Laurene Sophie Lueth, 81, of Emerson, Neb. went to join her heavenly Father on Monday, Nov. 15, 2004 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Neb. Funeral services were held on Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson, with the Rev. Gretchen Ritola officiating. A visitation was held on Wednesday at the Munderloh Funeral Home in Emerson. The visitation continued at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with a prayer service. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson.
Laurene was born on Jan. 27, 1923 in rural Emerson, Neb. to Edward and Goldie (Frey) Sebade. Laurene grew up on a farm northwest of Emerson.
She met and then married Elmer H. Lueth of Emerson on Oct. 18, 1942. To this union 10 children were born. They farmed the home place until retiring in 1986. They moved into Emerson in the fall of 1989. She loved her flowers and garden, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She was a homemaker, member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and WELCA. She was also active in the American Legion auxiliary, and was an advocate for the mentally challenged.
Laurene is survived by children: Judith Anderson and her husband Gerald of Council Bluffs, Ia.; Bonnie Rosenberger of Lincoln, Neb.; Shirley Lueth of Elkhorn, Neb.; Sharon Lueth of Omaha, Neb.; Janie Gutzmann and her husband Lewis of Emerson, Neb.; Josaleen Gutzmann and her husband Roger of Emerson, Neb.; Jaclyn Beacom and her husband Pat of Hubbard, Neb.; Randall Lueth of South Sioux City, Neb.; and Lauri Lueth of Bonita Springs, Flor., as well as 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters: Molliann Larsen of Emerson, Neb.; Marcella Cook of Clinton, Missouri, and brother: Ervin Sebade also of Emerson.
Laurene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elmer, daughter Kathleen (in 1961), a sister, Betty Vosteen, and a grandson, Jeffrey Beacom.
Otto “Leon” Weddingfeld
Otto (Leon) Weddingfeld, 81, of South Sioux City, Neb. entered his eternal life on Friday, Nov. 12, 2004 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, IA. Funeral services were Tuesday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender, Neb., with the Vicar Karen Tjarks officiating. A visitation was on Monday at the Munderloh Funeral Home in Pender, with a prayer service. Interment was in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery west of Pender.
Leon was born on Feb. 25, 1923 at his rural family home near Pender, the son of Otto and Emma (Gilster) Weddingfeld.
Leon married Delores Maxine Johnson on Sept. 18, 1946. The couple farmed in Dixon and Cedar counties in Nebraska until they established a propane/gas business in Walthill, Neb., as well as a fast food restaurant. Upon retiring their success, they moved to South Sioux City and assisted their daughter, Kerrie, in her restaurant, Curry’s Townhouse Café and Motel.
Leon was a member of the Concord Lutheran Church in Concord, Neb.
Leon is survived by his three daughters: Susan Fischer of Kinder, Lou.; Cynthia Meyer and her husband Steve of Hooper, Neb.; and Kerrie Curry and her husband Mark of Sioux City, Ia., a daughter-in-law, Judy Weddingfeld of Beatrice, Neb. as well as 20 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Leon was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife Delores; five brothers and five sisters; a son, Colin, of Beatrice, Neb.; two great grandsons, Trevor Weddingfeld of Beatrice, Neb., and Ethan Nixon of Dakota City.
Francis Mattes, 81, of Allen died Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, at a Sioux City hospital.
Services were Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Martinsburg, Neb., with the Rev. Terry William Kenitz officiating. Burial was in Eastview Cemetery at Allen. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh Funeral Home in Wakefield, Neb.
Francis was born on Oct. 31, 1923, at Allen, the son of Jacob and Sophia (Berger) Mattes. He was baptized, confirmed and married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Martinsburg. He graduated from Allen High School in 1941. Francis then taught school for one year in the rural school near Concord, Neb. He then started farming north of Allen.
He married Ruth Kubik on Dec. 23, 1944, in Martinsburg. From this union, three children were born, Douglas of Omaha, Neb., Linn (deceased) and Trudy Peters of Dixon, Neb. In 1955, the couple moved to a farm near Waterbury, Neb., until retiring in 1991 and moving into their present home in Allen.
Francis was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving presently as elder. He worked for the Village of Allen for several years. Francis loved his family, friends, fishing and hunting. Farming and visiting with friends and family was his first love.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of Allen; a son, Douglas, and his wife, Pam, of Omaha; a daughter, Trudy Peters, and her husband, Charles, of Dixon; a daughter-in-law, Rita, and her husband, Gordon Kleihauer, of Akron, Iowa; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons; three step-grandchildren; a brother, Joe, and his wife, Della Mattes, of Wakefield, Neb.; a sister, Effie Mackey, of Gretna, Neb.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Linn; five brothers, Freddie, Jay, Earl, Raymond and George; and three sisters, Minnie Nobbe, Theresa Mattes and Leona Bose.
Theodore J.C. Schuldt
Former SSC pastor
Reverend Theodore J.C. Schuldt, 93, of Lincoln died Wednesday Nov. 10. Services were Monday, Nov. 15 at Grace Lutheran Church in Walton, Neb. with Pastor Edwin H. Wicks presiding.
Schuldt was born in Fremont, Neb. on April 19, 1911 to Frederick Christian Theodore and Caroline Henrietta Emelie (nee Berhenke) Schuldt. A graduate of Hastings High School and Midland College in Fremont, Schuldt was a pastor in Nebraska for 41 years, including First Lutheran Church in South Sioux City for more than 17 years.
Schuldt was ordained in 1936 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, Neb. after graduating from Western Theological Seminary in Fremont that same year.
On June 24, 1936 he married Estella L. Loseke in Columbus, Neb. at Trinity Lutheran Church. His past duties included serving as assistant pastor at Kountze Memorial Lutheran in Omaha and pastor at First Lutheran Church in Nebraska City. He was also pastor of St. Paul Lutheran in Wayne, St. Mark Lutheran in Oshkosh, Grace Lutheran in Lewellen prior to moving to South Sioux City. In May 1977 he retied to Lincoln after serving South Sioux City since 1959. He was also the first recipient of the Paul Harris Rotary Award in South Sioux City.
Schuldt is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Theodore J.C., Jr. and Alyce Schuldt, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; James D. and Sharon Schuldt, Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law: Mary and Sanford Schuster, Mankato, Minn.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and a nephew; a brother, Paul Schuldt of Hastings. He was preceded in death by wife – Estella; parents; sister – Marie Anderson.
Eva V. Durant
Former Allen resident
Eva V. Durant, 85, of South Sioux City formerly of Allen, Neb. died on Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 at a Sioux City, Ia. hospital. Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 22, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Allen. Pastor Sarah Simmons officiated. The visitation was held on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004 from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Bressler ~ Munderloh Funeral Home in Wakefield. The family was present from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Burial was in the Eastview Cemetery near Allen.
Eva was born on August 31, 1919 in Sioux City, Ia., the daughter of Ernest and Alice (Munson) Jones. She grew up in the Bloomfield, Neb. area. On January 19, 1946, she was united in marriage to Irvin R. Durant in Norfolk. The couple moved to Allen, where they shared a John Deere implement with Irvin’s brother. Eva worked at the Allen school as a secretary for 29 years. Irvin died on March 27, 1983. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Allen and also a member of the woman’s Auxiliary Club. She enjoyed yard work, working on puzzle books, and seeing her grandchildren.
She is survived by her son Raymond of Sioux City, Ia., five grandchildren: Tami and her husband David Saul of South Sioux City, Mindy Durant of South Sioux City, Mark and his wife Alejandra Durant of South Sioux City, Derek Durant of Yankton, S. Dak. and Brandon Durant of Omaha. Two great-grandchildren: McKenna Durant and Astrid Maeda and a sister Betty Mather of Ridgecrest, Ca.
Merland L. Noe
Merland L. Noe, 87 of Allen, Neb. died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2004 at the Wakefield Care Center.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27 at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home, burial will be at Eastview Cemetery in Allen, Neb. Visitation will one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.
He was born Nov. 21, 1917, in Kalispell, Mt. the son of John E. (Ebb) and Edna P. Adair Noe. He farmed in the Allen area all of his life. He married Kathleen Brandt June 11, 1965 in South Sioux City. She died Sept. 27, 1968.
Survivors include two sisters, Wilma and Bernadine Hallstrom, both of South Sioux City; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Verl and Glenn; and a sister, Beryl Flemming.
Allen Curtis Neill
Allen Curtis Neill, 58, of Ponca, Neb. died Monday, January 31, 2005 at home surrounded by friends and family.
Services were Friday at Ponca Public School with Pastor Ron Youngerman officiating. Burial was at Salem Lutheran Cemetery. The body was cremated.
Allen “Curt” Neill was born April 3, 1946 in Oakland, Neb. to Don and Elva (Nelson) Neill. He graduated from South Sioux City in May 1964. He married Diane Carnell on May 10, 1969 and had celebrated 35 years of marriage. The couple lived in Wichita Falls, Texas for three years while Curt served in the Air Force from 1969-1973. The couple then moved to Wayne, Neb. for a short time and subsequently to Ponca, Neb. in 1973 where they have lived ever since.
Curt was employed by Western Iowa Tech Community College where he had just completed 25 years of service. He joined WITCC in 1979 as an instructor in air conditioning, heating and refrigeration and became chair of mechanical/construction technologies in 1987. In August 2002, he was named Associate Dean of Instruction. In 1995, Curt received the Teaching Excellence Award of the National Institute for Staff Development. He earned his Bachelor degree from Wayne State in Education in 1973 and his Master’s degree in Vocational Instruction in May 1996.
Curt had served for 26 years as a volunteer on the Ponca Fire Department. He was a former president and current member of the Highland Oaks Golf Course Board. He was also a member of the city of Ponca’s planning and zoning board, the Ponca Trailblazer’s Saddle Club, Ponca Rodeo Association and the American Legion Chappelle No. 117. He had been performing in a two-man duo named “Zippy and Scruffy” that provided laughs for many. Curt was a caring husband, friend and father. He had a quick smile and an even quicker wit. You could find him golfing, camping, fishing and watching NASCAR in the summer while in the winter he enjoyed woodworking and helping others with home projects. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Diane; a daughter and her husband, Paige and Dan Knerl of Valdosta, Ga.; a daughter and her husband, Christy and Dave Nelson of Newcastle, Neb.; special family, Anne, Jay, Ben and Matt Gallentine of Excelsior, Minn.; his parents, Don and Elva Neill of Dakota City, Neb.; three sisters, Carol and Bill McGreevy of Sioux Falls, S.D., Shirley and Randy Hutchinson of Council Bluffs, Ia., Nancy and Ed Keuck of Lone Jack, Mo.; two brothers, Perry and Lyn Neill of Ogallala, Neb.; Donnie and Angel Neill of Portland, Ore.; numerous in-laws and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Denny Carnell, Aubby Voss, Chuck Carnell, Verlyn Fick, Steve Bell, and Raleigh Downey. Honorary pallbearers will be the Ponca Fire Department.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family in his name or donations may be made to Hospice of Siouxland.
Edwin L. Hohenstein
Former Jackson resident
Edwin L. Hohenstein, 90, of Council Bluffs, Îowa, formerly of Jackson, Neb., died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005 at a Council Bluffs Hospital after a brief illness.
Services were Monday at Becker-Hunt Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Mueller officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Edwin was born Dec. 6, 1914 in Hubbard, Neb. the son of William H. and Amelia (Andersen) Hohenstein. He graduated from Hubbard High School in 1931. He farmed in Dakota County and was well known for his automobile mechanic abilities and later was employed by I.B.P. He married Margie L. Haley Sept. 6, 1944 in San Antonio, Texas. She died March 30, 1995, in Sioux City, Iowa. He moved to Council Bluffs in 2002 to be close to his family.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hubbard.
Survivors include a son Edwin W. and his wife Karlene of Sioux City, two daughters: Marilyn Weber of Council Bluffs and Julia and her husband Dr. Mark Grisham of Las Vegas, Nevada; two brothers: Milton of Ponca and Jerry of Craig, Neb.; two sisters: Dorothy Kahn and Mary Fernandez, both of New York; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Robert, William, Donald and Phillip, and two sisters: Wilma and Joanne.
Pallbearers were Kevin and Kenneth Hohenstein, Bill Pinney, Joshua Clifford, Chad Gorgen and Mark Nielsen.
Bernard William Broveak
Bernard William Broveak, 85, of South Sioux City passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005 at a Sioux City hospital after a lengthy illness.
Memorial services were Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in South Sioux City with the Rev. Stephen Niles officiating.
Bernard was born June 5, 1919 in Sioux City, Iowa the son of Maxwell W. and Lillian E. (Carpenter) Broveak. He graduated from Jefferson, S.D. High School. He was a WWII Navy Veteran and was proud to serve his country in the Navy LSM91 with the Third Amphibians as a radar operator. He married Marilyn J. Addison Dec. 10, 1946 in Dakota City.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and V.F.W. 10753 of South Sioux City.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of 58 years, a son Paul of Dakota City, a sister Betty and her husband Con Mansfield of North Sioux City, S.D., seven grandchildren: Jeff and Vicky Broveak, Lisa and David Veldman, Suzanne and Tim Dunn, Tania and Winston Hide, Tim Broveak, Paul Broveak, Jr. and Gillian and Dan Jungwirth, 10 great grandchildren and one great great grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Lowell, a daughter-in-law Carol Broveak and a grandson Richard Broveak.
James W. Harrigfeld
Former SSC resident
James William Harrigfeld, 60, of Woodstock, N.Y., formerly of South Sioux City, Neb. died Tuesday, January 25, 2005 following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born July 30, 1944 in Sioux City, Iowa to Ray and Esther Harrigfeld. Jim graduated from South Sioux City High School in 1962 and attended college at Lincoln, Neb. and Berkley, Cali. He joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam.
Jim married Mariann Schwartzinger on March 11, 1979 in Garfield, N.J. They lived in Paramus, N.J. for several years where he founded his business Harmonic Research. In 1989 he moved his family and business to Woodstock, N.Y. Jim and his wife purchased and restored the Colony Cafe and Hotel in Woodstock, which they operated with the help of their children.
His greatest joys in life were his family and friends, his music and the arts. He loved to golf and travel.
Survivors include his loving family, wife Mariann, son Jefffrey and daughter Jessica of Woodstock, New York, a brother and his wife, Ernest and Paula Harrigfeld of Jackson, Neb., a sister and her husband, Janice and Lou Hansen of Sioux City, Iowa and seven nieces and nephews who adored him.
His mother and father preceded him in death. He was cremated in Woodstock, New York. A family prayer service and celebration of his life were held on Sunday, January 30, in Sioux City, Iowa.