Obituaries

Tammy Benson

10/25/14

Tammy Benson, 47 of Hanover, IL passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral service will be 11:30 AM, Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Galena Bible Church, 11108 Ulysses S Grant Memorial Hwy Galena, IL and where friends may call after 9:30 AM at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born June 20, 1967 in Man, West Virginia the daughter of William and Linda (Harrison) Harris. Tammy was united in marriage to Keith Benson on October 18, 2013 in Galena and he survives. She worked various jobs throughout the Galena and Hanover area. Tammy enjoyed Facebooking, coloring and puzzle searches. She is survived by her husband Keith of Hanover, her mother, Linda Harris of Hanover, two daughters, Kristina Brubaker and Jennifer Harris both of Hanover, her step children, Mike (Gwen) Benson of Galena, James (Sarah) Benson of Madison, WI, Lucus Benson of Dubuque and Staci (RJ) McNicoll of Champaign, twelve step-grandchildren, Madeline and Kaia Garbacz, Alexis and Hayden McNicoll, Gavin Leverton, Makayla and Jaycob Benson, Kaileah and Jordan Gornick, Lily and Joseph Benson and Kendyl Flanagan, three brothers, Mike Harris of Kissler, WV, James and Mark Harris both of Hanover, two sisters in-law, Pam R. (Walt) Johnson and Christine (Chris) Ludescher both of Galena. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and step grandchild, Cody Benson.

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Madonna Kieler

10/25/14

Madonna M. "Donna" Kieler, 71 of Dubuque and formerly of Kieler, WI passed away at 3:30 PM, Saturday, October 25, 2014 surrounded by her family at Luther Manor, Dubuque. There will be no public visitation or services. Burial will be held at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born January 7, 1943 in Dubuque the daughter of William "Bill" and Violet (Sarazin) Haberkorn. Donna was united in marriage to Oliver "Babe" Kieler on October 31, 1961 and he survives. She and Babe owned and worked together in their business "The Kieler Mall" in Kieler for twenty-five years. Donna loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed their yearly family fishing trip to Danbury, WI. Donna loved to quilt and made several quilts for her family and donated several to foster children. She was very proud of her many years bowling in the Women's Pro Bowlers Tour. Donna was inducted into the National Women's Pro Bowler's Hall of Fame, she had two career 300 games and several 700 series throughout her career. She loved to coach young bowlers at Riverside Bowl. She is survived by her husband Babe who resides at Luther Manor, Dubuque, her two children, Brian Kieler and Vicky (Karl) Ballagh both of Kieler, WI, seven grandchildren, a sister, Arlene (Patrick) Dunn of Des Moines, IA and formerly of Dubuque, two brothers, Richard "Dick" (Donna) Haberkorn of Dubuque, Albert Haberkorn of FL and formerly Potosi, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Cary Kieler. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their and compassion these past several years.

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Carol Soat

10/12/14

Carol May Soat, 80, of Galena, IL died Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Galena-Stauss Senior Care Community Center, Galena. Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and where friends may call after 9 AM. Burial will be in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, Galena. Carol was born on April 17, 1934 in Galena the daughter of Elmer and Viola (Temperly) Soat. Carol worked for many years at the Jo Daviess County Workshop for the Handicapped. She enjoyed watching TV, spending time outdoors, loved being with her cats and tending to her flowers in the summertime. She is survived by her two brothers, Robert (Mary) Soat and Richard (Carol) Soat both of Galena; nieces and nephews; and many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Betty Soat in infancy, Ruth Anger and Helen Richardson; and two brothers in-law, Clarence "Chris" Anger and Wesley "Wes" Richardson. The family of Carol would like to sincerely thank the nurses and staff of the Galena-Stauss Senior Care Community for the wonderful care they have provided Carol these past four years.

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Teresa Hatfield

10/12/14

 

Teresa Hatfield, 51 of Galena, IL and formerly Savanna, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Funeral service will be 3 PM, Thursday October 16, 2014 at the First Covenant Assembly of God Church, Galena with Pastor Tim Ahrenholtz officiating friends may gather after 1 PM at the church. Burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born September 12, 1963 in Savanna the daughter of David and Sandra (Kelly) Hatfield. She attended the Savanna schools. Teresa enjoyed reading, sewing but most of all she loved her family. Teresa is survived by, daughter Maggie Cade of Maquoketa, IA,  son Jake (Erich Weber) Townsend of Dubuque, IA, daughter Gretchen (Bob) Dryer of Maquoketa, IA, daughter Hannah (Richard) Graham of Lost Nation, IA,  son Todd Townsend of Des Moines, IA and Antonio Townsend of Galena, IL.  Nieces, nephew, and two grandchildren, sister Sherri (Ira) Thurmond of Freeport, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 

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Joan Mill

10/11/14

Joan Mill, 83, of Galena, IL and formerly of Michigan and Alaska passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014 at her home. In keeping with her wishes there will be no public visitation or service. She was born May 13, 1931 in Michigan. Joan was united in marriage to Robert D. Mill in 1949 and he preceded her in death in 2007. She worked for several businesses in the area until her retirement in 1996. Joan was a good listener and took great pride in her children and grandchildren she will be sadly missed. She is survived by her two children, Shawn (Mary Beth) Mill of Kingsland, GA and Sheri (Norman Bohnsack) Mill of Galena, four grandchildren, Shawny Perota of Jacksonville, FL, Lindsey (Josh) Newcomer-Strack of Dayton, OH, Cole Newcomer of Denver, CO and Chance Newcomer of Galena currently serving with Navy in Afghanistan, three great grandchildren, Dominic, Joseph and William, one sister, Patty Muhler of MI and special daughter in law Bonnie Mill, Jacksonville, Fl who was like a daughter. She was preceded in death by her parents and her five siblings.

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Marlene Jahncke

10/10/14

 

 

 

Marlene L. Jahncke, 78 of Galena, IL passed away Friday, October 10, 2014 at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Funeral mass will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, October 16, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena, burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where a parish rosary will be recited at 4 PM. She was born July 23, 1936 in Ellerslie, MD the daughter of Charles and Leora (Beal) Burkey. She attended the local schools and graduated the class of 1954 from Mount Savage High School, Mount Savage, MD. Marlene then moved to the D.C. area and began working as a secretary for the National Security Agency for the next ten years. During that time she met her future husband James "Jim" Jahncke and on July 16, 1960 they were married in Cumberland, MD. In the fall of 1965, Marlene and her children accompanied Jim on his Air Force assignments to Turkey, England, Texas and Maryland. In 1975, the family moved to Galena after Jim retired from the Air Force. Marlene started working for the Iowa Department of Human Services and retired from there in 2000. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband of fifty-four years, James, two sons, Stephen of Elkhart, IN and Michael of Galena, one daughter, Barbara of Dubuque and a brother, Edward Burkey of Cumberland. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Karen, a brother William Burkey. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 

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Petros Ikonomopoulos

10/6/14

 

Petros Theodore "Pete" Ikonomopoulos, 84 of Galena, IL passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 at the Elizabeth Nursing Home. Funeral service will be held at 2:30 PM Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be held at a later date. Friends may call from 4 to 6 PM Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the funeral chapel. He was born June 20, 1930 in Greece the son of Theodore and Kethrena Ikonomopoulos. He was a longtime chef for Log Cabin restaurant, Galena. He enjoyed gambling and playing cards with his many friends. He loved his children and grandchild and often thought of his family in Greece. He is survived by his two sons, Ted of Galena and Larry of East Dubuque, a granddaughter, Amanda of Dubuque, two sisters, Maria and Meropi both of Greece a brother in-law, Evagelo of Greece, many nieces and nephews also of Greece and a close friend of over fifty years, Fotis "Frank" Rigopoulos of Galena. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Elizabeth Nursing Home for their care and compassion these past eleven years. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 

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Elva Boyd

10/4/14

Elva C. Boyd, 93 of Galena, IL and formerly of Chicago, IL passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Funeral service will be Noon, Thursday October 9, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel and where friends may gather after 10 AM. Burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. She was born December 6, 1920 in North Dakota the daughter of William and Leana Thomson. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Boyd in April of 1972 in Chicago, IL and he survives. Elva enjoyed her trips to the casino, playing bingo and shopping. She is survived by her husband, her son, George (Helen) Olinares, a daughter, Cheri (Richard) Bartz, many grand and great grandchildren and her close family friend, Shelly (Dave) Weide. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Jerome, a grandchild, four sisters and five brothers.

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William "Wild Bill" Copp

9/26/14

Lt. Col. (Ret) William H. "Wild Bill" Copp, father of Vicki Copp-Rutenbeck of Galena, passed away on September 26, 2014 in Fitchburg, WI at age 91. He is survived by his loving family, precious friends, and the world-wide community who enjoy a taste of freedom because of Bill and his companions...the patriotic Air Force pilots who served. His Celebration of Life will occur on Friday October 10, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 in the evening at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. In lieu of flowers please hand a red rose to a veteran or senior.

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Eleanor Funk

9/24/14

Eleanor Mae Funk 93 years old, of Galena, IL passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Friends may call Saturday, September 27, 2013 from 1 to 4 PM at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, IL. Burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation. She was born October 22, 1920 in Galena the daughter of Charles and Bernice (Nicholls) DuBord.  Eleanor married Harry "Mick" Molitor and he preceded her in death in 1970. She later married Richard Funk and he preceded her in death on August 24, 2005.  Eleanor worked for Rosheks as a salesperson but her true love was being a homemaker. She enjoyed dancing, gambling, working in her yard and whistling when she was upset. Eleanor was a loving wife, mother, grandmother who was very involved in her family's activities and she will be sadly missed. She is survived by her five children; William (Mary) Molitor of Cleveland, OH, John Molitor of Nora, IL, Kathleen (Jim) Pfeffer of Rockford, IL, Dan and Steve Molitor both of Galena and a daughter in-law Mary Molitor of Las Vegas, NV and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons Patrick and Robert Molitor, her brothers and sisters and a daughter in-law Sally Molitor. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, Galena Police Department, Galena EMTS, Dr. Koenings and Joyce your care and compassion will never be forgotten.

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