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Janice “Jan” Feltes, age 67, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at home on May 26, 2022 after a long and brave battle with ovarian cancer. Jan never gave up hope or stopped fighting. Her family and friends are grateful for the memories that they were able to create and share because of her strength, determination, and optimism.
To honor Jan’s life, services will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque. Visitation service will begin at 9:00am, followed by a Memorial Mass at 11:00am.
Jan had a thirst for adventure and creating memories. She spent many years running Jan’s Grate Shop on Bluff Street and made countless friends along the way. Her natural abilities to plan and organize eventually rose to the surface and her 2nd love, event planning soon blossomed in her life. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of The Taste of Dubuque and The Chili Cook-off, among many other events through her time with the Mississippi River Museum and Catfish Charlie’s with the American Lady Cruises. Jan was also a devoted volunteer with the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens after she moved softly into retirement. Her love for gardening, music and spending quality time with family and friends was a consistent backdrop in her daily life, but her love for adventure was always a top priority. Very few have packed more adventures, trips, and miles into their lives than our beloved Jan has. Her “Dashboard Time” brought her a real sense of living life to the fullest and when you add in her insatiable quests to find the perfect McDonald’s cinnamon roll and a fresh fountain Diet Coke, you will discover what Jan determined was an undeniably successful day. Jan was not one to allow the trials in life to dictate her attitude or schedule neither. She was an elite event planner and an award-winning delegator who knew how to get things done. It’s difficult to imagine a more generous and kinder soul that Jan was. Her love for life was always on display and her love for others was never in question. The absence of Jan’s essence in this world will be hard to deny in the lives of all who knew and loved her, but we also accept that her lasting legacy residing within our own hearts and minds can be the most wonderful testimony she would ever desire to create; to see her bright and loving spirit living on through us. Thank you, Jan, for being the rock when required, the gentle touch when needed, and the bright light in so many lives and may peace be yours now until we see your beautiful smile once again.
Those left behind to cherish memories of Jan include her two adored children: Jennie (Ryan) Brown, Dubuque, IA and Steve (Brandy) Feltes, Gig Harbor, WA; her four grandchildren: Colin, Gavin, Dominic, and Desmond; her siblings: Dave (Karen) Wertzberger, Reno, NV, Bob (Wanda) Wertzberger, Bluffton, SC, Ed (Marly Heidkamp) Wertzberger, San Diego, CA and Judi (Dave) Weydert, Dubuque, IA; along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.
Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Dave and Delores Wertzberger.
Jan’s family would like to thank Medical Associates, MercyOne, Mayo Clinic and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their care and support. We would also like to thank all of our family and friends who have helped in so many ways to help bring as much peace as possible during Jan’s journey. Your kind and generous hearts and actions have truly made a very difficult time just that much more tolerable and we cannot thank you enough for playing such a valuable and important role in our lives.
Online condolences may be shared with Jan’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com. Memorial contributions can be made to Jan’s family.
Mary Lourdes “Mary Lou” (Jaeger) Wagner passed away at home on Tuesday, May 24. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St Anthony’s on June 6 at 10:30 am and Mary Lou will be buried next to her husband at Mt Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no formal visitation, but the family will receive visitors at St. Anthony between 9:30 and 10:15 am before the funeral Mass.
Mary Lou, the daughter of Walter Frederick and Matilda (Van Duelman) Jaeger, was born on March 1, 1924 in Dubuque. She attended St. Anthony’s Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School and Bayless Business College. She worked at Nurre Glass and Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Dubuque until her marriage. She married John Anthony Wagner on July 9, 1947 and the couple moved from Dubuque to Clinton, Iowa, where her husband became a partner in Wagner Pharmacy. During their time in Clinton, Mary Lou and John had four children – John, Cindy, Paul, and Ann. After the death of her husband in 1959, Mary Lou and her children returned to Dubuque.
She was a homemaker and a full-time mother until her youngest was old enough to attend school. She worked at several jobs before beginning a career as a teller at American Trust and Savings Bank. She was promoted within the bank and retired as an officer. Mary Lou’s most important vocations were being a wife and a mother. She shared her love of education with her children and all four became educators. John joined the faculty at Harvard and is now a Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Cindy taught, coached, and worked as a vice principal at Wahlert Catholic High School. Paul taught and coached at Grinnell High School. Ann taught science in St. Francis, Minnesota.
Mary Lou enjoyed watching sports, loved to read, cook, play Euchre, and garden. She cross stitched hundreds of blankets for babies in her extended family. She was a faithful member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish.
Mary Lou is survived by her children John (Lorraine Gudas) Wagner (New York City), Cindy Wagner (Dubuque), Paul (Jill) Wagner (Grinnell, Iowa), and Ann (John) Ackerman (Mounds View, Minnesota). She is also survived by five grandchildren (Gregory Wagner, Jason Wagner, Nicholas Wagner, Kathleen Ackerman, and Benjamin Ackerman) and six great grandchildren (Jaxon, Tyson, Cadence, Jennings, Evie, and Davis) as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law (Leo Wagner and Walter (Barbara) Wagner) and her sisters-in-law (Mary Ann Theisen, Dorothy Eisbach, and Helen O’Leary).
She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and their spouses Alvin (Kathleen), Leonard, Anne (John) Baron, Clarence, Robert, Helen, and Florence (James) McGuire. She was also preceded in death by, her in-laws (George & Mary Wagner, Anthony & Shirley Wagner, Joseph & Monica Wagner, Alice Wagner, Donald Theisen, Mary Wagner, Merlin & Margaret Goerdt, Lee Eisbach, and Robert O’Leary).
Arrangements are being made through the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory (https://www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hills and Dales, Stonehill Care Center, and St. Anthony Church.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ringold, Dr. Compton and their nurses for their care and kindness to Mary Lou over the years. Thanks to Hospice of Dubuque Hospice the compassionate care, they gave Mary Lou.
Sister Otilie Sana, BVM, 86, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Dr., Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 1, 2022. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the Sharing of Memories at 9:30 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial begins at 10:30 a.m. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. All services may be viewed through live videostream beginning at 9:15 a.m. at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/bvmsisters/.
Sister Otilie was an elementary teacher at Holy Family in Mason City, Iowa. She also taught in Burlington, Iowa; West Hempstead, N.Y.; and Chicago where she also ministered as a co-director and tutor at an employment education center.
She was born July 26, 1935, in Chicago to Vaclav and Otilie (Barczuk) Sana. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1954, from Mary Queen of Heaven parish, Cicero, Ill. She professed first vows on March 19, 1957, and final vows on July 16, 1962.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Vaclav Sana, Jr. She is survived by brothers John (Ann) Sana, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Joseph (Suzanne) Sana, Arlington Heights, Ill.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 67 years.
Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at https://www.bvmsisters.org/support_donate.cfm.
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003 is in charge of arrangements.
Gary R. Fichtinger, age 71, of Hazel Green, WI, died peacefully on March 7, 2022, in his home surrounded by his loving family. To honor Gary’s life, his Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., in the River Front Pavilion at Eagle Point Park, 2601 Shiras Avenue in Dubuque.
Gary was born in Sauk Centre, MN, on January 28, 1951, the first child of Ralph and Marcella (Sand) Fichtinger. He enjoyed growing up on a dairy farm with his siblings that followed, Pat, Gayle, and Mark. One of his greatest thrills was tinkering with and building gadgets from the scrap metal and old machine parts he found around the farmstead. In his high school years, he became interested in cars and car engines. To the amazement of friends and family, he managed to completely restore a 1950 Ford. When it was time to paint the car, the only color available on the farm was John Deere green (so fitting!). His interest in engines and mechanics led him to enroll at St. Cloud State University to study engineering, eventually completing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.
After being hired by John Deere, Gary, wife, Ann (Ohmann), and young son, Michael, moved to Dubuque in 1974. He enthusiastically began work on the forestry line, designing components for log skidders. He was a talented and well-respected engineer, colleague, and friend to many at John Deere.
In 1976, the growing family moved across the river to Wisconsin with a new son, Paul, and twins, Leah and David, on the way. They purchased a 5-acre wooded lot and started building a self-designed geodesic dome house. Gary spent nearly two decades building the dome with everyone in the family spending evenings, weekends, and summer breaks pitching in.
In 1999, Gary had an opportunity for a work assignment in Germany, helping to design a new machine for Deere. He and Ann moved to Jaegersburg, where they lived for two years enjoying the German culture and traveling around Europe with their dogs, Schatzi and Woody.
Gary retired from John Deere in 2012 and turned his focus to the many projects he had dreamed of over the years. He and Ann purchased his great aunt and uncle’s house which was part of the original Fichtinger homestead farm near New Munich, MN. The old farmhouse needed a lot of remodeling work to bring it back to life, which Gary dove into with enthusiasm.
Gary’s favorite pastimes were fishing and camping. He always looked forward to the annual Boundary Waters trip which he and his sons, and later grandkids, would take. He loved getting away in the wilderness, catching and frying fish, and laying out under the stars.
Gary loved learning new things, including baking. He mastered a recipe of no-knead bread that is fondly called “Opa Bread” by his family and “Gary Bread” by his friends.
Gary had a passion for life, talking shop, solving problems (often other people’s), and having a good laugh at the end of the day. He will be deeply missed by his loving family and many friends, for whom life has grown dimmer with his passing. We love you Gary, Dad, and Opa!
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Ann Fichtinger, Hazel Green, WI; his children, Michael (Yuka Veda of Osaka, Japan) Fichtinger, Hazel Green, WI, Paul (Jessica Montez) Fichtinger, Fall River, WI, David (Melissa) Fichtinger, Rochester, MN, and Leah (Orel Stringa) Fichtinger, Pleasanton, CA; his grandchildren, Maria, Raymond and Greta Fichtinger, Nora, Ana, and Genc Stringa, and Franklin Fichtinger; his siblings, Patricia (Gordon) Gillesby, Andover, MN, Gayle (Paul Lafreniere) Fichtinger, New London, NH, and Mark (Michelle Levinski) Fichtinger, Glenside, PA; along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Marcella Fichtinger.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer research foundation. https://events.lustgarten.org/give/192132/#!/donation/checkout
Gary’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque.
Online condolences for Gary’s family may be left at www.tristatecremationcenter.com
Herbert J. Tegeler, 85, of Dyersville passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.
Visitation will be held from 3 – 8 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2022, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville. Visitation will continue at Kramer Funeral Home from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday prior to the funeral mass.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Tyler Raymond will officiate.
Herb was born on June 8, 1936, in Earlville, the son of Gregor and Dolores (Schlarmann) Tegeler. He served in the US Army from 1956 – 1958, upon his return he married Doris Oberbroeckling on May 29, 1958, in New Vienna. She preceded him in death on April 16, 2001. Herb worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 38 years, retiring in 1997.
Herb’s quick-witted humor was sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. He enjoyed many years vacationing at Clear Lake, boating & fishing. He also enjoyed playing cards and took pride in keeping his cars clean. He always cherished time spent with his children & grandchildren.
Survivors include his children: Kevin (Sheila) Tegeler of Dyersville, Kim (Mike) Gansemer of Johnston, Terry (Dana) Tegeler of Wesley Chapel, FL, Todd (Melanie) Tegeler of Bondurant; grandchildren: Amy (fiancé Tony Martirosian) and Kyle Gansemer, Sarah (Brandt) Ames, Kaylee and Mackenzie Tegeler, Rachel, Joshua and Lauren Tegeler, step-granddaughter, Heather (Raymond) Huckabone, step-great grandchildren: Marley and Hendrix Huckabone; a sister: Mary Jean “Toots” (Henry) Westhoff of New Vienna and a sister-in-law, Clarice (Peter) Domeyer.
Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Ray, Tony, Gib, Donald and Elmer Tegeler, Lou Overman, Bernice Holub, Leona Gudenkauf, Helen Kramer, Marcella Bries, Norma Platz Deppe and Lucille Tegeler in infancy; in-laws: Donald Oberbroeckling, Gene Oberbroeckling Ralph Oberbroeckling and Betty Olsem.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and Marietta’s Place for their exceptional compassionate care.
Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com. Online condolences and memorials may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040.
Rachel Anne Schemmel, age 92, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Dyersville, IA and East Lansing, MI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 15, 2022.
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Visitation will be held from 9 – 10 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington, Iowa with a Memorial Mass to commence at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery in Worthington.
Rachel was born in 1929 to Frederic A. and Emma (Melchert) Schemmel on the family farm in Farley, Iowa. She attended St Joseph School in Farley, graduated from Mount Mercy College and then earned her bachelors degree at Clarke College in 1951. Along with the Dietetic Internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dr Schemmel received her masters degree in Nutrition from the University of Iowa in 1952. After working as a dietitian in Los Angeles, she began teaching Food Science & Human Nutrition at Michigan State University, where she earned her PhD. She was a trailblazer for women in the Sciences and her career helped pave the path for many female academics and professionals who studied with her during 45 years at MSU.
She earned a distinguished international reputation for studies of dietary factors in the development of obesity with hundreds of publications to her credit. She conducted research at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. The rodent DNA model of dietary obesity, which she developed at MSU, continues to serve as the basis for work by other researchers to this day.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including Outstanding Alumni Awards from each college she attended, Women Achievers Award, a Leader Award and a Borden Research Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, ASNS Fellow Award for Experimental Biology, Dietetic Educator Awards from both the Michigan and American Dietetic Associations, and the Distinguished Faculty Award and Research and Outreach Awards from Michigan State University.
She served as past president of the Michigan Dietetics Association, and provided professional services to the American Dietetics Association, American Society for Nutritional Sciences, North American Association for the Study of Obesity and the Michigan Heart Association. She is a life member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and is listed in multiple Who’s Who publications.
Rachel was a devout Catholic. She enjoyed genealogical research and traveled to Germany in that pursuit. She organized fun family reunions attended by hundreds. She loved her gardens and the beautiful flowering cherry tree outside her window in East Lansing. A great cook and hostess, she often opened her home to students who were alone at the holidays or otherwise needing a meal and good conversation. She enjoyed writing poetry and contributed articles to various organizations such as The Iowa Barn Foundation and The New Vienna (Iowa) Historical Society. She traveled the world with her many dear friends/colleagues. A loyal MSU Spartans fan, she especially enjoyed football and women’s basketball. Her spirit was joyous and generous.
Those left to cherish her memory include her niece Deborah (Lee David) Fautsch of Dubuque, with whom she lived until recently, niece Sheree Ann Meyer (Byron Shuford) of Orlando Florida, nephew Richard (Kathy) Adams of Tucson, Arizona, great nephew Justin (Judy) Fautsch of Pasadena, California, and great niece, Kristin Kielpinski of Parker, Colorado.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Virginia Meyer, half sister Lucile Adams, half brother Floyd Schemmel, brothers in law Dr. Herbert Meyer and Horace A. Adams.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Rachel A. Schemmel Endowed Lecture/Undergraduate Research Scholarship Fund (A11294) at Michigan State University, The Dr Rachel A. Schemmel Graduate Student Endowed Research Scholarship (A11295) also at Michigan State, the Rachel Schemmel Endowed Scholarship Fund in Dietetics/Nutrition at the University of Iowa, The Schemmel Endowed Theology Lecture at Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa or St Thomas Aquinas Parish and School, East Lansing, Michigan.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.
Ida Mae Norton, 72 of Galena, IL passed away Monday, May 23, 2022, with her children at her side at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. A funeral service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where friends may call after 9 AM until the time of service. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena next to her husband of thirty-nine years, Robert W. Norton Sr.
She was born November 30, 1949, in Hazel Green, WI the daughter of Elmer Harwick and Hazel Phillips. Ida was united in marriage to Robert W. Norton Sr. on November 30, 1967, and he preceded her in death on July 23, 2007. Three children were born into this union, Sheri (Andy) Hornung, Kelly Ashford, and Robert W. (Tina) Norton Jr., eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren,two sisters, Donna (Ken) Muchow and Karen Hughes, and many nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother, John Phillips.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com
Frances A. (Farni) Schroeder, age 102, of Dubuque, passed away due to Covid 19 complications at 9:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Frances’ life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at St. Anthony’s Church, 1880 Saint Ambrose Street. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, at St. Anthony’s Church with Rev. Steven J. Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.
Frances was born on August 9, 1919, at home at 5 Points in Dubuque County, daughter of John and Gertrude (Breitbach) Farni.
Frances was a life long resident of Dubuque and graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy. She married Alvin Schroeder on August 19, 1950, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 9 wonderful children and married for 43 years before Alvin passed away on May 7, 1994. She worked as a waitress at the Woolworth’s Coffee Shop, at A.Y. McDonald Mfg. for 4 ½ years and at American Optical for a year, but her primary focus was always on caring for her home and family. She graduated from Paris Beauty Academy in Cedar Rapids and was a beautician for several years at Di-Ann’s Beauty Shop, as well as styling clients at Stonehill and in private homes for those who were not able to get out to the salon. Frances was very active with her community and was a long time member of St. Anthony’s Church, Rosary Society and also sang in the choir. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Circle, German Club, Al-Anon of Dubuque, ARK Advocates, an Immaculate Conception Alumni and volunteered countless hours at Stonehill. She also loved cooking, baking, (her cinnamon rolls were fantastic), and canning all of the bounty from her extensive garden. Frances truly loved her family and took great pride in all of their achievements. She was a strong woman who experienced many changes in her 102 years here on Earth. We will miss her more than words can convey and look forward to the day we are all reunited in Heaven.
Those left to cherish Frances’ memory include
her 9 children,
Jerry (Laura) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA,
Carol Gleason, Roscoe, IL,
Patty (Mike) Mowry, Benton, WI,
Terry (Kay) Schroeder, Ozark, MO,
Perry (Ann) Schroeder, Dubuque, IA,
Mary (Scott) Miller, Jefferson, SD,
Denny Schroeder, Dubuque, IA,
Gina (Tim) Axtell, Dubuque, IA
and Rick (Linda) Schroeder, Plymouth, MN;
Jakob (Lynnae), Nathan (Shannon), Austin, Eric (Sarah), Brian, Matt (Susan), Jason (Kate), Megan (Nasser Nasralla), Ryan (Stephanie), Lyndsay (Keith), Kristine (John), Nick (Dana), Mitchell (fiancé Sydney), Logan, Nicole (Josh), Tiffany (fiancé Brian) and Zach;
Shirley Schroeder, Dubuque, IA;
and several nieces and nephews.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, Christopher Koos; 2 sisters; and 7 brothers.
Frances’ family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the nurses and staff of Home Instead and Stonehill for the wonderful care and companionship they have provided Frances. Also a special thanks to her neighbors Bev and Steve Wagner for all of their care and support.
In lieu of flowers, the family will thankfully receive your support through greeting cards and memorials in Frances’ memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Frances Schroeder Family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
James W. “Jamie” Maus, age 50, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at 10:28 p.m., on Monday, May 16, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Jamie’s life private family services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.
Jamie was born on September 3, 1971, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Richard and Neva (Campbell) Maus Sr.
Jamie attended Prescott and Hoover Elementary Schools and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton. After school, he worked at Stonehill Care Center, first on an ARC crew and most recently directly for Stonehill in the laundry room for a grand total of 30 years. He was a happy-go-lucky person who was always helpful and enjoyed caring for his family and for others. He loved to listen to music of any genre, watch movies and especially enjoyed the 3 Stooges. Jamie was also a huge fan of Garfield the Cat. His family meant the world to Jamie and he loved spending time with everyone. He was a kind and gentle soul and he will be greatly missed by all!
Those left to cherish Jamie’s memory include
Neva Maus, Dubuque, IA;
his siblings and special cousins,
Richard (Renae) Maus Jr.,
Richard (fiancé Kara Dornik) Hendren-Maus,
Chris (Anna) Birch,
Casey Jo Birch,
Sarah (David) Maus,
and many more cousins;
a very special aunt,
Jimmie Miller, Dubuque, IA;
his very special friend,
and several nieces and nephews.
Jamie was preceded in death by his father, Richard Maus Sr.; and his brother, Eugene “Mickey” Maus.
Jamie’s family would like to thank Dr. Hermann, Dr. Sullivan and the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jennifer Fondell, for all of the kind, compassionate and professional care that they have provided for Jamie. Also a special thanks to ARC for all of their support of Jamie throughout the years.
The family will thankfully receive your support through greeting cards and memorials in Jamie’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Jamie Maus Family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
Arthur “Art” Wille, 58, of Dubuque, passed away on May 23 at home surrounded by his family, after a two-year battle with colon cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 28th, 2022, at Holy Family Church with Fr. Rodney Allers and Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. After the burial, a celebration honoring Art’s life will be held at the home of Margie and Jerry Behnke in Epworth, Iowa.
Art was born on May 30, 1963 in Dubuque, son of Agnes (Theisen) and Edward Wille. He graduated from Leo High School in Holy Cross in 1981. Art married Sandy (Behnke) on June 25, 1999 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta, IA.
Art worked at Nordstrom Distribution for many years, drove truck for Yellow freight, Nortran, U.S. mail truck and UPS. Most recently he was employed at Behnke Trailers.
Art enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening, fishing, and working in his food plots to feed the deer every winter. He loved attending his sons’ baseball and basketball games and track meets. Art was an honest man who had the ability to converse with anyone at any time. He will be remembered by friends and family as a very faithful, caring, and loving man. He was extremely proud of his sons.
Art is survived by his wife Sandy (Behnke) and two sons, Evan and Jon; his parents Ed and Agnes; three sisters Margie (Jerry) Behnke, Barb (Jim) Behnke and Tracy (Ray) Hauser; his three brothers Ken (Lisa), Greg (Roxanne) and Jason (Suzanne). Also surviving, his parents-in-law Mel and Barb Behnke; his two sisters-in-law Sue (Mark) Hartung and Dee (Jason) Froehlich; his three brothers-in-law Dan (Darlene) Behnke, Doug (Dee) Behnke and Dale (Jessica) Behnke. He has many nieces and nephews. Art was proceeded in death by a sister-in-law, Sherry Behnke.
We would like to thank the Drs and staff at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, Mayo Clinic, and Hospice of Dubuque for assistance in Art’s fight. Most of all we have immense gratitude to all our family, friends, teammates and parents, coworkers, and our Holy Family faith family for their support, generosity, prayers, time, and comfort. There are no words to describe the love we feel from all of you.
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, in Dubuque, IA is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com
Norman Earl Hein, age 95, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away May 23rd, 2022, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital.
Norm was born on January 22, 1927 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Edward Earl Hein and Ruth B. Botsford Hein. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1945.
After high school, Norm pursued a career in entertainment in California playing trumpet and singing in dance bands. Eventually, he returned to Dubuque, uniting in marriage to Gloria Ann Reuschel on May 1, 1954, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He worked at Wm. C. Brown Company Publishers in several positions for 44 years. His work included managing company sales in the Great Lakes Region, while living in Bowling Green, Ohio, for 12 years. The people he worked with were very special to him. He always had a wonderful story to tell about their accomplishments. Norm eventually moved back to East Dubuque, Illinois, where he and Gloria built their last home, happily hosting family and friends for many years.
All his life, Norm had a passion and natural talent for music. He was a member of the local musician’s union, playing the trumpet, with dance bands at Dubuque’s music venue, Melody Mill. When he stopped playing in dance bands, he sang in church and at weddings.
Norm enjoyed his church, gardening, baking, showing his collectable Thunderbird, driving in parades and organizing his high school reunions. Tennis was always a love that brought out his competitive side, playing regularly through his 80’s. Norm and Gloria took great enjoyment in traveling to Europe and Florida. When long distance travel became a challenge, Norm would entertain his family by dining at local restaurants. Much to the delight of his family, he always selected a good red wine and insisted on picking up the tab. Norm was devoted to his family, the joy and light of his life. He was known for being a gentleman and treating everyone with kindness and respect.
In addition to his wife, Gloria of 68 years, Norm is survived by their children Brad (Denise) Hein of Addison, Michigan, Brett (Coleen) Hein of Dubuque, Iowa; grandchildren: Kyle Hein, Trevor Hein, Erin (Kent) Ives and Maggie (Ryan) McDonald; great grandchildren: Brycen Hein and Olivia Ives. Norm was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Ruth Hein and in-laws Herman and Martha Reuschel.
Eglehof, Siegert, & Casper Funeral Home, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be given to Dubuque County Right to Life, 2205 Carter Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001. According to Norm’s wishes, cremation will take place. A celebration of Norm’s life will be held at a later date.
The Hein family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and administrative staff at Bethany Home and the ICU staff at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for their compassionate care and support. “Time Heals All Wounds”
On May 22, 2022, Angela “Angie” Winter passed away peacefully at home at the age of 53. Angie was born to Stephen and Margaret (Harwick) Townsend on January 28, 1969. She is a 1987 alumna of Scales Mound High School. She obtained her Associate’s Degree from Highland Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Dubuque, and Master’s Degree in Education from National Louis University. She married Steve Winter on November 21, 1992, and they raised two children, Lauren and Erin.
Angie is known to her family as an incredibly talented gift-giver. The greatest gifts she leaves us are her love of learning, which she shared with generations of students; the way she seeks a challenge, which meant she enjoyed hunting, fishing, puzzles, and the friendly (but steep) competition in a family game of cards. Her competitive nature found her enjoying many sports; playing softball with Steve as many as five nights a week in the summers, playing volleyball at Highland and coaching volleyball at both Shullsburg and Scales Mound. Her skills as an educator and competitor helped her lead Scales Mound to its first appearance in a State tournament and most successful season in any sport. She was named Scales Mound’s 2011 Outstanding Alumni of the Year and Telegraph Herald’s Coach of the Year. Angie loved spending her summers outdoors on the lake, vacationing with her family, cheering on the Chicago Cubs; and, with a margarita in her hand, jamming out to a good Kenny Chesney, Rick Springfield or Jimmy Buffett tune.
Angie is preceded in death by her grandparents Arthur and Marcella Harwick, S.A. and Jean Townsend, father-in-law Cleland Winter, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her husband, Steve, their two children Lauren (Taylor Becktold) and Erin (Patrick Grund), her parents Steve and Margaret Townsend, brother Steve Townsend, Jr., niece Sonja (Tyler) Richardson, nephew Sam Townsend, mother-in-law Judy Winter, brother- and sister-in-law Doug and Susan Winter and nephew Bradley Winter.
Angie and family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and doctors at MercyOne Dubuque Cancer Center for their dedicated role in Angie’s care over the past 23 years, especially Dr. Lawrence Kukla, Dr. Eric Engelman, Dr. Tammi Noonan, and Jenny Redfearn. In addition, our great appreciation to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care this past month.
A visitation will be held at Miller-Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound on Thursday May 26th from 3-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday May 27th at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Scales Mound, with Fr. Howard Barch, Jr. officiating. Burial to follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery. Details about a Celebration of Life will be shared at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, we encourage memorials to be made to the Scales Mound School library and/ or Hospice of Dubuque.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com©
James A. “Jim” Hudson II, 52, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on May 21, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 12:00 on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. where a funeral service will be held at 12:00. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Jim was born on November 7, 1969, in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James Arnold Hudson and Donna (Hample) Hudson.
After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School, Jim went on to work various jobs, first at Econo Foods, FDL, True Green and lastly, MI-T-M.
Jim was a son, brother and father. He was hard working and had a great sense of humor. He always stopped to say hello. Jim was a big film fan, and enjoyed The Dukes of Hazard, Sons of Anarchy, Smokey and the Bandit and Convoy. He loved spending time with his family, building things, and giving advice. Jim would often mow his neighbor’s lawns and was known as “Betty Crocker”. Grilling and cooking were another passion along with his dogs, Deisel and Babs.
Jim is survived by his mother, Donna Hudson (Larry Barlow); sons, James “Jimmy” Hudson III, Jake Hudson (Annika Sunleaf), and Alex Hudson; daughters, Alyssa Hudson, Kaylin Crippes, sister, Wanda Russet (Tom), niece, Jessica Rheault (Adam), great niece, Ellie Rheautl.
He is preceded in death by his father, James Arnold Hudson.
The family would like to thank the University of Iowa Hospital, friends that have supported Jim and the family.
Sacha Ann Schumacher, 44 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 20th, 2022 at home
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday May 26th, 2022 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 27th, 2022 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory with Dennis Schmitt officiating. Burial will follow in Scott Cemetery, in Glen Haven, WI.
Sacha was born on December 14, 1977 in Iowa City, Iowa the daughter of Dave Schumacher and Julie DeMaio.
Sacha attended Dubuque Senior High School and Northeast Iowa Community College. She worked for Ennoble Nursing and Rehabilitation
Sacha’s life was far too brief, but she lived it with all her heart. Her gentle spirit touched the lives of everyone who knew her. She saw the good in everyone. Her children, granddaughter and family were her world, and she will forever live on through them. Sacha’s adoration for nature and all of God’s creatures was undeniable. Her pets were like her children and she even welcomed the strays that always seemed to find their way to her.
Sacha was known for her beautiful smile and contagious laugh. She loved to laugh! She preferred to blend into the crowd yet couldn’t help from lighting up the room. She loved music, and funny movies and we will surely miss the movies lines she would imitate with perfection.
Sacha made this world a better place and we will keep her memory alive until we meet again.
She is survived by her parents Dave (Rachel) Schumacher, Julie (Denny) DeMaio-Troy, and Donald (Kathy) Schiltz; two children: Sydney Kuczen, and Beau Healey; her granddaughter Remy Brown; her siblings Brandi (Toby) Moeggenberg, Dave (Karen) Schumacher and Alexis Schumacher, along with stepsiblings: Zach, Wes, Clarissa, and Elijah.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
In Lieu of flowers memorials may be direct to the family for her children.
Theodore J. “Ted” Meyer, age 63 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his journey on earth May 25, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Ted’s life, his Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Eagle View Pavilion at Eagle Point Park, 2601 Shiras Avenue in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Ted’s family.
Ted was born on June 2, 1956, in Dubuque, Iowa, one of nine children, to Lowell and Mary Agnes (Kretschmer) Meyer. He was raised to appreciate the values of love and respect for family and friends, coupled with an unrivaled work ethic. He spent his free time, as a teenager, learning his trade at The William C. Brown Publishing Co. His career there lasted over 35 years as an electrician, even through the multiple changes of ownership. He finally retired in 2010 with a sense of accomplishment and great pride.
Ted was never the type of man who could sit still very long. Whether he was working on his ’55 Chevy in his garage or tackling the next project around his house, Ted’s hands never laid idle. He spent his downtime watching his favorite drivers, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr., lead the pack around the NASCAR track. Ted’s personal drive in life carried him to a place of true contentment with a deep knowledge on how to have a good time.
Our hearts are broken and numb today as we face the sad reality that our genuinely kind and compassionate father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother and friend has left us behind. We know that the abundance of memories he left us with will help us through the most difficult days until we are reunited once again. Thank you, Ted, for leading by example as we watched you show us how it’s done.
Those left behind to cherish the memory of Ted include,
his two children,
Gretchen (Fran Krier) Meyer, Cedar Rapids, Iowa,
and Ben (Nicole) Meyer, East Dubuque, Illinois;
his four grandchildren,
Austin (Jackie Roosa) Meyer, Brandon Meyer, Cassie Meyer, and Derek Meyer;
his two great-grandchildren,
Marcie and Teddy Violet;
Mary Agnes Meyer, Dubuque, Iowa;
his five siblings,
Mark (Jenny) Meyer, Dubuque, Iowa,
Maggie Hoffman, Dubuque, Iowa,
Dave (Joan) Meyer, Dubuque, Iowa,
Steve (Sally) Meyer, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Tom (Codi) Meyer, Dubuque, Iowa;
Rose Meyer, North Liberty, Iowa,
and Beverly Meyer, Madison, Alabama;
along with countless extended family, friends, and neighbors that he loved and cherished.
Ted was preceded in death by his father Lowell “L.J.” Meyer; three brothers, Jeff Meyer, Doug Meyer, Rick Meyer; and a brother-in-law, Dave Hoffman.
Ted’s family would like to thank Jane and Maggie for all of their time, patience and enduring love which was shared so generously with Ted as he battled multiple health problems over the past few years. Your kindness is appreciated more than we could ever express.
Online condolences may be shared with Ted’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com
Debra J. Vonderhaar, 65, of Holy Cross, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2022 at MercyOne in Dubuque, surrounded by her family.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. A Eulogy and Sharing Service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date.
Debra was born on December 29, 1956 in Dubuque, the daughter of Walter and Rosemary (Morris) Wilhelm. She graduated from Senior High School in Dubuque with the class of 1975. Deb worked at Ertl’s for many years. She furthered her education at NICC for computer programing and began working at McKesson as a programmer. She later worked at FS in Dubuque and she retired in 2011. Debra loved being with her family. Her grandchildren were her life. She spoiled them with snacks, toys and candy. Deb loved to shop, she was always looking for a sale. She had a heart of gold and nine lives.
Survivors include her children: Tiffany (Philip) Moser of Colesburg, Heather (Owen Boge) Vonderhaar of Earlville, Tony Vonderhaar of Holy Cross, four grandchildren, Drew and Kenzie Moser, Elise and Paxton Boge, fiancé, Dave Bries of Epworth, step-children, Ryan (Danielle) Bries, Stacie (Knut) Morken, sisters, Karon Adams, Sheryl Wilhelm, Sue Skala and Mary Kann, brother-in-law, Robie (Amy) Vonderhaar.
She was preceded in death by her parents, parents -in-law, Leonard and Margaret Vonderhaar, husband, Steven Vonderhaar, sisters, Kathy Walburn, Lou Wilhelm, Linda Ludovissy, brother-in-laws, Randy and Jimmy Vonderhaar.
The family would like to thank Dr. Janes and the staff at MercyOne ICU for their exceptional care for Debra during her illness.
Kramer Funeral Home assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com.
Ronald “Ron” J. Droeszler, 70, of Sabula, IA formerly of Dubuque, passed away on May 20th, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Ron was born on January 14, 1952, in Platteville, WI the son of Harlan and Eileen (Kerkenbush) Droeszler. He married Debra Frick on May 12th, 1975 in Dubuque, IA.
He worked many years at Eagle Window and Door until retirement, then he went on to work at United Clinical Labs and Sams Club to keep him busy part time.
Ron loved painting, playing cards and dice especially with Ariana, going to the casino, and spending time with the fur grandbabies.
He is survived by his wife Deb; his children Amy (Mike) Reiter and Sara (Darren) Schmidt; grandchildren Ariana and Nathan; his brother, Robert (Jane) Droeszler; his sisters: Barb Dean, Mary and Nancy Droeszler, Ann (Phil) Mowbray, Vicky (Dan) Long, as well as many nieces and nephews
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; his parents in-law Walter & Iola Frick, a sister in infancy Susie; a nephew Wesley Droeszler; and in-laws Chuck (Diane) Frick, Sharon (Ted) Lightcap, and Dalven Dean.
In lieu of flowers, a Ronald J. Droeszler memorial fund has been established.
Thank you to Dr. Christopher Stille and all the staff at Medical Associates, and to Dr. Rezny and staff at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and SNICU for all their care and kindness they have to Ron and his family.
Shirley K. (Nabb) Current, 78, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, May 21, 2022, at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Friday, May 27, 2022, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation will follow the services, and burial will be at Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.
Shirley Kay Current was born on April 7, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Clyde and Neoma (Bickford) Nabb. She was a 1962 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Richard Dean Current in 1963 and to this union two children were born, Pamela and Cory.
Shirley had worked for the Jackson County Credit Bureau, Hughes Transport, 21 years at U.S. Bank, and lastly for RCS Computers and Appliance.
Shirley loved quilting, embroidery, travel, putting puzzles together, stamp and coin collecting, stock car racing, playing bingo and slot machines, Christmas all year round, and most importantly spending time with her family.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Richard Current of Maquoketa, IA; children, Pamela (Marty) Eganhouse of Anamosa, IA, and Cory (Scarlet) Current of St. Louis, MO; brothers, Alvin (Penny) Nabb of Colorado Springs, CO, and Lloyd (Shauna) Nabb of Maquoketa, IA; and 3 grandchildren, Micayla of Cedar Rapids, IA, Derek of Anamosa, IA, and Rebekah of Chico, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Shirley K. Current memorial fund has been established.
Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
James “Jim” Nicholas Speltz, 85, of Dubuque, passed away on Thursday May 19, 2022, at Stonehill Care Center.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday May 25, 2022, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Father Steve Rosonke officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League at St. Anthony’s after Mass. Friends and family may visit from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday May 25, at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.
Jim was born on September 4, 1936, in Farley, Iowa to Ralph and Mary Agnes (McDermott) Speltz. He attended St. Columbkille’s school in Dubuque. He was a proud United States Marine Corps Veteran who served from 1954-1957 and was a member of the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Every birthday and Christmas his family would compete to surprise him with the best Marine Corps memorabilia to see his pride shine through, “Semper Fi.” Jim married his wife Nancy Hinkel on October 5, 1963. After he returned from the service, he was a barber and worked at the Dubuque Packing Company. After retirement he enjoyed traveling around in his van visiting small towns in the area and collecting antiques. He brought home many antiques to give to his family. He refurbished antique furniture in his shop at home while listening and singing along with his favorite oldie’s music. Jim was a loyal Green Bay Packers fan and loved to watch the games with his family and friends and he also enjoyed playing sports with his family.
Jim is survived by his wife Nancy Speltz of Dubuque, four children William (Julie) Speltz of Missoula, MT, Robert (Dawn) Speltz of Cedar Falls, IA, Ann (Tim) Gourley of Dubuque, and Timothy Speltz of Rockford, IL, nine grandchildren Christina Gourley of Dubuque, Mitch (Sarah) Speltz of Rockford, Samantha Speltz of Scottsdale, AZ, Brianna (Tyler) Verlanic of Missoula, MT, James Gourley of Colorado Springs, CO, Josie Speltz of Chicago, IL, Joseph (Caroline) Gourley of San Diego, CA, Virginia Speltz of Rockford, IL, and Willem Speltz of Rockford, IL, two great grandchildren Bauer Speltz of Missoula, MT and Emerson Verlanic of Missoula, MT, four sisters Joan Lampe, Nancy Frommelt, Bonnie Stender, and Sharon (Gerald) Lochner, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mary Agnes and Ralph, sister Coletta Tigges, brothers-in-law Cletus Tigges, Earl Lampe, John Frommelt, and Thomas Stender, and nephew TJ Stender.
The family would like to thank the nurses and CNAs at Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for their support and care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Centralia-Peosta Volunteer Ambulance Services and Hospice of Dubuque.
Allen J. Schubert, 88, of Dubuque died Saturday, May 21, 2022. Funeral services will be held 10:30 Thursday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory where visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Allen was born April 12, 1934 in Dubuque, son of John and Violet (Dohse) Schubert.
After graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1953, he went to work for the Dubuque Packing Company, where he worked for 29 years. He then worked for Unique Balance for ten years. Throughout his working life he also operated as a commercial fisherman with his son Joe, catching and selling catfish to local restaurants.
On April 16, 1955, he married Patricia “Jean” Lyons at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West. She preceded him in death on August 26, 2006.
He enjoyed a good game of euchre, hunting, competitive trapshooting, and traveling. He attended Holy Spirit Parish with his special friend, Donna.
He is survived by his special friend, Donna Neyen-Shea of Dubuque; four children, Andy (Lucy) Schubert of Tucson, AZ, Joe (Patty) Schubert of St. Charles, IL, Patty (Mark Prindle) Schubert of East Dubuque, IL, and Carolyn (Dave McLauchlan) Schubert of Bull Valley, IL; seven grandchildren, Heather (A.J.), Holly, Hannah, Robert, Christina, Jason and Renee; and a great granddaughter, Norah.
He is also survived by his siblings, Shirley Bahl, Mary Lou (Richard) Bradley, Elda (Tom) Kuehn, Sandy (Tim) Fiedler and sister in law, Irene McDermott.
He was also preceded in death by three children, Tina, Tara, and Arnold Schubert; a brother, Johnny Schubert; sister in law, Grace (Raymond) Mueller; two brothers in law, David Bahl and Kenny Droullard; and cherished nephew, Steven Bradley.
Memorials may be given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Tory R. Den Herder, 60, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away at his home on Friday morning, May 20, 2022.
A private family visitation will be held at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation. There are no public services planned at this time.
Tory Ross Den Herder was born on December 26, 1961 in Sheldon, Iowa, to Merle and Joyce (Thompson) Den Herder. Tory lived in Boydon, Iowa until moving with his family to Maquoketa in June of 1973. He was a 1981 graduate of Maquoketa High School.
Tory was a veteran of the United States Navy earning an honorable discharge. For almost 25 years he has been employed with Sonac in Maquoketa in the maintenance department.
Tory enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and liked being outdoors fishing and camping.
Those left to honor his memory include his children, Ashley Den Herder of CO, Zachary (fiancé Samantha) Den Herder of Taylor Ridge, IL, and Shelby Den Herder of Maquoketa, IA; a sister, Renea (Doug) Yarolim of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Vivian, Bryce, Lincoln and Malia; one niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle on April 14, 1996 and Joyce on April 3, 2022, and a special nephew, Jacob Yarolim on June 18, 2006.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Tory R. Den Herder 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.
Freida Mae McConnell, 81, of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away Sunday, May 22, 2022, peacefully at home. A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at Mueller Memorial Chapel at Linwood Cemetery, with a service following at 11 a.m. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Moose Lodge 355, Dubuque. A private burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.
Freida was born Aug. 6, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, the second out of seven siblings. She graduated Dubuque Senior High in 1957. Freida married James “Jim” McConnell on April 27, 1957, at St. Joseph Church by Monsignor Martin. She worked for the Dubuque County Extension Office as a part of the Iowa State University and helped set up rural families with electricity. She then worked at Clarke College for the student union, where she retired at 54.
Freida enjoyed gardening and earned the Master Gardener title in 2005. She also liked playing euchre at the Moose Lodge, where she was a member, and playing the gold course at Lacoma Golf Course. She traveled throughout the United States and visited France. She taught her family many valuable lessons and she will be dearly missed by those who loved her.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jim McConnell; children, Jim Jr. McConnell of Dubuque, Jeanne (Ernie Albertsen) Noel of Colorado Springs, Colo.,Gary (Annette) McConnell of Evansville, Ind., and Steven (Karen) McConnell of Dubuque; eight grandchildren, Sarah, Paul, Jill, Michael, Matthew, Jeffrey, Kate and Nicole; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-step-grandchildren; and her best friend Illa McDermott.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leroy Husemann (Maureen) and Albert Husemann; her sister, Judy Barnes; nephew, Terrance O’Toole; and niece, Karen Scremen.
The family wishes to sincerely thank the nurses at Hospice of Dubuque and the care nurses Jennifer, Peggy and Stephanie gave her.
In lieu of flowers and donations, please plant a flower in your garden.
Beverly (Bev) L. Koester was born January 17th, 1956, to Mary Irene Lookhart and Floyd Jordan Hankins in Bakersfield California. Bev passed away on May 19th, 2022, at SSM Health Monroe Hospital, Monroe, WI.
Bev was married to Charles C. Koester on November 25th, 1995. Bev was a well-respected bus driver, loving wife, and mother to three. Bev loved traveling, playing Euchre, walking, and washing the bus. Bev had a big heart full of love for animals and children.
Bev is survived by her husband Charles Koester of Scales Mound, Illinois; brother Rick Hankins of Bakersfield, California; one son: Wesley (Denyse) Dearmore of Bakersfield, California; Two daughters: Patricia (Sean Dusenberry) Dearmore of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Charlie (Mike Schultz) Koester of Stockton, Illinois; Two granddaughters; Brittany (Nathan Smith) Bergman of Bakersfield, California; Brooke (Kyle Cravanas) Bergman of San Leandro, California; Two grandsons; Hunter Cooper of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Skyler Dearmore of Bakersfield, California; Two Great Granddaughters; Perri and Camille; and Two Great grandsons; Rocco and Baby Schultz. Bev is also survived by one step-daughter and 5 step-sons, their spouses, their children and grandchildren.
She was proceeded in death by her parents and her in-laws Clyde and Ada Koester.
There will be a Celebration of Life Tuesday May 24th, 2022, at the Scales Mound Town Hall from 3-7 PM. Memorial gifts can be sent to 115 East Schuyler Ave Scales Mound, IL 61075. The Miller-Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound, IL. Is serving the family.
Carol Sue Vaassen, 57, of Dubuque passed away Friday, May 20, 2022, at home surrounded by family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Fr. Martin Coolidge officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service will be at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24th, followed by visitation from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.
Carol was born on October 12th, 1964, the daughter of Walter and Norma (Herting) Krug. She graduated from Clarke College, Dubuque, IA, in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in art and social work. She married Steven Vaassen on April 15th, 2000, in Dubuque. Carol was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 31 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, Sister, and friend. She always put others ahead of herself and her faith led her life.
She is survived by her husband Steven; children, Ellen (Austin) Hasken, Nicholas (Emilee Keller) Vaassen, and Benjamin (Jamie Lynn) Vaassen, Jeremy (April) Vaassen, Cory (Stephanie Hag) Vaassen. 5 grandchildren Cameron and Kyan Vaassen, Nora and Via Vassen, and Audrey Hasken. Three sister’s Carla (Del) Heffner, Cathy Fenelon, Janet (Jay Avenarius) Krug. Two brothers; Jon Krug, and Steve Krug. Four sisters-in-law Cindy Wiederhold, Jan Vasseen, Mary Siegenthaler, Nikki (Cole) Kaiser. Two brothers-in-law; Jamie (Amanda) Vaassen, Tommy (Kelly) Bastis, step mother-in-law, Patricia Mundschenk, and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, a brother David in infancy, Parents-in-law; Gilbert and Marion Vaassen, sister-in-law, Julie (Peach) Hasken, brothers-in-law Marty Vaassen, and Jerry Wiederhold.
In lieu of flowers, a Carol Sue Vaassen memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of Dubuque and of The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for the great care they gave to Carol.
Paul “Keith” Shearer, age 94, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully March 14th, 2022, with family at his side.
A visitation will be held from 12:30 – 3:30 on May 28th at Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Funeral home, 2659 John F Kennedy Road, with a Celebration of Life at 3:30. Burial will immediately follow in Linwood Cemetery, where a graveside service will be held and Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6.
Keith was born January 21st, 1928, in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Paul and Genevieve Skoog. He and his sister Barbra were adopted and raised by their aunt and uncle, Velma and Ralph Shearer. They lived in Charles City, Fort Dodge, and Sioux City, Iowa. Keith Graduated from Sioux City East High school and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1946. Keith was a veteran of WWII, and served in the Korean War. When he returned from Korea he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. Keith then attended the University of Iowa on the GI Bill. It was at the U of I that he met the love of his life, Mary Lou Weuve. They both graduated from the University of Iowa in June of 1954 and were married that September at Minerva Methodist church in Albion, Iowa.
Keith loved and cherished his family. Family vacations to the lake of the Ozarks and ski trips to Wisconsin, UP of Michigan, Colorado and Montana are fondly remembered. He loved boating on the Mississippi river and taught many neighborhood kids, family, and friends to water ski. Keith loved technology and his household had the first color TV on the block where neighbors gathered to watch the first man walk on the moon in July 1969. Keith fondly recalled having coffee every weekday morning with friends since 1965 until Valentine’s Day of this year when he was admitted to the hospital.
Keith took his military and community service leadership roles very seriously. He was past president of the Snomad Ski Club and was instrumental in the building of their club house in 1980. He was a revered member and past president for the Sertoma Club. He was a board member and led the committee that purchased the new parsonage at St. Luke’s United Methodist church. He served on the Dubuque Community School Board for two terms, from 1990-1993, serving as vice president for his second term. Keith was very proud to serve his country as a Marine and showed this in many ways. “As long as you’re a veteran, it’s important, as long as I could stand up, I did it”. He was past Commandant of the Marine Corp League of Dubuque, past Commander of the American Legion Post 6, co-chair for the Memorial Day parade, where he also marched with the Marine veterans. He was active in the honor guard where he made sure every little bit of the ceremony was meaningful. He was also a dedicated volunteer for Toys for Tots. Keith went to Washington, DC on the honor flight in October of 2010 and received a Quilt of Valor on Flag Day 2016. His proudest achievement late in life was the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza on Chaplain Schmitt Island. He was part of the group of founding veterans that planned, fundraised, designed and built the original version of the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. Keith was also a dedicated pet therapy volunteer. He and his beloved chihuahua, “Teeny Tiny Tina”, visited many nursing homes for several years with fellow volunteer Mary Haskin.
Keith is survived by three children, Sally Shearer, Paul (Mary Sue) Shearer, and Peter (Tami Hodge) Shearer; 15 grandchildren, Catie (Pete) Metz, TJ Sanders, Andrew Sanders, MaryGrace (Nick) Fagen; Timothy ‘Kip’, Benjamin (Rio), Mary Erin, and Rebekah (Kevin Niehaus) Shearer; Jacob (Caroline), Madeline, Eleanor, and Sophia Shearer; Alexandra (Kevin) Chritz, Brittany (Tristan Chan), and Taylor (Greg Scholin) Werges, and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Barbra Link, half-sisters, Kay Ouverson and Jeanne Skoog, half-brother David (Judy) Kentner, brother and sister in-law Bill and Monna Weuve, and dear friends Bob Feeney and Jill X. He was preceded in death by his wives Mary Lou Shearer and Gloria Shearer, one son, Steven Werges, a daughter- in-law, Cindy Werges, brother Donn Forrest, sisters-in-law Paula Forrest, Janet Doyle, Elizabeth Wilson, brother-in- law Gene Ouverson, half-brothers, Mark (Marsha) Kentner and Dale (Judi) Skoog.
Keith’s family extends a special thank you to Dr. Jennifer Mohr and her staff, the staff at ‘The Rose’, the staff at Manor Care, and Hospice of Dubuque. Your care and kindness will never be forgotten. Thank you to the Egelhof Siegert Casper funeral home for your assistance during this difficult time, it is greatly appreciated. And last, but not least, thank you to the Maid Rite restaurant staff for all your years of friendship and kind service.
Memorials may be directed to Dubuque Humane Society and Hospice of Dubuque in Keith’s memory. Please share a memory of Keith at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
And as dad always said, “see you later alligator.”
Colleen Erin Meyers, 26, of Peosta, died Wednesday, May 18, 2022 of unknown causes.
Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Colleen will be 11:00 am Friday, May 27, 2022, at St. Columbkille Roman Catholic Church with Father Martin Coolidge as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.
Colleen was born November 26, 1995, in Des Moines, IA, the daughter of Ronald P. and Susan Willoughby Meyers.
She attended Wahlert Catholic High School and graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, IA in 2014. Following high school, she worked in the food industry. She was a hard worker and experienced various roles in the industry. Colleen was a team player and would work in whichever area was needed that day.
Family was always her number one priority. She was a fierce protector to all those she cared about. She was of the Roman Catholic faith. She loved God and was a very prayerful person. She loved to bake and cook, but disliked the cleanup that followed. She was creative, and enjoyed painting, movies and music. She appreciated nature and took pleasure in gardening. She found happiness with animals, especially dogs and birds. She took great pride in being aunt Coco to the “bub” club. Her little sunshine is and always will be her godson, Gage.
Survivors include her parents, Ronald and Susan Meyers of Peosta; one brother, Kevin (Stephanie) Meyers of Dubuque; one sister, Caitlin (Steven) Ihm of Iowa City, IA; her three nephews, Gage, William, and Ryder; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Donald and Pearl Meyers and Thomas and Rita Willoughby.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for NAMI Dubuque (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to close friends, Jim and Diana Alton for loving and supporting Colleen all of her life.
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 Colleen’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.
Irvin Victor “Irv” Manternach, formerly of Dubuque, courageously ended his hard fought battle with melanoma on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Cedar Falls, IA.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 pm June 8, 2022 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road followed by a memorial service at 4 pm.
Irvin was born January 10, 1942 to Mathias and Matilda (Faber) Manternach in Monticello, IA and was raised on a farm near Cascade, IA.
After high school, he served in the Army National Guard at Fort Dix. He then returned to Iowa and worked on the family farm until 1965 when he began a 30 year career at John Deere in Dubuque. During this time, he raised three children in Sherrill. After retirement, he became a licensed realtor, travelled to Poland, China, and Brazil as part of the Friendship Force, and served on the Dubuque Arts Council. He married Lugene Johnson on November 24, 2007 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, and moved to Cedar Falls. Irv and Lu loved to dance and to travel, and spent their winters in Texas.
He was a fixer and a builder. At the time of his cancer diagnosis, he was restoring his father’s two-cylinder John Deere tractor in the garage he built. He had a mischievous sense of humor and was a talker to anyone who encouraged him.
Irvin is survived by his wife of 15 years, Lugene Johnson, of Cedar Falls, his three children Theresa (Derek) Harsen, Kathy Manternach, and Matt (Trista) Manternach, all of Cedar Rapids, two grandchildren, Madison and Caleb Manternach, his sisters, Carlyn Sellner, Judith Puetz, and Sharon Manternach, 12 nieces and nephews, step-sons, Troy (Beth) and Trent Johnson, step-daughter Rhonda (AJ) Jennings, and several step-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Janaan Funke, two brothers-in-law, David O. Funke and James Sellner, niece Janita Sellner, and nephew, Dean Funke.
Online condolences may be left for the family at egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
Memorials may be made to the Irv Manternach Memorial Fund.
Irvin asked to send a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic for their high quality care that made him their longest surviving stage 4 metastatic melanoma patient.
Jean Ann Mueller, 76, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Mercy One Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Visitation for Jean will be held after 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where services for Jean will be held at 1:00 p.m. with Deacon Mark Otting presiding.
She was born November 3, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Rex and Luella (Graham) Brammer. She was employed at the Ertl Company for 25 years and later at Theisen’s in Dyersville for 23 ½ years. She loved to work and travel often. She also enjoyed playing games, cards and dice. She had a great sense of humor and shared it quite often. She was an avid bowler and golfer.
She is survived by three children, Jay Sroka of Farley, IA, Tim (Cari) Sroka of Epworth, IA and Joe (Esmerelda) Sroka of Pheonix, AZ; and 4 grandchildren, Noah, Lila, Micah, and Dylan; one brother, Gary (Joan) Brammer of Glendale, WI.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild, Luca.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com
Gladys Elgin, 85, of Peosta, Iowa and formerly of Dyersville and Bankston, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at her home in Peosta, Iowa, surrounded by her family.
Visitation for Gladys will be held from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2022, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held after 9 a.m., on Monday, May 23, 2022, at the Funeral Home.
Services for Gladys will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 23, 2022, at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding and Rev. Phil Gibbs concelebrating. Burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa.
She was born April 19, 1937, in Luxemburg, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Agatha (Clemen) Lake. She is a graduate of St. Boniface High School in New Vienna, Iowa. On August 27, 1957, she was united in marriage to Robert Elgin at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, Iowa. The couple farmed in the Bankston area, Gladys was a true farm wife, she helped with planting, harvesting and daily chores on the farm.
Gladys was an excellent seamstress, over the years she made multiple quilts for family members and several baby quilts for her grandchildren. She had a true passion for cooking and baking, and made sure a guest never left without eating, she used to do catering with Rosie Kruse. She loved spending time with her family and always had time to play games with the grandchildren.
She was a former member of St. Francis Xavier parish in Dyersville and was a current member of Resurrection Parish in Dubuque, Iowa.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Elgin of Peosta; five daughters, Susie (Dave) Wilson of Earlville, Sherry (Craig) Osterhaus of Dyersville, Sarah (Cary) Schroeder of Lena, IL, Sharlene (Kevin) Kline of Dubuque, and Sheila (Marty) Krapfl of Dyersville; 14 grandchildren, Lindsey (Matt) Koelker, Michael (Ashley) Wilson, Nick (Kaitlyn) Wilson, Tony (Jaclyn) Osterhaus, Jessica (Jason) Nolting, John (Abigail) Schroeder, Christin (Dana) Keeffer, Casey (Bri) Schroeder, Austin (Megan) Kline, McKenzie Kline, Robby Krapfl, Josh Krapfl, Zach Krapfl, and Allison Krapfl; 21 great grandchildren and one on the way; two sisters, Alice Mae Schieltz of Luxemburg and Joann Besler of Hopkinton; a sister-in-law, Wilma Lake of Dyersville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosemary Kruse of Bankston, Willis and Dot Elgin of Delaware, LouAnn Deutmeyer and Sharon Ludwig both of Dyersville, Marvin Elgin of Bankston, Betty and Dave Ludwig of Worthington, Linda Elgin of Dubuque, Madonna and Dan Gibbs of Farley; a sister-in-law, Mae Elgin of Dyersville and a brother-in-law, Vince Ehrlich of Dubuque.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, James and Edward Lake; two sisters, Esther Klostermann and Grace Marie Schieltz; brothers-in-law, Floyd Klostermann, Bill Besler, Jerry Schieltz and Edwin Schieltz; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy Elgin, Grace and Larry Davis, Diane Ehrlich, Darlene and Ralph Kramer, James and Theresa Elgin, Danny Kruse, Don Elgin, Tom Ludwig and Bill Deutmeyer.
A Gladys Elgin memorial fund has been established. Anyone unable to attend may send memorials to Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN: Gladys Elgin family, P.O. Box 271, Dyersville, Iowa 52040.
A video may be viewed and online condolences sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com
The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Hillary and Peg for all their care and support.
Ron V. “Bum” Blume, 72, of Epworth, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.
Visitation for Ron was held from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2022 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, Iowa, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Services for Ron were held at 1:00 p.m., at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Epworth, Iowa with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Concelebrating was Rev. Aloysius Vorwald. Lector was Dave McDermott. Placing of the pall was done by Marian Blume, Tracy Blume and Chris Blume. Giftbearers were Val Lehmann and Nicole Salyer. Burial will be held at a later date.
Casketbearers for Ron were rick Nauman, Steve Driscoll, Gary Petsche, Julous Barnhart, Dave Blume, Mike Blume, Brad Brady and Kevin Willis.
Ron was born May 23, 1949 in Guttenberg, Iowa, son of Ronald V. and Dorothy (Karas) Blume. He received his education in the Edgewood-Colesburg area schools, later attended NICC in Peosta, Iowa where he received a degree in Carpentry. On March 23, 1972 he was united in marriage to Marian McDermott.
Ron was employed at John Deere until his retirement in 1999. Ron was a very giving person and had enlisted in with the Organ Donor program. Ron continued to work hard every day all day long in some way, he worked hand in hand with the bread give-away program. He was steward of the “Little Library” program in Epworth, as he was a very community based. At Christmas time they collected Christmas hats for Camp Courageous residents, they had so many they passed extra’s on to area nursing homes.
He was a true outdoors man, he loved hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, and yard work. His yard and flower gardens were his pride and joy, he shared his flowers with many people. He could always be seen driving the streets of Epworth on his Raiders golf cart. He loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and his grand puppy, Bandit.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Epworth, for which the couple served as leaders of the Altar and Rosary society for 6 years, he was also a member of the UAW local #94.
He is survived by his wife, Marian Blume of Epworth; a daughter, Tracy Blume of Epworth; a son, Chris (Christin) Blume of Sycamore, IL; 4 grandchildren, Karas and Ty Weidenbacher, Bode and Haddie Blume; three brothers, Bill (Phillis) Blume of Mineral Point, WI, John (Joyce) Blume of Colesburg, and Randy Blume of Hazelton, IA.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Lizbeth Blume.
A video may be viewed and online condolences sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com
Edward B. “Eddie” Atkinson II, 63, of Dubuque Iowa passed away peacefully with family by his side on May 17, 2022 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He fought a courageous 15-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, but was unable to overcome complications from Graft Vs Host Disease (GVHD).
Visitation will be from 9:00am to 12:00pm Saturday May 21, 2022 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 12:00 pm. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Eddie was born on December 30, 1958 in St. Louis, MO the son of Edward B Atkinson Sr and Peggy Sue Rommelman. He met the love of his life Brenda Murphy through his sister Lisa. They were inseparable and after a short six-months Eddie said “you pick the date and I’ll pick the time.” They were married on June 29, 1979.
Eddie moved the family from Shreveport, Louisiana to Dubuque in Iowa in 1994 where he started work for ERTL and then in 1998 went to work for First Gear.
Eddie enjoyed camping the last few years with Brenda in their campers “Loretta and Maggie” They took the grandkids on a special camping trip every year. Eddie was always around to help out with fixing things, remodeling or giving advice to his kids. Anything Brenda envisioned he made happen, which included crafts, especially ones with spray paint and glitter. He completed his last craft with the family minutes before passing. In October of 2021 Eddie finally got his little yellow 2 seater car named “June”.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years Brenda, two children Trey (Amber) Atkinson, Chandra (Aaron) Kono, six grandchildren Brooklynn (14), Bryce (13), Jersey (12), Bristol (9), Liberty (4), and Charlie (4). His mother-in-law Lavonne (Rick) Thompson; one sister Barbara (Ray) Lambert; brother-in-law Dane (Susan) Murphy along with many nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, two sisters; Lisa Lee and Lori Forbes, maternal and paternal grandparents.
The family would like to express a very special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Stem Cell Transplant Unit, 3JCP, at the University of Iowa Hospital for their love and dedication in caring for “Ed” over the last 15 months.
Teresa was born on June 9, 1924, in Verona, Italy daughter of Andrea and Angela (Giacomazzi) Dall’Olio.
Teresa married the love of her life, Giuseppe Udovicich, on April 30, 1948, in Brenzone, Italy. They traveled a long road though many hardships to eventually make their way to the United States in 1951, with their 18 month old son. The couple proudly became US citizens in 1959, changing their names to Joseph and Teresa White. They were truly blessed with 3 wonderful sons and 51 years of marriage before Joseph passed away on September 10, 1999. Teresa was an outstanding cook and she shared her talents with the community at several restaurants. She worked at the 6120 Supper Club, the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, the Moracco, Creslanes, Robert’s Smorgastable and Restaurant, the Downtowner, the Chateau and lastly at Mario’s Italian Restaurant for 12 years. In her free time, Teresa enjoyed spending time outside gardening, caring for all of her flowers and watching the birds at her backyard feeders. She also liked to play Bingo, crochet, watch her TV shows and was an avid bowler for several years. Teresa loved children and volunteered her time as a foster grandparent for several years. Family was always her main priority. She made family dinners every week and always looked forward to visits from the grandchildren. Teresa lived a long and adventurous life and ended each day with a cocktail. She was a strong woman who always overcame any challenge that came her way, a true inspiration and role model for her family. Teresa will be greatly missed by all whose lives she has touched throughout the years.
Those left to cherish Teresa’s memory include
Andrew (Sondra) White, Cabot, AR,
Edward (Becky) White, Kieler, WI
and William (Sherry) White, Asbury, IA;
her 18 grandchildren and her 35 great-grandchildren.
Teresa was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph White; a brother, Simone Dall’Olio; and a brother-in-law, Amato Udovicich.
Teresa’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at Stonehill, especially Brianna, Danielle, Michelle, Audra and Katie, for all of their kindness and the outstanding care they provided for Teresa.
The family will thankfully receive your support through greeting cards and memorials in Teresa’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Teresa White Family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
Blake A. Winfrey, age 24, of Dubuque, passed away as the result of an accident on Sunday, May 8, 2022. To celebrate Blake’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Friday at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery at a later date following cremation.
Blake was born on March 29, 1998, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Chad Fuller and Maxine Winfrey.
Blake was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. It didn’t take long for Blake to use his humor and charming smile to become friends with many people. Most of those true bonds stuck all though life. Blake was an Aries, he was stubborn, but he loved hard. Blake had may things he enjoyed. His clothing line River City Kids which he created with Tristan Eimer in 2019. He loved to cook, especially on the grill. Blake loved fishing, he was a car lover, listening to music and most of all spending time with his kids. Family was important to Blake, it held weight to him.
Those left to cherish Blake’s memory include
Aidan, Amira and Aubree and their mom, Kayle Goarcke
and Bentley and her mom, Amanda Weiland;
and step-father, Justin Tigges;
and Tristan Eimer;
and Everett Winfrey Sr.;
Malcolm, Arie, Nana;
and many more family members and friends.
Blake was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Maxine and Leon Biederman; a great-grandmother, Gloria Fuller; and a great-aunt, Sandy Smith.
Blake’s family would like to thank everyone in the Tri-State Community for reaching out to us and offering your love and support, we greatly appreciate all you are doing for us.
The family will thankfully receive your support through greeting cards and memorials in Blake’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Blake Winfrey Family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com
Theodore W. “Ted” Lightcap, 81 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 16, 2022, at UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 20th, 2022, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Fr. Steve Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine’s Church Cemetery, with military honors by the American Legion Post #6 and the Iowa Army National Guard. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 20th at the church. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.
Ted was born on June 1, 1940, son of Albert Wallace “Wally” and Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap. He attended and graduated from Loras Academy.
He married Sharon (Frick) Lightcap on May 25, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa. She preceded him in death in 2011. He later remarried to Pat Jackson on November 1, 2014, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Dubuque.
He worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling, Illinois. After retirement, he was a blackjack dealer at the Diamond Jo Casino.
He served in the United States Army during the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and was a member of the American Legion Post #6 and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Dubuque Moose Lodge.
Ted loved bowling, playing wiffle ball games in the backyard, collecting coins and knifes, and playing cards with the neighbors.
He is survived by his wife Patricia; his children Laura “Laurie” (Scott Meythler) Lightcap of Swisher, Iowa, Kimberly “Kim” (Larry) Van Hauen of Lake Ozark, MO, Jeff (Cathy) Jackson, Todd (Sharon) Jackson, Kimberly (Steve) Weber, Shawn (Angie) Jackson, and Jenny (Gary) Krieg, daughter-in-law Jean Jackson, as well as many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Ted was preceded in death by his first wife Sharon Lightcap, parents A.W. and Eunice Lightcap, brothers Bill (Veva) Lightcap of California, Joel Lightcap of Dubuque, and Jack Lightcap of Portland, and step-son Craig Jackson of St. Catherine’s.
Richard “Dick” Johnson, 84, of Dubuque, died Monday, May 16, 2022, at the UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
A prayer service will be held at 3:30 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory followed by visitation until 7:00 pm.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Richard will be at Holy Spirit Parish- Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post #6.
Richard was born March 4, 1938, in Iowa City, IA, the son of Ollie and Florence Johnson. On May 7, 1960, he married Virginia Lynn McDonough at St. Patrick Church. She preceded him in death on March 12, 2021.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and won a Sharp Shooter Badge for best shooter in his infantry.
He worked at John Deere retiring after thirty-two years. Richard was a member of Holy Spirit Parish-Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, stock car races and was an avid watcher of the Iowa Hawkeyes but he was the biggest fan of his grandkids games.
Survivors include his daughter, Patty (Larry) Oberbroeckling; sons, Jim (Lisa Barton) Johnson, Ron (Laura) Johnson, and Tom (Julie) Johnson, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Jason Oberbroeckling, Megan Oberbroeckling, Chris Johnson, TJ Johnson, Cassidy Johnson, Jenna Johnson, Jack Johnson and Ella Johnson; great-grandchildren, Kaycee Oberbroeckling, Quinley Johnson, Sloan Johnson and Maeve Johnson; sister, Pat Marish of Lone Rock, WI; brothers-in-law, Lou McDonough and Bill McDonough, both of Dubuque; sisters-in-law, Connie McDonough of Dubuque and Jan McDonough of Key West; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Tom, Eldon, and Merlin Johnson; brothers-in law Francis “Mac” McDonough, Jack (Frannie) McDonough and Tom McDonough; sisters-in-law, Mary (Loras) Grant, Rita McDonough and Gerry McDonough.
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 Dick’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.
Daryl W. Tetterton, 84, of Dubuque died Friday, January 28, 2022. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday, May 23 at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 Kennedy Road. Services and a memorial celebration will be held 10:30 am, Tuesday,May 24, 2022 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road.
Daryl was born February 27,1937 in Plymouth, North Carolina, son of William and Alice Isoland (Harrison) Tetterton.
He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1955 and served in the US Army in Anchorage, Alaska from 1960 to 1962. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University in 1966 and his master’s degree in education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1971.
On November 7,1964 he married Janis Burke in Kalamazoo, Michigan after they met in Anchorage, Alaska. She preceded him in death on December 12, 1994. On September 6,1997 he married Mary Jane Lursen in Dubuque.
Daryl began his career with Weyerhauser Paper Mill in North Carolina, moving through various business positions until he became a teacher. His final career was as a Work Study Coordinator for the Dubuque Community School District, from 1975 until he retired in 1997.
Daryl was a member of the National Education Association, the Iowa State Education Association, the Dubuque Education Association, as well as American Legion #526 of Cascade, IA. He was a member of the Freemasons, beginning with the Masonic Perseverance Lodge #59 in Plymouth, North Carolina and eventually joining the Masonic Mosaic Lodge #125 in Dubuque. He volunteered at the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, the American Red Cross, and the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Kids on the Block and the Dubuque County Foster Care Review Board also received his support.
Daryl was constantly exploring, moving from North Carolina to Anchorage, Alaska to Kalamazoo, Michigan to Louisville, Kentucky to Parkersburg, West Virginia to Dayton, Ohio to Bernard, Iowa, and finally settling in Dubuque. Daryl was a skilled woodworker, crafting items that ranged from cabinets to grandfather clocks. He bred and showed black pug dogs, winning many awards. He loved reading and gardening, and he always enjoyed walking his neighborhood. He rode on 14 RAGBRAI trips. He enjoyed games (and the trash-talking that went with them), especially canasta and dominoes. He loved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Schwan’s ice cream, and fruitcake. But his biggest love was travel: he traveled across the country and internationally, sharing that life-long love for exploration with his family. His humor, his optimism, and his practicality will be missed by all who loved him.
Daryl is survived by his wife Mary, his daughter Kelly (Peter-john Byrnes) of Evanston, IL, and her two children, Meredith and Alexander Byrnes.
Daryl was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Janis, and his siblings, Ronald Tetterton, Robert Tetterton, Hillary Tetterton, Benton Tetterton, Floyd Tetterton, Melvin Tetterton, and Marshall Tetterton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque, or Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.
The family wishes to thank the caring Hospice of Dubuque staff for their invaluable service, as well as family friends Missy Yineman, Lora Henkel and Sandy Radke for their heartfelt and practical support.
For further information, or to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
Patricia A. Perry, age 85, of Dubuque, IA, was called home to the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on May 14, 2022, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. To honor Patricia’s life, her memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., at the Galena Bible Church, 11108 US 20, Galena, IL, with Pastor Gary Kirst officiating. Family and friends of Patricia’s may visit in fellowship from 7:00 p.m. with light refreshments prior to the service at the church. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Patricia’s family.
Patricia was born on April 30, 1937, in Portland, OR, a daughter to Roland E. and Helen E. (Franzen) Gilligan. Patricia knew from a very early age that she wanted to devote her time and talents in this life to serving others. She met her soul-mate, Ronald L. Perry while they were both living in Oregon and the couple was united in marriage on September 3, 1955, and blessed with 3 children and 67 wonderful years together. They always enjoyed traveling the country to witness first-hand all of God’s beautiful creation and in time made their way to the Chicago area to permanently settle there and begin the next part of their journey together. Patricia had pursued her dream in the nursing field and eventually became a registered nurse specializing in the geriatric field for over 21 years with the Lake Forest Hospital. She was also active in the church as a deaconess, children’s teacher and assisted her husband, Ron when he was youth minister in Deerfield Illinois. Upon retirement, Patricia and Ronald made their way to Hazel Green, WI. with their final stop being in Dubuque, IA. Patricia enjoyed watercolor painting and was a proud member of the Galena Artists Guild, Inc. She also belonged to the American Nurses Association as well as the Galena Bible Church. Patricia was both a people and pet person through and through. Her love for others was as genuine as her love for her family and her God. Being the salt and light in the world around her was among Patricia’s top priorities each day. We find peace in knowing that she resides in eternal perfection today, but our mortal hearts still ache with the pain and realization that she has physically left our daily lives temporarily. We will forever treasure her loving spirit and the abundance of memories which she leaves behind today, but are also beyond grateful for the 85 years in which the Lord so generously shared her with each and every one of us. Thank you, Patricia, for leading by example and continually putting others before yourself. May the Lord keep you safe in His grace-filled arms until we meet again and may the words we all hope to hear in time, “Well done good and faithful servant, you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord” be already with you as your eternity begins.
Those left behind to cherish the memory of Patricia include,
her loving husband,
Ronald L. Perry, Dubuque, IA;
her three adored children,
Matthew L. Perry (Bonnie) OR,
Kaye M. Kraus (Rob Gonzales), Dubuque, IA,
and Deana M.(John) Jackson, Dubuque, IA;
Carol A. (Chad) Duncan, Rachel E. (Matt) Jumago, Amos B. Perry, Seana Perry, Sarah (Kevin) M. Sandri, Rebecca A. Kraus, Emily N. Kraus, Brandon L. (Gina) Burton, Ami M. Dodd, Mackenzie R. Burton, Riley D. Burton (Courtney Ahlers), Grace E. Jackson, and Hannah J. (Tim) McCaw;
Dylan Perry, Annaleis Perry, Shane Duncan, Juniper Jumaygo, Rowan Jumaygo, Kora (Tyler) Reuter, Benjamin Sandri, Marcos Lagunas, Lindsey Koradi, Amber Seigert, Ella Dodd, Zoey Dodd, Salena Ahlers, Mia Burton and Nadia Burton;
John Gilligan, OR,
and Paul Gilligan, WA;
along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Dick Gilligan, Gary Gilligan, and Tom Gilligan; her sister-in-law, Hope (Bauer) Gilligan; and her nephew, Greg Gilligan.
Patricia’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.
Online condolences may be shared with Patricia’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com
James Eugene Carroll, 88, of Asbury, died Saturday, May 7, 2022, at his home.
Visitation will be from 9:45 to 10:30 am Friday, May 20, 2022, at Church of the Nativity. The Mass of Christian Burial for James will immediately follow at 10:30 am May 20, 2022, at Church of the Nativity with Father Bob Tonelli as the Celebrant.
James was born on November 25, 1933, the youngest child of Benjamin Coleman Carroll and Loretta Elizabeth Carroll (né e Wagner). With older siblings Mary Ellen and Charlie, Jim grew up in Philadelphia, attending high school at St. Joseph’s Prep and completing his university degree at Villanova. Summers from his teens through college years were spent working in and around Ocean City, NJ. After college, Jim was drafted and served in the army as a lifeguard in western France from 1956-58. Back on the east coast, Jim began his career in sales with Chesebrough Ponds, rising through the ranks to eventually land in Chicago as district sales manager. In Chicago, Jim met his “honey pot,” Janis Lee Opperman. They married on March 4, 1961 and together raised four children.
Experienced in sales, Jim became a successful food broker, eventually retiring as an executive from Mitco-Livingston in Chicago. Throughout his years in sales, he perfected the art of entertaining, telling stories and having a good time. Once retired, Jim had two great passions: serving others and golf. In 2002, Jim was ordained a deacon in the Archdiocese of Chicago and deepened his commitment to Christ through ministry work with the addicted, imprisoned and individuals who had fallen away from the church. Deacon Jim continued these ministries in Dubuque when he and Jan joined Church of the Nativity in 2012.Beyond Jim’s devotion to God and family, golf came in a close third. Since his days in sales, Jim was always perfecting his golf game. Gaining greater success on the course as he aged, he was not sure if his game was improving or if there was just less competition. This winter, Jim hit his first hole-in-one when playing down in Florida with Dubuque friends. When inclement weather cancelled golf, a round or two of gin rummy was a good alternative to pass the time and enjoy a friendly wager.
Above all, Jim’s enduring legacy will be his positive outlook on life, his generous spirit and his unconditional love for his wife, children, grandchildren and great- randchildren. He will be deeply missed.
Jim lost his wife Jan this past November. He is survived by their children: Jim (Leonor de la Torre) Carroll of Coloma, MI, Joe (Martha) Carroll of Barrington, IL, Mary Ellen (Bennett Cook) Carroll of Dubuque, and Shannon (Greg) Krause of Lake Villa, IL; their grandchildren, Wendy, Jennifer, Robert, Bridget, Ryan (fiancé Taylor Holmes), Kelsey, Elijah, Evelyn, Jack, Brian and Sarah; and their great grandchildren, Isabel, Ana, Gabriel, Chloe, Mia, Benjamin, and Susana. Jim is also survived by his older brother Charlie and many nieces and nephews across the country.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support the on-going ministries of Church of the Nativity in Dubuque, Iowa.
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 James’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.
Roger W. Barth, 82, of Dubuque passed away Sunday May 15, 2022, at Stonehill Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, 2022, at Saint Joseph Key West Church with Fr. Steve Garner officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2022, at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 2:45 p.m.
Roger was born on February 15, 1940, in Springbrook, Iowa the son of Henry and Irene (Sprank) Barth.
He married Alice V. Backes on August 27, 1960, at Saint Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, and together they shared 62 years together. He co-owned and operated B & G Roofing and Sheet Metal for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus John F. Kennedy Council #5513.
Roger loved the outdoors; hunting and fishing were two of his favorite pastimes. He also enjoyed gardening and in his later years he could be found cruising around the neighborhood in his side-by-side.
He is survived by his wife Alice; children, Jean (Wayne) Guler of Marion, Sherri (Dennis) Ambrosy of Dubuque, and Craig (Brenda) Barth of Sherrill. His grandchildren Brian (Brittany) Guler, Justin (Heather) Guler, Alicia Guler, Megan (Zach) Decker, Kayla (Nate) Even, Jared (special friend Taylor) Barth and Cody Barth; seven great grandchildren; his brother Melvin (Mary) Barth and many nieces and nephews.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents and a sister and brother-in-law Dorothy (Loras) Meyer.
In lieu of flowers a Roger Barth memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to thank the staff at Saint Croix Hospice, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque especially Jeremiah for all the great care they gave to Roger.
Joyce C. (Clapham) Schoenberger, age 71, of Dubuque, IA, completed her earthly journey on May 13, 2022, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital in Dubuque. To honor Joyce’s life, her Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at the Mueller Memorial Chapel at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Joyce’s family.
Joyce was born on September 23, 1950, in Dubuque, IA, a daughter to Elmer and Elizabeth “Virginia” (Troester) Clapham. She was raised on the family farm in Zwingle and learned very quickly the values of family, friends, and commitment while tending to the milk and beef cattle, along with the planting and harvesting of over 800 acres back in the good old days when an honest day’s work was all you had to count on. Joyce attended the Biggins one room schoolhouse until the 8th grade and went on to be a proud graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. After high school, she began her journey into adulthood with great enthusiasm and promise. Joyce eventually met her true-love, Donald J. Schoenberger, after he returned from the service and the couple was united in marriage within 6 months of their introduction. December 26, 1969, was the day they selected and they went on to be blessed with 52 wonderful years together and a beautiful family to love and adore along the way. Joyce spent over 20 years working outside of their home with W.C. Brown and McGraw Hill before eventually moving into retirement. She found a part-time position with Wendy’s shortly after and enjoyed making many new friends, who referred to her lovingly as “Grandma”, as she passed through a few extra hours each week. Joyce was always a strong and independent woman who spoke truth and her opinion without hesitation, but also found the perfect balance within her tender heart as witnessed continually in the daily lives of her grandchildren and pets. She enjoyed spending an afternoon in her flower gardens, baiting her hook in search of the next big catch, and even a little relaxing downtime whenever possible working on her latest quilting project. Joyce shared her love, time, and talents generously with those around her and thankfully leaves behind a legacy that will surely bring peace and healing to the hearts of all who knew and loved her in time. Thank you, Joyce, for simply being you in all situations and may peace be yours now until we see you again.
Those left behind to cherish the memory of Joyce include,
her loving husband of 52 years,
Donald Schoenberger, Dubuque, IA;
her two children,
Illa (Jim) Arthofer, Dubuque, IA,
and John (Sue) Schoenberger, Dubuque, IA;
her four adored grandchildren,
Shelby (Adam) Slade, Colton (Jordan Hennesy) Arthofer, Taylor Schoenberger, and Kennedy Mundschenk;
Bertha (Don) Thoma, St. Donatus, IA,
Illa McDermott, Massey Station, IA,
and Roger Clark, Zwingle, IA;
along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Virginia Clapham; her siblings, William Clapham, David Clapham, Joey Clapham, and Christine Clark; her father and mother-in-law, Cy and Irma Schoenberger; her brother and sisters-in-law, Ben (Joyce) Schoenberger, Bob (Karen) Schoenberger, and Butch McDermott; and her nephew, Dawson McDermott.
Joyce’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff in the Finley Hospital Emergency Department for all of their professional and compassionate care of Joyce and her family.
Online condolences may be shared with Joyce’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com
Darlene P. Litterer, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 13, 2022, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.
A private family service and burial will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa. There is no public visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.
Darlene Phyllis Schwarz was born on June 27, 1930 in Scott County, Iowa, to William and Edna (Olson) Schwarz. She was a Maquoketa High School graduate and later earned her LPN through Clinton Community College. She had worked as an LPN at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa and retired from the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa.
Darlene was married before and to that union nine children were born. She married Kenneth Litterer in Long Grove, Iowa. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, playing cards, and attending grandchildren’s activities.
Those left to honor her memory include her children, Kathy (Don) Bales of Sabula, IA, Sheryl (Dennis) O’Brien Springville, IA, Bob (Kathy) Bauer of Preston, IA, Julia (Bob) Bruns of Iowa City, IA, Wendy (Craig) Winegar of Maquoketa, IA, Carolyn (Danny) Clark of Maquoketa, IA, Arlen (Vonda) Bauer of Mack, CO, Luann Ehrler of Maquoketa, IA, and Colleen (Roland) Zschiegner of Tipton, IA; step-children, Mike Litterer of Ft. Madison, IA, Jennie DuPont of Balmerton, Ontario, Canada, Theiann (Art) Scherby of Kakabeka Falls, Ontario, Canada, and Jay (Jill) Litterer of Bettendorf, IA; a brother Dale (Judy) Schwarz of McClausland, IA; many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Kenneth on November 15, 2020, brothers LaVerne, Don and Vernon Schwarz, a sister Joyce Schwarz, and a grandson Nathan Bruns.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Jackson County Historical Society, Hospice of Jackson County, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
Virginia M. Simon, 95, of Farley, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at her home in Farley, Iowa
Visitation for Virginia will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, Iowa where the Farley American Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 6 p.m., and a prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Saturday after 9 a.m. at the funeral home in Farley.
Mass of Christian burial for Virginia will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa, with Rev. Michael Schueller officiating, assisted by Deacon Dan O’Connell. Services will be live streamed at 10:30 on Saturday on the St. Elizabeth Pastorate Facebook page. Burial will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Farley, Iowa.
Virginia was born on May 12, 1927, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Leo and Emma (Lux) Coohey. She was a Graduate of St. Martin’s High School in Cascade, Iowa and the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. She went on to be a teacher in a one room schoolhouse. On August 10, 1950, she was united in marriage to Joseph Simon at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa. Together they lived on the same family farm their entire marriage.
Virginia was a devoted wife, proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, going to the casino and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Virginia was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. She loved traveling and attending Holstein-related events, especially the dairy shows when her family was exhibiting.
She was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish, in Farley. Virginia was also a member of the Farley Legion Auxiliary.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 71 years, Joseph Simon of Farley; ten children, Dave (Karla) Simon, Gerald (Jackie) Simon both of Farley, Patrick (Valerie) Simon of Lakeville, MN, Tom (Shirley) Simon, Joanne (Steve) Rauen both of Farley, Joe Jr. (Kay) Simon of Epworth, Kathy (Rick) Demmer of Peosta, Jeff (Jenny) Simon, Rick (Jodi) Simon both of Farley, and Julie (Ron) Dougherty of Epworth.
Also, 40 grandchildren, Chad (Josyndia) Simon, Jodi (Pat) Schaapveld, Kevin (Sheila) Simon, Doug (Madison) Simon, Brittany (Joe) Leibfried, Emily (Josh) Dyer, Kaitlin Simon, Liz (Tommy) Abin-Donahue, Rachel (Jeff) Metcalf, Mike (Franziska) Simon, Andy (Gloria) Simon, Jeremy (Kristin) Simon, Matt (Kaci) Simon, Mark Simon, Josh (Ashley) Simon, Bill (Molly) Rauen, Tom (Amanda) Rauen, Tim (Jennifer) Rauen, Luke (Kaia) Rauen, Megan (Tony) Moellers, Chris (Krista) McGuire, Jennifer (Ryan) De Shaw, Kayla (Kevin) Kluesner, Kristy (Ryan) Gibbs, Kyle (Laura) Demmer, Riley (Shelby Bormann) Demmer, Rachel (Jake) Eslick, Royce (Alison) Demmer, Regan Demmer, Madison Simon, Morgan Simon, Macy Simon, Bethany (Brad) Kruse, Tyler Simon, Adam Simon, Noah Simon, Ellie Simon, Andy Dougherty, Alyssa (Ethan Brown) Dougherty, and Amanda Dougherty; 53 great grandchildren with three more on the way.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Velma Lee (Donald) Britt; brother, Donald D. (Eleanor) Coohey; granddaughter, Angela Rauen; father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Anna (Schmidt) Simon; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marie (Nick) Merfeld, George (Mary) Simon, Frances Simon, Ray (Rita) Simon, and Florence (James) Scharff.
The family would like to thank all Virginia’s caretakers, including Aubree, Kirsten, Maria, Miranda, and Shanette.
If you would like to view video tribute or send online condolences to the family, please visit our website at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com
Mary Alice (Elgin) Vaske, 88, of Bankston, Iowa, transitioned peacefully at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2022, in her home, surrounded by her five children. Mary Alice’s peaceful journey to our Heavenly Father was a mere 102 days following the passing of the love of her life of 71 years, Charlie, thus closing the chapters of a never-ending love, beautiful life, and service to others.
Visitation for Mary Alice will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2022, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held after 11 a.m., at the funeral home on Saturday.
Services for Mary Alice will be held at St. Clement Catholic Church in Bankston, Iowa, at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2022, and live streamed on the St. Elizabeth Pastorate Facebook page. Interment will take place immediately following in St. Clement Cemetery.
Mary Alice was born on April 23, 1934, in Bankston, Iowa, the daughter of Peter and Florrine (Potts) Elgin. She was baptized at St. Clement, obtained both her primary and secondary education as well as all the sacrament milestones, including her marriage to Charles E. Vaske on October 12, 1954, in the parish. Charlie preceded her in death on January 31, 2022.
Mary Alice’s most revered role was that of MOM and caregiver to others. Not only was she MOM to her own children, but to their friends, extended family, neighbors, community members, and eventually her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary Alice’s name is synonymous with her favorite color purple, her infamous cherry delight dessert, banana bread, green bean casserole, and tie blankets which she lovingly tied for over 600 people. She also hand-crafted over 175 sets of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, personalizing each with the new owner’s name and birthday lovingly cross-stitched over the heart. As an empty nester, Mary Alice entered the workforce in late 1970, working at the family-owned Dubuque Truck Repair, Nanny Goats Yogurt Store, retiring from JCPenney in 2006. Mary Alice lived her life in service not only to her family, but she demonstrated the true spirit of generosity by volunteering her time, talents, and treasures with numerous organizations. She spent over 20 years dedicating a minimum of eight hours weekly at the Power of Prayer Chapel (24-hour Prayer Chapel at St Anthony’s) and other religious venues in and around Dubuque County. She lived her devout Catholic faith as a longtime member of the Seven Sisters Apostolate, Infant of Prague Mothers Club, and Prayer Group for the Vocation to Religious servitude for the Priesthood or Convent. Mary Alice was an active member of Dubuque County Right to Life. She, Charlie, and others proudly picketed for the closure of Planned Parenthood and removal from Dubuque.
Mary Alice’s favorite phrase was “Don’t cry over the past; it is gone; don’t stress about the future; it hasn’t arrived, LIVE in the present and make it BEAUTIFUL.” So, wear purple and be happy!
Mary Alice is survived by five children: Steven (Parkview, IA), Barbara (Homestead, FL), Duane (Milford, MI), Glenn (Parkview, IA), and Jason (Chicago, IL); twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; six siblings: Joanne Childers, Joyce (Silvius) Neumann, Dan (Grace) Elgin, Margie (Wally) Krawczuk; in-laws: Betty Elgin, Andrea (Bill) Klaren, William Vaske, Helen Langel, Dorothy (Kenneth) Nurre, Richard (Patricia) Vaske, James (Beverly) Vaske, and Martin (Joan) Vaske; and a plethora of nieces and nephews, along with a wide circle of friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Charlie; parents; brothers Allen and Jerry Elgin; son-in-law, Michael Norland; great-granddaughter, Peyton Norland-Lowe; brothers-in-law, Barney Langel and Wray Childers; niece Connie Childers-Brehm; nephews Matthew Krawczuk and Gavin Myers.
Cards, memories, notes of comfort, or memorial gifts can be sent to Reiff Funeral Home, Attn: Family of Mary Alice Vaske, PO Box 99, Farley, Iowa 52046.
A video tribute can be viewed and online condolences sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com
LaVern G. “Peach” Honkomp, 68 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022 at MercyOne in Dubuque following a short illness.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville. The Dyersville Fire Department will pay their respects to Peach as a group at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 – 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home prior to funeral mass.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.
Peach was born on November 13, 1953 in Manchester, the son of Gilbert “Gib” and Helen (Jaeger) Honkomp. He married Joan Deutmeyer on October 29, 1977 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. After marriage they planted roots and raised their children. Peach served his community as a volunteer firefighter for 20 years. Throughout the years the fire department became an extension of Peach and Joan’s family. His legacy carries on through both his sons’ service on the department, with his youngest son, Jeremy, recently elected as chief.
Peach worked at the Ertl Company for 25 years and Dyersville Die Cast until his retirement in 2019. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin on Lake Delhi surrounded by his family and friends. He especially enjoyed fishing and taking his 6 grandchildren on pontoon rides.
Survivors include his wife, Joan, two sons: Rob (Amber) Honkomp and their children, Abel, Solomon and Evelyn and Jeremy (Kayla) Honkomp and their children, Jada, Vivian, and Faye, all of Dyersville; mother-in-law, Germaine Deutmeyer of Dyersville, siblings: Ron (Linda) Honkomp, Shirley (Pat) Pirc, Jan (Tim) Gansemer all of Dyersville, Lou Ann (Gordon) Helle of Elkader, Joyce (Pat) McCue of Shakopee, MN, Margie (Murray) Nelson of Waukee, and Mary Lee (Stan) McWilliams of Peosta; in-laws: Marian (Bill) Tauke of Earlville; Alice (Paul) Greenwood of Epworth, Joyce (Mark) Wessels, Jan (Terry) Goedken and Cathy Ann Deutmeyer, all of Dyersville, Paul (Jean) Deutmeyer of Worthington, Charlie (Carrie) Deutmeyer of New Vienna, and Steve (Cheri) Deutmeyer of Asbury and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved daughter, Brittany in 2013, step mother, Bernice Steffen Honkomp, father-in-law, Roger Deutmeyer, two infant sisters, Marilyn and Karen and a nephew-in-law, Joseph Greenwood.
The Honkomp family would like to thank the medical staff at MercyOne Dubuque for their care and compassion during his illness.
Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com.
Alvin A. “Shorty” Hermsen, 93 of Dyersville, Iowa passed away Monday, May 9, 2022 at home.
Visitation will be held from 2 – 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a military service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at Kramer Funeral Home from 9 – 10 a.m. prior to funeral mass.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 16, 2022 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post #137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.
Shorty was born on January 1, 1929 in Farley, Iowa, the son of Frank and Olive (Schaul) Hermsen. He served in the US Army from 1951 – 1953. Upon his return, he married Doris Burkle on January 12, 1954 in Dyersville. Together they farmed northeast of Dyersville for 39 years until retiring and moving to town.
Faith & Family were important to Shorty, along with playing cards & dancing. Shorty and Doris enjoyed their frequent countryside drives together. For many years, Farmers Shipping Association was his home away from home. He was a member of the American Legion Post #137 and the Knights of Columbus. Everyone was a friend, and he always had a good story or joke to be shared. He never let family leave without a big hug, and a,”Love you and God Bless.”
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Doris, children: Larry (Julie) Hermsen and Joyce (Terry) Koelker both of Dyersville, Jim Hermsen of Kieler, WI, Dale (Linda) Hermsen of Dyersville, John (Vonda) Hermsen of Dubuque, Deb (Brian) Koopmann of Gretna, NE, Peg (Brian) Rahe of Marion,19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren with two on the way, sibling: Dennis (Nancy) Hermsen of Farley, in-laws: Theresa Hermsen of Dyersville, Inez Hermsen of Manchester, Harry (Gladys) Burkle, Lorraine Burkle, RoseAnn Burkle, all of Dyersville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Tom in 2021, siblings: Elmer (Eileen) Hermsen, Rosemary (Tony) Rahe, Jerry (Betty Burkle) Hermsen, Francis Hermsen, Clarence Hermsen, and a brother and sister, Charles and Theresa Hermsen, in infancy, in-laws: John Gassmann, Charles (Luetta) Burkle, Lorraine (Joe) Stephans, Leon (Theresa) Burkle, George (Thelma) Burkle, Walter (VernaMae) Burkle, Bernard Burkle, and Gerald Burkle.
“All My Love Forever”
Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com. Online condolences and memorials may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040.
May 9th, 2022, at 11:30 p.m. Jesus looked upon his servant Thomas Wainwright and said take my hand, your works on earth has far exceeded what your earthly body can handle, with deep sorrow his family looked on, thankful they were able to be with him.
Tom was born in Rockford, IL on June 25, 1943; he schooled in Dubuque and was the first graduating class of 1962 of Wahlert High School. He met his wife Terri and together they raised four children: Melannie, Michael, Todd and Stacy.
He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren; his brother Richard Wainwright, of Belvedere, IL and sister Cheryl Hunstad of Asbury, Iowa along with many nieces, nephews and cousins on the Wainwright and Doyle families.
The community has lost a true selfless volunteer, thank you to all in the medical fields for their kindness to Tom. God Bless.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18th, 2022, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 19th, 2022, at St. Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Family and friends may also gather after 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the church. Entombment will follow in St. Joseph Chapel Mausoleum at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Patricia Ann “Pat” Kwallek, age 88, of Lancaster passed away Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.
She was born June 30, 1933, at home in Potosi to Melvin and Dorothy (Gurney) Gillen. Pat often joked that she met her husband Albert “Al” in jail, as she lived in the Sheriff’s family quarters when her father was Sheriff, and where Al had his office. She married Albert J. Kwallek, Jr. on June 15, 1951, in Lancaster. Together they had 7 children: Jeffrey, Ellen (Richard) Sanson, Randal (Jennifer), Julie (Les) Vondra, David (Mary Jean), Kathleen and Daniel. They were blessed with 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. At a time when many women didn’t have careers while raising 6 children, she had a 20-plus year career with the Grant County Herald Independent starting as a journalist and photographer, eventually serving as editor. She also spent several years as a freelance journalist for the Associated Press, Wisconsin State Journal, Capital Times, and the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. She was perhaps best known as the author of the Woods and Water column sharing stories of everyday life in the Driftless Area as the wife of the Grant County Conservation Warden.
Pat was a great philanthropist in the Lancaster community and was one of the 100 women donors for the Schreiner Memorial Library Expansion. She served for decades as a Sunday school teacher, church bazaar coordinator, and a church dinner volunteer. As a deacon for the Lancaster Congregational Church, she was instrumental in the formation of a prayer team. She also served all the churches on the Association of Churches, and as a volunteer for the Lancaster Food Pantry. Countless days were spent as a community coordinator for the Red Cross blood drives and with the Grant Regional Health Center Auxiliary. She enjoyed many years leading Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors on coffee visits to businesses in the community. She also shared experiences of the nature around her through her writings. Pat was an avid gardener, a spelunker, a photographer, a reader, a writer, and an amazing baker and cook.
She enjoyed genealogy and spent many hours making connections with the past. Her curiosity led her to live an extremely interesting life. Always ready and willing to learn, Pat was especially interested in the misunderstood creatures of the world and had a special affinity for bats. She had a heart for strays, whether it was an animal or a person. Pat was well read, well written, and well spoken. She was of strong mind, strong will, and strong opinion.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Beverly and Ruth, husband Al, infant son Daniel, and daughter-in-law Harla.
A celebration of Pat’s life will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Congregational Church, 225 South Madison St, Lancaster, WI. Family and friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. Memorials in her memory can be made to Schreiner Memorial Library in Lancaster, WI. Cards may also be sent to 6239 Kerr Rd, Lancaster, WI 53813. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Lancaster is assisting the family.
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Shirley A. Marshall, 83, of Dubuque, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at home, with her children by her side.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, where Funeral Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Private burial will be at Linwood Cemetery.
Shirley was born August 18, 1938 in Dubuque, the daughter of Ivan and Mildred (Duggan) Thein. She met Alvin Marshall while she was working at Hazel’s Restaurant, and they married on May 16, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He preceded her in death in 1994
Shirley was also employed at Roberts (smorgastable to the Spirit of Dubuque), as a hostess at Sweeney’s Supper Club, as a “Lunch Lady” at Holy Ghost in the daycare/school and at Bingo, and finally at Walmart Redemption Center, where she was fondly known as Grandma Shirley. Shirley was a long-time member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, where she faithfully attended Mass on Sunday. One of Shirley’s favorite pastimes was pulling slots on the Double Diamond machines at the casinos.
Shirley is survived by her daughter, Roxanne (Ron) Kinsella and their children, Nathan, Nick, and Katie; her son Kevin Marshall and his daughter, Amanda (Lucas) Huseman; her deceased son, Dale’s children, Trevan Marshall, and Autumn Veneziano; her son, Jimmie (Carolyn Stierman) Marshall and their children, Payton and Gretta; her great grandchildren; her son, Frank (Jean) Marshall and their children, Bobbie, Frank, Rich, Penney, Theather, and Carla; her adopted daughter, Anne Helling; her brother, Dale (Alma) Thein; her sister-in-law, Janell Thein; her brother-in-law John Kirkpatrick; her constant canine companion Ruby; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son Dale Marshall in 2019; her parents; her brothers, Arthur “Artie” Thein and Melvin Thein; and her sister Janet Kirkpatrick.
Shirley’s family would like to thank all the family and friends who were able to stop in and visit in Shirley’s final days.
Kenneth G. Gaber, 75, of Dubuque, passed away on May 11, 2022, at Stonehill Health Center in Dubuque, IA.
Private services for family will be held at Hoffmann, Schneider, Kitchen Funeral Home on May 13, 2022.
Ken retired from John Deere Dubuque Works on Dec 31, 2001, after 35 years of service. Ken spent a major part of his career serving as a Maintenance Supervisor and performing the duties of a Senior Purchasing Agent.
Ken had a passion for youth hockey. He and his wife, Sandy, opened their home to Dubuque Fighting Saints hockey players in 1980 and housed over 50 players through their many years of being housing parents. Ken enjoyed years of coaching youth hockey teams in Dubuque hockey’s early start-up years. His passion for youth hockey continued as he served as the Dubuque Hockey High School Representative to the IA Hockey League. He also volunteered countless hours with his close friend Ted Scheer as Co-General Managers for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and Dubuque Thunderbird organizations for many years. Ken served as a member of the Junior Council for USA Hockey. Ken later became President of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League, where he served for over 12 years until his retirement in 2011. Overall, he gave more than 31 years of service to improve youth hockey at many different levels.
In the summer months, Ken enjoyed fishing and camping with his family. He especially loved fishing in Minnesota for Walleyes and Northern Pike.
Ken was well known for his wittiness and great sense of humor. Even when not feeling well, he was always good for a wise crack or two.
Ken was born on July 30, 1946 in Dubuque IA, son of Kenneth W. Gaber and Betty (Niblack) Gaber. He graduated from East Dubuque High School in 1964. He went on to attend the University of Illinois on an Academic and Football scholarship.
He married his high school sweetheart, Sandy Habel, on November 27, 1965, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque IA.
Surviving are two sons, Jeff (Gloria) Gaber, and Torey (Stacy Law) Gaber, of Hinkely, Minn.; five grandchildren, Jackie (Alex) Ramirez, Kayla (Jake) Jahn, Sarah Potter, Brandon Gaber, Devon Gaber; two great grandchildren, Mason Manders, and Natalie Ramirez; and a sister JoAnn (Jim) Buettell.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Sharon (Richard) Bodell of Hazel Green Wisconsin.