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June 19, 2018

Obituaries (2-15-18)

Jeneanne Voss, 82

Jeneanne (Heelan) Voss, 82, of Emerson died on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Pender Community Hospital.

Memorial Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emerson with Father Gerald Leise celebrating Mass. Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday morning one hour prior to Mass at the church. Inurnment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson.  

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.   

Jeneanne was born on November 15, 1935 in Omaha to Raymond and Dorthea (Beiersdorf) Heelan. She attended and graduated from Emerson High School. After graduation, Jeneanne married Francis Voss.  

She was the office manager for Emerson Manufacturing in Pender for several years.  

Jeneanne enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics and bowling on occasion. On Sunday mornings she liked going to Dakota City for breakfast with her friends and family. 

Jeneanne is survived by her grandsons, Travis (Sadie) Voss and Tyler (Lori) Voss; great-grandchildren, Bonnie, Bryan, Brooklyn; step-great grandchildren, Tanner and Ava; and sister, Jackie Linohan.

Jeneanne is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis Voss; son, Greg “Kooter” Voss; two sisters and two brothers. 

Milton Pallas, 87

Milton “Tuffy” Pallas, 87 of Emerson died on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson with the Rev. Gary Harris officiating.  Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m.  Burial with military honors was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.  Arrangements were under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson. The family asked, out of respect for Milton, asked that no one wear a tie to the funeral.

Milton was born on Dec. 20, 1930, to Jerry and Mary (Paulsen) Pallas in rural Thurston County, Nebraska. He served in the United States Army from 1952-1954. On Feb. 24, 1957 Milton married Wilma Stolze at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson.

Milton was a member of the Thurston Legion Post and the Emerson Cemetery Board and served on the St. Paul’s Church Council. He had a love for farming and farmed in Dakota and Thurston County for 48 years. Milton loved golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Milton is survived by his wife, Wilma Pallas of Emerson; daughters, Bonnie (Barry) Clayton of Onawa, Iowa, Joyce (Michael) Sebade of Emerson, Janeen (Denis) Lueders of Sioux Falls, S.D., Nancy (Richard) McQuistan of Vermillion, S.D.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, MaryAnn Oetken of Madison, Helen Oetken of Madison, S.D.; sister-in-law, Loretta Pallas of Lincoln; and many special nieces, nephews and his golfing buddies.

Milton was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe (Helen) Pallas, Jerry Pallas; sisters, Mildred (Arthur) Oetken, Alice Jean Messerschmidt; brothers-in-law, Herman Oetken, Wayne Oetken; nephew, Ronald Pallas.

Elaine Hansen, 89

Elaine Adelyn (Bokemper) Hansen, 89, of Wakefield  died Friday, February 9, 2018 at Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield.  

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 14, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield with Pastor William Bertrand officiating. Burial was in the Wakefield City Cemetery in Wakefield.  

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield. 

Elaine was born December 24, 1928 in Wakefield to Henry and Viola (Schneckloth) Bokemper. She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield. She attended and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1947 and continued her education at Wayne State College.  After graduating from college she began teaching kindergarten and coaching girls’ basketball in Soldier, Iowa. Elaine also taught kindergarten in Sloan, Iowa, before moving back to teach kindergarten in Wakefield.  

On August 21, 1953 Elaine married Bob Hansen. Together, the couple lived on a farm South of Wakefield and started farming together. 

As a housewife she enjoyed cooking, baking and canning. Elaine also spent a lot of time taking care of the hogs, milk cows and caring for chickens. Their chickens laid enough eggs that they provided Wayne State College with eggs for several years. 

Elaine later helped start the Even Dozen Club, a home extension club and the farm fans club.

She was an active member of St. Paul’s Ladies Aid, L.L.L. and later at St. John’s Lutheran Church. 

Elaine is survived by her husband, Bob; sons, Dale (Sue) Hansen and Rex (Jean) Hansen all of Wakefield; daughters, Gloria (Rayme) Dowling of Allen, Trudy (Jerry) Roberts of Powell Butte, Ore., Kaye (Jim) Schweigert of Omaha; sister, Anita Dietz of Callumus, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; half sister, Irene.

Bonnie Voss Goodrich, 88

Bonnie Voss Goodrich, 88 of Oakland, entered heaven on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, after a courageous battle fighting lymphoma.

Services will be held Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4-7 p.m. with family receiving friends at Pelan Funeral Services Oakland. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Oakland.

Bonnie was born on March 22, 1929 to Samuel and Margaret (Thompson) Beebe in Fremont, Nebraska. Her father’s work moved them throughout the Midwest during her adolescent years. She attended both Hooper High School and Mondamin High School in Iowa her senior year. She attended business school in Omaha.

While living in Omaha, she met Wilbert “Bill” Voss, and they were married Feb. 12, 1949. Their lives together included farming, automobile and insurance businesses. Bonnie worked throughout her life as an administrative assistant at A.Y. McDonald in Sioux City, IBP in Dakota City and as City Clerk of Oakland, before retiring.

Following Wilbert’s death in 1986, she married Harry Goodrich on July 14, 1990. Together they were involved in crafting - Bonnie with her hand-thrown pottery and Harry with woodworking. They traveled extensively during her retirement years. Harry passed away on August 2, 2012.

Bonnie was very involved with the Oakland community and served on numerous boards. She was civic-minded, always working to ensure a person’s good deeds were publicly recognized.

Family and friends were the center of her life. She left her mark on each of us and will be missed by all including Archie Bunker and Trixie, her beloved rescue dogs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Wilbert and Harry; grandson, Jacob Johnson; stepson, Scott Goodrich; step-grandsons, Marius Goodrich and Andy Stoltenberg.

She is survived by her children, Christie L. (Robert) Beermann of Abilene, Texas; Deborah K. Boganowski of Omaha; Jill B. (Mark) Johnson of Oakland; three step-children, Sharon Mariska, Stephen Goodrich and Sandra Burch; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and numerous step-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the family for later designation in accordance with Bonnie’s interests and desires.

Charles Kruse, 80

Charles L. “Charlie” Kruse, 80 of South Sioux City passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at a Sioux City Care Center.

Services were 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Jackson with the Rev. Paul Albenesius officiating. Burial with military graveside service will be in St. John’s Catholic Church in Jackson. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Church, with a Scriptural Wake Service at 7 p.m. Becker – Hunt Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Charlie was born Feb. 16, 1937, in South Sioux City, the son of Edward and Josephine (Gill) Kruse. He graduated from Heelan High School in 1955. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from June of 1955 until Nov. 11, 1957. After his discharge he was employed as a machinist for Novelty Machine Manufacturing and Gray Mill Works. He married Dolly Thompson and later married Laura J. Lefler.

Charlie was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the D.A.V.

Survivors include a son Michael and his wife Janet of Sioux City, two brothers and their wives: Leonard and Carol Kruse of South Sioux City, Joe and Marlene Kruse of Burbank, South Dakota, a sister Mary McGinty of South Sioux City, five grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Bill, Jack, Edward, and two sisters: Anna Marie Elsey and Helene Torticil.

Pallbearers were Nathan Henry, Tony Getz, Mark and Matt McGinty, Rodney and Bobby Rodgers.







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