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July 19, 2018

Obituaries (6-7-18)

Marvin Hunt, 77

Marvin E. Hunt, 77 of South Sioux City passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from complications of a long illness.

Services were 1 p.m. Monday, June 4 at the Hope Lutheran Church in South Sioux City. The Rev. Michael Awe officiated. Burial was in Graceland Park Cemetery. Visitation with the family present was from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becker Hunt Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will resume from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hope Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Marv was born April 8, 1941, in Washta, Iowa; he was the son of Oliver and Myrna (Pierce) Hunt. Marv grew up in the Washta area and graduated from Washta High School.

On Oct. 13, 1963, Marv married Ada E. Puhrmann in Paullina, Iowa.

Marv attended Briar Cliff College and began working at the Manning-O’Toole Funeral Home. He attended the Milwaukee Mortuary Science School and then returned to Sioux City to work at the Manning O’Toole Funeral Home and then Meyer Brothers Funeral Homes. In 1979, he purchased the Becker Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City and still continued to work there. Marv worked many hours at the Sioux City Airport after the crash of Flight 232.

Marv was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church in South Sioux City and had been a member of the Cosmopolitan Club in Sioux City. He enjoyed playing cards, painting figurines but most of all spending time with Ada, his children, his grandchildren and his friends.

Survivors include his wife Ada of South Sioux City; his daughters: Marie Wakefield of South Sioux City and Monica Mattoon of Sioux City, Iowa; three grandchildren: Danielle Bruggeman (Colton), Jacob Mattoon and Elizabeth Mattoon.

Marv was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters: Florence Hind (Bob), Ruby Peterson (Elmo) and Thelma Smith (Lloyd); a brother: Merlin Hunt (Barb).

Mary Jane Graves, 84

Mary Jane Graves, 84, of South Sioux City peacefully went to heaven to join her husband Gordon on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 8 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in South Sioux City with the Rev. Mike Keating officiating.  Visitation will be Thursday, June 7 from 5-7 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. at Becker Hunt Funeral Home.  Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in South Sioux City.

Mary Jane was born May 21, 1934, in Sioux City, the daughter of Joseph and Florence (Naughton) McGinty.  She attended Bryant School in Sioux City for Kindergarten.

In 1940 her family moved to a farm in rural South Sioux City. Mary Jane attended school in the North Ward School, Harney School and graduated in May of 1952 from South Sioux City. High School.  Mary Jane would have like to go to Coe College but that year there was a flood and her college plans changed.

One of Mary Jane's favorite stories was how her brother, Jerry and future husband, Gordon would throw corn cobs at her whenever she would threaten to tell on them for taking the chickens they had stolen to town to sell. 

Mary Jane married the love of her life, Gordon Norman Graves on April 27, 1953. They had three daughters, Jane Marie, Terry Jean, and Barbara Joan.

Mary Jane and Gordon were lifelong residents of South Sioux City.

After graduation, Mary Jane worked as a waitress at Sunshine before starting work at IBP.  She worked the A shift processing line. The last position she had at IBP was as a anlyray operator. She worked at IBP for 33 years, retiring in 2003. 

In retirement Mary Jane loved planting flowers, feeding the birds, watching her grandchildren play in her big yard, and caring for her much beloved dogs.  Mary Jane was an avid Nebraska Husker fan. She attended many Husker football games over the years, and she faithfully watched Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune daily.

Mary is survived by her daughters: Jane (Ron) Cleveland, Terry (Scott) Chase, and Barbara (Patrick) Conlon; four grandchildren: Travis Cleveland, Chad Cleveland, Scott Chase Jr., and Jess Chase; two step-grandchildren: Cory Conlon and Tammy Bourassa; eight great grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; and her beloved dogs Sugar and Aggie and cat Duder.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon, her parents Florence and Joseph McGinty, five brothers: Joe Jr., Mike, Jerry, Paul and Patrick, her mother-in-law Ida and father-in-laws Morris Stansberry and Kenny Hansen.

Pallbearers will be Cory Conlon, Tammy Bourassa, Travis Cleveland, Chad Cleveland, Emily Cleveland, Brianna Cleveland, Scott Chase and Jess Chase.

Honorary pallbearers are Mary’s great-grandchildren.

Shirley Conley Varvais, 80

Shirley Ann Conley Varvais, 80, of South Sioux City passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018, while surrounded by her family at Matney’s Colonial Manor in South Sioux City.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6 at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., with the family present at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Dakota City Cemetery.

Shirley was born on Aug. 28, 1937, in Bloomfield, the daughter of Roy and Ethel (Wilson) Rager. She attended South Sioux City Schools. She married Patrick J. Conley and they were blessed with six boys and three girls. Patrick passed away in 1979. Shirley married Charles Varvais. Charles passed away in 2007. She worked as a prep cook at the Karousel Restaurant for many years.

Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children, Patrick Jay (Mary) Conley, Kelly John (Deb) Conley, Randy Joseph “Joe” (Cherie) Conley, Tracy Ann (Bill) Henry, William Lee “Bill” (Kim) Conley, Jill Louise (Dennis) Delaney, Nadine Marie Carlson (Jim), and Charles David (Chuck) (Michelle) Conley; daughter-in-law, Julie Conley; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sisters, Jaylene Cox and Judy Cox.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Ethel Rager; a son, Anthony Todd “Tony” Conley; two grandchildren, Cassie Conley and Dennis Delaney; and siblings, Jerry Rager and Marlene McNaughton.

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