Obituaries

Obituaries Harold Hansen

Harold P. Hansen, 79, Red Wing, MN, formerly of rural Vermillion, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001 at the Mission Nursing Home, Plymouth, MN.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Roseni Lutheran Church, rural Beresford. Burial was in the St. Peter Cemetery, rural Vermillion.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

He was born April 21, 1922, in Clay County to Jens P. and Edith (Yaeger) Hansen. He attended rural Center Point School and graduated form University High, Vermillion, in 1940. He attended Lutheran Bible Institute, Minneapolis. He married Olive Bates June 15, 1945. He farmed in partnership with his dad until 1956, then farmed by himself until 1967. He then sold a variety of services and products until 1992, because of ill health. He also helped build the Clay County Rural Telephone System.

He was a member of Clay County Christian Temperance Union and South Dakota Innermission Christian Fellowship with his family. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church until it closed, then joined Roseni Lutheran Church and late the First Covenant Church, Red Wing in 1992 and spent the last year in he Mission Nursing Home, Plymouth.

He is survived by his wife, Olive; three sons, Philip (Nancy) Hansen, Norwalk, IA; Peter (Soni) Hansen, Clive, IA; and Dan Hansen, Charles City, IA; two daughters, Judy (Allan) Nelson, Red Wing, and Alice Hansen, Sioux Falls; Six grandchildren; four sisters, Jean Burgess, Wilmette, IL, Dorothy Mandsager, Marshalltown, IA, Devona Swiggum, Middleton, WI, and Corinne Chilstrom, Northbrook, I.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter.

Memorials may be directed to Bibles for the World of the Gideons.

Marece Carter

Marece Ann Carter, 70, of Vermillion died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, at Casa de Paz Nursing Home in Sioux city, IA.

Services were 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion, with Glen Houts chaplain of Siouxland Hospice officiating. Burial was in Bluffview Cemetery. Visitation was 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 27 with the family present 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Mrs. Carter was born Dec. 18, 1931, in Shenandoah, IA, the daughter of George and Wauneta (Stanley) Hickman. She graduated from Mapleton (Iowa) High School.

She married James R. Carter on Jan. 14, 1958, in South Sioux City. She had lived in Vermillion for 38 years. She was employed as a dietary aide with Dakota Hospital in Vermillion for 15 years, retiring in 1986. Her husband died Nov. 30, 1975. She had been a resident of the nursing home for seven months.

She was an active participant with Vermillion Senior Citizens Center and a former member of the Vermillion Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Her hobbies included needlework and crafts. She loved plants and birds and cared for them year round, especially the squirrels and birds at her home.

Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Brenda and Kent Culver of Bellevue, NE, Susan and Marc Crowder of Las Vegas, NV, and Nancy and Brad Figge of Sioux City; a sister and her husband, Janice and Dean Beall of Woodland, CA; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Myrtle Twedt

Myrtle I. Twedt, 96, Spink, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

A memorial service was held at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Brule Creek Lutheran Church, rural Elk Point, with the Rev. Richard Wiekert officiating. She has donated her body to The University of South Dakota medical department.

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

She was born June 21, 1905, at Spink, to Albert and Birgette Dale Larson. She attended South Spink School District No. 34 and attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls. She married Lincoln Twedt March 28, 1925, at rural Elk Point. She was a homemaker. Her husband died Dec. 8, 1986. She lived her entire life in the family home at Spink.

She was a member of the Brule Creek Lutheran Church, rural Elk Point.

Survivors include her daughters, Marian Aaker, Minneapolis, MN, Marilyn Erikson, Helena, MT, and Nancy (Ben) Burtzloff, Liberal, KS; her sons, Lynn (Alice) Twedt, Harvard, IL, and Carter (Peggy) Twedt, Carson City, NE; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, a daughter and a grandson.

Memorials may be directed to the Brule Lutheran Church or to Augustana College.

Merle Christensen

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at the Randall Funeral Home, Madison, for Merle Christensen, Madison, who died Jan. 5. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery, Madison.

Merle Edwin Christensen was born Feb. 21, 1913, at Marcus, IA, the son of Julius and Lillian (Tangeman) Christensen. He came to South Dakota with his family as a child and grew up in the Parker area and then moved to Madison.

On Feb. 1, 1936, he married Elizabeth G. Kuchenbecker of Madison in a double wedding ceremony with Lawrence and Evelyn Hildenshield. He farmed in the Madison area, drove the school bus many years and drove his gravel truck before retiring. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, boxing and was an avid and excellent pool player. Nature was his special friend.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Janice Emmick and her husband, Don; granddaughter, Holly Annis and her husband, Kevin and their children, Kristine, Ryan and Tyler, all of Vermillion; granddaughter, Trudy Hill and her daughter, Jade of Rapid City; one brother, Elwin (Butch) and his wife, LaDonna of Madison; three sisters, Lois and her husband, Ed Nelson, Lila Leger, all of Rapid City, and Frances Hagen of Canistota; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Mr. Christensen was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Clarence and Marvin.

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