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Janice L. Lampers

Janice Lee Lampers, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 28, 2020 at Stonehill Care Center.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 15th, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service. Please remember to social distance and mask are required if attending.

Janice was born on March 22, 1938 in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of Gerald and Arloene (Smith) Miller. She married John M. Lampers on October 11, 1958 and he preceded her in death.

Mom’s favorite pass time was going to the Diamond Jo to gamble and actually won quite a few jack pots.  In her later years she traveled all over with her husband and visited family and friends along the way.  She enjoyed planting flowers and had a beautiful flower garden.  Mom’s favorite time of year was Christmas and she had a beautifully decorated home.

Janice is survived by her children: Debra Miller, Pam Silvertooth, Dawn Lampers, and Troy (Wendy) Lampers. Six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Two sisters Sharen (Louis) Valentin and Karen Houy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Phylis Erschen, her brother Gerald “Buck” Miller Jr. and her daughter Laura Ann.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center for all their wonderful care they gave to Janice.


 

Imogene L. Eganhouse Styer

Imogene L. Eganhouse Styer of Dubuque, known as Jean to family and friends, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at the age of 89. Jean was born September 2, 1930 in LaMotte, Iowa, to Albert and Helena (Hager) Eganhouse.  She attended LaMotte Holy Rosary grade School before moving to the Bellevue area where she graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1948.

Jean became one of Mercy Medical Center’s first Nurses Aides in the fall of 1948.  Later in life she continued to volunteer in several departments for many years, as well as at Xavier Hospital.

Imogene was united in marriage to Harold F. Styer on July 4, 1951 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Sabula, Iowa.

With the birth of her children she became active with the St. Patrick School Association and Church.  Jean was also a member of Catholic Daughters, a past member of Catholic Mothers club, a member of YW Women’s Club and an active member of the Snomad Ski Club for many years.  She golfed with the Bunker Hill Women’s Golf Association for many years.  After Harold’s retirement they enjoyed traveling around North America and Europe.

Jean was devoted to her loving family and was a stay at home mom.  Those left to honor her memory are: her beloved husband, Harold; four children, Harold A. Styer of Phoenix, AZ, Nancy Dunbar of Des Moines, IA, Douglas (Sherry) Styer of Rockford, IL, and Jeffrey (Tracy) Styer of Olathe, KS; three granddaughters, Kelly (Adam) Carlson of Rockton, IL, Samantha (Nick) Goss of Olathe, KS, and Morgan Styer of Olathe, KS; and two great granddaughters, Kennedi and Reagan Carlson of Rockton, IL.  She is also survived by a brother, Roderick Eganhouse of Davenport, IA and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Allan, Omer and Eldon Eganhouse; sister, Mary Jane and brother-in-law, Vincent Lord; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth and Marcy Eganhouse; and son-in-law, Arthur Dunbar.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Sunday, August 9th at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where due to the COVID-19 pandemic the family requests that masks be worn. Visitation will also be held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. and masks will be required.  The mass will be livestreamed and can be viewed at www.stanthony-dubuque.org or Facebook/stanthonydbq.  Entombment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum will follow with attendance by immediate family only.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Patrick or St. Anthony Catholic Churches.


 

Scott Kieffer

Scott Kieffer, 61, of Dubuque passed away Friday June 12 at Mercy Medical Center, after a fierce battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 forced us to wait to come together and celebrate Scott’s life with his family and share all of the happy times that we have spent with him. His special event will be held on August 15, 2020 at Eagle Point Park’s Riverfront Pavilion from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Anyone who knew and loved him is welcome to attend. Food and drinks will be available. To leave online condolences please visit www.leonardfuneralhome.com

Scott was born August 12, 1958, to Gerald and Virginia Kieffer, the second youngest of 8 children. He attended Hempstead High School before going to masonry school and then worked for the family business as a laborer and bricklayer in the beginning of his career. He married the girl next door, Diane Melssen, on Dec 30, 1977. They had two daughters, Sarah and Katie. Scott was a devoted father who enjoyed taking Katie to work on Saturdays and teasing Sarah’s high school dates by cleaning his shotgun in cowboy boots and boxer shorts in the kitchen when they came to pick her up.

He was a journeyman mason who took tremendous pride in his craft. He enjoyed telling his family about the houses and commercial buildings he worked on when they would pass one while driving around town. Because of his dedication to the craft his co-workers gave him the tongue-in-cheek nickname “The King of Bricklaying”. As a bricklayer, Scott loved to joke around with the guys on the job; he was fun to work with. He was always willing to offer advice and work alongside the newer masons.

Scott enjoyed hunting morels, especially the time he found “Smurf Village”. He followed NASCAR and was an avid Rusty Wallace fan. He loved fishing and hanging out at the house with the grandkids, attending their sports and spending holidays together. He was especially fond of the summer fishing trips to Minnesota that he and Diane would take with friends, each year. He was always willing to lend a hand with any home project and also kept an immaculate lawn.

He is survived by his wife Diane Kieffer, daughter Sarah (Jeff) Hefel, grandchildren Andrew, Chase, Lydia and Annelise Hefel; his daughter Katie Helbing, and grandchildren; Sophia, Mason and Holden Helbing; as well as his siblings; Janelle (Ken) Temperly, Sandi Baker, Jolene (Steven) Humke, Paul Kieffer, Jill Law, Jacqueline (Steven) Kettmann; and former brother in law Elmer Krohn; his mother in law, Marlene Melssen, brothers in law Mike Melssen and Mark Melssen, sister in law Mary Jo (Rick) Jaeger, and many nieces and nephews.

Scott was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Sharon Kieffer, and brother in law Ron Weber.

Since Scott has passed, as an organ donor, he was able to gift his corneas to two separate individuals.

Scott’s family would like to thank Dubuque EMS and Mercy One for their kind and dedicated service.


 

Bernell C. Pickel

Bernell C. “Pete” Pickel, 79, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died peacefully Thursday, August 6, 2020, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by his two daughters.  Private services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Close family and friends may call from 9-10:45 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center before the service. The family requests you utilize masks during the duration of your visit in the church and that you practice social distancing.  Casey-McNett Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is serving the family.

Pete was born on May 5, 1941, in Cuba City, Wisconsin, the son of George and Marcella (Dalsing) Pickel. He married Arlene Tobin on September 25, 1971, at St. Andrew’s Church in Tennyson, Wisconsin. She preceded him in death on May 31, 2019. Pete worked at John Deere Tractor Works for 38 years.

Pete was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and the Wisconsin Bowhunters Association. He was a founding member and competed in the Dickeyville Hill Climb and he was an avid Harley rider. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He looked forward to his Friday afternoon adventures with his brother, Kenny and his nephew, Jim. Pete was an avid Badger and Packer fan. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Stacey (Casey) Kaiser, Hazel Green, and Nicole (Kevin) Runde, Kieler; five grandchildren, Tanner, Mya, Briggs, Brady and Ava; a sister, Lavon Heinricy, Kieler; a brother, Kenneth (Berneice) Pickel, Kieler; his sisters-in-law, Carol (Bill) Terfruchte, Kieler, and Jackie (Rusty) Schaefer and Colleen (Brad) Leibfried, both of Potosi; and a brother-in-law, Dan (Jean) Tobin, Fennimore.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Pauline (Fishnick) Tobin; a son-in-law, Mark Curwen; a sister, Darlene Schroeder; a brother and sister-in-law, Orville and Dolores Pickel; and two brothers-in-law, Paul Schroeder and Ron Heinricy.

A very special thank you to Pete’s angel, Shari Dalsing, for his home care and all of the support she has given to the family, and the Finley Hospital ICU for their special care.

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


 

Michael J. Donovan

Michael Joseph Donovan, age 68, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on August 2, 2020 at his home in Council Bluffs.

He was born on October 9, 1951 to the late Robert J. and Irma (Welp) Donovan in Dubuque, Iowa.

In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his brother, Robert G. Donovan and nephew, JT Kaiser. He is survived by his spouse, Lynn Donovan; son, Michael E. Donovan; daughter, Adrienne Mether (Lynn); grandchildren, Kayla, Emily, Michael R., Matthew, Madelyn, Lucia, Maleena, Sawyer and one expected in February 2021; brother, Richard T. Donovan (Mary); sister, Mary Carol (Jeff); a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation is 2:00 to 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 09, 2020 at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home with a rosary starting at 3:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial is 11:00 AM on Monday, August 10, 2020 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Council Bluffs. Inurnment in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Council Bluffs. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Peter Catholic Church or Knights of Columbus.


 

Joyce L. Juber

Joyce L. Juber, 89, of Dubuque, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020.

Funeral services will be held on 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Rev. Matt Agee officiating. Visitation will from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on September 5, 2020 in Baker Township Cemetery, Melvin, Iowa. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

Joyce was born on September 4, 1930, on the family farm near Melvin, Iowa, the daughter of Herman and Sylvia (Miller) Frey. She attended and graduated from Melvin Consolidated School in 1948 and was a clerk in the Melvin Post office for years. On October 22, 1953, Joyce married Harold Juber at American Lutheran Church in Melvin. The couple lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for two years while Harold was in the Air Force. They returned to Melvin in 1955 to raise their family and rejoin the family business. Harold passed away on June 29, 1991, and in 2005, Joyce moved to Dubuque. Joyce was baptized, confirmed, married and was a longtime member of American Lutheran Church in Melvin. She was a member of ALCW, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and belonged to several church women’s committees. For the past 15 years, Joyce was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dubuque and several of its church groups. Family was most important to Joyce, especially family gatherings and grandchildren’s activities.

Joyce is survived by her daughters, Lynn (Dr. Tork) Harman, of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Pam (Wayne) Buchholtz, of Dubuque, IA; her son, Bruce (Karen) Juber, of Worthington, MN; nine grandchildren, Daniel Dennis, Rachel (John) Quinlan, Sarah (Luke) Schwager, Rebecca (David) Kamin, Beth (Scott) Kilgore, Tim Buchholtz, Kristin (fiance’ Robert Bean) Buchholtz, Dr. Brian (Michelle) Juber and Megan (Seth) Lubbers; her great grandchildren, Audrey Joy and Josie Kilgore, Abigail and Elizabeth Dennis, Alina Buchholtz, Holden, Bennett and Viviana Quinlan, Philippa Joyce Juber, Henry Kamin and Anna Schwager.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son-in-law, Dr. Darrell Dennis; her brother, Marvin Frey; and other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Luther Manor, Dubuque, Iowa.

“Please remember me with love and a smile!”


 

Allan P. Connolly

Allan P. (Al) Connolly, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, July 30th, 2020, at home with his hand held by his daughter Maggie and son Patrick’s love in his heart.

Allan was born on June 17th, 1947, in Farley, Iowa, the son of Albert P. (Al) Connolly and Margaret (Daly) Connolly. Growing up in Farley, Iowa, his childhood summers were spent playing baseball from dawn to dusk. He graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Farley in 1965, a relief to himself, his parents and most probably the nuns.

He served four years in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1969, including one year stationed in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam during 1968-69 in the K-9 Security Force where he and his dog Toby guarded B-52’s . After serving his country, he returned to Dubuque and graduated with a Bachelor in Education in 1973 from Loras College, and a Master of Administration in 1975. He began his 15-year teaching career in 1973 at Holy Trinity School on Dubuque’s north end, enjoying his work with students and their families. Later, he became principal at Sacred Heart in Maquoketa from 1987-1989. He then went on to serve as Deputy County Treasurer (1992-2009), but his heart was always in the classroom.

He married Constance (Connie) Arlen on June 15, 1973, at St. Joseph’s Church in Farley, Iowa. Together, they have two children, Patrick O’Clock and Maggie Connolly. Trips to a Northern Wisconsin cabin with extended family and frequent family reunions were among the highlights of many summer vacations.

From 1975-1992 he umpired for high school and prairie league baseball and for city softball games. After retirement, he volunteered at the local NAMI chapter, played a mean game of pool, danced the night away at many ballroom dances, and enjoyed three trips to Asia, one of which included visiting his former military post in Tuy Hoa. His favorite pastimes included reading and playing Texas hold’em poker at which he was very skillful. Immediately after his cancer diagnosis he announced that he would henceforth drink only fine scotch and never miss a good poker game.

Friends and family enjoyed Al’s company and conversation because of his integrity, sense of humor, generosity of time and respect he gave to all people. The Holiday invasion of the in-laws was met with good sportsmanship as well as endurance. His hearty belly laugh to the point of being unable to speak will be missed.

He is survived by his wife Connie, son Patrick and daughter Maggie; brothers Patrick (Carol), Thomas (Barbara) and Mike (Martha) Connolly, devoted sister Cathy (Charles) Wickler; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Rosene Moreland, Marlene (Glenn) Stoner, John (Dana) Arlen, Rick (Caroline) Arlen, Cindy Bartels, Darwin (Becky) Arlen, Charlie(Julie) Arlen, Denise McNatt, Chris (Bruce) Dokkebakken, Russell (Karen) Arlen, Audrey Zankle, Mary Monroe; brothers-in- law Bill Ament and Gerald Houtakker, and nieces and nephews whom he thoroughly enjoyed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law Geneva and Charles Arlen; sisters-in-law Jayne Houtakker and Julie Ament; brothers-in-law Bob Bartels and Frank Moreland, niece Abbie Ament, and nephew Jesse Bartels.

Because of the COVID pandemic, a true Irish wake in celebration of Al’s life which will include Allan’s list of ‘100 favorite songs I want played at my wake’ will be held at a later date. For those wishing to get in contact or offer condolences, please leave messages at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory website: www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com .


 

John M. Nicks

John M. Nicks, age 91, of Dubuque, passed away at 2:20 p.m., on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate John’s life, private family services were held. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

John was born on June 19, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois, son of Gus and Lena (Lillie) Nicks.

John attended school at St. Mary’s Grade School and Dubuque Senior High School, before going on to honorably serve his country with the Army National Guard for 10 years. He was a dedicated employee of the John Deere Dubuque Works, where he served as a general assembly supervisor for engines for 37 years, until his well earned retirement on December 1, 1984. John met the love of his life, Betty Kohl, and the two were united in marriage on September 9, 1950, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. They raised 3 children, and were blessed with 63 wonderful years together, before Betty sadly passed away right after Christmas on December 26, 2013. John and Betty’s faith was very important to them. They were active members and volunteers of their beloved St. Mary’s Church, where he served on the parish council for 15 years. After its closing, they joined the St. Anthony’s Parish family. John also volunteered his time and talents with the Dubuque Auxiliary Police Department and St. Stephen Food Bank for several years. When he found some down time in his days John enjoyed sitting down to catch a Chicago Cubs or Bears game, always a diehard fan. He also enjoyed traveling the southwestern United States and seeing all of the beautiful sights that area of the country has to offer. Above all, John’s family was the most important aspect of his life. He truly loved each and every one of them, and had a rare and special relationship with all of his grandchildren. John was an excellent role model for what a husband, father and grandfather should be, and we are grateful for all of the life lessons he has passed on to us to share with our own families. We will miss John more than we can say, but take some comfort in knowing he is now reunited with his beloved wife, Betty, and daughter, Dianne, whom he has missed so much these past years.

Those left to cherish John’s memory include

his sons,
Steven (Violet) Nicks, Bettendorf, IA
and Jeffery (Mary Ann) Nicks, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Jason (Angie) Jones, Marion, IA,
Jennie (Nick) Schwartz, Dubuque, IA,
Scott (Kelli) Nicks, East Dubuque, IL,
Nicole Nicks, Los Angeles, CA,
Amber (Matt) Wenzel, Dubuque, IA,
Ryan (Amber) Nicks, Dubuque, IA,
Brandie (B.J.) Knockel, LaMotte, IA
and Sara (Andy) Daggett, Rock Island, IL;

15 great-grandchildren,
Jasper and Madelyn Jones, Amaya and Olivia Schwartz, Torin and Mila Rowan, Gavin and Cora Wenzel, Lily, Harper, Brody and Jacob Nicks, Keegan, Millie and Jersey Knockel;

his siblings,
Irene (Wayne) Jewett, South Carolina
and Lucille Koppes, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Nicks; a daughter, Dianne (Steve) Behr; 2 sisters, Anna (Bud) Oulman and Rosemary (Don) Acuff; 2 brothers, Nick (Bernadine) Grevas and Andy (Odette) Grevas; 2 brothers-in-law, Jim Koppes and Frank (Janann) Kohl Jr.; and a grandson-in-law, Sam Rowan.

John’s family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, and the staff of Eagle Point Place, for all of their outstanding and attentive care of John and his entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. John Nicks Family.

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


 

John M. Connolly

John M. Connolly, 63, of Dubuque Iowa passed away on August 2, 2020, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, August 7th, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of service. Please remember to social distance and mask are required to attend.

John was born on December 12, 1956, the son of John and Dolores (Smalley) Connolly. He graduated from East Buchanan High School (Class of 1975) in Winthrop Iowa. He played multiple sports but loved wrestling! On June 28th, 1986, he married the love of his life Judy.

He worked for Hodge Company in Dubuque where he drove truck and worked in the warehouse.

John worked hard and played harder. He enjoyed going to tractor pulls and playing pool at the bar. Vikings were his favorite team and he was not going to let you forget that. With his cooler packed with Budweiser, he loved going to family gatherings. Being a proud Irishman, he was tough loving, but still knew how to get down and have a good time. On weekdays he watched Jeopardy and kicked butt in Yahtzee. He will be missed more than he’ll ever know.

He is survived by his daughters Stephanie (Jake) Alba, Jonnie Rose Connolly and Jodi Connolly; three grandchildren; Siblings Elaine (Ken) Loughren, Rose (Al) Rassmussen , Pat Connolly, Tom (Lisa) Connolly, Tina (Ed) Jennings, Mike Connolly, Tim (Kodie) Connolly, Jim (Dawn) Connolly, and Nolan Michaelson, Gilda Thompson and Rhonda Michaelson; In-laws Mary (Rick) Billmeyer, Liz (Al) Koppes, Steve Jochum and Fred Marburger and an ever growing number of nieces and nephews that he loved.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; his sister Anna; his brother Joe; sister-in-law Freda; a niece Ashlei along with many other family and friends. John is now reunited with his beautiful wife Judy!

In lieu of flowers a John Connolly memorial fund will be established.


 

Paul J. Brimeyer

Paul J. Brimeyer, 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away after a sudden illness on Monday, August 3rd, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, August 7th at 10:30 am at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Fr. David Schatz officiating. Entombment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded by The Iowa Army National Guard and The Dubuque Marine Corps League. No public visitation will be held. We remind you to practice social distancing guidelines and masks are required to be worn at church for the mass. If you are unable to attend, a live stream of the funeral mass will be on Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory’s Facebook page.

Paul was born on October 31, 1941 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Hubert and Isabel (Riniker) Brimeyer. He attended St. Columbkille School and was a member of the first graduating class at Wahlert Catholic High School. He is a US Army Veteran serving from 1964 to 1966 where he received a Good Conduct Medal and certificate of Achievement.

Paul married Kathleen “Kay” Haley on April 24th, 1965 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Dubuque and together they raised four wonderful children.

Paul was employed as an electrician at John Deere Dubuque Works for 35 years retiring in 1998.

He enjoyed canoe trips with friends and family on the Wisconsin river; was a Dubuque Fighting Saints season ticket holder and supported the Boy Scouts. He was also a member of the UAW Local 94 and enjoyed playing solitaire.

Paul is survived by his four children: Scott (Lisa) Brimeyer, of Millville, IA, Jeff (Susan) of Belvidere IL, Pam (Jay) Zimmer of Asbury, IA and Randy (Carrie) Brimeyer of Des Moines, IA.

Nine of the best grandchildren anyone could ever have, Justin (Jade) Brimeyer, Emily (DJ Martin) Brimeyer, Luke Brimeyer, Sarah Brimeyer, Steven Brimeyer, Molly (Mitch) Boge, Morgan (Dyllon) Phillips, Madisen Zimmer, and Michael Zimmer, along with three great grandchildren Aubrey, Aviery, and Oliver. His siblings and in-laws; Betty (Clemie) Pins, Hubert Jr. (Rosie) Brimeyer, Janet Reiss, Barb Kramer; brothers-in-law; Larry Powers, and Mike Haley; and sister-in-law, Mag (Donnie) Hayes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Kay on February 3, 2018; his siblings and in-laws; Mary (Clete) Simon, Joseph Brimeyer, Margaret Brimeyer, Florence (LaVern) Simon, Anna Mae Powers, William (Bev) Brimeyer, Richard (Susie) Brimeyer, Paul Reiss, Helen Brimeyer, Lyle Kramer.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at MercyOne in Dubuque for all their care and kindness.


 

Nicholas J. Ryan

Nicholas J. “Nick” Ryan, age 66 of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away peacefully at home on August 4, 2020, surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with cancer.  The family will not be having a public memorial at this time as a result of the pandemic.   A private family service will be held.  Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Nick’s family.

Nick was born on December 17, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, one of four children to James R. and Ora Mae (Strain) Ryan.  At a young age their family spent countless days on his father’s homemade pontoon boat on the Mississippi River.  This created Nick’s love for the water and future adventures.  After graduating from Wahlert High School he joined the Air Force and worked as an electrical power plant technician.  He was stationed at Colorado Springs Cheyenne Mountain for two years and then in Alaska at Tin City AFB for a year.  He returned to Dubuque for a brief time and then began working as a government contract employee spending two years in Antarctica.  Nick was also employed at Cape Canaveral AFB and Ascension Island, South Atlantic, for four years working as a power plant technician.  He returned to Dubuque and spent seven years working as a marine engineer on tow boats on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.  He also worked several years as an engineer on the Diamond Jo Casino gambling boat.  Nick spent his last 18 years working in the Dubuque Technology Park performing facility maintenance for Advanced Data Comm, Inc. and finally at Straka Johnson Architects.  Eventually Nick settled down, at 52, and started a family of his own.  He was united in marriage to his best friend, Angela Bittner, on September 16, 2006, and they have been blessed with two beautiful children and many wonderful memories together.  Nick frequently said “my life is backwards” as he laughed over being called Grandpa when out with his children.  Most of their free time was spent enjoying the Mississippi River with family.  Nick truly loved anything outdoors, even in the dead of winter, he could be found enjoying a nice fire in the woods.

Nick would say that he has lived a full and abundant life, but clearly when the Lord finally decided to bring Angie and their children into his life, all was complete.  We will miss Nick, his gentle spirit, kind heart and contagious sense of humor, but we trust that the Lord will keep him safely and securely in His loving arms until we meet again.  Thank you, Nick, for the amazing example you have left and may we carry your legacy forward with pride while we carry you with us in our hearts.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Nick include,

his loving wife,
Angela Ryan, East Dubuque, Illinois;

his 2 adored children,
Patrick and Molly Ryan, East Dubuque, Illinois;

his siblings,
John (Patty) Ryan, East Dubuque, Illinois,
and Julie Jackson, Dubuque, Iowa;

mother-in-law,
Dorothy Bittner, Guttenberg, Iowa;

brothers and sisters-in-law,
Dave Spahn, Dubuque, Iowa,
Jeff (Karen Moose) Bittner, Garnavillo, Iowa,
David Bittner, Garnavillo, Iowa,
Lisa (Robert) Kies,
Dan (Jessica) Bittner,
and Jason (Lynette Pritchard) Bittner, all of Guttenberg, Iowa;

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

Nick was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kathy Spahn; and his father-in-law, John Bittner.

Nick’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Nick, and his family. This has been a very difficult time for all of us and your sincere gentleness and kind hearts have truly made a difference which we will never forget.  Nick’s family would also like to thank all of our family and friends who have provided such an outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.  Your consideration and kindness have helped to bring some peace and healing into our days and we cannot thank you enough for the role you’ve so generously played in that.

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

This boat that has taken me across these beautiful seas

Is getting old and leaky

It’s time to sail into the foggy night

And see what’s there in the new dawn light – Nick Ryan


 

Terry E. Smith

Terry E. Smith, age 66, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on July 28th, 2020.  Born in Freeport, Illinois on September 25, 1953, Terry was one of three children to Delmar and Nancy (Shoemaker) Smith, along with sister Jenny and brother Mark.

Terry was married twice – first to Diana (Pluym) Smith and until his passing, to Liz (Sullivan) Smith – and produced four children, all of with whom he established a deep and lasting bond until his final days.

Terry spent his professional career in sales, including Richardson Motors, Specialized Office Systems, and IPA.

In his personal life, he was a proud and dedicated supporter of his two favorite sports teams – the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bears – and he spent many hours shooting pool, maintaining a collection of knives and swords, and reading.  Another major source of joy for Terry was playing guitar and listening to his near-endless supply of Bob Dylan records. Terry also enjoyed entertaining others with his ability to speak backwards.

As his close friends, family members, and even acquaintances could attest to, Terry remained a genuine and unique person until his end and was someone who found ways to embrace life each day.

Those left behind to cherish Terry’s memory include:

his wife,
Liz (Sullivan) Smith, of Dubuque, Iowa;

his children,
Molly Smith, Dubuque, Iowa,
Talli Smith, Des Moines, Iowa,
Jeromy Smith, Des Moines, Iowa,
and Adam (Sarah) Smith, Norwalk, Iowa;

his grandchildren,
Jack, Henry, Aiden, Greta, and Olivia;

his sister,
Jenny Hartlieb, Freeport, Illinois;

his brother,
Mark (Julene) Smith, North Prairie, Wisconsin;

his aunt and uncle,
Mary and Don (Buck) Croson, Racine, Wisconsin;

his brother-in-law,
Charlie V. Sullivan, Omaha, Nebraska;

along with his many close and long-time friends.

For the rest of our collective lives, when we look to the sky, may we be reminded of his spirit and the warmth and love Terry provided to all of us.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Wilson Hartlieb.

Terry’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Mercy One Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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


 

LaVern D. Wiederholt

LaVern D. Wiederholt, 78, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa, surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Church, Kieler, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  A public visitation for friends will be held from 9-11:15 a.m. Saturday at the church before the service. The family requests you utilize masks during the duration of your visit in the church and that you practice social distancing. Casey-McNett Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cuba City is assisting the family.

LaVern was born on March 24, 1942, on the family farm in Louisburg, Wisconsin, the son of Joseph and Irma (Dalsing) Wiederholt. He married Ruth Loeffelholz on May 21, 1966 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville.

LaVern loved horses and was a member of the Kieler Saddle Club. LaVern served in the National Guard, entering in 1961 and served his country during the Berlin Crisis. He received an honorable discharge in 1963. He enjoyed buying and selling machinery, and farming for over 50 years. His two favorite things were driving his John Deere tractors and spending time with his girls.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Kathy DeYoung, Cuba City, WI, and Kristie Wiederholt, Gardiner, MT; two granddaughters, Rebecca DeYoung, Cuba City, WI, and Ashley (Marcus) DeYoung, Dickeyville, WI; three sisters, Alvara Francis, Dubuque, IA, Eileen Dunne, Dickeyville, WI, and Mary (Greg) Brandt, Cuba City, WI; and two brothers, Harold (Kay) Wiederholt, Potosi, WI, and Eldon (Judy) Wiederholt, Cuba City, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Herbert; a sister, Janet; and three brothers-in-law, Ralph Kirchen, Charlie Dunne, and Robert Francis.

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


 

Edwin K. Schmitt

Edwin Karl “Ed” Schmitt, Jr. 74, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Family and friends may visit from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque. Due to current circumstances surrounding Covid-19 we remind everyone to social distance, wear a mask and please do not attend if you are not feeling well. Private family burial will be held in Linwood Cemetery.

Ed was born on January 7, 1946 at the Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, IA, the son of Edwin Karl and Mary Phyllis (Braem) Schmitt. He married Audrey Davis on December 13, 1975 at the Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque, IA. Ed worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 17 years. In his free time, he enjoyed NASCAR and loved to work with Model Cars and Trains.

He is survived by two sons, Robert (Lori) Schmitt and Gale Schmitt both of Dubuque; his two grandchildren, Alexis Hurt (Fiancé – Nick Cutsforth) Schmitt of Waterloo, IA and Barry Schmitt of Ames, IA

Ed was preceded in death by his loving wife, Audrey and his parents, Edwin and Mary.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Judith A. Siegert

Judith (Judy) Ann Siegert, 77, of Dubuque IA, passed away on July 31st at Unity Point Hospital with her sister by her side, due to underlying medical issues and recently contracting COVID-19. 

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.  The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

Judy was born on Aug 22, 1942 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Arnold and June (Walser) Siegert.  She was a confident, accomplished RN, who used her skills to travel the world. After graduating from Finley Hospital’s nurse training program in the early 60’s, she worked in Boulder Colorado, British Columbia, Ontario, Hawaii, and Florida.  She then travelled through and sometimes worked in Tehran (Iran), South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.  She backpacked in Nepal and spent time on a Kibbutz in Israel. She spent many years working in Los Angeles. She worked several years at a US military hospital in Augsburg, Germany.  She also worked as a prison nurse in Camden, NJ. She returned to California to work in San Francisco, and finally settled in Temecula near Los Angeles to work as an occupational health nurse. Her aunts Betty and Vera lived nearby, and they enjoyed local restaurants and year round good weather. Judy also found out that she was a good waitress when she helped out at Aunt Betty and Uncle Bob’s mexican restaurant in Crestline, CA. She and Betty spent a lot of time together and became very close. Her nephew Jeff lived nearby in San Diego and later Pasadena and visited often.  Health problems eventually led Judy to move back to Dubuque to be near her sister Sandy and the rest of the family.

Judy’s compassion, empathy, and pragmatic nature served her and her patients well as a nurse. She did private duty nursing for Phil Silvers, Sammy Davis Jr., John Ritter’s mother, and Walt Disney. She worked with Dr DeBakey, the surgeon renowned for pioneering the first successful heart transplant.

Judy was an extremely thoughtful and generous person, who expected nothing in return. Although she did not have children of her own, she was very close to her two nephews and niece and gave them some experiences they will never forget. She took her niece Jodi to Hawaii for her sixteenth birthday, where she learned a quick lesson on independence and self-assurance by flying alone on a plane, taking a cab alone from LAX to Santa Monica, and experiencing an earthquake while alone in Judy’s apartment. She hosted her nephew Greg on an extended trip to California as he worked in various places in Los Angeles and San Francisco. They spent time having dinner together and going for walks at Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Her nephew Jeff recalls running with her to catch trains or ferries all over Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece – imbuing in him some of her confidence and grit to overcome unforeseen challenges.

Judy was also an avid reader and could easily read a book in a day’s time. She enjoyed going to the movies, although you could never sit next to her because she talked through the entire thing and had conversations with the characters on the screen! She was also an animal lover and had many furry friends over the years, including horses on the farm, her Arabian horse in California, her dog Tasha, and cats Tabitha, Hijack, Hunter and Bogart.

Judy was preceded in passing by her mother June (Walser) Siegert and father Arnold Siegert, aunts Donna Mae Moore, Marguerite Walser, June Walser, Loretta (Red) Bahl, Lavina Kleis, Sally Reavell and Virginia (Ginny) Siegert. She was also preceded in passing by her uncles Donald (Boots) Walser, Robert (Bob) Leibold, Gene Gates, Al Siegert, Laverne Brimeyer, Eldon (Bub) Bahl, Bob (Ozzie) Kleis and George Reavell.    

Judy is survived by her favorite (and only) sibling Sandy Regan, her brother-in-law Jim Regan, her niece Jodi (Jim) Watters and their boys Eli and Elliot, her nephew Jeff Regan, his wife Helena Vervoort and their girls Anika, Winnifred, Veronica and Pippa, and her nephew Greg Regan. She is also survived by her aunts Betty (Walser) Liebold, Vera (Walser) Gates, Marlene (Siegert) Brimeyer, Betty Tigges, her uncle Bob Siegert.  Also surviving are many cousins on the Siegert side and only one cousin, Cheryl Walser Kramer, on the Walser side.  Lastly, Judy is survived by her special friend Roy Child of Port Orange FL. The family was unable to reach him, but he called three days after she died because he knew something was wrong. He said, “I’ll never forget her, I loved that little girl.”

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ringold, Dr. Putz, Dr. Powers, the staff at Tri State Dialysis, the staff at Eagle Point Place, and the nurses at Unity Point 5 North and ICU.

Our family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Dr. John Whalen for his care and compassion, and for giving us the precious gift of six more years with Judy when she was under his care.

 

Judy, 
You are our hero, so brave, love always and forever.
Your family

 


 

Marilyn L. Bowling

Marilyn L. Bowling, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, August 3, 2020 at her home.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 P.M., Thursday, August 6, 2020, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 P.M. to 2:45 P.M. at the funeral home.  Cremation rites have been accorded.

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

Marilyn Lyn Teters was born on December 28, 1950 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Marvin “Mugs” and Betty (Foster) Teters.  She was a graduate of Maquoketa High School and married Dennis Bowling on December 30, 1966 in Maquoketa, Iowa.  A daughter Denise was born to this union.

Marilyn completed her education by earning her degree as a licensed cosmetologist from Stewart Beauty School in Davenport.  She worked in the costmetology field for a short time and realized it was not for her.  She later worked at Yogurt Time at Northpark Mall in Davenport, Hungry Hobo in Davenport and lastly at Davenport Bank and Trust.

Marilyn enjoyed country western dancing, her flowers in her yard, painting and crafts, and playing Farmville on Facebook.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Dennis Bowling of Maquoketa, IA; a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Terry Haugen of Leavenworth, KS; sister, Lois DeMoss of Dubuque, IA; a grandson, Nathaniel and his wife Tiffani Withers of Leavenworth, KS; and 2 great-grandchildren, Luke and Oliver Withers.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Arlene Regenwether and Wanda Berner.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Marilyn L. Bowling memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Raymond J. Collins

Raymond J. Collins, PhD. 92 of Bethany Home passed away on July 31, 2020 at Bethany Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Joseph the Worker Church on Saturday, August 8th at 10:30 a.m.  with Rev. Jim Goerand officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. No public visitation will be held; a live stream of the funeral mass will be on Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory’s Facebook page. Mask are required if attending mass.

Ray was born May 30, 1928 and grew up on a farm near Zwingle.  His parents were Roy and Katie (Laughlin) Collins.

After attending elementary schools in the Zwingle area, he graduated with highest distinction from St. Columbkille’s High School.  During the last semester of his senior year he took college courses at Loras College.  He earned a B.A. maxima cum laude (Loras College), a M.S. (The Catholic University of America) and a Ph.D. (The University of Minnesota), all in mathematics.

Ray enjoyed teaching mathematics and interacting with students on the college level.  His teaching career began at Loras College in Dubuque, IA.  In 1973 he joined the Mathematics Department of Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.  As an associate professor, Ray was awarded tenure in 1976.  He served as chairperson of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department 1979-1982.  From 1990-1992 he was Project Director of a National Science Foundation funded project for the effective use of the computer in the teaching of calculus.  In 1994 Ray retired from Xavier University as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.

On December 21, 1973 Ray married Patricia (Pat) L. Monnens at St. Barbara’s Church in Northern Kentucky.  Ray and Pat lived for many years in the Cincinnati area.  In 2010 Ray and Pat moved to the Bethany Retirement Center in Dubuque, Iowa.  This brought them closer to their families in Iowa and Minnesota.  In 2014 Ray was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

While in Cincinnati they were active members of the Territorial Parish whose worship center (Bellarmine Chapel) and offices are located on the Xavier University campus.  Since moving to Dubuque, they were members of St. Joseph the Worker Parish.

During his retirement Ray worked on several small mathematical projects and continued to be active in gardening, flower-growing and carpentry around their home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; parents, Roy and Katie Collins; brothers, Loras (Catherine) and Jim; sisters-in-law Audrey Runda, Marion Monnens, Jean Monnens; brothers-in-law Don Monnens, Fr. Merle Monnens and nephews Rick Collins, Dave Mausser and Jim Ehr. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Darlene Collins and many nieces and nephews

Ray’s family would like to extend their deep appreciation to each and every Bethany Home employee for their love, friendship and exceptional care given to Ray over the years. Also, to the residents of Bethany Home for their wonderful friendship. Thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Medical Associates for their care and kindness given to Ray; and a special thank you to his two nieces Sharon Foust and Monica Redmond for all their loving care of Ray over the years.


 

Cody J. Gibson

Cody J. Gibson, age 19, of Dubuque, passed away suddenly as the result of a fall, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at MercyOne Dubuque.  To celebrate Cody’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, the family asks that anyone attending please wear a mask.  To honor Cody’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, August 7, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Cody was born on October 6, 2000, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Lisa Gibson.

Cody was a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 2019.  After graduation he began working in the construction industry for Bullseye Construction out of Maquoketa, Iowa.  Cody was always very active and loved spending time with his family and friends, never passing up the opportunity to take the perfect selfie.  He was a very light hearted guy, always joking and listening to music.  We are truly heartbroken at the sudden loss of Cody in our lives.  We love you, miss you, and are grateful for all of the happy memories we have to cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Cody’s memory include

his mother,
Lisa (Cody Roling) Gibson, Dubuque, IA;

his sister,
Nevaeh Klenzman, Dubuque, IA;

his grandparents,
Jean Matlock, Omaha, NE
and Caroll (June) Gibson, Dubuque, IA;

his aunt and 2 uncles,
Jenny (Benny Lopez) Gibson,
Joe (Angie French) Gibson
and Randy Gibson, all of Dubuque, IA;

and several cousins including Nathan Blackburn and Kalyssa (Mike Milroy) Wharton, with whom he shared a special bond.

Cody was preceded in death by his brother, Gavin Klenzman; his great-grandparents, Pat and Carol LuGrain; an uncle, Jeff Gibson; and 3 cousins, Alexander Gibson, Ashley LuGrain and Andy Gilbert.

Cody’s family would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support during this very difficult time.  Also a special thank you to Bullseye Construction for taking Cody under their wing, teaching him valuable skills, and giving him the opportunity to grow in his knowledge of the construction process.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Cody Gibson Family.

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


 

Janet M. Benischek

Janet M. (Andresen) Benischek, 81, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Mechanicsville Specialty Care in Mechanicsville, Iowa.

A celebration of her life is pending and will be announced at a later date next year.  Burial will be at Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa.

Janet Marlene Andresen was born on June 11, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Mark “Max” Andrew and Wilme Irene (Edwards) Andresen.  Her mom died in April of 1952 and her dad remarried Ila Brown later that year and helped raise her.  Janet grew up attending rural Baldwin school until her family moved to the Monmouth farm in 1954.  She was a 1956 graduate of Monmouth High School and after graduation enrolled in the Nursing Program at St. Luke’s Hospital Training School (now Genesis) to become an RN.  She then worked as a Registered Nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital as Head of the Pediatrics Department until a health issue required her to retire in 2005.

Janet married Stanley Victor Benischek on June 11, 1975 at the Wagon Wheel Lodge in Rockton, Illinois.  They lived in Davenport until earlier this year, when she was moved to Mechanicsville Specialty Care for rehab after suffering a stroke in October of 2019.

Janet loved genealogy, researching Andresen and Benischek family history.  She was an avid Hawkeyes fan, enjoyed eating out, appreciated art and music, and playing cards, especially Bridge Club.  She was actively involved with River Action and reviving areas along the Mississippi River most recently the Nahant Marsh Project.  Most importantly she loved her family and attending family and school reunions.  She always greeted you with a big smile.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Stanley Victor Benischek of Mechanicsville, IA; step-sons by marriage, Greg Benischek of Durant, IA, Mark (Donna) Benischek of Davenport, IA, and John (Gretl) Benischek of FL; 2 step-grandchildren Lucas and Jacob Benischek; a brother, Darrell Andresen of Maquoketa, IA; sister, Nancy (Larry) Morris of Cedar Rapids, IA; and a step-sister, Janet (Marvin) Hansen of Renton, WA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, step-brother Arnold (Alice) Brown and their two boys Gordon and Joel, and step-sister Norma (Allen) Clark.

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.


 

Joseph J. Nehl

Joseph J. “Joe” Nehl, 87, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Saturday July 25th at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital with Connie, his loving wife by his side.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, August 7th at 10:30am at the Church of the Resurrection, officiated by Rev. Phillip Gibbs, with a gathering at the church social space at 9:30am.  Mass will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home Facebook Page. The interment service will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Monticello on Sat., Aug 8th at 11:00am with Rev. Paul Baldwin officiating. Military honors will be accorded.

Due to COVID-19 related concerns, the family asks everyone to wear a mask at all services and practice social distancing. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

Ninth of 10 children, Joe was born on January 4th, 1933 to Charles and Rose (Gilbert) Nehl in Fillmore, IA.  After graduation from Sacred Heart High School in Monticello, Joe moved to Dubuque and enrolled in Loras College for one year.  Later the army drafted him where he served two years in Korea.  After discharge, he enrolled as a heavy equipment technician at Baily Technical School in St. Louis, MO, beginning a career and life-long passion in heavy equipment.

Joe worked for many companies throughout his career including: Franklin G. Hough Co., International Harvester, Herman M. Brown Co., Dressta, and Komatsu.  His job took him all over the country, as well as to Poland and the Dominican Republic.  Joe loved solving the most challenging problems to keep the machines moving for his customers.

In 1962, he married Connie Pacquer at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island, IL.  They were blessed with two sons, Michael and Marcus while living in Columbus, OH. During their years together, Joe and Connie lived in Ohio and many Iowa and Illinois cities, each time establishing new friendships.

In 2005, they moved to Dubuque, IA, working at home for Komatsu North America, then retiring for the third and final time in 2007.  The move to Dubuque brought him back home to where he started his early adult years to be closer to his siblings and cousins.

After retiring, Joe found his second calling as a community volunteer.  For eleven years, 5 days/week, he delivered for Meals on Wheels.  For ten years he was a regular DU Ride driver.  Joe was also an avid reader and computer user.  He really “knew how to move that mouse around.”  He devoted countless hours creating original greeting cards for family and friends.

He was a fan of the Iowa State Cyclones, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Chicago Bulls, Bears, and Cubbies.  He loved reading the comics every day, loved to joke around, and often shared his great sense of humor, especially singing silly songs with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Connie of 57 years.  His son, Michael of Carnation, WA (friend Laurel Nehl) and Marcus and life partner Theresa Elmore from Northglenn, CO, Grandson, Grant from Northglenn, CO, and Granddaughter McKenna Nehl from Greeley, CO; Brother-in-Law David (Arlene) Pacquer of Kewanee, IL., Brother-in-Law Greg Pacquer (Mike Johnson) of San Francisco, CA and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister Gerry (Paul) William, Vernon Nehl, Wally (Rose) Nehl, John (Janet) Nehl, Rita (Willis) Doden, Isabel (Joe) Lahr, Gib (Wanita) Nehl, Joan (Jack) Bockenstedt, and Gene (Angie) Nehl; mother-in-law Florence (Fred) Pacquer and sister-in-law Joan Pacquer.

The family thanks Dr. Powers and Dr. Ellis from Unity Point Hospital and the devoted nurses who cared for Joe.  Our hearts go out to them.

Connie thanks Joe for taking her on a wonderful journey of love for 57 years, filled with happy times and memories.  Along the way, they met such wonderful people.  We know Joe is delivering meals to his family and friends in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joe’s name can be sent to Resurrection Parish, DU Ride, or Veterans at the Freedom Center in Dubuque

On-line condolences can be made at https://www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com/memorials/joseph-nehl/4286573/


 

Judy A. Switzer

Judy Ann Switzer, 71, of Dubuque, died Friday, July 31, 2020, at home surrounded by family.

Per her wishes, Judy donated her body to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program in Iowa City.

Judy was born December 12, 1948, in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence S. and Vera (Stowe) Switzer.

She grew up in Galena and graduated from Galena High School.

Judy enjoyed fishing, camping, cooking and spending time with her beloved cat, Panther Puss.

Survivors include two daughters, Julie (James) Harwick of Benton, WI and Victoria Conrad of Dubuque, four grandchildren, including her favorite grandson, Johnathon Conrad, 2 great-grandchildren, one brother, Gary (LuAnn) Switzer of Graf, IA, two half brothers, Tyler Switzer and Todd (Rhonda) Switzer, one half sister, Jodi Switzer and three sister-in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Bill Sheredy, Terry Switzer and Ronald Switzer, one grandchild, Joshua Grensing, step-father, Art Rangel.

The family would like to give special thanks to Larry Bowers and Hospice of Dubuque.

A memorial has been established and those wishing to send a card, please send to the funeral home with attention to “The Switzer Family”.

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


 

Gloria A. Steil

Gloria Ann “Snap” Steil, 85, formerly of LaMotte, IA, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Bell Tower Retirement in East Dubuque, IL.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek, IA with Rev. James Chappell officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, August 6 at the church. Burial will follow at St Theresa’s Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family requests that social distancing be followed and masks be worn during the services.

Gloria was born December 20, 1934 in Asbury, IA to Harry Sr. and Emma (Hinzman) Ernster. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1952. She worked at Interstate Power while in high school and until she was married.

She married Gerald “Jerry” Steil on August 22, 1953. They lived in Asbury until 1971 and then moved to the farm in LaMotte. Gloria loved the farm life and spent her time raising children and chickens and helping with the farm work but mostly she made lots and lots of delicious meals for her hungry bunch of boys and everyone that her boys added to the family. Birthdays and holidays were always celebrated with a special meal.

She was a recycler before recycling existed and found a use for many things that most people would just throw away. She truly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Many memories were made with overnights, birthday lunches with shopping and the annual trip to the Dubuque County Fair.

She was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in rural LaMotte for many years and most recently a member of St Lawrence in Otter Creek. She served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister at both parishes.

Gloria is survived by her husband of 66 years, Jerry, her 5 sons, Terry (Sue) of Key West, IA, Kevin (Karen) of LaMotte, IA, Dion of Benton, Wis., Keenan (Sue) and Darren (Jenny) both of Dubuque and her 8 grandchildren Aaron (Aaron) Steil, Becky (Pedro) Crispin de Jesus, Sara (Rob) Goedken, Andrew (fiancée Abbie Halvorson) Steil, Derek (Angel),Ryan, and Emma Steil and Audra Steil, Jeremie and Carissa Oberbroeckling as well as 9 great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her siblings Deryl “Buddy” Ernster and Harry, Jr “Sonny” Ernster, and by her brothers and sisters in-law Alvina Murphy, Jim (Jean) Steil, Jude Steil, Vern (Elaine) Steil, Mary Ann Derouin and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister Gayelle (Roy) Blum, sister-in-law Margaret Ernster and brothers and sisters in-law Evie (Albert) Beecher, Eleanor (Don) Lombardi, Virgil Murphy, Lenny Steil, Don Derouin and Norm (Minnie) Steil.

Gloria’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bell Tower Retirement and Hospice of Dubuque for the loving care that was given to our mother and grandmother over the past years as she lived with Alzheimer’s.

The family requests no flowers. Condolences may be sent online at www.leonardfuneralhome.com and memorials may be sent to the Steil Family at 23681 384th St. LaMotte, IA 52054 or Leonard Funeral Home 2595 Rockdale Rd Dubuque, IA for Gloria’s favorite charities, Camp Courageous, Dubuque Humane Society, and the Alzheimer’s Association.


 

Joseph J. Michels

Joseph J. Michels, Jr., 85, of Bellevue, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020 surrounded by his family.  Family Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the St. Joseph Bellevue – Sts. Peter & Paul Springbrook Facebook page, on their You Tube Channel and on Bellevue Cable TV at 10:30 am, Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Joseph was born February 20, 1935, the son of Joseph J. and Alice E. (Kilburg) Michels, Sr. in rural Springbrook.  He married Betty Gerardy on July 16, 1957 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook.  Joseph was a barber for many years in Springbrook, he also worked for Clinton Engines/Catepillar, Finley Hospital & Bellevue State Park Association before retiring.  He enjoyed dancing and passed that passion onto his children, fishing, hunting, hunting mushrooms, playing cards, and was an excellent griller.  Joseph will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of 63 years; children; Joey (Linda) Michels, Tina Theisen, Sheila (significant other Jim Weinschenk) Anton, Brian (Kathy) Michels, Chuck (Kris) Michels, Becky (Mike) Carter, Linda (Denny) Walgamuth, and a daughter in-law, Debbie Michels; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings, Donald (Dorothy) Michels, Darlene  Rubel, and Mildred Kruel; brothers and sisters in-law, Gene (Joan) Gerardy, John (Rosina) Gerardy, Janice Jackson, Lorraine Ruff, and Gerald Fuegen.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Marty Michels; 2 grandchild, Taylor Anton and Rachel Michels; a great-grandchild, Scarlett Peterson; brothers and sisters in-law, Herald Kruel, Leo Rubel, Roger (Lois) Gerardy. Bub Ruff, and Shirley Fuegen;

Local arrangements with Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Joseph’s family asks everyone to sign the online guestbook and leave a condolence at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com.


 

George L. Wagner

George L. Wagner, 93, of Bellevue, passed away on July 31, 2020 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.  Public graveside services will be held on Friday, August 14th, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273.

George was born July 29, 1927, in rural Bellevue, Iowa, the older child of Louis and Clara (Felderman) Wagner. He was very affable and had a warm endearing smile with a twinkle in his eye.

In his younger days, George enjoyed playing cards, roller skating, and dancing.

He served his country in the US Army during World War II.  George was a tool and die maker by trade. He held many positions at the Savanna Army Depot attaining the position of Chief, Ammunition Peculiar Equipment Fabrication Branch. He retired in July 1982.  After retiring, mixed in with spending time on his farm, he enjoyed many years as a tour bus driver and commercial vehicle delivery driver. He especially enjoyed delivering Winnebago Motorhomes all over the country.

Survivors include first cousins Marjorie Jury, Rogers, MN, Eugene Wagner, Maquoketa, IA, Jeanette Ilg, Dewitt, IA and Orville Wagner, Delmar, IA.

Also left to honor his memory are longtime special friend and companion, Janet Clark, Rockford, IL, longtime friend and caregiver, Edna Tucker, and special friend Cindy Fuller, both of Dubuque, IA.

George was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruth E. Wagner.

Masks and social distancing are required.

Local arrangements are entrusted to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Online condolences may be left in George’s memory at hachmannfuneralhome.com


 

Charles Spielman

Charles “Chuck” Spielman, 85 of Dubuque passed away Friday July 31, 2020 at home with his family by his side.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Fr. Jim Goerand officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Iowa Army National Guard and the American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 4th, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road where there will be a parish wake service at 3:40 p.m. Social distancing and mask are required for the wake and funeral.

Chuck was born on August 7, 1934 in Dubuque the son of Frank “Hank” and Geraldine (Koppes) Spielman, and married Helen A. Miller on October 15, 1960 in Darlington, WI.

He attended Dubuque Senior High School and served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. After serving his country he returned to Dubuque and worked for the former Dubuque Packing Co. until 1975. Chuck also owned and operated Spielman’s Lounge from 1970 until 1977. In 1977 he opened Spielman’s Supper Club/Ballyclough Inn and operated there until May of 1990. Chuck also served on the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission from 1991 to 2003.

Chuck was very involved in the Dubuque Community and served on many Board’s. He was involved with Albrecht Acres since 1975 and started the Albrecht Acres Hall of Fame, and was instrumental in starting the Annual Golf Outing which is in its 23 year.

He also had a great love of softball. He played for many years and sponsored many teams through his tavern. He also helped start many local Fast Pitch Tournaments.  He worked to establish the Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame in 1975 and was inducted into it in 1982.

Other accomplishments and memberships include his lifetime membership in the Knights of Columbus Council John F. Kennedy Council #5513, and through his bowling talents received multiple 1st place trophies at Knights of Columbus Bowling tournaments.  Induction into the Kiwanis Hall of Fame in 1982, helping establish AAA Bass Fishing in 2005 and volunteered with Hospice of Dubuque since 2006.

Chuck loved to spend time with his grandchildren and enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing golf, and watching sports.

He is survived by his wife Helen; five children Stacy (Ted) Hoerner, of Dubuque, Craig Spielman, of Hazel Green, Sheila (Pat) Siegert, of Dubuque, Suanne (Dale) Schueller, of Flemington, NJ, and Sara (Jim) Davison, of Albuquerque, NM; his nine grandchildren Jason Hoerner, Jordan Hoerner, Abigayle (Mikael) Nielsen, Shayna Siegert, Merrick Siegert, Cormac Siegert, Claire Siegert, Landon Schueller and Jacob Schueller; his sister-in-law Mary Pat Kilkelly of Dodgeville, WI, nieces and nephews along with his many special friends “you know who you are”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother in infancy, a sister Shirley (Bill) McGovern and two brothers-in-law William Kilkelly and William (JoAnne) Miller.

A Chuck Spielman memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care they gave to Chuck.

Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com


 

Robert Jordan

Robert (Bob) Jordan, 91, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully with family on Thursday, July 30th at 5:30pm at Stonehill Care Center.  Bob was born on December 24, 1928 in Dubuque, IA to William (Doc) and Gertrude Jordan.

To honor Bob’s life, a service will be held at St. Columbkille’s Church at 11:30am on August 11th.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Bob attended Nativity grade school, Loras Academy, and Loras College. He was an avid golfer known as “Bobby Jordan” and won multiple City of Dubuque and Dubuque Golf and Country Club Championships, as well as tournaments throughout Iowa and Wisconsin.  He often bragged about playing golf with George Goebel and Lawrence Welk.

After school, Bob worked for the family plumbing business.   While working in Wisconsin, he met his first wife, Rosemary Hanifan. They were married in 1949. Rosemary passed away in 1960 and left him caring for 4 children under 9 years old.

In 1966, Bob met the second love of his life, Beverly Waldron. Bev was an intelligent, educated musician and grade schoolteacher. On February 4, 1967, they were married and became lifelong friends and had two children together.  They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in February. Bob and Bev looked for common interests. Together, they began a flower and garden business that flourished over the years. They still were planting flowers and vegetables together this spring.

During the 1980’s, Dubuque suffered through the “Agricultural Depression”. There was no plumbing work in Dubuque.  So, Bob worked for 8 years as a foreman at a nuclear power plant in Byron, IL, traveling back every weekend to be with his family. He eventually retired as a lifelong union plumber. Retirement was filled with the joys of being a father, grandfather, and avid gardener. Bob and Bev sold their vegetables and flowers at many sites throughout Dubuque, including the Dubuque Farmers Market.  This activity kept them active and provided their 6 children with more life-long skills.

The Jordan family would like the community of Dubuque to know that they appreciate
the support they have received over many years to their plumbing and gardening businesses.

Bob is survived by his wife, Beverly; five children, Patrick (Lucy) Jordan of Ankeny, IA, James (Susan) Jordan of Omaha, NE, Rosemary Jordan of Bettendorf, IA, William (Susan) of Dubuque, IA, and Jackie (Sharat) Ramaraju of Bettendorf, IA, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, WJ and Gertrude;  his son, Jon Jordan; his sisters, Marguerite Brodersen and Nike Dreier;  and his late wife, Rosemary.

May his soul rest in peace.

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


 

Mary Ellen O’Brien

Mary Ellen O’Brien, 89 of Dubuque passed away Thursday July 30, 2020 at Luther Manor.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2020 at Saint Joseph The Worker with Fr. Jim Goerend officiating. Social distancing and mask’s will be required.  Entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 1:00p.m.

Mary Ellen was born on March 6, 1931 in Sand Spring, Iowa the daughter of Hubert and Genevieve (McElmeel) Kroeger. She graduated high school in 1949 from St. John’s in Independence, Iowa; she then attended Mount Mercy Junior College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1951 and graduated from Mount Mercy in 1972 with a degree in Elementary Education.

She married Stephen O’Brien on August 1, 1953 at St. John’s in Independence, Iowa and he preceded her in death.

Mary Ellen worked for Dubuque Community Schools from 1973 to 1995 at Fulton and Eisenhower, she retired in 1995. She was a member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church

She is survived by her four daughters Barbara Cutkomp, of Ainsworth, Iowa, Teresa (William) Brahm, of Dubuque, Maureen (Robert) Leuenberger, of Cedar Rapids and Leslie (William) Rhomberg, of Cedar Falls; a son-in-law Gary Williams of Cedar Rapids; nine grandchildren Luke (Kate) Cutkomp, Neal (Carley) Cutkomp, Jacqueline (Stephen) Biver, Erica (Zachary) Huk, Reece (Amanda) Leuenberger, Shane Williams, Alexander, Joseph, and Abigail Rhomberg; ten great grandchildren and a sister-in-law Ruth Kroeger.

She was preceded in death by her husband Stephen; a daughter Mary Ann Williams; a son-in-law Keith Cutkomp; brothers Bernard (Mae) Kroeger, Andrew (Emily) Kroeger, John Kroeger, Robert (Doris) Kroeger and Gerald Kroeger.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor along with Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, for all the loving care they gave to our mother and grandmother.


 

Georgette M. Plumley

Georgette M. “Gigi” (Wise) Plumley, age 63, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 2:10 p.m., on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Grand Meadows, after a brave battle with Parkinson’s Disease, with her children by her side.  To celebrate Gigi’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 4:30 p.m.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, the family asks that anyone attending please wear a mask.  To honor Gigi’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, August 3, 2020, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Mark Kwenin officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gigi was born on September 30, 1956, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Lorraine (Nagelmaker) Wise.

Gigi attended Holy Ghost Grade School, and went on to graduate from Hempstead High School, Class of 1974.  She was united in marriage to her soulmate, Chris Plumley, on July 16, 1983, at Holy Ghost Church.  They were blessed to have almost 34 amazing years together, and 2 adored children, before Chris was sadly called home before Gigi on July 13, 2017.  She was employed with several businesses throughout the years including, CyCare, McKesson, Thermo Fischer and Medline, but being a mom was the role she cherished most.  Gigi was a very loving and supportive mom, always volunteering and helping with her children’s hobbies and theater programs.  Her children were truly her greatest joy! Gigi enjoyed staying active and played volleyball and bowled for several years.  Gigi’s faith was a very important part of her daily life, she was a long time member of Holy Ghost Church, where she enjoyed singing and helping out with whatever was needed.  We are truly heartbroken at losing our beautiful mom at such a young age, just 3 short years after losing our dad, but know that they are now both watching over us, happily reunited in Heaven for Eternity.

Those left to cherish Gigi’s memory include

her loving children,
Jon (Fiancé Justin Vaughn) Plumley, Denver, CO
and Molly (Evan) Heil, Dubuque, IA;

her siblings,
Marilyn (Harold) Brehm, Kieler, WI
and Bob (Brenda) Wise, Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Bob Johns, Cuba City, WI;

her godchildren,
Cory Wise, Cedar Rapids, IA
and Lynn (Dan) Randall, Peosta, IA;

her mother-in-law,
Lulubelle Plumley, Dubuque, IA;

her in-laws,
Donnie Plumley Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Carl (Tanya) Plumley, Dubuque, IA,
Joyce (Rick) Cottrell, Dubuque, IA,
Brenda (Bruce) Oertell, Livonia, MO,
Mike (Nancy) Plumley, Elkader, IA,
Barry (Michelle) Plumley, Hillburn, NY
and Elly (Mike) Day, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gigi was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chris Plumley; her sisters, Kathleen Johns and Linda (Terrance) Stoffel; and her father-in-law, Donald Plumley.

Gigi’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Grand Meadows and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of your kind, compassionate and professional care of Gigi.  We appreciate all of you more than you can possibly know.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Gigi Plumley Family.

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


 

John E. Beranek

John E. Beranek, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday morning, July 28, 2020, at Mercy One Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A private gathering celebrating John’s life will be held at a later date.  At Peace Natural Cremation Services have been provided by Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

John Edward Beranek was born on June 20, 1945 in Maine to Hubert Joseph and Athlyn Shirley (Tarr) Beranek.  He grew up in Washington County, Iowa and graduated from Washington High School with honors.  He then attended Iowa State University in Ames where he received his DVM degree with honors in 1969.

Upon graduation from college John practiced locally and then relocated to Glenview, Illinois where he owned his own veterinary practice until 1985.  He married Nancy DeRose on November 1, 1985 in Waukegan, Illinois, and they moved to Maquoketa, Iowa where he worked alongside Dr. Sturtz small animal practice for three years.  In 1989, he and his wife Nancy founded Bear River Nursery in Maquoketa which they operated until retirement in 2006.  For the past 14 years, John did what he loved doing.  Gardening, reading, visiting with friends and neighbors, and spending time with his beloved dogs Zeke and Amos.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Nancy Beranek of Maquoketa, IA; children from a previous marriage, Elizabeth, Cathryn and Joseph; 1 grandchild, Marann; a sister, Janet (Lyle) Parriott of Mt. Pleasant, IA; brothers, Edward Beranek of Maquoketa, IA, and Michael Beranek of Des Moines, IA; and 2 nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Barbara Baker.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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


 

Eileen Keuter

Eileen (Wills) Keuter, formerly of Manchester and Dyersville, ended her eleven-year journey thru the foggy valley of Alzheimer’s disease on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 when she passed away at Luther Manor in Dubuque. There is great comfort in knowing she comprehends again who she is and is with her much beloved family and friends who proceeded her to our Father’s heavenly kingdom. Her physical isolation of over four months has ended.

Visitation will be held from 3 – 7 p.m. Sunday, August 2, 2020 at Kramer’s Funeral home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue Monday morning from 9-10 a.m. prior to funeral services.

The family would encourage masks to be worn.  Please follow the CDC social distancing guidelines.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2020 at St. Francis Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Eileen was born on July 21, 1930, in Council Hill Township just north of Galena daughter of Charles O. and Catherine (Freese) Wills. She grew up on the family farm and went to the Millbrig country school. Eileen then attended St. Joseph Academy in Dubuque as a boarding student graduating in 1948.  At graduation she received the 120-word expert shorthand and typing speed awards. After graduating she worked at Rhomberg’s and The Hotel Julien.

On September 13, 1952, she married Dale H. Keuter at St. Michael’s Church in Galena. For several years they worked the Keuter family farm near what is now the Dyersville Field of Dreams.

In the mid-seventies Dale and Eileen started the family business in Earlville which over time became EIP Manufacturing. Through the years she played an integral part in the company’s development and growth thru Dale’s death on May 12, 2004. He was the visionary and she the detail person.

They loved to travel. Business took them to Germany, Nova Scotia as well as Hungary when it was still a communist country. In their early years of marriage they made a few trips to Las Vegas. Later on it was ocean cruises with their good friends, Bernie and Dorrie Murray. Eileen loved to play bridge and euchre, tending to her vegetable garden and spoiling her puppy, Gracie.

Survivors include: two sons, Kim (Kathy) of Dubuque and Karl (Judy) of Manchester; one daughter, Kathy (Pat) Krapfl of Delhi; nine grandchildren, Kurt Keuter of Milwaukee, Kwin Keuter (Kelli Blake) of Littleton, Colorado, Dr. Kaci Angelone, DVM (Peter) of Littleton, Colorado, Kipp Keuter of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kody Keuter of Fort Worth, Texas, Kory Keuter of Ames, Matthew (Courtney) Krapfl of Delhi, Callie (Cody) Beitz of Hopkinton and Derek (Hannah) Krapfl of Orland Park, Illinois; five great-grandchildren, Dominic and Aela Angelone, Chase and Marcus Krapfl and Brody Beitz. Other survivors include daughter-in-law Monica Schilling; sister, Betty Cogan; four sisters-in-law, Mary, Judy, Joanne and Lorraine Wills; brother-in-law Lloyd (Judy) Keuter.

Eileen was also preceded in death by her son Kevin in 2006; two stillborn daughters; her six brothers, Eldon, LaVerne, Donald, Merlin, Lee and Chuck; her sister-in-law, Doris Deutmeyer, and, brother-in-law Dick Cogan.

Her Catholic faith was extremely important to Eileen. She was a proud 50-year member of Catholic Daughters; wore out a few books of night prayers; said the rosary and attended daily mass frequently. Her wish was that the Catholic faith would also be important to her family.

The family thanks the kind staff members that extended their kind care and compassion first at Ellen Kennedy Center in Dyersville, then Oak Park Place and Luther Manor in Dubuque. Also a big thankyou to the folks at Hospice of Dubuque who saw to it that Mom was as comfortable as possible in her final days.

Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Hospice of Dubuque, Holy Family Catholic Schools of Dubuque, Beckman Catholic of Dyersville, and, Divine Word College.

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


 

Cletus J. Clasen

Cletus J. Clasen, 70, of LaMotte, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, July 29, 2020, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Holy Rosary Cemetery, LaMotte, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Cletus Joseph Clasen was born on November 5, 1949 in Bellevue, Iowa, to Wilfred John and Daisy Catherine (Scheckel) Clasen. He attended Holy Rosary School in LaMotte and graduated from Bellevue Marquette High School.

Cletus had worked as a general laborer for Hingtgen Lumber Company, Keene Lumber Company and lastly Sitco Lumber Company, all in LaMotte.

Cletus was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue and the Bellevue Knights of Columbus 1354. He enjoyed playing pool and especially cards with Euchre, Poker and Cinch being his favorites.

Those left to honor his memory include his siblings, Donald (Gayle) Clasen of Bernard, IA, Darrell Clasen of LaMotte, IA, and Anita Watters of Maquoketa, IA; a brother-in-law, Lorin Duesing of Bellevue, IA; 13 nieces and nephews; and 20 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Wilfred Jr., and a sister Joanne Duesing.

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.


 

Karen S. Repp

Karen Sue Repp, 72 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 27, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Visitation will be from 2:00 pm. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Jacob Bartlett officiating.

Karen was born on July 14, 1948 in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Helen (Shirley) Rankins. She married Craig C. Repp on June 29, 1991 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Karen was the owner and manager of the Avalon Supper Club and Breezy’s Café. Karen was an energetic person full of life and loved everyone she came in contact with. Her ability to cook was displayed often at the Avalon Supper Club and Breezy’s Café that her and Craig owned and operated for over 10 years. The love of her family was very important to Karen especially her children and grandchildren. Karen believed in God, prayer and angels as a testimony to her spiritual life.

She is survived by her husband Craig Repp of Dubuque; children Timothy (Patricia Haberichter) Puetsch, of Bernard, Philip (Jennifer) Puetsch, of Dubuque, and Malinda (Terry) Sahm, of Rickardsville. Stepchildren, Richard (Sara Lyons) Repp, of Waterloo, Michael (Carolyn) Repp, of Waterloo, and Jason (Toni Castor) Repp, of Traer. Her grandchildren Blair (Jacob) Bartlett, Isabella Sahm, Molly Sahm, Will Sahm, Anthony Puetsch and Bethany Puetsch. Step-grandchildren, Amanda (Greg) Olson, Catherine Repp, Joseph Repp, Justin Crosky, Christopher Castor, Kadence Engler and Isaiha Reed. Step great granddaughter Samantha Olson. Her twin sister Sharon Winner and her brother John (Amanda) Rankins. Nieces Kimberly (John) Nimsgern, and Melissa Peters; nephew Douglas (Katie Kupferschmitt) Winner; great nieces and nephews; her cousin Cindy (Jack) Wold; and her forever friend Kathleen Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather Robert Kelsey; brothers-in-law Gary Lakeman and Delbert Winner.

A Karen S. Repp memorial fund has been established in care of her husband Craig Repp, 435 Gilmore Street Dubuque, IA 52001.

The family would like to thank Dr. Eric Engelman and staff at Medical Associates Oncology Department, Hospice of Dubuque, Especially Sara, Amy and Jessica.


 

Robert H. Soppe

Robert H. “Bobby” Soppe, 68, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on July 27, 2020 at ManorCare.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Steve Garner officiating and military honors by the United States Army, Iowa National Guard. Family and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home until time of service. Private family burial will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Robert was born on March 9, 1952 in Savanna, IL the son of Irene Felton and Robert Soppe. He is a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked as a self-employed roofer and sider.

Bobby was the best bartender in Dubuque and had everyone in stitches with his wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his mother Irene Dement; his son Christopher Soppe; siblings, Renee (Wade) Johnson, Ruth Jurisic, Cindy (Masa) Campton-Iwasaki, Wendy (Ray) Schickel, Terry (Laura) Dement, and Glenn Dement; his former wife Patti Williams; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert Soppe; his sisters Rose Marie Soppe and Connie Dement; brothers John Soppe and Dean Dement; and his step-father Harold Dement.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at ManorCare for all the wonderful care they gave to Bobby.


 

Barbara A. McDonald

Barbara A. McDonald, 81, of Dubuque, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  on Thursday, July 30,  at Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., and will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home Facebook page. The church requires masks for all attendees. Rev. Phillip Gibbs will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery immediately following the service.

Barb was born May 31, 1939 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of George and Doris Beyhl Peil.  She and James B. McDonald Jr. were married on May 13, 1961 at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church.  He passed away on July 8, 2013.  Barb worked at St. Vincent de Paul for 22 years, retiring in 2006.  She enjoyed gardening, puzzles, genealogy, games, and spending time with her family and friends.  Everyone enjoyed her fried chicken, potato salad, and caramel bars.  She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church.

Barb is survived by son, James B. McDonald III, Dubuque; three brothers, George F. (Sonny) Peil, and Jeffrey Lynn Peil, both of Dubuque, Michael (Susan) Peil of Bellevue, IA; two grandsons, Zachary James McDonald, Omaha, NE, and Nicolas James McDonald, Aurora, CO; one great-granddaughter, Poppy Grace McDonald, Omaha, NE, and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, James B. McDonald Jr.; parents, George (Doris Beyhl) Peil; parents-in-law, James B. (Florence Connell) McDonald Sr.; two sisters, Carolyn Jo Peil, Beverly Orcutt Russell; three brothers, Richard, Kenneth, and Donald L. Peil; and sister-in-Law, Diane L. Peil.

In lieu of flowers, a Barbara A. McDonald Memorial Fund has been established.

Thanks to Dr. Liaboe, his nurse Trish, and her loving son Jim, for helping her through her entire journey.  Also, a special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jan, Brittney, and Stephanie and all our family and friends who helped in so many ways.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com


 

Daniel T. Welp

Daniel Thomas “Dan” Welp, 52, of East Dubuque, IL, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a fall at his residence on July 17, 2020.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2020 at Nativity BVM Church in Menominee with Fr. Peter Snieg officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post # 787 of East Dubuque. The funeral mass will be live-streamed on the Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook Page.

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, and from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. on Monday, August 3 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque.

Dan was born on September 16, 1967 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Thomas J. and Janice O. (Scott) Welp.  He was a graduate of East Dubuque High School, class of 1986, where he participated in baseball and football.

He was united in marriage to Ann Marie Hilby on February 15, 1992 at Nativity BVM Church. Dan was the owner of American Ceiling Company. Prior to being self-employed, he worked at the Chicago Dubuque Foundry and Maryville Construction.  He proudly served in the United States Naval Reserves for over 20 years where he made lifelong friends with whom he stayed in touch.  Dan’s most precious accomplishments, and the ones he was most proud of, occurred on September 30, 1996, and June 22, 1998, when Brian and Jenna were born.  He was extraordinarily proud of his children and could be found cheering them on in all they did.

Dan enjoyed dirt track racing and could be found in his red, white, and blue #43 at the Dubuque and Farley Speedways. Dan loved hunting, archery, and fishing, especially trips out west or up north with his family and friends.  He was always up for a good game of euchre and played on the Daniel’s Lounge euchre team. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.  Dan was a very competitive person who could throw a mean game of bean bags, and seemingly always made it into the final round of the family croquet tournament.  He enjoyed watching all sports, especially those that Brian and Jenna played.

Surviving are his wife, Ann; their two children, Brian Welp and Jenna (fiancé, Brandon Thein) Welp both of East Dubuque; his mother, Janice Welp of Dickeyville, WI; his siblings, Brett (Rhonda) Welp of East Dubuque, Kevin Welp of Midland, MI, and Susan (Shannon) Hoppman of Green Bay, WI; his father-in-law, Kenneth Hilby of Menominee; in-laws, Mike (Becky) Hilby of Galena, Julie (Patrick) Ketchum of Springfield, IL, and Sara (Steve Holloway) Hilby of Skokie, IL, as well as several nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tom, and his mother-in-law, Jan Hilby.

Dan’s family would like to thank the East Dubuque Fire and Rescue Squad, Mercy Hospital, and University of Iowa Hospitals for their quick response and excellent care of Dan.  The family would also like to thank all of those who donated, brought food, sent words of encouragement, and offered prayers after Dan’s accident.  They are humbled and very grateful for all the support.

In lieu of flowers, a Daniel T. Welp memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Donald L. Cornish

Donald Louis Cornish, 89, of Dubuque, went to be with God on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Luther Manor. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2215 Windsor Ave., Dubuque, and will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home Facebook page. Masks are required by the church. Friends may greet the family from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 1, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #6.

Donald was born May 28, 1931 in Dubuque, the son of Louis and Helen (Specht) Cornish. Donald attended Sacred Hearth School. He married his sweetheart, Jean Ann Banck on June 14th, 1952 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Don was employed at the Dubuque Packing Company as a meat worker until his retirement in 1986. On weekends, he painted houses with his father. Don purchased and renovated two houses into apartments. Don and Jean Ann worked together to create the dream of the life they wanted. Together, they designed and built a house to raise a family in and moved into it in 1959. Don worked hard so Jean Ann could stay home and be a wife and mother. He treated her like a princess, and with great respect. Don always thought that Jean Ann had the harder job. They enjoyed traveling every summer with their children, and visited many states over the years.

Don served in the National Guard and received the National Defense Service Medal. He also served his country from Oct. 1953- Jan. 1956 with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, earning his Rifle Sharpshooter Badge and the rank of Cpl. E-4.  While stationed in Verdun, France, he traveled to nine countries. He took many slides of the scenery and people. Don enjoyed meeting people and spoke of how grateful they were that the Americans were there.

He loved to play baseball as a child, and for the Dubuque Packing Company he was the “clean up batter”. He instilled this love for baseball in his sons, and would attend all their games. He also enjoyed hunting with his father and friends all his life. Don looked forward to the two weeks every year he traveled to South Dakota to hunt pheasant with Rick and Steve. Fishing was another favorite pastime, and he had the opportunity to fish with Karen in the ocean. Don bowled for many years in a Men’s League and Mixed Doubles with his wife and children. Don and Jean Ann would go out country dancing every Saturday night. He loved listening to country and Irish music. Pat recalls her special conversations with Don on their Friday “shopping sprees”, and relaxing at Music In The Park on Sundays.

After retirement, Don didn’t stop working. He would buy cars, and with his friends would fix them and sell them. He also became a Day Trader, and loved to talk about the stock market. In 2014, he went on one of the last Honor Flights to Washington D.C. Don was a very energetic and sociable man, who was always on the go, and loved to meet people and talk, and had a love of life.  Don was a smart man and enjoyed challenging himself to accomplish any task, but he also had a teasing sense of humor and like to tell jokes.  His family was his pride and joy, and he showed his love not so much in words but by his actions.

He will be truly, deeply missed by his wife, family, and friends. The family he is so proud of includes his loving wife of 68 years, Jean Ann Cornish, of Dubuque; four children, Rick (Mitzi) Cornish of Dubuque, Karen Cornish of Melbourne, FL, Pat Richey of Dubuque, and Steve (Carolyn) Cornish of Dubuque; grandchildren Ami (Chad) Guler of Hazel Green, WI,  Christian (Kayla) Cornish of Green Bay, WI, Sorcha Cornish-Carpenter of Cannon Falls, MN, Danielle Richey of Dubuque, Brandon (Lindsey) Richey of Cedar Rapids, Nicole Richey of Dubuque, and Elijah Cornish of Dubuque; grandchild in law, Josh Lynch of Asbury;  13 great grandsons; 4 great granddaughters; his sisters in law Dorothy Gray of Dubuque, Rita (James) Moran of Dubuque; and Kay (Dennis) Strumberger of Omaha, NE; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister and brother in law,  Darlene (Cornish) and Merlin “Mac” Langkamp; granddaughter Sam (Cornish) Lynch; and his parents. Don’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com


 

Sister Dolores M. Kramer, BVM

Sister Dolores M. Kramer, BVM (Jeanne Michele), 91, of 1130 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Caritas Center.

Sharing of Memories via Zoom will be from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020, followed by a virtual visitation from 10:25-10:40 a.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial in the Marian Hall Chapel at 10:45 a.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Dolores ministered as a pastoral associate at St. Edward in Waterloo, Iowa. She was secondary teacher in Clinton and Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago; Kansas City, Mo.; Wichita, Kans.; and Glendale, Calif.; and an elementary teacher in Fort Dodge, Iowa; Chicago; Grayslake, Ill.; and West Hempstead, N.Y. She served as an administrative assistant in Chicago and as a spiritual director in Chicago and Los Altos, Calif.

She was born on Aug. 20, 1928, in Alta Vista, Iowa, to Charles and Marguerite (Keniry) Kramer. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1948, from St. John Parish, Waterloo, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1951, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Patrick Kramer, a sister Joan Ford and a brother-in-law Jim Wegenknecht. She is survived by a sister Mary Lois Wegenknecht, Kimberly City, Mo.; a sister-in-law Rita Kramer, Waterloo, Iowa; a brother-in-law Richard Ford, Windsor Heights, Iowa; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 71 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at https://www.bvmsisters.org/support_donate.cfm.

Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, Iowa 52002 is in charge of arrangements.


 

Carol A. Smith

Carol Ann (Bakey) Smith, 74, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away the morning of July 26 at Finley Hospital due to underlying health conditions and recently contracting Covid-19.

Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2020 at Holy Family New Melleray Cemetery. All family and friends are encouraged to attend. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com

Carol was born February 2, 1946, in Dubuque to James “Jimmy” Bakey and Bernice Cavanagh Bakey.  In 1953, she and her parents and siblings moved to the Cavanagh family farm just north of New Melleray Abbey in Peosta were she was raised.

Carol loved the farm life, and never shied away from getting her hands dirty.  She enjoyed doing the many chores around the family farm while her older brothers were away serving their country.  She often spoke of her love of her horse “Cindy” and their many adventures.

Carol graduated from Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa in 1964 and later from Capri Cosmetology and Northeast Iowa Community College.  Over the years, she evolved as a professional, but what truly drove her was a strong desire to help others.  Whether it was a haircut, working as a prevention specialist or just doing whatever felt good at the moment, she would always find a way to rise to the occasion and help others.  Carol loved throwing parties and was very involved in organizing her class reunions.  She also love playing cards, but was known to cheat often…

She met the love of her life, Gary J. Smith, four miles from home, up a gravel road.  Soon thereafter, they fell in love with one another and kissed for the first time at the fish pond at Eagle Point Park.  They were married June 27, 1964, at Holy Family Church, New Melleray.  Later in life, she and Gary loved traveling, smuggling cigars and spending time at their vacation home in Arizona.  Carol loved her Arizona friends and being able to harass her favorite brother “Mud” who once tied her to a chair and tried to set her on fire.  Her favorite trip was to Ireland with her sister Darlene, where the tour guide labeled the two of them as the “Twisted Sisters.”  She was passionate about her Irish lineage but didn’t care for corned beef.

She loved spending time with her family and friends, but most of all her grandchildren.  She would stop at nothing to organize anything silly for them to do.  She loved having fashion shows with her three granddaughters and watching her grandson play baseball.

Carol is survived by her husband of 56 years Gary, her son Dan (Jennifer) Smith and her daughter Dana (Brad) Holthaus and her four grandchildren, Cole and Gabbi Smith and Isabella and Sophia Holthaus, all of Dubuque.

She is survived by her siblings Richard (Keiko) Bakey, Gene “Mud” (Kay) Bakey and John (Ruth) Bakey.  She is also survived by her in laws, Leonard T. Smith JR, Mary Helen (Richard) Goss, Chris (Mary Beth) Smith, Grayson (Janet) Smith and Laura Smith.  She is also survived by her sister and brother in laws Mark Beckman, Mike Breen, Juanita Bakey and Don Hentges.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by both of her parents James and Bernice Bakey, her in-laws Leonard and Monica Smith and Innocence Ann Smith.  Also proceeding her passing were her brother Gerald Bakey, sisters Mary Breen and Darlene Beckman and sisters in law Diane Hentges and Karen Smith.


 

John H. Del Degan

John H. Del Degan, age 64 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on July 25, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor John’s life, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving John’s family.

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

Those left behind to cherish the memory of John include,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Peggy J. Shalabi

Peggy J. Shalabi, 75 of Sauk City, Wisconsin died unexpectedly, but peacefully at her new home in Dubuque, Iowa after spending a lovely summer evening with her family.

She was born Peggy Jean Goltz on November 5, 1944 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the third of four children born to her parents Lloyd and Lucille Goltz.

Peggy was an active child and was fond of sharing the fact that she was the fastest runner in her grade school.

This athletic streak led her to pursue physical education as her major in college (the first person in her immediate family to attend) first at Suomi College in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and then at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

It was while attending UW-LaCrosse that she met George Shalabi — the love of her life — whom she would eventually marry in 1967.

After marrying, Peggy and George both found jobs in the Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin area and moved there to begin their careers and start a family. And they were life-long residents until last year when they moved to Dubuque, Iowa to be closer to their eldest daughter.

Peggy and George had two, strong adventurous daughters — Leslie and Samia who are carrying on their parents’ legacy of warmth, hospitality and joy in their own unique ways.

Peggy worked in the Sauk-Prairie school district as a physical education teacher first at the Middle School, then Madison Street school and finally Spruce Street school where she taught hundreds of kids over her 30+ years as an educator. In 1997 Peggy went back to school for her master’s degree in counseling and reinvented herself as a guidance counselor for the final six years as a teacher.

She was very dedicated to her students and had a special place in her heart for little ones going through a hard time — whether that was something as commonplace as losing a grandparent or more complex and challenging like abuse and neglect.  For a short time, she volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to help represent children involved in difficult custody or legal situations with their families.

As years went on, she never tired of running into her students or kids of her students or grandkids of her students while out and about in the community — the inevitable legacy of someone who teaches for so long in a small community.

She maintained very strong friendships with many women throughout her life that brought her meaning and great joy.

Peggy loved lots of things: colby cheese, supper club fish fries, reading, coffee with her girlfriends, travel, her “snow crown”, the cabin in Mountain, Wis., the Anna Maria Island gang, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Franzia Crisp White wine, sewing, Jeopardy, sitting on the porch, her foster cat, flowers, and her daughters and of course, her husband.

What she didn’t really love all that much were snakes and she was famously afraid of them, which was fodder for lots of funny family stories through her years living in rural Wisconsin.

Peggy had her fair share of health challenges over the years — breast cancer, double knee replacement and later in life COPD, which made breathing and getting around challenging and put a lot of strain on her heart.

And she lost her beloved husband George just six months ago in January 2020 — which also put a lot of strain on her heart, and it finally gave out, quickly and painlessly in the night.

Peggy is survived by her two daughters Leslie Shalabi (Mike Muench) of Dubuque, Iowa and Samia Shalabi (Jack Williams) of Madison, Wisconsin and Bali, Indonesia. As well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and many life-long friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lloyd and Lucille and her siblings Kaylene, Helen and Bob, her niece Michelle and nephew Todd, as well as her husband of 52 years, George Shalabi.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Hope House of South Central Wisconsin (720 Ash St., Baraboo, WI 53913), an organization providing support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

Because a traditional memorial service is challenging right now, the family is planning an outdoor reception with light refreshments at the east pavilion in Marion Park in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin on Saturday, August 15, from 2 pm to 5 pm. Friends are welcome to stop by to for a visit with masks and social distancing encouraged. Remembrances are being shared at 2:30 pm, please bring your memories of Peggy to share with us.

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


 

Berna L. Sagers

Berna L. Sagers, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, July 25, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family.

A private family graveside service and burial celebrating her life will be held at Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Berna Leah McCarty was born on July 1, 1937 in Canton, Iowa, to Bernie and Bernice (Kiester) McCarty. She grew up in Canton area and then moved to Maquoketa. She married Carlyle “Gabby” Clark on February 20, 1954 in Baldwin, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1982. She then married Ernie Scheeder on August 14, 1992 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 28, 1992. She lastly married Alan Lane Sagers on March 5, 1994 in Shell Knob, Missouri. He preceded her in death December 6, 2019.

Berna had first worked as a Certified Nurses Aide at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa for many years and following her marriage to Ernie she became a farmer.

She was a woman who could never sit still and was always staying busy. She enjoyed working outside and working hard, and spending time with her grandchildren and dogs.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Barbara (Dennis) Waugh of Dubuque, IA, and Sue (Randy) Weirup of Maquoketa, IA; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carlyle, husband Ernie and husband Lane, a daughter and son-in-law Mary and Richard Schulz, brother Marvin McCarty, sister Donna Arterberry and a grandson Joshua Schulz.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Jackson County.

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


 

Kenneth G. Brown

Kenneth G. “Ken” Brown, age 85, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 5:28 p.m., on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Ken’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Friday, July 31, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, the family asks that anyone attending please wear a mask.  To honor Ken’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 11:30 a.m., at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Steven M. Garner officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Ken was born on November 2, 1934, in Dubuque, son of King and Lena (Rubner) Brown.

Ken was a life long resident of Dubuque. At age 16, Ken went to work to help support his family, starting at Farley & Loetscher for 12 years until they closed the plant.  He then devoted 34 years to Flexsteel Industries, until his well earned retirement in 1997.  He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Valeta Wuertzer, on June 25, 1955, at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque.  They were very excited to have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary earlier this year.  Ken was an excellent handyman, as well as a talented woodworker, who in his free time created several beautiful pieces for family and friends.  Ken enjoyed being outdoors, spending lots of time hunting, fishing and gardening.  He also enjoyed watching the squirrels, rabbits and birds that would frequent his yard.  Ken loved to travel out west where he could enjoy the Rocky Mountains, and also took the family on trips to Yellowstone National Park.  There was never a doubt that Ken’s family was the most important aspect of his life, spending time with Valeta, the kids and the grandkids, brought him great joy and happiness.  We are heartbroken at losing our wonderful husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa in our daily lives.  He was truly one of a kind and we will miss him deeply.

Those left to cherish Ken’s memory include

his loving wife of 65 years,
Valeta Brown, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Judy (John) Schroeder, Asbury, IA,
Cindy (Dave) Meyer, Bernard, IA
and Dennis Brown, Dubuque, IA;

his 7 grandchildren,
Terrence Schroeder, Tammy (Ed) Snook, Kimberly (John) Schroeder-Freund, Karina (Michael) Schroeder-Koh, Kristin (Josh) Thomas, Stacy (Randy) Dupont and Eric (Mandy) Meyer;

and his 10 great-grandchildren,
Gavin, Isaac, Hazel, Jake, Austin, Madilyn, Colton, Jaxon, Corbin and Gunner;

and a very special nephew,
Jeff Davis, St. Catherines, IA.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 sisters Lorraine (George) Davis and Ruth (Ed) Gerlach.

Ken’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer and Amy, for all of their wonderful care of Ken, they truly are angels on Earth.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Kenneth Brown Family.

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


 

Steven A. Hefel

Steven A. “Steve” Hefel, age 68, of North Buena Vista, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 12:25 a.m., on Friday, July 24, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  To celebrate Steve’s life private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista, Iowa.

Steve was born on May 10, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Albert and Dorothy (Curtis) Hefel Jr.

Steve attended grade school in North Buena Vista and went on to high school at Leo High School, West Dubuque High School, and finally graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.  Steve was a jack of all trades, and was employed with the railroad, B&K Meats in Sherrill, Dubuque Stamp, John Deere Dubuque Works, ran his own business called Hefel’s Locker, FDL, Uelner Tool and Die, and Riley Construction, before going back to John Deere, from where he would eventually retire in May of 2015.

Steve met, and eventually married his soulmate, Judy Ploessl, on May 26, 1973, at St. Francis Church in Balltown, Iowa.  They were blessed to settle down and raise their 5 boys, and enjoy 47 years of wedded bliss together.  In his free time, Steve enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors hunting, fishing, and riding and working on his motorcycle.  He loved landscaping and was extremely proud of his yard, strategically placing every rock.  Steve was an avid racing fan, he and Judy attended the Indy 500 every year for 30 years.  He also liked watching Westerns, and always had a bowl of popcorn on his lap, as he was a true popcorn aficionado.  Steve was also known for making his own homemade wine and brewing his own beer.  Steve was a very simple man who required nothing but friends, and could make a friend anywhere he went.  We are deeply saddened at losing Steve so unexpectedly in our daily lives, and our nightly bowl of popcorn will never be the same without him.  We miss you, love you, and look forward to the day we are all reunited again in Heaven.

Those left to cherish Steve’s memory include

his loving wife,
Judy Hefel, North Buena Vista, IA;

his 4 sons,
Craig Hefel, Davenport, IA,
Patrick (Amy) Hefel, Marion, IA,
Ricky (Christa) Hefel, Osterdock, IA
and Lucas Hefel, Dubuque, IA;

and his 16 grandchildren;
Olivia, Chloe, Allison, Peter, Alex, April, Kalkidan, Austin, Will, Sam, Kaleb, Eneasha, Brianna, Braden, Bryson and Aiden.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jeremy Hefel; and 2 brothers, Christopher Hefel and Clark Hefel.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Steve Hefel Family.

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


 

Roger M. Simon

Roger M. Simon, 67, of Farley, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Mercy One Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Private Visitation for Roger will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa. Anyone interested in sending memorials may send them to Reiff Funeral Home, Attention: Roger Simon Family at P.O. Box #99, Farley, Iowa, 52046.

A Private Mass of Christian burial for Roger will be held Saturday, July 25, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating and Rev. Tom McDermott concelebrating.   Burial will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.  A Public Celebration of Life for Roger will be held following the burial at Noon, located at Simon’s Trucking at 920 Simon Dr. in Farley, Iowa.

He was born on November 28, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George M. and Mary (Hefel) Simon.  He was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Farley, Iowa.  Roger was a highly regarded businessman in Eastern Iowa having owned and operated Simon’s Trucking, Simon’s Cattle Company, BJ’s Truck Sales and Service, 300 Raceway, Simon’s Feed and Grain, Hopkinton Feed and Grain, Simon Sez Motorsports, and RJ Leasing Company.  Roger was a man who impacted many people because he dedicated his life to leaving a legacy. Not just in his business, but through his actions. He lived life to fulfill his family’s dreams and happiness. He set the bar for what a guy could do. He was always there to help out someone in need. Pay for your meal and help you on a rainy day. He was slow to judge and always there to listen. He will live on forever in the hearts of those he changed forever.  He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who will be greatly missed.

Roger was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish, in Farley.  He was a member of the Farley Knights of Columbus Council #2001.  He was a seven time National Two Wheel Drive Truck Champion.

Those left to cherish his memory are Darlene Simon of Dyersville; 4 children,  Nicole (Justin) Philipp, R.J. (Kayla) Simon, Melissa (Joe) Demmer, and Brandon (Jodi) Simon all of Farley; 13 grandchildren; nine siblings, Mary Kay Wolfe, of Clinton, Il., George (Dorann) Simon Jr., Jean Ann Neyen, Anna Mae (Glen) Hardin, Donna (Joe) Daly, Lois (Paul) Rauen, Connie Simon, and Sandy Simon, all of Farley, and Marty Simon, of Manchester; Mother-in-law, Shirley Connor of McGregor, IA; and brothers and sisters-in-law.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thomas Simon, in 1941; a sister, Betty Simon in 2013; Father-in-law, Eugene Connor; two brothers-in-law, Robert Neyen and Richard Wolfe; two sisters-in-law, Judy Simon and Patricia Connor; a great nephew, Dylan Hoefer.

A Roger Simon Memorial Fund has been established.

“Work Hard, Play Harder” and “You’re Dreamin’ It, I’m Livin’ It”

If you would like to view video tribute or send online condolences to the family, please visit our website at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com


 

Kenneth J. McDermott

Kenneth John McDermott, 77, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, July 25 at his home in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by his family.

Visitation for Kenneth will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. Social distancing will be followed, as recommended by federal and state guidelines. Face masks are required to attend the visitation.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Concelebrating will be Rev. Mark Ostgerhaus.  Lectors will be Anna McDermott, Becca McDermott, Nathan Freesmeier and Clkaire Freesmeier.  Eucharistic Minister will be Monica McDermott.  Placing of the pall will be done by Maureen McDermott, Jason McDermott, Kristi McDermott, Michele Freesmeier and Aaron McDermott.  Psalm #23 solo will be preformed by Rachel McDermott.  For anyone unable to attend mass it will be live streamed on the Reiff Funeral Home Facebook page.  Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Cascade American Legion Post #528.

Honorary pallbearers for Ken will be Bill Gehl, Bill Curoe, Ron Benke, Mike Beck, Dan Conrad and Larry O’Shea.

Casketbearers for Ken were Mike McDermott, John McDermott, Tom McDermott, Sam McDermott, Scott McDermott and Lisa Workman.

He was born April 8, 1943 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Raymond M. and Lenore R. (Dolphin) McDermott.  He was a graduate of St. Martin’s High School in 1961, and attended college at the DeVry Technical Institute. In 1965, he volunteered as a lay missionary with Divine Word Missionaries in Papua, New Guinea. This is where he met Maureen Trotter, his future wife of 52 years. On June 1, 1968 he was united in marriage to Maureen Trotter in Beechwood, New South Wales, Australia. Upon returning to Iowa, he fulfilled his draft obligation and spent 11 months in Vietnam. Kenneth and Maureen started their family business of McDermott Oil Company in 1972, which they operated for many years until their retirement.

In his retirement years, he enjoyed wintering in Mesa, AZ, where he could golf and relax with his friends and family. Kenneth was an avid golfer and sports fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Bears, Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Creighton Bluejays.

Kenneth was a veteran, having served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, a member of the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council #930, and the Cascade American Legion Post #528. He was also a former member of the Cascade Volunteer Fire Department and past Cascade City Council Member.

He is survived by his wife, Maureen McDermott of Cascade, IA; four children, Jason (Dede) McDermott of Cascade, IA, Kristi McDermott (Gerry Notara) of Charlotte, NC, Michele (Jon) Freesmeier of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Aaron McDermott of Marion, IA; six grandchildren, Sam, Rachel, Rebecca, and Anna McDermott, and Nathan and Claire Freesmeier; five brothers, Alan (Margie) McDermott of Cascade, IA, Bob (Barb) McDermott of Tempe, AZ, Earl (Mary) McDermott, Jerry (Shirley) McDermott, both of Cascade, IA, and Howard (Carol) McDermott of Monticello, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law all from Australia, Father Trevor Trotter of Melbourne, Irene (Owen) Wheatley of Toowoomba, Pat Trotter of Wauchope, Clare (Terry) Groom of Nerang, Barbara (Paul) Downie of Alexandria Hills, Kathy Trotter of Darwin, and Lesley (Mark) Linton of Cedar Creek.

He is preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Bob and Dorothy Trotter; his sister Betty (Jack) Vance, and three sisters in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials for Kenneth be given to Aquin Elementary in Cascade, or Divine Word Seminary in Epworth.

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

The family would like to thank Bill and Kathy Gehl for all their help and support, and Hospice of Dubuque, Home Instead, and the Mayo Clinic doctors in Minnesota and Arizona. Thank you to everyone for the well wishes, support, and prayers.


 

Rita M. Hauger

Rita M. Hauger, age 86 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on July 23, 2020, at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.  Rita was born on October 23, 1933, in Washington, Indiana, a daughter to James S. and Helen E. (Gootee) Mackey.

After graduating from St. Simon’s Catholic High School, she moved to Indianapolis to work for Bell Telephone. She eventually moved to Cicero, IL, where she lived for over 50 years, making many lifelong friends. In 2012, she came to Dubuque, IA to be closer to her family.

Rita was passionate about news, current events and sports. Being a fan of the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Cubs, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, she never failed to miss a game.  Rita loved family gatherings where her cooking skills were her real talent. She lived for her grandchildren as they were always the center of her universe.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Rita include, her daughter, Kelley (Chris) Schrumpf, her grandchildren, Bradley Stryczek, Ashley (Kyle) Alexander, Kyle Schrumpf, Tyler Schrumpf, great granddaughter, Kayleigh Uppena, nieces, nephews, her extended family the Diverdes, and friends.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; brothers John Mackey, James Mackey, Thomas Mackey, step-brother William Francisco Drury CSC, Niece Debbie Long (Mackey), and close friends, Mary Diverde, Marcia Londo, sisters, Peggy, Ann, and Molly Nugent.

To honor Rita, a private family service and celebration of life is being held at a later date.  Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Washington, Indiana.

Rita’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital and Luther Manor for all their compassion, care, and concern for Rita and her family. They would also to thank the Tri-State Cremation Center for all their help through this difficult transition.

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


 

David J. Harry

David J. “Rudy” Harry 64 of Dubuque passed away Thursday July 23, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospital.

 Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday July 29, 2020 at Linwood Cemetery with Rev. Katrina Richardson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2020 with a prayer service at 6:30p.m. Family and friends may also gather after 10:00a.m. Wednesday July 29, 2020 at the funeral home until the procession leaves for the cemetery.  The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Rudy was born in Dubuque on October 12, 1955 the son of Lloyd and Harriet (Gerndt) Harry. He graduated from Hempstead High School in 1973.

Rudy had a great love of Harley’s and took several trips out west, and attended many swap meets. He could be found playing euchre or cribbage any time if he wasn’t giving some little one a ride of “trot-trot to Boston”. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and camping, and feeding his backyard wildlife visitors and his dogs, Bear and Autumn. He was always busy but never to busy to stop and help a friend.  

He is survived by his long time companion of 25 years Myrna Howell a daughter Katie Harry, his grandchildren Jaylynn and Payton and their grandmother Connie Gerhard, his siblings Ted (Lynda) Harry, Jacqueline (Tony) Urbain, Valerie Harry, Brian (Kim) Harry and Barbara (Hal) Burns, many nieces and nephews, along with Myrna’s children Carlene (Lynn) Hillard, Michelle (Dean) Huseman, Amie (Billy) Dean, and Buddy (Kasey) Howell. He also had three God Children Dave Reinert, Rashene Womack, and Zach Donath.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Joshua Stevens,  infant siblings Katherine and Duane Harry, and Malcolm Grossheim, Karel & Joseph Reinert, Gary Harry (Connie Dement), and Lloyd Michael Harry.


 

Pamela Ostrander

Pamela Ostrander, 67, of Dubuque, died Saturday, July 25, 2020, at her home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Pam’s family.

The Funeral Service for Pam will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Pam was born August 13, 1952, in Dubuque, the daughter of Warren and Betty Calloway Schmitt. On October 25, 1969, she married Lee “Tom” Ostrander in Dubuque.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed shopping, cooking, casinos, playing cards, especially poker. She especially cherished time with her family.

Survivors include husband, Tom; three children, Kelly (Todd) Day, Cheryl Ostrander, and Scott (Stacey) Ostrander all of Dubuque; 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth (Cathy) Schmitt of Guttenberg, and Michael (Chris) Schmitt of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by one brother, Warren Schmitt; and one sister, April Schmitt.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Dr. Hermann, and his nurses.

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

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


 

Ralph L. Rolling

Ralph L. Rolling, 96, of 275 Princeton Place died Saturday, July 25, 2020, at the Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM  followed by recitation of the rosary beginning at 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road. On behalf of Ralph’s family masks will be required at the visitation and the mass. Please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Ralph’s family.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Ralph will be 10:00 AM Friday, July 31, 2020 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2001 St. Joseph Street, with Rev. Father Jim Goerend as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Full military honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post #6. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

He was born July 24, 1924, in Dubuque, the son of Leo F. and Pearl C. (Chapman) Rolling and was baptized August 3, 1924 at the Church of the Nativity by Rev. H.P. Rohlman.

He attened Nativity School, Loras Academy and College, NW Missouri State University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ralph married Joan E. Saul on October 2, 1946 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. After 57 years of marriage, Joan died on Christmas Eve, 2003.

Ralph was in the U.S. Navy for 7 years and served as the Supply and Disbursing Officer on a destroyer, the USS Heywood L. Edwards, in the Pacific theater.

He was with Weber Paper Company when it was founded in 1951 where he was a Salesman, Office Manager, President and Chairman of the Board. He retired in 1994 and remained as a Chairman of the Board of the now Wepaco Management and Consulting Company.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker parish and was Past-President of the Parish Council, member of the men’s choir, and served in the first group of Lay Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers. He and his wife organized the parish’s first Christian Family Movement unit.

He was a member of the Serra Club, life member of the Council #510 Knights of Columbus, Past-President of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, Clarke College Development Council, Dubuque Ambassadors, Squires Club, and Past-President of Dubuque Shooting Society 330 Club.

Survivors include his three daughters, Constance (Peter) Bellaver of Dubuque, Kathy (Bill) Bartmann of Bixby, OK, and Christine (Greg) Sinkey of Iowa City, IA; six grandchildren, Noelle Bellaver of Grants, NM, Andrew (Sue) Bellaver of Fortville, IN, Jessica (Kory) Allsop of Bixby, OK, Meghan Barry of Bixby, OK, Sarah (Tony) Greazel of North Liberty, IA, and Michael (Ellen) Sinkey of Dubuque; and 11 great-grandchildren, Madeline and Ava Bellaver, Devin and Tatum Barry, Caleb and Emily Allsop, Issac, Sophia, Sammy, and Joey Greazel, and Emma Sinkey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; sister, Carol; and brothers, Ted and John.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Serra Club, or Hills and Dales.

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

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


 

Michael Wulfekuhle

Michael “Mike” Wulfekuhle, 63, of Dubuque, IA passed away surrounded by his family in his home on July 23, 2020.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at the church of the Resurrection with Rev. David Ambrosy officiating.  Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.  Family and friends may also gather after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church until time of mass.

Please wear mask and if you are unable to attend, a live stream of the funeral mass will be on the funeral home’s Facebook page.

Mike was born June 17, 1957 in San Diego, CA to David and Margaret (Power) Wulfekuhle. He grew up in Fayette, IA and graduated from Fayette Community High School. He attend Loras College and graduated in 1979 with a degree in Secondary Education and History. He married the love of his life, Karen (Fessler) Wulfekuhle on July 28, 1979 in Fayette, IA. They had three children and four grandchildren in their 40 years of marriage.

Mike was a dedicated coach and teacher for over 40 years. He began his teaching career at Holy Ghost and moved to Dubuque Senior High after a few years of teaching. He taught for a total of 39 years before retiring in 2019. He coached basketball, football, and baseball through his years in the community. His coaching extended to his grandchildren in the last seven years as they began their athletic careers.

Mike is survived by his wife, Karen (Fessler) Wulfekuhle, three children; Kristin (Eric) Weiland, Aaron (Micki) Wulfekuhle, and Matthew (Allee) Wulfekuhle, four grandchildren; Morgan, Kylie, Lauren, and Caden, his brothers, his mother-in-law Betsy (Clemen) Fessler, and brothers and sisters-in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Margaret Wulfekuhle.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Hermann and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeremiah, for all of their support and care.


 

Sister Marian Einck

Sister Marian (Raphael) Einck, OSF, of Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 9:10 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020 at the Clare House.

A private Rite of Final Commendation will be held at the Clare House Chapel, Mount St. Francis Center at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020. A Memorial Mass will be held at Mount St. Francis Chapel at a later date. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

She was born on August 23, 1929 in Ossian, IA the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Miller) Einck.

Sister Marian entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1945 and made final profession of vows August 12, 1951. Sister received master’s degrees in mathematics at University of Santa Clara, CA and in theology at Aquinas Institute, St. Louis, MO. She ministered as an educator in Iowa at Dyersville, Ionia, New Hampton, Holy Ghost and Wahlert, Dubuque, and in Oregon at Portland and Milwaukie. Sister also served as Pastoral Associate at St. Edward’s in Waterloo, IA and at Glencoe, MN. She later served in parish ministry at St. Francis, Dyersville, IA and directed the ministry for the Divorced/Bereaved in the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Sister is survived by her nieces, nephews, and Franciscan sisters.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her infant sisters Marie, Caroline, and Rita; her infant brothers Tony, William, and Frank; and brothers Emil (Florence) Einck, Rev. Gregory Einck, and Richard (June) Einck.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

Leonard Funeral Home  & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


 

Daniel F. Teply Jr.

Daniel F. Teply Jr, 83, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on July 23rd, 2020.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 27th, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, IL, from 4-7pm.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home, with Rev. Loren Shellabarger officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Dan was born September 25th, 1936, in Clarkson, NE.  The son of Daniel Frank Sr. and Charlotte (Prachar) Teply. He was a 1954 graduate of Clarkson High School.  On May 3rd, 1959, he was united in marriage to Ruth A.  Way of Schuyler, NE.  They were blessed with 61 years of marriage.

Dan joined the service in 1955 where he served as a Private 2nd Class for the US Army.  He then opened Teply Hardware in Bloomfield, NE. with Ruth.  After selling the family hardware store, he began his career with the state of Nebraska and later with the US Department of Agriculture for almost 30 years.  He retired in 1999.  After his retirement, he was able to devote his attention to the duct cleaning side of D&D Enterprises, which was begun by with his son, David.  He was also active with the Menominee-Dunleith Fire Department and helped many in need.

Dan’s most rewarding contribution in life was his 50+ year membership as a Master Mason of the Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. in Fremont, NE.  He served as the President of the Key City Shrine Club, a branch of the Kaaba Shriners.  A Masonic Service will be held at a later date.  He dedicated to serving the organization and raising funds for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.  You may have seen Dan volunteering each year at the Dubuque County Fair where he would be known to sit for hours at the Shriner Popcorn Booth, calling “Popcorn, get your popcorn, here!”  He also drove the Shriner truck in numerous area parades.

Surviving are his mother Charlotte Teply of Carrollton, TX; his wife Ruth of Dubuque, IA; children Daniel Frank III (Michele), of Dubuque, IA, David (Lynn) Teply of East Dubuque, IL, Tamara (Jared) Sigwarth of Dubuque, IA; a sister Karen (Alan) Sander of Carrollton, TX; six grandchildren (Matthew, Andrew, Ava, William, Emma, and Ian), sister In Law, Linda (Richard) Knapp of Schuyler, NE, and loving nieces and a nephew.

Ruth and Family would like to thank his doctors and caregivers at MercyOne in Dubuque, IA with his transition in care.  In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

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


 

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