Obituaries Janet French

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

Janet Reimers was born 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 degree 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, and was a member of the University Womens Club. She had also been involved in the Shrine to Music Museum in Vermillion since its inception.

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 at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the United Church of Christ in Vermillion.

Memorials may be directed to the Shrine to Music Museum.

Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is in charge of arrangements.

Edna Hanson

Edna J. Hanson, 93, Vermillion, died April 18, 2001 at Bethesda Home, Beresford.

Funeral services were held April 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Judith Johnson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 5, 1907, in Clay County to Martin and Ellen (Hagen) Jonnes. She graduated from Vermillion schools and received her teaching degree from Augustana Academy, Canton.

She married Floyd Hanson March 16, 1935, at Roseni Lutheran Church in Union County. She farmed with her husband and taught at several rural schools in Clay County. Her husband died Jan. 11, 1986.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and formerly of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed her great-grandchildren, handwork and quilting.

She is survived by her son: Burnell (Doris) Hanson, Cottage Grove, MN; a daughter-in-law: Eunice Montgomery, Burnsville, MN; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sisters: Ester Peterson, Prescott, AZ, and Lenore Fish, Sioux Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Dr. Russell Hanson, and a great-grandson, Dustin.

Harry Miller

Harry E. Miller, 85, Stanwood, WA, died at Providence Hospital in Everett, WA, on March 24, 2001.

He was born Jan. 3, 1916 at Sioux City, IA. His family later moved to a farm in the Meckling area and later they moved to a farm near Vermillion. He attended University High School in Vermillion and graduated in 1934.

He married Maida Mattson in 1940. They lived in Sioux City, IA, where they were employed.

They moved to Seattle, WA, where he was employed during World War II. In 1947 they moved with their family back to farm on their home place.

In 1958, they returned to Seattle to make their home where they remained until their retirement.

Graveside services were held on March 29 in Seattle. Memorial services were held March 31 at the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church in Seattle.

In addition to his wife Maida, he is survived by a daughter: Ruth Elaine (Walter) Swanson, Bellevue, WA; a sister: Eileen Iverson, Centerville; two brothers: Ernest Miller, Vermillion, and Ralph Miller, Onawa, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen, a son, Lenny, a sister, Betty Abraham, and his parents, Alfred and Christina Miller.

Willoughby Hall Jr.

Willoughby B. "Billy" Hall Jr., 79, Wakonda, died April 4, 2001 at his residence.

Funeral services were held April 9 at the United Church of Christ, Wakonda, with the Rev. Elmer Aakre officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery, Wakonda.

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

He was born March 26, 1922, at Wakonda to Willoughby Sr., and Martha (Hackett) Hall. He attended Wakonda Grade School through the eighth grade. He farmed near Wakonda. He married Alma Hansen Nov. 15, 1952, at Pipestone, MN. He lived in Wakonda for 32 years. His wife died Jan. 9, 2000.

He was a member of the United Church of Christ, Wakonda.

He is survived by his sons: Calvin, Wakonda, Marvin and his wife Cheryl, Viborg, Edwin, Vermillion, and Steven, Sioux Falls; daughters: Jolene Wolf, Hawarden, IA, and Charlene Hopf, Freeman; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sisters: Agnes Nielson, Viborg, Elizabeth Nielson, Centerville, Stella Lee, Irene, Grace Gentry, St. Paul, MN, and May Peterson, Montrose.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, an infant sister and four brothers.

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