Edward J. "Ed" Sitzmann, 84, of Le Mars, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at his home in Le Mars.
Ed was born May 26, 1919, on the family farm in Lincoln Township, Plymouth County, the son of Edward and Agnes (Carel) Sitzmann. He grew up in Lincoln Township south of Le Mars and graduated from Trinity Catholic High School in Sioux City. In 1942, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Hawaii and the South Pacific with the Coast Artillery Service during World War II for 3 1/2 years. On May 13, 1943, Edward Sitzmann Jr. married Agatha L. Nuebel at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Long Beach, Calif. At the end of W.W. II, he returned to the Le Mars area and owned and operated Sitzmann's Station south of Neptune. He then became actively engaged in cattle feeding and farming. After farming for 30 years in America Township, the couple moved into Le Mars.
Mr. Sitzmann was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and the Holy Name Society. He had been a member of other organizations for more than 50 years including: a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council #1466 in Le Mars, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Garrigan Assembly in Sioux City, the V.F.W., Joseph Dickman Post #3325 in Remsen, and the American Legion, Wasmer Post #241 in Le Mars.
Mr. Sitzmann had previously been the parish director of St. Joseph's Church for three years and had also served as a school board member for Gehlen Catholic Schools. While he was engaged in feeding cattle, Ed was an active member of the Plymouth County Cattlefeeders Association. He was also a member of the A.S.C. committee and a member of the board of Berkley Bedell's agriculture committee.
Survivors include his wife Aggie of Le Mars; eight sons, David Sitzmann and his wife, Margaret, of Le Mars, Charles Sitzmann and his wife, Ann, of Rogers, Ark., Mark Sitzmann and his wife, Lana, of Greeley, Colo., Neil Sitzmann and his wife, Terri, of Tucson, Ariz., Roger Sitzmann and his wife, Peg, of Le Mars, Eugene Sitzmann and his wife, Betty, of Le Mars, Peter Sitzmann of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Jay Sitzmann and his wife, Christine, of Storm Lake; two daughters, Ann Marie Kurth and her husband, Dan, of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Sandra Sitzmann and Lawrence Kennedy of Polson, Mont.; 32 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Stanley Sitzmann and his wife, Louise, of Cherokee, and Paul Sitzmann and his wife, Barb, of rural Hinton; four sisters, Marge Gilligan of Arlington, Texas, Gerri Gengler and her husband, Gerald, of Le Mars, Annette Sieverding and her husband, Harry, of Madisonville, La., and Alyce Reuter and her husband, Jack, of Le Mars; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Doug; four brothers, Bill, Dale, Alfred, and Howard; and two sisters: Joyce Sitzmann in infancy, and Mary Pniak.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Andrew Hoffmann presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars with military honors conducted at the gravesite by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion and the V.F.W.
Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Church where a Scriptural wake service will be held at 7 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 8 p.m., immediately followed by a 4th degree wake service. Feuerstein Funeral Home of Le Mars is in charge of arrangements.