Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Trudy K. Brown 
Trudy K. Brown, 55, of Sioux City died Sunday at a Sioux City hospital of cancer. 

Services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church. Burial will be at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. and a prayer service at 8 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

Sister Mary Helen, O.C.D. 
 Sister Mary Helen of the Heart of Jesus, 71, a Carmelite Nun, of Sioux City died at a Sioux City hospital after being stricken at the Carmelite Monastery. 

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Carmelite Monastery. The Most Rev. Lawrence D. Soens will be the main celebrant and Homilist. The Most Rev. Daniel N. DiNardo, the Rev. Gerald Hartz, the Rev. Patrick O'Kane, the Rev. Roger Linnan, the Rev. Richard Sitzmann, the Rev. Boneventure Sauer, the Rev. Bernard Sheenan and other priests present will con-celebrate. 

Burial will be in the Carmelite Cemetery under the direction of the Larkin Northside Funeral Home. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, with rosaries said by Blessed Sacrament Parish, St. Michael Parish and Sacred Heart Parish at 2 p.m.; the Cathedral Parish, St. Boniface and St. Joseph Parish at 3 p.m.; Immaculate Conception Parish, Nativity Parish, St. Francis Parish and St. Casimir Parish at 7 p.m., all at the Carmelite Monastery. 

Visitation will resume from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the Evening Office of the Dead to be said at 4 p.m. and the Carmelite Guild and the Carmelite Nuns will do the Office of Readings for the Deceased at 7:30 p.m., at the Carmelite Monastery. 

Sister Mary Helen, the former Helen Ryder, was born May 8, 1926, in Rock Island, Ill., the daughter of Harry C. and Anna (Grota) Ryder. She was raised in Rock Island. 

She entered the Order of Discalced Carmelites in 1946, in Bettendorf, Iowa. She received her habit and made her first profession of Vows on April 27, 1947. She came to the Carmelite Monastery of Our Lady of the Incarnation in Sioux City in 1973. 

Survivors include two brothers and their wives, Chester and Lorraine Ryder of Davenport, Iowa and Darwin and Katherine Ryder of Joliet, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Marge Ryder of Moline, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Harold and an infant sister, Virginia. 

Ervin A. Palmer 
Ervin A. Palmer, 82, of South Sioux City died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness. 

Memorial services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Evangelical Church of North America in South Sioux City, with the Rev. Clyde Pritchett officiating. There will be no visitation. Becker-Hunt Funeral Home of South Sioux City is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mr. Palmer was born April 3, 1915, in Anthon, Iowa, the son of Charles O. and Mary (Wilcox) Palmer. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He and his twin brother owned and operated the Nebraska House Movers Company in South Sioux City for 65 years. 

He married Ruth N. Wilson on May 21, 1973, in Ponca, Neb. 

Survivors include his wife; two stepdaughters, Arlene and her husband Wendell O'Brien of Greeneville, Tenn. and Bonnie Krumwiede of South Sioux City; a stepson and his wife, Al and Garnet Palmer of Oak Grove, Mo.; two brothers, Forrest of Washinton and Howard of Idaho; three sisters, Opal Petersen of Cherokee, Iowa, Ann Davis of Concord, Iowa and Elda Carlsen of Kent, Wash.; eight step grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Ernie and two sisters, Mildred and Gladys. 

Pauline Wynn 
Pauline Wynn, 69, of Sioux City died Sunday at her residence following a lengthy illness. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Burial will be in Onawa City Cemetery at Onawa, Iowa. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Daniel F. Arthur, 58, of Sioux City died Monday; Christy, Smith and Hockenberry Funeral Home. 

Emil Kliment, 72, of Sioux City died Monday; Berkemier Funeral Home. 

Loretta Odelia Nofrey, 85, of Sioux City died Sunday; Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

 

Stella Davis 
SHELDON, Iowa - Stella Mulhern Davis, 76, of Sheldon died Sunday at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sheldon. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with a St. Patrick's Guild rosary at 7 p.m. and a Scripture wake service at 7:30 p.m., at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon. 

Louis Fixsel 
PIERSON, Iowa - Louis Fixsel, 87, of Pierson died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus, Iowa. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pierson United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Keith Pals officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 6 p.m., at the Earnest-Michaelson Funeral Home in Kingsley, Iowa. 

Mr. Fixsel was born April 29, 1910, in Anthon, Iowa, the son of Fred and Kate (Sheffield) Fixsel. He was baptized in the Methodist faith and raised in the Rock Branch, Iowa area. 

He married Opal Davis on Jan. 26, 1935, in Sioux City. The couple moved to the Pierson area, where they farmed until retiring. 

He was a past director of the Pierson Elevator Board and past member of the township committee for the ASC. 

Survivors include his wife; a son and his wife, Daryl and Sandra of Correctionville, Iowa; three grandchildren, Debra Wilcox, Denyse Miester and Joleen Fixsel; a great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Edna Brune of Correctionville and Ada Denlinger of Remsen, Iowa. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ray and a sister, Eva. 

Tom Gaalswyk 
ROCK VALLEY, Iowa - Tom Gaalswyk, 75, of Rock Valley died Sunday at the McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Reformed Church in Rock Valley. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon today, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. 

Orvie G. Knobloch 
ALVORD, Iowa - Orvie Gene Knobloch, 63, of Alvord died Sunday at the Valley Manor in Rock Valley, Iowa. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Apostolic Christian Church in Lester, Iowa. Burial will be in Apostolic Christian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall. Roste Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements. 

Harold E. Lang 
LE MARS, Iowa - Harold Edward Lang, 86, of Le Mars died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, at his residence. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Hinton, Iowa, with the Rev. Dr. Michael Boykin officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. 

Mr. Lang was born Feb. 20, 1911, in Stanton Township, Plymouth County, Iowa, the son of Christian F. and Ida (Heimgartner) Lang. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. 

He married Louise Schoenrock on May 29, 1935, in rural Hinton. The couple farmed in Stanton Township until retiring in 1980, when they moved to Le Mars. She died Jan. 16, 1997. 

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Neva and Noel Fries of Raleigh, N.C.; three sons, Kendall and David of Le Mars and Daniel and Sue of Merrill, Iowa; and four grandchildren, Nancy Martis, Nicki Fries, Natalie Archambault and Noel Fries; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Lydia Ladenthin of Le Mars; and a brother and his wife, Don and Lois Lang of Hinton. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Eldon; and two sisters, Alvina DeRaad and Laura Lang in infancy. 

Pallbearers will be Doug, Curtis and Phil Schoenrock, Tim and Cliff Lang and Warren Lahrs. 

Mary Ann Pilus 
BLENCOE, Iowa - Mary Ann Pilus, 83, of Blencoe died Monday at her residence. 

Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. John's Cemetery at Omaha, Neb. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Pearson Funeral Home in Onawa, Iowa. 

Ada M. Willer 
MOVILLE, Iowa - Ada Morene Willer, 96, of Moville died Sunday at a Sioux City hospital. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Moville United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Arlington Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the McCulloch Funeral Home in Moville. 
 

Daniel F. Arthur 
Daniel F. Arthur, 58, of Sioux City died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, at his residence of injuries suffered in an accident. 

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christy, Smith and Hockenberry Funeral Home. 

Mr. Arthur was born Nov. 26, 1939, in Storm Lake, Iowa, the son of George and Irene (Whitney) Arthur. He was raised by Art and Bess Ploeger. 

He graduated from high school in Schaller, Iowa, and from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake with a bachlor of arts degree. 

He held various positions in agriculture sales and consulting. He was currently a salesman for Office Furniture Wholesalers in Sioux City. 

He was an environmentalist and enjoyed the outdoors. 

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Heather Arthur of Kansas City, Mo.; two sons, Wade of Alta, Iowa, and Grant of Arthur, Iowa; seven step-children; seven grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Anderson of O'Neill, Neb.; and Art and Bess Ploeger's children, Margie, Dick, Carol Jean and Molly. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Memorials may be directed to the Nature Center at Stone Park or the National Arbor Day Foundation. 

Trudy K. Brown 
 Trudy K. Brown, 55, of Sioux City died of cancer Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, at a Sioux City hospital. 

Services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Charles Klink officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visit ation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. and a prayer service at 8 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

Mrs. Brown was born June 11, 1942, in Sioux City, the daughter of Donald and Grace (Babcock) Kistner. She graduated from Leeds High School in 1961. 

She married John J. Brown on June 8, 1963, in Sioux City. The couple lived in California and Montana, before returning to Sioux City. 

She was employed at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center for 12 years and at the Siouxland Blood Bank for the last five years. 

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. 

Mrs. Brown was a foster parent for eight years, having taken care of 14 children. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and sewing. 

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Kimberly and her husband, John Brands, of Hawarden, Iowa, Karla Brown and her fiancee, Robert Copple, of Sloan, Iowa, and Keri Brown of Sioux City; a son and his wife, Christopher and Kellie of Sioux City; her parents of Sioux City; three brothers and their wives, Robert and Joan Kistner of Bloomington, Minn., Faye and Twyla Kistner of Sioux City and Ronald and Dot Kistner of Jefferson, S.D.; four grandchildren, Jeran and Hillary Grace Brands, Jordan Brown-Hansen and Brieanne Brown; four nieces; and six nephews. 

Memorials may be directed to Wesley United Methodist Church. 

Frances J. Kerby 
Frances Jean Kerby, 87, of Sioux City died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, at a Sioux City hospital. 

Services will be at 10:45 p.m. Thursday at the Holy Spirit Retirement Home Chapel, with the Rev. LeRoy L. Seuntjens, chaplain at Holy Spirit, and the Rev. Thomas E. Geelan, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today, with a rosary at 4 p.m. said by the Catholic Daughters of America and a parish vigil service at 7:30 p.m., at the Larkin Northside Funeral Home. 

Miss Kerby was born March 31, 1910, in Sioux City, the daughter of Daniel E. and Sarah (Jordan) Kerby. She graduated from Cathedral High School and attended the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. and the University of Minnesota. 

She lived in Baltimore, Md., Washinton, D.C., and Minneapolis, Minn., before returning to Sioux City in 1948. 

She was employed as a claims representative with the Social Security Administration for 30 years. She also was employed in the office at Holy Spirit Retirement Home for many years. 

She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Ave Maria Court 269 Catholic Daughters of America, the Holy Spirit Service Club and the Marian Health Center Auxiliary. 

Survivors include a nephew, Bernard A. Haugan of Sioux City; and a niece and her husband, Mary Jane and John Bede of Sheridan, Wy. 

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel and Edward Kerby; and four sisters, Mary H. Haugan, Louise O'Leary, Sarah Kerby and Ellen Kerby. 

Memorials in her name may be directed to the Holy Spirit Retirement Home. 

Emil G. Kliment 
Emil G. Kliment, 72, of Sioux City died Monday at his residence following a sudden illness. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Berkemier Funeral Home. Burial will be in McCook Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until service time at the funeral home. 

Loretta O. Nofrey 
Loretta Odelia Nofrey, 85, of Sioux City died unexpectedly Sunday at her residence. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Burial will be in Logan Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 5 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Glen Tucker 
Glen Tucker, 75, of Portland, Ore., formerly of Sioux City, died Saturday in Portland. 

There were no services. 

Pauline Wynn 
Pauline Wynn, 69, of Sioux City died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, at her residence following a lengthy illness. 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with the Rev. A.T. Washington officiating. Burial will be in Onawa City Cemetery at Onawa, Iowa. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Mrs. Wynn was born June 14, 1928, in Monona County in Iowa, the daughter of John and Florence (Hupp) Gilgen. She was raised in Onawa. 

She married Leland J. Wynn on March 17, 1947, in Spencer, Iowa. She was employed with Sioux City Battery, Palmer Candy and Unique Drapery. 

Survivors include her husband; two sisters and their husbands, Hazel and John Berg of Milford, Iowa, and Mae and Lyle Mock of Whiting, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by a son, John, four brothers and three sisters. 

Pallbearers will be Vernon and Charles Wynn, John Berg and Jim, Larry and Ronnie Feldhacker. 

Edward "Eddie" Verbeski, 71, of Medesto, Calif., formerly of Sioux City, died Sunday. Arrangements are being made in California. 

 

Joe T. Gaalswyk 
ROCK VALLEY, Iowa - Joe T. Gaalswyk, 78, of Rock Valley died Monday at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at First Reformed Church in Rock Valley. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. 

George Kiefer 
LAUREL, Neb. - George "Ralph" Kiefer, 90, of Laurel died Monday at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Schumacher Funeral Home in Laurel. Burial will be in Laurel City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Alvin W. Lange 
ODEBOLT, Iowa - Alvin W. Lange, 89, of Odebolt died Monday at Stewart Memorial Hospital in Lake City, Iowa. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Odebolt. Burial will be in Odebolt Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday at the Faber and Otteman Funeral Home in Odebolt. 

Gladys Struve 
SUTHERLAND, Iowa - Gladys Struve, 82, of Sutherland died Tuesday at Baum-Harmon Hospital in Primghar, Iowa. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at United Methodist Church in Sutherland. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Barnes Township Cemetery at Linn Grove, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Warner Funeral Home in Sutherland. 

Ada M. Willer 
 MOVILLE, Iowa - Ada M. Willer, 96, of Moville died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Moville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Harold E. Werley officiating. Burial will be in Arlington Township Cemetery. McCulloch Funeral Home of Moville is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Willer was born June 27, 1901, in Red Oak, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence "Ted" and Ida (Focht) Thomas. She moved to Colorado with her family before moving to Moville. She graduated from Moville High School. 

She married John "Jack" F. Willer on Aug. 12, 1918, in Dakota City. The couple farmed near Moville until retiring in 1970, and moving into Moville. He died in Aug. 1973. 

She was a homemaker. 

She was a member of Moville United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Wink-Sparks American Legion Auxiliary and the Rebecca Lodge. She enjoyed playing cards and gardening. 

Survivors include two sons, Forrest and his wife, Helen, of Ventura, Calif., and LaVern of Sioux City; two daughters, Beverly and her husband, Don Bleil, of Remsen, Iowa and Betty Hill of Sioux City; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by four brothers, a son-in-law and a grandson. 

Pallbearers will be Ronald and Tom Hill, David and Dean Bleil, John and Art Willer, Ken White, Riley Waltman and Jeff Bremer. 

Elmer Witt 
HARTLEY, Iowa - Elmer Witt, 77, of Hartley died Monday at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today, with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Warner-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Hartley. 

Edna Wolfe 
DENISON, Iowa - Edna Wolfe, 86, of Denison died Monday at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today at the Huebner Funeral Home in Denison.


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