Obituaries Thomas Clare

Thomas (Tommy) Clare, 50, died Oct. 11, 2002 at Wakonda Heritage Manor where he was a resident for a short time. He was born Oct. 19, 1951 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Mr. Clare lived at home for 12 years, and for several years his mother drove daily to Vermillion to attend ARC classes in the basement of the Baptist church. He spent several years at the Redfield State Hospital and then he was moved to SESDAC in Vermillion where he stayed for 14 years.

He was very handicapped but at SESDAC he was well liked by everyone and they were very kind and he was given excellent care.

A funeral Mass was held on Monday, Oct. 14, 2002 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wakonda. Father Joe Forcelle officiated at the Mass and gave a short but fine sermon. Mrs. Eileen Donahue was organist and also sang two songs from the hymnal. Pat Donahue was lector for the service.

Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery southeast of Wakonda.

Surviving family members are his parents, Leroy and Twyla Clare, Wakonda; two brothers, Dan (Dee) of Sioux Falls, and John Paul of Bloomington, MN.

Howard Esser

Howard Clarence Esser, 81, of Bella Vista AR, died Friday, Oct. 18,2002 at the VA Hospital in Fayetteville, AR. He was born Oct. 21, 1920 in Howard to Paul Esser Jr. and Minnie (Christianson) Esser.

He was raised and educated in Baltic. He married Helen Farley on June 21, 1941 in Toledo, OH, and lived in Detroit, MI. He entered the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. After his discharge they lived in Dell Rapids. He married Inez Myrand on July 19, 1957 in Pipestone, MN. He was employed by Midwest Coaches in Mankato, MN as superintendent of maintenance. He retired in 1977 and moved to Lakewood, CO. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed bird watching and golf. He was a member of American LEgion Post #0211, Denver, CO.

He moved to Bella Vista two and a half months ago from Lakewood, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Inez Esser, who died in 2001.

He is survived by one son, Dennis Esser and wife, Jan of Denver, CO; two daughters, Carol White of Lihue, HI, and Donna Anderson and husband Mike of Bella Vista, AR; two sisters, Lucille Nelson of Dell Rapids and Bernielle Anderson of Hemit, CA: his first wife, Helen of Sioux Falls; three granddaughters and one grandson.

Memorial services were 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene. Burial followed in the Salem Cemetery, rural Irene.

Visitation began one hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bernard Halverson

Bernard D. Halverson, 63, formerly of Vermillion, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002 en route to the Oregon Health Science University Hospital in Portland, OR.

Mr. Halverson as born Feb. 5, 1939 in Vermillion to LaRaine and Darrel Halverson who preceded him in death. He graduated from Vermillion High School and moved to Portland in 1967 where he was a self-employed mechanic and auto body technician. He also served active duty in the U.S. Army for three years after graduation and continued in the Army Reserves for over 40 years, including a tour in Desert Storm and retired with a rank of E-6 staff sergeant.

His immediate survivors include his children, Michael, Daniel, Brian and Cheri Halverson; four grandchildren; a brother, David Halverson of Vermillion; a sister, Lynn Ballard of Phoenix, AZ; and long-time close friends and end-of-life caretakers, Anita Mead and Varnel DeHart of Portland.

Funeral arrangements were made by Family Memorial in Portland with a private memorial and burial service to be held in Phoenix at the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery of America, time and date not yet determined.

Remembrances or donations may be made to any veteran service program or humane society of your choice.

Ruby Hansen

Ruby E., Hansen, 79, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002 at Wakonda Heritage Manor.

Ruby Pearson was born June 20, 1923 at Viborg, to Axel and Gertie (Anderson) Pearson. She attended Spring Valley School and married Merton Hansen on June 26, 1942. They lived on a farm near Irene for several years and also lived in Wakonda, Meckling and later Vermillion.

She worked for several years in the laundry department at Dakota Hospital in Vermillion, and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. She had lived in the Manor since June of 2002.

Her parents, her husband and three brothers preceded her in death.

Survivors include five sons, Dean, Jack and Jerry, all of Vermillion, Ronald of Box Elder, and Darrell of Akron, IA; a daughter, Mrs. George (Sharon) Hendricks of Vermillion; 21 grandchildren; and 16 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Burial will follow in BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Mabel Ronell

Mabel Viola Ronell, 95, died Oct. 18, 2002 at the Long Term Care Center in Genoa, NE. Funeral services were held at Dalesburg Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 1:30 p.m.

Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion from 4 to 7:30 p.m. with a brief prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Palmer Funeral Homes of Fullerton, NE, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Ahlsborg Cemetery, Elk Point.

Mrs. Ronell was born Nov. 19, 1906 in rural Plymouth County near Akron, IA, to Louis and Elizabeth (Lizzie Jammerthal) Kaelke. She grew up in the Akron vicinity and worked for a brief period of time in Sioux City, IA. On March 18, 1930 she married Henry Ronell. They lived near Spink in Union County, where they farmed until Henry's death in 1968.

She was a member of Ahlsborg Lutheran Church, rural Elk Point until its closing, after which time she attended Dalesburg Lutheran Church. She was active in LCW and Sunday School. She served as a member on the Bethesda Lutheran Home board of directors. She enjoyed handy work, church activities, gardening and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son; her parents; and sisters, Mrs. Lars (Myrtle) Larson and Mrs. Howard (Dorothy) Beutin. She is survived by a son, Norman and his wife Ione, Fullterton, NE; three grandchildren, Karren (Brad) Peterson, Canton, Jason Ronell, Las Vegas, NV, and Lara (Tyler) Tiller, a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan; and four great-grandchildren, Sally, Sam, Scott and Seth Peterson.

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