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Dora Cohen

Jan 19, 1967 - Nov 26, 2023

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Sioux City, IA

Dora Alicia Cohen, 56, of Sioux City passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2023. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to www. meyerbroschapels. com. Dora was born in 1967 in El Salvador, Concepcion de Ataco, Ahuachapan. She was born and raised in E...Read More

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Dorothy Blanche Edwards

Apr 19, 1918 - Feb 11, 2024

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Sioux City, IA

Dorothy Blanche Edwards, 105, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at her home in Sioux City surrounded by her friends and family. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes Morningside Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes Morningside Chapel. The family encourages attendants to dress casually. Dorothy was born on April 19, 1918, to Charles and Esther (Ayres) Atwood in Sioux City, Iowa, at 6th and Water Street. She was the oldest of seven children. On September 25, 1937, in Sioux City, Iowa, she married Jess Wayne Edwards. Dorothy enjoyed working puzzles of all kinds, reading, going to the casino, helping her son Tom sell souvenirs at the local racetracks, and loved being surrounded by her family and friends. She was called mom or grandma by many friends, especially by her friends from the dirt tracks. In April of 1980, Dorothy retired from full-time work at the Hollar Stamp Co. She was a member of the American Legion Post 64 and the Sioux City Eagles for over 30 years. Dorothy would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Michael Jung for his care. She is survived by her son, Darrell Edwards of Diamondhead, Mississippi; her sister, Ruth Grossenbacher of Kissimee, Florida, who Dorothy raised after her parents’ passing; her daughter-in-law, Virginia Edwards of Sioux City, Iowa; and over 70 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess; parents; brothers Jack, Bill, Bob, and Elmer; her sister, Helen; her sons, Charles, Neil, and Tom; and her daughters-in-law Patricia and Betty.

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Benita Rae Leff

Jan 10, 1937 - Feb 11, 2024

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Sioux City, IA

Benita Rae Leff, 87, passed away on February 11, 2024, at a local hospital. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes Morningside Chapel with a prayer service at 7 pm. Funeral service will be held at 10 am on Monday, February 19, 2024, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes Morningside Chapel with Reverand Josh Loomis officiating. Benita was born on January 10, 1937, to Benjamin and Lois (Leittner) Bastian. She graduated from Central High School in 1956. On May 26, 1957, Benita was united in marriage to Roger Allen Leff at Trimble United Methodist Church in Sioux City. From this union, they were blessed with two sons, Kraig and Kevin, and a daughter, Karla. Benita was a lifelong resident of Sioux City. She served as a secretary for the Sioux City Public Schools. She was an active member of her community, involved in organizations such as the Siouxland Center for Active Generations, the retired educators of Siouxland, and the Church of All Nations. In her spare time, she loved to dance, play cards and dominoes, and do water aerobics. She is survived by her sons, Kraig (Beth) Leff of Sioux City, Iowa, and Kevin (Tammie) Leff of Sioux City, Iowa; her daughter, Karla (Brad) Jalas of Granville, Iowa; sister, Fran Torgerson; her 14 grandchildren; her 14 great-grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roger; and her sister, Lola Taft. The family requests that a donation to charity be given her in name as a memorial.

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Eric M. Tapia

Mar 01, 2000 - Feb 11, 2024

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Sioux City, IA

Eric M. Tapia, 23, died Sunday, February 11, 2024, at a local hospital in Sioux City, IA.A visitation will be 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside Chapel, 1801 Morningside Ave. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, February 16, 2024, at St. Michael Catholic Church in South Sioux City, NE, with burial to follow in Dakota City Cemetery in Dakota City, NE.Eric Michael Tapia was born March 1, 2000, in Sioux City, IA. He graduated from South Sioux City High School in 2018. Eric then began working as a Lab Technician at Pech Optical.Eric was a caring, hardworking, funny person. He liked to spend his free time playing video games on his Playstation. He was a very dedicated fan of the NBA team the Boston Celtics, NFL team the Dallas Cowboys, and soccer team Newcastle United. Eric enjoyed going on family vacations. He loved spending time with his father, Jesus, working on projects around the house and watching sports together. Eric cared deeply about his family and friends. Eric is survived by his father, Jesus (Cheryl-deceased) Martinez of South Sioux City; mother, Jacqueline Anderson of Sioux City; girlfriend, Kendra Dumdei of South Sioux City; siblings, Promise Donahoo of Des Moines, IA, Marcos Tapia of Des Moines, Olivia Garcia of Sioux City, Evelyn Maya of South Sioux City, Ethan Francisco of South Sioux City, Yesenia Tapia of West Des Moines, Anjel Tapia of West Des Moines, Miah Tapia of West Des Moines, Sofia Tapia of West Des Moines; and many other relatives and friends.

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Eleanor Louise Tasker

Jul 27, 1927 - Feb 12, 2024

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Sioux City, IA

Eleanor Louise Tasker, 96, passed away on February 12, 2024, at a local assisted living facility. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes Morningside Chapel, with a prayer service at 7 pm. Funeral service will be held at 10 am on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Faith United Presbyterian Church with Pastor David Koehler officiating. Funeral service will be livestreamed for anyone unable to be present. Eleanor was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 27, 1927, to Roy and Mary (Soderstrom) Everett. She attended Central High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Morningside College. Her love of music touched many young hearts at all the places she taught, such as Galva High School; the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades 1 semester in Jackson, Nebraska; and the 8–9-year-olds in Mason City, Iowa. She also sang and played the organ for the church while in Mason City. She was a Drake Certified Suzuki piano teacher. She also taught Latin for 3-4 years at the Kukinski Academy. Eleanor continued to teach until, on June 1, 1951, she was united in marriage to Allen Edwin Tasker in Sioux City. The couple moved around due to Allen’s work, living in Sioux City, Mason City, and Storm Lake. Allen passed away on April 25, 2015; the couple had been married for 64 years. Music and faith continued to be central to Eleanor throughout her life. She was raised at Whitfield Methodist Church, where she was a member for 76 years, and served at Faith United Presbyterian Church for 70 years. Eleanor started playing the organ at church when she was 17 years old. From then on, she continued to show her gift of music as she sang in the choir at St. James Methodist Church in Storm Lake for 7 years, played at First Methodist in Sioux City, was the organist for First Lutheran in South Sioux City for 26 years, and was the organist at Morningside Presbyterian Church for 26 years. Her dedication earned her the title Outstanding Organist in Morningside from Grace Methodist Church and the Distinguished Service Awards as pianist at Morningside Schubert Club for 59 years. Eleanor played handbells for 55 years and was the founder of the annual Twelfth Night Handbell Festival, which celebrated its 41st concert in 2023. Eleanor was a pillar in her community, serving as the president of the Sioux City Women’s Club for many years and as a member of the Siouxland Singers Charter. She is survived by her son, Joel (Laura) Tasker of Sioux City, Iowa; daughters, Jill (Tom) Lovelace of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Jean (Tasker) Yohnke of Ames, Iowa, and Julie (Stan Cox) Tasker of Sioux City, Iowa; 9 grandchildren, Tyler (Susie) Tasker, Justin Tasker, Katie (Justin Lewis) Yohnke, Brenda (Jonathan) Herr, Grace (Dylan) Kor, Claire Lovelace, Nickolas (Emily) Noyes, Emilee (John) Shattuck, and Christian Noyes; and great-grandchildren, Easton and Logan Tasker, and Nickolas, Charlie, Jack, Leo, Everest, Paisley, Foster Noyes, Huxley and JT Shattuck. She is preceded in death by her husband, Allen Edwin Tasker; son, Jeffrey Tasker; and daughter, Janet Tasker. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials in Eleanor’s name be given to St. Croix Hospice, Faith United Presbyterian Church or Morningside College (now Morningside University) Music Department.

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Kirk Gerald Huldeen

Apr 24, 1958 - Feb 13, 2024

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Sioux City, IA

Kirk Gerald Huldeen, 65, died at home on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, in Sioux City, IA.A memorial service will be 10:30 am Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside Chapel, 1801 Morningside Ave., with visitation one hour prior.Kirk was born April 24, 1958, at Guthrie Center, IA, to Gerald and Mabel (Long) Huldeen. He was a graduate of Manning High School, Manning, IA, in 1976, and then graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Horticulture.Kirk and Linda Hansen of Manning were married in 1983, and later divorced.He was employed by Minolta and then ADP in Pasadena, CA. In 1994, he was employed by Stiefel Pharmaceuticals at Cayman Island as a landscape architect, and six years later as plant manager for the company in the Dominican Republic. Kirk and Melissa Sanchez married in 2000 and were parents of Iandra Huldeen-Sanchez. They later divorced.Out of all the jobs Kirk had, his favorite was being Iandra’s Dad. He loved her most out of this world, raised her in the church, and would always make sure she was happy. He also made sure to always be there, not only for her, but all of her friends and loved ones. He truly dedicated his life to being a father as described in the Bible.Kirk was a member of the Tryhedren Bow Club while in Sioux City. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Lutheran Church, LCMS. In 2014, Kirk attended Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City for semi driving, and then was employed by Jones Feed and Grain Trucking Company of Wynot, NE, until his death.Kirk is survived by his daughter, Iandra Huldeen-Sanchez; his brother, Jay (Judy) Huldeen; his mother, Mabel Huldeen; and his cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Huldeen; sister, Kala (Huldeen) Zanoni; and his brother-in-law, Michael Zanoni.

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Ellen J. Schmidt

Jan 19, 1926 - Feb 20, 2024

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Sioux City, IA

Ellen J. Schmidt, 98 of Sioux City, Iowa passed away on February 20, 2024 at a local care facility. There will be a private celebration of life for family and friends at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Christy-Smith Funeral Homes of Sioux City. Ellen Jensen Schmidt was born on January 19, 1926 in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Jens and Jensine (aka Bothilde) Jensen. Ellen spent her earliest years in Omaha before the family moved to Rodney, Iowa. She spent the remainder of her childhood on the family farm in Rodney, graduating from Smithland High School in 1944 with further education at National Business Training School in Sioux City. On January 25, 1947, she married Dwain Schmidt and the new couple made their home in Sioux City.Ellen worked for Securities Acceptance Corp and Remington Rand Office Machines, later becoming a full-time homemaker to care for her two children. In later years, she returned to work for the Container Corp. of America, retiring in 1983. She and her husband subsequently returned to the family farm in Rodney. She enjoyed knitting and crafts, exploring her Danish heritage (including two trips to Denmark) and becoming involved with local museums. Since her husband was an avid gardener, she also became (of necessity) an accomplished garden processor, freezing and canning food for the entire family. She enjoyed family visits and meeting friends at Timber Ridge on a regular basis for breakfast. In 2018, she and her husband sold the Rodney farm and moved to Whispering Creek Senior Living in Sioux City, where they enjoyed the company of new friends. Ellen is survived by her two sons, Paul (Cindy) Schmidt of Okee, Wisconsin and Dean (Cathy Winch) Schmidt of Cedar Rapids, two grandchildren (Poul Adam Schmidt and Nicole Bareis) and three great grandchildren (Calvin Bareis, Brinley Schmidt and Brayden Schmidt).She is preceded in death by her husband, Dwain.To send a flower arrangement in memory of Ellen Jensen Schmidt, please visit the Christy-Smith web site at www.christysmith.com.

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John Allan Popevis

Jul 10, 1950 - Feb 21, 2024

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Sioux City, IA

John A. Popevis, 73, died Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at a local retirement community in Sioux City, IA.A graveside service will be 1:00 pm Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Calvary Cemetery. Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.christysmith.com.John Allan Popevis, the son of Alfred and Vera (Karolick) Popevis was born July 10. 1950, in Sioux City, IA. He graduated from East High School in 1969 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brian Cliff University. He later studied computer science at WITT in Sioux City.John worked as a computer analyst for the City of Sioux City, retiring in 2015.John enjoyed golf and played Tennis in college. He also was a Hawkeyes fan and liked to read.John is survived by his sister, Cheryl Popevis of Sioux City, and three cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.The family requests that memorials be directed to Noah’s Hope.

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Violet Lulu (Hullinger) Sly

Mar 17, 1928 - Feb 22, 2024

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Sioux City, IA

Violet Lulu (Hullinger) Sly, 95, of Sioux City, Iowa, daughter of Lester and Clara (Graham) Hullinger, passed away on February 22, 2024, at a local care facility. Funeral Service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2024, at Christy Smith Chapel in Sioux City. Burial will be in Memorial Park, Sioux City. Visitation will take place at 9:00 a.m., an hour prior to the funeral. Online condolences may be offered at www.christysmith.com. Violet was born on March 17, 1928, at home in Mercer County, Missouri. She had three brothers, Mervel, Russell and Gary, and a sister, Velva (Hullinger) Owen. Growing up during the Depression, she helped with the gardening and farm chores. She and her sister boarded with a family in Leon, Iowa, where they attended high school. Later she attended Drake University and graduated from Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, with a degree in elementary education. During World War II, she and her sister worked in Richland, Washington where they supported an important military initiative—the Manhattan Project. She married Dellmer W. Sly on August 19, 1949. They met while she was teaching school in Davis City, Iowa. They lived in eastern Iowa for many years before moving to Dakota Dunes in 1992. Violet moved to Sioux City in 2021. She earned her Masters degree in education from the University of Colorado at Greeley, Colorado and her Masters degree in elementary counseling from the University of Iowa. She devoted her life to education, serving students for 38 years. She taught in school districts in San Diego, California; Hubbard, Prescott, and Davenport, Iowa. While in Davenport, she also served as a counselor at McKinley Elementary School and Sudlow Junior High School. She retired from the Davenport School District in 1989. Violet enjoyed gardening, cooking, cards (especially bridge), and traveling. One of her favorite places to travel was Disneyworld where the family vacationed for many years. One of her favorite memories was as Parade Marshall at the Magic Kingdom. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and attending grandchildrens’ activities. Violet had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church, First Methodist Church, Retired Teachers, Just Another Club, and Personian Club. Survivors include daughter Dawn (John) Terpstra of Lynnville, Iowa; son David (Lin) of Sioux City, Iowa; grandchildren Ryan (Whitley) Williams of Duvall, Washington; Bryce Williams (Chris Tran) of Des Moines, Iowa; Dana Sly (Jon Ericksen) of Boston, Massachusetts; and Lyndsay (Hunter) Storm of St. Charles, Missouri. Great grandchildren include Blakely Storm, Eden Storm, Micah Storm, and Amelia Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brothers and sister.

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David A. Blanford

Jun 08, 1949 - Feb 26, 2024

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Sioux City, IA

David A. Blanford, 74, died Monday, February 26, 2024, at his residence in Sioux City, IA.A visitation will be 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Larkin Chapel, 2320 Outer Drive North. A memorial service will be 11:00 am Friday, March 1, 2024, at Christy-Smith, Larkin Chapel. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.christysmith.com.David Arnold Blanford, the son of Robert and Joyce (Chrestensen) Blanford was born June 8, 1949, in Sioux City, IA. He graduated from Central High School in 1968. David was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969, where he served honorably.On January 23, 1970, David was united in marriage with Paula MacGregor in Sioux City. He worked with his father, installing roofing and siding. David was then employed with Custom Craft Distributors in the warehouse, Kalin’s Plumbing and Heating, and Briggs Plumbing and Heating. He retired in 2010.David enjoyed camping and taking cruises in the Hawaiian Islands, which he and Paula did five times.David is survived by his wife, Paula of Sioux City; children, Jeremy (Alyssa) Blanford of Fennimore, WI, Stephanie (Terry Coddington) Blanford of Sioux City; grandchildren, Zackary Schoenherr, Andrew Schoenherr, Joaquin Mack, Elijah Mack, Jasmine Lewis; brothers, Darrell Blanford of Jasper, IA, Darwin (Debbie) Blanford of Onawa, IA; and his beloved grandpuppies. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dan Blanford; and sisters, Rhonda and Roberta.

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Arnold (Arnie) Lee Sardeson

Dec 20, 1953 - Feb 26, 2024

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Sioux City, IA

Arnold (Arnie) Lee Sardeson, 70, of Sioux City, IA, passed away on Monday, February 26th at his home in Sioux City surrounded by his children. Arnold was born to David Osborne Sardeson and Mary Elizabeth (Leary) Sardeson of Sioux City, IA. Arnie was an Ironworker at Royal Iron in Sioux City for approximately 30 years before purchasing and operating his childhood vacationing spot, Soddy’s Place located on Silver Lake in Lake Park, Iowa. Some of Arnie’s favorite things to do are fishing, hunting, yard work, renovating houses, spending time with family, and hanging out with his favorite dog, Rusty. He is survived by his four children, Sandi Lemieux of Mobile, Alabama, Kristy Stille of Papillion, Nebraska, Stephanie Durston of Sioux City, Iowa, Jason Sardeson of San Jose, California; Sisters include Shirley Gassman (Idaho) and Cathy Donlin (California). Arnie also has 10 Grandchildren.

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