Calvin G. Bockenstedt

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Calvin G. Bockenstedt, 93, of Luxemburg, passed away on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Private funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 12, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg, conducted by Father Noah Diehm.

Burial will be in the Holy Trinity cemetery.

The Mass will be livestreamed at Kramer Funeral Home Facebook page.

Cal was born on 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 on 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; 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 who he loved to tease, tell stories and teach the “right” way to play cards.

He is survived by his wife, Toots of Luxemburg; three sons, Wayne (Joyce) Bockenstedt, Steve Bockenstedt both of Luxemburg and Randy (Sandy) Bockenstedt of Sherrill; three daughters, Judy (Steve) Selchert of Dubuque, Joyce Hess of Cedar Rapids and Sandy (Tim) Wilgenbusch of Dubuque; 16 grandchildren and their spouses; 21 great-grandchildren plus one on the way; two sisters, Agnes Putz, Helen (Joe) Nurre; 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, Iowa 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.

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