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23
Aug

Verna Mae Steffen

Verna Mae Steffen, 92, of Luxemburg, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 11, at Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville and before services at the funeral home.

Wed
23
Aug

Larry L. Purman

Larry LaVern Purman, 72, of Elkader, died suddenly Sunday, July 23, 2017, at home in Elkader.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 27, at Hope Lutheran Church in Littleport, conducted by Rev. Margret Yackel-Juleen. Visitation was before services at the church.

Inurnment was at Hansel Cemetery, Garber.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Elkader was in charge of arrangements.

Wed
23
Aug

Louis Matt III

Louis Matt III, 91, of Garnavillo, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 21, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries. Visitation was before services at the church.

Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo.

Wed
16
Aug

Merl O. Meyer

Merl Owen Meyer, 55, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 11, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 12, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Richard G. Gaul.

Interment was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Wed
16
Aug

Marian Hohensee

Marian Hohensee, 86, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday Aug. 8, 2017, at Cottage Grove Place.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 12, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, conducted by Pastor Michael Erickson. Visitation was on Friday, Aug. 11, and before service on Saturday at the church.

Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wed
09
Aug

Jill Peterson

Jill Lynn (Kolker) Peterson was brought into this world on Aug. 12, 1962, by Jay and Joann Kolker. She was raised in Dubuque, graduating from Hempstead High in 1980. Jill married Rick Peterson on Oct. 6, 1984, and they lived their lives together throughout Texas, Minnesota, and Illinois. In 1986, they welcomed their daughter, Brittany, to the family, and in 1994, their son, Garrett, joined. Jill spent almost twenty-two years working for State Farm and was preparing for retirement.

Wed
02
Aug

Kenneth F. Schmerbach

Kenneth F. “Kenny” Schmerbach, 82, of Guttenberg passed away peacefully on Monday, July 24, 2017, at home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 27, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, Dubuque, conducted by Deacon John Stierman. Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.

Wed
26
Jul

Jan Miller

Jan Miller, a.k.a. “Big Bopper,” “Dumplin,” “Lenny,” died July 17, 2017. He was born in Colesburg on April 2, 1940, to Harold and Jeanne Miller. His parents-in-law were George and Clara Wertz. Jan is survived and forever loved by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn and sons, Brent and daughter-in-law, Nicole; Douglas and daughter-in-law, Laura; and Christopher and daughter-in-law, Beth; grandchildren, Camry, Adilynn, Callie, McKenna, and Caris who adored their “Grampy” as much as he adored them; siblings, Karen, Richard and sister-in-law, Judy, David and sister-in-law, Stephanie, Carol and brother-in-law, Mike, and Trudy and brother-in-law, Jay, will deeply miss their brother who is now resting peacefully with his siblings Kent, Douglas, and Steven.

Wed
26
Jul

Charles E. Hansel

Charles "Chuck" Edward Hansel, 69, of Roscoe, Ill., passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2017.

Memorial service will be Thursday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at Roscoe United Methodist Church.

Chuck was born in Guttenberg on Dec. 17, 1947, to Theodore Roosevelt and Rita (Miller) Hansel. Chuck received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loras College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois. On July 15, 1972, Chuck married Mary Lynn "Lynn" Larson in Guttenberg. Chuck served as a counselor at Singer Mental Health Center for 33 years. 

Wed
26
Jul

Miles E. Prchal

Miles Edward Prchal, 74, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the Guttenberg Care Center surrounded by family.

A celebration of Miles’ life will be held at the Guttenberg Marina Center Aug. 26, between 3-6 p.m.

Miles was born on Jan. 3, 1943, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Michael and Helen Prchal.

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