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Gene E. Hagy

Gene E. Hagy, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, October 22, 2019, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, October 25, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Gene Elwood Hagy was born on January 10, 1932 at home in rural Muscatine County to Robert Barton and Lydia Iva (Spitznogle) Hagy. He was a graduate of Muscatine High School and then served his country in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge. He married Elizabeth Duemong on September 30, 1951 in Muscatine, Iowa. She preceded him in death on August 10, 2013.

Gene first worked for Hetzler Dairy in Muscatine, and then moved to Maquoketa where he worked for Phillips 66 eventually entering into partnership with Don Small. He then worked for Sieg Auto Parts in Maquoketa for many years, retiring in 1994.

Gene enjoyed remodeling and working on his house, and in recent years playing cards with his coffee group.

Those left to honor Gene’s memory include his daughters, Nancy (Larry) Shell of Muscatine, IA, and Kathy (Perry) Keating of Alburnett, IA; a sister, Alice Passmore of Plymouth, MA; 4 grandchildren, Brian Shell of Ames, IA, Amy Shell of Omaha, NE, Scott (Melissa) Keating of North Liberty, IA, and Sara (Matt) Brace of Cedar Rapids, IA; and 2 great-grandchildren, Emma and Mason, and twins on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers Robert and Glen, and a great-grandson Jack Keating.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Gene E. Hagy memorial fund.

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

 


 

Lucille M. Schmalz

Lucille M. Schmalz, 97, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 24,  at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, where friends may greet the family from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Lucille’s brother, Fr. John Lange, will officiate. Private burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Dubuque.

Lucille was born July 4, 1922 in Dubuque, the daughter of John and Celia (Roediger) Lange. She married Arthur Schmalz in 1946, and he preceded her in death.

Lucille and Arthur owned and operated several small businesses, including rental businesses, a car wash, and houseboat rentals. She enjoyed boating, telling stories, painting, investing in the stock market, and gardening.  For 30 years, Lucille also enjoyed spending winters in Fort Myers, Florida.

She was an ambitious, energetic person and will be sadly missed.

Lucille is survived by her daughter, Kathyanne (Bob) Norman; her sisters, Rita, Betty, and Phyllis; and her brothers, Fr. John Lange, Carl (Mary) Lange, and Marty Lange.

Lucille’s daughter would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for their care of Lucille.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque.

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

 


 

Robert E. Connolly

Robert E. “Fritz” Connolly, 80, passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Mercy Hospital.

Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Windsor Park Retirement Apartments, 801 Davis Street. Private family Memorial Service will be at 4:30.

He was born on December 31, 1938 in Dubuque, son of Leo and Evelyn Connolly. He married Sandra Schmitt on January 10, 1959.

He was employed by Windsor Park/ Callahan Construction until his illness in 2016.

Fritz will be deeply missed by his wife, Sandy of 60 years; 3 daughters, Beth (Ken) Hammel, Robyn (Mike) Fagan and Kris Connolly; 3 sons, Tom Connolly, Bob (Tina) Connolly and Pat (Tracy) Connolly; 21 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Rita Griffin and Kathy (Jerry) Olsen.

He was preceded in death by his son Todd Connolly, his parents; father and Mother in law, Leland and Regina Schmitt; brothers Jim Connolly, Dan Connolly and Dave Connolly, and one sister Jeanne Connolly; great granddaughter, Miracle Blocker; Brother in Law and Sister in law, George and Lavonne Kennedy.

Thank you to Dr. Sara Loetcher and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melainie, Angela and Ryan. Also, Granddaughter, Heidi Klein for all of her help during his illness.

A Robert Connolly Memorial Fund has been established.

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

“Happy Trails until we meet again.”

 


 

Kathryn E. Miller

Kathryn E. “Kay” (Cahill) Miller, 80, of Dubuque passed away on October 16th, 2019 at her family’s home in Iowa City.

Kay was born on August 10th, 1939 in Dubuque to Robert and Marietta Cahill. After graduating from St. Joseph’s Academy in 1958, she began working at Midwest Lumber Company. She then went on to become a secretary at Spahn & Rose Lumber Co. She was promoted to the purchasing department and then became the Assistant Manager of the Retail Office. Hardworking and dedicated, she worked at Spahn & Rose for over 40 years until her retirement in 2013.

A lifelong resident of Dubuque, Kay was an active member of her church and a staple of her neighborhood and community. She could often be found taking walks around the neighborhood, chatting with neighbors and keeping up with her close friends that she’d had since childhood.

Above all else, Kay’s greatest joy was her beloved family. She loved being a sister, mother and grandmother and took great pride in supporting her three grandchildren in all of their extracurriculars. She spent the last phase of her life surrounded by those that she loved most.

Kay is survived by her loving children Lisa (Kevin) Perez and Daryl Miller; grandchildren, Alexandra, Izaak and Elias; siblings Robert “Bob” (Jonneal) Cahill, Sharon (Joseph) Meyer; and a host of extended family and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Marietta Cahill.

The family will greet friends on Thursday, October 24th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road in Dubuque from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A short service and celebration of life will begin at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Iowa City Hospice. The family wishes to thank Anne Marie Perez for the friendship and care that she gave to Kay and to Iowa City Hospice for their care and support.

 


 

Bruce W. Ferguson

Bruce W. Ferguson, 88, of Naperville, IL, Winter, WI, and St. Pete Beach, FL, died Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Luther Manor.  Private family services will be held.

Bruce was born June 20, 1931 in Chicago, IL, son of Joseph and Elspeth (Archer) Ferguson.  He attended LeMoyne Elementary and graduated from Lake View High School, in Chicago.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dubuque, his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University with doctoral work at The Ohio State University.

On August 7, 1954 he married Carol Capp and together they raised five children.

Bruce was a lifelong educator and mentor, teaching in the field of physical education for over 40 years.

Bruce was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Naperville and also belonged to the Illinois Association of Health Physical Education and Recreation where he served as President of the Midwest Region.  He enjoyed his association with the University of Dubuque where he served in various capacities.  He thoroughly enjoyed his summers at Pinecrest Resort on Barker Lake in Winter, WI which he and Carol operated for more than 40 years.  He greatly enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and guests.  He was also an avid swimmer and a big Cubs fan.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carol Capp Ferguson; four children, Sheri Garner and her children, Sarah (Kevin) Malia and their children, Rory and Tess; and Abigail Urban and her children, Nora and Grant; Beth (Lusmila) Ferguson and their children, Luciel, Veronica and her child Isabela, Christina, and Julissa; Gary (April) Ferguson and their children, Magdalena, Mateo, Miarosa, Micaela, Casper, Chadwick and Careabella; and Andrew (John Hoefler) Ferguson and their children, Megan Ferguson and Devyn, Austin, Jenna and Ethan Hoefler.  He is also survived by a brother, Ronald (Dorothy) Ferguson of Port Charlotte, FL and a special former daughter-in-law, Clare Ferguson of Dubuque, IA.

In addition to his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by a son, Randy (in childhood).

Special thanks go to the wonderful staff at Luther Manor; Dr. Jacobitz-Kizzier, and Dr. Meurer; and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.  The family would also like to thank Bradley Rudi, good friend and helper in Winter, WI.

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

 


 

Ronald M. Johnson

Ronald M. “Ron” Johnson, age 75 of Durango, Iowa sadly completed his earthly journey on October 15, 2019 after an ATV accident while hunting wild boar in Oklahoma.  To honor Ron’s life; his family, friends and loved ones are invited to bring stories and memories to share at Ron’s Celebration of Life from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Dubuque Shooting Society, 10380 U.S. 52, Dubuque, Iowa.    Burial will be in the Morse Cemetery in Johnson County Iowa at another time with immediate family.

Ron was born on September 7, 1944 in Iowa City, Iowa, son of Robert M. Johnson and Helen R Tompkins.  Ron spent his formative years being surrounded by family and friends in the Iowa City/Coralville and Solon areas.  He graduated from Solon High School in 1962 and went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa in 1966.  Ron spent the next 2 years proudly serving his country with the U.S. Army.   During this time, he was united in marriage to his teenage sweetheart, Mary Lou Smith, on a rainy night, June 6, 1967.  The couple was blessed with 52 years together where they never wavered in their commitment to family, work, play and one another.  They both worked at John Deere, beginning their careers in Moline before moving to the Dubuque Works in 1971.  Ron took an early retirement package in 1988, which allowed him to spend time at home with his growing daughter, Jill, all while escaping to the outdoors almost daily on the farm.

Every fiber of Ron’s being was driven to be one with the nature around him whenever possible.  In his younger years, Ron would joyfully spend his days horseback riding, racing off-road motorcycles and riding snowmobiles in the off season.  In time, hunting and fishing became his full-time passion.  Land and animal management fit perfectly into Ron’s vision of living life to the fullest.  Their trips to the cabin in Wyoming to embark daily into the wilderness on another adventure became a regular occurrence.  Whether braving the day’s adventure with a rifle in hand, riding a 4-wheeler or horse, sitting in a boat or fishing streams with a fly rod, or even scouting endlessly in preparation for the next best spots, Ron continually found absolute satisfaction in every hour he and Mary were able to spend outdoors together.  Ron was always thankful that his game room wasn’t only full of the many trophies he had accrued over the years, but it was also a daily reminder of the memories and time he and Mary had spent together.  Ron’s love for the outdoors only came in second to his devotion to his family at home.  His wife, daughter, granddaughter and faithful canine companions were what created the essence within his purpose in life.  Ron has left a legacy of love, leadership and genuine character which will thankfully assist in providing some comfort to the broken hearts he leaves behind.  It’s impossible for us to imagine today that Ron has hung his last mount, but we trust that his new hunting grounds are perfectly designed for he and his dogs to run free until we see them again.  Thank you, Ron, for all you’ve done so well during your time here and may we never forget the positive example you’ve left for us to follow.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Ron include,

his wife and perfect partner in life,
Mary Lou Johnson, Durango, Iowa;

his deeply adored daughter,
Jill (Anastasios Kritselis) Johnson, Grayslake, Illinois;

his beautiful granddaughter,
Helena;

his siblings,
Ted (Rosie) Tompkins, Prescott Valley, Arizona,
Penny Tompkins, Solon, Iowa,
Rich (Connie) Tompkins, Fairfax, Iowa,
Jeanne Hamilton, West Branch, Iowa,
and Roy Tompkins, Marion, Iowa;

along with countless extended family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and hunting buddies.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Tompkins.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Dubuque Humane Society, 4242 Chavenelle Road, Dubuque, Iowa, 52002 in Ron’s name in recognition of his uncompromising compassion and love for dogs.

Ron’s family would like to thank everyone for all of the love and support you’ve provided during these very difficult days.  Saying good-bye to Ron is the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do, knowing that we don’t have to face it alone is the greatest gift we could receive.

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

 


 

John J. Payne

John J. “Jerry” Payne, 83, of Dubuque, IA passed away on October 19, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church with Rev. Steve Garner officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

Jerry was born on September 9, 1936 in Dubuque, IA the son of John Francis and Helen Mary (McDonald) Payne. He married Phyllis Kass on July 21, 1956 at St. Mary’s in Dubuque and she preceded him in death on March 13, 1999. He later married Beatrice Albert on October 17, 2003 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and she preceded him in death on February 20, 2018.

He worked for Sweetheart Bakery; 7up Bottling Company and lastly for Kirchoff Distributing Co. He was a member of the Teamsters Local #421 and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Jerry is survived by his children, Steve (Kathy) Payne, of Peosta, IA, Alice Pregler, of Dubuque and Jim (Jenny) Payne of, Dubuque, IA. Grandchildren, Charles (Keira) Pregler, Jerry Pregler, Nathan (Sami) Pregler, Ryan Pregler, Tricia (Jacob) Munson, Stephanie (Kyle) Reinert, and Brian (Amanda) Payne; great grandchildren, Aaron, Danny, Tyler, and Olivia Munson, Parker and Henry Reinert. His siblings, Ray (Colleen) Payne, Tim (Myra) Payne, Sheila (Larry) Blatz, Ann (Jack) Ginter, Ellen (Dave) Willis and Mary Johnson. Sisters-in-law Karen Payne and Betty Payne.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Phyllis in 1999; his 2nd wife in 2018; brothers Bill and Jack and his sister Rita Ambrosy.

The family would like to thank Oak Park Place, Hawkeye Care Center, Dr. Kirkendall and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their care, kindness and compassion.

In lieu of flowers a John Payne memorial fund has been established.

 


 

Joann A. Kasik

Joann A. Kasik (Kohlenberg), 79, longtime resident of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Friday, October 18, 2019, at the Clarence Care Center, Clarence, IA.  Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2019 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. until time of services.

Joann was born on September 12, 1940 in Bellevue, IA to Lawrence and Arlene Kohlenberg.  She graduated from Bellevue Public High School, attended Wartburg College where she was a first soprano on the choir.  Joann worked at local 150 Dubuque Packing CO Union and in the printing business as a designer for over 30 years.  As a teenager, her accomplishments included showing the Reserve Grand Champion Herford at the Iowa State Fair and being on numerous championship Tug-O-War teams at the Dubuque County Fairs.

Joann was a proud and loving mother of her two sons: Scott Kasik of Mechanicsville, IA and Phil Kasik of Dubuque, IA.  She was a devoted mother who loved nothing more than attending her son’s sporting events, where she was awarded with “the fam of the year” in 1981.  She was also the proud and loving grandmother of her grandchildren; Scout, Cortlyn and Averee.  She loved good food, was a fantastic cook and in her spare time she enjoyed flower gardening, reading and football.  Joann will be forever remembered for her beautiful smile, quick wit and kindness.

Joann is survived by her sons Scott Kasik and his 3 children Scout, Cortlyn and Averee and Phil Kasik; her brother Lynn (Eileen) Kohlenberg; her sister Jeanette (Jim) Jamieson; her nephew Chad (Meghan) Kohlenberg and their 3 children and her cousins Carol Schardt, Marge Felderman and Sarah Thorn.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Arlene.

 


 

Irenus A. Kunkel

Irenus A. “Ira” Kunkel, 88, formerly of Dickeyville Wisconsin, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2019, at Heritage Memory Care in Middleton, Wisconsin, with his wife, Rosemary, and daughter, Diane, at his side.  Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City, Wisconsin, where the parish wake service will be at 3:45 p.m.  Friends may also call from 9:45-10-:15 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, at the church before the service.

Ira was born May 24, 1931, in Kieler, Wisconsin, the son of Charles and Gezena (Dalsing) Kunkel. He married Rosemary Weber at St. Mary’s Church in Galena, Illinois, on April 16, 1958.

Ira farmed in the Kieler area, and later owned Kunkel’s Hardware, Plumbing and Heating with his wife, Rosemary, and brother and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Colleen Kunkel.  He also sold and serviced DeLaval Milking Equipment. Ira was an army veteran and was a member of Reimenapp-Averkamp-Stelpflug VFW Post #6455 in Dickeyville.  He also served on the Dickeyville Paris Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years serving as both chief and assistant chief. He was part of the Holy Ghost Parish Choir along with Rosemary who was the organist. Ira loved to fish, camp and sing.  His passion for living life will be greatly missed.

Survivors besides his wife, Rosemary, include five children, David (Janice) of Westfield, WI, Deborah of Dallas, TX, Gary (Vicki) of Oregon, WI, Cynthia (John) of Corona Del Mar, CA and Diane (Flip) of Madison, WI; a brother, Norman (Eunice) Kunkel; a sister-in-law Colleen Kunkel; seven grandchildren, Robin Higgins, Sera and Steven Harbert, Matthew, Lindsey and Zachery Kunkel and Jared Pratt; and four great-grandchildren, Aiden Randolph, Ivan Kunkel  and Oscar, Arlo and Eagan Higgins.

Ira was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Danny; a sister, Alverna (Orville) Schaefer; and a brother, Gilbert Kunkel.

An Irenus A. “Ira” Kunkel Memorial Fund has been established.

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

 


 

Robert H. Powers

Robert H. “Bob” Powers 87, of East Dubuque, IL died Thursday, October 17th, at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque, with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, with military honors accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps. League.

Visitation will be 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday and from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.  Members of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept. will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Monday to attend the wake.

Bob was born on January 6, 1932, in Dubuque, IA, son of James and Lorraine (Bintner) Powers. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, class of 1950. After graduation he was employed by Interstate Power followed by his enlistment into the U.S. Navy where he was an electrician on the U.S.S. Ajaxduring the Korean Conflict. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he went back to work for Interstate Power where hewas a member of I.B.E.W. Local #263 and retired in 1994 as a substation technician. During his retirement he was employed by Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL delivering vehicles to various locations.

Robert and Josephine (Jo) Reisen of East Dubuque, IL were united in marriage on October 26th, 1957 at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque, IL. He was very involved in the community; volunteering for Boy Scouts, Troop 14, the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and served 20 years as a fireman for the East DubuqueVolunteer Fire Department. In his youth he enjoyed trapshooting, hunting, fishing, skiing, and baseball. His children have many cherished memories and stories of their camping trips while growing up. His woodworking was also a favorite past-time of his, as well as cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. Bob’s pride and joy were his grandchildren. He travelled near and far to visit and engage with them; going to theChicago Bear’s camp, attending high school and college graduations and weddings. There was not a baseball, softball, volleyball, choir or musical performance that he did not attend.

Surviving are his wife Jo, of 61 years, and his children, Jeff (Jean) of Pewaukee, WI, Julie Ward (Bob) of Cabot, AR, Jay(Mary) of Menominee, IL, Jon of Cedar Rapids, IA, Jan Weuve (Kevin) of Savoy, IL and Jim Powers of East Dubuque, IL; a sister, Lou Ann Wieland of Dubuque, IA. Also surviving are 7grandchildren; Adam Ward (Sydney), Andrew Weuve, Matthew Weuve, Tyler Powers, Jenna Powers, Emily Powers and Jacob Powers and 1 great grandchild, Beau Weuve.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his parent-in-laws, anda brother John (Jack) Powers. Also, in-laws Elmer and Betty Rogers, Jean and Ralph Reisen, William Reisen and Robert Wieland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the East Dubuque, IL Fire Department.

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

 


 

Michael Reilly

C. Michael “Mike” Reilly, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque after a long and hard-fought battle with Alzheimer’s.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2019 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Friends may call from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

Mike was born on March 27, 1942, in Dubuque, to George N. and M.L. Theda (Hoerner) Reilly. Mike graduated from Dubuque Senior in 1960 after an outstanding high school athletic career where he participated in football, basketball and track. In his senior year, Mike was named Iowa’s outstanding high school athlete. Mike was inducted into Dubuque Senior’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Iowa High School Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

After high school, Mike attended the University of Iowa and played football for his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes. Mike took on the nickname “The Hammer” during his college football career and earned All-Big Ten Team (1963), All-American Team (1963), co-captain for the College All-Star Team (1964), and voted on by fans to the All-Time University of Iowa Football Team in 1989 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Iowa football. Years later Mike returned to Kinnick Stadium as a long-time broadcaster alongside Ron Gonder who referred to him as “Charlie Linebacker.” Mike was inducted into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.

Following his collegiate football career, Mike was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Nancy (Groff) on February 8, 1964 at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. That same year, Mike was drafted in the fourth-round of the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears where he played for five seasons before joining the Minnesota Vikings in 1969, which is the year they won the National Football League title and earned a trip to the 1970 Super Bowl. He retired from football after that season.

Mike was a great athlete and an even greater husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Together Mike and Nancy welcomed three sons who they enjoyed raising in Dubuque. Mike loved and supported the Dubuque community by leading fundraising efforts for local organizations, being an active member of the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and founding the Dubuque chapter for the University of Iowa I-Club. After football, Mike’s professional career took him to Frank Hardie Advertising and First National Bank (U.S. Bank). He then retired in 2004 as the branch manager and marketing director for State Central Bank.

Mike always enjoyed being around his sons and their families, cheering on his favorite sports teams, walking around his neighborhood, golfing, attending his grandchildren’s events, and drinking a beer or two with his buddies at the Shot Tower. He was a humble man who always had a joke to tell and a big laugh to share.

Those left to honor Mike’s memory include his wife of 55 years, Nancy Reilly, of Dubuque; his three sons, Steve (Jane) Reilly, of Dubuque, Jim (Erica) Reilly, of Saline, Michigan, Bob (Andrea) Reilly, of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Mitchell (Ali), Morgan (Ben Samek), Meghan, Shannon, Devin, Logan, Erin and Drew; one sister, Jane (Bob) Specht, of Dubuque; sister-in-law, Karen Vandermillen, of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends and teammates.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law, Earl and Ludmilla “Luddie” Groff; three siblings, Mary Kay, G.T. “Tom,” and Sue; and one grandchild, Caroline Elizabeth.

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

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

 


 

Helen A. O’Brien

Helen Ann O’Brien, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully from pancreatic cancer in her home, with her family by her side, on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 21 at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque, with Father Thomas McDermott officiating. Burial will be following at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore.

Friends and relatives of Ann may call from 1:00 to 5:00 on Sunday, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Ann was born August 23, 1934 in Osage, Iowa, daughter of Paul and Gertrude (Marr) Meirick. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in New Haven, Iowa, and then went on to earn her Nursing Degree from Mount Mercy School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids. She dedicated 60 years to the nursing profession, working at Xavier Hospital (floor nurse), Western Dubuque Schools (school nurse), Shady Rest Care Center (night shift nurse), Northeast Iowa Community College (Instructor), Stonehill Care Center (Day Supervisor), and St. Raphael Parish (parish nurse.)

On June 1, 1957, Ann was united in marriage to Patrick O’Brien, of Bernard; Pat and Ann farmed in the Fillmore area until moving to Dubuque in 1990. They celebrated 57 years together until his death in 2014.

Ann was an active member of Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, and then St. Raphael Parish after they moved to Dubuque. In addition to supporting parish activities, Ann was an Aquin School System board member, a board member for Hospice of Dubuque, a supporter of Outrun the Rays, a volunteer at the Veteran’s Freedom Center, a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, a medical supply coordinator and on-site volunteer in El Salvador, and a volunteer for many other community and social justice organizations and events.

Ann is survived by her five children: Tom (Meg) O’Brien of Cascade; Bill (Amy) O’Brien of Takoma Park, Maryland; Peg O’Brien of Woody Creek, Colorado; Dave (Melissa) O’Brien of Epworth; and Doug (Alisa) O’Brien of Takoma Park, Maryland. Additionally, she is survived by eleven grandchildren: Clancy (Alex) Junk, Bailey O’Brien, Gannon O’Brien; Colin O’Brien-Lux, Callahan O’Brien; Jack O’Brien, Patrick O’Brien, Will O’Brien; Molly O’Brien, James O’Brien, and Edie O’Brien; two brothers: Bill (Ann) Meirick of Protivin, and Dick (Ginger) Meirick of Osage; six brothers-in-law: Rex Gogerty, Irwin McDermott, Mike O’Brien, Joe O’Brien, Terry O’Brien, and Bob Green; seven sisters-in-law: Kathleen Gogerty, Maurna O’Brien, Lois Schlegel, Joyce O’Brien, Delores O’Brien, Deb Green, and Nikki Manternach.

She was preceded in death by her husband Pat, her parents, and her brother Dan Meirick; five brothers-in-law: George O’Brien, Steve O’Brien, Earl O’Brien, Ralph O’Brien, and Richard Schlegel; and four sisters-in-law: Monica O’Brien, Elaine O’Brien, Mary Ann O’Brien, and Joannel McDermott.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, and the Oncology Department at Medical Associates, for their excellent care.

 


 

Lester Garthwaite

Lester “Curly” Garthwaite, Jr. 94 of Dubuque passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center.

Visitation will be today, Saturday October 19, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at 2:30 pm. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Curly was born on October 6, 1925 in Lancaster, WI the son of Lester and Marguerite (Mason) Garthwaite, Sr. He served as a U.S. Navy Signalman during WW II in the Pacific.

On December 18, 1949 he married Dorothy “Dot” Kimmell in Galena, IL she preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 2014. He worked for H & W Motor Express for many years and was a member of the Teamsters Union. He was noble selfless man who was cherished and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his daughter Cheryl (John) Williams of Gainesville, FL; two grandchildren Sean (Charissa) Maher and Shannon (Rob) Matricardi; great grandson Connor Maher and his brother Patrick.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill, Du Ride and Curlys good friends Harry and Sheri Wolter for all the wonderful care and kindness you showed him.

 


 

Harold F. Lahr

Harold “Harry” Frederick Lahr, 84, of Earlville, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 14, 1935, in Monticello, the son of Raymond and Doloras (Westhoff) Lahr. Harry attended school in Buck Creek for two years and then was a 1953 graduate of Worthington High School.  He completed Reisch Auction School in Mason City in 1959. Harry also taught there for a short period of time.

On June 17, 1968, Harry was united in marriage to Ann Lois Koelker in Buffalo Center. Three children were born to this union. The family resided in Earlville. Harry owned and operated Lahr Truck Line for over 20 years. He was an auctioneer and owned Harry Lahr Auctions for over 50 years. He also did auctioneer work at the Edgewood Sale Barn with his good friend, Dick Funk. For over 20 years, Harry drove semi for Peterson Contractors, Inc., in Reinbeck.

Harry was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville. He enjoyed auctions, flea markets, antique shows, and trapping. Harry will be remembered as a very, very hard-working very, very honest man. He was generous and selfless beyond measure. Harry loved his family dearly and especially enjoyed spending time with his beloved grandchildren and walking Zeke.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Lahr of Earlville; three children, Shannon (Julie) Lahr of Earlville, Ann (Paul) Scallon of Cedar Rapids, and Matt (Lisa) Lahr of Earlville; four grandchildren, Hannah Lahr, Gavin Scallon, Mahala Lahr, and Caleb Lahr; two siblings, Patricia (Bob) Wolfe of Dubuque and Wayne Lahr of Worthington; sisters-and brothers-in-law, Rosemary Lahr of Edgewood, Betty Lois Koelker of Manchester, Marilyn Michael of Cedar Rapids; and several nieces and nephews.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Doloras Lahr; his parents-in-law, Louis and Louise Koelker; his two brothers Robert Lahr and Herman (Bev) Lahr; and his sisters-and-brothers-in-law, Llewellyn (Bernice) Koelker, Verna (LaVerne) Hawker, Louis “Bud” Koelker, and Carol (Bob) Ortberg.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

Mass of Christian Burial:  10:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville, with Rev. Jim Goerend officiating.

Visitation: 8:30 a.m. until the time of Mass, on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville.

Inurnment: St. Joseph Cemetery – Earlville, Iowa

 


 

Cathy A. Umscheid

Cathy Ann (Berendes) Umscheid of West Des Moines, IA, formerly of Hudson, IA, and Shullsburg, WI walked through the gates of heaven on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

To celebrate Cathy, family and friends may gather from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2019, and after 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, Illinois, where funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Cathy was born on March 9, 1945 in Dubuque, IA, the beautiful daughter of Budd O. and Dorothy C. (Smith) Berendes. She was a graduate of Shullsburg High School’s Class of 1962.

Cathy married Leonard Umscheid on June 14, 1967 in Omaha, NE, and started their family.  Cathy and Leonard later divorced and Cathy relocated to Hudson, IA where she raised her three children.  Cathy began working for Peoples Natural Gas (later named Northern Natural Gas) at the age of 19.  She retired the first time in 2013. She continued to “help them out” for another five years, officially retiring on January 23, 2018 after 50 years.  Her incredible dedication and strong work ethic should never go unnoticed.

Cathy lived her entire life for her children and grandchildren.  Family was her purpose.  She always found a way to make it to her children’s school events and provided them a wonderful upbringing.  You would find her at the baseball and football fields as well as the basketball court cheering on her five grandsons. She was their biggest cheerleader and her heart was full of pride.

Cathy enjoyed reading, gardening (including pulling weeds,) canning with her brother Blaine, and many memorable trips to “the cottage,” the home of her brother, Bob.  Fish-frys were a must followed by playing cards and with loved ones.  She was able to travel with her daughter, Leah, on many occasions.  Santorini, Greece was one of her most memorable trips.  We always thought the color of the water matched her beautiful blue eyes.

Those left to continue her legacy are her three children, Donna (Umscheid) Hirsch of Dubuque, IA, Robert (Bobby) Umscheid of Des Moines, IA, and Leah (Umscheid) Roling of Urbandale, IA.  Her pride and joy, grandsons, Cody (Jennifer) Gesie of LaCrosse, WI, Logan, Levi, and Maxx Newman of Urbandale, IA, and Devin Hirsch of Dubuque, IA.  Cathy would have become a great-grandma in 2020 to Baby Gesie. Her brothers Robert (Bob) Berendes of Couderay, WI, and Blaine Berendes of Shullsburg, WI.  Terry Vosberg of Stoughton, WI was like a brother to her and his wife, Ida, like a sister.  Her uncle, Al Smith, along with her niece, Emily Berendes, and nephew, Jay Berendes, as well as many cousins.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, Budd & Dorothy; and aunts and uncles.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the following:  Dr. Seema Harichand-Herdt and the staff at the John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines, IA, the nurses and staff at Iowa Methodist Hospital – Powell 3, also in Des Moines, IA (especially Zoe and Deb) for their tender care.  Dr. Lacey of Texas who gave our mom the ability to walk when walking was no longer an option. Chris, and his staff at Home Care Assistance of Des Moines for the in-home care and support they provided.  A huge thank you to the staff at The Village of Legacy Pointe, especially Allison, Alicia, Seth, Cybil, Sammie, Martine, and Sam for loving our mom and preparing her for her journey home.  Thank you, James and Phyllis, for your  friendship, care, and love of our mom.  You will be our family forever.  Last, but certainly not least, a very special thank you to Mike Roling, Cathy’s son-in-law.  Without his constant vigilance, dedication to our mom’s health, his amazing food, and unconditional love of his family, these past months would have been unbearable.

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

 


 

Paul H. Way

Paul Henry Way, 79, of Edgewood, Iowa, formerly of Colesburg, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester.  He was born on December 17, 1939, in Colesburg, the son of Paul Bennett and Erna Mildred (Evers) Way.  Paul attended the Vinton School for the Blind through the eighth grade and also the Colesburg High School.

Over the years Paul resided with his parents and helped on their dairy farm. The family moved into town after retirement. Paul then lived at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home and recently has been residing at Lincolnwood Assisted Living in Edgewood.

Paul was a member of the Colesburg Fire Department for 39 years. He enjoyed antique tractors and in his earlier years enjoyed horseback riding.  Paul was a member of the Plagman Barn’s Antique Association.

Survivors include his cousins, Nedra (Ron) Ericson Huntress of Sycamore, Illinois, Wanda Olmsted of Galva, Illinois, Sandra (Ken) Carroll of Blacklick, Ohio, and Kent (Cheryl) Rolfe of Guttenberg, Iowa; and many friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Richard Evers Way, in infancy; a cousin-in-law, Jon Olmsted; and several aunts and uncles.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

Funeral Service:  2:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at the Colesburg United Methodist Church in Colesburg, Iowa, with Rev. Roger White officiating.

Visitation: 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service, on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at the Colesburg United Methodist Church in Colesburg, Iowa.

Interment with the Fireman’s Final Call: Oak Hill Cemetery – Colesburg, Iowa

 


 

Wendy S. Mullen

Wendy S. (Cupps) Mullen, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 13, 2019 at Sunnycrest Manor. 

According to Wendy’s wishes, no public service will be held. A celebration of her life will be at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family. 

Wendy was born on July 3, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Edith (Larson) Cupps. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1975 and was lastly working at the Point Restaurant in Dubuque until she became ill. 

She was previously married to Jim Mullen of Dubuque. Wendy was active in supporting the Marine Corps and was proud of her brothers Albert “Butch” Cupps and Chris Cupps for their service. 

Wendy enjoyed her time living in Colorado. She worked her whole life following in the footsteps of her older sister, as a waitress at the Sunshine and the Point Restaurants. Wendy never had any children of her own, but she was very close to her 2 great nephews. She loved spending time with her family and her cat JoJo. 

Wendy is survived by her brother Chris Cupps, of Camden, Tenn; her sister Bonnie Fink, of Battle Creek, MI; nieces Beth (Jason) Yocom, Suzie (Gary) Miller, Angie Rhomberg, Tonya Kieler, Stacy Rhomberg, Stephanie Walunas, Lindsey Hubert, Crissa Kilbourn, Kasie Cupps, and Crista (Bruse) Worland. nephews Richard Cupps, David Cupps, Bryan Cupps, Cody Clemence, Reed Cupps, Sean Rhomberg and Jon Rhomberg; great nephews Dylan and Michael Dean along with many other great nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers Albert “Butch” Cupps, David Cupps and Leroy Cupps; three sisters Sandy Khun, Carla Rhomberg and Judith Cupps; sister-in-law Jenny Cupps; great nephew Daniel DJ Peterson; nephews Steven Cupps, Ronnie (LT Ronnie) Rhomberg and Chad Cupps. 

The family wishes to thank Sunnycrest Manor, Hospice of Dubuque and Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory for all their care, kindness and compassion.

 


 

Shirley A. Domeyer

Shirley A. Domeyer, 83, of rural Holy Cross passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross where a parish vigil service will be held at 1:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 9-10 a.m. Monday morning prior to funeral services.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2019, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross, with burial in the church cemetery at a later date.  Rev. Phil Kruse will officiate.

Shirley was born March 3, 1936, in Holy Cross the daughter of Alphonse and Anastasia (Jaeger) Stillmunkes.  She married John “Jack” Domeyer on June 3, 1958, in Holy Cross.  Together they farmed near Holy Cross.

Shirley enjoyed playing Euchre with her card club, playing Rummy with her grandchildren, and Solitaire to pass the time.  She and Jack enjoyed their Country Dance Group, and Shirley continued to carry the torch for the St. Louis Cardinals after her son, Carl, passed away.  She also enjoyed watching the birds outside of her window, crafting, quilting, her gardens and cake making.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Jack, 5 children: Terry (Kim) Domeyer of Guttenberg, Dale (Jody), James, Jeff (Melissa), and Ted Domeyer, all of Holy Cross, daughter-in-law, Karen Domeyer of Manchester; 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; a brother, Roger (Sharon) Stillmunkes of Ankeny; in-laws:, Laverne “Bud” Domeyer of Petersburg, Mary Lou Gravel and Rita Domeyer, both of Dyersville, Doris Burlage of Monticello and Peter (Clarice) Domeyer of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Andy and Frances Domeyer, one son, Carl Domeyer in 2009; in-laws: William Domeyer, Daniel (Virginette) Domeyer, Donald “Gomer” Domeyer, Milton (Marie) Domeyer, Paul (Diane) Domeyer, Ellen Domeyer, Loras Gravel, Roland (Terese) Domeyer, James (LaVon) Domeyer and John Burlage.

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

 


 

Brian J. Mess

Brian Joseph “Buck” Mess, 30, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on October 14th, 2019.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 18th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be at 7:30 p.m. with Father Steven Garner officiating.

He was born on June 29, 1989 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Timothy Mess and Judith (Schilling) Kroeger. He graduated from Central Alternative High School in Dubuque and on May 30th, 2013 he married Dana Ede.

Brian was currently working for John Deere in Dubuque; was a member of the UAW Local 94 and Dubuque Field Archers where he was the vice president.

Brian was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. He had an infectious smile and was a great conversationalist. Above all he was a proud father, husband and son.

He is survived by his wife Dana; sons Kayden Mess, Landon Reisen and Logan Ede; his daughter Emerson Mess; his mother and stepfather Judith and Randy Kroeger; his father Timothy Mess; his sister Stacy Mess and his niece Hailey Schueller.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Robert and Dorothy Schilling.

In lieu of flowers the family has established a memorial fund.

 


 

Gary L. Glanz

Gary L. Glanz, 70, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester. He was born on April 3, 1949, in Manchester, the son of Gerald and Eileen (Straub) Glanz. Gary was raised and educated in Manchester and was a 1967 graduate of Manchester High School. He attended NIACC in Mason City, then completed his degree at the University of Dubuque in 1971.

On June 16, 1972, Gary was united in marriage to Patricia McGee at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. Two sons were born to this union. After their marriage, the family lived in Burlington, Oglesby, Illinois, and Dubuque, before making their home in Manchester in 1989. Gary worked for many years at AY McDonald Manufacturing Company in Dubuque, retiring in April 2011. Gary and Patti owned and operated Glanz Landing Sports for over 20 years while he was still working in Dubuque.

Gary was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He loved doing woodworking, golfing, and being outdoors. He was a true handyman who could fix anything. Gary was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Oakland Raiders fan. Family was very important to Gary and his grandchildren were especially loved by him.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Patti Glanz of Manchester; his two sons, Trevor (Valerie) Glanz and Eric (Melissa) Glanz all of North Liberty; three grandchildren, Kennedy, Stella, and Landon; one sister, Sheryl Stevens of Poulsbo, Washington; brothers-and sisters-in-law, Joe (Pat) McGee of Iowa City, Kathy (Ken) Springate of Eugene, Oregon, Tom (Sandy) McGee of Waukesha, Wisconsin, John (Laurie) McGee of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Gini (Jim) Jordan of Atlantic, Coleen (Kent) Pech of Palm Coast, Florida, and Carolyn Cannon of West Des Moines; 18 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and
-nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Eileen Glanz; and his parents-in-law, Earl and Irene McGee.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-muller.com.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating.

Visitation: 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Monday, October 21, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral in Manchester, where there will be a 2:00 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends may also call from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the church on Tuesday.

Inurnment at a later date.

 


 

Arlene Pfalzgraf Winders Hucka

Arlene Pfalzgraf Winders Hucka of Omaha, NE died October 14, 2019. She was born on August 19, 1928.

She was preceded in death by parents, Ernest and Helen Pfalzgraf, children’s father; Roger D. Winders, son; Daniel Winders, husband; Dallas Hucka. Survived by Children; Beverly Winders, Lynn Roedell, Deborah Winders-Weis, Shelley Winders, Lisa (Mark) Garnica, Teri (Danny) Malloy, Tim Winders. Grandchildren; Chloe Winders-Singer, Lauren Parke-Ratzloff, Jennifer (Jeff) Manders, Ashli (Dan) Bonder, Shane (Becky) Conger, Tim Winders, Jamie Doughty, Olivia, Grayson and Preslie Malloy, Angela (Ryan) Schill, Dan Winders, Timmy Winders. Great grandchildren; Alexis Manders, Andrew and Lauren Conger, Jackson and Nora Schill, siblings; Beverly Wick, Bruce (Katie) Pfalzgraf, Carl Pfalzgraf.

Arlene was adored by her family and all who knew her. She will forever be remembered for her generous heart and infectious laughter. Special thanks to VNA Hospice.

Memorial Service Saturday October 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at the John A. Gentleman 72nd Street Chapel. Memorials to VNA Hospice, Omaha NE.

 


 

Jill T. Lee

Jill T. (Vanderah-Shanahan) Lee, 67, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at home.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, 17th & Iowa St, in Dubuque, with Pastor John Armstrong officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque and from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Jill was born on August 16, 1952 in Dubuque, the daughter of Melvin A. and Irma A. (Runde) Vanderah.  She was a graduate of Wahlert High School, the class of 1970.

Jill married John “Jack” Shanahan and later married Charles Lee. She was employed for 24 years at Thermolyne and retired from Sam’s Club. Jill enjoyed cooking, cleaning, camping, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

Surviving is her husband Charles Lee; two sons, Christopher (Tanya Moyle) Shanahan and Nicholas (Andrea) Shanahan and their daughter Norah, both of Cedar Rapids, IA; her siblings, Joan (Jerry) Gassman of Dubuque, Jean (Ty) Freese, and Donna Koehler both of East Dubuque, Lynn Budde of Cedar Rapids, IA, Mary Wall and Bob (Patti) Vanderah both of East Dubuque; numerous nieces and nephews; her husband’s family, Lori (Steve) Burnes, and children, Mandy, Eric, Katie, and Alex, grandkids, Colin, Karleigh, AJ and Jack; Lisa Fuehrer (Jeff) and children, Grace and Grant; Lynn Sutter( Mike) and children, Caden and Max; the  Bergman children, Meghan, Jordan, Nicholas, Ashleigh, Zachary and Keeghan, her grandchildren, Elias and Matthew; Amy Lee (Chris) and children, Isaiah, Bailey, and Kaden, and Amber (Elllis) and children, Elijah and Tyler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Dick & Jim Vanderah, and Chuck’s daughter Lois “Annie” Bergman.

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

 


 

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

 


 

Sr. 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.

 


 

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