Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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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 
Bernetta Mae Lenig, 75, of Sioux City died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at Indian Hills Care Center. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Berkemier Funeral Home, with the Rev. Merrill Muller of Riverside United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the funeral home. 

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 married Harvey Lenig on March 6, 1942, in Pender, Neb. The couple made their home in Sioux City. He died Oct. 2, 1986. 

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 
Willard G. Bertrand, 68, of Sioux City died Sunday, March 8, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Lawrence McCarty officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites conducted by American Legion Monahan Post 64. Visitation with the family present will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, with a rosary at 7 p.m. said by the Third Degree Knights of Columbus and a Scriptural wake service at 7:30 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

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 
Helen H. Vanderwal, 74, of Sioux City died Monday, March 9, 1998, at a Sioux City nursing home following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Boniface Catholic Church, with the Rev. Marvin Boes officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

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 
 Etta M. Plendell, 89, of Sioux City died Monday, March 9, 1998, at a Sioux City nursing home following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Nelson-Berger Morningside Chapel, with the Rev. Richard Francis of Westminster Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Grand Meadow Cemetery at rural Washta, Iowa. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday, with the family present from noon until service time, at the funeral home. 

Mrs. Plendell was born Sept. 13, 1909, in Washta, the daughter of John and Maggie (White) Dawson. 

She married Charles Wood in 1927. He died in 1936. 

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 
LYONS, Neb. - Steven Jesse Campbell, 76, of Lyons died Monday, March 9, 1998, at Community Care in Lyons. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lyons, with the Rev. David LaPlante officiating. Burial will be in Lyons Cemetery, with military rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Robert Klase Post 7998 and American Legion Harvey Lenig Post 83, both of Lyons. Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today, with a parish rosary at 3 p.m., at Piper Funeral Home in Lyons. 

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 
HULL, Iowa - Esther Lillian Kooiker, 82, of Hull died Monday, March 9, 1998, at her residence in Hull. 
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at American Reformed Church in Hull, with the Rev. David Ter Beest officiating. Burial will be prior to the service in Hope Cemetery. There will be a prayer service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Oolman Funeral Home in Hull. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with the family present from 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. 

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. 
 
 

Arlie Burns 
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - Catherine Arlie Burns, 92, of Rock Rapids died Tuesday, March 10, 1998, at Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital in Rock Rapids. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, with the Rev. Dennis Nicholson officiating. Burial will be in Larchwood Cemetery at Larchwood, Iowa. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Roste Funeral Home in Rock Rapids. 

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, Delma Swanson. 
 
 

Helen M. Petersen 
UTE, Iowa - Helen Marie Petersen, 90, of Ute died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton, Iowa. 
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute, with the Rev. Edgar Bode officiating. Burial will be in St. Clair Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Armstrong Funeral Home of Ute is in charge of the arrangements. 

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 
PENDER, Neb. - Viola R. Chaney, 74, of Omaha, formerly of Pender, died Tuesday, March 10, 1998, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Pender, with the Rev. Stanley Kwiecien officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., at Muderloh Funeral Home in Pender. 

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.


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