Recent News & Events:

Coming in 2024

Save the date for our upcoming fundraiser in March of 2024!!

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Join us at our upcoming fundraiser…..

Spring 2023

 Hospice of Jackson County invites you to our spring memorial service dedicated to celebrating the lives of our loved ones……

Please join us at the Hospice of Jackson County Memorial Garden 611 W. Quarry St. Maquoketa, IA

Sunday, May 21st 2023 1p.m.– 3p.m.….with a 2p.m. Dove Release (weather permitting)

Hospice of Jackson County Bereavement Support Group 2023

 June 1st—June 29th

Thursday evenings-5:30 p.m.

611 W Quarry Street—HJC Office

When seeking support for grief issues, overcoming your unease and attending a support group can be a valuable step toward healing.

Some of the topics our group will be covering are:

        -Reconciliation vs. Closure

        -Understanding the Six Needs of Grief

        -Misconceptions About Grief

        – Coping Strategies and more…..

Come to a safe place where you can talk with others.  Shared experiences can give you valuable insight in helping to ease your emotional burden and your feelings of isolation .

       Call us at the hospice office at 652-0123 with questions.


-There will again be  an ATV ride for Hospice of Jackson County. This year’s event will take place on September 17th with stops along the way to collect stamps for the drawing at the end.

On September 18th the infamous Meat Paddle Raffle will take place in Bellevue. On-site registration packet pick up will open at the Riverview Hotel with departure at NOON. The meat paddle raffle will commence back at the Riverview Hotel at 3:30p.m.  ***This is a fun ride with stops for socializing, ticket collection for the meat paddle raffle following the ride, and 50/50 raffles. Silicon participation bands available with registration and also at the registration price for the Meat Paddle Raffle for those not able to bike. For more information go to:

2021-Thank you to all that came to our Memorial celebration. This was a come and go event in order to accommodate social distancing guidelines. In lieu of  a formal service, this is a time of your choosing to light a candle (provided by HJC), to leave a floral or keepsake tribute in honor of your loved one, and to reconnect with Hospice staff. We will have services in the spring and fall of each year. Spring 2022 Memorial Service will be Sunday May 15 from 1pm to 3pm at the Hospice of Jackson County Memorial Garden.

2021 – Friday September 10th will be the Run/Walk for Hospice, and Sunday September 12th will be the Bike Ride for Hospice with the Meat Paddle Raffle to follow.  On Friday September 10th onsite-registration for the Run/Walk will open at 5:00pm at Cole Park in Bellevue Iowa. At this time pre-registered participants can pick up their packets and the concession stand will be open as well. Announcements will take place at 5:30 with the Kids Fun Run to follow at 5:45. The 5K run/walk will begin at 6:00. On Sunday September 12th onsite registration for the **Bicycle Ride will begin at 11:00am at the Riverview Hotel in Bellevue. Preregistered participants can pick up packets at this time as well. The Bicycle Ride will start at noon, departing from the Riverview Hotel. **The bicycle ride is a fun ride with stops for ticket collection for the meat paddle raffle following the Ride. Participation bands will be available at the registration price for the Meat Paddle Raffle for those not able to bike. To register online please visit:

These events were very successful, thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored or donated!!


Memories of our past events:

The Heister Family, Fagan Graphics and Obies present Hospice of Jackson County with proceeds from LaDonna’s Memorial Race.

The family of Donna Heister, Obies, and Fagen Grahics again sponsored the Donna Heister Memorial Race at the Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa. The event was June 18th, 2016 with proceeds going to Hospice of Jackson County. Raffle of a BB Grill and meat from Preston Meats (tickets available at the HJC office and on race night), T-shirts and hoodies by order, koozies, 50/50 tickets…Thanks for coming out to remember a friend!


in the Conference Room at 611 W Quarry St, Maquoketa.

Hospice Welcomes to our Professional Care Team ~  Diana May, RN  ~ We welcome your experience and energy!

November, 2019 – Hospice of Jackson County has been selected as a recipient of the Theisen’s More for Your Community Grant Program in the amount of $250.00.

On behalf of our organization and the community members we serve, we say Thank You for choosing to support our mission:

Of providing dignity, respect, guidance and symptom management to those who have chosen quality of life over curative treatments;

Of empowering individuals to continue activities they enjoy for as long as possible;

Of enabling their families to care and prepare to the best of their abilities;

Of being a community resource for those who grieve the loss of a loved one;

Of wisely managing resources, to support our commitment to providing the highest quality care to all we serve.

Meet out bereavement coordinator; Vicki Alden: Vicki began working with hospice in 2007 as grief counselor and bereavement coordinator.   Acting as Interim Director from May 2014-2017, she is excited about both the challenges and possibilities ahead for Hospice of Jackson County. “We are blessed with the most amazing team in our staff members and Board of Directors…they are an absolute joy to work with. We are looking at the healthcare climate changes as challenging opportunities. Because HJC has such a talented, cohesive team, there are exciting possibilities open to us. One thing remains unchanged–we will continue to care for our patients and their families with excellent care and compassion.”

With a background in administration and grant writing, Vicki worked in City government for several years before turning to work in healthcare. She is licensed as grief counselor and massage therapist, as well as certified in many complementary therapy modalities, including Reflexology, Reiki and Harp therapies. Vicki has also completed her Ph.D. in Metaphysics.

Vicki lives on an acreage outside of Maquoketa and is “mom” to Hospice of Jackson County’s pet therapist, Tessa. She enjoys keeping up with the busy lives of her children and grandchildren, all of whom live in the Maquoketa area.

Memorial Garden – Photo updates!

Memorial Garden Pathway - Phase 1
Memorial Garden Pathway – Phase 1
Garden Wall at Night

September 14 – 19, 2015Healing Haven Grief Support Group series meets each Monday at 4pm.

August 22, 2015 – LaDonna Heister Memorial Race was held at the Jackson County Speedway at the Fairgrounds in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Proceeds from the race will be generously donated by LaDonna’s friends and family to Hospice of Jackson County. Thanks for including us in memory of Donna!

August 21st, 2015 5th Annual Bellevue Walk/Run for Hospice & August 22nd, 2015 – 6th Annual Bellevue Ride for Hospice.  An annual tradition for families and community.  Thank you for coming out to share you support!

August 14, 2015 – MSB Grilling for Charity event.  A wonderful Friday event that helps so many of our local organizations – Thank you for choosing us as a recipient!

April 18th, 2015 – VOLUNTEER FAIR at Hurstville Interpretive Center 10 – 11:30am It was a pleasure to meet so many new and familiar faces looking to help our local organizations!

THANKS to CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS of AMERICA for their generous donation from their Annual Soup Supper 2015 – We Appreciate Your Continued Support!

January 12 – February 16, 2015 – Healing Haven Bereavement Support Group 6-week series of sessions.  In your own time, at your own pace, in your own way…set your intention to heal and reconcile your loss.  Call: 563.652.0123 or Email: to reserve a seat or if you have any questions.

THANKS TO THEISEN’s INC.  More for Your Community Grant for their award of $750 to Hospice of Jackson County’s Healing Haven Bereavement Support Group.  The funds will be used to purchase  the Ten Essential Touchstones books and journals for the group’s use in 2015.

October, 2014 – Many thanks to Dr. Paul & Valerie Horst for the donation of a message board! It fits perfectly in our entryway!

2014 Message Board

 September 27, 2014 – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church @ LaMotte Town Park Pavilion 10:00am – 1:00pm for LUNCH ~ BAKE SALE ~ CRAFTS ~ RUMMAGE SALE ~ FALL HARVEST ITEMS ~ THANKS TO ALL for your support on such a beautiful day! Proceeds to benefit Hospice of Jackson County!

Event Coordinators: BACK: Doug Clark, Norla Bormann, Pastor Shane FRONT: Gloria Heacock, Jackie Clark, Arlice Heacock, Julie Bormann
Event Coordinators: BACK: Doug Clark, Norla Bormann, Pastor Shane FRONT: Gloria Heacock, Jackie Clark, Arlice Heacock, Julie Bormann

September 30, 2014Hospice of Jackson County Annual Memorial Service was held at beautiful Camp Shalom on the Caves Rd at 2pm.  Many family members attended to commemorate the lives of their loved ones.

September 18, 2014 – Lunch & Learn @ Clover Ridge 12-1 pm – Patti Hamilton provided information on Advance Directives – who needs them and how to implement them.  For more information call 563.652.0123

September 7, 2014 – First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa provided us with some much-appreciated helpers from “God’s Work, Our Hands.”  They gave their time and talents to paint our entry and gathering area at the office ~ Thanks to you all, what a welcoming sight it is! Pictured below are: Katy Anderson, Wayne & Shelby Scharff, Brenda Sneddon, Julie Klecker & Cindy Fier.

2014'09 Painters First Lutheran Church

September 4, 2014 – Lunch & Learn @ Clover Ridge 12-1 pm – “Healing Haven,” presented by Vicki Alden, will provide information on a new grief support group learning series being brought to local communities by Hospice of Jackson County.

August 22, 2014 – 4th Annual Walk / Run in Bellevue – 5k; Youth 1-mile; Kids Fun Run (6 & under) at Bellevue Cole Park ~ proceeds go to Hospice of Jackson County – THANK YOU to Sherri Scheckel, Betty Kilburg & their fine group of volunteers & community members for putting together & participating in such a fun event!  Hope to see you all again next year!

August 23, 2014 5th Annual Ride for Hospice – Motorcycles & all Vehicles Welcome – leaves Offshore Bar & Grill, Bellevue – $15 per person ~ 100% proceeds go to Hospice of Jackson County – THANK YOU to Ron & Denise Reeg for once again showing us the beauty of the area & it’s people! 

July 23, 2014 – Maquoketa Fair Parade – Thanks to all who were able to attend the parade, walk with us, or show their support – we had a lot of fun!

July 12, 2014 – LaDonna Heister 1st Annual Memorial Stock Car Race @ Maquoketa Fairgrounds – T-Shirt sales, door prizes, raffles and friendship while enjoying the races – a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hospice of Jackson County – gates open at 4:00 pm – THANK YOU to the Heister Family, Fagan Graphics & Tees, Darkside  Promotions & all of the wonderful community members who showed their support! Heister Memorial Race 2014

July 5, 2014Strutting in our 60’s – Benefit for Hospice of Jackson County – Eagles Club, Maquoketa, Ham Dinner @6:30pm Entertainment and music to follow – THANK YOU to those who came out for food and fun to support Hospice of Jackson County!

March 29, 2014 – Concert Program, brought to you by Jim & Deb Gerardy @ Ohnward Fine Arts Center, Maquoketa, Iowa.  THANK YOU ALL for sharing a great night of music and entertainment with us, performed by an excellent group of local talents, sponsored by an amazing number of area businesses!2014 Mainstream TalentPhoto courtesy of Maquoketa Sentinel Press

KMAQ Radio Presents the 17th Annual Combined Farm and Home Show at Pearson Memorial Center- Jackson County Fairgrounds February 5 -6, 2014