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Obituaries Emily Hult

Funeral Mass for Emily Claire Hult, 6, the daughter of Bruce and Marne (Richter) Hult of Watertown, was 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, in the Holy Name Catholic Church, Watertown. The Rev. John Lantsberger officiated. Miss Hult died Dec. 22, 2002 at her home.

Burial was in the St. Mary's Cemetery, Watertown. Honorary pallbearers were "all of Emily's special friends." Active pallbearers were Mark and Denise Merrigan, Mike and Laurie Danforth and Pat and Mary Reihe. Music was provided by Donna Sheehan and Jan Dagget, organists, and Dale Johnson, soloist.

Visitation was in the Crawford Funeral Chapel, Watertown, on Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday preceding services at the church.

There was a scripture wake service at 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral chapel.

Miss Hult was born on Dec. 26, 1995, at Watertown. She attended Tot Spot pre-school and was presently in kindergarten at Mellette School.

She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church.

Miss Hult was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer on May 8, 2001 and received a bone marrow transplant on Jan. 11, 2002 at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.

She liked to collect ladybugs, panda bears and Dalmatian dogs. She received a playhouse through the Make-A-Wish Foundation in September 2002.

She liked playing with her friends, coloring, drawing and listening to music. Miss Hult enjoyed being read to and driving her toy jeep. She also enjoyed playing mom and nurse to her dolls. Her drawing of a ladybug is the cover of this year's and the month of June in the 2003 Children's Miracle Calendar.

She is survived by her parents, Bruce and Marne Hult and her brother, Blake Hult, all of Watertown; her maternal grandparents, Ralph and Sally Richter, Watertown; and her paternal grandmother, Gwen Mount of Vermillion.

Her paternal grandfather, Franklyn D. Hult, preceded her in death.

Burdette Walz

Burdette Walz, 88, of Sioux City, IA, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at the Holy Spirit Nursing Home in Sioux City.

Mr. Walz was born Jan. 27, 1914 in Vermillion to Andrew and Agnes (Nicholson) Walz. He attended school in the Vermillion area, and married Pearl Pauley-Walz on June 10, 1954 in Elk Point. He lived and worked as a carpenter in Oregon for 30 years, moving to Arizona in 1982. They moved to Wakonda in 1991. He suffered a stroke in 1996, and moved to the Sioux City area in 1998.

He enjoyed clam digging and loved to elk hunt. He was a past member of the Eagles.

Survivors include his wife, Pearl, of Sioux City, IA; a brother, Carl of Vermillion, and two sisters, Fern Ostrem of Centerville, and Margaret Peterson of Prescott, AZ. Several nieces and nephews also survive him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Kenneth, a stepson, Terry Aman, two brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, with burial in the Hansen Cemetery, rural Irene. Visitation began at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Melvin Hall

Melvin Hall, 91, formerly of the Irene area, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002 in Red Bluff, CA.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, in the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

Burial will be in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home Jan. 4.

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