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Obituaries Melvina Jensen

Melvina Jensen, 96, Irene, died Sunday, March 9, 2003 at Sunset Manor, Irene.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Irene. Visitation was Wednesday at Hansen Funeral Home, Irene.

She was born Oct. 20, 1906, to Even and Marie (Anderson) Bak. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She attended the Sletten school west of Irene. When she was 14, she went to live with her sister Ida in San Francisco for six years and them moved back home.

She married Anchor Jensen July 27, 1933, at Britton. She served as a cook in the Irene school and then worked at the caf� in Irene. They lived on a farm west of Irene until they retired and moved into Irene in 1981.

They were members of Salem Lutheran Church where she was active in the ladies aid, and served at secretary and treasurer. When Salem merged with Calvary, they became members of Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene.

She loved life and people, and her faith in her savior and redeemer remained strong throughout her years. She liked to be called "Grandma Mel" and enjoyed the company of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Shirley Jensen, Irene; a sister, Lillian Georgeson, Medford, OR; five grandchildren, Terry Jensen, Irene, Boyd (Pam) Jensen, Hettinger, ND, Pastor Kevin (Pastor Carla) Jensen, Detroit, MI, Renae (Kevin) Gale, Irene, and Nancy (Jerome) Klimisch, Yankton; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband, Anchor, a son Darwin, two sisters and four brothers.

Donna Rae Hays

Donna Rae Hays was born on July 22, 1935 in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Percy and Dolly (Babcock) Clark. She died on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at the Brookings Hospital after a long battle with cancer at the age of 67 years.

In 1946 she moved with her mother to Brookings, where she met Marlyn Hays. They were married on April 4, 1953 in Ivanhoe, MN. In 1969, they moved to Vermillion where she was employed at USD Food Services for 22 years. In 1996, they retired and moved back to Brookings.

She enjoyed boating and shopping rummage sales.

Mrs. Hays is survived by her husband Marlyn of Brookings; six children, Michael Hays (Tammy) of Vermillion, Sheila Beaudette (George) of Bloomfield, NE, Douglas Hays (Janice) of Vermillion, Bryan Hays of Sioux City, IA, Scott Hays of Brookings, and Dolly Bedford (Allen) of Blackhawk; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Carol Kemp of Benson, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jim.

Funeral services were held March 11 at First Lutheran Church in Brookings, with the Rev. Pam Fitzgerald officiating. Interment was in the First Lutheran Cemetery, Brookings.

Rude's Funeral Home, Brookings, was in charge of arrangements.

Courtney Adam

Courtney "Court" L. Adam, 43, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at his residence. He had recently moved to Springfield, IL with his family, from Burbank.

Mr. Adam was born Jan. 5, 1960, in Sioux City, IA. After attending Sioux City public schools, he earned a degree in pharmacy from the University of Iowa. He practiced his profession of pharmacy before joining Bramec Corporation in 1986. In 1989, he was appointed president of Bramec Corp. He was a member of St. Agnes parish in Springfield, IL. He is survived by his wife, Justina; one son, Drew; four daughters, Ashley, Victoria, Catherine and Emma; his parents, Douglas and Phyllis Adam, Sioux Falls; grandmother, Fern Adam, Sioux City, IA; one sister, Brenda (Gary) Palmer, Yankton; three brothers: Brian (Kay), Sioux City, IA, Christopher, North Sioux City, and Eric (Michelle), Port St. Lucie, FL; an uncle, David (Janet) Adam and family, Sioux City, IA; an aunt, Lois Smith and family, Des Moines, IA; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Courtney leaves a legacy of sweet thoughtfulness, burning generosity and assiduous integrity, which will be forever cherished and continue to inspire his wife, children, family members, friends, business associates and be preserved in his creative works.

Memorial services were held Friday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the church. Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy.

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