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September 20, 2017

Obituaries (8-17-17)

Martin McGuire, 82

Martin Leroy McGuire, 82, of Sioux City, Iowa died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at Holy Spirit Retire-ment Home in Sioux City. 

Memorial services were held Thursday, Aug. 10, at Waterbury Funeral Service. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery with full military rites by the U.S. Navy. Martin’s service was offi-ciated by his grandson, the Rev. Travis Ray Baker.

Martin was born Aug. 5, 1934 in West Point, the son of VanBuren and Amelia (Novak) McGuire. He enjoyed a childhood of love, hard work and farming. He had brothers and sisters and a mother who got them to church every Sunday. He attended school in Pender.

He was married to Lovella Jean Rager from Nov. 8, ,1957 to Nov. 6, 1962 and had a daughter Cynthia Marie (McGuire) Billiar.

He then married Darlene Butler on April 18, 1964 in Pipestone, Minn.

He was a hardworking farmer, carpenter and brick layer.

Martin enjoyed collecting clocks, tractors and belt buckles. 

Marvin is survived by his wife, Darlene; a daughter, Cynthia Billiar; four granddaughters, five great-grandchildren; step children Raymond Jr., Roy, Roger, Robert, Renee and Rita Baker; sis-ters Mavis (Don) Berg of Pender and Lois Sinderhoff of California; and a brother, Bill McGuire of Omaha.

Martin was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Alvin McGuire.

Alison Harlan, 45

Alison T. Harlan, 45, of Macy, died on Saturday, Aug.12, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.  

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Omaha Nation School in Macy. The visita-tion was held at Our Lady of Fatimah Catholic Church in Macy. Burial was in the Omaha Tribal Cemetery in Macy.   

She is survived by her children Jaren Thomas of South Sioux City; Darian Thomas of South Sioux City; Franklin “Fankie Jay” Lasley of Macy; Jordan Thomas of South Sioux City; and Lenice Blackbird of Macy. 

She is also survived by five grandchildren, special friend, Lana Morris of South Sioux City; moth-er, Rhonda Freemont; sisters Tara Saunsoci and Melanie Saunsoci of Sioux City, Iowa, and a brother, Bradley Saunsoci of Ft. Yates, N.D.

She was preceded in death by her father, Rudolph Freemont, and daughter Rae Tahne Thomas.

Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Pender was in charge of the arrangements. 

Nellie Strong, 95

Nellie Elizabeth Strong, 95, of Dakota City passed away Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 at a care center in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.

Abiding with Nellie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Dakota City United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jamie Farias officiating. Burial was in the Dakota City Cemetery. Visitation with the family was from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until service time at the church.

Nellie was born Aug. 10, 1922 in Knoxville, Iowa. She moved with her family to Nebraska when she was three years old. She lived a short time in Jackson, Neb., before moving to Dakota City and lived there the rest of her life.

She was a member of the Dakota City United Methodist Church, Eastern Star of South Sioux City, helped organize and was a member of the Dakota City American Legion Auxiliary. She was employed with the South Sioux City Schools for over thirty years and she always remarked how the children remembered her cinnamon rolls.

Survivors include her son LeRoy C. and his wife Barbara Strong of Dakota City, a daughter LaVonne G. and her husband James Schmidt of Bella Vista, Ark., grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great grandchildren and a daughter-in-law Alyce Davis of Dakota City and a sister Dana Strong of Port Lavaca, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles July 30, 1015, and a son Steven L. Strong.

In lieu of flowers the family would like you to consider making a memorial to Hospice of Siouxland.

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