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Dennis J. Dietzel

Dennis J. Dietzel, 60, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Sunday, May 24, 2020, at home.  Private services will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Ghost Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome to join a Celebration of Life that will be held Sunday, May 31, 2020, starting at 1 pm at the Dietzel home.  The address is 2995 South Town Lane, Cuba City, WI 53807.  Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family. Services will be live streamed at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020, through the funeral home Facebook page.

Dennis was born on August 7, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Bernard and Marcella (Digman) Dietzel.  He married Lois Roling on May 20, 1989, at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

On May 24 2020, Dennis joined the Lord after a courageous 6.5 year battle with Glioblastoma.  He will forever be remembered for his strong work ethic, faith in the Lord, and his favorite saying:  “One day at a time.”  Dennis was a lifelong servant to the Church and community.  He was quick to volunteer however and wherever the Church needed, including several trips to Haiti and Nicaragua.  He was a devoted father and husband, and enjoyed coaching his children not only in sports, but also in life.  His children were his pride and joy.  He was always willing to help others, and his joking manner reminded us to never take life too seriously.  Dennis graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1977, attended MATC in Milwaukee, and worked as an electrician and electrical contractor for 39 years, retiring in August of 2019.  He had a passion for music, and played with his brothers as the drummer for the local rock band, Tussle, for 15 years.  Anyone who knew him, knew his love of sports, especially Wisconsin and Notre Dame Football.  Whether it was watching the games on TV, or tailgating with family and friends outside of Notre Dame Stadium, fall was always dedicated to football.  His determination and resilience have inspired many, and he will be greatly missed by all who were impacted by him.

Survivors include his wife, Lois; a daughter, Olivia Dietzel, Dickeyville; a son, Alec Dietzel, Milwaukee, WI; two sisters, Darlene (Harry) Schieltz, Holy Cross, IA, and Mary Jean (Chris) Schmitz, Rochester, MN; and four brothers, Kenny (Susie) Dietzel, Cuba City, Mark (Jane) Dietzel, Dickeyville, and Merlin (Mary Ellen) Dietzel and John Dietzel, both of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 2995 South Town Lane, Cuba City, WI.  Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.


 

Kim Eisler

Kim Eisler, 80, of Rockford, IL formerly of Dubuque died Saturday, May 23, 2020, at Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford.

Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. With respect to our current social distancing requirements, ten visitors will be allowed inside the building at a time. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a virtual hug to Kim’s family.

The Funeral Service for Kim will be 12:00 PM Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Kim was born on December 5, 1939, in Dubuque, IA, daughter of Christopher J. & Mary Alice (Furlong) Justman. Kim attended school in Dubuque IA and continued her education as a licensed cosmetologist. Over the years she became a private pilot to prove to herself she could do anything. Kim married Harold Butch Tendall in 1960. They moved from Dubuque, IA to Rockford, IL for her husbands’ employment in the tool & dye industry. They were married for 14 years and raised their 4 beautiful children together, Thomas Harold Tendall, Michael David Tendall, Lisa Marie Tendall (Eisler), Tina Claire Tendall (Eisler).

Kim was a stay at home mom until the late 70’s.  After divorcing and having 4 children from the ages of 3 to 13 years of age, she had to enter the work force.

Kim had a creative and artistic talent that needed to be shared.  She started to paint and sell her paintings at art shows and open-air markets. She also worked with the Buyers Guide newspaper and created her own magazine. Kim had such talent & passion and created artistic masterpieces.  Kim decided she had the strength and the desire to start her own business, Anything Wood Waterbeds. She studied, learned, and focused on creating something from nothing.  Over 20 years she built a business & manufacturing facility with several locations including Freeport IL, Beloit WI, & Machesney Park, IL.

She had an incredible work ethic. After selling Anything Wood Waterbeds she started a new adventure and opened Cherry Blossom Flowers & Gifts on Main St. in Rockford.  This new business gave Kim the opportunity to share her God given creative talents yet again. Her eyes would light up thru her floral arranging. She had such a strong customer following and made many close lifetime friends. She made her customers and vendors feel loved as to include them as part of her extended family.

After several years of building yet another business she decided to sell Cherry Blossom (which is still in business today) and move into a floral management position with Schnucks on Harlem Rd. in Rockford, IL and retired from Schnucks in 2011.

As Kim offered so much more, she decided retirement could be more fun and joined her children, Tom & Tina with their real estate business, Infinity Assets, LLC.

Kim gave of herself every day. Anytime she could bring a smile to someone she would do with pleasure. During the years, Kim enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas, seeing her favorite Italian singer, Andrea Bocelli in Chicago, to the crazy trips like the drive to Breckenridge CO.

She was the silent warrior always in your corner, always pouring into your strength. She was one of the most kind and giving people you would ever meet. Mom was the canvas to our family painting that will be passed to her children, her grandchildren, and her great grandchild. She would want us to continue this masterpiece and have her life continue through ours by living by her examples, staying close as a family, and reminding us how important it is to live life doing something you love. Kim was the last of her generation. She had a kind and gentle soul and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include sons, Tom H. (Aysan) Tendall and Michael D. Tendall, daughters, Lisa M. (Jerry) Graff (Eisler) and Tina C. Eisler; her grandchildren, Tierra Tendall, Connor Tendall, Asya Cigirgil, Brittany Stack, Shantelle Graff, Kimberly Graff, Nicholas Graff, Jonathan Graff, Alex Kelsey, Christopher Kelsey; Great grandchild, Wesley Peppers; Nephews: Alan Justman of Plano TX and Jason Justman, of Rockford, IL; Sister-in-law, Donna Justman of Dallas, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Christopher J. & Mary Alice Justman (Furlong). Brothers, Merlyn (Donna) Justman, Lawrence W. Justman, and her Sister, Mary C. Mills.

Condolences and virtual hugs can be sent to the family by visiting Kim’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.


 

Kathleen F. Heim

Kathleen F. “Kathy” Heim, age 67 of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home on May 21, 2020, after battling light chain myeloma and amyloid heart disease. Kathy was joyful and thankful to be able to spend her final few days at home with family and friends.

To honor Kathy, a memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Steeple Square (formerly St. Mary’s Church) in Dubuque, at a later date. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is serving Kathy’s family.

Kathy was born July 7, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, to the late Mathias J. “Mat” and Elizabeth M. “Betty” (Kretz) Ginter. She is 1 of 11 children.

Kathy was born and raised in Dubuque, IA. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic grade school and later graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1970. She met the love of her life and soul-mate, Benjamin “Ben” Heim when she was 14 years old. They were married 49 years ago, on July 18, 1970 at St. Mary’s Church in Dubuque, IA.

Kathy was a devoted wife and homemaker. She cared deeply for her family and friends. In her younger days she enjoyed holidays, traveling, and camping. As she grew older, she also enjoyed spending quality time with her husband, dog, siblings, children and grandchildren; shopping for the perfect deal (even if she left empty handed); and watching flowers grow and bloom.

Kathy was a beautiful woman full of grace and love. She instilled a strong sense of family values in her children and was proud of them. She also showed compassion for those who struggled and went out of her way to make them feel special. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Kathy’s include,

her loving husband of 49 years,
Benjamin J. “Ben” Heim, Dubuque, Iowa;

her children,
Benjamin C. “Ben” Heim, Dubuque, Iowa,
Sherry L. (Dennis) Leeser, Dubuque, Iowa,
Amy M. (Tracy) Landry, Deer Park, Texas;

her 7 grandchildren,
Marissa Heim, Madison Heim, Dylan Leeser, Kayla Leeser, Seth Harris, Brennan Landry and Tyler Landry;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Laci, Bradley, Ryker, Luna;

her dog,
Bella;

her 7 siblings,
Ann E. Ginter, Dubuque, Iowa,
Margie M. Hoffmann, Dubuque, Iowa,
Christine A. (Doug) Schueller, Camanche, Iowa,
Jackie J. (Jeff) Damask, Oak Creek, Wisconsin,
Carolyn L. (Dan) Drish, Anamosa, Iowa,
John M. (Linda) Ginter, Dubuque, Iowa, and
Gary T. (Becky) Ginter, Walcott, Iowa;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Richard “Rick” Ginter and Charles “Chuck” Ginter; 1 sister, Mary Rogers; and 2 brother-in-laws, Barry Landolt and Donald “Bear” Hoffmann.

Kathy’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Cardiac Intensive Care unit, for their compassionate care and support during her three-week stay. They also thank those who brought flowers, food and gifts; and who helped clean and plant flowers…Kathy felt truly blessed to have so much love in her life!  Thank you.

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


 

Joyce E. Carmill

Joyce E. “Peach” Cartmill, 88, of Dubuque, formerly of Fairplay, WI, passed away on Friday evening, May 22, 2020 at home with family by her side.

Private funeral and burial services will be on Thursday, May 27, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Dubuque.

A public visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the strict guidelines of the CDC and State will be followed, and only (10) people will be permitted in the funeral home at any one time.

Joyce was born on March 17, 1932 in Dubuque, the daughter of Robert and Ella L. (Thompson) Waller.  She was united in marriage to James Lee Cartmill on June 24, 1955 in Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on December 25, 1996.

Joyce was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. She was previously employed at Wallis, Kunnert, Price, & Smith Insurance and later at The Finley Hospital from where she retired.

Life consisted not only of working, but also having a good time. She enjoyed traveling (especially her bus trips to see the Cubs). She was a member of UAW Local # 94 Auxiliary and treasured playing cards with her friends. You could never go wrong when buying her a Precious Moment or anything to do with cardinals, as you could see these displayed throughout her home.

Joyce appreciated time with her family and regularly felt compelled to tell her children the truth (even if it wasn’t what they wanted to hear). During Christmas and birthdays, she loved to spoil her grandchildren (which they didn’t mind at all). She may have lacked patience with her husband at times (as James could be difficult), but this seemed to keep the marriage lively. Joyce had a real knack for housekeeping in her own “special way”. Her family will miss the organized chaos that could lead into a treasure hunt during any given visit.

Surviving are 4 children, Cheryl Johnson (Randy Lieb), Vern Cartmill, Sue Schlarman all of Dubuque & Robert Cartmill of Hayward, WI; 8 grandchildren, Denise (Michael) Switzer, Roger Michael (Cindy) Curler, James (Cristy) Curler, Robb Johnson, Ami Johnson (Al Biederman), Bill (Abbie) Erner, Chad (Katie) Erner, & Jacob (Amber) Cartmill; 12 great-grandchildren, Samantha & Madalyn Switzer, Dustin Ryan-Roepsch, Izzac Kirk, Andrew Johnson, Ladee McAdoo-Johnson, Ashley Cartmill, Joshua & Nathan Erner, Cheyenne Erner, Megan & Ella Cartmill; 3 great-great grandchildren, Wyatt, Lauralei & Lillian Cartmill; siblings, Lois Ronek, Marjorie (Marty) Bowerman, James Cummings, Kenneth (Carol) Cummings, Ralph (Donna) Cummings & sister-in-law, Kay Waller.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Ella and Robert; her husband, James; a daughter, Sandra Curler; son-in-law’s, Roger Curler & Bill Schlarman; a grandchild, Clinton Cartmill;  a great-grandchild, Alexia Switzer; siblings, Lorraine (Justin) Ronek, Helen (Frank) Hedrick, Geraldine (John) Steil, Donald Waller & brother-in-law, Charles Ronek.

The family would like to acknowledge Joyce’s friends & fellow co-workers at The Finley Hospital for the kindness shown to their mother & grandmother.

A very special thanks to Mike (Sandi) Neenan of Fairplay, WI for being a considerate, caring neighbor to Joyce for many years.

A Joyce E.”Peach” Cartmill memorial fund has been established and memorials may be mailed to: Miller Funeral Home, 1185 Rt. 35 N, East Dubuque, IL – Attn: Joyce Cartmill Family.

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


 

Judy Blosch

Judy Blosch, 75, of Dubuque, died Friday, May 22, 2020, at her home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday May 27, 2020, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Road. With respect to our current social distancing requirements, ten visitors will be allowed inside the building at a time. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a virtual hug to Judy’s family.

The Funeral Service for Judy will be 11:00 AM Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service with  Deacon John Stierman 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.

Judy was born August 22, 1944, in Dubuque, the daughter of LaVern Anthony Sr. and Thelma Kemp Lehman. On March 2, 1996, she married Dennis Blosch in Dubuque.

She was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

She worked Loss Prevention Security for Younkers and Sears and also for the Iowa Racing Commission.

Judy was a river rat in her younger days. She loved playing poker, watching movies (especially horror movies), and knitting. She loved her family more than anything. She was a life-long Cubs fan and celebrated the Cubs World Series win. She is now watching Cub games, playing poker, and drinking wine with Moose, Thelma, and Audrey in Heaven.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis; one daughter, Donna (Brian) (Mihalakis) Moore; three grandchildren, Tyler Mihalakis of California, and Matt Mihalakis and Dylan Mihalakis, both of Dubuque; three step-grandchildren, Emily (Ken) Valentine of Dubuque, Daniel Moore of San Diego, CA, and Ben Moore of Cedar Rapids; one brother, LaVern “Butch” (Bonnie) Lehman, Jr. of Dubuque; one sister, Carole (Karen) Lyons of Dubuque; her Goddaughter, Trina Piper McInerney of Dubuque; mother-in-law, Doris Blosch; sister-in-law, Sherry Blosch; and nieces and nephews, Amanda (Jeremiah) Johnson, Mark Silva, Lori Silva, TJ Sproule, Courtney (Jeff) Heinz, Shay Lehman, Tressa Heim, Rick Lyons, and Jim Lyons, her special friends, Pattrick Ferguson and Doug Perry, both of Dubuque, thank you for your love and care.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Audrey Sproule, and her beloved dog, Jade.

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

Visit Judy’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com where you will be able to view her photo tribute and send condolences or a virtual hug to the family.


 

Janet K. Mai

Janet Kay Mai, 75, of Monticello, IA passed away, Friday, May 22, 2022, at home surrounded by her family following an extended illness.

There will be a private family service at Tom and Janet’s Langworthy home.

Janet was born on February 20, 1945 in Monticello to John and Josephine (Rigby) Appleby.  She attended Monticello High School and spent 19 years teaching children at Headstart. Janet married Thomas Mai on May 10, 1969 at Methodist Church of Monticello.

Janet was a longtime member at the First Congregational Church, Royal Neighbors of America and spent many years in the Monticello Jayceettes.  Janet enjoyed camping, card parties and spending time with her family and friends.  She will be remembered for her outgoing personality and someone you could always depend on.

Those left to cherish Janet’s memory are her husband of 51 years Tom, 6 children: Lisa (Mark) Hayen of Monticello, Bryan (Patti) Mooney of Harper’s Ferry, WV, Tom Mai of East Dubuque, IL, Jim Mai of Monticello, Sandra (Robert) Sosalla of Marion, Diane (Duane) Probus of Wilmington, OH, 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, her beloved Chihuahua, Brutus, brothers, Jerald (Ruth) Appleby of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Jeffery Appleby of Monticello and sister-in-law, Suzanne Appleby of Derby, KS.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters and 5 brothers.

Special thank you to the medical staff at St. Luke’s Hospital, DaVita Dialysis Center, Above and Beyond and Unity Point Hospice for their special care for Mom.


 

Thomas H. Martens

Thomas H. “Gus” Martens, 88, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 21, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. According to his wishes no visitation or service will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

Gus was born on February 25, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa. He was the son of William and Mary (Sampica) Martens. He graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque and enlisted in the United States Army. He served from 1952 to 1953 during the Korean War where he received an honorable discharge.

In 1958 he married Patricia (Sowle) at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church.

For 44 years he worked as a Union Plumber; was a member of the Local 25 Plumbers and Steamfitters and North End Gun Club.

Gus loved spending time with his family and especially enjoyed holidays with the grandkids and great grandkids and playing cards together. He also loved to take his family to the gun club and mall walking with his buddies.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; his children, Tom (Pam) Martens, Dan (Paula) Martens, Tim (Cheryl) Martens, Jill (Mike) Baumhover and Steve (Kim) Martens. His grandchildren, Sarah and Jennifer Martens, Allison (Dominic) Noll, Trevor Martens, Eric (Emily) Martens, Alex (Kate) Martens, Leah (Brad) Timmerman and Jake Baumhover. Great grandchildren, Aleahla, Arianna, and Joshua Martens, Sophie and Elliott Noll and Laurel Timmerman. Two sisters Ginger (Mark) Walsh and Nancy Winning.

Gus was preceded in death by his parents; a brother William “Red” Martens; grandchildren Andrew Martens and Christopher and Joshua Baumhover, along with brothers and sisters-in-law.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Gus.

In lieu of flowers a Gus Martens memorial fund will be established.


 

JoAnn M. Behnke

JoAnn M. Behnke, age 77, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:45 p.m., on Friday, May 22, 2020, at Dubuque Specialty Care, from the COVID-19 virus.  To celebrate JoAnn’s life, private family services will be held due to the current gathering restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

JoAnn was born on July 17, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of John W. and Frances C. (Trierweiler) Behnke.

JoAnn was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque.  She was a very hard worker who was employed in the housekeeping departments at St. Francis Home for 12 years, Stonehill Care Center for 21 years, and also cleaned private homes.  JoAnn was a social butterfly, she liked chatting with family and friends and people she would meet when she was out and about.  She enjoyed being active, she created intricate embroidery projects, maintained beautiful flower gardens around her yard and loved to get out for a nice long walk.  She also had an extensive porcelain doll collection.  JoAnn’s love of 4 legged creatures, especially dogs and cats, was well known and her latest cat, Betsy, brought her much joy.  Her faith was also an integral part of JoAnn’s life, as evidenced by her long time membership with Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church.  We are saddened at JoAnn’s passing and will miss her more than we can express.  The world is definitely a better place because we had JoAnn here with us for 77 wonderful years.

Those left to cherish JoAnn’s memory include

her brother,
Laverne (Irene) Behnke, Asbury, IA;

her nieces and nephews,
Michael (Mitzi) Behnke, Murphy, TX,
Ronald (Teresa) Behnke, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Catherine (Jon) Rumbley, Duluth, MN
and Deborah (Matt) Anderson, Des Moines, IA;

and her great-nieces and great-nephews,
twins, Noah and Ellison Rumbley,
Caroline Behnke
and Vivian Behnke.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents; her twin sister, Janet Behnke; and her grandparents.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Dr. Cynthia Konz and her nurse, Sherie, for all of the care and concern shown to JoAnn.

The family would thankfully accept your support through phone calls, online condolences or greeting cards, which can be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, Attn. JoAnn Behnke Family.

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


 

Mary Ellen Camp

Mary Ellen Camp, 87, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, May 20, 2020, at her home in Andrew, Iowa.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 6 P.M., Friday, June 12, 2020, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa.  Friends and family may gather prior to the service from 5 to 6 P.M. at the church.  Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Mary Ellen Diley was born on November 30, 1932 in Washington, Pennsylvania to George Henry and Mary Sue (Jenkins) Diley.  She was a graduate of Union High School in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.  She married Ralph David “Shorty” Camp Sr. on April 18, 1953 in Pennsylvania.

Mary was a housewife.  Her faith was important to her as she served as a Deaconess and was a member of Faith Community Church in Maquoketa.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading puzzle books, and seek and find games on the computer.  She loved to travel, flowers, eating seafood and swimming.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Nancy (Dave) Huggins of Carnegie, PA, Ralph Camp Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, Ray (Deb) Camp of Pittsburgh, PA, and Cheryl (John) Williams of Andrew, IA; 6 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph Sr. in 2006, brothers Henry and Louis “Bud” Diley, and a sister Gertrude Ervin.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.

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


 

Robert J. Thillman

Robert J. “Bob” Thillman, age 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on May 18, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque.

To honor Bob’s life, a Celebration of Life and reception for his family and friends will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Bob and Marjorie’s home, 3405 Meggan Street, in Dubuque. A private family burial will be held at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Bob’s family.

Bob was born on March 20, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa, the only son of Jack and Lou (Frommelt) Thillman. He honorably joined the U.S. Air Force after high school and while stationed in Louisiana, met his beautiful bride to be, Marjorie McMillin. They were united in marriage on January 29, 1956, and were blessed with 64 wonderful years together. Eventually, Bob and Marjorie returned to Dubuque and began their family. His 50 years of loyal service as a salesman with Montgomery Wards, followed by another 8 years at Loras College before finally retiring in 1993, was how he proudly provided for his family throughout the years. Bob was a kind, wise, loving and unbelievably giving husband, father and grandfather and the example he set so diligently can be seen within the generations which follow.

Bob was never one to sit still very long and his active social life could easily wear out the youngest lads following his lead. Among his favorite ways to enjoy a day off was with a fishing pole in hand, tending to his gardens, or meeting close friends for dinner. If you did happen to witness Bob sitting down, it usually involved an evening at the Stock Car Races, his Cubbies working on another win, or fixing the world’s problems over a morning coffee with his friends at McDonald’s. We will miss him more than he could ever possibly comprehend, but we trust that the Lord has Bob safely in His loving arms and will provide him with eternal peace, while we seek a little of our own as we wait patiently for our reunion. Thank you, Bob, for every memory, act of love and lesson you’ve left behind; we will treasure each and every one in our hearts and minds moving forward.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Bob include,

his loving bride of 64 years,
Marjorie Thillman, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 4 children,
John (Marlene) Thillman, Long Beach, California,
Chris Bressler, Dubuque, Iowa,
David Thillman, Chino Hills, California,
and Jim Thillman, Los Angeles, California;

his 5 grandchildren,
Aaron (Laura) Bressler, Kimberly, Wisconsin,
Marie (David) Mattatall, Clayton, North Carolina,
Brandon Thillman, Brea, California,
Melanie (Chris Mill) Bressler, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Ryan Thillman, Brea, California;

his great-grandchildren,
Nicoli Mattatall, Coleson Mattatall, Elliot Bressler, and one on the way;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care and support.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to Bob’s family at 3405 Meggan Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, along with the opportunity to share online condolences and memories at www.tristatecremationcenter.com


 

Marjorie R. (DeCook) Hipschen

Marjorie R. “Midge” (DeCook) Hipschen, 95, of Bellevue, passed away peacefully at home with her family around her, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Private Family Memorial Mass will be 10:30 am, Saturday, May 30, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the St. Joseph Bellevue – Sts. Peter & Paul Springbrook Facebook page, on You Tube Channel and on Bellevue Cable TV. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue. Midge’s family asks everyone to sign the online guestbook and leave a condolence at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com. If you choose to give a memorial in Midge’s memory please send it to Hachmann Funeral Home at 100 N. 6th St., Bellevue, IA 52031, c/o Midge Hipschen Family.

Midge was born on June 8, 1924, in Moline, IL. Her parents were Dominick Thomas DeCook and Mary Ann (DeSchepper) DeCook. They moved to a dairy farm in Bellevue, where Midge grew up with her sisters, Gladys (Harry) Roeder and Marcella (Don) McConnell, and brother, Vincent (Thee) DeCook (all deceased). She graduated from St. Joe’s school in Bellevue.

Midge married Raymond “Hip” Edward Hipschen, Jr., on October 4, 1948 and together they raised 10 children. Neighbors and friends were always welcome in their home. When Midge rang the cowbell, she never knew how many would show up for lunch. She was happiest while holding a baby, watching children play, or best of all, listening to her grandchildren and great grandchildren sharing their worlds with her.

When her youngest child started school, she became a CNA at Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) where she worked for over 30 years. She retired at age 83! There is a long list of friends that she met while working at MVCC. Even at age 95, Midge would still laugh and reminisce with her best friend and co-worker, Marge Gothard, about all the good times they shared over the years.

As well as mother and caregiver, Midge was an avid reader, gardener, and flower lover. She enjoyed tending flowers at the Bellevue butterfly garden well into her later years. She will long be remembered for her Christmas cookies and legendary black raspberry jelly. She was very active at St. Joe’s Church — always there to peel those potatoes in the early AM for the Pork Roast Festival. She loved traveling with her children and especially their many beach vacations.

Midge is survived by five sons and five daughters and their families: Mike (Nora) of New Bern, NC; Tom (Pattee) of Arlington, VA; Jim (Cindy) of Keokuk; Joe (Kay-deceased) of Bellevue; John of E. Dbq, IL; Anne (Garth) Docherty of Bellevue; Cath (Tom) Murray of Dubuque; Mim (Lee) Wheeler of Arlington, VA; Sue (Larry Doland) of Bellevue; and Amy (Brian) Bristow of Alexandria, VA.

Her grandchildren are: Chris (Liza) Hipschen, Christiana Hipschen, Eliza Hipschen, Jessalyn (Cody) Roberdeau, Rebecca (Joel) Richardson, Jamie (Hailey) Hipschen, Hunter Hipschen, Jennie (John) Hager, Josh (Trina) Miller, and Jiah (Todd) Sieverding.

Her great grandchildren include: Alex and Sofia Hinke; Henry and Jettie Hipschen; Sarah Hipschen; Lydia and Ruth Richardson; Winn Roberdeau; Aubrie, Austin and Aunika Hager; Kourtney Hoppenjan and Kailey Miller; and Brexley, Atlee and Brecken Sieverding.

The family extends special thanks to those at Mercy Hospital, MVCC, Jackson County Hospice and the private caregivers who helped care for Midge in her final years. We were especially blessed to have Kathy Ohlert caring for Midge in her last months. She provided vigilant and compassionate care, support and friendship.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.


 

Linda W. Osterkamp

Linda W. Osterkamp, 75, of Mineral Point, WI, formerly of Dubuque passed away Monday, May 18, 2020 at Unity Point Health Meriter Hospital.

Private family visitation and funeral services will be on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Pastor Charles Tharp officiating. Burial will follow at the Bellevue Presbyterian Cemetery in Bellevue, Iowa. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions a live stream of the funeral service will be on Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory’s Facebook page at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

Linda was born on August 15, 1944, in Independence Iowa the daughter of Wayne and Dorothy (Gibson) Clark. She attended Clarke College and graduated with her master’s in business administration. On July 28, 1963 she married Melvern Osterkamp, they would later divorce. She was the Business Manager of the Sears Optical Department in Dubuque. Linda was concerned with women’s rights and was a member of NOW. Linda also volunteered with many groups and causes. She helped out at the Ruby Sutton Center, with dinners at the Journey Church and with foster children. She had a deep concern for the underprivileged and worked through political causes for their betterment. Later in life she became a Chicago Bulls Fan and enjoyed watching them play with her family.

Linda was a very family oriented, generous and forgiving individual who touched so many throughout her life.

She is survived by her five children Kim Lembke, Pam Evilsizer, Kari (Chris) Pfab, David (Heather) Osterkamp, and John Osterkamp, her sixteen grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, her three sisters, Donna (Paul) Scheideberg, Cindy (Pete) Skaggs, Bobbi (Tony) Strope, her brother Charles “Chuck” (Connie) Clark, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her former spouse Melvern, her daughter Trisha, a sister Sherry McGill and a half brother James Clark.

Linda’s family would like to thank all their friends and family for all their support over the years, and to all the medical professionals who cared for Linda.


 

James D. Metcalf

James D. “Jim” Metcalf, 83, of rural Peosta, IA, passed away at 5:24 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at home surrounded by family & friends following a extended illness.

Private Family Funeral Services and Burial will be Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at Dubuque Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Penny Knutsen officiating. Live-streaming of the services will begin at 11:00 a.m. To view, please go to the Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook page and click on LIKE. A Public Drive-By Viewing will be held from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., on Monday, May 25, 2020, in front of the entrance to the Dubuque County Fairgrounds Ballroom. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family requests that no one exit their vehicles. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque IL is serving the family.

Jim was born January 31, 1937, in Dubuque, IA, the son of David E. and Hazel F. (Addyman) Metcalf. He was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1955. On January 14, 1956, he was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Chesterman in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on October 8, 2014.

Jim farmed his entire life and also drove school bus for the Dubuque Community School System for over 55 years. He enjoyed dancing, restoring old tractors, mowing lawns, going on tractor rides, and loved spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jim was a long-time member of the Dubuque County Fair Board and the Rockdale United Methodist Church.

Surviving are three children, Jim (Rose) Metcalf, Jr., Deb Vize and friend Rich Block both of Peosta, and Jeffrey A. Metcalf of Brighton, CO; 8-grandchildren, Greg Metcalf, Alexander (Angie) Metcalf, Tyler Metcalf, Erin (Bryan) Engler, Jolynn (Jim) Hefel, Dayon, Andrew and Ebony Metcalf; 9-great grandchildren, Miles Metcalf, Joseph Vize, Kayden, Halle, and Quinten Hefel, Lily and Grace Engler, Amelia and Zane Metcalf; his friend, Shirley Kellogg of Dubuque; a sister, Janice Metcalf; and in-laws, Bill (Linda) Chesterman, Jr. and Carol Chesterman, all of Peosta.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, David and Hazel, his wife Beverly, a daughter Kimberlyn (Kim) Metcalf, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William Frederick and Helen M. (Donatsch) Chesterman, and brother, Dale Metcalf.

In lieu of flowers, a James D. “Jim” Metcalf Memorial Fund has been established. Memorials may be left at the viewing on Monday or else mailed to: Miller Funeral Home, 1185 Route 35 N, East Dubuque, IL, 61025 – Attn: James Metcalf Family.

Jim’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque and Ruth Scheitzach for the wonderful care and support given to Jim during his last illness.

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


 

John J. Bruno

John Joseph Bruno, 70, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at the Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque due to COVID-19.

Our dear father and grandfather deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time with COVID-19 pandemic, having a public visitation is not possible. Please keep the family in your prayers.

John was born March 23, 1950, in Waterloo, IA, the son of Robert and Beatrice Bruno.

He enjoyed watching the History Channel on TV, eating Caramello candy bars, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include one son, Joseph Kelley Bruno, his two grandsons, Kellen and Dylan, four brothers, and two sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his five brothers.

The family would like to thank Dubuque Specialty Care for taking care of John.

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


 

Peter K. Nelson

Peter K. Nelson, 57, of Reno, NV, passed away peacefully at his residence on May 11, 2020 as a result of Huntington’s Disease. He was born October 5, 1962 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Donald K. Nelson and Helen “Maurie” (Stewart) Nelson.

Pete graduated from Hempstead and the University of Iowa. Pete was employed in Atlanta, GA for a number of years, returned to Dubuque and then moved to Reno. Pete was a music lover who was known for his quick wit and his kind, compassionate spirit.

Pete is survived by his father, Donald K Nelson of Sparks, NV, his sister, Suzanne Ohnesorge of Dubuque, IA, his brother, Randy (Patty) Nelson and his aunt, Doris Nelson both of Sparks, NV, his former wife, Scarlett Nelson of Alpharetta, GA, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of loyal and caring friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Helen Nelson and his brother David Nelson.

Private burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery, Dubuque. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com. Memorials in Pete’s name may be made to the University of Iowa Foundation-HD Center. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.


 

John E. Tillman

John E. Tillman, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the day after his 92nd birthday, at Dubuque Specialty Care.  To celebrate John’s life, private family services will be held because of the current gathering restrictions due to COVID-19.  A Celebration of John’s Life, and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Church at a later time.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

John was born on May 18, 1928, in St. Lucas, Iowa, son of Edward and Catherine (Kipp) Tillman.

John was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” McPoland on November 22, 1956, at the Church of the Nativity, and they were blessed with 55 wonderful years together before she was sadly called home ahead of him on June 10, 2012.  John devoted 36 years of his working career to the Dubuque Packing Company in the stockyards until his well earned retirement.  He was a faith filled man who was a long time member of St. Patrick’s Church, where he volunteered his time assisting with the Wednesday night meals for the unemployed.  He was also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Legion of Mary, where he served as president, the Power of Prayer, and helped out with food donations at the Dubuque Area Labor Harvest.  John was all about teaching others the skills he had learned throughout the years and was a long time Boy Scout leader.  When he found some free time, John enjoyed camping, fishing and heading down to the river to watch the barges lock through.  He was also a big NASCAR fan.  John was known to occasionally head down to the casino to try his luck at, “winning the big bucks”, with family and friends.  John was always a people person and enjoyed calling bingo for the residents at Heritage Manor and Dubuque Specialty Care.  Trips to watch the Saints play were always a big hit, and he especially enjoyed watching his great-grandson play hockey with the Dubuque Devils.  John also enjoyed a little quiet time sitting and working crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and sudoku.  Beyond a doubt, John’s family was always his top priority, he loved spending time with them any chance he could.  He liked playing cards and enjoyed Cribbage, but his favorite was a competitive game of Euchre, he even has the broken tables to prove it.  We are deeply saddened at losing our father so close to our brother Leo, but take some comfort in the knowledge that they are now happily reunited in Heaven with all of our family members who have been called home ahead of us.

Those left to cherish John’s memory include

his children,
Rose (Rick) Pfeiler Follman, Dubuque, IA,
Francis (Maureen) Tillman, Bellevue, IA
and Vincent Tillman, Dubuque, IA;

his 10 grandchildren;

his 25 great-grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Alvera Kleve, Postville, IA,
Phyllis Massman, West Union, IA,
Robert (Cynthia) Tillman, Clairmont, IA
and Merle Tillman, Belvidere, IL.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Tillman; a daughter, Nancy Tillman; 2 sons, Thomas Tillman and Leo Tillman; a grandson, Timothy Tillman; 2 sisters, Dorothy (Romanus) Junk and Margarite (Donald) Stammeyer; 3 brothers, Joseph Tillman, Marcellus (Gertrude) Tillman and Herbert (Betty) Tillman; a sister-in-law, Pam Tillman; and 2 brothers-in-law, Marvin Kelve and Donald Massman.

John’s family wants to thank all the family and friends that have been there to support John throughout the years.  We also want to thank Dr. Christopher Stille, and the nurses and staff of Heritage Manor, Dubuque Specialty Care, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of your kindness and professional care of John.

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

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


 

Eula J. Goedert

Eula Jeane “Lolly” Goedert, 94, died Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Luther Manor.

Private family funeral services will be held. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

She was born on November 22, 1925 in Stockton, Illinois the daughter of Fred and Mary (Graf) Beyhl. She married Robert N. Goedert on January 15, 1944. He preceded her in death on December 19, 2007.

Lolly worked for The First National Bank for many years, retiring in 1989. She then worked part-time at Key City Investment Company.

She was a member of Wa -Tan- Ye, a service organization in Dubuque for 20 years. She enjoyed being with her family. She also did many cross- stitching pieces through the years.

Surviving are her three sons, Lawrence (Deborah), Dennis (Connie) and Rob (Tanja) all of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Lawrence Jr. (Tara), Julie (Craig), Dennis Jr. (Catana), Emalee (special friend, Steve Cuzas), Nicole and Hailey Goedert, Dena (Jerome) Lang, and Dawn (Bill) Stahl; 11 great-grandchildren, Nick (Lindsey), Andrea, Jake and Kayla (special friend, Mike Knoph) Dennison, Karlee, and Kholoe Goedert, Lainie and Averie Konzen, MacKenzie Lang and Paisley and Zatana Stahl; three great- great grandchildren, Michael and Lincoln Knoph and Ryder Goedert; two sisters, Sally Haas and Karen Heath; two sisters-in-law,  Betty Goedert and Bernice Beyhl; and her God Child, Judy Datisman.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Dean Beyhl; Willard Wagner, and Fred Beyhl; and four sisters, Alyce Grewe, Madelyn Smith, Doris Peil, and Adele Daack.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Ethel V. Butlett

Ethel V. Butlett, 103, of Dubuque died Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Luther Manor of natural causes.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at Asbury Cemetery, Asbury Iowa. Rev. Karen Candee will officiate. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

Ethel was born on July 8, 1916 in Dubuque, the daughter of August and Freda (Launspach) Smith. She grew up on the family farm on Cedar Ridge Road in Center Township.  She married Harold Butlett on July 17, 1934.  They divorced in 1967.  Ethel worked at Dubuque Pack for over 30 years on the bacon line.  She loved the outdoors and nursed injured wildlife back to health before releasing them.  They often came back to visit.

Ethel also had a green thumb caring for her many plants.  She brought the world an abundance of beauty with her many talents, caring nature, and sense of humor.  The stories of her growing up in the horse and buggy days will be sadly missed.

She enjoyed her time chatting with family and friends, especially her great –great- niece, Samantha.  They had a very special bond, even when playing Pokémon Go together.

Caregivers to their aunt, Robert and Janice Smith will miss their daily phone calls to check how her day went.

She is survived by her brother, Lyle “Ossie” (Marge) Smith and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Fern Smith, Robert Smith, Ruth “Peach” Beecher, Ira “Tony” Smith and nephew, Lyle Smith, Jr.

The family would like to extend a thank you to Luther Manor and Sue from Hospice of Dubuque for the care Ethel received.


 

Tracy L. Less

Tracy L. Less, age 51 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on May 19, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. To honor Tracy’s life, a private family service is being held, with a Celebration of Life to be scheduled at a later date. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Tracy’s family.

Tracy was born on June 5, 1968, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Thomas “Tom” and Linda (Lenz) Buelow. She grew up loving life and striving to discover her God given purpose for making this world a better place. After receiving her Marketing degree from University of Northern Iowa, Tracy ventured off to New Hampshire to spend some time as a nanny. She enjoyed the time nurturing others’ children, but eventually decided it was time to head back home to Dubuque. She worked at Dubuque Bank and Trust for a few years. She then met her soul-mate, Luke Less, and the two were united in marriage on June 3, 1995. Three daughters were soon entrusted into their adoring arms and her mission in life was now complete. Tracy’s whole heart and soul went into raising her children; she would surely spread her light generously on the rest of the world around her, but nothing could ever compare to her love and admiration for her girls.

Tracy was a stay-at-home Mom at heart, but when the girls were older, she decided to return to waitressing, which she first practiced during college. Over several years, Tracy found her way to serve and cater at local restaurants. Most recently, Tracy worked as the Director of Scheduling and Event Planning at the University of Dubuque, where her smile and love of all people was shared most. Working as an events director, Tracy would frequently describe her time spent at UD as her dream occupation. This is because she had the rare gift to deeply connect with her co-workers, clients, and all that she met.

Tracy also loved vacationing with her family and any time soaking up the sun in the Caribbean was considered a successful rest from her labors. Tracy was quick to express her gratitude and love to others. She loved her life. She loved her friends. She loved her family. She was selfless, compassionate and made everyone she talked to feel special. She is a beautiful soul, and a true light.

Anyone who knew Tracy, knows what an amazing example she strived to be. Fighting cancer for 17 years, was only the beginning of her inclination to bring salt and light into the world. Her Christian faith never wavered, and while always carrying her own crosses through each day, she continually found the time to stop and help another soul who simply needed a little heart to heart counseling. Tracy’s impact can easily be seen as a ripple of genuine compassion for her fellow man throughout our entire community. She has left her beloved family a legacy of unconditional love, and a never-ending web of friends, family, and support. Our hearts break today at the mere thought of losing such a rare gem in this life, but we know and trust that she is now residing in her heavenly estate waiting patiently to cast a few crowns of her own at her Lord and Saviors feet. Thank you, Tracy, for all that you’ve done while you were with us and may the peace you’ve so faithfully earned be yours until we see you again. God Speed Thy Good and Faithful Servant…God Speed!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Tracy include,

her loving husband of 25 years,
Luke Less, Asbury, Iowa;

her 3 beautiful daughters,
Emily Less, Dubuque, Iowa,
Rachel Less, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Courtney Less, Dubuque, Iowa,

her parents,
Thomas “Tom” (Linda) Buelow, Dubuque, Iowa;

her brother,
Todd (Victoria) Buelow, Dubuque, Iowa;

her parents-in-law,
David (Susan) Less, Dubuque, Iowa,

her brothers-in-law,
Mark (Jennifer) Less, Dubuque, Iowa,
William “Bill” Less, Dubuque, Iowa,
Ryan (Marilyn Bartles) Less, Davenport, Iowa,
Aaron Less, Charlotte, North Carolina,
and Justin (Dustin Berntsen) Less, Burnsville, Minnesota;

along with nieces, nephews, countless extended family, friends and neighbors.

Tracy was preceded in death by her grandparents, and her sister-in-law, Amy Less.

Tracy’s family would like to thank Dr. Hermann, along with his nurses and staff for all of their professional care and support over the years. Tracy’s courageous battle with cancer was never an easy one, but the wind you kept filling her sails with made the journey a bearable one. Thank you and God bless you all!

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to Tracy’s family at 15807 Woodmoor Drive, Asbury, Iowa, 52002, along with the opportunity to share online condolences and memories at www.tristatecremationcenter.com


 

Mary J. Long

Mary Jill Long, 79, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque, Iowa, from complications of COVID-19.

A graveside service and burial with a celebration of life luncheon will be held at a later date in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  Cremation has taken place.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Mary Jill Sandleback was born on July 30, 1940 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin to Edward L. and Helene Rose (Pohlman) Sandleback.  She was a graduate of Prairie du Chien High School.  She married Richard Eugene Long on January 3, 1959 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Jill had first worked for Savanna State Bank as the head cashier from 1969 to 1979.  She then worked for Dubuque Medical Associates as a transcriptionist from 1981 to 2002.  She worked as a hostess for Cracker Barrel in The Villages, Florida following retirement from 2003 to 2011.

Jill loved music and dancing of any kind!  She also enjoyed traveling, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Richard E. Long of Dubuque, IA; a son and daughter-in-law, Russ and Jane Long of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law, Vicki Long of Monticello, IA; 3 grandchildren, Andrew Long of Maquoketa, IA, Lucas (Courtney Westphal) Long of Marion, IA, and Tara (Mitch) Miller of Monticello, IA; a great-grandchild, Braelynn Miller; and a sister, Kathy (Pat) Cornford of Stillman Valley, IL.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Scott Long, and brothers Todd and David Sandleback.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials are preferred and may be sent to Richard E. Long, 1332 W. 5th Street, Dubuque, IA  52001.

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


 

Ronald M. Welp

Ronald M. “Ernie” Welp, 60, of East Dubuque, IL, died Friday, May 15, 2020 at home from natural causes.

A public visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the strict guidelines issued by the CDC and State will be followed and only (10) people will be allowed in the funeral home at any one time.

Ernie was born on April 4, 1960 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Norman F. and Jacqueline (Hodgson) Welp. He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School.

Ernie was formerly employed at Chicago-Dubuque Foundry in East Dubuque and Morrison Bros. Company in Dubuque for over 30 years.  He played bass and was a vocalist in many bands. “Ernie loved motorcycling and paragliding”.

Surviving are four children, Mike (Trudy) Welp of Oregon, WI, Ronald A. (Amanda Manemann) Welp of Dubuque, Cheyenne Lau of Dubuque and Riley Lau of Clinton, IA; seven grandchildren; his siblings, Daniel “Buck” Welp of East Dubuque, Linda (Russ Grant) Welp of Zwingle, IA, Judy Welp of East Dubuque, Diane Welp of Iowa City, IA and Christine (Tim) Knox of Oregon, WI, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Jacqueline, his paternal and maternal grandparents.

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


 

Carol R. Marcus

Carol Ruth Marcus, 78, of Zwingle, Iowa went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on May 16th, 2020 at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her loving family.

Arrangements are being handled by Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A private celebration of life service will be held at a later time.

Carol was born on August 25, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Leo Adams and Florence Orchide. She married John J. Marcus of Zwingle, IA on November 25, 1983 in Dubuque, IA.

Carol was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother; she enjoyed traveling to see family and stopping by the casino.

She is survived by her husband, John J. Marcus, of Zwingle, IA; her children Bill
(Dawn) Williams, of Freeport, IL, Robert (Cindy) Williams, of Houston, TX,  Andrew (Jamie) Williams, of Dubuque, IA, and Dan (Christina) Williams, of Dubuque, IA. One brother Calvin (Gerry) Adams, of Apollo Beach, Florida; two sisters Nancy (Sam) Zachary, of Houston, TX and Gail Adams of Burlington, IA. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and loved one’s along with her
beloved dog Charlie.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents and son Robert M. Williams.

In lieu of flowers, please give memorial to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Stonehill, or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all
their wonderful care they gave to Carol.


 

Ila E. Budde

Ila Elizabeth Budde, 101, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Bethany Home.

A private family service will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, with Pastor John Sorenson officiating. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the funeral home will provide a live stream video of the funeral service on Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory’s Facebook page at 11:00 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Ila was born on October 27, 1918 in Andrew, IA the daughter of Leo and Winifred (Fuller) Sommers. She attended a country school and was a graduate of Andrew High School.

She married Orville Budde in May of 1936 and together they had 16 children. Ila lived on a farm near Bellevue and moved to Dubuque in 1967.

She worked at Bellevue Hotel, Hattie’s Café, Woodpecker Shop and was Secretary Treasurer of Bellevue Township Schools. She was also on the board of Project Concern and Volunteered at the Grand Theatre for over 40 years as well as RSVP since 1994. Ila received a volunteer award from Gov. Branstad.

She was a member of 62 Plus Dupaco Senior Club and belonged to the 1918 Club. Ila completed a course from NICC at age 57 in Geriatric Nurse Aide. She loved the theatre, dancing, euchre, sewing, embroidering and crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Ila won many awards for her beautiful poetry and short stories.

She is survived by her children, Dale Budde of East Dubuque, IL, Marilyn (Dale) Junk of Bellevue, IA, Doris (Dave) Felderman of Dubuque, Jim (Barb) Budde of Bellevue, IA, Tom and Troy Budde of Dubuque, Kevin (Jean) Budde of the Quad Cities, Yvette McLimans of Dubuque, Marcia Budde of Colorado, Brent and Blayne (Robbin) Budde of Florida and Todd Budde of California; 38 grandchildren, 85 great grandchildren, and 20 great-great grandchildren; 26 step-grandchildren, 43 great step-grandchildren and 22 great-great step-grandchildren.

Ila was preceded in death by her three sons, Glenn, John and Raymond “Buster” Budde; a daughter, Marla; granddaughters, Chandra and Angela; twin grandchildren, Madeline and Spencer; grandsons, Steve and Brandon; great-great granddaughter Nyx Jones; sons-in-law, Leroy Felderman and Fred McLimans; step-grandson, Joe Hudspeth Jr.; ex-husband, Orville; brother and sister-in-law, Oscar and Sylvia (Kremer) Sommers and sisters, Vera Sommers and Marjorie Till.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent directly to the family or to the Leonard Funeral Home in care of the Ila Budde family. Online condolences may be left www.leonardfuneralhome.com

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Staff at Bethany Home and to Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care they gave to Ila.


 

Theodore J. Soppe

Theodore J. “Ted” Soppe, age 72, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 1:30 a.m., on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at ManorCare Health Services.  To celebrate Ted’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Due to the current gathering restrictions the number of people inside the building will be limited to 10 people at a time. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ted was born on August 12, 1947, in Cascade, Iowa, son of Donald and Virginia (Wingert) Soppe.

Ted graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1967. Right after school, Ted went on to honorably serve his country with the U.S. Army, completing 2 tours of duty in Vietnam.  He was extremely patriotic and was a strong supporter of local veterans organizations.  Ted was raised with a strong work ethic, which he put to good use right out of the Army with the Dubuque Packing Company.  He would go on to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector for 17 years.  Ted was united in marriage to Carole Frey on February 15, 1989, and they have enjoyed 31 wonderful years together.  Ted had a great appreciation of automobiles and his pride and joy was a red Camero SS Convertible, “Thunder”, 1 of only 600 produced, and his 1948 Willys CJ2A, “Nellybelle”.  He and Carole were also known to enjoy trying their luck at the casinos every now and then.  We are saddened at the loss of Ted in our daily lives, but take some comfort in knowing he is now free of the health issues he has battled these past years.

Those left to cherish Ted’s memory include

his wife,
Carole Soppe, Dubuque, IA;

a son,
Brian (Ann) Meyer, Des Moines, IA;

his 8 step-children;

his 13 grandchildren;

and his siblings,
Dianne (Gerald) Lutgen
and Dan Soppe, both of Dubuque, IA.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Troy Soppe; and a brother, Donald Soppe.

Ted’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital and ManorCare, for all of their kindness, support and professional care of Ted.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and can be sent to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, Attn. Ted Soppe Family, to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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


 

J.C. Engel

J.C. Engel, 85, of Maquoketa IA passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Maquoketa Care Center.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating J.C.’s life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 22, 2020 at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. Social distancing guidelines will be followed at the cemetery. A public visitation will take place from 3 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Due to COVID 19, social distancing guidelines will be followed with only 10 people allowed in the funeral home at any time.

John Carl Engel was born on October 8, 1934 to Carl Frederick and Pearl Eva (Wurster) Engel. He attended Pea Ridge Country School and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1952. He was united in marriage to Arlene Edna Grosskruger on September 23, 1962, in Preston, Iowa.

After high school graduation, J.C. began farming. His operation included custom baling, milking Brown Swiss cows until 1966, then raising hogs, beef cattle, and grain.

J.C. was a faithful member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and proud of the service that he provided over the years to several boards, including the Dairy Herd Improvement Assn., Jackson County Farm Bureau, Maquoketa Community Schools Board of Education, and the Federal Land Bank. He served as a member of the Jackson Co. Republican Central Committee, Jackson Co. Fair Board Association, Jackson Co. Pork Producers, and held the office of Jackson County Supervisor for 16 years. In 2000, J.C. was the recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Award. He was also the Grand Marshall of the Jackson County Fair Parade in 2014.

He was also a veteran of the US Army, serving in France during the Cold War from 1957-1959.

Those left to honor J.C.’s memory are his three sons, Dean (Jenny) Engel of Delmar, IA, Lynn (Christine) Engel of Marion, IA, and Neal Engel of Maquoketa; and 5 grandchildren, Megan, Beth, Lex, Lexi, and Lily.

He was preceded in death by his wife Arlene on August 19, 2013.

Memorials may be made to the Jackson County Fair/Extension “Together We Build” project, the Jackson County Historical Society, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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


 

Allen J. Fitzgibbons

Allen Joseph Fitzgibbons, 88, of Dubuque passed away at Dubuque Specialty Care on May 16, 2020.

Graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorials and cards of sympathy may be mailed to Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, Iowa 52003. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com.

Allen was the son of George and Leona (Kieffer) Fitzgibbons and was born in Dubuque on February 19, 1932. He attended St. Columbkille School graduating in 1950. He married Neldia Eudaley on May 9th, 1965 in Dubuque.

Allen was employed at John Deere Dubuque works until his retirement in 1985.

He was member of the National Guard, local U.A.W., and numerous billiards leagues. He competed on the national level and was said to be the best billiards player around.
Allen was one the nicest people you could ever meet. He was always kind and had a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Neldia Jane (Eudaley) Fitzgibbons, of Bell Towers, East Dubuque Il. A son Kelly Joseph (Jackie) Fitzgibbons of Dubuque; a granddaughter Heather Marie Fitzgibbons of Dubuque; step grandson Justin Doran; four great-grandchildren Joseph, John, Jahkiya and Justice Lewis; two nieces Kathy and Kim and a nephew Danny.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Leona Fitzgibbons; Brothers Georgey, Richard, and Vernon.

A special thank you to Dubuque Specialty Care, especially Sandra Koch, and Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Victor M. Leibfried

Victor M. Leibfried, age 98, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. Due to the current gathering restrictions a private family mass will be held to celebrate Victor’s life at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Rickardsville, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Victor was born on January 10, 1922, the oldest of 10 children to George J. and Stella (Hufnagel) Leibfried.

In 1938, Victor’s family moved to Rickardsville, where the legacy of the Avalon began. On February 3, 1942, Victor married Myrtle Cummer of Balltown, and together they raised nine children and passed on their strong legacy of faith in the Rickardsville community. Victor owned/operated the Avalon Garage and Wrecker Service, which subsequently was passed on to his three sons, a business that is currently known as the Avalon Service Center. Victor was a former member of the Holy Name Society and Catholic Order of Foresters at St. Joseph’s Rickardsville, and was a current member of Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque. Until COVID-19 isolation mid-March, Victor attended daily mass at Stonehill Care Center, and every Sunday was accompanied to mass by one or more of his nine children. Victor enjoyed dancing, fishing, camping, and traveling to Tucson, AZ, where he and Myrtle wintered for 10 years. Vic and Myrtle moved from their Rickardsville home on their 65th wedding anniversary to settle into a new home together. After 72 years of married life, Myrtle passed away on January 22, 2014.

Those left to reminisce on Victor’s 98 years worth of stories are

his 9 children;
LaVonne (Merl) Wilgenbusch,
Kenny (Patsy) Leibfried,
Mark (Bev) Leibfried, all of Rickardsville,
Janet (Steve Boulting) Stecklein,
Barbara (Dennis) Goebel,
George (Connie) Leibfried,
Kathy (Lonnie) Steger,
Diane (Mark) Link
and Peggy (Tim) Lehmann, all of Dubuque;

30 grandchildren;

53 great-grandchildren;

5 great-great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Daniel (Mickie) Leibfried
and Joan (Bob) Valentine, Dubuque, IA;

and his in-laws,
Viola Avery
and Bill (Marge) Cummer, both of Dubuque
and Evelyn Specht, Sherrill.

In addition to Myrtle, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Gerald Stecklein; a grandson, Tony Steger; five brothers, Paul, George, Roger, Howard and Thomas Leibfried; two sisters, Betty Miller and Carol Ritt; and numerous brother and sisters-in-law.

The Leibfried family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Stonehill Community for providing loving care for dad these past 4 ½ years, as well as Hospice of Dubuque.

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

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


 

Kay V. (Schwolow Fransen) Fabrycy

Kay V. (Schwolow Fransen) Fabrycy, age 72, of Bellevue, Iowa, was called home unexpectedly at 9:42 p.m., on Friday, May 15, 2020, at MercyOne Dubuque. To celebrate Kay’s life, a private family service will be held at a later date. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Kay was born on August 2, 1947, in Palatine, Illinois, daughter of Harold Schwolow and June (Condill) Schwolow Fransen. Sadly, Harold passed prior to Kay’s birth, but her mother would marry Arve Fransen, who would raise her as his own daughter.

Kay graduated from Barrington High School in Illinois, where she would meet the love of her life, Kurt Fabrycy. She was united in marriage to Kurt on August 27, 1966, in Barrington, and blessed with 53 adventurous years together. Kay was a devoted wife and mother to 3 beautiful daughters and maternal figure to many others. She was employed with Jewell Tea Company in quality control and went on to become their head chef. Kay also managed her parent’s tavern, Bittersweet Tap, in Barrington Hills, for 33 years. After the business sold, she went to work bartending with the Dundee Township Golf Courses in Carpentersville & Dundee, IL. In 2010, Kay and Kurt made their way to the Dubuque area to enjoy their well-earned retirement. In her free time, Kay could be found spending time outside with Kurt harvesting fruit from their fruit trees and cultivating their property creating a haven for the birds and wildlife. When she found some quiet time she enjoyed curling up with a good book. Her time with Kurt, her girls, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will always be her greatest legacy. Kay will be sorely missed more than words can express, and the memories she created with those she loved will be cherished beyond compare.

Those left to cherish Kay’s memory include:

her husband,
Kurt Fabrycy, Bellevue, IA;

3 daughters,
Stacy (Dennis Pender) Fabrycy, McHenry, IL,
Stephanie (Jimmie) Keegan, Lakemoor, IL
and Melanie (Derek Thomas) Fabrycy, East Dundee, IL;

her grandchildren,
Donna (Joe) Sartors, Michael (Cassie) Pender, Jennifer (Pat) Varda, Christopher (Jessica) Pender, Denny Pender, Ashley (T.J.) Burton, Samantha Pender, McKenna Keegan and Kale Keegan;

her 11 great-grandchildren,

her siblings,
Kristine (Rick) Benson, Algonquin, IL,
Karen (Rich) Geeve, Door County, WI
and Kelly (Dan) Huston, Fox River Grove, IL;

and her in-laws,
Bogdan (Rica) Fabrycy,
Helena Fabrycy,
Irene (William) Johnson,
Richard (Terry) Fabrycy,
Victor (Carolyn) Fabrycy
and Marryanne (Jimmy) Parker.

Kay was preceded in death by her father, Harold Schwolow and her mother, June (Arve) Fransen.

Kay’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff at MercyOne, for their extraordinary efforts, kind, compassionate, treatment of Kay.

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


 

John G. White

John G. White, 66, of Monticello passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Please keep the family in your prayers during this difficult time as there will be no public services at this time.

A private burial of John’s cremated remains will be held at a later date at St. Paul Cemetery in Worthington.  Kramer Funeral Home is assisting the family.

John was born May 22, 1953, in Monticello the son of Cyril and Marion (Gadient) White.  He married Dee Fry and had 3 children together, but later divorced.  John graduated from Western Dubuque High School with the Class of 1971.  John enjoyed farming and going to “meetings” at the Sale Barn, and eventually went to work with his nephews at White Hawk Plumbing and Heating of Monticello.  John always found time to chat with friends and family.  He enjoyed taking his grandchildren to the farm.

Survivors include his children: Christina (Adam Rennison) White of Dyersville, Katie White of Manchester and Sara White of Earlville, 2grandchildren, Thomas and Zachary Rennison, siblings: Jerry White of Monticello and Joe White of St. Paul, MN, ex father-in-law: Leo Fry and ex in-laws: Deb (Marlen) Hakert, Sue (Clyde) Palmer, Lonnie (Judy) Fry and Brad (Sharon) Fry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, Britney Rennison, a sister, Judy White, a sister-in-law, Maria White, and ex mother-in-law, Alice Fry.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.  Cards, letters and memorials may be directed to the John White Family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, PO Box 791, Monticello, IA, 52310-0791.


 

Colleen Lindstrom

Colleen Bradley Lindstrom, 56, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Colleen’s life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed at the cemetery.  A public visitation will take place from 3 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Due to COVID 19, social distancing guidelines will being followed with only 10 people allowed in the building at any time.

Colleen Bradley was born on April 12, 1964 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Gordon Harrison and Dorothy Marie (Blosch) Bradley.  She grew up in Zwingle and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.  She married Owen Lee Lindstrom on March 30, 2002 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Colleen had worked for Metrix Company in Dubuque in 1987.  She then started Rustic Hills Carriage Tours in Dubuque, Iowa.  She owned and operated the horse drawn carriage tours business from 1988 until present.

Colleen had been active in 4-H growing up.  She loved horses and loved her job in the carriage business.  She enjoyed living and working on the farm and all the baby animals that were born each spring.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Owen Lindstrom of Maquoketa, IA; a son, Wyatt Lee Lindstrom of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Linda Pearson of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, Gordon (Connie) Bradley of Peosta, IA, and Daryl Bradley of Zwingle, IA; mother-in-law, Liz Lindstrom of Maquoketa, IA; sisters-and-brothers-in-law, Rhonda and Alan Pape of Maquoketa, IA, Mark and Teresa Lindstrom of Bryant, IA, and Reece and Sheila Lindstrom of Maquoketa, IA; and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Gordon and Dorothy Bradley Sr., her father-in-law Arnold Lindstrom, and a brother Virgil Bradley on February 19, 2020.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Colleen Bradley Lindstrom memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Carmelita M. Witter

Carmelita M. Witter, 88 years old, of Dubuque IA, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on May 14, 2020 at 8:23 a.m. at Bethany Home with family by her side.

Arrangements are being handled by Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, IA, with burial in Dubuque Linwood Cemetery.  A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Carmelita, daughter of Louis and Loretta Till, was born on September 10, 1931 in Bellevue, IA, She married Carl Witter of Dubuque, IA on October 16, 1950 in Bellevue, IA.

Carmelita was a passionate and loving person who enjoyed dancing, finishing and decorating homes, and spending time with her family and friends.  Carmelita’s favorite prayer was the “Our Father”, stressing the importance of forgiving each other so that we may be forgiven.  She was the glue of her family by keeping peace and harmony between everyone.  Carmelita was a member of the The Church of the Resurrection.

She is survived by her nine adoring children, Bruce (Janet) Witter of Irving, TX, Gary (Sherrie) Witter of Marion, IA, David (Michelle) Witter of Dubuque, IA, Kathy (Mike) Knake of Bellevue, IA, Vickie (Robert) LaGrotta of Bellevue, IA, Cindy (Tony) Reed of Avada, CO, Jeff (Sarah) Witter of Springville, IA, Kristi (Jude) Sabers-Sullivan of Dodgeville, WI, and Curt Witter of Arlington, TX, as well as 29 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren, sister Linda (Ron) Ruden of Dubuque, IA, sister-in law, Dorothy Herzog of Rice Lake, WI.

Carmelita was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Carl Witter; her parents, Louis and Loretta Till; her father in-law and mother in-law, Carl and Esther Witter; sisters and brother in-laws, Dale and Marilyn Grashorn, Rosemary and CO Lamp, and Bob Herzog and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Bethany Home or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank all the wonderful, caring staff at Bethany Home and the services of Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com


 

Scott E. Schroeder

Scott E. “Scooter” Schroeder, age 61, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:16 a.m., on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital.  To celebrate Scott’s life, visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Due to the current gathering restrictions the number of people inside the building will be limited to 10 people at a time.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date following cremation.

Scott was born on September 30, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John F. and Barbara (Bradley) Schroeder.

Scott graduated from Stephen Hempstead High School and right after graduation entered the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1976.  He was united in marriage to Lisa Driscoll on November 15, 1986, in East Dubuque, Illinois, and they were blessed with a son together.  Scott was a hard worker who was employed with A.Y. McDonald for 33 years, never missing a single day of work, until his retirement in 2013.  In his free time, Scott enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings or spending the afternoon trying his luck at his favorite fishing hole.  Scott was very kind and humble, with a low-key personality, but wasn’t afraid of being the life of the party.  His laugh was infectious, and if you were lucky enough to have heard it you will never forget it!  His family and friends were no doubt the most important part of his life. Scott would do anything for anyone, never had a bad word to say about anyone, and was quite happy keeping his life drama free.  Everyone who knew him, knew that the kids and grandkids were his pride and joy, he loved spending time with them.  We are truly heartbroken at losing Scott in our daily lives, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now resting peacefully, free of the health issues he has faced so bravely these past months.

Those left to cherish Scott’s memory include

2 sons,
Jacob John “Jake” Schroeder, Dubuque, IA
and Corey Scott Nugent, formerly of Dubuque, IA;

his granddaughters,
Ava Mary Digman and Audrey Rose Schroeder, both of Dubuque, IA;

his mother,
Barbara Schroeder, Dubuque, IA;

2 sisters,
Cindy (Carl) Freiburger
and Sharon (Roger) Henkel, both of Dubuque, IA;

a nephew,
Jayson (Emily) Freiburger, Liberty, MO, and their 3 children, Jack, Karly and Ella;

an aunt,
Mary Link, Franklin, WI;

his former wife,
Lisa (John) Mueller, Farley, IA;

and his step-niece and step-nephew,
Kelcie Fonck and Russell Henkel.

Scott was preceded in death by his father, John “Jack” Schoeder; and 3 uncles, William “Bill” Bradley, Robert “Bob” Bradley and Herbert Link.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and can be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Scott Schroeder Family.

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


 

Bruce E. Accola

Bruce Edward Accola, 67, of Dubuque, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Family graveside services will be Monday at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, with Deacon Doug Kremer officiating.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time.

Bruce was born on December 12, 1952 in Dubuque, the 5th child of Arnold J. and Muriel M. (Erschen) Accola.

He grew up in East Dubuque and attended St. Mary’s Grade School and East Dubuque High School.  He briefly worked as a courier at the Dubuque Packing Company.

Bruce was known for his sense of humor and pranks, and his smile was contagious.

He is survived by his brother, Joe (Julie Billmeyer) Accola, and a sister Joyce Thompson, a niece Jennifer Schmid and a nephew Nicholas Schmid.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, and his sisters, Rosemary and Kim, and a nephew Jeffrey Schmid.

Memorials contributions are requested for Hospice of Dubuque.

The family sends out a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Dubuque Specialty Care.

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


 

Harlan E. Petsche

Harlan E. Petsche, 88, of rural Epworth, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Luther Manor.

In accordance with current restrictions on public gatherings, private services will be held. Interment will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Centralia, with military honors accorded by the Iowa Army National Guard. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com, and memorial cards mailed to the funeral home.

Harlan was born May 6, 1932 in Guttenberg, the son of Andrew and Gertrude (Miller) Petsche. He served his country as a radio operator with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Harlan was united in marriage to Jeannine R. Kratz on November 22, 1955 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque. Jeannine preceded him in death on July 26, 2017.

Harlan was an auto mechanic at first, and then he changed to working in construction. Together, he and Jeannine built homes and raised their son, Scott, before moving to their farm in rural Epworth, where they lived for 46 years. Harlan loved being back in the country. He enjoyed spending his time working outside and farming with Scott. He taught his granddaughters how to play card games and often played Solitaire in the evenings. He always had an interest in whatever activities his granddaughters were involved in. He was a beloved father and the best grandfather; generous and kind.

Harlan is survived by his son, Scott (Shannon) Petsche; two granddaughters, Heather (Troy) Scott and Rachel (Lee) Plummer; his siblings, Angela Farnum, Donna (William) Steger, Judy (Joseph) Kramer, Verdus (Nancy) Petsche, Robert (Mary) Petsche, and David (Mary Jo) Petsche; his sisters-in-law, Bonita and Marilyn Kratz; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Leon, Marvin, Wilbur, and Elroy Petsche, Althea Freiburger, and Patricia in infancy.

Harlan’s family would like to thank Patrick and Wanda Petsche for all the friendship and support they provided to Harlan and Jeannine over the years. Thank you also to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Marilyn L. Notz

Marilyn Louise Notz, age 90, of Delmar, IA, died Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in DeWitt, IA.

A private family graveside service and burial will be held at Upper York Cemetery, Argo Fay, Illinois. Cremation has taken place.  A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

Marilyn Louise Vogel was born in Fulton, IL on September 5, 1929, the daughter of Sikka and Ethel (Miller) Vogel. She attended Fulton schools through the eighth grade. At that time, the family moved to Clinton where she attended Clinton High School, graduating in 1947. In the early Spring of that year she started working part-time at the Climax Engineering Company, later working full-time. She also worked for the Clinton Teacher’s Agency. On June 12, 1949, she married Robert E. Notz at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clinton. They lived in Savanna, IL for 10 years where she worked for the Savanna Ordinance Depot. The family then moved to Maquoketa, IA for 3 years and then Delmar, IA for over 50 years. Marilyn moved to Maggie’s House Assisted Living in DeWitt, IA in the Spring of 2016 where she remained until the time of her death.

Her family was of utmost importance to her. She enjoyed walking, crocheting, crossword puzzles and reading. She tended to the fruits of the earth and became skilled at canning and freezing. She was a hard worker who was known for her tender heart and deep sense of caring for others. While living in Maquoketa she attended the Assembly of God Church where she taught Sunday school. In Delmar, she attended the United Methodist Church where she was active in UMW, Ruth Circle and often sang solos for regular services as well as special services, sometimes accompanied by her daughter, Cynthia.

She is survived by 2 sons, Randel (Kim) Notz of the Chicago area, David Notz of Wisconsin; and 2 daughters, Cynthia (Warren) Ness of Iowa City and Christine (Reginald) Rivers of New Orleans, LA; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Howard Vogel of Clinton, IA. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Notz, son Eugene Notz, her parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Marilyn L. Notz Memorial Fund has been established.

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


 

Merlin A. Heitkamp

Merlin A. Heitkamp, 73, of Menominee, IL, passed away on Wednesday morning, May 13, 2020 at home following an accident.

A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 (Noon) on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Nativity BVM Catholic Church at Menominee, with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating.  Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

There will a public visitation at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee from 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the strict guidelines issued by the CDC will be followed and only (10) people will be allowed in the Church at any one time. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is in charge of arrangements.

Merlin was born on September 5, 1946 at Hazel Green, WI, the son of Robert H. and Margaret M. (Runde) Heitkamp.  He was a graduate of Galena High School, the class of 1964. Merlin married Linda H. Stillmunkes on September 25, 1971 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, IA.

He was a lifelong resident of Menominee and lived on the family farm his entire life.  Merlin was a member of Nativity BVM Parish and its Holy Name Society. Family, faith and farming were his life.  He was a great teacher and jack of all trades.  The sparkle in his eyes were evident by the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving is his wife Linda; four children, JeffRay (Lyndsi) Heitkamp of Mindoro, WI, Terry (Jodi) Heitkamp of Steward, IL, Jason (friend, Sarah Schueller) Heitkamp of East Dubuque and Lisa (Matt) Neyens of Kenosha, WI; eight grandchildren, Dustin & Alexa, Mia & Owen, Brody & Jessa; and Margaret & Elizabeth; siblings, Lois (Bob) Wagner of Asbury, IA and Dennis (June) Heitkamp of Ottumwa, IA; in-laws, Charlotte Heitkamp and Debbie Heitkamp, Carol (Bill) Ihrig, Sharon (Gary) Hoffmann, Lois Stillmunkes, Mark (friend Karla Reuter) Stillmunkes, Leta (Phil) Wallace and Renee Stillmunkes.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Margaret; his brother, Jerry; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray & Isy Stillmunkes and brother-in-law, Randy Stillmunkes.

Merlin’s family extends deep appreciation to Galena Area Ambulance, the Menominee-Dunleith EMS, Mercy-One Dubuque and Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care provided to their husband, father and grandfather. They would also like to thank the Menominee community for the outpouring of support and love they have provided.

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


 

Mary A. Clasen

Mary Ann (Yeager) Clasen, 80, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Stonehill Health Care Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Private family memorial service will be 10:30 AM, May 30, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue.  Memorial Services will be live broadcast on Bellevue Cable Channel 38 and will be uploaded on SaintJohn Devotion Youtube Channel following the services.  During this time of the Cov-19 Pandemic and limitations on social gatherings and social distancing.  Mary Ann’s family asks everyone to sign the online guestbook and leave a condolence at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com.  If you chose to give a memorial in Mary Ann’s memory please send to Hachmann Funeral Home at 100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, IA  52031 c/o family.

Mary Ann was born May 10,1940 in Bellevue, daughter of Albert K.S. & Mae (Gamble) Yeager. She married Alvin “Slim” Clasen on September 19, 1959 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue, he passed on December 3, 2008.

Mary Ann started her career at the Bellevue Herald Leader as a Linotype operator in 1957. She met the love of her life there, Slim, who was the Shop Foreman. From there she went to the telephone office and worked as an operator until 1961. From 1963 until 1988 she spent working at the Bellevue Community Schools as the School Board Secretary.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Elizabeth Circle, Bellevue Golf Club, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, Bellevue Fire Dept. Auxiliary/Fireflies, B.E.S. Club and Jackson County Republican Central Committee.

Mary Ann will be remembered for her distinguished laugh and always willing to help everyone. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, socializing, golfing, Florida Beaches and watching the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Braves on television. Mary Ann was very proud of the Bellevue Community and took pride in her affiliation with the Bellevue Community School System, she was a true Comet! She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Karolyn (Loxley) Eckles, Kent (Susie) Clasen, daughter-in-law; Stephanie Clasen, grandchildren; Lee (Amber) Eckles, Leslie (Josh Juel) Eckles, Laura (Josh Rockwell) Eckles, Jenny (Todd Randall)Tomita, Stephanie (Phil) Porter, Melissa (Eric) Pruess and Victoria (Libby Small) Clasen, Great-grandchildren; Marcus and Ariyah Clasen, Nicole and Brad Tomita, Juniper Porter, Ava and Marcus Pruess, Siblings; Alice (Cal) Boland, Jane (Bob) Heisen and Neill Yeager, In-laws; Virtus (Marilyn) Clasen, Merlin (Marilyn) Clasen, Mary Ellen Kirk, Pauline Wagener, Lela Roiger, and nieces & nephews and great nieces & great nephews.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alvin “Slim” Clasen, son Kurt Clasen, parents Albert & Mae Yeager, brother Leslie Yeager, mother & father in law, Alvin & Emma Clasen, sister-in-laws, Marilyn Yeager, Judy Yeager and Bernardine Nefgzer, brother-in-laws, Arthur Goldsmith, Ed Nefgzer, Jim Kirk, Leroy Wagener, Dennis Hines, Clifford Roiger and nephew Jeff Hines.


 

Ralph P. “Junior” Cremer Jr.

Ralph P. “Junior” Cremer Jr., age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:40 p.m., on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Luther Manor, with his loving family by his side. Due to the current gathering restrictions, private services will be held for family and friends to celebrate Junior’s life at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. A celebration of Junior’s life for all to attend will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Junior was born on January 15, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Ralph and Marie (Vogt) Cremer Sr.

Junior was a proud life-long Dubuquer who owned and operated Cremer’s Grocery store for his entire working career, officially “retiring” in 2011. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Vivian Koppes, on June 21, 1952, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. They were blessed to have 3 daughters together, and would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary next month. Junior was a hard worker who enjoyed his work. He found much of that enjoyment in the relationships he made with his employees and customers, whom he considered friends and family. He treated all with kindness and generosity, that is not to say they were not subject to some “ribbing”. One of the main attractions at the meat counter, besides the excellent products, was the chatter, and back and forth banter that went on. He loved that. Everyone that falls into this category please know you meant the world to Junior, and he and we appreciate you, your friendship and your patronage. When he did manage to find some free time Junior enjoyed getting out on the Mississippi when the weather was nice, as well as hitting the bowling lanes. He was an excellent bowler and was a member of the Dubuque Bowling Association and the 700 Club. His faith was also an important part of his daily life, he was a long time member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church and the Sacred Heart Men’s Club. We are deeply saddened at losing such a wonderful, hard working and loving man in our daily lives. We will miss you more than words can say and look forward to the day when we are all reunited for Eternity.

Those left to cherish Junior’s memory include

his loving wife,
Vivian Cremer, Dubuque, IA;

2 daughters,
Mary (Al) Slattery, Mustang, OK
and Cathy (Mark) Stone, Dubuque, IA;

5 grandchildren,
Eric (Alicia) Steffen, Danielle (Tom) Klostermann, Luke (Alexandra) Slattery, Adam (Chelsey) Slattery and Levi Stone;

10 great-grandchildren,
Aiden Steffen, Theo Steffen, Dillion Glew, Lucas Klostermann, Gwendolyn Klostermann, Vaughn Slattery, Gillianna Slattery, Grant Slattery, Nora Slattery and Ivy Slattery;

2 sisters,
Sandi (Jim) Klinge
and Carol (Gary) Schubert, both of Dubuque, IA;

a son-in-law,
Iver Bryan, Columbus, WI;

his in-laws,
Madonna Lucas,
Judy (James) Lang,
Karen (Leon) Burke,
Tom (Mary Ann) Yates
and Lucille Koppes;

and several nieces and nephews.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Pamela Cremer; a brother, Gary (Donna) Cremer; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Lucille Frost; and his in-laws, Mary Agness (Jack) Miller, James Koppes and Robert Koppes..

Junior’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, especially Diane Kaiser Pearce, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their care and support.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and can be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, attn. Ralph Cremer family, and will be distributed among Junior’s favorite charities.

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


 

John J. Watson

John J. “Jack” Watson, 78, of East Dubuque, Illinois passed away Monday May 11th at home.

A private graveside committal service with military honors by the Iowa Army National Guard will be held on Saturday, May 16th at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Austin Wilker will officiate.

Jack was born on July 19, 1941 in Evanston, Illinois the son of Thomas and Viola (Gross) Watson. He never married.

Jack served in the U.S. Army, and later graduated from a 4 year college. He was employed by Mobile in Evanston.

He enjoyed playing cards and games at family gatherings. He was an avid history buff and Chicago Cubs fan. He was always willing to share his knowledge of stocks.

Survivors include several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert.

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


 

Rev. John N. Porter

Rev. John “Jack” Nesler Porter, 86, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Luther Manor.

Jack was born March 1, 1934 in Manning, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Myrtle (Nesler) Porter. In the fourth grade, Jack and his family moved to Dubuque, and he completed his schooling at Lincoln Elementary, Washington Junior High, and Senior High School, graduating in 1952. Jack enrolled at the University of Dubuque that fall, graduating with a BS in Business Administration in 1956. After graduation, he joined the 82nd Airborne (paratrooper) Division of the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1958.

After the army, Jack worked for four years at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Having felt a calling, in 1962 Jack shifted from a career in business to the ministry. He attended the Dubuque Theological Seminary over four years and served internships at two churches in Oklahoma, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1967. On June 8, 1968, he married Gladys Ellen Howard at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. He served pastorates in Monroe, Iowa (1967-72), Delavan, Illinois (1972-91), and Hoopeston, Illinois (1991-98) while being a loving and supportive husband to Glady and father to their son, David.

Jack and Glady retired back in Dubuque and enjoyed a variety of activities: square and ballroom dancing; tutoring children from Irving School through a Westminster program; patient advocacy at Bethany Home; playing in a summer tennis league; attending musical events and plays at the local colleges; and meeting with cronies for lunch. Jack and Glady also enjoyed traveling around the US — especially to San Francisco to visit their son and grandchildren — and the UK. Jack was an active member of Westminster, where he sang in the choir, and sat on the board of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Jack loved music (especially jazz) — which he learned to play on his Amazon Echo in recent years — and proudly promoted his son’s streaming music startup (8tracks) to captive audiences at restaurants and retailers alike.

While Jack endured challenges from prostate cancer and, in recent years, Parkinson’s Disease, he maintained his kind nature and sense of humor. When he and Glady moved to Oak Park Place in 2017 and Luther Manor last year, Jack made new friends with the residents, nurses, and staff and enjoyed meals out (especially pizza) and Quiddler and Rummikub with Glady, family and friends.

Jack is survived by his wife, Gladys; their son David (Dorothy Kaslow) Porter; his grandchildren Asher Porter Hassan and Alia Kiran Hassan; their mother, Naureen; his brother Bill (Janet) Porter and their children Steve, Suzanne Taylor, Doug, and their families, including special great niece Melissa Taylor; his brother Paul (Carole) Porter and their children, Gretchen, Bryan, Kara, and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.


 

Daniel L. Westemeier

Daniel Leo Westemeier, 76, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Our dear husband, father, and grandfather deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time with COVID-19 pandemic, having a public visitation is not possible. Please with us in prayer. A celebration of Dan’s life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.

Daniel was born April 8, 1944, in Guttenberg, IA, the son of Leo and Loretta (Foxen) Westemeier. On February 14, 1976, he married Betty  Benskin in Dubuque, Iowa.

Dan graduated from Guttenberg High School.

He was a machinist at John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years. Following his retirement he began working on the Diamond Jo Boat as a dealer.

Daniel enjoyed fishing, loved playing euchre, and cherished fish fries with his buddies.

Survivors include Wife, Betty Westemeier; daughters, Tammy (Tom) Wagner, Sheri Westemeier, and Amber (Richard) Kelley; his grandchildren, Danielle, Olivia, Gabrial, Nathan, Evan, and Jake.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his 2 sisters, Judy and Joan

A special thank-you to the ICU nurses and the staff at Finley Hospital.

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


 

Marguerite M. Sweeney

Marguerite M. Sweeney, 99, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 11th, 2020 at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family.

Private Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church with Rev. Tom McDermott officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions the funeral mass will be live streamed on Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory’s Facebook page at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 14th, 2020. Please LIKE the funeral home Facebook page to view the funeral. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com.

She was born on March 25, 1921 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Alberic and Mary (McDonald) McDermott. She married Tom Sweeney on March 2, 1946 at New Melleray Church. Tom and Marge owned and operated Sweeney’s Ace Hardware for many years in Dubuque.

Marge enjoyed working at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, Robert’s River Rides and Happy’s Place. She loved to sit on her patio and enjoyed taking care of her flowers and her beautiful lawn on Asbury Road.

She is survived by her children, Peter (Maryann Beecher) Sweeney, Diane (Tom) Thill, both of Dubuque, Sara (Ed) Ullrich, of Coralville, IA, and Jane (Rodney) Mannino, of Fulshear, TX. Grandchildren Neal (Tara) Sweeney, Nick (Tamara Hanson) Sweeney, Kim (Bill) Grant, Lindsay (Ryan Maxwell) Firzlaff, Samantha Mannino and Andrew Mannino. Great grandchildren, Brittany Dix, Cody Sweeney, Sam Grant, Mike Grant and Olivia Grant along with her sister Pat (Joe) Larkin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Tom on December 22, 1990; five brothers Louis, Bernard, Emmett, Chuck, and Clem; three sisters Mabel, Bernice, and Dorothy.

The family request no flowers.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and to her nurse Mia for taking such loving care of mom.


 

Curt J. Curoe

Curt J. Curoe, 61 of Bernard, Iowa passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020 following a sudden illness at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private family service will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. A live stream of the funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14th on the funeral home Facebook page. You must LIKE Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory on Facebook in order to view the service.

Curt was born on January 16, 1959 in Dubuque the son of Louis E. and Shirley A. (Federspiel) Curoe. He married Ann Donovan of Dubuque on May 11, 1979 at St. Joseph’s Church, Key West, IA., and together they lived, farmed, and raised their family in rural Bernard. Curt’s joys in life were his show cattle, his grandchildren, and his family, not necessarily all in that order. He was a dedicated employee of Horsfield Construction for 30 years. He felt as though they were his second family and they treated him the same. He also served as a 4-H leader and was a tissue donor.

He is survived by his wife Ann; his four children Chad (Keeley) Curoe, Casey (Nicole) Curoe, Caden Curoe all of Bernard, Lexi (Matt) Weigel, six grandchildren Corbin 6, Colton 4, Keira 6, Louis 2 Curoe, and Kohen 3 and Zade 2 Weigel, and a special son Jordan. He is also survived by his mother Shirley Curoe; his siblings Cindy (Larry) Trumm, Cathy (Mark) Knuth, Cheri (Tom “Mooder”) Ryan, Christy (David) Crees, and Chuck (Lizz) Curoe. His mother and father-in law Ron and Pat Donovan; and his sister and brother in laws; Rose (Mark) Hoerner, Mike (Sue) Donovan, Joan (Gene) Kies, Beth (Steve) Timmerman, Patrick (Jenny) Donovan, and Brian (Shelly) Donovan, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Louis and his uncle Col. Patrick Curoe, USAF.

The family would like to thank the Dubuque County Sheriff Dept., Bernard Fire and EMS, and the staff at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital Emergency Room especially Mary Rausch and Beth Timmerman, for all their efforts and compassion to Curt and his family.


 

Julie M. Gentz

Julie Marie Gentz, 61, of Eldridge, Iowa passed away on Thursday, May 7th, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Private family funeral service will be held with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa. The Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, Dubuque, IA is assisting the family with arrangements.

Julie Marie McCarthy was born July 10, 1958, in Dubuque, the daughter of Ronald and Dorothy (Feldman) McCarthy. She graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School.

She married Robert Gentz on Oct. 20, 1979, at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque. Julie was a loving wife, mother and homemaker.

Survivors include her husband Robert; her children, Erin and Kevin; her mother Dorothy; her siblings; along with her brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; a sister-in-law; and two brothers-in-law.

The family wishes to thank the medical staff of the Intensive Care Unit at UnityPoint in Bettendorf and the Medical Intensive Care Unit at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for their excellent care of Julie.

Memorials may be made to the family or to The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at donate.givetoiowa.org.

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


 

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