Obituaries Charles Bartholomew

Charles J. Bartholomew, 19, of Volin, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at his friend's residence. He was born on Jan. 1, 1984 to Lee and Barbara (Sylvester) Bartholomew in Las Vegas, NV.

Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Las Vegas. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Groves

Michael Jon Groves, 24, of Vermillion died Thursday, June 19, 2003 as a result of an automobile accident.

Mr. Groves was born Sept. 10, 1978 in Vermillion to Steve and Susan (Jacobsen) Groves. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1997 and was currently working with his dad in the family business; Groves Excavation.

Michael "Grover" was very active in the Vermillion Slo-pitch Softball League.

He is survived by his parents, Steve and Sue of Vermillion; a sister, Jennifer Groves of Sioux Falls; grandparents, Gary and Jean Groves of Vermillion, Alyce and Bud Christenson of Mesa, AZ, and Pam Jacobsen of Vermillion. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive him. He was blessed with many friends who will miss him.

Memorial services were held 11 a.m. Monday, June 23 at the First United Methodist Church in Vermillion. The family requests that donations be made to the Vermillion Slo-Pitch Softball Association.

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

Zelia Peterson

Zelia Peterson, 92, of Sgt. Bluff, IA, formerly of rural Burbank, died June 21, 2003.

Services were 1 p.m. Thursday at Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church in Sgt. Bluff, with the Rev. Tim Schiller officiating. Burial was in Rockfield Cemetery in rural Beresford at 3 p.m. A prayer service was held at the Christy Smith Funeral Home in Morningside at 7 p.m. Visitation was Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Peterson, the daughter of Hans and Anna Scott, was born April 3, 1911 at Burbank. She attended Rockfield School. On April 3, 1939, she married Clarence Peterson and they farmed in that area. After his death, she moved to Sgt. Bluff. She was an active member at Shepherd of Peace, and had many friends at the Embassy Care Center where she currently resided.

She enjoyed time with her family, gardening, bingo, her pets and watching and feeding birds and squirrels.

She is survived by four children, Janice Rahn of Sioux Falls, Calvin of Kirkman, IA, Kay Coto of Sgt. Bluff, and Leroy and his wife Sherl of Sgt. Bluff; two nephews, Jim and Gary Scott and families of Alcester; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband and an infant son, David Lee, preceded her in death.

Nandini R. Rao

Nandini R. Rao, 24, Vermillion, died Monday, June 16, 2003, near Vermillion as result of an automobile accident.

She was born Dec. 12, 1978 in Pune, India to R. Ramamurthi and Nalini Rao.

She was working toward her master's degree in mass communication at The University of South Dakota.

She is survived by her parents, R. and Nalini (Rao) Ramamurthi of Pune, India; and a brother, Vivek R. Rao of Wipro Tecnologies, Germany.

Rao's body was sent to her home in Pune, India. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Marjorie Robertson

Marjorie Robertson, 58, of Vermillion died Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, IA following a brief illness.

Marj was born Sept. 7, 1944 in Santa Rosa, CA to Elmer and Margaret (Retke) Killinger. She graduated from the Shoreline High School in Seattle, WA. Her long career as a restaurant manager included working at the El Toro Lounge in Wayne, NE and the Wagon Wheel Steakhouse in Laurel, NE, and most recently she owned and operated Marj's Place in Vermillion.

The city of Vermillion will not be the same without Marj. The joy that she brought to so many people, including her many friends and the students, staff, and faculty of the university will be missed for a long time.

Not only did Marj provide the best food in town, she took immense pride in the fact that she remembered every customer's name and what they usually liked and ordered. Stepping into Marj's Place was to escape the trials of any day. Marj proved a haven where folks could read the newspaper, be with friends, or just have Marj listen to anything they needed to get off their chests.

Marj's kindness reached many people, and she would give what she could to those who appeared to be in need, yet had no expectations of others herself. Her own joy and excitement came from the simplest of things. She was the happiest when tending her beautiful garden, reading a book beside her beloved cat Sam or receiving a T-shirt from a customer who had remembered her while visiting a far off place.

The local university students were her biggest fans. Marj's Place became their home away from home, and she became their surrogate mother. She sponsored the USD swimming and diving teams, and supported the USD Coyotes, all of whom she referred to as her "boys." There were students who brought their families back to Vermillion to visit Marj long after they had graduated.

Those who worked with Marj will miss her the most. Through Marj, they learned love and respect, and a work ethic that will hold them is good stead no matter where they go or what they do. Only in Marj's Place could one witness young folk singing, laughing and chatting while mopping the floor or washing up an enormous sink of dishes.

Five years ago, Marj treated herself to a trip to Europe. She flew on the Condorde and sailed home on the QE2. She would often tell those who knew her best that she was the "captain of her ship and master of her fate." How apt these thoughts are for this special woman who was so small in stature, so large in spirit, and whose heart was as big as the Dakota prairie she so loved.

Survivors include her two children, Donald of Republic, WA, and Debra Raymaker of Everett, WA; a brother, Lawrence Killinger of Shoreline, WA and a sister, RoseMarie Davis of Port Angeles, WA. Four grandchildren, Melissa and Jeremy Carmen, and Jessica and Linda Robertson, also survive her.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vermillion Beautiful, Box 653, Vermillion, SD 57069 or the Master Gardeners.

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