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Obituaries Julia O'Connor

Julia G. O'Connor, 81, Vermillion, died March 1, 1999 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus.

Funeral services were held March 4 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, rural Burbank. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. O'Connor was born June 12, 1917, to Frank and Antoinette (Foerster) Heimes at Hartington, NE. She attended school at 108 Brookside Rural School at Hartington, graduated from Hartington High School and attended Wayne State College, Wayne, NE, The University of South Dakota and NBT in Sioux City, IA.

She taught at rural schools for 36 years in South Dakota.

She married Thomas O'Connor on Nov. 27, 1948 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, rural Burbank. The couple lived in the Garryowen community of rural Burbank and moved into Vermillion in 1985. Mr. O'Connor died on Nov. 5, 1988.

Mrs. O'Connor was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, the Catholic Daughters of America, Altar Society and Retired Teachers.

She is survived by a sister: Dorothy Tramp of Yankton; a brother: Irvin and his wife Mariam of Centerville; three sisters-in-law: Veronica Heimes of Vermillion, Delores McGill and Marie Muhlenkort, both of Beresford; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother, Harold Heimes.

Nellie Bergman

Nellie S. Bergman, 97, Vermillion, died March 1, 1999 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Funeral services were held March 4 at the United Church of Christ-Congregational in Vermillion, with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bergman was born Dec. 1, 1901 at Vermillion to Royal H. and Matilda (Johnson) Weed. She attended Clay County rural schools.

She married Henry E. Bergman in Elk Point in 1924. He died Oct. 23, 1955.

Mrs. Bergman was a food service specialist at The University of South Dakota in East Hall, Julian Hall and the Coyote Student Center. She served many pre-game meals to the Coyote teams in her 17 years at USD.

She was one of two remaining charter members of the VFW Auxiliary and served as an officer of the Royal Neighbors of America. She was a life-long member of the United Church of Christ, Vermillion. She taught Sunday School for over 25 years and served on the Diaconate and was a member of the Women's Fellowship.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law: William and Mary Ann Bergman of Yankton, and Robert and Schyrell Bergman of Warner Robins, GA; two grandsons: Bradley and Eugene; three nieces: Shirley, Lila and Carolyn, all of Fremont, CA; one nephew: Terry Weed of Sacramento, CA; and six step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Roger Purcell

Roger L. Purcell, 55, Rapid City, died unexpectedly on Feb. 17, 1999 at his home.

Funeral services were held March 2 at the First Baptist Church of Vermillion, with the Rev. Elmer "Sandy" Aakre officiating. Burial will be in BluffView Cemetery at a later date. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Purcell was born Jan. 25, 1944 to Lyle W. and Kathryn (Anglin) Purcell at Vermillion. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1963.

He worked for Cemrock, Inc., in Tucson, AZ, a company that created rock habitat formations for zoos and museums all over the United States. He was also a drummer with several bands throughout his life and also played in Vermillion with the Chateau band. He loved music and God's great earth.

Survivors include his mother: Kathryn Purcell of Vermillion; and two sisters: Carolyn Merrigan of Alcester and Pat McKinstry of Henderson, NV.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Allen Mings

Allen R. Mings, son of the late Ransom Oziah and Rosa E. (Spencer) Mings, was born on June 12, 1932 in Competition, MO, and died on Feb. 6, 1999 at his home in Falcon, MO, after a long illness. He was 66.

Allen grew up around Competition, and married Viola Theis on May 5, 1956 in Laverne, MN. Five children were born to this union. Viola preceded him in death on June 10, 1993. Allen moved to South Dakota when he was 14, and was mostly a farm laborer while there. He lived in South Dakota for over 30 years. He returned to Laclede County where he was a trucker until his health began to fail.

He is survived by two sons: Terry Mings, Mtn. Grove, MO and Robert Mings, Livingston, MT; three daughters: Judy Tuttle, Lafayette, IN, Carol Coss, Alcester, and Laura Ratterree, Mtn. Grove, MO; one brother: Frank Mings; five sisters: Eunice Mitchell, Wichita, KS, Ernstine Hutsell, Houston MO, Maxine Baublet, Poneto, IN, Rachael Sullens, Richland, MI, and Rosealee Risenhoover, Vantce, AL; 10 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him very much.

Funeral services were held at graveside in the Dutch Chapel Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 with Rev. Randy Scheets officiating.

Lola Massey, Diane Oliphant, and Angie Barnes sang Daddy's Hands, and Where the Roses Never Fade.

Pallbearers were Lonnie Dowden, Jared Mings, Ryan Ratterree, Dustin Voss, Brandon Ratterree, and Kevin McGuire. Leon Thompson served as honorary pallbearer. Burial was in Dutch Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt-Bradley Funeral Home, Mtn Grove, MO.

Ellwyn Nelson

Ellwyn Nelson, 73, of Wakonda, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999 at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Viborg.

He was born March 25, 1925 at Viborg, to Ertel and Marie (Fetzner) Nelson. He attended rural school District #56, in Turner County until 1937, when the family moved to a farm northeast of Wakonda. He finished grade school at Ireland School District #54, Clay County. He graduated from Wakonda High School in 1944 and began farming with his father.

He married Verna Vognild on Sept. 8, 1950 at First Lutheran Church in Wakonda. He entered the US Army in December of 1950. He took basic training at Fort Riley, KS. He was stationed at Fort Hood, TX, with the 145th Field Artillery, where he graduated from the Food Service School and served his remaining time in the army as a cook. He was transferred to Fort Sill, OK, where he received his orders to go to Korea. He received an Honorable Discharge in December of 1952.

In 1977 he and his family moved to Wakonda. He had been a resident of the Wakonda Heritage Manor since August of 1998.

He served on the Ireland School Board, was a member of the American Legion, and First Lutheran Church, where he held several offices on the church council, including president.

Grateful to have shared his life are his wife: Verna of Wakonda; three sons: Dale and wife Carolyn of Wakonda, Keith and wife Elizabeth of Seabrook, TX, and Paul and wife Kristy of Rapid City; one granddaughter; five grandsons; his mother: Marie Nemson, of Wakonda; one sister: Mrs. Orvil (Mary Ann) Loen; and one brother: Douglas and wife Dorothy Nelson of Fargo, ND.

His father, one brother and an infant grandson preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the First Luthern Church in Wakonda. Burial followed in the Union Cemetery, rural Wakonda. Visitation was from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

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