Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm

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Maria "Mary" (Winter) Klostermann Sturm (1855-1908) was a sister of my great-grandmother, Mrs. Henry Gerken, née Anna Winter, and aunt to my grandfather, Ewald Gerken. Mary married Caspar Klostermann (1848-1878), and they had three children. Caspar Klostermann died, and Mary then married Jacob Sturm (1841-1905), whose first spouse, Elizabeth née Knolle (1844-1877), had also died. Jacob brought five children from his first marriage into his union with Mary, and they proceeded to have seven additional children of their own. The Sturm family lived at Springbrook, Iowa, where they farmed.   T.L.

Maria Winter and Caspar Klostermann Elizabeth Knolle and Jacob Sturm
Maria (Winter) Klostermann and Jacob Sturm

Mary (Winter) Klostermann Sturm
The date of Mary's birth as May 1, 1855, comes from a note made in a New Vienna church book; the 1900 U.S. Census does have her birth occurring in May 1855. Her birthplace of Dubuque, Iowa, comes from an obituary for her, and that is the place where her parents were living in 1855, and the 1860, 1880, and 1900 censuses all have Mary being born in Iowa.
Maria "Mary" Anna Winter was born on May 1, 1855, to John Peter and Anna Maria (Ickenroth) Winter in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1854, the Winters had arrived in Dubuque, Iowa, from St. Louis, Missouri, after landing in the U.S. on May 30 of that year. Mary had two sisters, Anna Winter and Anna Mary Winter, the latter being a niece of John P. and Anna Winter who was adopted by them after the deaths of her parents. The Winter family moved from Dubuque to New Vienna, Iowa, in 1864.

Marries Caspar Klostermann.
Mary Winter married Caspar Klostermann on January 13, 1874, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa, with the Rev. C.L. Schulte officiating. Clement Klostermann, Henry Klostermann, Anna Maria Winter and Anna Maria Klostermanan served as witnesses.

Johannes Casparus Klostermann Klostermann was born on January 2, 1848, in Iowa, son of John and Maria (Krumpelbeck) Klostermann of New Vienna, Iowa. He was christened on March 28, 1848, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna. His parents had come to America from Oldenburg, Germany, and settled north of New Vienna, Iowa, in Liberty Township, in 1846. (Caspar's full name as it reads on his gravestone is Johannes Kasper Klostermann; his name was also variously spelled as Casper.) Caspar and Mary (Winter) Klostermann lived at Luxemburg, Iowa.

Mary (Winter) and Caspar Klostermann - Click for larger image
Mary and Caspar Klostermann, believed to be their wedding day photograph.
Image contributed by Bette Juergens.
Born to Caspar and Mary Klostermann were three children, Franziska Klostermann, Caecilia Klostermann, and Joseph Klostermann. Franziska, born November 27, 1874, died an infant less than two months later on January 23, 1875. Caecilia, or Celia, was their only child to survive to adulthood. Joseph also died an infant: he was born a month and half following the death of his father Caspar, on December 23, 1878, and died about five months later, on May 21, 1879.


Grave of Johannes Kasper "Caspar" Klostermann, Franziska Klostermann, and Joseph Klostermann, Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg, Iowa.
Death of Caspar Klostermann.
Caspar Klostermann died on November 9, 1878, at the age of 30 years, 10 months, and 7 days, and he was buried on November 11, 1878, at Luxemburg, Iowa, in Holy Trinity Cemetery. His gravestone gives his full name as Johannes Kasper Klostermann and incorrectly gives the year of his death as 1888. He shares his headstone with that of his two children that died as infants.

Widow marries Jacob Sturm.
Mary (Winter) Klostermann married Jacob Sturm, a widower, on December 30, 1879, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, Iowa, and they settled in Jackson County, Iowa, at Springbrook. Jacob Sturm was born April 9, 1841, at Dahlen, Nassau, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in the spring of 1867. Jacob located in Bellevue, Iowa, and for a while worked as a farm hand in Tete des Morts Township (St. Donatus, Iowa). There he met Elizabeth Knolle, and they were married on April 26, 1869, by the Reverend Theodore M. Schiffmacher at St. Joseph's Church in Bellevue. Jacob and Elizabeth Sturm had five children.

Heritage of Elizabeth (Knolle) Sturm.
Elizabeth Knolle was born on April 17, 1844, to John Knolle, from Haneberg, Hanover, and Anna (Hannah) Adelaide Brummer, from Lengerich, Hanover. Her father died on October 6, 1871, at age 62, and her mother died on October 1, 1862, at age 54. Hoffman's Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1938) lists the Knolle family as among the first to settle in the St. Donatus area and establish the church there. The 1860 Census lists their children as Caroline, Elizabeth, Mary, Henry Marcus, and a daughter three years younger than Henry Marcus (aged 15, 11, 8, 7, and 4, respectively.) From Hoffman: "Even before the dedicatory services took place, the first baptism on record was administered in the new church to Anna Marie (Mary) Knolle by Father Michels, June 26, 1851."

Born to Jacob and Elizabeth Sturm were John Sturm, Mary Sturm, Chris Sturm, Adam Sturm, and Theodore Sturm.

Elizabeth (Knolle) Sturm, 33, dies.
Elizabeth Sturm died on December 20, 1877, in Bellevue, Iowa, from complications following the birth of her son Teddy, and her sister, Mrs. Kegler, then cared for the baby. Elizabeth Sturm was buried in the Springbrook cemetery.

After Elizabeth's death, Jacob Sturm returned to the old country and spent about a year and a half there before returning to America. During this period he engaged briefly in the brewery business with a Mr. Metzger in Bellevue.


Jacob Sturm
Jacob Sturm marries Mary (Winter) Klostermann.
On December 30, 1879, Jacob Sturm married Mary (Winter) Klostermann, a widow from New Vienna, Iowa, with a surviving daughter, Caecilia, from her first marriage.

Jacob and Mary Sturm had seven children of their own together: Joseph "Joe" Sturm, Henry Sturm, Aloysius "Louie" Sturm, Peter Sturm, Anna "Annie" Sturm, Appolonia "Lonie" Sturm, and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Sturm.

The 1880 U.S. Census has the Sturm (with the last name spelled as Storm) household in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, consisting of Jacob Sturm, age 38, farmer, born in Nassau; his wife Mary, age 25, keeping house, born in Iowa; Mary, daughter, age 8; Celia, daughter, age 4; Christ, son, age 6; Adam, age 4; and Catherine, age 2. The relationship to the head of the household is not given for the last two children, although Adam was a son of Jacob's from his first marriage; one can only speculate about the identity of Catherine at this point: Was she another daughter of Mary's from her first marriage? Was this a mistake on the part of the census taker? Also, both John (who would have been about age 10) and Theodore (who would have been age 2), Jacob's oldest and youngest sons from his first marriage, are noticeably absent in this census.

The 1900 U.S. Census has the Sturm household in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, consisting of Jacob Sturm, born April 1841, age 59, farmer, born in Germany; his wife Mary, born May 1855, age 45, born in Iowa; and their children, all born in Iowa, Christ, son, born December 1874, age 25, farm laborer; Joseph, son, born May 1881, age 19, farm laborer; Henry, son, born August 1883, age 16, farm laborer; Louis, son, born July 1885, age 14, farm laborer; Annie, daughter, born June 1889, age 10, at school; Lena [misspelling of Lonia?], daughter, born September 1893, age 7, at school; and Elizabeth, daughter, born August 1895, age 4, at school.

The Sturms farmed in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, and their farm adjoined the town of Springbrook, Iowa.


Detail from 1891 plat of Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, showing the Jacob Sturm land holdings, mainly in Section 22 with 316 acres but extending into Sections 27 (80 acres), 21 (60 acres and possibly another acreage up the side), and 28 (20 acres).

1913 Plat of Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa
Detail from 1913 plat of Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, showing the Sturm farm, now at 192 acres, southwest of Springbrook, Iowa, which had by then been passed into the hands of Jacob and Mary's son Henry and his wife Cora.

In 1978, Cora Sturm, 90, daughter-in-law of Jacob Sturm, related these stories.
Jacob was a hard-working man, well-liked, and a good singer. He sang at wedding receptions at the Springbrook church. Sometimes Henry, his son, would accompany him on the violin. When Cora and Henry were dating, she can remember riding in the buggy and hearing Jacob sing his German songs as they drove past the Church. Jacob and Mr. Weinschenk would tease, saying that is was a fine wedding, but nothing compared to the one that Cora and Henry would have. Unfortunately, by the time the wedding took place on November 19, 1907, both fathers had passed away.

On one occasion, Cora and her father were driving along the road, and Jacob was walking to church. On the previous night, a storm had struck, which caused much crop damage to the corn. Mr. Weinschenk asked Jacob if he was going to clean up the field, and Jacob answered, "What the storm blew down, the Sturm won't pick up."

back, l to r: Henry, Joe, John, Chris, Adam, Louie, Teddy; front, l to r: Caecilia, Lonie, Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm, Lizzie, Jacob Sturm, Annie, Mary
The Sturm Family Portrait
back, l. to r.: Henry, Joseph "Joe", John, Chris, Adam, Aloysius "Louie", Theodore "Teddy".
front, l. to r.: Caecilia Klostermann, Appolonia "Lonie", Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm, Lizzie, Jacob Sturm, Annie, Mary.

Jacob Sturm, 63, dies.
After a short illness, Jacob Sturm passed away at his home near Springbrook, Iowa, last Thursday, March 2, 1905, of pneumonia. Jacob Sturm was a native of Dahlen, Nassau, Germany, where he was born in the year 1841, and in the spring of 1867 started for America. He located in Bellevue and for a time engaged as a farm employee in Tete des Morts Township and in the year 1869 was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Knolle who preceded him to the grave in the year 1877. To this union fine children were born. After his wife's death he returned to the old country and spent about one year and a half before returning to America. In 1879 he was again united in marriage, to a widow lady of New Vienna, Mrs. Mary Klosterman, who survives him. To this union seven children were born, five of whom are living. During all these years of residence in Jackson County, Mr. Sturm had been engaged in farming, excepting a short period spent in Bellevue, where he was engaged with a Mr. Metzger in the brewery business. The funeral occurred from SS. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook last Sunday, March 5th.

Mr. Sturm was one of the ealriest and most respected citizens of that community, coming to this country about 1869, removing to Jackson County shortly afterward, where he had resided ever since. As a result of his hard work and frugality, two characteristics common to his countrymen, he has been enabled to lay up a nice competence for the wife and large family who mourn his demise.

Source for obituary (edited): The Sabula Gazette, supplement page called The Miles Reporter, March 11, 1905, taken from The Bellevue Herald, and the March 7, 1905, edition of the Dubuque Daily Times.

Last Will and Testament of Jacob Sturm

In the Name of God. Amen.

I, Jacob Sturm, of the Town of Spring Brook in the County of Jackson and State of Iowa, of the age of 52 years and being of sound mind and memory do make, publish, and declare this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say:

First, I give and bequeath to my wife Maria Sturm, her heirs and assignees all that tract or parcel of land situate as follows:

The South East quarter of the South East quarter and the South half of the North East quarter of the South East quarter of Section Twenty One, and the East half of the North West quarter and the East one third of the West half of the North West quarter and the South half of the South West quarter and the North East quarter of the South West quarter of the South West quarter all in Section Twenty Two, and the North half of the North West quarter of Section Twenty Seven, and the North half of the North East quarter of the North East quarter of Section Twenty Eight, and the West half of the North East quarter of Section Twenty Two, all being in Township Eighty Five North, Range Four East of the Fifth P.M., together with al the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining to have and to hold the premises above described to the said Maria Sturm, her heirs, and assignees forever.

Lastly, I give and bequeath all the residue and remainder of my personal estate goods and chattels of what nature or kind soever to my wife Maria Sturm, whom I hereby appoint my sole executrix of this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. The executrix shall not be held to give bond for performing the faithful duties as executrix and trust herein stated.

I witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5th day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and ninety four.

signature of Jacob Sturm

PETITION
STATE OF IOWA,
JACKSON COUNTY
In District Court in and for said County

Your petitioner Eli Cole Jr states that Jacob Sturm late of Jackson Township, in said county departed this life on the 2nd day of March A.D. 1905 having first duly made and published in his last Will and Testament, Mary Sturm was named as Executor, and which she nows produces for probate; that the said Jacob Sturm was, at the time of his death, a resident of said county, and that he left him, surviving, a widow named Mary Sturm who resides at Spring Brook, Ia. and children, his heirs at law, as follows:

John Sturm aged 37 years, and who resides at Armstrong, Ia.
Mary George aged 33 years, and who resides at Spring Brook, Ia.
Christ Sturm aged 31 years, and who resides at Dell Rapids, So. Dak.
Celia Rubel aged 29 years, and who resides at Spring Brook, Ia.
Adam Sturm aged 28 years, and who resides at Spring Brook, Ia.
Theodore Sturm aged 26 years, and who resides at Spring Brook, Ia.
Joseph Sturm aged 23 years, and who resides at Spring Brook, Ia.
Henry Sturm aged 21 years, and who resides at Spring Brook, Ia.
Annie Sturm aged 15 years, and who resides at Spring Brook, Ia.
Lonia Sturm aged 13 years, and who resides at Spring Brook, Ia.
Lizzie Sturm aged 11 years, and who resides at Spring Brook, Ia.

That the above named persons are all the persons interested in the matter of proving said Will; that the Real Estate in the State of Iowa of which said deceased died siezed does not exceed $12,000.00 in value, and the Personal Property of which deceased was possessed of and entitled to at the time of his death does not exceed $1500-- in value. Your petitioner asks that said Will be publicly read in open Court, and that said Court fix a time for proving the same; and that such notice thereof be given to said persons interested as the Court may direct; and that upon the final hearing of this matter said Will be allowed and recorded as the last Will and Testament of deceased, and that thereupon, upon said Mary Sturm qualifying according to law, that she be commissioned as Executrix of the Will.

Dated this 9th day of March 1905.
                    Eli Cole Jr, Atty.

Inventory of the Personal Property Subject to Appraisement

No. ARTICLES Appraised Value
1 black mare 9 yrs old 150
1 black mare 3 yrs old 110
1 black mare very old and heavy 20
1 bay horse 10 yrs old 65
1 dark bay horse 5 yrs old 135
1 sorrel horse 5 yrs old 125
1 bay horse 3 yrs old 125
1 bay horse 3 yrs old 110
1 bay horse 10 yrs old 85
1 span mules 275
2 sucking colts 70
2 colts coming two yrs old @ 50 100
1 white pony 20
28 brood sows 280
17 two yr old steers @ 25.00 375
20 milch cows @ 30.00 600
15 sucking calves @ 6.00 90
  Agricultural Implements, Machinery 500
  Total $3265

Mary Sturm's signed statement regarding Jacob Sturm's personal property.

I Eli Cole Jr after being duly sworn, on oath say, that on the 4th day of May A.D. 1905, I caused a copy of the within notice to be posted at each of the following public and conspicuous places in said county, to-wit:
     One at the front door of the court House in Maquoketa.
     One at Hanapel's Saloon, Spring Brook, Iowa.
     One at Post Office, Bellevue, Iowa.

Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm dies.
Mrs. Jacob Sturm, aged 52, died at her home in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, on Tuesday, March 10, 1908, after an illness of long duration, having suffered for years from Bright's disease (dropsy), a kidney ailment. Her maiden name was Mary Winter and she was born in Dubuque. She married Jacob Sturm at New Vienna, Iowa, in 1879, and was the mother of seven children*. Her husband and two children preceded her in death. The names of the surviving children are Joseph, Anna, Henry, Appolonia, and Lizzie**. The funeral occurred last Friday, March 13, at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, Iowa, conducted by the Rev. Gaspar W. Knapstein.***
Source for obituary (edited): The Bellevue Leader, Thursday, March 19, 1908.
* = Mary and Jacob Sturm together were natural parents to seven children, but Mary also had three children with her first husband Caspar Klostermann, and she was stepmother to Jacob Sturm's five children from his first marriage with Elizabeth Knolle.
** = This news article failed to mention that she was also survived by Celia, her daughter from her first marriage with Caspar Klostermann, and by her stepchildren John, Mary, Chris, Adam, and Teddy.
*** = Her year of marriage to Jacob Sturm in the article was given as 1880, but according to a New Vienna church book, Mary and Jacob were married on December 30, 1879.

The farm and household possessions were sold, and the inheritance divided up among the children, each receiving three thousand dollars. Their son Henry and his wife Cora bought the farm and lived there for 30 years.


Children of Caspar and Mary (Winter) Klostermann:

  1. Franziska Klostermann was born on November 27, 1874, daughter of Caspar and Mary (Winter) Klostermann. Franziska died as a baby on January 23, 1875, and was buried at Luxemburg, Iowa.

  2. Celia Klostermann -- contributed by Bette Juergens -- click for larger image
    Celia Klostermann
    Caecilia Klostermann was born on November 27, 1875, at Luxemburg, Iowa, daughter of Caspar and Mary (Winter) Klostermann. She was also known by the diminutive "Celia."* Celia's father Caspar died when she was about 3 years old, and her mother married Jacob Sturm a year later. At one time Celia lent her stepfather Jacob money she had received as an inheritance from her father.
    * = Her full name also appears as "Cecilia" and "Cecelia" in various sources; "Caecilia" with the "a" was the spelling used on her gravestone.
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    John and Cecilia (Klostermann) Rubel family

          Caecilia Klostermann married John Rubel on February 7*, 1899, in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at Springbrook, Iowa, with the Rev. W. Knapstein officiating. John Rubel was born on June 1, 1876, at Springbrook, Iowa, son of Edward and Catherine (Heim) Rubel. John and Celia Rubel were members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Bellevue, where Caecilia was a member of the Rosary Society. The family farmed at Bellevue in Jackson County, Iowa.
    * = other sources offer February 17 and February 9, 1899, as their marriage date.
          The 1900 U.S. Census has the Rubel household in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, consisting of John, born June 1876, age 23, farmer; his wife Cecelia, born November 1875, age 24; and their firstborn child, William E., born in January 1900. The Rubels had seven children altogether: William E. "Bill," John, Roland, Emma, Viola, Eleanor, and Edward.

    from the Thursday, February 3, 1949, Telegraph Herald:
    Dinner To Mark 50th Anniversary Of Bellevue Pair
    Springbrook, Ia. - Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kilburg will entertain at a dinner party here Sunday honoring her parents, Mr. and Mrs John Rubel, of Bellevue. The anniversary celebration will begin with a high mass Sunday morning at St. Joseph's church in Bellevue and will close with an open house at the Rubel home that evening.
          The former Cecelia Sturm and John Rubel were married Feb. 7, 1899 in Springbrook, with the late Rev. W. Knapstein officiating. They had seven children, five of whom are living, and they have 18 grandchildren.
          Children of the celebrants are Mrs. Walter (Elenora) Kilburg, Mrs. Ben (Viola) Kilburg, Mrs. Erwin (Emma) Walz, and Roland and Edward.

    Caecilia (Klostermann) Rubel, 75, died at 10 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 1951. Services were held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, and burial was at SS. Peter and Paul's Cemetery at Springbrook, Iowa.
          Mrs. Rubel was survived by two sons, Roland Rubel and Edward Rubel, both of Springbrook, Ia.; three daughters, Mrs. Walter (Eleanor) Kilburg of Springbrook, Ia., Mrs. Benjamin N. (Viola) Kilburg of Bellevue, Ia., and Mrs. Irving P. (Emma) Walz of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; three brothers, Henry Sturm of Bellevue, Ia., Chris Sturm of Seattle, Wash., and Theodore Sturm of Watertown, S. Dak. She was preceded in death by two sons.

    John Rubel, 88, died at home at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 1965. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 7, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa, and burial was at SS. Peter and Paul's Cemetery at Springbrook, Iowa.
          Survivors included one son, Edward of Bellevue, Ia.; three daughters, Mrs. Irving Walz of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Mrs. Ben Kilburg of Bellevue, Ia., and Mrs. Walter Kilburg of Bellevue, Ia.; one brother, Charles Rubel of S. Dak.; three sisters, Mrs. Harry Scholte of Bellevue, Ia., Mrs. Henry Meyer of Wisconsin, and Mrs. Elemer Beeler of Bellevue, Ia.; 26 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

    Children of John and Caecilia (Klostermann) Rubel:

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    John "Sonny," Edward, Roland, and William Rubel, 1914.
    Images contributed by Bette Juergens.
          Emma, Eleanor, and Viola Rubel.

    • William E. Rubel was born on January 19, 1900*, near Springbrook, Iowa, son of John and Caecilia (Klostermann) Rubel.
      * = A newspaper death notice has his date of birth as January 14. The date of January 19, I believe, is from a reading of his gravestone.

      William Rubel, 38, died at the Moulton Hospital in Bellevue, Iowa, Sunday night, August 14, 1938, at 7:15 p.m., following a brief illness. He had been a patient at the hospital since Friday. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, August 17, at 9 o'clock at SS. Peter and Paul Church at Springbrook, with the Rev, P.J. Friedman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Rubel; and the following brothers and sisters: Roland, Edward, and Mrs. Walter Kilburg, all of Springbrook, Ia., Mrs. Irving Walz, of Seneca, Wis., and Viola, at home.

    • John J. Rubel was born on February 1, 1902, son of John and Caecilia (Klostermann) Rubel.

      John Rubel, 16, died on March 15, 1918, in Jackson County, Iowa.

    • Roland Rubel was born on June 19, 1904, son of John and Caecilia (Klostermann) Rubel. Roland Rubel married Luella A. Schmidt on February 6, 1934, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Springbrook, Iowa. Luella Schmidt was born on December 13, 1912, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of William and Magedalena (Donlinger) Schmidt. Roland Rubel farmed, and Luella Rubel was a homemaker and helped her husband on the farm. They were members of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook; Luella was a member of its rosary society. Luella was also a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Raphael 1156, of Maquoketa. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and crocheting.

      Roland Rubel, 55, a farmer of the Bellevue, Iowa, area, died Monday, January 18, 1960. Family and friends called at the Kempter-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, Iowa, where the Rosary was recited at 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 20. Funeral services were at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, January 21, at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, Iowa, with burial in the church cemetery.
            Mr. Rubel was survived by his wife, Luella (Schmidt) Rubel; his father, John Rubel; two sons, John A. Rubel and Gary Rubel, both at home; two daughters, Mrs. Duane (Shirley) Laffey, of Runnells, Ia., and Lorna Rubel, at home; one brother, Edward Rubel, of Springbrook, Ia.; and three sisters, Mrs. Emma Walz, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Mrs. Viola Kilburg and Mrs. Eleanor Kilburg, both of Bellevue, Ia.

      Luella A. Rubel, 88, of Bellevue, Iowa, formerly of Springbrook and Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Sunday, November 11, 2001, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, following a lengthy illness. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, at Haylock-O'Hara & Lahey Funeral Home in Maquoketa, where there was a Catholic Daughters of the Americas rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m. Family and friends also called after 9:30 a.m., Thursday, November 15, at the church. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 15, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, with the Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial was in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springbrook.
            Mrs. Rubel was survived by two daughters, Shirley (Duane) Laffey, of Runnells, Ia., and Lorna Rubel, of Preston, Ia.; two sons, John "Jack" (Nancy) Rubel, of Maquoketa, Ia., and Gary Rubel, of Camanche, Ia.; 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and a brother.

      • John Allen Rubel was born on January 4, 1935, in Bellevue, Iowa, son of Roland and Luella (Schmidt) Rubel. John Rubel, who was called "Jack," was a member of the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. John "Jack" Rubel was united in marriage to Nancy Kloft on September 3, 1960, in Springbrook, Iowa.
              Jack farmed with his wife and children outside of Springbrook on the family century farm until moving to Maquoketa in 1995. John was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He worked for Smithson R.V., Sieg Auto Parts, and then as a driver for Big A and Barron Motor Supply.
              Jack enjoyed hunting and fishing. John loved spending time with his family and friends and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.

        John Allen "Jack" Rubel, 79, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa. A funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 19, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Friends and family called from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 18, at Lahey Funeral Home in Maquoketa. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springbrook, Iowa, where military rights were accorded.
              John was survived by his wife, Nancy; six children, Christy (Rick) Helmle, of Bellevue, Ia., William (Heidi) Rubel, of Kingston, Ga., John P. (Tracey) Rubel, of Bellevue, Ia., Tom (Annette) Rubel, of Reynolds, Ohio, Donald (Angie) Rubel, of Bellevue, Ia., and Cindy (Daryl) Dell'Anno, of Johnston, Ia.; 13 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary Rubel, of Maquoketa, Ia.; and sisters, Shirley Laffey, of Runnells, Ia., and Lorna Rubel, of Preston, Ia. He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Travis Pataska; and three brothers-in-law.

    • Emma Rubel was born on August 26, 1905, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of John and Caecilia (Klostermann) Rubel.
            Emma Rubel married Irving P. Walz on June 3, 1930, in Springbrook, Iowa:
      from the Thursday, June 5, 1930, Dubuque Telegraph Herald (edited):
      RUBEL-WALZ
      Bellevue, Ia., June 5.--Special: The church of SS. Peter and Paul at Springbrook was the scene of a pretty wedding Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock, when Miss Emma Rubel, of Springbrook, and Irving Walz, of Seneca, Wis., were married. The Rev. Gaspar Knapstein performed the ceremony and celebrated the nuptial mass. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Viola Rubel, and the bridegroom by his brother, William Walz, of Seneca.
            Mrs. Walz was gowned in white satin with an over-dress of lace, and her full-length veil was worn in cap fashion, held by a wreath of orange blossoms. Her flowers were bride's roses and sweet peas. Miss Rubel wore a frock of Nile green georgette, fashioned ankle-length, with hat and slippers to match. Her roses and sweet peas were also arranged in a shower bouquet.
            The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rubel of Springbrook. The bridegroom is a young businessman of Seneca. The home of the bride's parents was decorated in Nile green and white, combined with spring flowers, for the reception of 75 guests at the dinner. After a honeymoon spent motoring, Mr. and Mrs. Walz will be at home in Seneca.
      Irving Walz was born in 1904, in Seneca, Crawford County, Wisconsin, son of Phillip and Ellen (Walsh) Walz. Irving and Emma Walz lived at Seneca, Wisconsin, and later at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where they were members of St. Gabriel's Church.

      Just months after their wedding day, Irving Walz was shot and wounded during a robbery attempt while closing the store in which he was working:

      from the Friday, October 24, 1930, Dubuque Telegraph Herald (unedited):
      SUSPECT TAKEN IN HOLDUP CASE
      MAN WHO SHOT IRWIN WALZ IN SENECA, WIS., BELIEVED IN CUSTODY.
      Prairie du Chien, Wis., Oct. 24.--Special--Irvin Walz, about 30 years old, of Seneca, Wis., is in a local hospital with a bullet wound in his right side, the result of an attempted hold up of a store in which he was working about 11 o'clock Wednesday night.
            Walz was closing the store when a man came in with the command to Walz to "throw up your hands." Walz, believing that some other employe of the store was attempting to "kid" him, did not comply immediately and the stranger fired, the bullet striking Walz in the side. Walz grappled with the man until the would-be robber struck him over the head when he lost consciousness.
            The commotion aroused the Ingham family above the store and the robber was freightened away. He obtained no loot.
            The chief of police here has arrested one suspect who was taken into Walz' room for identification. Walz says he believes he is the man although he did not make a definite identification. The man, however, acted suspiciously and District Attorney James Cullen was scheduled to cross-examine him thoroughly this afternoon.

      Irving Walz died on April 26, 1965, and he was buried in Calvary Cemetery at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

      Emma Walz, 94, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, February 22, 2000, at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 26, at St. John's Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien, with the Rev. James Warosh, S.J., officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery at Prairie du Chien. Family and friends called from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 25, at Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, where there was a wake scripture service at 7:30 p.m.
            She was survived by eight children, Mrs. Jack (Norma) Erdenberger, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Mrs. Ken (LaVonne) Doss, of Hales Corners, Wis., Bernard (Barbara) Walz, of Madison, Wis., Mrs. Norlan (Beverly) Arensdorf, of Rockford, Ill., James (Margaret) Walz, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Mrs. Victor (Germaine) Bobrowicz, of Green Bay, Wis., Mrs. Philip (Sheila) Levin, of Rockaway, N.J., and Glen (Connie) Walz, of Cottage Grove, Wis.; 25 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Viola Kilburg and Mrs. Walter (Eleanor) Kilburg, both of Bellevue, Wis. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, John, Bill, Roland, and Edward Rubel; and a son-in-law, Jack Erdenberger.

      Children of Irving and Emma (Rubel) Walz:

      • Norma Jean Walz, daughter of Irving and Emma (Rubel) Walz, married John D. "Jack" Erdenberger. John Erdenberger was born on November 29, 1928, and he died on December 26, 1992, with a last residence of Prairie du Chien, Wis. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

        Children of John "Jack" and Norma (Walz) Erdenberger:

        • Virginia Louise "Ginny" Erdenberger married Jeff Nelson. Ginny and Jeff Nelson had two children, Lindsey (married Tony Larson; child Grant Larson) and Brett.
        • Michael "Mike" Erdenberger. Mike Erdenberger had a child, Bryce.
        • Patrick "Pat" Erdenberger married Lisa [?]. Pat and Lisa Erdenberger had three sons.
        • Mary Erdenberger married Roger Taylor. Mary and Roger Taylor had five children, Tom (married Jenna), Ashley, Joe, Roger Jr., and Hilary.
        • John Erdenberger, Jr..

      • LaVonne Walz, daughter of Irving and Emma (Rubel) Walz, married Ken Doss.
      • Bernard Walz, son of Irving and Emma (Rubel) Walz, married Barbara Wanek, daughter of Melvin and Mary E. (Picha) Wanek.
      • Beverly A. Walz was born June 13, 1936, in Seneca, Wisconsin, daughter of Irving and Emma (Rubel) Walz. Upon her graduation in 1954, Beverly moved to Milwaukee, where she worked as a secretary. Beverly Walz married Norlan H. "Arnie" Arensdorf on December 28, 1957, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Arnie and Beverly moved to Rockford in 1960 and raised three children.
              Beverly was the former owner of the Chocolate Twist Candy Shoppe in the North Towne Shopping Center. She was also a member of the First Evangelical Covenant Church. Her hobbies were creating floral and animal oil paintings and spending time with her grandchildren.

        Beverly A. Arensdorf, 73, of Rockford, Illinois, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010, in her home, surrounded by her family. A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 20, in First Evangelical Covenant Church in Rockford, with Pastor Peter Dibley officiating. Burial was in Scandinavian Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Olson Funeral and Cremation Services Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel in Rockford.
              Her kind heart, sweet nature and charismatic smile will be missed by her family and friends.
              She was survived by husband, Arnie of Rockford, Ill.; children, Joseph (Nadia) Arensdorf of Houston, Cathy (Vito) Lotta of Elmhurst, Ill., and Susan Arensdorf of Rockford, Ill.; grandchildren, Peter, Hope, John and Julie Arensdorf, and Lucas and Marcus Lotta; brothers, Bernard (Barbara) Walz of Monona, Wis., James (Margaret) Walz of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Glen (Connie) Walz of Madison, Wis.; sisters, Norma Erdenberger of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Lavonne (Kenneth) Doss of Hales Corners, Wis., Geri Bobrowicz of Green Bay, Wis., and Sheila (Phillip) Levin of Newfoundland, N.J.; brother-in-law, Robert (Patty) Arensdorf of Dubuque, Ia.; sister-in-law, Lila (Robert) Tigges of Dubuque, Ia.; and numerous special nieces and nephews.
        obituary source: Prairie du Chien, Wis., Courier Press, online at http://www.prairieduchienarea.com/courier/deathnotice%20JAN%20-%20JUNE%2010.htm.

      • James Walz, son of Irving and Emma (Rubel) Walz, married Margaret [?].
      • Germaine Walz, daughter of Irving and Emma (Rubel) Walz, married Victor Bobrowicz.
      • Sheila Mae Walz, daughter of Irving and Emma (Rubel) Walz, married Philip Arthur Levin, son of Izzy and Sophie (Gornish) Levin.

        Children of Philip and Sheila (Walz) Levin:

        • Isaac Edward Levin.
        • Sarabeth Levin married first to John Joseph Thompson VII, son of John Joseph VI and Charlene Thompson. Sarabeth and John had a daughter, Caileen Sophie Levin. Sarabeth married second to Charles Joseph Burns VII, son of Charles Joseph VI and Sharon (Falk) Burns. Sarabeth and Charles had a son, Maximilian Azrael Burns.

      • Glen Walz, son of Irving and Emma (Rubel) Walz, married Connie [?].

    • Viola M. Rubel was born on September 8, 1908, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of John and Caecilia (Klostermann) Rubel. Viola Rubel married Benjamin N. Kilburg on February 21, 1939, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Springbrook, Iowa. Ben Kilburg was born on July 17, 1904, son of Nicholas G. "Nick" and Mary (Dondlinger) Kilburg.
            Ben and Viola Kilburg lived at Bellevue, Iowa, and were members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue; Viola was a member of its rosary society and served as a volunteer, doing a variety of work at the church. Ben farmed west of Bellevue until he retired in 1970. Viola taught school in Jackson County and worked at Loras College in the food service department. She had been a certified nurse's assistant for many years, working in private homes and at Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue. Children of Ben and Viola Kilburg were John Rubel, Thomas Kilburg, Paul J. Kilburg, and Dean J. Kilburg.

      Benjamin N. Kilburg, 84, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Wednesday morning, August 10, 1988, at Mercy Health Center, St. Joseph's Unit, in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, August 11, at Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the rosary was said at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 12, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            He was survived by his wife, Viola; four sons, Thomas Kilburg, of Epworth, Ia., Paul Kilburg, of Cedar Rapids, Ia., Dean Kilburg, of Geneva, Ill., and John Kilburg, of Fairbanks, Alaska; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Marlena Arensdorf, of Dubuque, Ia., and Leola Ambrosy, of Bellevue, Ia.; and three brothers, Lester Kilburg and Wallace Kilburg, both of Bellevue, Ia., and Melvin Kilburg, of Springbrook, Ia.

      Viola M. Kilburg, 94, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Friday evening, June 13, 2003, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. Family and friends called from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 15, at Kingery Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Bellevue. Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Monday, June 16, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, with the Rev. Stephen Meyer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Kilburg was survived by four sons, Paul (Candace) Kilburg, of Cedar Rapids, Ia., Tom (Kathleen) Kilburg, of Epworth, Ia,, Dean (Linda) Kilburg, of Geneva, Ill., and John (Sumiko) Rubel, of Fairbanks, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Eleanor (Walter) Kilburg, of Bellevue, Ia.. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Eric Kilburg; four brothers, John, Bill, Roland and Edward Rubel; and a sister, Emma Walz.
      Additional source: McFarlane Family Tree at http://www.mcfarlane.ws/family/d0003/g0000309.html#I1796

    • Eleanor E. Rubel was born on March 31, 1912, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of John and Caecilia (Klostermann) Rubel. Eleanor Rubel married Walter N. Kilburg on October 2, 1934, in Springbrook, Iowa. Walter Kilburg was born on February 17, 1909, son of Nicholas G. "Nick" and Mary (Dondlinger) Kilburg.
            Walter and Eleanor farmed south of Springbrook, Iowa, and they later moved to Bellevue, Iowa. At Bellevue, they were members of St. Joseph Catholic Church; Eleanor was also a member of its rosary society.
            Walter also worked for the City of Bellevue Street Department as well as for Jackson County. He was a member of the Bellevue Knights of Columbus.
            Eleanor was a leader. She worked hard and was always willing to give. She was a devoted wife, mother and Christian. In her early years, she enjoyed dancing with her husband and friends. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, gardening and playing cards with family and friends.
            Walter and Eleanor Kilburg had four children: Mary Lois Kilburg, Doris Kilburg, Arla Kilburg, and Darwin Kilburg.

      Walter Nicholas Kilburg, 97, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, surrounded by his family. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 22, and after 9:30 a.m., Saturday, December 23, at Kingery Funeral Home in Bellevue. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 23, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, with the Rev. Stephen Meyer officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
            Mr. Kilburg was survived by his wife, Eleanor; his children, Darwin (Barb Roeder) Kilburg, of De Witt, Ia., Mary Lois (Tom) Kueter, of Peosta, Ia., Doris (Don) Medinger, of Bellevue, Ia., and Arla (Terry) Hodgkinson, of Orlando, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Luella (the late Melvin) Kilburg; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers and sisters, Ben, Lester, Melvin, Art, Elmer, Clarence, Leola Ambrosy, and Marlena Arensdorf; a daughter-in-law, Judy (Kueter) Kilburg; and a granddaughter, Tammy Kilburg.

      Eleanor E. Kilburg, 97, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at Luther Manor in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 28, and after 9:30 a.m., Friday, January 29, at Kingery Funeral Home in Bellevue. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 29, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
            Those left to honor her memory are her children, Darwin (Barb Roeder) Kilburg, of De Witt, Ia., Mary Lois (Tom) Kueter, of Peosta, Ia., Doris (Don) Medinger, of Bellevue, Ia., and Arla (Terry) Hodgkinson, of Orlando, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter; four brothers, Roland, Edward, John, and William; and two sisters, Emma Walz and Viola Kilburg.

      Children of Walter and Eleanor (Rubel) Kilburg:

      • Mary Lois Kilburg, daughter of Walter and Eleanor (Rubel) Kilburg, married Thomas Kueter, and they live at Peosta, Iowa.

      • Doris Kilburg was born on March 22, 1937, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Walter and Eleanor (Rubel) Kilburg. Doris Kilburg married Donald N. Medinger, and they lived at Bellevue, Iowa.
              Doris was a devoted wife and loved to help anybody. She was naturally the center of any party and made life around her a whirlwind. She was energetic, opinionated, and lovably outspoken. Doris was a person well worth knowing and brought and gave so much more to all those around her than she took.

        Doris Kilburg Medinger, 79, passed away peacefully December 9, 2016. Celebration of Life was held January 8, 2017, at Venture Out in Mesa, Arizona.
              She was survived by her husband of sixty years, Donald N. Medinger; their four children, Marty Medinger, of Cedar Rapids, Ia., Pam Tourek, of Omaha, Neb., and Gold Canyon, Ariz., and husband, John, Randy Medinger and Mimi, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Lyn Medinger and Jackie, of Bellevue, Ia.; and grandchildren, Lisa Tarbox, of Gilbert, Ariz., Samantha and Margaret Medinger, of Phoenix, Ariz., Jack Nourse IV, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Colby and Whitney, of Bellevue, Ia.; and a great-grandchild, Austin Tarbox, Gilbert.

      • Arla Kilburg, daughter of Walter and Eleanor (Rubel) Kilburg, married Terry Hodgkinson, and they live in Orlando, Florida.

      • Darwin Kilburg, son of Walter and Eleanor (Rubel) Kilburg, married Judith Kueter. Judy was born on July 10, 1943. Darwin and Judy Kilburg lived at DeWitt, Iowa. Judith Kilburg died on August 3, 1996.

    • Edward John Rubel was born on September 26, 1914, on a farm at Springbrook, Iowa, son of John and Caecilia (Klostermann) Rubel. Edward Rubel married Carmen Marie Eganhouse on January 24, 1938, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa. Carmen Eganhouse was born on June 2, 1918, on a farm at Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of Elmer and Amelia (Kieffer) Eganhouse. Carmen graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Bellevue, and then attended the University of Dubuque, where she received her teaching certificate.
            Edward and Carmen Rubel made their home on their farm one and a half miles east of Springbrook, Iowa, where they were members of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church; Carmen was a member of its rosary society. Carmen was an artist and enjoyed reading, cooking, and sewing, being an excellent seamstress. Along with grain, beef, and dairy farming, Edward was a dealer for the Acco Seed Company for many years and a member of the Farm Bureau. Carmen raised her yearly flock of poultry. Edward enjoyed cards, hunting, and fishing.
            Born to Edward and Carmen Rubel were James Leo Rubel, Joan Cecelia Rubel, Rita Ann Rubel and Ruth Ann Rubel (infant twins born August 12, 1946; deceased), Marcie Marie Rubel (infant born May 15, 1947; deceased), Mary Margaret Rubel, Elizabeth Ann Rubel, Barbara Jane Rubel, and Ann Amelia Rubel.

      Edward J. Rubel, 73, of Route 3, Bellevue, Iowa, died at 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, 1988, at home. Family and friends called from 3 to 9 p.m., Friday, July 8, at the Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue and after 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 9, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa, where funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mr. Rubel was survived by his wife Carmen; a son, James Rubel, of Bellevue, Ia.; five daughters, Mrs. Robert (Joan) Flick and Mary Rubel, both of Dubuque, Ia., Mrs. Ron (Elizabeth) Juergens, of Carroll, Ia., Mrs. Steve (Barbara) O'Rourke, of Ames, Ia., and Mrs. Vincent (Ann) Lehmkuhl, of Blue Grass, Ia.; 15 grandchildren; three sisters, Emma Walz of Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Mrs. Ben (Viola) Kilburg and Mrs. Walter (Eleanor) Kilburg, both of Bellevue, Ia. He was preceded in death by three infant daughters, twins Rita and Ruth, and Marcie.

      Carmen M. Rubel, 78, died Sunday morning, December 29, 1996, at Mercy Health Center, St. Joseph's Unit, in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 31, at Kingery Funeral Home in Bellevue, Iowa. Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 1, 1997, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa, with the Rev. Don Bakewell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Rubel was survived by a son, James (Doris) Rubel, of Bellevue, Ia.; five daughters, Joan (Robert) Flick and Mary (Les) Lenstra, both of Dubuque, Ia., Elizabeth (Ron) Juergens, of Carroll, Ia., Barbara (Steve) O'Rourke, of Ames, Ia., and Ann (Vincent) Lehmkuhl of Blue Grass, Ia.; 16 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; a sister, Rosemary Nolan, of Wyoming, Ia.; six brothers George (Mary) Eganhouse, of Wyoming, Ia., Robert (Marilyn) Eganhouse, of Pittsburgh, Penn., Leland (Jean) Eganhouse of Monmouth, Ia., Dr. Gerald (Barbara) Eganhouse of Cedar Rapids, Ia., Dr. Thomas (Betty) Eganhouse, of Naperville, Ill., and David (Janet) Eganhouse, of Lost Nation, Ia.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jean Eganhouse and Delores Eganhouse, both of Wyoming, Ia. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward; three daughters, infant twins Rita and Ruth, and an infant Marcie; two grandchildren, Robert and Angie Rubel; two brothers, Merton and Vernon; and a sister, Virginia.

      • James Leo Rubel was born on January 21, 1939, in Bellevue, Iowa, son of Edward and Carmen (Eganhouse) Rubel. He graduated from St. Joseph's High School in 1957. James Rubel married Doris Margaret Upmann on December 30, 1961, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa, and they enjoyed 40 loving years together.
              Doris Upmann was born on December 6, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Leroy and Agnes (Averkamp) Upmann. Born in Dubuque, Iowa Doris attended a one-room schoolhouse in Sandridge, Illinois and eventually graduated from Wahlert High School in Dubuque.
              Jim and Doris Rubel lived in Springbrook, Iowa, where they were members of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. They owned and operated Crystal Lake Cave for 40 years. Doris was a community volunteer and involved in farming and real estate ventures.
              Mr. Rubel was a housing inspector with the city of Dubuque for 30 years before his retirement in 2000. Jim was a member of the National Cave Association and the Dubuque and Galena (Ill.) Chamber of Commerce. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was known as "Papa" to his three grandchildren. He loved to meet new people and he was loved by all he met. He had a passion for many activities including Iowa and family history, cultural and civic events and outdoor activities. He especially treasured his time with the "Ole Rascals Club" and his early morning breakfast club.
              Doris was a generous and kind person who loved to meet people and genuinely make them feel welcome. Doris had a very strong faith in God and welcomed her place into heaven. Doris enjoyed travel playing euchre and above all being with family and friends, especially her lifelong friends, the Little Rascals. Having met Doris, people from all over the world were left with the indelible impression that Iowa is an incredible place to visit and live, and that Iowans are kind, reliable, resilient, and hardworking people.

        James L. "Jim" Rubel, 63, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Tuesday morning, June 25, 2002, at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 27, at Kingery Funeral Home in Bellevue, Iowa, and after 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 28, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa, where funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Friday, with the Rev. Donald Bakewell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
              Mr. Rubel was survived by his wife, Doris; his children, Dr. Jeff (Gina) Rubel, of Iowa City, Ia., Doug (Araceli) Rubel, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Julie (Pablo) Ramirez, of Dubuque, Ia.; three grandchildren, Travis, son of Jeff and Gina, and Lexi and Kelsey, daughters of Julie and Pablo; and five sisters, Joan Flick and Mary (Les) Lenstra, both of Dubuque, Ia., Bette (Ron) Juergens, of Carroll, Ia., Barb (Steve) O'Rourke, of Ames, Ia., and Ann (Butch) Lehmkuhl, of Blue Grass, Ia.; and many nieces and nephews.
              He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Angela; an infant son, Robert; his parents, Edward and Carmen Rubel, his father and mother-in-law, LeRoy and Agnes (Averkamp) Upmann; brothers-in-law, Bob Flick, John Upmann, Dick Upmann and Ron Upmann; and three infant sisters, Marcy, Rita, and Ruth.

        Mrs. Doris Margaret (Upmann) Rubel, 77, died at 11:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2020, after a brief illness. Private Mass of Christian Burial was held at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa, with the Rev. Lyle Wilgenbusch officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home in Dubuque, Iowa, assisted the family. A live stream of the funeral mass was posted to the funeral home Facebook page on Saturday, July 25. Doris was remembered as an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to all she knew.
              Mrs. Rubel was survived by two sons, Jeff (Gina) Rubel, of Coralville, Ia., Doug (Araceli) Rubel, of Las Vegas, Nevada; a daughter Julie Rubel, of Dubuque, Ia.; her dearest grandchildren, Travis Rubel, and Lexi and Kelsey Ramirez; three sisters, Darlene (John) Skarda, Carol (Ed) Poock, and Deb Marcov; and beloved nieces and nephews.
              She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Lee Rubel; a son Robert and daughter Angela Rubel, who both died in infancy; herparents Leroy and Agnes (Averkamp) Upmann; her brothers Ron, John and Richard Upmann; her sisters-in-law, Carol and Maryann Upmann; and her father- and mother-in-law, Edward and Carmen (Eganhouse) Rubel.
              Doris's other sisters-in-law (Jim's sisters), whom she would ofter refer to as her sisters, were Joan (Bob) Flick, Mary (Les) Lenstra, Bette (Ron) Juergens, Barb (Steve) O’Rourke, and Ann (Vinnie) Lemkuhl.

      • Joan C. Flick was born on May 15, 1944, in Maquoketa, Iowa, son of Edward and Carmen (Eganhouse) Rubel. Joan received her education from Marquette Catholic High School in Bellevue, Iowa, and Bayless Business College in Dubuque, Iowa.
              After college, she met Robert J. Flick, whom she realized was quickly becoming the love of her life. On September 2, 1967, Joan and Bob were united in marriage at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa. They embraced life together, hand in hand, for 34 beloved years until, sadly, Bob was called home to be with the Lord on December 18, 2001.
              Bob and Joan were blessed with three daughters and Joan's heart, now completed with her family in place, would beat daily with the simple joys and tasks of raising her family. Joan enjoyed family boating trips on the Mississippi River and traveling across the Midwest, especially when her journeys would present the precious opportunity to hug her children and grandchildren. Joan became a diligent social butterfly in her later years and welcomed new experiences and friends into her life with open arms. Joan is now again alongside her one and only true love and the abundant memories of her beautiful life are surely left to be cherished by those she treasured so deeply.

        Joan C. Flick, age 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at 6:55 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, following a short and sudden illness. To honor Joan's life, funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 14, at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church in Dubuque, with the Rev. Gabriel C. Anderson officiating. To celebrate Joan's life, family and friends visited from 3 to 7:00 on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Behr Funeral Home in Dubuque, where the rosary was recited at 3 p.m. Entombment was in the Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum in Dubuque.
              Joan was survived by three daughters, Christine (Dave) Hocker, of Marengo, Ia., Lisa Ellis, of Evanston, Ill., and Kathleen (Jamie) Rochleau, of Huxley, Iowa; 9 grandchildren, Jason (Sara) Hocker, of Audubon, Ia., Adam (Olivia) Hocker, of Williamsburg, Ia., Olivia (Brad) Curtin, of North Liberty, Ia., Baylie, Cole, and Trey Robert Ellis, of Evanston, Ill., and Elijah, Erin, and Emily Rochleau, of Huxley, Ia.; 8 great-grandchildren, Addesyn, Hudson, Charlie, Grant, Ava, Ian, Payton and Dawson; 4 sisters, Mary (Les) Lenstra, of Dubuque, Ia., Elizabeth (Ron) Juergens, of Carroll, Ia., Barb (Steve) O'Rourke, of Ames, Ia., and Ann (Vincent) Lehmkuhl, of Blue Grass, Ia.; and many nieces and nephews.
              She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert J. "Bob" Flick; a brother, James "Jim" Rubel; her father and mother-in-law, Elwood J. and Ludwina (Manders) Flick; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Joan (Flick) Waddick; and 3 infant sisters, Marcella Marie, Ruth Ann and Rita Ann Rubel.

  3. Joseph Klostermann was born on December 23, 1878, son of Caspar and Mary (Winter) Klostermann. Joseph died as a baby on May 21, 1879, and was buried at Luxemburg, Iowa.

Children of Jacob and Elizabeth (Knolle) Sturm:

  1. John P. Sturm was born in 1871, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Knolle) Sturm. John Sturm married Mary Magdlin* Helena Rolling on May 7, 1895, at Springbrook, Iowa. Helena Rolling, who was called "Lena," was born on April 4, 1872, at Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Niemann) Rolling. John's brother Teddy married Lizzie Rolling, Lena's younger sister.
    * = presumably a corruption or misspelling of Magdalene or Magdalena.
          John and Lena Sturm farmed at Armstrong, Iowa, and they had the following children: John J., Luella M., Elizabeth H., Joseph (died in infancy), Armella C., and Adelaide M. Sturm.

    John Sturm died on January 19, 1944. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.

    Helena Sturm died on December 26, 1960. She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.

    Children of John and Helena "Lena" (Rolling) Sturm:

    • John Jacob Sturm was born on January 26*, 1897, son of John and Helena "Lena" (Rolling) Sturm. John served as a private in the U.S. Army during World War I. John Sturm married Catherine L. Grabianowski. Catherine Grabianowski was born on January 14, 1918, in Minnesota daughter of Joseph and Rose (Mosloski) Grabinowski, of Silver Lake Township, Martin County, Minnesota.
      * = Date of birth is listed as January 22, 1897, in an online SSDI.
            At the time of the 1940 U.S. Census, John and Catherine Sturm were living with John's parents in Iowa Lake Township, Emmet County, Iowa, where they were farming. Catherine's brother Tony Grabinowski was working as a hired hand on the farm with them.

      John Sturm died on July 30, 1977, with a last residence of Armstrong, Iowa. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.

      Catherine Sturm died on June 15, 1997. She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.

    • Luella M. Sturm was born on June 25, 1899, in Iowa Lake Township, Emmet County, Iowa, daughter of John and Helena "Lena" (Rolling) Sturm. Luella Sturm married Harry N. Niemann. Harry Niemann was born on June 24, 1890, in Iowa, son of Nicholas and Helena "Lena" (Schaffer) Niemann, of Bellevue, Iowa.
            In 1930 Harry and Luella Sturm were living in Armstrong Grove, Emmet County, Iowa. In 1940, according to that year's census, they were living in Armstrong, Iowa, where Harry was the proprietor of a pool and billiards hall. TheTheir children at the time of the 1940 census: the first, Marlene A. Niemann, age 7, was born in South Dakota; the other two, Myrna E., age 3, and Joyce A., age 3 months, were both born in Iowa. Harry and Luella had another child, Joan Adelaide Neiman, who was born May 26, 1935, in Armstrong, Emmet County, Iowa; she evidently died an infant or young child, as she was not listed in the 1940 census.

      Harry Niemann died on February 22, 1976, with a last residence of Armstrong, Iowa. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.

      Luella Niemann died on July 2, 1983, with a last residence of Armstrong, Iowa. She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.

    • Elmer C. Sturm was born on June 30, 1901, in Iowa Lake Township, Emmet County, Iowa, son of John and Helena "Lena" (Rolling) Sturm. Elmer Sturm married Margaret Rezac. Margaret Rezac was born on July 13, 1902, in Iowa, daughter of Frank and Mary (Haisman) Rezac, of Swan Lake Township, Emmet County, Iowa.
            Elmer and Margaret Sturm had two sons, Vern and Robert.

      Elmer Sturm died in January 1971, with a last residence of Fairmont, Minnesota. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.

      Margaret Sturm died on June 25, 1992, with a last residence of Armstrong, Iowa. She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.

      Children of Elmer and Margaret (Rezac) Sturm:

      • Vern Sturm was born on November 21, 1923, son of Elmer and Margaret (Rezac) Sturm. Vern Sturm married Janet [?].

        Vern Sturm, 74, died on December 23, 1997, with a last residence of Armstrong, Iowa.

      • Robert Franklin Sturm was born on September 3, 1933, in rural Dolliver, Iowa, son of Elmer and Margaret (Rezac) Sturm. He received his education in the Wallingford and Graettinger schools.
              Following his education, Robert served in the U.S. Army and then began farming with his father Elmer and brother Vern. In 1953, he moved to the Armstrong area where he continued to farm until his death.
              Robert was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Armstrong where he enjoyed ushering and participating in church activities. He enjoyed time with his family and also working with beef cattle.

        Robert F. Sturm, 74, died on Monday, September 1, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.
              Left to cherish his memory are his nephew, Dick Sturm and his wife, Kathy; two nieces, Diane Sprague and her husband Jack, Sharon Sjoblom and her husband Mike; sister-in-law, Janet Sturm; six great-nieces and -nephews, Stephanie Fredrickson and her husband, Dan, Kim Nielsen and her husband, Tyson, Tony Sprague, Ryan Sturm, Mark Sturm, and Sean Sturm; five great-great-nieces and -nephews, Jeffrey, Lauren and Nicholas Fredrickson, and Samantha and Hannah Nielsen. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and one brother, Vern Sturm.
        Obituary source: Emmet County, Iowa: Obituaries at http://iagenweb.org/emmet/obitSTUV.htm, accessed January 29, 2010.

    • Elizabeth Helena Sturm was born on June 11, 1903, in Iowa Lake Township, Emmet County, Iowa, daughter of John and Helena "Lena" (Rolling) Sturm. Elizabeth Sturm married Werner Andrew Dresch between 1930 and 1933. Werner Dresch, who was called "Vern," was born November 14, 1898, in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, son of John P. and Margaret (Budde) Dresch. John and Margaret Dresch moved from Springbrook, Jackson County, Iowa, to Minnehaha County, South Dakota between 1910 and 1915.
            In 1935, Werner and Elizabeth Dresch were living in Hamlin County, South Dakota. By 1940, they had moved to Beardsley, Browns Valley Township, Big Stone County, Minnesota. Werner and Elizabeth had one child by then, Verne F. Dresch, who was born in Watertown, South Dakota, circa 1932-1933. Also living with the Dresches in 1940 was Werner's nephew, Joseph A. Dresch, age 22. Werner's occupation was given as clerk in his own retail store, in which both his wife Elizabeth and nephew Joseph also clerked.

      Elizabeth Dresch died on September 19, 2001, with a last residence of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Werner Dresch died in October 1979, with a last residence of Beardsley, Minnesota.

    • Joseph Sturm, infant son of John and Helena "Lena" (Rolling) Sturm, died in 1905, and he was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.

    • Armella C. Sturm was born on July 12, 1906, at Armstrong, Iowa, in Iowa Lake Township, Emmet County, daughter of John and Helena "Lena" (Rolling) Sturm. Armella received her education in the Armstrong schools and graduated from Armstrong High School. She then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls.
            Armella Sturm married James Howard O'Brien on November 28, 1939, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Armstrong, Iowa. J. Howard O'Brien was born April 7, 1908, at Orleans, Kittson County, Minnesota. son of William and Martha (Johnson) O’Brien. Howard received his education in the Emmet Consolidated school and Estherville JC.
            Armella taught third grade at Lake Park for several years and was employed in Armstrong at a bank. Following their marriage, the couple farmed in the Armstrong and Estherville area before retiring and moving into Estherville.
            Howard was a Farm Bureau member and treasurer of Emmet Consolidated school. He was Democratic committeeman and a former Knights of Columbus member.
            Howard and Armell O'Brien were members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville; Armella was also a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, and Howard was a member of the building board at the church.

      James Howard O’Brien, 63, of Estherville, Iowa, died Wednesday, December 1, 1971, at St. Mary’s Hospital at Rochester, Minnesota. Concelebrated Mass was offered by Msgr. James H. Duhigg and Father Laurence Burns at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 4, at St. Patrick’s Church in Estherville. The Rosary was recited at 8 p.m., Friday, December 3, at Fuhrman Funeral Home. Burial was in Saint Patrick's Cemetery at Estherville.
            He was survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. Gary (Sheila) Sundell, Cedar Rapids, Ia.; Mrs. John (Patricia) Sebald, Mankato, Minn.; and Mrs. Gary (Mary) Ernst, Cedar Rapids, Ia.; five grandchildren, Paul and Mitchell Sundell and Stephanie and Laura Sebald and David Ernst; and three sisters, Mrs. Alice Heywood, Estherville, Ia.; Mrs. Don (Florence) Nutting, Cedar Falls, Ia.; and Mrs. Arthur (Agnes) Hageman, Estherville, Ia. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Lloyd.

      Armella later lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for several years and in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her daughter.

      Armella O'Brien, 91, of Estherville, Iowa, died on Saturday, May 30, 1998, at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona. Memorial services were held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville, with Father Tom Nash officiating. Interment was at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery.
            She was survived by her daughters, Mrs. Jack (Pat) Wilson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Mrs. Gary (Mary) Ernst of West Des Moines, Ia.; eight grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. W.A. (Elizabeth) Dresck of Detroit Lakes, Minn.
            She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, her parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

    • Adelaide M. Sturm was born on August 30, 1908, in Denmark, Emmet County, Iowa, daughter of John and Helena "Lena" (Rolling) Sturm. Adelaide Sturm married L. Wayne Vallie on May 20, 1933. Linus Wayne Vallie, who was known by his middle name Wayne, was born on October 16, 1911, in Armstrong, Emmet County, Iowa, son of Thomas and Anna (Peterson) Vallie. Wayne served in World War II.
            In 1940, Wayne and Adelaide Vallie were living at Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa. Wayne was working as an assistant cashier at a bank at that time.

      Linus Wayne Vallie died on January 9, 1990, with a last residence of Spirit Lake, Iowa. He was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.

      Adelaide Vallie died in August 1990. She was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa.
      Note. According to an online SSDI, Adelaide's social security number was issued in California, while Wayne's was issued in Iowa.

  2. Joe and Mary (Sturm) Mosle
    Joe and Mary (Sturm) Mosle
    Mary Sturm was born on November 2, 1871, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Knolle) Sturm. Mary Sturm married August George on May 6, 1896, at Springbrook, Jackson County, Iowa. August George, who was called "Gus," was born in February 1863, in Iowa, son of Christ and Margaret (Schmidt) George.
          Gus and Mary George lived in Washington Township, Jackson County, Iowa, and they had three children, Viola George, Wilhelmina "Minnie" George, and Augusta "Gustie" George.

    August "Gus" George died on January 19, 1902, and he was buried in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springbrook, Iowa.

    Mary George was living at Springbrook, Iowa, at the time of her father's death in 1905. That same year, Mary (Sturm) George married Joseph H. Mosle on September 26, 1905, at Springbrook, Iowa. Joseph Mosle was born circa 1863 in Bellevue, Iowa, son of Martin and Mary Mosle.
          Joe and Mary Mosle lived in Jackson county, Iowa, and they had two children, Arthur Mosle and Elmer Mosle.

    Mary (Sturm) Mosle died on February 23, 1912. Her sister-in-law Cora (Weinschenk) Sturm called Mary "the grandest person that ever lived."

    Joseph Mosle retired to Dubuque, Iowa, circa 1927.

    Joseph H. Mosle, a retired farmer, died Tuesday morning, April 7, 1936, at 2:30 o'clock. The body was viewed at the Didesch Funeral Home in Dubuque, Iowa, beginning Wednesday morning, April 8. The funeral was held Thursday morning, April 9, from the funeral home to Springbrook, Iowa. The Rev. P.J. Friedman officiated at the graveside adjoining SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Pallbearers were Louis Till, Henry Sturm, Sam Nothdurft, Joseph Gasser, William Norpel, and Harold A. Meyer.
          Two sons, Elmer and Arthur Mosle, both of Dubuque, Ia., survived him.

    Children of August and Mary (Sturm) George:

    • Viola M. George was born on September 30, 1896, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of August and Mary (Sturm) George. Viola George married Raymond Hipschen on June 7, 1921, in Bellevue, Iowa. He was born on February 25, 1894. Raymond was a World War I veteran. Raymond and Viola Hipschen lived at Bellevue, Iowa, where they were members of St. Joseph's Church. Viola was also a member of the church's Rosary Society and the Ave Maria Study Club. She was a homemaker.

      Raymond Hipschen, Sr., of Bellevue, Iowa, died Thursday morning, December 15, 1977, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called after 4 p.m., Friday, December 16, at the Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the Rosary was said at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 17, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mr. Hipschen was survived by his wife, Viola; a son, Raymond Hipschen, Jr., of Bellevue, Ia.; a daughter, Mrs. William (Mary) Hurley, of Bellevue, Ia.; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Sister St. Michael Carola Hipschen, BVM, and Mrs. Catherine Wagner, both of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Mary Jones, of Bellevue, Ia.

      Viola M. Hipschen, 92, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Friday, June 9, 1989, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 11, at the Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the parish wake service was said at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 12, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Hipschen was survived by a son, Raymond Hipschen, Jr., of Bellevue, Ia.; a daughter, Mrs. William (Mary) Hurley, of Bellevue, Ia.; and 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

      • Mary Hurley, daughter of Raymond and Viola (George) Hipschen, married William Merle Hurley. William Hurley was born on November 2, 1923.

        William M. Hurley, 72, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Wednesday, March 20, 1996, in Houston, Texas. Memorial services were at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 28, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. The Earthman Funeral Directors in Stafford, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.
              Mr. Hurley was survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter, Susan Findley, of Houston, Texas; a son, Patrick Hurley, of Bellevue, Ia.; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

    • Wilhelmina George was born on July 17, 1898, daughter of August and Mary (Sturm) George. Wilhelmina, who was called "Minnie," married Louis E. Till. Louis Till was born on October 26, 1895. Louis and Minnie Till lived at Bellevue, Iowa, where they were members of St. Joseph's Church. Minnie was also a member of St. Joseph's Rosary Society.

      Louis E. Till, 72, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 3, 1968, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called after 2 p.m, Thursday, September 5, at the Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the Rosary was said at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, September 6, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mr. Till was survived by his wife, Minnie; a son, Donald Till, of Columbus, Wis.; two daughters, Sister Susan Till, S.P.A., of Carroll, Ia., and Mrs. Lloyd (Judith) Gonner, of Bellevue, Ia.; 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; a brother, Nick Till, of Rockford, Ia.; four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kurt, Mrs. Susan Zimmer, and Mrs. Margaret Steffen, all of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Mary Kilburg, of Bellevue, Ia.

      Wilhelmina "Minnie" Till, 84, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Saturday, April 30, 1983, at St. Joseph's Unit, Mercy Health Center, in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 9 p.m., Monday, May 2, at the Kingery-Gallagher Funeral in Bellevue, where the scripture wake service was held at 4:30 p.m. and the Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Till was survived by two daughters, Sister Susan Till, of Carroll, Ia., and Mrs. James (Judith) Kolker, of Bellevue, Ia.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Augusta Norpel and Mrs. Viola Hipschen, both of Bellevue, Ia. She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Adrian and Donald; and two daughters, Kathleen and Dorothy.

    • Augusta K. George was born on April 21, 1902, at Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of August and Mary (Sturm) George. Augusta, who was called "Gustie," married Val Soulie on May 28, 1923, at Oakland, California. Val and Augusta Soulie lived in California from 1923 to 1948, where she was an apartment manager. Val Soulie died in 1948. Augusta married William Norpel on February 10, 1949, in Bellevue, Iowa. William and Gustie Norpel lived at Bellevue, Iowa. William Norpel died in 1960. From 1961 to 1974, Augusta was a nurse's aide at Bellevue Memorial Hospital.

      Augusta K. Soulie Norpel, 85, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Friday morning, February 5, 1988, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. Family and friends called from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, February 7, at the Kingery-Gallagher Funeral in Bellevue, where the wake service was said at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, February 8, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Norpel was survived by a sister, Viola M. Hipschen, of Bellevue, Ia.

    Children of Joseph and Mary (Sturm) George Mosle:

    • Elmer John Mosle was born on March 26, 1907, son of Joseph and Mary (Sturm) Mosle. Elmer Mosle married Catherine L. [?].

      Elmer John Mosle, 67, of Davenport, Iowa, and formerly of Springbrook, Iowa, died Friday night, November 1, 1974, at home. Graveside services were at 2 p.m., Monday, at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue, Iowa. Family and friends called from 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, November 3, at the Runge Mortuary in Davenport.
            Mr. Mosle was survived by his wife Catherine L.; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Mary) Hartvigsen, of Davenport, Ia., three grandchildren; and three half-sisters living in Bellevue.

    • Arthur Henry Mosle was born on June 21, 1909, son of Joseph and Mary (Sturm) Mosle. Art married Anne Reilly on April 26, 1938. Anne Reilly was born on August 5, 1913, in Peosta, Iowa, daughter of Laurence D. and Anna (McDonald) Reilly. Anne graduated from the Visitation Academy in 1930, and was a member of the Visitation Alumni Association. Art and Anne Mosle lived at Dubuque, Iowa, where they were members of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Anne worked at Happy House Gift Shop for many years. Art Mosle was a sales and merchandise manager for the J.C. Penney Company, and he was a member of St. Mary's Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus Council 510, and the Advisory Board of St. Mary's Parish.
            Art and Anne Mosle had two children: Marilyn Mosle and Mira Mosle.

      Arthur H. "Art" Mosle, 60, of Dubuque, Iowa, died at 6:45 a.m., Saturday, February 21, 1970, at home. Family and friends called after 2 p.m., Sunday, February 22, at the Didesch Funeral Home in Dubuque, where the recitation of the Scripture Wake Service was held at 8 p.m. A Concelebrated Mass was offered at 10 a.m., Monday, February 23, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque, and burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The Rev. Cyril A. Reilly was in charge.
            Mr. Mosle was survived by his wife, Anne R. Mosle; two daughters, Sister Mira Mosle, BVM, of Des Moines, Ia., and Marilyn Mosle, of Iowa City, Ia.; his brother, Elmer Mosle, of Dubuque, Ia., three sisters, Mrs Raymond (Viola) Hipschen, Mrs. Louis (Minnie) Till, and Mrs. William (Gustie) Norpel, all of Bellevue, Ia.; and several nieces and nephews.

      In 2004, Anne Mosle and her daughters, Sister Mira Mosle and Marilyn Hinkhouse, presented Joseph Walter's 1906 oil painting Dubuque from Mount Carmel to Mount Carmel, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity, BVM. Sister Mira Mosle, the director of communications for the order, said "I remember when people would come to our house they were always fascinated by that painting. They would look to find how things had changed in the scene over the years." Joseph Walter, whose oil and water color paintings once graced many Dubuque homes and churches, was an Austrian immigrant who painted Dubuque-area scenery, still-life scenes, religious figures, and portraits of people. In 1962, Walter's family sold many of his artworks, and Anne and Art Mosle, who loved his paintings, bought three oils and four watercolors. They included depictions of Catfish Creek, a peasant woman on wash day, a Madonna and child, a young, fair-haired girl in a blue dress reading in front of lace curtains (Girl on Window), and the Mount Carmel view, which was honored with a prominent position in the Mosle living room for nearly 40 years. "We always said this belongs at Mount Carmel someday," said Anne Mosle, who recently decided to give the painting to the sisters, "and when Mira joined the BVMs, that was the frosting on the cake. We lived close to that beautiful painting every day and enjoyed it very much, but it should be nowhere else but at Mount Carmel."
      Adapted from an article in the September 7, 2004, Telegraph Herald.

      Anne Mosle, 94, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Saturday, June 21, 2008, at Marian Hall, Mount Carmel, in Dubuque. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 28, at Marian Hall Chapel. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends called after 9 a.m., Saturday at the chapel, where there was a wake service at 10:15 a.m.
            She was survived by a daughter, Sr. Mira Mosle, BVM, of Dubuque, Ia.; a brother, Cyril (Renee) Reilly, of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; a sister, Lou Donner, of Dubuque, Ia.; a son-in-law, Steven Hinkhouse, of West Liberty, Ia.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; her parents; a daughter, Marilyn, on October 28, 2004; five brothers, Clement, Lawrence, Elmer, Raphael and Joseph Reilly; and two sisters, Marian Frankenreiter and Gertrude Wittstock.

      • Marilyn Mosle was born on October 21, 1947, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Arthur and Anne (Reilly) Mosle. She graduated from Wahlert High School and attended Clarke College, both in Dubuque. She later graduated from the University of Iowa. Marilyn married Steven W. Hinkhouse on February 28, 1981, at St. Joseph Church in West Liberty, Iowa. Since 1970, Marilyn had been a research assistant at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City, most recently in gastroenterology research.

        Marilyn Mosle Hinkhouse, 57, of West Liberty, Iowa, died Thursday, October 28, 2004, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. Memorial services were held October 30 at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 3, in Marian Hall Chapel at Mount Carmel in Dubuque, Iowa, where family and friends called after 10 a.m. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.
              She was survived by her husband, Steve; her mother, Anne Mosle, of Dubuque, Ia., a sister, Sister Mira Mosle, BVM, of Dubuque, Ia.; her mother-in-law, Belle Hinkhouse, of West Liberty, Ia.; a sister-in-law, Ann Hinkhouse, West Liberty, Ia.; and aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Mosle. Memorials were directed to the Sisters of Charity, BVM, in Dubuque, Ia.

  3. Christian Sturm was born on December 14, 1874, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Knolle) Sturm. Christian Sturm, who was called "Christ" or 'Chris," married Anna Sophia Dresch, age 22, on January 15, 1901*, in Jackson County, Iowa. Anna Dresch was born on May 9, 1878, in Iowa, daughter of John P. and Margaret (Budde) Dresch, of Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa. Anna was a cousin of Cora Weinschenk, who went on to marry Chris's half-brother Henry Sturm.
    * = according to "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XJW8-LDP : accessed 23 Dec 2012), Jacob Sturm in entry for Christ Sturm and Anna Sophia Dresch, 1901; January 10, 1901, according to "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XJ8N-Q14 : accessed 23 Dec 2012), Jacob Sturm in entry for Christ Sturm and Anna S. Dresch, 1901; I previously had their marriage date as January 18.
         Chris Sturm was living at Dell Rapids, South Dakota, at the time of his father's death in 1905. He was residing at Seattle, Washington, in 1951, at the time of his stepsister Caecilia's death in 1951.

    Christian Sturm, died on March 21, 1960, at Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery at Tacoma, Washington.

    Anna S. Sturm, 88, died on January 3, 1967. She was buried in Calvary Cemetery at Tacoma, Washington.

    Children of Christian and Anna (Dresch) Sturm:

    • Rosalia Sturm was born on November 30, 1901, at Armstrong, Iowa, in Iowa Lake Township, Emmet County, daughter of Christian and Anna (Dresch) Sturm. Rosalia Sturm married Carl George Kranz in 1923. Carl Kranz was born on January 28, 1902, in Goodwin, Deuel County, South Dakota, son of Nicholas J. and Anna M. (Bierschied) Kranz. Carl and Rosalia Kranz had four sons: Norbert H., Herbert G., Lavern N., and Charles L.

      Carl Kranz, died in December 1969, with a last known residence of Clark, Clark County, South Dakota. He was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery in Day Township, Clark County, South Dakota.

      Rosalia Kranz, 87, died on December 29, 1988, with a last known residence of Clark, Clark County, South Dakota. She was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery in Day Township, Clark County, South Dakota.

    • Olivia Sturm was born on May 31, 1904, in Iowa, daughter of Christian and Anna (Dresch) Sturm. Olivia Sturm married Toney Hurkes.

    • Albert R. Sturm was born on May 2, 1906, in Dell Rapids, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, son of Christian and Anna (Dresch) Sturm. Albert Sturm married Frances Catherine Fox on November 7, 1933, at Immaculate Conception Church at Watertown, South Dakota. Frances Fox was born on March 5, 1912, in Watertown, South Dakota, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Zirbes) Fox.
            Following their marriage, Albert and Frances Sturm lived on a farm near Goodwin, South Dakota. In 1945, they moved to a farm north of Watertown. Frances and Albert traveled to Europe several times. They enjoyed their trip to Italy, especially Rome and Venice.
            As a homemaker, Frances enjoyed baking bread, gardening and canning. She was a member of Holy Name Altar Society.

      Albert Sturm died on July 12, 1982, in Watertown, Codington County, South Dakota.

      Frances Catherine Sturm, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2009, at the age of 97, in her home near Watertown, South Dakota, where she resided with her son.
            Visitation was held on Monday, July 27, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. scripture service. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 28, at 10:00 a.m., at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Watertown, with Father John Lantsberger and Father Jerome Holtzman officiating. Donna Williams was the organist and Blaine Martian was song leader.
            Pallbearers were Michael Sturm, Thomas Sturm, Jr., Brandon Lade, T.J. Junso, Spencer Sheehan and Christopher Haider. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery in Watertown.
            She was survived by her children, Harold Sturm of Watertown, S.D., Arlene (Dale) Buetow of Watertown, S.D., James (Connie) Sturm of Watertown, S.D., Thomas (Patricia) Sturm of Bloomfield, N.J., Audrey (Roger) Stark of Watertown, S.D., and Lenora (Paul) Berg of Keyport, Wash.; her sister, Mrs. Helen Sturm of rural Watertown, S.D.; and 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Joseph Sturm; three sisters, Catherine Fox, Eleanore Mack and Lily Applehoff; and one brother, Edward Fox.

    • Florence M. Sturm was born circa 1907-09, in Dell Rapids South Dakota, daughter of Christian and Anna (Dresch) Sturm.

    • Werner N. Sturm was born on December 3, 1909, in South Dakota, daughter of Christian and Anna (Dresch) Sturm. Werner Sturm married Mary E. [?]. Mary was born on December 1, 1919.

      Mary Sturm died on Wednesday, January 22, 2003, with a last residence of Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington. She was buried in Calvary Cemetery at Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington.

      Werner N. Sturm died on Saturday, September 24, 2005, with a last residence of Pierce County, Washington. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery at Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington.

    • Louis J. Sturm was born on February 13, 1912, in South Dakota, son of Christian and Anna (Dresch) Sturm. Louis Sturm married Marcella A. Dornbusch on September 24, 1941, in Milbank, South Dakota, where they had met. Marcella Dornbusch, who was called “Sal,” was born on November 27, 1919, the second of nine children born to Roy and Sue Dornbusch in Milbank, S.D.
            Lou and Sal Sturm moved from South Dakota to Anaconda, Montana, circa 1948. Upon retirement, the couple moved to Missoula, Montana, in 1978.
            Sal was a member of the Spirit of Peace Community. She was always a kind, generous, and compassionate mother and friend. Sal showed, by example, what the Scripture teaches. She walked the talk. Sal was a wonderful cook, and her home was central to many holidays and family gatherings throughout the years. Her hobbies also included sewing and crocheting. As an accomplished seamstress, she made beautiful clothes for her daughters in their early years, and through high school. She was completely devoted to her family. She crocheted beautiful afghans for every family member, as well as donating many for numerous church fundraisers.

      Louis J. "Lou" Sturm, 75, died on February 15, 1987, with a last known residence of Missoula, Montana.

      Marcella A. “Sal” Sturm, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Missoula, Montana, at home, in the loving care of her family. Her devotion to her children, grandchildren and great-grand children will be sorely missed. Sal will finally be with Lou. Their love, kindness and generosity will resonate with all who will miss them.
            A celebration of her life followed in June at Spirit of Peace Community.
            She was survived by three daughters, Karla Ramsey and her husband Bob of Bigfork, Mont., Jody Hammond and her husband Kevin of Missoula, Mont., and Linda Sturm, also of Missoula, Mont.; five grandchildren, Rob Ramsey and his wife Katja of Concord, Calif., Steve Ramsey and his wife Aurelia of Bigfork, Mont., and Nick Hammond and his wife Julia, Nate Hammond and Jesse Hammond, all of Missoula, Mont.; and two great-grandchildren, Emma and Robby Ramsey of Concord, Mont.

    • Bernhard/Bernard Sturm was born circa 1914-16, in South Dakota, son of Christian and Anna (Dresch) Sturm.

    • Veronica/Vernoria/Vera Sturm was born circa 1916-17, in South Dakota, daughter of Christian and Anna (Dresch) Sturm.

    • Gerald Sturm was born circa 1918-19, in South Dakota, son of Christian and Anna (Dresch) Sturm.

    • Aldin/Alvin C Sturm was born circa 1920-21, in South Dakota, son of Christian and Anna (Dresch) Sturm.

  4. Adam Sturm was born circa 1876, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Knolle) Sturm. Adam was living at Springbrook, Iowa, at the time of his father's death in 1905. Adam, and his brother Teddy, had helped their sister Mary for a time after her husband August George had died.

    Family lore tells that Adam got married, went South, and he and his wife had three children, one of whom was a ballplayer, but it was unknown when this was or if he reached the major leagues*. Adam had a club foot and made attempts to have it straightened.

    * = Note. An internet search yielded a ballplayer's name of Johnny Sturm, who played for the New York Yankees when they won the World Series in 1941, and I sent him a letter and information about this Sturm family to see if there was a connection, but he wrote back a note stating that he was not related to these Sturms; his folks had come from Munich, Bavaria, and settled in St. Louis, where his dad, a cooper by trade, found work with the Swift Packing Company and later for the Anheuser-Busch brewery. T.L.

  5. Theodore and Lizzie (Roling) Sturm
    Theodore "Teddy" and Lizzie (Roling) Sturm
    Theodore "Teddy" Sturm was born on December 6, 1877, in Iowa, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Knolle) Sturm. Theodore Sturm married Elisabeth A.R. "Lizzie" Rolling on November 15, 1904, at Springbrook, Iowa. Teddy's older brother John had married Helena "Lena" Rolling, Lizzie's older sister. Lizzie Rolling was born on September 8, 1881, at Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Niemann) Rolling.
          Teddy and Lizzie Sturm farmed at Armstrong, Iowa, near his brother John, after their marriage. It was said that Lizzie suffered for a long time from arthritis. Teddy, and his brother Adam, had helped their sister Mary for a time after her husband August George had died.
          By 1930, Teddy and Lizzie Sturm were living in Kranzburg Township, Codington, South Dakota, where they farmed, at Watertown.

    Elisabeth "Lizzie" (Rolling) Sturm died on February 24, 1956, at Kranzburg, South Dakota, and she was buried in Holy Rosary - Kranzburg Cemetery, Codington County, South Dakota.

    Theodore Sturm died in 1961, and he was buried in Holy Rosary - Kranzburg Cemetery, Codington County, South Dakota.

    Children of Theodore and Elisabeth (Rolling) Sturm:

    • John J. Sturm was born on born September 14, 1905, son of Theodore and Elisabeth (Rolling) Sturm.

      John Sturm died on December 23, 1993, with a last residence on Watertown, South Dakota.

    • Roland N. Sturm was born on October 21, 1906, at Iowa Lake, Emmet County, Iowa, son of Theodore and Elisabeth (Rolling) Sturm.

    • Raymond A. Sturm was born on April 2, 1909, son of Theodore and Elisabeth (Rolling) Sturm. Raymond Sturm married Helen Fox.

      Raymond Sturm died on February 25, 1995, with a last residence of Watertown, South Dakota.

    • Emily C. Sturm was born on January 21, 1911, daughter of Theodore and Elisabeth (Rolling) Sturm. Emily Sturm married Alphonse D. "Al" Flakus. Alphonse Flakus was born on April 8, 1911. Al and Emily Flakus lived at Watertown, South Dakota.

      Emily (Sturm) Flakus died in October 1986. Alphonse Flakus died on April 2, 1993.

    • Harry Joseph Sturm was born on March 28, 1914, in Iowa Lake Township, Emmet County, Iowa, son of Theodore and Elisabeth (Rolling) Sturm. Harry Sturm married Florence Haider.

    • Frances Veronica Sturm was born on September 1, 1918, at Armstrong, Emmet County, Iowa, daughter of Theodore and Elisabeth (Rolling) Sturm. Frances Sturm married Francis "Bud" Wagner.

      Frances (Sturm) Wagner died on August 21, 2003, at a care center in Estelline. She was the widow of Francis "Bud" Wagner. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, South Dakota.

Children of Jacob and Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm:

  1. Joe Sturm
    Joseph "Joe" Sturm
    Joseph "Joe" Sturm was born on May 23, 1881, son of Jacob and Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm. It was said that Joe had a lame leg, having hurt it lifting a box.

    Joseph Sturm married Antoinette Clasen on November 28, 1906,* at the Springbrook Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father William Knapstein performing the ceremony. The groom was well and favorably known in his part of the county, and the bride a favorite in the circles she moves. The couple began housekeeping on the farm of the groom's mother as they began married life with the best wishes of a large circle of friends. Antoinette Clasen, who was called "Nettie," was born on May 24, 1886, at Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Nicholas and Catharine (Freimann) Clasen.
    * The Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," index, at FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XJ83-2M5 : accessed 23 Dec 2012), has their marriage date as November 28, 1906; Joseph Sturm's obituary has the marriage date as November 23, and Antoinette's obituary has the marriage date as November 26, 1906.
          Joe and Nettie Sturm lived at Springbrook, Iowa, and they had seven children, Marcella Sturm, Celeste Sturm, Alphonse Sturm, Roman Sturm, Vincent Sturm, Arnold Sturm, and Velma Sturm.

    Joseph Sturm, of Springbrook, Iowa, died at noon on Saturday, June 18, 1949. The body was in repose at the home at Springbrook. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, June 21, at SS Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, with the Rev. John Mayer, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the church cemtery.
          He was survived by his wife; three sons, Alphonse Sturm and Vincent Sturm, of Bellevue, Ia., and Arnold Sturm, of Springbrook, Ia.; three daughters, Celeste Sturm and Mrs. Marcella Scheckel, both of Springbrook, Ia., and Mrs. Roman Droessler, of Kieler, Wis.; a sister, Mrs. John Rubel; and four brothers, Henry Sturm, of Bellevue, Ia., Chris Sturm, of Tacoma, Wash., Theodore Sturm, of Watertown, S.D., and Adam Sturm, of Kansas City, Mo.

    Mrs. Joseph (Antoinette) Sturm, 69, died Monday, November 21, 1955, at her home in Springbrook, Iowa, after an illness of 18 months. Services were held at 9 a.m., Thursday, November 24, at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, with the Rev. B.W. Frommelt officiating. Burial was in the church cemtery.
          She was survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ben Scheckel, of Springbrook, Ia., Miss Celeste Sturm, at home, and Mrs. Roman Droessler, of Kieler, Wis.; three sons, Vincent, Alphonse, and Arnold, all of Bellevue, Ia.; and two sisters, Mrs. Alfred Jaynes, of Waukegan, Ill., and Mrs. Nick Scheckel, of Springbrook, Ia.

    Children of Joseph and Antoinette (Clasen) Sturm:

    • Marcella M. Sturm was born on October 6, 1907, in rural Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Antoinette (Clasen) Sturm. Marcella Sturm married Benjamin P. Scheckel on November 12, 1929, at Springbrook, Iowa. Benjamin Scheckel was born on March 29, 1906, in Jackson County, Iowa, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Scheckel. Benjamin was educated in the Springbrook, Iowa, parochial school.
            Benjamin and Marcella Scheckel farmed east of Springbrook, and they were members of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. After her husband's death in 1949, Marcella became a cook for the hot lunch program for SS. Peter and Paul School and later cared for the elderly in Bellevue, Iowa. Marcella was a member of the Springbrook Senior Citizens.

      Benjamin Scheckel, 43, died about 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 1949, after a heart attack at his farm near Springbrook, Iowa. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, with the Rev. John Meyer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The Kempter Funeral Home in Bellevue, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.
            He was survived by his wife, Marcella; three sons, Adrian, Allan, and Dennis Benjamin; and six daughters, Mary Catherine, Naomi, Carma Mae, Marcianna, Doris Jean, and Judith Ann.

      Marcella M. Scheckel, 86, of Springbrook, Iowa, died Tuesday, July 26, 1994, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 28, at Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where there was a scripture wake service at 7:30 p.m., and before 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 29, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, where funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Friday, with the Rev. Don Bakewell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Scheckel was survived by a son, Dennis (Sandy) Scheckel, of De Witt, Ia; six daughters, Mrs. Ferris (Mary) Sullivan, of Preston, Ia., Mrs. Lavern (Naomi) Till, of Springbrook, Ia., Mrs. Clarence (Carma) Weis, of Galena, Ill., Mrs. Roland (Marci) Hardin, of Durrant, Okla., Mrs. Steven (Doris) Trenkamp, of Preston, Ia, and Judy Scheckel, of Burnsville, N.C.; 36 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Celeste Sturm, of Dubuque, Ia., and Velma Droessler, of Kieler, Wisc. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, and four brothers.

    • Celeste M. Sturm was born on May 22, 1911, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Antoinette (Clasen) Sturm. Celeste Sturm resided in Dubuque, Iowa, and was a cook at Mount Pleasant Home from 1963 to 1988. She was a devoted Catholic, belonging to St. Mary's Catholic Church, its Ladies Sodality and the Legion of Mary for more than 55 years. She was a beautiful aunt to her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed playing bingo.

      Celeste M. Sturm, 91, of 1695 Mount Pleasant St. in Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Springbrook, Iowa, died Tuesday morning, May 13, 2003, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Family and friends called from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at Kingery Funeral Home in Bellevue, Iowa, and after 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 16, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, where funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Friday. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            Miss Sturm was survived by a sister, Velma (Roman) Droessler, of Kieler, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Mary Sturm and Gloria "Dottie" Sturm, both of Bellevue; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister, Roman, Arnold, Vincent, Alphonse and Marcella Scheckel.

    • Alphonse John Sturm* was born on April 20, 1916, in Springbrook, Iowa, son of Joseph and Antoinette (Clasen) Sturm. Alphonse Sturm married Erma Catherine Tebbe on November 3, 1943. Erma Tebbe was born on May 20, 1921, daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Schmidt) Tebbe. Alphonse and Erma Sturm farmed west of Bellevue, Iowa, and they were members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. * = Alphonse Sturm's given name is listed as "Alfonse" in an online SSDI and an online index of a Jackson County marriage book.

      Alphonse Sturm, 60, of Bellevue, Iowa, was dead on arrival Wednesday night, December 22, 1976, at Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa, Iowa. Family and friends called after 4 p.m., Thursday, December 23, at the Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the Rosary was said at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Friday, December 24, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, with burial in the church cemetery.
            Mr. Sturm was survived by his wife, Erma; a son, Stanley Sturm, of Bellevue, Ia.; two grandchildren; two brothers, Vincent Sturm and Arnold Sturm, both of Bellevue, Ia.; and three sisters, Mrs. Marcella Scheckel of Springbrook, Ia., Celeste Sturm, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Roman (Velma) Droessler, of Kieler, Wis.

      Erma C. Sturm, 71, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Tuesday evening, November 24, 1992, at Mercy Health Center, St. Joseph's Unit, in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 9 p.m., Friday, November 27, at Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where a scripture service was held at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 28, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Sturm was survived by a son, Stanley (and Darla) Sturm, of Bellevue, Ia.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her mother, Mary Tebbe of the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Ia.; four sisters, Mrs. Gordon (Bendina) Petesch, Mrs. Richard (Velma) Lampe, and Mrs. Edward (Madonna) Mueller, all of Bellevue, Ia., and Dula Hammond, of Maquoketa, Ia.; and a brother, Lloyd Tebbe, of Bellevue, Ia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alphonse, and a granddaughter.

    • Roman J. Sturm was born in 1920 in Springbrook, Iowa, son of Joseph and Antoinette (Clasen) Sturm.

      Roman Sturm died in 1921, and he was buried in the SS. Peter and Paul Church cemetery in Springbrook, Iowa.

    • Velma Kathryn Sturm was born on April 15, 1922, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Joseph and Antoinette (Clasen) Sturm. Velma Sturm married Roman William Droessler on November 21, 1944*, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa. Roman Droessler was born on December 5, 1917, in Kieler, Wisconsin, son of John Andrew and Margaret "Maggie" (Schmitz) Droessler. Roman's mother Maggie died in 1920, and his father married Josepha Schaefer, who became Roman's stepmother.
      * = November 21 is the date of marriage as appears on the Droessler gravestone at Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery in Kieler, Wis., and November 21 was also the date of marriage provided by Roman and Velma's daughter-in-law, Elaine Droessler; November 22 as a date of marriage appeared in both Roman's and Velma's Telegraph Herald obituary.
            Roman and Velma Droessler lived at Kieler, Wisconsin, where they farmed and raised three children, James Droessler, Terrance Droessler, and Wayne Droessler.
            Roman was a lifelong farmer in the Kieler area. Roman and Velma were members of Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, and Roman was a member of the church's Holy Name Society, and Velma was a member of the Council of Catholic Women. Velma was devoted to praying the rosary. She loved to quilt and play cards.

      Roman W. Droessler, 88, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Saturday, January 14, 2006, at the Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Family and friends called from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, January 16, at Casey Funeral Home, Cuba City, where there was a parish wake service at 2 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kieler, with the Rev. Francis Steffen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            Roman's family and farming were most important to him.
            Mr. Droessler was survived by his wife, Velma, of Lancaster, Wis.; three sons, James (Elaine) Droessler and Wayne (Sue) Droessler, both of Cuba City, Wis., and Terrance Droessler, of Dickeyville, Wis.; three sisters, Eileen (Carl) Roddick, of Cuba City, Wis., and Adele (Bill) Moore and Doris (Dave) Naber, both of Dubuque, Ia.; two brothers, Justin (Agnes) Droessler, of Dubuque, Ia., and John (Pauline) Droessler, of Dickeyville, Wis.; and 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Arthur and Lavern.

      Velma K. Droessler, 91, of Kieler, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Lancaster Care Center in Lancaster, Wisconsin. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 14, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler, with the Rev. Bernard Rott and the Rev. Francis Steffen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Family and friends called from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at Casey Funeral Home in Cuba City, Wisconsin, where a service was held at 2:45 p.m. Family and friends also called from 9 to 10:15 a.m., Friday, June 14, at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center.
            Mrs. Droessler was survived by three sons, Jim (Elaine) Droessler, of Kieler, Wis., Terrance Droessler, of Dickeyville, Wis., and Wayne (Sue) Droessler, of Kieler, Wis.; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preced in death by her husband, Roman; two sisters, Sally Scheckel and Celeste Sturm; and four brothers, Alphonse, Roman, Vincent and Arnold "Arnie" Sturm.

      Children of Roman and Velma (Sturm) Droessler:

      • James Valentine Droessler, son of Roman and Velma (Sturm) Droessler married Elaine Frances Jansen, daughter of Melvin C. and Rita C. (Timmerman) Jansen, on August 19, 1967. Jim and Elaine Droessler have four children, Jeffrey Droessler, Kelly Droessler, Gregory Droessler, and Bradley Droessler.
      • Terrance Joseph Droessler, son of Roman and Velma (Sturm) Droessler, married Barbara Jean Obershaw on August 1, 1973. Terrance and Barbara Droessler have one child, Cheryl Droessler.
      • Wayne John Droessler, son of Roman and Velma (Sturm) Droessler, married Susan Leone Rogers on June 9, 1973. Wayne and Susan Droessler have four children, Travis Droessler, Jessica Droessler, Chet Droessler, and Corinne Droessler.

    • Vincent J. Sturm was born on May 21, 1925, in Springbrook, Iowa, son of Joseph and Antoinette (Clasen) Sturm. Vincent Sturm married Gloria A. Keil on February 21, 1950, at at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa. Gloria Keil, was called "Dottie," was born on October 29, 1929, in Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of Lloyd and Lola (Leonard) Keil. Dottie, a member of the class of 1948, graduated from St. Joseph High School in Bellevue.
            Vincent and Dottie Sturm lived at Bellevue, Iowa, and they were members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. He owned and operated Storm's Stockyard in Bellevue and was a buyer for FDL Food, Inc. of Dubuque, Iowa, for 35 years. Vincent Sturm was a World War II Army veteran, and he was a member of the Bellevue American Legion, Reveille Post 273. He was also a member of the Bellevue Knights of Columbus, Council 1354, and a one-time member of the Bellevue Lions Club.
            Dottie worked in Bellevue her whole life, as a medical receptionist, a florist, a cashier, a factory worker, and as bookkeeper at Sturm’s Stockyards, staying in business even after Vincent’s death. Dottie enjoyed reading, shopping, planting flowers, cooking, and baking.

      Vincent J. Sturm, 62, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Thursday morning, July 16, 1987, at St. Joseph's Unit of Mercy Health Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 5 and from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, July 19, at the Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the Bellevue Knights of Columbus said the rosary at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 20, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, and burial was in the church cemetery, where the Bellevue American Legion conducted a flag ceremony.
            Mr. Sturm was survived by his wife, Gloria "Dottie"; two sons, Steven J. Sturm, of Dubuque, Ia., and Joel M. Sturm, of Bellevue, Ia.; two daughters, Mrs. Phillip (Jackie A.) Roling, of Eldridge, Ia., Mrs. Gary (Carla J.) Corbett, of Dickeyville, Wis.; four grandchildren and one step-grandson; three sisters, Mrs. Marcella Scheckel of Springbrook, Ia., Celeste Sturm, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Roman (Velma) Droessler, of Kieler, Wis.; and a brother, Arnold J. Sturm, of Bellevue, Ia.

      Gloria A. (Dottie) Sturm, 86, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, in Bellevue. A Catholic Funeral Rite (not a Mass) was held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 21, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue, and she was buried in the church cemetery. Family and friends called from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, prior to the service at the church. Arrangements were handled by Hachmann Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Bellevue.
            Those left to honor her memory include her daughter, Jackie (Phil) Roling, of Eldridge, Ia., son Steve (Kathy) Sturm, of Dubuque, Ia., daughter in-law Karen Sturm, of Bellevue, Ia., and daughter Carla (Gary) Corbett, of Dickeyville, Wis.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Keil, of Bellevue, Ia., and Dave (Mary) Keil, of Dyersville, Ia.; and two sisters in-law, Mary Sturm and Janet Keil, both of Bellevue, Ia. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Joel Sturm; sister, Judy Ernst; brother, Lloyd “Bud” Keil; and five brothers in-law and five sisters in-law.

      Children of Vincent and Gloria (Keil) Sturm:

      • Jacquelyn Ann Sturm, daughter of Vincent and Gloria (Keil) Sturm, married Philip Roling in June 1977. Phil and Jackie Roling live at Eldridge, Iowa. They have a daughter Kathy and a son Dan. Jackie teaches at Sudlow Intermediate School in Davenport, Iowa, and Phil is in sales for a steel company.

      • Steven J. Sturm, son of Vincent and Gloria (Keil) Sturm, married Kathy Tubbs of Marshall, Minnesota. She has a son, Dallas Christiansen, who resides in Columbia, Missouri. Steve and Kathy Sturm live at Dubuque, Iowa. He worked at John Deere in Dubuque for 30 years and retired in 2001.

      • Joel Michael Sturm was born on January 20, 1956, in Bellevue, Iowa, son of Vincent and Gloria (Keil) Sturm. Joel graduated from Marquette High School in 1974 and Loras College in 1978. Joel Sturm married Karen Gonner, of Springbrook, Iowa, on August 16, 1980, in Springbrook. Joel and Karen Sturm lived at Bellevue, Iowa. Joel and Karen Sturm had four children, Brittni, Jacob, Michael, and Isaac.
              Joel spent 28 years working for the post office in Dubuque, Iowa, before his retirement in 2013. Karen is a professor of accounting and business at Loras College in Dubuque.
              Joel cherished his faith, his family and his friends. He was a hero and best friend to his family and many who knew him. Joel gave everything he had to his loving wife, children, grandchildren and all the children he had the pleasure of coaching over the years. He was so proud to see the young men and women they grew to be. Joel was honored to play with many teams, including the Marquette Mohawks, Riverview Rockets, Webers fastpitch, Bellevue Braves, Horizon Lanes slowpitch and his buddies on the golf and bowling teams. He loved the outdoors and cherished the time spent hunting with his sons and many friends.
              Joel was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bellevue Community Club, Dubuque Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame, past member of the St. Joseph Parish Council and president of the Bellevue Golf Club. He volunteered as a driver for the RTA bus and coach for the Marquette baseball team.

        Joel Michael Sturm, 58, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away suddenly, Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. A Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 14, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bellevue. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation for Joel was held at the Hachmann Funeral Home in Bellevue.
              Joel was a very special person who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Memories of him will carry on through those that live by his example of humbleness, humor, compassion and love.
              Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Karen; his children, Brittni Imhof (friend, Chad Harris), Jacob (Melissa), Michael and Isaac (friend, Haley Lampe); five grandchildren, Morgan and Lexi Imhof and Landon, Eli and Leah Sturm; his mother, Gloria "Dottie"; brother, Steven (Kathy); and two sisters, Jackie (Phil) Roling and Carla (Gary) Corbett; father-in-law, Merlin Gonner; brothers-in-law, Stan (Tammy) Gonner, Duane (Tina) Gonner and John (Jackie) Gonner; godchildren, Aric Keil and Kathy (Roling) Miller; godmother, Mary Sturm; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
              He was preceded in death by his father, Vincent; mother-in-law, Marcellene Gonner; grandparents, Lloyd and Lola Keil and Joseph and Antoinette Sturm; and godfather, Lloyd "Bud" Keil.

      • Carla J. Sturm, daughter of Vincent and Gloria (Keil) Sturm, married Gary Corbett of Escanaba, Michigan. Gary and Carla Corbett live at Dickeyville, Wisconsin. They have two children, Megan and Kyle. Carla teaches at Audubon School in Dubuque, Iowa, and Gary teaches English and social studies at Cassville High School in Cassville, Wisconsin, where he is also the head football coach.

    • Arnold J. "Arnie" Sturm was born on August 1, 1928, in Springbrook, Iowa, son of Joseph and Antoinette (Clasen) Sturm. Arnold Sturm married Mary D. Lampe on September 12, 1950, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa. Mary Lampe was born March 17, 1927, in Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of William and Anna (Haxmeier) Lampe.
            Arnold was a U.S. Army veteran; he served in Korea from 1950 to 1952. The family were members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, and Arnold was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bellevue Council. He was a self-employed trucker until his retirement in 1987.
            Mary enjoyed playing cards with her siblings, shopping and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a great cook and baker. Mary always enjoyed going out with the “Church Ladies” on Saturday nights after mass. She loved spending time with her family and babysitting the grandchildren. Mary will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

      Arnold J. Sturm, 62, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Friday, February 1, 1991, at Mercy Health Center, St. Joseph's Unit, in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, February 3, at Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the parish wake service was said at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 4, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, and burial was in the church cemetery, where military rites were accorded by the American Legion, Bellevue Post.
            Arnie was survived by his wife, Mary; three daughters, Mrs. Michael (Jean) Knockel, of Bellevue, Ia., and Jane and Jill Sturm, both at home; two grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Marcella Scheckel of Springbrook, Ia., Mrs. Velma Droessler, of Kieler, Wis., and Miss Celeste Sturm, of Dubuque, Ia.

      Mary D. (Lampe) Sturm, 93, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue. Family greeted friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m, Wednesday, August 12, at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home in Bellevue prior to Mass. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.
            It was recommended to utilize masks during the visitation at the funeral home and at the funeral mass due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funeral Mass was live streamed on the St. Joseph Bellevue - Sts. Peter & Paul Springbrook Facebook page and YouTube Channel and on Bellevue Cable TV. Mary was survived by her children, Jill Sturm, Jane Sturm, and Jean (Mike) Knockel; grandchildren, Jason (Tina) Knockel, and Jennifer (Ryan) Eddy; great-grandchildren, Taylor (Danielle) Chapman, Mitchel (fiancée Kenisha) Chapman, Kaiden Knockel, Anna Knockel, Nile Eddy, and Ty Eddy; great-great grandchildren, Evelyn and Charlotte Chapman; siblings, Larry (Marietta) Lampe, Norbert Lampe, and Marcella “Babe” Junk.
            She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her siblings and brothers and sisters in-law, Richard (Velma) Lampe, Mercedes (Alvin) Herrig, Helen (John) Daugherty, Linda Lampe, Dwain Junk, Alfonse (Erma) Sturm, Vincent (Dottie) Sturm, Velma (Roman) Droessler, Sally (Ben) Scheckel, and Celeste Sturm.

  2. Henry Sturm
    Henry Sturm
    Henry Sturm was born on August 2, 1883, at Springbrook, Iowa, son of Jacob and Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm. Henry was educated at Springbrook. Henry Sturm married Cora Weinschenk on November 19, 1907, at Springbrook, Iowa. Cora Weinschenk was born on October 17, 1887, at Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Melchior and Louisa (Budde) Weinschenk.
          Henry Sturm took over the Sturm family farm at Springbrook, formally purchasing the farm after his father Jacob's death in 1905, and Henry and Cora remained on the farm until 1936, when they moved to Bellevue, Iowa. From 1936 to 1939, Henry Sturm was engaged in a mercantile business there, and he became a livestock dealer in 1939. From 1921 to 1936, Mr. Sturm was a member of the Springbrook grade school board. From 1917 to 1929, he was a trustee of Jackson Township in Jackson County, and from 1932 to 1936, he was a superintendent of roads for the township. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed fishing as a hobby. When living on the farm at Springbrook, Henry and Cora were members of SS. Peter and Paul Church there, and at Bellevue, they were members of St. Joseph's Church, where Cora was a member of the St. Joseph Rosary Sodality. Born to Henry and Cora Sturm were Julian Sturm, Cornella Sturm, Leora Sturm, and Elinor Sturm. Henry and Cora also raised another child, Romie Weis. In later he years Romie and his family would come visit the Sturms in Bellevue from their home in Dubuque. Also, a young man, Floyd Peters, who was from Andrew, Iowa, stayed with the Sturms while he went to St. Joseph's High School in Bellevue.

    Henry Sturm, 84, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Saturday morning, October 28, 1967, at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa, Iowa. Family and friends called after 9:30 a.m., October 29, at the Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the parish and Knights of Columbus rosaries were prayed at 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, October 30, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, with burial in the church cemetery.
          Mr. Sturm was survived by his widow Cora; a son, Julien Sturm of La Motte, Ia.; three daughters, Mrs. Omer (Cornella) Heim, Mrs. Floyd (Leora) Scholtes, and Mrs. Roger (Elinor) Cheney, all of Bellevue, Ia.; 19 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

    Henry and Cora Sturm
    Henry and Cora (Weinschenk) Sturm
    Cora A. (Weinschenk) Sturm, 97, died Saturday night, September 29, 1984, at St. Joseph's Unit, Mercy Health Center, in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, at Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, Iowa, where the rosary was said at 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 3, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue.
          Mrs. Sturm was survived by a son, Julien Sturm of Bellevue, Ia.; three daughters, Mrs. Omer (Cornella) Heim, Mrs. Floyd (Leora) Scholtes, and Mrs. Roger (Eleanor) Cheney, all of Bellevue, Ia.; 19 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Olivia Roeder of Bellevue, Ia.. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry in October 1967, a granddaughter, and four great-grandchildren.

    Children of Henry and Cora (Weinschenk) Sturm:

    • Julian J. Sturm was born on October 5, 1908, in Springbrook, Iowa, son of Henry and Cora (Weinschenk) Sturm. Julian Sturm married Bernadette A. Herrig on November 29, 1934, at Holy Rosary Church in La Motte, Iowa. Bernadette Herrig was born on July 2, 1915, in La Motte, Iowa, daughter of Theodore and Christina (Poll) Herrig.
            Julian and Bernadette Sturm farmed in the La Motte, Iowa, area, for 55 years, and Bernadette was a homemaker. They were members of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in La Motte, and Bernadette was a member of its rosary society and also served as its president for a time. She also served as a leader of the La Motte Sunshine Queens 4-H Club. Julian was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Notre Dame Council 436, of La Motte, and an honorary member of the Dubourg Assembly of Dubuque. He was the first president of the La Motte Community Fire Department and was a board member for 21 years.

      Julian J. Sturm, 87, died Friday morning, March 29, 1996, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 31, at the Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue and after 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 1, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in La Motte, Iowa. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 1, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with the Rev. Dennis Cain officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            Julian dearly loved his wife of 61 years, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and he had a deep love for the Catholic faith. Julien enjoyed life, music of the '40s and '50s, and ballroom dancing. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
            Mr. Sturm was survived by his wife, Bernadette A. Sturm, of Bellevue; a son, Maurice H. (Donna) Sturm, of Bellevue; three daughters, Mrs. Stanley (Marilee A.) Nemmers and Mrs. Loras (Marjorie L.) Small, both of La Motte, Iowa, and Mrs. Roger (Twila M.) Hingtgen, of Maquoketa, Iowa; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Roger (Elinor) Cheney and Mrs. Cornella Heim, both of Bellevue, Iowa. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Kloft, on October 27, 1979, three granddaughters, and a sister.

      Bernadette A. Sturm, 84, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Sunday morning, April 2, 2000, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, at Kingery Funeral Home in Bellevue, where a scripture service was said at 4 p.m., and after 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in La Motte, Iowa. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with the Rev. Clayton Lanherr officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            She had a real zest for life. She was a lifelong resident of Jackson County, Iowa. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, crocheting, quilting, ballroom dancing, and big band music. She had a strong sense of family. She sewed love into a quilt for each of her grandchildren. Every grandchild was welcomed with a hand-crocheted baby shawl.
            Mrs. Sturm was survived by three daughters, Mrs. Marilee (Stanley) Nemmers, and Mrs. Marjorie (Loras) Small, both of La Motte, Ia., and Mrs. Twila (Roger) Hingtgen, of Maquoketa, Ia.; a son, Maurice H. (Donna) Sturm, of Bellevue, Ia.; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Lavina (Leo) Manders, of Dubuque, Ia. She was preceded in death by her husband Julian, a daughter, Sandra Kloft, on October 27, 1979, three sisters, three brothers, and three granddaughters.

      • Sandra Sturm was born on July 25, 1941, at Bellevue, Iowa, daughter of Julian and Bernadette (Herrig) Sturm. Sandra Sturm married Donald M. Kloft on December 30, 1961. Donald Kloft was born on December 5, 1935, in Bellevue, Iowa, son of John A. and Mary (Jacobs) Kloft. Donald served in the Army in Alaska from 1954 to 1956 during the Korean War.
              Donald and Sandra Kloft lived at Dubuque, Iowa. Don had a great love for music and dance. He was an instructor with the Arthur Murray School of Dance and enjoyed his band with the kids "Don and the Chaparrals." Sandra also worked at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Don and Sandra Kloft had six children, Curtis, Craig, Cary, Carl, Christopher, and Cara Lee.

        Mrs. Donald (Sandra) Kloft, 38, of Dubuque, Iowa, died at 8:40 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 1979, at St. Joseph's Unit, Mercy Health Center, in Dubuque. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 30, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque, and burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Iowa.
              She was survived by her husband, Donald; five sons, Curtis, Craig, Cary, Carl, and Christopher, and a daughter, Cara Lee, all at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julian Sturm, of Rt. 1, Bellevue, Ia.; three sisters, Mrs. Stanley (Marilee) Nemmers and Mrs. Loras (Marjorie) Small, of La Motte, Ia., and Mrs. Roger (Twila) Hingtgen, of Maquoketa, Ia.; a brother, Maurice Sturm, of Rt. 1, Bellevue; and her grandmother, Mrs. Cora Sturm, of Bellevue, Ia.

        Donald Kloft subsequently married Ann Marie (Engbretson) Kieler on July 25, 1981, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Ann Kieler was the widow of Leonard Kieler, who had died in 1973. Ann was born on February 17, 1939, daughter of Henry and Margaret (Johnson) Engbretson. Ann had five children of her own: Rita, Karen, Janet, Elaine, and Denise.
              Donald and Ann Kloft lived in Dubuque, Iowa. Donald was a letter carrier in Dubuque for the U.S. Postal Service; he retired in May 1983. Ann worked as a certified nursing assistant at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

        Donald Kloft, 76, of South John Deere Road, Dubuque, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at home. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 2, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, with the Rev. Daniel Knepper officiating. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa, where military rites were accorded by the Dubuque American Legion Post 6.
              He was survived by his wife, Ann; their children, Curtis (Lynn) Kloft, of Cedar Rapids, Ia., Craig (Lynn) Kloft, and Cary (Tracy) Kloft, both of Dubuque, Ia., Carl Kloft and Chris (Laurie) Kloft, both of Mesa, Ariz., Cara (Jason) Benn, of Epworth, Ia., Rita (fiancé, Marty Lyster) Schmidt, of Cuba City, Wis., Karen (Rich) Glover, of Dubuque, Ia., Janet (Tom) Woodward, of Dickeyville, Wis., Elaine (Brett) Myers, of Charlotte, N.C., and Denise (Mark) Lenaghan, of St. Cloud, Minn.; 21 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Vera Norbert) Banowetz, of Cedar Rapids, Ia.. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra; a brother, Clarence; and three sisters, Rosina Kieffer, Alma Banowetz and Evelyn Medinger.

    • Leora A. Sturm was born on September 12, 1911, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Cora (Weinschenk) Sturm. Leora Sturm married Floyd J. Scholtes on January 20, 1931, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa, with the Rev. William Knapstein performing the ceremony and singing the nuptial mass. The couple were attended by Miss Florence Scholtes, sister of the bridegroom, and Julian Sturm, brother of the bride. A wedding reception was held at the home of the bride's parents, and a weeding dance was given for all at the community hall.
            Floyd Scholtes was born on January 5, 1908, in Springbrook, Iowa, son of Michael and Susan (Michels Schenk) Scholtes. Floyd and Leora Scholtes farmed near Springbrook, and Leora was a homemaker. Floyd also sawed lumber until his retirement in 1968. They were members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa, and Leora was a member of its rosary society. Floyd was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1354 of Bellevue, and he enjoyed antique steam engines.

      Floyd J. Scholtes, 83, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Tuesday morning, February 5, 1991, at Mercy Health Center, St. Joseph Unit, in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 9 p.m., Thursday, February 7, at Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the scripture service was said at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 8, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, with burial in the church cemetery.
            Mr. Scholtes was survived by his wife, Leora; fours sons, Gene Scholtes, of Dubuque, Ia., Roger Scholtes and Lorin Scholtes, both of Bellevue, Ia., and Leonard "Shep" Scholtes, of Earl Park, Ind.; three daughters, Mrs. Ronald (La Vonne) Kueter, Mrs. Donald (Lou Ann) Scheckel, and Mrs. Gerald (Janet) Schroeder, all of Bellevue, Ia.; 29 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson; six sisters, Clarabelle Wilming, of Bellevue, Ia., Velma Ringen and Dorothy Scholtes, both of Preston, Ia., Florence Dolter and Mrs. Hugh (Imogene) Lambert, both of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Arnold (Bertha) Pfiffner, of Melbourne, Fla.; and a brother, Urban Scholtes, of Dubuque, Ia. He was preced in death by two great-grandchildren.

      Leora A. Scholtes, 80, of Bellevue, Iowa, died at 6:20 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 1991, at the Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. Family and friends called from 3 to 9 p.m., Sunday, September 29, at Kingery-Gallagher Funeral home in Bellevue, where the scripture wake service was said at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 30, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Scholtes was survived by four sons, Gene Scholtes, of Dubuque, Ia., Roger (and Shirley) Scholtes, of Bellevue, Ia., Lorin (and Betty) Scholtes, of Eldridge, Ia., and Leonard "Shep" (and Becky) Scholtes, of Earl Park, Ind.; three daughters, Mrs. Ronald (LaVonne) Kueter, Mrs. Donald (Lou Ann) Scheckel, and Mrs. Gerald (Janet) Schroeder, all of Bellevue, Ia.; 29 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Cornella Heim and Mrs. Roger (Eleanor) Cheney, both of Bellevue, Ia.; and a brother, Julian Sturm, of Bellevue, Ia. She was preceded in death by her husband and two great-grandchildren.

    • Cornella O. Sturm was born on June 19, 1918, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Cora (Weinschenk) Sturm. Cornella Sturm married Omer A. Heim on February 24, 1936, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa. Omer Heim was born on February 3, 1910, in Bellevue, Iowa, son of Albert and Rose (Beeler) Heim. Omer and Cornella Heim worked in partnership on their farm west of Bellevue, Iowa, until moving to town in 1957. They were members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Cornella enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, tatting, baking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

      Omer A. Heim, 80, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Monday, December 31, 1990, at Mercy Health Center, St. Joseph Unit, in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, January 2, at Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the scripture service was said at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 3, 1991, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, with burial in the church cemetery.
            Mr. Heim was survived by his wife, Cornella; two sons, David Heim, of Marion, Ia., and Glenn Heim, of New York, N.Y.; three daughters, Mrs. Joe (Bonnie) Long, of States Center, Ia., and Mrs. Gary (Faye) Gieseman and Darcie Heim, both of Milwaukee, Wis.; seven granchildren and one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Mrs. Jack (Mildred) Hingtgen, of Bellevue, Ia.

      Cornella O. Heim, 83, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Monday, January 14, 2002, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 17, at Kingery Funeral Home in Bellevue. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 18, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, with burial in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Heim was survived by three daughters, Bonnie Long (and her fiancé Robert T. Williams), of Guthrie, Okla., Faye (Gary) Giesemann, of Milwaukee, Wis., and Darcie (Ken) Maurer, of Manitou Springs, Colo.; two sons, David (Anne) Heim, of Marion, Ia., and Glenn Heim, of Northampton, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Joseph Long Jr., Lynda Terpstra, Ashley, Taylor, and Elliot Heim, and Jordan and Evan Giesemann; a great-granddaughter, Lacey Terpstra; and a sister, Eleanor Cheney, of Bellevue, Ia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Omer; her parents; a son-in-law, Joseph Long; a brother, Julian Sturm; and a sister, Leora Scholtes.

    • Elinor Sturm was born on December 17, 1914, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Cora (Weinschenk) Sturm. Elinor Sturm married Roger D. Cheney on July 2, 1935, in Springbrook, Iowa*. Roger Cheney was born on September 28, 1916, in Bellevue, Iowa, son of Roy R. and Anna (Becker) Cheney. Roger Cheney was a World War II Navy veteran and a 50-year member of the Bellevue American Legion Reveille Post 273. He worked at the Savanna Army Depot until his retirement.
      * = Roger's obituary stated they were married in Bellevue, Ia.; Elinor's obituary placed their marriage in Springbrook.

      Roger D. Cheney, 81, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Sunday evening, October 12, 1997, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, Iowa. Family and friends called after 9 a.m., Wednesday, October 15, at Kingery Funeral Home in Bellevue. Services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 15, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery at Bellevue, where military rites were accorded by the Bellevue American Legion Reveille Post 273.
            Mr. Cheney was survived by his wife, Elinor; a daughter, Mrs. Vernon (Joanne) Hunstad, of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Cheney, of Bellevue, Ia.; six grandchildren, Linda Ackermann, Sherri Noonan, Shelley Ackermann, Brian Cheney, Angie Long, and Mike Hunstad; nine great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Mrs. Urban (Thelma) Meier, of Bellevue, Ia., Dorothy Jess, of Davenport, Ia., Mrs. Howard (Vivian) Williams, of Cedar Rapids, Ia., Mrs. Ron (Louis) Petesch, of Hanover, Ill., and Jeanette Rathje, of Bellevue, Ia. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Cheney, in 1990, and a grandson, Mark Hunstad, in 1980.

      Elinor M. Cheney, 93, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2008, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. Family and friends called after 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 4, at Kingery-Lemke Funeral Home in Bellevue. Services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 4, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Stephen Meyer officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery at Bellevue.
            Mrs. Cheney was survived by a daughter-in-law, Mary Cheney, of Bellevue, Ia.; a son-in-law, Vernon Hunstad, of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; six grandchildren, Linda (Gary) Ackermann, of Bellevue, Ia., Sherri (Mike) Noonan, of Delhi, Ia., Shelley (Dr. Mark) Ackermann, of Ankeny, Ia., Brian (Jennifer) Cheney, of Northboro, Mass., Angie (John) Long, of Bellevue, Ia., and Mike (Diane) Hunstad, of Robins, Ia.; great-grandchildren, Dr. Jeremy (Heather) Ackermann, Brienne (Chris Sabers) and Brett Noonan, Andy, Abbey and Allyn Ackermann, Jack Cheney, Collin, Cayden and Sophie Long and Lauren and Jamison Hunstad; great-great-grandchildren, Elijah and Ava Ackermann. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents; a son, Larry Cheney, on September 11, 1990; a daughter, Joanne Hunstad, on February 4, 2004; a grandson, Mark Hunstad, in 1980; a brother, Julian Sturm; and two sisters, Leora Scholtes and Cornella Heim.

    • Romie J. Weis was born on October 3, 1904, in Springbrook, Iowa. Romie was raised by Henry and Cora Sturm. Romie Weis married Mary Jane Althaus. Romie was employed at Federal and Moes Bakeries for many years, and later in the Wahlert High School cafeteria. He was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus Dubuque Council 510 and was a member of the Dubourg Assembly, Fourth Degree Knights, Bakers Union, and the Elks Club.

      Romie J. Weis, 73, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, May 5, 1978, at St. Joseph's Unit, Mercy Health Center, in Dubuque. Family and friends called from 2 to 9 p.m., Sunday, May 7, at the Egelhof-Casper Funeral home in Dubuque, where a scripture wake service was held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, May 8, at St. Mary's Church in Dubuque. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.
            Mr. Weis was survived by two sons, the Rev. Paul L. Weis and David J. Weis, both of Dubuque, Ia.; two grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Lester (Delores) Kilburg, of Bellevue, Ia., and a brother Melchior Weis, of Colby, Kan.

      • Paul L. Weis was born on February 12, 1931, in Dyersville, Iowa, son of Romie and Mary Jane (Althaus) Weis. Paul Weis graduated from Loras College and received theological training at Mount St. Bernard Seminary, both in Dubuque, Iowa. He received his M.A. from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He did post graduate work at the University of Notre Dame. Paul was ordained on February 2, 1957, by Archbishop Leo Binz, D.D., at St. Raphael's Cathedral, Dubuque. The Reverend Paul L. Weis was a priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Father Weis served as pastor at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Cresco, Iowa, and at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Plymouth Rock, Iowa, from 1992 to 1995. He last served as pastor at St. Clement's Church in Bankston, Iowa.

        Rev. Paul L. Weis, 70, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, after a battle with cancer. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 30, at Nativity Catholic Church in Dubuque. Interment was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
              Rev. Paul Weis was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dave.

  3. Aloysius Sturm was born on July 1, 1885, son of Jacob and Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm. He was called by the diminutive "Louie."

    Aloysius "Louie" Sturm, 18, died of appendicitis on August 27, 1903. He was buried in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook, Iowa. Three years later, his mother Mary was said to have died of a broken heart from Louie's death.

  4. Peter Sturm was born on April 22, 1887, son of Jacob and Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm. He died as an infant.

  5. Anna "Annie" Sturm was born on June 8, 1889, daughter of Jacob and Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm.

    Anna Sturm, 18, died of appendicitis on April 11, 1908, just a month after her mother Mary died. She was buried in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook, Iowa.

    A reading of her gravestone online at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ia/jackson/cemeteries/swpa.txt gives Anna's date of birth as June 2, 1887, and her date of death as April 10, 1908.

  6. John and Lonie Portz
    John and Appolonia "Lonie" (Sturm) Portz
    Mary Appolonia Sturm was born on September 18, 1891, at Springbrook, Jackson County, Iowa, daughter of Jacob and Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm. Appolonia, called "Lonia" or "Lonie," married John Rudolf Portz on September 22, 1908, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa. John Portz was born on April 17, 1885, in Jackson County, Iowa, son of John and Mary (Homann) Portz.
          In 1910, the Portz household in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, consisted of John R. Portz, age 25; his wife; Lonie, age 18; John's brother, Joe Portz, age 20; and Lonie's sister, Lizzie Sturm, age 16.
          In 1920, the household had expanded with five children being born to John, age 34, and Appolonia, age 28: Cyril, age 9, Sylvia, age 7, Adelbert, age 5, Norman, age 3, and Earl, age 1. Joseph Porter, now age 30, also remained in the household. During the 1920s, John and Lonie had three more children, Bernida, Imelda, and Merlin.

    Appolonia Portz, at age 37, died on November 30, 1928, a year after the birth of her youngest child Merlin. She was buried in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook, Iowa.

    In 1930, the Portz household in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, consisted on John Portz, age 44; his eight children, Cyril, age 19, Sylvia, age 17, Adelbert, age 16, Norman, age 13, Earl, age 11, Bernida, age 8, Imelda, age 5, and Merlin, age 2; and John's brother Joe Portz, age 40.
          John Portz married Margaret (Thilmany) Lech. Margaret Thilmany was born in 1897, in Iowa, daughter of Steven and Emma (Till) Thilmany. Steven and Emma Thilmany were married in 1893, in Jackson County, Iowa. In 1900 the Thilmany family were living in Potosi, Grant County, Wisconsin (where Steven was a blacksmith), and by 1920, they were living in Mosalem Township, Dubuque County, Iowa.
          Margaret Thilmany's first husband was Henry Lech, whom she married born on August 29, 1885, in Bondorf (Bigonville), Luxembourg, son of J.N. and Catherine (Poncin) Lech. Henry and Margaret Lech lived in Dubuque, Iowa, and they had three sons: Henry, born ca. 1916, Frederick L., born May 29, 1917, and John Joseph Lech, born December 14, 1918. According to Henry's World War I registration card, in 1917, he was employed as a cabinet maker at Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company in Dubuque.
          In 1940, the John Portz household in Bellevue, Bellevue Township, Jackson, Iowa, consisted of John, age 55, manager of a tavern; his wife, Margaret, age 43, born in Iowa; and John's children, Earl Portz, age 21, bartender at tavern; Imelda Portz, age 15; and Merlin Portz, age 12.

    Margaret Lech Portz died in 1941, and she was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.

    John Portz subsequently married a third time.

    John R. Portz, 68, died on June 8, 1953, and he was buried in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Cemetery in Springbrook, Iowa.

    Children of John and Appolonia (Sturm) Portz:

    • Cyril Portz was born on September 9, 1910, in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, son of John and Appolonia (Sturm) Portz. Cyril Portz married Opal A. Scholtes on December 28, 1938, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa. Opal was born on April 5, 1914, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of Harry and Josephine (Rubel) Scholtes. Cyril and Opal Portz lived at Bellevue, Iowa, where they were members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and Opal was a member of its rosary sodality. Born to Cyril and Opal Portz was Connie Jo Portz. Opal owned the Portz Tavern and also worked at Riverside Hotel, both in Bellevue, Iowa. Opal enjoyed being with people, gardening, cooking, and baking.

      Cyril Portz, 57, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Wednesday, November 8, 1967, at home. Family and friends called after 10 a.m., Friday, November 10, at the Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the Rosary was prayed at 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, November 11, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mr. Portz was survived by his wife, Opal; a daughter, Mrs. Fred (Connie) Pence, of Ishmir, Turkey; four brothers, Delbert Portz, of Springbrook, Ia., Norman Portz, of California, Earl Portz, of Albia, Ia., and Merlin Portz, of Dubuque, Ia.; and three sisters, Mrs. Ray (Sylvia) Coffee and Mrs. Norbert (Imelda) Sherman, both of Milwaukee, Wis., and Mrs. William (Bernida) Frye, of Dubuque, Ia.

      Opal Portz, 80, of State Street in Bellevue, Iowa, died Monday morning, November 7, 1994, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. Family and friends called from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 8, at Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where there was a scripture service at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 9, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, and burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Portz was survived by a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Connie Jo) King, of Bellevue, Wash.; and a sister, Ethel Scheckel, of Bellevue, Ia.

    • Sylvia Portz was born ca. 1912-1913 in Iowa, daughter of John and Appolonia (Sturm) Portz. Sylvia married Raphael Joseph Coffey between 1930 and 1940. Raphael Coffey, who was called "Ray," was born in Iowa ca. 1910-11, son of Hugh and Sarah (Carew) Coffey.
            In 1940, according to that year's census, Raphael and Sylvia Coffey were living on Nevada Street in Dubuque, Iowa, with their one-year old daughter Sarah. Ray's occupation was given as sales work/retail grocery. In 1967, Ray and Sylvia Coffey were residing at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to her brother Cyril's obituary.
            Sylvia Coffey evidently died before 1984, as she is not mentioned as having survived her brother Norman, who died in February of that year. There is a Sylvia Coffey, born 1912, who died December 17, 1970, at age 58, in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. As for Ray, there is a Raphael Coffey, born September 18, 1910, who died in November 1981, with a last known residence of Des Moines, Iowa.

    • Adelbert L. Portz was born on January 19, 1914, west of Springbrook, Iowa, son of John and Appolonia (Sturm) Portz. Adelbert Portz married Ethel Anne Hazer on October 10, 1939, in Andrew, Iowa. Ethel Hazer was born on March 14, 1919, in La motte, Iowa, daughter of William and Genevieve (Wagner) Hazer. Adelbert and Ethel Portz farmed two miles west of Springbrook, Iowa, where they were members of SS. Peter and Paul Church. Ethel enjoyed socializing with her family and friends, as her obituary noted.

      Adelbert L. Portz, 74, of Route 1, Bellevue, Iowa, died at 7:45 a.m., Friday, November 11, 1988, at Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday, November 13, at the Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where the rosary was said at 8 p.m., and after 9:30 a.m., Monday, November 14, at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Springbrook, Iowa, where funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mr. Portz was survived by his wife, Ethel; five sons, Gary Portz, of Farley, Ia., Thomas Portz and Michael Portz, both of Maquoketa, Ia.; Craig Portz, of Andrew, Ia., and Charles Portz, at home; two sisters, Mrs. William (Bernida) Frye, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Norbert (Imelda) Sherman, of Louisville, Ky; and two brothers, Earl Portz, of Albia, Ia., and Merlin "Bud" Portz, of Dubuque, Ia.. He was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Portz, in September 1972, and Larry Portz, in May 1982.

      Ethel Anne Portz, 76, of Bellevue, Iowa, died Sunday morning, December 24, 1995, at Mercy Health Center, St. Joseph's Unit, in Dubuque, Iowa. Family and friends called from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 26, at Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home in Bellevue, where there was a scripture wake service at 7 p.m., and after 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 27, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, Iowa, where funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, with the Rev. Don Bakewell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Portz was survived by five sons, Gary (and Cathy Ann) Portz, of Cascade, Ia., Craig Portz and Chuck Portz, both of Bellevue, Ia., and Tom (and Roxanne) Portz and Mike Portz, both of Maquoketa, Ia.; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-granddaughters; two sisters, Mrs. Larry (Kay Ann) Berlage, of Elizabeth, Ill., and Val Conner, of Reno, Nev.; and a brother, Richard (Verlyce) Hazer, of Elizabeth, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Adelbert; two sons, Richard and Larry; her parents; three sisters; and two brothers.

    • Norman Joseph Portz was born on August 5, 1916, in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, son of John and Appolonia (Sturm) Portz. Norman Portz married Frieda Hildagard Gross. Frieda was born on January 19, 1920, in Iowa, daughter of James and Hilda May (Burkehart) Gross. Norman and Frieda Portz lived at Bellevue, Iowa, and later at Desert Hot Springs, California.

      Norman Portz, 67, of Desert Hot Springs, California, and formerly of Bellevue, Iowa, died Thursday morning, February 16, 1984, at home. Arrangements for services were made in California, where Mr. Portz donated his body to science.
            Mr. Portz was survived by his wife, the former Frieda Gross; three sons, Gener R. Portz and John J. Portz, both of Alta Loma, Calif, and Norman Portz, Jr., of Claremont, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara "Bobbie" Portz, of Pomona, Calif.; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Adelbert Portz, of Springbrook, Ia., Earl Portz, of Albia, Ia., and Bud Portz, of Dubuque, Ia.; and two sisters, Bernida Frye, of Dubuque, Ia., and Imelda Sherman, of Louisville, Ky.

      Frieda Portz, 77, died on Thursday, April 17, 1997, with a last residence of Rancho Cucamonga, California.

    • Earl Anthony Portz was born on October 15, 1918, in Springbrook, Iowa, son of John and Appolonia (Sturm) Portz. Earl was a graduate of Andrew High School of Andrew, Iowa. After graduation Earl served his country for four years during WWII, in the U.S. Army.
            Earl Portz married Marcella Sheehan on July 18, 1950, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Albia, Iowa. Mary Marcella Sheehan was born on November 29, 1924, in Iowa, daughter of Alexander M. and Mary A. (Craig) Shehan. Earl and Marcella Portz lived at Albia, Iowa, and shared 26 years together before Marcella died in 1977. They raised four children, Paul, Terry, Pam, and Karen. Earl Portz married Marjorie Eggers on July 2, 1982, Bellevue, Iowa. They also shared 26 years together before Earl died in 2009.
            Marjorie Eggers, who was called "Marge," was born on August 24, 1924, in Clarion, Iowa, daughter of Peter and Gladys (Smith) Wanken. She married Willard Eggers on January 21, 1942, in Bellevue, Iowa; he passed away June 2, 1981. She later married Earl Portz, and they lived in Albia for 27 years before he passed away in 2009.
            Earl was an award winning insurance salesman for National Travelers Life Insurance Company. He worked in insurance sales for over 40 years, in Eldora and Albia. He was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the VFW.
            Marge was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where she started the hot lunch program at St. Joseph's and Marquette and served as the director for 23 years. She was fun and loving with a great sense of humor. Marge enjoyed quilting, knitting, crocheting, gardening, and painting. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom received her beautiful quilts, along with many other relatives and friends.

      Mrs. Earl (Marcella) Portz, of Albia, Iowa, died Sunday, June 19, 1977, at an Ottumwa, Iowa, hospital. She was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Albia, Iowa.
            Mrs. Portz was survived by her husband; two daughters, Pam Ridgeway, of Norwalk, Calif., and Karen Pickerell, of Albia, Ia.; two sons, Paul Portz, of Muscatine, Ia., and Terry Portz, of Eldora, Ia.; her mother, Mrs. Alex Shehan, of Albia, Ia.; two sisters, Kathryn and Ann, both of Albia, Ia.; and three brothers, John, Joseph, and Gene Sheehan, all of Albia, Ia.

      Earl Anthony Portz, age 90, of Albia, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the Monroe County Hospital in Albia, Iowa. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia, with the Rev. Bernie Weir officiating. Military rites followed the service. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation with family was from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, at the Winfield Funeral Home in Albia, with a 4 p.m. rosary, provided by St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary, and a 7 p.m. Christian Wake Service.
            Earl was survived by his wife, Marjorie Portz of Albia, Ia.; one son, Terry Portz of Eldora, Ia.; two daughters, Pam Ridgway and husband Kerry of Houston, Texas, and Karen Pickerell and husband Mike of Albia, Ia.; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Merlin "Bud" Portz, and a sister, Imy Sherman, both of Dubuque, Ia. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, John and Appolonia; his wife Marcella; a son, Paul Portz; a daughter-in-law, Annie Portz; three brothers, Cy, Delbert, and Norman; and two sisters, Bernice and Sylvia.

      Paul D. Portz, son of Earl and Marcella Portz, was born July 19, 1950, died May 5, 1986, and was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Albia, Iowa.

      Marjorie Eggers-Portz, 90, of Bellevue, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue, surrounded by her children. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday morning, March 30, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellevue. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation for Marge was held from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday afternoon, at Hachmann Funeral Home and again on Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 at the funeral home.
            Those left to honor her memory include her four sons, Daryll "Butch" (Carolyn) Eggers, of Bellevue, Ia., Virgil "Rocky" (Barb) Eggers, of Bellevue, Ia., Willard "Greg" (Val) Eggers, of Dubuque, Ia., and Dan (Caroline) Eggers, of the Marshall Islands; two daughters, Kathaleen Charlton, of Tampa, Fla., and Bette "Tweet" (Tom) Lyman, of Davenport, Ia.; a stepson, Terry Portz; two stepdaughters, Pam (Kerry) Ridgeway and Karen (Mike) Pickerell; 22 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren; and two brothers, Francis (Judy) Wanken and Daniel (Gaye) Wanken. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; a stepson, Paul Portz; and five sisters, Kathlaleen, Rose, Bette, Sharyll and Mary.

    • Bernida C. Portz was born on August 8, 1921, in Springbrook, Iowa, daughter of John R. and Appolonia (Sturm) Portz. Bernida Portz, who was called "Bea," married William Joseph Frye on August 5, 1943, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue, Iowa. William Frye was born on August 5, 1918, in Highland, Wisconsin, son of William and Elizabeth (Stitz) Frye.
            William and Bernida Frye lived at Dubuque, Iowa. William worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Dubuque for 38 years and was director of mail processing for several years until his retirement in 1980. He was a World War II Signal Corps veteran having served in Guam.
            In her early years, Bea graduated from beauty school, and was employed as a beautician, a telephone operator, and as a riveter at Boeing Aircraft during World War II. For most of her life, she was a homemaker, and will be remembered as a loving wife and mother. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bea was a humble person who was always a pleasure to be around.
            The family were members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. William was an usher for many years at the church and was a member of its Holy Name Society. Bea's faith in God was a constant in her life. She was a 60-year member of Holy Trinity Church, and was very active within the various organizations there, especially the Altar Society. She also was a member of the Mother's Clubs. William was also a member of the Power of Prayer, the American Association of Retired Persons, and the National Association of Postal Supervisors.

      William Joseph Frye, Sr., 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday morning, March 28, 1990, at Mercy Health Center, St. Joseph's Unit, in Dubuque. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, March 30, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Family and friends called until 8 p.m., Thursday, March 29, at Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home in Dubuque, where the wake service was said at 7 p.m.
            He was survived by his wife Bernida; two daughters, Mrs. Anthony (Sandy) Amberg, of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Paul (Ann) Lewis, of Broadhead, Wis., three sons, William J. Frye, Jr., and Dennis Frye, both of Dubuque, Ia., and James Frye, of Denver; 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; and two sisters, Agnes McAllister, of Cedar Rapids, Ia., and Pauline Henkel, of Dubuque, Ia.

      Bernida "Bea" Frye, 85, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dubuque, with the Rev. Mark Nemmers officiating and the Rev. Tom Sherman concelebrating. Family and friends called from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Saturday, June 2, at the church. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home in Dubuque was in charge of arrangements.
            She was survived by her children, Sandra (Anthony) Amberg, of Dubuque, Ia., Bill (Janas) Frye Jr., of Dubuque, Ia., Ann (Paul) Lewis, of Brodhead, Wis., James Frye, of Aurora, Colo., and Dennis Frye, of Dyersville, Ia.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; two brothers, Earl (Marge) Portz, of Albia, Ia., and M.J. "Bud" (Madonna) Portz, of Dubuque, Ia.; and a sister, Imy Sherman, of East Dubuque, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William, on March 28, 1990; three brothers, Cyril, Norman, and Adelbert; a sister, Sylvia; three stepbrothers; and two grandchildren.

    • Imelda Ann Portz was born ca. 1924 in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, daughter of John and Appolonia (Sturm) Portz. Imelda Portz married Norbert R. Sherman. Norbert Sherman was born on June 4, 1923. Norbert and Imelda "Imy" Sherman lived at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Louisville, Kentucky, Los Angeles, California, and lastly at East Dubuque, Illinois.

      Norbert R. Sherman, 81, of East Dubuque, Illinois, died at 8:40 a.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Memorial services were to be held at a later date.

    • Merlin Julian Portz was born on November 26, 1927, in Springbrook, Iowa, son of John R. and Appolonia (Sturm) Portz. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Bellevue, Iowa, in 1945. Merlin, who was nicknamed "Bud," married Madonna Clare Bousselot on June 11, 1955, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Welton, Iowa. Merlin "Bud" and Madonna Portz lived at Dubuque, Iowa, where they were members of Holy Ghost Church and later St. Columbkille's Church.
            Merlin served in the Merchant Marines from 1945 to 1947, in the Atlantic and Pacific. He also served in the Air Force in Hawaii from 1950 to 1952, and in the Army in Germany from 1952 to 1954.
            He was a former salesman for Caradco in Dubuque from 1954 to 1958. He then joined New York Life Insurance as a sales representative from 1958 to 1990. Merlin served as president of Career Conference of New York Life Insurance Co., in 1959. He served two years as president of Dubuque Association of Life Underwriters. He served on New York Life Agents Advisory Council in New York City in 1972 and was a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table for New York Life Insurance Co.
            Merlin was speaker for the Sacrificial Giving Program for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He also served on numerous drives for various charitable organizations. He was a past member of the Wahlert High School Board and Holy Ghost Parish Council and Holy Ghost Finance Committee. He also was a member of the Dubuque Serra Club for more than 40 years.

      Merlin J. "Bud" Portz, 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at The Finley Hospital in Dubuque, surrounded by his family. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Thursday, November 10, at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating and the Rev. Phillip Kruse concelebrating. Interment was in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West, Iowa, where military rites were accorded by Dubuque Marine Corps League. Family and friends called from 8:30 to 11 a.m., Thursday, November 10 at the church. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, Dubuque, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.
            Mr. Portz was survived by his wife, Madonna; four daughters, Joan (Kevin) Hedrick, of Dubuque, Ia., Patty (Denny) Richter, of Clinton, Ia., Jacqueline (Ron) Grothe, of Richfield, Minn., and Mary (Bill) Mormann, of Farley, Ia.; a son, John R. (Lisa) Portz, of Dubuque, Ia.; seven grandchildren, Klayton Renne, Joshua (Kera) Renne, Jacob Renne, Maria Mormann, Melissa (Jon) Darsow, Ron "Woody" Grothe Jr., and Mark Portz; a soon to be great-grandson in December; a sister, Imelda (Norbert) Sherman, of East Dubuque, Ill.; and a sister-in-law, Marge Portz, of Bellevue, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Nick Portz; two sisters, Sylvia (Ray) Coffey and Bernida (William) Frye Sr.; and four brothers, Cyril (Opal) Portz, Norman (Freida) Portz, Delbert (Ethel) Portz and Earl Portz.

  7. Henry and Lizzie Schurbon
    Henry and Lizzie (Sturm) Schurbon
    Viola Elizabeth Sturm was born on August 31, 1894, at Springbrook Iowa, daughter of Jacob and Maria (Winter) Klostermann Sturm. Viola, who was called "Lizzie" from her middle name, was living in the household of her brother-in-law and sister, John and Appolonia (Sturm) Portz, in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa. Viola Elizabeth Sturm married Henry Schurbon on December 10, 1912, at Bellevue, Iowa. Henry Schurbon was born on April 30, 1890, son of John and Mary (Felderman) Schurbon, Jr., at Bellevue, Iowa.
          Henry and Lizzie Schurbon had two children, Fern Thelma Marie Schurbon and Neirma S. Schurbon.

    Viola E. "Lizzie" Schurbon died July 16, 1918, in Jackson County, Iowa. She was buried in Saint John Lutheran Cemetery at Bellevue, Iowa.

    Henry Schurbon married Elmira "Myra" Mildred Reed on December 17, 1919, at Dubuque, Iowa. Myra was born on November 11, 1900, in Jackson County, Iowa, daughter of John and Anna (Hemfling) Reed. John and Myra Schurbon had nine children, Melvin Delos Schurbon, Marilyn Janette Schurbon, John Donald Schurbon, Charlene LaFrance Schurbon, Carlyle Schurbon, Max Lee Schurbon, Gary Schurbon, Doris Ann Schurbon, and Nancy K. Schurbon.
          In 1940, the Schurbon household in Maquoketa, Iowa, consisted of Henry, age 49, and Elmira, age 39; and children Neirma, age 24; Melvin, 19; Marilyn, 16; John, 13; Charlene, 11; Carlyle, 7; Max, 4; Gary, 3; and newborn Doris Ann.

    Henry Schurbon, 84, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died Thursday, September 19, 1974, at the Jackson County (Ia.) Public Hospital. His funeral services were held Saturday, September 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the W.G. Carson Funeral Home in Maquoketa, Iowa, with the Reverend Robert Bear of the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery.
          Survivors include his second wife; four daughters, Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Meier of Bellevue, Ia., Mrs. Milo (Charlene) Berg of Maquoketa, Mrs. William (Doris) Hager of Maquoketa, and Mrs. Richard (Nancy) Dyas of Maquoketa; four sons, John of Lake Alfred, Fla., Carlyle of Maquoketa, Max of Tipton, Ia., and Gary of Maquoketa; one brother, Edgar of Delmar, Ia.; 27 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, three children, four brothers, and four sisters.

    Myra (Reed) Schurbon died on February 25, 1978, at Maquoketa, Iowa, and was buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Maquoketa.

    Children of John and Viola "Lizzie" (Sturm) Schurbon:

    • Fern Thelma Marie Schurbon was born on September 14, 1913, in Iowa, daughter of John and Viola "Lizzie" (Sturm) Schurbon.

      Fern Thelma Marie Schurbon, the three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schurbon, residing on a farm seven miles west of Bellevue, Iowa, had a tragic ending Sunday morning by being scalded in boiling water. The child died at 6 o'clock, Sunday night, July 16, 1916. Boiling water had been prepared and placed in a bucket used for scalding chickens. The little child walked near the pail and fell in.

    • Neirma S. Schurbon was born on July 9, 1915, in Jackson Township, Jackson County, Iowa, daughter of John and Viola "Lizzie" (Sturm) Schurbon. She grew to young womanhood in Bellevue, making her home with her grandmother, Mrs. Mary Schurbon. She was a graduate of the Bellevue high school.
            Neirma Schurbon married Harold Edward Bollen on September 13, 1940. Harold, who was called "Dick," and Neirma Bollen made their home on a farm near Maquoketa, Iowa. Harold Bollen was born on December 29, 1914, in Jackson County, Iowa, son of Martin and Christina Margaretha (Petersen) Bollen.

      Mrs. Harold (Neirma) Bollen, died at 3 a.m., Sunday, September 7, 1941, in Iowa City, Iowa, after a few days illness with scarlet fever. Private funeral services were conducted by the Rev. S. H. Sandrock on Sunday afternoon. She was buried in Saint John Lutheran Cemetery at Bellevue, Iowa.

      Dick Bollen served in the United States Army during World War II.
            Harold "Dick" Bollen subsequently married Dorothy L. Hood, on June 7, 1955, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dorothy Hood was born on October 27, 1913, in Mount Carroll, Illinois, daughter of Joseph B. and Gertrude (Smith) Hood. Dorothy graduated from Savanna High School in Savanna, Illinois. After training, Dorothy became a United States Army Commissioned Officer in September of 1943 until her honorable discharge in 1946.
            Dick and Dorothy Bollen lived at Savannna, Illinois, where they were members of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
            Dick worked with the Savanna Army Depot for many years before his retirement. He was a member of the Savanna Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2223, Sabula American Legion Mississippi Post 74, and Savanna Moose Lodge 1092.
            Dorothy worked at the Savanna Army Depot as a Finance Officer until her retirement in 1972. She was a member of the American Legion in Sabula, Iowa, and the Women of the Moose in Savanna. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

      Harold E. "Dick" Bollen, age 89, of Savanna, Illinois, died Tuesday at April 6, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa. Services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 10, at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Savanna, with the Rev. Wayne Schneider officiating. Visitation was from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, at the church. Burial was in Savanna Township Cemetery. The Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna was in charge of arrangements.
            Survivors included his wife, Dorothy; one brother, Marvin G. Bollen, of Rockford, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

      Dorothy L. Bollen, age 97, of Savanna, Illinois, died Sunday, September 25, 2011, at the Carroll County Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mount Carroll, Illinois. A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. Burial was in Savanna Township Cemetery. A visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. till the time of the service at the funeral home.
            She was survived by several nieces and nephews; several great nieces and nephews; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; a brother, Leon Hood; and a sister, Marian Conley.


Sources include obituaries and articles from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald; Marilyn Hinkhouse, a great-grandchild of Jacob and Elizabeth Sturm, who sent much information and several pictures appearing here; Gloria "Dottie" Sturm, who provided additional information on her own family and the Kilburg and Portz families; an online social security death index; an entry for Henry Sturm from Who's Who in Iowa, 1940; California Death Records, online at http://vitals.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi; information from a volume containing family records for St. Boniface Catholic Church, New Vienna, Iowa; Helen Gaul for supplying information about Caspar Klostermann; Dwain and Marge DeGear for providing information about Henry and Lizzie (Sturm) Schurbon; Chuck Solomon, who provided additional information about John and Helena "Lena" (Rolling) Sturm and Theodore and Lizzie (Rolling) Sturm, which he stated was largely taken from a journal prepared by his great-great-grandfather Nicholas Rolling; burials in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Armstrong Grove Township, Emmet County, Iowa, posted online at http://iagenweb.org/emmet/cemmtcalvary.htm, which includes John and Helena "Lena" Sturm and some of their children; readings from the Caspar Klostermann grave marker at Luxemburg, Iowa, and from grave stones at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook, Iowa; Dave Halm's online genealogies at Rootsweb http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=haverhill_iowa; the McFarlane Family Tree at http://www.mcfarlane.ws/family/d0003/g0000372.html#I1798 for information about the Kilburg family; Bette Juergens, a great-grandchild of Mary (Winter) Klostermann Sturm, who provided pictures of Caspar and Mary (Winter) Klostermann and the children of John and Caecilia (Klostermann) Rubel; Sarabeth Burns, granddaughter of Emma (Rubel) Walz, who provided additional information on that branch of the family; and other sources as noted within the text.  T.L.


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