1240 Rush Street
Dubuque, IA. 52003-7556
PARISH OFFICE HOURS:
Monday - 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday - 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday - 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday - 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday - 8:00am-4:00pm
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed
ST. COLUMBKILLE HISTORY
ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE
KINDERGARTEN – 7TH GRADE
HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC SCHOOL
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DUBUQUE RESCUE MISSION
ST. PAT'S MEALS
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THE GABRIEL PROJECT
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Saturday ~ 4:15pm
Sunday ~ 8:00am, 10:00am
Children’s Liturgy of The Word at 10:00am Mass
Weekday MassesMonday - Friday, 9:00am
Holy RosaryMonday - Thursday, 8:30am
Eucharistic AdorationEucharistic Adoration, Monday - Thursday, follows 9:00am Mass, until 10:00am
Fridays, 7:30am - 9:00am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays ~ 3:00 pm
(or anytime by appointment)
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(Feb - May)
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Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 16, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum..
Funeral Mass is at 9:30 am, Saturday, February 17 at St. Columbkille Church, 1240 Rush St. Dubuque, Iowa.
Mary A. Hinkel, age 89, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 2:55 p.m., on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Mary's life, funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. Ralph E. Davis officiating. To celebrate Mary's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 16, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
Mary was born on September 18, 1928, in Farley, Iowa, daughter of Fred and Katherine (Mueller) Berberich.
Mary attended St. Mary's Grade School and went on to graduate from the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1946. Over the years, Mary always looked forward to reconnecting with her friends at the alumnae banquets. Mary was united in marriage to the love of her life, Kenneth Hinkel, on June 27, 1964, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. The two have been truly blessed with 4 deeply adored children, and 53 wonderful years together. Mary was raised with a strong work ethic and earnestly invested over 14 years of her working career as an assistant to the late Dr. Robert J. McNamara, Urologist. Even after her retirement, Mary would remain active in the medical field by volunteering at Mercy Hospital for over 20 years. She cherished her role as wife, mother and homemaker, who took great pride in making sure her family was well taken care of and her home was always welcoming. In her free time, Mary enjoyed being outdoors soaking in the warm sun and also putting her green thumb to work as a volunteer at the Dubuque Arboretum for over 18 years. Her faith was very important to her and she was a loyal and long-time member of St. Columbkille's Church. Before that, she and her family were members of St. Mary's Church, where she continually embraced every opportunity to serve others within her church. Family, however, was the one thing in this world which brought Mary the greatest joy; any time she was able to spend with them was precious and time well spent to her. We are deeply saddened at the loss of such a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend, but we know that one day we will all be reunited again to gather together forever at our eternal family reunion.
Mary looked for the best in others, and gave the very best she had.
Those left to cherish Mary's memory include
her loving husband,
Kenneth Hinkel, Dubuque, IA;
Karen (Brian Besler) Hinkel,
and Deborah (Michael) Boland, all of Dubuque, IA;
and her sisters,
and Connie Weis, all of Dubuque, IA.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John Joseph Hinkel; and her brothers-in-law, Joseph Bowden and Dave Weis.
A Mary A. Hinkel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.
Mary's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for their outstanding care of Mary, and her family.
Visitation will be from 3 PM -7 PM, Wednesday, February 7, at Leonard Funeral Home, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass is at 10:30 am, Thursday, February 8
Kathleen M. “Kay” Brimeyer, 74, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at home surrounded by her family from complications of Cardiac Amyloidosis.
Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Calvary Chapel Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.
Kay was born on January 30th, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of M.J. and Mamie (Powers) Haley. She attended the Visitation Academy and graduated from St. Joseph Academy.
She married Paul Brimeyer on April 24, 1965 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Dubuque and together they raised four wonderful children.
Kay worked as a Registered Nurse for many years for the Dubuque area hospitals; and lastly worked for the activity department at Luther Manor for many years.
She enjoyed reading, lunch outings and anything to do with her family members.
Kay is survived by her husband Paul; four children, Scott (Lisa) Brimeyer and Randy (Carrie) Brimeyer, both of Dubuque, Pam (Jay) Zimmer, of Asbury, and Jeff (Sue) Brimeyer, of Belvidere, IL. Nine of the best grandchildren anyone could ever have, Justin (Jade Fiedler) Brimeyer, Emily Brimeyer, Luke (Britta) Brimeyer, Sarah Brimeyer, Steve Brimeyer, Molly (Mitch) Boge, Morgan (Dyllon Phillips) Zimmer, Madisen Zimmer, and Michael Zimmer, along with two great grandchildren. Her siblings, Mag (Donnie) Hayes and Mike Haley both of Dubuque. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Betty (Clemie) Pins, Hubert “J.R.” (Rose) Brimeyer, Larry Powers, Janet (Paul) Reiss and Barb (Lyle) Kramer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joseph Brimeyer, Margaret Brimeyer, Florence (Laverne) Simon, Dick (Susie) Brimeyer, Anna Mae Powers, Bill (Bev) Brimeyer, Helen Brimeyer, and Mary (Clete) Simon.
In lieu of flowers memorials will be donated to Mayo Clinic Research Center in Rochester.
The family wishes to thank the entire medical staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for all their wonderful care and kindness.
Visitation will be from 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Monday, January 29, 2018, St. Columbkille Church
Funeral Mass is at 10:30 am, Monday, January 29.
Frances A. (Dolan) Mescher, 98, passed away January 25th at Stonehill Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 29th, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, with Rev. Ralph Davis officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.
Frances was born on March 26, 1919 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of James Edward and Mary (Murray) Dolan. She married Ray Mescher on July 22, 1942.
Frances was a lifelong Dubuque resident, living all but 5 years of her life on State Street. She was also a lifelong member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Frances was an avid golfer and card player and had many friends. She was proud of her Irish Heritage and a wonderful zest for life.
Those left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Karen; her granddaughters, Sarah (David), Meg (Matt) and great grandchildren, Ava, Jacob, Charlotte and Sadelle.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; infant daughter, Kathleen; parents, J. Edward and Mary Murray Dolan; sisters, Ann Marie Beckius and Sister Mary Edward, PBVM; and her brother Joseph.
The family wishes to thank MaryLou Johanningmeier, our Dubuque Angel, along with the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their loving care the last 7 months.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Presentation Lantern Center of Dubuque.
Visitation will be from 9:00 am - 11:30 am, Monday, January 22, 2018.
Funeral Mass is at 11:30 am, Monday, January 22.
Rose Marie Foley, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center.
Funeral mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church until time of mass. Burial will be at a later date in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in charge of arrangements.
Rose was born on April 15, 1930 in Calmar, Iowa the daughter of Ernest and Frances (Schmitt) Hauber.
She married William P. Foley on July 8th, 1950. He preceded her in death on August 21, 1972. The passing of William left Rose with the task of raising seven children alone at the age of 42. She lovingly and successfully dedicated herself to that cause and watched each of her children complete college or a professional program after high school.
The two most important things in her life were her faith and her family. Both things gave her tremendous comfort during good days and bad days. Throughout her life Rose attended daily mass. At services across Dubuque, you could find Rose comfortably situated in the back of the church, often accompanied by her children. She taught them to treat everyone with kindness and love and modeled it faithfully. She was extremely proud of her family. And her family was extremely proud of her.
Rose enjoyed a good game of cards with family and friends and time spent at the local casino, where most of her efforts were philanthropic. She was known to tool around town in her Jeep to local garage sales and grocery stores in search of a bargain before hurrying home to spend time with her beloved cat Gracie. But if the winter weather was about to turn bad, Rosie would stay put. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan. She enjoyed a cold beer poured over a full glass of ice and a nice chat with her neighbors who she treasured dearly.
Rose was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She stayed in constant contact with her seven children, but her children knew not to call her between 6:30 and 7:00 while she was enjoying Wheel of Fortune.
She was the proud niece of local World War II hero Chaplain Aloysius Schmitt who saved many lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She proudly and honorably accepted his burial flag at his recently held military rites ceremony at Loras College.
She is survived by her seven children, Sue Makovec, of Dubuque, William (Shirley) Foley, of Dyersville, Michael (Marcia) Foley, of Katy, TX, Kathryn Foley-Hingtgen, of Fond du Lac, WI, Robert (Leslie) Foley, of Dubuque, John (Kristin) Foley, and Steven (Jaclyn) Foley, both of Bettendorf. Nineteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Frances Hauber; her sister Juanita (Marc) Ryan; son-in-law Steve Makovec; and two grandchildren Michael James Foley and Jennifer Makovec.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Matthew Kirkendall and Dr. Allen Meurer and their staffs, along with the caring people at Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care, kindness and compassion they showed Rose.
In lieu of flowers, a Rose Foley memorial fund will be established.
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Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 19th, 2018,
Eleanor McCarthy passed away on January 10, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at St Columbkilles Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 19th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.
Eleanor was born on May 10, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to Jack and Victoria Soltis. She was one of four children and loved being the sister of three brothers Ray (Laddie), Dick (Dottie), and Jim (Patty).
Eleanor married the love of her life, William (Bill) McCarthy (deceased) on November 6, 1948 in Chicago. Bill was a close friend of her brother Ray, and when Bill came home from the war looking to reconnect with his friend from the Navy, he found that Ray’s sister had grown up while they were away. They were smitten and the rest is history. They lived in Chicago and started their family and eventually moved to Dubuque in 1966. They never gave up their proud Chicago heritage and were full of Polish and Irish ethnic pride.
They have five children: Daniel (Janet) McCarthy, Maureen Kottman, David (Karen) McCarthy, Donald (Katy) McCarthy, and Maribeth Hughes. And five grandkids: Michael Kottman (Katie), Morgan (Erick) Hutson, Meredith (Jeremy) Mayra, Caroline McCarthy and Natalie McCarthy. In addition, Eleanor presided as Bill’s partner as the matriarch of the extended McCarthy/Soltis clan which includes nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces, and great-great nephews and nieces.
Eleanor and Bill became very attached to and involved in the Dubuque area community. Eleanor joined Bill representing the Dubuque area chamber of Commerce at various functions and promotional events. They were members of St Columbkille parish. They thoroughly enjoyed their nearly 50 years living in the Oeth Court neighborhood where they cultivated strong friendships. In recent years, Eleanor moved to Bethany Home where she met many new friends and neighbors. They loved to travel and probably visited every state in the country and made several trips to Europe.
Upon graduation from high school, she took a job with a bank in Chicago before starting their family. Originally moving to Dubuque with her husband when he took a regional manager’s position with Keebler Cookies, she started her own career as a bookkeeper and then office manager with the Kraft Butter Company operations in Dubuque.
She then worked with Bill for many years in the kitchen and bathroom remodeling business and eventually helped him start their own business. Their last business venture of nearly 30 years was B&E Brochure Services, which filled a unique niche in the pre-Internet world of promoting tourism to the region, connecting visitors and the area’s attractions.
Eleanor and Bill retired from the business in 2014.
In her later years, she was a regular customer at Capri Beauty School where she had her hair done every Friday and encouraged the students to be the best they could be. She seemed to be one of their favorite customers. And followed that up with a burger at Paul’s with the regulars.
Beside children, she was the proud mother and grandmother to an extended family of dogs that she and Bill had over the years: Peanuts, Sam, Jody and Bailey but also to the many dogs that her kids owned over the years. She took the opportunity to help spoil them but not as much as Bill did. She may have shown off their pictures as much as her kids and grandkids, but one will never know.
Eleanor was all about the importance of family and friends. She was blessed with many opportunities to cultivate these relationships. She was an extremely loving and caring person and will remembered as such by those she leaves behind. She was dedicated to Bill and her family and that was her top priority in life. She told everyone that she had a great life and that we should all strive to live the same way.
Visitation: Friday, January 5, 3:00 – 8:00 PM,
Service held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 6, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, December 7, 10 AM - 11 AM,
Service held at 11 AM on Thursday, December 7
Visitation: Tuesday, December 5, 4 - 7 PM,
Funeral Mass: Wednesday, December 6, 10:30 AM
Robert L. McCarron, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 1st, 2017 at Manor Care.
mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at St.
Columbkille's Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating.
Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home
& Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at
was born on May 14, 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Robert and Julia
(Wolfe) McCarron. He married Hilda Simon on November 26, 1949 at St.
Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubuque. She preceded him in death on December
worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for over 45 years until
his retirement. He was a member of the UFCW Local 150 A and St.
Columbkilles Catholic Church. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, but
most of all he enjoyed his time with his family and especially his
is survived by his children, Nancy (Terrence “Darby”) O’Neill, of
Aurora, CO., Barb (Bob) Hinz-Pfab, of Dubuque, Patrick McCarron, of
Seattle, Colleen (Ron) Huseman, of Denver, Beverly McCarron, of Denver,
Steven (Michelle) McCarron, of Dubuque, Douglas (Heather) McCarron, of
Keokuk, IA, and Roger (Anina) McCarron, of Chicago, daughter-in-law Sue
McCarron, of Dubuque. 23 grandchildren, Michael, Tony, Matthew, Luke,
Megan, Molly, Brady, Katie, Brian, Nicholas, Natalie, Ashley, Jenny,
Chet, Jessica, Brennan, Riley, Madeline, Brandon, Sydney, Nicole, Miller
and Emmet; 27 great grandchildren. Siblings, Connie Kelly, of Dubuque,
Therese Lampe, of Bettendorf, IA, Michael and Dan McCarron, of Dubuque,
and Kevin McCarron, of Marion, IA.
was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Hilda, a son Robert,
son-in-law Tom Hinz, brothers Hugh McCarron and Patrick in infancy.
The family wishes to thank Manor Care for all their wonderful care and kindness they gave to Bob.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Visitation: Saturday October 14, 2017 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.,
Funeral Mass: Saturday, October 14, 10:00 AM
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Rose Marie (Peschang) Chun, age: 90, died of natural causes on October 9, 2017 at the Stonehill Care Center. Visitation will be Saturday October 14, 2017 from 9;00-10:00 a.m. with mass of Christian Burial following at St. Columbkille church at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial at Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rose Marie Chun was born on July 9, 1927 in Dubuque, the youngest daughter of Nicholas and Jennie (Lee) Peschang. She attended St Mary’s Elementary School, Immaculate Conception Academy, Clarke University and the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she entered the post-war work force as a registered dietitian at Rockford Memorial Hospital. This was followed by another dietitian position at Chicago’s Presbyterian Hospital.
Mrs. Chun was the wife of the late Dr. Newton Chun. They married in Chicago in 1952. After a short residence in Honolulu (her husband’s birth place), the couple relocated to Dubuque and set down roots. “If Newt and I had stayed in Hawaii, we would have ended up raising a clan of beach bums,” was the stock answer she gave to those who inquired about this curious change of scenery .
Although she raised six children, Mrs. Chun was also active in community service, including a stint as president of the Dubuque County Medical Auxiliary and serving on the Alumni Board at Clarke University. Her participation as a judge at Telegraph Herald’s Recipe Roundup lasted for decades.
A longtime member of the international travel organization Friendship Force, Mrs. Chun visited many countries. Despite this penchant for adventure, the native daughter never missed the opportunity to share her civic pride with foreign hosts. She once told an overbearing Frenchman that while the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral were nice enough, they paled in comparison to such Dubuque landmarks as the 4th Street Elevator and Shot Tower.
Rose Marie Chun is survived by her six children. This includes two daughters and four sons; Nicolette (Kenneth Van Vleck) Chun of Palo Alto, Ca., Danielle (Michael) Schrenk of Cincinnati, Oh., Rene (Jolande Boot) Chun of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., Dr. Noel (Dr. Mary Jo Ford) Chun of Manhattan Beach, Ca., Guy (Sandi) Chun of Albuquerque, N.M., and Jon (Katherine Elkins) Chun of Gambier, Ohio.
There are also thirteen surviving grandchildren: Aidan and Alec Van Vleck; Ava and Owen Chun; Delaney and Ryan Schrenk; Cheyenne Chun, Dakota and Sequoia Ford; Nicholas and Miranda Chun; Beckett, Mateo and Nicholas Elkins.
Sincere thanks to the entire Stonehill staff for providing expert care and comfort during Mrs. Chun’s final months. Memorials may be submitted to St. Columbkille church or Clarke University.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, September 19th, 2017, 3:00pm - 8:00pm,
Funeral Mass: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, 10:00am
John Patrick ‘Jack” Shanahan, 69, of Dubuque passed away September 7, 2017 at Mercy Hospital surrounded by family.
and friends of Jack may visit on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 from
10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595
Rockdale Road. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral
home officiated by Rev. Gabriel Anderson.
Jack was born August 18, 1948 in Dubuque, Iowa to Francis and Loretta (O’Connell) Shanahan.
He attended school in the South Garryowen and Zwingle area and graduated from Wahlert high School in 1967.
Jack is a US Army Veteran and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the UAW Local 94.
worked as a partner with his Dad, Francis Shanahan, at their service
station; for Klauer Manufacturing and retired from John Deere.
loved spending time with his family and friends. You could frequently
find him on the side lines watching his sons, nephews and nieces playing
sports. Jack was always willing to lend a helping hand and never wanted
anything in return.
is survived by his two sons, Christopher (Tanya) Shanahan, and Nicholas
(Andrea) Shanahan, both of Cedar Rapids. Iowa. His mother Loretta
Shanahan, of Dubuque; two sisters, Jane (B.J.) Featherston, of Epworth,
Iowa and Julie Shanahan, of Dubuque; two brothers Mike Shanahan, of
Springbrook, Iowa and Bob (Becky) Shanahan, of Maquoketa, Iowa; along
with many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Francis Shanahan.
family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center
especially the 3rd Floor for making Jack’s last days comfortable for him
and his grieving family and friends.
Carol Ann Dohrer, 67, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 2, 2017 with family by her side.
prayer service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at
St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson
officiating. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Saturday at
the church until time of service. Burial will be in Mount Olivet
Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is in
charge of arrangements.
Carol was born on October 15, 1949 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Harold and Helen (Hittenmiller) Kauffmann.
She graduated from Wahlert Catholic High School in 1967.
has worked for the Holy Family Catholic School system for the past 29
years. She worked at St. Mary's/St. Patrick's School for 14 years, St.
Joseph The Worker School for 2 years, and the past 13 years at St.
Columbkille's School. Carol's co-workers, the students, & their
families were very important to her and she loved them like family.
Carol took great pride in her work and went above and beyond to make
sure the students, staff, and families were taken care of. She will be
greatly missed around St. Columbkille's School.
loved her daughters, grandson, and son-in law more than anything.
Spending time with them gave her great joy! She loved her B-bop to the
moon & back, twice.
is survived by two daughters, Kristy (Jake) Meyer and Lindsey Dohrer,
both of Dubuque, Iowa; her Grandson, Blake Meyer; and her sister, Jan
(Paul) Wiedemann of Dubuque, Iowa. Sister-in-law Berti (Tom) Buelow of
Dubuque, Iowa. Nieces & Nephews Michelle (Steve Hopkins)
Freiburger, of Mesa, Arizona, Mike (Sara) Wiedemann & their children
Nicholas & Addison Ruth, of Dubuque, Iowa, Katie (Jason) Schwass
& their children Knox & Sterrin of Dubuque, Iowa, Andy (Beth)
Buelow, of Waterloo, Iowa, Katie (Kevin) Kopp and their children Macy
& Milo, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
was preceded in death by her parents Helen & Harold Kauffmann;
her sister Mariella Freiburger; and her brother Timmy Kauffmann.
family would like to thank Dr. David Bender & the entire Oncology
team at UIHC for their love, support, and dedication in Carol's fight
with cancer the past 5 years. We also want to thank the staff of the
Wendt Regional Cancer Center of Dubuque and Hospice of Dubuque for the
care they gave Carol in her final days.
In lieu of flowers, a Memorial fund has been established and monetary donations can be made to Leonard Funeral Home.
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While at home on the evening of May 19, 2017, Hugh J. McCarron, age 76, was born to eternal life.
services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, at Saint
Columbkille Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating.
Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors
will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. To celebrate
Hugh’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on
Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory,
2595 Rockdale Road.
was born in Dubuque on April 30, 1941, the son of the late Robert A.
McCarron and Julia (Wolfe) McCarron. He attended St. Columbkille’s High
School and was a member of its final graduating class in 1959. He
began studies at Loras College that fall. In October 1960, he started
his career at John Deere, where he would remain an employee in the
experimental planning department as a senior engineering processor for
41 years. Between 1965 to 1966 he served in the U.S. Navy and was in
the reserves for 4 years.
married Dorothy Ann Schmitt on May 11, 1968 at Holy Trinity Catholic
Church in Dubuque. They had six children Kelly, Amy, Scott, Kate,
Mollie, and Megan, all of whom feel blessed to have had him as their
had an inquisitive mind. He loved to tinker with things, whether it
was the old cars he worked on or taking something new apart so he could
satisfy his curiosity of how it worked. He was a resourceful educator
and a person to go to if you needed to diagnose or fix a problem; he
often found creative solutions by "rigging something up." The house
that he built in 1970 and where he raised his family is filled with
examples of Hugh's ingenuity, creativity, and craftsmanship.
he was not working on a project or solving problems, he enjoyed
watching stock car racing, whether it was from the couch or in person,
especially the NASCAR races at the Daytona 500 or Kansas City Speedway.
At a slower pace, Hugh liked to go on drives and road trips with
Dorothy Ann to see different parts of the U.S. Ultimately what Hugh
loved most was his family. He looked forward to holidays when everyone
would reunite at home. His grandchildren eagerly anticipated his
breakfasts, whether he was serving up his French toast or delivering
dozens of doughnuts.
Hugh’s family and friends will cherish his memory and forever be guided by the example he set and the way he lived his life.
is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann McCarron of Dubuque; children,
Kelly (Chuck) Braak of Omaha, NE, Amy (Dan Jones) McCarron of Dallas
Center, IA, Scott (Bonnie) McCarron of Aurora, IL, Kate (Chris)
McCarron-Cotton of Kansas City, MO, Mollie (Jason Christopherson)
McCarron of Clive, IA, Megan (Cory Brown) McCarron of Des Moines, IA;
his grandchildren, Abbey, Gretchen, Katya Braak; Madeline, Mallory,
Brianna McCarron; Grace, Olivia, Hadley, Chloe, Addison Cotton; and
Finn, Natalie, Gabe Christopherson. He is also survived by siblings;
Connie Kelly of Dubuque, Therese Lampe of Bettendorf, IA, Michael, Bob,
and Dan McCarron of Dubuque, and Kevin McCarron of Marion, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother Patrick.
behalf of Hugh, the McCarron family would like to express a sincere
thank-you to Sandy at Dr. Hermann’s office and to Ron and Sharon
Juergens for their love and support.
Hugh, We thank you for your service to our Country!
Anita M. “Nita” Nebel 89, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on April 26th, 2017 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital. Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, with Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Anita was born on July 12, 1927, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Don and Madeline (Grobe) Brewer. She received her education in Dubuque Schools and graduated in 1945 from Immaculate Conception.
Academy and was a former basketball player for ICA. She married John Nebel on November 11, 1950, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque. Nita was active at St. Columbkille's Church, volunteered at funeral dinners, was a Eucharistic Minister, a CEW member and worked the SCRIP program, and was a former Girl Scout Leader. She was one of the original MIME group for the Right-to-Life and volunteered at the Dubuque Rescue Mission and Shalom Retreat Center. She was a member of the Theresians Tapestry and the Precious Moment Club. She worked at AY McDonald's, Klauer Manufacturing and the Dubuque Packing Company. She also was a homemaker and seamstress. She was an avid walker and water walker at Loras and Flora Pool. She loved spending time with her dinner club friends, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Connie (Bruce) Wehr of Davenport, Iowa and Jeff (Laurie) Nebel of Asbury, Iowa. Her half-sisters, Lisa (Kevin) Ahlers of Cascade, Iowa, and Cathy Smith of Colorado. Her grandchildren, Dr. Matt (Mayce) Wehr, Melissa (Brandon) Tolle, Michelle (Josh) Hopewell, Mike (Miranda) Wehr, Stacey (Gilbert) Castillo, Amanda Nebel and Kayla (Caleb Cherry) Nebel. Great-grandchildren, Nora, Whitney, Tzeitel, Nic and Vera Wehr, Keegan, Kaden, Maddie, and Mason Tolle, Kyle, Gavin and Olivia Hopewell, Beccham and Maverik Wehr, Ember, Emeri, Koryn, Kasen and Mateo Castillo, Crimson, Skarlett and Raine (Nebel) Cherry, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John on January 6, 1997, Her parents, her brothers, Eugene and Harlan (Bud), her sister Phyllis (Merl) Lucas. Memorials: St. Columbkille's Church, Dubuque Chapter of Right to Life, or Mary's Inn Shalom Center.
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Richard T. “Dick” Schmid, 65, of Dubuque, IA, owner of Crescent Electric Supply Company, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Dubuque. Fr. Gabriel Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, where there will be a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in the family plot at Mount Calvary Cemetery immediately following the funeral Mass. Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St. is entrusted with arrangements. Dick was born on January 7, 1952 in Dubuque, IA. Dick was the oldest son of Thomas “Tom” B. and Elizabeth “Libby” (Thompson) Schmid. Dick was proud of being the first born in his family and would often point out his position within the family by describing himself as “the oldest son of the oldest son of the oldest son, the first born of the first born of the first born.” Dick took his birth order seriously and led by example. He looked to the other “firstborns” that came before him, his father Tom and his grandfather Titus, and carried on their traditions of putting family first, achieving and maintaining success in business through ethical means and being civic minded in their philanthropy. While Dick was born and raised in Dubuque, he was educated in various schools throughout the upper Midwest. He attended public and private school as a young child in Dubuque. He attended 7th and 8th grade at Sacred Heart Military Academy in Watertown, WI, high school at St. John’s Preparatory in Collegeville, MN, and college at St. Norbert’s in West De Pere, WI. Although having spent his formative years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he never became a fan…to put it mildly. After graduating from college in 1975, Dick entered the Financial Management Program with General Electric in Salem, VA and in 1976 moved to Atlanta, GA and entered General Electric’s Technical Marketing Program. On April 4, 1977, Dick went to work for his family’s business, Crescent Electric Supply Company where he remained for 40 years. Dick held various positions within the company during his tenure. He began in sales in the Chicago area and was eventually promoted to branch manager of various locations in and around the Chicago area. While in sales, Dick was number one in the company for a few years running. When asked what he loved best about sales, Dick said, “Interacting with people.” In 1989, his uncle Jim Schmid, CEO and President at the time, asked that Dick return home to Dubuque to work at the corporate offices of Crescent Electric Supply Company in East Dubuque, IL. Dick liked to tell the story of his return to Dubuque as him coming back home, “kicking and screaming.” As a young single man, he had grown to love his life in Chicago and his beloved team, the Chicago Bears. While working for Crescent Electric’s corporate offices, Dick would eventually lead the sales and marketing efforts for the entire company. As Crescent grew, Dick’s focus became strictly marketing. Under Dick’s leadership several memorable successful marketing programs were implemented with trips and gifts as rewards. Dick’s many friendships with folks from across the United States in the electrical distribution industry were created, renewed, and cemented through trips taken to places all over the world. It was in these venues and entertaining in the home where Dick enjoyed himself the most. He was able to get to know and “interact” with his customers, employees, and vendors in intimate and celebratory settings. While Dick’s career with Crescent Electric was successful and eventually led to a position as Senior Vice President and member of the Board of Directors, Crescent Electric also experienced success. In 2014, Crescent Electric celebrated its 95th year in business as a privately held company and is one of the most respected and successful electrical wholesalers in the United States. Dick always considered his employees part of his extended family. He understood the importance of taking care of his employees. They were not just individuals whose efforts contributed to the bottom line, but people with families to provide for. The most distressing thing for Dick was the decision to lay off employees during the Great Recession of 2007-08. Dick took it upon himself to pen holiday missives for the employees of Crescent Electric and called them personally on their anniversaries to recognize their dedication and thank them for their years of service. Dick was always concerned with doing the right thing and in the right way which was not often easy. Whether in the workplace or at home, the path of least resistance was not Dick’s path. Much like his beloved Jack Russell Terriers, Fritz, Sassy, and Midge, Dick was creative, intelligent, and tenacious. Dick was a considered, critical thinker with high, exacting standards. Those were his strong suits. Patience, not so much. It was well known that Dick did not suffer fools and fools did not suffer Dick, but if you were lucky enough to know him, love him, and call him friend, you became a better person as a result. Dick was patriotic. He understood the importance of the sacrifices that men and women of the armed forces make every day for the protection of our freedoms. Dick was a true Capitalist. He loved America and the free market system. His father’s and grandfathers’ legacies of the American Dream were passed on to and carried on through Dick. Dick’s personal life was also one of success and reward. When Dick moved back to his hometown of Dubuque in 1989, he was a “relatively young” single man and having just moved from Chicago would frequent the coolest bar Dubuque had to offer. It was at The Lounge on Locust Street where he met his wife of 23 years, Carrie. She was the bartender at the time, and after Dick hired her away to work at Crescent Electric in Inside Sales, the relationship grew and they were married in 1994. Overnight, Dick became a husband and father to Carrie’s sons, Mike and Chris. Dick was blessed to have 3 grandchildren in his life, Mason, Hailey, and Emma. The highlight for the grandkids were summers spent together at Grandpa Dick’s for some cousin camaraderie and corn on the cob, with Grandpa Dick manning the grill and leading the lessons on table manners. “Family First” was Dick’s motto and he lived it. Dick was a mentor and symbol of strength for Carrie and her sons and grandchildren, and his counsel and love will be sorely missed.
Creative, intelligent, and considered are words that not only describe Dick’s personal and professional life, but his philanthropy as well. Dick’s financial support and guidance in the creation of The Crescent Community Health Center, The Schmid Innovation Center, and the Schmid Philanthropic Initiative offers citizens of Dubuque opportunities to dream big, stay well, and enjoy a better quality of life. Dick’s thoughtfulness as a philanthropist led him and his wife, Carrie, to create their guiding principles of philanthropy: 1) Dubuque is a great place to live and work. 2) Celebrate our heritage while looking to the future. 3) Collaboration is key. 4) A hand up, versus a handout. Dick saw involvement in civic affairs as a natural, sensible extension of his business knowledge and success. He came from a long line of successful, civic minded men and women. Dick’s father was quoted as saying, not only is “involvement in civic affairs…an obligation…for any young man making a career in a city…one never finishes one’s civic responsibility.” This philosophy informed Dick as a child and helped him become the man he was. He was a Junior Achievement Volunteer, served on G.E.’s Lamp Market Advisory Council, and represented Crescent Electric as a member of NAED (National Association of Electrical Distributors), and ELECTRI International. Locally, Dick was a member of the Innovation Consortium for the Sustainable Committee of Dubuque. Dick felt fortunate to have achieved the success necessary to give back at a time when Dubuque was experiencing an economic revival. Dick was grateful for the input from Envision 2010 and for all of the associations and friendships gained along the way through his philanthropy. Now it’s up to the city officials and other civic and like-minded leaders, whom with his passing, have been entrusted to carry on with his blessing, and support the spirit of innovation already begun in our community.
Immediate family members left to cherish his memory are his wife, Carrie; his sons, Mike Sorensen and Chris (Jenna Van Cleve) Sorensen; his grandchildren, Mason Sorensen, Hailey Van Cleve, and Emma Sorensen, all of Dubuque; and a sister, Susie Schmid of Minneapolis, MN. Extended family members include many in-laws, out-laws, cousins, aunts (including his favorites, Janet Rhomberg and Mary Schmid), uncles, nieces, nephews; and a wonderful mother-in-law, Angie Wemmer.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sarah; a brother, Frederic “Fritz” Schmid; a brother-in-law, Billy Foley; his father-in-law, Roy Wemmer Jr.; a sister-in-law Christine Wemmer; and many aunts and uncles. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque on behalf of the Crescent Community Health Center. Over the past several years, Dick has received wonderful care from many people, and his family would like to thank the staff of Finley Hospital, especially 5th floor Med/Surg, his buddy, Travis Klinefelter, and the home health aides; all the physicians at Dubuque Internal Medicine, especially Dr. Hillard Salas and Dr. Josef Kahn for their care, and Dr. David Oppert for his honesty at a time when it was needed; the staff at Manor Care and Stonehill Care Center; Dubuque EMTs and Fire Department, Paramount Ambulance, Hartig Pharmacy staff; his friends at The Jule; and the staff at Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Home.