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Obituaries Laddie Kozak Sr.

Laddie (Ladislow) Kozak Sr., 91, of Estherville, IA, and formerly of Tabor, died June 19, 2001 in Estherville, IA. Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton, with Steve Iverson officiating. Burial was in the ZCBJ Cemetery, Tabor.

He was born March 18, 1910 to Aloysius and Maria (Sedina) Kozak in Yankton. He grew up in the Yankton area and attended Peterka School District 46 through eighth grade. On Feb. 12, 1934, he married Rose Melichar in Yankton. They lived in Wagner from 1935 to 1937 when they moved to Tabor until 1956, when they moved to Vermillion where he worked at The University of South Dakota as a maintenance engineer until his retirement.

In 1978, they moved to Spirit Lake, IA, where they spent time babysitting their grandchildren. In the early 1980s the couple moved to Estherville, IA, where he remained until his death. Mrs. Kozak died Dec. 5, 2000.

He was a member of the Church of Christ, Estherville, IA. He took pride in his woodworking, gardening, sharing produce and helping others by always putting them first. He loved fishing, his dog, Sally, bowling, and playing ball with the kids.

He is survived by: two sons, DeWayne (Nyla) Kozak of Le Mars, IA, and Laddie D. (ZoeAnn) Kozak of Estherville, IA; one daughter, Judeen K. (Gene) Petersen of Spirit Lake, IA; one sister, Agnes Strotvedt of Centerville; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one daughter, Delores, five brothers, and one sister.

Paulette Leeman

Paulette Beerman Leeman, 52, of Key West, FL, formerly of Huron, died Friday, June 15, 2001, at her residence. Her funeral Mass was Saturday, June 23 at the Church of the Resurrection with Father Joe Holzhauser officiating. Burial was in St. Martins Cemetery.

Paulette Beerman was born on April 16, 1949, to William and Olivia (Greschke) Beerman at Huron. She graduated from St. Martin's Elementary School in 1964 and from Huron High School in 1968. She then attended for one year and graduated from Flight Attendant School in Kansas City, MO. In 1970 she began working as an executive secretary at the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, for several years. She later moved to Gainesville, FL, where she worked at a prosecuting attorney's office.

She attended the University of Florida at Gainesville and graduated in 1981 with a degree in psychology. She then moved to Key West, FL, and worked as office manager at the Animal Import Center for the USDA.

While living in Key West she was active in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, and was a board member for the organization of the Humane Society that was involved in the preservation of Key deer, which are only found in Key West. She was a member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church at Key West. She was an avid reader, and loved to ice skate.

She is survived by: her mother, Olivia Beerman of Huron; three brothers, Tom (Sandy) Beerman of Huron, Jim (Renae) Beerman of Thousand Palms, CA, and her twin brother Paul (Rolayne) Beerman of Atwater, MN; three sisters, Camille (Chris) Christe of Sparks, NV, Mary (Tom) Bell of Brookings, and Nancy (David) Engebretson of Meckling; several nieces and nephews; and one great niece.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Beerman, on Oct. 11, 1995.

Margery Jensen

Margery Jensen, 78, of Yankton, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 25 at Calvary Baptist Church, Yankton, with the Rev. Larry Odle officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery, Wakonda.

Margery (Jensen) Jensen was born Aug. 12, 1922 in Clay County near Wakonda to David and Segria (Davidson) Jensen. On Jan. 12, 1940, she married Tinus Jensen in Sioux City, IA. She lived on a farm in the Wakonda area until she moved to Yankton in 1960. While living in Yankton she worked for various businesses including Stuelpanagels, M-Tron and Sacred Heart Hospital. She retired from Sacred Heart Hospital on Aug. 28, 1987. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Yankton, and Bethel Baptist Church, Wakonda.

Survivors include: a son, Bruce (Kristie) Jensen of Yankton; two daughters, Dorothy (Gary) Wright of Vermillion, and Betty (Roger) Larsen of Yankton; a brother, Maynard Jensen, Yankton; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, and one sister, Elvina Mikkelson.

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