Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Betty E. Schonrock 
 Betty E. Schonrock, 63, of Sioux City died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, at her residence following a long illness. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Boniface Catholic Church, with the Rev. Marvin Boes officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 9 p.m., and a Scriptural wake service at 8 p.m., all at the Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

Mrs. Schonrock was born Sept. 30, 1934, in Burbank, S.D., the daughter of Earl and Emma (Hebert) Ouellette. She attended Sioux City schools. 

She married Lloyd J. Schonrock on Aug. 30, 1952, in South Sioux City. He died Feb. 7, 1996, in Sioux City. 

She worked at Zenith Radio Corporation from 1970 to 1978, and was a longtime Sioux City resident. 

She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church. 

Survivors include four sons, Lloyd Jr. and his wife, Eileen, Larry and his wife, Cheri, and Duane, all of Sioux City, and Roger and his wife, Cindy of West Palm Beach, Fla.; three daughters, Linda and her husband, Raymond Durant, Ruth Elgert, and Chris and her husband, Rod Stettnicks, all of Sioux City; a brother and his wife, Robert and Vivian Ouellette of Sioux City; six sisters, her twin, Dorothy and her husband, Paul Rush of Torrance, Calif., Darlene and her husband, Don Dickenson of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Doris and her husband, Charlie Keen of Seeny, Iowa, Karlyn and her husband, Duane Seney, and Karen and her husband, Virgil Hewitt, all of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Joyce Schmidt of Tea, S.D.; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Donnie Ouellette and a granddaughter, Natacha Decelle. 

Pallbearers will be Lloyd Jr., Larry, Duane, and Clint Schonrock, Ray Durant, and Dennis Decelle. 

Lucy I. Myers 
 Lucy I. Myers, 81, of Sioux City died suddenly Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997, at a Sioux City hospital. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Morningside Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Donohue Sarff officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and the family present from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

Mrs. Myers was born on May 22, 1916, in Blencoe, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur S. and Lulu (Mobley) Stansberry. 

She married Glen W. Myers on Sept. 8, 1932, in Elk Point, S.D. The couple resided in Sioux City. He died April 3, 1989, in Sioux City. 

She was employed for Mont gomery Wards and for Sears. The past 15 years she worked for the Senior Aid Program through the Woodbury County Community Action Agency. 

She was a longtime member of Morningside Lutheran Church and the ladies church circle. 

Survivors include four daughters, Joyce Lowe of Omaha, Neb., Joann and her husband, Neal Faegre of Waterloo, Neb., Judy and her husband, Alan Huygens of Akron, iowa, and Sally Behning of Sioux City; five sons, Jerry and his wife, Barbara, Dennis, Rick, Arnie, and Earl and his wife, Patty, all of Sioux City; a sister, Roseanne Bellville of Mondamin, Iowa; two brothers and their wives, John and Jackie Stansberry of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Dr. Claude and Mary Stansberry of Littleton, Colo.; 33 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. 

She was preceded in death by a brother, Rex and two sisters, Sally and Lulu Belle "Les". 

Pallbearers will be her grandsons. 

Richard L. Frost 
 Richard L. Frost, 65, of South Sioux City died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, at a Sioux City hospital after a brief illness. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Becker-Hunt Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Liewer, of St. Michael Catholic Church, officiating. Burial, with military rites, will be in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home 

Mr. Frost was born Feb. 2, 1932, in Sioux City, the son of Floyd E. and Violet L. (Parrish) Frost. He graduated from South Sioux City High School in 1951. 

He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. 

He married Rita V. Gigaroa on Nov. 18, 1961. 

He was a conductor with the Chicago Northwestern Railroad for 32 years, retiring in December of 1991. 

He enjoyed hunting and fishing. 

He was a member of North American Hunting Club, Eagles Club of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and American Legion Post 307 in South Sioux City, and served as an officer in the post. 

Survivors include his wife; two sons and their wives, Dean and Gail of Omaha, Neb., and Raymond and Jana of St. Francis, Minn.; three daughters, Teri E. Eckerman, Coral A. and her husband, Randy Donner, and Kristi F. Frost, all of South Sioux City; a sister and her husband, Toni and Kevin Poznanski of Sioux City; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Pallbearers will be Dennis, Tony, Justin, David, Patrick and Ernest J. Gigaroa. 

Edward C. Gurnsey 
Edward C. Gurnsey, 71, of Sioux City died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Christy, Smith & Hockenberry Funeral Chapel, with the Captain Ray Tuttle of the Salvation Army officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. 

Melvin J. Krska 
Melvin J. "Mel" Krska, 72, of Sioux City died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, at Westwood Nursing Home. 

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of the Epiphany, with the Rev. Edward M. Girres officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today, with a parish vigil service at 7 p.m., at the Larkin Northside Funeral Home. 

Mr. Krska was born Aug. 16, 1925, in Sioux City, the son of Joseph S. and Julianna B. (Hoffman) Krska. He graduated from Trinity High School in 1942, and was a graduate of the University of Kansas, with a master's degree in chemistry. 

The last 25 years he owned and operated Sioux Testing Laboratories. He also taught chemistry parttime at Morningside College, Briar Cliff College and Western Iowa Tech. 

He was a member of the Cathedral of the Epiphany Church, and the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Epiphany Council 743. 

He enjoyed bowling, belonging to a number of different leagues over the years. He was a longtime resident of Sioux City. 

Survivors include cousins and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Pallbearers will be Larry Schuetz, John German, Earl Hansen, Andy Shell, Duane Sudbeck and Ted Davis. 

Robert C. Mercure, 46, of Sioux City died Saturday; Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

John L. Johnson, 69, of Sioux City died Saturday; Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. 

 

Irena Meyer Hammerstrom 
MERIDEN, Iowa - Irena Meyer Hammerstrom, 77, of Meriden died Saturday at her residence following a brief illness. 

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, with a family prayer service at 1:15 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, with the Rev. Richard Arndt officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. 

George H. Blume 
MAPLETON, Iowa - George Henry Blume, 87, of Mapleton died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, at Burgess Memorial Hospital in Onawa, Iowa. 

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton, with the Rev. Keith Hair officiating. Burial will be in St. Clair Cemetery in Ute, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Mr. Blume was born Sept. 30, 1910, near Charter Oak, Iowa, the son of Fritz and Sophie (Bramstedt) Blume. 

He married Minnie Faye Doll on Jan. 30, 1935, in Onawa. 

He farmed in the Charter Oak area until 1938, when they moved to a farm northwest of Soldier, Iowa. They retired in 1983, moving into Mapleton. 

Survivors include his wife; three sons and their wives, Gilbert and Marge of Kansas City, Kan., Jerry and Bonnie of Soldier, and Rick and Judy of Ute; a daugher, Judy Pohlman of Whiting, Iowa; three sisters, Clara Peters of Portland, Ore., Alma Lindemood of Grant Pass, Ore. and Elsie Blume of Denison, Iowa; a brother, Fritz of Denison; six grandchildren, Kris Blume, Ron Pohlman, Kerri McWeeny, Steve Blume, Brandon Blume and Garred Blume; and five great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ida Quandt; four brothers, Paul, Edgar, Bill, and Herb; and a son-in-law, Ray Pohlman. 

Anna Hollrah 
CHARTER OAK, Iowa - Anna Hollrah, 100, of Charter Oak died Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997, at the Dunlap Care Center in Dunlap, Iowa. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today at the Huebner Funeral Home in Charter Oak. 

Mrs. Hollrah was born Oct. 22, 1897, in Petersdorf, Fehmarn, Germany, the daughter of Christian and Elise (Schoening) Clausen. In 1908, she immigrated with her parents and grandmother, Friederica Clausen, to the United States. Traveling by train from New York, they settled on a farm in Charter Oak. 

She married Carl Hollrah in 1917. The couple farmed in the Charter Oak area for several years. They retired in 1948, and moved to Charter Oak. He died in 1974. She entered the Dunlap Nursing and Rehab Center in September of 1996. 

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid, and American Legion Auxiliary. 

She enjoyed playing bridge and tatting for her family and friends. 

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Vernon and Leona of Charter Oak, and Donald and Donna of Rogers, Ark.; two daughters, Evelyn Mundt-Meyer of Sun City, Calif., and Aldene Winquist of Kiron, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Clausen; a son, Leland, two grandsons, Ronald Hollrah and Brian Hollrah; and two great-grandchildren, Nolan and Anna Winquist. 

Harold Heuer 
ROCK VALLEY, Iowa - Harold Heuer, 78, of Rock Valley died Friday at Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Church in rural Sioux Center, Iowa. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m., and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at the Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. 

Wilbur Riemersma 
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - Wilbur Riemersma, 73, of Sioux Center died Friday at Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull, Iowa. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Covenant Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Burial will be prior to services at 10:15 a.m. in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sioux Center. Visitation will be after 8 a.m. Monday, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center. 

Irma C. Witt 
LE MARS, Iowa - Irma C. Witt, 84, of Le Mars died Friday at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Remsen, Iowa. Burial will be in Remsen Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars.


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