Obituaries

Captain Roy L. Green

6/20/14

 

 

 

Captain Roy L. Green, 64, who spent most of his adult life working on or near the Mississippi River, pulled anchor Friday June 20, 2014 for his final voyage home to his Lord and Savior. A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 AM, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where family and friends may gather after 10 AM. Following the celebration of life military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by the Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193. Burial will be held at a later date. Roy was born November 1, 1949 to Elizabeth Lina (Maurer) and Roy Wayne Green of Galena, IL.  He graduated from Galena High School in 1967 shortly after meeting the love of his life and future bride, Dorothea Smith. He earned his first paycheck at the age of thirteen by cleaning and separating pistons at Garwin McNeilus's junkyard.  He was quick to learn; impressed his boss with his work ethic, and by the age of sixteen, he was running a boom truck.  This was the beginning of a life dedicated to working hard and learning and loving the operation of heavy equipment. Roy worked various construction jobs until entering the Army in 1970.  During his service in Vietnam, he was awarded various medals including the Sharp Shooter badge, the National Defense Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and Army Commendation Medal. After returning stateside he was united in marriage to Dorothea.  Over the years he and Dorothea welcomed three daughters whom he cared for and protected for the rest of his life. Roy was a longtime union member of both the Operating Engineers Local 234 (boat pilot, crane, cherry picker, backhoe and various other heavy equipment) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 953.  His union membership was a source of great pride for him and he believed and taught his kids about "Fair work for fair pay."  When you hire a union worker, you hire someone who is well trained and who practices experienced safety in the work place.  A union can give a worker training and a voice, in turn, the worker should give the company the best and most honest skilled labor possible. After obtaining his pilot's license to operate work boats Roy worked dredging and towing on nearly every major waterway in the US.  In 1996, he started work at Dairyland Power (Genoa 3).  There he ran the harbor tug and managed the maintenance crew.  His intelligence, innovation, and problem solving skills were apparent in all aspects of his work. Roy's entire life was a reflection of his principles and quiet determination to live in service of others. He was preceded in death by his parents and best friends Hap, Troy and George. He leaves behind his bride of 43 years, Dorothea and their three daughters, Casey Green (and Robert Atwell), Amanda Green (and Travis) Johnson, and Alexandra Green.  He will be missed by his trickster playmate granddaughter "Badge" Natalie, Jackson, Melita Mae and Hannah.  He also leaves behind his sister, Betty (and Daryl) Schemehorn and Aunt Ruby. He will be remembered for his strong principles, gentle and quiet manner, quick wit, guitar strumming, relaxing with his campfire dog Ruby, and successful desire to live by the golden rule.  He was a man among men.

 

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Nolan John Hoogerwerf

6/20/14

Nolan John Hoogerwerf infant son of Matthew and Molly Hoogerwerf, Galena, IL passed away Friday June 20, 2014 at American Family Childrens Hospital, Madison, WI. A private family service will be held at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. He is survived by his parents, a sister, Eleanor.

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Paul Schleucher

6/19/14

 

 

 

Paul E. Schleucher, 94, of Galena Territory, IL passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community.  His loving family will celebrate his life at a later date to be determined. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. Paul was born on Jan 5, 1920 in rural Celina, Ohio to Earl and Charlotte Schleucher.  He grew up on the farm, graduated from High School and earned a degree in accounting from International Business College in Ft. Wayne, IN.  After graduating he moved to Cleveland, Ohio to work for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.  While he was in Cleveland, he went to a church roller-skating party where he met the "girl with the red shoes", Alice Hollman. Paul and Alice were married December 26th, 1941 and a month later he was drafted into the Army.  He was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland where he was a Technical Sergeant. After his discharge, Paul and Alice moved to Findlay, Ohio where he partnered with his brother in a dry-cleaning business for 30 years.  He finished his working career by managing Findlay Lodge BPOE # 75 for 5 years. They lived in Findlay for 35 years and raised 3 daughters.  Paul was a real "people person" who never knew a stranger. Paul was a fantastic golfer who kept all the scorecards from over 100 courses he played in his life.  He was a proud member of the Elks Lodge and was a past Exhalted Ruler.  Paul and Alice had a very full social life with many friends and they loved to dance! After his retirement Paul and Alice lived briefly in Colorado and then moved to Fairfield Glade, Tennessee where Paul played golf and worked in the pro-shop.  While living in Tennessee, he and 2 PER friends started a new lodge - Cumberland County Elks which is a growing and thriving lodge. Paul's last 12 years were spent living with his daughter, Sally, in the Galena Territory and spending time in Florida with another daughter, Nancy.  He continued to play golf until just a few years ago. Paul is survived by the love of his life, Alice, of the Galena Territory, daughters, Sally (Bob) Traul, of the Galena Territory; Susan (Tom) Carroll, of Davidson, NC; and Nancy (Bob) Provenzano, of Ormond Beach, FL; Grandchildren Kris (Dan Goldblatt) Paul, Eric (Paola) Traul, Jennifer Traul, Jessica (Joseph) Ceithaml, Andrea (Brian) Wallenhorst, Leslie Carroll, Dan (Mandy) Provenzano, Paul (fiancé Teresa) Provenzano, Rachel (Brad) Kubin; Great grandchildren, John Paul, Matt Paul, Andrew Goldblatt, Robert Dawes, Isabella Traul, Ray Ceithaml, Edward Ceithaml, Ken Wallenhorst, Kiley and Trent Provenzano and their mother Beth Ann, Danika Provenzano, Max Kubin and Sam Kubin.  Also his beloved friends, Scout and Bud. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, Howard, Clarence and Edward and many dear friends.

 

 

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Margaret "Peggy" Altfillisch

6/10/14

Margaret H. "Peggy" Altfillisch, 79 of Galena, IL passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Funeral mass will be 11 AM, Saturday, June 14, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena and where friends may call after 9:30 AM at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. She was born February 18, 1935 in Galena, IL the daughter of Raymond and Mary (Miller) Fruhauff. Peggy graduated from Galena High School the class of 1953. She was united in marriage to John D. "Jack" Altfillisch on September 17, 1960 at St. Mary's Catholic Church and he preceded her in death on May 1, 2008. Peggy worked for Mould Studio in Dubuque as an artist and later at the Blueberry Cottage, Galena as a sales representative. She loved painting, crafting, making rosaries, boating and spending time at their camp on the river.  Peggy was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where she would spend her time helping to maintain the altar, watering the flowers and doing whatever was needed. She was also a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Peggy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her three children, David (Diane) Altfillisch, Terry (Maria) Altfillisch both of Galena and Connie (Tom) Willis of Wilton, IA, six grandchildren, Jacob (Stacey), Jordan (special friend, Brianne Loughren), Zach (fiancé Kelly Schlarmann), Anna Marie, Logan and Noah, one great-grandchild, Samuel John Altfillisch. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Raymond, a sister, Jean Martin and a brother in-law, Lyle Martin. The family would like to thank Dr. Crist, Hospice of Dubuque and Clarissa A. Cook Hospice House for their compassion and care and Father Max and Socorro for your spiritual guidance during this difficult time.

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William Beyer

6/6/14

William "Bill" V. Beyer 78 of Galena, IL passed away Friday June 6, 2014 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.  Funeral service will be 11 AM, Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Friends may call from 2 to 8 PM, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded by VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193, Galena. He was born September 9, 1935 in Galena the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Bennett) Beyer. Bill served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Madonna Knautz on October 3, 1959 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena and she survives. Bill worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for thirty-one years until his retirement in 1991. He enjoyed fishing, reading and gardening. Bill could often be found spending his morning sharing a cup of coffee and the local gossip with his many friends downtown Galena. Bill was a lifetime member of the Galena VFW Post #2665. He was an avid Galena Pirate and Chicago Bear fan. He is survived by his wife, five children, Vickie (Bill) Travis of Elizabeth, Sue (Keith) Reisen of Hazel Green, WI, Mary Beyer of Hanover, IL, Joe Beyer and Amanda Beyer all of Galena, seven grandchildren, Jennifer O'Neill, Tiffany (Rudi) Ziegler, Morgan (Sean) Bradshaw, Terissa O'Neill, Kellsey Beyer, Celia and Livia Bailey, five great grandchildren, Noah Kuligowski, Thomas Werner, Lillian Ziegler, Sebastian Ziegler and Gweneth  Bradshaw, two sisters, Rachel Stilson and Mary (Lyle) Daves, three sisters in-law, Corrine Sertle, Shirley (Arlen) Morris and Sandy (Ronald) Kracke, two brothers in-law, Duane and Julius Knautz. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Benjamin Beyer and a sister, Cathy Campbell.

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William "Bill" Tolva

5/18/14

 

 

William J. "Bill" Tolva, 74 of Galena, IL passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. He was united in marriage to his wife of 51 years Judith Bachman and she survives. Bill retired in 2012 from a long career as a self-employed insurance broker specializing in employee benefits. Bill was an avid horseman who loved riding Jamokie - most often with the Galloping Grandpas.  He enjoyed taking care of his trees and flowers at home, walking the Territory trails, but most of all he loved talking to people. He is survived by his wife, Judie, two sons Jeffrey (Monica) Tolva and Kevin (Darla) Tolva, five grandchildren, David, Sara, Brady, Karli and Brooke, brother, Donald (Beth) Tolva, niece, Lisa Friedlander, two nephews, John and Michael Tolva and his mother, Catherine Oprishko. He was preceded in death by his father, John B. Oprishko. In keeping with his wishes there will be no public visitation and a private family gathering will be held at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

 

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Robert "Skey" Komiskey

5/11/14

 

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Robert J. "Skey" Komiskey, 65 of Galena, IL and formerly Savanna, IL passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. Funeral mass will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, May 17, 2014 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena and where friends may gather after 9:30 AM at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery and military honors will be accorded graveside by the Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193. A gathering will be held from 3 to 7 PM, Friday May 16, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where a parish rosary will be recited at 3 PM. Cremation rites have been accorded. He was born May 5, 1949 in La Crosse, WI the son of LaVern and Margaret (Rieber) Komiskey. He graduated in 1967 from Savanna High School. Skey served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1968 until his honorable discharge in 1970. He was united in marriage to Virginia "Ginger" Keehner on November 3, 1978 and she survives. Skey worked for the Telephone Company and Interstate Power Company/Alliant Energy until his retirement. He enjoyed gardening, canning, camping and traveling to state and national parks which took him from coast to coast. He was a talented craftsman, building everything from music boxes to most of the house in which lived and raised his family. Bob was a member of the Galena Fire Department, Elks Lodge, St. Michael's Church and was the current Commander of VFW Post #2665. His greatest joy in life came from his family especially his time spent with his five grandchildren.  He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Emily (Jason Getz) Komiskey of St. Charles, MO, Christine (Patrick) Busker of Freeport, IL and Jennifer (friend Ricky Crites) Komiskey of Bend, OR, his five grandchildren, Harmony, Sierra, Kaia, Aurora and Oliver, two sisters, Carolyn (Stanley Fosdick) Komiskey of Argo Fay, IL, Mary Ellen (Jon) McGannon of Bremmerton, WA, four brothers, Jim Komiskey of Lanark, IL, Dave (Marj Jackson) Komiskey of Savanna, IL, Rick  Komiskey of Sarasota, FL and Paul Komiskey of Loves Park, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Thomas Komiskey and a sister in-law, Diane Komiskey. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Galena Fire Department, VFW Post #2665 and St. Michael's Catholic Church. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 

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Mary Branagan

5/2/14

Mary C. Branagan, 92, of Galena, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at Unity Point/Finley Hospital, Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, May 9, 2014, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where a parish rosary will be recited at 4 PM. Mary Catherine Ortscheid was born in Galena on June 25, 1921, the daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (Koehler) Ortscheid. She spent her early years in Galena.  During World War II, she worked at the Savanna Army Depot building ordinance, then moved to Chicago for seven years. She returned to Galena and married Charles W. Branagan on September 12, 1953. Many will remember Mary as a cafeteria staffer at Galena Grade and Middle Schools in the 1970s and 1980s. She was a volunteer at St. Michael's Church and its grade school, and a long-time member of St. Michael's Altar and Rosary Society, where she managed the funeral dinners for many years. She volunteered at Galena Stauss and Galena Food Pantry, and knitted baby items as a member of a local sewing group, which donated items to the Galena Health Department.  She also served as a trustee of East Galena Township and a Democratic election judge.  Mary enjoyed major league baseball and was a long-suffering Cub fan. Mary is survived by her daughters Mary Ann, of Wheeling,  Donna (Terry) Bausman, of Mount Carroll, and Carol (Martin Tinberg), of Moline; grandchildren Vanessa (Ben Cordova) and Colin Bausman; great grandchildren Natali and Benjamin Cordova; sisters Rita Soppe and Camillus Gassen, brother Arnold (Marcella) Ortscheid, in-laws Harold Keleher and Pearl Ortscheid; and many nieces and nephews . She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son Charles P. "Chuck", her brothers Delos, William, and Vincent, a sister Elizabeth Keleher, and brothers-in-law Jerome Soppe and Raymond Gassen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Galena Food Pantry, Galena Foundation, or St. Michael's Altar and Rosary Society. The family is grateful to Mary's many friends and the staffs at Stonehill Care Center and Unity Point/Finley Hospital for the kindnesses shown over Mary's long life.

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Richard "Dick" Niemeyer

4/29/14

 

 

Richard "Dick" Niemeyer, 73 of Shullsburg, WI passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque surrounded by his loving family. Funeral service will be at 11 AM, Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Centenary United Methodist Church, Shullsburg. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Home, Shullsburg and after 10 AM Saturday at the Church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Shullsburg where military honors will be presented graveside. Cremation rites have been accorded. He was born September 18, 1940 in Freeport, IL the son of Robert and Wildella (Whitson) Niemeyer. Dick graduated with the class of 1958 from Galena High School. He served in the United States Marines from 1958 until his honorable discharge in 1961. Dick was united in marriage to his wife of 52 years, Diane Miller on September 29, 1961 in Galena and she survives. He was a commercial fisherman, trail guide at the Shenandoah Riding Center for 17 years, and worked at ITW, Darlington, WI until his retirement. He was an avid outdoorsmen, horse enthusiast, Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger fan. He is survived by his wife, five children; Tad (Karen) of Cuba City, Kelly (Dennis) Fields of Monroe, Bobbi Jo (Life-Partner Reggie) of Necedah, WI, Tom of Shullsburg and Richard Jr. (Tonda) of Benton, three grandchildren, two step grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter in infancy, two grandchildren, a sister in-law, Connie and a brother in-law, Jess. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Wendt Center, Dr. Koneru, Dr. Engleman and Dr. Ott. Your kindness and compassion will never be forgotten.

 

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Clifford "Rusty" Lunning

4/18/14

Clifford Orville "Rusty" Lunning, 90 of Dubuque, IA and formerly Cedar Rapids IA (1923-1945), Monona WI (1945 to 1974), Galena IL, Menominee IL, Madison, WI and  East Dubuque IL (1974 - Present) passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at Manor Care in Dubuque.  A Celebration of his life will be held at Noon Saturday, May 10 2014, at the Furlong Chapel, Galena where friends and family may gather after 10 AM. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. He was born August 19, 1923 in Radcliffe, IA the son of Clarence Otto and Anna Caroline (Anderson) Lunning. He began working at age 13 to help his family through the lean years of the Great Depression.  He had one of the largest paper routes in Cedar Rapids, as well as being a golf caddy. He was High School Class President in 1941 and was an All-City Fullback that same year.  He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942 and served as a Naval Aviator, until his honorable discharge as a Lt. J.G. in 1946. Rusty was united in marriage to Ardell Lunning in December of 1947 they later divorced, and she preceded him in death in 1987. He then married Betty Jordan-Lunning on November 2, 1976 and she preceded him in death on July 21, 1995. He was a former resident of Bell Tower Retirement Community, East Dubuque.  Rusty worked for Thermo-gas in the LP business and managed 11 plants win Wisconsin and 2 in Northern Illinois.  He was the President of the Wisconsin Liquefied Propane Gas Association.  He left the LP Gas business in 1963 to be the owner and operator of The Village Lanes bowling alley in Monona.  He was also co-owner of the Yahara Lounge in Cottage Grove, WI.  He moved to Galena to operate the Leisure Lanes Bowling Alley and Rusty's Casual Dining, which was well known for its Chinese food in the Galena area.  In between owning bowling alleys he worked as an equipment leasing agent, nursing home developer, and as a commercial cheese salesman.  In his retirement he continued to work.  He finished his career by operating Galena Button Works making and selling promotional buttons until 2011.  Rusty was an avid golfer, bowler, and fisherman.  Rusty became a 5 handicap golfer and had two Holes in One.  He golfed at Pebble Beach in California and attended numerous major golf tournaments as a spectator, including The Masters. He was Senior Division Golf Champion at the Galena Country Club in 1997 and 1998, where he was also on the Board of Directors.  Fishing was a family passion that he shared with his father, brothers, sons and many friends.  He took many trips to Canada, Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and Lake Michigan to enjoy the chance to catch a big one.  A solo trip driving up the Alcan Highway to Alaska in 1987 was a great bucket list adventure.  He was a member of The Eastside (Madison) Businessman's Association, The Tavern League of Wisconsin, The Wisconsin Liquefied Propane Gas Association, the VFW, Galena Elks Lodge #882 and the Galena Golf Club. He is survived by his children, Steve Lunning of Hurst TX; Bruce Lunning of Minneapolis MN; Scott Jordan of Black Earth WI, Mitch Jordan of McFarland WI; Jody Brown of Stoughton WI, Kim Vanderntoorn of Traverse City MI and Stuart Jordan of Mt. Horeb WI; 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons, two brothers, Everett Lunning of Cedar Rapids and Alvin Lunning of Burlington IA; two sisters Virginia Clausen of Atlanta GA and Marilyn Thompson of Boulder CO;  his good friends Marty Zimmerman of Cascade IA and Gerald Hillard of Stacy, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents. A special thank you to the Lunning & Jordan Families during this difficult time. The family requests donations be made to The Rescue Mission, 398 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001 or http://dbqrescue.org

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