Obituaries Elaine Kaltsulas

Elaine Kaltsulas, 71, Vermillion, died Friday, June 4, 1999 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Elaine Paulson was born Nov. 30, 1927 in rural Clay County to Albert and Bessie (Austin) Paulson. She grew up on a farm and attended Frog Creek Country School. She graduated from Vermillion High School in 1945, and attended The University of South Dakota, graduating in 1948 with a bachelor of science degree.

On Sept. 23, 1948, she married Thomas Kaltsulas Jr. in Vermillion, and committed herself to raising their four children. Together Tom and Elaine owned and operated the Fashion Shoe Store for 39 years. She also worked in the USD Business School for seven years and retired in 1994.

Elaine enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, reading and cross-stich. She will be remembered most for her devotion to her children and grandchildren.

Elaine was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority in Vermillion, where she had devoted many years to the Upsilon Gamma Chapter. She was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion.

Survivors include her husband; one son: Thomas and his wife, Beth, of Yankton; three daughters: Susan and husband, Mike Wieseler, of Burnsville, MN, Jane and husband Bruce Stredronsky, of Lincoln, NE and Karen Kjar and her husband Randy Gatzke of Lakeville, MN; one sister: Geri Brook of Sioux Falls; and a brother: Wallace Paulson of Corona Del Mar, CA. Eleven grandchildren also survive her. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Services were Monday, June 7 at 1 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Burial followed in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. The family requests donations to go to the Trinity Lutheran Church or to the American Lung Association.

Christopher Oakie

Christopher Lee Oakie "Eagle Feather", 21, Vermillion, died May 15, 1999 of drowning in the Vermillion River near Vermillion. He was born Feb. 21, 1978 in Minneapolis, MN to Joseph C. Oakie Sr. and Kathy Z. Oakie (Begay). He was a graduate of Vermillion High School and a member of the Native American Church.

He is survived by his parents; three brothers: Cecil E., Ronnie J. Sr. and Joseph C. Jr., all of Vermillion; a sister: Zonnie M. Oakie of Vermillion; two nephews: Brandon J.L. and Ronnie J. Jr. Oakie; and a niece: Cheyenne R. Oakie, all of Vermillion; and grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.

Services were held 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, 1999, at Grace Baptist Church, Vermillion. Services were also held in Red Scaffold May 26, with burial in Oakies Cemetery. Rev. Lorenzo Dioh officiated. A wake was held at the Loretta Primeaux residence Tuesday evening, May 25.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home of Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

Becky Raschke

Becky Raschke, 78, Lake Melissa, MN, died Wednesday, June 2, 1999 at MeritCare Hospital, Fargo, ND, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Avis I. (Becky) Bekke, daughter of Hans and Honora Bekke, was born on Sept. 24, 1920 at Canton. She grew up and was educated there. She attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, graduating with a degree in English. She taught English for a while following graduation from college.

She was united in marriage with Kenneth E. Raschke on March 7, 1943 at Canton. They made their home in Sioux Falls, and then Vermillion. In 1964, they moved to Bismarck, ND and in 1978, moved to Fargo. Her husband, Kenneth, died on Dec. 18, 1984. She spent her summers at Lake Melissa, MN and wintered in Sun City, AZ.

She was active in her PEO Chapter and also in church circles at First Lutheran Church, Fargo, and her church in Sun City and also the Shoreham Chapel, Lake Melissa. She was an ardent bridge player and enjoyed an occasional round of golf.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter: Ken (Barbara) Raschke, St Louis Park, MN, Bev Nielson, Bismarck, ND and Steve Raschke, Savannah, GA; a sister: Helen (Robert) Dahl, Tulsa, OK; and five grandchildren: Jessica Raschke, Adam Raschke, Josh Nielson, Becky Sue Nielson and Stina Raschke.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, June 7 at First Lutheran Church, Fargo.

Visitation was at 4 – 7 p.m. Sunday, June 6 at Hanson-Runsvold Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Fargo, ND.

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