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Angela “Angie” Winter, 53

On May 22, 2022, Angela “Angie” Winter passed away peacefully at home at the age of 53. Angie was born to Stephen and Margaret (Harwick) Townsend on January 28, 1969. She is a 1987 alumna of Scales Mound High School. She obtained her Associate’s Degree from Highland Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Dubuque, and Master’s Degree in Education from National Louis University. She married Steve Winter on November 21, 1992, and they raised two children, Lauren and Erin.

Angie is known to her family as an incredibly talented gift-giver. The greatest gifts she leaves us are her love of learning, which she shared with generations of students; the way she seeks a challenge, which meant she enjoyed hunting, fishing, puzzles, and the friendly (but steep) competition in a family game of cards. Her competitive nature found her enjoying many sports; playing softball with Steve as many as five nights a week in the summers, playing volleyball at Highland and coaching volleyball at both Shullsburg and Scales Mound. Her skills as an educator and competitor helped her lead Scales Mound to its first appearance in a State tournament and most successful season in any sport. She was named Scales Mound’s 2011 Outstanding Alumni of the Year and Telegraph Herald’s Coach of the Year. Angie loved spending her summers outdoors on the lake, vacationing with her family, cheering on the Chicago Cubs; and, with a margarita in her hand, jamming out to a good Kenny Chesney, Rick Springfield or Jimmy Buffett tune.

Angie is preceded in death by her grandparents Arthur and Marcella Harwick, S.A. and Jean Townsend, father-in-law Cleland Winter, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her husband, Steve, their two children Lauren (Taylor Becktold) and Erin (Patrick Grund), her parents Steve and Margaret Townsend, brother Steve Townsend, Jr., niece Sonja (Tyler) Richardson, nephew Sam Townsend, mother-in-law Judy Winter, brother- and sister-in-law Doug and Susan Winter and nephew Bradley Winter.

Angie and family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and doctors at MercyOne Dubuque Cancer Center for their dedicated role in Angie’s care over the past 23 years, especially Dr. Lawrence Kukla, Dr. Eric Engelman, Dr. Tammi Noonan, and Jenny Redfearn. In addition, our great appreciation to the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care this past month.

A visitation was held at Miller-Steinke Funeral Home of Scales Mound on Thursday May 26th from 3-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday May 27th at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Scales Mound. Father Howard Barch, Jr. officiated. Burial followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery. Details about a Celebration of Life will be shared at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, we encourage memorials to be made to the Scales Mound School library and/ or Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences may be left for the family at http://www.millerfhed.com


Dena (Brown) Shannon, 72

It is with aching hearts that the family of Dena (Brown) Shannon announces her passing on Monday, May 23, 2022, at the age of 72, after a 20-year battle with cancer. She passed away at home in Huntley, Illinois surrounded by her loving family.

Dena was born in Freeport, Illinois on February 12, 1950, to Charles and Joyce Brown of Warren, Illinois. She graduated from Warren High School, then attended Highland Community College and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University.

Her career took her from Thermos in Freeport, Illinois to TDS, Madison, Wisconsin where she was the Executive Coordinator to the President and Financial Systems Development.

Dena married her perfect partner and best friend, Pierce Shannon, on May 18, 1990, in Cocoa Beach, Florida. That was just the beginning of many wonderful vacations in Florida and other great destinations. She and Pierce shared a fabulous sense of humor and sense of fun that kept them and those lucky enough to be around them laughing. They gathered friends everywhere they went.

Dena and Pierce were devoted to each other and spent most of their time enjoying life together. It was a challenge when Pierce had to be gone overnight for work, and she opened the fridge on one such occasion to find he had drawn his picture on the milk carton as a “missing” person!

They especially enjoyed exploring art and craft fairs, spending time in Lake Geneva, swimming at the Sun City pool, and spending time with their son and grandchildren.

She was active in her community, including serving as the former Vice President of the Current Events Club of Sun City, Huntley.

Dena is survived by her husband Pierce; son Jaycen Burmeister; grandchildren Payton and Grace Burmeister; sister Candice (Robert) Becke; niece Breanna Becke; nephew Blake (Madi) Becke; great nephew Briggs Becke; sister-in-law Elizabeth Shannon; niece Kathleen Shannon and her family.

She was predeceased by her father, Charles Brown, and her mother, Joyce (Brown) Coons, and brother-in-law Nicholas Shannon.

Arrangements are being handled by DeFiore Funeral and Cremation Services in Huntley, Il. A private gathering for the family will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite cancer fund or charity.


W. Don Nesemeier, 86

W. Don Nesemeier, age 86, of rural Shannon, Illinois passed away Friday, May 20, 2022 at Allure of Mt. Carroll Nursing Center.

He was born October 1, 1935 near Shannon on the family farm, the son of William and Laura (Moring) Nesemeier. He is a graduate of the Freeport High School with the Class of 1953, On September 29, 1956, Don married Charlotte Rye. They raised a daughter Terry and celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Don farmed most of his life. He also served as the Shannon Township Road Commissioner for six years. He was a member of the Elks Club, Germania Club and Shannon Volunteer Fire Department. Don enjoyed working on his home, working outside on his land, and woodworking.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Charlotte of rural Shannon; his daughter, Terry Nesemeier-Whitson (Jeff Whitson) of Forreston; a granddaughter, Brittany (Chris) Sherden; a great-grandson, Lucas; and a sister, Janis Peterson of Georgia. Don is preceded in death by both parents and his siblings, Carolyn Byington, Stanley Nesemeier and Betty Erdmier.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held.


Dorothy Louise Endress, 102

Dorothy Louise Endress, age 102, of Stockton, IL passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque, IA. Dorothy was born March 10, 1920 in Elizabeth, IL to the late Ben and Maggie (Randecker) Albrecht. She married Wesley Endress on January 7, 1944 in Massbach, IL. Wesley passed away January 8, 2015.

Dorothy was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Stockton. She enjoyed playing cards and gardening.

She is survived by her sons, Phil (Linda) Endress of Centerville, IA and Dave (Paula) Endress of Jasper, TN; her grandchildren, Nathan, Aaron, Bryan, Tony and Dave; and her great grandchildren, Levi, Cole and Phoenix. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers, Henry Albrecht and Benjamin Albrecht; and her sisters, Lillian Groezinger and Vera Haas.

The funeral service was held on Friday, May 27, 2022 at Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton at 12:00 p.m. There was a visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at http://www.hermannfuneralhome.com.


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