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1934 Merlin 2020

Merlin G. Gonner

August 10, 1934 — August 16, 2020

Merlin G. Gonner, 86, of East Dubuque, formerly of Springbrook, passed away, on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Stonehill Care Center. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, Friday,  August 21, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bellevue.  Family will greet friends 8:30 am – 10:30 am, also on Friday, August 21, 2020 at Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue prior to Mass.  Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bellevue.

Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the St. Joseph Bellevue - Sts. Peter & Paul Springbrook Facebook page, on their You Tube Channel and on Bellevue Cable TV.

It is recommended to utilize masks during the visitation at the funeral home and at the funeral mass due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

A memorial fund has been established in Merlin’s memory, memorials and condolences may be mailed to Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service 100 N. 6th St. Bellevue, IA  52031 if you are unable to attend services c/o Merlin Gonner Family.

Merlin’s family asks everyone to sign the online guestbook and leave a condolence at

Merlin was born, August 10, 1934 in Springbrook, the son of George and Alverda (Scheckel) Gonner. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1952.  Merlin married Marcellene Lucille Till on April 7, 1956 at St. John Catholic Church in Andrew, she passed on June 13, 2007.  He was the Postmaster in Springbrook for 34 years, worked at Gonner’s Store and was a plumber and heating installer.  Merlin lived his faith, loved his family and served his community as a volunteer firefighter in Springbrook, active in the Jaycees and town council.  He served also on the Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Council, Marquette School Board, Bellevue Knights of Columbus Council 1354, Bellevue Braves Baseball and Springbrook Baseball Teams.  We are blessed to have been loved by Merlin.

Survivors include his children, Stanley (Tamara) Gonner of Galena, IL, Karen Sturm of Bellevue, Duane (Tina) Gonner, and John (Jacqueline) Gonner of Dubuque; 13 grandchildren, Andrew (Kelsey) and Elizabeth (fiancé Marq) Gonner, Brittni, Jacob (Melissa), Michael, and Isaac (Haley) Sturm, Nathan (Alison), Brian (fiancé Jennifer), and Aaron Gonner, Kathryn (Nick) Morris, Nicholas, Rebecca, and Benjamin Gonner; 7 great-grandchildren, Morgan and Lexi Imhof, Landon, Eli, Leah, and Eviana Sturm, and Matthew Gonner; a sister, Glenna Kueter; brothers and sisters in-law, James Cloos of Bellevue, Tom Crouch of Maquoketa, Judy Kolker of Bellevue, Betty Gonner of Bellevue, Karen Gonner of Bellevue, Rosemary (Pete) Feller of Preston, Doris (Ray) Theisen of Bellevue, Jean Till of Delmar, Roger (Helen) Till of West Des Moines, Lek Till of Denver, CO, and Carol (Mick) Clark of Maquoketa.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, George and Alverda Gonner; his wife, Marcellene; son in-law, Joel Sturm, father and mother in-law, Anthony and Lucille (Entringer) Till; siblings and in-laws, Kate Cloos, Norma Crouch, Lloyd Gonner, Milton Gonner, Mark Kueter, David Gonner, Ronald (Rosemary) Till, Aloysius Till, and Eugene Till.

The family sends their gratitude to the staff of Medical Associates Clinic, East Dubuque Ambulance, MercyOne Hospital, Stonehill Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque for the wonderful care of Merlin.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Merlin G. Gonner, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Friday, August 21, 2020

8:30 - 10:30 am (Central time)

Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service

100 N 6th St, Bellevue, IA 52031

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Funeral Service

Friday, August 21, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Joseph's Catholic Church

405 Franklin St, Bellevue, IA 52031

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