann Mulgrew, Jim (Laura) Mulgrew, and Molly (Zach) Ament. She is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews, extended family, in-laws, and a host of long-time friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her Father, Pat Mulgrew, and her Father- and Mother-in-Law, Robert and Eileen Fassbinder.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 14th at Cathedral of Saint Raphael. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 14th at Cathedral of Saint Raphael. Rev. David Ambrosy, a friend of Jean and family, will officiate.

The family kindly requests that all attendees wear masks and observe social distancing. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements.

Condolences may be shared and a live-stream of the Mass can be viewed on Jean’s obituary under the Photos and Videos tab at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

In lieu of flowers, any memorial gifts given in Jean’s name will be gifted to Holy Family Catholic Schools and Dubuque Boys and Girls Club. “Cheers to life!”


 

Sister Anne Marie Friedrich, OP

Sister Anne Marie Friedrich, OP, died Jan. 6, 2022, at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wis. She was born to Adam and Catherine (Connor) Friedrich Sept. 1, 1932, in Chicago.

She was the oldest of three daughters. Sister Anne Marie is survived by her sister, Joan Bulfin; nieces; extended family; and her beloved Dominican family. Sister Anne Marie spent from 1952 to 1980 in elementary schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. She taught middle grades and later was principal. She was an organized, warm, kind and funny human being. Sister Anne Marie then took a sabbatical. In 1981, she and Dr. Marilyn Aiello, OP, moved to Marks, Miss., to establish DePorres Health Center. Sister Anne Marie was key to running the operational side of the clinic. She promoted and welcomed full-time volunteers, Catholic Sisters, medical personnel and many others who sought a faith-filled community. She lived in Mississippi until 2007.

Services will be held at Sinsinawa Jan. 10-11. Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Well done, Anne Marie. We send you on your way. Go gently in peace.


 

Ruth Clancy

Ruth Clancy, 93, of Dubuque, Iowa went to be with her Lord and Savior on the evening of January 6, 2022 surrounded by her loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

Ruth Theresa Busch was born at her family home in Dubuque, in the middle of a snowstorm, on January 2, 1929 to Joseph and Margaret (Brandt) Busch. Ruth attended St. Mary’s Catholic School 1st thru 6th grade, then Center Grove Country School and Washington Junior High. Ruth graduated from Senior High School in 1947.

On February 14, 1953 Ruth was united in marriage to her one true love, James Clancy. For 62 years, Jim and Ruth crafted a life together built on the foundation of faith, trust and love. Through good times and hard times their love for each other, their Lord and their family never wavered. Jim and Ruth were blessed with 10 children who were the center of their universe.

During her life, Ruth worked at the Smith Shoe Factory, the Dubuque Container Company, St. Mary’s Catholic School and the Rhomberg Dairy Queen. But her most treasured job was being a stay at home mom for her 10 children.

Ruth was a devote Catholic of deep faith and was very devoted to her Lord. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Ruth was an active member at St. Mary’s Church and later at St. Raphael Cathedral. At St. Mary’s, she served as the President of the Rosary Society, was on Parish Council, sang in the funeral choir and was a Eucharistic Minister. Ruth lived her faith every day and passed on her love for her Lord to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ruth was a talented artist, who could paint the most beautiful pictures. She loved to bowl and was a member of the Aces Bowling league for 40 years. She volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum and hiked with the Mississippi Hiking club for many years. Ruth enjoyed spending time at the LifeTime Center, where she ate meals, played cards, participated in sewing groups and made many treasured friendships but Ruth’s biggest joy was spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Margaret (Marge) Clancy, Steven Clancy, Maryann (Steve) Shaffer, Barb (Dave) Runde, Rose Clancy and Edward (Kathy) Clancy all of Dubuque, Carol (Steve) Link, of Elgin, Iowa, Francis (Sue) Clancy, of St. Donatus, Iowa, Tom (Lynne) Clancy, of Toledo, Iowa, Theresa (Randy) Lynch, of Pleasant Hill; her 26 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, her brother, Charles Busch of Dubuque and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In eternal life Ruth was reunited with her husband Jim, her parents Joseph and Margaret, two sisters; Rosita Johnson and Nora Bullock, and her cherished sisters and brothers in laws.


 

Adele F. Furlong

Adele Frances Furlong, 95, of Asbury Iowa, left this earth to join her husband Leo Lawrence on Thursday January 6, 2022.

You are welcome to join us to share memories and stories on Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Crematory, 3860 Asbury Road.

Please feel free to attend the Mass of Christian Burial for Adele on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 10:30 am at the Church of the Resurrection. The burial will be following at the Resurrection Cemetery in Dubuque.

Adele was the first born for Harvey J and Frances M (Grobstick) Eiffes at their home in Dubuque Iowa on October 4, 1926. She married Leo Lawrence Furlong from Dubuque before he left for war on March 5, 1945.  Leo passed away on July 4, 2007.

Adele worked at the Glove Factory and the Adam’s Company while her husband was overseas.  Later, they started Overhead Door Company of Dubuque which she retired from.

There were many things she loved and family was on the top. She was a loving and proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

In her early years you could find her on the dance floor of the Melody Mill and on weekends through the summer months she would be enjoying the sun while sitting on a sandbar on the river.  She shared her love of flower gardening with everyone around and on her down time, you could find her curled up with a good book.  She liked to play games and was always up for a good game of Euchre.  She also had a talent for sewing.  In the later years she would help Leo build birdhouses to sell at craft fairs and for anyone that needed one.

Survivors include a daughter, Tina (Thomas) Medley of Dubuque; a son, Larry (Sandy) Furlong of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Jason (Andrea) Ehlers, Jamie (Brian) Bahl, Jacob (Tiffany) Ehlers, Lukas Furlong, and Casey Furlong. She leaves behind eight great-grandchildren, Addison, Brayden, Aubrey, Dawson, Colten, Caden, Avary and Ivadele, along with two step-grandchildren, Angela (Michael) Welbes and Stacey (Andrew) Makovec; three step-great-grandchildren, Nolan, Carter and Parker; and a sister-in-law Joan Eiffes of Wisconsin along with many nieces and nephews.

Adele was preceded in death by her husband Leo, her parents, her sister Patricia, her brother Otto, and brother-in-law Neil.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, Jenny and Stacy for their exceptional care and Suzanne for helping mom write her first number on hit, “waiting for the Cows to Come Home.

Her family will lovingly remember her and if she isn’t sure of her answer, She will tell you tomorrow!!

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


 

Lester A. Weber

Lester Aloysius Weber, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on his farm on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022, at St. Catherine’s church with Fr. David Ambrosy officiating and Deacon Loras Weber as homilist. Burial will follow at the St. Catherine’s Church Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Iowa Army National Guard.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church where a wake service will be held at 5:00 p.m. with Deacon Loras Weber. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Lester was born on March 16, 1930, to Nicholas and Margaret (Capesius) Weber. He graduated from 8th grade from Jackson County. He was united in marriage to Ruth M. Nauman on November 28th, 1951, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill.

Soon after marriage, Lester served from 1952 to 1954 in the US Army 350th infantry, 2nd battalion during the Korean Conflict. He completed training at Camp Roberts in California and was then stationed at Krobatinkaserne military base in St. Johann in Pongau, Austria. He was awarded the Occupational and National Defense Service Medal.

Lester farmed all his life with his family. He also worked at the Adam’s Company and Cheese Factories in Dubuque.

Lester loved gardening, cooking, and attending the Farmer’s Market with his wife for 29 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus LaMotte/Key West Council, St. Catherine Parish and the Holy Name Society and the Key West Fire Association.

Lester is survived by his children Francis (Vicki) Weber, Jeanette (Steve) Talbert, Carol (Dennis) Powers, Barb (Dana) Brandt, Roger (Rachel) Weber, Dennis (Mary Kay) Weber, and Julie (Paul) Hayes; grandchildren Amy, Keith, Eric, Christopher, Heather, Brian, Andrew, Jeremy, Chad, Zachary, Nicole, Emily, Matthew, Brandon, Abby, Kelsey and Emma; 30 great grandchildren; brother Marvin (Ardella) Weber; in-laws Luann Weber, Bernice (Paul) Ehrlich, and Harold (Madonna) Nauman.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ruth; his son Gene Weber, and two sons in infancy; son-in-law Jay Kane; his sister Dolores (Lawrence) Maro; brothers Ray (Mary) Weber, Neil (Rosie) Weber, Vernon (Lorraine) Weber and Milton Weber; sisters-in-law Marie (Norb) Dupont, Rita (Earl) Kintzle, And Doris Ann (Niky) Wolf.

In lieu of flowers a Lester Weber memorial fund will be established.

The family wishes to thank his caregivers Phyllis Freiburger and Melissa Kastner for all their wonderful care, kindness and compassion they gave to Lester. Also, a special thank you to Liz Staner, Jenny Bruns, and Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Darlene C. Fangmann

Darlene C. Fangmann, 76, of New Vienna passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester.

Visitation will be held from 2 – 8 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Tuesday at the funeral home from 9 – 10 a.m. prior to funeral mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in church cemetery.  Rev. Tyler Raymond will officiate.

Darlene was born on November 21, 1945, in Worthington, Iowa, the daughter of Val and Clara (Krogmann) Goedken.  She graduated from St. Paul High School in Worthington with the Class of 1964.  She met Joe Fangmann at a dance in Worthington on June 19, 1963, and they were married on May 30, 1967, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington.  Together they farmed outside of New Vienna and raised a large family there.  When her children were grown, she cooked for St. Boniface School for 22 years.  She was a faithful servant of St. Boniface parish, cleaning church and cooking for funeral dinners.

Survivors include her husband, Joe; children: Rose Fangmann, Bill (Jennifer) Fangmann, Bob Fangmann, Jim (Susan) Fangmann, John Fangmann, Paul (Pam) Fangmann, Mary (Chris) Francis and Judy (Chris) Jackson; 12 grandchildren: Stacey (Jeremy) Mark and Tyler Fangmann, Grace, Meg, Ruth and Laura Fangmann, Isaac, Julia, Aaron and Anna Fangmann, and Henry and Hazel Francis; great grandson, Alan Fangmann; siblings and in-laws: Verna Hoefer, Betty (Arnie) Greif, Charlie (Patti) Goedken, Bonnie McManus and Don Goedken; in-laws: Kay Goedken, Marlene Goedken and Bob Schaul.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Frank and Regina Fangmann; 2 grandchildren: Peter and Jacob Fangmann; siblings and in-laws: Gerald Hoefer, Clara (Fred) Davidshofer, Ed Goedken, Walter Goedken and Marjorie Schaul.

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


 

Phyllis J. Lippstock

Phyllis Joy Lippstock, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 29, 2021, at Grand Meadows.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at St. Joseph Key West Church with her son, Fr. Paul Lippstock officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 17th, 2022, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Joy was born on October 26, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Fred and Veronica (Fay) Rowell. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. She married Merlin W. Lippstock on March 31st, 1951 at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

She worked for CyCare Systems, DuPaco Community Credit Union, Scenic Valley Area Agency on Aging, Betty Jane Candies, and Hallmark all in Dubuque. Joy was a Cub Scout Den Leader, Volunteer worker in Drug Court, Sunday School Teacher in Key West, Iowa.

Joy enjoyed baking cookies, she’d start baking in August and finish shortly before Christmas.  After going through pounds of sugar and butter and filling two freezers, the cookies were then delivered to family and friends.  This went on for over 50 years.

She loved feeding the birds at her home, horseback riding and tending to several flower gardens in her yard. Joy was very creative as she would crochet blankets for family and would donate many to church for fund raisers. She was a good cook and would make a huge dinner for the family every Thanksgiving and Christmas, this featured several of her delicious pies that everyone loved.

Joy actively supported her children in all of their extra-curricular activities including band, dance, gymnastics, martial arts, swimming and scouting. She participated in numerous church-related duties including lector and the choir.

She is survived by her children: Fr. Paul E. Lippstock, Diane L. Lippstock, David C. Lippstock, Kimberlee Thomas and Thomas J. Lippstock along with numerous nieces and nephews and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Merlin W. Lippstock in 2012, her grandson Delayon L. Wilson, in 2012 and her sisters Miriam Hauer, Fay Schargitz and Jaqueline Ware.

We would like to thank all of the staff at MercyOne, Medical Associates and Grand Meadows who assisted in our mother’s care during the final weeks of her life.

Memorial donations in Phyllis Joy Lippstock’s name may be made to TAPS: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. This program supports families who have lost a military loved one to suicide. Donations may be made on their website taps.org; by mail: TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd, 3rd Floor, Arlington, VA 22201; or by phone 800-959-8277.


 

Vincent Schrunk

Vince passed away on December 30th, 2021 at the age of 92 in Dubuque, IA.  

He was born on June 25th, 1929 to Charles and Florence (Pierce) Schrunk. Born and raised in Dubuque, he was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. He worked for John Deere Dubuque Tractors Works until his retirement. Vince was drafted into the Army in 1951 serving in the Korean War with the Army Corps of Engineers, in England and Germany and received the rank of Corporal. He then served in the Army reserves until 1959.

Vince was married to Irene (Stelken) Schrunk in 1954 until her death in 1987. He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter Victoria Pitz (1984) and an infant son. He is survived by his sister Lois Schrunk of Chicago, IL; his 4 Children; Julie Moore of Dubuque, IA, Charles (Deborah) Schrunk of Oklahoma City, OK, Lori (John) Cowhey of Algonquin, IL and Jill (Ron) Johnson of Waukegan, IL; his step-daughter, Melinda Hodges; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. 

Vince was an avid hunter and fisherman. He greatly enjoyed flying radio-controlled model airplanes starting at the age of 12. Vince loved sharing his talent not only on how to build model airplanes but coached them how to fly them as well. He was president and served on the board of the Tri-State Modelers for many years. 

Visitation with the family will be on Saturday afternoon, January 22, from 1 – 3 with a memorial service following immediately after, with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque.  Masks will be required. A celebration of Vince’s life will be held later in the year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to American Cancer Society, in memory of Irene and Vicki.

The family would like to thank Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center for their care and devotion to Vince in the past year. 


 

Raymond L. Bahr

Raymond L. “Ray” Bahr, 97, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, January 4, 2022, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa.  Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 A.M. at the church.  Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Raymond LaVern Bahr was born on February 4, 1924, in Spragueville, Iowa, to Claus and Dora (Berg) Bahr.  He was Baptized and Confirmed at Salem Luthern Church in Spragueville and was a 1943 graduate of Preston High School.  He married Avelda Hankemeier on September 20, 1948, at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew. Four children were born to this union, Patricia, Duane, Galen and Joann.

Ray was a lifelong farmer.  From 1948 to 1955 Ray and Avelda farmed west of Spragueville.  In 1956 they purchased a farm north of Andrew at Cottonville.  They moved from the farm into Andrew in 1987 but Ray continued farming until present.

Ray was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville where he served on the church council and sang in the church choir.  He also was a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau and had served on the board of directors of C & J Farm Services.

Ray loved the land he farmed his entire life.  After moving to Andrew, he took up woodworking as a hobby and made many pieces of furniture for family members including making a cedar chest for each grandchild.  He also enjoyed fishing trips to Minnesota and the backwaters with his boys.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Avelda Bahr of Andrew, IA; children, Patricia (Milt) Cornelius of Andrew, IA, Duane (Diane) Bahr of Rural Andrew, IA, and Joann (Craig) Sieverding of Bellevue, IA; 9 grandchildren, Philip Cornelius, Nathan (Kristin) Cornelius, Noah (Danielle) Cornelius, Christina (John) Schneider, Carrie (Sean) Petesch, Aaron (Tasha) Bahr, Tyler (Kelli) Sieverding, Emily (Chad) Feller, and Alex (Miranda Straw) Sieverding; and 17 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Galen, brother LaVern, and sister Gladys Schnoor Derganz.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Raymond L. “Ray” Bahr memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Margaret E. Laugesen

Margaret E. (Hochhausen) Laugesen, age 99, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 12:35 p.m., on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Margaret’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Monday, January 10, 2022, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  There will also be visitation from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., on Tuesday before Mass at Holy Trinity Church.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Steven M. Garner officiating.  The family requests that everyone attending either event wear a face mask and social distance.  Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Margaret was born on April 6, 1922, in the Govenor’s house at the Nelson Dewey farm in Cassville, Wisconsin, daughter of Albert and Margaret (Kirschbaum) Hochhausen.   She grew up in Cassville where she would meet a handsome young man who was drafted into the service.  She would wait 5 long years for his return and eventually they would marry.  Margaret was united in marriage to the love of her life, Willis Laugesen, on November 6, 1945, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville.  After they wed, she happily became a devoted full time wife and mom raising their 6 children.  The couple was blessed with 47 years of marriage before Willis passed away on March 18, 1993.  Margaret was a faith filled and patriotic woman.  She was a long time member of Holy Trinity Church.  She said the rosary daily and read her bible regularly.  She was also active with the VFW Auxiliary, the Disabled Vets Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary, selling poppies for several years.  During WWII Margaret served her country by working at Farley & Loetscher as a riveter on locker boxes for the WACs.  Family always came 1st in Margaret’s life and she truly cherished time spent with the children and grandchildren.  She was very generous with both her time and talents and was an advocate for all.  Margaret was always willing to open her home to anyone in need.  She was also very artistic and enjoyed china painting.  We are extremely grateful for the 99 years that Margaret has graced this Earth.  She was an outgoing woman with a personality that made people feel at ease and comfortable.  She will be deeply missed by all whose lives she has touched throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Margaret’s memory include

her children,
Mary Ann (Wayne) Konrardy, Dubuque, IA,
Daniel (Debbie) Laugesen, Dubuque, IA,
Mark (Julie) Laugesen, Asbury, IA,
Mike (Nancy) Laugesen, Dubuque, IA,
Bill (Mary) Laugesen, Dubuque, IA
and Gary Laugesen, Sherrill, IA;

her 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 4 great great-grandchildren;

and her sisters-in-law,
Lila Hochhausen, Cassville, WI,
Lois Wood, Cassville, WI,
Lucille Laugesen, Fort Collins, CO,
Opal Turner, Dubuque, IA
and Eileen Laugesen, Lancaster, WI.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willis Laugesen; her siblings, John (Mary) Hochhausen, Irene (Maynard) Flitsch, Julius “Jupe” Hochhausen and Leona (Louie) Miner; her sister-in-law, Loxie Dodd; and her brothers-in-law, Lorraine Laugesen, Dale (Janice) Laugesen, Lawrence Laugesen, Eugene (Carol) Laugesen, Dean Wood and Harlan Turner.

Margaret’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for all of their kind and compassionate care of Margaret, they became her 2nd family.  Also thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for making Margaret’s final journey a peaceful one.

In lieu of flowers, the family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in Margaret’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Margaret Laugesen Family, which will be given to her favorite charities.

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


 

William A. Timmerman

William A. “Bill” Timmerman, 73, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away suddenly at 3:12 a.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating.  Military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787. The funeral will be live-streamed on The Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook page. Visitation is from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 7, 2022 at the funeral home. Pet State and CDC guidelines, facemasks are required.

Bill was born on September 11, 1948 in Dubuque, IA, the son of William E. and Ora M. (Steiner) Timmerman. He was united in marriage to Bonnie Jo Foley on August 12, 1967 at the Galena United Methodist Church. Bill served in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War from March 26, 1968 – August 1, 1969.

He was employed at Westwick Foundry in Galena as a foreman from 1967 – 1985. Later Bill worked as a mechanic and car dealer, working with B & G Auto, Tunnel Motors and Custom Auto Repair and Sales, all of East Dubuque.

Bill enjoyed Fun Car racing and collecting t-shirts from The Other Side, especially on the Tuesday night give-away.

Surviving is his wife, Bonnie Jo; four children, William R. Timmerman of Cuba City, WI; Jamie (Angie) Timmerman of Dyersville, IA, Jason (Jolene) Timmerman of East Dubuque, and Beth Ann (Stacey) Graves of California, Maryland; 10-grandchildren and 5-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. and Ora; and a brother Terry in infancy.

Bonnie and family wish to extend their sincere thank you to the East Dubuque Police Dept. and East Dubuque Fire and EMS personnel for their quick response and compassion.

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


 

John J. Reding

John J. Reding, 57, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022, at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 9, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 10, at Church of the Nativity. Msgr. James Miller will officiate. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia.  Condolences may be shared at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com .

John was born April 19, 1964 in Dubuque, the son of John Joseph and Barbara (Schmitt) Reding. He married Cindy Hammerand on June 3, 1989, and together they raised three daughters, Stephanie, Audrey, and Susan. John and Cindy later divorced, but remained on good terms.

John was an avid outdoorsman, and loved hunting and fishing. He was an excellent shot with a bow and arrow, and could always be counted on to find morel mushrooms in the timber. Most weekends in the summer John could be found taking the boat out on the river. He loved making memories with his daughters at the family cabin. John taught his girls many life lessons, and shared his love of astronomy with them, teaching them about space and the stars before they even learned it in school. He liked to have a good time and be social, and looked forward to hosting fireworks parties in his front yard every July 3rd.  He loved spending time with his dogs, Slick and Shiba. John was a wonderful listener and a hard worker, and will be sadly missed.

John is survived by three daughters, Stephanie (Jeremy Brehm) Reding, of Dubuque, Audrey (Roman Ruiz) Reding of Oakdale, MN, and Susan Reding of Dubuque; his grandson, Bennett Brehm; his siblings, Steve (Mary Jean) Reding, Chris Reding, Tom (Colleen) Reding, and Jennifer (Don) Bloomquist; and many aunts, uncles, and good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister-in-law, Cindy (Mills) Reding.

The family would like to thank Allison from Care Initiatives Hospice for her care of John.


 

Merla J. Carl

Merla J. Carl, 90, of Galena, IL passed away Monday, January 3, 2022, at MercyOne, Dubuque, IA. Funeral mass will be 11 AM, Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena and where friends may call after 9 AM until the time of mass. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Galena. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

She was born October 21, 1931, in Menominee, IL the daughter of Elmer and Lorena (Wubben) Tranel. Merla was united in marriage to Glenn A. Carl on October 24, 1953, at Nativity BVM Church, Menominee, IL, and he preceded her in death on August 28, 1998. She worked at Stampfers for many years before she began her passion of gardening. Merla was a staple of the Farmers Market in Galena for thirty-five years while managing two farms. She loved bingo, cards, and baking. Merla was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Galena. She served as an officer for the Catholic Daughter’s and helped with many funeral dinners at St. Michael’s Church.

Merla is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Steven) Steiner, two grandchildren, Eric (Cindy) Metcalf and Lynn Metcalf, three great-grandchildren, Collin, Wyatt, and Evelyn, two sisters, LaVonne (Cletus) Kaiser and Arletta Fransen, a sister-in-law, Sharon Tranel, former son-in-law, Bill Metcalf and her many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Kevin, a brother, Cletus, a sister, Doris Hasken, two brother’s in-law, Joseph Fransen and Earl Hasken.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Lori A. Snodgrass

Lori Ann Snodgrass, 62, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away on Sunday evening, January 2, 2022, at home.

A celebration of Lori’s life will be held at 1 P.M., Friday, January 14, 2022, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa, at a later date.

Lori Ann Snodgrass was born on November 21, 1959 in Iowa, to Merlin Elwood and Alice Patricia (Thompsen) Snodgrass.  As a military child she moved around some and had lived in several places including England, Texas, Kansas and Iowa.  She was a 1977 graduate of Maquoketa High School and later received her MBA from the University of Iowa.  She was a U.S. Army veteran where she worked as recruiter until receiving an honorable discharge.  Upon returning to civilian life, she worked at the Rock Island Arsenal as contract specialist for over 29 years earning a GS 14 rank and retiring in 2014.  She excelled at her work and had traveled extensively with positions held at the Pentagon.  In retirement, she had worked as a bartender to keep herself busy.

Lori was an animal lover and a member of the American Kennel Club, as well as a Master Gardener.  She was an avid baker and was known for making breads, candies and sweets.  She also enjoyed shopping, quilting, crocheting, cross stitch, and was always doing the latest arts and crafts.

Although goofy at times and strongly opinionated, Lori had a heart of gold and helped raise her niece and nephew.  She also had multiple dogs through the years who had a special place in her heart.

Those left to honor her memory include her siblings, Patrick Snodgrass of Oxford Junction, IA, Tommy Snodgrass of Davenport, IA, and Mary Rauch of Baldwin, IA; a niece, Sierra (Josh) Daniels of Norwalk, IA; and a nephew, Garrett Rauch of Baldwin, IA.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lori Ann Snodgrass memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Lester R. Cummer

Lester R. Cummer, age 75, of Balltown, Iowa, went home to heaven to be re-united with his wife, Barb, at 8:20 a.m., on Monday, January 3, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Lester’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 9, 2022, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 468 Balltown Road.  There will also be visitation before Mass on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., at the Church.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, January 10, 2022, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating.  Burial will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Lester was born on August 9, 1946, in Balltown, Iowa, son of Reynold and Lorena (Wolf) Cummer.

He was born and raised in the Balltown area where he would reside for his entire life.  He was a life long farmer, but he also helped out at Skip Breitbach Feeds for several years with his wife Barb.  He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Barbara Dix, on May 26, 1973, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque.  They became inseparable and celebrated 48 years of marriage together before she passed away only 4 months ago on August 11, 2021.  Lester was a faithful member of St. Francis of Assisi Church.  He truly loved being outdoors whether it be working on the farm or relaxing.  He took great pride in his “red” tractors which he worked on regularly.  Some of his favorite activities included fishing, spending time at the campground, going to auctions and helping Barb in the garden.  Lester was also known to enjoy a good game of Euchre with family and friends.  He liked to tease and joke with people and his love of cookies and an ice cold can of Pepsi was legendary.  Lester’s top priority was always taking care of his family.  He worked hard and was an excellent provider, a quality he instilled in his children.  He also made sure to share his knowledge and skills with others.  We are heartbroken at losing both Lester and Barb so close together, but find some comfort in knowing that they are now happily reunited and watching over us for Eternity.

Those left to cherish Lester’s memory include

his children,
Todd (Angel Coyle) Cummer and Angel’s children, John, Dawson and Madilynn, Balltown, IA,
Adam Cummer, Balltown, IA
and Amy Cummer;

his brother,
Melvin “Red” (Alyce) Cummer, Balltown, IA;

his in-laws,
Ron Dix, East Dubuque, IL,
Joyce (Bob) Hammel,
Jeanette (Dean) Rampson,
Bill (Patti) Dix,
Linda (Dick) Firzlaff,
Judy Dix,
Marilyn Dix, all of Dubuque, IA,
Shirley (Tracy Carlin) Youngblut, Spirit Lake, IA,
Alan (Sue) Dix, Dubuque, IA,
Cheryl (Chuck) Noel, Asbury, IA,
Carol (Joe) Powers, Dubuque, IA
and Pat Dix, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Barb Cummer; a sister, Rose (Allen) Heiderscheit; and his in-laws, Bob (Carlene) Dix, Patsy (Art) Freihoefer, Dorothy Koltes, Richard “Pup” Dix, Daryl (Sandi) Dix and Mary Dix.

Lester’s family would like to thank Dr. Amy Ewen and her staff, the Manchester Team of Care Initiatives Hospice, and Home Instead, especially Patti and Pam, for all of their patience, kindness and compassionate care.  Also a very special thanks to Angel Coyle, for being Lester’s “Angel” here on Earth.  We could not have gotten through this journey without all of your help.

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

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


 

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