Mary Beth Tranel

January 18, 2024

Mary Beth Tranel Obituary

Mary Beth Muir-Tranel, 61, of Bellevue, IA passed away peacefully on January 18, 2024, after experiencing a ruptured cerebral aneurysm a few days prior. This event leading to her passing was completely unexpected, and her family is profoundly saddened. 

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25th, 2024, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. The funeral service will be at 6:30 p.m. with Fr. Tom McDermott officiating.

Beth was born on February 23, 1962, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Theodore and Marilyn (Burgmeier) Muir. She studied at NICC in Peosta, IA and was a longtime employee as a Medical Billing Specialist at United Clinical Laboratory.

She married Terry Tranel on June 16, 2001. Beth, the most loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother leaves behind her husband of 22 years, Terry Tranel; her oldest son Matthew (Jacque) Lange; Daughter-in-law Andrea Lange; Stepson Keith (Shownda) Tranel; Stepdaughter Tracy (Brian) Ostwiwk; Grandchildren Nicholas Jr, Donald, Kyren and Keegan Lange, Bellevue; Maddox and Landon Lange, Cambridge, Damien Thompson, Des Moines; Courtney Thompson, Winterset; Brittnie (Joe) Ernst, Waukee along with six great grandchildren. Her Siblings; Sherie (Mike) Wheeler, Johnston IA; Tim (Dawn) Muir East Dubuque, IL; Curt (Valorie) Muir, Shawnee, OK; Mike (Meg) Muir, Dubuque; Chris (Kelli) Muir, Dubuque IA and 17 Nieces and Nephews.  She will be dearly missed by all.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents: Theodore Muir, Marilyn Muir, her In-laws: Ralph Tranel, Florence Tranel and her son, Nicholas Lange.

To know Beth is to know she LOVED her family. They were her world and focus every day of her life. Beth had a generous and welcoming heart making everyone feel welcome in her home regardless of what was going on in her life. She will be remembered as being fun, vibrant, and willing to take on anything to help someone else. Among her numerous interests and passions, she most recently inspired many on a daily basis by sending and posting positive messages through social media. Beth has used her creative energy for many years by making gifts, baking and designing her own home decor.  While she devoted a lot of time to crafting in more recent years, Beth enjoyed so many different activities including camping, boating, horses and gardening.  Most of all, many will remember how her laugh and smile could change the energy in a room. She’ll be remembered as a bright light dimmed way too soon!

The family would like to thank the medical staff at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque and at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

In lieu of flowers, a Beth Tranel Memorial has been established.

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January 25, 2024

3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory
2595 Rockdale Road
Dubuque, IA 52003

Funeral Service
January 25, 2024

6:30 PM
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory
2595 Rockdale Road
Dubuque, IA 52003


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