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Obituaries Deb Farris

An open memorial service for Deb Farris, 53, wife of Ray Farris, Vermillion, was held Saturday, Aug. 30 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home. The daughter of Shirley and Sterling Leikvold, Vermillion, Mrs. Farris died on Aug. 27, 2003 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.

She was a beloved member of the community, who brought joy and strength to the lives of those who loved her. She will be deeply missed by many.

Survivors include her husband; her mother; two sons, Michael of Portland, OR, and Troy, Vermillion; a step-daughter, Kim Jensen; three sisters, Theresa Barnes, Castle Rock, CO, Patricia Leikvold, Vermillion, and Kathleen Leikvold, Sioux Falls; two brothers, Jerald Leikvold, Boise, ID, and Daniel Leikvold, Spearfish; and grandchildren Samone, Thaya and Chaleb.

Services began at 11 a.m. at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion. A luncheon followed at the Eagles Club.

The burial service for close friends and family took place on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, Ia.

Dorothy Anderson

Dorothy "Andy" Anderson, 88, of Ashtabula, OH, and formerly of Springfield, OH, died Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Country Club Retirement Center in Ashtabula.

She was born Sept. 16, 1914 in Vermillion, the daughter of Ole and Christine (Bachlund) Anderson.

She was a veteran of World War II, serving as an officer in the U.S. Army as a physical therapist in the Pacific.

She had been a physical therapist at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, OH until her retirement.

She was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springfield. Surviving her is a sister, Gwen( Charles) Meister of Ashtabula; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and by two brothers, Gordon and Burton Anderson, and a sister, Vivian Taylor.

Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Ridgeview Cemetery in Ashtabula. Ross-Billman Funeral Home, Ashtabula, is in charge of arrangements.

Esther Jensen

Esther A. Jensen, 96, of Wakonda, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2003, at the Wakonda Heritage Manor in Wakonda.

Esther Christensen was born July 28, 1907 in Clay County to Norwegian immigrants Lars and Jennie (Johanson) Christensen. She graduated from Wakonda High School in 1925 and attended Normal School in Springfield. After graduation, she taught school in Turner County for many years. She married Timon Jensen on May 9, 1928. They farmed east of Wakonda and raised two children.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Jensen returned to teaching in a rural school in rural Irene and attended The University of South Dakota to receive her BA degree in 1961 and her master's degree in 1966. During these years, she taught in Wakonda from 1957 to 1962 and then in Dell Rapids from 1962 to 1972, also serving as principal for several years.

Mrs. Jensen retired in 1972. She traveled to Norway several times. She raised a large flower garden that brought her joy and joy to the many with whom she shared them. Another great joy was teaching adult Sunday school at Dalesburg Baptist Church where she was a member.

She was an active member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Wakonda until it closed. She spent many hours quilting and doing handy work, and was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association. She was an avid reader and belonged to the Wakonda Cu-He-Lo Club, Garden Club and the Senior Citizens Club.

Her parents, husband and three brothers preceded her in death.

She is survived by two children, Ray (Dorsie) Jensen, and Lois Larsen, all of Wakonda; one brother, Bob Christensen of White; and a sister, Luella Bertrand of Scotland. Seven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive her.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Dalesburg Baptist Church, rural Beresford, with burial in Union Cemetery, rural Wakonda.

Visitation was 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Christine McChristy

Christine R. "Babe" McChristy, 84, of Viborg, formerly of Volin, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003 at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg.

Christine Ruth Brandon was born May 25, 1919 at Irene, to Knudt and Ellen Moen Brandon. She grew up on a farm west of Irene and attended country schools through eighth grade. She then went to work for neighbors doing housework and caring for children.

She married Everett McChristy on Oct. 7, 1936 in Nebraska. They became the parents of two daughters, Myrtle and Irene. They lived on farms in the Irene area until 1961, when they moved to the Volin area.

Mrs. McChristy was an active farm wife and mother. She raised a large garden yearly and was known for her good cooking and baking, especially cookies.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith and was a member of Faith United Lutheran Church at Volin. She was a past member of the Moose Lodge and the Yankton Antique Auto Club. She took great pride in showing visitors the old log house she and Everett bought and refurbished, now known as the "Heritage House" donated to the city of Irene in 1993.

She entered Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in June of 1998.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Everett, also of Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home, two daughters, Myrtle Jackson and husband Duane of Pierre and Irene LaFave and husband Lonnie of Onida; seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Her parents, seven sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Faith United Lutheran Church, rural Volin. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Marlo Sorensen

Marlo Sorensen, 84, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003 at the Vermillion Sioux Valley Hospital.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with burial in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion. There was a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

She was born Aug. 28, 1919, in Vermillion to Morris and Dorothy (Hoffman) Mortensen. She attended school in Vermillion and worked in Jacobsen's Bakery. She married Verner Sorensen May 22, 1937, in Elk Point. She spent her married life helping her husband on their farm south of Vermillion where she continued to live until her death. Her husband died Oct. 14, 1994.

She was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She belonged to the Island Birthday Club and Senior Citizens. Her favorite hobbies were gardening, needlework and playing cards. She was well known for her warm hospitality and homemade baked goodies.

Survivors include a daughter, Eleanor (Maurice) Nelson, Gayville; three sons, Richard (Barbara) and James (Mariella) of Vermillion, and Marvin (Myrna), Sioux City, IA; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Audrey Gall, Yankton; two brothers-in-law, Ray Hatt and Henry Russell; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Mortensen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers and three sisters.

Phyllis Prusa

Phyllis Prusa, 81, Vermillion, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Funeral service were 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Judith Johnson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was 3 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion. There was also a 7:30 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

She was born Oct. 7, 1921, in Clay County to Arnold and Lillie (Severson) Christopherson. She graduated from Vermillion High School in 1939. She married Joseph Prusa May 6, 1941, in Vermillion. She was owner and operator of Phyllis' Ceramic Shop, and she was an avid china painter for the past 15 years. Her husband died March 24, 1999.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Vermillion China Painters.

Survivors include her children, Carolyn (Robert Boyd) Prusa, Reno, NV, Ron (Karen) Prusa, Vermillion, and Cathy (Charlie) Logue, Wakonda; a brother, Arnold Verdon Christopherson, Sioux Falls; a sister, Marjorie Portwood, Norfolk, NE; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister.

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