Calvin G. Bockenstedt, 93, of Luxemburg, passed away Friday, Nov. 6, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.
A Private Mass of Christian burial for Cal will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, with Father Noah Diehm presiding.
Burial will be in the Holy Trinity cemetery. The Mass will be livestreamed on the Kramer Funeral Home Facebook page.
Cal was born June 26, 1927, in Greeley, son of William F. and Willameana (Willenborg) Bockenstedt. He attended school to the eighth grade in Greeley and then worked on the family farm. He married Ivanelle “Toots” Helle Oct. 9, 1950, in Colesburg. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Together they farmed in Petersburg and Luxemburg for 24 years. Cal also worked for Vigortone Ag Products for 32 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Throughout his life, Cal loved fishing, especially trips to Canada, or dropping a pole with the grandsons and a good Euchre game with the gang at the 4-Way or Moser’s gas station in Luxemburg. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved to tease, tell stories to and teach the “right” way to play cards.
He is survived by his wife, Toots of Luxemburg; three sons: Wayne (Joyce) Bockenstedt and Steve Bockenstedt, both of Luxemburg, and Randy (Sandy) Bockenstedt, of Sherrill; and three daughters: Judy (Steve) Selchert, of Dubuque, Joyce Hess, of Cedar Rapids and Sandy (Tim) Wilgenbusch, of Dubuque. Cal is also survived by 16 grandchildren and their spouses, 21 great-grandchildren, plus one on the way; two sisters, Agnes Putz, Helen (Joe) Nurre; and in-laws; Maggie Bockenstedt, Ardella Helle and Tony (Doris) Helle.
Cal was proceeded in death by his parents; great-granddaughters, Addison and Emma Destival; siblings: Fred Bockenstedt, Anna Mae (LaVern) Koelker, Ardell (Harold) Klosterman, William (Alice) Bockenstedt, Harold Bockenstedt and Vernon Bockenstedt; in-laws: Eileen (Frank) Egeloff, Vernon (Mildred) Helle and Donald Helle.
Cards, letters and memorials may be mailed to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040
The family would like to thank Mary and the staff for the excellent care at the River Living Center in Guttenberg and Dr. Hoffmann and Jodi at the Guttenberg Hospital.