Jane Houy



Jane A. Houy, 74, of Galena, IL passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 at Big Meadows, Savanna, IL. A private family service and burial will be held at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born February 26, 1940 in Galena the daughter of George and Bernice (Herman) Martin. Jane was united in marriage to Jerry Houy on December 1, 1961 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Galena and he survives. She worked for the Galena Laundry for many years. Jane enjoyed reading, walking, gambling, shopping and her dog "Peanut". She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jerry, her son, Mike (Michelle) Houy of Blue Grass, IA, two granddaughters, Jennifer and Amanda, a sister in-law, Jean (Jim) Bautsch of Galena, a brother in-law, Donald Renner of Galena, a special niece, Lynn (Gary) Redd. She was preceded in death by her parents, mother and father in-law, Ed (Florence) Houy, two sisters, Colleen Wright and Shirley Ernzen, a sister in-law, Janet Renner, nephew, Dan Wright. Online condolences may be left at


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Rose Petitgout



Rose J. Petitgout, 87, of Galena, died December 15, 2014 with her family by her side.   Visitation will be held at Furlong Funeral Home, Galena, from 3-7 P M on Friday, December 19, 2014. In keeping with Rose's wishes, her wake will not be a traditional wake with a formal viewing line.  Rose wanted her family and friends to gather in a relaxed atmosphere and feel comfortable. You will find her family throughout the room.  A private family burial will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery.  Rose was born July 16, 1927, in Galena, IL. She was the daughter of Charles and Agnes (Flynn) Staver.  She married Charles E. Petitgout Jr. at St. Mary's Church, Galena, on April 16, 1946 and he preceded her in death September 28, 1992.  Together they raised 10 children and operated Petitgout Electric from 1959 to 1992. Rose lived her entire life in Galena and was devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was known for filling her kitchen table with homemade breads and sweet rolls and would often have customers stop by on Saturday hoping she'd send them home with fresh-baked goods.  She loved to play Euchre and 500 with her card clubs and would remind her children to not stop by on Wednesday evenings because she'd be back playing cards with the Millers. She is survived by her 10 children: George (Dorothy Pooley) of Galena; Eloise (Pat) O'Brien, of Clinton; IA; Marty (Carol Bird) of East Dubuque; Elaine (Mike) Tittle of Thomasboro, IL; Nita (Jeff) Niekamp of Quincy, IL; Tim (Diana Spofford) of Dubuque, IA; Toby (special friend Sharon) of Lantana, FL; Kevin, Lantana, FL; Phoebe (Terry) Miller of Dubuque, IA; and Ben (Galena); two sisters, Alberta "Bobo" Trebian of Galena and Mary Hoftender of Menominee, IL; 22 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Charles and Mary (Ora) Petitgout; two brothers, Charles (St. Lo, France WWII) and Joseph; two sisters, Marita Tippett and Helen Kitto; brothers/sisters-in-law, Clark (Pete) Petitgout, Sue (Petitgout) Edwards, Robert Tippett, Wayne Trebian, Melvin Hoftender; and two great-grandchildren, Charlotte Niekamp and Grayson Miller. The family wishes to thank Dr. Koenigs and Hospice of Dubuque, Caregivers at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for their care of mom in the last chapter of her life here on earth.  We know that somewhere in the great beyond she is playing a heckuva game of 500 and most likely has pulled an already-played Ace out of the pile in front of her "just in case" she needs to use it again. Online condolences may be left at


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David Thiltgen



David H. Thiltgen, 66, of Galena IL, and formerly of Houston,  TX,  passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena IL.  In keeping with his final wishes there will be no public service & a private family burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel in Galena is assisting the family with final arrangements.   

          David Harold Thiltgen was born April 11, 1948 in Hazel Green, WI the son of Harold and Virginia (Noland) Thiltgen and one of five children.  He was united in marriage to Patricia Hillard of Galena IL and together had two daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth.  He worked many years for Tri-State Tours, of Galena IL and later became the owner/ operator of Timmerman's Hotel & Supper Club in East Dubuque IL. He later retired to Texas, before returning To Galena in 2012.

          He is survived by his two daughters:  Sarah and Elizabeth, both of Galena:  three grandchildren, Madison, James and Isabel: two brothers : Richard and Roger, both of Houston TX:  two sisters: Mary McNamer of Little Rock AK, and Judy Burbach of Pinehurst NC, and many nieces  and nephews who will long remember the generous nature of "Uncle Dave"

          He was, loved by and preceded, in death by His parents, Harold and Virginia, his nephew Jeffery, and his brother-in-law Vince.

          In honor of his canine companion of 16 years, Norman donations may be made to "Safe Haven Animal Rescue" in Elizabeth IL"

          The entire family would like to extend a special thank you the staff of Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, Galena who delivered exceptional care to David in his final years.


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Donald Nicholls



Donald "Don" E. Nicholls, 86, of Galena, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Furlong Funeral Chapel, in Galena where friends may call after 10:00 AM at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193 of Galena. Friends may call from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. on Friday, December 12, 2014, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, IL. Don was born on May 28, 1928, at his parent's farm near Galena, IL, the son of Samuel H. and Grace J. (Hudson) Nicholls. He grew up on the family farm; in his later teenage years he spent a great deal of time in Stockton, Illinois where his sisters Dorothy and Lucille lived on farms with their families, he loved farming and family. Don married Carol Ann (Harvey) Wieters, of Galena, IL, in August of 1954 in Dubuque, IA, They were the parents of three (3) children, Terrance "Nick" W. Nicholls, Karen D. Nicholls, and James R. Nicholls. Although our parents parted life paths in 1963, they maintained a mutual respect for each other throughout their lives, our Father remained committed to us three children for the remainder of his life. Our Mother, Carol Ann (Peter) Keller, preceded him in death on May 13, 2014. In March of 1965, Don and his three children moved from Galena to a farm near his family farm where he grew up, just outside of Galena. Farming 280 acres, raising three energetic children, and working a full-time factory job at the Chicago East Dubuque Foundry brought all the joy he sought or needed in life. Surviving are his two children; Terry "Nick" Nicholls of Galena (former spouse Kim M. (Dolan) (Nicholls) Backhaus, of Hustisford, WI), Jim Nicholls (Marge) and (former spouse Patricia (Birkett) Nicholls, of Lena, IL). His sister Kathleen "Dolly" (Carl) Furlong of Galena and many treasured nieces and nephews. Special friends at the local V.F.W., family friend Janice M. Ketza of Galena, and several special friends at the Coatsworth Senior Center of Galena. Don's four Grandchildren are: Nicole L. (David) Nicholls-Schueller of Eldridge, IA; Ashley A. (Ryan) Nicholls-Nyhus of Killeen, TX; Austin H. Nicholls (Erin Rebholz) of Hustisford, WI; and Jessica L. (Billy) Fitzsimons of Darlington, WI. Don's five Great-Grandchildren are: Morgan E. Schueller of Eldridge, IA; Caidence P. Nicholls-Nyhus and Wesley H. Nicholls-Nyhus of Killeen, TX; Layla & Lacey Fitzsimons of Darlington, WI. Don was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Karen D. Nicholls on November 27, 2010; his former wife Carol Ann; beloved nephews, Thomas L. McPhillips and Richard J. McPhillips of Stockton; a much beloved sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and James McPhillips; a sister Dorothy (Leland) McPhillips. The family would like to thank Tina Schwertfeger for her care and kindness shown to our Father.


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Jerald Allen



Jerald "Barney" Allen, 68, of Galena, died peacefully at home on Monday, December 1, 2014, surrounded by family. A celebration of Life will be announced at later date sometime this summer, Jerry's favorite time of year. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

He was born on October 31, 1946, in Dubuque, son of Vale and Roberta "Helene" (Sproule) Allen.  He was raised in Galena and graduated from Wahlert High School, class of 1964.  

He enjoyed muscle cars, riding his motorcycles and spending time with family and friends.  He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Chicago Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks. 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969, serving with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam where he received a Purple Heart.   He worked for many years at Chrysler Corporation (Belvedere Plant) and retired in 2008.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Jeff (Millie) Esterline of Tarpon Springs, FL, Renee (John) Scott of Keller, TX, Ronda Gipson of Riverview, FL, and Jason (Kimberly) Esterline of Oldsmar, FL;  his Aunt Carol (Sproule) Bussan of Galena, and many wonderful cousins and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one and only sister, Judy Esterline. 

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Tri-State Dialysis and Hospice of Dubuque for their outstanding care. 


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Kathyleen McCartin


Kathyleen M. McCartin, 79, of Galena, IL and formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Friends may call from 4 to 8 PM, Monday, December 1, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel. Burial will be held at a later date. She was born October 11, 1935 in Chicago, the daughter of William and Madeline (Beaud) Gillooley. Kathyleen graduated from Our Lady of Loretta High School, Chicago, the class of 1953. She was united in marriage to Richard McCartin on May 1, 1954 at St. Raphael's Church, Chicago. Kathyleen was a homemaker. She enjoyed antiquing, shopping, painting, drawing and traveling. She was a member of the Illinois Target Archers Association. She is survived by her husband, three children, Robert (Miriam) McCartin of San Benito, TX, Coleen (Scott) Konajeski of Punta Gorda, FL and Andrew (Anna) McCartin of Gilberts, IL, eight grandchildren, Robert (Aracelli), Richard, Kathyleeen, Robert (Jill), Keelan (Falyn), Karly (Josh), Casey and Quinn, four great grandchildren, Teegan, Madison, Gracyn and Lochlan, one brother, William (Marcia) Gillooley of New Lenox, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Richard in 1997. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for the care and compassion shown to Kathyleen. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

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Nancy Wall



Nancy Carol (White) Wall, 74 of Galena, IL passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014 peacefully at her home surrounded by her family and friends after a brief illness. Family and friends are invited to call to remember and celebrate Nancy's life on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena from 11 AM to 2 PM. Services will begin at 2 PM and burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. She was born May 7, 1940 in Dubuque the daughter of Clarence and Alberta (Miller) White. Nancy graduated from Galena High School the class of 1958. She received her nursing degree in 1960.  Nancy was united in marriage to John Wall and he preceded her in death on March 23, 1996. She started her nursing career at Finley Hospital and retired from Galena Nursing Home after many years of dedicated care to her patients. Nancy faced her cancer diagnosis with courage. She used humor and her quick wit to help others accept and cope with her illness. Nancy was always just a phone call away to help family and friends. She loved most her role as "great grandma". Nancy enjoyed traveling, crocheting, Facebooking and playing cards with her special friends "the old ladies". She is survived by her two daughters, Bonnie (Gary) Livingston of Galena, Vonda (Ken Miller Jr.) of Austin, MN, two step daughters, Barbara (Pat) Shepherd of Peosta, and Marlene (Dan) Frye of Asbury, six grandchildren, Erica (Taylor Harkness) Wall of Galena, Tim Wall of Denver, CO, Dawn Shepherd, John (Tanya) Shepherd, Megan (Tim) Michel and Emily (Tad) Schoeny, eleven great-grandchildren, Oliver, Sawyer, Willow, Adrianna, Alivia, Abi, Lily, Maggie, Owen, Nora and Stella, one special sister, Shirley Winter, two sisters in-law, Madeline Wall and Norma Montgomery and many nieces and nephews, her very special friend, Bruce Small. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, three brothers, Clarence Jr., William and Donald, a sister in-law, Beverly White. The family wishes a sincere thank you to Dr. Eric Engelman, Dr. Hendrik Schultz and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.


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Mary Louise Dellabella



Mary Louise Dellabella, 95 of Galena, IL passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Bell Tower Retirement Community, East Dubuque, IL. Funeral mass will be 11AM, Friday, November 21, 2014 at St Mary's Catholic Church in Galena and where friends may call from 10 AM, at the church. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Mary's Cemetery, Galena. The Furlong Funeral Chapel is assisting the family. Louise was born on April 23, 1919 in Galena the daughter of Charles P. and Mary M. (Peters) Lehrman.  She married Arthur G. Dellabella on October 23, 1941 in Springfield and he preceded her in death on August 9, 2002. Orphaned at age 14 she lived at St Vincent's Orphanage in Freeport and graduated from Aquin High School in 1937.  She worked as a nanny, housekeeper and secretary throughout the years as well as at Dellabella Implement Co.  She was a homemaker who enjoyed welcoming family and friends into her home.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Surviving are four daughters, Jane (Ron) Stauter of Madison, WI., Katherine (Charles) Marsden of Galena, Bette (Tom) Roeser of Barrington Hills and Mary Dellabella of Lafayette, CO.: four grandchildren, Lucas Hudson, Scott Stauter, Danelle (Marsden) Fiman and Allison Roeser; three great-grandchildren, Blake Stauter, James Hudson and Sara Hudson; a special niece, Mary (Thomas) Muehleip-Kmucha; numerous nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Carol Dellabella of Florida.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son Robert Arthur; a granddaughter, Julie Stauter; five brothers, Louis, Charles, Roy, Henry "Hank" and Albert "Abbie"; and one sister, Alice in infancy. The family wishes to thank the staff at Midwest Medical Center, Bell Tower, Hospice of Dubuque and Socorro for your care and kindness shown to Louise. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque and St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society or any association of your choice.


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Maynard Fuerstenberg



Maynard F. Fuerstenberg, 98 of Portland, TN and formerly of Galena, IL and Platteville, WI passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at his daughter's home in Portland. In keeping with his wishes cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a private family committal service held at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Platteville and military honors will be accorded graveside following the service. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. He was born June 28, 1916 in Platteville the son of Joseph and Lucy (Udelhoven) Fuerstenberg. He was united in marriage to Edna Edward on September 30, 1939 at St. Mary's Church, Platteville and she preceded him in death on September 15, 2008. Maynard work for Lockheed Corporation for many years until his retirement. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and VFW Post #2665 both of Galena and was currently the oldest member on the rolls of the Platteville Fire Department dating back to 1953. Maynard always looked forward to attending the annual Fireman's picnic in Platteville. He is survived by his two daughters, Judy Lopata of Portland, TN and Kay Foecking of Galena, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild, a brother, Fran of Reseda, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a daughter in infancy, Jill Ann, two brothers, Eugene and Emmett, a sister, Margaret, two sons in-law, Robert Lopata and Lee Foecking. Online condolences may be left at


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Gary Stoewer



Gary D. Stoewer, 61, of Galena, IL passed away Sunday, November 9, 2014 at his mother's home after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral mass will be 11 AM, Friday, November 14, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be at a later date. A gathering will be held from 4 to 7 PM, Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where a scripture wake service will be held at 4 PM and friends may call after 10:30 AM, Friday at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded. He was born March 7, 1953 in Dubuque the son of Donald and Millie (Fiedler) Stoewer. Gary graduated from Scales Mound High School the class of 1971. He worked as a floor covering contractor for forty years where he served as owner/operator and sub-contractor. Gary enjoyed fishing and playing cards with his family. He was an avid Denver Bronco's Fan. Gary loved his family very much and his sense of humor will be sadly missed by all that knew him. He is survived by his mother, Millie Stoewer-Allendorf of Galena, four children, Chrissy (Tim) Freese of East Dubuque, Shane Stoewer of Denver, CO, Houston Stoewer and Brennan Stoewer both of Lyons, CO, four granddaughters, Abbey, Isabelle, Audri and Millie, his wife, Judy, five siblings, Larry (Barb) Stoewer of Elizabeth, Patti Hesselbacher of Scales Mound, Susan (Mike) Meusel of Scales Mound, Jim (Leigh) Stoewer of Galena, Lori (Neil) Anderson of Scales Mound, three step brothers, Kenneth (Carol) Allendorf and Steven (Diane) Allendorf, both of Galena, Thomas (Karen) Allendorf of Dubuque, one step sister, Margaret (Steven) Vandermyde of  St. Charles, IL and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, step-father, Pete Allendorf, nephew, Kurt Meusel and a niece, Paige Stoewer. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque and Fr. Kos and Socorro for all their care and compassion during this difficult time. Online condolences may be left at


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