Obituaries from December 2004
Donald J. Traurig
CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Donald J. Traurig, 53, of Cape Coral, Fla., and a former Le Mars resident, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004. Donald moved to Cape Coral nine years ago from Le Mars. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was self-employed as a swimming pool subcontractor, working for such companies as Grant Pools, Pebble Tech., along with Siesta Pools...
James E. Boyd
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- James E. Boyd, 75, of Palo Alto, Calif., and a Le Mars native, died Oct. 21, 2004, at Palo Alto. James E. Boyd was born Feb. 24, 1929, at Le Mars. His father, Harvey A. Boyd, was born and raised in Le Mars. His mother, Genevieve (Ferguson) Boyd was a native of Parkersburg...
Freda J. Oetken
Freda J. Oetken, 94, of Akron, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at the Akron Care Center in Akron. Freda Josephine Nikoley Oetken was born Sept. 27, 1910, in Ute, the daughter of Ludwig and Hulda (Kelm) Nikoley. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute. She received her education in the St. Paul's parochial schools in Ute...
John P. Hughes
John Patrick Hughes, 53, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at his home. John Patrick Hughes was born Jan. 9, 1951, at Le Mars, the son of Richard and Marie (McAndrew) Hughes. John was raised in the Remsen area and received his education at St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen from which he graduated in 1969. He then attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1973...
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Monika Orenstein, 79, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004. Survivors include her children, Debbie and her husband, Gary Van Wyhe, and Steve Kingdon and his wife, Heidi of Champlin, Minn.; and grandchildren Jacob, Nicholas, Theresa, Jessie, Nika and Natalie...
Mildred Roling, 91, of Remsen, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. The former Mildred Ludwig was born Dec. 7, 1913, at rural Remsen, the daughter of John and Rose (Bohnenkamp) Ludwig. Mildred was raised in rural Remsen and received her education at St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen. On Aug. 23, 1938, she married Lawrence Roling at Remsen. They farmed near Remsen for 35 years and in 1973 they retired and moved into Remsen...
Albert J. Harms
SIOUX CITY -- Albert John Harms, 98, of Sioux City and a Struble area native, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at his residence. Survivors include his wife, the former Viola Binneboese. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. today (Monday) at Calvary Lutheran Church in Sioux City...
John Coverdale, 89, of Mesa, Ariz., and formerly of Akron, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, in Mesa.
Survivors include his wife, Olive.
Funeral arrangements are being handled in Arizona.
Patricia Kanago, 79, of Le Mars, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. Patricia M. Kanago was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Le Mars, the daughter of Anna H. (Kruse) and Melvin R. Kanago. She attended grade school in Le Mars and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1943. Pat then attended Westmar College in Le Mars and Drake University in Des Moines...
Kyle Utesch, 23, of Le Mars, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, from injuries sustained in a car accident. Kyle Jon Utesch was born Sept. 4, 1981, in Le Mars, the son of Randy Utesch and Barbara (Borchers) Vornbrock. He was baptized into the Christian faith on Oct. ...
Earl Tyer, 95, of Kingsley, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at a Sioux City hospital.
Survivors include his wife, the former Emma Marie Hansen.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Nazarene in Climbing Hill.
Elmer L. Wilmes, 69, of Loma Linda, Calif., and formerly of Le Mars, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, from complications due to emphysema. Elmer L. Wilmes was born Jan. 14, 1936, the son of John and Anna (Grothe) Wilmes. Elmer attended schools in Le Mars and joined the United States Navy in 1953. He retired from the Navy in 1975 as a Postal Clerk Chief. He worked for the San Bernardino City Unified School District as the mail director until his retirement in January 2004...
HAWARDEN -- Clebeth (Kellerman) Swanson, 90, of Hawarden, and an Alton area native, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at Hawarden Community Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Swanson. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. today (Monday) at American Lutheran Church in Hawarden...
Francis C. Schultz
CABAZON, Calif. -- Francis Carl "Sonny" Schultz, 88, of Cabazon, Calif., and formerly of Le Mars, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, Calif. Francis Carl Schultz was born Aug. 17, 1916, in Le Mars, the son of Frank and LouElla (Mead) Schultz. He was raised in the Le Mars area, graduated from Le Mars High School, then enlisted and proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II...
Donald W. Lawrence
MAPLETON -- Donald W. Lawrence, 78, of Mapleton, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton. Donald Wayne Lawrence was born March 31, 1926, in Jefferson Township near Blockton, Iowa, the son of Edward and Kate (Smith) Lawrence. On June 28, 1947, he was united in marriage to Doris Mae Smith at Bedford. The couple lived at Blockton for a time and later moved the family to Onawa. They moved to Sioux City in 1981 and then to Mapleton in 1989. Doris died July 27, 2000...
Donald Hoyt, 92, of Remsen died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. He was born Feb. 10, 1912, at rural Le Mars, the son of Harry and Blanche (Lee) Hoyt. Don was raised in the Le Mars area and received his education at Union School after which he attended Western Union College in Le Mars. He was then engaged in farming in the Marcus area...
Douglas E. Berkenpas
Douglas E. Berkenpas, 46, of Le Mars, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, from injuries sustained in a traffic accident north of Seney. Douglas Edward Berkenpas was born Nov. 14, 1958, in Le Mars, the son of Darrell and Lorraine (Schlichte) Berkenpas. Doug was baptized into the Catholic faith at St. ...
SIBLEY -- Merrill Sterler, 74, of Sibley, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley. Merrill K. Sterler was born Feb. 8, 1930, in rural Ashton, the son of Henry and Helen (Miller) Sterler. He attended country school through the 8th grade and graduated from the Ashton Public School in 1948...
Dorothy Mae Murphy
VERMILLION, S.D. -- Dorothy Mae (Lucken) Murphy, 87, of Vermillion, S.D., and an Akron area native, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Ccente. Survivors include her husband, Charles "Bud" Murphy. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion...
Amelia E. Rahn
HAWARDEN -- Amelia Eva (Harding) Rahn, 90, of Hawarden and a Westfield area native, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, at Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden.
Memorial services were at 11 a.m. today (Monday) at First Baptist Church in Hawarden.
Margaret Heyl, 94, of Le Mars, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. Margaret Ellen Heyl was born March 3, 1910, near Westfield, the daughter of Delbert and Mary (Faust) Hoffman. She attended country school near her home. Following her education, Margaret helped area families with housework and childcare...
ROCK VALLEY -- Lizzie (Johnson) Meerdink, 99, of Rock Valley, and a Craig area native, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, at Valley Manor in Rock Valley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Meerdink. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Reformed Church in Rock Valley...
Doris M. Keehn
Doris M. Keehn, 75, of Seney, died Wednesday, Dec, 15, 2004, at her home in Seney. Doris Mae Ouellette was born Jan. 9, 1929, the daughter of Earl and Emma (Hebert) Ouellette. She received her education at Burbank, S.D. The family later moved to Sioux City. ...
Mavis Kunkel, 64, of Remsen, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, at her home in Remsen after a lengthy illness from cancer. Mavis Kunkel was born April 12, 1940, at Le Mars, the daughter of Elmer and Melinda (Plathe) Klein. Mavis was the oldest of 16 children and was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at St. ...
Rose M. Keffeler
Rose Marie Keffeler, 87, of Remsen, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at her home in Remsen. Rose Marie Keffeler was born Dec. 10, 1917, at rural Remsen, the daughter of Louis and Mary (Letsche) Schmitz. Rosie was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at the Remsen Public School. ...
Norris N. Hawkins
Norris N. Hawkins, 77, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
James 'Jim' Ziniel
James M. (Jim) Ziniel, 73, of Le Mars, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
C.W. 'Cab' Brunstedt
C.W. "Cab" Brunstedt, 86, of Merrill, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at the Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars.
Helma A. Krueger
Helma A. Krueger, 78, of Kingsley, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City following a lengthy battle with cancer. Helma was born Dec. 11, 1925, in Danbury, the daughter of Henry and Johanna Scheer. She was raised on a farm with a large loving family and was very proud of the respect that they had for each other and their parents...
Esther P. Mahacek
Esther P. Mahacek, 93, of Le Mars, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. The former Esther Parsons was born Aug. 9, 1911, at Woonsocket, S.D., the daughter of Archie and Maude (Rickman) Parsons. She grew up and graduated from high school at Woonsocket, and then graduated from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, where she received her B.A. ...
Raymond R. 'Abe' Atwood II
Raymond R. "Abe" Atwood II, 77 of Le Mars, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at The Abbey of Le Mars. Raymond Reginald Atwood was born at home in Le Mars on Sept. 12, 1927, the son of Raymond R. and Rosina S. (Bauerly) Atwood. He was raised in Le Mars and graduated from Central High School in 1946. Following his education, Raymond worked at the family business, Atwood Floral in Le Mars...
Dennis Niehus, 54, of Remsen, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at Pike's Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Funeral arrangements are pending with the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen.
Norman G. Newberg
Norman G. Newberg, 67, of Hinton, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at a Sioux City hospital of complications from surgery. Survivors include his wife, the former Johneen Bolshaw. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hinton United Methodist Church...
Esther P. Mahacek
Esther P. Mahacek, 93, of Le Mars, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. James Tigges officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars...
Richard K. Aalfs
Richard K. Aalfs, 77, of Akron, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at the Akron Care Center in Akron.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Akron.
Raymond 'Ray' Clarey
BEARDSTOWN, Ill. -- Raymond Howard "Ray" Clarey, 70, of Beardstown, Ill., died Tuesday morning, Nov. 23, 2004, in Jacksonville, Ill. He was born Aug. 4, 1934, in Merrill, the son of John F. and Esther McCorkell Clarey. Ray graduated from Liberty High School, rural Merrill, in 1952 and served in the U.S. Army from 1955 until 1958. He married Helen Mae Braun on June 20, 1959, in Sioux City...
Virginia L. 'Gin' Searls
Virginia L. "Gin" Searls, 76, of Akron, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at a Sioux City hospital.
Survivors include her husband, Daniel.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A., in Akron.