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Obituaries Philip Cleland

Philip (Woody) Cleland, formerly of Vermillion, died June 29, 2001 in Lakewood, CA.

Memorial services were held July 2 in Bellflower, CA, with Mr. Cleland's nephew, the Rev. Michael Cleland, officiating.

Mr. Cleland was born March 4, 1918 in Vermillion where he was raised. He was the son of Philip and Celia Cleland.

He was married to Beverly Erickson from Vermillion. They had three children, Ronald, Janalee and Rhoada. He is also survived by a brother, Loren, and a sister, Phyllis.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ervin (Pete) and Lester.

Vincent Krantz

Vincent Krantz, 91, of Howard, died July 11, 2001 at the Madison Community Hospital. Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m. July 14 at St. Agatha Catholic Church, Howard. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Howard.

Vincent John Krantz was born Aug. 23, 1909, on a farmstead outside of Howard to Henry and Mary Krantz. He had four sisters and one brother.

While growing up in the Howard areas, he attended country school, walking every school day 3/4 of a mile. He assisted with the usual farm work like milking cows and separating the milk so the cream and eggs could be sold for grocery monies as this was necessary in those days.

Mr. Krantz married Lorine Sawyer on May 4, 1942 in a double wedding ceremony with Lorine's twin, Irene and her husband-to-be, Martin Reisch, at St. Agatha Catholic Church, Howard.

Mr. Krantz was a pioneer farmer using horses to farm at the beginning, later purchasing a B John Deere tractor. Mrs. Krantz died on Aug. 12, 1975.

He then married Ellen Vittitoe Henry on Aug. 24, 1980 in Howard. She died of cancer in 1983. He enjoyed hunting deer, pheasants and fishing. As a young boy he enjoyed the all-day trips by horses and buggies to fish with his family at Lake Henry, which is north of Howard.

Survivors include: three sons, the Rev. Bob Krantz of Parkston, Jim and his wife, Deanne, of Howard, and Dick and his wife, Sandy, of Winner; three daughters: Sharon and her husband Ralph Kommes of Arlington, May Lou and her husband, David Christopherson of Vermillion, and Cindy and her husband, Bob McNames of Watertown; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, a daughter, Carol, four sisters, Agnes Huls, Sophie Clawson, Teresa Esser, Tillie Esser and a brother, Nick.

Florence 'Marie' Mahan

Florence Marie Mahan, 77, Alexandria, MN, died July 14, 2001, at the Douglas County (MN) Hospital.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Thursday, July 19 at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Brandon, MN, with the Rev. Eugene Lemm and the Rev. Al Ludwig officiating.

Visitation was held Wednesday, with a Daughters of Isabella rosary and a prayer service at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Interment was in St. Ann's Cemetery in Brandon.

Florence Marie Stevenson, the daughter of John Lee and Florence M. (Peterson) Stevenson, was born on her mother's birthday, June 23, 1924, in Vermillion. She graduated from Vermillion High School in 1942 and attended The University of South Dakota from 1942 through 1943.

Following her schooling she became a secretary for the Sioux City Milk Producers' Association in Sioux City, IA. On Feb. 12, 1944, she married Lt. Lawrence J. Mahan at Shaw Field, Sumter, SC.

Following her marriage she and her husband farmed in Vermillion, and after 1956 in Brandon, MN. Mrs. Mahan was very active in her church and in her children's activities, such as 4-H, band, choir, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and sports.

After her husband's death in June 1970, she became secretary for the Brandon School System. In 1983, she retired. She moved to Alexandria, MN in June 1984.

In Alexandria, she was active in Newcomer's Club, several bridge clubs, a birthday club and church groups. She volunteered at Knute Nelson, Douglas County (MN) Hospital and the Senior Citizens' Center. Her joys in life were her family and friends and traveling. She enjoyed visiting her grandchildren and attending their activities.

Her husband, Larry, her parents and only sibling, Dalton Stevenson, preceded her in death.

She is survived by: her six children, Jeanette McGillicuddy, Chaska, MN, John Mahan, Fargo, ND, Nancy August, Toledo, OH, Patricia (Daniel) Botner, Garfield, MN, Mark Mahan, San Diego, CA, and Mary (Bill) Minter, Tucson, AZ; seven grandchildren, Genevieve McGillicuddy, Christopher McGillicuddy, Alexandra August, Jason Adams, Brian Mahan, Kevin Mahan and Christopher Mahan; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Wrigley, San Diego, CA, and Dorothy Dahlman, Vermillion; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial gifts will be used by the family to establish a Brandon High School scholarship fund in the name of their parents. Arrangements were by Anderson Funeral Home, Alexandria, MN.

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