Irma Miller


Irma Gertrude Miller, 99, of Galena, died Saturday morning, July 13, 2013 at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena, where a visitation will be held from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.  Arrangements are being handled by Furlong Funeral Chapel. Irma was born June 10, 1914 in Green Island, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Gertrude (Lingle) Hasken.  She married her husband of 49 years, Andrew Joseph Miller on May 9, 1935, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Together Irma and Andrew farmed until 1970 and then moved to Galena. Irma later worked for Eaton Corporation in Hanover for 12 years. She was a Charter Member of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Mary's and served on the funeral luncheon committee for sixteen years. She was also a Farm Bureau member for many years. Irma enjoyed playing cards, gardening, traveling and visiting with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Those left to honor her memory include, three daughters, Joan Howdle of Arlington Heights, IL, Jean (Howard) Stadel of Freeport, IL and Linda Nodorft of Charlotte, NC; daughter-in-law Glenda Miller of Council Hill, IL; eight granddaughters, Nadine Stadel of Naperville, IL, Lisa (Mike) McNutt of Aiken, SC, Ann (James) Piland of Tulsa, OK, Kathleen (Brad) Nauman of Farmington, NY, Deborah (Rick) Keith of Arlington, TX, Dr. Jennifer (Matt) Jewell of Germantown Hills, IL, Susan (Reid) Retherford of Spring Grove, IL, and Laura (Chris) Stier of Boca Raton, FL; fifteen great grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Fay Hasken. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Gertrude (Lingle) Hasken; her loving husband, Andrew Joseph (Joe); her son, Donald; and four siblings Sally Saam, Rosie Fellenzer, Ed and Al Hasken. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Mary's Church in Galena.

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Ann "Annie" Herman


Ann M. "Annie" Herman 90, of Galena, IL, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Monday, July 15, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Reverend James McCrea will be officiating. Friends may call from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena. She was born November 6, 1922 at the family farm in Shullsburg Township, WI the daughter of Fred and Hannah (Christen) Ubersox. She was united in marriage to Richard G. Herman on September 19, 1950 at the First Presbyterian Church, Galena who preceded her in death on May 19, 1986. As one of twelve children growing up on a depression era farm Ann's vigorous work ethic developed early and served her well through her long and varied work history which spanned over sixty years. She delighted in telling others that she worked at the Savanna Army Depot, Kraft Food in Galena, the Dubuque Packing Company and the Belvedere Mansion in Galena. Ann also performed volunteer work at the Galena Food Pantry and the Galena-Stauss Gift Shop. Great grandchildren were introduced to the workaday world by cutting GMa's yard for a Coke and a Baby Ruth bar. Ann and Dick were excellent bowlers and enjoyed a vibrant social life. They were active members of several organizations including The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Rebekah Lodge, American Legion, VFW and VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Ann and Dick were married in the First Presbyterian Church and were active members for all their lives. Ann's main interest in life was her family, both immediate as well as extended. Treasured highlights included Ubersox family reunions, back yard picnics and two trips to Europe to visit family members in the military. As a member of the "Greatest Generation" her life experience and strength of character will be sorely missed. Ann is survived by her daughter, Karen (John) Stephens of Galena, two grandsons, Brian (Marcie) Stephens of Kansas City, KS and Dale (Amy) Stephens of Ripon WI; six grandchildren, Duncan, Tyler, Chloe, Cameron, Owen and Jonah; three brothers, Charles "Chuck" Ubersox,  George "Butch" Ubersox and Hans "John" Ubersox. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son: Gary Vernon Hammer, husband Richard (Dick) Herman, four brothers: Walter, Frank, Bill and Fritz and four sisters: Rose, Lydia, Frieda and Celia. 

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Patrick Maslanka



Patrick T. Maslanka 70, of Galena, IL passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at his home. Funeral service will be 1 PM, Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, 100 Carol-don Court, Galena, IL. Friends may gather after 11 AM at the funeral chapel.  In keeping with his wishes cremation rites have been accorded. He was born June 26, 1943 in Chicago, IL the son of Zigmund and Stella (Pyrkowski) Maslanka. Patrick served in the United States Marine Corp from August 3, 1962 until his honorable discharge as a Sergeant on October 17, 1966. He served as a Chicago Police Officer for thirty-one years until his retirement. Patrick was a member of the Galena Elks Lodge, VFW and the Fraternal Order of Police. He enjoyed his new cars, motorcycles and fishing. He is survived by his son, Cullen (Kasia) Maslanka of Algonquin, IL, two grandchildren, Sasha and Kian Maslanka of Algonquin, and a sister, Donna. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Clifford. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, IA 52002 in memory of Patrick. Online condolences may be left at

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Gerry Ryan


Gerry Ryan, 75, of Benton, died Friday evening, June 28, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her family. A celebration of her life will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the Benton United Methodist Church, 172 W. Main St., with a luncheon to follow. Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, is in charge of arrangements. She was born on Sept. 28, 1937, in Norwood, Ohio. She moved to Benton in 1999. Gerry will be remembered for her passion for old radio shows, for wonderful times playing board games with her family, for her ability to laugh at herself, and for making sure that she shared a little something sweet to eat whenever she was around. Most of all, however, she loved family time and serving her church community. Gerry raised four children, Janna (Ron) Bialek, of Chevy Chase, Md., Libby (Bill) Burkart, of Dubuque, Michael J. (Theresa) Ryan III, of Plymouth, Mich., and Kayte (Chuck) Emery, of Benton; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her stepmother, Mary Cummins, of Somerset, Ky. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Benton UMC, 172 W. Main St., Benton WI 53803. The family would like to express their gratitude to the woman in the intensive care waiting room who unselfishly supported us in our grief by letting us use her phone so that the family could communicate. We never got your name, but want you to know how much your kind act meant to our family. God bless you, and the skilled and compassionate nurses and doctors at Mercy Hospital.

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Elizabeth Wolff


Elizabeth M. Wolff, 76 of Galena, IL passed away Monday June 10, 2013 at Midwest Medical Center, Galena. Funeral mass will be 11 AM, Friday June 14, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena. Burial will be in the church cemetery

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Denise Wilson


Denise Helene Wilson, age 58 of Galena, IL went to heaven on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Funeral service will be 3 pm Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Friends may call after 11 am Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.  She was born October 15, 1954 in Savanna, IL the daughter of Helen Kilgore and the late Herb Wilson Jr. In 1972 she married Dennis Albrecht and shares with him three children, Ryan (Julie) Albrecht of Polo, IL, Tara (Blake) Roddick of Galena, IL and Breanne (Matt) Ivens of Madison, WI. In 1989 she married Dan Green and lovingly raised Chris (Prem) Green of Bolingbrook, IL and Stephen (Teresa) Green of Dubuque, IA. Denise worked for the United States Post Office for 37 years and was a dedicated worker and was loved by everyone she met. More than anything she loved her grandchildren and was always showing them off, either in person or through pictures. She will be missed dearly by all of them: Brecken, Andrew and Logan Albrecht-Ian and Kennedy Roddick-Henry Ivens-Ethan and Trenton Sanchez and Gabe Green-Rian Green. Survivors include her mother, Helen Kilgore of Elizabeth, IL her brother Herb (Cindy) Wilson of Monroe, WI and her sister Julie (Bob) Nesbitt of Mulkiteo, WA and all her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews (Brittany, Brandon, Kelsey, Alex and Maggie). She also leaves behind many in-laws and dear friends. She was welcomed into heaven by her father Herb Wilson, step-father Gordon Kilgore, grandparents Ruby Schaible and Marion Schaible and grandparents Herb & Helen Wilson Sr. A memorial fund has been established in Denise's name.

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Mary Buman


Mary Buman, 96, of Galena IL, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Midwest Medical Center, Galena.  The Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 10, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Galena, with the Rev. Max Lasardo officiating. Burial will follow at St. Michael Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where the rosary will be prayed at 2:00 p.m. Mary was born April 20, 1917, in Menominee, IL, daughter of Clement (Clem) and Julia Ann (Tranel) Bonnet.  She married Alfred "Buck" Buman on June 14, 1941, in Galena, IL. He preceded her in death on March 24, 1984. Mary worked at the factory in Hanover, IL, until her retirement in 1996 at the age of 79. She was a member of the VFW in Hanover for over 50 years.  She loved attending morning mass and did so until her illness last December.  Mary was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed her family, playing cards, and bingo (her absolute favorite). In her younger days she was a great dancer and enjoyed attending barn dances in the Menominee area. Surviving are her four children Jo Ann Turner, Galena; Patricia (Patty) Williams, Galena; Jacqueline (Jaque) LaShelle, Dubuque; and Jan Buman, Galena; seven grandchildren, Janet (Steve) Shaw, Galena; Vicky (Roger) Williams, Winterset, IA; Shelly (Jean Marc) Domergue, Flower Mound, TX; Troy (Emily) Williams, Herrin, IL; Cory Williams, Galena; Chad (Pam) LaShelle, Temecula, CA; and Stacy Buman, Freeport, IL.  She has 15 great-grandchildren. She is survived by one sister, Julianna (Julie) Haight, Moline, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and brother-in-laws - Beryl and Viola (Dottie) Long; George and Elmyra Sertle; one brother - Elmer Bonnet and one son-in-law, Richard Turner. The family wishes to thank Dr. Vandigo, the Galena Ambulance Service and Midwest Medical Center for all their loving care.

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Panagiotis Botis


Panagiotis ("Takis") Botis, of Dubuque IA, and formerly of Argroupolis, Greece

passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013 in his family home surrounded by his loved ones.  Funeral service will be 11 am, Thursday, June 6, 2013 at St. Elias the Prophet Church, 1075 Rockdale Road, Dubuque and where friends may call after 10 am at the church. Burial will be in Hazel Green Cemetery, Hazel Green, WI. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. Takis was born on Jan. 23, 1951 in Mavro Mati, Kalamata Greece the son of George and Anna (Serthri) Botis both from Greece. He was the youngest of eight siblings.He came to the United States in 1974 where shortly after he met his wife Kristi Larson Jones of Kewanee, IL.  They married on April 29, 1974 and together they had three children Anna Jo, Elizabeth and Victoria. He was a very beloved husband, father, grandfather and would have become a great-grandfather in December of this year. His first passion was his love for his family. He spent most of his working life in the Restaurant industry as Owner/Operator or head chef. In his pass time he enjoyed many things; working on computers, feeding and watching the birds, flower gardening, playing the guitar and dancing with his grandchildren.  He is survived by his wife, Kristi; three daughters, Anna (Chris) Dunlop of Hazel Green WI, Elizabeth Harris (fiancé' Phillip Surprenant) of Galena IL, Victoria (Robert) Rodgers of Benton WI; six grandchildren, Brandon, Alexandrea "Lexi", Makayla, Kristina "Sissy", Zoe and Michael; three sisters, Evenia, Elanie and Demitria and one brother, Apostolis all of Argroupolis Greece, his cousins, Miltos, Cathy and Haroula Diakogeorgiou of East Moline IL and many nieces and nephews who all reside in Greece. He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother in law Joann, two nephews, Demitri and George; niece Jennifer Sawickis and a grandson, Cameron Dunlop

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Leslie Karberg


Leslie "June" Karberg, 88, of Galena, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Galena Stauss Senior Care Community. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Funeral service will be 11 AM, Monday, May 13, 2013 at the funeral chapel and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Galena. June was born July 10, 1924 in Berea Kentucky to Roscoe C. and Hedvig E. (Wahlstrom) Marcum and raised by her grandmother, Susan "Mammy" Brewer Marcum. She moved to Chicago and met her future husband, Richard F. Karberg, who preceded her in death on January 22, 1994. They were united in marriage December 11, 1948, and eventually settled in Galena to raise their 3 children: Philip, Susan (Don) and William (Stefanie). She was an avid bowler and was involved in the V.F.W. Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She leaves behind many good friends who knew her as lively, spirited and fun-loving. She worked in a variety of vocations over the years in Galena and especially enjoyed the many children and elderly she spent time with as a baby-sitter/caregiver. Her primary focus was always on being a good mother, grandmother and homemaker. She is survived by her three children, fifteen grandchildren: Heather, Kelley, Nathan, Michael, Cody, Lauren, Joey, Kathryn, William, Anna, Calvin, Richard, Thomas, Lily and Grant, four great grandchildren: Allie, Averie, Kate and Mason. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter in-law, Diane Karberg and two brothers, Edwin and Carl

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Donald Bell


Donald J. Bell, 91 of Shullsburg, WI passed away Thursday, May 02, 2013 at the Shullsburg Home. Funeral Mass will be 11 AM Monday, May 6, 2013 at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Shullsburg and where friends may call after 10 AM at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the mass and burial will be at a later date. The Furlong Funeral Home, Shullsburg is assisting the family. He was born May 21, 1921 in Shullsburg the son of Joseph and Ivy (Doyle) Bell. Donnie was united in marriage to Audrey Morrissey on July 26, 1941 at St. Matthew in Shullsburg and she survives. He farmed on the Bell Farm then worked at Calumet/Hecla Mining Company. After that he became salesmen for WR Grace Company until his retirement. He was active with Shullsburg Fire Department for thirty-two years. In 1981 Donnie and Audrey moved to Florida in April 2004 they returned to Shullsburg. He is survived by his wife Audrey of Shullsburg, two brother in-laws, Dick Morrissey and Denny (Nancy) Morrissey, a sister in-law, Kay (Ed) Jeffery, his nieces, Dorothy Lipska and Sharon Nead, his nephews, Derald Bell, Keith Bell and Phillip Russell and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Bonnie Ann Bell and a son, Donald Gerard Bell. His siblings, Harold Bell, Mildred (Bell) Hawthrone, Gertrude (Bell) Russell and Ernie Bell. His father and mother in-law, Harold and Laura Morrissey, a sister in-law, Phyllis Morrissey, brother in-law, Orville Morrissey. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the Shullsburg Home Staff for the excellent care given to Donnie and Upland Hills Hospice of Dodgeville. Online condolences may be left at

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