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
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;
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;
Ellie Lynn Siegert;
and Bill (Rita) Leliefeld, all of Guttenberg, IA;
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.
Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
July 19th, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Church of the Resurrection
4300 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa
July 20th, 2019 at 1:00 PM