Mary Eileen Miller, 99, of Dubuque, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at her home.

Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory with a prayer service held at 7 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with Msgr. James Miller as the Celebrant.

Burial was held in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West. The mass was live streamed on Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home’s Facebook page and is available to view at

Mary was born Aug. 2, 1922, in Bernard, the daughter of John and Mary Ann (Molony) McCarthy.

She received her education from Bernard country schools, Peosta High School and the University of Dubuque. On July 2, 1946, she was united in marriage to Joseph Frederick Miller at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Melleray, Peosta. He preceded her in death March 30, 1991. She began her teaching career in a one room schoolhouse in rural Dubuque County, but most of her 45 years teaching were spent at St. Joseph the Worker School in Dubuque where she taught fifth grade.

She and her husband were founding members of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Her faith was very important to her. She was a long-time member of the Catholic Daughters and served as the Regent for several years, Serra Club, St. Joseph prayer line, and a Eucharistic Minister. She was an avid sports fan.

Mary’s kindness, patience and loving spirit were not only evident to all who entered her home but also to those who knew her as a teacher and a colleague.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jo Miller of Milwaukee, Wis., Marcia (Dario) Sola of Dubuque; one son, Richard (Joan) Miller of Dubuque; grandchildren, Matthew (Tisha) Miller, David (Mayia) Miller, Mariah (Troy) Kammerude, Bianca (Ty) Perkins; great-grandchildren, Vanessa Kammerude, Natalie Kammerude, Avante Perkins, D’Angelo Perkins, Grayson Miller, Blake Bunch, William Miller, and Elizabeth Miller; two sisters-in-law, Donna (Ken) Kutsch and Betty Connolly both of Dubuque.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Eleanor (Walter) Burds, Geraldine McCarthy, and her twin, Marge (Phil) McDonald; four brothers, Ralph (Loretta), Justin (Ethel), John and James McCarthy; sister-in-law, Mary (Frank) Dardis, and brothers-in-law, Bill (Lorraine) Miller, and Marvin Connolly.

A special thank you to Dr. Hillard Salas and his staff of Grand River Medical Group and St. Croix Hospice for all their care and compassion

Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Crematory is in care of the arrangements.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences sent to the family by visiting Mary’s obituary at