Obituaries

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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Gerald Wasmund

10/28/13

Gerald "Jerry" B. Wasmund, 74 of Galena, IL passed away Monday, October 28, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena and where friends may call after 9 AM at the funeral chapel. 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 June 23, 1939 in Schapville, IL the son Ben and Anna (Stauss) Wasmund. Jerry attended Schapville grade school and Scales Mound High School. He served as a Private First Class in the United States Army from August 30, 1962 until his honorable discharge on August 18, 1964. During his time in the military he was a member of the 25th Artillery division. Jerry graduated second in his class an achievement he was very proud of. Jerry worked in the foundry and construction after returning from his military service. His favorite pastime was morel picking, fishing, hunting ginseng and visiting with friends at the VFW. He was a member of the Schapville Zion Church and the Galena VFW.  He is survived by his children, Jeff (Inez) Fyffe of Kileen, TX, Linda (Mike) Durbin of Cerro Gordo, IL, Janet Wasmund of Springfield, IL, Jamie Wasmund of Galena, Chris (fiancé Jennifer) Fyffe of Stockton, IL, seven grandchildren, two sisters, Marian Hoyer of Sabula, IA and Carolyn Henson of Clinton, IA, three brothers, James and Wayne (Jan) both of Galena and Lynn of Schapville, IL and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Stanley and his longtime partner Donna Webster on December 30, 2008. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff on 3rd floor ICU Mercy Medical Center and to the all the staff at Galena Stauss Senior Care Community for making Jerry's stay feel like "home" as he often referred to it.

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Earl Harle

10/23/13

Earl J. Harle, 93, long-time Galena resident and former golf pro at the Galena Golf Club, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The loving husband of Rita (Weis) Harle, who passed away December 30, 2008, he will be buried in the church cemetery, next to her following a funeral mass at 10:30 AM,  Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena. Friends may call from 5 to 7 PM on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where the rosary will be recited at 5 PM. He was born November 17, 1919 in Galena the son of Albert and Mary (Knobbe) Harle. He was united in marriage to the love of his life Rita Weis on July 27, 1953 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Earl was a well-known saxophone player in the Galena area, and had played in a number of Big Band orchestras that toured throughout the Midwest while in his 20s, and continued to play in small bands throughout his life. He served more than 25 years as the greens keeper and golf pro at the Galena Golf Club. That course is lined with pine trees, which he hand planted as saplings more than 50 years ago. During his tenure at the GGC, many of Galena's young men worked with him on the course. He long cherished the relationships that grew from these associations, as well as the many members of the club who became close friends. An enthusiastic golfer, he built a putting green that took up the entire front lawn of his former home on Washington Street in Galena. Earl's third love (after his wife and golf) was duck hunting. He spent many enjoyable early mornings tucked into a duck blind in various highly secret locations along the Mississippi river. He is survived by his four children: Kay (Michael) Cavender of Atlanta, GA, Pat (Bill) Shuey, of Wayne, IL, Tom (Cathy) Harle of Carpentersville, IL and Jim (Helen) Harle of Lexington, SC, as well as by eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers, Billy, Roy and Bert, one sister, Helen Peacey.

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Mary Knautz

10/16/13

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Mary A. Knautz, 64 of Galena, IL passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Heritage Manor, Dubuque, IA. A gathering will be held from 5 to 7 pm, Monday, November 4, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. A private family burial will be held at a later date in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Galena. Cremation rites have been accorded. She was born December 12, 1948 in Galena the daughter of Harry and Agnes (Westemeier) Houy. Mary graduated from Galena High School. She was employed at Eaton, in Hanover, IL, Savanna Army Depot and was a dispatcher for the Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Department for twenty years until her retirement. She is survived by her two sons, Mike (Tina) and Matt Knautz both of Galena, three grandchildren, Mackenzie, Mikayla and Jared, four brothers, Carl, Jim, Marvin and Robert and a sister, Donna. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Randy and Joe, one sister, Barb. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

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