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2024 Area Obituaries

The ADVOCATE would like to express our deepest condolences to anyone who has lost a family member, loved one or friend. We publish Obituaries in the ADVOCATE and now online to help those in grief who wish to celebrate the life which has passed. You are in our prayers.

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Charles C. McCauley

    Charles Craig (Chuck) McCauley, age 83, of The Villages, Florida, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2024. He was born on April 28, 1940, to his parents Claire and Joye McCauley in Sioux City, IA.
   Chuck was a graduate of Iowa State University and a fraternity brother of Theta Delta Chi. He married C. Maxine Roseman in 1963. The couple have four children and one predeceased infant son, Troy. Chuck worked his entire career in the soybean processing industry. He was active in his communities, most predominantly Sergeant bluff, Iowa, serving on school and church boards, music and athletic boosters, Kiwanis, and Jaycees. He and Maxine also enjoyed many activities together in the Villages. 
   Chuck is survived by Maxine, his wife of 60 years. Children: Craig and his wife, Kelly, of Lawrence, KS; Bradley and his wife, Jill, of Sergeant Bluff, IA; Jeffrey and his wife Jodi of Pinellas Park, FL; and daughter Amy Houston of Des Moines, Iowa.; sisters Caroline Terpstra of Altoona, IA. and Janie Sloan of Knoxville, IA; sisters-in-law Norma Jean Kroman of Santa Barbara, CA, and Sister Janice Roseman of Dubuque, IA.; 24 grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren.

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Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Sekera

    (SB) - Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Sekera, 86, of Sgt. Bluff, Iowa passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Jan. 13, 2024 at Sunrise Retirement Community. Arrangements are under the direction of Waterbury Funeral Service of Sioux City, IA.
    Per Trudy’s wishes a cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life service will be held at the family farm at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Online condolences may be directed to the Waterbury Funeral Service website: waterburyfuneralserviceinc.com.
    Trudy was born on Jan 24, 1937, to Rex and Gladys (Betz) Longstreth in Sgt Bluff. She grew up on a farm south of Sgt Bluff and graduated from Sgt Bluff Luton High School in 1955.
   In June 1956, Trudy married Samuel Ralph Kaler. She later married Robert Sekera in Sioux City, IA. She worked at Fimco, Inc. for over 30 years and worked at Aggies Restaurant/Catering in her retirement years. She enjoyed retirement and spent time working at Aggies, going to the casino, cooking, sewing, watching westerns on TV, and spending time with her friends and family.
    Trudy is survived by her children; Rexann (Marlow) Smith, Rhonda Mersch (Brian Humphrey) of Sioux City, IA;  Daniel (Stacey) Kaler of Sgt Bluff, IA; step-children, Robert (Mary) Sekera Jr of Modale, IA and Jean Ann (Sekera) Beranek of Omaha, NE. Grandchildren; Sheila (Nick) Copple of Bennington, NE, Shane (Lindsey) Smith of Satellite Beach, FL, Danny Kaler, Emily (Tom) Kennedy of Sioux City IA,  Evan Kaler, Jacen Kaler and Parker Kaler of Sgt. Bluff, IA, Shana Martinez of Millard, NE, Jason (Joanna) Beranek of Papillion, NE, Robert Sekera III (Katie) of Council Bluffs, IA, Dave Sekera of Waterloo, NE, Nic Sekera of Logan, IA and Paul Adams of Ft. Worth, TX  and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
   Trudy was preceded in death by her parents, sister Bonnie (Dorman) Kuykendall, brother John “Jack” (Marge) Longstreth, and her husband Robert Sekera.
    Trudy’s family would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to the Unity Point hospital staff, Sunrise Retirement Community and St. Croix Hospice for their dedicated care to Trudy in her last months of life. Any memorials can be donated to Sunrise Retirement Community or St. Croix Hospice in Trudy’s name.

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