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Carol A. Judge

Carol Ann Judge, 69, of Dubuque, died Monday, October 14, 2019, at her home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Thursday, October 17, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road.  The Funeral Service for Carol will be 10:00 am Friday, October 18, 2019, Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West.

Carol was born June 26, 1950, in Dubuque, the daughter of Russell and Gloria Spensley. On August 31, 1973, she married Steve Judge in Dubuque. They later divorced.

She held various positions at McGraw-Hill Education for 20 years. She retired in December of 2011.

Carol was an eternal optimist and exuded love and joy to everyone she encountered.  She was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and looked forward to Sunday Funday with her family each weekend. She loved the holidays, especially Christmas and the 4th of July. Most of all, she cherished the time she spent with her grandsons, Jackson and Colin, who lovingly called her Mammer. She loved them to the moon and back.

Survivors include one daughter, Cortney (Nate) Kieffer of Dubuque; two grandsons, Jackson and Colin Kieffer; two brothers, Richard Spensley and Russell (Sandy) Spensley, both of  Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved dog, Lulu.

A memorial has been established for Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, and to Dr. Mark Hermann.

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

 


 

Judith A. Keeney

Judith Ann “Judy” Keeney, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at her home in Dubuque, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Judy’s life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, October 19, 2019, at First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa, Iowa.   There is no public visitation.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Judith Ann Clark was born on October 7, 1942 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Leonard M. and Eleanor E. (Schoop) Clark. She was a 1960 graduate of the Andrew Community High School.  She married Doug Lenhart in 1961, they later divorced.  In 1979, she married James Keeney and they later divorced.

Judy had worked at Maquoketa State Bank in the accounting department from 1979 to 1989, and then worked in real estate in Des Moines where she had entered the Million Dollar Sales Club.  She then moved to Orlando, Florida where she worked for Safeway in the accounts payable department, and lastly for DAC, Inc. in Maquoketa until retirement.

Judy enjoyed playing cards, traveling, crafts, reading and gambling.  She was known as a loving and caring person who loved her family and friends.  Her children are grateful for her guidance in their lives, and with starting them on their faith journey with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Cindy (Mike) Moss of Marion, IA, Sandy Aidukas of Orlando, FL , Julie (Ronald Delaney) Horak of Hudson, FL, and Joni (Thomas) Regan of Orlando, FL; 3 grandchildren, Adam, Ben, and Katie; and 2 brothers, Leonard (Patricia)Clark Jr. of AZ, and James (Patricia) Clark of WI.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Judith Ann “Judy” Keeney memorial fund has been established.

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

 


 

Jensen Keeney Campbell

Jensen Keeney Campbell, 21, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at her home.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Jensen on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 4 to 7 P.M. in “The Bistro” at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Cremation rites have been accorded.

Jensen Keeney Campbell was born on March 25, 1998 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Brian Keith and Michele Kathleen (McCoy) Campbell.  She grew up in Maquoketa and was a 2016 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School.  While in high school she had worked at Fareway in Maquoketa and at La Casa De Poncho Mexican Restaurant.  Upon graduation she became a full-time mom to Dawson and she loved every minute of it.

Those left to honor her memory include her son, Dawson Mark Kuhlman of Oxford Junction, IA; her parents, Michele and Patrick Bronson of Maquoketa, IA, and Brian (and Fiance Dawn Dyas) Campbell of Maquoketa, IA; brothers, Nickolas (Taylor) Miller of Maquoketa, IA and Connor Hansen of Ottumwa, IA; maternal grandparents, Garlyn and Nancy Eye of Maquoketa, IA, Royce McCoy of DeWitt, IA, and Carol McCoy of Davenport, IA; paternal grandmother Linda Campbell of Maquoketa, IA; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal great-grandparents, and paternal grandparents Larry and Connie Campbell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jensen Keeney Campbell memorial fund has been established.

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

 


 

James V. Manderscheid

James V. “Jim” Manderscheid, 74, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family.

His funeral service will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Andrew, IA, with military honors.

James V. Manderscheid was born on June 5, 1945, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to William and Marie (Kremer) Manderscheid.  He married Linda Mishler on October 5, 1969 in Maquoketa, Iowa. They later divorced.  “Jim” served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era.

“Jim” had worked at Naeve Hybrid for 8 years, Reichling Oil for 14 years, and then Manderscheid Oil for 8 years.  He later joined the Maquoketa School District where he was a custodian for 10 years, and also worked as a substitute bus driver for 22 years.  “Jim” had also operated Jim’s Locksmith Service in Maquoketa for many years.

“Jim” was a member of the Timber City American Legion Post #75 and had served on the Maquoketa Fire Department for 22 years.  He enjoyed refinishing furniture, model railroading, camping, fishing and spending time with family and friends, especially the Thursday Night Gang.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Brian (Lisa) Manderscheid of Maquoketa, IA, and Paula (Chris ) Brewer of Montgomery, IL; 2 grandchildren, Lainey and Bailey Brewer; brothers, William Jr. (Leslie) Manderscheid of Parker, AZ, John (Angie) Manderscheid of Davenport, IA, and Allen Manderscheid of Roggen, CO; sisters, Judy (Robert) Feller of Bettendorf, IA, and Mary (Dennis) Clark of Maquoketa, IA; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Miles Brewer, and brothers David, Larry and Gilbert.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a James V. “Jim” Manderscheid memorial fund has been established.

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

 


 

Laura A. Brinkman

Laura Ann Brinkman, 87, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, in Davenport, IA

Her funeral service will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation, Iowa.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday, October 21, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Burial will be at the Massillon, Iowa Cemetery.

Laura Ann Weasmer was born on October 26, 1931 in Preston, Iowa, to Burr and Minnie (Stender) Weasmer.  She was a 1949 Graduate of the Maquoketa High School.  She married Raymond “Ike” Brinkman on June 10, 1949. He preceded her in death on August 27, 2015.

Laura was a homemaker and helped her husband farm.  She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening and playing cards.

Those left to honor her memory include a daughter, Jennie (Jeff) Davis of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Bryce (Danika) and Abigail (Eric); 2 great-grandchildren, Kinsley and Kamden; 4 step-grandchildren, Kim, Brian, Sandy and Sue; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother James and a sister Doris.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Laura Ann Brinkman memorial fund has been established.

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

 


 

Carol A. Klinkhammer

Carol Ann Klinkhammer, 77, of Dubuque, died Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Dubuque Specialty Care Initiatives.

Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, October 18, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Klinkhammer will be 10:00 AM Saturday, October 19, 2019, at Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Father Tom Heathershaw as the Celebrant.

Carol was born November 29, 1941, in Dubuque, the daughter of Victor Valentine and Geraldine Pauline Feller Helling. On August 18, 1962, she married Herb Klinkhammer at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Dubuque.

She worked at Artistic Cleaners, the University of Dubuque, and the Dubuque Community School District.

She was a 1960 graduate of Wahlert High School.

She was a member of Cathedral of St. Raphael and Bridge Swing Club, as well as many other bridge clubs. She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Disney. She enjoyed bowling and volleyball, helping with Girl Scout cookie sales, and supporting the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. She loved to bake and to attend her grandchildren’s activities.

Survivors include husband, Herb; three daughters, Sue (Mark) Dutler of Countryside, IL, Cathy (Frank) Peterson of Richmond Hill, GA, and Jill (Kurt) Tennyson of Marion, IA, eight grandchildren, Jacob and Hannah Dutler, Herbie, Charis, and Calie Peterson, and Isaac, Eli, and Gus Tennyson; two brothers, Tom (Sherry) Helling and Gus (Ann) Helling, both of Dubuque; one sister, Patricia Casey of Dubuque; her in-laws, Peg Helling, Joyce Helling, Ruth Ann Heim, Tom (Deb Rooney) Klinkhammer, Jerry (Mary Jo) Klinkhammer, and Tim Klinkhammer, all of Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Jim and Bob, and in-laws, Tom Casey, Terry Klinkhammer, Barb and Dave Beecher, Danny Klinkhammer, Bobby Heim, and a special Aunt and Uncle, Janaan and Bob Kolf.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Stonehill, Hospice of Dubuque, and Dubuque Specialty Care.

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

 


 

Patricia Ann Bartmann

Patricia Ann Bartmann, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 11, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 17th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. with Father Steven Garner officiating.

Patricia was born on September 19, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of John and Joan (Swift) Chambers. She attended Dubuque Senior High School and worked in several nursing homes as a CNA.

She married Terry Bartmann on June 13, 2006 in Dubuque.

Patty was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church for many years and read the bible daily. She had a great sense of humor along with a big heart. She would help anyone in need and she continued that after her passing by being an organ donor.

She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and her greatest joy was her grandchildren.

She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Patty is survived by her husband Terry; children, Shannon (Robert Taylor) Morrison, Jon Morrison, Andy Bartmann and Kristi (Kristen Senior) Morrison. Her grandchildren, Sabrina, Dontae, Cori, Dylan, Gavin, Hunter, Robisha, Jerob, Robiere, Robert, Dalontae, Ryder and Graham; great granddaughter Aliyah; two sisters Jane (Joe) Small and Linda (Ross) Vanderbilt; 13 nieces and nephews; step brother and step sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents John Chambers in 2005 and Joan (Bud) Clausen in 2006; her sister Kathy Chambers in 1963 along with her father and mother-in-law.

A Patricia A. Bartmann memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank the ICU nurses and staff at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital especially Gloria for all their wonderful care, kindness and compassion they gave.

 


 

Julia Pasker

Julia Pasker, 84, of Luxemburg, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on, Sunday, October 13, 2019 at her home in Luxemburg, Iowa.
Visitation for Julia will be held from 8 to 10 a.m., Friday, October 18, 2019, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa. A Mass of Christian burial for Julia will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 18, 2019, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, Iowa, with Rev. Michael J. Mescher officiating. Burial will be held in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Luxemburg, Iowa.
Julia was born September 7, 1935, in Dyersville, IA, daughter of Herman L. and Mary H. (Puetz) Fangmann. She received her education from the rural country school in the Farley area. On October 6, 1955 she was united in marriage to Robert J. Pasker at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Farley, IA. The couple farmed in rural Luxemburg. He preceded her in death on January 28, 2006.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Luxemburg, Iowa.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, David Pasker of Luxemburg, IA; nieces and nephews, Shirley Foley, Edwin Feldmann Jr., Larry Feldmann, Vernon Feldmann, Gary Feldmann and Janet Watts.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Elmer (Norma Jean) Fangmann; four sisters, Berniece (Edmund) Bredhold, Dorothy (Gilbert) Steffan, Germaine Fangemann and Irene (Edwin) Feldmann; Nieces, Patricia Fangmann and Darlene Apfelbeck. 
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

 


 

Cynthia L. Mehrl

Cynthia (Cindy) L. Mehrl, born June 27, 1958, age 61, was reunited with her parents Martin and Shirley (Keller) Mehrl and pet dog, Molly, on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Cindy was being visited and comforted by her family members at the time of her passing.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Cindy’s life at the Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Rd., Dubuque, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019. Service will immediately follow at 6 p.m. Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in care of arrangements.

Cindy was a 1977 graduate of Senior High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dubuque in 1987. Additionally, she received her degree as a registered nurse from NICC in 1996. She had a long-standing career with Finley Hospital, beginning in the Central Service Department in 1978 and ending as an Operating Room Surgical Nurse in 2008 when she became disabled.

Cindy held the essence of joy. She developed friendships that were solid and sacred. To her family, she was there in all facets of life providing support and love whenever needed. She worked hard throughout her life, initially a professional student; but, eventually her years at Finley Hospital led her to a nursing career. She was a wonderful caretaker and brought comfort to all those around her. Nursing was a perfect fit for her, and she excelled at it.

Cindy loved her family and was connected to each one in a special way. She had a unique bond with her parents, from whom she was inseparable. Her nieces and nephews were treated like they were her own. She enjoyed puzzles, going to Bingo, playing cards, and exercising at the YMCA. Her cousins Diane Mueller, LuAnn Keller, and Annie Mehrl partook of these activities with her on many occasions. She reveled in baking, decorating her house and yard, and making beautiful jewelry for those she loved.

Cindy was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in 2012. As the dementia set in, her playfulness and passion were unbridled. She continued to bring joy and happiness to all those that were around her, and will continue to bring a smile to our faces when memories arise.

She is survived by her siblings: Christy (Paul) Potter of Durango, IA, Cathy (Mike) Waddick of Dubuque, IA, Vicky (Tim) Close of Des Moines, IA, Gregory (Theresa) Mehrl of Pleasant Hill, IA, Randy “Bubba” (Kimmy Hicks) Mehrl of Des Moines, IA, and Lori Beireis of North Liberty, IA; her nieces and nephews, Jaime Potter, Braden (Diana) Waddick, Colin (Laura) Waddick, Austin Waddick, Aaron Waddick, Jordan (Natalie) Waddick, Connor Close, Derek Mehrl, Damon Mehrl. Dalton Mehrl, Kennedy Anderson, Jarrett Beireis, Hunter Beireis, and Gracie Beireis.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to The Association for Frontotemporal Dementia (AFTD), 290 King Of Prussia Road, Building 2, Suite 320, Radnor, PA 19087 or online at https://www.theaftd.org/support-aftds-mission/. We wish to give special thanks to her relatives, friends, in-home caregivers, Hospice of Dubuque, and the Luther Manor staff for the love and care they showed to Cindy these past years.

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

 


 

Gary Kempthorne

Gary Kempthorne, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 in Dubuque. Gary was born in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Quintin and Maude (Myers) Kempthorne, on August 17, 1937. He graduated from the University of Dubuque and served in the U.S. Army. He was the manager of Job Service of Iowa for 20 years and the owner of Gordon’s Toggery since 1969.
Gary and Dina (Dingbaum) were married on February 11, 1978 in Dubuque.
He is survived by his wife, Dina, his daughters, Kimberly (Robert) Racanelli of Western Springs, IL and Theresa (Michael) Jared of Hot Springs, AR, his grandchildren Katherine and Robert Racanelli, Emily (Hunter) James and Isabelle (Colton) Wiggins and one great grandson, Cotton James, his brother Dion (Jane) Kenpthorne, of Richland Center, WI and sister Ramona Day, of Sussex, WI; brothers-in-law Joseph (Sigrid), Robert (Beth), Paul, Tim (Diane) Dingbaum, sisters-in-law Mary Doughty and Nicolette Ellis and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers-in-law Norman Day, Dale Doughty and Ron Ellis.
In keeping with Gary’s wishes, there will be no public services. Private family services will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road Dubuque, IA is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.leonardfuneralhome.comGary

 


 

Mary Jane Boleyn

Mary Jane F. Boleyn, 92, of Oak Park Place, and formerly of 1000 Kane St., passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, October 18, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 2921 Central Ave., where friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Re. Mark Kwenin will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Mary Jane was the 2nd oldest of 9 children born to Ben and Clara Markus.  She grew up at Massey Station, IA on a farm.  She came to Dubuque and met the love of her life, Allen “Bud”, and they were wed in 1946. Together they had 4 children.  After losing Bud in 1992 she remained independent.

As a young lady Mary Jane worked at The Pack to earn money to be able to go to the Dubuque Beauty Academy, where she proudly obtained her cosmetology license.  Later, she worked at The Battery Factory, Caradco, and waitressed at The Hop.  Using her cooking skills, she was also employed by DCSD to work in the cafeteria at both Jones and Senior High schools.

MJ, as those close called her, was a talented and hard worker.  She was instrumental in helping build the house her and Bud made home for many years at 1000 Kane St. in Dubuque, and was especially proud of her hardwood floors.  Later she used her talents in helping build her and Bud’s cottage at Spruce Harbor near Bellevue.

She was a great cook and home maker.  She gardened, canned, sewed, crocheted, and created many items in plastic canvas- which made for great gifts for those lucky enough.  MJ claimed that keeping her hands busy helped her to quit smoking.   She also liked to play cards, bowl, and bargain shop at the grocery store or discount store.  Mary Jane also never missed a Thursday to get her hair done.  She was a committed member of Holy Ghost and frequently helped with bingo.

She enjoyed having a beer with family and friends.  MJ never met a stranger.  She could easily pick up a conversation with anyone and found that she could always find a connection between them.

Mary Jane is survived by her children, Terry (Beth Ames) Boleyn of Dubuque, Bob (Dana) Boleyn of East Dubuque, IL, Dan “Boone” (Carolyn) Boleyn of Dubuque, and Debbie (fiancé Alan Caldwell) of West Union, IA; 10 grandchildren, Doug (Brenda) Boleyn, Sara Boleyn, Kelly (Jason) Howard, Anne Robbins, Lee Boleyn, Scott Boleyn, Jenny (Mike) Vrabel, Brian (Heather) Boleyn, T.J. (Bri) Thies, and Stephanie (fiancé Drew Winegar) Thies; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dorrance “Buck” (Ida) Markus of the Quad Cities, and Ronnie (Gloria) Markus of Dubuque; one sister, Linda (friend Ron) Takes Davis of Cascade; and one sister-in-law, Marie Boleyn of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Lavern and Ben Markus; two sisters, Gerry Williams and JoAnn Hefel Kremer; and many in-laws.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mary Jane Boleyn Memorial Fund.

Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road, Dubuque.

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

 


 

Laura M. Willenbring

Laura M. Willenbring, 88, of Farley, Iowa, died Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Luther Manor Grand Meadows Nursing facility in Dubuque, Iowa.

Visitation for Laura will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where the Farley American Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held for Laura at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 17, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa with Rev. Mike Schueller presiding. Burial will be held in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa.

She was born November 13, 1930 in Worthington, Iowa, daughter of Lawrence and Mary (Melchert) Jaeger. She graduated from St. Paul’s High School in Worthington, Iowa. On November 16, 1949 she was united in marriage to Cletus Murphy at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 16, 1973. She later married Donald Willenbring on July 29, 1974 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Worthington, IA. He also preceded her in death on September 5, 2012.

Laura was a member of the St. Joseph Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society in Farley, IA. She also belonged to the Farley American Legion Auxiliary. Laura worked at Ertl’s and later at the Shady Rest Care Center for 25 years until her retirement.

She loved spending time with her family and was devoted to her faith and prayed the rosary sacredly.

Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Judi(Murphy) (James “Skip”) Carr of Dubuque, and Janet (Murphy) (Bob) Sands of The Villages, FL; four step-children, Ann (Dr. Jay) Ginther of Waterloo, Dan (Bede) Willenbring and Steve (Jacque) Willenbring both of Farley, Sandy (Phil) Swift of Platteville, WI; 5 grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 24 step-great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Jerome (Arlene) Jaeger; two sisters Helen (Gilbert) Honkomp and Grace (John) Wolfe.

In lieu of flowers donations maybe be given to, Hospice of Dubuque, Divine Word Seminary, or Beckman Catholic High School in memory of Laura Willenbring.

The family would like to give a special thanks for all who came to visit mom and also to the staff at Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor Grand Meadows for the special care they gave to mom.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

 


 

Randall E. Hantelmann

Randall “Randy” Emil Hantelmann 59, of Dubuque, IA passed away early Saturday morning at Finley Hospital following a sudden illness.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery following the service.

Randy was born December 21, 1959 in New Haven, CT to Richard and Helen (Walters) Hantelmann. In 1978, Randy graduated from Hempstead and moved to Denver where he worked in the hotel industry before going to study at UW Stout in 1984. After graduation, he moved to St. Louis, MO and married Lisa Bossert on May 7, 1988. He returned to Dubuque in 1995 where he spent most of his career working in sales, most recently at the Holiday Inn Express. Randy served as Commander of the Sons of the American Legion, was active in the Rotary Club, and was almost always volunteering his time with other charitable organizations over the years. Randy was well-known for lighting up any room he was in with stories, jokes and endless trivia on just about every subject and will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Randy is survived by his wife Lisa, son Ian, brother Shawn, sister Roxanne, and brother and sisters-in-law Steve and Diane Bossert, Vicki and Dave Ploessl, Laura and Mark Joyce and many nieces and nephews.

“The candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long.”

 


 

Georgia Bankson

Georgia Bankson, 85, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at home.

Memorial Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 12, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Loren Shellabarger will officiate. Interment will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Georgia was born September 7, 1934 in Stanford, IL, the daughter of Orville and Opal (Lumley) Hendren.

She married Glenn “Tom” Bankson on July 30, 1954 at 3rd Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on November 27, 2015 after 61 years of marriage.

Georgia was employed for many years as a maintenance secretary at University of Dubuque until her retirement. She enjoyed taking trips to Minnesota with her family, and was blessed to recently vacation there with her twin sister, where they celebrated their 85th birthday together. She also enjoyed winters in Florida with Tom, and camping trips with the family. Georgia was an outgoing social butterfly who never turned down an invitation out. She loved to play cards, dice, and cribbage, and get together with her various ladies groups.

Georgia will be remembered by her children, Rick (Tracy) Bankson of Dubuque, Lori (Bruce) Erickson of Madison, WI, and Ginny (Peter) Bellings of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Matthew, Lindsey (Dusty), and Ryan; her great grandchildren, Lily and Henry; her brother, Bill (Linda) Hendren of Dumont, IA; her twin sister, Gladyce Malony of Jacksonville, OR; her sister in law, Judy Hendren of Waterloo; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Lyle Hendren; and her brother in law, Earl Bankson.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

 


 

Philip J. Sullivan

Philip Joseph Sullivan, 61, of Bernard, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at his home.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of service. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Pastor Matthew Agee officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Phil was born on January 7, 1958 in Sioux City, IA. He was the 10th child of Robert and Theresa (Dieter) Sullivan. Phil graduated from Harlan Community High School in 1976 and later graduated from Kirkwood Community College. He married the love of his life, Betty Kringle of Bernard on May 1, 2001.

Phil lived his passion for all things farming.  His love of the land, cattle and horses filled his daily life. He was a lifetime member of the National Farmers Union and the Iowa Farmers Union. Phil befriended all he met and touched the lives of many.

He is survived by his wife Betty Sullivan; siblings Bob (Marianne) Sullivan, Ed Sullivan, Margie Sullivan, Cathy Claiborne, Tim (Joan) Sullivan, Colleen (Kirk) Caufield, Tom (Mary Ann) Sullivan, Rose (Harry Ingram) Villasana, Marie (Dennis) Mabie, Monica (Bill) Baldwin, Sam (Terri) Sullivan and Christine Sullivan; in-laws Nancy Kringle and John (Jeanne) Kringle; several aunts and uncles, including Father Xavier Dieter, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Phil is preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law John and Elsie Kringle; his sister Mary Sadaj; sister-in-law Barb Sullivan; godson Josh Klein and nephews Paul Sullivan, Nick Cappanno and Jason Weinert.

Phil was loved by many and will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. A Philip J. Sullivan memorial fund has been established.

 


 

Randal L. Bublitz

Randal L. “Zuba” Bublitz, age 63 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Randy’s life, a Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Steeple Square, 101 East 15th Street, Dubuque, IA, with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating.  Family and friends of Randy’s may gather to visit prior to the service from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Steeple Square.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Randy’s family.

Randy was born on May 4, 1956, in Dubuque, IA, the youngest son of William F. and Lois M. (McPoland) Bublitz.  Randy was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of ’74 and would go on to faithfully offer his time and talents with several businesses around town, including Inland Protein, the Wisconsin Barge Line, John Deere and the Chicago-Dubuque Foundry,  with Eagle Window and Door being his most recent for the last 15 years.  Randy’s work was always very important to him, as were the people he worked with.  The Eagle Window company, and his friends there, had become his extended family over the years and his commitment to both was abundantly apparent to all whom he had befriended over time.  Randy always enjoyed spending free time with his family and friends outside of work also; with an afternoon out on the boat, or a weekend of relaxation while sitting around the campfire being among the top hits on his favorites list.  Randy also enjoyed visiting and socializing on holidays and always while his Dallas Cowboys were playing to win.  Randy has been called home much too early for those who knew and loved him, to understand or accept.  His independent and fun-loving spirit was the spark which has ignited the countless memories we will all embrace over the years to come, as we seek peace from our broken hearts.  The tears we shed today are a beautiful reminder of all the love which Randy has so effortlessly bestowed upon everyone who crossed his path.  Thank you, Randy, for all you’ve done, and may you find eternal peace until we meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Randy include,

his 5 siblings,
Dan (Sue) Bublitz, Dubuque, Iowa,
Gerald (Jill) Bublitz, High Point, North Carolina,
Debra (Joe) Bush, Dubuque, Iowa,
Dina (Tom) Kremer, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Lora (Chuck) David, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 7 nieces and nephews,
Scott, Lisa, Chris, Kori, Kaylee, Zach and Benjamin;

his goddaughter,
Rebecca Schumacher;

his significant other,
Denise Burnett, Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous aunts, uncles, extended family, friends and neighbors.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Randal L. Bublitz memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Randy’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Hermann, Dr. Tony, and Randy’s nurse, Laura, for all of their professional and compassionate care.  Also, to all of Randy’s caretakers; including everyone on the benefit committee, Sliver and Randy’s sister, Deb, for always going above and beyond while clearly being continually motivated by love and not duty.  And lastly, a very heartfelt thank you to everyone at Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurses, Alisa and Edna, for always bringing comfort into our days when it seemed like none would be possible.  May God bless all of you for your kind and generous acts toward our Zuba!

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

 


 

Sister Mary Stephen Eswine, PBVM

Sister Mary Stephen Eswine, PBVM, 87, died on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Mount Loretto Motherhouse, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque IA.

Funeral Services will be Monday, October 14, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel, Sisters of the Presentation, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at Sacred Heart Chapel, where there will be a vigil service at 4:00 p.m.

Sister Mary Stephen, daughter of William and Frances (Zachman) Eswine, was born Helen Hope Eswine on February 16, 1932 in Humboldt IA. She entered the Sisters of the Presentation from Humboldt IA on June 5, 1950 and professed her perpetual vows on June 8, 1956.

She attended classes at Loras and Clarke Colleges, Dubuque IA and Briar Cliff University, Sioux City IA. Her ministries took her to Charles City, Elkader, Ryan, Waukon, St. Columbkille (1965-1968), all in Iowa, Timberlake SD, and St. Dorothy, Chicago IL, where she taught primary grades.

Sister Stephen retired to Mount Loretto in 1987 and celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2010. She loved caring for the plants and flowers on the grounds of Mt. Loretto, making and repairing rosaries, prayer and community service. “Gardening is a great means of learning to live in the presence of God, for I know that when I am alone gardening, I am never really alone. It is God who creates and who gives the growth. I am only the assistant and any talent I have is God’s gift to me, but not just for me.”

Surviving is her brother, Robert, nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of the Presentation with whom she shared her life for 69 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Bernadine Schwenck and Joan Eswine and her brother Charles.

The Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, 2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, IA 52001 or online at: www.dubuquepresentations.org.

 


 

Carol F. (Anthony) Downey

Carol Frances (Anthony) Downey, 82, passed away on October 5, 2019, at Hawkeye Care Center. Her granddaughter, Kaitlin, was at her side. Carol had been a facility resident for more than nine years, battling advanced dementia.

Family and friends may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 11 a.m., with Deacon Bill Hickson officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. The ashes of both Carol and her husband, Len, will be spread on the ocean in Maui.

Carol was born at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Dubuque on October 24, 1936, to Drew Madero Anthony and Mary Lorraine (Krieger) Anthony. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy and a short time later joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1954 to 1958. It was while she was stationed at Jacksonville, FL, that she met her future husband, Leonard Downey, who also was serving in the Navy.

After their service, they lived briefly in California, where their son, Drew, was born. They then returned to Dubuque, where Carol went to work for John Deere, from which she retired.

Carol enjoyed being with her friends and family, and travel to Hawaii and to Las Vegas with Leroy and Dorothy Althaus. Leroy and Dorothy were wonderful friends, visiting her weekly for the nine+ years she was in the nursing home.

Carol is survived by her two sisters, Susan K. Riedel (Ken) and Donita M. Cilch, both of Ankeny, Iowa. She also is survived by her granddaughter, Kaitlin Downey, and great grandson, Pete, of Wisconsin. Other surviving family members include niece Chris Riedel King (John), niece Stephanie FitzSimons (sons Carter and Griffin), and nephew Scott Riedel (wife Penny, sons Grant and Spencer.) On her husband, Len’s side, she is survived by his sister, Betty Crenshaw, and her children: Angaleta Crenshaw, Jack Crenshaw (Pam), Thelma Brazell (Tom), Kevin Crenshaw, Larresia Whitten (Lewis), Judith Brazell, Tonya Canales (Johnny), and Merida Robertson (Bryan).

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son and her daughter Deanne, who died at birth.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association of Iowa are suggested.

The family thanks Carol and Len’s loyal friends, the kind staff at Hawkeye Care, and all those who provided support the past several years.

 


 

Lawrence E. Thoma

Lawrence E. “Larry” Thoma, 80, of St. Donatus, Iowa passed away at home on October 8, 2019 in the company of his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at St. Donatus Catholic Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Family and friends may gather starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of mass. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, IA is serving the family.

Larry was born on February 22, 1939 in Bellevue, Iowa. He was the 8th son and 11th child born to Joseph and Frances (Miesenburg) Thoma. He attended and graduated from the Saint Donatus Parochial School in 1954. After graduation, he worked on the family farm. In 1967, Larry and his brother Donald began their farming careers together by renting and later purchasing the family farm. They then farmed in partnership for 52 years.

Larry resided on the Thoma Family Farm with Donald and Bertha, his niece MaDonna, and nephew Eldon. He was proud to have lived his entire life on the family farm where he enjoyed the simpler things in life. He lived life at his pace and he liked driving his John Deere 50 2-cylinder tractor and taking slow four-wheeler rides around the farm.

He spent many breakfasts sharing his orange with MaDonna and Eldon. He enjoyed going on yearly day trips the family took to places like zoos, House on the Rock and Spook Cave. He also fished and hunted throughout his life. Larry relished visiting with his 11 siblings and his numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Larry is survived by his siblings (Donald (Bertha) Thoma, Patricia Klaas, Richard Thoma, Ernest Thoma, Francis (Mary) Thoma, Bernice Pottebaum), his sister-in-law (Betsy Thoma) and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents (Joseph and Frances Thoma), siblings, (William Thoma, Arnold Thoma, Joseph Thoma, Victor Thoma, Marie Barth) and in-laws, (Ethel Thoma Alfred Barth, Edwin Klaas, Louis Pottebaum, Viola Thoma, Phyllis Thoma, Enda Thoma and Alice Thoma).

The family would like to thank Larry’s doctors and Hospice of Dubuque for the care they provided.

 


 

Karen R. Walter

Karen Ruth Walter, 71, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday October 8, 2019.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, October 11th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Dyersville, IA.

She was born Karen Ruth Mellon on January 15, 1948 to Floyd and Ilene (Marsden) Mellon. She was united in marriage to Robert Walter and together they had two sons, William and Timothy.

For the past several years she was employed by Aramark, working in food service for Loras College. She loved working with the students at Loras College, spending time with her sons and their families, and her grandpuppies.

Karen was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Walter and her parents Floyd and Ilene Mellon.

Her memory will be cherished by her sons William (Deborah) Walter of Aurora, IL and Timothy (Kim) Walter of Shawnee, KS; her brother Thomas (Sharon) Mellon of Johnston, IA, and nephew Thomas Mellon Jr. of Johnston, IA.

In lieu of flowers, a Karen Walter Memorial Fund will be established.

 


 

Tim Stroehle

Tim “Jammer” Stroehle, 74, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque, Iowa at 4pm on Friday, October 11, 2019 with Rev. Father Steven Garner as the Officiant and Bishop Thomas Zinkula as the Celebrant. Friends may greet the family from 2:30 p.m. until time of services Friday at the church.

Michael Timothy was born on July 11, 1945 in Tucson, Arizona, the son of Patrick and Mildred “Tillie” (Grimes) Stroehle.

He graduated in 1964 from Western Dubuque high school. On May 19, 2001, Tim married Dianne Jeppesen. Tim served in the Navy and was employed with UPS for 32 years, retiring in 1999.

Tim was a kind-hearted man who would do anything for anyone. His smile could light up any room. Some of his favorite past times were following NASCAR, fishing and spending time in his beloved boat on the Mississippi River. Tim loved dogs and took good care of his favorite furry friends over the years. Tim’s most enjoyable times however were the times spent with family and friends.

Tim will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love him.

Those left beyond to cherish his memory are his wife Dianne; daughters Teva (Dennis) Sager, Raegan (Khary) Reid and Shelby (Mike) Kabela; step-children Michael (Kelly) Nakashima and Becky (Will) Brooke; grandchildren Maycee, Wyatt, Colin, Terrell, Payton, Brick, Beckitt, Brooks and Briar; step grandchildren Adi, Emma, Teddy, Lola, Jimmy and Meti; and his brother Tom (Kay) Stroehle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepson Jeffrey; sister Sharon, former spouse Colette and special friend John Roling.

The Stroehle family request no flowers.

 


 

Angela K. Cook

Angela K. Cook, 55, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at the Dubuque Specialty Care Initiatives in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 1:30 PM Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. The memorial service for Mrs. Cook will be 1:30 PM Saturday, October 12, 2019, Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Pastor Loren Hirschy as the officiant.

Born November 26, 1963, in Des Moines, she was the daughter of Soren and Marilyn Efferding Schoenthaler. On September 27, 1986, she married Floyd Cook at Bible Baptist Church in Dubuque. He passed away May 17, 2014.

Angela worked as a CNA in her younger years. After her first child was born, she stayed home to raise her children.

She was a 1981 graduate of Oxford Junction High School.

She attended Word of Life Church in Dubuque. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She listened to country music and especially loved John Denver. She loved nature, animals, photography, walking and also enjoyed playing Bingo.

Survivors include one son, Noah (Courtney) Cook of Dubuque; one daughter Bethany (Nathan) Melancon of Dubuque; one granddaughter, Emily; two brothers, Charles (Jovie) Wood of Carson, CA, and Ken (Becky) Schoenthaler of Donahue, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one stillborn son, Henry Albert Cook.

A memorial has been established for Hospice of Dubuque.

The family extends a special thank you to Care Initiatives, Hospice of Dubuque, and the University of Iowa Hospital for the special care of their mom.

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

 


 

Sarah S. Parris

Sarah Sue “Sally” Parris, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away Monday October 7, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Graveside committal service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Rockdale United Methodist Cemetery. The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.

Sally was born on Feb. 17, 1943 in Dubuque the daughter of James and Sarah (Frost) Campbell. She was married to Claud Pettis and later married William Parris. Both of her husbands preceded her in death.

She owned and operated Sal’s S & M Bar & Motel in East Dubuque and put on many Thanksgiving dinners for the less fortunate. She enjoyed playing euchre and had a bright smile, she was an inspiration to others.

She is survived by a son Randy Pettis; four sisters Jimmie Miller, Patricia Mills, Neva Maus and Sharon Riddell Tripp; two brothers Eugene and Michael Campbell along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Claud and William; and a nephew Eugene “Mickey” Maus.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest Manor for great care they gave to Sally.

 


 

Dalton K. Knight

Dalton K. Knight, 20, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on October 6, 2019 in Livingston, Wisconsin.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, October 11, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Dalton Kenneth Knight was born on September 20, 1999 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Josh and Sarah (Staskal) Knight. He grew up in Maquoketa and was a 2018 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School where he excelled in cross country and was active in basketball and track. He had worked at FlapJack’s Restaurant in Maquoketa during high school and for a short time afterwards as a dishwasher and cook. He currently was working in the shipping department at Land’s End in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

Dalton was very artistic and liked drawing and taking photos. He enjoyed cruising in his car and playing games with his cousins.

Those left to honor his memory include his parents, Sarah Knight of Maquoketa, IA, and Josh and Chaya Knight of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Braden (Kenzie) Knight of VA, Tyson Knight of Maquoketa, IA, and Keerson Dirks of Maquoketa, IA; his maternal grandparents, Steve and Betty Staskal of Livingston, WI; paternal grandparents, Denny and Mary Ann Knight of Maquoketa, IA, and Krista McCutcheon of Maquoketa, IA; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Randy McCutcheon, maternal great-grandparents Jefferson and Ruth Staskal and Joseph and Florence Howell, and his paternal great-grandparents Kenneth and Helen Knight and Mary and Loren Ehlinger.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Dalton Kenneth Knight memorial fund has been established.

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

 


 

Donald J. Balk

Donald John Balk, 84, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at his residence.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Church of the Resurrecteion. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday. Oct. 11th, at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a wake service at 3 p.m..

Born February 28, 1935, in Pitsville, WI, son of Ulrich and Rose Weinfurter Balk. On April 21, 1956, he married Patricia Meehan in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubuque. She preceded him in death on June 16, 2006

Don was a carpenter with the former Dubuque Packing Company through all of their changes where he retired from after 43 years. He was a member of Church of the Resurrection for 56 years. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed gardening, westerns, wrestling, deer hunting, playing pool, and cherished time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his children Kathy (Patrick) Hickson of Dubuque, Randy (Sharon) Balk of Davenport, Ricky (Heidi) Balk of La Motte, Kim (Kenney) Schmitt of Dubuque, and Rodney (Stephanie) Balk of Dubuque; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Floyd Balk, Francis Balk, and Ronald Balk, all of Cresco, IA; a sister, Patricia (Butch) Melver of Cresco, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; six brothers and three sisters.

A special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy and Peggy; Dr. Liaboe; his nurse, Trish and Dr. Ringold.

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

 


 

Nancy L. Uhlrich

Nancy L. Uhlrich, 81, of Dubuque, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 11, at St. Joseph Key West Catholic Church. Rev. Rodney Allers will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may greet the family from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 10, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Nancy was born August 22, 1938 in Dubuque, the daughter of Harold and Grace (Riley) Schmidt. She graduated from Visitation Academy in 1956, and went on to attend Clarke College. Nancy worked in the business office at Medical Associates for 35 years, until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Joseph Key West Catholic Church. Nancy enjoyed a good game of Euchre, and liked nothing better than beating her son at cribbage and her daughter at Yahtzee. Her grandchildren were the light of her life, and she loved to make them happy. She also dearly loved spending time with her grand-dogs.

Nancy is survived by her children, Steven (Paula) Uhlrich, of North Liberty, and Julie (Michael) Koontz of Dubuque; her grandchildren, Cody Uhlrich, Ashley (David Mitchell) Schaefer, Brittney (Brett) Jacobson, Melaney (Pat Leaf) Uhlrich, and Brandon Koontz; her great-grandchildren, Carter and Callie Mitchell and Baby Jacobson (on the way); her sister, Darlene Vanek of Dubuque; her niece Michelle (Craig) Miller; and her nephew, Mark (San) Vanek, both of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Nancy was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to know her.

Memorials may be made to the Nancy L. Uhlrich Memorial Fund.

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

 


 

Leta M. Wagner

Leta M. Wagner, 89, of Gilbert, AZ, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away on October 2, 2019 in Arizona.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019 at St. Joseph Key West Church with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Leta was born on July 23, 1930 in Lattnerville, IA the daughter of Theodore and Catherine (Stoffel) Schmitt. She married Herbert G. Wagner on November 4, 1947 at the Lattnerville Church. He preceded her in death in 1994.

She was a member of the Moose Lodge; working for Aflac Insurance for 32 years and for the Dubuque Community School System for 14 years as a food manager.

She is survived by four daughters, Joan (Wayne) Menzak, of Conshohocken, PA, Marjorie (John) Rotner, of Gilbert AZ, Connie Finzel, of San Tan Valley, AZ and Kim Wagner of Maui, HI. Grandsons Mark (Michelle) Rotner of Murrieta, CA and Eric (Xista Garcilazo) Rotner of Mesa, AZ; two great granddaughters Ixchel and Eva Garcilazo Rotner. Her brother Clem Schmitt, of Durango, IA and special friend David Larson.

Leta was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Herb; siblings, Raymond, Sylvester, Donald, Bernadine, Theodore, Catherine and Dorothy.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.

 


 

Sister Geneve Moran, BVM

Sister Geneve Moran, BVM, 93, of 1050 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Marian Hall.

Visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Geneve was an elementary school teacher in Fort Dodge, Iowa; Chicago; Casper, Wyo.; and West Hempstead, N.Y. She ministered as a secondary teacher, ESL teacher, GED preparation tutor and school secretary in Chicago and a secondary teacher and assistant librarian in Wilmette, Ill.

She was born on Nov. 30, 1925, in Chicago to Robert James and Genevieve McMahon Moran. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1943, from St. Andrew parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1946, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1951.

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

She is survived by a sister-in-law Annabelle Moran, Arlington Heights, Ill.; nieces; nephews; many cousins; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 76 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.

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, Iowa 52003 is in charge of arrangements.

 


 

Joan M. Thompson

Joan M. Thompson, age 72 of East Dubuque, Illinois completed her earthly journey on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

To honor Joan’s life, a Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Happy’s Place, 2323 Rockdale Road in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery in East Dubuque, Illinois. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Joan’s family.

Joan was born on September 10, 1947 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, a daughter to Carl and Kathleen “Katie” (Ryan) Montgomery. The family eventually moved to Galena, Illinois where she spent her early years developing her natural gifts of love for others and genuine kindness. Joan was united in marriage to her soulmate, Jim “Boar” Thompson in 1986 and the couple has faced the world hand in hand every day since. Her devotion to those she loved never became more apparent than when she went and earned her CNA primarily to be able to help care for her grandson at home. She used her skills with Finley and Mercy Home Care also, but everyone knew that at the end of the day her main motivation was always to provide loving care to her family. Joan possessed a relentlessly kind-hearted and giving character and the countless hours she generously gave to serving others before taking for herself will always be mingled tenderly within the abundance of beautiful memories she leaves behind. When a little free time did happen to work its way into her days, Joan was most content to be visiting with her grandkids, working on her meticulously tended to flower gardens, or socializing with her friends in the Red Hat Ladies Society. Sadly, Joan was called home quite suddenly, leaving the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved her in a deeply sorrowful state today. But, we know and trust that the Lord has a plan in all things and that one day we will find peace again when we will get to see her sweet smile looking right back at us. Thank you, Joan, for all you gave during your 72 years and may the example you’ve set forth help create some of the brightest moments yet to come in your legacy.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Joan include,

her loving husband of 33 years,
Jim “Boar” Thompson, East Dubuque, Illinois;

her 3 adored daughters,
Jean VanBlaracom, Monks Corner, South Carolina,
Karla (Donald “Donny”) Kass, Cumming, Georgia,
and Tamara (Tim) Freisinger, East Dubuque, Illinois;

her 6 grandchildren,
Michael (Michelle) VanBlaracom, Valerie VanBlaracom, Jordan Kass, Ryan James Kass, Heather Freisinger and Tanner Freisinger;

her great-grandson,
Xavier VanBlaracom;

her siblings,
Carl Montgomery Jr., Jacksonville, Florida,
Sandra (Donnie) Weinen, Elizabeth, Illinois,
Paula (Mike) Steiger, Waunakee, Wisconsin,
and Kirk (Renee) Montgomery, Mesa, Arizona;

her dear friends and neighbors,
Nancy and Deb;

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

Joan was preceded in death by her parents and a sister-in-law, Delores Montgomery.

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

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

 


 

Joan M. (Brandel) Taylor

Joan Marie Taylor (Brandel) went peacefully to the Lord on the evening of October 6, one day after her 80th birthday. She died of complications from diabetes.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Ghost Catholic Church at 10:30 am on Friday, October 11, 2019 with Rev. Father Steven Garner as the celebrant. After Mass, families and friends will celebrate in Joan’s life with a luncheon in Holy Ghost Paraclete Hall. Visitation will be on Thursday, October 10th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 3860 Asbury Road, where a prayer service will be held at 4:00 pm.

Born October 5th, 1939 to Charles and Edna (Hirsch) Brandel in Dubuque, Joan graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy. After X-ray training, she served as a technician in Mason City, Iowa and later at Xavier Hospital, in Dubuque.

She married Raymond J. Taylor on September 30th, 1961 and they resided in Dubuque. Ray and Joan celebrated 58 years of marriage the week of her passing.

Joan was a stubborn, spunky lady of German descent, who loved the Lord and her family and especially, her little dog, Maddie. She loved to read romance novels, do puzzles, feed her birds and the other assorted wildlife that visited her back porch. She loved Christmas and loved spoiling her grandkids even more. Those who knew her later in life knew that Tuesday was her favorite day of the week because every Tuesday her grandchildren Audrey (4) and Eric (2) visited her. Even when she couldn’t walk or care for a toddler, she insisted she couldn’t make any plans (including dialysis treatments) stressing the fact that she needed to babysit her grandkids.

Joan is survived by her five children: Mark (Kelley) Taylor and Chris (Karen) Taylor of Dubuque, Dan (Sarah) Taylor of Manchester, IA, Rea Ann (Dan) Paustian of Granger, IA, and Sara (Joel) Fagen of Arlington, VA. Her children cherished their mother, a love that was passed onto her grandchildren: Michael, Matthew, Rebecca, Katelyn, Hannah, Tanner, Millie, Isaac, Audrey, and Eric. Joan is also survived by an older brother, Ronald (Dori) Brandel of Dubuque, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her parents-in-law, Francis and Dorothy Taylor of Holy Cross, Iowa and brothers-in-law, Frank Taylor, Charles Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Duane “Red” Even, and Wayne Kahle. And, a sister-in-law, Marie Taylor.

Joan’s family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the many caregivers from No Place Like Home who compassionately cared for their mother as well as the doctors, nurses and staff from Tri-State Dialysis who supported their mother during her years of dialysis treatments.

A photo tribute can be viewed, and condolences can be sent by visiting Joan’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com

 


 

Luann J. Bowling

Luann J. Bowling, 58, of Iowa City, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

A graveside service and burial celebrating Luann’s life will be held at 2 P.M., Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. A private family visitation will be held. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Luann Jean Bowling was born on June 1, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Richard Alan Sr. and Janet Jean (Dutton) Bowling. She was a graduate of Iowa City West High. She never married.

Following high school, she did some housekeeping. She then began a 28-year career with WALMART in Iowa City working as the Department Manager in the Ladies Department retiring in mid-July of this year due to health reasons.

Luann loved traveling. She especially enjoyed yearly trips to Branson and had taken several cruises with her favorites being to Alaska and Aruba.

Those left to honor her memory include her father, Richard Bowling Sr. of Iowa City, IA; a son Joseph (Cassie) Bowling of North Liberty, IA; and brothers, Richard Bowling Jr. of Iowa City, IA, Neal Bowling of Iowa City, IA, Darren Bowling of Iowa City, IA, Curtis Bowling of West Branch, IA, and Brent Bowling of Iowa City, IA.

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, and her mother Janet Bowling on February 24, 1993.

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

 


 

Vernon R. Millhouse

Vernon R. Millhouse, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at his home.

His funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Andrew, IA Cemetery.

Vernon Russell Millhouse was born on August 24, 1924 in Gary, South Dakota, to Luther and Elfreida (Beste) Millhouse. He was raised in Davenport and Oklahoma and then went into the U.S. Navy serving during World War II where he received an honorable discharge.

He married Irma Jeane Dalton on March 30, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa. She preceded him death on March 10, 2001 after 55 years of marriage. He married Kathryn Leckington on November 10, 2001 in Davenport, Iowa.

Vernon moved to Maquoketa in March of 1955 to farm on Sand Prairie. He was a well-known carpenter in the area and had built many houses throughout his lifetime.
He was an active member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Maquoketa where he served as an elder in the congregation. He loved to travel to see new places and enjoyed studying the Bible and sharing its message with others. He could fix anything and was known as a jack-of-all trades and a master of none. He was loved by everyone that knew him, always had good advice to give, and he always had a story to tell (and everyone had a story to tell about him!) about his many adventures.

Those left to honor his memory include a daughter, Koreen (Tony) Schork of Maquoketa, IA; his wife Kathryn Millhouse of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Heath (Melissa) Schork and Kayla (Peter) Carlson; 6 great-grandchildren, Evelyn Schork, Shelby Blaney, Axel Carlson, Olivia Schork, Zelma Carlson, and Ela Schork; and a sister Loretta Dumerauf of NM.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Irma Jeane, and a brother Raymond.

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

 


 

William A. Byrd

William Allan “Bill” Byrd, 67, of Asbury, Iowa, died on Saturday, October 5, 2019 surrounded by family following a short illness.

Bill was born on July 23, 1952, the oldest of five children, to Ivan and Katherine Schmuecker Byrd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He was attending Regis High School when he met his future wife, then Sherry Ewen, of nearby John F. Kennedy High School. Bill and Sherry got married in 1974 after graduating from Iowa State University (Sherry’s father having stubbornly withheld his blessing until her graduation). Bill received a degree in psychology and pursued a PhD in developmental psychology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, but would eventually change fields, graduating from Michigan State University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Together, Bill and Sherry (and, along the way, son Michael) lived in Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and again in Iowa where Bill worked for a number of engineering firms and was awarded five patents. Bill taught at Northern Iowa Community College in Peosta before retiring in 2015.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry, and son, Michael, as well as his brother, Joseph (Deborah) Byrd, and sisters, Barbara (Gary) Klawiter and Janice (Justin) See.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Katherine, his sister, Mary Kay, and his brother, John.

Sherry is grateful for 45 loving years of marriage to Bill and their many adventures and misadventures (including sailing the butterfly at Rock Cut Lake near their home in Rockford, Illinois). Michael treasures memories fishing with his father in Minneapolis’ Lake Harriet and misses his joyous, roaring laughter.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in care of the arrangements.

 


 

Charlene M. Herrig

Charlene M. Herrig, 93, of Bethany Home, formally of St. Donatus, passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 11, 2019 at St. Donatus Catholic Church with Rev. David Ambrosy officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday at the church.

Charlene was born on July 21, 1926, in Bernard, Iowa, the daughter of Michael and Ruth (Johnson) Curtis. She married Florian Herrig on May 5, 1949 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in N. Garryowen. He preceded her in death on May 19, 2003.

Charlene was a homemaker who loved family gatherings and would make cinnamon rolls for every occasion. She especially enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in their various sporting events.

Charlene was a member of the St. Donatus Church and its Rosary Society, the Luxemburg Society and the LaMotte Senior Citizens.

Surviving are her children, Thomas and Richard (Kim) Herrig both of Dubuque, IA, Dennis Herrig of Tulsa, OK, Kevin (JoAnn) Herrig of St. Catherine, IA, Ann (John) Hallock of Sunset, S.C. and Todd Herrig of Mesa, AZ.; her grandchildren, Amy (Richard )Tanny, Scott (Meghan) Herrig, Aubrey Herrig, Chad Herrig, Jayden (Kassy) Herrig, Abbey (Casey) Skrivseth and Ashley, Garrett and Luke Hart; 16 great grandchildren; her sister, Marie Ambrosy of Bellevue, IA and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; 6 brothers and 3 sisters.

Memorials may be given to St. Donatus Church.

Charlene’s family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque for their unending care and support.

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

 


 

Thomas J. Hilby

Thomas J. Hilby, 58, of Cuba City, Wisconsin, died of a heart attack Sunday, October 6, 2019, at Southwest Health Center Hospital in Platteville.  Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Cuba City with Rev. David Flanagan officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City where the parish wake service and time of sharing will be at 2:30 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church before the service.

Tom was born on August 22, 1961, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Joseph and Mildred “Millie” (Leifker) Hilby.  He graduated from Benton High School in 1980, where he competed on both the football and track & field teams. He married Cheryl J. Kiefer on April 9, 1983, at Resurrection Church in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tom and Cheryl were dairy farmers in Hixton, WI in their early years of marriage. They eventually moved to Cuba City in 1992 and raised their three children there. Tom worked at Jeld-Wen in Dubuque, IA for several years, and continued working there as he built his family their new home on the outskirts of Cuba City in 2003. His first completed home project inspired the founding of his dream construction business – Home Creations.

Tom was known for his generosity, cheerfulness, and storytelling. He had a contagious smile, a belly laugh, and a booming voice. Tom had a competitive spirit that he brought with him everywhere he went.

He loved socializing and spending time with friends and family. Through fishing, card playing, boating, camping, snowmobiling and hunting, Tom enjoyed a busy life well spent with others. He was always talking about his upcoming hunting trip to Wyoming, the annual fishing trip to Nekoosa, and all the deer and fish that got away.

Tom loved spoiling his kids and cheering them on in all aspects of life. Whether it was a sporting event, school play, or graduation, he was the loudest and proudest person in the room. He prioritized his family above all else.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Cheryl; his children, Adam (fiancée, Elaine) Hilby, Cuba City, WI; Katie Hilby, Tampa, FL, and Emily Hilby, La Crosse, WI; his mother, Millie Hilby, Benton, WI; a sister, Lori Hilby, Cuba City, WI; a brother, David (Debora) Hilby, Cuba City, WI; and his father-in-law, Edward Kiefer, Dubuque, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Hilby; an infant sister, Sharon; and his mother-in-law, Kathleen Kiefer.

In lieu of flowers, a Tom Hilby Memorial Fund has been established.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.

 


 

Irene B. Zewen

Irene B. Zewen, 82, of Luxemburg, Iowa passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Good Neighbor Society, Manchester, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa. Visitation will continue at the funeral home, Wednesday from 8:30 -9:30 a.m. prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Luxemburg, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

Irene was born June 9, 1937, in Farley, Iowa , the daughter of August and Olga (Klaus) Heiring. She married Duane Zewen on October 14, 1959, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley. Together they farmed and raised their family on the Zewen home farm West of Luxemburg. She was an active member of her parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was a member of the Rosary Society.

Survivors include her children: Daniel (Julie) Zewen of Luxemburg, Carol (Ron) Iske of Des Moines, John (Nicole) Zewen of Luxemburg, grandchildren: Caitlyn (Jared) Deutmeyer, Dana (Russ) Wolf, Amy (Sean Specht) Zewen, Eric (Jordyn) Zewen, Serena Iske, Mylee, Jared, Mariah Zewen, great grandchildren: Preston and Keeley Deutmeyer, siblings: Eddie (Lois) Heiring, Mary Ann Fangman, in-laws: Pat (Jerry) Mulert.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Duane in 1986, siblings: Germaine (Daryl) March, Dorothy (Gordon) Lee, Agnes (Robert) Vorwald, Ralph (Rose) Heiring, in-laws: Joe Ward, Richard Fangman.

A sincere thank you to the staff at the Good Neighbor Society for their compassionate care over the last 2 1/2 years.

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

 


 

James Fields

James “Baldy’ Fields, 86, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019.

A private family gathering will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Monticello, Iowa.

Jim was born December 19, 1932 in Maquoketa, Iowa, son of Melvin and Grace (Dague) Copus. He married Lavonnie “Bonnie” Appleby on November 23, 1950 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade,Iowa. Bonnie preceded him in death on January 9, 2005.

Surviving are his children, Gail (John) Koppes of Onslow, IA, Dennis (Georgia) Fields of Mills, IA, Joyce (Bob) Stoffel of Bernard, IA, Judy (Don) Supple of Cascade, IA, Michael Fields of Anamosa, IA, Jerry Fields (& Juan Vega) of Coggan, IA, Mark (Julie) Fields of Cedar Rapids, IA, Sandra Fields (& Jeff Heins of Lamont, IA; 17 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; and 5 great great grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley Nash of Cherry Valley, IA.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; and one grandson, Derek Arensdorf on August 24, 2008.

 


 

Rosalie Ploessl

Rosalie (Ries) Ploessl, 70, of Bellevue, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019. Visitation will be 4:00 pm-7:00 pm, Monday October 7, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue with a 7:00 pm Prayer Services. Private Family burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Rosalie was born February 4, 1949, the daughter of Melvin “Doc” and Kathleen “Katie” (Rubel) Ries. She married Arthur “Art” Ploessl on November 30, 1963, he passed on February 24, 2015. Rosalie worked in the sewing room at Flexsteel for over 30 years. She was a member and the treasurer of St. Donatus Community Club for many decades, loved bowling, golf, and playing softball. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her children, Rick (Laurie) Ploessl and Lori (Mark) Heiar; six grandchildren, Amber Ploessl, Dustin Ploessl, Colton Ploessl, and Jakob Ploessl, Miranda Heiar and Travis Heiar; 2 great-grandchildren, Selena and Arianna; siblings, Ron (Patricia) Ries, Rita Putman, Becky (Kevin) Hurlburt, Roxey (Doug) Kueter, Randy (Linda) Ries, and a sister in-law, Barb Ries.

Rosalie was preceded in death; her husband, Art; her parents; grandchildren, Justin and Ann Heiar, and Lindsay Ploessl; siblings, Bob Ries, Ruth Weimerskirk; brothers in-law, Steve Putman and Larry Weimerskirk.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful nurses, CNA’s, and therapist of Stonehill, Mill Valley, and hospice. You all are truly angels walking amongst us.

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

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

 


 

Brandon P. Drazkowski

Brandon Paul Drazkowski, 47, of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully on October 1st, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City surrounded by family.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday, October 7th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 12:00 p.m.

Brandon was born in Winona, MN on July 15, 1972 to Kathy (Filipenko) Pershell and Gary Drazkowski. Brandon married Tracey McGinnis in Las Vegas on January 27, 1998.

He attended schools in Winona & Minneapolis and was a certified chef in a variety of restaurants in Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin and Iowa. He was most recently working at Timmerman’s Super Club in East Dubuque and Tavern on the Main in Dubuque.

Brandon enjoyed cooking, canoeing and playing guitar with his band Zero2Sixty. He especially loved spending time with family and friends and was known for his strange obsession with rubbing people’s ears.

He is survived by his wife, Tracey; their children, Bradley (Brittany Davis) McGinnis, Jessica McGinnis, Kaylee (Matt Heacock) Drazkowski and Luke Drazkowski; and his favorite girl, Grayce, his granddaughter, all of Dubuque. He is also survived by his sister, Bridget (Brad) Morgan, of Dubuque; step-sister Alicia (Anand) Kameswaran, of Lutz, FL; his mother, Kathy (Rich) Pershell, of Mansfield, AR; his father, Gary Drazkowski, of Winona, MN; his in-laws Wayne (Cindy) McGinnis, of Dubuque and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at MercyOne Dubuque and the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for all their care, kindness and compassion.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established at Midwest One.

Rest in peace ya big Schweetie

 


 

Joseph E. Doyle

Joseph E. “Buddy” Doyle, 77, of Dyersville, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on, Thursday, October 3, 2019 at his home in Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation for Buddy will be held from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 2019, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. and the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 will meet in a body at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held after 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019, at the funeral home in Dyersville, IA.

A Mass of Christian burial for Buddy will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, October 7, 2019, at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Jim Goerend officiating. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Buddy was born March 18, 1942, in Washington D.C., son of Joseph and Maureen (O’Connell) Doyle. He graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, VA. On June 26, 1965 he was united in marriage to Barbara Westemeier at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Dyersville, IA. Buddy worked for Coca-Cola and the City of Dyersville in the Street Department where he retired in 2004. He loved spending time at his cabin and sitting underneath his apple tree in North Buena Vista, IA and boating on the Mississippi River.

He was a member of St. Francis Parish in Dyersville, Iowa. Buddy was a veteran, having served in the in the United States Army, serving from 1960-1963. He is also a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Barbara Doyle of Dyersville, IA; daughter, Tammy (Mike) Then of Dyersville, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jessica and Bryan Then of Dyersville, IA; sisters, Joanne Daft of Oxnard, CA and Kathleen Kane of Arlington, TX; brother-in-law, Roger (Judy) Westemeier of Dyersville, IA.

He was welcomed in to heaven by his parents; grandson, Matt Then; brother, James (Shirley) Doyle; Father and Mother-in-law, Benny and Janie Westemeier; brother-in-law, Joe Kane; along with many extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers a Joseph Doyle memorial fund has been established.

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

 


 

Sr. Carol Hoverman

Sister Carol (Angela Merici) Hoverman, OSF, of Dubuque passed away, Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Clare House.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, October 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2019 with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel.

Sister Carol was born November 22, 1938 in Alta Vista, IA, daughter of Gerhard (Gary) and Amanda (Pins) Hoverman.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1956 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1962. Sister received her bachelor’s degree in music education at Briar Cliff College, Sioux City, IA. She ministered as an educator in Illinois at Melrose Park and in Iowa at St. Mary’s, Dubuque. In 1980, she began her ministry at the Archdiocese of Dubuque – first as the Communications Director and later as editor of The Witness.

Sister is survived by her brother Jim Hoverman (Mary Pat Cole); nieces and nephews; and her Franciscan sisters.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA or to Steeple Square, Dubuque, for the organ fund.

Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the Sisters.

 


 

Geraldine M. Engler

Geraldine M. Engler, 93, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Mercy One Senior Care (Oakcrest), Dyersville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home prior to funeral services. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 7, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica with burial in St. Paul Cemetery, Worthington, IA. Rev. Tyler Raymond will officiate.

Geraldine was born February 25, 1926 in Worthington, Iowa, the daughter of Otto and Mary (Baum) Hess. She married David A. Engler on January 27, 1948 in Worthington. Geraldine ran the office at the Dyersville Sale Barn and worked as the bookkeeper at the Worthington Creamery Company. In 1973 she and her twin brother Gerald, purchased the Dyersville Sale Barn and continued as the co-owner and office manager until she retired at age 72.

Geraldine was a true caregiver as evidenced by how she tended to and loved her family and friends. She was a terrific cook and was always ready to set an extra plate for anyone who dropped in. Of course, if you ate you also would stay and play cards. A good Solo or Euchre game could easily last until it was time to go to 6:00 a.m. mass on Sunday. She loved winning, even if it was a nickel or dime, especially from her grandson, David, or grandson-in-law, Dan. Geraldine could always be found cheering on her beloved Chicago Cubs.

She had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin and the Rosary. As a member of her family or as one of her countless friends, you have been on the receiving end of her countless Rosary Novena petitions.

Survivors include her daughter, Beverly (Vincent) Folkedahl of Iowa City, IA, 2 grandchildren: David (fiancé Jodi Flynn) Folkedahl, their children; Vincent and Gabriel Folkedahl and Morgan Flynn, Elizabeth (Daniel) Guza and their children; David, Matthew and Katelyn Guza, her twin brother, Gerald Hess of Dyersville. She is also survived by her “honorary daughters”, Laura Phearman of Iowa City, Lois Forkenbrock of Dyersville and Dorothy Kramer of Worthington.

She was preceded in death by her husband David in 2003, brothers: A. Michael, Ambrose, Donald Hess, sister, Florabelle Heiser and two brothers in infancy: Harold and Ronald Hess.

Geraldine spent the past 4-1/2 years living at Mercy One Senior Care (Oakcrest), where she was treated with dignity and love by an amazing group of caring staff. For this, her family will be forever grateful.

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

 


 

Barbara Ann Johnson

Barbara Ann Johnson, 68, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 1st, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center surrounded by loved ones.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 7th, 2019 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Steven Garner officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday, until time of mass at the church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Barb was born on December 3, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Aloysius and Eleanor (Chase) Pfiffner along with her stepmother Dolores Pfiffner. She attended Nativity Grade School, graduated from Wahlert High School in 1969 and from Indian Hills Community College.

She met the love of her life, Stephen Johnson, at a New Year’s Eve party. They were married February 4th, 1978 at the Church of the Nativity.

Barb worked as a cashier for the A & P and then for the Post Office. When becoming a mother, she left the Post Office to raise her beautiful daughters. She later worked for Target and Nordstrom’s.

She enjoyed being able to take an early retirement and being able to care for her grandchildren. She loved road trips to Tama, IA for Bingo at the Meskwaki Casino and enjoyed playing euchre at Holy Ghost.

Spending time with family was important to Barb along with carrying on holiday traditions that her parents passed on to her. Biologically, Barb may have only had two daughters, but all of their friends were considered a son or daughter to Barb.

She is survived by her husband Stephen; two daughters Jennifer Johnson and Patricia Bender (significant other, Alex Swart); grandchildren, Izzy, Orion, Chloe, Ethan and Eli; her fur grand-puppy Belle; siblings Ted (Pam) Pfiffner, Sharon Pfiffner, Cathy Haislet and Terry (Terri) Pfiffner; her brother-in-law Richard (Lynne) Johnson and sister-in-law Mary (Chuck) Steinbrook; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepmother.

The family would like to thank the staff of Tri-State Dialysis, Dr. Ringold, the emergency room staff at MercyOne especially Paige for all their care, kindness and compassion.

 


 

Alice M. (O’Brien) Egan

Alice M. (O’Brien) Egan, age 86, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:32 a.m., on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Alice’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, October 7, 2019, at St. Anthony’s Church, with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. To celebrate Alice’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, October 7, 2019, at St. Anthony’s Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Alice was born on August 16, 1933, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of James and Della (Heer) O’Brien.

Alice was born and raised in Dubuque where she attended Catholic school and then went to work as a teller with DB&T. She would take a leap of faith and agree to accompany a handsome young man named Edward Egan on a blind date, which would turn out to be one of the best decisions she ever made. That young man quickly became the love of her life, and they were united in marriage on October 22, 1955, at St. Patrick’s Church in Dubuque. They were blessed with 62 years and 6 children together, before Ed was sadly called home ahead of her on July 29, 2018. After the children were a little older, Alice would begin working in the daycare at the YMCA and then become a paraprofessional with the Dubuque Community School District for 20 years. She was always a very active woman, playing tennis in her younger days, bike riding, bowling and spending time in the great outdoors hiking and walking with Ed and their faithful Chihuahua companions. Alice was an avid reader who also enjoyed attending plays and theater productions. She had a great appreciation of music of any kind, even singing with the “Sweet Adelines” for a time. Alice was very personable and enjoyed spending time with her friends and volunteering to help those less fortunate than her in her community. Her Catholic faith was also an extremely important aspect of her life, as evidenced by her long time membership with St. Anthony’s Church. She was a kind and gentle soul, who possessed a “wee bit” of an Irish sense of humor. Alice was never one to draw attention to herself or put on airs, a true lady through and through. She truly cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear, sweet, beautiful mom, grandma, great-grandma and great great-grandma in our daily lives, but find some comfort in knowing that she is now happily reunited with her beloved husband, walking hand in hand for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish Alice’s memory include

her children,
Anne Powell, Dubuque, IA,
Joseph (Karin) Egan, Park Ridge, IL,
Karen Egan, Dubuque, IA
and Brian Egan, Dubuque, IA;

4 grandchildren,
Shanna Powell, Matthew Egan, Bradford Egan and Gregory Egan;

5 great-grandchildren,
Madeleine, Oliver, Sage, Niya and Willow Powell;

and 3 great great-grandchildren,
Alyza and Lilyanna Powell and Mekhi Finley.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; and twin girls in infancy.

Alice’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque and Luther Manor, for all of their kind, professional and compassionate care of Alice and her entire family. Also a special thanks to the staff of Home Instead whose assistance allowed Alice to stay in the home she loved so much.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.

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

 


 

Nina M. Collins

Nina M. Collins, age 73, of Princeton, IL, and formerly of New York City and Cassville and Lancaster, WI, died peacefully at her home of ALS at 12:15 a.m., on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. To honor Nina’s life, funeral services will be held at 6:45 p.m., on Friday, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Nina’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Nina was born on August 28, 1946, in Mt. Pleasant, MI, daughter of Harold Emile and Nathalie Margaret (Fluke) Collins.

Nina was born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and grew up in Clare, MI and Brookfield, IL. Her parents were Harold and Nathalie (Fluke) Collins. She attended Riverside-Brookfield High School, and was active in drama and music, playing violin in her father’s orchestra, and volunteering at the Veterans’ Hospital.

Nina attended Drake University and later moved to New York to pursue an acting career. A student of Uta Hagen, Nina appeared in many off-Broadway plays while continuing her education at Marymount College. She subsequently worked in New York law offices and advertising agencies, organizing national conferences for the Society of Plastics Industry, and serving as executive assistant to the Vice-President of Nordeman Grimm, Inc., an international executive search firm, and to the President of Sacks & Rosen, Inc., an international advertising agency.

Nina continued her commitment to volunteer work, spending many weekends and vacations distributing meals for the underprivileged in New York churches.

Nina moved to Cassville, WI in 1992 to care for her father, who was in failing health. She remained in the Midwest after his death, living in Dubuque, IA and Lancaster, WI and working as Human Resource Manager in area firms, and also caring for disabled clients through Homeward Bound.

Nina loved attending the opera, the symphony and plays in New York and Massachusetts with her sister, and later continued this with many trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony, and travels to Greece, Vieques, St. Croix and Puerto Rico, and family vacations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and California.

She moved to Princeton in 2018, to be closer to her sister as her health declined.

She was devoted to her family and brought untold hours of happiness to them and to her friends. She is survived by her sister, Dana Collins of Princeton, and her niece Jen Collins (Ouellette) and family of Oakland, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents and her niece, Caitlyn Dane.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among Nina’s favorite charities.

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

 


 

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