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Eldon C. Eliason

Salix, Iowa

Eldon Carl Eliason, 84, of Salix, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018, at a Sioux City hospital.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Salix Community United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Catie Newman officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Oto Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa, Iowa. Condolences may be left online for the family at

Eldon Carl Eliason, the son of Gothard and Minnie Inez (Horton) Eliason, was born on May 27, 1933, in Lantry, S.D. Growing up, he lived with his parents and four brothers on a farm south of Lantry. He went to a country grade school and graduated from Eagle Butte High School.

Eldon married Lola Biggerstaff on Nov. 22, 1955. To this union one son was born, who joined his brother and sister. They lived in Lantry until they moved to a farm outside of Sloan, Iowa, in 1958. Eldon farmed for Warren Johnson and worked for the Sloan Elevator until going to work for Kent Feeds in Sioux City in 1970, where he worked until retiring in 1993. Eldon and Lola lived in Sloan from 1970 until 1978, when they moved to Salix.

Eldon served on the city council in Salix and was mayor of Salix from 1994 to 1998. After retiring from Kent Feeds, he started his home repair service, Eldon's Repairs, which focused on small engine repair, but he was actually a jack of all trades and mastered most of them.

Eldon was a member of Salix Community United Methodist Church, where he was very active participating in any activity he was capable of, as well as doing many handyman duties in the church over the years. Eldon loved fishing and camping, traveling in the family's motor home, doing bus tours throughout the country, and even traveling overseas. He loved to get up and go just about anywhere, constantly ready for the next adventure. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, whether people asked for it or not, and will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends whenever they have a job to do.

Eldon is survived by his son, Steven (Pam) Eliason; two brothers, Floyd (Maggie) Eliason and Myron Eliason; one sister-in-law, Bev Eliason; grandchildren, David Tripp, Robert Tripp, Clint Eliason, Lindsey Luck, Jennifer Peterson, Joel Biggerstaff, Jill Biggerstaff, Brock Biggerstaff, Kyle Biggerstaff, Kory Biggerstaff, and Jake Biggerstaff; as well as many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gothard and Minnie Inez Eliason; his wife, Lola Eliason; one son, Raymond Biggerstaff; one daughter, Sharon Tripp and her husband, Joseph; two grandsons, Michael Tripp and Logan Eliason; brothers, Lloyd Eliason and Harvey Eliason; and sisters-in-law, Betty Eliason and Florence Eliason.

Mary A. Malone

Vermillion, S.D.

Mary Ruth Lang Malone, 81, of Vermillion, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018, at Wakonda Heritage Manor.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at United Church of Christ Congregational in Vermillion. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. For obituary and online condolences, visit

The daughter of L. Walter Lang and Alice Richey Lang, Mary was born in Le Mars, Iowa, on July 11, 1936. The family lived in Remsen, Iowa, where Mary attended school until studying two years at Le Mars High School. Following a move to Vermillion, she graduated from Vermillion High School in 1954 and the University of South Dakota in 1958. Mary continued her studies for a year at the University of London, England, on a Fulbright Scholarship.

She married Dean Malone in Vermillion on Aug. 9, 1959. They lived in the Denver, Colo., area, where Mary taught for many years, last at Arvada West High School. After her husband's passing, she returned to Vermillion.

She is survived by her sister, Odessa Lang Ofstad of Kirkville, Mo.; cousins; and good friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; and her parents.

Memorials may be directed to United Church of Christ, American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.

Marilyn K. Noll

Sioux City

75, died Saturday, March 10, 2018. Memorial service: March 16 at 11 a.m., Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.

Givenchy legacy: Hepburn's little black dress, and much more

PARIS — In her sleeveless black gown, with rows of pearl at the neck and oversized sunglasses, Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly defined understated elegance. Hers was the iconic little black dress.

It was the work of Hubert de Givenchy, the French couturier who, along with Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Cristobal Balenciaga, redefined fashion in the wake of World War II. Givenchy was the epitome of Paris chic. His death at age 91 was announced Monday.

A towering man of elegance and impeccable manners, Givenchy forged close friendships with his famous clients, including Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Grace of Monaco.

But none were as close to him or the fashion house that bore his name as Hepburn, whose simple chic became a kind of shorthand for the label. Besides the little black dress from the 1961 hit "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Hepburn wore Givenchy's designs in nearly a dozen other movies, as well on the red carpet and also in real life.

Born Feb. 21, 1927, in the provincial city of Beauvais, north of Paris, Givenchy was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents after his father, a business executive and amateur pilot, died when he was a toddler.

His grandfather, an administrator of a tapestry workshop in Beauvais, cultivated the young Givenchy's appreciation of the arts and honed his aesthetic sensibility.

Early on, Givenchy set his sights on fashion — a career choice that left his family cold. After high school, he acceded to family pressure and joined a notary firm in Beauvais, but it didn't last long.

Givenchy struck out for Paris in his late teens, in the wake of World War II.

Couturier Jacques Fath hired Givenchy on the strength of his sketches and he spent two years learning the basics of fashion design, from sketching to cutting and fitting haute couture styles.

After a brief stint at the house of Piguet, he joined celebrated Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli in 1949, leaving her to found his own house in 1952.

Headquartered in a small room off the Parc Monceau, well off Paris' famed Golden Triangle, the house of Givenchy proved an instant success.

His debut collection ushered in the concept of separates — tops and bottoms that could be mixed and matched, as opposed to head-to-toe looks that were the norm among Paris couture purveyors.

Working on a tight budget, Givenchy served up the floor-length skirts and country chic blouses in raw cotton materials normally reserved for fittings.

The collection's body-conscious shapes created a sensation among the fashion press and buyers used to the wasp-waisted, full-skirted "New Look" pioneered by Dior. Givenchy's "Bettina blouse" — a concoction of white broadcloth with tiers of eyelet ruffles at the sleeves, which was named for his favorite model and publicist, Bettina Graziani — would go down in fashion history.

In 1955, Givenchy relocated to the tony Avenue George V, across the street from his idol, Spanish-born designer Balenciaga.

"Balenciaga was my religion," he told fashion trade publication Women's Wear Daily in 2007. "There's Balenciaga and the good lord."

"Le Grand Hubert," as he was often called for his 6-foot, 5-inch frame, became popular with privileged haute couture customers, among them Gloria Guinness, Wallis Simpson and Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran.

But the client whose name would become almost synonymous with the house was Hepburn, whom he met in 1953, when he dressed her for the romantic comedy "Sabrina." Legend has it that Givenchy — told only that Mademoiselle Hepburn would be coming in for a fitting — was expecting the grand Katharine Hepburn. Instead the diminutive Audrey showed up, dressed in cigarette pants, a T-shirt and sandals.

That encounter marked the start of a decades-long friendship that saw Givenchy dress the star in nearly a dozen films, making her the brand's de-facto ambassador.

"His clothes for me have always not only thrilled me but also given me so much confidence. I've worked in them, I've played in them, I've borrowed them, I've bought them," Hepburn once gushed in a television interview.

Aiming to reach a wider market, Givenchy launched a line of upscale ready-to-wear and accessories in the 1960s, and its commercial success soon enabled him to buy out his backers, making him one of a handful of Paris couturiers to own their own label outright.

In 1988, he sold the house to French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the parent company of a stable of top fashion labels that now includes Dior, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Pucci and Kenzo.

Givenchy retired in 1995, and was succeeded by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Italy's Riccardo Tisci and current chief designer Claire Waight Keller, the first woman to hold the post. Just last week she showed her latest collection in Paris, revealing a brooding and gritty side with razor shoulders and hulking coats.

Givenchy will be remembered as a pioneer of pure lines and flattering elegance — an aesthetic summed up in the motto he shared with Balenciaga: "Make it simple, make it pure."

Joanne M. Albrecht

Sioux City, formerly Hubbard, Neb.

Joanne M. Albrecht, 87, of Sioux City, formerly of Hubbard, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018, at her residence.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City, with Vicar David Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery, Emerson, Neb. Visitation with the family will be 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Joanne was born July 17, 1930, in Emerson, the daughter of Thomas and Dora (Hinrich) Murray. She was raised in the Emerson area and graduated from Emerson High School in 1947.

She married Lester Albrecht on Feb. 6, 1948. The couple farmed in the Emerson area until 1959, then moved to a farm near Homer, Neb. They were blessed with two sons, Dennis and Larry, and one daughter, Jeanne.

Joanne's life revolved around gardening, flowers and the farm.

Survivors include her children, Larry Albrecht (Suzette Curry), and Jeanne (Gary) Johnson; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry; and two sisters, Patricia (Arvin) Jacobsma, and Emilie Lofland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester; a son, Dennis; her parents, Thomas and Dora Murray; two brothers, John and James; two sisters, Kathryn Hooper and Barbara Lofland; and a grandson, Nathan Albrecht.

Sophia Van Zee

Rock Valley, Iowa

102, died Thursday, March 8, 2018. Memorial service: March 17 at 11 a.m., First Reformed Church, Rock Valley. Burial: Valley View Cemetery. Visitation: March 17 from 9 to 10 a.m., at the church. Porter Funeral Home, Rock Valley.

June Gellhaus

Sutherland, Iowa

94, died Monday, March 5, 2018. Service: March 17 at 10:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, Sutherland. Burial: Waterman Cemetery. Visitation: March 17 at 9:30 a.m., at the church. Warner Funeral Home, Sutherland.

LaDonna M. Burbach

Coleridge, Neb.

84, died Saturday, March 10, 2018. Service: March 15 at 10:30 a.m., St. Michael's Catholic Church, Coleridge. Burial: St. Michael's Cemetery. Visitation: March 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the church. Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge.

Charlotte R. Schlender

Battle Creek, Iowa

79, died Sunday, March 11, 2018. Service: March 15 at 10:30 a.m., Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home, Ida Grove, Iowa. Burial: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Battle Creek. Visitation: March 14 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Deloris M. Vickery

Holstein, Iowa

88, died Sunday, March 11, 2018. Service: March 15 at 10:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, Holstein. Burial: Ida Grove Cemetery, Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation: March 15 at 9:30 a.m., at the church. Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home, Holstein.

Eva Joy Johns

Sioux City, formerly Hinton, Iowa

88, died Saturday, March 10, 2018. Service: March 15 at 11:30 a.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sioux City. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: March 14 from 4 to 8 p.m., Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.

Catherine M. Wright

Cathy Wright

Sioux City

Catherine Marie "Cathy" Wright, 63, of Sioux City, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Waterbury Funeral Service of Sioux City.

Cathy was born on April 30, 1954, in Harlan, Iowa, the daughter of Howard and Catherine (McAndrews) Foxhoven. She grew up in Sioux City and attended Sioux City schools.

Cathy was employed at the Sioux City Post Office and later at the Sioux City Animal Control for 10 years.

Cathy enjoyed doing many crafts, especially sewing all the Halloween costumes for her children, nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her sons, Tobi (Aleesa) Wright, Troy Wright and Adam (Megan) Wright; stepdaughter, Tera (Charles) Foust; eight grandchildren, all of Sioux City; brothers, Michael, Jim and John Foxhoven, all of Sioux City; sisters, Ruth (Frank) Gries of Sioux City, Vickie O'Connell of Arvada, Colo., and Mary (Randy) McNaughton of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; brother-in-law, Michael Altergott of Broomfield, Colo.; best friend, Lynn Androy; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her life partner, Curtis "Curly" Androy; a sister, Jackie Altergott; sister-in-law, Rosemary Foxhoven; brother-in-law, Ron O'Connell; and nephews, Joe Strom and Tim Leukhardt.

Terry T. Sulsberger Jr.

Sioux City

Terry Todd Sulsberger Jr., 46, of Sioux City, entered into heaven on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Private burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Terry was born on Dec. 9, 1971, in Sioux City, to Terry Sulsberger Sr. and Colleen Guy (Coughlin). He graduated from West High in 1991 and shortly after started a local roofing company.

Terry was born mischievous and full of energy. He was an outstanding athlete, participating in track, football, swimming and wrestling at West High, earning his varsity letter as a freshman. He was fearless and spontaneous in his lively adventures throughout his life. Terry loved nothing more than spending time with his children and showing them the fun to be had in life.

Terry was known for his big heart and welcoming spirit. He loved with no judgment, and helped everyone he could.

He shared a loving relationship with Sandra Parker (Smith) of Sioux City, from which the greatest love of his life, his son Devin Michael "Peanut" Sulsberger, was born.

Survivors include his mother, Colleen Guy (Coughlin); stepfather, Bob (Jeanne) Casey; his children, Jesse Lander of Australia, Devin Michael Sulsberger (Kayla Doran) of Sioux City, and Bailey Beach of Le Mars, Iowa; siblings, John Sacket, Luke Sacket (Melissa), Johnna Berger (Lonnie), Shannon Cox (Charles), William Casey (Courtney) of Sioux City, and Michael Chandler of Montana; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, all of Sioux City.

He was preceded in death by his father, Terry Sulsberger (Dayna).

William E. Junge

Arnolds Park, Iowa, formerly Sioux City

80, died Saturday, March 10, 2018. Service: March 15 at 11 a.m., Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel, Sioux City. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: March 15 at 10 a.m., at the funeral home.

Rodney Harold Olsen

Kingsley, Iowa, formerly South Sioux City

74, died Saturday, March 10, 2018. Memorial service: March 14 at 7 p.m., Morningside Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Homes. Burial: Ponca Cemetery, Ponca, Neb. Visitation: March 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.