Obituaries Phyllis Christol

Phyllis Hepner Christol, 86, Vermillion, died Tuesday, May 20 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center, Vermillion.

She was born Feb. 23, 1917 in Vilas, Miner County, the daughter of William Hepner and Ethel Parish Hepner, descendants of early pioneers. She attended school in Vilas and Madison, and graduated from The University of South Dakota in 1938. She marred Max Christol of Vermillion April 19, 1939.

As an Army officer's wife, she actively participated in community activities � nurse's aid in several army hospitals, editor of a bilingual cookbook Cooking in Portugal with proceeds given to Portuguese charities, and with the German-American Women's Group and the Franco-American Women's Club.

She taught school at Ft. Monroe, VA, one year at Vermillion High School, in the public schools in Chicago, IL, in the Army Education Centers at Kitzingen Harvcey Barracks in Germany and Coligny Caserne and Foret d'Orleans in Orleans, France and in the Anchor Bay School District at New Baltimore, MI.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tues. May 27, at the United Church of Christ � Congregational, Vermillion with the Rev. Stephen Miller officiating. Burial will be in Bluffview Cemetery, Vermillion. Iverson-Seicke Funeral Home in Vermillion is in charge of arrangements.

She and her husband lived in Vermillion since 1968 where she was a member of the United Church of christ. She was vice-chairman of the Clay County Republican Party, president of the American Legions Auxiliary, the Clay County republican Women and the Vermillion Women's Golf Club.

She was appointed to the South Dakota Boundary Commission by Gov. Janklow. She received the Alpha Xi Delta Brinkman Award for her accomplishment an dedication to the fraternity and for her service to her community. She was a member of the Vermillion Quilters Guild and enjoyed making quilts for family members.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Judith Christol Lynch and her husband, Jim Lynch, Boulder Canyon; two sons, John Christol and his wife, Gunilla Christol, Saratoga, CA and Col. James Christol and his wife, Donna Christol, Yorktown, VA; two brothers, Willis Hepner, Bloomer, WI and Robert Hepner, Ephrata, WA; nine grandchildren, two step- grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The family requests that any memorials be made to the University of South Dakota Foundation for the Alpha Xi Delta Scholarship Fund.

Murel Munkvold

Murel Elmer Munkvold, 88, of Irene, died Sunday, May 18, 2003 at Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Irene.

He was born November 7, 1914 in Viborg, to Hilmer and Bette (Fastrup) Munkvold.

He married Mildred Baker on Oct. 19, 1935. They farmed near Irene until 1946 when they moved to Yankton. They moved to Downey, CA in 1957 and returned to Yankton in 1979, where they retired.

He worked for Pfeiffer Chevrolet in Yankton for 11 years before moving to California where he worked by Bill Barnett Chevrolet for 22 years and received many awards from General Motors for excellence.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge for many years.

Survivors include his four daughters, Betty Munkvold of Honey Creek, IA, Marlys Thompson of Santa Ana, CA, Linda Kappel of Yankton, and Shelley Stead of Blue Jay, CA; two sisters, Evelyn Nelson of Viborg, Ruth Vinatieri of Pomona, CA; one brother Harold Munkvold of Viborg; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mildred, a son, Toby, a grandson, Michael, two sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene. Burial followed in the Meldal Cemetery, rural Irene. Visitation was one hour prior to the funeral services on Thursday.

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