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Deaths Veronica Clark Stone-Barstow

Funeral services for Veronica Clark Stone-Barstow, 90, of Vermillion and Lead, were held at Christ Church Episcopal in Lead on Friday, Oct. 30, with the Rev. Ron Hennies officiating. Burial was in the Masonic section of the West Lead Cemetery.

Veronica died Oct. 26, 1998 at the Dorsett Health Care Facility in Spearfish where she had lived for the past three years. She had been a resident at Dakota Care Center in Vermillion before returning to the Black Hills.

Veronica was born to Horace S. and Charlotte (Cushman) Clark in the Clark family home in Lead on Nov. 21, 1907. She was a third generation Black Hills pioneer, whose parents and grandparents arrived in Deadwood during the gold rush in 1876 and 1878.

Veronica was educated in Lead, graduating from Lead High School in 1926. She then attended Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, for a year before transferring to Chicago Teachers College where she obtained a degree in early childhood education in 1930.

She returned to Lead and taught in the Hearst Free Kindergarten for five years, beginning in the spring term of 1931. She was an active member and officer in the Mother's Club of the Hearst kindergarten in the 1940s.

She married Benjamin R. Stone Jr. in June of 1936. They lived for most of their years together in the third-generation Stone home in Lead. Ben died in 1966.

In 1967, Veronica married a long-time friend of the family, Fred E. Bryan.

In August of 1973, she married John T. Barstow of Vermillion, which would be her home for the following 22 years. Barstow was a retired staff member of The University of South Dakota and former mayor and councilman.

Veronica was member of Christ Church Episcopal in Lead, where she was active in the altar guild and the E.C.W. She was a member of the Wah-Wah-Tay-See chapter of Camp Fire Girls and was a Girl Scout troop leader.

In 1927, she joined Chapter "L" PEO in Lead. She was also a member of Chapter "E" in Vermillion, where she was honored with her 50-year certificate.

She enjoyed playing bridge, was active in the church and womens circles of Vermillion, was a member of the Society of Black Hills Pioneers and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Rogers C. Clark, and two sisters, Constance C. Row, and Irene C. Holway.

Survivors include her brother S. Cushman Clark and his wife Helen, Laguna Hills, CA; her children, Benjamin R. Stone III, Lead, Charlotte S. Carey, Madison, WI, Susan Stone-Douglas, Nemo, and William J. Stone, Lead; two stepchildren, John Barstow, Chicago, IL, and Mary Pat Stone, Des Moines, IA; five grandchildren, Veronica Jean Stone and Benjamin R. Stone IV, Dena Marie Stone and Dixie Lea Stone, and William Arthur Carey; and one great-grandchild, Jade Michael Stone.

Mamie D'Lamatter

Mamie June (nee Ahrendt) D'Lamatter, 73, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL died suddenly at home on Monday, Nov. 2, 1998.

She was born in Meckling on June 25, 1925, daughter of the late Ludwig Ahrendt and Ida (Myron) Ahrendt. Mrs. D'Lamatter had been a resident of the Palm Beaches for the past 40 years, coming from South Dakota. She was an employee of R.C.A. formerly of Palm Beach Gardens, until the closing of the plant.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Virgil Edward D'Lamatter; her children Cheryl Craig and husband Michael, of Manassas, VA, Sandra Vollum of Hobe Sound, FL, Marvin Vollum, of West Palm Beach, FL, Deborah Ihnan and husband Rocky of Bloomington, MN, Lauren Segebarth and husband Ron of Stuart, FL, Clarissa Kaiser of Vermillion, and Linda Killian and husband Jim of Stuart, FL; her sisters Lucille Miller of Yankton, Lelia Bird of Wichita, KS, Delores Lund of Sioux Falls; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Thomas L. Price Funeral Home, North Palm Beach, on Nov. 6, with Rev. Fr. James Minshew officiating.

Mercedes Sorensen

Mercedes S. Sorensen, 93, Vermillion, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Funeral services were held Nov. 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion with the Rev. Greg Johnson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Sept. 8, 1905, at Wakonda to Martin and Sophia (Halverson) Johnson. She graduated from Wakonda High School and Southern State Normal College in Springfield. She was a rural Clay County teacher for more than 35 years and a member of the rural teachers association.

She married N. Reno Sorensen Nov. 30, 1929 in Vermillion. He died May 14, 1988. She lived on a farm with her family near Wakonda. She lived in Vermillion for more than 70 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for over 50 years.

She is survived by her son James (Bernita) Sorensen, Tacoma, WA; three grandchildren, Tanya Sorensen, Karen Sorensen-Streetman, both of Seattle, WA, and Karl Sorensen, Tacoma, WA; and five great-grandchildren, Anna and Kara Coughlin and Julien Streetman of Tacoma, WA, and Reno and Laura Sorensen of Lake Bay, WA.

Anna Eich

Anna Helena Eich died Oct. 28, 1998.

A memorial service was held in the Kingdom Hall, with visitation in Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion Oct. 30.

Anna was born July 16, 1905 in Marvin to Lars and Anna Johnson. She spent most of her childhood on a farm near Marvin.

She was a waitress and cared for children most of her adult life.

Anna was married to Robert Fischer. They had two children, Robert Fisher, Aberdeen, and Betty Bast, Vermillion.

Anna was married later in life to Martin Eich.

Anna spent her adult life in Milbank, Sheldon and Sioux City, IA, and Vermillion. She was a resident of Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center and died there after a long illness.

Burial was in Osceola Cemetery, Marvin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, one sister, and two husbands.

Besides her two children, Robert and Betty, she is survived by four granddaughters and 11 great-grandchildren.

Dennis A. Gustafson

Dennis A. Gustafson, 45, of Vermillion died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

He was born Nov. 15, 1952 in Sioux Falls to Eric and Minnie (Landgren) Gustafson. He graduated from high school in Green Bay, WI.

He married Karen Hoss on June 24, 1972 at Sioux Falls. He worked as a mechanic in various locations until 1990, when he returned to school at The University of South Dakota, where he was a student at the time of his death. He married Gayle Spanton on July 25, 1998 in Vermillion.

He was a board member of the Disabilities Advocacy of South Dakota for the past five years.

Survivors include his wife Gayle of Vermillion; one daughter, Amy and husband Richard Haken of Vermillion; one granddaughter; five brothers; three sisters; and his mother, Minnie Gustafson of Sioux Falls.

He was preceded in death by his father and one sister.

Memorial Services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, with burial at Union Cemetery in Flandreau, on Thursday.

Wynne B. Peed

Wynne B. Peed, of Wakonda, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998 at Wakonda Heritage Manor.

She was born May 12, 1909 in Yankton, to Chris and Adeline (Severson) Benson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She attended Howard School District #30, Yankton County and later the family moved to Texas. She married Fred Gravholt in 1928. They had one son, Robert. She married William Peed on Oct. 26, 1945. They lived in Iowa and Missouri until 1969. Mr and Mrs. Larry Schenk provided health care at their home in Irene for several years of her illness.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and lifetime member of the American Prisoners of War, Inc.

She is survived by her son Robert, Utica; four grandchildren; Terry Gravholt, Susan (Chris) Kerr, Roberta Gravholt, all of Yankton, and Kathleen (Warren) Wagner, of Utica; also nine great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Betty Albright, Fort Dodge, IA.

Her parents, husband, three sisters, Delia Snow, Clara Schenk and Selma Olson, three brothers, Ernest, Alfred and Charles preceded her in death.

Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Corpus Christi Cemetery at Fort Dodge, IA.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Steven Adkins

Private family services were held in California for Steven Marcus Adkins, 89, a former teacher and coach at Vermillion High School, who died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998 in Laguna Hills, CA, after a brief illness.

Adkins was born Jan. 21, 1909 in Milltown. He graduated from Parkston High School in 1928 and earned a bachelor's degree from The University of South Dakota in 1934.

He was coach and athletic director at Flandreau High School. He married Ruth Wood Adkins in 1937 in Flandreau.

He joined the Army in 1940 and served in the infantry in North Africa and Italy during World War II, earning the rank of major.

After the war he resumed his teaching and coaching career at Vermillion High School, where he worked until 1959.

He then worked in the insurance business until his retirement. He moved to Laguna Hills in 1978. His wife preceded him in death.

He later married Sally Best Adkins in 1988.

He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Masonic Lodge, El Riad Shrine, American Legion and the Presbyterian Church. He was inducted into the South Dakota Athletic Hall of Fame and the Dakota Relays Hall of Fame.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his sons, Steven of Butler, TN, and Theodore of Tulsa, OK; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Joyce Koenig of Parkston; two stepdaughters, Terry Best Link and Kathy Best Eagle; and four step-grandchildren. Burial was in the Flandreau Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Athletic Department, USD, Steven M. Adkins Memorial, USD Foundation, P.O. Box 5555, Vermillion, SD, 57069.

Beulah G. Petsch

Beulah G. Petsch, 93, died Oct. 31, 1998 at the Good Samaritan Home, Centerville.

Funeral services were held Nov. 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Kevin Clark officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Beulah was born Sept. 6, 1905 at Vermillion to James and Bertha (Nyhus) Gilbertson. She graduated from Vermillion High School and The University of South Dakota in 1927 with a BA in romance language. She was employed by the Clay County Draft Board.

Beulah was a member of the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center, USD Kappa Alpha Theta and Trinity Lutheran Church.

She married Bruno Petsch in 1964. He died Dec. 20, 1988.

Survivors include her sisters, Gladys Cherry of Boise, ID and Olive Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO; nieces and great-nieces.

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