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Brian G. Osterhaus

Brian G. Osterhaus, 57, of Dyersville passed away peacefully Thursday, May 23, 2024, at his home surrounded by family and friends.

A visitation will be held from 2 – 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 9 – 10 am at the funeral home prior to funeral mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in St. Boniface cemetery in New Vienna.  Rev. Chris Podhajsky will officiate.

Brian was born on June 15, 1966, the son of Roger and Darlene (Brunsmann) Osterhaus.  He graduated from Beckman High School in 1984. Brian went on to attend Coe College where he played football and was a member of the TKE fraternity, graduating in 1988 with a degree in history. Brian married Leisa Myers on August 28, 1992, at St. Pius X Parish in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Taking lessons from his father, Brian was an expert carpenter for over 35 years. Brian will be remembered as a loving, hard-working husband, father and friend with an infectious laugh who was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Survivors include his wife, Leisa, two daughters: JoJo (Tyler) Johnson and Maya Osterhaus, of Dyersville; his parents, Roger and Darlene Osterhaus of New Vienna; siblings: Bruce (Traci) Osterhaus of Guyton, GA, Bart (Lynn) Osterhaus of Dyersville and Jan (Jim) Pirc of Delhi, IA; in-laws: Dawn (Judd) Zulgad of Minneapolis, MN, Kurt Myers (Corey Duvel) of Marion, IA, and Kraig (Nadine) Myers of Walker, IA; nieces: Ashley (Matt) Striplin, Emily (Melissa) Pittman, Jill Osterhaus, Katelyn Pirc, Courtney (Dakota) Rueber, Olivia Pirc, and Shelby Pirc; great-nieces, McKinley Striplin and Rylee Rueber.

He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Al and Marlene Myers, grandparents, Ambrose and Emily Osterhaus and Cletus and Loretta Brunsmann.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Mercy One Cancer Center, especially Dr. Eric Engleman, Diane, Kelly and Stacy, and Kris from Hospice of Dubuque for the excellent care they provided.

Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com.  Memorials may be sent to the family, (in care of Kramer Funeral Home) 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA  52040.


 

Gerald B. Otting

Gerald B. “Jerry” Otting, 92, of Cascade, Iowa passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024 at Accura Healthcare in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Jerry may call from 3 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and KC Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will also continue after 9 a.m. on Friday, May 31st at the funeral home.

Services for Jerry will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2024 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding.   Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born April 7, 1932 in Cascade, Iowa son of Joseph A. and Anna H. (Soppe) Otting.  He received his education in the former St. Mary’s School in Cascade.  On May 4, 1957 he was united in marriage to Joan McGovern at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.

He was co-owner of Cigrand Bros. John Deere Implement in Cascade until his retirement.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed hiking in the woods, and was a devoted care taker of a large garden.  The couple enjoyed spending the winters in Arizona, with the many friends they had there.

Jerry was a Veteran, having served in the Army during the Korean War.   He is a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade.  He was very active in the Community and volunteered for various committees; the Cascade American Legion Post #528, the Cascade Chamber of Commerce for which he served as Past President, the Cascade Fire Department, the Cascade Knights of Columbus-Council #930 and the Cascade Sportsman.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joan Otting of Cascade, IA; five children, Jill (Kenny) Ehlers and Thomas Otting both of Cascade, IA, Jennifer (Jon) Metzen of Center Point, IA, Maribeth “Betsy” (Brian) Kramer of Hopkinton, IA and Michael (Michaela) Otting of Cascade, IA; 15 grandchildren; eight Great grandchildren and one on the way; two step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren; two sisters-in-laws, Jean Ann Otting, Jean Otting, Betty Leibold all of Cascade, IA, Sr. Ann McGovern of Canton, OH, Linda Manternach of Dubuque, IA, and Bob (Cheryl) McGovern of Verona, WI.

He is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Bill (Madonna) , Jim (Grace) , Bob, Don, and Fr. Loras Otting; three sisters, Betty (Cliff) Woerdehoff, Rosemary Otting, and Joanne Otting; one niece, Lisa Otting and three nephews, Bob Woerdehoff, John Otting and Dave Otting; and his in-laws, Buddy and Georgene McGovern, Jackie and Buddy Trumm, Louie Leibold, Faith and Bob Kelly, Tom McGovern, Donna and Merlin Reinke, Urban Manternach and Marie and Kenny Green.

An Online video tribute may be viewed and online condolences sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

The family of Jerry would like to thank the staff of Accura Health Care in Cascade, Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and compassion and Fr. Mark and the Deacon’s of St. Matthias Parish for their many visits.


 

Shirley Maiers

The world lost one of the good ones this week. Shirley Maiers, 84, of Dubuque, died Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the Grand Meadows in Asbury.

A doer and a socializer, Shirley loved surrounding herself with people, whether that was hosting the family for holidays and special events, organizing card games or golf trips with friends, or donating her time to people in need through her service to the church and the many other charities she selflessly supported. A series of challenges and tragedies during her life taught her the importance of perseverance, resolve, and most of all, a strong connection to family—traits which she instilled in her children and exhibited in everything she did, even at the very end. 

Shirley was born April 4, 1940, in Iowa City, IA, the daughter of Frank McPoland and Bernadette Hall. She married Donald Anstoetter On September 30, 1961. Don passed away on November 26, 1973, and Shirley subsequently married Cletus “Clete” E. Maiers on July 22, 1977. Clete passed away on August 25, 2018. 

Shirley was a homemaker while her family was young. After Don’s passing, she graduated from Capri College of Cosmetology and opened and operated her own salon, Headhunters. She also worked as a lunch lady for Dubuque Community Schools and a teller for U.S. Bank.

Shirley was a devoted member of the Church of the Resurrection, where she volunteered as a greeter and helped serve funeral meals. Her faith, friends, and family were very important to her. She dedicated much of her time to volunteering, including 30 years with Hospice of Dubuque, serving Wednesday meals at St. Patrick’s, Maria House, Right to Life, Bernadette Circle, ushering at Grand Theatre, and helping with St. Vincent de Paul. An avid card player, she especially enjoyed Poker, Hand and Foot, Euchre, Bridge, and many other games, often playing up to four days a week. She liked to golf, travel, and camp. She loved dining out, especially for breakfast.

Survivors include four children, Brian (Nancy) Anstoetter of West Des Moines, and their children: Ben (Holly Hildreth), Joe, and Jack; Brenda (Mark) Ehlers of Dubuque, and their children: Matt (Bree) and their children, Olive, Maelin, and Ettason, Connor (Mary) and their child, Tilly, and Katie (Chase Bushaw); Brad (Laura) Anstoetter of Walker, IA, and their children: Andrew (Anna Swanson) and Jack; Eric (Kristy) Maiers of Elmhurst, IL, and their children: Norah and Sadie; one sister, Margaret “Ginny” Schiel of Dubuque; and several sisters- and brothers-in-law.

Besides her two husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Sam McPoland, five sisters, Theresa, Eileen, Mary, Betty, and Lois, and many brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Visitation will be from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm Sunday, June 2, 2024 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory. The Mass of Christian Burial for Shirley will be 10:30 am Monday, June 3, 2024, at Church of the Resurrection with Father Phil Gibbs as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Hospice of Dubuque.

The family thanks Dr. Konz and her nurse, Cherie, the staff and nurses at Grand Meadows and Hospice of Dubuque for caring for Shirley. The family also thanks Deacon Mike Ellis and Shirley’s many friends who offered their prayers and support over the years.

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


 

Richard Ruh

Richard Ruh, 74, from Homosassa, Florida, passed on May 19, 2024 in Brooksville, Florida. Mr. Ruh was born March 1, 1950 to the late Earl Anthony and Mary E. (nee McFadden) Ruh in Dubuque, Iowa. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard and the United States Army and was Catholic by faith. He worked as a diesel mechanic for John Deere tractors before retiring and coming to Florida. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Boston Celtics and Larry Bird, and NASCAR. Mr. Ruh loved his family and friends.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Christine (nee Johnson); his 2 sons Michael Vincent Ruh and his wife Molly and Nicholas Adam Ruh and his wife Haley Smith; 3 grandchildren: Keenan Micheal Ruh, Brittney Michelle Ruh, and Madison Jade Ruh; and his brother John Joseph Ruh and his wife Debbie.

Private services will be held at a later date. WWW.Heinzfh.com


 

Linda J. Houselog-Lee-Gunther

Linda J. Houselog-Lee-Gunther, 68, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, died at home May 19, 2024, after a brave four-year battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with entombment to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Linda was born Dec. 16, 1955, in Dubuque to Norbert “Butch” and Lois (Donovan) Houselog. She wed John Gunther on Feb. 14, 2024, at their home in Myrtle Beach. She was formerly married to Ed Meyer of Dubuque and the late Pat Lee of Galva, Illinois.

Linda was passionate about caring for the elderly, particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and worked for many years as an activities director at Avonlea Cottage in Milan, Illinois, and Ridgecrest Village in Davenport. She had a soft spot for shelter animals, including her dog Chloe, and loved planning parties, beach life and fundraising to find cures to Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

Her survivors include her husband; daughters Jennifer (Brad Michels) Meyer-Michels of Blue Grass, Carla (Dusty) Kelchen of Cedar Rapids, and Mandy (Jeremiah) Schramm of Bettendorf; grandchildren Rhett, Graham and Blythe Michels, Samantha, Henry, Hadley and Thomas Kelchen and Nolan and Vera Schramm; brother Michael Houselog of Poplar Grove, Illinois; many cousins, including Julie Schwendinger of Dubuque, who she considered a sister; and many friends, including Cindy Stewart and Carol Krohmer since childhood.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marianne, in infancy; and many beloved aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in her name to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association, or to donate platelets at your local blood center to assist cancer patients still fighting this terrible disease.


 

Judith A. Fortmann

Judith A. “Judy” Fortmann , age 75, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at home surrounded by her family.  To honor Judy’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 3:45 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Jeffrey I. Frieden officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Judy was born on May 27, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Francis and Viola (Weber) Hess.

Judy graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross.  Not long after that Judy married the love of her life, Robert Fortmann, on September 9, 1967, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque.  They raised their family and celebrated 46 wedding anniversaries together before Robert passed away on August 11, 2014.  Judy was always a hard worker.  She was employed as the Head of Housekeeping for the Days Inn and Holiday Inn for 30 years and finally retired from Wartburg Seminary after 21 years of service in 2021.  In her free time, Judy loved going to garage sales.  She was always on the hunt for a great bargain or a new treasure to add to her collection.  Judy was an extremely organized person who took pride in keeping her home tidy and was meticulous about how the laundry was folded.  She also liked going to Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.  Her family was always at the top of her priority list, followed by her beloved pets.  Judy enjoyed spending time with everyone, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She has attended countless sporting events throughout the years.  Judy was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish Judy’s memory include

her children,
Darla (Scott Carey) Fortmann, Dubuque, IA
and Don (Tricia) Fortmann, Nevada, IA;

6 grandchildren,
Taylor Miller, Trenton (Jessica Vaassen) Miller, Matthew (fiancé Lea Valaitis) Fortmann, Amanda (fiancé Jakob Pitman) Fortmann, Mitchell (Carmen) Phillips and Alyssa (Kyle) Henry;

4 great-grandchildren,
Addison, Evelyn, Halle and Tanner;

and a sister,
Rita Brown, Madison, WI.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Fortmann; a brother, James Hess in infancy; and 2 brothers-in-law, John Brown and Thomas Baxter.

Judy’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for the outstanding care they have provided for Judy and the entire family.

Greeting cards and memorials in Judy’s memory may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Judy Fortmann Family.

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


 

Ronald Brauhn

Ronald “Downtown Ronnie Brown” Brauhn, 58, of Dubuque, passed away on May 20, 2024 at UnityPoint Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Private family services will be held. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

Ronald was born on June 26, 1965 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Rodger and Leah (Janzen) Brauhn. He graduated from East Dubuque High School. Ronnie was a jack-of-all-trades and would help anyone with anything.

He is survived by his siblings Linda (Zach) Lanham, Peg (Kenny) Lackey, Charlotte (Ronnie) Kilburg, and Richard (Sandy) Brauhn, nieces and nephews Robert Lanham, Andi Chapman, Becca McInnish, Billie Jo Myers, Jennifer Manders, Chris Olszewki, and Samantha Pearson, as well as many great friends who were like family to him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brother-in-law Bill Roling, and nephews Jason Kilburg and Justin Kilburg.

The family would like to thank all of Ronnie’s friends for helping him throughout his life. Thank you for helping our family as well. We appreciate you all for your friendship to Ronnie.


 

Gail L. Holder

Gail Lorraine Holder, 77, of Key West, Iowa, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2024, surrounded by her loving family.

Friends and family may visit Tuesday, May 28, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque IA. A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Gail was born on April 18, 1947, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, to Irene (Price) Oneyear and Sylvan Keehner. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1965.

In 1966, Gail married Dave W. Holder. Together, they raised their four children on the family hog farm, which Gail proudly managed until they parted in 1998. From there she worked for TSA at the Dubuque Regional Airport, where she served as the supervisor, later retiring in 2012. She also worked at Hardees and Hatches in Dubuque.

Gail was one of the biggest Packers fans and enjoyed watching the games with her son and grandkids. You’d often find her cozied up in her giant green chair watching her favorite TV shows or a good movie.  She had a warm and infectious laugh and smile, that instantly made life better. Gails door was always open when you needed a friend, and many loved her for that.

Those left to celebrate Gail’s life are her children, Terry (John) Martin, Tammy Folmer, Todd (Tammy) Holder, and Tracey Holder; her eight grandchildren, Ashley (Travis)Holman, Amanda, Megan(Jerren) Graber & Taylor Holder, Zachery (Dan) & Colbey Holder and Joshua (Alexis) & Jaimee Holder; her siblings, Lynn (Bob) Lochner and Steve (Jane) Oneyear; Many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Gail had several dear friends she called family, especially the Carol Lattner family, Karen & Karen.

Gail was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Mike (Patty) Oneyear, her Grandpa & Grandma Price and a half-sister Cheryl (Jim) Donchez.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to all her friends that took the time to laugh and visit with Mom, over the past couple years, it meant the world to her. And to Haley & Abbey & Lisa, her nurses at Mercy hospital, for their care & compassion during her last days.


 

Susan K. Rowland

Susan K. (Garrett) Rowland, 69, of Dubuque passed away at home on Wednesday May 15, 2024.

No service will be held at this time. A celebration of life will be announced. Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory 2595 Rockdale Rd Dubuque IA. is assisting the family.

Susan was born April 5, 1955, in Fort Dodge IA to Robert P. and Ilene (Dowling) Garrett.

She graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1974, and worked on and off as a CNA and Medical Assistant for 40 years in nursing homes in Fort Dodge and Algona IA.

Susan married David C. Rowland on December 5, 2002.

She enjoyed camping, spending time with family and friends, cooking, doing crafts, and was a huge lover of music that she impressed into the life of her children.

Susan is survived by her husband David C. Rowland; sons Jerrad R. Garrett, and Eric J. (Renee) Garrett; stepchildren C.J. Rowland and Cassie Rowland; grandchildren Abigail I. Garrett, Liam T. Garrett, Jessica M. Garrett, Brandon L. Makinson, Madelyn G. Garrett, Joshua R. Garrett; brother Robert Garrett Jr.; sister Pamela J Bouluare; sisters-in-law Cecelia Garrett, Theresa Garrett, Andrea Gann, Janet Evans, Darice Fickett, and Kim Conley.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Terry L. Garrett and Jerry D. Garrett.

The family would like to express their gratitude for all the love and support from everyone that has reached out to us!


 

Joyce Freiburger

Joyce Freiburger, 64, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at her home.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM.

To commemorate her incredible journey and to celebrate the love she spread, a Mass of Christian Burial for Joyce will be 10:30 am Thursday, May 30, 2024, at Church of the Resurrection with Father Phil Gibbs as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Dubuque. We invite all who knew her to join us in remembering a truly remarkable woman.

Joyce was born February 2, 1960, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of Melvin “Boots” and Virginia “Trixie” (Ritt) Schmitt. Joyce grew up on a farm in Sherrill and made lots of memories with her siblings, cousins, and friends. She graduated from Hempstead High School in 1978 and went on to work at Pepsi Cola and the Copper Kettle. Joyce and Francis (Frank) were married on November 16, 1985, at St Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, Iowa. They went on to have two children Jordan and Elizabeth (Ellie). Joyce enjoyed various jobs throughout her life like Medical Associates and Rite Hite, but always thrived working as a waitress and server. Joyce worked at Rhodys, the Dubuque Country Club, and most recently at the Moracco. Joyce also fed “the little darlings” as a lunch lady for Resurrection School and for the Dubuque Community School District.

Joyce truly was the hostess with the mostest on the job and at her home. Everyone that came to her house left with a full belly, smile, and a plate to-go. She was an exceptional cook and baker. Her freezer was full of homemade cookies, brownies, cake, and snacks ready for anytime someone would stop by. Joyce and Frank enjoyed traveling all throughout their marriage and made numerous friends during their trips. She loved to talk, shop, quilt, spend time with friends and family, and of course talk.

Joyce will fondly be remembered by those who knew her as having a Diet Pepsi in hand and a story to share.

Left to honor Joyce is her husband of 38 years, Frank; a son, Jordan of Dubuque; a daughter, Elizabeth “Ellie” Wintermote and her husband Mote of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Lucy and Violet Wintermote; one sister, Janice Freiburger of Peosta; two brothers, Dennis Schmitt and his wife Debbie, and David Schmitt, both of Sherrill; five sisters-in-law Crystal and friend Leddy of Sherrill, Mary Ann and her husband Joe Barker of Dyersville, Agnes Cannon of Manchester, Anne Freiburger of Ankeny, and Rose Freiburger of Austin, Texas; and three brothers-in law, Joe Freiburger, Tom Freiburger, Louis Freiburger and his wife Vicki, all of Manchester. Joyce will also be remembered by her numerous nieces and nephews.

Joyce is reunited in death with her parents, grandparents, in-laws Earl and Alice Freiburger of Manchester, her brother, Dale Schmitt, and brother-in-laws, John Freiburger and Dave Cannon.

Joyce’s family would like to thank the devoted caregivers and staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their compassion and guidance, Dr. Mark Hermann and Tony Heiar of Dubuque Oncology for their expertise as well as Dr. Carlos Chan and Dr. Chandrikha at the University of Iowa. Joyce fought hard for two and a half years with your help.

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


 

Leo G. Walech

Leo G. Walech, 87, of Dubuque passed away peacefully Monday, May 20, 2024, surrounded by family.   Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Tuesday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road where there will be a parish wake service at 6:00 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Wednesday at the Church of the Resurrection, followed by burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be accorded.

Leo was born November 24, 1936 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Victor and Helen (Berwick) Walech. Leo was the only boy of the family and grew up surrounded by his sisters who he loved dearly.  As a young man, Leo attended St. Anthony’s Elementary School, and graduated from Loras Academy with the “illustrious” Class of 1955.  A few years after graduation Leo served in the US Army 1959- 1965.  From 1959-1961 he served as a medic in the 95th Medical Company, stationed in Germany. Following his military service, Leo returned to Dubuque, and followed in the footsteps of his father working at Caradco, before working at the Dubuque Packing Company for 40 years as part of the “smokehouse gang”.

Leo met the love of his life, Mary Jeanne Reilly and they were united in marriage at the Church of Nativity on October 21, 1972, and purchased their home on Hansel Dr.  Leo’s most important title, Dad, came as he and Mary Jeanne welcomed their three children Kathleen, Elizabeth and Jon, creating a very tight knit family.

In addition to his roles as husband and father, Leo was a very devoted son, brother, uncle and grandfather.  Family was extremely important to Leo, he became the favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews, and he had a unique nickname for all. Although he didn’t have any official hobbies, he loved watching the Chicago Cubs and participating in any activity that involved family and friends, especially attending Jon’s football games as his biggest fan.  Leo’s favorite thing was enjoying a great “bull session” over a cup of coffee, especially with the guys in his “FOG” group.

Leo was thrilled to become a grandpa, and his grandsons, Victor and Nicholas, were a source of amazing pride.  You couldn’t visit Leo without hearing about Vic and Nic.  Leo also loved dogs and his best buddy was his “grand dog” Wrigley.  His children often joked that Leo was more excited to see Wrigley than anyone else.

Leo is survived by his wife, Mary Jeanne Walech of Dubuque; three children, Kathleen (Matt) Haas of Dubuque, Elizabeth (Sean) Johnson of Asbury, and Jon (Margo) Walech of Medina, MN; two grandchildren, Victor J. Walech and Nicholas H. Walech.

He is also survived by three siblings, Marie Hansel of Centralia, Betty Murphy of Dubuque, and Jan (Bill) Kueter of Durango; and many nieces and nephews.

Leo was preceded in death by a sister, Vickie Fischer and four brothers in law, Albert Fischer, Bob Hansel, Louis Murphy, and Tom Reilly.

Memorials may be made to the Leo Walech Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Palliative Care Unit as well as nurses, Tyler and Keri, at Compasus Hospice for their loving care.


 

Peggy A. Schaller

Peggy A. (Murphy) Schaller, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on May 19, 2024 at home.

Friends and family may visit from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday May 25, 2024 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, with a time for sharing and closing prayers starting at noon.

Peggy was born on September 2, 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Daniel and Marian (Boxliter) Murphy. She graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Harris Schaller on July 26, 1969 at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church. She worked as a CNA for twelve years, owned PJ’s Tap for eleven years, and bartended at Choppers.

Peggy loved playing euchre, shuffle board, and cribbage. She also loved spending time with her family, and she was a breast cancer survivor.

Peggy is survived by her husband Harris Schaller, sons Steve (Tricia) Schaller and Tom Schaller, sisters Gayle (Rich) Atkins and Sue (Ken Hanson) Saffran, grandchildren Maranda (Dustin) Bindert, Mason (Amber Dempsy) Schaller, Teisha (Nik) Gibson, Dillon (Linzy Knockel) Schaller, Samantha Schaller, eight great grandchildren (with one on the way), four sisters-in-law, and one brother-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents Daniel and Marian Murphy, father-in-law Clarence Schaller, brothers-in-law Donald Schaller, Terry Shaw, and Tom Frost and sisters-in-law Ellen Welp and Mary Avery.

A Peggy A. Schaller Memorial Fund has been established.

Thank you to all of our loved ones for all the love and support during this time.


 

Jane A. Smothers

Jane A. Smothers, age 82, of Dubuque, passed away at 12:31 a.m., on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at MercyOne Dubuque.  To honor Jane’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Friday, May 24, 2024, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon Jim Koetz officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Jane was born on October 10, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Peter and Marcella “Sally” (Sahm) Gasper.

Jane attended Holy Ghost Grade School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.  She met her future husband, Marvin Smothers, at the roller skating rink on the north end.  Jane and Marvin were married on February 3, 1962, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque.  They celebrated 42 years together before he sadly passed away on May 24, 2004.  Jane was a hard worker and was employed with Maid Rite and Merrimac before going to work for Flexsteel Industries, retiring in 2004.  She was always active in her community and volunteered at Mercy Hospital for several years.  In her free time, Jane enjoyed bowling, going to Bingo, G56 was her favorite number, playing board games and card games, especially Rummikub and Euchre, and heading out for a little retail therapy.  She and Marvin also liked to try their luck at the dog track and casino.  Jane loved her family and time spent with the kids and grandkids brought her great joy.  She will be deeply missed!

Those left to cherish Jane’s memory include

3 children,
Craig (Pam Stotlar) Smothers, Dubuque, IA,
Tracy (Jeff) Hirsch, Dubuque, IA
and Lori Manders, Sun Prairie, WI;

4 grandchildren,
Ryan Manders, Singapore,
Kyle (Megan) Manders, Dubuque, IA,
Amber (Adam Van Natta) Smothers, East Dubuque, IL
and Corey (Taryn) Stotlar, Dubuque, IA;

2 great-granddaughters,
Amelia and Eliza Manders;

her siblings,
Mary George,
Theresa (Floyd) Kuntz
and John “Jack” Gasper;

her in-laws,
Shirley Gasper and Eldon George;

several nieces and nephews;

and her beloved dog,
Chloe.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin Smothers; a twin sister, Jean George; a brother, Matt Gasper; and her in-laws; Gayle (Bill) Kruser, Brenda (Delbert) Haxmeier, Eddie (Marlene) Smothers, Lonnie Smothers and Merle George.

Jane’s family would like to thank Dr. Ryan Stille, Dr. Dolehide and the nurses and staff at MercyOne Dubuque for their outstanding care.

Greeting cards and memorials in Jane’s memory may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Jane Smothers Family.

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


 

Sharon A. Lowe

Sharon Ann Lowe, 72, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday, May 24, 2024 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Funeral Service for Sharon will be 10:30 am Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

Sharon was born November 14, 1951, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of William and Lorretta (Williams) Wittstock. On October 19, 1974, she married Paul A. Lowe at Cathedral of St. Raphael in Dubuque. He preceded her in death on March 11, 2015.

Sharon graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1969. After high school, Sharon worked as a paralegal for Iowa Legal Aid. She then worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for over 40 years where she retired as a Lead Parts Catalog Editor.

Sharon enjoyed crocheting, baking, and going to the casino. Most of all, her favorite was time spent with family, she was very involved in every aspect of their lives.

Survivors include her four children, Jennifer (Brian) Neises, Michelle (Tony) Zurcher, Jonathan (Cassie) Lowe, and Brian Lowe; ten grandchildren, Logan, Jesse, Peyton, Christian, Morgan, Carson, Audrey, Amelia, Alan, and Zelda; three siblings, Deanne (Joe) Roussel, David Wittstock, and Tim (Kim) Wittstock; brother-in-law, Nilus Lowe; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Sharon was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Wittstock; sisters-in-law, Donna Wittstock and Fern Lowe; and two nephews, Jeff and Matthew Wittstock.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

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


 

Neil J. Kramer

Neil J. Kramer, 61, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Sunday, May 19, 2024, at his home.

Visitation will be held from 2 – 6 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2024, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in St. Peter & Paul Cemetery.  Rev. Chris Podhajsky will officiate.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Neil was born on November 20, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Gerald and Velma (Hullermann) Kramer.

He married Ellen Kruse on May 29, 1994.  Together they farmed and raised their family just north of Dyersville.

Neil was raised on the same family farm he bought in 1991. He farmed his entire life, offering a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Neil cared deeply about farming. He was a steward of the land and loved working with all of his livestock. In recent years, he enjoyed tinkering in his shop, fixing farm equipment and restoring tractors. He was an excellent farmer but an even better person. He was a loving husband and father, and the best Papa to his grandkids. Neil will be remembered for his laugh, his smile, and the joy he brought to everyone around him. May he inspire everyone who knew him to live a life filled with laughter, surrounded by all the people we hold near and dear to us.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen, children: Beth Mescher, Brian (Andrea) Kluesner, Craig (Amy) Kluesner, Keith (Danielle) Kluesner, Jenna (Nick) Freerks; grandchildren: Alexis and Grace Mescher, Leo and Ivy Kluesner, Vivian and Boone Kluesner; siblings: Jan (Ed) Day, Lynn (Steve) Galvin, Caril (Bruce) Clasen, Ellen (Jim) Funcke, Lee Ann (Mike) Gentry, Reyne (Don) Koopmann, Dean (Deb) Kramer, Phil (Jess) Kramer; in-laws: Barb (Marty) Pape, Sharon (Kerry) Ungs, Phyllis (Dave) Blech, Amy Kruse, Jill (Paul) Manternach, Lisa (Mike) Krapfl, Rob (Karla) Kruse, Dale Lenz, Bill Murray; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, John in 2010, parents-in-law, John and Donna Kruse, and a sister, Joyce Kramer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred as the family will establish a scholarship in Neil’s honor.

Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com.  Memorials may be sent to the family, (in care of Kramer Funeral Home) 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA  52040.


 

Jennie Mae Stull

Jennie Mae Stull, age 70, of Dubuque, passed away at 8:53 a.m., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at MercyOne Dubuque.  In keeping with Jennie’s wishes there will not be a public service held at this time.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is assisting Jennie’s family.

Jennie was born on May 24, 1953, in Chicago, IL, daughter of Richard and Marie Stull.

Jennie graduated from Harland High School in Chicago, Class of 1971.  She worked as a custodian with the White Sox at Comisky Park and at the Community Discount Store as a cashier.  After moving to Dubuque Jennie started working at the Midway Hotel in the housekeeping department.  Jennie was with the love of her life, Phillip Roach, for 22 years.  They had a wonderful family and life together before he sadly passed away on June 17, 1997.  Jennie loved being outside, going for walks and talking to everyone she met along the way.  She also enjoyed quiet time at home watching TV.  Jennie’s family was everything to her, and you could always guarantee lots of laughs every time they were together!  Jennie was a great mom, grandma, sister and friend.  She will be deeply missed.

Those left to cherish Jennie’s memory include

her children,
Phillip Roach II, Macomb, IL,
Cherie Stull, Dubuque, IA,
Victoria Roach, Monticello, IA
and Shanette Roach, Chicago, IL;

18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Robert Stull, Genevieve Gardner, Cleo Gardner, Marie Gardner and Marian Gardner;

and several nieces and nephews.

Jennie was preceded in death by her parents; her long time partner, Phillip Roach; a grandson, Maqwkone Jones; and 3 brothers, Rodney Stull, Richard Stull and Alonzo Stull.

Jennie’s family would like to thank all of their family and friends for their loving support!  Also a special thanks to the nurses and staff at MercyOne Dubuque, as well as Flora Carter, Jeannie and Keith Hall and Na’zeeya Moon, we appreciate everything you have done for us.

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

 

Ellen S. Welp

Ellen S. Welp, 79, of Dubuque passed away May 18, 2024, at Assisi Village with her sons by her side.

Visitation will be held Friday May 24, 2024, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. A funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. with Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating, entombment at Mount Olivet will follow.

Ellen was born September 10, 1944, in Dubuque to Clarence and Mildred “Millie” (Duffy) Schaller.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School class of 1962, and Dubuque Beauty Academy with Master of Cosmetology in December 1963. She worked as a bartender at the Dubuque Greyhound Park and Casino for 20+ years.

Ellen was an active member of St Patrick’s and St. Rapheal’s Cathedral both in Dubuque. She volunteered for many years for the Salvation Army. She loved playing bingo, shopping trips with the girls, going out to eat with her sons, and anything that involved time with family.

She is survived by her loving sons, Jeff (Kathy) Welp, and Doug Welp; grandchildren Jacob (Claudia) Welp, Emma (Adam) Welp and Molly Peebles; great-grandchildren Jonah Welp, and George Welp; siblings Harris Schaller, JoAnn Flossi, Laura Schaller, LeeAnn Frost, Kathy (Tom) Kelleher, Nancy Schaller, and Curtis (Renee) Schaller; sister-in-law Mary Krapfl.

Ellen is preceded in death by her husband Richard “Dick” Welp; daughter Amy Peebles; grandson Ryan Gorcowski; parents and stepmother Wanda Schaller; sibling Donald Schaller, Mary Avery, and Terry Shaw; siblings-in-law Gerald Welp, Ruth Theisen, Arnie Krapfl and Peggy Schaller.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

The family would like to express a special thank you to her Assisi Village family and the staff at MercyOne ER and ICU and Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Toni L. Mulert

Toni L. Mulert, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Grinnell, IA, Decorah, IA, and Casa Grande, AZ, passed peacefully on May 16, 2024, at Luther Manor in Dubuque, while supported by her loving family.

Toni was born on April 5, 1943, in Dubuque, IA, to Donald C. and Sharlye (Woodward) Moes while her father was stationed in Europe during WWII.  She was a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School class of 1961 and went on to earn her nursing degree from St. Joseph Mercy School of Nursing.  Toni was united in marriage to the love of her life, Donald Mulert, on September 4, 1965, at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque.  They were blessed with 58 wonderful years of marriage and three children, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild whom they’ve loved and nurtured for many years.  Toni committed her working life to serving others as a pediatric and geriatric nurse, where she assisted many with their recovery and even more with their transition to the next stage.   Toni’s heart was always focused on the well-being of those around her both at work and home; this reality was continually visible for all to witness.

Toni was always there to help others, not just in her nursing career, but by volunteering for community, church, and service organizations throughout her life. She was rarely idle in her life and was always working on a project. Toni was an avid crafter and enjoyed spending time creating new treasures for her home and for others. Her talents ranged from painting to quilting, cooking to cardmaking, gardening and writing of all types. She authored crafting books in the 1970’s, but more often created humorous poems to celebrate friends and family. Later in her life, Toni enjoyed family genealogy and spent countless hours researching and writing about her ancestry. This research informed a 2008 trip to Luxembourg, Germany, and the Netherlands to tour the villages where many of Toni and Don’s ancestors originated.

Christmas was a special time for Toni.  She loved the holidays, and always had seasonal decorations out, but Christmas often resulted in an explosion of joy in each and every room in her home. She even had a special second full sized tree decorated for the grandchildren. Although she came from a small family, Toni embraced being part of the much larger Mulert clan. There were always kids of all ages in the house, including Don’s siblings and later friends of her own children that would sometimes stop just to visit with her. Her greatest joy in life was her family, immediate and extended, particularly her grandchildren. Although they often lived far away, she would plan activities to do with them months in advance so she could make the most of her time with them.

She had a special place in her heart for those that could give and take a good-natured ribbing. Toni always had those few friends with whom she traded barbs, inside jokes, and occasional pranks. She had a wicked streak, especially when playing cards, whether it was euchre, gin rummy, or poker. She was competitive, but also a patient coach when she was teaching tactics and strategy to her grandchildren. Toni shared a love of travel with Don throughout their lives, including countless family camping trips. Upon retirement, Toni and Don spent 6 years traveling the U.S. in their RV before they settled in Arizona.

Toni lives on in the memories of her loving husband,
Donald Mulert, Dubuque, IA;

her three children,
Heidi (Steve) Scherf, Pleasant Hill, IA,
Scott (Jeff Ohern) Mulert, Minneapolis, MN,
and Russ (Carrie) Mulert, Lexington, KY;

her six grandchildren,
Jacob (Megan) Mulert, Dan (Jocelyn) Mulert, Jenna (Dominic) Falsetti, Brian (Shelby Shanks) Mulert, Joseph Mulert, and Lucas Scherf;

her great-granddaughter,
Madison (Jacob/Megan), and a beautiful set of twins (Brian/Shelby) on their way this autumn;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Toni was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Steven Moes.

To honor Toni’s life, a Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose Street in Dubuque.  Family and friends are invited to join in fellowship from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the church service.  Burial will be in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Toni’s family.

In lieu of flowers, a Toni L. Mulert memorial fund has been established which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Toni’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.

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


 

Richard A. Klemme

Richard A. “Rick” Klemme, 72 of Bellevue, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2024 at his home surrounded by his family.  Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am, Friday, May 24, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273.  Visitation will be 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 23, 2024 at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue, additional visitation will be 9:30 am-10:30 am prior to Mass on Friday at the funeral home.
Rick was born on Veterans Day, November 11, 1951 in Maquoketa, the son of Raymond and Helen (McCutcheon) Klemme.  He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1970 then served his country in the US Army.  Rick married Joan Budde on June 10, 1972, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  He was a carpenter and worked on numerous projects in the area until illness lead to an early retirement.  Rick was an avid Packers and Hawkeye fan, enjoyed camping, bowling, cruising, and playing bean bag.  He cherished seeing his grandchildren’s sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.
Through the gift of organ donation, Rick received a second chance at life on May 23, 2013 by receiving a double lung transplant from his donor Andrew Meyer and again on February 4, 2020 with a kidney transplant. He took good care of his lungs and with that second chance at life, he was able to make so many more memories with his family and friends!
Survivors include his wife, Joan; children, Scott (Jill) Klemme, and Ashley (Ryan) Wear; grandchildren, Nathan, Hayden, Ethan, Taylor, Ali, and Kinley; siblings, Carol (Mike) Williams, and Linda Stephens; brothers and sisters in-law, Yonnie Klemme, Sally Michels, Lori Michels, Kate (Kevin) Medinger, Beth (Jeff) Bodenholfer, Amy (Jason) Schieffer, Mike Budde, and Dennis Budde; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended relatives.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Gerald Klemme on April 1, 2024, and Karen Klemme on March 20, 2024; brother in-law, Tom Stephens and Gary Michels; father and mother in-law, Eldred and Algean Budde.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Rick’s memory.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com

 

Cathy A. Weber

Cathy Ann Weber, 73, of Verona, WI, formerly of Dubuque, IA, passed away on May 18, 2024. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road, Dubuque. A funeral service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2024, at the funeral home, with burial to follow in Linwood Cemetery.

Cathy was born on June 7, 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Loras E. Hartman and Doris M. Hartman (née Hutter). She graduated from Wahlert High School in 1968 and went on to earn two bachelor’s degrees: one in Social Work from the University of Dubuque in 1972 and another in Elementary Education from Clarke College in 1988. Cathy dedicated her career to children’s advocacy and education, serving as a substitute teacher for both the Dubuque Community School District and the Holy Family Catholic Schools. She also made significant contributions working with Head Start, demonstrating her commitment to early childhood education.

On August 30, 1975, Cathy married John R. Weber in Dubuque, IA. They shared a loving marriage until his passing on December 4, 2004.

Cathy is survived by her daughter, Rachael Weber of Verona, WI; granddaughter, Charlotte Mundschau of Verona, WI; her siblings, Joann (Jan) Lombardi of Dubuque, IA, Robert (Tina) Hartman of Reedsburg, WI, David (Karen) Hartman of O’Fallon, MO, and Carolyn (Andrew) Draus of Bellevue, IA; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Weber, and her parents, Loras E. Hartman and Doris M. Hartman.

Cathy will be remembered for her dedication to education, her love for her family, and her unwavering spirit. Her legacy of kindness and commitment to others will continue to inspire all who knew her.


 

Janet L. Walker

Janet L. Walker, of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away at the age of 85 on Saturday, May 18, 2024, while surrounded by her loving family at home.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, Dubuque, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2024 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in East Dubuque Cemetery.

Janet was born on Feb. 17, 1939, in Montevideo, Minn., Janet moved to Illinois at a young age and went to high school in Galena, Ill.

In 1956, she married the love of her life, Lawrence Walker, at St. Mary’s Church, in Galena. She then moved with her husband to East Dubuque, where she spent much of her life as a devoted homemaker and mother.

Her unwavering love for her family was only matched by her equally unshakable faith in God. As a Jehovah’s Witness, Janet spent nearly 50 years both regularly studying the Bible and teaching it to those that showed interest. When she wasn’t practicing her faith, Janet loved to spend her time gardening, reading, boating, playing Euchre and spending time with friends and family. She will be remembered for her contagious smile, joyful sense of humor, hospitality, generosity and genuine concern for both family and strangers.

She is survived by those who will cherish her memory, her husband of 68 years, Lawrence Walker; her children: Mary Ann (Dave) Corpstein of Dubuque, Johnnie (Cindy) Walker of Dubuque, Patti (Mike) Kruse of Dubuque, Jerry (Theresa) Walker of East Dubuque, Diane (Greg) Luerkens of Marion, Iowa, Janie (Dave) Sendt of East Dubuque and Tony (Kim) Walker of Dubuque; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; her brother, Wayne True of Rock Island, Illinois; sister, Kathy True of Maquoketa, Iowa; and sister-in-law, Ann Schute, Menominee, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Jeanette True, mother- and father-in-law, James and Anna Walker, brothers, Roger and Dale True, sister- and brother-in-law, Mary and Donald Leifker, brothers-in-law, Jim Walker and Art Schute, and infant daughter, Susan.

Janet’s family would like to offer a special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Kathleen E. Walsh

Kathleen E. Walsh, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, completed her earthly journey on May 20, 2024, at home, while surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Kathleen’s life, a private family graveside service will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Kathleen’s family.

Kathleen was born on January 29, 1937, in Dubuque, IA, a daughter to William and Loretta (Finn) Donahue.  She was gifted with a kind and loving soul which desired peace, joy and love in all aspects of life.  Kathleen was married to the love of her life, John M. Walsh, for many wonderful years and they were blessed with six children along the way to love and adore together.  Sadly, John was called home ahead of her in 2009 and Kathleen’s heart felt his absence through each day until she has finally joined him again, only now to never be separated again.  Kathleen spent her career with the Iowa Department of Human Services faithfully watching over others and making sure that their needs were provided for wherever possible.  Her love for others was continually on display both at work and home and her goal of being kind to others was met fully as each opportunity presented itself.  She had a joyful spirit as well and it was quite common to find Kathleen singing and dancing as she always tried to live life in her happy place, and her sense of humor was always waiting in the wings as well for those around her to enjoy.  It’s truly a lesser world today without Kathleen’s bright light shining among us.  We can only hope and pray that the legacy of love which she leaves behind will help to comfort our heavy hearts moving forward as we seek peace from the pain of her absence.  Thank you, Kathleen, for striving diligently to make the world a better place and may your eternity be abundantly full of peace and love until we all meet again.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Kathleen include,

her five children,
Steve, Kevin, Sue, Pam and Greg;

her twelve grandchildren,
Jessica, Heather, Nicole, Amber , Melanie, April, Tyler, Allysa, Hannah, Danielle, Julie and Joey;

her six great-grandchildren,
Paisley, Naomi, Aaron, Ashton, Anna and Alice;

along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John M. Walsh; and her daughter, Linda.

Kathleen’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, a Kathleen E. Walsh memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Jean Richardson

Jean “Grandma Jean” Richardson, 92, of Galena, IL, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, May 18, 2024. A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM, on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena, where friends and family may gather after 10 AM until the time of mass. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Friday, May 24, 2024, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. The burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.

She was born June 11, 1931, in Galena, the daughter of John “Jack” and Virginia (McCarthy) Einsweiler.  She graduated from Galena High School in 1949. Jean married Lenas “Junie” Richardson on May 4, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and he preceded her in death on November 10, 1980. She worked at Grant View Inn, the Dairy Dreem, and was the head cook at Galena High School for twenty-nine years until her retirement in 2002 – a job she thoroughly enjoyed.  “Grandma Jean” loved spending time with her grandchildren, supporting them in their sports activities, riding bikes, taking them swimming and fishing.  She enjoyed baking cookies and treats for them, plus her delicious pies. Jean was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, and she cherished the time she spent with her family. She will be deeply missed by family and friends. Jean was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by five daughters, Donna (Wayne) Bruun, Joyce (Dennis) Edmonds, Mary (Steven) Weber, Ann (Todd) Steinke, and Deb (Phil) Schuler; three sons, Jerry (Penny Powell), Tom (Terri), and Richard (Lynn) Richardson, sixteen grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, two sisters, JoAnn Johnston and Helene “Susie” (Charles) Davis, three sisters-in-law, Janet and Jane Einsweiler, Shirley Richardson, a brother-in-law, Edwin Cole, plus many nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lenas; twins Donald and Debra, at birth; a sister, Jacqueline Cole; five brothers, Kenneth, Donald, John, Wayne, and Leon; a great-grandson, Tylor, sisters-in-law, Frances, Helen, Elaine Einsweiler, Betty, Anne Richardson, Dorrene Coates, brothers-in-law, Raymond Johnston, Donald, Frank, Charles Richardson, and Ray Coates.

The family wishes to extend a special Thank You to Dr. Mary Koenigs and Hospice of Dubuque.  Your kindness will never be forgotten.

Instead of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s or charities of your choice. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

John T. Riedl

John “Jack” T. Riedl, 90, of Dubuque passed away May 17, 2024, at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with a parish wake service at 2:45 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque, with Rev. Andy Upah officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Family Church Cemetery New Melleray. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post #6 and the Iowa Army National Guard.

Jack was born February 3, 1934, in Dubuque the son of John and Philomena “Minnie” (Krug) Riedl.

He attended Holy Ghost School and Loras Academy and served in the US Army from 1955-1957. Jack married Ruth Agnes Tucker April 30, 1957, at Holy Family Church New Melleray, and together they shared 67 years of marriage.

He worked at John Deere for 30 years until retirement and was a member of UAW #94.

Jack was most of all a loving family man, who also enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, especially Euchre, watching gameshows, a good coke high or margaritas.

He is survived by his wife Ruth A. Riedl; daughters Karen O’Brien (Eldridge IA), Diane Riedl (Dubuque), Linda (Scott) Ellis (Peosta); grandchildren Karla (Patrick) Brennan (Cedar Rapids IA), Greg (Erika) O’Brien (Donahue IA), Michael O’Brien (Mundelein IL), Felicia Ellis (Peosta); great-grandchildren, William and Gemma Brennan, Noah O’Brien and one on the way; sister Barb (Lloyd) Auderer (Dubuque); brother Thomas (Suzanne) Riedl (Dubuque); in-laws Edna Mae Tucker, Carolyn (Clyde) Thielen, Coletta Tucker, and Francine Tucker; and many nieces and nephews.

Jack is preceded in death by a daughter Kathy; his parents; son-in-law Robert O’Brien; 2 sisters Marcella (Glen) Coyle, and Rita (Albert “Bud” Mohr, Aloysius Koos) his-in-law’s Robert Tucker, Mary Jane and Sylvester Hoffmann, Alan Tucker, and Carl Tucker.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Jack’s name may be made to Area Residential Care of Dubuque.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Hawkeye Care Center, Tri-State Dialysis, and Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Kristopher J. Schlitz

Kristopher James Schiltz, 41, 1019 Rhomberg Ave, Dubuque, IA passed away on May 14th, 2024 at home.

Celebration of Life for Kris will be on Friday, June 7th 2024 at Swiss Valley Park – Green Ash Pavilion, 13069 Swiss Valley Road, Peosta, IA 52068 – From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

He was born on April 27th 1983, in Dubuque, IA the son of Don J. Engler and Sandra L. Schiltz. Kris graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and worked many jobs throughout his life ranging from manual labor to factory work.

Kris was an avid outdoorsman. He loved everything from camping and fishing to simply riding one of his prized bicycles around town. One of his favorite summer past times was fishing. He also enjoyed sketching and journaling. He was a collector of many things and loved sharing his treasures with friends and family. Kris enjoyed local history, and always had an interesting story to share. If Kris wasn’t practicing his parkour, Jui Jitsu, then you would have found him playing blues on his harmonica.

He is survived by his son Taylor J Schiltz and partner Brayden Bock, mother Sandra L Schiltz and brother Andrew J Schiltz. As well as Nicole Kammiller-Ernzen (Taylor’s mother) and Ryan Driscoll (Andrew’s partner) and his uncle Jerry Pins who hold a very special place in our hearts.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents James and Genevieve Schiltz, his father Donald J. Engler, his aunt Terri L. Schiltz and his sister Jennifer A. Schiltz.


 

Eldon J. Weber

Eldon J. “Eldie” Weber, 82, of Cascade, Iowa passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, May 20, 2024 at Accura Healthcare in Cascade, Iowa from complications of a recent stroke.

Friends and relatives of Eldie may call from 4  to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m.  Visitation will also be held after 9 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Services for Eldie will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2024 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding.  Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

He was born February 1, 1942 Dyersville, Iowa, son of Edward and Helen (Hess) Weber.   On May 2, 1963 he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Rogers at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade.  She preceded him in death on August 16, 2013.

He was employed at John Deere Dubuque works until his retirement in 1993.

He was a member of St. Matthias Parish, the Cascade Knights of Columbus Council # 930, the 4th Degree Dubourg Assembly Council #1573 and a Retired UAW member of Local #94.

He enjoyed going to the Casino.  He loved to mow his grass and took great pride in having the best yard around.   He would go all out decorating for the holidays with all his indoor and outdoor lights.  He enjoyed wood crafting and putting in a large garden.  He always enjoyed his pepsi, potato chips, cheetos and popcorn.

He is survived by 6 children, Kevin (Alisha) Weber of Springville, IA, Kris (Fred) Fischer,  Ken (Melissa) Weber, Kathy (Craig) Gehl, Karen (Tom) Holmes all of Cascade, IA and Kim (Brian) Bradley of Dubuque, IA; 20 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren with one due in September; a sister, Janet Heery of  Dubuque, IA; a sister-in-law, LouAnn Weber of Cedar Rapids, IA; his in-laws, Merlin and Rosie Rogers of Monticello, IA, Rick and Linda Rogers of Dubuque, IA and Susan and Tony Stille, Lois and Dennis Merkes and John and Annette Rogers all of Cascade, IA.

He is also  preceded in death by his parents; four siblings, Denny Weber, Tommy Weber, Ronnie Weber and Terry Weber; a brother-in-law, Michael Rogers, and two nephews, Jeremy Merkes and Scott Heery.

A video tribute may be viewed and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

The family of Eldon would like to thank the staff of Accura Healthcare in Cascade, Hospice of Dubuque, and Unity Point-5 North staff for all the wonderful care given to dad.


 

Stanley Robey Jr.

Stanley “Butch” Robey Jr., 75, of Dubuque, died on May 14, 2024 surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, at the Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, Dubuque, where visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Monday. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Stanley was born May 13, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa to Stan and Bernice (Peterson) Robey. He was passionate about stock car racing, and he owned a stock car with his brother, Gene, for many years. He loved racing at area tracks.

If you were ever searching for him, he could always be found walking down the street to Steve’s Point garage to talk to his friends. He was an avid Hawkeye fan, and loved watching the Hawks play basketball and football.

He is survived by his sister, Beverly (Morry) Schwendinger; nieces Jennifer (Warren) Kizer and Stacy (Rob) Johannsen, Mackenzie Robey (Heath Egdorf) and Kristina Robey (Dylan Flanagan); a nephew, Jason Robey; great nieces Madison, Emma, and Isabella; and great nephews Nevyn and Ethan.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Eugene “Gene” and Dean, and his parents Stan and Bernice Robey.


 

Richard V. Schneider

Richard V. “Dick” Schneider, age 89, of Dubuque, passed away at 11:27 a.m., on Friday, May 17, 2024, at Ennoble Nursing and Rehab.  To honor Dick’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon David Roth officiating.  Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Dick was born on February 7, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of William and Mabel (Sexsmith) Schneider.

Dick graduated from St. Mary’s Grade School, Class of 1950, and later in life he proudly earned his GED.  He married Jacqueline Oswald on October 19, 1958, and they had 4 children together.  Sadly, she passed away on January 19, 1999.  Dick worked as a lens grinder at American Optical for 27 years and in guest services at the Julien Hotel for 14 years.  He later married Nancy Olds Latham on February 14, 1987.  Sadly, Nancy passed away on May 8, 2017.  He was extremely devoted to his faith and reading his bible, and Dick happily shared his faith with everyone around him.  In his free time Dick enjoyed going out country dancing, staying home watching WWE Wrestling and going swimming at the beaches.  His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends, especially his best friend, Bob Reding.  Dick was a kind and gentle soul who always did all he could to help others.  He will be deeply missed.

Those left to cherish Dick’s memory include

his children,
Debra (George) Croft, Dubuque, IA,
Scott (Karen) Schneider, Johnston, IA
and Daniel (Ginger) Levi, Pineville, LA;

9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren;

and a sister-in-law,
Ethel Schneider, Dubuque, IA.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nancy Schneider; a daughter, Lynda Lee; and 4 brothers, Jim Schneider, William Schneider, Frank (Eva) Schneider and Tom (Karen) Schneider.

Dick’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Care Initiatives, Ennoble Nursing and Rehab and Hospice of Dubuque.  Your kindness is appreciated more than words can stay.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Dick’s memory to be donated to his favorite charities.  Cards may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Dick Schneider Family.

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


 

Eldon Duffy

Eldon “Dick” Duffy, 78, of Cascade departed his earthly home on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at Accura Healthcare in Cascade, Iowa after a recent cancer diagnosis.

The family of Dick will greet friends and relatives from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa.  Services for Dick will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa.  Burial will be held in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Temple Hill, Iowa.

Dick was born September 21, 1945, in Cascade, Iowa, son of William and Mary (Felton) Duffy.

He grew up on the family farm in Temple Hill, Iowa with nine brothers and sisters,  He attended grade school at St. Peter’s elementary in Temple Hill and graduated in 1969 from Aquin High School in Cascade.

After graduation Dick worked at the Ensign Coil Company in Cascade and then continued his work as a farm laborer for many years for various farmers in the area, namely, Cletus Hughes, Mike Finn and Pat Hughes.  After deciding to take life a little easier he worked part time as a Sanitation Engineer for the City of Cascade, making many lifelong friends.

Dick married Sandra Fields in 1985, they made their home in Cascade, and later divorced.

Dick is survived by one brother, Tom Duffy of Cascade, IA; four sisters, Rose (Kenny) Zeiser of Coggon, IA, Marilyn (Harlan) Zuber of Williamsburg, IA, Mary (Wayne) Koutny of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Carol (Eldon) Rohlena of Pueblo West, CO; one brother-in-law, Dan (Diane) Nolte of Watkins, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Jean Nolte in 2010; three brothers, Joe in 2008, Donnie in 2021, Buddy in 2022 and a sister-in-law, Sandy Duffy in 2022.

The family wishes to extended a special thank you to the Accura Health Care center in Cascade for their care of Dick during his final days and to Above and Beyond Hospice, especially Megan as they helped Dick and his siblings for his passing with the utmost respect and care.


 

Michael J. McCarthy

Michael “Mike” J. McCarthy, 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on May 16th, 2024 at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque surrounded by his family after a short illness.

Friends and family may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 21, 2024 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Mike was born in Dubuque, Iowa on February 12, 1952 to Mary Jane Rowe and Justin Patrick McCarthy. After graduation from Dubuque Senior High School, Mike worked at the Dubuque Packing Co., Thermo-Fischer Scientific, Loras College, IBM, and Menards.

Mike enjoyed many years of membership with the YMCA beginning at the Ninth and Iowa location and continuing when the building moved to Dodge Street, especially playing racquetball with friends.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need, including with the food pantry at GracePoint Church.  He found joy in cooking many meals with his friend, chef Dick Hantelmann, making popcorn for family in his large popcorn machine, and restoring furniture with his friend, Mike Laugesen.  When T.J. O’Toole needed assistance with projects at O’Toole’s Office Supply, Mike would be the first to volunteer.

Those left to remember and treasure the memories include his wife of 25 years Dixie L. Shaffer, daughters Cindy (Kevin) Weidemann and Shelby (Mark Reyes) Shaffer, his grandchildren, Josh (Kirsten) Weidemann, Lindsey Weidemann, Hannah Weidemann, his great-grandchildren, Eli Weidemann and Drew Weidemann, and his niece, Heather.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, David, his brother, Thomas, and his nephew, Matthew.


 

Colleen M. Payne

Colleen M. Payne, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home by her Lord on May 15, 2024, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd with a wake service to be held at 12:45 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2024, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Key West with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Colleen was born December 28, 1946, to Wilma and Melvin Hingtgen. She was the oldest of four children growing up at their home on Southern Avenue. Colleen attended St. Columbkille’s Elementary and graduated from Wahlert Catholic in 1965.

Immediately following graduation, she married “her sweetheart,” Raymond J. Payne, on August 7, 1965, at St. Columbkille’s Church in Dubuque, IA. They raised their three daughters, Mollie, Jeni and Jodi in their Key West home.

Her girls and Ray remember her most as their loving mom and wife. Colleen was a person of service, doing the will of the Father, always ensuring that everyone and everything was taken care of.  Colleen spent many volunteer hours at St. Joseph’s Church, Key West, Iowa.  She was a member of the Rosary Society, Parish Council, script program and decorated the Church for the different seasons.

Many others could easily recognize Colleen from her 32 years at Hy-Vee as a cashier, bringing her warm smile to all.  People would wait just to go through her check-out line.

Colleen found joy in sewing and altering garments for friends and family.  She and her daughter, Jeni, designed Jeni’s wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses.  As a grandma to 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, these skills came in handy.  She spent countless hours cutting squares from her grandchildren’s high school t-shirts, and countless more arranging them exactly right, for their “graduation quilt.”  These quilts are treasures to the grandchildren that were blessed to receive them.  Colleen was a true treasure to all that met her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 58 years, Ray; her absolute prides’ of joy, their daughters, Mollie (Tim) Bergfeld of Cascade, Jeni (Scott) McAtee of St. Catherine and Jodi (Paul) Sigwarth of Dubuque; her 10 grandchildren, Tyler (Dana) McAtee, Brittany (Jesse) Burnes, Jesse (Alyssa) Bergfeld, Morgan (Lucas) LeGrand, Nathan (Cassie) Bergfeld, Will McAtee, Elizabeth, John, Adam and Kathryn Sigwarth; her 8 (almost 10!) great-grandchildren; her siblings, John (Judy) Hingtgen, Connie (Donnie) McCoy and Lonnie (special friend Sara Swopes) Hingtgen; her in-law family, Karen Payne, Betty Payne, Tim and Myra Payne, Mary Johnson, Ellen and Dave Willis, Ann and Jack Ginter and Sheila and Larry Blatz, as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, and her new friends at Mount Carmel Bluffs.  She loved you all.

Colleen will be welcomed at the gates of Heaven by her parents, Wilma and Melvin Hingtgen; her in-laws, Helen and John Payne, Jerry and Phyllis Payne, Jack Payne, Bill Payne, Rita Ambrosy (fiancée Bob Link); and her grandson, Joseph Sigwarth.

“Two hugs the next time.”

The family would like to thank the first responders, the Mercy emergency room team, and the University of Iowa SNICU team for their care of Colleen.


 

Mary A. Sprank

Mary Anna (Kilburg) Sprank, 92, of Springbrook, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Mill Valley Care Center.  Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am, Monday, May 20, 2024 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook.  Visitation for Mary Anna will be held at 9:00 am – 10:45 am prior to Mass at the church on Monday.  Graveside Services will be at 2:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue.

Mary Anna was born June 5, 1931 in Jackson County, the daughter of Anthony and Rosella (Feller) Kilburg.  She married Peter Sprank on November 21, 1950 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue, he passed on March 13, 2019.  Mary Anna attended Country School Jackson District #9.  Mary Anna (Marian) was a humble, organized, busy woman who wanted no attention brought to herself. She supported and encouraged her family’s endeavors and successes rather than hers. Her first life’s choice was raising her family and farming with her husband. That choice included cooking thousands of meals, gardening, canning and milking cows morning and night for lots of years. Next she chose to care for many more people – both young and adult – by working in the baby room at St. Nicholas and in the kitchen at Mill Valley.

Marian’s home kitchen always had ‘a little something’ ready to eat. Many loaves of bread, buns, and cinnamon rolls came out of her oven and disappeared. For anyone who had time to sit down, there always seemed to be a hamburger on the stove and a piece of pie ready at any hour of the day. For those who were ‘on the run’ there was a ‘handful’ (or a container ) of cookies -most likely monster- or perhaps an Oh Henry bar, ready to grab and go. If anyone left her house hungry it was their own fault.

When not in the kitchen, Marian took the time to sew a quilt or crochet an afghan for each of her children and grandchildren. She perfected her sewing skills by sewing clothes for her children and patching many pants and coveralls! She was always ready to help wherever needed – canning, babysitting, painting, husking sweetcorn, pitting cherries, digging potatoes – whatever anyone was doing at the time.

Many things brought her enjoyment. A chauffeured ride on the country roads of Jackson County or a side by side joy ride on a farm or a road trip for no other reason than a Peanut Buster Parfait or a ride in a combine or watching a grandchild’s ball game/concert or dancing to polka music were enjoyed just as much as a change of scenery by a trip to Mexico, California, Las Vegas or Hawaii.

Mary enjoyed a good game of euchre anytime/anywhere whether with her family or her ‘card ladies’ of the most recent years. They never let her miss a game they could possibly get her to. She truly appreciated their thoughtfulness the last few years.

Marian/Mom/Grandma had a few sayings that applied to many situations: ‘Get a good night’s sleep, things will look different in the morning.’ and ‘Things never stay the same for very long.’

And Mom – As you would have told us – Call when you get there!!!

Survivors include her children; Joyce (Robert) Clarin, Dale (Janet) Sprank, Glen (Gerianne) Sprank, Kate (Charlie) Wojciechowski, Joan (Tery Ehrenberger) Hoffman, Clyde (Carol) Sprank, Sandra (Paul) Gerlach, Duane (Alice) Sprank, and Lori (Ron) Kilburg; 20 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren; siblings and in-laws, Frieda Ernst, Larry (Julie) Kilburg, Patsy Ernst, Betty (Duane) Ernst, and Jeanette Sprank; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended relatives.

Mary Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pete; siblings and in-laws, Orville (Ivis) Kilburg, Leanna (Eldon) Sieverding, Lillian (Cletus Stillmunkes and Albert Knake) Knake, Rosemary (Orville) Roling, Sylvester (Mary Lee) Kilburg, Cletus (Linda) Kilburg, Donald Ernst, Gregory Ernst, Leo Sprank, Clara (Charles) Lucke, Martha (Sylvester) Schwager, Mavis (Leo) Meier, Edna (John) Leonard, and Ardo Sprank.

A memorial fund has been established in Mary Anna’s memory.  Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com


 

Richard D. Michels

Richard D. “Dick” Michels, age 88, of East Dubuque, and formerly of Waupeton and Dubuque, passed away at 1:55 a.m., on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at Stonehill Health Center.  Per Dick’s wishes there will be no public service.  Burial will be at a later date, on a warm sunny day, in St. Francis Cemetery, Balltown, Iowa.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Those left to cherish Dick’s memory include;

5 children,
Deborah Zabel,
Judith Mitchell,
Christy Stockwell,
Steve (Kim) Michels
and David Michels;

a step-daughter,
Ann (Scott) Moore;

and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 53 years, Gail Michels.

Life – it is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty, well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside thoroughly used up, worn out and loudly proclaiming, “Wow, what a ride!”.

Greeting cards in Dick’s memory may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Dick Michels Family.

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


 

Bruce H. Droessler

Bruce H. Droessler, 79, of Maquoketa passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at home from bile duct cancer, a rare cancer.

Bruce was born to Howard and Katherine “Kay” (Flogel) Droessler in Key West, Iowa, on April 16, 1945. He spent his childhood in LaMotte, Iowa, then moved to Bellevue, where he graduated from Marquette High School in 1964. There, he combined his talent for engineering with the mischievous energy he inherited from his father. In one notable incident, he combined his backpack, a cleverly assembled outfit, and various electronics and accessories to listen covertly, during class, to a World Series radio broadcast. In attempting to better hide his shenanigans from a nun walking by his desk, he inadvertently shook loose a cord from a radio jack, causing a loud outburst. Luckily for him, the nun could not pinpoint the source of the noise or the rascal who caused it — though she likely had her suspicions.

Building on his engineering prowess, Bruce graduated with an applied science and electronics engineering degree from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago in 1966. He then moved to Florida, where he worked for IBM at Cape Kennedy as a launch technician for numerous Apollo missions, including the Apollo 11 flight that sent Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon. Bruce then worked briefly in New Jersey, where his daughters Tracy and DeeDee were born, before returning to Florida to write computer code for three decades for Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin). After retiring in 2002, Bruce returned to Iowa, where he married Deborah “Deb” Roach in 2005.

A lifelong volunteer, Bruce taught his daughters’ elementary school classes about computers, coached numerous youth softball teams, clerked for a Maquoketa state legislator, and for 17 years repaired home medical equipment to prepare it for resale at the Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities ReStore. In addition to taking adventures with his family, Bruce enjoyed genealogy, playing pickleball and golf, sharing the rhubarb that grew abundantly behind his home, and making sure visiting wild birds (and the neighbor’s dog) were well fed.

He is survived by his wife, Deb Droessler; daughters, Tracy (Matt) Larson of Gainesville, Fla,, and DeAnne “DeeDee” (Jon) Hinson of Venice, Fla.; stepdaughter, Sarah (Derek) Paulson of Dubuque, Iowa; stepson, Seth Roach of Davenport, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Elyse, Evelyn, and David Larson, all of Gainesville, Fla., and Claire, Audrey, Caleb, and Autumn Paulson, all of Dubuque; great-grandson, Luka Paulson-Siegert of Dubuque; sister, Shirley (Patrick) Cloos of Springbrook, Iowa; brother-in-law David Deppe of Bellevue, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. His parents, Howard and Kay Droessler, and sister, June Deppe, preceded him in death.

Bruce’s final act of love and generosity was to donate his body for medical research.

A visitation will be held on June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a Memorial Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Remembrances may be made through contributions to the Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities, Hospice of Jackson County, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Saint Joseph’s Church in Bellevue or the charity of your choice.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center, 318 W. Pleasant St., Maquoketa, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.


 

Donald L. Schultz

Donald Lynn Schultz of Dubuque, born on the 4th of October 1951 sadly passed away May 16th at 2:30am surrounded by loved ones.

Don started out his life as a son and a brother. He left us as a husband, brother, father, grandfather (papa), leader and mentor. He leaves behind but not alone a wife, sons, daughter, brother, in-laws, 9 grandchildren and countless friends… Loved by all. Don will be missed but never forgotten.

Visitation will be from 9:30 am until 11:30 am on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Celebration of Don’s full life will be at 12:00 pm (Noon) on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with Msgr. Jim Miller officiating.

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


 

Mitch Appleby

Mitch Appleby passed away peacefully in the early morning of May 15, 2024, following a long struggle with heart disease.   

A visitation will be held on Monday, May 20 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Egelhof Siegert & Casper Funeral Home at 2659 John F. Kennedy Road in Dubuque.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 AM at Christ Church Dubuque in Fountain Park, 2728 Asbury Road, led by Pastor Chip Gatto.  Following the service there will be a luncheon at the church.

Mitch was born on August 12, 1946, in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Donald Appleby and Aleda Ruth (Taylor) Appleby.  In 1989 he was united in marriage to Leslie Einhorn.  They have three children:  Michael J. Appleby Jr. of Lincoln, Nebraska, Abigail Appleland of Cedar Rapids, and Joshua Appleby of Dubuque.

His three surviving siblings are Bill (Linda) Appleby of Pella, Iowa, Rick (Elaine) Appleby of Loveland, Colorado, and Jim (Mary) Appleby of Newton, Iowa.  He was preceded in death by his older brother David (Helen), and by his previous wife Cynthia, who succumbed to cancer.

Mitch retired in 2017 from Dubuque Stamping where he worked for 17 years as Network Administrator.  Prior to that he spent 9 years in Manchester running his own computer business.  He was also previously employed by Daylight Screen in Warsaw, Indiana and by Sea Nymph boat company in Syracuse, Indiana, working as a draftsman.  In his younger years he was a tour guide at the Grand Canyon, and later worked with the group Wandering Wheels, a Christian outreach group based at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana which sponsored bicycle trips across America for college age students.

Mitch was a committed Christian who centered his life around the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He was a member of Christ Church Dubuque and participated in the worship team for the Sunday morning services, playing string bass.  The church body has been a second family to him.

Mitch enjoyed working with his hands and was skilled at woodworking, building everything from guitars to sailboats.  He was also an avid motorcyclist.  He played a number of musical instruments, including guitar and string bass.  His other hobbies included baking, sewing, and hunting.  Mitch was able to find enjoyment in many aspects of everyday life.   He took particular interest in learning how things are built and manufactured, and was able to repair almost anything, creating his own tools as needed.

Mitch was loved by many and will be dearly missed.

Memorials can be given to Christ Church, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque.

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


 

LaVonne J. Cook

LaVonne J. Cook, 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on May 14, 2024 at Oak Park Place in Dubuque.

A Private Family Service will be held. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is assisting the family.

LaVonne was born on July 7th, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Adolf and Charlotte Keehner. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Jerry L. Cook on June 23rd, 1951 in Dubuque. He preceded her in death in 2009. Before marriage, she worked at the U.S. Credit Bureau before becoming a homemaker.

LaVonne found joy in the simple things, like bus trips with her daughter and granddaughter, solving puzzles, shopping, and reading – especially every word of the daily issue of the Telegraph Herald. She also loved getting her cup of coffee from Hardee’s in Key West or Village Inn. Her generosity knew no bounds, as she gave freely without expecting anything in return. She will be dearly missed but forever remembered for her boundless love and selflessness.

LaVonne is survived by her children Jeff L. Cook, Jim L. (June) Cook, and Jeanne L. (Brian) Loeffelholz, grandchildren Gary Cook, Nicole Cook, Garrett Cook, Travis Cook, Amanda (Branden) Blakemore, and Katie (Cruz) Carreno, and great grandchildren Paisley and Tatum Blakemore.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry Cook, parents Adolf and Charlotte, and brother Melvin Keehner.

Thank you to the nurses and staff at Oak Park Place and St. Croix Hospice.


 

Stephen L. Podnar

Stephen L. Podnar, of Scales Mound, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Dubuque, Iowa.

Stephen was born on March 19, 1937, in Center Township, Dubuque County, Iowa, the son of Adam and Frieda Leuenberger Podnar. On September 20, 1958, Steve married Jeanette Bruun at Galena, Illinois. 

He is survived by his wife, sons, Kevin (Ann) Podnar of Scales Mound, IL, and Craig (Sharon) Podnar of Oregon, WI., grandchildren, Jennifer Podnar, Olivia Blythe and Jared Podnar, great grandchildren Beau Podnar and Finley Blythe, sister-in-law Roselyn Bruun and brothers-in law, Gary Fulton and Ronnie Hinzmann, numerous nieces and nephews and by his siblings, Adam Podnar and Rosemary Hodapp. 

He was preceded in death by daughter Susan, grandson Matthew Podnar, his parents, brothers Alex Podnar and Robert Podnar and sisters, Teresa McAvoy, Sandie Podnar and Clara Hinzmann, sister-in-law Nancy Fulton and brothers-in-law Norman Bruun and Tom Bruun and in-laws Willis and Alberta Bruun. 

Steve served in the National Guard and enjoyed sports, fishing, playing cards, western music, and most of all being with family. He was also very fond of Hershey’s Almond Nuggets, Baby Ruths and DumDums. 

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Medical Associate Doctors and staff, Mercy One staff and Hospice of Dubuque.

Family and friends may call   after 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 20th at the Miller-Steinke Funeral Home in Scales Mound, where funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m., with Rev. Libby Rutherford officiating. Burial will be in the Scales Mound Twp. Cemetery.

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


 

William J. Kluesner

William “Bill” J. Kluesner, 73, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on May 14, 2024 at home surrounded by his family.

Friends and family may visit from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday May 20th, 2024 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Military Honors will be accorded at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home by the American Legion Post #6. A private family burial will be at a later date at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Colesburg, Iowa.

Bill was born on December 10, 1950, in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Linus and Agnes (Boge) Kluesner. He married Sylvia J. Thein on May 24, 1975, in Garber Iowa.

Bill honorably served his country in the United Stated Navy during the Vietnam War.

He worked as a maintenance man until he retired in 2005.

Bill was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Buffalo Bills, and Milwaukee Brewers fan. He enjoyed going to the casino and spending time with his grandkids. In his younger years Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, or attending a Nascar race.

He is survived by his wife of almost 49 years, Sylvia; and their children Dale (Nicole) Kluesner and Nikkie (Kyle) Glatt; his grandchildren, Nicholas (Brooksey), Parker (Abbey), Reed (Ashley) Kluesner, and Alexandria “Alex” Glatt; and his sister Kate Kluesner.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Donald, Dale and Dave; and his sister, Dori Hochrein.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy, especially Hayley and Ellie, Care Initiatives Hospice, especially Trish and Angie, and the staff at the VA Clinic.

The family requests no flowers.


 

Walter F. Hedrick

Walter F. Hedrick, 90, of Dubuque, passed away on May 14th, 2024, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing and Rehab. 

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18th, 2024, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. The burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Walter was born on May 18, 1933, in Dubuque, the son of Elmer and Ruth (Gantenbein) Hedrick.  He graduated from Senior High School in 1951 followed by one year at the University of Dubuque. Walter served in the United States Navy Reserves where he received an honorable discharge.

He married Edna J. Witte on October 2, 1954, in Dubuque, IA. Walter was employed by Caradco for 25 years followed by the Adams Co. and Dubuque Sash and Door.

He was a member of the UKC Kennel Club and the Willowa Beagle Club (Wisconsin).

Walters greatest joy was spending time with his son, Kevin, whether it be hunting, fishing or baseball.  His hunting included racoon, rabbit, deer, and turkey.  Also, a lifetime of fishing on the river, along with all his friends from hunting and fishing.  He was also a baseball fan, coaching the Hawks in independent league and Dubuque Merchants semi-pro.

Surviving is his son Kevin (Joan) Hedrick, brother Clifford Hedrick of Plano, TX, sisters-in-law Charlotte Vanderbilt and Mabel Witte both of Dubuque, along with numerous nieces, nephews and families.

Walter was preceded in death by his wife Edna, parents Elmer and Ruth Hedrick, in-laws Carl and Edna Witte, sisters-in-law Frieda (Hank) Suverkrup and Barbara Hedrick, brothers-in-law Robert Witte and Russ Vanderbilt and nephew Michael Vanderbilt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame.

The family wishes to thank the staff and community at The Rose of Dubuque, Ennoble Manor Staff and Hospice of Dubuque, Especially Chris.


 

Melvin L. Schroder

Melvin L. Schroder, 84, of DeWitt, Iowa, passed away on Monday morning, May 13, 2024, at the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus in Davenport, Iowa.

A private burial will be held at the Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family has honored his wishes and cremation rights have been provided by Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Melvin Lawrence Schroder was born on June 8, 1939, in Rock Island, Illinois, the fourth child born to Arthur and Rosella May (Kelly) Schroder.  He grew up in Rock Island and Moline Illinois.  He later moved to Maquoketa, Iowa, and lastly was a resident at Fieldstone of DeWitt, Iowa.

Melvin was an avid writer.  He especially enjoyed writing in his daily journal, letters to the editor, and poems.  He looked forward every year to baseball season and attending the Clinton Lumberjack games.

Those left to honor his memory include several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Harold, Rev. Ivan, and Jerry, and three sisters; Lois, Loretta and infant Catherine.

The family would like to give special thanks to the Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, sixth floor nurses and staff and to the staff at Fieldstone in DeWitt.

Memorials may be given to your favorite charity. 

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


 

Leo M. Mallie

Leo Marvin Mallie, 86, of Dubuque died on May 12, 2024 at Stonehill Care Center. The son of Marvin and Stella Mallie, Leo was born in Muscatine, IA on February 20, 1938, and grew up on farms in New Boston, IL and Tipton, IA, the oldest of nine siblings.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Sunday, May 19, 2024 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 pm.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Leo will be at 10:00 am Monday, May 20, 2024, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Father Thomas McDermott as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West.

A 1960 Iowa State University agronomy graduate, Leo was one of the pioneers of the agricultural lending field in the tri-states. Leo’s first job was with the Dubuque County Extension Service working mainly with the 4H program.  In 1962, two major life events happened, he began his career with First National Bank of Dubuque and he married Rosemary Murphy of Dike, Iowa, his wife of 62 years. In the mid-1960’s, Leo headed up the first agricultural lending department in the area at a time when farming was becoming a big business in the American economy. He continued his service for 38 years, during which he worked for five banks by merger (First National, Hawkeye, Mercantile, First Star and U.S. Bank) yet never moved his desk. Leo served as chairman of the Iowa Bankers agriculture committee, president of the Iowa Extension Council and in the farm crisis of the 1980’s was asked to join the President’s Council at Iowa State University.  Leo was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2022.

Leo was a member of St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church for over fifty years, serving on the Finance Committee, Parish Council and School Board. He was an early member of the Cursillo movement in Dubuque and treasured those friendships all his life. Leo’s kindness, quick wit, storytelling prowess and engaging smile will not be forgotten. He loved the game of golf and his golf buddies. Leo was especially proud of his two holes in one (both on #7 at Lacoma), and his Czech heritage. Leo traveled the world with many groups and friends, but his favorite companion was always Rosie. They especially loved their winter trips to Destin, Florida and summer outings to Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada.

Of all the things Leo treasured in life, he was most grateful for and dearly loved his family. In addition to his wife Rosemary, Leo is survived by their four children: Kathy (Steve) Schneider of Bloomington, MN, Mary Beth Garrett of Dubuque, IA, Mark (Molly) Mallie of Rochester, NY and Judge Matthew Mallie of Brainerd, MN. His grandchildren: Kelley (Igor Karlicic) Schneider, and John Schneider both of Chicago, Rachel Schneider of Boulder, CO, Katie (Travis) Bridges of Virginia Beach and Patrick Garrett of Norfolk, VA. His great grandchild: Stella Bridges. He is survived by three sisters: Mary (Craig) Townley, Mildred (Roger) Deevers, and Beth (Mark) Meyer and four brothers David (Jennifer), Joe (Betty), Michael (Marilyn) and John (Jody) and one brother-in-law Gene Mundt. He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, and one sister Anne Mundt.

Our thanks to the special people who helped us along the way; Our wonderful South Grandview neighbors, staff at Assisi and at Stonehill, Dr. Brian Sullivan, and our caregivers Sean Bradley, Ed and Sandy Gau, and Julie Kaufman, all who have our everlasting gratitude.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to St. Columbkille Church, Stonehill Care Center and Dubuque Rescue Mission.

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


 

Norma J. Sieverding

Norma Jean (Kilburg) Sieverding, 87, of Bellevue, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Friday, May 17, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue.  A Vigil Service will begin at 3:30 pm with Visitation to follow until 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 16, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue, additional visitation will be 9:30 am – 10:15 am prior to Mass on Friday at church.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue.

Norma was born August 20, 1936 on the family farm in Springbrook, the daughter of Nicholas and Frances (Clasen) Kilburg.  Norma married David Sieverding on April 18, 1959 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Andrew.  Norma had a strong faith, enjoyed spending time with her family, card club, cooking, gardening, and riding horses when she was younger.  Norma and Dave loved to travel and enjoy many trips to the Smokey Mountains and an occasional trip to the casino.  She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her husband, David; a son, Chad (Stacy) Sieverding; grandchildren, Crystal, Curtis, Nicole, Brady, and Ashlyn; siblings, Donald (Viola) Kilburg, and Judy Moran; sisters and brothers in-law, Mary Kilburg, Alice Kilburg, Cletus Sieverding, Glen (Shirley) Sieverding, Dan (Mary) Sieverding, Mark (Sherri) Sieverding, Donna Sieverding, Darlene Sieverding and Darla Sieverding.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Randy Sieverding in 2006; siblings, Leon Kilburg, Arlin (Bernice) Kilburg, and Sr. Lou Ann Kilburg; sisters and brothers in-law, Michael Moran, Karen Sieverding(infancy), Tom Sieverding, Don Sieverding, Phyllis Sieverding, Lorin Kilburg, Betty Sieverding, Lorin Sieverding and Marilyn (Virtus) Clasen.

Memorials may be directed to Marquette Catholic Schools or Hospice of Jackson County in Norma’s memory.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com;


 

Edward L. West

Edward LeRoy West, 81, of Asbury, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 10:45 am Friday, May 17, 2024 at Word of Life Church.

The Funeral Service for Edward will be 11:00 am Friday, May 17, 2024, at Word of Life Church with Pastor Loren Hirschy officiating. Burial will be at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Badger, Iowa, at a later date.

Edward was born June 25, 1942, in Lehigh, IA, the son of Arthur and Violet (Knutson) West. On February 13, 1999, he married Julie Nash in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Edward graduated from Lehigh High School in 1959. After high school Edward attended tech school. He worked for Fort Dodge Laboratories for 40 years before starting his own business, West Engineering. During his retirement, Edward built his own jet boat and became an author, publishing his own book, Outboard Jets. He was also in the works of writing his next book which was about the Bible as he saw it.

In his younger years, Edward enjoyed hunting and fishing. As he got older, he loved the Mississippi River and any river in general. He loved boating the backwaters of the Mississippi. Edward also was very passionate about genealogy.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Julie; two daughters, Kris (Robert) Stender of Fort Dodge, IA; Melanie Boehnen of McFarland, WI; daughter-in-law, Joy (Michael) Thoma of Clare, IA; three grandchildren, Joe Frasher of Seattle, WA; Grant (Tasha) West of Lehigh, IA; and Kelsey West of Storm Lake, IA; step-grandson, Jon (Misha) Thoma of Ankeny, IA; step-granddaughter, Maddie (Zach) Lind of Fort Dodge, IA; three step-great-grandchildren, Gemma and Elliot Thoma and Brynn Lind; two sisters-in-law, Nancy (Joe) Scudera and Barbara (Dennis) Noble; brother-in-law, Stephen (Angie) Nash; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Edward was preceded in death by his son, Todd West in 1998; step-great-grandson, Parker Thoma; and three siblings, Ardith (Don) Kenne, Margaret West, and Mary (Orrin) Halgrim.

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

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


 

Rick Kragenbring

Rick “Revy” Kragenbring, 63, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at home with his wife by his side.

Family and friends may call from 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19th at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be held in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Atwater, MN, with military honors accorded by members of Spicer American Legion Post # 545.

Rick was born on January 11, 1961, in Willmar, MN, the son of Paul F. and Patricia A. (Liestman) Kragenbring.  He was a 1979 graduate of Atwater High School where he was a state wrestling champion. Rick was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1982 – 1985.

He was united in marriage to Darrellyn K. “Sparrow” Stevens on June 30, 2018, in East Dubuque.  Rick was known as a River-Rat. He enjoyed boating, riding his Harley motorcycle, and music. Rick previously was a DJ and had his own Karaoke business. He was employed by Cox Automotive as a marketing representative, and formerly worked for Runde Pre-Driven Auto Sales, rural Hazel Green, WI. Rick was a member of the Spicer American Legion Post # 545 and will be missed by many people.

Surviving is his wife, Darrellyn “Sparrow”; a son, Ricky (Jami) Kragenbring, Jr. of Atwater, MN; four grandchildren, Jayden, Jayce, Kourtney, and Kylee; his mother, Patricia Power; siblings, John (Jean) Kragenbring, Grove City, MN, Mark (Cherie) Kragenbring, and Delisa Grahn both of Atwater; and his therapy dogs, Louie and Lucky.

He was preceded in death by his father Paul, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Darrellyn and family wish to thank the University of Iowa Oncology team and the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.

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


 

Ruth A. Rea

Ruth A. Rea, 86, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home on Monday, May 13, 2024.

Visitation for Ruth will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Peosta, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held after 9 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial for Ruth will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, May 17, 2024, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, Iowa, with Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding and Mark Otting as assisting deacon. Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore, Iowa.

Ruth was born April 1, 1938, daughter of Lillard H. Kieler and Hazel H. (Lenstra) Kieler in Dubuque, Iowa. She attended Holy Trinity Elementary School and graduated from Immaculate Conception High School both in Dubuque, Iowa.  She was united in marriage to Patrick Rea on July 8,1961, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dubuque, Iowa.  She, along with Pat farmed and ran a seed business in the Bernard area.

She enjoyed flowers, her flower and vegetable gardens, making cookies, biking, wintering in Florida, and mostly loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Ruth was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, Iowa.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Patrick J. Rea of Bernard; three daughters, Suellen (John) Lathrum of Johnston, Carolyn (Bryon) Kelchen of Cascade, and Sharon (Dan) Donovan of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Andy (Beth) Kelchen, Megan (Andrew) Smith, Katie (Justin) Wolber, Daniel and Joseph Lathrum; 4 step grandchildren, Andie, Alaina, Bridget, and Riley Donovan; 5 great grandchildren; In-laws, Gene Sullivan of Dubuque, Nancy Oglesby of Cuba City, WI, Joyce (Al) Koster of Asbury, and Lois Wubben of Oregon, WI, and Gerry Rea of Cascade.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lillard H. Kieler and Hazel H. Kieler-Meyer; Step father, Lawrence Meyer; one son, Steven P. Rea on May 6, 2003; two sisters, Jean (Mark) Adams, and Marilyn Sullivan; father and mother-in-law, Oliver and Florence (McCarthy) Rea; In-laws, James (Valeria) Rea, David Rea, Michael “Mickey” Rea, Lois Ann Rea OSF, Kay (Paul) McDonnell, Anna Ruth (James) O’Shea, Mary (Willie) George, Jim Oglesby, and Ray Wubben.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to Aquin School in memory of Ruth Rea.

A video tribute may be viewed, and online condolences sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com


 

Mary D. Neyens

Mary D. Neyens, 91, of Dubuque died Friday, May 10, 2024 at Hawkeye Care Center.  Visitation will be from 9 to 11 am Saturday, May 18 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road followed by a funeral service at 11 am.  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Mary was born July 4, 1932 in Garryowen, Iowa, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Lynch) McMahon.

Mary graduated from St. Raphaels High School in 1948 and Mount St. Joseph Academy of Dubuque in 1952

She was a cook for several night clubs in the Dubuque area and spent many years cooking at the Coach House until her retirement.

On September 26, 1953, she married Robert Neyens at St. Raphael Cathedral.  He preceded her in death on June 17, 2001.

She was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

She enjoyed quilting and crocheting and made many quilts as gifts and donations.

Mary is survived by two sons, Ronald R. Neyens and Ross A. Neyens; and in-laws, Claudette (Neyens) Coleman, Mike and Karen Neyens, Diane (Neyens) and Bill Zwack, and Ruth (Keller) Neyens.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Thomas and Willard McMahon; a sister, Catherine (McMahon) Beechen; parents in law, Claude and Imelda (Burgmeyer) Neyens; sisters in law, Joyce (Hohmann) Neyens, Naomi (Neyens) Meehan and June McMahon; and brothers in law, Edward and David Neyens, Donald Coleman, Eugene Beechen, and John Meehan.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Cathy Mootz and Deborah Johnson for all the years of help and support to Mary.


 

Audrey M. Bergman

Audrey Merle (Mendenhall) Bergman, 91, of Clinton, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, died Tuesday, May 7, 2024.  Audrey has donated her body to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program to further science.

Audrey was born November 20, 1932 in Chicago, daughter of Andrew John and Neva (Gallop) Mendenhall.

She attended grades one through six in Arlington, Iowa, grades 6 through 8 in a one room school house with the Amish in Buchanan Country, and graduated from Jesup High School in 1950.  In elementary school, Audrey was active in Girl Scouts, and 4-H, winning ribbons for her apple jelly and bread.  High school activities included Play Craft, Librarian, Glee Club, Mixed Chorus, Sextet, Solos, and playing the clarinet in band. Her dad said she attended school for the activities.

She took her medical technology and x-ray training at North West Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She worked in both laboratory and x-ray departments in Manchester, Iowa for six months, and in Perry, Iowa for 11 years.  She also worked in Oelwein, Iowa for four years as a Medical Technologist only.  She then worked at Finley Hospital in Dubuque for over 30 years in the laboratory where she was honored to receive the Caring Hearts award. She retired in 1997 after being in the medical field for over 45 years. She was also a certified Reflexologist.

Audrey married Roy Lee Bergman on July 16, 1954.  They had four children, Craig, Mark, Dawn and Paula.  Roy passed away two months short of their 50th wedding anniversary.

She and Roy helped build eight houses for Habitat for Humanity.  She was active in teaching Sunday School in each community she lived in.

She enjoyed bicycling, gardening, canning, refinishing furniture, sewing, reading, word games, cards, and bowling.

Audrey’s goal was to live her life pleasing the Lord, and her prayer was that each member of her family would come to know their maker.

She is survived by two sons, Craig (Jamie?) Bergman of Dubuque, Iowa and Mark (Sue) Bergman of Mankato, Minnesota; two daughters, Paula Edwards of Clinton, Iowa and Dawn (Tim) Hill of Fountain, Colorado; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one sister, Mary Joan Haasis of Waterloo, Iowa.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Julia Schmidt and Neva Shields.

Memorials may be directed to Paralyzed Veterans of America.


 

Melvin T. Digman

Melvin T. “Butch” Digman, 83, of Bellevue, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2024 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.  No Public Services will be conducted per Butch’s wishes.  A Celebration of Life will be announced at a future date.

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

Butch was born December 7, 1940, in Dubuque, the son of Melvin A. and Lucille (Welu) Digman.  He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School.  He married Karen Kueter on July 27, 1963.  Butch retired from John Deere Works Dubuque after 31 years, while also working at the Dubuque Packing House for many years.  He enjoyed hunting, working on projects, fishing, playing cards, coaching in the Independent League, and spending time with family.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Karen; children, Lisa Digman, John (Jeann) Digman, Tom (Lori) Digman, Joe Digman, and Scott Digman; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Tim (Georgia) Digman, Michael (Mickey) Digman, and Linda (Roger) Ehrler; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack Digman; and his father and mother in-law, Richard and Eileen Kueter.

Condolences may be mailed to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home 100 N. 6th Street Bellevue, IA  52031 c/o Melvin “Butch” Digman Family.

Online condolences may be expressed at hachmannfuneralhome.com


 

Mervin R. Theill

Mervin R. Theill, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Menominee, IL, completed his earthly journey on May 11, 2024, at Stonehill Care Center, while surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Mervin’s life, a Memorial Mass will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the Nativity BVM Catholic Church, 15406 West Creek Valley Road in Menominee with Rev. Dennis Vargas officiating.  Family and friends of Mervin are invited to join in fellowship at the church prior to the services from 9:30-12:00 p.m.  Burial will be in the Nativity BVM Church Cemetery.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Mervin’s family.

Mervin was born on February 20, 1932, in Hazel Green, WI, to Wesley and Ida (Weydert) Theill.  He was gifted with a strong work ethic from an early age.  He grew up on the Theill Family Farm (established in 1945) and continued to live and operate it until he retired at age 62. He operated it with loyalty, passion and commitment. Even after retirement, Mervin continued to work until the age of 88 to ensure the legacy of the family dairy farm.   His son and grandsons continue to operate it to this day.  While the farm was a great love of Mervin’s, his truest passion was reserved for his beautiful bride, Rose Marie (Riniker).   They met at Melody Mill while out on a night of dancing with friends and life would never be the same. They were united in marriage on June 13, 1959, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque and went on to raise seven strong and beautiful children. Mervin and Rosie would have celebrated 65 years of marriage in June. Truly a legacy of love.

Mervin’s faith was a priority always, whether he was saying grace before every meal or spending time with the Holy Name Society.  The Theill family were devoted parishioners at Nativity BVM Church. All of his children attended Nativity BVM grade school.  Mervin, Rosie and their children enjoyed participating in Church events especially the Menominee Church Festival.

Service to the community was also important to Mervin as he proudly volunteered with the Menominee Dunleith Volunteer Fire Department for 34 years.  He loved fishing with his friends, dancing with his wife, attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.  He was a regular presence at the Annual Menominee Family Softball tournament.  The Theills even won it a couple of times. Mervin and Rosie enjoyed traveling and loved visiting family in California and their daughter and her family in Arizona.

Mervin was a man of strength and character. Even struggling with dementia, he kept his sense of humor and was still his ornery self.  His memory faded, well except for his wife, he still beamed when she walked in the room.  He loved going for rides, having a dish of ice cream, and visiting the farm.  He was always up for an outing or activity with family.

Thank you Mervin for leading by example, reminding us that we are all children of a creator who loves us and has purpose in our lives, and for simply being the man so many around you just needed in their daily lives.  May the Lord bless and keep you in His loving arms until we meet again.

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints”.  Psalm 116:15

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Mervin include,

his loving wife of 64 years,
Rose Marie Theill, Dickeyville, WI

his seven children,
Randy Theill, Elizabeth, IL,
Pamela (Bobby) Watkins, San Tan Valley, AZ,
Jeff (Deb) Theill, East Dubuque, IL,
Julie Theill, Davenport, IA,
Lisa (Travis Conklin) Bratcher, Galena, IL,
Jamie Theill, Hazel Green, WI,
and Jason (Lindsay) Theill, Davenport, IA;

his twelve grandchildren,
Scott Theill, Coty Theill, Aaron (Missy) Theill, Marcus Theill, Tamara (Matt) Ludwigs, Cory (Kiresten) Theill, Kyle Theill, Amber Bratcher, Colton Bratcher, Payton Theill, Jackson Theill, and Jayci Theill;

his five great-grandchildren,
Ashlynn Theill, Caleb Ludwigs, Norah Ludwigs, Waylon Theill, and Beckham Theill;

and his sister-in-law,
Judy Riniker, Durango, IA.

Mervin was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley (Ida) Theill; his infant son, Daniel Theill; his son-in-law, Ron Bratcher; his daughter-in-law, Laurie Theill; his three sisters, Merla (Carlisle) Jacobi, Charlene (Franki) Hinderman, and LaVonne (Jim) Heitkamp; his brother, Wesley (Ruth) Theill; his sister-in-law, Karen (Jerry) Smith; and two brothers-in-law, Mathew Riniker, Jr. and Gerald Riniker.

Mervin’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Mervin and his family.

Memorials will be made in his name to Hospice of Dubuque and Stonehill Care Center.

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


 

Nancy Burcham

Nancy Burcham, 83, of East Dubuque Illinois, formerly from Princeton Illinois, passed away Saturday May 11th, 2024, at Prairie Ridge in Galena, IL. Nancy was born May 20th, 1940 to Henry E. and Josephine M. Sipes. Nancy grew up in Sheffield Illinois, with five sisters, one brother, one half-brother and one half-sister. Nancy married Carl (Bill Burcham June 30th, 1961. Together they had five children, Jeffery Burcham, Vicky (Pat) Runde, Kevin Burcham, Terry Burcham and Malissa Burcham, twelve grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild.

Nancy worked in the kitchen at East Dubuque Elementary and High School. She was also a homemaker. She could whip up pies, cakes, cookies, and Holiday dinners that family would look forward to all year long. It was always so wonderful.

Nancy is preceded in death by her husband Carl (Bill) Burcham, her son, Jeffrey Burcham and granddaughter, Courtney Burcham, along with her parents, siblings and many family members and friends.

Nancy’s family would like to thank Prairie Ridge and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care she had received. Nancy’s wishes were to be cremated with no services.

The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

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


 

Barbara A. Watters

Barbara A. Watters, 83, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, May 10, 2024, at Maquoketa Care Center.

Barbara Ann McCrady was born on January 25, 1941, in Rockford, Illinois, to Paul and Marian (Hawn) McCrady.  She attended grade school in Rockford, Illinois and graduated high school in Maquoketa.  She married Jerald A. Watters on November 23, 1959, at Barb’s parents’ home in Maquoketa. They lived in Maquoketa prior to the closing of the Chicago Northwestern Railroad.  They then moved to DeSoto, Missouri where Jerald worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. They resided there for 24 years, moving back to Maquoketa in 2018.

She was a homemaker and she cared for other people’s children.  She was a people person and did whatever she could to help anyone. Barb was a member of First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa and Mt. Olive Methodist Church in DeSoto, Missouri.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Jerald Watters of Maquoketa; her children Kim (Sonny) Goble of Wyoming, IA, Cindy (Les) Monson of Maquoketa, IA, James (Stacey) Watters of Hobart, IN, Mike (Shelley) Watters of Michigan City, IN, and Jennifer (Eric) Waltert of DeSoto, MO; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren with one on the way;  a brother Robert (Bonnie) McCrady in LeClaire, IA and a sister-in-law Elaine Watters of New Orleans, LA.   She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, a brother Steve McCrady, a sister Lorraine McCrady and a brother-in-law Harold “Louie” Watters.

A graveside service celebrating Barbara’s life will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, May 16, 2024, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa. There is no visitation. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Barbara A. Watters Memorial Fund has been established.

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


 

Marilyn J. Siegert

On Saturday, May 11, 2024 Mom made the decision to reunite with Dad, Eugene Siegert, and be by his side once again.

Marilyn J. “Jayne” Siegert began her 93-year journey in life on August 29, 1930, the daughter of George and Dorothy (Wagner) Frohs. She attended the Visitation Academy and continued at Clarke College (University) in Dubuque.

On May 9, 1953, mom was united in marriage to Eugene “Gene” Siegert at the Church of the Nativity. They continued life together for 63 wonderful years until Gene’s passing on January 17, 2017.

Mom grew up as an only child always longing for a big family. She made up for it by raising six children – five of them born within a six-year period and one extra special bonus five years later. While dad worked countless hours establishing his funeral home, she somehow managed to raise her “perfect” kids.

Mom was magical, she could make a vacation in an old cottage at Frentress Lake seem like a trip to Disneyland; enhance an April fool’s day joke by baking cotton balls into the dinner rolls, but most importantly she made all the small hurts in a little kid’s life disappear.

She was the best grandma. From her spritz Christmas cookies, hiding the pickle ornament in the Christmas tree, to the annual search for the chocolate Easter Bunny, she made each holiday memorable. Her traditions will carry on in the generations to come.

Mom was an active member of Resurrection parish, a volunteer at Mercy Hospital Service Club and a member of Thunder Hills Country Club where she enjoyed golf and bridge. To her family she was known as “Jackpot Jayne” and rightly so, winning many games of poker with skill or shenanigans. Her opponents couldn’t prove either way, and to this day she has mostly held the winning hand.

After their family was raised and Gene retired, they enjoyed many years of traveling the world. Love of a fun adventure made Thursday and Saturday lunch outings, road trips and the local Farmers Market something to look forward to. Waitresses at her favorite restaurants greeted her by name, knew her favorite table, glass of wine and appetizer. She shared the who, what and where with photos via text message to her family asking, “Where in the world is Jackpot?” And the guessing game would begin. We will have a toast to you, Mom! (And a stack of onion rings.) Cheers to those days that will always be treasured.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Jim (Jill) Siegert of Macks Creek, MO, Gina Siegert of Dubuque, Paula (D.J.) Rapp of LaMotte, IA, Tom (Lynn) Siegert of East Dubuque, IL, Bob (Shannon) Siegert of Bellevue, IA, and Karen (Josh Elsenraat) Siegert of Springfield, MO; grandchildren, Todd (Candice) Siegert, Seth (Vicki) Siegert, Ben Seeling, Luke (Mauren) Seeling, Paula Seeling, Jess (Chad) Steve, Kate (Adam) Rapp-Uptegraph, Ellen Rapp, Erin (Kyle) Woods, Drew (Angie) Siegert, Calli (Josh) Ramler, Lauren (Pervez) Soomar, Sarah Siegert, Brad (Lindsay) Siegert, Kelly (Michael) Fegan, and Nathan Siegert Elsenraat; and 22 great- grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Joshua Siegert; sister-in-law, Carol Sherman; and brother and sister-in-law, Edmund (Betty) Siegert.

In keeping with Mom’s joyful spirit and to share the wonderful memories, a Farewell Toast visitation will be held from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, at the Church of the Resurrection with the Very Rev. Brian Dellaert officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

To honor Jayne, take a moment to curl up with a good book, savor a drink with loved ones, or call up your mom and tell her you love her. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or a charity of your choice.

Special thanks to Dr. Andrea Ries, and the compassionate nurses and dedicated staff at MercyOne Medical Center, Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.

We love you mom – “I love you more”.

 


 

Mary E. Williams

Mary Ellen Williams, age 82, of Dubuque, IA, completed her earthly journey on May 11, 2024, at home while surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Mary’s life, her Celebration of Life will be held from 12:00-4:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 9, 2024, in the Promenade Bridge Pavilion at Eagle Point Park, 2601 Shiras Avenue in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Mary’s family.

Mary was born on June 9, 1941, in Waukon, IA, a daughter to William S. and Mary Lucy (Clancy) Thomas.  She was a loving wife and mother who did her best to make the most out of life and the blessings and tragedies which both seem to find their way into it.  She was united in marriage to Eddy Edwards who was sadly called home much too early in life.  Mary thankfully discovered love again with Francis Williams and were blessed with many years and two children of their own as well until he also was called home ahead of her.  Mary found great joy in her family and nurturing them.  Coming home to a loaf of fresh baked bread was quite common in Mary’s home and her skills in the kitchen when it came to baking and cooking were second to none.  Sadly, Mary was forced to face the pain of losing five children throughout her life, a beyond difficult reality that no mother should have to bear.  Through it all, Mary strived to find the good in life where it presented itself.  She always enjoyed a little time at the flea market and collecting and restoring antiques were among some of her favorite pastimes.  She was also an avid bingo player who wore out her share of daubers over the years and even tried her luck at the casino from time to time.  Life was not an easy journey for Mary, but her love for her family and friends was continually on display whenever possible.  It’s with quite heavy hearts that we must say farewell for now to Mary, but we find peace in knowing that her earthly battles have now subsided and her eternal reunion with her loved one’s has begun.  Thank you, Mary, for reminding us that every day is a gift, every blessing should be recognized, and that none of us are promised a perfect life and it’s best to find the joy we seek where we can.  May the Lord bless and keep you safe in His loving arms until we see you again. 

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Mary include; her three children, Jock (Jeanna) Edwards, Maquoketa, IA, Kelly (Brad) Gilson, Newton, IA, and John J. (Shawna) Williams, Dubuque, IA; her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sister, Patty Coffman, Dubuque, IA; her sisters-in-law, Lorraine Thomas, WI, and Cindy Thomas, Dubuque, IA; along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Mary was preceded in death by her two husbands, Eddy Edwards and Francis Williams; her five children, Eddy Edwards, Tammy Edwards Dauber, Billy Edwards, Steve Edwards, and Harry Edwards; her siblings, Joan Johnson, Pauline (Fred “Fritz”) Donath, Rose Renard, William “Doc” Thomas, John Thomas, and Jeff Thomas; and her brother-in-law, Jim Coffman.

Mary’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials and expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to Mary’s family at Kelly Gilson, 7607 Highway F48 West, Newton, IA, 50208.

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


 

Franziska M. Redmond

Franziska M. Redmond, 85, of Dubuque passed away Thursday, May 9, 2024.  Private family services will be held.

Franziska (Sissi) was born in Jihlava Czechoslovakia and after marrying her husband Ronald, they eventually moved from Germany to settle in Dubuque in 1956.

Franziska was a small business owner, an avid bowler in her earlier days, loved gardening and more than anything loved her family.   

She is survived by her husband Ronald Redmond of Dubuque; a son, Randy (Dawn) Redmond of Canton, Georgia; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sonja Koch and a son, Rick Redmond.

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

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


 

Sarah C. Coyle

Sarah C. “Sally” Coyle, 84, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2024 at Accura Health Care in Cascade, Iowa. surrounded by her family.

Visitation for Sally will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 4:30 p.m.   Visitation will also continue after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Services for Sally will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa, with Rev. Mark Osterhaus presiding.  Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born July 25, 1959 in Farley, Iowa, daughter of LeRoy and Anna Marie (Steffen) Smith.  She received her education in the Farley area schools.  On November 22, 1955 she was united in marriage to Melvin Coyle at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on September 1, 1987.

She was employed at Ensign Coil and later at Modern Fold.  She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty (Paul) Pierce of Dyersville, IA, and Connie (Mike) Starks of Monticello, IA; three sons, James Coyle and Robert Coyle both of Cascade, IA;  Timothy Coyle of Monticello, IA 16 grandchildren;  28 great grandchildren; 3 great-greatgrandchildren: she is survived by three siblings, Virgil (Sheila Danis) Smith, Mildred “Mitzie” Hosch,  and Louetta “Kay” Smith all of Cascade; two brothers-in-law Joe and Marie Coyle of Hopkinton, IA and Bud Coyle of Monticello, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, six siblings, Jim (Vida) Smith, Dorothy “Dutch” (Paul) Lehman, Margie (Carl) Frank, Virginia (Melvin) Leibold, Lavon (Charlie) Hoefer, and Karen Smith; one sister-in-law,  Mary Smith; a brother-in-law,  David Hosch.

An online video may be viewed and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

The family of Sally would like to thank Above and Beyond Hospice, the staff of Accura Health Care in Cascade and especially her granddaughter, Angie for all the care given to mom.


 

Paul J. Vaassen

Paul J. Vaassen, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on May 9, 2024 at Stonehill Care Center.

Friends and family may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday May 13, 2024 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday May 14, 2024 at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Melleray. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Military Flag Presentation will be accorded by the Iowa Army National Guard.

Paul was born on August 22, 1934, in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, son of John J. and Mary (Busch) Vaassen. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1952 and Loras College in 1957, both in Dubuque. Paul honorably served his country in the Iowa Army National Guard for nine years. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary Ann, at St. Joseph’s Prairie Catholic Church on June 7, 1958, and together they had four children: Daniel, James, Paula, and Patrick.

Paul taught high school at Sacred Heart in Waterloo for two years, then he went to DeSales Central Catholic in Ossian for three years, and then Western Dubuque High School for 15 years. He was a natural leader and coached basketball, baseball, and women’s softball. Paul umpired for more than 20 years and was honorably inducted into the Dubuque County Baseball Hall of Fame as an Umpire.

His faith was also very important to him. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Prairie Catholic Church, then Holy Family Catholic Church, New Melleray, where he was a lector, distributor, on the parish council, and a choir member. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was also a long time farmer south of Dubuque, an active member of Dubuque County Farm Bureau, he was one of the founders of the Dubuqueland Angus Association, a member of the Iowa Angus Association and the American Angus Association, and also the treasurer of the National Junior Angus Shows that were held in Des Moines, Iowa.  He served as a 4-H leader for the Table Mound Junior Ranchers and was inducted into both the Dubuque County and Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.

Paul also managed the Dubuque County Fairgrounds for 14 years and was an Iowa State Fair Board Member for 34 years and was awarded the Iowa State Fair Hall of Fame Award in 2018. He had immense pride and joy being part of the Iowa State Fair and the county fairs he represented in his district that he visited every summer. Listening to his enthusiasm and seeing his face light up as he talked about the Iowa State Fair was an amazing testament to the passion and delight he had and shared with others.

As busy as Paul was his entire life, the time he spent with family was the source of his greatest joys. He treasured every moment he was able to spend with his grandchildren and the delight on his face when he shared photos of his great-grandchildren was contagious. He will be remembered not only for his hard work and commitment, but for all the heart he shared with family and friends. Even through his recent health struggles, he maintained his optimistic outlook on life, worked so hard to rebuild his strength and was so grateful for the compassionate care, assistance and support he received. Thank you to Stonehill Care Center, all of Paul’s doctors and nurses for their excellent care and concern for Paul and the entire family. Thank you to Msgr. Thomas Toale and Leonard Funeral Home for your guidance.   Paul made a lasting impact in countless ways on so many people and will be missed dearly.

Paul is survived by his wife Mary Ann, children Dan (Sharon) Vaassen of Ann Arbor, MI, Jim (Karen) Vaassen of Key West, IA, Paula (Rod) McGraw of Winthrop, IA, and Patrick (Terry) Vaassen of Marshalltown, IA, grandchildren Rachael Coleman, Patti Fosdick, Nick Vaassen,  Matt McGraw, Mitch McGraw, Mason McGraw, Max McGraw,  nine great grandchildren, siblings Marge (Bill) Cummer, Gene Vaassen, Leonard Vaassen, Phyllis Lutes, Gerald (Connie) Vaassen, Lois Vaassen and sister in law Carole Vaassen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jerome Vaassen, and sisters-in-law Kathie Vaassen and Mary Jane Vaassen.

A memorial fund will be established in his name.


 

Richard Polfer

Richard “Dick” Polfer, 86 of Peosta passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family May 9, 2024.

A Visitation for Richard will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday May 13, 2024, at Reiff Funeral Home, 894 Peosta Street, Peosta, Iowa 52068.  A visitation will also be held after 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the Funeral Home in Peosta.

Services for Richard will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Peosta, Iowa with Msgr. Daniel Knepper presiding.  Burial will be held in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Worthington, Iowa, with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Dick was born December 6, 1937, in Cascade, Iowa, the son of Nicholas and Veronica (Kelchen) Polfer.  On October 22, 1960, he was united in marriage to Jean Leyendecker at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church, Worthington, Iowa.  Richard was employed at Tschiggfrie in Dubuque, Iowa for 30 years.  He also worked for Tegeler’s Body Shop, Nickol Construction, Royal Oaks, and Murphy Construction.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Peosta, Iowa.  Dick served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean, six children, Deb (Matt) Harthan of Ventura, Iowa, Eileen Hines of Chandler,  AZ, Al (Joyce) Polfer of Farley, IA, Bob (Kathy) Polfer of Worthington, IA, Brian (Dani) Polfer of Muskego, WI, Jeff Polfer (fiancé Jennifer Lewin) of Worthington, IA; his 10 grandchildren, Brandon Harthan, Blake Hines, Brianna Floyd, Stefani Puccio, Allen Polfer, Nicole Polfer, Samantha White, Zach Polfer, Kaley Polfer & Savanna Lehman; six step-grandchildren, Alex Hassforth, Abbi Hassforth, Jon Combs, Ethan Combs, Dallas Elmer, and Charlee Elmer; his two sisters, Patricia Tauke of Cascade, IA, Janet Funke of Dyersville, IA, and brother Chas (Mary Jane) Polfer of The Villages, FL; his in-laws, Marge Gassmann, Judy Lammers, Linda (Dave) Burger, Steve (Christa) Leyendecker, Mary Leyendecker, Rick (Karla) Leyendecker, and Kathy (Pat) Hayes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nick & Veronica Polfer, mother-in-law Irene (Leyendecker) Till & father-in-law, Silvarius Leyendecker; a son-in-law, Paul Hines; a granddaughter Kaitlyn Polfer; a step grandson, Max Hassforth; a sister, Mary Ann Jaeger; brothers-in-law, Bill Jaeger, Wayne Tauke, Floyd Funke, LeRoy Gassmann, Jerry Lammers, and Nick Wolfe; and sister-in-law Rose Wolfe; and two  nephews, Jeff Jaeger and Jeff Lammers.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all the care and support given to Dick and our family.

A video tribute may be viewed, and online condolences sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com


 

Gary C. Pancratz

Gary “Rock” Charles Pancratz, 67, of Dubuque, Iowa passed into heaven on May 7th, 2024 at home surrounded by his family.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Fr. Brian Dellaert officiating.  Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. A Celebration of Gary’s Life will follow the burial at Happy’s Place, 2323 Rockdale Rd, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

Gary was born in Dubuque to Charles and Mary Dorothy (McCarthy) Pancratz. He met his wife, Cindy (Zimmerman) while attending Dubuque Senior High School, and they married on February 5, 1977. They have three children and six grandchildren. He worked even harder than he played, and always prioritized his family. He labored professionally in construction, and later roofing and floor installation, but was never too busy to help a friend or family member with anything. Born with “the gift of gab,” Gary’s outgoing personality naturally earned him many friends, whom he routinely referred to by nickname. Everywhere he went he knew someone, and he usually left knowing even more. He loved to tell jokes and knew just how to deliver them. He drew out smiles and laughter from almost every conversation, and generated an entire library of “Garyisms” that will forever be ingrained in the language of his kin.

In his youth, Gary excelled at a variety of sports, including football, wrestling and track. He later greatly enjoyed football season, and particularly watching the Bears and the Hawkeyes. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening and took pride in producing fresh veggies and his annual pumpkins. He loved to tinker and toil with all manners of projects and machines, but most especially his cherished John Deere, as though there could never be a replacement for such a fine piece of equipment. Gary always looked forward to Sunday dinners with his family. He adored his grandchildren, and especially at times when the house was full and chaotic, he would nod his head approvingly and comment, “This is what it’s all about.” After he retired, he discovered that he enjoyed baking. Among the many concoctions he loved to share, his most frequent and memorable dishes (especially for his Grandkiddos) were “Papa’s” bread, chocolate chip cookies, and homemade pizza.

Gary is survived by his wife, Cindy, children Cassie Pancratz (Keith Bechen), Katie (Dave) Barnes, Noah (Lauren) Pancratz, his precious grandchildren, Isaac, Madeline, Taylor, and Alexandra Gukeisen, Everley and Ford Pancratz, siblings Charlene (Robert) Lynch, Emily (Bobby) Fisher, Patty (Jerry) Oberhoffer, an aunt Lillian Kies, life-long close friend Pete Eischeid, and many in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Dorothy and infant siblings Daniel, William, and Elizabeth.

Gary’s family would like to thank Dr. Engelman and his staff at Medical Associates Oncology along with Tami and the Hospice of Dubuque team for their loving and gracious care.

A Gary C. Pancratz Memorial Fund has been established.


 

Donna A. Hudson

Donna Ann (Hemple) Hudson, 78, of Dubuque, IA, peacefully gained her angel wings on November 19th, 2023, at her home in Leesburg, Florida.

Services will be Friday, May 17th with visitation from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, with a short prayer service to follow. Those that wish to attend are welcome to the burial at the East Dubuque Cemetery after the services, to place Donna at her final resting spot – with her husband & son.

Donna was born November 11th, 1945, in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of John Hemple & Agnes (Hampton) Lively. She married the love of her life, James (Jim) Hudson on April 25th, 1964, they raised two children together, and cherished 41 years of marriage before Jim’s passing in 2005. Donna worked at numerous establishments around Dubuque including cooking at Loras College, with Jim at the Diamond Jo Casino, & serving at the Dubuque Golf & Country Club. She seemed to know everyone in Dubuque – she could never walk through the grocery store without catching up with at least a few people! Her 78 years were full of spreading love, joy, sarcasm, eye rolls, and sass. She made friends everywhere she went, and lives are better because of it.

She was a woman of many talents & interests. Donna was a master of crocheting sports themed Afghans & adorable baby blankets/clothes, an avid General Hospital fan, and an amazing cook who never measured a single ingredient. Her potato salad, macaroni salad, soups, and desserts were always the best! You would never leave her house hungry. She also loved animals and cared for many cats and dogs throughout her life. They were truly members of her family. She spent the last several years mostly in Florida, since she wasn’t a fan of the cold weather, but made trips back when she could. She was a loving person who always took care of everyone around her. Not a day went by that Donna didn’t talk about how much her family meant to her and how proud she was of her children & grandchildren.

Donna is survived by her daughter, Wanda (Tom) Russett; grandchildren, Jessie (Adam) Rheault, James Hudson III, Jake (Annika) Hudson, Alex Hudson, Alyssa Hudson, & Kaylin Crippes; great-grandchildren, Ellie & Sam Rheault, and Landon Hudson; sister Karen (Roger) Litscher, her beloved companion, Larry Barlow; along with countless other family members and friends she treated like family. She was predeceased by her husband, James Hudson; son, James Hudson II; cherished friend, Colleen Downing; and nephew, Jeremy Litscher, who we have no doubt greeted her at the gates of heaven. Donna will be terribly missed but she left an imprint on our hearts that will never be forgotten.

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


 

Richard F. Pfohl

Richard F. Pfohl, 84, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at the Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm Monday, May 13, 2024 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Funeral Service for Richard will be 10:30 am Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with Deacon Mike Timmerman officiating. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.

Richard was born December 16, 1939, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Delbert and Helen (Winders) Pfohl. On April 12, 1969, he married Nancy Avery at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.

Richard graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1958. He worked in the Experimental department at John Deere for 36 years until retiring in 1993.

He was a proud and devoted father and grandfather and enjoyed attending any activities or events his kids and grandkids were involved in.

Richard enjoyed time boating, water skiing, and fishing on the Mississippi River. His parents had a cottage in Guttenberg while he was growing up, so his love for the river began there. Rich also loved cars. His pride and joy was his ’58 Cadillac that he enjoyed taking on car cruises and to Graffiti Nights. He loved drag racing and spending time at the track with his sons. They enjoyed running their Sox & Martin replica drag car as members of the Nostalgia Super Stocks club.

There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix and he spent many hours on projects in the garage or generously helping any of his kids or friends.

He and his wife loved annual winter travel to the warmer southern and western states where they enjoyed time with family and friends from all over the world.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; six children, Shellie (Karlin) Pfohl of Golden, CO; Lisa (Rafael) Dominguez of Peosta; Craig (Andrea) Pfohl; Mark (Molly) Pfohl; Laura (Bob) Bies; and Jason (Jody) Pfohl all of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren, Anthony & Andrew Dominguez, Riley Chudik, Megan Pfohl (fiance, Jake Winandy), Andrew & Emma Glennon, Kyle & Luke Bies, and Alex & Morgan Pfohl; two brothers, Gary (Teresa) Pfohl and Paul (Sue) Pfohl; one sister, Juanita (Don) Herbst; one sister-in-law, Jan (Paul) Loes; and several nieces and nephews.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

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

 

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