Obituaries

William "Bill" Deininger

12/19/13

 

William "Bill" L. Deininger, 81, of Galena, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Unity Point Finley Hospital surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held 10:30 am on Monday, December 23, 2013 at Furlong Funeral Chapel of Galena, where friends may call after 9:30 am. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena. Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 pm on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. He was born June 23, 1932, son of Willis and Alma (Bardell) Deininger. He was united in marriage to Faud Bierly on May 17, 1952, in Galena. Bill retired from Rentech in 1998. He was a member of the UAW, Miner's Lodge No. 273, Freeport Masonic Temple, and Tebala Shriners of Rockford. Bill was an avid outdoorsmen and loved spending time at his cabin in the north woods of Wisconsin. Some of his greatest joys were hunting, gardening, spending time with his dog Aspen, and 'happy hours'. He is survived by his wife; three sons Jerry (Deb), Ronnie (LaVonne), & David; and three daughters Judy (Dan) Bautsch, Sharon (Greg) Tranel, & Patti (Dan) Murphy. He is also survived by eight grandchildren Matt (Lisa), Ryan (Leigh), & Billy (Kristi) Tranel; Heather (Jeff) Vetter; Kara (Trevor) Colin; Cassie (Matt) Gutzman; and Katie & Robbie Murphy. His great-grandchildren include Brianna, Braedon, Garrett, Riley, Whitney, and two more on the way. In addition, he is survived by three brothers Lester (Lola), Richard (Alys), & Chuck (Nancy); and two sisters Marilyn (Kenny) Flack & Rose (Bob) Harkness. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Chad Bautsch, his sister Carolyn Deininger, and a nephew Steve Deininger. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Whalen and the staff at Tri-State Dialysis.

 

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Cletus Koester

12/16/13

 

 Cletus L. Koester, 79 of Galena, IL passed away Monday, December 16, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin Madison Hospital. Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Saturday, December 21, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church of Scales Mound and where friends may call after 9:30 AM at the church. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded graveside by the Galena VFW and American Legion Club. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. He was born November 30, 1934 the son of Leslie and M. Irene (Date) Koester. He served in the United States Army from March 9, 1955 until his honorable discharge on March 8, 1957. Cletus was united in marriage to Carol Moon on August 6, 1960 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena and she survives. He worked as a heavy machine operator for the Branigar Corporation, Randy Miles, Sproule Construction and Mike & Nick Sproule Construction for many years. Cletus also drove bus for the Galena School District. He served on the Galena Ambulance Board, East Galena Township Board both for 30 years, as a Derinda Trustee and was an Elder/Trustee for the First Presbyterian Church of Scales Mound. He was a member of the Galena Elks Lodge. He is survived by his wife, a sister, Betty Bush, a brother Ken (Mary) Koester, many nieces and nephews and his many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother in-law, Roger Bush and his mother and father in-law, Cecil (Leona) Moon. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Doctors and staff at the University of Wisconsin Madison Hospital for their care and compassion during this difficult time. In memory of Cletus donations may be made to the Galena EMT's and the First Presbyterian Church of Scales Mound. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 

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Betty Saam

12/15/13

 

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Betty M. Saam, 87 of Galena, IL died Sunday, December 15, 2013 at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Funeral mass will be 10:30 AM, Friday, December 20, 2013 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena and burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where a parish rosary will be held at 4 PM. She was born April 28, 1926 in Galena the daughter of Lee and Fanny (Dodds) Morton. Betty attended St. Michael's school and graduated from Galena High School the class of 1945. She was united in marriage to Oscar Distler on December 11, 1948 together they had three children, David, Mary and Donald.  Oscar preceded her in death April 8, 1960. Betty was later married to Vernon Saam on July 29, 1974 at St. Michael's Catholic Church and he preceded her in death October 7, 2007. She worked for Leo's Super Valu and later Sullivan's Grocery Store in Galena for many years until her retirement.  Betty was an avid Cubs fan. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing cards with her friends. Betty was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family.  Betty is survived by her children, Mary Roth of East Dubuque, IL and Donald (Connie) Distler of Galena, five grandchildren, Stacy (John) Ohnesorge, Brandy Roth, Eric Roth, Aaron (Caitlyn) Distler and Drew Distler, four great-grandchildren, Aidan Ohnesorge, Briana Busker, Joseph Benson and Henry Roth, her step children, Donald (Ruth) Saam, John (Margaret) Saam and Richard (Mary Alice) Saam and their children and grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son David on September 30, 1979 at the age of twenty-nine, a son in-law, Ernest "Joe" Roth, three brothers, LaVerne, John and Charles Morton, two sisters, LaRae Gerlach and Lucille Anderson and a step daughter, Virginia Sullivan.  The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.  Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 

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Tylor White-Richardson

12/12/13

Tylor D. "Ty Bug" White-Richardson, 17 of Dubuque and formerly of Galena, IL passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, IA. Funeral mass will be 10:30 AM, Monday, December 16, 2013 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena and where friends may call after 9:30 AM on Monday at the church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena. Friends may call from 2 to 7 PM on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. He was born September 11, 1996 in Dubuque, IA the son of Ryan Richardson and Jennifer White. He was currently a Junior at Hempstead High School.  Tylor loved collecting Football and Baseball cards. He was a huge Packer and Cubs fan, and he was able to meet Brett Favre in 2008 when he was with the New York Jets. Tylor was a ladies man and loved to smile and joke around, His smile would light up a room. He loved animals, doing chores on the farm with his grandparents, swimming (relaxing on his raft in his pool) and hanging on the river, liked to dance and shake his booty, listen to music, camping at Big H campground, motorcycles...especially Fat Head's orange and black Harley Davidsons, playing with his farm toys and fire trucks papa White gave him, visiting grandma White at the bank so he could get a sucker, Westerns especially John Wayne, I love Lucy and the three stooges. Tylor also enjoyed riding his tricycle around the neighborhood. He was loved by everyone who knew him and touched so many people all over the world. Tylor started going to Camp Albrecht Acres in 2009 and won many awards for being the coolest camper, participated in karate in 2005, played little league baseball in Galena 2000-2001 and Dubuque 2002-2007 and was involved with Special Olympics and Hills and Dales in Dubuque. Loved beating people at the yellow car game, thumb war, memory, connect four and cards. He will be missed by his family dogs...Buster, Bono Butt, and Josie Girl. He is survived by his mother, Jennifer White of Dubuque, his father, Ryan (Jill) Richardson of Galena, two brothers, Andrew and William Richardson, two sisters, Kathryn and Olivia Richardson, his paternal grandparents, Tom (Terri) Richardson of Galena, paternal great grandparents, Jean Richardson and Donald (Joanne) Wills, his maternal great grandmother, Pearl Ortscheid, his uncles, Mitchell Richardson and Rusty White, his aunts, Michelle (Royce) Wallenhorst, Sherry (Rob) Heri and Rachael (Kevin) Ehrler and his very special friend, Elena Thompson. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert (Sandra) White, his paternal great grandpa, Lenas Richardson and his maternal great grandparents, Delos Ortscheid and Russell (Mildred) White. The family would like to thank Iowa City Children's Hospital, Albrecht Acres and the National Niemann Pick Disease Foundation. In Lieu of flower donations can be made to Camp Albrecht Acres PO Box 50 Sherrill, IA 52073 or the National Niemann Pick Disease Foundation PO Box 49, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 

 

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Julia "Julie" Berning

12/6/13

Julia "Julie" Ann Berning, 53, of Galena, IL passed away Friday, December 6, 2013 at 3 a.m. surrounded by her loving family at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Funeral mass will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena and burial will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and where the rosary will be recited at 3 pm. She was born on July 1, 1960 in Dubuque, IA the daughter of Earl and Rosalia (Callahan) Berning. Julie worked at the Jo Daviess County Workshop for 31 years which was founded by people including her parents dedicated to helping the handicapped. Julie was a proud and faithful member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was a former member of the Pleasant View 4-H club and a participant in the Special Olympics for many years. Julie loved life and always had a hug and smile for all she knew. Her unconditional love for everyone was contagious. She is survived by her 5 siblings; Mike (Joan) Berning of Severna Park, Maryland; Karen (Mike) Koerperick of East Dubuque, IL; Tim (Lynn) Berning (her caregivers for the past 5 years), of Galena; Andy (Michelle) Berning, of Waxahachie, TX; Deb (Jeff) Theill, of East Dubuque; beloved aunt of, Brian (Cindy) Berning, Lisa (Tom) Franks, Jeff (Amy) Koerperick and Jenny (Terry) Deininger, Dusty (Beth) Berning and Chad (Jennifer) Berning, A.J. and Matthew Berning, Cory and Kyle Theill, and great aunt to her twelve nieces and nephews, one aunt, Anna Berning of East Dubuque and her very special angel caregiver, Margo Simmons Dvorak of Galena. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Michelle and her aunts and uncles. The family would like to thank 24 Hour Care staff and their services, Dr. Joseph, Dr. Vandigo, Dr. Crist and the nursing staff at Midwest Medical Center for their compassionate care, Father Max, for his visits and spiritual support and her Jo Daviess County Workshop family.  Memorials can be made to The Jo Daviess County Workshop, 706 West Street, P.O. Box 6087, Galena, IL 61036 in Julie's name.

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Sally "Sara" Murphy

12/3/13

 

 

 

 

Sally "Sara" E. Murphy, 67 of Galena, IL passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at UW Madison Hospital. In keeping with her wishes there will be no public visitation and a private burial will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a celebration of Sally's life held from 1 until 4 pm Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Galena Elks Club, 123 North Main Street, Galena. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born May 1, 1946 in Galena the daughter of Wallace and Sally (Stephenson) Murphy. Sally loved her girls in Topeka, KS, her extended family, shopping and going out for dinner. She also enjoyed her little friends, TJ, Sophia, MacKayla, Luke, Sam, Olivia, Gweny, Liam and Augie they made her so happy.  She is survived by her two sons, her good friend, Gayle Hefel and her family, Nikki (Eric) Hesselbacher, Jake (Mickey) Hefel and Angela (Michael) Reilly. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, William. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

 

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Audrey Kieffer-Davis

11/23/13

Audrey M. Kieffer - Davis, 76 of Galena, IL passed away surrounded by her loving family November 23, 2013 at her home. In keeping with her wishes there will be no public visitation and a private burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery will be held at a later date. There will be a celebration of Audrey's Life held from Noon until 3 pm Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Galena Elks Club, 123 North Main Street, Galena. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born January 10, 1937 in Galena the daughter of William and Clara (Wienen) Cole. Audrey was united in marriage to James Kieffer on November 24, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena and he preceded her in death on April 4, 1988. She later met and married Clifford Davis on May 26, 1991 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena and he survives. She is survived by her husband and his six children, her two children, Tony (Diana Hendrickson) Kieffer of Machesney Park, IL and daughter, Kim Kieffer of Auburn, WA, three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, one brother, Edwin Cole of Galena, IL, one sister, Colleen (Kenneth) Herman of Peosta, IA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and four brothers, Ralph, Russell, Melburn and Gene. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to Hospice of Dubuque. The family would like to thank Dr. King, Dr. Schultheis and their wonderful staff as well as Hospice of Dubuque. A special thank you to Megan and Heather for the loving care they gave Audrey.

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Irene Keleher

11/12/13

Irene Marcella Keleher, 91, of Galena, IL passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 16, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena and burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM, Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and a parish rosary will be recited at 4 PM. She was born July 22, 1922 in Galena the daughter of Frank and Bertha (Wienen) Heim. Irene married Bill Magenheimer on April 21, 1942 and he preceded her in death in 1944, after his sudden passing she married Marcellus Keleher on July 23, 1946 at St. Mary's Catholic Church and he preceded her in death on March 21, 2013. She was employed as an inspector at Burgess Battery Factory for many years. Irene loved to bake, play cards especially euchre and take care of her home. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family very much she will be sadly missed. Irene was a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Altar and Rosary Society. She is survived by her children, Joann Ihm of Murfreesboro, TN. Karen (Wayne) Greene of Freeport, IL and Ronald (Marilyn) Keleher of Port Charlotte, FL, eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, two sisters, Vera Harris of Cuba City, WI and Viola Roling of Benton, WI, three brothers in-law, Harold  Keleher of Galena, Edgar (Roseanne) Keleher of Benton, WI, and Al Haleweg of Mercer, WI, four sisters in-law, Rose Heim of Cascade, IA, Rose Keleher of Galena, Anna Mae Keleher of Cuba City, WI, Cecelia Keleher of Shullsburg, WI, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, two sisters, Sally Haleweg and Albertha Fellenzer, seven brothers, Delbert, Frank, Harvey, Carl, Melvin, Clarence and Leo and her brother and sister in-laws. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Jo Daviess County Home Health, Dr. Gregory Vandigo, the staff at Midwest Medical Center and Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for their care and compassion shown to Irene.

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Althea Birkett

11/4/13

 

 

 

Althea L. Birkett, 83 of Galena, IL ended her final journey at the home of her daughter, Georgia Conti of Arocutin, Mexico. Funeral service will be 4 pm, Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and where friends may greet the family after 1 pm Sunday. Burial will be at a later date in Prospect Hill Cemetery, rural Galena. Cremation rites have been accorded. She was born August 12, 1930 in Rapid City, SD the daughter of Ralph B. and Zerma A. (Fisher) Seaman. Althea graduated from Galena High School in 1948. She married George J. Birkett on March 26, 1950 at the Methodist Church, Lancaster, WI and he preceded her in death on August 17, 2002. Althea began her extraordinary "Gal Friday" career at Interstate Power Co, Dubuque, IA. For the next forty years, she and her husband George, worked together at Auman Inc., Chestnut Mountain Resort and Tri-State Tours, Inc. Galena until her retirement in 1990. Althea was a member of Eastern Star as well as an Elk wife for fifty years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved puzzles, traveling, country music (she considered Nashville her 2nd home), playing the piano, drawing and shopping for treasures. She also enjoyed being part of the "girls" card club and the neighborhood bunch. Surviving are her two daughters, Teri Bautsch of Galena, Georgia Conti of Arocutin, Mexico, two sons, Scott (Connie Johnson, fiancé) Birkett of Peosta, IA and Blair Birkett of Hazel Green, WI; five grandchildren, Laura (Scott) Edmonds of Galena, Alex, Derek, Sidney and Reilly Birkett all of Hazel Green, one sister in-law, Alice Muchow of New Diggings, WI, two brothers in-law, Charles David Birkett of Cuba City, WI and Delos Birkett of Wilton, NH. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Craig Birkett on July 15, 1979, two sisters in-law, Glenda Birkett and Susan Housman. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to a charity or association of your choice.

 

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Eunice Ehrler

10/29/13

Eunice M. Ehrler, 89 of Galena, IL passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 4, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 PM, Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. A parish rosary will be recited at 2 PM on Sunday at the funeral home. She was born February 24, 1924 in Hazel Green, WI the daughter of James and Mary (Gile) Monahan. She graduated from Hazel Green High School and went onto attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Eunice was united in marriage to Merlin J. Ehrler and he preceded her in death on April 29, 1989. She received her Illinois broker's license in 1971 and sold real estate for many years. Eunice received many awards, Outstanding Sales Performance from the Illinois Association of Realtors and Top Sales Award for the Northern Illinois Broker's Council. She was a member of National Association of Realtors, Illinois Association of Realtors, Freeport Board of Realtors and Multiple Listing Service, Better Homes and Gardens Medallion Club, Galena Historical Society, Galena Elks Lodge, St. Mary's Catholic Church and Altar and Rosary Society. Eunice enjoyed reading and traveling. She is survived by her three daughters, Carol (Tom) Kratochwill of Merrimac, WI, Mary Ehrler and Elaine Leibold both of St.  Louis, MO, two sons, Chuck (Susan) Ehrler of Cobb, WI and Neal (fiancé Bonnie Moes) Ehrler of Galena, 17 grandchildren and 25 great- grandchildren, a son in-law, Richard Ryan of Evanston, IL, one sister, Verna Ehrler of Loxahatchee, FL and one brother, Eugene (Pat) Monahan of Galena and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Donna Ryan, and her brothers and sisters. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Galena Stauss Assisted Living and Galena Stauss Senior Care Community, the Dr.'s and nurses at Mercy and Midwest Medical Center for your care and compassion. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Galena Historical Society in memory of Eunice

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