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Custom Riders, Inc. Tour de Dubuque Recipes needed for Comfort Foods Cookbook

Custom Riders, Inc. is planning a beautiful ride through the tri-state area on Saturday, August 18, for the 14th Annual Custom Riders, Inc. Tour de Dubuque. Custom Riders, Inc., in conjunction with the Dubuque Bicycle Club and area classic car clubs invites motorcycles and custom cars to join the ride beginning at Sandy Hook Tavern, with stops in Wisconsin and Illinois and ending at Knickers in Dubuque. The bicyclists will head from the Sandy Hook Tavern to their destination in New Diggings, where all three groups will meet.

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Registration begins at 10 am at Sandy Hook Tavern, 3868 Badger Road, Hazel Green, WI, with all groups departing by noon. Riders are encouraged to collect pledges in advance of the ride. There is a $10 entry fee for each person wishing to ride that has not collected pledges. Pledge forms are available at the Hospice of Dubuque office, or on page 10 of this newsletter. Prizes will be awarded to top pledge collectors in each category. Hospice of Dubuque thanks Custom Riders, Inc. for hosting this annual ride. All proceeds from the Custom Riders, Inc. Tour de Dubuque directly benefit Hospice of Dubuque patients and families to ensure that anyone with a terminal illness has the option of compassionate hospice care. Since 1999, this annual event has raised $182,907.91. For additional information, visit; contact Community Relations at 563.582.1220 or; or contact Bryan Meloccalo at 563.590.1015 or

Dubuque Racing Association

Summer 2012 Issue Tree of Life Upcoming events

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10 signs of alzheimer’s




“Letting Go”


Special thanks, Congratulations


Tour de Dubuque Pledge Sheet




Hospice of Dubuque would like to express appreciation to the Dubuque Racing Association for the $3,840 grant through the DRA’s 2012 Annual Grant Program. These funds will be used to purchase computer work tables, which will facilitate the handling and scanning of medical documents for inclusion in the electronic medical record. Since 2001, the DRA grant program has awarded Hospice of Dubuque a total of $104,097.61. Thank you to the Dubuque Racing Association, Mystique Casino and Diamond Jo Casino for supporting Hospice of Dubuque!

2001 2002 2003 2004 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011 2012

$30,000.00 $4,002.00 $8,000.00 $9,900.00 $18,218.61 $6,057.00 $4,475.00 $4,669.00 $14,936.00 $3,840.00



Medical Directors

Mark Hermann, MD, Co-Medical Director Brian Sullivan, MD, Co-Medical Director

Administrative Staff

Lavonne Noel, Executive Director Jackie Brehm, Financial Director Nancy Diehm, Psychosocial Director Bonnie Hancock, Patient Care Director Katy Morrow, Nursing Services Director Renee Frith, Nursing Services Director

Officers, Board of Directors

Susan Bushman, ARNP, President Betty Takes, Vice President Fr. William Joensen, Secretary Bruce Rehmke, Treasurer

Members, Board of Directors Tom Anderegg, PhD Cindy Burdt Carole Carroll Vicki Dirksen Jared Freiburger, DO Tom Giese Amy Gilligan Brad Heying Eileen LeMay Dave Ludovissy Mark Manders Allen Meurer, MD Rev. Kathleen Milligan Chris Schiesl

A hospice moment Lavonne Noel, Executive Director Who would have thought that a rock could actually lighten a person’s load? Yet, that is what happened at this year’s Tree of Life Memorial Service when members of the Hospice of Dubuque Board of Directors and Staff walked through the crowd handing out memory stones with the words “strength” and “courage.” One of the staff members stated the rocks were received with such reverence, it was like handing something holy to memorial service attendees. She felt honored to share such a sacred moment. Please read on as Hospice of Dubuque Nursing Services Director, Katy Morrow, and Hospice of Dubuque Board Member, Amy Gilligan, share their experiences with the Tree of Life memory stones. “When you volunteer, you are never quite sure how it will go. I volunteered to bring my sturdy basket and hand out rocks at the Tree of Life Service and expected to get some exercise carrying my basket. Instead I received a wonderful reward. Those receiving the rocks were so touched! To watch them decide if they needed ‘courage’ or ‘strength’ and the emotions that played over their faces allowed me to be part of an intimate moment I would otherwise not have been able to share. Some were so conflicted that I kept saying ‘just take one of each!’ It meant a great deal to those who took those little rocks—as if they really were receiving strength and courage. I feel privileged to have been part of handing out those needed gifts.” - Katy Morrow

Members, Foundation Board Don Freymann Rita Helle Mike Martin Bill Maiers Bob Miller Bruce Rehmke Chuck Schrup III Ken Snodgrass

Two powerful words. One thousand memory stones. Countless burdens eased.

“After the Hospice Tree of Life event ended, I spent a little time walking around with a basket of rocks, to see if anybody might want to take another one or two rocks for a friend or loved one who couldn’t attend. I approached a woman who was standing alone, and held the basket out to her. ‘Would you like another rock?’ I asked her. She smiled and picked up a rock. She looked at the rock in her hand and then at me. ‘Can I tell you a story?’ she asked me. ‘Sure,’ I said. She told me that she had lost her mother a few months ago. And she said that as her mother lay dying, she used to read to her from my book. She said her mom liked my column, and so in the evenings she would read a column or two to her from my book. Sometimes her son would listen too. She said what I wrote about my kids would bring back memories for her mother of when her own kids were little, and her mother would tell those stories to this daughter and grandson. She said they read columns every night, and sometimes they laughed and sometimes they cried. The woman said she had a really positive Hospice experience, so she wanted to come to this Tree of Life event, and of course she’d been thinking about her mother all evening. And then I walked up to her, someone she had never met, whom she had no idea was connected to Hospice, but someone she associated with her mom. And I offered her a rock that said, ‘courage.’ We both had some tears and hugged before we parted company. I tapped the rock in her hand. ‘I think that’s from your mom,’ I told her. That, my friends, is a Hospice moment.” - Amy Gilligan NOTE: Amy is a columnist and managing editor for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. In 2006, she released her book entitled, The Dog Barely Licked Your Chicken and Other Things I’ve Actually Said, which was a collection of her humorous and heartfelt columns.


Tree of Life Memorial Service

The 2012 Tree of Life Service was held on May 22 in Washington Park. The lovely weather, in addition to music from the local group, Tapestry, provided the perfect opportunity for hundreds to reminisce and reflect upon their loved ones. Hospice of Dubuque family member, Dick Westhoff, shared the story of his wife’s illness and the many times he relied on strength and courage throughout his journey. The Tree of Life display, which was lit at the conclusion of the service, was adorned with over 1,400 lights representing loved ones honored or remembered. We are truly grateful to our generous supporters, who through their Tree of Life donations, helped raise over $40,000 for Hospice of Dubuque services in this community. We also thank Behr’s Funeral Home for sponsoring the advertising for this year’s Tree of Life.

“Big Duffer” Hospice Golf Outing There is still time to gather your family or friends for the 4-person best shot golf outing on Saturday, July 28, at Lacoma Golf Course. The “Big Duffer” Hospice Golf Outing is a great time to play a round of golf in memory of someone special. The cost is $70 per person for 18-holes or $55 for 9-holes. Tee times begin at 1 pm. Cost includes green fees, prizes, golf cart and a grillyour-own steak dinner. Not a golfer? For $25 join the golfers at 5:30 for dinner, drawings and prizes. All proceeds from the golf outing benefit Hospice of Dubuque. To register or for more information, contact Jim Miller at 563.557.9766 or Pat O’Neill at 563.582.6423, email or visit their website at 0 $ 99 , 1 2 2011: $99,012 2010: $88,292 2009: $77,632 2008: $68,091 2007: $56,850 2006: $46,558 2005: $33,531

Irish Hooley

2004: $25,688 2003: $18,751

Have you had the chance to attend the huge celebration of all-things-Irish in the Dubuqueland area? Enjoy a day filled with music, food, Irish dance and cultural exhibits on August 25. The 2012 Irish Hooley will be held in the Alliant Amphitheater at the Dubuque Star Brewery, Port of Dubuque. Tickets for the Hooley are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children under 10 are free! Hospice of Dubuque will receive a portion of the proceeds from the Irish Hooley. For more information, call Shamrock Imports at 563.583.5000 or visit Advance Hooley tickets are available at Premier Bank, Hospice of Dubuque and Shamrock Imports.

The 2012 Irish Hooley schedule: 11:30 am 12:00–12:15 12:15–1:45 1:45–2:15 2:15–3:45 3:45–4:15 4:15–5:45 5:45–6:30 6:30–8:00 8:00–8:30 8:30–10:30 10:30 pm

Doors Open—The Gathering Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drums Searson The Claddagh/McNulty Irish Dancers Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones The Claddagh/McNulty Irish Dancers The Wild Colonial Bhoys Salute to Armed Forces with Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drums The Young Dubliners Trip to Ireland winner announced The Elders Hooley Ends—The Scattering

Join in the celebration on Saturday, August 25!

2002: $11,923 2001: $7,374 2000: $4,254 1999: $1,825 1998: $725

Bill’s Tap Fish Fry Each year, when the first Monday in August rolls around, it’s time for some great fish and small town hospitality at the Bill’s Tap Annual Fish Fry in Farley, Iowa. This annual event benefits Hospice of Dubuque. Join Randy and Annie Schroeder and friends on Monday, August 6, for some delicious fish, courtesy of FarFry, and a meal with all the trimmings. The cost is a donation to Hospice of Dubuque. Donations of fish, cabbage, tomatoes or garden produce would be appreciated. Donated fish must be filleted and frozen in water, with all items delivered to Bill’s Tap prior to the event. Since 1998 the efforts of Bill’s Tap have resulted in $99,140 to Hospice of Dubuque. We sincerely thank all those associated with the fish fry. Please support this community event as they plan to exceed the $100,000 mark, in this, their 15th year.


10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s, a fatal brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor. 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own. What is a typical age-related change? Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later. 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before. What is a typical age-related change? Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook. 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game. What is a typical age-related change? Occasionally needing help to use settings on a microwave or to record a television show. 4. Confusion with time or place People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there. What is a typical age-related change? Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later. 5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast. In terms of perception, they may pass a mirror and think someone else is in the room. They may not realize they are the person in the mirror. What is a typical age-related change? Vision changes related to cataracts. 6. New problems with words in speaking or writing People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”). What is a typical age-related change? Sometimes having trouble finding the right word. 7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time. What is a typical age-related change? Misplacing things from time to time, such as a pair of glasses or the remote control. 8. Decreased or poor judgment People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean. What is a typical age-related change? Making a bad decision once in a while. 9. Withdrawal from work or social activities A person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They may also avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced. What is a typical age-related change? Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations. 10. Changes in mood and personality The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone. What is a typical age-related change? Developing specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted. Reprinted with permission from the Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Iowa Chapter. Momentum Newsletter, January 2012 Issue, | 24/7 Helpline 800.272.3900


Recipes needed! In anticipation of Hospice of Dubuque’s 30th Anniversary, we are publishing a “Comfort Foods” cookbook. If you have a favorite recipe, perhaps one passed on by a family member or friend, we would love to add it to our cookbook. Include a brief description if your recipe has a story or you would like to designate the dish in honor or in memory of a loved one. Photos are also accepted. Acknowledgement will be given for each recipe received. To submit, neatly print or type your recipe following the instructions. There is a limit of two recipes per person and recipes will not be returned. Mail your recipe to Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, Dubuque, IA 52002, or email to

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Print neatly or type, as this will greatly reduce any errors. List all ingredients in order of use in ingredients list and directions. Include container sizes, (e.g., 16 oz. package, 24 oz. can, etc.). Keep all directions in paragraph form, not in steps. Use names of ingredients in the directions, as “Combine flour and sugar.” Do not use statements as “Combine first three ingredients.” Include temperatures and cooking, chilling, baking and/or freezing times. For each recipe you contribute, be consistent with the spelling of your name and the name of your loved one.

Recipe Title Category Submitted By In Memory or Honor of



Bereavement support groups If you are interested in attending an upcoming Fall Bereavement Support Group or would like more information, contact Jessica, Bereavement Coordinator, at 563.582.1220 or


Summer 2012 Honorariums/Memorials We gratefully acknowledge these monetary donations as well as donations made to our loan closet, received between April 2 through June 29. If a name is inaccurate or missing, please call Community Relations at 563.582.1220. If you are looking for the Tree of Life Service Memorial List, the list can be found on


Sr. Janice Hancock, PBVM Mary Huseman Tom Lamb Merlin “Mack” Langkamp Patricia Manders New Melleray Abbey Alvina Schueller, 100th Birthday Jill Stowers Sharon & Steve Voelz


Ilse Albro Richard Alexander Ruth Apel Rita Arensdorf Lee Arthofer Darold “Jim” Astgen Daniel Baal Doug Bahl Robert L. Ball Judith Barnhart Thomas J. Beadle Ruth Becker Virgil Becker Eleanor Birch George Bogarth Nancy J. Boge Virginia “Lois” Bonnett Thomas “Tom” Borchert Joyce Borgerding Irma Boyle Colleen Brachman Bernice Breitfelder Helen M. Brown Dorothy Buss Raymond Capesius Mary Beth Chamberlain Helen Chapman Josephine Christian Milton Clough Eugene Conklin, MD Andrew Connolly Todd Connolly Vi Cooper Allen “Al” Coughlan Mary A. Curfman Phyllis Cushman John W. Dell Irene Denlinger Doreen Diers Patrick M. “Pat” Dolter Terese Domeyer Bernice Donahue Clifford “Shorty” Donovan Bea Dougherty Joseph Duehr Mary Duffy Sharon Eiffes Elaine Einsweiler Helen Engler Lawrence Ernst Francis “Fritz” Errthum Catherine Flaherty

Enid Flanagan Berneice Foley Harold Fondell Jean Foust Lee Francis Elmer J. Friedman Rita Freking Ed Frentress Candas K. Frost Debra Galloway Betty Gibbs Robert Goerdt Willard & Isabel Grace Ginny Grimes Cheryl Gruber Tom & Mike Gulick Marion Hackney Mabel Hafner James A. Hall Leroy Harkey George Harmon Ralph Haxmeier Richard “Dick” Hayes Dorothy Heber Marion Hefel Claudia Heiderscheit Rosie Heims David Hickey & Family Richard Hill Mary Hingtgen Marge Hrynkow Sue Huehne Richard “Red” Jaeger Jenni Jungk Gerda Juno Lowell T. Kahle Loras Kalb Chuck Kass Mr. & Mrs. Joe Kass Philip Kauffmann Elizabeth “Betty” Kaune Ron Kavars Margie Kedley Elizabeth Keleher Faith Kelly Patricia “Pat” Kelly Janann King William Kivlahan David Kluesner Dan Koerperich Albert G. Kotz Louis Kress Sylvia Kress Joseph Kresse Ann Kringle William G. “Bill” Kruse Ray Kuethe Walter Kutsch Jeanette Lanser Patrick “Pat” Lenane William Leonard Michael R. Levins Delbert Link Gerald & Viola Link Rock Link

Betty & John Lippert Barbara Ludwig Marian Manternach Bertha “Bert” McAleece Harold McCaffery Mabel McCall Marie McCarthy Cletus McGinnis Nancy McNab Gloria Melgaard Victor Mensing Catherine Meyer Francis Meyer Frank Meyer Harold Meyer Sr. Mary Madonna Meyer William Murawski Virgil Nauman Birdie Neal Florence Noel Armella Nuehring Mavis Oeth Ethel Ohmert Don Olsen Carlton “Carl” Oppelt Oswald “Ozzie” Oster William Owens Joe Peiffer M. Irene Peiffer Marian “Betty” Perlewitz Gerald “Jerry” Peter Loretta Pitz Cyril Potts Donna Rae Reittinger Darlene Reynolds Thomas “Tom” Richman Charles Richardson Jerome Robbins Paul Runde Mike Sabers Jeanette Schenke Fern Schlotfeldt Jerry Schmitt Aloysius Schroeder Jean Schueller Frank J. & Mathilda Schumacher Rita Schuster Silvano Silva Karen Smith Leonard T. Smith Pamela Smith Rosetta Smith Mattie Smock Joe Spark Esther Spoerl Joseph “Joe” Spurling Jane D. Stange John Steiner Cynthia Strausse Norbert Steinhauser Burt Steve Dean Stewart Mrs. Arlene Sullivan Jeannette C. Tauke

Joseph Thomas Taylor Donald Theisen Bernice Thomas Robert Trumm Richard Turnmeyer Wayne Van Gordon Katherine Veach Lucille Vonderhaar Eugene Vorwald Margaret Waldmeier Marian Walech William Watters Susan Weaver Eldon Weber Marcella “Sally” Wegner Anna Weitz Dorothy Wels Ann Westhoff Kathryn Whitlow Werner Wiese Kitty Williams Betty A. Wilgenbusch Janine Wisco Mildred Woerdehoff

Groups or Businesses Donations and In-Kind Gifts

Center Grove United Methodist Church Donut Boy Dubuque Nursing & Rehab Galena Territory Property Owners Association Hoffman Schneider Funeral Home Kathy’s Krystals Luther Manor Medical Associates East Oncology Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Screaming Eagle Bar Sunset Park Place Tri-State Square Dance Federation

Matching gifts or employee giving

IBM Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign McGraw-Hill Companies Employee Grant Program

Thank you to the donors who provide medical equipment and supplies to our patient loan closet.

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“Letting Go”

Letting Go

If you have attended the Hospice of Dubuque Memorial Services through the years, you may have heard former volunteer, Mary Kate Bristow, sing the original song “Letting Go.” Many have been touched by the words of this song, written by Robert Dunn and Mary Kate Bristow. A video of “Letting Go” has been developed by Hospice of Dubuque using photos of the patients and families with whom we have journeyed through the years. To watch this touching video, visit Mary Kate will also be performing with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra at the Holiday Pops Concert on December 1 and 2. For tickets contact the Five Flags Box Office or

Lyrics by Robert Dunn and Mary Kate Bristow Music by Mary Kate Bristow

No more words to say; they’ve all been said. Now the vigil at the side of your bed. I hold your hand; the time goes slow. I am holding on, but I am letting go. I read the cards today on the window sill. You drifted off again, the room is still. Then you call my name, so soft and low. You are holding on, but you are letting go. Letting go, letting go, Hold my hand please don’t let go. That’s how you loved me, helped me to grow— One hand holding on, one hand letting go. Sunrise paints the sky; the time is near. I rise to pray for you and hope you hear. Your eyes tell all I need to know. We are holding on, but we are letting go. Letting go, letting go, Hold my hand please don’t let go. That’s how you loved me, helped me grow— One hand holding on, but one hand letting go.

Hospice of Dubuque was honored to participate in the luminary lighting ceremony at the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life on Friday evening, June 1. Photo credit: Ronald Tigges,

Digital Dubuque

As I watch you sleep something in my soul, Tells me now’s the time for you to go. God will comfort you, in my heart I know. He is holding on and I am letting go. God is holding on and I have let you go.

Every life counts Reverend Penny Thomsen, MDiv, Spiritual Care Coordinator In hospice, spirituality not only refers to religious or spiritual beliefs, but also to who we are, what we do and the totality of our lives—our legacy. Our legacy is an aspect of our self that remains in the world after we die, such as something specific that we leave for our loved ones or an understanding of the life we have lived. When approaching the end of life, it is common to contemplate one’s legacy. This contemplation process may evoke a wide range of emotions such as joy, grief, peace, anxiety or satisfaction. Through this reflection process, we may come to a deeper, more satisfying understanding of what impact and influence our lives have had. Ultimately, we all want to know or be reassured that our life has mattered to those we love and to the world. Hospice spiritual care providers may use an ethical will with patients as a tool in this reflection process. An ethical will is created to share and leave a patient’s legacy with those who matter. Ethical wills originated in Biblical literature as family blessings. In medieval times, writers added personal histories, ethical beliefs and important values. Modern ethical wills include the traditional content already stated, but can contain additional content including life lessons, words of wisdom, spiritual or religious histories, life changing experiences, hopes for the futures of loved ones, birthday or anniversary wishes and much more. Ethical wills can be created in a wide range of media, such as audio or video recordings, narrated scrapbooks or photo albums, or even a PowerPoint presentation, which integrates many media formats. After death, loved ones may be comforted, encouraged and even strengthened by the words provided for them in an ethical will. An ethical will may very well add the finishing touch to a life well-lived. The Hospice of Dubuque spiritual care staff is here to help those in hospice realize that truly, every life counts!


Hospice of Dubuque extends appreciation to Julie Aird and her team of Mary Ann Nicks and Mary Rossman, as well as Lisa Portz and her team of Lori Slattery and Sue Ashe, for two $1,000 donations made possible by the McGraw-Hill Companies Employee Volunteer Grant Program. We thank them for their continuing support of Hospice of Dubuque and the McGraw-Hill Companies for facilitating the Volunteer Grant Program for nonprofits.

Executive Director, Lavonne Noel, accepts McGraw-Hill donations from Julie Aird (left) and Lisa Portz (right).

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Sr. Janice Hancock, PBVM, for her ongoing gift of all occasion cards for Hospice of Dubuque Staff to use for patients and families. Tim and Missy McGinnis and Sheila Waters, for the $200 donation from the bean bag tournament held in memory of Cletus McGinnis and Mattie Smock. The Galena Territory Property Owners Association, and driver Rob Vollkommer, for the in-kind donation of use of a boat for a patient fishing trip.

The Screaming Eagle Bar, for the $208 donation from the 2nd Annual Roller Skating Benefit held April 14.

The Tri-State Square Dance Federation, for the $700 donation the group sent since they are disbanding.

Janice Johnson, for the handmade blanket, in memory of Karen Smith.

Laura Bateman, for the homemade bib clips, in honor of Mary Huseman.

Kernall & Big Al Wild Game Feed The 22nd Annual Kernall & Big Al Wild Game Feed was held March 31, 2012 at The Barn in Sherrill. The day was full of food, music, auctions and hundreds of supporters gathering to support their favorite charities. Hospice of Dubuque received $3,350, a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event. Thank you to organizers Kris Kernall, Al Haigh and Julie Wolff, as well as the many individuals that provided food and support to the Wild Game Feed.

“It is amazing and rewarding how families will let you into their lives during a very vulnerable, trying time.” - Sara Uthe


Hospice of Dubuque Volunteer, Sara Uthe, was featured in the June edition of the Telegraph Herald Her Magazine. The article “The heart of a volunteer” featured four area women from the tri-states and what drives them to volunteer for nonprofits. Sara has been a volunteer with Hospice of Dubuque for five years.

Hospice of Dubuque welcomes employees ... Angelia Henslee has joined Hospice of Dubuque as a Social Worker. She is a graduate of Loras College and St. Ambrose University where she received her Master’s degree in Social Work. Angelia has enjoyed working in the human services field with children, people with disabilities and elder adults. Angelia has lived in Dubuque for 16 years and enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and going out to eat. Angelia is a newlywed, has a son and is expecting another child in the fall. Peggy Ohmert recently joined Hospice of Dubuque as a Hospice Aide. Peggy was born and raised in Dubuque and currently lives in LaMotte, Iowa with her husband, Doug. Peggy and Doug have two sons: Allan, 24, and Thomas, 15. In her spare time, Peggy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping and going to the car races.

Tracey Long has joined Hospice of Dubuque as a Social Worker. She is a graduate of Upper Iowa University and Capella University where she earned her Master’s degree in Social and Community Services. Prior to Hospice of Dubuque, Tracey was employed as a social services coordinator at a local long-term care facility. Tracey is from Marion, Iowa, and has resided in Dubuque for 12 years with her husband, Curt. They have three children; Cam, Meghann and Gracie. Tracey enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

Sympathy to ... Hospice of Dubuque Staff ...

Kathy Pitz, on the death of her sister-in-law, Irene Pitz, April 17.

Hospice of Dubuque Volunteers ...

The family of Dorothy Buss, on her death, March 31. Dorothy was a former Hospice of Dubuque volunteer. The family of Jean Faust, on her death, June 12. Jean was a former Hospice of Dubuque Volunteer. Tom Burke, on the death of his sister-in-law, Marian Burke, in North Carolina.

Congratulations to ...

“Like” Common Cents Resale on Facebook Common Cents Resale, 898 Central Ave, Dubuque, provides quarterly donations to Hospice of Dubuque from sales of donated items. Thank you to Common Cents for the latest donation of $765. Since opening in April of 2010, Common Cents has donated $6,792 to Hospice of Dubuque. Beginning July 1, owner Tammy Trebian will donate $1 to Hospice of Dubuque for every new “like” Common Cents receives on their Facebook page, up to $500. Visit the page today, press their “like” button and find some great bargains! Thanks again to Tammy, her staff and those who support Common Cents Resale.

Hospice of Dubuque Staff ...

Dorothy Schlueter, on the birth of her new grandson, Grant Thomas, June 17. Grant is the son of John and Jennifer Schlueter.

Hospice of Dubuque Volunteers ...

Eileen Putchio, and her husband Ty, on their 50th Wedding Anniversary, June 16. Megan Schmitt, RN, has achieved the credential of Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse (CHPN). This certification, which is awarded by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses, honors a nurse for proven competency across the spectrum of hospice and palliative nursing care. Megan has been serving Hospice of Dubuque’s patients and families since 2008.


Use the form below to collect pledges for the 2012 Custom Riders, Inc. Tour de Dubuque.

Custom Riders, Inc. Tour de Dubuque 14th Annual Ride to benefit Hospice of Dubuque on August 18, 2012 Sponsored by with the


Custom Riders, Inc. in conjunction

Dubuque Bicycle & Tri-State Car Clubs

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By signing above, I understand that Custom Riders, Inc., an Iowa Corporation, the Dubuque Bicycle Club, Tri-State Car Clubs and Hospice of Dubuque cannot assume responsibility for any aspect of my safety. I participate in this event voluntarily and on my own assessment of skill, ability, facilities and conditions—assuming all risks. I release and hold harmless Custom Riders, Inc., the Dubuque Bicycle Club, Tri-State Car Clubs and Hospice of Dubuque for any injury or loss to my person or property which may result there from.

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2012 Volunteer In-Service Calendar All meetings will be held in the Theisen Education Center, 1670 JFK Road

July 27, 2012 Volunteer Gold Medal Luncheon 11 am—1 pm

August Summer Vacation September 27,2012 Oh my, I’m 50! Bowel Cancer and Bowel Health: fruits, veggies and more for my bowels Ann Scott, MS, RD, LD Hospice of Dubuque Dietitian 6 pm

October 25, 2012 Compliance Review, HIPAA and OSHA Update Jennifer Cavanagh, RN, Hospice of Dubuque Program Compliance Coordinator This is a mandatory meeting. 6 pm

November Happy Thanksgiving No Meeting December 6, 2012 Christmas Open House

Summer helpers Hospice of Dubuque thanks volunteers, Dave Unsen and Lyle Cardy, who arrived one morning with weed eaters in hand and a mission on their mind. They cleaned and trimmed the bank in back of our office and even found enough money for lunch! They also stopped by another day and planted hostas in our patio area. They did a wonderful job and we thank them for their service.

4:30—6:30 pm

Fall volunteer training Hospice of Dubuque will offer its volunteer education course beginning September 10 through October 29. The eight-week course will be held on Mondays from 3–5 pm in the Theisen Education Center for those interested in providing direct patient care. If you are considering volunteering, or would like more information regarding the course, contact Debbie Horch, Volunteer Coordinator, at 563.582.1220 or


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A quarterly publication of Hospice of Dubuque Volume 25, Number 2 Summer 2012


Our Mission Providing compassionate care for the terminally ill and their loved ones


Mark Your Calendar! “Hospice of Dubuque made one of the toughest times of my life a little easier and the final moments of mom’s life a LOT easier. Thank you.” - Del B.

July 28 — “Big Duffer” Hospice Golf Outing August 6 — Bill’s Tap Fish Fry August 18 — Custom Riders Inc., Tour de Dubuque August 25 — Irish Hooley

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