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Diane M. Brown

Diane Marie Brown, 68, of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, June 18, 2021, at her home in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Tuesday June 22, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 

The Mass of Christian Burial for Diane will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Church of the Nativity with Father Andy Upah as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com

Diane was born April 26, 1953, in Dubuque, the daughter of Werner Joseph and Dolores Catherine (Klein) Sigwarth. She married Michael Steven Psaros and later divorced.   On September 8, 1992, she married Phillip Martin Brown Sr. at Eagle Point Park.

She attended Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in Peosta.

For the past 31 years, she has worked at Crescent Electric as an Accounts Payable Supervisor.

Diane was known for her love of playing cards!   From spoons to Euchre she was sure to always win.   Whenever she left the house, Diane made sure she had a deck of cards in her purse.   Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandkids.

Diane is survived by her husband, Phillip, of Dubuque; two sons, Aric (Teresa) Psaros of Dubuque and Phillip (Noel) Brown Jr. of Longmont, Colorado; one daughter, Stacy Goerdt of Dubuque; six grandchildren, Cody, Herbie, Devan, Brooklyn, Lillian, Phillip III and one on the way; three great-grandchildren, Treyton, Walker & Wilder; three brothers; five sisters and 30 nieces & nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Werner & Dolores Sigwarth and her in laws, Don & Joan Brown.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to the North End Neighborhood Association in care of Audry Morey.

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

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


 

Paul G. Wolfe

Paul G. Wolfe, 96, of Lancaster, formerly of Potosi, passed away on June 17, 2021, at Orchard Manor in Lancaster.  To honor Paul’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 101 Church Street in Tennyson, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 2:30 p.m.  A private family graveside service will be held at the St. Andrew’s Cemetery.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Paul’s family.

Paul was born May 9, 1925, in Rockville to Vilas Dawson and Jessie Mae (Schramm) Wolfe.  He spent his childhood in the Rockville area attending school there.  On November 16, 1947 he married a pretty young lady from Mt. Ida; Donna Speaker.  They made their home in Lancaster for a short time then moved to Dickeyville, where Paul worked at John Deere Tractor Works and the Dubuque Packing Company.  His heart though, always remained in Rockville.  In 1957 he moved his growing family back to the Rockville area and bought the Midway Tavern where he had worked before his marriage.

Paul owned the tavern for 42 years and during that time served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Southwest Tavern League.  He was famous for his Ham and Cheese Sandwiches and his 1/3 lb. hamburgers.  He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Parish, an avid fisherman, loved to play the slot machines and a good game of cards.  Paul retired in 1995 and sold the tavern in 2002.  After retirement Paul and Donna moved to an apartment in Lancaster.

As his knees became worse, he decided he should move to Orchard Manor.  He enjoyed his time there, where he could talk to other people he knew and reminisce about the past.  He loved the nurses and all the people who made his stay special.  When Covid hit, he tested positive a couple of times, but was never sick.  However, he was no longer able to visit with the other residents.    He became lonely and decided he would rather be with Donna then remain here with us.

Paul is survived by seven children: Kristine (Ron) Zenz of Bagley, Aleise (Cyril) Oyen; Paul (Jeanne) Wolfe of Potosi; Ann (Thomas) Peters of LaFarge; Jill (Craig) Moldenhauer of Green Lake; Mark (Wendy) Wolfe of Olathe, KS and Lori Wolfe of Eau Claire.; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Dressler of Potosi; 24 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson, and one on the way; brother and sister in-laws Kathy Wolfe, Lancaster; Marshall (Nancy) Speaker, Fort Worth, Texas; Mark (Sue) Speaker, Sparks, Nevada; Jean Speaker, Sarona, WI.

Paul was preceded in death by his loving wife Donna in 2010, a son Michael in 2013, his parents Vilas and Jessie, a sister Dorothy  (Martin) Flesch, brothers, Charles (Lorraine) Wolfe, Merlin Wolfe and William Wolfe; in-laws Hugo (Beverly) Speaker, James (Lavon) Patzner, and Warren Speaker.

The family would like to thank all the employees of Orchard Manor, including the maintenance man, who spent time and shared their love with Paul.  You are very special people and our personal heroes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated among Paul’s favorite charities.

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


 

Elmer J. Arensdorf

Elmer J. Arensdorf, 79, died Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Luther Manor following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at St. Joseph the Worker

Catholic Church with Rev. Tom McDermott officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Elmer’s family will receive friends from 3:00 to 7:00 on Monday, June 21, 2021, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road.

Elmer was born on Dec.1, 1941, the son of Henry and Grace (Lynch) Arensdorf. He resided in LaMotte, IA and farmed with his father. He graduated from Holy Rosary High School in 1959. Elmer met the love of his life, Rose Mary Duster at Melody Mill Ballroom. They were married on May 11, 1963. In 1975 they sold the farm and moved to Dubuque where Elmer went into real estate for Tri-State Auction & Realty, Century 21 and Brissey Realty. He also worked with Orkin Pest Control for two years, earning several awards. Elmer drove a school bus in the mornings for several years where he enjoyed both the students and the beautiful morning sunrises. He retired in 2012. Elmer was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church for many years. In his free time Elmer enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s ball games and taking them fishing. He looked forward all year long to deer hunting with his brothers, son and grandsons, which he enjoyed very much. Stories of the hunts were told over and over, some may have stretched just “a little” over the years. He enjoyed traveling to Arizona, Utah, and Florida to spend time with relatives. He also enjoyed two trips to Hawaii. Elmer looked forward to playing euchre with his friends at their monthly card clubs and meeting up with relatives at frequent luncheons. He always had corn out for his duck families in his backyard and never went to bed without either a bowl of ice cream or piece of Rosie’s delicious dessert (or maybe both!) One of the greatest gifts Elmer ever received was from his younger brother Glenn, who gave him one of his kidneys back in 2008. For never doing a single day of dialysis and giving us 13 more years with him, from the bottom of our hearts Glenn thank you!

Elmer was a great husband, awesome dad and cherished grandpa.

He is survived by his wife Rosie; two sons Mark (Jan Raymond) of Salt Lake City, UT and Mike (Angie) of Dubuque, a daughter Michelle (Barb) of Dubuque, nine grandchildren, Jordon, Kayla, Hunter of Salt Lake City, MaKenna (Bryce) Ewan, Drake, Zach, Max, Cooper and Storm of Dubuque and 1 great granddaughter, Penelope Ewan; six brothers: Eldon (Cathy), Tom (Kathy), Ron (Kathy), Gary (Laura Schuster), Glenn (Debbie), and Kevin (Jolee); two sisters, Anna Mae Hansen and Pat (Bill) Merfeld; three brothers-in-law Roger (Carol) Duster, Bob (Mary) Duster and Gary (Patti) Duster and two sisters-in-law Darlene (Jim) Mullen, and Sue Duster.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law Ron Duster and Ray Hansen; his niece and godchild Jenice (Hansen) Jach and nephew Scott Arensdorf.

A special thanks to Dr. Whalen for taking such great care of Elmer over the years. Thank you to all his realtor friends, bus barn buddies and wonderful neighbors both past and present who knew Elmer along the way. Grateful to Luther Manor on Hillcrest and Hospice of Dubuque for helping us and dad on this part of his final journey here on earth.

In Lieu of flowers an Elmer Arensdorf memorial has been established.


 

Terry L. Bargman

Terry L. “Tiny” Bargman, 76, of Dubuque, IA and Tucson, AZ, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife and children, on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021, at the UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA.

Terry’s family will be holding a Celebration of Life from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM on Friday, June 25th, 2021 at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque. The celebration will be held at the Eagles View Pavillion. Please note, there is an admission fee of $1 per car to enter the park.

Terry was born on March 3, 1945, in Dubuque, IA, son of Leo C. and Janet (Rosenthal) Bargman. He attended Dubuque Senior High School, and lettered in several sports, which fueled his love of sports/coaching. Terry worked a physically demanding job at the John Deere Dubuque Works for 43 years.

He met his first wife, Diana Weidenbacher, in high school. They were married on June 24th, 1967, and had 3 children together, raising them in Asbury. They were divorced after 39 years of marriage.

Terry had a passion for coaching children, taking on responsibilities for various baseball, softball, and basketball teams that his children were a part of. He spent many spring and summer nights at the Asbury Park fields coaching, umpiring, or just making sure the field was being maintained. Terry took great pride in those teams winning multiple league titles as well as numerous tournaments around Iowa and the midwest.

During the Christmas season, Terry loved playing Santa at Kennedy Mall, or for private parties. He was able to play Santa one last time a few years ago for all of his grand/great grandchildren, something he cherished. He also loved the yearly family trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. While Terry gave off a tough guy image, he was really a kid at heart.

After retiring from John Deere, he found and fell in love with his second wife, Jacqueline (Sunny) Poellot. They were married in Dubuque on October 9, 2010. Sunny moved to Dubuque so they could start their life together, and they later split time between Dubuque and Tucson where she had resided before meeting him. Terry and Sunny loved to take spontaneous day trips, or they’d map out a week-long road trip so they could see the country together. You could often find them at the casino together, trying to hit the big one. No matter what they were doing, they were having fun and probably getting into some trouble together.

Terry was a passionate Minnesota Vikings fan, having followed them since the day the organization was created. He never missed a game, even though they always let him down. He also loved watching Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball, as well as the Chicago Cubs.

Terry was fiercely loyal to his family and selected friends. If he liked you, he’d do anything he could to help you. He spent his retirement years helping out friends and family members who were stricken with medical issues that made it difficult for them to leave their house. He’d visit with them, run errands for them, and help them with various tasks around the house.

Survivors include his wife, Sunny; Two daughters, Wendy Moore of Dubuque, and Teresa (Brian) Bothell of Mt. Vernon, IA; One son, Thad Bargman of Waukee, IA; Two grandsons, Aaron Bargman and Nick Moore of Dubuque; Two granddaughters, Natasha Moore (Dubuque) and Josie Bothell (Mt. Vernon); Three nephews, Terry Lynch, Danny Jo Connolly, and Bobby Bargman all of Dubuque; Two great grandsons, Mason Birch and Aaron Bargman, Jr. both from Dubuque; Three great granddaughters, Lola and Kyla Bargman, and Aubrey Tigges, all of Dubuque; One stepson, Jeremy (Kim) Larsen and his three children, Jeremy (J.J), Jane, and Jordan of Chandler, AZ; One stepdaughter, Megan Larsen, and her three children Marcel, Angel, and Calypso of Tucson, AZ; and one sister-in-law, Claudette Poellot, of Vaughn, NM.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his ex-wife, three sisters, Cecelia “Cece” Lynch, Mable Connolly, and Linda Bargman; one grandson, Dakota Moore; one brother-in-law, Dan Connolly; and one sister-in-law, Suzette Poellot.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the EMT, ER, and ICU staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for their amazing care during his final days.

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

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


 

Wanda L. Cornelius

Wanda L. Cornelius, 86, of rural Andrew, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at her home.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa.  Visitation will be held on Monday, June 21, 2021, from 3 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery.

The celebration of life service will be livestreamed on the Salem Lutheran Church You Tube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX8lB97_XOTWtvt5acoFxfg.

Wanda Lea Burmahl was born on January 20, 1935 near Spragueville, Iowa, to William J. and Alice M. (Nicolaisen) Burmahl.  She was a 1952 graduate of Maquoketa High School and 1954 graduate of the Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls.  She married Gerald “Jerry” Cornelius on June 1, 1958 in Andrew, Iowa.  Three children were born to this union, Nancy, Charles, and Julie.

Upon graduating from college, Wanda taught Kindergarten at DeWitt for two years and in Maquoketa for two years.  She was co-owner of both Cornelius Seed Corn Co. and Cornelius Land and Cattle farming operation.  She and Jerry lived on the Cornelius Family Heritage Farm.  She was inducted as a Master Farm Homemaker in 1982 and was a past president.

Wanda was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew where she served in many capacities.  Wanda was dedicated to helping youth as a Kindergarten Teacher, Church Sunday School and Bible School Teacher, a 25 year 4-H leader and inductee of the Iowa 4H Hall of Fame as well as a “mom” to many detasselers.  She rarely missed the events of her children and grandchildren.

Wanda was generous with her time, talents, and resources.  A few of the organizations that benefited from her generosity and smile were Maquoketa State Bank Board of Directors, Jackson County Fair Board, Jackson County Historical Society Board, Iowa 4-H Foundation Board, Church Council, ISU Extension Advisory Council, Jackson County Senior Citizen Center Board, 4-H Youth Committee, Andrew Petal Pals Garden Club, Superintendent of Jackson County Fair Open Show, JCRHC Ladies Auxiliary, Jackson County Republican Central Committee. She received numerous awards for her volunteer efforts.

Those left to carry on her legacy are her children, Nancy (Lester) Johnson of Springbrook, IA, Charles “Chuck” (Chris) Cornelius of Bellevue, IA, and Julie (Jay) Jacobi of West Des Moines, IA; 7 grandchildren, Megan (Andrew) Kilburg and their children Julian and Madalyn: Tim (Erin) Johnson; Will (Kelly) Cornelius and their children Calahan and Mara; James (Janie) Cornelius and their children Logan, Anna and Zoey; Dan Jacobi, Ally (Sam) Gerrard, and Luke Jacobi.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Jerry on December 14, 1995.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Salem Lutheran Church, Jackson County Historical Society, or to the Jackson County Extension “Together We Build” Project.

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


 

Ronald D. Stender

Ronald D. “Ron” Stender, 75, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Burial will be at the Monmouth, Iowa Cemetery.

Ronald Dale Stender was born on February 9, 1946 in Clinton, Iowa, to Carlyle and Nellie (Hardin) Stender.  He was a 1964 graduate of Midland High School.  He married Kathleen Marie Widel on April 9, 1966 in Monmouth, Iowa.  People said they were too young and it wouldn’t work, but it did for 54 wonderful years.  Three children were born to this union, Steven, John and Dianna.

Ron was a lifelong farmer and had worked in feed industry first at Mitchell-Maskrey in Maquoketa for over 20 years and later as a salesman for Davison Feeds. He then became a school bus driver for the Midland Community School District from 1990 until retiring in 2018.

Ron was a member of the Monmouth Faith United Methodist Church, Jackson County Horse and Harness Association, and had served as a longtime 4-H leader for the Monmouth CO-ED.  He was a lover of horses and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Steve (Kathy) Stender of Washington, IA, John (Jennifer) Stender of Baldwin, IA, and Dianna (Jeremy) Dunlavey of Ankeny, IA; 8 grandchildren, Ty (and fiance Kayleigh Koch), Derek and Curtis Stender, Sydney (and fiance Bailey Hadacek) and Lane Stender, Makenna, Emma and Michael Dunlavey; a sister, Karen Watters of Baldwin, IA; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Kathy on July 11, 2020, parents, and brother-in-law Barry Watters.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald D. “Ron” Stender memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Sr. Guadalupe Soria, OP

Sister Guadalupe Soria, OP, died June 14, 2021, at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wis.

She was born Mary Socorro Sept. 22, 1925, to Gilbert and Guadalupe (Alvarado) Soria in Hysham, Mont. She was the oldest of 10 daughters.

She is survived by sisters, Anita Florez, Gloria Soto, and Sister Rosalinda Soria, OP; nieces; nephews; and her Dominican community.

Sister Guadalupe began her missionary journeys in 1956. Her welcoming spirit and capable healing hands were shared in Iowa; Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, Bolivia; in Montana; Texas; and Wisconsin. This wise and holy woman brought faith, joy and life, whether she was opening a medical clinic, leading prayer circles or delivering babies.

Services will be held at Sinsinawa June 18-19. Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Sister Guadalupe blessed all. Go now, delight in God’s blessings.


 

Evelyn M. Kaiser

Evelyn M. (Brant) Kaiser, 93, of Dubuque, passed away on June 17th, 2021, at Luther Manor in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 21, 2021, at the Church of the Resurrection with Father Phillip Gibbs officiating. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday June 21, at the church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. A live stream of the funeral mass will be on the funeral home Facebook page.

Evelyn was born on July 17, 1927, in Potosi, WI the daughter of August and Elizabeth (Stohlmeyer) Brant. She married Vincent J. Kaiser on May 18th, 1948, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, WI. He preceded her in death on April 2nd, 1997.

Evelyn worked in the food department for the Dubuque Community School District, serving in school cafeterias.

She belonged to #1282 court Dubuque CDA. She was a proud member of the Catholic Order of Foresters #228 for 73 years, and a member of the Church of the Resurrection.

Evelyn is survived by her children Joanne Kaiser of Dubuque, Jeff (Beth) Kaiser of Dubuque, and Judy (Karey) Garringer of Iowa City; 2 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; Sisters Rita Sedbrook of Glen Haven, WI, and Jeanette (Bob) Brandt of Kieler, WI; Brothers Joseph (Jacklan) Brant of Potosi, WI, and James Brant of Cuba City, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter Latia; brothers Clifford (Evelyn), Harold, Donald (Dorothy), Vince (Abby), Charles (Anne), Virgil (Teresa) (Jeannie), and twin brothers in infancy; In-laws Jerry (Lucille) Kaiser, Sr. Helen Kaiser, Mert (Jane) Kaiser, Lillian (Joe) Salzmann, Esther (Fran) Busch, Don Sedbrook, and Kathy Brant.

Evelyn wished to send a special thanks for the loving care from her two daughters, sister, brothers, and in-laws. Also, for special nieces and friends who were always there for her. A very special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer F, Niki, Julie, Jan, and Peggy, and Luther Manor staff for the wonderful care they gave to Evelyn.

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


 

Inez A. Pancratz

Inez A. Pancratz, 91, passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Bethany Home with her loving family by her side.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 18th, 2021, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 2:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 19th, 2021, at St. Joseph Key West Church with Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch officiating. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Sylvia Switch. A live stream of the funeral mass will be on the funeral home Facebook page.

Inez was born on September 25, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James and Margaret (Laughlin) Donahue.

She married LeRoy Pancratz on September 28, 1949, at Assumption Church, Sylvia Switch in Zwingle. They were married just shy of 70 years before LeRoy preceded her in death on August 24, 2019.

Inez was a hard worker her whole life. She taught at the Franklin one room school for 2 years. She then worked side by side with LeRoy milking cows as well as numerous jobs outside the home while raising their 7 kids.

Inez enjoyed many interests: playing euchre, gardening, fishing, Sunday drives, neighborhood parties especially the Kutsch Christmas party, picnics after Sunday Mass and the county fair. She was a great cook, cinnamon rolls with Conway Twitty are a great memory to siblings. She also was a 2nd mom to many; always looking out for all kids who came through here door. Her faith was very important.

She was a member of Dubuque Theresians, Morning Hope and Sylvia Switch Rosary Society. She was a proud graduate of Holy Rosary High School.

Mom was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Children: Mary Jo (Wayne Beecher) Pancratz, Joyce (Richard) Veach, Tim (Mary Kay) Pancratz, Randy “Whitey” (Diane) Pancratz, Judy (Craig) Wurdinger, and Peggy (Dennis) Denlinger. Seventeen grandchildren: Amberai, Luke, Tyler, Melanie, Wes, Danny, Elizabeth, Molly, Arianne, Brett, Anna, Kelly, Ben, Jenna, Becca, Rachel, and Sam. Fifteen great grandchildren with two on the way; sister-in-law Lillian Kies; her best friend Eleanor Schueller; along with many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents; her husband LeRoy; her son Leo Pancratz; Siblings Anna Marie Donahue, Monica Pancratz and Rev. Joseph Donahue.

An Inez Pancratz memorial fund has been established or memorials may be given to Bethany Employee Appreciation Fund.

We will be forever grateful to all the Bethany Home staff! Your love and care of our parents was exceptional! We are so thankful they chose Bethany Home because it truly is home. A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque especially Melanie for her love and guidance these past 16 months for Inez.


 

Mary Beth Willenbring

Mary Beth Willenbring, 66, of Dubuque died Monday, June 14, 2021.  Visitation will be from 3 to 8 pm Friday, June 18 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory where there will be a parish wake service at 3 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Nativity and will be live streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home Facebook page.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Cascade.

Mary Beth was born July 20, 1954 in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Donald and Marian (Knepper) Kearney.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1972.  Mary Beth worked in the banking industry for 35 years, retiring from Dubuque Bank and Trust in 2017.

Mary Beth enjoyed decorating her home and flower gardens.  She enjoyed her social connections that she developed throughout her life.  If she didn’t know you, she knew someone who did.

Family was very important to Mary Beth.  She was a loving wife and mother; and absolutely adored her grandchildren.  She loved spending her time attending her grandchildren’s events.  She also had a special place in her heart for her cat, Betsy.

She is survived by her husband, Patrick Willenbring of Dubuque; three sons, Daniel (Shannon) Kane of Dubuque, Christopher (Kelly White) Klein of Peosta and Peter (Stephanie) Klein of Peosta; five grandchildren, Daniel and Mia Kane; Caleb and Carson Klein; and Benjamin Klein.

She is also survived by her siblings, Allan (Vickie) Kearney, Linda Gernes, Jan Kearney-Wheeler, Colleen Kirkwood, Donna Beaman, Sheila Pillard, Sherri (Rick) Treanor, Kevin (Lisa) Kearney, Joyce (Chuck) Pastene, Joe Kearney, Terry (Angie) Kearney and Jeff (Karla) Kearney; brothers and sisters in law, Rosanne (John Pape) Kelchen, Mary Kelchen, Jim (Jennifer) Willenbring, Joan (Ron) Ronnebaum, and Joe (Marilyn) Willenbring; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Father and Mother in law, Cyril and Anastasia Willenbring; and four brothers in law, Fred Gernes, Joe Pillard, Lloyd and Gene Kelchen.

A Mary Beth Willenbring Memorial Fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staffs at Mayo Clinic and Mercyone Dubuque for all of their care.


 

Thomas J. Engler

Thomas Joseph Engler, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away on Sunday, June 6th 2021, in Woodville, WI, surrounded by family.

On the crisp day of March 16 in 1946, he was welcomed by Sylvester “Les” & Helen (Ernzen) Engler as their firstborn son, in Dubuque, Iowa. Full of mischief and energy, he grew up happily on their farm with his four siblings. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1964.  While at Wahlert, Tom was part of the choir selected to perform at the World’s Fair in New York.

Always full of wanderlust, Tom joined the United States Air Force in June 1966 at the age of 20, and served for four years, including a tour in Pakistan, achieving the rank of Sergeant.  After honorably completing his duty to his country, Tom attended and then graduated from Loras College, 1973. While attending Loras, Tom met Nancy D. (Winders) Engler. Tom and Nancy wed on December 30th, 1972 in Dubuque, Iowa. He worked in banking his whole life, starting at the Bank of Hanover, IL, and working at several other banks throughout the country.  Most recently, he retired from Community Resource Bank in Roseville, MN.

Tom was most known for his sense of humor, compassion and his knowledge of trivia. His many hobbies included: golfing, reading, watching sports, playing cards (especially Euchre), crossword puzzles, and being “punny”.

Tom valued family above all else.  He coached many of his children’s sports teams. He always supported and cheered on their many endeavors. Tom viewed his children and grandchildren as his greatest accomplishments.

After retiring, Tom and Nancy fulfilled their dream of traveling the country and spending time with their grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy D. Engler of Woodville, WI, their children, Brian (Tammy) Engler of Higganum, CT, Russell (Jodi) Engler of Woodville, WI, Traci Engler of Winona, MN, Jasmine Engler of Saint Paul, MN, & Joe (Tracy) Engler of Brook Park, MN, as well as their grandchildren, Alexander & Chloe Engler; Benjamin, Elsie, & Franki Engler; Jonathan Engler; Henry, Easton, and Letti Tudahl; Gwendolynn Engler. As well as his siblings: Carol Schiller of Keomah Village, IA, Judy (Roger) Heiderscheit of Holy Cross, IA, Nancy Clark of Dubuque, IA and Kevin Engler of Dubuque, IA. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Dolores Winders of Arizona, and in-laws Dennis (Cynthia) Winders of Arizona, Jean Winders of Dubuque, IA, Mike (Mary) Winders of Baxter, IA, & Karen Winders of Arizona, and many extended family and friends.

He was preceded in passing by his father and mother, Sylvester & Helen Engler, of Rickardsville, IA, as well as his brother-in-law, Dan Schiller.

The family would like to thank Adoray Hospice, and Western Wisconsin Health, for their exceptional comfort and care.  A Celebration of Life will be on July 7, 2021 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin with visitation at 1pm and service at 2pm.


 

Jerry W. Smith

Jerry William Smith, 81, of Dubuque, died Monday, June 14, 2021, at Luther Manor in Dubuque, after several years battling cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 11:00 am, Monday, June 21, 2021 at Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Rd., Dubuque.

The funeral service for Jerry will immediately follow the visitation at 11:00 am Monday at the church with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. 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.

Jerry was born March 31, 1940, in Sumner, IA, the son of Carl and Shirley (McIntyre) Smith. In 1946, he attended school in Donnan, a country school (Windsor #3) near Hawkeye, the same school his mother attended. Jerry attended West Union North High School, where he graduated May 29, 1958. He went on to study two years at Iowa State University from 1958 – 1961, with a concentration in physics, later completing his degree at Clarke University in the spring of 1990 with his Bachelors in Computer Science.

Jerry began working at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids as a computer operator while his future wife, Betty Peterson, worked in the library. They later attended a YMCA/YWCA dance together, which developed into their getting married on October 10, 1964. Jerry also worked at CyCare as a computer operator and then later for APAC in insurance sales.

He was known for his genuine kindness. Jerry never said a bad word about anyone and appreciated peoples’ differences. He enjoyed family history/genealogy, learning about foreign languages and cultures, traveling the United States, and playing postcard chess with people from other countries. He also had a vast collection of books. Most of all, Jerry loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren so much.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Smith of Dubuque; daughter, Kathy (Pat) Connolly; granddaughter, Nicole (Jacob) Bahl; great-grandson, George Bahl; great-grandson, Arthur Bahl; daughter, Linda (Maureen McDermott) Smith; granddaughter, Kim (Linas) Saulys; great-granddaughter, Vaiva Saulys; great-grandson, Dovas Saulys; son, Ken (Chi) Smith; granddaughter, Anna Smith; granddaughter, Sophia Smith; son, Bryan (Martha) Smith; granddaughter, Emily (fiancé, Austin Bostic) Smith; granddaughter, Bethany Smith; granddaughter, Vivian Smith; daughter, Sandra (Jamie) Leick; granddaughter, Leah Leick; grandson, Andrew Leick; brother, Dennis (Jane) Smith of Ames, IA; sister-in-law, Arlene Smith of Onalaska, WI; and brother, Kevin (Kristin DeNike) Smith of Bettendorf, IA.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Steve and Donald; one sister, Judy; and his in-laws, Clifford and Goldie Peterson.

The family would like to extend a great appreciation to Hospice of Dubuque, Paramount Ambulance and the entire staff at Luther Manor.

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

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

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


 

Timothy M. Dahl III

Timothy M. Dahl III, age 19, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:40 p.m., on Monday, June 14, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Tim’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, June 18, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  To honor Tim’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 7:00 p.m., on Friday at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating.

Tim was born on June 25, 2001, in Peoria, Illinois, son of Timothy M. Dahl Jr. and Amanda (Peters) Dahl.

Tim graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 2020, making his family extremely proud.  He was a sweet person who loved being with his family and friends, listening to music and being outside any chance he got.  Tim has been taken from us far too soon.  We will miss him dearly, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now resting peacefully, free of the health challenges he has faced throughout his short life.

Those left to cherish Tim’s memory include

his parents,
Amanda (DeAngelo) Jones, Dubuque, IA
and Timothy (fiancé Judy) Dahl Jr., Florida;

his brother,
Patrick (Olivia Lange) Dahl, Dubuque, IA;

his maternal grandfather,
Darrell Peters, Peoria, IL;

his paternal grandfather,
Timothy M. (Hyo Son) Dahl Sr., Colona, IL;

his maternal aunts,
Missi Bonin, Peoria, IL
and Tighler Peters, Germantown Hills, IL;

his paternal aunt and uncle,
Elizabeth Nauman and David Wood, Peoria, IL;

and his cousins,
Evan, Brooklyn, Abby, Jonathan, Thomas and David.

Tim was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Karen Sue Peters; and his paternal grandmother, Janet Dahl.

Tim’s family would like to thank his extended family at Hills and Dales for all of their years of care and friendship, he truly loved all of you.

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

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


 

Sr. Therese Mackin, BVM

Sister Therese Mackin, BVM (Jeremy), 93, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

Private funeral services will be Monday, June 21, 2021. Virtual Sharing of Memories begins at 9:30 a.m., followed immediately by virtual visitation. Mass of Christian Burial begins at 10:30 a.m. Services are private due to COVID-19 restrictions. All services may be viewed through live videostream at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/bvmsisters/.

Sister Therese ministered at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, as an associate professor of speech/drama, dean of students, director of planned giving, coordinator and director of development, vice president of institutional advancement, assistant to the president and executive vice president. She served as an elementary teacher at St. Anthony in Dubuque, Iowa, as well as in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Omaha, Nebr.; and Boulder, Colo.

She was born on May 4, 1928, in St. Anthony, Iowa, to John and Josephine (Welch) Mackin. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1950, from Sacred Heart Parish, St. Anthony, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1953, and final vows on July 16, 1958.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers John, Thomas, James, Joseph, Gerald and William Mackin; and a sister Mary Mackin.  She is survived by nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

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

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


 

Shirley M. Nugent

Shirley M. Nugent Henning, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

A private graveside service and burial celebrating Shirley’s life will be held on Friday, June 18, 2021, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.  A public visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M., Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Shirley Marie Gilmore was born on March 31, 1937, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Ralph and Selma (Miller) Gilmore.  In her early years she was educated in Elwood and then graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1955.  She married Walter “Wally” Nugent on June 30, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Two children were born to this union, Brenda and Brent.  Walter preceded her in death on February 17, 1969.  In September of 1972, she married Ronnie Henning and one child, Brian was born to this union.  Ronnie preceded her in death in April of 1978.

Shirley had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a short time prior to her marriage to Walter.  She then became a housewife and farmed with “Wally” until his death.  Upon his passing, she worked for Hermes Auto and Upholstery and JCPenney’s until her retirement.

Shirley enjoyed bird watching, fishing, and watching sports, especially basketball and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Brenda (Vern) Hermes of Maquoketa, IA, Brent (Sheila) Nugent of Maquoketa, IA, and Brian Henning of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Jolene (Mathias) Dague, Michael (Emily) Hermes, Megan (James) Mead, and Deidra (Aaron) Koppes; and 5 great-grandchildren with one on the way.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Walter, and her husband Ronnie.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Shirley M. Nugent Henning memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Betty J. Phillips

Betty J. Phillips, 88, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, at Stonehill Care Center.

Services will be on June 28 at 10 AM  at St. Luke’s Methodist Church.  A Celebration of Life will be held on June 29 at the Fannie Stout House from 4 to 6 PM.  This is in lieu of visitation.

Arrangements entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Betty was born July 20, 1932 in Blanchard, IA, the daughter of Templeton and Elizabeth (Noble) Rice. She married Carol L. Phillips on June 24, 1956. He preceded her in death on April 25, 2004.

Betty graduated with her BS in Nursing from University of Iowa in 1955. She went on to earn a MA in Counseling and Guidance from Loras College in 1976 and completed Doctoral course work in Education at Iowa State University.

She was employed at NICC in Peosta as the Placement & Financial Aid Officer for 22 years, and as part-time instructor in the Business & Communication Department. She was an instructor at Finley Hospital School of Nursing and Associate Director.  She worked as a part-time staff  nurse at Finley Hospital and Hazel Green Hospital for several years. She was an Instructor and Clinical Supervisor at St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids.  She began her career as a staff nurse at Rohlf Memorial Clinic in Waverly, IA and  University of Iowa Hospitals.

Betty was active in professional organizations.   Including Women in Management as chapter President, National Vice-President and President; Women’s Leadership Network; Iowa Community College Student Services Association as President; Iowa Association of Financial Aid Administrators; Dubuque Community Schools to Work Committee; and Community & Schools Together (TRIHRA Representative). Betty was also listed in Who’s Who in Education.

She was involved with many civic organizations.  She served on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Dubuque and American Cancer Society.  She worked with Friendship Force and the Sister City Commission.

She was a member of St. Luke’s Methodist church for over 50 years. At St. Luke’s, she served on a variety of different committees and as Historian and Archivist.  She was a member of PEO, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, American Legion Auxiliary, and Order of the Eastern Star.

Betty enjoyed reading, cooking, eating and dining, and drinking wine on the patio with her friends.  She liked traveling in the U.S. and Europe.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Laura Phillips, of Aiken, SC, and Amy (Frank Haskett) Phillips-Haskett of Thornton, CO; her grandchild Tacoa Elizabeth Allen, of Aiken, SC; and her good friend, Gary Bechtel.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Denver (Isabelle) Nuckolls and Dr. Melvin (Arlene) Nuckolls; and one great nephew.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Tiffany Windows Fund, 1199 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001; Nursing Scholarships at the University of Iowa Foundation and Dubuque County Human Society.


 

Maria White

Maria White, age 71, died Sunday April 5, 2020, at Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa following a brief illness.

A public visitation will be held from 9:30 – 11:00 am Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello where a Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 11:00 am.  Rev Paul Baldwin will officiate.

She is survived by her husband Jerry, her 3 children: Anthony (Stacy) & Andrew (Anna) White, both of Monticello and Angela (James Albrecht) White of Cedar Rapids, IA. She is also survived by her grandson Joshua White, step-grandchildren, Sabrynn Dague & Hannah Albrecht, her brother Joseph Schutz of Woodstock IL, her brother-in-law, Joseph White of Minneapolis, MN along with nieces and nephews.

Maria was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws, Cyril & Marion White, and in laws, Judy and John White and Rosemary Schutz.

Cards, letters and memorials may be mailed to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, PO Box 791, Monticello, IA 52310.  A Maria White Family Art Scholarship was established and memorials are preferred.

Maria’s complete obituary is posted at www.kramerfuneral.com where online condolences may be left for the family.


 

Ronald W. Oglesby

Ronald W. Oglesby, age 90, of Dubuque passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 15th, 2021, at Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Family and friends may gather after 12:00 p.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by the Iowa Army National Guard. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Ron was born April 19, 1931, son of William C. and Marvel Oglesby. He was also known as Pints. He served stateside in the Army during the Korean War. In 1957 Ronnie married Marlene McCarthy of Bernard, Iowa.

Ron worked most of his life caring for a Jersey dairy herd. With the help of Marlene, their seven children, grandchildren, sons-in-law, a number of nephews, neighbors, and others he built a successful dairy farm outside of Bernard.

Ron enjoyed the life of farming, spending time with family, hunting, attending gun shows, playing cards, and reading a good book.  His skills were many. He could fix anything without spending money using black electrical tape. Family and friends will have fond memories of Ron’s ability to tell stories about people, places, and things he did.

Many people will miss Ronnie’s youthful spirit and captivating tales.

Loved ones are grateful for this man’s life and hard work. Surviving family members include his wife Marlene, his daughters Sylvia (Craig) Faust, Juliana Oglesby, Marie (Troy) Winder, Laura (Joe) Nauman, Rosanne (Steve) Becker, and son Perry.

Ron was preceded in death by his daughter Rhonda Oglesby and three sisters, Jean (Calvin) Dutka, Ruth (Cletus) Apel, and June (Vince) Owens.


 

Lilian L. Knake

Lillian L. (Kilburg) Knake, 92, of Bellevue, passed away on Tuesday, June 08, 2021 at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue.  Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Friday, July 2, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue.  Family will greet friends 9:00 am – 10:30 am, also Friday, July 2, 2021 at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue prior to Mass.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue.

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

Lillian was born on April 27, 1929, the daughter of Anthony and Rosella (Feller) Kilburg.  She married Cletus Stillmunkes on January 27, 1948.  They had two children before Cletus passed away on November 21, 1950.  On October 27, 1951, she married Albert “Bud” Knake and they were blessed with 3 more children.  Bud and Lillian have been a team that for almost 70 years farmed together, raised their kids and grandkids, involved themselves in the community, and cheered for the Bellevue Comets, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Chicago Cubs.

Lillian loved life on the farm and could do everything from running the machinery to feeding the baby kitties she always kept in the barn. Lillian loved talking on the phone and playing cards. She always had a deck in her purse just in case she could pull together a game. But Lillian’s greatest enjoyment was watching her children and grandchildren play sports.  She was their biggest encourager, and never missed a game.  She was always ready to report the points of each player and offer a treat after the game.

Lillian will leave a legacy of love, grace, and patience.  She had great Faith and was a positive and consistent presence for her family and all her friends.  While she will be greatly missed, her family is very thankful for the 92 years she spent on earth, and knows that she is setting up her card games in Heaven.

Survivors include her husband, Albert “Bud” Knake; children, Donna Mueller, Mike (Kathy) Knake, Patrick (Lori) Knake, Penny (Charles) Medinger; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; siblings, Leanna Sieverding, Mary Anna Sprank, Frieda Ernst, Larry (Julie) Kilburg, Pat Ernst, and Betty (Duane) Ernst; a sisters in-law, Marilee Kilburg and Minnie Knake; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Dan Knake; a grandson, Corey Mueller; siblings and in-laws, Orville (Ivis) Kilburg, Eldon Sieverding, Peter Sprank, Sylvester “Jim” Kilburg, Cletus (Linda) Kilburg, Donald Ernst, Greg Ernst, Rosemary (Orville) Roling; Hank (Connie) Knake, Ed (Betty) Knake, Eliza (Bill) Meyer, Meta Arrington, Mary (Wayne) Young, Ella (Tom) Chantos; and Dena (Eldon) Glunz.

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

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


 

Ronald F. Hasken

Ronald F. Hasken, 77, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Ennoble Nursing and Rehabilitation, Dubuque, IA.  He was born on September 7, 1943 in Havre de Grace, Maryland to Edgar and Mary Fay (Zeal) Hasken.

Ron grew up in Galena, IL.  He graduated from Galena High School in 1961.  After high school he attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA where he received a degree in accounting.  He began working at John Deere Dubuque Works on January 19, 1970 in Parts Distribution.  After completing college Ron worked towards becoming a supervisor in the plant.  He finished his career at John Deere in the Purchasing Department and retired on December 31, 2001.

Ron married Mary Johnette “Butchie” Kane on June 12, 1965 at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque, IL.  Ron enjoyed spending afternoons on the golf course, going for pontoon rides on Apple Canyon Lake, going to auctions with good friends, and cheering on his beloved Chicago Bears.

Ron was preceded in death by his father Edgar Hasken; his brother Rick Hasken; his sister-in-law Anne (Carl) Taylor; and his brother-in-law John Kane.

Ron is survived by his mother Mary Fay Hasken of Galena, IL; his wife Mary Johnette “Butchie” of East Dubuque, IL; his daughter Patrice (Brian) Kuhn of Galena, IL; his son Paul (Kelli) Hasken of Castle Rock, CO; his son Scott (Carrie) Hasken of Vestavia, AL; his sister Sandra Hasken of Dubuque, IA; his sister Janice Harris of Lomita, CA; his sister Jackie (Chuck) Werner of Galena, IL; his sister-in-law Roxann Hasken of Galena, IL; his sister-in-law Dee Kane of Dubuque, IA; his grandchildren Ben (Emma), Katie, Emma, Matthew, Sammy, and Olivia, his great-granddaughter Charlie, and his nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Ennoble Nursing and Rehabilitation for the wonderful care Ron received.

A visitation and memorial service will be held at a later date at Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to go to the East Dubuque Library Foundation.

On-line condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com


 

Robert L. Smart

Robert “Bob” Lee Smart, 85, of Dubuque, died Friday, June 11, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 11:15 am Tuesday June 15, 2021 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Funeral Service for Bob will be 11:30 am Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Derek Rosenstiel officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. 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.

Robert was born May 31, 1936, in Scales Mound, IL, the son of William E. and Leona E. Wasmund Smart. On April 28, 1956, he married Carol Ann Peebles at Zion Lutheran Church in Schapville, IL.

He graduated from Scales Mound High School in 1954.

He worked as a Service Manager for Lime Rock Springs Co.

He was a member of  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed working on cars, fixing everything and was a fan of AM radio.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; one daughter, Stacey S. Tittle of Dubuque; two sons, Steven L. Smart of Thailand, and Michael D. (Timothea) Smart of Helena, MT; and several special friends including, Bob, Kelly, Allison, and Adam Curtis and Cindy Henkel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother-in-law, Wayne (Eileen) Peebles.

A special thank you to the OR and ICU staff and Doctors at MercyOne for their care of Bob and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials have been established for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Dubuque County Humane Society.

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

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


 

Janet Dwane

Janet Dwane, 78, of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, June 9, 2021 with family by her side. Visitation will be held at St, Anthony Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 09:00-10:30, immediately followed by the service at 10:30. Committal prayers will follow in the chapel at Linwood Cemetery, and burial afterwards. Mass will be live-streamed on the St. Anthony Catholic Church YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/SaintAnthonyDubuque

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, is assisting the family.

Janet was born September 29th, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa daughter of Edward and Ermelinda (Schlickman) Travis, where she lived almost all of her life, living a few years in “the basement” in Hazel Green, Wisconsin after marriage to John Dwane, until moving back to Dubuque with John and their, then, three young children. She graduated from Dubuque Wahlert High School and worked 34 years at Finley Hospital, retiring as a Patient Care Tech in 2009.

She enjoyed cheering on the Chicago Cubs, as well as listening to the song “Go Cubs Go”. Kenny Rogers, The Carpenters, Abba, and the Mama Mia soundtrack rounded out the pleasurable listening experience. Not to mention Christmas music knew no season.

Other interests she shared with family and friends included card games, especially Euchre and King’s Corner, as well as games of Yahtzee, crafting of macramé, cross stitch, attending craft shows, watching Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, playing miniature golf, and eating pretzel bites at the mall. In fact, she enjoyed food so much, after eating lunch she might ask “What are we doing for supper?”

She also took pleasure in taking walks with others in around her neighborhood, as well as the occasional hike at E.B. Lyons and Swiss Valley, the Port of Dubuque, and the arboretum. She collected many things dolphin and Pepsi-themed.  Among her adventures in travel, accompanied by like-individuals,  were Japan, Ireland, Virginia, Kansas, Omaha, New Mexico, Disney World and Washington D.C., She also took great pleasure in the company of her grandkids.

One of her favorite sayings when one entered a room was “Pull up a chair and sit on the floor”.  For the past decades her unique humor extended to entertaining/annoying people with her turkey call and barking sound effects.  Kids and adults alike would laugh, while others gave her the side eye. She found delight in both reactions.

Janet is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, John, five children; Phillip (Angela) Dwane, Manassas, Virginia, Christopher Dwane, Dubuque, Iowa, Colleen Dwane, Dubuque, Iowa, Kerri Dwane, Glendale, Arizona, and Andra (Dwane) Getty, Olathe, Kansas. Seven grandchildren; Theresa, Elizabeth, Joseph, Gabriel, Katharine, Marissa, and Cameron. Two sisters; Joyce Gansen, Dubuque, IA, Jane Swift, Bondurant, IA.  Sister-in-law, Marcella (Engling) Travis. Plus many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Gerald Travis, Jackson “Jack” Travis, James “Jim” Travis, Clyde Travis, sister Jenny Mae (Travis) Engling.

In lieu of flowers a Go Fund Me has been set up in her name; https://gofund.me/04c5d74a

A special thanks from our family to the dedicated nurses of Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful and personal care taken with our loved one and keeping her comfortable during her final days, especially Alysa. As well as the extended care provided these past few years by family members, John, Christopher, and Colleen.


 

Kevin M. Vondra

Kevin M. Vondra, 61, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Thursday, June 10, 2021, at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wisconsin. A Celebration of Life will be held 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Sunset Lanes and Hall, Dickeyville, Wisconsin. Casey-McNett Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Kevin was born on September 7, 1959, in Iowa, the son of Kenneth and Marcine (Smith) Vondra. He was employed at Prairie Farms for over 30 years, retiring in 2019.

Kevin enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing poker, baking, and picking both berries and walnuts. He attended auctions and flea markets, collecting a variety of items, including mementos of local dairy businesses. Kevin loved his family and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He enjoyed spending time with friends and lending a helping hand.

Survivors include his daughter, Katie Vondra, Dubuque, IA; two sons, Brad Vondra, East Dubuque, IL, and Mike (Nikki) Vondra, Dyersville, IA; three sisters, Kristine (Greg) Fry, Fennimore, WI, Mary Hultman, Baraboo, WI, and Laura (Arty) Moyer, Galena, IL; two brothers, Brian (Carolyn) Vondra, Spring Hills, KS, and Jim (Holly) Vondra, Mineral Point, WI; a brother-in-law, Rich Hardyman, Belleville, WI; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ken and Marcine Vondra; and a sister, Janet Hardyman.

The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Dominic Villa, Hospice of Dubuque and ADRC of Lancaster.

Memorials may be sent to Casey-McNett Funeral Home, 123 N. Jackson St., Cuba City, WI, 53807.

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


 

Frederick T. Taft Jr.

Frederick T. “Buck” Taft, Jr., 85 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 10th, 2021, at Stonehill Care Center with family by his side.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 15th, 2021, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a memorial service with sharing time will be at 4:00 p.m. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Fred was born on November 11, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa; the son of Frederick and LaVetta (Walsh) Taft Sr. He served in the US Naval Reserve and was an Army Parachutist.

On August 16, 1957, he married the love of his life Donna Mae Hielscher in Libertyville, IL. He and Donna owned and operated Village Bar Supper Club in Kieler, WI for 7 years. Fred also worked and retired from the Dubuque Packing Company after 42 years.

Buck was an avid Chicago Bear and Cubs fan; he enjoyed golfing, listening to music, John Wayne movies, playing the lottery and having a cold Miller High Life. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Donna; six children DeAnn Taft, of Green Bay, WI, Debra (Joseph) Fromment, of Dubuque, IA, Dean Taft, of Dubuque, IA, Denise (Paul) Bertsch, of Dubuque, Dori (Michael) Taft, of Whitewright, TX, and Danny (Scheryl) Taft, of Potosi, WI. Fifteen grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Michael A. Bennett, his sister Patricia Busch and a brother James Taft.

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

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion they gave to Fred.


 

Donald J. Gronemus

Donald J. Gronemus, 67, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at University of Iowa Hospital following complications from heart surgery. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City. Following the service, burial will be at St. Rose Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be held Wednesday at the church from 9-11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Casey-McNett Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is serving the family.

Don was born on April 2, 1954, in Vernon County, Wisconsin, to LeRoy and Mary (Flock) Gronemus. Don graduated from Cashton High School in 1972. Diploma in hand, Don and his twin brother, Dave,  joined the Navy. Upon returning to land, Don attended Western Wisconsin Technical Institute, where he earned his Associate of Applied Science in Farmstead Mechanization in 1978, specializing in stainless steel welding. His trade brought him to Cuba City, when he began working for Gile Surge. Don was then hired by Southwest Health Center, where he enjoyed a 30+ year career in maintenance, retiring in January, 2020.

Don is survived by his wife, Connie; his daughter, Manda (Travis) Then and grandson Colton of Cascade, Iowa; stepchildren Brittney Setzer and grandson Chance of Spokane, Wash., Dainon (Michelle) Setzer and grandson Lincoln of Spokane, Wash., Erin (Jay) Digman of Cuba City, and Beau (Candace) Droessler of Platteville; his three brothers, Dan (Catherine) Gronemus of Madison, Dave (Robin) Gronemus of Chesapeake, Va., Tom (Lindy) Gronemus of Viroqua; his two sisters, Jean (Tom) Myhre of La Crosse, and Sue (Scott) Schmitz of Cashton; brothers-in-law and sisters in-law; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and coworkers from Southwest Health Center, whom he thought of as a second family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepson Louie Droessler of Prairie du Chien.

In lieu of flowers or plants, honor Don through memorials to the charity of your choice.

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


 

Mary Ryan

Mary (Gail) Ryan, 78, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully at Mercy Medical Center Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, East Dubuque, with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. The funeral mass will be live-streamed on The Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook Page.

Gail was born February 25, 1943 to Matt and Mary Margaret (Peg) Theisen in Dubuque and graduated from Wahlert High School in 1961.

On November 24, 1962 she married Ray Ryan, and had three children.  Renee (Rick) Golinvaux of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Joe Ryan (Beth Mohr) of East Dubuque, and Ron (Lisa) Ryan also of East Dubuque.  She was also blessed with two granddaughters, Kaylee Ryan of Denver, Colorado and Lindsey Ryan of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Ray passed away on February 12, 2017.

Gail was a wonderful, loving Mother, Grandmother and friend.  She was a devout Catholic who enjoyed daily mass, even watching on her iPad when she could no longer attend in person.  She treasured her many, many hours in St. Mary’s Adoration Chapel and cherished her Mother’s Prayer group and Bible studies.

In her younger years, she was an accomplished and passionate bowler. That passion led to years of volunteer service in the Dubuqueland Women’s Bowling Association, culminating in her enshrinement into the DWBA Hall of Fame in 1999.

She enjoyed large family holidays, playing euchre or cribbage with friends and spending time with her family, grand dogs and grand cats.

Gail dedicated her entire life to the Publishing Industry. Beginning at William C. Brown and continuing with Shepherd Inc. and Carlisle Communications, creating many long lasting friendships along the way.  She enjoyed freelance editing right up to her last days.

She is also survived by two sisters, Karen Michels and Deb Theisen and two brothers, Wayne (Geri) Theisen and Mike (Donna) Theisen and sisters-in-law, Kay Steuck and Andy Ryan.  She is also survived by many loving Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Matt and Mary Margaret (Peg) Theisen, parents-in-law, Joseph and Alice Ryan, in-laws, Elmer Michels, Ted and Eileen Beaves, Paul and Geri Ryan, Bill Ryan, Bob Steuck and niece Margaret Michels.

The family would like to thank the Nursing Staff of MercyOne Medical Center and Tri-State Dialysis for their exceptional level of care.

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


 

James P. Cody

James Philip Cody, 72, of Godfrey, IL, died Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton, IL.

The Mass of Christian Burial for James will be 11:00 AM Friday, June 18, 2021, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Father Tom McDermott as the Celebrant. Visitation will be held one hour before the mass from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

James was born May 4, 1949, in Dubuque, the son of Thomas James and Ann Murphy Cody.

James lived and worked at Beverly Farm in Godfrey, IL.

Survivors include one Aunt, Ellen Murphy Flood of Corpus Christi, TX; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Cody and Ann Murphy Cody Ginder and his step-father, John Ginder, and his sister, Jane Cody.

Memorials have been established for Albrecht Acres and Beverly Farm Foundation.

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

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


 

John W. Morehead

John W. Morehead, 52 of Galena, IL passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 7, 2021, at Meriter Hospital, Madison, WI. Graveside services will be 10:30 AM on June 19, 2021, at the Old Log Church Cemetery, located on Irwin Road 5 miles South of Hanover off of Blackjack Road all are welcome to attend. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

He was born March 17, 1969, in Rockford, IL. Later in life earned his GED and was very proud of this accomplishment. John enjoyed food prep and was a marvelous chef. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and was an avid Chicago BEARS fan. He was affiliated with Lord of Love Lutheran Church in Galena.

John is survived by his father, Steven Morehead and his stepfather, Leonard North, both of Galena, two sisters: Patricia (Terry) Best of Clinton, IA, and Theresa (Tommy) Hardison of Camanche, IA, his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins by the dozens, and his very dear friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Jewell Morehead, maternal grandparents, Sidney and Edna White and his paternal grandparents, Stacey and Doris Morehead.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent for the family to the Furlong Funeral Chapel, 100 Carol don Court, Galena, IL 61036.

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


 

Michelle M. Allen

Michelle M. Allen, 59, of Galena, IL passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. The funeral service will be 11 AM, Monday, June 14, 2021, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Friends may call from 2 to 4 PM, Sunday, June 13, 2021, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel.  The burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.

She was born January 25, 1962, in Sterling, IL the daughter of Robert and Lois (Vlad) Brotheridge. Michelle graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1980. She was united in marriage to Steve Allen on July 16, 1983, at the United Methodist Church, Galena. Michelle began working as a news clerk at the Telegraph Herald in February of 2007 until November 2020. She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids, reconstructing her fairy garden, watching Forrest Gump, finding new arts and craft projects, and spending time on the pontoon. The “river is my happy place” was her favorite thing to say!  Michelle was a beautiful soul and the light in many lives. She was always one to brighten the room and get a laugh from anyone, even on their worst days. Her positivity towards others was something to admire. She will be missed by many, especially those that she held closest, who will continue to hold her close in their hearts.

Michelle is survived by, her husband, Steve of Galena, two sons, Matt (Ashley) of Galena, Doug (Jamie Hibberd Otis) of Oregon City, OR, three grandchildren, Payton, Wyatt, and Kinsley Allen, two brothers, Jon Brotheridge of Dubuque, IA, and Mark (Tammy) Brotheridge of Ft. Atkinson, WI, and her many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her father and mother-in-law, Robert (Mary) Allen, and her special friend, Rose Hess.

Her family would like to send a special thank you to all the friends that stopped out to visit, the radiology girls at Finley Hospital, and Hospice of Dubuque. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Willem E. Valant

Willem E. Valant, 20, of Dyersville passed away Monday, June 7, 2021, at his home. Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Tuesday from 9-10 am prior to funeral mass.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Rev. Tyler Raymond will officiate, and Deacon Keith McCarraher will assist.  Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery. Mass will be live streamed at https://youtu.be/lbTnhN5GIHU

Willem was born on June 5, 2001, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Patrick Valant and Kathy (Kelchen) Schmidt.  He graduated from Beckman High School with the class of 2020.  He attended Kirkwood Community College and worked in Dyersville.

Willem is survived by his parents, Patrick Valant and Kathy (Dan) Schmidt of Dyersville, siblings: Frank and Nathaniel Valant, both of Dyersville; grandparents: David and Kay Schmidt of Conrad, and many friends, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by grandparents: Francis and Virginia Valant, Ernest and Irma Kelchen and Marianna Kelchen; uncles: Michael Valant, David Rummells, Dean Havel and Rodney Kelchen; an aunt: Lisa Kelchen.

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

Memorials are preferred to the Beckman Catholic High School Music Department or the Dubuque County Humane Society.


 

Sandra J. Johll

Sandra J. “Bouchie” Johll, age 76, of Dubuque, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, with her family by her side.  To celebrate Sandy’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  To honor Sandy’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating.

Sandy was born on November 28, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Dorothy E. Johll.

Sandy graduated from Cuba City High School and went to work for Flexsteel Industries, before returning to school to become a surgery technician.  Unable to find work locally in her chosen trade, she returned to Flexsteel where she would work from 1969 until 2009, until her well earned retirement.  Sandy was very involved with the Steel Worker’s Union serving as Vice-president and eventually as President.  She was inducted into the Labor Hall of Fame for her many years of service to the Union.  Sandy was shy and reserved and enjoyed the simple things in life.  She was a friend to any animal she came across, and she knew all of the neighborhood pets by name.  Sandy liked watching true crime shows on TV, as well as classic shows from her childhood.  She also looked forward to going out to dinner once a month with her friends.  Sandy enjoyed traveling with her family to any location Stacey had planned.  She loved to just get in her car and see where their adventure would take them, no map required.  Their travels often led them back to their favorite destination, Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  Her family was no doubt the one aspect of her life that brought her the greatest joy.  Sandy especially looked forward to spending time with the grandchildren who affectionately nicknamed her “Bouchie”.  She loved attending their events and just being together in general.  Sandy was a wonderful, kind hearted mom, grandma, sister and friend to all.  She will be greatly missed by everyone whose life she touched throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Sandy’s memory include

her daughter,
Stacey (Johll) Kircher, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren
Andrew and Lainey Kircher, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings
Orville “Orv” (Jody) Brothers, Kieler, WI,
Bill Johll, of Florida,
Ron (Cindy) Armstrong, Arlington Heights, IL
and Glenna Boullear, Hannibal, MO;

a sister-in-law,
Rita Brothers, Dubuque, IA;

and her former son-in-law,
John (Angela) Kircher, Dubuque, IA, and his daughter, Madeleine Kircher.

Sandy was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy E. (Freeman “Red”) Brothers; her siblings, Florence (Charles “Van”) VanBlarcum, Charlie (Shirley “Pete”) Brothers, Delbert Brothers, David (Shirley) Johll, and Eleanor Jeans-Peasel; and a sister-in-law, Linda Johll.

Sandy’s family would like to thank everyone who has helped us these past months including the Principal and staff at Table Mound School and all of our friends and family who have sent their thoughts, prayers and support.  Also a special thank you to Claudia, the Chaplain at Finley Hospital, for her comforting presence when we needed it most.  And last, but certainly not least, Sandy’s best friend, Sharon Frommelt, for all of her kindness and wonderful visits.

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

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


 

Amber L. Cavanaugh

Amber Lynn Cavanaugh, 37 of Dubuque, IA passed suddenly on June 4, 2021.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 14th, 2021, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Entombment will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

She was born October 16, 1983, in Dubuque, Iowa Daughter of Diane Cavanaugh and Frank C. Parsons III.

Amber enjoyed working with the public. She always had a friendly smiling face and got along with those she came in contact with. She accumulated many long-lasting friendships and great customers in the service industry over the years. Her most recent employment being at Ihop and Mason Dixon.

Amber had a deep love of animals, especially dogs. Her hobbies included drawing, listening to music, journaling, makeup, and sewing.

Amber faced many struggles throughout her short life but loving and caring for her children and family were not one of them. When she loved, she loved with everything she had. She enjoyed spending time with all her family and always had to be the life of the party. She will be loved and missed dearly by so many.

Amber is the mother of 4 biological children as well as Bryon Manning who she considered her son. She reserved a special place in her heart for Tom Ruden who she looked to as her dad.

Amber is survived by her four children: Gage Cavanaugh of Mason City, IA, Cearden, Cadence and Jensen Cavanaugh; one granddaughter Isabelle, and another grandchild expected in 2021.  Her mother Diane Cavanaugh, Dubuque, IA; her father Frank C. Parsons, Fort Myers, FL; four sibling’s: Travis Cavanaugh, Morgan Ruden, and Haley Cavanaugh all of Dubuque and step sister, Brittany Parsons of Fort Myers FL. her estranged husband Jeremy Gmur-Cavanaugh; a niece Aiyonna Wilson, 3 nephews, Gunner and Brantley Finzel, and Kashden Carroll-Cavanaugh; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins

Amber is preceded in death by her Maternal grandparents John “Peach” and Rita (Splinter) Cavanaugh; her aunt Julie Unsen, and two uncles Dale Cavanaugh and Ronnie Hess.

Our family thanks you all for the love and support during this extremely challenging time.


 

Tristan C. G. Dawson

Tristan C. G. Dawson, age 24, of Dubuque, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 4, 2021.  To celebrate Tristan’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Burial will be at a later date following cremation in Linwood Cemetery.

Tristan was born on August 22, 1996, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Rebecca Dawson and Raven Hohmann.

Tristan was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 2014.  He was employed with Panera Bread from 2017-2020, and was excited to be starting a new job with Best Buy.  In his free time Tristan was a hard core gamer.  His friends meant the world to him and whenever they got together there was usually some gaming involved.  Tristan enjoyed watching Anime and LARPing (Live Action Roll Play).  He also liked spending time at home with his beloved dog, Josie, and cat, Kira, relaxing and watching YouTube.  Tristan also liked spending time outside enjoying the beauty of nature and having bonfires with family and friends.  We are truly heartbroken at losing Tristan, and he will be missed more than words can express.

Those left to cherish Tristan’s memory include

his parents,
Rebecca Dawson and Raven Hohmann, Dubuque, IA;

his grandmother,
Carolyn Dawson, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Joshua (Sarah) Hohmann, Davenport, IA,
Jennifer (Drew) Brashaw, Dubuque, IA
and Jacob (fiancé Emily Walbrun) Hohmann, Dubuque, IA;

his nieces and nephews,
Lucas and Carly Hohmann and George Brashaw;

his aunts,
Beth (Mark) McDermott, Dubuque, IA
and Hope (John) Chaney, Lake Forest, CA;

his cousin,
Duston (Marissa Winkler) Brown, Littleton, CO;

and many special friends and family.

Tristan was preceded in death by his grandfather, Pat Dawson; his great-grandparents, Don and Pearl Hunemuller and Fred and Etta Dawson.

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


 

Grace A. Wehrspann

Grace Annette Wehrspann, 85, of Sherrill, died Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at her home. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday, June 11, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. The Funeral Service for Grace will be 10:30 am Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Sherrill United Church of Christ with Rev. Emily Blue officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. 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.

Grace was born December 4, 1935, in Dubuque, the daughter of Robert Arthur and Anita Lily Avery Buol. On October 1, 1960, she married Allen “Shorty” Sidney Wehrspann in Westminster Presbyterian Church. He died April 4, 2005.
  
She was a 1953 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

Grace worked for Home Instead. Before marrying Allen, she worked at A.Y. McDonald Supply Company and Dubuque Supply Company.

She was a member of Sherrill United Church of Christ, where she played in the bell choir and taught Sunday school. She also taught at the Pioneer Club. She enjoyed scrapbooking, reading, music, NASCAR, and working jigsaw puzzles.

Survivors include one son, Terry (Laurie) Wehrspann of Sherrill; two grandsons, Dominick Wehrspann, and Jacob Wehrspann; one brother, Casper John “C.J.” (Leslie) Buol of Oklahoma; and one sister, Judy (Bob) Curler of Asbury and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and one son, Mark.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeremiah and a special thank you to Lydia Wehrspann for all of your love and care.

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

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


 

Robert L. Mueller

Robert (Bob) L. Mueller, 64, of Dubuque died peacefully at home on Monday, June 7, 2021.  Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.  The service will be livestreamed on the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Facebook page.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Robert was born April 5, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Albert and Marjorie (Ege) Mueller.

He will be remembered as a kind, caring, and hardworking man.  As a kid, Bob enjoyed hunting. He would also fall asleep riding on the back of the tractor.  In the summer, he would also go barefoot all day and be able to walk on rocks and cornstalks with no problem.  He was an International tractor fan and was in competition with his brother Rick who was a John Deere fan.

He worked as a farmer, and later as a construction worker.

Robert is survived by three siblings, Milo Mueller of Dubuque, Rick (Marilyn) Mueller of Asbury, and Sharon (Bob) Vance of Clive, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Lisa (Tom) Rubbo, Steven (Courtney) Mueller, Kari (fiancé Alex Cook) Mueller, Nick Vance of London, Jacob (Haley) Vance of West Des Moines, and Stephanie Vance of Waukee.  He is also survived by several great nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Sharon Mueller, Niece and Nephews Katrina, Jason and James Mueller.


 

Jeri Anne Edlund

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

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

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

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

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

A service will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek, IA at 11 A.M. on Thursday, June 24th.

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


 

Kenneth J. Jaeger

Kenneth “Ken” James Jaeger, 73, of Dubuque, IA passed away on June 4th, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Upon Ken’s request, there will be no public visitation. A private family memorial service was held with full military honors and burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is assisting the family.

Ken was born on June 11, 1947, in Dubuque Iowa the son of Pete and Madonna (Pfeiler) Jaeger.

He married Colleen Hearity on July 25, 1970, in Dubuque, IA.

Ken was a proud United States Navy veteran, serving in active duty from September 1965 until December 1967, and in the reserves from January 1968 until June 1970.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen Jaeger of Dubuque; daughter Allison (Mike) Schroeder of Asbury, IA.; son Justin (Stacy) Jaeger of Keller, TX.; 4 grandchildren Will, Carter, Ella, and Lola; sisters Darlene Brockman and Pat (John) Bauer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a Brother-in-law Leon Brockman

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in his name. The proceeds are to benefit Hospice of Dubuque and Folds of Honor.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Gunderson of U of I Hospitals and Clinics, Dr. Ringold of Grand River Medical Group, and Dr. Mark Moore of Medical Associates.


 

Robert J. Jones Jr.

Robert J. “Butch” Jones Jr., 73, of Dubuque passed away in the early morning of June 7th at Bethany Home following a courageous battle with lung cancer and with his loving family by his side.

He was born May 9, 1948, to Robert J. Jones Sr. and Mildred (Greene) Jones. He was born at the family home, on Mother’s Day, in Galena Illinois.

According to Bob’s wishes, there will be no public visitation; a celebration of life will be held at a later date with entombment and military honors at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is assisting the family.

After attending Dubuque Senior High School, Bob went on to join the army from 1968-1970 and served in the Vietnam War.

Upon returning from the war Bob then spent most of his working years as a self-employed floor installer.

On September 15, 1972, he married Susan Kubesheski at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Dubuque. There were married for 48 happy years, they have 3 children and 4 beautiful granddaughters.

Bob was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed playing cards and games with family and friends. He also enjoyed doing gardening, yard work and wood working projects. When Bob wasn’t home watching his Westerners or cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, you could usually find him with his best friends Keith and Larry at the Walnut Tap or “The Shop”.  Most of all he loved spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife Sue, son Robert M (Bobbie) Jones, Eric Jones, all of Dubuque and a daughter Shelly Jones of Dallas Texas. He is also survived by his four cherished granddaughters, Carson, Olivia and Natalie Jones and Ashley Simon. His siblings, sister Barb (Joe) Fecker and brother Steve Jones.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and 2 sisters, Judy Bischoff and Sandy Thill, and brother Ron Jones.

The family would especially like to thank the staff of Bethany Home for their kind and loving care of Bob during his battle with cancer. The family would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Roberta E. Meyer

Roberta E. Meyer, 100, of Luther Manor, died Saturday, January 2, 2021. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at St. Peter Lutheran Church where friends may call Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Roberta was born December 13, 1920 in Fayette Country, Iowa, daughter of Donald I. and Donna G. (Barney) Meyer.  She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and Bayless Business College.

From 1939 to 1980, she worked as a secretary and medical assistant for Dr. Donovan F. Ward, continuing secretarial duties for him until 1997.  During World War II, she served for three years as a yeoman WAVE, U.S.N.R.

Roberta was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, a 50-year member of Julien Dubuque Chapter, O.E.S., and the Dubuque Kennel Club.

She was devoted to her family and friends, as well as her many Boston Terriers.  She also enjoyed bowling, boating and many card games.

She is survived by nieces; Nancy McClanahan, and Donna (Scott) Hoffmann; nieces in law, Joyce Marsch and Kathleen Carpenter; nephews, D.J. (Geri) Carpenter, Dennis (Rosa) Carpenter and Daniel (Kristie) Carpenter; great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Martha (Meyer) Carpenter and Gertrude (Meyer) Marsch; brothers in law, Earl G. Marsch and Robert E. Carpenter; nephews David L. Carpenter and Gary D. Marsch.

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

Memorials may be made to the Dubuque Humane Society and Luther Manor.


 

Sister Loretta McIlvenna, OP

Sister Loretta McIlvenna, OP, died June 4, 2021, at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wis.

She was born April 5, 1927, to John and Theresa (Maher) McIlvenna in Beresford, S.D. There were eight children.

She is survived by a sister, Marie Nash; nieces; nephews; and her Dominican community.

Sister Loretta offered a lifetime of  dedicated service to the people of God in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska, Tennessee, Alabama and Oklahoma. She was an educator; principal; religious education consultant; manager at Sinsinawa; and volunteer at St. Patrick Parish in Benton, Wis. Sister Loretta was a faithful friend and generous contributor to all community events.

Services will be held at Sinsinawa June 8-9. Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements. May the assembly of saints welcome you home, Sister Loretta. Go in peace.


 

Katherine C. Carothers

Katherine C. Carothers, 88, of Asbury, died Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at the Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

The Memorial Service for Katherine will be from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 3800 Arboretum Drive. If you are unable to attend, please visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Katherine’s family.

Katherine was born June 17, 1932, in Gary, IN, the daughter of Ira and Helen Voss Terhune. On June 3, 1954 she married Otto Carothers in Muncie, IN. He passed away on December 26, 1989.

Katherine received her second Masters degree from UW-Platteville. She worked as an elementary school teacher for nine years and also worked at Wal-Mart in Platteville.

She enjoyed quilting, gardening, walking, reading mystery books and volunteering at the Dubuque Arboretum for the past 31 years.

Survivors include two sons, Warren (Yasmin) Carothers of Reston, VA and Lance Carothers of Greensboro, NC; one brother, Jim Terhune and niece, Michal Terhune Dusendang.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Otto.

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

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


 

Michael L. Trowbridge

Michael L. Trowbridge, 70, of Muscoda, WI, formerly of Kieler, WI, passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2020 at the Richland Hospital, Richland Center, WI.

Memorial services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Family & friends may call after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Kieler, WI.


 

Jeffrey H. Weber

Jeffrey H. “Jeff” Weber, age 60, of Dubuque, Iowa, sadly completed his earthly journey suddenly on June 2, 2021, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  To honor Jeff’s life, full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque American Legion, Post #6, on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 1111 Davis Street, in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Jeff’s family.

Jeff was born on August 20, 1960, in Dubuque, 1 of 9 children to John and Phyllis (Benda) Weber.  He learned the value of family and friends at a very early age and proudly carried that wisdom with him throughout his entire 60+ years walking among us.  After high school, Jeff went on to honorably serve our nation with the U.S. Army for almost 8 years before returning to civilian life to begin his career in total production management.  He spent over 20 years with Unilever, and another 7 with Campbell’s Soup, while he was living in North Carolina.  After health issues had begun to arise 7 years ago, Jeff, along with his soul-mate of over 20 years, Crystal Glover, by his side, made the decision that it was time to be close to family once again as they continued on their journey together.  The couple continued to make many wonderful memories together as they embraced their new surroundings.  Countless hours were spent at the American Legion visiting with friends, and many afternoons were satisfied with nothing more than a cool breeze accompanying the sun overhead with a fresh supply of bait and a fishing pole in hand.  Jeff also possessed a beyond witty sense of humor which would regularly have the entire room in stitches before he was finished with the day’s escapades.  And, if the mood was just right and Jeff found himself in a comfortable environment, you may even have possibly been blessed enough to witness him doing his best Steve Perry imitation when a favorite Journey song came on the radio, or even cutting the rug a little if he thought he could get away with it.  It seems impossible to imagine a world where Jeff’s vivacious love for life won’t be able to brighten even the darkest of days ahead, but we do trust that the abundance of memories we will all treasure until we meet again will surely have the ability to soften the pain as we patiently seek out healing in our hearts and minds.  Thank you, Jeff, for always simply being you, and may peace be yours until we see you again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Jeff include,

his loving companion of over 20 years,
Crystal Glover, Dubuque, Iowa;

his children,
Patricia Lane, Florida,
Jessica Weber, Colorado,
Angella (Charlie) Floyd, Texas,
Tyeandra Glover, Dubuque,
Tyreese Glover, New York,
and Tiana Johnson, South Carolina;

his 17 grandchildren;

his 2 great-grandchildren;

his 6 siblings,
Diane (Jerry) Dukes, Colorado,
Steve (Mary) Weber, Illinois,
Rick (Pat) Weber, California,
Rose (Tim) Schrobilign, Hawaii,
Laura Weber, East Dubuque,
and Bernie (Vickie) Weber, Oregon;

his sister-in-law, Frances Weber, Louisiana;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, John Weber; his sister, Debi Weber; and his great-grandson, Kayden Jacobs.

Jeff’s family would like to thank all of their family and friends who have so generously shown their sincere concern and compassion during these very difficult days.  A very special thank you goes out to everyone at the American Legion Hall, Lowe’s of Dubuque, along with Chad and Cat for going the extra mile when we needed you most.  May the Lord be as gracious to all of you as you have been to us over these last days.  Thank you!

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


 

Allen O. Stock

Allen O. “Al” Stock, 72 of Dubuque passed away Friday June 4, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday June 6, 2021, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Private burial and military honors by the American Legion Post #6 and the Iowa Army National Guard will be Monday at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Al was born on August 14, 1948, in Dubuque Iowa the son of Guy and Helen (Morey) Stock. He grew up in Farley and served in the U.S. Army from April of 1968 to May of 1970. He returned to Dubuque and began working at A.Y. McDonald until joining Marty McNamer Construction Systems as a drywall finisher until his retirement in 2011.

He married Marcia Fah on June 5, 1998; he enjoyed working on cars, was a self-proclaimed gearhead and enjoyed racing and working in his backyard garden which was his sanctuary.

While grandkids would visit, spoiling was his game. They all have stories to tell forever of what shenanigans he has pulled.

He is survived by his wife Marcia, his children; Traci (Michael) Hernandez, and Melissa (Tim Kelly) Stock  and their mother Donna Stock; and Gregory (Lisa) Selken, Matthew (Dee) Selken, Jessica (Josh Rupprecht) Selken, and Jacqueline Selken; 16 grandchildren Alexus, Orion, Hayden, Nate, Shelby, Ashley, Ava, Morgan, Mason, Devin, Collin, Breckin, Lily, Gwen, Asante, and Markia, 2 great grandchildren Zariah and Zalaya; his siblings Jim (Nancy) Stock, Imogene Thill, LuAnn Stock, Lucy Leib, and Florence “Rose” (Bill Russell) Merfeld; many nieces and nephews; special friends:  Jenni “Baby Doll” and Jon Merkes, and their daughter Emma; Terry Brosius, and his son Wiley and Mark Hayes, along with his Fur-child “Benji”

He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant children Darci and Christopher, a great granddaughter Avery Selken, and siblings Barbara, Clifford, Donald, Joyce and Fulton.

In lieu of flowers an Allen Stock memorial fund has been created.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque especially his good friend and nurse Melissa who was a Godsent.


 

JoAnn Stokesberry

JoAnn Stokesberry, 84 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on June 4th, 2021, at MercyOne Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 11th, 2021, at St. Lawrence Church, Otter Creek with Fr. Austin Wilker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Friday at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

JoAnn was born on January 30, 1937, in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Louis and Appolonia (Herrig) Even.

She married Robert Stokesberry on November 26, 1960, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on July 30, 2018.

She enjoyed her flower gardens, arranging flowers, decorating for big and small holidays, and shopping. She loved boating on the Mississippi and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan (Donavin) Wilhelm, and grandchildren Johnny (Erin) Biehl, Jed Siegwarth, Lexie Biehl, and Marcus Siegwarth; son-in-law Doug Biehl; sisters Gloria Kritz and Barb (Jerry) Esser; sister-in-law Mary Even, Bridget Kluesner, and Raynette Even along with many nieces, nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son Chris on July 6, 1987, a daughter Cheryl on January 18, 2014, her husband Robert in 2018; her parents Louie and Lonie Even; and brothers Duane, Dale, Ivan, and Robert Even and brother-in-law Donald Kritz.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St. Lawrence Otter Creek Cemetery fund.


 

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