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Louis G. Soppe

Louis George Soppe, 82, of Monticello, Iowa passed away peacefully at Pennington Square Assisted Living on September 25, 2022. A public visitation will be held from 4-8 pm Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.  Kramer Funeral Home is assisting the family. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello.  Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.

Louis was born on January 7, 1940, in Dyersville Iowa.  He was the oldest of nine children of Reynold and Albertha (Kelchen) Soppe. He attended school in Monticello until 8th grade, when he left to help out on the family farm and also worked for neighboring farmers. He later earned his GED and attended the police academy.

In 1973, Louis began working for the Monticello Police Department, becoming Chief of Police in the early 1990s. Louis, better known as Louie around Monticello, dedicated his life to the community. He loved people and enjoyed being known around town and teasing everyone he met. He retired in 2003 after 29 years on the force.

Prior to his career with the police department, Louis enjoyed a variety of employment opportunities. He also drove a school bus for Monticello Community School District for many years and served on the Monticello Fire Department from 1973-1996. He was a faithful member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello, Iowa.

In 1960, Louis married Anna Tuel and they had four children. They later divorced.

On December 21, 1991, Louis married the love of his life, Jerilyn (Jeri) King-Soppe. The two enjoyed camping, travel and spending time with family.

Louis is survived by his four children, Gayle (Gary) Reeder of Delhi, Bryan (Kathy) Soppe of Ankeny, Lou Ann Soppe of Cedar Rapids and Curtis Soppe of Monticello; his siblings, Connie (George) Helle of Anamosa, Leo (Donna) Soppe of Cascade, Diane (Al) Nerney of Oxford Junction, Carol Oberbroeckling of Farley and Deborah Steger of Dyersville; brother-in-law, Dave Holz of Dubuque, and sister in-law, Doris Soppe of Dyersville. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jeri; his parents; his brothers, Andrew and Loras Soppe; sister, Beverly Holz; brothers-in-law, Bill Oberbroeckling and John Steger; and sister-in-law, Erma Soppe.

Online condolences may be submitted, and information is available at


Roman J. Bertling, Jr.

Roman J. “Buck” Bertling, Jr., 91, of Worthington passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. Thursday prior to the funeral service.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville with burial at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Worthington.  Mike Martin will officiate.

Roman was born on April 27, 1931, in Worthington, the son of Roman “Jazz” and Rose “Lola” (Digman) Bertling.  He graduated from St. Paul High School with the Class of 1948.  He enlisted in the Navy from 1951 – 1955, serving on the Battleship USS Iowa.  Roman’s dream was to raise beef cattle and farm full-time.  Roman worked nights at the Dubuque Pack for 12 years and farmed during the day, eventually quitting his night job and farming full-time.  He married Margaret Trenkamp on January 30, 1965, in Dyersville.  Roman and Margaret farmed in the Worthington area their entire lives.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret, children: Steve Bertling of Myrtle Beach, SC, Tom Bertling and Mike (Amy) Bertling, both of Worthington; grandchildren: Noah, Anna, Cara Bertling of Worthington and Megan (Will) DeBoard of North Liberty; great grandchildren: Declan, Gavin, Jaxon and Brinley DeBoard; siblings: Betty Ockenfels of Iowa City and Donna Manternach of Monticello; sisters-in-law: Mary Bertling of Dyersville, Donna Snitker of Waukon, Mary Trenkamp of Dubuque, and Pat Trenkamp of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles Bertling, and several in-laws.

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


Darlene M. Turnmeyer

Darlene M. “Doodie” Turnmeyer, age 85, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully in her sleep at 1:10 a.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Hawkeye Care Center.  To celebrate Darlene’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Karla Wildberger officiating.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Darlene was born on June 1, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Gustav and Hazel (Stevens) Schulz.

Darlene was a life long resident of Dubuque where she cared for her home and 3 sons.  Darlene also served as the primary care giver for her mother for over 30 years, her brother Carl after his stroke and her son Boots after his motorcycle accident in his early 20’s.  She was a long time devoted member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church where she was involved in the music program.  Darlene loved to play the organ, sing and dance and used her creative talents to write songs and poetry and create beautiful embroidery tablecloths.  In her younger days, she enjoyed going to Melody Mill to watch her brother play in the band and occasionally joined him on stage singing.  There was never any doubt that Darlene’s boys were her pride and joy.  She always said the boys were the greatest gifts in her life.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Darlene’s memory include

her 3 sons,
Walter “Wes” Harrison, Dubuque, IA,
William “Boots” Turnmeyer, Dubuque, IA
and Tim (Vicki) McIntyre, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Trissity Horkheimer and Brett McIntyre;

and a step-granddaughter,
Lisa Jansen.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; and 3 brothers, Harold (Mildred) Schulz, Carl Schulz and Jack “Shotz” Schulz.

Darlene’s family would like to thank Dr. Compton and all of the nurses and staff of Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their outstanding care of Darlene.

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

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Donna Hefel

Donna Hefel, 74 of Galena, IL passed away Friday, September 23, 2022, at her home surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. The funeral service will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, September 29, 2022, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Friends may call from 5 to 7 PM, Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, Galena.

She was born March 2, 1948, in Hazel Green, WI the daughter of Donald E. and Eldora M. (Lisk) Rury. Donna graduated from Galena High School in 1966. After school, she worked for the FBI in Washington, DC, and later worked 20-plus years for Dr. Darling. She was united in marriage to Clyde Hefel on November 29, 1969. They were blessed with one child Michael. Donna was one of the kindest people who always put others first. Her son and three grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life. Before getting sick she wouldn’t miss a sporting activity. She also enjoyed going on day trips with all her sisters.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-two years, Clyde Hefel, son Michael (Cindy Heller), grandchildren, Ethan, Addison, and Owen, two brothers, Don (Deb) Rury; Jerry (Joy) Rury; three sisters, Bonnie (Terry) Murphy; Debbi Houy, and Rebecca (Gerald Treat) Rury, a brother-in-law, Leo (Sharon) Hefel, and her many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, father and mother-in-law, Phillip and Mary Hefel; two sisters-in-law, Mary Allen, and Mary Hefel, two brothers-in-law, James Hefel and Robert Allen.

The family would like to thank Dr. Beth Gullone (Midwest Medical Center), Medical Oncology Clinic, Dr. Hermann, and especially the Hospice of Dubuque; nurse Jessica Studtmann for making her final days comforting and pain-free.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to Hospice of Dubuque in memory of Donna.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Brian S. Tschiggfrie

Brian Steven Tschiggfrie, 45, of Dubuque, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, in the social space at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd. There will be a prayer service held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday, September 29,  at 10:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Church of the Resurrection. Rev. Phillip Gibbs will officiate. Mass will be live-streamed at . Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque.

Brian was born January 20, 1977 in Dubuque, the son of Steven and Kathleen (LoBianco) Tschiggfrie. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School with the class of 1995. After high school, Brian worked at Vallet Foods, and then at John Deere Dubuque Works, where he was currently employed. He was a member of the UAW Local 94.

In his younger years, Brian enjoyed playing soccer. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Brian always had a smile, and was a friend to everyone. He was generous and fun loving- a big kid. Brian dearly loved his two daughters, Lily and Evalena, and made many cherished memories on their family vacations to Yogi Bear Campground and Disneyworld.

Brian is survived by his daughters, Lily and Evalena Tschiggfrie; his parents, Steve and Kathy Tschiggfrie; his sister, Amy (Justin) Mills; his fiancée, Lynsey Streif; his nieces and nephews, Haley, Joey, Olivia, and Brady, his aunts and uncles, Tony LoBianco, Steve and Ann Osterberger, John and Diane Tschiggfrie, and Dawn and Curt Mathe;  many cousins; and his best buddies- his dogs, Esme and Wrigley.

Brian was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ray and Phyllis Tschiggfrie; his maternal grandparents, Stan and Mary LoBianco;  his uncles and aunts, Deacon Tim and Teresa LoBianco, Joe and Traci LoBianco, and Lisa LoBianco; and his beloved dog Sari.

The family would like to thank all the first responders, especially the Dubuque Police Department, for all their help and kindness.


Billy L. Stant

Billy Louis Stant, 75, of Dubuque, died Friday, September 23, 2022, at Dubuque Specialty Care.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 10:15 am Saturday, October 1, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church.

The Funeral Service for Billy will be 10:30 am Saturday, October 1, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Stephanie Ells officiating.  Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.  Full military honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post #6 and the Iowa Army National Guard.

Billy was born February 4, 1947, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Francis  M. and Barbara B. Birkel Stant. On November 4, 1972, he married Karen Ann Hahn in Dubuque.

He was a 1965 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.

He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 30 years.

Billy was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees, as Elder, and sang in the choir with his wife. He was a member of AMVETS in Florida. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He also enjoyed bowling and a good game of cards.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; two sons, Paul Stant and Mark (Debbie) Stant, both of Dubuque; three grandsons, Nathan Stant, Anthony Stant, and Andrew Stant; one great-granddaughter, Katalina Stant; one sister, Sandy (Sam) Spencer of Dubuque; and five nephews and nieces, Tom, Tim, Tracy, and Terry Boelk, and Stephanie Morales.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Viola Boelk.

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

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences sent to the family by visiting Billy’s obituary at


Christie L. Priebe

Christie L. Priebe, age 66, of Asbury, IA, completed her earthly journey on September 21, 2022, at home while surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Christie’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Christie’s family.

Christie was born on July 26, 1956, in Prairie Du Chien, WI, a daughter to Robert “Bob” and Yvonne “Bun” (Riley) Peters.  She prided herself on keeping life simple and focusing on family and friends.  Christie enjoyed listening to music in her free-time and was always willing to cuddle up with a good book whenever the opportunity presented itself.  Having her favorite cat, Zoey, on her lap at any point in the day was also among the moments Christie enjoyed most.  It’s difficult to imagine life moving forward without her in our daily lives, but we will surely lean firmly on the beautiful memories which she leaves behind to help heal and comfort our broken hearts.  Thank you, Christie, for reminding us to stop and enjoy life when we can and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Christie include,

her daughter,
Kaitlyn Ludovissy, Asbury, IA;

her two grandsons,
Shawn Ludovissy, Asbury, IA,
and Matthew Ludovissy, Asbury, IA;

her two brothers,
Larry (Marilee) Peters, Marion, IA,
and Robert “Bob” (Beth) Peters, Monona, IA;

her three nephews,
Colin (Jess) Peters, Marion, IA,
Riley Peters, Marion, IA,
and Ryan (Haley) Ferre, Memphis, IN;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Christie was preceded in death by her parents.

Christie’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Christie over these last months.  May the love you’ve shared so generously with us return to you many times over!

Online condolences may be shared with Christie’s family at


John Bronson

John “JB” Bronson, 58, of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at his sister’s home in Baldwin.

A celebration of John’s life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 30, 2022, at The Eagle’s Club in Maquoketa, Iowa with a message of comfort from special brothers Jason Rubel and Kevin Schmidt at 6:30 p.m.

John Michael Bronson was born on May 5, 1964, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Johnie Leroy and Mary Jane (Ruchotzke) Bronson. He graduated in Maquoketa in 1982. John worked for many years in construction, and most recently worked at Andersen Windows and Doors in Dubuque.

John lived life to the fullest.  A quiet man, he nevertheless enjoyed being where the action was, whether that was riding motorcycle with friends, getting muddy on ATVs, being at live music events, or throwing darts and playing foosball, John enjoyed being around people and making friends.  The friends he made were lifelong friends, as John had a quality that despite his quiet personality, people were drawn to him and enjoyed his company.  This is not surprising, as he was always one to offer a helping hand or to be there for them when needed.  John suffered with addiction problems through much of his life, which caused strain on some family relationships, but these last years when he had conquered his demons were some of the best of his life. They allowed John the opportunity to overcome his fears, return to his family both old and new, and show them the person he always had the potential to be.  In his last years he showed everyone how dear to him his large extended family was, and he spent all the quality time with them that he could going to parks, museums, live music, and family gatherings.   These last years were truly a blessing for John and his family and enjoyed by all.

John is survived by a daughter, Lindsay Renee Bodenhofer; son, Brandon Michael Bodenhofer; son, Jace Louis Bronson; siblings, Jean (Jim) Trenkamp of Preston, Terry (Brenda) Bronson of Maquoketa, Steve (Julie) Bronson of Illinois, Susan Keil (Ed Simonin) of Baldwin, Pat (Michelle) Bronson of Maquoketa, Kathy (Greg) Sullivan of Maquoketa, twin sister JoAnn (Joe) Hovey of Washington, Mary (Rod) Keeney of DeWitt, and Dave (Deb) Bronson of New York; grandsons, Kohl, Christian, Henry, George, and Dolyn;  granddaughter, Adrian; great granddaughters, Linnea and Eva; aunt, Bernetta Ruchotzke; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Johnie Bronson, mother, Mary Jane Bronson, sister Bernedette Bronson, and grandson Joey Edwards.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John “JB” Bronson memorial fund has been established.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.  Online condolences may be left at


Mary E. Seitz

Mary E. Seitz, 85, of Dyersville passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2022, just minutes before her Birthday.  Happy Birthday in Heaven Mom!

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  The Catholic Daughters of America will recite a rosary at 4 pm.  Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Monday from 9 – 10 a.m. prior to funeral mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Philip             will officiate.

Mary was born on September 21,1936, in Dubuque County the daughter of Bernard and Carletta (Kramer) Osterhaus.  She married John A. Seitz on October 7, 1961, in Dyersville.  She was a homemaker and volunteered at the hospital, the Ellen Kennedy Living Center, Beckman High School, St. Francis Xavier Basilica and with the Catholic Daughters of America.  She worked at Reicher Shoes for many years.

Survivors include her children: John (Nancy) Seitz of North Augusta, SC, Joseph (Susan) Seitz of Cedar Falls, IA and Andrew Seitz of Portland, OR; 2 granddaughters: Kelly (Robert) Wilson of Jacksonville, FL and Kara (Andrew) Cecil of St. Augustine, FL; 4 great granddaughters: Anna and Aria Cecil and Ella and Scarlett Wilson; in-laws: Sr. Susan Seitz of Dubuque and Carol Seitz of Peoria, IL, and  a niece and 4 nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John in 2014, and a brother-in-law Arnold Seitz.

The family thanks the people who took care of Mom over the last few years, and memorials are preferred to, the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and the Western Home Foundation.  Thanks, also, to Unity Point Hospice.

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


Austin J. Gaul

Austin J. Gaul, 25, of Farley, Iowa, passed away, Saturday, September 17, 2022, from injuries sustained in a farming accident.

Visitation for Austin will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m.  Visitation will also be held after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian burial for Austin will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at St. Clement Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Burial will follow in the St. Clements Cemetery.

Austin was born on February 9, 1997, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Mark and Jean (Maiers) Gaul. He was a 2015 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa.  Austin was a member of 4-H, and Future Farmers of America. He worked for Kluesner Construction Inc. in Farley, Bergfeld Trucking in Epworth, and also enjoyed working on his family farm.

Austin was a very kind hearted, giving, and hard-working person, who went out of his way to help others.  He would often pick up trucking routes to allow others to have time off with their family.  Austin loved to drive; if it had a steering wheel and a motor, he would drive it.  He especially loved driving his trucks and the farm equipment.   He enjoyed his Dodge Trucks, John Deere Tractors, and listening to hard rock music.

Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Mark and Jean Gaul of Farley; two brothers, Brady and Carter Gaul both of Farley; paternal grandparents, LeRoy and Mary Jane Gaul of Dyersville; aunts and uncles, Dennis (Trisha) Gaul of Epworth, Sue (Gerardo) Chavez, and Pam Gaul both of Monterey, CA, Mary (Sam) Bran of Solon, Rose (Ed) Bracken of Iowa City, Jan (Doug) Brimeyer of Jackson, WY, and Carol (John) Eubank of Urbandale; and numerous cousins.

He is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Leon and Harriet Maiers; one uncle, Terry “Flash” Gaul; and one aunt, Karen Gaul.

Anyone may view the Video Tribute and give condolence online at


Nancy O’Connor

Nancy O’Connor, 84, of Ankeny, passed away September 17, 2022, in Hubbard, Iowa.

Nancy Page O’Connor was born December 18, 1937, in Grinnell, Iowa to Marian Manetta (Russell) and James Franklin Page. She graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1956. She was united in marriage to Lowell O’Connor on June 25, 1960. Six children were born into this union. Nancy was widowed at a young age and devoted her life to the care of their children.

Nancy worked to put Lowell through medical school. She was the first female city council person in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Nancy worked as a merchandiser for Hallmark Marketing for over twenty-five years. She loved to travel, garden, sew, read, jigsaw puzzles, baseball and spend time with her family. She was happiest in an auditorium, on a bleacher, golf course, or field cheering on her children and grandchildren. She demonstrated to her family how to live a life of hard work, adventure, perseverance, and how to find laughter in the things that break our hearts.

Nancy is survived by her children, Maureen (Frank) Pena, Colleen (Randy) Merkle, Kate (Kari Roehr) O’Connor, Patrick (Lisa) O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, and Mary O’Connor; her beloved grandchildren, Tiffany (James) Sheldon, Bryan O’Connor, Courtney (Anthony) O’Connor, Emily Merkle, Matthew Merkle, Molly Barten, and Maggie Barten; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Elliana, Micha, and Iyla; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her cherished husband, Lowell; her parents; her sister, Margo Vugrinovich; brothers, Bill Page and Marshall Page; her brothers-in-law, Frank O’Connor, Bernard O’Connor, Louis O’Connor, and John Vugrinovich; sisters in law, Darlene O’Connor, Jean O’Connor, and Mary Lou Page; nephew, David Page; and niece Anne Luepke.

The family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to Hubbard Care Center for their loving care in Mom’s final year.

A visitation will be held from 1 – 2 pm Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Graveside committal service will be at Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery following the visitation.  Kramer and Hamilton Funeral Homes have been entrusted with the care of Nancy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hubbard Care Center, 403 South State Street, Hubbard, IA 50122, University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center/Melanoma Program, and/or My NESCO Health/NESCO Family Medical Clinic.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Patrick E. Finn

Patrick E. Finn 91, of Dubuque passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Stonehill Care Center.  To honor Pat’s wishes there will not be a visitation or funeral. A private family graveside service will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Pat’s family.

Born March 21, 1931, in Chicago, IL the only child of James D. and Hermie B. (Even) Finn.

Pat grew up in Chicago, IL, a few blocks from Wrigley Field, which led him to be a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.  He attended Our Lady of Mt Carmel and Lane Tech High School in Chicago before moving to Dubuque as a teenager with his mother to be closer to her family.

He was a member of the Illinois and Iowa National Guard and served in the Army during the Korean War.  Pat liked to share that he completed The Infantry School’s Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, GA, certifying him as a Parachutist.

He married Mourine C. (Rene) Link on June 2, 1956, at Holy Ghost Church.  They were married 29 years prior to her death on November 22, 1985.

He retired from the City of Dubuque street department in 1991 after 30 years. After retirement his fulltime “job” was to play golf five days a week. He was proud of his hole in one that he shot on March 25, 1997.

Pat enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.  When Pat was physically able he would visit his children daily going from one house to the next. He also enjoyed playing euchre, solitaire, and watching sports. He believed every special occasion and birthday should be celebrated with a DQ ice cream cake.

Pat is survived by his children:

Patty (Mike) Copeland of Cuba City, Jim (Pam) Finn of Dubuque, Cathy (Dennis) Copeland of Dubuque and Sandy (Jerry) Powers of Sherrill.


Melissa Silver, Matt (Sam) Copeland, Tanya (Jamie) Roethler, Nakia (LaMarr) Martin, Eric (Heidi) Copeland, Chad (Mallory) Finn, Mitchell, Morgan (Anthony Tuttle) and  Madalyn Powers.

11 great grandchildren;

and close friends, Bob and Dana Boleyn.

He was preceded in death by wife and a great grandson, Cash Copeland.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, along with the 3rd floor and 3HH staff at Stonehill Care for their professional and compassionate care of Pat this past year.

Online condolences for Pat’s family and friends may be left at


Allen E. Kilburg

Allen E. Kilburg, 89, of Bellevue, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2022.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 24, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue.  Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2022, at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. Additional visitation will be 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Saturday, September 24, 2022, at the funeral home prior to Mass.  Burial with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Services will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube: St. Joseph Bellevue-Sts. Peter & Paul Springbrook pages.

Born in rural Bellevue in 1933, Allen grew up on a farm, went to grade school in a country schoolhouse, joined the Navy after high school and saw the world from the deck of the U.S.S. Midway.

He returned to Bellevue and in 1957 married Mary Kueter. They had five children together. Mary passed away in 1967 and Allen met and married DiAnn Gourley.  Along with Allen’s five and DiAnn’s two, they had four more children together rounding out the Kilburg family at 11.

Allen trained as an electrician during the Navy and it became his life long career, even teaching several of his kids all about wiring.  He co-owned K & K Electric and Appliance and eventually became the sole owner.  Allen was a member of the Bellevue Fire Department for 29 years, serving as a fire fighter as well as Assistant Chief, for a time. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and Saint Joseph’s Parish.

You could often find Allen at “The Ponderosa” mushroom and squirrel hunting, reading in the front living room, stoking the wood burner in the basement, delivering mail, in the garden with his children or grandchildren and definitely watching the CUBS.

Allen is survived by his children, Dan (Lori) Kilburg, Beth (Eric) Schappach, Kate (Larry) Pitts, Anne (Terry) Hefel, Rich (Laura) Kilburg, Charlie (Denise) Kilburg, Patricia (Tom) Williams, Sharon Lyons, Barb Owca, Nick Kilburg and his grandchildren, great grandchildren and sister, Alice Cassady Davis and brother Dave (Betty) Kilburg.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Frances; his brothers and sisters, Ed, Marcie, Jim, Marvin, Carol and Mary Jane; his wife, Mary; his wife DiAnn; his daughter, Laura, and his son-in-law, Marty.

The Kilburg family would like to thank the staff at Mill Valley Care and Hospice of Jackson County for their care and compassion and the many friends and classmates who were always excited to see Allen and make him smile.

In the end, 89 years can be measured in many ways.  For Allen, it meant one strong faith in God, two wonderful wives, 11 grateful children, 34 cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, countless family and friends AND one historic World Series win! Go CUBS Go!

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

Online condolences maybe expressed to the family at


Mary Barry

Mary “Jean” Barry at the age of 70,  passed away on June 7th, 2022, after a fierce 7 year battle with cancer.

Jean was born on 10/10/1951 to Elizabeth and Donald  Barry in Dubuque Iowa. After Jean graduated from Dubuque Senior High in 1969, she went on to earn a bachelor of science in secondary education  from the University of Platteville in 1974.  She next received an associate degree of nursing from Northeast Iowa Technical Institute in 1982, and later a bachelor of science for nursing from Florida Atlantic University in 2002.   She completed a masters of human resource development and administration at Barry University in 1998.  She obtained a master’s of science from Florida Atlantic University in 2009, and a clinical nurse leader certification in 2015.

Her first nursing job was in the ICU at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida. She eventually moved on to work at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center.  Her career finished with the Palo Alto VA in California as a nurse leader in blind rehabilitation.

She was married twice, and had two Sons, Ryan Beadle and Scott Yuken.

Jean continued to seek higher education during her life, and was very committed to healthy living and exercise. Her favorite exercises were rollerblading and bike riding.

In 2015, Jean was forced to retire due to her fight with cancer.  After her initial treatment, she had periods of health that allowed her to enjoy travel, friends, family, and riding her bike.

Jean was predeceased by her parents Elizabeth and Donald, and her brothers, Scott, Donald Jr., and George (Daniel).  She is survived by her siblings Linda, Georgie, Margaret, Cheryl, Ellie and Fabian, along with her two sons, Ryan and Scott. She has 3 surviving grandchildren, Sebastian and Stella (Ryan and Marie) and Luna (Scott and Gau).

A graveside internment will take place on Saturday October 1st 2022 at 11:30am at Mt Olivet Cemetery 10556 Military Road, Dubuque, Iowa.  A celebration of life will follow at 1pm at Backpocket, 333 E 10th Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to

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James W. Davis

James (Jim) William Davis, 80, of Lakes Mills, WI, formerly of Galena, IL, passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Brook Gardens Place Senior Care Facility in Lake Mills, WI. He was born to William Francis Davis and Marion (Snyder) Davis on February 8, 1942 in Galena, IL.

Jim was the second child in a family of 15 children. He was a very good athlete and excelled at all, but basketball was his favorite and he was a starter all four years at Warren High School, where he graduated in 1960. “Jimmy” was the name given to him because his father’s favorite song was “You Are My Sunshine” by Jimmie Davis. Jim’s family can attest to the fact that he sang his namesake’s song regularly. When his memory started to fade he wouldn’t remember what he had for lunch but he still knew the words to nearly every country song from the 50’s through the 80’s.

Jim met the love of his life, Marigene Wellentin, and they were married on December 23rd, 1968 in Dubuque, IA. Together they raised three children, Debbie, Jeffrey, and Christopher. Jim was a manufacturer’s sales representative all of his life. He was a born salesman, as he could strike up a conversation with anyone about anything. Even at the end of his life, his children often heard stories of how Jim touched so many people’s lives with his conversation, good nature, and humor.

Jim is survived by his daughter Debbie (Jeff) Kenyon of Lake Mills, WI, son Jeff Davis of Pewaukee, WI, son Chris Davis of Denver, CO, and son Brad (Luann) Davis of Freeport, IL, as well as six grandchildren, Jennifer and Michael Kenyon, Karli and Austin Davis, and Jamie and Serena Davis and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Marigene and his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Galena, IL, with Fr. Howard Barch, Jr. officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery with a luncheon to follow. Friends and family may call from 10:00 to 10:45am at the church prior to the Mass.

The family would like to extend a very special Thank You to Sadi and all the staff at Brook Gardens, as they loved and cared for Jim like their own, and to Heartland Hospice Care for all their support these last 8 months. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to ProMedica/Heartland Hospice Care of South Central Wisconsin.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque, IL is serving the family.

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Ruth Gansemer

Marianna “Ruth” Gansemer, age 77 of Dubuque died Saturday, September 17, 2022 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

A wake service will be held on Thursday, September 22nd at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque.  At 2:45 p.m. the rosary will be led by Our Ladies of Prague Mothers’ Club, with visitation to follow from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will conclude the evening at 7:00 p.m. led by the Franciscan Sisters of Dubuque.

Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, September 23rd at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Nativity, Dubuque, followed by burial at Mount Calvary. Rev. Dwayne Thoman and Fr. Matthew McMorrow will concelebrate.

Ruth was born on July 28, 1945 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, daughter of Anthony and Estella (Wall) Entringer.  She grew up in LaMotte, Iowa and graduated from Holy Rosary High School in 1963.  She attended Clinton Community College and graduated in 1965 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She started her career at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque in 1965.  Eight months after a successful blind date, she was united in marriage to Edward Gansemer of Holy Cross, Iowa on September 7, 1968.  They shared 54 “wonderful” years together and were blessed with three daughters.  She worked at Xavier Hospital until 1974 when she decided to stay at home to raise their daughters.  She returned to nursing in 1981 as an Operating Room Technician at Finley Hospital until her retirement in 2005.

Ruth was an avid baker and cook, which was thoroughly enjoyed by family and friends.  She was very precise and took pride in making things from scratch and incorporating unique ingredients. Ruth also enjoyed her travels with Ed.  One highlight was traveling to Vermont for a bread baking school, where she was quick to note when the instructor forgot a key ingredient.

The utmost caretaker, Ruth was a selfless, humble and caring person who always put other people first.  Her warm and gentle ways were appreciated by all who knew her.  Those closest to her benefitted from her quick wit and famous one-liners.

Ruth is survived by her husband Ed; her daughters Sarah (Mark) Weber, Karen (Bob) McMorrow and Teresa (Dave) Reuter;  grandchildren Nick, Jared, Mitch and Seth Weber; Catie (Joseph) Kemper; Ciara (fiancé Oliver Severance), Moira, Brigid, Deirdre, Bobby and Liam McMorrow; and Cole and Baby Reuter (due October 2022). Her great-grandchildren, Rose and Baby Kemper (due December 2022); sisters Venita McLaughlin and her twin Rita Entringer; sister-in-law Joan Lukan; brothers-in-law Matthew (Dotty) Gansemer and Phillip “Bucky” Breitbach.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents Anthony and Estella Entringer; brothers Leonard and Lester (Jean) Entringer; mother and father-in-law Marie and Adolph Gansemer; sisters-in-law Helen (Dan) Wolf and Rose Ann Breitbach; brothers-in-law TJ McLaughlin and Marv Lukan; nephew Tony Entringer and niece Diane Aurit.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Grand River Medical Center in Dubuque, and Hospice of Dubuque.

A Marianna Ruth Gansemer memorial has been established.


John T. Frick

John T. “Jack” Frick, 85, of Dubuque died Saturday, September 17, 2022. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Friday, September 23, at the Church of the Resurrection, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Committal will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Celebration of Life ice-cream social will be held at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Sunday, September 25 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Bring your families and friends to celebrate the life of this amazing husband, father, grandfather, and community leader.

Jack was born October 24, 1936 in Dubuque He was the son of Alois and Elizabeth (Behrens) Frick. He attended Dubuque schools and graduated from Loras Academy. On May 26, 1962, Jack married Diana Wagner in Dubuque. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Jack was a hard worker all his life, deeply devoted to providing for his family. He worked at Trenkle’s delivering meat to local grocers before the sun shone on the horizon. Later he worked at Kunkel’s Auto Shop in East Dubuque followed by his several years at Mike Finnin Ford, retiring as service manager. He was always an early riser. Preparing for the day’s tasks and customers was a priority of Jack’s.

Jack had a passion for cars and plants. The former was his day job; the latter was his life’s passion. A member of the Tri-State Garden Club for several years, Jack was a natural choice when it came to initial development of the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. He was President from 1982-2021, facilitating everything such as: expansion of programs, land development, volunteerism, donations, and personnel. In particular, Jack enjoyed working with volunteers. “The expertise they all bring to the Arboretum is refreshing and stimulating for me,” he recalled in a personal chat with a daughter of his. Jack enjoyed talking with the students and visitors that frequent the Arboretum for concerts, ceremonies, family gatherings, exercise, and daily visits. He was proud to be such an integral part of one of the best places Dubuque has to offer.

Jack prioritized family. Yearly he visited his daughter June in Oregon and wintered with his daughter Joan in Arizona, where he volunteered at the middle school where she was the principal. He attended sporting events, spoke to 8th grade classes about personal finance, participated in job fairs, judged the spelling bee, distributed treats to Honor Roll recipients, attended concerts and plays, participated in parades, and attended school board meetings. Additionally, visits to Mexico were commonplace as were trips to the casinos in Tucson.

Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Diana Frick; two daughters, June Lucas of Forest Grove, Oregon and Joan Molera of Rio Rico, Arizona; one son in law, Rudolfo “Rudy” Molera of Rio Rico, Arizona; three grandchildren, Claire Lucas of Ashland, Montana, Jess Lucas of Corvallis, Oregon and Jacob Molera of Rio Rico, Arizona; two sisters, Sue Simon of Dubuque and Barb Smith of Westminster, Colorado; two sister-in laws, Joan Zimmerman of Dubuque and Mary Wagner of Australia; one brother in law, Harold “Skip” Zimmerman of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Marna Kunkel; son-in-law Jim Lucas; and three brother in laws, Dave Simon, Jay Smith, and John Kunkel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany Home for their wonderful care.


W. LaVerne Greene

W. LaVerne Greene, 82 of Galena, IL passed away Friday, September 16, 2022, at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Funeral mass will be held at 2 PM, Friday, September 23, 2022, at St. Michaels Catholic Church, Galena where friends may call after Noon at the church until the time of the mass. The burial will be in the church cemetery. Following the committal service, a celebration of his life will begin at 4 PM until 7 PM at the Galena Eagles Club. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

He was born August 8, 1940, in Galena the son of Wilfred and Elma (Schuller) Greene. LaVerne graduated from Galena High School.  He was united in marriage to Donna J Beckwith on April 29, 1961, in Galena, and she preceded him in death on April 3, 2018. LaVerne retired from John Deere Dubuque Works, and then purchased The Bee Hive and owned Galena View Antique Mall for many years. He enjoyed fishing, camping, antiquing, and sharing a “cold one” with friends and family! He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as a fourth-degree Knight, The Eagles Club, and past City Council member of Galena, and St Michael’s Church. LaVerne was an avid Cubs and Packer fan.

He is survived by his children, Kevin (Michele) Greene, Kim (Grant Melvin) Cook, and four grandchildren, Nate (Heather Reed) Greene, Amber (Kyle) Larson, Ashley (Bob) Doyle, Justin (Sam) Cook, and five great-grandchildren, his siblings, Jeanette Koehler, Ray Greene and Loran (Kathy) Greene, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother, two sisters, and three sisters-in-law.

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Mary Belle Whaley

Mary Belle Whaley, 92, of Benton, Wisconsin, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 23, 2022, at St. Patrick’s Church Cemetery, Benton, Wisconsin, with Rev. David Flanagan officiating. Casey-McNett Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Benton is assisting the family.

Mary Belle was born on April 12, 1930, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the daughter of Edwin and Hazel (Bell) Whaley. She attended the Providence Country School and then graduated from Benton High School in 1948.

Mary Belle worked at Bird’s Store and also for Gen Smythe at the café. Later, she bought the café and spent 30 years there. Mary Belle was manager of the Galena Antique Mall for 14 years, retiring at age 79. She also sold Avon. Mary Belle was a lifetime member of both the St. Patrick’s Church Women’s Altar Society and the Benton VFW Auxiliary Post 7896, where she served as president for several years. A highlight of her life was a trip to Europe which she absolutely loved.

Survivors include a brother, Edward (Darlene) Whaley, Janesville, WI; a nephew, Robert (Shawn) Whaley, Tomah, WI; four great-nephews, Tyler (Cassia) Teuscher, Ryan (Abby) Teuscher, Kyle (Ally) Whaley and Jarod Whaley; and two great-great-nieces, Raelynne Teuscher and Leighton Whaley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Frank Whaley; and a niece, Tina Whaley-Teuscher.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Gary and Marlene McCrea and the staff of Epione Pavilion, especially Jackie and Theresa.

Memorials may be sent to the funeral home at 123 N. Jackson St., Cuba City, WI 53807.

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Jeanette Hess

Jeanette “Jan” Ruth Hess, 84, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on September 15, 2022. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 9:45am-10:45am at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd. Dubuque IA. Funeral services will immediately follow at 11:00am at the church. Following the luncheon at the church, any who wish to join are invited to the burial at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Jan was born on July 5, 1938, in Columbus Wisconsin to Lester and Laura Schmidt. She graduated from Columbus High School and earned a scholarship to Milwaukee Downer College. She was a member of the college rowing team. Jan graduated with a Teaching Degree in English. She began her teaching career at East Aurora High School in Aurora, Illinois.

She met her husband John after moving to Aurora and the two began their life together. After John earned his Doctorate, they moved to Dubuque. Their life was filled with travel all over the world, where they experienced new cultures, history and theater. Jan had a warm smile and a caring heart and made new friends everywhere she went. Jan retired as Administrative Assistant for the Board of Supervisors for Dubuque County. She was named a First Citizen of Dubuque in 1996. Jan served on many local boards of directors such as Luther Manor and Medical Associates. Jan was most proud of her 44 years as a supporter and mentor of the AA community.

Jan is survived by her brother; Roger (Jane) Schmidt and sister Edith Moore.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; John Hess, and sisters; Alice Schmidt and Mary Beth Baumgartner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Rd. Dubuque, IA 52001.

The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.


Ken Muchow

Ken “Butch” Muchow, 70 of Galena, IL died peacefully at home with family by his side on September 15, 2022. Funeral services will be held at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at 11 AM. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM, Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, rural Galena.

He was born on December 10, 1951, in Hazel Green WI, the son of Kenneth Sr. and Chrystal (Smith) Muchow. Butch attended Galena High School and graduated in 1970. Butch and his friends kept Principal Hamilton busy keeping them in line. They swept many piles of gravel back in place after spinning out of the parking lot. Butch married his high school sweetheart Connie Welp on April 151972, at St Mary’s Church in Galena. This past April they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Butch and Connie spent their first year’s farming in Schapville. He was proud to be included in NEIGHBORS’ book by Archie Leiberman. Butch and Connie farmed for Bill and Dorothy Hammer for several years. In 1987 they bought their farm in Council Hill where they owned and operated with their two children, Jenny and Jason. In the winter he was known for his soup making and delivering to neighbors, family, and friends. Everyone loved his fresh ground horseradish. Farming with the Redington Families was enjoyable for him. Butch enjoyed watching Chicago Bears games with his brothers. You could always find him on a tractor or in his garden.

Butch is survived by his wife, Connie, daughter, Jennifer (Don Groop), and son, Jason (Sarah) Muchow, step-grandson, Joshua, sisters, Chrystal (Dave) Hueneke, Penny (John) Basten, brothers, Bill (Diane) Muchow, Howard (Cyndy) Muchow, Bernie (Marilynn) Muchow, sisters-in-law, Patty Lyden Shillington, Kim Einck (Toby Petitgout) and Anita Welp and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother, and father-in-law, and brothers-in-law, Rick Welp, John Lyden, and John Shillington, and many aunts and uncles, and great-nephew, Jake Stilson.

A special thank you to Mercy Cancer Center, Mercy Ambulatory, and Hospice of Dubuque for their great care.

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Jerome D. McCurdy

Jerome D. (Jerry) McCurdy passed away surrounded by his family on September 8, 2022.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 11:00 am Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Funeral Service for Jerome will be 11:00 am Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with Deacon Mike Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Jerome was born at home in Dubuque on September 18, 1935, the son of Lawrence and Julia (Elliott) McCurdy.

He attended Sacred Heart grade school and Loras Academy. He worked at Sunbeam Bakery, Caradco, and at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, retiring from Mercy Hospital.

Jerome was a son, brother, uncle, and –even though he never married–a beloved “Dad,” “Grandpa,”and “Great Grandpa.” Jerome loved his family and loved participating in family events and spending time making memories with his “grandchildren.” Jerome especially loved playing euchre. He also loved country music, singing, and taking care of his many new cars. Jerome will be remembered as a kind and caring person who never complained no matter what curve ball life threw him, always making the best of it.

Jerome is survived by his three siblings, Robert McCurdy (Dubuque), Linda (Phil) Hobart (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), and Steve (Connie Carroll) McCurdy (Chicago); his nieces and nephews Jane Geary, Glendale, Arizona; Dr. Kathy Dolter, Dubuque; Beth Dolter (Gordon), Cedar Rapids; Peter (Suzette) Dolter, Crystal Lake, Illinois; Paul S. Dolter (friend Rebecca Raab), Dubuque; Ellen (Terry) Sievert, Barrington, Illinois; Michael Bartmann (Cedar Rapids), Robert (Kate) Bartmann, Weatherford, Oklahoma, and Nick Hobart, Dallas, Texas.

Jerome is also survived by his six “children” Michelle (Kevin) O’Conner; Julie (Rick) Carner; Debbie (Harold) Birch; Brenda (Roger) McChesney; Linda (Mike) Ristau; and Sherry Bailey. His “grandchildren” David (Izzy) (Dawn) Simpson; Danielle Simpson; Tanya Carner; Nora (Eddie) Mulgrew; Bert (Barbara) Carner; Christina (Charlie) Ties; Brian (Nikki) Hayes; Michael (Lindsey) McChesney; Jerome McChesney; Roger McChesney; Dion McChesney; Dakota McChesney; April (Noah) Francois; Becky Ristau; Danny Ristau; Amy (Jason) DeSousa; and Donny (Emily) Bailey also survive him. Jerome is also survived by 35 “great grandchildren’ and 13 “great-great grandchildren.” All are so thankful and proud to have had Jerome as their “father,” “grandfather,” and “great-grandfather.”

Jerome was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Julia McCurdy; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou (Ray) Roussel; his sister and brother-in-law Betty (Paul) Dolter; his nephew-in-law, Dave Gordon; his niece Patti Rohn; and two great grandsons Kaiden Bass and Andrew Capesius.

The family thanks Sunnycrest Manor for their care of Jerome over many years and Kaitlyn and Janis from the MercyOne ICU who assisted Jerome and his family during his final hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Jerome McCurdy Memorial Fund.

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Wilmer L. Atkinson Jr.

Wilmer L. “Bill” Atkinson Jr., 75, of Dubuque, died Friday, September 16, 2022, at his home.  Per Bill’s wishes, there will be no formal services.

Bill was born October 29, 1946, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Wilmer Louis Sr. and Mildred Arthofer Atkinson.

He graduated from Wahlert High School and attended Loras College.

Bill was an avid reader, especially of Science Fiction.  He sported “Asimov’s sideburns” for many years in homage to one of his favorites.  Bill had an intellectual mind and a deep knowledge and interest of history, science, geography, politics, and theology.  He was Google before there was Google.

Survivors include his siblings, Ardith Peterson, Mary Severson, and Jon Atkinson all of Dubuque, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jane Davis.

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


Wayne J. Jansen

Wayne J. Jansen, age 54, of Sherrill, passed away at 5:05 p.m., on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at home with his loving family by his side.  To celebrate Wayne’s life private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Sherrill.

Wayne was born on June 13, 1968, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Norman and Darlene (Meyer) Jansen.

Wayne attended grade school at Sherrill/Balltown, Jefferson Middle School and graduated from Hempstead High School.  After school he was employed at W.C. Brown and stayed with them through all of the name changes over the years before leaving from Quad-Graphics when the company closed in 2012.  After that he went to work for Mercy Family Pharmacy as a delivery driver until health issues forced him into permanent retirement.  Wayne was also a groundskeeper for Heyo Tjarks for several years.  He was always looking out for the people around him.  He volunteered countless hours with the Sherrill Fire Department and working with people in the area who were down on their luck and needed a helping hand.  When he had some time for himself, Wayne looked forward to getting out on the open road riding his Harley Davidson with fellow members of the Custom Riders Motorcycle Club.  He liked to be outside in general, and looked forward to going hunting with family and friends at the “Honeycomb Hideout” in Bloomfield, Iowa.  Wayne was one of a kind, a family man and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Wayne’s memory include

his sister,
Nancy (Ed) Merges, Sherrill, IA;

his nieces,
Emily (Kenny Arnold) Merges
and Amanda (Adam Cook) Merges;

a nephew,
Michael (Caitlyn Fields) Merges;

2 great-nieces,
Josie and Maggie Cook;

his caregiver and companion,
Tabby Lyons;

her grandson,
Caden Lyons;

his aunts,
Dee (Dave) Bierie, East Dubuque, IL
and Ellen Meehan, Roseville, CA;

and his favorite emotional support cat,

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Lester Jansen; and his aunts and uncles, Violet (Elroy) Klaas, Merlin “Butch” (Lou Ann) Jansen, Jim Meehan, Tony (Shirley) Meyer, Pearl (Don) Meyers and Evelyn (Harold) Wurst.

Wayne’s family would like to thank his neighbor, Duane Kutsch, for taking care of all the lawn work, Mary Kernall for coming to the house to cut Wayne’s hair and Deanna for all of her care and concern.  Also a very special thanks to the members of the Sherrill Fire Department and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their care and support.

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

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Alberta Koltes Lahey

Alberta “Babe” Koltes Lahey, 100, of Sherrill, died Thursday, September 15, 2022, at the Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Babe will be 10:30 am Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with Father Tyler Raymond as the Celebrant. Burial will be in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery in Sherrill.

Babe was born February 11, 1922, in Sherrill, IA, the daughter of George  and Matilda Schueller Nauman. On February 24, 1943, she married John Koltes. He died December 17, 1971. On September 1, 1973, she married Cyril  Lahey. He died May 6, 2005.

She attended grade school at SS. Peter and Paul School in Sherrill.  She was the oldest member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Sherrill, was a member of SS Peter & Paul Rosary Society, and the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 1709 of Sherrill. She was a hard working farm wife. She had a large garden that she tended to and would milk cows and cook big meals for the farm help. Family was everything to Babe. She so loved seeing the grandchildren and great-grandkids stop by. When the grandkids visited, together they would decorate cookies that she baked for them and would often play a game or two. She was an excellent cook, especially her pies and cinnamon rolls. There was always an extra spot at her dinner table and no one went home hungry. Several generations of trick-or-treaters were sure to stop by for her popcorn balls. She enjoyed playing euchre and especially enjoyed playing euchre with her Nauman cousins. She enjoyed quilting with friends. She loved cats. Because she kept a diary until the last few years, you could always ask her questions about something that happened and she would be able to look it up. Every Friday before the COVID pandemic hit, she could be found at Helen’s getting her hair styled. For her 100th birthday this past February, she received over 160 cards. She was known as “Grandma Babe” to many. She lived in her own home until May of 2022 before moving to Hawkeye Care Center.

Survivors include one daughter, Karen (Kevin) White of Dubuque; one son, Merle Koltes; three grandchildren, Sara (Justin) Wiese, Julie (Curt) Schultz, Brian (Kelly) White; 11 great-grandchildren, Landon, Anna, Katelyn & Marissa Wiese, Addison, Jackson, Caden, and Camryn Schultz and Clara, Charlie, and Annie White; five stepchildren, Jim (Phyllis) Lahey, Mary Ellen (Bill) White, Tom (Carol Nebel) Lahey, Margie Skahill, Dan (Cathy) Lahey; one step-daughter-in-law, Eileen Lahey; step-grandchildren, Jeff (Melissa) Leick, Jamie (Sandy) Leick, Craig (Susan) White, Jason Lahey, Brian Lahey, Amy Reynolds, Molly (Jason) Lawry, Joel Lahey, Kyle (Erin) Lahey, Travis Lahey, Mike (Karie) Lahey, Nancy (Jeff) Lucas, Kelley (Mark) Taylor, Sarah (Brad) Loes, Brenda (Nick) Paisley, Sue (Kevin) Brockway, Steve Lahey, Michelle (Mike) Gonzalez, and Jill Dittmer; and many, many, step-great-grandchildren.

Besides her first and second husbands, she was preceded in death by one stepson, Merle Lahey, one sister, Rosina (Leo) Koltes, and brothers- and sister-in-laws, Edwina (Jacob) Nauman, Laura (Henry) Nauman, Florence (Arnold) Arensdorff, Frances (Frank) Nauman, Leona (Herman Schueller) (Val) Tigges, Leo (Rosina) Koltes, Charles (Edna) Koltes, Herbert (Marcella) Koltes, Marcella (Larry) Jaeger, Frances (Valeria) Lahey, Donald (Theresa) Lahey, Robert (Mary) Lahey, William (Dorothy) Lahey, Loras (Mary) Lahey, John Lahey, Marc (Theresa) Lahey, Eileen (Clarence Even) (Clarence) Pfohl.

Thank you to Dr. Kristin Nelson, and Joanie, Kris H., Peggy, and Nicole at Hospice of Dubuque, and Penn Place staff at Hawkeye Care Center for their care, and Father Tyler Raymond for his many visits with Babe.


Eldon A. Biver

Eldon A. “Fritz” Biver, age 99, passed away on Tuesday, September 6th at home surrounded by his loving family after a long, healthy, and joy-filled life.

The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022 with the Rev. Dustin Vu presiding, assisted by Deacon Bill Biver.  Mass will be live-streamed at Visitation will be held at Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full Military Honors will be accorded by American Legion Post #6.

Fritz was born July 12, 1923, in Dubuque, son of Ralph and Loretta (Hauser) Biver.  He married Mary Virginia Gereau on July 12, 1947, at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque.  She preceded him in death on March 22, 2011 after 63 wonderful years of marriage.

Fritz was an honorable man of faith.  As a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Dubuque for over 70 years, he could be found working the fall festivals, serving on the church renovation committee, and he was always a steadfast presence at weekly mass.  By age 19, his immediate family had all passed away, and his goal was to live a long life to make up for the years they lost.  He believed in working hard, having fun, and never having any regrets living by the motto, “Don’t look back. You can’t change the past.” Fritz was ready to help on any project that a family member had. He put his mind to work on numerous creative building projects through the years, and at age 95 he was out constructing his backyard pergola with a little help from “The Boys.” We were blessed to have his example of living life to the fullest.

A quietly proud WWII Veteran, Fritz volunteered and enlisted at age 19 in the U.S. Army in March 1943.  After initial invasion training in England, Fritz came ashore at Utah Beach, Normandy, France.  He was in the Battle of the Bulge, fighting in Belgium.  Finally, Fritz made it to Aachen, Germany and following 18 months of combat service and the Allied Victory, he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in November 1945, and returned home to Dubuque.  In 2011, Fritz was able to revisit the pride and camaraderie of service by being part of an Honor Flight to Washington, DC and was especially happy to see the WWII memorials.

Fritz was a Driver Salesman for Trausch’s Sunbeam Bakery, retiring in 1985.  He was proud to say he was retired longer than he worked. He volunteered his time with the Legionnaires and Colt .45 (now Colts) Drum and Bugle Corps for 9 years and served as the director during his final years. He was one of the original inductees into the Colts Hall of Fame.

Fritz was an avid bowler for over sixty years and served on the Dubuque Bowling Association, including two terms as President.  During the 1960’s Fritz made the original proposal to begin the Dubuque Bowling Hall of Fame and served on the Hall of Fame Board until retiring from bowling.

Surviving are his 5 children: Deacon Bill (Sue) Biver, Bob (Linda) Biver, Barb (Tom) Callahan, John (Jolene) Biver, and Tom (Lynn) Biver all of Dubuque; 18 grandchildren: Laurie Jones, Mark (Staci) Biver, Jenni (John) Bauer, Matt (Selma) Biver, Nick (Carissa) Biver, Jon (Pilar) Biver, Ben (Sarah) Biver, Bridget (Brian) Crossley, Lisa (Wes) Dolphin, Mike (Trixie) Callahan, Tim (Randi) Callahan, Tom (Alanna) Callahan, John (Erin) Callahan, Laura Callahan, Julie (Mike) Ivanov, Steve (Jacqueline) Biver, Joe Biver and Kevin (Leslie) Biver; 52 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild and another on the way; his cousin Jerry (Anita) Hauser; and devoted nieces and nephews: Sister Beth, Jeanne, Roy, Ellen, Harry, and Amy.

He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia; his parents; his brother Gerry; three grandsons: Chad, Brian, and Jeff Biver; an aunt Leona Hauser and an uncle Walter (Wanda) Hauser.

The family would like to extend appreciation to Dr. Jared Freiburger, Dr. Eric Engelman, Tammi Noonan, DNP and the Oncology Dept. at Medical Associates, the many doctors and nurses at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center, Hospice of Dubuque and to Dr. John Hartmann for his many previous years of care.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, Sacred Heart Church and the American Legion.


Jim Post

Jim Post, 82, of Galena, IL passed away peacefully on September 14, 2022. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

Born in Houston on October 28, 1939, Jim’s musical talent was readily acknowledged when he won a broadcast radio competition at the age of six. A natural storyteller, he would often comment that he never worked a day in his life because he loved entertaining and relished his ability to use his voice to connect with people and the world around him. Jim first came to prominence as a seminal part of the great Chicago Folk Revival, performing frequently at the Earl of Old Town with his friends Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc, and John Prine. He became a folk music legend and acclaimed theatre artist. His numerous accomplishments included successful recordings, concert tours, and stage productions that entertained and enlightened his audiences Jim composed and performed original musicals including Galena Rose, Mark Twain, and the Laughing River, Heart of Christmas, and Mark Twain’s Adventures Out West. His international hit song with Friend and Lover, Reach Out of the Darkness, was featured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With the timeless refrain “It’s so groovy to know/that people are finally getting together,” it’s been featured on AMC’s Mad Men and in the films 1969 and Cheaper by the Dozen. Jim performed Galena Rose and Mark Twain at the Civic Theatre in Chicago’s Lyric Opera House, the Organic Theater, Northlight Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, the Smithsonian in DC, and at the English Theatre in Vienna, Austria. Jim recorded many albums including Jim Post and Friends, The Crooner From Outer Space, I Love My Life, Rattlesnake, and his last cd Reach Out Together. He collaborated with great musicians such as Randy Sabien, Howard Levy, David Bromberg, Rollo Radford, Jerry Miller, Anne Hills, and a host of others. He also wrote songs for noted artists like Corky Siegel’s–Hey Billie Jean. Jim loved singing for children and his weekly performances at the Cookie Crumb Club captivated the hearts of families. His books Barnyard Boogie and Frog In The Kitchen Sink became fan favorites. He also co-created Reading by Ear, a musical program to help children learn to read phonetically. Among the highlights of Jim’s career were appearances at major North American music festivals, most recently, the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Reunion in San Francisco. He was featured on and hosted countless appearances on radio’s WBEZ’s Flea Market and The Midnight Special on WFMT. Other musical homes included the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL, The Fifth Peg in Chicago, IL, Amazing Grace in Evanston, IL, Charlotte’s Web in Rockford, IL, and the Trolley Depot Theater in Galena, IL. Jim was known as the bard of Galena, IL, where he lived for nearly 50 years. Anyone who ever spent time listening to his golden voice live or on record or attended one of his concerts or musicals in person is much richer for the experience— his infectious good humor, love of life, and masterful songwriting shine through every note and will live on as long as humans have ears to hear.

Jim will be missed by his extended family, friends, and devoted fans. Interment services will be private. A musical celebration of Jim’s life will be held at a future date.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Abbey S. Ehrler

Abbey Sue Ehrler, 20, returned home to God on Monday, September 12, 2022. The visitation will be held Monday, September 19, 2022, from 1 – 6 pm, at Ehrler Ranch Special Event Barn, 11866 Chetlain Lane, Galena, IL. Services will follow the visitation at 6 pm, with Reverend Howard Barch officiating. Dinner will follow the services. The committal service will be held Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 9:30 am, at the Wienen Mausoleum in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena. The Furlong Funeral Chapel is assisting the family with the services.

Abbey lived her life expressing love and kindness to all she knew. She was born on August 17, 2002, in Dubuque, IA, and was raised in Galena. She attended Galena High School, where she was vice-president of her class her freshman year, and president her sophomore year. She transferred to Wahlert High School in Dubuque, IA, where she was on the honors society and where she won many awards for academic achievement and for her artwork. She graduated from Wahlert High School with the class of 2021. She attended Edgewood College in Madison, where she studied Business Administration and Accounting. Abbey was an old soul that was far ahead of her time. She was intelligent, strong, and driven, and even at her young age, she had established a career path that most adults would aspire to. She was a born entrepreneur and operated her own businesses, Abbey’s Sweetcorn and Market. She was the event planner at the Ehrler Ranch Special Event Barn, and she was a crucial part of Ehrler Ranch’s farming business. She was also the main coach person for the Galena Carriage Company. Her talents were too many to list. Above all, she holds the time record for riding Twister, their mechanical bull. Abbey loved her dogs, Mia and Tia, who went everywhere with her, and she loved all animals. She raised many farm animals, including horses, dogs, cats, sheep, and fainting goats. She was a member of the Thunder Riders 4H, the Mississippi Valley Riding Association, The Quad Cities All-Breed Horse Association, and the Midwest Horse Association. Abbey had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. She always put others before herself. She cherished her family more than anything, and she being an aunt to her nieces and nephews. Her fun-loving spirit, beautiful smile, and bubbly personality are just a few of the qualities that warmed the hearts of everyone she met.

Surviving are her parents, Steve and Pam (Wienen) Ehrler, her sister, Cassie (Will) George, her brother, Austin (Samantha) Wills; her grandparents, Charles and Susan Ehrler; her aunts and uncles, Michael (Jane) Wienen; Carolyn (Brian) Ramsey; Michael (Sherry) Erhler; Barb (Ben) Lancette; her nieces and nephews, Blazi and Hoyt George; Kera, Lincoln and Hudson Wills, and also many great aunts, uncles, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jim and Lois Wienen; her great-grandparents, Joe and Rita Kaiser; Harold and Mary (Oldenburg) Wienen; Merlin and Eunice (Monahan) Ehrler; Ted and Dawn (Bealle) Stadel; her great-uncle Tom Wienen, and her cousin, Jenny Stoffregen.

LOVE IS FOREVER, and as Abbey would say…I LOVE YOU!

Online condolences may be left for the family at

The Abbey Ehrler Memorial Fund has been set up at First Community Bank of Galena, for any gifts or donations. All donations will be used for families in need in the area.


Patrick A. Hyde

Patrick Allen Hyde, 57, of Galena, IL passed away unexpectedly on September 12, 2022. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 24, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena at 1 PM with visitation beginning at 10 AM prior to the services.

He was born on December 14, 1964, in Metairie, LA, to Dr. Paul Martin Hyde and Mary Jane (Oldenburg) Hyde. After graduating from Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Patrick continued his studies at Louisiana State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Patrick spent his school breaks in Galena working at his aunt and uncle’s campground, where he met his wife, Mary Beth. They were united in marriage on May 21, 1988 and settled down in Galena where they raised their three children: Nicholas, Alexander, and Stephanie. Patrick served most of his over 30-year career as an auditor and CPA with the Illinois Department of Insurance. Most recently, he was the Chief Financial Examiner for the Office of the Special Deputy. He had served on the board of directors and career development committee for the National Society of Financial Examiners (SOFE). Additionally, he was elected SOFE president from 2002-2003. Patrick also represented the Illinois Department of Insurance on several committees at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, most notably the Financial Analysis and Statutory Accounting Principles working groups. Patrick was dedicated to supporting his family and his community. He volunteered with the Galena High School speech team, sold tootsie rolls as a member of the Knights of Columbus, and knocked on doors for all local Democratic candidates. Above all else, Patrick was a devoted supporter of scouting: ending his decades of service as the Committee Chairman of Galena Boy Scout Troop 95.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth, sons Nick (Kelsey) Hyde and Alex Hyde, daughter Stephanie Hyde, and sister Amy Hyde of Baton Rouge, LA. In addition to his parents, Patrick was preceded in death by his sister, Laurie Hyde-Tull. He was a selfless lover of his family and friends. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten by those that loved him.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Wilma M. Kruser

Wilma Marie Kruser, 67, of Dubuque, passed away at home on September 10th, 2022, with her loving family by her side.

A Celebration of Wilma’s life will be held at a later date at Eagle Point Park. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Wilma was born on August 23rd, 1955, to Theodore and Barbara (Emmer) Cornwell. She married Charles Kruser Jr. on June 1st, 2013, in Oelwein, Iowa.

Wilma enjoyed spending her time crafting, crocheting, baking, and her trips to the nail salon. She loved being with family for the holidays and especially being with her grandchildren, who all had a special place in her heart.

She is survived by her Husband Chuck, Children, John (Jessica) Sullivan, William (Heather) Sullivan, Mindy (Tony) Moll, Charles Kruser III, Nicholas Mattingly, Jimmy (Sarah) Mattingly, and Megan Bennit, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Her siblings, Rodney (Chris) Cornwell, John (Bonnie) Cornwell, Mick (Shar) Cornwell, Hope Cornwell, Ted Cornwell, Barbara Cornwell, Pennyann (Robert) Gamel, Randy (Jean) Cornwell, Sister-in-law, Shirley Boland, brothers-in-law Raymond and Terrence Kruser.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents Theodore and Barbara, her parents-in-law Charles and Elaine, and her sister-in-law Darlene Thomas.

Thank you to UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital, UnityPoint – Wendt Regional Cancer Center, and Dr. Hermann and his staff for all the care and comfort they have provided Wilma throughout her life. Your care for Wilma will always be remembered.


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