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Deaths Shirley Mae Barrett

Shirley Mae Barrett, 61, of Vermillion died in her home after a lengthy illness, Nov. 16, 1998.

Shirley Griffith was born Jan. 26, 1937 at Dubuque, IA to Frank and Catherine (Roach) Griffith.

She married M.C. Barrett on March 2, 1957. They later divorced.

Shirley attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Dubuque, IA, graduating in 1955. She furthered her education in key punch and secretarial schools. She and her family traveled throughout the U.S., settling in this area in 1976. She has had many employment opportunities including Sodrac Park, home cleaning, Dakota Hospital, Jolley School, Dakota Care Center and most recently Civic Council. She enjoyed playing cards with her family and bingo.

Survivors include two sons: Bud Barrett, Traer, IA, and Mike Barrett, Vermillion; three daughters: Cathy and husband Dan Teply, Elk Point, Susanne and husband Marc Kapaska, Loveland, CO, Carolyn Barrett, Tempe, AZ; nine grandchildren: Stephanie and Andrew Teply, Stacey, Marcus, Nicole and Jerod Kapaska, Cassandra Barrett, Michael T. Barrett, Nicole Barrett; and two brothers Tom Griffith, Cedar Rapids, IA, and John Griffith, Dubuque, IA.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at St. Agnes Catholic Church with Father Don Imming officiating with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation was held at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Agnes Catholic Church. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at St. Agnes Catholic Church.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Barrett family.

Hansen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lea Cusick

Mary Lea Cusick, 73, of Vermillion died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998, at her residence.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church in Vermillion, with the Rev. Stephen Perry officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery. Visitation was 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion. There was a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the church.

Mrs. Cusick was born June 19, 1925, in Loveland, OH, the daughter of Clemence E. and Vina Irene (Harkness) Riehle. She moved with her family to Burbank. As a young girl she attended Burbank High and University High School in Vermillion.

She married Lawrence E. Cusick on Sept. 1, 1943, in South Sioux City. He died May 18, 1996. She was a homemaker and helped on the family farm in Burbank.

She was a member of United Methodist Church, Vermillion, Eagles Auxiliary, Burbank Thimble Club and Womens Circle at the church.

Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Dona and Ray Kahler of Rosemount, MN, Carolynn and Gary Stark of Burnsville, MN, and Debra and Keith Emerson of Gilbert, AZ; a son and his wife, Kevin and Laury of Burbank; three sisters, Lois Chartier of Riverside, IA, Shirley Riehle and Adeline Isaacson, both of Burbank; two brothers Lawrence Riehle of Burbank and Larry Riehle of Rapid City; nine grandchildren, Dean, Doug and Scott Kahler, James Watson, Keith Jr., Brandon and Troy Emerson, Amie Huscher and Kellen Cusick; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Cleo Haakinson; and a brother, Edward.

Harvey Jay Hamman

Harvey Jay Hamman, 68, of Vermillion, died Monday, Nov. 16, 1998 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus.

Harvey was born June 6, 1930, to Elmer "Dutch" and Dena (Buus) Hamman. He graduated from Milbank High School in 1948. He attended and graduated from South Dakota State University, Brookings, in 1956. He was a supervisor for FmHA for 25 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Vermillion American Legion Post #161, a care giver for the Vermillion Area Hospice and a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Vermillion. Harvey was a S/SGT in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He married Gail Thoreen May 23, 1955 in Mason City, IA. They lived in Vermillion the past 12 years.

He is survived by his wife Gail of Vermillion; two daughters, Suzanne Lees of Fairmont, MN, and Barbara Koch of Aberdeen; and a sister, Deanna Gavin of Pierre.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Vermillion with the Rev. Mercy Hobbs officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Marilyn E. Husby

Marilyn E. Husby, 20, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998, in an auto accident in rural Freemen.

Marilyn was born July 11, 1978 at Mountain View, CA to Russ and Mary Kathleen (Oldham) Husby.

She graduated from Vermillion High School in 1996. Through high school and also during the summer she worked for the Vermillion Nursing Home. She was currently employed at Shopko in Mitchell, and attending MIT in Mitchell, working on her business administration degree.

She will be forever in the memories of her parents Russ and Mary Kathleen; her brother Jason and wife Bobby Jo and Jacob and sister Tiffany, all of Vermillion; her fiance Michael Richardson of Vermillion; her grandmother Carol Perry of Galt, CA; her aunts, uncles, cousins, and all who loved her.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16 at United Church of Christ in Vermillion, with Pastor Steve Miller officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion.

Visitation was from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hanson Funeral Home in Vermillion. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center in memory of Marilyn Husby.

Mary Ellen Laprath

Mary Ellen Laprath died Nov. 7, 1998 in Vermillion.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 1:30 p.m. at Kotrba Funeral Home, Gregory. Interment was in Ioof Cemetery, Gregory.

Mrs. Laprath was born at home on Aug. 1907 in Omaha, NE. Her parents were James and Julie (Veverka) Zvonicek. Her early childhood years were spent in Omaha, NE and Herrick. The family moved to a homestead southwest of Dallas, where she attended Barker Country School and Dallas High School when possible. Mary helped on the family farm where she enjoyed working outdoors in the fields and in the garden. On March 6, 1928, she married Louie J. Laprath and they lived south of Dallas working to establish themselves in farming. To this union was born one son, Roy A. Laprath. During the '30s they moved their cattle to Batesland, for about a year. They then returned to their farm south of Dallas which had been their home the greater portion of their lives.

In 1972, they moved into Gregory where they retired until Louie's death in 1989. Mary continued to live in their home in Gregory enjoying her garden and friends, until she became ill and moved to the Dakota Nursing Home at Vermillion in January 1995. Mary passed away Nov. 7, 1998 in the Vermillion Hospital.

She is survived by her only son, Roy, and wife, Inez, of Vermillion and by three granddaughters: Sharon and her husband, Edward Nebola, of Gregory; Vicki and her husband, Terry Tanner, of Spearfish; and by ten great-grandchildren.

Also surviving her are two sisters: Sophie Dreyer and Ella Mae Vavruska, both of Garden Grove, CA; and by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her infant sister, Emily; her mother, Julie Zvonicek; her sister, Helen Rich; her father, James Zvonicek, her sister, Julia Krivanek; and her husband, Louie Laprath.

Ruth Helen Barnhill

Ruth Helen Barnhill was born on Dec. 14, 1908, the daughter of Leonard and Clara (House) Fellows at Coon Rapids, IA. She grew up on a farm near Milford and graduated from Milford High School in 1927. She then attended Iowa State Teacher College in Cedar Falls.

On Sept. 6, 1934, she was united in marriage to R.K. "Barney" Barnhill. They shared their life with one daughter, Betty. Ruth served as a telephone operator in Lake Park, and taught in the Iowa Public School system for 25 years.

Ruth loved the outdoors and enjoyed many hobbies. She was active in many organizations through the years. She served as a guardian for Campfire Girls and was a 4-H member and leader. She was a past Worthy-Matron of the Order of Eastern Star and was a member for 71 years. She was a charter member of the Arnolds Park American Legion Auxiliary and was currently a member of the Milford chapter. She was a charter member and past president of the Okoboji Women's Club and a past president of the Okoboji Cemetery Association. She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Arnolds Park and was active in Martha Circle.

Ruth passed away on Nov. 1, 1998, at the Milford Nursing Center at the age of 89.

Funeral services were held Nov. 5 at Calvary United Methodist Church, Arnolds Park, IA. Interment was in Okoboji Cemetery in Arnolds Park. The Turner Funeral Home of Milford was in charge of arrangements.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Betty Johnson and her husband, Jerry of Vermillion; three grandchildren, Kristi A. Dornbusch and her husband, Armand of Howard, Jeff L. Johnson of Roseville, MN, and Amy N. Johnson of Ames, IA; and four great-grandchildren, Dustin, Danielle, Dane and Zachary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, "Barney", sister, Beatrice Owens, brother, Frank Fellows, and an infant sister, Grace.

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