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Mary Ann Kieffer

Mary Ann Kieffer, 76, of Galena, IL passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

Mary Ann graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1962. She was united in marriage to Jerry Kieffer on May 14, 1966, at St. Mary’s Church. Mary Ann owned and operated a doll shop on Main Street for 27 years.  After that, she helped her husband at the Galena Laundry. She loved baking cookies and rooting for the Cubs and Bears.  Mary Ann was an avid golfer, enjoyed going to flea markets and collecting antique dolls, but most of all she loved her three grandsons.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry of Galena, her son, Paul (Heather) Kieffer of Montgomery, IL, her daughter, Amy (Tim) Hiller of Northbrook, IL, three grandsons, Colin and Ben Kieffer, and Andrew Hiller, brother, James Schumacher, sister, Jan Kutsch, and her many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy and Ernest Schumacher, stepfather, Bernard Peschang and sister in-law, Pam Schumacher.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Jo Daviess County Workshop in memory of Mary Ann.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Unity Point Finley Hospital, Dubuque, Hospice of Dubuque and Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for your care and compassion during this difficult time. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Marilyn E. Muehleip

Marilyn Elizabeth Muehleip, 91, of Galena, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 27, 2021, surrounded by her loving family at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Galena. She will be buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena beside her loving husband of 62 years, Kenneth “Paul” Muehleip. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

Marilyn was born July 31, 1929, at her family’s home in Galena, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Bergmann) Wilhelmi.  She attended Galena Elementary School and was a graduate of Galena High School.  Paul and Marilyn were united in marriage on October 5, 1951, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Galena. Immediately following their wedding, they moved to Fairbanks, AK, where Paul was stationed in the Army.

In her younger years, Marilyn was employed by Illinois Bell as a telephone operator. Later she worked at Eaton Corporation, Hanover, IL, and for the Jo Daviess Courthouse, Galena. Marilyn was a lifelong member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed her weekly quilting sessions with the Rebecca Quilters and bible studies with her Women’s Ruth Circle.  Her faith was strong, and she taught her grandchildren the power of prayer. Marilyn was a loving, devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Her top priority in life was her family. She cherished time spent with her grandchildren–baking cookies, movie nights snacking on popcorn, and hosting sleepovers.  No one ever went to bed without a story, a prayer, a kiss, and hearing, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite!” Traveling, camping, quilting, and antiquing were a few of her favorite pastimes. Colorado and Arizona were favorite destinations, spent visiting her sisters, brother, nieces and nephews. “Aunt Marilyn’s house” was the meeting place for all family members.  She welcomed her family, friends, and neighbors to her home, always having a fresh pot of coffee and an open heart.

Those left to treasure Marilyn’s memory include her daughters, Paula Schonhoff and Tammy (John) Oldenburg, both of Galena, son, Craig Muehleip, of Rigby, ID; seven grandchildren, Alison (fiancé, Joshua Wheatley), Ryan (Molly) Schonhoff, Adam Schonhoff, Paul (Tokie) Muehleip, Rachel Oldenburg (Phil Peer), Adrienne (Justin) Stuebs, April Oldenburg; two great-grandsons, Cael Story and Rei Muehleip, and two great-granddaughters, Leslie and Madelynn Stuebs; and many special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Paul, her parents, seven siblings, and several brother and sisters-in-law.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community staff, and caregivers of Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.  We will love you forever, and ever, and a day!  Online condolences may be left atwww.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Ruth E. Denger

Ruth E. Denger, 95, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Delmar United Methodist Church. Due to the CoVid-19 Pandemic and social distancing guidelines, seating will be limited so please contact the funeral home if you plan to attend the funeral service. The service will be livestreamed on the Elwood/Delmar United Methodist Church Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Elwood-Delmar-United-Methodist-Church-210233856285707/?ref=page_internal. A public visitation will be held from 4 to 6 P.M., Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. It will be required to utilize face masks and to observe social distancing guidelines during the visitation and services.

Ruth Eileen Specht was born on May 18, 1925 in the Maquoketa area, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Broderson) Specht. She graduated from Elwood High School in 1942; from Iowa Teacher’s College (now UNI) in the 4-Quarter Rural Program in 1943 and Marycrest College in Davenport in 1971. Ruth married Arthur Frederick Denger on November 27, 1946 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 4, 1993.

Ruth taught in Clinton County Schools, Elwood, Calamus, and Midpark School in Welton, Iowa, retiring in 1987.

She was a member of the Delmar United Methodist Church, New Century Club, Jackson County Retired Teachers, several bridge, and other card clubs. She had served as the President and Vice President of the United Methodist Women and Chairman of the Church Board for over 18 years. She volunteered for the Lost Nation Food Pantry and Kids Club at her church and served as district officer in the Dubuque District Women, for several years. Ruth also served on the Care Review Committee of the Community Care Center in Charlotte, Iowa.

She is survived by her three daughters, Sue (Rich) Hamilton of Oconomowoc, WI, Janet Myatt (Steve Price) of Iowa City, IA; Julie Denger of Johnston, IA; one son, David (Rhonda) Denger of Delmar, IA; Nine grandchildren, Dr Jill (Tom) Fish of Hastings, NE, Amy (Brad) Macrorie of Lenexa, KS, Joshua (Jeannine) Myatt of Longmont, CO, Lindsay (Ryan) Vanselow of Oconomowoc, WI, Jacob (Mallory) Denger of Maquoketa, IA, Nathan (Caitlin) Denger of Delmar, IA, Emily Denger of Delmar, IA, and Karna (Matt) Rehr of Low Moor, IA; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Delmar United Methodist Church.

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


 

Paul F. Sullivan

Paul F. Sullivan, 81, of Peosta, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021, at home.

Paul was born January 19, 1940 in Mason City, IA, the son of Harry and Nelle (Romanelli) Sullivan. He graduated from DePaul Academy High School, Chicago, and went on to attend Iowa State University, where he played football.  He was a member of the 1959 “Dirty Thirty” team.  Paul played semi-pro baseball with the Monticello Cubs from 1964 thru 1971.  He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and Iowa State Cyclones.

Paul married Harriet (McCarthy) Merchant in 1996 in Las Vegas, NV, and also at New Melleray Abbey.

He enjoyed fishing and golfing, especially with his longtime friend Danny McDonnell at Fillmore Fairways Golf Course.  Paul nearly managed to “golf his age”.  He was an excellent singer who always had a song ready for anyone.

Paul is survived by his wife, Harriet, of Peosta; their children, Greg (Pam) Sullivan of Fort Wayne, IN, Lynne Murcia, Corinna Merchant of Dubuque, Tanya (Tony) Cook of Peosta, and Lynette (Gary) Gassmann of Dubuque; their grandchildren, Adam, Kyle (Kihley), and Emma Sullivan, William and Madeline Vohl, Ellen, Kara, Renee, and Grace Merfeld, Hailey and Harrison Cook, and Gavin, Logan, and Ethan Gassmann; their great-grandchild, Brody Vohl; and an aunt, Carmen Erickson of AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother James.

Paul’s family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their amazing care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Private family graveside services will be held at Holy Family Cemetery, New Melleray.  Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com


 

David J. Coakley

It is with deep sadness that we share with you the passing of David Joseph Coakley. He died in Madison, Wis., at the age of 82 on Feb. 27, 2021.

Dave was born in Cascade, Iowa, on Jan. 24, 1939. He grew up on a farm in Iowa, the son of Helen and Dan Coakley.

He lived in the Middleton/Madison area since 1968 where he worked for over 30 years helping others as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.

Dave married Mary Jane Schuetz in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 4, 1965. They were married for over 55 years. He always said how lucky he was to have Mary Jane by his side. In addition to being a devoted husband, he was a beloved father to his four daughters and a doting grandfather to his three grandsons.

Dave was an accomplished woodworker and enjoyed making gifts for family and friends. He installed wood floors throughout the family home and made beautiful furniture. He also crafted wooden toys for children receiving cleft lip and palate surgeries. His toys brought joy to children as far away as Guatemala and Peru. Pictures of the children with their toys delighted him.

Dave was very handy around the house with some unusual and imaginative solutions to problems. His family referred to these as his “Irish solutions.” They often involved duct tape.

The most common word used to describe Dave is kind. He was a very caring and generous man, never wanting to inconvenience anyone. Twice he drove across the country to give a daughter his second car when her car broke down. He also drove 16 hours to Colorado with a puppy on his lap to deliver the puppy to his daughter and grandsons.

Dave had a way of making people feel valued by expressing his appreciation. He declared every meal made for him, “the best he ever had!” Any act of kindness bestowed upon him was described by Dave as “above and beyond.”

As a counselor by profession, Dave was well-equipped to tend to the evolving needs of his four daughters. He listened and provided sound advice, always following-up the next day to make sure his girls were ok.

Dave had a great sense of humor and enjoyed jokes. He would pretend to eat bubbles causing his grandsons to double over with laughter. He also drew upon his undergraduate education in philosophy, dressing up as Aristotle to teach his grandsons about the renowned philosopher. Dave once wore a robe and sported a mop on his head to teach his grandsons about the great Leonardo da Vinci. His best jokes made him laugh even more than those listening, and his laughter was contagious.

Dave will be missed by so many for his kindness, wisdom, humor and love.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Helen Coakley; parents-in-law, Harold and Evelyn Schuetz; younger brother, Roger Coakley; brother-in-law, Richard Schuetz; sister-in-law, Judy Schuetz; son-in-law, Ethan Remmel; nephew, West Schuetz; and great-nephew, Isaac Weires.

He leaves behind his wife, Mary Jane Coakley; four daughters, Renee, Leeanne, Lynn and Shannon Coakley; son-in-law, Todd Gangelhoff; and his three grandchildren, Josh and Nate Gangelhoff and Seth Remmel-Coakley. He is also survived by his sister, Margie (Donnie) Welsh; brother, Loras Coakley; brother-in-law, Jim (Rose) Schuetz; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and friends, all of whom he loved very much.

Due to COVID concerns, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held. Family and friends who wish to view the Mass via LIVE STREAM may visit David’s obituary page at www.gundersonfh.com and click on the Live Webcast link at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, Dave requested donations be sent to Smile Network International at https://www.smilenetwork.org/ or Middleton Outreach Ministry at https://momhelps.org/. Smile Network International is a charitable organization that works in countries around the world performing cleft lip and palate surgeries for families that could not otherwise afford this care. Dave made hundreds of wooden toys to share with the children after their surgeries. Middleton Outreach Ministry is an organization that supports people in need in his local community.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.


 

Walter E. Neal

Walter Eugene Neal, age 79, of St. Catherine passed away on February 26, 2021.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am at St. Catherine Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 with Fr. Dave Ambrosy officiating. A visitation will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am at the church. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League following mass. Burial will take place at a later date in Mount Calvary Cemetery. A live stream of the funeral mass will be on Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory’s Facebook page.

Walter was born on February 2, 1942 in Delhi, Iowa to Wesley and Nellie (Turner) Neal, the youngest of seven children. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and served in the United States Navy and the National Guard. He married Rose Gonzales in Dubuque on October 28, 1967. They had two children, Phillip and Heather.

Walter worked at Dubuque Packing Company, FDL Foods and Farmland Foods before joining the City of Dubuque as a driver for Project Concern, later joining the staff of the Hilton Garden Inn. He served on the board of directors for Dupaco Community Credit Union for several years. Walter was president of the Bird Dog Club and a member of the Dubuque Saddle Club. He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church.

In his spare time, Walter was often found fishing, hunting, and riding horses. He enjoyed training his hunting dogs, shoeing horses and taking flying lessons. He liked working in his garage and yard and spending time with his children, grandchildren and extended family.

Walter was survived by his wife, Rose; son Phillip of Dubuque; son-in-law Brian Davis of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; grandson Austin Hamilton of Seattle; grandsons Joe Sanders, Austin Sanders, Noah Neal, and Levi Neal and their mother, Crystal (Fuller) Neal of Dubuque; sister Helen Warden of Dyersville; sisters-in-law Lois Neal of Cocoa Beach, Florida and Janice Neal of Ankeny, Iowa; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Heather, his parents, brothers Howard, Harold, and Burdette, and sisters Grace Frommelt and Greta Thomas.

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


 

Jeri Anne Edlund

Jeri Anne (Marcus) Edlund was born on June 24, 1946 in Otter Creek, Iowa.  She passed away peacefully in Knoxville, TN on February 16, 2021 at the age of 74.

She moved to Minneapolis, MN at the age of 17, beginning a long life of strength and independence, where she met her husband of 29 years, Ronald Edlund.  They raised their family in Sedalia, CO enjoying the beautiful Rocky Mountains and all they have to offer. She was a loving and devoted mother who encouraged and supported all her kids’ endeavors.  After her children were grown, she moved to Chandler, AZ where she lived for 20 years.  Her career was in the disaster recovery field and later in life she successfully ran her own consulting business.

She had a love of traveling which took her all over the world.  She passed her love of learning and her adventurous spirit to her children.  She is remembered by family and friends for her caring and compassionate heart and was celebrated for her unique ability to listen and provide insightful advice.

She is preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Mary Marcus of Otter Creek, IA.

She is survived by her son Nathan Edlund (Amy Granger) of Richland, MI; her 2 daughters Christina (Jeremy) Gormley of Knoxville, TN and Melissa Edlund (Jeff Kenny) of North Hollywood, CA; and four grandchildren; 3 brothers Tom (Paula) Marcus of Andrew, IA, Paul Marcus of Mesa, AZ, and Wayne (Debbie) Marcus of Otter Creek, IA; and her sister Karen Marcus of Belt, MT.

A service will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek, IA on June 25th.

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


 

Ross C. River

Ross Clark River, 92, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa. He was born on November 22, 1928 to Roy and Lois (Marshall) River on t heir farm near Chester, Iowa . As Ross always knew how to make an entrance, his mother was in the middle of butchering a hog when he let her know it was time to be born.

He attended high school in LeRoy, Minnesota and later Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he met his wife of 68 years, Vivian (Mukin) River. They married March 25, 1951. Three days later, they left for Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where Ross served as a First Lieutenant.

In 1953 they settled in Maquoketa, Iowa where they raised their five children and lived the rest of their lives. Ross was a life-long farmer and agricultural salesman. He owned and ran a feed mill and chicken hatchery and later began selling Harvestores and Wick Buildings. His career with Wick Buildings lasted over 60 years.

Ross had originally wished to continue farming upon his graduation from high school, but his father sold the farm, telling Ross that he wanted him to go to college and “have a better life.” However, Ross persisted with his own farming, demonstrating that you can take the farm from the boy, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy. Later in life, one of Ross’s small farms, where he raised a few cattle, was referred to as “The Rossarosa.”

Ross is survived by one daughter, Sue River; two sons, Bruce (Chris) River and Dave (Paula) River; grandchildren, Peyton River, Carter River, Ben Buchner, Amanda (Tyler) Fleck, Ashley River and Robert River; one great-grandchild, Hallie Harrison; a sister, Donna Cook; a sister-in-law, Dora River and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Lois River; his wife, Vivian; daughters, Jean River and Kay River; brother, Dale River; sister, Ruth Robinson; brother-in-law, Roland Robinson and brother-in-law, Forrest Cook.

A private family service will be held to honor Ross at 11 A.M., Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church. The service will be livestreamed on the First United Methodist Church Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Maquoketa1stumc. Memorials may be made to the Maquoketa First United Methodist Church or the Maquoketa FFA.

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


 

Victor A. Novander

Victor A. Novander, age 60, of Dubuque, passed away at 8:05 a.m., on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at Luther Manor. To celebrate Victor’s life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. At 4:00 p.m., there will be a time for family and friends to share their favorite memories of Victor. Due to COVID-19 concerns, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices. To honor Victor’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, March 1, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Loren Hirschy officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Gone Fishin’

Anyone who knew Victor, he LOVED to fish. He finished his Earthly journey on February 24, 2021, at 8:05 am. Now, he’s enjoying an ice-cold beer, with a line in a beautiful stream (always stocked with trout, of course) in heaven.

Victor and his fraternal twin, Christopher, were born in Libertyville, IL, on May 1, 1960, to Sharon Thomas (Stolarik) and Alan Novander, Sr. Victor served in the Navy between 1977 and 1980. On April 14, 1984, as fate would have it, Victor met Deborah Salomaki at Pizza Villa in Ft. Atkinson, WI, where she was a server for the family pizzeria. They were married in a small ceremony on March 5, 1985, in Jefferson, WI. In 1988, Victor and Deborah, with their three girls, moved to Dubuque, IA, where they lived to this day. They went on to add four boys to their growing family.

With Victor, there was never a dull moment in his life. He definitely kept things interesting. He was known for his sense of humor, passion for fishing and cars, his love for the tv show, Gunsmoke, his uncanny ability to find marbles almost anywhere, and having a highly spirited personality. His laugh and charisma were infectious.

Victor and Deborah raised us kids to be hard workers, iron-willed, and independent people. They taught us how to fish, how to be handy around the house, and that no matter what, love and humor will help you get through anything. That hardships in life will knock you down, but you got to get back up and keep on going. We will always have fond memories of fishing trips, his auto repair shop, building a huge snowman on Loras, freshly caught fish swimming in our bathtub, and so many personal experiences we each had with him.

He is already greatly missed by Deborah, his family and friends. We all are comforted knowing he has been relieved of his mental and physical pain. Dad, you’ll be forever in our hearts and everything we do. Until we all fish together again…

Those left to cherish Victor’s memory include

his loving wife of 36 years, (and an amazing mother),
Deborah Novander, Dubuque, IA;

his 7 children,
Melissa (Timothy) Carroll, Cañon City, CO,
LeAnndra Novander, Dubuque, IA,
Sharon (John) Kraus, Millcreek, UT,
Byron Novander, Dubuque, IA,
Andrew Novander, Dubuque, IA,
Christopher “Kris” (Kaylee) Rutzebeck, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Jonathon (Rylie) Novander, Dubuque, IA;

his 15 grandchildren,
Macey, Mason, Tim, Brayden, Ashlynn “Rosie”, and Oscar “Ozzy” of Melissa and Timothy;
Stacy, Tommy, Charlie, and Kenzie of LeAnndra;
Brayden and Kaden of Kris and Kaylee;
Clover, Lilly, and Victor of Jonathon and Rylie;

his siblings,
Christopher Novander, Goodlettsville, TN,
Laura Prescher, Portage, WI,
Cynthia (Kevin) Ryan, Juda, WI,
Alan Novander, Jr., Schofield, WI
and Ryan (Linzi)Novander, Portage, WI;

and many nieces and nephews.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Debra Mueller.
Thank you to the staff at Mercy Hospital and Luther Manor Hospice for their caring support for Victor and his family.

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

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


 

Arthur E. Rubie

Arthur Edward “Buzz” Rubie, 87, of Dubuque, IA passed away on February 22, 2021 at home.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Iowa Army National Guard. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will be at a later date in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Arthur was born on August 6, 1933 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of George and Marie (Gronau) Rubie. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and then served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956.

On July 19, 1958 he married Helen E. Hamilton in Dubuque, Iowa and together they shared 60 years of marriage.

Arthur enjoyed a good game of Euchre along with feeding and watching his birds. You could often find him at the kitchen table doing his puzzle books.

He is survived by his children Michael (Bonnie) Rubie, Patrick Rubie, and Diane (Dale) Reuter; his son-in-law Stephen Gassman; grandchildren Jeromy (Diedre) and Mitchell Rubie; Andrew, Zachary and Elizabeth Reuter; Brook and Cooper Gassman; siblings Fred Rubie and Lois Hartman as well as in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Helen in 2018; daughter Suzanne Gassman in 2019; brothers John and Richard and sisters Irene, Helen and Elinor.

The family would like to thank No Place Like Home, especially Summer, for all their care and assisting with keeping Arthur at home where he wanted to be.


 

Patricia M. Rowell

Patricia Marie Rowell, 80, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, February 23, at Mercy Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 27, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral, and will be available to watch Sunday on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home Facebook page. Fr. Greg Bahl will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass on Saturday at church. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Masks and social distancing are required at church. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

Patricia was born September 21, 1940 in Dubuque, the daughter of Orley and Agnes (Poulda) Koch. She married Richard J. Rowell on September 12, 1959 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on October 31, 2005.

Patricia was a devoted mother and grandmother, and spent her life being a homemaker. She was a member of St. Raphael’s Cathedral, and she also worked as a CNA for many years.

Patricia is survived by two children, Sheila Winger and Steven Rowell; five grandchildren, Stephanie, Brian, and Cheyenne Winger, and Michaela and Jakob Rowell; her “adopted son” Mitch (Mary) Delarm and their family; her brother, Paul (Debi) Koch of Dayton, OH; her sister in law, Margaret Koch; and her brother in law Robert Rowell; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Howard, Chuck, and Marvin Koch; and two sisters, LaVon Weist and Vivian Koch.

Memorials may be made to the family.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Finley & Mercy Hospitals, and to the Dubuque Fire Department, Police Department, and EMTs for treating Patricia with kindness and respect.


 

Donna D. Conley

Donna D. Conley, age 89, passed away February 22, 2021 at Sunset Park Place of natural causes.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27th, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road. Funeral services will immediately follow the visitation with Rev. Tom Shinkle officiating and will be live streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory facebook page. Burial and graveside service will be at Bethel Cemetery, Osterdock, IA. Please be aware that face masks and social distancing will be observed during all gatherings.

Donna was born January 26, 1932 near Graham, Iowa, the daughter of Ferman J. & Berdina M. (Schrunk) Smith. She attended the Millville School, and was active in 4H. She married John M. Conley on August 7, 1951 in Colesberg, IA. They lived on a farm in Osterdock, IA before moving to Dubuque in 1966. She worked in the American Pearl Button Factory in Guttenberg, then ran their farm in Osterdock while her husband worked at John Deere in Dubuque. Eventually they moved the family to Dubuque, then to Sherrill, Iowa where they built a house in 1971 and lived there 47 years. At their home she cleared land and built a park for the family to enjoy.

She loved animals and would often take in stray dogs and cats. Donna enjoyed bowling on teams in Guttenberg and Dubuque for several years. She was a long time member of Center Gove United Methodist Church where she was on many committees. She was a trap shooter and hunter. In the fall she would take 6 shotgun shells with her and come back with 6 squirrels. She had her HAM radio license WN0KNN, and took flying lessons.

Surviving are her daughter, Joanne Gebauer, of Dubuque, son, John C. (Jeanne) Conley of Sherrill, 6 grandchildren: Jeff (Dr. Sarah) Gebauer, Steamboat Springs, CO, Jared (fiancé Rita Murray) Gebauer, Jackson Hole, WY, Sarah (Nick) Nelson, Belmond, IA, John David (Mint Chims) Conley, Lompoc, CA, Samantha (John) Greene, Dubuque, Elizabeth (P.J.) Donovan, Dubuque, and eleven great-grandchildren, Liam, Roman, Fiona, Eric, Cole, Elsie, Andrew, Peyton, Sterling, Zoey, and Quelvid Kai. Donna is also survived by her only brother, Billie Smith of Guttenberg, IA.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years and her parents.

We would like to thank the staff at Sunset Park Place where they were kind, joyous, loving and professional, and a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Sharon L. Howell

Sharon L. (Tuthill) Howell, age 68, of Dubuque, passed away at 11:50 p.m., on Monday, February 22, 2021, at MercyOne Dubuque.  To celebrate Sharon’s life, private family services were held.

Sharon was born on August 13, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Donald and June (Rosacker) Tuthill.

Sharon attended grade school at St. Mary’s School, graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and went on to earn her CNA certificate from NICC.  Sharon was united in marriage to Myron “Jack” Armbruster Sr., in 1978, in Asbury, Iowa.  Jack sadly passed away on April 29, 2011.  She was later united in marriage to Dick Howell in 2014, at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque.  Sharon was always a hard worker.   She was employed with Heritage Manor before making the move to the Julien Care Facility, where she would devote 25 years until her retirement in 2011.  In her free time, Sharon lived and breathed playing Bingo.  She loved the game, and the friendly competition with her daughters was well known at the Bingo hall.  She also enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, fishing, hiking, bike riding and camping.  Sharon also liked playing cards, and trying her luck at the casino.  Family was always as the top of her priority list and she loved spending time with them.  Sharon will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Sharon’s memory include

her husband,
Dick Howell, Dubuque, IA;

her daughters,
June (Caroll) Gibson
and Connie Howell, both of Dubuque, IA;

her 5 grandchildren,
Heather (Eric Spain) Armbruster,
Tiffany (Leo Brokus) Johnson,
Daren (Kayla) Shaffer, all of Dubuque, IA,
Elizabeth (Brandon Hudgins) Howell, Silver City, NM
and Robert (Abbey) Howell, Dubuque, IA;

her 3 great-grandchildren,
Cayden Mayers, Robert Howell and Allison Howell;

her siblings,
Joyce Terris, Dubuque, IA,
Pat Wernimont, Dubuque, IA
and Jim (Lucinda) Tuthill, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; her 1st husband, Myron “Jack” Armbruster Sr.; a son, Bryan Tuthill in infancy; a sister, Cindy Key; and 3 brothers, Rich (Betty) Tuthill, Dan Tuthill and Michael Tuthill.

Sharon’s family would like to thank Dr. Runde, Dr. Whalen and Dr. Brock, the ICU nurses at Mercy, especially Travis, for all of the wonderful medical care they provided to Sharon.  Also a special thanks to her nephews, John Terris and Jay Derenski, for all of their support.

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

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


 

Delores J. Lindsay

Delores June Lindsay, 83, of Dubuque, died Monday, February 22, 2021, at her home in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday, February 26, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2025 Jackson Street. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Delores’s family. An additional visitation will be held from 9:30 am until the time of funeral service at 10:30 am Saturday, February 27, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor Jonathan Crawford officiating. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. Burial will be in Council Hill Cemetery immediately following the service. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Delores was born September 4, 1937, in Jacksonville, IL, the daughter of Edward F. and Ruth (Hayes) Strubbe. On June 27, 1959, she married Herbert O. Lindsay, Sr. in Bowling Green, Missouri. He passed away on October 19, 1993.

She graduated from Ashland High School in Ashland, Illinois and then Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois.

Delores worked as a substitute teacher in all Jo Daviess County Schools and the Area Vocational Center in Elizabeth, IL and taught special education at Jo Daviess Carroll Area Vocational Center for several years, kindergarten in Chalmette, LA and Headstart in Hanover, IL. She also enjoyed teaching Sunday School for over 40 years. She was a den mother for Boy Scouts and a Girl Scout and Brownie leader. Delores loved spending time with her family, visiting the sick, going to church, poetry, sending cards, writing, and reading the Bible.

Delores was a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dubuque. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Mission Church Circle at St. Paul, honorary member of Worthwhile Club in Jacksonville, IL, P.T.A., Home Extension, Welcome Wagon in Galesburg, IL, Luther Manor Auxiliary and Finley Hospital Auxiliary.

Survivors include two daughters, Pamela (Mark) VanCamp of Kaukauna, WI and Judith “Judee” (Thomas) Townsend of Dubuque; grandchildren, Evan & Nicholas Lindsay, Jeffrey, Jessica (James) Dobson, Brandon, Megan (Andy) Flack, Callie (Steve) Oudenhoven, Patrick VanCamp, Kirsten (Dustin) Cullen, Christopher & Bryce VanCamp and Carrie, Matt, Jacob (Kassidy) Townsend; 25 great-grandchildren; sister, Donna Moody; brother, Rev. Joseph (Karen) Strubbe; daughter-in-law, Joan Lindsay; son-in-law, Jeff Pfile; sisters-in-law, Jeanne Strubbe and Connie Barnes; brother-in-law, Keith Zenge and several nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Sr.; her parents; one son, Herbert Jr.; one daughter, Melody; grandson, Andrew Cullen; one sister, Mary Zenge; two brothers, Larry (Nancy) Strubbe and Richard Strubbe and her father and mother-in-law, Orris & Elizabeth Lindsay.

Memorial have been established to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Delores’s name.

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


 

Sean P. Scott

Sean P. “SP” Scott, age 51, Lancaster, WI, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

He was born in Normal, IL on February 3, 1970 the son of Ronald and Julie (Urban) Scott. He went to Senior High school in Dubuque, IA, after which he worked various jobs. While working at Telegraph Herald, he met his life partner, Lori Robinson in 1993. They spent 27 wonderful years together.

Sean was a simple man. He loved rocking out to 80’s hair metal bands, tinkering with electronics, storm chasing and spending quality time with family.

Sean is survived by his life partner, Lori Robinson of Lancaster; Daughters: Jessica Smothers and her two children of Dubuque, Cassie (Andy) Huntamer and their three children of Ft. Belvoir, VA; Chelsea Robinson of Dayton, OH; and Miranda (Andrew) Schwoob and their daughter of Galena, IL; his brother, Laird Scott of Dubuque; and his sister, Kaarmon Urban and her son of Tucson, AZ.

In addition to his parents, Sean was preceded in death by his stepfather, Lou.

In keeping with Sean’s wishes, there will be no services. Cards of condolence may be sent to 1160 W. Maple St., Lancaster, WI 53813. The Martin Schwartz Funeral Home and Crematory in Lancaster is assisting the family.

Sean’s family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Lancaster EMS, Lancaster PD, Doug Bartow with the Grant County Coroner’s Office, and Martin Schwartz Funeral Homes and Crematory.

Online condolences: www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com


 

Margaret J. Bartelt

Margaret J. “Peggy” Bartelt, 70, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 22, 2021, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa, complications of cerebral amyloid angiopathy.

Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, a private funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa.  Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.  The service will be livestreamed on the First Lutheran Church Facebook page and available with a link for future viewing.  In her words, the service is “to be a celebration of music, family, love and friendships, God’s creation and of the Lord, Jesus Christ, whose mission was to teach us how to love all creation, as God the creator does.

Margaret Jean Buettell was born on October 3, 1950 in Mitchell, South Dakota, to Robert Earle and Muriel Irene (Doane) Buettell.  At an early age her family moved to Humboldt, Iowa and when she entered Junior High they moved to Perry, Iowa where she graduated from Perry High School in 1968.  She then attended college at Drake University, Iowa State University, and lastly at the University of Iowa receiving a degree in Anthropology.  She married Glenn Arthur Bartelt on September 2, 1972 in Ames, Iowa.  To this union one child was born, Jeremy.

While in college, Peggy had worked at the Natural History Museum in Iowa City.  Upon her marriage to Glenn, they moved to Maquoketa where she worked primarily as a private music teacher.

Peggy was a very active member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and had served as the youth choir director for many years.  She loved music and was an accomplished musician who enjoyed singing, playing the flute, piano, and guitar, and composing songs for church and choir.  Throughout the years she had dedicated her time and talents to numerous church music programs as well as performing in area volunteer bands and music organizations most notably “Flutes Unlimited”, affiliated with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to her love of music, her passion for natural history and anthropology was demonstrated in her visiting museums and participating in archeology digs.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Glenn Bartelt of Maquoketa, IA; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Kate Bartelt of Sioux City, IA; and 2 grandchildren, Mackenzie and Miles.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church.

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


 

Edward B. Goedken

Edward B. Goedken 84 of Bernard, IA passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque, IA.

Private family visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday Feb 27th at Holy Family New Melleray Catholic church. Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed at 11:00 am on the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory Facebook page. Burial will follow at Holy Family Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

Ed was born October 29, 1936 in Farley, IA, son of Val and Clara (Krogmann) Goedken. On April 26, 1960, Ed was united in marriage to Kay (Carew) at St. Aloysius Catholic church in rural Bernard, IA. Together the couple farmed in the Bernard area for over 50 years.

Ed was an active member of Holy Family parish serving on Parish Council, various committees along with ushering and greeting people at mass for many years.

He was a founding member of the Monastery Ball Association and coached boys baseball at the ball diamond. He was also an active member of the Dubuque Co. Pork Producers serving as a past President.

Ed was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and neighbor. He will be greatly missed by his friends at Pearl’s and card playing buddies.

Ed was very proud of his family, the 13 Goedken kids known as the “Baker’s Dozen”, 36 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. He loved to cook and was known especially for his Apple Nut Bread.

Ed is survived by his wife Kay; children: Kevin (Jill) of Menifee CA, Mike (Pam) of Dyersville IA, Lori (Joe) Redmond of Bernard IA, Nancy (Jack) Theisen of Bernard IA, Jodi (Scott) Eltjes of Norwalk IA, Brian (Jill) of Monet VA, Kelly (Brian) Hutchins of Johnston IA, Betsy (Rich) Koppes of Cascade IA, Marty (Tracy) of Dubuque IA, Jamie (Cathy) of Austin MN, Jennifer (Doug) McDonnell of Solon IA, Jason (Whitney) of Oxford FL and Rob (Sara) of Bernard IA. Thirty six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Four sisters: Verna Hoefer, Betty (Arnie) Greif, Darlene (Joe) Fangmann, and Bonnie McManus; two brothers: Charlie (Patti) Goedken and Don (Katherine) Goedken; a sister-in-law Marlene Goedken and brother-in-law Bob Schaul.

He is preceded in death by his parents Val and Clara, brother Walter, sisters: Clara (Fred) Davidshofer, Marjorie Schaul and brother-in-law Gerald Hoefer.

The family would like to thank the Bernard Rescue Squad, Sherry Kelchen, Mercy One ICU unit for all the support and kindness the family received during this difficult time.

Memorials may be given to the Bernard Rescue Squad or Holy Family New Melleray Parish.


 

Kristine E. Noonan

Kristine “Kris” Elizabeth Noonan, 71, of Dubuque, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021, at home.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 23,  at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque. In honor of her grandson, Jack, the family would enjoy seeing their guests wear something purple. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 24, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, and will be livestreamed on the church website at https://www.stanthony-dubuque.org/. Rev. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Masks are required at both the church and the funeral home.

Kris was born May 27, 1949 in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence “Lefty” and Margaret “Mimi” (Donahue) Koob. She married James “Jim” Noonan in Dubuque on May 3, 1969.

Kris enjoyed word puzzles, watching Harry Potter and NCIS, and visiting the salon to get her hair and nails done. She was a devoted grandmother, and loved watching her grandkids and attending their sporting events.

Kris is survived by her husband Jim, of Dubuque; one son, Sean (Shanda) Noonan of Ankeny; two daughters, Molly (Billy) Bodish and Erin (Russ) Tomkins, both of Dubuque; and her grandchildren, Connor Noonan, Cody and Hope Krause, and Ella, Tanner, and Aubrey Tomkins.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jack Noonan; her parents, Lefty and Mimi Koob; her in-laws, Frank and Elaine Noonan; and two sisters.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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


 

Peggy S. Demkier

Peggy Susan Demkier, 66, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm Monday February 22, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Road. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements.  If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Peggy’s family.

The Funeral Service for Peggy will be 5:00 pm Monday, February 22, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Jimmy Burdt officiating. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Peggy was born March 30, 1954, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Eugene “Tex” and Catherine (Goff) Gau.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.

Peggy married Robert Demkier in 1971 and together they had two children, Robert “BJ” and Amy.  They later divorced, but remained friends throughout the years.  In 1995 Peggy married her love, Sherman “Doug” Page.

Peggy began working for Heartland Inn Management in the mid 80’s and continued to do so until her retirement in 2009. Through her years working for Heartland Inn, she made many lifelong friends and also had the joy to work with both of her children at some point during her career.

Peggy will especially be remembered for being a proud Mom, Grandma, and a true friend.  Peggy’s Children and Grandchildren were her pride and sunshine.  Peggy had a love for travel, especially to the beach.  Some of her favorite spots were Jamaica, Hawaii, Cozumel, Punta Cana, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Daytona Beach and especially South Padre Island, TX where she and Doug spent many winters together.

She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.  Survivors include her beloved children, Robert “BJ” (Jennifer) Demkier, Amy (Jamie) Butteris; her treasured grandchildren, Olivia, Chelsey, Courtney, Anna and William; Her love, Doug Page; bonus children, Sarah Page, Maria (Jason) Witt, David (Gena) Page, and Jenifer (Trent) Sliefert; bonus grandchildren, Abbie, Alex, Mya, Oliver, Noah, Max, Trey, Jack, and Dylan.   Her brothers, John (Debbie) Gau, Ed (Sandy) Gau, Chris (Tina) Gau, and Gene (Jennifer) Gau; 8 nieces and nephews; her goddaughter Riley; her special cousin Jimmy (Sue) Burdt.  Peggy is also survived by her many circles of lifetime friends she made over the years; her Bestie Becky, her Chicago girl Darlene, her Golden Girls, The Mario’s Poets Club, and so many more.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister Susie; and her beloved dog Maggie.

The family would like to thank everyone who supported Peggy throughout her short, but courageous journey with cancer.  A special thank you to Melanie “Mel” and Amy from Hospice of Dubuque for taking such good care of our Mom, she thought the world of you ladies and looked forward to your Tuesday visits; Dr. Charlie, Dr. Ram, Dr. Ringold, and Dr. Compton.  In her words “You all keep me uplifted, grateful, happy and at peace.”

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Peggy’s memory.  Memorials may be mailed to Amy Butteris PO Box 166 Kieler, WI 53812 and will collectively be given to Hospice of Dubuque in Peggy’s memory.

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

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


 

Judith K. Ambrosy

Judith Kay “Judy” Ambrosy, 75, of LaMotte, IA passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at her home. A private family service will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque with Fr. Dave Ambrosy officiating. A livestream of the memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the Leonard funeral home Facebook page. Burial will be held on a later date at Holy Rosary Cemetery in LaMotte.

Judy was born on July 19, 1945 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Donald and Seraphia (Huber) Duehr. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School. On August 29, 1964 she married Delbert H. Ambrosy of LaMotte. In the late 1960’s, Delbert and Judy took over the Ambrosy family farm in LaMotte.

Judy worked for Dubuque Senior High School as an audio-visual aide for 22 years, and maintained many friendships after her time there. She was a very outgoing and social person who loved to organize get-togethers with friends and family. She was a member of the LaMotte ladies’ card club, which met monthly for over 40 years, and regularly met a group of old classmates for lunches. She enjoyed a wide range of crafts, including ceramics, quilting, decorating cakes, making Christmas ornaments, and making, selling and gifting her handmade jewelry to her friends and family. Over the years, she and Delbert enjoyed square dancing, bowling, and a community snowmobiling club.

During her youth growing up in Dubuque, Judy’s favorite activities were roller skating and rock & roll dances at the Melody Mill.  She was an avid dancer, and many have fond memories of dancing with her at weddings over the years.

Judy was appreciated by her many, many friends for her bright smile and her fun laugh, and her warmth, selflessness and generosity. It was common for her to take up collections to help those less fortunate, or those experiencing hard times or adversity. While working at Senior High, she started an annual collection to help students in need during the holidays, ensuring they would receive Christmas gifts.

She is survived by her husband Delbert; her children, Todd (Laurie) Ambrosy, Sheri (Craig) Kruser, and Donette (Phil Sheridan) Ambrosy; eight grandsons, Nicholas Schmitt, Cole and Logan Ambrosy, Collin, Brock and Blake Kruser and Leander and Edrick Sheridan; as well as her siblings, Frank (Carol) Duehr, Carol Theis, and Michael (Patricia) Duehr.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, and three of her children, Tony, Gwen and Ross Ambrosy. She bravely shared her experiences with profound loss and grieving to classrooms at Dubuque Senior during her time there.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or “The Giving Room” at Dubuque Senior High School.  Donations may be made directly to these organizations, or can be made to the Caring Bridge website that has been established in memory of Judy; www.caringbridge.org/visit/judyambrosy.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their continuous care over the past few months, and to the many friends who dropped off meals or sent flowers or cards.


 

Sister Mary Judine Bruch, BVM

Sister Mary Judine Bruch, BVM, 91, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at Caritas Center.

Sharing of Memories via Zoom will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Judine was an elementary teacher in Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago; San Francisco; Omaha, Nebr.; and Missoula, Mont., and also served as principal in Omaha and Missoula.  She ministered as a parish minister in Denver and a counselor in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

She was born on Feb. 16, 1930, in Granite City, Ill., to Oliver and Mazie (Homyer) Bruch. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1947, from St. Joseph Parish, Granite City, Ill. She professed first vows on March 19, 1950, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Lois Jean Bruch, Virginia Lee Gale, Louise Rees, and Theresa Gundlach; and brothers John Robert and Walter Bruch. She is survived by a sister-in-law Thelma Bruch, Granite City, Ill., nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 73 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.

Egelhof, Sieger & Casper Funeral Homes, 2659 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, Iowa 52002 is in charge of arrangements.


 

Loras J. Hanten

Loras J. Hanten, 85, of Dubuque died Thursday, February 18, 2021.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Loras was born November 1, 1935, in Key West, Iowa, son of Raymond and Salome (Walsh) Hanten.

He graduated from Loras Academy and Loras College.

On April 20, 1963, Loras married Patricia Roth at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Dubuque.

He worked in sales most of his career, retiring from the Vernon Company.

Loras is survived by his wife, Pat Hanten of Dubuque; two children, Randy Hanten of Clive, IA and Becky Hanten of Milwaukee, WI; two grandsons, Adam and Matthew Hanten of Clive; a sister, Geri Goodman of Dubuque and a brother Dan Hanten of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother in law, Mellita and Bob Pommerich; brother, Eugene Hanten; Sister in law, Barbara Hanten; and a brother in law, Tom Goodman.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care.


 

Anna L. Loeffelholz

Anna Louise Loeffelholz, 75, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 17, 2021 at home surrounded by family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 22, 2021 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Steven Garner officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m. Please remember to wear your mask and if you are unable to attend a live stream of the funeral mass will be on the funeral home Facebook Page.

Anna was born on January 22, 1946 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Emil and Loretta (Stecher) Buscher. She attended Holy Ghost Elementary School and graduated from Wahlert High School in 1964.

On July 29, 1967 she married Michael Loeffelholz at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She worked as a seamstress, sold Mary Kay Cosmetics and worked as a Paraprofessional for the Dubuque Community School District. Above all, Anna was a homemaker and loving mother.

Anna was a devoted wife and mother; she was kind, nurturing, spirited and incredibly selfless. Her children were her world, and her grandchildren were the light of her life.

Her catholic faith and trust in Jesus Christ were easily evident by how she lived her life. From family to strangers, she always welcomed everyone with a bright smile and heart full of love and compassion. She will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul.

Anna is survived by her husband, Michael; children Mark (Kathy) Loeffelholz, Jason (Kelsi) Loeffelholz, and Amber (Clint) Ruden; grandchildren Tim & Brooke Finn, Carter Loeffelholz, Jadyn Loeffelholz and Hanah Ruden.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings Robert, James, Richard and Marjorie; a nephew David Riniker and a niece Michelle Donar.

The family would like to thank the University of Iowa Hospital and Mayo Clinic for their care and love to Anna. A special thank you to Tim from Palliative Care, the nurses of Hospice of Dubuque, Leonard Funeral Home and Holy Spirit Parish for all their care and kindness they have shown Anna and her family.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com


 

Donald C. Oliver

Donald C. Oliver, 92, of 351 Highland Dr. East Dubuque, Illinois passed away peacefully on Thursday February 18, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Private family services will be held at the East Dubuque Cemetery. A memorial mass will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque.  The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Don was born on September 11th, 1928, in East Dubuque, to Donald L. and Cecelia {Verbugt} Oliver.

Don married Geraldine Knaeble on July 29th, 1950 at St. Mary’s Church East Dubuque, Illinois, she preceded him in death on September 12, 2019.

He worked as a lineman for Interstate Power Co. for over 40 years retiring in 1989.  Don had a passion for fishing and was a guide for many years taking many out to enjoy the Mighty Mississippi!  He made his own lures and jigs with the help of his 5 children.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and also a member of IBEW.

Don and Gerry enjoyed many trips to Florida, Texas and Arizona during the winter months.  They also enjoyed the many river trips they took up and down the Mississippi with their friends.  Don and Gerry had a huge vegetable garden for many years which they shared with their children.  Don enjoyed playing euchre with his children whenever the opportunity arose.

Surviving are his 5 children:  Larry {Diane} Oliver, Sandy {Tom} Sitzmann, Cindy {Lee Theis} Oliver, Amanda O’Connor and Sarah Oliver; 6 grandchildren; 1 step grandchild,; 5 great grandchildren; a sister Carol  {Wesley} Boal and a sister Kay {Don} Zillig.

He was preceded in death by his wife Gerry, his parents, and a sister Anne Meeks.

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


 

Betty J. Dolter

Betty (Elizabeth) J. Dolter passed away on February 16, 2021 at Luther Manor Grand Meadows after a brief illness surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday February 26, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Road. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. Social distancing will be strictly enforced to protect Betty’s family and friends. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Betty’s family.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Betty will be 10:30 am Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Church of the Resurrection with Father Andy Upah as the Celebrant. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Betty was born August 31, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Julia (Elliott) and Lawrence McCurdy. She was the oldest of five siblings. She attended Sacred Heart School in Dubuque and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1950. Betty worked at Medical Associates Clinic from 1950 to 1955 in the bookkeeping department. At that time, only 28 doctors were on staff. On October 1, 1955, she married Paul A. Dolter at St. Mary’s Church in Dubuque. After their marriage, Betty and Paul moved to Chicago where Paul began his engineering and management career. They moved quite often, wherever his career took them. Betty and Paul shared 59 wonderful years together before his death on December 29, 2014. Together, Betty and Paul leave a living legacy with seven children, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Betty was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  Much beloved, she was an expert homemaker, caring for and managing a busy family household of nine. She loved gardening and flowers, especially geraniums. Known for her many hats, she delighted in music and singing, and was a member of the Resurrection parish choir for 14 years. Betty enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre, with family and friends. She and Paul belonged to and hosted monthly card clubs during their lifetime. They reveled in attending and hosting Eaton Corporation company events – parades, picnics, holiday parties and Management Club. She treasured the annual July 4th Galena family vacations as well as the annual Christmas and Thanksgiving holiday get-togethers with children, grandchildren, and her brothers and sister at her daughter Kathy’s home. During these family gatherings, much time was spent laughing and playing games – Catch Phrase, Taboo, Trivial Pursuit, charades, and card games – and watching sports, especially football and golf. Betty loved to laugh with her family over shared stories of times past and present.

Betty is survived by her seven children: Jane Geary, Glendale, Arizona; Dr. Kathy Dolter, Asbury, Iowa; Beth Dolter, Iowa City; Patti (Tom) Rohn, Peosta, Iowa; Peter (Suzette) Dolter, Prairie Grove, Illinois; Paul S. Dolter, Dubuque, Iowa; and Ellen (Terry) Sievert, Barrington, Illinois. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren Maureen (Josh) Goldman, Burke, Virginia; Kevin (Kathy) Rohn, Boston, Massachusetts; Andrew Gordon, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Julia Rohn, St. Andrews, Scotland; Colleen Geary, Tempe, Arizona; Nick Dolter, Palatine, Illinois; Carter, Trent and Rylan Dolter, Prairie Grove, Illinois and Jacob and Joshua Sievert, Barrington, Illinois; and three great grandchildren, Caleb and Felicity Goldman and Layla Dolter.  Betty is also survived by her siblings, Jerome McCurdy and Robert McCurdy, Dubuque; Linda (Phil) Hobart, Cedar Rapids; and Steve (Connie) McCurdy, Chicago, Illinois; her sister-in-law Judy Dolter and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her parents, Lawrence “Butch” and Julia McCurdy; her half-sister, Mary Lou Roussel; and her in-laws Elizabeth and Frank Dolter; brothers and sisters in-law Frank (Alma) Dolter; Father Bob Dolter, Dick (Delphine) Dolter; Jim Dolter; Margaret (Dr. Lincoln) Steffens; Tom (Velma) Dolter; Joe (Rita) Dolter; Dave Dolter; and Mary (Jim) Link.

The family would also like to honor the surviving members of the “Dolter Nieces and Aunts Luncheon Group” Aunt Judy Dolter and Nieces Lynnette Howe, Suzanne Muir, Judy Vorwald, and Jane Dolter;  Mom’s closest friends Mary Anne Zugenbuehler and Fran Haupert for their friendship since their school days; and Dad’s secretary, Jeannine Swett, for her enduring friendship.

The family would like to thank Dr. Steffen and his staff at Medical Associates, Primary Care; Dr. Horwitz, Trisha, Travis, and Martha and the nurses of the MercyOne ER and ICU; the nursing staff of 3 West MercyOne, especially Candy; Jeremiah of Hospice of Dubuque; and though it was a short time, the nursing staff of Luther Manor Grand Meadows, for the excellent care she received.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dubuque County Right to Life, Church of the Resurrection, and Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Jacqueline S. (Parramore) Lang

Jacqueline S. (Parramore) Lang, 60, of Maquoketa, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Jackson County Regional Medical Center.  A memorial visitation will be Monday, February 22, 2021 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.  Inurnment will be at a later date in 1st Presbyterian Cemetery in Bellevue.

Facemasks will be required and please respect social distancing during the visitation.

Jackie was born February 18, 1960 in Chinon, France to Hozell and Connie (Lee) Parramore.  She graduated from Killeen Texas Public High School in 1978.  Jackie married Roger “Doc” Lang in 2001.  She worked at McDonald’s 1996 – 2009.  Jackie loved playing BINGO, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Roger “Doc” Lang; her parents Hozell and Connie Parramore; siblings, Dixie (Dan) Valant and Karen Parramore; children, Courtney (DJ Glaser) Edens, Daniel (Sharice) Parramore, Brittany (Anthony) McDonald, and Joe (Courtnay) McDonald; grandchildren, Angela, Chris, Amber, Alayna, Sienna, Wrigley, Karlynn, and Kody; great-grandchildren, Taylan, Noah, Emmaleigh, and Gunner; a niece, Kristin (Kevin) Nolen; a nephew Neal (Heather) Valant; and great niece, Joslyn and a great-nephew, Quinn.

Jackie was preceded in death by a daughter, Temple Edens and a niece, Tory Morgan Valant.

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

If you are unable to attend services, memorials and condolences may be mailed to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service  100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, IA  52031 c/o Jacqueline Lang Family.

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


 

Roger J. Meyer

Roger J. Meyer, age 80, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2020, at Luther Manor, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Roger was born January 2, 1940, in Dubuque, son of Clarence F. and Bernice V. (Stoffel) Meyer. He grew up on the family farm in Balltown, Iowa. His family, faith and baseball were large parts of his life. His favorite past-time growing up was playing baseball with his brother Bob and the Sigwarth boys, with his sister Betty (Kress) usually nearby. His autobiography details early memories of driving tractors, listing who won the World Series and going down to Waupeton to wait for the train so he could bring home the Sunday morning paper.

One of the ‘Buenie’ Brimeyer girls (Mary Lou) introduced herself to Roger in June of 1959. They had their first date a few months later, their second in June of the following year and were engaged in early 1961. He wrote in his autobiography: “she would become the love of my life.” They married on September 23, 1961, and they celebrated 59 years of marriage this year.

Roger, a devoted husband, father, uncle, friend and baseball coach, positively influenced the lives of many around him. We are heartbroken that he is gone, but we are relieved to know that he is in a better place looking over us.

Roger was a long-time member of St. Anthony’s Parish in Dubuque. He retired from John Deere after 31 years of faithful service. He then spent his time watching his beloved Chicago Cubs, providing landscaping services, and delivering flowers for HyVee. He greatly enjoyed all of these activities and the people he met. He also cherished visits to see his family and trips to Branson.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary Lou (Brimeyer) and children John (Jennifer) Meyer of Omaha, NE and Tony Meyer of Cedar Falls, IA; grandchildren Hailey, Lydia, Jackson and Alison Meyer. Roger is also survived by his brother, Robert ‘Bob’ (Ruth), sister Betty (Leo) Kress and many nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and by his loving daughter, Anne Marie Meyer (1993).

A private family burial service was held at Mount Calvary Cemetery with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer officiating.

Due to the COVID pandemic, a celebration of life for family and friends will be held at a later date, when people can safely gather. Memorials may be directed to the family and will be distributed among Roger’s favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the staff in the memory care unit at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their gentle care.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.


 

Sister Josephine (Philip) Schmitz, OSF

Sister Josephine (Philip) Schmitz, OSF, died at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa

A private Celebration of Life and Rite of Final Commendation will be held at Clare House Chapel, Mount St. Francis Center, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Sr. Josephine was born on October 28, 1922 in Jefferson, South Dakota, the daughter of Henri and Barbara (Wantz) Schmitz

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis September 14, 1940 and made final profession of vows August 10, 1946. Sister received her master’s degree at Clarke College, Dubuque, IA. She ministered as a teacher in Iowa at Granville, Dyersville, St. Mary’s-Waterloo, Stacyville, St. Michael- Sioux City, Sacred Heart-Dubuque, LaMotte, Guttenberg, and St. Mary-Dubuque. In Illinois she was missioned at Corpus Christi-Chicago and Midlothian. She later ministered at Alverno Apartments in Dubuque as an office assistant and meal coordinator for seniors.

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

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Amelia (Leo) Fitzgibbons, Mary (Alvin) Troyer, and Theresa Schmitz; her brothers, John (Josephine) Schmitz, Henri Schmitz, and two infant brothers.

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

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

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

Rooted in the Gospel and in the spirit of Francis and Clare, the Sisters of St. Francis live in right relationship with all creation.


 

Barbra A. (Waller) Gantenbein

Barbra Ann (Waller) Gantenbein, 74, passed away early in the morning on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 in the comforting care of her home at Seventh Heaven in Dubuque, Iowa.

A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Penny Knutson officiating. Burial will follow in Rockdale United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Please remember to wear your mask and if you are unable to attend a live stream of the funeral service will be on the funeral home Facebook page.

Barb was born on July 4th, 1946 in Dubuque. She was the daughter of Clarence and Elizabeth, though following their divorce she was sent to be raised in the home of cousins Robert and Leona Watters. Barb was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High, class of 1964.
On September 10, 1966, Barb married Carl Anthony Gantenbein at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Barb and Tony had four children together, losing one in infancy. Both hardworking farmers at heart, they raised their three surviving children on their beloved farm that they called the T and 4 B Ranch.

As one would expect from someone born on the 4th of July, Barb was a firecracker. Outgoing and personable, she worked for many years as a waitress at Ioco truck stop, where she was known and loved by travelers and locals alike. Her entertaining companionship and excellent cooking were staples of many people’s experiences in the city. Suffice to say, she was as much a part of Dubuque as Dubuque was of her.

Barb thrived in the country life. A quintessential farm girl, she had an affinity for country music and antique tractors. One of her most defining traits was her love of animals, which she made sure to instill in her children and grandchildren. Undoubtedly it is a trait that will continue to be passed on through the generations—a legacy that honors Barb and would make her proud.

During the final years of her life, Barb navigated the foggy valley of dementia. Even as other things faded, she always maintained her spunk, energy, and good humor, providing her caretakers with many laughs and good memories. Her family is thankful for the devoted long-term care of the staff of Seventh Heaven, and the nurses of Hospice of Dubuque for ensuring comfort in her final days.

She is survived by her children, Brian (Linda) Gantenbein, Brenda (Randy) Jansen, and Brent (Rachel) Gantenbein; and her grandchildren Nathan and Nicholas Gantenbein, Gail Jansen, and Caden, Everlee, and Bo Gantenbein. She is also survived by sisters Sally O’Dell, Linda (Gerald) Hoftender, and Rosie (Randy) Stoffel; and brothers Thomas Waller, Earl (Janet) Waller, Alan (Tonya) Waller, and Bill (Joyce) Watters.

Barb was preceded in death by her birth and foster parents, her husband Tony, and her infant daughter Gail.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Rockdale United Methodist Church in memory of Barb.


 

Robert E. Henning

Robert (Bob) Eugene Henning, age 86, of Cascade, IA, completed his earthly journey on February 16, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Bob’s life, his Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., at the Community Presbyterian Church, 216 Polk Street SE in Cascade, Iowa. Burial will be in the Cascade Township Cemetery.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Bob’s family.

Bob was born on April 15, 1934, in Kellogg, IA, a son to Albert and Minny (Redding) Henning. Bob was raised in the Newton, IA area where he would eventually meet the love of his life, Helen Lily Tutor.  The couple was united in marriage on March 14, 1953, and have been blessed with 67 wonderful years together and 5 children.

Bob retired after 36 loyal years as a cableman with AT&T. While working for AT&T Bob and his family moved all over the U.S. until they eventually settled down near Bernard, IA in December of 1969. Then in August of 2018 Bob and Helen moved into their final home in Cascade, IA.

In his free-time, Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, Nascar, and playing cards with his friends. He was also an avid raccoon hunter, raised Redbone hunting dogs, and was a proud member of the Redbone Association for many years.

Those left behind to treasure the memories of Bob include,

his wife of 67 years,
Helen (Tutor) Henning, Cascade, IA;

his daughters,
Kathy Sue (Richard Dreysse) Stumpf, Cumberland, WI,
Connie (Dean) Oberbroeckling, Dyersville, IA,
and Keri Jo Henning, Cascade, IA;

his grandchildren,
Amy (Tom) Julson, Robert Stumpf, Raymond Henning, and Heather (Mike Mclees) Henning;

his great-grandchildren,
Madilyn Grant, Jackson Huston, Mason, Aiden, Braelyn, Kinley, and Lydia Henning;

his great-great-granddaughters,
Aleah Lily and Ember Rose;

his sister,
Chrystal Walker;

his brother,
Jim Henning;

his sisters-in-law,
Glenda, Dianne, and Judy;

plus many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy; his son, Robert Jr.; his parents; his brothers, Bill, Harold, Ronald, Albert “Skip” (Ona), Richard, Thomas, Michael, and Matthew; his sisters, Betty (Bill) Stafford, Alberta, Mary, Sandra, and Rebecca; his brother-in-law, Rod Walker; and his sister-in-law, Mary.

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

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


 

Susan Becker Huegnergarth

Susan Becker (Rys) Huehnergarth, 74, of Bellevue, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021.  Memorial Service will be 12:00 pm (Noon), Saturday, February 27, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue, masks will be required and limited seating will be available due to social distancing during the memorial service.  Family will greet friends 9:00 am – 11:30 am prior to services at the church.

Memorial Services will be live broadcast on Bellevue Cable Channel 38 and will be uploaded on SaintJohn Devotion Youtube Channel following the services.

Susan Becker (Rys) Huehnergarth was born on April 5, 1946, in Pittsburgh PA. She was the daughter of Frederick and Dorothy(Becker) Rys, and the sister of Jacqueline Brogren and Louise  McCarl. She was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Brentwood, PA in 1950.

Susan graduated from Grier School for Girls in Tyrone, PA, and then attended William Woods College for Women in Fulton, MO.  In 1968, she graduated with a BA degree majoring in Art Education and Creamics.

On June 11, 1967, Susan married Christopher Huehnergarth in Pittsburg, PA.  After Susan’s graduation, they moved to Dubuque, IA so that Chris could attend the University of Dubuque Seminary.  Susan gave birth to her only son, Adam, in 1969.  He was wrapped in a onesie and laid in a dresser drawer because there was no crib for him in the house.  After the divorce, Susan and Adam moved to Bellevue when Adam was five.

To support Adam and herself, Susan did home cleaning and painting along with working at an eye doctor, doing custodial cleaning at the Savanah Army Depot, and the Dubuque Country Club.

Susan quit her cleaning service so that she could provided home health care for her special friend, Isabelle Rieckert who had had a stroke.  After Isabelle’s death, Susan took care of Isabelle’s sister Mary Weigert and her husband.  While caring for Mary, Susan also worked at Ensign until she retired.

Adam married Jenny Hermsen and they had three children: Rys, Adeline, and Owen.  Susan enjoyed having her grandchildren come for VBS each summer.  She also enjoyed playing UNO with her family when they came to visit her. Even though she never won, she still loved her family and was very proud of her grandchildren.

Susan was a strong willed and determined woman.  She enjoyed being a volunteer for the meals on wheels in Bellevue.  She also helped many elderly individuals with their computer issues.

As an active member at Saint John Lutheran, she did a lot of volunteering as the church’s IT person, photographer, web master, TV recorder and computer operator, cleaning the lodge, and maintaining the labyrinth. She was both a valuable partner in ministry with Pastor Paul as well as a very close and significant friend.

On February 15, 2021, Susan’s earthly journey ended at her home with Adam, Jenny, Kathy and Paul at her side.  On that day she passed through the gate of death and was brought to her heavenly place prepared for her by our Lord.  There Susan is united with all the saints of heaven including her parents, and sisters. Together with all the saints in heaven, she lives forever in the eternal joy and peace of God’s presence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue.

If you are unable to attend services, memorials and condolences may be mailed to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service  100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, IA  52031 c/o Susan Huehnergarth Family.

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


 

Ethel M. Stillmunkes

Ethel M. Stillmunkes, 89, of Asbury, entered peacefully into eternal life on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at the Hawkeye Care Center. Melvin needed her as his dance partner at the Sweetheart Heavenly Ball for Valentine’s Day.

A public Mass of Christian Burial for Ethel will be Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 12 Noon at Church of the Resurrection with Father Phil Gibbs as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. The church requires masks be worn. The family is requesting friends visit Ethel’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com to sign her online guest book.

Ethel was born February 8, 1932, in Dubuque, the daughter of Frank and Frances Utzig Stecklein. On September 6, 1952, she married Melvin F. Stillmunkes at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She and Melvin enjoyed ballroom dancing and attended the Sweetheart Ball every year. After he passed away on January 1, 2006, she continued to ballroom dance and took up line dancing.

Ethel enjoyed cooking for her family, had a love for sweets, especially ice cream, playing tennis into her 70’s and praying the rosary. She was extremely competitive and never let anyone win, including her grandchildren, at board games or card games. Most of all, family was everything to Ethel.

Survivors include her four children, Gregory (Susan) Stillmunkes of Alleman, IA and their children, Jessica (Jeremiah) Long and Kyle (Nicole) Stillmunkes; Lynn (Tim) Steines of Dubuque and their children, Jenna (Brad) Lattner, Justin (Jess Schneider) Steines and Kristen (Andrew Fonck) Steines; Lisa (Humberto “Huey”) Padron and their child, Franco Padron; Beth (Chris) Stillmunkes and their children, Noah, Robert, Jaime, Rachel and Andrew; two great-granddaughters, Ruby and Avy Jo Lattner; three step-grandchildren, Alivia, Asher and Adrian; one great-grandson on the way and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her forever Valentine, Melvin; her parents; one brother and five sisters.

An Ethel M. Stillmunkes Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to extend a deep appreciation to the staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their exceptional care of Ethel.

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


 

Jacob Blanchard

Jacob Blanchard, beloved son of Bill and Cathy Blanchard, and brother to loving sister Brittney Blanchard passed from this life at his home on Friday February 12, 2021.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Please remember to wear your mask and if you are unable to attend a live stream of the funeral mass will be on the funeral home Facebook page.

Jacob first and foremost loved his family and many friends. Jacob was a lover of a wide variety of outdoor activities ranging from skiing the mountains in Colorado with sister Brittney, jet skiing, motorcycle riding, and snowboarding in which he excelled, winning numerous medals against strong competition. During his early teenage years Jacob loved roaming around Dubuque with friends on his skateboard and performing stunts at the local skatepark. Jacob was fearless in attacking and performing unbelievable tricks on a snowboard or skateboard. Jacob’s numerous hospital visits could attest to that statement. Jacob lived life to the fullest during his twenty-five years, always up to any adventure his family and friends could dream up. If you wanted to explore or go on a spontaneous adventure, Jacob was your man.

Jacob recently purchased a house in which he spent many loving hours remodeling with Billy and Cathy. Jacob was known to be frugal in many ways. Turning off lights as he left the room and making sure the temperature was set just right to save on utility bills, but generous in spending time with family and friends. A few months after purchasing his house Jacob brought who he called his “Little Daughter” into his home known to everyone else as Coco the dog. Jacob would frequently stop by to check on Grandma Shirley and Grandpa Mel to see if they needed anything. Jacob enjoyed playing jokes on his sister Brittney, he called her “BiT-ney” in a funny voice, he even convinced her to fly off a jump in a terrain park while snowboarding in Colorado together. Jacob would check in with Mom and Dad everyday just to stay in touch. Jacob knew what mattered in life, and that was relationships. Jacob left behind many memories of laughter, joy, sorrow, and kindness. Goodbye to our sweet baby boy, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend Jacob Blanchard.

Those left behind to grieve and celebrate Jacob’s life are his parents Bill and Cathy Blanchard, sister Brittney, Grandparents Melvin and Shirly Maas, numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends.

Jacob was proceeded in death by Grandpa Tom Blanchard, Grandma Betty Blanchard, and Uncle Brett Blanchard.


 

Daniel B. Fortmann

Daniel B. “Dan” Fortmann, 60, of Bellevue, Iowa passed away peacefully on February 12th, 2021 at home. A celebration of his life will be at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is assisting the family.

Dan, also known as Bear or the Milkman, was born on September 6, 1960 in Dubuque, Iowa and was the son of Bernard Fortmann and Carolyn (Moriarity) Bolton. Dan worked for many years as a semi-truck driver.

Dan enjoyed a good time and had a great sense of humor; his smile could light up any room. He had a love for the dirt track and followed his father’s footsteps and began racing (#32) in the 1980’s up until the early 2000’s.

He is survived by his children, Jeremy Fortmann and Jackie Fortmann; his former wife and mother of his children, Elaine Fortmann. His siblings: Terry (Judy) Fortmann, Karen (Mark) Goedert and Kathy (Mike) Brokus. His step-father, Dick Bolton along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and dear friends that he will be remembered by.

Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Bolton; his father Bernard Fortmann; and siblings, Bernie Fortmann, John Fortmann and Joan Fortmann.

A memorial fund has been established with Dupaco Community Credit Union; memorials may be made to the Dan Fortmann Memorial.

The family would like to thank everyone for their support and condolences during this difficult time.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com


 

Joseph M. Blasen Sr.

Joseph Michael Blasen Sr., 85, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, February 14, 2021 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Saint Columbkille Catholic Church with Fr. Tom McDermott officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 Saturday until the time of Mass. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery at a later date. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements. A live stream of the funeral mass will be on the funeral home Facebook page. Please remember to wear your mask.

He was born in Dubuque on October 21, 1935 the son of Joseph J. and Helen A (Ehrlich) Blasen. He attended Saint Columbkille grade and high school. While at Saint Columbkille he met his high school sweetheart Joan Katherine Hutter. They were such a match that their classmates voted them prom king and queen. They were married on October 1, 1955 and began a loving relationship that would span 60 years and be blessed with 7 children. Sadly, Joan preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 2015.

After graduation, he began his working career with Frank Hardie Advertising. In 1973 he started working for the Dubuque Community School System and continued there until his retirement in 1999.

Joe was a great family man, always putting his family first, and was a friend to all.

He is survived by his children Gary (Alice) Blasen, Julie (George) Sharkey, Joseph (Carol) Blasen, Jr, Richard (Judy) Blasen, Greg (Jaime) Blasen, Jay (Julie) Blasen, and Chris (Kristen) Blasen; his 12 grandchildren Brooke, Stacie, Jessica, Shawn, Josh, April, Benjy, Whitney, Natalie, Cade, Coby, and Cohen; 10 great grandchildren Hannah, Lincoln, Jaylinn, Jasmine, Carter, Aubrina, Nathan, Joey, Mia, and Ella; his sisters Mary Lou (Ted) Weeks, Joanne Kiefer, Linda (Bob) Kunkel, and Kathy (Irv) Behnke; brothers Richard (Kathleen) Blasen and Mike Blasen; a sister-in-law Barb Blasen; and brothers-in-law Carl Anglin and Doug Helbing; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Joan, a brother William “Bill” Blasen, sisters Luane Anglin and Janet Helbing, and a great granddaughter Hannah’s twin Mikayla.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice of Dubuque.

Joe’s family would like to thank Dr. Matt Kirkendall and his nurse Kate, along with the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care and friendship they gave to Joe.


 

George H. Hinke

George H. Hinke, 93, of Bellevue, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at Mill Valley Care Center. Graveside Services will be at a later date in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Bellevue. Local arrangements entrusted at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

George was born March 11, 1927 in Bellevue, the son of Eldridge and Ethel (Roe) Hinke. He grew up on the family farm in rural Bellevue and graduated from Bellevue Public High School in 1944. George married Ardis M. Klein on June 14, 1946. George worked as an Industrial Engineer at John Deere Works in Dubuque for 35 years, retiring in 1983.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. George and Ardis enjoyed traveling and family gatherings. George was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue and longtime member of the Bellevue Golf Club.

Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Ardis; a son, Jim (Diane) Hinke; grandchildren, Lucas (Megan) Hinke and Jared Hinke; great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Miles.

George was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Richard; and a brother, Bob (Doris) Hinke.

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


 

Frederick J. Smothers

Frederick J. “ Fred” Smothers, age 74, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on February 13, 2021, at UnityPoint-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.  To honor Fred’s life, a private family service is being held, with a Celebration of Life being scheduled at a later date.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Fred’s family.

Fred was born on July 22, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, a son to Howard and Maxalinda (Carroll) Smothers.  Fred was, first and foremost, a family man and the driving force in his entire 74 years among us clearly centered on that fact.  He earnestly spent his working years providing for his family in a few favorite fields.  Fred loved driving truck, whether for the RTA, Leslein Construction, Top Block, or Warren; if Fred was behind the wheel with a gear grinder in his right hand, he was a very content man that day.  He also spent time perfecting his welding skills for a stint and even devoted some time to the Ford Motor Company when he was in Michigan.  Fred’s work ethic was as strong as his love for his family at home was, but he also knew how to unwind and relax when the workday was done.  Camping and fishing were constants on the list, but a little bingo never hurt, and if a little traveling and vacationing could be fit into the schedule, then Fred was sure to always vote a solid yes on the discussion.  Fred was also a generous soul outside of his family and opened his home whenever possible to those who needed a little extra love and support in their lives.  A wonderful foster parent who would attempt to be funny at times, but still consistently caring no matter how tough the crowd was.  Fred embraced life and all that is good in it.  Kind and gentle were his approach with a mix of genuine concern and tough love mixed in for good measure.  We will miss our dear Fred immensely until we are able to see him again, but we thankfully find peace, as we seek healing, knowing that His loving Lord and Savior has now welcomed Fred into his eternal home.  Thank you, Fred, for leaving us so many beautiful memories to treasure while we’re apart and may the same God who comforts you today be gracious enough to spread a little extra upon our hearts as well.  We love you forever and will miss you more than you could know!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Fred include,

his loving wife of 45 years,
Patricia Smothers, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 7 adored children,
Christina (Roger) Merkes, Holy Cross, Iowa,
Bobby Jo (Ellis “Dodat”) Williams, Dubuque, Iowa,
Cindy Nierling, Dubuque, Iowa,
Fred (Hannah) Smothers, Dubuque, Iowa,
Anthony (Jessica) Smothers, Columbus, Ohio,
John Smothers, Iowa,
Michael Smothers, Columbus, Ohio;

his grandchildren,
Richard (Jessica) Brimmer, Randy (Winter) Brimmer, Nick (Megan) Merkes, Alicia (Marcus) Brenner, Brianna Merkes, Zechariah (Candace Mussman) Merkes, Derrick Merkes, Dalton Merkes, Andrew (Jackie Budde) Pratt, Joshua (Tre’zur Johnson) Ayers, Arianna Williams, Ellis Williams, Ethan Williams, Christian (Angela) Smothers, Rachel Nierling, Caleb Nierling, Dakota Trowbridge, Hunter Trowbridge, Christopher Nierling, Alexis Smothers, Brooklyn Smothers, Naomi Smothers, Jackson Smothers, and Thomas Smothers;

his great-grandchildren,
Caden Brimmer, Elijah Brimmer, Alivia Brimmer, Christianna Brenner, Amelia Brenner, Isabella Brenner, Jase Brenner, Taylan Parramore, Noah Smothers, Emmaleigh Smothers, Gunner Smothers, and Kelsey Budde;

his siblings,
Carol Canfield, Dubuque, Iowa,
Eleanor Ward, Dubuque, Iowa,
Howard “Butch” Smothers, Ypsilanti, Michigan,
Gert (Mark) Frommelt, Dubuque, Iowa,
Curran (Lynn) Smothers, Dubuque, Iowa,
Linda (Clem) Davis, Dubuque, Iowa,
Donna (Dick Haberkorn) Smothers, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Janet Smith, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with countless extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Richard Smothers; his sister, Wanda (Saul) Ortiz; his brothers-in-law, Don Ward and Bill Puccio; and his sister-in-law, Rose Smothers.

Fred’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care of Fred.  We would also like to thank all of our dear family and friends who have so faithfully surrounded us with abundant prayers and support during these difficult days.  We cannot thank you enough and may God bless you all for simply being you.

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


 

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