Obituaries Michael O'Connor

Michael D. O'Connor, 22, died Monday, March 22, 1999, at Avera McKennan Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

He was born March 11, 1977, in Vermillion. He attended Vermillion schools and received his GED and earned a masonry certificate from Job Corps in Box Elder.

He worked as a bartender and a cook at Bunyons in Vermillion and also worked on the family farm.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his parents, Harry and Candy O'Connor of Burbank; two sisters: Amanda O'Connor of Madison and Amy O'Connor of Burbank; special friend, Mindy Lane of Vermillion; grandparents: LeRoy and Donna Backhous of Vermillion and his great-grandfather, Emanuel Geigle of Mobridge.

Services were at 1 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with burial at St. Mary's Garryowen Cemetery in rural Burbank.

Visitation was from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion, with a prayer service at 8 p.m. at the church.

Charles Stern

Charles Glen Stern, 46, of Vermillion, died Friday, March 19, 1999 at home from a heart attack.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1953 at Parkston, to Sanroe and Leota (Semmler) Stern. He attended country school and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1971. He served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era for 3 years, having served in Thailand. After his discharge from the service he attended Mitchell VoTech and received a degree in electrical construction and maintanence. In 1977 he moved to Vermillion and was employed by Johnson Electric. He recently became a partner in purchasing Johnson Electric.

Grateful for having shared his life are a daughter, Becky, Vermillion; his mother, Leota Schultz, Parkston; a sister, Bev Krier and husband Ron, Alexandria; step-father, Harly Schultz, Parkston; three step-brothers: Ronald Schultz and Larry Schultz, both of Sioux Falls, and Jim Schultz, Texas; and two step-sisters, Jolene Walker and Cheryl Wheeler, both of Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Vermillion with burial with full military honors at the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation began at 2 p.m. Monday at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.

Donald McGuire

Donald William McGuire, 71, Beresford, died March 13, 1999, at his home in Beresford.

Funeral services were held March 19 at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Beresford, with the Rev. Denis Meier officiating. Burial was in Emmett Catholic Cemetery, rural Beresford. Wass Funeral Home, Beresford, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McGuire was born May 18, 1927 near Beresford, to William and Marian (Gillen) McGuire. He received his education in the Beresford and Salem areas. After school he entered the United States Army and was stationed in Germany.

He married Beatrice Hubert on Nov. 20, 1947 at the Emmett Catholic Church in rural Beresford. He farmed south of Beresford until 1986 when he retired. After his retirement, the McGuires moved into Beresford.

Mr. McGuire was a member of the St. Teresa Catholic Church in Beresford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jerry, and his sister, Dorothy Ann.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Beatrice, of Beresford; his son: James McGuire and Sharon of Alcester; three daughters: Carol Young of Olathe, KS, Dorothy Weber and her husband Mark of Lenexa, KS, and Nancy Twedt and her husband Allen of Richmond, VA; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brother: Dennis McGuire of Colorado; his sister: Marie Hubert Graham of Iowa; many nieces and nephews; and his special friend Bill Lundquist.

Eloise Christensen

Eloise M. Christensen, 77, died March 17, 1999, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Eloise Wheeler was born June 29, 1921, in Alcester. She graduated from Alcester High School in 1939 and then went to General Beadle in Madison.

She married Virgil Christensen on Feb. 14, 1948. They farmed in the Wakonda area and then moved to the Heritage Villa in Wakonda in November 1998.

In addition to her husband, survivors include one son: Clark of Wakonda; three daughters: Virginia "Ginny" Jensen of Volga, Jane Neiles of Sioux Falls and Ruth Jensen of Yankton; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two sisters: Donna Keiser of Beresford and Gale Peterson of Alcester.

Services were March 20 at United Church of Christ, Congregational in Wakonda, with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery in Irene.

Viborg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Merle Strunk

Merle Strunk, 77, of Irene, died Sunday, March 21, 1999, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Merle was born June 23, 1921, to John and Anna (Christensen) Strunk on the family farm near Irene. He attended rural Plainville Grade School and graduated from Irene High School in 1939. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Pacific. He attended a school of welding in Sioux City, IA, and worked at Bay City Michigan Shipyard. He owned and operated the Strunk Repair Shop in rural Irene since 1947.

He was a member of Hall Thompson Post #193 of the American Legion, Irene, and Ernest-Bowyer Post #791 of the VFW, Yankton. He was rewarded a 50 year award by Archer Petroleum Products.

Survivors include two brothers: Orlin and wife Carmen of Centerville, and Lyle and wife Jennie of Wesleco, TX; four sisters: Mrs. Wayne (Ruth) Nelson of Beecher, IL, Mr. Merl (Faye) Iles of Wauna, WA, Mrs. Jacque (Violet) Hart of San Diego, CA, and Mrs. David (Rubye) Siemon of Mobridge; one sister-in-law Marion Strunk of Crofton, NE, and 14 nieces and nephews.

His parents and one brother, Warren, of Crofton, NE preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be 2p.m. Friday, March 26, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene, with Pastor Terry Pinkerton officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Irene, with military graveside rites by Hall Thompson Post #193, Irene.

Visitation will be Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Memorials may be directed to Hillcrest Cemetery Association, Irene.

Irven Madsen

Irven C. Madsen, 80, rural Burbank, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999 at the Sioux Valley-Vermillion Care Center in Vermillion.

He was born Jan. 27, 1919 at Vermillion to Hans and Marie (Nelsen) Madsen. He grew up near Vermillion and attended District #41 Rockfield Grade School. He served in the US Army during World War II and served four years in the Eropean Theater. On Aug. 18, 1945 he married Jeanette Theis at Vermillion. They farmed north of Vermillion his entire life and he also worked for Oden Implement for many years. He was a member of the Dalesburg Lutheran Church and the VFW post #3061.

Survivors include his wife Jeanette; two sons: Larry and wife Cyndia, Vermillion, and Gary and special friend Lori Whitman, Burbank; a sister, Ilona Brady, Sioux Falls; and six grandchildren: Michelle, Jennifer, Tonya, Jason, BJ, and Brittany.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Wilmer and Warren, and sisters, Karen and Mata.

Funeral services were, Saturday, March 20, at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion with burial with full military rites by the VFW at Bluffview Cemetery, Vermillion.

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