Kathryn A. “Katie” (Leliefeld) Ben

Kathryn A. “Katie” (Leliefeld) Ben

Kathryn A. “Katie” (Leliefeld) Ben, age 82, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 10:39 a.m., on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Katie’s life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Tom Heathershaw officiating. To celebrate Katie’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, July 19, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 2:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Katie was born on November 23, 1936, in Guttenberg, Iowa, daughter of Daniel and Rose (Kleine) Leliefeld.

Katie was united in marriage to the love of her life, Harry Ben on January 26, 1957, at St. Mary’s Church in Guttenberg, Iowa, and they were blessed with 54 wonderful years and 7 children together before he was called home ahead of her on March 23, 2011. Katie was a loving, full time wife, mother and homemaker, who did in home daycare for several years and was affectionately know as “mom”, “ma”, “maw”, “madre” and “mother”, to not only her own children, but their friends and all of the daycare kids. In later years Katie would also share her domestic talents with Balltown-Sherrill Catholic Schools, Albrecht Acres and Holy Family Hall in their housekeeping departments. She was an excellent cook and made sure everyone who visited was well fed, whether it be the orange slices and candy on the counter, an egg sandwich, or anything else she had on hand. In her free time, Katie enjoyed reading, crocheting, and going out to eat with family and friends. Beyond a doubt, Katie’s family was always her top priority, she looked forward to spending time with the children and grandchildren, creating countless beautiful memories that will be cherished forever. Katie’s faith was also an important aspect of her daily life as evidenced by her long time membership with Holy Ghost Church and her current membership with the Church of the Resurrection. We are deeply saddened at losing the matriarch of our family today, but take some comfort in knowing that she is now happily reunited with not only her beloved husband Harry, but all of her family members called home before her.

Those left to cherish Katie’s memory include

her children,
Tim (Jean) Ben, Dubuque, IA,
Tammy Ben, Dubuque, IA,
Jerry (Pam) Ben, Sherrill, IA,
Roger (Linda) Ben, Sioux City, IA,
Debbie McGinnis, Dubuque, IA,
Doug (Vicki) Ben, Durango, IA
and Kathy Ben, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Randy (Ginny) Fens, Ryan (Nicole) Fens, Ron Fens, Kassy (Daniel) Moore, Kelsey (Jacob Schroeder) Ben, Ryan (Cynthia) Ben, Jonathon (Kristen) Ben, Doug (Cindy) Siegert, Laura McGinnis, Tammy (Bill Kaufmann) Sprecher, Tera (Aaron) Turner and Logan Ben;

her great-granddaughter,
Ellie Lynn Siegert;

her siblings,
Lois Goerdt,
Joanie White
and Bill (Rita) Leliefeld, all of Guttenberg, IA;

her in-laws,
Richard (Mavis) Ben, Alfred, ND
and Rose Ben, Gackle, ND;

and her special grand-puppy,

Katie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry Ben; a granddaughter, Krista Kay Ben; a son-in-law, Gary McGinnis; her siblings, Norman (Lois) Leliefeld, Dorothy (Orvin) Knudtson, Bernard (Bernita) Leliefeld, Vera (Cliff) Mirocko, Mary (Manford) Sherriff, Opal (Robert) Goerdt, Betty Leliefeld, Kathleen Leliefeld, Pat (Glen) Bolsinger, Carol Rose Leliefeld and Gary (Corinne) Leliefeld; and her in-laws, Richard Goerdt, Keith White, Marvin Ben, Clarence (Mary Jean) Ben and Johnny Jerome Ben.

Katie’s family would like to thank Dr. Hillard Salas and his nurse, Kristy, as well as the nurses and staff of Stonehill and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Katie and her entire family.

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


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
July 19th, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral service

Church of the Resurrection
4300 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa
July 20th, 2019 at 1:00 PM

11 condolences for Kathryn A. “Katie” (Leliefeld) Ben
  1. Deb Brunsmann says:

    So sorry for your loss Doug, Vickie and Logan. We are never ready for them to leave, she will forever be in your heart. Sorry to say we are out of town leaving on Friday, returning Sunday so regretfully I will not be able to make it to the wake service. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Daryl and Lisa says:

    Tammy and Kathy, it is difficult to find words to express how sorry we are for your loss. We hope you will find comfort in the many wonderful memories you have. Be sure to lean on each other and on us as well as your many other friends. Unfortunately, we have a trip scheduled Friday through Monday and will be unable to be with you in person but know we are with you in spirit.

  3. Dave and Kim McGinnis says:

    Our deepest condolences to the entire “Ben” family. Although we cannot be there in person, our thought and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  4. Barb Sloan says:

    I’m sorry for you and Tim’s loss my thoughts are with you

  5. Jeff & Sherri Errthum says:

    We are so sorry for your loss

    Jeff & Sherri {Moser} Errthum


  6. Joan from Stonehill says:

    You have my sincere sympathy for the loss of sweet Katie. Katie always had a comeback to anything which made me love her more! Her wit was something to look forward to to seeing her on my work days! She will surely be missed….rest now sweet Katie❤

  7. Joan Schuster says:

    Tammy, Kathy and family…so sorry for your loss. Katie was my “partner in crime” : – ) I loved the time we spend together and all the jokes and laughter. She was a terrific lady and I will miss her! My thoughts and prayers are with you all….

  8. David & Bonnie Coyle says:

    Jerry, Pam & family, sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.

  9. Maxi Bebber says:

    My deepest sympathy to each and everyone of you. May she rest in peace.

  10. Linda Charley says:

    Tammy, Kathy and family…so very sorry for your loss. Kathryn was such a kind and gentle soul. It was always such a pleasure to see her when I worked for Dr Rick and at Finley. Always made us laugh….such a sweetheart. I’m certain she will be sorely missed. Prayers and sympathies to all of you. I sent her obit to Rick as well….he was a great fan of hers as well. Take care…may she rest in peace.

  11. Judy Sabers says:

    My sympathy & prayers! You were a good Holy Family Hall housekeeper ~~ so good to the Sisters! Rest In Peace!

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