Obituaries Janet French

Janet R. French, 71, Vermillion, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at her home under hospice care.

Janet Reimers was born on Feb. 8, 1930 in Oshkosh, WI, to Frederick and Ethel (Reed) Reimers. She graduated from Oshkosh High School and received her bachelor's degree from Oshkosh Teachers College. She married Gilbert French on Aug. 29, 1956 in Oshkosh.

She did some graduate work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and received her master's in English from The University of South Dakota in Vermillion and moved to Vermillion in 1967.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Vermillion, and was active in music at the church. She was involved in Girl Scouts, was a member of the University Women's Club, and was involved in the Shrine to Music Museum in Vermillion since it had been established.

Survivors include her husband: Gilbert of Vermillion; three daughters: Katherine Rasmussen of Vermillion, Claudia French of Fairbanks, AK, and Andrea French of West Branch, IA; and six grandchildren.

Her parents and a brother, Frederick Jr., preceded her in death.

Memorial services will be held this spring at the United Church of Christ in Vermillion, and will be announced.

Memorials may be directed to the Shrine to Music Museum.

The Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is handling the arrangements.

Frances Swee

Funeral services for Frances Swee, 85, Beresford, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Dalesburg Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion. She died Feb. 23, 2001 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. Burial preceded the funeral services in the Dalesburg Lutheran Cemetery, rural Vermillion.

Frances Strom was born Jan. 1, 1916, near Beresford, to Peter and Emma (Larson) Strom. She attended Emmett rural school and graduated from Beresford High School, and then attended and graduated from Southern State Teachers College. She taught at the Prairie Center and Sunnyside rural schools in the Beresford area.

She married Erling Swee on June 1, 1941 at the Dalesburg Lutheran Church. The couple farmed in rural Clay County until 1979 when they retired and moved to Beresford. He died in September of 1992 and she continued to reside in Beresford until her death.

Mrs. Swee was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She was a lifetime member of the Dalesburg Lutheran Church where she was involved in many church activities. She was also a 4-H leader for many years and was active in local Extension clubs. Among her hobbies and interests were reading, gardening, and flowers. She enjoyed living on the farm and loved the lifestyle it provided. Her greatest love in life was her family. Her children and grandchildren were very important to her and she cared for them deeply.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister, one brother, and one great-grandchild.

Survivors include two sons: Sheridan Swee and wife Gail of Beresford, and Kendal Swee and wife Kay of Burbank; one daughter: Roberta Schoeberl and husband Alden of McAlester, OK; 11 grandchildren: Heidi Olson, Richelle Miller, Jennifer O'Connell, Kerri Swee Wilson, Stephanie Swee, Kelly Swee, Jamie Swee, Troy Swee, Darin Schoeberl, Justin Schoeberl, and Greg Schoeberl; 13 great-grandchildren; special family friend Josie Strom; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Varner Cowman

Varner Burdette "Burt" Cowman, 84, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001 at the Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell, MT.

He was born Jan. 7, 1917 in Gayville, to William and Carrie (Vognild) Cowman.

He married Winifred Ball in 1937 in Santa Monica, CA, and they raised two daughters together. They later divorced. He worked for Douglas Air Craft for about 10 years.

From 1947 until 1979, Mr. Cowman worked for the University of California, UCLA. He was hired as a carpenter and retired as supervisor of buildings and grounds, overseeing 600 employees. He remarried in 1973, and gained a son. After his retirement, he traveled the country by motor home and also visited Norway.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and second wife, Eleanor in 1993.

He is survived by his two daughters: Jeannine Dolson and husband David of Valencia, CA, and Ladeine Thompson and husband Ray of Kalispell, MT; one son: Jordan Cowman and wife of Eugene, OR; his ex-wife: Winifred Cowman of Kalispell; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 27 at Johnson Mortuary with Pastor Pat Morison of Faith Covenant Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial followed in Conrad Memorial Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be sent in his name to the Alzheimer's Disease Research, 15825 Shady Grove Road Suite 140, Rockville, MD 20850-4022, Immanuel Lutheran Home, 185 Crestline, Kalispell, MT 59901 or the donor of your choice.

Sally Cranston

Sally Estelle Cranston, 91, of Paris, TX, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital in Vermillion.

Sally Martin was born Feb. 26, 1909 in Ambia, TX to James and Ethel (Warner) Martin. She attended the Paris schools, and graduated from the East Texas State Teachers College in 1927. She taught in the Paris school system for 40 years, and was currently visiting her son in Vermillion. She married H.G. Cranston on June 1, 1941 in Paris, TX.

Her son, Charles, of Vermillion, and two grandchildren, Chuck of Texas, and Lauren Cranston of Arkansas, survive her. Also surviving her are many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are being held in Paris, TX, and the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is handling local arrangements.

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