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Obituaries Lila Wetch

Lila Wetch, age 79, of Vermillion, and formerly of Bismarck, ND, died Nov. 30, 1999 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anne Catholic Church in Bismarck, ND with the Rev. Ed Wehner officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation was from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Buehler-Larson Funeral Home in Mandan, ND, where a parish prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour before services at the church.

Lila Jochim was born on Sept. 13, 1920 in Brien, ND, the daughter of John and Agnes (Moynier) Jochim. She was raised in Breien, ND, and educated in Solen, ND, where she graduated from high school. She married Joe Wetch on July 3, 1939 in Solen, where they made their home until they retired and moved to Bismarck in 1969. Joe died on Dec. 24, 1994.

Lila is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: JoAnn and Martin Sailer of Vermillion; two sons and one daughter-in-law: Loren and Janice and Jaydee, all of Mandan; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; her sister and best friend: Vivian LaDuke of Las Vegas, NV; her brother-in-law: Junior Evans of Kansas; and a very special friend: Betty Tschider of Bismarck. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and infant son, Joseph, and her sister, Marvel Evans.

Wayne Mork

Funeral services for Wayne Larry Mork, Centerville, were held Dec. 7, 1999 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Centerville. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Centerville.

Wayne Larry Mork was born May 27, 1948 at Viborg. His parents were Otto and Hilda (Lonning) Mork.

Wayne spent all of his earlier life growing up south of Viborg. He attended Rosefield District 63 country school and graduated from Viborg High School in 1966. He graduated from South Dakota State University in January of 1971 with a BS degree in animal science. He managed the Viborg Feeder Pig Coop for the next three years.

He married Rickie Poppenga on June 7, 1974 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Centerville. They purchased Mork Sanitary Service in March of 1974. They owned and operated this business until July, 1997 when ill health forced the sale of the business. His strong work ethic helped contribute to a successful business.

Wayne was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. He was Charter Grand Knight for Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus Council #10266 from 1990-1992 and served as district deputy for the South Dakota State Knights of Columbus from 1993-1997. He was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Marty Assembly #1080 in Yankton. He was a past member of the Good Shepherd Parish Council. He was a present member of Good Shepherd Finance Council as well as being a Communion minister and usher. His church and faith were an important part of Wayne's life.

He was presently serving his 12th year on the Centerville City Council and was a member of the Centerville Library Board. Wayne was a past member of the Board of Directors of the Swan Lake Association and of the Sioux Falls Garbage Haulers Association.

Wayne was an avid sports fan. He followed the Minnesota Vikings and Twins, the SDSU Jackrabbits, and was a very dedicated Centerville Tornado fan. In October 1999, the Centerville Public School presented him the "Loyal Fan of the Year" award, of which he was very proud.

Wayne enjoyed reading, gardening, waterskiing, birdwatching, and nature. For the past three years, he had enjoyed participating in the community plays sponsored by the Centerville Area Arts Council. His sense of humor, positive outlook on life, drive and determination, and strong faith in God assisted him in enduring his challenges and adversities over the past two-and-a-half years.

Wayne died Dec. 2, 1999 at his home in Centerville after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 51.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda in November of 1989 and his father, Otto in December of 1996.

Among those who survive and gratefully shared his life are his wife: Rickie, of Centerville; two daughters: Jennifer of Centerville and Stephanie of Madison; three brothers: David and wife Julie of Centerville, Bruce and wife Patty of Lyons and Mylan and wife Julie of Sioux Falls; two sisters: Joyce Pope and Linda Mork both of Sioux Falls; and nephews and nieces. He will also be missed by his many relatives and friends.

Ann L. Ward

Ann L. Ward, 59, of Vermillion, died unexpectedly of complications associated with leukemia Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, at the University Hospital in Omaha, NE.

She was born on May 8, 1940 in Elmwood, IN and was married to Stephen R. Ward (deceased) on June 10, 1961.

She graduated from the University of Northern Michigan with a B.A. in music. She worked as an administrative assistant for the School of Business at The University of South Dakota for 21 years. Prior to that time, she taught English and music in Ohio and Michigan. She lived in Vermillion for 32 years.

Her generosity and ever-present good cheer will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by one brother: David of Elmwood, IN; and two sons: Stephen of Norfolk, NE and Britton of Omaha.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the UCC Congregational Church in Vermillion.

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