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Obituaries Leo Kyte

Leo L. Kyte, 85, Burbank, died Saturday, April 8, 2000 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center, Vermillion.

Services were held Wednesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion. Military graveside services were by the Vermillion VFW Clay Post No. 3061.

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

He was born Oct. 6, 1914 in Burbank, to John L. and Veronica (Stephani) Kyte. He attended Burbank School. He served in the U.S. Army for 4 1/2 years during World War II. On July 30, 1946 he married Magdalena "Marty" Schmidt, in Thief River Falls, MN. He was a long time farmer, retiring in 1978.

He was a member of the Vermillion VFW Clay Post No. 3061, the Knights of Columbus and St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion.

He is survived by his wife: Marty of Burbank; sons: Lawrence (Linda), Villa Park, IL, Francis (Janet), Arlington Heights, IL, Robert, Burbank, Raymond, Tucson, AZ, Donald (Tamara), Spencer, IA, and Bennett (Christine), Sioux Falls; daughters: Kathryn (Albert) Kerkhove, Omaha, NE, and Ann Kyte, Marysville, MT; sisters: Mary Thiltgen, Sioux City, IA, and Agnes Dudgeon, Hopkins, MN; and 14 grandchildren.

Martin Erickson

Martin Erickson, 71, of Tacoma, WA, died at his home in Tacoma on Sunday, April 2, 2000.

He was born in Wakonda on Dec. 10, 1928. He graduated from Wakonda High School in 1946.

He served in the Armed Forces during the Korean Conflict for two years. He farmed for a few years before moving to Tacoma where he worked in the ship yards until he retired in 1993.

He married Elenore Post in 1972.

He is survived by his three step-daughters in Tacoma: Cheryle Jones, Judy Craig and Susan Kennedy; a sister: Mary and Orlen Wenzloff of Sioux Falls; and a brother: Arthur and Denelda of Sioux City, IA; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elenore, his parents, Jacob and Mabel Erickson, and a sister, Helen Milbrodt.

His body was cremated.

Mabel Schmidt

Mabel Schmidt, 96, of Alcester, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at the Morningside Manor nursing home in Alcester.

Mabel Henrietta (Jackson) Schmidt was born March 14, 1904 in Prairie Center Township, Clay County, to John and Louisa (Larson) Jackson. She was baptized and confirmed in St. Peter Lutheran Church.

She graduated from Prairie Center rural school in 1918 and from Vermillion High School in 1923. She graduated from Grand Island Business College, Grand Island, NE in 1926. From there she went to Sioux Falls where she was employed at Fantle's Department Store as a bookkeeper and then went to Omaha where she worked at Brandies Department Store, also as a bookkeeper for many years.

In October 1949, Mabel moved to Oakland, CA, near where her sisters Lillian and Elsie lived in Hayward. She worked for Harry Bloom Insurance & Finance Co. in Oakland.

Mabel was married to John Schmidt Aug. 1, 1953 at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Berkeley, CA. John had his own business, JHS Associates, where John was an air quality control engineer who designed and installed industrial clean air systems. Mabel and John were faithful members of St. James Lutheran Church in San Leandro. They bought a home in Continental Mobile Home Park in Hayward in 1965.

John suffered a stroke and died Dec. 16, 1976. After retirement, Mabel did a great deal of volunteer work. She visited the sick and shut-ins and helped many older folks get to church services, women's meetings, social events, etc.

Mabel lived in Hayward until July 1997 at which time she moved back to South Dakota to Morningside Village in Alcester. She died in April 2000, after living a long and very healthy life.

Survivors include her brother: Oscar Jackson and his wife, Adele, of Alcester; two nephews: Daryl Jackson of New Philadelphia, OH and Jerry Jackson of Plymouth, MN; and a niece: Kay Brock of Fremont, CA.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Friday, April 14, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. Burial followed in St. Peter's Cemetery, rural Vermillion.

Visitation was one hour prior to the service on Friday.

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