Obituaries Marianne Hawks

Marianne Shuda Hawks, 84, of Tucson AZ, died Friday, July 21, 2000.

Mrs. Hawks was born on April 21, 1916, in Sioux City, IA, the daughter of John and Anna Shuda, who immigrated to this country from Russia in 1913. She graduated from Old Central High School and was employed as a legal secretary. Marianne married Russel Hawks and together they owned and operated an appliance and bottled gas business and three laundromats in Vermillion. In later years she managed a Gift House Stamp Store, was a bookkeeper at a bank and was the credit manager of a department store.

Mrs. Hawks was very creative and had many interests. As a young woman she danced on the stage in the Milk Fund Follies and enjoyed live theatre starring in the local production of Harvey. After retiring to Tucson, she discovered a love and a talent for painting in pastels and oil and for writing, producing several children's stories for her grandchildren. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was a Cub Scout leader.

She is survived by two daughters: Mona Reed and her husband Wallace of Weaverville, AZ, and Judith Smishek and her husband Donald of Billings, MT; a son: Jon Hawks and his wife Mary Kay of Minneapolis; six grandchildren: Thomas Reed, Stuart Smishek, Anne Romine, Amy Bloom, Ashley and Nicholas Hawks; and a great-grandchild: Claire McKinley Reed Romine.

Mrs. Hawks spent her last two years at Highland Farms Retirement Center in Black Mountain.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. in the chapel of West Funeral Home, July 27 Weaverville, AZ.

The family requests that contributions to her memory be given to the Arthritis Foundation, Carolina Chapter, 5019 Nations Crossing, Suite 217, Charlotte, NC 28217.

Viola Hooley

Viola Hooley, 95, Mesa, AZ, died Aug. 10, 2000 in Mesa.

Viola was a former Vermillion resident, born Jan. 14, 1905 in Vermillion to Edward and Emma (Abild) Yusten.

Graveside services were held Aug. 16 at BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion, with the Rev. Sandy Aakre officiating.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents, and brother and sister-in-law Howard and Ruth Yusten. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Messler

Raymond Everett Messler, 76, died Aug. 10, 2000 at his home in Beresford from an apparent heart attack.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Beresford, with the Rev. Robert Hansen officiating. Burial was in Dalesburg Lutheran Cemetery, rural Beresford.

Mr. Messler attended the Newdale rural school and graduated from Beresford High School. He then entered the United States Army and served during World War II. Upon his return from the service, he worked at Albertson's Tool Company in Sioux City for two years. He married Avis Newbold on July 19, 1949. Mr. Messler attended the Chicago Technical School and then returned to Beresford where he owned Ray's Radio and TV for nearly 50 years.

He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Beresford, the Beresford Masonic Lodge, and the Beresford American Legion and VFW.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife: Avis of Beresford; his four sons: Leon and his special friend Carolynne Pederson, Jim of Beresford, Calvin and his wife Raquel of Reseda, CA, and Ed and his wife Karyn of Catalina Island, CA; his grandchildren: Shannon Messler, Abbey and Brandon Carlson, Joshua, Robbie and Tommie Messler; his great grandson: Gage Matzen; two brothers: Ralph and his wife Pat, and Roger and his wife Marilyn, both of Beresford; his loyal friend Max; and many other relatives and friends.

Opal Langford

Opal L. Langford, 80, of Vermillion died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center in Vermillion.

Mrs. Langford was born July 9, 1920 in Vermillion to Harold and Roena (Ridenour) Shurtleff. She attended school in Brokenbow, NE, and married Bert Langford on Dec. 11, 1938.

She is survived by a son: Delbert Langford of Phoenix, AZ; a daughter: Barbara Williams of Port Orchard, WA; a sister: Jackie Voudry of Vermillion; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

There will be no services and the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of the arrangements.

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