Obituaries Hazel Merrigan

Hazel C. Merrigan, 93, of Vermillion, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Hazel Blair was born July 21, 1910 in Clay County to Harvey and Ellen (Sullivan) Blair. She attended rural elementary school and was a graduate of University High School in Vermillion. She also attended The University of South Dakota where she was a championship field hockey athlete and received her teaching certificate. She taught in Tripp County from 1928-29, and in Clay County from 1929-30.

She married J. Earl Merrigan on Sept. 3, 1930 in Vermillion, and they lived on a farm in Garryowen. She worked as a nurse's aide at the Akron hospital from 1958-1959, and returned to teaching in 1960. Mrs. Merrigan taught in rural Clay and Union county grade schools until her retirement in 1973.

From 1977-1981, under the auspices of the Green Thumb program, she was the first outreach worker at the Vermillion Public Library to distribute books to the elderly.

Mrs. Merrigan was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Garryowen and later a member of St. Agnes Parish in Vermillion. She was a member of the altar societies of both churches, Order of Martha, Catholic Daughters, the Dakota Hospital Auxiliary, and the Retired Teachers of South Dakota.

Her survivors include a sister, Ethel Kreger, Mesa, AZ; her daughters Virginia (Ed) Hartmann of Akron, IA, Elizabeth Merrigan of rural Garryowen, Ethel Merrigan of Omaha, NE, Margaret (Warren) Smith of Milwaukee, WI, Mary O'Neil of Dallas, TX, and JoAnn Merrigan of Omaha.

She is also survived by her sons, Vernon Merrigan of Livermore, CA, Stanley (Carolyn) Merrigan of Alcester, Sterling (Dorene) Merrigan of Sioux City, IA, Jim Merrigan of Vermillion, and Jeff (Ellen) Merrigan of Worthington, MN. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, a sister, her husband Earl, an infant son, Maurice, a daughter, Jean, a grandson, Tregg, a son-in-law, Terry O'Neil, and a daughter-in-law, Yvonne Merrigan.

Mrs. Merrigan was an intelligent, resourceful, industrious woman who loved her family, land, flowers, friends and community. She will be greatly missed by all who benefited from her strength, compassion, and lessons for living a faith-filled, honorable life.

Funeral Mass was 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, with burial to follow in the Garryowen Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Delores Jensen

Delores "De" Jensen, age 71, of Yankton, died Thursday, August 21, 2003, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

A funeral service was 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at the Ray, Cantrell & Wintz Funeral Home with the Rev. David Gunderson officiating. Burial was in the Danish Cemetery in Gayville. Visitation was from 1 to 9 p.m., Sunday at the Ray, Cantrell & Wintz Funeral Home, Yankton with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m.

Delores Ann Jensen was born Jan. 26, 1932 in Yankton to Harry and Ella (Highland) Farley. She grew up and attended schools in Yankton, and was a graduate of the class of 1949. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton. During high school, she worked for the telephone company until 1953.

She married John H. Jensen on March 7, 1953 and moved to Meckling where they farmed until 1984. During that time, Mrs. Jensen was active in 4-H as a club leader and judge. She loved to knit, embroider, crochet and was an expert seamstress. She also loved dogs. Mrs. Jensen and John moved to Yankton in 1984. After the death of John in 1989, De worked as the cook for the Senior Citizens Center in Yankton until her death.

Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Sharon and Gary Healy of Sioux Falls, Linda Jensen of Sioux Falls, and Judy Jensen of Yankton; two grandchildren, Glen and Erin Healy of Sioux Falls; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Earl Graham of Yankton, and Janet and Syd Haffner of Brookings; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Jim and Pat Farley of Yankton, George Farley of Yankton, and Harry and Jackie Farley of Lincoln, NE; brothers-in-law, Mick Broders of Norfolk, NE, and Paul and Caroline Jensen of Yankton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Jerry Farley; sister, Norma Broders; and an infant son.

Virgil Christensen

Virgil Christensen, 89, Wakonda, died Aug. 22, 2003 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Funeral services were held Aug. 25 at the United Church of Christ, Congregational. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Irene.

Mr. Christensen was born Jan. 5, 1914 at Centerville. His parents were Nels and Helga (Christiansen) Christensen.

He attended Daneville Country School. During the 1930s he worked in the CC Camp. He married Eloise Wheeler on Feb. 14, 1918 in Alcester. They farmed in the Wakonda area until moving to the Heritage Villa in Wakonda in November of 1998. Mrs. Christensen died on March 17, 1999.

Mr. Christensen was a member of the Wakonda Senior Citizens. He enjoyed hunting, playing pinochle, visiting with family and friends, and going to his farm every day.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother, Curtis, and a sister, Fern Sorenson.

Mr. Christensen is survived by one son, Clark of Wakonda; three daughters, Virginia "Ginny" and husband Jerry Jensen of Volga, Jane "Chris" and husband Joe Neiles of Sioux Falls, and Ruth and husband Terry Jensen of Yankton; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; three brothers, Ellsworth and wife Ruth of Beresford, Dale and wife Francis of Viborg, and Russell and wife Marge of Beresford; and many relatives and friends.

Gene Solomon

In memory of Gene A. Solomon, who died in Florida May 2, 2003, the family will be having a graveside memorial service at 2 p.m. Sept. 6 at BluffView Cemetery at the Solomon Family Plot.

There will be refreshments following at the Eagle's Club in Vermillion. Mr. Solomon is survived by three children, Nathan, Jarred and Ginie; two grandchildren; three brothers, Albert, Robert and Tom; and two sisters, Blanche and Louise.

The family asks for your presence but no donations.

Deb Farris<</B>P> An open memorial service for Deb Farris, 53, of Vermillion, will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Mrs. Farris died Aug. 27 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. A luncheon will follow at the Eagles Club, 114 W. Main, Vermillion.

A burial service for family and close friends will be held Sunday, Aug. 31, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City.

A complete obituary will appear in next week's Plain Talk.

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