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Obituaries Stephen James

Stephen P. James, 56, was born on July 29, 1945 in Brookings, the son of Clifford and Fae Harriet (Seaman) James. He died on Sunday, June 9, 2002 at his residence in Brookings.

Steve received his education in the Brookings schools and graduated from Brookings High School in 1963. He attended South Dakota State University for one year before attending The University of South Dakota where he received his B.A. degree in 1968. Following his education he was employed at Wilson's Clothing for one year until becoming a partner in James Wholesale until the business was sold in 1978. He then moved to Atlanta, GA, and attended graduate school at Emory University for one year. Following graduate school he owned and operated a group of dry cleaning stores until moving back to Brookings in 1987.

Steve was a member of the Brookings Elks Lodge #1490. He enjoyed traveling, golfing and was a good supporter and fan of USD athletics.

He is survived by one brother, Clifford R. "Kip" James (Rhonda) of Arlington; one sister, Sylvia Walker (Robert) of Broken Arrow, OK; four nephews, Tom James, Mike James, Brian Leverenz and Brad Leverenz; and one niece, Kim Leverenz Duke.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew Terry Leverenz.

Memorial services were held June 13 with the Rev. Jerry Stolp officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Brookings.

Connie Hanisch

Connie Hanisch, 42, Gayville, died Sunday, June 9, 2002, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Humboldt.

Visitation was Tuesday with a scripture service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton.

She was born Aug. 28, 1959, at Sioux Falls, to Edward and Virjean (Koch) Herbst. She grew up in the Salem area, attended St. Mary's Grade School and graduated from Salem High School. She married Hilary Hanisch April 1, 1978, at Salem. They lived in the Humboldt area until 1988 when they moved to the Gayville-Volin area. She enjoyed working with children and had various jobs in that field. She was also a former administrative assistant for the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton.

She is survived by her husband, Hilary, Gayville; one son Jeremy (Gina) Hanisch, Lennox; one daughter, Elizabeth Hanisch, Gayville; one grandson; three brothers; Darrell Herbst, Cross Plains,WI, Bill Herbst, Rapid City, and John Herbst, Rock Valley, IA; two sisters; Carol Bakalyar, Isanti, MN and Nancy Roth, Irene; one sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry Wood

Gerald Patrick "Jerry" Wood, Omaha, NE, 67, died June 7, 2002 at his home.

He was born Feb. 1, 1935 in Sioux City, IA, to John and Ellen (Smith) Wood.

Mr. Wood was a self-employed insurance agent. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church � Creighton University.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Peggy Wood, Chicago, IL; four daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn and John Hartman, Philips, NE, Kristine Wood and Jeff Lubash, Omaha, Kolleen and Mike Mancuso, Omaha, and Kourtney and Monty Brodin, Omaha; the mother of his children, Kathryn Alice Wood, Omaha; six grandchildren, Ryan, Nathan, Brian, Bailee, Michael and Brett; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Donna Wood, Lincoln, NE; and a sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Mike Gaberty, Omaha.

Funeral services were held June 11 at St. John Catholic Church, with Father Albert R. Thelen officiating.

Timothy Conroy

Timothy Joseph Conroy, 37, Topeka, KS, died June 10, 2002 at Midland Hospice House from complications from neurofibromatosis.

He was born Feb. 17, 1965 to Joseph and Leota (Owens) Conroy. He married Mary Ellen (Schmitz) Holthaus on June 17, 1995.

Mr. Conroy earned his bachelor of science degree in business accounting from The University of South Dakota. He worked for Security National Bank as a securities analyst in Sioux City, IA, from 1987-90. He earned his master of arts in special education from USD. He then taught at Eisenhower Middle School in the special education department in Topeka, KS.

After being diagnosed with neurofibromatosis and as the illness progressed, he moved from the teaching field to a position within the Kansas Department of Revenue, where he held several positions. At the time of his death he was a research analyst.

Mr. Conroy was a member of the Knights of Columbus #8059 and was on the board of directors for Topeka Independent Living Resource Center. He was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. He was an avid Nebraska Husker football fan.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen, Topeka, KS; two stepsons, Dustin and Corey Holthaus, both of Topeka; one daughter, Sarah Conroy, Topeka; his parents, Joseph and Leota Conroy of Vermillion; sisters Cyndy Novacek, Olathe, KS, and Chris Conroy Hof, Yankton; and brothers Russ Conroy, Springfield, MO, and Alan Conroy, Topeka.

Mass of Christian burial was held June 13 at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to the Sarah Conroy Education Fund and a scholarship for students with disabilities at The University of South Dakota, sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd., Topeka, KS, 66614.

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