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Obituaries Stella Girard

Stella Girard, 93, of Vermillion, died Friday, March 15, 2002 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center in Vermillion.

Stella Nelson Nielson was born in Onarga, IL on Oct. 24, 1908 to James and Eva (St. Onge) Nielson. She moved to South Dakota in 1916 and attended school in the Dowling district, later graduating from Elk Point. Stella married Alphonse Girard on Sept. 22, 1931, at the Emmett Catholic Church in rural Union County.

The couple farmed and also owned the Coyote Caf� in Vermillion. In 1952 they moved into Vermillion, where Mrs. Girard was well known for over 20 years for her cooking talents at the Coyote and later as manage for Newberry's Caf�. She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Survivors include her two children, Donald E. (Donna) Girard and Marilyn (Merle) Isaacson, both of Las Vegas, NV. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Kevin (Diane) Girard, Kurt (Judy) Girard of Las Vegas, NV, Kim (Stan) McClain of Pasadena, CA, Rob Isaacson of Las Vegas, NV, Rick (Joni) Isaacson of Salt Lake City, UT, Randy (Mary) Isaacson and Rollie Isaacson, both from Vermillion, and Rhonda (Dan) Dutton of Beech Bluff, TN; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Christina Bell of Vermillion; four sisters-in-law, Alphonsine Kutil of Oklahoma, Laura (Wayne) Brunick and Evelyn Girard of Vermillion, and Dora Mae (Ralph) Miller of Onawa, IA.

Her parents, one sister and her husband preceded her in death. Her husband died Nov. 21, 1994.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion. Visitation was held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home with a 7 p.m. wake service at the church with the Rev. Leonard Fox officiating.

Carl Berglund

Carl Albin Berglund Jr., 75, of North Mankato, MN, died of complications of leukemia at Immanuel-St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato on Sunday March 17, 2002.

Memorial services were 2 p.m. Friday, March 22 at Bergen Lutheran Church in rural Meckling. Mankato Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. If so desired, memorials are preferred to Immanuel-St. Joseph's Hospice program or to an organization of the donor's choice.

Mr. Berglund was born on Dec. 16, 1926 in Meckling to Carl and Dolores (Demann) Berglund. He attended grade school in Meckling and high school in Vermillion. He entered the United States Navy in 1943 and served on the USS Buttress until his honorable discharge in 1946.

He married Priscilla Culver on Sept. 10, 1947 in Avon. They farmed in the Meckling area until his employment with Electro-Magic in Vermillion. While working, he moved with the company to Kentucky and Nevada and retired after 38 years of employment in 1989. After retiring, they moved to Missouri so he could work with his son, Greg, at Berglund Distributing Company. In 1997, they moved to North Mankato.

Mr. Berglund was a member of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato and the American Legion in Missouri. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife, Priscilla Berglund of North Mankato; a son, Greg Berglund and his wife, Cindi of Gilbert, AZ; a daughter, Sandra Berglund of Lake Crystal; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Melvyn Berglund and his wife, Pat of Meckling; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one great-grandchild, and one sister.

Garrin Boersma

Garrin Paul Boersma, 13, died March 5, 2002, in Portland, OR of natural causes after a long-term illness. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12 in Bonanza Community Church in Bonanza, OR. Graveside services were at Bonanza Memorial Park in Bonanza.

Garrin was born Oct. 4, 1988, in Klamath Falls, OR to Kenny and Jennifer (Nelson) Boersma. He was a member of the youth group at Bonanza Community Church. Among his interests were skateboarding, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family members and friends. He loved music and clothes.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Kenny and Bernadette Boersma of Visalia, CA; mother and stepfather, Jennifer and David Jackson of Klamath Falls; a brother, Justin Boersma of Klamath Falls; a sister, Ray Ann Jackson of Klamath Falls; his grandparents, Paul and Laney Boersma, Karol Nelson and Michael Mastro of Bonanza; his great-grandmothers, Margorie Nelson of Bonanza and Lorraine Griffin of Vermillion; his uncles and aunts, Michelle Nelson of Palm Springs, CA, Tom and Lynn Griffin of Goodland, MN, Steve and Lori Griffin of Coon Rapids, MN, Joe and Bonnie (Griffin) Schulke, of Mammoth, AZ and Mike and Kathy (Griffin) Carlson of Vermillion; his cousins, Rob, Eddie and Michael Fore of Bonanza, and numerous special friends.

He was preceded in death by

his grandfather, David Nelson, and great-grandfathers, Alvin Nelson and Paul Griffin.

Gordon Myron

Gordon S. Myron, 84, of Vermillion, died Saturday, March 16, 2002 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Kwen Sanderson officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Myron was born Sept. 14, 1917, at Meckling, to Ole H. and Myra (Snyder) Myron. He graduated from Vermillion High School. He married Kathryn Broderson Dec. 17, 1938. The couple farmed near Meckling until 1952 when they moved into Vermillion. He then worked as an electrician at The University of South Dakota.

He was a member of Bergen Lutheran Church and then Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion. He was also a member of the Vermillion Eagles.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn, Vermillion; one daughter, Kay (Carl) Andre, Walnut Creek, CA; three grandsons and one brother, Odell Myron, Vermillion.

Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association or Trinity Lutheran Church.

Maurice Lounsbery

Maurice M. Lounsbery, 82, Vermillion, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at the Good Samaritan Center, Centerville.

Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at First Baptist Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Sandy Aakre officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery, Centerville.

Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

He was born Feb. 4, 1920, in Turner County to Claude and Iva (Grimsley) Lounsbery. He was a retired farmer, maintenance worker for the Crew Agency and he also worked for Fullerton Lumberyard.

He married Esther Thomas on Feb. 14, 1946, at Centerville.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Vermillion, and served on the board of trustees.

He is survived by his wife, Esther, Vermillion; four sons, Duane (Colleen), Garfield, MN, Richard (Charlotte), Davis, John (Kathy), Hartington, NE, and Marvin (Teresa), Faribault, MN; eight grandchildren; four great-grandsons; two sisters, Miriam Lease, Auburn, WA, and Helen Davey, Racine, WI; and three brothers, Warren, Beresford, and Donald and Edward, both of Sioux Falls.

Hazel Hanscom

Funeral services for Hazel A. Hanscom, 77, were held at 10:30 a.m. March 15, 2002 at the United Methodist Church, Hurley. She died March 12.

Hazel Adele Sanborn was born on March 17, 1924 at Hurley to Alvin and Alice (Rundell) Sanborn. After graduating from Hurley High School in 1942 she attended Eastern State Normal School in Madison and received her teaching certificate.

She was employed at the Sioux Falls Book and Stationary Store before being united in marriage to John A. Hanscom on Aug. 15, 1951 at Hurley. While her husband was in the service she taught at several American military schools in the United States, France and Germany.

In 1974 they moved to Centerville, and she worked for the USD Bookstore and Supply in Vermillion for several years. She was a member of the Centerville garden and library clubs, and several other civic organizations.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, John; four sons, Bill, Centerville, Steve and wife JoAnn, Camp Lejeune, NC, David, Baltimore, MD, and Jeff and wife Etsuko, Lone Tree, CO; a daughter, Betsy Roelofs and her husband Doug, Whitwell, TN; 17 grandchildren; two brothers, Bob Sanborn, Sioux Falls and Don Sanborn, Salem, OR; and a sister, Joyce Johnson, Divide, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and a daughter, Kathy in 1982.

Theresa Iverson

Theresa Iverson, 103, of Meckling, died Sunday, March 17, 2002 at the Sioux Valley Care Center, Vermillion.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Thursday at Bergen Lutheran Church, rural Meckling. Burial was in the Meckling Cemetery.

Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

She was born Nov. 29, 1898, to Iver A. and Ragnild (Larson) Iverson. Miss Iverson, or "Trix" as she was known to her family, was a lifelong resident of Clay County. She resided on the family farm she was born on until 1986 when she moved to Vermillion and eventually the care center.

She went to University High School and then studied music at The University of South Dakota from 1914-1918. She played the piano/organ at the Bergen Lutheran Church for a number of years and gave piano lessons to many children. She loved music until deafness took that away.

She also enjoyed growing flowers, and raised beautiful roses, gladiolas, tulips and violets.

She was a lifelong member of Bergen Lutheran Church. She was a quiet, gentle lady with a wonderful sense of humor. She loved to watch small children and babies and always wanted to know what was going on around her.

She is survived by one niece, Fern Hansen, Sioux City, IA; and two nephews, Merwyn Anfinson, Pierson, IA, and Duane L. Iverson, Palm Desert, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and seven sisters.

Willmina Witt

Willmina Witt, 94, of Vermillion and formerly of Butler, died on Sunday, March 10, 2002 at Sioux Valley Care Center in Vermillion.

Her funeral was 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at the Butler Lutheran Church in Butler, with the Rev. Terrill and the Rev. Sara Sorensen officiating. Burial was in Prairie Mound Cemetery near Butler.

Willmina Fay Jones was born Aug. 30, 1907 to Frank W. and Myrtle (Myers) Jones at Pierre. The family lived on a homestead in Stanley County west of Fort Pierre. She attended country schools near her home and sometimes, during the winter months, had to attend school in Fort Pierre.

When she was in the seventh grade the family moved to Corson, where she finished grade school. She attended her first year of high school at Sioux Falls College Academy and then finished at Washington High School in Sioux Falls in 1926.

She attended college at South Dakota State College at Brookings for two years. She taught one year in a country school near Butler and the next year in a country school near Hartford.

On Aug. 8, 1930, she married Harry Witt at Sioux Falls. After their marriage the couple made their home in Spencer where he taught agriculture and she was a substitute teacher. In 1931 they moved to the Witt family farm near Butler where they farmed with Harry's father and a brother, Frank.

They bred registered Hereford cattle from the early 1930s until the present time. After several years the couple moved to Hayti where her husband was the county agent.

In 1940 they returned to the family farm and raised cattle. Later their son joined them in the farming operation. Mr. Witt died in August 1987. After his death she continued to live on the farm.

In August 1996, after she underwent surgery, she went to live with her daughter in Vermillion and in October 1996 she entered the Sioux Valley Care Center in Vermillion.

She was a member of Butler Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, held offices and took an active part in the women's organizations of the church. She belonged to the Day County Extension Club for over 25 years and was a 50-year member of Eastern Star. She loved gardening, canning her garden produce and raising flowers.

Survivors include one son, Stephen (and Linda) Witt of Bristol; one daughter, Carol Hanson of Vermillion; one brother, Melvin Jones of Garretson; a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law, Frank and Adeline Witt of Vermillion; sisters-in-law, Wanelda Jones of San Francisco, CA, and Joan Jones of Aurora, CO; three grandsons, Kurtis (and Jeanne) Hanson of Sioux Falls, and Shawn and Damon Witt of Bristol; and three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Brian and Katherine Hanson of Sioux Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Clarence and Mark Jones, and a great-granddaughter, Kristi Hanson.

Melvin Johnson

Melvin K. Johnson, 88, of LaVerne, California, formerly of Vermillion, died March 12, 2002 in California. He was born May 9, 1913 at Volin to Charles and Margaret (Backlin) Johnson. The family later moved to Clay County where he attended Clay Point School.

He had been employed at Mullaneys and a number of years at Electro Magic Company in Vermillion. After his retirement, he took care of the Bluff View Cemetery. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, and playing horseshoes.

He married Wilma Hansen on March 20, 1948 at Vermillion. They lived in Vermillion until 1983 when they moved to LaVerne, California where their three daughters are living.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma; three daughters, Melinda Johnson, Marcia (Mike) Townsend and Wendy Johnson; four grandsons, Sean, Kim, and Ryan Townsend and MacKenzie Johnson all of California; a sister, Marian (Irvin) Heimes of Centerville; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5 at the Dalesburg Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion.

Ted Martinson

Ted Martinson, 91, Vermillion, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Iverson- Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

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