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Obituaries Charles Peterson

Charles H. Peterson, 81, Yankton, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Peace Presbyterian Church, Yankton, with the Rev. Kenneth Woodhams officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 2 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13, at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Pallbearers were Ron Miller, Dan Eich, Richie Novak, Marlow Christensen, David Dowd and Paul Peterson.

Charles Henry Peterson was born July 30, 1921 in rural Irene to Fred and Marie (Jensen) Petersen. He attended Kietzman School and helped on the family farm north of Yankton. He joined the CCC at Camp Narrows in the Black Hills in 1937.

He worked at the State Hospital in Yankton. Shortly after this, he started farming on his own. He married Joy Peterson, from Centerville, in 1947. They farmed north of Vermillion for many years, retiring from farming in 1982.

Mr. Peterson did a lot of carpentry work and built their new home in Vermillion. Joy died Jan. 6, 1989. Mr. Peterson continued carpentry work in Vermillion and the surrounding area.

He started spending winters in Weslaco, TX where he met Alitha Auch. They married Nov. 2, 1991 and lived in Yankton.

He was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, and present member of Peace Presbyterian Church in Yankton where he served on the church session.

His hobbies included fishing, woodworking and visiting with family and friends.

Those who will cherish his memory are his wife, Alitha of Yankton; two daughters, Diane (Fred) Savoie, Vermillion, and Sheryl Peterson (Ron Miller) of Gayville; one son, Duane (Julie) of Sioux City, IA; a stepmother, Elly Peterson, Walla Walla, WA; a half brother, Niels Peterson, Harrison, WA; two step-daughters, Darlene Jensen of Yankton and Flora (Doug) Lebahn of Ramona; three sisters, Darlene (Jim) Chambers of Fillmore, Canada, Delores (Don) Klempnauer of Chatsworth, CA, and Mary Ann Stephens of Simi Valley, CA; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Joy.

George Goranson

George A.A. Goranson, 91, of Virginia Beach, VA, died Sept. 11, 2002 of natural causes.

He was born May 25, 1911, in Chicago, IL. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and served in the Navy Reserve for many years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He taught high school drafting from the late 1940s to the early 1970s at Chicago Vocational School. For years he had a small business of creating school photo composites, where he beautifully hand-lettered graduates� names, and he continued this until his eyesight began to fail at age 89.

Mr. Goranson was a skilled pianist, cellist, and cornetist. One of his fondest memories was that he played his cornet under the direction of John Philip Sousa in 1931, in one of the legendary bandleader�s last public appearances.

He married Astrid (�Esther�) Elizabeth Peterson, of Vermillion, in 1941. They spent almost every summer of their lives together on her family farm north of Vermillion, where her brother Lewis Peterson lived all his life. Astrid and Lewis both died in 1992.

Mr. Goranson is survived by his daughter, Karen Magnuson and her husband, Gordon, of Virginia Beach; his daughter, Linda Metzger and her husband, Mark, of Great Falls, MT; and his sister, Lily Nelson and her family of Whitefish, MT.

Burial has taken place in Orlando, FL, and a memorial service will be held at the gravesite in mid-January.

Helen Seney

Helen Marie Seney, 87, Vermillion, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home. A 7 p.m. prayer service was held Thursday at the church.

She was born Jan. 19, 1915, in rural Vermillion, to Peter and Stella M. (Deranleau) Bruyer. She attended Fairview grade school and graduated from University High School in 1932. She married Albie J. Seney Oct. 8, 1935, at Vermillion. She was a homemaker and an assistant cook at the Dakota Nursing Home years ago. Her husband died May 5, 2002.

She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church.

She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Bob) Woodward, Burbank; four sons, Duane (Karlyn), Sioux Falls, Pierre, Billings, MT, Bud, Fairfield, CA, and Terry, Vermillion; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister, one brother and one great-great-grandson.

James Schmulbach

James C. �Doc� Schmulbach, 71, Vermillion, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002 at his home.

Funeral services were 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 at the United Church of Christ, Vermillion. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

He was born July 5, 1931, in New Athens, IL, to Charles and Helen (Carter) Schmulbach. He married Patricia (Randolph) Schmulbach on Sept. 11, 1955, in Shabbona, IL. He served in the United States Marine Corps for two years. He was in Korea near the end of the war and gained a rank of 2nd lieutenant.

He received his undergraduate degree and master�s degree at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He got his doctoral degree at Iowa State University in Ames.

He taught biology at The University of South Dakota for 32 years. He and his wife moved to Vermillion in 1959.

He was very active in many community and state organizations. He was always active in volunteering his time. He was a naturalist who loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed many memorable times with family and friends doing both. One of his most famous quotes was �one more field.� He also spent many hours working in the garden and bird watching.

He is survived by one daughter, Nancy (Steve) Ciofalo, Sioux Falls; one son, Doug (Dawn) Schmulbach, Bellevue, NE; one grandson, Kyle Lindbery, Sioux Falls; one brother, Dave (Barb), Carbondale, IL; and one sister-in-law, Jane Randolph, DeKalb, IL.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and a brother-in-law.

Memorials may be directed to The University of South Dakota. A scholarship fund has been set up with the Dakota Chapter of the American Fishery Society. Donations may be sent to Missouri River Fishery Center c/o Dr. J.C. Schmulbach Memorial Scholarship 20641, SD Highway 1806, Fort Pierre, SD 57532.

Gerald Lawton

Mankato resident Gerald B. Lawton, 81, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002 at Sibley Manor, Mankato, MN.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Mankato, with the Rev. John Petersen officiating. Interment was in Bluff View Cemetery, Vermillion. Visitation was Oct. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mankato Mortuary and one hour before services at church on Friday. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or the donor�s choice.

Mr. Lawton was born April 30, 1921 to Ralph W. and Lottie S. (Bensen) Lawton in Vermillion. He grew up in Vermillion and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1939. He served his country during World War II as a sergeant with the 147th Field Artillery working as a medic in the Pacific Theater stationed in Australia and New Guinea.

He married Selma Gravrok July 12, 1945 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. He graduated from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN in 1949 with a bachelor�s degree in aeronautical administration. After graduation he moved back to Vermillion where he began working for Central National Gas Company. He was treasurer, accountant, vice president, and president of Central National Gas. Central was bought by Minnegasco and in 1975 he moved to Willmar, MN, where he was vice president of the Western Region for Minnegasco. He retired in 1982.

He moved to North Mankato in 1991. He was a former member and president of the Vermillion Lion�s Club and Trinity Lutheran Church. He was also a former member of the Vermillion VFW and American Legion. He was a member of the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato. Mr. Lawton enjoyed fishing, golfing, reading, and World War II history.

He is survived by his wife, Selma of Mankato; two daughters, Karen Mesrobian and husband Azad of rural North Mankato and Roxanne Lawton of Oakdale, MN; a son, Ralph David �RD� Lawton and wife Annette of St. Paul; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert R. Lawton of Naperville, IL; a sister, Phyllis Phillips and husband Bob of Albert Lea, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter and infant sister.

Andrew Girard

Andrew L. �Andy� Girard, 70, Vermillion, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002 at his residence.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

He was born March 17, 1932, in Vermillion to Albert and Ida (Rabusch) Girard. He attended schools in rural Clay County. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Mary Jeanne Walz April 13, 1961, in Vermillion. She died Jan. 7, 1985. He worked for building maintenance at The University of South Dakota. He retired from USD in 2000 and worked part-time at the Super Car Wash, Vermillion.

He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion Eagles and VFW.

Survivors include his sons, Gary Girard, Vermillion, and Michael Watson, Las Vegas, NV; a daughter, Ann Anglin, Sioux Falls; a sister, Vera Klein, Dell Rapids; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Arnold, and his wife, Mary Jeanne.

Olive Hansen

Olive M. Hansen, 80 of Red Wing, MN died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002 at Hi-Park Care Center in Red Wing. She was born Jan. 23, 1922 in Davis, the daughter of Herman and JoAnna (Kaastra) Bates. The family later moved to Scotland, where she graduated from high school in 1940. She attended and graduated from Southern State Teachers Normal at Springfield, and taught at Center Point School near Vermillion.

On June 15, 1945, she married Harold P. Hansen. They lived in the Vermillion area where her husband farmed and later became a salesman. In 1992 they moved to Red Wing. He died Dec. 30, 2001.

She was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Vermillion where she was active in the ladies aid and mission societies. She and her husband were also active members in the Women�s Christian Temperance Union and Innermission Society.

She attended First Covenant Church in Red Wing. She was an avid gardener and accomplished artist. She was talented in many art forms, including oil painting, shells and precious rocks, flower arranging, needlework and others. She also loved to play the piano, sing and spend time with children and pets.

Survivors include three sons, Philip (Nancy) Hansen of Norwalk, IA, Peter (Soni) Hansen of Clive, IA and Daniel Hansen of Charles City, IA; two daughters, Judy (Allan) Nelson of Red Wing and Alice Hansen of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren; one sister, Grace McGeehon of Indianola, IA; two brothers, Lester (Caryle) Bates of South Sioux City, NE and Leland (Nancy) Bates of Springfield, IL; and a special family friend, Ed (Estella) Garza. Her husband and parents preceded her in death.

Visitation was from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with an 8:30 p.m. prayer service on Wednesday at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel in Red Wing. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Roseni Lutheran Church, rural Beresford with Rev. Chad Brucklacker officiating.

Burial will be in the St. Peters Cemetery of Vermillion. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion and at the church for one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to World Vision.

Gertrude Clark

Gertrude B. Clark, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Gertrude Barton Clark was born Oct. 31, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of Gertrude Fasy Barton and Harvey Russell Barton. She grew up in Cape May Court House, NJ and graduated from Middle Township High School.

During World War II, she worked with the stamp ration board.

She married James Page Clark in 1944 and moved with him to Clarksville, TN in 1945. The two were divorced in 1974. She lived in Tennessee until the mid-1980s when she moved to New Jersey to live with her sister Dorothy. She worked in Tennessee and New Jersey providing care for the elderly.

She moved to Vermillion in 1991. There she was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, the Senior Citizens Center, and Rebekah Lodge #28. She also enjoyed attending the First Baptist Church and reading scripture.

Grateful for having shared the last years of her life are Norma and Jerry Wilson, her daughter and son-in-law and her grandchildren, Walt and Laura Wilson. Other relatives who will feel her loss are her daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Bob Wagner and her grandchildren, Daniel and Christopher Wagner of Crystal River, FL; and her son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Lauren Clark of Memphis, TN. Her

brothers, Harvey, Richard and Don Barton and her sister Dorothy and their families will also miss her. Her loving presence will be missed by her many friends.

Her funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at the United Methodist Church in Vermillion, with burial in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Visitation began at 12 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Church or the First Baptist Church.

Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Elva Hansen

Elva Maxine Hansen, 78, Hot Springs, AR, died Oct. 13, 2002 at a Houston, TX hospital.

She was born April 2, 1924 to Elsa and Charles Peterson in Beadle County. She graduated from Wessington High School and attended business college in Vermillion before serving as a medical secretary in the Women�s Army Corps during World War II.

She married her husband of 54 years, Eldon R. Hansen, on Feb. 21, 1948. The couple spent their early married life in Vermillion, raising their four children and running a family farm before moving south, first to Texas and then to Mississippi and Arkansas.

Mrs. Hansen was a homemaker and bookkeeper before retiring to Hot Springs in 1987. Throughout the years, she was very active in the community, volunteering for church activities and acting as past president of the Women�s Welcome Club in Hot Springs.

As a member of the First United Methodist Church, she spent many happy years singing in the choir. In addition, her many talents were evident in the years she spent working in community theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes.

An audience favorite on stage, she also handled everything from directing plays to running the box office.

Mrs. Hansen was preceded in death by her sister, Mildred Crossman, and her brothers, Clifford Peterson and Alfred �Atch� Peterson.

She is survived by her husband, Eldon of Hot Springs; three daughters, Donna Dean of Wessington Springs, and Connie Hansen and Jayne Hansen, both of Houston, TX; one son, Larry Hansen, Marion, IA; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Brook McBride officiating. Visitation was 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home.

Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, P.O. Box 458, Damascus, MD 20872, or other charities.

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