Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Mildred Pickus 
Mildred Levy Pickus, 98, formerly of Sioux City, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in Bethesda, Md. 

Mrs. Pickus is survived by her daughter, Elaine Friedman of Bethesda, and five grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Goodwin Pickus, and her son, Albert Pierre Pickus. 

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John Spakosky 
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John Spakosky, 85, of Altoona, Wis., formerly of Sioux City, died Thursday, March 19, 1998, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Desert, Calif., following a brief illness. 
Services were held Saturday, March 28, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Eau Claire, Wis., with the Rev. Eugene Klink officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery at Eau Claire. Prock-Beede Funeral Home of Eau Claire was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mr. Spakosky was born June 23, 1912, in Slutsk, a providence of Minsk, Russia, the son of Pavel and Wladyslawa Shpakowsky. He immigrated with his family to the United States in July 1914 and settled in Sioux City. 

He married Beulah Marie Smith on Oct. 24, 1931, in Iowa. 

He began his career in the insurance business in 1949. By 1959 he was an independent agent, owning agencies in Bloomer and Eau Claire, Wis., until retiring in 1981. 

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Moose Lodge. 

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Gary and Lorinda of Palm Desert and David and Erlene of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; three daughters and their husbands, Jean and Larry Schreiber of Sioux City, Lorraine and Peter Olson of San Francisco, Calif., and Susan and Steven Gould of Eau Claire; 12 grandchildren, Terri, Mike, Greg, Sue, Laurie, Lori, Amy, Joel, John, Christopher, Nikki and Andy; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Stella LePay and Mary Little, both of Sioux City; a sister-in-law, Olga Shpakowsky of Sioux City; his special friend, Bev; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife; a brother, Adam; a sister, Bernice; and a grandson, Steven. 

Memorials may be directed to the donor's choice. 

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Katherine F. Walker 
Katherine Fay "Katie" Walker, 87, of the Oak Grove/Milwaukie area of Oregon, formerly of Sioux City, died Friday, March 20, 1998, in Oregon. 
No services were held. Peake Memorial Chapel of Milwaukie, Ore., was in charge of the arrangements. 

Miss Walker was born Dec. 29, 1911, in Norfolk, Neb. She moved with her family to Sioux City when she was a child. She graduated from Central High School. 

She was a secretary for First Congregational Church in Sioux City, then worked for the Sioux City Gas and Electric/Iowa Public Service Companies, where she set up a mimeograph department. While there, she designed a mimeograph equipment board in the early 1940s and had it patented. She sold the patent to A.B. Dick Company in Chicago. 

She directed community singing during the war years and directed at the Sioux City Air Base USO in Sergeant Bluff and the Band Shell in Grandview Park during the summer of 1944. She also sang with the Abu Bekr Shrine Chanters for many years. 

In 1945, she moved to San Francisco, Calif., where she worked for the California State Chamber of Commerce and later co-owned Keenan-Walker Advertising Service. She also diected community singing for many organizations. 

She moved to Portland, Ore., in 1950 and worked for the Oregon State Health Division for 23 years in the office of the state health officer and was secretary of the Oregon State Board of Podiatry Examiners. 

She had been a resident of the Oak Grove/Milwaukie area for 47 years. 

She was a former member of the first Brownie pack in Sioux City and was active in Girl Scouts throughout her high school days, helping to establish "Camp O' the Hills" the first Girl Scout Camp in Stone Park. 

Survivors include a sister, Ruth Brown of Overland Park, Kan.; five nieces, Katie McNaughton, Barbara Giordano, Beckie Brown, Mary Ellen LeGay and Molly Brown; and three nephews, Bernard, Phillip and Charles Brown. 

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Margaret M. Phelps 
Margaret M. Phelps, 81, of South Sioux City died Sunday, March 29, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a lengthy illness. 
Private family memorial services will be held. Burial will be in Sloan City Cemetery at Sloan, Iowa. Christy, Smith and Hockenberry Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Phelps was born Dec. 5, 1916, in Sloan. She graduated from Sloan High School and attended the University of Iowa. 

She lived in Sioux City or South Sioux City most of her life. 

She married Harold B. Hilts in 1935. He died in 1957. She married Marvin Phelps in 1960. He died in 1969. 

She was employed in retail meat sales at the Corner Store for 25 years, retiring in 1971. 

She was a member of the South Sioux City Eagles and enjoyed gardening, her pets and traveling. 

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Chilton of Sioux City; two sons, Terry Hilts and his wife, Cleo, of Moville, Iowa, and Thomas Hilts and his wife, Eua, of Anaheim, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert, and two sisters, Kate and Elizabeth. 
 
 

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Janice A. Benzel 
Janice Arlene Benzel, 62, of Sioux City died Monday, March 30, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Berkemier Funeral Home, with the Rev. Glenn Schacht officiating. The body will be cremated following the service. Visitation will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. today, with the family present from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Mrs. Benzel was born Dec. 5, 1935, in North Sioux City, the daughter of Walter and Minnie (Shaw) Keifer. She was raised and attended school in North Sioux City. 

She married Alfred Dietschy in 1951, in North Sioux City. The couple made their home in Sioux City. They moved to Belle Gardens, Calif., in 1961. He died July 4, 1969. She returned to Sioux City in 1969. 

She married George Benzel in 1971 in Elk Point, S.D. They made their home in Sioux City. They were divorced in 1975. 

Survivors include three daughters, Deborah and her husband, Dennis Kimsey, of Hinton, Iowa, and Shirley and her husband, Jerry Murdock, and Ila Larson, all of Sioux City; two sons, Walter Dietschy and his wife, Gabielle, and George Benzel Jr., all of Sioux City; two sisters, Lula and her husband, Bob Watkins, of Beresford, S.D., and Betty Ferdick of Jamestown, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Michael Keifer; and two sisters, Irene Hewitt and Violet Manchester. 

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Hilda M. Cyphers 
Hilda Marie Cyphers, 102, of Rio Rancho, N.M., formerly of Sioux City, died Saturday, March 28, 1998, at her residence. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Riverside United Methodist Church in Sioux City, with the Rev. Merrill Muller officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Berkemier Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Cyphers was born March 12, 1896, in Nowata, Okla., the daughter of George and Inde (Johnson) Crawford. She moved to eastern Iowa with her family as a child. 

She married Mike Cyphers on March 20, 1916. The couple made their home in Sioux City. They moved to Ponca, Neb., in 1924, where they farmed. They returned to Sioux City in 1961, and farmed near Stone Park. He died in 1962. She moved with her daughter to Rio Rancho in 1990. 

She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church when living in Sioux City. 

Survivors include three daughters, Leola James of Sioux City, Mary Barnes of St. James, Mo., and Patricia Cyphers of Rio Rancho; three sons, Daren of Fuita, Colo., Jack and his wife, Ev, of Muckatine, Iowa, and Lyle and his wife, Carol, of East Moline, Ill.; 42 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; 41 great-great-grandchildren; and five great-great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by two sons, Earl and Larry, and a daughter, Betty Riffey. 

Pallbearers will be Dennis Ball, Ted Ball Jr., Jeramy Ericsson, Marty Rasmussen, Derek Smith and Les Wilson. 

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Richard L. Gampp 
Richard L. Gampp, 82, of Sioux City died Monday, March 30, 1998, at his residence following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Allen D. Call, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery at Anthon, Iowa, with military rites conducted by American Legion McNiff Post 389 of Anthon. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Mr. Gampp was born July 11, 1915, in Anthon, the son of Henry and Angie (Coleman) Gampp. 

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. 

He was the owner and operator of a blacksmith shop in Cushing, Iowa. for several years prior to his move to Sioux City in 1955. He was employed as a diesel machanic with Clark Brothers Construction in Hinton from 1955 until retiring in 1978. Following his retirement, he was a self-employed mechanic for several years. 

He was a member of American Legion Monahan Post 64. He enjoyed his Model-T, fishing and camping. 

Survivors include a son and his wife, Ken and Dianne of Sioux City; his special friend, Viola Rieken; two stepsons, Henry Rieken and his wife, Mary, of Merrill, Iowa, and Dennis Rieken of Le Mars, Iowa; three stepdaughters, Bettie Erickson and Kathy and her husband, Jim Burnett, all of Le Mars, and Janet and her husband, Russell Rosenbaum, of Elk Point, S.D.; two sisters, Margaret and Angeline Cole, both of Seattle, Wash.; 23 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Kathy, in infancy, and Mary Hobart. 

Pallbearers will be Ken Gampp, Craig Miller, Russell Rosenbaum, Dennis and Henry Rieken and Bruce Erickson. 
 
 

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Velma J. Winter 
Velma J. Winter, 69, of Sioux City died Sunday, March 29, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Morningside Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Kevin Lee officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 9 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Donohue Sarff officiating, at Nelson-Berger Morningside Chapel. 

Mrs. Winter was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Ashton, Iowa, the daughter of Rheinhard and Louisa (Vaupel) Feldman. 

She married Kenneth Winter on Aug. 15, 1949, in George, Iowa. 

She was employed as a preschool teacher at Winnie The Pooh Preschool. 

She was a member of Morningside Lutheran Church. 

Survivors include her husband; a son, Keith of Minneapolis, Minn.; a daughter and her husband, Marilyn and Leon DeJong of Des Moines; a brother and his wife, Marvin and Agnes Feldman of Sibley, Iowa; five sisters, Pearl and her husband, Robert Wolf, of Sheldon, Iowa, Lorraine and her husband, Rowdy Henning, of Moville, Iowa, Myrna and her husband, Elmer Herronemus, of Ashton, Lois Krull of George and Iva Jean Ott of Davenport, Iowa; and two grandchildren, Jonathan and Rebecca DeJong. 

She was preceded in death by her parents. 
 
 

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Louise A. Johnson 
Louise A. (Haller) Johnson, 73, of Burleson, Texas, died Saturday, March 28, 1998, in Fort Worth, Texas. 
Services were held Sunday, March 29, at Stateroom Service of Laurel Land Funeral Home in Burleson. Burial was in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth. 

Mrs. Johnson was born Sept. 4, 1924, in Chester, Iowa. She had retired as a drug manager at Furr's Supermarket. 

Survivors include a son and his wife, Martin and Susan of San Angelo, Texas; a daughter and her husband, Margaret and Dale Turner of Burleson; two brothers, Bill Haller of Sioux City and Harold Haller of Sergeant Bluff; two sisters, Gladys Reynolds of Pine River, Minn., and Mardie Haller of Sun City, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Lori, Kenneth, Missy and Ricky; and four great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kennard Johnson in 1995. 

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Irene Feelhaver 
COLERIDGE, Neb. - Irene Feelhaver, 81, of Coleridge died Sunday, March 29, 1998, at Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge, with the Rev. Norman Sulaica officiating. Burial will be in Lawn Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., at Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge. 

Mrs. Feelhaver was born Oct. 1, 1916, in Coleridge, the daughter of William Henry and Sophia Anna Meta (Konken) Ordeman. 

She married Harvey Feelhaver on May 29, 1935 in Canton, S.D. He died May 11, 1993. 

She had lived in the Coleridge area and moved into Coleridge in 1954. 

She was employed with the Coleridge Nursing Home, the Park View Haven Nursing Home and the Coleridge Cafe. She entered Park View Haven in October 1992. 

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. 

Survivors include a son and his wife, Don and Marcia of Coleridge; a daughter, Mardelle Cole of McCook Lake, S.D.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Doug Furlich, Oscar Nordstrom, Jeff Wemhoff, Jon Russell, George V. Hefner and Gordon Janssen. 
 
 

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Loyle W. Ehlers 
DUNLAP, Iowa - Loyle Wilhelm Ehlers, 82, of Dunlap died of cancer Friday, March 27, 1998, at Dunlap Care Center. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute, Iowa, with Pastor Edgar Bode officiating. Burial will be in St. Clair Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Armstrong Funeral Home in Ute. 

Mr. Ehlers was born June 10, 1915, near Ute, the son of Fred and Herda (Fester) Ehlers. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended rural school, graduating from the eighth grade. 

He married Dorothy Clubine on Oct. 25, 1940, in Luverne, Minn. The couple farmed near Dunlap for 57 years. 

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. 

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Bev Hartigan of Dallas, Texas; three sons, David of Dunlap, Donald and his wife, Jeanne, of Hancock, Iowa, and Dwight and his wife, Patti Jo, of Melbourne, Iowa; four grandchildren, Todd and Jon Ehlers and Heather and Noelle; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beatrice Naab and Ruby and her husband, Elvin Johnson, all of Ute; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Lonald, Eldon, Lionel and Leonard. 
 
 

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Sylvester Schleimer 
MAPLETON, Iowa - Sylvester "Vet" Schleimer, 90, of Mapleton died Saturday, March 28, 1997, at Burgess Memorial Hospital in Onawa, Iowa. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mapleton, with the Rev. Edmund Tiedeman officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today, with a vigil wake service at 7 p.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary and a Chalice Presentation, at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapelton. 

Mr. Schleimer was born May 12, 1907, near Mapleton, the son of Theodore and Ottilia (Schoenherr) Schleimer. He was raised and later farmed in the Mapleton area. 

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed playing cards and playing the accordian, with which he entertained others at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton. 

Survivors include a brother, Elmer of Mapleton; two sisters, Elizabeth Schimmer of Remsen, Iowa, and Mary Mohrhauser of Cresco, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ottilia Erlemeier and Josephine McGrain; and six brothers, Theodore Jr., Paul, Louis, Emil, Leo and Joseph. 
 
 

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Ralph Vande Berg 
ORANGE CITY, Iowa - Ralph Vande Berg, 81, of Orange City died Sunday, March 29, 1998, at Orange City Municipal Hospital. 
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Reformed Church in Orange City, with the Rev. Steven Vander Molen and the Rev. David Sterk officiating. Burial will be prior to the service in Memory Gardens Cemetery at Sioux Center, Iowa. There will be a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Mr. Vande Berg was born Feb. 19, 1917, in Sioux Center, the son of Ralph and Ella (Kosters) Vande Berg. He was raised in Sioux Center, where he graduated from high school in 1935. 

He married Hattie Wolfswinkel on July 6, 1939, in Carmel, Iowa. The couple farmed near Sioux Center. In 1970, they moved into Sioux Center. She died April 12, 1970, in Sioux City. 

He married Jennie (Kramer) Cleveringa on Oct. 1, 1982, in Sioux Center. In 1988 the couple moved to Orange City. He entered the Heritage House Nursing Home in July 1993. 

He was a member of First Reformed Church and a former member of First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. 

Survivors include his wife; two daughters and their husbands, Rosella and Harold Van Der Weide and Ruth Elaine and Jay Lyftogt, all of Orange City; a son and his wife, Norman and Sheryl of Pipestone, Minn.; two daughters-in-law, Nadine Vande Berg of Orlando, Fla., and Kae Vande Berg of Scott City, Kan.; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; seven stepchildren, William Cleveringa, Stan Cleveringa and his wife, Eno,, Henry Cleveringa, Frank Cleveringa and his wife, Paula, Wesley Clevearinga and his wife, Margaret, Randy Cleveringa and Alice Rust; 13 stepgrandchildren; 19 stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, Minnie Punt of Sioux Center. 

He was preceded in death by two sons, Harlan and Allen; three brothers, John, Henry and William; and two sisters, Gerdena Van Ravenawaay and Dora Vande Berg. 

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Delmar E. Novak 
PENDER, Neb. - Delmar Eugene Novak, 52, formerly of Pender and Rosalie, Neb., died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at his residence in Thornton, Colo. 
Services were held at Calvary Temple in Denver, Colo., with the Rev. Charles Blair officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery. 

Mr. Novak was employed with IBM in Denver. 

Survivors include his wife, Susan; two daughters, Deborah Scharlemann of Castlerock, Colo., and Pam Moran of Denver; two sons, Todd of Minneapolis, Minn., and Tommy of California; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Edwin of Engelwood, Colo., Larry of Aurora, Colo., and James of Overland Park, Kan.; two sisters, Cheryl Walden of Bedford, Ind., and Diana Carlson of Spiritwood, N.D.; and his mother and stepfather, Betty and Everett Koenig of Pender. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Novak; and grandparents, Charles and Cecil Pounds and Ferd and Adela Novak. 
 
 

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Clarence Scott 
 MOVILLE, Iowa - Clarence "Cal" Scott, 66, of Moville died Sunday, March 29, 1998, in Sioux City. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Moville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Harold E. Werley officiating. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at McCulloch Funeral Home in Moville. 

Mr. Scott was born June 7, 1931, in Salem, S.D., the son of Renold and Clara (Grase) Schat. He moved with his family to Maurice, Iowa, as a young boy. 

He graduated from Moris High School in Maurice in 1951. He then moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. In the late 1950s he moved to the Sioux City area. 

He married Mary Aylene Bartels Bring on June 22, 1978, in Laurel, Neb. The couple moved to Moville in 1978. 

He was employed in road construction following graduation from high school. He then was a salesman for Roberts Dairy from 1965 to 1980 and then a operator technician for Terra Chemical. 

He was a member of Moville United Methodist Church and the Meadows Golf Club. He enjoyed gardening, collecting tractors and woodworking. 

Survivors include his wife; three daughters and their husbands, Pamela and Brian Newberg of Colorado Springs, Colo., Patti and Dave Christiansen of Moville and Carol and Dave Hall of Lincoln, Neb.; two sons and their wives, Charles and Marion of Sedro Woolley, Wash., and Richard and Lori of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Phyllis Schat of Lake Mills, Iowa; a brother and his wife, Ralph and Joyce Schat of Rapid City, S.D.; 18 grandchildren; and four stepchildren, Laurelee and Kimberlee of Moville and Melissa and Dana of Sioux City. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Kathy; and an infant brother, Eugene.


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