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October 20, 2018

Obituaries (1-18-18)

Monette L. Kleinberg, 77

Monette Lou (Grant) Kleinberg, 77, of Sioux City, Iowa, passed away on Jan. 13, 2018, with her loving family at her side.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at First Lutheran Church, 3601 Dakota Ave., in South Sioux City officiated by the Rev. Douglas Dill. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday with the family present 6-8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel (6200 Morningside Ave.) in Sioux City. Online condolences may be expressed at
Monette, the daughter of Rome and Alfreda (Landrosh) Grant, was born Dec. 11, 1940 in Omaha. She graduated from South Sioux City High School in 1958. Monette attended USD to attain her degree in Counseling.
On Nov. 15, 1958, Monette married her grade school sweetheart Garrieth K. Kleinberg and together they raised seven children: Jayme, Joy, Cindy, Chris, Tami, Cash and Gabe. Monette took pride in her Christian Family Counseling business, Carpenters Touch, that she founded in the early 90’s.
Monette was very proud of her entire family and loved to spend time with all of them. She truly loved being the matriarch of such a close family. She loved having lunch dates with her friends, loved animals and enjoyed cooking and entertaining.
Monette is survived by seven children: Jayme (DeeDee) Kleinberg, Joy (Nels) Pallesen, Cindy (Mark) Johnston, Chris (Denise) Kleinberg, Tami (Gary) Thibodeau, Cash Kleinberg and Gabe (Brea) Kleinberg, 14 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one sister, Michele (Mike) Rager; one brother, Corby Grant and close cousin Karen Juhl.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Garrieth and great grandson Cameron.

Alvena Wilson, 86

Alvena E. Wilson, 86, of Pender died on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender. Memorial services were held Monday at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender with Pastor Steve Breazier officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender. 
Alvena was born was born November 25, 1931 to R.D. and Anna Hegwer in Pender. She grew up in the country outside of Thurston and eventually moved into Pender, then Emerson. 
She married Glenn “Bud” Wilson at the same time as Duane and Lois Simonsen in 1948. Alvena attended Wayne State College where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in social work in 1988. She was 57 years old when she graduated. Alvena worked at Region 4 in Wayne, working with the handicapped. 
Alvena was a member of the United Church of Pender and a part of the Ladies Aide. She enjoyed attending horse shows across the country when Bud was a judge. Her sons competed in many shows and they attended the National High School Rodeo with Bud and helped with the competition. Alvena loved writing poetry about people close to her. 
She is survived by her sons, Brad (Connie) Wilson of Lone Grove, Okla., Gary (Amy) Wilson of Emerson; sisters, Gerry (Art) Cline of Thurston, LaVonne Nilges of Pender, Phyllis Buchholz of Pender; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn in 1982; daughter, Vicky Lynn Wilson; brother, Ed Hegwer; and brothers-inlaw.

Douglas Malchow, 74 

Douglas Malchow, 74, of rural Pender died on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Colonial Haven Nursing Home in Beemer. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Pender with Pastor Robert Schilling officiating. Interment was in the Wisner Cemetery. Minnick Funeral Home in West Point is handling the arrangements for the family. 
Douglas William Malchow was born March 16, 1943 at Beemer to Hugo and Norma (Kuester) Malchow. He was baptized on April 16, 1943 and confirmed on April 14, 1957 at Zion Lutheran Church at Wisner. Doug attended Zion Lutheran School and graduated from Wisner High School in 1961. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1966 with a degree in Agronomy. He served in the United States Coast Guard Reserves from 1966-1972. 
Doug married Gail Vosteen on December 28, 1968 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in rural Pender. They farmed southwest of Pender and raised five daughters – Kay, Amy, Ann, Emily and Sarah. Doug was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in fall of 2000 and entered Colonial Haven in January of 2014. Doug was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Pender, where he held various offices. Next to his faith and family, Doug was happiest when he was farming and feeding cattle. He was a lifelong resident of Cuming County and a past member of the Pender Legion, the Pender Jaycees, the Cuming County Pork Producers, the Cuming County Feeders Association and the Cuming County Fair Foundation. He served on the Cuming County Fair Board for 29 years. Doug enjoyed going to tractor pulls, county fairs and the Nebraska State Fair. He also collected antique John Deere tractors. 
Doug is survived by his wife Gail of 49 years, his daughters and their families – Kay and Dave Raabe, Claire and Jayden, all of Wisner; Amy and Trevor Topp, Mason and Ellie, all of Winside; Ann and Scott Kraus, Chase and Evelyn of Strafford, Mo.; Emily and Nate Hanson and Beau of North Sioux City, S.D., and Sarah and Kyle Blakeman, Taryn, Burke and Quinn of Merna. He is also survived by his sister, Connie and Dean Ullerich of Omaha; sister-in-law, Mary and Gerald Smith of Pender, nieces and nephews.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, and in-laws, Alvin and Delta Vosteen of Pender. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Cuming County Fair Foundation.

Arlene Benson, 92

Arlene “Tootie” M. Benson, 92, of Wakefield died on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield. Funeral services were held Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield with Pastor William Bertrand officiating. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield. Arlene (Tootie) May Benson was born May 12, 1925 to Otto George and Emma Marie (Gottsch) Boock at rural Winside. She attended a rural grade school and Winside High School. Arlene graduated from high school in 1943. A month after graduating, Arlene and her parents moved to Wakefield, where her father had purchased a business.
In the fall of 1943 she met the love of her life, Alfred (Tuffy) Benson. They were married on September 27, 1944. To this union three sons were born; Randall, Vaughn and Michael. Alfred and Arlene owned and operated the Benson Hotel, Grizzly Bar and TNT Motel in Wakefield.
Arlene was an avid bowler, participating in bowling leagues for many years, as well as an accomplished seamstress. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 47 years and the VFW Auxiliary. Arlene was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid, quilting group and for many years served on the visitation team. She is survived by three sons; Dr. Randall (Judy), Dr. Vaughn (Julie) and Michael (Sandy), six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Alfred, and three half-brothers, Allan, Violon and Raymond Boock.

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