Neva L. Lewis, 85, of Le Mars, died Friday, June 3, 2005, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Neva Louise Lewis was born Sept. 11, 1919, on a farm near Westfield, the daughter of Bert and Mary (Faust) Hoffman. She attended country school near her home. Following her education, Neva lived with her parents and helped with the housework and the farming.
On May 14, 1938, Neva and Joseph Lewis Sr. were united in marriage at Elk Point, S.D. The couple made their home in Le Mars. They lived in Seney for a brief time and then returned to Le Mars. Neva worked at many of the local Le Mars cafes including Hammer's, Pantry Café, Club Café, Truck Haven Café and Lally's Eastside Restaurant.
Neva was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. She loved flower gardening, singing and dancing. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles and cross-stitch. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her three sons, Joseph Lewis Jr. and his wife Shirley of Ft. Dodge, Gerald Lewis and his wife, Paulette of Le Mars, and Lawrence Lewis and his wife, Pat of Spencer; three daughters, Joan Feller and her husband, James of Rapid City, S.D., Geraldine Palsrok and her husband, Carl of Sibley, and Mary De Boer and her husband, Lon of Le Mars; 23 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Joseph Sr. on Aug.12, 1989; a daughter, Rosalie Lewis; a granddaughter, Lori Ashlock; and her brothers and sisters Cleo, Margaret, Winifred "Toots", Rosie, John, Charlie, Delbert, Maynard "Red", Jim, George, Bernard "Dutch", and two infant siblings.
Mass of Christian burial be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Bill McCarthy will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at the Mauer -- Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5 to 8 p.m. with a rosary service at 5 p.m. and a Scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to Mass.
Pallbearers will be Scott Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Christopher Palsrok, Travis DeBoer, James Feller and Jason Lewis. Honorary pallbearers will be Neva's grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.