Nicholas Kieffer Jr.



Nicholas Robert Kieffer Jr., 73, of Columbia, MO formerly of Galena, IL and Dubuque, IA passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at The Bluffs in Columbia. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where friends and family may gather after 9 AM.  Military honors will be accorded following the celebration of life by the Galena VFW and American Club at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.  Nicholas was born Oct. 8, 1940 in Galena the son of Nicholas and Helen (Splinter) Kieffer. He was united in marriage to Donna O'Dell and she preceded him in death on December 24, 2005. Nicholas served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the American Legion and VFW. He is survived by his three children, Kris Bell, Nick Kieffer and Don Kieffer; and eight grandchildren, Devin Pletsch, Casey and Allison Bell, Lexi, Cole, Joseph and Tavie Kieffer, and LaShawnda Elliott. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 2665, 100 South Main St., Galena, IL 61036. Online condolences may be left at


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Charles Fields


Charles C. Fields, Jr., age 67 passed away peacefully on Friday March 28, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Field's Family Farm, 3207 North Mill Creek Road, Scales Mound, IL where military honors will be accorded at the conclusion of the service. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 PM Sunday April 6, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena IL and from 9 to 10 AM Monday at the funeral home.  Charlie and his wife Betty operate a real estate company, Preferred Properties, in The Galena Territory.  Charlie served as a Sergeant on the Chicago Police Department until he retired in 1982 and relocated to Scales Mound, IL with his family.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1980 and served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1967 in Seoul Korea. Charlie married his wife Betty Dahlberg in 1965 at their neighborhood Church, St. Joseph & St Anne in Chicago IL.  They raised four children, Charles III, Cynthia, Christine and Christopher. Charlie is survived by his wife Betty (Dahlberg), his son Charles III and his wife Jill (Collins); his daughter Cynthia (Zeitlin) and her husband Alan, his daughter Christine and her husband Neal Jakel and his son Christopher and his wife Amy (Creighton). Charlie was the grandfather of eleven grandchildren who were the joy of his life; Madeline Fields, Charles Fields IV, Samantha Jakel, Nathan Jakel, Jonathon Olson, Nicholas Jakel, Katelyn Jakel, Ethan Jakel, Jessica Fields, Emily Fields, Kimberly Fields and three step grandchildren, Arron Zeitlin, Jerrod Zeitlin & Kyle Zeitlin. Charlie is also survived by his sister Jacqueline Wojciechowski (Charnas), brother Thomas Charnas, mother-in-law Dorothy Dahlberg (Pilachowski), sister-in-laws Joan Sobolewski (Dahlberg), Carol Darrow (Dahlberg) and her husband Dan, and Linda Madia (Dahlberg) and her husband Robert along with numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Alma Ella Fields (Wadsworth), Charles C. Fields, Sr., bothers, James Charnas, George Charnas and Nicholas Charnas; sisters Catherine Lehman (Charnas) and Betty Jean Pate (Charnas), his father-in law Lawrence (Murph) Dahlberg and brother-in-laws Lawrence Dahlberg Jr. and John Sobolewski. The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to Dr. Oppert and the Hospice of Dubuque Staff in particular his Hospice nurse Barb. Our good friends GiGi Boehnke, Leah Meinshausen and Terry Heim for all of their support in addition to all of our friends and acquaintances (too numerous to mention) for all of their prayers; kind and thoughtful words and actions. In lieu of flowers the family asks, at Charlie's request that you plant a tree in his memory, or make a donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or the Hospice of Dubuque on his behalf.

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Robert Kempert


Robert Kempert, 85 of Galena, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where family and friends may gather after 9 AM. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. Cremation rites have been accorded. He was born November 28, 1928 in Oak Park, IL the son of Alfred and Freda (Hanson) Kempert. Bob was raised by his father and Alfred's second wife, Ruth Ann (Wales) Kempert. Bob served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corp from August 3, 1948 until his honorable discharge on August 1, 1952. He fought in Korea with Platoon 74 of the 1st Marine Corp. as a mortarman. On March 27, 1953 Bob married Dorothy (Laird) Kempert. They had two daughters, Kim and Jan. After the passing of his first wife on September 11, 1988, he married Dorothy's sister Betty (Laird) Speaker on March 17 2001. Bob and Dorothy bowled for many years in a Monday night bowling league. He was an avid golfer and member of the Galena Golf Club. Bob was also an enthusiastic holiday decorator creating front lawn light displays that lit the night sky and cheered the many folks who made it a point to drive by and join him in his celebration of Christmas and other seasons. Bob was always ready to play a game of cards. It was 500 and euchre with grown-up family and friends and simpler games with the little ones. At the VFW he never hesitated to sit in if there was a space at the table. Quick with a smile and a story, Bob found some of his greatest pleasure in the company of others. He was a member of St. Mathew's Lutheran Church, a 60-year member of the Galena Elk's, and member of the VFW and American Legion. As important as any formal organization was his daily ritual with the 1:30 coffee klatch. It was there that he enjoyed for years the friendship and camaraderie of his buddies. Bob is survived by his wife, Betty Speaker, his daughter Kim Warma, her husband Karl and their daughter Kate, his brother Herb (Diane) Kempert, his sister-in-law Marie (Al) Kempert, his brothers-in-law Ernie (Charlotte) Laird and John (Anne) Bullard, Betty's children Terry (Dee) Speaker, Vikki (Dave) Ball, Deb (Steve) Stodden, and Pat Wilberding, nine nieces and nephews and their spouses, 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, numerous great-nieces and nephews all a beloved part of his extended and expanded family. He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Dorothy, his daughter Jan, his brother Al (Marie) Kempert, brother and sister-in-law Jack and Evelyn Kempert, his sister Anne (John) Bullard, his brother and sister-in-law Cletus and Aline Laird, and brother-in-law John (Betty) Speaker, three nephews and one niece. Memorial gifts can be made to the Galena Foundation or the charity of your choice. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the many friends and family members who visited Bob during his recent hospital stays, the Rev. Fred Baltz, the staff at Medical Associates, Midwest Medical Center, Galena-Stauss Nursing Home, and Mercy Medical Center, the local Police Department and EMTs

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Twila Roling





Twila F. Roling, 86 years old of Hazel Green, WI passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Manor Care of Platteville, WI. Funeral service will be 11 AM Monday, March 24, 2014 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Hazel Green, WI and burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 5 pm Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, IL where a scripture wake service will be held at 1 PM. Visitation will also be from 10 AM until time of service Monday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. She was born on September 2, 1927 in New Diggings, WI the daughter of Thomas Earl and Lorena (Leglar) Furlong. She was united in marriage to Clarence "Ducky" Roling on August 19, 1950 at St. Francis de Sales Church and he preceded her in death on October 9, 1994. Twila was a lifelong cook and together she and her husband owned and operated the Duck Inn Restaurant, Galena from 1966 until 1972. She continued her passion for cooking working at the Log Cabin, Galena, Seven Hearts Nightclub, Louisburg, WI and finally Gangsters Bar and Grill, Hazel Green until her retirement. Throughout the years she became legendary for her cooking especially her homemade pasty. She loved her dog, Andy, playing her accordion, canning, gardening, cooking and a good game of euchre. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She is survived by a son; Denny (Mary Biagi) Roling of Mendota, IL, two granddaughters, Terri Lynn (James) Wilson and Melissa Roling both of Hazel Green, two grandsons, Chris Roling of Mendota, IL and Jared Roling of Cuba City, WI, four great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, five brothers; James T. Furlong, Earl "Nick" Furlong and Carl (Dolly) Furlong, all of Galena, Claire (Sandy) Furlong of Rockford, IL and David (Diane) Furlong of Hazel Green, two sisters; Inez Piquette of Galena, and Carol Averkamp of Benton, WI and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Kenny on September 2, 2005, four brothers, Robert, John "Percy", Gerald and Reverend J. Daryl Furlong, four sisters, Elaine Barry, Lila Mae Knautz, Helen Kilcoyne and one infancy. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Whalen and the staff at Finley Hopsital, Manor Care of Platteville and Home Care for You, Hazel Green your care and compassion will never be forgotten.


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Justin Dies



Justin L. Dies Galena, IL, 39, 327 N Bench St, formerly of Davenport, Iowa, died at approximately 3:45 p.m. Wednesday March 19th, 2014, in his home.

Services will be at Noon Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Recreational Park Skate Park on Stagecoach Trail Rd. A cremation in his honor and last wishes were held last Tuesday March 25th and received Buddhist farewell prayers for his safe journey to the 'pureland' where his soul may rest. Rites were given by friends and family. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family.

Justin Dies was formerly employed at Giese Manufacturing 2 years performing cabinet finishing and electrostatic powder-coat painting for industrial and commercial use. He excelled in many technical skills where his detail and performance was unsurpassed. He gave his heart to his work, and his mind to his future. During the height of his employment, he bought a house at age 33 from his savings, made a room for his daughter, and suddenly his life turned upside down.

Justin (Juicey, Gumby, Superman) was born on February 2 1975 in Bettendorf, Iowa at St. Luke's Hospital, son of Deborah Upson and Randy Dies. Justin completed his GED and opened his own skateboard and snowboard apparel shop in Dubuque 'Contortions'. Skateboarding and being an entrepreneur were just two of Justin's many passions. He made his own clothes of leather and pins, he spray-painted his cars, built and painted homes, traveled the country, he almost never slept, and said he never dreamed again after his first accident which took his best friend. Justin lost a lot of friends but there were just as many he saved or protected. Justin was fair, an Anarchist, Atheist, Punkrocker, a caring Father, and also true to those whom earned his die-hard devotion- and he was scornful those whom did not. He never robbed a friend, he kept his word, didn't persecute or judge the surface of others, and certainly opposed civil violence. When an impaired driver swerved at him and his friends, Justin sacrificed himself to save another. There is no higher power than that kind of love.

"I never imagined such a horror could fall onto such a beautiful human being, like did unto my brother. Few can endure the karma he absorbed for our time of existence, so, may his passing finally release his soul of the suffering he sustained for so long. He will be eternally missed, and cherished by many from many walks of life. He was a warrior, a true survivor."

Surviving are his daughter Esther, big brother Brett, little brother Ryan and his Father.

Justin was preceded in death his Mother Gen-X Deborah Upson.


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Larry Sanders




GALENA, IL – Larry G. Sanders, 70, of Galena, IL passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Sat. March 22 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dubuque, IA with Brother Mike Erschen officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Friends may call from 3pm-7pm on Fri. March 21st at the Furlong Funeral Chapel in Galena, IL and on Sat. March 22 from 1pm until time of services at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dubuque, IA. Larry was born on July 16th 1943 to Edward Eugene and Viola Marie (Harwick) Sanders in Dubuque, IA. He grew up and attended schools in Galena and graduated from Galena High School in 1963. He then served in Air Force. He married Suzanne Jean Roberts on October 10, 1964 in Galena, IL. They had three children together, Michele Renee, Todd Michael and Rebecca Christine. He married Hilda Colleen Kelley Hayden on November 25, 2000 in Lakewood, CO.  Larry worked for John Deere Dubuque Works for 34 years, retiring in 1998. Larry dedicated his life to Jehovah God and was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on October 26, 1968. He was an excellent teacher in and outside the congregation, he loved sharing the Bible's message through his ministry and teaching others about God's Kingdom. Larry had served as an elder in the congregation since he was appointed in 1973. He enjoyed reading and the outdoors from walking downtown Galena to gardening. He had a passion for fishing, if he wasn't in the ministry you could find him at one of his many favorite fishing holes. Larry was the type of person who was willing to give of his time, energy and resources whenever the need arose. Many people were able to enjoy the fruits of his fishing. He had a great sense of humor and that was evident right up to the end. Larry is survived by his wife, Colleen at the family home; his children: Michele Renee (Glen) Sharpf of Galena, IL, Todd Michael Sanders of Des Moines, IA, Rebecca Christine Sanders of Galena, IL;  stepchildren: Barry Jerome (Charity) Hayden, Ryan Stewart (Connie) Hayden both of Gillette, WY and Eric Robert (Jamie) Hayden of Stephenville, TX; sisters Betty Irene (Spaude) and Clifford Arnt and Vicki Ann (Sanders) and Carl Hild, 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Suzanne Jean (Roberts) Sanders and brother, Alfred Carl Spaude Jr. In lieu of flowers a Larry G. Sanders Memorial Fund has been established. 

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Patricia Dufresne




Patricia Ann Dufresne, 75 of Galena passed away Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Friday, March 28, 2014 at New Covenant Assembly of God Church, 11800 West Red Gates Road, Galena with her son in-law Pastor Tim Ahrenholtz officiating. Friends may gather after 10 AM, Friday 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 October 1, 1938 in Black River Falls, WI the daughter of George and Berniece (Organ) Callaway. Patricia graduated from Tomah High School, Tomah, WI. She was united in marriage to James Dufresne on February 1, 1973 and he survives. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, painting and crafts of all kinds. Patricia loved her family, her dog "Cuddles", Ladies Bible Studies and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Richard (Holly) Winrich of Tomah, WI and Wesley (Susan) Winrich of Wilton, WI, one daughter, Diana (Tim) Ahrenholtz of Galena, three step-daughters, Laurel (Jimmy) Hendrix of Orange Park, FL, Marie Grant of Spartanburg, SC and Cheryl (Dan) Johannsen of West Bend, WI, 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, one brother, George Jr. (Ruth) Callaway of Interlachen, FL, three sisters, Evelyn Piquet of Warrens, WI, Alice (Bill) Stillwell of Cheyenne, WY and Mary (Brad) Leeth of Findlay, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Richard Callaway. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to Hospice of Dubuque and Galena Stauss Assisted Living and Senior Care Community in memory of Patricia. 


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Mary Campbell


Mary Virginia Campbell, 73 of Galena passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at her home. Funeral mass will be 11 AM Saturday, March 8, 2014 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena where friends may gather after 10 AM at the church. Burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born October 19, 1940 in Hanover the daughter of Thomas and Charlotte (Bennett) O'Rourke. Mary graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1958 and worked in Chicago as a reservationist for Eastern Airlines until her marriage to Charles Campbell. After returning to Galena to live, Mary served many years in food preparation at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community Center until her retirement. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Parish and the Altar and Rosary Society. She is survived by a son, Terrence (Cathy) Campbell, three grandchildren, Rourke and Connor Campbell, Nicole Kitelinger and two great grandchildren all of Dubuque, two brothers, Donald and Patrick (Mary) O'Rourke both of Galena and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Therese and Shirley Ann in infancy, four brothers, Thomas, Daniel, Terrence and Paul. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers wishes donations be made to Hospice of Dubuque in memory of Mary.

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Janet Renner



Janet M. Renner, 68 of Galena, IL passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at her home. A private family service will be held at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born May 6, 1945 in Dubuque the daughter of Edmond and Florence (Champion) Houy. Janet graduated from Galena High School the class of 1963. She was united in marriage to Donnie Renner on February 18, 1967 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena and he survives. Janet graduated from Dubuque Beauty School and worked at Roshek's for two years. She spent thirty years working at AG communications, Genoa, IL until her retirement. Jan was a loving wife and mother, she especially loved being a grandmother to Devan and Hunter and great grandmother to Daelynn and Cole. She enjoyed collecting precious moments, shopping and gambling with her friends. She loved her family and will be greatly missed. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, one son, Donnie (Tonya) Renner of Garden Prairie, two grandchildren, Devan (David) Rabe and Hunter (fiancé Kyle Martenson) Renner, two great grandchildren, Daelynn and Cole, one brother, Jerry (Jane) Houy, of Galena, her twin sister, Jean (Jim) Bautsch of Galena, two brothers in-law, Tom (Bobbie) Renner of  Polo, IL and Terry (Elly) Renner of Galena, three sisters in-law, Bev (Bob) DuBord, Linda (Jim) Sowle and Bonnie (Bob) Schmid all of Galena and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her mother and father in-law Kenneth (Ann) Renner. "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."


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Joanna Ripley



Joanna J. Ripley, 73, of Galena, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on February 27, 2014. A celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 AM, Monday, March 3, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, Galena where friends may gather after 9:30 at the church. Burial will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. Joanna was born on May 26, 1940 in Greeneville, TN the daughter of Berthold and Georgia Burger.   She married Danny Ripley on February 20, 1959 and recently celebrated 55 years of marriage.  She was an active member of the Galena United Methodist Church.   Joanna and Danny started their journey together in Berlin Germany serving their country in the US Army.  Over the next 35 years they moved numerous times around the United States while working for Kraft Foods.  During this time Joanna worked as a beautician, seamstress, teacher's aid and in retail sales for Eagle Ridge but her priority and her passion was always her family.  During her retirement she enjoyed traveling, playing golf, cooking for her family and volunteering at a variety of organizations within the Galena Community.  She is survived by her husband Danny; two sons, Kevin (Jill) of Elmhurst, IL and Ben (Lena) of South Lyon, MI; grandchildren, Devon Ripley, Morgan Ripley, Sophia Ripley and Joey Ripley; a brother, David (Belle) Burger; two nieces, Kim (Donald) Friederichsen and Jennifer (Jason) Morris.

Donations may be made to the Galena United Methodist Church, Hospice of Dubuque or the charity of your choice.



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