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December 10, 2018

Obituaries (9-27-18)

Carol McFee, 76 

Carol McFee, 76, of Rosalie, formerly of Creston, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City. Celebration of Life Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Powers Funeral Home, 601 New York Ave. in Creston. The Rev. Jim Morris will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Creston at a later date. Open visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Thursday with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Memorials are to the family. Online condolences can be made at

L. Carol McFee was born on May 25, 1942, in Iowa City to Lawrence and Lois (Blakesley) Bradley. She attended school in Lenox and graduated from high school there with the class of 1960.

On Nov. 17, 1964, Carol was united in marriage to John F. Kessler at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lenox. Together they had two daughters, JoAnn and Jarita. John died in 1973.

On March 22, 1974, Carol was united in marriage to Robert Glen McFee in Creston. They had one son Robert Hugh McFee.

Carol worked at Gits Manufacturing as a secretary and later in accounting. Carol attended SWCC and graduated from there in 1990 with a degree in Accounting. She also worked at Easter’s Food Store in the deli and at Walmart Store Inc. She moved to Dakota City in 1995 where she started working at the South Sioux City High School while also still working at Walmart. She transferred to the Water Department and then City Hall where she was the payroll clerk. They later moved to Rosalie. Robert G. died March of 2004.

Carol was active as a Girl Scout Leader for 50 years. She also bowled for over 50 years and was a Junior Bowling League Coach. Carol loved to garden, bake, sew, do crafts and travel. She enjoyed spending time outside and also volunteered for several organizations thru out her life. Her favorite thing to do was spending time with her family. She would attend sporting events of her children and grandchildren whenever possible.

Carol is survived by three children, Robert “Robbie” (wife Jeanette) McFee of South Sioux City; JoAnn (husband Darrin) Nauman of Creston; Jarita Heidebrink of Ottumwa, Iowa; six grandchildren, Ashley Kessler of Afton, Jacob (Erica) Nauman of Adel, Bradley Nauman of Creston, Sara and Julie McFee both of South Sioux City and Mason Heidebrink of Ottumwa; three great grandchildren, Aubrey and Jonathan and Jaylee; two brothers, Larry ‘Butch’ Bradley, Jr. of Creston and Ed ‘Uncle DE’ (wife Linda) Bradley of Lewistown, Montana; sister-in-law, Kathryn (Jack) Adams of Creston; brothers-in-law, Robert (wife Janet) Kessler of Creston; and her dog Rudy; partner in crime Sophie Le Moine; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands John Kessler in 1973 and Bob McFee in 2004, parents-in-law, Earnest and Lucy Kessler and Hugh and Ester McFee, brother-in-law John and five sisters-in-law Mary Sevier, Karen Miller, Ellen VonStein, Linda McFee and Deanne McFee.

Delores Porter, 88

Delores Hawkins Porter, 88, of South Sioux City passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 at home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in South Sioux City, with burial at Memorial Park in Sioux City.Visitation will be Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City.

Delores Pearl was born Jan. 31, 1930, in Stratton, Nebraska, the eldest daughter of Ross and Josephine Hawkins. She grew up on a farm near Trenton, Nebraska, attending country school with her four siblings. In grade school she would ride the family horse to school and walk the three miles home. She graduated from Trenton High School in 1947, after which she taught school for three years at area country schools.

She was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Wayne Porter, on Dec. 27, 1949 in Trenton. After their marriage they moved to Council Bluffs where Wayne was employed on the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. They moved to Dakota City in 1958, where they raised their three children, JoElla, Sidney and Monty. Delores worked as a secretary at the Broyhill Company and later as a secretary at the Dakota City and Lewis and Clark Elementary schools. She loved the teachers and the children which led to her last job at Wee Care Preschool and Daycare as their cook, morning greeter and “Grandma” to all the students. Wayne and Delores enjoyed traveling and camping all over the United States in their RV and made many trips with their siblings and spouses to Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada. After Wayne’s retirement, they continued their RV travels and wintered in Florida, Arizona and Texas with family and good friends.

Delores was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church in South Sioux City. She was a Husker fan, a South Sioux City Cardinal fan, and loved playing cards with her card club ladies, being a member for over 50 years. Her favorite role was being a grandma, a great-grandma and a great-great-grandma and she always looked forward to those grandkids visits. Berger and Porter Family reunions were very important to Delores and she was able to attend the last Berger reunion in Monteagle, Tennessee, last summer with all of her family. She was well known for her sugar cookies, homemade ice cream and the best fried chicken in the world.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne; son, Sid (Terri) of South Sioux City; grandchildren, Betsy (Randy) Kleinberg of Lawton, Iowa, Jessica (Daniel) Nelson of South Sioux City, Reese (Katie) Porter of Lisle, Illinois; great-grandchildren, Baili (Steve) Henri, Morgan Kleinberg, (Slade Young), Connor, Eli, and Josie Nelson; and one great-great-grandson, Aiden Henri and one on the way; her siblings and spouses, Duke and Jean Hawkins, Detta and Tom Chapman, Dottie and Jeff Hoffman; sister-in-law, Jean Milliken; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Monty; her daughter, JoElla (Jody) Lindquist; and her brother, Don Hawkins and his wife Betty.

Letha Hollingsworth, 87

Letha Nelson Voss-Hollingsworth, 87, passed away Sept. 21, 2018. She was born Feb. 4, 1931, in Jackson, the daughter of the late Louis A. Nelson and Sophia N. DeLoughery Nelson.

Letha is preceded in death by two husbands, Michael L. Voss, George E. Hollingsworth; brothers, Joseph, James, Loyola, Anthony, Louis Nelson; sisters, Margaret Sullivan, Mary Watkins; daughter, Brenda L. Voss; grandson, Anthony Ryan Voss I; granddaughter, Philomena Therese Voss and a great-granddaughter, Calli Marie Voss.

She is survived by her sons, Michael L. Voss Jr., Ronald C. Voss Sr., Russell N. (Julie) Voss Sr.; daughters, Mary Diane (Joseph) Re’, Letha P. Voss, Vickie J. Hollingsworth; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and sister in-law, Jean Nelson. Letha was a member of the Cursillo #161.

A visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at White Chapel Funeral Home, 6600 NE Antioch Road, Gladstone, Missouri, with a funeral mass at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at St. Andrew the Apostle, 6415 NE Antioch Road, Gladstone. Burial to follow at White Chapel Memorial Gardens.

Marc LaDue, 59 

I, Marc LaDue, was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on May 19, 1959, to Frank and Sabine (Pfauter) LaDue. I passed on to wherever it is we go on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

Celebration of Life was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City followed by a luncheon. Visitation began at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Dress was casual.

We lived in Cedar Rapids only a few months before making Sioux City our home. My parents adopted Matthias in 1963, and we got along as well as most brothers do. In 1968, my family moved again, this time to Zurich, Switzerland. I remained there for the next 10 years, during which time I went to public school, as well as three months each in what was then known as West Berlin and Mallorca, Spain. My parents divorced in 1975. I stayed with my dad in Switzerland, while Tias went with my mom to the States. I took up the sport of bicycling in 1975 and was the Swiss Junior Amateur National Champion. In 1976, my half-brother Robin was born in Germany. I moved back to the United States in 1977, where I have remained ever since.

Starting off with the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, my education in America was full of gaps. Then it was on to the United States International University in San Diego, California. By the fall of 1979 I was again in the Midwest, this time entering my one and only in-patient drug and alcohol treatment program (who knew?). I graduated successfully and headed back to Sioux City, where I had some family and friends. I also completed a six-month stint in the Men’s Halfway House at that time, and I remained free of alcohol and illegal drugs for the rest of my days. Thank you AA and NA!

I worked in a number of different occupations for the next few decades, while also attempting to finish my bachelor’s degree (on the 18-year plan no less), which I finally accomplished in 1995 from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. In 1985, I met the woman I would marry: Marsha Lederer Crane. We married in April 1987. With Marsha’s encouragement, I went after my dream of studying law. After 18 months, my focus changed to that of education. I received my master’s degree in education in 2001.

I began my teaching career at the Winnebago Public School District in Winnebago and never left. I remained a teacher there until my illness prevented me from working. I also enjoyed driving semi-tractors and trailers from coast to coast (but mostly out to California and back) from 1995 to 2015. My love for motorcycling led me to become a member of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and I was an instructor for MSF for more than 20 years.

My students and fellow staff members at Winnebago taught me far more than I was ever able to reciprocate. And for these many lessons I am forever grateful.

During my last forty-some years in Sioux City, I met and enjoyed many unique and interesting people. Many came to me by way of Sioux City’s excellent recovery community; others I got to know as a result of my favorite pastime: motorcycling. My wife and I spent many satisfying miles on the backs of our motorcycles, both two-up and each on our own. Eventually we exchanged our Harley’s for dual-sport machines, which I loved to take out to the old brickyards landfill in Riverside, as well as our annual trek to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. Again, many new friendships were forged and treasured. I also was privy to bonding with many exceptional individuals in Winnebago. Students, co-workers, and parents make up the lion’s share, but many others left their mark on me as well.

I have also lost a good number of close friends and relatives; my dear brother Tias in 1989, my dad in 2005, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

My mom moved back to the States in 2017 with my half-brother Robin. Hopefully America will turn out to be all they had hoped.

I will miss you all tremendously, but none more than my beloved Marsha.

I am survived by my best friend and loving wife, Marsha; my mother Sabine; my brother Robin; a nephew Jordan Bliehl (Christina) and daughter Ayla; uncle Chick LaDue (Nancy) and cousins Robert, Richard, and Grace; cousin David LaDue (Annette) and their children Benny and Mitchell; cousin Margie McGonigle (Jack); uncle Herman Pfauter (Lizzie); uncle Tom Steinbeck and cousins Carl, Michaela, Birgett, and Johnny; aunt Thea Konig; uncle George Pfauter; numerous cousins in Germany; cousin Dick Donoway, daughter Erin, and her son Conner; brother-in-law Greg Lederer (Elizabeth) and nieces Alex (Nick) and Madeline; brother–in-law Jeff Lederer (Theresa) and nephews Brandon (Melissa), Justin (Diana), and niece Kati; aunt Margaret and cousins Kellie and Kathy (Jim) and her children Aaron and Nicole; and cousin Scott O’Connor (Patti) and their daughter Caitlyn.

In my final journey, too many friends to mention have been so very helpful to Marsha and me. I must thank in particular our special friends John and Barb Redwine, who ignored the distance between their home in Arkansas and Sioux City, special angels Bill and Kathy Addison, Barbara Clinkenbeard, and my co-teachers Dale Mette (Sandy) and Mark Feight (Cheri). I also want to thank my two brothers-in-law and their spouses for everything they have done for Marsha and me over the last three years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Winnebago Public School Foundation for student scholarships: Box KK, 202 Osborn, Winnebago, Nebraska 68071.

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