Last Updated: 10/24/2021


View some of the Obituaries of my ancestors and their family members:

Immediate Relatives

Harlyn Glen Turner
Francis William Keck
Sue Ann Keck
Dennis D Turner
Colleen H. Turner
Elizabeth Turner
Urias Reed
Samantha (Brookens) Reed
Edith Reed / Hurst / Parks
Adam Roschi
Glen Turner
Bena Hurst / Turner
Rebecca Shallenberger / Calvert / Dolphin
Wilhelmina Brinkmann / Caspers
James Dolphin

Other Relatives

Etola Turner / Johannssen
Donald Turner
Mary L. Turner
Arthur W. Turner
Rudy V. Turner
Howard G. Turner

Arthur B. Hurst

Viggo Laugesen
Gordon Laugesen
Grace Laugesen
Marilyn Hammes
Marilyn Hammes

Harlyn Glen Turner

Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Oct 22, 2021
Harlyn G. Turner

Harlyn Glen (Harlie) Turner, 97, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Friends and family may gather from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3860 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, IA. The Funeral Service will immediately follow at 10:30 am with Pastor Derek Rosenstiel officiating. The burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. Full military honors will be rendered by The American Legion Post #6. The family asks that all in attendance wear masks.

Harlie was born on August 27, 1924, in a log cabin in McCartney, WI. He is the son of Glenn and Verbena (Hurst) Turner. He married Colleen Henrietta Dolphin in 1944 in Langley Field, Virginia. Together they had two children, Sue (Bill) Keck and Dennis (Ann) Turner.

After the death of Colleen in 2003, Harlie met and later married Opal Marie (Potter) Laugesen in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two of them were great companions. They both enjoyed traveling by air and experienced their first flight together and lived happily until Harlie's passing. Harlie spent most of his early years on his family's 40-acre farm in Burton, WI. Around age 16, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in Platteville, WI, before enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps. He was later assigned to the 446th bomb group at Flixton Air Base in England. He proudly served as an aerial gunner on the new B-24 aircraft they affectionately named 'Little Rollo' during World War II. Harlie completed 31 combat missions; many were aboard 'Little Rollo' including the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

Harlie's life was filled with military service to his country. He was a gunnery instructor during World War II and an airborne radar instructor during the Korean War. He was a decorated serviceman with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, European Theatre Medal with six Major Battle Stars, and the Korean Campaign Medal with two Major Battle Stars. In 1970, after 30 years of service, Harlie retired with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. After his military retirement, he moved to Dubuque, IA in 1971 and began working at the Dubuque Packing Company as a night foreman in the order-filling department and retired in 1981. He also belonged to the Warren Masonic Lodge #4 in Potosi, Wisconsin, serving as a Master Mason.

He had various pastimes during his retirement years, including his love for being outdoors, hunting, fishing, golfing, boating, traveling, playing cards, and visiting an occasional casino. In addition, he liked to go on walks by the river, watch movies, and dine out. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and all who knew him appreciated his kindness and incredible sense of humor. His genuine nature and ability to make everyone laugh were endearing to anyone who met him.

Harlie is survived by his wife, Opal of Dubuque; a sister, Doris (Chuck) Niensteadt of Moline, IL; a daughter-in-law, Ann (Dennis) Turner of Dubuque; stepdaughters Sandra (Gary) Koehler and Donna (Robert) Humke, both of Dubuque; Five grandsons, David (Julie) Keck of Dubuque, Darryl Keck of Dubuque, Don (Missy) Keck of Dubuque, Jody (Kimberly) Turner of Joplin, MO, Jason Turner of Jacksonville, FL; 10 great-grandchildren (Brandon, Chandler, Xander, Bryan, Ashlynn, Amanda, Heather, Tomi, Gavin, and Summer), and six great-great-grandchildren. Also left behind are his step-grandchildren, Adam (Bridget) Koehler, Benjamin (Leah) Koehler; five step-great-grandchildren (MacKenzie, Hudson, Griffin, Dexter, and Felix).

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Colleen; his son, Dennis D. Turner; his daughter, Sue A. Keck; a son-in-law, Bill Keck; a stepson-in- law, Gary Koehler; a brother, Donald Turner; and a sister, Etola Johannsen.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences sent to the family by visiting Harlie's obituary at

Francis William Keck

Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Sept 14, 2016

Francis William Keck

Francis William (Bill) Keck, 73, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Finley Hospital.

Friends and family may gather from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. A prayer service will be held at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Kristian Kincaid and Pastor Jesse Cearlock officiating.

Bill was born on May 9, 1943, in Wahiawa, Oahu of the Hawaiian Islands. He is the son of Harold and Lucille (Opliger) Keck. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Sue Ann Turner on March 17, 1963, in Amarillo, TX. Together they had three sons, David, Darryl, and Donald.

Following high school graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Monticello. He later settled in Dubuque where he was employed at John Deere and retired after 43 years. During those years, he was an active member of the UAW Local 94 and worked several years on the shop committee. Bill was also a member of the Warren Masonic Lodge #4 in Potosi, Wisconsin. He served as Master Mason twice during his active tenure. Those who were close to Bill knew him as a man always willing to help out a friend in need. He was a generous and charitable man with his time and money. He was never afraid to express his opinion ”good or bad", "right or wrong", you always knew what Bill was thinking.

Cars were a passion throughout his lifetime. As a young man, he loved fast cars. For many years, he raced in local drag races such as those at the Cordova speedway. His love of cars also taught him a great deal about auto mechanics. This interest blossomed into a lifelong hobby of restoring vintage cars into custom hotrods. Bill and his wife Sue worked on customizing and restoring cars together as a mutual hobby. Their last two hotrod car restorations took home "Great 8" finishes at the prestigious Autorama Car Show in Detroit, MI. Hunting was also an enjoyable pastime for Bill. He was an impressive marksmen and he avidly hunted wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and pheasants.

He is survived by three sons, David & Julie (Joyce) Keck of Dubuque, IA, Darryl Keck of Dubuque, IA, and Donald & Missy (Gray) Keck of Dubuque, IA; his brother Harold George Keck, Jr. of Goldsboro, NC; his sister Sandra (Keck) Pilcher of Apex, NC; his father-in-law, Harlyn Turner of Dubuque, IA; and five grandchildren: Brandon, Chandler, Xander, Bryan, and Ashlynn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Ann (Turner) Keck; his father and mother, Harold G. Keck and Lucille (Opliger) Keck, and a sister Maxine Keck.

Sue Ann Keck

Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Nov 21, 2015

Sue Ann Keck

Sue Ann Keck, 71, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2015, peacefully at home after complications from Alzheimer's disease.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd, with Pastor Kristian Kincaid and Pastor Jesse Cearlock officiating. Friends and family may gather from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Sue was born on July 12, 1944, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque, daughter of Harlyn and Colleen (Dolphin) Turner. She married her high school sweetheart, Francis William (Bill) Keck on March 17, 1963, in Amarillo, TX. Together they had three sons, David, Darryl, and Donald. Sue was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her gentle demeanor and thoughtful ways will always be cherished by those who knew and loved her.

Sue spent many years as a volunteer Sunday school teacher at St. Peters Lutheran Church. She was a stay at home mom to raise her sons. She later decided to attend Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (now known as N.I.C.C.) and graduated in 1983 with her degree to become a registered nurse. She worked at Luther Manor Nursing Home and later became a surgical nurse at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

As a nurse, her compassion and caring bedside manner was a comfort to all her patients and their families. She later became a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dubuque.

Sue loved to work on restoring vintage cars with her husband and, together, they even took home a "Great 8" finish two times with their cars at the prestigious Detroit Autorama Car Show. She loved to bake and her holiday sugar cookies never lasted long on the platter. Sue loved spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by husband Francis William Keck; three sons, David & Julie (Joyce) Keck of Dubuque, IA. Darryl Keck of Dubuque, IA, and Donnie & Missy (Gray) Keck of Dubuque, IA; Her father, Harlyn Turner and his wife Opal (Laugesen) Turner; her sister-in-law Ann Turner; five grandchildren: Brandon, Chandler, Xander, Bryan, and Ashlynn.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Colleen (Dolphin) Turner and her brother, Dennis Turner. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Dubuque Alzheimer's Association (2728 Asbury Road, #515, Dubuque, IA 52001).

The family wishes to thank all who helped care for Sue during her illness with a special thanks to Laura Beresford as well as Dubuque Hospice.

Dennis D. Turner

Hoffman Schneider Funeral Homes (online)

Dennis Dale Turner
July 10, 1946-November 23, 2013

Dennis D. Denny Turner, 67, of Dubuque passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public visitation or services. Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of life to honor his memory which will be held from 3 until 7 PM on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in the Bridge Room at the Diamond Jo Casino. At the celebration of life, military rites will be provided by Dubuque American Legion Post #6 at 3:30PM.

Denny was born on July 10, 1946 in Dubuque, son of Harlyn and Colleen (Dolphin) Turner. Growing up in a military family, he lived on Air Force bases in several different states, including Alaska before it became a state; but he always liked to call Las Vegas, Nevada home. After high school graduation, Denny joined the United States Army. He was proud of his service to our country, serving a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1966. He returned to Dubuque to be near his family following his honorable discharge from the Army. On August 30, 1969, Denny married Ann Gross at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Dubuque. He worked at the Dubuque Packing Company/FDL Foods from 1968 to 1995, and in the gaming industry as a table games dealer since 1991, retiring from the Diamond Jo Casino in 2011.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ann; their two sons, Jody (Kimberly) Turner of Dubuque and Jason (Kristin) Turner of Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren, Amanda Elliott, Heather, Tomi, Gavin, and Summer Turner, and Joshua and Darrien McCarter; his father, Harlyn (Opal) Turner of Dubuque; a sister, Sue (Bill) Keck of Dubuque; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Gross Bogarth of Dubuque; and six sisters-in-law and their families.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Colleen; his grandparents, Glen and Verbena (Hurst) Turner and James and Rosa (Caspers) Dolphin; and his fathers-in-law, John Gross and George Bogarth.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Amanda for all that she did for Grandpa.

Colleen H. Turner

Dubuque Telegraph Herald, July 24, 2003

Colleen H. Turner

Mrs. Harlyn (Colleen H.) Turner, 77, of 2395 Theda Drive, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at home.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main St., where friends may call after 10 a.m. today. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Turner worked at the former Dubuque Pack Co. in 1943. She was self-employed as an Avon representative for several years, baby-sat for several families and was a homemaker and loving wife.

She was born on March 3, 1926, in Cassville, Wis., daughter of James and Rose (Casper) Dolphin. She married Harlyn G. Turner on Jan. 20, 1944, at Langley Field, Virginia.

She enjoyed fishing and boating. She lived in many places during her husband's military career, including Alaska, when it was a territory of the United States.

Colleen was a member of the Non-commissioned Officers Wives Club.

Surviving are her husband, Harlyn; a son, Dennis D. (Ann) Turner, of Dubuque; a daughter, Sue Ann (Bill) Keck, of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Dave, Darryl and Donald Keck and Jody and Jason Turner; great-grandchildren, Heather and Tomi Turner, Brandon, Chandler and Xander Keck, Bryan and Ashlynn Keck, Summer Turner, Gavin Reiter and Felicia, Nichole and Kala; and a sister, Lucille Lau, of Cassville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters, Luella Cody, Helen Biggins and Leona Heraty.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque and the Dubuque Alzheimer's Association.

Elizabeth Turner

Dubuque Telegraph Herald April 4, 1944 Tuesday - page 10 col 4



Mrs. Elizabeth Turner, 80, a former resident of Burton, Wis., who had been living in Dubuque for about a year, died sunday afternoon at 5 o'click at Finley Hospital. The body was taken to the Eckstein Funeral Home, Cassville, Wis., where funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. Lippoldt, of Plattville, officiating. Burial will be in the Cassville Cemetery.

She was born in Dubuque March 15, 1864, a daughter of Adam and Elizabeth Roschi. On Nov. 7, 1883, she was married at Cassville to George Turner, who died in 1923.

Survivors are her three sons, Arthur Turner, Dubuque, Clyde Turner, Potosi, Wis., and Rudy Turner, Potosi, and two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Donaldson, Kenosha, Wis., and Mrs. Nelson Laugesen, Burton, Wis. She was preceded in death by her husband and three children, Glenn and Mrs. Clara Hayden, and a baby in infancy.

Urias Reed

Buffalo County Journal, August 8, 1912

Urias Reed

Urias Reed, who died at the home of his son, Archie, in this village, Monday morning, July 29, 1912, was born at Zanesville, OH, April 13, 1840 and had reached the age of 72 years, three months, and 16 days. He had been ailing for several months past and death came to him as a relief from pain and illness.

His remains were taken to his old home at Burton, where interment was had in the local Cemetery, Rev. J.L. Duff, of Cassville conducting the services. The funeral was held at 2:00 Wednesday afternoon.

Besides his widow, he leaves four sons and four daughters to mourn his demise. The former are: Henry, of Wabasha, MN and Archie, Oscar and Louis of Nelson, while the latter are: Mrs. Edith Hurst, of Burton and Mrs. Alice Bright, of La Crosse, and Misses Iva and Rose, at home. Two brothers, Morgan of Burton and William of Cassville, also survive him.

Samantha "Brookens" Reed

Bloomington Record, May 1918

Samantha Reed

Obituary of Mrs. Samantha Reed

Mrs. Samantha Reed passes away in Superior, WI, April 27, 1918. She was a daughter of James and Mariah Brookens and was born October 26, 1853. She grew to womanhood in the town of Glen Haven and was married to Peter Suer in 1872. To this union one son was born. She was divorced from Peter Suer in 1874 and was married to Urias Reed in 1892. To this union three children were born: Iva, Rose, and one son, LaVern, who died in infancy. She lived in Burton until 1901, when she moved to Nelson, WI, where she resided for several years. She moved from there to Superior, WI, where she made her home until her death. She united with the M.E. church at Burton in 1893 and has been a consistent member of this church until her death.

She leaves to mourn her loss one son, Benjamin Suer, of Lancaster; two daughters, Ivy Reed of Pepin, MN, and Rose Reed of La Crosse; two brothers, James W. Brookens of Tama, Iowa and Columbus Brookens, Parker, SD; two sisters, Mrs. Olive A. Yager of Lancaster and Mrs. Emma Mason of Glen Haven; a half brother, Joseph Brookens of Montana, and a half sister, Margaret Zeigler of Cassville, besides numerous nephews and nieces and a large number of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Ramsey M.E. church and interment made at the Cemetery there. It was a very consoling services, and the beautiful songs seemed to apply to her choice while living. “ A Friend"

Edith "Reed/Hurst" Parks


Mrs. Edith Parks 70, passed away at her home Friday evening after an illness of a few days. Funeral services were conducted in St. Paul’s Lutheran church, Burton at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon with the Rev. J.J. Lippoldt officiating. Burial was made in the Burton cemetery.

Mrs. Parks, the former Edith Leora Reed, was the daughter of Urias and Cordelia Reed and was born on a farm near Burton Sept. 5, 1875 where she grew to womanhood. She became the wife of Ben Hurst and to this union were born three children, Mrs. Gordon Grace Laugesen of Cassville, Mrs. Bena Turner and Arthur Hurst of Dubuque, Iowa. Her first husband passed away Sept. 7, 1915 and in November of that same year she married Joseph Parks. They made their home on a farm near Potosi for a number of years before moving to the village of Cassville. To their union one son, Melvin, now a resident of Dubuque, was born.

Surviving besides the husband and children is a sister, Mrs. Lorin Bright of LaCrosse, Wis., and a brother, Louis Reed of Kellogg, Minn., 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Ben Hurst; one sister and five brothers. Casketbearers were six grandsons, Donald and Harley Turner, Jimmy Hurst of Dubque, Lorraine Laugesen of Beetown, Dale Laugesen and Willis Laugesen of Burton. Funeral arrangements were by the Echstem Funeral home.

Edith Reed Obit

Adam Roschi

Telegraph Herald, Feb 14, 1902


He Was Well Known in Dubuque and Burton, Wis “Leaves Large Family".

Adam Roschi died at the home of his son-in-law, A. A. Schilling, 130 Angelia street, at 4:35 o’clock Thursday afternoon, death resulting from a wasting away of the vital forces.

Mr. Roschi was born in Rheine-Plax, Bavaria, August 3rd, 1830, and emigrated to this country in 1845, settling in Pennslyvania, where he remained eight years, and in 1853 he came to Dubuque. In 1855, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Nickles of this city and then established himself as a manufacturer of boots and shoes. Later he removed to Burton, Wis., where he engaged in farming, disposing of his farm a short time ago. His wife died on the 25th of January, 1888 leaving him with ten children, all of whom are living. They are Mrs. Kenneston Turner, Mrs. George Turner and Mrs. Grant Turner, of Burton Wis.: Mrs. A. A. Shilling and Mrs. Henry Mueller and John of Dubuque; Charles, Edward and Adam, of Burton, and William, of East Dubuque. He is also survived by one brother in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Roschi was a consistent member of the German Methodist-Episcopal church, and a man known for his probity and upright character. He was a good citizen and a man whose integrity had never been questioned. He was a man whose charitable nature was well known and who always gave a helping hand to those in distress. His life was a useful and honorable one, and he leaves the scenes of earth respected by all who knew him.

The remains will be taken to Burton, Wis., Saturday morining for interment at his former home.

Adam Roschi

Second obituary I believe I found in the Telegraph Herald?

Adam Roschi


Adam Roschi Passed Away Last Night at the Age of 72 Years.

Adam Rosche, aged 72 years, died last night at 5 o'clock at the residents of his son-in-law, Mr. August Schilling 130 Angella street. Deceased was born in Bavaria, Germany. When a young man he came to this country, locating in Grant county, Wisconsin, where he farmed for over forty years. Three years ago he came to Dubuque, making his home since then with his daughter, Mrs. Schilling. Besides Mrs. Schilling the deceased is survived by one son, Will of East Dubuque, and a daughter, Mrs. John Miller, of this city. The remains will be shipped tomorrow morning at 3 o'clock on the Burlington to McCartney, Wis., for interment. Deceased was well known and highly respected by all who knew him, and the announcement of his death will occasion sincere sorrow.

Glen Turner

Glen Turner

Potosi, Wisconsin

Funeral services for Glen Turner, 36, who died Sunday afternoon, were held Wednesday afternoon at Two O'clock at the Baptist Church, Cassville, Wisconsin. The Reverend Diers officiated.

Mr. Turner had been in the Finley Hospital for the past month suffering from wounds received in an attempted suicide at his home in Burton. He was born November 30, 1897.

Surviving are his widow, formerly Bena Hurst and the following children: Harlyn, Donald, Etola and Doris, living near Burton, his Mother, Mrs. George Turner, Burton: three brothers, Clyde and Rudolph of Potosi, and Arthur of Cassville: three sisters: Mrs. Ida Donaldson of Kenosha, Mrs. Norma Laugesen of Burton, and Mrs. Clara Hayden of Potosi.

Bena Turner

Telegraph Herald – Dubuque, Iowa Jul 1, 1996

Bena L. Turner

Cassivlle, Wis. – Bena L. Turner, 94 of Cassville, died Saturday evening, June 29, 1996, at Ennoble Manor Care Center, Dubuque.

Private services will be held Tuesday with the Rev. Jeffrey Blank officiating. Burial will be in the Cassville Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The Metcalfe-Kuenster-Page Funeral Home, Cassville, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Turner worked at the former Dubuque Packing Co. for 25 years, retiring in 1966.

She was born on Oct. 17, 1901, in Burton, daughter of Bernard and Edit (Reed) Hurst. She married Glen Turner on Sept. 21, 1921, he preceded her in death.

Surviving are three children, Etola Johannsen, of Cassville, and Doris (and Charles) Niensteadt and Harlyn (and Colleen) Turner, both of Dubuque; and 13 grandchildren, 21 great-granchildren, 34 great-great-grandchildren; and on great-great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Turner.

Memorials may be given to the Cassville Rescue Squad.

Rebecca Dolphin

Bloomington Record, October 28, 1925

Mrs. Rebecca Dolphin was born November 7, 1843 and died October 23, 1925. The funeral was Sunday at two p.m. at the Harry Orton home, burial at Hillside. Rev. McKinley officated.

The good, dear old lady has lived a very active life. She made her home for several years with her son-in-law and daughter, M/M Harry Orton, where she was greatly loved.

Mrs. Dolphin was a lover of the out of doors. In spite of her 82 years had a wonderful garden the past summer.

She leaves four daughters, Mrs. Harry Orton, Mrs. Lou Starr and Mrs. Will Henkel of Lancaster and Elizabeth of Glen Haven; also three sons, Rudolph of North Andover, James of Cassville and Harry of Grand Junction, CO.

Wilhelmina Caspers "Minnie"


A dutiful wife, devoted mother and faithful firnd, Mrs. Peter Caspers, laid down the burden of life July 24, 1931, at the age of 71 years, 2 months and 11 days. She was born Minerva Brinkmann May 15, 1860, and during girlhood days and married life her home was near Cassville. She was married April 14, 1885 to Peter Caspers. Their sons and daughters; John of Creighton, S.D., Joe, Rose (Mrs. James Dolphin), Mary Sophia (Mrs. E.O. Seeling), Henrietta (Mrs. Harry Saunders), Marriet (Mrs. Joe Dresen) and William Caspers, all except John were privileged to be near their mother in her last illness. Five months before her death she was taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Saunders in Lancaster, where all possible was done to restore her to health, but in vain; after a distressing illness from a heart affection, a stroke last Friday morning was soon followed by the final summons. Her daughter, Mrs. Seeling came from her city home last September and assumed the household cares and capably performed the duties which her mother’s falling health obliged her to forego. Others of the family were solicitors in their attentions to the invalid, who was ever patient. Countless friends sympathize with those near and dear to the good woman, whose memory they now revere. Those who have enjoyed he generous hospitality remembrance of "Minnie" Caspers, whose every acquaintance was a friend. The body was brought to Cassville and prepared for burial and taken to the farm home. While lying there in state countless friends called in respect to the deceased and to sympathize with the mourners. And there was a large attendance at the funeral at St. Charles church Monday at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Fr. Jones singing requiem mass and also pronounced a fitting eulogy. Pall bearers were: Gerald Grattan, William Breuer, Peter Glassmacher, Joseph Schauff, G.L. Eversoll and Joespeh Brinkmann. Burial in St. Mary’s cemetery.

Card of Thanks

To relative and other friends at home and at Lancaster to all for kindly assistance given when death parted us from our loved one., Minnie Caspers, and for the beautiful floral gifts and spiritual offerings we give our sincere thanks. – Peter Caspers and family.

James Dolphin


James Dolphin, 79, of here died Tuesday at a Lancaster Hospital, after a long illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, at the Eckstein Funeral Home in Cassville. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, rural Cassville.

Survivors include his wife, Rose, and four daughters Mrs. Leo Lau and Mrs. Edward Heraty, both of Cassville, Mrs. Ralph Cody, Skokie, Ill. and Mrs. Harlan Turner, Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.

Etola L. Johannsen

Dubuque Telegraph Herald, October 20, 2016

Etola Johannsen

CASSVILLE, Wis. Etola "Todie" L. Johannsen, age 95, of Cassville, passed away on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

Etola was blessed with a large, loving family and a wonderfully long, extremely healthy life, which allowed her to work to the age of 92. Etola had many good life experiences and met many interesting and good people through her jobs; she loved to work, it kept her young. She enjoyed her family and her casino time. May Heaven's casino be ready for such a devoted player! She will be missed. Bless her.

Etola is survived by her sister, Doris (Chuck) Niensteadt, of East Moline, Ill.; and her brother, Harlyn (Opal) Turner, of Dubuque, Iowa. She is also survived by her four children, Darlene (Dennis) Okey, Marlene Speers and Bonnie Kotewa, of Cassville, and Connie Kotewa, of Davenport, Iowa; as well as 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews.

Etola was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Verbena Turner; and her brother, Donald Turner.

Her cremation is pending through Martin-Schwartz Funeral Home. A family gathering to celebrate her life will take place at a later date.

The family would like to thank Grant Regional Health Center, physicians, nurses and CNA’s for their care of Todie in her final days.

Donald Turner

Donald Turner, 64, of Manor Care Nursing Center, formerly of 2006 North Main St., died Sunday morning, July 26, 1987, at the Fennimore (Wis.) Community Good Samaritan Center.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Church, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Hoffmann-Schneider funeral Home, 1640 Main St., where the wake service will be said at 8 p.m.

Mr. Turner who was born May 27, 1923, worked at the former Dubuque Packing Co. for 38 years until he retired in June 1985. He was a World War II Air Force veteran and a member of St. Patrick's Parish and the United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 150A.

Surviving are four sons, Jerry, Thomas, Steven and David, all of Dubuque; two daughters, Mrs. Ken (Judy) Eckstein of Orangevale, Calif., and Sally of Dubuque; three grandchildren; a brother, Harlan G. of Dubuque; and two sisters, Mrs Charles (Doris) Niensteadt of Dubuque and Mrs. Etola Johannson of Cassville, Wis.

Mary L. Turner

Dubuque Telegraph Herald – Nov 10, 1995 “ Obituary Section'

A Memorial Mass for Mary L Turner, 63, 425 Rhomberg Ave., will be at 8 p.m. Friday at Resurrection Catholic Church, where the family will receive friends following services. .

The Dennis Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road, is in charge of arrangements. .

She was born on March 23, 1932, in Farely, Iowa daughter of John and Mae (Ludwig) Till. She died at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1995, at home. .

Surviving are two daughters, Judy (Ken) Eckstein, of Folsom, Calif., and Sally (Steve) Meyer, of Dubuque; four sons, Gerald G. Turner, tom J. (Lynn) Turner, Steve M. (Jill) Turner and David D. Turner, all of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Clayton Eckstein, Tim and Travis Turner, and Jeremy and Chad Meyer; six sisters, Dola Stoll, of Cascade, Iowa, Irene (LaVerne) Funke, of Farley, Iowa, Helen Sheehy, of Plano, Texas, Elaine (Spence) Schnoor, of Kearney, Neb., Kat (Gil) Peterchuk, of Lincolnton, N.C., and Ruth (Joe) Graham, of Dubuque; two brothers, Carl (Marian) Till, of Dubuque, and Dr. Eugene (Geri) Till, of Phoenix, Ariz. .

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Paul Till. .

In lieu of flowers, a Mary L. Turner Memorial Fund has been established.

Arthur William Turner

Telegraph Herald: Dec 17, 1950

Arthur William Turner, 64, of 1266 Jackson street, died at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at his home after a long illness.

Friends may call at the Egelhof funeral home after noon Sunday. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Riichard Bunge, of St. John’s Lutheran church, officiating. Burial will be in Linwood cemetery.

He was born Jan 27, 1886, in Waterloo township, Grant count Wisconsin. He came to Dubuque seven years ago. He was employed by the William J. Mueller company.

Serviving are his wife, Ferna M. Turner; two daughters, Miss Elva L. Turner of Dubuque, and Mrs. Melvin (Sylvia) Bressler, of Los Angeles, Calif.; two brothers, Clyde and Rudy, of Potosi, Wis; two sisters, Mrs. Ernest L. Donaldson of Cassville, Wis., and Mrs. Neils Laugesen, of Lancaster, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents. Mr. And Mrs. George Turner, a sister and two brothers.

Rudy V. Turner

Appeared in Telegraph Herald - Thurs 6/27/77

POTOSI, Wis “ Rudy V. Turner", 75, of Potosi died Wednesday night at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Metcalfe-Kuenster Funeral Home here where friends may call after 1 p.m. Friday. Masonic services will be help at 8 p.m. Frida by Warren Lodge 4. Burial will be in Cassville, Wis.

Surviving are his wife, the former Mabel Hall; a daughter, Mrs. Bill (Beverly) Fritz of Potosi; two sones, Keith of Potosi and Jack of Cassville; nine grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Norman Laugensen of Lancaster, Wis.

Howard G. Turner

Services for Howard G. Turner, 59, of Route 1, Dubuque, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Behr’s, where friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday, burial will be in the Cassville (Wis.) Cemetery.

Mr. Turner, who was born in Grant County, Wis., died at 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph’s Unit of Mercy Health Center. He was a retired U.S. postal employee and a veteran of the Navy. He served in World War II and the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife, the former Margaret Couty; three daughters, Mrs. Larry (Darlene) Wisdom of Platteville, Wis., and Barbara Turner and Mrs. Greg (Jeanette) Edahl, both of Dubuque; four sons, Eldon D. of Dubuque, George H. of Arlington, Texas, William J. of East Dubuque and Loren J. of Elizabeth, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Mable Turner of Cassville; and one sister, Mrs Earl (Neoma) Rietallick of North Andover, Wis.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Edwin in 1976 and Raymond in 1979.

Arthur B. Hurst

Telegraph Herald, Friday, July 27, 1984

STITZER, Wis. – Arthur B. Hurst, 79, of Stitzer died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, Lanaster, Wis.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Larson Funeral Home in Fennimore, Wis., where friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Thursday and after 9 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Prairie Cemetery, Fennimore.

His first wife, the former Eva Orr, died April 21, 1973.

Surviving are his wife, the former Ina Monroe; a son, James of Dubuque; two daughters, Mrs David (Edna) Allen of Stitzer and Mrs. Emeral (Harriet) Schumacher of columbus, Ohio; two stepsons, James and Richard Rannals, both of Dubuque; two stepdaughters, Mrs. George (Betty) Bray of Cuba City, Wis., and Mrs. William (Shirley) Hanson of dubuque; 16 grandchildren, 21 stepgrandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs bena turner of Cassville, Wis., and a half-brother, Melvyn Parks of Dubuque.

Viggo Laugesen

LANCASTER, Wis., - Services for Viggo Laugesen, 100, of Lancaster will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Christ Lutheran church, East Cherry and Grant streets, Lancaster. The Rev. Jeff Blank will officate.

Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster. Friends may call form 3 to 7 p.m. today at Schwartz Funeral Home, Lancaster, where there will be a Masonic service by the Warren Lodge F & A.M. Post 4 of Potosi, at 7 p.m. Friends also may call after 1 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Mr. Laugesen farmed as his main occupation, although he had many jobs during his lifetime. After retiring, he enjoyed camping and traveling with his wife, as their two oldest daughters took them on many trips.

He was born on Dec 14, 1895 in Tjoreborg, Denmark, son of Anders and Maria (Peterson) Laugesen. He died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1996, in Port Charlotte, Fla.

He emigrated to the United States at the age at the age of 16. He came through Ellis Island and then to Cassville, where he joined two brothers, Niels and Gordon. He was taught to speak English by the Emil Gratton family.

He married Velma Ashby on April 4, 1917, in Dubuque; she died on Feb 14, 1994. They were married for almost 77 years.

He was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church and helped found two Lutheran churches in Lancaster. He was a master mason for 79 years.

He did extensive volunteer work at a nursing home and for the military, Order of the Purple Heart, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Madison, during the years they lived there. He and Velma started the Senior Citizens Card Club years ago in the municipal building in Lancaster. He was an avid card player, and his greatest enjoyment was playing cards.

Surviving are three daughters, Wilma (John) Beecher, of Potosi, Leila (Earl) Beecher, of Port Charlotte, and June (Gene) Chandler, of Punta Gorda, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and many great- and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Johanna, of Denmark; and nieces and nephews in the U.S. and abroad.

He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Janis Turner; three sisters; and six brothers.

A Viggo Laugesen Memorial Fund has been established.

Gordon M. Laugesen

Date of Publication: 1969
Gordon M. Laugesen

Cassville, Wis. – Gordon M. Laugesen, 80, of Cassville died Saturday at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peter’s Lutheren Church here, with burial in the Burton (Wis.) Cemetery. Friends may call at the Metcalfe-Keunster Funeral Home here.

Surviving are his widow, Grace; five sons, Willis, Loraine, and Dale, all of Dubuque, Lawrence of Lancaster, Wis., and Eugene of East Dubuque; two daughters, Mrs. Dean Wood of Cassville, and T.Sgt. Lucille Laugesen, stationed at San Antonio, Tex.; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Skraup and Mrs. Joahanna Peterson, both of Denmark; three brothers, Biegra of Denmark, Viggo of Madison, Wis., and Neils of Lancasters, Wis., 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Grace Laugesen

Telegraph Herald Dubuque, Iowa
Date of Publication Aug 3, 1981 on Page 15.

Mrs. Grace Laugesen

Cassville, Wis. – Mrs. Grace Laugesen, 81, of Cassville died Sunday morning at the Lancaster (Wis.) Nursing Home.

Her husband, Gordon, died in August 1969.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Metcalf-Kuenster Funeral Home in Cassville, where friends may call after 2 p.m. today. Burial will be in Burton (Wis.) Cemetery.

Mrs. Laugesen was a member of the Lutheran Church Women and the Cassville Senior Citizen’s Club.

Surviving are five sons, Willis, Loraine, and Dale, all of Dubuque, Lawrence of Lancaster, and Eugene of East Dubuque; two daughters, Lucille of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Robert (Lois) Wood of Cassville; 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Bena Turner of Cassville; a brother, Arthur Hurst of Stitzer, Wis., and a step brother, Melvin Parks of Elgin, Ill.

Marilyn Hammes

La Crosse Tribune
Date of Publication Sat Aug 26, 2006 (online)

Marilyn L. Hammes

Bagley, Wis. - Marilyn L. Hammes, 68, of Bagley died at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center on Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, after a brief illness. According to her wishes, she will be cremated and a celebration of Marilyn's life will be Friday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. at Bagley Community Building. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Dickinson Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting with arrangements

Marilyn Hammes

La Crosse Tribune
Date of Publication Thurs Aug 24, 2006 (online)

Marilyn L. Hammes

BAGLEY, Wis. - Marilyn L. Hammes, 68, of Bagley died at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center on Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, after a brief illness.

Marilyn was born in Lancaster, Wis., on May 20, 1938, to Howard and Monica (Holzmiller) Hammes.

She worked several years for the Cudahy, Wis., school system as a secretary and retired in 2001 to the Bagley area where she spent many weekends and holidays while living in Cudahy. Upon returning to Bagley, she built a new home, which she was very proud of, at the River of Lakes Resort.

Always happy, fun loving and very self sufficient, she enjoyed spending time with her many friends, doing lunch, fishing and taking bus tours. Throughout the years, she became a very special and caring friend to all she met. She always had a listening ear and a helping hand for her friends and neighbors.

An only child; she was preceded in death by her parents.

She was welcomed at holidays and special occasions with her extended family and special friends, Rosemary Thornton and Evelyn "Whiz" Redman of the Bagley area.

According to her wishes, she will be cremated and a celebration of Marilyn's life will be held on Friday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Bagley Community Building. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Dickinson Family Funeral Home and crematory is assisting with arrangements.

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