Cherry Blossoms

Carol Ann Sitzmann

May 1, 2020


Mrs. Carol Ann Sitzmann passed away peacefully at her home in Dubuque, IA at the age of 65 on May 1, 2020. Carol was surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Carol was born on December 7, 1954 to Don and Agnes Nemmers in Bellevue, IA and her family moved to Dubuque, IA during her childhood years.  Carol graduated from Hempstead High School in 1973.  She met her husband, Greg, while attending high school and they were married September 21, 1974. She began her career working for Merri-Mac, John Deere, Hy-Vee and ended her career at GCR Tire while remaining part-time at Hy-Vee.  Carol retired from GCR after 25 years of service. Carol and Greg welcomed 3 children into their home; Matt, Melissa and John.  Her husband and children will remember her as a selfless, loving, kind, driven and hardworking mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals.  Her siblings will remember her as courageous, devoted and as the needle’s thread to hold the family together.

Carol lived to spend time with her family; mostly her grandchildren, looking forward to their yearly tradition of a birthday movie celebration. Carol also looked forward to the annual YaYa’s shopping trip. Carol was accomplished at gardening and yard-working, often spending hours outside in her yard.  If she wasn’t in her yard, she could be found playing BINGO. Everyone could look forward to Carol’s Christmas cookies and treats as she was always looking for ways to perfect this. She was a member of St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church. 

Carol is survived by her Husband Greg; children Matt (Amy) Sitzmann of Luxemburg,  Melissa Sitzmann of Lamotte, and John Sitzmann of Dubuque; grandkids, Nora and Max Sitzmann of Luxemburg and Brandon Kafer of Dyersville; siblings Ron (Sarah) Nemmers of Anamosa, Bonnie (Lenny) Rhomberg of Anamosa, Joyce Simon of Wichita, KS, Randy (Laurie) Nemmers of Dubuque and Roger Nemmers of Dubuque; brother in-laws David Sitzmann and Thomas (Sandra) Sitzmann and sister in-laws Mary (Carl) Summers and Sharon Simon all of Dubuque; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Don and Agnes (Clasen) Nemmers, father and mother in-law Greg and Helen Sitzmann, a sister (Connie) in infancy, and brother-in-law Rick Simon.

To follow social distancing guidelines, a private ceremony is scheduled for immediate family on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. 

The family would like to thank Dr. Hermann and his staff in Dubuque, IA for their care during her courageous battle, as well as Hospice of Dubuque for making her last days more comfortable for Carol, as well as her family.


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