Harold Sitzmann

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Harold Sitzmann, 90, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Floyd Valley Hospital, in Le Mars, surrounded by his family.

Harold Joseph Sitzmann was born March 28, 1925, in Le Mars, the son of Edwin and Irene (Nugent) Sitzmann. He attended school at St. Joseph Catholic School, in Le Mars. Following his schooling, he enlisted in the United States Army National Guard.

He was united in marriage to Shirley Dominick on Dec. 28, 1949, at St. James Catholic Church, in Le Mars. Following their marriage, the couple farmed for many years west of Le Mars until their retirement in 1988.

Harold also spread fertilizer for Farm Service and sold and constructed silos for many years.

He served on the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors for four years.

Harold and Shirley spent over 30 years of summer fun at Lake Shetek in Minnesota and when they were in their early 50s, they began traveling to Pharr, Texas, to escape Iowa winters. While they wintered in Texas much of their time and talent was spent reconstructing an orphanage operated by an order of nuns in Reynosa, Mexico.

They moved into Le Mars 13 years ago. Shirley died April 3, 2011, in Le Mars.

Harold was a member of All Saints Catholic Parish -- St. James Church, in Le Mars.

He was a 63-year member of the Knights of Columbus, where he had served as Grand Knight and was a 4th Degree Knight. He was instrumental in starting the Knights of Columbus Phonothon that benefits Life Skills Training Center, in Le Mars, every year.

Harold was also a member of the Wasmer American Legion Post 241 of Le Mars.

Through the years, Harold enjoyed playing cards and going to coffee with friends.

But most of all, he loved the times spent with his family.

Survivors include his six children, Karen (Gary) Dreckman, of Le Mars, Keith (Maria) Sitzmann, of Bothell, Washington, Mary Kay (Dave) Hoffman, of Le Mars, Connie Nanninga Lancaster (Barry), of West Des Moines, Michele (Mark) Britton, of Le Mars, and Cindi (Luke) Sauer, of Omaha, Nebraska; 21 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; a sister, Darlene Koopman, of Le Mars; a brotherr, the Rev. Eugene Sitzmann, of Cherokee; his in-laws, Ray (Marlene) Dominick, of Des Moines, Bev (John) Harmelink, of Spirit Lake, Dolores Dominick, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Anna Mae Sitzmann, of Le Mars; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley; a son, Timmy at birth; a grandson, Bradley Britton; a brother, Merlin Sitzmann; and several in-laws.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. today (Friday) at All Saints Catholic Parish -- St. James Church, in Le Mars. The Rev. Kevin Richter will celebrate Mass with other priests in the Sioux City Diocese concelebrating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, in Le Mars, with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241, of Le Mars. Visitation with the family present was after 4 p.m. Thursday, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 5 p.m., a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m., followed by a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Chalice Service, all at Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home, in Le Mars. Visitation will resume from 9:30 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Gehlen Catholic Schools, All Saints Catholic Parish, or Life Skills Training Center.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.