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Pearl Severson, 90, Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998 at Covington Heights Health Care Center, Sioux Falls.

Pearl Rosenbaum was born Feb. 13, 1908, in Civil Bend Township, Union County, to Charles and Adele (La Voie) Rosenbaum. She was raised in the Elk Point area and attended country school there. Following her education, Pearl assisted her parents on the family farm.

Pearl married Jess Severson on Dec. 24, 1927, at Elk Point. In addition to raising their children, she farmed with her husband just west of Vermillion from 1927 to 1981. Throughout her life, Pearl enjoyed gardening and cooking. She particularly enjoyed raising gladioluses, and would fill her gardens with vegetables and assorted flowers each year. Kind hearted and hard working, Pearl cherished the long lasting friendships with those around her. For over 50 years, she was an active member of the Busy Finger Home Extension Club. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, for over 48 years, Pearl served as president of the church auxiliary.

Pearl was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls since 1993. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess, on Feb. 19, 1979. In addition to Jess, Pearl was preceded in death by her parents and 12 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include: a son, Ron Severson and his wife Kathleen, Mounds View, MN; a daughter, Dorothy Ecker of Sioux Falls; two sisters, Emma Beuchler, Sioux City, IA and Evelyn Coates, Sioux City; five granddaughters: Diane Ecker Jankord, New Prague, MN; Debra Ecker Maniaci, Palm Harber, FL, Dorothy Ecker Dupper, Naperville, IL, Dawn Ecker Nelson and Donna Ecker of Sioux Falls and Sharon Severson Egan, White Bear Lake, MN, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with burial at BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Visitation began at noon, Friday at Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls. The family was present at the funeral home, Friday, following a 7 p.m. service, to greet friends.

Allan "Barney" Rempp

Allan "Barney" Rempp 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998 at his home in Irene.

He was born Nov. 25, 1919 to Fred and Sarah Rempp in Yankton County, was baptized in the Lutheran faith, attended rural schools, grew up on the farm and later worked for a farmer, cattle feeder. He served in the Army during World War II as a tank driver in the 702nd Tank Destroyer Battalion.

On June 1, 1946, he married Frances Collett at the Gayville Methodist Church. He was a member of that church and later transferred to the Irene Methodist Church. They farmed in the Irene area and moved to Irene in 1971. He worked for International Harvestor in Yankton for eight years and worked at South Dakota Human Service Center in building maintenance until retirement in 1991. Since retirement he enjoyed woodworking, creating limbcraft items and working at the Village Floral Greenhouse in Irene.

He is survived by his wife, Frances, three daughters and three very special sons-in-law, Carolyn and James Larsen, Yankton, Berniece and Leon Hansen, Irene, and Brenda and Douglas Mellegard, Viborg; three grandsons, Barrie, Dallas and Jason, and three granddaughters, Jennifer, Tracy and Dana; a sister Marjorie (Mrs. George Sykora), Yankton, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, one sister and a granddaughter.

Visitation was Friday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hansen Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home, Irene. Military rites were conducted by the Hall-Thompson Post #193 with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery, Irene.

Robert G. Knudsen

Robert G. Knudsen, 62, of Viborg died Thursday, Dec. 3 1998 at his home.

Robert was born Jan. 15, 1936 in Irene, to John and Myrtle (Swenson) Knudsen. Robert graduated from Irene High School in 1954. Following high school, he entered the Army in April of 1956, and later worked for the South Dakota State Highway Department, and then entered the insurance business. In 1967, he purchased the Madsen Insurance Agency in Viborg, and for the past 30 years has operated the Madsen-Knudsen Insurance Agency, retiring in 1996.

Bob was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Viborg, and throughout his life, he supported the Viborg Development Corporation, in developing the Viborg community. He was a member of the Ole Alendal Post #117. He was highly regarded by his peers in the insurance industry.

Bob married Doris Johnson on June 26, 1982 in Viborg. In addition to his wife, survivors include, a son, Kevin and his wife Karen of Viborg; one daughter, Kelly and her husband, Monty Bohrer of Sioux Falls; a stepson, Mark and his wife Karen Johnson of Hurley; two stepdaughters, Paula Whetsel of Tea and Kristy and her husband, Jason Lee of Irene; one brother, Larry of Longmont, CO, and a stepbrother, Robert Reutter of Gregory; a sister, Cleo Benson of Viborg; two stepsisters, Pam Bittner of Sioux Falls and Ruth Voorhees of Phoenix, AZ; and 18 grandchildren.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at First Baptist Church in Viborg. Burial followed in the Viborg Baptist Cemetery.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

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