Doris Weis
Doris Weis

Doris Weis

Doris O. Weis, 89, of Maquoketa, passed away on Friday evening, Feb. 16, 2018, at Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Doris will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 2:30 p.m. Cremation will follow the service and a private burial will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, at a later date.

Doris O. Jessen was born March 31, 1928, in Maquoketa to Hans and Lulu (Taylor) Jessen. She was a 1945 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Marvin J. Weis on July 7, 1948, in Maquoketa.

Doris was a homemaker and had worked for Howard Woods at Iowa Production Credit Association in Maquoketa as a secretary and office assistant for several years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, the Joinerville Boat Club and the Maquoketa Garden Club.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Marvin J. Weis of Maquoketa; many nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy Davis of Metairie, La., Coletta Littell of Eldridge, Iowa, and Velma and Dale Hovey of Maquoketa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Francis Wygie Jessen and Arlene Duhme.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Doris O. Weis memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Lynn Disney
Lynn Disney

Lynn Disney

Lynn L. Disney, 85, of Grinnell, Iowa, and formerly of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 17, 2018, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell, Iowa.

A celebration of Lynn’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, where a 6:45 p.m. Masonic service will be held. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Lynn Lamont Disney was born on Jan. 4, 1933, in Wellman, Iowa, to Lester and Opal (Green) Disney. He was a 1950 graduate of Wellman High School then received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in education from Iowa Wesleyan University in 1954. He then received his Master’s in 1963 from the University of Iowa, with additional postgraduate studies being done at Western Illinois University, University of Northern Iowa and Bemidji State College. He also enlisted in the Army Reserves serving for nine years. 

He married his college sweetheart, Norma J. Topp, on June 26, 1955, in Radcliffe, Iowa, and to this union two children were born: Brian and Rhonda. 

Lynn spent more than 40 years in education serving as an instructor, coach and administrator. He taught his first nine years at Keota, Keswick and Ainsworth. In August 1963 he began a 32-year career with the Maquoketa Community School District. From 1969 to 1983 he was the assistant principal at the Maquoketa Middle School, and from 1983 until retiring in 1995 he served as the principal. Lynn and Norma also owned and operated “Disney’s Shoe Barn” in Maquoketa for seven years.

Through the years Lynn had served on many educational and community boards, some of which included the Maquoketa Education Association serving as a past president; Iowa Education Association; School Administrators of Iowa Area IX; Maquoketa Masonic Helion Lodge #36 AF & AM, serving as a past Master; and First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

Lynn enjoyed serving on committees, showing horses, playing any card game especially Euchre, fishing, hunting, boating, golfing, and attending his grandchildren’s activities.

Those left to honor Lynn’s memory include his children, Brian (Bonnie) Disney of State Center, Iowa, and Rhonda (Galyn) Gohlmann of Grinnell, Iowa; four grandchildren, Joseph (Brittni) Disney, David Disney, and Teresa Disney, and Trey Gohlmann; two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Brody; a sister, Loretta (Don) Gardner of Washington, Iowa; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, David and Carole Topp of Radcliffe, Iowa, and Mary Lou Topp of Hubbard, Iowa. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Ray; and his wife, Norma, on May 13, 2010.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lynn L. Disney memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

Robert Eberhart
Robert Eberhart

Robert Eberhart

Robert J. Eberhart, 85, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Assumption Catholic Church in Charlotte. Visitation was from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the church. A rosary was recited at 2:30 p.m. before the visitation. Burial was in the Assumption Cemetery. Casket bearers were his grandsons. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be left at www.papefh.com.

Robert was born July 23, 1932, in Charlotte. He was the third child of 10 born to Albert and Rosa (Voss) Eberhart. As a youngster, he moved to the Joe R. Brown farm “because Ma had too many mouths to feed.” There he helped with chores and attended school in Charlotte, often riding one of Joe’s horses to school.

In 1953 he served in the United States Army and was a member of the 630th Engineers Light Equipment Company. He was honorably discharged in 1955 as a Korean War veteran. After his return from the military, he was united in marriage to Agnes M. Hammond on a snowy April 7, 1956, at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, Clinton. She preceded him in death on Sept. 11, 2013. Together they farmed several years and raised five children. 

Robert eventually found his way into the fertilizer business working for Standard Oil. In 1969 he accepted the management position of a newly constructed fertilizer plant built in the middle of a corn field west of Preston, Iowa. Throughout the years he continued to manage the business as it changed ownership several times until 1985, when Robert purchased the business now known as Eberhart Farm Center.

He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church and the Jackson County Horse and Harness Association. He was an avid fan and attended hundreds of his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. He loved spending time outdoors gardening, fishing, tending to his team of Percheron horses Mike and Tom, and woodworking in his shop, all the while enjoying the opportunity to smoke his pipe. 

In his later years he spent his time playing cards and watching his favorites: Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, old westerns and the RFD channel. Most of all he loved sharing conversation with friends and family, always reminiscing with an amusing story.

Left to cherish Robert’s memory are his children, Lyle (Kristy) Eberhart of DeWitt, Craig (Lori) Eberhart of DeWitt, Nina (Kevin) Hoffman of Charlotte, John (Karen) Eberhart of Charlotte, and Charles (Jill) Eberhart of Goose Lake; grandchildren, Erin (Tony) Meyermann, Michael (Jana) Eberhart, Amanda Eberhart, Ross Eberhart, Alex Eberhart, Kyle (Jessica Spooner) Hoffman, Jared Hoffman, Levi Hoffman, Megan (Ryan) Johnson, Shaun Eberhart, Rachael (Brent) Blanchard, Brady Eberhart, Libby Eberhart, and Tanner Eberhart; nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Alice Butt, Mary (Wesley) Witt, Rose (Jerry) O’Meara, Helen Burken, Janet (Don) Parker and Joe (DaVonne) Eberhart; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Joyce Eberhart, Darlene (Lawrence) Lehmkuhl; and brother-in-law, Robert (Pam) Hammond. He is also survived by his beloved caregivers, Carla Larson and Jan Farrell, and his extended family at Clover Ridge Assisted Living in Maquoketa, Iowa.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Agnes; his parents; and his brothers, Bill, Walt, and Earl.

Arlene Hager
Arlene Hager

Arlene Hager

Arlene H. Hager, 88, of Bellevue, died Saturday morning, Feb. 17, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue. Visitation for Arlene was Tuesday evening from 4-7 p.m. at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue and again Wednesday morning from 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Arlene was born June 13, 1929, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Matthew and Julia (Kilburg) Michel. She married Orville Hager Aug. 23, 1951, in Springbrook. 

Arlene spent most of her life on the farm. She was a hard worker. Whether she was doing chores, gardening, cooking or cleaning, she seemed to have endless energy. Even the past couple of years she felt she had to somehow participate in lawn work or shoveling snow, against her family’s wishes, of course. 

Arlene was simple. She was never one to see value in things, just people. She never wanted to burden anyone, yet was always looking to be helpful to others any way she could. Arlene’s family meant the world to her. She was known for her homemade applesauce. She always made sure she sent the grandchildren home with a fresh batch.

Those left to honor her memory include her three children, Diane (Larry) Frett of Maquoketa, Darrell Hager of Bellevue and Brenda Hager of Dubuque; two grandchildren, Steven (Jamie) Frett and David (Tara) Frett; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Michel and Bernard “Bun” (Darlene) Michel; five sisters, Alverda Heiar, Helen Zeimet, Marian Kloft, Bernadine Hartung and Carma (Lloyd) Frank.

Arlene is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Herman; and three sisters, Dolores Heiar, Sr. Mary Matthew Michel and Alvina Stillmunkes.

Robert Henningsen
Robert Henningsen

Robert Henningsen

Robert W. Henningsen, 86, of Preston, Iowa, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, surrounded by his family. 

A funeral Mass was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Preston. Burial was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Preston. Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 18, from 3-7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. 

All memorials will be donated to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Preston Fire Department, Preston Ambulance Service, and Shriner’s Hospital. 

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

Robert was born Oct. 7, 1931, in Preston, the son of Bert and Katie (Trenkamp) Henningsen. Robert spent much of his childhood riding with his father, Bert, hauling cattle. At age 11, Robert received his first ticket while driving his dad’s semi. At age 14 he drove his first semi-load of cattle alone to the Chicago Stockyards. For years, he made countless trips to Chicago. Many of the trips were triple-headers (back to back to back). 

Upon graduation from high school, Robert drove truck for his father. On one of his trips in 1961, the semi he was driving was struck by a train while entering the Stone Gate at the Chicago Stockyards. He was uninjured. 

In 1967 Robert and his brother, Hans, bought their father’s trucking company to form Henningsen Brothers Trucking. In 1970 Robert purchased the Oscar Meyer Buying Station in Preston and renamed it Preston Order Buyers. Whenever his many friends and customers would come to the buying station, the kids were always given bubble gum and the adults were offered their choice of whiskey or peppermint. Robert worked hard and enjoyed every day of running his businesses and retired at the age of 77.

Robert graduated from Preston High School Class of 1950. He was a four-year member of the men’s baseball and basketball teams. Robert led the basketball team to two consecutive Jackson County championships and a first-place finish in the Jackson County Conference Tournament. He received honorable mention on the All-State team his junior and senior years. 

While in high school, if a bus driver was needed, the principal would get Robert out of class to drive the school bus. He would many times get out of school, drive a load of cattle to Chicago, and return in time for class the next morning.

On Sept. 6, 1952, Robert married Phyllis Meyer. They had three children - Gail, David and Daniel.

Robert enjoyed many hobbies that included playing poker, fishing, boating, camping, hunting, going on trail-rides, golfing, and often visiting the area bars and pubs. His many travels included trips to Alaska, California to visit his Henningsen cousins, Yellowstone, Washington D.C to see his sister Pat, visiting his brother Jim and sister Donna, and Oklahoma to visit his son David and family. In his later years, Robert often took his dog, Buddy, for long walks on the Preston Bike Trail. 

Robert was a very kind, giving, and generous person. He frequently visited friends in nursing homes and hospitals and attended pancake breakfasts and benefits. He was always there to help people in need.

He was a member of the Preston Fire Department, the Preston Saddle Club, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Preston, and a past Preston city councilman. 

Robert is survived by his children, Gail (James) Feller of Preston, David (Wendy) Henningsen of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Daniel (Kelly) Henningsen of Preston; grandchildren, Jason (Casey) Feller, Valerie (Brad) Boeckenstedt, Derek Feller (Kaitlyn Carpenter), Jacob Henningsen, Brooke (Adrian) Cook, Brittney (Mitch) Stephens, Gena Henningsen, Emily Henningsen, and Zach Henningsen; great-grandchildren, Brady Griebel, Payton Griebel, Jaxon Feller, Isabelle Cook, Gavin Stephens, and Gabriel Stephens. He is also survived by five brothers and sisters, Donna Senecal of Kansas, Elaine (Gerald) Smithson of Preston, Jack “Hans” (Judy) Henningsen of Preston, Patricia (Dick) Overton of Virginia, and James Henningsen of Florida.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Tom Senecal.

Robert’s children thank Mill Valley Nursing Home, Eagle Point Skilled Care, Big Meadows Nursing Home, and the physicians and nurses at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa for the care that was given to their dad.

Robert enjoyed a long and healthy life, and lived every day to its fullest. One of the last things he said was, “I have had a good life – I pretty much did whatever I wanted to do, whenever I wanted to do it.” Above all else, he loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Larry Browne
Larry Browne

Larry Browne

Larry Lee Browne, 81, of Lost Nation, passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at his home in Lost Nation, Iowa.

A memorial service was held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation. Burial will be held at a later date at Smithtown Cemetery in rural Lost Nation. Arrangements are in care of Lahey & Dawson Funeral Service, Lost Nation.

Larry was born April 9, 1936, in Clinton, Iowa, to Roger William and Florence Irene (Kankel) Browne. He attended and graduated from Lost Nation High School. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Connie K. Holtz, April 2, 1955, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation. He hauled grain as a truck driver and was a farmer.

He was a member of Union Presbyterian Church and was a Cub Scout and 4-H leader. He loved to attend baseball and basketball games. Larry was a very social person and would strike up a conversation with whomever he saw. He enjoyed shooting pool and was a jack of all trades.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Connie; children, Sheree Segebert of Decorah, Randy (Cheryl) Browne of Pella, Mark (Chuck Cook) Browne of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Carole Browne of Fort Collins, Col.; and brother Paul (Cheryl) Browne of Greeley, Col.

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Chuck.

Memorials may be directed to Camp Wyoming in Larry’s honor.

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

Leonard Wynkoop
Leonard Wynkoop

Leonard Wynkoop

Leonard H. Wynkoop, 91, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Clarence Nursing Home in Clarence, Iowa.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, with a celebration of life service beginning at 7 p.m. A private burial will be held at a later date from Cady Cemetery, rural Wyoming, Iowa.

Leonard Henry Wynkoop was born Oct. 31, 1926, in DeWitt, Iowa, to Bernice (Quick) and Leonard Henry Wynkoop, Sr. He was raised by his paternal grandparents, Wallace and Amelia Wynkoop. He was a graduate of Delmar High School where he met the love of his life, Phyllis Jane Sleeper. They were married June 15, 1947, in Delmar, Iowa, and to this union five children were born: Marianne, Brenda, Susan, Todd, and Timm.

Leonard was a farmer all his life and was known as “Scoop” by many of his friends. In Delmar, he also worked as a butcher. He moved his family to Wyoming, Iowa, in 1958, and later to what became the family farm. He also worked part-time for 25 years at the United Livestock Sale Barn in Maquoketa. After “retiring” as a dairy farmer, he raised and sold registered Paint horses and Boer goats.

Leonard and Jane were lifetime members of the Baldwin Saddle Club. He was also a member of the Wyoming United Methodist Church and the Cedar Valley Coonhunters. They were both very involved in community projects and they made a difference.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Jane Wynkoop of Clarence; three daughters, Marianne (Vern) Oepping of Estes Park, Colo., Brenda Degner of Muscatine, Iowa, and Susan Hellmer of Plymouth, Wis.; two sons, Todd Wynkoop (Sue) of Clarence and Timm Wynkoop (Lori) of Oxford Junction, Iowa; grandchildren, Mark (Jean) Tasker and their children Hunter and Evan; Michelle Tasker; Angela (Jay) Degner-Tuffing; Matt (Tiffany) Degner and their children Emily Degner, and sons Tyler and Trevor Miller; Travis (Jessica) Hellmer; Stacey (Riley) Williams; Lacey Wynkoop; Lindsey Wynkoop; Tara (Steve) Weir and their children Chloe, Cooper, Keegan and Kaitlynn; Dana (Jeramie) Ellefson and their children Jordyn and Payton; and Erin (Nick) Brus and their children Mason and Noah. Also surviving is Leonard’s aunt “Auntie” Evelyn Griebel.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and paternal grandparents. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Wyoming Betterment Committee, Wyoming Museum, Midland Fire Department or Ambulance Service, or the Wyoming Library.

Leonard’s family express their appreciation to all the staff at Clarence Senior Living for their loving and compassionate care of Leonard.

Leave condolences online at www.carsonandson.com.

Bertha Goettler
Bertha Goettler

Bertha Goettler

Bertha Goettler, 102, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue.

A funeral service for Bertha will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at St. John Lutheran Church. A visitation will be held Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue and again Friday morning from 9:30-10 a.m. at the church.

Bertha was born in Waco, Nebraska, on March 15, 1915. She moved with her parents and siblings to Illinois a few years later where she spent her early years.

She graduated from Cissna Park High School and attended nurses training in Sioux City, Iowa, where she received her registered nursing degree. She worked as a nurse in California, Iowa and Illinois. 

She met her husband William in Chicago where they were married and lived for several years before moving to Iowa. Bertha worked both as a private-duty and floor nurse at Finley Hospital in Dubuque and Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa where she became the medical floor supervisor.

After retirement, she and William traveled in Europe and the Middle East. She and William also traveled in the United States and Canada on extensive camping trips.

In later years, Bertha again traveled to Europe with a tour group and later a safari trip to South Africa. She loved photography and captured many outstanding pictures on her travels.

Bertha spent many hours in her flower garden, delighting in the admiring comments from Bellevue residents who walked by her yard in the spring and summer. She was active in church and community activities, one of which was her participation in the Butterfly Garden at Bellevue State Park.

At Mill Valley Care Center, where she resided most recently, she took up painting and knitting. 

Bertha has completed her earthly mission and joined her Lord and Savior and is now with her departed family members and friends in heaven.

Her survivors include her son, William (Mary Ann) Goettler, and daughter Judith (David) Krause; grandchildren Jennifer (John) Beckman, Jon (Jenn) Goettler, Drew (Leslie-Sanchez) Goettler; step-granddaughters Rachelle (Brent) Sharrer, Aysha (Rob) Hall, and step-grandson Charles (Kayte) Emery; great-grandchildren Jameson and William Beckman, Ethan and Evan Goettler, Jordan and Sophia Goettler, Ben, Nick and Kate Sharrer, Graycen and Emma Hall, and Morgan and Corwin Emery; niece Karen Niebuh; and nephew Norman Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her father, Christian Koester; her mother, Eliza (Hoppman) Koester; and five siblings. Her husband, William, preceded her in 1989.

The family extends a special thank-you to Mill Valley Care Center and Hospice of Jackson County.

Memorials may be made to Bremwood Residential Treatment, Waverly, Iowa, and the American Cancer Society.

Gwendola Till
Gwendola Till

Gwendola Till

Gwendola Mary Till, 90, of Maquoketa, put all her eggs in one basket and gave the basket to God. That is how she lived her entire life, trusting in the Lord. 

On Saturday, Feb. 10, Gwendola received her angel wings. She will be honored with a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. A visitation is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, also at the church, with the rosary at 1:30. Burial will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Andrew.

Born Jan. 22, 1928, the eldest of 13 children, to Arnold and Clara (Weis) Steines of Springbrook, Iowa, Gwendola learned the importance of hard work and prayer. As a young girl she loved school and was even promoted several grades within a single school year. Even though she had looked forward to high school, she did not have the opportunity to attend, as she was needed at home to help with farm chores and household work, and to help care for her younger siblings. 

After World War II and having lived through the depression, Gwendola fell in love with and married Merlin Till of Andrew on June 14, 1949. Together they farmed near Andrew, milking cows, growing corn and hay, and raising beef, chickens and their 14 children. 

Not only was Gwendola “book” smart, she had common sense. She used her organizational and multi-tasking skills every day as she raised her large family.

Gwendola truly enjoyed being a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Andrew. She wasn’t just an active member, she was part of its heartbeat. In addition to serving on Rosary Society, parish council and as a circle leader, she sang in the choir and taught religion class for many years. Her faith was evident in the many people’s lives she touched, teaching them about Christ’s love as they joined the Catholic community. For more than 60 years, Gwendola led the rosary before Sunday morning mass.

Gwendola’s example of God’s love impacted the lives of so many people, including her 14 children, Arnold (Sharon) of Camanche, Kenneth (Karin) of Maquoketa, Cletus (Anna) of Bellevue, Allan (Karen) of Maquoketa, Barbara (Loras) Deppe of Bellevue, Judy (John) Schaefer of Preston, Stephen (Lori) of Springbrook, Thomas (JoDee) of Dyersville, Mary (Kevin) Rupp of Maquoketa, Diane (Gary) DeVilbiss of Ossian, Jeff of Bellevue, Rick (Dawn) of Casselberry, Florida, Ruth (Terry) Beek of Bellevue, and Carolyn (Joe) Kilburg of Lisbon.

Gwendola is blessed with 40 grandchildren, Becky, Paula, Peter, Travis, Lance, Rhonda, Rachael, Tina, Tiffany, Mike, Matt, Marissa, Mark, Nichelle, Jessalyn, Ben, Jessica, Jill, Jamie, Faith, Brittany, Jolynn, Katelynn, Trevyn, Trenae, Trenessa, Mikael, Jennika, Jayden, Kennidee, Paxten, Wylee, Sofia, Jordan, Allison, Alex, Conrad, McKenna, Kaden and Kiah. She has 38 great-grandchildren with another due in April; and one great-great-grandchild.

Gwendola is also survived by two brothers, Roger (Jan) Steines of Springbrook and Larry (Patti) Steines of Dubuque; and eight sisters, Betty (Dick) Fleege of Summerfield, Florida, Iona (Harold) Koppes of Dubuque, Sister Shirley Steines of Lamberton, Minnesota, Marlene Steines of Aurora, Colorado, Mary Jo (Gary) Beohm of Ankeny, and Kelma (Bob) Michels, Darlene Sieverding, and Bonnie Charboneau, all of Bellevue.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Merlin, who passed away in 1999, and a special little great-grand-angel Addilynn Brockmeyer will welcome Gwendola into heaven. Also preceding her in death are her brother, Merrice Steines and his wife Phyllis; sister Madonna McCloy and her husband Joe; sisters-in-law Shirley Monner and Darlene Kilburg and her husband Norman; and brothers-in-law Ray Charboneau, Tom Sieverding and Lavern Till.

Gwendola’s family is extremely thankful to Hospice of Jackson County for all their care and compassion for the past six months. Arrangements are through Hachmann Funeral Home in Bellevue.

Esther Dosland
Esther Dosland

Esther Dosland

Esther Dosland, 100, of Lost Nation passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation. A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9 -10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Burial will be at the Lost Nation Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of Lahey & Dawson Funeral Service, Lost Nation. 

Esther was born on Nov. 26, 1917 to Edward and Mary (Widemann) Huebbe in Clinton County. She attended Calamus Schools and graduated in 1936. She married Raymond Lewis Dosland on June 15, 1938 in Clinton County.  

Esther was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. She enjoyed sewing and cooking. She spent much of her time in her kitchen and was an excellent baker and always had goodies for whomever would stop to visit. 

Those left to cherish her memories are her two children, Clay Dosland of Wyoming, Marty (Donna) Dosland of Lost Nation, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond, daughter-in-law Sherry, sister Anna and a brother Duane. 

Memorials may be directed to Esther’s family in her honor.

Online condolences may be left at www.laheys.com

Gary Tracy
Gary Tracy

Gary Tracy

Gary Tracy, 76, of Maquoketa. passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. 

His funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. A visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 11, from 2-5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial with military rights will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Maquoketa. Arrangements are in care of Lahey & Dawson Funeral Service, Maquoketa. 

Gary Dean was born April 30, 1941, in Baldwin, Iowa, to Thelman and Vera Alberta (Edwards) Tracy. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1958. After graduating he faithfully and honorably served in the United States Army for three years. He farmed most of his life on his home farm in rural Baldwin. 

Gary was united in marriage to the love of his life, Joyce Hughes, on July 24, 1967, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. In 1991 they purchased TnT Dynamite Cone Shop in Maquoketa where for 17 years he enjoyed visiting with anyone who came in and giving away many ice cream cones to children. He was a seeds salesman and district supervisor for Fontanelle Hybrids Seeds for over 20 years. 

After retiring they spent their winters in Arizona. Gary was someone who very much enjoyed life and living life through others lives, he would stop with a smile and a laugh to visit with anyone he saw while out and about in his Jeep with his sidekick Harley. He enjoyed playing golf, riding his trike, playing Dirty Board, attending the casino and tinkering with his antique John Deere tractors. Over the years he taught many people how to drive vehicles, motorcycles and tractors. His grandchildren were the light of his life, and he often attended any school functions they were involved in.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 50 years, Joyce of Maquoketa; two children, Brian (Patti) Tracy of Wyoming and Tara (Mitch) Michel of Baldwin; three grandchildren, Cody Tracy, Sidney Michel, Grant Michel; a close niece, Jo Dee Tracy of Maquoketa; and five siblings, Dylon Tracy of Maquoketa, Ronald (Kay) Tracy of Maquoketa, JoAnn Sikes of Texas, Carol Jean Klinefelter of Clinton, and Mary Jo Williams of Maquoketa; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Harley. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Mitch Higgins.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be left to Gary’s family in his honor. 

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

Janet Howell
Janet Howell

Janet Howell

Janet D. Howell, 65, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side at 5:51 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Janet Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Janet Denise Horkheimer was born Feb. 21, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Edwin and Irene (Broadhead) Horkheimer. She grew up in Dubuque and married Dennis Howell Aug. 16, 1969; they had three children together. They later divorced in 1991.

Janet worked for several years at DynaGear, Hoof, Wady’s and Pacific Coast Feather Factory. She enjoyed fishing, puzzles, reading, playing dice and cards, and spending time with her grandchildren and three boys.

She is survived by her three boys, Jeffrey (Danielle) Howell of Maquoketa, Duane (Dana) Howell of Maquoketa, and Jeromy (Brandi) Howell of Maquoketa; 11 grandchildren, Meagan, Taylan (Katelynn), Kansas, Theresa, Aubrey, Alison, Tinsley, Marcus, Tayden and Teagyn; her siblings, John (Carol) Horkheimer of Dubuque, Paul (Judy) Horkheimer of Dubuque, and Mary Wharton of Dubuque; many nieces and nephews; and her aunts and uncles, Doris Parr of Soldiers Grove, Wis., Helen (Donnie) Parr of Viroqua, Wis., George (LuAnn) Broadhead of Wisconsin, Jim (Liz) Broadhead of Wisconsin, Darrel Broadhead of Wisconsin, and Eustace Horkheimer of Michigan. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; nephew, Jimmy Wharton; granddaughters, Averee, Olivia and Gabriella Howell; and special friend, Dave Leibfried.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Janet D. Howell memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Barbara Anderson
Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson

Barbara S. Anderson, 68, of Preston, Iowa, passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston. Burial will take place in Preston Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4 – 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston. Memorials may be given to St. John’s, Susan G. Komen Dept. 41831 P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Friends and family are invited to share in Barb’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Barb was born July 8, 1949, in Iowa City, the daughter of John Fredrick and Lois (Billings) Boeye. She attended Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Iowa and graduated with the Class of 1967. After high school, Barb attended the University of Iowa where she received her Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree in 1972. While attending college, Barb met the love of her life Kenneth Anderson and they married on June 17, 1972. They celebrated 45 years of marriage. Barb and Ken owned and operated Anderson Pharmacy in Preston for 41 years.

Barb was a Girl Scout all her life and held many positions including Grants Farm Day Camp Director in Preston. She was a member of the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston. She was also very active in the Preston community. Barb was a two-time cancer survivor. She enjoyed cooking, reading, doing a daily crossword puzzle and attending Iowa Hawkeye football games. Barb cherished the time she spent with her friends and family.

Barb will be dearly missed by husband Ken; two daughters, Jennifer (John) Lane of Williamsburg, Iowa, Wendy (Erik) Aanonson of Bondurant, Iowa; grandchildren, Annalissa, Sam Lane, Jaycie, Natalie Aanonson; brothers, Bill (Jenny) Boeye of Red Oak and Bob (Peggy) Boeye of Red Oak. 

Barb was preceded in death by her parents.

Rodney Benedix
Rodney Benedix

Rodney Benedix

Rodney E. “Rod” Benedix, 62, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A celebration of Rod’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Rodney Eugene Benedix was born on Oct. 5, 1955, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Dale Eugene and Dolores Virginia (Wendel) Benedix.  Rod was a 1973 graduate of Moville, Iowa, High School and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1977 and his music endorsement from Loras College in Dubuque in 1992. He married Rebecca Ann Conry on July 28, 1979, in Moville, Iowa and they had two children, Ashley Ann-Marie and Katherine JoAnn. 

Rod first worked as the K-5 Elementary Music Instructor for the Midland Community Schools from 1992 to 1998. He then became the 6th through 8th grade Vocal Music Instructor for Maquoketa Community Schools from 1998 to 2014. 

Rod was of the Lutheran faith being baptized on Nov. 27, 1955, in Correctionville, Iowa, and confirmed on May 4, 1969, in Holstein, Iowa. He had been a longtime member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa where he had served as a part-time organist from 1983 to 2017. He had also been a former member of the Iowa State Education Association and the Iowa Choral Directors Association.

Rod loved his family and especially loved giving presents at Christmas and birthdays. He especially enjoyed cooking Thanksgiving dinner with his Aunt Katherine for 20 years, having lunch with Katie, always knowing that Ashley had his back, watching Becky change the decorating in the house each and every holiday, taking his mom out to lunch at Red Lobster and shopping with her at Younkers, and family time with his girls.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Rebecca “Becky” Benedix of Maquoketa, IA; daughters, Ashley Ann-Marie Benedix of Beaver Dam, WI, and Katherine JoAnn Benedix of Marion, IA; his mother Dolores Benedix of Moville, IA; brothers, Steven Benedix of Renton, WA, Kelly (Suzanne) Benedix of Moville, IA, and Brian (Rochelle Ehlers) Benedix of Moville, IA; sisters, Lisa (Eric) Hunter of Federal Way, WA, and Kimberly (Alberto) Laureano of Temple, TX; step-mother-in-law, Joyce Conry of Orange City, IA; brother-in-law, Dennis (Rita) Conry of Moville, IA; sisters-in-law, Leanna Bottger of Moville, IA, and Janette Conry of West Des Moines, IA; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and special canine granddogs, Cali and Betsy; and grandcat, Tigger.  

He was preceded in death by his father Dale Benedix, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and Shirley Conry, maternal grandparents Emile and Ida Wendel, paternal grandparents Fred and Marie Benedix, and numerous aunts and uncles.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Rodney E. “Rod” Benedix memorial fund has been established with funds being divided toward the following: a scholarship for a Maquoketa High School graduate who is a continuing vocal music major, First Lutheran Church Choir fund, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Moville, Iowa, toward the kitchen fund.

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

Beverly Puccio
Beverly Puccio

Beverly Puccio

Beverly Ann Swank Puccio, 42, of Maquoketa, died Dec. 3, 2017 in her home in Dubuque. 

A remembrance potluck luncheon will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Pentecostal Church, 401 S. Niagara St., Maquoketa.

Beverly was born Feb. 4, 1975, the daughter of Garry R. and Rose M. (Ealy) Swank in Maquoketa.

She is survived by her children, Fabian Eric Swank, Brittany Joe Heidersheit, Dean James Hastings Jr., and Deanna Marie Heidersheit; sisters, Naomi (Mark) Dague, Violettia (James) Dague, and Carrie Lynn Swank Loper; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

She was preceded in death by three aunts; four uncles; a son, Daniel James Hastings; significant other, Dean James Hastings Sr.

Gloria Fuller
Gloria Fuller

Gloria Fuller

Gloria Ann Fuller, 89, of DeWitt, Iowa, and formerly of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Jan. 28, 2018, at West Wing Place in DeWitt.

Family and friends may gather from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a service will be held at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Lilliam Daniels officiating. Burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Gloria was born April 20, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Elza (Collins) Adams. She married Raymond “Ike” Fuller in 1945; he preceded her in death in 1987. Gloria enjoyed doing crafts and bowling, but mostly she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her four children, Randy (Cindy) Fuller of DeWitt, Robin (Bob) Ambrosy of Dubuque, Connie (Mike) Yarolem of Maquoketa, and Scott (Kim) Fuller of Dubuque; 19 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; her brother, Ronnie (Sandy) Adams; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond; her daughter, Christine Ann Fuller, in 1974; her grandson, Brian Fuller in 2009; and her sister, Helen, in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established.

The family thanks Hospice of Jackson County and West Wing Place at Genesis Medical Center.

Lorraine Makeever
Lorraine Makeever

Lorraine Makeever

Lorraine E. Makeever, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of the Quad Cities and Bellevue, Iowa, passed away Thursday evening, Jan. 25, 2018, at Clarence Nursing Home in Clarence, Iowa.

A celebration of Lorraine’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, from First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. There is no visitation, and a private burial will be held at a later date from Monmouth Cemetery in Monmouth, Iowa. Lorraine donated her body to the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Carson Celebration of Life Center is caring for the family.

Lorraine Elizabeth Morehead was born Oct. 6, 1931, in Jackson County, Iowa, to Theodore Walter and Myrl Marie (Miller) Morehead. She was a 1949 graduate of Maquoketa High School then worked in Dubuque for a couple of years prior to her marriage. She married Robert Finck in 1952 in Maquoketa and to this union two children were born: Steven and Lori. She and Robert later divorced. On June 10, 1972, she married Russell Makeever.

Lorraine had worked as a secretary for an insurance company in Moline, Illinois, for several years, and upon her marriage to Russell they moved to the Chicago area where she worked for Herman Smith and Associates as a secretary for more than 20 years. 

Lorraine had been a member of First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, and formerly the MG Car club. She loved to travel, take cruises, and spend time with her kids and grandchildren.

Those left to honor Lorraine’s memory include her children, Steven Finck of Arlington, Texas, and Lori (Darrell) Thordsen of Monmouth, Iowa; stepchildren, Phil (Christal) Finck of Truro, Iowa, Kip (Cathie) Makeever of Saugus, Calif., Shelly (Dan) Kruse of Davenport, Iowa, and June (John) Schuh of Burnett, Texas; sisters, Mildred Wilcox of Maquoketa, and Joyce Clark of Dubuque, Iowa; a brother, Ronald (Linda) Miller of Moline, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Robert “Bob” Dorsey of Apache Junction, Ariz.; five grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell, in 1998; one step-grandchild, Julie; and a sister, Marcella Dorsey.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County or Camp Courageous of Iowa.

Leave online condolences at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Louise Welch
Louise Welch

Louise Welch

Louise E. Welch, 91, of DeWitt and formerly of Maquoketa, passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Genesis Medical Center in DeWitt, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Louise’s life will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. A reception will follow in “The Bistro” at Carson’s. A private graveside service and burial will be held from Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa.

Louise Elizabeth Wieters was born March 24, 1926, in Galena, Illinois, to Raymond and Lenice (Maahs) Wieters. She was a 1944 graduate of Galena High School. She married Clinton Brownell in 1946 in Galena, Illinois, and they had two children, Janice and Lyn. She and Clinton later divorced. On June 22, 1962, she married Richard L. Welch in Dubuque, Iowa.

Louise had first worked at the Galena Kraft Cheese Factory for several years. She then worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and lastly at Briggs Elementary School in Maquoketa as a custodian.

Louise was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards, going to the casino, and spending time with her family.

Those left to honor Louise’s memory include her children, Janice Culbertson of DeWitt and Lyn (Neil) Latimer of Spring Branch, Texas; a stepson, Richard Welch of Iowa City, Iowa; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Clarence; sisters, Helen and Frieda; and her husband, Richard, on June 6, 2012.

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

Leave online condolences at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Lulumay Tate
Lulumay Tate

Lulumay Tate

Lulumay Tate, 82, of Maquoketa, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be at the Elwood Cemetery in Elwood.

Lulumay Soenksen was born Feb. 14, 1935, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Eugene and Berniece (Hamilton) Soenksen. She was a 1954 graduate of Elwood High School. She married Elnord “Al” Isacson. He preceded her in death. On Nov. 9, 1995, she married Charles “Frank” Tate in Mesa, Arizona. He also preceded her in death.

Lulumay grew up in Elwood and moved to Mesa, Arizona, for 46½ years where she worked for Mesa Lutheran Hospital in the kitchen department for 30 years. She moved back to Maquoketa in 2001. 

Lulumay had been a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. She enjoyed spending time with friends and relatives, playing cards, dancing, and traveling.

Those left to honor her memory include a daughter, Elnora Egbert of Mesa, Ariz.; brothers, Harvey Soenksen of Maquoketa, and Wally Soenksen of Maquoketa; four grandchildren, Kristina, Tiffany, Steve, and Ryan; three great-grandchildren; two nieces, Jean (Randy) Springer of Maquoketa and Kimberly Blake of Dubuque, Iowa; and five great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Al, and her husband Frank; one sister, Beulah; one infant brother; and six sisters-in-law, Thelma, Laurel, Ruby, Virginia, Opal and Betty Sue.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Lulumay Tate memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

Marilyn Vlietstra
Marilyn Vlietstra

Marilyn Vlietstra

Marilyn J. Vlietstra, 84, of Birnamwood, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Mount View Care Center in Wausau, Wis.

She was born Dec. 29, 1933, the daughter of the late Alva and Ella (Lorenzen) Larkey in Iowa.

Marilyn graduated from Onslow High School in 1951 and worked on the family farm until she married Jacob Vlietstra Dec. 1, 1956, in Wyoming, Iowa. They moved to a Wisconsin dairy farm and raised their family. He preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 1997.

Marilyn was a member of New Hope Community Church where she was active in many groups. She bowled in the New Hope Church League and was the secretary clerk of Forestville Cemetery Association. Marilyn was a 4-H leader for 25 years, a member of HCE Homemakers for 37 years, and an election clerk for the town of Norrie. 

She enjoyed Brewers’ games, feeding the birds, playing cards, and going out for fish fries with special friends, Evert and Betty Kruit. Marilyn liked to do many crafts, ceramics, crocheting afghans for her grandchildren, and knitting hundreds of mittens and baby hats for many people.

Marilyn is survived by four children, Roger (Karen) Vlietstra of Wittenberg, Tom (Dawn) Vlietstra, Mike Vlietstra and Larry (Jennifer) Vlietstra all of Birnamwood; 10 grandchildren, Kelly, Matthew and Marcus Vlietstra, Rachel (Dustin) Bauch, Keith (Mandy) Vlietstra, Megan and Molly Vlietstra, Jordan Wolff, Alex and Mason Vlietstra; six great-grandchildren, Gavin, Gracyln, Gabrielle, Kendyl, Olyvia and Haylie; one brother, Bob Larkey of Maquoketa, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters and their spouses, Roseann (Warren) Roberts and Alice (Don) Burmahl; and three sisters-in-law and their spouses, Myrna Larkey, Henrietta (John) Fraaza and Grace (Dan) Merriam.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at New Hope Community Church in the town of Easton. The Rev. Larry TenHaken will officiate. Inurnment will be in Forestville Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood, is assisting the family. Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com or at Schmidt Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook.

 

The family thanks the staff at Mount View Care Center in Wausau for their loving care over the past seven years.

Edward Seeberger
Edward Seeberger

Edward Seeberger

Edward Seeberger, 96, of Maquoketa, passed away Jan. 21, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart Church Friday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. Friends called from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial was at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Edward was born on the family farm in South Fork Township May 22, 1921, to Otto A. and Ruby C. (Wing) Seeberger, the fourth of eight children. He attended Hurstville School and graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1940.

Ed served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946 in the U.S., France and Germany. He married his high school sweetheart, Margret Campbell, June 24, 1944, in Camp Butner, North Carolina, before being shipped overseas.

Ed sold Ford cars until the ’70s and then went into real estate. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Fr. Loosbroook Council 8269 and the VFW.

He is survived by one sister, Pat (Ron) Schlesch of Three Rivers, Mich.; also surviving are his two children, Andrew (Sue) Seeberger of Dubuque, and Diane (Jim) Paxinos of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Wesley, Wade and Wynne Hanchar, Melissa Saxe, Phillip, Amanda and Anthony Seeberger; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margret; brothers James and Otto; and sisters Myrle Schlidgen, Dorothy Long, Catherine Schroeder and Helene Seeberger.

Memorials may be left to Sacred Heart Church in his honor. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com

Nancy Schumann
Nancy Schumann

Nancy Schumann

Nancy R. Schumann, 67, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at her home. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Savanna, Ill., with the Rev. Daniel Foelske officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 26, from 5-7 p.m. at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna, Ill., and at the church on Saturday at 10 a.m. until the time of the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. Peter Lutheran Church Scholarship fund in Nancy’s memory. Friends and family are invited to share in Nancy’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Ruth Stoltenburg was born in Ortonville, Minnesota, the daughter of Ernest and Florine (Nieno) Stoltenburg. She was baptized in Ortonville and confirmed by the Rev. Mathias at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa. Nancy attended St. Martin’s Lutheran Day School and Clinton Public High School, graduating in 1968. She was also a 1972 graduate of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn. 

On Aug. 13, 1977, Nancy was united in marriage to Timothy Schumann of Watertown, Wis. After graduation and prior to her marriage, Nancy taught at Bethlehem Lutheran Day school in Hortonville and Our Savior Lutheran School in Grafton, Wis. After marriage Nancy worked as a nurse at Schoitz Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa, and again as a teacher at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Day School in Waukesha, Wis. Nancy also taught piano to many students over the years at White House of Music in Waukesha. 

Nancy was a faithful and loyal wife to her husband and a tender and loving mother to her two children. She now rests securely at the side of her Lord and Savior in heaven.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Timothy of Maquoketa; two children, Megan (Ben) Buschkopf of West Allis, Wis., and Mark Schumann, of Madison, Wis.; two grandchildren, Ingrid and Micah Buschkopf. Nancy is also survived by her twin brother, Ned (Myrna) Stoltenburg of Maquoketa and sister Marcia (Robert) Hutchins of Prior Lake, Minn., as well as many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Mark and John Stoltenburg.

Patricia Reedy
Patricia Reedy

Patricia Reedy

Patricia “Pat” Bormann Reedy of Smithfield, Virginia, formerly of Clinton, Iowa, passed away at her home Dec. 20, 2017, losing her battle with cancer with her loving son, Matt, at her side. 

A memorial mass will be held in her honor Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Preston, Iowa.

Pat was born Nov. 11, 1954, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Richard Bormann Sr. and Regina Bormann. She married Merle Reedy in 1975. Merle passed away in 2005. 

Pat is survived by her son, Matt (Julia) Reedy of Smithfield, Virginia, and a granddaughter, Lauren Reedy. Pat is also survived by two brothers, Leonard (Connie) Bormann and Verlyn (Jane) Bormann; two sisters, Beverly Cook and Shirly (Steven) Ritenour, all of Preston; two sister-n-laws, Doris Bormann and Bonnie Grossman; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Reedy; parents, Richard Bormann Sr. and Regina Bormann; three brothers, Kenneth, Dwaine and Richard Jr.; and an infant sister, Donita.

Donald Combs
Donald Combs

Donald Combs

Donald Combs, 71, passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at the V.A. Medical Center in Iowa City following a brief illness.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Goettsch Funeral Home in Anamosa Iowa, where military honors will be accorded by the United States Army. Following the visitation, a celebration of life will be hosted at The General Store in Stone City from 6:30 to 8:30 for friends and family to attend. If you have a fun story or special memory to share, the family would love to hear how Don impacted your life.

Surviving are his wife, Linda; three children, Autumn (Todd) Wood of Marion, Iowa, Brandon (Lois) Combs of Marion, and Derrick (Elisa) Combs of Salisbury, Md.; seven grandchildren, Andrew and Kiah Wood, Tyler and Levi Combs, Zach, Elana and Skyler Combs; his sister, Patty (Mike) Strickland of Charleston, Ill; and his beloved cat, Frankie. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Lonnie.

Donald Ellis Combs was born Jan. 30, 1946, in Tuscola, Ill. He was the son of Ellis and Margaret (Swisher) Combs. Don graduated from Oakland High School in Illinois in 1964. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War where he was wounded in combat. 

Don married Linda Kay Autry March 8, 1966, in his hometown of Hindsboro, Ill. He started his career in sales at the Douglas County, Ill., Farm Service and later in Iroquois County. In 1974 a career change to the Celotex Corporation selling residential building materials in northeast Iowa required a move to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After nine years in building materials he continued his sales career by providing different insurance products beginning with Linn County Farm Bureau. 

In 1980 they purchased an acreage near Stone City. He worked in sales his entire career, the last 13 being with Beltone of Iowa with offices at different times in Anamosa, Monticello, Manchester, Dubuque and Maquoketa. He loved helping improve the lives of his patients through better hearing. 

After retiring the fall of 2016, he and Linda graduated from a lifetime of tent camping to a tiny teardrop camper. They were blessed to visit nature’s beauty out West in 2016 and the lovely autumn colors of the Northeast in 2017. 

Don was a gentle, kind and caring man who loved nature. He enjoyed its bounty through fishing, camping, kayaking, hiking and gardening. He was an excellent mushroom hunter and loved feeding the birds, deer and turkey. Beekeeping was a new adventure started in 2016. Even in his last days, knowing he was unable to return home, he made sure family and friends knew to care for the creatures he would leave behind. 

Don loved his home, a little patch of land that became his and Linda’s sanctuary. They loved Stone City and the people who were drawn to this tiny community. Don and Linda were one of the original couples who started the Stone City Music Festival.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Don’s memory to Indian Creek Nature Center, Trees Forever, or a similar organization of your choice. 

Donald Koch
Donald Koch

Donald Koch

Donald H. Koch, 91, a resident of Friendship Manor, passed away Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Friendship Manor, Rock Island.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 204 Anna St., Preston, Iowa, with visitation one hour prior to service. Additional visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st A, Moline. Burial will be at Preston Cemetery with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 602, Preston. Memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, or St. John’s Lutheran Church, Preston.  

Don was born July 8, 1926, in Preston, the son of Henry and Lula (Miller) Koch. He married Marjorie Lola Maltas on June 29, 1947, in Preston. She preceded him in death on Aug. 23, 2016.

Don was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II. He worked for EI DuPont, Clinton, Iowa.  

Don was a 70-year member of American Legion Post 602, Preston, Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, and former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Preston. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed fishing with his grandkids and traveling, especially to the countries to see the foreign exchange students that they had hosted.

Survivors include his children, Michael Koch (Thomas Coppess) of Moline, Denise (Robert) Downey of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Lori (Robb) Ketelsen of Osco, Ill.; grandchildren, Lance Koch, Matthew (Sarah) Downey, Megan (Kevin) Nagel, Mitchell (Jillian) Downey, Rylie (Sheldon) Miller, Casey (Megan) Ketelsen and Cody (Emily) Ketelsen; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Leonard Koch of Clinton and Harold (Betty) Koch of Sabula, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Norma Koch of Lanesboro, Minn., and Ruth Koch Kleinow of Monticello, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be left and a video viewed at www.RaffertyFunerals.com

Myrtle Ihrig
Myrtle Ihrig

Myrtle Ihrig

Myrtle Ruth Ihrig, 96, of Maquoketa, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 12, 2018, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Myrtle’s life was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation was held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. A private burial will be held at a later date from Elwood Cemetery, Elwood, Iowa.

Myrtle Ruth Waugh was born Oct. 18, 1921, to Edwin and Hermina (Ketelsen) Waugh on a farm near Elwood. She was a 1939 graduate of Elwood High School. She married Paul Walker in 1941 and to this union a daughter, Janet, was born. They later divorced. On Jan. 12, 1951, she married Harold Ihrig in Dubuque, Iowa. They farmed at Iron Hill until his death Jan. 17, 1988.

Myrtle enjoyed genealogy, gardening, and making braided rugs. She was also a writer, writing many short stories and a book about her wonderful memories growing up with all of her cousins, aunts and uncles in “Waughtown.” She was very proud of her family and loved spending time with them.

She was a member of the East Iron Hill Community Church and Ladies Aid, and a former member of the Maquoketa Garden Club.

She is survived by a daughter, Janet Stange of Maquoketa, Iowa; five grandchildren, Laurie (Charles Jennissen) Stange of Shueyville, Iowa, Lisa (Jon Davidson) Stange of West Des Moines, Iowa, Jeff (Kathleen Till Stange) Stange of West Des Moines, Dianne (Ian) Gutterman of Elmhurst, Ill., and Brenda (James) Van Keuren of Mt. Airy, Md.; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Joan Waugh of San Jacinto, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother LaVern Waugh; sisters Bernice Schepers and Vera Schepers; and her son-in-law Dennis Stange.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the East Iron Hill Community Church or Hospice of Jackson County.

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

Marvin Herkelman
Marvin Herkelman

Marvin Herkelman

Marvin L. “Buster” Herkelman, 102, of Maquoketa, passed away Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A funeral service celebrating his life was held at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation was held prior to the service beginning at 2 p.m. Cremation followed the funeral service and burial will be later at Elwood Cemetery, Elwood, Iowa.

Marvin LaVerne Herkelman was born April 28, 1915, on a farm near Elwood, Iowa, the youngest of nine children to William and Louise Pauline (Goos) Herkelman. He was a 1933 graduate of Elwood High School. He married Eva Francelia Hamilton Feb. 17, 1937, in Rock Island, Illinois. They were together for over 70 years prior to her passing May 3, 2007.

Buster had first farmed west of Elwood then settled south of Elwood from 1937 until retiring to Maquoketa in July 1975. In retirement he continued to help his son Earl “Dude” Galloway farm as well as the Becker family.

Buster had been a member of the Elwood United Methodist Church then transferred to First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and watching sports, especially his son Bill’s teams.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Earl “Dude” (Joan) Galloway of Lost Nation, Iowa, and Terre (Judy) Herkelman of Henderson, Nev.; a daughter-in-law, Donna Herkelman of Clinton, Iowa; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren; a special niece, Darleen Simmons of Maquoketa; and all the Fey kids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Eva; brothers C. Elwin, Waldo, Arnold and Leo; sisters Elise, Eunice, Velma and Dorothy; a son Bill and his wife, Adena (Schmidt) Herkelman.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Elwood Cemetery Association, First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, or Elwood United Methodist Church.

Leave condolences online at www.carsonandson.com.

Marjorie Boell
Marjorie Boell

Marjorie Boell

Marjorie Ann Boell, 87, passed away peacefully on Jan. 10, 2018, at her home in Hayfield, Minn. 

Marjorie was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Jackson County, Iowa, the daughter of Louis and Luella (Keeney) Eckelberg. She attended Fairfield #2 Country School before graduating from Maquoketa Iowa High School in 1948. She worked at the bakery after graduating and starting at the telephone office until 1951, when she married Donald Roe. They farmed and milked cows until his death in October 1961. 

Marjorie moved into Maquoketa, Iowa, and started employment at the South Inn as a waitress and met Howard Boell. They were married in June of 1963. She continued to work until her daughter, Mary Pat, started first grade then was employed at a dry cleaner. In 1967, the family moved to Hayfield where she was a wife and mother. In 1979, she started working for Hayfield Window and Door until Howie died in 1994. Marjorie was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Hayfield and the VFW of Maquoketa.

Marjorie enjoyed spending time with her family. Since her retirement she enjoyed sewing for other people, quilting and volunteering her time making lap throws for veteran homes in Minnesota. Marjorie enjoyed morning coffee and pull tabs at Uncle Monty’s.

Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Mary Pat and Daryl Busker, Austin, Minn.; step-grandchildren, Jeremy Busker and Heather Ryks, Austin, Minn.; Jolene and Jed Williams, St. Charles, Minn.; Justin Busker and Jessica Vogen, Rochester, Minn.; step-great-grandchildren, Madisyn, Peyton, Hailey, Emma, Elsie, Jesse, and Jayden; sisters, Vivian Roe, Maquoketa; Eloise and Harry Rubel, Otter Creek, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Donald Roe and Howard Boell; sister, Muriel (Mimi) Allan; brothers, Louis (Bud) Eckelberg; Donald (Deck) Eckelberg, and Eugene (Slim) Eckelberg; three nephews; and one niece.

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home, 501 Second St. NW in Hayfield, Minn., and one hour before the service at the church on Monday. The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at First Presbyterian Church, 109 E. Main St. in Hayfield, Minn., with the Rev. Kirk Johnston officiating. Inurnment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa.

Blessed be her memory.

For more information, www.czaplewskifuneralhomes.com

Theodore Nims
Theodore Nims

Theodore Nims

Theodore F. “Ted” Nims, 72, of Andrew, passed away Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at his home in Andrew, Iowa.

A celebration of Ted’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, from the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be at the Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa.

Theodore Franklin Nims was born March 19, 1945, in Maquoketa to Carson Lawrence and Vivienne Lucille (Krolick) Nims. He was educated in the Maquoketa schools. 

He married Marie Yarolem and to this union two children were born: Tod and Charlene. He later married Carolyn Kay Clark Evans Oct. 4, 1991, in Maquoketa. She preceded him in death on April 16, 2012.

Ted had worked as a truck driver for various companies, most notably for Art Pape Transfer Company for several years, and lastly for Bullock’s Inc. 

Ted was a member of Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He enjoyed fishing, mushrooming, and socializing at L.R.’s Place, Bill’s Tap and Eagles Club. He also liked animals, especially his dogs Bear Dog, Twirp and currently Missy.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Tod (Jennifer) Nims of Delmar, Iowa, and Charlene (Alex) Perez of Cumming, Ga.; step-children, Donald (Denise) Evans of Baldwin, Iowa, Mike (Carol) Evans of Maquoketa, Pam (John) Schmidt of Monmouth, Iowa, and Timothy (Becky) Evans of Maquoketa; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Sheila Nims of Greenville, S.C., and Laurel David of Ocean Springs, Miss.; and the mother of his children, Marie Yarolem of Maquoketa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Zismer; a sister, Karen Johnson; and a great-grandchild, Julia Jean Evans.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Theodore F. “Ted” Nims memorial fund.

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Donnie Weets
Donnie Weets

Donnie Weets

Donnie M. Weets, 64, of Maquoketa, passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Donnie’s life was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. Cremation rites have been accorded, and a private burial will be held at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa, at a later date.

Donnie Max Weets was born June 10, 1953, in Jackson County, Iowa, to Max and Veda (Edwards) Weets. He was a graduate of Maquoketa High School then served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he began working at John Deere in Davenport. He worked there for over 30 years, retiring in 2017.

Donnie married Barbara Sturgeon June 10, 1991, in Maquoketa.

He was a member of Andrew AMVETS Post #62. He liked a good meal and enjoyed talking on his ham radio. 

Those left to honor Donnie’s memory include his wife, Barbara Weets of Maquoketa, and sisters, Connie March of Minnesota, and Amy DeLarm of Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Donnie Max Weets memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Jacqueline Townsend
Jacqueline Townsend

Jacqueline Townsend

Jacqueline J. “Jackie” Townsend, 54, of Lost Nation, Iowa, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 5, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance and celebration of Jackie Saturday, Jan. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the gathering room at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lost Nation, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Jacqueline Joyce Nissen was born July 31, 1963, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Donald Lee and Inez (Streets) Nissen. She attended Lost Nation and Delwood schools. She married Tom Rorah on Oct. 8, 1983, in Maquoketa. They later divorced, and on June 26, 1999, she married Paul Townsend in Maquoketa.

Jackie had worked various jobs throughout the years, most notably as a cook at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Maquoketa for many years.

Jackie enjoyed playing cards, camping, shopping and having coffee with friends. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and her best friend Kathy Duffey.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband Paul Townsend of Lost Nation; children, DJ (Kristin) Fuller of Lost Nation, Shauna (and her husband Heth Davis) Rorah of Lost Nation, Leaha (and fiancé Calvin Ash) Rorah of Anamosa, Iowa, Maggie Cade of Maquoketa, Jacob Townsend of Dubuque, Iowa, Gretchen (Bob) Dryer of Maquoketa, Hannah (Richard) Graham of Lost Nation, and Todd Townsend of Bondurant, Iowa; eight grandchildren; a brother, Tolly (Pam) Howell of Maquoketa; and sisters, Nancy Miller of Lost Nation, Donna (Kevin) Luna of Greene, Iowa, and Linda Thomason of Kingman, Ariz. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Tiffany Nissen; and two grandchildren, Aaron and Tyler.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at https://fundthefuneral.com/jacqueline-j-jackie-townsend.

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Luella Schneden
Luella Schneden

Luella Schneden

Luella C. Schneden, 93, of Davenport, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, with her loving family at her bedside.  

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Delmar. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Delmar. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Lahey & Dawson Funeral Home in Maquoketa. A vigil service will be held.

Luella C. Cavanagh was born Oct. 7, 1924, in rural Clinton County, daughter of Frank and Mary (Crowley) Cavanagh. She graduated from Delmar High School in 1942. In 1943 she began nurses’ training with the U.S. Cadet Core and became a registered nurse. Luella worked for more than 40 years as an RN in various medical offices in Maquoketa, and was head nurse at Jackson County Public Hospital.

Luella married Russell Schneden June 23, 1948, at Immaculate Conception Church in Petersville, Iowa. Luella was dedicated to her family and profession. She enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren’s sporting events, visiting with friends, gardening, cooking and had a great sense of humor. She was known for her sugar cookies and Christmas candy.

Survivors include six children: Mary (Tom) Fey of Clear Lake, Barbara (Gary) Krause of Davenport, Bill (Julie) Schneden of Davenport, Bob (Peggy) Schneden of Davenport, David (Sue) Schneden of Delmar, and Diane (Doug) Nelson of Davenport; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Myrna Cavanagh of Maquoketa; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Russell; a son, Russell, in infancy; her sisters, Mae, Madaline, Carmilla and Helen; and her brothers, Francis, Walter and Patrick.

Memorials may be made to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Delmar.

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

Dorothy Ward
Dorothy Ward

Dorothy Ward

Dorothy L. Ward, 87, of Delmar, Iowa, died on Dec. 28, 2017, at Genesis Medical Center East in Davenport, Iowa.

A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held sometime this spring, possibly in April. There is no visitation, and burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa. Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Dorothy Louise Ward was born April 16, 1930, in Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Walter and Ruth (Collister) Ward. She grew up in Delmar and graduated from Delmar High School and the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Dorothy was an elementary school teacher. She taught for 25 years at Hayes Elementary School in Davenport, Iowa. She also taught in Elwood, Iowa, and Delmar, and also served as a special needs and gifted student specialist in Delmar.

She is survived by two sisters, Marjorie (Cleve) Morse of Marion, Iowa, and Alyce (Carl) Jenkins of Cedar Falls. She is also survived by three nieces, Julie Morse, Rebekah (Clayton) Campbell, Monica Morse; and three nephews, David Morse, Donald Morse and Thomas Jenkins. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Cleve Morse.

Dorothy’s retirement years were brightened by many helpful visits from her niece, Julie Morse, shopping and transportation assistance from friend Joyce Mitchell, and by the frequent expressions of appreciation she received from the many students she helped guide during her long teaching career.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Delmar United Methodist Church.

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Barbara Etting
Barbara Etting

Barbara Etting

Barbara Faye Etting, 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in Cottonwood, Arizona, after a sudden illness.

Barbara was born Oct. 28, 1927, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Carl and Mabel (Woods) Dostal. Barbara was the youngest of three children; together with her sister, Betty, and brother, Burt, they grew up in rural Maquoketa on the family farm. She attended Esgate Rural School, graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1945, then attended University of Dubuque.

She was a teacher at Esgate and Maquoketa Elementary before marrying Laverne (Tiny) Etting June 9, 1951. Together they farmed the family farm near St. Donatus until his death in 1981. During this time they raised two children and she taught second grade at Bellevue Elementary. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue for many years. She also devoted her time to caring for her mother-in-law, Leora (Felderman) Etting.

Barbara had many talents; her love for life and adventure was contagious. She loved to travel, host dinner parties, and spend time with her family and friends. She mastered the art of elegance, gardening, sewing, baking, decorating, and making a person feel welcome. 

Barbara was grateful to have found love twice in her lifetime; Roy Morehead was her companion and friend for over 25 years until his passing in 2014. After spending several winters in Arizona, they permanently moved to Cottonwood in 2002. Many of her friends and neighbors became an extended family. She was a member of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Cottonwood. The fellowship of the church was something Barbara cherished.

Whether she was in Iowa or Arizona she felt at home enjoying the beauty of the surrounding earth and sky. A spectacular sunset never went unnoticed. She had a deep appreciation for nature and all of God’s creatures. Her family and many friends will sadly miss her. Her dog, Billy Boy, is also feeling lost without her.

Surviving are her children Carl (Sheila) Etting and Sherry (Rod) Miller, six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, beloved nieces and nephews, and Roy’s daughters, Keleen and Lovelyn, and their respective families.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5. Details will be announced in the Bellevue Herald Leader.

Patricia Steines
Patricia Steines

Patricia Steines

Patricia A. Johns Steines, 49, of Maquoketa, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Patricia on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Patricia Ann Johns was born Oct. 23, 1968, in Lynchburg, Virginia, to Thomas and Janet (Pray) Johns. She grew up in Clinton and attended Clinton schools. She married Barton Steines in 1997 in Clinton, Iowa.

Patricia had worked for TNT Restaurant in Maquoketa for several years and also as a private certified nurse’s aide. She enjoyed arts and crafts, baking, her kitty cat “Bootsy,” and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Heather Kohl of Maquoketa, Robert Kohl of Clinton, Justin (and fiance Taryn Bogart) Steines of Maquoketa, Lanie (Jake) Mackin of Maquoketa, and Cheyenne (and fiance Blake Huskey) Vanderleest of Maquoketa; 10 grandchildren; brothers, David Pray, James Johns, Jason Johns, Thomas Johns, and Joel Witting; and sisters, Tracy Jones and Laura Johns.  

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at https://fundthefuneral.com/patricia-a-johns-steines.

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Samuel Guzzo
Samuel Guzzo

Samuel Guzzo

Samuel Guzzo, 91, of Wyoming, passed away surrounded by family on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. 

Born in Streator, Illinois on June 6, 1926, Sam was a 56-year resident of Wyoming, Iowa.

Visitation was held Thursday, Jan. 4 from 5-8 p.m. at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming. Funeral Mass was held Friday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction. Burial was held at the Wyoming Cemetery.

Sam was a proud World War II veteran where he served as a second-class gunner’s mate on the destroyer U.S.S. Kline.

Sam and Audrey Randolph were united in marriage on June 1, 1947, in Rock Island, Illinois. Together they were blessed with 10 children: Ann Osterkamp, Rosemary Hiatt, Priscilla (Charlie) Christie, Audrey Biere, Susan (Bill) Koranda, Samuel (friend Carol Hunt) Guzzo, Loretta (Jim) Risner, Anthony Guzzo, Christine (Peter) Vickery, Maria (Dennis) Boots. They were blessed with 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

John Bellendier
John Bellendier

John Bellendier

John Andrew Bellendier, 66, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, after a courageous four-year battle with cancer. 

Memorial services in celebration of his life will be held at 1:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. A memorial gathering will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Davenport Memorial Park. 

Memorials may be made to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House or to the family. 

John was born in 1951 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Jacqueline and Andrew Bellendier. During his high school years in Oelwein and Maquoketa he was an outstanding and legendary basketball player. John attended the University of Iowa where he studied history. He married Connie McDonald on Sept. 24, 1977, in Maquoketa. He worked as a sales representative for food brokerage firms for 30 years, from which he retired in 2016. John was a tremendous role model for his sons while coaching various baseball and basketball teams for many years. John was also active as a Boy Scout leader for Troop 203 of Long Grove, Iowa. 

Survivors include his wife, Connie; sons Adam J. (Heather Williams) Bellendier of Anchorage, Alaska, and Aric J. (Stacy Kelly) Bellendier of Davenport, Iowa; granddaughter Layla M. Bellendier of Davenport; sisters, Lynne (Pat) Frank of Davenport, Marcia Bellendier of Iowa City, Iowa, Ann (Steve) Ambrozi of Bettendorf, Iowa; and brother Michael (Jean) Bellendier of Davenport. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, David Bellendier. 

He was a wonderful father and grandfather that will be missed dearly. 

Online condolences may be expressed to John’s family by visiting his obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.

Rose Burzlaff
Rose Burzlaff

Rose Burzlaff

Rose Burzlaff, 95, of DeWitt, Iowa, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

Rose Elizabeth Rathmann was born Jan. 13, 1922, to Herman and Florence (Bunce) Rathmann near Grand Mound, Iowa. At age 2, she was taken in by an uncle and aunt, William and Nettie Paarmann Rathmann of Welton, to be raised as their own daughter. She graduated from high school in 1940. Rose married Walter H. Burzlaff on July 12, 1941, at Grace Lutheran Church in DeWitt. The couple resided and farmed in the Delmar area until relocating to Limon, Colorado, where they ran a KOA campground from 1970-76. They then retired to Colorado Springs where Rose worked for Weight Watchers for 30 years. Walter preceded Rose in death in 2002, and she moved back to DeWitt that year.

Rose was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt, where she was confirmed in 1936. After raising five boys, Rose enjoyed having time to crochet and sew. 

She is survived by her sons, Bill of Davenport, Bob of Knoxville, Dick of Quartzsite, Arizona, and Mark (Elaine) of Mooresville, North Carolina; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Walter (Chris) Rathmann, and Beverly (Delbert) Wulf; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Walter, she was preceded in death by a son, Randy (Cindy), eight brothers and sisters, and a granddaughter, Robyn.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt. A service of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt, with the Rev. David Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt.

Leave condolences and view a photo tribute at www.schultzfuneralhomes.com.

Stuart Anderson
Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson

Stuart LeRoy Anderson, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Wednesday evening, Dec. 27, 2017, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

A celebration of LeRoy’s life was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, with military honors following the service. Visitation was held Monday, Jan. 1, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

Stuart LeRoy Anderson was born July 18, 1942, in Maquoketa to Marvin and Helen (Woods) Anderson. He grew up in the Bliedhorn Church area and attended Welton schools. He then served his country in the U.S. Army, earning an honorable discharge. He married Jean Mohrfeld Feb. 2, 1974, in Maquoketa, and they had two children, Jerod and Jennifer.

LeRoy first drove truck for Bullocks, Inc. in Maquoketa and delivered milk for Sanitary Dairy. He then farmed with his brother and also worked as a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, retiring in November of this year.

LeRoy was a proud member of Maquoketa American Legion Post #75.  

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Jean Anderson of Maquoketa; children Jerod (Jackie) Anderson of Ankeny, Iowa, and Jennifer (and her husband Michael Griffis) Anderson of Lakewood, Colo.; three grandchildren, Quentin, Mason and Nolan Anderson; sisters, Mary (Blaine) Bock of Maquoketa, Madeline (Terry) Widel of Maquoketa, and Marcia (Phil) Hardy of Decorah, Iowa; and brothers, Phil (PK) Anderson of Crocket, Texas, Mark Anderson of Maquoketa, and Marvin Owen Anderson of Maquoketa. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronnie Anderson.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Stuart LeRoy Anderson memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.CarsonAndSon.com. 

Barney Hankner
Barney Hankner

Barney Hankner

Barney J. Hankner, 63, of Maquoketa passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Barney’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.

Barney Joe Hankner was born May 28, 1954, in Waverly, Iowa, to Theodore Adam August and Evelyn (Sorensen) Hankner. He was a graduate of Waverly High School and received his associate’s degree in retail management from Ellsworth Community College. On May 1, 1976, he married Melissa Ann Witt in Davenport, Iowa, and they had two children, Molly and Danny.

Barney first worked for Shultz Bros. in Maquoketa as store manager. He then co-owned and operated Gamble’s True Value Hardware Store for many years with Dean and Maxine LeClere. In the early 1990s he became involved with the insurance industry, selling mainly supplemental policies for EMC National Life and Central United Life. Following triple bypass surgery in 2010, he began working regularly with Stub Pape, doing home improvement and property maintenance.

Barney was an active member of Faith Community Church where he served as a trustee and volunteer janitor. He enjoyed fishing in his earlier years, and as an avid railroad enthusiast, he took great joy in watching trains and running his own model trains; his favorite railway was the Chicago Great Western. He enjoyed starting his mornings having a cup of coffee with the guys at KJ’s in Maquoketa.

Barney was a humble man, a loving husband, a warm and caring father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He will be missed far more than he ever knew.

Those left to honor Barney’s memory include his wife, Melissa Ann Hankner of Maquoketa; children, Molly (Mike) Heiar of Dubuque, Iowa, and Danny (Megan) Hankner of Davenport, Iowa; and four grandchildren, Henry and Joy Heiar and Macy and Charlee Hankner.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Caleb Hankner. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Barney J. Hankner memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

Alice Sieverding
Alice Sieverding

Alice Sieverding

Alice (Mrs. Robert) Sieverding, 87, of Stonehill Care Center and formerly of LaMotte, Iowa, passed into eternal peace on Dec. 27, 2017. 

Mass of Christian burial will be at noon Saturday, Dec. 30, at St. Joseph Church, Key West with the Rev. Rodney Allers and Deacon Stan Scheiding officiating. Family and friends may gather after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church until time of Mass. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery, LaMotte. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, is in charge of arrangements.

Alice L. Trumm was born Oct. 9, 1930, the youngest daughter of Joseph M. and Angeline (Clara Wieser) Trumm. Alice was educated in Dubuque at Holy Ghost Elementary School, at St. Joseph Academy for girls, and at Loras College. She learned to “tint” photos and soon became an excellent artist, using chalk or oils. Some of her artwork is displayed in the homes of family members to this day. 

Alice loved to travel and experience life. She lived and worked in San Diego, Caliornia, Chicago, Illinois, and Dubuque, Iowa, working as a receptionist, administrative secretary, and switchboard operator for many years at Interstate Power Company.

In 1982 she married Robert “Bob” Sieverding, moved to LaMotte, and began her life on the farm. She and Bob shared a strong faith, enjoyed 29 years together, made many friends, did some traveling, and spent time with family. He preceded her in death Feb. 16, 2012.

While living in the Dubuque area she was a member of Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, Holy Rosary Church in LaMotte, and St. Joseph Church in Key West. She was an active member of The Rosary Society.

Throughout the years, she treated her nieces and nephews to movies, ice skating, homemade ice cream, “Sandy’s Drive-in,” train trips to Chicago for shopping, picnics at the farm, and gifts of art. She loved pets, especially kittens, and her favorite cat, Muffie.

She will be sadly missed by her many family and friends. Surviving are her nieces Kris (Jerry) Kieffer, Gayla (John) Roarig and Stacey MacNider; her brother-in-law Tony (Gert) Sieverding and their family; Loras (Mary) Sieverding, Ann (Stan) Scheiding, Mary (Steve) Foust, Sandra (Tom) Brus, Laura (Bill) Grams, Carol (Dave) Dunne, Luke (Linda) Sieverding and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; siblings, Raymond Trumm and Edith (Robert) Ball; half siblings, Maurice, Carl and Bertille Trumm; nephews, Thomas Ball, Steven Ball and Gary Ball; in-laws Anton and Josephine Sieverding and Betty Sieverding; and nephew-in-law, Mark Sieverding.

In lieu of flowers an Alice Sieverding memorial fund will be established. The family thanks the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center for their kindness and medical care. A special thank you to Loras Sieverding, Kris Kieffer and her late sister, Edith Ball, for all their care of Alice in the last years of her life.

Alvin Michel
Alvin Michel

Alvin Michel

Alvin Joseph Michel, 95, of Springbrook, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at Manor Care in Dubuque.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday morning, Dec. 30, at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. A private funeral service will follow.

Alvin was born on July 30, 1922, in rural Springbrook, Iowa, son of Frank and Susan (Kloft) Michel. He married Berniece Heiar on Oct. 1, 1946.

Alvin worked for the Savanna Army Depot for 30 years. He was a World War II Army veteran. In his earlier years he enjoyed polka dancing with his wife, Berniece. He also loved to hunt, fish and play cards.

Those left to honor his memory include his two sons, Gary Michel of Maquoketa and Dale (Paula) Michel of Springbrook; two daughters, Carol (Steve) Lucke of Maquoketa and Mary Ellen (Dennis) Krueger of Dubuque; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clyde (Charlene) Michel and Lloyd (Waneta) Michel; and sister in-law, Joene Michel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson, Denny Michel; brothers, Leo, Harry, and Floyd; and sisters, Leona Schmidt, Lillian Trenkamp, Marie Banowetz and Algean Michel.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Alvin’s name.

Ricky Starr
Ricky Starr

Ricky Starr

Ricky A. “Ringo” Starr, 62, of Maquoketa, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, at Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Ricky from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation rites will be accorded following the gathering.

Ricky Allen Starr was born March 3, 1955, in Maquoketa to Earl Rupert and Ione May (Carr) Starr. He grew up in Maquoketa then attended high school in DeWitt. He married Debra Good July 28, 1973, in DeWitt, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Jennifer, Heather, Ashley and Jolene. Ricky and Debra later divorced. On Jan. 19, 1999, he married Pamela Miller Robinson in Maquoketa.

Ricky had worked various jobs throughout his life. He first drove truck for Thomas Pressley in the Quad Cities for four years. He then worked at General Thermo Dynamics in Maquoketa as a supervisor for five years and later for Kelly Radiator in Cedar Rapids and John Wagener Ford in Maquoketa. Additionally, he had worked at Red Jacket for nine years and lastly for O’Reilly Auto Parts in Maquoketa for two years. For many years he had owned and operated RAS Auto in Maquoketa.

Ricky enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, going to the casino, mushrooming, and going out to eat with family and friends. He especially loved drinking coffee.

Those left to honor Ricky’s memory include his wife, Pam Starr of Maquoketa; children, Jennifer (Chris) Ellis of Lost Nation, Iowa, Heather (Chad) Niec of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Ashley (Sean) Reiter of Maquoketa, and Jolene Starr of Lost Nation, Iowa; step-children, RJ Robinson of Maquoketa, Steve Robinson of Princeton, Ill., and Nikki Robinson of Maquoketa; 14 grandchildren, Matthias, Theron, William, Liberty, Leia, Lane, Alexys, Keira, Breanna, Dillan, Cadyn, Eidyn, Aiden, Alya; two great-grandchildren, Azlyn and Samarah; a brother, Randy Starr of Grand Mound, Iowa; and sisters, Carol (Mike) Evans of Maquoketa, Dona Rawlins of DeWitt, Glenda Richards of Indianola, Iowa, and Judy Marvin of East Moline, Ill. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, uncles Frank Starr and Carl McNamee, niece Lisa Yarolem, nephew Ryan, and great-nephew Travis.

A Ricky A. “Ringo” Starr memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

Ronald Hansen
Ronald Hansen

Ronald Hansen

Ronald E. Hansen, 85, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, died Dec. 14, 2017, at St. Luke’s Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids. 

Visitation was held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Chapman Funeral Home in Clarence, Iowa, with services following. Burial was at Massillon Cemetery in Massillon, Iowa.

Ron was born Nov. 12, 1932, at Oxford Junction, the son of August and Wilma (Waite) Hansen. On Oct. 9, 1955, he married Marlene J. Bright of Wheatland, Iowa.

He is survived by his sister, Dee Wollenzien of Thief River Falls, Minn.; three children, Dianne Hansen of St.Paul, Minn., Pam Hill of Monroe, Iowa, and Dennis Hansen of Middlesboro, Ky.; two sons-in-law, Brad Hill and Michael Smith; and two grandsons, Wade and Ryan Hill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marlene; his sisters, Virginia Steffens and Joyce Buresh; and his brother, Gary Hansen.

Ron graduated from Oxford Junction High School and farmed near Oxford Junction until his retirement. In recent years he was a resident of Pennington Square Assisted Living in Monticello and Clarence Senior Living in Clarence. Sincere thanks are extended to the nurses, aides, and staff for their loving care, with special thanks to Callie Sternhagen.

Ron was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. He served in the United States Army and was a member of American Legion Post Number 473 and Zealous Masonic Lodge Number 435. He served on the Oxford Junction School Board, the board of the Jones County Cattlemen’s Association, and the Jones County Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

Memorials in celebration of Ron’s life may be made to Wregie Memorial Library, 105 West Broadway, Oxford Junction, Iowa 52323.

Online condolences may be sent to www.chapmanfh.com.

Loras Herting
Loras Herting

Loras Herting

Loras Michael Herting, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Dec. 13, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

A visitation was held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. A celebration of life service by the Rev. Dianne Grace officiating and military honors by American Legion Post #6 was held at 6 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Loras Herting Memorial Fund at the DuPaco Credit Union. Please join in celebration of a life well-lived.

Those of us who were privileged to have known Loras know what an incredible brother, uncle, husband, father, and grandfather he was. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying the company of his family and traveling around the country with his soulmate, Claire. He was a man of few words, but what he did say mattered. Strong and hardworking in his youth, he became a tender and caring grandfather in his later years. Loras was a gentle, loving soul who will be sorely missed by all.

Loras Michael Herting was born in Dubuque, Iowa, Oct. 12, 1941, to Leona (Roling) and Michael Herting and had 12 siblings. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force from 1959-1965 during the Vietnam Conflict. It was during this time that he met the lovely Claire Marie Rose Filteau in Canada, and held the rare distinction of being escorted back over the border into America by Canadian Mounties on several occasions, such was his desire to be with his love. They married Dec. 28, 1963, and went on to have five children.

Loras and Claire bought the farm they wanted in 1975. He was great with his hands, building the family home single-handedly over a span of years. Loras was always willing to lend a hand to others and loved fixing things. He worked in maintenance for the Fischer Company in Dubuque for over 20 years, then retired after working as a plumber for Willenborg Plumbing. For over 40 years, he and Claire had a corner at the Dubuque Farmers Market and many of you would be quick to recognize his smiling face working there every weekend.

In later years, he loved going on the annual family fishing trip to Cass Lake, Minn., and vacationing/visiting family with Claire. He was also a proud member of American Legion Post #6.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Claire; children, Mike (Laura), Chuck (Amy), Robert (Norma), Tony (Laurel) and Sonia (Billy) Wodrich; grandchildren, Marcus, Adam, Shalia, Tyler, Joan Claire, Elizabeth, Robert, William, Samantha, Gregory and Charlie; great-grandchildren, Bryson and Zayden; siblings, Emil, Nancy, Mary, Judy and, Linda; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Leona; and siblings, Earl, James, Luetta, Norma, Vern, Janet, and Anita.

Eva Heilig
Eva Heilig

Eva Heilig

Eva Heilig, 99, of Lost Nation passed away on Dec. 14, 2017, at West Wing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

Her funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. at Union Presbyterian Church in Lost Nation with a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church before the service. Burial was held at Lost Nation Cemetery. Lahey and Dawson Funeral Services is assisting the family at this time.

Eva was the only child of Lloyd and Ida (Willimack) Edleman, born May 3, 1918, east of Lost Nation. She graduated from Lost Nation High School in 1936. She was a member of Union Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon for several years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Women’s Club, Community Quilters and Singles Club. She enjoyed her many friends along the way.

On July 4, 1937 she was united in marriage to Marvin “Mike” Heilig. She loved farm life: raising turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese, other farm duties, and gardening.

Eva is survived by her two sons, Ron (Lana) Heilig and Roger (Carol) Heilig; one daughter, Robin (Doug) Hansen; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and daughter-in-law, Merlene Heilig.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Marvin, one son, and one grandson.

Memorials may be left to the family in her honor.

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

Sharon Yarolem
Sharon Yarolem

Sharon Yarolem

Sharon Lavon Yarolem died at home surrounded by her loved ones in Beech Island, South Carolina, on Dec. 12, 2017.

She was born to Ralph Nabb and Hazel (Nabb) Lopresti on April 3, 1943, grew up in Maquoketa, Iowa, and graduated from Maquoketa High School, Class of 1962.  

She married Wayne Yarolem in 1964 and became a homemaker, raising their family initially in Maquoketa then across small town America. She was a devoted wife who supported her husband’s 26-year profession in the U.S. Air Force.

Filled with compassion and interest of others, Sharon graduated from Arizona’s school of nursing where she became a licensed practicing nurse. She truly cared about people and was known to her friends and family as “care-n-Sharon.” She devoted many years of service to home health care and the Andrew Jackson Center while caring for others. 

She loved to travel – Thailand and Egypt were her favorite spot, Philippines, too. Family and friends were visited from Colorado to Oklahoma, Indiana to Iowa. Dreams of traveling across Southwest Asia and a cruise to South America were never realized, but the dreaming was fun.

Sharon’s hobbies when not traveling were farming, camping, fishing, embroidering, sewing and keeping up on Facebook with her friends. Sharon was never happier than when she was in the company of animals: dogs (Sissy, Dewey and Didi) and especially horses. She loved the sportsmanship of horse competitions and eventually went to the 2016 Paint Horse World Championships in 2016.  

Once diagnosed with lung cancer six months ago, Sharon Lavon Yarolem never gave up. She never complained, maintaining a brave and cheerful outlook of an optimistic future – even through countless biopsies, radiation treatments, X-rays, hospitalizations and pain. She continued to be involved in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s lives.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Lt. Col. Wayne Yarolem (ret.); her three children, Andre’ Dohrn of Beech Island S.C., Brian Yarolem of Greeley, Col., and James Yarolem of Davenport, Iowa; and her sisters, Connie Shanahan of Larkspur, Colo., and Bonnie Clark of Maquoketa, Iowa; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several fond nieces and nephews.  

She is preceded in death by her parents and adult son, Brent Yarolem.

The urn that Sharon’s remains will be held in nicely sums up, in one sentence, how fondly she will be remembered: “Our Angel that lived, laughed, and loved.” 

Sharon’s life will be celebrated by a graveside inurnment in the spring of 2018 at Hickory Grove Cemetery, Jackson County, Iowa.

John Paulsen Sr.
John Paulsen Sr.

John Paulsen Sr.

John Lee Paulsen Sr., 77, of Maquoketa, passed away Thursday morning, Dec. 14, 2017, at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place. A private family burial will be held at Buckhorn Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa, at a later date.

John Lee Paulsen Sr. was born Dec. 28, 1939, in Clinton, Iowa, to Alfred John and Leona Grace (Haack) Paulsen. He attended Clinton schools. He married Shirley Ann Eye on Jan. 14, 1961, in Anamosa, Iowa. 

John had first worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa, then in the foundry at Climax in Clinton for several years. He also did various other jobs throughout the years including working as a self-employed carpenter and painter. He was a jack-of-all-trades. 

John liked fishing, watching WWE wrestling on television, going to the casinos, drawing and painting, and most importantly spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Those left to honor John’s memory include his wife, Shirley Ann Paulsen of Maquoketa; children, John Lee (Jody) Paulsen Jr. of Maquoketa, Ronald (Sheryl) Paulsen of Maquoketa, and Tina (Don) Holdgrafer of Maquoketa; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joyce Eye of Maquoketa.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Arlene Adler and Mary Jane Wentworth; and three brothers, Don and Tom and one in infancy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John Lee Paulsen Sr. memorial fund has been established. 

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

Sharon Yarolem

Mrs. Sharon Lavon Yarolem, 74, of Beech Island, S.C., wife of 54 years to Lt. Col. Wayne Russell Yarolem, USAF (ret.), entered into rest Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in the comfort of her home.

Born in and a longtime resident of Maquoketa, Iowa, a daughter of the late Ralph Nabb and the late Hazel Smith Nabb Lopresti, Sharon had been a resident of Aiken County, S.C., since 2004. She was a former home health care aide. She enjoyed embroidery, traveling and horses.

In addition to her husband and parents, family members include her children, James Myron Yarolem of Davenport, Iowa, Master Gunnery Sgt. Brian Ralph Yarolem of Greeley, Colo., Andre Marie Dohrn of Beech Island, S.C. and the late Brent Russell Yarolem; siblings, Bonnie Clark, Maquoketa, Iowa, and Connie Shannonhan of Larkspur, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

In accordance with her wishes, Sharon was cremated and a graveside inurnment service will be held in the spring of 2018 in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Jackson County, Iowa.

Visit www.HatcherFuneralHome.com to share memories and leave condolences for the family.

Onalee Gisel
Onalee Gisel

Onalee Gisel

Onalee A. Gisel, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 9, 2017, at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island, Illinois.

A memorial service celebrating Onalee’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. A gathering and reception in “The Bistro” at Carson’s will immediately follow the service. A private burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa, Cemetery.

Onalee Ann Bollinger was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Clinton County, Iowa, to John and Erma (McCutcheon) Bollinger. She was a graduate of Andrew High School. She married Richard Gisel on Dec. 24, 1951, in Andrew. He preceded her in death on March 3, 2006.

Onalee was a homemaker and also assisted her husband as office manager in his real estate business for many years.

Onalee enjoyed animals including cats, dogs and horses. She loved spending time with her family, liked to travel, and was known as an excellent cook. She was extremely close with her sister, Lorraine, and was an avid sports fan with the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls being her favorites. 

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Scott Gisel of Milan, Ill., and Valerie Gisel of Schaumburg, Ill.; a sister, Lorraine Miller of Bellevue, Iowa; and brothers, Tom (Donna) Bollinger of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Bill (Dolores) Bollinger of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Jack Bollinger, and sisters Jean Gisel and Margaret Rowe.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Onalee Ann Gisel memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

Kennedy Rowan
Kennedy Rowan

Kennedy Rowan

Kennedy Mary Rowan, 13, of Andrew, passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 9, 2017, at her home. 

Friends and family may greet the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday evening, Dec. 14, at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. A private family service will follow.

Kennedy Rowan was born April 2, 2004, in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the daughter of Donald and Annette (Myatt) Rowan.

Kennedy was funny, always busy, and had a heart of gold. She was happy-go-lucky, had an infectious smile, and was always singing and taking pictures. Kennedy attended Bellevue Community High School, where she was very involved in school activities. She participated in speech, music, track and volleyball. 

Kennedy was a bit of a tomboy, as she had a passion for the outdoors and hunting. She loved to hunt, fish and trap with her dad. She also enjoyed “Girl’s Day” and singing in the car with her mom. Above all she loved her brother and sissy. She will be deeply missed.

Those left to honor her memory include her parents, Donald and Annette Rowan, of Andrew; sister, Lauren Rowan of Des Moines; brother, Austin Rowan of Andrew; paternal grandparent, Connie Rowan; and maternal grandparents, Bruce (Sandra) Myatt and Judy (Loras) Dunne.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Donald Rowan Sr.

Elise Babcock
Elise Babcock

Elise Babcock

Elsie M. Babcock, 90, of Maquoketa, passed away on Saturday morning, Dec. 9, 2017, at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Elsie’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

 

Elsie Mae Keister was born May 10, 1927, in Maquoketa to Art and Louise (Brokens) Keister. She was a 1944 graduate of Maquoketa High School. She married Donald Lee Babcock on Feb. 22, 1947, in Maquoketa. To this union three children were born: Ronald, Michael and Kathy. 

 

Elsie was a homemaker and farm wife who raised a family and farmed with her husband in the Maquoketa area for many years.

 

Elsie was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and Maquoketa American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, serving as a past president. 

 

Elsie enjoyed playing Euchre and going on frequent outings with her “Ladies Day Luncheon Club.” She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

 

Those left to honor Elsie’s memory include her children, Ronald (Susan) Babcock of Monticello, Iowa, Michael (Julie) Babcock of Maquoketa, and Kathy (Gary) Ihrig of Maquoketa; a brother, Bill (Sharon) Keister of Monmouth, Iowa; a sister, Vera St. John of Calamus, Iowa; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, and her husband Donald on Nov. 25, 2005.

 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, an Elsie M. Babcock memorial fund has been established.

 

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

Beverly Skoff
Beverly Skoff

Beverly Skoff

Beverly K. Skoff, 77, of Camanche, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, with her family around her.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Church of the Visitation, Camanche. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Stan Smith, Scott Rink, Taylor Rink, Sean Merritts, Alexander Rink and Nate Smith. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the church. 

The Camanche Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes and Crematory is honored to serve Beverly’s family and online condolences may be expressed by visiting her obituary at www.snellzornig.com.

Beverly Kaye Manning was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Maquoketa, Iowa. She was a 1958 graduate of Maquoketa High School and married Donald Skoff on Feb. 8, 1960, in Sugar Creek, Iowa; he preceded her in death on Sept. 7, 2015. She babysat children in her own home for many years.

Beverly was a member of Church of the Visitation in Camanche and enjoyed her morning coffee group at the Camanche Family Restaurant. Most of all Beverly loved time spent with her beloved family.

She is survived by her three children: Diane (Scott) Rink of Marion, Iowa, LuAnne (Stan) Smith of Camanche and Michael Skoff of Camanche; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and one sister, Cindy (Al) Perry of Manchester, Iowa.

In addition to her husband, Beverly was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Phyllis Duhme
Phyllis Duhme

Phyllis Duhme

Phyllis E. Duhme, 82, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Friday morning, Dec. 8, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Phyllis’ life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa, Cemetery.

Phyllis Elaine Beck was born Sept. 14, 1935, in Jackson County, Iowa, to Oscar Jacob and Nora Elizabeth (Bliss) Beck. She attended Stoney Point Country Schools and attended Maquoketa schools in 1953, earning her GED in 1969. She married Everett Johnson in February 1953 in Maquoketa. To this union one child was born: Arlett. Everett and Phyllis later divorced, and she married Clyde N. Duhme on May 1, 1965, in Andrew.

Phyllis had worked at various jobs throughout the years including selling Stanley Home Products for eight years, working at Rocky’s Cafe as dishwasher and waitress, serving as a cook at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, and as a cook and housekeeper at the Andrew Jackson Care Facility.

Phyllis was a member of the Pythian Sisters and TOPS, and was a former member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa and Andrew Garden Club. She currently was attending God’s Family Baptist Church in Grand Mound.

Phyllis enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, gardening, flowers, canning tomatoes, attending the farmer’s market, dancing and traveling.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Gerald (Kelly) Duhme of Akron, Ohio, Shirley (Dale) Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, Arlett (Jim) Arterberry of Maquoketa, Iowa, Larry (Linda) Duhme of Central City, Iowa, Rich (Carol) Duhme of Maquoketa, and Cheryl (Brian) Nordyke of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Bartels of Maquoketa and Norma Koch of Lansing, Minn.; 13 grandchildrenl; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clyde on June 17, 2001, an infant sister, and two grandchildren, Steven and Travis.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Phyllis E. Duhme memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

Trevor Schwager
Trevor Schwager

Trevor Schwager

Trevor Joseph Schwager, 18, of Clive, Iowa, passed away in a car accident on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. 

A visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in the St. Joseph Chapel at Dowling Catholic High School with a vigil service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Dowling Catholic High School gymnasium. Burial followed at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. 

Trevor was born on Oct. 5, 1999, in Ames, Iowa, to Marty and Jolea Schwager. He went to grade school at St. Theresa Catholic School and was currently a senior at Dowling Catholic High School. Trevor was known for his high energy, positive spirit, and leadership. He was a member of the DCHS wrestling team and wrestled varsity at 160 lbs. Trevor loved the outdoors specifically hunting and fishing. He was involved with FFA and 4-H.

Trevor is survived by his parents, Marty and Jolea; brothers, Zachary and Keaton; grandmother, Rosemary Schwager; grandfather, Joe Walles; aunts and uncles, Barb (Gary) Miller, Ruth (Jim) Lewis, Cindy Schwager, Joe (Rosie) Schwager, Lorin (Deb) Schwager, Chuck (Kathy) Schwager, Tim (Sheryl) Schwager, Susie (Jonathan) Poulton, Steve (Julie) Schwager, Mick (Tricia) Schwager, Tad Walles; uncle and godfather, David (Heather) Walles; godmother, Meghan Schultz; close family friend, “Uncle” Harold Hommes; and many cousins and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Carolee Walles; grandfather, Vincent Schwager; and uncles, Tom Schwager and Paul Schwager

Memorial contributions may be given to the family in Trevor’s name for a memorial to be decided at a later date. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.caldwellparrish.com. 

Theresa Hankemeier
Theresa Hankemeier

Theresa Hankemeier

Theresa C. Hankemeier, 91, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at her home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Theresa’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at the Andrew, Iowa, Cemetery.

Theresa Clara Elsner was born July 2, 1926, in Jackson County, Iowa, to August and Barbara (Jacklovitch) Elsner. She grew up in the Sugar Creek area and attended country school in Sugar Creek. She married Albert Frederick Hankemeier on Nov. 10, 1952, in Clinton, Iowa. To this union seven children were born: Allen, Jean, twins Dennis and Diane, Roger, Judy and Richard.

Theresa had first worked at DuPont in Clinton, Iowa, prior to her marriage. She then became a homemaker and farmed with her husband near Andrew for many years. Upon retirement in 1989 they moved to Maquoketa.

Theresa was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandkids. She always looked forward to visits and phone calls from family and friends. She had a heart of gold and always wanted to help support the hungry children and others in need. She loved to sit in her chair and snuggle with her cats “Squeek” and “Smokey.”

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Jean (Jimmy) Mayfield of Toronto, Iowa, Dennis Hankemeier of Andrew, Iowa, Diane Haylock of Maquoketa, Iowa, Roger Hankemeier of Iowa City, Iowa, Judy Hankemeier of Arizona, and Richard Hankemeier of Montana; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Katherine Elsner of Maquoketa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Albert on Feb. 1, 2001; son Allen; grandchild Jessica Joy; great-grandchild Collin; two brothers, Vernon and Raymond; and two sisters, Laura and Rosemary.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Theresa C. Hankemeier memorial fund has been established.

Leave online condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

Bonnie Waller
Bonnie Waller

Bonnie Waller

Bonnie K. Waller, 55, of Zwingle, Iowa, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Bonnie’s life was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation was held from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the funeral home. Burial was at Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa.

Bonita Kay “Bonnie” Shelton was born Aug. 15, 1962, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Robert W. and Marjorie Lou (Rohlf) Shelton. She was a 1980 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. She married Thomas Waller Oct. 4, 1980, in Zwingle, Iowa. To this union one child was born, Gregory.

Bonnie had various jobs throughout the years starting with working at the South Inn in Maquoketa, then Leisure Lake Inn, Maquoketa Community Schools, Maquoketa Care Center, and Rite Hite in Dubuque. In February of this year she found her calling with a job she truly loved as the food service coordinator at River Bend Retirement Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Bonnie was known for her cooking and baking skills; baked beans and pecan and coconut cream pies were family favorites. She also had an extensive pig collection, enjoyed country and old time rock-and-roll music, and western television shows. She had participated in bowling leagues at Cascade Lanes, where she served as the secretary, and also was the Bernard/Zwingle correspondent for the Cascade Pioneer Press newspaper.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Thomas Waller of Zwingle; son Gregory (and his girlfriend Samantha Kluesner) Waller of Worthington, Iowa; her mother, Marge Shelton of Macon, Ga.; sisters, Kathy and her husband Jack Benny Smith of Columbus, Miss., and Brenda Gibson and her husband Mitch Miller of Jackson, Ga.; her mother-in-law, Alberta Waller of Bernard, Iowa; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rose and Randy Stoffel of Bernard, Earl and Janet Waller of Bernard, Allan and Tonya Waller of Bernard, Barb Gantenbein of Dubuque, Iowa, Linda (Jerry) Hoftender of East Dubuque, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents; her father, Robert W. Shelton; and father-in-law, Clarence Waller.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bonnie Kay Waller memorial fund has been established.

Leave condolences at www.carsonandson.com.

Patrick Cavanagh
Patrick Cavanagh

Patrick Cavanagh

Patrick H. Cavanagh, 89, of Delmar, passed away Dec. 4, 2017, at West Wing Place in DeWitt from cancer complications.

His funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Delmar. A visitation was held Thursday from 3-7 p.m. at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home in Maquoketa. A vigil service was held at 7 p.m. Burial took place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Delmar.

Patrick Henry was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Petersville, Iowa, to Frank and Mary (Crowley) Cavanagh. He graduated and played basketball from Delmar High School in 1946 and attended Reisch American School of Auctioneering in 1960.

On Oct. 29, 1977, he married the love of his life, Charlene Hughes, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Delmar; she preceded him in death Nov. 29, 2013.

Pat grew up on the farm and loved farming. He was an auctioneer for over 40 years and worked for the United States Postal Service for 18 years as a mail route carrier, was a tavern owner with his brother-in-law, a hog buyer, a school bus driver, and a depot agent. He gave help to whomever needed it. He was a Lions member and donated many gallons of blood.

He faithfully and honorably served in the United States Navy during the Korean War on the U.S.S. Graffias.

He went on an Honor Flight out of the Quad Cities Oct. 31, 2013, and received a Quilt of Valor Oct. 3, 2016.

Pat went to Clover Ridge in Maquoketa in April 2015 and moved to West Wing in Dewitt in July 2017.

He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, going to the boat to gamble, picking black walnuts, singing and was ready to sing the Auctioneer Song at any time. He dearly loved spending time with his family, especially the young kids.

Those left to cherish his memories are his sister Luella Schneden of Davenport; sister-in-law Myrna Cavanagh of Maquoketa; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Aletha Hughes of Monticello, Mick and Gin Hughes of Preston, Terese Cavanagh of Delmar, Tony Hughes of Wisconsin, Sharon Kueter of Oxford, Mike and Jean Hughes of Coralville, Jerry and Linda House of Delmar; special niece Patty Kay Grant and sister-in-law Linda House, who took care of Pat; and many other nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Charlene; brothers Frances and Walter; an infant brother; and sisters Mae, Carmilla, Helen and Madaline.

Many heartfelt thanks to the nurses at West Wing and Hospice for the great care he received.

Memorials may be directed in his honor to his two loves, Delmar Lions and St. Patrick’s Church.

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

Arlene Schnoor
Arlene Schnoor

Arlene Schnoor

Arlene R. (Mrs. Herbert) Schnoor, 91, of DeWitt, Iowa, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 1, 2017, at Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt.

Arlene Ruth Dierksen was born Feb. 6, 1926, in Dixon to the late Herman and Gertrude (Lorber) Dierksen. She graduated from Davenport Central High School in 1944. On Jan. 20, 1946, she married Herbert Schnoor in Davenport. The couple farmed and raised their family at rural DeWitt. Arlene was a homemaker all of her life, devoting her life to her family. Herb preceded Arlene in death Oct. 6, 2008.

Arlene enjoyed gardening, doing puzzles and doing whatever she could for her family.

Surviving are children and their spouses, Ken (Connie) Schnoor of Long Grove, Dennis (Janelle) Schnoor of DeWitt, and Karen (Jan) Crist of Maquoketa; grandchildren, Richard (Kathleen) Schnoor, Michael (Candace) Schnoor, Melissa Schumaker, Adam (Kim) Schnoor, Brian (Charity) Crist, Amy (Nathan) Nissen, Marcus (Lyndsie) Schnoor, Kurt (Chrissy) Crist and Kelli (Josh Brundage) Crist; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Margery Schnoor of Grand Island, Nebraska; nieces and nephews.

The family received friends at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt, from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the funeral home. Pastor Dianne Prichard officiated with burial at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt.

Pallbearers were grandsons Richard Schnoor, Michael Schnoor, Adam Schnoor, Brian Crist, Marcus Schnoor and Kurt Crist.

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Herman Grosskruger
Herman Grosskruger

Herman Grosskruger

Herman L. Grosskruger, 85, of Pharr, Texas, passed away Dec. 1, 2017.

Herman was born Nov. 3, 1932, to John and Agnes Grosskruger and grew up in rural Spragueville, Iowa. Herman was a Korean War veteran. In 1958 he married Thais Keeney and to this union was born David Grosskruger, Maquoketa; Paul (Claudia) Grosskruger, Fleming Island, Fla.; and Mark (Myrna) Grosskruger, Bellevue. Herman farmed in the Andrew area as well as worked for and retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company.

In 1992 Herman married JoAnn Schafer Sorenson and together started spending winters in South Texas, eventually living there full time until his death.  

Those left to honor his memory are his wife JoAnn; his children; his step-children Angela (Randy) Evans of Johnston, Iowa, Kimberly Schrier of Clarinda, Iowa, and Kristi (Mike) Trapp of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren: Grant (Jenny Kilburg) Grosskruger, Grace (Austin) Mohr, Garrett Grosskruger, Jerry (Lisa) Grosskruger, Jennifer Grosskruger, and Austin Leonard; and one great grandson, Mason Mohr.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother John, and sisters Arlene Engel and Norma Schmidt.

Herman never met a stranger. He could drink a cup of coffee and reminisce with just about anyone. He loved his grandkids, he loved to play cards, he loved to rake hay, and he loved his dog, Moose.

A service will be held at a later date with internment at Andrew Cemetery. Memorials should be directed to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.

Online condolences may be left at IowaCremation.com.

Russell Paulsen
Russell Paulsen

Russell Paulsen

Russell L. Paulsen, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at his home in Maquoketa.

A celebration of Russell’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the same location. Cremation will follow the visitation. Burial will be at Rossiter Cemetery, rural Charlotte, Iowa, with military honors.

Russell Lee Paulsen was born July 28, 1927, near Charlotte, Iowa, to George and Mamie (Schrader) Paulsen. He was a 1945 graduate of Charlotte High School. He started farming the home farm in 1950, and married Betty Andresen June 3, 1951, in Charlotte, Iowa. 

In 1952 he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. Part of his two years were spent in Verdun, France, working in the Com Center as part of the Signal Corp. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he resumed farming until he retired from that in 1990. In retirement, he drove school bus for the Northeast Community School District for eight years.

In 2003, Russell and Betty moved to Maquoketa. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, and a 50-plus-year member of the American Legion. He had served in many different ways in his churches and was a township trustee for Waterford Township for many years.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Betty Paulsen of Maquoketa; daughters, LuAnn (Mark) Zehr of Columbus, Neb., and Kayla (Wayne) Denman of Vancouver, Wash.; six grandchildren, Joshua (Megan) Zehr, Jacob Zehr, Zachary, Nathaniel, Nicholas and Amelia Joy Denman; and two great-grandchildren, Ella and Eli Zehr.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Gordon, brother Donald, and a sister in infancy.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed First Lutheran Church, Hospice of Jackson County or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Carl McNamee
Carl McNamee

Carl McNamee

Carl R. McNamee, 70, of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, Nov. 28, 2017, at his home in Delmar surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Carl’s life was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa with the Rev. Dr. Leonard Ranson officiating. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Delmar, Iowa, with military honors.

Carl R. McNamee was born Oct. 27, 1947, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to James Arlo and Ruth Gladys (Carr) McNamee. He attended Chattanooga Country Grade School and graduated from Delwood High School in 1966. He was drafted into the Army in 1967 and served his country until receiving an honorable discharge in 1969. He married Verna Lou Baker on Feb. 4, 1970, in Delmar. To this union three children were born: Mark, Tammy and Richard.

Carl had worked at Clinton Engines then International Paper in Clinton until he was drafted. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home and again worked for International Papers for 35 years as a printer pressman. In retirement he worked for Garien Salvage for many years until taking full retirement. 

Carl was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club, Maquoketa VFW Post #3633 O’Connor-Regenwether and the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75. In August of this year, Carl went on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. and in November of this year he received a Quilt of Valor.

Carl enjoyed antique tractors, hunting, fishing, camping, mushrooming, playing cards every morning at McDonald’s, and attending Mt. Pleasant Old Threshers every year. He especially enjoyed seeing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to honor Carl’s memory include his wife, Verna McNamee of Delmar; children Mark (Dana) McNamee of Wilton, Iowa, Tammy (Marty) Balliu of Maquoketa, and Richard (Carla) McNamee of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Eric, Andrew, Mathew, Reece, Gannon, Nicole, Miranda, Keelyn and Ella; 10 great-grandchildren, Ian, Landon, Mason, Keegan, Bentley, Eli, Isabella, Jaylynn, Aspen and Sophie; brother James “Jim” McNamee of Delmar; and sisters-in-law, Gaye Riches of Anamosa, Iowa, and Diane (Charlie) Carr of DeWitt, Iowa.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ione Starr, and three infant angel grandbabies. 

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carl R. McNamee memorial fund has been established.

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

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