Monica Margaret Sitzmann was born Jan. 8, 1917, in Elkhorn Township, rural Plymouth County, the daughter of Lewis and Mathilda (Ruhland) Sitzmann. She was raised in Elkhorn Township and attended country school and later high school in Kingsley. She graduated from Kingsley High School in 1934. Following her schooling, she did housework for neighbors and later kept house for her brother, Sylvester, and his young daughter, Marilyn.
She was united in marriage to Glenn "Buzz" Jauer Feb. 16, 1944, at St. Joseph Catholic Church - Neptune. Together, they farmed near Hinton, raising crops and livestock. In 1975, they built an acreage near the farm and lived there until 2006, when they moved to Holy Spirit Assisted Living in Sioux City.
Dolly was a long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church - Neptune and a member of Catholic Daughter's of America. She enjoyed her times at the Hinton Senior Citizens Center.
She loved cooking for friends and family and playing cards, especially bridge. She and Buzz were active in many "neighborhood" card clubs through the years.
Dolly and Buzz enjoyed their fishing trips, including those to Canada and Minnesota. They enjoyed traveling through the years.
But most of all, she loved the times spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband of more than 66 years, Buzz of Sioux City; her children: Roger (Karen) Jauer of rural Hinton, Richard Jauer of rural Hinton, Joyce (Adrian) Thill of Minneapolis, Minn., and Jim (Kim) Jauer of rural Hinton; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alvina Nuebel and Mildred Hoss of Le Mars; a brother: Roy (Martha) Sitzmann, Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Sylvester and Venard Sitzmann; and a sister: Eta Mai.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church - Neptune, rural Hinton. The Rev. Dan Grieving will celebrate. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be after 4 p.m. Friday with a parish eosary at 5 p.m., and scriptural wake service at 7 p.m., all at Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will resume from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the church.
Casketbearers will be Doug Jauer, Brant Jauer, Kurt Jauer, Jeremiah Jauer, Christopher Thill, Matt Harper, and Mike Morran. Honorary casketbearers will be Stephanie Morran, Deanna Jauer, Alicia Harper, Jenna Thill, Crystal Jauer, and Candace Jauer.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.