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Obituaries Dr. Marjorie Beaty

Dr. Marjorie H. Beaty, 96, Vermillion, died Thursday, July 18, 2002 in her sleep at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

A funeral service was held July 20 at the United Church of Christ (Congregational), Vermillion, with burial in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Visitation was July 19 at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with the family present. There was an evening prayer service at the United Church of Christ followed by an Order of Eastern Star service.

Dr. Beaty was born Jan. 21, 1906, in Buffalo, NY, to Henry George and Josephine Heckel. She graduated from the University of Rochester in New York with an A.B. degree in 1928, and an M.A. degree in 1929, in mathematics. In 1929, she began her doctoral work at Brown University but left in 1931 when she was hired for a teaching position in the mathematics department at The University of South Dakota.

She married Donald W. Beaty March 30, 1933, in Chicago. She attended the University of Colorado in 1935 on a graduate fellowship receiving a Ph.D in mathematics in 1939.

She became dean of women at USD for a semester in 1941. She taught math until 1943 when her daughter was born. She resumed teaching in 1956 and continued teaching until 1976 when she retired with Emeritus status. She taught math at Yankton College prior to its closure.

Dr. Beaty was very active in her community. She was a founding member of Delta Kappa Gamma in South Dakota. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Annie B. Tallent Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, Pi Mu Epsilon, AAUW (life member), Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Chi Omega Sorority, a 50-year member of the American Mathematical Society, the S.D. Academy of Science, Retired Teachers, Emeritus Club, Board of Directors of the America's National Music Museum (Shrine to Music), Order of Eastern Star (past matron) and PEO, Chapter E (50-year member and past president). She was also chair of the USD Centennial of South Dakota.

In 1998 the USD Foundation presented the Inman Award to Marjorie and Donald. She presented the USD College Lecture in 1965. She also gave a summer commencement address at USD in 1982.

In 1985, Delta Kappa Gamma presented her with the Alpha Pi State Achievement Award for outstanding achievement. In 1995 USD nominated her for the "Spirit of Dakota" award that is given annually to a woman acknowledged for her outstanding contributions to her community and sate.

She is survived by her two daughters, Debra Beaty (AB) Blanton, Shelby, NC, and Mary Beaty (Joe) Edelen, Vermillion; six grandchildren, Hunter Blanton (Gerald), North Carolina, Mary Avinger (Mike), North Carolina, Amanda Blanton, North Carolina, Audra A. Edelen, Coralville, IA, Anthony C. Edelen, Aspen, CO, and Jarrod A. Edelen, Vermillion; one nephew, Dr. Philip Heckel, Iowa City, IA; and two nieces, Susan Heckel of Florida and Sally Heckel of New York City.

Memorials may be directed to the Dr. Marjorie H. Beaty Math/Computer Science Scholarship Endowment at The University of South Dakota Foundation or to the United Church of Christ (Congregational), the Shrine to Music Museum, or to the USD Shakespeare Garden.

Donald Woolridge

Donald Ellis Woolridge, 76, of Sioux City, who was missing since Oct. 11, 2001, was found five miles north of Blair, NE July 2002.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 27, at The First Presbyterian Church, 6th and Nebraska St., Sioux City, IA, with the Rev. Don Cameron officiating. Lunch will be provided immediately following the service in the basement of the church. Inurnment will be at 2 p.m. July 27 at Bluff View Cemetery in Vermillion. There will be no visitation or viewing with the family.

Mr. Woolridge was born Feb. 16, 1925, on a farm near Ida Grove, IA and was the son of James I. and Margaret (Whalen) Woolridge. He went to country school through eighth grade. He graduated from Ida Grove High School with a Teacher's Training Certificate to teach grade school. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in the Army During World War II. He contracted rheumatic fever and received a medical discharge from the service.

He attended the University of South Dakota in January 1946 until May 1950 and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sioux City, IA.

Mr. Woolridge married Marilyn Dawson on June 15, 1952, in Vermillion. He was employed with Ben S. Noble Lumberyard in 1950 until they closed in 1954. He then continued employment at Battle Creek High School from 1954 until 1964; he then moved to Sioux City and taught at West Junior High School from 1964 until 1985 when he retired from teaching.

He worked part-time at United Rent All from 1965-1969; when that business was sold and transferred with the new owners, named Soo Rent All, he continued employment with them from 1969-1972. From there he went to Dick & Bill's TV part-time from 1972-1975. He took over the TV shop and turned it into Don & Bob's TV part-time from 1975 until 1995, when he decided to close the TV shop.

At the time he had already began working at the Siouxland YMCA in the School Age Childcare Program from 1988-2000, when he again retired. He was a very hard worker and usually held more than one job at a time. He lived in Sioux City for more than 38 years. He was a member of the Legion, Odd Fellows, NSEA and NEA.

He enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, reading and any and all sports especially football and basketball and in his younger days riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two children, a daughter, Pamela and her husband Carlos Perez, of Sioux City, IA, and a son, Jeffery and his wife Jayna, Sioux City, IA; and one grandson, Connor Ian of Sioux City; an older brother, Harold Woolridge of Ida Grove, IA; and an older sister, Ida May Lohafer, of Fort Dodge, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother, Richard Woolridge.

Memorials in his name may be directed to the Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel of Sioux City with an organization to be determined at a later date.

Jonathan Lee Carlson

Johnathan Lee Carlson was born February 12, 1980, in Viborg, to parents Gary Carlson and Sandra (Frederickson) Carlson. He died July 12, 2002, due to injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident in Oak Harbor,WA.

Mr. Carlson grew up on a farm in the Beresford community and graduated from Beresford High School in 1998. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and was a member of the VQ1 Squadron, World Watchers. He had been deployed to Ecuador, Japan, Puerto Rico and Maryland and was currently stationed at Whidbley Island, Oak Harbor, WA, as an E5, Second class Petty Officer.

On June 30, 2000, John married Shannon Nygaard, with whom he shared everything. The couple were currently living in Oak Harbor, WA.

He will be remembered forever for his big heart, wonderful smile and his unconditional love and care for his family and friends. He developed a love for all things mechanical at an early age, and had a passion for motorcycles. His presence will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Ardell Frederickson.

He is survived by his wife Shannon; father Gary Carlson of St. Croix, USVI; mother Sandra King and step-father Thomas King of Vermillion; brothers, Jeremy Carlson and his wife Kris of Beresford, and Joshua Carlson of Sioux Falls; sister Jordyn Carlson of Vermillion; step-sister Chelsea King of Vermillion; mother and father-in-law Carol and Doug Nygaard II of Beresford; brothers-in-law Josh and Jon, and sister-in-law Megan, all of Beresford; grandparents Roscoe and Lois Carlson of Beresford and Eldon and Theresa Frederickson of Las Cruces, NM; and many other relatives and dear friends.

Services were July 20, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Beresford, with burial at Danefield Cemetery, rural Beresford. Wass Funeral Home, Beresford handled the arrangements.

Hazelle Iverson

Hazelle Lavonne (Hansen) Iverson, 96, Beresford, died July 21, 2002 at Bethesda Nursing Home in Beresford.

She was born July 2, 1906 to Lars P. and Petra (Bostholm) Hansen in Irene.

She graduated from Irene High School in 1924, attended The University of South Dakota at Vermillion for two years and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for two years. Upon receiving her teaching certificate, she taught high school in Dalton, Girlie and other towns in Nebraska.

During the summer, she worked at Sequoia National Park Lodge in California.

She married Dr. William P. Iverson on June 18, 1935 in Irene. They lived in Beresford all their married life where he practiced dentistry.

She enjoyed sewing and crocheting many beautiful bedspreads. She also enjoyed reading, playing bridge and entertaining. She traveled to Europe, the Caribbean Islands, Jamaica, Hong Kong and went on an African safari. Memories of her travels kept her very alert.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Beresford.

She is survived by three nephews, Kenneth Hofmeister of Parker, William Pete Hansen of Irene, and James Hansen of Mitchell; several grand- and great-grand-nephews and nieces and a very special friend, Alta Jensen of Beresford.

Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; one brother, Clyde; one sister, Florence Hofmeister; a sister-in-law, Alice Hansen; and brother-in-law, Harold Hofmeister.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 24 at the United Church of Christ in Beresford. Burial followed in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Irene.

Visitation began one hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the church. Hansen Funeral Home in Irene was in charge of arrangements.

Edna Darrow

Funeral services were held for Edna Darrow at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2002 at the Federated United Church of Christ in Centerville.

Edna Erickson was born Nov. 4, 1903 west of Viborg, to Anton and Louise (Christenson) Erickson and died July 16, 2002 at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls at the age of 98.

She graduated from Viborg High School in 1923. She then attended The University of South Dakota. On May 29, 1924 she married Ernest C. Darrow. The couple resided in Centerville. Mr. Darrow died on April 15, 1987. Mrs. Darrow then moved to the Vermillion Care Center in 1987 and in 1996 she moved to the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls and resided there until the present time.

She was a member of Federated United Church of Christ in Centerville. Among her hobbies and interests, Mrs. Darrow enjoyed playing the piano and keyboard, card playing and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ernest; one daughter, Lois Kellicut; one granddaughter, Sutelus Darrow; and two sisters, Margaret Bywaters and Alma Barrett.

Survivors include her daughter, Blanche Johnson of Sioux Falls; one son, Clyde Darrow and his wife Beverly of Blancherville, WI; six grandchildren, Betty Harmon and her husband, Elwood, of Sioux Falls, Deb Harris and her husband, Jim, of Sioux Falls, Rick Darrow and his wife, Lois, of Sioux City, IA, Claudie Kellicut and his wife, Elaine, Kristi Burchfield and her husband Mike, and Vickie Corwin and her husband, Bob, all of Durnad, IL; and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

Phyllis Fejfar

Phyllis I. Fejfar, 83, of Vermillion died Friday, July 19, 2002 at her residence.

Phyllis Irene Dailey was born on her family�s farm near Flandreau, to Lawrence and Stella (Clark) Dailey. She was educated in Pipestone, MN and Madison before becoming a teacher in Dell Rapids. There she met and married the music teacher Willard Fejfar. Upon leaving Dell Rapids, they lived briefly in Sioux Falls before moving to Vermillion.

Mrs. Fejfar was well known in her community both for her talents and her generosity. A popular sing-along organist, one-time avid golfer, and a spirited bridge player, she socialized with great energy. She gave freely and abundantly, whether it was a bouquet from her beautiful gardens, a pan of sweet rolls from her kitchen, lap quilts for patients at the care center, or parties for USD girls sports teams. She will be missed by the wide circle of friends and family who enjoyed her good company and knew her as a positive light, someone they could count on for compassion, humor and fun.

She is survived by her son, Ron (Connie) Fejfar of Jacksonville, AR; and two daughters, Cindy (Lawrence) Berry of Denver, CO, and Karen (Jim) Ehrle of Milwaukee, WI. She is also survived by a sister, Dorothy Anderson of Tucson, AZ; a sister-in-law, Helen Dailey of Flandreau; and a brother-in-law, Don (Carol) Fejfar of Iowa Falls, IA, as well as 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Memorial services were 11 a.m. Monday, July 22 at the United Church of Christ in Vermillion, with a private burial of ashes to follow in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion. Memorials can be directed to the Vermillion Hospice Program. The Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of the arrangements.

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