Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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William S. Hathaway 
William S. Hathaway, 72, of Sioux City died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at his home. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Susan Miller, chaplain of Hospice of Siouxland, and Rev. Sara Malone, pastor of Hinton United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. today with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Mr. Hathaway was born April 29, 1925, in Sioux City the son of Harold and Lois (Stoddard) Hathaway. He graduated from Central High School in 1944, and from Edwards Business School of Sioux City in 1945. He worked on the Alcan Highway in Fairbanks, Alaska, during World War II. He married Helen M. Kovarna on July 17, 1949, in Sioux City. He was a salesman with Kidder-Knoepfler in Sioux City from 1956 to 1977. He then was a salesman with Salsness Motor Co. in Sioux City from 1977 to 1981 after which he worked for Toy National Bank until his retirement in 1985. 

He was a member of Blue Masonic Lodge, Sioux City Consistory, and Abu Bekr Shrine Temple. He was also president of the Gladiola Society. 

Survivors include his wife; a brother, John and his wife, Gretchen of Laguna Hills, Calif.; a sister, Mary Ellen Eglin of Sioux City; his father's widow, Mildred Hathaway of Sioux City; three half-brothers and their wives, Pete and Ann Hathaway of Sioux City; Bob and Deb Hathaway of Inwood, Iowa, and Joel and Jane Hathaway of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and 12 nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, H. Pierre Hathaway. 

Pallbearers will be David Boisen, Dennis Eichinger, Steve Kovarna, David Pavlik, Dan Pavlik, and Eric Pavlik. 

Memorials may be made in his name to Hospice of Siouxland. 

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Elwood M. Olsen 
 Elwood M. Olsen, 87, of Sioux City died Wednesday March 25, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel with the Rev. Terry D. Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Floyd Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Mr. Olsen was born May 23, 1910, in Sioux City, the son of Carl M. and Anna (Peterson) Olsen. He graduated from East High School in 1928. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was a lifelong resident of Sioux City. He had been employed with Prince Manufacturing until his retirement in 1972. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Elks Club #112, and the Y.M.C.A. 

Survivors include a sister, June Schaeffer of Seattle, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters. 

Memorials may be given in his name to St. John's Lutheran Church. 
 
 

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Bertha A. Holloway 
Bertha A. Holloway, 89, of Sioux City died Tuesday March 24, 1998, at a local nursing home after a brief illness. 

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Ronald T. Allin, of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. The body was cremated. There will be no visitation. Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Holloway was born June 13, 1908, in Sioux City the daughter of Andrew and Augusta Nelson. She graduated from a Sioux City high school. She was employed as a secretary with the Abu Bekr Shrine and the Weather Wax Company. 

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Rose Croix Chapter #400, Order of the Eastern Star. 

Survivors include three nephews, Richard Brandes of Sioux City, Neal Brandes of Philadelphia, and Gary Nelson of Sioux City. 

She was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers. 
 
 

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Merrill R. McNeil 
Merrill R. "Pat" McNeil, 76, of Sioux City died Thursday March 26, 1998, at a local hospital. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Raphael-Nakos, pastor of Crescent Park United Methodist Church officiating. Burial with graveside services by Morningside Masonic Lodge 615 A.F. & A.M. and American Legion Post 502 of Castana, Iowa, will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Mr. McNeil was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Castana, Iowa the son of Jessie and Ethel (Vanderbuhr) McNeil. He attended Castana High School. He married Elois N. Morgan March 13, 1942, in Rockport, Mo. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942, and served in the European Theater during World War II. He worked at the Sioux City Stockyards for 40 years, retiring in 1985. 

He was a member of American Legion Post #502 in Castana, Morningside Masonic Lodge #615 A.F. & A.M. in Sioux City, and attended Crescent Park United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Mitchell and his wife, Marilyn, of Elk Point, S.D., Steven and Todd, both of Sioux City; a sister, Ruth Becker of Sioux City; and four grandchildren, David and Daniel McNeil, of Aberdeen, S.D., and Anne and Melanie McNeil of Bancroft, Neb. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and a sister. 

Pallbearers will be Steve, Todd, Mitch, Dave, and Dan McNeil, and Murray Morgan. 
 
 

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Curtis R. Gettner 
Curtis R. Gettner, 55, of Sioux City died Friday March 27, 1998, at his home after a brief illness. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gerald C. Kapanka officiating. The body will be cremated following the service and burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be 2 to 9 p.m. Monday with the family present from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

Mr. Gettner was born Dec. 29, 1942, in Marcus, Iowa the son of William Paul and Emma Christine (Diegel) Gettner. He grew up in the Marcus and Remsen, Iowa area and graduated from Marcus High School. He worked for Sand Seed Co. in Marcus and later served in the U.S. Army with the Medical Corp Unit in Germany. Following his discharge, he moved to Sioux City and worked for Sioux Tools for 32 years as a catalog manager. He married Debra A. Swalve on April 27, 1996, in Sioux City. 

He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and the American Legion. 

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Diana Gettner of Ames, Iowa, Denise Gettner of Sioux City, and Dawn and her husband, Paul Smith of Quantico, Va.; four brothers and their wives, Gene and Margie Gettner of Mareno Valley, Calif., Don and Maureen Gettner of Remsen, Dick and Joann Gettner of Sioux City, and Ken and Pat Gettner of Hastings, Neb. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 
 

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Gladys Ellenson 
JEFFERSON, S.D. - Gladys May Ellenson, 93, of Jefferson died Thursday March 26, 1998, in Elk Point, S.D. 
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Riverside Lutheran Church with the Rev. Glenn Schacht officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 4 p.m. today at Berkemier Funeral Home, resuming at 5 p.m. today with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the church. 

Mrs. Ellenson was born April 19, 1904, in Sergeant Bluff the daughter of Andrew and Mary (Riedneour) Flanders. She was raised in Grand Center, Iowa and graduated from Sergeant Bluff High School. She graduated from Morningside College in 1926. She married Edward Ellenson in 1934, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She taught school in North Dakota and Nebraska until 1956. She later was superintendant of a women's reformatory in York, Neb. for 20 years where she received two humanitarian awards from the state of Nebraska. She retired in 1976 and the couple later moved to Jefferson. He died June 6, 1981. 

She was a member of Riverside Lutheran Church and was active in the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. 

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Gwen and Bob McKelvey of Jefferson; a sister Frances Niven of Jefferson; six grandchildren, Robert, Dan, Bill, and Ron McKelvey, Donna Jordan, and Gladys Sayler; 15 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Dennis McKelvey, Bill McKelvey, Jr., Danny McKelvey, Jr., Michael McKelvey, Bob Sayler, Roger Sayler, Jr., and Jim Swanson, Jr. 
 
 

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Erma Borcherdt 
UTE, Iowa - Erma Minna Dora Borcherdt, 86, of Fairmont, Minn., formerly of Ute, died Thursday March 26, 1998, in Fairmont, Minn. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute with the Rev. Edgar Bode officiating. Burial will be in St. Clair Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Monday with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Armstrong Funeral Home in Ute. 

Mrs. Borchert was born Sept. 20, 1911, near Charter Oak, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Alvena (Goslar) Lafrentz. She was baptized Oct. 22, 1911, and confirmed April 13, 1924, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute. At an early age she moved to Ute and attended the Ute public schools. She graduated from Ute High School in 1929. 

She worked as a secretary for her father in his insurance, real estate, farming and movie theater businesses. She was a secretary for the Ute Public Schools, St. Clair Township clerk, and worked for several years in the USDA office in Onawa, Iowa. 

She married Roy A.O. Borcherdt Nov. 28, 1946, in Ute. They lived in Sioux City for six months and then purchased the Ute Grocery which they operated until December 1980. He died Aug. 20, 1985. She moved with her daughter to Fairmont Minn. in June 1986. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fairmont. 

She had been a member of St. Paul's Friendship Club, American Legion Auxiliary Aaby Post #442, and had taught Sunday school in Ute. 

Survivors include a daughter, Janice Borcherdt of Fairmont; a sister and her husband, Helen and Harold Bergt of Fairmont; a sister-in-law, Ellen Thies, of Mapleton, Iowa; two nieces; four nephews; and several other relatives.


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