Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Bonnie Wheeler 
Bonnie Wheeler, 63, of Waycross, Ga., formerly of Sioux City, died Saturday, March 14, 1998, at Satilla Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Miles-Odum Funeral Home in Waycross. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Mrs. Wheeler was born on Jan. 4, 1935, in Sioux City, the daughter of Ralph and Wilma (Dickson) Heisler. 

She married Ed Wheeler in 1951. She was the owner and operator of Town and Country Cleaners Inc. in Waycross. 

She was of the Lutheran faith and the past president of the Junior Women's Club of Waycross. 

Survivors include her husband; two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Stephen Varnedore, and Debbie and Ray Carter, all of Waycross; four sons, Jim and his wife, Marilyn, of Port Clinton, Ohio, Eddie and his wife, Sherry, of Waycross, Craig and his wife, Helen, of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Alan of Waycross; 22 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary Heisler and his wife, Rita, of Leesburg, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Barbara Heisler. 

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Leah Ellis 
Leah Ellis, 80, of Sioux City died Saturday, March 14, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness. 
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Number Eight Cemetery at Madison, Kan., with the Rev. J. Gordon Bechtel, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Emporia, Kan., officiating. Visitation with the family present will be before and after the services Wednesday at the Wilson Funeral Home in Madison, Kan. There will be no services or visitation in Sioux City. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel is in charge of local arrangements. 

Mrs. Ellis was born Oct. 25, 1917, in Stillwater, Okla., the daughter of James and Ina (Wellman) McKim. She moved with her family to Emporia, Kan. in 1924. She graduated from Emporia High School and attended Emporia State Teachers College on a swimming scholarship. 

She married Bernard Kelly Reeble on Aug. 30, 1940, in Emporia. She married Harold Leonard Ellis on March 12, 1960, in Emporia. The couple moved to Sioux City from Emporia in 1992. He died Jan. 7, 1994, in Sioux City. She entered the North Park Senior Living Community in May 1996. 

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Chapter ES, P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Golden Chain Garden Club, all in Emporia. She was a member of Morningside Presbyterian Church and the Chapter LX, P.E.O. Sisterhood, all in Sioux City. She won many awards for flower arranging and had been a National Iris Show judge. 

Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Linda (Reeble) and Arnold R. Graham of Emporia and Ronda (Reeble) and Larry G. Hopkins of Sioux City; a sister, Ina Lou Bond of Ponca City, Okla.; five grandchildren, Aronld and Anna Graham, Tracey Rowe, Holly McCreary and Kelley Ceynowa; and two great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Duane George McKim and James Ellery McKim. 

Memorials in her name may be directed to either First Presbyterian Church in Emporia or Morningside Presbyterian Church in Sioux City. 

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Bess B. Blume 
Bess B. (Croudy) Blume, 89, of Sioux City died Friday, March 13, 1998, at her residence following a brief illness. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel, with the Rev. Ron Allen officiating. Private family burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Rose Hill Cemetery at Emerson, Neb. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Mrs. Blume was born March 19, 1908, in Tekamah, Neb. She graduated from Blair (Neb.) High School and attended Dana College. She received her teaching certificate from Wayne State Teachers College. 

She married Donald B. Blume on Aug. 21, 1933, in Papillion, Neb. The couple moved to Sioux City in 1940. 

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Isis Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, the Sioux City Boat Club and the Sioux City Country Club. She was a volunteer at the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, St. Luke's Auxiliary and the Sunrise Manor. 

Survivors include a son, Donald B. Jr. of Downey, Calif.; two daughters, Emilie C. Zasada of Rhinelander, Wis. and Jaclyn B. Blume of University Heights, Ohio; and six grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Matt and Don Blume and John and Jon Zasada. 

Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army. 

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Iva Mae Haack 
Iva Mae (Peters) Haack, 83, of South Sioux City died Sunday, March 15, 1998, at the Care Center in Whiting, Iowa following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date in Dawson City Cemetery at Dawson, Iowa. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Mrs. Haack was born Jan. 13, 1915, in Dawson, the daughter of Elmer H. and Sylvia Mae (Kever) Adams. 

She married E.L. "Roy" Peters on June 10, 1933. He died Oct. 13, 1959. She owned and operated a beauty shop in Sioux City. 

She married Elmer F. Haack on Aug. 30, 1969, in South Sioux City. The couple owned a trucking business, driving for Hy-Grade Foods and Mid-West Continental. 

Survivors include her husband; a son and his wife, Larry and Norma Peters of Sheffield, Iowa; four daughters, Sharon Davis of Port Aransas, Texas, Janet and her husband John Scott of Whiting, Linda and her husband Jim McDonald of Allen, Neb. and Geraldine Peters of Dakota City; a sister, Lois Todd of Rippey, Iowa; two stepsons, Elmer C. and his wife Rita of Detroit, Mich. and John R. of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Judy Maiden of Ohio; 14 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

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Mary H. Moran 
Mary H. Moran, 89, of Sioux City died Thursday, March 12, 1998, at her home following a brief illness. 
Services will be at 9 a.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. George Zehnder and the Rev. Leo Kostizen officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Christy, Smith and Hockenberry Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Moran was born on July 7, 1908, in Bonesteel, S.D., the daughter of Charles and Cora (Potter) Dummer. She attended school in Bonesteel and lived in Scotland, S.D. for several years. 

She married Lawrence Moran on March 31, 1928, in Olivet, S.D. They moved to Sioux City in 1943. He died on Sept 30, 1978. She moved to Omaha in 1990 and back to Sioux City in Jan. 1998. 

Survivors include five daughters, Lucille Edgar of Littleton, Colo., Betty and her husband, James Moser, of Sioux City, Genevieve Hoth of Sloan, Iowa, Charlotte Nolan of Sioux City, and Sandra and her husband, Melvin Ronfeldt, of Omaha, Neb.; two sons and their wives, Charles and Pat of Meridian, Miss., and Keith and Carol of Omaha; four brothers, Alfred Dummer of Olivet, S.D., Frank Dummer of Springfield, Mo., Edgar Dummer of Brownwood, Texas, and Marvin Dummer and his wife, Gertrude, of Bois D'Arc, Mo.; 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Veronica; two grandsons, Allen Edgar and Michael Moran; a great-granddaughter; three brothers, Charles, Oscar, and William Dummer; and two sisters, Ida Maruska and Edith Kusler. 

Pallbearers will be Kirk Edgar, Robert Ronfeldt, Tim Owen, William Wheatcraft, William Huff, and Jay Hoth. 

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Marie J. Shanahan 
UTE, Iowa - Marie Julia Shanahan, 92, of Ute died Thursday, March 12, 1998, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton, Iowa. 
Services were held Saturday, March 14, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ute. The Rev. Ben Jensen officiated. Burial was in St. Clair Cemetery. Armstrong Funeral Home of Ute was in charge of the arrangements. 

Miss Shanahan was born Aug. 7, 1905, in Ute, the daughter of J. William and Mary (Cronin) Shanahan. She was rasied and educated in the Ute area. 

She taught rural school in the Ute community. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Joyce's Lumber in Ute for 10 years. 

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the St. Mary's Rosary Society. 

Survivors include two sisters, Loretta Seufert and Margie and her husband, Raymond Pithan, all of Ute; a sister-in-law, Teresa Shanahan of Ute; 14 nieces and nephews; 51 grandnieces and grandnephews; and 40 great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Vincent; three nephews; and a grandnephew. 

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Richard E. Mattox 
PIERSON, Iowa - Richard Eugene "Dickie" Mattox, 54, of Pierson died Sunday, March 15, 1998, at Correctionville Nursing and Rehab Center in Correctionville, Iowa. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Earnest-Michaelson Funeral Home in Kinglsey, Iowa. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Sioux City. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Mr. Mattox was born May 3, 1943, in Sioux City, the son of Floyd and Enid (Dunnington) Mattox. 

He had lived in Omaha, where he received his education, and later in Sioux City. In 1968 he moved back to Pierson. He entered Correctionville Nursing and Rehab Center in 1992. 

He was of the Presbyterian faith. 

Survivors include a stepsister-in-law, Winifred Mattox of Munice, Ind.; an uncle and his wife, Perley "Pud" and Myrtle Dunninigton of Correctionville; two aunts, Edna Pieper and Calista Dunnington, both of Pierson; and several cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepbrother, Robert Mattox; and four uncles, Clyde, Clifford, Clarence and Lyle Dunnington. 

Pallbearers will be Max and Bob Dunnington, Loren Schiever, Phil Yockey, Brad Timmins and Dale McCune. 

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Earling T. Opdahl 
IRETON, Iowa - Earling Tilford Opdahl, 92, of Ireton died Sunday, March 15, 1998, at Sioux Center Community Hospital in Sioux Center, Iowa. 
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ireton, with the Rev. Loren Vogler officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Porter-Dow Funeral Home in Ireton. 

Mr. Opdahl was born May 2, 1905, in Center Township near Ireton, the son of Lorentz and Julia (Thompson) Opdahl. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended rural school and graduated from Ireton High School in 1922. 

He married Gertrude Robinson on April 29, 1942, in Hawarden, Iowa. The couple farmed near Ireton until retiring in 1969 and moving into Ireton. 

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and enjoyed playing cards. 

Survivors include his wife; a son, Larry of Hawarden; two daughters and their husbands, Janice and James Mallette of Columbia, Mo., and Ruth and Scott Alexander of Le Mars, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Lorentz and Fern of Hudson, S.D.; and a sister, Florence Johnson of Hawarden. 

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Adolph, Arthur and Norman, and three sisters, Anna, Clara and Mildred. 

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Mary Van Kley 
ROCK VALLEY, Iowa - Mary Van Kley, 84, of Rock Valley died Sunday, March 15, 1998, at Valley Manor Nursing Home in Rock Valley. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley, with the Rev. C. Eric Fennema officiating. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery. Visitation will be today, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. 

Mrs. Van Kley was born Aug. 21, 1913, in Ireton, Iowa, the daughter of Sipke and Johanna (Weijer) Dorhout. 

She married Fred Van Kley on April 19, 1939, in Lebannon, Iowa. The couple farmed near Rock Valley until retiring and moving into Rock Valley in 1989. He died July 6, 1992. 

She entered the Valley Manor Nursing Home in 1995. 

She was a member of First Christian Reformed Church, the Martha Circle and the Hegg Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and making doll clothes. 

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Arnold and Retta and Fred Jr. and Karla, all of Rock Valley; two daughters and their husbands, Josephine and Gerald "Joe" Van Engen of Sheldon, Iowa, and Wilma and Gerry Juffer of Sioux Center, Iowa; four brothers and their wives, Peter and Johanna, Dick and Lucille and George and Tillie, all of Rock Valley, and Clarence and Alberta of West Palm Beach, Fla.; three sisters, Gertrude Van Zanten and Ella Hoekman, both of Rock Valley, and Martha Goslinga of Orange City, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Gerald Van Engen Jr., and a brother, Sam Dorhout. 

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Levi Harms 
ONAWA, Iowa - Levi Harms, 100, of Onawa died Sunday, March 15, 1998, at Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Congregational Church in Onawa, with the Rev. Earle Potts officiating. Burial will be in Onawa City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Pearson Funeral Home in Onawa. 

Mr. Harms was born April 22, 1897, in Sublette, Mo., the son of Adolph and Josephine (Hood) Harms. 

He married Bernice Dugdale on May 13, 1923, in Onawa. She died June 14, 1977, in Onawa. He married Henrietta Rohrer on Jan. 28, 1979, in Onawa. 

He farmed and had a seed corn business. 

He was a member of First Congregational Church and the Farm Bureau. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. 

Survivors include his wife; two daughters and their husbands, Darlene and Leslie Beigel of Smithville, Mo., and Geraldine and James Hopkins of Onawa; two daughters-in-law, Betty Harms of Onawa and Elizabeth Harms of McAllen, Texas; four stepchildren, Harold Navrude, Delbert Navrude, Marlene Agosta and Harry Navrude; 13 grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. 

He was preceded in death by two sons, Robert and Frederick; five brothers and four sisters.


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