Joseph Hauer

Joseph L. Hauer

Saturday, January 20th, 1951 - Thursday, August 20th, 2020
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Reverend Joseph L. Hauer, 69, died Thursday, August 20, 2020, at Unity Point-Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Public visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 23, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., Dubuque. Masks and social distancing are required. Private Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 24, at Church of the Resurrection, with Archbishop Michael Jackels presiding, and Rev. Thomas McDermott as homilist. Mass will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home Facebook page, and will remain available to view. Entombment will be in the Garden of Saints Mausoleum, Mount Calvary Cemetery. For further information and to share condolences please visit

Joe was born January 20, 1951 in New Hampton, IA, the son of Gregory and Bernice (Bodensteiner) Hauer. He began his education at Loras College, earning his B.A. in Political Science in 1973, and went on to earn his M.A. in Theology from The Saint Paul Seminary in 1981.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Most Rev. .James J. Byrne on May 23, 1981, and went on to serve on the faculty at St. John High School in 1981, as Associate Pastor for St. John in Independence and All Saints in Rowley, and St. Joseph in Marion from 1984 – 1986. He began his graduate studies at Angelicum in Rome in June of 1986, completing his studies in 1988. Rev. Hauer then served as Pastor at St. John the Evangelist in Placid from 1988 to 2000. From 2000-2002, Rev. Hauer completed his studies in Canon Law in Rome. He was assigned to Church of the Resurrection in 2002, where he served as Pastor until his retirement in 2018.

Rev. Hauer served as Director of Permanent Diaconate Program, Associate Director of Vocations; Defender of the Bond, Director of Vocations & Continuing Formation of Clergy, Archdiocesan Worship Commission, Judicial Vicar, Metropolitan Tribunal, Judicial Vicar Interdiocesan Tribunal of Second Instance- Province of Dubuque, and Director of Seminarians and Young Priests, Judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal, and Pastoral Coordinator for Holy Family Catholic Schools, Dubuque.

Rev. Hauer is survived by two brothers, Jim (Jan) Hauer of Solon, IA, and Jerry Hauer of West Union, IA; and his nephews and nieces, John, Jordan, Trent, Trevor, Sydney, and Saige.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rev. Joseph L. Hauer Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at Stonehill Care Center and Unity Point-Finley Hospital.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Resurrection Catholic Church
    4300 Asbury Rd.
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  • Service

    Monday, August 24th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Monday, August 24th, 2020 10:30am
    Church of the Resurrection
    Address Not Available
    Mass can be viewed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Facebook page.
  • Interment

    Monday, August 24th, 2020 |
    Monday, August 24th, 2020
    Mount Calvary Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Dubuque, Iowa
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    Garden of Saints Mausoleum


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Mary McAndrws

Posted at 08:11am
To Joe's brothers and family, please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of Father Joe. I met Joe at Loras College in the early 1970's. We were in political science classes and young Democrats together. We remained friends for over 40 years. There were so many happy Loras reunions, homecomings and get togethers when my wife and I and other friends saw Joe. Those memories will always be treasured by all of us. Joe was a great guy- witty, smart, sharp, funny, sincere. We will miss him forever but we are better people for having known and loved him. Rest in peace my friend, in the arms of Our Lord.
Pat and Mary Lou McAndrews

greg & Joanne Clark

Posted at 11:16am
To Jim, Jerry, and family. We want to share that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. Joe had his Mother's smile and it will be missed by many. A memorial has been donated to the Garnavillo library in his honor. Greg and Joannie Clark

Christine Weston Riggs

Posted at 07:43am
Father Joe was one of my most interesting and cherished friends. He spoke with honesty and intensity, often softened by a bit of humor. Conversations were never boring. As a young adult he had a variety of interests and successfully pursued them but his ultimate goal was to serve the Lord. Throughout his life, whether he was involved in political work, teaching, administrating or the ministry he loved, he was fully engaged.. He spoke eloquently and was devoted to the choices he made. In knowing him, my life was blessed.

Dennis Mans

Posted at 02:25pm
Fr. Joe and I were college classmates at Loras. We kept in touch for a few years after graduation. In 1982 he assisted with two other ministers when I married Alice. Every 5 years thereafter Fr. Joe, myself and other class of 1973 classmates would get together in Dubuque to celebrate college class reunions. Fr. Joe was a fun-loving sort and was a good and compassionate person.
With sincerest sympathies, rest in peace Father Joe.
Dennis and Alice Mans

Posted at 01:06pm
As our pastor at Resurrection Church for 16 years, Father Hauer served us well with his gifted combination of pastoral care and business acumen. Although Resurrection is a large parish, Father knew each of us and called us each by name. Never was his caring presence more evident than in the countless funeral homilies in which he comforted family and friends by sharing his considerable knowledge of this beloved person, by interweaving this person's life with the chosen scripture, and ultimately by suggesting how this person's life glorified God.
May Father Hauer rest in the peace of Christ.
Sarah Greer Bush

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