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July 19, 2018

Obituaries (5-24-18)

Bernice Dolezal, 96

Bernice Alvina (Gotch) Dolezal, 96, of Emerson passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Heritage of Emerson in Emerson. Funeral services were Wednesday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender officiated by the Rev. Randall Herman. The visitation was Tuesday, May 22 from 5-7 p.m. at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender. Burial was at Rosehill Cemetery in Pender. Memorials are suggested to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender.

Bernice Gotch was born April 19, 1922, to Harry and Alvina (Barge) Gotch in rural Emerson. She attended country school in rural Emerson. Bernice married Frank S. Dolezal on Feb. 3, 1951 in Omaha. Together the couple had five children. In 1960, the couple moved to a farm near Pender and lived there until 2008. Bernice loved living and raising her family on the farm. She enjoyed gardening, baking, bowling and spending time with her friends and family. In 2010, Bernice moved to Heritage of Emerson due to her declining health.

Bernice is survived by her daughter, Anita Stuckenschmidt of Fullerton; sons, Loren (Teri) Dolezal of Hubbard, Duane Dolezal of Sioux City, Mark (Maxine) Dolezal of Pender, Gerald (Jennifer) Dolezal of Lyons; 17 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Alvina Gotch; husband, Frank S. Dolezal; sisters, Margaret Rasmussen, Helen Johanson; and brother, John Gotch. 

Craig Schmidt, 47

Craig M. Schmidt, 47, of Dakota City passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018, at a local hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 25 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in South Sioux City. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in South Sioux City. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., with the family present at 6 p.m., and a scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City.

Craig was born Oct. 14, 1970, in Yankton, South Dakota, the son of Vernon and Sandra (Pinkelman) Schmidt. He grew up in Dakota City, graduated from South Sioux City High School in 1990, and received his associates degree in Auto Mechanics from WIT in 1992. He worked at Gateway for a number of years, then Steck Wholesale Foods.

Craig was a quiet person, but loved to spend time with his family and friends and also loved to watch his nieces and nephews sporting and school events.

Survivors include his mother, Sandra Schmidt; siblings, Lisa Monk (fiancé, Mark Nelson), Jeff (Veronica) Schmidt, and Jordan Schmidt; nieces and nephews, Austin, Shayla, Karsyn, Brent, and Brooklynn; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Schmidt; grandparents, Henry and Cecilia Schmidt and Louis and Margaret Pinkelman; aunt, Kathy Pinkelman; and uncles, Keevin Pinkelman, Ray Limoges, and LeRoy Wintz.

Kathy Jo Giese, 67

Kathy Jo Giese, age 67, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of South Sioux City,passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in San Antonio.

Memorial service/celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 1 p.m. at Mohr Funeral Home, 1431 W. 29th St., South Sioux City with the Rev. Anthony Weidner officiating. Visitation with the family present will begin at noon at the funeral home.

She was born on Sept. 21, 1950 in Sioux City to Robert H. Giese and Patsy Marie Cahill. Kathy was a 1968 graduate of South Sioux City High School and attended Wayne State College.

Kathy worked for many years in the food industry where she retired from Sysco Foods. Kathy loved spending time in her garden, biking, sewing, cooking, and watching her Cornhuskers and Spurs. She also enjoyed watching her grandkids play sports and could talk sports with the best of them. Post retirement, she spent her free time working for Bending Branch Winery.

Kathy is survived by her daughters, Kristina Wrona of Bentonville, Arkansas, and Kasey Harrison of Bella Vista, Arkansas; parents, Robert H. and Patsy Giese; sisters, Julie Towler and husband Jim, Sheila Jungers and husband Mark; brothers, Bob Giese and wife Nancy, David Giese and wife Tami; grandchildren, Mike Fields and wife Lauren, Katlin Patton, Coin Patton, Brendan Wrona, Kellen Wrona, Hannah Crouse; great-granddaughter, Paisley Kendrick; as well as numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son, Duke Barron; daughter, Lori Trvdy; grandparents, Henry and Helen Giese and John and Cecilia Cahill.

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