Obituaries

Obituaries Doris A. Brown

Doris A. Brown, 84, Vermillion, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Services were 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at Faith Fellowship of the Open Bible Church with the Rev. Joe Villalobos officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery.

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

She was born July 13, 1918, in Vermillion to Harry E. and Ann (Siljenberg) Brown. She graduated from Wakonda High School in 1936 and from The University of South Dakota in 1942 with a bachelor's degree in social work.

After graduation, she worked in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Dallas. She managed the Brown Grocery Store in Vermillion from 1939-74. She also worked at the Cavalier Cafe for 13 years.

She was a member of Faith Fellowship of the Open Bible Church, Vermillion, where she served as church treasurer and taught Sunday school for many years.

She had also been a member of the Sunshine Circle since 1947. She loved to travel and enjoyed asking people questions about their lives and relationships to others.

She is survived by her cousins, Wally and Lynn Hamann, Sioux City, IA, Edith Lutzen, Rolla, MO, Gladys Spayde, Iowa City, IA, Dean and Carol Delashmutt, Sioux Falls, Archie Delashmutt, Blenco, IA, Gary and Laura Delashmutt, Blenco, IA, Frances Coleman, Mesa, AZ, and Sonja and Melvin Gabel, Beresford.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Bonnie J. Carlsen

Bonnie J. Carlsen of Sioux Falls died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002 at Avera McKennan Hospital after a brief illness.

Mrs. Carlsen was born to Harry and Lillian Brammer on Sept. 11, 1922 near Vermillion. She grew up in Vermillion and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1940. During high school, she worked at the local dime store and played bassoon in the University Band and the Hub City Band.

After high school, she worked at the telephone company in Vermillion until moving to Minneapolis with her home-town friends for an excellent adventure of life and work in the big city. Later she attended Northern State College and The University of South Dakota.

She married Ernest G. Carlsen in Broadus, MT on Oct. 9, 1944. She and Mr. Carlsen lived in Minneapolis, Vermillion and several cities in Washington State before returning to South Dakota in 1952. After a couple of years in Aberdeen, they settled in Sioux Falls in 1954.

Mr. and Mrs. Carlsen founded Land Title Guaranty Company in Sioux Falls in 1955 where she worked until her retirement in 1990. She was an essential part of Land Title for 35 years where she kept the title plant organized and up-to-date and was willing to tackle and solve the toughest problem. She also participated in many civic organizations and served as one of the first presidents of the Sioux Falls Homebuilder's Auxiliary.

She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for over 45 years, and she treasured the friendships and pleasures she shared with all of her sorority sisters and their husbands. Mrs. Carlsen excelled in the home arts and created a wonderful home for her family. She loved to sing and listen to music, and she delighted people with her off-beat sense of humor. She enjoyed her retirement immensely, and as much as she loved the sanctuary of her own home, she loved to travel with Mr. Carlsen throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Mrs. Carlsen was a wonderful mate, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Survivors include her husband, Ernie; her daughters, Nancy Carlsen and Cindy Kirkeby, and grandson, Daniel Kirkeby, of Vermillion; her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Carol Carlsen; grandchildren, Lauren, Jensen and Luke; and great-grandson, Kellan, of Sioux Falls; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Sid and Reidella Engman of Vermillion, and Bob and Nola Engman of Fresno, CA; and her lifelong best friend and sister she never had, Betty Torkildson of Sioux Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Nathaniel Kirkeby.

Her funeral service was held Jan. 2 at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Evelyn Christenson

Evelyn G. Christenson, 91, Centerville, and formerly of Vermillion, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Viborg.

Services were 2 p.m. Friday at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with the Rev. Wayne Meidinger of Scandia Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

She was born Nov. 13, 1911, in Clay County to Henry and Julie (Robertson) Christenson. She graduated from Vermillion High School in 1928. She entered the Good Samaritan Home, Centerville, in 1985.

She was a former member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion, and later of the Scandia Lutheran Church, Centerville.

She is survived by one brother, Bud Christenson, Mesa, AZ; five nieces; one nephew and several grand-nieces and nephews.

Kathryn Heikes

Kathryn A. Heikes, 74, Vermillion, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Memorial service was 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Church of Christ, Vermillion. Burial of ashes followed in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Sept. 20, 1928, at Dell Rapids, to Swede and Marie (Hanson) Thoreson. She graduated from Beresford High School in 1945 and attended The University of South Dakota until she married Russell Heikes Dec. 27, 1946, at Beresford.

She loved learning and was a perennial college student with many interests, until 1972, when she received her nursing degree from USD. She had worked as a registered nurse for Dakota Hospital, Vermillion, Morningside Manor, Alcester, and Prairie Estates Health Care, Elk Point. She retired in 1995.

She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, PEO and the United Church of Christ, Vermillion.

She is survived by her husband, Russ, Vermillion; two sons, David (Natalia), Ft. Morgan, CO, and Russell Samuel (Gladys), Ft. Pierre; six grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Lou Jensen, Beresford.

Memorials can be made to Kay's UCC Landscaping Fund.

Larry Monfore

Larry L. Monfore, 63, Vermillion, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003 at the Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the United Church of Christ, Vermillion. Burial was in the Springfield Cemetery.

Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday with a 5 p.m. prayer service at the church. Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

He was born May 8, 1939, in an Eskimo village in Tununak, AK, to Clarence and Nina (Thompson) Monfore. He graduated from Yankton High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Southern State Teachers College, Springfield, in 1961. He received his master's degree in 1966 and a second master's in 1972 from The University of South Dakota, Vermillion.

He married Mary Lou Dummer on Aug. 23, 1964, at Gregory.

He began his teaching career in 1962, and retired in 2002 as a science teacher at the Vermillion Middle School. Over his 40-year teaching career he taught science, industrial arts, mathematics and aviation.

He received his private pilot's license at age 18, and owned an airplane before he owned a car. He also had a commercial pilot's license, and an instructor rating, as well as an instrument instructor rating. He taught many people to fly.

He was a part-time city building inspector for the city of Vermillion for 15 years, and also operated his own business, Home Inspection and Improvement. He had also worked for the Smithsonian Institute for a short period of time.

He was a past member of the Vermillion Jaycees and voted Outstanding Young Educator in 1969 and 1970. He was a member of the UCC in Vermillion and Spirit Mount co-founder and president of Spirit Mound Trust. He had worked hard over the past 20 years to preserve and protect Spirit Mound.

He was also a member of EAA, AOPA, VEA, SDEA, NEA, and the Retired Teachers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, Vermillion; one son, Monte Ray, Kansas City, KS; a daughter, Lynn M. (Adam) Graham, Bozeman, MT; one brother, Ray G. Monfore, Eagle River, AK; and one sister, Sheryl Elliott, Maple Grove, MN.

Memorials may be directed to the Spirit Mound Trust.

Susan G. Salmon

Susan G. Salmon, 70, West Akron, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at her residence.

A memorial service was held 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Vermillion, with Randolph E. Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY. A memorial service will also be held at the Central Park Presbyterian Church, Syracuse, NY, at a later date.

The Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 30, 1932, at Syracuse, NY, to Benjamin B. and Carolyn M. (Vincent) Gowans. She received a bachelor's degree from Russell Sage College and a master's degree from Syracuse University. She was a physical education instructor at Syracuse University and a social worker. She retired in 1985. She married Hanford A. Salmon. She lived in Sioux Valley Township of Union County for two years.

She was an elder in the Central Park Presbyterian Church, Syracuse, and had recently attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Vermillion.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary A. Campbell, West Akron; and Elizabeth S. Richer, Jamestown, NY; and one grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Siouxland or the Arthritis Foundation.

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