Shiela M. Dunn

Shiela M. Dunn, age 80, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Cedar Rapids, IA, completed her earthly journey on June 30, 2022, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her family.  To honor Shiela, a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022, from 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m. at 16375 Rustic Forest Trail in Dubuque.  Family and friends are invited to join for food and fellowship in memory of Shiela.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Shiela’s family.


Shiela was born February 27, 1942, in Greeley, IA, to Donald and Donna (Duffy) Smock.  She was raised to have a strong work ethic, and had a natural gift for organization and love for numbers which she carried throughout her entire life.  Shiela began her education in a small Edgewood-area country school, culminating in her graduation in 1960 from Strawberry Point High School.  She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald (Jerry) Dunn, on July 1, 1961, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Greeley, IA. The couple was blessed with many loving years together, along with one beautiful daughter, a wonderful son-in-law, and two deeply adored granddaughters.  Shiela began her working career with Great Plains Gas Company, then moved into a bookkeeping and managerial position with Cedar Rapids Transfer & Storage, where she served in a vital capacity for 37 years. Her work years ended with her retirement from Hummer Trucking in 2008. Shiela and Jerry moved to Dubuque in 2012 to be closer to family, spending winters in Mesa, AZ, until 2020.  Shiela was a courageous and outgoing soul, whose commitment to hard work served as an inspiration to everyone around her, especially her daughter and granddaughters.  She also had a great sense of humor, and a love of traveling with family and friends.  But Shiela’s greatest joy would be found in time spent with her husband, her family, and her beloved dogs.  For all of them, her love was literally endless.  It is with great sorrow we must say farewell to her bold and bright spirit.  The legacy of her character and personality are evident in the lives of all who knew and loved her, though she leaves behind an abundance of memories to help heal the pain of her departing.  Thank you, Shiela, for always leading by example, may you find peace from your earthly battles until we all meet again.   


Those left behind to cherish Shiela’s memory include,


her loving husband of 61 years,

Jerry Dunn, Dubuque, IA;


her daughter,

Jackie (Ian) Koontz, Dubuque, IA;


her two granddaughters,

Marisa Koontz, Baltimore, MD,

Brittany Koontz, Iowa City, IA;


her sister,

Suzanne (Rich) Langel;


her brothers- and sisters-in-law,

Ron Stoecker,

Rose Ann Siegele,

Sharon Dunn,

Gregory Dunn,

Mary (Larry) Kreinbrink,

Marcelene Keppler,

Lynette (Merlin) Goedken,

Kevin (John Hoops) Dunn,

Felicia (Alan) Vaske,

and Steve (Juan Martinez) Dunn;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Shiela was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Burnell and Rosemary Dunn; her sister, Deb Stoecker; her nephews, Rod Cozad and Chad Cozad; and her brothers-in-law, Robert Dunn, Tom Dunn, Jim Siegele, and Dick Keppler.


Shiela’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their professional and compassionate care.


Online condolences may be shared with Shiela’s family at

Celebration of Life

16375 Rustic Forest Trail, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
16375 Rustic Forest Trail, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
July 9th, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

5 comments on “Shiela M. Dunn
  1. Brenda Mackey says:

    So very sorry to hear about Sheila! My thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️

  2. Robert J. Hanson says:

    Jerry, Jackie & all your Dear Ones-I sold the Cedar Rapids home & enjoyed working with the family. I send my Sincere Thoughts with Prayers to all. May God grant Eternal Peace to Shiela. God Bless your beautiful family.

  3. Ruth and Mike Hubbard says:

    So sorry to hear of Shiela’s passing. Praying that God gives you the strength to carry you thru this difficult time. What a great lady that will surely be missed. Hugs to all.

  4. Jessie Taken (From the Cedar Rapids neighborhood) says:

    My sincere sympathy for the passing of Sheila Dunn. She was a wonderful neighbor and brought joy to the neighborhood.

  5. Mike & Sheri O'Donnell says:

    Jerry, Jackie and Family — Our sincerest sympathies on your loss. We just happened to notice that Shiela had passed away. So very sorry that we missed her Celebration of Life last Saturday. Much love and many thoughts and prayers are certainly with you all. Heaven has definitely gained a beautiful new angel. Take care, and May God Bless.

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