Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries

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Leo M. Blair 
Leo M. Blair, 85, of Sioux City died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at a Sioux City nursing home following a lengthy illness. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City, with the Rev. Donohue Sarff, pastor of Morningside Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Dakota City Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the American Legion Harty-McNally Post 175. 

Mr. Blair was born Nov. 20, 1912, in Thurston County, Neb., the son of John and Mary (Mahler) Blair. 

He married Marcella Todd on Feb. 16, 1946. She died July 13, 1974. He then married Margaret F. (Brummond) O'Brien on Jan. 15, 1975. He farmed in the Hubbard, Neb. area from 1949 to 1967. He was employed with Northern Propane until retiring in 1977. 

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. His awards and decorations include, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, European, Africian and Middle East Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. 

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He was a member of American Legion Harty-McNally Post 175. 

Survivors include his wife; a son, Wayne of South Sioux City; four daughters, Louise and Laura Blair, both of South Sioux City, Maralyn and her husband Joe Grimoskas and Rita and her husband Clyde Schlotman, all of Sioux City; a sister, Audrey Cadwallader of Hubbard; a grandson, Curt Grimoskas; two stepgrandsons, Todd and Troy Schlotman; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Alton, Dale and Myron. 

Pallbearers will be Gary and Dale Cadwallader, Ron Mahler, Alan Todd, Clyde and Sid Schlotman. 
 

Virgil L. Fowler 
Virgil L. Fowler, 82, of Sioux City died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital. 
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Charles Klink, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Mr. Fowler was born Sept. 12, 1915, in Hudson, S.D., the son of Parley and Anna Fowler. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in New Guinea and Australia. 

He married Judy Parsons on July 21, 1945, in New Orleans, La. The couple made their home in Sioux City. He was employed with Gaynor Lumber Company and later Davidson Lumber Company. 

He was of the Methodist faith. 

Survivors include his wife; a son and his wife, Dennis and Molly of Sioux City; two brothers, Leo and Darrell, both of Simi Valley, Calif.; two sisters, Avis Anderson of San Diego, Calif. and Luella Thieme of Jefferson, Wis.; and a grandson, Robert. 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Sylvia Nichols. 
 

Viola C. Rice 
Viola C. Rice, 86, of Sioux City died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Third Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. James Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Nelson-Berger Morningside Chapel. 

Mrs. Rice was born June 19, 1911, in Moville, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Louise (Corrin) West. She graduated from Ida Grove, Iowa High School in 1929. She taught country school in Woodbury County for three years. 

She married Frank Rice on May 17, 1937, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

She was a member of Third Presbyterian Church, where she was a past deaconess, the Church Women United, the United Presbyterian Women, where she was a past president, and the Bethany Circle. 

Survivors include her husband; four sons, Bruce and his wife Linda of Sullivan, Mo., Kermit and his wife Carolyn of Andover, Minn., Stephen and his wife Jean of Corona, Calif. and Milton of Sunnyvale, Calif.; two daughters and their husbands, Martha and William Krause of Kingsley, Iowa and Helen and Warren Thomas of Ida Grove; a brother, Ray West of Alta, Iowa; three sisters, Agnes Wait of Ida Grove, Jean Sundberg of Mora, Mo. and Esther and her husband Weldon Smith of Florissant, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. 

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

Maxine R. Slotsky 
Maxine R. Slotsky, 77, of Sioux City died Thursday at a Sioux City hospital. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Shalom. Burial will be in Independent Farane Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 
 

Jennie Van Zandbergen 
Jennie Van Zandbergen, 101, formerly of Sioux City died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Montclair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Omaha, Neb. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at First Convenant Church, with the Rev. Phillip Rohler officiating. Burial will be in Nassua Township Cemetery at Alton, Iowa. Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Van Zandbergen was born July 3, 1896, in Hull, Iowa, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jan W. DeRoos. 

She married Otto Van Zandbergen on Feb. 11, 1915, in Alton. The couple farmed at Orange City and Sheldon, Iowa. They retired from farming and moved to Sanborn, Iowa and then to Sioux City in 1945. He died May 23, 1988. 

She was a member of First Convenant Church and the Priscilla Circle. 

Survivors include three sons and their wives, Kenneth and Betty and Ronald and Donna, all of Omaha and Robert and Carolyn of Daphne, Ala.; a daughter, Sylvia Krohne of Norwalk, Calif.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Kathryn Cole of Los Angeles, Calif. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janell B. Steele. 

Memorials in her name may be directed to First Convenant Church. 
 

Eva L. Appleton 
WALTHILL, Neb. - Eva L. Appleton, 82, of Walthill died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at the Pender, Neb. Community Hospital. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill, with the Rev. Brion Tolzman officiating. Burial will be in Omaha Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Munderloh Funeral Home in Walthill. 

Mrs. Appleton was born March 5, 1915, near Bancroft, Neb., the daughter of Gustav and Margaret (Luedert) Witt. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith. 

She married Harry Appleton on March 9, 1936, in South Sioux City. The couple lived briefly in Minnesota before moving to Winnebago, Neb. They farmed until 1992, when they moved into Walthill. He died March 13, 1994. She reported for the Pender Times. She enjoyed reading and writing. 

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Rod and Linda of Winnebago and Richard "Punk" and Lila of Mountain Home, Idaho; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Emmett Witt of Bancroft and Florence Nielsen of Sioux City. 

She was preceded in death by a son, Allen; an infant daughter, Nancy; and three grandchildren. 
 

Cameron B. Arnold 
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Judge Cameron B. Arnold, 59, of Spirit Lake died Wednesday at a Sioux Falls, S.D. hospital. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake. Burial will be in Okoboji Cemetery at Arnolds Park, Iowa. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with a parish Scripture service at 7 p.m., at Turner Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. 
 

Meta E. Bollmar 
HOLSTEIN, Iowa - Meta E. Bollmar, 94, of Holstein died Thursday at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Cherokee, Iowa. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Barker Funeral Home in Holstein. Burial will be in Holstein Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. 
 

Leslie Christiansen 
WEBB, Iowa - Leslie Christiansen, 86, of Webb died Wednesday at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Webb. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery at Emmetsburg, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer, Iowa. 
 

Marie E. Freyer 
MOVILLE, Iowa - Marie E. Freyer, 92, of Kingsley, Iowa, formerly of Moville, died Thursday at the Colonial Manor in Kingsley. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Moville. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. McCulloch Funeral Home of Moville is in charge of the arrangements. 
 

Douglas F. Grauer 
MARCUS, Iowa - Douglas Floyd Grauer, 39, of Marcus died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1997, at his residence of an apparent heart attack. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Marcus, with the Rev. Glen Keylon officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at the Earnest and Roethler Funeral Chapel in Marcus. 

Mr. Grauer was born June 11, 1958, in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Floyd and Delores (Kielhorn) Grauer. He gradauted from Marcus High School in 1976. He lived in Oregon for a time, where he was employed as a carpenter. He returned to Marcus in the mid-1980s and was involved in farming and carpentry work. He was also employed as a Pioneer Seed Corn dealer for 10 years. 

He married Dori Peters on April 10, 1993, in Marcus. 

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he held many offices, and the Marcus Golf Club. 

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Jennifer and her husband Matthew Dull of Minneapolis, Minn., Julie of Ames, Iowa and Jaimie at home; his mother of Marcus; four sisters, Ginny and her husband Rev. John Riebhoff of Scott City, Kan., Jan and her husband Dr. Tom Irwin of Cherokee, Iowa, Sandi Mandeville of Matawan, N.J. and Lu Ann and her husband Steve Kunzweiler of Marcus; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death his father and grandparents. 
 

Phillip D. Guyett 
MOORHEAD, Iowa - Phillip D. Guyett, 69, of Moorhead died Wednesday at the Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley, Iowa. 
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fouts Funeral Home in Woodbine, Iowa. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery. 
 

Delores C. Johnson 
STORM LAKE, Iowa - Delores C. Johnson, 64, of Storm Lake died Thursday at her residence. 
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Albert City, Iowa. Burial will be in Fairfield Township Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Storm Lake. 
 

Dennis J. Lierman 
BEEMER, Neb. - Dennis John Lierman, 63, of Beemer died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at his residence. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Beemer, with the Rev. Paul Krentz officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Beemer American Legion Post 159. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Kuzelka Funeral Home in Beemer. Visitation will resume from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. 

Mr. Lierman was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Beemer, the son of Walter and Blanche (Vogel) Lierman. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended Cuming County Rural District School 3 and Immanuel Lutheran Parochial School. 

He married Carole Renner on May 23, 1954, in rural Beemer. He married Clara McDonough on Aug. 10, 1979, in Elk Point, S.D. 

He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, during the Korean War. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Welding Construction in West Point, Neb. since 1970. 

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1973 in Sioux City. 

Survivors include his wife; six sons and their wives, Allan and Sheryl of Jacksonville, N.C., Ronald and Sandy of Beemer, Daniel and Evonne of Sioux City, Steven and Cheri of Gothenburg, Neb., Cory and Debbie of Jackson, Neb. and Lonnie and Nancy of Clay Center, Neb.; a daughter and her husband, Tami and Larry Jones of Gilbert, Ariz.; three stepchildren, Angela Jorgensen of Sioux City, DeAnna Montes of Wisner, Neb. and Kevin Schutt of Stanford, Conn.; 15 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; four brothers, Layton of Sterling, Ill., Darold of West Point, Arlen and Irvin, both of Beemer; and two sisters, Carolyn and her husband Douglas Feller of Wisner and Cora Lierman of Beemer. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, a grandchild and a brother. 

Pallbearers will be Tom Yosten, David Smidt, Chris Howser, Mike Priebnow, John Nieman Jr. and Alan Pagels. 
 

Clinton C. Lindsey 
MERRILL, Iowa - Clinton C. Lindsey, 68, of Merrill died Thursday at the Indian Hills Care Center in Sioux City. 
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars, Iowa. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery at Merrill. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Sunday at the funeral home. 
 

Gertrude Murray 
JEFFERSON, S.D. - Gertrude (Beauchemin) Murray, 86, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Jefferson, died Tuesday, in New Port Richey. 
Memorial services and burial were held in Florida. 
 

Joseph Oberreuter 
DANBURY, Iowa - Joseph Oberreuter, 87, of Danbury died Thursday at the Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury. Burial will be in Danbury Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Sunday, with a vigil wake service at 7 p.m. followed by a rosary said by the Knights of Columbus, at the church. Armstrong Funeral Home of Danbury and Mapleton, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements. 
 

Kermit L. Ravensborg 
TURIN, Iowa - Kermit L. Ravensborg, 84, of Turin died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at the Burgess Memorial Hospital in Onawa, Iowa. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Onawa, with the Rev. Donald R. Ludwick officiating. Burial will be in Belvidere Cemetery at Turin. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., at the Pearson Funeral Home in Onawa. 

Mr. Ravensborg was born Nov. 18, 1913, near Turin, the son of Rasmus and Clara (Hansen) Ravensborg. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith. He attended Hiawatha Country School, through the eighth grade, Turin High School, for two years, and graduated from Moorhead, Iowa High School in 1931. 

He married Vivian Peterson on Nov. 9, 1940, in Onawa. He farmed on the family farm near Turin. 

He served as the Belvidere Township clerk for several years, on the Turin Town Council, as the mayor of Turin, on the Belvidere Township Election Board and on the Moorhead School Board. He was a former Boy Scout leader. 

He was a member of First Christian Church, Elk Masonic Lodge 586 A.F. % A.M. of Moorhead, Scottish Rite Bodies and Abu Bekr Shrine Temple. 

Survivors include his wife; two sons and their wives, Jerry and Carol of Bennington, Neb. and Richard and Jeanne of Quimby, Iowa; two daughters and their husbands, Kathleen and Bill Kruse of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Elaine and Roger Ingebritson of Upper Marlboro, Md.; and nine grandchildren, Amy and Dave Magstadt, B.J., Michelle and Jason Ravensborg, Brian and Julie Kruse, John and Ann Ingebritson. 

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ernest, Harold and Clarence. 

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimers Unit at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Whiting, Iowa, or the First Christian Church in Onawa. 
 

Darleen Tollakson 
SPENCER, Iowa - Darleen Tollakson, 83, of Spencer, formerly of Lake Park, Iowa and Sioux City, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Longhouse Residence in Spencer. 
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Warner Chapel in Spencer, with the Rev. Tom Dettmer officiating. Burial will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Tollakson was born Sept. 5, 1914, in Lake Park, the daughter of William Henry and Matie (Stahl) Halquist. She was raised in Lake Park, where she graduated from Lake Park High School. In 1932, she was employed with Northwestern Bell Telephone in Lake Park, Spirit Lake and Cherokee, Iowa, before becoming the chief operator in Sioux City. She retired in October 1973, after 37 years with the telephone company. 

She married Norman Tollakson on Sept. 11, 1954. The couple made their home in Sioux City. He died Aug. 12, 1973. She moved to Spencer in November 1975. 

She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and the Telephone Company Pioneer Life Member Club. 

Survivors include a brother and his wife, L.D. and Jeanette Halquist of Spencer; three nieces; two nephews; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. 

She was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie; and two brothers, Clayton and Harold.


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