Anna A. (Oberfoell) Hess

Anna A. (Oberfoell) Hess

Anna A. (Oberfoell) Hess, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:21 a.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at home. Anna was preceded in death by her loving husband Joseph, who passed away on February 27, 2019. To celebrate Anna’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue. To honor Anna’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Holy Trinity Church, with Rev. Mark Kwenin officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Anna was born on February 12, 1937, in Holy Cross, Iowa, daughter of Raymond L. Oberfoell and Anna M. (Besler) Oberfoell. Anna grew up on a farm located between Epworth and Bankston, where she learned early in her life the value of an honest day’s work. Anna met her sweetheart, Joseph Hess, who was literally the “boy next door” on the adjacent farm. They courted and would be married on May 29, 1956, in Peosta, Iowa, eventually moving to Dubuque, where they bought a home and started their family. Anna was a homemaker and loving mother. Anna spent much of her time with her loving husband at their northern retreat on Mitten Lake near Remer, Minnesota. Anna looked forward to spending time with her kids and grandkids, as well as extended family members and friends and was always the first one to whip up a tasty meal. She loved all card games, but especially enjoyed playing Euchre with family and friends. She was a regular player with the Thursday Holy Trinity Card Club, and she and Joe were well known as the ones to beat. She was also very devoted to her Catholic faith, and was a long-time member of Holy Trinity Church, where she helped create the beautiful crafts for the fall festival for over 20 years. Our hearts are truly broken today at the loss of such a wonderful mom and grandmother, but we are thankful for all of the wonderful memories that we have made throughout the years and will treasure forever.

Those left to cherish Anna’s memory include

2 of her children,
Diana (Steve) Rokusek, Dubuque, IA,
Joseph (Bonnie) Hess, Inver Grove Heights, MN;

5 of her grandchildren,
Matthew, Corianna, Johnathan, Kelsey and Stephanie Hess;

and a sister,
Mildred (Kim) Gordinier.

Anna was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Joe Hess; her son, Richard Lee Hess; a grandson, Joseph Richard Hess; her brothers; Sylvester, Charlie, Eldon, Donny, Kenny; and her sisters, Mae and Kay.

Anna’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the emergency personnel, neighbors, and friends who provided support and compassion.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.


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Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church
1701 Rhomberg Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
February 29th, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Funeral service

Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church
1701 Rhomberg Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
February 24th, 2020 at 10:30 AM

4 condolences for Anna A. (Oberfoell) Hess
  1. Laura Danielson says:

    Deepest sympathy to the Hess family

  2. Linda Hess Wright says:

    Sweet Anna! She is now with her love, Joe. Both were such wonderful people who will be missed by a lot of people. Rest In Peace.

  3. Carl and Sue Uppena says:

    Our sympathy to the family of Anna. We always enjoyed visiting with her and Joe when they would be checking their land in Cassville.

  4. Fr. Dwayne Thoman says:

    I am very sorry to learn of Anna’s passing. We – Joe, Anna and I – had many wonderful conversations the times I visited she and Joe during Joe’s illness. I was deeply impressed by their complete dedication to one another. Anna said many times, “I won’t leave him.” May she and Joe now know the happiness of reuniting forever in heaven. And may you – her family – be blessed in many ways by their legacy.

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