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Donald J. Remakel

January 3, 2021


Donald J. Remakel, 87 of Dubuque, IA passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at home. 

A private Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 at St. Collumbkille Catholic Church with his grandson, Reverend Joshua J. Link officiating. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military rights accorded by the Iowa Army National Guard. A public gathering will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday January 14th at the church. A live stream of the private family mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory’s Facebook page. Please remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing.

Don was born in Bellevue, IA on April 24, 1933, son of Anthony and Ann (Bowman) Remakel. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1952 and attended the University of Minnesota.

He married Wanda Kilburg on April 25, 1953 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, IA. He worked for 30 years as a supervisor at John Deere Dubuque Works. He then worked at Hirshbach Motor Lines for an additional 30 years. He finally retired in 2017 at the age of 84. 

In his younger years, Don was an active and loyal parishioner at St. Collumbkille Church. In addition, to two full careers, he managed Remakel Properties with his wife up until the time of his death.

Don was an incredible inspiration as he modeled his faith, love and service after St. Joseph, his patron saint. He showed tremendous compassion for those around him, especially his friends and family. He was a devoted husband and caregiver to his wife whom he adored for 67 years. He was exceptionally hard working and selfless, always giving to his children, grandchildren and tenants.

Surviving are his wife, Wanda; three children, Jonathan (Julie Kunkel Schmidt) of Dubuque, Brian of Johnston, IA, and Angella (Brian) Link of Dubuque; seven grandchildren, Stephany (Phil) Elking of Lakewood, Ohio, Hope (Zach) Kracke of Dubuque, Andrew Remakel of Dubuque, Caitlin Osier of Johnston, Christopher Remakel of Johnston, Father Joshua Link of Mason City, IA, and Jessica Link of Dubuque; and one great grandson, Samuel Osier of Johnston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Richard, and a daughter-in-law, Cathy Remakel.

A special thank-you to his neighbors Ed and Carolyn Dausener and Joe and Colleen Brenke, for their continued care and support. 

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January 14, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Columbkilles
1240 Rush St
Dubuque, Iowa 52003

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