Stephanie A. Ohnesorge

Stephanie A. Ohnesorge, age 47 of Dubuque, Iowa completed her earthly journey on January 14, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. To celebrate Stephanie’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Stephanie’s family.


Stephanie was born on March 8,1972 in Iowa City, Iowa, the first of three children to Steven and Karen (Enga) Ohnesorge.  After graduating high school, she worked in food service management (The Ryan House, Papa Sarducci’s, Wendy’s) while obtaining her Bachelors degree from the University of Dubuque, starting with Respiratory Therapy and ending with graphic design & communication. She then spent several years working for State Farm Insurance, and then 9 years with Teleperformance for McGraw Hill (college textbook support).


Her passionate desire was to advocate for those in need and she found opportunities by sitting on the Operation New View Board and volunteering with the Republican Party where she was given a prestigious award by Former Gov. Terry Branstad.


Stephanie suffered a stroke 2 years ago in January, making it through with her mind intact but serious health challenges. Her strong will helped her persevere, looking to have a productive life with the goal of helping others, however, her heart failed her and she passed from this life into the arms of her loving Heavenly Father. Her earthly struggles are over and she is in a joyful place with God and we, her family, have peace knowing that.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Stephanie include,


her parents,

Steven and Karen Ohnesorge, Dubuque, Iowa;


her children,

Erin Ohnesorge, Dubuque, Iowa

and Thomas Frey, Dubuque, Iowa;


her grandson,

Parker Ohnesorge, Dubuque, Iowa;


her siblings,

Leigh (Jaki Schaefer) Ohnesorge, East Dubuque, Illinois,

and Ryan (Stacy Mess) Ohnesorge, Dubuque, Iowa;


her grandmother,

Beverly McDonald, Dubuque, Iowa;


along with many extended family and friends.


Stephanie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert (Marguerite) Ohnesorge and Claude McDonald.


In lieu of flowers, a Stephanie A. Ohnesorge memorial fund has been established.


Stephanie’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at MercyOne in Dubuque and the University of Iowa Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care.


Online condolences may be shared with Stephanie’s family at

To celebrate Stephanie’s life, a private family service is being held.

3 comments on “Stephanie A. Ohnesorge
  1. Cheryl Dineen Walser Kramer says:

    I knew Steph the entire time she was active with the Republican Party in Dubuque County. She was a great volunteer, had a wonderful personality, and everyone liked her. I am sure she is working for all conservatives in Heaven.

  2. Sarah Sutton says:

    A voice from your past. What a painful loss. I am so sorry for you and all of Stephanie’s family.

  3. Jennifer (Breitsprecker)Berthel says:

    My heart broke when I learned of your loss! Stephanie was my closest friend all through High-school. We have so many great memories! I remember the day she birthed her beautiful daughter Erin. She was just glowed with happiness! She was there by my side on my wedding day, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Our lives took us down different paths which sadly did not cross again. I can’t believe she is gone!
    Stephanie will always and forever have a special place in my Heart. Loved her like a sister!

    My thoughts and prayers go out to her parents Steve & Karen, her brothers, her children, grandson, extended family and friends.

    Much Love,

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