Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Patrick H. Haukap 
Patrick H. Haukap, 65, of Sioux City died Tuesday, March 3, 1998 at a Sioux City hospital after an extended illness. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Marvin J. Boes, pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 9 p.m. today with the family present from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Mr. Haukap was born on April 7, 1932, the son of Herman A. and Hilda (Schenkelberg) Haukap, in Templeton, Iowa. He married Nancy T. Brenner on May 1, 1968, in Jackson, Minn. A Sioux City resident for the past 20 years, he was employed in automotive service with several local businesses. He was active in various Sioux City area pool and dart leagues. He also enjoyed cooking. 

Survivors include his wife; his mother; six sons, Tony, Corey, Brandon, Ryan, and Todd and his wife, Michelle, all of Sioux City, and Jamey and his wife, Keera, of Newport News, Va.; four daughters, Michelle, Heather, Kristy, and Mandy Haukap, all of Sioux City; three sons from a previous marriage, Paul of Arizona, Bill and his wife, Londa of Lakeview, Iowa, and James and his wife, Susie, of Colorado; two daughters from a previous marriage, Patsy and her husband, Dan Dobson of Missouri, and Rosie and her husband, Joe Railsback of Carroll, Iowa; and 16 grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his father and a son, Nathan, in infancy. 
 
 

Dorothy E. Beller 
Dorothy E. Beller, 73, of Sioux City died Wednesday, March 4, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverside United Methodist Church with the Rev. Merrill Muller officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 8:30 p.m. with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Berkemier Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Beller was born on Dec. 4, 1924, the daughter of Glenn and Anna (Sandoe) Tennis, in Sioux City. She graduated from Central High School in 1942. She married Joseph Corder in 1946. They operated the Riverside Dairy Queen for several years. She was also employed at National Roofing Co. for 18 years. She married Robert Beller on Dec. 18, 1978. The couple lived in Sioux City. 

She was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church and GIVES Goodwill Volunteer Service. 

Survivors include her husband; a son and his wife, William and Timarie Corder of Sioux City; a daughter and her husband, Debra and Danny Hauser of Sioux City; two stepsons, Tom and his wife, Elaine Beller of Dent, Minn., and David Beller of Portland, Ore.; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Trigg of Elko, Nev.; her mother; a sister, Donna Rowley of Sioux City; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her father and a granddaughter, Tara Sue Hauser. 

Pallbearers will be Terry Hauser, Kevin Baldwin, Alan Rowley, Scott Knaack, Gaylen Knaack, and Kirk Beller. 

Memorials may be directed to Riverside United Methodist Church. 
 
 

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 machanic 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. In 1971, he worked for Holdenried Ford until 1976, when he became sales manager for Tri-State AMC Jeep, Inc. He retired in 1984. 

He was Catholic. 

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. 

Richard M. Vander Woude 
OKOBOJI, Iowa - Richard M. Vander Woude, 87, of Okoboji died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at his home. 
Services were Friday, Feb. 27, 1998. Turner Funeral Home of Spirit Lake was in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Vander Woude was born Jan. 2, 1911, the son of Dick and Mary Vander Woude, in Rock Valley, Iowa. His family moved to Sanborn where he attended school. He worked at the family store delivering groceries when he was 12 years old. After graduating from high school in 1930, he operated a family service station until moving to Arnolds Park in 1935. There he operated and shortly owned a gas station. He married Madge Kreykes on Aug. 23, 1937. He sold the station in 1946 and later opened Vander Woude's Skelgas Service. In 1968, they moved to Okoboji. After selling the Skelgas business in 1976, he did a variety of jobs for the Stockdale Agency, developed and maintained his cottages, maintained the Okoboji airport, and served as a Meals-On-Wheels volunteer. He also enjoyed gardening. 

He served on the Aronolds Park Volunteer Fire Department, Arnolds Park City Council, and was elected to the Arnolds Park School Board in 1948. During his years on the school board he served as president for several terms. 

He helped form the Iowa Great Lakes Commercial Club and served terms as president and treasurer. He participated in organizing and was active in the Arnolds Park Lions Club, and served for 20 years on the zoning board for the town of Okoboji. 

He was a very active member of the United Calvary Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school, was Sunday school superintendent, and was elected treasurer and president during his many years on the church board. 

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mary of Okoboji; a son, Dick and his wife, Pam of Madison, Wisc.; three grandchildren, Eric, Alec, and Clare; a sister, Jeanette Peelen of Sheldon, Iowa; two brothers, Sid of Coralville, Iowa, and Jean of Seal Beach, Calif.; and seventeen nieces and nephews. 
 
 

Melvin F. Uhl 
 ONAWA, Iowa - Melvin Frederick Uhl, 84, of Onawa died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Burgess Memorial Hospital in Onawa. 
Funeral mass will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church in Onawa with the Rev. Alfred E. McCoy officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Mapleton, Iowa with the Rev. Edmund Tiedeman officiating. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today with the family present from 6 to 7:30 p.m., a parish vigil service at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Legion of Mary Rosary at the church. Visitation will resume at 11:30 a.m. Saturday until time of the service at the church. Armstrong Funeral Home of Mapleton is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mr. Uhl was born Feb. 6, 1914, the son of Fred and Emma (Hamman) Uhl, in Mapleton, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Mapleton. He married Evelyn Sherman in June, 1940. The couple farmed near Climbing Hill, Iowa for two years before moving to a 160 acre farm near Hornick, Iowa. They remained on the farm for 37 years until retirement in 1976. They moved into Onawa in 1981. 

He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Onawa. 

Survivors include his wife; two daughters and their husbands, Sharon and Dave Mesker of Las Vegas, and Glennis and Bill Schneider of Canyon Country, Calif.; two sons, Ronald of Sioux City, and Terry and his wife, Devera, of Omaha, Neb.; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives. 

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sindea Gilbert; a grandson, John Olden; two brothers, Leonard and Orville; and a sister, Ruby. 

Memorials may be directed in his name to the American Heart, Diabetes, or Cancer Associations, or St. John's Catholic Church in Onawa. 

Karol Polson 
MARCUS, Iowa - Karol Lannette Polson, 40, of Marcus died Wednesday, March 4, 1998, at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital in Cherokee, Iowa. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus with the Rev. Roger Henry officiating. Burial will be in Marcus-Amherst Cemetery. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. today with an Eastern Star Service at 7:30 p.m. at Earnest and Roethler Funeral Chapel in Marcus. 

Miss Polson was born July 28, 1957, the daughter of V. Langdon and Mary (Haight) Polson, in Cherokee. She attended school in Marcus and graduated from Marcus High School in 1975. She graduated from the University of Dubuque with a degree in Special Education. She then moved to Rapid City, S.D. and attended National College of Rapid City to become a verterinarian assistant. She lived and worked in Cheyenne, Wyo. as a veterinarian assistant and in a children's home. She then moved to Storm Lake, Iowa and worked for a time at the Faith, Hope, and Charity home. For the past five years she lived in Marcus and at the time of her death was the manager of the Casey's General Store. 

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Carnation Chapter #165 Order of Eastern Star. 

Survivors include her mother; two brothers, Gene Polson and his wife, Vivian, and Randall Polson and his wife, Tersa, all of Marcus; and two nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her father; and twin nephews. 
 
 

Frances M. Ryan 
OMAHA, Neb. - Frances M. Ryan, 77, of Omaha, formerly of Sioux City, died Tuesday March 3, 1998, at Alegent Immanuel Fontenelle Nursing Home in Omaha. 
Services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John Catholic Church on Creighton Campus in Omaha. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. today. at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries in Omaha. 

Miss Ryan was born Sept. 29, 1920, the daughter of Neil T. and Mary L. Ryan, outside of O'Neill, Neb. She attended St. Mary's Academy in O'Neill until her family moved to Sioux City. She graduated from Cathedral High School and from Briar Cliff College in 1942 with highest honors. She taught school for four years in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa before enrolling at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wis. She graduated with highest honors in 1947. She received her Masters in Taxes from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1949. 

Upon returning to Milwaukee she practiced law with Steve Enich and Leonard Burstyn until she moved to Affeldt and Lichstinn. In 1964 she became a full partner and the firm's name changed to Lichstinn, Dede, Anderson and Ryan. At that time she was the only woman partner in a downtown Milwaukee law firm. In 1973 she returned to Nebraska and accepted a professorship at Creighton's School of Law where she taught until March of 1992. She was the first tenured woman law professor in the state of Nebraska. 

Frances helped found the Minority Program at Creighton School of Law and more than 60 graduates were guided by her during her 15-year tenure as director. 

She enjoyed reading and bird watching. 

Survivors include two brothers and their wives, John J. and Shirley Ryan of Spokaine, Wash., and Edward W. and Mary Ann Ryan of Portland, Ore.; three sisters, Ramona Bennett of Castro Valley, Calif., Patricia and her husband, Martin Gnabasik, of Fairchild, Wis., and Catherine and her husband, John Jaroch, of Milwaukee; and 25 nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Thomas Ryan. 

Memorials may be directed to the Frances M. Ryan Scholarship Fund at Creighton School of Law. 
 
 

Donald L. Winchester 
LE MARS, Iowa - Donald LeRoy Winchester, 79, of Le Mars died Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church E.L.C.A., in Le Mars, with the Rev. Gary Landsness officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the American Legion Wasmer Post 241 of Le Mars. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. 

Mr. Winchester was born Oct. 17, 1918, in Newcastle, Neb., the son of George and Cora L. (Chamberlain) Winchester. He moved with his family to Le Mars in 1919. He attended Le Mars Community High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed overseas. 

He married Irene Martfeld on Oct. 1, 1947, in Le Mars. He drove a tank wagon for Nis Nissan for several years before he operated the Skelly Station in Le Mars. In 1949, he was employed with the Plymouth County Road Maintenance crew, retiring in 1978, after 28 years. He later worked for Sioux Tools in Le Mars from 1978 to 1983. She died Nov. 30, 1981. 

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church E.L.C.A.. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and horses. 

Survivors include a daughter, Sally Winchester of Le Mars; two sisters and their husbands, Dorothy and Paul Benson of Milford, Iowa and Lois and Stanley King of Le Mars; his special friend, Rose Vanderharr of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Larry; and two sisters, Mildred and Fern Winchester. 

Pallbearers will be David and Bruce Kruse, Jerry Brock, Denny Schleef, Mike Wiener and Orville Durr.


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