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Leonard I. Cooke 
 Leonard I. Cooke, 78, of Sioux City died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at his residence following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Anderson-Perasso Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Allen D. Call, of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the 185th Fighter Wing, Iowa Air National Guard. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Mr. Cooke was born April 15, 1919, in Smithland, Iowa, the son of Ivan A. and Alma (Zortman) Cooke. He served in the United States Coast Guard for 22 years, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. 

He married Ella A. Anderson on Nov. 20, 1941, in Norfolk, Va. He moved to Sioux City in 1962, where he was employed with the City of Sioux City. He retired in 1982. She died in December 1984, in Newport News, Va. 

He was a member of the American Legion Monahan Post 64, the United States Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer's Association, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 77 and the Academy of Model Aeronautics. 

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Joseph E. and Vickie of Sioux City and Charles C. "Bob" and Kay of Santee, Calif.; a daughter, Alma "Elaine" Biggers of Newport News, Va.; a brother and his wife, Ronald and Marilyn of Maquoketa, Minn.; a sister and her husband, Margie and Walter Wilson of Holstein, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, David and Edward; and two sisters, Mildred McLarty and Wauneta Marino. 

Pallbearers will be members of the 185th Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard. 
 
 

Mary "Elly" Engle 
Mary Eleanor "Elly" Engle, 64, of Sioux City died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a lenghty illness. 
Services will be at noon Wednes day at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas E. Geelan officiating. Cremation will follow the services and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Sitzmann officiating, at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

Mrs. Engle was born Aug. 30, 1933, in Sioux City, the daughter of Howard E. "Ed" and Evelyn (Sullivan) Otis. She graduated from Bishop Heelan High School. 

She married Bruce F. Engle on Oct. 12, 1952, in Sioux City. She was employed with Interstate Air Conditioning for many years. In 1987, she moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where she was employed with Power Builders Supply. She returned to Sioux City in 1994, where she was employed with the Alzheimer's Association. 

She was a kidney transplant survivor and was an active member of the Siouxland Transplant Support Group. She participated with the Iowa Team of the National Transplant Olympics. She enjoyed golf and playing bridge. 

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Joel and Beth and Patrick and Beth, all of Sioux City; three daughters, Deborah and her husband Dan LaFleur of Jefferson, S.D., Tracy and her husband Jim Melvin of Cheyenne and Mikolene Engle of South Sioux City; and 11 grandchildren, Jon, Jennifer, Jacqueline and Bryan LaFleur, Jamison, Brianna, Jacob, Nicholas and Sam Engle, Kelli and Katie Melvin. 

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Pallbearers will be her grandsons. 

Memorials in her name may be directed to either the Siouxland Transplant Support Group or the Alzheimer's Association. 

Eldon J. Vondrak 
LE MARS, Iowa - Eldon J. Vondrak, 67, of Le Mars died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at his residence following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Richard Ries officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with a parish rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scriptual wake service at 7 p.m., at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. 

Mr. Vondrak was born July 10, 1930, in Sioux City, the son of Frank and Gertrude (Muir) Vondrak. 

He married Joan Bolton on Sept. 25, 1951, in Sioux City. He was a self-employed trucker until retiring in 1990. 

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Plymouth County Farm Bureau. 

Survivors include his wife; a son, Scott of Sioux City; a daughter and her husband, Debra and Kevin Singer of Le Mars; four grandchildren, Lyndsi Rai, Malori Kai, Ethan and Austin Price; five brothers and their wives, Francis and Marguerite and Phil and Donna, all of Sioux City, Gilbert and JoAnn of Le Mars, Floyd and Janice of Petaluma, Calif. and Harold and Theresa of Cotati, Calif.; and two sisters and their husbands, Florence and Ray Schroeder of Remsen, Iowa and Evelyn and Clark Hansen of Petaluma, Calif. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Walter and Lila Bolton; a brother, Donald; four sisters, Lucian Maxey, Gladys Niles, Shirley Clarey and Barbara Jean Vondrak in infancy; and two brothers-in-law, Ted Bolton and Landon Wymore. 
 

Jonathon E. Culp 
Jonathon Edward Culp, 29, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Sioux City, died Monday, March 2, 1998, in a accident. 
Services were held Friday, March 6, at Lowmans Arizona Funeral Home in Phoenix. Burial will be in Sedona, Ariz., at a later date. 

Mr. Culp was born July 5, 1968, in Queens, N.Y., and moved to Phoenix at an early age. He moved to Sioux City in 1988, where he was employed with Gateway 2000. He returned to Phoenix. 

He attended Morningside Assembly of God in Sioux City. 

Survivors include his son, Jonny; his mother and stepfather, Carolyn and Reggie Prashaw; his special friend and her children, Maricela Ortega and Patricia, Christina and Emilio, all of Phoenix; and his former foster parents, Bill and Dot Gapp of Cortez, Colo. 
 
 

Daniel F. Jones 
Daniel F. Jones, 62, of Stockbridge, Ga., formerly of Sioux City, died Sunday, March 8, 1998, in Stockbridge. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Morrow, Ga., with the Rev. Barry Griffin officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at Rainer Funeral Home in Stockbridge. 

Mr. Jones was a graduate of Sioux City Central High School and Iowa State University. He owned Truckers Service Inc. 

He was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church and the Audubon Society. He was an avid runner, having completed 20 Peachtree Road Races. 

Survivors include three sons, Bradley W. and Matthew, both of Atlanta, Ga., and Martin C. of Stockbridge; his brother, Benjamin of Glendale, Ariz.; his father, Frederic E. of Sioux City; and a grandson, Wells Jones. 

Martha C. Rittel 
Martha C. Rittel, 80, of Sioux City died Friday, March 6, 1998, at Countryside Retirement Home after a long illness. 
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Southern Hills Baptist Church. The Rev. Leo Endel officiated. Burial was in Graceland Park Cemetery. Christy, Smith & Hockenberry Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Rittel was born on Sept. 16, 1917, in Freeman, S.D., the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Kleinsasser) Tschetter. She was raised in Freeman and moved to Sioux City in 1944. 

She married Raymond B. Rittel on Dec. 3, 1939, in Freeman. He died May 12, 1989. 

She worked in the central kitchen for the Sioux City public schools. She also worked for the Salvation Army Auxiliary. 

She was a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school at the Christian Missionary Alliance for 25 years, and worked during city elections for many years. She was also a 20-year volunteer for RSVP, a Bible study and story time for young children, and volunteered at Countryside Retirement Home. 

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Montgomery of Milford, Iowa, and LaVone and her husband, Tom Bennett, of Sioux City; two sisters, Dorothy Newman of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Vivian Prochnow of West Bend, Wis.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by two grandsons and brothers and sisters. 

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland. 
 
 

Mary Engle 
Mary Eleanor "Elly" Engle, 64, of Sioux City died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas E. Geelan officiating. Cremation will follow the services and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Sitzmann officiating, at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

Mrs. Engle was born Aug. 30, 1933, in Sioux City, the daughter of Howard E. "Ed" and Evelyn (Sullivan) Otis. She graduated from Bishop Heelan High School. 

She married Bruce F. Engle on Oct. 2, 1952, in Sioux City. 

She was employed with Interstate Air Conditioning for many years. In 1987 she moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where she was employed with Power Builders Supply. She returned to Sioux City in 1994, where she was employed with the Alzheimer's Association. 

She was a kidney transplant survivor and was an active member of the Siouxland Transplant Support Group. She participated with the Iowa Team of the National Transplant Olympics. She enjoyed golf and playing bridge. 

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Joel and Beth and Patrick and Beth, all of Sioux City; three daughters, Deborah and her husband, Dan LaFleur, of Jefferson, S.D., Tracy and her husband, Jim Melvin, of Cheyenne and Mikolene Engle of South Sioux City; and 11 grandchildren, Jon, Jennifer, Jacqueline and Bryan LaFleur, Jamison, Brianna, Jacob, Nicholas and Sam Engle and Kelli and Katie Melvin. 

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Pallbearers will be her grandsons. 

Memorials in her name may be directed to either the Siouxland Transplant Support Group or the Alzheimer's Association. 
 
 

Frederick D. Allen 
Frederick D. Allen, 69, of North Sioux City died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Berkemier Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul Allen Jr. officiating. The body will be cremated following the service. Visitation will be from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Mr. Allen was born Oct. 9, 1928, in Fall City, Neb., the son of John and Vera (Beasley) Allen. He moved to Minneapolis, Minn. 

He married Peggy Parker on Aug. 29, 1982. The couple moved to North Sioux City in 1988. 

He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service until retiring. 

He was a member of the United Postal Workers Union. 

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Carlton and Limmill, both of California; a daughter, Paulette Allen of Los Angeles, Calif.; two brothers, Norman of Kansas City, Kan., and Marvin of Kansas City, Mo.; five stepchildren, James, Michael, Stephen and Barbara Parker and Elizabeth McDowell; and 21 grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Frederick Jr.; and four brothers, John Henry Jr., Russell, Paul and Howard. 

Eva R. Hutchins 
Eva R. Hutchins, 86, formerly of Sun City Center, Fla., died Sunday, March 8, 1998, at Walker Colonial Manor in South Sioux City. 
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sioux City, with the Rev. Edward Girres, pastor of Cathedral of the Epiphany, officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellow Cemetery at Burlington, N.J. There will be a rosary at the residence of her daughter, Virginia Tornell, in Sioux City. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Hutchins was born Nov. 5, 1911, in Timisoara, Romania. She came to the United States at 11 years of age. 

She married George Barnes Hutchins on April 25, 1937, in New Brunswick, N.J. The couple made their home in Metuchen, N.J. 

She received her beautician master's degree and was a salon owner for more than 30 years. Upon retiring, they moved to Florida. He died Aug. 3, 1997, in Sioux City. 

She served on the Metuchen, N.J., YMCA board of directors, as YMCA state secretary and president of the YMCA Auxiliary. She was a member of the Women's Business League, the St. Francis Altar Society, the Sodality and the PTA. She enjoyed gardening and oil painting. 

Survivors include three daughters, Virginia Tornell of Sioux City, Barbara Nelson and her husband, Michael, of New Hampshire and Susan L. Hutchins of Minneapolis, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth and a brother, John. 
 
 

Dorothy M. Larson 
Dorothy M. Larson, 71, of Sioux City died Monday, March 9, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a lengthy illness. 
Private memorial services will be at a later date. The body was cremated. There will be no visitation. Anderson-Perasso Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Larson was born June 20, 1926, in Sioux City, the daughter of Ralph and Bertha (Delano) Orricer. She graduated from Central High School. 

She married Eugene Miller in 1943. He died in 1953. She married Donald Larson on May 22, 1962, in Luverne, Minn. He died Oct. 2, 1978. 

She was owner and operator of a cafe in Sioux City, retiring in 1966. 

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Eugene and Dori Miller of Sioux City and Ralph and Karen Miller of Tama, Iowa; a daughter and her husband, Frances and Patrick O'Brien of South Sioux City; numerous grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister. 
 
 

Eugene C. Westfall 
Eugene C. Westfall, 77, of Sioux City died Sunday, March 8, 1998, at a Sioux City nursing home following a brief illness. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City, with the Rev. Dale Jirousek, pastor of First Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Mr. Westfall was born Dec. 2, 1920, in South Sioux City, the son of Donald and Nellie (Ellis) Westfall. 

He married Violet B. Bakke on April 9, 1958, in Worthington, Minn. 

He retired from Fullerton Lumber Company. 

Survivors include his wife; a stepdaughter, Joan Best of Sioux City; a sister, Irene Pope; four stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepdaughter, Janice Colahan; and a brother, Keith Westfall. 

Pallbearers will be Tom Lester, Jeff Marsh, Ron Christensen, John Feeber and Marvin and Patrick Reihe. 
 
 

Frances E. Kalin 
Frances Emlein Kalin, 86, of Boston, Mass., formerly of Sioux City, died Sunday, March 8, 1998, at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged (HRCA) in Boston. 
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Congregation Beth Shalom, with Mr. James Sherman, spiritual leader at Congregation Beth Shalom, officiating. Burial will be in Mount Sinai Cemetery. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Kalin was born in Sioux City, the daughter of R.H. and Esther (Steinberg) Emlein. She graduated from Central High School and attended the University of Nebraska, where she majored in organ. 

Following her graduation, she was employed in her father's fur store and for the Levitt Investment Company. 

She married Ben Kalin in 1936. The couple owned and operated stores selling women's clothing, including, Kalin's Coats and Furs in Sioux City. In 1986, the couple retired and moved to Sarasota, Fla. She moved to Boston in 1996. 

She was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom, the Pelican Cove Jazz Jam, the Hadassah, where she was president, the Shaare Zion Womens League, the Sioux City Chamber Music Association and the Schubert Club. She was a charter member of the Methodist Hospital Auxiliary and active in the Sioux City QUOTA Association. 

She had won the Iowa State novice typing championship. As a musician, she toured Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas in the 1930s. She played piano for the opening of the first Sioux City radio station and taught popular music at the Sioux City Music School. 

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Kalin Bond of Ra'anana, Israel, and Deborah Kalin and her husband, Michael Klagsbrun, of Newton, Mass.; a son and his wife, Dick Kalin and Nancy Kleeman of Minneapolis, Minn.; nine grandchildren, Johathan Bundt, Erika and Barak Galili, Suzanne Bundt, Laura and Haim Yatim, Matthew E.H. and Jeremy Nudell Kalin and Arielle Kalin Klagsbrun; two great-grandchildren; and a niece and two nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband; a sister, Annabelle Kutcher; and a brother, Harold Emlein. 

Memorials may be directed to either Emlein Fund at Congregation Beth Shalom, the Staff Development Fund at the HRCA or Hadassah. 
 
 

Loyd K. Fuller 
Loyd K. "Bub" Fuller, 51, of Sioux City died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Berkemier Funeral Home, with the Rev. Merrill Muller of Riverside United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Logan Park Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Mr. Fuller was born Sept. 5, 1946, in Sioux City, the son of William and Helen (Hall) Fuller. 

He was a self-employed roofer. 

Survivors include two sisters, Dee DeMara of Sioux City and Ileen and her husband, Ray Lee, of Arkansas; three brothers and their wives, Paul and Jean Fuller and Chuck and Sylvia Fuller, all of Sioux City, and Lee and Phyliss Fuller of Arkansas; a special niece and his caregiver, Linda Cadwalader of Sioux City; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William and Jerry; and three sisters, LaVonne Harris, Rose Anderson and Dorothy Hansley. 

Pallbearers will be Rick Pederson, Rich Scott, John Lillie, Jim Carlberg, Tom Beavers and Steve Phelps. 
 
 

Helena C.D. Yellowbank 
Helena Cheryl Denise Yellowbank, 5- month-old daughter of Emily Smith and Anthony Yellowbank of Sioux City, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 8, 1998, at her residence. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Winnebago Tribal Mortuary in Winnebago, Neb., with Mr. John Blackhawk in charge of the Winnebago tribal wake and Stephen Red Buffalo in charge of the traditional Lakota rites. Burial will be in Winnebago Tribal Cemetery. Winnebago Wake and Burial is in charge of the arrangements. 

Helena was born Sept. 28, 1997, in Sioux City. 

Survivors include her parents; a brother, Darnell Smith of Sioux City; great-grandmother, Emily Smith of Winnebago; and grandparents, John Big Eagle Sr. and Judy Yellowbank and Mr. and Mrs. Michael John Sr., all of Sioux City. 

She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Cheryl Smith and Helen John; and great-grandfathers, Waukon Smith and Isaac Yellowbank. 

Pallbearers will be Michael John Jr., John Big Eagle Jr., Anthony Medina and Travis Mallory.


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