Obituaries

Rita M. (Backes) Decker

Rita M. (Backes) Decker

Rita M. (Backes) Decker, age 90, of Dubuque, passed away at 3:52 a.m., on Friday, January 22, 2021, at home surrounded by her loving family. To celebrate Rita’s life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main

Ivanelle M. “Ivy” (Hauk) Winders

Ivanelle M. “Ivy” (Hauk) Winders

Ivanelle M. “Ivy” (Hauk) Winders, age 90, of Dubuque, passed away at 3:30 p.m., on Friday, January 22, 2021, at Stonehill Care Center. To celebrate Ivy’s life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Ivy

Michael P. “Mike” Ahern

Michael P. “Mike” Ahern

Michael P. “Mike” Ahern, age 56, of Dubuque, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at his home. To celebrate Mike’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Monday, January 25, 2021, at

Shirley A. (Rank) Schute

Shirley A. (Rank) Schute

Shirley A. (Rank) Schute, age 83, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:43 p.m., on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital due to complications from COVID-19. To celebrate Shirley’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m.

William Paul Downs

William Paul Downs

William Paul Downs went home to be with his Lord on January 19, 2021. A private family visitation was held and a memorial service will be at a later date. William was born on March 30, 1929 in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Ralph V. Tigges

Ralph V. Tigges

Ralph V. Tigges, age 88, of Dubuque and formerly of East Dubuque, IL, was called home peacefully at 4:44 p.m., on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at MercyOne Dubuque. To celebrate Ralph’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m.

Paul F. “Yogi” Behr

Paul F. “Yogi” Behr

Paul F. “Yogi” Behr, age 75, of Dubuque, passed away at 10:20 a.m., on Monday, January 11, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To celebrate Paul’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday,

Jean A. (Gasper) George

Jean A. (Gasper) George

Jean A. (Gasper) George, age 79, of Dubuque, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 11, 2021, at her home. To celebrate Jean’s life, private family services were held. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main

Holly M. (Griffin) Amunson

Holly M. (Griffin) Amunson

Holly M. (Griffin) Amunson, age 46, of Dubuque, passed away at 10:50 p.m., on Sunday, January 10, 2021, at her home with her loving family at her side, after a short battle with cancer. To celebrate Holly’s life, family and

Grace C. (Klein) Dean

Grace C. (Klein) Dean

Grace C. (Klein) Dean, age 94, of Dubuque, passed away at 1:56 a.m., on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Hawkeye Care Center. To celebrate Grace’s life, immediate family and close friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, on

Denise J. (Engling) Parsons

Denise J. (Engling) Parsons

Denise J. (Engling) Parsons, age 67, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:14 p.m., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family. To celebrate Denise’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until

Sister Marcelline (Alfrieda) Arndorfer, OSF

Sister Marcelline (Alfrieda) Arndorfer, OSF

Sister Marcelline (Alfrieda) Arndorfer, OSF, passed away at 7:25 p.m., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Clare House, Dubuque, Iowa. A private Celebration of Life and Rite of Final Commendation will be held at Clare House Chapel, Mount St. Francis

Janet V. (Peter) Grew

Janet V. (Peter) Grew

Janet V. (Peter) Grew, age 88, of Dubuque, passed away at 3:20 p.m., on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Grand Meadows. A celebration of Janet’s life will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in St. John’s Lutheran

Cyril H. “C.H.” Lammers

Cyril H. “C.H.” Lammers

Cyril H. “C.H.” Lammers, age 50, of Dubuque, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at his home. To celebrate C.H.’s life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt.

Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Erschen

Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Erschen

Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Erschen, age 60, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:26 p.m., on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, Iowa. To celebrate Jeff’s life, private family services were held at

Margaret M. (Breitbach) Hefel

Margaret M. (Breitbach) Hefel

Margaret M. (Breitbach) Hefel, age 97, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 28, 2020, at home with her loving family by her side. To celebrate Margaret’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until

Dale Braun

Dale Braun

Dale Braun, age 70, of Dubuque, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2020, at his home. To celebrate Dale’s life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Dale was born on April 16, 1950, in

Roger S. Broessel

Roger S. Broessel

Roger S. Broessel, age 96, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 21, 2020, at his home. Due to COVID-19 concerns there will be no public services at this time. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the

Henry R. Peppmeier

Henry R. Peppmeier

Henry R. Peppmeier, age 85, of Dubuque, passed away suddenly at his home on Monday, December 14, 2020. To celebrate Henry’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Friday, December 18, 2020, at Summit

Bonita K. “Bonnie” (Berwanger) Pickel

Bonita K. “Bonnie” (Berwanger) Pickel

Bonita K. “Bonnie” (Berwanger) Pickel, age 64, of Dubuque, passed away at 4:10 p.m., on Monday, December 14, 2020, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To celebrate Bonnie’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., on