September 15, 2014 - 9:33 am - Posted in Obituaries

Harold B. Hatting age 89 of Ashton, IA died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Sibley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, with Father Alan Reicks and Father Timothy Hogan concelebrating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Ashton. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 16th from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. There will be a rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a vigil service at 6:30 p.m. .

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Harold B. Hatting was born on August 16, 1925 in Ashton, Iowa, the son of Henry B. and Margaret (Seitz) Hatting. He grew up in Ashton and attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School there. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1943 and served in World War II until he was honorably discharged on April 21, 1946 with rank of Private First Class. On March 27, 1967, Harold was united in marriage to Ethel Pryde at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA. The couple farmed near Ashton until retiring in 1982. Ethel passed away in March of 1985. Harold was a lifelong member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton. He enjoyed playing cards; coffee with his friends; going to flea markets, auctions and garage sales; and wintering in Texas. Harold moved to the Sibley Nursing and Rehab this past February.

Harold is survived by his special friend, Wilma Hatting of Sibley, IA; two siblings, Donald Hatting of Sibley, IA and Marcella “Sally” Klein of Ashton, IA; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ethel; seven siblings: Bernadine Arning, Martin Hatting, Evelyn Schierholt, Charles Hatting, Lawrence Hatting, Margaret Eben and Henry Hatting in infancy; two step-sisters: Regina Muilengburg and Caroline Keninger.

September 9, 2014 - 3:55 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Rebecca L. Hannon, age 69, of Sibley, Iowa and formerly of Spencer, Iowa who passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, Iowa.

Her service will be Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:00pm at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Spencer, Iowa.Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with the family present at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Spencer, Iowa. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer, Iowa.

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

Rebecca was Tom Traughber’s sister.

Arrangements are under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

Rebecca Lynn Hannon, the daughter of S. Harold Traughber and Fern E. (Banning) Traughber was born March 20, 1945 in Spencer, Iowa. She was raised in the First Christian Church in Spencer, being baptized there in 1957. Becky received her early education in the Spencer Community School system, graduating from Spencer High School in 1963. She then went on to attend Larson’s School of Hairstyling in Spencer. After cosmetology school, Becky worked for a brief period in a hair salon in Emmetsburg, Iowa. In her spare time, Becky enjoyed watching movies on television, working on craft projects and helping her family and friends in any way necessary. In recent years Becky lived at Longhouse Residence in Spencer, and recently moved to Country View Manor in Sibley, where she passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 reaching the age of 69 years, 5 months and 20 days.

Left to cherish her memory are her partner of more than 30 years, Gary Gilchrist of Sheldon, Iowa; two sons, Jim (Amy) Lewis, and Allen Lewis, both of Emmetsburg, Iowa; three grandchildren; Tanner, Marshall and Somer Lewis of Emmetsburg, Iowa; one brother, Tom (Kathy) Traughber of Sheldon, Iowa; seven nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Becky was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Fern Traughber; her sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Jim McMichael; and both sets of grandparents.


September 2, 2014 - 4:05 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Steven Roth age 48 of Ashton, IA, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 surrounded by his family, at his home near Ashton, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, with Father Al Reicks as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Ashton. There will be a luncheon following the committal service at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Fellowship Hall in Sheldon, IA.Visitation will be Friday, September 5th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

There will be a rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.

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Steven Lawrence Roth was born on November 29, 1965 in Sioux City, IA, the son of Cecil W. and Lois R. (Leitheiser) Roth. He grew up in Ashton on the family farm. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Ashton through grade school, St. Patrick’s Catholic in Sheldon through Jr. High and attended and graduated from Spalding Catholic High School in Granville, IA. In July of 2008, Steven met Robin Baughfman and they were married on May 13, 2013. Steven most recently worked with his dad on the farm which he really enjoyed, and loved teaching his step kids how to farm. He also in the past worked as a welder for a time and a truck driver. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a Twisted Drifters MC member. His passion was motorcycle riding, and he was known to put several thousand miles on in summer and even rode in winter. He was named Full Throttle by his MC club because that is how he rode. Steve also enjoyed taking their horses trail riding with the kids. He was an avid bowler and was a member of the Bowling Hall of Fame for a perfect game for which he was very proud of. He also had several 299 games. Steven was known for his love to tease and have fun with those he held dear, and for his huge giving heart in helping anyone that needed anything. He will be greatly missed.

Steven is survived by his wife, Robin Roth of Ashton, IA; seven children: Tyler (Sommer) Klaassen of Humboldt, IA, Alex Updike of Sheldon, IA, Amanda Meendering of Brandon, FL, Cieara Blumeyer of Ashton, IA, Chris Blumeyer of Fort Dodge, IA, Matt Van Lo of Boyden, IA and Kendra Van Lo of Ashton, IA; parents, Cecil W. and Lois R. Roth of Ashton, IA; two sisters: Nancy (Gary) Lien of Brandon, SD and Sheila Roth of Sioux Falls, SD; two nieces: Mackenzie Lien and Kali Lien; one nephew, Garrett Lien; and other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; one aunt; four uncles; one cousin; father-in-law, Bill Baughfman and mother-in-law, Mary Baughfman.

August 25, 2014 - 2:00 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Elsie Stachour age 97 of Sibley, IA died Sunday, August 24, 2014, at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Sibley with Reverend Terry Simm officiating. Burial will follow in the Holman Township Cemetery of Sibley, IA. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 26th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Sibley.

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Elsie Gertrude Dreessen, the 5th child of Herman and Anna Marie (Reinholdt) Dreessen, was born on July 5, 1917, in rural Osceola County, Wilson Township, section 30, 3 ½ miles north of Sibley.

Elsie received her elementary education at Dunton School of Wilson Township, and her secondary education at Sibley High school, graduating with a Normal Training (teacher’s) certificate. She taught full-time in the Osceola County rural schools for 5 years and as a substitute teacher in both Sibley and Osceola County rural schools from 1940 to 1964. She was President of Osceola County Rural Teachers in 1939-40.

Elsie married Donald Stachour on June 02, 1940 in the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley; the first wedding in the new (1939) church building. Except for 14 months spent in Arkansas and Texas while Don was serving in the US Armed forces, she lived in Osceola County all of her life.

Elsie began work with the U.S. Bureau of the Census on March 29, 1964. She worked on 23 different programs over a 21 year period, retiring from Federal Service in February 1985.

Elsie and her husband Don were parents of three children Paul, Dennis and Donna.  They were blessed to have 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Elsie was very active at 1st Presbyterian Church, beginning as a member of the Junior, and later the Senior, choir. She taught Sunday school from 1935 to 1998. She was active in Presbyterian Women where her local involvement included 4 times as President and 2 times as Secretary plus synodical work as literature secretary and nominating committee. She was elected as an elder in 2001 where she served as chairman of both the Nurture & Stewardship and Hospitality committees.

Besides her work with cub-scouts and girl-scouts when her children were growing, Elsie also served her community as a literacy tutor from 1988 through 1998, teaching people 35+ years old to read. For her literacy work, in 1990, Elsie received the “Osceola County Volunteer of the Year” award from Iowa Gov. Branstad.  Elsie also served on local and area hospital planning and study commissions. Always thinking about education, she served (1993-1995) on the planning committee for the first Sibley / Ocheyedan High School reunion. She and husband Don were still doing “Welcome Wagon” and delivering “Meals on Wheels” well into their 80′s.

For much of her adult life Elsie sent letters and cards to dignitaries from all over the world and received many responses that were kept in large albums.  Her letter collection was recently donated to the Iowa Historical Society in Des Moines where it will be cataloged and eventually available for online viewing.

During her lifetime, Elsie embroidered hundreds of dish towels (sets of 7) for “brides to be” as bridal shower gifts.  Each set included a message from the design in the corner of each towel.

Elsie was known for her ability to converse and interact with people of all ages.  Within a 10 minute period, she might have talked about a new sister with a 3-year old boy, about food choice with an 82-year old woman, about college plans with an 18-year old high-school girl, and corn crop status with a 45-year old man.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, all 7 of her siblings: sisters Emma Boom & Marie Roos; brothers John, Ervin, and Melvin Dreessen; twin brother and sister Lloyd and Lorraine who died in infancy; and son in law Ken Kekich.

She is survived and mourned by her loving husband of 74 years Don; son Paul (Frances) of Bloomington, MN; son Dennis (Margaret) Stachour of Apple Valley, MN; daughter Donna Kekich of St. Paul, MN; 7 grandchildren: Valerie Stachour, Ann Vensland (Dave), Elizabeth Santos (Filipe), Frank Stachour (LeeAnne), Steven Kekich, Charles Stachour, and Brian Kekich; 7 great grandchildren: Avery, Ben, Noelle, and Lindsey Czarnecki and Gabriel, Michael, and Abigail Stachour; two sisters in law: Mildred Dreessen and Gertrude Swalve; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

August 20, 2014 - 11:56 am - Posted in Obituaries

Kent Wallin, age 54, of rural Melvin, IA passed away at his home on Wednesday, August 20th.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 24th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Sanborn Funeral Home Chapel in Sanborn, IA with the family present at that time.  Following the visitation family and friends are invited to Baxter’s Bar & Grill in Primghar, IA.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes that memorials in Kent’s memory be given to them for a charity of their choice at a later date.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the services for 54-year old Kent Wallin of rural Melvin.

Kent Leslie Wallin, age 54, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at his home near Melvin, IA. He was born the son of Floyd and Luella (Bay) Wallin on January 5, 1960, at Primghar, IA. He lived his youth in the Germantown area, and attended grade school at St. John’s Lutheran in Germantown. He received his high school education at Paullina Community School, graduating with the class of 1978. Following graduation, Kent farmed with his brother, Craig.

On August 24, 1985, Kent was united in marriage to Chirstine Kay Crouse at Paullina, IA. In 1986, they began farming together on their own. Two daughters were born to this union: Leah Mae and Erin Lynn. Along with farming, Kent also had the Sioux City Journal dealership from 1985 to 1999.

When the farm work would allow, Kent enjoyed riding motorcycle in the summer months, taking several trips to the annual Sturgis, SD Motorcycle Rally. He was a also a member of ABATE. The long winter months were a good time to take off and do some traveling. Kent also enjoyed doing woodworking projects. His true passion, however, remained agriculture.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Chris Wallin of rural Melvin, daughters: Leah Wallin of Milford, IA, and Erin Wallin of Sioux City, IA; his mother, Luella Wallin of Paullina, IA; one sister, Pam List; one brother, Craig Wallin; and his faithful black lab, Bo-Bo.

Preceding him in death was his father, Floyd Wallin.

~ In lieu of flowers, memorials given in Kent’s memory will be directed
to a charity of the family’s choosing ~

August 12, 2014 - 3:50 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Rosa deBoer age 92 of Sibley, IA, died Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Country View Manor in Sibley.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Demco Center in Boyden, IA. Burial will follow at the Sherman Township Cemetery near Maurice, IA.

Visitation will be Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family present.

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 Rosa deBoer was born August 25, 1921 near Maurice, Iowa the daughter of Peter and Rena (deJager) Faber. She received her education in South Dakota. On December 12, 1950 she was united in marriage to Gerrit deBoer at LeMars, Iowa. The couple lived at Sibley, IA, Kingsley, IA and Pierson, IA. They lived in Pierson from 1957 to 2009. On August 17, 2010 Rosa’s husband Gerrit died after nearly 60 years of marriage. Rosa enjoyed scrabble, Fellowship meetings and sewing.
Rosa is survived by her children, Ruth deBoer Krisher of Ogdensburg, WI; son, Brant (Joyce) deBoer of Waterville, KS; son, Peter (Ruthie) deBoer of Stillwater, OK; daughter, Jenae (Glenn) deBoer Krisher of Gilbert, AZ; daughter, Janna (Kerry) deBoer Williams of Brewster, MN; and son Sydney deBoer of Bloomington, MN; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Wendell (Vivian) Faber of NE, Bernice Faber of Oklahoma; Maynard (Janie) Faber of Oklahoma; Philene (Gene) Swearengin of Arizona, Goldie (Jim) Vlieger of Iowa, Laurence (Wanda) Faber of Washington, Lydia (Jerry) Beemer of Arizona, and Ronald (Luella) of Missouri; sister-in-law, Donna Faber of Kansas; and other extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Rena Faber; her husband Gerrit; sisters, Freda and June Faber and Lois Williams; Berniece; brothers, Roland and Phillip; father and mother-in-law, Brant and Jetske deBoer.



August 12, 2014 - 9:28 am - Posted in Obituaries

Lyle D. Willemssen, age 70 of Loveland, CO, formerly of Ashton, IA died Monday, May 26 at his home in Loveland, CO, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 16th at Jurrens Funeral Home of Ashton, IA, with Rev. Dale Lint officiating. Inurnment will follow at Gilman Township Cemetery in Ashton.

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Lyle Dean Willemssen was born on May 18, 1944 in Sibley, Iowa to Alfred Willemssen and Rose (Wiertzema) Willemssen. Lyle grew up in Ashton, Iowa and graduated from Sheldon High School. Lyle worked in sales for most of his life and enjoyed his grandchildren, country music and travelling.

Lyle is survived by his wife Roxie (Remmers) of Loveland, Colorado, son Kyle Willemssen (Meleisa) of Loveland, Colorado, daughter Jennifer Willemssen, brother Curtis Willemssen (Mary) of Sierra Vista, Arizona, sisters Shirley Dather (Doug) of Worthington, Minnesota, Bettie Vega (Peter) of Britt, Iowa, and Jeannie Sauerbry of Tucson, Arizona; Grandchildren Krystina of Fort Collins, Colorado, Alisha of Camp LeJeune, North Carolina and Nicholas of Loveland, Colorado.

Lyle was preceded in passing by his parents Alfred and Rose Willemssen and sister Val Roelefson.

Memorial donations can be made to The American Cancer Society.

July 25, 2014 - 1:23 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Terry Thies, aged 71, of Laguna Niguel, CA, formerly of Ashton, IA passed away at his home in Laguna Niguel, CA on Monday, December 9, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer.

A Memorial Mass will be 11:00 AM, Monday, August 4, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA, with Father Al Reicks as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Ashton.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Village Unlimited NW, or Ashton Public Library

The Jurrens Funeral Home in George is in charge of arrangements for Terry Thies

Terry Lynn Thies was born on May 14, 1942 in Ashton, IA, the son of G.W. “Gus” and Anne (Jackley) Thies. He grew up in Ashton and attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic School. He then went on to college at Creighton University of Omaha, and later transferring to the University of Iowa in speech pathology. Terry received his Master’s Degree from California State University in Los Angeles, CA, and received the Alumnus of the Year award. He later received his Doctorate from USC. On August 6, 1964, Terry was united in marriage to Harriet Fleischer in Iowa City, IA. Following their marriage they both took jobs as itinerant speech therapists in the schools of Dubuque County, Iowa. Son Scott was born on January 1 of 1966 and at a few months of age was confirmed to have a profound bilateral hearing loss. This led to a comprehensive search for excellent education programs for deaf children and a move in 1969 to the San Gabriel Valley of southern California so Scott could attend the Alhambra public school program for deaf children.

Both Terry and Harriet continued work as itinerant speech-language pathologists in Los Angeles County. Terry had several accomplishments and as a member was awarded fellowships in the CSHA (California Speech Language & Hearing Association) and the ASHA (American Speech Language & Hearing Association). He retired as the Director of Special Education for L.A. County Schools.

Following their retirement Terry and Harriet spent ten years restoring Terry’s old family home in Ashton, IA and re-established friendships with many family members and friends in northwest Iowa.

Terry enjoyed traveling with his wife and they managed to visit all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, Europe, South America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Africa. Terry was a former member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, IA and was a member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Laguna Niguel, CA. Other hobbies and interests included photography, studying family history and gardening with his wife, Harriet.

He will be greatly missed by his surviving family including his son, Scott and wife Kimberly; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Harriet Thies on June 27, 2013; one sister, June Nearman; and two brothers, Junior Charles Thies and Orvalee Thies.

July 24, 2014 - 4:16 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Katherine Prins age 83 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014 at First Reformed Church in Sibley with Pastor Luke Schouten officiating. Burial will follow at the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, July 25th from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the First Reformed Church in Sibley.

An online registry and full obituary will be available

Katherine Schram was born August 30, 1930 near Melvin, Iowa. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Daisy (Heil) Schram. She attended country school near Sibley.
     On April 10, 1951 Katherine was married to Henry S. Prins. Through the years Katherine and Henry farmed and raised livestock near Sibley and Reading, MN. In 1988 Katherine and Henry moved to a home in Sibley. Henry died on September 9, 2013.
     Katherine was an active member of the First Reformed Church in Sibley, serving as Sunday School and Catechism Teacher. She was known for her embroidery, knitting, crochet, and quilting; including making many baby quilts that she gave away. She had large vegetable gardens, a large strawberry patch, and hundreds of flowers and plants. She raised chickens and gathered many eggs. She baked many cookies, pies and other goodies. She enjoyed traveling, which included picnics and short drives through the State and National Parks. She also enjoyed get-togethers with family and friends and spending time outdoors.   She was proud of her children and grandchildren and loved her family very much.
     In April of 2009 Katherine entered Country View Manor due to failing health. She remained there until this past Wednesday, July 23, 2014, where she died at the age of 83.
     She is survived by her four children, Audrey (Larry) Harris of West Des Moines, IA, Jean (Bill) Kleve of Worthington, MN, LaVonne Prins of Sibley, IA and Gordon (Nancy) Prins of Rock Falls, IA; eight grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers, Don (Jen) Schram, Ray (Ellen) Schram and Harold (Lynn) Schram, all of Sibley, IA; one sister, Ann (Albert) Brouwer of Slayton, MN; a sister-in-law, Hanna Wiersma of Sibley, IA; a brother-in-law, John (Judy) Haren of Blaine, MN; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Daisy Schram; and husband, Henry S. Prins.
July 22, 2014 - 10:15 am - Posted in Obituaries
Vakulskas-Mary-photoMary Vakulskas, 91, of Sioux City, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Church of the Nativity, with her son, the Rev. John A. Vakulskas Jr., officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Visitation will be 3:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, with a Catholic Daughters of Americas rosary at 4 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7:00 p.m., at Larkin Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Home.

Mary Vakulskas was born Dec. 1, 1922, in Sioux City, the daughter of Andrew A. and Helen (Krokowski) Smith of Sioux City. She attended St. Francis of Assisi Grade School and East High School in Sioux City.
On June 7, 1942, she married John Vakulskas at St. Francis of Assisi, having first met him at a St. Francis Halloween dance. After their marriage, they moved to Portsmouth, Va., where John worked in ship building at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Having served in the peacetime U.S. Navy, John was called back into the U.S. Army to serve during World War II. Mary moved back to Sioux City with their son John Jr. When John returned from Okinawa they made the decision to remain in Sioux City to raise their family. Mary prided herself on her role as a wife and mother and cherished the title “homemaker” when their four children were growing up.

She was a former longtime member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She was an active parishioner at St. Francis, having served as the president of the Mother’s Club for many years. For 38 years, she was the parish organist and choir director and relished playing for Mass liturgies, weddings and funerals. She looked forward to choir practices with the group so they could be always ready for the liturgies praising God.

She studied piano as a young girl, but her organ skills came under the tutelage of Sr. Arnold Staudt, OSF, professor of organ, Briar Cliff University. Grateful for her instruction, Mary established an annual scholarship at Briar Cliff University for advanced organ study for deserving students. Her humble spirit shows in the scholarship’s name as it is listed in Sr. Arnold’s name, not hers.

After her children were grown, Mary became a “Girl Friday,” enjoying work in the accounting department at Iowa Public Service Company (now MidAmerican Energy). During election cycles, she volunteered helping various candidates in their bid for public office, and on Election Day worked at her voting precinct. She and John found meaning and strength donating their time, talents and oftentimes their garden’s bounty to The Soup Kitchen in Sioux City. They also participated in 24 tours to 63 countries around the world with their son Father John, until their health would not allow it anymore.

Volunteerism was keen in Mary’s heart — prayer too. Her prayers came from books and the rosary but also while she put in long hours in the family’s backyard garden where flowers, fruits and vegetables flourished. She sewed many outfits for her daughters, Jan and Maria, and mended countless stuffed animals and toys for her grandchildren. Her 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren were the light of her life.

She was a member of Church of the Nativity. She was honored to be a 50-plus-year member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Ave Maria Court No. 269.

The daughter of Polish immigrants, Mary instilled in her family the traditions, history, cooking and language of her heritage. A special day in her life was attending an address by the former president of Poland, Lech Walesa, when he addressed a gathering in Sioux City. A front-page newspaper photo of the two individuals meeting is a treasure for her family.

Survivors include her four children, the Rev. John Vakulskas Jr. of Okoboji, Iowa, Jan Masteller of Sioux City, Thomas (Barbara Dagle) Vakulskas of Sioux City and Maria (Ron) Vakulskas Rosmann of Harlan, Iowa; 11 grandchildren, Lori (Brad) Yates of Richmond, Ind., Jim (Tanya Langdon) Masteller of Omaha, Neb., Peter (Abra) Masteller of Miami, Fla., Jane (Alexander) Belov of Chicago, Ill., Michael (Jessie) Masteller of West Des Moines, Iowa, Brian Vakulskas of Sioux City, Molly (Eric) Vakulskas Joly of Sioux City, Dan (Nikki) Vakulskas of Sioux City, David Rosmann (fiancée Becky Tompkins) of Chatfield, Minn., Daniel (Ellen Walsh) Rosmann of Harlan, Mark Rosmann of Washington, D.C.; 13 great-grandchildren, Bryson, Ryan and Nicole Yates, Gabrielle, Justice and Quintessa Masteller, Jace and Ava Masteller, Alainna, William and Jack Joly, Samuel Levi Vakulskas, and Xavier Rosmann; sisters, Ann Pavlovich of Sioux City and Theresa Jackson of Arlington, Texas; and a two special cousins, Em Shuck and Eleanor Nashleanas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John on May 5, 1999; son-in-law, Phil Masteller; her parents; and two brothers who died as young boys, Andrew and Teddeus.