Louise Turner

Louise H Turner

Thursday, January 18th, 1923 - Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
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Louise Turner, 96, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on February 13th, 2019 at Bethany Home.

Memorial services will be at 11 am., Monday, February 18, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where a visitation will be held from 10 am., until the time of services. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

Louise was born January 18, 1923 to Ed and Nell Vesperman on the family farm located outside of Ellenboro, WI. Shortly after WWII, she married Elvin (Gus) Turner on March 9, 1946 in Lancaster, WI, moved to Dubuque, IA in 1948 and began raising their family. She graduated from Lancaster High School in 1940, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 1962. Louise became a dedicated kindergarten teacher in the Dubuque Community School District, which was the joy of her life. Many of her former students would often say how they remembered their time in kindergarten and especially the fond memories of their teacher, Mrs. Turner.

Louise spent her summer weekends in Bagley, Wi at the family cottage. She loved fishing for bluegills, playing euchre, bridge and socializing with family and friends. She also loved camping, canoeing, road trips with her family, the Green Bay Packers, and being a loyal friend.

She was a loving and devoted mother of son Judd (Shawn) Turner, daughter, Jan (Turner) Atkinson, Grandmother to Katie (Brent) Widman, Dawn (Tom) Ramerth, Nelli (Austin) Williams and Ashley (Tyler) Hegawald and seven great grandchildren.

Louise is survived by her eldest sister, Bernice Judd. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elvin (Gus) Turner, her grandson, Luke Turner (infant son of Shawn and Judd), and her brothers and sisters, Vera (Leo) Muldoon, Corinne (Elmer) Wilkins, Carson (Viola) Vesperman, and Louis (Dorothy) Vesperman.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Bethany Home and Dubuque Hospice for their excellent care and support of our mother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Louise can be made to the family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 18th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, February 18th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    2155 University Ave
    Dubuuqe, IA 52001
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  • Service

    Monday, February 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, February 18th, 2019 11:00am
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    2155 University Ave
    Dubuuqe, IA 52001
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Posted at 01:15pm
I have fond memories of Louis from my childhood. We spent time at their cottage on the Mississippi. We did lots of fishing during the day and then had the best bluegill feast around in the evening! We also spent time at her house in Dubuque. As a child I was fascinated by her old fashioned telephone she had hanging on the wall. I also loved the barrel chairs that she had in her basement. What an interesting and fun lady she was! I also admired the fact that she was a teacher. When I grew up I became a teacher just like my great Aunt Louise.

Gayle (Leibfried) Stibbe

Susan Paisar

Posted at 12:26pm
It was a joy to have known your mom. I especially enjoyed it when she came to visit you Jan, and would stop in at the library. We had such great conversations. God's blessings to you as memories of her live on in your heart. *hugs*

Julie Backes

Posted at 10:01am
Deepest sympathy.
Very nice lady. Lived across the alley from her for several years.

Linda Droessler

Posted at 11:11pm
Sorry to hear about Louise. I have many great memories as a child of visiting her and Gus at their home in Dubuque and also of the cottage in Bagley. So sorry for your loss. Linda Droessler (Leibfried)

Ruth A Caitham

Posted at 12:31pm
I am so sorry to hear about Louise's passing. I have many fond memories of her that will be treasured. Sending prayers of comfort and peace.
Ruthie Muellich Caitham

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