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Obituaries Hertha Hattie Brueggeman

Hertha Hattie Brueggeman, 91, of Miller, died Tuesday, July 2, 2002 at the Prairie Good Samaritan Center in Miller.

Visitation was Friday, July 5 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Reck Funeral Home, Miller, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Funeral services were Saturday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller, with the Rev. Gary Anderson officiating. Burial was in the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miller.

Hertha Hattie Bertsch was born Nov. 9, 1910 in Hutchinson County near Menno to Jacob and Katrina (Schorzman) Bertsch. She lived on a farm with her parents southeast of Menno and attended school through the eighth grade. She moved to Rockham with her parents and later to Miller in 1926. She graduated from Miller High School in 1930.

She was a clerk and bookkeeper in the Schofield Grocery and Hardware Store. In September 1936, she married Albert Myers. They lived on a farm north of Miller. They moved into Miller in 1964. Mr. Myers died in 1965.

Mrs. Myers worked in the Hand County Treasury Office for several years. She married Leonard Brueggeman in 1968. She worked for Tri-State Insulation for 10 years. They spent several winters in Florida, Texas, and Arizona. Mr. Brueggeman died in 1981.

Mrs. Brueggeman was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Hope Circle, Extension Club for over 60 years, Hand County Senior Citizens, and card clubs.

She is survived by her step-children, Audrey (Derry) Hochalter of Vermillion, Eugene (Marlene) Brueggeman of Miller, Vincent (Maxie) Brueggeman of Watertown, Dale Brueggeman of Miller, Dianne (Joseph) Aesoph of Seneca; 21 step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; six sisters-in-law, Ella, Bessie, Ruth, Echo, Leona and Erma Bertsch; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by both husbands, her parents, two sisters, six brothers, two nephews and one niece.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller was in charge of arrangements.

Anna Marie Johnson

Anna Marie Johnson, 85, Vermillion died Sunday, July 7, 2002, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with the Rev. Michael Boykin officiating. Burial was in the Meckling Cemetery.

Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

She was born March 30, 1917, at Regent, ND, to John and Aasta (Helgeson) Martinson. She moved to Vermillion as a child. She attended Fairview, Clay County Rural School. She was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Dakota Hospital. She married Howard A. Johnson July 6, 1974, at Gayville. Her husband died Aug. 21, 1995.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Senior Citizens Center and Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by one daughter, Wanda (David) Nieman, Vermillion; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and eight siblings.

Eldene Opferkew

Mrs. Eldene Loyette (Jensen, Hurd) Opferkew, 77, of Port Angeles, WA, died July 5, 2002.

A memorial service will be held July 26, at Olympic Lodge #23 hall in Port Angeles.

She was born April 27, 1925, to Henry Emanual Jensen and Helga Olivia (Grytvik) Jensen, on the family homestead near Viborg. After graduating from Viborg High School in 1942, she worked in the aviation field during World War II in Los Angeles, CA.

She married John I. Hurd in 1945. They moved back to Viborg. Her husband, John, died in 1952. She married Leo Henry Opferkew of Wakonda, Jan. 22, 1955, and lived in Wakonda where she worked in the E & I Caf� and later owned and operated her own caf�. She also worked at The University of South Dakota in the food service department.

The couple moved to Farmington, MN, in 1968 where she worked as a metal press operator for Thorwin Metal Works for several years. They moved to Port Angeles, WA, in 1987.

She was a member of Olympic Lodge #32, Sons of Norway, Women into Scandanavia History (W.I.S.H.), Hardanger Embroidery and Rosemalling Workshop. She was a leader in the annual Lutefisk Dinner sponsored by the Sons of Norway.

She is survived by her husband, Leo; one son, Larry W. (Bonnie) Hurd; a grandson, John M. Hurd; a granddaughter, Gretchen A. (Hurd) Souza; and two great-grandchildren, Chace and Ingrid Souza, all of Port Angeles; one brother, Marlin Jensen of Wall; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Norman Jensen, and sister, Sophie (Jensen) Stevens, all of Viborg.

Madge Aakre

Madge L. Aakre, age 71, of Circle, MT, died Monday, June 10, 2002 at the McCone County Nursing Home in Circle.

Visitation for family and friends was held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive, MT. Private family graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 14, at the Riverview Cemetery in Circle with Pastor Scott Anderson officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery in Circle. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Aakre was born on June 1, 1931 in Dupuyer, MT, the daughter of Theodore and Verna B. (Gamen) Orr. She was raised and educated in Dupuyer, often arriving at school on horseback. She married Elmer Aakre on Sept. 11, 1946 in Choteau, MT. Mrs. Aakre and her husband moved to Brockway in 1980 and later moved to Circle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer in September of 1996; her parents; two brothers; one sister and two grandsons.

Survivors include four sons, Elmer "Sandy" Aakre and his wife Shelley, of Vermillion, Lawrance Aakre and his wife, Jean, of Glendive, Jerry Aakre and his wife, Vi, of Great Falls, MT, Kerry Aakre and his wife, Peggy, of Circle, MT; one daughter, Kathy Ruddy and her husband Allen, of Killeen, TX; two sisters, Tootie Linquist and her husband, Jack, of Valier, MT and Daisy Aaberge of Columbia Falls, MT; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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