Miscellaneous Woodbury County, Iowa Obituaries


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Grace Lien 
Grace Lien, 89, of Sioux City died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at the Indian Hills Nursing and Convalescent Center. 
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Nelson-Berger Morningside Chapel. 

Mrs. Lien was born June 1, 1908, in Wynot, Neb., the daughter of J. Albert and Sadie Anderson. She graduated from Florence Nightingale High School in Hartington, Neb. 

She married Theodore Lien on June 6, 1932, in Worthing, S.D. The couple farmed near Inwood, Iowa, until moving to Sioux City in 1950. She was employed as a nurses aide in obstetric surgery with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital until retiring in 1973. He died in 1985. 

She was a member of First Lutheran Church and the Scandinavian Society. 

Survivors include two sons, Gary and his wife Karen of Sioux City and Douglas of Tumwater, Wash.; three grandsons, Todd and Kirk Lien and Michael Padomek; and two great-grandsons. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Constance Padomek, four brothers and two sisters. 


Robert J. Loecker 
Robert J. Loecker, 73, of Salem, Ore., formerly of South Sioux City, died Monday, March 23, 1998, in Salem. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church in South Sioux City, with the Rev. David Liewer officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 8:30 p.m. today, with a parish rosary at 7:30 p.m., at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City. 

Mr. Loecker was born May 19, 1924, in Fordyce, Neb., the son of Sigismund and Anna (Mauch) Loecker. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 

He married Alara M. Gobel on May 24, 1944. She died Oct. 3, 1971. He then married Mylet J. Clem on Dec. 30, 1977, in Dakota City. He had farmed in the Hubbard, Neb., area for several years. He was then employed at IBP. Following his retirement from IBP, he was a deliveryman for House of Flowers. The couple moved to Salem in June 1995. 

He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and word puzzles. 

Survivors include his wife; a son, Robert of Higley, Ariz.; four daughters, Judy Herfel of Marshall, Mo., Peggy Hughes of South Sioux City, Verletta Christensen of Gilbert, Ariz., and Eileen Gamet of Troy, Texas; four stepsons, Daniel and Quinton Clem, both of Salem, Douglas Clem of Roseburg, Ore., and Jeffrey Clem of Overland Park, Kan.; two stepdaughters, Cathy Salchenberg of Salem and Nancy Trimble of Pender, Neb.; a brother, Emil of Hartington, Neb.; a sister, Rose Fischer of Monitor, Ore.; and many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Raymond. 

Pallbearers will be his grandsons. 


Dolores Jacomet 
ORANGE CITY, Iowa - Dolores Jacomet, 69, of Wessington Springs, S.D., formerly of Orange City, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at the Weskota Memorial Medical Center. 
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Free Methodist Church in Wessington Springs, with the Rev. Jim Schatz officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. today, with an Eastern Star service at 7:30 p.m., at the Basham Funeral Home in Wessington Springs. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. 

Mrs. Jacomet was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Orange City, the daughter of John and Agnes (De Jong) Jellema. She received her education at Orange City Christian School. She moved with her family to Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1947. 

She married William "Bill" Jacomet on Nov. 22, 1949, in Pipestone, Minn. In 1960, the couple moved to Mitchell, S.D. In November 1967, they purchased the Springs Inn Cafe in Wessington Springs. They had owned the restaurant except for four years from 1974 to 1978, when they moved to Pierre, S.D. 

She was a member of United Church of Christ, the Circle 1, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Kiwanis. 

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Jeff and his wife Mary and Mike and his wife Kim, all of Sioux Falls and Lynn of Wessington Springs; two daughters, Cheryl Reifers and Carla and her husband Jon Niemeyer, all of Wessington Springs; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Etta DeHaan, Marie and her husband Odilo Kaschmitter and Agnes "Tokey" and her husband Glen Becker, all of Sioux Falls; and five brothers, Onno Jellema of Alton, Iowa, Tom and his wife Sue Jellema and John Jellema, all of Sioux Falls, Orion and his wife Teko Jellema of Jackson, Miss., and Don and his wife Luella Jellema of Brandon, S.D. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Agnes, as a child. 

Pallbearers will be Jack Dwyer, Fred Knight, Fred Scherschlight, Don Werly, Don Shottenkirk and Chuck Thornton. 


Driscilla Ver Steeg 
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - Driscilla Louise Ver Steeg, 81, of Sioux Center died Monday, March 23, 1998, at a Sioux City hospital. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the Memorial Funeral Home in Sioux Center, with the Rev. Mark De Witt officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. 

Mrs. Ver Steeg was born Aug. 12, 1916, in Sioux Center, the daughter of Henry L. and Jessie (Prins) Vande Berg. She attended Sioux Center Country School until the eighth grade. 

She married John Carl Ver Steeg Sr. on Dec. 27, 1945, in Sioux Center. She was employed with Mutual Telephone Company and Kinsey Elementary School, both in Sioux Center, and was a homemaker. 

She was a member of First Reformed Church, where she played the organ and sang in the choir. She was also a member of the Mission Band and the Women's Circle. She enjoyed reading, music and traveling. 

Survivors include a son, John Carl Jr. of Rock Valley, Iowa; two daughters, Mary Ver Steeg of Sterling, Kan., and Jane and her husband Steve Phinney of Phoenix, Ariz.; and four grandchildren, Abby, Elizabeth, Jessica and Traci. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter, Beth Ann; and a brother, Jerry. 


Duane Weiler 
OYENS, Iowa - Duane "Dewey" Weiler, 78, of Oyens died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at his resience. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Oyens, with the Rev. Randy Schon officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine Catholic Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post 220, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3328 and the Plymouth County Legion. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with a parish rosary at 3 p.m., a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and a rosary at 8 p.m. said by the Catholic Order of Foresters and Oyens Columbus Club, all at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen, Iowa. 

Mr. Weiler was born Oct. 20, 1919, in rural Remsen, the son of John and Rose Marie (Niehus) Weiler. He was raised in the Remsen area and attended St. Mary's School in Remsen. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1941 to 1946. He returned to the Oyens area, where he was employed at the Oyens Elevator. 

He married Magdalen Gengler on June 19, 1946, in Oyens, where they made their home. In 1951, he began farming and the couple moved to a farm near Oyens in December 1952. 

He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church, the church choir, a Eucharistic minister, Catholic Rural Life, the Catholic Order of Foresters in Remsen and the Oyens Columbus Club, and was the commander of the American Legion Post 220, a past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3328, the Sergeant of Arms of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Legion Color Guard, the Plymouth County American Legion, the Last Man's Club of World War II Veterans, the Le Mars Golden Kernals Drum and Bugle Corps, the National Farmers Organization and the Floyd Valley Garden Club. He was also a past 4-H leader. 

Survivors include his wife; two daughters and their husbands, Connie and Steve Davis of Atlanta, Ga. and Elizabeth and Jim Gorczynski of Oyens; four sons and their wives, Cary and Jan of Escondido, Calif., Tony and Sharon of Winterset, Iowa, Mike and Ann of Olathe, Kan., and John and Laura of Urbandale, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Weiler of San Diego, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Stanley and Ernestine of Le Mars, Iowa, and Deacon Allan and Doris of Remsen; two sisters, LaVonne Hart of Le Mars and Ellen and her husband Richard Hatz of Remsen; and a brother-in-law, Robert Kellen of Remsen. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Ellen; a son, Philip John; a sister, Gail Marie Kellen; and twin brothers in infancy, Orlo and Ora. 

Pallbearers will be Cary, Tony, Mike and John Weiler, Steve Davis and Jim Gorczynski.

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