Obituaries

Obituaries Eleanor Sebring

Eleanor M. Sebring, 90, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with Rev. Judith Johnson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

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

She was born May 29, 1912 at Dixon County, NE, to Elmer and Helga (Severson) Anderson. She moved to Vermillion on Jan. 23, 1928, crossing the icy Missouri River by horse and wagon. She was a 1930 graduate of Vermillion High School.

She worked many years as a nurses aide at Dakota Hospital, Vermillion. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid, charter member of Eagle Auxiliary, 25-year member of Vermillion Rebekahs and other women's clubs. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

She married Orville Severson Jan. 24, 1931, at Vermillion. He died Dec. 5, 1987. She married Dr. Floyd Sebring Feb. 14, 1997, at Vermillion.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd Sebring; one son, Roger (Donna) Severson, Tucson, AZ; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one stepson, Ed Sebring, Sioux City, IA; two step-daughters, Gloria (Bill) Stewart, Sioux City, IA and Sharon (Bob) Block, Tulsa, OK; four step-grandchildren; one sister, Orpha Smith; and two nieces.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, her first husband and one son.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Margaret Schmidt

Margaret Lass Schmidt, 84, of Vermillion, died Thursday May 30, 2002 at Sioux Valley Medical Center, Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion with the Rev. Judith Johnson officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31 with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

She was born Aug. 8, 1917, at Centerville to Patrick and Josephine (Heeb) Logsdon. She graduated from Beresford High School in 1935. She was a timepay secretary at Nation Bank of South Dakota. She retired on Jan. 30, 1980. She married Fred W. Lass April 26, 1958, at Madison. He died Nov. 30, 1976.

She married Peter J. Schmidt in August of 1979, at Vermillion. He died Sept. 21, 1989.

She was a member of VFW Auxiliary, life member of Senior Citizens, Lutheran Church Ladies Aide and Ladies Circle. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion.

She is survived by her step-children, Betty Pugh, Belleview, IL, James Schmidt and Debra Ubokudom, both of Sioux Falls; four sisters, Sylvia Bonine, Jefferson, Eleanor Schooley, Quartsite, AZ, Rosemary Heirigs, Viborg, Patricia Clark, Lake In The Woods, IL; one brother, Conrad Logsdon, Wakefield, NE; 32 nephews and nieces; seven step-grandchildren; and two great-step-grandchildren.

Rita Haye

Rita M. Haye, 76, of Omaha, NE, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at her home in Omaha.

She was born Nov. 27, 1925 in Vermillion to Faye and Maude Swisher.

She attended The University of South Dakota and was a member of Chi Omega sorority.

She married Darrell Haye and from that union, her son, Paul, was born.

Ms. Haye became the executive secretary to the dean of the medical school at The University of South Dakota. She later married Dr. Walter Hard and they moved to Omaha where she became affiliated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, first in a similar position and later as a public relations director.

Ms. Haye was interested throughout her life in Chi Omega activities, enjoyed and supported the Omaha Community Playhouse, attended many sporting events and enjoyed playing bridge (even though the last time she played, she got low).

She was Oglala Lakota and proud of her Native American heritage. She served on the board of the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition.

Ms. Haye was very family oriented and enjoyed all of her nieces and nephews as evidenced by the many pictures of them gracing her home. She often served as a "gramma" to most of them. She loved her pets, the last being Amy, her dog, and Callie, her cat.

Visitation was Sunday, May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at John A. Gentleman 72nd Street Chapel, Omaha. Services were held Monday, May 27 at 2 p.m. at John A. Gentleman 72nd Street Chapel, Omaha. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery on May 28 at 3 p.m.

She is survived by a son, Paul Haye of Omaha; a brother, Arden Swisher of Omaha; and several nieces and nephews.

Harley Grangaard

Harley W. Grangaard, 85, of Sioux City, IA, died June 2, 2002 at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, IA.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Riverside Lutheran Church, Sioux City, with the Rev. Charles B. Wolff officiating. Interment was in the Elk Point Cemetery, Elk Point, SD.

Visitation was Thursday at Riverside Lutheran Church. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m.

Mr. Grangaard was born in Wakonda Dec. 7, 1916 to Oswald and Emma (Johnson) Grangaard. He was raised on the family farm near Wakonda.

He married Berneice E. Wold June 25, 1938 at Parker. The couple farmed near Wakonda for several years and moved to Sioux City in 1959, where Mr. Grangaard worked for Armour Packing Plant and John Morrell Packing Company.

He was hired as a welder for Load King Corporation and worked there for many years until his retirement in 1978.

Mr. Grangaard enjoyed watching sports. His hobbies included golfing, fishing and bowling.

He loved all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Berneice E. Grangaard, Sioux City; four sons, Wendell and Patricia Grangaard, Sioux Falls, Jerry and Deanna Grangaard, Elk Point, Danny and Christine Grangaard, Tok, AK, and Ronnie and Shirley Grangaard, Elk Point; three sisters, Carol and Dwane Clodfelter, Vermillion, Marilyn Johnson, Littleton, CO, and Cozette Graham, Rocklin, CA; and two brothers, Orin and Mary Grangaard, Roseville, CA, and Darrel and Mary Grangaard, Helmet, CA; 20 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three grandsons.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Christy-Smith Berkemier Chapel in Sioux City.

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