Victor M. Leibfried

Victor M. Leibfried

Victor M. Leibfried, age 98, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. Due to the current gathering restrictions a private family mass will be held to celebrate Victor’s life at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Rickardsville, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Victor was born on January 10, 1922, the oldest of 10 children to George J. and Stella (Hufnagel) Leibfried.

In 1938, Victor’s family moved to Rickardsville, where the legacy of the Avalon began. On February 3, 1942, Victor married Myrtle Cummer of Balltown, and together they raised nine children and passed on their strong legacy of faith in the Rickardsville community. Victor owned/operated the Avalon Garage and Wrecker Service, which subsequently was passed on to his three sons, a business that is currently known as the Avalon Service Center. Victor was a former member of the Holy Name Society and Catholic Order of Foresters at St. Joseph’s Rickardsville, and was a current member of Church of the Resurrection in Dubuque. Until COVID-19 isolation mid-March, Victor attended daily mass at Stonehill Care Center, and every Sunday was accompanied to mass by one or more of his nine children. Victor enjoyed dancing, fishing, camping, and traveling to Tucson, AZ, where he and Myrtle wintered for 10 years. Vic and Myrtle moved from their Rickardsville home on their 65th wedding anniversary to settle into a new home together. After 72 years of married life, Myrtle passed away on January 22, 2014.

Those left to reminisce on Victor’s 98 years worth of stories are

his 9 children;
LaVonne (Merl) Wilgenbusch,
Kenny (Patsy) Leibfried,
Mark (Bev) Leibfried, all of Rickardsville,
Janet (Steve Boulting) Stecklein,
Barbara (Dennis) Goebel,
George (Connie) Leibfried,
Kathy (Lonnie) Steger,
Diane (Mark) Link
and Peggy (Tim) Lehmann, all of Dubuque;

30 grandchildren;

53 great-grandchildren;

5 great-great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Daniel (Mickie) Leibfried
and Joan (Bob) Valentine, Dubuque, IA;

and his in-laws,
Viola Avery
and Bill (Marge) Cummer, both of Dubuque
and Evelyn Specht, Sherrill.

In addition to Myrtle, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Gerald Stecklein; a grandson, Tony Steger; five brothers, Paul, George, Roger, Howard and Thomas Leibfried; two sisters, Betty Miller and Carol Ritt; and numerous brother and sisters-in-law.

The Leibfried family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Stonehill Community for providing loving care for dad these past 4 ½ years, as well as Hospice of Dubuque.

Memorials will be accepted by the family and can be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, Attn. Victor Leibfried Family, to be distributed among his favorite charities.


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21 condolences for Victor M. Leibfried
  1. Cathy and Roger Bartels says:

    To the entire Leibfried family: you have our sincere sympathy. He was a wonderful, quiet man!

  2. Fr. Paul Otting says:

    Prayers for Victor and family in his honor.

  3. Larry and Becky Kremer says:

    Sincere sympathy to Peggy, Tim and your whole family.

  4. Janet Glasgow says:

    My symphathy goes out to the entire Leibfried family. Having seen your parents at daily Mass for many years, I know now they are in Heaven together once again praying for all of you. Your family is an inspiration on how faith is such a key component in your lives and this was generated by the lives of your mother and father. God bless you all – Diane I know you are feeling the pain but also know your strong faith helps soften the pain and sees the joy in his passing.

  5. Clara Evanoff says:

    To the Leibfried family, I offer my condolences in the loss of your father. Charlie and I enjoyed meeting and sharing time with mom and dad as resident managers of Applewood I and II.

  6. Sandy Menke says:

    This eulogy depicts beautifully the integrity and legacy that is evident among this family. Prayers for God’s blessings to the Leibfried family as you see your father off to his next and final home.
    Sandy and Steve Menke

  7. Karol Sue Braun says:

    Praying for comfort for your entire family. What a wonderful life he had with such a large loving family.

  8. Raymond Thul says:

    The whole family has our deepest heartfelt sympathy.
    Ray and Pat Thul

  9. Ron & Patsy Schueller says:

    Our sympathy to all of you. Lots of good memories of Vic & Myrtle. They were always smiling.

  10. Duane and Mary (Brimeyer) Heacock says:

    My sympathy to the entire family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Ruth and Chuck Gassmann says:

    To the Leibfried family, Chuck and I and our family would like to extend our condolences to you for your loss of Vic. What a wonderful man who lived his faith everyday and raised such a beautiful family. We were pleased to enjoy time at our lake with Vic and Myrtle years ago. Vic loved to fish !! Prayers are with you.

  12. Joyce and Dick Smith says:

    Vic was special. We enjoyed the many stories of his life. He loved to talk about his life in Dubuque, Rickardsville and then back in Dubuque. He was a family man and a man of faith! His love for Myrtle was REAL. They are now back together. Please accept our condolences.

  13. Janice & Joe DeMuth says:

    Our prayers and love are with your entire family. So sad that we cannot be among you today as you say “goodbye for now” to your dad. Vic is so happy to be reunited in eternal life with your mom. They will now prepare a home in heaven when the time comes for you to join them. They are enjoying their second honeymoon, so don’t join them too soon.

  14. Jim Udell says:

    It was great to know Vic and his sons, I currently live in Tampa, FL. Jim and Marilyn Udell

  15. Cathy (McPoland) Robertson says:

    Diane, Kathy, and Leibfried family,
    Sweet memories flood my heart and mind of our trips to Minnesota in our “growing up” years with your parents and family. Stops at the Avalon with my dad in the milk truck, are also a part of those memories. Celebrate who you are, the love you shared, and the memories that you hold tightly, because God graced you with such a great man to be your dad, father-in-love, grandpa, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle. I’m so grateful for those of you who took your dad to see my dad while he was in the nursing home, and I know that dad appreciated it also! Be blessed with the prayers that surround you as you grieve, because you loved him deeply!

  16. Dave & Jean Schmitt says:

    Just met Vince at Stone Hill several times.
    His daughter Janet was always there on popcorn Tuesdays.
    What a gracious guy.
    Sympathy to all.

  17. Mick and Michele Culbertson says:

    Extending our deepest sympathy to the Victor Leibfried families. We have all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Mark and Karen Heiderscheit says:

    Our condolences to everyone in Vic Leibfried’s family. Our prayers are with all of you. I always remembered Vic and my dad being lectors at Rickardsville. He was always easy to talk to and had a story to tell. 🙂 And he did one heck of a job with running the Avalon garage. In later years, I enjoyed meeting him at Resurrection and talking for a while.
    Will be praying for you.

  19. Donna Bertsch says:

    We are so sorry about losing Uncle Vic! Our hearts and prayers are with all of you!

    Roger Leibried’s family

  20. Donna Bertsch says:

    We are sorry about the loss of Uncle Vic. We have alot of memories of him while living in Rickardsville!!!!

    The Roger Leibfried family

  21. Dave and Judi Weydert says:

    Our sympathy on your loss of your Dad,Kenny and Patsy and your whole Dave and Judi Weydert

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