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Donald C. Linden

Donald C. Linden, 93, of Dubuque, beloved father, grandfather and friend, returned to his Lord and Savior on March 29, 2020 at Luther Manor nursing home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Our dear father deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time of the COVID-19 pandemic, having a public visitation and funeral is not possible. Please be with us in prayer. The video of Don’s private funeral mass will be available to view Thursday, April 2 by visiting Don’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com. Burial will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Don was born January 20th, 1927, in Dubuque, the son of Earl and Elizabeth Straub Linden. Don and Dorothy Nauman were joined in the Sacrament of Marriage on April 15, 1952 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dubuque. After 33 years of marriage Dorothy was called to her eternal home March 22, 1985.

After graduation from Dubuque Senior High School, Don served two years in the United States Army Air Force. Upon completion of military service Don was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company as a ham boner until his retirement.

Don was a faithful member, and enjoyed attending daily Mass at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Don served as an offering counter for over forty years, and was always a good friend to the parish priests and others in religious orders. Don was truly a faithful follower of Jesus, the resurrection and the life. He was also a member of the Serra Club, Power of Prayer and was a Senior Citizens Volunteer.

Survivors include his daughter Diane (Mark) Knappe of Menomonee Falls, WI; three grandchildren; Justin P. (Alyson) Kline of Bartlett, IL, Rachel (Trevor) Scalercio of Raleigh, NC, and Kyle Knappe of Glendale Springs, CO; six grandchildren; two brothers; Earl (Darlene) Linden, Jr. of East Dubuque, IL, and Jack Linden of Dubuque; two sisters; Char (Paul) Simon and Janice (Fred) Wuertzer , both of Dubuque; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Delbert, Thomas, and Robert Linden, and one sister, Delores Nauman.

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

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

To God be the Glory+


 

Virginia Alba Fessler

Virginia Alba Fessler, wife of Deacon Raymond F. Fessler (deceased), formerly of Dubuque, surrounded by her family, peacefully passed away in her Florida home on March 28, 2020. We had the pleasure of celebrating Gyne at her 100th birthday party in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Our dear mom and grandma deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time with the COVID-19 pandemic, having a public visitation is not possible. Please be with us in prayer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Virginia (Gyne) was the daughter of Sam and Josephine (Lucido) Alba. Gyne graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1938. She married the love of her life, Raymond F. Fessler, on October 8, 1944 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. They had 60 wonderful years of marriage together.

After World War II, they lived in Arlington, Virginia, where she was employed with the American Red Cross office. She and Ray returned to Dubuque in 1947 and raised their four daughters.

Gyne was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Gyne brought so much fun, joy, and love to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. She treasured her family and cherished time with her amazing grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Being a big sports fan, she was thrilled when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Gyne also enjoyed traveling, music, stage plays and playing cards.

She was a member of the Holy Trinity Fraternity of the Secular Franciscans, the Holy Trinity Altar & Rosary Society, the Archdiocesan Conference of Catholic Women, and the Saint Jane de Chantel Society. Gyne enjoyed working as a secretary for many years in the office of Rock Island Millwork Company of Dubuque until her retirement.

Surviving are her four daughters: Mary Jo (John) Ploessl, Kathy (Richard) Caby, Vicki (Arthur) Jurema, Gini (Dr. R.H.) Pullen, ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, sister-in-law Joyce Alba, niece Jo Ann Callahan and many very special nieces and nephews. Gyne was the last survivor of her immediate family which included her sisters Marie Licari, Ann Leslein, Josephine Roling, Rosemarie Alba, and brothers Cruso and Sam Alba whom she deeply loved.

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

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

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


 

Kathryn J. (Lux) Davis

Kathryn Jane (Lux) Davis, 62, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at the MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center in Dubuque.

Our Dear wife, mother, sister and aunt deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time with the COVID-19 pandemic, having a public visitation is not possible. Please be with us in prayer. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. At some future time when it is again safe for all of us to be together, we will have a Celebration of her Life.

Kathy was born April 20, 1957, in Pekin, Il. the daughter of William J. and Mary Coralynn (Rowe) Lux. On October 9, 1981 she married Charles W. Davis at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque.

1985 saw our family made complete with the arrival of twin sons Thomas B. and William J. Davis. Then in 1999 Kathy was honored to be the God Mother of Clare K. Davis. Our boys, nieces and nephews were the most precious and important people in Kathy’s life. She always wanted to be involved in whatever activity and event that was happening in their lives. She loved and cherished each and every step in their lives.

Kathy received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Clarke College and Master’s Degree in Counseling from Loras College.

Kathy worked several years for Information and Referral in many capacities. She then worked 5 years as the Religious Education Coordinator at Resurrection Church.

After earning her Master’s Degree, Kathy proudly and actively spent 30 years as a Counselor at Northeast Iowa Community College. She dedicated herself to assist in any activity that enriched and encouraged students to reach their personal and educational goals. During that time, she met and worked with an amazing group of people that she was pleased to call friend!

Kathy also enjoyed and had a talent for arts and crafts. Over the years she did Stained Glass projects and painting. Many will remember her love of Scrapbooking and Card making. She had a wonderful group of friends in Dyersville that she enjoyed getting with several times a month for those activities. Many major events are chronicled with a scrapbook to help us remember. She had a joy for life and liked to meet people, learn about them and create a connection with them.

Kathy served on the Board for “The Substance Abuse Coalition of Dubuque” and on the Board for “Mental Health America of Dubuque County”. She volunteered at Area Residential Care, sold daffodils for the American Cancer Society and gave of her time and talents for innumerable activities and organizations that helped those in need.

Kathy is survived by her husband Chuck, sons Tom and Bill, sister Jacquelyn A. (Jackie) Lux of Dubuque, Brother and Sister in Laws, and many nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, father and mother in law (James C. and Joanne K. Davis), one sister Mary Jean Christy and niece Danielle K. Davis.

We want to thank the Doctors and Nurses at MercyOne Intensive Care Unit who cared for Kathy in her final days.

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


 

Della M. Koster

Della M. Koster, 95, of Rock Island, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at her home.

Graveside services for Della were held 11 am Saturday, March 21, at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island at a later date. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island is assisting the family.

Della was born on July 4, 1924 in Dubuque, Iowa, a daughter of Roy and Martha (Frye) Edminster. She married Leo Koster on December 29, 1945 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on September 24, 1998. Mrs. Koster worked as a supervisor at Jaydon Inc., Rock Island for 24 years before her retirement. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie No. 956, Rock Island. Della enjoyed sewing, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children, Donna “Mitzi” (Robert) Christenson, Rock Island, Donald (Candy) Koster, Rock Island, and Timothy (Joanne) Koster, Illinois City; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and a brother, Rodney (Diane) Edminster, Dubuque.

Della was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo; siblings, Leta Beadle and Robert Edminster.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Cancer Society.

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


 

John S. Kintzinger

John S. Kintzinger, 71, of Iowa City, and formerly of Dubuque, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Iowa City.

Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com

John was born April 15, 1948 in Dubuque, the son of David and Charlotte (Faber) Kintzinger. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1965, and went on to earn his B.S. from both Loras College (1970), and University of Iowa (1979). John continued his education earning his MS from University of Chicago in 1992, and his PhD in Mathematics from University of Iowa in 2009.

In his younger years, John worked as a bookkeeper for Faber Music, his uncle’s family business. He was a caregiver for his mother for many years, and also helped out at the University of Iowa in the Mathematics Department.

John was a very kind and patient man. John enjoyed bicycling, photography, reading, and dining out. He loved listening to Iowa Public Radio, and especially The Newman Singers. His Catholic faith was very important to him. Spending time with Kay was something John cherished.

John is survived by his siblings, Jean (Jim) Gantz of Dubuque; Judy Kintzinger of Madison, WI; Dr. Tom (Sue) Kintzinger of Hayward, WI; and Susan Kintzinger of Madison, WI; his nephew, Eric (Nicole) Gantz and their children, Matthew, Joshua, and Lauren Gantz; his niece, Abby (Eric) Schissler and their children Eden and Elijah Schissler; his niece Katie Kintzinger; and his significant other, Kay Habovsky of Iowa City.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

John’s family would like to thank cousin Mary and Steve Vanderah for the help and support they have extended to John over the years.


 

Gerald M. Franzen

Gerald “Jerry” M. Franzen, 87 of Maquoketa, IA passed away on March 27th at his home. Burial will take place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. During this time, there will be no visitation or Mass due to limitations on gatherings. A Celebration of Life will be held later.

Jerry was born on Dec. 20th, 1932 in Zwingle, IA son of Math and Mary (Dwyer) Franzen. He married Lois Manders on Aug. 2nd, 1955 at Sacred Heart in Maquoketa. He was in the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, and the Eagles Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, playing cards and pool, and farming. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, 3 sisters- JoAnn Reiter, Patsy Wagner, Rita Hughes, 6 brothers- Jim, Leonard, Butch, Marvin, Martin, Wayne, 8 children- Neal (Marji), Carol (John) Reed, Donna (Jim) Miller, Randy (Jill), Mary (Mark) Ambrosy, Sue (Lee) Cook, Paul (Kris), John (Lisa), 18 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters- Marie Wagner, Marcie Eganhouse, and Margaret, brother Vince, son Thomas, grandson Travis, and great-grandson Dylan Andersen.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Hospice of Jackson County and Dr. Gus Harb, Iowa Cancer Specialists, and the specialists and nurses at the Cancer Care Institute radiation therapy department.

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

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


 

Timothy A. Ganahl

Timothy A. “Tim” Ganahl, age 64 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey suddenly on March 21, 2020, at the MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque.  To honor Tim’s life, a Celebration of Life is being held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Tim’s family.

Tim was born on December 31, 1955, the son of Betty Jean (Ganahl) Guenther.  He brought the new year in with a smile and the next 64 years would definitely be abundantly full for all who knew and loved him.  His early years included countless hours of hanging out with family and friends where he eventually earned the nickname “Flip” after executing the best backflips anyone at Sutton Pool had ever seen.  He attended Dubuque Senior High School, and was a mechanic at Dan Kruse Pontiac before becoming a semi driver  He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who was doing home improvement projects, or helping wrench on their vehicles.  Tim spent many years providing for his family, but he also knew that there must be some balance in life in order to find true contentment.  He enjoyed riding this Harley and spending time with family and friends on the river, but catching a NASCAR race in person whenever possible was his favorite pastime and Tim was fortunate enough to be able to travel to many tracks over the years, with his trips up to Michigan being his favorite destination.  Tim was a friend to many, and in-turn, had many friends.  It was impossible to move around town without running into a few of them and watching the conversations begin.  His unique personality and sense of humor were never lost on those close to him and thankfully many wonderful stories and memories remain because of that fact.  “Long Nose” (his CB handle) has been heard more than once saying “That’s alright, they’ll never take me alive” after being warned of a speed trap in his path ahead.  We will cling to every joyful moment we can now as Tim’s sudden departure from our daily lives has surely left a void which only he could fill.  We are forever grateful for the time we had and will wait patiently for our broken hearts to heal.  Thank you, Tim, for showing us how to live life to the fullest and may peace be yours until we meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Tim include,

his 4 children,
Jody Ganahl-Greve, Dubuque, Iowa,
Jillean (fiancé Marc Kuempel) Harmon, Guttenberg, Iowa,
Daniel (fiancé Erica Kennicker) Ganahl, Guttenberg, Iowa,
and Dylan Ganahl-Johl, Eugene, Oregon;

his 3 adored grandchildren,
Kara Greve, Joseph Greve and Ryleigh Harmon;

his sister,
Denise (Bob Kutz) DeReamer, Merrillville, Indiana;

his nieces and nephews,
Tiffany Merritt, Jennifer (Branden Rice) Essex,  Stephanie (Neri) Griffith, Alexis Pratt, Denny Pratt and RJ DeReamer;

along with numerous extended family, friends and neighbors.

Tim was preceded in death by his mother; his brother, Craig Ganahl; and his aunt, Mary Lou (Joe) Klos.

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

Tim’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy for all of their professional and compassionate care during this difficult time.  Thank you for your kindness and bless you all for your sympathies.

Until Tim’s Celebration of Life, cards may be sent to 519 North 1st Street, Guttenberg, Iowa, 52052, and online condolences may also be shared with Tim’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com


 

Betty Lou Billmeyer

Betty Lou Billmeyer, 73, of Colesburg, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Mercy One Medical Center in Dyersville. She was born on December 24, 1946, in Dubuque, the daughter of Nicholas and Charlotte (Droese) Miller. Betty attended school in Dubuque.

On March 5, 1965, Betty was united in marriage to Alvin Billmeyer in Dubuque. The couple lived in Dubuque for a short while before moving to Colesburg. Betty worked as a foreman at Products Unlimited in Guttenberg for many years.

Betty enjoyed reading. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Alvin Billmeyer, Sr.; her five children, Lisa (Barry) Wernke of Guttenberg, Alvin Billmeyer, Jr. of Strawberry Point, Alan (Autumn) Billmeyer of Guttenberg, Aaron (Ali) Billmeyer of Greeley, and Adam Billmeyer of Garnavillo; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Ronald Miller of Dubuque; three sisters, Marion Wiezorek,  Jean Rubie, and Helen Ward all of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, John, James, Lavern, Edward, and Robert Miller; one sister, Jane Palm; and four infant siblings, Loretta Miller, William Miller, and twins, Carolyn and Marilyn Miller.

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

Memorials may be directed to Alvin Billmeyer, Sr., P.O. Box 15, Colesburg, Iowa, 52035.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time.

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood is assisting the family.


 

Michael J. Finn

Michael J. “Mick” Finn, age 79 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on March 27, 2020 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.  To honor Mick’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Mick’s family.

Mick was born on April 23, 1940, one of 12 children to Loras and Mary Ellen (Holdren) Finn.  He honorably served his country with the U.S. Air Force and was a licensed electrician for many years before retiring.  We will miss Mick very much and are grateful for the memories he leaves behind.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Mick include his immediate family and friends.

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


 

Edith A. Cook

Edith A. (Specht) Cook, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:05 p.m., on Friday, March 27, 2020, at Ennoble Nursing and Rehabilitation.  Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 virus, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at www.behrfuneralhome.com.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Edith was born on February 8, 1937, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Lyda (Elder) Specht.

Edith was always a hard worker, she attended school at St. Columbkille’s Grade School and then attended night classes before going to work at the Iowa Egg Products Company, then Trenkel’s Sausage Company and lastly with Sutter’s Bakery.  Edith was united in marriage to Donald “Don” Cook, on December 3, 1955, in Dubuque.  They were blessed with 6 children and 61 wonderful years together, before Don was called home before Edith on October 29, 2017.  After she married, Edith became a full time wife, mother and homemaker, a role which brought her great joy.  In her spare time, Edith was well known for watching her beloved Chicago Cubs play ball on TV, even “quietly” telling them what they were doing wrong and how they could correct it!  Edith was quite talented, she enjoyed creating beautiful embroidery projects and her elephant collection was extensive.  She also enjoyed traveling the U.S., coast to coast, stopping to see all the sights along the way.  Beyond a doubt, Edith’s family brought her the greatest joy.  She loved spending time with Don and the kids, and when the grandkids starting coming along she was a regular at all of the their school and sporting events.  We are deeply saddened at losing such a wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister and friend in our daily lives, but take some comfort in knowing she is now resting peacefully with her beloved husband for Eternity.

Those left to cherish Edith’s memory include

her children,
Donald “Butch” Cook, Jr.,
Debra “Deb” Doll,
William “Bill” Cook,
Charles “Chuck” (Patty) Cook,
Robert “Bob” (Heidi) Cook, all of Dubuque, IA
and Carol (Troy) Hackbarth, Rockford, IL;

her 10 grandchildren,
Amy, Michelle, Josh, Eric, Clayton, Ryan, Chris, Sydney, Skyler and Addison;

her 4 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way;

her sisters-in-law,
Ellen Cook, Jacksonville, NC,
Carrie Cook, Rockford, IL
and Dolly Coonfare, Manchester, IA;

and her brother-in-law,
Dean March, Dubuque, IA.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Cook Sr.; and her 9 siblings.

Edith’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Ennoble Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Edith, especially in her final days.

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

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


 

Thomas M. Fleege

Thomas (Tom) M. Fleege, 69, of Hazel Green, WI died suddenly on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at home.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to Covid-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Church at Sinsinawa, with Fr. Kenneth Frisch officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Tom was born September 12, 1950 in Dubuque, IA, to Jerome (Bud) and Rosie Fleege.  He attended St. Joseph’s grade school, Wahlert Catholic High School, and was in the first class to graduate from Southwest Technical College in Fennimore.  In 1973, Tom married his high school sweetheart, Pat Kuhle Fleege.  He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Parish in rural Hazel Green, WI, and its Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus 7370, third degree.

Tom worked at Dubuque Pack for 10 years until it closed.  Then he farmed with his dad in rural Cuba City on the family farm.  In 1986, Tom and Pat moved to the farm, where they happily raised their hardworking daughters. When he couldn’t work on the farm anymore, he joined Clarke College’s custodial maintenance department, where he made many friends. He worked there until he retired.

Tom was an avid sports fan, loving the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He loved being outdoors, hunting and working the fields.  His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

In 2013, Tom and Pat moved to their current home in Hazel Green.  Despite many disabilities, he spent the last years of his life getting to know his neighbors, making many more friends, and enjoying the sunset views from his back patio.

Tom leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Pat, his seven daughters … Dr. Tracy Fleege, Amy (Ryan) Hilvers, Kate (Tom) Koeller, Cheri (Brett) Wheelan, Michelle (Aaron) Raulin, Amanda (Tony) Gaul, and Dr. Jennifer Fleege … and 15 grandchildren (Jackson, JJ, Cole, Kailey Hilvers; Lauren, Emily, Evan Koeller; Lincoln, Landon, Layton Wheelan; Charlotte, Lillian, Violet Raulin; Eli and Carson Gaul).  Also, he is survived by his two sisters, Mary Ann (Ed) Richard and Joan (Jake) Johnston.  He is also survived by several in-laws … Steve (Lee Ann) Kuhle, Rick (Karen) Kuhle, Dan (Claire) Kuhle, Mary Jo (Beaner) Runde, Ron (Carolyn) Kuhle, Kate (Bill) Vickerman, Ken (Jane) Kuhle, Tina (Kim) Kuhle, and by many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

He is preceded in death by his parents (Bud and Rosie Fleege), and his in-laws (LaVern and Doris Kuhle); two sisters-in-law Janet (Jerald) Kowalski and Diane O’Shea; and two nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or to the St. Joseph Endowment Fund.  A celebration of life will take place at a later date to be announced.

The family would like to thank Fr. Ken Frisch, the Hazel Green Rescue Squad, the wonderful staff at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City, and the therapy staff from Grant County for all their help and support.

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


 

David J. Vosberg

David J. “Bubba” Vosberg, 55, of Louisburg, Wisconsin, died peacefully Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Edenbrook in Platteville, Wisconsin surrounded by his family.  Public memorial services will be held at a later date.  Private family services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2020, at Immaculate Conception Church, Kieler, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.  Services will be live streamed through Facebook on the funeral home page.

Bubba was born on October 24, 1964, in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, the son of Francis C. “Franny” and Helen M. “Heidi” (Belken) Vosberg.  Bubba received an associate degree in computer support from Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore.  He worked in the IT department at the Benton School District, most recently at Saputo Cheese, and really enjoyed helping on the family farms.

Bubba loved to go up north fishing, deer hunting with his children, and going to Kieler for coffee in the morning.  Bubba was an avid Packer and Badger fan.  He was a loving father, son and brother who loved to joke around with anyone and everyone. It was either Bubba’s way or no way as he always said, “I can’t drive 55.”

Survivors include his daughters, Katie (Justin) Roling, Louisburg, and Kalynn (Jake Brant) Vosberg, Potosi; his parents, Franny and Heidi Vosberg, Louisburg; three sisters, Kathy Berning, Hazel Green, Julie (Steve) Thomas, Louisburg and Vicki (Kevin) Gehl, Cascade, IA; a brother, Dale (Sharon) Vosberg, Louisburg; his godchildren, Kobe Thomas, who visited him often and always helped him when needed, and Abbey Vosberg; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kyle; a brother-in-law, Dennis Berning and a nephew, Martin Gehl.

The family wishes to thank Edenbrook of Platteville and Agrace Hospice.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 2119 Jimtown Road, Cuba City, WI  53807.  Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.


 

Lonnie D. Miller

Lonnie Dean Miller, 48, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Cedar Valley Hospice in Waterloo.  He was born on October 6, 1971, in Manchester, the son of Harry and Dorothy (Parsons) Miller. Lonnie attended school in the Maquoketa Valley School District.

Lonnie resided in Delaware until moving to Manchester in 2007.  Since 2009 he had worked for the Manchester Cemetery.  Lonnie was a dedicated worker who had a great knowledge of both Oakland and St. Mary Catholic Cemeteries. He enjoyed spending time at home watching television.

Survivors include his four siblings, James (friend, Joy Meyers) Miller of Hephzibah, Georgia, Marlene (Pete) Kastberg of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, Regina (Wallen) Capper of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, and Randy (Vickie) Miller of Monticello; several nieces and nephews; and his good friends, Emily Main and Charles Beatty.

Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Virgil Miller.

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

Because of the current Corona Virus 19 concerns, the family will plan a public memorial at a later time.

Leonard-Muller Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


 

Julie Westercamp

Julie “Westy” Westercamp, 64, of Dubuque, grabbed her wings and entered into Heaven on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at home.

A celebration in memory of Julie will be held at a later date and will be announced.  In the meantime, please keep sharing stories and memories, and honor her by making another person’s day brighter with a smile. Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. Online condolences and memories can be shared at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

Mary Julia Westercamp was born May 26, 1955 in Dubuque, the daughter of George “Sonny” and Jean (Cahill) Westercamp.

She was a graduate of St. Anthony’s grade school and Wahlert High School. In 1976,  Julie went on to Loras College, during which time she lettered in volleyball and softball, and in 1980 she earned her BA in Physical Education. She was later inducted into the Loras Sports Hall of Fame with her volleyball teammates. From 1985-1997, Julie attended the United States Sports Academy, earning her Masters in Sports Science of Coaching.

Julie taught countless kids important lessons in and out of the classroom throughout her 32 years as a Physical Education & Wellness Teacher at Western Dubuque High School, as Western Dubuque Head Softball and Tennis Coach, and Wahlert Boys Head Tennis Coach. She was also a Tennis Pro at Alpine, Board Member of the USPTA, and Director of Tennis and Fitness at Dubuque Golf and Country Club.

Julie’s athletic achievements were numerous. Her many awards and honors included City Bowling Tournament Champion Singles in 1991 and Doubles in 2011 and a State Singles Bowling title. She also won many Tennis and Softball tournaments at state, district and national levels.  She received the Ed Thomas Outstanding Coach Award, Wickham Educational Service Award, 2018-19 Iowa State Coach of the Year, USPTA Iowa Tennis Professional of the Year in 2019.  She was an accomplished equestrian, attending and winning events throughout the Midwest. Julie always made time in her schedule for numerous speaking opportunities to motivate and find a positive direction in life for others.

Westy was a fan-of her players, of the Cubs, Bears, Hawkeyes, and Jayhawks (and sometimes the Badgers if they weren’t playing the Hawkeyes). She loved to play all kinds of sports and thrived on competition. Julie was known to be a prankster and had an infectious laugh and awesome smile. She was always a “yes” person for spontaneous travel. Julie loved Paris, New York, Ireland, Aruba, and her recent trip to Hawaii with Laurie.

Westy had a soft spot for animals and will be missed by her dogs Zeva and Toni. She loved to shop and was the Imelda Marcos of tennis shoes. No matter where she went, she always knew someone, and would greet them with a “Nice to see you, my friend.” She had countless friends in Dubuque. Family was paramount to Julie, and she cherished spending time with them.

Julie fought her cancer with the same vigor and positive attitude that she brought to the tennis courts. Before she passed, Julie left a message: “ Although I had to leave the tennis courts earlier than had hoped, this journey has been full of amazing relationships and priceless memories, and I thank you for being part of it. Love-Julie.”

Julie is survived by her partner, Laurie Hiatt; her mother, Jean Westercamp; her siblings, Ann (Tim) Rellihan and Mark Westercamp, all of Dubuque; her nieces and nephews, Brian Rellihan of AZ, Krissy Rellihan of Dubuque, and Matt (Kristie) Rellihan of Dubuque; five great-nieces and nephews, Caleb, Garren, Brooklyn, Grace, and Lenyn; and many beloved friends.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Her family would like to thank the many nurses and doctors for their care, advice, and compassion for Julie and all patients. Dr. Sara Loetscher, her dear friend and doctor. Dr. Christian Schultheis, Dr.Christine Holms, and Medical Associates oncology nurses. University of Madison Carbone Cancer Center, especially to Dr. Noelle LoConte and Dr. Emily Winslow. Thank you also to Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, Julie would smile knowing that you supported any of the following organizations: Hospice of Dubuque, Michael W. Oglesby Foundation, Outrun the Rays (Walk/Run to Cure Melanoma), and the Dubuque Humane Society.


 

Dolores Ethel Said Bendixen

Dolores “Doe” Ethel Said Bendixen, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died Monday, March 25, 2020 at Maquoketa Care Center after many years battling Cancer and Parkinson’s Diseases.

A private family funeral service celebrating her life will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  A private family visitation will be held at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, formerly Teters Cemetery, north of Fulton.  Officiating will be Don Combs of Hospice of Compassus.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Bendixen, Hiawatha, and three sons, Tom (Marlene) Bendixen of Maquoketa, Steve Bendixen of Dewitt, Mark Bendixen of Maquoketa; eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, ten step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Gary Said of Maquoketa; a special cousin, Sherri Reid of Onslow; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Betty Wirth and three brothers, Donald, Ronald and Rodney Said.

Dolores entered this world on April 24, 1933 in Maquoketa, the daughter of Vern and Sylvia Teters Said. She was the granddaughter of Walter and Ellen Hibbs Said and Ernest and Iva Croce Teters. She attended Maquoketa Schools and Kirkwood Community College. She married Hans Bendixen of Wyoming on April 12, 1950 later divorcing. Dolores worked 15 years as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant at Crestridge and Maquoketa Care Centers. She worked 12 years at Jack and Jill Grocery at the courtesy counter and as bookkeeper. In 1985, Dolores became a licensed Massage Therapist. She was a member of The Community Church (formerly The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and a past member of the Eagles Club.

She was very committed to her family and friends lending a helping hand when needed. Doe loved to dance always saying, “I’d rather dance than eat”. Other hobbies included: quilting, embroidery, cake decorating, decorating her home for the holidays, traveling and genealogy.

The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses, staff and friends at Maquoketa Care Center and the nurses and staff of Hospice Compassus for all the compassionate care over the years for our mother.

Memorials may be given to American Parkinson Disease Association at www.apdaiowa.org

Please feel free to call or stop at the funeral home with notes of condolence or leave words of comfort on the funeral home website at www.CarsonAndSon.com.


 

Teresa L. Pluym

Teresa L. (Meyer) Pluym, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 7:58 a.m., on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Bethany Home.  Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 virus, private family burial will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements. The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at www.behrfuneralhome.com.

Teresa was born on July 24, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Bart and Lucy (Tench) Meyer.

Teresa was proud lifelong Dubuquer who was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Pluym on May 18, 1948, in Dubuque.  She was a very hard worker, not only caring for her home and children, but also working at Timmerman’s and owning her own ceramics shop, Teresa’s Figurines, for over 10 years.  Her faith was an integral part of her life as was evidenced by her long time membership with Holy Ghost Church and The Power of Prayer.  Teresa believed in sharing her talents with the community and volunteered with several organizations throughout the years.  In her free time, Teresa enjoyed painting and traveling the country.  We are deeply saddened at losing our mom, grandma and sister, but are extremely grateful for the 89 years we had her here with us making the world around her a better place.

Those left to cherish Teresa’s memory include

her children,
Dan (Susan) Pluym, Dubuque, IA
and Ken (Linda) Pluym, Galena, IL;

her 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Robert “Bob” (Joyce) Meyer, Maron, MO
and John (Marian) Meyer, Dubuque, IA;

her sister-in-law,
Debbie Meyer, East Dubuque, IL;

and several nieces and nephews.

Teresa was preceded in death by her parents; her former husband, Richard “Dick” Pluym; 3 sisters, Eileen (Richard) Breese, Alice (George) Moots and Armella (Cyril) Grassel; and 2 brothers, Mark “Bud” Meyer and Jerome “Jerry” (Anita) Meyer.

Teresa’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Bethany Home, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their wonderful care of Teresa and her family.

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

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


 

Margaret A. Timmerman

Margaret A. Timmerman, 86, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at home.  Private graveside services will be held at Holy Ghost Cemetery in Dickeyville, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Public Memorial Services will be held at a later date.  Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City is assisting the family.

Margaret was born on July 15, 1933, in Key West, Iowa, the daughter of Howard and Rose (Bechen) Hanson.  She married Henry V. Timmerman on April 24, 1951, in Sherrill, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on September 16, 2000.  Margaret was the manager of the Dickeyville Grotto for many years.

Margaret enjoyed bowling, playing bingo and fishing.  Her most important treasure was her family.  Margaret was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters St. John Court #876, Holy Ghost Parish and its Council of Catholic Women.

Survivors include her daughters, Meryl (Roger) Runde, Cuba City, Marla (Doug) Leibfried, Platteville, Maria (Tim) Pluemer, Woodland Park, CO, and Melodee (special friend, Dan Kaiser) Richard, Dickeyville; a son, Jason (Kate) Timmerman, Tiffin, IA; two sons-in-law, Joe (Donna) Schroeder, Cuba City, and Tom (Stacy) Nehl, Marion, IA; three sisters-in-law, Katie (Irvin) Abing, MaryEllen (Tom) O’Brien and Irene Timmerman; a brother-in-law, Justin Timmerman; 22 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

She was also preceded in death by her daughters, Maryrose Timmerman, Marsha Schroeder and Michele Nehl; a granddaughter, Molly Liebfried; her parents; her in-laws, Nicholas and Loretta Timmerman; five brothers; and two sisters.

A special thank you to Grant County Hospice and her caregivers, Kim and Tracy.

Condolences for the family may be sent to PO Box 334, Dickeyville, WI  53808.  Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.


 

Harriet M. Freese

Harriet M. Freese, 82, of Dickeyville, Wisconsin, left this world on Monday, March 23, 2020, knowing that the Q was closed.  She would take her chances that there would be casinos in heaven.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Private family services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2020, at St. Andrew Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin, with Rev. Richard Leffler officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.  Services will be live streamed through Facebook on the funeral home page.

Harriet was born on August 21, 1937, in Grant County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Edward and Regina (Schroeder) Langmeier.  She married Francis A. “Frankie” Freese on May 20, 1958, at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque, Illinois.  He preceded her in death on September 8, 2013.  Together they farmed in Potosi until moving to Dickeyville. Harriet enjoyed working in the field and her garden. Once off the farm she enjoyed her flowers, embroidery, and playing Euchre. She enjoyed when the family came to visit, sometimes giving them a work list to keep them busy and out of trouble.

Survivors include her children, Ruth (Jr) Reuter, Potosi, Karen (Dennis “Muskie”) Davis, Cuba City, Alan (Michelle) Freese, Potosi, Linda (Dan “Tag”) Schneider, Cassville, Amy (Byron) Schmidt, Stillwater, MN, and Kim (Matt) Knebel, Belmont; her sisters, Sally Dietzel, Dickeyville, Bernita Digman, Cuba City, Berneice (Kenny) Pickel, Kieler, and Janilda (Merlin) Busch, Geri (Joe) Timmerman, and Jean (John) Herbst, all of Dickeyville; her brothers, Donald (Mary Ann) Langmeier and Sylvester (Joyce) Langmeier, both of Cuba City; a sister-in-law, Rowetta Freese, Dubuque, IA; seventeen grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Tami Jo Cardey; a brother, Francis (Isabelle) Langmeier; two sisters, Mary Ann and Lila Langmeier; and four brothers-in-law, Ambrose Dietzel, Edward Digman; Joseph Freese and Norbert (Margaret) Welter.

Condolences for the family may be sent to PO Box 522, Dickeyville, WI 53808.  Online condolences for the family may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.


 

Donald K. Robertson

Donald Keith Robertson, 84, of Dubuque died Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Luther Manor.  In keeping with current restrictions on public gatherings, a private committal service will be held at Garrison Cemetery, Garrison, Iowa.

He was born November 11, 1935, son of Harry and Mattie (Noeller) Robertson.  He graduated from Shellsburg High School and Northeast Area One.

He served in the US Army June 2, 1958.  Two years active duty and 2 years reserve.  He worked in a variety of department stores and later became a realtor.

He was an active member of Grandview United Methodist Church.

He received the three degrees of Symbolic Masonry in Mosaic Lodge No. 125 in 1972. He served as Master of this Lodge in 1977 and again in 1986.  At the end of 2019 he retired as Secretary of the Lodge after serving in that office for twenty-eight years.

In 1992 he was appointed to the Finance Committee of the Grand Lodge of Iowa and in 1995-1996 served as the elected Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge.  He also was proficient in Masonic ritual and was certified by the Grand Lodge to serve as a District Lecturer.

For many years he was an adult leader in Dubuque for Allen Chapter of the Order of DeMolay and was awarded the Cross of Honor and the Honorary Legion of Honor.

In addition to his membership in Mosaic Lodge, he was also a member of the Dubuque York Rite Bodies, Clinton Scottish Rite, and Julien Chapter No. 125 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

He is survived by his sister, Marilyn (Floyd) Petersen of Kingston, New York, their daughters, Dawn (Rob) Overton and their son Blake, and Colette Tighe; a sister in law Betty Robertson and her sons, Rick Robertson and his children, Sydney and Clark Robertson; Craig (Sherri Mullinex) Robertson and children, Cody Robertson, Alex Springer, Brittany (Aaron) Seaton and their Children, Camden and Reagan.

He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Wayne, Harold and Kermit Robertson.

Memorials may be sent to the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52002 and will be forwarded to the family.


 

Charles H. Schindler

Charles H. Schindler, 81, of Dyersville passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Please keep the family in your prayers during this difficult time as there will be a public Celebration of Life at a later date.

Charles was born January 1, 1939 in Dyersville the son of Albert and Lucille (Jasper) Schindler.  He married Ellen Young on October 17th, 1959. She preceded him in death on November 11, 1965.  He later married Theresa Funke on June 3, 1967.

Charlie was born a carpenter and went to Xavier school and then began working with his father. He then owned Schindler Bros. Construction and later CTS Construction.  Charlie was well known for his skills and built many homes in the area.  After he retired his sons took over the business currently known as CTS. Charlie loved drinking beer, polka dancing and was known for his one-liners.  He was a proud husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He always put a smile on everyone’s face despite his struggles.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa; children: Steve (Daneen) Schindler of Earlville, Sandy (Randy) Bockenstedt of Sherrill, Joe (Jeni) Schindler of Dyersville, Dennis (Lisa) Schindler of Dyersville, Tammy Nefzger of Delhi, and Tracey (Tom) Dickman of Dyersville; grandchildren: Derek (Faith) Lammers, Monica (Joe) Lehman, Amanda (Luke) Krapfl, Melisa Gansemer, Josh (Emily) Schindler, Brandon (Fiancé, Kelly Wendt) Gansemer, Cody Schindler, Britney (Justin) Nie, Brock Schindler, Jordan Schindler, Colton Nefzger, Abbey Dickman, Drew Schindler, Jenna Nefzger, Ella Schindler, Charlie Dickman, Olivia Schindler and 8 great-grandchildren; siblings: Dar Schindler, Roy Schindler, Jane (Tom) Bechen, and Rosie (Chuck) Spielman;  in-laws: Verna Lee Digman, Lois (Artie) Kern, Darlene (Wayne) Wegmann, Karen Funke, Janet Funke, Lawrence Lansing, Ginny (Karl) Manderscheid, and Lenny (Mags) Young.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lucy, his first wife, Ellen, his son Dale Schindler; in-laws: Sam and Lucy Young, Hugo and Regina Funke, Dorothy (Leo) Mensen, Janice (Laverne) Mensen, Rita Lansing, Leon Funke, Mary Lou Funke, Floyd Funke and Ed Digman

The family would like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice and The Good Neighbor Society for their kindness and compassionate care.

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


 

Juanita V. (Baxter) Barrett

Juanita V. “Nita” (Baxter) Barrett, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:40 p.m., on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 virus, private family services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements. The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at www.behrfuneralhome.com. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Nita was born on January 4, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Bert and Daisy (VanTassel) Baxter.

Nita was a life long resident of Dubuque, who graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and was very proud of never missing a single day of class. She devoted over 30 years of her working career to the Walsh Stores where she made many long time friends. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, John Barrett, on October 15, 1951, and they were blessed with 66 wonderful years together and 5 children, before he was called home ahead of her on October 30, 2017. In her free time, Nita enjoyed reading a good book, going to card club and occasionally trying her luck at the casino. Beyond a doubt, her family was the most important aspect of Nita’s world. She loved spending time with them, and all she ever wanted was for everyone to stay connected and make sure they knew how loved they were. Nita was a kind and gentle soul, a very classy lady who made everyone she met feel special. If we have heard it once we have heard it 1000 times, “your mom is so sweet, and what is her secret for looking so young?”. We are deeply saddened at losing Nita in our daily lives, but are grateful for all of the wonderful memories we have made throughout the years and will cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Juanita’s memory include

her children,
Daniel Barrett,
Linda (Tom) Hillebrand,
Sandy Bush,
Robert Barrett,
and Shari (Bob) Wissing, all of Dubuque;

her 9 grandchildren,
Danielle and Gabrielle Barrett, Tom (Rachael) Hillebrand, Jason Jellison, Bob (Brooke) Bush, Brandi (Shane) Kampas, Jeff (Courtney Tomlinson) Barrett, Mike Wissing and Melissa (Clark) Egdorf;

her 10 great-grandchildren;

and her sister-in-law,
Joyce Helling, of Dubuque;

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Barrett; her siblings, George, Louis, Mae, Murial, Bobby, Rosie and Fay; her in-laws, James Helling, Joan (Robert) Murphy and Shirley (Vince) Scardino.

Juanita’s family would like to thank Dr. Berman and Dr. Crista Weber, the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all of the outstanding care they have provided to Juanita and her entire family. We are also eternally grateful to our sister, Linda and her husband, Tom, taking such good care of mom and allowing her to stay in the home she so loved.

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

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


 

Thomas E. Kerkenbush

Thomas E. “Tom” Kerkenbush, age 66, of Platteville, WI, died on March 20, 2020, comfortably at home from complications of liver cancer. To honor Tom’s life, there will be no visitation or services at this time.  A picnic will be held at the farm later this summer to celebrate his life.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Tom’s family.

Tom was born on September 29, 1953, in Potosi, WI, a son to Eugene and Theresa (Leibfried) Kerkenbush.  He grew up enjoying the great outdoors and was an exceptional athlete,  playing any sports he could when the opportunities arose. Just out of high school he landed a job at John Deere Dubuque Works, where he spent his whole working career, retiring after 30 years. Tom married Betty Brickl on his 20th birthday and after 46 years together they had 3 children and 3 grandkids.

Tom enjoyed the good life; fishing, hunting, cutting wood, fixing fence on the farm, gardening, and antique picking. His favorite past-time was hanging out with his family or friends and he faithfully spent the last few years in full wrestling Grandpa mode. He was a best friend to many and he will be greatly missed.  Tom especially loved ice fishing for crappies, “May the vision of you ice fishing in your white boots and hover craft bring us some peace until we meet again”.

Tom’s Family includes:

his wife,
Betty Kerkenbush, Platteville, WI;

his 3 children,
Cameron (Catie) Kerkenbush, Platteville, WI,
Brenda (Kevin) Davis, Kieler, WI,
and Casey Kerkenbush, Platteville, WI;

his 3 grandchildren,
Kadyn Davis, Kalie Davis and Jaycie Davis;

his siblings,
Connie Carbone, Platteville, WI,
Bonnie (Ted) Rojemann, Potosi, WI,
David (Roxy) Kerkenbush, Verona, WI,
and Roger (Chris) Kerkenbush, Dubuque, IA;

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

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and his mother and father-in-law, Mark and Dorothy Brickl.

Tom’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Agrace Hospice for all of the wonderful care and support they have provided to Tom, and his family.

Until our picnic is scheduled later this summer, family and friends are invited to send cards to 4763 Timber Drive East, Platteville, Wisconsin, 53818, and online condolences may also be shared with Tom’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com


 

Richard T. Webster

Richard T. “Rick” Webster, 70, of Scales Mound, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Alden Park Strathmoor Nursing Home, Rockford, IL.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak a Private Family Burial will be on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the Scales Mound Twp. Cemetery. There will be no public visitation or funeral. The Miller & Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound is serving the family.

Rick was born on April 15, 1949 in Scales Mound, the son of Marshall and Eleanor (Bourquin) Webster.  He was a graduate of Scales Mound High School, the class of 1967.

Rick was united in marriage to Kathy Staver on September 23, 1978 at the Scales Mound United Methodist Church. He farmed with his sons, Jason and Jeff, nephew Tom and brothers Bob and Ron until Ron’s death.  Rick enjoyed sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes.  He also enjoyed a good game of poker.

Surviving is his wife Kathy; two sons, Jason and Jeff; his brother Bob Webster; and mother-in-law, Phyllis Staver, sister-in-law, Sharon Webster all of Scales Mound; numerous nieces and nephews, especially Tom (Melanie) Webster & family and Tracy (Ryne Laity) Downs & family; his brothers-in-law, Tom (Patty) Staver, Danny Staver, Bob (Cathy) Staver and Ron (Melisa Pehl) Staver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Eleanor; a brother, Ron Webster; uncle, Lester Webster; father-in-law, Joe Staver; a niece, Alicia Staver, great niece, Eleanor Grace Downs and great-great nephew, Oliver Webster.

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

 


 

Harvey V. Brandt

Harvey V. Brandt, 76, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Stonehill Franciscan Services, Dubuque, Iowa.  A private service will be held at Immaculate Conception church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  A Memorial Service for the public will be held at a later date.  Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Harvey was born on May 10, 1943, to Glen and Mary (Hentrich) Brandt in Jamestown, Wisconsin.  He married Audrey M. Miller on June 7, 1986, at Lancaster, Wisconsin. Harvey was a worker his whole life. He started out working on the family farm and eventually ended up buying the farm and working there for many years. After farming Harvey went to work for Dubuque Insulation and Siding Company in Dubuque, Iowa. Harvey worked there for many years. After marrying Audrey, Harvey went to work for himself, he started his own business Harvey’s Repair. He put on many roofs and put siding on many houses over the forty plus years he worked for himself. Harvey and Audrey both were so proud of their two boys, Dan and Glen. Harvey and Audrey were always so pleased to hear from people that their boys were nice and caring boys. Audrey and he loved going for rides and going out for dinner. They also liked to welcome people into their home at Christmas, especially to see the Christmas Village. Harvey was also well known for always having a hobby. He especially enjoyed raising Checkered Giant rabbits for many years. Harvey also loved to be a joker and get people laughing. He was always known for putting a smile on anyone’s face he met. Harvey enjoyed and loved both of his grandsons, Rhett and Archer. He loved spending time and picking on them any chance he could get. Harvey will be very missed by his family and the community where he spent his whole life.

Survivors include his two sons, Daniel Brandt of Kieler, and Glen (Gretchen) Brandt of Dickeyville; two grandsons, Rhett Brandt and Archer Brandt; a sister, Millie (Gerald) Curtis of Potosi; two brothers-in-law, Jack (Pauline) Droessler of Dubuque, and Donald Lange of Dickeyville; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Brandt; his parents Glen and Mary Brandt; and two sisters, Eula Droessler and Irma Lange.

The family offers special thanks to all dad’s nurses and doctors at Stonehill Franciscan Services, the Finley Hospital, Hospice of Dubuque, and especially Dr. Viner for his many years in helping dad with his many health complications, as well as to all of those who have prayed and offered support for dad and us throughout his illness.

A Harvey V. Brandt Memorial Fund has been established.  Memorials may be sent to 3444 County HHH, Cuba City, WI 53807.

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


 

Freda M. DeLarm

Freda M. DeLarm, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday morning, March 19, 2020, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A private family graveside service and burial celebrating her life will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello, Iowa.  A private family visitation will be held at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Please feel free to call or stop at the funeral home with notes of condolence or leave words of comfort on the funeral home website at www.CarsonAndSon.com. (Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster which includes mass gatherings: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster)

Freda Mable Covington was born on August 28, 1931 in rural Central City, Iowa, to Julian Lester and Bessie (Moyer) Covington.  She attended country school in Langworthy and then Monticello High School.  She married Gerald “Jerry” DeLarm on March 25, 1951 in Monticello, Iowa.

Freda had first worked at a dime store in Monticello and then for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids and later Anamosa.  She also farmed with her husband in Langworthy and lastly Monmouth until July of 2018 when they moved to Maquoketa.

Freda was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Monmouth.  She was a very easy going and loving person.  She loved her family, bowling, dancing, roller skating, flowers and gardening, birds, animals, camping and fishing.  She always enjoyed socializing and they camped for over 30 years traveling all over the United States with friends and family.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Gerald “Jerry” DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA; children, Gary (Pam) DeLarm of Maquoketa, IA, Dale (and the late Marjorie) DeLarm of Delmar, IA, and Kathleen (John) Martin of Bernard, IA; a step-son, Brad (Janet) Petersen of N. Liberty, IA; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Eldon (and special friend Sylvia) Covington of Anamosa, IA; a sister Belva Covington of Monticello, IA; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Galen and Lawrence, sisters Wilma, Hilda and Margaret, and a great-grandson Tyler.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County or the Faith United Methodist Church in Monmouth.

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


 

Darlene D. McDonald

Darlene D. McDonald, 84, of Dubuque, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

Our dear wife, mom and grandma deserves a beautiful tribute. However, in this unknown time with the COVID-19 pandemic, having a public visitation is not possible.  Please be with us in prayer. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Dubuque.

Darlene was born February 24, 1936, in Dubuque, the daughter of Robert and Helen Kunlow Schueller. On November 27, 1958, she married Francis J. McDonald at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta.  Together they enjoyed 61 years of married life.

She was a homemaker and mother. She was a member of Church of the Resurrection.

Survivors include her husband, Francis; two daughters, Sheila (Brian) Bales of West Des Moines, Colleen (Greg) Fitzpatrick of Sherrill; two sons, Kevin (Connie) McDonald of Newhall, Bryan (Sara) McDonald of Dubuque; one son-in-law, Tim McLees of Cedar Rapids; her grandchildren, Nicholas McLees, Meghan (Miles) Wyatt, Eric McLees, Michelle (Chris) Payne, Christopher Hancock, Kevin Hancock, Michael Fitzpatrick, John Fitzpatrick, and Steven (Becca) Fitzpatrick; one great-granddaughter, Adrienne Wyatt; two sisters, Marian (Francis) Koetz of Centralia, and Ruth Leibold of Peosta; and one sister-in-law, Shirley Schueller of Epworth.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marybeth McLees, her parents, her father and mother-in-law, Patrick and Mathilda McDonald, one sister, Virginia Banwarth, three brothers, James, John and Wayne Schueller, two brothers-in-law, Donald Leibold and Harold Banwarth, and one sister-in-law Betty Schueller.

The family would like to thank the Hawkeye Care Center, Mercy Hospital Staff, and Fr. Phil Gibbs and the Resurrection Church family.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Church of the Resurrection.

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

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


 

William R. Hayes

William R. “Bill” Hayes, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family.

A private family graveside service and burial will take place on Monday, March 23, 2020 at Esgate Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. A celebration of his life is pending at this time and will be announced at a future date. (Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster which includes mass gatherings: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster.)

William Raymond Hayes was born on June 16, 1955 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Raymond Louis and Lois Ann (Wentworth) Hayes. He was a 1974 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Leslie Anne Dorsey on June 7, 1975 at Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Robert and Charles.

“Bill” worked as a mechanic, first in Odessa, Texas, then Preston and lastly Maquoketa. Additionally, he was a partner in Bob’s Auto and B & G Towing, as well as owner of Hayes Auto.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He was an avid tractor and antique machinery collector mainly of International Harvester products. He also enjoyed truck and tractor pulls and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Leslie Anne Hayes of Maquoketa, IA; sons, Robert (Christina Nie) Hayes of Sun Prairie, WI, and Charles of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Logan and Dylan; his father, Raymond “Rusty” Hayes of Maquoketa, IA; and a brother, Owen (Jean) Hayes of Monmouth, IA.

He was preceded in death by his mother Lois Ann Hayes on April 21, 2019.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a William R. “Bill” Hayes memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Casey J. Welter

Casey J. Welter, 35, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Platteville. A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. A private family service will be held. Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

Casey was born on April 8, 1984, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Daniel and Ann (Foht) Welter. He graduated from Southwestern High School in Hazel Green in 2002 and from UW- Platteville with a degree in civil engineering in 2006. Casey worked at Delta 3 Engineering in Platteville.

Casey was an amazing person with the biggest heart, biggest dimples and the biggest smile. He enjoyed the wonderful blessings that he had; his friendships, his career, time with his canine companion Kip, and most importantly, his family. He was a member of the Community Evangelical Free Church in Platteville, where he worshiped and accepted God as his loving Savior. Casey left his mark on this world, but he wasn’t finished. So many things were left undone.

Survivors include his parents, Dan and Ann Welter, Hazel Green; a sister Kate (Todd) Welter, Reedsburg, two brothers, Ryan Welter, Hazel Green and Josh (Carla) Welter, Cuba City; his nieces and nephews, Marissa, Hailey, Hunter, Cailyn, Elizabeth and Jamison; his paternal grandmother, Marion Welter, Kieler, and his beloved dog, Kip.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold Welter, Casey Foht, and Kate and Art Bauer; his cousins, Brett Runde and Teri (Foht) Martin; and his uncles, Denny Foht and Joe Lattner.

The family wishes to thank the community of family and friends for their past and present support. They would also like to thank all of the numerous other people who helped Casey find his way. Casey was always trying to find peace and was proud of the spiritual road he was taking. He wanted to be his best self for the world. Although this is not the path he planned for, he is now free.

Condolences for the family may be sent to 1031 Fish Lane, Hazel Green, WI 53811. Online condolences may be left at www.caseyfuneralhome.net.


 

Henry T. Pliner

Henry Thomas Pliner, age 102, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Fort Dodge, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:55 a.m., on Monday, March 2, 2020 at ManorCare. Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 virus, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at www.behrfuneralhome.com. Burial will be in Corpus Christi Cemetery, Fort Dodge, Iowa, at a later date.

Henry was born on November 19, 1917, in Moorland, Iowa, son of James and Rose (Fiala) Pliner.

Henry graduated from Otho High School, in Otho, Iowa, Class of 1936. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy the day after Pearl Harbor was hit, and served on the USS Cecil J. Doyle, helping to rescue the survivors of the USS Indianapolis after it was sunk by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine on July 29, 1945. Henry married Helen M. Pessica in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 11, 1943. They would spend 38 years together, and have 2 children, before she was sadly called home before Henry on April 6, 1982. Henry was a dedicated employee who was a sales department manager for Sears in Fort Dodge, Iowa, for 30 years until his retirement in 1982. He was very active in his communities and was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Knights of Columbus. He also was a Founding Member of Czech Heritage Group, Fort Dodge, Iowa, and The American Legion Dubuque Post 6. Henry was fortunate enough to find love once again and married Marion (Martin) Tharp on December 1, 1986, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. They have been truly blessed with 33 wonderful years together, and countless memories made. We will truly miss Henry here on this Earth with us, and are extremely grateful for the 102 years he had here, definitely making this world a better place!

Those left to cherish Henry’s memory include

his wife,
Marion Pliner, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Carol (Howard) Wallace, South Bend, IN
and Charles Pliner, Woodbury, MN;

several nieces and nephews;

Marion’s children,
John (Kathy Steil) Tharp, Dubuque, IA,
Michael (Po) Tharp, Apple Valley, MN
and David (Cari) Tharp, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Austin, Sara, Trevor and Isabelle Tharp;

his brothers-in-law,
Dr. David (Linda) Martin, Madison, WI
and Jim Martin, Dubuque, IA.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother Frances (Machovec) Pliner; his first wife, Helen Pliner; his brothers, Raymond and Bernard; and his step-sisters Violet Odgers, Lillian Hill and Clara O’Brien.

Henry’s family would like to thank the medical community of Dubuque, Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Caceres, Hospice of Dubuque nurse Kelli, and the ManorCare staff, residents and volunteers, whom Marion and Henry have come to love and appreciate.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be donated to Hospice of Dubuque.

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


 

Timothy R. Harkness

Timothy R. “Tim” Harkness, age 67, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly at 9:08 p.m., on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 virus, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at www.behrfuneralhome.com.

Tim was born on May 12, 1952, in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Robert A. and Rose L. (Herold) Harkness.

Tim graduated from La Porte City High School, Class of 1972. He would go on to join the U.S. Navy and honorably serve his country from 1972-1975. He was united in marriage to Cathy Parker on August 26, 1972, they would later divorce. Tim would be fortunate enough to once again find love, and would marry Sue Noack Freisinger on March 5, 2004. He was always a hard worker and was employed with the Waterloo John Deere Works for several years, until the lay offs during the 1980’s. During that time he went to work for several area farmers before moving to Grand Prairie, Texas, where he found work as a welder at Gifford Hill. When the economy rebounded, Tim returned to La Porte City and his job at John Deere until his eventual retirement. In his free time, Tim enjoyed fishing with his parents, chasing after that elusive hole-in-one on the golf course or sitting quietly reading his latest book by his favorite author, Louis L’Amour. He was also a wiz in the kitchen, his delicious meals and baked goods were appreciated by all. Family was definitely the most important aspect of Tim’s life. He loved spending time with Sue and the children, building Lego creations with his son, Tommy, and everyone knew the grandchildren were no doubt the apples of his eye. We are deeply saddened at losing Tim in our daily lives, but are thankful for the countless memories we have made throughout the years and will cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Tim’s memory include

his wife,
Susan “Sue” Harkness, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Christine (Jeffrey) McFarland, La Porte City, IA,
Catherine (Steve) Twitty, Oelwein, IA,
Jaime Harkness, La Porte City, IA,
Jenni (Colton) Gaede, Tripoli, IA
and Tommy Harkness, Dubuque, IA;

his step-children,
Chrissy (K.C.) Freisinger-Griffore, McFarland, WI,
Robert Freisinger, Dubuque, IA
and Joseph (Stephanie) Freisinger, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Marrysa Harkness, MacKenzie (Devon) Spooner, Timothy McFarland, Nathan Harkness, Paige Dulin, Logan Dulin and Dalila Freisinger;

his 1st great-grandchild expected in May;

his siblings,
Lorraine (Darryl) McFarland, La Porte City, IA,
Ruth (Russell) Richards, Lorena, TX,
Doris (Bruce) Parker, La Porte City, IA,
Franklyn Harkness, La Porte City, IA,
Kenneth (Elena) Harkness, Waterloo, IA,
Tony (Kay) Harkness, Crowley, TX,
Joseph Harkness, Bruceville-Eddy, TX,
Robin (Mandy) Harkness, Cedar Falls, IA
and David (Deborah) Harkness, La Porte City, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Rick Arbaugh, Webster City, IA.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Marlene Arbaugh.

Tim’s family would like to thank the staff from UnityPoint Home Care, and all of the First Responders who helped care for Tim and assisted the family, your kindness is very appreciated.

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

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


 

Ruth Cords Potter

Ruth Cords Potter, 98, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Eagle Point Place in Dubuque. Per Ruth’s request, there will be no services.

Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is caring for Ruth. Condolences can be left by visiting Ruth’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.


 

Paul W. Reichen

Paul W. Reichen, 79, of Crestridge Care Facility, formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Crestridge.

Military services will be held at a later date due to the cancellation of all funerals because of the Coronavirus.

Paul proudly served the United States his entire life. He served in the Navy from 1960 – 1964.

Paul then served in the Naval Reserves from 1964-1966. Paul went on to work for the United States as a postal carrier for the United States Postal Service until he retired. These were
positions he was honored to have held.

Paul was an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan, collected baseball cards and remembers fondly his trip to see the Los Angeles Dodgers play in the World Series in 1974.

He was born on December 30, 1941 in Iowa City, Iowa, son of Lena (Mettler) and Ernest Reichen.

Paul was the last of his family. He joins his parents, Ernest and Lena, as well as his three siblings, Ernest Jr., Mary Ann and Betty Reichen, in everlasting peace and happiness.

Paul would want to thank the staff at Finley Hospital, Crestridge and Jackson County Hospice for everything they have done to give him peace and comfort over the past several months.

Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in care of arrangements. Condolences can be left by visiting Paul’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com


 

Clare A. Baldwin

Clare Ann Baldwin, 83, of Hale, Iowa, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020 at her home.

A celebration of her life is pending at this time and will be announced at a future date. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster which includes mass gatherings: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster.

Clare Ann Paulsen was born on August 12, 1936 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Harold and Alma (Kentner) Paulsen.  She grew up in Cedar Rapids and attended Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School.  She married Clair E. “Eagle” Baldwin on December 24, 1955 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on November 1, 2010.

Clare had done waitressing and first worked at Wilson’s Packing in Cedar Rapids and lastly for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids and Anamosa for many years.  She had also written a column for the Midland Times Newspaper each week called “Eagles Nest”.

Clare was a member of the Oxford Junction Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed gardening, genealogy, crocheting, knitting, reading, fishing, mushroom hunting, and being outdoors.  She especially liked being a homemaker and spending time with her family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Mick Baldwin of Monticello, IA, Julie (Brad) Brownell of Wyoming, IA, Rosalinda Grimm of Bellevue, IA, Cindy (James) Baldwin-Herman of Oxford Junction, IA, and Billi Jo (Stan) DeWine of Hale, IA; 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother Paul.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Clare Ann Baldwin memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Wilma A. Taylor

Wilma A. Taylor, 95, of Wyoming, Iowa, died on March 16, 2020, at Anamosa Care Center.

A private family graveside service will take place on Monday, March 23, 2020 at Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.  A celebration of her life is pending at this time and will be announced at a future date. (Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster which includes mass gatherings: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster)

Wilma Ann Tralau was born on January 2, 1925 in Clinton County, Iowa, to Wilhelm and Margarete (Matthiessen) Tralau.  She graduated from Elwood High School in 1942.  She married John E. “Jack” Taylor on January 31, 1947 in Zwingle, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on March 25, 1998.

Wilma was a homemaker and mother, and a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed reading, watching tv, and most of all, music and dancing.  She was well known for her talent for playing piano even though she did not read music.

She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Willman and her husband Allen of Wyoming, IA, sons Craig Taylor of Wyoming, IA, and Jeffrey Taylor of Waterloo, IA; 4 grandchildren, Gail (Aubrey) Kurt, Jamie Willman, Cory (Lindsay) Taylor, and Justin (Nicole) Taylor; 5 great-grandchildren; four nieces and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jack, brothers Walter (Dorothy) Tralau and Vernie (Darleen) Tralau, sister Louise (Bill) McNealey, sister-in-law Margaret (Harold) Bartels, one niece and four nephews.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Wilma Ann Taylor memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Vivian I. Cramer

Vivian Irene Cramer, 97, of Asbury, Iowa, formerly of Manchester, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. She was born on February 4, 1923, in Manchester, the daughter of Vern and Blanche (Wilson) Hamblin.  Vivian was raised in Manchester and was a 1940 graduate of Manchester High School. She then attended Iowa Teacher College in Cedar Falls and received her normal teaching certificate.  Vivian received her B.A. from Upper Iowa University in 1973.

On October 5, 1943, Vivian was united in marriage to James K. Cramer in Manchester. Together they farmed near Delhi. In 1948 the family moved to Manchester. They also had their cabin at Lake Delhi since 1957. Vivian taught in Milo Township rural country school for several years. She then taught second grade at Ryan School from 1969 until the time of her retirement in 1988.  The couple moved to the cabin in 2002.

Vivian enjoyed sewing, reading, and working in her word search books.  She was a member of Red Hats Club and liked playing bridge. Vivian loved decorating for Christmas and had a huge Santa collection. She loved spending time at their cabin and always warmly welcomed friends and family to their homes.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are her four children, Georgia (Michael) Deep of Elgin, Illinois, Roger Cramer (friend, Mary Mace) of Littleton, Colorado, Gretchen (Russ) Domeyer of Asbury, Iowa, and Kimberly (Patrick) Gordon of Cocoa Beach Florida; eight grandchildren, Shane (Cathy) Nemmers, Lance (Cari) Nemmers, Brett Nemmers, Jared (Jessie) Cramer, Seth Cramer, Katie (Jimmy) Gordon, Catharine and Connor Gordon; four great-grandchildren, Nikolette, Brock and Dylan Nemmers, and Savanna Nemmers; and her Swedish foreign exchange student, Birgitta Lindqvist of Paris, France.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim in 2005; one brother, Allan (Mary) Hamblin; one sister-in-law, Calista (Cal) Little; and a daughter-in-law, Roxie Cramer.

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

Because of the current Corona Virus 19 concerns, there will be a Private Family service and interment held at this time. The family will plan a public memorial at a later time.

Interment: Oakland Cemetery – Manchester, Iowa


 

Sr. Mona Wingert OSF

Sr. Mona Wingert OSF, age 92, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at MercyOne Hospital.

Following Archdiocesan directives, a private Committal Service will be held at 1:30 PM Thursday, March 19. A Memorial Mass will be scheduled for a later date.

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


 

Michelle M. Tigges

Michelle Marie Tigges, 53, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 16, 2020 at Ennoble Manor.

Due to COVID-19, private family service will be held at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Michelle was born on February 1, 1967 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of George and Mary (Faulhaber) Sharkey Sr.

She worked in nursing homes as an LPN. Michelle dedicated her life to serving others especially her residents, children and grandchildren. She loved all animals especially cows and cats. She was a vibrant, fun-loving, beautiful soul.

She is survived by her children, Jamie, Cory and Candi. Grandchildren, Brooklyn and Wylie; her brother George Sharkey and her cat “Socks”.

Michelle was preceded in death by her parents George and Mary Sharkey.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Dubuque Humane Society.

The family would like to thank Ennoble Nursing and Rehab for all their care they gave to Michelle.


 

Beverly A. Isaacson

Beverly A. Isaacson, of Kieler, Wisconsin, completed her earthly journey on March 16, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Bev’s life, a private family celebration will be held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Bev’s family.

Bev was born on March 25, 1938, in Wadena, Minnesota, to Neale C. and June K.(Bauer) Leete.  She was the oldest of nine children.  She was united in marriage to Theodore E. “Ike” Isaacson, and together they had one daughter, Tammy.

Bev worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for over 20 years.  Following their closing, she worked at Swiss Colony.  When she found free time, she could always be found in her craft room.  Her sewing, quilting and general crafting abilities were second to none.  Bev always looked forward to spending some time each summer “up north”, visiting with family and “quilt shop hopping” with her sisters.  Her dog Toby, and newest addition, Millie, brought her great joy and company.

Bev will be best remembered for her love of family, especially her daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include,

her loving daughter,
Tammy (Mike)Hafeman,  East Dubuque, IL;

her 2 adored grandchildren,
Joshua (Ashley Moore) Eggers, Wichita, KS,
and Jennifer (Cody) Sweet, East Dubuque, IL;

her “perfect” great-grandchildren,
Henry, Isaac and Anastasia Eggers, Wichita, KS,
and Abraham and Augustus Sweet, East Dubuque, IL;

her siblings,
Sharon Poupard,
Susan (Martin Behrens) Pfeifer,
Mary (Jon) Frankovich,
James Leete,
Lani (Robert)Boyer,
John(Diane)Leete,
and Kay DeBaere.

along with and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ike; her brother, Charles Leete; her brothers-in-law, Leonard Pfeifer and Jospeh DeBarere; and a sister-in-law, Susan Leete.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie, Amy and Jessica, for all of the care and compassion they gave to Bev and her family in these last months.

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


 

Richard P. Kennedy

Richard P. “Skip” Kennedy, 85, of Hazel Green, WI passed away Friday, March 13, 2020 after a sudden illness.

To honor Skip’s wishes, no traditional services will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Skip retired from the Dubuque Packing Company after 30 years. He was owner of Kennedy Aquarium and Pet Center, opening its doors in 1971 at 2900 Jackson Street. He later moved to 120 Main Street in Dubuque until 1997 when a fire prevented him from re-opening.

Skip was a well-known stock car driver (dirt track) in the Midwest beginning with the old coupe racing days of the 50’s counting through late model racing in the 80’s.

He lived in Dubuque before moving to Hazel Green in 1999 to enjoy having lunch with friends, working out on his Bowflex, mowing his lawns, cutting wood, tending to his hosta gardens and woodworking. He also worked at Walmart in Platteville until 2017.

He is survived by a son, Kenneth (Deb) Kennedy, a brother Alvy (Denise) Kennedy, Jr., and sister Gloria Pline, all of Dubuque. Four grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many good friends.

Skip was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Mary (Schleicher) Kennedy.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Madison Meriter Hospital doctors, nurses and all the staff in the ICU and Tower 8 for their excellent care and kindness. A special thank you to Ray Grant for being such a caring friend.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Meriter Foundation, of Madison, WI.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com


 

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