Clarence A. Pfab, 81, of Bernard, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center.
Visitation was held from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service was held at 3 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Garryowen Catholic Church. Rev. Douglas Loecke officiated.
Burial followed in the church cemetery with military honors by Cascade American Legion Post 528.
Clarence was born April 27, 1938 in Bernard, the son of John and Viola (Arensdorf) Pfab. He attended St. Patrick’s (North Garryowen) School. He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Church in Bernard.
He married Bertha Roling on June 3, 1961, at Sugar Creek Church. Clarence was a 3rd Class ETN3 in the Navy (1956-1958) and upon discharge, worked at Clinton Engines and John Deere Dubuque Works. He then dairy farmed on the Pfab Century Farm and owned/managed apartment buildings. Clarence was a generous man who loved to spend time with his family and friends. He seemed to have more energy than all of us and kept busy with Bertha with dancing, traveling, card and domino clubs and volunteering. They served many lemonades at the Dubuque County Fair each year as well as rang many Salvation Army bells during Christmastime.
Clarence is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bertha; children Lisa (Dave) Errthum of Guttenberg, Cindy (Mike) Schlarmann of Worthington, Larry (Maggie Maurer) of Central City; Grandchildren: Andrea, Alicia (Tanner King), Sarah, Jenna Errthum; Alex (Jolynn) Schlarmann; Nick, Lindsey (Mamadou Tall), Allison Schlarmann; Tyler, Austin, Joseph Pfab; Jacob, Danny Maurer; Great-grandchildren: Finnick, Duncan Schlarmann; siblings, Richard (Sandra) Pfab of Bernard, Veronica (Allen) Burds of Epworth, Eileen (Ray Bliesmer) Conlan Morken of Parker, Colo., Eugene (Karen) Pfab, Robert (Barb) Pfab of Dubuque, Roger (Linda) Pfab, Delbert Pfab of Cascade, Carl Pfab of Flowery Branch, Ga.; sisters-in-law Gaby Pfab of Monroe, Ohio; Doris (Dan) Lawrence of Miles, Delores Wood of Maquoketa, Lois (Darrell) Trenkamp, Ruthann (Terry) Hahn of Charlotte; brothers-in-law Kenneth (Diane) Roling of DeWitt, Leo “Pete” Roling of Bryant, Jim Roling of DeWitt, Lawrence (Joan) Roling of Preston.
He is preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law Benedict and Laurentia Roling; his son, Steven Pfab; brothers Melvin, Baby Boy, Raymond, Leroy, David, Gary Pfab; brothers-in-law David Conlan, Donald Morken; sisters-in-law Pam, Nancy and Leslie Pfab; Carolyn, Marilou Roling; niece Laurie Heintzelman; nephews Paul Conlan, Mark, Carl Roling.
The family wishes to thank Stonehill Care Center staff and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their care and compassion. A special thank you to the All Star Dancers for bringing so much joy and laughter to Clarence, especially while at Stonehill.