June 9, 1917 - July 16, 2006
Dorothy Pearl Stoulil Deacon, age 89, of Yankton passed away Sunday, July 16, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, S.D., with Msgr. James E. Mortimer officiating.
Dorothy was the sixth and final child born to Edward and Amolia (Rubel) Stoulil on June 9, 1917 in Pocahontas County. Dorothy graduated from Pocahontas High School and attended business college. Dorothy married John Deacon in 1940. They spent many years farming, as well as raising and educating their 12 children.
Dorothy spent her many years as a devout Catholic-a daily prayer life, devoted wife to John for 66 years, and a caring mother to their four sons and eight daughters, as well as to the spouses and children of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Dorothy enjoyed their farming career in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota, working alongside John on the farm, and later as the bookkeeper for their agricultural related careers. Dorothy held other jobs along the way as well, but one of her favorites was her 15 - 20 year career of taking care of newborn babies in the nursery at Buena Vista Hospital.
Dorothy was a lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters of America and Altar Society, making many rosaries over her lifetime. She loved to crochet afghans for the children and every new grandchild, great grandchild, and great-great grandchild received a baby afghan for baptism-as soon as she was told of the expected babies, she would begin picking out the yarns and crochet hooks.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, John of Yankton, S.D.; her sons: Theodore "Ted"(JoAnn) of Dyersville, Clarke (Jeane) of Marion, Ill., Rodney "Rod" (Kay) of Yankton, S.D., and Jonathon "Johnny" (Connie) of Louisville, Neb.; her daughters: Linda (Daryl) Stephenson of Yankton, S.D., Mary (Ray) Robbins of Omaha, Neb., Dorothy "Dixie" (Dave) Schulte of Denver, Colo., Elaine Tucker of Denver, Colo., Patricia Deacon of Columbus, Ohio, Barbara (Marty) Rohde of Yankton, S.D., Sonia "Sam" (Vitalis "Mike") Gaidelis of Wakonda, S.D., and Gina (David) Hilbrich of Denver, Colo as well as 36 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, three sister, many nieces and nephews, and three great grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to: The John and Dorothy Deacon Memorial Fund, c/o St. Columbkille Catholic Church, PO Box 278, Varina, IA 50593.
Martha G. Williams
June 22, 1912 - July 14, 2006
Martha G. Williams, age 94, died Friday, July 14 at the Methodist Manor. Graveside services were held at Saturday, July 22, at Lakeview Cemetery.
Martha Grace Eral was born June 22, 1912 at Montgomery to Joseph James and Mary Elizabeth (Houska) Eral. She attended grade school through the 8th grade in Montgomery, before graduating from Spirit Lake High School in 1929.
In 1937, Martha was united in marriage to Charles Williams. This marriage was blessed with three children: Dennis, Carol and Galen. They lived around Spirit Lake, until 1945 when they moved to Storm Lake.
Over the years, Martha did ironings in her home until she retired in 1978. She moved to McCord Manor upon her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, two sisters, one son Dennis Williams, two grandsons, Larry Warehime and Steven R. Williams and son-in-law Ross Warehime.
Left to mourn her passing are her daughter Carol Warehime of Gowrie; son Galen Williams and wife Candy of Council Bluffs; six grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
Edna Theresa Nelson
November 18, 1917 - July 18, 2006
Edna Theresa Nelson, 88, of Holstein, formerly of the Alta and Storm Lake areas passed away on Tuesday, July 18, at the Holstein Good Samaritan Center. Services were held Saturday, July 22, at St Paul Lutheran Church, Holstein, with Pastor Curtis Benson officiating.
Edna was born November 18, 1917 to Carl and Paula (Bumann) Kay of Holstein. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran. She attended country school Griggs #1 through the 8th grade. She then helped her folks on the farm and later helped other families with day work.
Edna married Raymond W. Nelson on June 13, 1939 at Nevada. The couple lived in Bondurant where they worked for a dairy. From there they worked at an ammunition depot in Hastings, Neb. In the years following they farmed in the Alta, Storm Lake area. They retired and moved into Alta in 1981. In June of 1989 Edna and Ray celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at St. John Lutheran.
On August 1, 1997 with both having health problems, they moved into Buena Vista Manor. Ray passed away April 27, 1999. On January 10, 2004 Edna moved to Holstein to the Good Samaritan Center.
Survivors include brothers and their wives, Alvin and Donna Kay of Sioux City, Herb and Joyce Kay of Holstein; sisters, Irene Ford of Holstein, Evelyn and Willard Carlson of Cherokee; sisters-in-law, Lorriane Kay of Holstein, Dorothy Nelson of Barnum, Ginger Nelson Currie of Tucson, Ariz. and Helen Nelson of Correctionville, and many nieces and nephews.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband; and her parents; a brother, Walter Kay; a sister, Minnie Williams; brothers-in-law, Paul Ford, Jess Williams, Harold and Leo Nelson, Marvin (Roseann) Nelson and Carl Nelson; sisters-in-law, Hazel (Louie) Kleespie and Marjorie (Jim) Bogue; and also nieces and nephews.