Lucille A. “Sis” (Sigwarth) Link

Lucille A. “Sis” (Sigwarth) Link

Lucille A. “Sis” (Sigwarth) Link, age 89, of Dubuque and formerly of Balltown, Iowa, passed away peacefully at 9:11p.m., on Sunday, August 23, 2020, at Stonehill Care Center, with family by her side surrounded by music. Due to COVID-19 concerns, a private family visitation and Catholic Mass was held to celebrate Sis’ life at St. Columbkille’s Church. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Balltown, Iowa. The Funeral Mass will be available for viewing on the Behr Funeral Home Facebook page after Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Lucille was born on April 6, 1931, in Balltown, Iowa, daughter of John and Anna (Leick) Sigwarth.

Sis was united in marriage to the love of her life, Delbert P. Link, on May 15, 1951, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Balltown. They settled into their new life farming side by side and raising their family. They were blessed to celebrate almost 61 years of married life together before Del passed away on May 7, 2012. Sis was very committed to the parishes of St. Francis and St. Columbkille’s, leading the music program, being a Eucharist Minister and Lector. She volunteered at the school helping the children with reading and spelling. Sis also devoted time to Birthright and the Dubuque County Right to Life. She was an incredible baker of pies, cakes and candies, a trait not only appreciated by family and friends, but also earning her several blue ribbons at the county fair. Sis was also an active leader of the 4-H program. She enjoyed reading, writing poetry, playing cards and bowling. Sis never stopped learning by completing the Archdiocese Lay Formation Program, Bible study, and learning to play the violin. Never one to sit still, Sis was an active traveler as well, including trips to Europe, Canada and the U.S., including Alaska and multiple trips to Hawaii. She especially loved sharing her gift of music with all of the residents and staff members of Stonehill. Sis was truly one of a kind, a hard working woman who treasured her family, faith and was committed to helping her community. She was loved and will be missed more than words can convey.

Those left to cherish Sis’ memory include

her children,
Mark (Diane) Link, Dubuque, IA,
Bill (Jean) Link, Dubuque, IA
and Roseann (Steve) Weust, Rockford, IL;

a son-in-law,
Paul Decker, Dubuque, IA;

her 11 grandchildren,
Emily, Molly, Kayti, Krystal, Ryan, Nathan, Rebecca, Alison, Nicole, Chandal and Mitchell;

7 great-grandsons and 2 great-granddaughters;

and her siblings,
Alice Link, Dubuque, IA,
Marina Klein, Dubuque, IA
and Louis (Jean) Sigwarth, Balltown, IA.

Sis was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Delbert P. Link; a daughter, Kathy Decker; her siblings, Armella (Al) Banwarth, Rev. Reynold Sigwarth, Dorothy (Arnie) Klein, Celestine (Eleanor) Sigwarth, and Werner (Dolores) Sigwarth; and 2 brothers-in-law, John Klein and Sylvester Link.

Sis’ family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of her compassionate caregivers throughout the years.

Memorials in honor of Sis may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Lucille Link Family.

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5 condolences for Lucille A. “Sis” (Sigwarth) Link
  1. Dale Klein says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time.

  2. Mary Kay Pancratz says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom and Aunt Sis! It brings to mind the quote: “What you do for yourself dies with you… What you do for others – is immortal and lives on for eternity”. Aunt Sis always exemplified this. I will always remember our times at the farm when we were young and as an adult I will always remember her kind, loving way of connecting with me, her niece. I loved her and her smile. I will pray for her and all of you as you grieve your loss, but she will be with my dad & mom, your dad, Kathy and all, in heaven, dancing, singing and playing cards! Love you cousins! God’s peace, Mary Kay & Tim Pancratz

  3. Elaine Grygo says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy to all. Aunt Sis was a very special and thoughtful lady. It meant a lot to us that she would call a week or so before Christmas to say Merry Christmas and wish us a Happy New Year! We always looked forward to her call. She is in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing all much peace and comfort in the days ahead, Elaine & Ron Grygo

  4. Deb Rooney says:

    What a wonderful obituary, the whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. Lucille was a great lady!

  5. Fr. Paul Otting says:

    Prayers for Lucille and family in her honor.
    Fr. Paul Otting

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