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December 16, 2017

Obituaries (11-23-17)

Paulette Cooley, 72

Funeral services for Paulette Cooley, 72, of Scribner, were held on Monday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Scribner, with Pastor Bruce Schut officiating.  Interment will be at a later date.

Paulette died on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at her home in Scribner.

Paulette Mae Cooley was born on October 14, 1945 in West Point to Paul E. and Arlene (Bleckwehl) Manning. She was baptized on April 14, 1946 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender and later confirmed on April 26, 1959 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bancroft.  

Paulette graduated from Bancroft High School in 1962 and Bahner’s Beauty College in Fremont.

On April 10, 1970, she was united in marriage to Dennis Cooley at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender.  

Paulette worked in food service most of her life. She operated The Hotel in Scribner, worked at Adie’s Bar and Restaurant in Snyder, Lee’s Grocery in Scribner and also at Scribner-Snyder High School.

 She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Scribner. Paulette enjoyed bowling, playing bingo and traveling.  She especially loved watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in their sporting events.  She was a hard worker and her family meant the world to her.

Survivors include husband, Dennis Cooley of Scribner; children Donna Jakob of West Point, Machelle Jakob and Dave Smidt of West Point, Vance and Holly Cooley of Kennard, Gwen (Cooley) Howard of Scribner, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; mother Arlene Manning of West Point; brother, Paul S. and Suzi Manning of Albuquerque, N.M. and nieces and nephews.

Paulette was preceded in death by her father.


Dianne Fredricksen, 65

Dianne D. Fredricksen, 65, of Dakota City passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Abiding with Dianne’s wishes, the body has been cremated. Visitation with the family will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at Becker – Hunt Funeral Home.

Dianne was born June 7, 1952, in Sioux City, the daughter of Rene F. and Marjorie M. (Hattig) Hickey. She graduated from South Sioux City High School in 1970. She married Rodney L. Fredricksen March 17, 1974. She was formerly employed Tyson in Dakota City.

Survivors include two sons: Travis and his wife Shannon Fredricksen of Springdale, Arkansas, Ty and his finance Jill Rooney of Dakota City, a step-daughter Kelly and her husband Dave Weatherill of Grand Island, a brother Richard (Gretchen) Hickey of Tappahannock, Virginia, a sister Linda Livingston of South Sioux City.

She enjoyed her family, cooking and meeting with her bowling gals.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Francis (Skip) Hickey, and her husband Rodney April 5, 2016.

Lyle Davis, 79

Lyle E. Davis, 79, of Sioux City passed away on Nov. 11, 2017, at a Sioux City hospital.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Sioux City. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery in South Sioux City. Visitation began at 5 p.m. with the family present at 6 p.m. and the rosary recited at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City.

Lyle was born on May 2, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Frank and Alice (Ridley) Davis. He grew up in Mapleton, Iowa, and also lived in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, and South Sioux City. Lyle married Darlene Goreham on March 23, 1973, in Dakota City. He was a jet mechanic, serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years and the Air National Guard for 26 years. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, before retiring as a Master Sergeant.

Lyle enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, bowling, watching hockey games and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Davis; two daughters, Julie Smith and special friend Mark Vandromme, and Connie Brown; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, ElDonna Feldhacker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alice Davis; two sisters, Shirley and Ardith; and two brothers, Larry and Les.

Rev. Mary Kitson, 86

The Rev. Mary Ellen Kitson, nee Trisler, 86, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, died Nov.13, 2017, in Red Bud, Illinois. She was born Aug. 25, 1931, in South Sioux City.

Funeral services were at noon on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, Illinois, officiated by the Revs. Hal Santos and Tim Hartley. Visitation was prior at 10 a.m.

She is survived by her husband the Rev. Allen J.”Al” Kitson; children David Kitson, Sondra (Tim) Wittmann, Deen (Tim) Hartley, Krismis "Kris" (John) Lamman, and Tamatha "Tami" (Bret) Ries; grandchildren Heather (Dan), Jeff, Melissa (Don), T.J. (Beth), Mandi (Quinn), Krista, Brandon, Micah (Kayla), Alexandra, Rebecca, and Victoria; great-grandchildren Maranda, Alicia, Klaudia, Emma, Kaylee, Josiah, Madelyn, Isaac, Erin, Analynn, Alexis, and Addison; nieces; and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Marshal and Florence (nee Westfall) Trisler; brothers Fred, Roy, Perry, and Dean; and sister Ethel.

She was ordained through Independent Assemblies of God, secretary of Fairview Heights Christ United Methodist Church, secretary of Fairview Heights clergy ministry, very active in Boy Scouts, ministered to local nursing homes and retirement centers, retired grade school and high school teacher in Illinois; reporter for South Sioux City Star; Children’s Director of American Sunday School union; and Missionettes leader.

When you saw Al you always saw Mary.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association.







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