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January 16, 2018

Obituaries (10-19-17)

Chad Bousquet, 29

Chad Paul Bousquet, 29, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on Oct. 3, 2017, in Fort Worth.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Jackson, Neb., with the Rev. Paul Albenesius officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in South Sioux City. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City.

Chad was born on March 22, 1988, in Denver, Colo., the son of Mark and Pamela (Eriksen) Bousquet.

Survivors include his parents, Mark and Pamela Bousquet; a daughter, Averi; three sisters, Brittany (Aaron) Yowell, Abby Ashton and Kacey (Tyler) Layman; and his grandmother, JoAnn Eriksen.

Donald Watson, 67

Donald L. Watson, 67, of South Sioux City, passed away suddenly on Oct. 6, 2017.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Becker Hunt Funeral Home, South Sioux City, with the Rev. Karen Tjarks presiding. Burial was at Omaha Valley Cemetery in Homer. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, with the family present at 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Donald (Don) was born in Norfolk, Neb., to Gilbert and Anne (Muhe) Watson on Nov. 17, 1949. He graduated from South Sioux City High School in 1970.

He worked several occupations in the South Sioux City area and, in the 1990s, owned and operated Don’s Union 76 service station on Dakota Avenue. After closing the station, he assumed the running of the family business, Watson Disposal Service, until his retirement in 2010. After a brief retirement, he returned to work as a delivery driver for Vanguard.

Don was devoted to family and greatly enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, siblings, nephews, nieces, and friends. He was well known for his lifelong love of cars and enjoyed traveling the area over the years showing his Corvettes in car shows. He was also a diehard fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Chicago Bears football teams.

Don is survived by his children, son William Watson of Seattle, Wash.; daughters Lacey Watson (James Keller) and Amber Watson Bekish, both of Dakota City; grandchildren Riley Watson, Lilly Keller and Sophie Watson; brother Lawrence (Mary) Watson, South Sioux City; former spouse Nancy Custer Watson; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special companion. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Marion Watson, Marilyn Watson Hattig, Marvin Watson, Margaret Watson, Herbert Watson, and half-brother Stanley VanCleave.

Margaret Boeshart, 96

Margaret “Bernice” Boeshart, 96, of Sioux City passed away Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at Holy Spirit Retirement Home.

Services were 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Sioux City with the Rev. David Hemann officiating. Burial was in South Creek Cemetery in rural Ponca, Neb. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sunday with the family present from 5:30-8 p.m., a rosary by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.  Condolences may be offered online at

Bernice was born Aug. 13, 1921, on the family farm near Martinsburg, Neb. She was the daughter of Ed and Sarah Jane (Green) Casey. She graduated from Laurel (Nebraska) High School then earned her teaching certificate from Wayne State Teachers College.

On Dec. 29, 1943, she married Earl D. Boeshart in Ponca. The couple farmed near Martinsburg before moving to Dakota City. In 1965 she retired as a supervisor from the Nebraska Department of Social Services.  

Bernice was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Sioux City. She was a former member of St. Michael’s in South Sioux City where she served on their Altar Society and Pastoral Council and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary.

She enjoyed crocheting, camping and time with family.

Survivors include her children, Larry (Sandy) Boeshart, Kansas City, Mo., Ruthie Boeshart, Ponca, Pat (Sandy) Boeshart, Sioux City, Iowa, Paul (Linda) Boeshart, Lincoln, Neb., and Jane (Jim) Dutler, Sioux City; Grandchildren, Jason (Amanda) Boeshart, Matt Boeshart, Jill (Matt) Arunski, Brian (Shannon) Boeshart, Becky (Mike) Walters, Jim (Dawn) Boeshart, Julie (Mike) Maas, Sarah (David) Dirksen, Laura Cole, Erin (Ryan) Watson, Megan (Erik) Wiedel, Andrew (Lindsey) Dutler and Mike Dutler;  29 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild. Bernice is also survived by a sister-in-law, Betty Casey of Martinsburg, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl; a son, George; brothers, Clem, Don, and Vernon; and sisters, Doris, Mildred and Delores.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters.

Randy Lane, 61

Randy Joe Lane, 61, of Lake City, Minn., passed away at his home, surrounded by family Sept. 29, 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held Nov. 15, 2017, in Lake City, Minn.

Randy was born Aug. 21, 1956, in Sioux City to Ward and Dorothy (Berg) Lane. They moved to Minnesota in 1958 where he attended school and was baptized at Lincoln Lutheran Church. Randy and his mom moved back to Nebraska in 1998 where Randy attended Dakota City United Methodist Church, Northstar, Special Olympics, and worked at Argosy Casino. He returned to Minnesota in 2010 and resided at Great River Homes in Lake City.

Randy enjoyed family and friends, bowling, WWE, Special Olympics, dancing, and going out to eat.

He is survived by his siblings: Beverly Jurgensmeyer of Vichy, Mo.; Ronnie Lane of Dakota City; Kay Amundson of Omaha; Bob (Pat) Lane of Dakota City; Linda (Marty) Franz of Zumbro Falls, Minn.; Lois (Dave) Michaelson of Lake City, Minn.; Kathi (Tim Hoffman) Henn of Zumbrota, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother-in-laws Lee Amundson and Charles Jurgensmeyer, nephew David Lane, and niece Janet Jurgensmeyer.

Ida Mae Witt, 80

Ida Mae Witt, 80, of Wakefield, died Oct. 15, 2017 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wakefield with Rev. William Bertrand officiating. Interment was in the Wakefield cemetery. 

Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to

Witt family for later designation.

Ida Mae Witt was born Dec. 21, 1936, in Pender to Johann and Augusta (Havekost) Paulsen. She grew up in Pender and graduated from Pender High School.  

Ida Mae married Melvin Witt Dec. 2, 1962, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender.  

The couple began farming near Bancroft.  In 1972, they moved to a farm northeast of Wakefield. She was known as the “Roll Lady” for baking homemade rolls for several years at the Fair Store in Wakefield.

Ida Mae was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed decorating cakes, embroidery and quilting. 

Ida Mae is survived by her children, Duane (Kelly) Witt of Wayne, Melodie (David) Longe of Wayne, Karen (Derek) Schreiter of Martell, Connie (Victor)  Orona of Pierce; nine grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; sisters, Arlene (Raymond) Messerschmidt of Hubbard and Lois Ann (Bill) Farrell of Grinnell, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Anita Paulsen of South Sioux City, Arlene Witt of Omaha, Norma Novak of Randolph, and Mylet Witt of Bancroft; nieces and nephews.

Ida Mae was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin in 2010; a granddaughter, Dayna Witt; five brothers and three sisters. 


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