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Obituaries Phyllis Bohlmann

Phyllis Engman Bohlmann, 76, Wakonda, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Phyllis Lucille Engman was born in Clay County, to Arthur C. and Pauline (Bleich) Engman on Jan. 20, 1925. She had four living sisters.

She graduated from Vermillion High School and attended The University of South Dakota at Vermillion.

She grew up in the Dalesburg vicinity, 14 miles north of Vermillion, where she and her family were very active members in the Dalesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church. Her work career of 35 years began as deputy Clay County treasurer and then in dental and medical settings in Vermillion, Wakonda and Yankton.

She married Thomas Knutson Jr. of Wakonda on Oct. 18, 1945. Four children were born to this union. They farmed on the same farm for 36 years until Tom's tragic death in 1981. The family attended Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Centerville.

She married Elmer Bohlmann of Wakonda on Sept. 4, 1984 at the Norwegian Stave Church in the Black Hills. They lived on his farm on Frog Creek Road and attended United Church of Christ at Wakonda.

After Phyllis retired, she had time to travel and join several clubs including: Professional Women's Club, Sacred Heart Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Clay Co. Extension Club, Federated Garden Clubs, and UCC church organizations. She held county, district and state offices in these organizations.

Her travels included: Jamaica, Montego Bay, Miami, Epcot Center, Disney World, Calloway Gardens, GA, Glacier National Park, MT in the Rocky Mountains and into Canada, Rock Island, IL, Davenport, IA, Nebraska, Washington, Corpus Christi, TX, the Alamo, Tucson, AZ and into Mexico, San Francisco, CA, and Golden Gate Bridge, and a lifelong dream of touring Europe in 1991. Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Czechoslovakia were highlights of that trip.

Her hobbies and interests were in people, home decorating, flower gardening, photography, scrapbooks, cooking, entertaining, quilt making, and being very active in church and women's club activities.

She is survived by her husband, Elmer of Wakonda; one daughter, Janice Knutson Olsen and husband Richard of Alaska; one son, Bruce Knutson and wife Kathy of Hartford; two stepdaughters, Marjorie Bohlmann Oaks of Missouri, and Cindy Bohlmann Keese of Texas; three grandsons; two granddaughters; three step-granddaughters; one step-grandson; one step-great-grandson; and sisters, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Her parents, an infant sister, husband Tom, two sons and two grandchildren preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Oct. 6, at the United Church of Christ at Wakonda. Burial was in Holland Cemetery, rural Centerville. Hansen Funeral Home, Irene, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials be sent to the Make-A-Wish organization of Sioux Falls or to the American Red Cross.

Bernice Knutson

Bernice (Dwyer) Knutson, 86, Centerville, died Oct. 1, 2001, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Mrs. Knutson was born Nov. 20, 1914, in rural Wakonda. She attended Frog Creek rural school and graduated from Wakonda High School. She married Lauren Knutson on Oct. 6, 1938, in her parents' home.

The couple farmed near Frog Creek School and moved to their present farm east of Centerville in 1943. Lauren died away in 1998 and Bernice continued to reside on the farm until the present time.

She was a member of the Immanuel Free Lutheran Church.

She is survived by two sons, Jerome of Crookston, MN, and LeRoy and his wife Judy of Centerville; her daughter, LaVonne Isaak and her husband Jerry of Centerville; her sister, Mary Jane Abild of Wakonda; her sister-in-law, Arlene Dwyer of Wakonda; nine granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; two step-grandsons; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother Maurice, brother and sister-in-law Michael and Faye Dwyer, brother an sister-in-law Clifford and Dorothy Dwyer, brother-in-law Wilfred Abild and daughter-in-law Mary Lynne Knutson.

Services were held Oct. 5, at Immanuel Free Lutheran Church, rural Centerville, with burial at the Holland Cemetery, rural Centerville. Wass Funeral Home in Centerville was in charge of arrangements.

Delmar Macy

Delmar Wayne Macy, 71, of Sterling, KS, formerly of Vermillion, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001 at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Macy was born March 11, 1930 in Clay County, to Milton and Frances (Wince) Macy.

He married Carol Lofgren on Dec. 27, 1955 in Volin. He worked as a mechanic, and moved to Kansas in 1970. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge, Juno Chapter #11 of the Eastern Star, and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, of Sterling, KS; a daughter, Teresa Gill, of Alden, KS; a brother, Marshal Macy, of Mesa, AZ; a sister, Sara Donna Jensen, of Fort Dodge, IA; and two step-granddaughters, Edie and Emilie Gill.

A daughter, Linda Carol Macy, preceded him in death.

Graveside services were held Friday, Oct. 12, at BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion. Memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion handled the arrangements.

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