Farming Rural 07

Clarence A. Pfab

September 29, 2019


Clarence A. Pfab, 81, of Bernard, IA passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Garryowen Catholic Church with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by Cascade American Legion Post 528. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m.

Clarence was born on April 27, 1938 in Bernard, Iowa, the son of John and Viola (Arensdorf) Pfab.   He attended St. Patrick’s (North Garryowen) School.  He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Church in Bernard.

He married Bertha Roling on June 3, 1961, at Sugar Creek Church.  Clarence was a 3rd Class ETN3 in the Navy (1956-1958) and upon discharge, worked at Clinton Engines and John Deere Dubuque Works.   He then dairy farmed on the Pfab Century Farm and owned/managed apartment buildings.  Clarence was a generous man who loved to spend time with his family and friends.  He seemed to have more energy than all of us and kept busy with Bertha with dancing, traveling, card and domino clubs and volunteering.   They served many lemonades at the Dubuque County Fair each year as well as rang many Salvation Army bells during Christmastime. 

Clarence is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bertha; children Lisa (Dave) Errthum of Guttenberg, Cindy (Mike) Schlarmann of Worthington, Larry (Maggie Maurer) of Central City.  Grandchildren:  Andrea, Alicia (Tanner King), Sarah, Jenna Errthum; Alex (Jolynn) Schlarmann; Nick, Lindsey (Mamadou Tall), Allison Schlarmann;  Tyler, Austin, Joseph Pfab; Jacob, Danny Maurer.  Great grandchildren: Finnick, Duncan Schlarmann. 

Clarence is survived by his siblings, Richard (Sandra) Pfab of Bernard, Veronica (Allen) Burds of Epworth, Eileen (Ray Bliesmer) Conlan Morken of Parker CO, Eugene (Karen) Pfab, Robert (Barb) Pfab of Dubuque, Roger (Linda) Pfab, Delbert Pfab of Cascade IA, Carl Pfab of Flowery Branch, GA; sisters-in-law Gaby Pfab of Monroe, OH; Doris (Dan) Lawrence of Miles IA, Delores Wood of Maquoketa, IA, Lois (Darrell) Trenkamp, Ruthann (Terry) Hahn of Charlotte IA; brothers-in-law Kenneth (Diane) Roling of DeWitt IA, Leo “Pete” Roling of Bryant, IA, Jim Roling of DeWitt IA, Lawrence (Joan) Roling of Preston, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law Benedict and Laurentia Roling; his son, Steven Pfab; brothers Melvin, Baby Boy, Raymond, Leroy, David, Gary Pfab; brothers-in-law David Conlan, Donald Morken; sisters-in-law Pam, Nancy and Leslie Pfab; Carolyn, Marilou Roling; niece Laurie Heintzelman; nephews Paul Conlan, Mark, Carl Roling.

The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center staff and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their care and compassion.  A special thank you to the All Star Dancers for bringing so much joy and laughter to Clarence, especially while at Stonehill.

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October 2, 2019

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory
2595 Rockdale Road
Dubuque, IA 52003

Funeral Mass
October 3, 2019

10:30 AM
St. Patrick's Church, Garryowen

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