Obituaries

At the Tri-State Cremation Center we take great pride in offering everyone we serve a premium level of service, at an affordable price, which is greater than you may have ever considered possible.  We generously offer to all of our families completely free digital obituary postings on our website, our Facebook page and with the Dubuque Advertiser.  We will also gladly send any obituary, which you may wish to pay for, to any other publication you request.  Below, you also will find another feature we believe you will definitely find very useful.  As we all know, not every memorial service or celebration of life in the area will be handled by us here at the Tri-State Cremation Center.  Because we are focused not only on Honesty and Value, but also on providing great Service; we have provided below the web-links to all of the digital obituary publications in the area which will allow you to have immediate and complete access to every obituary around the Tri-State’s right here in one location.  So, please feel free to add our webpage to your favorites list and enjoy daily the convenience of searching multiple obituary links to find any current, or past obituaries you may be looking for; and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or need further assistance.  And, as always, thank you for visiting us at the Tri-State Cremation Center – Where Honesty, Value and Service Meet!

Scott J. Spensley

Scott J. Spensley, age 60, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on September 21, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Scott’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Center Grove United Methodist Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Scott’s family.

John W. Welu

John W. Welu, age 68, of Dubuque, Iowa, went home to the Lord on September 16, 2020, at the Mayo Clinic Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor John’s life, a private family service will be held, with a public Celebration of Life tentatively being scheduled in the spring of 2021. Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque at a later date. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving John’s family.

Beverly J. Henss

Beverly J. Henss, age 81, of East Dubuque, Illinois, completed her earthly journey on September 16, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Beverly’s life, a public Celebration of Life will be held in Arizona in the spring.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Beverly’s family.

Darel L. Hilkin

Darel L. Hilkin, age 78 of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on September 14, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with pulmonary hypertension. A private family service will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. Open Celebrations of Life will be held at a later date in both Dubuque, Iowa, and Ligurta Station, Arizona.

Claudio Vargas

Claudio Vargas, age 83, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on September 8, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Claudio’s life, a memorial service will be held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Claudio’s family.

Gary W. Latham

Gary W. Latham, age 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on September 5, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Gary’s life, a private family service is being held, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.  Burial will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Gary’s family.

Mae Margaret Charley

Mae Margaret Gantenbein Charley, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on August 29, 2020, at Dubuque Specialty Care in Dubuque.  To honor Mae’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Mae’s family.

James R. “Boar” Thompson

James R. “Boar” Thompson, age 77, of East Dubuque, Ilinois, completed his earthly journey on August 27, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Jim’s life, his Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2020, from 1:00 -3:00 p.m., at R Place, 292 Sinsinawa Ave, in East Dubuque.  Burial will be in the East Dubuque Cemetery at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center in humbly serving Jim’s family.

Gerald F. “Jerry” Hohensee

Gerald F. “Jerry” Hohensee, age 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on August 26, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Gerald’s life, his Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Gerald’s family.

Kevin M. Shaw

Kevin M. Shaw, age 69, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on August 19, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.  To honor Kevin’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Kevin’s family.

Carolyn H. Oberbroeckling

Carolyn H. Oberbroeckling, age 75, of Guttenberg, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on August 19, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  To honor Carolyn’s life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 520 S.2nd Street in Guttenberg, with Father Marvin Bries officiating.  Family and friends of Carolyn may visit from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in the Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Luxemburg, Iowa, at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Carolyn’s family.

Cindy L. Perry

Cindy L. Perry, age 62, of Worthington, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on August 17, 2020, at home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Cindy’s life, a private family service is being held at a later date, we will let family know when. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Cindy’s family.

Rocky Lee Tiefel

Rocky Tiefel passed from this life to the next on August 17, 2020, after a hard fought 3-year battle with Lung Cancer.  His family surrounded him. 

To honor Rocky’s life, his memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road in Dubuque, with Pastor Matthew Agee officiating.  Family and friends of Rocky’s may visit for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.

Steven L. “Steve” Ohnesorge

Steven Lee “Steve” Ohnesorge, age 71, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on August 10, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Steve’s life, his Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Word of Life Church, 4450 Dodge Street in Dubuque, with Pastor Loren Hirschy officiating. Family and friends of Steve’s may visit prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Steve’s family.

Nicholas J. “Nick” Ryan

Nicholas J. “Nick” Ryan, age 66 of East Dubuque, Illinois, passed away peacefully at home on August 4, 2020, surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with cancer.  The family will not be having a public memorial at this time as a result of the pandemic.   A private family service will be held.  Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Nick’s family.

Terry E. Smith

Terry E Smith, age 66, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on July 28th, 2020.  Born in Freeport, Illinois on September 25, 1953, Terry was one of three children to Delmar and Nancy (Shoemaker) Smith, along with sister Jenny and brother Mark.

Robert “Bob” Jordan

Robert (Bob) Jordan, 91, of Dubuque, IA, passed away peacefully with family on Thursday, July 30th at 5:30pm at Stonehill Care Center.  Bob was born on December 24, 1928 in Dubuque, IA to William (Doc) and Gertrude Jordan.
To honor Bob’s life, a service will be held at St. Columbkille’s Church at 11:30am on August 11th.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Peggy J. Shalabi

Peggy J. Shalabi, 75 of Sauk City, Wisconsin died unexpectedly, but peacefully at her new home in Dubuque, Iowa after spending a lovely summer evening with her family.  Because a traditional memorial service is challenging right now, the family is planning an outdoor reception with light refreshments at the east pavilion in Marion Park in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin on Saturday, August 15, from 2 pm to 5 pm. Friends are welcome to stop by to for a visit with masks and social distancing encouraged. Remembrances are being shared at 2:30 pm, please bring your memories of Peggy to share with us. 

John H. Del Degan

John H. Del Degan, age 64 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on July 25, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor John’s life, his Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at the Barrington Lakes Pavilion, 11342 Lakeview Drive in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving John’s family.

Rita M. Hauger

Rita M. Hauger, age 86 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on July 23, 2020, at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque.  Rita was born on October 23, 1933, in Washington, Indiana, a daughter to James S. and Helen E. (Gootee) Mackey.