Lisa A. Kloft

Lisa A. Kloft, age 53 of Sherrill, Iowa completed her earthly journey on January 9, 2019 after a tragic fire at her home.  To celebrate Lisa’s life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Tri-State Community Church, 12937 Derby Grange Road, Dubuque, Iowa.  To honor Lisa’s life, a Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, with Pastor Jack Redmond officiating.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Lisa’s family.


Lisa was born on October 17, 1965 in Maquoketa, Iowa, a daughter to Ivan and Betty (Arensdorf) Kloft.  Sadly, Lisa’s father was called home when she was only a little girl, but thankfully Betty and the family were truly blessed when James Rauscher walked into their lives and committed himself to loving them all as his own.  Lisa always enjoyed having a little fun in the summer when some downtime presented itself, and on one of those relaxing days with friends on the river, she met her true love, John Joseph Oglesby.  The two became inseparable from that point on and continued to spend the next 34 years together.  They were blessed with one son, John James Oglesby along the way and Lisa always knew she had found the love which would last a lifetime with her 2 boys by her side.


After Lisa had graduated from high school, she attended Capri College in Dubuque and shortly after began her career in cosmetology.  She enjoyed the 7 years she was able to work with her friends and clients at City Looks in Kennedy Mall, but she also thoroughly enjoyed the time she’d get to catch up with her friends and family members at home while keeping them all trimmed up and looking good right in the comfort of her own kitchen.  Lisa eventually decided it was time for a change in her professional career and took on her new challenge at Flexsteel Industries.  She invested over 14 years there before putting a few more years in at Eagle Window and Door, and finally faithfully spent the last 4 years at Casey’s Convenience Store in Key West; where she may have actually spent quite a bit more time visiting with friends and co-workers than she would readily and openly admit.


Lisa took pride in everything she did and her appearance was no exception.  She was a natural beauty (so it didn’t take much work on her part) and she never walked out the door without putting on her best.   Lisa absolutely adored her family each and every day, especially the 3rd and 4th loves of her life, Jesse and James, her Doberman Pinshers who religiously kept her company for 14 years until they passed last year.  Lisa learned early in life that a little personal time had its place in the day too.  She was generally a gentle, kind and quiet soul, but when she sat down to watch Ellen, or Dr. Phil you could occasionally hear her laugh, cry, or even voice an opinion or two if the TV audience wasn’t correctly hearing what she had heard.  Lisa walked softly throughout her much to short 53 years with us.  Her love was sincere, and her patience ran deep, but one thing is for certain when it comes to her impact on the world; Lisa touched more lives than you could count and thankfully every one of them possesses a wonderful memory of her which will hopefully help mend the many broken hearts she leaves behind today.   Thank you, Lisa, for allowing your light to shimmer ever so softly and we pray that you find true peace while laying poolside in your new Heavenly Estate until we see you again. 


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Lisa include,


her husband,

John Oglesby, Sherrill, Iowa;


her son,

John Oglesby, Dubuque, Iowa;


her siblings,

Kelly (Rock) Munsee, South Carolina,

Ivan (Jeanette) Kloft, Colorado,

Aimee (Guy) Wiegert, New Mexico,

Carl (Janine) Rauscher, Maryland,

and Dawn (Scott) Savary, Dubuque, Iowa;


her brother-in-law,

Ken (Kelley Hall) Oglesby, Dubuque, Iowa;


her sister-in-law,

Luann Thompson, Dubuque, Iowa;


along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.


Lisa was preceded in death by her parents.


Lisa’s family would like to sincerely thank the Sherrill Fire Department, the Dubuque County Sherriff’s Department, Mercy Hospital, the University of Iowa, along with all of the generous people and businesses in the community who have been very kind in the giving of their time, talents and treasure to help her family through these very difficult days.  May God bless you all for your efforts!


Online condolences may be left for Lisa’s family at

Public Visitation

Tri-State Community Church
12937 Derby Grange Road, Dubuque, Iowa
March 16th, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Celebration of Life

Tri-State Community Church
12937 Derby Grange Road, Dubuque, Iowa
March 16th, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

13 comments on “Lisa A. Kloft
  1. Sandi Plumley says:

    Know that my love and prayers are with you every step of the way as you mourn your beautiful wife.

  2. Angie Hallahan says:

    So beautiful. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.



    • John Oglesby says:

      Scott and Lori thank you so much! As you guys knew how much we meant to each other over 34 years of true LOVE!!! I love and miss her soooo much!!! She was my one and only!!!

  4. Gina Pitz says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Lisa is my 1st cousin & she was always smiling & fun to talk to. Gone too soon.

    • John Oglesby says:

      Thank you Gina for reaching out! You are right she always had a beautiful smile and so fun to be around. We were so compatible from the time we met and loved each other so much for 34 years!!!I will be so lost with out her she is all I knew and all I had!!!

  5. David Stackis says:

    Godspeed to you Lisa. My thoughts and prayers are with your and your family John.

  6. Kyle and Jim Lorenz says:

    You are in our prayers every day. We know how much she meant to you, her friends and family, and we share your grief. May God bless you all. You will always have our love and support.

  7. Donna Clough says:

    Very sorry to hear about Lisa’s passing. I bowled with her mother, Betty, we were friends for many years. I met Lisa many times and was at her baby shower and other different times. She was a sweet lady, always pleasant and we are so sorry for your loss.

  8. Vickie Sauser (Oglesby) says:

    So sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and your family

  9. Larry says:

    Sending our condolences! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Mr. & Mrs. Oglesby and family

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