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Obituaries William Radigan

William Radigan, 75, the mayor of Vermillion, died at his home on Tuesday, March 27, 2001. A funeral Mass will be said on Saturday, March 31 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion at 11 a.m., and a prayer service will be held at St. Agnes at 6 p.m. on Friday evening, March 30. Visitation will be held at the church from 1 to 4 p.m. on the afternoon of Friday, March 30.

William Joseph Radigan was born in Vermillion on Aug. 5, 1925 to William Thomas and Luanna Miller Radigan, their youngest and last-surviving child of four children. He was a 1943 graduate of Vermillion High School and the president of the VHS Student Body. He married Mary Suzanne Albers on Sept. 12, 1943 in Garryowen. His beloved wife died in June 1993.

Radigan served during World War II in the European Theatre as a gunner on a B-17 flight crew, and was thereafter active for 50 years as a state and national officer of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a 55-year member and officer of the Vermillion Fire Department. He served as a Vermillion City Council member and was elected mayor of Vermillion in 1994 and again in 1998. He served on many local, state, and national charitable boards and in many charitable organizations. He was employed for 35 years by the U.S. Postal Service.

He was preceded in death by his son, Randall, in 1998. He is survived by his other seven sons: William Jr. of San Antonio, TX, Jeffrey, Gregory, and James of Vermillion, and Steven, Daniel, and Kelly of Sioux Falls; by his three daughters: Suzanne Radigan and Laurie Kruse of Vermillion, and Carol Radigan of Palmdale, CA; by his son-in-law and daughters-in law; by 29 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; by his many colleagues and friends, and by the town he loved.

Mary Maxwell

Mary Eva Maxwell, 84, of Vermillion died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Services were held March 26 at St. Agnes Catholic Ch-urch with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Maxwell was born April 19, 1916, in Lead, the daughter of Alphonse and Josephine (Parrent) DesJarlais. She received a degree from Washington School of Art in Minneapolis.

She married Claude Cakebread. She married Harold P. Maxwell on March 4, 1942, in South Sioux City. He died Nov. 11, 1979. She taught art at Fairview Country School and also taught art classes at The University of South Dakota.

She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion Eagles Auxiliary and Vermillion Senior enter. She enjoyed bingo, playing cards, bowling, dancing and reading. She played the piano, guitar, ukulele and mandolin.

Survivors include three daughters: Joanne Cakebread of Vermillion, Roxanna DesJardins of Boulder, CO, and Charmaine Aldrich of Sioux Center, IA; a son and his wife: Ronald and Joyce Maxwell of Iowa City, IA; a daughter-in-law: Carol (Cakebread) Johnson of Orlando, FL; a brother and his wife: Albert and Rosemary DesJarlais of Wayne, PA; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She also was preceded in death by her first husband; a son, John Cakebread; five brothers; and three sisters.

Velma Cheney

Velma (Satter) Cheney, 83, Emerson, IA, died Friday, March 23, 2001 at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, IA.

Velma Lorraine Cheney was born Sept. 13, 1917 in Fessinden, ND, the daughter of Rangval and Ida (Zobel) Jacobsen. She was raised near Centerville, and was married to Paul Satter on March 29, 1937.

Paul and Velma farmed near Wakonda until 1942. In 1950 the family moved to Omaha, NE, where Velma lived until she married James Cheney on May 1, 1970 in Las Vegas, NV. James preceded her in death on May 10, 1997.

Velma was also preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Jason King.

Survivors include her son: Don Satter of Emerson, IA; daughter: Pauline King and her husband Bertrand of Tallahassee, FL; five grandchildren: Major Steve King of Fort Sheridan, IL; Dave King of St. Petersburg, FL, Kelly Satter and his wife Jodi of Lincoln, NE, Ken Satter of Lincoln, NE, and Casey Satter of Grand Island, NE; five great-grandchildren: Jordan, Nissa, Sidnee, Chloe, and Tristan Satter; two sisters: Rachel Hult and Vivian Williams, both of Omaha, NE; three brothers: Robert Jacobsen of Centerville, and Melvin and Morris Jacobsen both of Des Moines, IA; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held March 28 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Myron Meyer officiating. Graveside services were held in Vermillion on Wednesday, March 28.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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