Obituaries

Obituaries Willmina Witt

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

Her funeral was at 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 the Prairie Mound Cemetery near Butler.

Visitation was in the funeral home on Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m. and prior to the services at the church.

James Gerhardt

James Lucus Gerhardt, 17, Vermillion, died March 11, 2002 in Vermillion.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. There will be a scripture service at 8 p.m. on Friday at the church. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, is in charge of arrangements.

James was born May 1, 1984 in Edmonds, WA, to Mark and Barbara (Lucus) Gerhardt. He was a junior at Vermillion High School and was employed by the Cherry Street Grille, Vermillion.

He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, and had lived in Vermillion since November of 1990.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Barbara and Dennis Kingsbury, Vermillion; his father and stepmother, Mark and Charlotte Gerhardt, Sioux Falls; a brother, Sam, Salt Lake City, UT; a sister, Sarah Gerhardt, Vermillion; and grandmothers Evelyn Lucus, Marysville, WA, and Jane Gerhardt, Mesa, AZ.

Lois Ostrem

Lois Mae Ostrem, 85, formerly of Wakonda, died Friday, March 8, 2002 at Covington Heights Nursing Home in Sioux Falls.

Lois Hammond was born Sept. 5, 1916 in Hooker, to Frank and Josie Hammond.

She married Lowell Duane Ostrem on Nov. 12, 1936 in Centerville. They lived on a farm southwest of Wakonda until 1969. They then moved to Wakonda where they had an upholstery business until Duane's death on March 22, 1985.

Mrs. Ostrem lived in the Wakonda Apartments until moving to Sioux Falls to be closer to her son, Richard, and his family.

Survivors include four sons, Norman (Maxine) of Hot Springs, Gary (Judy) of Gardenerville, NV, Ray (Barbara) of Mesquite, TX and Richard (Sharon) of Harrisburg; and 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 13 at the First Lutheran Church in Wakonda. Burial followed in the Holland Cemetery, rural Centerville.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Maurice Lounsbery

Maurice Lounsbery, 82, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at the Good Samaritan Home in Centerville. Funeral services are pending with the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

Jim Marske

Funeral services for Jim L. Marske, 43, Aberdeen, were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 4, at the First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Ken Palmer officiating. Burial at 2 p.m., Monday at the Andover Cemetery, Andover. He died Friday, March 1, 2002 in a motor vehicle accident near Bath.

Spitzer-Osthus Funeral Home, Aberdeen, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Marske was born on May 26, 1958 at Aberdeen to Robert and Leone (Root) Marske. He was baptized and confirmed in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Andover. He grew up and attended elementary school in Andover. He transferred to Groton and graduated from Groton High School with the class of 1976. Jim attended Northern State College for two years. He worked for 3M for 24 years, where he was manager of the cafeteria at the time of his death. After the death of his parents he owned and operated the family bar, Marske Rifle Rest in Andover.

He was a member of the Bar Retailer Association, North America Hunting Club, National Rifle Association and Safari Club. Mr. Marske was able to participate and excel at many sports. He played many national, state and local softball tournaments along with many state and local racquetball tournaments.

He loved his daughters, Erica and Ashley and was proud of their talents and ambitions to work towards achieving the goals they have set for themselves.

Mr. Marske was close to his family and was sentimental about his parent's legacy.

He was an avid hunter. He fulfilled his hunting dreams with his trophy 6×6 elk and his African safari with his fianc�e, Lisa. Together thy brought home nine trophy animals.

He liked to laugh and he loved being around people.

Grateful for having shared his life are his daughters, Erica Marske of Brookings and Ashley Marske of Spearfish; two sisters Dodie (Bob) Bemis of Watertown and Mary Lou Gauer of Bowdle; and a fianc�, Lisa Reich of Aberdeen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Donna Utley

Donna Lee Utley, 70, of Vermillion, died Thursday, March 7, 2002 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital in Vermillion.

Donna Sawyer was born July 19, 1931 in Humbolt, IA to Justin "Jup" and Elsie (Behrens) Sawyer. She graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1949, and married Duke Utley on July 16, 1950 at Fort Dodge, IA.

Survivors include two sons, Bill (Judy) Utley, Yankton, and Bob (Nancy) Utley, Salem OR; one daughter, Susan (Rich) Job, Vermillion; one sister, Elnora Calemine, Brookfield, WI; one brother, John Sawyer, Humboldt, IA; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a special friend, Gary Schaner.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Burial followed in Bluffview Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was Sunday, March 10, at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

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