Mark A. Hermsen – Dubuque, formerly of Dyersville

Mark A. Hermsen, 61, of Dubuque and formerly of Dyersville passed away Friday, May 31, 2019, at his home in Dubuque after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 1:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9 – 10 a.m. prior to funeral services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Dennis Conway will officiate.

Mark was born October 30, 1957, in Dubuque, the son of Donald and Grace (Olberding) Hermsen.  He married Lois D. Prier on April 30, 1983, in New Vienna.  She preceded him in death in 2002.  He later married Cindy Dolphin Hightower on April 26, 2008 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville.  Together they made their home in Dubuque where they were members of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

He worked at Schmitt Implement in Holy Cross as a Field Diesel Technician for 35 years.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy, 3 children: Scott of Dubuque, Adam and Cynthia (Philip) Ungs, both of Luxemburg; his parents, Donald and Grace Hermsen of Luxemburg; step-children: Lee (Courtney) and Ashly (Kirby Carpenter) Hightower, both of Dubuque; six grandchildren: Madison Anderson, Adalynn, Gracie and Peter Ungs, Ellamae and Rayland Hightower; his father-in-law, Eugene Prier of Dyersville and mother-in-law, Gayle Dolphin of Cascade; siblings: Joseph (Lynn) Hermsen of Farley, Gary Hermsen of Luxemburg, Alan (Debra) Hermsen of Manchester, Mary (Howard) Zuckerman of Livonia, MI, Ann (Pat) Dunkel of Dyersville, Lisa (David) Sweeney of Tipton, Jane (Brian) Bockenstedt of Center Point, Jenny Dolphin of Des Moines, Jeff (Jodi) Dolphin of Cascade and Linda (Brian) Mosher of Davenport, and Randy (Lisa) Dolphin of Cedar Rapids; in-laws: David Prier of Marina, CA, Carl (Julie) Prier, Wayne (Beverly) Prier and Donald (Christine) Prier of Dyersville, Dale (Sandy) Prier of Hopkinton, Allen (Joyce) Prier of Elkader, Mark (Annette) Prier of Dubuque, Daniel (Kim) Prier of New Vienna, Elaine (Cletus) Urbain of Dyersville, and Janice (Wayne L.) Steffen of Luxemburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, his mother-in-law, Lucille Prier, his father-in-law, Donald Dolphin, and a sister-in-law, Patricia (Dale) Demmer.

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