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Raymond A. Hansen

Raymond A. Hansen, 81, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Visitation will be 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Raymond’s family. The Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond will be 10:30 am Monday, May 10, 2021 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta with Fr. Michael Schueller as the Celebrant. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Raymond was born March 12, 1940, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Andrew J. and Helen M. (Schultz) Hansen. On April 28, 1959, he married Anna Mae Arensdorf in La Motte, IA.

Raymond served three years in the Army National Guard and three years in the Army Reserves.

He owned and operated Hansen Transfer until his retirement in 2003. Raymond was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta and the Dubuque Elks Lodge #297. He was also a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus #1573.

Raymond enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing cards, especially Euchre, and cheering on the Packers, Cardinals and Hawkeyes.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Mae Hansen; children, Bonnie (Scott) Bolstad, Randall “Randy” Hansen, Brenda (Jeff) Ellis, Theresa Fortmann and Merlin (Missy) Hansen; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Brian Jach; two sisters, Celeste Burds and Marilyn Nauman; two brothers, Virgil (Jeanne) Hansen and Duane (Peggy) Hansen; one sister-in-law, Pat (Bill) Merfeld; eight brothers-in-law, Charles Bush, Elmer (Rose) Arensdorf, Eldon (Cathy) Arensdorf, Tom (Kathy) Arensdorf, Ron (Kathy) Arensdorf, Garry Arensdorf, Glenn (Debbie) Aresndorf and Kevin (Jolee) Arensdorf.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jenise Jach; son-in-law, Dennis Runde; sister, Shirley Bush and two brothers-in-law, Martin Burds and Kenneth Nauman.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

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

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


 

Thomas E. Braem

Thomas E. “Tom” Braem, age 72, of Dubuque, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, after a long, happy and fulfilling life. To celebrate Tom’s life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Tom was born on June 30, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Elvin and Agnes (Favre) Braem. Tom was preceded in death by both his parents, a brother, Curtis, a sister-in-law, Mary Lea (McCarthy), and a brother-in-law, Richard Gattenbein. He is survived by his much loved son, E.C. whom he lived with the last several years of his life, two sisters, Melody Gattenbein and Winifred (Richard) Viertel, several nieces and nephews and many lifelong dear friends. Tom went to Wahlert and Senior High Schools and after graduation attended Northern Iowa Community College in Mason City. On January 26, 1973, he married Sharon McElmeel and she survives him. Tom spent his working life as an upholsterer for 43 years at Flexsteel Industries retiring in 2013. All those who knew Tom understood his great love of the Mississippi River and riding on his jet ski affectionately known as “Tomissippi”. A favorite saying of his was “Just give me a beach and a beer.” He also enjoyed playing horseshoes and golf and was a Braves, Colts, Celtics and Hawkeye fan. Tom and his happy-go-lucky presence will be remembered and missed by all whose life he made an impact on as he traverses the universe beyond with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes, though ours now hold tears. A life well lived is an inspiration to us all. Cheers a Bud Light to Tom!

In lieu of flowers please consider honoring Tom by paying it forward through random acts of kindness.

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


 

Mary H. Zito

Mary H. Zito, 92 of Galena, Illinois and formerly of St. Charles, Illinois entered eternal life on Wednesday April 14, 2021, at Prairie Ridge of Galena. Funeral service will be 4 PM Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Family and friends may gather after 2 PM until time of service. Masks, social distancing, and capacity limits will be in effect. Burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Mary was born into life November 3, 1928, in Oak Park, Illinois the daughter of Edward C. and Mary (Collins) Arado. She was united in marriage to John Zito on August 16, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois and he preceded her in death. Mary worked many years for the Illinois Secretary of State in Chicago, Illinois. She enjoyed cooking and baking, playing cards, and babysitting for her grandchildren.

She is survived by her only child and beloved son, John Zito Jr., M.D., of Galena, her three grandchildren Valerie (Brian) Keets, Elliott (Michelle) and Julian and three great grandchildren Giada, Vivian and Marisa and a brother Louis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter-in-law Debra A. Zito and brother Edward.

Online condolences may be shared at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Louis G. Bernhard

Louis Graver Bernhard, 92, of Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Visitation will be 9:00 am until 10:00 am Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Cathedral of St. Raphael in Dubuque. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Louis’s family. The Mass of Christian Burial for Louis will be 10:00 am Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Cathedral of St. Raphael with Rev. Monsignor Thomas E. Toale as the Celebrant. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Louis was born on October 12, 1928, in Dubuque, son of Louis and Dorothy (Graver) Bernhard. He graduated from Senior High School in 1946. He immediately enlisted in the United States Army. He served in occupied Japan until receiving an honorable discharge in 1947 with the rank of Sergeant.

He married Agnes Murphy on May 2, 1953 at St. Raphael’s Cathedral. They spent their 68th anniversary together two days before his passing. Louis worked for over 20 years with the Illinois Central Railroad and another 20 years at the Dubuque Packing Company, retiring in 2002. He was a proud member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and Meat Cutters Union.

Louie was an avid sports fan. He followed the Hawkeyes, Packers, and White Sox religiously.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Agnes; two children, Ann (John) Bernhard Hoff, of Bellevue, Iowa, and Mark (Mary) of Davenport, Iowa; five grandchildren, Elizabeth (Ryan) Waller, Peter (Alyssa) Hoff, Anthony (Kristen) Bernhard, Kathryn (Daniel) Meyer and Nicholas (Mallory) Bernhard, and nine great-grandchildren, Hayden and Emma Waller, Frances and Joseph Bernhard, Charlotte, Erin, John Meyer, Louis Bernhard and Olivia Hoff.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Walter (Cotton) Bernhard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Marquette Catholic Schools, Bellevue, Iowa and Assumption High School, Davenport, Iowa.

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


 

Muriel L. Reuss

Muriel L. Reuss, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 A.M., Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the First Presbyterian Cemetery, Bellevue, Iowa. It will be required to utilize face masks and to observe social distancing guidelines during the visitation and services.

Muriel Lois Nelson was born on April 11, 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Rev. Laurence and Pearl (Schmidt) Nelson. She grew up in Bellevue and was a 1960 graduate of Bellevue High School. She attended Dubuque Beauty School and then Area Vocational Technical School in Peosta where she received her Clerical degree with honors. She had worked as a secretary for social services for four years and then as an employee and manager at Casey’s in Maquoketa and Monticello.

She was a member of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa where she had worked as a bartender, volunteered and served as the former vice present of the Ladies Auxliliary. She enjoyed playing Bingo, Jigsaw Puzzles, and watching golf, especially Tiger Woods.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Rebecca “Becky” Hoffman of Maquoketa, IA, and Paul (Mary) Reuss of IA; 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul Nelson of Richfield, MN; son-in-law, Keith Hoffman of Maquoketa, IA; and a sister-in-law, Jean Nelson of Greenville, NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother David Nelson, sister-in-law, Lynn Nelson, and a daughter, Rachel Hoffman on March 7, 2019.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Muriel L. Reuss memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Shirley W. Kirkpatrick

Shirley W. Kirkpatrick, 90, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away at 8:24 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2021, at Mercy One Dubuque Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 12:00 (Noon) Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Wesley United Methodist Church, One Wesley Way, in East Dubuque, with Rev. Tom C. Shinkle officiating. Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. The funeral service will be live streamed on The Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook Page. Visitation is from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. on Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Shirley was born on May 17, 1930, in Metropolis, IL, the daughter of Carl and Velma (Porter) Houchin. She was united in marriage with Raymond L. Kirkpatrick on August 31, 1950, in Rockford, IL. He preceded her in death in July of 1985. She later married Norbert Foht in November of 1987.

Shirley was a registered nurse in the Surgical department working for Dr. Patrick at Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque, retiring in 1990. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and the UMW of the Church. Shirley was Chair of the Evangelist Committee and assisted with visiting people who were homebound.

Family, faith, and friends were her true treasures in life. Mom loved all of us with unconditional love sprinkled with a little sass on the side. We will deeply miss our mother; it is bringing us comfort knowing she is reunited with our dad in Heaven. We are sure Dad and Uncle Gene were waiting in a golf cart ready to show all the best golf courses.

Surviving are her four children, Kevin (Dixie) Kirkpatrick of Haltom City, TX, Bradley (Jill) Kirkpatrick of Hubbard, IA, Raymond (Lori) Kirkpatrick Jr. of Juanita, NE, and Sara (Eric Cooper) Kirkpatrick of Dubuque; 4-grandchildren, Dennis Allen, Nicholas Kirkpatrick, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Carl Klaeska; two sisters, Dixie Kirkpatrick of Missouri, and Nelda (Rollo) Burnett of Metropolis, IL, a brother, Jack (Sandra) Frazee of Madison, WI and husband Norbert Foht.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Velma, her husband Ray, a sister Mary Dennis, and Brother-in-law Gene Kirkpatrick.

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


 

Ida A. (Schriever) Mulert

Ida A. (Schriever) Mulert, age 102, of Dubuque, passed away at 11:14 a.m., on Monday, May 3, 2021, at Stonehill Care Center surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Ida’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue. Due to COVID-19 concerns, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices. To honor Ida’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family with arrangements. The funeral will be available for viewing on the Behr Funeral Home Facebook page after the services are held.

Ida was born on February 18, 1919, in Bristow, Iowa, to Fred and Topeka (Kate Hartema) Schriever. She graduated from Bristow High School in 1936. She married Harold H. Mulert on her 19th birthday, February 18, 1938. He preceded her in death on November 26, 1991, after 53 years of marriage. Ida was a homemaker, an excellent seamstress and loved to create quilts for her family. Family gatherings were her favorite events and always included several of her homemade pies. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Sacred Heart Rosary Society. She donated her time and talent for sewing to Stonehill Care Center for more than 20 years.

Those left to cherish Ida’s memory include

her 10 children,
Donald (Toni) Mulert, Casa Grande, AZ,
Jerome (Pat) Mulert, Earlville, IA,
Kathy (Jerry) White, Keswick, IA,
JoAnn (Teresa Lutes) Mulert, Austin, TX,
John Mulert, Dubuque, IA,
Linda (David) Gibbons, Maple Grove, MN,
Mary (Mike Sewell) Mulert, Elgin, TX,
Marvin (Jodi) Mulert, Dubuque, IA,
Teresa (Randall) Sirk, Dubuque, IA
and Barb (Don) Dempsey, Dubuque, IA;

and her 21 grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren.

Ida was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Mulert; 3 brothers; 3 sisters; and a son-in-law, Richard Wemett.

Special thanks to those who cared for Ida in her final years at home and the staff at Stonehill who made her last two months as comfortable as possible.

The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in Ida’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Ida Mulert Family. Memorials may be made in Ida’s memory to Holy Spirit Parish, 2215 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 or to Stonehill Care Center, 3485 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa 52001.

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


 

Sister Marie C. Fitzpatrick, BVM (Jane Frances)

Sister Marie C. Fitzpatrick, BVM (Jane Frances), 95, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1600 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Sharing of Memories via Zoom will be at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021. Visitation in the Mary Frances Clarke Chapel will follow immediately until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Marie was an elementary teacher at Our Lady of Victory in Waterloo, Iowa; and Sacred Heart in Manly, Iowa, where she also served as principal. She also ministered as an elementary teacher in Marcus, Iowa, and Hempstead and West Hempstead, N.Y.; as a principal in Chicago; and as an elementary teacher and principal in Rapid City, S.D. She was a religious education director in Denver and parish minister and psychotherapist in Aurora, Colo.

She was born on Dec. 27, 1925, in Chicago to John and Anne McHugh Fitzpatrick. She entered the BVM congregation Feb. 2, 1945, from St. Charles Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1947, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother John. She is survived by a sister-in-law Bernice Fitzpatrick, Chicago, nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 76 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.

Behr’s Funeral Home, 1491 Main St, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 is in charge of arrangements.


 

Jonathan R. Kelly

Jonathan R. Kelly, 35, of Dubuque died Friday, April 30, 2021. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Benton.

Jonathan was born February 14, 1986 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of William and Sue (Ginter) Kelly. He graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 2003. He worked as a free-lance server maintenance tech.

Jonathan was very passionate about volunteering and volunteered as a House Director for Almost Home. He also volunteered with Dubuque Humane Society, Resources Unite, and Never Use Alone.

He is survived by his fiancée, Leah Farrey of Dubuque and their son, Henry; his mother, Sue Kelly of Dubuque; father, William Kelly of Dubuque; sister, Nicole Kelly of Peosta and her son Kayden; half-sister Laura Glasgow of Davenport; best friend Chris Berlin of Dubuque; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Bob and Rosemary Ginter and uncle, Bill Pauly.

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

The family would like to thank Drs. Braden Powers, Courtney Kueter; his homecare nurse, Alex, and the nurses and staff at Unity Point Health-Finley Hospital, including Chaplain Claudia.


 

C. DuWayne Christian

Charles DuWayne Christian, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Sunday April 25th, 2021.

DuWayne was born on May 4th, 1940 to Charles H. and Tresel G. Christian in Tucson, AZ. After graduating Willcox High School in 1958 he went on to become an electrical lineman until his retirement in 2002.

DuWayne was a passionate gardener and loved to woodwork.

Anyone that knew DuWayne knew that he was the most loving and caring man. His family meant so much to him. He was predeceased by wife Josephine G. Christian and his beloved brother Ishmaal Christian, and sisters Betty J. Bird, and Billye T. Duncan.

He is survived by his large family of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and will be painfully missed by all.

Donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, on his behalf.

There will be a family gathering to celebrate his life at a later date.

When tomorrow starts without me, And I am not there to see, If the sun should rise and find your eyes, And filled with tears for me, I wish so much you wouldn’t cry, The way you did that day, While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say, I know how much you loved me, As much as I love you, And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me to, But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand, That an angel came and called my name, And took me by the hand, And said my place was ready, In heaven far above, And that I’d have to leave behind, All those I dearly loved.


 

Sister Alice Marie Dunphy, BVM (St. Gerard)

Sister Alice Marie Dunphy, BVM (St. Gerard), 88, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Sharing of Memories via Zoom will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021. Visitation in the Mary Frances Clarke Chapel will follow immediately until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Alice was an elementary teacher in Chicago; Lincoln, Nebr.; San Francisco and Stockton, Calif.; Butte and Missoula, Mont.; and Las Vegas; and principal in Missoula, Mont., and Palm Springs, Calif. She was born on Nov. 17, 1932, in Chicago to Gerald and Cecilia (Twohey) Dunphy.
She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1951, from Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on March 19, 1954, and final vows on July 16, 1959.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James and Joseph Dunphy; and sisters Mary Fugger, Patricia McCarthy, Geraldine Johnson and Virginia Hohn.

She is survived by a brother, Gerald (Mamie) Dunphy, Glendale, Ariz.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 69 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. Miller Funeral Home, 1185 Hwy 35 N, East Dubuque, IL 61025 is in charge of arrangements.


 

John B. Hickey

John Baxter Hickey, age 76, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully at home at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, May 2, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate John’s life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1425 Iowa Street. Due to COVID-19 concerns, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices. To honor John’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, with Deacon Jim Luksetich officiating. Burial will be at a later date following cremation in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

John was born on December 19, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Frank J. and Mary (Baxter) Hickey.

John attended St. Patrick’s Grade School, Wahlert Catholic High School, St. Norbert College, graduated from Loras College, and then earned his Master’s degree at Clarke College. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Army in intelligence during the Vietnam War until his discharge in 1969. Unbeknownst to them when they met as children, John would meet the love of his life, Pamela Goodman. Following a short engagement they were married on May 30, 1970, in Glenview, Illinois. He was employed as a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School for 36 years, retiring in 2005. He loved sharing stories about his adventures as a child with his friend “The Monk”. Teaching truly was his passion and John spent his summers teaching disabled adults at ARC. In his free time, John could be found spending time at the Veteran’s Freedom Center, playing cards or shooting pool, or shopping at the Hy-Vee on Locust, where he loved finding a good deal. He had a fondness for sitting by the tracks watching the trains go by. John liked being outside and always took meticulous care of his lawn and fish pond. He also found time to spend out on the river boating and fishing. No doubt, time with his family was always his main priority, and John did his best to never miss any of his grandchildren’s sporting events. He also liked spending time with his 4 legged friend, Daisy the dog, who was always by his side. We are deeply saddened at losing John here on this Earth with us. He was a wonderful husband, dad, “grumpa” and brother, who has taught us countless life lessons. We love you, miss you, and look forward to one day being reunited for all Eternity.

Those left to cherish John’s memory include

his loving wife,
Pamela Hickey, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Kathleen (John) Mundo, Chicago, IL,
Rosa Hickey, Sacramento, CA,
Erin (Clyde) Kay, Dubuque, IA,
Brendan (Christina) Hickey, St. Louis, MO,
Caitlin (fiancé Dan Ruden) Hickey, Dubuque, IA
and Meghan (Ashley) Hickey, Davenport, IA;

his 12 grandchildren with 1 more due in October,
Isabel, Michael, Caroline, Riley, Cooper, Camdyn, Rowyn, Olivia, Jack, Eloise, Penelope and Blake;

his siblings,
Marien (John) Davis, Dubuque, IA
and Joseph Hickey, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Hickey; and his beloved dog, Bruno.

John’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. R.S. Ramabadron, Dr. Runde, the nurses and staff at Mercy CVU and Hospice of Dubuque, for the outstanding care they provided for John. Also special thanks to his nurse, Kelly Lehnhoff, with whom he shared a special bond.

The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in John’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. John Hickey Family. Memorials may also be made to the Veteran’s Freedom Center, 2245 Kerper Blvd., #1, Dubuque, Iowa 52001.

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


 

Joseph W. Puccio Jr.

Joseph “Joe” Walter Puccio Jr., 52, of Dubuque, died Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 10:00 am Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Joe’s family.

The Funeral Service for Joseph will be 10:00 am Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Pastor Tom Brennan officiating. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Joseph was born January 11, 1969, in Dubuque, the son of Joseph Walter and Tamara Rae Sargent Puccio. On March 13, 2020, he married Sherry Lynn Jacobs in Dubuque.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry; step-son, William (Liz Fossum) Jacobs of Dubuque, step-daughter, Jessie Jones of Dubuque, step-daughter, Shara (Brett Werlein, Sr.) Jacobs of Marshfield, WI, grandchildren, Natalie Turner, Brett Werlein, Jr., and two on the way; one brother, Danny Hoffman of West Union, and his fur baby, Max.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one aunt, Vi, and his cousin, Bob.

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

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


 

Robert J. Lechtenberg

Robert James Lechtenberg, 60, of Austin, Texas, and formerly of Maquoketa, IA, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, April 25, 2021, at Christopher’s Hospice House in Austin, Texas, from pancreatic cancer.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11 A.M., Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. The celebration will continue immediately following the service with a gathering of family and friends from 12 P.M. Noon to 2 P.M. in “The Bistro” at Carson’s. Cremation rites have been accorded. It will be required to utilize face masks and to observe social distancing guidelines during the visitation and services.

Robert James Lechtenberg was born on March 30, 1961 in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Joseph Anthony and Kay (Bronson) Lechtenberg. He grew up in Maquoketa and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1979. He then attended Loras College and the University of Iowa in the early 1980’s and later graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fl with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in April of 1991. He married Sandra Jane Giardino on December 16, 2003 in Key West, Florida.

Robert had spent his work career in various portions within the Mortgage Industry, mainly in Underwriting Management. He had lived in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Fort Meyers, FL, Dunwoody, GA, San Antonio, TX and Austin, TX.

Robert enjoyed beach volleyball and was an avid runner who ran in multiple marathons and half-marathons.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Sandra Lechtenberg of Austin, TX; his mother, Kay Lechtenberg of Maquoketa, IA; siblings, Mary Pat (Mike) Burns of Maquoketa, IA, Dr. Joseph Lechtenberg Jr. of Baldwin, IA, Ed (Annette Schmidt) Lechtenberg of Maquoketa, IA, Karl Lechtenberg of Bettendorf, IA, Kurt (Laurie) Lechtenberg of DeWitt, IA, Kathy (Rick) Schmidt of Maquoketa, IA, and Annette (Robert) Brasko of Apopka, FL.

He was preceded in death by his father Dr. Joseph A. Lechtenberg Sr. on January 31, 2010.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Maquoketa High School Class of 1979 Scholarship Fund.

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


 

Marilyn M. (Sieverding) Clasen

Marilyn M. (Sieverding) Clasen, 89, of Bellevue, passed away on Friday, April 30, 2021 at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am, Thursday, May 6, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue. Visitation will be 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue, additional visitation will be 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Thursday prior to Mass at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue. Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the St. Joseph Bellevue – Sts. Peter & Paul Springbrook Facebook page, on their You Tube Channel and on Bellevue Cable TV Channel 37. Please utilize masks during the services at the funeral home and church and respect social distancing due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Marilyn was born May 28, 1931 in Bellevue, the daughter of Cletus and Clara (Till) Sieverding. She graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1949, and married Virtus J. Clasen on May 3, 1955 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Marilyn worked at the Big D for many years, but she was most proud of raising her children and family.

She had a devoted faith (with a special devotion to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini) and prayed the Rosary every day. Marilyn loved to cook and bake (especially bowknots & cream puffs), and hosting family fish fries was Virtus’ and her specialty. They spent many winters in Arizona and also enjoyed many other memorable trips over the years. Marilyn loved to play cards and enjoyed playing bingo, especially with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed morning coffee gatherings with her siblings. She actively volunteered with the Bellevue Bread Basket for the past 30 years and baked altar bread for St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish for many years. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, and American Legion Auxiliary. Marilyn will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Virtus; children, Steve (Sheila) Clasen, Sue (Jerry) O’Brien, Bruce (Carrie) Clasen, and Jayne (Tony) Schroeder; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and 1 expecting great-grandchild; siblings, Alice Kilburg, Cletus, Jr. (Betty) Sieverding, Dave (Norma) Sieverding, Glen (Shirley) Sieverding, Dan (Mary) Sieverding, Mark (Sherri) Sieverding; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Donna Sieverding, Darlene Sieverding, Darla Sieverding, Mary Ellen Kirk, Pauline Wagener, Merlin (Marilyn) Clasen, and Lela Roiger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Karen; siblings, Thomas Sieverding, Donald Sieverding, and Loren Sieverding, sisters-in-law and brothers in-law, Phyllis Sieverding, Bernardine (Arthur Goldsmith and Edward) Nefzger, Alvin (Mary Ann) Clasen, Lorin Kilburg, James Kirk, LeRoy Wagener, Dennis Hines, and Cliff Roiger.

Every Meal, Every Day Marilyn recited the prayer ….St Joseph, Patron of the Dying, obtain for me a happy death. Amen

St. Joseph delivered.

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


 

John W. Welu

John W. Welu, age 68, of Dubuque, Iowa, went home to the Lord on September 16, 2020, at the Mayo Clinic Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, surrounded by his loving family.

To honor John’s life, his Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., at the Eagle View Pavilion in Eagle Point Park, 2601 Shiras Avenue in Dubuque. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 1:30 p.m. to allow his family and friends share their treasured memories together. Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque at a later date. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving John’s family.

John was born on April 14, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, a son to Peter D. and Grace (Mehl) Welu. The family moved to Asbury, Iowa when John was one year old and this is where he spent his childhood playing baseball, participating in 4-H activities and helping a neighborhood farmer. He met his beautiful bride, Betty Koethe, while they both worked at Montgomery Wards and they were married in 1973.

All who knew and loved John say he was best known as a Jack of all Trades, a family man, a farmer, and a fisherman; but, truth be known, he was so much more. His trades included a front-end alignment specialist, guitarist, newspaper delivery man, farm equipment mechanic, maintenance electrician, softball coach, construction maintenance electrician, school bus driver and ready-mix truck driver. He proudly invested his time and talents with Ray’s Bee-Line, K-Mart automotive, the Eldon Koethe Band, Telegraph Herald, Koethe Implement, FDL, Sherrill Softball League, Premier Tooling and Manufacturing, Dubuque Community School District, and Apex Concrete.

John made a lifelong dream come true by acquiring a cabin on Lake Inguadona in Longville, Minnesota, as a relaxing retreat for him and his family to escape the hectic life and create lifelong memories together. In his free-time, John’s favorite activities were visiting or playing cards and games with his family and friends, fishing for bass, or sitting on his cabin porch to just relax. He even found time to quietly sit in his hunting blind waiting for the unsuspecting duck to cross his line of vision.

John was a hard-working, kind, loyal and honest man who truly made the world a better place by simply being present within it. His dedication to those he cared for was unwavering. And if you were blessed to have been invited into John’s inner circle of friends, you were quite often exposed to his quick wit and perfectly timed sense of humor as well.

We have watched John fight the good fight against cancer for many years and our hearts now possess an unmendable tear as we watched him suddenly surrender his soul to his loving Lord and Savior. Thankfully, John has left behind a wonderful collection of memories, stories, and lessons for us to carry forward as we patiently wait for our eventual reunion with this uniquely rare breed of man among men. Thank you, John, for always being the best you could be through each and every day and may the peace you were so determined to know and possess, finally be yours. God Bless and God Speed John!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of John include,

his loving wife, Betty Welu, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 3 adored children,
Stephanie (Gary) Otkin, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin;
Jess (Ana) Welu, Longville, Minnesota,
and Angel Welu, Dubuque, Iowa;

his 7 grandchildren,
Hayden Otkin, Ian Otkin, Ruby Otkin, John E. Welu, Jacob Paulsen, Salem Brown-Welu, and Wyatt Brown-Welu;

his siblings,
Peter R. “Dick” (Sharon) Welu, Dubuque, Iowa,
Paul (Charlene) Welu, Anoka, Minnesota,
Nancy Welu, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Sue (Neil) Spoden, Dyersville, Iowa;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his son, John Paul Welu; an unborn grandchild, Kai Welu; and his mother and father-in-law, Eldon F. and Irma (Gremmels) Koethe.

John’s family have a very special appreciation for Dr. Patrick B. Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., his Mayo oncologist and Elizabeth Lohmann P.A.-C., M.S., Hematology/Oncology, who are valued as professionals and friends. They want to send their gratitude to the many numerous doctors, nurses, technicians and staff at Mayo Clinic and Mayo Hospitals for all of their professional and personal care they provided to John and his family. A warm and sincere thank you goes to all of John’s family and friends who have been so supportive throughout John’s battle with cancer. May God shine his eternal light and love on all of your lives.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in John’s name to the Mayo Clinic Lymphoma Research through the Mayo Clinic Department of Development at 200 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN, 55905, or at https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donatemc

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


 

Harold F. Hartman

Harold F. “Harry” Hartman, 79, of Rockford and formerly Galena, IL passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, surrounded by his loving family at East Bank Center, Loves Park, IL.

Graveside services will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, May 6, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Galena. Military honors will be accorded graveside by Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #192. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

He was born May 5, 1941, in Galena the son of Harold C. “Monk” and Jeanette F. (Werner) Hartman. Harry graduated from Galena High School. He served in the United States Army from 1963 until his honorable discharge in 1965.

Harry married his wife of fifty-two years Joyce R. Trevarthen on April 12, 1969, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Galena, and she survives.

He worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for thirty years.

Harry spent his retirement gardening, cooking, and shopping at Menards. He loved to hunt squirrels and rabbits, fish, and find morels over the years. Harry was proud of his John Deere mowers and was still driving his John Deere gator three days before his death. People often called him to fix things and he would help anyone he could. The sunshine of his life was his granddaughter, Ellie. Harry will be fondly remembered for telling jokes and making people smile. He was a member of St Michael’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce of Rockford, a daughter, Heather (Jill) Hartman of Rockford, son, David (Amy) Hartman of Davenport, IA, two grandchildren, Justin Hartman, and Eleanor “Ellie” Hartman, two sisters, Mary Hartman and Jeanette Meneguin, a sister-in-law, Kathy Hartman, and his many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles “Joe” Hartman, and brother-in-law, Tom Meneguin.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Transitions Hospice and East Bank Center for all they did for Harry. Memorials may be sent to, Joyce Hartman, 5979 Nebeshone Acres, Rockford IL 61103 in memory of Harry.

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com


 

Kathleen A. Deutsch

Kathleen A. Deutsch, 86, of Galena IL, passed away at Midwest Medical Center on April 30, 2021. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, a private funeral mass will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena with internment at St. Mathew’s Cemetery, Shullsburg, WI. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

Kathleen was born on March 31, 1935, in Elizabeth, IL the daughter of Charles and Emma (Nolan) Keleher. She was united in marriage to Joseph A. Deutsch on October 10, 1953, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Elizabeth, and he preceded her in death on January 10, 2004. Kathleen was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. After many years of farming, Kathleen and Joe retired and became “Texas snowbirds” enabling their year-round pursuit of golf and making many life-long friends. In her later years, Kathleen remained a fan of baseball and golf. Her faith and family were her sources of strength and joy.

Surviving are seven of her ten children, Catherine (George) Knuckey, Robert Deutsch, Kenneth (Debora) Deutsch, Lorraine (Bruce) Babbini, Theodore Deutsch, Joan (Mark) Theuer, and Thomas (Krista) Deutsch; twenty-three grandchildren, James Deutsch, Curt Deutsch, Phillip Knuckey, Bruce Deutsch, Mathew Knuckey, Lee Deutsch, Jason Knuckey, Jared Deutsch, Jenne Lewis, Ashley Deutsch, Nathan Theuer, Ryan Knuckey, Andrew Knuckey, Anthony Deutsch, Anna Beswick, Nicole Karwatka, Joseph Babbini, Jacob  Deutsch, Hayden Deutsch, Nicholas Theuer, Emma Deutsch, Alexandra Theuer, Layla Deutsch; twenty-eight great-grandchildren, two sisters, Regina Alber and Charlene Schiltz, and three brothers, Vernon, Marlin, and Kenneth Keleher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sons, James, Gregory, and Stephen Deutsch, a sister, Mary Holland, and three brothers, John, Clarence, and Emmett Keleher.

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


 

James A. Trannel

James A. “Jim” Trannel, 73, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2021 at the Cathedral of St. Raphael, with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery. The funeral mass will be live-streamed on The Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook page.

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque. There will be no public visitation on Monday morning.  Please respect face masks, social distancing and occupancy requirements.

I was born October 8, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa, the oldest of six sons born to Art and Bette Trannel. I completed grade school at St. Mary’s in East Dubuque, attended Wahlert High School, Loras College, and Drake University Law School. As a avid Boy Scout I earned my Eagle Scout Award in 1962. I married Marie C. Niensteadt on August 16, 1969, who has been the perfect fit for me.

Immediately upon graduation from Drake Law School in 1974, I started practicing law with the firm of Hughes & Leifker. That gave me the good fortune of associating with Alfred E. Hughes. No one could ever ask for a better mentor. Eventually, the firm became Hughes & Trannel, where I continued to practice fulltime until 2015, and part time until I could no longer lift the files.

Over the years, I was involved in my community, serving on the East Dubuque Zoning Board of Adjustment, running the East Dubuque Girls Softball Program and serving as Dunleith Township Supervisor for 16 years.

I was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in East Dubuque until 2014 when Marie and I joined the Cathedral of St. Raphael.  At both parishes, I served as a lector, a distributor of communion, served on both parish Financial Councils, and tried a 6-month stint as a CCD teacher, but the kids wore me out.

I am a past President of the Dubuque County Bar Association, licensed in the States of Iowa and Illinois, and a member of their respective State Bar Associations. In 1976, I helped rejuvenate the Legal Eagles Softball and Basketball Teams and served as a player and a manager for both through 1995.

Over the years, I served on the Board of Directors of the Dubuque Rescue Mission, the Tri-State Independent Blind Society, the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and the Avery Foundation. My biggest service involvement, however, was as a member of the Lions Clubs International Association for 43 years.

I was a life-long die-hard Chicago Cub fan. I attended a few Cubs games every year and followed the Cubs in 2003 to Atlanta, and in 2008 to Phoenix for playoff games. In 2019 I even ran the Cubs 5K. I attended a half a dozen Cub conventions. Through those various means, I assembled a collection of Cub memorabilia, including nearly 200 autographed baseballs. I can rest peacefully having seen my beloved Cubs win a world series.

I am survived by my wife, Marie, daughters, Julie Ann Borneman (Chris) of Hamilton, Virginia, Sara Lee Garcia (Rogelio) of Fort Wayne, Indiana; grandsons, Jackson and Cooper Borneman, and R.J. and Tyler Garcia; and the greatest and most thoughtful brothers anyone could ever ask for: John (Mary), Jerry (Diane), Jeff (Lauri), and Dr. Tom (Dena), a sister-in-law Mary(Joe); a sister-in-law, Jane Nobel; and a brother-in-law, Dave Niensteadt (Patti); and many beloved nieces and nephews.

I was preceded in death by my parents, Arthur and Bette(Vanderah) Trannel, my parents-in-law, Justin and Bernice Niensteadt(Kutch), a brother Joseph Trannel, a nephew, Jacob Trannel, and a sister-in-law, Debbie Obershaw.

I am looking forward to the next great chapter and hope to see you all on the other side.

Marie, Julie, and Sara wish to thank everyone involved in Jim’s care over the past year.

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


 

Darren D. Jones

Darren Dean Jones, 59, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away peacefully on April 28th, 2021 at home.

Family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday May 3rd, 2021 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a family service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Burial will be in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Darren was born on June 17, 1961 in Dubuque, IA the son of John and Dorothy (Smith) Jones.

Darren was one of 15 children whose humor inspired lots of laughter at family gatherings. He had a ready smile for everyone, and never met a stranger. Darren was an avid Chicago Bears fan. He will be sadly missed by all whose lives he has touched.

He is survived by his son Auston Jones; his daughter Tiffany (Christian Stoltman) Jones; grandson Oliver Stoltman, all of Madison. His siblings, Judy Kurt of Utah, Carolyn Suby, of Florida, Craig (Becky) Jones, Cheryl (Charles Stewart) Cullum, Holly (Dean) Nauman, Tracy (Steve) Terry, Vickie (Timothy) Callahan all of Dubuque, Dorothy (Harold) Fuller, of Peosta, Todd Jones and Lisa (Mike) Miller, of Rockford, his twin sister Sharon (Jeff) Wischmeyer, of Michigan and sister-in-law Diane Jones, of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers John and Keith; sister Pamela Sloan; brothers-in-law Tom Sloan, David Suby and Kurt Cullum.

The family request no flowers.

A special thank you to Heidi and Dawn whose friendship meant so much to Darren.


 

Sandra Rudiger

Sandra Rudiger, 80, of Dubuque, died Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at the MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center in Dubuque.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Sandra will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Church of the Resurrection with Msgr. Jim Miller as the Celebrant. Visitation will be held one hour prior to Mass from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Sandra was born December 9, 1940, in Dubuque, the daughter of Louis and Geraldine Deacon Massey. On April 23, 1960, she married Wayne E. Rudiger at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. He died June 29, 2007.

Sandra was retired from the Diamond Joe Casino.

She was a member of Church of the Resurrection and National Association of Women in Construction. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed reading, playing cards, and a good glass of wine.  She also enjoyed going to Las Vegas and gambling. She cherished time with her grandchildren and attending their events.

Survivors include one daughter, Renee (Bill) Wahlin of Stoughton, WI; two sons, Ron (Laurie) Rudiger and Brian Rudiger, both of Dubuque; nine grandchildren, Ben, Corey, Ali, Natalie, Jennifer, Jessica, Kamber, Tanner, Bryce; three great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Laura, and Laney; and two brothers, Lee T. (Vivian) Massey of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and David (Kristi) Massey of Cambridge, WI.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and one sister-in-law.

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

Condolences sent to the family by visiting Sandra’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.


 

Gregory J. Hefel

Gregory J. “Greg” Hefel, age 74, of Guttenberg, Iowa, passed away suddenly at the Guttenberg Hospital at 12:37 a.m., on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.  To celebrate Greg’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, May 3, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.  Family and friends may also visit at the Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, Iowa, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the church hall from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Due to COVID-19 concerns, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices.  To honor Greg’s life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista, Iowa, with Rev. Marvin J. Bries officiating.  Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery following cremation.

Greg was born on April 16, 1947, in Guttenberg, Iowa, to Clarence and Virginia (Uriell) Hefel.  He worked as a locomotive engineer from 1965 to 2013.  He was married on October 16, 1971, to Jane Ann Weyant at Immaculate Conception Church, North Buena Vista.  In 1978, Greg and Jane were blessed with the birth of their daughter Malinda and in due course a son-in-law Keith and a grandson Gregor.

Greg will always be remembered as someone who would help anybody, fix anything and always have just what you needed in one of his pockets.  Although born and raised in Iowa, Greg was a keen traveler his whole life, he was in his 60s when he took his first white water rafting trip and was still riding horses in Colorado in his 70s.  Growing up on a farm gave him a great love of animals which he passed on to his daughter Malinda and resulted in the small “zoo” they now look after.

He enjoyed many years at his second home, the railroad, with all of the lifelong friends he made there.  Since retiring his main hobbies have been splitting wood, farming with Steve Anderegg and going for rides around the countryside with neighbor Ron Schneider.  But being a passionate Democrat he liked nothing more than discussing politics with his brother Nick long into the night.

Of all the things that Greg has done over his lifetime, the one thing that will be missed the most by Malinda, Keith and Gregor will be the times spent just sitting on the patio, eating dinner and being together as a family.  Greg was an extraordinary man who will be missed by far more people than he could have imagined.

Those left to cherish Greg’s memory include

his daughter,
Malinda (Keith) Kramer, Guttenberg, IA;

his grandson,
Gregor Kramer, Guttenberg, IA;

his brother,
Clarence “Nick” (Sandy) Hefel, Bettendorf, IA;

several nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved cat Theisen.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Jane Ann Hefel.

The family thanks the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital staff, paramedics and the police department for their support.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Heros Haven Animal Rescue, https://www.facebook.com/Heros-Haven-Animal-Rescue-535518013641265/.  The family will also thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in Greg’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Gregory Hefel Family.

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


 

William M. Vaughn

William M. “Bill” Vaughn, Sr., 83, of Bellevue, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Mill Valley Care Center.  Private Family Graveside Services with Military Honors conducted Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

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

Bill was born December 6, 1937 in Bellevue, the son of Ira and Rosena (Jung) Vaughn. Bill married Marian Deppe on September 10, 1960. He worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad as a welder, then worked as a Lockman for  28 years at Lock 11 and Lock 12 and drove for RTA after retiring.  Bill was a 10-year member of the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department and a founding member of the Bellevue Ambulance.  He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Bellevue American Legion Post #273.  Bill was a passionate hunter and fisherman.  He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marian; sons, Roger Vaughn and William “Bill” (Dawn) Vaughn, Jr.; grandchildren, Alex (Kara), Kolby (Hailey), Dillion, and Derek “DJ” (Tori); 9 great-grandchildren; in-laws, Jean (Jerry) Mootz, and LeRoy Mootz.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father in-law, Marcella and Francis Deppe; and a sister in-law, Janet Mootz.

Condolences may be mail to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home 100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, IA  52031 c/o William Vaughn, Sr. family.

Online condolences may be left at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com


 

Scott J. Salwolke

Scott J. Salwolke, 57, of Asbury, died Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston.

Visitation will be 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Friday, May 7, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Scott’s family. The Mass of Christian Burial for Scott will be 10:00 am Saturday, May 8, 2021, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Steven Rosonke as the Celebrant. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Scott was born January 18, 1964, in Dubuque, IA, the son of Burnett & Carliee (O’Neill) Salwolke. On September 2, 1989, he married Monica Manning in St. Columbkille Catholic Church.

He graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

Scott was the owner of a Search Engine Optimization company, Ad-Hoc Marketing. He enjoyed biking, reading, craft beers, watching movies, and sporting events, especially the Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes, attending live music and theatre events. Scott was also an avid writer. He published two books, wrote segments in the Business Times and monthly articles for the Telegraph Herald.

Survivors include his wife, Monica of Asbury; three sons, Mitchell, Andrew, and Joel Salwolke, all of Asbury; one sister, Kim Salwolke of Onalaska, WI; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and father and mother-in-law, Terry (June) Manning.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church.

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

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


 

Sister Joanne Simonini, BVM

Sister Joanne Simonini, BVM (Lizbeth), 89, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Sharing of Memories via Zoom will be at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021. Visitation in the Mary Frances Clarke Chapel will follow immediately until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Joanne was an elementary principal and teacher, director of religious education, and customer service representative in Des Moines, Iowa. She also taught in Kansas City, Mo.; Pasadena, Calif.; and Burbank, Calif., where she also served as librarian.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1931, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Ray and Anita (Prosperi) Simonini. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1951, from Holy Trinity Parish, Des Moines, Iowa. She professed first vows on March 19, 1954, and final vows on July 16, 1959.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Elizabeth (Leo) Sarcone.

She is survived by a niece and niece’s husband, Susan Sarcone and Mitchell Schneider, Arlington, Va.; cousins; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 69 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.

Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in care of the arrangements.
Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Joanne’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.


 

Wilhelm D. Eck

Wilhelm Dominikus Eck, 86, of Oregon, Wisconsin and formerly of Epworth, Iowa passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Oregon.

Visitation for Wilhelm will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M., Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Divine Word Seminary Chapel in Epworth, Iowa, where a Mass of Christian burial for Wilhelm will be held at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. Thomas Ascheman, S.V.D. presiding. Services will be live streamed on the Reiff Funeral Home facebook page at 2:30 p.m. Due to the pandemic, social distancing will be followed and masks must be worn. The Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth is in charge of arrangements. Anyone unable to attend may send memorials to Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN; Wilhelm Eck family, P.O. Box #250, Epworth, Iowa 52046.

Wilhelm was born October 22, 1934 in Brühl, Germany, son of Johanna and Katrina (Esch) Eck. He came over to the United States in 1957, spending his 24th birthday aboard the ship. He received his education at the University of Illinois, Champaign and later received his Master’s Degree.

On August 27, 1960 in Peoria, Illinois he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Blume.

The couple resided in Epworth, where he was employed at the Divine Word College for over 30 years, initially teaching German and Latin and then as the Financial Aid Director and Vice President of Finance. He helped many people in the community complete financial aid forms, and was always in support of higher education. Often, he counseled many with sound advice. He was the Treasurer of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and President of the Mid-West Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He was a member of the Epworth Kiwanis club and St. Patrick’s Parish in Epworth.

Wilhelm was an avid storyteller, he enjoyed playing a big part in the advancement of the City of Epworth, he served for many years on the Epworth City Council, and later as the Mayor of Epworth. He was proud of his role in the reconstruction of Main Street and the planning of the Highway 20 bypass.

He loved watching sports, especially the Cubs, Bears and Hawkeyes and was thrilled when the Cubs won the World Series. He enjoyed and played the game of soccer as a youth and coached a team at the Seminary. He was an avid fan and follower of the German soccer team “1 F.C. Köln” in Germany. He enjoyed nature and animals including their dog Cassie. He always owned Volkswagens and appreciated their economy. The couple had a place in Corpus Christi where they wintered and developed many lifelong friendships.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Eck of Oregon, WI; four children, John (Elizabeth) Eck of Dacula, GA, Linda (Richard) Stevens of Verona, WI, Michael Eck of Cottage Grove, WI, and Karl (Rachel) Eck of Oregon, WI; seven grandchildren, Lyndsey (Keaton), Geoffrey, Brianna (John), Christian, Cameron, Macy and Julia; one great grandchild, Oliver; and one brother, Hans (Fia) Eck of Brühl, Germany.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Chrystal (Franz) Schmitt and Marianna (Franz Josef) Breuer and a brother Karl.

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


 

Ilah R. Portz

Ilah Ray Portz, 12, of Bellevue, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021 with her brother Emmett, Mom, and Dad by her side.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa.  Visitation will be 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday, April 30, 2021 also at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, additional visitation will begin at 9:30 am Saturday at the church prior to services.  Burial will be in St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home in Bellevue.

Ilah was born January 19, 2009 in Clinton, the daughter of Tony and Val (Gruhn) Portz.  Ilah was also known as Lolli and Peanut Little by those closest to her.  She showed genuine kindness to all, was generous beyond her years, and so giving.  Ilah had a laid back personality, forgiving nature, and contagious smile.  She loved the farm girl life and never met an animal she didn’t love.  Ilah enjoyed drawing, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.  She was active in softball, basketball, and volleyball, along with an occasional backyard football game with her brothers.  She could brighten the darkest days and touched the lives of everyone who knew her. Ilah was ‘Mommy’s best girl’ and Daddy’s everything.  She loved her three brothers fiercely.  Ilah was a doting big sister and best friend to Brigham.  She loved Emmett and enjoyed his coaching tips and when he spent time playing sports with her.  She was the light in her brother Colby’s eye.  She attended Andrew Community Schools and was in the 6th grade.  She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.  Her memory will live on forever and her light will shine for all eternity.

Survivors include her parents, Valerie and Tony Portz; brothers, Colby Melvin, Emmett Portz, and Brigham Portz; paternal grandparents, Tom and Roxanne Portz; maternal grandparents, Merlyn (John) Law, and Delbert (Linda) Gruhn; paternal great grandmother, Eleanor Thines; maternal great grandmother, Jeanette Gruhn; aunts and uncles, Joe (Cassy) Portz, Bob (Jessica) Portz, Angela (Bruce) Cronk, Heidi (Jeremy) Williams, and Lance Gruhn; Ilah’s ‘other’ parents and siblings, Brian and Jesse Ihrig and their children, Lucas, Hadley (BFF), and Joe; and her other BFF, Kennedy; and numerous cousins, extended relatives, teammates, and close friends.

Ilah was preceded in death by her loving dogs; Scratch, Ali, Chloe, Hazel, Hank, Maybel, and Penelope.

A memorial fund has been established in Ilah’s memory thru Citizens State Bank in her memory, memorials may be mailed or dropped off at any CSB location: Maquoketa, Wyoming, Oxford Junction or Olin and a Venmo account @ilahportz7 with last 4 of phone number 0781 has been established.

Online condolences may be left at hachmannfuneralhome.com


 

Harold Horn

Harold “Harry” Horn, 85, of Dubuque, died Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM Saturday May 1, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service 3860 Asbury Road. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Harold’s family. The Funeral Service for Harold will be 11:00 AM Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Pastor Calvin Konop officiating. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. Full military honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post #6. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Harold was born January 30, 1936, in Dubuque, the son of Otto and Meta VanGlahn Horn. On July 19, 1958, he married Joanne J. Mauer at First English Lutheran Church in Platteville, WI. She died October 10, 2014.

He was a graduate of Platteville High School.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving as a Corpsman in Germany from 1955 until 1957 and in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1963.

He worked at Dubuque Pack for 26 and a half years and as a distribution courier for Medical Associates.

He was a past member of Elk’s Lodge in Platteville, and a member of the 700 Bowling Club and Moose Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, and horse and dog races. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Braves, and Wisconsin Badgers.

Survivors include three sons, William (Lisa Kuennen) Horn, Robert “Slob” Horn, and Jeffrey “J” (Mary) Horn, all of Dubuque; and one nephew, Brian (Candace) Mauer of Seattle, WA.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, and his stepfather, Walt Ginter.

The family thanks Ennoble Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hospice of Dubuque, and friends at The Rose.

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


 

Dorene M. McCarthy

Dorene M. McCarthy, 93, of Peosta, IA passed away Monday, April 26, at 2:59 a.m. at home surrounded by her family.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1st at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will be in the Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory. Please remember to wear your mask and if you are unable to attend a live stream of the funeral service will be on the funeral home Facebook page.

She was born on July 29, 1927 in Epworth Iowa, daughter of Nettie (Duhr) and Robert Allen. She grew up in Epworth before moving to Dubuque.

She married Robert M. McCarthy on April 2, 1946 at St. Raphael’s Cathedral. He preceded her in death on September 3, 2007. This year would have been their 75th wedding anniversary.

Dorene was employed several places but most of her working career was at St. Regis Paper Company/Georgia Pacific. She retired from there in 1990. In her retirement years, she never slowed down. She was either babysitting her great grandkids or finding jobs where she could socialize. She especially liked taking tickets and selling programs (which she was the best at) at the Dubuque, Farley and West Liberty Speedways and bringing joy by delivering flowers for Flowerama.

She enjoyed the company of her many friends. She had standing monthly get-togethers with the Full Moon Floozies, her St Regis co-workers and her Game Groups. It was with these friends that she was given the name “Queen Dorene”. She was always the life of the party, she had a beautiful smile and a contagious laugh. Her stories were the best and her jokes were the worst but somehow “Queen Dorene” always made us laugh.

If she was not playing poker or in front of a slot machine, she could be found at home with the phone attached to her ear, providing stories and laughter to many. She enjoyed quilting, cards, warm weather, family gatherings, reading her rag magazines, coffee, chocolate, rum and cokes and cooking. She made the best chicken noodle soup and macaroni salad in the 563.

She loved to spend time with her family. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were everything to her. She was a loving woman who enjoyed teaching lessons. One of her favorite lessons was teaching her grandchildren to clean her house while convincing them it was spending quality time together. Having her family around, especially her great-grandchildren, made her very happy and she absolutely loved living at the Cabin in the Woods with Les and Dianne.

The memories and the legacy that she has left us with, we will hold onto tightly and cherish forever. She was a one of a kind lady, she was very loved and will be fondly remembered by all that knew her. She will be greatly missed every day, but we know she will always be watching us from above and with us in spirit.

Those left to honor her memory are her children; Dianne (Les) Wagner of Dubuque, Patrick McCarthy of Long Grove; five grandchildren; Dawn Blasen of Solan, IA, Michelle (Cole) Schmelzer and Elizabeth (Michael) Goodwin, both of Dubuque, Kris (Natalie) Nirk of Bixby Oklahoma and Matthew (Patty) McClimon of Columbus Ohio; 11 great-grandchildren; Sterling and Storm Blasen-Hoerner, Ryley and Benjamin Schmelzer, PeparLex Goodwin, Savanna, Ava and Alivia Nirk and Drew, Zach and Will McClimon; two sisters-in-law; Mary Smith of Graf and Joan (Eldon) Schmidt and several niece, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her daughter Roberta Holden, her sons-in-law, Thomas McClimon and Les Holden, her parents, her mother and father in-law, all her brother and sisters and their spouses, several brother and sister in-laws and their spouses as well as many other family and friends.

The family would like to sincerely thank Hospice of Dubuque, specifically Kourtney, Hailey, Jeanie, Dianne and her wonderful aid never fear, Julie is here. The Mercy Hospital 2nd floor nurses and staff, where she spent a lot of time over the last two years and Dr. Sara Letcher and Dr. Tara Brock. In addition, her family and friends would like to extend extreme gratitude and gratefulness to Les and Dianne for taking such wonderful care of her.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Talissa M. Dean

Talissa M. Dean, 53, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at her home.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. At Peace Cremation Services have been provided by Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Talissa Michelle Haney was born on April 12, 1968 in Santa Maria, California to Robert and Caroline Jo (Corbus) Madrigal. She spent most of her youth growing up in the rural town of Sisquoc CA. She was a 1985 graduate of Ernest Righetti High School in Orcutt, California and then earned an Associates Degree in business administration from Santa Barbara Business College.

Talissa had worked as a CNA and CMA at Prairie House and at Crestridge Nursing Home, both in Maquoketa.

Talissa enjoyed cooking, taking care of others, gardening and plants. Additionally, she loved animals, nature hikes and reading a good novel.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Timothy Haney of Baldwin IA, and Sisquoc CA, Joshua Grigg of Maquoketa, IA, and Dylan Dean of Baldwin, IA; her grandson Jacob Finn Gibson; her father, Robert Madrigal of Orcutt, CA; brothers, Bobby Madrigal of Orcutt, CA, and Kelly Madrigal of Orcutt, CA; and her Significant other, William “Bill” Steggall of Baldwin, IA.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

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


 

Jerry H. Culbertson

Jerry H. Culbertson, 76, of Baldwin, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at his home.

A memorial service celebrating Jerry’s life will be held 11 A.M., Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. The celebration will continue following the service with a gathering of family and friends from 1 to 4 P.M. at the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. It will be required to utilize face masks and to observe social distancing guidelines during the gathering and services.

Jerry Howard Culbertson was born on June 5, 1944 in Clayton County, Iowa, to Merwin and Dorothy (DeSotel) Culbertson. He attended Dubuque Schools and graduated from Maynard High School in Maynard, Iowa. He married Janice C. Brownell on June 26, 1965, and in March of 1968 he received his Auctioneering Degree from Reisch American School of Auction.

Jerry had farmed in the Springbrook area for several years, worked at the Preston Creamery, raised Percheron Draft Horses, and lastly was employed as a night supervisor for Ralston Purina in Clinton, Iowa.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Kelly Stratton of DeWitt, IA, Jody (Rod) Livesay of Goose Lake, IA, Sean (Kimberly Brozovich) Culbertson of Coal Valley, IL, and 14 foster boys; sister, Sherry Licht of Peosta, IA; brothers, Donald “Donnie” Culbertson of Dubuque, IA, and Barry Culbertson of Dubuque, IA; 4 grandchildren, Anthony (Katherine) Stratton, Ryan (Alexis) Livesay, Alyssa Livesay, and Tyler Livesay; and 2 great-grandchildren, Elijah Stratton and Mason Livesay.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Mike, and a brother-in-law Dennis Licht.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jerry H. Culbertson memorial fund has been established.

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


 

Shirley A. Jones

Shirley Ann Jones, 84, of Dubuque, died Monday, April 26, 2021, at the Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am until 11:00 am Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Shirley’s family. The Funeral Service for Shirley will be 11:00 am Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Rev. Thomas C. Shinkle officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Shirley was born July 21, 1936, in Dubuque, the daughter of Clarence and Anna Viola (Gross) Kramer. On June 27, 1956, she married James C. Jones in Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He passed away on February 5, 2013.

Shirley was a school bus driver and a homemaker.

She loved to bake, crochet, and play Bingo. She enjoyed traveling to Texas in the Winter with her husband.

Survivors include her children, Becky (Joe) Gilbertson of Kieler, WI, Terra (Drew) Cook of Dubuque, Pam (Jack) Laughlin of Fort Dodge, Deb (John) Eigenberger of Dubuque, Denis Jones of Bellefonte, PA and Stacy (Tom) Flanagan of Dubuque, 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Junior Kramer and Bill (Cheryl) Kramer both of Dubuque; four sisters, Mary Kay (Cork) Casper of California, Judy (Tom) Priebe, Sandy (Mike) Kapparos, and Linda (Terry) Weidemann all of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents; a son, Dan; one great-grandson, Collin; one sister and two brothers.

A special thank you to Stonehill Care Center, especially Rachel, Hospice of Dubuque especially Katie and Amy.

A memorial has been established to Hospice of Dubuque.

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

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


 

Leland H. Runde

Leland H. “Buck” Runde, 92, of Kieler, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Epione Pavilion, Cuba City, Wisconsin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 3, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Church, Kieler, Wisconsin, with Rev. Bernard Rott officiating. Services will be live streamed through Facebook on the funeral home page. Burial will be at a later date.  A public visitation for friends will be held from 2-5:00 p.m. Sunday at Casey-McNett Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cuba City, Wisconsin, where there will be a Scripture Wake Service at 5:00 p.m. Friends may also call Monday at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center from 9-10:15 a.m. The family requests you utilize masks during the duration of your visit at the funeral home, parish center and in the church and that you practice social distancing.

Buck was born on March 28, 1929, in Happy Corners, Wisconsin, the son of Clarence and Orpha (Gunderman) Runde. He married the love of his life, Sara “Sally” Kerkenbush on April 18, 1953 at St. Andrew’s Church in Tennyson. She preceded him in death on October 26, 2019.

A short stroll from the family farm, Buck earned his first “paycheck” at age 16 at the cheese factory in Happy Corners. Two years later, he received an opportunity to begin his career with John Deere. In 1951, Buck was called to serve in the United States Army in both Japan and Korea. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to John Deere until his retirement in 1984 with 37 years of service, many as a supervisor in “I” Building.

Buck and Sally dedicated their life to raising their 7 children, giving back to their community/parish, and enjoying the great outdoors. Buck’s children quickly learned his philosophy, “Ya don’t work, Ya don’t eat” teaching them the importance of hard work, perseverance, and faith in God. Runde Family reunions, birthday mulligans, and weekly “Rundevoos” brought him great joy, as it meant time well spent with family and friends.

Buck was a charter member and treasurer of the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years. He also was a charter member of the Kieler Athletic Club. As an active volunteer at Immaculate Conception Parish, he served as President of the Holy Name Society and President of Parish Council. He enjoyed serving on the Boy Scout Troup Committee and Cub Scout Pack Committee.

His garden was the envy of the neighborhood, keeping his 7 children and grandchildren well fed. He always looked forward to his weekly poker games and you would often find Buck cheering on one of his favorite Wisconsin sports teams. Buck and Sally loved their trips as members of the Kieler Moonshiners’ Snowmobile Club and were fortunate to enjoy years of retirement traveling to visit family and friends throughout the U.S.

In 1988, he purchased “Buck’s Landing” tree farm which has become the location of many family gatherings. He and his sons, together with many friends and family, built a one room log cabin on the property with logs from the farm. This cabin has become a labor of love and source of constant enjoyment. His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren have loving memories of Gator rides, fishing, deer hunting, cook-outs, and morel hunting with Grandpa Buck. His loving influence will live on for generations to come at Buck’s Landing.

Survivors include his children, Sharon (Brad) Avery, Topeka, KS, Peggy (Jon) Weston, Philadelphia, PA, Deb (Bryant) Holt, Franklin, VA, Chuck (Sharon) Runde, Kieler, WI, Barb (Cameron Tschannen) Runde, Lindstrom, MN, Sam (Kim) Runde, Kieler, WI and Andy (Sue) Runde, Shorewood, IL; a brother, Gus (Shirley) Runde, Kieler, WI; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Kieler and Tina Runde; 15 grandchildren, Wyatt (Christina), Lara, and Dylan Avery, Jason (Shante), Aaron (Charrity), and Brian (Alyson) Weston, Bud & Will (Meredith) Holt, Burt (Lesley) and Audra (Nick) Runde, Joe (Bri), Nick (Melissa), Jessica and Jamie Runde, and Maggie Runde; and eighteen great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Arlene (Bud) Burlage, Betty (Kenny) Pratt, and Rita (Vince) Hinderman; and a brother, Bud Runde.

The family wishes to thank the loving nursing staff at Epione Pavilion for their years of dedicated care for Buck and Sally.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Buck’s name to either the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department, Kieler, WI or the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org).

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


 

Milton E. Weber

Milton E. Weber, 86, of La Motte, Iowa, completed his earthly journey at his home surrounded by his family on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:17 a.m. He fought a fierce and courageous battle with colon cancer since November 2015.

The family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday, April 28th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the scripture wake service at 2:30 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 29th at St. Donatus Catholic Church, St. Donatus, Iowa with Father David Ambrosy officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors accorded by the Bellevue American Legion Post #273 and the Iowa Army National Guard. Please remember to wear your mask and if you are unable to attend a live stream of the funeral mass will be on the funeral home Facebook page.

Milton was born the youngest child of Nicholas and Margaret (Capesius) Weber on September 18, 1934. He was born, raised, and died on the family farm which he owned with his soul mate and wife, Luann. Milt married his sweetheart Luann Denlinger on April 27, 1957 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Key West, Iowa. For a few days shy of 64 years, they raised their family and always worked together as a team.

Milton attended St. Donatus Catholic School and then proudly served in the United States Army. He was stationed at Camp Darby in Italy as a supply clerk. After his discharge from the Army, he served in the United States Army Reserves until 1963.

The family farm was Milton’s pride and joy. Milton and Luann provided for their family by milking cows, raising cattle, hogs, and planting and harvesting crops. In 2008, the entire family traveled to Des Moines to be awarded a Century Farm Designation by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. After they semi-retired from farming, Milton worked for ten years alongside Luann at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. There they made many life-long friends.

Even though he was busy with the farm, Milton found time to volunteer his time and talents. He was a leader for the Mosalem Challengers 4-H club and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4236 and the American Legion Post 273. He served on St. Donatus Catholic Church parish council and was a member of the Holy Name Society.

Milton, a man of deep faith in God, was soft-spoken, gentle, and had a quick wit. He was a great thinker and listener. His heart was full of love for life, especially his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted family man and friend to so many people and was often described as the most soft-hearted and caring person. He passed on his love for animals and sweet treats, especially chocolate, to his family.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Luann, and their children: Jeanne (Mike) Woodyard of Dubuque, Dale (Dianne Fischer) Weber of La Motte, Sue Ellen (John) Nolan of Peosta, Mark (Sarah Gansemer) Weber of Dubuque, and Lynn (Nina Trickel) Weber of Dubuque. Also surviving are his granddaughters Ellen Nolan of Peosta, Emily (Scott and Carter Janiszeski) Nolan of Bernard, Katie (Lavern) Yoder of Zwingle and his grandsons Dustin Weber of La Motte, Dylan (Brianna and Ellyse Martin) of Dubuque, Nicholas, Jared, Mitchell and Seth Weber all of Dubuque, Colyn Weber of Dubuque, and Brian Woodyard of Des Moines, Iowa. Also surviving are his brothers Lester Weber of Dubuque and Marvin (Ardella) Weber of Bellevue, his sisters-in-law Marilyn Bergfeld and Gladys Wernimont of Dubuque and brothers-in-law John Denlinger of Dubuque, Clair Denlinger of Balltown and Gilbert (Gib) Clemen of Holy Cross and many nieces and nephews.

Milton was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Margaret (Capesius) Weber, his sister Dolores (Lawrence) Maro, brothers Ray (Mary) Weber, Neil (Rose) Weber, Vernon (Lorraine) Weber, sister-in-law Ruth (Lester) Weber and 3 younger siblings who died in childhood. Also preceding him in death were his mother-and-father-in-law Carlyn and Marie Denlinger, brothers-in-law Ralph (Marilyn) Bergfeld and Charles (Gladys) Wernimont, sisters-in-law Carol (Gib) Clemen, and Ruth (John) Denlinger as well as several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, a Milton E. Weber memorial fund has been established.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Eric Engelman and the staff at MercyOne Cancer Center and to Hospice of Jackson County, especially Bonnie and Samantha for their loving and caring treatment of Dad throughout his cancer journey. We also would like to thank Milt’s caregivers Julia, Lisa and Char for the compassion and kindness shown to him, Judy Herrig for bringing the Holy Eucharist on a weekly basis, and to Father Dave Ambrosy and Deacon Loras Weber for loving spiritual guidance during this difficult time.


 

John Raaz

Known as a master at playing every hand he was dealt with a positive smile, humor and courage, John Raaz lived for 13 years with metastatic prostate cancer, until his death on April 24, 2021, in Iowa City, Iowa. He was 73 years old.

It was clear from listening to John’s family and friends, those qualities and more defined him throughout his life. Always gracious and accommodating, John was trusted, competitive, quick-witted, an unapologetic Democrat, and a realist.

Born December 25, 1947, in Jefferson, Iowa, John was the second child of four, in the family of Virgil and Cecelia (Cuddy) Raaz. His Christmas birthday gave his mother hope for a priest in the family. But that was not to be. John married Nicki Haupert in college, an amazing love story we’ll get back to. They have a son, Johnny, who has flourished in the glow of their love his entire life.

John was close to his siblings. His sister Jan feels so lucky to have a brother who’s also a special friend. According to brother Jeff, John could push your buttons and have your back, all at the same time. Youngest brother Jerry found John to be a good sport with a rare gift: he was the first to laugh at himself, always able to lighten the moment, and never took himself too seriously.

John’s nieces and nephews spoke lovingly of the impact John had on them. One said it created a visible buzz in the house when word got out that John and Nicki were coming to any gathering. Another said being with John was a “joyful space” in his life.

His mother Cecelia’s Irish Catholic “Cuddy Clan” included John’s 22 first cousins. John loved the large family, claiming many of his cousins’ kids as his own nieces and nephews, and never passing on a photo-op with those in the younger generation.

One cousin, who lived with John’s family in high school, became an “older brother” to John, a relationship that continued throughout their lives. In retirement they even lived together again, wintering with their wives in Tucson for many years.

Classmates remember John as president of his Jefferson (Iowa) High School senior class, and a gifted quarterback demonstrating solid leadership, confidence, and resilience. He was an All-Conference quarterback in high school, and at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

John loved a good story — so let’s tell some.

John’s Coe College teammate, and the receiving end of the “Raaz Rapid Transit” passing game (as coined by a local sportswriter) shared an out-of-character story. One of the Coe coaches told John he was “un-coachable.” Are we talking about the same guy? His receiver explained this was because the two of them often changed plays in the huddle, and those plays usually worked.

In retirement, John considered golf his fulltime job, heading out each morning to one of the Eagle Ridge courses. His Legacy golf group and other golf buddies laughed as they recalled John was always recognizable in his bright orange golf attire. John spoke of these rounds with the guys, and a beer after, as “the best of times.”

John’s good friends included men and women alike. One friend calls John her bourbon coach, introducing her to Templeton Rye, inspired by the 1920’s moonshine from Templeton, Iowa, and her husband called John the smartest guy in any room and was delighted when John joined him on the Volunteer Fire Department in The Galena Territory. John’s winter sport was pickleball and he enjoyed playing with everyone. While known to be competitive and sometimes aggressive, one gal told Nicki, “John always plays fair.”

Many people, when talking about John, recalled his sense of humor and an Irish grin barely hiding his mischievous next move. When John started a group laughing at the window table in his favorite restaurant, Fried Green Tomatoes, the entire crowd joined in without even knowing the punch line.

Couple friends who traveled coast to coast with John and Nicki learned John was always up for an adventure. Together they tackled Dove Mountain Golf Course in Tucson. The golf course won that day. They survived a harrowing boat ride across Lake Michigan, and the guys were even game for performing on Broadway in NYC. About that, they had been profiled by a street troubadour group, joined the performance, then had to pay to get out of it or go with it. They paid.

John’s character was no doubt shaped by both his father, who was known by his nickname, Kib, and his mother Cecelia (Cel). After John’s freshman high school football season, he mentioned to Dad he was ready for basketball. Kib said, “Did you make the honor roll this semester?” John said, “Just missed it.” Kib informed his oldest son that he’d be skipping basketball this year to study. John thought he was kidding, as Kib loved all sports. Kib wasn’t.

John’s mother Cel taught by example. Being humble and gracious, lending a helping hand to those in need, owning your mistakes, treating people with dignity and respect, finding the good in people and embracing his spirituality were all lessons from his mother that served John well, in both his personal and professional life. John once said, “I never realized how poor we were, because I got what I needed most from my parents.”

Son Johnny and his dad had an indescribable relationship that inspired all. John and Johnny communicated their love and affection in a special way that included a lot of teasing of each other. Once, John was headed into Chicago traffic, with Johnny riding shotgun as he liked to do, and John was cut off by another driver. He exchanged a couple looks with Johnny, while white knuckling it. Finally, Johnny broke the tension, supporting his dad with the comment, “Dumb Shit!”

Nicki met John when both were serving on the Junior High Student Council. When asked what she saw in a guy at age 13 that would last for 60 years, she said she was attracted by three things. First, he was smart and on the honor roll. And he was athletic. It was fun watching him play all the sports. But most importantly, Nicki saw that he was nice to everyone, and everyone liked him. John’s way of looking at the world with humor, grace and kindness was a big part of the joy of their life together.

Those qualities remained a big part of who John was, according to Nicki. He was successful in his career, and a strong advocate for his son, serving on several boards related to disability services. Through his participation in volunteer activities and sports, John got to know a lot of folks he wouldn’t otherwise have met. John spent 33 years with the Chicago NW Railroad, and the Union Pacific Railroad, living in several different locations in the Midwest. His career in labor relations was important to him, but what John valued most were the friendships with some of his work colleagues that continued long after retirement.

Spiritual but not religious, John loved a good bourbon, and genuinely enjoyed people, hosting an annual Christmas/birthday bash for 30+ years. He had an eclectic taste in music and recommends we all check out Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and the cover of “The Sound of Silence” by the band Disturbed. Enough said.

Near the end of his life John received a letter from a friend. It read, in part, “They say that the mark of an individual is the way they are talked about when they are not present. Any time I have heard the name John Raaz, 100% of the time it has been with respect, admiration and laughter…I am better for knowing you.”

John is survived by his wife, Nicole (Haupert) Raaz, of Galena, IL, and their son, Johnny of Cedar Rapids, IA;  his siblings, Janice Raaz Ryan, Council Bluffs, IA;  Jeff Raaz and his wife Susan, St Louis, MO;  Jerry Raaz and his wife Julie, Fort Collins, CO;  sister-in-law Pam Peterson, Chesterfield, MO;  11 nieces and nephews: Megan Ryan (Dave) Hawk, Brendan (Corrie) Ryan, Erin Ryan (Sean) Talcott, Josh (Amy) Raaz, Jeremy (Jessie) Raaz, Nathan Raaz, Collin (Caitlin) Raaz, Dillon Raaz, Laurie Peterson O’Leary, Jennifer Peterson (Hays) Arter, and Michele Peterson.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil, and Cecelia (Cuddy) Raaz, father and mother-in-law, Jack and Opal (Lindhart) Haupert, and his brothers-in-law, Jack Ryan and Gary Peterson.

The family will gather for a private remembrance. And since John always loved a party, there will be a Celebration of Life at Fried Green Tomatoes in Galena at a time to be determined later. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. Donations can be made to the Richard Peterson EMT Fund at the Galena Territory Foundation, 2000 Territory Drive, Galena, IL 61036, and to Discovery Living, Inc., 1015 Old Marion Road NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402.

John’s request to us: “After the pain of loss, let’s elevate our human interaction, our sense of humor and our innate goodness.”

John’s family would like to thank his physicians and staff at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center in DeKalb, IL, Iowa City Hospice in Iowa City, IA, Dan Ciha, Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City, IA, and Tom Furlong and the staff at Furlong’s Funeral Home in Galena, IL, for their care for John and assistance to the family. 

Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com 

Obituary written by Mark Cuddy, Co-Founder, The Healing Obituary, healingobit.com


 

Sister Bernadette Ries, O.P.

Sister Bernadette Ries, O.P., died April 20, 2021 at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wis.

She was born Teresa Louise, Aug. 2, 1938 to Alfred and Mary (DeBoo) Ries in Conrad, MT.

Bernadette is survived by three sisters: Marian, Emma and Veronica; and one brother, John; nieces, nephews and her Dominican Family.

Bernadette was a Spokane Dominican from 1957-1995. She spent those years in health care ministries and administration in hospitals and also with the Sisters in Spokane, Washington. In 1995 the Dominican Sisters of Spokane merged with the Sinsinawa Dominicans. Bernadette then served as a chaplain, counselor and prioress in Illinois, Minnesota and Washington.

Services will be held at Sinsinawa, April 28- 29. Burial will be in Spokane, Washington.

Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

A courageous leader. Go with God. Thank you.


 

Thomas J. Ertmer

Thomas J. “Tom” Ertmer, 75, of East Dubuque, IL, formerly of Elizabeth, IL, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 at Mercy One Dubuque Medical Center following a very brief battle with Lung Cancer with his family by his side.

There will be no formal funeral service or public visitation. Tom has donated his body to the University of Iowa-College of Medicine for Scientific Research. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

He was born on February 12, 1946 in Freeport, IL, the son of Alfred and Helen (Davies) Ertmer. Tom was a graduate of Elizabeth High School, class of 1964. He was a member of the Army Reserves for 6-years.

Tom was united in marriage to Vicki L. Hopkins in November of 1965 at Freeport, IL.  He worked for Alliant Credit Union and Morrison Brothers as their IT Manager until his retirement Tom enjoyed being outside and doing yardwork.

Surviving is his wife Vicki; two sons, Scott of California and Cory (Larissa) of Beloit, WI; three grandchildren, Ximena, Eleena, and Eli.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Jerry Ertmer.

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


 

Shirley A. Regan

Shirley A. Regan, 87, of Dubuque, died Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

A prayer service will be held at 3:00 pm Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service followed by visitation until 7:00 pm. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Shirley’s family.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Shirley will be 10:30 am Friday, April 30, 2021, on Shirley’s birthday at Holy Spirit Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Mark Kwenin as the Celebrant. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The mass will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Shirley was born April 30, 1933, in Dubuque, the daughter of George and Minnie Brenner Kubitz. On November 20, 1954, she married Paul Anthony Regan at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. He died September 28, 2005.

She worked at the Dubuque Packing Company for 30 years.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish – Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo, going to Tama with the girls, playing poker with the boys, and traveling. She was an avid Chicago White Sox fan. She cherished time with her family and their annual Adventureland Trips. She was the glue for the family.

Survivors include her five children, Debra (Robert) Droessler of Davenport, Don (Cherie) Regan of Asbury, Sharon (Rick) Dix of Peosta, Tom Regan of Dubuque, and Karen Regan of Dubuque; ten grandchildren, Tony (Ashley) Regan, Karyn (Mark) Degenhardt, Julie Droessler, Rachel (Mark) Kelly, Nicole (Zach) Salyer, Dakota (Britt Tolson) Dix, Alex (Corine) Regan, Lindsey Regan, Nathan Regan, and Adam (Amber) Roth; 13 great-grandchildren, Derek, Isiah, Houston, Avery, Colton, Keira, Kendall, Landon, Elliott, Hayven, Kensly, Dawsyn, and Peyton; one sister, Bonnie Bakewell of New Albin, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Connie, two sons, Teddy and Dennis, and four brothers, Hank, Arlan, Donnie, and David.

A special thanks to Mary Metz and the PT team at Assisi Village and Hospice of Dubuque for all their loving care and support.

A memorial has been established.

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


 

Ronald R. Kracke

Ronald R. Kracke, 71, of Dubuque, formerly of Belmont, Platteville, and Dickeyville, WI, passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021 at home with his family by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Holy Ghost Church-Holy Spirit Pastorate with Fr. Steven Garner officiating.  Burial will be in the Belmont, WI Cemetery. The funeral mass will be live-streamed on The Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook Page. The family asks that you follow social distancing guidelines, wear a facemask, and observe capacity limits due to the Covid-19 virus.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 –p.m. on Monday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish scripture service will be at 4:00 p.m. on Monday.

Ron was born on September 1, 1949 at Belmont, WI, the son of Raymond H. and Delores L. (Grassel) Kracke.  He was united in marriage to Sandra K. Knautz on September 13, 1969 at St. Mary’s Church in Galena, IL.

Ron was a graduate of Cuba City High School, the class of 1968. He was employed by the State of Iowa – Department of Corrections at Anamosa and Dubuque until his retirement. Ron enjoyed going to the casino, fishing, and trapshooting. He was a former member of the Dickeyville Jaycees, the Eagles Club, and the American Federation of Public Employees Union.

Surviving is his wife, Sandra; two daughters, Carrie Ann Kracke (Jeremy Lenz) of Dubuque, and Marie (Clifford A.) McGinnis of Cassville, WI; a grandson, Zachary (Hope) Kracke of Dubuque; a sister, Elaine (Robert) Carns of Potosi, WI.; his in-laws, Madonna Beyer and Julius C. Knautz both of Galena, Shirley (Arlen) Morris of Thief River Falls, MN, Duane Knautz of Dodgeville, WI; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Delores, and two sisters, Karen and Beverly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque or Holy Ghost Church.

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

Sandy and family wish to give special thanks to Dr. Mark Hermann and staff, and the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque for the kind and compassionate care given to Ron.


 

Warren M. Spahn

Warren M. Spahn, 58, of Dubuque, IA, passed away at 9:58 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Unity Point Health-The Finley Hospital.

Due to the Covid-19 virus, there will be no public visitation at this time. A celebration of Warren’s life will be at a later date this summer. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is assisting the family.

Warren was born on June 29, 1962 in Dubuque, the son of Joseph F. and Shirley A. (Hines) Spahn.  He was a graduate of Hempstead High School, the class of 1980.

Warren worked at Flexsteel Industries for approximately 30 plus years. He was a member of the Upholsters Union.  Warren loved to go hunting, fishing, and playing golf on Play-Station and Nintendo.

Surviving are five siblings, Suzanne Burke of Freeport, IL, Sharon Stratton of Dubuque, Mike (Liz) Spahn of Longmont, CO, Sheila Spahn of Dubuque, and Jolene Bastian of Hanover, IL; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Shirley.

Warren’s family would like to give special thanks to his friends for all of their care and concern, and to the nurses and staff at Finley ICU for their excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, a Warren Spahn memorial fund has been established. Memorials may be mailed to Miller Funeral Home, Attn: The Warren Spahn Family, 1185 Highway 35 N., East Dubuque, IL 61025.

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


 

Phyllis E. Moser

Phyllis Eloise Moser, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home 2659 Kennedy Road.  Private services for the family will be held at a later date with burial in Dubuque Memorial Gardens.

Phyllis was born May 31, 1930 in New Diggings, WI, the daughter of Alfred and Alice (Haser) Thompson. She married Fred Moser on November 25, 1948 in Galena, IL. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2010.

Phyllis graduated from Scales Mound, Illinois High School and enjoyed living in Texas while her husband was serving in the Air Force.  She worked and served for much of her life in the healthcare industry.  She took particular pride in volunteering in her church and community, being recognized with various awards, including the Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1992.

Surviving are sons, Galyn (Sherri) Moser, Brett (Alicia) Moser, Kendall (Sandra) Moser; daughter, Malena (Mark) Davis and daughter in law, Terri Moser.  She has ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and two more due this year.

She was also preceded in death two sons, Kyle and Dayna Moser and her sister and brother in law Shirley and Donald Ring.

The family wishes to recognize her granddaughter, Courtney, for the loving care she provided.  Also, a thank you is extended to Hospice of Dubuque for the many services they offered over the last two months.

Memorials may be made in Phyllis’s name to Hospice of Dubuque.


 

Shirley M. Mihalakis

Shirley M. Mihalakis, age 83, of Dubuque, passed away at 10:52 a.m., on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.  To honor Shirley’s life, graveside committal services will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., with Deacon John Stierman officiating.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices.  Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Shirley was born on December 12, 1937, in Dubuque, daughter of William and Edna (Maas) Shaffer. She attended school in Dubuque and tended bar for a number of years at the Airport Inn.

Shirley married Phillip J. Mihalakis on July 3, 1965, in Galena, IL. He preceded her in death in May of 1992. Shirley and Phillip operated the Log Cabin Bar just across the toll bridge in Wisconsin. They also owned and operated the River City Tap in Dubuque until 1991. After Phillip’s death in 1992, Shirley began working in janitorial services at Sears in Dubuque, retiring in 2000.

In 1999, she began spending time with Pete Schwartz and his family, and they have been enjoying each others’ company for the last 22 years. Many of those years were spent on the water with a fishing pole in her hand pursuing her passion for fishing. When she and Pete were not on the water together, they enjoyed a good meal and a friendly game of cards with friends. Spending quality time with family and friends was one of Shirley’s great joys, and she will be missed by all who enjoyed her company.

Those left to cherish Shirley’s memory include

her long time friend and companion, Pete Schwartz and his family;

her brothers,
Clarence Shaffer,
James (Rose) Shaffer
and Harold (Sue) Shaffer, all of Dubuque, Iowa;

and all of her greatly loved nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband; and her siblings, Alice, Irvin, Donald, John “Jack”, Rita, Mary, Lorraine, Leonard, Richard “Dick” and William.

Thank you to Stephany Schwartz and Jenny Schwartz who lovingly cared for Shirley.

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

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


 

Cyril N. Friedman

Cyril N. “Bud/Cy” Friedman, 90, of Luther Oaks Senior Living Facility, Bloomington, IL passed away at 5:15 am, April 22, 2021, at Luther Oaks, surrounded by his family and friends.

Services will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Peosta, IA.   Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West.   Friends may call on Monday, April 26, 2021 from 9:30am to 11:00am for visitation prior to the 11:00am funeral mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Peosta.  Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect current social distancing requirements.  If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit St. Elizabeth Pastorate Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stelizabethpastorate/) where access to the mass will be live-streamed, or visit www.behrfuneralhome.com to leave a note.

He was born on August 7, 1930 in Luxemburg, IA, son of Clem and Theresa (Hoffman) Friedman.  Cy farmed with his Dad prior to serving in the army at the rank of corporal during the Korean war.  Cy married Katharine Bergfeld on Dec. 26, 1959 at St. Mary’s Church, Lamont.  In 1960 they moved to Dubuque, where he worked at John Deere for 31 years.  He was very proud that he never missed a day of work in 31 years.  He was a member of the American Legion for 60 years, and an active member of the church. He served on the parish council and board of education, assisted with capital campaigns, was a Eucharistic Minister and choir member, visited the sick, and was a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and Legion of Mary.

Cy had a love of music, especially polka, was an avid Cub and Hawkeye fan, enjoyed playing euchre, taking daily walks, reading and spending time with family.

He will forever be loved and cherished by his four daughters, Ann (Jerry) Smith, of Brookfield, WI; Margaret “Peg” (Doug) Fields, of Houston, Patricia (Steve) Dickes, of Cedar Rapids, and Marie (Dave) Blaser, of Bloomington, Il; nine grandchildren, Amanda Nemec, Emily Smith, Jack and Alex Fields. Sarah and Jenny Dickes and Tim, Katie and Tina Blaser; and three siblings, Lucille Goedken, Eileen Thompson, and Sr. Madonna Friedman.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, (Katharine Friedman), and five siblings, Cletus Friedman, Lavonne Breckenfelder, Mary Rasmussen, Jim Friedman, and Robert Friedman.

A special thank-you to caring staff and friends at Luther Oaks, the caretakers at Transitions Hospice, Fr. Schultz, Fr. Martin and the Best Small Group Ever at St. Patrick Church of Merna.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Life Communities Foundation https://www.lutheroaks.org/donate or Transitions Hospice Peoria, 1551 Bond St., Suite 143, Naperville, IL 60563.

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


 

Patricia H. Mulrooney

Patricia H. “Patti” Mulrooney, 73, of Dubuque, died Thursday, April 22, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Monday, April 26, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Patti’s family.

The Funeral Service for Patti will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Cremation Service with Pastor Matt Collins officiating. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and will also be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

Patti was born February 23, 1948, in Wilmington, DE, the daughter of Verner “Dale” and Adaline Roselle Heller. On November 20, 1976, she married Edward A. Mulrooney III in New Castle, DE.

She was a homemaker.

She was of the Christian faith. She grew up with her family in the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes and Crematory in New Castle, DE. She enjoyed reading, painting, needle point, and crocheting. Most of all, she loved being a grandma.

Survivors include her husband, Ed; three children, Heather (Bradley) Mulrooney-Conway, Shannon (Michelle) Mulrooney, and Tara (Nick Matous) Mulrooney, all of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Aidan and Charles; one brother, Gary (Jane) Heller of New Castle, DE; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one nephew, Shawn Mulrooney.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

The family wishes to extend a thank you to Finley Hospital and Dubuque Fire Department and EMT Ambulance Paramedics.

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


 

Theresa Simon

Theresa “TC”, “Red” (Wiederholt) Simon, 61, of East Dubuque, died Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT of a stroke.

Visitation will be 8:30 am until 10:30 am, Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Theresa’s family.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Roberta will be 10:30 am, Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Steven Garner as the Celebrant.

Theresa was born August 27, 1959, in Dubuque, the daughter of Robert and Donna (Hohnecker) Wiederholt. On November 18, 1981, she married Roger Simon in Washington.

She graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 1977 and Clarke University in 2000.

Theresa was a financial assistant for the Dubuque Community YMCA.  She also worked at Albrecht Acres and AMACO.

Theresa loved gardening, especially her pumpkin patch, which she donated the pumpkins to the Y for the children to decorate.  She was a huge Fighting Saints Hockey fan and she loved to travel with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Simon of East Dubuque, IL; children, Andrew (Elizabeth) Simon of Dubuque, Amber (Nicholas) Heady of LeClaire, IA; grandchildren, Natalie Konzen, Logan Simon, Morgan Simon, Alexandria Simon, Nick Heady, Jr. and Zoey Simon; her parents, Robert and Donna Wiederholt of Dubuque; one sister, Rosalyn Langkamp of East Dubuque, IL; two brothers, Alan (Karen) Wiederholt of Honolulu, HI and Peter (Kelly) Wiederholt of O’Fallon, IL; numerous nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Roberta Wiederholt on March 26, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial contributions to your local YMCA or the charity of your choice.

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

Condolences sent to the family by visiting Theresa’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.


 

Roberta Wiederholt

Roberta “Doc Bert” Wiederholt, DVM, 57, of Chester, CA, died Friday, March 26, 2021, in Chico, CA as a result of a stroke.

Visitation will be 8:30 am until 10:30 am, Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements.  If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Roberta’s family.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Roberta will be 10:30 am, Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Holy Spirit Parish – Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Steven Garner as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque at a later date.

Roberta was born October 28, 1963, in Dubuque, the daughter of Robert R. and Donna (Hohnecker) Wiederholt.

She graduated from Dubuque Hempstead High School in 1982, Wartburg College in 1986 and Iowa State University with her Doctorate of Veterinarian Medicine in 1990.

Roberta loved horseback riding, singing the National Anthem at local rodeos, baking cheesecakes and giving back to her community.  She owned and operated Chester Veterinary Clinic for over 20 years.  Roberta loved caring for the animals and rescuing them.

Survivors include her parents, Robert R. and Donna Wiederholt of Dubuque; two sisters, Rosalyn Langkamp of East Dubuque, IL and Theresa (Roger) Simon of East Dubuque, IL; two brothers, Alan (Karen) Wiederholt of Honolulu, HI and Peter (Kelly) Wiederholt of O’Fallon, IL; eight nieces & nephews and 11 great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local animal shelter or humane society.

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

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


 

Nolan S. Hollaway

Nolan Scott Hollaway, age 13, of Guttenberg, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on April 19, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, in the loving arms of his mother.  To honor Nolan’s life, a private family service is being held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Nolan’s family.

Nolan arrived in this world on December 19, 2007, in Guttenberg, Iowa, the beautiful son of Scott and Susan (Anderson) Hollaway.  None of us were prepared for the challenges and blessings which would lie ahead, but we are forever grateful for each and every one of them.  Nolan virtually attended Clayton Ridge Middle School in Guttenberg. People seemed drawn to Nolan by his magnetic personality. He seemed to touch everyone he met. Nolan loved his family, friends, dogs, and camping in his big, big camper.  It’s impossible to put into words the true essence of love which Nolan possessed, but we know now that the world will definitely be a little darker without him.  Thank you, Nolan, for teaching us all what the truly valuable things in this life really are and may the Lord keep you at peace in His loving arms until we join you again one day.  God Bless You Nolan!

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Nolan include,

his loving parents,
Scott (Susan) Hollaway, Guttenberg, Iowa;

his grandparents,
Darlene Hollaway, Guttenberg, Iowa,
and Richard “Pop” (Sharon “Mimi”) Anderson, Port Charlotte, Florida;

his aunts and uncles,
Karen (Jimmy) Montgomery, Cortland, Illinois,
Jeff (Michelle) Anderson, Deerfield Beach, Florida,
and Nickie (Ken) Linbeck, Leaf River, Illinois;

his cousins,
Derek Montgomery, Andrew Montgomery, R.J. Hampton, Ryan Anderson, and Kaden Linbeck;

his devoted friends and caregivers,
Aunt Erin and Uncle B (Brian) Hall, Monticello, Iowa;

along with numerous extended family, friends, neighbors, and caregivers.

Nolan was preceded in death by his grandpa, John Hollaway.

Nolan’s family would like to thank his entire Care Team at the U of I, Dr. Jeffrey Hoffmann and his faithful team at home, Clayton Ridge School system, nurses and caregivers Julie, Nikki, Gma, Aunt Erin, and Uncle B.  We cannot begin to articulate just how grateful we are that the Lord brought all of you into our lives to walk alongside Nolan throughout his 13 years among us.  Your love, devotion, commitment, compassion, and sacrifices have delivered more love and light into our world than you could ever realize.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and may the Lord bless all of you for your kindnesses!

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


 

Jeanette L. (Summer) Gieseman

Jeanette L. “Janet” (Summer) Gieseman, 77, of Peosta, IA passed away on April 19, 2021 at MercyOne Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 23, 2021 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Rodney Allers officiating. Private family burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Wingville Township, WI.

Janet was born on August 1, 1943 in Epworth, IA the daughter of Leonard and Florence (Bonert) Summer. She attended St. Clements School, Bankston, IA; and retired from Dubuque Stamping Company as a Machinist in 2008.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and dancing, winning many dancing contests with her significant other, Bob, over the years.

She is survived by her children, Lisa (Wayne) Bergfeld, Bernard, IA, and their children Megan and Dylan Bergfeld; Jody (Sean) Williams, Cedar Falls, IA their son Connor Williams; Dan (Oksana) Gieseman, Ames, IA, and their son Leo Gieseman; daughter-in-law Julie Gieseman, and her daughter Kira Gieseman. She is also survived by her sisters: Carol Errthum, Magdalen Lopata, and Norma (Jim) Perry, along with many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Janet was preceded in death by: Her son Dean Gieseman; significant other, Robert Witzig; her brother, Kenneth (Elaine) Summer; Brothers-in-law Gill Lopata, Gene Hannan, and Allen Errthum.

A special thank-you to Finely Home-Care, Medical Associates, and Mercy One Staff for their love and care.


 

Lorraine M. (Mangler) Knief

Lorraine M. (Mangler) Knief, 90, of Bellevue, passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Mill Valley Care Center.  Funeral Service will be 11:00 am, Monday, April 26, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church in St. Donatus.  Visitation will be 10:00 am until service time on also on Monday at the church.  Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in St. Donatus.

Funeral Services will be livestreamed on St. Paul’s and St. John’s Lutheran Church in St. Donatus Facebook Page (facebook.com/StPaulsStJohns)

Please utilize facemasks during the services at church and respect social distancing due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Lorraine was born December 20, 1930 in Green Island, the daughter of Frank and Letha (Krumviede) Mangler.  She graduated from Bellevue Community High School in 1949 and worked as a switchboard operator after high school.  Lorraine married Verle L. Knief on April 11, 1951, he passed on July 29, 1996.  She raised her children, helped on the farm, and worked at Mill Valley Care Center for 25 years.  Lorraine enjoyed sewing, embroidery, playing cards, shuffleboard, and Statler Brothers music.  Verle and Lorraine also travel to the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota to see Lawrence Welk.

Survivors include her children, Jim (Jan) Knief , Gary Knief, Ron Knief, and Diane (Mike) Wallace; 5 grandchildren, Josh, Jeremy, Nicole (Willie) Hansen, Carrie, and Kenny (Lori); 5 great-grandchildren, Nathan, Abby, Alex, Kelsey, and Josie; 2 great-great grandchildren, Zoey and Dylan; sisters in-law, Donna (Willard) Felderman and Loreen Schoope; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter, Carolyn; 6 brothers; and 2 sisters.

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

If you are unable to attend services; memorial and condolences may be mailed to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home 100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, IA  52031 c/o Lorraine Knief family.

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


 

Judy A. Geistkemper

Judy Ann Geistkemper, 73, of Dyersville passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at her home. Her heart, overfilled with love, decided it was time to take a rest.

Visitation will be held from 2 – 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where American Legion Auxiliary will conduct a rosary at 4 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. The livestream link for Judy’s funeral is: https://youtu.be/CiZDC4d2AbA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2021, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with a committal service in the church cemetery. Private burial will be at a later date. Masks and social distancing at all events is encouraged.

Judy was born October 28, 1947, in Cascade, Iowa the daughter of Donald “Butch” and Lucille (Urbain) Healy of Placid. She married David Geistkemper on September 27, 1969, at St. Patrick Church in Epworth.

Judy worked at American Trust & Savings Bank before retiring. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially following the grandchildren with their events. She was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary and enjoyed volunteering at the Bingo sessions at Oak Crest Manor.

Survivors include her husband, Dave, children: Lisa (Scott) Spoden of Crystal Lake, IL, Jeff (Cheryl) Geistkemper of Solon, Doug (Kim) Geistkemper of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren: Tanner and Haley Spoden, Lauren and Ryan Geistkemper, Sofie, Lexi, Clover and Tallulah Geistkemper; siblings: Joyce McQuillen of Plattsmouth, NE and Jim (Shirley) Healy of Dubuque; in-laws: John Geistkemper of Earlville, Carol Grawe of Dubuque, Marilyn (Lyle) Andersen of Springville, Betty (Steve) Gassmann of Indianola, Jean (Jim) Woolf of Delhi, Joe (Barb) Geistkemper of Earlville, Tom (Nadina) Geistkemper of Blairstown and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law, Herman and Annetta Geistkemper,
in-laws: Tom McQuillen, Carla Geistkemper and Donald Grawe.

Judy’s family would like to thank Dr. Schreiber, Unity Point at Home, and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care.

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


 

Sister Helen Marie Macatee, BVM

Sister Helen Marie Macatee, BVM, 93, of The Gables, 1160 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, died Monday, April 19, 2021, at Mount Carmel Bluffs.

Sharing of Memories via Zoom will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Visitation in the Mary Frances Clarke Chapel will follow immediately until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Helen Marie was an elementary teacher in Fort Dodge and Muscatine, Iowa; Chicago; St. Louis; Hempstead and West Hempstead, N.Y.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., and North Hollywood and Santa Ana, Calif. She ministered as a secondary teacher at missions in Zimbabwe, Africa. She served the congregation as a nurse and a driver.

She was born on Sept. 11, 1927, in Hollywood, Calif., to Claude and Helen Schmitz Macatee. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1947, from Holy Trinity Parish, Los Angeles. She professed first vows on March 19, 1950, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Claude and Robert Macatee; sisters: Rose Marie Wilhelm, Margaret Macatee, Helen Schmitt, Lisbeth Anderson, Patricia Thompson and Gloria Macatee. She is survived by a brother Leonard Macatee, Anchorage, Alaska; a sister-in-law Barbara Macatee, Pahoa, Hawaii; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 73 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 and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, Iowa 52003 is in charge of arrangements.


 

Susan A. Hutton

I have lived a simple, but beautiful life. I was born in Council Bluffs on February 14, 1939, and my parents, Cleo (Al) and Ruth Robey, and my brother Doug loved and supported me through every up and occasional down of my life. My dad was quiet, smart, and loving, and he provided us with a great home. My mom always said I was his sweetheart – and not just on Valentine’s Day! My mom was under 5 feet tall, but was always the biggest personality in the room. She filled our home with energy and love. Doug was a few years older than me, but when we started our own families, we grew to be very close. Doug, his wife Ann, and their five kids always made “Aunt Susie” and my kids feel at home when we visited them in Omaha.

I met a handsome boy named Tom at Iowa State Teachers College where I earned my teaching certificate. We married in 1960 and moved to Marshalltown. I left my job teaching second grade in Eldora for the best job I ever had…being a mom. Craig was born in 1961, a year later Bruce was born, Brian a year after that, and Brent a year and a half after that. My boys and I spent a lot of time in the bleachers in the Elk Horn gym where Tom taught and coached girls’ basketball. My boys always wished for a sister when breaking wishbones, and in 1971 their wishes came true when Jill was born.

It was a lot of work feeding them, getting them ready for school and to all their activities, and breaking up the “occasional” fight, all while also working at Sunshine Preschool. I spent a lot more time in the bleachers watching them at football, basketball, and softball games, and listening to them at band and vocal concerts. But like I said, it was the best job I ever had.

My family grew quickly when my kids found the beautiful women who became my daughters-in-law and had kids of their own. Craig and Brenda (Bock) have five kids, Bruce and Dena (Heneke) have two boys, Brian and his first wife, Sue (Witt), have 3 kids, and Brian and Becky (Ince) have a girl. Brent and Shelly (Beauchamp) have two kids, and Jill has two girls. I adore my 5 great-grandkids and love that my kids stayed close to home so I can see everyone so often. Plus, I got to spend even more time in the bleachers, cheering on my grandkids. Susie (Witt) Hutton has kept in touch and I always enjoyed her visits and calls. I’m so happy that Jill found David Neuman, who I consider part of my family.

I’ve been so lucky to make close friends that filled my life with memories. Playing “crack the whip” with childhood friends on the ice-skating rink near my home in Council Bluffs. Singing in the girl’s pep club at Abraham Lincoln High School. Clowning around on the college campus. Laughing (loudly) around the table with the great friends I made when living in Elk Horn and stayed close with after we all moved away.
I taught at Sunshine Preschool for 35 years and remain friends with the amazing ladies who worked there. We shared a lot of laughs and a few crazy times behind the scenes. (Ask them about the goat story.) Know that I care for each of you deeply and cherish your friendship. Many of the Sunshine kids I taught are now friends who give me a hug and call me Grandma Sue. I made a lot of fantastic new friends working at Walmart for 29 years. They kept me young and entertained. Plus, I got to see everyone in town…because everyone shops at Walmart!

In the end, pancreatic cancer played the bad guy, and unlike in fairy tales, the heroine couldn’t be rescued. I appreciated all the cards, phone calls, visits and well wishes as I struggled with my illness. I’m sorry if I wasn’t great company towards the end, but you brightened even my darkest days and helped me remember better times.

In lieu of flowers, please do whatever you can to make a child’s day better. Volunteer at a local school or daycare. Hug your kids or call them and tell them you love them. Read a book to your grandkids. Donate to a charity that helps children get a better education, meals, or clothes. When you see my kids, please share a story they might not have heard. And plant some bubble gum petunias to brighten your home and think about me every time you water them.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 26, 2021, from 4 p.m.–7 p.m. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be on Tuesday, April 27 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa.
Face masks will be required. Please follow social distancing guidelines during the visitation and burial services.


 

Paul H. Saeugling

Paul Henry Saeugling, 85, of Dubuque Iowa, passed away on April 19, 2021 due to a brief illness. On his final day, he was surrounded by his children and his wife Julie, whom he adored more than anything else in the world.

After graduating from Guttenberg High School, he entered the military and served in the United States Marine Corps for 3 years (1953-1956). Paul was a Sergeant in the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Engineer Battalion and served in the Korean War. He married the love of his life, Julie Schweikert in Guttenberg, Iowa on April 25, 1959, and went on to have five children.

Paul is survived by his wife of 62 years, Julie (Schweikert) Saeugling; his children Anne Saeugling-Coke (Mike), David (Lori), James, Diane LaPier (Chris), and Rose Bakey; 6 grandchildren, Sean (Sarah), Aaron (Kim), Christopher (Amy), Anthony, Nicole, and Jacob; 4 great-grandchildren, Cameron, Clay, Skylar and Nevaeh, 2 brothers, Keith (Susie) and Clark; 2 sisters-in-law Shirley Saeugling and Mary Sue Weyant and many other nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Alma Saeugling, his brother Roger Saeugling, sister Mary Ann Saeugling, in-laws Hubert and Lorraine Schweikert, and brother-in-law Thomas Schweikert.

Private family service with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League will be at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Dubuque Marine Corps League in memory of Paul.


 

Cheryl Brock Loveless

“‘Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch…. a holy thing to love. For your life has lived in me, your laugh once lifted me, your word was a gift to me…”

Death came to Cheryl (Cheri) Brock Loveless on April 21, 2021. For 64 years she lived with intention, regarded her family as her greatest treasure, loved her husband madly, and immersed herself in deep friendships while working for change.

A visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Friday, April 23, 2021 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. If you are not feeling well or are unable to attend, we encourage you to visit www.hskfhcares.com to send a message to Cheri’s family. A Memorial Service for Cheri will be 10:30 am, Saturday, April 24, 2021 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street, Dubuque with Rev. Stephanie Schlimm officiating. Masks are required, and we ask that you please respect our current social distancing requirements. The service will be live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and St. Luke’s website, www.stlukesdbq.org and will be available to view later at www.hskfhcares.com.

She was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa on June 6th , 1956. She grew up with her parents and two siblings, in a small neighborhood filled with children. Both of her grandparents lived in the same town and added to the stable experience of childhood. She moved to Washington, IA after High School graduation where she met the love of her life, Mike Loveless, and married him within a year. As she told her Dad before her wedding day…” he didn’t have to worry about walking her down the church aisle… because she was going to run!” She learned much from Mike’s family and living in a small farming community. Here she became a Hawkeye fan and enjoyed football and basketball with her husband. They started a family together with Alison Christine and Morgan Elizabeth being born to them- and the girls taught them how to become parents. They made the greatest lasting family friends in the Washington area. Following the Farm Crisis of the 1980’s, they sold their Allis Chalmers’ Agriculture business- begun by Mike’s family-and moved to Dubuque, IA.

They arrived in Dubuque in 1990 at the beginning of the renaissance of this great river community. Their pastor in Washington had advised them to visit the “old church” downtown. They did and quickly became members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Raising their children in a new home became easier as they participated in their church community through mission work, service to the community, and later, after their daughter became a teacher, mentoring at Prescott Elementary school.

Mike and Cheri began their own business in 1999, Loveless Tri-State Insurance. Over the past 20 years they have had the privilege of serving their clients and growing a business from scratch. In 2017, Cheri completed a 3-year program in La Crosse, WI and became a Spiritual Director. Being born with a love for people and their stories, this seemed a natural fit. Through this process, Cheri formed special friendships with Sister Ginny and Sister Marci.

Cheri said: “Leaving this world for a new adventure seems a little premature…but we will all die. I have lived a charmed life filled with the sweetest essence of what matters. I am so thankful for the people I have met, the laughter we have shared, and have hope for the changes we may see again. I believe that goodness will prevail. I pray that All people will matter, All love will be valued, and the Hawkeyes will win the FCS Bowl Championship series in my husband’s lifetime!

I’ve left you in good stead…because our daughters are in the world along with our 5 beautiful grandchildren. My husband will continue to be their guide and love. For all those of you who helped our family in this long journey of cancer…we are thankful – because you helped me heal, get back on my feet again, keep going, and remain faithful. The journey was so worth it!”

Please take care of my family… Michael Loveless, Alison (Bill) Hutchins, Morgan (Corey) Lansing, Maddie Roling, Sophie Hutchins, Aiden Artist, Everett and Maelyn Lansing. My Mom, Marcy (Bill) Ryan of Port Charlotte, FL, my brother Denny (wife Denny) Brock of Ankeny, IA, sister Toni Zeigler of Slidell, LA and her love Darrell. Butch and Linda (Loveless) Reber of Sun Lakes, AZ and our beautiful extended family and dear friends of a lifetime, especially my besties and our Friday Night Group. Share a story…remember when…remind each other of all the fun we had and how we lived. Most of all…take care of each other, be a good friend, and look out for those who are standing along the margins of life. It is our purpose to invite them in to be a part of the group.

I am most thankful for Dr. Christian Schultheis-formerly of Dubuque, IA and presently at the Mission Cancer and Blood Center in Des Moines, IA. Christian has loved and cared for our family so personally. Everyone should feel so blessed by their physician. Also, a deep gratitude for Hospice of Dubuque, specifically Nurse Betsy, Social Worker Jenny, and Receptionist Lori. This group of people are evidence of angels on earth. And love to Pastor Stephanie Schlimm of St. Luke’s for her abiding faith, listening skills, and demonstration of compassion and love. Be Well.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Cheri’s memory to the following: Jesus Fund (A food voucher program at St. Luke’s UMC, Dubuque), Hospice of Dubuque, or a gift to the Avery Foundation (a local foundation that assists those affected by cancer).

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

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


 

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