Earl L. Fritz, 66, of Sioux City died Monday, May 14, 2001, at a Sioux City hospital following a sudden illness.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Christy-Smith Morningside Funeral Home, with Chaplain Shelley Aakre officiating. Bu-rial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Mr. Fritz was born Jan. 25, 1935, in Sioux City, the son of William B. and Mildred M. (Barnes) Fritz. He attended school in Leeds and graduated from Leeds High School in 1953.
He married Beverly Schmeckpeper on Aug. 29, 1965, in Pender, Neb. He was employed with several packing plants in Sioux City until the closing of Swift Packing Co. He then became a self-employed mechanic.
He enjoyed wrestling, fishing, NASCAR racing and educational programs.
Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Staci and her husband, Randy Uhl, Brenda Allyn, Linda Solomon and Debra Moriston, all of Sioux City; two brothers and their wives, Arthur and Sandy and Glen and Jan, all of Sioux City; a sister, Diane Middleton of Sioux City; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Irma Harris; and a brother, George.
Pallbearers will be Jason and Cori Allyn, Dustin Furhrer, Scott Schmeckpeper, Doug Burmeister, Eric Fritz, Nick Moriston and Danny Hodgins.
Jack V. Jones
Jack V. Jones, 67, of Sioux City died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, with his brother, Gerald Jones, officiating. The body will be cremated following the service Thursday. Visitation with the family present will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mr. Jones was born Oct. 26, 1933, in Hardwick, Minn., the son of Alfred and Eunice (Farran) Hagen. He graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, S.D.
He married Bonnie M. Wheatley on Nov. 8, 1985. He had also lived in South Sioux City and Cheyenne, Wyo. He was employed in the truck stop business.
He enjoyed snow skiing, the outdoors and woodworking.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, David and his wife, Kris Jones of Sioux City, Steve Jones of O'Fallon, Mo., and Jay and and his wife, Dina Wheatley of Kirkland, Wash.; seven daughters, Jackie and her husband Tim Engle, and Bettie and her husband, Dick Bond, all of Sioux City, Tammie and her husband, David Keney of Cheyenne, Roxanne Gould of Minneapolis, Ronna and her husband, Wayne White of Jackson, Miss., Robin and her husband, Kyle Davis of Enumclaw, Wash., and Staci and her husband, Reece Hoglund of Everett, Wash.; 25 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald Jones of Ankeny, Iowa, and Jerry Hagen of Minneapolis; and three sisters, Audrey DePauw of Luverne, Minn., and Patty Nieman and Judy Nieman, both of Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, George, Lyle, Vince and Sylvan.
Pallbearers will be Don Smith, Bill Rose, Craig Pitts, Chad Engle, Michael Bond and Anthony Jones.
A memorial fund has been established.
Frank P. Yellman
Frank P. Yellman, 86, of Plano, Texas, formerly of Sioux City, died Monday, May 14, 2001, at a Plano hospital.
Services will be noon Friday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Sioux City. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m., at Larkin Northside Funeral Home in Sioux City.
Julian F. Thorell
Julian F. Thorell, 69, of Iowa Falls, Iowa, formerly of Sioux City, died Friday, May 11, 2001, at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethany Lutheran Church in Iowa Falls, with the Rev. Brian King officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Suris Funeral Home in Iowa Falls.
Mr. Thorell was born June 29, 1931, in Lynch, Neb., the son of Carl and Alma (Anderson) Thorell. He graduated from high school in Bristow, Neb., and Wayne State College. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955.
He married Patricia S. Ott on Dec. 27, 1976, in Republican City, Neb. He was employed with Midwest Culvert Co. in Sioux City from 1960 to 1980. He retired as a controller from Iowa Prestressed Concrete in Iowa Falls in 1992.
He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife; a brother and his wife, Conrad and Meldine of Lynch, Neb.; five sisters, Florence Burnett of Independence, Kan., Grace Ruda of Spencer, Neb., Eunice and her husband, Joe Fuhr, and Bernice Chandler, all of Fremont, Neb., and Helen and her husband, Mike McDaniel of Lakewood, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister-in-law and three brothers-in-law.
Christian M. Gross
Christian Michael Gross, infant son of David J. and Janet L. Gross of Sioux City, was stillborn Thursday, May 10, 2001, at a Sioux City hospital.
Memorial services were held Friday, May 11, at First Lutheran Church, where the Rev. Dick Dahle officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel.
Survivors include his parents; a sister, Hannah Gross at home; paternal grandparents, Beverly and Bernie Oebser of Decorah, Iowa; maternal grandparents, Elwood and Alice Marquardt of Sioux City; maternal great-grandmother, Isadora Marquardt of Salem, S.D.; and an aunt, two uncles and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Landis Gross, maternal great-grandfather and paternal great-grandparents.
Alice J. Clark
Alice Jean Clark, 94, of Bellevue, Neb., formerly of Sioux City, died Monday, May 14, 2001, at an Omaha hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Sioux City. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Christy-Smith Morningside Chapel in Sioux City.
Walter M. "Ace" Marston, 67, of Sioux City died Monday; Christy-Smith Morningside Chapel.
Florence Kirchner, 92, of Sioux City died Tuesday; Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel.
MAPLETON, Iowa - Maurice Zediker, 85, of Mapleton died Monday, May 14, 2001, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John's United Methodist Church in Mapleton. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. followed by a Masonic service conducted by the Vesper Lodge, at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton.
Mildred L. Singer
LE MARS, Iowa - Mildred Leona Singer, 93, of Le Mars died Friday, May 11, 2001, at Chatsworth Convalescent Center in Chatsworth, Calif.
Family graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday in Resthaven Me-mory Gardens Cemetery, rural Le Mars. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday at Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Mrs. Singer was born Sept. 11, 1907, in Le Mars, the daughter of George and Mary (Roberts) Bauerly. She was raised and educated in the Le Mars area.
She married Albert L. Singer on May 1, 1923, in Le Mars. The couple made their home in Le Mars, where she was employed in ladies clothing shops for many years. Her husband died in 1981. She later moved to California. For the past few years, she had been a resident at Chatsworth Convalescent Center.
She enjoyed baking.
Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Alberta Burkett-Kasten and Paul of Simi Valley, Calif.; a son and his wife, Derreill and Dixie of Olympia, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a brother and his wife, Duane and Lavonne Bauerly of Illinois.
She also was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters and a grandson.
Ruth L. Golden
PONCA, Neb. - Ruth L. Golden, 78, of Ponca died Monday, May 14, 2001, at Elms Health Care Center in Ponca.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at United Me-thodist Church in Ponca, with the Rev. James Moore of Sioux City officiating. Burial will be in Ponca City Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today, with the family present at 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mohr Funeral Home in Ponca.
Mrs. Golden was born Sept. 7, 1922, in rural Tekamah, Neb., the daughter of Elmer and Cordie (Grey) Crom.
She married Odie "Slim" Golden on Nov. 27, 1938, in Logan, Iowa. The couple lived in Tekamah for several years. They moved to rural Ponca in 1948 and farmed until 1957, when they moved into Ponca. She was a homemaker. Her husband died Nov. 5, 1992.
She was a member of United Methodist Church, Ponca Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Gaser Post 5435 Auxiliary in Martinsburg, Neb., Garden Club, Senior Center, Election Board and Citizen's Flag Alliance. She enjoyed gardening and dancing.
Survivors include a son and his wife, Dennis and Theresa of Sioux City; two daughters and their husbands, Annie and Terry Brewer of Martinsburg, and Cindy and Mike Syx of Hope Mills, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Susie Golden of Ponca; three sisters, Edith and her husband, Howard Golden, and Dorothy Magill, all of Tekamah, and Mary Ellen Heugel of Piedmont, Mo.; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, John and Jack; three sisters, May, Clara and Gladys; and five brothers, Lestor, Roy, Jim, Ernest and Clarence.
Pallbearers will be Chuck, Denny, Kent, Carnell and Brad Conrad and Bob and Merle Anderson.
REMSEN, Iowa - Raymond Waldschmitt, 84, of Remsen died Monday, May 14, 2001, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen, with Monsignor Richard Zenk and the Rev. Thomas J. Hart officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen.
Mr. Waldschmitt was born Jan. 22, 1917, in rural Remsen, the son of John and Bernadine (Zenk) Waldschmitt. He was raised in the Remsen area and attended rural school and St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen. He was self employed in the trucking business.
He married Agnes Freking on Feb. 17, 1941, in Le Mars. The couple made their home in Remsen. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the European Theater. Following his discharge, he returned to Remsen and resumed trucking. In 1948, they moved to rural Remsen, where they farmed until retiring and moving into Remsen in 1973. His wife died Feb. 14, 1998. He entered Happy Siesta Health Care in October 1999.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Sister Shirley Waldschmitt, O.S.F., of Las Cruces, N.M., and Jane and her husband, Philip Ortmann of Sioux City; four sons and their wives, Gerald and Jean and David and Donna, all of Remsen, Thomas and Margaret of Ankeny, Iowa, and James and Elaine of Johnston, Iowa; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Jr. of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Freking Willenborg, Ottilia Diekmann and Louise Steele; and three brothers, Michael as a child, Louis and Paul.
Pallbearers will be Chris and Kevin Ortmann, Rod, Rick, Steve and Tim Waldschmitt.
PHOENIX - Jane Moore Plunkett, 86, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, in Phoenix.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Cemetery, Le Mars. Arrangements are under the direction of Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars.
ALCESTER, S.D. - Mildred "Millie" Gubbrud, 81, of rural Alcester died Monday, May 14, 2001, at her residence.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lands Lutheran Church in rural Canton, S.D. Burial will be in Lands Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with the family present 7 to 8 p.m., at Wass Funeral Home in Beresford, S.D.
Elmer F.H. Baumgarten
HARTLEY, Iowa - Elmer Fred Henry Baumgarten, 82, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Hartley, died Friday, May 4, 2001, in Tucson following a brief illness and surgery.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant View Cemetery, Hartley, with the Rev. Dave Ericksen officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Warner Funeral Home in Hartley.
Mr. Baumgarten was born Jan. 19, 1919, near Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Albert and Minnie (Buch) Baumgarten. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended rural and parochial school at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He graduated from Clarinda High School in 1935, then worked on the family farm. He graduated from College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis, Mo., in 1941. He was employed in funeral homes in Clinton, Webster City and Jewell, Iowa.
He married Ula Mae "Julie" Thomas on Aug. 27, 1944, in Hubbard, Iowa. The couple purchased the funeral home in Sutherland, Iowa, and moved there in November 1944. In 1955, they purchased the funeral home in Peterson, Iowa, and in 1960 the funeral home in Hartley. They moved to Hartley in June 1960. He also was involved in other business activities including a gift shop and appliances.
He owned and operated the Baumgarten Funeral Home in Spencer, Iowa, Hartley, Sutherland and Peterson until retiring in 1995. They moved to Des Moines and then Las Vegas in 1997. They moved to Tucson in 1998.
He served as a Boy Scout leader, on the County School board, Hartley Hospital board and Meadowbrook Golf Course. He was a former president of Iowa Funeral Director's Association and a current member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Tucson. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and playing cards. He also obtained his pilot's license.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Carole and Lori, both of Tucson; a son and his wife, Steve and Pat of Des Moines; four grandchildren, Steven Jr., Claudia, Bess and Sage; two sisters-in-law, Madeline Mason of Tucson, and Ruth Baumgarten of Clarinda; and a brother-in-law and his wife, Allen and Betty Thomas of Coralville, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Madelyn; a brother, Vernon; and a brother-in-law, Foster Mason.
MILFORD, Iowa - Eleanor Lambertus-Dyche, 79, of Milford died Monday, May 14, 2001, at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa. Burial will be in Milford Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the family present 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
HARTINGTON, Neb. - Leone Wortmann, 86, of Hartington died Monday, May 14, 2001, at Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge, Neb.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Bow Valley, Neb. Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 6 p.m. today, with a rosary at 2 p.m., at Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. There will be a vigil service at 8 p.m. today at the church. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.
Mrs. Wortmann was born Aug. 13, 1914, in Hartington, the daughter of Werner and Theresa (Schmidt) Burbach Jr. She was raised in the Hartington area.
She married Ferdinand J. Wortmann on June 20, 1938, in Hartington. The couple lived and farmed in the Bow Valley area. She baked and decorated wedding cakes and served as a volunteer teacher's aide at East Catholic Elementary School. She was also employed in the housekeeping department at Cedars Nursing Home in Hartington. They were the caretakers for the Cedar County Historical Society for many years. Her husband died Nov. 21, 1987.
She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Bow Valley and Christian Mothers. She received an award from AK-SAR-BEN for 100 years of having the family homestead called the "Prairie Rock Stock Farm."
Survivors include two sons and their wives, John and Brenda of Newcastle, Neb., and Alan and Becky of Hartington; three daughters, Midge and her husband, Mick Wieseler of Bow Valley, Jeannie Becker of Wausa, Neb., and Mary Tres and Dennis Dendinger of Hartington; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Pete Burbach and his wife, Eleanor of Hartington, Rudy Burbach of Southgate, Calif., Gerald Burbach and his wife, Mary of Hartington, and Reiny Burbach and his wife, Martha of North Platte, Neb.; and three sisters and their husbands, Rosemary and Emery White of Sisseton, S.D., Monica and Maurice Moser of Fremont, Neb., and Rita and Roley Isom of Randolph, Neb.
She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Jules and Theodore; and two sisters-in-law, Bernice and Gail Burbach.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Cody and Ross Wortmann, Garret and Travis Dendinger, and Eric and Brennon Eickhoff.
HINTON, Iowa - William LeRoy LaBahn, 89, of Hinton died Monday, May 14, 2001, at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sioux City, with the Rev. George Zehnder officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City.
Mr. LaBahn was born Aug. 27, 1911, in Merrill, Iowa, the son of William and Anna (Tapkin) LaBahn. He graduated from Liberty Consolidated School.
He married Marjorie Mayhew on Jan. 11, 1940, in Sioux City. The couple made their home in the Hinton and Merrill area, where he farmed.
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Liberty Consolidated School board, where he was a former president, Chrystal Rhythum Dance Club, where he was a former president, and Farm Bureau.
Survivors include his wife; a son and his wife, William W. and Sue of Hinton; two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Fred Robinson of Hinton, and Cheryl and Paul J. Engle of Sioux City; 13 grandchildren, Dani Howard, Paula Vander Kooi, Holli Davis, Joey Hill, Mikki and William J. LaBahn, Lisa, Linda and Michael Robinson, Tiffany, Cari, Paul M. and Andrew Engle; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Earl and Howard; and two sisters, Lucille Lehmann and Edna LaBahn.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Michael Robinson, William J. LaBahn, Paul M. and Andrew Engle, Richard Vander Kooi, Brian Hill and Kyle Davis.
Ella Gail Nichols
ALBERT CITY, Iowa - Ella Gail Nichols, 86, of Albert City died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Pleasant View Home in Albert City.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City. Burial will be in Fairfield Township Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City.
Robert J. Gotto
ANTHON, Iowa - Robert Joseph Gotto, 54, of Anthon died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at a Sioux City hospital.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Moville Evangelical Church in Moville, Iowa, with the Rev. Ken Brakefield officiating. Burial will be in Mount St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, with military rites conducted by American Legion McNiff Post 389 of Anthon and Veterans of Foreign Wars Little Sioux Valley Post 9124 of Oto, Iowa. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Armstrong Funeral Home in Anthon.
Mr. Gotto was born June 18, 1946, in Oto, Iowa, the son of Henry and Joyce (Gapen) Gotto. He was raised in the Oto area and graduated from Anthon-Oto High School in 1964.
He married Reta Jean Fisher on Dec. 17, 1964, in Ida Grove, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, stationed in California. He was employed as a truck driver with Marx Trucking in Sioux City for several years. He was most recently employed as a driver for Mike Nepper.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Little Sioux Valley Post 9124 and American Legion McNiff Post 389. He enjoyed singing, playing harmonica, fishing and working on cars.
Survivors include his mother of Anthon; a son and his wife, Rob and JoAnn of Sioux Center, Iowa; two daughters and their wives, Rachelle and Eric Polkinghorn of Moville, and Robyn and Lee Hirst of Sioux City; two brothers, Bill and his wife, Chris, and Nick, all of Anthon; a sister, Helen Book of Anthon; five grandchildren; and several foster grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Clarence L. Larson
PENDER, Neb. - Clarence L. Larson, 84, of Pender died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at Pender Community Hospital in Pender.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Evangelical Covenant Church in Wakefield, Neb. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery, Pender. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Munderloh Funeral Home in Pender.
LE MARS, Iowa - Eugene "Gene" Miller, 36, of Le Mars died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at a Sioux City hospital.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Le Mars. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Friday, with a parish rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m., at Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Phyllis L. Smith
CLEGHORN, Iowa - Phyllis L. Smith, 72, of Cleghorn died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at her residence following a lengthy illness.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa, with the Rev. James Steen officiating. Burial will be in Meriden Cemetery, Meriden, Iowa. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, with the family present 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Mrs. Smith was born Feb. 17, 1929, in Aurelia, Iowa, the daughter of Ernest and Nanny (Bengston) Bjorklund. She graduated from Aurelia High School in 1946.
She married Francis Smith on May 20, 1950. She was employed with the Department of Human Services for 27 years, retiring in February 1989.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Cleghorn American Legion Auxiliary and several couples and women's bridge clubs. She enjoyed reading, traveling and Iowa Hawkeyes.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Jerry of Grand Junction, Colo.; two daughters and their husbands, Jane Ann and Joel Lundquist of Maple Grove, Minn., and Nancy and Jerry Cottrill of Dickinson, Texas; five grandchildren, Jeremy Smith, Kyra, Tyler and Kristin Lundquist and Jay Cottrill; two sisters, Edna Pierson of Rockford, Ill., and Ruth George of Cherokee; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Kenneth Bjorklund.
SIBLEY, Iowa - Anna Luitjens, 87, of Sibley died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at her residence.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Reformed Church in Sibley. Burial will be in Holman Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, with the family present 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Walton, Roste and Vogel Funeral Home in Sibley.
Julia E. Nilles
REMSEN, Iowa - Julia E. Nilles, 79, of Le Mars, Iowa, formerly of Remsen, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen, with the Revs. Thomas J. Hart and Andrew Hoffmann officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday, with a Christian Mothers rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen.
Mrs. Nilles was born July 14, 1912, in rural Hawarden, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Becker) Luken. She was raised and educated in the Oyens, Iowa, area.
She married Theodore Nilles on Feb. 2, 1940, in Tekamah, Neb. The couple made their home in Remsen. Her husband died Jan. 13, 1985. She moved to Le Mars in 1993. She entered Plymouth Manor Care Center in March 2001.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Christian Mothers.
Survivors include three sons and their wives, James and Jeannie of Escondido, Calif., Dan and Sandra of Le Mars, and Gene and Myrna of Sioux Falls, S.D.; five daughters and their husbands, Carol and Richard Lang and Bonnie and Harlan Borchers, all of Le Mars, Janet and Elmer Klein of Remsen, Diana and Glenn Brown of Sioux Falls, and Nancy and Charlie Brown of Cleghorn, Iowa; a daughter-in-law and her husband, Clara and Ron Hunter of Le Mars; 31 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; a sister, Eleanor Luken of Le Mars; and three sisters-in-law, Margaret and her husband, Ray Grage of Remsen, Phyllis Jaminet of Cherokee, Iowa, and Mary Ann Bush of Cleghorn.
She also was preceded in death by a son, Thomas; a brother, Art Luken; and two sisters, Mabel Kommes and Oliva Kemp.
Pallbearers will be Harlan Borchers, Todd Brown, Pat Klein, Rick Lang, Chris and Tom Nilles.