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Margret A. Hoffman

Alton, Iowa

Margret A. "Mitzi" Hoffman, 63, of Alton, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Sioux City hospital.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. The Rev. Fr. Terry Roder will officiate. Private interment will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Friday, with a rosary at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City, Iowa. You may express your sympathy at

Margret Anne was born on Aug. 5, 1953, in Le Mars, Iowa, the daughter of Roman and Betty (Bohlke) Mueller. She was raised in Le Mars, where she attended school. As a young woman, "Mitzi" worked in restaurants and later owned and operated The Log Cabin Restaurant in Alton.

On Sept. 5, 1981, she married Robert Stephen Hoffman in Alton, where they made their home. With the arrival of their daughter, Megan, Mitzi began babysitting the young children of many of her friends, until Megan began school. She then worked at K-Products and later Bomgaars Supply, both in Orange City. She retired in 2008.

Mitzi was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church. She enjoyed cross stitching, coloring, playing cards, spending time with her family, including their two puppies, Tippy and Chewie, and spending time with her many good friends.

Survivors include her husband of more than 35 years; a daughter, Megan Hoffman of Atlantic, Iowa; three brothers and their wives, Marlin and Kathy Mueller, Paul and Connie Mueller, and Rick and Jane Mueller; three sisters, Janet Gunther, Mary Mueller and Margie Mueller; her mother-in-law, Lorraine Hoffman; and Bob's siblings and their families.

In addition to her parents and father-in-law, Phil Hoffman, she was preceded in death by a brother, Roman Mueller Jr.; and a brother-in-law, John Gunther.

Mary Jo Stevens

South Sioux City, formerly Ponca, Neb.

70, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Service: June 24 at 10:30 a.m., St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Ponca. Burial: Calvary at South Creek Cemetery. Visitation: June 24 at 9:30 a.m., at the church. Mohr Funeral Home, Ponca.

David Palacios Jr.

Sioux City

23, died Monday, June 19, 2017. Service: June 23 at 1 p.m., Waterbury Funeral Service of Sioux City. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: June 22 from 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home.

Judy K. Peters

Sioux City

Judy K. Peters, 74, formerly of Sioux City, died Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sioux City. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, with the family present 5 to 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 6 p.m., at Morningside Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home.

Judy K. Murphy, the daughter of Thomas and Lenora (McDermott) Murphy, was born on May 29, 1943, in Sioux City. She graduated from Central High School and went on to attend Wayne State College.

On June 5, 1965, Judy was united in marriage with Terry D. Peters in Sioux City. She worked for Gateway Computers in North Sioux City until her retirement in 2009.

Judy enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren. She loved bingo and the legion hall. Most of all, she loved spending time with her beloved husband, who could always make her laugh.

Judy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Terry of Mesa; son, Jeff (Kari) Peters of Fargo, N.D., and their children, Jacob and Connor; daughter-in-law, Jacy Peters of Sioux City, and her children, Corey Peters and Callie Trobaugh-Peters; brother, Pat Murphy of Wisner, Neb.; a sister, Bev Petekavich of Kingsley, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Diane Peters of Sioux City, Meredith (John) Hanlon of Coral Springs, Fla., Phyllis Smith of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Cathy Meyer of Sioux City; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Scott Peters; sister-in-law, MaryAnn Murphy; niece, Kathy Murphy; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Peters.

Arthur H. Schuster Jr.

Pilot Grove, Mo.

Arthur Henry Schuster Jr., 82, of Pilot Grove, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Katy Manor in Pilot Grove.

Services were held on June 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pilot Grove. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Tipton, Mo. Online condolences may be submitted at

Art was one of four children born to Arthur Henry and Christine Barbara (Pletschette) Schuster, Sr., in Pilot Grove, on Sept. 21, 1934. Art began a life of surviving more hardships than normal as his mother passed away when he was just over three years old. He graduated from Pilot Grove High School in 1952 and began farming with his uncle, Leonard Bindner, in Marcus, Iowa. He was drafted in 1957 into the U.S. Army and a member of the 82nd Airborne. In 1958, Arthur made his final night jump, and his parachutes failed to deploy. He and his finger rosary landed in a foot of sand. His back and both ankles were broken, and he was told he would never walk again, never have children, and his life expectancy was about 15 years. With an exceptionally strong faith, will, and self-discipline, the doctors were proven wrong, as he was walking within three months.

He married Marita June on June 13, 1959, and they were blessed with five children. Art and Marita raised their family in Pilot Grove, where he farmed all the rest of his days.

Arthur served his community in many ways including the Pilot Grove Co-op board of directors, Pilot Grove School Board, member of MO Pork Producers, Pilot Grove MFA Exchange, MFA Oil Delegate and Rural Fire Board. While Art was in rehabilitation after the accident, he learned to crochet rugs, which he continued as a hobby. In addition to his service to the community, he and Marita fostered more than 20 children in their home throughout the years.

Art is survived by sons, Joseph Schuster of Kansas City, Mo., John Schuster and his wifem Rita of Pilot Grove, and David Schuster and his wife, Erin of Yankton, S.D.; daughters, Christine Moya and her husband, Mike of Austin, Texas, and Elizabeth Lorang and her husband, Tim of St. Martins, Mo.; brothers, Charles Schuster of Columbia, Mo., and Jim Schuster and his wife, Mary Jane of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Mary Novotny and her husband, Fred of Arvada, Colo., and Milly Rapp and her husband, Ralph of Boonville, Mo.; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marita; and brother, Paul Schuster.

The family suggest memorial contributions be sent to Arthur Schuster Jr Memorial Fund, Conception Abbey, 37174 State Hwy VV, Conception, MO 64333.

Mary E. Blessing

Wakefield, Neb., formerly South Sioux City

92, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Becker-Hunt Funeral Home.