Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Emma V. Kauspedas 
Emma V. Kauspedas, 87, of Sioux City died Sunday, March 1, 1998, at Indian Hills Care Center. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. 
Thursday at St. Casimir Catholic Church, with the Rev. Paul-Louis Arts officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7 p.m., at Larkin Morningside Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Kauspedas was born Feb. 19, 1911, in Hudson, S.D., the daughter of Andrew A. and Martha (Thompson) Nelson. She graduated from Fairview (S.D.) High School. 

She lived in Fairview until 1930, when she moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. In 1945 she moved to Sioux City. 

She married Joseph C. Kauspedas on April 2, 1949, in Blair, Neb. The couple owned and operated Emma and Joe's Cafe in the Greenville area of Sioux City from 1954 to 1974. They then opened and operated the Jungle Lounge from 1974 to 1994. Both establishments were operated from the former Kauspedas Grocery. 

She was a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church, a former member of the Rosary Society and a member of the Hawkeye Club. 

Survivors include her husband; a son, Joseph John of Sioux City; two daughters and their husbands, Marilyn and Randy Prine of San Diego, Calif., and Josie and William Scott of Sioux City; five sisters, Milda Austin of Canton, S.D., Selma and her husband, A.M. Hill, of Temple, Texas, Esther Davidson of Aberdeen, S.D., and Myrtle Milligan and Rachel and her husband, Jack Mohn, all of Sun City West, Ariz.; three brothers, Carl Nelson and Norman Nelson and his wife, Dorothy, all of Canton, S.D. and Clarence L. Nelson and his wife, Nyla, of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Adolph, Clarence R., Louis and Raymond Nelson; and a sister, Mary Ann Nelson. 

Pallbearers will be Bill and Cameron Scott, Doug Bisland, Tony Luneckas, Harry DeMarest and Donny Nashleanas. 
 
 

Sylvia Kronick 
 Sylvia Kronick, 84, of Sioux City died Monday, March 2, 1998, at her residence following a lengthy illness. 
Memorial services will be at 1 
p.m. Thursday at Congregation Beth Shalom, with spiritual leader James Sherman officiating. Private burial services will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Nelson-Berger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Kronick was born Nov. 20, 1913, in Chicago, the daughter of Oscar and Libby (Hockenberg) Jacobson. She attended Roosevelt High School in Des Moines and Northwestern University. 

She married Soll Kronick on Feb. 27, 1937, in Des Moines. The couple moved to Sioux City. 

She was employed as a receptionist with Mid Town Athletic Club and the United Hair Lines for many years. 

She was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom and a former member of Shaare Zion Synagogue, where she was a member of the Women's League. She was also a member of Hadassah and the Abu Bekr Shrine Auxiliary. 

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Norman and Rosie of Sioux City and Larry and Debbie of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a half sister, Rochelle Weiss of St. Paul, Minn.; and seven grandchildren, Amy, Kathy, Matthew, Richard, Shira, Amanda and Benjermen. 

She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Bernice Wheeler. 

Pallbearers will be Jim Rocklin, Mike Newhouse, Rich Halpine, George Smith, Dan Gildemeister and Clem Hurley. 

Memorials in her name may be directed to the Big Sioux Chapter for Alzheimer's of Sioux City. 
 
 

Tony Pantona 
Tony Pantona, 76, of Sioux City died Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998, at his residence following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 6 p.m. Sunday 
at Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel, with the Rev. Richard Sitzman, of St. Boniface Catholic Church, officiating. The body will be cremated. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with the family present, at the funeral home. 

Mr. Pantona was born Feb. 6, 1922, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the son of Antonio and Caroline (Ferara) Pantona. He graduated from high school in 1939 and enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps. 

In 1940 he drove a taxi in a self-employed tourist and sightseeing business. 

He served in the U.S. Army as a rifleman and half-track driver during World War II. He served in the European, Africian and Middle Eastern Theater, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. 

Following his discharge, he returned to his business in Niagara Falls. 

He married Luella Vondrak on July 6, 1970, in Sioux City. She died April 22, 1990. 

He moved to Sioux City in 1957, where he was employed as a mechanic and later as a service manager for Sioux City Dodge. In 1965 he became a salesman for Hutton-Tufty Dodge and later Charlie Zook Motors. He worked for Holdenried Ford from 1971 until 1976, when he became sales manager for Tri-State AMC Jeep Inc. He retired in 1984. 

He was of the Catholic faith. 

Survivors include three sons, Joseph and Anthony Mark, both of Sioux City, and Terry and his wife, Toni, of Vancouver, Wash.; and two sisters, Mary Lewis and Josephine Ellsmore, both of Niagara Falls. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Pantona. 
 
 

Stanley I. Jacobs 
Stanley I. Jacobs of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Sioux City, died Monday, March 2, 1998, at a St. Louis hospital from complications of Parkinson's Disease. 
Burial will be in St. Louis. Rindskopf-Roth Funeral Chapel of St. Louis is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mr. Jacobs was a graduate of the Wharton School of Business before serving as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. He went on to become an executive with Davidson's Department Store in Sioux City and then owner of Fishgall's Apparel. 

He was a charter president of Sioux City SCORE as well as regional director of SCORE. He was a charter member of the Sioux City Country Club. 

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn F. Jacobs of St. Louis; three daughters and their husbands, Marjorie and Gerald Smith, Ellen and Norman Farber and Carol and Larry Blumenfeld, all of St. Louis; eight grandchildren, Kim, Bryan, Andy and Patrick Smith, Todd and Tim Farber and Carrie and Amy Blumenfeld; two great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Marion Fishgall. 
 
 

Eloise P. Moss 
Eloise P. Moss, 94, of Sioux City died Thursday, Feb. 26, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness. 
Memorial services will be at 11 
a.m. today at Trinity Lutheran Church, with Pastor Kathy Wicks officiating. There will be no visitation. The body has been donated to the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Moss was born Oct. 21, 1903, in Lake City, Iowa, the daughter of Warren E. and Edna (Murphy) Preston. She moved with her family to Sioux City in 1914, where she graduated from Central High School in 1921. 

She was employed with the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., for 29 years, retiring in 1961. She returned to Sioux City. She worked for Congressman Stan Gregg in Sioux City in the mid 1960s. She then worked as a legal secretary with Jack O'Brien law firm until retiring in 1989. 

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was active in national and state Democratic parties. 

Survivors include three nieces, Lorene and her husband, Robert Agnes, of Stamford, Conn., Lois Joan and her husband, Glen Hanson, of Sioux City and Gloria McConnell of Seattle, Wash.; a nephew and his wife, Wayne W. and Ione Preston of Sioux City; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. 

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Harry, Mark "Fish", Clifford and Ted Preston; and three sisters, Catherine Murphy, Lois Hagen and Mary Lou Johnson. 

Memorials in her name may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church. 
 
 

Raymond J. Obrekaitis 
Raymond J. Obrekaitis, 65, of Sioux City died of cancer Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at the Casa de Paz. 
The body was cremated. There will be no services. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

Patrick H. Haukap, 65, of Sioux City died Tuesday; Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

Jill M. Vander Zee 
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - Jill Marie Vander Zee, 18, of Sioux Center died Sunday, March 1, 1998, at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center, with the Rev. Daniel DeGroot officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 9 p.m., at Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center. 

Miss Vander Zee was born Feb. 1, 1980, in Pullman, Wash., the daughter of Delmar and Lois (Dorhout) Vander Zee. 

She was a senior at Unity Christian High in Orange City, Iowa, and was planning to attend Dordt College in the fall of 1998 to major in the arts. She was an accomplished piano student, achieving to the highest levels in regional and state competitions. 

She was a professing member of Convenant Christian Reformed Church, where she was active in the youth programs and service projects. She was a member of the Unity Christian Chamber and Senior choirs, a co-captain of the drill team and a living group leader. She enjoyed sand volleyball, art and poetry. 

Survivors include her parents; two sisters, Christal and her fiance, Kevin Biesty, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Laura and her husband, Dan Landstra, of Jenison, Mich.; and maternal grandparents, George and Tillie Dorhout of Rock Valley, Iowa. 

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Oscar and Helena Vander Zee. 

Memorials may be directed to the family for a scholarship fund in her name to Dordt College in the arts. 
 

F. LaVerne Koll 
F. LaVerne "Verni" Koll, 72, of San Jose, Calif., formerly of Sioux City and Yankton, S.D., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, following surgery at a San Jose hospital. 
Memorial services were held Saturday, Feb. 28, at Chapel of the Roses in San Jose. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Sioux City. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church Chapel in Sioux City, with the Rev. Ronald R. Allin officiating. 

Mrs. Koll was born Dec. 16, 1925, in Yankton, the daughter of Clarence and Evelyn Kaiser. She had lived in Sioux City briefing and had been a resident of California for many years. 

Survivors include five daughters, Judith Lukhart of Highpoint, N.C., Brenda and her husband Gale Nichols of Waverly, Iowa, Beverly and her husband Jim Ryan of San Jose, Vivian Koll, of San Jose and The Gambia, West Africa, and Kristeen and her husband Jerry Evanoff of Winters, Calif.; three sons, Terrance Lukhart of Highpoint, N.C., Randy Koll of Sacramento, Calif. and Greg Koll and his wife Raina of San Jose; three sisters, Joy Burch of O'Fallon, Mo., Lelia McManigal of Richmond, Ind. and Beverly Holmes of Sioux City; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Leonard B. Donnell 
 Leonard B. "Buck" Donnell, 83, of Sioux City died Monday, March 2, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness. 
Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with Mr. Ross Ford, with the Reorganized Church of Latter-Day Saints, officiating. The body was cremated and burial will be in Arlington Cemetery at Moville, Iowa at a later date. Visitation with the family will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Mr. Donnell was born May 5, 1914, in Sloan, Iowa, the son of Willis Burdette and Irene May (Wright) Donnell. He was raised in the Kinglsey, Iowa and Moville area. 

He married Alma M. Petersen on Sept. 30, 1938, in Denison, Iowa. He farmed in the Le Mars, Iowa area for several years before moving to Sioux City in 1959. He was employed with Advanced Industries for 15 years, retiring in 1977. 

He was a member of Reorganized Church of Latter-Day Saints and a former member of the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and traveling. 

Survivors include his wife; three daughters and their husbands, Patricia and Monte Easton of Le Mars, Linda and Tom VanTuyl and Kathleen and Jim Keairns, all of Sioux City; two brothers, John and his wife Mabel of Hinton, Iowa and Robert of Bullhead City, Ariz.; a sister, Marge Green of Sioux City; eight grandchildren, Paul and Michael Easton, Jeramy Ericsson, Jay Williams, Aaron and Brandi VanTuyl, Jamie and Jason Keairns; and four great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Ann Donnell; two brothers, Bill and Martin; and a sister, Leah Ford. 

Bernice V. Lamb 
 Bernice V. Lamb, 87, of Sioux City died Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at the Matney Morningside Manor following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Morningside Church of Christ, with the Rev. Larry Lane officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Christy, Smith and Hockenberry Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Lamb was born June 27, 1910, in Hornick, Iowa, the daughter of Lafe and Amy L. (Lines) Pittman. She graduated from Holly Springs (Iowa) High School. 

She married Jack D. Lamb on March 12, 1936, in Sioux City. The couple farmed near Sloan, Iowa for eight years and near Cherokee, Iowa for four years. They moved to Sioux City in 1948. She was employed as a waitress at Younkers, the Sioux City Country Club, Dean Drug and the Sunshine Store, retiring in 1992. He died July 26, 1982, in Sioux City. 

She was a member of Morningside Church of Christ. She enjoyed sewing and growing flowers. 

Survivors include two sons, Jack and his wife Iris and Dennis R., all of Sioux City; a brother and his wife, Glen and Ruby Pittman of Onawa, Iowa; a sister, Opal McRae of Sioux City; six grandchildren, Joann Brown, Bernice Espanosa, Rick, Dennis III, Kathye and Robert Lamb; and seven great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Addie Pittman, Gladys Bettin and Aurelia Gustafason. 

Pallbearers will be Rick Lamb, Marlen Bettin, Monty Brown, David Hemmingsen, Gary Lines and Bob Williams.


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