Ordering through the funeral home helps ensure your order will be placed through a local flower shop with whom the funeral home has a personal and trusting relationship with. Through this service, you will be able to leave a longer message of support to the family via a card with the picture of your selection that will be included with your thoughtful gesture. As well as a photo of your arrangement and message will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender, allowing you the opportunity to choose a different arrangement if you wish.
The price of these selections also include the funeral home caring for the flowers after the funeral and delivering them to the family, or various care facilities where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
This memorial currently does not have financial support enabled.
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LuVern was born February 27, 1922, in Petersburg, Iowa, the son of Anton and Kate (Kramer) Koelker. He married Anna Mae Bockenstedt on October 17, 1944 in Greeley, Iowa. LuVern and Anna Mae traveled through 48 states in the United States and Canada. Vern loved to fish in creeks & ponds. He also loved putting puzzles together. LuVern was known for whistling songs while he milked cows and retired as every child’s favorite bus driver whom he always gave candy. He was a past board member of Dyersville Progress Inc. Survivors include 2 sons: Tony (Annette) Koelker of Springfield, VA, and Tim (Bonita) Koelker of Camas, WA; 5 daughters: Ruth (Schu) Schumacher of East Dubuque, IL, Connie (Dick) Helle of Peosta, Mary (Dan) Wegmann of Anamosa, Jeannie (Alan) Wiskus of Dubuque, and Faye (Joe) Schlemme of Montgomery, TX; 19 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; siblings: Allan (Marian) Koelker of Petersburg, Alma Vaske of Dyersville, Cora Gerken of Phoenix, AZ; in-laws: Ruth Koelker, William (Alice) Bockenstedt of Manchester, Cal (Toots) Bockenstedt of Luxemburg, Vern (Maggie) Bockenstedt of Earlville, Ardell Klostermann of Avon Park, FL, Agnes Putz of Dyersville and Helen (Joe) Nurre of Manchester. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Anna Mae in 2001, great grandson, Declan Joseph Koelker, siblings: Evelyn Koelker, Lucille (Victor) Vaske, Mildred Koelker, Edmund (Clara) Koelker, Lawrence Koelker; in-laws: Clete Vaske and Charles Gerken. LuVern’s family would like to thank the staff of Ennoble Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for their wonderful care. Memorials are preferred to Hospice of Dubuque. Friends may call from 2 - 7 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2011, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville where a parish scripture service will be held at 5 p.m. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2011, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.
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