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Ann Helling

Ann (Stronck) Helling, 69 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at Mercy One Dubuque Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Monday, September 21st.  Friends may call from 11am to 4pm Sunday, September 20th and Monday, September 21st. after 9:30 am. All services to be held at the Cathedral of St. Raphael Church in Dubuque, with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Dyersville, IA, at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Monday.

Facemasks and Social Distancing will be required.

Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family with arrangements.

The funeral mass will be live-streamed on the Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook Page.

Ann was born February 7, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa to Gerald and Ruth (Dunkel) Stronck.

Ann and her sister Rosemary (Rosey) grew up on a farm in Greeley, Iowa.  Ann attended Maquoketa Valley High School in Delhi, Iowa.

Ann had many talents and gifts. She worked as a hair stylist and a secretary at One Stop Tax Service where she met the love of her life, Gus. Ann then worked in the IT Department at Interstate Power Company/Alliant Energy until she retired in June 2018.

Gus and Ann were married January 5, 1974 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Greeley, Iowa. Ann loved spending time with her family.  She has 4 daughters and 15 grandchildren, who were the center of her life.  Gus, Ann and the girls spent many years enjoying boating and camping on the river making memories with lifelong friends.  Ann’s love for her family was at the heart of everything she did.

Ann was a devoted Catholic.  She was very active at the Cathedral and at East Dubuque Adoration Chapel. She was over the top generous with her time, talent and donations.  Her volunteering activities included being the Director of the prayer shawl ministry and organizing the Seven Sisters Group.  She devoted many hours at the Dubuque Rescue Mission and encouraged many others to do the same.  She spent many hours planning meals, decorating, gardening, painting and secretarial duties at the Cathedral and St. Patricks.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Victor (Gus), and daughters Amy (BJ) Belken, of Eldridge.  Sarah (Jason) Francois, Kristin (Matt) Walker of Dubuque, and Kim (Matt) Lane of Des Moines.  Grandchildren Lauren, Ben, Katherine, and Luke Belken.  Collin, Victoria, Johnny, Adrian and Timmy Francois.  Gus, Mia, and Hank Walker.  Bo, Charley and Ruthie Lane.  Her sister Rosemary Stronck,  her-in laws, Pat Casey, Tom and Sherry Helling, Herb Klinkhammer, Peg Helling, Joyce Helling, and her horse “Little Saint Blaze”.

Ann had many hobbies, including gardening, sewing, and caring for her beloved horses.

She was a kind, caring, selfless person, known for her contagious smile and warm hugs.  Ann had the ability to make everyone feel special and will be in our hearts forever.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ruth and Gerald Stronck, mother and father in law, Geraldine and Victor Helling, brother in laws Jim and Bob Helling, Tom Casey and sister in law Carol Klinkhammer.

We would like to thank Dubuque EMT’S, Police and Fire Department along with the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy One for the care they gave Ann.

In Lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to Ann Helling Memorial fund which will be donated to her favorite charities.

In respect of the family, Artistic Cleaners will be closed Monday, September 21st.

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


 

Beverly J. Henss

Beverly J. Henss, age 81, of East Dubuque, Illinois, completed her earthly journey on September 16, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Beverly’s life, a public Celebration of Life will be held in Arizona in the spring.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Beverly’s family.

Beverly was born on July 12, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa, one of two daughters to John Link and one of three daughters to Mildred (Bemis) Link.  At a young age, Beverly could be seen on both the runway and the silver screen.  She received her big break in the film industry in the movie South Pacific, and thoroughly enjoyed her early years spending time with some of the biggest names in entertainment.  Eventually, Beverly made her way back to the Dubuque area to be close to family and run Siefert’s in Kennedy Mall for many years. Later, she went on to own her Boutiques in Arizona before retiring. She was also naturally gifted in decorating and interior design and this carried into her personal life as well.  Beverly was always ready for the festivities of some company over to the house, or a night on the town, but either way, Beverly was always dressed to the tee in the latest fashions.  She was quite social, always full of sound advice, and beyond generous to a fault, but underneath it all; she loved being a grandma and great-grandma most of all.  Her heart was tender, her hugs sincere, and her love never met a challenge it couldn’t overwhelm in the end.  We will miss our beloved mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister, and friend, but we know that she was tired after fighting for years while confined within her mortal body and is now free from all of the pain which slowly tried to dim her bright light and beautiful spirit.  Thank you, Beverly, for the excellent example of how a true matriarch should operate in this world and may the peace of the Lord be with you until we meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Beverly include,

her loving children,
Frank Weir, East Dubuque, Illinois,
Sondra Mixdorf, Dubuque, Iowa,
Gloria (Jodi) Rife, Arizona City, Arizona,
Mark Henss, Phoenix, Arizona,
and Yvette Cercone, Newport Beach, California;

her adored grandchildren,
Zachary (Sommer) Mixdorf, Nate Mixdorf, Myra Mixdorf, Justin Mixdorf, Ayla Mixdorf, Jeffrey Gilbert, Isabella Henss, Tristan Henss, Aidan Henss, Ethan Henss, and Dylan Henss;

her 5 great-grandchildren;

her sisters,
Candace (Al) Manger, Sun City, Arizona,
and Mona (Charles) Link, Kailua, Hawaii;

her Godson,
Brad Hingtgen, Williston, North Dakota;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Fred Henss.

Beverly’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of the professional and compassionate care and support.

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


 

James P. Hansen

James P. Hansen, 89, of Dubuque, died Thursday, September 17, 2020, at his home.

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM Monday September 21, 2020, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Road. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Jim’s family.

The Funeral Service for Jim will be 2:00 PM Monday, September 21, 2020, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Scott Glover officiating. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery in Dubuque.  Full military honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post #6. 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.

James was born July 22, 1931, in Anamosa, the son of Jesse and Harriet Johnson Hansen. On June 4, 1955, he married Doris J. Schwarz in O’Fallon, IL.

He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, serving from March 27, 1951 until March 26, 1955. During his time in the military, he earned a Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and a United Nations Service Medal.

He was the owner of Hansen Communications and also owned Radford Self Storage. Jim was also a member of Hawkeye Vintage Farm Machinery Association.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; one son, Alan Hansen of Omro, WI; three daughters, Betsy Hansen of Dubuque, Joyce (Darrell) Whitt of Dubuque, Laurie (Todd) Stone of S.Lyon, MI; 10 grandchildren, Ryan (Lindsay) Hansen, Craig (Mallory) Hansen, Kaitlin Hansen, Abby (Chris) Bremner, James (Madeleine) Yosch, Rachel (Matthew) Drapeau, Amanda (Tom) Paar, Christopher “CJ” Whitt, Andrew Stone, and Adam Stone; 10 great grandchildren Remy, Rhys, Hazel, Noah, Archer, Xavier, Seeley, Rowan, Makayla and Lillyann; and several brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.
He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Pete, Sally and Virginia.

A special thank you to for the wonderful  loving care from Hospice of Dubuque especially Mariah.

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


 

Suzanne R. (Miller) Jordan

Suzanne Rea (Miller) Jordan, 66, of rural Lost Nation, Iowa, a long-time resident of Davenport, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family.

Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service and time of remembrance will be held at 1 P.M., Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Grace Lutheran Church Camp in DeWitt. A meal will be served prior to the service beginning at 11 A.M. to 12:45 P.M. Please plan on joining us for dinner and fellowship before proceeding to the service. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. It is recommended that you practice social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Suzanne was born on August 24, 1954, in Muscatine, IA. Her family moved to Davenport soon thereafter and she attended Davenport schools, graduating from Central High School in 1972. She began working for the city of Davenport in 1979 in a clerical position. Suzanne held several positions over the years and retired in 2010 as a Financial Specialist. Despite a long-held dread of flying, she chose to go skydiving to celebrate her retirement.
Her goal in retirement was to be of service to others. She found great fulfillment performing these services through a variety of activities, both to individuals, and in group settings. She was especially blessed to be able to show Honor and Respect to our American military members and veterans.

Suzanne treasured the many friends she made during her journey through life. She chose to surround herself with uplifting people and tried to bring cheer to them as well.

She is survived by her long-term partner in life, Patrick Bailey; her son, James Jordan of Davenport; sisters, Lynne King of DeWitt, and Kristi Miller of Davenport, and her “adopted stepson”, James Bailey of Davenport.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Miller and her special grandma, Marge Edstrom. Also preceding her are her grandparents, Frank and Harriet Miller, and Ralph and Dorothy Essex, a brother Doug Miller and her mother Beverly Vann.

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


 

Patti J. Lindecker

Patti J. Lindecker, 58, of Dubuque died Monday, September 14, 2020 at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, with her family by her side. Private family services will be held at a later date. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Patti was born December 28, 1961 in Dubuque, daughter of Milton and Corrine (Weiner) Chapman. On November 21, 1981 she married Pete Lindecker at the Church of the Nativity.

Patti treasured her family, especially her grandkids. A perfect day was held at home with all her family together, including her dog, the gentle giant Bammer.

She is survived by her husband, Pete; a son, Lucas Peter Earl (Kelly) Lindecker of Dubuque and their children, Clayten, Hailey (Missy Mae) and Lauren (LuLu); and a daughter, Natalie (Brian) Thompson and their children, Austin and Ava (Ava Mae).
She is also survived by four siblings, Rick (Pam) Chapman, Lynn (Dan) Schlueter, Sandy (John) Hahn and Danny (Dawn) Chapman; many nieces/nephews and in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Debbie Dodds; and a brother, Mike Chapman.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road is in charge of arrangements.

The family would like to thank Dr. Edward Miles, Dr. Eric Engelman, Dr. Jason Ellis and the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health-Finley and Mercy One for their care.


 

Grace I. Dague

Grace I. Dague, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating her life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Bridgeport Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no public visitation. A private family viewing will be held at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Grace Ilene Howell was born on August 19, 1933 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to George Esben and Gertrude Leora (Elliott) Howell. She grew up in the Maquoketa area and received her GED. She married Dock S. “Jack” Dague on November 15, 1952 in Maquoketa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 26, 2001.

Grace was a homemaker and had worked at Swift Company in Clinton for 14 years.

Grace was a member of the Apostolic Gospel Tabernacle Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, watching birds, spending time with family and friends, and attending church.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Doraine “Dee” Dague of Maquoketa, IA, James (Vi) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, Janice Hamilton of Maquoketa, IA, Bruce (Michele) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, Mark (Naomi) Dague of Preston, IA, Kirby (Candice) Dague of Maquoketa, IA, and Tracy Dague of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter-in-law, Barb Dague of Maquoketa, IA; 23 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog Princess Tia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Rex, grandchildren Skyler Smith and Emma Galloway, brothers John Riordan, Cecil Howell, Floyd Howell, Joseph Riordan, Donald Riordan and Marion Howell, and sisters Verna Ketchum and Florence Sutton.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Grace I. Dague memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Mildred M. Gremmels

Mildred M. “Millie” Gremmels, 94, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 14, 2020, at Unity Point-Finley Hospital.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, at the Mueller Memorial Chapel, Linwood Cemetery. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the cemetery, and will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home Facebook page. Rev. Dianne Grace of Hospice of Dubuque will officiate. Interment will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Mildred was born November 27, 1925 in Dubuque, the daughter of Albert and Erma (Calonder) Gremmels, and was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lore, IA.

She was a long-time resident of Sunnycrest Manor. Mildred enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles, coloring, and socializing with her Sunnycrest Manor family. She loved cats, singing church hymns, and being all decked out in her necklaces. Mildred always enjoyed her time with family, and participating in the Sheltered Workshops at ARC. She had a happy disposition and always had a smile on her face.

Mildred is survived by two nieces, Betty (John) Welu of Dubuque, and Elaine Chesterman of Centralia.  She is also survived by Colleen Chesterman of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; several cousins; and her Sunnycrest Manor family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Irma (Eldon) Koethe and Edna (Ed) Chesterman; and her nephew, Roger Chesterman.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the Ken Calonder family for all of the special things they did for Mildred.  They would also like to thank all the people and organizations affiliated with Sunnycrest Manor who made Mildred’s life more meaningful and happy.

Memorials may be made to the Sunnycrest Manor Auxilliary, 2375 Roosevelt St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

Condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com


 

John H. Del Degan

John H. Del Degan, age 64 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on July 25, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor John’s life, his Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020, from 12 noon until 5:00 p.m. at the Barrington Lakes Pavilion, 11342 Lakeview Drive in Dubuque.  All family and friends are welcome to join us and masks are welcome as well.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving John’s family.

John was born on June 24, 1956 in Toronto, Canada, a son to Enrico and Wanda (Zamalo) Del Degan.  He earned his Bachelors of Science in Geology from the University of Waterloo in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and did some prospecting and worked in an amethyst mine before moving to San Diego to begin the next chapter in his life.  It was there that he met his beautiful bride, Pamela Saylor, and the couple was united in marriage on September 28, 2002.  John has surely been called home much too early, but his years were thankfully abundantly full of all that is good in this world.  John was currently investing his working hours with John Deere Dubuque Works, but he had worked in IT for the majority of his working career, primarily with IBM, and PB & J Consulting.  But, anyone who knew John also understood that his heart always belonged in the field of Geology.  He was blessed to have had many adventures of being set free into the wilderness to scout for new formations with only the hope of weekly support being air dropped in along the way.  In earlier years he spent plenty of time in the dojo working on his martial arts and more recently was actively involved in supporting his daughter Rika, with her interest in English style horse riding and competitions.  Building computers brought some satisfaction to his days as well, and he gladly provided the entire family computer consulting and advice.  John lived his life to the fullest each and every day.  His commitment to his family was undeniable and playing the role of husband and father was not only what he was made to do, but truly where he shined the most.  John was a kind, gentle, genuine, and polished soul who understood that romance beat routine every day, and that sacrifice was as rewarding as facing any challenge which came his way.  The world is definitely a lesser place today without John’s effervescent energy connecting so effortlessly with everyone he encountered, and thankfully he has left us with an amazing collection of memories to treasure through the years ahead.  Thank you, John, for setting the bar so high and for continually role-modeling what a real man looks and acts like.  May peace from your earthly battles be yours now and may you be safely kept in the Lord’s loving arms until we meet again.  Job well done Thy good and faithful servant!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of John include,

his loving wife and partner of 20 years,
Pamela Del Degan, Dubuque, Iowa;

his adored daughter,
Rika Del Degan, Dubuque, Iowa;

his siblings,
Maureen Del Degan, Toronto, Canada,
and Dan (Colleen) Del Degan, Seminole, Florida;

his sisters-in-law,
Mary (Richard) Meyer,
and Marilyn (David) McDermott;

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

John was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and mother and father-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to Hospice of Dubuque.

John’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa, and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.  Also, a very sincere thank you to Madonna Friedman, OSF, and all of our family and friends who have been so generous with their time, support, and endless efforts.  Your kindness has brought more peace into a difficult time than you could ever imagine.  May God bless you all for the parts you have played.

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


 

Mary Cindy (Engling) Ohnesorge

Mary C. “Cindy” (Engling) Ohnesorge, age 72, of Dubuque, passed away at 11:40 a.m., on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at MercyOne Dubuque. To celebrate Cindy’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Friday, September 18, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Due to the COVID-19 concerns all who attend will be required to wear a face covering and are encouraged to wear their Packers and Cubs attire. To honor Cindy’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 5:00 p.m., on Friday, September 18, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home.

Cindy was born on December 10, 1947, in Mason City, Iowa, daughter of Theresa I. Engling.

Cindy began her schooling at Holy Ghost Grade School, where she would meet her future husband, Michael Ohnesorge, before going on to attend Dubuque Senior High School. They were married on June 26, 1965, in Dubuque and were blessed with 5 children together. Cindy was a hard worker who was most recently employed with Family Mart on 32nd Street, a job which brought her great personal satisfaction. She bonded with all of her coworkers, and stopped in regularly after she retired in 2018, just to help out and make sure everything was in order. Cindy also spent time babysitting her nieces and nephews, creating wonderful memories for all of them. In her free time, Cindy enjoyed going to bingo and playing cards, Pokeno was her game of choice. She was a die-hard Green Bay Packer fan and Chicago Cubs fan, proudly flying her flag whenever they won. But as her family can tell you, she especially enjoyed keeping up with everyone’s latest activities via Facebook. If you wanted to know what was going on with the family, you called Cindy. She loved her family and there was no doubt that spending time with them brought her great joy. The grandkids will definitely miss her latest game creation, “holler for a dollar”. We will miss Cindy more than words can say, and will cherish all of the memories we have created throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Cindy’s memory include

her 5 children,
Mike (Teresa) Ohnesorge, Spencer, IA,
Scott (Stacey) Ohnesorge, Dubuque, IA,
Sandy Ohnesorge, Las Vegas, NV,
Ron (Kim) Ohnesorge, Marion, IL
and Robin Weinbender, Dubuque, IA;

her 21 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren;

her family,
Mary Bogest, Highpoint, NC,
Jack (Patti) Huekels, Dubuque, IA,
Judy (Mike) Rucker, Greeley, IA,
Jolene (Bill) Sand, East Dubuque, IL,
Janelle Lutgen, Bernard, IA,
Jerry (Gwen) Huekels, Sparta, WI,
Jim (Cheryl) Huekels, Dyer, IN,
Marcie Travis, Dubuque, IA,
Helen (Archie) Molzof, Dubuque, IA,
Leon Engling, Bettendorf, IA
and Don (Alice) Engling, Whitewater, WI;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Mary Engling, Freeport, IL
and Mary Engling, East Dubuque, IL.

Cindy was preceded in death by her mother, Theresa; her grandparents, John and Bernadette (Brimeyer) Engling; and her siblings, Lou Kirby, Johnny (Jenny) Engling, Ray Engling, Carl Engling, Al Engling, Irene (Whitey) Ruff, Joyce (Karl) Miller and David (Shirley) Engling.

Cindy’s family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and staff at MercyOne, for the care they provided Cindy, and for their support of the family.

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


 

Ronald C. Rotkowski

Ronald C. Rotkowski, 71, of rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin, formerly of Harrison, Arkansas passed away Sunday morning, September 13, 2020 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at St. Augustine Union Parish, 135 S. Hickory St., Platteville, WI, with Fr. John Del Priore officiating. Burial will be immediately following in Nativity BVM Cemetery at Menominee, IL, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the church, where a rosary will be recited.

Ron was born on December 30, 1948 in Parma, Ohio, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Ulanowski) Rotkowski.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during the Vietnam War and received the Purple Heart.

Surviving is his wife Teresa; four children, Stacey (Elliot) Luebker of Elkins, Arkansas, Jonathan Waters of Marble Falls, Arkansas, Timothy Justin Waters of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Jocelyn (Luke) Heitkamp of Menominee, IL; eight grandchildren, Logan & Lane, Aiden & Brody, and Jayden, Jackson, Jase and Josephine.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, a funeral luncheon will not be held.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, IL, is serving the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com


 

Darel L. Hilkin

Darel L. Hilkin, age 78 of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on 9/14/2020 at home, surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with pulmonary hypertension.

A private family service will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. Open celebrations of life will be held at a later date in both Dubuque, Iowa and Ligurta Station, Arizona.

Darel was born on November 11, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa, a son to Elmer and Marie (Steines) Hilkin. Darel’s early years were influenced by his father where he learned how to hunt, fish, work his hands, treat others with respect, and developed his strong work ethic as a child. Family, friends, work, and community quickly became the internal foundations he would carry throughout the rest of his years here on earth.

Family was always the number one priority in Darel’s life. Darel was always thankful for the day his beautiful bride, Ruth Gaul came into his life. They worked hand in hand together during their 56 wonderful years together. Their marriage was also blessed with 3 daughters, who would in turn bring 4 amazing grandchildren into their lives. Being a great husband, father and grandfather came natural to him.

Darel also enjoyed going camping with his family and going to Winston Cup races with his friends. He enjoyed snowmobiles for winter and boating at his dad’s cottage in the summer.

Darel worked as a welder for 32 years at John Deere. The work was hard, the years were rewarding, and friends he made with so many co-workers over the years were undeniably another source of satisfaction in Darel’s life. He would also use his career at Deere’s as a perfect launch pad to fulfill his drive to serve his friends and neighbors within the community. Darel sat on the UAW Local #94 Executive Board, UAW Pension Committee, Iowa State CAP Board, the John Deere Volunteer Fire Department and other various committees which kept him busy a lot of nights and weekends. He also worked with the local 94 scout troop high adventure and was financial secretary. This is where he taught his children the importance of serving others.

After retirement, Darel and Ruth would spend 20 years wintering in Ligurta Station, Arizona with both local and newfound companions from across the US and Canada. Once again, Darel continued making time to serve others a priority, by helping the VFW Auxiliary in Welton. He also enjoyed four-wheeling in the desert and in the mountains with his friends. Many times, you could find him gathering with friends and family at his site hosting happy hour. Darel even trained a road runner to take meat off his nose. He will have some ashes spread at a spot in the desert as well as in Dubuque so his buddies can stop and have a beer with him.

Darel would say that he lived a full life with no regrets; that he did his absolute best to be a positive light in the world around him. But, for those who know and love Darel, they would say the world is a better place because of him. His love, devotion, insights, personal drive and overall kind and forgiving heart are many of his gifts to his family and friends. As much as our hearts break today due to the physical absence of Darel from our daily lives, we are comforted by the lessons and values he taught us. Well done Darel. We miss and love you.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Darel include,

his beautiful wife of 56 years,
Ruth Hilkin, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 3 adored daughters,
Dawn Marie Hilkin, Ossining, New York,
Sue Hahn, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Dana (Roger) Tippett, Galena, Illinois;

his 4 treasured grandchildren,
soon-to-be Dr. Alyssa Hahn (Jordan Wetzel), Coralville, Iowa,
Megan Hahn, Dubuque, Iowa,
Conner Tippett and Ryan Tippett, Galena, Illinois,

his 3 siblings,
Keith (Carol) Hilkin, Dubuque, Iowa,
Loren (Juanita) Hilkin, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Karen (Mark) Kuhle, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Darel was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Orlen Hilkin.

The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Darel’s family. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at U of Iowa clinic, Dr. Gerke, Unity Point Clinic, Dr. Powers, Tim and Sarah from Palliative Care and to Patrina Memne case worker, a special thanks to Michelle Lynch at UnitedHealth care ( HUG ) for all of the professional and compassionate care and support they have provided to Darel, and his family.

A Darel L. Hilkin memorial fund has been established and donations in Darel’s name may be made to Hospice of Dubuque at HospiceOfDubuque.org, and to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association at PHAssociation.org/donate.

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


 

Mary (Beauchamp) Mullen

Mary (Beauchamp) Mullen was born on June 19th in Sylvia Switch, Iowa, the 6th child of Gert Beauchamp and Jack Beauchamp.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Mary will be 10:30 am Friday, September 18, 2020, at Church of the Nativity with Rev. Father Andy Upah as the Celebrant. Due to the current pandemic, mass is only for immediate family and extended family. 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. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. In accordance with the current Dubuque city ordinance, masks are required at mass. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Mary’s family.

Mary had a love for many things. We often joked that during a car ride, walk or conversation the word “beautiful” would be used in countless ways. She also loved the dozens of young people that she worked with at KMart over the years and likely had a positive impact on their lives. Mary also spent a number of years at both Klauer Manufacturing and the Dubuque Pack. She made the world beautiful with not only her spirit but her art, including nature scenes and rocks, that she painted.

Mary loved walking. A map of Dubuque hung in the home they built in Glen Oak with all the streets highlighted in yellow. Over the years her walking shoes visited each of them. For most of their lives, Mary and Abe loved spending time at Freddy’s Beach, Mississippi River and Leisure Lake and enjoyed a number of friends in each of these places. Dad and friends built a cottage at the lake in the 60’s close to a number of Mom’s Beauchamp brothers and sisters. These places remain for our family and friends at the center of our fondest childhood memories.

Mary had a way of lending a compliment or letting you know that she loved you and taught us all the value of caring for each other. Even in her last days Mary took the time to let us all know how much she loved us. Mary loved.

Mary is survived by her two daughters, Sandy (Dick) Butler and Lynn (Ralph) Schmitt; two twin sons, Mike (Donna) Mullen and Mark (Karrie) Mullen; her grandchildren, Andy (Shelly) Butler, Brian (Michelle) Butler, Jeff (Kristin) Schmitt, Jared (Lindsay Lavoie) Schmitt, Tim (Alli Hohmann) Schmitt, Chris (Gena) Mullen, Alanna (Hrisheek) Mullen, Rylee Mullen, Ryan Mullen, Kelsey Murphy and Zach Murphy; her grandchildren, AJ, Brian (Michelle) Butler, Payton, Ben and Abby Butler, Rory and Keegan Schmitt and one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John on December 26, 2013; her parents; three brothers and two sisters.

Our family will forever be in debt to Karrie and Mark for making their home hers during the last several weeks. This act of caring provided mom with the opportunity to pass with dignity and be constantly surrounded by loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

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


 

Gary Pitz

Gary Pitz, 76, of Peosta and formerly of New Vienna, Iowa passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, September 14, 2020, at UW Health University Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin.

Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m., Thursday, September 17, 2020, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 18, 2020 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Burial will take place after procession past the Pitz Family Farm. Rev. Anthony Nketiah will officiate with Rev. Carl Ries concelebrating.

Gary was born September 8, 1944, in New Vienna, Iowa the son of Paul and Leonetta (Ries) Pitz. He married Elaine (Siebels) Pitz on February 23, 1974.

He had a passion for farming, taking over the Pitz Family farm, in 1974. Gary excelled in basketball and baseball for many years. He later enjoyed watching sports, especially his children and grandchildren. Gary also looked forward to his Tuesday golf outings, and occasional fishing trips.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine, of 46 years, children: Scott (Amy) Pitz of Epworth, Amy (Dan) O’Connell of Delhi, Kevin (Lori) Pitz of New Vienna, Megan (Brian) Werner of Delhi; grandchildren: Grace, Garrett, Allie, Cambrie, Payton, Olivia, Miya, Gordon, Parker, Brylee, Brant, Braelyn; siblings: Doris (Tony) Helle of Edgewood, Phyllis Jean Hromadka of Dubuque, Kay Hughes of Marion; in-laws: Jeanette Johnson of Appleton, WI, Cleo (Mike) Rogers of Cascade, Sally Siebels of Monticello, Paul (Linda) Siebels of Monticello, Beverly (Jim) Ervin of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Harvey and Louise Siebels,
in-laws: David Hughes, Leroy Johnson, David Siebels; a niece, Julie Hromadka and nephew, Devin Siebels.

The family would like to thank the First Responders of Centralia/Peosta, the ER Department at MercyOne in Dubuque, and the UW Staff for all their compassionate care.

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


 

Dawn Dobson

Dawn Dobson, 64, of Peosta, died Monday, September 14, 2020, at her home.

The Funeral Mass for Dawn will be Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 1:30 PM at Holy Ghost Church – Holy Spirit Parish, 2921 Central Ave, Dubuque with Rev. Fr. Steven Garner as the Celebrant. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com. Due to the current Dubuque city ordinance, mask are required at the mass. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Dawn’s family.

Dawn was born June 16, 1956, in Dubuque, the daughter of Robert and Irene (Thornton) Rose. On June 14, 1975, she married Michael Dobson in Dubuque.

Dawn worked in the anesthesia department at Mercy until she was unable to work anymore.

She was a member of Holy Ghost Church for many years. Dawn loved making glass bead bracelets, doing puzzles, gambling, being on her computer, shopping and eating good food.

Survivors include her husband, Mike of Peosta; two sons, Jason Dobson of Dubuque and Eric Dobson of GA; two sisters, Terra Powlistha of WV and Robin (Don) Redmon of Low Moor, IA; five grandchildren, Elliot, Noah, Brady, Carson and Owen; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Ardis Lampe and Pam Rose.

Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in care of the arrangements. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Dawn’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.


 

Cheryl Lynn McPherson

Cheryl Lynn McPherson, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 14, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, September 17, 2020, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 4 to 7 P.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. It is recommended that you practice social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Cheryl Lynn Bowen was born on September 2, 1951 in Arizona to Kenneth and Thelma Lorraine (Vaught) Bowen. She grew up in Arizona and attended Beauty School in Arizona and Business School in Iowa. She married Larry Dean McPherson on July 16, 1971 in Rock Island, Illinois. Four children were born to this union, Dena Lynn, Shawnna, Matt and Adam.

Lynn had worked at area restaurants and cafés, and The Shopper in Maquoketa. She began her career with DAC Inc. in 1975 working with persons with disabilities.

Lynn enjoyed holiday baking and decorating, sewing, crafting and landscaping. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Larry McPherson of Maquoketa, IA; children, Shawnna (Tony Stagg) Owen of Davenport, IA, Matt (Holly) McPherson of Bellevue, IA, and Adam McPherson of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren with one on the way in December; and siblings, Jeryl (fiancé Carol Feller) Bowen of Maquoketa, IA, Denise (Larry) Zirkelbach of Wilton, IA, and Tonya Duhme of Dubuque, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Dena Lynn, brothers Kevin and Dennis, and sisters Dee Hill and Karen Steines.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Cheryl Lynn McPherson memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Shane E. Brehm

Shane E. Brehm, 45, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, September 11, 2020.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory. Please remember to wear your mask; if you are unable to attend a live stream of the funeral service will be on the funeral home’s Facebook page.

Shane was born on September 21, 1974 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Robert and Janice (Winner) Brehm. Shane was a 1993 graduate of Hempstead High School in Dubuque IA.

On March 24th, 2001 he was united in marriage to his soul mate and the love of his life Megan Theresa Benn.  Shane worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 17 years where he developed many long-lasting friendships.

Shane had a deep passion for the great outdoors and took pride in teaching this passion to his daughter Cassie Sue (baby doll).  Whether a successful hunt or not, he valued the time he got to spend with her and the life lessons he hoped he had taught her.  He took his role as a father very seriously and proved this by whole heartedly accepting and raising his two stepsons as his own.

Shane was always the first to drop what he was doing to help someone else and he never missed a moment to make someone else feel good.  He made it his life’s journey to put a smile on everyone’s face, especially his wife’s.  He was a long-standing member of the Dubuque Field Archers Club where he practiced his art of finding any poison ivy on the property.  On any given weekend you could find him riding side-by-sides with his friends, kayaking, walking trails and hunting.  He most valued the times he got to spend with his mother camping.

He is survived by his loving wife Megan T. Brehm of Dubuque IA; three children, Dacotta Montgomery (Chelsey) of Dubuque IA, Jamie Benn (Abby) of Dyersville IA, Cassie Brehm (Luke) of Dubuque IA; one grandson Toby Bonert; his parents Robert and Janice Brehm of Durango IA; eight brothers and sisters; Michelle (Dwayne) Koopman of Newhall IA, Kelly (Dave) Krambeck of Earlville IA, Troy (Tina) Brehm, Dean (Kat) Brehm, Dennis (Brenda) Brehm all of Durango IA, Melanie (Mike) Fenner of Simpsonville KY and Cody Brehm of Dubuque IA.  Mother-in-law Marilee Loney of Dubuque IA, Fathers-in-law James H (Connie) Benn of Dubuque IA, Tim (Linda) Maas of Bernard IA, Brother and sisters-in-law James (Jessica) Benn of Dickeyville WI, Jason (Cara) Benn of Peosta IA, Mary Benn (Brett) of Dubuque IA, Adam (Beverly) Maas of Farley IA, Kenneth (Amanda) Maas, Travis Benn, Zachary Donath all of Dubuque IA and many nieces, nephews and Godchildren whom all adored their Uncle “Shana”.

He will be sadly missed by many especially, Dan and Sharon Faber of Cascade IA and his lifelong friend Randy (Beth) Lester of Dubuque IA.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

In lieu of flowers a Shane Brehm memorial fund has been established.


 

Agnes M. Gnade

Agnes M. “Aggie” Gnade, 54, of Andrew, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at her home.

An Irish Celebration of Her Life will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 6 to 9 P.M. at the Timber Center in Maquoketa.  Cocktails will be served.  No Food.  Must be 21 years old. Cremation rites have been accorded.  Burial will be in the Andrew, Iowa Cemetery at a later date.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Agnes Mae Parker was born on May 28, 1966 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Daniel Young and Mary Louise (Malone) Parker.  She attended schools in Dubuque, Bellevue and Maquoketa.  She married Lynn Ray “L.R.” Gnade on June 22, 1985 in Andrew, Iowa.

“Aggie” had worked various jobs throughout her life a few of which were, Cardinal Elementary School, Hurstville Lime Kilns, Hills and Dales, DAC Inc., ARC, MC Industries, Andrew Grade School, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and most recently for Rite-Hite in Dubuque.  She also co-owned and operated L.R.’s Wheelhouse and Gnade’s in Andrew for many years.

“Aggie” enjoyed golfing and had two hole-in-ones, hosting friends and family, going on road trips, morel hunting, fishing, playing Euchre, shooting pool, and was an avid Cubs fan.  She and L.R. loved their pets and she is survived by her two cats, Snicklefritz and Caddie.  She was preceded in death by furbabies, Lucky, Gracie, Spooky, Tiger, Buddy, Tillster, Ladybug, and pet-in-law Rusty.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, L.R. Gnade of Andrew, IA; siblings, Marcella Perry, Rose (Steve) Husemann, Joan Streets, Jane (Ron) Francois, and David Parker; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Robert and William Parker, sisters Betty Parker and Theresa Adams, nephews James Parker and Jacob Adams, brothers-in-law David Streets and Paul Perry, and sister-in-law Lana Hruby.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Hopsice of Dubuque, Jackson County Humane Society, or Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew.

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


 

Lillian A. Bowden

Lillian A. Bowden, 86, of Dubuque died Friday, September 11, 2020.  Private family services will be held.  Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Lillian was born July 4, 1934 in Dubuque, daughter of Frederick and Katherine Berberich.

She was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy.

On May 21, 1960, she married Joseph F. Bowden at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubuque.  He preceded her in death on March 26, 2006.

Lillian is survived by three sons, Steve Bowden of Cassville, Wisconsin, Jeff (Jenny) Bowden of Carroll, Iowa, and Scott (Sarah) Bowden of Durango; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Connie Weis and Kay Beecher, both of Dubuque; and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Mary Hinkel.

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

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


 

Julius A. Moor

Julius Allen “Jube” Moor, 59, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 13th at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, with Fr. Bernard Rott and Fr. Bart Timmerman officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. The funeral will be lived streamed on Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook Page.

An outdoor visitation will be from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Parking Lot.  Facemask and Social Distancing are recommended. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Jube was born on January 16, 1961 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Paul J. and Velma J. (Pickel) Moor.  He was a graduate of Cuba City High School, class of 1979.  He was united in marriage to Carolyn Lange on October 18, 1980 at St. Rose Church in Cuba City, WI.

Jube retired as co-owner of Moor Recycling and Moor Hydraulics in Kieler in 2015.  He was a successful entrepreneur who generously contributed to the community throughout the Kieler area.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, cooking, canning, UTV rides, and time spent with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.  His big smile and sense of humor will be missed.

Surviving is his wife Carolyn; three children, Cori (Jim) Kunnert of Hazel Green, Jennifer (Kyle) Sydow of Madison, and Julius “Jube” (Jamie) Moor of Kieler; eight grandchildren, Gabrielle Finn, Emma, Cal, and Mia Kunnert, Clara, Evelyn and Raymond Sydow, and Briar Moor; his mother, Velma J. Moor of Kieler; his siblings, Peggy (Al) Fleege of East Dubuque, IL, Chris (Cindy) Moor of Kieler, Jeff (Julie) Moor of Hazel Green, Paula (Steve) Kane and Audrey (Rod) Murphy-Potter both of Kieler; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul, a grandson, Julius Joseph Moor, a niece, Carolyn Moor and a nephew, Ryan Hingtgen.

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


 

Oran Richard Wunderlich

Oran Richard “Rann” Wunderlich, 63, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020.

Graveside services will be 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, at Linwood Cemetery. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque, is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be shared at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

Rann was born February 7, 1957 in Dubuque, the son of Oran Henry and Eleanor (Schmid) Wunderlich.

Rann is survived by his daughter, Stefanie Wunderlich, of Dubuque; two sisters, Imelda Rife and Lee (William) Latham; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Janaan (Dr. Benoit) Page.


 

Dorothy A. Felderman

Dorothy A. (Henneger) Felderman, 89, of Bellevue, passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. Private Funeral Services will be 5:00 pm, Sunday, September 13, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue. Public Visitation will be 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, also Sunday, September 13, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue.   Family burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on April 25, 1931 in Bellevue, the daughter of Arthur and Alda (McGee) Henneger. She married Norvil Erwin Felderman on March 27, 1951 at St. John Lutheran in Bellevue, he passed on October 5, 2014. Dorothy stayed at home to raise her family and then later in life worked as a secretary at the Savanna Army Depot.

Survivors include her children, Jeff (Carol) Felderman, Randy (Ruth) Felderman, Dennis (Vicky) Felderman, Sandra Felderman, and Scott (Jodi) Felderman; eight grandchildren: Todd, Eric, Trisha, Troy, Paige, Audrey, Ellie, and Quinn; seven great-grandchildren: Paxton, Tinley, Ashton, Ava, Elise, Emmie, and Tucker.

She was preceded in death by her husband Norvil; son Steven; granddaughter Christy, son in-law, Michael “Mick” Mawhiney, and two sisters, Donna (Dempsey) Ford and Elizabeth “Betty” (Duane) Lowe.

It is recommended to utilize masks and respect social distancing during the visitation at the church due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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

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

Condolences and Memorials may be sent to Hachmann-Mier Funeral 100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, Iowa 52031 c/o Dorothy Felderman Family if you are unable to attend services.


 

Leonard J. Owsley

Leonard J. “Lenny” Owsley, 92, of Dubuque, IA passed away on September 9, 2020 at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.

Private family graveside service with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post #6 will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Leonard was born on March 5, 1928 in Oak Park, IL; the son of Melvin and Gertrude (Ratterman) Owsley. He attended St. Edmunds Grammar School in Oak Park and Oak Park & River Forest High School. After graduating in 1946 he moved to Dubuque and started work at the new John Deere Dubuque Works as a machine operator.

From 1950 to 1953 he served during the Korean War, he served with the rank of Corporal in the Army, with the 407th Combat Engineer Battalion. He returned to John Deere after he was honorably discharged and worked as an engineering analyst in Manufacturing until he retired in 1982.

He married Dolores M. Didesch on September 21, 1965 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. They shared 55 happy years together. Leonard was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bear fan. He and Dee enjoyed boating, photography, golfing, and old cars. They were members of the Tri-State Old Cars Club for many years and Leonard was also a member of the American Legion Post #6, John Deere Supervisors Club, Hawkeye Motorcycle Club and John Deere Retiree Association.

Leonard is survived by his wife Dolores; sister-in-law Gladys Didesch, of Dubuque; his niece Debra (Glen) Schumock and their children Collin, Grant and Ava all of Geneva, IL. His nephew Alan (Laurie) Didesch, of Northbrook, IL; cousins Marsha (David) Armour and Nancy Hutton of Ringgold, GA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Al Didesch.


 

Bradley J. Coin

Bradley J. Coin, 58, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance to celebrate his life from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A private funeral service will be held. Cremation will follow the visitation. It is recommended that you practice social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Bradley Joe Coin was born on May 23, 1962 in Milan, Missouri to Wayne Edward and Sharon Joyce (Pierson) Coin. He was a graduate of Danville High School in Danville, Iowa. He married Angela King in 1982 and two children were born to this union, Gabe and Lacey. They later divorced and he married Rhonda Murr in 1998 and they had two children together, Brandon and Derek.

He had first worked at Litton Machinery in Davenport for several years, then J.C. Dubil in Bettendorf, and later B & C Home Improvement in Davenport. For the past 12 years he had owned and operated B & D Pitstop in Maquoketa.

Bradley was a member of many area racing organizations. He was an avid racing and NASCAR fan and as a local track favorite Brad had a great passion for others succeeding. From his addictive personality and sense of humor to setting up others race cars. He truly enjoyed what he was doing. His kids knew what racing was all about growing up and have been a part of the entire racing family. It makes us all stronger to hear about the lives he has touched through such a great sport.

Those left to honor his memory include his children and grandchildren, Gabe Coin of Grand Island, NE, Lacey (Jason) Daedlow of Eldridge, IA, Brandon (Shaye) Coin of Bellevue, IA and Derek (and fiancé Emma) Coin of Bellevue, IA; 5 grandchildren with one on the way, Brecken and Brycen Welsh, Kyleigh and Taylor Coin and Zoey Coin; his mother, Joyce Coin of Milan, MO; and siblings, John (Jen) Coin of Troy, MO, Amy (Mark) Schnecking of Grinnell, IA, and Robin (Kenny) Keller of Canton, MO.

He was preceded in death by his father, a nephew Darrin Cale, and a brother-in-law Kevin Makus.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bradley J. Coin memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Sister Mary Therese Pfeifer, BVM

Sister Mary Therese Pfeifer, BVM (Joselyn), 93, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, Sept. 6. 2020, at Caritas Center.

Sharing of Memories via Zoom will be from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, followed by a virtual visitation from 10:25-10:40 a.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial in the Marian Hall Chapel at 10:45 a.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Mary Therese was an elementary teacher in Chicago and Kansas City, Mo, where she also served as principal.

She was born on Jan. 3, 1927, in Kansas City, Mo., to Joseph and Elizabeth Vonfeldt Pfeifer. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1945, from Annunciation Parish, Kansas City, Mo. She professed first vows on March 19, 1948, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1953.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Clare Treu, Genevieve Dye, Fermina Blue, Helen Segall, Alice Lee, and Louise Mayer; and brothers: Edward, Michael, and Joseph.  She is survived by nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 75 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at https://www.bvmsisters.org/support_donate.cfm.
Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in care of the arrangements.

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


 

Lawrence F. Kruse

Lawrence F. “Larry” Kruse, 75 of Dubuque passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at MercyOne, Dubuque as a result of an auto accident.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, September 19, 2020, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Rev. Mark Osterhaus will preside and Rev. Phil Kruse will concelebrate.  Masks are required and social distancing should be observed.

Since Larry so generously deeded his body to science, burial will be held at a later date at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.

Larry was born April 21, 1945, near Chicago, IL the son of Leander “Moose” & Margaret (Milbert) Kruse.  He graduated from St. Leo High School in Chicago, earned a BA at Loras College and a Master’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame.  He taught at RHCL in Holy Cross, IA and over 20 years at NICC in Peosta.

Since retirement he was an active volunteer at the Presentation Lantern Center, a center offering hospitality, educational opportunities and advocacy to adult immigrants.

Survivors include his brother, Giles (Rosemarie) Kruse of Henderson, NV, a niece, Amy (Tom) Kruse of Arlington, VA, nephews, Matthew and David Shuemaker, both of Lombard, IL, and many loving cousins & friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Mary Catherine (Harry) Shuemaker.

Condolences may be sent to Lawrence Kruse in c/o Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SE, Dyersville, Iowa 52040 or sent online to www.kramerfuneral.com.  Please keep the family in your thoughts & prayers.


 

Leon L. Brockman

Leon Louis Brockman, 78, of Sherrill, died Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Due to Covid-19 and family health concerns, a private family funeral service for Leon will be held at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Rev. Father Noah Diehm as the officiant. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Sherrill. The service will be live streamed at 2:00 PM Friday, September 11, 2020 on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com. A memorial mass will be held at a later date.

Leon was born June 28, 1942, in Dubuque, the son of Carl and Helen Noel Brockman. On July 13, 1963, he married his high school sweetheart Darlene K. Jaeger in Sherrill, Iowa.

He was a 1961 graduate of Senior High School in Dubuque.

He worked for Dubuque John Deere Works for 31 years.  He retired in 1996.   He also worked at Horsefield Construction for a few summers for fun money.

Leon was a lifetime member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill. He was a Sherrill volunteer fireman for 31 years and served several terms on Sherrill Town Council. He was an avid outdoorsman and had many interests over his lifetime: fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, trapshooting, pool, softball, arrowhead hunting, and geocaching. He was a lifelong Cubs fan. After retirement he took up woodworking, traveling with a camper, and bus trips. He and Darlene wintered first in Florida and then in Arizona. He loved spending time with his grandkids and attending all their activities. He was lucky enough to meet and hold two great-grandsons.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene; two daughters, Ann (Kevin) Schmerbach of LaMotte, IA, and Cindy (Randy) VanCleve of Dubuque; four grandchildren, Lindsey (Matt) Pillard, Megan VanCleve, Hope (Dalton) Jackson, Logan Schmerbach; two great-grandchildren, Brooks Jackson and Weston Pillard; one sister, Judy (Frank) Romano of South Pasadena, FL; and his nieces and nephews, Tom Watson, Allison (Mike) Schroeder, Justin (Stacy) Jaeger, and Cory Bauer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Dan Brockman, his father- and mother-in-law, Pete and Madonna Jaeger, and his step-mother, Wilma Brockman.

A memorial has been established in his name.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to his Hospice of Dubuque team, Amy B, Courtney, and Amy D, and Dr. Herman for their special care for Leon.

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

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


 

Claudio Vargas

Claudio Vargas, age 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on September 8, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Claudio’s life, a memorial service will be held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Claudio’s family.

Claudio was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, on October 6, 1936, a son to Claudio and Nereida Cruz (Caicoya) Vargas.  He eventually made his way stateside and settled in the Chicago area for a bit, where he met his wife, Mary K. Heiberger.  They began their family together while Claudio diligently climbed the ladder to finally become a chef.  He worked at 7 Hills in Chicago for many years before moving his trade to the Dubuque Area.  Serving Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Jimmy Durante were among some of his favorite memories while always cherishing their photos together allowing him to reminisce in his later years of the days gone by.  Claudio worked at The Chateau, The Bridge, among other restaurants around town, before eventually retiring.  Claudio was as detail oriented at home as he was in the kitchen as well though, and countless hours were spent on keeping the yard and gardens in pristine order.  He was the epitome of a quiet, reserved and mild-mannered gentleman, but found the space to come out of his shell a little when his Cubbies were playing, or if some time to fellowship with friends at the bowling alley would make its way into his calendar.  Our hearts break as we must say Farewell for Now to our beloved Claudio, but be pray that he is now at peace from his earthly battles and that one day we will hear his calming voice once again.

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

his wife,
Mary K. Vargas, Dubuque, Iowa;

his children,
Antonio (Tammie) Vargas, Dubuque, Iowa,
Desiree (Jeff) Nelson, Panama City, Florida,
Dominic (Lori) Vargas, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Michael (Laura) Vargas, Dubuque, Iowa;

his grandchildren,
Shane, Justin, Danielle, Faith, Alexandria, Kayla, Emma, and Ashley;

his great-grandchildren,
Leah, Madelyn, Paisley, and Sophia;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Claudio was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Nereida Romero; and his brother, Alfredo Vargas.

Claudio’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their tender care and support.

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


 

Barbara J. Hare

Barbara J. Hare, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 7, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating her life will be held at 4:30 P.M., Friday, September 11, 2020 at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.  Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 P.M. on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Cremation rites have been accorded.

Barbara Jeanne Keil was born on April 13, 1947 in Clinton, Iowa, to Ellis Gerald and Mary Catherine (Rollinger) Keil.  She was a 1965 graduate of Maquoketa High School.  She married John Leonard Hare on July 14, 1967 at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri.  To this union three children were born, Brian, Michelle and Christopher.

Barbara had done in-home daycare while her children were young.  She then worked as a cook at several area restaurants and was famous for her homemade soups.  Lastly, she worked as a direct care provider for home healthcare in Maquoketa.

Barbara enjoyed needlepoint, cross stitch, NASCAR, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.  She loved to cook for people, and always looked forward to the “Friday Night Friends” group.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband John Hare of Maquoketa, IA; children, Brian (Tammy Posey) Hare of Pelham, AL, Michelle (Rick) Jacobs of Maquoketa, IA, and Christopher (Hollie) Hare of Winthrop, IA; 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dianne (Steve) White of Vermont, IL, and Susan Keil Keenan of Robins, IA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sue McAfee of Maquoketa, IA, Gay and Dennis Storlie of Maquoketa, IA, Tom and Dawn Hare of Maquoketa, IA, Bill and Sue Hare of Maquoketa, IA, Linda Hare of Maquoketa, IA, and Jean Hare of Keokuk, IA; and a very special bonus daughter, Tabitha (Nick) Hasenbank.  She was preceded in death by her parents, mother-in-law Rose Hare, brothers-in-law Robert Keenan, Robert Hare and Claude Hare, and a sister-in-law Lois Houston.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Barbara J. Hare memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Gary W. Latham

Gary W. Latham, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on September 5, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Gary’s life, a private family service is being held, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.  Burial will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Gary’s family.

Gary was born on July 16, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, a son to Donald J. and Angeline K. (Lebben) Latham, Sr.  Gary grew up learning the values of family, faith and freedom and would excel in all three as his life progressed.  He proudly joined the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and honorably served his country.  He was united in marriage to his beautiful bride, LaVonne Frederick, on March 2, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dubuque, and the two were blessed with many wonderful years together, and a family that Gary was proud to provide for, care for, and lead.  Gary spent over 33 years with John Deere Dubuque Works as a General Supervisor before eventually retiring, and joyfully invested a few more hours each week to perfecting his golf game.  The golf course wasn’t the only manicured lawn Gary was blessed to walk upon though.  Anyone who knew Gary well, knew that his meticulous manner definitely carried over into his lawn and gardens at home.  He also enjoyed collecting John Deere Tractors and many hours were spent on each and every one being the best examples which he could acquire and display for all to enjoy.  Gary was a personable and practical gentleman who didn’t waste too much time within the gray areas of life.  There was a right and wrong way in everything, and sometimes you’d simply have to understand that Gary’s way was definitely going to be the right way.  Gary was as solid as a rock, with a tender heart encased securely within, and the legacy he leaves behind is quite evident as those who follow his lead can all state quite proudly that it is not his shadow they are behind, but rather his footsteps they are walking upon now.  Our broken hearts will miss and love Gary more than he could ever imagine possible, but, in time, as our sorrow begins to fade and our peace slowly returns, we can find comfort through it all knowing that our dear husband, father, grandfather and friend is resting quite comfortably in the secure and loving arms of his Lord and Savior until we meet again.  Thank you, Gary, for every memory, lesson, and example of love you leave behind; we will treasure them all until the end of time!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Gary include,
his loving wife of 63 years,
LaVonne L. Latham, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 2 children,
Clinton “Clint” W. Latham, Farley, Iowa,
and Lori L. (Wayne) Kenniker, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 5 adored grandchildren,
Codi M. (Randy) Thul, Dubuque, Iowa,
Joseph W. (Alyssa) Latham, Balltown, Iowa,
Jacob W. (Tara) Kenniker, Dubuque, Iowa,
Samuel L. (Ashley) Kenniker, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Alexander W. (Calee) Kenniker, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 6 much loved great-grandchildren,
Caleb, Presley and Lenny Thul, Jack and Annie Latham, and Liam Kenniker;

his sister-in-law,
Diane M. Latham, The Villages, Florida;

along with many cherished brothers and sisters in-law’s, extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Donald J. Latham, Jr.

Gary’s family would like to thank the many dedicated doctors and nurses that helped him on this journey, all of Gary’s friends at Cardiac Rehab, along with the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional care and support.  Losing our Patriarch has been a very difficult place to find any peace, but thankfully because of family, friends, and angels like you, we’ve been able to make it through each day, one at a time.  Thank you and God bless you all for your mission and service.

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


 

Luana M. Perry

Luana M. Perry, age 67, of Dubuque, passed away at 7:15 a.m. on Monday, September 7, 2020, at ManorCare Health Services. To celebrate Luana’s life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery following cremation. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Luana was born on July 22, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Paul and Virginia (Manuel) Perry.

Luana graduated from high school and went on to attend Clarke College where she studied social work. She was employed with Goodwill, ARC and the Gannon Center. In her free time, Luana enjoyed researching family tree history and scrapbooking her findings to share with others. She also liked to put together puzzles, pay card games and work on crossword puzzles. Luana especially loved spending time with all of her nieces and nephews. Luana’s faith was very important to her, and she was an active member of Faith Temple United Pentecostal Church. Luana will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Luana’s memory include

her siblings,
Steven (Jo) Perry, Dubuque, IA,
Philip (Sandra) Perry, Dubuque, IA,
Bruce Perry, Amarillo, TX,
Larry Perry, East Dubuque, IL,
Paula Goerdt, Davenport, IA,
Jeff (Carol) Perry, Farley, IA,
Faith (Bruce) Hoskins, Dubuque, IA,
Patty Perry, Dubuque, IA
and Timothy (Shelly) Perry, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Luana was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Michael A. Perry; 2 sisters, Pamela Perry and Jodie Perry; a brother, Rick Perry; a brother-in-law, Herb Goerdt; and a nephew, Adam Goerdt.

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


 

Agnes Gerdemann

Agnes Gerdemann, 103, of Dubuque, died Sunday, September 6, 2020, at her home in Dubuque.

A private Mass of Christian Burial for Agnes will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at Church of the Nativity with Rev. Father Andy Upah as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West.

Agnes was born March 3, 1917, in Holy Cross, IA, the daughter of Nicholas and Anna (Hess) Freiburger. On July 9, 1941, she married Arthur Gerdemann in St. Louis, MO. He preceded her in death in 1992.

She was a proud homemaker and had a green thumb. Agnes also enjoyed puzzles, crocheting, reading, watching baseball (Go Cubs Go), but most of all she loved being with her family.

She was a member of Church of the Nativity.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Gerdemann and Joan Gerdemann both of Dubuque; two granddaughters, LuAnna Gerdemann and Olivia Gerdemann both of Dubuque.

Agnes is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; her parents; seven sisters and six brothers.

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

To sign Agnes’s online guestbook or to share condolences to the family please visit her obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.


 

Linda L. Saeugling

Linda L. Saeugling, age 63, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Sunnycrest Manor.  To celebrate Linda’s life, private family services were held.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Linda was born on November 2, 1956, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Harold and Margaret (Mellon) Saeugling.

Linda worked in the ARC vocational center for several years.  She was a sweet and gentle soul who enjoyed listening to music, watching tv and sitting in her rocking chair for hours.  Linda also had a sweet tooth and loved when people brought her little treats to enjoy.  She will be missed by all of her family and friends at Sunnycrest.

Those left to cherish Linda’s memory include

her sister, Sharon (Doug Harris) Saeugling, Seattle, WA.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents and a sister in infancy.

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


 

Diane K. Wuestenberg

Diane K. Wuestenberg, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, September 8, 2020, at Crestridge Care Center in Maquoketa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, September 11, 2020, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 A.M.  Cremation rites have been accorded.

It is recommended that you practice social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Diane Katherine Barenthin was born on September 27, 1945 to Beatrice Margaret (Wittrock) Nelson and Ferd Barenthin. She was a 1964 graduate of Davenport West High School in Davenport, IA. She married Terry Wuestenberg on October 30, 1982 in Taylor Ridge, Illinois. Diane spent many happy years on her beloved farm outside of Maquoketa, breeding and raising Tennessee Walking Horses, before recently residing at Crestridge Care Center.

Diane was deeply passionate about her horses and her family.

Those left to honor her memory include two Granddaughters, Sierra Scharff of Dubuque, IA and Savannah Scharff of Clinton, IA; and one great-grandchild, Hailie Boyd. Diane was proceeded in death by her parents and siblings; sister-in-law Linda Barenthin, her son, Wayne Scharff JR.; and Husband, Terry Wuestenberg.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Diane K. Wuestenberg memorial fund has been established.

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


 

James F. McAuliffe

James F. McAuliffe, 74, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Monday, September 7, 2020, at UW-Madison Hospital. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 10, 2020, at Casey-McNett Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Services will be live streamed through the funeral home Facebook page. Friends may call from 1:00-2:45 p.m. at the funeral home before the service. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Gratiot, Wisconsin. The family requests that all who attend wear masks and practice safe social distancing. We understand if you are unable to attend due to any health concerns.

Jim was born on October 3, 1945 in Monroe, Wisconsin, the son of Francis and Charlotte (Harvey) McAuliffe. He graduated from Gratiot High School. Jim was a tool and die maker and retired from Dubuque Stamp.

Jim loved spending time with his friends and family. He enjoyed traveling and watching NASCAR, as well as all Wisconsin sports. Jim was an avid collector of die-cast cars, baseball and football cards, and NASCAR memorabilia.

Survivors include his daughter, Denise (Valarian) Kohout, DeForest, WI; two step-sons, Thomas (Jodi) Johnson, Dubuque, IA, and John (Kasia) Johnson, Fulton, NY; two sisters, Cathy Mellenberger, Cuba City, WI, and Annette (Fred) Vick, Warren, IL; two brothers, Tim (Donna) McAuliffe, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and John (Judy) McAuliffe, Benton, WI; seven grandchildren, Carsen Kohout, Josh, Morgan (Cody), Lydia, Cole, Haiden, and Grant Johnson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Paulson and Theresa Mau; and a brother, Allan McAuliffe.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 3826 Riedner Ct., De Forest, WI, 53532.

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


 

Patricia L. Dean

Patricia L. “Tricia” Dean, 70, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, formerly of Potosi, Wisconsin, died Monday, September 7, 2020, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville, Wisconsin, surrounded by her family.  Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 14, 2020, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating.  Burial will be in St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Tennyson.  Services will be live streamed through the funeral home Facebook page. Friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. Monday at the church before the service. Please utilize masks and practice social distancing. Casey-McNett Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Tricia was born on September 22, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph E. and Florence C. (McDonnell) Dean.  Tricia led a simple life, well cared for and loved by her family on the family farm near Potosi.  She loved animals, especially kitties and puppies, drawing and Gunsmoke (Marshall Dillon).  After leaving her family farm Tricia lived at Orchard Manor in Lancaster from 1992-2006, Lawrence’s Family Adult Home in Benton from 2006-2014, and at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City since 2014.

Survivors include her sister, Carol A. (husband, Tom Mootz) Dean, Cuba City, two brothers, Roger H. (Rita) Dean, Orfordville, and Gary J. (Karla) Dean, Potosi; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers a Tricia Dean Memorial Fund has been established.  Memorials may be sent to 203 N. Jackson St., Cuba City, WI  53807.

A special thank you to the staffs of Orchard Manor, Lawrence’s Family Adult Home in Benton, the Hodan Center, Epione Pavilion and Southwest Health Center Hospital for their professional and loving care throughout Tricia’s time spent there.

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


 

Martha M. Carrera Smith

Martha Maria Carrera Smith went to be with the Lord on Friday September 4, 2020. She was in Oak Park, IL on hospice, surrounded by family.

Martha was born December 12, 1939, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Otilio Carrera and Virginia Vasquez del Mercado Lopez Portillo Carrera. On August 9, 1958, she married Daniel Harold Smith in Chicago. They had been married for 61 years when Daniel went to be with the Lord on February 19, 2020.

She was a graduate of Knickerbocker Grade School, Waller High School, and Jones Commercial. She worked as a secretary for her husband at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, IA for many years. Martha visited every state and numerous countries around the world, spreading the word of God with her husband and sharing encouragement. She was famous for her hospitality, especially her taco dinners. She loved sewing, quilting, and crafting, and was in charge of Handcraft at LGYC for decades.

Survivors include three children, Grace Marie Smith, Anita Mae (James) Callahan, and John Daniel (Lori Ann) Smith; eight grandchildren, Bess Virginia Callahan, Hannah Elizabeth (Elliott) Harrington, James Patrick Callahan Jr., Bethany Grace Smith, Dora Mae Callahan, John Daniel (Kate) Smith Jr., Linda Blyer Callahan, and Jane Maria Callahan; four siblings, Virginia (Roy) Mould, George Carrera, William (Lillian) Carrera, and Robert (Karen) Carrera; sisters-in-law, Beatrice Carrera and Rita Carrera; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Harold Smith Jr.; her parents; three siblings, Armando Carrera, Dora Carrera, and Charlie Carrera; and sister-in-law Rosemary Carrera.

The family thanks the medical staff at Rainbow Hospice, and their Emmaus Bible College and Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel families.

In lieu of flowers, please give to Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel Missionary Fund.

Private family memorial services were held, and additional family and friends were able to attend virtually.

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

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


 

Mark D. Topf

Mark Daniel Topf, 76, of Dubuque, died Friday, September 4, 2020 at his home.

Mark was born on October 1st, 1943 in Salix, Iowa. He spent his youth working his family’s dairy farm where he developed his strong work ethic and commitment to his family. After graduating from Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City, he studied philosophy at Loras College, where he sang in the Tabernacle Choir. He received a Masters of Science in Education from Creighton University and a Masters of Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology of Dubuque.

In 1971, he started his distinguished 42 year teaching career at Beckman High School.  Since 1983, he has held a real estate license and throughout the years owned and maintained many properties, including a family cabin along the river.

On June 17th, 1972 he married Elizabeth “Betty” Buchheit. Together, they raised their three daughters in a house filled with love and laughter.  He always knew the right tool or the right words to fix anything.  His strong belief in God drew him to a life of service for the Catholic Church as a lectern, school teacher, and Eucharistic minister.  Mark’s hobbies included, traveling with his brother Phil and rooting for the Cubs. What he loved most was fishing for Walleye on the Mississippi River. He will be remembered for his character, humility, and humor by all who loved him.

Those here to honor his memory include his wife, Betty Buccheit Topf of Dubuque Iowa; his three daughters: Michelle Topf (Joe Tustin) of Denver, Colorado, Jennifer Meyers (Rick) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Kelly Johnson (Benjamin) of Golden, Colorado; four grandchildren: Jack and Gabriel Meyers and Aiden and Mia Johnson; two brothers: Phil Topf and Reverend Thomas Topf; one sister, Marilyn Topf Jonas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Omer C. Topf and Florence K Deegan Topf, and three brothers Omer Francis Topf, William Topf, and Robert Topf.

A prayer service will be held at 4:00 PM Tuesday September 15, 2020 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Rd, followed by visitation until 7:00 PM. Please respect our current social distancing requirements and citywide mask mandate. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Mark’s family.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Mark will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Father Phil Gibbs as the Celebrant. 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.

A memorial has been established.

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

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


 

Jeffrey R. Hayes

Jeffrey R. “Jeff,” “Shoes” Hayes, age 65 of Kieler, Wisconsin, completed his earthly journey on April 19, 2020, at home.  To honor Jeff’s life, his Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020, from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. at the Oxus Grotto, 3011 Autumn Drive in Asbury, Iowa.  Jeff’s burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, prior to his Celebration, at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Jeff’s family.

Jeff was born on April 5, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, 1 of 8 children to Gerald and Joanne (Rossman) Hayes.  Jeff brightened his work family’s life at AmeriCold for a decade, before spending his last 13 years working in the security department at the Diamond Jo Casino.  He enjoyed life most when he was with family and friends.  He loved the outdoors whether it was pheasant hunting, teaching his girls how to morel hunt, playing backyard games like bean bags, golfing, or just relaxing on the deck with his love, Carolyn.  He was a natural for almost every sport he played, he even earned the nickname “Shoes” because he was an ace at horseshoes.  When he wasn’t enjoying the outdoors, you could find him at his favorite watering hole, the Sandy Hook, with his favorite beverage, a Budweiser, or he could be found in his recliner watching the hunting channel.  Jeff was a genuinely kind soul whose cool and calm demeanor are the framework of the abundance of wonderful memories he leaves behind.  One such memory is when he was struck by lightning, he simply walked it off and said, “I’ve had worse in my eye”.  The world could use more men like Jeff in it, but we trust that the Lord’s timing is as it should be, even if our hearts cannot begin to accept or understand it.  We are grateful for the years our gentle Jeff was given to us and maybe now there will be a few more Werther’s left for the rest of us.  Thank you, Jeff, for living life on your terms and may we use your example to slowly, but surely make the world around us a better place for those who follow behind us also.  God Bless and God Speed!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Jeff include,

his loving partner of 18 years,
Carolyn Driscoll, Kieler, Wisconsin;

his 4 adored daughters,
Tobey (Jon) Carroll, Dubuque, Iowa,
Kristen (Brian) Cockroft, Ocean Springs, Mississippi,
Bess (Ricky Weber) Hayes, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Kellie (Jason) Hancock, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 8 grandchildren,
Jameson, Jackson, Parker, Sophie, Madison, Jordan, Harper, and baby Cockroft on the way;

his siblings,
Michael (Patricia) Hayes, Dubuque, Iowa,
Karen Kutsch, Dubuque, Iowa,
Lynn (Tom) Dotterweich, Dubuque, Iowa,
Dave (Penny Koelher) Hayes, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Jim Hayes, Dubuque, Iowa;

his brother-in-law,
Michael Avenarius, Dubuque, Iowa;

his sister-in-law,
Lisa Hayes, Aurora, Colorado;

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

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Deb Avenarius; and his brother, Jerry Hayes.

In lieu of flowers, a Jeffrey R. Hayes memorial fund has been established.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Carolyn Driscoll at P.O. Box 124, Kieler, Wisconsin, 53812, and Kellie Hancock at 320 Summer Drive, Asbury, Iowa, 52002.

Jeff’s family would like to thank all of our family and friends who have provided such an outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.  Jeff’s sudden absence from our physical lives has left many broken hearts and minds behind.  Your consideration and kindness has helped to bring some peace and healing into our days and we cannot thank you enough for the role you’ve so generously played in that.

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


 

Maxine M. Egan

Maxine Marie Egan, 94, of Dubuque, died Friday, September 4, 2020, at Stonehill Care Center.

Due to Covid-19 there will be no public visitation or service. A private Mass of Christian Burial for Maxine will be held at 1:30 PM Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Fr. Phil Gibbs as the Celebrant. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. 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.

Maxine was born September 4, 1926, in Potosi, WI, the daughter of John and Johanna Meoska Schroeder. On September 4, 1946, she married Glenn F. Egan in Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. He died June 11, 2007.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons, John (Mary Kay) Egan, and James (Barb) Egan, both of Dubuque; two daughters, Kathy Egan of Dubuque, and Mary (Vern) Winker of Blue Mounds, WI; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Besides her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, and her brothers, Alfred, Robert, Howard and Father Gaudence C. Schroeder.

We would like to thank the staff of Stonehill Care Center and also Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care and support to Maxine and her family.

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

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


 

Joyce A. (Budde) Kramer

Joyce Ann (Budde) Kramer, age 86, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully at Hawkeye Care Center on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 8:35 a.m., surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Joyce’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Monday, September 7, 2020, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 5131 Sherrill Road, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 12:30 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 concerns all who attend will be required to wear a face covering. To honor Joyce’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. Burial will be in Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Sherrill, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce was born on July 11, 1934, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Walter W. and Helen (Gonner) Budde.

Joyce was united in marriage to the love of her life, Delbert W. Kramer, on June 23, 1953, at St. Joseph’s Church in Bellevue, Iowa. They were blessed with 49 wonderful years and six children together before Del passed away on December 12, 2002. Before meeting her husband, Joyce worked at Stampfer’s Department Store in Dubuque and after they married she would work the farm side by side with him for many years. She also sold advertising for Budde Advertising and Borley Advertising for a time. Joyce’s faith was an extremely important aspect of her life as evidenced by her long time membership with Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Rosary Society. She was also involved with her community serving as President of the Table Mound Senior Citizens Card Club, an Officer and member of TOPS Iowa #1198, and being quite active with the Eagles Auxiliary. In her free time Joyce loved to play cards with family and friends, sit and work on her craft projects or head out to a local craft show to gather new ideas. She also enjoy listening to country music, going dancing or watching the grandkids sporting events. However, Joyce’s greatest love was no doubt being with her family, they truly were her world. We will miss having our sweet mom, grandma and great-grandma here with us in our daily lives, but know that she is now happily reunited in Heaven with Dad and Diane.

Those left to cherish Joyce’s memory include

her children,
Linda R. (Dan) Freiburger, Peosta, IA,
Sue H. (Dan) Habel, Sherrill, IA,
Thomas M. (Sharon) Kramer, Dubuque, IA,
Mary Jane Kramer, Dubuque, IA,
and Kelly S. (Bill) Kauffmann, Dubuque, IA;

her son-in-law,
Russ Nauman, Dubuque, IA;

15 grandchildren,
Tom (Laura) Nauman, David (Angela) Nauman, Peter Freiburger, Karl Freiburger, Martina Freiburger, Christopher (Emily) Habel, Jodi (Jay) Neuses, Amanda (Damian) Waid, John Kramer, Liza Kramer, Brad Kramer, Anna Kramer, Jeff Kauffmann, Joe Kauffmann and Randy Kauffmann;

10 great-grandchildren,
Dominick, Vincent, Adaline, Cecelia, Lilly, Audrey, Madelyn, Owen, Harper, Khi;

her sister-in-law,
Hilda Dupont, Sherrill, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Delbert Kramer; her daughter, Diane Nauman; her sisters, Ruth (Harold) Hoffman, Marilyn (Lloyd) Thola, Imelda (Eugene) Schlarmann and Ardis (Odilo) Steines; her brothers, Marvin, Vernon (LaVita), Eldon (Dula) and Merrill (Roselyn) Budde; and her in-laws, Marie (Ray) Alexander, Irvin (Eileen) Kramer, Eleanor Heim and Jim Dupont.

Joyce’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care Center, especially Nadine and Dani, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their compassionate and loving care of Joyce and the entire family.

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

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


 

David E. Frommelt

David E. “Buck” Frommelt, 65, formerly of Dubuque, died on Thursday, September 3 at Monticello Nursing and Rehab, finally winning a long battle against cancer.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, September 7, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be at 6:00 p.m. with Brandon Shetgen officiating. A live stream of the funeral service will be on the funeral home Facebook page. Private family burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Dave was born on June 25, 1955 to Richard “Freckles” and Marcella (Dimitroff) Frommelt. He attended Hempstead High School. Dave worked at Dubuqueland Overhead Door for many years before joining Larson Tile Company in 1997, where he worked as a tile setter for 21 years before retiring in December 2018.

Dave was extremely proud of his family. He was well known for many years in the youth and high school wrestling circuit for his passion and big voice. Dave lived for hunting deer and turkey and was known for his elaborate hunting stories. He enjoyed many hunting trips over the years, eventually sharing this love with his grandchildren, taking trips “up North” to Guttenburg. Dave also enjoyed trout fishing in his free time and was a NASCAR and Dallas Cowboys fan.

As time went on, Dave’s most coveted role was “Grandpa Dave.” Dave loved his grandchildren more than anything and was their biggest fan. He enjoyed attending their sports events and watching them grow up. Dave was hardworking, loyal and humble. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Dave is survived by his children, Uriah Frommelt of Dubuque, Joshua (Jo Ellen) Frommelt of Marion and Amber (Bob) Urbain of Monticello, grandchildren Kaden, Carson and Kasey Frommelt and Nolan Urbain, sisters Rhanda Malamphy, Sylvia Biedermann and Nancy (Larry) Kohnen, all of Dubuque and Susan Kutsch of Rockford, Il., several nieces and nephews and many close friends that Dave thought of as family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Marcella Frommelt, a brother, Rick Frommelt and brother-in-law Larry Malamphy.

The family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Above and Beyond Hospice of Monticello for their care for Dave over the last year and a half. Linda Olberbroeckling and Sarah Krambeck, your devotion, humor and care made Dave’s quality of life possible in his last years and months and we will be forever thankful.

In lieu of flowers a David Frommelt memorial fund will be established.


 

Willard M. Meyer

Willard “Bill” M. Meyer, 79, of Bellevue, passed away on Thursday, September 03, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Private Family Services with Masonic Services will be 11:30 am, Monday, September 7, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue.

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

Willard was born November 3, 1940 in Bellevue. He married Norma Daniels on October 13, 1962. Willard worked at the Bellevue Creamery, Bellevue Community Schools, and retired as a Postal Carrier. He served on the Bellevue City Council and was a longtime member of the Bellevue Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Norma; children, Diane (Paul) Mottet, Dennis Meyer, Darcie (Stacey) Rockwell, and Darrell (Shelly) Meyer; 7 grandchildren, Nicole Mottet, Ryan (fiancée Katie) Mottet, Jennifer (Jason) Masnica, Joshua Mottet, Logan (Kiley Petersen) Rockwell, Jordan (Meghan) Rockwell, and Elizabeth Meyer; 2 great-grandchildren, Hudson and Greyson Masnica and one great-grandson in December; siblings, Dick (Sharon) Meyer, Cheryl Budde, David (Cindy) Putman, Larry (Ruth) Putman, and Connie (Pete) Anderson; in-laws, Lorin “Snooks” Medinger, Joann Ernst, and Delbert Jackson.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents, David and Thelma Putman; siblings, Steve (Rita) Putman, Dixie Meyer, infant twin sisters; in-laws, Nancy Medinger, Janice Jackson, Delbert (Judy) Daniels, Glenn Daniels, and Glen Budde.

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

The family would like to thank Jackson County Regional Health, Hospice of Jackson County, Dr. Rickertsen, and family friend Derek Ploeger for your care and friendship during this time.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com
Condolences and Memorials maybe sent to Hachmann-Mier Funeral 100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, Iowa 52031 c/o Willard Meyer Family.


 

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