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December 16, 2018

Obituaries (3-15-18)

George Berner, Jr., 57

George Edward Berner, Jr., 57, of Emerson died Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson with Pastor Gary Harris officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Winside. Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.


Donald Miller, 81

Donald N. “Neill” Miller, 81, of Jackson passed away on Friday, March 9.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City with the Rev. Douglas Dill officiating. Visitation with the family present began at 12:30 p.m. Burial with military rites by the U.S. Navy was in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City.

Neill was born on July 14, 1936, in South Sioux City, the son of William Henry and Mardine (Autzen) Miller. He graduated from South Sioux City High School in 1954. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959 and was awarded the Honorman. Neill married Nyla Jean Loseke at First Lutheran Church in South Sioux City in 1962. He worked as an electrician and was a member of the IBEW Union Local 231. They moved to Jackson in 1987.

He enjoyed family, winters in Florida, being outdoors upriver at home, and driving around property on the “Putt”.

Neill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mardine Miller; his wife, Nyla Jean Miller; two brothers, Lester E. Miller and W.H. Miller, Jr.; sister, Gladys Chinn; son-in-law, Kenny Arnold; and brother-in-law, Claude Pinkley.

Survivors include his children, Tony (Dixie) Miller, Teresa Arnold, Linn Miller, and Terri (Steve) Bauder; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margie.


Eva Joy Johns, 88

Eva Joy Johns, 88, of Sioux City, formerly of Hinton, died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at a Sioux City hospital.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sioux City with the Rev. Kenny Hsu officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. with the family present 6-8 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Online condolences may be expressed at

Eva Joy Alfreda (Thorne) Johns, the daughter of Alfred and Elizabeth (Eriksen) Thorne, was born August 26, 1929 in Homer. She grew up on the family farm near Homer and attended District 43 Country School starting in 1938. Eva Joy graduated from South Sioux City High School in May of 1947.

On May 4, 1947, Eva Joy was united in marriage to Delbert Johns in Marysville, Kansas, and this union was blessed with three children. After marriage, they made their home in Hinton, Correctionville, on the family farm near Homer and then returned to the Hinton area. She worked as a bookkeeper and in sales at Knapp and Spencer, Scoular Grain and Jarco Builders. Eva Joy and Delbert made their home on a farm near Hinton then moved into Hinton for eight years and in recent years lived at Whispering Creek Senior Living.

Eva Joy enjoyed quilting and gardening. In her younger years, she was active in 4-H and won the Grand Champion Calf at the Nebraska State Fair. Eva Joy was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and D.A.R.

Eva Joy is survived by her husband, Delbert Johns; one son, Dennis (Mary) Johns of Green Valley, Arizona; two daughters, Sharon (Daryl) Heimgartner of Sioux City and Linda (Robert) Greene of Hinton; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother in infancy, Douglas Thorne and one sister, Darlene (Robert) Padel.

Pallbearers will be Eva Joy’s grandchildren: Todd Johns, Tracy Cross, Heather Johns, Jacque Holloway, Randall Heimgartner, Travis Heimgartner, David Heimgartner, Jason Greene, Chad Greene and Shannon Greene.


Harold Gill, 86

Harold James Gill, 86, of South Sioux City, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Sioux City surrounded by his family.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Jackson with burial to follow at St. Johns Cemetery in Jackson. A celebration of life service was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Jackson on Friday March 9 from 5-8 p.m. with family present with a wake service at 7 p.m. all at the church.

Harold was born March 19, 1931 in Jackson at his family home to James Harold Gill and Mary Loretta (Merchant) Gill. He attended grade school through high school in Jackson.

Harold was blessed to meet his loving wife Evelyn Lucille (Chase) and they were wed April 14, 1952, in Sioux City, Iowa. They were married for 58 years; Evelyn passed away Nov. 15, 2010.

Harold served in the Navy during the Korean War. Following his stint in the Navy, Harold returned and he and Evelyn made their home in South Sioux City.

Harold was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion and his 11 children were entertained as he shadow-boxed about the house, some even tried their hand at boxing.

Harold was employed in the meatpacking business for most of his life. Harold enjoyed bowling, fishing, and golf. He promised, with a smile, to save a tee time for his son-in-law. He was always upbeat and never once heard to complain. Every day he would recite, “Every day is beautiful.”

Survivors include his sons, James (Carol) Gill, Jerry (Kerry) Gill, Larry (Jeanne) Gill, daughters, Monica (Doug) Bush, Cheryl (Jim) Burkett, Cathy Profera, Vicki (Rocky) DeWitt, Paula (Barry) Bliven, Karla (Greg) Polley.

He is survived by 30 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Harold was proceeded in death by two daughters, Cindy Bryne (Gill) and Veronica Gill, three grandchildren, three sisters and one brother.


Joanne Albrecht, 87

Joanne M. Albrecht, 87, of Sioux City, formerly of Hubbard, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at her residence.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 15 at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City with the Rev. David Hawkins officiating. Visitation with the family present will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Emerson.

Joanne was born July 17, 1930, in Emerson, the daughter of Thomas and Dora (Hinrich) Murray. She was raised in the Emerson area and graduated from Emerson High School in 1947. She married Lester Albrecht on February 6, 1948. The couple farmed in the Emerson area until 1959, then moved to a farm near Homer. They were blessed with two sons, Dennis and Larry and one daughter, Jeanne.

Joanne’s life surrounded gardening, flowers and the farm.

Survivors include her children, Larry Albrecht (Suzette Curry), and Jeanne (Gary) Johnson; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry; two sisters, Patricia (Arvin) Jacobsma and Emilie Lofland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester; a son, Dennis; her parents, Thomas and Dora Murray; two brothers, John and James; two sisters, Kathryn Hooper and Barbara Lofland; and a grandson, Nathan Albrecht.


Mary Ann Hartnett, 84

Mary Ann Cahill Hartnett, 84, passed from this earth to the arms of the Lord on March 6, 2018. Her illness was severe but quick.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, William Hartnett. She also raised and buried three sons with hydrocephalus, Gerrieboy (5/59-3/71), Jim (10/60-11/77), and Billy (7/11-7/24). She was surrounded by family at her death and leaves behind her daughter Margie Hartnett, son Dean Hartnett, and also her brother John Cahill and his wife Penny and family, sister, Helen Cain and her family, sister, Josephee and husband Bud and their family. Lastly, Mary Cahill and her family and extensive cousins, nieces, and nephews. On the Hartnett’s side are many, not the least being Jim and Emily Hartnett and their family who have remained close and loving friends throughout her life.

She had a deep sense of faith and took her love for God and the Catholic Church very seriously. Her service work is known long and wide, but she was quiet about it and felt it was her duty. She had an engaging personality and generous heart. A visitation for Mary Ann Hartnett was held on March 8 from 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. at Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas. Her funeral service was held March 9 at 10 a.m. at Saint Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Dallas. Mary Ann Hartnett was laid to rest on March 10 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.

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