Obituaries

Obituaries Jon R. 'Jack' Jacobsen

Jon R. "Jack" Jacobsen, 67, of Vermillion, died Jan. 31, 2003 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

He was born April 21, 1935 in Yankton, to Randolph and Alice (Petran) Jacobsen. He grew up in the Yankton area and graduated from Yankton High School in 1953.

He started working for the Broadcaster Press in Vermillion in 1959 and later purchased the business in 1965. He retired from the press business in 1983, and owned and operated a motel in Emporia, KS until 1990, when he returned to Vermillion.

He married Pamela Weiland on June 16, 1972 in Vermillion.

He was a member of the Vermillion Eagles, Elks, and a past member of the Dakota Hospital Board.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela of Vermillion; two sons, David Jacobsen, Waterloo, Canada, and Kase Allison, Vermillion; five daughters, Kathy Hanson, Phoenix, AZ, Susan Groves, Laura Hollingsworth, and Kim Allison, all of Vermillion, and Karen Sullivan of Queen Creek, AZ; three brothers, Bill Jacobsen, Nemo, Tom Jacobsen, McCook Lake, and Steve Jacobsen, Springfield; five sisters, Marj Berke, Margaret Engen, Neacey Powell all of Yankton, Sue Good, Sioux Falls, Becky Thunker, Crofton, NE; also eight grandchildren, and many, many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Vermillion.

Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Rose

Joyce deB. Rose of Vermillion, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital of a massive stroke.

She was born Jan. 31, 1921, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, the only child of Jose and Esmeralda deBarros, and came to the United States as a child. She married Douglas K. Rose in 1940 in Illinois. Each was a longtime resident of Oak Park and River Forest, IL. They moved to Vermillion in 1972.

Survivors include her husband of Vermillion, a daughter, Barbara Kilponen, of Fullerton, CA, grandchildren Anne Leslie Kilponen of Las Vegas, NV, and James Douglas Kilponen of San Francisco, CA, and a daughter, Leslie Johnson, of Stonington, ME.

Funeral services and burial will be in LaGrange, IL.

Doris Potter

Doris McGuire Potter, 75, of Vermillion, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Doris M. McGuire was born Nov. 16, 1927 in Algona, IA to John and Zelda (Burtis) McGuire. She graduated from Algona High School in 1945, and attended the Macmurray College in Jacksonville, IL, and received her teaching certificate from the Iowa State Teaching College.

She married Donald Potter on May 24, 1949 in Algona, IA.

She is survived by her husband, Donald, of Vermillion; three daughters, Cynthia Ann and Ronald Fejfer of Little Rock, AR, Catherine Ann and Tim Hayes of Tucson, AZ, and Julia Ann Potter and fianc� Larry Mickalowski of Vermillion.

She is also survived by a brother, John Terrance McGuire and two sisters, Marilyn Andreasen and Madonna Ryan, all of Algona. Also surviving her are seven grandchildren, Danielle, Brittany, and Tate Fejfar; Kelly and Brian Fitzmaurice, Kristopher and Tara Minette, and Elizabeth Hayes, as well as two great grandchildren, Connor Fitzmaurice and Brandon Minette.

A sister, Marian Will, preceded her in death.

A celebration of her life was held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Vermillion. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Marie G. Johnson

Marie G. Johnson, 89, of Vermillion died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Marie Collins was born on Dec. 5, 1913 in Wakonda, to Dan and Maggie (Young) Collins. She was wed to Elmore Johnson on June 26, 1939 in Wakonda.

Marie is survived by two sons, Don of Minneapolis, MN, and Dan of Wayne, NE; and a sister, Margaret Skonhovd of Wakonda. Two grandsons, Rick of Omaha, NE, and Randy of Pierre; and four great-grandchildren, Morgan, Kylie, Hunter, and Alec, also survive her as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother, Jim Collins, a sister, Betty Sokolowski, a son, Richard and a granddaughter, Terry Marie Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson was a long time resident of Vermillion, and a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and farm land manager, and she loved to travel.

Funeral Mass was 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation began at 5 p.m. Tuesday with a rosary at 7 p.m. at the church.

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

Marie Billings

Marie Margaret Billings, 80, of Yankton, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003 at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Vangen Lutheran Church, Mission Hill, with the Rev. Erika Lehman officiating. Interment was in the Vangen Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation was from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church.

Marie Margaret (Gunderson) Billings was born near Gayville, on July 14, 1922, to Loyal N. and Martha (Sorensen) Gunderson. The family later moved to a farm near Meckling. She graduated from Meckling High School in 1941. She moved to Yankton where she was employed by Wilson Forwarding Company for several years. She was long time receptionist at Radio Station WNAX. She later worked for Pillar's House of Flowers.

For many years, she was active in the Vangen Lutheran Church where she and Emmet Billings were married on June 12, 1949, and where they renewed their vows in 1989.

She enjoyed traveling and fishing with her husband and her family when she was able. She was extremely talented, especially in designing floral arrangements and cards for special occasions.

Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 54 years and all of her family who meant so much to her.

She is survived by her husband Emmet of Yankton; one sister, Phyllis (Robert) Karolevitz of Mission Hill; two brothers, Jack (Diane) of Yuma, AZ, and Yankton, and George (Jean) of Mesa, AZ; eight nieces and nephews, Chris (Nori) Gunderson, Lynn (Tom) Balfany, Beth (John) Hoebelheinrich, Jan (Pat) Garrity, Jill Karolevitz, Jon (Diana) Gunderson, Joni (Jon) Beilby, and Jane (Larry) Hansen; several grand-nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Vangen Lutheran Church, 303 West 3rd, Mission Hill, SD 57046.

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