A caring woman to all.
Letha M. Ronfeldt, 95, of Sioux City, IA passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Pioneer Valley Living and Rehab in Sergeant Bluff, IA.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, IA with Pastor Bob Dillman officiating. Visitation with the family present will begin at 9:30 A.M. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Sioux City. Arrangements are under the direction of Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City, NE.
Letha was born on December 20, 1922 in Oto, IA, the daughter of Irving and Margaret (Hamilton) Wise. She graduated from Oto High School, earned her Teaching Certificate from Normal School Teachers College in Correctionville, IA and taught in rural schools. Letha married James Mason Ronfeldt in 1945 in Climbing Hill, IA. They were blessed with three children and farmed in rural Oto and Moville, IA before moving to Sioux City in 1958. Letha worked at raising her family and babysitting. James passed away on March 14, 2015.
She was a member of Southern Baptist Church in Sioux City and enjoyed her church and reading her Bible. She also enjoyed vegetable gardening, feeding her grandchildren and making quilts.
Survivors include her children, Connie Bean of Hubbard, NE and Jim (Jayne) Ronfeldt of Hornick, IA; daughter-in-law, Marcia Ronfeldt of Smithland, IA; grandchildren, Debra Schwegler, Angela Riley, Billy Bean, Jennifer (Brian) Benjamin, Kimberly (Matt) Scheer, Justin (Stacie Jo) Ronfeldt, Joshua Ronfeldt, Kristine (Gregg) Lamoreux and Jacob Ronfeldt; 23 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; brothers, Pat Wise, Irving Wise, Jr., Dwayne (Ilene) Wise; brother-in-law, Norman Jensen; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Irving and Margaret Wise; her husband, James Ronfeldt; a son, Daniel Ronfeldt; son-in-law, Bill Bean; grandchildren, Edward Philip Schwegler, Mindy Ronfeldt, and Jaimee Ronfeldt; great-grandchildren, Christian Benjamin and Eion Riley; brothers, Floyd, Cecil and Tom Wise; sisters, Marvena Erwin, Genevieve Ferguson and Bernice Jensen; brother-in-law, Ollie Erwin; and sisters-in-law, Ruth, Ellen and Dorothy Wise.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Hospice of Siouxland, Home Instead Senior Care and Pioneer Valley Living and Rehab.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Southern Hills Baptist Church and Hospice of Siouxland.
I am James A. Miller and live at Vail Ia. My Mother and Letha went to school together at Oto. My Mother always talked so kindly of Letha. When I was still a kid at home we went to Oto and had Thanksgiving with Lethas Mother at her home up on the hill side in Oto. My mother and I in later years stopped and spent some time with Letha and her husband in the city. I am sure she will be missed by all but is in a much better place with the Lord and family and friends above for ever. Gods Speed to all of her earthly family.
Some of my earliest memories are from the time I spent with the Ronfeldt's, when Letha babysat me. She always had something fun for Jim and me to fill our days with, from playing games to building tent forts under the dining room table. Then 20 some years later, I was lucky enough to spend a few years working with Mason at Sunshine Food Markets. I'll always treasure the time I got to spend with the family, my families thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
James and Letha lived by us on Ingleside Ave. and Letha babysat my younger brother Don Harris after my mom went to work. We moved to Morningside in 1957 I believe it was and James and Letha moved a few blocks away from us around the same time so she could continue to watch my brother. She was always a very gracious lady.
Steve and my prayers are with the family at this time.
Kathy (Harris) Franklin