Barbara McDonald

Barbara A. McDonald

Wednesday, May 31st, 1939 - Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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Barbara A. McDonald, 81, of Dubuque, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, at Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., and will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home Facebook page. The church requires masks for all attendees. Rev. Phillip Gibbs will officiate. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery immediately following the service.

Barb was born May 31, 1939 in Dubuque, IA, daughter of George and Doris Beyhl Peil. She and James B. McDonald Jr. were married on May 13, 1961 at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church. He passed away on July 8, 2013. Barb worked at St. Vincent de Paul for 22 years, retiring in 2006. She enjoyed gardening, puzzles, genealogy, games, and spending time with her family and friends. Everyone enjoyed her fried chicken, potato salad, and caramel bars. She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church.

Barb is survived by son, James B. McDonald III, Dubuque; three brothers, George F. (Sonny) Peil, and Jeffrey Lynn Peil, both of Dubuque, Michael (Susan) Peil of Bellevue, IA; two grandsons, Zachary James McDonald, Omaha, NE, and Nicolas James McDonald, Aurora, CO; one great-granddaughter, Poppy Grace McDonald, Omaha, NE, and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, James B. McDonald Jr.; parents, George (Doris Beyhl) Peil; parents-in-law, James B. (Florence Connell) McDonald Sr.; two sisters, Carolyn Jo Peil, Beverly Orcutt Russell; three brothers, Richard, Kenneth, and Donald L. Peil; and sister-in-Law, Diane L. Peil.

In lieu of flowers, a Barbara A. McDonald Memorial Fund has been established.

Thanks to Dr. Liaboe, his nurse Trish, and her loving son Jim, for helping her through her entire journey. Also, a special thanks to Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jan, Brittney, and Stephanie and all our family and friends who helped in so many ways.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, July 30th, 2020 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory
    2659 John F Kennedy Rd
    Dubuque, Iowa 52002
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    Wake Service will begin at 7:00 pm
  • Service

    Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 10:30am
    Friday, July 31st, 2020 10:30am
    Resurrection Catholic Church
    4300 Asbury Rd.
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  • Interment

    Friday, July 31st, 2020 |
    Friday, July 31st, 2020
    Linwood Cemetery
    2735 Windsor Avenue
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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Diane Peil

Posted at 07:40pm
We are so sad to hear about Barb. I always remembered her smile and the genuine way she always made us feel welcome💕. We are sorry we were unable to attend the visitation. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The William Peil Family, Diane, Angela and Scott.

Karin Nechvatal

Posted at 03:44pm
Our family will miss our Aunt Barb so much! She was such a sweet funny lady and always kind to us and others! RIP Aunt Barb! We love you! Peace to you our Cousin Jim! She loved you soooo! ❤️

Tim & Mary McDonald Erin & Ken Turnis

Posted at 11:40am
To a woman who made my brother a better person.
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Micki Stewart

Posted at 08:39am
This is for Jim. You have been such a strong force for your Mother. Thank Goodness you came home to help take care of her. Tj has kept me informed about her progress and your caring love. Stay well, Jim and take care. Love you Micki Stewart

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