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September 20, 2017

Obituaries (8-31-17)

Claudine M. Leamer, 100

Claudine M. Leamer, 100, died Sunday Aug. 20, 2017, in Redmond, Wash. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. in Salem Lutheran Church in Dakota City.

Claudine was born March 15, 1917 in Nebraska, the daughter of Claude and Nita Granger. She graduated from Winnebago High School. She married Maurice Leamer Sept. 26, 1936 in South Sioux City. They were members of Salem Lutheran Church. He passed away in 1996.

Surviving her is a son, Jerry and his wife, Ann of Redmond; two grandchildren, Tony Leamer and his wife, Sue of Seattle; Lance Leamer and his wife, Suzanne of Woodinville,Wash.; and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Dow Granger, and two sisters, Gladys Dean and Madeline Cormany.

Claudine loved square dancing and all sports, especially baseball. She led an active life and will be missed by all who knew her.

James Ball, 57

James Patrick Ball, 57, of Walthill, died on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at his home in Walthill.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Community of Christ Church in Walthill with Pastor Nola Briggs officiating. Burial will be at a later date. 

James was born on June 10, 1960 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the son of Ted and Maxine (James) Ball.  

He was united in marriage to Brenda Goulette on July 18, 1998 and the couple made their home in Walthill. He was a member of the Community of Christ Church. James enjoyed driving truck, wood working, cribbage, fishing and camping. He also loved listening to Elvis, watching the Green Bay Packers, but, most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.

James was a happy-go-lucky person who made friends easily.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda of Walthill; several grandchildren, including the ones they raised, Devin, Dominic, Destiny and Amelia Parker; sons, Anthony (Mya) Lias of Sioux City, Iowa and Adam Lias of Le Mars, Iowa; step-daughters, Melissa Parker and Cori Parker of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sisters, Kay Roybal of Las Vegas, NV and Patty (Randy) Stanton of North Sioux City, S.D.; brothers, Doug (Chris) Ball of Riverside, Calif., Dennis Ball and Tim Ball of Sioux City, Iowa.

James was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ted Ball; and sister, Gay Orr.

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

Thaise Frieling, 93

Services for Thais “Tess” Frieling, 93, of Pender, formerly of Wisner, will be on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at the Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner. Interment will take place prior to the service at the Wisner Cemetery.

Tess died on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender.

She was born on June 5, 1924 at Wisner to Ellis and Florence (Faubel) Stewart.  She attended Cuming County Rural School District #43 and graduated from Wisner High School. 

Tess went to work in Omaha and married Arvid “Gunner” Guthrie and the couple lived in Omaha, before moving to Pratt, Kan., where they owned and operated a motel.  They later moved to Smith Center, Kan., and owned and operated the motel. They were also were hotel inspectors for Best Western.  Gunner died on July 19, 1986.  After selling the motel, she later worked at the Style Shop in Smith Center, Kansas.

She later married Elmer Frieling. The couple loved to travel and dance.  Elmer died on Jan. 16, 2009.  She moved to Pender in 2010. 

Thais was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Smith Center and a Red Hat Society group.  She enjoyed playing cards with her friends.  She was known for making delicious desserts.  She was named as the Valentine Queen when she resided at Prairie Breeze Retirement Community in Pender.  Her pride and joy was her poodle “Jacque,” whom she treated as a child.

Survivors include her brother, James and wife Darlene Stewart of Montrose, Colorado, nieces and nephews, including Chad and Laurie Stewart of Ocala, Florida, Garland and Patti Stewart of Fremont, Vicky and Gene Case of Pender, Janelle and Danny Simonsen of Pender, LeEllen and Dave Frank of Blue Springs, Missouri, Collins and Renee Albers of Grand Island, Jane and Keith Thomsen of Pender, Jay and Shirley Luedtke of Omaha, and Craig and Robin Luedtke of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; brothers, Eldon and Glen Stewart; sisters, Janice Albers and Joan Luedtke, and a nephew, Todd Albers.

Cynthia Ann Kubik, 62

Cynthia Ann “Cindy” Kubik, 62, of Pender, died on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender.  

Memorial services were held Friday, Aug. 25, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender with Pastor Beverly Rautenberg-Panko officiating. Burial followed lunch at the Bancroft Cemetery in Bancroft.  

Cindy was born on December 13, 1954 in Pender, the daughter of Darrel and Karen (Hulsebusch) Baker. She attended school in Pender, graduating in 1973.  

In March of 1974, she was united in marriage to Dan Kubik at Toledo, Iowa. They later divorced.  

Cindy worked at Mary Ann’s Quilt Shop in Pender and later went on to work at IBP for 15 years. She also worked for Smith Farm Service and, most recently, at Thurston County as a 911 dispatcher.  

Cindy enjoyed counted cross stitch, sewing and reading.  

Most of all, she loved the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.

Cindy is survived by her son David Kubik of Hastings; daughter Amanda (James) Ferris of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; mother Karen Dahlman of Pender; and four grandchildren.  

She is also survived by a sister Jenny (Verne) Tyrrell of Pender; brothers, Brian (Val) Baker of Wakefield and Brad Baker of Pender; stepmother Cindy Baker of Pender; stepbrothers, Steve Shemat of Calais, Maine, and John Shemat of Pender.

She was preceded in death by her father, Darrel Baker and stepbrother Vincent Shemat.

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

Francis Kelly, 94

Francis (Fritz) Alvin Kelly, longtime resident of Orofino, Idaho, passed away quietly in his sleep Aug. 24, 2017 at Clearwater Valley Hospital.  He would have been 95 years old on Sept. 26.

Fritz was born near Walthill on Alvin and Helen’s farm.  He only attended a few years of school because he was needed on the farm. He joined the Army and prepared to deploy during WWII. He was seriously injured in training and later discharged with 100 percent disabled status.

He had a great sense of humor and liked to say he was a “pilot in the calvary.”  He picked up mule poop and piled it over there!

Fritz was very talented with his hands.

He loved finding drift wood and making lamps and tables with them. He also made lamps from unique bottles. He was a dedicated rock hound and made beautiful jewelry. He also enjoyed being out of doors hunting, fishing and camping.

But most of all he was a loving and caring husband and father. Danny said he was the best father anyone could ask for and he will be very missed.

Fritz is survived by sons Robert and Danny Kelly, grandchildren Chris and Jamie Kelly, and great-grandchildren Jennifer, Amber, KD and Samuel Kelly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Helen Kelly, his wife Anna Pearl Johnson Kelly and daughter Kathleen Ann Kelly. 

Paul Gatzemeyer, 76

Paul Burton “Burt” Gatzemeyer, 76, formerly of Bancroft, died May 28, 2017 in Arizona. 

A memorial graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Bancroft Cemetery in Bancroft.

Rev. Nathan Henschen of St. Paul Lutheran Church will be officiating.

The family invites everyone to join them for a luncheon following the graveside service at the Bancroft Senior Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Bancroft.


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