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Obituaries Bonnie Leitru

Bonnie Mae Leitru, 71, Vermillion, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002 at Prairie Estates Care Center, Elk Point.

Services were held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Elmer "Sandy" Aakre officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, rural Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Monday with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

She was born Nov. 11, 1930, in Vermillion to Hector Savoie and Francis Wynn. She attended Vermillion schools. She worked for The University of South Dakota Food Service Department for 30 years. She married Virgil Leitru on April 30, 1949, in Pipestone, MN. He died June 8, 1995.

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

The couple enjoyed traveling to flea markets and visitng with company. Her biggest joy was her family and having everyone together for a favorite meal.

She is survived by one daughter, Lea (Larry) Edwards, Vermillion; three sons, Fred (Diane) Savoie, Vermillion, John (Shari) Leitru, McCook Lake, and Tom Leitru, Merrill, IA; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Edith Swensen

Edith Swensen, 84, of Viborg, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002 at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg.

She was born Sept. 17, 1918, in rural Irene, to Erick and Magdalena (Sorensen) Mellem. She married Vance Swensen on Nov. 16, 1939. They farmed in the Irene area until 1976 when they moved to Irene. Mrs. Swensen was a skilled seamstress and worked for Dakota Industries, Irene, and Raven Industries, Beresford. She retired from Raven Industries at the age of 74. In 1998, she moved to Pioneer Villa Assisted Living in Viborg.

Survivors include one daughter, Judy (Jim) DeBoer, Sioux Falls; two sons, Jeff (Eva), Seattle, WA, Jay (Mary) Norfolk, NE; one brother, Ken (Donna) Mellem, Irene; one sister, Louise (Paul) Johnson, Yankton; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Vance, and son, Jerry, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 at Turkey Valley Baptist Church, rural Irene. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, with a remembrance service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Donald Schultz

Donald "Don" Schultz, age 74 of Neodesha, KS, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002 at the Fredonia Regional Hospital in Fredonia, KS.

Mr. Schultz was born April 13, 1928 in Cimarron, KS to Peter and Lena (Nightengale) Schultz. He grew up and attended rural school in Fredonia.

On March 1, 1952, Mr Schultz married Pauline Johnson and they made their home in Neodesha. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 1, 2002. He worked for and retired from the city of Neodesha. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Larry and wife Cindy Schultz of Elk Point, and Gary and wife Karolyn Schultz of Neodesha; one daughter, Donna Schultz and husband Scott of Rossvile, KS; three brothers, Cornelius Schultz of Lafontaine, KS, Ruben Schultz of Fredonia, and Tobie Schultz of Montezuma, KS; three sisters, Eva Schultz of Fredonia, Martha Nichols of Okolona, MI; and Delores Jantz of Elcampo, TX; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and three sisters.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Harry Cunningham officiating. Burial followed in the Neodesha Cemetery under the direction of the Loran Fawcett Funeral Home.

Carl Miller

Carl Miller, 85, of Gayville, died on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg.

Mr. Miller was born July 10, 1917 to Soren and Sena (Lund) Miller in Yankton. He attended Whitehall Country School and graduated from Gayville High School in 1935. He worked for area farmers until he enlisted in the Navy in 1942. Carl served aboard the USS Manila Bay in the Pacific Theater as an Aviation Machinist Mate, 1st Class.

He married Margaret Rinnan in Chicago, IL on May 12, 1945. Mr. Miller was discharged from the Navy in October 1945 and returned to Gayville to farm until he retired in 1979.

He was a lifetime member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and served as an officer of Trinity Lutheran Church. He served as chairman of the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Association, chairman of the Yankton County Livestock Feeders Association, chairman of the Clay-Union Electric Association and Post Commander of American Legion Post 237.

Mr. Miller is survived by his wife Margaret Miller of Gayville; a daughter, Marcia Miller (Burton Swan) of Minneapolis, MN; and a son, Curtis Miller (Joan) of Crystal Lake, IL; as well as a granddaughter, Sara Miller (Nenad Milisavljevic) of Madison, WI; and a grandson, Benjamin of Crystal Lake, IL. He is also survived by three brothers, Hans Miller (Lucille) of Gayville, Mark Miller (Lorraine) of Yankton, and Gordon Miller (Dorothy) of Ft. Collins, CO.

Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Silvia and Verna.

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Gayville Lutheran Church, with burial in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery south of Gayville. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Donald Button

Donald G. Button, 72, Vermillion, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

He was born Sept. 14, 1929, at Fargo, ND, to John Button and Dora Tucker.

He graduated from Vermillion High School and attended The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, for two years. He served in the U.S. Navy and was medically discharged in 1952. He worked for John Deere in Des Moines until

1956, running a lathe, and was a pressman for Wallace Homestead until 1970. In 1972, he worked at Load King, Elk Point, and retired in 1994.

He was a member of VFW Clay Post No. 3061 and the Vermillion Eagles.

He is survived by three sons, Mark (Lorraine), Lexington, SC, Guy, Vermillion, and Randy (friend Lori), Yankton; a daughter, Lorie Button, Sioux Falls; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son.

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