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Obituaries Mary Cisar

Mary L. Cisar, 73, of Vermillion, died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Mary Sogge was born Jan. 12, 1927 in Scotland, to Chris and Alice (Rames) Sogge. She attended Olivet grade school, and graduated from Scotland High School. She received her teaching degree and her master's degree from The University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She married Richard (Dick) Cisar on Nov. 9, 1945 in Minnesota. She had taught in the Vermillion elementary schools for 25 years, retiring in 1987. She had lived in Vermillion since 1946, and had been very active in the community.

She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Sorority, St. Agnes Catholic Church, and a past member of the St. Agnes Altar Society. She was a weekly golfer, and enjoyed playing the organ.

Survivors include her husband: Dick, of Vermillion; a son: Craig and his wife Becky, of San Jose, CA; and granddaughter: Jamie Cisar, and two step grandsons: Ryan and Oliver Bellevue. Three sisters also survive her: Louise Martin of Long Beach, CA, Arlene Jones of Tulsa, OK, and Hazel Pearson of Rapid City.

A son, Richard Jr. preceded her in death.

Funeral Mass was 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation was from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the church.

Ella Williams

Ella Florence Williams, 77, Vermillion, died Monday, May 22, 2000 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital, Vermillion.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Mercy Hobbs officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, with the family present from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

She was born Oct. 8, 1922, at Bakersfield, CA, to Lemoine and Thelma (Steinwand) Williams. She graduated from Vacaville (CA) High School and attended Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Alabama. She worked as a high school English teacher.

She married Gerald Williams May 17, 1941, at The Little Church of Flowers in Los Angeles. The couple lived in Florence, AL, until retirement in 1981. After retirement they worked for four years as volunteers in Cameroon, Africa, with the Heifer Project International. They moved to Lubbock, TX; Florence, AL and then to Vermillion.

She was a member of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Vermillion, the Alabama Retired Teachers Association, and an associate member of the United Church of Christ, Vermillion.

She is survived by her husband: Dr. Gerald Williams, Vermillion; five sons: Dr. Gerald W. (Ingeborg) Williams, Berlin, Germany; David C. Williams, Mattawa, WA; James R. Williams, Washington, NH; Dr. John L. (Beth) Williams, Vermillion; Dr. Grant A. (Dianne) Williams, German Town, MD; two daughters: Michelle M. Williams Clark, Sacramento, CA; Shannon J. Williams, Walpole, NH; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother: Tom (Terry) Williams, Guthrie, OK; two sisters: Marjorie (Colton) Hanson, Paradise, CA, and Coralee Williams Patrick, Florence, AL.

Memorials may be directed to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or to the Heifer Project International, P.O. Box 808, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Elmore Johnson

Elmore W. Johnson, former resident of Vermillion, died May 21, 2000 at his home at Rison Son Christian Village, Council Bluffs, IA, following a long illness. He was born Aug. 22, 1918 in Clay County, and was one of five children to Manuel and Edith (Swanson) Johnson.

He was united in marriage to Grace Lawrensen on Oct. 18, 1942 at Vermillion. He was Clay County clerk of courts for many years and then worked in the finance office at The University of South Dakota until his retirement in 1980. After his retirement he especially enjoyed playing golf, hunting and watching baseball. He moved to Council Bluffs in 1994 because of illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Leslie Johnson. Survivors include his wife: Grace; a daughter: Camille Tech and her husband Dennis, Council Bluffs, IA; two sons: Roger, of LaCrosse, WI, and Clair and his wife Margie of Del Ray Beach, FL; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one sister: Leone Moulton and her husband Ruel, of Palmdale, CA, two brothers: Donald and his wife Billy of Amarillo, TX and Wayne and his wife Beverly, of Chandler, AZ; a sister-in-law: Ardella Johnson in California; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Graveside services were Tuesday, May 23 at 10 a.m. at the Walnut Hill Cemetery, Council Bluffs. Rev. James M. Cunningham officiated.

The Cutler Funeral Home in Council Bluffs was in charge of the arrangements.

Hilda Block

Hilda Marie Block, 88, of Vermillion, formerly of Yankton, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, in the Sioux Valley Hospital in Vermillion.

Memorial services were held at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 25 at the Ray, Cantrell & Wintz Funeral Home, Yankton with the Rev. Judy Johnson officiating. Inurnment will be in the Yankton Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of Block's children.

She was born May 5, 1912, at Colome to John and Minnie (Vanderheide) Koester and was baptized March 21, 1915. She married Glenn Block, also of Colome and they later moved to Yankton, where they farmed. She was a resident of Vermillion since 1998. Hilda was a loving mother of five children, a grandmother of 17, with 25 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church at Yankton.

She is survived by two children: Glendae Anderson of Vermillion and Robert Block (Marlene) of Beresford; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three children: Mary Ann Block, Shirley Huber and Richard Block; one sister: Mabel Read; two brothers: Harry Koester and Ernie Koester; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter and one great-great-granddaughter.

Kathy Kidd

Kathy Kidd, 69, died Thursday, May 18, 2000 at her home, Avon Park, FL.

She was born Jan. 13, 1931 at Yankton to John and Anna M. (Hansen) Erickson. She grew up in the Vermillion area and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1949. She was active in band, chorus and cheerleading.

She married Leo Palensky Aug. 22, 1949 at Vermillion. She lived in Vermillion, Lincoln, NE, Sioux City, IA, Huron,

Albuquerque, NM, Bowie, ME, St. Augustine, FL, and Avon Park, FL.

She married Frank Kidd Oct. 11, 1969.

She is survived by six children: Daniel Leo (Lynn) Palensky, Chesapeake Beach, MD, Mary Kathryn Van Flyke, Sarasota, FL, Teresa Katherine Mitchell, Avon Park, FL, Angela Catherine Ficken, O'Fallon, IL, Michael Leo (Wendy) Palensky, Chesapeake Beach, MD, David Leo (Robin) Palensky, Waldorf, MD; one step-son: Robert Kidd, Maryland; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four brothers: Ernest Erickson, Gold River, CA, Clarence Erickson, Sioux Falls, Arthur Erickson, Salem, NY, Richard "Dutch" Erickson, Yankton.

She was preceded in death by her second husband, her parents, three brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Jeffery Kumm

Jeffery C. Kumm, 26, died May 20, 2000 near Centerville due to an automobile accident.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at Dalesburg Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion, with the Rev. Paul Matchan officiating.

Burial followed in Dalesburg Lutheran Cemetery.

He was born March 14, 1974 in Vermillion to Franklin and Marabeth (Olson) Kumm.

Jeff attended Beresford Elementary School and graduated from Beresford High School in 1992. He participated in cross country, wrestling, band and track. After high school he attended The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, worked at Custom Coils, and Alkota in Alcester and at the present time was employed at the Good Times Pizza and Bowl in Beresford.

Jeff was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of the Daleburg Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion.

He was preceded in death by his sister Andrea, maternal grandparents Chester and Avis Olson and paternal grandfather Mike Hansen.

Survivors include his parents: Franklin and Marabeth Kumm of Beresford; his sister: JoAnn and her husband Tom Taylor of Vermillion; his niece: Stephanie Taylor; a nephew: Jimmy Taylor of Vermillion; a paternal grandmother: Eva Hansen of Yankton; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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