Obituaries

Obituaries Raymond Christensen

Raymond Christensen, 81, formerly of the Dalesburg community, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at his home in Grants Pass, OR.

He was born June 22, 1922 in Clay County to parents Carl and Edith Christensen.

He was married to Mavis Jensen of Beresford in 1946. They had two daughters, Sheila and her husband, Leon White of Grants Pass, OR, and Julie and her husband Dick Garcia of Saugus, CA.

They made their home in California. In 1989 they moved to Grants Pass, OR. Mrs. Christensen died in 1995.

Among those who survive are his daughters; a sister, Margaret Powell of California; a brother, Elwood Christensen of Kearney, NE; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Norbert Dargen

Norbert W. Dargen, 81, Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at Avera McKennan Hospital.

Mr. Dargen was born on Jan. 24, 1922 to Edward and Sarah (Kueter) Dargen in Hartford.

On Feb. 21, 1944, he married Helen M. Beck at St. Joseph Church in Wellington. The couple farmed near Hartford until moving to Sioux Falls in 1958. Mr. Dargen worked for Fred Larson John Deere, the Sunshine Warehouse, and the Jordan Millwork. He also worked for the South Dakota Highway Department mowing and removing snow, the U.S. Postal Service and then for Brown Drug as a route delivery driver. They lived for a time in Hot Springs, AR. Mrs. Dargen died May 30, 2000.

He was a member of Christ the King Church in Sioux Falls and had an avid interest in cars.

Mr. Dargen is survived by one son, Paul of Edmond, OK; five daughters, Barbara Ann (Virgil) Burress of Sioux Falls, Mary Brooks of Sioux Falls, Kathleen (Mark) Crowley of Vermillion, Roberta Dargen of Roseburg, OR, and Marth Dargen of Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eileen Dargen of Harrison, AR. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two brothers, Vincent and Lyle.

Visitation began at 4 p.m.. July 11 with a Scripture Vigil at 7:30 p.m. at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial was 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at Christ the King Church. The family has requested that memorials be sent to the Sioux Falls Catholic School System.

Kenneth Domina

Kenneth A. Domina died Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at his home in Ritzville, WA, after a gallant battle with cancer.

He was born Oct. 23, 1927 at Fairfax, MO. He graduated from high school at Vermillion in 1945 and entered the Air Force shortly after the end of World War II.

After serving his tour of duty, he was recalled and served during the Korean Conflict. He married Sanae Kay Kasai on Aug. 11, 1953 while in Japan. They returned to South Dakota where Mr. Domina went to college at The University of South Dakota, receiving a teaching degree. He taught two years in Iowa before moving to the Northwest in 1961. He taught and served as principal from 1961 to 1974 at Trout Lake, WA, was high school principal at Ritzville from 1974 to 1977; from 1977 to 1982, he held the same position at Wahtucna High School; and at Joyce, WA from 1982 to 1984.

He continued his education at Washington State University, where he obtained his master's degree in education in 1969. Upon retirement, they moved back to Ritzville. Mr. Domina continued to substitute teach at Washtucna until 1998.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sanae; sons Kevin Domina and wife, Theresa of Clackamas, OR, Kirk Domina of Richland, WA, and Kieth Domina and wife, Joanne of Ritzville; and a daughter, Keena of Ritzville; grandsons, Kody, Charles and Samuel.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 24 at 1 p.m. at the Danekas Funeral Chapel, Ritzville, WA, followed by vault interment at Ritzville Memorial Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Ken Domina Scholarship Fund to be awarded to Washtucna students, in care of Sanae K. Domina.

Beatrice Fairbanks

Beatrice Fairbanks, 86, of Vermillion, died Monday, July 14, 2003 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Mrs. Fairbanks was known to many in the community as the wife of the late Dr. Warren Fairbanks, but those who knew her personally knew a vision of generosity, love, and humility. Mrs. Fairbanks was the kind of grandma everyone wanted, the kind of mentor everyone wishes they had, and the kind of person we all aspire to be. She made life a joyous and playful celebration.

Mrs. Fairbanks was born Feb. 26, 1917 in Eureka, MT to John and Margaret (Ayre) Andrews. Her life was a service to God and to others. She raised two children as a single mother, while maintaining a nursing career that spanned 40 years. In 1962 she married Tom Keck, who died in 1972. She married Dr. Warren Fairbanks on July 2, 1975. They shared a wonderful life until his death in 1994.

Mrs. Fairbanks is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Shannon and Larry Larson of Yankton, and son and daughter-in-law John and Lynn Harrison of Austin, TX; her sister Doris Silcox and brother, Bob Andrews, both of Canada; seven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Vermillion. Hansen Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Doris Pirmantgen

Funeral Mass for Doris Marie Pirmantgen, 92, of Vermillion, formerly of New Effington, was held on Tuesday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Sisseton with the Rev. Fr. Dennis Deis O.M.I. Celebrant. Interment was in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Sisseton. Visitation was Monday, July 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Cahill Funeral Chapel, with a 7 p.m. Scripture Service at St. Peter's Catholic Church, and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. The Cahill Funeral Chapel of Sisseton was in charge of arrangements.

Doris Marie Stolz was born on July 20, 1910 on a farm in Roberts County, near Sisseton, to John and Christine (Meyer) Stolz. She attended school in Sisseton and graduated from Sisseton High School in 1928. After graduating, she worked in Kansas City as a housekeeper.

She returned home one weekend and attended Mass in New Effington where Walter Pirmantgen happened to be singing in the choir loft. He saw her and after Mass asked who the beautiful woman was. After kicking off their marriage with a honeymoon spent at her mother-in-law's house, she and Mr. Pirmantgen farmed near New Effington.

In 1966 the couple moved to Vermillion, where they started a new life. Mr. Pirmantgen died in 1969. Asthma forced Mrs. Pirmantgen to be more and more confined to her home, but she continued making friends and staying in touch with people via telephone and especially through letter writing. She will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, generosity and kindhearted nature.

Mrs. Pirmantgen was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Ladies Circle in New Effington, and served on the Hart #4 School Board. She was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion. She entered the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center on Sept. 25, 2002, where she died on July 11, 2003.

Mrs. Pirmantgen is survived by four children, Robert Pirmantgen and fianc�e Jill Van Wagenen of Chicago, IL, Larry and wife Donna Pirmantgen of Boerne, TX, James and Patty Pirmantgen of Lidgerwood, ND, and Elizabeth and husband David Wynia of Sisseton; two sisters, Olivia Verno of Philadelphia, PA, Leona Tate of Hugoton, KS; one brother, Francis Stolz of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren, Nichole Reisdorph, Randy Vavra, Shannon Salinas, Mark Pirmantgen, Marie Joseph, Kathy Pirmantgen and Tom Pirmantgen; and nine great-grandchildren, Brandon, Skylar, Raymond, Cari, Julia, Doris, Robert, Bailey and Nicholas.

Mrs. Pirmantgen was preceded in death by her husband, two children, Stanley Pirmantgen and Patricia Pirmantgen-Joseph; her parents; a granddaughter, Julia; three brothers, Delancy, Desmond, and Clarence Stolz; four sisters, Grace Cutbirth, Cecelia Halversen, Delores Bonner and Lavern Meek.

Dean Korslund

Dean L. Korslund, 42, Vermillion, died Thursday, July 10, 2003 near Vermillion, as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Mr. Korslund was born Sept. 18, 1960, in Yankton to Dale and Alma (Hansen) Korslund. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He grew up in the Irene area and attended Sletten School until it closed. He graduated from Irene High School in 1978.

Mr. Korslund attended Mitchell Vo-Tech and was a power lineman for two years. He worked as a cable technician for the last 22 years and was currently employed with PrairieWave Cable Television.

He married Kelly Johnson June 22, 1980, in Irene. He loved to fish, hunt and ride his Harley. He was a loving husband, father, son and friend and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly, Vermillion; two sons, David and James, and a daughter, Tracy, all of Vermillion; his parents, Dale and Alma, Irene; a brother, Dennis, Watertown; a sister, Kathy Korslund Schenk, Irene; his mother-in-law, Becky Craig, Belle Fourche; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 14 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Irene. Burial was in Meldal Cemetery, rural Irene. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday with the family present at the Hansen Funeral Home, Irene.

Kristine Christensen

Kristine "Kris" Christensen, 46, of Vermillion, died Monday, July 14, 2003 at Sioux Valley Hospice Centennial Cottage in Sioux Falls after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer.

Miss Christensen was born Oct. 12, 1956 in Vermillion to Wesley and Marjorie (Johnson) Christensen. She received her grade school education at Bloomingdale School through grade six, and then attended Vermillion High School graduating in 1974. She got her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from USD in 1978 and taught for two years in Wakonda before going back to school. She received her bachelor of science degree in physical education in 1984, and taught second grade and physical education in Lake Benton, MN from 1984 to 2000. She then went back to school to pursue her love of becoming a paramedic.

She was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Vermillion where she was baptized and confirmed. She was actively involved as a first responder and EMT in Lake Benton and was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, going out on national disasters. She was also a CPR and first aid instructor.

Miss Christensen loved to play scrabble, cards, go to antique sales, garden and be with family and friends.

Her mother, Marjorie, and a brother, Todd (Gail), of Vermillion, and a sister, Kathy Anderson, of Sioux Falls, survive her. Two nieces, Ali and Angie, and two nephews, Wesley and Clinton also survive her.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Thursday, July 17 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with burial in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Visitation was from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion handled the arrangements.

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