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June 22, 2018

Obituaries (5-10-18)

David Gradert, 69 

David P. Gradert, 69, of Emerson passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. Funeral services were Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Emerson with the Rev. Gary Harris officiating. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 4 at St. Luke Lutheran Church. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Arrangements were under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.

David was born Oct. 9, 1948, to Delbert and Maxine (Bokemper) Gradert in Wakefield. He graduated from Emerson-Hubbard High School in 1966 and received an Auto Mechanics Technology degree from Nebraska Vocational Technical School in 1969. David married Janice Lynn Reimer on June 26, 1977, at First United Methodist Church in O’Neill. He was the owner of Emerson Auto Repair before working for the Village of Emerson and BPI. He recently retired from Thurston Manufacturing in Thurston. David was a member of St. Luke Church and Magnolia Lodge No. 220. He was a very creative person who loved cooking, woodworking, and gardening. He also enjoyed car racing, motorcycle riding, and spending time spoiling family and pets.

David is survived by his wife, Janice Gradert of Emerson; son, Anthony Gradert of Lawrence, Kansas; daughters, Davi Lynne Gradert of Emerson, Alysa (Will) Karr of Emerson; mother, Maxine Peters of Emerson; sisters, Judy (Harlan) Gathje of Pender, Betty (Rainold) Svitak of Fremont, Cathy (Richard) Hulsebus of Sioux City; brothers, Leonard (Bev) Gradert of Emerson, and Dean (Joann) Peters of Omaha; brothers-in-law, Warren (Karen) Reimer of Norfolk, Jerome Reimer of Lincoln, and Duane Reimer of Norfolk; and sister-in-law, Rita Reimer of Norfolk. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father, Delbert Gradert; stepfather, LeRoy Peters; abrother, Jerry Gradert; and father and mother-in-law, Henry and Marjorie Reimer.

Frances Newill, 86

Frances “Sue” Newill, 86 of South Sioux City passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at a Sioux City Hospital.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, South Sioux City with the Rev. Jose Miranda officiating. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. in the City Cemetery in Lyons.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at Becker – Hunt Funeral Home.

Sue was born March 10, 1932, in Thurston, the daughter of Frank L. and Emma (Zvacek) Kubik. She graduated from Rosalie Nebraska High School in 1950. She married Darold Newill in January 17, 1952, in South Sioux City. She was employed as a secretary with the South Sioux City School System for forty years.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in South Sioux City. She enjoyed playing cards with her teacher friends and spending time with nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her son Larry of South Sioux City, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Darold on Feb. 18, 1997, three infant sons, nine brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers will be: Mark Kubik, Scott Kubik, Travis Mattes, Andy Mattes, Doug Mattes and Sid Porter.

Warren Steele, 66

Warren F. Steele, 66, of Thurston died on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender. Funeral services for Warren were held on Monday, May 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Emerson with the Rev. Gary Harris officiating. The visitation was held on Sunday, May 6 from 5-7 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Munderloh - Smith Funeral Home of Emerson was in charge of the arrangements.

Warren was born in Wakefield on Nov. 21, 1951, to Forrest and Bernadine (Bernie) Steele of Emerson. The family lived at Wayne where he attended Frog Pond School, then moved to Emerson where he attended Emerson-Hubbard School until he graduated in 1970. He married Jackie Denker on July 28, 1972, at St. Paul Church in Emerson. He continued to work on the family farm until he bought the Corner Bar in 1981 to 1994. He continued his love for bartending at the Argosy's Belle of Sioux City Casino and worked at Emerson Manufacturing after selling the bar in 1994. He also became the owner of Steele’s Trucking & Son and worked for Tom Guntren Trucking. After semi-retiring he became employed at the Iron Horse Casino so he could be a part of the bar scene to visit, meet new people and tell jokes.

Warren is survived by his wife Jackie of Thurston; son Doug Steele (Patti Strawn) of McCook Lake, South Dakota and children Willis, Jackson and Bella Strawn; daughter Amy (Stephen) Munderloh of Wakefield, and children Anthony and Lauren; son Dustin (Jessique) and their children Drake, Jack and Leni. He is also survived by two sisters, Nancy (Don) Starzl of Yankton, South Dakota and Jane (Fred) Kellogg of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Warren was preceded in death by parents Forrest and Bernie Steele. Father and mother-in-law Ted and Twila Denker, brother-in-laws Ronnie, Bill, Don Denker and sister-in-laws Bev, Lois, Twila, and Janet; niece Teresa and nephews Merlin and Creed.

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