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January 17, 2018

Obituaries (12-28-17)

 Donna Gilster, 88

Donna B. Gilster, 88, of Emerson, died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Heritage of Emerson. Funeral services will be today (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson. Pastor Gretchen Ritola will be officiating. The visitation was to be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Pender. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.

Donna was born May 5, 1929 in Emerson, to Harrison and Belle (Merry) Stimson. She attended school in Emerson. 

She married Ardell Gilster on March 20, 1948 and the couple had three children. She worked many years at the Pender nursing home and hospital. Donna loved to read books, paint and spend time with her family. She always had a positive attitude and a bright outlook on life.

She is survived by her sons, Terry (Ranae) Gilster of Powderly, Texas, Alan (Barb) Gilster of Emerson; daughter, Dreama (Dean) Heairet of Omaha; 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson and many nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ardell Gilster; brothers, Theron Stimson, Marvin Stimson, Bob Stimson; sisters, Julia Stimson, Wilma Ustick, and great-grandson, Jack Malasek.

Earl Rhods, 90

Earl Gene Rhods, 90, of Wayne, died Friday, December 22, 2017 at his home in Wayne. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield with Pastor Patti Meyer officiating. Burial was in the Wakefield Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield.

Earl was born November 2, 1927 in Dixon County to Frank and Nettie (Wright) Rhods. He grew up on a farm near Emerson. In 1950 he was drafted into the United States Army and served as Staff Sergeant in Korea during the Korean War. After his discharge in 1952 he returned to Nebraska. 

On December 2, 1955, he married Reta Barg in Wakefield and the couple had four children, Michael, Linda, Carey, and Terry. The couple farmed together near Emerson until 1968. They then moved to Wayne where Earl worked for Marra Home Improvement and later as a farm hand for Ivan Freese. He worked for the Wayne County in 1983 as a heavy equipment operator. Earl retired from the county in 2009 at the age of 82. 

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, working in the garden, and spending time with his family. He was a jack of all trades and the go to guy when anything needed to be repaired.

Earl is survived by his wife, Reta Rhods of Wayne; sons, Michael Rhods of Wakefield, Carey (Laurie) Rhods of Wakefield, Terry Rhods of Wayne; daughter, Linda (Frank) Daley of Seward; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Lucy Harrison; brother, Harvey (Irene) Rhods; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Al (Bertha) Rhods; brother-in-law, Tom Harrison; granddaughter, X’ia Rhods; and great-granddaughter, Mariah Scott.

Dale Warren, 84

Dale B. Warren, 84, of Emerson passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Memorial services will be Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 1 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Emerson; the Rev. Gretchen Ritola will be officiating. The visitation will be from 11 a.m. and run until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.

Dale was born Feb. 4, 1933 to Lee and LaMoyle (Beermann) Warren in Emerson. He attended school in Emerson and graduated from Emerson High School in 1951. Dale served in the United States Army during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he attended college for two and half years at the University of Nebraska. Dale was united in marriage to Betty Crosley on Oct. 26, 1957 in Emerson; to this union the couple had three children. Dale managed the grain elevator with his dad for several years while farming for over 20 years. He also helped his folks at the Tiger Bowl Bowling Alley in Tekamah. Due to his health issues he resided at his daughter and son-in-law’s residence until his passing.

Dale was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, attending BBQ’s, and spending time with his friends and family. Dale especially loved old westerns and John Wayne movies.

Dale is survived by his wife, Betty Warren of Emerson; children, Greg (Tammi) Warren of Dakota City, Cindy (Chet) Mackling of Winnebago, Laurie (Jerry) Stamp of Emerson; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and LaMoyle Warren; brother, Fay Warren; sister, JoAnne Zeigler; infant sister, Wendy H. Warren, and granddaughter, Karissa Warren.

Fred Glover, 69 

Fred A. Glover, 69, of South Sioux City passed away Dec. 23, 2017, at home, surrounded by family.

Funeral services were at Mohr Funeral Home Wednesday Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. Graveside services were at 2:30 that afternoon at Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City, followed by a gathering at the Eagles Club in Nebraska City. Visitation was at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City on Tuesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Fred was born Aug. 24, 1948, in Nebraska City, Nebraska, to Fred W. and Dorothy (Wurtele) Glover. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethel United Church of Christ in Nebraska City. Fred graduated from Nebraska City High School in 1966. He was in the trucking business his entire adult life. He started hauling cattle from the sale barn in Nebraska City as a kid, and then eventually started Glover Trucking. He married the love of his life Judith (Judy) Glover on July 10, 1981, at the Rose Garden in Sioux City, Iowa.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

Fred truly enjoyed working, but when he was home, he liked boating with family and friends, his dogs, cooking, and swearing at the Huskers and politicians.

He is survived by his daughter, Nichole (Niki) of South Sioux City; son, Bret of South Sioux City; sister, Roxie (Dan) Cillessen of Weatherford, Texas; several nieces, nephews, and close personal friends.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife, and his mother and father.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland.

James Walsh, 92 

James "Jimmy" E. Walsh, 92, of Ponca passed away on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at a Sioux City hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ponca with the Rev. Andrew L. Sohm officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in rural Jackson. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., with a Knights of Columbus Rosary and scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 at the church. Visitation with the family present will resume one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mohr Funeral Home in Ponca.

Jimmy was born on July 20, 1925, in Willis, Nebraska, the son of Joseph and Mary (Casey) Walsh. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. John's Catholic Church at Willis. He attended school through the eighth grade at the Curran School in rural Willis. He then started farming with his father. Jimmy farmed for 45 years beginning with horses and he picked corn by hand. He took over the family farm in 1968 when his father died, retired from farming in 1985, and moved to Ponca. He was able to go to Ireland in 2002.

Jimmy was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ponca and he ushered for many years. He was also a third degree member of the Nazareen Co. #9939 Knights of Columbus, and first degree Initiation Team. He enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, mowing and taking care of his lawn. He also liked to play cards and spend time with the "old guys" at the coffee shop.

Survivors include two sisters, Bonnie (Paul) Bird of Owatonna, Minnesota, and Kay (Bob) Schwiesow of Bellevue, Washington; sister-in-law, GlennaLee Walsh of Anthon, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Walsh; two brothers, Joseph and John Walsh; sister-in-law, Carmelita Walsh; nephew, Tony Walsh; and niece, Mary Walsh.

Thomas Simons, 66

Thomas W. “Tom” Simons, 66, of South Sioux City passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 at a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hospital.

Respecting Tom’s wishes, the body has been cremated and a celebration of life service will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Huddle in South Sioux City. Becker – Hunt Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Tom was born Oct. 10, 1951, in Plainview, Nebraska, the son of William and Martha (McElhose) Simons. He graduated from Flandreau, South Dakota, high school. He married Christine A. “Chris” Olsen May 30, 1992 in Sioux City.

Tom was employed at the Corner Store, Paddock Liquor and retired from Orkin Pest Control.

Survivors include his wife Chris, a son Jason (Paula) Cook of Ponca, a daughter Holly Cook of Sioux City, two sisters: Marlene (Dennis) Cole of Gary, South Dakota, Nancy (Leo) Ziervogel of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a brother Brad (Pam) Simons of Littleton, Colorado, four grandchildren: Hannah, Cullen and Aidan Cook and Deonte Cook, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Jeanne and her husband Bill Moscoff.

Tom enjoyed music and loved to sing. He was an avid fan of the Packers and the Huskers. He enjoyed fishing and being with the family and friends and his grandkids.

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