Obituaries

Obituaries Herbert Helstrom

Herbert L. Helstrom, 73, of Vermillion, died Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital, Vermillion.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Newman Center, Vermillion, with the Rev. Joe Forcelle officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. April 26 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

He was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Chicago to Fritz and Esther (Siljenberg) Helstrom. He moved to Vermillion with his family as a young boy. He worked as a janitor at Comfort Inn, SESDAC and W.H. Over Museum, all in Vermillion.

He was a member of the Catholic faith. He also liked woodworking and art work.

He is survived by two sisters, Edith Lutzen, Rolla, MO, and Anne Delashmutt, Blencoe, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

Howard Hanson

Howard S. Hanson, 85, of Volin, died Monday, April 29, 2002 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

He was born Feb. 24, 1917 in Yankton County to M.L. "Matt" and Mary (Freng) Hanson.

He married Roberta Benson on May 20, 1939. They farmed in the Mission Hill area for many years until moving to Volin in 1969. They were members of Vangen Lutheran Church in Mission Hill for 30 years and Faith United Lutheran Church for 33 years.

Survivors are two sons, Ronald (Janet) of Mission Hill, and Ricky (Jana) of Dell Rapids; two daughters, Donna (Bill) Dawley of Brandon, and Eleanor (Jerry) Bass of Harrisonburg, VA; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

His wife, two brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services were Thursday at Faith United Lutheran Church, rural Volin, with burial in Vangen Cemetery at Mission Hill.

Visitation was 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Robert Johnson

Dr. Robert L. Johnson of Vermillion died Wednesday, April 24, 2002, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA, following a severe stroke.

Arrangements were made at Hanson Funeral Home in Vermillion. Visitation was at Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion starting at 5 p.m. Friday, April 26, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. The funeral was 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 with burial immediately following in calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. A luncheon followed the burial at the Saint Agnes School gymnasium.

Born in Bristol on April 29, 1928, the son of Hugo and Frances Johnson served his country in the U.S. Army during its post-WWII occupation of Japan. Johnson married Lois M. Moriarty on May 31, 1956 at Sacred Heart Church in Yankton.

A life-long educator, Johnson received his bachelor of science in business administration from The University of South Dakota in 1951. He obtained his South Dakota certification as a professional accountant in 1951. He went on to earn a master's degree in 1954 and a doctorate in business in 1961 from he University of Iowa. His academic studies included work at Harvard University in Boston in 1962, where he studied the case study method of teaching, which formed the basis of his teaching style at USD. He also did advance study work at University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1963.

Dr. Johnson served on the faculty of the School of Business at The University of South Dakota from 1954-1988 as a professor of finance and as director of the master's in business administration program from 1967-1972. During that times, he taught and mentored literally hundreds of young men and women who have gone on to achieve leadership positions in their chosen fields.

In 1973, Dr. Johnson authored a college textbook titled Financial Decision-Making that introduced college students to the tools of financial analysis, asset management, fund sources, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions.

Dr. Johnson's knowledge of the financial world was put to good use by the state of South Dakota when he served as an advisor to the governor's office and the state Legislature. He was instrumental in creating the South Dakota State Investment Council that now successfully oversees the investment of state employee retirement funds.

Dr. Johnson served as a consultant to the utility industry, testifying before public utility commissions across the country in telephone, electricity and natural gas rate cases.

Dr. Johnson was an active member of the Saint Vincent DePaul Society, a Catholic charitable organization, The University of South Dakota Emeritus Club, and Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity. Johnson was also a charter member and officer in Beta Gamma Sigma at USD, which honors academic achievement in the study of business.

Dr. Johnson was an active member of Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, serving on the finance committee, the parish council, the school board, and as a lector. He participated in numerous other charitable organizations � often working behind the scenes without seeking recognition for his efforts.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Lois; his sister, Ellen Johnson of South Sioux City, NE; four children, Tim (Kathy) Johnson of Minneapolis, Nick (Lili) Johnson of Minneapolis, Ann (Randy) Rasmussen of Vermillion, and Meg (Bill) Beck of Canton; and nine grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the Robert L. Johnson Finance Scholarship at The University of South Dakota, the American Heart Association, or Saint Agnes Catholic School in Vermillion.

Alfred Vitek

Alfred A. Vitek, 94, Yankton, died Saturday, April 27, 2002 at Avera Yankton Care Center, Yankton. Funeral services were Wednesday, May 1 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, with the Rev. John Fischer officiating. Burial was in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Yankton. Visitation was Tuesday at Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton, with a rosary and a scripture service.

He was born May 19, 1907 on a farm one mile north and one mile west of Lesterville to Joseph and Helen (Ternes) Vitek. He grew up in the Lesterville area and attended North Star School. He married Lillian (Bloch) Vitek on Aug. 19, 1941. They moved to a farm south of Gayville, where he farmed until he retired. However, after retirement, he continued to work in the fields, the fields that he loved so much, until just a few short years ago. Two years ago, he moved to an apartment in Yankton, but for the last year he has resided in Yankton with his daughter, Judy. He enjoyed precious time with his family, he loved to watch baseball games, he loved to read, and he was always ready for a game of pinochle.

He is survived by a son, Joseph (Mary) Vitek, Yankton; two daughters, Judy Abler, Yankton and Jane (Donald) Olson, Vermillion; 10 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and one sister, Adella (Clifford) Heathe, Sioux Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lillian (Sept. 12, 1992), two brothers, two sisters, and one greatgranddaughter.

Ida Westre

Ida K. Westre, 88, of Wakonda died Monday, April 29, 2002 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Wakonda.

Mrs. Westre was born Nov. 22, 1913 to Charles and Hannah Gors. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

She married Norman C. Westre in 1954 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Viborg. After farming for many years, the couple retired and moved to Wakonda in 1988.

She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid of Pleasant Valley and the Lodi Club. She enjoyed quilting, craftwork and playing the organ.

Survivors include her husband, Norman; one son, Larry (Linda) Andersen and granddaughter, Jenny Spearen, all of Columbia, SC.

Her parents, two brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

Funeral services were Friday, May 3, at the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church. Burial followed in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, rural Vermillion.

Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

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