Obituaries

Obituaries Edward Olson

Edward G. Olson, 77, of Hurley, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at the Freeman Community Hospital in Freeman.

Mr. Olson was born March 19, 1926 in Irene to John and Emma (Ingebitsli) Olson. He attended country schools, and served in the Army during World War II.

He married Doris Overgard on Jan. 29, 1949; she died in March of 1970. He married Rosezella Welfl on March 7, 1980 in Viborg.

Mr. Olson raised cattle near Hurley, and was a member of the Spring Valley Lutheran Church in Viborg.

He is survived by his wife, Rosezella of Hurley; a son, Rodney (Barbara) Olson of Hurley; and two daughters, Sandra (Curtis) Anderson and Sheri Jacobson, all of Viborg. Also surviving him is a brother, Lloyd Olson of Irene; a sister Sally Lukes of San Diego, CA; and six grandchildren.

Mr. Olson is also survived by a stepson, Terry Sorensen of Sioux Falls; four stepdaughters, Renae Gamel and Jan DeVries of Sioux Falls, Carla Vlieger of Missouri, and Kim Poncelet of Irene; 10 stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

His parents, first wife, Doris, three brothers, and two sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Spring Valley Lutheran Church, rural Viborg, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation was Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

John Carlson

John W. Carlson, retired math professor and college administrator, died Sunday, June 1, 2003 at a local hospital after a brief hospitalization. He was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in December, 2000. Throughout his professional career and up to the time of his death he maintained an active research program in the field of topology. He was the author or co-author of 30 publications in that area of mathematics.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, at First Lutheran Church in Topeka, KS, with the Rev. Elwyn Luber officiating.

A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Lyons Municipal Cemetery in Lyons, KS, with the Rev. Tom Eastman officiating.

He was born Nov. 10, 1940 in Topeka, KS, the son of Lawrence B. Carlson and Gladys E. Swenson Carlson. In 1952 he moved with his family to Olsburg, KS. He graduated from Blue Valley High School, Randolph, KS, in 1959 as salutatorian.

He attended Kansas State University where he was a member of Smith Scholarship House and received bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics in 1963 and 1964. Awarded the doctorate in mathematics from the University of Missouri at Rolla (1970), he was an instructor in mathematics at Washburn University (1964-66) and the University of Missouri (Rolla) prior to joining the Emporia State University faculty in 1970.

He served Emporia State University as professor of mathematics and in 1984 he became chair of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

In August, 1988, he became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of South Dakota at Vermillion. He and his wife moved to Topeka in the fall of 2001 after retiring in June, 2001.

He was married Sept. 9, 1961 in Lyons, KS, to the former Sara Ann Hollinger of Lyons. She survives.

He is also survived by his mother, Gladys E. Carlson of Topeka; a daughter Catheryn J. of Dillon, CO; a son, David W. Carlson of Aspen, CO; a brother, Gerry (Peggie) Carlson of Smithville, MO; and a sister, Joyce (Bob) Toolin, Tucson, AZ.

His aunts who survive are Hazel Swenson, Wichita, Dorothy Swenson, Topeka, Ida Swenson, Topeka, and Virginia Stratton, Clay Center. He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence B. Carlson, Feb. 19, 2002.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Topeka, Topeka Area Retired Teachers Association, the American Mathematical Society, and the Mathematical Association of America.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Emporia State University Endowment Association for the mathematics scholarship fund, 1200 Commercial, Emporia, KS 666801; The University of South Dakota Foundation, 414 E. Clark, Vermillion, SD 57069; or First Lutheran Church, 1234 Fairlawn, Topeka, KS.

Lois Andersen

Lois H. Andersen, 86, was born March 31, 1917 in Vermillion to parents Harry and Wilda (Petersen) Hansen. She died on May 21, 2003 at the Bethesda Nursing Home in Beresford.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Beresford, with the Rev. Robert Hansen officiating. Interment followed in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, rural Vermillion.

Mrs. Andersen graduated from University High School in Vermillion. She married Carl A. Andersen on Oct. 21, 1936. The couple farmed north of Vermillion until 1953. They then moved to a farm north of Beresford and continued to farm until they moved into town in January 1980.

She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Vermillion.

She was preceded in death by her husband Carl, parents, two sisters, one brother, and a son-in-law, Raymond Rollag.

Among those who survive and gratefully shared her life are one daughter, Beverly Rollag of Silverthorne, CO; two sons, DuWayne Andersen and his wife, Carol, of Sioux Falls, and Dale Andersen and his wife, Jean, of Littleton, CO; four grandchildren, Lori Gold, Mark Andersen, and Linda and Larry Rollag; four great-grandchildren, Josh Hinkle, Jacob and Ben Andersen, and Karlee Gold; two brother-in-laws, Gordon Cole and Martin Andersen and his wife, Bernice; and many nieces and nephews.

Dr. Joseph Simmons

Dr. Joseph Thomas Simmons, 67, of Rapid City, died Monday, May 26, 2003, enroute from the Mayo Clinic to Rapid City. He had only very recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Dr. Simmons was born Jan. 23, 1936 in Forest Lake, MN, the son of Roland Thomas and Erma (Rabe) Simmons. He received a bachelor's degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, a master's degree in business administration from The University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in accounting and finance.

He married Winola Zwald in 1962. They were the parents of two sons, Tom of Rapid City, and Kevin of Sioux Falls.

Dr. Simmons married Carol Eby on July 30, 2000. He and his wife made their home in Rapid City until his death.

A few years ago, he retired as a professor of finance from The University of South Dakota. Before joining the staff at USD's Vermillion Campus, he was a professor of accounting and finance at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He then served as resident director of the Air Force Institute of Technology at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, an extension of The University of South Dakota.

In 1994, Dr. Simmons served a 20-week exchange position with Warsaw (Poland) University. While there he conducted research, spoke at business seminars and was actively involved with businesses. He also put his knowledge of accounting and finance to personal use, founding Simmons Financial Management and Simmons & Associates, Incorporated.

He sat on the boards of directors of a number of companies, including MDU Resources Group, Inc. where he was chairman of the finance committee and a member of the nominating committee. He also served on the boards of directors of RE/SPEC and Dairilean, Inc.

He was affiliated with the American Institute of CPA's, the South Dakota Society of CPA's, the Financial Management Association, the American Accounting Association and the Investment Company Institute 6.

Dr. Simmons enjoyed gardening and was a passionate hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; his sons, Tom and Kevin; daughters-in-law, Lin Quah and Rhonda Simmons; and two grandchildren, Ethan and Sapphire. His adoptive mother, Lucille Simmons of Grand Marais, MN, and his sister, Audery Jasperson of Olympia, WA, also survive him.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Friday, May 30, at the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church in Rapid City, with Pastor Bob Ruedebusch officiating. Burial followed. The family refers any memorials to The University of South Dakota Foundation. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Campbell, Paula & Quinn Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Shirley Podoll

Services for Shirley Podoll, 60, rural Aberdeen, were June 4, 2003 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Columbia, with the Revs. Terry Naasz and Jais Tinglund officiating. Burial was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Columbia. She died May 31, 2003 at her home.

Shirley Broadbent was born May 10, 1943 to Ward and Eleanor (Backous) Broadbent in Aberdeen. She grew up and attended school in Westport until her senior year when Westport school closed. She went on to graduate from Frederick High School with the class of 1961. She worked for Hyman Transportation in Aberdeen.

She married Leroy "Butch" Podoll in Columbia, April 4, 1964. In 1965 they moved to Minneapolis, MN. In 1968 they moved to Aberdeen where she began working as head cashier at Aman Collection Services. She worked there until her health failed in September 2002.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Columbia. Mrs. Podoll was an avid sports fan, especially the Minnesota teams and could be found enjoying almost any sport on television. She enjoyed camping at the Brown County Fair and spending time with her grandchildren and playing pinochle with family and friends.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband; four sons, Lance (Amy) Podoll, Troy (Melanie) Podoll, Darin (Milissa) Podoll and Daniel Podoll; two sisters, Gloria (Ed) Bunke, Gail (Lenny) Gauer and eight grandchildren.

Mrs. Podoll was preceded in death by her parents; maternal grandparents, Floyd and Mabel Backous; and paternal grandparents, George and Maude Broadbent.

The family prefers memorials which will be directed to the Westport Baseball/Softball Field.

Elmer Sorensen

Elmer H. Sorensen, 86, of Vermillion, died Thursday, May 29, 2003 at the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls.

Mr. Sorensen was born March 14, 1917 in Wakonda, to Christopher and Anna Marie (Nielsen) Sorensen. He was from a family of seven boys and one girl.

He graduated from Wakonda High School in 1936, and married Marjorie Viola Holmes on June 29, 1940 at the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church. They lived and worked in Oakland, CA, the first years of their marriage, working in the Kaiser shipyards during World War II. They later made their home in Vermillion. Marjorie died in 1997.

Mr. Sorensen was a resident of the Good Samaritan Center since 1997. He had worked as the superintendent of the Vermillion Power Plant for 33 years, and also owned and operated Sorensen TV & Radio in Vermillion. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, Eagles Club, Coyote Booster Club and Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion.

His parents, his wife Marjorie, six brothers, three nephews and a great niece preceded him in death.

He is survived by five children, Paul (Lynda) of Leesburg, VA, Susan (Jim) Russo of Sioux Falls, Thomas (Mary) of Vermillion, LuAnn (Mike) Denke of Rapid City, and Timothy (Julie) of Papillion, NE; a sister, Mary Mills of Long Beach, CA; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five step great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Private burial took place prior to the service. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday with the family present at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

The family requests donations to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc.

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