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Deaths Evelyn Cummins

Evelyn Cummins, a long-time resident of Vermillion, died on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center. She was 89.

Born in Elkhart, IN, the daughter of a woodworker and tool maker, she left home at 16 to work as a maid. Encouraged by her high school teachers to go to college, she enrolled at Indiana University, Bloomington, and worked as a secretary to pay her way through school. She graduated in 1932 with a B.S. in education and history. That same year, she married Cedric Cummins, then a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University. She continued to work as a secretary to the president of the university until her husband's degree was granted.

In 1946 they moved with their three daughters to Vermillion when Ced Cummins joined the history department at the university.

In 1952, Evelyn became an administrative assistant to Robert Knapp, the dean of men, a position she enjoyed until her retirement in 1969.

Even though she was a private person, as a member of PEO, the United Church of Christ, Friends of the W.H. Over Museum and the USD Emeritus Club, Evelyn was known by many people of all ages in Vermillion. Some of her contemporaries have died, but others here can remember her throughout the stages of her life when she liked to play bridge, vacation with her family in the Black Hills, or Minnesota; take treks throughout the Midwest, or visit friends in Indiana.

She is remembered for her cooking; serving up the pheasant, ducks and geese Ced Cummins brought home each fall, and on one Halloween in the '50s, she gave away her famous home-made, yeast doughnuts to all the trick-or-treaters who came to the Cummins's door.

As her family grew, the hospitality at the house in Vermilllion and summers in the Hills expanded to include her sons-in-law and eventually five grandchildren. When Ced Cummins retired from the university in the '70s, he and Evelyn took dreamed-of vacations in England, Russia and the Caribbean.

She was widowed in 1980.

For the last four years she has lived at the Vermillion Care Center, stubbornly fighting dementia. The staff remembers her for her humor and need not to be a burden to them.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law: Dorothy Kellett, New York City; Elizabeth and Larry Vonalt, Rolla, MO; Sally Cummins and Mark Johnson, Washington, D.C. The five grandchildren, and their spouses are Jean Kellett and Marc Cheshire; Brandie Kellett; Michael and Paula Cogell; Daniel and Julie Cogell; Jessica Robinson. She had six great-grandchildren. Also surviving Evelyn is her half-sister, Vivian Morgan, Elkhart, IN.

A memorial service will be held in Vermillion in the spring. The family asks that contributions to her memory be given to the: Cedric and Evelyn Cummins Scholarship Endowment, USD Foundation, PO Box 5555,

Vermillion, SD 57069.

Ina Viola Johnson

Ina Viola Johnson, 86, of Vermillion, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

She was born Sept. 9, 1912 in Vermillion to Lee Chaney and Anna Mae (Anglin) Chaney. She attended Vermillion High School, graduating in 1929.

She worked in a bakery in Vermillion and was a seamstress and homemaker. Ina was a member of Royal Neighbors, Church Ladies Aide, and Vermillion Senior Citizens Center. She was a 50-year member of the Vermillion Rebekahs, a past Noble Grand Association President of LAPM. She was secretary of LAPM for many years, Theta Rho Adviser, and a member of Vermillion United Church of Christ.

She married Harold T. Johnson Oct. 5, 1929 in Vermillion. He died Jan. 12, 1963. Ina served as counselor on the U.N. Pilgrimage Bus Tour in 1970, and in 1971 received the decoration of chivalry. Ina received a Secretary Emeritas jewel for her many years as secretary of the Vermillion Lodge in 1990.

She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-laws: Warren and Pat Johnson of Madison and Russell and Marjorie Johnson of Vermillion; a daughter and son-in-law: Janette and Lyle Hackney of Jackson, NE, a sister; Shirley Odor of Warren, OR; 22 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at the United Church of Christ, Vermillion with Rev. Steve Miller officiating.

Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Visitation was 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home. A Rebekah service was held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home on Sunday. The family was present from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Lee and Anna Mae (Anglin) Chaney; her husband, Harold; and three brothers: Baby Chaney, Leroy and Delbert Chaney.

Alfred H. Kaeberle

Alfred H. Kaeberle, 96, of Meckling died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

He was born Sept. 19, 1902, at Meckling to Lewis F. Kaeberle and Antonetta Marie (Peterson). He was an eighth-grade graduate of Meckling School, and was a long time Meckling farmer and cattleman. He was a member of the Vermillion I.O.O.F. Lodge and the Meckling Lutheran Church until it closed. He then joined the Bergen Lutheran Church in rural Meckling.

He married Florence J. Beaty on Sept. 13, 1933 at Chicago, IL. She died Feb. 12, 1998.

He is survived by three daughters: Kathleen P. Apland of Brookings, Dr. Karen F. Kaeberle and Colleen Kaeberle of Meckling; a sister-in-law, Margaret Kaeberle of Sioux City, IA.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Bergen Lutheran Church, rural Meckling. Officiating was Rev. Barbara Stroud-Borth with burial in Meckling Cemetery, Meckling.

Visitation was 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a brother, Walter Kaeberle, and a sister, Myrtle Burton.

Memorials may be directed to the Alfred & Florence Kaeberle Garden Memorial Fund.

Lea W. Schafer

Lea W. Schafer, 92, of Scotland, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, at the Good Samaritan Center, Scotland.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Calvary Baptist Church, Yankton with the Reverend Larry W. Odle and the Reverend Charles Asche officiating. Burial was in the Rosehill Cemetery, Scotland.

Pallbearers were Theodore Ellinger, Gregory Ellinger, Charles Schafer, Jonathan Schafer, Daniel Lipkie and Curtis Lipkie. Honorary pallbearers were Patricia Asche, Debra Ellinger, Mary Gemar, Catherine LaValliere, Cynthia Solberg and Collen Viet.

Visitation was from 6-9 p.m. with the family present at the Ray-Lane Funeral Chapel, Yankton. A prayer service was at 7:00 p.m. with the Reverend Oliver Omanson officiating.

Lea was born March 27, 1906, at Lesterville, to Gotlieb and Wilhelmina (Weidenbach) Weber. She grew up and attended schools at Lesterville. On Nov. 26, 1926, she married Henry Schafer at Lesterville. They farmed at Lesterville until 1948 when they moved to Yankton. She worked as a sales clerk in the children's department of Fantles for 10 years and as a manager of the Gold Bond Store for eight years. She had made her home at the Good Samaritan Center at Scotland since 1987. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Yankton, and was active in the Sunday School department and the women's group.

Survivors include her son, Jerry (Donna) Schafer of Vermillion; daughters, Eldora (Cecil) Ellinger of Scotland, and Lou Etta Lipkie of Littleton, CO; brother, George Weber of Sun City, FL; sister, Alma Kesselring of Colorado Springs, CO; 28 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Mike Diede of Scotland.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two infant sons; and son-in-law, Edward Lipkie.

Viva M. Stephenson

Viva M. Stephenson, 90, of Visalia, CA, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998 at a nursing home following a brief illness.

Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at a later date at BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Mrs. Stephenson was born April 16, 1908 in Meckling, the daughter of Roy and Alice (Schrader) Groves. She graduated from Vermillion High School in 1927 and went to nursing school at St. Joseph Hospital in Sioux City, IA.

She married George F. Stephenson Dec. 7, 1932. They moved to Custer, then to Valley, NE, where she was employed at a defense plant for a number of years. They moved to Meckling in 1948. She was employed as an RN at Dakota Hospital for 29 years. She retired and moved to Nevada City, CA, until 1993 then moved to Visalia, CA.

She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Joyce and her husband, Richard Davis of Vermillion; a sister, Ruth Martin of Nevada City, CA; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Leo, Harold and Gerald, a daughter Janice Collins and a son Larry.

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