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|Richard D. Blessing
Richard D. "Dick" Blessing, 69, of South Sioux City died Monday, March 9, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dale Jirousek officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City.
Mr. Blessing was born Feb. 15, 1929, in rural Dakota County, the son of Everett F. and Mary L. (DeGraff) Blessing. He graduated from South Sioux City High School. He attended the University of Nebraska and Wayne State College.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was employed as a bartender at various taverns in Sioux City and South Sioux City, retiring from Callahan's.
Mr. Blessing was a member of First Lutheran Church, American Legion Hanson-Greenleaf Post and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his mother of San Jose, Calif.; a brother and his wife, Robert and Patricia of South Sioux City; two sisters and their husbands, Virginia and Dick Hogrefe of San Jose and Elaine and Roy Paradise of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a daughter and her husband, Barbara and Michael Berens of Sioux City; and his special friend, Diane Riibe of South Sioux City.
Pallbearers will be Steve Patronis, Dan Greeny, Warren Jensen, Jim Meier,
Gary Riibe and Ted Satlzman.
Bernetta M. Lenig
Mrs. Lenig was born May 27, 1922, in Watonga, Okla., the daughter of Aaron and Cordie (Hughes) McClure. She moved with her family to Lyons, Neb., as a child.
She was employed at Safeway Grocery for many years and then as a switchboard operator at St. Vincent Hospital for many years.
She was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include two sons and their wives, David and Marilyn of Sioux City and Harold and Judy of Rancho Dominquez, Calif.; a daughter, Karen Dimmick of Omaha, Neb.; a brother and his wife, Harry "Spike" and Anna McClure of Sioux City; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Eulila McClure, Ellen Luce
and Rachael Kinney.
Willard G. Bertrand
Mr. Bertrand was born Jan. 26, 1930, in Sioux City, the son of Moses and Fabiola (Boudreau) Bertrand. He graduated from Heelan High School in 1950 and from Dunwoody Institution in Minneapolis, Minn., in designing and estimating.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
He married Dorothea McMaster on Aug. 9, 1952.
He was employed as an estimator and worked in Sioux City for Audino Construction Company and Chris Hansen Construction Company. He moved to South Carolina in 1979, where he was employed as chief estimator for Petit Construction Company until 1992. He returned to Sioux City in 1997.
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Third Degree Knights of Columbus and a past president of the Sertoma Club. He was a volunteer director and coach to the CYO Athletic Department in Sioux City and director of the CYO Youth Group in South Carolina.
Survivors include his wife; a son and his wife, Willard Jr. and Anita Bunkers of Union, Ore.; a daughter and her husband, Sheryl Bertrand-Fleming and Dan Fleming of Sioux City; a brother and his wife, Leo and Dorothy of Seattle, Wash.; three sisters, Madeline Churches of Gaffney, S.C., Marie Moore of Sioux City and Francine and her husband, Willis Johnson, of Sullivan, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Duane; two sisters, Joann Jahn and Ernestine Potter; and an infant daughter, Debra Lynn.
Pallbearers will be Cliff Snedeker, Henry, Donald and David Kleyweg, Donald and Paul McMaster, Kenneth Moore and Eugene Potter.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity Heights Queen of Peace.
Helen H. Vanderwal
Mrs. Vanderwal was born March 22, 1923, in Merrill, Iowa, the daughter of August and Minnie (Karstens) Herbst.
She married Wallace N. Vanderwal on Nov. 1, 1941, in Dakota City. He died Oct. 4, 1985, in Sioux City.
She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church.
Survivors include five daughters and their husbands, Charlotte and LeRoy Moffitt, Barbara and Thomas Utech and Kelly and Gerald Dickes, all of Sioux City, Cheryl and Clayton Nath of Omaha and Beverly and Butch Cederburg of Golden, Colo.; three brothers, Donald Herbst and his wife, Blanca, of Puerto Rico, Raymond Herbst of Merrill and Edward Herbst and his wife, Nellie, of Sioux City; a sister and her husband, Darlene and Vern Sorenson of Tucson, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Herbst, and a sister, Phyletta Mathey.
Pallbearers will be Thomas, Timothy and Travis Moffitt, Gerald Dickes
Jr., Jeremy Nath and Ron Lewison.
Etta M. Plendell
Mrs. Plendell was born Sept. 13, 1909, in Washta, the daughter of John and Maggie (White) Dawson.
She moved to California, where she was employed in an aircraft factory and later in a department store.
She married Jack Plendell in 1946. Following his death, she moved to Sioux City in 1988.
She was of the Presbyterian faith.
Survivors include two stepdaughters, Mildred Martindale of Oceanside, Calif., and Betty and her husband, Ivan Donaldson, of Palm Springs, Calif.; two brothers and their wives, Melvin and Eileen Dawson and Harlan and Joyce Dawson, all of Sioux City; a sister, Anna Hall of Lincoln, Neb.; and several stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
Steven J. Campbell
Mr. Campbell was born Oct. 20, 1921, in Exira, Iowa, the son of Jesse and Ethel (Jansen) Williams. He attended school in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and later lived in Sioux City.
He served in the Armed Forces during World War II, stationed in Alaska.
Following his discharge, he lived in Rapid City, S.D., and Omaha, Neb.,
before moving to Community Care in December 1990.
Esther L. Kooiker
Mrs. Kooiker was born April 4, 1915, in Hull, the daughter of Dick and Ida (Bregman) DeKoster.
She was raised in Hull and gradauted from Hull High School in 1932. She attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduating in 1937.
She taught country school for two years and at George Community School for three years.
She married John W. Kooiker on June 16, 1939, in Hull. The couple made their home in Hull.
She was a member of American Reformed Church and the Reformed Church Womens Ministries, where she served as an officer for several years.
Survivors include her husband; two sons and their wives, Clayton and Janice and Calvin and Dixie, all of Le Mars, Iowa; four grandchildren, Stacy, Daniel, Jason and Jared; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Jeanette Semmens and Adelaide Prestley, both of Riverside, Calif., and Nelva Vander Schaaf of Hull.
Memorials may be directed to Greater Sioux County Hospice.
Mrs. Burns was born Jan. 15, 1906, in Larchwood, the daughter of James Wesley and Helen (Rulland) Pruitt.
She was raised in Larchwood and graduated from Larchwood High School in 1924. She received her teaching certificate from the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
She taught rural school in Lyon County and in the Larchwood area.
She married Melvin Burns on Dec. 25, 1934, in Larchwood. The couple moved to Rock Rapids.
She was employed as his legal secretary and served as his legal secretary while he served as an Iowa state representative. He died Oct. 30, 1983.
She entered the Rock Rapids Health Centre two years ago.
She was a member of United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School, the United Methodist Women, Prayer Warrior, the Builders Bible Class, the Lyon County Historical Society and the Rock Rapids Federated Women's Club, where she was president and county chairperson.
Survivors include three nieces, Claylene and her husband, Don Ovre, of Larchwood, Rhonda and her husband, Randy Arney, and Courtney Arney; two nephews, Casey Jay and Randy "RJ" Arney; and several other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Clayton Pruitt, and a sister,
Helen M. Petersen
Mrs. Petersen was born Feb. 21, 1908, in Charter Oak, Iowa, the daughter of August and Martha (Kuhlmann) Kragel. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
She married Herbert Petersen on Feb. 4, 1932, in Charter Oak. The couple farmed for seven years in the Charter Oak area and three years in the Danbury, Iowa, area, prior to moving to a farm near Ute in 1942. He died Oct. 17, 1968. She entered the nursing home in April 1974.
Survivors include a son, Norman of Ute; a daughter and her husband, Joyce and Duane Mordhorst of Ute; five grandchildren, Mike, Pam, Gina, Nancy and John; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Martin.
Viola R. Chaney
Mrs. Chaney was born April 6, 1923, in Julesberg, Colo., the daughter of William and Alvina (Tambke) Winghorst.
Following graduation from high school, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving until 1945. She attended beauty school in Omaha.
She married Robert Chaney on March 12, 1947. The couple lived in Omaha until 1952, when they moved to Pender. In 1971 she moved to South Sioux City and in 1991 she moved to Omaha.
She was a member of the American Legion and St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Campbell of Omaha; a son and his wife, Lon and Judy of Pender; two grandchildren, Heather and Britt Campbell; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence Winghorst of Peoria, Ill.; and a sister, Verna Bethscheider of Portland, Ore.